Previously on Neighbours
- Karl and Ajay decide they don't need a bass player and they are going to tell Andrew they are a duo.
- Susan says she has the final say as editor
- Zoe tells Paul not to rush into getting back as editor
- Callum want to give Troy a funeral, but Sonya refuses.
Toadie tells Sonya that she said she wanted to do anything to help Callum, but Sonya says a funeral won't help him. Toadie points out that it was Callum's idea, but she says she doesn't want to waste thousands of dollars paying tribute to a man who ruined their lives. Toadie says that Callum's relationship with Troy was different, so his feelings will be different. Sonya says he can grieve, but without a funeral. Toadie looks frustrated.
Sonya is walking past the garage when she sees Troy's ute. Lucas explains that the cops want it serviced ready for sale. He asks if she wants the personal stuff, and she refuses. Lucas asks if Callum might want it, and she tells him Callum won't, and to get rid of it.
Susan asks Toadie how he's doing and he replies he's fine, sort of. Then he tells her that Callum wants a funeral for Troy, but he and Sonya don't. He hates the thought of spending money on him. Susan appreciates how hard it is for Sonya. Toadie's phone rings: it's the West Waratah Star. Toadie tells them he and his family have no comment. Susan tells him to get Cal and Sonya to turn their phones off. She assures him their lives will get back to normal/
Ajay is drumming - he tells Karl he's letting off steam. Before they start their song, Ajay tells Karl that he'd told Troy he wasn't going to represent him, and that Troy probably wouldn't have checked himself out if he hadn't done that. Karl tells him playing "what ifs" won't change anything. Karl wants to play, but Ajay says they've played them all to death and wants to know if Karl gets tired of playing the same old stuff. Karl tells Ajay that if he hates his material so much, why doesn't he write his own. Ajay says they should be doing it together, as a band. They start disagreeing about why Adrian left, and Karl asks Ajay if he's ever written a song. Ajay hesitates a bit, and says he wrote a couple in law school. Karl says it's a good idea and Ajay insists that he's doing the lyrics.
Susan apologises that she has to rush off, but Toadie knows she has a paper to run. They hug. Paul watches from a distance. Toadie goes and Paul comes up and asks what the angle is. Susan points to the (recently appeared) canopy and says it will keep the rain off. Paul tells her to forget the canopy and asks about the story with Troy. She says there's no story. Paul points out she was talking to Toadie, which Susan says was as a friend. Paul is frustrated at her taking the bleeding heart line, and she says it's not news. Paul says that if it was anyone else, it would be on the front page, which she denies. Paul thinks they will be the only paper not covering the story but Susan doesn't care.
PAUL: I knew it wouldn't take you long to use the newspaper to start pushing your own agenda.
[Not that he's a hypocrite] As he leaves, Paul tells Susan she's no better than him.
Karl is playing something, and asks Ajay for his opinion. Ajay asks if it's new, and Karl proudly says he just thought of it.
AJAY: It sounds like one of your "River" songs.
KARL: Excuse me?
AJAY: You know, Free as a River, River of my soul, what was the other one, Dancing in the River...
KARL: It was a completely different melody!
Ajay says it's another hippy folk song. Karl says a song should have a message. Ajay disagrees and says Karl should move on from the 60s. It should be more upbeat, like the 80s. Karl comes to see what Ajay has written: nothing! Ajay says he doesn't know what to write about. Karl asks what inspires him, but Ajay can't think of anything. They decide to take a break.
Karl arrives to get some coffee for him and Ajay. Susan tells him that Paul is breathing down her neck. Karl guesses that it is about the Troy story. She says she wasn't going to run one, which surprises Karl. She says that they've been through enough, especially Callum. He says it's her call. She says that Paul said she was being unprofessional. Karl thinks Paul has a point: she has a responsibility to her job, even though she wants to protect them. He needed to treat Troy, she has to write the article: Sonya and Toadie will understand. Susan says she is too close to write it. Karl tells her she can write it her own way: she should have faith in herself.
Susan is staring at the screen: she has so far written the title.
Paul storms in. Zoe asks him if he's had a bad day. He says that Susan "useless" Kennedy isn't going to run a story on Troy's death. Zoe says she's not surprised. Paul says Susan is more worried about her friends than the paper. Zoe reminds him that the rugby is tonight. Paul is not keen, but Zoe says her client has a box.
Susan is making no progress with the story. Summer comes in and asks about the front page. Susan says she'll let her know.
Paul moans that they are going to be a laughing stock. Zoe says it's good because it will prove that Susan is the wrong person for the job, because the readers will expect the story to run. Paul is pleased and assumes he can get his job back, and Zoe says they have to keep fixing his image.
Ajay takes a phone call, and tells Karl he's got half an hour. When you become a parent, you sign up for taxi service! Karl replies he's lucky he's only got one: they had three. Ajay says Rani has "single child syndrome": she always wants everything her way. Karl says that's a girl thing: Libby was the same. Ajay says that Rani wants the latest iPhone - a pink one. [This will be difficult.] Karl tells him to cave in, else she will sulk. Ajay says they drive you nuts, but you'd be lost without them. Karl thinks there might be a song in that.
Susan types away, then sits back looking satisfied.
Susan tells Toadie and Sonya that she thinks the Erinsborough News needs to run a story on Troy's death, but it won't be a sensational expose. Toadie says coldly that Callum needs to deal with it without having it splashed over the newspapers. Susan says she doesn't want to hurt them. So Toadie asks why she's doing it. Susan says it's her job. It's news, but she doesn't want to print anything without their approval. She leaves the story on the table and asks them to read it. Sonya shakes her head as Susan leaves.
Toadie is reading the story, and Sonya says she can't believe what he's doing. She adds that Susan might as well be Paul. Toadie says that Paul wouldn't have written that article: it's pretty good. Sonya is annoyed and says she wants it to be over. Toadie says he gets that she hates Troy, but it's not just about her. Callum needs a funeral, and she won't help her own son because of the way she feels. She walks out.
On the street, she sees Lucas, and asks if he still has Troy's things. He smiles and nods. He hands her a box, which he says is all there was. She goes through it, finding a picture of Callum in his wallet. She wipes away tears.
Sonya brings the box in, and tells Toadie he was right. If Callum wants a funeral, he should have one. But she doesn't feel able to go. Toadie says he understands, and that he'll organise everything. Sonya picks up Susan's article and reads it.
Summer tells Susan she is going home. She says the printers rang reminding them of the deadline and Susan dryly says she had forgotten. She tells Summer to go home. Sonya arrives and apologises for taking so long: they had some thinking to do. But they think it's a wonderful article. They hug. Susan asks if they're OK with her printing it, and Sonya says she should tell the whole story so that nobody else would fall into the same trap she did. Susan takes notes as Sonya begins telling her story.
Paul comments about the previous night, and Zoe is glad he enjoyed it. She has bought a paper and says they can enjoy the "train wreck" over breakfast. Paul opens it, and sees the headline "A Troubled Life".
Karl and Summer are talking about the article when Susan walks past. They agree that Sonya was very brave in giving the interview. Summer thinks Paul will be happy.
Paul throws the paper on the table in disgust. He says that he can't even rely on her to stuff up. He tells Zoe to cancel all her appointments for the day and get Susan out of the editor's chair. He wants his paper back!
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Paul says it should be him in the editor's chair. Susan tells Paul to back her or sack her.
- Susan tells Paul to back her or sack her.
- Kyle tells Kate that Jade might realise something was going on, but Kate tells Kyle that avoiding Jade will look suspicious.
- Jade tells Kate how much she loves Kyle