- Rebecca and Michael settling into an awkward friendship
- Declan and Mark vying for Kate's attention
- Lyn warning Andrew to stay away from Summer
- Steph being sentenced to 6 years jail
- Summer realising Andrew and Tash are back together
Number 22/Harold's Store
Natasha finds Andrew staring into a tub of ice- cream in the kitchen and tells him to come back upstairs; she's getting lonely. Meanwhile, Summer is sitting in Harold's with only a hot chocolate for company. Natasha catches Andrew looking at his phone and wearily says they can go and check on Summer if he wants, but he thinks Summer should be with her family. Andrew gives Natasha a kiss and tells her he'll be upstairs soon.
Donna, Declan and Kate are having a drink together, a little bit shellshocked by Steph's verdict. Mark stops by to say 'hey' but doesn't stick around, figuring they could use some time alone. Declan's happy with this suggestion and tells the girls they should have a DVD day at his place. Rebecca thinks a DVD- a- thon is a great idea, and invites Michael along (who has appeared out of nowhere), on the premise of it being a "neighbourhood" thing. Michael's a bit wary of being around Paul, but when Rebecca says it'll be fine, he can't wipe the smile from his face.
Rebecca fills Paul in on the DVD day, 'forgetting' to mention that Michael's coming until he walks in the door. Rebecca says she invited Michael *and* Natasha along - it's the least they can do to say thanks for Andrew's tutoring. Paul snarks that a bottle of wine would've been more preferable. While the men exchange stilted greetings, Andrew and Natasha sneak downstairs and decide to make a run for it while they still can. Michael tries calling Natasha again but she's switched her phone off. "Isn't this cosy," Paul snidely remarks.
Paul's trying to show off by taking Michael through all the special features on his flat screen TV, including the surround sound. Michael isn't all that impressed, saying that he prefers vinyl and that all the technology today has no soul. Rebecca breaks up their bickering by asking if Michael's heard from Natasha, but then the men just start arguing about their kids. Thankfully the others join them in the lounge room and sit on the couch while Rebecca puts on the DVD, trying not to react too much when she realises she'll be sandwiched on the sofa between Michael and Paul.
Andrew sits down to chat with Summer while Natasha grabs some drinks. Upset and frustrated, Summer asks Andrew why he's even with Natasha, "I know she's not what you want". Andrew claims that Tash is fun and that's all he's after right now, but that doesn't mean he and Summer can't still be friends. Natasha brings the drinks over (without even a word to Sum) and walks out with Andrew.
Michael and Rebecca realise they still haven't heard from the kids. Rebecca wonders if they might be together, but Michael certainly hopes not. Paul territorially slides his hand over Rebecca's knee and says that wherever they are they can take care of themselves. Rebecca and Michael both look like they want to punch him.
Kate and Donna are excited when Kate gets a text from Mark ('Enjoy your DVDs'), but you know who's not thrilled? Yep, sourpuss Declan. He stands up and heads out, claiming that he's got some work to do.
Blokes Club HQ
Natasha swiped the key from home - every blokes club member has one - so they can scope out the place as a possible venue for Andrew's dance party. Natasha flirtily suggests they go check out the loft, but they're soon busted by Declan, who has come to clear his head. Declan tells them to get out, but when they won't leave he says he's calling the police because they're trespassing.
Turns out Declan didn't call the cops but the next best thing - Rebecca, Michael and Paul. Needless to say, Michael isn't thrilled with the company his daughter's keeping. Rebecca tells the teens to go wait outside, but then it turns into a insult match between Michael and Paul about whose kid is to blame.
MICHAEL: Andrew is irresponsible and selfish and we all know where he got that from.
PAUL: And your daughter is manipulative and cheap.
Aggravated, Michael shoves Paul and the two men nearly have a fight before Rebecca breaks them up, telling them how ridiculous they're being. Paul storms out and Michael mutters that he doesn't know how Rebecca puts up with him. But Rebecca just scowls and says she thought Michael was better than that.
Today's nostalgia pic is of Lou, Phil and Brad from 1993.
First Commercial Break
Michael stomps around looking for Natasha, who ran off with Andrew while he was too busy fighting with Paul. But the only other person around is Rebecca, who has come over to tell Michael off for sniping with Paul. Michael doesn't get why she's defending Paul, but Rebecca reminds him he's not the one who got violent.
MICHAEL: Paul provoked me, you know he did (Rebecca frowns). Oh, well excuse me for bagging your perfect husband.
REBECCA: Michael that's not fair.
MICHAEL: Yeah well life's not fair, Rebecca. What are you even doing here?
Rebecca looks saddened, but when Michael has another go about Andrew, Rebecca sighs and says he's acting more like Paul by the minute.
Andrew's on the phone to Tomas when he gets home, but Paul hangs up the phone and yells at Andrew for running off earlier. Andrew says he's not a kid, but Paul states that he should stop acting like one and grow up. Rebecca hears the last of their fight before Andrew goes upstairs and she suggests that Paul be more consistent with him - Andrew's family, friends and school life have been all over the place lately. Paul says he can sort out one thing by putting a stop to Michael's tutoring sessions. Rebecca thinks that's a horrible idea so close to exam time and reminds Paul that Michael is a wonderful teacher.
PAUL: Michael's an idiot.
REBECCA: Why? Because he stood up to you?
PAUL: It doesn't matter if he did or he didn't, he's still an idiot.
Rebecca eventually manages to talk Paul around but he's not happy with the idea.
Donna and Kate talk about what a bust the DVD day was before they spy Summer sitting alone. Donna wonders if they should talk to her, then figures if she were in Summer's shoes she'd want to be left alone. The girls get into giggle mode when Mark calls in for a coffee and a quick chat. He asks how the day went and Kate admits it was a bit of a flop. Of course Declan just happens to wander in for a coffee at the same time and the two men have another one of their snide macho contests.
Natasha finds Summer and says she wanted to check up on her (like you did earlier? Oh wait, you just shoved your relationship in her face and walked out). Summer scowls even more when Natasha reassures her that even though she and Andrew are a couple again, they can still all be friends. Summer scoffs that a random hook- up doesn't exactly scream 'couple', but Natasha says it's for real this time.
SUMMER: Andrew doesn't want real, Tash. He doesn't know how to do real.
NATASHA: You don't know what you're talking about.
SUMMER: Well he told me all he's after is a bit of fun and you've fallen for it again.
NATASHA: Andrew wouldn't do that to me.
Natasha finds Andrew working on an events page on Facebook and says she can help with ideas for the party. She feels uncomfortable when Andrew hesitates, but he tries to pretend that he's happy to be in her company. Things get weird again when Natasha suggests he update his status by letting everyone know he's in a relationship. Andrew plasters on a grin and goes along with it, but you just know he's hating the thought of Summer reading it.
Second Commercial Break
Donna wonders if Kate's going to drink a million cups of coffee tonight or just admit that she's waiting for Mark to come in again. Kate blushes and asks if she's that obvious but Donna retorts that you could see her crush from space. Donna tells her friend that she's going to have to make a decision soon about whether she's ready or not to move on. Before they leave the store they check in with Summer and tell her that they'll visit Lyn and Charlie tomorrow. Summer thanks them and gets a text message (from Natasha I'm assuming), sending her a link to Andrew's newly updated relationship status. Summer sighs and finally goes home.
Michael hears Natasha try and sneak in and calls her into the lounge room to let her know she's grounded. He adds that Andrew's just going to break her heart like last time, but Natasha claims that this time it's different. She thinks Andrew's changed and reminds her dad that he said he liked Andrew not all that long ago.
MICHAEL: Yeah well there might have been a moment where I thought he was a halfway decent kid, but he's a Robinson. That family, it's toxic.
NATASHA: Andrew is nothing like his dad.
MICHAEL: You will get sucked into that house and it will ruin you, I've seen it.
What Michael hasn't seen, however, is that Rebecca has let herself in the already open door and heard every word of his tirade.
MICHAEL: I want you to stay away from that family, Tash, they're no good. None of them.
REBECCA: If you're going to badmouth me and my family at least close the front door so the whole neighbourhood doesn't have to hear you.
MICHAEL: (surprised) Rebecca I didn't mean to...
REBECCA: Forget about it. I came to apologise to you, but now I know how you really feel I won't bother.
Michael looks upset with himself as she leaves.
Rebecca's doing work in the office when Michael appears behind her looking very apologetic. Rebecca says she's glad she knows where she stands with him now and that she'll keep her distance, but Michael says he was just angry that she compared him to Paul.
REBECCA: So that's my fault is it? I'm a bad person because I'm married to Paul?
MICHAEL: Why are you married to him?
REBECCA: It's none of your business.
MICHAEL: Well you've made it my business, you've become part of my life.
REBECCA: I have told you we're working on our marriage.
MICHAEL: No you're not. You sleep in single beds, you avoid him as much as you can. If he tries to touch you, you flinch. He might be working on it but you're backing off.
REBECCA: I'm doing what's best for my family.
MICHAEL: Yeah I don't buy it. You're stronger than that. How is it helping your family by staying in a loveless marriage?
REBECCA: You're way out of line.
MICHAEL: Yeah but I'm right. Look if that's what you want to do then go for it, but don't expect me to be there when you want a bit of light relief from that nightmare you call your family.
REBECCA: Get out.
Michael just throws his hands up in resignation and walks away while Rebecca considers the harsh truths.
Third Commercial Break
Assuming everyone has left for the night, Rebecca puts her coat on to go home and is surprised to see that Michael has been waiting for her. He admits he couldn't leave with things the way they were - they need to talk but he doesn't know what to say. Rebecca feels the same way and tries to work through her conflicting emotions.
REBECCA: It's just that everything's been so crazy... I haven't felt (Michael starts to look hopeful)... I don't understand what this is.
MICHAEL: I don't know either but it feels right.
REBECCA: (quietly) I'm married.
MICHAEL: You're not happy... Except when you're with me.
Rebecca and Michael slowly lean in towards one another, lips nearly meeting, when Rebecca's phone suddenly rings. It's Paul. Damn you, Robinson! Rebecca and Michael can only stare at one another.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
(Paul seeks out Michael in HS)
PAUL: You. I don't know who the hell you think you're dealing with.
MICHAEL: I don't know what you think happened?
PAUL: Oh I know exactly what happened.
(Rebecca shares a flirty smile with Michael at #32)
(Kate accidentally walks in on Mark changing at the gym)
MARK: Kate are you alright?
KATE: Sorry I thought that this was the chest room... Rest room!
(Toadie isn't happy to see Karl)
KARL: There's nothing about this situation that's OK.
TOADIE: You got what you wanted. You've just come over here to gloat have you? You know what, you can stick it!
(Sonya tries to get through to Toadie)
SONYA: Do you really think this is helping shutting people out like this?
TOADIE: I'm dealing with it, OK?
SONYA: No you're not. I've never seen you like this. You're a fighter.