Previously on Neighbours
- Georgia snubs Kate's attempts at reconciliation again
- Kate dismisses Rebecca's suggestion that she has a future with Brennan
- Danni tries to kiss Brennan
- Kathy tells Lauren that her supposedly unborn daughter is still alive
- Lauren tells Brad the truth about their child
Brad is lost for words after Lauren's revelation that they have a child together. She explains she only didn't tell him sooner because she thought the baby had died. Brad's still a bit put out that she didn't say anything to him, but concedes it must have been hard for Lauren to deal with.
BRAD: So you're sure you've got no way of knowing where she is or where to contact her?
LAUREN: No, the only person that knew about it died twenty years ago.
BRAD: So she could be anywhere. She could be anywhere in the world. How could Kathy keep this secret?
LAUREN: She said she had her reasons.
Terese bursts in, and Lauren makes a quick exit without explaining her presence. Terese notices Brad is looking worried, and asks him if everything's alright.
Lauren reports back to Matt about Brad's reaction to the news. Lauren thanks Matt for being so understanding about the whole situation. They discuss whether to tell the kids, and Lauren thinks she needs more time.
MATT: Lauren, I don't know where this is heading. But whatever happens, we'll get through it together.
Kate comes round with a bunch of flowers for Georgia, clearly hoping to have another stab at winning back her friendship. Georgia thanks her and invites her in. Kate says she's been worried about her, but Georgia says she should be more worried about Kyle, who hasn't been back at work since the miscarriage.
Kate says she hasn't seen Kyle, reiterating that they were only ever meant to be friends and that their relationship never went further than a couple of dates. She adds that it felt weird being with Kyle because he was still in love with Georgia. But Georgia clearly doesn't want to talk about it, and thanks Kate for dropping in, thereby signalling her cue to leave.
Paul runs into Rebecca, and immediately starts trying to get her to have dinner with him, or a nightcap. But she's resistant to his charms, telling him their Twin Cities business has finished, and hands him back the key card to his penthouse to prove her point. Paul accuses Rebecca of not really sticking around to sort out Kate's love- life, but because she knows she and Paul still have a connection.
PAUL: We always have, even in the worst of times.
REBECCA: Why don't you just say it – get it over with?
PAUL: Say what?
REBECCA: Why don't you just remind me what you let me get away with? I mean, that's your trump card, isn't it? That's what you're gonna use as leverage.
PAUL: I'm not looking for leverage. I'm looking for a second chance.
REBECCA: I've lost my appetite.
Terese has been giving Brad the silent treatment, having been told everything about his child with Lauren – but Brad insists they talk about it. Terese can't believe Brad didn't know Lauren was pregnant when she left Ramsay Street the first time. Brad delivers some helpful exposition.
BRAD: Lauren never said a word, and I'd already left first after I married Beth.
TERESE: So you were with Beth when you got Lauren pregnant?
BRAD: No, no – there was no cheating involved. Beth and I got back together afterwards. Look, I never knew Lauren was pregnant.
Terese is furious that Lauren hadn't said anything to Brad since they moved back into Ramsay Street. Brad explains about The Sketch™ of him, and how Lauren drew it when she was pregnant, which is why she'd held onto it all these years.
TERESE: So where is this child? This daughter?
BRAD: I told you, Lauren doesn't know.
TERESE: And how do you know she's not lying?
The conversation begins to get heated, as Brad says he knows Lauren wouldn't do that – Terese tells him to keep his voice down as she doesn't want Josh and Imogen to know.
BRAD: We are gonna have to tell them.
TERESE: No – we are not telling them anything.
Brad thinks they deserve to know, but Terese wants to talk to Lauren before they make any decision. Brad thinks it's a bad idea given how angry Terese is, but Terese tells him the situation couldn't get any worse, and walks off.
Terese marches in, followed by Brad.
TERESE: Is this a joke?!
Lauren asks Matt to close the door so the kids don't hear. Ranting and raving, Terese tells Lauren that she can't believe she didn't know the child was alive. Lauren tries to defend herself, saying they're as shocked as Terese is. Terese turns her ire on Matt, saying she can't believe he's being so calm. Terese says she needs a chance to get used to the news, and that she doesn't want the kids finding out.
MATT: Terese, I'm not sure that…
TERESE: It's not negotiable. I don't want Imogen and Joshua freaking out right now.
MATT: Won't they freak out more if they find out we've been keeping secrets?
TERESE: Well she's managed to keep secrets for the last twenty years. I don't see how a few more days is gonna make a difference. It's the least you owe us.
TERESE: So, what are you gonna do now?
LAUREN: I don't know, Terese.
TERESE: I mean, you don't even know where it is! What its name is!
LAUREN: She! It's a she!
LAUREN: This is a really difficult situation for all of us. I'm struggling just as much as you are, Terese.
TERESE: I've gotta get out of here.
Terese marches off, and Brad apologises for her behaviour, before seeing himself out. An upset Lauren hugs Matt.
Terese is still ranting and raving, screeching that Brad has had children with ‘three different women' (her, Lauren, Beth) as if this is tantamount to leprosy. She sardonically enquires as to whether there are any other children yet to crawl out of the woodwork – Brad insists not.
TERESE: I know Lauren can't be blamed for what her mother did, but still what you did is deceitful too.
Without explaining exactly how Brad has deceived anybody, Terese informs him she'll be sleeping on her own tonight. He calmly says he'll take the couch.
Terese goes into the conservatory, where The Sketch™ is still hanging on the wall. She removes it and smashes it to the ground angrily, before putting a stiletto in it for good measure.
The next morning, Imogen finds Brad asleep on the couch, and the smashed picture frame, and wants to know what's going on. Terese claims the wind must have blown The Sketch™ off the wall, while Brad claims he fell asleep in front of the TV. However, Imogen says it's obvious they've had a fight, and asks if it's about Josh, which they deny. Imogen goes to get some milk, and tells her parents to sort it out! Brad suggests they need to tell the kids the truth, but Terese isn't ready. She marches out of the house, while Brad examines the smashed picture frame.
Kathy is still lingering around, doing the concerned parent routine – she explains she overheard the raised voices last night, and tells Lauren that Terese has no right to be angry with her.
LAUREN: Can we just stop this, please?
KATHY: Stop what?
LAUREN: This whole supportive mother thing. It's way too late for that.
KATHY: Lauren, I'm sorry. If I could undo this, I would.
LAUREN: If that were true you would have tried harder to get her back.
KATHY: I did. And I told you – you were with Matt and you were pregnant with Mason.
LAUREN: Why do you think I had another baby so soon, Mum? Hmm? To fill the emptiness. I thought I'd lost my little girl forever. I lay awake last night thinking about her. Trying to picture her face. But I can't do that, because I never saw her. I never held her, I never heard her cry. I missed her first steps, I missed her first words, I missed her first day at school. Her last day at school. I've missed everything. Twenty years of my own child's life.
KATHY: I wish I could make it up to you.
LAUREN: Well you can start by getting out of my house.
KATHY: You don't mean that.
LAUREN: I will never, ever forgive you for this. I'm going for a walk, and when I get back I want you gone.
Lauren leaves, and Kathy begins to cry.
Danni tries to establish whether Brennan is avoiding speaking to her after the attempted kiss fiasco. He assures her he isn't, and tells her everything's fine. Rebecca arrives in her hire car with Kate; she claims that the car is playing up.
BRENNAN: Right. What seems to be the problem?
REBECCA: Oh, I dunno. It's just making this horrible screeching noise.
BRENNAN: Are you sure it's not Kate singing?
KATE: Excuse me!
BRENNAN: Well I do remember you wailing along to the radio. You used to sound like a hyena!
KATE: Okay, this is where you stop talking.
BRENNAN: Whatever you say, Beyoncé.
It's all very friendly and flirtatious. As Brennan goes to work in the bonnet, Rebecca and Kate exchange mischievous glances.
Lauren has come to seek refuge from Kathy, and tells Brad about their altercation. Brad admits Terese is taking the news badly, and Lauren apologises. They look at each other awkwardly, and Lauren wonders what to do next – should they try and find their daughter? Brad says his family has to come first, particularly given Josh's problems. He says their daughter may not know she's adopted, and points out that if there's no record, there might be no means of finding her.
LAUREN: I hope my mother was right. I hope she is out there somewhere. Safe and happy.
BRAD: I bet she is.
LAUREN: Our little girl.
Kate comes to pick up Rebecca's car, but Brennan's already having a conversation with Danni when she gets there. Danni is giving Brennan an ‘I- kissed- you- and- I- don't- want- it- to- be- awkward' present (as you do), and Kate overhears this pivotal plot point. Kate comes in, and Brennan fetches the car keys for her.
BRENNAN: Tell Rebecca that we've billed the hire company. But they did point out that you probably could have just taken it back, rather than bringing it to another mechanic's. Anyone would have thought you had another reason to come down here.
KATE: Thanks, but like I said it was just convenient.
Brennan invites Kate to a barbecue at No 26 later. It's ostensibly to welcome Brennan and Danni into the street – but Brennan says that Sheila really just wanted to cheer up Kyle after Georgia's miscarriage. He admits he's found it hard to know what to say to Kyle.
BRENNAN: I mean the idea of bringing a kid into this world would have to be one of the most amazing things, like a dream come true. To have it just taken away from you – I don't know if I could handle it.
Kate looks worried, as we remember that Brennan isn't yet aware of her ovarian failure.
KATE: Me either.
Kate makes an excuse not to come to the barbecue, saying she's meeting Rebecca for lunch.
Rebecca explains to Paul that Kate has told her about her fertility issues, and says Kate could probably do with some counselling. Paul is surprised, since she's already had some and thought she was okay now. He looks concerned, but it doesn't prevent him from using the scenario as another reason to invite Rebecca to dinner, so that the three of them can discuss the issue. Rebecca falls for it hook, line and sinker, and agrees to be there. Kate comes in, and Paul tells her not to make any plans for tonight as he leaves.
Kate joins Rebecca at her table, explaining she's decided not to talk to Brennan as they had planned.
KATE: Mark could have any woman in the world. Why would he settle for someone who can't give him what he wants?
REBECCA: Because he loves you.
But Kate says she can't ask Brennan to make that choice, and says she's not telling him about her ovarian failure.
In the garden, Chris, Sheila, Kyle, Brennan and Danni are already at the barbecue. Danni goes in to fetch a drink. Brennan offers Kyle his condolences about the miscarriage, and explains how he and Kate used to talk about having kids.
BRENNAN: Guess if we finally get our act together, it might still happen, eh?
Brennan clocks Kyle's awkward reaction, and thinks he's offended him by talking about it. But Kyle says it's not that. Sheila tries to distract Brennan with a plate of sausages, but Brennan asks why they're all acting so weirdly all of a sudden. Chris tries to put him off the scent too, but he can't lie for toffee. So Kyle tells Brennan the truth; Kate can't have kids.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Brennan tells Kate that he loves her and nothing will change that
- Kate cries on the sofa, and berates Rebecca for making everything ‘so much worse'
- The Kennedys speculate on Georgia's continuing feelings for Kyle
- Kyle asks Georgia if she's missed him at all, because he's missed her
- Paul tells Brennan to leave Kate alone
- Rebecca has a go at Paul for being dishonest