- Paul offering Summer an internship at the paper
- Sonya moving back in with Toadie and Callum
- Mark being harassed by an unknown person
- Mark agreeing to go into witness protection
- Kate and Mark hooking up
Number 24 - Kate's Bedroom
Mark and Kate are snuggled up in bed together. Kate starts to make plans for the weekend but Mark goes quiet, not quite sure how to avoid the topic of the future. Kate becomes concerned but Mark just says that he's tired and promises that everything is fine between them.
Summer's trying to prep for her internship in the morning but Andrew is distracting her with kisses. He thinks she doesn't have to worry about keeping up- to- date with current events - Paul will probably just have her on the coffee run for a while. However, Summer's certain that Paul won't set her any menial tasks; since this internship is so rare she thinks she'll be doing important things. She's going to be prepared for whatever Paul throws her way.
Toadie gets off the phone with Cathy, mum to Thomas, one of Callum's friends. He's arranged for he and Sonya to have a coffee with her before Callum and Thomas have a sleepover on Friday. Sonya's worried about meeting Cathy, though, because this whole 'being a mum' thing is still new to her and she doesn't want to ruin anything. Toadie assures her if she's her wonderful self she'll be fine.
Number 24 - Kate's Bedroom - Next Morning
Kate wakes up to see that Mark has already left. She rings his mobile but gets his voicemail and leaves a message, letting him know she wouldn't have minded if he woke her up to say goodbye and that she'll see him soon.
Someone is watching Mark from a vantage point down the street as he returns home from a jog. Mark checks his phone, noticing a missed call from Kate, just as Summer appears on her way to the newspaper office. She asks him if there's any mail at #26 for her or Lyn (some of it still hasn't been re- directed). But when Mark sorts through the envelopes he sees that someone has already opened everything. He finds an envelope with his name on it and a note inside that says 'Did you have a good night?'. Summer's concerned at how alarmed Mark appears, but he just pretends it's an unwanted electricity bill.
Summer walks through the door, thrilled to be in a real live news office, but her happiness is short- lived when she realises Andrew was right. Paul's very first job for her is to fetch his coffee - and God forbid you forget the sweetener. By the tone of his voice you're likely to get tarred and feathered for such a heinous offence. Summer says she thought she'd be doing more important things, so Paul gives her an article to look over to shut her up. But coffee is still the number one priority.
Andrew and Tash find Summer on their way to school and she's embarrassed to admit that she's been delegated the coffee run. Tash pays out Summer's clothes before getting a phone call from Ivan. She tells Andrew she'll meet him at school so she can take the call in private. Andrew assures Summer it's just the way his dad works - you have to do the boring stuff before you move up the ladder. Summer has the bright idea, though, to show Paul some initiative. So instead of delivering Paul his coffee she decides to sit down and copy- edit the article he gave her. Tar and feathers, Sum. Tar and feathers.
Kate bumps into Kyle and asks if he's seen Mark this morning. Kyle says he doesn't think Mark's been home all night, then feels awful because it sounds like Mark's been out with some random chick. Kate smiles and says that Mark was with her.
KATE: I just can't seem to get a hold of him now.
KYLE: He did the pash and dash?
KATE: There's a name for that?
Kate thinks Mark is acting weird, then becomes concerned when Kyle agrees with her. She asks if Kyle knows anything, but he just clams up and says she should speak to Mark. Kate angrily says she will.
First Commercial Break
Kate barges in when Mark answers the door and demands some answers from him, no mucking about (unrelated sidenote: they have a TARDIS on the shelf near the door!). Mark ums and ahs for a while before admitting that he didn't want to tell her anything because he didn't want to worry her. Kate says she put her feelings on the line last night but if he's not going to be straight with her then they have no future. Mark has no other option than to play the bad guy and hurt her feelings.
MARK: It's great that we can be friends again. And us sleeping together, I don't regret it. But this can't go anywhere.
KATE: So last night wasn't about us getting back together?
MARK: (quiet) No.
KATE: But you said before that... What is it then? Just a little bit of fun, is that it? Just, 'Oh, hey, thanks, I'll see you around'? I had no idea this is who you were.
She leaves looking upset. It's taking everything for Mark not to go after her.
Kate takes off the necklace Mark bought her before running into Kyle down the #26 driveway. He asks if she spoke to Mark but Kate says he made himself pretty clear. Kyle thinks that whatever Mark's deal is it might not be about her, but Kate can't believe Kyle's defending him.
Summer's still sitting in the store. This can't end well. Meanwhile, Toadie takes a seat with Sonya and Cathy to have their chat. Cathy's a nice person, but Sonya looks overwhelmed when she hears how involved Cathy is with the high school and primary school. Sonya says she was thinking about getting involved with the school herself, and when Cathy makes a comment about Toadie being her husband, Sonya doesn't correct her. Toadie is quietly perturbed by this development.
Summer finally gets her butt back to the office and is all, 'Hey Paul! Look at all the cool edits I did to that article you gave me! Can I be editor now?' and Paul's like, 'I asked you to get me a coffee not a Lois Lane complex and where's the flipping sweetener?!' Summer withers a bit under his glare and says she thought she was doing the right thing by showing initiative, but Paul says if she can't even perform a simple task like buying coffee how's he supposed to know that she can follow orders? Alarmed, Summer begs him for another chance to prove her worth. Paul says that depends - either she does as he asks or she goes back to school.
Erinsborough Police Station
Supt. Hayes takes Mark into an interview room for a private chat. He lets Mark know that things are progressing quicker than they thought. They've found him a place and an identity profile is being put together - oh, and he kisses goodbye his old life in an hour and a half. Mark's taken aback by the timeframe, but Hayes says he'll see him at the meeting place at 7pm. "Then you start your new life".
Second Commercial Break
Erinsborough Police Station Exterior
Mark pushes through the doorway and steps outside for a breather and to gather his thoughts. His thoughts, however, are pretty much consumed with one thing: his night with Kate. He sees some fellow officers gossiping about him, though, and is reminded of why he needs to leave.
Summer plays the dutiful intern and lets Paul know she's completed all the tasks he gave her. He's impressed when she got the photocopy repairman to come in a day earlier, too. Paul admits that the article she re- wrote was pretty good and showed promised. Summer tries not to look too pleased and asks if he's going to publish it, but Paul says tomorrow's edition is already full and after that it'd be old news.
PAUL: The point is I now know what you are capable of and I'm starting to get a sense of where your talent lies, what you can do.
SUMMER: Does that mean I can do more subbing tomorrow?
PAUL: (smiling) We'll see.
Andrew and Tash stop by after school to catch up with Summer, but, wanting to make a good impression, Summer tells Paul she'll keep working. She heads over to Harold's with Tash to grab Paul a coffee (FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T FORGET THE SWEETENER). Andrew has a chat with his dad to see how Summer went. Paul says they had a bit of a communication error to begin with and isn't sure how long she'll last, but Andrew gives him a knowing smile like, 'Summer will see this through'.
Toadie arrives home to find Sonya in the midst of a planning frenzy. She's in hyper drive trying to organise food and games and DVDs for Callum's sleepover, just wanting to make a good impression in mum- mode. But Toadie tells her to chillax because the boys will probably just eat pizza and ignore them anyway. Sonya can see something's bothering him and he brings up the fact that she pretended they were married. Sonya breezily brushes it aside, saying that she didn't see the harm in going along with it, but she'll make sure Cathy knows the truth next time they speak. Toadie still doesn't look too relaxed about the whole idea, though.
Erinsborough Police Station
Supt. Hayes is peeved when Mark bustles in asking for a word, partly because he's randomly trying to chat up a lady cop like some Lothario (seriously, so random). They go into Hayes's office and Mark says the plans need to be changed, otherwise he's not going. Hayes is peeved even more and asks Mark what exactly they're changing.
Third Commercial Break
Number 24 - Kate's Bedroom
Kate's on the phone to Sophie in a foul mood, but she realises she's taking her temper out on her sister and reigns it in a bit. She hangs up just as Mark appears in her room asking for a word. Kate doesn't want to speak with him but he says it's important and blurts out the fact that he's being put into protection. Kate's stunned as Mark continues to tell her that she could have been in danger if she knew.
KATE: So last night was..?
MARK: It was goodbye. I didn't want to hurt you. It was selfish and I'm sorry. Kate I have to go. I can't stay it's too dangerous. I love you...
MARK: No, I don't want to leave you. Kate I want you to come with me.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
MARK: This is the only way we can be together. The only thing I need is you.
(Kate explains the new development to Sophie)
KATE: We have to leave Erinsborough tonight. Mark has to leave and I want us to go with him.
(Kyle clues in on what's happening)
KYLE: What, so you just walk out on your whole life?
(Sophie's torn and goes to Lou for advice)
LOU: I don't need to tell you how much that girl's done for you over the years.
(Kate pleads with her sister)
KATE: I am begging you.
SOPHIE: You'd really go without me?
(Kate rushes out the door)
MARK: Just a couple more minutes.
HAYES: We can't wait.
MARK: Just a few more minutes, dammit!
(Kate runs and runs and runs - will she reach him in time?)