Previously on Neighbours
- Lucas resorts to gambling with Robbo to help resolve his financial woes
- Drama with Josh surrounding Brad's decision to become Hudson's coach too
- Kate shouts at Vanessa for moaning about being pregnant, and Vanessa starts having baby- pains
Lauren has brought Vanessa in to see Karl. She says she experienced some bleeding after the pain, but Karl tells her that's not unusual for the first six to eight weeks. Vanessa's not convinced, but Karl says they'll have to do an ultrasound, and blood and urine tests, to know for sure what the cause is. Karl admits that she'll have to wait a while, as there's been a major motor accident which is taking up all their resources. Lucas arrives, as Karl darts off. Vanessa says she feels helpless.
Kate tells Sheila how embarrassed she is about shouting at Vanessa. Terese comes in, and reveals Georgia told them about her condition, apologising for their insensitive baby- chatter. But Kate tells her she has no cause to apologise, adding that Vanessa must hate her for shouting at her like that. Terese reveals that Vanessa started bleeding and has been taken to hospital, and Kate immediately concludes it must have been caused by the stress of her shouting at Vanessa – pointing out that she could miscarry.
Lou's back from his trip to Cambodia, and Bailey rushes up to give him a hug – he's had a good time with Mai Ling. He asks about the auction sign outside the house, and Bailey explains that Lucas and Vanessa are selling, and that they might have to leave Ramsay Street. Lou is shocked.
Lucas has been trying to bribe the hospital staff into organising a bed for Vanessa – they're both frustrated that she isn't being prioritised, but there's nothing they can do. Vanessa sends Lucas home to get some supplies, and he tells her to sit down and relax until he comes back.
Brad is timing Hudson and Josh as they do laps of the pool.
No 22 (back garden)
Josh and Hudson are weight- training, while Brad watches from the conservatory. Terese comes in, and Brad moans about how Josh has been less than friendly with Hudson. Terese wonders aloud whether Josh's mood is affecting Imogen, pointing out that Susan has said her marks are lower than usual. Brad doesn't think it has anything to do with Josh, but Terese is worried they're not picking up on something with Imogen because they're both so busy – pointing out that they didn't know when she was dating Mason. Brad reminds her that Imogen has since promised to come to them with any problems, and suggests that if Terese is worried, she should ask Imogen outright – adding that he thinks Imogen would tell them if there was a problem.
Meanwhile, Josh continues to goad Hudson about his drug- taking past. Brad comes over to discuss tomorrow's training schedule, and Josh mouths off about the specifics of the training Brad wants them to do. He moans that he has school to fit in too, while all Hudson has to do is go for photo- shoots. But in absence of any better ideas from Josh, Brad tells them they'll stick with his training plan for now. Terese watches with concern as Josh stomps off.
Lou tells Lauren and Bailey more about his trip, and does his frill- necked lizard impression, which he was using to make the kids at Mai Ling's children's centre in Cambodia laugh! Lou tells Lauren that the work Mai Ling's doing there has made him realise how important his family is to him. Lou starts distributing presents, and reveals he's brought back a scarf for Sheila, which he claims is to ‘let her down gently' given her apparently amorous intentions towards him. Bailey looks sheepish, as Lou tells him he was right – Sheila does have the hots for Lou.
No 22 (garden)
Terese has a word with Josh about his unprofessional behaviour during training, telling him to stop sulking. She understands that he has a problem with Hudson, but tells him she needs to raise issues with Brad directly, or come to her. Josh admits he doesn't really have a problem with Hudson – it's his dad he's struggling with. Josh explains that training used to be his and Brad's thing, and now Hudson's around, three's a crowd – it's not the same anymore.
Hudson is offering to take more drugs tests to prove he's clean now, but Brad tells him there's no need for that – Josh is out of line and is just going to have to learn to be more professional. Brad's sure Josh will pull his head in eventually, but Hudson's concerned that Josh will always have a problem with him, and doesn't want to get in the way of Brad and Josh's relationship. Brad assures him this won't be the case.
HUDSON: No – I've seen what happens when a father and son can barely speak to each other. And I'm not going to have that on my conscience.
BRAD: Hudson, we can fix this!
HUDSON: No – I can. Look, I really like you. You're a great coach. But I'm sorry. I'm gonna find someone else.
BRAD: You're firing me?
HUDSON: Yeah, I guess I am.
Lucas and Vanessa are with Patrick – Vanessa's got a bed now, but is still waiting for an ultrasound. Kate pops in with some flowers, and says how sorry she is for having a go at her. Vanessa's very forgiving and gives her a big hug, apologising herself for going on about babies so much. Karl comes in, saying he's managed to secure an ultrasound for Vanessa now, and Kate leaves again.
Terese and Brad are coming out of Harold's. They discuss Hudson's decision to end his coaching relationship with Brad; Terese doesn't want to reward Josh for acting up, but suggests it might be better this way. Brad's disappointed, as he was keen to work with Hudson – they were making good progress, and it made him feel more legitimate as a coach. Brad's resigned to the fact that Josh will never like Hudson, but Terese tells Brad that it's more complicated than that.
No 22 (garden)
Brad has arrived and speaks to Josh, who is lying in a deckchair looking depressed. Brad says he's spoken to Terese, and asks why Josh didn't tell him how he was really feeling. Josh explains that he feels it's his fault; everything started getting bad when he switched to Don Cotter as his coach, and he thought he'd be able to make things better by training with Brad again – but with Hudson around, it's difficult.
BRAD: You don't owe me anything. You had a decent reason to leave. And no matter what happens, you're my son. You'll always come first. If you don't want me to coach Hudson, I won't try and talk him round.
JOSH: No, that's cool. I know that'd be unfair. And he does improve my times. I was wondering though – do you think maybe you and I could do something? Outside of swimming, maybe?
BRAD: Well we could always go surfing, or…
JOSH: Not surfing! Anything but surfing!
Brad suggests they could find something else to do as a regular thing: “almost a father- son version of Date Night!” Josh and Brad both quickly look horrified, and they settle on a game of table- football at the Men's Shed instead.
Lou's about to head off for an early night. Lauren expresses surprise that Sheila has feelings for Lou, saying she's never mentioned anything to her; and Bailey looks increasingly guilty, as Lou explains how Sheila's been making suggestive comments on his blog that he wrote while he was in Cambodia.
LOU: It's all there in black and white, poor love. Still, she's not the first woman to fall for Lou Carpenter and she won't be the last.
Lou goes to bed, and Lauren asks Bailey if he knows anything about it – but he denies all knowledge. Concerned Lou might be imagining things, Lauren logs on to Lou's blog on her laptop – but quickly finds comments from Sheila on Lou's photos, saying things like ‘you look hot' and ‘what a wonderful view'!
LAUREN: Maybe there is something to it.
BAILEY: Mum, there's something I need to tell you. I'm Sheila.
Lauren looks bemused.
Bailey has gone over to confess everything to Sheila; he admits he's been posing as her on Lou's blog, to cheer him up after he was disappointed to learn Sheila wasn't reading it. He shows her some of the comments.
SHEILA: You've made me sound like Elizabeth Hurley, prowling for a new Australian husband!
BAILEY: I mean, he is hot in that photo. I meant sweaty.
SHEILA: ‘What a wonderful view'? Oh, his shirt is open to the waist!
BAILEY: Yeah, I was talking about the beach, but…
SHEILA: Well he obviously didn't see it that way!
Bailey asks Sheila if she could go along with it for a bit, because it makes Lou feel good about himself!
SHEILA: You don't give alcohol to an alcoholic, and you don't let Lou Carpenter think that a woman's interested in him when she's not!
Bailey says Lou will feel dreadful when Sheila tells him she didn't write the comments; but Sheila tells Bailey he's the one who needs to tell Lou the truth.
Hudson comes in; Josh has asked to meet him. Josh apologises for the way he's behaving, and asks Hudson to reconsider dropping Brad as his coach. Josh admits he's realised that people deserve second chances when they make mistakes.
HUDSON: Is this still Josh ‘Zero Tolerance' Willis I'm talking to?
Hudson is sceptical, but Josh says that his failure to give Amber a second chance lost him the only girl he ever cared about, and says he doesn't want to make the same mistake with his family and his swimming career.
JOSH: And… maybe… I've learned a few things from training with you. So what do you say?
HUDSON: I'll be in the pool, 5am.
JOSH: Well I'll be there 4.30.
HUDSON: Well so will I.
They smile and shake on it.
Vanessa is on the phone to her mum; she says they're still awaiting the results of Vanessa's blood tests, but that the baby is fine – it was a false alarm, but they're keeping her in for a few days to be safe. Lucas comes in, and overhears as Vanessa tells her mum she can understand why people go for private healthcare – getting seen to at Erinsborough Hospital has been a nightmare.
Once she's finished the call, Lucas says he's sorry they don't have private health insurance, but she says she was just venting. Lucas suggests they could see some private specialists; she says they can't afford it, as they're in a lot of debt and it would cost thousands of dollars. But Lucas tells her their unborn child's health is paramount, and promises to find the money somewhere.
Lucas turns up, just as Robbo's starting up a card game with two extras. Robbo's pleased to see him and invites him to join the game, which he does. Some time later, Lucas goes all- in on a hand, and reveals he has a straight. But Robbo has beaten him with a full house, and wins the game. Lucas can't settle up straight away, but forlornly makes out a cheque for $4,000 for Robbo. Robbo says he'll see him next time. Lucas leaves, and outside, looks worried.
Monday on Neighbours
- Lucas gets annoyed when Sonya sticks her beak in
- More Sheila/Lou/Bailey antics
- Robbo winds up Toadie, leading to an altercation
- Robbo continues to blackmail Mason, saying he has two days to pay
- Paul tells Marty Kranic that he wants Robbo gone, whatever he has to do
- Marty introduces himself to Lucas