Previously on Neighbours
- Susan strips Imogen of the school captaincy, telling her she's lucky she isn't suspended
- Amber is still searching for The Right Time™ to tell Josh she's leaving him for Daniel
- Karl watches as Paul apologises to Terese for his erratic behaviour
- Karl asks Toadie if there's any legal recourse available if Paul's not fulfilling his mayoral role
- Jayden injures himself after taking skateboarding lessons from Josh
- As a result, Matt tells Josh he's been identified on camera breaking the law with illegal skate moves
In the garden, Terese is ranting and raving to Brad and Imogen about Josh's skateboarding exploits. Matt arrives, with Josh and Amber in tow. Terese gives Josh a good telling-off, and demands to know who filmed the videos of Josh skateboarding. He says he filmed most of them, but that the one Jayden saw was Paige. Amber and Matt exchange a weary glance.
Matt explains Josh can't be charged for what happened to Jayden, but that he's been fined for traffic offences - and could be charged with conduct endangering life if this ever happens again. Josh promises it won't, and Matt leaves. Josh thanks Amber for supporting him through the debacle, but she seems quite eager to get away.
Outside Harold's, Karl is reading papers about local council byelaws, given to him by Toadie. Karl explains to Susan that he doesn't think Paul is fit to be mayor.
SUSAN: Don't you think it's time you got over losing that election?
Karl insists it's not about that - he's concerned about Paul's behaviour. Susan points out that Paul's had a terrible loss and is grieving, but Karl says it doesn't detract from the fact he has a job to do and that Terese is rumoured to be doing it for him. Susan says Terese has stepped back now, so Paul may be feeling better.
Matt and Lauren come out of Harold's. He's been relaying details of Josh's skateboarding antics to her, and Lauren compares the situation to that of Bailey's drinking. Matt says he wishes he and Bailey were closer.
LAUREN: Well, don't wish, darling. Do something about it.
She suggests Matt find a father-son activity that he and Bailey can do together.
In the garden, Matt tries to win Bailey's affections with the offer of a game of basketball, but it's been raining and Bailey doesn't want to get wet.
MATT: Alright. Why don't we hang out in the shed?
BAILEY: Hang out in the shed?!
MATT: Yeah. We could build something. A spice rack. Your mum'll love it.
BAILEY: Mum already has a spice rack! Dad, I'm terrible with a hammer. I'd probably break all my fingers! Look, I know you're missing Mason and that's -
MATT: It's not about Mason. I just thought it'd be nice for you and I to spend some time together, do something fun.
BAILEY: Okay, well in case you'd forgotten, Mason was the sporty one who was good with his hands. I'm the brainy one who's good at homework, okay - so thank you, but I'm gonna go inside and study.
Once he's gone, Matt looks at Bailey's astronomy magazine on the table.
In the darkroom, Amber whinges to Daniel about not being able to find The Right Time™ to dump Josh. Daniel says there'll never be one - she just needs to do it. She agrees. But in the meantime, she's thought of a way they can stay in touch; it's a smartphone word game called Crash Words, which allows users to send each other secret messages.
There's a knock at the door - it's Josh, looking for Daniel. Amber frantically hides under a table, while Daniel opens the door. Josh has dropped by to warn Daniel that if there are any video clips of him online doing skateboard stunts, to take them down, given what's just happened to him with the police. But there aren't any videos of Daniel, so Josh goes on his merry way.
Rattled by the incident, Daniel tells Amber she can't keep coming here, and to go after Josh - he's going to spend some time with Paul instead. Amber looks gutted.
Lauren is staring into middle-distance, while at a table, Amber fiddles with her phone. Imogen comes in fresh from the art exhibition, and tears strips off Amber for not having organised delivery of the student works, as was required of Amber as new school captain. Amber says she'll sort it out, but Imogen continues moaning like a brat about it, leading Amber to remind her that it was Imogen's own failure to live up to the responsibilities of captaincy that led to her deposition. Eventually Amber tells a still-whining Imogen to back off - the job's hers now. Imogen strops off.
Lauren wanders over and wants to know what Amber was fighting with Imogen about. Amber explains, but Lauren can see there's more concerning her - and asks about the issues she's been having with Josh.
LAUREN: Listen, darling. Whatever's going on - I'm your mum. It's what I'm here for.
AMBER (tearful): I don't love him anymore. I've fallen for Daniel, and we've been going behind Josh's back. Aren't you going to tell me what a horrible person I am?
LAUREN: Oh, of course not. Of course not. Come on - I want you to tell me everything.
Susan bumps into Matt while he's having a jog. He laments not having Mason around the place to run with anymore; Bailey's more of a thinker, he says.
SUSAN: It's funny the way family traits pan out, isn't it? Malcolm and Libby are the academics in our mob. Billy's more hands-on - he's a carpenter.
MATT: I dunno. Sometimes I think Bailey and I couldn't be more different.
Susan suggests Matt make an effort with something that means a lot to Bailey, to show him he cares.
In the kitchen, Amber tells Lauren she cares about Josh, but the effort he was making was too little too late - whereas with Daniel, she can really be herself. She says she meant to tell Josh, but just hasn't wanted to hurt him. Lauren goes quiet, leading Amber to think she's judging her. But on the contrary, Lauren says she knows exactly how she feels.
AMBER: Like with you and Brad?
AMBER: You guys had the same thing happening when his ex-girlfriend was around years ago.
Lauren claims she was speaking more generally, and diverts the topic back to Amber. She suggests Amber is honest with Josh before the situation worsens; she can't stay with him out of duty, and the status quo isn't fair on Daniel either. Amber insists what she has with Daniel is real, so Lauren says she should tell Josh now.
Later, Paul and Daniel come in for a coffee - much to Paul's disgust.
PAUL: An espresso at the Piazza Navona is a change of scenery. Drinking mediocre slop at the corner shop? No.
DANIEL: Ah, that sounds more like my old Uncle P!
A councillor called Sue comes in, brusquely demanding to discuss with Paul the laws about skateboarding in Erinsborough. Paul is dismissive, saying she should bring it up at the next meeting or with the other councillors, and Sue marches off again in a huff. Daniel thinks she's rude.
PAUL: Nosey Parker wouldn't know the meaning of the word 'polite'.
Paul reveals what some long-term viewers will already have noticed - namely that the woman was none other than Sue Parker, a one-time antagonist of Daniel's parents, Scott and Charlene.
DANIEL: That's right. She was the one that was mean to Mum.
PAUL: Don't worry, Charlene gave as good as she got. You know if she had her way, she would have been your mother.
PAUL: Or aunt. Yeah, I think your uncle Henry went out with her for a while. No accounting for taste.
As Sue Parker leaves, Lauren speaks to Brad, asking if there's any way she can help over Josh's run-in with the police. Brad remarks that everyone has regrets, and Lauren immediately assumes he's talking about their kiss in Adelaide. Brad insists he wasn't, and is surprised Lauren is still stressing about it. She admits she feels like a hypocrite, having just advised 'someone' not to keep secrets.
LAUREN: Do you still think about that night?
BRAD: We did the right thing keeping it to ourselves. Too many people would've gotten hurt.
LAUREN: Yeah. Yeah, and the situations are totally different.
She gives him a free mini cupcake, and he watches pensively as she walks away.
Karl corners Terese for a chat - he's still concerned about Paul. Karl's accepted that there's no agenda behind Paul's behaviour, but implies he's worried about him as a doctor, and wants a sense of where his head's at. Terese tells Karl in confidence that she's really worried about Paul's erratic behaviour, mentioning that he's been missing meetings and calls, and that he left a confidential council file in the beer garden recently. Luckily Terese found it, but she says it would have been disastrous if anyone else saw it.
KARL: Sure. Well you're very lucky no-one found out about it.
Karl looks a bit shifty.
Later, the Willises and Amber are having a meal. Daniel is at the bar, and he and Amber are giving one another pensive looks. The family try to reassure Josh, who's still upset about being fined by the police for his skateboarding.
Sue Parker comes in, and we learn that she is also Jayden's mother - which frankly explains a lot about Jayden. She informs the Willises that Jayden broke his arm in the accident, and is in agony. Brad weighs in to defend Josh but Sue Parker is having none of it; Jayden's the under-18 full-forward so he's out for the season, and possibly forever. She adds that Josh's recent abseiling accident means he ought to have known better.
SUE PARKER: It was stupid, irresponsible and negligent to post that video online.
JOSH: Yes, I know that. And I am so sorry.
SUE PARKER: Oh, you will be. I'm suing you.
Bailey is on the patio, stargazing with his binoculars and telescope. Matt comes out to join him.
MATT: Neighbours up to anything dodgy?
BAILEY: I'm more interested in what's up there, rather than perving on Karl in his jocks!
MATT: So, what are you looking at?
BAILEY: The past.
MATT: What? That thing can see through time?
BAILEY: Actually, yeah. That's exactly what it does. I mean, think about it. It takes millions of years for the light of a star to reach Earth, so... Look, Dad, I know you're just trying to be polite, okay? This stuff bores you to death. Don't feel like you have to -
MATT: It's not boring. Not at all. So, can I take a look?
Matt looks through the telescope.
MATT: It's a star?
BAILEY: Yeah. Proxima Centauri. They said it takes 70,000 years for us to get there in the fastest spacecraft ever built.
MATT: Is that right?
BAILEY: Yeah. However, some scientists have said that we might actually be able to get there one day. I mean, it would take generations, but... eventually...
MATT: Wow. Imagine that journey.
BAILEY: I do.
Daniel sits reading, watching Sue Parker who is at another table. Amber comes in, and says she's been thinking of dumping Josh in a letter. Daniel thinks she should do it face-to-face. But in the meantime, he's had an idea about how to get through to Sue Parker and help Josh. Daniel goes over to Sue and asks her if she thinks it's really necessary to sue Josh. He explains he's Scott and Charlene's son.
DANIEL: I remember Mum mentioning your name over the years.
SUE PARKER: I was a completely different person when I was at school.
DANIEL: Everyone is.
SUE PARKER: And I did some really stupid things that I'm not proud of.
DANIEL: Like sending those poison pen letters?
SUE PARKER: You know about those?
DANIEL: Yeah, yeah. I'm sure Mum was exaggerating.
SUE PARKER: I'm sure she wasn't. But I really did try and change my ways after school.
DANIEL: Well imagine how hard that would have been if someone had sued you. And it sounds like they could've. You had a chance to redeem yourself. Doesn't Josh deserve the same thing?
Amber, who is listening, smiles.
Indoors, Matt tells Bailey he's been thinking that he ought to apply for Space Camp.
BAILEY: Yeah, along with all the other thousands of geeks.
MATT: Yeah, it's pretty competitive.
BAILEY: Just a bit. Dad, you do realise they only accept one person from Australia? I haven't got a chance.
Matt evinces the 'it happened to Callum' argument - a point very well made, given the latter's rather rapid onset of computing genius and Bailey's rather more established space-brains - and offers to help Bailey with his application, saying he's already looked into prices and that it's not unaffordable. Matt puts an arm around Bailey and they look at the documentation together.
Daniel is getting a drink when Josh, Amber and Imogen come in. Josh thanks Daniel for what he said to Sue Parker, which has led her to drop her planned lawsuit against him. Imogen remarks that Amber has been in a foul mood since the whole debacle, but Amber denies it, and kisses Josh to prove it. Josh shakes Daniel's hand, but Daniel and Amber both look very awkward.
It's musical montage time, as the camera drifts past a pensive Karl, Daniel and Amber, as Matt orders a bottle of wine from the bar. Daniel and Amber exchange glances.
Lauren puts her feet up after closing time. She smiles slightly as she sees the poster advertising Brad's yoga classes on the wall.
In the garden, Brad admires the mini cupcake Lauren gave him earlier, and also smiles.
Having thought long and hard, Karl makes a call to Belinda Long, from the council.
KARL: I would like to make a complaint. About Paul Robinson.
Monday on Neighbours
- Paul blames Terese for the complaint, and Terese blames Karl
- Imogen tells Susan her punishment for wagging school was SO unfair
- Terese is unsympathetic to Imogen's whinging