Previously on Neighbours
- Sonya vows to do whatever she can to help Walter
- Walter continues to drink at Charlie's
- Brad advises Josh to continue with his training as though nothing is going on
- Chris discovers Hudson has been taking performance enhancing drugs
Brad has been offered an interview for the manager position at Dingo's Gym. Terese thinks it's a great opportunity, but Brad isn't so sure; especially if he's going to go back to coaching Josh again. Terese asks if he's run this thought past Josh yet; he hasn't. Terese advises that maybe they should be thinking of Imogen in this situation, as Josh has been the centre of attention for the family for a while. On cue, Imogen arrives and having overheard the last part of her parents conversation. She informs them they have nothing to worry about, as the car situation is now all sorted.
BRAD: Have you even thought about who's actually going to be giving you driving lessons?
IMOGEN: Well, have I told you how awesome you look today, daddy.
With a grin, she heads back to her room.
Sonya offers Walter a morning coffee, but he declines. He claims he's not feeling too well, but she reveals she knows all the tricks for getting out of the meetings and instructs him to go and get dressed.
Chris is working out when Hudson arrives. Hudson understands he is angry and Chris confirms that he hasn't told anyone else. Hudson has decided not to take the drugs anymore and will increase his training so that Don can't tell. Chris can't understand why Don encouraged him to take them in the first place and thinks he should quit working with Don but Hudson claims he can't.
CHRIS: I really like you Hudson, and I was hoping we could see where this was going.
HUDSON: Me too
CHRIS: But I can't hang around and watch you destroy your life. You need help. Until you get it. I can't see you anymore.
Chris heads off to the changing rooms leaving Hudson on his own.
Brad arrives back from his interview. Terese is thrilled to hear he has been offered the job, but Brad isn't even sure if he wants it or not. He is still pondering over coaching Josh. Terese reminds him that he managed to coach Josh and hold a job while they were in Perth.
Josh explains to Chris that he has to keep training as normal so that Don won't twig that something is going on. He explains how they have to keep things appearing as normal long enough so that Toadie can prove misconduct or find a way out of the contract without having to pay Don out. Josh comments that Hudson has been dong particularly well in the pool recently and that Chris must be having a good effect on him. Chris isn't so sure.
Dingoes Gym - Changing Room
Josh has found Don and isn't impressed that he has been given Hudson drugs and that's why his times are so much better than Josh's. Don warns him not to throw around accusations that he has no evidence for, but Josh wants to end his own contract. Don warns him that he's bound into his contract unless he wants to pay out. He advises Josh not to get lawyers involved as once they start investigating a coach, he can land Josh in just as much trouble. Josh believes he has nothing to hide as he is clean, but Don warns him that things are never that straight forward in elite sport.
DON: So take the easy option, shut up.
JOSH: This isn't about what's easy, this is about what's right.
DON: Well, then you're about to land yourself in a whole heap of trouble.
Don heads off leaving Josh shell shocked.
Josh has explained all to Brad who agrees to help him find a solution. Brad warns his son that he doesn't have any hard evidence so they will have to be careful.
JOSH: Man, how did things get so screwed up?
BRAD: It's not your fault.
Josh feel it is and apologises to his father for doubting him in the first place. He asks if perhaps he could coach him again. Brad warns him that they had their problems before, where they were both at fault. Josh feels they could work together better this time, as they've learnt from the issues they had. Brad informs his son he has been offered the job at Dingo's, but is still working out what he wants to do. Josh is happy to wait for his dad to decide.
Bob starts off the meeting introducing himself as an alcoholic. Sonya is next and claims she has been sober 3 years, 2 months and 11 days. She explains how it is her family who keep her going and introduces the rest of the group to Walter. Walter admits he's only been sober less than a week but has been recently reconnected with Sonya and her family and so has support. As he finishes Sonya whispers that she is proud of him.
Hudson pops by to let Chris know that he's ended his contract with Don. It was a mutual decision between them both. Chris is delighted, but Hudson remarks that he doesn't understand what this means for his career and the sacrifices he has had to make to get to this point. Chris tells him that it will be better in the long run, but Hudson informs Chris that he doesn't get to help him or talk to him anymore.
Brad has updated Terese on the day's event and though he is proud of how Josh has handled things he is still not sure that coaching him is the right idea. Terese suggests that coaching Josh part time whilst working at the gym might be a good balance for him and give him perspective. Brad isn't sure that he would be able to give Josh the training he needs, but Terese tells him not to doubt himself.
TERESE: You're an amazing, intelligent, talented, sexy, sexy man, who can achieve anything he wants. But you've got to genuinely want that
They kiss and Brad agrees to have a think about it. On cue, Brad's phone beeps. It's Don wanting to meet.
Don explains to Brad that the incident was a one off. He has been training Hudson for years and admits Josh's potential was a threat to Hudson. He moved Josh to middle distance but Hudson's times were still not improving. Brad reminds him that the boys look up to them and he betrayed their trust. Don understands. He's agreed to let Josh out of his contract and he's already let Hudson go; he's stepping out of coaching. Brad won't lodge a formal complaint, as if he reports it it will ruin the boy's careers, but if Don comes back on the coaching scene in any way Brad won't wait to report him to the authorities.
Toadie finds Walter hanging out in the men's shed, with a beer. Toadie points out that Sonya will be very disappointed, especially after the meeting today where she was raving about him but Walter doesn't seem bothered about it at all. Toadie asks him what he's actually doing in Erinsborough to which Walter replies he's visiting family. Toadie isn't convinced, especially given his effort compared to Sonya's.
TOADIE: She's an amazing woman and there is only so much she can take.
Walter claims he found the meeting hard, and felt like a phoney. He agrees to stop drinking the beer and Toadie reminds him he's due to be helping Sonya down the garden centre anyway. He asks Toadie not to tell Sonya of his drinking, to which Toadie agrees, to protect Sonya, but Toadie warns him he'll be keeping a very close eye on him.
Sonya reiterates how proud she is of Walter and invites him over for dinner that evening; she'd love to hear the story of how her parent's got together. Walter politely accepts, but doesn't look sure about the story. Callum comes by with some pots (as he's working) and Sonya helps him to move them on the trolley. Sheila arrives to ask Walter if he'd like to join her for lunch and after checking with Sonya, he agrees. Callum starts to moan about the weight of the pots his mother has asked him to move, but quickly shuts up when she points out she's paying him for this.
Josh informs Chris that he's back training with his dad. He feels, given what Hudson did, he should be banned for life, but admits that he can kind of see why he did it. Being so deep in swimming means you end up losing perspective on anything around you and you start to do things that mean you'll win. Chris asks if Josh would be tempted, but Josh responds, never, as he's no cheat. On cue Hudson arrives, so Josh heads off. Hudson apologises to Chris particular for his behaviour the previous day. He reveals he's heading back to his parents to work out what to do next. He asks if he can call him sometime but Chris explains that he doesn't feel it would be right. He likes him, but Hudson has things he needs to work through on his own first. Hudson thanks him for at least being honest about it.
While Sonya and Callum go over to help a customer, Walter opens the till and starts to put the cash into his pocket before picking up his bag and heading off.