The Ramsay Street medic, played by Ben Barber, failed to make the cut on his own merits - but he spots an opportunity to get back in the race in episodes soon to air in Australia.
When Rhys meets new surgical intern Erin, he pretends to be romantically interested in her - hoping to distract her away from work and get her kicked off the programme so he can take her place.
Elise Jansen, who plays Erin, told TV Week: "[Erin] is kind of shy. She's confident with her work, but just before we meet her, she lost a lot of confidence after breaking up with her boyfriend of five years. So now everything goes into her work and not necessarily her social life or appearance."
"She's a little bit reluctant when [Rhys] first asks her out," the actress continued. "She's so focused, plus it's a bit out of the blue - normally someone like Rhys wouldn't be interested in someone like her.
"But she's flattered by it and it's lovely to go to dinner with someone and feel there is a connection there. So she gets taken in by his charm - she doesn't know it's all an act."
Neighbours will air these scenes next week on Eleven in Australia and in February on Channel 5 in the UK.
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