- Chris quitting the garage
- Sonya learning that Toadie's involved in the development
- Summer encouraging Tash to find out more about her mum
- Lucas giving Tash the photo of her family at the beach
Michael pulls into the driveway, concerned to see Tash waiting for him. He tries to act normally when she gives him the photo and comments on the fact that they're at the beach. Michael says that was the only time they went because her mum hated it - he just forgot until the Bric- A- Brac owner returned the pic to him. Tash tentatively asks if she can keep the photo and Michael doesn't have the heart to say no.
Lucas sees Chris (studying with Andrew) and it looks as though they're going to ignore one another until Lucas breaks the ice. He tells Chris that Warren (the homophobic customer) was an idiot and that he's sorry Chris "had to deal with it". This isn't exactly the apology Chris was after, plus he's annoyed with Andrew for going to Lucas behind his back, so he decides to leave the shop.
Chris is forced to return a short while later, though, when he realises he forgot his textbook. Andrew stops him from leaving and wants to know why he brushed off Lucas's apology - he thought that's what Chris wanted.
CHRIS: I did. I do. But not one like that.
ANDREW: I don't get what you mean.
CHRIS: 'Sorry you had to deal with it'? It's like saying sorry you're such a wuss.
ANDREW: He said the guy was out of line.
CHRIS: Yeah but he hasn't admitted what he did was wrong, leaving me hanging there like that.
He doesn't understand how Lucas can be so cool about dealing with his dad and then turn around and act like an idiot over something like this. Andrew makes amends with Chris and asks him to stay and keep studying.
Kyle stops by for a visit just as Sonya hangs up from a phone call with Toadie. Kyle mentions Sonya's upcoming 30th birthday and then says there might be even more reason to celebrate - he got nearly every local small business owner to sign the petition. Sonya has to pretend she's still on board with the idea. She then asks Kyle to check out some shelving space in the shed for her but while he's preoccupied she removes the sheet of paper from the petition with her signature on it.
Lucas is on the phone with a delivery company trying to work out a time that's convenient for both of them, but the delivery people aren't being very cooperative. Lucas is realising just how handy it was to have a worker around the place.
Summer has just heard the full garage story from Chris and is annoyed by Lucas's behaviour. Chris tries to shrug the whole thing off and says that Lucas won't even be bothered that he's gone.
Cut to Lucas struggling to move equipment around the garage by himself. He then gets a call from a client and has to disappoint them by saying their car won't be ready today. Lucas sighs when the client hangs up on him. He gets on the phone with another client soon after to give them the same news, but this time explains his co- worker up and left, giving the old, "kids of today" line.
SUMMER: What are you going to do now?
CHRIS: Am I too old to join the circus? I could take Andrew's car back.
Summer says that there are still last chance uni preferences, but Chris says that nothing else really appealed to him university- wise. Andrew reminds him that just because things didn't work out with Lucas doesn't mean he has to give up on the whole mechanic idea. This still doesn't appear to ease Chris's mind, though.
Summer has returned home to catch up on the latest news about Tash and her dad. She's suspicious about Michael's claim that he didn't remember the beach photo, but Tash says that not everything has to be a big conspiracy. Summer asks if Tash has any more photos of her mother. Tash says there's some old boxes under the house but she doesn't want to upset her dad by dragging them out. Summer says that her dad told her everything about her mum so she could feel more connected to her. She knows Tash feels bad but she shouldn't have to choose between her parents.
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Kyle sees that Lucas has roped Sonya into helping him out while he fixes up a car. They're surprised to hear that Chris quit the garage, but Lucas won't elaborate on why. Kyle tells Sonya he has the timber for her shelving and they head next door. Sonya tells Lucas to give her a bell if he needs more help, but Lucas says he was fine before Chris got here and he'll be fine now.
Summer has got a bunch of old stuff out of her mum's to show Tash, including a tape of her playing the piano and some old Nancy Drew books. Tash can see what Summer's trying to do but says her situation's different.
TASH: I don't know her, I've got zero memories.
SUMMER: Yeah but if you...
TASH: How can I miss something that I've never had?
SUMMER: Tash she's your mum.
TASH: Yeah, and people say 'dead mum' and I'm supposed to cry. But it's just words, it doesn't mean anything to me.
SUMMER: Because you didn't let it.
When Summer finds out that Tash kept the photo she found, she says that Tash does have a curiosity about her mum whether she wants to admit it or not.
Sonya's trying to give Michael the latest update on the school's kitchen garden program, but with all his family woes on his mind Michael's barely listening. They're interrupted by Kyle, who asks Michael to sign the development petition. Michael happily obliges and says he'll do all he can to help. When he goes, Kyle asks Sonya for a favour - he wants her to speak at the council meeting on behalf of all the disgruntled business owners. Sonya's tries to back out and says that Kyle should do it, but Kyle says that he and public speaking don't mix. He keeps pressing the issue until Sonya's forced to admit that she's not against the development any longer.
Sonya stops by on her way to dropping off a delivery for an elderly customer. She wants to talk more about Chris because she knows Lucas isn't giving her the whole story. Lucas admits that Chris quit because he didn't stick up for him, "but I'm not his therapist, I'm his boss". Sonya says that Chris stuck by Lucas when he was going through everything with his dad, and that he really looked up to him, so the 'just his boss' thing really doesn't cut it. Meanwhile, Chris is flipping through the uni preference guide but ends up feeling more lost and frustrated than ever.
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Tash has allowed Summer to help her look through the boxes from under the house, but there's nothing about her mum in them. Just old stuff of Tash's like school reports and fairy dress- ups. Summer leaves when Michael returns home. He's not angry to see the sight before him, just quiet and contemplative. Tash decides to give the beach photo back to her dad, telling him she knows it means more to him to have it.
Summer gets Tash to come over that night so they can speak about her mum without upsetting Michael. But Tash says she doesn't want to do this anymore. The most important relationship in her life at the moment is with her dad. They're finally in a good place with one another and she doesn't want to upset the applecart again. Summer promises Tash she won't speak about it any further, but when Tash leaves, Summer gets on the internet and starts looking on the search engine for 'Helena Williams Bells Beach 1995'.
Lucas is surprised by a late night visit from Chris's dad. George is angry that he can't get in contact with his son and blames his job at the garage for his lack of dedication to his studies. Lucas sticks up for Chris and says that he's a good worker and should be able to do what he wants with his life. George storms off and passes Sonya on his way, who has witnessed the whole outburst. Sonya knows Lucas's fight with Chris has to run deeper than what he's telling her, otherwise Chris would have accepted the apology and Lucas wouldn't be feeling so guilty right now.
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Lucas finds Chris and lets him know that his dad stopped by to "stick the boot in", but that Lucas stuck up for Chris. Lucas then genuinely apologises for what went down with Warren and admits he should have defended his mate.
LUCAS: Some things I get. Like engines, I can handle them. But being gay, I guess I don't know how hard it must be for you. And I can't promise I ever will. But what I can promise is that I'll try. So if you can handle me working on it, the job's still yours.
He leaves Chris to think things over.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
SOPHIE: I've seen your fliers and I really want to join the band.
NOAH: We're right for guitars at the moment.
SOPHIE: I've started playing bass.
(Noah talks to Kate about it)
NOAH: She's fully into the music.
KATE: Yeah but spending more time with you...
(Chris has to decide what to do about the garage)
(Summer does more detective work on Tash's mum)
ANDREW: Helena Williams, who's that?
SUMMER: I'm just trying to find some information on Tash's mum.
MAL: You're turning into mum. Starting to help people when they don't know they need to be helped.
(Summer finally hits pay dirt and finds something on the computer)