Previously on Neighbours
- Kyle/Georgia opening their wedding presents…then accidentally sending Sheila a rude thank you email.
- Josh talking to the Erinsborough High students about what he did to Chris.
- Imogen talking to the press about Josh and not happy at what they've written.
To the strains of ‘I can make you love me', Josh sweeps clean the garage.
Chris tells Nate that he's decided to return to work as he is feeling much better although Nate thinks he shouldn't rush going back until he is really ready. Their happy mood disappears quickly when they see the headline in the paper and as they are doing so, Josh arrives to say it's all a lie and that Chris knows exactly why he was doing the talk.
CHRIS: I don't want to talk about it.
Josh enters the house to join the meeting Toadie is holding to discuss the forthcoming court case. Imogen volunteers to get a statement from Naomi (to prove his state of mind at the time) and to liaise with Karl too over the enzyme deficiency even though Terese is concerned that her exams start next week.
IMOGEN: I have to make up for that stupid article somehow.
Josh/Terese reassures her that she doesn't need to keep apologising and Toadie reminds them all about not talking to the media! Toad also suggests that it would be good if Josh got a new job although he thinks that would be sucking up.
TERESE: Darling, you're a good kid who made a stupid mistake and that's what we've got to show.
IMOGEN: Yes, so let's just get started because we're doing this whether you like it or not.
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Kyle/Georgia are trying to get into Sheila's laptop but can't get past the logging in page as they can't figure out her password.
Sheila appears wanting her laptop to check to see if Naomi has emailed and they lie to her saying it's got a deadly virus (Ebola) that they need to remove first before she can use it.
Sonya catches Mark yawning and he admits that he's tired because of the work he has to do at the garage. As they are chatting Danni appears, fresh from travelling overseas, at her mum's request to check on things due to the number of complaints they have received from customers.
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Just as Kyle/Georgia are about to come clean and admit what they've done, Sheila has had a bright idea – they should change their passwords! The duo are extremely relieved especially when she then tells him her current password (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and when she leaves to head to work, Kyle goes into the computer and deletes the email.
Imogen is trying to persuade Sheila to give her Naomi's contact details but she doesn't think it's worthwhile given Josh has confessed. “He still deserves a fair hearing,” Imogen replies and Sheila's comes back is that Chris now has a brain injury, so what's fair about that! Imogen reminds her about her brother's condition but Sheila's comeback to that is called being drunk!
Sheila isn't budging on handing over the contact details so Imogen literally begs her for them.
SHEILA: If you see Chris struggling the way I do every day, you would know precisely why I don't have to give you anything at all.
“We're fine,” Danni responds with after Mark raises the issue if they're good but what isn't she adds is the books.
Chris (and Nate) arrive at the garage and after he does the intros with Nate/Danni, asks to come back to work but doing the admin and not actually working on cars. Danni is more than happy to have him back onboard, starting immediately, so Chris heads over to the desk. Quietly, Mark asks Nate if he's ready to come back and is told that he “couldn't stop him if he tried.”
Following Imogen's earlier visit, Sheila is now busy sending Naomi an email and most of the customers give up waiting except for Karl – and she's not happy at him for giving Imogen a statement (why she now feels she's to email Naomi). He explains that he isn't the court nor the judge or the jury, just simply doing what was asked of him. “It's hard not to act like judge and jury,” she tells him after seeing Chris' daily struggles firsthand. Sheila now backtracks on sending the email to Naomi by deleting it!
KARL: So no- one deserves a second chance ever? Josh has pleaded guilty, he will be punished the question is what is the most appropriate punishment. It's a first time offence, there are mitigating factors.
SHEILA: Well if it was up to me…
KARL: But it's not though is it Sheila, that's the whole point.
Sheila now stalls on re- writing the email because Karl wants his coffee and he suggests that she should be able to get the original one back from her deleted folder. Right enough, the deleted email is there… along with the one from Georgia! Sheila's puzzled about it and after reading it is furious!
Josh is forced to come clean over who's been giving Chris the food packages after Terese thought he was cooking the family dinner. “That's a lovely thing to do,” she tells him but wonders if it might backfire and Josh thinks it will be okay as long as nobody finds out.
And as we cut to the garage, Chris is giving some of the said offerings that have been delivered to his doorstep to Danni (Nate dropped it off at the garage).
Quietly, she asks Mark if he thinks Chris is ready to come back and gets a non- committal reply back. They're catch up when their conversation is interrupted by Chris who is very annoyed at the screws being put on top of the shelf (he's knocked them onto the ground) but calms down as quickly as he erupted when Mark takes responsibility for putting them where they were.
Georgia/Kyle arrive home thinking they've gotten away with the email but then soon discover that they haven't! Kyle tries to explain that others got similar emails too but Sheila isn't listening and takes offence at her present being called a joke and orders them to pack the light away before exiting the kitchen.
GEORGIA: Surely that's not just about us?
KYLE: But we've obviously just made it worse.
Mark turns down Chris' offer to pass him tools so he can get the job done quicker and suggests instead he goes see Danni for work. She asks him where the fuses are but when he goes to where they should be they aren't and Mark puts stuff being moved down to the casuals he's employed. Chris seems to be struggling so Mark suggests calling it quits early since it's his first day back.
Terese catches Imogen is doing some legal research on Josh's case despite reminding her that they're paying Toadie to do that, but she's still feeling guilty for talking to the papers/not being able to talk Sheila round so that they can get a statement from Naomi. “Working yourself into a state isn't going to help,” Terese tells her daughter after first asking her to calm down and suggests that the best way to help Josh is to remain cool and professional. Terese then tells her to be a supportive sister and focus on her exams.
TERESE: I'm still incredibly proud of how you're standing by him.
Her day does get better though when Toadie calls to tell her about Naomi being in contact!
Over coffee, Danni explains that she is cool with the mistakes Chris has done in light of his injury. She's also after how long it's going to be before he's properly back working, commenting that the garage can't survive using casuals. Chris thinks a few weeks but offers to help out like today in the meantime and tries to reassure her that forgetting words, dropping things and getting angry will pass as he is desperate to get back to working normally because his final assessment for his apprenticeship is in a couple of weeks. Danni is worried that he drops something bigger than a packet of screws that someone could get hurt.
CHRIS: It's not going to happen.
DANNI: You can't guarantee that Chris. I'd be negligent putting you or anyone else in that situation.
CHRIS: Ask Nate, he's seen my progress.
NATE: Maybe waiting a little bit longer would be a good thing.
DANNI: Down the line things might be different but right now you're just not ready.
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Nate comes looking for Chris because he thinks he's still angry at him for agreeing with Danni but in actual fact he isn't, it was just hard hearing her say it. Nate is sure he'll get there but will just take time. Chris is sick of hearing that phrase as Sheila pops into the garage – she thinks he's scored an early mark on his first day until he explains that Mark actually sent him home. After asking Nate to leave, Chris tells Sheila that he has to do this or he fears losing his job. She reassures him that won't happen as it will be discrimination.
CHRIS: If I don't get up to speed soon they will have to replace me permanently. I'll never finish my apprenticeship.
SHEILA: You're getting way ahead of yourself.
CHRIS: What if I never fully recover? I can't be a mechanic if I can't even do the basics.
Something then catches Chris' eye – its Josh trying to drop off the food he prepared earlier. It now dawns on Chris who has been delivering the food parcels and isn't amused at Josh's reasoning that he wanted to do something for him.
CHRIS: You think this is doing something for me?!
JOSH: I know it's not much.
CHRIS: You're damn right it's not. My life will never be the same again because of you. I see you jogging and doing everything you do and I can't do any of that and you think that food parcels make up for that? (swiping them out of Josh's hands) They're pathetic. You're pathetic. You…
He then orders Josh to go and somewhat reluctantly he does.
- Josh insisting that he wants to go to jail.
- Imogen admitting that she's scared.
- Amber worried about money.
- Lauren giving Paige advice.