Previously on Neighbours
- Georgia and Bossy go missing in the storm, and Kyle goes out to look for them
- Paul hits something in the storm while driving round looking for Daniel and Amber
- Daniel asks Amber to marry him if they get out of the storm alive - and she agrees!
- Lauren apologises to Brad for telling Lou about their kiss in Adelaide
- When Lou is trapped choking under a roof beam at Harold's, Susan performs a tracheotomy
Harold's Store (or what's left of it)
It appears Susan's emergency tracheotomy has paid off, as Lou starts to breathe again. Karl congratulates her over the phone. He warns her not to let Lou move, saying the ambulance is on its way. We hear sirens as Nate randomly turns up, and lifts the wooden beam off Lou. The ambulance pulls up outside, and Susan reassures Lou that everything will be okay. She thanks Nate.
NATE: You saved his life!
FastMovingCam™ informs us that fast-paced drama is afoot, as Lou is brought in by paramedics, followed by Nate and Susan. While Lou is rushed into surgery, Karl tells Susan to make sure she gets herself checked out for any injuries. She's more concerned with what will happen to Lou, and looks a bit spaced out. Nate's arm is strained from moving the beam, and a nurse takes him off to have a look at it.
Karl tells Susan that what she did was incredible, and he suggests she call Lauren to tell her what's happened - she'll want to be here now the storm is easing. He again tells Susan to get herself checked out, and she says she will, as Karl rushes off to surgery. But she still looks like she's in shock.
Outside Grease Monkeys
Power Street looks like a bombsite - the postbox has been blown through the window at Grease Monkeys, and the Dial-A-Kyle sign is lying in the middle of the street. Chris walks past Paul's wrecked car and towards the garage.
Chris finds Amber, Daniel and Paul taking refuge inside the garage. Amber and Daniel are fine but Paul's in a lot of pain, and they explain how the skip hit his car. Paul's keen to get out of here; and as he leaves, Daniel and Amber smile at each other and hug. Chris wants to know why they're so happy.
AMBER: We survived!
DANIEL: Yeah. And we've got so much to look forward to.
They all rush off to take Paul to hospital.
Susan is still sitting around looking shocked, as Karl rushes out of surgery. He tells Susan that Lou will be okay - she's done an amazing job with the tracheotomy. Susan is desperately relieved. He asks if she's been checked out, but at that moment Lauren rushes in, asking after Lou. She's alarmed to hear he's been in surgery, and Susan takes her for a drink to explain what happened.
Daniel brings Paul into the ward in a wheelchair - he tells Karl he thinks he's broken a rib, but Karl thinks he might have broken several. He tells him to sit tight as there's a queue for radiology, but is going to get him some pain relief. Paul's also cracked his prosthetic leg, and Karl jokes that it's better than cracking the other one.
Paul's keen to know whether any pedestrians have been brought into hospital - but when Daniel tries to tell Karl why he's asking (because he thought he might have hit someone in the car), Paul cuts him off and makes some excuse. Once Karl's gone, Daniel says Paul should say something about possibly having hit someone, but Paul tells Daniel there's no point panicking.
Amber comes in, wrapped in a blanket, and explains about her getting caught in the storm. Lauren explains to her about Lou getting trapped in the roof collapse, while Susan watches, still looking disturbed. Lauren also mentions that Sheila and Georgia are beside themselves because Kyle's missing, having gone out in the storm.
Paul and Daniel overhear this conversation, and Paul starts to worry that he might have hit Kyle. Daniel rushes back to Power Street to make sure.
Later on, Susan is still sitting in the waiting room looking shellshocked. Nate brings her a cup of tea, but she already has coffee.
NATE: Tea can be quite calming when you're in shock.
SUSAN: I'm not in shock!
NATE: What you went through today, it was something that you should never have had to face. You were forced to be braver than most people will have to be in their whole lives. And this feeling - it's a natural reaction.
SUSAN (defensive): I feel fine.
NATE: Okay. But it might hit you later. That's normal. But it's best to be prepared.
Nate offers to take Susan home, but she insists she's not going anywhere till she knows Lou's okay - oddly, since Karl has already told her he is! Nate offers to stay with her, but Susan tells him Karl's here, and he should head home. She asks him to check the house for storm damage. He goes reluctantly, but tells Susan to call if she needs him. Once he's gone, she looks panicked.
Lauren comes in - Karl has just told her about the tracheotomy. She asks why Susan didn't tell her that before.
SUSAN: I didn't want to freak you out.
LAUREN: You performed surgery on my dad, Susan - you saved his life! Thank you.
Lauren hugs Susan emotionally, but Susan is still looking disturbed.
We're into the following morning - and we see a close-up of the iconic Ramsay Street sign, lying bent and filthy on the floor. There's debris and garden furniture strewn all across the street; the awnings on the houses are torn; and plastic rainsheets lie on the roof of No 30. Shortly, workmen in orange suits arrive to begin the clean-up. As we pan across the street, now full of clean-up crew, we see a car which has been partly crushed by a fallen telegraph pole, surrounded by safety barriers. Mark and Paige stand at the end of the drive, observing the carnage in awe.
MARK: Woah! Guess the house inspection's off, then!
PAIGE: So this is what a tornado does.
Later, the clean-up is continuing. Paige is on her phone to Lauren, who has just let her know about Lou. Paige tells Mark what happened.
PAIGE: Yeah, I should go. Or should I? I don't even know what my place is.
Mark encourages her to go; Lou's her grandfather, and even though they haven't known each other long he's sure Lou and Lauren would appreciate her visiting. Paige decides to go, but asks Mark if he wants to come. He decides it's a family thing, and to stick around and help with the clean-up instead.
PAIGE: Are you sure that's it?
MARK: Yeah, positive. Don't overthink it, okay? I'm really happy about us!
PAIGE: Yeah. Me too!
Sheila, Naomi, Georgia and Bossy have come out onto the street to survey the wreckage. Sheila asks Mark if he's seen Kyle anywhere, as he's been missing since last night and isn't answering his phone. Mark hasn't seen Kyle, but promises to let them know if he does, saying he's probably taking shelter and his phone's gone flat. The Cannings don't seem convinced, and neither does Georgia. She still can't talk following her operation, and heads off for a walk with Bossy.
Lauren is explaining to a barely conscious Lou about what happened last night, telling him the incision from the tracheotomy will heal in time. Matt has brought Lou something to make him feel more at home - the service bell from Harold's, so he can have the nurses at his beck and call! Lou smiles. Karl comes in, telling Lauren and Matt that Lou needs rest now. Lauren follows Karl out, but as Matt is leaving, a woozy Lou speaks suddenly, his eyes closed, thinking he's still talking to Lauren.
LOU: Adelaide... You made the right call... Don't worry. I won't tell Matt.
Karl comes in again and insists Matt leave Lou in peace, before he can learn anything more.
Amber and Daniel hug at the news that Lou will be okay. Daniel's been scouring Paul's driving route and couldn't see anything, so doesn't think he hit anyone in the car.
DANIEL: Mother Nature, hey?
AMBER: She really has made a mess of things, hasn't she?
DANIEL: Yeah. Well, not everything. I recall something pretty amazing coming out of last night.
AMBER: So you don't regret asking me?
DANIEL: No! Why would I?
AMBER: I dunno, I just - I wanted to make sure that it wasn't just some sort of spontaneous thing.
DANIEL: Hey! Spontaneous or not, I still want to marry you. I want to be with you for the rest of my life. I couldn't think of anything better... That is what you want, right?
DANIEL: Okay, cool. I guess that means we are engaged.
AMBER: Yeah, I guess it does. Shall we just keep this between us for now? Just until we find the right way to break the good news to people.
DANIEL: Yeah. Sure. Whatever.
They kiss and hug.
In the waiting room, Lauren thanks Paige for coming - she's pleased to see how much she cares for Lou. Paige says she was worried about Lauren too during the storm - Lauren explains she was taking shelter at Brad's house.
LAUREN: What about you - you look exhausted. Did the storm keep you up all night?
Paige tries to maintain a straight face, recalling what (or who) really kept her up last night!
PAIGE: I can't say I got as many hours as I normally would, but I must have drifted off at some point.
Paige heads home, having promised to come back later. Lauren is about to go and check on Lou, when Matt turns up. He relays what Lou said about Adelaide. Lauren acts all innocent, and claims she doesn't know what Lou could have been talking about, claiming he must just be mixed up because of all the medication. But she goes into Lou's room and looks guilty, while Matt looks suspiciously through the glass.
Georgia is chasing after Bossy, through a pile of debris, when they come across an overturned portable toilet - and hear shouting from inside! It's Kyle, who's been trapped in it all night. Georgia is relieved to see him, albeit slightly put off by the smell! He explains he got caught short and nipped into the loo which was on a nearby building site - but it landed up here by the roadside.
GEORGIA (whispering): The tornado must have dumped you here. 'Dumped' being the appropriate word!
KYLE: Oh, haha! Have more fun at my expense (!)
Kyle goes to kiss her, but Georgia is repulsed by his fragrance.
Paul is in one of the examination rooms, a dressing around his broken ribs. Daniel comes in, saying Kyle has been found, so Paul didn't hit him after all. Paul's still worried he might have hit someone else, but Daniel assures him he checked the route and couldn't see anything - and there have been no hit-and-runs reported.
Karl comes in, telling Paul he's okay apart from the cracked ribs and broken prosthetic. Karl says he's ordered him another leg, but it'll take a few weeks. In the meantime he'll have to use his inferior spare, which Paul is annoyed about! Karl goes to organise a wheelchair, as Paul continues to gripe. He then explains that he was out in the storm looking for Daniel and Amber, to apologise for their argument yesterday.
DANIEL: Paul, you didn't have to do that, it was just a silly argument.
PAUL: So that means you're not gonna move out?
DANIEL: No, you're gonna have to try a lot harder than that if you want to get rid of me. But I would appreciate it if you didn't bring up my ex in front of Amber again.
Paul apologises again, but continues griping about his injuries. Daniel opines that he should be doing cartwheels - saying the storm should have made him realise how good it is to be alive. This leaves Paul looking pensive.
In the waiting area, Susan is still sitting there. Karl comes to join her - he admits how he's been thinking all night about how he could have lost her in the cave-in at Harold's, again telling her how brilliant she was with Lou. Susan plays it down, and asks if they can stop talking about it. As Karl holds her hand, he notices her wrist is swollen - she admits she hasn't had a check-up yet. When he asks how she hurt it, she recalls trying to lift the beam from Lou, and gets very upset. She's clearly traumatised, but Karl reassures her that everything is okay now.
The camera pans around the courtyard as we see more of the damage wreaked by the tornado. Harold's Store is closed for repairs, surrounded by safety tape, while the windows on the police station, Rebecchi Law and the hotel are boarded up too. Debris and emergency vehicles are everywhere. Kyle, Chris, Sheila and Naomi are among the volunteers working on the clean-up.
Paul walks out of the hotel, surveying the damage. A teenage boy - Bryce Bukowski, whom we've met before as one of school meathead Jayden Warley's henchmen - barges past Sheila, and drops a drink can on the floor as he walks past Paul.
PAUL: Hey, kid!
BRYCE: What? There's junk everywhere anyway!
PAUL: Pick it up.
BRYCE: Says who?
Paul gives Bryce his angriest stare.
PAUL: Says Mayor Paul Robinson. Now pick. It. Up.
Bryce picks up the can and scurries off. Looking around at the wrecked complex, Paul appears to be having an epiphany - and smiles, perhaps having finally regained a sense of occupational purpose and his raison d'Ítre.
Lauren and Matt come in. Lauren continues to act all innocent, but Matt can tell she's hiding something.
MATT: Lying's only going to make it worse.
LAUREN: Matt, please - let's just drop this!
MATT: I need to know what it is. What are you not telling me?
LAUREN: It's nothing!
MATT: Tell me! Tell me what happened in Adelaide.
LAUREN: ... I kissed him.
LAUREN: I kissed Brad.
Matt looks heartbroken.
- Lauren apologises to Matt, and Terese shouts at Brad about Lauren
- Lauren and Matt worry about their marriages being destroyed
- Mark is besotted with Paige, but sees her kissing another man - and tells her to 'get out of here'
- Paul tells a bunch of journalists how Sonya's Nursery is very dear to his heart
- Sue Parker demands to know what Paul is playing at, as Sheila sees he has his mojo back!
- Georgia can tell there's something wrong with her throat, despite the doctors' assurances
- Karl has bad news for Georgia