Previously on Neighbours
- Georgia and Kyle's flirtation continues apace at Nell's naming day
- Kate tells Lauren that Amber will have to up her game if she wants to pass Year 11
- In his attempt to win Lucas the Lassiter's fleet contract, Chris drives without his licence and hits a skip
A road in Erinsborough
Andrew is in disbelief as to how Chris could have crashed the fleet car into a skip. Chris is panicking that he's just lost himself Paul's contract, and decides to call Tash, to ask her to drive the other cars to Lassiter's while Chris tries to fix the damaged one. Andrew isn't convinced that Chris can fix it by the end of the day, but goes along with it and calls Tash. Meanwhile, Chris assesses the damage on the car – but as he touches it, his hand begins to shake.
The Turners have made themselves at home in Lucas's house to the extent that Lauren is putting up family pictures. She is also due to start work at Harold's today, and Lou wishes her luck, saying Vanessa is thrilled to have her on board. We learn it's older son Mason's eighteenth birthday, and Lauren's sad that he can't be with them today. Lou goes to call Mason to sing happy birthday, but Matt and Lauren both immediately talk him out of doing so. Bailey and Amber head off to school, and Matt goes to work. Lauren admits to Lou that she's missing Mason.
Tash has arrived, and is berating Andrew for letting Chris drive. Chris has examined the car, and thinks he can fix the scrape but not the dent, so is hoping a TAFE friend can give him instructions. Andrew says he'll get some cover at Charlie's and stay to help Chris. Tash wants to know how the accident even happened, but Chris just ends up getting angry and kicking things – so she heads off to deliver the cars.
No 30 (back yard)
Georgia is preparing for a good sunbathe on her day off, when Kyle shows up to fix the tiles around the pool. When Georgia explains she's relaxing because of all the stress of the naming day, and Angie being around, Kyle offers to leave her in peace, but Georgia says watching someone else sweat will make her feel even more relaxed. Georgia acknowledges all the craziness that went on with Sheila telling Rhys that Georgia fancied him, and suggests she and Kyle pretend it never happened. Kyle agrees, and gets to work – only to be disconcerted when Georgia strips down to her bikini top.
Kate accosts Amber in the corridor. Kate tells her to shout if she needs any help around school, and asks if she'd like some extra history tutoring, one- on- one, to help her keep up. Amber doesn't seem keen and resolves simply to be more organised; she'll ask for tutoring if she needs it. Kate slinks off and Bailey, who has been earwigging, moves in; he thinks Amber should have taken Kate up on her offer, since their mum and dad are stressed about Amber's marks.
BAILEY: If you actually try to fit in, and pass a few classes – and turn your phone off occasionally – it's going to be much easier on everybody. I'm serious, Amber. Mum's sad enough already.
AMBER: I am trying. It's just not that easy.
BAILEY: I know.
No 30 (back yard)
Cue suggestive music. Kyle watches with interest as Georgia applies suntan lotion to her legs – and decides to remove his T- shirt. Sheila shows up and interrupts, much to Kyle's annoyance, and makes some thinly- veiled comments which imply they shouldn't be eyeing one another up. She's brought round presents for Nell, and Georgia offers to pass them on for her.
SHEILA: Oh, that's very kind of you love, thank you. You might like to pop on a shirt, though.
GEORGIA: Oh, I'm covered in sunscreen!
SHEILA: Oh, but your shoulders are looking so red. You don't want to get a melanoma, do you?
Georgia agrees it's better to be safe than sorry, and takes the presents indoors. Sheila turns sharply to Kyle and tells him to get on with his work. In return, he tells her to butt out!
Andrew updates Chris on the Lassiter's fleet; Tash has delivered the rest of the cars, and Paul's placated for now – but wants the last car as soon as possible. Chris hasn't had any luck finding out how to fix the dent, so has decided to contact local ‘dodgy tradie' Ralphie, who might be able to do the job cash- in- hand. Chris can't put it through the books as Lucas would find out, but doesn't have the cash himself. Andrew again asks Chris how he could have hit the skip, and Chris finally admits he had a flashback of the car crash last year. Chris says it won't happen again, but Andrew isn't so sure. Chris goes off to find out whether he can pay Ralphie in installments.
No 30 (back yard)
Georgia fetches Kyle a drink; their hands touch briefly as she passes it to him. Kyle apologises about Sheila being so bossy, but Georgia says it's just her nature. Kyle says it's a shame that Scotty couldn't visit on her day off, or for the naming day – but he's busy on the farm. Georgia decides to go for a swim, but cuts her foot on one of the tiles as she's about to climb in. Kyle comes to her aid to help her balance, and the two have an almost- moment, before he helps Georgia hobble indoors.
Tash is still telling off Andrew for letting Chris get behind the wheel.
ANDREW: You shouldn't have turned your phone off.
TASH: Well maybe if you'd quit sexting me I wouldn't have!
Tash is worried about Chris – she's never seen him that angry. She reminds Andrew that both Summer and Sophie struggled after the crash, and adds that these things don't always take effect straight away, reminding him of her own traumatic memories surrounding her drowned mother.
TASH: We really need to find some help for Chris.
ANDREW: Hey. We don't even know it is that post- traumatic stress thing.
TASH: Well, I would ask Karl. But he'd care too much and ask too many questions.
ANDREW: Alright, if you have to call anyone, call Georgia.
TASH: Again with the caring! … I know who to ask.
Tash kisses Andrew, promising to be back soon, and he falls fast asleep.
Lauren is getting the hang of the coffee machine, when Matt comes in to find out how she's going. Matt thinks it would be a nice idea to celebrate Mason's birthday with Lou and the kids at lunchtime – if a rather odd one, since Mason himself isn't here. Lauren is unsure at first, but agrees. She delivers a coffee to an impatient Rhys who, upon leaving, is accosted by Tash.
TASH: You must get sick of people asking your advice.
RHYS: Not if they pay me.
TASH: It's for a friend.
RHYS: Still cost you a muffin.
TASH: Does Medicare know about you?
TASH: Fine, okay, I'll get you a muffin. But advice first.
She begins to question him about delayed- onset post- traumatic stress disorder; what would happen if it involved a car accident, and later, getting back behind the wheel? Rhys quickly deduces that Tash is talking about Chris, and says he could hyperventilate, get flashbacks, have a panic attack, blackouts or an emotional breakdown. Rhys also tells her it's unlikely to be a one- off, before getting a text and departing, remarking that Tash owes him a muffin.
Rhys assesses the damage to Georgia's foot, while Kyle goes overboard trying to look after her. While Rhys and Kyle go to get a dressing and a glass of water respectively, Sheila sits down with Georgia.
GEORGIA: I'm sorry about all the fuss, Sheila.
SHEILA: Oh, Kyle's always had a big, soft heart. And that's why you're going to do the right thing, and leave my boy alone.
GEORGIA: I don't know what you're talking about!
SHEILA: Do I have to spell it out for you, sweetie? You have your own boyfriend, and that's why I'd be happy if you didn't lead my Kyle on.
Kyle returns with the glass of water, but has to go back to work, leaving Georgia in Sheila's capable hands. She looks scared.
Chris is in the car again, and is about to put his hands on the steering wheel, when Tash climbs in beside him and tells him to talk; Andrew's told her about the flashback. Chris explains that it just came to him suddenly while he was driving, so he got distracted and hit the skip. Tash tells him he could have PTSD, but Chris denies it was anything more than a blip, and gets out of the car.
Lou, Lauren, Matt and Bailey gather for a piece of chocolate fudge cake (it's her mum Kathy's recipe), to celebrate Mason's birthday in his absence. Amber is late for the party; she's texted Matt to say she's having that extra history tutoring after all. Bailey looks suspicious.
Kate's glad Amber has taken up her offer of tutoring, and comments that it must be hard having left her old school and friends behind. She's also had to leave her horse, Patches – but Amber admits it's not so much the horse she misses, as her boyfriend.
The Turners and Lou tuck into the cake. Lauren goes to fetch tea and Lou goes with her, commenting that she doesn't quite seem herself. She admits she's struggling with all the changes to their lives, and is finding it hard without Mason – she still wants to protect him, even though he's eighteen now. Lou admits he knows the feeling, having missed out on numerous milestones in Lauren's and her brother Guy's lives. He says he's grateful to have her here now, and thinks Amber will soon cheer up too.
Kate wonders if Amber's boyfriend will come and visit her in Erinsborough. She explains that would be difficult, as neither her parents nor Bailey know about him. Amber admits her boyfriend is a few years older than her. Kate smiles concernedly, and returns to the tutoring.
Chris comes off the phone to Ralphie, whom he's sent photos of the damaged car. Once again he gets inside and behind the wheel. He starts the ignition and puts his hands on the steering wheel, then experiences another flashback to the accident, of the car overturning. Chris breathes deeply, looking panicked.
Amber arrives and joins Bailey, who has a go at her for missing Mason's birthday lunch, suspecting she wasn't in tutoring at all. She insists she was; she's changed her mind. But Bailey seems annoyed that Amber didn't ditch her first tutoring session to celebrate the birthday of a brother who isn't even in town. He tells her that their mum was ‘holding it together', and their dad was pretending everything was fine. Amber apologises for not coming.
AMBER: I'm sorry I didn't go. I really hate lying to Gramps.
BAILEY: But we're not lying, we're just… omitting.
AMBER: He's trying so hard to make us all as happy as he is. If I smile any harder my face is going to break.
BAILEY: Things are going to get better. That's why we moved here, isn't it?
Lou returns home to find the house has been ransacked! He's suddenly accosted by a man in a balaclava, who shoves Lou to the floor before darting out of the front door.
Monday on Neighbours
- Ajay tells Priya about his night with Phillipa, and Priya goes straight to Paul, who asks if they're back on
- Rani wants to know why Priya had an affair, but seems unimpressed with the explanation
- Rhys in a towel, wanting Kyle to come on a double- date with him and two girls
- Georgia watches miserably as Kyle kisses his date; Kate asks whether it's Scotty or Kyle she really wants