Previously on Neighbours
- Terese telling Brad about a job at EHS.
- Imogen annoyed at Amber not taking the school captain role seriously.
- Amber confiding in her mum that she's fallen for Daniel.
- Amber unsure of when to break it off with Josh.
- Terese confiding in Karl about Paul.
- Karl calling someone to register a complaint about Paul.
Paul is reading a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions asking for his victim impact statement regarding Victor's forthcoming sentencing when Belinda from the council arrives to tell him about a complaint lodged against him.
Imogen reacts badly to the implications of her recent misdemeanour and the implications it will have for her future and Josh reminds her that he's stuck in school for the next 18 months. Their parents arrive and Terese asks Brad if he's talked to Susan about the jobs and the kids aren't impressed at Dad coming to be one of their teachers. Terese scalds the kids and reminds them that he needs a job and orders them to start focusing on something other than themselves like school!
Susan is looking forward to the exhibition and can tell that Karl's mind is focused elsewhere and eventually he leaves her to go to The Waterhole. Brad arrives and Susan collars him to suggest they talk about the teaching position.
“I'm being investigated,” Paul tells Terese when he spots her in the complex after rushing out of the hotel. He then thinks that it's her who has dobbed him in but she's quick to reject his accusation and reminds him that she is helping him! Neither have a clue who it was but she promises to help him through it.
Imogen has another go at Amber for spending more time gaming than making herself available to the pupils and hints in a big way that she should pass the captaincy onto someone that cares. Amber makes it clear that she doesn't want to be captain and Imogen suggests they go tell Susan. Eventually Josh reminds his sister she got caught and then saves her bacon when she begins to rant about Susan just as she's exited her office!
Terese pulls Karl aside from assisting Georgia set up for the exhibition to have a word. He stands his ground over what he did and rejects her accusation that their initial chat was bound by doctor/patient confidentiality (since neither are his patients).
KARL: We can all see what's going on. The man is in trouble and you knew that, that's why you came to me and that's why you've been doing so much for him isn't it?!
TERESE: We're in business together.
KARL: Yes and that's fine so long as that's all your involved with but its not, is it?
Terese defends her actions as being totally professional and in the best interests of the whole community so he asks for her to say that Paul is on the top of his game and he will go withdraw the complaint.
TERESE: Don't bother, the damage is already done.
And is further told to go and examine his own conscience instead!
Karl defends his actions to his wife after telling her about it. He also has to remind his wife that she took similar action against Imogen when she too broke the rules.
Lauren has overheard Susan asking Brad to call regarding the teaching position and asks him about it. He admits that it was Terese who convinced him to be a teacher after they met/fell pregnant with the twins as he'd have preferred to study marine biology. Brad is almost trying to convince himself not to go back to teaching even though he needs a job and Lauren asks what the Brad of old would do and of course the answer is surfing.
BRAD: Look for the answers in the waves.
LAUREN: Well what are you waiting for!
Imogen is appealing to Susan that her actions were unjust not just for her but for the school too who democratically elected her. Her appeal is dismissed and is asked to swap places with her brother who is waiting outside. Josh finds himself in trouble for wearing his school uniform while doing his skateboarding stunts (even though he wasn't in uniform for the illegal ones) and earns himself a Saturday detention.
Josh/Imogen are moaning about their treatment from Susan and want to do something about it, so Imogen suggests putting in a formal complaint to the Department. Amber's actions define what most of us probably feel – a big sigh!!
Terese tells Paul that it was Karl who put the complaint in after their chat, which she thought was being conducted in confidentiality. He takes the news rather well, which surprised Terese, and she asks what is going on? “You said we needed answers now we've got them,” is his reply. She then spots the letter from the DPP and he admits that while he wants to give a victim impact statement, every time he goes to write something his mind goes to thinking about Kate “and then nothing comes.” Terese tries to reassure him that's normal, but it's not to him, so she reassures him that he isn't alone and that they will work through it.
Supposedly at some beach (but really the Lassiters carpark!) Brad finishes surfing and from the contented look on his face has made a decision.
Terese is furious at her kids after getting an email from Susan. She orders Imogen not to file her complaint reminding her that she brought it all on herself.
TERESE: You made a bad decision and now you've got to live with it.
Josh isn't escaping her wrath and is told that giving up one Saturday is the least he can do.
TERESE: Grow up the both of you!
Her wrath isn't just for the kids but Brad gets it too when he comes back from surfing (when he was taking the new car for a drive) rather than talking to Susan about the job.
TERESE: Look at you! Look at all of you! I mean lost school captaincy, illegal videos online, no job. I mean what are we doing here?
BRAD: We will turn this around, we'll get there.
TERESE: Not at the rate we're going we won't.
JOSH: Mum look.
TERESE: No ifs, no buts and no excuses get it together all of you!!
Georgia arrives to check Paul is still okay with opening the exhibition, he is, but really it's to subtly see if he will pull out despite the words that are exiting her lips!
He tells her about the victim impact statement he's got to do but is now seeing things clearer and they both depart to head to the bar.
Imogen isn't listening to her mum and is still planning on putting in the complaint about Susan. Josh asks for his name to be taken off and reminds her that they're simply being punished for what they did. She is adamant about continuing though.
JOSH: Unfair is having the thing you've worked your entire life towards taken away by a faulty piece of equipment or someone setting off a bogus complaint because they don't want to own their mistake. Susan doesn't deserve this. Please tell me you get that?
Imogen initially hovers her curser over the send button but eventually deletes the email message she started.
Brad apologises to Susan when he spots her in the store for not heading to the school for their chat and she's relived to hear that he (and Terese) are behind her on the punishments for their kids. He asks if they can chat now, so Karl heads off and she goes to order the coffee.
Lauren/Amber are secretly pleased at their submission when Terese stops by with some drinks to help her drink to (hopefully) Brad's new career.
Meanwhile Georgia gathers everyone round to welcome everyone to the event before handing over to Paul for the official opening. Paul starts his speech but then comes to a sudden halt when his speech includes a bit about ‘life'. His demeanour totally changes from happy/confident to the unsure/sad/confused one that we've seen more of recently. There are a few subtle coughs from the gathered audience and eventually he continues but you can tell the message is more personal.
PAUL: It's not easily defined really is it? Sometimes you know when you see it and sometimes you only realise you had it when it's gone and all you're left with is darkness.
There is another pause and folk start whispering to each other before he continues again.
PAUL: You see my niece, Kate, she was filled with life, with light. Life and art they need to have an impact.
Paul then reaches into his pocked and pulls out what I presume is his victim impact statement and begins to read it.
PAUL: You see losing Kate really turns your insides out, I mean really out to the world, which is… (pause) Artists they know don't they? They know about that wave that washes over you.
The audience start to talk amongst themselves over what they are witnessing as Paul gets off the stage and goes towards one of the exhibits (Lauren's one) before continuing again.
PAUL: Pain and art, they're the same.
A very concerned Terese looks over to Karl who has a similar expression on his face too.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Paul realising himself he didn't do very well.
- Terese blaming Karl for Paul humiliating himself.
- Karl being asked if he intends to run for mayor if the position becomes available.
- Sheila reassuring Toadie that Sonya is made of strong stuff and that he did nothing wrong.
- Sonya not amused!