There is a change to the running order of the episodes from now on. First up on a Monday is 'This week on Neighbours', followed by the titles then its 'Previously on Neighbours'. There is also an in-house trailer now, 'Next on Neighbours' which follows at the end of the episode.
Ringo asking mystery man what he wants with Donna and him replying that he might be her brother.
Donna and Elle return from a mega shopping trip laden down with bags.
Donna's bro is explaining things to Ringo and asks how he knows Donna and he replies that he is Donna's boyfriend. Declan comes in to see if Ringo wants to kick the footy around and he tells him about mystery man and his claim to be Donna's bro. When they do the introductions, we finally find out his name - James.
Declan asks James why he hasn't met Donna before and he replies that his dad told him that he had a half-sister after a fling when he was younger with someone called Cassandra. He then asks where his father is but James is reluctant to tell them anything, wanting instead to let Donna hear it first. "Donna will be keen to meet you" Declan says as we cut back to #22 to see Donna and Elle having fun with their recent purchases. James asks to see Donna but Ringo lies and says that Donna is on holiday and won't be back for a couple of days. James is gutted as he flew in from Brisbane especially.
Later with James away, Ringo studies James' business card - he's James Linden a promoter for a music company called Chunky Mango. Declan returns with some coffees wanting to know why Ringo lied. Ringo avoids giving Declan an answer, even when Declan brought up Didge meeting her birth mother, instead choosing to confirm a study session with Libby when she runs in for some milk. Declan is persistent though and points out that James is going to find Donna himself and tell her about his lie and Ringo explains that the stalling tactic was to check James out on the pretence of looking out for Donna.
Elle and Donna have been trying on the said purchases and Elle decides to keep on her fancy new clothes to go and collect Paul's car after Lucas left a voicemail for Paul saying it was ready. "Just don't forget the price tag on your jacket" Donna shouts out to her as she exits the house.
Someone then knocks on the door and Donna thinks its Elle but instead it's James. "Do I know you" she asks but when we cut back to #22 a few seconds later it looks James has told her everything over a cuppa.
"Wow" is Donna's first words on the subject. Donna asks if their father knows he's in Erinsborough and James breaks it to her that he died almost a year ago, this is why he wanted to come and see her personally. She asks him if Daddy ever tried to track her down and James explained that he did but Cass didn't want anything to do with him so cut off all contact - this is the total opposite of what Cass told Donna.
James then goes on to tell her that he's got a large extended family that are dying to meet her and likewise Donna tells him about her siblings and friends who she wants him to meet too.
DONNA: (hugging James) This is so great. I'm so glad you found me.
JAMES: (not so enthusiastic) Yes, me too.
Elle comes by to collect the car and spots Sonya getting on very well with Lucas as he susses out what is wrong with her bike. She goes over to them and while he does the quick repair, Sonya politely tells Elle about the price tag still being on her jacket before departing on her newly repaired bike.
Alone, Elle tries to get out of Lucas who Sonya is but all he tells her is that she's a customer. "We're a garage, not a bike shop" Elle points out so she asks again who Sonya is but Lucas doesn't reply, instead hands her the keys to Paul's car before walking away.
Donna is showing James the Store and Elle is stunned to hear about him when they run into each other.
In the kitchen, Elle makes it known that she isn't amused at Donna posting videos of herself online but Donna replies that she just wanted to find her dad. She then goes onto say that he is dead but that James is really nice. Elle asks if James is genuine but Donna immediately replies back that he is family... but she'll still be her big sister. The two hug and you can see on Elle's face that she is concerned as we hear Donna say that she can't wait to tell Ringo and that he will just love him!
Donna continues the James tour and introduces him to Ringo and Declan. Thankfully all the guys act like they've never met before. Donna pulls James away to continue the tour and alone, Declan tells Ringo that he owes James one for not dumping him in it with Donna.
Donna and James are getting on like a house on fire - even down to liking (and ordering) the same food. She wants to know more details about Cass and Daddy so he fills in the gaps - Daddy and his mum split up when he was 3 and Daddy got together with Cass but after she cut ties with Daddy, he got back together with James' mum. Confused!!! Donna laments that she wishes she could have met Daddy and she gets a bit teary James says she is like Daddy.
Sonya, Toadie and Callum head off for a training session with Rocky and Elle comes over to ask Libby about her. Lib replies that she is Sonya and that Callum is trying to set Toadie up with her but it isn't working as Sonya wants to keep things professional. Elle thinks there is another reason - because she is interested in someone else. "What does that mean" asks Libby but Elle backtracks from what she said and leaves.
Elle catches up with Lucas as he exits the store, to make it known to him that she knows all about "Sonya with a 'Y'" and thinks he is doing a repeat of the Lucas/Libby/Dan triangle just because Toadie fancies her. Lucas replies back that he barely knows Sonya, having only met her twice, hence why he didn't introduce her to Elle. His answer seems to placate Elle and he asks if she was checking up on him, which she denies but the body language says otherwise.
Donna and James leave the bar and say farewell to each other, promising to see each other soon. Ringo waits until Donna has left before going over to James. James was about to bring up that he knew why Ringo lied to him before but Ringo quickly says that he doesn't want to see Donna hurt when. That isn't on James' agenda either and he departs with the air full of tension between the two of them.
Ringo finishes his study session with Libby although for a moment it would have been quite easily to get confused between them working on Macbeth and Ringo's feelings about James (he's a liar was his opening statement).
Toadie and Callum arrive home and Toadie is ignoring Callum's suggestion to go after Sonya. Callum tries to enlist Libby's help and is sent to his room to help Ben clean out his wardrobe instead. Toadie is curious to know why Libby wanted to get rid of Callum and she tells him about Elle's suspicions that Sonya is interested in someone else. Toadie is thankful for her information but Callum has overheard and wants them to go and find out who this guy is. "We are not going to do a thing" is Toadie's reply to Callum's suggestion!
"This is a bad idea" Toadie tells Callum as they wait for Sonya to make an appearance from their covert hiding place amongst the trees. Callum eventually spots her as she makes her way to the gazebo and Toadie wants him to quit spying but Callum carries on and notices that there are lots of people heading towards the gazebo too but he doesn't recognise any of them. "Do you want to go home" he asks but Toadie's curiosity is getting the better of him and he grabs the camcorder from Callum to get a look. Maybe he'd have been better not to have looked because when we see the close up, its Lucas that is talking to Sonya.
CALLUM: Who is it?
CALLUM: Who is the guy?
Toadie doesn't answer Callum but he looks quite gutted and announces that its time to leave.
Toadie watches the footage Callum recorded but quickly closes the camcorder when Lucas comes home. He asks where he was and Lucas replies that he was at a meeting.
TOADIE: How's Sonya?
Lucas thinks that Toadie knows due to Elle but instead he tells Lucas about seeing them in the park. Toadie asks if the meetings are a front so he can hook up with Sonya but Lucas replies that they aren't a front but refuses to say more, telling him that if he wants to know he's got to ask Sonya.
TOADIE: You knew I liked her.
Elle is sulking too and it has Donna worried, and she tries to cheer Elle up by saying she needs a James and talk of the devil, he appears on her doorstep (she thought it was going to be Ringo). James drops Donna a bombshell - he is going home! She thinks it's something she has done but eventually she worms it out of him that its due to Ringo. He explains that he'd already met Ringo when she introduced them and tells her that Ringo lied to him about her being away on holiday. When pushed for a reason why, he says it is because Ringo doesn't think that he's her brother. Donna tells him to go inside and wait for her - she's off to deal with Ringo!
Ringo is surfing the net for info about James when Donna arrives and she isn't amused at Ringo lying. His explanation that he is only trying to protect her doesn't win her over either especially as Donna tells him that what James has said ties up with Granny's story too.
DONNA: Look James is family and he's a part of my life now and if you want to stay in my life get used to it.
ELLE: (to James) Well it's been nice to get to know you better. (Lucas walks into the store)
KYLE: (to Harry) That sister of yours is scrubbing up alright.
HARRY: Shut it Kyle.
KYLE: (to Harry) Your sister wants me dude alright. She can have me.
KATE: (to Harry) Please don't be stupid about this.
JAMES: (to Ringo) So I'll keep this conversation between us as long as this ends right now.