Previously on Neighbours
- Lucas bonds with Patrick, and takes photos of him for the Erinsborough News competition
- Lauren tells Lou she's missing her older son Mason, and still wants to protect him
- Amber confides in Kate that it's not her horse she's missing having left Mount Isa, but her boyfriend
- Chris has a panic attack and writes off a Lassiter's car by crashing it into a skip
- With Chris unable to pay him for fixing the damage, Ralphie demands he does dodgy work for him
Chris fills in Andrew about his predicament with Ralphie, but it's about to get worse. As they approach the garage Chris gets a text from Ralphie, telling him to strip down the parts from the car outside the garage and remove the vehicle identification number. Andrew tells Chris he can't get involved with this, and advises him to be honest with Lucas and let him sort the situation out. Chris is actually thinking about doing what Ralphie asks, though.
CHRIS: It's only one job.
ANDREW: Come on, Pappas, you're not that stupid.
Andrew points out that if he starts doing illegal jobs, Ralphie could use this to blackmail him into doing even more, and reiterates his advice to tell Lucas.
Erinsborough Hospital (flat)
Lucas walks in to find Vanessa in the middle of getting dressed, but she tells him it's okay to come in. He shows her that he's won first place in the Erinsborough News photograph competition, with his picture of Patrick. It's won him $100, and he wants to set up an account for Patrick and put it in there. They realise Patrick's six weeks old today and, via the photo, wish him happy birthday.
Amber comes in and heads straight for the long- lost kitchen (complete with a new sofa area of uncertain provenance!) where Matt, Lauren and Lou are all gathered. Asked how her day was, Amber explains she's meeting Kate for more history tutoring later. Lauren and Lou look fondly at photographs of her eldest, Mason, whom Lauren tells Lou will be arriving as soon as he can get away from his job in Mount Isa. Amber gets a phone call from Mr Massey of the Mount Isa Pony Club, notifying her that her horse, Patches, has been sold. She looks glum, but the family reassure her that Patches' new family will look after him.
Lauren is searching for houses for the Turner family in the newspaper but is not having much success. She comments to Vanessa that they love staying at her house, but that everything in the city is so expensive. Happily for Lauren, it's a peculiar fact of Erinsborough life that anyone searching hopelessly for accommodation at the beginning of an episode will have found some by the end - and we can already see the cogs turning over in Vanessa's mind as she looks oddly guilty about the fact the Turners didn't think of finding a home before they rocked up in Ramsay Street.
Tash comes in to find Sophie playing her guitar. (Is this the done thing in your local coffee shop?) Sophie admits she's working on a new song, and Tash thinks she should recruit Chris to help her. Tash admits she thinks Chris needs help, but that he's in denial about it. With the matter of what he needs help with neither elaborated upon nor enquired about, Tash goes her merry way, Sophie having promised to keep an eye out for Chris.
Outside No 32, Bailey checks to see if the money is still hidden inside the gnome - it is. At this point, a pickup pulls up, towing a horsebox. Lou calls the family outside as the horse wrangler brings Patches out onto the street; Lou was the one who bought him, so that Amber didn't have to be without him in Erinsborough. Amber's really pleased to see the horse, but there's clearly something still bothering her. Lauren and Bailey are impressed too, but Matt doesn't look so happy.
Amber comes in for a tutoring session with Kate and tells her about Lou buying the horse, and having it brought all the way from Mount Isa. Amber admits it's because she's been making a fuss about missing Patches, when actually it's her boyfriend she's sad about. She tells Kate that her parents can't know she's been seeing someone. Amber loves Patches too, but she'd never have asked Lou to buy him for her. As it is, she thinks it's easier just to go along with it, in order that her parents still see her as their little girl. Kate points out that Lou is in no position to afford a horse, and tells Amber that if she isn't really that bothered about having Patches, she needs to be honest.
Chris explains everything to Lucas, about how he was trying to get the Lassiter's contract back, dented the car, and hired Ralphie to sort it out. Despite Chris's good intentions, Lucas is furious, and gives him a proper shouting at. But when he finds out Ralphie is asking Chris to strip down cars for him, Lucas is livid, and tells Chris to leave. Chris asks if he's fired, but Lucas simply tells him to get out of his face.
Lou has found a riding centre for Patches that's just half an hour away, so Amber can go there any time she wants. Matt says he wishes Lou had spoken to them about it first, and Lauren asks how he got the money to buy Patches when he's so broke. Lou admits he had a bit left over from his escorting job in the UK, but hasn't really thought about what will happen when the money runs out, given the ongoing stable fees and vets' bills for Patches. Matt and Lauren immediately start panicking about how they're going to afford the horse's upkeep. Lou starts to feel stupid for not checking with them before buying the horse, and slinks off, embarrassed.
Chris comes in with a coffee for Lucas. He tells him he can't sack him until he's put right the original stuff- up, and after that, Lucas can let him go. Lucas tells Chris he's not fired, and says he's done far stupider things himself; Lucas is just annoyed Chris hasn't learned from his boss's mistakes. Chris thanks him, then admits he freaked out with a memory of the crash, which is how he dented the car. Lucas tells him to get back to work; he'll pay off Ralphie. But when Chris asks about the stolen car, Lucas says he's calling the cops. Chris begs him not to, as it'll make things worse, but Lucas insists.
Matt and Lauren go through their finances; there's no way they can afford to keep the horse given how expensive the stables are. Bailey overhears their conversation. Amber comes in, raving about how good it is to be able to ride Patches again. Bailey points out that she seems more excited about Patches now than she ever did in Mount Isa; Amber's evasive, and heads off for a shower.
Kate is still at Harold's working on lesson plans, when Amber comes in again. Kate asks if Amber's told her parents the truth about her secret boyfriend. Amber says it doesn't matter; he hasn't replied to her texts in days anyway. She wants to forget about everything that happened back home, and make a fresh start. Kate asks what she means, and again Amber's evasive, and says maybe being her parents' little girl again will be good for her. Bailey comes in, and Kate leaves them to it. Bailey tells Amber their parents can't afford the stable fee because of their financial situation. Amber starts to feel guilty, and Bailey says it's time for Amber and their parents to stop kidding themselves.
Matt has turned up in his police car, to assess the stolen car that Lucas has reported to him. He asks if either Lucas or Chris saw who dropped it off, and they both say they didn't, Chris not mentioning the text from Ralphie.
Amber has an announcement for the Turners: she says she can't keep Patches. She thanks Lou for the lovely idea, but says she has so much on that she wouldn't have enough time to groom and exercise the horse. She also says Lauren and Matt should have told her about the cost of upkeep, and says they should sell Patches. Lou's disappointed, but understands, and apologises for jumping the gun by buying the horse. Amber gives him a big hug, and Bailey congratulates his sister for doing the right thing.
Chris is off his food, which can only spell trouble - and sure enough, he gets a text from Ralphie telling him it was a big mistake to get the cops involved. Sophie comes in to collect takeaway and joins Chris while she waits. Sophie explains Tash told her about his freak- out whilst driving, and reminds him that she's been through the same thing. Chris isn't in the mood for more counselling, however, and rudely tells Sophie to butt out.
Erinsborough Hospital (flat)
Lucas comes in, and Vanessa mentions she saw Lauren looking for places to live today, and that she thinks they're struggling for money. Vanessa tells him she thinks Lucas can help, thus killing two birds with one stone...
Matt looks worried as he speaks to someone on the phone. Lauren comes in with Vanessa and Lucas, and explains they're offered to rent the house to them as proper tenants! Vanessa explains Patrick will be at the hospital for at least another three months, so it makes sense for she and Lucas to stay there. Lauren points out that this means they can take their time finding a place to buy.
Lucas offers the Turners a very reasonable rent, pointing out that it will cover his mortgage payments and also mean the Turners will be covering the running costs. Lauren and Matt are over the moon, and instantly agree to the terms. While Lucas and Vanessa go to clear out their possessions, Lauren pours champagne - but it's a little premature. Matt explains he's come off the phone to Mason's detention centre, which told him their son was released early for good behaviour, four days ago. Lauren is worried about why Mason hasn't called them.
Amber bids goodbye to Patches as the wrangler comes to collect him. Bailey reassures Amber she's made the right choice about Patches. Matt gets a message from a former colleague in Mount Isa, saying there's been no sign of Mason there, and he comforts a worried Lauren by the roadside. But unbeknownst to them, Mason is watching them from nearby...
Monday on Neighbours
- Callum and Sophie suspect Alistair made the anti- Priya Facebook page, and hatch a plot to prove it
- Mason makes his presence known at No 32 and Lauren thinks he's changed
- Bailey and Mason go to retrieve the $10,000, but the gnome it's hidden in has vanished
- Mason asks Matt what kind of a father puts his own son in jail, in an apparently- more- than- hypothetical sense
Mason Turner (Taylor Glockner) has been added to the main cast in the closing credits.