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Neighbours Episode 7580 from 2017 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 7580 (David comes out)
Australian and UK airdate: 14/04/17
Writer: Magda Wozniak
Director: Gary Conway
Guests: None
Music:
Summary/Images by: Liam/Graham
Previously
- “Turn away from… homosexual life,” Great Grandma Tanaka advises David
- David thanks Aaron for helping him find his father, and a lingering look ensues
- Amy denounces God as a sadist, much to Jack's displeasure
- Paul invites David to join him, Amy and Jimmy for dinner
- But a drunken Leo isn't thrilled to see them playing happy families, and causes a scene
- Leo tells Amy that all he can think about is her, but she leaves in tears
The Waterhole
David is still with Paul. He apologises for Leo's behaviour earlier, but Paul is understanding. Paul says he's had a nice evening, but things are a little awkward still as they get to know each other.
PAUL: You know what, David? It will get easier.
DAVID: Yeah, I guess you've done the whole ‘getting to know estranged kids' bit before. Sorry, that came out wrong.
PAUL: No, it's fine – and you're right. Unfortunately, yes, I have done it before. Well, Amy and I started out like that.
DAVID: Yeah. Somehow I can't imagine Amy being as nervous as I am.
PAUL: No, you're right there! She was different. Angrier. Bit like your brother, really. But, you know, we managed to work through it. I mean, not that I didn't deserve her anger. You see, the thing with Amy was, I knew about her, but I wasn't there for her. You two, it was different. Not that I haven't made the same mistakes – I've buried my head in the sand. So I would completely understand if you were angry as well.
DAVID: The past is the past. I don't want to focus on that. I'm more interested in our future. Building that together.
PAUL: Well, I couldn't have put it better myself.
David invites Paul along to Jack's multi- faith Good Friday service tomorrow, which Amy's asked him to go to as Jimmy's involved in it. Paul admits he's not a Good Friday kind of guy, but agrees to go on the proviso that they do breakfast too. David is made up.
Tanakas' Apartment
Leo is still drunk and feeling sorry for himself, when David comes in.
LEO: Did you have fun with Dad? (!)
DAVID: And I'm not even allowed to have dinner with Paul now? I know this is hard for you. But you of all people should know how important it is to me.
LEO: She came over.
DAVID: What? Who?
LEO: Amy (…)
DAVID: You said she was over whatever feelings she had.
LEO: David, please don't. Look, I'm sorry for what I said about you and Paul. I get this matters to you, so go, enjoy – be a happy family, whatever. Just, please, don't ask me about Amy.
Leo storms off to his room.
No 26
Paul is with a rather glum Amy, talking optimistically about his chances of building a relationship with David. He admits he's going along to the Good Friday service with him, and asks if Amy's going herself. She's not, and admits it's because of Leo.
PAUL: Darling, one day, this is going to be in the distant past. It won't matter so much, and we'll even laugh about it.
AMY: Great. So my pain is just a big joke to you.
PAUL: Come on, you know what I meant. It's just, I want you to know that there is somebody out there for you. And you will find him, I promise.
Harold's Café
The next morning, David tells Aaron about his meal with Paul last night. David is reticent initially; he admits that he feels weird being happy about spending time with Paul while Leo is still struggling. Aaron admits Amy is struggling too.
AARON: Look, Leo's not here at the moment. And neither's Amy, alright? It's just you and I – and I'm not gonna judge you. This is our safe- zone. Come on.
DAVID: Okay. Well, it was pretty cool. I mean, it was majorly awkward most of the time, but we're both committed to this. To getting to know each other (…) Aaron, I think I'm getting a dad.
David is obviously thrilled, and Aaron is thrilled for him.
Meanwhile, Paige is concerned to hear from Jack that the volunteers who were going to construct the stage for the Good Friday service have pulled out. It's implied that Paige is thinking the scandal over her pregnancy is to blame, but Jack tells her not to jump to conclusions. Paige suggests Amy could help, but Jack says she's got a bit going on and he doesn't want to worry her.
No 26 / Harold's Café
Jimmy is practicing his speech for the Good Friday service in front of Amy.
JIMMY: And not just because I love the food – but because sharing each other's different points of view makes us more em… en… enpathetic.
AMY: *Em*pathetic.
JIMMY: That's what I said!
AMY: It's an M.
But Jimmy is clearly troubled, and asks if Amy is quitting the church for good, as he's going to miss going with her. She suggests they find something else to do together, but he doesn't look impressed.
Amy gets a call from Paige, who tells her about the volunteers pulling out of building the stage. Paige feels guilty because she thinks it's because of her, and asks if Amy can help.
AMY: Thing is, I'm kind of having a break from God.
But Paige pleads, reminding Amy that Jimmy's talking at the ceremony.
PAIGE: We really need you.
Lassiter's Complex
Jack is on the phone to someone called Darren as Amy approaches. From the gist of the conversation she realises that it's her old builders' merchant acquaintance Dazza, trying to rip Jack off by over- quoting for the stage. She grabs the phone and gives Dazza an earful, securing a much lower price for the materials in exchange for future business, before telling Jack she'll build the stage for him.
AMY: I'm not doing this for the church, or God, or you, or Paige, or the community. I just need something to distract me. And this has been my best offer so far.
Harold's Café
Paul comes in and sees David with Aaron. He gives David a card from Daniel, his nephew, who wanted to welcome David and Leo to the family. Paul asks if Aaron is joining them at the Good Friday service; he says he wouldn't want to intrude, but Paul and David say he's welcome to join them. Aaron goes home to get changed.
PAUL: It's good that you've got somebody like that in your life. Very important.
DAVID: Oh, Aaron? Oh, he's not – we're just friends.
PAUL: Oh (!)
DAVID: But, yeah. Aaron's great.
Paul smiles at him and David awkwardly goes to get a menu, but Paul points out there's already one on the table.
Lassiter's Park
Amy is constructing the stage, while Jack thanks her for her hard work.
JACK: Is it working? Do you feel better?
AMY: Well I did. Until you brought it up again!
He leaves her to it, just as Elly arrives. Amy makes it clear she's using the stage- building work to forget about Leo, and telly Elly that Leo's not coping with the situation as well as he might want her to think.
AMY: He might need a friend right now.
Tanakas' Apartment
Elly shows up to see Leo, with the intention of being said friend – but he grouchily insists he's fine. Elly persists, saying it's okay to talk about it.
LEO: Is it? Because the last I checked, there's no quick fix for being in love with your sister. There – I said it. Happy?
Elly tries to equate the situation with your common/garden heartbreak scenario, and tells Leo he should approach it in the same way – namely, by cutting Amy off altogether for a little while. Leo points out that it's not that simple, since they're related and David wants to get to know his family.
LEO: I'm just saying that it's gonna cost me. In a few different ways.
ELLY: Whatever it takes, you have to cut her off.
Harold's Café
David is telling Paul about his career as a doctor, and Paul wonders how he came to aspire to it in the first place.
DAVID: It's, I guess partly because of you. Not literally you, but the father figure I've always had in my head.
PAUL: Because you thought he was a doctor?
DAVID: Sort of. But also generally, I pictured this super- stern, accomplished man who'd expect his son to tick all the right boxes.
PAUL: All what boxes?
DAVID: You know, the usual ones. Children, career, house, wife – all of that.
PAUL: A heavy load for a young fella to carry.
DAVID: Actually, I'm still sitting here worrying about what you think of me. And all the boxes I haven't ticked yet.
They're interrupted by Aaron arriving back in his suit, and Jack follows him in. Jack suggests to Paige that they get lunch together after the ceremony. Paige is worried what his parishioners will think.
JACK: Paige, I'm not afraid of that. What matters here is my child hearing me speak.
PAIGE: Okay. We'll be there.
Lassiter's Park
The stage has been set up, and various religious leaders are sitting behind Jack as he begins the service. Among the audience are Paige, Aaron, Paul and David. Jack begins by welcoming Jimmy to the stage to make his speech. Amy watches from behind a tree.
JIMMY: I'll be collecting donations for the new refugee centre today, cos I'm proud to live in a place so full of many different cultures, and not just because I love the food – but because sharing each other's points of views makes us more empa… empa… makes us kinder. Thank you, everyone.
Amy is relieved that Jimmy got through his speech, and everyone claps. Jack continues his own speech, saying people not only have a chance to reflect on difference today, but also on how much they have in common. Good Friday is a day that symbolises hardship, he continues.
JACK: Often, when things are hard, sometimes we feel that no- one else understands how much pain that we're going through.
David and Aaron glance at one another across Paul, and Paige and Amy listen intently.
JACK: But I'll let you in on a little secret. To suffer is human. Now my colleagues and I – we've all been there, right? So we're never in this alone. It may take a bit of effort – may take a leap of faith. But if you reach out, you will almost always be rewarded.
Paul and David smile at each other, as Jack asks everyone to participate in his favourite Catholic ritual, the Passing of the Peace. Everyone shakes hands with the person next to them according to tradition; David and Aaron shake hands across Paul, and then Aaron mock- grudgingly shakes Paul's hand too!
PAUL: The Catholics think they've got a patent on handshakes now, do they?!
But heathen as he is, even Paul seems to be enjoying the service.
No 26
Amy arrives home and finds a note addressed to ‘Mum'. It reads, ‘thanks for helping me, love Jimmy'. She smiles. There's a knock at the door – it's Leo.
LEO: We can't work together. You can no longer have a stake in the backpackers'. I've estimated the current value of your investment, and I think you'll find my calculations fair.

He gives her a cheque, and Amy queries how he got his hands on so much money on Good Friday when all the banks are shut.
AMY: Leo, this is crazy. I know you can't afford this!
LEO: Actually, my financial affairs are no longer any of your business.
AMY: … So that's it?
LEO: Yep. Now there's no reason for us to see each other.
AMY: Well, you should go then.
Leo pauses momentarily, before walking out of the door.
Lassiter's Park
The service has just finished, and Jimmy is collecting money for the refugee centre. Paige congratulates Jack on his speech, and he thanks her for bringing Amy on board to help with the stage – although he admits he wishes more of his parishioners had shown up. Paige says she thinks the baby hiccupped during his speech, and attributes it to too much sacramental wine!

Meanwhile, Paul is talking to David.
PAUL: It was nice that Aaron came along.
DAVID: Yeah, it was sweet of him. Especially since it's not really his kind of thing. Or yours. Sorry if you were bored.
PAUL: No, on the contrary, I actually found it quite moving. Don't look so surprised! It got me thinking to what I actually do believe in.
DAVID: Wow – did you find an answer?
PAUL: Yeah. It's not God or anything religious, obviously. But, no, it's my kids – and their unique way of seeing the world.
DAVID: That's beautiful.
PAUL: Yeah. I mean, I wasn't always like that. There was a time when I expected all my kids to be mini versions of me. I'd be thoroughly disappointed if they were anything less.
DAVID: … I think that's natural.
PAUL: No. It's pretty foolish. You see, now I know that my kids are clearly at their best when they're doing their own thing. I mean, look at Jimmy – he's nothing like me, thank goodness. He's brilliant. So yeah, you know – I guess there was a time when I probably was like the father that you imagined. But I'd like to think I've changed.
DAVID: Right.
PAUL: David, listen – don't think that you have to tick any boxes for me. Or anyone, for that matter, alright? Married, single, kids, no kids, doctor, cleaner – I don't care. As long as you choose a life that makes *you* happy. Do you hear what I'm saying?
David nods intently.
PAUL: Good. Oh, I so wish I could have told you that all your life.
David smiles, and as Paul walks away, looks pensive.
The Waterhole
Elly and Paige come in, Elly teasing Paige for being ‘such a good wifey' to Jack. Amy is at the bar, and she suggests the three of them go out and hit the clubs. Elly's in if Paige is.
PAIGE: Is anything even open on Good Friday?
ELLY: Seriously, have you forgotten how us heathens live? In the real world, tonight is known as the first night of a really long weekend. So yes, there are things open – like, everywhere.
Paige decides she could indeed do with doing something a little less churchy, and the trio agree to go out, Elly mock- lamenting that as Paige is pregnant, she'll have to be designated driver. Amy goes to get shots from the bar, as they're more expensive in The City™.
Tanakas' Apartment
Leo is working when David comes in.
DAVID: Leo? Leo, I know you've got a lot going on. But there's something I want to talk to you about.
LEO: If it's about Paul, I'm sorry, I'm not interested.
DAVID: No, it's not about Paul.
LEO: I told you, I'm not answering questions about Amy.
DAVID: It's not that, either. This is my thing.
David becomes emotional.
DAVID: You're the most important person in my life. So I wanted you to be the first one I say this to. I'm gay.
Leo smiles.
LEO: Say it again.
DAVID: I'm gay… I'm gay.
LEO: Yeah, you are! About time, bro!
They laugh, and Leo hugs him.
Unmissable Drama
- David has something big to tell Paul and Amy
- Leo berates Paul for creating a tricky situation
- Toadie asks Steph if there's anything going on between Mark and Sonya
- Finn encourages Ben to be a mechanic
- A man in a hat is looking for Jarrod Rebecchi
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