Previously on Neighbours
- Ajay telling Rani to pack her bags as they are off to India.
- Rani promising Bailey she will be back before he knows it.
- Bailey/Rani declaring their love for each other.
- Josh/Amber being grounded until after the holidays.
- Susan telling the Willises that Josh needs tutoring to avoid failing the year.
- Josh/Amber illicitly meeting at the Kapoor house.
- Rani/Susan catching Josh/Amber red handed.
“What are you doing here?” Susan asks Josh/Amber and while they admit to using the place to get some alone time with each other, they do add that they were checking to see if anything was stolen! They apologise profusely (and Rani seems to see the funny side of things) before begging them to keep it quiet from their parents.
Brad/Lauren aren't pleased with their kids! Amber pleads that their punishment isn't the right way to teach them a lesson and Josh adds in that they will just find ways to be with each other, regardless of what they say.
Lauren/Brad head outside to discuss an alternative punishment for their kids and end up reminiscing about how they got past their parents at that age!
Toadie is discussing his options with Sonya after the news that Ajay isn't returning to Australia. Cal overhears them talking and is filled in on the news – Ajay was doing some work for a firm in India that has offices in London and has been offered a job there, and that Rani is back to pack up their stuff/make a formal goodbye. He then wonders if Bailey knows as he's not said anything to him but Toadie replies that it's unlikely as Ajay has just told him the news.
CALLUM: He'll be gutted.
Bailey is overjoyed to see Rani back and is already making plans for them but she seems to be avoiding answering and instead hands out some pressies that she took back. He apologises for missing her 16th and as he goes to give her a belated birthday kiss, she pulls away citing that she needs to clean her teeth. She then suggests they go for a burger and to see Priya's tree when he had suggested they hang around the house.
Brad/Lauren return with news of the new punishments – Amber is to work unpaid in Harold's for a month and Josh has a month of gardening duties as well as being phoneless during his study sessions. Josh doesn't seem too keen on his punishment as it's eating into even more of his precious time but Amber tries to make him accept it. The kids head off and Lauren admits she is not looking forward to telling Matt about the new punishment although Brad thinks that Terese will be happy with it.
As predicted Matt isn't too happy at the change in punishments although not sure if it's because it was done in conjunction with Brad!
And despite Brad thinking Terese would be fine with it, she most certainly isn't!!
Lauren eventually convinces Matt to go with the new punishment.
Terese hasn't been won over and demands Brad tell Lauren that the original punishment still stands.
Number 22 back yard
Amber is unhelpfully helping Josh with the gardening duties and get caught mid- pash by a furious Terese who orders her to leave. Josh is mightily peeved off given he had a deal with his dad and that he isn't being allowed to discuss it with him.
Amber is filling her mum in on what Terese has done and she probably agrees that they should have checked with Terese over the change in punishment. “You can't just give in,” Amber tells her especially since she's got Matt onside over the change too. Amber points out that it's a 3- 1 majority and so the new punishment should be accepted adding also that Terese vetoing it means she's undermined all of them. “Please can you speak to Terese,” Amber pleads and Lauren agrees without making any promises!
Amber then tells her mum that this relationship with Josh is totally different to the one with Robbo and that she wants to do things differently.
Bailey is making lots of plans for himself and Rani from going out for supper to making a playlist for the school dance that he will be taking her too when Callum arrives. He and Rani warmly embrace each other and when Bailey goes home to get his iPod, they discuss how to tell him the news. “I really want to do it the right way this time,” she tells Cal and he's in full agreement of that but that it's got to be from her and nobody else.
Matt makes himself scarce after showing Rani into the kitchen to allow her to chat to Bailey. She finally comes clean when she tells him that she isn't staying and fills him in on the move to London. Bailey thinks they can still be together using modern technology to communicate but she says that they have to split given they will be living on different sides of the world.
RANI: I think that the best thing is to break up.
Amber tries to cheer her brother up by giving him an ice- cream with the lot… even if it does make him sick! He's still rather down in the dumps so she gives him a hug to try and cheer him up.
Meanwhile at the other side of the store, Paul is showing Susan his plans for the scholarship. Susan is convinced that it's a good idea and Bailey, who overheard them talking, comes over to ask if it will apply to going overseas too and Paul confirms that it is.
Callum is helping Rani pack up the house and she apologises for not being there for him during all the recent troubles. Bailey bursts in to tell them about Paul's scholarship plans and that he is going to apply, indeed he thinks he's a shoe- in for it, so it would mean that they don't need to split up as he can attend whatever school Rani is going to be enrolled in! “Yah,” Rani replies (but not exactly over enthusiastic) before he rushes out to tell his parents about his plans.
Josh admits to Susan that he's struggling to work out how to fit everything into his life. She advises that he concentrates on one thing that he can control like studying and to get his mind in focus, suggests that he treats it like a race – what to prioritise and what to make as the long term goal. This seems to do the trick and his demeanour is much more positive.
Lauren/Matt aren't exactly jumping for joy at the thought of Bailey heading to London but do concede to looking at the paperwork/letting him apply, which has him rushing off to work on his pitch.
“Are we really going to say yes?” Matt asks his wife and her take on it is there is a long way to go and it might not happen. She then concludes that she needs to go and talk to Terese to find a happy medium about the Josh/Amber ban although she admits that it could either make things better or “a hell of a lot worse”.
Lauren begins by saying it wasn't their intention to undermine her (which Terese likes very much) before adding that it wasn't her intention to undermine them. Terese doesn't like that bit so much and instead comments that they've both got different styles of parenting and is a firm believer of sticking by the decisions made. Lauren then stares directly at Brad, trying to telepathically get him to disagree with his wife but after a painful few seconds, stuns her by saying he supports his wife.
It's stalemate between both sets of parents when Josh arrives back from the tutoring session with an announcement about his life.
JOSH: I'm quitting school.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Terese having a go at Josh about his decision.
- Terese chatting to Amber about Josh.
- Lou after a whisky from Sheila.
- Sheila wanting to know what is up with Lou.
- Chris getting advice from Sheila.
- Something happening to Chris.