Previously on Neighbours
- Robbo Slade is killed in a hit- and- run – but whodunnit?
- Hudson stumps up the $8,000 Mason needs to stop Robbo sending the Amber video viral
- While Chris and Josh stall Robbo, Mason steals his laptop
- Paul tells Marty he wants Robbo gone, whatever he has to do
- Josh tells Robbo he'll get what's coming to him
- Toadie gets violent with Robbo, telling him to stay away from his family
- Robbo spikes Sonya's drink at the Dads of Erinsborough exhibition, and Toadie downs it
- Lucas is up to his neck in debt from his dodgy card games with Robbo
- Chris tells Amber about Robbo's video of her, and she takes Imogen's car
- Matt and Detective Crabb assess all the possible suspects…
- … and having found Imogen's fingerprints on Robbo's phone…
- ... the police crash Lucas and Vanessa's wedding, to arrest the person who ran down Robbo
Erinsborough Police Station
Detective Oakley informs Matt that the suspect, whose identity both of them dance around for now, is currently giving Detective Crabb a full confession.
OAKLEY: I'm sorry. I know this is close to home.
MATT: But there are so many unanswered questions. Rebecchi's memories might never be complete.
OAKLEY: We can piece the rest together.
MATT: But what if there's something we've missed?
OAKLEY: Like I said, the suspect's telling us everything we need to know.
Oakley leaves the room, and Matt looks pensive.
Four weeks earlier – the night of the hit- and- run
Amber and Imogen come in after the Dads of Erinsborough exhibition, but Amber's obviously distracted. Imogen thinks Amber's annoyed that she wouldn't lend her the car, but Amber denies it, saying she knows there's no point going after Robbo. She says she just can't stop thinking about what he did and was planning to do in court, but Imogen says Robbo can't hurt her anymore. Imogen wants to watch a DVD, but Amber says she's tired and leaves.
IMOGEN: Okay. But promise me you're not going to think about Robbo the second you walk out of that door.
AMBER: I promise.
But on the doorstep, Amber pulls Imogen's car keys from her pocket, and looks worried.
A seemingly inebriated Toadie staggers around the kitchen, pouring himself a glass of water. He hears Sonya's phone bleep, and goes in her bag to see she has a text message, saying: “Nobody likes a dobber.” Realising straight away that it's from Robbo, Toadie grabs his jacket and walks out of the front door.
A fraught- looking Lucas runs into Marty, who asks him how much he lost in the card game.
LUCAS: None of your business. Game's over.
MARTY: You know he's using marked cards?
Marty claims that Robbo's card games are all a big scam, saying he heard from someone in Mount Isa that he did it regularly while he lived there. Lucas sighs with frustration, realising he's been conned. Lucas says Robbo left a few minutes ago, and Marty suggests they team up to track him down. Lucas tells Marty to stay out of it, as it's none of his concern. Lucas walks away, and Marty waits, before following him. Mason then turns up, and goes inside.
PirateNet / Men's Shed
At PirateNet, Mason lets himself in and begins searching the place. Meanwhile, at the Men's Shed, Josh and Chris wait to meet Robbo, who soon shows up.
ROBBO: Ladies. Bit past your bedtime, isn't it?
Robbo says he'll follow through with his end of the bargain and delete the video, but doesn't get why Mason has sent Chris and Josh to deliver the money for him. Chris dodges the question, asking to see Robbo's phone – but Robbo wants the money first. They hand it over, and Chris is about to lay into Robbo for using Amber, but as Robbo turns menacing, Josh stops him. Meanwhile, Mason has found Robbo's laptop and begins guessing at passwords, with no success.
Back at the shed, Robbo shows Josh and Chris his phone as he presses ‘delete', before quickly returning it to his pocket. Chris asks for a closer look, but Robbo simply walks out. Mason gives up on password- guessing and decides just to take the laptop, so texts Chris to tell him he's done. He and Josh leave the Men's Shed.
Hudson stresses about not having gone with Josh and Chris, but Mason says he shouldn't have been involved in the first place. Josh and Chris come in, arguing about whether they should have gone after Robbo to make him hand over the phone; Josh thinks they should've, but Chris says he would never have given it to them. They explain to Mason that they can't be sure the file Robbo deleted was the right one, but he tells them to leave it – if Robbo has made backups, they'll be on the laptop, which he has with him. Josh and Chris are shocked that he's taken it, but Mason tells them he's going to attempt to crack the password overnight.
Hudson suggests he and Chris go back to No 26, but Chris says he needs to be by himself tonight – it's nothing Hudson's done, but he needs to get his head together. Hudson seems disappointed, but says he'll be okay getting home. Mason tells them that one way or another, they'll stop Robbo.
Lucas runs into Robbo, who immediately begins taunting him. Lucas grabs him, saying he knows he cheated and that he wants his money back. But Robbo insists he ran a clean game, and pulls the IOU from his pocket, saying it still stands. Lucas grabs it and rips it up, leading to an angry scuffle with Robbo. Marty intervenes, telling Lucas to go home to his family. Lucas desperately tells Robbo that Vanessa is in hospital, and that he has one kid and another on the way; if Robbo gives him back what he lost, they can call it even.
ROBBO: As much as I like a good sob- story – no can do.
Marty keeps Lucas from lunging at Robbo, saying he won't be able to reason with him. As Robbo walks away, Lucas demands to know who Marty is, and why he keeps showing up.
MARTY: All you need to know is, he's not worth your energy. What have you got – a boy or a girl?
LUCAS: A boy.
MARTY: Go home. There's nothing you can do about Slade.
Lucas calms down, and walks off in the opposite direction to Robbo, who is randomly getting takeaway from a burger van.
Amber arrives and finds Imogen and Mason's car parked up outside. She gets in and has some trouble starting the car, before eventually driving off down the road.
Josh confronts Robbo, demanding that he hand over his phone so he has proof the video has been deleted. Robbo refuses, and begins to turn nasty, but Josh faces up to him, saying he's not scared of him. Robbo begins to punch him.
Lucas comes in and stares forlornly at a photo of Vanessa and Patrick he has on his desk, before putting his head in his hands and sighing.
Still staggering, Toadie encounters Robbo.
TOADIE: Been looking for you.
ROBBO: Are you sure you're not looking for the next pub?
TOADIE: I feel strange.
ROBBO: And here I am thinking it was your missus that liked the hard stuff.
Robbo wonders aloud whether Toadie ‘downed a juice that didn't agree with you', all but confirming that he drugged Sonya's drink. Toadie notices Robbo has a bruise on his face, which he blames on an encounter with a swimmer's right hook. A bit of a scuffle ensues as Toadie tells Robbo he has to stop hurting people – but Robbo shoves him away, telling him to go home. Marty shows up as Toadie is leaving, and asks if he's okay – Toadie says he just needs to lie down, and staggers off. Marty walks up to Robbo silently, and it's implied in a G- rated sort of a way that he pulls a gun on him.
ROBBO: You've got to be kidding me.
A road / No 22
Some time later, Robbo is walking down the road, and Amber is driving up behind him. Imogen is trying to call her at the same time, but it's gone to voicemail – she leaves a message, saying she doesn't want to be a suspicious friend, but asking if Amber has her car keys, as they're missing.
Amber gets out of the car and emotionally confronts Robbo.
AMBER: How could you?
ROBBO: You know you need a licence for that thing, don't you?
AMBER: I trusted you! I can't believe I fell for it again!
ROBBO: Your brother shouldn't have ripped me off in the first place.
AMBER: So that's all I was to you. A way to settle things with Mason.
Robbo waves the phone around, saying it was supposed to fund his future. Amber tells Robbo that if her dad or the kids at school see the video, she'll never live it down.
ROBBO: You're so beautiful when you're angry.
AMBER: Please, just give it to me.
ROBBO: On one condition – you spend tonight with me. For old times' sake.
AMBER: You're disgusting.
She marches away.
ROBBO: One more night and the file's gone.
Amber gets into the car and is about to drive off. However, the engine won't start, and she's forced to get out again. She tells Robbo to leave her alone, and stomps off into the night.
ROBBO: You know where I'll be if you change your mind.
Lucas is asleep at his desk, when Marty shows up and wakes him. Lucas is now deeply suspicious of Marty, but Marty tells him he didn't expect him to be here, and only wanted to leave something for him. He passes Lucas the cash that Robbo swindled from him, claiming he persuaded Robbo to hand it over.
MARTY: You don't need to know the details.
Marty says he isn't normally this generous, but that he once had a wife and family too; Lucas's sob- story has evidently inspired him more than it did Robbo. Lucas asks whether Robbo will come looking for the money if he keeps it, but Marty tells Lucas that Robbo isn't his problem anymore, and to forget about him.
Amber comes looking for Robbo, but finds the radio station deserted. Imogen tries to call her phone, but Amber turns it off, and takes a seat on the sofa to wait for Robbo, recalling his offer to delete the file for good if she spends the night with him.
Eden Hill Road
Imogen is leaving Amber another voicemail as she walks around looking for her. Suddenly she hears a groan, and sees Robbo lying seriously injured in the road. Spotting his phone lying next to him, she grabs it and calls for an ambulance; we learn she's on Eden Hill Road, about 30 metres from the turn- off to Fairfax Road. When she's asked for her name, she abruptly ends the call and flings the phone away.
The present day
Erinsborough Police Station
Chris is talking to Matt.
CHRIS: Nah, that can't be true.
MATT: I'm sorry. I didn't want to believe it either.
CHRIS: But you guys make mistakes, don't you?
MATT: Not this time. I just read the confession.
Matt shows Chris into an interview room, where Detective Oakley is talking to the perpetrator – it's Hudson! Matt asks if Chris and Hudson could have a moment to talk.
CHRIS: Tell me they're wrong.
HUDSON: I'm sorry. I didn't do it on purpose, I swear.
CHRIS: … How? How – how did it happen?
HUDSON: After we left Charlie's I decided I was going to walk home.
CHRIS: No, no, you went to see Don. You had an alibi.
HUDSON: I lied. And I got Don to lie for me too. The truth is, when I was walking home I saw Robbo.
Eden Hill Road
In flashbacks, Hudson recalls how he saw Amber trying to start her car, and how he could hear she and Robbo were arguing, but not what it was about. Then she ran off and Robbo went the other way, having left her keys in the car. Hudson got in, hoping to pick Amber up and make sure she was okay – but Robbo heard the car starting and returned.
ROBBO: What the hell are you doing here?
HUDSON (present): I was so mad. I knew what he'd done. I couldn't help myself.
HUDSON (flashback, to Robbo): You're a pig.
ROBBO: Excuse me?
HUDSON: You heard what I said.
ROBBO: Oh, that's right. You're Chris's girlfriend.
HUDSON: Is that the best you've got?
ROBBO: You can talk, mate. You can't even start a car.
The car finally starts.
ROBBO: I stand corrected. You're not just a pretty face after all.
HUDSON: You know, I know all about the money you extorted.
ROBBO: Oh, really? Did you hear about how I lost it, too?
ROBBO: Never mind. I'll get it back.
Robbo begins to walk away, and Hudson revs the engine.
HUDSON: You're not going to get away with this.
ROBBO: Oh, what? You're gonna run me down? As if a spineless little thing like you would have the guts.
HUDSON (present, to Chris): He just seemed so full of it and so sure of himself. And then he turned around and he was clapping.
ROBBO: Hey, if you want to drive forward, you've gotta put it in drive. You know, the ‘D' for ‘dumb'?
HUDSON (present, to Chris): Then something inside me just snapped. And I thought maybe if I could wipe that smile off his face, then he'd just stop what he was doing.
Oakley and Matt listen, stony- faced, and the flashback continues.
CHRIS: So you – you ran him over?
HUDSON: I only meant to frighten him. I put my foot on the accelerator, and I wasn't even going that fast. But as I got closer he stepped out onto the road right in front of me, and… and I hit him. That's how it happened. I'm the reason he's dead.
Chris is silent, and distraught.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- ‘WHO TURNED HIM IN?', asks the promo
- Sonya says Hudson came forward in the end, but Toadie replies that he didn't
- Terese wants to know how much her kids knew
- Amber feels awful for Chris, but he angrily blames her for the mess Hudson's in
- Matt tells Terese that he thinks Paul's more involved than anyone realises
- Terese warns Paul of Matt's suspicions
- Lauren and Matt chastise Mason for lying to them again
- Toadie demands to know whether Chris knew what Hudson did
- Hudson is taken away in a police car, and Chris calls after him