Previously on Neighbours
Susan failing to get the council to change their mind about the closure of PirateNet.
Paul unconcerned about PirateNet closing down.
Mal pointing out that Karl is a single man again.
Lucas and Emilia having a picnic.
Tash blaming herself for her mum dying.
Tash is lying on her bed when Michael comes in to check on her. He tries to explain that he never wanted her to find the truth out but she isn't in the mood to talk and asks him to leave.
Summer sends Tash a text asking her to call when Susan comes in with the paper. She tells her it's a no- go with Ajay and shows her the headline in today's Erinsborough News.
Mal enters the livingroom and Karl tells him he's just missed a call from Catherine (they've finally got their phone line re- connected). He promises to call his wife back... once he's taken Audrey for a walk, much to the bemusement of his dad.
The K's then have a mini- argument over Summer - Karl thinks she should be using all her time to study and thus forget about trying to save PirateNet, whereas Susan thinks she doesn't need to study 24/7 and indeed supports her in her PN campaign.
Susan is round to see if Toadie can help in the PirateNet saga but he can't as it's a conflict of interest although does give a glimmer of hope that he may be able to assist once everything dies down.
Chris enters the house looking for Tash, causing Michael to jump from his lying position on the sofa. He looks rough as anything and Chris debates whether he should go or not but Michael admits that things aren't good but that Tash could do with a friend and sends him into see her, while he calls Emilia.
Chris enters Tash's room via the window because she locked her bedroom door and wouldn't open it! "So what's going on?" he asks when he finally does get in and eventually she opens up and tells him about her mum's death and her involvement in it.
TASH: I killed my mum.
CHRIS: Tash, that is not true.
TASH: It is. If it wasn't for me she'd still be here.
CHRIS: Hey, you were just a kid.
TASH: It doesn't make it any better.
She breaks down crying and Chris consoles her and reassures her it isn't her fault.
As they walk along, Michael opens up to Emilia about why he didn't want to tell Tash and have her living with the guilt.
EMILIA: I wish Tash didn't have to go through this.
MICHAEL: We can't change what happened.
EMILIA: I know.
MICHAEL: And she can never know the whole truth.
Emilia barely nods to that and he suggests she stays away from Tash and Erinsborough to give her time. She seems shocked at his request but reluctantly agrees with it before leaving.
As Michael walks away in the opposite direction, he sees ghostly Helena again.
Karl runs into Toadie at the store as he is buying a copy of the Erinsborough News to look for houses (Susan has their copy) and bemoans to him about Susan helping Summer in her PirateNet campaign.
Sonya calls round to suggest a date for their next book club meeting but then notices that Susan is working but it's her trying to help Summer with PirateNet. They both then begin to reminisce about going to protests and Sonya adds that she met Toadie after one too!
Toadie has remembered how he met Sonya too and is trying to convince Karl that protesting can be good!
"And now it feels like we're fighting against the community," Sonya remarks to Susan and admits also that she never thought she'd see her life being as such.
SONYA: But I guess things don't always go entirely to plan.
Looks like Toadie is on the same wavelength too as he admits virtually the same thing to Karl!
TOADIE: It's not exactly how I thought things would turn out.
KARL: It never is.
Chris signals it's safe for Tash to come out of her room (she wants to avoid her dad) and she quickly gathers the stuff she needs for school. Before they leave, she asks Chris not to say anything to the others.
Summer comes out of her room to show Susan a page she set up on Facebook about PirateNet that is now going viral! Susan reminds her she has an exam today and asks if it's a good idea. "What I don't know now I never will," Summer philosophically replies back and Susan remarks how different things were in her days when it was sit- in's and handing out leaflets! Susan agrees to help organise something once her exams are finished and Summer wants them to do something pretty full on to get the council to budge then comes up with an idea... and judging by the look on her face as we head into the commercial break she has come up with something!
Michael is popping more pills as Summer approaches him to ask if she can use the photocopier. He gives her the code but rushes off towards Tash when he spots her entering the playground.
Michael asks why she wasn't answering her phone and she replies that they were cramming. "Are you sure you are up to this?" he asks and Tash confirms she is and doesn't want to apply for special consideration either.
Summer has done the photocopying and is putting up/handing out flyers announcing that there will be a protest to save PirateNet today!
Flyers handed out, Summer announces to her peers that since the council isn't doing anything, they have to force their hand and suggests a sit- in at PirateNet... right before their English exam which begins in 2 hours! One of the kids, Jackson, isn't sure about the sit- in but is reassured that the council won't let them fail their exam but they must prove that they are genuine and by potentially missing the exam they are doing just that.
JACKSON: And you reckon it will work?
SUMMER: Only if we're all in! So, what do you say?
The gathered Year 12's all mumble out "let's do it" and Summer starts dishing out instructions - text everyone to meet at the station in 30 minutes.
SUMMER: Let's re- claim PirateNet!
Karl returns home to pick up some clinical papers he forgot and asks Mal if he's rang his wife yet and Mal confirms he did... and left a message.
Susan then spots what Summer is planning and isn't amused given she has an exam today too. "Why would she do that?" Mal asks and Karl replies that Susan encouraged her! "I didn't," pleads Susan and makes it clear she would help her after exams.
KARL: So she's going to jeopardise Year 12 for a radio station?! I mean these protests never work anyway.
SUSAN: They used to work when we were at Uni.
KARL: Well I wouldn't know they were never part of my world. It's a ridiculous waste of time.
SUSAN: Its called freedom of expression Karl, it's about democracy.
Mal puts a stop to his warring parents but adds she is taking a big risk playing chicken with the council. "Exactly," Karl says and Susan decides to head down to the station to talk to Summer.
Lassiters car park
Lucas runs into Emilia after she's finished a job and suggests that they go out for a meal in a restaurant tonight. She knocks him back citing she is too busy working and suggests after Christmas instead once work has settled down. "I'll hold you to that," he replies. Lucas then realises she isn't about to go to another job so persuades her to have a coffee with him.
As they have their coffee, Emilia notices that Lucas is still itchy from the waxing and offers to drop round with some lotion she has that will help him... although does promise to deliver it before Christmas!
Michael enters the bar and spots them... he isn't amused!
Commercial break later and Michael has been lurking unseen by them and when Emilia heads to the loo, he comes out of his hiding place to have a word with Lucas. Lucas invites him to have a coffee as there is someone he wants to meet and it then comes out that Michael and Emilia are related. "Wow, that's freaky," Lucas remarks and Michael seems rather stunned that Emilia hasn't mentioned him to Lucas at all, despite knowing that they are mates too.
MICHAEL: Look, she is not what you think.
LUCAS: What do you mean?
MICHAEL: Well she hasn't told you the truth.
LUCAS: Nah, nah, there's got to be some explanation.
MICHAEL: Mate she's lied to you okay. You can't trust her, just do yourself a favour and stay away from her.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
Lucas and Emilia chatting.
Lou suggesting Kate has a secret admirer when she notices a gift bag on the counter.
High- noon at the PirateNet sit- in.