Previously on Neighbours
- Chris gets his second warning from new boss Danni, who's sick of his personal life intruding on work
- A sneaky journo gets Josh to spill the beans on Hudson and Chris
- Toadie is caught up in Eric Edwards' attempt to sue the gym for negligence
- Rhiannon leaves Jackson in Karl and Susan's care, but he does a runner
Rhiannon is in one of the rooms, helping herself to freebies from the maid's trolley, when Susan arrives to tell her Jackson's missing – she was hoping he'd come to the hotel, but he hasn't. Susan admits that Jackson may have heard her and Karl arguing about him. Rhiannon's upset and angry, but tells Susan her explanations can wait till later – they need to find Jackson.
It's a busy morning at the Rebecchis', when Bailey arrives to tell them all that Jackson has run away. He says the police are already conducting a search, but asks if they can all come and help look for him. Bailey uses his mobile to send them all a picture of Jackson to help them find him, before leaving with Callum to continue the search. Georgia, Toadie, Sonya and Nell soon follow.
Paul is on the warpath, as Rhiannon has disappeared from work without telling anyone – and asks Mason if he knows where she is, but he doesn't. Sheila turns up, looking for Jackson, and they realise that this is why she's not at work. When he hears Jackson's missing, Mason rushes off to help find him, much to Paul's annoyance.
SHEILA: Maybe you could try to help. That's what human beings do in time of crisis.
PAUL: I think I'll go and have a cup of coffee.
Paul reads an article on the web, that's based on Josh's interview with Zac the journalist. The focus is naturally on Hudson's manslaughter conviction, rather than Josh's swimming, and the article includes references to ‘Walsh's gay lover, hunky mechanic Chris Pappas' and how he has been left ‘broken hearted' by Hudson's decision to break contact.
Josh comes in, and Paul delights in showing him the article. Josh is furious that it barely mentions his swimming, while Paul is just relieved that Lassiter's hasn't been mentioned because of its sponsorship of Hudson. Josh says everything he told the journo about Hudson and Chris was off the record, but Paul tells Josh he's naïve, and says Chris will probably kill him! Bailey and Callum rush in and break the news that Jackson is missing. Paul remains unsympathetic, but Josh offers to help look.
Susan and Karl are asking the punters if they've seen Jackson, but are having no luck – and have also established he's not at school or at the gym. Most of Erinsborough's key locations thus exhausted, Karl considers one of the few remaining options.
KARL: Maybe he could be at the Men's Shed?
SUSAN: How would he even know about the Men's Shed?
KARL: Well have you got a better idea?
Karl and Susan are both feeling awful that Jackson might have heard them talking about him. They agree they were really enjoying having him around, and resolve to tell him so when they find him. They comfort one another with a hug.
Sheila and Georgia check off more of Erinsborough's landmarks in the search for Jackson; Sheila relays that the manager at Grease Monkeys thinks she saw a boy fitting Jackson's description hanging around the bus stop earlier.
They head over to the garage, but Chris says he hasn't seen Jackson. Georgia suggests Chris help them search, but he says he can't, as he's already in trouble with Danni as it is, without disappearing from work. Georgia and Sheila are a bit taken aback that Chris isn't going to help, and wander off to check in the playground. As soon as they've gone, Chris hears noises coming from Kyle's yard next door.
Mason comforts Rhiannon, who's tearful and frantic with worry. He assures her Jackson will walk through the door any minute, and tells her she needs to stay in so she's here when he does. Rhiannon's angry at the thought that Susan and Karl drove Jackson away, but Mason suggests Jackson may be angry because Rhiannon has been spending too much time with Mason rather than him. Rhiannon's sceptical about this.
Karl and Susan come home to fetch the car, having had no luck so far – they plan to try further afield. Rhiannon tells them it's their fault Jackson's missing, and says they're moving out as soon as he turns up.
RHIANNON: And if anything's happened to him, I'll never forgive you!
She breaks down in tears, and the Kennedys look guilty.
Chris toys with Hudson's letter to him, which is still unopened. He then hears techno music coming from the yard next door, and calls out for Kyle – but there's no answer. He hears some banging, so climbs over the fence to investigate. He finds Jackson hiding in the back of Kyle's trailer, and explains he's a friend of Rhiannon, recalling that he spoke to Jackson on the phone once when she lived at No 26. Chris tells Jackson everyone's worried about him, and asks what he's doing here. He says he was going to catch a bus to Mount Isa, but hid in the yard when he saw the police. Chris tells Jackson he has a better idea, and leads him out of the yard.
Chris brings Jackson back to Rhiannon, and she's overcome with relief. Rhiannon tearfully tells him she won't forget this, and Chris heads back to work. Jackson then reveals his reason for running away: he'd seen that Rhiannon had packed his bags, and thought she was going to send him away so she could be with Mason. Rhiannon explains that they only moved his things out of his room so Susan could replace the mattress.
RHIANNON: Yeah. I'd never get rid of you.
JACKSON: You have before. Especially when you got a new boyfriend.
RHIANNON: Well things are different now. We're settled. I've got a job. It's you and me together.
JACKSON: What about Mason?
RHIANNON: We're just friends. But you – you're everything to me.
Rhiannon hugs Jackson, while Mason watches, smiling.
Sonya and Nell turn up for a mother's group at Harold's, but they're too late. However, another mother and baby show up too – like Sonya, the other woman has been helping look for Jackson. She introduces herself as Mandy Edwards, and her baby daughter as Mia – and it turns out they're Eric's wife and daughter. Mandy says that Eric behaved like an idiot by trying to sue the gym, and insists she had nothing to do with his plan. Feeling awkward, Mandy makes to leave, but Sonya invites her stay for a drink.
Susan and Karl apologise to Jackson for upsetting him, but he insists they didn't – and Rhiannon half- apologises to the Kennedys for flying off the handle at them. She also informs them she and Jackson won't be moving out after all, and Susan and Karl aren't as thrilled about it as Rhiannon is. She and Mason head back to work.
Sonya and Mandy are getting on like a house on fire, and are talking about breastfeeding and daycare. Mandy is looking for childcare options so she can go back to work, as Eric's bad back means he can't look after Mia on his own, as he can't even pick her up.
Mandy explains that Eric sustained the injury in a skiing accident, but that there was barely any snow on the ground at the resort, and says she can't believe they were even holding lessons there. Now Eric can't work, so they lost their house, and had to move into a small flat down the road. Mandy's annoyed that Eric made things even worse by faking a lawsuit against the gym – and now she can't see any way out of the hole they're in. Sonya's sympathetic.
Sonya is trying to convince Toadie to help out Eric and Mandy, by looking into the insurance claim Eric made after his real accident, to find out why it didn't go through – and by inviting Eric in for a consultation. Toadie's very wary of getting involved with Eric again, but Sonya begs him to consider it for Mandy and baby Mia's sake.
Sheila brings Chris a moussaka, as thanks for finding Jackson and taking him home.
CHRIS: Well what else was I going to do with him?
SHEILA: Well judging on the way you've been acting lately, I wouldn't have been surprised if you'd dumped him out the front, told him to stick his thumb out and hitch- hike back to the Kennedys'.
SHEILA: Oh, there he is!
SHEILA: The old Christos! You've been such a little pain in the butt lately, it must be good to know you've helped someone.
CHRIS: Yeah, it does.
Sheila kisses him on the cheek.
SHEILA: Welcome back. We all missed you.
She leaves, but the smile is soon wiped off Chris's face as Danni calls on the phone. She's seen via the security camera that he was away from the garage for half an hour, and has called to tell him off about it. Chris tries to explain he was helping a missing child, and tells Danni to get off his case – before angrily slamming down the phone.
Georgia is reading the article about Hudson and Chris on her iPad, but when Chris comes in she tries to hide it from him. However, he insists on reading what she was looking at, and is furious to see what the journalist has written about him. Chris says Josh had no right to tell the journo all this, and rushes off to confront him about it, despite Georgia's attempts to calm him down.
Josh is talking to someone on the phone about the article, and how bad it looks – he says there's got to be something they can do about it, and asks the person on the other end to ‘let him know'. Chris comes storming over. Josh tries to explain that the article was supposed to be about his swimming, but Chris isn't interested – he says Josh shouldn't have said anything at all to the journo about him and Hudson.
Chris tells Josh to leave him alone and begins to walk away, but Josh stokes the flames further by saying Chris came off pretty well in the article, ‘considering'. Without a further word, Chris punches Josh in the face!
Monday on Neighbours
- Matt arrests Chris for assaulting Josh, and Kyle gives Chris a stern talking- to about his behaviour
- Toadie tells Eric he resents being guilt- tripped into helping him
- Georgia and Gem discuss moving into No 24 together, and Georgia invites Kyle to join them