Previously on Neighbours
- Sergeant Matt Turner is on the hunt for the Lassiter's graffiti artist, and quickly fails to impress Paul
- Matt's wife Lauren – Lou's daughter – arrives in Ramsay Street, with their kids Amber and Bailey
- Sheila promptly spills the secrets of Lou's financial situation and consequent embezzlement and escorting to Lauren
- Matt tells Ajay that Rani is a suspect for the graffiti attack, but Ajay tells him to back off unless he has evidence
- Lou promises Lauren there won't be any more secrets between them
Erinsborough High (outside)
It's Amber and Bailey's first day at their new school, and Kate gives them and Lauren a guided tour, bragging about the school's position in the top 20% of the state's league tables. Bailey remarks that he can get the school up to the top 5%, and Amber confirms he's a nerd. Kate already knows this, having read his reports from his previous school.
Kate directs Bailey and Amber to their classes, before telling Lauren that she's also been reading Amber's reports, and that she's concerned about a dramatic drop in her marks from last year. Kate asks Lauren if something happened she should know about; Lauren says it might be because it was about the time they started discussing moving to Erinsborough. Kate says Amber will have to buck up her ideas if she wants to pass Year 11; Lauren's surprised things are that bad, but is sure Amber's grades will pick up.
Ajay is karate- training, when a woman called Phillipa comes over and compliments him on his skills. He explains he used to do karate when he was younger. She asks if she could get some pointers from him; he has to go, but tells her perhaps another time.
Priya's waiting for Ajay when he comes in; he apologises for missing the counselling session, but says he wasn't ready – he'll find other ways to help Rani. Priya says she went to the session alone, in a bid to try and work out why she threw away their happiness by cheating on Ajay with Paul. Ajay accuses her of attempting to purge herself of her sins and attain forgiveness, but she says maybe if she can understand her actions, there may still be hope.
Andrew is on the phone to Tash to arrange something for the evening, but she suddenly hangs up on him. Chris, who is at the bar, starts acting evasively, so Andrew demands to know what Tash has said to him; he swears he wasn't checking out Amber earlier. Eventually, Chris relents and explains that Tash found his email to Summer at the newspaper offices, and got spooked.
ANDREW: So I sent a nice email to Summer…
CHRIS: You were in love with Summer. Are you in love with Tash?
ANDREW: That's what this is about.
CHRIS: Well are you?
Andrew says he doesn't know; they've only been going out for a month. He adds that if she won't talk to him about it, there's nothing he can do; but Chris suggests he work out how he feels and tell her.
Andrew finds Tash looking glum at Harold's. He confronts her about hanging up on him, and says Chris told him about the email to Summer. He reassures Tash that they are great together and that she has nothing to worry about.
ANDREW: It's easy and it's fun. So why question it?
TASH: Because if you take away the fun, what's left?
ANDREW: Do you know how much stress and angst there was between me and Summer? You do know what she's like; everything had to be deep and significant and intellectual. And that is great, but it is exhausting. What's wrong with fun?
TASH: I just want to know where I stand.
ANDREW: You're my girlfriend. Is that not enough?
She gets up and walks out, despite Andrew's protestations.
Priya tells Paul that Rani was the one responsible for the graffiti, and begs him to drop the charges. He's not immediately swayed by that idea, so she appeals to his better nature by telling him it's their fault that Rani was driven to do it in the first place, and that they owe it to her to make it go away. He isn't sure the police would listen to him, but Priya asks him to try for Rani's sake.
Andrew turns up to see Tash.
ANDREW: I love you.
She doesn't return the sentiment, asking if Chris told him to say it. He insists he means it, but she says he has to show it. Andrew takes that as an invitation to drag her into the bedroom, but she stops him, telling him this is exactly the problem with their relationship: it's purely physical. Tash admits she may have given him the impression that she doesn't want more – but that she does. She wants romance, and a proper effort to know each other. To this end, she tells Andrew they'll be sleeping in separate beds for a month! Andrew's incredulity gradually turns to horror as he realises she's serious! Tash tells him if they really have something, it won't matter.
Lauren tells Matt and Lou about the downwards spiral of Amber's school grades, pointing out that they dropped right after the Turners sold their riding school and discussed moving to Erinsborough. She's feeling guilty, but Matt tells her that Amber will have to learn to adjust to change. Bailey and Amber get home; Bailey is enthusiastic about his first day, but Amber much less so, and Lauren tells Bailey to leave them while they have a word with Amber.
Matt tells his daughter she's going to have to start putting in the effort at school, and Amber tells him he's right and agrees to knuckle down. After Matt goes back to work, Lauren asks if Amber meant what she said; she admits she just didn't want a three- hour lecture. Lou tells Amber that Matt only wants the best for her, while Lauren adds that she knows Amber is missing Mount Isa.
LOU: What's Mount Isa got that Erinsborough doesn't?
AMBER: My horse. My friends. Everything and everyone that I know and love.
LOU: Okay, that's a hard act to follow. But there's one thing Mount Isa doesn't have – and you're looking at him!
Matt calls in for a coffee and bumps into Paul, who asks for the charges against Rani to be dropped. Paul says the footage from the security cameras at the paint shop has been ‘misplaced', so Matt would have no proof of Rani's responsibility; and that in any case, Paul wouldn't support the vandalism charge in court. Matt asks what prompted Paul's turnaround; Paul claims he simply overreacted and wants to do right by Rani.
MATT: I get the impression you're used to getting what you want.
PAUL: In most cases, yeah.
MATT: Here's a heads- up: that's gonna change. You have a good day.
Matt turns up to see Ajay. He explains that he's dropping the investigation against Rani, but adds that he is concerned about her.
AJAY: Thanks. I'll take care of my family.
MATT: When kids go off the rails sometimes it can be hard to get them back on track. I wouldn't want to see that happen to her.
Ajay asks why they dropped the investigation; Matt explains there was no CCTV footage, and that Paul said he wouldn't support any legal action against Rani. Ajay's surprised, but thanks Matt for letting him now, and shows him out.
Later, when Priya comes in, Ajay demands to know what Priya is playing at – now Rani will think she can act up and get away with it. She's pleased that the charges have been dropped and admits she spoke to Paul; Ajay bitterly asks whether they had a nice chat. Priya asks if Ajay wants Rani to have a criminal record, but Ajay insists letting her get away with it sends the wrong message. Priya says Ajay is trying to punish her, not Rani – that's what his missing the counselling session was all about. They start shouting at one another, and Ajay says he needs to get away from her to clear his head. She shouts after him, asking where they go from here – but only gets a slammed door in response.
Ajay is at the bar, being served by Sheila. Phillipa, the woman from karate, shows up, but has to remind Ajay where they met. He admits his head's all over the place, and Phillipa offers to listen to his woes – despite his insistence that he won't be good company.
Andrew and Tash come in. Andrew is deliberately wearing the shirt that Tash thinks makes him look ‘irresistibly sexy' and ‘smoking hot', but Tash quickly exposes his plan: he thinks she won't be able to resist him in it. Andrew admits his evil scheme, and says Tash won't be able to fight her passion for a whole month – he promises she'll be ripping his shirt off by the end of the day! Tash is distinctly unimpressed by his inability to take abstinence seriously, and walks off.
Lou comes in, spies Sheila and is about to leave again, when she calls him over. They start sniping at each other again; Sheila says Lou deserved his secrets being aired at the barbecue, because he was so rude to her. Lou tells her to keep out of his business, and Sheila says it's everyone's business when Lou is trying to rip people off! Lou asks if she really needed to say all that to Lauren, and Sheila sighs.
Lauren gives Matt a massage on the sofa. She suggests bringing Amber's horse, Patches, to Erinsborough, as she hates seeing her daughter so miserable. Matt says they can't afford it, however. She gets a text from Bailey, who's heading home from the library; but she's pleasantly surprised to learn Amber is there with him. Matt's pleased, but Lauren becomes suspicious, saying it's not like Amber.
Sheila admits to Lou that she went too far at the barbecue – under provocation. Lou thinks it's a half- hearted apology and tells Sheila to keep it; he says he was going to tell Lauren he was broke anyway, and Sheila just did him a favour by doing it for him.
LOU: I knew she'd understand. You see that's my family. We watch each other's backs.
SHEILA: Oh, at last. I've found your one redeeming feature.
LOU: We're bigger than any secret or any problem you can throw at us, Sheila.
Matt says that the move to Erinsborough is already starting to pay off, even though he was against it at first. The kids are settling in, and Lauren's getting to spend time with Lou, he adds.
LAUREN: I just wish I could be honest with him.
MATT: Yeah. But it's better that he doesn't know. After everything that's happened, a fresh start is what we need.
Matt kisses Lauren comfortingly, but she looks worried.
Andrew brings around some flowers for Tash, but it's not going to change her mind, she says – the sex ban remains. Andrew asks her not to do this, but she reminds him of why they got together the first time: to hurt Summer and Michael. She says their history's all messed up, so they can't know what they really mean to one another. Tash says she thinks what they have is real, but wants to be absolutely sure. Andrew finally relents, saying it might kill him, but if this is what she needs, he's prepared to go without!
ANDREW: I do love you.
He kisses her, before reminding her she has to stay away from him, and leaving. Tash smiles.
Ajay and Phillipa are still talking; they get onto music, and she expresses an interest in seeing one of his gigs. He's polite but unenthusiastic, telling her he's got to leave. She tries to persuade him to go elsewhere for a proper talk about his troubles, and leans in to kiss him. Ajay pulls back and tells her he can't. He makes for the door – until, that is, Paul walks into the bar. Turning on his heel, Ajay returns to Phillipa, and tells her he could use a distraction after all. They walk out of Charlie's, hand in hand. Paul watches with interest, his invisible moustache twirling.
Monday on Neighbours
- Paul goes straight to Priya with news of Ajay's liaison with Phillipa; and when Ajay comes in the next day, Priya gets upset
- Callum and Bailey take photos at the lake, but catch Sarah and Karl in the frame; what will Susan make of it?
- Susan confronts Sarah, accusing her of sneaking around for secret meetings with Karl