Previously on Neighbours
- Paul is convinced the trashing of Sonya's nursery was designed to ruin his mayoral relaunch
- Josh wonders if Imogen is jealous of Amber's relationship with Daniel
- Daniel and Imogen connect over a baby wombat orphaned by the storm
- Susan asks Nate to speak to the schoolkids about his experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan
- But when Imogen asks a difficult question, Nate has a public breakdown
Erinsborough High School
Immediately after Nate's talk, Susan goes to find him to make sure he's okay, while Imogen blames herself for his outburst, worried she was too forward with her questioning of him. Amber reassures her that they were supposed to ask questions, and invites Imogen to go to Harold's with her later. Imogen says that sounds good.
Meanwhile, Nate is sitting on a bench, his leg shaking. When Susan comes to talk to him about what happened, he makes an excuse and quickly vacates school grounds. Susan looks concerned.
Toadie, Naomi, Paul and Daniel are having a meeting about how Paul can regain his mayoralty. Toadie explains that he needs to call an extraordinary meeting of the council and put it to a vote, but warns that the interim mayor Sue Parker could present an obstacle, as she won't let Paul take the mayor role from her easily.
PAUL: Okay. I'll just neutralise her.
TOADIE: No, I didn't say that... I said that she was a problem.
NAOMI: Which is just a fancy way of saying, yes, you need to take her out of the game.
NAOMI: Well it's basically what you're saying. Why pussyfoot around it?
But Toadie insists that's not what he's advising. Sonya arrives to meet Paul - she's volunteered to host his press conference at the nursery, determined that the vandal doesn't win. Paul, Sonya and Toadie set out for the nursery, while Daniel says there's something he has to do first - cryptically stating that there's more than one way to change the world.
Amber and Imogen eat cake, and discuss the current drama between their parents, hoping that neither Brad and Terese nor Lauren and Matt will split up.
AMBER: I thought cake was supposed to make everything better.
IMOGEN: Some things are beyond even the power of cake.
Amber thinks she has an idea to help Imogen feel better. It's 'a bit out there, and top secret', she explains - and she leads Imogen off to show her what she means.
Nate and Chris come in, Nate pretending that the talk at the school went well. Noting he doesn't seem happy, Chris presses for more details - but Nate isn't responsive.
Daniel agrees to Amber's suggestion to let Imogen join their 'grass-roots organisation trying to change the world.'
AMBER: Grass-roots always makes me think about weeding the garden.
DANIEL: Okay, what about 'underground movement'?
AMBER: Ooh. That sounds sexy and dangerous; I like it.
DANIEL: You're sexy and dangerous.
Imogen looks uncomfortable as they kiss. Georgia comes in, and Imogen wonders if she's part of the underground movement too. But she's just letting them use the house, warning them that Toadie and Sonya could come back at any time.
Once Georgia's left again, Amber and Daniel reveal to Imogen that they are the mystery yarn-bombers - and have been busy covering local landmarks with home-made knitwear, because 'everyone needed some cheering up.' Imogen says she can't knit, but they promise to teach her, and she agrees to join their movement.
Paul welcomes journalists to his press conference about the rebuilding of Erinsborough following the storm. While he talks, Sonya searches for the charity fundraiser chocolate bars that they've been selling - and Toadie concludes that the nursery vandal must have stolen them.
Meanwhile, Paul introduces Ranger Sally and a baby wombat called Erin, which Paul claims is the one Daniel rescued from the storm - when actually that one was a boy, Oliver. Toadie and Sonya are astonished at his chutzpah. Paul leaves the journalists and rejoins Toadie and Sonya, who confront him about the stand-in wombat - but he insists it's the spirit of the thing that's important.
Sue Parker's son Jayden suddenly shows up, and Sonya recognises him as the kid who used to bully Callum at school. Sonya wonders if he's returning to the scene of the crime, and that he's the one responsible for wrecking the nursery...
Nate still seems traumatised after the school talk, and he's still shaking his leg nervously. Noticing Chris staring, he asks if he wants to go to the movies this evening. Chris agrees, and Nate uses his phone to see what's on - but when Susan comes in, he leaves, pretending to take a phone call to avoid talking to her.
Susan joins Chris at the table, and quickly spills the beans about Nate getting very upset during the class talk earlier after Imogen asked a tough question. Chris feels guilty for convincing Nate to go ahead with the talk, and Susan had hoped it would be therapeutic for him. But she thinks Nate's problems are bigger than they thought, saying it's very likely from what she's seen that he has post-traumatic stress disorder. Chris worries about how to help Nate.
Amber, Imogen and Daniel are busy knitting for their yarn-bombing club. Amber goes to make them all hot chocolate, leaving Daniel and Imogen alone together. Imogen's knitting is going wrong, but Daniel tells her she just needs to relax.
IMOGEN: Are you calling me uptight?
DANIEL: Yes - your stitches are like chainmail. No-one's going to wrestle them from you.
When she continues to do it wrong, Daniel moves behind her and takes her hands in his to show her how it's done. Imogen's heartbeat visibly rises as he demonstrates his knitting technique.
Later on, the trio are still knitting, and discussing their next potential target for yarn-bombing. Amber suggests the rotunda at the lake, but Daniel thinks that's too ambitious. Imogen suggests the sculpture in the Lassiter's courtyard, and he agrees that's a good idea.
Naomi comes in to pick up some papers for Toadie, and everyone hides their balls of wool quickly. Naomi's suspicious of their odd behaviour, and is surprised they're all hanging out in Toadie's house. Then Amber drops her wool, and Naomi sees it.
AMBER: I guess you caught us. We're the yarn-bombers!
DANIEL: Cool, huh?
NAOMI: Yeah, that's one word for it! Another is vandalism.
Naomi accuses them of leaving a mess for others to clean up. But Imogen and Daniel extol the dubious post-storm aesthetic benefits of yarn-bombing until Naomi relents, and agrees to keep their secret - adding that she still thinks they're nuts. As Naomi's leaving, she sees a besotted Imogen congratulate Daniel on his speech. He replies that she was the star, not him.
Paul, Sonya and Toadie arrive to find Jayden skateboarding around the courtyard. Sonya decides to confront him about the vandalism at the nursery and the missing chocolates.
JAYDEN: Why don't you ask one of your gambling mates, or your psycho friend over there?
SONYA: Right. So you know nothing about the chocolates?
JAYDEN: Are you deaf?
Sonya asks to see inside Jayden's bag, and he willingly opens it to prove it's chocolate-free. However, she notices his jacket has a button missing, remembering that a button was found at the scene of the crime. Jayden says people lose buttons all the time, and that it proves nothing. Toadie admits to Sonya that he's probably right - they can't prove it. But Paul makes a phone call to Georgia, asking for a favour.
Georgia tells the yarn-bombers that she has to pop out for a bit, and asks them to lock up when they leave. Once she's gone, Imogen wonders if Naomi will tell anyone about their yarn-bombing, but Amber thinks that Daniel and Imogen convinced her with their speech. Daniel credits Imogen with the success, but she looks increasingly awkward around him as he declares her 'one of us now'.
As Daniel leaves the room, Amber thanks Imogen for making an effort with him, despite what happened with Josh. Amber remarks that Daniel's pretty much the perfect man, and Imogen doesn't disagree - just looks even more uncomfortable.
Jayden is still skateboarding when Matt confronts him about the theft at Sonya's Nursery. Once again Jayden denies any involvement, but Matt asks if he can check his rucksack, which has been left on a bench nearby. This time, there's a stash of charity chocolate bars inside, much to Jayden's surprise and horror.
Matt relays the story of how Jayden was caught with the chocolate to Toadie, Sonya and Paul. Sonya's perplexed, since the bag was empty when she searched it - but Matt assumes the chocolate must have been stashed somewhere and retrieved later. Apparently, Jayden has since admitted to the vandalism at the nursery.
MATT: Apparently he'd heard his mum mouthing off about Paul at his press conference. Decided to take matters into his own hands.
Matt adds that Jayden will be facing charges of theft and criminal damage, before leaving them to it. No sooner has he gone, than Paul is attempting to convince Sonya not to pursue the charges, as by letting Jayden off they can use it as leverage with Sue Parker to get him his mayoralty back, and kick-start the storm rebuilding effort. Toadie and Sonya look at each other doubtfully.
Susan is talking to Karl about Nate. Karl agrees it sounds like Nate has PTSD.
KARL: Poor bloke. We pack them off to war, then pat them on the head and tell them to forget everything they've seen and done.
Susan says she's found out about some programmes the army offers for returned soldiers, but they're all voluntary, and she doubts Nate will admit he needs help. Susan also reveals that she's spoken to Nate's father Leo, who explained that the family tried to make him get professional help, and that's when Nate took off travelling.
Karl tells Susan that if Nate's at serious risk, they're not qualified to help him deal with it.
SUSAN: So what? We push him to get professional help, and he'll just take off again? We can't cut him loose - the man put his life on the line for his country.
KARL: This from the woman who walked in every peace march ever held (!)
SUSAN: Yes, I'm anti-war. I'm not anti-soldier!
Karl warns Susan what they may be signing on for if Nate does have PTSD - but she insists she'll hate herself if she doesn't help however she can.
Chris is listening to music on his headphones, while researching PTSD on the Internet. Nate comes in and catches him looking at the information. Chris admits Susan told him what happened at school.
NATE: I'm not crazy!
CHRIS: No-one's saying that you are.
NATE: Then why are you looking at this stuff?
CHRIS: Because I'm worried, and I care about you.
NATE: You said you wouldn't push.
CHRIS: I'm not. I'm trying to find out the best way to be here for you. That's all I want to do - just be here.
NATE: Oh, I keep messing up. Happened again today. I didn't mean to freak those kids out. I couldn't help it.
CHRIS: It's okay.
NATE: No it's not. Morning patrols and helping defuse IEDs - those things are meant to be scary. Having a conversation shouldn't be.
CHRIS: Well for you it is. For now. But it'll get better.
Chris sits down next to Nate and rests a hand on his knee.
NATE: I reckon I don't deserve you.
CHRIS: Well I reckon you do. Actually there's something I've been meaning to ask you. Every time we're together at night, you always take off and you don't stay over. Why?
NATE: I get bad dreams. Really bad. Other guys I've been with have got freaked out.
CHRIS: Well I won't. I won't even ask you what you dreamed about, if you don't want to talk about it.
Chris puts an arm around him.
CHRIS: So, do you want to stay over?
NATE: I'd love to.
They head out the back to play some footie.
Toadie, Paul and Sonya are still wandering around together, when Toadie gets a phone call saying that Paul has been reinstated as mayor. Apparently Sue Parker has stepped down and requested Paul's reappointment, having decided she'd rather lose her position than see Jayden prosecuted. Paul is thrilled, but Toadie warns Sue Parker will take any chance she can to hurt him now.
Toadie takes another phone call, and Sonya walks with Paul back to his car. But when he opens the door she notices an empty charity chocolates box on the seat. She is horrified to realise that Paul procured the chocolate from Georgia then planted it in Jayden's bag - but without outright admitting it, Paul smugly says that he simply made sure justice was served.
SONYA: You're unbelievable!
Amber and Daniel are all lovey-dovey at the counter whilst buying coffees, while Imogen stares at Daniel enviously. Naomi comes in, and immediately notices Imogen staring at Daniel.
NAOMI: Okay - what is the story with you and the woolly bandit?
Imogen insists there's no story, but Naomi points out that this is the second time today she's noticed Imogen staring at Daniel.
IMOGEN: I was not looking at him!
NAOMI: Honey, you were practically eating him with your eyes - I'm surprised he's not covered in saliva.
Distraught, Imogen admits to Naomi that while she's been hating Amber for cheating on Josh, in fact she's now realised she is just as bad.
IMOGEN: I think - I think I'm in love with Daniel.
- Terese is frustrated to see Brad and Lauren in the street together
- Susan advises Terese to stop letting her imagination run away with her
- Amber brags about how perfect things are with Daniel, but Imogen enjoys being alone with him
- Still jealous of Amber, Imogen worries that their friendship will be dead if Amber learns the truth