This week on Neighbours
- Callum being removed.
- Lucas pointing out the pitfalls of Lyn's invitation.
- Diana telling Declan she knows about Paul's embezzling.
- Declan confronting Andrew.
- More trouble for Susan.
Previously on Neighbours
- Donna trying to reassure Ringo he'll be a good paramedic.
- Susan being stalked.
Susan tells her family about her being followed by a car on the way home from Uni. Karl tries to tell her its serious but she is very much playing it down but does add that she was scared. She also tells them about getting more messages adding too that she thought if she ignored the person then they'd go away. Karl decides he's heard enough and goes to call the police.
Constable Page and a silent colleague are questioning Susan about the car but unfortunately she can't remember too many details. Karl isn't amused when Const. Page gives them the bad news that while she'll pass the info on to CI, there isn't much they can do.
Number 28 (next day)
Karl makes sarcastic comments at Donna for what appears to be her taking over the table to dress up a skeleton! He then says good morning to Susan when she comes through from the bedroom. She confirms she slept well but dodges Libby's question of whether she's going to Uni or not (Libby volunteered to give her a lift but Susan replied that she'd reading to do) and heads outside to feed Audrey. Karl comments to Libby that some rest bite might be a good idea.
Meanwhile, Ringo arrives back from his run and queries what Donna is doing to his skeleton – she's decided that since he doesn't need it for studying, she's going to use it as a mannequin. He isn't amused and wants him returned to his original state.
Donna is showing Kate and Declan a pic of dressed skeleton and that Ringo cracked about her using it – proof to her that he really wants to be a paramedic. They think otherwise and Donna wonders if she'd been as supportive to Ringo about him wanting to be a paramedic then things might now be different.
KATE: No, wrong, none of this would be like this if he hadn't met Naomi.
Dec throws his opinion into the ring – perhaps he does want to be a builder which Donna instantly dismisses and isn't impressed either when he tells her to stop trying to change Ringo's mind.
DONNA: (to Kate) See boys, they have no idea.
She explains to them her reasons – she wants Ringo to be happy and that is being an ambo – and that she just needs to find a way to get Ringo to see that.
Ringo spots Susan sitting on the couch as he takes a call from Donna – she wants to see him and he asks if that is okay with Susan, it is, so he leaves the house.
When he left, Ringo didn't close the doors and as soon Susan notices this, she is out her seat to not just close the doors but to make sure the house is secure too by putting the safety chain on.
Ringo arrives as requested with a task to undertake – to reassemble his precious skeleton! Donna claims she couldn't get the fabric off him so had to dismantle him!
DONNA: I tried singing that ankle connected to the knee bone song but then he just looked like a circus freak.
Ringo starts putting it together and Lucas picks up some of the bones remarking that he's broken one or two of them and the names sound familiar too when Ringo says what they are when taking them from Lucas' hands.
Lucas is impressed at Ringo putting it back together and he's got a satisfied smile on his face too as he does the re- construction work although it then dawns on him that it's a set up after he catches Donna and Lucas silently signalling to each other.
RINGO: Is this a set up?
Ringo catches Declan trying to avoid Diana when he comes in for some lunch for Susan and himself. He tries to warn Ringo about Donna being on the warpath but it's too late, Ringo's already found that out, so he asks if Ringo really does want to be a builder. “Don't you start too” is Ringo's reply before Declan promises to try and keep Donna off his back but its too late, both she and Kate have just walked into the store… so he quickly leaves!
Donna's still trying to come up with a plan and thinks about deliberately injuring herself until Kate reminds her that is stalker territory! She then leaves the store after Kate gives her a possible avenue – getting praise from a teacher (she told Donna that she didn't believe her mum saying she was a good dancer until hearing it from her teacher).
Susan is outside on the street taking a call from a concerned Karl and watching her every move is a black car sitting outside #22 where in the background Lucas (complete with safety gear!) is mowing the lawn. She then notices the car is revving its engine (probably because Lucas switched the lawnmower off) and begins to freak out – she runs back towards the house shouting out for Zeke and Ringo. Lucas, hearing her call, comes rushing over too but in the meantime the car suddenly takes off.
The boys come out of the house and Zeke sends Ringo off to get the registration number when Susan tells them the car was on the street but its too late, its taken off by the time Ringo reaches the road.
SUSAN: They know where I live.
And today's trip down memory lane as we head into the first commercial break is to 1992 with Paul Robinson and Caroline Alessi dealing with someone who has collapsed.
Karl tells Susan (after calling the hospital) that he's not going back to work he's staying home to be with her and to help rejuvenate their spirits is going to shout everyone to chocolate cake at the store. The boys are up for going too and are trying to lighten the atmosphere by bantering with Karl when Susan shouts out that she isn't going, and then quietly tells them that she doesn't think she can leave the house.
Ringo has decided instead to bring cake home via a detour to Charlie's to meet Donna. She is busy apologising to him when oh look, Christian happens to pop by the bar and Donna takes that as her cue to leave them to it and retreats to the other side of the bar to where Kate is.
Christian knows that it's a set up and Ringo makes it clear they aren't going to talk paramedic stuff, which he is happy to go by and instead talk footy that Ringo suggested. Meanwhile over the other side of the bar, Donna thinks them talking was a great suggestion by Kate although she doesn't know they're not talking paramedic stuff.
Donna heads over when she spot's Christian leave and when she reaches Ringo's table, she's all set to congratulate him for going back to paramedic training (she misinterprets Christian shaking Ringo's hand) when instead he has a go at her for patronising him by arranging the chat with Christian. He makes it abundantly clear, he is going to be a builder as he's been looking to the future and securing the money that they will require for a wedding, a house and kids. His explanation is nice for Donna to hear but she reminds him that this is the 21st century and she can contribute too, especially if her designing takes off but he's still having none of it, although his tone is a lot softer this time.
RINGO: You need to have faith in what I'm doing.
Karl reports to the boys and Libby that Susan is sleeping when he returns to the livingroom after checking on her. Donna arrives wanting a final word with Ringo even though he tried to tell her this wasn't the time.
Donna apologises for setting him up with Christian and tries to get it through to him that he was really happy saving lives and that working on a building site doesn't make him that.
DONNA: I don't want a provider; I want a partner… a happy partner. We're not even married yet and you're using me as an excuse.
RINGO: It wasn't an excuse.
DONNA: If getting married is going to stop you from following your dreams then we won't get married. It's simple.
Ringo is ranting off at Declan over what Donna has just said and wishes she'd see that it's just common sense. Lucas wonders what they are talking about when he enters the livingroom and Ringo tells him that Donna's just called of the engagement because she thinks he should be an ambo. “Wow” is Lucas' reaction but Declan adds that he doesn't think Donna meant it.
And yes right enough, Donna didn't really mean it as she tells Kate about it. “I did it to get his attention” she says but Kate then plants a seed of doubt in her mind whether Ringo realises that or not.
Ringo moans to the guys about fearing Donna is going to dump him every time they have an argument. They in turn mange to wriggle out him that yes, he isn't happy working on the building site, which was what Donna was trying to do.
Donna is mildly freaking out that she's pushed Ringo too far but does say to Kate that if the roles were reversed, she'd want someone to do the same to her as she is doing to Ringo.
Lucas bluntly tells Ringo that he should hold onto Donna with everything he's got after he gets Ringo to confirm that he does want to be an ambo.
Lucas makes himself scarce when Donna arrives as Ringo is ready and waiting for them to chat but first she passes the newly rebuilt skeleton which has a note in its hands addressed to her – Ringo says sorry and Ringo reveals himself to her from where he was waiting. He announces to her that he is going to re- apply to get back on his paramedic course as it's what he really wants to do.
Susan returns to the safety of her bedroom after Karl offers to make the tea instead.
Libby and Zeke return home and don't think it sounds good about Susan seeking refuge with Libby pointing out that's going to make it harder for her to leave the house in the long run. Karl agrees with her but Zeke doesn't like her suggestion of forcing Susan out of the house although Libby thinks it's her bowing down – Susan Kennedy wouldn't let anyone else do that. Karl takes offence at her saying that but Libby points out that her mum needs to be tougher than they are, and even if she is faking it, she mustn't give in. “Fake it ‘til you make it” they suddenly hear in the background and she jokes with them about copying her style when they try to explain! Susan then asks for Libby's help to get ready to help her fake it as she isn't quite up to it today.
Reluctantly Karl (and Libby and Zeke) leaves his wife as she is determined to drive alone to Uni for a lecture, rejecting Zeke's suggestion of just driving round the block instead because Libby is right – she needs to do this.
However, as she gets the car ready (closing the windows and starting the engine) she has a flashback to the black car and it taking off, and is just about to have a panic attack when Zeke startles her – he's after a lift to Uni as he's suddenly got an extra class. Zeke wants to drive but Susan refuses and when he gets into the passenger seat, she wriggles out of him that he's really just accompanying her, there is no extra class. “Thank you,” she says heartfelt while holding his hand before they set off.
Zeke shadows Susan as she moves around the Uni but stops him from joining her for the lecture, saying she has to do this herself, but he promises to be waiting for her when it ends.
However as the other students begin to pile into the lecture theatre, she has a panic attack and after the commercial break we return to find she's fled to the toilets. She tries to compose herself by splashing her face with water and drinking some too before trying to psych herself up.
SUSAN: You're okay, nothing is going to happen to you, you can do this.
But that all goes out the window when she receives a text message – I'm looking for you – why aren't you in class? She throws the phone on the floor and seeks refuge in a toilet cubical with the lock firmly locked.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Tash helping Sophie and Callum, worried what Andrew may say if he finds out.
- Andrew finding out that Tash is their maths tutor.
- Karl ranting off at Const. Page.
- The hunt for Susan.