Previously on Neighbours
- Mark gets a poison pen letter
- Sonya can't believe anyone hates her that much
- Doug arrives to be there for Josh
- Chris sees Doug and Josh playing cricket
- Toadie tells the Willis family that Chris has made an addendum to his statement
Terese is worried that Josh won't cope in jail. Brad tries to calm her down
No 30, with scenes from No 26 / No 22
Toadie and Imogen are looking through the statements for court. Over scenes of Patricia helping Chris with his tie, we hear Karl's medical statement describing Chris's mobility and cognitive difficulties, and other medical issues.
Then Toadie and Imogen look at Chris's statement. We hear his statement about his difficulties with everyday life, his apprenticeship and his temper with Nate over flashbacks and scenes with Nate and Patricia.
CHRIS: My life is different now. And that's something I have to get used to.
Next up is Josh's statement, where we hear his statement over a scene of a solemn Josh and Brad.
JOSH: It was a stupid reckless mistake which should never have happened. Every morning when I wake up, it's the first thing I think about.
Back in No 30, Chris's revised statement has arrived.
Brad tells Lauren that he's keeping his fingers crossed for Josh. She introduces him to Paige.
Mark and Sonya are chatting when Patricia comes in with Georgia. Sonya goes over, commenting that Patricia hasn't answered her calls, and asks about the hearing. She says Chris didn't want her to go.
PATRICIA: He didn't want me telling that thug what I think of him.
Sonya says it will all be over soon. Patricia is annoyed and points out that Chris's injuries are not going to magically disappear. (Hasn't she ever watched Neighbours? Injuries usually magically disappear.) But anyhow, Sonya apologises, and Georgia tries to drag Patricia off before there's a fight. Patricia launches another attack, saying that Toadie is defending Josh.
SONYA: You know that's not my decision.
PATRICIA: Save the excuses. I'm not interested.
MARK: You can't blame Sonya for what's happened.
PATRICIA: You should have stopped him from taking on the case. Should've stood up for Chris. I thought we were friends.
SONYA: Well, no, we… we are friends.
Patricia shakes her head, and goes to the bar. Sonya tells Mark she understands, and besides she's used to being a target. He asks if she's had more letters. She says no, and hopes there won't be any more. There's a text saying Chris is about to give his statement.
Erinsborough Magistrates' Court
Chris is giving his statement.
CHRIS: I was angry at Josh for what he did. Still am. But I don't want Josh to go to jail.
He says that Josh has been doing various things to try to make it up to him.
CHRIS: Like me, Josh has to live with this for the rest of his life. I think that's punishment enough.
The judge then explains what factors she has taken into account in considering her sentence, such as Amber getting engaged, Naomi ending their relationship, the fact that he had been drinking as well as his confession and remorse and Chris's statement.
JUDGE: They were not the actions of a neighbour or a friend.
She sentences him to 300 hours of community service and a two year suspended sentence.
There is a lot of hugging in the Willis household, and they thank Toadie for his work. Imogen wants to celebrate.
JOSH: No. No, no, no. No celebrating. Look, I got off lightly, and I'm grateful but Chris didn't, so celebrating, I don't know, it just feels a little wrong.
Patricia is not happy about the sentence.
PATRICIA: He shouldn't have got away with it. And you, you shouldn't have helped him.
CHRIS: He didn't deserve to go to jail.
She's annoyed because Chris hadn't told her about the extra statement, and Nate points out she would have tried to stop him. She agrees, and Georgia tells her that Chris is being the bigger person here. Nate tells Chris he's proud of him. Mark approaches Patricia, saying he's heard about the verdict. She says people should pay for their mistakes. He says it depends.
MARK: I'm sure you've made plenty of mistakes in your past.
PATRICIA: Oh has Sonya been talking about me?
MARK: No. No, no, Sonya would never betray a friend's confidence.
PATRICIA: She's no friend. I bet she's thrilled about the verdict. Another victory for her husband.
She asks if Sonya sent him, and when he says no, she advises him to choose his friends more carefully.
Doug tells Paige he had a good feeling about today. When she asks him to tell Josh she's stoked for him, he invites her to come with him. She's worried she'll be in the way.
DOUG: You're part of the family now. Unless you don't want to spend time with your new granddad…
PAIGE: Emotional blackmail? Great! Thanks, Doug.
DOUG: "Pop" to you.
They smile at each other.
Josh arrives to thank Chris for what he did.
JOSH: It's probably the only reason I'm not locked up right now.
CHRIS: Then I'm uh… glad I did it.
Josh asks why, and Chris says he saw Josh with Doug. First it made him angry, then he saw Josh as a little kid hanging out with his grandpa.
CHRIS: It reminded me that what you did wasn't something you wanted to do.
JOSH: I'd give anything to take it back.
CHRIS: Yeah. Yeah, I know you would.
Doug and Paige arrive together. Paige chats with Josh, while Doug tells Brad that she takes after him. He says it's a shame they missed out on so many years.
DOUG: If you'd have known about Paige earlier, you and Lauren might have made a proper go of it.
(Doug notices that Terese has heard) Oh, I mean… I'm so sorry. That came out wrong, didn't it? Um… I sometimes say things without thinking.
Terese says it's fine, and goes off to make dinner. Brad sighs and follows her. Doug tells Paige he's becoming a silly old man, and the important thing is they are all together.
Doug finds an upset Paige outside, and apologises if he embarrassed her. He reminds her that some people will need more time to accept her than others, adding that she won him over straightaway. He gives her a tiny ankle bracelet: he and Pam had given one to each of their children and grandchildren. She says it's beautiful.
DOUG: Welcome to the family.
No 26 - garden
Chris and Nate are in the hot tub, talking about what Karl said in his statement. Nate points out that he's getting better all the time, while Chris says he might never get to 100%. He says he might be fine for months, then something might happen, and asks Nate if combat was like that. Nate says not really.
NATE: When you're out there with your mates, patrolling, not knowing what's gonna happen, the thing that matters most is that you've got each others' backs. And I'll watch yours as long as you watch mine.
Brad and Terese are clearing up. Brad says that Doug didn't mean what he said. She says of course he did, but she can look after herself. Brad says that they should talk about what's going on. She says they've just got their son back - they can talk about everything else tomorrow. He assures her he wants to sort it out.
Mark has come around to check on Sonya, saying that Patricia was hard on her earlier.
MARK: Patricia knows your personal history. She has a grudge. What if she wrote those letters?
SONYA: No, but she wouldn't.
Mark asks how well she knows Patricia, says that logically, it all fits. Sonya says she would go with her gut: she doesn't believe Patricia would do something like that. Besides, now the court case is over, it will stop.
MARK: I hope so. But who else could it be?
- Georgia and Susan get letters, and there are more red envelopes...
- Mark reports the letters to Matt, saying the situation could escalate
- Toadie asks Mark if something else has happened