Previously on Neighbours
- Brad blames Mason for Josh being in hospital, and thinks he did it on purpose. He's planning on taking Mason to court.
- Imogen reassures Mason that he didn't do anything wrong with the abseiling equipment, before they kiss.
- Susan tells Paul that Kate is out of control.
- Kate angrily throws a football back at some students, smacking Bailey in the face with it by accident, just as Susan sees.
Erinsborough High Playground
Kate apologises to Bailey, who says he's okay. Susan asks if Bailey needs her to call his parents, but Bailey says he's fine. As Kate walks off, Susan rushes after her and tells her to wait. She asks why Kate walked away like that, she could have seriously hurt Bailey. Kate insists it was an accident, but Susan says she hasn't shown any remorse. Kate thinks Susan is overreacting, and Susan thinks Kate is unprofessional and it should stop now. Kate shakes her head dismissively. Susan tells her to take some time off to think about her attitude. She's being self- indulgent, she's taking it out on the students and it's unacceptable. Kate leaves to collect her things.
Paul returns and is surprised to see Kate there instead of at work. Kate explains the situation, Paul isn't surprised as Susan always likes to get on her high horse. Kate also says she had a go at Susan earlier. Paul thinks Susan probably deserved it, the Kennedys always need taking down a peg or two. He offers to phone Susan to set things straight, but Kate stops him. She could use a couple of days off to get her head straight, and make the most of the penthouse. Paul leaves her to enjoy her tea and biscuits.
Matt finishes his phone call to Rhiannon. Lauren frantically asks what Rhiannon said. She's tried everyone she knows, no one has seen Mason. As they discuss where he could be, and the fact that the police won't tell Matt anything about it, Mason surprises them by walking in. Mason explains to Matt, Lauren and Bailey that he went back to the cliff to figure out what went wrong with the rig, but he couldn't find anything as someone had taken the abseiling gear. They point out running off like that made it look like he was guilty. Mason only left to clear his name, and he promises he never meant to hurt Josh. Matt assures him they believe him. Mason goes to have a shower. Lauren asks Matt to pull a few strings at work to find out what's going on.
Mason runs in and apologises to Terese, promising to make it up to her. He asks how Josh is, but Terese won't talk to him about her son. She raises her voice and tells Mason he's getting an official warning. Paul overhears and tells Terese that it is a respectable hotel and guests don't want to see staff sniping at each other. Paul asks Mason if he's ready to return to work, and tells him to get his uniform on and return to do a shift. Terese tells Paul he had no right to do that, but Paul is the owner and if he sees a conflict of interest he will step in.
Mason is shirtless (quelle surprise), ironing his shirt for work when Imogen enters. She heard he was back and wonders if he's okay. She tells Mason that she called the hire place and told them where to find the abseiling gear at the site. Mason went back to the site to check the gear, it had to be faulty as he did everything by the book. Imogen knows he did. Imogen says they're hoping to bring Josh back from hospital tomorrow and asks Mason if he wants to hang out just now. Mason says he has to work, but they agree to do it later. As Imogen leaves, she flirtatiously waves goodbye to him, and both grin happily.
Brad asks Kelly to let him know of any developments, she says she will. Brad leaves, and Kelly goes back to having her lunch, when Matt enters. Matt asks Kelly for a favour, but she can't talk to him about it and just wants to finish her lunch. Matt says he'll find out anyway and would just like a heads up if he has to prepare himself for the worst. Kelly reveals that forensics have recovered the abseiling gear from the hire company and there were no faults with the gear. Which means the blame falls on Mason, it may not be enough to charge him but it could breach the conditions of his good behaviour bond. Kelly tells him not to panic, Brad will calm down eventually. Matt says it won't be long before Brad launches his own lawsuit, and either way they're in big trouble.
Matt thanks Toadie for seeing him. Matt tells Toadie that there was nothing wrong with the abseiling gear, and he knows Brad will sue Mason for sure, especially for the medical expenses, hospital bills, rehab and loss of future income. Matt wants to hire Toadie, and he accepts.
Paul approaches Susan.
PAUL: So where did you tether it?
SUSAN: Excuse me?
PAUL: Your moral high horse?
Paul says he should be supporting her employees. Susan says she did Kate a favour, she should have given Kate an official suspension. Kate's clearly not in the right space to be teaching at the moment. Paul asks her to cut Kate some slack, instead of punishing her. Susan hopes Kate will use the time to re- evalulate her priorities. A lot of students have problems, and they don't need a teacher who can't empathise.
PAUL: So she's a teacher, not Oprah Winfrey.
SUSAN: You obviously can't see it but Kate's out of control.
PAUL: Yeah, all she needs is a little support.
SUSAN: No, Paul, all she needs is a reality check and some tough love, which you should be dishing out, not standing here insulting me.
Kate runs into Georgia and they have an awkward chat. Georgia's going to see her parent's for a few days to share the baby news. Kate wonders if Kyle is going with her, Georgia says he isn't, they aren't getting back together. As Georgia leaves, Toadie walks in and tells Kate she had the right idea moving off the street, things are going to get messy because of Josh and Mason. Kate realises it must be rough for Bailey. She's been so wrapped up in her own stuff she hasn't paid Bailey enough attention. Toadie says it's never too late to make things right.
Brad is angrily talking to the police on the phone. He hangs up and tells Terese and Imogen that the police aren't going to be laying charges. Imogen smiles happily, while Terese says it's probably for the best. Brad thinks Mason should pay for what he's done. Imogen angrily says it was an accident, she knows because she was there. Suing the Turners will not make Josh any better and will only drag this out for a couple of thousand dollars. Brad says it isn't about the money, it's about making Mason realise there are consequences if you make a mistake. Terese orders Imogen to go and do her homework. Brad decides to go and see Toadie about a civil case. Terese tells him not to rush into anything. She has to go to work but she wants to talk about it before he takes any action.
Brad is shocked that Toadie's agreed to be Matt's lawyer. Toadie says the police have deemed it an accident and urges Brad to accept their findings. Brad's angry that Toadie has taken Mason's side. Toadie wants them all to get together and discuss this calmly. Toadie says he should think carefully before launching any legal action, it could backfire and they could end up in debt. Realising Toadie won't help him, Brad leaves.
Terese tells Mason to leave early. Mason swears to her that he never intended to hurt Josh, but Terese still doesn't want to talk about it. Paul is pleased that Mason and Terese are working beside each other, just as a delivery man arrives looking for Mason. Mason collects the letter which says Brad is suing him for damages. Terese is surprised that Brad has done this. Paul tells Mason to go home and tell his parents the news.
Kate comes around to see Bailey. Lauren leaves them to chat. Kate wants to check that he's alright, she's been wrapped up in her own stuff and she should have checked on him earlier. Bailey says Mason is back. Kate thinks she should maybe say hi to him, but Bailey urges her not to, he's quite upset that the Willises are taking him to court. Kate says if either Mason or Bailey need anything, she's more than happy to help. Bailey's pleased that not everyone hates them.
Kate invites Susan to take a seat with her, as a waiter leaves them with tea and scones. Kate says she wants to apologise, she was rude, unprofessional and selfish and she's in no state to be working at the moment. Susan asks Kate to talk to her so she can help her. Kate says she's made a lot of bad decisions over the last few years and they seem to all be piling up on top of her at the moment.
KATE: I don't know what to do.
SUSAN: Frankly I think you need to toughen up, if you were in a real state of crisis it would be different but I don't think you are. You're young, you're healthy, you've got a great career, you've got friends who love you, you get to live in this amazing penthouse. There are people who would kill to be where you are right now.
KATE: Yeah I know
SUSAN: I understand that you've had a few setbacks recently but honestly Kate, in the scheme of things, it's not the end of the world
KATE: Maybe not your world
SUSAN: And feeling sorry for yourself isn't going to change the situation.
Kate says it's hard to get going when there are reminders around every corner. Susan says it will get easier when she faces those reminders. Locking herself up in here isn't going to help. Susan says she's sorry if it sounds harsh. Kate says she's right, she just doesn't know where to start. Susan says a cup of tea with a friend is as good a place as any.
Imogen checks on Mason, having heard about the lawsuit. Imogen tells Mason that Brad will calm down. Mason doesn't want to make things any worse and doesn't want Brad to think he's trying to turn her against him. Imogen asks to join Mason as they head out to the pool. Mason says they should keep their distance for a while. Whatever this is, they should just stop. Imogen shakes her head and leaves.
Number 32 Back Yard
Mason sits by the pool, shirtless again, when Imogen comes around. She's thought about it, but she isn't going to let Mason deal with this on his own. Like it or not, she won't stay away. She wants to be with him, and she knows he wants it too. Mason says their families won't be okay with it, so Imogen suggests they keep it a secret. She gives him a quick kiss. Mason notes that it is a bad idea, and leans in giving her a longer kiss.