- Summer writing an article about the school garden
- Karl and Susan trying to work through their issues
- Susan suggesting to Karl that they go to Peru
Susan's excited when Karl shows her the Peru travel guide they put together when they were in university. Karl says he's been researching the Inca trails and the guides are used to people with medical conditions. But Susan isn't concerned about her MS, teasing Karl that he won't be able to keep up with her. Karl says they should do some training before they go and tells Susan he's booked them in for an abseiling course this afternoon. She kisses him and thanks him for putting in so much effort.
Lucas has a debrief with Toadie after scattering his father's ashes. He says he thought he'd feel different after the experience but Toadie says there's no right or wrong way to feel.
LUCAS: I should feel something. I keep waiting for it to hit me but there's nothing. And I get that he had regrets, but it doesn't change anything now.
TOADIE: Well you did what was asked of you so you can walk away from this with a clear conscience.
Toadie says that Lucas has to call the solicitor, Peter Noonan, to let him know the ashes have been scattered. But Lucas doesn't look keen and asks Toadie to ring instead. Toadie says he'll be around all day if Lucas needs more of a chat but Lucas thanks him and says he'll be OK.
TOADIE: Are you still angry with your dad?
LUCAS: (smiling) Not as much.
TOADIE: Well something has changed.
Summer practically leaps on Paul when she sees him to pester him about her article. Paul's more concerned with whether Summer's compiled all the letters to the editor, though, but Summer's a multi- tasker and has done everything he asked. She asks again if he's going to publish the article but Paul says he'll think about it. When he walks off, Summer looks down in the dumps but Andrew assures her that it's just his dad's way of saying that he loved the article.
Paul's looking at photos of the school's kitchen garden on his laptop when Susan joins him for a chat. He hands her the letters to the editor about the Patient Advocacy Program at the hospital. Susan comments on how old the issue is, but Paul says it's reared its head again and wants her to write a follow- up article on it. Susan reminds him that it's a touchy topic - Karl isn't keen on the program - and wonders if there's someone else who could write it. But Paul basically tells her tough cookies. Susan glares at him but Paul just glares back, "Why are you still here?".
Karl blurts out some words from his phrase book when Susan walks in the door but she warns him he'll have Dahl speaking "Spanglish" if he's not careful. Susan tells him about the article Paul wants her to write, letting Karl know she's aware of his thoughts on the issue. But Karl says it's her job and she doesn't have to compromise it just for him. He still thinks the program obstructs the work of the professionals, but Susan says she'll make the article as balanced as she can. Susan then remembers she saw Jim Dolan at the hospital and wonders if he's using the program. She wanders off to ring Lyn to see if she has his number.
Susan thanks Jim for wanting to chat to her, but Jim smiles and says it's not every day you get asked to be in the newspaper. Susan sets up her recorder and assures Jim she won't be prying, she just wants to get his thoughts on the Patient Advocacy Program. Jim starts talking and tells Susan he originally went into the hospital to get his bad back checked out, but things escalated from there.
JIM: Wouldn't you know it, they find something they're not even looking for. A melanoma.
SUSAN: Oh Jim, I'm sorry.
JIM: Yeah, a melanoma doesn't sound much better than skin cancer does it? I'm not stupid, you know, but if you haven't had to deal with this sort of stuff before, how do even know what to ask?
SUSAN: The other day you were there having more tests?
JIM: Yeah, and now scans... This time they're looking for secondary cancer and when we get the results of that we'll know if it's going to kill me.
Susan is overwhelmed by a wave of sympathy for Jim.
Sonya mentions to Toadie that she's glad Lucas got a chance to say goodbye to his dad. Toadie agrees and says that once he's sent an email to the lawyer, the whole ordeal will be behind Lucas for good. Sonya shows Toadie some plastic bottles she's altered to make an irrigation system for the kitchen garden. Toadie's pleased Sonya's having so much fun with the garden and Sonya smiles and says she loves it.
Susan asks Jim if he's happy with the program and Jim nods. He doesn't have anything against the doctors and nurses, but they don't always have the time to sit around and talk. Susan asks if there's anything in particular that Jim would like in the article, and Jim says to tell the readers to cover up before they go out in the sun. He starts to get short of breath and tells Susan it's been happening a lot lately, but things take a turn for the worse when Jim collapses onto the ground. Susan is horrified and yells for someone to call an ambulance.
First Commercial Break
Erinsborough Hospital/Number 28
While Susan waits outside Jim's room, she calls Karl to let him know what's going on. Karl cautiously says it was good of Susan to go in with Jim, but she says he didn't have anyone else. Karl then says that although he's not a fan of the Patient Advocacy Program, it might be the best thing for Jim right now.
KARL: He's in good hands, Susan. You don't need to take this on.
SUSAN: I know, I'm not. I just want to make sure that he's OK.
Susan looks in on Jim, who's being tended to by the hospital staff, and promises Karl she'll be home by three for their abseiling lesson. But when they hang up, Karl has a moment of doubt that Susan will keep her word.
Sonya's surprised to find Paul lurking about but he says he wanted to check the place out first if he published the article. Sonya walks him through the place, trying to get him to visualise what the finished product will look like. But Paul doesn't quite share Sonya's enthusiasm, especially when he hears that she's keen on the council to cough up more bucks to keep everything maintained. He leaves Sonya to her gardening (and a text message from Toadie telling her he'll catch up with her later) and walks away with his scheming face on.
Simmons and Colbert Law Firm
Peter Noonan has called Toadie in for a chat that has nothing to do with the Fitzgerald will. He tells Toadie that their firm usually tackles big cases, but some of the lawyers there lack the personal touch - that's where Toadie comes in. Toadie soon realises he's being talent scouted when Peter says he liked the way Toadie handled Lucas's case. Toadie says it was easy because Lucas is a mate.
PETER: Come on, don't sell yourself short. I've made some enquiries.
TOADIE: Who with?
PETER: The Stephanie Scully case, that was a tricky one wasn't it?
TOADIE: Yeah that didn't work out the way we wanted.
PETER: But you still took it on and that shows character.
As flattered as Toadie is, he isn't sure he's cut out to be part of such a big law firm. He likes being his own boss too much. Peter takes this onboard but hands Toadie a business card with a figure written on the back to tempt him. By the look on Toadie's face the figure is very tempting indeed.
Second Commercial Break
Sonya has invited Lucas around for lunch to cheer him up and says that if he ever needs to chat about anything she's there for him. Toadie arrives home and tells the two of them his big news, but says he hasn't given Peter an answer yet because he wanted to talk things through with Sonya first. Lucas ducks into the kitchen to give them some space and Sonya tells Toadie to talk her through the pros and cons. Toadie says some of the pros are that it pays well and he'll have his own PA for paperwork, but a big con is dealing with the hierarchy and egos that come with a big law firm. He shows Sonya the business card, though, and tells her to have a squiz at all the zeros.
TOADIE: Our lives could change.
SONYA: Yeah but do you want them to?
TOADIE: I'm just saying that it's not only about me.
SONYA: Yeah well you're not much use to us if you're not happy.
SONYA: If you want to do this for yourself, then that's great, but don't do it for us.
Toadie smiles and says he does kind of like being his own boss. Lucas rejoins them and asks if they've got something to celebrate, but Toadie says they're celebrating the fact he's staying put. When Sonya and Lucas aren't watching, though, Toadie tucks the business card away in his shirt pocket for safekeeping.
Andrew's trying to play pool, but Summer's distracting him by going through the paper and whining about all the articles she could have written herself. They see Paul walk in and Summer can't help bugging him one more time about her article, but she's stoked when Paul casually replies that he's decided to publish it. Beaming, Summer nearly attacks him with a hug before remembering they're not exactly cuddle buddies. She races back to Andrew to tell him the good news, letting him know they should celebrate. Andrew suggests a sundae at Harold's but when Summer hints at "other" things, Andrew practically throws down his pool cue and drags her out. It's not all sunshine and rainbows, however, as Paul gets on the phone to the council and asks if they want to make an official response about the kitchen garden being a waste of ratepayers' money.
Susan sits next to Jim's bed as he despairs over fliers he's been given about chemotherapy, clinical trials and palliative care. Trying not to get upset, Jim tells her that the cancer's spread to his lungs and liver, "doesn't matter which way you look at it, my chances are Buckley's to none". Susan feels for the poor guy and tells him how sorry she is.
Third Commercial Break
Erinsborough Hospital/Number 28
While Karl sits alone in the kitchen waiting in vain for Susan to get home before three, Susan listens to Jim talk. Karl tries to ring Susan but she ignores his call and puts her mobile on silent, wanting to give Jim her full attention.
JIM: I should have done things differently.
SUSAN: Jim you can't look back.
JIM: It's not like I shouldn't have seen this coming.
SUSAN: We've all been guilty of going outside without sunscreen on.
JIM: I'm talking about my life. You work hard, you build yourself a home, a business. You tell yourself it's all heading somewhere - that's where the fun begins. I had this plan for the future, things I wanted to do. I wouldn't have to worry about other people, other commitments. It doesn't always work out the way you planned, does it?
Jim's speech is intercut with Karl looking at photos of himself and Susan and then going through their old Peru travel guide. Karl hears a noise and thinks Susan might be home, but it's just Summer checking to see if anyone's around. She quickly leaves when she realises she and Andrew won't be getting any alone time. Back at the hospital, Susan continues to listen to Jim.
JIM: Is there somewhere else you need to be?
She takes his hand in hers to try and comfort him. Jim gives her a grateful smile.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
(Karl tries to call Susan but accidentally rings Libby instead)
JIM: You don't have to stay.
SUSAN: I don't want you to be alone at a time like this.
(Susan eventually rushes home)
SUSAN: I'm so sorry, have we missed it? I tried to ring but the phone was engaged.
(Karl just mysteriously hands her a shopping bag)
(Kate's still taking her issues out on Sophie)
KATE: Sophie and I are fine.
KYLE: You're a rubbish liar.
(Toadie notices that Sophie's been crying)
TOADIE: Is everything alright with you two?
SOPHIE: She hates me. I can't do anything right and anything that goes wrong is my fault.
(Sophie finally retaliates against Kate)
SOPHIE: Look, Mark could have waited a few more minutes but he didn't. Yelling at me isn't going to bring him back.