- Sonya and Summer worried about the community garden
- Michael disengaging himself as a parent from Tash
- Michael giving Tash the graffiti clean- up bill
Michael is up early to go for a surf and avoid his daughter. Meanwhile, Tash irons a shirt for her dad and makes him breakfast only to belatedly realise that he isn't home.
Toadie and Callum overhear Sonya making a phone call about a mulch order for the community garden. Toadie advises Sonya against becoming too attached to the garden when the council are yet to make a decision, but Sonya prefers to view the day with a ‘glass half full' outlook.
Paul bickers with Michael about being late for school and then tells him he dropped by this morning to let him know the council made a decision about the garden. Michael asks what the verdict is but Paul isn't sure - he'll get a story out of it either way, though. Before he goes, Paul sticks the boot in about Tash playing the doting daughter this morning for her absent father.
Community Garden/Charlie‘s Bar
Sonya paints signs for the veggie patches while the kids work on the garden. She smiles to herself when she accidentally gets green paint on her thumb.
Toadie's worried when he sees council member Ajay chatting with Paul, and for good reason. Ajay apologetically tells Toadie that the council are selling the garden. It's the only asset they've got that's truly expendable. Toadie channels his anger towards Paul, but Paul just says it may not be a popular decision but it's the right one. Summer (who has been listening in on the conversation with Andrew) approaches Toadie and wonders how Sonya will take the news. Toadie isn't sure - he has to find the heart to tell her first. Summer can't help feeling guilty for her part in the drama.
Oblivious to everything Sonya looks over the garden with pride.
Tash tries to hold a conversation with her dad but he's not being very talkative. She thought they could watch a surfing doco together tonight, but Michael says he has a lot of work on. Tash then wonders if they could talk about Kyle's bill and work out a payment plan but Michael just replies that since she created the problem she has to fix it herself.
Paul sees Tash looking at iPods on the ‘My Stuff For Sale' website and wonders if he should call her dad about her skipping school. Tash mutters that she's got a free before bursting into tears. Slightly bewildered, Paul gets a box of tissues off the shelf (it's seriously like the Room of Requirement). Tash takes one, unsure why Paul's being nice to her, while Paul awkwardly pats her on the back.
First Commercial Break
Michael nearly reverses out of the store when he sees Paul sitting at a table, but soldiers on and quietly gets a juice out of the fridge. Paul sees him of course and tries to make Michael feel bad about Tash crying earlier. He's stunned that Michael's making her pay the graffiti bill and keeps niggling at Michael until he cracks.
MICHAEL: She did it herself. She graffitied the street.
PAUL: What? Why on earth would she do that?
MICHAEL: Why? Because she was stupid enough to take the photos and give them to her boyfriend, and when she didn't get the sympathy she wanted she upped the ante. That's what my daughter's capable of, so you try parenting that.
Michael storms out into the storm (storm˛) and Paul almost looks sorry for him.
Sonya bounces in to meet Toadie for a cup of tea but her smile soon vanishes when Toadie tells her the bad news about the community garden. Sonya wonders if they can get an injunction, but Toadie says the council are legally entitled to sell it. Sonya gets upset and Toadie tries to cheer her up by ordering some cake.
Summer throws to a song during her Hoyland Report when Andrew interrupts her. He wants to know if she's going to have a go at his dad, but Summer says she can't because it's all her fault. Even though the article was edited, she still got the ball rolling and it made the council sit up and take notice for all the wrong reasons. Summer doesn't think she's cut out for the Journalism biz - maybe Paul was right, maybe she just can't handle it.
Andrew catches up with Summer and presents her with a season pass to the Melbourne Writers Festival. He figures if she's around positive creativity for a while she might change her mind about giving Journalism the flick. They pass Tash on their way inside, who is braving the rain to sell her iPod to a fellow student. The boy backs down on his original offer, though, and only gives Tash $100 instead of $150. Michael has watched the whole exchange but keeps a poker face when Tash hands him the money, promising to find more cash soon. He looks like he wants to break his ‘keep your distance' rule for a moment, but the feeling passes and they're back to their stilted conversations.
Second Commercial Break
Matching ‘moody background music' shots as Michael stares out to sea thinking about his rocky relationship with Tash, while Sonya packs up the garden and looks at everything she's going to lose.
Sonya runs into Callum and Sophie on their lunch break and tells them the bad news about the garden. The kids can see that she's upset about it and offer to help her create a garden at home. Sonya's grateful but softly says it won't be the same.
Sonya hears Paul on the phone to someone at the paper (they're not running a story on the council now) and can't bite her tongue. She lets Paul know that the garden being shut down is all his fault, but Paul says that it was always just a two- bit organisation run by hippy volunteers. He says that the only thing that would keep it going is a serious injection of cash and someone with enough smarts to run it like a business. Sonya has an ‘Ah- ha!' moment
Third Commercial Break
Toadie's pleased to see that Sonya has put on a nice lunch for them, but it comes with an ulterior motive. Sonya blurts out that she wants to buy the garden herself. She knows that it's a huge deal, but she's really keen and thinks she can do it. Toadie rains on her parade by telling her he thinks it's a bad idea.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
SONYA: What if it's not just a hobby? What if it's something I really want to do?
TOADIE: You've never run a business before.
SONYA: Well that doesn't mean that I can't learn.
(Lucas is more encouraging than Toadie)
LUCAS: You just have to show him that you mean business. He'll come around.
(Kyle freaks out when Lou wants him to make a speech about the new business)
KYLE: I'm no good at talking in public.