- Michael implementing the no- uniform policy
- Summer not agreeing with the policy
- Paul trying to scheme against Michael with Libby
- Harold not giving Toadie Troy's business card
- Troy asking Sonya if she kept their baby
Ramsay Street/Number 24
While Toadie, Callum and Harold play footy outside, Sonya is inside explaining to Troy that they have a son together. Troy doesn't understand why she didn't tell him all those years ago, but Sonya reminds Troy that he walked out on her. Sonya adds that she's only recently got in contact with their son herself, but he's safe and happy where he is.
TROY: I want to see him.
TROY: I'm his father.
SONYA: But you're not his dad. And the way that you were back then...
TROY: Trust me, I've changed.
Troy digs more about “the lawyer” and finds out that he and Sonya have a complicated relationship. But Troy still doesn't understand why he was contacted.
Toadie and Callum finish off Harold's cheesecake and Harold hints that he got the recipe from a “special person” he met in Byron Bay. While Harold's in the kitchen, Sonya drops in to chat with Toadie and Callum's sent off to the shower. Sonya's angry that Troy has turned up on her doorstep, which also alarms Toadie, but Sonya wants to know why Troy came sniffing around in the first place. Toadie explains that he panicked when Jade threatened him about blood being thicker than water, so he scoured through paperwork to find some names.
SONYA: But why?
TOADIE: To see what showed up. To see who else out there has some kind of claim over Callum. Just trying to cover my bases.
SONYA: What, legally?
TOADIE: Yes, legally. Because that's all I've got.
SONYA: Well he wants to see Callum.
TOADIE: What? No way.
SONYA: Well he's his father.
TOADIE: I'm his father.
SONYA: I know, but it's not my fault he's here.
Harold, who has overheard part of the conversation, comes out to see if Toadie's OK when Sonya leaves, but Toadie doesn't say anything.
Ramsay Street - Next Morning
Summer, Chris and Andrew are waiting for Tash to emerge from her house after taking about ten years to get ready for school. Summer thinks the no- uniform policy is a joke, especially when she sees the get up Tash finally appears in (a dress that seems allergic to length).
ANDREW: I thought you had a spreadsheet that told you what to wear?
TASH: It's not set in stone. Do you think Miranda Kerr would wear culottes on a day like this just because her spreadsheet told her to?
CHRIS: What are culottes?
ANDREW: Just don't even get involved, mate.
And after that scintillating conversation, they head off to school.
Michael's aggravated to see that Paul's loitering around the school, but Paul informs him he's been appointed by the school board to keep a watching brief on the no- uniform policy. Annoyed, Michael warns him that classrooms are out of bounds. When Michael's in his office, Paul saunters over to Libby but she's not pleased to see him either. Libby reminds him that the policy is going to fail on its own accord - they don't need to personally interfere. Paul says that his way will be quicker but Libby reminds him the school's her turf and they'll play by her rules.
Summer finds Tash in a classroom writing up something in her notebook and is appalled when she learns it's an official “hotness rating” for all the students. She tells Tash that it's mean to judge people based on how they look, but Tash thinks as reigning hot person (gag me) she has the right to dole out the scores.
Summer heads into Michael's office in a huff and asks if she can have a word. She tells Michael that the no- uniform policy is upsetting a lot of people and that uniforms should be brought back in. Michael says he's not about to cancel the policy, but if something's troubling Summer then she should just “opt out” of the situation and try not to let it bother her. Summer gets her idea face on.
Jade isn't keen on Sonya seeing Troy again, but Sonya says that he wants more information: he deserves that at least. Toadie calls in and Jade hangs around for support, but Sonya says she'll be OK. Toadie says he feels bad for how he went about things with Troy, but Callum is in no way ready to meet his biological dad. Sonya isn't happy that Toadie's asking her to magically fix things, but Toadie says that Callum shouldn't have to pay for his mistakes.
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Troy sits down with Sonya and comments on how she still bites her nails when she's nervous. Delving right into things, Troy tells her that he has changed for the better. The army gave him the structure and the discipline he needed. Sonya's uneasy when he says that he wants to see their son, and even more so when Troy says he's figured out that Jarrod Rebecchi is Callum's dad. Sonya explains that Callum needs time and begs Troy to stay away from him for now.
Tash practically leaps on Summer in horror when she realises that Summer went home at lunch and changed into her uniform. Andrew finds the girls bickering and Summer points out that she's protesting because the no- uniform policy is a disaster. Michael sees Summer and doesn't like her version of “opting out” of the situation. He warns her that she needs to be back in casual clothes tomorrow - end of story. Libby has observed the whole interaction with interest.
Libby sees Paul mucking around on his phone and sits down to join him.
LIBBY: How are those Angry Birds going?
PAUL: Angry what?
She tells him about Summer's uniform protest at school, which delights Paul. He doesn't understand why Summer isn't going to make more of the situation, but Libby says Michael was pretty firm with her. Paul wants to know what they do now but Libby reminds him that they're just going to wait it out. Paul's not onboard with this idea, though, so when Libby goes back to school he puts in a call to a worker at the newspaper and lets them know he's got a new front page story.
Callum walks with Harold around the side of the shops and thanks him for picking him up from school. Harold comments on how quiet Callum's been today and Cal admits that he's frustrated with all the secrecy between his dad and Sonya.
CALLUM: They know I'm not five, right?
HAROLD: Yes I'm sure they do.
CALLUM: Well what's with all the ‘go have a shower, go watch TV'?
HAROLD: They're just trying to protect you that's all. It's a very difficult time for both of them.
CALLUM: Yeah but this whole thing's about me, they could at least tell me what's going on. You'd tell me if you knew something, right?
HAROLD: Uh, it's not really up to me.
Harold offers to buy Callum a milkshake, but when he calls him back to grab some money from his wallet, Troy happens to walk by and hear the name. Troy's eyes widen when he realises that he's finally laid eyes on his son, but he doesn‘t say anything and Callum‘s none the wiser. Harold looks extremely worried.
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Number 30/Number 24
Harold and Callum arrive home but Cal gets annoyed when Harold pulls the ‘can you go and watch TV' routine on him to have a private word with Toadie. Harold lets Toadie know that they might have a problem.
Sonya thinks that she's been successful with Troy, but Jade isn't so sure. Jade admits that she's not Toadie's biggest fan but he does have a point about Cal not being prepared for this latest surprise.
Toadie's aghast that Troy saw Callum and says that he wished Harold had have warned him about Troy earlier. Harold says he didn't know who Troy was at the time and thought Toadie could do without the unnecessary complication. Toadie sighs and says that things just got a whole lot more complicated.
Sonya admits that if Troy wants to see Callum then she can't stop him. She thinks that Troy has truly changed, though, and that he'll respect her wishes.
Toadie wants to know what Troy's like but Harold just says he seems to be alright. Toadie asks if there were any “psycho tendencies” he could see, but Harold says that none of this changes the fact that he's Callum's dad.
TOADIE: I know, but Callum's not ready for this.
HAROLD: Or you're not ready for it?
Toadie just shrugs at him, but it's obvious Harold's hit a sore point.
Chris, Summer, Tash and a handful of other students have stayed back to work on a media or drama project that involves putting together a zombie movie. Tash is surfing the net when she sees that Summer has scored herself a headline on the Erinsborough News website. Summer is confused when she sees her photo on there and tells Tash she didn't inform the paper of her protest, but Tash doesn‘t believe her. Libby comes in to see what all the yelling is about and is annoyed when she realises Paul has ruffled feathers when she specifically told him not to.
Libby finds Paul to tell him off, but Paul reminds her that he's not a fan of the passive aggressive approach. He snarks that “Michael will die of old age before you handle it”. Libby says he can't just exploit the students and use Summer as a pawn, but Paul says he's merely reporting the facts as he sees them and paid Andrew for one of his school photos of Summer. Paul doesn't get why Libby's not onboard - when Michael loses his job she'll step into the role and get to remain passive; it's win/win.
LIBBY: I don't want to win like this.
PAUL: Oh would you get off your moral high- horse, Libby. You want this as much as I do, and the sooner you stop pretending that you don't, the better for all of us.
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Michael sits with Libby and admits that he's worried about the trouble Paul's going to stir up with his newspaper article. He wonders if he should cancel the policy, but Libby reminds him that he brought the policy in because he believed it was right and that she can't tell him what to do.
LIBBY: You've picked your side. It's up to you whether you stick with it.
MICHAEL: Yeah, thanks. Sometimes you just need to hear it from someone else.
He walks out and Libby looks unsettled.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
SOPHIE: I need a job. I need money for clothes and stuff, but mainly clothes.
(The idea of babysitting is thrown around)
LYN: I didn't know you baby- sat.
SOPHIE: Please Lyn I know I can do this.
(Summer makes front page news)
LYN: Summer look at this!
SUMMER: Paul just blew it all out of proportion.
MICHAEL: This stops now.
(Libby and Paul have a chat about things)
PAUL: But if he scraps the policy then it doesn't look good for you.
(He puts the idea in her head to put the blame on Summer)
(Libby has a meeting with Michael)
LIBBY: What about punishment for the ringleader? She is the face of a media campaign that undermines the school.