> Rebecca's Return: Part One
by Sarah Mayberry, Directed
by Fiona Banks, Produced
by Jason Herbison
Channel Eleven: 26/02/14, Five: 12/03/14
After their relationship becomes public, Imogen decides she and Mason should break up... Amber leaves Mason’s party to go and see Josh, telling Chris that he comes first right now...
Paul takes an inordinate amount of interest in the Twin Cities programme and enlists Karl’s help... It turns out Paul’s ex-wife Rebecca is involved with the scheme, and he admires a photo of her...
Paul wanders around the apartment in his dressing gown, and fondles his wedding ring with affection. Paul then thinks back to his wedding day, and other happy memories with Rebecca. Back in the present, Paul smiles, remembering fondly.
Mason and Imogen run into each other at Lassiter’s, and she tries to be friendly, but Mason is standoffish, sternly telling her to return Hermione the car
here once she’s finished her driving lesson with Brad. Imogen tells Mason that the registration renewal is soon due on the car, but Mason informs Imogen that she ought to pay for it, since he’s done so much work on it recently. Imogen
reminds Mason that’s not what they agreed to, but he just says that things change. Mason storms off, just as Terese shows up. Imogen tells her mum she thinks she’s being punished for the break-up.
Back at the penthouse, Paul is issuing orders to two Lassiter’s assistants who are cleaning his apartment, while Karl is on a laptop, working on the Twin Cities proposal. Karl tells Paul that he can’t believe he still wants his help with
the proposal, but Paul reminds Karl he's a respected member of the community. Karl has agreed to attend Paul’s meeting with the project representative today, and Paul is obsessing over whether he looks the part. However, when he learns that
Mary Barnett is the representative they’ll be meeting – not, evidently, who he expected – Paul suddenly loses interest, and tells Karl to handle the meeting on his own. Karl is annoyed, but Paul tells him he’ll get involved once the higher-ups
are on the scene.
In Harold’s, Amber receives a text message from Josh and runs into Susan on her way out - Susan explains she’s had an email from Amber’s English teacher, expressing
concern about her mock exam. Susan tells her it wasn’t that great, Amber tells Susan that she done all the extra reading, she didn’t understand it all but she did it. Susan offers to go through the teacher’s notes with Amber, to help her in
preparation for the real thing next week. Amber remembers she was supposed to be seeing Josh, but tells Susan she’s sure he won’t mind. Susan tells Amber she’ll see her at her place.
Josh is training at Dingoes Gym and seems to be getting ahead of himself with his recovery schedule. Brad warns him to slow down, as he could make his injury worse if he pushes things too fast. Amber turns up, and explains she has a study
session with Susan, but Josh is unhappy about Amber not hanging out with him, and going off to do her schoolwork. Josh tries to convince her to stay, but Amber insists she needs to put the effort in for the sake of her assessment. Josh takes
this as a personal affront, and rudely tells her to come back when she’s made time in her busy schedule. Amber marches off.
Over at Lassiter’s Lake, Mason removes his Valentine’s padlock, that he'd place there for Imogen – then bumps into her. Imogen hands him the car keys, and Mason
complains that Terese is being extra-nice to him at work, presumably to compensate for Imogen having split up with him. In an attempt to smooth things over, Imogen offers to pay for 70 per cent of Hermione’s registration renewal, but Mason
says he’s been thinking they should put an end to their car-share and tells Imogen that it never really worked, and he is so over playing weekend mechanic; Mason decides to call it quits on it. Imogen says she knows he’s upset about
the break-up, but Mason claims he just wants out of a bad deal. He tells her that she’ll either have to buy his half of the car, or sell it. She says she doesn’t want to share with a stranger, and can’t afford to buy him out. Mason tells
Imogen that he’s not interested in a payment plan, the bank of Mason doesn’t do lay-by. Imogen reluctantly agrees that they’ll have to sell the car, so Mason says he'll write up an ad.
Imogen joins Brad and Terese at Harold's, and explains that Mason no longer wants to share Hermione. Terese reminds Imogen that the car sharing has been pretty awkward. Imogen asks her parents for a loan so that she can buy the car outright,
but they’re not keen, as they think it’s a bad investment and they can’t really afford it at the moment. Imogen stomps off, thanking them for keeping an open mind. Afterwards Brad suggests to Terese they could scrape the money together to help
out Mason and Imogen – but Terese tells him they can discuss it later, as she has to get back to work. As she’s leaving, Paul tells Terese to liaise with Karl over the Twin Cities project - she wonders if that's not something that the council
should be doing, but Paul tells her that the project will be good for Lassiter’s. Terese also confirms that Lassiter’s will be laying on the VIP treatment for Mary Barnett, but Paul tells her not to bother – as she’s not who he was expecting!
A car pulls up outside Charlie’s, and in walks Rebecca Napier! She tells Sheila she’s just come in to ‘check the old place out’, since she was a local a few years
ago. Rebecca comments that the bar is just as it used to be - Sheila tells her that people don't like change. Rebecca agrees and tells Sheila that it can be really hard to break out of a cycle - Sheila mentions that she sounds like someone who
knows what they’re talking about. Rebecca says that she does, but she moved on in the end, and she decides to have a coffee, for old time’s sake. Rebecca explains she’s here for two days with the Twin Cities project, and that she’s really
looking forward to meeting the new mayor. Sheila doesn’t comment, and Paul isn’t mentioned by name.
Later, Paul comes in to collect some papers, but Sheila explains that the Twin Cities rep is in the ladies' room, and that he should hang around so he can meet her as
she’s right up Paul’s alley. Still thinking that it’s Mary Barnett and not Rebecca, Paul tersely tells Sheila that he is a really busy man and Karl is handling the meet-and-greet, and leaves. Rebecca returns from the bathroom. Shelia tells
her that she’s just missed 'Lord Mayor Moneybags' and informs her that he’s pulled out of her meeting. Rebecca says it’s a shame, and tells Sheila she better go and do something official, ‘to justify her existence.’ Rebecca bids Sheila
At number 28, Susan and Amber have just finished their study session, and Amber leaves, just as Rebecca turns up for a surprise visit. Susan, very pleased to see Rebecca, hugs her and calls Karl to come inside to see who it is, and they’re
both pleasantly surprised to see her – despite Rebecca quickly informing Karl that he’s the one she’s come to see. Not having been party to
Paul’s letter (on which his signature was forged) Karl doesn’t know what she’s talking about, but Rebecca soon explains she’s here to represent the Twin Cities Association. She saw Karl’s name on the cover letter and swapped with Mary, her
assistant, at the last minute, so they could catch up. Karl and Susan immediately wonder whether Rebecca has spoken to Paul, but she says not, insisting she wants to keep her visit a Paul-free zone for as long as possible. Karl and Susan try
to tell Rebecca about Paul and that he’s the new mayor, but she cuts them off. Rebecca tells them both that she doesn’t want to hear it – she just wants to catch up without Paul coming into the conversation. Susan tells Rebecca that it’s
pretty important. Rebecca tells Susan that she will make a deal with her, she wants a little bit of Paul Robinson-free time and then after that she can tell her whatever she needs to. The Kennedys nod and smile.
At the Lassiter’s Complex, Mason encounters a potential buyer for his half of Hermione, The customer, Jed, seems more interested in getting to know the co-owner.
More than a little creeped out and protective of Imogen, Mason gets rid of Jed by telling him the car’s no longer for sale – and rips the ‘for sale’ sign off the windscreen.
At Dingoes Gym, Josh is still training with Brad, who tells him that he’ll be back in a minute; Josh’s phone beeps, he has a text message from Amber. Josh ignores the text message and disobeys Brad’s coaching instructions by trying some
weight-lifting, but ends up dropping the dumb-bell and crying out in pain. Brad comes rushing over and tells Josh that they were going to start arms next week, Josh storms off into the locker rooms.
Whilst in the locker room, a mysterious
observer comes over to Josh and suggests he needs something stronger than the over-the-counter painkillers he’s taking. Josh enquires if he knows the guy. The guy Kirk, hands Josh his business card and tells Josh that he can hook him up with
some serious stuff. Josh thanks him but he’s covered. Kirk tells him to keep his card, just in case he develops a need for stuff at a later date. Kirk recognises Josh, the swimmer, as he read about his sponsorship in the paper the other day.
Kirk mentions that if would be a shame to let all that training go to waste. Josh snarls as Kirk makes his exit.
At number 32, Mason is whingeing to Amber about Terese sucking up to him out of sympathy, and Imogen being annoyed that he’s trying to sell his half of Hermione.
Mason suggests that Amber buy him out of his half of the car, so that she and Imogen could share it. Amber says she can’t afford it, and tells Mason to stop interrupting her study. Amber then goes into a full-blown rant about how Josh says
she’s not spending enough time with him. Mason gives Amber some sound advice, telling her that while it’s good she loves Josh, she can’t drop her school commitments the moment he clicks his fingers – pointing out that he’s never compromised
his swimming career to spend time with her. Grateful for the tip, Amber indulges Mason further about the possibility of buying half of the car.
In Harold’s Store, the Kennedys introduce Rebecca to Terese as the hotel and complex manager. Rebecca almost asks her if she works with Paul, before realising that she's breaking her own rule by mentioning him. Terese
asks if Rebecca knows Paul, and Rebecca confirms this and says to Terese “Yes, yes - you could say that”. Rebecca goes to grab a table outside while Karl and Susan order. Once she’s gone, Susan tells Karl they have to be honest with
Rebecca about Paul being the new mayor, since he obviously knew that she was running the Twin Cities project. Karl realises that Paul must have forged his name on the letter to lure Rebecca here. The Kennedys despair about what a
conniving so-and-so Paul is.
Outside Harold’s Rebecca takes a seat, just as Paul is crossing the courtyard and he sees her straight away, and saunters over. Rebecca greets Paul, who
says that he wasn’t expecting her today. Rebecca, curious about this comment, asks why he would be expecting her at all. Paul informs Rebecca that he is the new mayor and he arranged the Twin Cities programme application. She’s
here because of him. Rebecca grimaces.
At the Penthouse, Paul offers Rebecca a drink, but she’s only here for an explanation. Paul starts by telling Rebecca she looks incredible, but she, not
interested, clarifies that he is the new mayor. Paul confirms this, and she wonders if this is all just a coincidence, and that he didn’t know she was involved in the Twin Cities project. Paul tells Rebecca that a few months ago, he lost a very dear
friend of his, it was the man who started off the whole hotel, and his death got him thinking about the mistakes that he had made and the relationships he allowed to slip away. Rebecca asks Paul if he means her, Paul confirms that is the
case and he’s realised if he was going to have any chance at all of reconnecting with her, he had to have a plan - he admits it was a long-shot but it finally paid off. Rebecca asks Paul what is he talking about. Paul informs Rebecca
that the reason he campaigned for office was so he could make all of this happen - he never stopped loving her. Paul tells Rebecca that he wants her back, and her expression lingers somewhere between disbelief and horror.
Featured Regular Characters: Paul Robinson, Brad Willis, Terese Willis, Imogen Willis, Joshua Willis, Sheila Canning, Mason Turner, Amber Turner, Karl Kennedy,
Guest Cast: Jane Hall as Rebecca Napier, Michael Kirwan as Kirk Porter,
Luke D'Emanuele as Jed Burger, James Sorensen as Declan Napier,
Pippa Black as Elle Robinson
• Jane Hall returns as Rebecca for a four-week guest stint
• Rebecca is now being credited with her maiden name of Napier again
• James Sorensen (Declan) and Pippa Black (Elle) are credited for their appearances in Paul's flashbacks at the beginning of the episode