Previously on Neighbours
- Vanessa thinks Lou's painting is a mess, but he enters it in the Community Centre exhibition
- Sophie is in a bad way
- Lucas tells Paul he's not sacking Chris – but Chris resigns anyway
Lou is about to brag to Lucas about his painting being in the exhibition, but sees Lucas is worried about something. Lucas explains that Chris has resigned, after finding out that Paul was encouraging Lucas's customers to go elsewhere. Lucas is feeling guilty, as Chris has already gone through enough hell without having to find a new job too. Lou tells Lucas not to feel too bad; if Paul wrecks the business, both of them would be out of work, which wouldn't help anyone. Lucas still feels bad for letting Chris down, but Lou says he has his family and friends to support him.
Chris arrives, with a bundle of magazines as a present for Sophie. Aidan is on duty on the ward, and nods Chris through, despite visiting hours being over. Chris looks at Sophie hooked up to the breathing apparatus and is overcome with guilt again.
While putting the kettle on in the middle of the night, Summer has vivid flashbacks of the crash. Karl has woken up and comes into the kitchen. Summer admits she's having trouble sleeping; Karl's not surprised, all things considered, but Summer insists she's okay and goes back to bed with a cup of tea.
Susan runs into Lou, who's picking up a dry- cleaned suit in preparation for attending the exhibition opening later. Susan barely contains her relief when she realises it's not the portrait of her that Lou's submitted, but an abstract painting. He talks her into coming down to the opening and covering it for the arts pages in the newspaper, and Susan eventually agrees – but doesn't look particularly thrilled about it. Ajay comes in; he was already hoping to attend the exhibition, and when he learns Lou has a painting there he says he'll definitely do so.
Karl's going to work, and is surprised to learn that Summer is working from home today; she says she'll get more done that way. Tash wants to grab a lift from Karl; she's going to see Chris before his court case today. Karl asks if Summer wants a lift too, so she can go to Chris's hearing, but she says he doesn't want anyone there, and in any case she's too busy. She's acting a little strangely, and it doesn't go unnoticed by Karl before he and Tash leave.
Paul and Kate visit Sophie; she's still asleep, but it seems her condition is still stable and improving. Paul's surprised to find the bundle of magazines on the bedside and wonders who brought them, given that he only left late last night and they weren't there then. Kate suggests Callum and Rani may have dropped them off, but Paul doesn't think they could afford them. When Aidan comes in to check on Sophie, Paul asks if she had any visitors last night. Aidan's evasive, and says he doesn't know who left the magazines; but Paul accuses him of lying, and guesses it was Chris and that Aidan is covering for his ex- boyfriend. Aidan says it's only happened the once and he doesn't see what harm it's done, but Paul isn't interested in his views and storms out.
Tash is trying to encourage Chris to eat something before his appearance in court, but he's not hungry. They decide to go for a coffee but are accosted by Paul, who's furious that Chris visited Sophie. He warns him to stay away from her in future, and throws the magazines back at Chris.
PAUL: I hope you get a refund for those, because pretty soon you're gonna need every cent you can get.
CHRIS: Mr Robinson, please. What more can I do? I've said I'm sorry and I mean it. I've quit my job; I'm not contesting any of the charges in court today; you're gonna sue me for everything that I own. Isn't that enough?
PAUL: No. Nothing makes up for what you did. Never will.
Tash buys Chris coffee and cake, but he's still not hungry. Tash tells him not to let Paul get to him – and is pleasantly surprised to see Aidan wander in. Aidan apologises for letting Paul know that Chris visited Sophie, and promises that if he wants to see her again, he'll help him sneak in. Chris replies that Aidan doesn't need to cover for him, and that it's probably best he stays away anyway, to avoid aggravating the situation with Paul.
Karl comes back from work early, to find a very jumpy Summer still working away. He explains he's swapped shifts and come home because he's worried about Summer's anxiety and insomnia. He thinks she's been traumatised by the crash, to the extent that she's scared to go outside or sit in a car; and tells her it's nothing to be ashamed of, but that she needs to start dealing with it or it will get worse.
SUMMER: Everything after the car accident – it just feels… random. Out of control. And the thought of getting in a car again… I could've died.
KARL: But you didn't. No- one did.
KARL: Sophie's gonna be okay.
Karl suggests they go and sit in the car for a while, and that they could drive to the Community Centre and see Lou's art show if she feels comfortable. He even suggests Summer could drive, passing her the keys and saying he really thinks it would help.
Lou and Ajay are at the exhibition. Lou comments that there are a lot of old people around, and wonders where the other artists are. Ajay tells him they are the artists: this is a senior citizens' art show! Lou is annoyed, and is convinced there must have been some sort of criteria for the works being displayed. But Ajay confirms everyone's work gets displayed. There are prizes however, and he tells a despondent Lou he might win one of them. Susan turns up, and Lou tries to get rid of her by saying the centre is full up – but she's having none of it and insists on staying to see Lou's painting.
Karl and Summer get in the car, but she's still not sure – and when she touches the steering wheel she has another flashback. Karl encourages her to breathe slowly and tells her they can stop if she's worried, but that he has faith in her. She puts the key in the ignition and panics again, but eventually summons up the courage to drive.
Summer and Karl pull up in the car – she's relieved as it comes to a halt, and admits she was shaking the whole time. Summer hands Karl the keys back, saying she'll walk home afterwards as she can't do any more today. He tells her they can do some more driving in a couple of days. Summer thanks him, and they go inside to see Lou's masterpiece.
Inside, Ajay and Susan are joined by Karl and Summer – and all four of them struggle to see much merit in Lou's painting. Lou walks over.
SUSAN: Shh, he's coming.
KARL: Ah. Hi, Lou! Great show!
LOU: Karl, don't patronise me, please. I've just checked out the prize- winners. I have lost to a tapestry of a sunset, a plate with swirly glazing, and a watercolour of a pussy- cat.
SUSAN: Well Lou, it's not all about winning, is it?
LOU: It is when you lose to a lot of geriatrics. As if being part of this travesty wasn't insulting enough.
One of the staff then puts a ‘special commendation' sticker underneath Lou's painting – but the group soon realise that she is putting them under all the exhibits! Lou loses his temper, takes his painting off the wall, and says he's never going to paint again, even if they all beg him! The others all laugh as he stomps off.
Tash and Chris play pool, but Chris is distracted about the upcoming court hearing. Lucas comes in and asks how he's feeling – Chris just wants to get it over and done with. He's worried about having nothing to do afterwards, and says his dad's already on at him to get another job. Lucas tells him to forget it; he's coming back to work for him. Lucas admits Paul is making things difficult, but he says they'll get by.
LUCAS: You're a brave man, Chris. And you're taking responsibility. You're not afraid to do the right thing. How weak would I be if I couldn't do the same? See you back at work.
Lucas's speech inspires Chris, and he rushes off, telling Tash he has something to do.
Chris walks in, with the bundle of magazines. Aidan tries to stop him going into Sophie's room as Paul's in there, but Chris says he doesn't care.
PAUL: What the hell? I told you to stay away.
CHRIS: I know you're upset. I'm upset too; that's why I'm here. I want to see Sophie and let her know that I care.
PAUL: You are not going in there.
CHRIS: I have let people push me around all my life. And that's what caused this mess in the first place. Well this is where it stops. I'm doing what I know is right.
Chris walks past Paul; Aidan and Kate, who is visiting too, are moved by his words. Paul is not so pleased, and insists Aidan call security and get them to throw Chris out. Aidan tries to reason with him but Paul says if Aidan doesn't call security, he will call the police. Aidan reluctantly complies, despite Kate's protestations. But when Paul goes back to Sophie's room to tell Chris security are on their way, he's taken aback to see Chris at Sophie's bedside, holding her hand and sobbing. Paul watches him, perplexed, perhaps moved - and for once lost for words.
Monday on Neighbours
- Despite Kate's pleas, Paul insists he isn't dropping the case against Chris
- Andrew's money has cleared, and Tash guilt- trips him for enjoying it while Chris suffers
- Andrew comes to see how Chris's hearing went, but meets with rejection
- Sophie wakes up, and blames herself for the accident