- The Rodwells accuse JJ of stealing Wendy's watch
- But Wendy and Sadie find the watch later, and realise they've made a mistake
- Before Wendy can explain and apologise to Cara and Remi, Cara suggests they stay out of one another's way
- Remi tells Wendy that Paul has offered Cara the job Wendy applied for, of Lassiter's building manager
- Nell deliberately plants Melanie's letter to Toadie so Terese finds it
- Having realised what Nell's done, Terese pleads with Nell to put an end to her behaviour
- Terese admits to Jane that she's the 'horrible developer' with an eye on the Erinsborough High site
- Paul finds out about Byron and Reece's affair, and as revenge, tells Reece about Byron's escort work
- An upset Reece gives Byron money for 'services rendered', but Byron begs her not to give up on them
As the scene continues, Reece again begs Byron to stop making a scene.
BYRON: Only if you talk to me.
REECE: Okay, okay. I will. But not here, and only once you've sobered up.
Holly watches as Reece drags Byron away. Jane, Paul, Toadie and Terese are also watching from the other side of the pond. Paul is the only one who looks pleased.
PAUL: Welcome home, Jane(!)
Toadie pulls a bemused face!
The Varga-Murphys are settling into their new home. Dex and JJ are eating in the living area.
CARA: Hey, that's not our couch. You spill one drop on it, and you're dead.
JJ: Paint fumes would kill us first.
CARA: Well, you've got arms. Open a window.
Cara tells the boys they'll bring their own furniture out of storage once they've settled in a bit. Remi, who we learn has a job interview tomorrow, tells them to go and try on their new school uniforms. The boys go, without any enthusiasm.
REMI: Have we done the right thing? Starting a new school, we've moved in two doors down from people that can't stand us...
CARA (hugs her): No, no, no. You're the one who convinced me this move was for the best. You don't get to doubt it.
REMI: I'm just worried about them. They've been so quiet.
CARA: JJ's been quiet since he was 12. They're getting used to the idea.
REMI: Yeah, yeah... You really think they're okay?
CARA: Let's just sit down, ask them outright.
Toadie and Terese are in the kitchen, while Nell is working on something in the dining area. Nell wonders aloud what the point is of starting at a school that's going to be bulldozed (presumably she's talking about the Varga- Murphy boys). But Terese says she doesn't know what will become of the site.
TOADIE: I thought you were buying it?
TERESE: Come on, you saw the way Jane looked at me. I mean, is it worth ruining our relationship?
TOADIE: You said that the site was gonna be sold anyway.
TERESE: Yeah, even so... I think I might withdraw my expression of interest.
TOADIE (laughs): You're just a big softie.
He hugs and kisses her, then heads off for a shower. Terese tries to bond with Nell over some 'lunchbox treats' she's bought for the kids' return to school.
NELL (not turning around): Thanks. But Hugo only has the yoghurt- covered muesli bars, and I don't eat anything processed. But maybe Dad will have them.
Terese looks peeved.
Byron is sobering up with a coffee. He apologises to Reece for drawing attention to them in the courtyard earlier, but assures her he hasn't done any escort work in a long time.
REECE: Look, I don't have an issue with you having been an escort. It's a legitimate line of work, and I don't blame you for it.
BYRON: Then, what's the problem?
REECE: That you weren't upfront with me.
BYRON: You hid your whole identity when we first met.
REECE: That was different... Alright, maybe I'm being a bit unfair. And maybe my reaction comes from a lifetime of people taking advantage of me. I dunno - most men, they... they see me as an opportunity. A transaction. Both of my ex- husbands were seemingly in it for the soft landing after the divorce.
BYRON: I'm not interested in your money.
REECE: Paul struck a nerve. I shouldn't have believed everything he said.
BYRON: So I guess we're even now. Unless there's some other big secret you're sitting on.
REECE: Ooh. I'm actually an MI6 agent here to track down a rogue operative (!)
BYRON: I know nothing! But you can interrogate me whenever you like... I like you. And I was starting to see a future. I was kind of hoping you were, too.
REECE: ... Alright, I'm not an agent. But my life here is... complicated.
BYRON: And I don't want to add to that, at all. It's just, I would love a second chance. At this. You know, whatever this is. However long it lasts.
He holds her hand, and she smiles.
JJ and Dex are trying on their new school uniforms, which Remi decides don't need adjusting. Cara summons the boys to sit down, saying they've both been extremely quiet the last few days, since the mix- up about the move. JJ says Cara and Remi don't need to keep apologising.
CARA: Yeah, but are we okay? Dexie?
DEX: At least we didn't have to live with Nan and Pop for a year.
He says he'll be fine once he gets his stuff and can set up his room. JJ says he's okay as well, but without any enthusiasm.
CARA: Are you still upset the Rodwells have you pegged as a ratbag?
JJ (laughs): No, I'm thrilled about that (!)
REMI: It was a mistake going into their house. But you didn't steal from them. Trust me, the truth always finds a way of coming out.
JJ forces a smile, as Remi tells the boys to go and get changed.
Byron has accompanied Reece back to her room.
REECE: A law degree? Why didn't you tell me?
BYRON: Because it begs the question, 'Why am I working in a hotel?' Which leads to the whole topic I was trying to avoid in the first place.
Reece gets a call from her dad, Conrad; and Byron leaves, saying he'll see her tomorrow.
REECE (phone): Hey, Dad. I'm staying.
The next morning, Cara is loading up her ute and Remi leaving for her interview, as JJ and Dex emerge to head to school. Nell appears, and offers to show them a shortcut to get there.
REMI: Oh, you're walking?
CARA: Aww - downside is no goodbye kiss at the school gate (!)
DEX: Mum, that is an upside.
As revenge, Cara pulls him into a hug, and tells them to have a great day.
JJ: So embarrassing.
NELL: Nothing compared to my dad.
Wendy and Andrew emerge from No 26, both on their way to work. Cara glances over at them.
WENDY (to Andrew): Oh my god. Did you see the look she gave me?
ANDREW: That's not a look!
In Paul's office, he calls Reece a 'bigger fool' than he thought she was. She retorts that she was foolish, for believing Paul.
PAUL: Byron may be off the game now, but it's only a matter of time till he reverts to form.
REECE: Let's talk about the games *you've* been playing (...) I know you've been digging around in my affairs, trying to find something you can use against me.
PAUL: Only because I've been trying to get to the bottom of why you're still hanging around.
REECE: I've been enjoying my time in another country.
PAUL: Oh, really? Well, in that case I might have to tell Conrad that you've been cavorting with the staff.
REECE: Tell my father, but be warned. He always backs his family.
PAUL: Ooh. Why so touchy?
REECE: As an equal partner, I have a right to be here! (...) Instead of trying to outmanoeuvre me, try being better at your job.
This touches a nerve, and Paul fronts up to Reece.
PAUL: I built this hotel into what it is today. I am a self- made man, which is something you'll probably never, ever understand. Because everything was handed to you on a silver platter, wasn't it? Now if you want to hang around and have some fun, that's fine. But I do not have to answer to you. And I never, ever will.
Jane is out for a walk, and gazing at her engagement ring - she fiddles with it a little anxiously. Terese turns up, having been trying to call Jane. Terese explains that she's just been speaking to the Department™ about withdrawing her interest in buying the school site - but they were 'nonplussed', because now hers is just one of several tenders for the site.
TERESE: But the thing is that if the site isn't going to me, then it'll just go to another bidder.
JANE: Neither of those options sound any good.
TERESE: Look, I agree. That's why my retirement experience is a far more appealing alternative!
JANE: So you're not withdrawing your interest at all?
TERESE: Jane - Jane. I have tried to tell you this. The school can't be saved.
JANE: The school is the heart of this community! You gut it, and Erinsborough as we know it dies.
TERESE: Oh, come on - now you're being dramatic!
JANE: Well, I haven't even started chaining myself to the gates yet (...) We will do whatever is necessary (...) Curtis and I, we've started a big enrolment drive and already have two new students!
TERESE (laughs): What, JJ and Dex?!
JANE: All we need is another 30 or so, and then we'll be in a better position than Anson's Corner and West Waratah, and you can go and build your experience there.
TERESE: Oh, come on Jane! I don't want to battle with you.
JANE: And yet, you are the one who declared war. I hope you realise that aside from Toadie, everyone on Ramsay Street is on my side.
Terese and Jane have reached the back of Harold's during the course of their conversation, and Haz appears.
HAZ: Morning. Table for two?
Terese just marches away, and Haz leads Jane to a table for one instead!
Paul and Reece are showing Cara around the complex as she starts her new job as building manager.
CARA: So who exactly do I report to?
REECE (simultaneous): Both of us.
Wendy is watching them from the car park nearby, not relishing the prospect of having to work with Cara now she has the job Wendy wanted. As she passes Cara's ute, she notices the tarpaulin is loose. Going to fasten it, she notices a large reel of cable, and looks suspicious, laying a hand on it. Cara appears and asks what she's doing.
WENDY: Your tarp was loose. That's a lot of cable. Surely Paul hasn't got you rewiring the entire hotel?
Cara pulls the tarp back on, covering the cable.
CARA: It's left over from a job I was on.
WENDY: What job?
CARA: Oh, uh - none of your business... What?
WENDY: Uh, I was just asking a question.
CARA: Yeah. Look, I got the job, you didn't. Get over it.
Byron comes in and sits down with Jane, who starts grilling him about his relationship with Reece. Jane is concerned that Byron is dating his boss. Byron says it's all cool, even if Paul hates him. But Jane points out that he and Reece are from entirely different worlds.
JANE: Does she know anything about your world, or has this relationship all been on her terms?
BYRON: Mum, she is amazing.
JANE: But is she sincere about you? That's what I'm asking. Just think about that.
Jane leaves Byron to mull it over.
Abigail is colouring at the bar, and is with Sadie again - it's becoming clear that Sadie is a nanny to Abi, or at least a regular babysitter. Wendy is moaning to Sadie about Cara getting defensive over the reel of cable. Wendy has been researching online, and apparently found out that Cara's gear is from the ongoing stadium project in Werribee. Wendy wants to know why Cara's no longer on the project.
WENDY: Hey, umm, how do you feel about taking Abigail for a play in her grandfather's office? Get a peep of Cara's CV while you're there?
Abigail seems to like this idea, and sticks her tongue out at Wendy in appreciation! But Sadie is not keen.
WENDY: It's not like I'm asking you to break and enter!
SADIE: Just rifle through confidential paperwork.
Sadie wants to know why Wendy's so invested in this. Wendy replies that she thinks Cara is shifty.
WENDY: I will own up to the watch. But if she is shifty, Paul and Reece should know.
She continues to try to persuade Sadie to find Cara's CV in Paul's office, and sneak her a copy!
Holly is chatting to Karl and Terese outside the hotel. Holly has a gift bag of some sort, which she explains is 'part of going above and beyond when it's needed', though it's not immediately clear what this is about. She leaves them to it, and we learn that the reason Karl and Terese are meeting is because Terese wants to offer him a position managing the two GPs at her retirement experience.
KARL: Okay... is this your way of neutralising opposition to the project?
TERESE: I'd always planned on asking you - but yes, yes. Maybe I am bringing the conversation forward.
KARL: To get my support.
TERESE: ... Look, I imagine it'll involve a very attractive pay increase.
KARL: I see... I don't know how I feel about this. Or how I'd even raise it with Susan.
Terese offers to give him some time to consider it, and leaves. Karl looks conflicted.
In Paul's office, Abigail is very happily drawing pictures, while Sadie does Wendy's bidding and searches the trays on Paul's desk. She quickly finds some documents of interest and starts photographing them, then continues her search - but at that point, she hears the lift, and hides her phone as Paul and Leo walk in.
SADIE: Abi wanted to see her grandad, so we've been drawing while we waited.
Leo asks Sadie if she minds sorting Abi's dinner while he heads to the vineyard - she says that's fine. While they're preoccupied with Abi, Sadie glances furtively behind her to make sure all is in order.
Meanwhile, Reece is in her room when Holly turns up at the door. Reece thanks her for being a good friend to Byron yesterday. We now realise what the gift bag was about, as Holly presents it to Reece, on Byron's behalf. There is beachwear and sunscreen in it.
REECE: Wow, flip- flops!
HOLLY: Oh, we call them thongs. When in Rome (...) He wants you to lather up and meet him downstairs.
Shortly afterwards, Reece emerges from the hotel in a hat, sunglasses and 'Australia' T- shirt. They are going to the beach, Byron explains.
REECE: Do I need a bathing suit? Because, you know, it's customary to give a girl some notice.
BYRON: Nope. We're going for a quintessential Australian culinary experience. Which means we're going for a meat pie and a choccie milk at the beach café.
REECE: Meat pie?
BYRON: It's a bit of a staple around here. You'll see.
REECE: What's this about?
BYRON: Well, I want to show you a bit of my world. You game to take the plunge?
He takes her by the hand and they walk off, while Paul watches from nearby, looking annoyed.
As Toadie gives Terese a foot rub, she is telling him about her job offer to Karl, re- emphasising that she'd always intended to bring him on board. Toadie asks if Susan knows.
TERESE: I've left that up to Karl to talk to her about that.
Toadie gives her a look.
TERESE: But, hey, listen - I've been really nice to Jane. I even told her I was prepared to withdraw my interest... Don't look at me like that! She was really horrible to me. It's the Mrs Mangel in her.
There's a knock at the door, and Toadie accepts a parcel.
TOADIE: Might be from Jane. Might be poison!
But he soon stops laughing when he sees it's been returned to sender - and that the original addressee was Melanie. He opens it; it's the ceramic pig that we saw Nell mailing back to her, and Toadie recognises Nell's handwriting.
TOADIE: Why would Nell be sending this to Melanie without telling me?
TERESE: ... No idea.
Sadie and Abigail are back at the bar with Wendy, who is looking over the photos Sadie took of Cara's CV. Wendy notes that Cara hasn't listed her work at the stadium on it, which she tells Sadie is suspicious because it's a multi- million dollar project, and leaves a four- month gap in Cara's work history.
At this moment, Cara appears, and Wendy hides her phone. Cara tells Wendy that the crates piled outside the pub awaiting collection are an 'eyesore', and asks if she could move them out the back. Wendy says she'll see to it, and Cara walks off.
WENDY: Did you just see how rude she was to me?
SADIE: She wasn't that rude.
WENDY: Oh! 'They're an eyesore.' Yeah, right. Just rubbing her authority in my face.
SADIE: What are you gonna do about it?
WENDY: I am going to look into the stadium. I wrote the name of the head builders down somewhere... Oh, yep, here it is. The Linwell Brothers.
Toadie is holding the ceramic pig when Nell comes in from school. Nell is immediately sheepish, and says she must have written Melanie's address down wrong for it to have been returned. Terese watches suspiciously from the kitchen.
TOADIE: Why did you send it to her?
NELL: I... thought you wouldn't want any reminders of Melanie lying around.
TOADIE: That is really sweet of you, darling, but I'm a big boy. I'm meant to be the one looking after you guys, not the other way around.
Nell offers to change the address and resend it. Toadie says he can handle it, but Nell is surprisingly insistent. as she takes the pig back from Toadie, it flies from her hands and smashes on the floor. There's piece of paper inside the pig, and Nell quickly grabs it, hoping Toadie hasn't seen. But he has, and demands to know what it was.
Terese comes over, perhaps guessing what Nell's been up to and offering to clear up the mess herself, but Toadie is undeterred.
TOADIE: Nell, let me see (...) Hand it over.
Nell reluctantly does as she's told.
TOADIE (reading): 'It's not working out with Dad and Terese. He's miserable and he still loves you. Come back.'
He stares at Nell, awaiting an explanation. Terese looks guilty.
Coming up on Neighbours
- At the beach, Reece tells Byron that hiding things is the first rule of the Sinclair family
- Byron tells her he's glad they're not hiding, and they kiss
- Wendy tells Cara that Paul will be hearing about this. 'Fine,' Cara replies
- Wendy tells Jane that she's not the only one at war
- Toadie suggests he'll 'have to tell them'. Terese asks if he's sure
- Later, Toadie hugs an upset Nell, telling her things aren't always as they seem