- Sophie getting a crush on Zeke
- Natasha hating the idea of Year 7s at the social
- Sophie and Callum going head- to- head to be Year 7 rep
- Kate worrying Declan is turning into Paul
Declan is running through his schedule with an assistant when he becomes distracted by Kate walking out of Harold's in the rain - and in cheesy slow motion - Declan wants to get under her umbrella- ella- ella. The assistant brings Declan back to reality when she reveals his new car to him; one of the perks of being the manager.
Andrew, Paul and Rebecca are all outside when Declan drives up in his flashy new car. Andrew is jealous, of course, but Declan tells his mum he didn't really do anything to deserve it just yet. Kate strolls by and doesn't look impressed with Declan's new toy, but says it isn't any of her business when he tries to explain it‘s a company thing. She walks home and Declan calls out a ‘thank you' for looking after India, but Kate just ignores him.
Andrew tries to get Paul to listen to his new business proposal idea, ‘Robinson Entertainment‘, but Paul is far too busy getting a newspaper story done before deadline and shoos him away. Declan watches their interaction in the background while holding his painting from India, wondering if he's really going to let himself turn into someone like Paul.
Natasha moans about the social but snatches Andrew's business proposal off him when she realises he's not listening to her. She flicks through it and is impressed by his ideas, then gets an idea of her own - Andrew's first gig could be providing entertainment for the dance. Andrew thinks it would be a good test run and wonders if Natasha could convince the committee, but Natasha lies and says she's totally got the committee onside. When Sophie walks by, Tash tries to sweet talk her but Sophie's not interested in her campaign help. This leaves Callum, who is literally acting like a monkey to entertain his classmates. Tash rolls her eyes.
Toadie's leaving a voicemail for Libby, asking if he could go through her statement for Steph's trial again, when Callum finds him. Callum wants to use the law office photocopier to prepare some mystery fliers for his school social campaign. Toadie tells him to meet him back at work in five.
Michael's eating his lunch when he gets a phone call from Rebecca. He was supposed to meet up with her to discuss catering for the dance but he's needed back at school. Michael looks pleased when Rebecca says she'll come into the school for a chat instead and he says he'll see her in an hour. Natasha strolls right past her dad and heads for Callum, who jumps in fright when she lurks up behind him.
Instead of the customary ‘hello', Sophie greets Paul with a quote from The Art of War and says she needs her uncle's help to beat Callum in an election.
Natasha bribes Callum with a cupcake and says she wants to get his opinion on the music for the social. She tells Callum that Zeke's a bit try- hard and they need someone who has dance party experience - like Andrew. Callum just shrugs and says “cool”, much to Natasha's surprise.
Paul reminds Sophie he's been coaching Callum in The Art of War for quite some time, therefore he's got experience on his side, but Sophie reasons that Paul hasn't taught Callum everything.
Callum and Natasha realise they'd be pushing their luck to cut Zeke out of the social completely, but the entertainment's a start. Natasha tells Callum that for the plan to work she needs to be on his campaign team.
There's a crowd gathered to hear Callum and Sophie, who are giving out speeches and freebies to entice people to vote for them. Callum introduces Natasha and tries to hand out signed Pirate Net posters, but Sophie's got the upper hand with heaps of Lassiter's merchandise supplied by Paul. Michael walks in with Rebecca and Zeke but excuses himself when he sees what the kids are up to. He can't believe they're trying to buy votes and says it's about time to find out who won.
Later in the classroom the votes are being tallied. Michael makes an announcement and the winner, by a majority, is... Sophie Ramsay! Sophie's stoked but Natasha gets a sour look on her face, shrugging off Callum's shoulder pat of sympathy.
Today's nostalgia pic is of Gemma Ramsay back in 1990.
First Commercial Break
Zeke's sitting around a table with the social committee trying to organise the music. Natasha says she wants to bring Andrew on board because he's more “our age” but Sophie points out that Zeke was already down for the music and isn't that much older. They put it to a vote and there's a tie, so Zeke says they should take time out to think about it and vote again later.
Declan comes in to talk to Kate but she just gets snippy about his new car and how he ignored India in favour of work. Dec says he saw Kate and Donna playing with India outside earlier and realised he doesn't want to be stressed- out work guy anymore. Kate softens and says, “We really miss you”. Declan smiles and says he misses her too. He adds that he only took on the job to help out his mum but it's not worth it anymore. Kate looks a lot happier now that Declan's talking about quitting.
Callum's having a commiseration OJ with Toadie after his defeat at the hands of Sophie. Toadie reminds Cal that he's lucky to have Sophie as a friend and they should really sort out their differences. He also says that Callum didn't really want to be on the social committee in the first place so he actually made a lucky escape.
Declan stops to chat with them and Toadie compliments him on his new car. When Dec finds his mum he comments on how everyone is more excited about his new wheels than him. Dec says that he doesn't want to be like Paul and Rebecca assures him they're very different people. Rebecca says if the job's getting too much then he should just walk away - it's not worth the stress. Dec says he still needs an income but Rebecca knows they'll work something out, he just has to figure out what would make him happy and go for it.
Declan finds Kate in the kitchen and happily tells her he's set up a meeting with someone from HR so he can quit. Kate says she feels bad for pressuring him about his job but can't deny that's wonderful news. She hugs him but Declan takes this as a sign that they're going to get back together and says he loves her. Kate's all, ‘Um, what now?' and Declan reminds her about their little ‘I miss you' chat but Kate says she was speaking on behalf of all his friends. Hey Dec, take a trip to Awkward Town, population: You.
Second Commercial Break
Declan follows Kate out into the store and says he's quitting for “us” but Kate sadly says he's making a mistake. She adds that he should do it for himself or for India, but there's no chance of them getting back together. Declan does a bad job of hiding his wounded pride and flees the store.
Declan tells his assistant that he'd like personalised licence plates for his car. Rebecca sees him and wonders what happened to quitting but Declan mutters that it didn't end up being worth it. Rebecca asks if he's happy with his decision but Declan just replies, “As happy as you are, mum”. Kate strolls by - this time in regular speed - and sees Declan don some sunnies before driving out of the complex.
Natasha tries to tell Andrew that she doesn't have the social gig confirmed but can't do it when Andrew goes on about all the plans he's already made. And when she sees how impressed Paul is with his son's business skills it further cements her plan to keep her trap shut.
Sophie is dreamily staring at Zeke from another table while he listens to his iPod and ruffles his hair - in slow motion. Is this how everyone gets around Ramsay Street these days? Zeke notices Sophie and gives her a wave, but Sophie's line of vision is blocked when Callum sits across from her and offers a cupcake as a peace offering. Cal says the best man won and asks if they're cool. Sophie rushes out a quick ‘yep' and resumes her Zeke staring mission, delighted when Zeke asks her to have a listen to some songs he's picked out for the social. Sophie rushes over to share the earbuds with Zeke, saying she ‘loves' every tune.
Callum nearly has another Natasha- related heart attack when she sneaks up on him again. Natasha demands that Callum get Sophie back to the table so they can chat but Cal says Sophie's not interested in anyone else while Zeke's around. Natasha quickly figures out Sophie's little crush, and Callum tries to backtrack to protect his friend, but Natasha's evil little mind is already working overtime. Callum decides it's probably a good time to run home before things turn nasty.
Third Commercial Break
Michael and Rebecca reach for a packet of Tim Tams at the same time but Michael graciously offers it to her - the way things are going at school he's gonna need a block of chocolate instead. Michael says that the social was a good idea at the time but he's now realising what a nightmare it is to set up. Rebecca reminds him she's organised a lot of events at Charlie's and can always give him a hand.
MICHAEL: You've got a lot on your plate. Charlie's, Paul...
REBECCA: They can both do without me every now and then.
Rebecca smiles and tells Michael to call her anytime. He happily thanks her and says that he'll take her up on that offer. Meanwhile, Zeke says goodbye to Sophie and Natasha immediately latches on to her when he leaves, letting Sophie know that her crush is obvious. Natasha makes it clear that Sophie better side with Andrew on the music side of things or she'll let Zeke know Sophie has the hots for him. Poor kid.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
(The social committee takes another vote on the music)
(Summer can see Sophie's upset about something but won't say what it is)
(Steph and Sam have a glare- a- thon out in the street)
STEPH: She just looked at me smiling that smug smile of hers.
LIBBY: We need to stick together through this.
(Steph asks Sam for a word)
SAM: What you did to that poor boy. It's about justice.
STEPH: Bring it on.
(Paul visits Donna at #28)
PAUL: Darling you don't need an excuse to come back home.
DONNA: Everything here just reminds me of him.
(Paul catches up with Sam at Charlie's)
PAUL: Sounds to me like you could do with an ally.
SAM: And what's your interest?