- Michael being suspended from his job
- Summer exposing Tash's fake pregnancy
- Andrew taking his anger out on Summer
- Michael having a hard time dealing with Tash's lies
Tash leaves a voicemail on her dad's phone, telling him to call her back because she's really worried about him. Hanging up, she slumps on the couch and pats Cat.
Lucas arrives for work to find the Sandman parked out the front. Michael explains he heard a weird noise in the engine driving back from the beach this morning. Lucas asks if Michael got his messages, but Michael says he switched his phone off last night.
MICHAEL: I'm not really up for talking. I just feel like running away.
LUCAS: Where to?
Lucas sympathises with him but says Tash must be freaking out not knowing where he is. Michael just frowns and says that right now it's really hard to care.
Andrew's on his laptop and changes his Facebook relationship status to single. He also can't help leaving a note on his newsfeed that reads 'Tash Williams is a lying moll'. Michael walks past Andrew and exchanges an uneasy nod with him before stopping to chat to Susan. She asks how things are with Tash but Michael says he can't even look at her right now. Michael wishes that Tash's mum were still around, lamenting that it's not easy being both parents. Susan looks concerned for him.
Tash is listening to her iPod while checking out Facebook, but she soon puts her laptop away when she sees Andrew's latest message. Susan lets herself in when Tash can't hear her knock and asks if she's going to school. Tash says she's more concerned about her dad not being around, calling his silent treatment "pathetic". But Susan says the same word could be used to describe what Tash did to her dad and Andrew. Tash says she can't face everyone at school and just wishes she could make things right with her dad. She gets the sudden idea that if her dad had his job back then he'd be happier and possibly more tolerant with her. When Susan learns that Paul had something to do with Michael's dismissal she gets a determined look on her face and tells Tash to get ready for school - she'll work on the job thing.
Andrew finds Summer and apologises for being so harsh on her yesterday, but she feels equally as bad for how the whole secret came out. They're both surprised to see Tash at her locker, and can't look away when school bully Macca starts tormenting her about being a moll. Tash angrily retorts that she only did it to get back at Andrew and Summer for going behind her back - news which delights Macca (and the extra in the background of Summer with MASSIVE hair, holy crap, it's got its own postcode). Summer's face falls when Macca calls her a skank for being with "Zeke the Geek and Robbo".
Later that day, Summer finds Sophie in front of her locker. Turns out that someone graffitied it with the word 'skank' and Sophie was trying to clean it before Summer realised. Sophie doesn't agree about Summer and Andrew sneaking around behind Natasha's back, but people calling her a skank for it is awful. Andrew appears and Sophie lets them chat in peace. But Andrew isn't feeling so peaceful when he sees what's written on the locker.
Andrew sits out the front of Harold's and tells Summer she shouldn't have to cop all this flack. Summer doesn't understand how everything got so out of control, but her face falls when Andrew tells her about the Facebook message. Macca and his cronies appear to pick on Summer, but Andrew grabs his shirt and roughs him up, causing Summer to break them apart. She's just as scared when Andrew spies Tash and goes over to yell in her face about leaving them alone.
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Susan finds Lucas and asks about Michael, wondering if he'd be coping better if he was back at work. Lucas says that most of the staff want him back and that he was only suspended because of silly reasons, like Paul's vendetta and Andrew's stupid petition. Susan wonders if the school board would change their mind. Lucas reckons that if they did, the pressure would have to come from someone on the outside.
Andrew approaches Summer while she's cleaning her locker and they watch Tash walk by as some of the other students snigger at her. Andrew says Tash deserves everything she gets, but looks incredulous when Summer doesn't appear too sure. Summer says the whole situation is so wrong, but doesn't want to talk about it any further with him. When he walks off, Summer has flashbacks to the whole sordid ordeal (her and Andrew kissing, etc), and oddly enough a shot of Tash out the front of #22 after she found out the truth... Summer has magical telepathic powers!
Later that day, Susan has somehow taken charge of an office and got permission to interview all the students about Michael's dismissal (and by all I mean Sophie, Macca and Andrew). Sophie thinks the whole thing was stupid, Macca admits he only signed the petition because Michael gave him a detention earlier that day and Andrew did it because of his dad.
Lucas sees Michael wander in and says he can tell him to keep his nose out if he wants, but he thinks Mike should go and talk to Tash. Michael still can't get past her lie, though. Lucas asks if he'd prefer if Tash were pregnant, but when Mike says no, Lucas says he should be happy.
MICHAEL: What, that my daughter's a vindictive liar? Yeah, right, good work me. Really raised a winner.
Lucas just replies that Michael can continue to feel sorry for himself or he can go and talk to his daughter. Before Michael can decide, however, he gets a call from David on the school board.
Andrew catches up with Summer and asks if she wants to hang out at his place later, but Summer says she has a lot of work to do in the store for her Nan. Andrew asks if they're OK but Summer says she just needs to work out some stuff by herself.
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Michael is surprised to see that Susan will be sitting in on his meeting with David and learns that she contacted him to re- examine the suspension. David thinks the decision should still stand, but allows Susan to explain her findings from the students (that most of them signed the petition out of boredom or for a laugh). She also says that she collected many signatures from parents who want Michael back in the school, and that Paul Robinson's personal vendetta with Michael shouldn't be attributed with the case. David sighs and says he'll take the information back to the board and make a recommendation for Michael to be reinstated. When David leaves, Michael thanks Susan, but she says Tash is the one he should be thanking.
Tash is happy that her dad's finally home, especially when he says he got his job back. But Michael isn't about to be lenient with her and says that things have to change at home because he no longer trusts her. He tells her that he has to know where she is all the time and that she'll have her privileges taken away like the internet and her mobile. Tash doesn't like the idea but knows she has to accept it if she's ever going to regain her dad's trust. She starts to walk away.
MICHAEL: Where are you going?
TASH: My room.
TASH: I'm really glad you're here.
MICHAEL: ... Go to your room, Tash.
Sophie tells Summer and Andrew the good news about Michael, but senses she's interrupting something and leaves them alone. Andrew doesn't get why Summer's shutting him out - they can be together now without anything hanging over their heads. But Summer can't see how they can just pick up where they left off after things got so messy and people got hurt. Looking upset, Summer tells him that they can't get together again.
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Andrew chases Summer outside and says he doesn't believe her reason for them not to be together. Summer admits it's more than that - Andrew really scared her today when he got so angry at Macca and Tash.
SUMMER: How can we be happy when you've got all this anger with you?
ANDREW: So you're saying you won't be with me because I'm angry?
SUMMER: No I'm saying that we just need some time apart to let everything that's happened just settle a bit.
Andrew doesn't get the point of dragging things out and waiting again. Summer confesses that she wants to be with him so much but he'd just be running from one messy situation to another.
SUMMER: How do I know you won't be with me just to get back at her?
ANDREW: Alright, so how long then? Weeks? Months?
SUMMER: I don't know.
SUMMER: I don't think we can come back from this.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
PAUL: You are acting like a child. And why? Because some girl is driving you crazy. So you're trying to jump straight into another relationship. Honestly, why on earth would you want to do that?
ANDREW: As a role model you suck, dad.
(Toadie's having troubles with Callum listening to him)
SONYA: He'll talk to you when he's ready.
(Callum ignores Toadie calling out to him multiple times)
LUCAS: Come on, guys, we all went through a stage like that.
TOADIE: I wish it was just a stage.
SONYA: He's been through a lot the past couple of weeks.
(Callum has nightmares about his past)