Harold not liking Sky telling him that he'll kill himself if he doesn't let go of his anger.
Ned and Elle kissing and Gino realising it isn't part of the play.
Steph finding another lump in her breast.
Harold strangling Paul.
New opening titles are used today but still same tune - Steph & Max and Lyn & Oscar -> Paul and Izzy -> The Timmins family -> Toadie -> Lou, Harold & Karl -> Paul and Elle -> Sky & Dylan and Boyd & Janae -> Ned -> Susan, Zeke & Rachel -> Dylan & Sky -> Connor, Stu and Toadie -> Katya -> Boyd & Janae. The background is cartoon style drawings of the various houses and the final cap is ‘Neighbours' but instead of the real pic of the street, it is the drawing of it.
There is also a new format too - show then commercials, show then commercials, show then commercials, show then preview and then a new style credits too, which the BBC will just love!
Izzy comes down the stairs talking about going away on holiday as a family and discovers Paul lying unconscious on the floor.
Ramsay Street/No. 24 back garden
Harold walks slowly back to his house as Sky lies on a lounger sketching away by the pool listening to music via headphones.
With Paul still lying unconscious, Izzy phones for an ambulance.
No. 24 back garden
Sky finishes off her drawing and thinks she hears a noise.
Harold is still walking back home very slowly and stops to pick up a flower from the garden. As he picks off the outer petals and we see that there are bloody scratches on his hands. With the petals removed, he places the flower back on the ground and starts walking again.
Max is trying to reassure Steph that the lump is just part of the changes that occur to breasts when you are pregnant but Steph replies that she knows her body and that the cancer is back. Max goes to call Karl but Steph says that Karl won't be in today but Max replies that for them he will be. As Max calls Karl, Steph looks very worried.
No. 24 back garden
Harold approaches Sky and is wearing gardening gloves to hide the marks on his hands. Sky asks if he heard someone screaming because she had her music on and can't be certain. Harold quickly says he doesn't know and instead asks her where the secateurs are and gets annoyed that he can't find them. Sky suggests that he looks in the laundry as that is where they are normally kept. Harold says he's going off to check and from the look Sky gives him, he tells her that he is alright and hugs her and then apologises for the nasty things he said to her earlier and wants to take them all back. He asks if she'll forgive him and she replies yes and that she is just worried about him. Harold reassures her that he is fine, that he is much better now and that everything is going to be fine from now on.
Clean shaven Stu is back home and ironing his uniform as Elle comes round to see if Ned has called. They talk about his stint in the slammer as Ned arrives home. Stu is a bit surprised to see Elle warmly kiss Ned and she asks if he talked to his parents about wanting a career in music and he replies no…the family want him to follow in Stu's footsteps since he is the big hero. As Stu tells them it was about time they got together, sirens are heard in the background and getting louder all the time. Stu stops his ironing to go and investigate because he thinks it has turned into the street.
Stu, Ned and Elle come out to watch as the ambulance pulls up outside No. 22. Elle's first thoughts are for her father as the camera pans over to see that Harold is watching the proceedings as he does his gardening and we go for the first commercial break.
Commercial break over and Harold still watching as the paramedics take Paul into the back of the ambulance and Stu enquires if they've contacted the police. The ambo's confirm they have as Izzy, Elle and Ned come rushing out of the house and Izzy gets into the ambulance.
The camera pans back over to Harold and we hear him telling David that he can rest in peace now.
Karl finishes examining Steph and tries to reassure her that it can be hormonal changes but there is some evidence to suggest another hormone may be cancer causing. He tells them (Max is with her) that he'll send the bloods off to be tested urgently and that Steph has to go to the hospital for a biopsy and an ultrasound. Max asks Karl if he thinks it is cancer but Karl says they won't know until the test results come back and that he'll pull some strings to get the results back quickly, perhaps even by the end of the day. As Karl makes the call, Steph rubs her bump and still has a worried look on her face.
The General Store
Lyn and Sky discuss medical reasons why Paul could have been carted away unconscious in an ambulance as Harold listens in. Sky thinks someone attacked him but Lyn replies that Tony Corbett is dead and they wonder now who else could have done it.
In a corner, Ned is telling Stu what Elle has said - that Paul could die just as Harold brings over a drink but his hands become very shaky, so much so he almost tips the cup over. Stu catches the cup and looks back on Harold as he walks back to behind the counter. Stu and Ned resume their conversation about Paul and the police investigation into it and Ned wonders if that means another page in the family scrapbook about Stu. Stu reassures him that he'll get the same treatment when reviews of him appear in the paper. Stu wants him to spill the details about his relationship with Elle but breaks of the chat when Elle calls him.
As Harold clears up a table, Sky wonders why Harold isn't away at the soup kitchen and he says that as Lou is off seeing Lolly, he has to put in the extra hours.
Ned comes off the phone from Elle with good news - Paul has come round and will be fine. The shock of hearing this causes Harold to let the tray of dirty dishes fall. As Ned and Stu look on and Sky comes over, he apologises saying he's only an old duffer. The three of them wonder what has just happened.
Paul, who has gone against medical advice and signed himself out of hospital, arrives home just as the police are finishing off. Paul asks Stu if he found anything and he replies nothing obvious but they've taken samples away. Paul wishes he'd saw who did it but noted that he was strong and Stu asks if he remembers any more details to let the police know. Stu also adds that patrols are being stepped up in the area as he and his colleagues bid farewell.
Paul tells Elle to make sure the door is bolted shut and tells Izzy to call the security company as he wants the CCTV and 24 hour patrols back in operation. He confesses that he thought it was over when Corbett's body was found and Elle asks who did it. Paul promises to find who did it!
Lyn and Oscar are over and Lyn decides not to waste some turkey recipe on the Timmins but for them to have it instead. Lyn asks Max who is supposedly trying to keep Oscar amused if he is hungry but Max is trying to call Karl because they haven't heard yet. Steph tells him to calm down and offers to get him a beer as someone knocks on the door. As Max goes to answer it, Lyn tells Steph that if the cancer is back then they'll get though it together as a family, like before.
It's Karl at the door and Max shows him into the kitchen. With Max's arm round Steph, Karl confirms that Steph was right, the cancer is back. Max hugs Steph as we head into the second commercial break.
The General Store
Stu and two silent colleagues are questioning Harold and Sky about Paul's attack and they are first since they live closest. Harold has a small smile on his face as Stu confirms Paul didn't see his attacker and if to prove a point, we get a flashback. Sky mentions hearing something, a scream or a yell and possibly from Izzy around 2pm. Stu confirms the time would be right as we see another flashback and he interrupts Harold's daydream flashback and asks Harold if he heard anything and surprisingly says yes by mistake. Stu thinks he's got a lead but Harold quickly says that he meant no, he didn't hear or see anything, so Stu reassures Harold that he'll get whoever did this, it's only a matter of time.
Stu and his silent colleagues leave and Sky notices Harold's hand as he takes off the blue plastic glove he was wearing and wants to know how he got the marks on his hands. Harold of course has the perfect alibi - he was pruning the roses.
Stu arrives home and notices Ned packing. Sad news, he isn't on the way back to Oakey but to No. 22 to help Paul protect the girls and not shacking up with Elle as Stu originally suggested. Stu talks to his brother about the case (and reminds him not to say a word to anyone and he's only telling Ned due to his relationship with Elle) and says that this attack on Paul was different - a crime of passion rather than pre-mediated stuff that happened before.
STU: We're not entirely ruling out a connection to Corbett, but our thinking now is the perp's a lot closer to home…acting on sudden impulse. You know someone who knows Paul well, like a colleague, a close acquaintance, family even. Someone who hates him, or fears him a lot.
After saying that, Stu asks Ned if he still wants to do the Boy Scout thing! “Absolutely,” replies Ned, so Stu asks what he'll do if the attacker returns and makes a joke by suggesting Ned tap dances him out the front door or sings to him. As you can imagine, this goes down like a lead balloon with Ned tells him that he can't stand the competition but Stu says it is a Parker thing - they put themselves on the line for the women they love - which silences Ned.
Izzy comes off the phone and gives Paul the news that the CCTV will have to wait as there is no technician available but they'll have a security guard patrolling in a couple of hours. Izzy is a bit stressed out because she thought she'd lost Paul and it is okay now. He tries to make a joke of it to cheer her up by replying that it may not be okay yet but he is still breathing. Izzy admits that she can't imagine her life now without him in it and just how much he means to her.
A knock at the door interrupts the chat and Elle says it will be Ned and goes to let him in. Paul reminds her to ask who it is before opening but she unbolts the door and opens it without checking. Paul with his dodgy voice reminds her what the point of all the security is if she just opens the door willy-nilly. Elle replies back that she was expecting Ned and hence ignored her dad. Paul apologises to Ned then thanks him for coming over in the circumstances. Ned says it is no problem as he is glad to help and tells Paul he'll take care of any problems while he is getting back on his feet.
Karl tells Steph that her treatment starts tomorrow and that the risk to the baby is minimal when she asks how it will affect bubs. Lyn and Max breathe a sigh of relief as Karl goes on to say that he expects a full recovery will happen since they've caught it early. Max reassures Steph that everything will be okay but the look on her face would suggest otherwise as we head into the third commercial break.
Commercial break over and we go back to Elle and Ned are cutting up fruit together in the kitchen as Izzy and Paul look on in the living room. Someone knocks on the door again and the jokiness that was going on quickly stops. Paul tries to croak out who is there but gives up and Ned shouts out “who's there”. “Harold Bishop,” comes the reply back and Ned lets Harold in. Izzy apologises for the cautiousness going on and Harold hands over them muffins he is holding as a get well present. They're straight out the oven too (clever cover!) as Harold has oven gloves on.
Harold tells him (Izzy took the muffins into the kitchen) everyone is sorry to hear about his troubles and asks Paul if he is alright. Paul replies that bar being stiff and sore he's but he'll get over it. Harold tries to quiz Paul on what happened and Paul lays his cards on the table and admits that he felt so helpless and can't think who'd have done this to him or why even. Harold has a smile on his face at this point. Paul then admits that he's trapped in his own nightmare before Harold still with his gloves on leaves once Ned has undone the 1001 bolts on the door.
No. 32 (next day)
Steph comes off the phone as Lyn calls round to see if Steph is ready to go to the hospital. She shocks Max and Lyn by telling them that she's just rang and cancelled he appointment. Max reminds her that the treatment needs to start as soon as possible and she shocks them again by saying she isn't having the treatment because of the slight chance it could harm bubs. Max points out that the risk to bubs is minimum but Steph replies that it isn't good enough and after everything they've been through, she's not taking a risk with her baby's life.