This week on Neighbours
- Kate happy for Declan.
- Callum trying to get elected onto the committee and doing a deal with Tash.
- Paul wanting Steph jailed for as long as possible.
- Steph looking at leaflets about children of prisoners.
- Karl warning Libby she could be joining Steph in jail.
Previously on Neighbours
Donna being reminded of Ringo no matter how she tries not to.
Charlie going missing.
The complex is now full of kids out after their sweeties and Summer thinks she spots Charlie but its just someone else dressed like him. Everyone is searching for him and while Steph is frantic with worry, Summer is distraught he went missing when she was due to look after him and its compounded when Steph takes the frustrations of her son being missing out on her by blanking her before calling the police.
Steph and Lyn give the police details on Charlie as more RSR's join in the search. The police reassure Steph that he will turn up soon but just as they say that, Lucas comes in with Charlie's costume.
A distraught Steph and the others resume searching the complex when Charlie suddenly appears and a very relieved mother/son reunite with each other. He explains that a lady helped him and from the same direction Charlie came from, we see Sam appear. Just like her last re- appearance, everyone is stunned although thankfully there is no baby bump this time!
Lucas checks up on how his ex- sister in law is going (fine) and confirms to him that she is in contact with Dan. He is very mysterious about her sudden return and she is a bit cagey on the reason.
Donna is relived to hear that Charlie is safe when Toadie calls Kate to let her know. Kate is surprised at how un- anti Steph Donna is; instead she more worried about a forthcoming Uni assignment and rejects her suggestion of asking for an extension.
Steph gives Charlie a stern talking to about running away before she heads over to where Sam is sitting to thank her. She rubs it into Steph about a mother/child bond before dropping it in that she has seen both Dan and Adam. Sam then goes onto say (without actually mentioning names) that she is in town to prosecute Steph and the way she is talking it looks like they'll be re- building the prison set!
And today's trip down memory lane is to 1992 with Debbie Martin and Phoebe Bright hitting the airwaves.
Steph joins Toadie and Lyn in the kitchen after putting Charlie safely to bed. Lyn thinks the fact Sam is the prosecutor isn't a good sign. Toadie agrees and adds that Steph should make sure she lets her lawyer know their history, even volunteering to call him for her, but she picks up the phone to make the call herself.
Kate seeks Lucas' thoughts on what to do about Donna – that's she's pushing herself into things too quickly (like her Uni assignment) reminiscent of how Declan was when Didge died, to get back to normal. “Different people cope in different ways” he reminds her and suggests just leaving Donna to find her whole way though this adding that she just needs to be there to pick up the pieces when the time comes. Kate replies that she'd rather act now so it doesn't get that far and he is quick to say that perhaps they have to but to be there just when the need arises.
Number 28 (next day)
Lucas and Kate volunteer their services to help Donna but as they do so, they get another visitor too – Sam. She starts by giving Donna her condolences before telling her that she is going to be prosecuting the case. Lucas isn't amused at her cold- calling, so Sam suggests to Donna that they meet to talk about her appearing in court because she thinks that will help her. “That won't be happening” Donna tells her and both Lucas and Kate suggest she leave. Since she is getting nowhere with Donna, she now tries it on with Kate (when she finds out who she is) but Lucas is quick to cut her off and instead she hands them her cards before leaving… he wants a word with her!
“I'm just trying to get to the truth” is Sam's reasoning for being in town when Lucas asks her and he doesn't believe her one bit, so she adds in that it isn't her intention “to cause any undue stress.” That isn't really washing with him either, so he asks her to lay off Kate and Donna and adds in for her go to easy, people have had a rough time lately.
“No” is Steph's response to Charlie's request to go ‘trick or treating again' just before Sum comes into the kitchen. Steph apologises to her for taking her frustrations out the night before when Charlie was missing. Sum then has a go at her step mum for not hiring Toadie as her lawyer especially since he knows her, knows the case and knows how Sam operates.
SUMMER: If anyone can take her on and win it's him. Seriously, whatever your issues are Steph, you'd be crazy not to have him onside.
Steph has obviously taken Summer's words to heart and calls round to ask Toadie to be her lawyer and immediately they get down to business trying to plan her defence. Toad outlines what he plans to do but first he wants to go through her statement.
They begin by going over Steph's reasons for getting out of the motel (Libby was going on about giving up the baby) and he concludes she was emotional, which Steph but can't agree with. She asks why they need to go over it, and he explains it helps to figure out her state of mind at the time. He then asks where she was going and Steph replies “nowhere, anywhere, I don't know.” Next up is how fast she was travelling and when she realised there were people on the road which causes Steph to have a flashback to the accident. Toad can see she is struggling and reaches over to reassure her and that they are almost done.
The complex bears the fruit of Donna's handiwork – it's covered in dolphin/penguin paraphernalia as part of Donna's Uni assignment however she didn't meet the brief so fails. Watching on has been Sam and she offers to shout Donna and Kate coffee once they clear away the display.
Donna explains to Kate the reasons why she didn't go for an extension – doing the assignment kept her mind busy and off of thinking about Ringo but asks that they don't talk about it in front of Sam (she's off getting the coffee's at the bar).
Sam returns to their table but Donna decides to leave and in the background, we see Lucas calling to give Toadie a heads up on what Sam is up to.
Final commercial break later and Toadie arrives at the bar and spots Kate and Sam chatting as he heads to the bar to see Lucas. Lucas explains that he called because he thinks Steph needs someone in her corner and is happy to hear Toadie say he is now her lawyer. “Then make a start and do something about that” he tells Toadie before leaving the bar.
Sam wraps up her chat with Kate and smiles at Toadie as she passes him on the way out. Toadie takes Sam's place at the table and he asks Kate what she was chatting about (her statement). “As long as you tell the truth, that's all anyone can ask” Toadie says to her then adds that it was a tragic accident. Kate agrees that it was tragic but also preventable so he accuses Sam of putting ideas into her head. She denies this, explaining that going over it step by step has made it clear.
TOADIE: So why do you say it was preventable?
KATE: Well Ringo had time to see Steph and push me off the road. If Steph hadn't been drunk and in a mess then she would have had time to stop.
(Toadie just looks at her accusingly)
KATE: I'm sorry Toadie but I was there and that's what I saw.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Rebecca and Paul trying to convince their family that things are on track even if they have some bad days.
- Toadie talking to Declan.
- Libby trying to reassure Steph.
- Libby unimpressed to find out Sam is in town.
- Toadie telling Libby what Sam is up to.
- Libby defending Steph to Sam but Sam firing a warning shot.