Previously on Neighbours
- Zoe wants to go out to dinner with Paul, Kate and Sophie – but Paul is more interested in work
- Chris lays into Summer for being a terrible friend and making him write ‘Dear Sally'
- Kate scuppers Andrew's plans to keep Ed away from the interview with the blogger
- Ed is furious when he finds out his role in the app has been talked down, and quits the project
Tash is on the phone to Matt the blogger, begging him to amend his article so that Ed is credited as co- creator of the app, but she struggles to provide him with any details about the programming and says she'll try to find out more, before throwing the phone down. She explains her woes to Karl, and says Ed hates her now. Karl can't make head nor tail of what Tash is blathering on about, but agrees she can't give up. Thanking him for his advice, she leaves to find Ed.
Tash finds Ed taking part in another LARPing event, and explains she's got him a credit in the article but needs him to put some of the details into nerd- speak for her. Ed isn't interested, telling Tash she's only here because she feels guilty. Blaming Andrew, Tash nonetheless apologises for going along with his plan to keep Ed behind the scenes. He's convinced she's just been using him as a ‘code- monkey', and says she can work out his fee with Andrew: he's having nothing more to do with the app.
Summer runs into Paul, who asks how the latest ‘Dear Sally' is going. He tells her that the reaction to last week's installment with the ‘self- absorbed friend' was absolutely incredible, and that the friend copped an ‘absolute roasting' from readers! He's keen for her to continue with the column to keep people talking and generate more interest in the paper, adding that if some self- absorbed idiot gets their comeuppance along the way, so be it. He wanders off whistling, leaving Summer looking upset.
Zoe tells Paul that community perception of him has improved, with people who wouldn't return her calls a month ago now calling her! There's also good news from Simon Travers, the director of the advertising agency that gave the newspaper most of its business last year. He's agreed to come back on board, and Zoe has drawn up a new contract and organised drinks for Paul with Simon to discuss the details.
Zoe and Paul continue their conversation: Paul is impressed at the contract Zoe's drawn up. They run into Priya, and Paul blasts her with the usual pleasantries, before she tells him that she wants to speak to him about Sophie. Priya's worried about her marks, but Paul is dismissive, blaming any drop in marks on Priya for keeping Sophie out of school. Priya won't be drawn into an argument and says she just wanted to let him know.
Paul is annoyed that Sophie has left a dirty plate in the living room, and is concerned about what Priya said. Zoe points out that the worst thing Paul could do would be to come down hard on Sophie, but he doesn't appreciate Zoe's interference, and asks her if she wouldn't mind leaving family matters to him. Perplexed, Zoe agrees.
Karl is having computer speed problems, and Summer suggests defragmenting his hard drive. He's watching the promo video Chris filmed for them, and he complains that the camerawork could be better. Summer says it makes it look edgy and authentic. Summer then asks Karl if he thinks she's self- centred, and he pauses too long before answering, which leads her to think he does. He jumps up and assures her he doesn't think that: rather, he thinks she's loyal, passionate and driven. Summer admits she still hasn't made up with Chris, but Karl says she has to keep trying – and that it may not be as much about saying sorry as showing she's changed.
Later, Tash is looking for her work shirt but can't find it anywhere – until she spots it, washed and ironed, in the laundry basket. Karl has also noticed that his laptop is running much faster, and guesses Summer has defragmented the hard drive for him. Summer comes in, but rather than trying to elicit thanks for her good deeds, she merely leaves the house without mentioning them – much to Tash's and Karl's surprise.
Summer exits Grease Monkeys holding a camera tripod with a blue ribbon, and a hamburger, both of which she leaves outside the garage. Chris goes outside and finds them, but Summer is long gone.
Chris shows Tash what he found outside the garage, and says he knows it was for him because of the burger. Tash suggests it might have been Aidan, but Chris says it wasn't; she also wonders aloud whether the burger is poisoned. Chris doubts it, but does realise that it doesn't have onions, which is good because he hates them. Tash realises it could be Summer, and she relates how she ironed all Tash's work shirts and fixed Karl's computer for no reason.
TASH: And she didn't even wait for us to thank her with that look she gets.
CHRIS: Hmm, that is weird…
TASH: Yeah. It's like she's reaching out to humans for the first time ever. It's kind of sweet, in a lame, Summer sort of way.
Paul is about to head off to his meeting with Simon Travers when Kate and Sophie come in, back from a shopping expedition. Sophie is keen to try her new clothes on but Paul tells her to go and do some homework. Sophie says she doesn't have any, but Paul doesn't believe her and tells her to get upstairs. Zoe intervenes again, telling Paul to calm down. He's not impressed at being undermined, but grudgingly leaves for his meeting.
While he's gone, Zoe shares a load of cosmetics freebies she's been given with Kate and Sophie, and the three of them enjoy an afternoon of make- up testing.
Paul's meeting with Simon Travers has gone well, and he leaves with a signed contract. He tells Simon he really appreciates the agency giving the Erinsborough News another chance, and Simon says he's impressed at how Paul turned his reputation around. He also tells Paul that he wouldn't have signed if it wasn't for Zoe, whom he says is one in a million, and showed the agency that Paul might actually have a beating human heart.
Paul arrives home to find the make- up party in full swing. He takes Zoe aside and asks why she's still interfering with Sophie after what he said to her earlier, but she claims she isn't and that she just likes spending time with his family. Paul apologises and says he's just tired. He reports that the meeting with Simon went well, and Zoe says he'll be back in the editor's chair before he knows it. Zoe returns to Kate and Sophie, but Paul still doesn't look happy.
Summer is home alone until Tash arrives back from work, with Chris in tow. Summer gives him a proper apology, saying she's been so preoccupied with work and Andrew that she didn't stop to think about what he was going through. She says he was right, and she deserved everything she got – but really wants them to be friends again as she'd be lost without him. Chris agrees, and they hug. Summer tells him he's off the hook with ‘Dear Sally' – she won't use him anymore. Explaining the tripod and burger, Summer repeats Karl's advice about showing, rather than saying, you're sorry – which gives Tash an idea.
Night- time. Ed hears a cry in Norse, and turns to see Tash, in full Viking warrior outfit.
TASH: When we went into battle, I was a novice. I didn't know anything about the sword or the shield, or the enemy. But you taught me, and together, we triumphed. You are more than my equal. You are my mentor.
Tash tells Ed they work well together, and says she doesn't judge him because of his maths jokes or LARPing – she likes him because of it. Ed asks what he is to her, and she replies that he's a really good friend. He goes cold again, saying $500 dollars should cover the work he's done, before walking sadly away from her. Tash calls after him, but to no avail.
Monday on Neighbours
- Ed continues to reject Tash's apologies
- Will Rhys and Vanessa's trip to Japan work out?
- No 32 is on sale: might Lucas be interested?