- Lucas asking Chris if his dad is still giving him grief
- George Pappas tells Chris he can't work at the garage
- Rhys shows Karl the article Susan wrote about Jim Dolan
- Karl asks Paul not to run the article
- Paul says Karl can't sort out his marriage problems
Paul arrives home just as Malcolm is returning from staying with Susan. Karl comes out to welcome him. Paul watches their reunion, and takes his wedding ring out of his pocket, looking at it thoughtfully. Karl realises Susan's not coming back yet, but asks how she's getting on, Mal says she's been on the phone to Libby a lot.
MAL: I travel 10, 000 miles and she's still the favourite
KARL: You know that's not true
MAL: Dad, you know I'm only joking.
The two of them head inside, while Paul starts to make a phone call.
Chris is fixing a car, listening to music. Lucas quizzes Chris on the problem with the car, Chris rattles through the things he's fixed, and suggests telling the customer to not be stingy with oil and sort out his music collection. Lucas treats Chris to lunch at Charlie's and says there's something he wants to discuss.
While Lucas is ordering food, Chris texts Tash 'Send clean boxers, about to get fired??' Lucas talks to Chris, who's looking increasing worried, until Lucas presents an offer for an apprenticeship. Lucas says he knows Chris hasn't decided what he wants to do next year, so there's no pressure. Chris thanks Lucas. Lucas tells Chris he's going to go to a business park to poach customers, and wants Chris to look after the garage himself.
Tash runs up to Chris worried, asking if he's okay. Chris tells her he wasn't fired. Tash is thrilled but Chris hasn't said yes to the apprenticeship yet. Chris is worried about telling his dad.
TASH: You've told him worse things before
CHRIS: Being gay's not worse
Chris goes back to work
Mal says that Susan didn't mean anything by the article, Karl says it wasn't what she wrote, it was the tone, using the article to vent her personal feeling. Mal shows Karl that the article is online now, but they soon notice that the article online isn't the one that Susan wrote, it's been changed by Paul. They suspect Susan called Paul to get it changed.
Kyle arrives looking for Lucas, Chris says he's in charge for the next couple of hours, Kyle's jealous that he never gets to watch it but Chris says that's because he steals Lucas's tools and doesn't bring them back. Kyle asks to borrow a shifter, he takes it and leaves just as a customer, Mr Burrell arrives with a car. Mr Burrell says it's his son's car, and proceeds to insult the car, saying it should have fairy wings and it looks like a Mardi Gras float. Chris becomes increasingly uncomfortable.
MR BURRELL: How much skirt is a 19 year old fitter and turner going to get driving around in that, unless of course he wants to wear the skirt, you know what I'm saying?
Chris uncomfortably takes the car and promises to call when it's ready, while Mr Burrell continues to go on about the car, saying he should have called his son Nancy.
Tash greets Chris at Charlie's, asking if he's here because Lucas came back early. Chris says he needed a breather, worrying Tash. Chris tells her about Mr Burrell having a go at gay people, and going on about his son being a sissy. Tash asks if Chris said anything to Mr Burrell.
TASH: You're supposed to stick up for yourself with stuff like this.
CHRIS: You know, I thought I'd done the hard yards, but every time you meet someone new or you talk to someone you have to go through it all again. And it doesn't get any easier. You don't know how people are going to react or if it's going to be another big issue. I'm so tired of it all.
Tash tells Chris he's her best friend, and he should be proud of who he is. Tash wants Chris to tell Lucas about it.
Lucas arrives back at the garage. Chris tells him that there was an issue with Mr Burrell, and that he was saying all this 'anti- gay stuff.' Lucas asks if it was about Chris, and asks what sort of things he was saying. Lucas says the guy wasn't having a go at Chris personally. Kyle returns with the shifter. Kyle had sold Mr Burrell's son the car, saying the son was alright but the dad went on a bit. Lucas tells Chris to go for a coffee break.
Karl scrolls through the contacts on his phone, landing on Susan Kennedy's name, pausing for a moment before putting it away when his food arrives. Paul has brought it over.
PAUL: A thank you might have been a nice start. All the trouble I went to, to fix your family problems.
KARL: From what I see you did the right thing for once in your life, I don't think a pat on the back is in order.
Paul tells Karl he delayed print of the paper for 2 hours to change the article for Karl, he says it's the last time he does Karl a favour, Karl says it's the last time he'll ask for one.
PAUL: Yeah cos I suppose you'll go back to being the meek little yes man as soon as your wife gets back... *if* she gets back. I may have had my fair share of marriage problems Karl, but at least I had the guts to stand up and try and deal with them. I failed, but I'm not going to die wondering.
Karl returns home, Mal's catching up on work on the computer. Karl says he has to go and see Susan. Mal says she's not ready.
MAL: She needs more time
KARL: Well I'm sick of waiting
MAL: If you try and pressure her when she's not ready, you might make things worse than they already are
KARL: I have no idea how things really are
Mal tells Karl to give Susan a few days, and to go into work or play some golf in the meantime.
Karl keeps busy at work sorting out his files. He starts filling out an application for Staff Leave, but rolls it into a ball and bins it.
Paul's sitting with some papers. He takes out and looks at his wedding ring, then drops it onto the table, revealing the divorce papers he is about to sign. Karl enters, he and Paul look at each other across the bar, before Paul walks over. Paul asks Karl why he isn't with Susan. Paul says his marriage failed because he made too many assumptions.
PAUL: I thought because Rebecca was there, everything was okay. By the time I realised that I really had to fight for her, it was too late.
KARL: Your wife shoved you off a building, I don't know if there's any comparison.
PAUL: You don't think so? How much is it killing you knowing that Susan won't even talk to you right now? So I'll ask the question again, why are you here?
Chris has a tray of coffees to go as Tash enters and asks if he told Lucas. He tells Tash that there's nothing to worry about because the customer is an idiot. Tash is surprised that Lucas didn't tell the customer to stick it. Chris defends Lucas, Tash asks what will happen the next time it happens, Chris says if it happens again Lucas will sort it out. He takes the coffees and goes back to work.
Mal returns with shopping, asking Karl if Summer and Andew are around for tea. Karl starts packing a bag, saying he's going to see Susan. Mal suggests instead the two of them go for a trip together, maybe picking up Grampa Tom on the way if he's up for it. Karl thanks Mal for helping him through the last few weeks, but says this issue's between him and Susan. Mal tells him to take care and gives Karl a hug. Karl leaves.
Lucas speaks to Mr Burrell, telling him the car is ready to go, while Chris watches from the other side of the garage. Mr Burrell starts on again about the car, saying 'there's nothing straight about this car.' He proceeds to make more bad taste gay jokes; Lucas ignores the comments while they sort out payment, Chris watching.
MR BURRELL: I'd better get it back to the nancy boy. Only joking, my son's not gay, but I think his boyfriend is.
Lucas passes Mr Burrell the keys and paperwork as Mr Burrell leaves. Lucas looks over to Chris before sitting down. Chris is clearly disheartened about it.
Lucas collects a carry out, while Chris enters with the apprenticeship form, he rejects the offer. Lucas says he can't argue with clients or he'll be out of business. Lucas says he sometimes has to cop abuse too.
LUCAS: The guys a moron and I feel sorry for his kid. But I'm not his therapist, I fix his car. I can't change what he thinks
CHRIS: I don't care what he thinks.
LUCAS: Then what's this about?
CHRIS: You didn't say a word. Not one word, except for earlier when you said I was overreacting.
LUCAS: I never said that
CHRIS: It makes me wonder what you think.
Lucas asks Chris to take the apprenticeship form, Chris says he can't work for Lucas anymore and quits.
(Monday on Neighbours)
(Lucas arrives at the garage looking for Chris. He phones him)
CHRIS: I don't work for you anymore, remember
(Andrew angry at Chris for quitting his job at the garage)
(Tash talks to Andrew)
TASH: Shut up about your stupid car scheme, Chris has bigger problems than that.
(Tash speaks to Summer)
TASH: Things are actually really good. Dad's been really nice to me and I've stopped hearing things like a crazy person.
(Michael puts the photo of Tash's mum at the beach in a file)
TASH: Oh my god, I can't believe I've never seen this picture before.