- Toadie asking his boss to have a meal with the family
- Kate hiring Noah to give Sophie guitar lessons
- Susan telling Karl she needs time away from him
Karl's sullenly inspecting the garden when Mal emerges from the house to share a beer with his dad. Mal says that Susan just needs time and that Karl will have to be patient with her. Karl nods and says he understands, but the grimace on his face suggests otherwise.
While Toadie busies himself in the kitchen, Sonya pleads with Callum to help her clean the house. She knows he's upset about missing the footy but they really need to work as a family unit to impress Toadie's boss.
Paul returns a toaster to Kate and comments on how well Sophie's guitar playing has come along. Kate says that her sister's been having lessons. There's a knock at the door and Sophie leaps up, thinking it's Noah, but it's just Callum trying to escape the madness at his house for a while. Sophie isn't keen on Callum hanging around when Noah gets there, but Cal begs to stay until he shows up.
Paul spies Karl doing some gardening and can't help niggling at him about Susan. Apparently there's a couple of articles she needs to sign off on and she's not answering her phone. Karl moodily says he's not in contact with Susan at the moment either, but if he hears from her he'll pass on the message.
PAUL: At least she didn't push you off a building and then run off to Portugal. Where there's light, Karl, there's hope.
Karl opens the laptop and fires up the search engine to look for accommodation places in Anglesea. His plan is to ring every one of them until he finds the place Susan is staying.
Toadie isn't happy to hear that Callum's at Sophie's, but Sonya reasons that with the mood Cal's in it might be better if he's not around. Toadie's panicked because apparently Peter Noonan has "the perfect family", but Sonya holds up a photo frame and reminds him that they do too. Toadie then warns Sonya that Peter has some pretty strong opinions on a lot of topics, but Sonya says he doesn't have to worry; "it's going to be the best lunch we've ever had".
Number 24 - Garage/Number 30
Sophie's delighted when Noah shows up for his lesson, noting how "cool" it is. Noah comments on how often she says cool, not that it's a bad thing, just an observation. They plug their guitars into the amps and get playing.
Callum mopes inside, telling Sonya that he's "not indie enough" to hang out with Sophie and Noah. Sonya sends him off to get changed into nicer clothes before Peter arrives (his version of nicer clothes being his footy outfit). Toadie stands near the door and cringes over how loud the noise is coming from #24. He puts on the radio to try and drown things out, but all of a sudden the power dies (thanks to Noah & Sophie blowing an outlet) - and they have lunch half- cooked in the oven. To make matters worse, there's a knock at the door. Peter has arrived.
First Commercial Break
Toadie introduces Peter to Sonya and Callum and then says they were thinking about heading to a restaurant because of the blackout. But Peter suggests they just throw everything on the BBQ, so that settles that. They're about to head outside when Peter says Callum should get changed first, but he's only joking about Cal being in Essendon gear - he's a Demons supporter himself.
Things take a slight turn for the worse out on the back porch when Peter starts to talk about his youngest child, Alice, 'thinking' she's a vegetarian. This gets under Sonya's skin, especially when Peter finds it's something worth joking about.
Sophie thinks it's awesome that they caused a blackout in the street. But her world gets a lot more awesome when Noah gives her a present - a journal to start song writing in. Sophie beams but isn't sure she's cut out for the whole song writing thing. Noah says anyone can do it, though, and show her his own journal where he jots down ideas whenever he's inspired. Before he leaves, Sophie hands over some money Kate left him before she went to work.
Mal finds Karl messing around with his phone charger and lets him know the power's out. Mal also comments on the suitcase on the kitchen table and realises his dad's going to go against Susan's wishes and follow her. Karl says this whole thing started when Susan went to Billy's and then they hardly spoke for weeks. He doesn't want the same thing to happen. But Mal puts his foot down and says this isn't about Karl.
KARL: I don't want to lose her again, Mal.
MAL: If you go after her now when she's not ready...
KARL: I have to do something.
MAL: Then let me help.
Second Commercial Break
Karl walks Mal outside where a taxi is waiting to take him to the train station. Karl's fretting but Mal says it's better if he goes - he wants Susan home as much as his dad. Karl starts to say, "Tell her...", but Mal just smiles and says he will. Mal jumps in the taxi and it drives away leaving Karl all alone in the street.
Everyone's sitting around the table eating and chatting. They talk about Toadie's old law firm, with Peter commenting on how "quiet" the area was, and then what Sonya does for a crust. When Peter finds out she's a gardener he says his wife has that "hobby" too, which infuriates Sonya. The power suddenly comes back on and Cal escapes to his room to watch the rest of the footy, but the lounge room is where the real action is because Sonya has decided to bite back. She argues with Peter about a few things (including the fact that he thinks people in de facto relationships should get married) and Toadie thinks the day is ruined, but it turns out Peter is delighted with the spirited debate and wishes more people were like Sonya. Crisis averted... for now.
Kate chats with Noah while she's working and tells him how much Sophie's enjoying her lessons and how they're lucky they found him. She notices him sketching someone and says he's got skills, so he shows her some more drawings in her book. One of the drawings just happens to be of Kate and she's suitably flattered, which makes Noah smile. Oh dear... He is one smitten kitten.
Third Commercial Break
Harold's Store/Number 24
In order to try and spend more time with Kate, Noah decides to ask her for help with school. He says if she tutors him in History, he'll do Sophie's guitar lessons for free. Kate thinks this is a pretty good trade- off and says she'll be happy to help, not noticing the googly eyes he's throwing her way. Meanwhile, poor Soph has decided to write in her notebook about her feelings for Noah and how confusing they are and whether or not she should tell him. Poor kid.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
(Tash chats to her dad about boarding school)
TASH: I guess this will be good for me but it's going to be weird not having you around.
(Kate tries to get the other teens to make Noah feel included)
(Lucas is being hassled by investors - and Paul)
PAUL: You're a great mechanic, but in my opinion there's two types of people. There's owners and employees.
(Lucas & Chris get a shock to see a 'For Sale' sign on the garage)