Previously on Neighbours
- As Josh struggles with his recovery, he contacts drug- pusher Kirk for some stronger medication
- Sonya sticks her beak into mutual dishonesty between Chris and his gambling- addict mum Patricia
- Mason accepts the offer of a promotion at Lassiter's Darwin, much to Lauren's dismay
In the back garden, Lauren is still sulking that Mason is leaving, and can hardly bear to look at him, despite Matt and Bailey acting as if he's only moving around the corner (which, given that apparently there is no middle-ground in the show at present between living in Ramsay Street and living interstate, is probably the more natural reaction). We learn that Mason's good behaviour bond won't prevent him from moving to Darwin.
MASON: Hey Mum, I heard from Gaby Willis yesterday, and she said to say hi.
LAUREN: That's nice.
Mason also announces that he's decided to give Amber an early birthday present, in case he can't get time off on her actual birthday to come back and visit. He asks for Lauren's input on his present ideas, but she coldly tells him she's sure whatever he decides will be lovely. Everyone looks awkward.
Chris is signing Mason's leaving card, whch Kate has arranged - but the moment Brennan shows up for work, Kate decides to make a quick exit.
Brennan follows Kate outside to make small-talk, but she's too busy with her very important task of getting signatories on Mason's leaving card, and barely stops to speak to him. She heads next door, hoping to find Kyle so he can sign it too.
Sonya is just coming out of Dial-A-Kyle when she spots Patricia Pappas across the road, lingering outside the bric-a-brac shop. She goes over, demanding to be told why Patricia didn't come to the gamblers' support meeting. Patricia's decided she can handle her addiction alone, despite Sonya's attempts to talk her into returning to the meetings.
Spying a large bag Patricia has with her, Sonya immediately concludes that she is pawning all her worldly goods in the bric-a-brac shop to feed her addiction, and demands to see what's inside. But in fact the only thing Patricia's feeding is Chris's appetite - she's made him a spanakopita. Duly humbled, Sonya apologises and lets Patricia go off to the garage, but still looks worried.
Patricia drops off her spanakopita for Chris, and asks when he and Hudson are coming around for dinner. When he says they can't, she expresses concern that he keeps cancelling on her, and demands to know what's wrong. But Chris dissembles, saying he and Hudson are just really busy. Patricia can tell she's being fobbed off, and thinks it's because Chris is embarrassed by her, but lets the matter rest - telling him to let her know when things have freed up. She leaves, looking sad, and Chris looks guilty.
Josh is in the changing room, when he gets a text from Kirk, the painkiller-dealer, telling him he's just around the corner. He rushes out to meet him, but is stopped in his tracks when Amber and Imogen come into the gym. They are about to go shopping for Mason's farewell gift, and suggest that Josh join them. He says to wish Mason well from him but that he's too busy training to get involved. Imogen berates him for not being there for Amber on the day her brother's leaving town, but Josh is indifferent to this appeal, and Amber walks off, saying she knew it was a bad idea to ask him.
IMOGEN: Why do you have to be such a jerk?
Josh looks pained as his sister leaves.
Brad tells Lauren that Gaby is really looking forward to having Mason in Darwin, and that his parents (Doug and Pam) will look out for him while he's there. Lauren thanks him, but doesn't say any more.
Lou joins Brennan at a table for a chat, and learns that Danni is now staying with Brennan at No 24. Lou asks how Kate feels about it, and comments that things seemed frosty at Mason's party the other day.
LOU: When are you two gonna sort yourselves out?
BRENNAN: She's made it pretty clear she wants nothing to do with me.
LOU: You've gotta be patient with Kate. She's been through so much.
BRENNAN: I know. It's just starting to feel like I'm banging my head against a brick wall.
LOU: Well, you know what they say. Good things don't come easy. But you've got to keep trying - even if you do end up with a sore head.
Leaving Harold's, Brennan sees Kate walking into Charlie's, and follows her.
Brennan approaches Kate.
BRENNAN: I'm not here to pressure you, but I can't keep avoiding you either.
BRENNAN: I know that we belong together. And I think that you do too.
BRENNAN: Please, just let me finish. I need to ask you one more time - is there any hope for us?
BRENNAN: I'll take that as a no. Alright - I promise I'll stay out of your way from now on.
KATE: Mark... I'm really sorry.
Outside, Sonya apologises to Patricia for her presumptions earlier. But Patricia's in more of a mood to talk now, explaining how Chris pushed her away earlier, and how her first thought was to gamble to numb the pain. As a result, Patricia's decided that she's going to go to the gamblers' support meeting now. Sonya's pleased to hear this, and walks with her up to the centre.
However, at that moment, Chris turns up en route from saying goodbye to Mason, and asks what they're doing. Sonya says she's going to the gamblers' meeting, but Patricia lies and says she has a salsa class. Unaware this was a pastime of his mum's, Chris agrees not to tell his dad! Patricia decides to skip the 'salsa class' and walk Chris back to work, despite Sonya's protestations.
Bailey and Callum come in, and Bailey begins to question Mason about all his possessions that he isn't taking to Darwin. Cal explains that Bailey wants to store them all under the house so he has more space in his room; Mason says it's fine, as long as he can still find things when he comes back.
BAILEY: Hey, erm... Well you know I'm gonna miss you, right?
MASON: Yeah, I'm gonna miss you too.
Cal bids Mason farewell, telling him to watch out for the crocodiles, and he and Bailey go to get some boxes. Once they're gone, Mason looks dejected, and Lou pipes up.
LOU: I thought you'd be excited. Darwin's a wonderful town. I remember this cocktail waitress at the casino when I was staying there. Ah, Dixie... Never mind. Okay, out with it. What's going on?
MASON: I'm worried about Mum. She's hardly spoken to me since I decided to move - I'm starting to feel guilty. Maybe leaving's not the right thing to do.
LOU: Do you want to stay?
MASON: No, but I just hate seeing Mum upset.
Lou resolves to have a word with Lauren on Mason's behalf.
Despite initial resistance, Lou has said chat with Lauren. He tells her that young men and women need to venture out into the world, like she did.
LOU: So what's your plan? Keep him at home forever.
LAUREN: Sounds good.
LOU: Why are you being so stubborn?
LAUREN: Because he's made a snap decision, Dad. He hasn't thought it through.
LOU: No, no, no. There's something you're not telling me.
Lauren says she's still trying to make up for lost time after Mason's stint in juvie. Lou tells her she's done a wonderful job - but that now Mason needs to find himself, and needs her support.
Josh continues to look vaguely angsty as he exercises his shoulder muscles, but again starts to wince in pain. He heads into the changing room and goes to his locker, where he takes out a bottle of pills and prepares to take them.
Later, Josh is exercising again, when Brad comes in, and sees Josh working on his arm muscles without any apparent pain. He says that perhaps Josh is ready for arm-work after all, but then suggests he have a break now as he's been at it all day. Brad suggests Josh go to support Amber since Mason's leaving, but Josh again rejects this idea, saying making the Games is his main priority.
JOSH: If Amber cares enough she'll understand.
Brad slopes off, and Josh continues to work out.
Lauren slinks about miserably in the conservatory, and watches Mason and Imogen talking outside in the back garden. Imogen's bought Mason a travel guide to Darwin.
MASON: I got you something too.
IMOGEN: You did?
He passes her their Valentine's Day padlock, which he removed from the bridge earlier.
MASON: I want you to have this. I know one day you're going to share it with someone really special. I'm sure of it.
IMOGEN: Thank you. I'm really glad there aren't any hard feelings between us. I'd hate to think you were leaving because of me.
MASON: Honestly, it's a little bit of you. Mostly me.
IMOGEN: For the record, I might actually miss you a bit.
MASON: I might actually miss you a bit too. Come here.
They hug, and Lauren continues to watch sadly.
Sonya spots Patricia at the bar, and rushes over to berate her for not coming to the Gamblers Anonymous meeting earlier. Patricia said she wanted to grab the chance to spend more time with Chris, but Sonya thinks it's also because she didn't want Chris to know why she was really at the Community Centre.
PATRICIA: I don't want to burden him with my problems.
SONYA: I know, but maybe if you opened up to him, he'd feel more comfortable doing the same with you.
Sonya quickly realises she's said too much, and Patricia demands to know what's up with Chris. Sonya keeps quiet about Hudson being in jail, saying it's not her place to get involved.
SONYA: But he needs you right now, just like you need him.
PATRICIA: Well if he needs me, why does he try to get out of it every time I ask to see him? He's obviously spending more time with Hudson. And you know why, don't you?
SONYA: You need to discuss this with Chris.
PATRICIA: Alright, I will.
Patricia leaves, telling Sonya she won't be coming to the GA meetings from now on. Toadie comes in as she rushes out, and asks Sonya what's going on. Sonya says she's made a huge mistake.
Mason is preparing to depart for the airport, in one of the cars of the Lassiter's Corporate Fleet™ no less. Bizarrely, a Lassiter's underling is playing chauffeur, loading his things into the car - perhaps underlining the extent of Mason's sudden promotion.
Kate has come to see him off, and bids Mason goodbye; they each wish each other well and share a hug. Before Kate leaves, Mason provides the unsolicited opinion that Brennan's 'a good guy', and Kate smiles thinly. Matt then gives Mason a hug and a kiss goodbye, telling him to be good in Darwin. Then it's Bailey's turn.
MASON: Bailey! You know that if you ever need advice about girls, you ask Gramps what to do - and then do the opposite.
LOU: Oi! I heard that!
Next it's Amber's turn to say goodbye, and Mason's got the early birthday present he was talking about - the keys to Hermione the car! He tells Amber that the other half of the car's hers, and to drive safely. Amber hugs him delightedly. Then a hug from Lou, who tells Mason to have a ball in Darwin.
Lou tells an obviously emotional Lauren that it's her turn to say goodbye now, and she does.
LAUREN: You look after yourself, alright?
MASON: I will.
LAUREN: Make sure you call me every night.
MASON: Yeah, every second night.
LAUREN: Every night.
LAUREN: I love you so much.
MASON: I love you too, Mum.
An emotional hug and kiss, and Mason gets into the car.
MASON: Take it easy.
He waves and drives out of Ramsay Street. The family waves goodbye, as does Kate - who turns around to see Brennan looking at her dolefully. Kate looks doleful too.
Brennan arrives back at work. Mentioning to Chris that he saw Kate on Ramsay Street, he tells him that he's given up on their relationship - and that he thinks she has, too. Chris says she'll have her reasons, but Brennan doesn't want to spend forever figuring them out.
A black car pulls up nearby, and its occupant watches Chris and Brennan from afar. Sinister music tells us this is significant.
Monday on Neighbours
- Kate looks jealous as she sees Brennan and Danni having fun together
- Georgia admits to Susan that she's been ruminating over what might have been with Kyle
- Chris tells Sonya that his mum has been borrowing cash from him, leading her to worry
- Patricia calls Chris during a football match, and it would appear something's wrong
- Brennan sees the black car again, and a strange man accosts Danni at the garage