Previously on Neighbours
- Susan tells Nate to sort himself out, or leave.
- Nate wishes he could stop thinking about his memories
- Karl tells Susan to leave Nate's treatment to a professional
- Paige tells Mark they should break up
- Terese reads Lauren's journal. Matt says it's none of her business, and she tells him it might be his.
Matt looks at the photo of Lauren and himself at their vow renewal while he debates whether to read the journal.
Lauren, Brad and Paige arrive back as Terese looks on. Mark asks what's happening.
TERESE: Just another Paige drama.
Lauren and Brad come in with Paige. Matt tells Lauren that Terese had dropped over the food she'd made for lunch. She and Brad are surprised by the trouble Terese had gone to. Brad goes to help clear up, and Lauren is about to go to thank her, when Matt stops her, and Paige says she should go.
Paige promises that even if her hair catches fire, she won't bail next time. She sees the photo of herself that Terese has put up and says it's really nice. She leaves and Brad says that he hadn't realised that she was going to so much trouble. She says it doesn't matter because Paige won't be up to coming over for a while anyway. She comments that it was good she had both her parents at the hospital. Brad hopes she's not thinking there's more to it - he hopes they are past that. She says she knows he and Lauren will always have a bond and that he's thought about the life they might have had.
BRAD: Well, haven't you ever had what-if thoughts? Have you ever wondered where you might be right now if you hadn't met me?
TERESE: Yeah, sure, sure. But there's a difference between thinking about your alternate life, and living across the road from it.
BRAD: That is not my alternate life! I have a real one here with you.
He says he loves her, but she says she finds it hard to believe him. He doesn't know what to say.
Susan is going to meet Nate. Karl wants to know how she's going. She says Nate is more settled, and he's met Patricia again. Karl asks her again how *she* is going. She says she's just hearing about things second-hand: Nate has actually been through them. She says she's fine, and promises to tell Karl if there are any problems.
Nate tells Susan that he feels he can't share things with Chris because of Chris's own problems. Susan suggests they could maybe help each other. He starts to tell her about Steffo, a soldier in his unit.
Paige is reading a magazine when Mark arrives. Lauren is not sure Paige is up to having visitors, but she says she's OK.
MARK: Nice mitt.
PAIGE: The coffee machine bit it... burnt it.
They chat awkwardly for a minute, then Paige says she's tired and Mark leaves. Paige goes as well, and Lauren comments to Matt about Mark. He says nothing and she pulls him up about it.
MATT: I read your journal.
She is understandably furious.
Nate is talking about when Steffo was going on about his renovations. He (Nate) had to stop to get a stone out of his boot.
NATE: Three seconds later, BOOM! He stepped on an IED. Knocked me for six. Had to pick myself up, brush off the dust, but he was... he was gone.
SUSAN: I'm so sorry.
NATE: And all I could think about then, and all that's coming back to me now, over and over, is at least Steffo won't go on about his wall paper. Why would I think like that? What is wrong with me?
Susan tells him that it's his mind trying to protect him after he experienced an incredibly traumatic event. He points out that if he hadn't had the stone in his boot, it would have been him. He wants to know why: Steffo had little kids. Susan assures him that his life is just as valuable.
SUSAN: You can't feel guilty for being alive.
She tells him that Chris would be facing a much worse future without him.
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Lauren is about to put her journal in the BBQ (I think), when Paige turns up to talk about Brennan. Lauren tells her she was getting rid of the journal because Matt had read it. She says there was lots about him - and also some stuff about Brad.
Meanwhile, Matt is discussing the journal with Karl. He says that Lauren wondered about what life would be like with Brad, but then she says she wouldn't trade what she had, because she loves what she has with her family. Karl says that's a good thing.
MATT: Yeah, but them there's a list as long as my arm of all my faults and mistakes.
KARL: Susan's got one of those about me, and that was just from the last month!
Karl asks if the comments were fair - and Matt accepts they were. Karl points out that if most of it is about Matt, it should tell him that Lauren loves him. Matt looks thoughtful.
Matt apologises to Lauren for reading her journal, but adds that he's not sorry because he now knows he's been an idiot worrying about Brad. He says he was having difficulty trusting her, but reading it in her journal made him realise it was the truth. He says he really wants to make it work, and she's happy that they're talking. They kiss tenderly and Lauren remarks that the kids are out, so they go off to make the most of the opportunity...
A grumpy Brad and Terese are arguing about calling Josh to a meeting at Toadie's. Across the street, Matt and Lauren are happily preparing to go out for a bicycle ride.
TERESE: Well they seem very happy.
MATT: Slow down Cadel Evans!
Susan is walking up the street and gets a stone in her shoe. She stops to take it out and as she throws it away, Terese drops something with a clang, which alarms Susan.
Karl arrives home, where Susan looks preoccupied. Nate decides to see Chris and Karl goes to bed. Later, Susan is on the couch and Karl comes through and says the place is looking a bit drab. Ominous music ™ plays.
KARL: Maybe we need some wallpaper.
KARL: Yeah, that's what we need.
NATE: (voiceover)...his wife's taste in wallpaper
Karl opens the fridge and it explodes. Then Susan wakes up, breathing hard.
- Susan tells Nate that she's been looking into professional counselling.
- Sonya asks how many wives would strip for strangers just to please their husbands
- Karl wins $7000 on a scratchcard
- Paul (apparently) throws the card over his balcony