- Andrew antagonising Declan
- Declan and India moving into #24
- Lucas admitting to Sonya that he used her to get back at Toadie
- Andrew sending an email to a client who was rude to Summer
- Andrew realising he sent the email to *all* the Lassiter's clientele
- Declan refusing to help out Andrew
Staff are busy setting up Neighbour Day, which includes arcade games and junk food vendors. Andrew guiltily eavesdrops while Paul is on the phone to his accountant explaining that today's event should turn a profit if all of his clientele make an appearance. Andrew's wary about all the money Paul's spending but Paul reassures him everything will be fine. Declan approaches them to pointedly ask Andrew if he has fixed his "problem" yet. Paul's slightly concerned, but Andrew pretends it was nothing.
Summer and Harry are playing the keyboard together when Andrew arrives to ask them for help. Summer works her computer- fu and ensures that the email replies won't be sent to Paul's computer. Harry points out that Andrew still has to worry about Paul's iPhone.
Rebecca finds Paul concentrating on his Neighbour Day speech and snarks that he should be putting an equal amount of energy into saving their family. Andrew, Harry and Summer arrive and Andrew manages to get Paul's phone by saying he'll change over all the settings so he's set for his trip to America. While the teens have the phone, Paul and Rebecca have a heart to heart about their family troubles. Paul knows it's rotten timing but this overseas board meeting is important for the business. Rebecca's upset Paul will be gone for four weeks but Paul says he'll be back before she knows it.
Susan, Karl, Libby, Steph and Toadie are all having a go at Paul for making Neighbour Day all about his business, but feel sheepish when Sophie points out that Uncle Paul might just want people to have fun. Karl quickly changes topic - he's excited about the free food and fireworks, which also makes Ben and Callum happy. Lucas walks in and Ben asks if he's going to join in with the celebrations today. Lucas eyeballs Toadie and Steph.
LUCAS: Yeah sure, why wouldn't I? I love my neighbours: the most genuine people I know.
Lucas is whining and moaning to Rebecca about Steph and Toadie playing happy families, but Rebecca says he really needs to let his anger go.
LUCAS: Am I the only one who can see that they're faking it?
REBECCA: I think you see what you want to see and everyone else sees what's really there.
LUCAS: OK let's say you're right. I want to know what made her fall in love overnight. And I mean it was literally overnight.
REBECCA: Lucas drop it.
LUCAS: Aren't you a little bit curious?
REBECCA: She's made her choice and I just think you need to accept it. For everyone's sake but especially your own.
Harry doesn't see why Andrew can't send an apology email to everyone, but Summer knows it's going to take a lot more than that to fix things. Andrew figures he just has to cut his losses and replace all the missing guests with other people. He then asks Summer to create a diversion so Paul's kept busy all day and doesn't notice his missing clientele.
Andrew's on the megaphone advertising Neighbour Day while Summer and Harry hand out pamphlets. Toadie, Steph, Callum and Sophie wander around while Andrew chats to Chris from school. He lies and says there are awesome bands attending the celebration so Chris and his mates should suit up for the occasion. Paul takes Andrew aside and commends him on going the extra mile to make sure Neighbour Day is a success, but he wants to make sure Andrew's inviting all the right people (aka rich peeps). Paul also wants Andrew to keep some time aside this afternoon so he can introduce him to some VIP clients.
ANDREW: Yeah, you don't need to do that.
PAUL: Andrew that's me giving you credit. Just take it.
ANDREW: [tries not to panic] OK.
First Commercial Break
Lassiter's Complex/Number 26
The sun's shining, the band's playing, people are dancing and having fun and the Ramsay Street kids are busy playing games and making themselves sick on fairy floss. Lisa brings over some food for Steph and Toadie to sample while Declan tells Andrew that Paul wants to see him. Paul's looking uneasy and wants to know if Andrew has the VIP acceptance list, but Andrew lies and says it's back at the hotel. Paul's a little bit concerned he hasn't seen any CEOs in suits yet. Andrew sends a sneaky text to Summer to put his diversion plan into action. This involves Summer pretending to be someone from the airport who rings Paul with fake problems about his flight booking. Paul walks off in a huff to find his paperwork while Chris and his mates query Andrew about why they're the only fools in suits.
Ben, Sophie and Callum walk in with Libby complaining about their sore stomachs, so Rebecca gets some water for them. Callum spies Sonya and tells her that even though Steph has moved in that doesn't mean they can't still be mates. Sonya smiles and high- fives him - they'll be mates for life so he doesn't have to worry.
The kids rush out again, sore tummies forgotten, just as Lucas walks in and joins Sonya. He asks if she wants to check out Neighbour Day with him. Sonya's not keen considering Toadie's out there, but also can't help wondering if Lucas is just trying to make him jealous again. Lucas promises he's not - that's all in the past. In fact, he could really use her advice about how to re- connect with an old mate.
The Ramsay Street kids compete in an old fashioned egg and spoon race while Rebecca brings India to visit her daddy. Harry and Summer tell Andrew that they kept Paul on call waiting for ages, but obviously not for long enough as Paul appears to agitatedly ask where all the VIPs are. Rebecca takes Paul for a short stroll to calm him down. She knows they're in more financial trouble than he's been letting on, but if things don't go well in New York he's still got community and family.
Karl and Susan laugh at Steph and Toadie as they collapse onto the couch with full stomachs.
KARL: You've got to learn to pace yourselves. I stopped about half an hour ago and I'm almost ready to go again!
SUSAN: Come on, surely you've had enough?
KARL: No, you can never have enough, particularly if it's free.
Rebecca serves Lucas a beer at the counter but Lucas gets an idea and tells her to send the drink Toadie's way. When Rebecca delivers the beverage and explains to Toadie who it's from, everyone's surprised, but Toadie calmly hands it back and says it's too little too late. Sonya watches in the background and is disappointed. Rebecca checks her watch and realises it's time for Paul's speech.
Paul addresses the crowd and doesn't exactly wow them when his speech turns into a big advertisement for the hotel. But then he heeds Rebecca's words from earlier about community and family, and gives a speech from the heart.
PAUL: On a different note, though, what is Neighbour Day? I mean, what does it really mean? To me it means celebrating community with friends [Libby smiles at Steph and Toadie], but most importantly with family [Rebecca looks pleased]. We don't always get along [Declan glances at Andrew], or tell each other the truth [Steph looks past Toadie towards Libby], or even express how we really feel [Harry steals a sideways glance at Summer, but Summer's busy looking elsewhere]. The trick however is to accept these differences and rise above them [Toadie looks back at Lucas] , because after all, we are all we've got. Thanks for coming and enjoy yourselves.
The crowd cheers and Declan and Andrew congratulate Paul on a job well done. But Paul tells the boys that they're the real stars of the day for making everything happen, "I could not be more proud". Rebecca's delighted when Paul encourages the boys to take the afternoon off and says she's proud of him. But things take a turn for the worse when one of Paul's VIPs rocks up and angrily asks what the deal is with the email he received. Paul reads it and is shocked.
Second Commercial Break
Andrew's about to play a game of pool with Summer and Harry when Paul slams down the email evidence in front of him. Summer tries to say that it wasn't all Andrew's fault but Harry gently guides her away out of the firing line. Andrew starts to explain that it was all a big mistake but Paul is absolutely ropeable.
ANDREW: We'll email them all back, explain what happened. You can blame it all on me.
PAUL: Oh that's your solution is it? And what about the festival?
ANDREW: ... People are having a good time aren't they?
PAUL: NOT THE RIGHT PEOPLE, ANDREW! The right people are so disgusted they won't even reply to your email.
[Andrew mumbles something]
ANDREW: I just wanted the chance to fix it before you found out.
PAUL: I could have cancelled that festival but instead I'm left with a massive PR debt and absolutely NOTHING to show the board next week.
ANDREW: [pleading] Look, I'll make it up to you, please.
PAUL: [staring him in the eye] I'm done.
He angrily walks away leaving Andrew shaken and upset.
Everyone has gathered to watch the fireworks display (no, not the Andrew/Paul showdown, the pretty lights in the night sky!). All the Ramsay Street- ers in the episode ooh and ahh, which is quite right too because it's a pretty cool show. Steph and Toadie hold hands and smile at one another while they watch with Callum and Charlie. Andrew appears and looks downhearted when he sees Summer and Harry having a laugh together. Paul loiters in the shadows with a stony expression on his face, and glares at his son. Andrew quickly walks away.
The kids walk in with Steph and Toadie and Callum exclaims that he wants to see a fireworks show every night. Toadie asks Rebecca for some drinks and she makes it known that she was disappointed he didn't accept Lucas's peace offering earlier. Rebecca heads over to the other side of the bar where Sonya is and starts talking about Lucas. She's surprised Lucas *did* make the first move considering he thinks Steph is still in love with him. This gets Sonya's attention. She's even curiouser when Lucas walks into the bar, spots Steph and Toadie and immediately walks out again.
Sonya has followed Lucas inside to confront him about his tactics. She knows he's still playing a game, but this time instead of antagonising Toadie he's being sneaky and playing nice. Lucas tries to deny it but Sonya can tell he's lying.
SONYA: If you go through with this, I don't want to know you. I mean it.
Lucas looks torn.
Third Commercial Break
Libby gets a text from Zeke and tells Susan that all the kids are in bed. Sonya comes back to retrieve her forgotten jacket just as Lucas arrives to speak with Toadie. Things are a bit awkward.
[Steph, Libby, Susan and Karl look over in interest]
LUCAS: You know that offer of a beer still stands. Up to you.
[Toadie glances at Steph who encourages him to accept]
TOADIE: Sure. Why not?
They tensely stand side- by- side at the bar. Sonya mouths "Don't do it" at Lucas but he ignores her.
LUCAS: Why not indeed.
[Tomorrow on Neighbours]
(Lucas questions Steph at the garage)
LUCAS: Why don't you want me and Toad to be mates?
STEPH: You just stay away from him.
(Lucas and Toadie play pool at Charlie's)
STEPH: Oh I hope you know what you're doing.
TOADIE: Yeah I'm playing pool.
STEPH With Lucas!
(Lucas tries to pry info out of drunken Toadie, who is half- asleep on the couch)
LUCAS: You never did tell me what happened with you and Steph when you went away.
(Karl and Lyn have a confrontation at the hospital)
KARL: I want you out of this hospital.
LYN: Going to call security I 'spose?
KARL: I already have.
(Zeke and Donna are looking through a box of junk in #28)
DONNA: Nan's lived in the same house for forty years and never thrown anything.
ZEKE: If your Gran's a hoarder she might have some of Cass's old stuff.
DONNA: Why would I... Oh!