Previously on Neighbours
- Matt is hurt by Lauren's decision to keep the sketch of Brad a secret from him
- Gem flatters Bailey's ego following his break- up with Rani...
- ...and convinces Amber to challenge Imogen for the school captaincy
- Amber tells Imogen she's fed up of being treated like she's dumb, and plans on winning
Erinsborough High School
Callum has heard about Amber's plan to run for school captain, and talks to Imogen about it. Imogen says she's not worried - Amber's only entering to prove a point. At Cal's suggestion, Gem comes over and offers Imogen some tips on her campaign: namely, to make it fun, and use buzz words and snappy slogans.
IMOGEN: Thanks, but I was hoping to do something with a bit more substance.
Gem sarcastically retorts that it seems Imogen has it all sorted, and Imogen leaves, followed by Cal.
In the Only Classroom™, Bailey's helping Amber with her own campaign. Amber's only idea is to campaign for more social activities, and Bailey thinks she's on the money. Conversation moves on to Lauren and Matt; Bailey asks if Amber has noticed the weird vibe between them.
AMBER: They've probably just had another one of their pointless arguments, like the time that Mum accidentally dyed all of Dad's work shirts pink.
Bailey reveals that Matt has been staying in Lou's room, however, and insists something's going on. But Amber's sure Lauren just wanted a night away from Matt's snoring.
Imogen has told Terese that Amber is running against her for school captain, and is worried about what will happen if Imogen wins and Amber hates her, or vice versa. Terese reminds Imogen that she's been upset recently and that she has exams coming up; and says that if the campaign against Amber is going to stress her out, she should maybe consider putting her health first and not running. Terese leaves, telling Amber to do what's right for her.
Toadie and Sonya are preparing to go out for dinner together, and are relishing the prospect of an evening without the kids. Sonya says she invited Eric and Mandy, but quickly admits she's joking - although Mandy did text her to thank them for helping get their relationship back on track. But Toadie doesn't want to talk about Eric tonight, because 'tonight is for love'. They kiss.
Amber and Imogen have an awkward conversation, admitting things have been weird between them since they both decided to stand for the captaincy. Imogen apologises for not taking Amber seriously, and Amber says she doesn't want to fight over school stuff. Imogen admits she's decided to pull out of the election, as she wants to concentrate on her schoolwork next year.
IMOGEN: Plus, I didn't want to it make things really freaky between us when I won. Your friendship means way too much to me to flush it over something stupid.
AMBER: You mean, if you won.
Amber starts getting annoyed again, telling Imogen she doesn't want to win by default just because Imogen doesn't want it any more. Amber says she's not a charity case, and tells Imogen not to pull out - accusing her of simply being scared she's going to lose. Imogen denies this, and Amber walks off in a strop.
Amber is spitting venom about Imogen, but Bailey tells her not to be so negative - she needs to focus on her own campaign. Mason teases Amber about her newfound inner politician, while Matt searches for his phone charger. Bailey decides it's a good opportunity to ask why Matt's been sleeping in Lou's room; Matt admits he and Lauren have had a disagreement but says it's 'nothing major', and leaves. Mason finds the sketch of Brad on the sideboard, and Amber realises why her parents are fighting - telling her brothers that they have to do something.
Erinsborough High School
Amber is making her speech for the captaincy election, promising to restore the work/life balance at the school by introducing more fun extra- curricular activities. Gem, who's presiding, leads the polite applause once Amber's finished, and Imogen gets up to make her own speech. Cal stands up and applauds her before she's even started!
But while Imogen's talking, a chicken- noise ringtone goes off, which transpires to be Gem's phone ringing in her bag - and when it goes off a second time, Imogen really starts to falter and drops her cue cards, leading the other pupils to start sniggering. Music of Intrigue, combined with a smug smile from Gem, leads us to wonder whether the phone going off was entirely coincidental.
In the corridor, students begin to place their votes in the ballot box. Amber congratulates Imogen on her speech, but she replies that Amber's was much better. Cal makes Imogen a proposal she surely can't refuse: a night spent helping him babysit Nell at No 30. But she politely declines.
Gem approaches as Bailey is casting his vote, commenting on how well Amber's speech went - and asks him how much of it he wrote!
GEM: Amber's lovely, but there's no way she's that articulate.
BAILEY: I might have helped with some of it.
GEM: You're a good brother.
BAILEY: Yeah well. Amber's been going through some stuff lately, and this really means a lot to her. So it would be nice if she won.
GEM: Well, you never know. You might get what you wish for.
Gem goes on to ask Bailey if he's applied for the China exchange trip. He says it's a bit expensive, but says he's thinking of doing the after- school science program at the university. Gem says Bailey's smart enough, and that she can help him study for it if he wants. She offers him a tutoring session tomorrow before class, and Bailey is left grinning from ear to ear.
Lauren and Matt have a rendezvous by the pool, each thinking the other's responsible for a romantic array of candles that have been set up - but they soon realise it was the kids' work, in a bid to help them resolve their differences.
Mason, Bailey and Amber watch through the window, and Amber appears to be labouring under the illusion that the sheer quantity of candles out there will resolve everything. But their parents do appear to be smiling and talking again, at least.
MASON: It means our work here is done. Nice, ladies.
BAILEY: Yeah, well let's get out of here before we see Mum and Dad get it on, and have to spend the next ten years in therapy.
By the pool, Lauren makes a wish upon a shooting star, and it all seems very romantic.
LAUREN: Matt - I know our life together isn't perfect. And believe me, there are some decisions I would change if I could. But marrying you, and having children with you, isn't one of them. You are the best decision I have ever made. I love you with all my heart. That sketch of Brad just means absolutely nothing to me. You're it. You are the love of my life.
MATT: Thanks for saying that. It kills me to think there was a time when you imagined your future with somebody else. You're it for me. You always have been.
LAUREN: What I had with Brad - it doesn't even come close to what we have.
MATT: So why hide The Sketch ™? I'm sorry, but every time I try to understand it, I hit a roadblock. People only lie when they've got something to hide.
LAUREN: What else can I say to you? I tell you how I feel; you don't believe me. I don't know what to do.
Lauren gets up and walks inside, looking tearful.
Toadie and Sonya are asleep in their car, and at first wonder why they're there. It turns out they never even made it into the restaurant - they both fell asleep before they could even get out of the car, and now they've missed their reservation. Toadie asks if she wants to go and see the movie they'd planned to go to - but instead they both decide they'd rather fall asleep again, this time hand in hand.
Callum is playing a video game, while Gem does some marking. Sonya and Toadie arrive home, boasting that they've had the best date ever. Since they're in a good mood, Callum hits them with details of the Erinsborough High exchange trip to China, which he wants to go on. Gem adds that it would be a great opportunity for him, before disappearing to bed. Cal goes to bed too, having informed Toadie and Sonya that he's going on the exchange - even though they haven't said yes yet!
The next day, Lauren is about to put The Sketch™ in the recycling bin, but it's saved once again as Terese intervenes and, taking a fancy to it, asks if she can take it home and put it on her wall! Lauren grudgingly agrees.
TERESE: Lucky I stopped you throwing it out. This sketch has got a charmed life.
LAUREN (to herself): It seems to be that way.
Erinsborough High School
Gem makes a beeline for Susan's office before anyone else is around and, finding it empty, lets herself in. Unbeknown to her, Bailey is waiting across the corridor in the classroom, for their tutoring session. He goes to look for Gem and accosts her as she's coming out of Susan's office, which makes Gem jump - she claims she was 'just checking that the votes were ready to be counted'. They set to work on the science tutoring, but Gem drops her handbag by accident, and is oddly insistent that Bailey doesn't help her pick it up. He notices that some blue scraps of paper had fallen out, but Gem is quick to shove them back in again.
Later, they continue with their tutoring; Gem thanks Bailey for being so interested, smart and switched on. She half- jokingly fishes for compliments from him, and he admits Gem's teaching is part of the reason he likes biology so much. She then goes on to make fun of another staff member, Mr Marsden, rather unprofessionally. When Gem disappears to get a coffee, Bailey decides to pursue his suspicions - and opens her handbag, to find several ballot papers with Imogen's name on them. Has Gem really rigged the vote in Amber's favour?
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Bailey confronts Gem with the ballot papers; she claims she did it for him, and that she will do 'everything she can' to make his 'dreams come true'
- The election is a close- run thing, and Gem prepares to announce the winner
- Rhiannon appears to be setting Mason up as a father- figure for Jackson