- Donna being encouraged to go to New York
- Summer telling Andrew to act normal around Tash
- Lyn shaming Paul about cheating on Rebecca
- Rebecca & Michael meeting up in secret
- Toadie inadvertently giving Rebecca legal advice
- Rebecca telling Michael to be patient with her
Number 22/Number 32
Rebecca (wearing a nice red dress) puts on some music and looks at the romantic table setting she's created for her dinner of deception with Paul.
Michael pops on a Hunters & Collectors album just as the girls and Charlie arrive home from the pizza shop. Tash asks if they have to listen to the “golden mouldies” while they eat and Michael pretends to be offended.
Paul's pleasantly surprised at the effort Rebecca's gone to, and is even happier to see she's wearing the necklace he bought her before their vow renewal ceremony.
Tash is a bit weirded out by her dad's overly chirpy mood and asks what he's so happy about. Michael just grins and says it's been a good day.
Paul compliments Rebecca as they sit down to eat, calling everything lovely. Rebecca says she's glad he likes it, but her smile fades away when he's not looking.
Susan brings out some old luggage of Billy and Mal's for Donna to use for her trip. Nick asks Donna if she needs help packing, but Donna tells him she'll be fine - she's still got a whole day to worry about that. Her main priority before she leaves is to make sure everyone in the street is following their dreams, seeing as they made sure she was following hers. Donna begins with Susan, telling her that she should go and visit Libby and Ben. Susan smiles and says Donna's right.
Paul tells Rebecca how much he's enjoying their dinner, especially since he was worried they'd never spend quality time together again. Rebecca admits she thought it was time they tried to move on. Paul can't help asking if this whole situation is “real” seeing as she's been so repulsed by him for months. Rebecca says she's been reassessing things for a while and she can see how much his family means to him. She also adds that Lyn helped her to see things more clearly. Rebecca takes his hands in hers and says that she really wants to try, making Paul feel quite relieved. Declan arrives home and is confused by the intimate setting, so Rebecca takes him aside and assures him she knows what she's doing.
Donna has decided Declan's next on her fairy godmother list and asks him what he truly wants out of life. Declan says he just wants a safe and happy life for his family and friends. Donna accepts this and heads off to weave her inspiration magic elsewhere. Michael spots Declan and cheerily asks him if he wants a drinking buddy, but can't help talking about Rebecca while he's there.
MICHAEL: Your mum and me, I want you to know how special she is to me. (Declan can't help shaking his head) I mean it, Dec.
DECLAN: Do you even realise how hard it's going to be for her to leave Paul? He's not the sort of guy you can just walk away from.
MICHAEL: OK, I get that it's complicated.
DECLAN: Complicated? You don't even know the half of it.
Declan gets up and walks away. It's safe to say that Michael's good mood has well and truly evaporated.
Donna's next projects are Summer, Tash and Charlie but they aren't really giving her much to work with. Donna notices that Tash is ignoring calls from Andrew and announces that they should all go and visit him at the hospital. Summer immediately backs out, saying she needs to get Charlie home. Tash isn't keen either (too worried about her injuries), but Donna eventually convinces her to come.
Erinsborough Hospital - Andrew's Room
Tash hovers at the end of the bed while Donna blabbers on about the fashion parade, but Andrew's barely listening, too busy reading a text from Summer (‘Be nice to Tash'). Heeding Summer's advice, Andrew tells Tash she looks really nice and gives her a proper kiss this time. Tash is instantly pleased and Donna smiles - her work here is done.
Number 32/Number 22 - Rebecca & Paul‘s Bedroom
Summer sends Charlie off to get his pyjamas on while Michael mopes on the couch next to her. Summer sends a quick text to Andrew (‘I miss you'), before going to check on Charlie.
Paul enters the bedroom, taken aback when he sees Rebecca wearing a low- cut lacy black nightie. Trying his best not to read too much into it, Paul goes to move the beds apart, but Rebecca says he can leave them where they are.
Michael dials Rebecca's mobile and gets her voicemail.
MICHAEL: Hi, it's me. I'm not really sure why I'm calling, I'm just... I know we're on shaky ground and there's lots of obstacles, but I need you to know that I'm in this for keeps. And if it takes time - I want to spend my life with you. So I'll wait for as long as it takes. Whatever it takes.
While Michael's pouring his heart out, Rebecca's trying not to let her skin crawl as Paul gently kisses her neck. Paul whispers in her ear that he loves her, just as Michael confesses the same thing to her on the phone.
First Commercial Break
Number 22 - Rebecca & Paul's Bedroom
Paul's fast asleep when Rebecca quietly sits up in bed and turns a lamp on. She picks up her phone and listens to Michael's voicemail, letting her tears flow with every word, the real kicker being his: “I love you”.
Erinsborough Hospital - Andrew's Room - Next Morning
Donna helps Andrew with his jacket while Paul speaks to the doctor out in the corridor. Andrew says Donna didn't have to come - surely she's got packing to do - but Donna knows he still needs her advice.
DONNA: No way you're a loose end and I need to tie you up... That didn't come out as well as I'd hoped but you know what I mean.
Andrew thanks her and Donna says he should let ‘nice guy Andrew' out more often rather than giving off the sullen bad boy image. Andrew nods and smiles while sending Summer a text.
Summer checks her messages (“I miss you too”), while Charlie asks if it's their Nan. Summer says it's just a friend and goes back to their game of snakes and ladders, but she can't help checking her phone in the meantime.
Erinsborough Hospital - Andrew's Room
Donna says it's great that Tash is making Andrew so happy and that it's a real kind of love, not the fake, “I'm only going out with you to make me look cool” kind. Donna reminds him that staying in love takes work, though, but Andrew says he knows. He also adds that he's felt happier than he has in ages; inspired even. Donna grins - that's another friend off her fairy godmother list.
Declan doesn't get why they have to do the whole welcoming committee thing on the doorstep, but Rebecca says it's a nice gesture for Andrew. She reassures Declan that she's not going back to Paul, but it's better that he doesn't know her real plan. All she'll say is that fighting has gotten her nowhere so she's trying something else.
Paul pulls up in the driveway and Donna helps Andrew out of the front seat while Rebecca and Declan greet him. Everyone heads inside while Summer sneaks up the driveway to say hi to Andrew. Watching from the doorstep, Donna is stunned to see the romantic energy vibing between Andrew and Summer. When Tash joins her friends things get awkward and Donna becomes concerned. Look out, teens, Donna's got her interfering face on.
Second Commercial Break
Paul says it's a pity that Declan couldn't stick around for lunch, but Rebecca says he had to work. Paul knows that Declan wouldn't be too pleased with them being back on track, but Rebecca replies that he'll get used to it in time. Needing a break from all the pretending, Rebecca says she has to get to work herself.
Tash gets a call from her dad and has to head home - she's organised a surprise for Andrew and has to set it up. When Tash leaves, Donna immediately launches into her ‘I know you love Summer and not Natasha' spiel. Andrew blusters that she doesn't know what she's talking about, but Donna eventually wheedles the truth out of him. Andrew asks her to keep quiet - he and Summer have a plan and they're trying not to hurt Tash anymore than they have. Donna insists that honesty is the best policy, but Andrew warns Donna to just butt out of his life.
Michael finds Rebecca in the office and asks if she got his message. Smiling, Rebecca says she did and thanks him. Michael moves closer to hold her hand, but Rebecca motions behind her and reminds him they're in public. Michael invites her over to his place later that afternoon when everyone will be out. Rebecca's tempted but her face falls when she remembers she's supposed to go for a walk with Paul.
REBECCA: I'm so sorry, but I did tell you it was going to be difficult.
MICHAEL: I know, I get it. You just let me know and I'll be there.
They smile at one another before Michael walks away.
Paul and Rebecca are strolling hand- in- hand through the park when they bump into Susan and Lyn. They make chitchat before Susan and Rebecca decide to have a coffee together. Before Lyn joins them, she sneaks a chat with Paul and asks if she's off the hook now that he's back on good terms with Rebecca. Paul just smirks and says he hasn't finished with her yet. Watching Paul and Lyn from a distance, Susan asks Rebecca if everything's OK with her, but Rebecca just says it's been a big day.
Susan's walking back home with Lyn, talking about Rebecca. Susan isn't sure that their friend is as happy as she's making out to be. But Lyn just says, “Who would know with Paul”. They bump into Nick, who is still concerned that his daughter hasn't even started packing yet. Donna suddenly appears from Number 22 and tells everyone she'll start on the whole suitcase thing after one more neighbour visit.
Michael and Tash are struggling to get the DVD player working when Donna bursts in, asking for a private word with Tash. Michael leaves and Donna says that maybe Tash shouldn't be changing herself so much for Andrew (the new look, etc). Tash starts to get weirded out that Donna's become so invested in her love life, but Donna carries on being all cryptic with her.
NATASHA: I know that you might be a bit lonely but you'll find someone in New York. You're not bad looking, just ditch the Boho look.
DONNA: Tash, you need to speak to Andrew, OK. I think you should ask him what he really wants because you've got it wrong. I'm sorry.
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Tash storms inside all tearful and demands to know what the hell Donna was on about. Before Andrew can speak, Tash rants that she knows Andrew thinks she's ugly and that he can't stand to be around her anymore. Tash asks when he was going to dump her - after she got her bandages off?
NATASHA: You don't have to pretend anymore, Andrew, I can see it. You don't love me because I'm ugly.
ANDREW: (panicking) I do love you!
Wrong move, dude. Natasha's face instantly lights up - this is what she's been wanting to hear forever. Tash lunges at him for a hug and Andrew can only stand there thinking, ‘What the hell have I done?'.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
ANDREW: What did you say to Tash?
DONNA: What did *you* say to Tash?
(Tash happily replays the ‘I love you' news to Summer)
ANDREW: I love *you*.
SUMMER: I don't know how much that means anymore, Andrew, because apparently you'll say it to anyone these days.
(Donna's friends are amused to find she's nowhere near packed)
(Meanwhile, Cal's unsure about Jade and tells Sonya)
CALLUM: Your sister's weird.
(Toadie and Jade have a run- in)
TOADIE: I think maybe the parenting should be left up to parents?
(Jade and Sonya fight about it)
JADE: How can you stand that?
SONYA: Jarrod's a good man. This is why I didn't want you to come back. Now I know I was insane to think this would ever work out. Toadie is Callum's dad.
JADE: Callum's your son!