Previously on Neighbours
- Sophie is found hiding in the boot of Chris's car
- The car crashes off the road and overturns
- At the hospital, Sophie has a cardiac arrest
- Karl tells Kate and Paul to prepare for the worst
Outside, Chris sits on the pavement, devastated – he's experiencing distressing flashbacks of the crash. Constable Silver arrives to ask him some questions. Chris quickly admits he was the driver and owner of the car. He's also asked how many seatbelts the car had, and how many people were in it. He admits there were six people, and that Sophie didn't have a seatbelt. Reminding him of the law, Constable Silver asks Chris why he overloaded his car – and warns him that as Sophie is a minor he's entirely responsible for her not having access to a seatbelt. The constable doesn't arrest Chris, but suspends and confiscates his driver's licence. Chris tells him he'll answer any other questions later, and returns indoors.
Elsewhere, Tash is watching Ed sleep, when Andrew wanders into the ward to get a drink of water.
TASH: You selfish, money- grabbing, lying, cheating scumbag. You've done a lot of rubbish things Andrew, but forging my signature? That really takes the cake.
ANDREW: You're gonna get your share, Tash. I was never gonna cut you out from anything.
TASH: Do you wanna know what I think about your money? This is what I think about your money.
She tears her $25,000 cheque into tiny pieces and throws them at him. Andrew expresses surprise that this is what she's angry about, given that they're all in hospital – but Tash says if he hadn't lied to her, the crash would never have happened and Ed's arm wouldn't be broken. Andrew reminds her that Sophie is fighting for her life.
TASH: Yeah? And whose fault is that, Andrew?
Andrew walks away. Meanwhile, Toadie and Callum have arrived with some magazines for Sophie when she wakes up, and Toadie asks if there's anything he can do to help. Karl emerges and tells them they've stabilised Sophie's condition, and they're cautiously optimistic about her. A relieved Kate goes in to see her, while Paul asks Karl for more detail. Karl opines that Sophie would be in a much better state if she had been wearing a seatbelt, and hadn't been thrown from the car.
Horrified, Paul rushes off to speak to Chris, who admits Sophie was on Summer's lap and didn't have a seatbelt. Chris tries to explain what happened with the gig and the argument, but Paul's having none of it – he furiously tells Chris that as the driver, he is responsible for what has happened to Sophie. Leaving Chris mortified, Paul joins Kate by Sophie's bedside, where Kate is telling an unconscious Sophie that she has to get better, as Kate needs her.
Outside, Susan has arrived and helps a shaking Chris get a cup of water. She asks if he's called his parents, but he hasn't – he's too busy wishing he was the one in the hospital bed instead of Sophie. Susan comforts him as he breaks down in tears. Chris tells her his parents are on holiday, and he's terrified if he tells them what's happened they won't want to know him.
SUSAN: I think that they will love you no matter what. They're your parents, Chris. You need to call them, love.
She lends him her phone and promises to come back soon; Chris uses it to call his dad and explain what's happened. Later, Summer and Tash are discharged; they tell Chris they don't blame him for what happened and ask him to come back to the Kennedys' with them, but he insists on staying to find out how Sophie is.
Paul comes out of Sophie's room and Chris immediately apologises, accepting all responsibility for what's happened to her. Coldly, Paul replies that he's suing Chris for negligence. Chris apologises again and walks off, just as Andrew is also discharged. Paul tells his son to meet him outside. A furious Tash tells Andrew what Paul's just said, and once again says it's all Andrew's fault, for causing the argument and bumping Chris's arm just before the crash. She tells him to get Paul to leave Chris alone.
Andrew tries to convince Paul not to go ahead with suing Chris, pointing out that he's already facing police charges and doesn't deserve any more grief. When Paul won't let up, Andrew says Sophie's condition is his fault: he admits it was he who forced Chris to take Sophie with them, as he didn't want his birthday ruined – and that he and the others were to blame for making Chris lose focus. Paul says Andrew may have been stupid, but that as the driver Chris was ultimately responsible for the decision to take Sophie, and for crashing the car. Paul's lawyer rings; Paul tells him he has a civil case for him.
Lucas turns up and finds Chris waiting outside – he's come to offer his support following a call from Susan. Chris isn't interested in discussing his own feelings or the lawsuit; he's just worried about Sophie, and feeling completely to blame.
LUCAS: I'm not saying you didn't make a mistake.
CHRIS: But I make the same mistake every time.
LUCAS: What do you mean?
CHRIS: I'm gutless. I always back down; I always take the easy option. It was easy to give in to Andrew and take Sophie, even though I knew it was wrong. It was easy to lie to Aidan, even though I knew I'd lose him. Every single time.
Despite Lucas's best efforts, Chris is convinced that he deserves whatever Paul throws at him.
Rani, Priya and Ajay are having dinner; Rani wants to go and see Sophie, but Ajay and Priya say they should wait. Toadie comes in and confirms Sophie's condition is serious; Priya suggests they send her some flowers. Lucas enters – he wants Toadie and Ajay's advice about Paul's lawsuit against Chris. However, he's disappointed when both of them seem to sympathise with Paul's position. Toadie says he doesn't agree with it but can understand why Paul's doing it – while Ajay says Paul is legally in the right, and that he can only imagine how he would feel if it had been Rani in Sophie's shoes. Lucas is annoyed and walks out.
Lucas brings Paul a coffee. He tells Paul that Sophie doesn't deserve what's happened, but that Chris doesn't deserve to be sued either. Lucas says Chris feels terrible, but Paul gets angry and says Sophie's the one they should feel sorry for. Lucas asks how punishing Chris is going to help Sophie, and Paul walks off, annoyed.
In Sophie's room, Paul comforts Kate. Karl comes in with more test results: Sophie's out of any immediate danger, he says, but one of the scans has revealed possible spinal damage. Karl adds that she will need rehabilitation, may need to learn to walk again, and could experience pain for the rest of her life.
Susan is taking care of Tash and an incredibly quiet Summer by making them chicken soup. Andrew knocks at the door and Susan lets him in.
TASH: He's not staying.
Tash wants to know whether Paul has called off the lawsuit. Andrew says he tried, but that Paul wouldn't listen. Tash reminds Andrew that he practically forced Chris to take Sophie, and that he was responsible for everything else that led to the crash.
ANDREW: It wasn't just me, we were all to blame.
TASH: Stop trying to get out of this.
Andrew says that he has taken some responsibility, but that technically Chris is the one to blame, as he made all the final decisions – or at least that's how the law will see it. Interpreting this as Andrew attempting to deflect blame onto Chris, Tash angrily tells Andrew to leave. He insists he didn't mean it that way, but Summer backs Tash up and tells him to go.
Andrew comes in, takes his own $25,000 cheque out of his wallet, and prepares to burn it. But at the last minute, he changes his mind, and begins filling out a deposit slip to bank the money.
Lucas and Chris come in, followed shortly afterwards by Paul. He hands documents to Chris from his solicitor, informing him of legal proceedings. He's suing him for Sophie's suffering and for the cost of future care. Lucas begs Paul to leave it to the police, but Paul warns him to stop defending Chris. Paul tells Chris he'll see him in court.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Paul threatens to ruin Lucas's business unless he sacks Chris
- Lou experiments with abstract art; Vanessa is unimpressed
- Sonya and Toadie disagree over whether or not to be told their baby's gender