Previously on Neighbours
- Paul refuses to let Georgia go back on her singing contract
- Amber tells Josh about Robbo's proposed deal to TITTNL with him in exchange for the video
- Josh and Amber are grounded by their respective parents, even from seeing one another
- Paul cites the fact Mason confided in him over Robbo as evidence he trusts Paul more than Matt
Matt comes in as Mason is doing the dishes, and acts all surly and disappointed - explaining that Paul told him Mason went to him asking for help with Robbo. Mason explains he wanted Paul to loan him money to pay off Robbo, as he didn't want to put Matt in an awkward position by asking him.
MASON: If I'd told you, you would have made it a police matter. And Robbo would have sent the tape live in a second.
MATT: You don't know that's what I would have done.
But Mason remains convinced that Matt would have had to make it official. Matt gives him a withering look, accusing him of having bad judgement, and walks out - just as Lou comes in, and demands to know what's going on.
Georgia is playing a gig, and Kyle, Susan and Karl are among the enraptured audience. After she finishes her set, Karl and Susan congratulate her, and Kyle says she's amazing, before kissing her. Kyle wants to head back to his place for some implied TITTNL, but of course, Georgia can't, as she has to work a night- shift at the hospital later on. Kyle questions whether she can really juggle nursing and music, saying he doesn't want their time together to suffer. Georgia promises to come round in the morning once her shift's done, and the pair kiss again. Georgia rushes off, leaving Kyle to pack up her music stuff.
Terese is impressed to find Josh up early working on an assignment, but not amused when she learns it's because it's due in today. She tells him that being grounded will be good for him, as it will allow him to catch up on his studies. Josh is still sore about not being allowed to see Amber, and heads off to school; Brad tells him to go straight there and come straight back afterwards.
Josh runs straight into Amber, and looks panicky as he glances back at the house, worried they'll be caught together. But she reminds him they have a radio station shift together anyway. She also wants to know what he was going to say yesterday when he found out she'd considered TITTNL with Robbo in exchange for the tape.
JOSH: I was just going to say let's forget that ever happened.
AMBER: Really? You're not angry?
JOSH: No. I mean, I'm not thrilled about it. But I understand. Robbo messed with us all, even me.
AMBER: So we can start over?
JOSH: Of course we can.
They are about to kiss, but are interrupted by Bailey, who reminds them they're banned from seeing each other. Bailey threatens to say something to Lauren and Matt, but Amber begs him not to.
BAILEY: Well I'm willing to be nice if you're nice in return.
AMBER: I've got no pocket money left.
But Bailey has grander ambitions than blackmailing Amber out of her piggy- bank money. Instead, he's set his sights on Jack Lassiter's $10,000 treasure hunt prize, and suggests Amber could give him a clue as to its whereabouts. Josh explains that Jack never told them where the prize was, so he'd have to figure it out on his own.
Bailey tries to rope Callum into searching for the prize, and he grudgingly agrees; their plan is to ambush Georgia when she comes in for her early morning coffee, and find out if Jack said anything about where he hid the treasure.
CALLUM: Busy night saving lives?
BAILEY: You know, what you do is amazing.
CALLUM: Yeah. Society doesn't value nurses enough.
BAILEY: They're angels without wings, really.
GEORGIA: Do you guys want something?
It's a long shot if ever we've heard one; but sure enough, Georgia recalls that Jack said he had been lingering around at the History Wall before he collapsed. Cal and Bailey are about to dash off and look for the treasure, when Susan turns up, reminding them they should be at school very shortly. The boys decide to resume the search at lunchtime.
Georgia is so exhausted when she comes in for breakfast with Kyle that she pours milk in her orange juice; clearly her double career is taking its toll.
SHEILA: Oh, love! You look like Lou Carpenter after lunch! Get some sleep.
Kyle agrees, and has resigned himself to the fact that Georgia will probably fall asleep before they can get down to any implied TITTNL. Meanwhile, further hilarity ensues when Sheila hears animal noises in the back yard and, running out into the garden, finds Karl's pet sheep, Chop, sitting in her vegetable patch! Chop has eaten Sheila's veggies and smashed her gnomes; while evidence at the crime- scene suggests Karl's pig Lenny has also been in the vicinity. Kyle finds a hole in the fence and realises they've broken through from next door. A furious Sheila tries to shoo the sheep away, while cursing Karl!
Matt does angry DIY like a bear with a sore head, until Lou intervenes, explaining that Mason has told him what they were arguing about earlier. Matt's still sore about Mason going to Paul for help rather than him, but Lou thinks Matt's overreacting - Mason just needed fast cash, and Paul was in a position to help. But Matt says whatever gloss they put on it, Matt and Mason are just as distant as they were in Mount Isa - and perhaps they always will be.
Josh and Amber steal forbidden kisses between performing their radio broadcast. Amber provides the latest clue for the treasure hunt.
AMBER: Stroll past the place where babies lay, over to the park where no- one will play. Walk to the stepping stones laid out for you, and face our life lessons said honest and true. Step to your left to the eternal cold tree. Look for its roots and therein lies the key.
Susan comes in to tell Josh and Amber that they'll shortly be relieved by Phil and Sandi, and to come straight back to school then. Once she's gone, Amber is despondent that she and Josh now won't get to spend any time together for two weeks. However, Josh informs her he has an idea for them to spend more time together, and takes her back into the studio.
No 26 (garden)
Sheila is showing Karl the damage at her vegetable patch.
KARL: I can understand you being upset, but you can't blame Lenny and Chop.
SHEILA: I don't. I blame you.
True to form, Karl starts getting very concerned when Sheila mentions the prospect of him paying for the damage, but insists his animals aren't responsible. Sheila insists they are, and adds that the chickens make a terrible noise too - telling Karl it would be kinder for all concerned if he made alternative arrangements for his veritable Noah's Ark of pests.
KARL: Those animals are family!
But Sheila says if he doesn't take action, she may be forced to ring the council.
Lou tells Mason he's spoken to Matt; having been through a difficult time with the Amber revelations, Matt's clearly upset about being left out of the loop, Lou says. Mason says they all just need to move on, but Lou asks Mason to cut his dad some slack.
MASON: Is that going to be a two- way street? I tried to do the right thing. If this is the way Dad's going to react, maybe I was right to leave him out of it.
LOU: Mason, he overreacts because he loves you. Just give him the chance to prove it; that's all I'm asking.
MASON: Every time something goes wrong, Dad is the first in line to tell me what a screw- up I am. I'm sick of it.
Josh's plan is revealed, as he and Amber sit kissing while voiceovers they recorded earlier play on air. Amber congratulates him on his genius; however, when Susan turns up, she's none too pleased to find them snogging. She says they've missed reading out an urgent bulletin she sent to them by email, and tells them to take the radio station more seriously. When she threatens to get their parents involved, Josh admits that they've been banned from seeing one another, and that they were just trying to find a way to spend time together. An angry Susan sends them back to school, telling them their parents will need to know.
Amber and Josh fret about what their parents will say when Susan speaks to them. They come across Georgia, who looks absolutely shattered and rather dishevelled. During the contrived conversation that follows, the three of them realise why Callum and Bailey were asking about Jack Lassiter this morning: they're trying to cheat at the treasure hunt.
Bailey and Callum are digging a hole, but haven't had any success so far.
Georgia explains how Susan sent Cal and Bailey straight to school earlier, so Amber and Josh realise they've probably only just started digging for the treasure as it's now lunchtime. The pair rush off to stop them in their tracks.
Cal and Bailey have found the treasure chest, and the money inside, when Amber and Josh arrive, accusing them of cheating. Cal tries to insist they should keep the money anyway, but then a frail old lady, Ingrid, arrives, who has worked out the riddle on her own. Seeing that the boys have beaten her to it, she congratulates them good- naturedly and hobbles off again, saying she's happy being second- best.
JOSH: Are you serious? You're going to steal cash from a sweet old lady like that? What, are you going to push her over and steal her teeth as well?
Amber and Josh lay a guilt- trip on Cal and Bailey, who look highly displeased at the prospect of giving up the prize.
Lou comes in to talk to Lauren about the situation with Matt and Mason; she's already heard from Matt about Mason going to Paul for help. Lou says he's tried to get through to both Matt and Mason, without success. Lauren laments the fact that the family seems to be back to square one, and asks Lou what she's doing wrong.
LOU: Hey, don't you dare blame yourself. You've held this family together. You're a fighter. You make us all strong. Matt and Mason will sort themselves out; and you'll get us through this. I know you will.
Karl is gobsmacked when Susan appears to be siding with Sheila over the farm animals, opining that they're not really members of the family.
KARL: Are you serious? We're talking about Lenny and Chop here.
SUSAN: Well, yes, I know - but it'd be nice to have a really lovely back yard.
KARL: Not at the expense of our pets. You'd be happy to see them go?!
SUSAN: I didn't say that.
KARL: But you're thinking it. You're willing to sacrifice those loyal creatures?
SUSAN: As lovely as those loyal creatures are, they're not cheap to keep, Karl. Just think how much money we'd save...
KARL: I can't believe we're having this conversation.
Susan rushes off to take a phone call, telling Karl to have a think about it.
Lauren comes off the phone from Susan; and she and Matt confront Amber about her behaviour today - first using the radio station for kissing sessions with Josh, and then not returning to school when Susan asked. Amber explains that they had to stop Cal and Bailey cheating on the treasure hunt, and reveals that they made them hand the money over to the old lady. But Lauren is not impressed nonetheless, and Matt just looks beside himself and weary of the whole situation. Amber says it's unfair that Mason isn't receiving similar punishments, and has a shout at Lauren.
LAUREN (to Matt): Are you going to say something to this?
MATT: What's the point? My opinion means nothing around here.
Mason looks guilty as Matt marches out, telling them to figure it out themselves.
Josh is receiving a grilling from Terese and Brad for the same misdemeanours (with Susan randomly sitting in on it), but is equally unrepentant, saying they can't stop him from seeing Amber. They insist they can, and apologise to Susan for Josh's behaviour, saying it won't happen again. However, Susan says that Josh's assignment wasn't up to scratch, and that his marks and attitude have been slipping for some time. Josh insists he's trying, but Susan isn't convinced. Terese reminds Josh that if his marks start dropping, he won't be allowed to swim; and Susan says that without intensive tutoring, he could well fail the year. Brad, Terese and Josh all look worried.
Matt is silently packing a bag of provisions for some alone- time, and Amber looks guilty. As he leaves the room, she declares that she's sorry - not just for today but everything she's put the family through recently. Amber starts crying, saying she keeps hurting people, especially Matt. Matt drops his bag and rushes over to give her a hug.
Monday on Neighbours
- Lenny and Chop vanish, and Karl confronts Sheila, who's cooking a mysterious pot of something
- More drama over Josh's education, as he suggests to his parents the idea of quitting school
- As Paul continues to hold Georgia to her contract, Kyle tries to intervene
- Lucas is about to drop some very important revelation - what could it be?