This week on Neighbours
- Donna voicing her opinion.
- Kate and Mark getting up close and personal.
- Lyn and Michael warning Andrew.
- An altercation between Michael and Paul.
- The verdict is in!
Previously on Neighbours
Tash taking the social money.
Susan warning Libby but telling her to do what she think is right.
As Libby finishes dressing she hears in her head conflicting thoughts over what her parents/Toadie are saying regarding her court appearance. Her parents then come out of their bedroom but nobody says a word although Susan does go to her daughter and wordlessly gives her her support.
Steph sits worried at the kitchen table while in the background, Summer and Lyn discuss the shortage of Coco Pops – Sum thinks Charlie has been sneaking some when they aren't looking.
Number 28/Number 26
Lib calls Steph and both admit to being nervous and Libby's nerves aren't helped when Steph repeats that Toadie thinks her evidence is going to be vital. “Bring it on” she tells her friend.
Toad arrives to collect everyone for court and Lyn makes it clear to Steph that both she and Summer are coming – no discussion! Steph admits she is glad they are coming, confessing to being all over the place during last week's proceedings. Lightening the mood, Sum suggests they bring some rotten tomatoes to throw at Sam!
TOADIE: We won't need rotten tomatoes today, we have a much deadlier weapon primed and ready and her name is Libby Kennedy.
Toadie calls Libby to the stand and after swearing to tell the truth (and what her relationship is to Steph) he begins questioning her. He begins by asking if there was any evidence to suggest that Steph was over the blood alcohol limit and she replies no but then explains that things were emotional as they were discussing some “difficult private issues.” Next up is whether Steph was in a fit state to ride her bike and she replies positively, which causes Karl to bow his head in the public gallery.
“That's not true” Steph whispers to Toadie as he sits down. Sam picks up on it and asks if he's ready for her to proceed, he is, so she gets to her feet ready to cross- examination Libby.
Michael breaks the news to Tash and Zeke that the money for the social is missing and after Tash tries to put the blame on the cleaners, informs her that they weren't in last night so a pupil is responsible. Tash plays the part of “a victim” very well given she took the money and Michael isn't sure what is going to happen other than to convene a committee meeting to break the news.
Tash tries to deflect attention from herself by trying to get the guilty person from the committee to own up until talking Sophie reminds her it won't be one of them since they wanted the social! Michael interrupts the meeting to ask if anyone saw anything and Tash mentions seeing Libby put the money away yesterday and surely others did too? “Makes you a suspect doesn't it,” Zeke half- jokingly suggests but Tash counteracts by saying the amount of work she has put in lately would surely mean it wasn't her. Sophie agrees with that too on behalf of the silent committee members. Michael appeals that if they hear anything that they come to him and adds that if they money isn't returned today then the social is off.
Sam goes straight for the personal jugular with Libby – wanting her to confirm that Dan slept with Steph! Toadie immediately stands to say that it isn't relevant but Sam appeals it's to do with finding out what sort of character Steph is?! “Treed carefully” is the judge's comment on it and Sam repeats the question, forcing Libby to answer it specifically even though her first reply was to say that she and Dan were separated. After a lot of waffling and another warning from the judge, the next question is did Libby tell her Dan was the daddy (no) and if she tried to cover it up with her sham marriage to Toadie (yes). Sam can see that Libby is getting uptight during the questioning and tells her to relax; she isn't the one on trial!
Sophie catches a quick word to Zeke to ask if he can have a word with Michael and he agrees to, to try and prevent the social from being cancelled.
Meanwhile Andrew isn't impressed at the social possibly being called off and that it's going to harm his business interests. Tash tries to wheedle her way into doing a new gig with Andrew, almost suggesting to him that he'd be better off working with her instead of Summer (despite him telling her how great the two of them had been working together).
Finally Sam brings up the accident… then brings up the fact Libby was involved in a motorbike accident with Steph and asks if she'd have felt safe being on the back of her bike that afternoon? “Yes I would” Libby immediately replies back so Sam yet again makes it personal – would she have let Ben ride? Sam immediately picks up on Libby's hesitance to answer and thinks it's because of how Steph was driving but Libby finally replies that she wouldn't want a child of Ben's age to ride a bike on those country roads. Sam doesn't believe her and thinks her hesitance “speaks volumes” because she knew Steph wasn't fit to ride. “I didn't say that,” Libby pleads but Sam ignores her and instead turns it around and suggests to Libby that she could have stopped the accident from happening. “That's not true” Libby replies, but Sam is in full throttle now and shouts out almost to Libby, that she is as much to blame as Steph for Ringo's death.
Finally Toadie can stand it no more and gets to his feet to tell the judge that Sam's attacking his witness and finally the judge agrees too! Sam however isn't letting that stop her from continuing to goad Libby over why she didn't stop Steph and keeps going on and on until understandably, Libby finally cracks. “I did, I did try and stop her” she blurts out.
Sam has a rather self- satisfying smug look on her face and Steph just looks up at Toadie (he's still standing) and he too then looks at Libby as the dramatic music comes to the forefront before we head into the first commercial break.
And today's trip down memory lane is back to 1997 and one of the times Karl has cheated on his wife, when he kissed his secretary Sarah Beaumont.
County Court (exterior)
“Don't say anything” is Libby's words to her parents when they catch up with her outside the court. Next out is Steph and she hugs her friend saying its okay after Libby apologises to her for blurting it out. “Its alright” Steph again says to her and Toadie comes out to tell Steph she is needed back inside and when she leaves you can tell immediately Toadie is not happy! “I was trying to protect Steph,” is Libby's explanation to his unsaid question but he isn't happy at her lying and asks if she's trying to ruin his case. “Of course not Toadie,” she tearfully replies but it hasn't washed with him and he tells her that is the last thing the jury will remember and that if they lose it will be her fault.
Michael summons a meeting of the social committee (plus Andrew and Zeke) to say he's been round all the classes to try and gleam any information over who took the money but since nobody is owning up he's left with no option but to cancel the social. Tash as ever tries to look on the positives - they can go to Plan B for Robinson Entertainment.
Its time for summing up and Sam begins first.
SAM: Members of the jury, it's a fact when Ringo Brown was hit by Stephanie Scully's motorbike she was over the legal blood alcohol limit. The defence does not dispute this.
TOADIE: It is true that Stephanie Scully should not have been riding that afternoon but it's your job to decide whether she knew that she was endangering people when she got on that bike.
SAM: We've heard Stephanie's best friend admit it, she tried to stop her getting on that bike. She knew it was dangerous. We've also heard that the accused cut off a car outside the motel. She knew she'd been drinking, her best friend warned her not to ride and she'd had a near miss therefore she knew she was riding recklessly and she did not care.
TOADIE: Steph was suffering from post natal depression, it impaired her judgement. The alcohol in her system was there from the night before. She had no way of knowing that she was slightly over the limit. Steph is a loving and compassionate woman and a valued member of her community.
SAM: We've heard what she's been prepared to do to cover up her past mistakes. Don't be fooled, she will do whatever she needs to do to survive. Ringo Brown didn't survive; he was a young, newly married man with everything to live for. He could have been your brother, your husband, your son.
TOADIE: Ringo was her friend, her neighbour. Steph will have to live with the sorrow of Ringo Brown's death for the rest of her life – that's a punishment far greater than any this court can hand down.
SAM: Stephanie Scully is a liar and a manipulator and she knew exactly what she was doing and that makes her guilty.
TOADIE: She was ill; she was confused and therefore not guilty.
When we return from the commercial break the judge adds her words to the jury – they don't have an easy task ahead of them and to take as much time as they need.
“Out of our hands now,” Toadie says to Steph as the jury file out of the court. Steph reciprocates by thanking him for all he's done and Toad tells her (and Summer/Lyn when they join them) to stay positive. Sum and Steph head out of the court and Lyn hangs back to thank Toadie and she silently acknowledges the sitting Libby before she too leaves the court.
Libby then makes her way to the legal benches where Toadie is packing up to again apologise for losing it. “Steph's going to be alright isn't she?” she asks but Toadie continues to blank her and instead gives her a look that could kill before he too exits the court.
Andrew remarks to Tash that he can't get hold of Summer to see how court is going but she'd rather talk about something else – for Robinson Entertainment to hold a dance just for senior students.
Zeke isn't thrilled to hear that Libby lied in court and asks Karl and Susan if that is what they've been arguing about. “We didn't want to drag you into it,” is Karl's reasoning and Susan asks that he shows some compassion before going to check on Libby.
Alone, Karl confirms Zeke's question that he didn't agree with what Libby did, “but you know Libby” he then adds. “Well she's lucky she's not locked up” is Zeke's parting words before he too retreats to his room.
Lyn consoles Summer that she won't lose Steph and doesn't plan on letting her be found guilty! “What can you do Nan?” she asks and Lyn replies that she can have faith that the jurors will do the right thing and realise that Steph really is a good person just like they are.
Susan reports back to Karl that Libby is devastated and admits that she could foresee what Sam would do. “You stuck to your principles and I love you for that,” he replies before pulling her into a hug.
Lyn tells Summer that the best thing she can do at the moment for Steph is to be positive and hopeful. “Hope's not going to help her” she replies but Lyn is still hopeful that people will do the right thing.
They then get a visitor - Toadie arrives to tell them that the jury have come back.
Final commercial break later and everyone is back in court with Sam continuing to give Libby the evil eye although it is reciprocated!
LIBBY: (to Karl) Sam's loving this; I hope she rots in hell.
Meanwhile Sum wonders if the fact they've reached a decision so soon is a good or a bad thing and Lyn is very positive that it's a good sign.
The jury file back into the court and the judge asks the foreman if they've reached a verdict and he replies back that they have.
FOREMAN: On the charge of culpable driving causing death, we find the defendant Stephanie Jo Scully guilty.
Steph is in shock at what she's just heard and likewise in the public gallery so is Lyn, Summer, Libby and Susan. As you'd expect, Sam is the total opposite although she does manage to refrain herself just from breaking out into a broad smile.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Toadie putting together what to say in his sentencing speech.
- Donna v Libby.
- Toadie blaming Libby for losing.
- Sam saying that she was just getting poor Ringo some justice but Donna not happy at her saying that!
- Lucas offering Steph a way out – running away.
- Lucas admitting he loves Steph.