Previously on Neighbours
- Aidan ends his relationship with Chris
- Chris tells Paul he's been pushed around all his life and this is where it stops
- Ajay insults his colleague's not- pregnant wife by asking when the baby's due
- Andrew is diagnosed with epilepsy, but goes along with Paul's plan to buy Charlie's
- Aidan warns Andrew he could be putting his life on the line
Andrew searches 'managing epilepsy' on the Internet, and learns he needs to avoid tiredness, fatigue, alcohol, drugs, driving, stress and strobe lighting. He writes down a list of these, and hides it as Paul comes in. Paul's keen to head to Charlie's and meet the current owner to talk business - he says it's a formality and the deal's more or less done. But first Paul has a surprise for Andrew outside.
Since Andrew put all his money from the app into their new venture, Paul has bought him a company car, and suggests he drive them to Charlie's for the meeting. Andrew lies and says he had a glass of champagne earlier, so shouldn't drive - and they walk instead.
Chris is visiting Sophie, who seems to be fed up of being stuck in hospital and taking pills. She asks him all sorts of questions about what's going on, but he doesn't have much of interest to report. Sophie says she's getting plenty of visitors, but none of them seem to stay to hang out. Chris looks at his watch guiltily as he has to get back to work, but tells Sophie he can stay for a while longer.
Ajay and Priya talk - he's still nursing his wounds over his humiliation with his colleague's 'pregnant' wife. He has to head back to the office, and Priya doesn't seem happy about his new longer working hours - but Ajay reminds her they knew there'd be sacrifices with the new position. Ajay leaves as Susan comes in; Priya says Rani's out with friends this evening and Ajay's working, so wonders if Susan's up to anything. Susan suggests they go to Harold's for dinner.
Sophie beats Chris at draughts, for the fourth time. She thanks him for staying with her, and admits she's missing being able to hang out in her own room. She also complains about the hospital food, and Chris asks her what she'd like for dinner. When she says she wants a burger from Grease Monkeys, he promises to sort it out for her, and goes out into the ward to ask Aidan if it's okay. Aidan agrees to help sneak the food in with the laundry delivery.
Aidan asks how Chris is dealing with Paul. Chris says that learning to stand up for himself has been the one good thing to come out of the accident, and Aidan agrees it's a good thing. They talk about how bored Sophie is and Chris has an idea. He asks Aidan if he can spare some time later, and gives Kate a call to discuss it.
The owner of Charlie's, Serge, is having a meeting with Paul and Andrew. Serge has told Tash he's definitely selling to them, and she's wound up about the prospect of having to take orders from Andrew. Ed tries to reassure her, but Tash is convinced Andrew is trying to get under her skin.
Serge shakes hands with Paul and Andrew; the agreement has been made, and the lawyers just need to finalise the contract. As Serge leaves, Paul suggests he and Andrew get a drink to discuss their plans for the place, but he fobs him off, saying he'd rather hang around and get his thoughts together first. They agree to discuss it over breakfast tomorrow, and Paul leaves.
Tash walks over and says she hopes Andrew's happy at having spent his 'dirty money' on buying the bar. Andrew doesn't want to argue, but she keeps going at him. Andrew tells her to drop it, and Ed comes over to stick up for her - but Tash tells Andrew she's quitting, and walks out.
Aidan wheels Sophie into her room to reveal that Chris and Kate have transformed it, by bringing all her posters and possessions from home - including her bass guitar. Sophie says it's great, although she looks sad, as if she's realised she'll be here for some time. Chris has also brought her the burger she requested, which she's thrilled with.
As she eats, Chris sees Aidan getting ready to leave, and suggests they go for a drink, to say thanks for helping with Sophie. Aidan says he could murder a beer, and agrees.
Susan's glad to hear Priya's settling in on Ramsay Street, and asks how Paul's been, with the fence etc. Priya says they've sorted it out and that she's seen another side to Paul after his help on the school council. Susan warns her she'll soon see that the 'other side' is the same side after all! Discussing Paul's break- up with Zoe, Priya wonders out loud why women find him attractive. Susan guesses it must be the alpha- male factor and the fact he's so driven - but says it's a mystery to her. Priya smiles but looks uncomfortable.
Tash and Ed tell Summer about Tash having quit her job at Charlie's mid- shift, as Andrew was throwing his weight around before the contracts had even been signed. Summer is amused but Karl, who is cooking and listening to the conversation, is less so. He suggests Tash may be being a bit harsh on Andrew, and that there could be more to his behaviour. Summer says they shouldn't cut Andrew any slack after what he's done; Tash agrees but realises she now doesn't have any income, and starts to regret her hasty decision. She says that her quitting was too easy on Andrew, and that she's going back to Charlie's to get her job back so he has to put up with her every day.
Andrew calls a contractor and asks them to come and remove all the strobe lights at Charlie's, because he wants a different feel to the place. In reality, he's ticking it off his list so it won't affect his epilepsy.
Andrew doesn't look well. Tash comes back in and says Andrew needs experienced staff, and he agrees. She hands him a list of aspects of her job she doesn't want to do anymore, however; and to her surprise, he agrees to her conditions. She's then surprised and annoyed when he asks her to call him a taxi - she doesn't understand why he can't drive and thinks he's just enjoying bossing her around. Andrew calls the taxi himself, and Tash looks suspicious.
Priya and Susan have finished their meal, and Ajay comes in to pick Priya up. They bump into Paul as they're leaving; Susan explains to the Kapoors that Paul and Andrew are buying Charlie's, and Paul says it's really Andrew who will be running the place. He invites them all to come and have a drink there later to help him celebrate. Priya looks uncomfortable throughout the conversation with Paul, and he watches with interest as they leave.
Chris and Aidan are having a drink outside Charlie's when Summer walks by. Chris goes to get another round and chats to Summer on the way. She's thrilled that he and Aidan are spending time together again, but he tells her not to get ahead of herself. She asks if Aidan's still single, but Chris doesn't know. She tells him to find out and take charge. Aidan's shivering as it's cold and tipping it down, so Chris suggests they go inside.
Tash watches with interest as Aidan and Chris get a table, and gives Chris the thumbs- up. Chris bites the bullet and asks if Aidan's seeing anyone. He's says he's not - at least, not seriously. Chris says that their helping Sophie together today reminded him that they make a good team, and he admits he's been wondering if they could try again as a couple. Chris says he wouldn't make the same mistakes last time as he's taking control of his life. Aidan thinks that's great, but is worried it's all a bit sudden. After what happened last time, Aidan says he doesn't think he can go back there.
Later, Summer comes in to see how Chris is getting on: Tash tells her it's not looking rosy. Chris says Aidan has gone; he said it wasn't the right time, and suggested Chris should concentrate on himself for a while.
SUMMER: Maybe you've just got to wait it out.
CHRIS: You know what? I'm sick of waiting. That's what I'd usually do: I'd wait, I'd be polite, I'd be nice. But that's the old me.
SUMMER: Okay, so what's the plan?
CHRIS: I'm gonna win him back.
Monday on Neighbours
- Tash tells Chris that Aidan still likes him, but says Chris will need to take a risk if he wants him back
- Sophie wants to go home; Paul tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself and work on getting better
- Aidan tells Andrew to stop pretending; he needs help with his epilepsy