This week on Neighbours
- The teens saying goodbye to Ringo.
- Paul telling Rebecca he can't let her go.
- Michael wanting Ruby to stay.
- Sophie telling Callum she doesn't reciprocate his feelings.
- Andrew panicking with Paul out cold.
- Charlie going AWOL.
There is an update to the titles – Ringo has been removed from the water pistol scene, leaving just Andrew and Zeke in it now.
Previously on Neighbours
Steph telling Toadie and Libby she's going to hire her own lawyer to fight her case to avoid jail time.
Donna being told that Ringo is dead.
Number 28/ Lassiters Lake
We begin the week with a musical montage, as Soldier On by The Temper Trap plays we see the multitude of flowers that have been sent to Donna before seeing her try and decide what jewellery to wear. Meanwhile down at the lake, Zeke looks through the pics on his mobile of happier times before we finally head back to #28 with Kate entering and going to sit by Donna on the sofa and helping her pick out a piece of jewellery to wear.
Lyn is looking at some wreaths online and gets surprised when Steph comes into the kitchen to tell her that Charlie is finally down for the night. Steph then tells her about going to see Doug and getting a referral to a counsellor… and that she is going to fight the court case too. “Good on you Steph,” Lyn tells her although does seem quite surprised when Steph tells her about hiring another lawyer rather than using Toadie.
Harold's Store (next day)
The teens are done up in their finery as they enter the store for coffee's before heading off to Ringo's funeral. Lyn seems shocked to see them and doesn't really know what to do and after a few awkward moments, makes a beeline into the kitchen. Tensions are a bit fraught between the guys too over a non- working GPS but that is nothing compared to the atmosphere when Steph enters the store and runs right into them. She wants to go and talk to Donna but Zeke steps in her way to prevent that, so she too heads off to the kitchen.
In the kitchen, Steph catches the end of Lyn's call – she's calling to get a wreath send and Steph remarks that she hopes Lyn didn't put her name on it! The two of them have a heated discussion about that and the teens half- hear it out in the store. Donna remarks that the tension in the air isn't helping; she wanted the day to be perfect for Ringo.
Nick finally makes it to Erinsborough and shares a belated hug with his daughter. He asks for a lift in their car but Donna puts her foot down at one of the teens not being with her, because they all need to go together, so Nick suggests he goes with Karl and Susan, meeting them there, which suits her better.
Petrol station somewhere
The teens have stopped for petrol and Zeke is miffed at Declan for wiping his playlist of Ringo's favourite songs. The two of them have a mini- squabble until Kate puts and end to it by issuing them instructions (Zeke sort out the music, Declan pay for the petrol). Kate then notices that they've taken a wrong turn but Donna explains it was done on purpose – they are taking a detour to where Ringo claimed you got the best pies!
The teens are now arguing over pies as they drive to the bakery at Watson's Creek and eventually they turn off for the bakery.
Watson's Creek Bakery
The teens now have a variety of pies sitting on the bonnet of the car, trying to work out which one Ringo liked best. Kate tells the squabbling boys to taste them all until they have a final two and Donna will pick one of them. Even the simple task of choosing a pie is too hard for the boys to do without squabbling (again) and this time, Zeke walks off to find his own way to the funeral.
And today's trip down memory lane is to 1988 and Henry Ramsay.
Steph has found a way she can do something for Ringo, by making a donation to the St. John's Ambulance. Sonya drops by with a cuddly koala that Charlie left behind and after spotting what Steph has done, remarks that it's a lovely gesture. She and agrees with her reasons for doing it too although Steph doesn't quite think that Ringo's family would appreciate her contacting them (Sonya thought she should do that).
STEPH: None of you get this. I'm doing this on my own. Nothing I do can make up for this.
Sonya apologises before quickly leaving and when she's left, Lyn tells her daughter that she needs to stop this.
LYN: You don't want any help from anyone, well the lawyers going to be here soon, so you get it together Steph.
Watson's Creek Bakery
As Zeke patiently waits for a bus, Kate takes charge of the situation – she is on a mission to sort things out! First up is getting Donna to go and buy some new pies before she walks over to the bus stop to have a chat with Zeke. She lays it on thick to him that they need to go to the funeral together.
ZEKE: All of us haven't been together in a long time.
Donna exits the bakery with more pies and Declan says they can now get going with or without Zeke.
Meanwhile over at the bus stop, Zeke mouths off about how Declan hasn't been part of the group for ages. “He's such a dictator telling everyone what Ringo would have wanted.” Kate uses what he has just said and asks him if this is what Ringo would have wanted and over by the bakery, Declan remarks that Ringo would have sorted Zeke out if he'd been here.
DECLAN: Zeke's so immature.
DONNA: Well Ringo always did bring out the best in people.
DECLAN: Just because he shared a bedroom with him, didn't make him the expert.
Zeke continues the anti- Declan tirade and eventually Kate puts a stop to it and reminds him that today isn't about Declan or himself, demanding to know why he is wrecking this day for Donna. He's stunned by her allegation and goes back to his rant of ‘I know Ringo better than him'.
KATE: You and I both know that this isn't what it's about.
ZEKE: He's my brother.
Kate ponders for a moment before replying to that one, asking him what he thinks Ringo would say about the two of them fighting like this. “I just want him back,” is Zeke's reply.
Declan meanwhile admits to Donna that he hasn't been there for any of them lately, lamenting that it's now too late. “I just want him back,” Declan says also.
Steph's lawyer, Mr Green, asks to hear from Steph what happened that afternoon. When she isn't immediately forthcoming, he prompts her by asking why she rode her bike, was it too far to walk? “It was just a ride,” she uncomfortably replies back (she's replaying that afternoon in her head). He asks about the state of mind she was in (angry/concentrating on the road) and we go into flashback mode, seeing what happened, before Steph blurts out “it all just happened so fast.” Mr Green then asks if she had time to react when she saw the pedestrian. Again, Steph is replaying out what happened and gets very distressed, so much so, that she calls a halt to the proceedings.
Lyn seeks solace over a cup of herbal tea with Sonya before a still agitated Steph joins them. Sonya acts as a sort of intermediary, being the one to tell Steph that she has to stop pushing everyone away – they just want to help her.
SONYA: You've made a terrible, terrible mistake and you're going to have to live with that for the rest of your life, and trust me, you don't want to do that alone.
Watson's Creek Bakery
Donna decides to put her foot down – she will take his favourite pie to the funeral and that they will all go there together. Zeke starts to make his way towards them and when he arrives, Donna picks a pie and finally they all start to remember things about Ringo in a nice way with no bickering either before getting into the car to continue the journey to Muttatang.
Sonya hands Steph a cup of herbal tea over then gets her talking about the case even if Steph would rather put it off.
STEPH: Donna's burying her husband today because of me.
SONYA: And you're going to court because you don't want Charlie to be without his mother.
STEPH: But I can't bear it. I can't bear the idea that I'm pleading not guilty. I am guilty. I should pay for what I've done.
SONYA: You are! Do you really think going to jail's going to make that better?
Steph admits she is dreading the court too because everyone will be there and Sonya points out that is beyond her control, she has to focus on herself.
LYN: We're here for you sweetheart.
Sonya gives Steph some words of wisdom – she knows how hard it is to turn things around. She continues by telling Steph she went through it alone, but she has them (referring to a pic of Toadie and Callum). “I just want things to go back to normal,” Steph laments and wonders if she should return to work. Sonya replies that only she can decide if its time, adding though that she won't know if it's the right time until she does take that first step.
The teens have had an unscheduled stop (Zeke was ill) and when Donna tries to get the car started again, it won't start because they are out of petrol!
The guys are actually working together now but its not good news – Declan reports that roadside assistance can't be with them for a couple of hours whilst Zeke's report is that Karl and Susan have reached Muttatang but Nick is volunteering to come and pick them up. “It will be too late” Donna says before asking how they run out of petrol in the first place! Zeke puts a stop to the inquest, instead wanting them to focus on what they can do instead. Donna is horror- struck at how things are turning out, and grabbing the bag containing the pie, starts walking, determined not to miss Ringo's funeral.
Final commercial break later and the rest of the teens realise that Donna is going to walk there come hell or high water, so rush to catch up with her. When they do, they Declan tells the girls to return to the car, he and Zeke will continue walking and either flag down a car or find a house. “Why can't I do that?” Donna asks and Declan points out that they can run unlike her in her high- heeled shoes. Realising they've got a point, she relents and the boys take off.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- The teens missing the funeral but having their own memorial instead.
- Andrew wanting to know what is going on between his dad and Rebecca.
- Paul collapsing.