Previously on Neighbours
- Summer telling Paul that the Erinsborough News website needs to be updated.
- Red Cotton filming their music video at the high school.
- Lucas asking Emilia when she started seeing Michael behind his back.
- A concerned Chris taking the keys for Lucas' motorbike.
Lucas enters the bar just as Chris is ending a phone call to Aidan. He demands his keys back but Chris makes it clear he's not giving them back while Lucas is in such a state. Lucas perseveres but Chris says that the last time someone he knew got on a motorbike in such a state they killed someone. Lucas eventually gives in and stays with Chris at Charlie's, telling him not to expect any talk about his feelings.
Summer and Andrew are chatting at the dinner table in the kitchen. She is excited to have 400 followers on Twitter in pursuit of her mission to get Paul to give her a job. Her 400th follower voices her admiration for Summer's views on the latest environmental debate in parliament. Andrew jokes that she's probably a nerd. Summer dismisses his attitude, excited that this follower re- tweeted her gaining more followers for the Erinsborough News. She proudly states that the newspaper has more exposure as her Twitter account is linked to a Facebook page. Andrew realises that he could use Summer's idea to publicise Red Cotton and the pair kiss. Paul enters the room and Summer uses it as an opportunity to show off her progress. Paul remains unconvinced, wondering how exactly this will boost sales of the paper but Summer thinks that the exposure will create a buzz and get people wanting to know more. Paul demands her to stop using the paper's name online and walks off. Andrew advises Summer to give up but she is remains dedicated to the cause, hoping to prove Paul wrong.
Summer is asking Susan for advice about her new idea and Susan tells her that she should tread carefully and make her point before Paul gets really annoyed. Summer fights her corner but Susan tactfully asks Summer whether she really thinks that setting up a Twitter account for the paper will sell more copies. She goes on to say that if Summer really wants to get a job at the paper she'll have to get evidence and prove that her idea has sold more papers. Summer realises that the only way to do this is to get a massive story to tweet online but unfortunately Susan hasn't got anything big she can use. Nevertheless she gives Summer the latest press releases which she hopes to find a big story from.
Chris takes a chip from Lucas' plate and says that he is allowed to seeing as he paid for it. After asking Lucas if he wants a soft drink he heads off to the bar as a beautiful lady walks to a table opposite Lucas' clearly interested in him. Chris becomes aware of her fleeting glances and tells Lucas he should make a move. Lucas seems uninterested and asks if Chris makes a move on every guy who looks his way. Chris says that he doesn't and Lucas thanks him for ‘babysitting' but says he's going to make his way home now. Lucas stops in his tracks as Tash and Emilia enter the bar and Tash tells Emilia that she can get the takeaway if she's uncomfortable being there but Emilia says that it's fine. Chris asks Lucas if he wants him to walk home with him but Lucas decides to stay at Charlie's and introduces himself to the lady that was eyeing him up, Vanessa. He glances at Emilia in disgust.
Andrew tells Griffin that he plans to use Tumblr in order to link the band's Facebook and Twitter pages so that they can update automatically therefore maximising exposure of the band. Griffin isn't impressed by Andrew's work but Andrew continues telling him the ideas he's come up with, including giving the official website a complete overhaul. He explains that the music video only gave the band a certain amount of exposure and they should perhaps offer fans the chance to download one of their songs for free. Griffin thinks Andrew's ideas are not good enough and explains that the band just wants to make an album to release and they need a producer and label. He says that Andrew needs to start acting like a manager rather than a publicist. Andrew promises to arrange something as Griffin leaves Harold's threatening to get a new manager if Andrew can't deliver.
Kyle and Jade are walking through the complex as Kyle receives a text from Chris wanting to know if they've seen Lucas. Jade comments how random that is to which Kyle replies that Lucas has perhaps forgotten to open the garage.
Andrew and Summer are sitting at a table outside Harold's while Andrew is on the phone trying to get a record deal for Red Cotton. After the call ends he tells Summer that they're going to ring him back, seeming uninspired and losing hope. He asks how Summer's getting on to which she replies that the best story she's got so far is that the latest Sedan model outstrips its competitors in fuel economy. Another press release gets Summer's attention, which mentions the opening of a new community centre. Andrew notes how little scope there is in such news but Summer says she'll just have to make something out of it. She sees Councillor Kapoor standing outside the office for lease and sees her opportunity to find out more. She asks him if he has time to talk for a moment and Ajay asks if she's going to damage his reputation any further. She apologises for her behaviour in relation to the shopping centre development and goes on to say that she wants to talk to him about the new community centre. Ajay wonders why Summer is interested in such a story and she tells him that the community will be interested to know that money is being put into development of the area. Ajay slips up, telling her that there won't be any less police in the area which of course arouses her curiosity. He reveals that the West Warratah police station is merging with Erinsborough's which prompts Summer to realise that the police station is being replaced by the new community centre.
Lou is calculating his bills and seems concerned. As he gets up to have some breakfast, Lucas plods out of his room appearing a little worse for wear. Lou asks him how his night was to which Lucas replies that he found out Michael and Emilia were together while he was still seeing Emilia. Lou tells him he hopes he's ok and Lucas says that Chris kept an eye on him. As Lucas drinks his coffee Lou tells him that he needs a shower but Lucas says that Kate's in there so he can't. Vanessa enters and says that she could smell the coffee, feeling much better after having a shower. The pair look shocked as Vanessa introduces herself to Lou.
Vanessa is making an omelette for Lou and Lucas, showing a clear passion for making food while the pair stands watching. Lucas makes it clear that Vanessa doesn't have to cook for them but Lou encourages her while Vanessa remains adamant that she's going to make them something nice to eat.
VANESSA: Well, if your grandfather's hungry.
LOU: I'm not his grandfather!
VANESSA: Whatever the arrangement is...
LUCAS: (simultaneously) We're just flatmates.
LOU: (simultaneously) We just live together.
Lou makes some coffee and Lucas has a quiet word with Vanessa. She makes it clear last night was only a bit of fun and she's only making some food because she's hungry.
Andrew is just finishing another phone call to a record label having made little progress. Tash asks why he can't just get them to watch one of Red Cotton's gigs and get them signed that way but Andrew says that he needs to actually have a gig lined up first. Unfortunately for Andrew the uni venue is booked out for 3 months and he hasn't actually found an available venue yet. Summer says that she has to go and Andrew sarcastically thanks her for her input and she tells him there are plenty of other venues. As Jade enters Tash tells Andrew he should ask her for any ideas and she suggests Charlie's. He seems unsure at first; wanting to establish Red Cotton at a venue in the city but Jade thinks he should start local first. He says that Rebecca always got new bands in rather than having a band play there regularly but Jade points out that Rebecca doesn't run Charlie's anymore.
Summer is telling Paul about the police merger and the new community centre, explaining that she thinks the news will certainly divide people and cause debate. Paul reminds her that he wanted her to stop pushing her ideas, claiming that she is using the name of his business without authorisation. Summer won't back down, telling Paul that this story is exactly the sort of thing to get people fired up and she will prove to him that her approach really works. Paul extracts a piece of paper from his briefcase, handing it to Summer. He threatens to sue her unless she removes all references to the Erinsborough News from her own material. Summer is shocked and tells him that she's only trying to help his business. She says she doesn't think he would sue her to which Paul replies that she'll have to wait and see if she doesn't stop.
Andrew enters the Kennedy house looking smart to find Summer working on her laptop with her headphones in. Luckily Andrew has arranged a meeting with the manager of Charlie's, hoping to organise a night for Red Cotton to play there. Andrew looks at Summer's Twitter page on which she has tweeted about the police merger and community centre. It has caused debate as she hoped and Andrew notes that it's starting to get a bit nasty but Summer is pleased things are starting to fire up. She says that it has to work as it's her last chance but Andrew says that there will be plenty of other stories. She says she can't use them though and hands him Paul's threat. Andrew immediately says that she needs to stop her campaign but she says that she just has to prove to Paul before the day is out that her online exposure is working.
Chris and Kyle are approaching Harold's Store. Chris says that Lucas hasn't called him back but is hoping that he's just still in bed. Talk of the devil, Lucas bumps into the pair. Kyle tells him not to be upset about Emilia which leaves him unimpressed with Chris who obviously told Kyle about the situation. He says that he's fine and thanks Chris for helping him out the previous night. Chris then asks him what happened with Vanessa which stimulates Kyle's curiosity but Lucas says that nothing happened. Tash and Emilia exit Harold's as Chris invites Lucas to join him and Kyle for coffee. Lucas declines, saying that he needs to get to work.
Paul is on the phone to a member of staff from the newspaper who is informing him that there have been a number of phone calls from members of the public enquiring whether the Erinsborough News will be covering more on the story of the new community centre and the merger of the police station. He seems surprised that the story has sparked so much interest but Susan says that things such as the merger are hot local news and wonders whether he wants her to cover it as she knows the West Warratah Star is covering it for the morning. He says he'll get back to her and heads off to investigate.
Andrew is showing Celeste, the bar manager at Charlie's, one of Red Cotton's videos on their website, hoping to arrange a residency for the band at Charlie's. He waits in anticipation but Celeste eventually says that she likes their sound and will see if she can fit them in next month. Their gig is arranged for the first Friday of April and Celeste says she'll see how they go for that evening and if it goes well they can play every Friday for the rest of the month. Celeste mentions that Andrew will have to supply all the equipment for the gig such as mixers and lights as Charlie's no longer supplies it. He mentions that Rebecca used to supply those things but she says that things have changed. She also mentions that Andrew will have to publicise the event himself as well which he is unhappy about but Celeste says that the band will get to keep half of the money from door sales in return. The deal is almost off when it looks like Andrew can't raise the money in preparation but he assures Celeste that it won't be a problem and heads home.
Andrew arrives home to find Paul glued to his laptop in the kitchen. He asks if he's seen what Summer's been up to and Andrew replies that he has. Paul reads a tweet to Andrew from a disappointed reader who was hoping to find out more about the police merger in the paper. Andrew tells his dad that he's just had a meeting with Celeste and has arranged a regular gig at Charlie's for Red Cotton. Paul congratulates his son who proceeds to ask his father for a loan of $1000 which he assures his father will be paid back the next day as he is expecting to make three times as much in profit. Paul seems unwilling but Andrew tells him that the profit is almost guaranteed. Paul reminds his son that there are no guarantees in business but Andrew says that Red Cotton is such a good band there is no risk. Paul, obviously tired of Andrew's schemes, explains to Andrew why he won't give him the loan.
PAUL: You live here rent free. You don't pay any bills. I feed and clothe you.
ANDREW: You want me to pay board?
PAUL: You still owe me for the removal of that tattoo.
ANDREW: Yes, which I'm paying you back for.
PAUL: And you're no closer to upgrading that car of yours are you?
ANDREW: The one that you bought me.
PAUL: Yeah, to teach you a lesson which you obviously haven't learned.
ANDREW: So when I pay you back for all that, that's when you're gonna start investing in me again?
PAUL: No, Andrew, listen. I want you to do this yourself. And you've got great ideas and you've got talent, there's no doubt about that. But you need to be able to back yourself. Not rely on other people all of the time.
ANDREW: Dad, it's just this one time...
PAUL: Andrew, no, I'm sorry mate. But you're on your own on this one.
Andrew looks upset.
Summer is comforting Andrew about the situation with Paul. Andrew explains that he feels like his dad's punishing him for trying to be successful. Summer says that she's sure the gig will go ahead as planned and Andrew asks whether she has a spare $1000 lying around to which she jokes that if she did she'd lend it to him. Paul descends the stairs ready to launch into Summer for her behaviour and as per usual she bites back, saying that by the morning she will have so many people interested in the paper that he won't have a leg to stand on in regard to the lawsuit. Paul gives in, admitting that she's proven her point as plenty of people have been calling the paper interested in the police merger. Seeing as he doesn't want the competition snapping her up, he agrees to hire Summer as the Junior Online Content Editor which is a dream come true for her. Summer jumps for joy and hugs Paul which he is less than pleased about. He then reminds her that he has hired and fired her before so she needs to tread carefully. Andrew congratulates her and she runs off hoping to call Susan and Lyn to tell them the news. Andrew says that he can't believe his dad is giving Summer a job but won't help him out. Paul tells his son that Summer worked hard to get that job and did it all by herself without help from anyone else. The scene ends with Andrew upset that his father could treat him like that.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Andrew telling his dad that he never helps him out.
- Kate showing Tash some new shoes she's bought.
- Andrew asking Kate for a loan from her trust fund.
- Summer telling Paul that Ajay's running for re- election to the council.
- Priya telling her husband that Paul doesn't do anything unless there's something in it for him.
- Ajay telling Paul that he's not the only powerful man in Erinsborough.