Previously on Neighbours
- Josh admits he felt like he was losing Amber, but she tells him that will never happen
- Georgia kisses Kyle in a bid to prove to his amorous customer Aaron that he's not available
- A tearful Patricia stays the night at No 26 after a row with George over her gambling addiction
Patricia comes out of Chris's room – he's been sleeping on the sofa. She's worried about her court appearance today, as well as her argument with George. Chris reassures her that he's just in shock. Patricia asks after the parcel Chris has been packing with Hudson's name on it; he explains he was going to drop it at the prison later, but has decided to do it another time.
Kyle emerges, and warns Chris and Patricia to get in the bathroom before Naomi does, as yesterday she took four hours. He wishes Patricia luck at court, and leaves. Chris tells Patricia that he'll talk to George, and make him see sense.
Chris meets his dad to talk about Patricia, but George is dismissive and feigns a lack of interest in Patricia's problems, claiming that she's overreacting about her gambling habit. Chris tells George he's in denial, and needs to face what's going on. But George accuses Chris of hypocrisy, pointing out that he's lied to them for months about Hudson's whereabouts. Chris claims he was trying to protect his parents, and adds that Patricia will fall apart in court without George's support. George has heard enough, and stomps off home.
Imogen and Terese are preparing to leave for school and work respectively, while Josh lounges around on the sofa in his boxers. Terese suggests he come to work with her and give her a hand to earn some extra cash, but Josh says Amber's coming over during her free period.
Concerned that Josh is wasting his life away now his swimming career's over, Terese suggests he go back to school. Josh doesn't want to repeat Year 11, but Imogen suggests that he dropped out close to the end of the year, so might be able to go straight into Year 12. Josh says it would be embarrassing to have to go back to school having failed at swimming, but Terese says having something to focus on might make him feel better.
Terese bumps into Susan, and asks her about the possibility of his returning to school. Susan admits it would be difficult for Josh to go straight into Year 12 given how much school he missed – and says she'd need to be convinced he could manage the workload and catch up. Terese asks Susan if she wouldn't mind talking to Josh about it, and she agrees to do that.
Georgia runs into Kyle, and continues to tease him about the attention he's been getting from customer Aaron. But Kyle says that Georgia's play- acting has done the trick, and Aaron's no longer flirting now that he thinks Kyle is taken. Kyle offers to take her out to lunch to say thank you for resolving the issue, so they settle on Parma Day at Charlie's. Georgia agrees to meet him later.
Josh (still in his undies) welcomes Amber in, but she says she can't stay long due to the school assignment she's working on. Josh does his spoilt brat routine and tells her to ‘go and study', and Amber takes the bait and asks him what's wrong. He admits that Terese is trying to get him to go back to school, and that he's not keen because it would feel like his swimming failure was more real.
Amber tells Josh that he's always put in 100%, so he could do the same back at school. Easily convinced, Josh tells Amber she's amazing, and kisses her. He then tempts her into staying a while longer with a shoulder massage.
Sonya puts Nell in her play- pen while she chats to Chris about the situation with his parents. She promises she'll be in court later to support Patricia. Chris explains his dad's back from Greece, but that he didn't react well to Patricia's confession about her gambling addiction. Chris is afraid that if George isn't there to support her in court, she'll walk out and go straight to the casino. Sonya suggests they meet as a family to discuss the situation.
Chris and Patricia are waiting for George, who shows up shortly afterwards. Chris attempts to mediate between his parents, and begins by apologising for hiding the fact that Hudson was in jail. Patricia admits it can be hard to be open, and George takes this as a personal criticism. Chris calms them down, suggesting that from now on they all agree to stop hiding things from each other.
George lashes out, saying his wife and son are the ones hiding things; he is merely trying to ‘hold his head up high'. But Chris criticises him for being afraid of what people will think, saying they have both been too self- absorbed to notice Patricia's problems. Chris explains how the support meetings he's been to have helped him cope with the situation. George is sceptical, but Chris suggests they try going together – and that they all go to court today as a family. But despite Patricia's pleas, George gets up to leave, saying it's too much. Chris follows him to the door.
CHRIS: What are you doing?
GEORGE: You heard me; I won't have it.
CHRIS: So you're just gonna walk away? This is not the father I know!
But George walks out anyway. Chris and Patricia look worried.
Georgia runs into Susan, mentioning she's having lunch with Kyle at Charlie's. Susan sticks her beak in, gently teasing Georgia for going on a date with Kyle. Georgia explains the entire string of contrivances which have led to their lunch together, but Susan thinks she protests too much, and is simply looking for excuses to spend time with Kyle.
GEORGIA: They're not excuses! Kyle and I are just mates. I'm not ready for anything else.
SUSAN: No, no. Of course not. There's not even anything vaguely date- like about any of that.
GEORGIA: You're right. There isn't… Is there?
Susan says it's fine, as long as they both feel the same – but that perhaps if they keep finding themselves spending time together, Georgia's more ready than she thinks she is.
Susan meets Josh for their chat about his coming back to school, and Amber sits in. Susan tells Josh that his grades in Year 11 weren't great, but that without the distraction of swimming he may be able to catch up enough to go into Year 12. She says it will be difficult, however, and says he'll need to sit a test under exam conditions at No 28 later today to convince her he's up to it. She gives him some notes and tells him to come over later.
Dial- A- Kyle
Georgia has procured a couple of burgers and takes them round to the yard, rather than meeting Kyle in Charlie's, claiming she doesn't have time for a sit- down meal. They sit on the back of the ute, but Kyle suggests they go to the lake to eat them, as there's a better view. Georgia insists on staying here to eat, and won't take Kyle's money for the burgers.
GEORGIA: What's a few bucks between mates?
Kyle looks disappointed.
Josh is stressing to Amber and Imogen about the task Susan's set him. They try to help him, but he's struggling with the subject matter, and is convinced he's going to stuff it up. He throws his pen down like a brat and stomps off upstairs.
Later, he comes back down, and finds Amber has gone home. Josh confides to Imogen that he's always felt hopeless at schoolwork, reminding her that she used to do his homework for him. Imogen points out that it was only because he didn't have time, and compares the situation to swimming: if his lap times weren't good, he would keep on trying until he succeeded, so why can't he do the same with school? Josh fears he's not academic, and says he can't handle failing again.
IMOGEN: So you're just not gonna try, in case you fail? No way. Not the Josh I know.
JOSH: Yeah, well, the Josh you know doesn't exist anymore.
IMOGEN: You'll always be Josh. And you'll always be my brother, and I will always be proud of you. Don't you dare tell anyone I said that.
Josh admits he does want to go back to school, and asks Imogen to help him study for Susan's test. She agrees.
Dial- A- Kyle
Georgia and Kyle finish their burgers, and flirt over the bit of sauce Georgia has around her mouth. Kyle wipes it off with his finger, leading to an Almost Moment™ – but Georgia senses what's coming and makes a hasty exit. Kyle looks frustrated.
Terese is on the phone to Susan, who's called to say she's ready for Josh to come over for his test. Josh gets his stuff together, and Terese tells him she's proud of him. Amber turns up to wish him good luck on the test, and he says he's feeling really confident now. He heads off to take the test.
Chris and Sonya are dressed up ready for court, but he's still worried about his failure to get George to come to the hearing, and how it will affect Patricia. Sonya tells Chris he did his best. Patricia comes out, also dressed up, before panicking over her lipstick and rushing back off to change it.
As the three of them make their way down the street, George turns up, in a shirt and tie, and offers them a lift to court.
CHRIS: Does that mean you've changed your mind?
GEORGE: A long time ago I made a vow. For richer, for poorer. For sickness and in health. And what kind of man would I be if I didn't keep my word? Of course I'm with you today. I'll do whatever I can to support you.
Patricia runs over and hugs him, as heartwarming music kicks in and Sonya and Chris smile.
Imogen, Amber and Josh are waiting around, wondering how he's done on his test. There's a knock on the door – it's Susan, with his results. Susan tells Josh he can come back to school, but that she can't let him go straight into Year 12, as the test results weren't good enough. Josh begs for a second chance, but Susan stands firm. If he wants to come back to school, he'll have to repeat Year 11.
Monday on Neighbours
- Kate nauseatingly observes to Brennan that she wishes Kyle and Georgia were as happy as they are
- Cue a hare- brained plan by Love's Young Dream™ to play Cupid between Kyle and Georgia
- We meet Toadie's glamorous assistant Talia, of whom Sonya is immediately jealous
- Not even the temptation of hanging out with Callum and Bailey can lure Josh back to Year 11
- But Amber gets mad with Josh, and shouts at him to GO BACK TO SCHOOL!