Previously on Neighbours
- Vanessa breaks up with Rhys, and is consoled by Lou and Lucas
- Sophie tells Rani that Harley is an idiot - and Lou worries about Sophie's state of mind
- Susan finds out about Bradley and Summer, but her warnings to Summer are rejected
Bradley and Summer come into the office all flirtatious, and almost kiss before realising Susan is nearby. Summer tells Susan something work- related but meets with a cold reaction; so she follows Susan into her office. Summer says she appreciates Susan's concern about Bradley, but says she can make her own decisions. Susan says she understands that, but they're interrupted by Bradley before she can say anymore.
Susan comes in for a latte and blueberry muffin, and remarks at how positive Vanessa is looking, following the break- up with Rhys. Susan's dressing more conservatively today - she says she'll still be using Vanessa's clothes but will be slowly integrating them into her daily wardrobe! The phone rings - it's someone who wants to meet Vanessa. She says she can't but the caller seems insistent, so she ducks out of work, leaving Margie to hold the fort.
Vanessa frantically tidies up the house in preparation for her visitor - but when Lucas comes in and asks why she's so stressed out about it, she claims she must just be 'nesting' in preparation for the baby. Vanessa panics when Lucas offers to make her a coffee, encouraging him to get one from Harold's so he isn't late for work. He asks if she's struggling with the separation from Rhys, and she admits it's true - before practically shoving him out of the door.
Outside, Karl runs into Susan having her coffee, and she tells him that Summer and Bradley are seeing one another romantically. Karl is concerned and enquires as to whether Susan could sack Bradley - but she says she has no grounds for doing that as they're both adults. Susan's worried about what Lyn will say, and asks Karl if he could talk to Summer. He's worried it'll make things awkward at home, but Susan tells him it'll be even worse if she starts bringing Bradley home.
Indoors, Chris has a chat to Sophie, who's working on her laptop; she explains she's going back to school next week but wishes she wasn't. He asks if she's looking forward to being back with her friends; she says she is but isn't enthusiastic. Back at the counter, Chris chats to Lou, who expresses his concerns that Sophie's been very different since she came back from Sydney, and that something seems wrong. Lou also says she's keeping her distance from her friends, and doesn't like Harley. Lou leaves, and Chris looks concerned.
Vanessa is still cleaning when Lou turns up eating pastries, much to her horror. She tries to persuade him to leave the house for a few hours, but Lou insists he's staying put to watch his favourite cookery programme.
Chris turns up to work bearing coffee and a sausage roll for Lucas (well, he's eaten the sausage roll). He asks if he can have a longer lunch- break today to check on Sophie; Lucas is concerned to hear she's not doing so well, and comments that it must be something in the water, as Vanessa was in a bad mood this morning too.
Since Lou still won't clear off, Vanessa is forced to tell him that she has somebody coming round. He asks who it is.
Lucas tells Chris that Vanessa claimed it was the break- up with Rhys that was bothering her, and Chris is concerned that he just left her there on her own. Lucas says she asked him to go, but Chris suggests he should have stayed to talk to her.
LUCAS: So you're an expert on women now, are you?
CHRIS: Hey, you're talking to Dear Sally, remember? I know my stuff.
Vanessa admits to Lou that it's her mum who's coming round; she's just got back from Italy and wants to see her. This just makes Lou even keener to stay as he wants to meet her, but Vanessa says she and her mum have a difficult relationship, and she finally manages to convince him to leave, saying it's best she deals with her alone.
Lou tells Chris to hold the fort while he goes home to check on Vanessa.
Vanessa's annoyed when Lucas turns up to check she's okay, and starts pushing him straight back out of the door again. But it's too late - Vanessa's mother, Francesca, turns up. Vanessa introduces Lucas as her landlord! Francesca has bought her a dress but remarks in a roundabout way that she's gained weight, which she blames on too much baking. Evidently, she doesn't know about the baby! When Francesca goes to freshen up, Lucas starts laughing - he can't believe Vanessa hasn't told her.
Later, Vanessa has acquired a large mixing bowl to walk around the house with, so her mother doesn't notice the bump (!). Lucas tells her just to be honest, but Vanessa admits she's fought with her parents her whole life; they're very religious and wouldn't be happy that she was pregnant. She's planning to keep it from them until after the birth - her plan is that they'll be so overjoyed at the new arrival that they won't hold it against her. Francesca comes back in the room and Lucas makes a quick exit.
Summer and Bradley are just about to kiss when Karl walks in, ostensibly wanting to know if she wants anything defrosting for dinner. He quickly introduces himself to Bradley, but Summer soon realises what Karl's up to and tries to get rid of him. Oblivious, Karl orders a coffee and begins to interrogate Bradley about his past. Bradley regales him with tales of his adventures, while Summer quickly gets fed up and goes to pay the bill. While she's away, Karl demands to know what Bradley is playing at going out with a nineteen- year- old. Bradley tells him he and Susan are both underestimating Summer - he argues that she's smart, strong and capable, meaning the age difference doesn't matter. He doesn't have an ex- wife or kids, he says, so there's no baggage; he's not going to apologise for liking Summer. When she returns, Karl shakes hands with Bradley and says they must have him over for dinner some time.
Sophie is still working. There's a knock on the door and Andrew answers it - he's pleased to see Chris and invites him in, but Chris tells him he's here to see Sophie, and Andrew leaves them to it. Chris has brought a music magazine for her, but she acts completely uninterested. He says she should take a break from her work and watch TV or a DVD with him, but Sophie's too engrossed in her work, and asks why he's not at the garage. Sophie says she knows he's only there because he feels bad about the accident; Chris denies it, but Sophie tells him she's fine and that she needs to get on.
SOPHIE: This is not your fault. So could you just leave me alone?
CHRIS: I'm just trying to help.
SOPHIE: Yeah, well I don't need your help, okay? I did this to myself.
CHRIS: Soph, it was an accident.
SOPHIE: No it wasn't. If I hadn't acted like such a brat - I chose to be there, okay. And I deserve all of this, so could you just leave me alone.
In tears, she gets up, but Chris gives her a hug and tries to comfort her. Later, the pair sit at the kitchen table (after Chris has raided the fridge). Sophie doesn't want to talk about it but Chris insists. He tells her the fight between Andrew, Tash and Summer was the cause of the crash, but Sophie is beating herself up for being selfish and immature - not just that night, but before then, being expelled from school etc.
CHRIS: None of this happened because you cut your hair or got a nose- ring.
SOPHIE: I was horrible.
CHRIS: No, you weren't.
She says Paul and Kate say the same thing, but she still feels to blame. She adds that she can't talk to her friends because they're too busy hanging out with 'Harley the loser'. Chris tells her it's important not to shut them out. He also tells her he's here to talk anytime she needs to.
Karl runs into Susan and they decide to go to lunch. He tells her he met Bradley, and that he seemed genuine - and after all, Summer's an adult. Susan's annoyed at Karl's attitude, asking if he'd like to call Lyn and tell her that. Karl doesn't think it's any of Lyn's business, or theirs; they should let Summer make her own decisions.
SUSAN: Make her own mistakes, you mean. I can't believe you're condoning this.
KARL: I'm not condoning anything. I'm just not judging.
Irritated, Susan tells Karl to at least keep an eye on Summer. He says he will, but he'll be treating her as an adult. Susan walks off annoyed, and Karl seems to think it's rather amusing.
Francesca is leaving, and again remarks about Vanessa gaining weight. She tells her daughter she should come and visit soon, and Vanessa promises that she will. They kiss each other goodbye - but as Vanessa wheels her bin back up the drive, Chris rushes over to do it for her, commenting that he's not the one who's pregnant! Francesca gets back out of the car.
Back indoors, Francesca is tearing strips off Vanessa - she can't believe she's kept the pregnancy from her parents for seven months. They start to argue about how Vanessa is ruining her life, when Lucas comes in - Chris has told him what just happened. Francesca demands to know whether Vanessa even knows who the father is - at which point Lucas leaps in to defend Vanessa's honour.
FRANCESCA: You stay out of this, this is family business!
LUCAS: I am family!
FRANCESCA: What are you talking about?
VANESSA: Lucas, don't.
LUCAS: No - Vanessa isn't going through this by herself, she's got me.
FRANCESCA: You, her landlord?
LUCAS: I'm the baby's father.
FRANCESCA: This is how you got a roof over your head?
LUCAS: No, we're together! We're a couple and we're in love!
Vanessa turns round and scowls at Lucas!
Some time later, Francesca is on the phone to Vanessa's father Tony. Meanwhile, Vanessa demands to know what Lucas was playing at telling Francesca they're a couple. He says it was a spur of the moment thing, as he hated her talking to Vanessa like that. Vanessa wants to tell her the truth, but Lucas suggests she go along with the lie for an easy life. When Francesca comes back in, she tells Vanessa her father's furious. Vanessa promises she'll call to keep them updated, but Francesca has heard enough - she angrily announces she's staying until she finds out what sort of a man her grandchild's father is!
Monday on Neighbours
- Vanessa defends Lucas to Francesca, and introduces her to Lou; but Francesca's being a nightmare
- Rhys gives Vanessa the evil eye in Harold's
- Sophie is forced to spend time with Harley but ends up throwing all her friends out of the house
- Chris provides a shoulder to cry on for Sophie, and tells Lucas he doesn't know what else to do