Previously on Neighbours
- Toadie turns down Brad and Terese's request to represent Josh following his assault charges
- As Space Camp interviews approach, Alice tells Bailey not to drop out on her account
- Matt is dismissive of Amber and Daniel's engagement, saying it's not going to happen
- Naomi returns to work for Toadie at Rebecchi Law, but Sheila thinks it's a big mistake
- Josh tells Paige that Chris has woken up and is talking
- Someone has graffitied the drive at No 22, with the words 'coward puncher here'
Paige is cleaning the graffiti off the driveway when Brad and Terese pull up in the car. She explains Josh is inside, but doesn't want to involve the police regarding the graffiti. Brad agrees that's probably best, but Terese seems to think they should call the police. She stomps off inside, and Brad thanks Paige for cleaning it up - before heading inside himself.
Terese tells Josh they'll find out who did the graffiti, but he's not concerned about that - he explains that Chris has woken up, is talking, and recognises people. It's too early to tell whether he'll be okay, but Naomi has told Josh that they're running loads of tests. Terese thinks this will be good news for Josh's case, but he says he doesn't care - he just wants Chris to be okay.
Paige comes in to fetch some bleach to scrub off the rest of the graffiti, and Terese thanks her for helping out. Terese wonders whether Toadie might change his mind about representing Josh now Chris is awake, and Brad says he'll go and speak to him. Josh points out Chris may still never be the same again given his injuries, and leaves the house. Paige rushes off to keep an eye on him.
Sheila is telling Georgia about Chris having woken up; there's no real news on his condition yet, but she explains Chris did ask for Nate, which she thinks is a good sign. Karl comes over, saying Chris is fully conscious but very disorientated and confused - he's having trouble placing words and constructing sentences. Karl says this may pass quickly, or may be an indicator of cognitive impairment. Chris also has paralysis on his right side.
Karl won't be drawn on what the long-term damage might be, but says Chris doesn't seem to remember what happened. He advises them not to discuss it with Chris, to avoid stressing him out, but says it's a very good sign that he's awake. Karl leaves, and Sheila wonders how she'll explain all this to Chris's parents.
Bailey is revising hard for his Space Camp interview today, but is moaning to Lou that he doesn't know all he needs to.
BAILEY: Did you know they've only recently discovered a dwarf planet that's like eleven billion kilometres from Earth? Because I didn't!
LOU: Are they taking bookings? Maybe I could persuade Sheila to move there, eh?
Lou reminds Bailey of how articulate he was at the Story Slam, but Bailey insists this is different as the panel will be asking him technical questions. Lou and Amber, who has wandered in, both think he should relax, as if he doesn't know his stuff by now, he never will.
AMBER: Daniel always finds solace in nature. Says it empties his mind.
BAILEY: You sure it was full to begin with?
But on Lou's command, Bailey reluctantly agrees to go and 'commute with nature' to relax before his interview. Once he's gone, Amber tells Lou she's going to see Chris at the hospital - and he asks if she's taking her fiancé. Lou remarks that Amber's engagement has been a bit of a surprise.
AMBER: You're not gonna lecture me, are you?
LOU: Who am I to talk about marriage to anybody? But you are very young.
AMBER: Age doesn't matter when you've met your soulmate.
LOU: Hmm. Do you know how many times I've met my soulmate?
AMBER: Yeah. Once. You said it was Madge, and if you'd had the chance to marry her it would have been forever.
Josh turns up outside, Paige following; he's desperate for some answers about Chris's condition. Karl comes out, parroting his usual line about how he can't divulge any information, especially as Josh was the one who assaulted Chris. But predictably, within seconds of attempted persuasion, Josh has Karl singing like a canary. He tells Josh they're still waiting on news from the speech therapists, physiotherapists and so on. Karl says Chris has had some good news, but likely has a long and costly recovery ahead of him.
Brad is badgering Toadie to reconsider representing Josh, now the charges are likely to be less serious. But Toadie still doesn't want people thinking he's taking sides. Brad says the other lawyers whose names Toadie gave him didn't 'feel right' - he wants Toadie, because he knows what a good person Josh is. Brad also tells Toadie about the graffiti outside their house, and some nasty messages on social media depicting Josh as a monster.
BRAD: He's gonna struggle to get a fair trial. We need the right lawyer in our corner. We want our friends with us.
TOADIE: I am with you, as a friend.
BRAD: Josh stuffed up. He knows how stupid he was. But the kid is gutted. Will you please reconsider?
TOADIE: No. No, I'm sorry.
Brad thanks Toadie anyway, and leaves. Toadie looks awkward.
Outside the Waterhole, Toadie relates to Naomi what happened with Brad. Naomi thinks Toadie made the right decision - she feels sad for Josh, but thinks it's best not to blur the personal and the professional. Plus, she adds, Sheila would make Toadie's life hell if he represented Josh. Toadie laughs along, but is obviously feeling bad still.
Nearby, Bailey is out for his relaxing walk, and bumps into Alice - whose mum has also sent her out of the house prior to her Space Camp interview. Neither of them can get the interviews out of their minds, so Bailey suggests they relax together until the hour arrives. Alice agrees, on the condition that they don't talk about Space Camp or astronomy.
ALICE: What does that leave us?
BAILEY: Okay, what era would you like to live in the most?
ALICE: Easy. Early 1600s. When Galileo made his discoveries, and Kepler introduced the first laws of planetary motion.
BAILEY: You are actually the worst. You literally just said no astronomy.
ALICE: Okay, okay. Would you rather be invisible, or fly?
BAILEY: Fly. No contest.
ALICE: Me too.
They give each other puppy eyes.
Meanwhile, Toadie is whingeing to Naomi about his current caseload, and how it's all about making his corporate clients richer. He admits he became a lawyer to help people, but calls himself a hypocrite - he plays the ethical lawyer card, yet has turned his back on Josh when he needed him. Toadie decides he's made the wrong call, and calls Brad, telling him he will represent Josh after all. Naomi stares wistfully at Toadie and smiles.
Paige comes in, greeting Lou as 'Gramps', followed by a forlorn-looking Josh. Lou encourages Paige to donate some change to Mai Ling's 'Connecting Hands' charity. Josh sees her putting the coins in the tin and has an idea.
JOSH: I've just thought of a way to help Chris.
Meanwhile, Bailey and Alice are discussing which famous people they'd like to be. Bailey would be Albert Einstein, because he could think abstractly and wasn't tied to convention. Alice would be Amelia Earhart, because she was both bold and clever. As Bailey sings Alice's praises, Lou comes over and reminds them that they're due at their Space Camp interview. He offers to drive them back home, so Bailey can collect his notes.
Naomi and Toadie see Sheila and Georgia approaching, and Naomi wants to tell them about Toadie representing Josh. But Toadie says he should do it himself.
GEORGIA: But Chris is like our family.
TOADIE: It's not personal.
SHEILA: Well it looks like you're taking sides.
TOADIE: I know this may sound trite, but I think it's the right thing to do.
Sheila says it will look like Toadie is condoning Josh's actions, but Toadie insists he deserves a fair trial.
SHEILA: I'll tell you what that boy deserves - he deserves a good kicking.
Disappointed, Sheila walks away. Georgia begs Toadie to reconsider, but he says he has to do it.
GEORGIA: Okay, but I can't support you.
Amber turns up to see Josh, who is selling his swimming medals and trophies. He explains he's trying to raise some money to start a donation fund for Chris, to help him with hospital expenses. Amber is concerned Chris might not accept Josh's charity.
JOSH: That's why he can never know it was from me.
AMBER: Okay. What if I set the account up in my name?
JOSH: That'd be great.
AMBER: Josh, this is really selfless of you.
JOSH: For someone fundamentally selfish?
AMBER: No, that's not what I meant.
JOSH: Yes it is. And you're right. And for what it's worth, I'm sorry.
AMBER: What for?
JOSH: When I look back on us, I'm not proud of the way I treated you. I should have taken more of an interest in things you wanted to do. I should have been there for you. But I was so caught up in my own world that I didn't realise I was taking you for granted. I'm so sorry for hurting you. And I'm glad you've finally found someone who treats you right. Daniel's a good guy.
Naomi has bought Toadie a piece of cake, as they continue to work. Toadie admits it was hard to see Sheila and Georgia so disappointed about him representing Josh, but insists it's the right thing to do. Toadie hopes Chris won't hold it against him, but Naomi says he doesn't see things in black and white, like her mum does. Toadie quips that he should hire Naomi as a bodyguard to protect him from Sheila, and they make wrestling jokes like old times. Naomi is giving Toadie wistful looks again.
Lou drops Bailey and Amber off for their interviews, which are taking place inside that well-known hub of NASA activity in Australia, the Community Centre.
BAILEY: I just wanted to say, Alice, that whatever happens, I had an amazing day.
ALICE: Me too. I've never met anyone who can keep up with me like you.
They fall into a pashing session, but Lou shouts at them from the car.
LOU: Oi, Neil Armstrong! You're gonna be late!
BAILEY: Ready for me to crush you like a bug?
ALICE: If you're ready for me to wipe the floor with your face.
They walk inside together.
Josh and Paige are on the laptop when Brad and Terese come in. Terese informs Josh that Toadie has decided to represent him after all. Paige tells them about the drive to raise medical funds for Chris, crediting Amber with the idea - which Josh agrees is a good one. Terese invites a pleasantly surprised Paige to stay for dinner as a thank-you for helping with the graffiti, and she agrees.
Josh is still looking despondent, and Paige tells him it's great Toadie's now representing him - but he's still cut up about what a terrible thing he's done.
PAIGE: Yeah, you did. But at least you're admitting it. And you're doing everything you can to make amends.
JOSH: It's not just this. I've messed up so many things in my life, and I need to start taking responsibility for all my mistakes.
PAIGE: What do you mean?
JOSH: I lost Amber, because I was selfish and I took her for granted. I lost my chance at swimming because I was cocky with Mason. And now Chris is in hospital because I got angry when I heard about the engagement.
PAIGE: Everybody stuffs up sometimes.
JOSH: All of these things happened because of me. Who I am. It has to stop. I don't want to be that person anymore.
In the back garden, Sheila is whingeing to Naomi about how Toadie is representing Josh, and demands to know why she didn't try to talk him out of it. Naomi says she'll support 'Jarrod' in his decision, as he's a grown man - but Sheila retorts that if she wants to support something, she should try visiting Chris in hospital.
Sheila keeps going on, saying Toadie's just a money-grabbing lawyer like the rest of them, and not the person she thought he was - until Naomi forcefully tells her to stop.
SHEILA: Just because you're working for him, doesn't mean you have to defend his actions.
NAOMI: I would defend Jarrod whether I was working for him or not!
SHEILA: Why?! And why are you calling him Jarrod again?!
NAOMI: Because I'm still in love with him.
- Naomi sees a mugshot of Sonya from 1999 amongst some legal papers, but keeps it from Imogen
- We see Dakota kissing Paul - but Mark tells Matt there's something 'seriously off' with her
- Matt and Amber clash over her engagement to Daniel, as she challenges his authority