Previously on Neighbours
- Karl telling Jessica what he really thinks about Rhys.
- Kate telling Paul that she's not going home with him.
- Susan telling Paul she thinks Sophie might have run away.
- Paul blaming Susan and telling her to get out.
- Callum finding Sophie under the bed in Rani's room.
- Sophie saying that Callum can't tell anyone he knows where she is.
Callum arrives home from school and sees Paul with the police, obviously having just discussed Sophie's whereabouts. Toadie is putting the rubbish out and asks Paul if everything is ok when he sees the police. Paul dismissively says that everything is ok, hinting that Toadie should mind his own business and Toadie asks if Sophie's missing, wondering if he can do anything to help to which Paul says that he can't unless he knows where Sophie is. Toadie reassures Paul by saying that Sophie's an intelligent girl and he's sure she wouldn't do anything stupid but Paul mentions the DHS which has been hassling him recently. Seeing Callum arrive home, Toadie asks if he's heard from Sophie to which he replies that he hasn't. Callum goes on to ask if Kate is coming home but Paul says that he doesn't care – his main priority is getting Sophie home.
Susan is telling Toadie that there's no trace of Sophie and she's worried because it's getting late. Susan asks if Toadie's ok with her moving back in and Toadie assures her that it's fine. In the meantime, Callum overhears the conversation feeling guilty as he knows where Sophie is. Toadie is shocked that Paul holds Susan responsible and the pair head to the couch before Susan looks at the DVDs displayed on the table. Toadie tells her they're classics but Callum interrupts, asking what's going to happen to Sophie now. Toadie says that she won't be in any trouble and Callum asks if she's going to go into foster care to which Toadie says that it's possible before Callum asks why Paul can't just be her legal guardian. Callum then wonders if Sophie will be around for long anyway if she does turn up to which Toadie mentions that Kate returning is vital for Sophie staying in Erinsborough. The scene ends with Callum deep in thought, obviously concerned for his friend.
Susan is arriving home from what seems to be a jog just as Paul pulls in to his drive. She stops as Paul gets out of the car, with a look of hope on her face but Paul shakes his head, indicating that Sophie hasn't come home. Callum peers through the window at Number 30, witnesses the exchange and appears to feel guilty.
Toadie tells Callum that he's going to work and will be back at around lunchtime. Callum asks why he's going to work anyway to which Toadie replies that he has to after the trouble with his car wasted so much time yesterday. Toadie suggests that Callum helps Sonya at the nursery should he get bored, but Callum gets out of it by saying that Stella's in today and he's going to work tomorrow. Toadie reassures Callum that Sophie will be back soon and he shouldn't worry. Callum nods, looking guilty as Toadie leaves for work.
Callum logs into Sophie's email.
Rani tells Sophie that she doesn't have to leave but Sophie is sure that it is the right thing to do considering Ajay nearly caught her in Rani's room yesterday and Callum would be sure to tell someone Sophie's whereabouts soon. Rani doesn't think Callum would tell anyone but Sophie does, saying that he would think he'd be helping.
Callum is writing an email to Kate, pretending to be Sophie. The email reads:
I know you didn't reply to my last email, but things are really bad now. I've run away from home and won't come back unless I know you'll be there. Please, please, please come home. Sophie.
Rani asks Sophie if she's really planning to go to Sydney. Sophie says she is but Rani has doubts, suggesting that Harry could just send her back as he's already been told by Paul what has happened. Rani goes on to ask how Sophie plans to get there as she has no money but Sophie makes it clear that she can't stay in Erinsborough anymore. Rani convinces Sophie that it may be best to delay her trip until she has a clearer plan of what she's going to do.
There is a knock at the door at Number 30. Callum answers it to find a distressed Paul, asking if he's heard anything from Sophie as he's getting really worried. Callum looks set to spill the beans anytime soon.
Rhys exits the hospital to be confronted by Aidan who cheekily suggests that Rhys is having an early break. Rhys snaps back that he's been at the hospital since 6 to which Aidan replies that the doctor certainly is grumpy today. Karl and Jessica exit the hospital in good spirits, laughing the time away which Aidan picks up, suggesting it may be the reason for Rhys' grumpiness seeing as the two people at the hospital who like him the least are hanging out.
RHYS: Shouldn't you be disinfecting something?
Karl and Jessica are in hysterics and Karl tells her he'll finish the story later and they part ways.
AIDAN: Did you see that? She was checking him out...
RHYS: No, she wasn't.
AIDAN: Yes, she was.
Karl says hi to the two guys and walks by, obviously in a good mood thanks to Jessica.
Karl and Susan are sitting at a table. He assures Susan that she did everything she could to help Sophie but Susan says that Paul wouldn't agree with him to which Karl quips that Susan has never cared what Paul thought of her before. Susan reveals how guilty she feels that Sophie went missing when she was meant to be looking after her, saying she'd never forgive herself if anything's happened to Sophie, which prompts Karl to hold her hand and tell her that none of it is her fault. Rhys enters the store and witnesses this encounter which arouses his sense of curiosity. He grins to himself before making his way to the counter and Karl leaves the store. Rhys makes his order before turning to face Susan and make awkward conversation, hoping to find out what the state of play is between Karl and Susan. He mentions that it's nice to see Karl supporting her despite the fact that they're getting a divorce, and asks whether there's a chance of reconciliation. Susan looks agog at Rhys' nosiness, telling him that it's none of his business before he agrees and heads back to the counter.
Sophie checks her emails before Rani enters the room. Sophie tells Rani what her plan is before noticing the concerned look on Rani's face and thus asks what the matter is – Callum and Paul enter the room. Sophie is furious and shouts down Callum's attempts to explain himself. Paul tells Callum that he did the right thing and asks Sophie to get her things and come home. Sophie asks what the point is in going home and Paul says that the DHS are coming to visit. Sophie says they're just going to take her into foster care before Paul asks her once again to come with him. She looks mortified at the idea.
Paul and Sophie arrive home and Paul is on the phone to the police as he gets out of his car, explaining that Sophie has come home and apologising for the inconvenience. When he hangs up Sophie says that she can't believe he called the police and that Harry would have looked after her. Paul says he doesn't think she realises how serious the whole thing is to which she replies that he doesn't know how serious it is – she could be put into foster care. Sophie looks set to do a runner again, saying that no- one cares as Paul tells her that he does care, asking her to come inside so they can talk about it. As they're about to enter the house, a taxi pulls up and Kate gets out. She certainly seems refreshed after her time away but soon looks concerned as she sees the expressions on Paul and Sophie's faces.
Paul is on the phone to Roz from the DHS, explaining that Kate has just got home. He lies that she had a bit of trouble getting a flight. Kate and Sophie are sitting at opposite ends of the sofa and Sophie asks if Kate is staying permanently. Kate replies that it depends on a lot of things to which Sophie says that she has to make up her mind soon. Sophie's attitude seems to be winding up Kate who says that she doesn't want an argument to which Sophie responds that it's all about her once again. Paul intervenes, asking what the issue is but the girls fall silent. Paul says that they don't need to tell him what the problem is but can they save the arguments for after Roz' visit. The pair seems unwilling to cooperate but Paul tries his hardest to convince them to remain civil until after the DHS meeting.
Callum is having doubts whether he did the right thing but Rani says it was the right thing to do as Sophie's plan to go and live with Harry was stupid. Rani says she's just glad that her parents weren't there to find out she'd been hiding Sophie and asks Callum if he thinks Paul will ring them to let them know what's been going on. Callum seems sure that Paul has more important things to worry about and starts to get stressed, thinking Sophie could be going into foster care at that very moment. Rani tells Callum that foster care might be the right thing after all and Callum says he just doesn't want Sophie to hate him. Rani says he did the right thing to which Callum replies that that makes him feel so much better. Callum seems deep in thought.
Paul asks Kate what happened to Dominic to which she replies that he got some more work. He asks if she'll see Dominic again but she thinks it was just a holiday fling and not meant to last. Sophie answers the door to Callum and storms into the living room, not wanting to speak to him. Kate picks her up on her rude behaviour but Sophie snipes that Kate is in no position to tell her what she can and can't do. Paul tries to appease the situation before Kate says that she doesn't know why she bothered coming back. Sophie says she shouldn't have bothered to which Kate mentions the email ‘Sophie' had sent her. Sophie obviously isn't aware of the email and after a heated exchange between the pair Callum reveals that it was him who sent the email. Kate seems disappointed that Sophie wasn't the one to send the email.
KATE: So you...you didn't want me to come back, I came back for nothing...?
SOPHIE: Look, stay or go, I don't care what you do anymore.
Sophie storms out of the house.
Kate enters the house which has been left in a bit if a state. She picks up some dishes as Paul enters, saying that it hasn't been much of a warm welcome home for her.
KATE: I can't do this anymore.
PAUL: Kate, Sophie is your sister and she needs you.
KATE: (annoyed) Well, what about what I need? I'm always the one who gives in, it's never about what I want...And I'm not being stubborn Paul, it's...ever since mum died it's always been about Harry and Sophie, it's never about me.
PAUL: You know what, Kate, I do...I understand. And I wish more than anything that things could have been different. But they're not. So we need to look out for each other. And you need to be there for Sophie. Cos right now she needs you more than ever.
Paul goes on to tell Kate that she needs to be at the meeting with the DHS in half an hour, otherwise there is a chance Sophie could go into foster care.
Rhys is in Charlie's looking as grumpy as before. Karl and Jessica enter, unable to find a table before Rhys gestures them to come over. As they approach his table, Jessica sees one become free at the other end of the bar and the pair sit down. Susan enters the bar and Rhys offers her the free seat at his table but she says that she's only getting take away. She eventually accepts the invitation once Rhys apologises for his invasive behaviour at Harold's earlier but when Susan spots Karl and Jessica, she heads over for a chat, accepting the free seat at their table instead. Rhys watches on as Susan, Karl and Jessica converse, appearing to feel quite lonely with no- one to talk to.
Sophie is sitting near the lake, deep in thought. She throws stones into the water, pondering her situation.
An emotional Kate is looking at a picture frame of her and her sister smiling.
Sophie is still throwing stones into the water as a concerned Callum sits down beside her. Sophie asks him to go away but Callum says that he doesn't want Sophie to be put into care. Callum says that at least Kate has come back because it means the DHS won't have to take Sophie away but Sophie remains unconvinced. He doesn't seem to understand why Sophie's so upset and she tells him that she wanted Kate to return because she wanted to, not because someone begged her to. Sophie storms off. Callum runs after her and the pair argue, Callum telling her not to be so stubborn as the DHS could take her away.
Sophie enters the house to find Kate in the living room, who is still clutching the picture frame of her and Sophie together smiling.
KATE: When mum died I had to take over. Which is fine because I wanted to but that meant that all of a sudden, I was the one who had to go and tell you to clean your room, and I had to think about what to have for dinner and if we had to go grocery shopping or do the laundry I had to be the one who said no... I still love you Sophie.
SOPHIE: I love you too.
The pair hug.
Roz has already arrived and it seems Kate and Sophie still haven't appeared as Paul asks Roz if she'd like another cup of tea. Kate and Sophie eventually arrive to which Paul says that they're cutting it a bit fine. Kate replies that they'd just lost track of time as they were catching up. Roz asks how both Kate and Sophie are before the usual polite conversation ensues. Roz asks whether Sophie will now be moving back home again since Kate has returned to which Kate replies that the pair have something they'd like to discuss with Roz and Paul.
KATE: We've been talking and, we've decided that we don't want to live together anymore.
Paul and Roz both look shocked.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Paul tells Kate and Sophie that he would have liked a bit more notice about becoming Sophie's legal guardian.
- Paul telling Susan that he's applying to be Sophie's guardian.
- Sophie confiding in Susan that she'll lose Kate for good if they continue the way they've been going.
- Jade asking Kyle what's so special about Kate.
- Rhys putting things in perspective: telling Kyle that he was ready to drop everything for Kate – a girl he used to be interested in.
- Jade watching on as Kyle berates Kate for disappearing.