- Susan supporting Jim at the hospital
- Lucas receiving an inheritance from his dad
- Paul changing Summer's community garden article
- Sonya and Summer vowing to save the garden
Erinsborough News/Number 30
Susan congratulates Summer on her article and says that she doesn't agree with her POV, but it's exciting all the same. Summer tells Susan that Paul changed the entire story and she doesn't agree with it either.
Sonya's also complaining to Lucas about Paul's changes, but Lucas is still away with the fairies over his secret inheritance. Sonya gripes about how manipulative Paul can be.
Susan advises Summer not to take it to heart, and that there's nothing she can do to change it that others haven't tried before. Summer doesn't think she can live with that, but Susan says Paul never does retractions - unless it's a court order. Ignoring this advice, Summer approaches Paul and asks if they can print her original article as part two of a debate, or write a retraction, but Paul just shuts his door in her face.
Sonya doesn't understand how anyone can view the community garden as a waste of space. She realises Lucas has been quiet and apologises for nattering on, asking what's new in his world. Lucas just smiles and says, “not much”.
After Paul orders his coffee (DON'T FORGET THE SWEETENER), he gets into a bicker- fest with Susan about Summer's article. Susan thinks the garden is lovely, but Paul doesn't want to waste his rates on a “raggedy patch of land”. Susan can't see why Paul had to ruin Summer‘s first article experience, but Paul says there'll be plenty of others to write, and if Summer can't hack it, perhaps Journalism isn't the field for her. He then reminds Susan she owes him a piece on the Patient Advocacy Program. Susan says she's working on it - she's talking to her interviewee again today.
Susan asks Jim if the hospital's kept him well- informed about his treatment. Jim admits that he has a lot of brochures but couldn't bring himself to read everything. All he does know is that he's going to feel crook as a dog and will probably lose his hair. Not to mention there's the humungous needles to deal with. Susan can't help feeling amused by the fact that out of everything, it's the needles that scare Jim the most. Jim cracks a smile and Susan offers to come to the hospital with him. Jim doesn't want to impose but Susan says they can do some more research together about his treatment.
Summer finds Sonya to wallow in their shared misery about Paul's evil- doings. They see a group of four men from the council roaming around inspecting the place, but Sonya thinks this could be a good omen. She sees it as a chance to put their positive viewpoints across. Sonya introduces herself to one of the guys, Les Manson, and tells him all about the school program and how wonderful it's been.
Summer tells Andrew about Sonya's meeting with the council members but doesn't appear to share Sonya's optimism. So Andrew suggests that Summer try and think like Paul for a moment - what would he do in this situation? Summer says that she'd try and do everything she could to get her opinion heard, no matter how underhanded it was. Andrew nods and says she has to play Paul at his own game.
While no one's looking, Andrew and Summer sneak into Paul's office and shut all the blinds. Andrew tells Summer that his dad probably isn't far away so they need to make the computer hacking quick. Paul's logged out, though, and Summer's disappointed, but Andrew says he knows the password.
ANDREW: It's the same one he uses at home - my name.
SUMMER: Andrew? That's not very safe... Oh, Benito! Ooh.
ANDREW: Shut up.
SUMMER: I don't think anyone could ever guess that one.
Once they're logged in, however, Summer starts to feel hesitant but Andrew urges her to keep going with it. They don't get far when they hear Paul's voice carry through the corridor. Panicking, Andrew tells Summer to hide under the desk so he's the only one in the office when Paul walks inside.
First Commercial Break
Andrew manages to convince Paul that he was trying to find some business templates for a school project he's working on. To get his dad out of the office, Andrew makes him go to Lassiter's with him to find the right templates leaving Summer to do her meddling on the computer.
While they wait, Susan looks up Jim's treatment on her laptop and tells him it's better he knows everything now so there's no surprises later. They're reading up on cannulas when Jim's doctor, Dr Rhys Lawson, introduces himself and assures Jim it's a very simple procedure. Susan follows Jim into the treatment room at his request to keep him company.
Lucas is whacking the daylights out of a punching bag when Karl interrupts him to chat about his Peru trip and his new fitness regime. Lucas tries to be polite but Karl keeps blathering on about how excited Susan is about it, disrupting his session. When Lucas finally stands next to Karl on the treadmill to continue the chat, Karl puts in his headphones and says he needs to work out alone. Lucas grits his teeth in frustration and walks off.
Nurse Jodie is having trouble putting the cannula in Jim's hand, much to his anxiety, so she calls Rhys to take over. Rhys asks if Jim has been keeping hydrated (this helps when putting the cannula in) and Jim admits that he hasn't. To distract Jim while Rhys works, Susan starts asking Jim about his favourite movies and says she'll bring in a portable DVD player to keep him occupied during his next treatment. Jim's surprised to see that Susan's distraction techniques have worked, but Susan smiles and says it's just a trick of the trade when you've got three kids.
Summer shows Sonya the Erinsborough News site on her laptop. She managed to put her article about the garden on there when she hijacked Paul‘s computer, and it's garnering positive attention already. Sonya's happy but also worried about the consequences for Summer when Paul finds out. Summer's all, “I can handle Paul!” but her bravado wavers when she gets a phone call from the man himself, ordering her to come to his office right away.
Second Commercial Break
Charlie's Bar/Erinsborough Hospital
Karl does another sneak attack on Lucas, nearly making him spill his beer, to show off his second- hand Spanish phrase book. Karl spouts off some words, but Lucas says he's pronouncing things wrong (he picked up a bit on the GP circuit), his point being proven when the bartender brings Karl a beer that he inadvertently asked for.
Rhys tells Jim and Susan that he's scheduled another appointment for next week and warns them that tonight could be rough, but things will be better in the morning. Jim and Susan awkwardly stammer that they're not husband and wife, just friends.
Karl says that Lucas should go on a trip of his own one day and Lucas smiles and says that he might. Karl then tells him that he managed to get a great deal for his own trip - they leave in four weeks.
But wouldn't you know it, Jim has weekly appointments for the next six weeks and Susan offers to come to each and every one of them for moral support. Jim feels bad about taking up Susan's time but she says she wouldn't have offered if she didn't mean it.
Karl is about to launch into a long boring description of his holiday, so Lucas sculls the rest of his beer and quickly runs away. Karl shouts out a hearty, “Adios, amigo!” and Lucas tries not to groan in annoyance.
When Susan gets home Karl shows her a map of their trip where he's stuck pins into their main destination points.
KARL: But wait, there's more.
SUSAN: A set of steak knives?
He tells her he's booked a half- guided/half- independent tour, but her face falls when he mentions they have to leave in four weeks. Instead of telling Karl about Jim, Susan lies and says she has work commitments until at least September so they're going to have to miss out on the deal. Karl is disappointed but understands.
Summer meets her doom in Paul's office where he tells her to clear her desk - her internship has been terminated. Unable to help herself, Summer says that if putting her article online helps save the garden then it'll be worth getting fired.
PAUL: Your response was immature, unprofessional and might I also add, illegal. Any other editor would have had you charged.
He tells her that Journalism isn't always about what the writer believes in. Still on her high horse, Summer says that she'll find another internship where the media company has integrity, but Paul just says not to mention the Erinsborough News on her applications.
PAUL: Summer I cannot believe what an amazing opportunity you had and you were so stupid as to just throw it away like that.
Summer's face falls when he says she's got ten minutes to pack up her belongings.
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Summer can't believe she acted so stupidly, but Andrew says the other papers won't even care what his dad thinks. He's not exactly the most popular person in the world. Andrew adds that her crusade has made a difference online, but just when Summer's starting to feel slightly better, Sonya finds them to drop a bombshell. The council have decided to sell- off the garden.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Summer takes her crusade onto Pirate Net - much to Paul's chagrin
- Lucas struggles to confront Lucas about something at the garage
- Lucas gets his inheritance money and looks like he's already gambling