Previously on Neighbours
- Summer tells Chris maybe he should wait, but he says he is going to win back Aidan
- Chris tells Andrew [the problem] isn't going to go away
- Andrew tells Aidan that Paul is relying on him to run Charlie's. He takes the medication he bought online and says he'll be fine.
- Rhys tells Vanessa that he doctored the results when she realises his hand isn't recovered. He asks her not to tell anyone.
Paul and Andrew arrive for work in Paul's car. Paul tells Andrew it was a waste of money leasing a company car for him if they always come in Paul's car. Andrew says they needn't keep it - they could spend the money on promoting the bar instead. Paul agrees it's a good idea and says he'll check the contracts. He heads off, and Aidan catches up with Andrew and asks how he's doing. Andrew tells him no side effects, no seizures, he's fine. Aidan reminds him that he's not doing the right thing. Andrew points out that it's working. When Aidan tries to tell him it may not last, Andrew interrupts, repeating that he's fine. Aidan looks frustrated.
Chris is having flashbacks to the accident, remembering how Andrew pressured him into taking Sophie. Tash brings him a coffee with a heart shape on top.
TASH: Speaking of love and stuff, how did your plan go to get Nurse McHotty back?
Chris tells her that Aidan just wants to be friends. Tash asks if he's going to leave it like that, and Chris says he's going to be the best friend Aidan ever had, and Aidan won't be able to resist! Tash says she likes the new Chris. She frowns when she sees Andrew come over. He asks Chris how he's been, and tells Tash she should be working. Aidan is standing behind him, and Tash ignores Andrew and tells Aidan they were talking about him. Andrew wanders off, and Chris tells Aidan that he's waiting for Toadie. He's more nervous about the case against Paul than the criminal case. Aidan says he'll be fine. Chris invites him to shoot some hoops to help with his nerves.
AIDAN: Sure. Sounds great.
Aidan goes to get a coffee, and Chris promises to text Aidan. Tash grins at Chris, who jokingly tells her to shut up.
Lou has just bought something from an extra, when Vanessa comes out of the kitchen. Lou says he didn't think she was working. She says she was just picking up her payslip. Lou says she looks like death warmed up and she says she didn't get much sleep. She asks if he has time for a chat, but he's running late for lunch.
LOU: I just came by to buy some brownie points. Get it? Brownie points?
Vanessa smiles and tells Lou not to worry. He leaves. Rhys comes in, looking cheerful. She asks what he's doing and he says he's going in for a shift. She says she's not comfortable with them hiding it - she doesn't like lying. He reassures her that it's a GP shift, and won't jeopardise patients. She queries if that's it, and he confirms it. He kisses her and leaves.
Toadie tells Chris he has got him character references from Lucas, his TAFE teacher, and suggests calling Libby as well. Chris glumly says he guesses it helps. Toadie reassures him that they should talk up the positives and there are a lot. Chris is a good kid who made an honest mistake. Chris points out that Paul will be doing the opposite, but Toadie says the court will see that Paul is unreasonable. He tells Chris that he will need witness statements from the others involved and he should let them know. In answer to Chris's question, he says he specially needs Andrew's statement, and asks if it's a problem and Chris says they haven't been talking. Toadie says they need his statement. Chris thanks him and leaves.
Tash is eating lunch and offers Chris a bite of her sandwich. He tells her that Toadie needs a statement. He asks her to ask Ed, which she says she will.
TASH: Have you asked idiot features?
Chris replies that he hasn't, because they're not on speaking terms, but adds that maybe they shouldn't have ignored him earlier. Tash says that they are actually going easy on him. Chris thinks maybe he should wait for Toadie to call him. Tash points out that if Chris needs Andrew's statement, it's better if he asks him. Chris says that Andrew is Paul's son, but Tash says that he and Andrew were best friends before the accident, and he won't say no.
Andrew is behind the bar when Chris comes in. Andrew tells him that Tash is on a break. Chris asks if they can talk. Andrew says he didn't think they had anything to talk about. Chris tells him that Toadie wants him to make a statement.
ANDREW: So you want me to back you up against my dad.
Andrew asks if he is begging for help after shutting him out for weeks. Chris says he isn't begging. Andrew says he isn't getting anything. Chris asks if he wants an apology and Andrew says no, adding that if Chris doesn't want a drink, he should go. Chris reminds Andrew the accident wasn't all his fault. Andrew says Chris was driving. Chris says that Andrew was arguing, so Andrew asks if Chris is blaming him. Chris says that Andrew has got away with a couple of bruises while he thinks about it all the time. Andrew looks on impassively. Chris tells him it is not all his fault and he's asking Andrew to do the right thing. Andrew says that Chris pleaded guilty in the criminal case, so it's nothing to do with him.
Aidan is shooting hoops, when Chris turns up. Aidan jokes that he thought he'd been stood up. They start to play, and Aidan asks how the meeting went. From Chris's face, Aidan deduces not well, but Chris says Toadie's not the problem...
Andrew tells Paul that Toadie is getting witness statements. Paul says it's standard procedure: nothing Tash and Summer will say will hold much sway, and he dismisses Ed - the app kid - as an idiot. Andrew then says that Chris has asked him to do one. Paul asks if he's thinking of doing it. Andrew says he told him to shove it, as he wouldn't make a statement against his dad. Paul wonders how he took it...
Chris says that it was like they'd never been friends. Andrew told him to suck it up, but friend or not, Andrew knows what's right. Aidan says it's knee- jerk - they've been giving him a hard time. Chris replies that Andrew hasn't wanted to know him since he lost his licence.
CHRIS: He's just been buying bars and moving on.
Paul suggests it must have been hard to knock him back, but Andrew says it was easy. Chris has no idea what's been going on with him since the accident. It affected him, but he's getting on with his life. Paul is impressed, but tells him it's hard to get through something like this. Friendship, he says, is overrated.
Aidan suggests that it might not be that simple, but Chris is dubious. He says that Andrew's got away scot free and has nothing to complain about.
After serving a meal, Andrew returns to the bar. A woman orders a pinot noir, which Andrew has a problem finding. She asks if he is new, and he tells her he has just taken over as owner. She congratulates him and says he has a cute accent. Andrew doesn't charge for the drink, because of his slow service, and she jokes that she was just about to complain to the owner. She introduces herself as Margot and says she will make it her new local. Tash has been listening in. She asks Andrew to get some pale ale as they have run out. He says he's with a customer, but she says it's her job to cover the bar.
TASH: You do know he's like 19, right?
MARGOT: What's that got to do with anything?
TASH: And you're what, like 50?
MARGOT: You want to dry some glasses?
TASH: I'm just saying, the whole cougar act, it's a bit 2010. And tragic.
She tells Margot that Andrew is a snake and wrecks his friends' lives. Margot leaves without her drink. Andrew returns with the ale, and asks Tash where Margot has gone. They insult each other, with Tash calling him a backstabbing douchebag, and him calling her pathetic. Margot returns, saying she had to collect her jacket from the car. She invites Andrew to take a break, and he heads out with her. Tash says he can't leave her on her own, and Andrew says he can.
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Margot tells Andrew she's a physio. They get on the subject of tattoos. Andrew says he had one removed - not Tash's name, he says - and Margot has two, but won't say where. Andrew says he can find out, because he's pretty persuasive. He's just about to kiss her, when everything goes blurry. She asks him if he's OK. He says he's fine, but he's got a meeting to go to. She's dubious, and offers to walk back with him. He refuses, and jogs off.
Vanessa is watching TV and Lucas walks in, saying he's just home for lunch. Vanessa says she wants to talk about Rhys, and says she doesn't agree with something he's doing. Rhys isn't hurting her, she says, but she says she doesn't know when Lucas questions whether it's illegal. He asks if Rhys is hurting someone else, to which she answers that he assured her it wouldn't. She assures Lucas that Rhys has changed since he got on the surgical programme. Lucas interrupts, realising that actually she isn't sure. He says he won't tell her what to do, although Vanessa says he hope he would. Lucas tells her that she has to work out if the good things about Rhys outweigh what he's doing. Vanessa looks thoughtful.
Rhys tells Vanessa the shift was good, but is even more pleased with the stitches he has done in some meat. She is impressed. Then he says he has cooked her dinner. He tells her his hand will be good again, so keeping the secret is the right thing to do. He says he couldn't do it without her, but he needs to know she's OK with it. She hesitates, but nods and they hug.
Aidan tells Chris that he should worrying about things he can't change.
CHRIS: Like what a tool Andrew is?
Aidan says that it hasn't been easy for anyone, and Chris can't believe what he's hearing. He asks if Aidan thinks he's wrong. Aidan says no, he wants to stay out of it. Chris says that it's obvious this is what Aidan means by being just friends, but he could back Chris up, unless he's on Andrew's side. Aidan replies that he's not on Andrew's side, but he was in the accident too. Chris says that Andrew hasn't suffered at all, and that he deserves to be ignored by everyone. He continues that he can't believe Aidan is on Andrew's side, not his. Aidan says he's not on anyone's side. Chris goes off, saying he's going to find some real friends.
Aidan and Andrew are talking about what happened earlier. Andrew says the drugs are working and it is not supposed to happening. Aidan says that he needs the proper treatment. Andrew says he won't go to the hospital, and that he is managing it. Aidan points out he will have epilepsy for the rest of his life, and that he will continue to have fits until they find out how sick he is. He tells him to check himself in when Paul is next in Sydney. Andrew says he can't risk it, as Paul flies back every night. As Aidan is describing the test, he mentions a blood test, which Andrew says Aidan could do at home. Aidan says he could lose his job. Tash comes over and asks Andrew where he's been, and he replies he's been on a break.
TASH: A break, not a holiday.
Tash tells Andrew they've run out of Sauvignon Blanc and tells him he needs to sort it, then she goes back to the bar. Andrew tells Aidan that if he has a blood test, it has to be under a fake name. Aidan tells him he has to do the sleep trial. Andrew says he can't come in overnight. He says he needs the blood test and asks Aidan to think about it.
Aidan tells Andrew it's too big a risk, but Andrew says it's his risk. Aidan says he could lose his job, but Andrew points out he's taking meds blind. Aidan says that Andrew's got a choice, but he hasn't. Andrew says he's desperate, and reminds Aidan that he promised to help. Aidan says he has helped. Andrew says if it doesn't work, he will go to the hospital, and promises he won't ask him for anything else. Aidan sighs, and says only if Andrew promises to do the sleep trial. Andrew promises.
Chris is walking through the complex, and spots Aidan and Andrew talking. He hears Andrew inviting Aidan for a beer, and notices how close they appear to be.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Chris asks Aidan why he and Andrew are so chummy. Aidan says that maybe they are in love.
- Tash says it's a party. Sonya says it isn't a party, but it's what Jade wants.
- Jade tells Kyle that she would get out of it if she could. Kyle says he knows.
- Aidan tells Andrew he has to tell Chris. Andrew tells him that if Aidan doesn't tell anyone about him, he won't tell about Aidan.