Previously on Neighbours
- Karl admits to Susan that he slept with Sarah 14 years ago, and signs the divorce papers
- After Angie accuses her of being on drugs, Sonya throws her out, but doesn't know how to tell Toadie
- Sophie wants to help with Chris's post- traumatic stress disorder, but he tells her to butt out
Chris is amused to find Tash in a foul mood because she's still doing the 'nun thing' (her abstinence pact with Andrew), and even more amused when Sophie tells them Andrew is in an equally foul mood! When asked by Sophie, Chris explains he's now got his driving licence back, but can't afford to buy a car. When Soph and Tash pester him to say what kind he'd like, he realises they're trying to counsel him and tells them to drop it, before storming off. Tash is at a loss as to how to help Chris get over his driving fears, but Sophie says she might be able to help.
Georgia asks Vanessa if she can put up some posters for her charity camp- out event, which is raising money for the neonatal unit at the hospital. Vanessa's keen to contribute given what the hospital has done for Patrick, and offers to bake a load of cupcakes for the event. Sophie shows up and tells Georgia about Chris's flashbacks/driving problems, urging her to keep it between them and asking for her medical advice. Georgia thinks Chris should talk to someone. She promises to do some research and tells Sophie just to be his friend in the meantime.
Susan has come round to talk to Karl about buying her out of the house. She's come up with prices for some comparable properties, but Karl doesn't want to part with that much cash! Susan accuses him of dragging out the process in the hope that she's going to change her mind, but he denies it. They agree to get an independent valuation. There's tangible bitterness in the air as Susan asks who will get Helen Daniels' painting of Mal, Libby and Billy.
KARL: You want it?
SUSAN: Yeah, I wouldn't mind. Unless of course you're too attached.
KARL: It's fine. I've got the house; I suppose you should get the kids.
SUSAN: ... Well thank you. I might as well take it now, then.
KARL: Yeah, might as well.
Susan watches sadly as Karl removes the painting from the wall.
Toadie is back from Chile, and gives Sonya a big hug - apparently the stand- off between the copper mine magnates and workers has been resolved! (Though what it has to do with a Melbourne law firm is anyone's guess.) He's brought back presents for both Nell and Sonya - a stuffed llama and some earrings, respectively. He's also bought a trinket for Angie, and wonders where she is, so Sonya tells him she went home early - but neglects to tell him exactly what led to her departure. She changes the subject, by filling him in on Karl and Susan's latest developments.
Toadie goes to see Karl, who explains it was Susan's decision to go through with the divorce, but that she swears it has nothing to do with Sarah's return. Toadie and Karl share their scepticism over this point, and Toadie urges Karl not to give up on Susan. Karl admits he'd been keeping secrets from Susan but doesn't elaborate; and Toadie offers to look over the divorce papers, expressing concern that Susan downloaded them from the Internet.
Toadie is reading the divorce papers when Sarah comes in. She sits down for a friendly catch- up but is met with a tepid response, as Toadie asks her why Karl and Susan are divorcing. Sarah is insulted that Toadie thinks it's her fault. Toadie says he's not trying to blame her; he just wants to understand why this has happened so suddenly. Sarah knows it looks bad, but insists she wasn't the cause of Susan's decision. Sarah wants to help resolve things, but doesn't know how.
Chris and Sophie have got burgers from Grease Monkeys, and Chris asks Sophie to start the engine on a pickup at the garage, so he can check the fan belt. But while the motor's running, Sophie starts faking stomach cramps, as if she's got food poisoning from the burger. She acts like she's in agony and begs Chris to take her to the hospital. He gets in the driver's seat, but starts having more flashbacks to the crash, and he admits he can't drive. He starts to call an ambulance instead, but Sophie suddenly admits she's okay - but says he clearly isn't. Chris realises what she's up to.
CHRIS: Get out.
SOPHIE: No, Chris...
CHRIS: What, you didn't come close enough to being killed the last time you were in a car with me?
SOPHIE: It was a freak accident!
Sophie tells Chris his problem isn't the driving, but what's going on in his head, saying she had much the same problem after the crash and that Chris helped her. He tells her that was completely different, and to stay the hell away from him.
Toadie advises Susan not to file the divorce papers, particularly since she just printed them off the Internet. She needs a proper divorce lawyer, he suggests, but Susan says it will take too long. Toadie asks her why she's in such a hurry.
TOADIE: In my experience, people rush because there's uncertainty.
SUSAN: Well that's ridiculous.
Susan asks Toadie to go through the document and let her know if it needs any changes, before asking him to help hang Helen's picture of the kids on her wall. She tries to convince herself it looks good in its new home, but neither she nor Toadie seem convinced. Susan gets a text from Sarah, asking for a meeting.
Susan comes in to meet Sarah, thinking it's about the paper - but in fact Sarah wants to be honest with Susan before she leaves Erinsborough. Susan says Karl told her about their sleeping together, much to Sarah's surprise; and Sarah admits that she tried to kiss Karl the other day, but that he backed away and wasn't interested.
SARAH: He rejected me. He was mortified. Even though your marriage was well and truly over, he didn't want a bar of me. From what I gather, the same thing happened with your sister Carmel recently.
SUSAN: I really don't see the point of this.
SARAH: You're making a mistake. Karl loves you. It's been evident to me since the moment I arrived here.
SUSAN: Well, your opinion doesn't change anything.
SARAH: It's not my opinion. It's everyone's. You and Karl have the relationship that everyone wants. Okay, it's not perfect, but you've weathered the storms. That means a lot. And if my being here's influenced your decision to seek a divorce in any way...
SUSAN: It hasn't. You were the start of this, Sarah. You don't get to take credit for the end.
Susan marches out.
Sonya and Nell call round to see Susan. Sonya reveals Angie has left, following their fight, and admits she hasn't told Toadie the full story - that Angie thought she was taking drugs. Susan thinks that's silly, but Sonya is starting to have doubts. She was overly stressed with Angie and wonders if it was a natural conclusion to have jumped to. Susan asks if Sonya has been tempted to relapse, and she denies it - but says the fear of doing so has always been with her on some level.
SONYA: Sometimes I look into Nell's eyes, and I keep remembering what it was like when Callum was born. How badly I handled it... I just can't believe it was Angie! It was Angie who picked it.
Susan thinks Sonya should talk to Toadie if she's struggling, but Sonya doesn't want Toadie to think she could do the same with Nell as she did with Cal. She's worried about Angie dropping her in it, but Susan says to forget about that: she needs to tell Toadie what's going on.
Toadie presents Callum with his own present from South America - a poncho! Vanessa brings Toadie a coffee and welcomes him home; he asks after Patrick, who's going to be having his big operation in the next few weeks. Callum notices the poster for the camp- out, and asks if he can use Toadie's tent. He thinks Sophie and Rani will want to come along, and Toadie observes that it's not that big a tent - but Cal insists it's for a good cause. Cal leaves and Karl comes in; Toadie shows him the changes to the divorce papers and asks him to initial them. Toadie offers to file the papers from Karl, but he decides to do it himself, in the hope that it will provide him with some closure. Toadie gets a call from Angie...
Sophie is keen to take part in the camp- out with Callum, but isn't at all sure Rani will be keen, given what a princess she is. Cal lives in hope, however, and goes to sign them up. Meanwhile, Sophie talks to Tash - she explains how she tried to get him to drive earlier, but that it backfired. At that moment, Chris passes; he appears to have caught the 'angry jogging' bug having lived with Rhys for some time now (or possibly it's being in Jade's old house that has done it). Tash marches over and says Sophie's upset about what he said to her at lunchtime. Tash insists she won't let Chris off the hook.
TASH: You need to man up and get some help.
Chris ignores her and continues his angry jog.
Chris runs into Georgia, who is making preparations for the camp- out, working out how many tents will fit on the grass. Georgia starts hectoring Chris about his driving problems too, and insists he needs to get help. Chris stubbornly insists otherwise.
GEORGIA: But if you don't talk about it, the guilt will never go away.
CHRIS: How would you feel, knowing you'd almost killed your friends?
GEORGIA: Your friends have forgiven you, Chris. Now it's time to forgive yourself.
Chris finally breaks.
CHRIS: I keep remembering. Every time I sit behind the wheel, it - it comes back. Sometimes the memories are so real, that when I look down I can see the blood. The idea of driving, just...
He tears up, and Georgia comforts him, telling him they'll get him the help he needs.
Toadie comes in and finds Sonya cleaning frantically. He explains he spoke to Angie, and asks why Sonya didn't tell him she argued with Angie. It soon transpires, however, that Angie hasn't mentioned that she accused Sonya of being on drugs - much to Sonya's relief. Toadie asks if it's okay if Angie comes to the wedding after all; Sonya says of course it is, but doesn't tell Toadie about the real reason for Angie's departure.
Sonya runs into Susan, but avoids another chat, reluctant to admit she hasn't told Toadie the truth. However, Susan quickly extracts a confession, and Sonya assures her she's just had a 'wobble' but that it's under control. Susan says it's not healthy just to bury the problem, as Angie has proved how easily it can return to the surface.
SUSAN: Sonya, I don't mean to judge you. I think you just need to look at the bigger picture. Your fears are already impacting on your behaviour. You're lying. You're shutting Toadie out.
SONYA: Yes I know.
SUSAN: And the next time these fears come up, you're just going to lie again. And it'll go on and on and on...
Susan hears her own words, and they suddenly resonate with her own situation.
SUSAN: ... and it will affect your relationship. Without you even knowing it...
SUSAN: Oh, Sonya. Tell him. Just tell him before it's too late.
Susan runs off, a smile of realisation creeping across her face.
Toadie is showing Nell her new toy llama when Susan knocks on the door. She rushes in.
SUSAN: Toadie, I need the divorce papers.
TOADIE: What, why?
SUSAN: You were right! I don't want to go through with the divorce! I want to be with Karl!
TOADIE: Susan, that's great! What happened?
SUSAN: Well I realised that I've been keeping things from him, and that's why we've grown apart. You need to tear up the papers!
TOADIE: I don't have them. Karl's got them. He was going to lodge them this afternoon. If you're going to stop him, you'd better hurry!
Susan looks frantic and rushes off, leaving Toadie stunned.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Cue a desperate search for Karl, as Susan and Matt fight against the clock to save her marriage
- Much awkwardness between Georgia, Kyle and Jana
- Kyle and Andrew talk about sex (in a G- rated fashion, of course)
- Tash tells Andrew to stop pestering her and 'just do it', whatever that means
- Mason asks Kate out. Kate says no