Previously on Neighbours
- Libby is excited to be back working at Erinsborough High, but Ben reveals to Karl he isn't happy
- Matt is uncomfortable talking to Bailey about his drink problem, and wants to leave it to Sonya
- Terese defends Paul when Matt begins to interview him about Gus Cleary's murder
- When Paige acts shiftily about her belongings, Brennan demands to know what she's hiding
Paige is storming away from No 24, and Brennan demands to know where she's going. She tells him they're just housemates, and to mind his own business and stay away from her stuff.
A scene seems to have been cut, as Terese leaves Brad alone at a table, saying hello to Karl and Susan as she walks off. Karl and Susan chat about Karl's morning with Ben. Karl explains Ben's struggling to adjust to being back in Erinsborough.
Libby shows up and is surprised to see Susan up and about, saying she should be at home resting as she's not well. Libby insists she's happy to continue as acting principal at the school in the meantime, as being in the job's making her feel more and more confident. Karl looks pleased, and Libby rushes off to talk to Brad about his yoga classes.
Once Libby's out of earshot, Susan moans to Karl that she should be back at school, but Karl tells her to look at how much Libby's enjoying doing the job and being back in Erinsborough. Susan agrees that it would be great to see Libby back for good.
Bailey is doing homework at a table when Paige comes in. They don't speak to one another, but Paige asks Lauren how he's getting on. Lauren says Bailey's sessions with Sonya are helping him, but admits she's still a bit upset that Bailey won't talk to her about his drinking. Lauren also explains she's worried about how Matt is dealing with it, because of his father's alcoholism.
LAUREN: ‘Don't mention the war!' That's how that family dealt with everything. Now the same thing's happening here. I just wish Matt would let Bailey know that it's okay to open up, and talk, and not bottle things up. Otherwise the pattern's just gonna keep repeating itself.
PAIGE: Then there's the people who just explode over every little thing.
Paige explains about her run- in with Brennan, and says she's worried they're not a good fit as housemates. Lauren suggests she should either move, or work things out with Brennan.
LAUREN: In the meantime, if you ever need a break you can always drop in at our place.
LAUREN: Yeah, yeah. You're welcome any time.
Libby comes in with some files from school, and Susan notices there's a post- it note on one of them, saying ‘Ring Eileen Re Chaplaincy'. Susan asks about it, and Libby says she's been thinking of getting the school involved in the government- funded chaplaincy programme. Susan's heard of the programme and doesn't look so keen, but Libby says she introduced it in her school in Ballarat and it worked like a charm.
Libby leaves the room to give Ben the work his teachers have sent home from school, and Susan admits to Karl that she's already rejected involvement in the chaplaincy programme from Erinsborough High.
SUSAN: But I don't want to tread on Libby's toes just when she's starting to get her confidence back. This is becoming a bit of a tangled web, isn't it?
Lauren tries to convince Matt he should have a proper talk to Bailey, like Sonya suggested, but he says it will happen in its own time. During the course of the conversation, Matt gets annoyed when he learns Lauren has been talking to Paige about the situation – but Lauren points out they wouldn't know about Bailey's drinking if it weren't for her. Lauren insists they need to deal with the problem now for both Bailey's and Matt's sake, but Matt just bustles off to work.
Brennan arrives. He has received a text from Paul, asking him to come and see him.
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Brennan shows up, and Paul asks him to sit down. He has a box of Kate's things which Daniel had found in her old room.
PAUL: I thought about hanging onto them, but I realised long ago that hanging onto her things isn't gonna bring her back. Nothing will.
BRENNAN: What am I doing here, Paul?
Paul passes him a document.
PAUL: That's my confession. For killing Gus Cleary. See, I never really met Gus. He came to Erinsborough while I was still doing time for fraud. But I really wish the police had charged me the first time I confessed, because if they'd put me in jail, Victor Cleary would never have come looking for revenge, and Kate would still be alive today.
Paul starts getting teary.
PAUL: You see, my niece is dead. And that's my fault, it's all because of me. So I don't need you sending police and lawyers after me to remind me of that. Because I'll never ever forget it. So if it makes you feel any better, you take my confession and you do with it what you want.
Brennan is lost for words.
Paige is looking at the History Wall when Brad shows up. Paige comments what a tight community Erinsborough is.
PAIGE: Everyone is so connected with everyone else. Like the way that you and Lauren used to go out with each other.
BRAD: That is funny (!)
PAIGE: Why didn't it work with you two?
BRAD: You're really not scared of asking the tough questions, are you?
PAIGE: Listen, if that's too personal, you don't have to go there.
BRAD: We were just too young. And ultimately we just weren't right for each other. We worked well as friends, and when we tried to make it something more, it just ended up in disaster.
Brad gets a text from Josh and Imogen, asking for a driving lesson before their tests tomorrow.
BRAD: A father's work is never done.
Paige looks wistful, and Brad leaves.
Libby has found out from Eileen, the lady at the chaplaincy programme, that Susan had already considered the scheme previously and rejected it. She demands to know why Susan didn't mention it earlier, reminding her that she's still in charge of the school even if she is taking a few days off. Susan prevaricates, saying she may have been hasty to reject the programme, and says she trusts Libby's judgement if she wants to take a second look at it.
Dinner time at the Turners', and the whole family is looking miserable. Matt starts talking.
MATT: This is how it was every night growing up. We didn't talk about anything. If you didn't mention your problems you could pretend they weren't happening.
Bailey objects, but Matt insists it's important they all discuss it. Amber is surprised to learn about Matt's dad being an alcoholic.
MATT: I never talk about it. As a kid, I didn't know why Dad got drunk all the time. So I thought it must be something to do with me. I know better now. There's lots of reasons people get sucked into an addiction, but the thing is, I learned a lot of behaviour in that time. Stuff I carry on today, and that's not good enough. I don't want to be a dad, or a husband, who turns away and pretends things aren't happening. If you kids have got a problem, I want you to be able to talk to me about it. And when things get tough you should never – you shouldn't ever blame yourself or feel like you have to deal with it on your own.
He puts his arm around Bailey.
MATT: Son, you have been a rock for this family in the past, and I love you for it. But it's not fair on you. I'm here for you. For all of you, whenever you need me.
Everyone's getting emotional, and Lauren goes to hug Matt, thanking him for what he's said.
Brennan shows Paul's confession to Terese. He's convinced that it's an act, and that Paul's just trying to garner sympathy – but Terese isn't so sure. Brennan's keen on taking the confession to the police, but Terese doesn't think it would stand up in court given Paul's state of mind right now.
BRENNAN: So he gets away with it, again.
TERESE: Look, I know Paul. And I know all his faults. But believe me, he is suffering.
BRENNAN: Even Victor Cleary told me I should make him pay for what he did.
TERESE: Are you really gonna take orders from him? For what? To continue some pointless cycle of revenge? Don't you think Paul's suffered enough?
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Brennan returns to see Paul. He says he doesn't know whether what Paul's told him about Gus is true, and doesn't think he's innocent, but that he's decided not to pass the information to the police – because it's not what Kate would have wanted him to do.
BRENNAN: You're gonna have to live the rest of your life knowing that you're the reason that she's dead. I think that's punishment enough.
PAUL: You've no idea.
BRENNAN: I think I've got some.
Paul says he's sure Sophie wouldn't mind if Brennan took the box of Kate's possessions, adding emotionally that he can't have them here anymore. Brennan takes the box, and leaves.
Brennan relays details of everything that's happened to Sonya, who thinks he's made the right decision in terms of not passing Paul's confession to the police. Brennan admits he feels better for it. He's decided to donate Kate's possessions to charity, but Sonya tells him to take his time over it. Meanwhile, he says, he needs to sort out his issues with Paige at home – explaining that he was probably taking his frustrations with Paul out on her.
Paige is drawing a sketch of Lauren, but quickly hides it when Brennan comes in with the box of Kate's stuff. He says he's not going to snoop, and apologises for going off at her before, saying he was upset about something else.
PAIGE: My refusal to wipe down the shower?
Paige accepts she was wrong to accuse Brennan of snooping through her things, and they agree to have more respect for each other in future. She claims the picture he saw of Ethan was of an old friend, and that she's had the teddy- bear ‘forever', so she freaked out when she saw him with it. Brennan also observes that Paige has bought some lilies (mirroring Lauren's name for her) saying he hadn't had her pegged as being into flowers. She remarks that she's full of surprises.
Once Brennan leaves the room, Paige looks through her sketchbook. We see that as well as Lauren, she's drawn sketches of Brad (captioned ‘laid back), Imogen (‘uptight'), Josh (‘wild'), Amber (‘princess') and Bailey (‘loveable nerd'). Paige looks wistful again.
The Turners are clearing up after dinner, when there's a knock at the door. Amber goes to answer it, and comes back in grimacing.
AMBER: It's Paige.
It's late, and Lauren's surprised to see her, not least because Paige was supposed to be closing up at Harold's tonight. Paige says she's on her dinner break, and reminds Lauren she said she could pop by. But Lauren tells her they're in the middle of a ‘family thing' at the moment, so it's not a good time.
LAUREN: I don't want you to feel like I'm throwing you out.
PAIGE: No, no. Family only, I've got it.
She leaves, agreeing to see Lauren at work tomorrow.
The store is closed up, and a tearful Paige is leaving a voicemail for Ethan, telling him everything sucks and asking him to call her back. Paige starts remembering all the unintentionally hurtful things Lauren's said to her since she arrived, and suddenly starts smashing up the store! Once she's finished trashing the place, she breaks down in tears.
The next morning, Susan tells Karl she's feeling a bit better, but when Libby asks if she's going into school, Susan prevaricates.
LIBBY: This cold of yours, Mum – was it ever really bad enough that you couldn't go into school?
Karl steps in, saying he prescribed that Susan should stay at home.
LIBBY: Yes, you did, but I wanna know why! Was it just about Mum's cold, or was there something else?
SUSAN: Well, I have been unwell. But, erm, your dad was hoping to find a way to convince you to stay on in Erinsborough. Also, Lib, I was struck by what you said the other day about doubting yourself as a teacher. I thought if you had a chance to shine as principal, you'd start to believe in yourself again.
LIBBY: Do you have any idea how condescending that is? I'm a grown woman – I don't need you guys tricking me into making major life decisions.
SUSAN: I thought I was helping.
LIBBY: You know what the worst thing is? You're right – I was feeling better about myself. Now, I feel worse than ever. Coming back here was a mistake.
Libby marches out, and Karl and Susan look upset.
Lauren and Amber turn up to open the store, to find the whole place smashed up. Assuming someone's broken in, Lauren gets straight on the phone to the police.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Daniel and Amber feel guilty as they continue to be drawn to each another.