Previously on Neighbours
- Lauren discovering Lou has gone missing.
- Paul helping a disorientated Steph.
- Steph deciding she wants to be checked out by her own doctor in Bendigo.
- Paul volunteering to drive Steph to Bendigo.
- Terese telling Lauren off.
- Paul crashing the car he is driving off the road.
- A mystery car pulling away after the accident (and breaking one of their tail lights).
- Steph discovering Paul's interfered with her meds.
Paul begs Steph for help but she wants answers first beginning with the meds she found in his pocket but he tries to say she is simply confused and asks instead if she remembers about not being well? Steph turns her head away from Paul and starts talking to ‘someone'.
STEPH: Why do you think he has them?
PAUL: Who are you talking to?
STEPH: Do you think it's a trick?
(Acting as if she's heard a reply)
STEPH: Oh a game!
(Again, acting as if she's heard a reply and turning towards Paul)
STEPH: Ooh, I know he's definitely up to something.
PAUL: (worried) Steph, you've got to call for an ambulance.
STEPH: Ah, you just have to tell us the truth Paul. Come on or we're going to be here for a very, very long time
(Turning back towards ‘someone')
STEPH: Aren't we!
Amber reassures her mum that Lou will be fine as they return home and while she heads to put Matilda down, Lauren enters a darkened kitchen but when she switches the lights on discovers Lou in the kitchen! She's mightily relived to see him and he explains why he's had to keep a low profile.
LOU: I'm on the run!
Mark/Paige celebrate their engagement by sharing a cake with each other and discussing when to let her family in on the good news.
Tyler arrives to finally catch up with Mark after he wanted something. Mark can't wait to show off the ring/announce that they are getting married. Tyler is very lost for words and eventually gets out a “congratulations” before being filled in on the reason why they were trying to get hold of him – to tell him about Dimato breaking his parole conditions.
Mark leaves them to go to the station to see if there's been any news (on Dimato) and when he leaves, Tyler can't resist a dig at Paige by asking if she is now ready (to get married).
Brad apologises to Terese for not being back for Doug's arrival and tells her that when he was away he did a lot of thinking and that he wants to be there for her/the kids.
TERESE: Is that what you want or you just saying that because Lauren ended the relationship?
BRAD: I made the decision to move home before that.
TERESE: So you're not denying it? She did end it.
Brad confirms that it was Lauren's call and didn't say anything to her because he didn't want her to “doubt my sincerity.”
BRAD: Look I'm not suggesting you and I are just going to click our fingers and get back together, I'm not even sure that's what you want after everything that's happened.
TERESE: What do you want?
BRAD: Look, all I know is that I care about you and our kids very much.
Meanwhile at the other side of the bar, Aaron wants Toadie to check that Paul/Steph have reached Bendigo and Toadie wants to know why he's been acting weird all night.
AARON: Steph's theory that she's been set up, she was right. Paul's been trying to send her over the edge
“Toadie's calling you,” Steph says when Paul's phone starts ringing quickly followed by “too bad you can't answer it.” He begs her to call an ambulance but her response is that he doesn't need one and until she knows the truth nothing will be called.
Eventually he gives in and tells her about talking to a nurse from the hospital in Bendigo who told him to keep an eye on her around jimmy because she thought Steph would take him just like she did Patrick. “What else did you do?” she asks and he admits to paying to get copies of her psych records hence knowing about the music that was played at the garage, that the call from Charlie wasn't from him and about the dodgy customer at the garage.
STEPH: You made me think I was losing it.
PAUL: Yes, that was the plan.
STEPH: And then when none of that worked, you messed with my meds so I really would get sick again?
He pleads for her to get him medical attention and she informs him that she isn't crazy… “because whatever you gave me wore off.” He now realises that he's been had and Steph confirms that she called 000 ages ago so they are on their way… and that she recorded his entire confession on her phone!
STEPH: And when people find out you've been messing with a psych patient that's when your nightmares will really begin.
Lou is explaining to Lauren/Amber how he ended up disappearing – he got into partnership with someone to make a quick buck packing Buddha's to taking into Thailand when he discovered they were full of a white powder after accidentally breaking one of them. He twigged they were planning on using him as a mule so dumped the lot and flew home to Australia. Lou adds that they are probably after payback for the money they lost and doesn't want to go to the police in case his location is revealed to them.
LOU: My life depends on you two not saying anything.
Brad finally reconnects with his dad after arriving home and Terese leaves them to it, heading to bed as it's been a long day. Doug explains to him about the stuff he sees on the table (photos/mementos etc) that he plans to give them away before his mind goes completely and hands Brad a watch that Pam gave to him when they were first married with a sentimental message - Every moment without you is a moment of time lost. Love always Pamela
DOUG: It might help you remember what's important. Terese is a good woman and you don't know how lucky you were. Lauren's a lovely girl but she's never going to be the one for you. You've still got time to make things right.
At the top of the stairs, Terese has heard everything her Father in Law has said to her husband.
Paige is surprised to see her sister arrive at the store and she gives a cryptic message as to why she's out of the house before adding that Lauren will explain more when she gets home. As they chat about doughnuts, Paige tells her sister about being engaged. Amber is quite shocked at the news, commenting that she didn't see that coming. “Me neither,” adds Paige and admits that at the time she thought they were actually breaking up but thinks this is a chance for them now to make a big commitment together.
AMBER: Yes Paige, this definitely is a big commitment!
Paige then says that she loves him and that is what matters but the false smile on her face suggests that perhaps might not be the case!
Aaron and Toadie arrive to check on Steph and confirms to them that she's got a slight concussion and some whiplash but reassures them that she will be okay. Toadie asks Aaron to tell her what Paul was doing to her and as he goes to tell her, she finishes off his sentence. “I know,” she then adds which puzzles Toadie so she tells them about squeezing the truth from Paul as they were waiting for the ambulance.
STEPH: I wouldn't have known a thing if you hadn't sent the text.
TOADIE: What text?
AARON: Actually, I sent that from your phone.
Aaron then admits he knew what Paul was up to and Toadie wants her to call the police as he's an accessory adding that Paul could go away for a long time.
STEPH: Yes I know, I'm going to deal with this my own way.
Mark returns and after telling Paige that she should really keep the door locked if she's working alone, decides that he perhaps pre- empted things earlier when he shouldn't have. He sits Paige down and on bended knee (using the keyring that contains the key to his Dr Who memorabilia cupboard so she knows how important this is to him) says to her:
MARK: Paige, I know that we are at very different stages of our lives. I know that there's still a lot you want to do, lets to it together! I promise to take care of you and keep you safe. Paige Smith will you marry me?
Mark then puts the ‘ring' onto her finger before they start kissing.
Steph pays Paul a visit in his room to check how he is (mild concussion and some bruised ribs) and comments that he is lucky! He wants to cut to the chase as they've some serious things to discuss and warns her off taking the recording to the press because journalists don't scare him. “I'm aware of that,” she remarks and concedes in his own twisted way that he was looking out for Jimmy but reaffirms that she'd never do anything to hurt him.
STEPH: All I want is to be better so I can have Charlie back in my life and maybe one day Adam too.
PAUL: So what are you going to tell your doctor?
STEPH: I'm going to tell him I messed up my medication.
PAUL: And the police?
STEPH: I'm not going to tell them anything. I want to stay in Erinsborough Paul and you can make that happen.
STEPH: Well you can give me back my job at The Waterhole, you can write me a glowing reference to the hospital and you stop talking about me ruining my reputation. And if you think you can manage that, then I won't tell anyone what you did including Amy and Jimmy.
Paul seems surprised at her deal but agrees to it and they shake on it.
Harold's café (next day)
“Its official,” Mark declares while they both hold up their rings to show Lauren/Brad and moments later the congratulations flow in from them. “So you decided to hold onto him,” Doug interjects and Paige confirms she has.
Brad heads up to the counter to get the celebratory coffee's and admits to Lauren that the news is a bit of a shock, which she agrees with. She apologises to him for putting her foot in it with Terese but he's okay as its better they are honest with everything.
Doug comes over to ask to see the wooden carving that Brad did, which Lauren now holds (Josh told him about it) as he wants to see it. “Sure, coming right up,” Lauren replies then ducks into the kitchen to get it.
Terese is staring at a family photo when Doug arrives home with the carving and is curious to know how long it took him to make it. She isn't sure and takes it from Doug (knowing the perfect place for it – the middle of the kitchen table) when he says he's to head back out.
Lou offers Paige his congratulations on hearing the good news. Amber jokes with her sister that she too is fine with the news “as long as I'm not the one getting married!” and accepts the invitation to be bridesmaid.
Doug arrives to catch up with Lou/to celebrate the news and as they head over to make a cuppa, Paige admits she thinks Lou got the wrong end of the stick (about what happened) after Amber asked for her thoughts on it.
Mark is trying to talk to his brothers about his engagement and neither exactly look interested. Tyler just wants to make sure they aren't rushing into it while Aaron admits he's got other things on his mind. Mark acknowledges that Paige is younger but they have been through a lot together.
AARON: And she still wants to marry you!
Mark invites them both to be his best men and they readily agree.
Meanwhile, Lauren is out clearing up tables and at one, a customer asks if she's Lou's daughter (she is) and he explains that he's an old friend from Cambodia looking to get in touch and wants to know where he is. Lauren replies to the gent that Lou isn't back from overseas yet and as he is about leave, asks for his name so she can let Lou know when she's next talking to him, but he refuses to give it, citing that he wants to keep it a surprise.
Brad arrives home and on seeing the carving, says to Terese that he didn't think Doug was bringing it home. She's fine with it and admits that she's sorry she felt like he had to throw it out and now understands that she should have realised how important woodwork was to him, a connection with Doug. Brad admits that he now wishes he could have spent more time with his dad (when he lived at home) instead of taking off to go surfing.
TERESE: Hindsight is an amazing thing. (Pause) I'm sorry for all the fights we had, all the things that I accused you of.
BRAD: Well you weren't wrong about some of them.
TERESE: But you owned your mistakes, I need to own some of mine.
BRAD: Neither of us is perfect.
TERESE: Well you're right about that.
Terese starts to get emotional, and Brad reassures her it will be okay.
TERESE: No it's not. Having you move back here, having Doug here, I'm remembering what's important and I haven't always done that.
Brad pulls his wife in for a comforting hug.
TERESE: I miss us. Don't you wish we could go back?
- Sonya admitting her jealousy.
- Lauren wanting Lou to go to the police.
- Lou refusing to go, fearful of what might happen.
- Sheila reminding Terese there was a reason they broke up.
- Imogen wanting to know if her parents are going to get a divorce.