Previously on Neighbours
- Sheila dealing with someone putting the heavy on Naomi.
- Naomi telling Toadie about the painting.
- Brad insistent that his dad doesn't have Alzheimer's.
- Doug having a turn at the pub and Rick shouting at him.
- Doug admitting that he's coming to terms with what's happening to him.
- Josh deleting images off Rick's camera.
Number 32 backyard
Amber admits to her brother that she fears she is going to be sacked because she is fairly certain that it was Josh who deleted the images off Rick's camera.
Meanwhile at #22, Brad tries to reassure his dad that nothing will happen to Amber after what happened the previous night and tries to lift his dad's spirits by saying that he's off to pick Pam from the airport soon. Doug wonders how his wife took the news and Brad replies that she was going to catch the next flight down.
DOUG: I don't know how your Nan's going to take all this.
JOSH: She'll understand.
DOUG: Pam and I have spent a lifetime together now these memories have disappeared. It will be like we'd no life at all.
Its chaos at #30, even more so because the babysitter has cancelled but at the last minute Georgia volunteers since she's got the day off. Naomi calls round to say she's heading into the office early and puts off them doing the letter to the ex until lunchtime because they will be too busy during work time.
Amber walks into the house and before she says a word, Josh apologises to her but is refusing to do so to Rick because of how he treated Doug.
AMBER: Rick was out of line but that didn't give you the right to jeopardise my job.
JOSH: It was a good time to quit then!
JOSH: I love you so with you and Pop that's two people getting messed around by this loser.
Amber explains that if she's going to get anywhere in her chosen career then she needs to “suck it up,” and Josh replies back that there are other photographers… ones who won't abuse her “or take out their aggression on defenceless old men.” While Amber agrees with him, she then asks him to fix it.
Sheila explains why she's been giving her daughter a wide berth when Naomi catches up with her but the ice wall still remains.
Meanwhile, Rick is on the warpath again – his toddler model has had to pull out due to chickenpox and wants a replacement ASAP… and from the look on Amber's face it may look like she's found something to get back into Rick's good books!
Brad drives his mum to the street after picking her up at the airport and she comments,
PAM: The Street hasn't changed a bit.
First to see her is Karl and Pam comments on what he did with Cody but when Brad asks him for some advice on Doug, she stops him because she is “on top of it,” and they bid their farewells before entering the house.
Josh warmly welcomes his Nan to the house before Doug comes downstairs from having a nap to greet his wife. She doesn't seem too happy to hear he needs a daytime nap and doesn't believe a word about him having Alzheimer's!
BRAD: We've all had trouble accepting it.
PAM: More fool you. I didn't come down in the last shower!
DOUG: Its true love, I've been having tests.
PAM: Why don't you tell them what's really going on?!
DOUG: Tell them what?!
PAM: That you're having an affair!
Doug is aghast at what his wife has accused him of and she defends herself by saying it isn't the first time either and gives them an example of Doug disappearing saying he was going to the bowling club but then when she checked he hadn't been near the place.
DOUG: You check up on me?!
Doug is shocked to discover and Pam's come back is “can you blame me!” She then accuses Doug of making numerous phonecalls to “his bit on the side,” and spending money on his “floozy” too. Both of these accusations flummox Doug and Brad interjects to say that it all makes sense – they are part of the symptoms.
PAM: He hasn't forgotten Jill Weir.
JOSH: Who's Jill Weir?
PAM: A woman your grandfather had an affair with.
DOUG: It happened a long time ago. She was a right bunny boiler.
Pam questions then why did he mention her in conversation just the other day. “Did I?!” he asks, which she confirms and adds that he got “very twitchy when I confronted you.”
PAM: I know the look of a guilty man. I'm sure that's why you were so quick to come here, to recapture the past.
DOUG: It's ridiculous.
PAM: No, what's ridiculous Doug is that you would tell your family that you have a serious medical condition all to cover this simple fact that you're a cheat!
Number 32 backyard
Amber did find a new model – little Nell but Rick still doesn't seem any happier and even Georgia has picked up on that fact. He is in an even fouler mood than normal because he's had confirmation that there wasn't a malfunction on the camera and puts it to Amber that it was Josh who deleted the images.
RICK: Its payback because I went off at the old guy for breaking my lens.
He then accuses Amber of lying when she doesn't reply and she explains that last night she didn't know it was him. Rick accuses her of being a “useless wannabe” and will decide on what to do with her once they finish the shoot.
Josh calls in to collect Harold's Ramsay Street book from Toadie (and promises to take care of it) for a project he is working on.
Toadie/Naomi are working on the letter to the ex and she gives him some background information to assist him. Sheila (from the bar) spots them being touchy feely (it's all innocent) and isn't exactly customer friendly when she comes over with their lunch! “Someone's in the bad books,” Toadie comments when she leaves and swaps their pates around as Naomi explains that despite Sheila coming to her rescue the other day, “maternal instincts only stretch so far.”
Number 32 backyard
Georgia earns the wrath or Rick for daring to say that Nell either needs sun cream on her face or the shoot stops. He dismisses Amber's compromise suggestion of moving “the kid” into the shade because the lighting is perfect and just as Georgia is moving Nell into the shade (and Sonya arrives) he starts ranting off. Sonya tells him off for yelling at Nell and asks Georgia to take her inside.
RICK: (yelling) Who are you?
SONYA: (yelling back) I'm her mother.
Sonya then asks Amber who he is but she's seen enough and goes to delete all the images that he has taken off the camera!
AMBER: Yes well Rick, I'm not sorry that last nights photos got deleted and I'm not sorry that I just wiped the ones from today!
RICK: YOU WHAT?!!!
AMBER: You can't treat people like this.
RICK: (yelling) I'll have you charged with malicious damage.
SONYA: You do that and I'll report you to child employment.
RICK: (realising he's beat) Fine but you're fired.
AMBER: No need, I quit and get out of my house!
Karl spots Pam having a cuppa and asks how it's going after hearing the news but she still refuses to believe that Doug is ill and thinks that the family have been gullible. He tells her about his dad and how he couldn't believe it was happening.
PAM: I live with Doug and would have picked up on the symptoms. I mean I was a nurse for 30 years.
KARL: Well I'm a doctor. These changes can be hard to pick up; they can be even harder to accept. I mean Brad wasn't convinced at first, it was Josh who started to notice things.
“What kind of things?” she asks and Karl replies that Doug was getting orders wrong, forgetting instructions and that he also wondered off… and his explanation to Josh was that he was off to see Cody. That last bit gets to Pam as Karl explains to her the tests he then organised for Doug.
KARL: I'm afraid the test results all point to the same conclusion.
Pam now, almost reluctantly, accepts the diagnosis and asks that he talks her through the test results.
Naomi is round to offer her help to Sonya (since Toadie is helping her) even though Sonya insists she can cope. Eventually though, Naomi wears her down that she agrees to let her help.
Josh has taken inspiration from Toadie's book to make a similar memory one for Doug after finding some old photos in the garage. It would appear Josh has had fun too making up the books and seeing old photos of his Pop. “That's lovely Josh,” Doug tells him but then adds that one day he's going to forget it all.
DOUG: I'll look at these faces and all I'll see is a bunch of strangers but the worst of it is my own wife doesn't believe I'm sick.
“I wouldn't be so sure of that,” Pam announces after coming home and hearing the tail end of what Doug said. She goes over to sit next to Doug on the sofa and tells him that she “is so sorry,” and hugs him. Pam explains that she'd convinced herself that he was having an affair and asks why he didn't talk to her to explain what was going on. “I didn't realise it myself,” Doug explains and points out given how she reacted and what her initial conclusion was, what does that say for their long marriage?
Amber is round apologising to Sonya for how Rick and offers her babysitting services. Sonya then notices that the delivery guy is giving her 3000 oranges and not the 300 that she needed! “I just pack the crates,” is the delivery guys response when she goes to query what he's delivering and Sonya heads back to the office area to call the supplier.
Amber spots Josh sitting on the grass and tells him about quitting her job and he replies that she should have more faith in herself and that he will help her look for another job. “I just want us to be on the same page,” he adds, which Amber more than agrees with. She then asks how it's going at home. “Sad and scared,” is Josh's reply and makes a pact to support him.
Sonya is contemplating what to do with 3000 oranges when Sheila arrives, commenting obviously on the amount of oranges she sees! It's still a puzzle to Sonya how she managed to order so many and comments to Sheila that Toadie is going to love this given the tension they are having. Sheila is more concerned what her daughters role in this is (Sonya told her about Naomi volunteering to help her with the accounts) but when Sonya spots a look on her face is forced to reveal her thoughts.
SHEILA: I know my daughter, she's not a bad person, but sometimes she just can't help herself.
SHEILA: I hope she wasn't the one who sabotaged this order.
SONYA: Why would she do that?
SHEILA: Self interest. This would have distracted you. I just hope she isn't going after your husband.
Sonya looks stunned/worried after hearing that last bit from Sheila!
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Sonya telling Toadie what Sheila said (about the order) and why.
- Toadie laughing off what Sonya has said.
- Pam fearful.
- Paul expressing his concern about Mark to the police.
- Imogen volunteering to help Mark.