Previously on Neighbours
- Bailey tells Susan about how Gem manipulated him
- Gem leaves Georgia unconscious following their altercation at the cottage
- Kate and Kyle arrive to save the day, but Gem's vanished and taken Georgia's car too
- Toadie wants to tell the DHS that Jacob has left his son with them, but Sonya insists otherwise
- Toadie calls Jacob's in- laws and tells them they have Elliott
Breakfast time, and the Rebecchis are all suffering from lack of sleep since Elliott has been crying all night. Sonya's taken his temperature and it's a bit high, so Toadie suggests they call Karl. Sonya's not keen, knowing that if they take Elliott to a doctor then the authorities might get involved. But Toadie insists that if Nell was ill, they would take her to a doctor – so they have to do the same for Elliott.
Georgia and Karl examine Elliott; Karl is concerned Georgia is back at work too early after what happened with Gem, but Georgia thinks it's better than moping around at home. In the waiting area, Karl asks Sonya questions about Elliott's health; he wants to do some blood tests, but can't without Jacob's permission. Karl adds that the hospital must report a child without a guardian, and that unless Jacob turns up or emails the hospital nominating Sonya as guardian, Elliott could become a ward of the state. Sonya rushes off to call Jacob, while Toadie gets a text from Maryanne Sutton, Jacob's mother- in- law – saying she's organising flights and will be there ASAP.
Callum and Bailey discuss Gem; we learn Georgia hasn't reported her cousin to the police, even though she's taken her car. Bailey sees Gem's possessions packed in a bag, and suggests they look through it for clues as to her whereabouts.
CALLUM: I'm not going through my mad cousin's stuff.
BAILEY: Why not?
CALLUM: What part of ‘mad' don't you get?
Cal suggests Bailey leave it to the police, but Bailey says they're not even trying, and decides to go through the bag himself. He quickly finds Gem's diary; Cal says he should give it to his dad, but Bailey wants to read it, as he needs to know why Gem used him. Cal wants no part in it, so Bailey storms out with the diary.
Bailey takes a seat outside the house and begins to read. Gem has written: ‘I feel so isolated. It's like Kate and Imogen have turned everyone at school against me. The only one who likes me is Bailey. I hope he hasn't freaked out since Susan spoke to him. We have a real connection, something … feel with students. He makes it worth going to work.'
Later, she writes: ‘Bailey came to me in hospital today. It was really sweet. Bailey's a great kid. I genuinely like him. He's going to be such a wonderful boyfriend to someone one day. I forget he's only sixteen sometimes. He's… much more mature than the… kids in his year.'
And then: ‘I made Bailey do a terrible thing. I've treated him so badly. I'm scared I've lost him forever.'
Jacob has emailed the hospital, making Sonya temporary guardian of Elliott – but Toadie is annoyed that he's obviously got her message, but not called her back. Georgia comes out and tells them Elliott's temperature and heart rate are back to normal. She says she'll tell them when they know anything more.
Toadie tells Sonya that she understands she's helping Jacob because of her own past, but that he doesn't have the same faith in him – which is why he's called Jacob's in- laws. He tells her they've said they'll be in town as quickly as they can, and Sonya is furious, telling Toadie she can't believe he's done this.
No 32 (back yard)
Matt, Mason and Amber are frolicking in the pool and Lauren is doing the laundry. Bailey is texting Gem. ‘Please don't be angry, but I found your diary. I'm handing it into my dad. SORRY,' it reads – until he deletes it, and simply writes: ‘I want to meet up, please get in touch.'
Sonya has called Jacob's in- laws. She's told them that Elliott's fine, and that they have the wrong idea about Jacob. Toadie tells her that was a flat- out lie, and demands to know what she'll tell them if Jacob doesn't come back. Karl interrupts them with Elliott's test results – he has neonatal hyperthyroidism, a serious but treatable condition. Jacob rushes in, asking if Elliott's okay, and Karl takes him in to see the baby.
Toadie tersely suggests that he and Sonya should go home as they have Nell's birthday to organise, but Sonya says she can't leave without speaking to Jacob – and that she'll come back later to make the cake. As Toadie leaves, both of them remain irate.
In the examination room, Jacob smiles at Elliott, then goes outside to talk to Sonya. He says he can't believe he abandoned Elliott, and that he owes her so much for looking after him. He heads off to talk to the paediatrician, and Georgia shows up, bluntly expressing the view that Jacob was lucky Elliott wasn't taken into care.
GEORGIA: We all have problems, but you can't just abandon your child.
SONYA: And you'd know, wouldn't you? With all your vast parenting experience?
GEORGIA: I'm so sorry. I didn't mean –
SONYA: You have no idea what you're talking about. And you won't until you have children of your own. And then maybe you'll realise how scary it is. And how lost you feel. Especially when you're on your own and… and you're just trying to deal with this little baby, on top of your own issues. With no- one there for support, okay – and until you've done that, Georgia, just don't even talk to me about what that man's going through. Because you know nothing. You know nothing.
Georgia apologises, and then Sonya does too – before hurrying off, upset.
No 32 (back yard)
The Turners are playing basketball, when Mason randomly begins joking about Gem and calling her a psycho. Bailey steps up to her defence, saying he shouldn't call her that.
BAILEY: I know she's got problems, okay? But that doesn't make her evil.
As the others continue to play, Bailey gets a text from Gem, saying: ‘Where can we meet?' He phones Callum and asks him to cover for him if anyone asks, before leaving.
Jacob explains he's been hiding out in the same place he and his late wife Hannah went on their honeymoon, grieving for her. He realised he'd done a terrible thing by abandoning Elliott, but blamed him on some level for Hannah's death. Sonya tells Jacob that Hannah would have been proud of him for coming back – because not everybody does. She goes on to admit that Toadie called Hannah's parents. He looks worried, but Sonya tells him everything will be okay.
Meanwhile, Georgia walks out of the entrance, looking sad about her row with Sonya. She sits on a bench, but suddenly notices her car, parked in the road outside the hospital. There's nobody inside it, but the door is unlocked and her keys are on the seat. She looks around, spooked – while Gem watches her from some nearby bushes.
Back indoors, Karl is looking at himself in the mirror as he practises his speech for the mayoral debate. Georgia rushes in and tells him her car's turned up outside. She feels silly for being scared, but Karl seems equally concerned and picks up the phone to call security and the police, in order to warn them that there could be an intruder in the hospital. Karl asks Georgia if she wants him to call; she hesitates, but says he should – saying Gem needs help.
Darkness has fallen, and Bailey meets Gem at the nursery. Bailey says he's been really worried, as he still cares about her. Gem seems surprised, and asks how Georgia is. Bailey says she's back at work, and that her head's fine, but during the conversation mentions the gas being left on at the cottage.
Gem seems genuinely surprised, saying they didn't even use the stove – and seems horrified at the idea that people might thing she turned the gas on deliberately. She explains that she and Georgia were arguing and that Georgia fell and hit her head, but that it was just an accident. As she went to get help, she heard sirens, and panicked and left. She asks Bailey if he believes her, and he insists he does. They hold hands again.
Toadie is treating Callum to dinner, but Cal's still sore about he and Sonya having forgotten to pick him up at the airport on his return from China. Toadie insists he's really sorry and says they really missed him while he was gone.
TOADIE: It'll never happen again, I promise. Scout's honour.
CALLUM: We were in the scouts for like, five minutes. And you sucked.
TOADIE: Yeah, well it's ‘cause I didn't get a lot of practice when I was young. They wouldn't let me in without a haircut.
CALLUM: Ugh. Don't talk about that hair.
TOADIE: Why not? It was cool.
CALLUM: it was never cool.
TOADIE: Yeah, just keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. Geek.
CALLUM: I'm not a geek!
Lauren and Matt come in, and are surprised to see them, wondering where Bailey is given that he'd told them he was at No 30. It's the first Toadie's heard of it, and Callum is forced to admit that Bailey has gone to the nursery to meet Gem. Lauren and Matt rush off in a panic.
Bailey and Gem are still holding hands.
GEM: You're the only person I've ever really been able to rely on.
BAILEY: Look, it's just – you shouldn't have run, okay? But you can still just explain yourself to the police, and…
GEM: No, I'm not saying anything to anyone.
BAILEY: Why not?
GEM: Because Georgia's never gonna understand why I did it.
BAILEY: You mean the email at the engagement party?
GEM: I was protecting her. She needed to see the way Kyle and Kate reacted, so she would believe me that they're not good for her.
BAILEY: Well then, why don't you just explain that to her?
GEM: Because people aren't as understanding as you.
Bailey pulls out her diary, saying she could use it to show her side of the story. Gem is upset that Bailey has read it, but he says Georgia and the others should too, so that they can understand.
BAILEY: So that you can get help.
GEM: Help? What does that mean?
BAILEY: So that you can talk to somebody that knows about this stuff. So that you can get better. I will be there with you every step of the way.
GEM: There's nothing wrong with me.
BAILEY: Gem – some of the stuff in there, it's…
GEM: You have no idea about any of it.
She shoves him.
GEM: You're a child, Bailey. You've got no idea how the world works. What people are really like. You've got no idea about any of it.
BAILEY: I thought you said I was the only one who understood you.
GEM: Why would I want help from you? Why would I want anything from you?
She looms over him menacingly.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Matt and Lauren turn up at the nursery to look for Bailey
- Karl tells Kate about Georgia's car turning up; Kyle worries that Gem might ‘do something'
- Jacob and Sonya continue to get friendly, as he thanks her for all she's done
- Paul tells Terese she can't ‘win this fight', no matter what she threatens him with
- Georgia and Kyle are alarmed when Gem turns up to the hospital, claiming she's cut herself
- Gem screams at Georgia that Kate's in love with Kyle; Georgia asks Kate if it's true