- Paul making Natasha the face of Lassiter's
- Michael awarding the canteen lunches to Lassiter's
- Paul yelling at Andrew for giving Diana classified files
- Declan roughing Andrew up over his mistake
- Andrew kissing Donna
- Ringo punching Andrew in the face
- Lucas advising Andrew to "suck it up or get out"
- Andrew climbing through someone's house window
Paul, Rebecca, Donna and Lucas listen to a voicemail from Andrew on Paul's phone that says, "I'm never going to belong here so I'm leaving". Donna feels awful for not sticking around earlier.
DONNA: Did Ringo say something to him?
LUCAS: I told you he hardly said a word.
He let his fists do the talking. Donna and Rebecca are worried about where Andrew went but Paul thinks they're overreacting. Rebecca wants to know what Paul's going to do, but Paul says Andrew's just being an attention seeker and will come home when he's hungry.
Number 26 - Summer's Bedroom
Summer lies to Rebecca on the phone, telling her that she hasn't seen Andrew, when in actual fact he's hiding out in her room. Summer thinks Andrew should have gone to his girlfriend's place, but he says he just needed to clear his head. She asks what happened to his face (there's a mark on his jaw), but Andrew says he scratched it climbing through the window. Summer wants to talk about what happened at home, but Andrew isn't up for it and says he just wants to sleep.
The next morning Summer's getting a bowl of cereal when Lyn startles her. Lyn asks if she was alright last night - she heard her talking in her sleep - but Summer says she was just having nightmares. Summer takes her folded laundry off Lyn, collects the cereal bowl and rushes to her room... Where Andrew is half- naked getting dressed. She shoves the cereal at him and says she'll knock next time.
Lyn is curious when she sees Summer dishing out another bowl of cereal, but Summer's saved by the bell when Chris arrives to walk her to school. To save Lyn from collecting the bowl from her room, Summer says she needs her Nan to take a photo of her and Chris for a history project - she'll collect her camera and meet them outside.
Dashing back into her room (after knocking) Summer says she'll meet Andrew outside after he climbs through the window. She's confused to see he's not wearing his school uniform, but Andrew says he's going to have to look for a job. Summer thinks he should just call Paul, but Andrew checks his phone and sees missed calls from everyone but his father. "He's got my number if he wants me back".
Lyn's taking a photo of Chris and (a very distracted) Summer in the background while Rebecca and Donna follow Paul to his car. Paul's still not showing any concern for Andrew, figuring he's just at a friend's place. Natasha greets them and asks if there's any news - she can't understand why Andrew would take off without telling her. Rebecca sees the #26 gang and figures another chat with Summer couldn't hurt.
Paul, Donna and Natasha follow Rebecca over and Summer starts to get concerned when Rebecca talks about getting the police involved. She blurts out that Andrew's fine and everyone harasses her with 20 questions until Andrew appears behind them and says not to shoot the messenger, "I made her promise not to say anything". Natasha's annoyed Andrew stayed with Summer, as is Chris, but Summer clarifies that Andrew slept on the floor. Rebecca tells Andrew that they need to sort things out, "We want you home". But Andrew can tell by Paul's silence that he doesn't think the same and walks off.
Lyn's catching Steph up on the Andrew saga over a cuppa, but Steph reassures her that there wouldn't have been any funny business going on in Sum's room. Toadie and Libby carry in two big parcels that have been posted by Flick and Michelle. Flick has sent a cute elephant plushie for the baby, but Michelle has sent an even bigger soft toy. Lyn jokes with Libby that the girls must be angling to be godmother, which piques Lib's interest. She 'casually' asks Steph and Toadie who they might choose, hinting that since the girls live overseas they might need someone close by. Steph and Toadie are all, "Yes... We'll keep that in mind", and quickly change the subject.
Lucas sees Andrew looking through the employment section of the paper. Andrew says he took Lucas's advice and got out, but Lucas says it had nothing to do with him. Andrew asks if there's anything going at the garage but Lucas advises him to keep checking the paper. Donna finds Andrew and says he could always just come home. She wonders if Ringo said anything to provoke him, but Andrew says that he just wanted to get out after everything went pear shaped with Paul. Andrew leaves and Lucas looks slightly impressed that he didn't rat Ringo out about the punch.
Donna strides past Rebecca and tells Paul that he needs to talk to his son.
DONNA: He thinks that you care more about business than you do about him, and I'm starting to think that's true.
PAUL: Donna I don't pander to people who act like spoilt brats, it's called tough love.
DONNA: He doesn't need tough love he needs real love.
Paul says what Andrew needs is to stop acting out - he's not going to go running every time his son throws a tantrum. Donna says Paul needs to re- think his parenting approach.
DONNA: Look at Nick. I've only know him for six months and I already feel more loved by him than Andrew does by you.
PAUL: Yeah because he feels guilty for dumping you as a baby.
PAUL: No, I never pretended that Andrew didn't exist, so don't tell me how to treat my son.
He walks out leaving Donna looking upset.
First Commercial Break
Paul's working on his laptop but Rebecca closes it to talk about Donna - what he said to her was unforgivable. She wants him to find Donna and apologise and then go and find Andrew to sort everything out. Paul admits that Andrew betraying him really aggravated him, "I don't think I can come back from that". Rebecca says he can't mean that, but Paul replies that he doesn't have a special bond with his son like Rebecca does with Declan.
PAUL: As much as he's hurting right now it's absolutely nothing compared to what he did to me. Look, there's a part of me that wants him to suffer. (Off Rebecca's look of disbelief) I know, I know, I hate myself for it.
REBECCA: We have all made mistakes, Paul. You've made mistakes and I've forgiven you. How about you do the same for Andrew?
Toadie's trying to distract Steph by chatting about Rocky's final guide dog training assessment next week, but she's too wound up about Libby. If things were normal Libby would definitely be the godmother, but it's just too weird. Toadie reminds her to stress less - for her sake and the bump's. On cue, Libby strides in carrying a gigantic Santa sack - she went shopping during her free period and got the baby a present. It's a Teddy Bear the size of Charlie (suck on that Flick and Shell). Libby drops more hints about being godmother but all Toadie and Steph can do is thank her profusely. Libby's all, "... No worries", but gets this look on her face like, 'What the hell do I have to do to gain godmother status around here?!'
Libby's on the phone to Susan getting advice, "Is it wrong to just flat out ask someone to be their baby's godparent...?" She disappears into her office while Summer, Chris and Natasha loiter around the lockers. Natasha checks her calendar and is excited because it's her 'Face of Lassiter's' launch today (hate to break it to you Tash but you've circled the 14th - and we already saw on Andrew's phone earlier that it's the 13th - so your hissy fit later shouldn't be taken seriously... Oh, spoiler).
Andrew finds them and asks Summer for a favour. He wants to know if he can stay at her house for good - he'll do chores and everything. Natasha reminds him he can always stay with her, but Andrew says he doesn't want to complicate things. Lyn arrives to give Summer her lunch she forgot, so Sum takes her Nan aside for a chat. Natasha tries to get Andrew interested in her Lassiter's campaign, but Andrew could pretty much care less, so she stalks off. After some deliberation Lyn says Andrew can stay in the spare room. Andrew gives Summer a thankful hug.
Rebecca tells Donna that Paul's hitting out at everyone at the moment and not to take it to heart, but Donna says she had worse thrown at her. Lyn sees them and lets them know Andrew's staying with her for a while. Rebecca's annoyed and thinks Lyn should have refused so Andrew was forced to come home, but Lyn gets a dig in about providing Andrew with a more friendly family environment. They bicker some more but Lyn says she was truly just trying to help out. Rebecca phones Paul to let him know what's going on.
Natasha lays into a Lassiter's worker, wanting to know where all her promotional stuff is, but unless you want to play a game of charades you're not going to get much out of a silent extra, Tash. Sighing, she puts in a call to someone to ask what happened to her campaign, but doesn't hear good news. "No, Natasha Williams does not get bumped". Oh, suck it up princess.
Natasha finds Andrew with Summer and wants to know if he has any idea about her campaign being pulled, but Andrew says he doesn't. Donna then arrives and says she's come to take Andrew home so he can sort things out with Paul; she doesn't want to hear anymore excuses. She knows Paul hasn't been the best father but can Andrew honestly say he's been the best son? Summer notices Paul coming up the hall and alerts Andrew, who is quietly surprised to see him.
Second Commercial Break
Exterior: Erinsborough High
Paul and Andrew sit and chat on a bench. Paul says Andrew should come home, but Andrew wonders if he really means it or if he's just sick of Rebecca and Donna nagging him. Paul says it's a bit of both. He reminds Andrew that giving Diana the files was really wrong - he's forever doing things without thinking of the repercussions. Andrew says he was just trying to help and Paul replies that he knows, "I guess I can't blame you for that".
ANDREW: So where does that leave us now?
PAUL: Where we started. Because you're my son and I do love you.
He gives Andrew a one- armed hug and ruffles his hair, throwing in a jokey punch to the face like, 'Grrr kid, you bug me but I can't stay mad at ya'.
Libby arrives with some supplies to put on a quick show for Steph and Toadie, explaining why she should be godmother to their baby. She wants to get it over with quickly because it's embarrassing (I'll say).
LIBBY: I want to be your son's godmother and here are the reasons why! I can play soccer (she headbutts a ball at Toadie), I can even coach. I can dance (she tap dances in her special red tap shoes on a wooden board she's dragged in, ending in a cheesy flourish... Did Kate choreograph that?). And I am an English teacher so I can help him understand Shakespeare (she shows them a book) - I can even make him love it. And that is why I would be the best godmother ever! (She beams at them).
*tumbleweed rolls by*
With pained looks, Toadie and Steph gently inform Libby that they're not having godparents after all. Doing a crap job of hiding how hurt she is, Libby packs up her stuff and runs out of the house.
Steph and Toadie are drowning in their messy, messy lives and commenting on how screwed up it is that Libby wants to be godmother to Dan's baby - a baby he doesn't even know about. Libby finds them and apologises for being a sook and pushing the godparent issue. She respects their decision but wants them to know she'll be there for their son anyway, just like they are for Ben. Getting an attack of the guilts, Steph suddenly blurts out that she's changed her mind, of course Libby can be godmother! Libby's stoked and gives her a hug. If a sigh had a solid human form, I think it would look a lot like Toadie right now.
Summer and Lyn walk Andrew over to Rebecca and Donna. Lyn loudly states that Andrew knows where to come if he needs a decent meal, but Rebecca just whatevers her. Andrew thanks Summer and Lyn before they head home. The #22 peeps walk up the driveway to see Paul holding a small gift box - it has an apology cupcake inside for Donna. Hiding a smile, Donna says a cupcake is a pretty lame apology but at least it's a start. Natasha storms over to them, ready to rant about her campaign some more, so Paul sends everyone inside so he can deal with her. Paul tries to explain to her that head office in New York wanted to cut costs, but Natasha won't accept that. She needs the exposure for her career.
PAUL: (blasé) And I'm sure something will come along.
NATASHA: The only reason you got that school lunch contract is because you bribed me. What do you think would happen if I told dad the truth?
PAUL: Are you threatening me?
NATASHA: Yeah, I am. And if the campaign isn't up and running by tomorrow, that's exactly what I'm going to do.
Natasha stomps away. Paul looks more bemused than anything, like she's just an annoying little fly buzzing in his ear.
Third Commercial Break
Lucas has joined Rebecca, Donna and Andrew for some food. Lucas says there might be hope for Andrew after all, but Andrew jokingly shakes his head. Paul takes Andrew aside for a chat and says it might be nice if he went to Natasha's to smooth things over about the campaign. Andrew feels a bit guilted into it when he hears it was Diana's idea to pull the promotion and tells Paul he'll handle it, but his face drops when Paul walks away.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
LIBBY: Be careful what you wish for Mr Williams.
MICHAEL: Ms Kennedy, bring it on.
(Michael does some boxing with Lucas)
MICHAEL: Why did you have to talk her into it, now I have to spend a whole evening with her.
(Michael, Libby, Lucas, Kate and some other teachers are at Charlie's perusing the menu)
MICHAEL: People who like spicy food are usually adventurous risk takers.
LIBBY: (glaring at him) You don't think I'm adventurous?
(She orders the spicy food but soon regrets it and rushes to the loo)
(Both of them stay on late in the bar drinking beer)
MICHAEL: I've had more big nights than you've had hot dinners.
LIBBY: I think it's past your bedtime grandpa.
(Summer talks to Natasha about Andrew)
SUMMER: Andrew's been through a really tough time lately.
NATASHA: And you'd know more about that than me?
(Natasha confronts Andrew about the Donna debacle)
NATASHA: I can't believe you tried to crack onto her.
(Natasha overhears Andrew talking to Summer about her)
ANDREW: I finally got tired. Why would I bother getting to know her when I could just go find a replacement?
(Natasha shoves Andrew in front of a crowd at Harold's)
NATASHA: You're dumped!