Previously on Neighbours
- Kyle stares at the eclipse, causing his sight to become blurry
- Lauren avoids telling Matt about her past liaison with Brad Willis
- Terese warns Brad not to stroll down memory lane without her
- Steph kidnaps baby Patrick, and Lucas and Vanessa go out of their minds with worry
Lucas and Vanessa's Flat
On the phone, Lucas explains to the police that he's just spoken to Steph, but that he couldn't keep her on the line. After the call he explains to Vanessa that Steph has switched her phone off, so the police can't trace the signal. Vanessa is furious.
VANESSA: This is your fault.
LUCAS: That is not fair.
VANESSA: A deranged woman has our son, and you're the one that let her into our lives.
Lucas tries to assure Vanessa that Steph won't harm Patrick, because she's a good mother. Vanessa is incredulous that Lucas is still finding good things to say about Steph, and storms off.
Steph is bottle-feeding Patrick.
STEPH: I don't think Daddy's going to come. We might have to go meet him somewhere else, huh? We'll go and pick up your big brother Charlie, and Daddy will come and meet us. We'll all be together again. We'll be together - our little family.
Chris, Georgia and an eye-bandaged Kyle await Karl's arrival. Karl has just spoken to Kyle's specialist; he explains that Kyle has burned his retinas by looking directly at the eclipse. Karl assures him the loss of sight is temporary, but can't promise his sight will be 100% when he recovers.
KARL: I'll tell you what - why don't we just wait and see how you go?
KYLE: Or wait and not see.
KARL: Oh, goodness, I'm sorry. That's a poor choice of words.
Karl tells Kyle he can go home, but that he needs to leave the patches on - his retinas need time to recover. Kyle is worried about letting his clients down, including the Willises whose back yard he was supposed to be working on. Georgia offers to help, but Kyle says she has too much on. Chris then offers his help, since things have slowed down at the garage. Kyle reluctantly agrees.
Brad and Terese walk down the drive, talking about the Steph situation. While Brad's been out searching, Terese has been busy unpacking removal boxes, since she won't have time when she starts at Lassiter's. Terese says she's proud of how he and the kids have thrown themselves into helping with the search effort. Brad explains Josh will miss his swimming training, given the circumstances, but that it's just one session.
Lauren comes over to say hello and drop off a housewarming cake. There's an awkward pause before Terese invites her inside for tea.
Paul's evil lair has had somewhat of a makeover since our last visit - it's all very neutral-tones and markedly less evil. Terese compliments Paul on his good taste, and thanks Lauren for the cake.
BRAD: I told you, didn't I? Ramsay Street's a friendly place.
TERESE: Well, considering you dated half the women that live here, I'm still trying to work out if that's a good thing or not.
BRAD: One ex-girlfriend and suddenly I've gone out with the whole street. My wife's a bit prone to exaggeration in case you hadn't noticed.
LAUREN: Actually, I wasn't even sure if you knew...
Another pause. Terese hopes she hasn't made things awkward by mentioning it. Brad says if Lauren had any hard feelings she might have thrown the cake at him, and Terese jokes that Lauren may have laced the cake with arsenic, which the Willises seem to find considerably more amusing than Lauren! Brad leaves, and Lauren is about tell Terese something, when Terese looks out of her window and sees a stranger in her back yard - but it's only Chris.
Terese and Lauren rush out to talk to Chris, who is busy doing Kyle's gardening work for him in a new-look back yard, complete with conservatory and sfiddley patio dining area! They introduce themselves and he explains he's helping out because of what happened with Kyle's eyes, before Terese and Lauren head into the conservatory. Lauren admits to Terese that she hasn't yet told Matt about her past romance with Brad, because he's been so busy with the search for Patrick. She'd appreciate if Terese didn't say anything about it, as Lauren wants Matt to hear it from her. Terese seems a little bemused but says she'll keep quiet. We get some tantalising backstory about Brad's first wife, Beth.
TERESE: Do you keep in touch with Beth?
LAUREN: No. No, I haven't seen her since they got married and left the street.
TERESE: Oh, don't worry, it's just me being nosy. I mean, we do see her from time to time. She is the mother of Brad's son...
LAUREN: Right, so that all happened pretty quickly. They got divorced, you guys got married...
TERESE: Messy, is the word you're looking for!
LAUREN: I can imagine!
They have a good giggle.
Lucas and Vanessa's Flat
Lucas and Vanessa are struggling to cope - Steph's phone's still switched off. Sonya arrives to offer support, and Lucas heads back out to join the search, asking Sonya to keep Vanessa company. The moment Lucas has gone, Vanessa starts shouting to Sonya about how furious she is with Lucas for letting this happen. It's clear she holds him more or less entirely to blame for allowing Steph to get so close. For once, Sonya doesn't know what to say.
Brad hands out flyers about Steph and Patrick to passing extras, then approaches Matt to ask if he's heard any news yet. Matt says there's nothing yet, but thanks Brad for getting involved.
MATT: You've hardly been here five minutes and you're already in the thick of it!
BRAD: Well one thing I remember about growing up around here is that when there's a problem, everyone pitches in to help.
MATT: Flip-side of that being everyone seems to know your business!
Brad promptly puts his foot in it by saying he hopes things won't be weird because of his past with Lauren. Matt is shocked, but acts like he knew all along, commenting that water under the bridge should stay there. Brad assures him they only dated; it was never serious. Constable Merolli rocks up and interrupts with a plot development - a woman matching Steph's description has been sighted at a nearby motel, and was driving a Lassiter's car. Matt says he's been on the phone to Steph's psychiatrist, and Merolli says he can tell her all about it on the way there.
Matt and Merolli search the motel room Steph was in earlier, but neither she nor Patrick are there. They find the kettle still warm, realising they've only just missed her - and also find Patrick's blanket. Matt tells Merolli that Steph's psychiatrist said she could be having a full-blown psychotic episode now she's off the medication; there's no telling what she could do.
Sheila and Georgia help still-bandaged Kyle into the house. He's happy to see Bossy, but not so pleased when he manages to trip over the rug.
GEORGIA: Careful, watch what you're doing!
KYLE: Pretty sure I don't need to tell the nurse that's not possible.
Kyle says he feels like an idiot, and Sheila opines that he was a bit of an idiot to look at the eclipse. He wants to take the patches off, but Georgia reminds him Karl said they need to stay on. Sheila gets annoyed with Kyle's grumpiness and storms off, leaving Georgia to look after him.
Lauren is working when Matt comes in for a coffee. He fills her in on the latest with Steph.
LAUREN: I wish there was something I could do to help.
MATT: Well your ex-boyfriend's definitely making himself useful.
Matt wants to know why Lauren felt the need to hide her past with Brad from him. Lauren says it was years ago, and wasn't serious, but Matt would have liked to have been told all the same. Lauren says she didn't want him getting possessive like he is now. She apologises and says she was going to tell him, but thought it was best to wait since he was so busy with the search for Patrick. Matt isn't satisfied with this, but Lauren assures him he's blowing it out of proportion and says there's nothing more he needs to know.
As Brad and Terese tuck into Lauren's cake, Terese passes on Lauren's message about not saying anything to Matt about Brad and Lauren dating. Brad realises he's messed up, and explains he already spoke to Matt about it, who seemed like he knew. Terese seems rather amused that Brad's put his foot in it, but Brad feels guilty - he gets the impression Matt is a protective sort of guy.
Erinsborough Police Station
Matt is talking to Lucas and Vanessa; he asks if they can identify the blanket they found at the motel, and they confirm it's Patrick's. Vanessa breaks down in tears as Matt informs her they haven't found Steph yet.
Men's Shed (outside)
Steph talks to Patrick.
STEPH: Why hasn't Daddy come to find us yet? Maybe he doesn't want to be with me after all. But it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what happens; I'll always make sure we're okay. Yes I will. We're gonna go on a big aeroplane and go and get your big brother Charlie. And then Daddy will come and meet us, and we'll all be together, and it will all be perfect.
Brad comes in, to apologise to Lauren for dropping her in it with Matt. She says it's no big deal; Matt's just a bit traditional and she wanted to tell him herself.
BRAD: Right, so he's not going to take my head off or anything?
LAUREN: Course not!
BRAD: Good, because the last thing I need is to get myself on the wrong side of the law.
LAUREN: Well, I never said you weren't about to start getting speeding tickets!
BRAD: As long as I haven't made anything difficult for you.
LAUREN: You haven't, I promise. And do you know what, I think once you two get to know each other, you might actually become really good friends.
BRAD: I remember what it used to be like growing up in the street. Knowing you had your mates right next door.
LAUREN: Yeah. Yeah, there are some good memories from Ramsay Street.
BRAD: So do I count as one of them - or am I one you'd rather forget?
LAUREN: Sorry, what was your name again?
They each smile sheepishly.
Sheila and Chris are rearranging the furniture and rugs to minimise the chance of Kyle tripping over - but it backfires when he comes in and slams straight into a newly repositioned table, spilling orange juice all over himself! Chris and Sheila are apologetic, but Kyle is rapidly losing patience with not being able to see. Sheila says Kyle will have to get in the shower to get all the orange juice off him, but that one of them will have to help him!
SHEILA: So who do you want? Me, or Chris?
Chris shakes his head worriedly, while Kyle looks mortified.
No 30 / Men's Shed
Lucas, Vanessa, Toadie and Sonya convene. Vanessa decides she's going to look for Patrick in Eden Hills(!) and Sonya runs off to accompany her. Lucas tries to call Steph again, and this time she answers. Lucas asks if Patrick is with her, but Steph makes out she doesn't know who Patrick is.
During the conversation it becomes apparent that Steph thinks Patrick is Adam, and that she thinks Lucas is his father. She asks him to come and meet her, so they can all be together. Lucas asks where she is, but Steph is too busy reminiscing about 'that moment' - 'the last time everything was perfect' between them. She tells him she'll see him soon, and hangs up.
Lucas explains the situation to Toadie. Toadie asks if there's some sort of memory Steph might be hanging on to which would help them work out where she is. Lucas somehow deduces her location, and they rush off to see if he's right.
Lucas's hunch proves correct and he finds Steph holding Patrick at the entrance to the Men's Shed, while flashbacks remind us of a time he and Steph hooked up there, before she went to jail (Episode 6052
, to be precise). Toadie keeps out of sight and calls the police from his mobile, while a tense Lucas tries to coax Steph out into the open. She's pleased to see Lucas but for some reason wants him to come into the shed, to reminisce about their last time together here. Steph asks Lucas to promise her that they and the baby are going to be a family...
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Kyle is still struggling without his sight around the house
- Lou and Chris help out at Kyle's yard, but Lou is injured and Sheila promises to nurse him better
- More Rani/Raj/Sanjay theatrics as Bailey tells Callum he should be looking out for Rani
- As the police arrive, the stand- off at the Men's Shed becomes tense