Previously on Neighbours
- Bailey worries about how things will change between him and Alice now she's got into Space Camp
- Amber is frustrated at Rain's presence, as Daniel helps her run through ideas for New Eden
- Rain tells Amber that she wants her to help build New Eden too
- Chris has a seizure and is rushed to hospital
- As a result, Toadie tells Brad it's more likely that Josh will be handed a jail sentence
Terese, Imogen and Josh are having breakfast on the patio - but nobody's very hungry, as Josh's court hearing is this afternoon. Brad arrives, with his father Doug in tow; we learn that he and Pam flew back from their holiday last night, but that Pam's had to go back to Darwin. Brad and Terese knew Doug was coming to support Josh, but didn't want to say anything in case he couldn't make it.
JOSH: You didn't have to come. I don't want you to have to go through this.
DOUG: You don't have to worry about me. You're gonna be okay.
Josh and Doug hug.
Bailey hurries Matt along, who's giving him a lift to meet Alice before school - she's leaving for Space Camp in a week and Bailey wants to make the most of their time left together. Daniel and Amber bring in a box full of food for Chris, which everyone in the neighbourhood has been contributing to. Amber's going to drop it round on the way to her big exam today. Matt kisses her and wishes her luck. Matt and Bailey leave.
With an hour before her exam, Amber suggests that she and Daniel go and talk to Rain, to tell her they can't be involved in the New Eden project. Daniel insists he can take care of it - Amber needs to focus on her exam. Amber's surprised she hasn't had to talk Daniel out of being involved with the commune, but he's totally on her side, and annoyed at Rain for having put Amber on the spot.
Doug tells the family about his holiday with Pam. Terese asks after his memory - he says he's had his moments but is doing okay currently. Imogen announces she has to leave for exam, so Terese offers to drive her to school. Brad goes to do the washing up, leaving Brad and Josh alone.
JOSH: Pop, this isn't how I want you to remember me.
DOUG: No fear of that. You'll always be the little guy with a cricket bat to me.
JOSH: Pop, swimming was more my thing.
DOUG: You were a real cricket tragic. Took your Gray & Nicolls to bed with you most nights.
JOSH: I don't remember that at all.
DOUG: Well I do. It's gonna be alright, son.
Back indoors, Toadie turns up, just as Terese and Imogen are about to leave. He has potentially bad news - Judge Felicity Lockwood will be presiding over Josh's hearing. Brad, Josh and Doug come to join the conversation; Toadie explains that Judge Lockwood is 'not known for her warmth and compassion'.
Nate couldn't sleep, so has come over to make breakfast for Chris. Chris kisses him, saying he's too good to him. But Chris is then annoyed to see the food hamper on the table. Nate points out that everyone in Ramsay Street has contributed something, but Chris assumes Josh is still orchestrating it, and says it's making him feel worse. Nate tells him not to worry about it.
CHRIS: I don't know how I feel. Part of me wants him to suffer, and another part of me feels bad for even thinking that. I don't make sense, do I?
Nate tells him to rest up, but Chris says he's sick of people feeling sorry for him. He stomps out for a walk.
Alice is wittering on to Bailey about her busy Space Camp schedule - and makes it clear from a schedule she's drawn up that she's also going to be very busy in the time before she goes, doing preparatory work. Bailey is concerned they're not going to have any time to spend together before Alice leaves. Alice searches for a gap in her schedule, sending Bailey to get her an orange juice.
While Bailey's at the counter, Matt asks him how the 'us time' with Alice is going. He frustratedly explains she's looking for a gap to squeeze him into her schedule. Matt suggests Bailey tell Alice that a relationship is a two-way street, and that she needs to compromise.
Daniel has summoned Rain to talk to her about New Eden. He asks her to back off, saying he and Amber can't be part of the commune, and that Rain should have known better than to stir up trouble by suggesting it.
RAIN: The subject came up organically. I thought that you would be excited.
DANIEL: Excited? What, at the prospect of a bit of free love? You've got a short memory.
RAIN: I told you, Wolfie's on his way.
DANIEL: Oh, so you do do exclusive these days?
RAIN: I hate to break it to you, but I haven't thought about you in that way for a very long time. I want you for your skills, with people, with the land. And I want Amber because she's a part of your life.
Daniel insists he and Amber have their own plans for a future together, but Rain tells him they could begin their married lives surrounded by a supportive community - there would be no financial pressure, and they could concentrate on their relationship.
DANIEL: You're doing it again; you think you know what's best for people.
RAIN: Yeah. You're right - I know I do that, but I'm trying to learn from my mistakes. I need you to help me with New Eden. To keep me in line, to make it great. Don't make me beg.
Alice continues to work away, ignoring Bailey. Eventually he tells her that he's 'bummed out' that she hasn't made any time for him. He tells her it's not good enough, and parrots Matt's advice about compromising.
ALICE: Look, I don't want to hurt your feelings, but there's a lot of pressure on me right now. I'm the only candidate in Australia to have qualified for Space Camp.
BAILEY: Yeah, well I'm the only candidate in Australia to have qualified for being your boyfriend. Which is a big deal for me.
ALICE: Mrs Neil Armstrong would have understood.
BAILEY: She divorced him, remember?
ALICE: I like you more than anyone I've known. But you're not my top priority right now.
BAILEY: Thank you. It's good to know where I stand (!)
Deciding she can't afford any more distractions, Alice tells Bailey that she wants to break up. She apologises, and then rushes off. Bailey looks sad.
Daniel explains to Paul that he's told Rain he'll think about helping her set up New Eden - but not about living there. Paul thinks Amber will still be annoyed, despite Daniel's protestation that Rain has a boyfriend of her own. Daniel admits he's already harbouring ideas that he and Amber could be part of New Eden further down the track, but Paul says he should be concentrating his energies on Amber and the bar, not his ex's project.
Toadie is going through the court procedure with Josh, Terese, Doug and Brad. After Josh pleads guilty, Chris will have a chance to read his victim impact statement, about the extent of his injuries and how it's affected him. Josh's guilty plea and remorse should count in his favour, but Toadie warns that the prosecution has asked for a custodial sentence - so Josh needs to be prepared for the possibility that he may be taken straight into remand.
While Doug shows Toadie out, Josh tells Terese about what Doug said, about him going to bed with a cricket bat as a kid. Josh says he wants Doug to have those memories of him, not memories of him being sent to remand.
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Daniel meets Amber outside the school. He reassures her that Rain isn't trying to split them up, but admits he did say he'd consider helping her set up New Eden - so he can make sure that living standards are high, in case they ever decide to live there! Amber is frustrated, and reminds him that they have their own plans.
AMBER: She's your ex-girlfriend. You guys share tattoos. She broke your heart - I don't want to share a communal kitchen with her.
Amber tells Daniel that if he wants to live at New Eden, it will be without her. So Daniel backs down and says he'll tell Rain they won't be involved.
Doug and Josh are playing cricket and reminiscing about Josh's childhood. Doug says Josh cried when Craig McDermott retired, but that he 'fell in love with Warney soon enough. Refused to eat anything but baked beans.' However, as they laugh and enjoy themselves, Chris walks by, and makes eye contact with Josh, staring grimly at him before walking away.
Daniel breaks the news to Rain that he and Amber won't be involved in the New Eden project - he's going to focus on the bar, while Amber focuses on her photography. Rain seems to take the news very well, but immediately starts on the reverse psychology.
RAIN: I completely accept your decision. Amber needs reassurance; she needs the creature comforts, the suburban trappings. And you want to be with her. You want to put aside your dreams to make her happy. And I think that's beautiful.
Daniel smiles, but looks awkward.
Chris is returning home, and Nate asks him if he's feeling better. Chris says not - he explains he's just seen Josh playing cricket with Doug, laughing and messing around. Nate thinks that's weird, considering it's the day of the hearing. But Chris just walks inside, and Nate follows him.
Bailey berates Matt for giving him bad advice about Alice - explaining that he told her she needed to make time for him, and that it ended with her dumping him. But as they're talking, Alice comes back in, looking sheepish. Bailey goes over to talk to her.
BAILEY: Found a gap in your schedule?
ALICE: I deserved that.
BAILEY: No you didn't. I'm just being a jerk.
ALICE: Look, you think I don't care, but I do. I really do. That's why I didn't tell you.
BAILEY: Tell me what?
ALICE: I'm leaving today.
Alice explains she's going with her gran Layla to visit her uncle, who lives in the mountains, and staying there to do 'high altitude training' until Space Camp begins. Alice thanks Bailey for pushing her to be the best she could be, and says she'll always be grateful.
ALICE: Hey, maybe we'll work together again on a mission to Mars or something.
BAILEY: Is that you trying to be romantic?
ALICE: It's me saying it's not the end. Friends?
They hug, and it quickly becomes a pash. Alice departs, leaving Bailey looking incredibly flustered. Bailey rejoins Matt, and tells him that he's going to Mars, no matter what.
Rain is taking photographs of some trees, when Amber approaches. Rain takes a picture of Amber and smiles. They talk - Rain explains the photos are for the council application to buy the land for New Eden, and shows them to Amber on the camera.
Rain says she's seen some of Amber's photos on the council website (from the competition she won), and remarks she's making a name for herself. Amber is flattered into providing Rain with some advice on how to get the best result from the photos, and Rain suggests that Amber take them for her - she'd pay her the going rate, and it would be good for her portfolio. Amber's unwilling at first, but becomes gradually interested - eventually saying she'll let Rain know.
Josh tells his family how upset Chris looked to see him having fun in the park earlier. Toadie is there too, talking on the phone. Once he's finished, he asks Josh if he said anything to provoke Chris when he saw him earlier. Josh insists he didn't - Chris just looked at him.
TOADIE: Well, I've just had word - he's made an addendum to his victim impact statement.
BRAD: Saying what?
TOADIE: We don't know. But it's come on the back of him crossing paths with Josh, so you have to prepare for the worst.
Everyone looks worried.
- Doug meets Paige, then offends Terese by saying Brad and Lauren could have made a 'go of it'
- Imogen and Toadie worry about Chris's amended statement
- Chris prepares for the court hearing with Nate and Patricia
- Patricia tells Sonya she should have stood up for Chris
- Josh stands in the dock, awaiting the judge's decision