- Donna feeling awkward around Andrew
- Andrew making 'friends' with Ringo
- Lucas calling out for Steph in the hospital
- Steph feeling guilty about seeing Lucas
- Lucas having a seizure
Steph talks to Lucas while he's unconscious and apologises for not being there earlier. She half-heartedly jokes around that he's just trying to get out of work, but then she gets upset and begs him to wake up.
Andrew explains his schoolies dance party to Paul and Rebecca. Paul's impressed with his son's business brain but Rebecca not so much. Andrew says he wants to learn about business from Paul, who is chuffed. Family comes first now after all. Paul pulls in Andrew for a hug, who scowls when his dad can't see him. Rebecca senses something is amiss.
Karl tells Susan, Toadie and Sonya that Lucas's seizures were caused by swelling on his brain but that his medication will keep him stable. In an attempt to lighten the mood, Karl and Susan tell Sonya embarrassing stories about teenage Toadie. Everyone's having a grand old time - except for poor Toad.
SUSAN: Stop it you're embarrassing him.
KARL: Two words, Susan. Kitchen tap.
SUSAN: Oh yeah, tell that one!
KARL: He got his finger stuck in a kitchen tap.
SUSAN: We had to call the fire brigade for that one.
TOADIE: Kill me.
Lucas wakes up and is pleased to see Steph at first, but his mood changes when he discovers that he had a seizure. His face darkens and he tells Steph to go. Steph says she's staying and that she's not going to let him down again, but Lucas is adamant that she leave him alone.
Declan, Paul and Rebecca are suspicious when Andrew bolts breathlessly through the door. He claims he was jogging then confesses that some thugs are after him. He owes $5000 to the security guards he hired for the schoolies party. Declan's peeved that Andrew would lead the thugs right to their home - it's no longer a safe environment for India.
They sit down to nut things out. Rebecca thinks they should call the cops, but Paul doesn't want to get Andrew in any further trouble. Rebecca then says that they'll have to give Andrew the money but Paul shakes his head.
PAUL: All my life all I've ever done for my kids is throw money at them like that's going to solve the problem.
ANDREW: It will this time - money is the problem.
But Paul says that Andrew's lack of integrity is the problem. It's something that took Paul a long time to learn himself. Desperate, Andrew begs his dad to bail him out this one time and it will never happen again.
Andrew makes a call to the thugs and puts a drop-off plan in place. Paul reminds his son it's not a gift - Andrew's debt has now transferred to him and he can pay it off by working at one of the family businesses. Andrew smiles and agrees but Rebecca can see that the smile doesn't reach Andrew's eyes.
Andrew meets the three thugs in the moonlight and hands over the money. Thug leader Vince says that Andrew needs to cough up another $5000 for all the time they've wasted looking for him. Panicking, Andrew says he doesn't have it so they start to rough him up before Paul steps out of the shadows and saves the day. He offers the thugs $3000 - $1000 per thug - or else he'll call the police. The thugs take the money and run much to Andrew's relief.
Steph hangs out in the corridor with Toadie, Sonya, Karl and Susan. Noticing everyone's downcast looks, Toadie takes one for the team and brings up more embarrassing stories about himself. While Karl and Susan entertain Sonya, Toadie gets some water near Steph. He's worried that every story is another nail in his relationship coffin with Sonya, but Steph smiles and says it'll take more than stories to put Sonya off. Dr. Newton appears and says she's about to go through Lucas's treatment options and suggests they all listen in.
Everyone gathers around Lucas's bed, much to Lucas's displeasure. Dr. Newton says it's a strong possibility that Lucas will walk again but it's not a certainty. The patient's own attitude to their recovery makes a huge difference. Lucas will be on his meds, but his main therapy will be physio. Everyone (bar Steph) jumps in with how they can help, pretty much ignoring the most important person in the room. Lucas grows more and more frustrated by the second until he throws the TV remote to the ground and yells at everyone to get out. He stares at Steph and tells her to leave as well, but she's not budging. He'll just have to ignore her.
Karl, Susan, Toadie and Sonya all feel bad for treating Lucas like he was invisible. Susan especially - she knows how much she hates it when her MS is around. They push on with ordering dinner and Toadie begs the Kennedys not to bring up anymore stories about him. Sonya says she liked hearing them, especially the one about him saving Murray the turkey from being Christmas dinner. She also thinks it's sweet that he's been trying to take everyone's mind off Lucas for a while. Toadie's relieved.
Lucas grumpily asks Steph what she's trying to prove by staying. Is it supposed to make him want to come home with her? Steph snits back that she doesn't care what happens to him, he can look after himself if he wants. It's not worth the aggro.
LUCAS: You really suck at reverse psychology.
STEPH: And you really suck at being a decent human being.
Steph reminds him that all his friends wanted to do is help him but he just pushed them away. She knows it's horrible what happened to him, but if he wants to walk again he's going to need help. He's just got to suck it up and accept the facts.
STEPH: So are you going to come home with me so I can bully you through this or what?
Appreciating Steph's no-nonsense approach, Lucas slowly smiles at her.
On the porch, Andrew wants to know how Paul knew the thugs would accept his offer. Paul admits he didn't - he had some back-up cash just in case. Rebecca is relieved to see them all in one piece when they walk in. Andrew thanks Paul and heads upstairs. Rebecca has to admit that Paul did well to bail his son out of a problem and teach him a lesson all in one night. Paul wishes his parenting skills had always been so up to scratch with his other children. He vows that his relationship with Andrew will be different.
Number 22 - Andrew's Bedroom
Declan is happy to know that everything is sorted with the thugs and thinks that Andrew should be more appreciative of Paul's help; he's been a really great step-dad. But Andrew doesn't care since Paul's never been around for him.
ANDREW: I get it, your life's been pretty sweet. You've made your point.
DECLAN: (annoyed) You have no idea.
ANDREW: I don't need a lecture from you, Golden Boy.
He tells Declan to leave and then starts packing his things up to do a runner.
Number 22 - Andrew's Bedroom
Rebecca catches Andrew about to leave and can't believe that he wasn't going to tell Paul. Rebecca reminds him that his dad just parted with $8000 to save his hide, but Andrew sniffs that it's about time his dad did something after all these years. Rebecca thinks Andrew is stupid for tossing away the chance to get to know his father. She won't stand for it and tells Andrew that if he leaves then she'll call the cops about the thugs and pretend the problem isn't solved.
REBECCA: Is it worth the risk?
ANDREW: I don't think you'll do it.
REBECCA: Well there's only one way to find out isn't there.
[Tomorrow on Neighbours]
(Rebecca takes Donna aside in Charlie's)
REBECCA: Did you tell Declan that Kate was too busy to go out with him?
(Donna looks guilty)
DONNA: Declan's not ready to move on.
(Declan confronts Donna)
DECLAN: Didge was my wife. Do you really think I need you to remind me of that?
(Rebecca sees Andrew around Lassiter's)
REBECCA: The ball's in your court.
ANDREW: Yeah well don't hold your breath.
(Lyn sidles up to Rebecca at Harold's)
LYN: So... Mrs Robinson.
(Rebecca's confused when Lyn & Andrew act all buddy-buddy)
LYN: Anyway we can catch up any old time can't we.
ANDREW: You've got my number.
LYN: Well yes I do.
(Kate annoyed with Declan)
KATE: What just happened? This was a mistake.
(Kate walks out of #22)