Previously on Neighbours
- Sophie tricks Paul into signing a consent form for her music school application
- Georgia tells Sonya it could be months before she gets her memory back
- Sonya and Toadie visit the Priya Kapoor Memorial Bush and reflect on how lucky they are
- Andrew isn't thrilled about Tim Collins and Paul's evil plan to silence Elaine
- Neither is Tash, and wants Andrew to leave with her before he becomes Paul's Mini- Me
Tash is packing her suitcase in preparation for Paris – and funnily enough, is having trouble fitting all her clothes in, much to Susan's amusement. Karl suggests they have a send- off for Tash before she leaves, and goes to buy some champagne, while Susan asks if Andrew is going with Tash. She hopes so, but isn't sure he'll leave Paul. Susan promises to take the Rhys Lawson Condolence Book to Elaine, and not to let Paul get his hands on it.
Andrew comes in – he's been thinking.
ANDREW: Elaine's son is dead. Dad, she is in a wheelchair with massive medical expenses.
PAUL: Your point being?
ANDREW: Dad, come on! It doesn't feel right, asking her to take such a cheap settlement.
PAUL: Oh, and 200 grand's just pocket money to you, is it?
Paul asks if Andrew would prefer them to lose Lassiter's or the house. Andrew tries to argue but Paul shouts him down, demanding he hand over the condolence book. Andrew explains Tash wouldn't hand it over, and that he agrees with her. Andrew explains Tash is going overseas, which Paul says is good – without her around, Andrew will do what he's told!
Toadie is getting ready for a day out at the footie, but Sonya's staying at home with Nell. Sonya goes in Toadie's bag to retrieve a gardening magazine he bought for her, but finds paperwork about memory loss, and how to reverse it through diet and exercise. Toadie comes back in and says he can explain, as if his researching the area were somehow a cardinal crime. He admits he's worried she'll never fully recover and just wants her to be healthy again. Callum comes in behind him and overhears; he agrees with Toadie. Sonya seems upset.
Lucas and Mason talk car parts. To spice up the conversation, Mason produces a magazine with a scantily clad girl on a motorbike on the cover, which the parts supplier apparently gave him as a freebie. But puritan Lucas immediately says it's not welcome in his workshop. Mason thinks it's because Vanessa wouldn't like it: but Lucas says it's just tacky, and that it's illegal to have it on display. Lucas hides the mag under a pile of paperwork.
Chris is forlornly eating biscuits, and tells Tash how depressed he is that she's leaving.
TASH: Don't! We are seriously out of tissues.
They share a hug. At that moment, Andrew comes in, wanting to talk to Tash. She asks if Paul's sent him to do his bidding, but Andrew says that's not why he's here.
Sophie brags to Kate about how she conned Paul into signing her Sydney music school application, by letting him think it was a permission slip for an excursion. Kate briefly thinks about asking for a teaching transfer so she can go with Sophie, but Soph quickly talks her out of it – reminding her how much they hated each other last time Kate was her guardian.
SOPHIE: Anyway, you're happy here. You've got work, mates, Uncle Paul…
Kate doesn't look particularly convinced by any of the above, but Sophie says this is something she needs to do on her own.
KATE: Why do you have to be so independent?
SOPHIE: We can video- chat every night. Talk, like we always do.
KATE: Yeah, except I know what you're like. You'll start hanging around all those muso friends and just forget about me.
SOPHIE: Yeah, but none of them will be my sister.
Sophie wells up and begs Kate to let her go. Seeing she won't talk her round, Kate agrees, on the condition that she gives her daily updates and gets Harry to call her (like that'll happen). Sophie then asks Kate to come and tell Paul with her.
Paul goes mad when Sophie tells him about tricking him into signing the enrolment form, and prepares to call the music school to withdraw his permission. Sophie begs him not to, and says Paul can't stop her going. Kate tells Paul that Sophie will never forgive him if he keeps her here. At this point, Andrew and Tash come in. They have news too: Andrew is going to Paris with Tash, and he'd like Paul to buy his half- share of Charlie's.
ANDREW: It's a good investment, and you know it is.
PAUL: And I've just got that kind of cash lying around, have I?
ANDREW: It's funny – you can find it when you need it, though. I want out, Dad. I can't do this anymore.
PAUL: Oh, just do what you want. Both of you. I don't care anymore.
Vanessa opens a letter; there's a mysterious cheque inside, which she quickly hides behind the counter. Kyle asks Sonya how Georgia's doing since Scotty left; Sonya replies that she's getting there. After Kyle leaves, Vanessa says Georgia ate three brownies when she came in earlier. Sonya admits Georgia's not coping that well after all, but that she told Kyle a white lie to spare his feelings. This gets Sonya thinking and she runs off, leaving Vanessa to retrieve the cheque and stare at it pensively.
Sonya is cutting up eggplants. Toadie comes in, and says he and Cal might get food at the footie instead. Sonya comments that he liked the eggplant croquettes at their wedding, and Toadie's thrilled as this means she remembers something from the day. She also says she remembers Karl and Ajay's song, and Toadie hugs her happily. But over his shoulder, Sonya doesn't look so happy.
Karl and Susan put up a ‘bon voyage' banner for Tash's farewell. Tash is emailing her dad Michael, to let him know she might visit him and her aunt/his lover Emilia in Serbia. Tash has decided that after everything Andrew's been through trying to live up to Paul's expectations, she wants to make a similar effort to reconcile with her dad, and put her grudge aside. Susan thinks that's great.
As Karl fetches the champagne, Andrew and Sophie turn up, all packed and ready to go (Sophie is getting the same flight to Sydney). Susan asks how Paul is – but Soph replies he's in ‘total shutdown'. While Susan pointedly pours Sophie a lemonade as opposed to the alcoholic alternative, Tash tells Andrew he could have followed her to Paris later, to let Paul get used to the idea.
ANDREW: I've been putting things off my entire life for my dad. Not any more. My life, I'm gonna live it my way.
TASH: Oh, I am proud of you.
She kisses him. They all gather round and raise a toast to ‘new beginnings'.
Paul sulks, alone. Kate comes in; she's going to see off Sophie and Andrew, but Paul refuses to go out and say goodbye too. Kate tells Paul that Andrew and Sophie still love him, and that this could be his last opportunity to see them for months or years. (Or ever, if previous departures are anything to go by!)
KATE: Paul, I know that you're hurt and you're angry and you feel let down. But I also know how much you love them. And if you're gonna let them sit on that plane without knowing that, then you are going to regret it for the rest of your life.
Paul simply ignores her, and fetches the whisky.
KATE: Your son feels like a failure. He feels like, no matter what he does, he can't live up to your expectations. Is that what you want? For him to leave, feeling like a loser? Like he can't live up to this great Robinson family name.
Kate goes out to say goodbye, leaving Paul sitting with his drink.
Sophie is on the phone to Rani, asking her and Ajay to come over and see her off – but they can't, presumably due to episode quotas. Sophie says she understands.
Meanwhile, Andrew and Chris are having a moment.
CHRIS: Mate, I'm serious. My life would have been torture without you and Tash and Summer.
CHRIS: You're the best mate a guy could have.
ANDREW: And I'm a better person for knowing you!
ANDREW: I mean that, though.
CHRIS: You know, stuff your dad.
CHRIS: I love you, man.
Chris puts an arm around him.
ANDREW: I love you too.
Andrew gives Chris a big hug, followed by a hair- tousle and a friendly nipple- twist, which he explains is his belated revenge for the Pickles tattoo! Tash gets some sausages out of the oven for them to eat, but Sophie has to go to say goodbye to her friends. Chris gives Sophie a hug, and tells her to look after herself. Sophie says to call her if he ever gets (post- traumatic) stressed. Kate turns up.
ANDREW: Where's Dad?
KATE: I'm sorry.
Sophie complains to Cal that she had to go to see Rani to say goodbye, rather than the other way round. Cal points out that Rani just needs some space, what with her mother just having died and all. Toadie has picked up food and is ready to go home, but Cal asks for a minute. Sophie makes Cal promise to look after Rani, and he in turn tells her to become a rock- star. He's put some music on a USB for her to remember him by. They share an emotional hug, and Sophie bids Cal and Toadie goodbye. Vanessa randomly asks Toadie how much Sonya remembers, before we cut to…
… where the taxi awaits. As Andrew and Tash load up their bags, Kate and Sophie hug, and Soph thanks Kate for helping her to go. Andrew looks sadly over to No 22, but no sign of Paul. Kate gives Andrew a goodbye hug – and then Paul appears.
They walk towards one another, into the centre of the street. Awkward silence, followed by an emotional hug.
PAUL: Oh, you would never be a disappointment to me, son. Never. If anything it's been the other way round. The reason I've been so hard on you is because I love you, son. And I just want the best for you.
ANDREW: I know. I'm still going though!
PAUL: You're like me when I was your age.
Paul offers Andrew his credit card, ‘just in case'. Andrew says he doesn't need it; but Tash snatches it and puts it in Andrew's top pocket ‘for emergencies'.
PAUL: Goodbye, Natasha.
TASH: Just once, do you think you could call me Tash? Like everybody else?
PAUL: Why would I do that… when Natasha is so much more beautiful?
TASH: Now he tells me!
Telling them both to take care, Paul moves over to the taxi.
PAUL: Sophie! Get out of that cab!
Sophie thinks Paul's going to scupper her dreams of the School for the Gifted at the last moment – but he just wants to say goodbye. There's more emotional hugging.
SOPHIE: I love you.
PAUL: I love you too, darling. Now get out of here. Go on.
Andrew, Tash and Sophie get in the taxi, and pull out of Ramsay Street. Kate comforts a tearful Paul.
In a decidedly random addendum, Chris is working on a car. Kyle keeps showing him pictures of naked women from Mason's naughty magazine, apparently hoping to elicit a physiological response.
KYLE (holding up the mag): Anything?
KYLE (on another page): Phwoar, how about this one?
CHRIS: Not a thing.
Kyle turns another page.
KYLE: Woah. Dude, you really need to see this!
CHRIS: Forget it. You're not going to turn me.
But Kyle is insistent, and Chris walks over to look at the magazine more closely. This time, Chris is interested – but only because the latest photograph appears to be of a younger- looking Vanessa!
Monday on Neighbours
- Chris and Kyle go to talk to Vanessa about her nude photo- shoot
- Vanessa tells Sonya that it ‘seemed like it was the only option at the time'
- Callum proposes a memorial for Priya, and a candlelit vigil is held at Erinsborough High
- Susan warns Ajay that Rani isn't coping with her mother's death