Previously on Neighbours
Summer sees Andrew kissing Belinda at Tash's party
Some party- goers break Michael's surfboard in half.
The front yard of Tash's house is left in a state the following morning
Paul and Ajay find Sophie and Rani at the party
Ajay wants to find out how the party got out of control
Paul lectures Sophie on going to the party without his permission, and bans her from seeing Rani. Ajay and Rani come in. Paul yells at Ajay to get out, but Ajay wants to know how the party got out of hand.
PAUL: It's a party that got out of hand, it happens all the time. That's when the police are supposed to do their job!
AJAY: An out of control party is not the fault of the police, Paul!
PAUL: It is when it takes two phone calls for them to even bother showing up. I called the police around 1 o'clock when things started getting out of hand. Funnily enough they didn't show up, now we both know why that is.
AJAY: The merger of the station doesn't compromise police response times.
PAUL: You know what, while I was waiting for the police to do their job, my street got trashed, my son's car got stolen, Sophie here could have ended up in all sorts of trouble. This would never have happened if we still had a police station at Erinsborough. You just think yourself damn lucky that nothing went seriously wrong. Now get out of my house!
Paul is in his office, looking at the article he wrote last night – ‘Police Response Time Too Slow at Out- of- Control Party,' He opens another tab showing Conrad Jackson's facebook profile, and then looks to a photograph of him with Sophie. Just then a journalist enters and asks if he wants to put the front page to the printers. He looks at a copy of the West Waratah Star with the headling ‘Kapoor Strengthens Community' and the front- page photograph of Ajay, and tells the journalist to print it.
Chris is putting rubbish from Tash's front garden into a bin bag. Jade and Sonya walk past complaining about the lack of sleep they got. Sonya tells Chris he should tidy her back garden next as the party- goers made a mess of it. Chris apologises to them, and they leave. Tash takes some rubbish out, and points out the couch which has been slashed.
TASH: How am I supposed to deal with this by myself?
CHRIS: You don't have to deal with it by yourself. You've got me. Come on, a couple of hours work and it'll be like last night never happened
TASH: Yeah, except the neighbours will still hate us and Andrew's car will still be missing.
Lucas jogs by and hears this, commenting that Andrew won't be sad to see Pickles gone. Chris suggests Tash calls Michael to tell him what happened, but Tash does not want to talk to him.
Rani sees Sophie and considers leaving as Paul says they shouldn't see each other, but Sophie tells her that they didn't plan to see each other, they just happened to run into each other at Harold's and they'll just keep running into each other. Rani says her mum has grounded her, she's only allowed out to get some milk. They start chatting about the party, Kate tells them that the next time they're at a party they need to be more sensible, but Sophie tells Rani that next time they won't get caught.
Paul passes Rhys who says he managed to sleep through the noise last night by using ear plugs. Paul sits down and overhears Susan and Lucas chatting about the party. Lucas says that the party could have gotten very nasty, and when the party ends up like that the police should be there to shut it down. Sonya and Jade meanwhile sit down nearby, and Paul hears them complaining about the lack of sleep they've had. Sonya has sympathy for Tash because her dad just left her, but Jade says the party would have gone crazy even if Michael were there.
Ajay is on the phone to someone, insisting that the merger isn't a problem, and the situation is being blown out of proportion. Paul cockily swaggers over, Ajay tells him the public will know the Erinsborough News is panic mongering, and notes how quickly Paul managed to write an in- depth article about something that only happened this morning. Ajay tells Paul that the police have no record about a complaint about the party, and promises Paul he will find out what happened.
Aidan and Chris continue to tidy up, asking Tash what she wants to do with her dad's surfboard. Tash says they should chuck it.
Paul deactivates ‘Conrad Jackson's' facebook account.
While Aidan takes out the surfboard, Ajay enters and asks to speak to Tash. He apologises for yelling at Tash earlier, he was just looking out for his daughter. He asks Tash if she knows who the people were that started turning up, but Tash says she didn't invite them. She overheard somebody mentioning a facebook invite, and she didn't send him one.
Paul wants Susan to write a reaction piece about today's front page article, and says he'll get his PA to forward his emails about the party and the closing of Erinsborough Police Station, and wants a decent article by tonight. Paul looks again at the photo of Ajay from the West Waratah Star, gives an evil cackle (or a grunt really) and throws the paper in the bin.
Rani and Sophie are still chatting about the party – and some guy called Dorian who tried to chat Rani up. Ajay arrives saying Rani's mum is still waiting for the milk. Ajay asks the two of them how they found out about the party: they got Tash's flyers sent to their house, but they say a lot of people got an invite from someone called Conrad Jackson. Sophie searches facebook to try and find Conrad's profile but they can't find anyone in Melbourne with that name.
Aidan and Chris continue to tidy up the living room. Sophie arrives to collect her amp, but finds it's been smashed in.
Paul sits reading comments online about his article, most of the comments complaining that this wouldn't have happened if Erinsborough had its own police station. Paul sits reading it with a smug grin on his face, when Sophie arrives crying. She tells Paul that her amp was destroyed, and says that this is probably karma for her destroying that guy from Red Cotton's guitar.
Chris and Aidan clean footprints off the wall. Aidan's angry that Tash is having a lie down while they clean the house.
AIDAN: You always make excuses for her, no matter what she's done.
CHRIS: Her dad left, give her a break
AIDAN: We told her that this was getting out of control, and what, now she just bails and leaves you with the fallout.
CHRIS: I don't mind
AIDAN: Well you should. I mean that's the problem. (Tash walks past and starts overhearing this)
CHRIS: I'm not just going to walk out on her
AIDAN: You don't have to go running to her every time she calls
CHRIS: I don't
AIDAN: You do. You did it on our first date and you've been doing it ever since.
CHRIS: She's my friend
AIDAN: And you're her doormat.
TASH: Hey guys, don't worry about the rest of the house, I'll clean it (Tash leaves)
AIDAN: I'm not watching you run after her again.
Aidan walks out.
Chris sits on the floor by the window, when Tash sits down beside him. Tash apologises for taking him for granted, she doesn't mean to.
TASH: I think I wanted this party to get so out of control. So Dad would hear about it and come back. What if he never comes back?
CHRIS: Then you've got me, and you've got Andrew and you've got Summer as well. Besides it's not like I'll have much else to do, I'm pretty sure I just ruined my relationship.
Aidan comes back in offering to help. Tash leaves to get things organised and Aidan sits down beside Chris. He assures him that just because they fight, doesn't mean they're over. He explains that he walked out so he would calm down as he doesn't like being mad. They hug and kiss just like any Neighbours couple would do... just kidding, they smile at each other and decide to get back to tidying.
Number 32 (night time)
Aidan, Chris and Tash sit down to the dinner that Aidan has made. Aidan apologises to Tash for what he said.
AIDAN: I know how important you are to Chris, and he's really important to me, and I get a little bit protective.
TASH: I get it, and I hear you. And thank you for today, it would have majorly sucked without both of you.
Aidan says he should head off, but Chris wants Aidan to stay and watch a DVD (a bit more fun than cleaning all day.) Aidan says he shouldn't be driving home late as he has to work early tomorrow, Chris suggests that Aidan stay over tonight, as long as it's okay with Tash
TASH: Anyone who can cook like this can stay forever
AIDAN: Let's just start with tonight.
Susan looks through emails about the merger / party. She scrolls down and notices a huge number of facebook notifications about people writing on the wall for ‘Tash's party.' She opens one of the emails, reading the message ‘Hey Conrad, thanx for the invite.' Susan is shocked.
Susan is appalled that Paul invited gatecrashers to Tash's party, he initially pretends he has no idea what she's talking about, until Susan shows him the emails she's printed off.
SUSAN: Your own son's car was stolen, Tash's house was wrecked, all so you could push your vendetta against Ajay.
PAUL: That police merger puts the community at risk, this was a situation which was inevitable, I just sped it up.
SUSAN: And that makes it alright does it? What if Summer or Sophie had been hurt?
PAUL: They weren't
SUSAN: Paul, you put them in danger!
PAUL: Yeah and look how long it took the police to turn up, that's what we should be focussing on. It doesn't matter what I did, the lack of response was inexcusable
SUSAN: Unless you found a way to manipulate that too. I've known you for a very long time Paul, and I don't expect much of you, but this?
PAUL: Look Susan, there's no need for this to go beyond us
SUSAN: Save it. You've crossed a line.
Susan takes the emails and leaves.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Susan tells Paul he needs to write a retraction, and fix things with Ajay, and if he doesn't she'll go public
- Paul reads Summer's twitter page about struggling with the breakup
- Chris tells Aidan that Andrew cope on his own
- Summer starts digging into Conrad Jackson
- Susan tells Paul that she warned him, and now she's taking the information public.