Previously on Neighbours
- Despite Chris's apologies, Paul is suing him for negligence
- Tash reminds Andrew that Chris never said anything about Andrew's role in the crash
- Chris asks Andrew to give him a witness statement, but he walks away
- Jessica tells Rhys he will never regain enough nerve control to be a surgeon
- Rhys flies off the handle at Vanessa, and she's left crying on Lucas's shoulder
Vanessa dries her eyes on the sofa, as Lucas brings her a cup of tea. He reassures her that Rhys was probably speaking in the heat of the moment and that he didn't mean to upset her. But Vanessa says she's sure Rhys meant what he said; she's not important to him.
Kyle comes in to find Rhys is giving him the silent treatment - then finds one of his surgery books in the bin, and confronts him about it. All he gets from Rhys is sarcastic backchat, so Kyle suggests they go to Charlie's for a beer and some darts. But while he's getting changed, Rhys walks out of the house alone.
Lucas asks Vanessa if she and Rhys are over. She's not sure. Lucas suggests they go out for dinner; she's not hungry, but he tells her the baby will be, and convinces her to go.
Andrew watches as Toadie and Chris come in for a drink; they're discussing the court hearing tomorrow. Toadie orders at the bar, and Andrew asks if Chris is alright.
TOADIE: Your dad is going to try and take him for everything he's got tomorrow. You could stop that, but instead you're doing nothing. So no, he's not alright.
ANDREW: Lemonade and orange juice, coming up.
Paul comes in and asks what Chris and Toadie are doing there; Andrew replies that it's a public bar. Paul wants Andrew to get a staff member to cover for him tomorrow so he can come to court with Paul, but Andrew isn't keen: he points out that Chris has already been punished through the fine and losing his licence, and reiterates that they all played a part in the crash. Paul's insistent though, and Andrew finally agrees to roster someone on to cover him tomorrow.
Outside, Vanessa and Lucas get a table; they notice Rhys is sitting nearby. He and Vanessa glance at one another, and Lucas clasps her hand in support.
Back indoors, Andrew presents Chris and Toadie with a free order of nachos, which he claims is the result of a kitchen- mix up that he didn't want to go to waste. Toadie retorts that it must be nice to have a father who can afford to give him half a bar; Andrew walks off, leaving Chris looking uncomfortable. Ajay comes in and joins Chris and Toadie; and as Andrew listens from the bar, Chris tells them that if he loses the case, his parents will be cleaned out and will be forced to sell their house. Andrew looks concerned.
On the patio, Lucas and Vanessa finish their dinner. Lucas says he wants to talk to Chris inside before they go, and Vanessa says she'll make her own way home despite his protestations. After she leaves, Lucas walks over and talks to Rhys.
LUCAS: I always knew you'd end up hurting her.
RHYS: My relationship with Vanessa is none of your business.
LUCAS: Vanessa's having my kid, in case you'd forgotten.
RHYS: Let me guess - this is the part where you tell me to stay away from her.
LUCAS: No. It's the part where I tell you to fix things. She loves you - God knows why, but she does. If you keep this up, you're gonna lose her. And that means losing the best thing you've got in your life by a long- shot.
Rhys comes into an empty house and mopes around miserably, flashing back to all his happy times cleaning the kitchen with Vanessa, kissing Vanessa, etc. He takes out the ring his mother gave him, and gazes at it mournfully.
Lucas comes in; Vanessa's gone to have a lie- down and Lou wants to know what's going on. Lucas explains the situation, and admits that he spoke to Rhys to try and get him to make things up with Vanessa. Lou isn't sure Vanessa will be happy about that, but when she comes in, she thanks Lucas for his efforts. She says she's barely holding things together, and Lou says they'll be there to support her - while Lucas looks uncomfortable.
Next day, Rhys is up early for an angry run, blanking Kate who stops to talk to him along the way. She jogs up the drive of No 22 as Paul and Andrew come out; Paul suggests they check in on Charlie's before they're due in court, but Andrew is still uncomfortable at the prospect of going to the hearing.
ANDREW: Hey, Dad - it really doesn't feel right going today.
PAUL: I thought we dealt with this yesterday.
ANDREW: You do know if you win, Chris's family will lose their house?
PAUL: Yeah. It's called justice, Andrew. It's supposed to have a cost.
ANDREW: Chris's family didn't do anything to Sophie, though.
PAUL: Well that's the way the system works, now come on.
As Paul goes to the car, Kate speaks to Andrew. She says he doesn't have to listen to Paul; she's more upset about what happened to Sophie than anyone, but doesn't see how destroying Chris and his family will make things better. Andrew says he doesn't want to ruin his new business relationship with Paul, but Kate reiterates that the lawsuit is wrong. Andrew leaves with Paul.
Andrew and Paul arrive: Andrew takes some medication while no-one's looking. He then looks at Chris's Facebook profile on his laptop, with messages from Tash, Summer, Aidan and other friends, wishing him luck in court. He closes it quickly as Paul approaches. While Andrew gets Paul a coffee, Kate comes in and speaks to Paul.
PAUL: Unless you've come to tell me you've changed your mind and you are coming to court today, I'm busy.
KATE: You need to ease up on Andrew. If you force him to go to court today, it's going to ruin any chance he has of making up with his friends.
PAUL: Oh, friendship is overrated, Kate. Look, Andrew knows the importance of getting justice for Sophie, unlike her own sister. Now if you don't mind, I have a court case to prepare for.
Kate walks off angrily, while Andrew continues to look sorrowfully at Chris's profile, and a message from Tash saying the crash wasn't Chris's fault.
Rhys finds Vanessa lurking around the side of the house with a cup of tea. He says he wants to move past their row, and tells her he forgives her for telling Jessica about his hand. Vanessa says she's not apologising for that; Rhys was taking serious risks and if anything, he owes her an apology.
VANESSA: You said if you can't be a surgeon, you have nothing. So you and me - what we have - it means nothing to you.
RHYS: Don't do this.
VANESSA: Do what? Expect that our relationship should be worth something?
RHYS: That's not what I meant. Vanessa, what you told Jessica cost me my career.
VANESSA: No it didn't, Rhys. What cost your career was you hurting your hand.
She tells him bad things happen and he has to move on, but he accuses her of making things difficult by 'selling him out' to Jessica. Vanessa tells him he could have killed someone.
VANESSA: I can't keep going around in circles like this.
RHYS: Look, can we just -
VANESSA: Rhys, I'm pregnant. I can't keep fighting with you. And I can't be with someone who doesn't realise there's a whole world outside of his career.
RHYS: I know that. Why do you think I'm here?
VANESSA: God, I wish I could believe you. But I don't. It's over. I'm sorry.
Lou and Lucas turn up to comfort Vanessa; they were eavesdropping on her conversation with Rhys outside, and go some way towards making her feel better with a smiley- face sandwich! She explains she and Rhys have broken up; Lou says he must have rocks in his head. Vanessa says she'll have to accept that Rhys never loved her the way she thought he did.
Rhys mopes over the ring, and toys with the idea of calling Vanessa - but slams his phone down instead. Kyle comes in and asks about the ring; Rhys says it's nothing and goes to his room.
Andrew and Paul are about to go to the court. Paul is on his phone to Sophie, while Andrew looks sadly towards Harold's, where Chris and Toadie are talking. Paul tells Sophie how much they miss her, then starts wittering on about how he'll buy her a new iPhone or anything else she wants, because money's no object, etc etc. Listening to this, Andrew suddenly snaps, and rushes over to Toadie and Chris.
ANDREW: Toadie, I need to tell you something. The crash - I made Chris lose control.
CHRIS: What are you doing?
ANDREW: I bumped you, you drove off the road - that's what happened, alright. I'm responsible for the whole thing.
TOADIE: You're willing to say that in court?
Paul rushes over and pulls Andrew away, demanding to know what he's doing, and telling him to be quiet before he ruins everything.
Paul demands to know what Andrew was saying to Toadie.
PAUL: We have just spent weeks making sure that Chris Pappas gets what he deserves.
ANDREW: He doesn't deserve this.
Andrew says he can't support what Paul's doing after learning that Chris's family could lose everything - and Paul storms over to Harold's to find out what damage he's done. Chris comes in.
CHRIS: Hey. Why did you do that?
ANDREW: I was harsh on you before, but you weren't to blame for the accident.
CHRIS: Neither were you.
ANDREW: Yeah, I was - I bumped your arm.
CHRIS: That didn't make me crash. I lost concentration; I stopped looking at the road.
ANDREW: Because we were fighting. Because I was the one who stitched Tash up with the app. And I made you take Sophie. I'm to blame for the accident, I know that.
Paul talks to Toadie, and tries to bluff by saying Andrew was lying, but Toadie relates what Andrew said about being prepared to say otherwise in court. Paul accuses Toadie of bribing or threatening Andrew, but Toadie responds that he's as surprised Andrew came forward as Paul is.
Chris tells Andrew he appreciates what he's trying to do, but suggests he takes it back in case he gets in trouble himself. Andrew says he won't; the criminal proceedings are already over, and Paul's not exactly going to sue him instead! Chris agrees, but points out half- jokingly that Paul might kill Andrew. Andrew smiles, and tells Chris to let him worry about that.
Paul tells Toadie he'll still see him in court - but Toadie strongly advises him against going through with the lawsuit. If Paul's own son stands up and says what he's volunteered to, there's no way Paul could win - and he may even get countersued by Chris's parents for emotional damages.
TOADIE: So if that's what you want to do, please, feel free. Go right ahead - it'd be my pleasure! But my advice to you? Let it go. You shouldn't have done it in the first place.
Paul confronts Andrew, asking him if what he's said is even true. He doesn't wait for an answer, saying it doesn't matter anyway - Andrew's confession has meant he's had to drop the lawsuit.
PAUL: And I thought that you were a Robinson. I thought you knew how important it was for us to stick together.
ANDREW: I do. I just had to do what was right.
PAUL: At least I know where we stand. Oh - and I might just have to rethink our little partnership.
Monday on Neighbours
- Paul hires a new bar manager, and demotes Andrew to table- clearing duties
- Andrew tells Paul he has no idea how much he's sacrificed for Charlie's since they bought it
- Chris and Aidan share a hug over the dropped lawsuit; Chris invites Aidan out as his date
- Summer and Tash prepare for the ball, but Tash can't bear Ed's suit, and deliberately ruins it