Previously on Neighbours
- Summer worries Bradley might have a thing for Susan, but Tash thinks Summer's the one with the crush
- Bradley finds out about Susan's pole- dancing classes
- Tash slags off Andrew, but changes her tune after she finds out he has epilepsy and begins covering for him
Andrew is preparing for the trivia night the bar is hosting this evening, but relations with Tash are still frosty. Realising she's annoyed, Andrew apologises for her having to cover for him with Paul. Tash is actually after a ‘thank you' for having to move the stage for him, and he grudgingly provides one.
TASH: You're killing me with your sincerity.
Andrew tells her to forget it if she's wanting a song and dance every time she helps him, and Tash replies that next time Paul shouts at him, he's on his own.
This season, Susan is modelling Vanessa's leopard- print top, and expresses her concern that it's a bit low at the front. Vanessa replies that that's the whole point, but Susan's worried about what her staff will think. Summer comes in and Vanessa asks for her opinion on Susan's outfit.
SUMMER: I love it.
SUSAN: Oh, stop it.
SUMMER: No, really, I think it's great when mature women express their sexuality!
Susan gives Summer a hard time over her use of the word ‘mature', while Vanessa watches, amused. Summer beats a hasty retreat and Vanessa and Susan laugh; Vanessa tells her to wear it like she means it, and she'll be fine.
Summer is in Susan's office for her six- month performance review. Summer apologises for her faux pas at Harold's earlier but Susan tells her not to mention it, and says she's thrilled with her progress as a journalist so far and with the online content she's been producing. But Summer is after more; she says she wants to write for the printed edition, and suggests someone on the staff could mentor her. Greg from Lifestyle is Susan's first choice, but Summer's after somebody with more experience! Susan says the senior staff are always busy, but she'll see what she can do.
Later, Summer watches from her desk as Susan has a meeting with Bradley. He compliments Susan on her top, and she looks uncomfortable, before telling him she's been thinking of developing some of the younger staff. Summer comes in to join the meeting, and Susan volunteers Bradley to be her mentor for two days a week. Bradley's not sure it's a good fit, but Susan thinks their differing styles will complement each other and maybe help both of them. Summer's thrilled, and she and Bradley go for coffee to discuss where they should start.
Summer has already prepared a list of areas she could improve in, and some examples to show him – but Bradley immediately takes her piece of paper and screws it up, saying he doesn't like lists. Undeterred, Summer asks if Bradley could set her some practice articles to work on. He tells her they won't help, but that she could perhaps start by loosening up a bit as her approach is too structured. Summer goes on the defensive, but Bradley tells her to trust her gut more – and that if they're going to do this, he doesn't want her writing any lists, timetables or homework.
BRADLEY: You've got to have a life, Summer. That's lesson one.
Summer says she does have a life; tonight, for example, she's going to the trivia evening at Charlie's. Spontaneously, she asks him to come along, and he quickly agrees. Summer smiles as she sips her coffee.
Andrew welcomes Georgia to the trivia night; she's come to meet Kate but she's not there yet, so he tells her to take a seat, flirtatiously telling her he's sure she won't be alone for long. When Andrew asks Tash to get back behind the bar and serve some customers, she tells him he ought to stop chatting up girls. Kate comes in and joins Georgia, who compliments her on her outfit.
Meanwhile, with the trivia night about to start, quizmaster Mike has called in sick. Andrew therefore decides that Tash will be reading the questions and passes her a list. She's not having any of it though, telling Andrew it's his night and that he'll have to read the questions. Tash goes back to the bar, where Georgia is being characteristically indecisive over her choice of cocktail.
Andrew has relented and is up on stage, welcoming everyone to the trivia night. Later, Chris comes in, just as Andrew is reading out the team names. He gives Andrew a wave and chats to Tash. The last team is a one- man effort called ‘No Friends for Ben', which elicits an outburst of sympathy – and Andrew asks Tash to get the loner a drink. It appears that the projector's on the blink, however, and the image starts to flash on and off, causing Andrew to begin to have a dizzy spell.
Tash sees what's happening and, concerned for Andrew, relieves him by taking over the role of quizmaster – before scrapping his ‘boring' questions and inventing some of her own! Summer and Bradley come in just after the first question. Summer introduces Bradley to Chris, and the quiz continues.
Later, Tash finds Andrew sitting alone outside, but before she gets a chance to talk to him Chris interrupts, giving Andrew an opportunity to sneak back inside. Chris wants to know why Tash covered for Andrew's screw- up with the projector by taking over the quiz, but she continues to lie for him.
TASH: Because it was tragic. I was dying of second- hand embarrassment just watching him.
CHRIS: Since when did you care if Andrew looks like an idiot?
TASH: He's my boss. What was I supposed to do? Income first, then grudges. These are important life lessons, Pappas.
Back inside, the quiz continues. Summer excels on a music question, explaining to Bradley about her time at the Boarding School for the Musically Gifted. She explains she was kicked out when she staged a protest, and Bradley says this is what she needs to tap into to become a better journalist.
BRADLEY: You don't have to write like a robot with no bias. You're allowed to have an opinion, and some fun.
Vanessa is disappointed that Susan has covered up her top with a cardigan, but Susan says it was inappropriate for the workplace – adding that Bradley made a flattering comment about it. Susan is shocked when Vanessa puts the idea in her head that Bradley probably wasn't complimenting her clothes.
Summer has the answer to a maths question, as she and Bradley continue to get on well. He tells her he's going next door to get a coffee as he won't get served in here.
Susan is alarmed to see Bradley come in. He sits down, and asks her to come and join him and Summer in the quiz – but having taken Vanessa's words on board, she quickly declines and says she'll see him tomorrow. Vanessa comes over and is convinced that she's witnessed Bradley asking Susan out. But Susan denies it, saying he was just being friendly and that he can't possibly be attracted to her. Vanessa isn't convinced and Susan starts to doubt her own assertions.
Bradley rejoins Summer – he's convinced they're going to win the quiz and says they make a good team. Summer smiles.
Later on, Tash shamelessly advertises the location of the tip jar and suggests contestants can buy their way into the quiz finals! She gives an update of the scores so far: Summer and Bradley's team are in second place at present, but No Friends for Ben is in the lead. Tash has one final challenge, however; it's a ‘dorkiest dance moves' contest, with five points available, so that any of the three leading teams could still take the prize.
Taking Bradley's advice about loosening up to heart, Summer downs her wine and makes her way to the stage! She's the only volunteer so asks if she wins by default – but Tash says she's not getting away without dancing. The music comes on and Summer starts boogieing away, to rapturous applause. Bradley is amused and impressed, as Tash announces that Sum and Bradley are the winners of the trivia night.
Later, Andrew chats to Kate and Georgia, asking why they didn't get up and dance. He tells Georgia that Kate used to be a professional dancer, and Georgia laughs, asking Kate for some tips. They exit, and Andrew is left alone with Tash. He thanks her for her help – sincerely, for once, saying the night would have been a disaster without her.
TASH: You're doing it again.
ANDREW: Doing what?
TASH: Acting like we're friends.
ANDREW: Can I not be grateful, no?
TASH: If you have to be.
ANDREW: You think I like asking you for help?
TASH: Judging by how bad you are at it, probably not.
ANDREW: Well I don't. I hate it, and out of all the people to have to –
He stops and tells her not to worry about it – he won't be making a habit of it – but Tash says he has no choice. Until he mans up and gets treatment, she's stuck covering for him, as she doesn't want it on her conscience if he keels over. She extracts some conditions for her assistance: she doesn't want to do any more morning shifts or sick cover, and she'll only help him at work. Despite that, Tash adds that she's booked ‘herself' a cab home, and tells him he can share it with her.
Outside, Summer and Bradley celebrate their win; they've been awarded with a pair of cinema tickets for her troubles. Bradley admits he was impressed with Summer's spontaneity, and says that following her instincts in that way will make her a better journalist. She walks him to his car. They both agree that the evening was fun, and he kisses her on the cheek; but new, spontaneous Summer grabs him and kisses him on the lips! She starts to apologise but he stops her, and they fall into a passionate embrace!
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Bradley thinks he and Summer should tell Susan about them
- Susan still thinks Bradley's after her, and confides in Priya, before calling in Bradley for a chat
- Rani introduces Sophie to Harley, but Sophie thinks he's a complete idiot