Previously on Neighbours
- Tash refuses to authorise sale of the app to the casino consortium, but Andrew forges her signature and sells anyway.
- Paul breaks up with Zoe
- Paul tells Sophie that Zoe was the one who broke it off
Sophie has got coffee and biscuits for Paul, who is working. She asks if he is trying to take his mind off Zoe. She thinks he should call her, but he says it's not that simple. Sophie says she thought things were great between and offers to call Zoe herself. Paul says no, there's nothing she can do, and Sophie says she really liked her. Paul says that being with him is not easy because he has a lot of baggage and obviously Zoe couldn't cope. But he doesn't hold any grudges.
SOPHIE: You always hold grudges.
(Well, at least Sophie has one thing right.)
Paul says that grudges don't help anyone, and he's got to move on, and Sophie should do the same.
Summer and Chris are chatting about Callum's crush on Rani, when Tash gets a text from Ed. "Still on for tonight?" She is texting a reply, but tells Chris she is just surfing. Summer says that checking it isn't going to make it sell faster. Tash looks puzzled, and Summer asks how many the app has sold. Tash starts to check...
Meanwhile Andrew is on the phone leaving a message telling Dale he has taken the app offline and Tash is keen to get the cheque. He tells Lucas, who asks, that it's nothing he can't handle.
Tash can't find the app. Chris asks if Tash is looking in the right place, but Tash says she knows where to find her own app! Summer wonders if there might be a glitch, and Chris suggests calling Ed. Tash flatly refuses to call: she says she'll talk to him next time she sees him. Instead she calls Andrew.
Tash asks Andrew if he knows that the app is offline. He lies and says he just found out and hoped she could explain. Tash tells him what Summer said, and Andrew says that's the exact reason they should sell. It's a genuine offer and a lot of money. Tash insists she is not selling. Andrew says that he will sort it. He looks worried.
Outside No 22
Paul is taking out a rubbish bag, and he finds a gift bag outside the door. He pulls out a card from Zoe to Sophie, apologising that she didn't get the chance to say goodbye, and what happened wasn't her choice. Paul puts the card and bag in with the rest of the rubbish. Sophie comes out looking miserable, and says she's going for a walk. Paul asks if she's going to try to see Zoe and she promises she won't.
Andrew meets Sophie at the bottom of the drive. She tells him that Paul and Zoe broke up, and that Zoe did it because apparently she couldn't deal with Paul's baggage. "Baggage like a teenage girl." She says she hasn't heard from Zoe since it happened. Andrew says it is not her fault.
Andrew tells Paul he's chatted to Sophie, and asks him what happened to his plan to "easing out Zoe" so Sophie wouldn't get hurt. Paul said it didn't work. Andrew challenges him for lying and Paul retorts by asking him if he's ever lied. Paul says he did it to protect Sophie, but Andrew says that Sophie thinks she is the baggage. She is family, she is a kid and she blames herself for something she didn't do. Andrew thinks that's wrong. Paul looks conflicted.
Tash enters and tells Chris she hasn't found the app. Lucas decides it's time for a break. Tash emails the app store. Chris asks wasn't Andrew doing it, and Tash says she thought she should help. She asks Chris if he thinks she made the right decision not selling to the casinos. After all, it was a lot of money, but they want to bury it because it will make them lose money. Chris tells her she's done the right thing.
TASH: Because gambling is for losers, so they need all the help they can get. (Chris looks at Lucas.)Oh, no offence.
LUCAS: (Unconvincingly) None taken.
Tash says they need to get the app back online. Lucas suggests they could sell to an anti-gambling body, who are always looking for ways to help "losers" stop throwing away their money. He tells her to contact the government, and she can't believe she never thought of it.
TASH: Who would have thought being an addict would come in handy one day?
LUCAS: No offence(!)
Tash asks Andrew if he's found out what happened to the app. He sulkily says he's sorting it. She says brightly that it doesn't matter, because she might have found a buyer who is interested for the right reasons: the State Government. Looking slightly panicked, Andrew refuses. Chris says it makes sense. Andrew says they won't offer as much, but Tash asks how he can know before meeting them. Andrew says he's done talking and gets up. Tash tells him he's acting really mature. Andrew again says he's done. Chris says it's worth talking to them. Andrew refuses and walks out. Tash and Chris wonder what that was all about.
Summer is vacuuming when Tash comes in complaining about Andrew. She explains she found someone interested in the app, but Andrew won't even meet them, just because she didn't want to sell. Summer doesn't think that's the sort of thing Andrew would do, not when it came to business. Tash is annoyed that Summer is taking Andrew's side, although Summer denies it. Tash is about to cancel the meeting she set up, when she gets a text from the app store saying that "the app was removed at the request of the creator". Tash tells Summer that only she and Andrew can take it down, and it wasn't her... "Why would he do that?" asks Summer. On her way out, Tash repeats what she said earlier, and asks Summer if she disagrees now.
Paul goes into Harold's and sees Sophie sitting alone. He is holding the bag from Zoe. He puts it on the table and tells Sophie he found it on the doorstep. He says that Zoe really liked Sophie and she is not they reason they broke up. Sophie reads the card "...what happened wasn't my choice..." She looks at Paul and he sighs. He admits that he broke up with Zoe, but he said it was the other way around to protect her [Sophie]. Sophie wants to know how lying was supposed to protect her. Paul says it was because he knew she would be upset. Sophie said he didn't care about her, he just didn't want her to be mad at him. He has no idea how she feels because he has no feelings. Priya comes in as Sophie storms out, saying she's not listening to Paul any more.
Tash comes in (without knocking) and asks Andrew why he took the app offline. Andrew admits he took it down, and Tash asks him whether it was because she had refused to sell, but she thinks he cares too much about money to be that petty. Then she wonders if he's actually still talking to them. He denies it, but says he would like to. So Tash tells him to come to the meeting she has organised. He's got nothing to lose by hearing what they've got to say. Finally Andrew agrees, and Tash goes off to organise and email him the details. (Later) Andrew has an email saying the meeting is at 10am the following morning. Sophie comes downstairs and tells Andrew his dad is an idiot, because he lied about breaking up with Zoe. He only told the truth because he knew he would be found out. Andrew consoles her by saying at least she knows she's not to blame.
SOPHIE: Yeah, but why lie in the first place? It only makes things worse.
Andrew sighs. He makes a call on his phone, and when it is ringing he gets a message on his computer from Dale Madden about payment for the app. Tash answers, and Andrew tells her he didn't mean to call her. He reads the message which says that the cheque has been drawn up.
Paul gets up from his table, and Priya asks him how Sophie is. He asks if she's going to go on about marks every time they meet. She says she saw what happened earlier. She's worried about her aside from schoolwork. Paul says that nothing else is her business. Priya says that problems at home can affect schoolwork, so Paul tells her Zoe and he broke up. In an offhand way he tells her he's fine: Sophie's not. She tells him she feels his pain. He is sceptical, but she says she has a teenage daughter too, and she's having problems making Rani wear glasses.
PAUL: I see. And she hates you for it, yeah?
PRIYA: Mm-hm. I have heard they grow out of it though, in about 10 years.
Priya tells Paul to let her know if she can help Sophie, and he looks thoughtful as he leaves.
Sophie is playing her guitar. Paul comes in and at first she ignores him. Then he apologises and says he should have told the truth from the beginning. She agrees he should have, and unplugs her guitar, and walks off. Paul asks if she has done her homework. She says she hasn't got any - does he think she's lying? Paul sighs in frustration.
Lucas and Chris are working on a car and Andrew comes in and asks Chris for some help. Lucas asks if it's a garage or a counselling service. Andrew tells Chris he sold the app to the casinos. Chris can't believe it - Andrew knew Tash didn't want to sell. The dollar signs flash in Andrew's eyes as he reminds Chris it is $25k - Tash will be fine when she gets the money. Chris isn't sure, but Andrew says it's too late. Chris says he'll have to tell her. Andrew says he can't, but Chris reminds him she's got a meeting the following day. Andrew says they can't sell something they don't have the rights to, so he needs Chris's help to stall her.
Chris tells Andrew to tell Tash the truth. Andrew tells Chris he will when he gets the cheque. They meet Tash, and Andrew sucks up, telling Tash she looks nice. Ed runs up and he tells Chris about a flawed Wiki page on HTML. Ironic! Tash and Ed are just about to leave, when Ed turns:
ED: I've got a book if you want to learn more about it. Sort of like an idiot's guide to basic programming language.
CHRIS: Yeah, thanks. (To Andrew) Did he just call me an idiot and basic?
Chris says that Ed is weird and it's lucky he won't be at the meeting, because he'd stuff it up. Inspiration strikes Andrew, and he tells Chris he's a genius.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Andrew catches up with Tash and Ed, and says he'd like to have Ed back on board.
- Kate tells Kyle that Lou should be due home soon.
- Lou creeps into no 24
- Kate says she doesn't think he knows the house has been sold.
- Lou asking if anybody's home and Rani appearing
- Tash telling Ed he'd be going to the meeting for her, not Andrew