Previously on Neighbours
- Sonya encourages Toadie to take a break from his worrying about Robbo
- Marty threatens to make trouble for Paul if he tries to pin Robbo's death on him
- Matt sees the video of Amber on Robbo's phone
- Amber is questioned by Detective Crabb about Robbo's death
- Brad worries that Hudson's focus is slipping in training, and sets Chris on him
- Despite Karl's warnings, Georgia signs Paul's Singing Contract of Evil
- Jack collapses in Charlie's, and Georgia attempts to resuscitate him
Georgia and Kyle look depressed; he asks if she wants to go to see Jack at the hospital, but she says she can't, adding that Sheila's with him. Georgia's desperate not to hear bad news – but at that point, Karl comes in and informs her that Jack has pulled through, and is doing well for now. Karl adds that Georgia probably saved Jack's life. She gets very tearful and emotional, and Kyle hugs her while Karl looks on smugly.
Amber has gathered Chris, Hudson, Mason and Imogen at the radio station , and apologises to them all for getting them into bother with the police – but nobody seems to blame her, saying she had no choice. They compare notes about their respective interviews with Crabb; Chris says he told her that they paid Robbo off in exchange for the footage, and that this was the extent of their involvement.
Mason says the police are now looking for Marty, and that if they track him down, the rest of them are in the clear. However, when Mason asks how Josh's interview went, Amber is forced to admit that she told the police Josh didn't know about the video. When the others want to know why, she explains that she wanted to keep him out of it, because he had a fight with Robbo on the night of the hit- and- run. Mason is aggrieved that Amber dobbed the others in and not Josh, but she says that if she'd told the police about Josh, he'd be their number one suspect.
Amber and Imogen come in, and tell Brad and Terese that they got on okay at the police station. Josh comes downstairs and announces that he made the state swimming squad, much to Amber and Imogen's delight. Amber asks about Hudson, who apparently ‘swam a shocker' the other day – but Josh says he can still make it up if he does well next time. Amber and Imogen reveal that they spent most of the day talking to the police, and Josh goes quiet.
Callum is setting the table, and Sonya tells him just to use two plates, as Toadie's gone to bed early. Cal guesses correctly that Toadie's still worried about Robbo, and expresses his frustration that there's nothing they can do. He asks about Marty; Sonya says they're still looking for him, and Cal suggests they get a picture from the police and do some door- knocking, to see if anyone recognises him. Sonya doubts the police will give him the picture, but wonders whether Lucas might have kept one. Cal is keen to pursue it.
The next morning, Brad and Josh gloat over a positive article about Josh's swimming in the West Waratah Star, and a text of congratulations from some Sydney swimming guru. Then they spot Hudson and Chris and, realising they may be being insensitive, go over to say hello. Brad mentions that Hudson missed training again this morning; Hudson's excuse is that he was tired after his run- in with the police yesterday.
Once Josh has gone, Brad tells Hudson that he shouldn't worry about his bad performance in the last swimming meet; he's come back from worse, such as all the trouble with Don. Hudson's got a downer on himself, though, and says Brad may have made a mistake taking him on. Brad denies it, saying nothing would make him prouder than to see Hudson at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year. Apparently affected by the pep- talk, Hudson promises he'll come to training today. But once Brad's gone, Hudson's face falls, and Chris can't help but notice.
Georgia brags to Kyle about what a great sleep she had. She says she's meeting Paul later, and intends to cancel her singing contract. She says Kyle and Karl were right – she was running away from her Robbo- nursing traumas by throwing herself into the singing – but that Jack's collapse yesterday cured her psychological woes, as her ‘instincts kicked in'.
KYLE: Well, instincts are good. Especially when someone keels over in front of you.
Yeah; thanks for that insight, Kyle. So anyway, Georgia's decided nursing is her calling after all – blah- de- blah- blah – like we didn't see that one coming.
GEORGIA: I love singing and playing guitar, and I always will. But it's not the same as helping save someone's life.
No, Georgia – that's very true. But Kyle raises the question of how she'll wriggle out of her contract. Georgia naively thinks that Paul will let her renege on it, but Kyle isn't so sure. Georgia tells him to have more faith in people (!) and kisses him. But as soon as she leaves, he looks worried.
Paul is bullying a random barman about getting a food order ready so he can take it over to the hospital for Jack, when Karl comes in.
KARL: Making personal deliveries now, are you? If I didn't know better I'd say you're actually fond of the old chap.
PAUL: Yeah. Not a lot of point in surviving a heart attack if you're then gonna drop dead from hospital food, is there?
Karl pretends to be offended on behalf of the catering staff, and tells Paul that Jack's doing well – but asks if he has any next- of- kin he could contact to let them know of his condition. Paul says he's not aware of anyone. Karl heads off, saying he'll see Paul at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Chris and Hudson are playing pool. Chris suggests Hudson should go to training, but he's decided to give it a miss again – in fact, he says, he's quitting swimming for good. Hudson explains that missing the state squad was the last straw, and that he just doesn't care about swimming anymore. However, Hudson's worried about how he will break the news to Brad, after everything he's done for him. Chris tells him that putting it off will make it worse; he needs to tell Brad now.
Later, Sonya has got hold of some photocopied pictures of Marty, and is thrusting them at punters in Charlie's, asking if they've seen him. She gives one to Terese, but she claims not to recognise him. Sonya gives Terese and the viewers a recap of why this is even important: Marty may be able to shed some light on who hit- and- ran Robbo. Sonya asks Terese to show the picture to her staff, and she agrees. Sonya leaves, and Terese stares at the picture: cue Music of Intrigue.
Hudson is telling Brad about his decision to quit swimming. He promises it has nothing to do with Brad's coaching, or with Josh – he just doesn't want to swim anymore. He explains winning gold was his parents' dream, not Hudson's – he just wanted them to be proud, as they didn't react amazingly when he told them he was gay. Brad is still disappointed, and tries to talk Hudson round, saying he could just be burnt out and suggesting he take some time out to think about it. But Hudson's made up his mind, and starts ranting about how he wants to live in the real world, get a real job, etc.
BRAD: And what if you change your mind? It's not gonna be easy to stage a comeback.
HUDSON: Trust me, there won't be any comebacks. I'm sorry to let you down, especially after everything you've done for me. But I've made my choice. I'm out.
Penthouse du Paul
Sob-story notwithstanding, Paul swiftly and predictably disabuses Georgia of any notion that he might release her from her singing contract, insisting that if she wants to go back to nursing, she'll have to juggle the two – and that he doesn't really care how difficult that will make things. Georgia is a little shocked by his attitude.
GEORGIA: You know, after what happened with Jack, I would've thought that you would be more understanding.
PAUL: What I understand is that you are trying to break a contract. Which, I have to warn you, will have dire consequences.
Georgia shuffles off to rearrange her nursing shifts, but on her way out, Paul casually thanks her for saving Jack's life. Rather than telling him to stuff it, Georgia says he's welcome.
Josh turns up looking for Amber, but finds Mason instead. Mason reveals he knows about the fight Josh had with Robbo on the night of the hit- and- run, but Josh insists he knows nothing about the latter. Mason seems sceptical, and implies Josh may have something to hide. But Josh throws it back at him, reminding Mason that he tried to keep it quiet that it was his car that hit Robbo.
JOSH: For all we know, maybe it was you.
Amber and Josh compare notes on the story so far; Josh says he can't blame Mason for thinking Josh did it.
JOSH: Is that what you think as well?
AMBER: Of course not.
JOSH: Then why didn't you tell the cops that I was involved?
AMBER: Because I knew as soon as they found out about the fight, they'd jump to the wrong conclusions.
Josh admits he might have thought about ‘inflicting permanent damage' on Robbo, but says he could never have gone through with it. But Amber insists that she knows Josh didn't have anything to do with Robbo's accident.
JOSH: Are you sure?
AMBER: There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever. It wasn't you.
Josh kisses and hugs her, but she looks worried.
Brad whinges to Terese about Hudson quitting swimming, but Terese tells him he's a great coach, and advises him not to blame himself. They agree that the Robbo situation has probably put Hudson on edge, like everyone else in the street. Brad wonders if he might be able to talk Hudson around once the Robbo investigation has been wrapped up.
Chris and Hudson have a celebratory pint.
CHRIS: So – no regrets?
HUDSON: Let's see. I've got a cold beer in my hand, a hot boyfriend sitting next to me and nothing but a sleep- in to look forward to. What do you think? Hey, here's to not smelling like chlorine 24/7.
CHRIS: And to no more swim- cap hair.
Hudson thanks Chris for taking the afternoon off to celebrate with him. Chris asks Hudson what he's going to do next – Hudson wants a real job, but first needs to go to Sydney to break the news to his parents. He asks Chris if he would like to come along, as he'd like him to meet his parents. Chris suggests they should go after Lucas and Vanessa's wedding.
Meanwhile, Sonya is still doing the rounds with her photocopies of Marty's picture, and asks Terese if she's had any joy with her staff – but there's been none yet. Sonya shows the picture to Paul, who's having a meeting with Terese, and he denies all knowledge. However, Terese notes that Paul seems a bit cagey; and once Sonya's gone, Terese flashes back to the time she briefly met Marty in the hotel with Paul, when he was teaching him how to play poker.
TERESE: You do know him.
PAUL: Excuse me?
TERESE: You were playing cards with him a couple of weeks ago, in your apartment.
Paul continues to deny knowledge, and assures her he's never seen the man in his life, suggesting they get back to work. Terese continues to look suspicious.
Penthouse du Paul
Paul is toying with a large glass of whisky on his balcony, when Terese comes out to join him. She reveals that she's found out Paul booked a room for Marty under his name, and passes him the relevant paperwork. He admits that he booked the room for Marty.
PAUL: This guy approached me claiming to be a businessman with a proposition.
TERESE: I don't believe this.
PAUL: And when I realised by ‘proposition' he meant illegal card games, I shut him down.
TERESE: So you never played cards with Robbo and Marty?
PAUL: Do you honestly think I would be that stupid?
TERESE: Would you really like me to answer that?
Irritably, Paul insists he sent Marty packing – but Terese tells him he has to go to the police, saying that if they find out they've withheld information it could cause serious problems for the hotel.
PAUL: The police are not going to find out. Not if we keep our heads down and our mouths shut.
Terese refuses to keep quiet, however, telling Paul she's going to the station to make a statement. At this stage we're half- expecting Paul to fling Terese off the balcony, thus silencing her forever, but instead he just says…
PAUL: That would be a very bad idea.
Unperturbed, Terese just walks off.
Monday on Neighbours
- Sonya proposes a Rebecchi family treasure hunt, much to everyone's dismay
- Paul is asked to make a statement about Marty
- Paul passes Marty a package and tells him to ‘disappear for a while'
- Toadie whinges to Susan about maybe having killed Robbo
- Someone is shown a series of photos by the police, including of Hudson, Lucas, Toadie, Amber, Imogen and Mason – and is told to ‘take your time'
- Callum moans to Bailey that Josie has kissed him on the lips
- Paul tells Jack his credit card's been declined, and Jack admits he has no other funds