This week on Neighbours
Kyle solving all #26's problems!
Paul having a go at Andrew.
Someone thinking that Susan is Jim's wife.
Chris thinking that Lucas has fallen off the wagon.
Michael trying to deal with Tash.
Chris' dad catching him working at the garage.
Michael giving Tash the cold shoulder.
The fallout from Tash's photos is still going on – she is getting emails about it and Michael is still giving her the cold shoulder although he is at least civil to her when he comes in from helping out at the community gardens.
Mr Pappas has a go at Lucas for letting Chris work at the garage but he lets it wash over him. When Chris returns after getting changed, his dad orders him into the car.
Michael meets with Mr Pappas in the store and he makes it clear he isn't happy about Lucas letting Chris work (especially for no pay) at the garage particularly since he missed the study session at Uni and demands that Michael put a stop to it. “I'll talk to Lucas,” is Michael's way of dealing with the situation and it meets with Mr Pappas' approval.
As requested, Michael has a word with Lucas and hears a different side to things – its Chris that is volunteered his time because he wants to learn and that it had been cleared with his dad. “I'm not a mind- reader!” Lucas pleads but Michael replies that he will need to be! Lucas tries to suggest that there are other things going on between Chris and his dad, so Michael gives him an ultimatum – put him on the books or cut him loose but more importantly he wants Mr Pappas off his back!
Sum and Tash chat about Chris' problems and Tash can empathise with him, telling her about the emails she's been getting with links to her photos. “Ignore them,” is Sum's advice although Tash doesn't think it's as easy as that and comes up with brainwave – Sum could interview her on PirateNet so she can tell her side of the story. “You'd be ripped to shreds by talkback,” Sum warns adding that she's likely to add fuel to the fire too.
Lucas ignores a call on his mobile as Chris comes in apologising for his dads behaviour, then admitting he lied to his dad over where he is just now (said he was studying with Sum). Taking on board what Michael suggested, Lucas offers Chris a part- time job at the garage with strings tied to it – if he doesn't take it, he can't pop down to the garage any longer and he's to get it cleared by his dad too. “Forget it,” is Chris' initial reaction to Lucas' offer and then tells him that his dad has been giving him extra hassle since telling him that he was gay. Lucas sympathises with him but makes it clear that either he gets the okay from dad or he can't help Chris.
Sum jokes to Chris that she's going to make Andrew sit through 2 French films for trying to wriggle out of it in the first place when he comes in for a coffee and to unload. “Is he really that scary Chris?” she asks him about his dad and his take is that his dad doesn't understand him.
SUMMER: It could be worse – he could be Paul Robinson!
His reply is he compared notes recently with Andrew on their fathers! Chris is really down in the dumps at the thought of having to pursue a ‘white collar' career so she suggests going down the route of saying it's a short- term cash thing. Problem is its Chris' busy schedule that is the problem – his dad already thinks he is doing too much what with schoolwork, basketball and working at the gym. He asks how she manages to juggle her life what with school, studying, working at the store as well as her internship and having a boyfriend? “I don't think about it much,” she replies after saying that she gets support from those around her.
SUMMER: You've always got me.
CHRIS: Yes but I can't do it all. If I want to work at the garage I have to let something go.
Chris arrives looking for Lucas but finds a ‘back in 20 note' so digs out his basketball from his bag and starts shooting some hoops.
Chris stuns the basketball coach by announcing that he's quitting although Millsy seems happy by that news!
Tash arrives home and breaks down after getting more hassle from kids at school – this time Macca via a Facebook message.
Tash spots Paul in the bar and tries to give him the opportunity to use her story in the paper to help warn others but he isn't interested at all, calling it “yesterday's news at best.”
Mr Pappas comes looking for Chris in the lockers since he wasn't outside at their pre- arranged meeting time. Chris tells him about quitting the basketball team and the gym, which meets with nods of approval, before he then drops it in that he's now working at the garage. Mr Pappas isn't at all happy at Chris and storms off after Chris tells him it's what he wants to do.
Lucas answers his phone this time to Peter but doesn't let him speak, instead telling him that he's done what was requested and to forget about asking about anything else.
Chris drops by to tell Lucas of his decisions and that he is doing it for himself, not his dad. “There's always that thing if you get the bug back,” Lucas says whilst pointing to the basketball hoop at the garage.
A suitably clad Chris gets to work with Lucas on a car.
Tash enters the store and spots the basketball team teens having a laugh at a table and Sum chatting to Millsy beside the drinks fridges. She overhears Sum calling him a loser and jumps to the wrong conclusions - thinking it's in reference to her and storms over to them, giving him a serve about not talking behind her back. After she's dug herself into a deep hole, Sum tells Tash that they were actually talking about Chris quitting the basketball team.
Paul tells Michael about Tash approaching him to do a story on her (after he tried to wind him up) when he comes in for a quiet beer. He's relived to hear that Paul isn't going to do it because he doesn't want it bringing her more attention since he feels she's been victimised enough already. Paul questions his use of the word ‘victim' as he feels it isn't one to describe Tash!
Meanwhile as the two of them have been chatting, Tash has been spray- painting things about herself all over Ramsay Street! Saying that she is a skank and that Tash = trash over #32 and crawl back under your rock on the #26 garage door. The cars get done too - nasty Tash on Toadie's rear window and troll on Karl's. Even the wheeliebins are vandalised too, with ‘moll' and ‘dog' written on them. She deposits the can and gloves into one of the #22 bins before running back into #32 as we head into the final commercial break.
Break over and Sum makes her way up the street and can't but help see the stuff written about Tash as the person concerned comes out of #32 to talk to her (pretending she doesn't see what is written on the way out). Sum points it out to Tash but quickly reassures her that its just words and that they will clean it off. Michael arrives home just then too and consoles his upset daughter as Sum goes to summon help to get it cleaned off.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Summer's article being published but not the one she did.
- Sonya annoyed at Summer.
- Paul explaining things to Summer.
- Michael supporting his daughter over the graffiti then discovering it was her who did it.
- Michael reporting Tash to the police and telling her she's on her own.