- Libby getting Ben to do an online test for his writing
- Summer wondering if Andrew pushed Paul
- Detective Brennan taking Andrew in for questioning
- Natasha witnessing the ordeal and questioning Summer
Natasha chases after Summer and says she's not leaving until she tells her why Andrew was taken away by the cops.
Erinsborough Police Station
Lucas arrives to act as Andrew's guardian in the interview (he didn't want to disturb Rebecca). Andrew is riled up and Detective Brennan asks if Paul ever made him this angry. Andrew just glares at him.
Natasha's annoyed that Summer would just dob Andrew in like that, but Summer is distressed and says she had her reasons. Hearing the commotion, Lyn walks out and tells Natasha to go home. Natasha's all, “Fine by me” and struts away.
Erinsborough Police Station
Moody Andrew admits to saying that he wished his dad were dead. Detective Brennan thinks it's a pretty incriminating statement.
BRENNAN: It's not too big of a stretch to think you actually did it.
ANDREW: I may as well have.
BRENNAN: What's that supposed to mean?
LUCAS: Do we need a lawyer here?
ANDREW: (upset) I put it out there didn't I? Now he's in a coma and I can never ever take that back.
Summer rushes out the door before Lyn can stop her - she wants to sort everything out with Andrew before it's too late.
Erinsborough Police Station - Exterior
Lucas asks Andrew if he wants to chat over a coffee but Andrew just wants to be alone. Lucas says to call him if they drag him in again and Andrew shakes his hand, thanking him. Summer finds Andrew and tries to explain herself to him, but he doesn't want to listen.
SUMMER: I was confused and the detective knew exactly what to say to get me to...
ANDREW: To what? To get you to lie?
SUMMER: I wasn't lying.
ANDREW: No, you thought it was the truth.
Andrew snarls at her to keep out of his way.
Libby celebrates Ben's fantastic online test scores with Karl, Susan and Zeke. She's excited she has evidence to prove to Ben's teacher that he's not a cheater, and is in fact a highly gifted writer. Her happiness deflates, though, when Susan points out that Ben has been offered a place in the arts school - located in the country. Libby says the school's too far away and she could never afford it.
Donna and Ringo arrive home from their honeymoon and they joke about Ringo wanting to carry her over the threshold but there was a reporter lurking around #22. Donna gets a smile on her face and wonders what on earth Paul's done now. Everyone looks uncomfortable.
Sophie, Callum and Ben ride past on their bikes, wondering what the reporter and photographer are up to. Callum sees Andrew walking to his house and says he can get Toadie to help if need be, but the West Warratah Star crew have already latched onto their prey. The reporter, Martine, fires questions at Andrew about his relationship with Paul, but Andrew ignores her and heads indoors. The WWS duo are about to sneak around the back when Natasha appears. In a desperate bid to help her friend, she tells them she knows Andrew didn't push Paul because she witnessed the accident herself.
The photographer takes pics of Natasha while she ‘confesses' to Martine about what she saw. Natasha claims she saw two figures on the mezzanine and then heard the glass break when Paul fell. Martine wonders why she hasn't given a statement to the police, but Natasha says she was scared.
NATASHA: I don't really like a lot of attention.
Let's all pause, join together and say, “PFFFT!” Natasha says she's only telling Martine to get it off her chest. She begs the reporter not to print her name or photo. Yeah, that's going to end well.
Toadie's on the phone, checking up on Andrew, but he says he's fine. Donna lets herself in and gives Andrew a hug, telling him they'll head to the hospital soon. But Andrew says there's not much point; there's nothing they can do. Ringo joins them and gives his apologies to Andrew, but Andrew's more interested in the fact that Ringo saw the WWS team leaving Natasha's house. He bolts outside to see what's going on.
Natasha wants one more reassurance that the paper won't print her name. Martine nods, “That's what I said”. They drive away and Andrew asks what they wanted, becoming relieved when Natasha says she was just getting them off his back. Michael returns from a jog and is concerned to hear about what his daughter's been up to. He tells her to consult him first before she talks to the media - they can't be trusted. Natasha says she knows what she's doing.
Today's nostalgia photo is from 1987 and is of Rosemary and Lucy cooking in #26.
First Commercial Break
Summer's scrolling through the West Warratah Star website on her laptop to see if there's any mention of Andrew. Lyn thinks Summer's just torturing herself, but Sum says that if Andrew's in the paper then he's going to hate her even more. They stumble across an article about a ‘mystery witness in the Robinson case'. Summer reads some aloud to Lyn and then forwards the article to Andrew. Natasha, who has been hovering near the counter, is half relieved Martine stuck to her word and half worried about her lies.
Donna and Ringo return from the hospital and catch up with Zeke. Donna's depressed because she's never seen Paul look so helpless, but Zeke overheard Karl saying Paul was stable, so that's a good sign. Donna's also worried about Rebecca and wishes there was something they could do to help. Ringo says they'll figure something out.
Karl and Susan play tag- team to try and convince Libby that sending Ben to the arts school might be the best thing for him. Libby does the whole “I can't afford it” spiel again to cover up her true feelings, but Karl and Susan say they could help out with money.
KARL: We think you should accept the offer.
LIBBY: (quietly) It's too soon. Dad, he's too young.
SUSAN: He'd get to do all of the things he loves doing. He'd be with other kids who enjoy the same thing.
KARL: And of course we'd miss him like mad but it's a terrific opportunity for him.
LIBBY: What if I'm not ready to let him go?
SUSAN: Sweetheart, you're never ready.
LIBBY: After everything that's happened he's all I've got.
KARL: But you're not losing him, you're letting him grow.
LIBBY: (crying) I love him so much.
Susan hugs her just as Ben appears from the hallway. He sees how upset his mum is and asks what's wrong. Libby sits him down for a chat and tells him that he's been offered a place in the arts school. She swallows her sadness and says that Ben should go. Ben looks tempted but says he doesn't want to.
Callum and Sophie think Ben's stupid for not taking up the offer.
SOPHIE: You're like the smartest kid in your school.
CALLUM: Probably the smartest kid in our school.
BEN: Doesn't matter.
SOPHIE: You're not staying because of us?
CALLUM: Yeah because for a smart kid that's pretty dumb.
BEN: I just don't want to go.
Lyn delivers drinks to Ringo and Donna at their table just as Nick arrives to join them. Donna called him up to ask for help with Charlie's - she wants the both of them to help run it until Paul‘s out of his coma. Nick reminds her he's got his own business to take care of (not that he doesn't want to help Rebecca of course). But when Donna reminds him that Rebecca and Paul are like her family, Nick smiles and says he'll make a few calls.
Michael asks Natasha if she's ready to head out for dinner, but she's too busy mulling over the online article Summer was reading earlier. There's a knock at the door and Michael's surprised to see Detective Brennan, who's there to ask a few questions. It sounds like a routine enquiry, but Natasha jumps the gun and blurts out that the reporter twisted her words. Detective Brennan's all, “That was you?” and Michael wants to know what he hell his daughter's done now.
Second Commercial Break
Natasha tells the cops she was just trying to help Andrew out, but Detective Brennan says she's probably done more harm than good.
BRENNAN: Impeding an investigation, providing a false and misleading statement, they're pretty serious charges. Next time it won't be just a warning.
He leaves and Michael shakes his head in disbelief, “What a stupid, stupid thing to do”. He reminds her that stunts like that can wreck people's lives. Natasha tells him she's truly sorry, and that she feels sick about it, but she was just trying to help her friend.
Donna is doing a horrible job of pouring a beer and Nick wryly comments that she still hasn't mastered the art. Donna smiles and says that's what he's there for. Susan, Karl and Zeke are trying to engage Libby in conversation, but she's too busy staring at Ben laughing and having fun playing pool with Sophie and Callum.
A song starts playing and Libby has flashbacks to when Ben was born (with bonus flashback Drew), Karl and Susan meeting their grandson, little Ben hanging out with neighbours like Lyn and Lou, Lib returning to the street with a more grown- up Ben and just little bits and pieces of their lives together, all smiley and happy. Tears roll down Libby's face.
Libby sits down with Ben and asks if he doesn't want to go to the new school because of her. Ben admits that he couldn't say yes after he saw her crying. Libby says she'll miss him if he leaves, but she'll be OK.
LIBBY: You really want to go don't you?
BEN: I don't want you to be sad if I leave.
LIBBY: Oh sweetheart, I can't help being upset. But that's OK because I would be much sadder if you weren't doing what you want to do.
Ben says he'd really like to go and Libby puts on a smile and says it's settled - he can start next week! She'll take some time off to stay with him a while, and maybe Pop can come too. Ben says he loves her, and Lib chokes back a sob, telling him she loves him too. They share a hug.
Number 32 - Next Morning
Natasha thinks Michael is giving her the silent treatment because he's still angry, but Michael says he's more concerned than anything. She shouldn't be getting herself in trouble with the press and the police. Natasha reminds him it's over, and doesn't get why he's still going on about it, but Michael just wishes his daughter would think before she acted sometimes. Lucas drops by with a copy of the West Warratah Star and Michael is horrified when he sees the front page - there's Natasha's photo with the headline, ‘Teen lies to protect ex'.
Third Commercial Break
Summer and Lyn look at the WWS front cover. Lyn sighs and says “that girl” is capable of anything and Summer states that this makes things ten times worse for Andrew. Meanwhile, Natasha walks in leaving a voicemail for Andrew begging him to call her. The girls squabble about who has been more of a crap friend to Andrew when the man himself walks in. He takes one look at them and tells them never to speak to him again.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
(Sonya and Toadie are having a nice time until Toad gets a call from Steph)
(Sonya hangs out with Lucas at Charlie's)
LUCAS: Are you OK?
SONYA: He's a real loyal friend. He's always there for Steph. It's a bit weird.
(Andrew's on a mission to find out who pushed his dad - starting with Toad)
ANDREW: I want to know about you and Diana Marshall. You both had good reason to want my dad gone.
ANDREW: I just want to ask a few questions.
(Natasha and Summer are worried)
NATASHA: He thinks it's an episode of NCIS.
SUMMER: I know.
NATASHA: He's getting really intense about it, it's kind of freaking me out.
(Andrew finds the DVD of Declan at the construction site)
NATASHA: Andrew where are you going?
ANDREW: I'm going to find Declan.