Previously on Neighbours
- Lauren is struggling to forgive Matt for lying to her about Bailey's involvement in the robbery
- Rani freaks out at Alistair when he says he's sorry about her mum's death, and sees an apparition of Priya
- Vanessa intervenes to prevent both Paul and Ajay from manipulating Elaine – but Ajay insists he'll continue with the lawsuit
Paul is talking to Tim Collins on the phone. Kate comes in; Paul explains that Elaine has agreed to his proposed settlement, and that now he just needs to get Ajay off his case. Kate sarcastically replies that they can crack open the champagne then, but Paul asks her to be more supportive. Kate says she knows Paul loved Priya, and if he keeps focusing on business and lawsuits he'll become a bitter and lonely old man. Paul says that won't happen.
The atmosphere is still tense between Lauren and Matt; she keeps snapping at him for minor misdemeanors. Matt says he can never do anything right, and they both march off in opposite directions. Bailey tells Mason and Amber that they need to do something to help reunite their parents; Amber's staying out of it, but Mason says it's his responsibility to fix the situation.
Amber is having a tutoring session with Kate, but she's not really concentrating, and Kate wants to know why. Amber explains that her parents know about Robbo and her pregnancy scare, and that it triggered a raft of other revelations. Kate nosily tries to establish why Mason was so keen to get Robbo out of Amber's life and why they were hiding it from Matt and Lauren, but Amber tells her it's best she doesn't know. Kate comments that she can't figure Mason out. Amber says he's a good person, most of the time.
Ajay comes round to tell Paul he's still suing him for gross negligence, despite Elaine's decision to settle. The preliminary report into the accident is almost due out, and Ajay thinks it will look bad for Paul. Angrily, Paul tells him the settlement offer is off the table; but Ajay reiterates that he wouldn't have taken it anyway, because he wants everyone to know Paul was to blame for the explosion. Ajay says he hopes Paul's insurance is up to date, as the case will cost him everything. Paul looks worried.
Elaine and Vanessa are having a drink. Elaine says she'll be moving to Tweed Heads in two weeks to be near her sister. Elaine thanks Vanessa for all her help, but says there's one thing more she wants to ask her to do, before she leaves Erinsborough.
On the Bridge of Reflection, Vanessa and Elaine throw flowers into the water, in their own private memorial for Rhys – scenes of which are interspersed with flashbacks of their happy times with him. It's all very emotional and they both have a good cry.
Rani runs into Callum, whilst Kate eavesdrops on their discussion. Cal asks if Rani wants to hang out, but she's a little distant with him. He apologises for upsetting her by going on about Priya's tree, but Rani cuts him off mid- sentence and walks out. Kate suggests Rani is probably not ready to talk about her mum yet; but that if Cal really wants to help her, there's someone else he could talk to.
Matt and Bailey prepare for a game of street cricket. Mason drags a reluctant Lauren out of the house to join in; she makes excuses but eventually agrees to one quick game. Toadie runs out of his house and says he's joining in! Lauren volunteers to bat first, and Matt bowls. But on the first shot she sends the ball flying straight into Toadie's groin, and he doubles over in agony, shrieking! Lauren looks mortified.
Later, Toadie is nursing his nether regions with a packet of frozen peas, while Lauren apologises profusely and Sonya finds it all incredibly amusing. Toadie is very understanding despite his pain, but Matt is less so, and starts laying into Lauren, accusing her of hitting the ball hard deliberately but aiming to hit Matt! He says if she's annoyed at him, she should talk about it, not start whacking cricket balls at him. They begin having a blue in the middle of the street, but Sonya suggests Lauren come inside with her to make some tea.
Nearby, Amber sarcastically points out that Mason's idea to bring their parents together with cricket has failed miserably. Bailey tells them to stop arguing. Kate turns up, and Mason invites her to play cricket too – or alternatively, go on a date with him. Kate says she likes her men more mature, and to try back when he's older. Mason and Bailey go off for a swim in the pool, while Amber recaps what just happened in the cricket match for Kate and less astute viewers.
Callum arrives to speak to Ajay about Rani. He explains that Rani flipped out at Alistair when he said sorry about Priya, that Rani said Priya wasn't really gone, and that she's been acting oddly ever since. Cal leaves, Ajay having thanked him for this intelligence. Ajay looks worried.
Lauren tells Sonya she's embarrassed about rowing with Matt in the street; Sonya dispenses tea and tells her not to worry. However, she makes it clear she's eager to know what the fight was about. Lauren explains that Matt lied to her.
Matt and Toadie hold an equivalent conversation; Matt says he can't go into detail, but that it was a family matter. He says he explained why he lied, but Lauren's still mad.
Lauren tells Sonya she can't turn off her anger towards Matt, even though he claims he lied to protect her.
Matt tells Toadie he's always done his best to protect his family, and that the move from Mount Isa was supposed to fix everything for the Turners.
Lauren tells Sonya much the same thing, saying it's great to be close to Lou again, but that she thinks Matt felt pressured into the move.
Matt tells Toadie that Lauren seems to have forgotten that he gave up a promotion for this fresh start with the kids.
Lauren says she's made sacrifices too, and that sometimes Matt acts like Lauren should only be told things when he thinks it's necessary. Sonya says it's surely not that bad.
In the understatement of the year, Toadie says that he and Sonya had ‘issues with honesty', but that these days they don't block each other out. Matt comments that every marriage is different.
TOADIE: Absolutely, yeah. But if I lied to Sonya about something big, I wouldn't be worried about the ball – I'd be worried about the bat! You've got to treat her as an equal. All this stuff you've been telling me…
SONYA: … you should be saying it to each other.
Lauren looks pensive.
Matt tries to talk to Lauren again, saying they need to find a way to resolve the situation, but Lauren is still angry about Matt sending Mason to juvenile detention. Matt points out that Lauren agreed with him at the time, but Lauren suggests Mason only rebelled in the first place because Matt was a policeman and was always so tough on him. Lauren reveals she's always thought that Matt put Bailey's needs ahead of Mason's, and that what happened after the robbery proves it. Matt's surprised and annoyed that she thinks that, asking if he should have compromised himself further by letting both brothers off.
LAUREN: I dunno, maybe.
MATT: I'm sorry but that's not fair! And you know what? If I was too hard on him, it was only because you were too soft. This whole move to Erinsborough – it was for him. And now we're having this argument because you don't think I care enough for him?
LAUREN: I never said you don't care. I'm just saying… The decisions you made in Mount Isa, and the fact you kept a lot of the story from me – well it says something.
MATT: Yeah. I thought it said that we loved each other.
Matt stomps off.
Rani comes in, and Ajay wants to talk to her. He explains he heard what happened with Alistair, and that he's here if she needs to talk. Rani insists she's okay. She says she's picked up Priya's dry- cleaning for her as if she's still alive, but Ajay says he thinks they should give Priya's clothes away to charity – and this causes Rani to flip out again.
RANI: You're not throwing out all of Mum's clothes!
AJAY: So maybe we'll just go through a few –
RANI: No, don't touch her stuff! Leave them where they belong!
Rani marches off with the dry- cleaning.
Later, Ajay looks at photographs of his family from Toadie's wedding day. Rani comes out of her room, and Ajay says he wants to make things better for them, but that he doesn't know how.
AJAY: You know there was this time when I was really hurt and upset with your mum. But I never thought about life without her. And I know you didn't either.
He admits he's been obsessed with the lawsuit against Paul lately, in order to get justice for Priya – but that no matter what he does, he can't bring her back. He says he's sorry he hasn't been around to help Rani; they need to be here for each other. Rani again insists she's okay, but Ajay begs her to talk to him like she used to. Rani starts crying.
RANI: Mum was trying to make things better before she…
AJAY: Yeah, I know you guys were working things out. That meant a lot to her.
RANI: I told her I hated her! That was the last thing I said! She died thinking that I hate her, but I don't, Dad! I love her; I love her so much.
Ajay comforts Rani and kisses her.
AJAY: Is that the only thing you've been worrying about? That's it? Rani – your mum knew you loved her. She knew, sweetie. She knew you didn't mean that. And I'll tell you something. She loved you too. Okay?
Ajay goes to get Rani a tissue – but while he's gone, Ghost Priya appears in the kitchen, looking oddly expressionless.
RANI: Mum – Dad's right, isn't he?
GHOST PRIYA: …
RANI: You know I love you?
GHOST PRIYA: …
Kate's making breakfast when a random woman appears from the staircase, asking if there's any coffee! Paul emerges behind the newcomer – evidently, she's stayed the night.
PAUL: Ah. Maddy – meet Kate!
‘MADDY': It's Mia.
PAUL: Mia – meet Kate.
Kate looks bemused. Paul sends Maddy/Mia back upstairs, promising to bring her coffee. Kate gives Paul the eyebrow.
KATE: Err, please explain?
PAUL: Found a new friend! Oh, I forgot to ask her if she had milk and sugar…
KATE: Paul, she's barely older than me!
PAUL: Oh, please Kate. Spare me the self- righteous indignation, would you?
Kate tells Paul that this may make him feel better today, but he's still going to have to deal with Priya's death in the long- term, and tells him he's in denial.
PAUL: Don't try and psychoanalyse me.
KATE: Paul, I can't just sit here and watch you do this!
PAUL: Then don't. Hey – this is my house, my life. And if you don't like it, maybe you could take a leaf out of Andrew and Sophie's book, and clear out. You decide.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- The preliminary report into the explosion blames ‘user error' – but Chris and Kyle discover a batch of faulty gas bottles, casting doubt on that
- Lou encourages Karl and Susan to provide marital advice for Matt and Lauren
- Georgia still seems annoyed with Kyle since he revealed Scotty made a pass at Chris