This week on Neighbours
- Summer talking to Andrew.
- Kate frustrated with Declan.
- Libby upset at being humiliated again.
- Rebecca asking Paul to decide what he wants – Lassiters or their family.
Previously on Neighbours
Ringo joking that they can have the wedding at the Blokes Club shed.
Chris storming away from Michael very upset.
Tash and Michael arrive home and she isn't amused at her dad letting Chris get off scot free – she wants him suspended at the very least. Michael rejects her suggestions and ignores her rant, instead asking her questions about Chris and Andrew but when that doesn't shed any light he admits to her that he's puzzled by Chris' behaviour.
NATASHA: Why don't you ask him?
MICHAEL: You reckon he'd tell me?
NATASHA: Dad, he's 17, but you know good luck trying.
School (next day)
Chris catches up with Summer and apologises for what happened yesterday but their chat is interrupted first by Andrew and then Tash when she has a go at him for what happened with Kyle. Andrew sticks up for his mate to Tash, which causes them to have a ding- dong, before both head into the classroom.
Finally alone, Sum asks Chris what is up with him but he denies that there is a problem but again their chat is curtailed when Michael approaches and tells them to get into the classroom.
Michael has decided he's seen too much agro around the school and has concluded that it's due to the pupils bottling things up instead of sharing what's on their minds. His plan (which he explains to Libby and the class at the same time) is that he wants them to reveal a secret – either to someone verbally that they trust, written down or recorded on their phone before erasing it. His theory being that he wants them to get something off their chest and discuss how they feel after.
Summer pipes up to say that secrets are peoples own business – and he agrees with her, so adds that the secret they unburden themselves with stays private including having a shredder to shred those written confessions.
Libby (and Andrew) asks what the point is and he replies that he sees this as a pressure valve project – if they get something off their chests now, it will make the rest of the year easier. She still isn't happy but Michael ignores her and heads out of the room followed a few seconds later by Chris.
Chris barges into the office wanting to know if their assignment is due to him and Michael replies yes in part but it's designed to help everyone. He reassures Chris that he's done this project in other schools and it worked but he has to give it a go.
Libby arrives in the office too and ticks Chris off for walking out of class but he explains that he needed to see Michael before he exits the room, with Michael urging him to have a go at the assignment.
When Chris leaves, she spots he isn't his usual self, and asks Michael if he is okay. “No” he replies then explains that is the reason he is doing this ‘secret' project. Libby reminds him that they have school counsellors adding that he is getting into dangerous territory although he doesn't think that.
LIBBY: I hope you know what you are doing.
Blokes Club HQ
Ringo brings Donna into the shed to show it off and to suggest to her ideas he has for the place for their wedding (beer keg outside and a spit roast inside), although hopefully Lucas washing his undies in a bucket isn't another one of them! He also says they can get married outside beside the keg…but they will move the bins. Donna struggles to find the right words, instead just replying “perfect.”
Next on the agenda is music – Ringo has a band in mind, rejecting Donna's suggestion of a DJ, because it's got to be live. Lucas asks about the music range and he replies metal/def metal and has another suggestion too – they can play off the back of his truck!
DONNA: A flat bed truck?
RINGO: You don't like it?
LUCAS: Mate I don't even like it!
DONNA: No, no, no, no I love it.
Ringo lets Declan in on his secret re the weird suggestions for his wedding – he's doing it do see how long it will be before Donna cracks!
Blokes Club HQ
Lucas manages to get it out of Donna that she hates Ringo's suggestions for the wedding.
RINGO: This place is mankie and it stinks.
LUCAS: Thanks, I do my best!
She then reveals why she is going along with it – Ringo loves the shed and she wants to make him happy. “No matter what?” he asks and she nods her head.
The guys continue their chat – Declan wants to know how far he is going to push Donna and he replies “as far as I have to.” He further expands that he wants them to be totally honest with each other and if they can't do that with the wedding, how can they handle everything else?
DECLAN: It's pretty hard to make Donna crack you know.
RINGO: (very confident) Oh she'll crack.
Tash is first to bring up secrets amongst the four of them and Andrew suggests she start with her true feelings towards Kyle!
NATASHA: Come on, you can trust me.
ANDREW: You can trust her to spread it.
Tash blurts out one of Summer's secrets – that she is into Aqua. Andrew brings up Macca's Miley Cyrus' obsession when he passes them but he deflects attention from that to checking Summer's iPod to see what Aqua songs she has on it before disappearing as quickly as he arrived. [Obviously Griffo was unavailable since he was the one with the Miley Cyrus obsession!]
Andrew and Tash depart with her moaning that it's a stupid project and Chris agrees with her, telling Summer that nobody is going to say anything important any way. Summer tells him her secret is about how she's handled the whole Steph/Toadie situation – she's sick of defending Steph because of her lies and post confession admits that she now feels better for having unburdened herself. Chris looks like he wants to tell her something but is struggling to do so.
Chris then volunteers to put Summer's bag into his locker when she realises it won't fit into hers and she hands over her bag before departing. Before he moves off, Chris takes Summer's iPod out of her bag and puts it into his pocket. What he doesn't realise is that Michael watched him do that.
Chris catches up with Summer (and Tash/Andrew) to return her bag because it wouldn't fit in his locker either. He tells them to go ahead to Harold's as he's forgotten his wallet even though Andrew offers to shout him.
Instead of going back into the school, he hovers around until they are out of sight before sitting down on a bench where he pulls out Summer's iPod, and after some hesitancy, eventually records a message to her:
CHRIS: Hey Summer its me. (pause) Um this is for the secret thing. (another pause) Mike said, he said we should tell someone we trust.
( He struggles to keep talking and also looks like he's trying not to cry.)
CHRIS: Please don't hate me but I want to tell you, I need to tell you…
From on high (the connecting bridge between the two buildings) Michael spots Chris sitting alone doing the recording. He's getting more upset as time goes on but because we're seeing it from Michael's perspective, we don't get to hear properly what Chris is saying into the iPod.
As we head into the first commercial break, we rewind to 1986 with Max Ramsay and Clive Gibbons.
Chris joins up with the trio and Tash wants to know why he started the fight with Kyle. Andrew replies for him – he was sticking up for his mate.
Tash is desperate to find out Andrew's secret but talking of secrets; Chris has quietly been trying to put the iPod back into Summer's bag however he changes his mind when he hears Tash say that anyone blabbing something juicy wants to get caught. “And if you ask me, they want everyone to know about it,” she further adds. Chris then volunteers to get himself and Andrew a drink and while he is there, he deliberates whether to delete the recording or not eventually choosing the cancel button instead of the delete one.
Kate is gushing about Michael's ‘secret' idea when she and Declan enter the bar (she's back doing school experience at EHS). She subtly brings up that he keeping secrets isn't good – she is getting well annoyed at him keeping whatever it is from her. He then decides to reveal a secret (but not the one she wants to hear!) when he tells her that Ringo doesn't want a shed wedding – he's only doing it to see how long Donna will go before she finally cracks and admits she hates it. “That's so childish” she replies and is told to chill out - its Ringo's way of really finding out what Donna really wants. Kate doesn't think is at all appropriate even if Declan has a chuckle to himself about it before they fall into silence whilst they look at the menu.
Blokes Club HQ
Donna is visualising where the tables will go and Ringo pipes up that he doesn't want them, suggesting instead they get some old couches and beanbags and the guests can eat off their laps! Donna slowly warms to that suggestion, so Ringo takes things another step forward – a themed wedding of either mechanics or footy (Dingoes colours naturally)! Playing on that footy theme, his next suggestion is that the group can learn the Dingoes team song too… so it can be their bridal waltz. Donna is really struggling to find “appropriate” words, instead muttering that it is “kind of a love song.”
Ringo is really pushing his luck now – his next ludicrous suggestion to save money is for him to wear his footy gear and Donna her cheerleading outfit oh and whilst she is walking down the aisle, she can do a cheerleading routine (doing R- I- N- G- O like the YMCA song)!
Tash and Summer walk down the corridor still talking secrets. They run into Chris and Sum tells her that she told Chris her secret because she trusts him.
Chris then asks for Summer's bag (he's now going to put some of her books in his locker) but really its a cover so he can return the iPod however she catches him doing just that. As Sum holds it up, Macca walks past and pinches it from her – asking if it's got love secrets on it. Chris demands he returns it but Macca refuses and instead throws it to Andrew (who is finally off the phone). He goes to return the iPod to Summer but now Tash grabs it from him before he can return it. Summer and Chris protest and they try to physically get it back from her, but it falls from her grasp just as Libby walks by. She picks it up and upon discovering the owner, confiscates it until after school, despite Chris' protestation and orders everyone into class.
Chris and Summer hang back and she asks him what he put on the iPod (given his reaction) but he doesn't say anything and instead walks away.
Michael is chatting with Lucas about his pupils' targets when Libby barges in to explain what happened at the lockers and urges him to stop it. Lucas asks if they are going to listen to it (no) or delete it (can't do that either) they reply.
LIBBY: Chris is in distress because of this can of worms that you opened. Get the kids some proper help.
Donna runs through her version of R- I- N- G- O which apparently is going to involve a cartwheel and doing the splits! Ringo double- checks that she is happy to go along with his wedding ideas and she replies that she does…as long as he is happy. He now decides it time for some hypotheticals – what happens if he doesn't like what has been arranged but she turns it into a real question.
DONNA: Ringo, do you want it or not?
We then go round the houses momentarily before Ringo comes clean – what has been organised so far sucks! Thank the lord for that omission!!!
He explain that the wedding has to be about them but she doesn't see it that way – she got her way about going to NY and sees the wedding as Ringo getting whatever he wants. Ringo replies that it doesn't work like that - it's got to be 50- 50 not my turn, your turn. Donna is very much relieved to hear that they won't be using the Blokes Club shed although Ringo does ask that she keeps the routine… for the honeymoon!
Kate and Lucas are chatting about “the secrets” when Declan enters the bar. She is just about ready to give him the cold shoulder after he puts his tuppenceworth in (it depends on the secret) when Ringo and Donna enter the bar and let everyone know the shed wedding is off! “So you finally cracked?” Lucas asks Ringo but he admits that it was him that cracked – Donna doesn't have a limit! She is mildly miffed to find out that everyone knew about Ringo's plan but takes it in good spirit and can see the joke it was intended as.
Whilst the lovebirds head to the bar to get drinks (and Lucas decides its time to leave too due impending wedding talk) Kate has another dig at Declan for keeping secrets from her. Again he says he'd tell her if he could, adding that the less she knows the better.
DECLAN: Hey, trust me okay.
“I'm trying” she replies but it isn't exactly very convincing.
Chris turns up as requested to Michael's office and brings up what he recorded on the iPod. He is aghast that Michael may have listened to.
CHRIS: You had no right to listen to it; I didn't even know what I was saying. I was just confused about Andrew.
MICHAEL: Chris I didn't listen...
It dawns on Michael what Chris just said.
MICHAEL: You think you're gay?
Chris doesn't say anything but after a few seconds he picks up of his bag and does a runner from the office.
Michael runs after Chris to try and get him to return to the office so they can talk but Chris keeps walking. Eventually, Michael stops him and offers to help but instead Chris tells him to get away from him and walks off.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Has Dahl returned when a galah is spotted at the car yard?
- Karl volunteering to help Lou and the galah bond.
- Tash spreading the news that someone is gay.
- Michael laying down the law and threatening suspension to those who fall foul.
- Tash accusing Summer of being gay.
- Michael asking the students if unburdening a secret has made them feel better?