Previously on Neighbours
- Priya tells Sophie that she's been expelled.
- Kate and Sophie make up.
- Roz from the DHS approves Paul's application to become Sophie's legal guardian.
- Jade tells Sonya that her and Toadie's issue to conceive can't be down to her because she has already had a child.
- Toadie renovates the living room.
- Callum asks to use Toadie's laptop and is subsequently confronted with a webpage about male fertility.
- Toadie injures himself during renovating and Sonya rushes off to get Karl.
Sonya and Karl enter the living room and Sonya tells Toadie not to move but he plays down the incident, saying that it's worse than it looks. Sonya replies that he collapsed on the ground so it is quite serious but Toadie says that she just rushed off before he had a chance to tell her he was ok. Karl begins his magic and Callum enters the room and asks if Toadie's alright. Karl tells Toadie to go to a physiotherapist but Toadie isn't convinced by the idea. Sonya says that he should go for physio before Callum jokes that Toadie should have left the renovation work to Kyle.
Paul enters the kitchen to tell Sophie and Susan the good news: he is officially Sophie's legal guardian. He hands Sophie the letter which is confirmation of his guardianship. Sophie seems relieved that she can stay with Paul for good and he jokes that he may have to draw the line if she's still there in her late 30s. Sophie stares at the letter before Susan asks if she's ok to which she replies that it's what she wants. Paul says that dinner will be ready soon and Sophie heads upstairs to wash her hands.
Getting up to leave Susan says she's glad that things have worked out so well for Paul and Sophie. Before she leaves Paul asks if she would mind continuing Sophie's home schooling. She says that Sophie needs the routine of school back and Paul replies that he knows that but it just wary of messing things up with her again. Susan reassures him that everything will be ok and reminds him that he has parented before. The pair laugh about the difficulties of raising female teenagers in comparison to boys.
Sonya calls out to Callum, letting him know that her and Toadie are home as Toadie, obviously in pain, enters the living room. Toadie continues to play down his injuries which Sonya wishes he wouldn't. Callum rushes in wanting to know the verdict. Toadie says that he won't be kicking any goals any time soon and Sonya suggests they all go and sit in the kitchen for a cup of tea. Toadie has other ideas, telling her he needs to finish some work before tomorrow but Sonya can't believe he is even considering going to work in his current state. Toadie defends his decision by saying that he'll be sitting at his desk all day anyway, but Sonya reminds him that the physio told him to take it easy. Toadie says once again that everyone's making too big a deal out of it, grabs some work from the couch and heads to his bedroom, saying he'll see them in the morning. Sonya looks worried.
Paul, Andrew and Sophie are about to eat dinner as Paul proposes a toast to the new member of the Robinson household: Sophie. Paul goes on to tell Sophie that he spoke to Mrs. Webster during the afternoon and naturally she asks who that is. He tells her she is the Principal at Eden Hills Grammar and Sophie asks why she has to enrol there when she could just go back to Erinsborough High. Paul says she knows why she can't go back there, referring to the malicious damage she caused, and Sophie says that there is no way she will apologise. Andrew asks why she won't just say sorry, and she says she isn't sorry so shouldn't say it but Andrew reminds her that it's what she has to do if she wants to go back there. Sophie pleads with Paul to talk to Priya but he says he's already tried and there's only one way Sophie will be able to go back there. Sophie makes a dig at Kate by saying that making excuses sounds like something Kate would do. Andrew and Paul soon defend Kate before Sophie pleads once again with Paul to speak to Priya for her.
Paul enters Priya's office and asks if she has a minute. He is confronted with a frosty Priya who reminds him that most people make an appointment if they want to speak to her. Paul says it's important and tells her that he wants to talk about Sophie. Priya congratulates him on the news that he is now Sophie's official legal guardian but doesn't understand why it concerns her when he hands her the letter of confirmation he received from the DHS. Priya says that Sophie is no longer a student at Erinsborough High but Paul thinks she is being petty and tells her that the situation is damaging Sophie's education. Priya remains firm, pointing out that the malicious damage Sophie caused as well as the fact that she showed no remorse are factors which have damaged her education. Priya says that while she understands why Sophie acted in such a way, the fact she hasn't accompanied Paul to her office shows that she hasn't taken responsibility for her actions. Paul threatens to take up the matter with the school board but Priya says that she is the principal at the school and as such, she decides on these issues. Priya says that Sophie's expulsion stands unless she decides to apologise for what she did.
Toadie is walking to his car ready for work, accompanied by a concerned Sonya, who is still trying to convince him to take the day off. Karl appears, having just arrived home from a jog, and Sonya asks him to talk some sense into Toadie before Karl asks what the physio advised. Sonya says that the physio told him to rest but Toadie argues that the physio told him to 'take it easy' which in his words is totally different. He says that if he had the luxury of being able to take a day off work he would and Sonya realises that she is fighting a losing battle so gives him a kiss on the cheek and tells him to have a good day. Karl asks if he's got his anti- inflammatories and painkillers which he does, and insists that Toadie takes it easy at work. Karl leaves as Toadie, obviously in pain, struggles to get in his car.
Paul is on the phone to the principal of Eden Hills Grammar, arranging Sophie's enrolment as Andrew approaches him, catching the end of the conversation. Andrew reminds his dad that Sophie doesn't want to go to a private school but Paul believes there is no other option. Andrew asks what Priya said but Paul dismisses his question, saying that private school is the best thing for Sophie as it has better facilities, a better structure and better discipline. Callum and Sophie exit Charlie's in the midst of Paul and Andrew's conversation and Andrew points in Callum and Sophie's direction when the pair laugh together and suggests that Sophie needs to be with her friends. He tells Paul that he thinks Sophie could go completely off the rails if she doesn't have her friends around her.
Simmons and Colbert
Toadie struggles into the conference room, accidentally knocking some paperwork onto the floor. As he slowly attempts to retrieve the paperwork, Charlotte comes in to find him kneeling on the floor and asks what is going on. To Toadie's complete horror, Charlotte reminds him that an important meeting is shortly taking place, and Geoff Linley, who they're trying to close a deal with, enters the room. All those present at the meeting take their places, but Toadie's back pain stops him from taking his seat. Charlotte asks if he's alright before asking him to sit down but he refuses to sit, using his back pain to enhance his pitch in the meeting.
TOADIE: We've been sitting around; trying to sort out the details for weeks now...and I refuse to sit any longer.
Charlotte looks completely horrified by Toadie's lack of professionalism.
TOADIE: In fact I think we should all be standing. Come on, the market opens in less than half an hour...so we need to make an announcement by lunchtime...So come on, everyone up...
MYLES PORTER: First proactive thing I've heard in weeks.
TOADIE: (relieved) Now, where were we.
Charlotte looks relieved.
Paul enters Harold's and jokes that it's alright for some when he catches Susan drinking coffee and reading a magazine. In reference to the renovations at no.30 Susan jokes that she's 'avoiding the building site' but says that she is about to leave and check on Sophie. Paul orders a coffee and makes his way to Susan's table, telling her that Sophie's refusing to go to Eden Hills. Susan replies that it's hardly surprising given that all her friends are at Erinsborough High and Paul agrees. Susan asks whether Sophie truly has burned all her bridges in regard to her former school to which Paul jokes about the severity of the situation by saying he never thought he'd see the day he actually missed Michael Williams as principal, due to the fact that he was much less strict than Priya.
PAUL: The woman's an ice maiden.
SUSAN: Oh I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, I think you're being a bit harsh.
PAUL: You would say that, wouldn't you? Standing up for your new best friend...
Paul then sees the worth of Susan and Priya's blossoming friendship and asks her to put a word in for Sophie. Susan doesn't like the idea but Paul says that Sophie actually ran away when she was in Susan's care so she has a responsibility to make things right. Susan calls Paul's behaviour emotional blackmail and says that it's not going to work. She goes on to say that despite their friendship, she thinks Priya is far too professional to let a friend sway her decision before Paul says that Susan is all for giving out advice but won't help in any practical way if she can.
Simmons and Colbert
Toadie and Charlotte are standing on one side of the room as their potential clients stand at the other end of the room discussing whether to agree on the contract. Charlotte tells Toadie that she hopes his tactic worked and then asks their clients if they have a deal. Geoff says no based on two factors, which are eventually negotiated by Toadie until the clients accept, and Charlotte cheerfully rushes off to draw up the paperwork. As he leaves Geoff asks Toadie if he uses that tactic a lot to which Toadie replies that it was actually the first time.
Paul is looking at the homepage of the Erinsborough High school website which has a picture of a smiling Priya at the top. He opens a new tab which appears to be the homepage of Eden Hills Grammar school. Their homepage shows an impressive building which is noticeably more impressive than the image the Erinsborough High website gives. Paul seems deep in thought. Andrew enters the kitchen and tells Paul that he's now leaving. Andrew sees the Eden Hills website and says that although it looks nice, it won't be enough to sway Sophie into going there.
Paul talks to Priya about the facilities and equipment offered in private schools in comparison to those offered in state schools such as Erinsborough High. He thinks that Erinsborough High should be able to offer as much to its students as private schools can, and tells her that he is in a position to be able to help. Obviously more switched on than Paul expected, Priya seems to have cottoned onto the fact that Paul's offer to help may be related to his plea to allow Sophie to return to Erinsborough High. She asks him why he has taken a sudden interest in helping. A democratic Priya says that she'll have to run it past the board first and will add it to the agenda for the afternoon. Paul exits her office seeming pleased with himself.
Simmons and Colbert
Charlotte enters the conference room in a state of joy after the firm just got the deal. Toadie is nowhere to be seen but his voice appears from under the table and Charlotte approaches the other side of the table where he is to find him laying on the floor, clearly in pain. Suddenly she realises that Toadie's tactic was due to back pain and he says that it was 'the act of a desperate man'.
TOADIE: If everyone lied down it might have been easier on my back.
CHARLOTTE: It might not have had the same impact though...You took a big risk today.
TOADIE: I didn't have a choice.
CHARLOTTE: You probably shouldn't have come in.
TOADIE: You sound like my doctor.
CHARLOTTE: I'm glad your doctor did.
CHARLOTTE: You know, I like learning new things about my staff.
TOADIE: Oh yeah?
CHARLOTTE: Well I kind of got the sense you weren't a quitter. But it's nice to see you'll do whatever it takes...even when you're in pain.
Charlotte smacks Toadie's side suggestively.
CHARLOTTE: Good work, Jarrod.
Charlotte giggles and exits the conference room.
Paul and Priya are at the school board meeting. Paul airs his opinion on the renovations which could take place at the school. Priya asks what exactly he thinks should be done and he says that a Media Centre could be good for the school. Priya asks what this would include, suggesting state of the art computers, software, cameras and smartboards. Paul mentions to Priya that he is not somebody who does things half- heartedly and he will happily finance the project, leaving the important decisions to the experts. Priya's natural leading instinct forces her to intervene, clarifying whether the financial support Paul is offering is a loan or a donation and Paul says that it is a donation. Paul asks all those in favour to raise their hands and the board seems to be unanimously in favour of his suggestion. Knowing that Paul is about to ask to re- enroll his niece at the school, Priya seems to take great sadistic pleasure in accepting Paul's offer.
Sonya is folding sheets on a table in the living room as Callum is doing the vacuuming. He suggests that the place really needs to be tidied up. Toadie enters the room and Sonya asks how his day was to which he replies that it was actually pretty good. He apologises for the way he's been acting lately and Sonya accepts his apology. He explains that after all the fertility issues they've been having recently he felt like he had to prove something to himself but Sonya says that regardless of whether he can use a sledgehammer or not, it is no reflection on him as a man. Toadie then tells Sonya that whatever it takes, he is not going to give up trying for a baby. Sonya appears to be very pleased that he is so willing to fight for their dream and they kiss passionately. Callum leaves the room out of disgust for his romantic parents.
Paul enters Priya's office just as she's about to leave. He hands her the paperwork in regard to his donation to the school and she flicks through it, joking that he certainly doesn't mess around. With no shame Paul then asks Priya when he can bring Sophie in to be re- enrolled and she looks less than impressed, saying that she thought she had made herself clear on the matter: without an apology Sophie's expulsion still stands. Paul refers to his donation as the best apology Priya could hope for but Priya remains firm with her decision. Paul then threatens to withdraw his donation and when Priya won't back down, he says that he will be exercising the ten day cooling off period which was stated in the contract. Paul leaves and the chemistry between the pair is clear to see.
Andrew and Sophie are hanging out in the kitchen before Paul bursts in, demanding that Sophie either apologises to Priya or enrols at Eden Hills in the morning. Sophie wants to know what Priya said but Paul dismisses her, demanding her to make a decision. Sophie wants Susan to continue tutoring her but Paul says that that isn't an option. Andrew tries to intervene and get Paul to calm down with no luck. Paul makes it clear that he's becoming tired of Sophie's attitude and says that she has thrown it back in his face whenever he's tried to help her. After demanding her to make a decision once again, Sophie throws the Eden Hills leaflet at him and storms off saying that she'll go there if it makes him happy.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Kate looks at a picture of Byron Bay and tells Jade that she's thinking of going on holiday again.
- Jade has an idea to combine dating and working out: 'singles boot camp'.
- Callum laughs at Sophie's new school uniform.
- Rani, Priya's daughter and an ex-student at Eden Hills Grammar, advises Sophie to stay away from Claudia Howard.
- Claudia greets Sophie at the school gate.