Previously on Neighbours
- Tash is harassed by a reviewer of Charlie's, Andrew throws the guy out
- Andrew and Tash kiss but they decide to stay as friends
- Rani tells Ajay that Priya has been cheating on him
- Priya admits she slept with Paul so Ajay kicks Priya out
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Priya collects a pillow and duvet from the school and takes it to her car. Priya finds one of the earrings that Ajay got her and closes it in her hand. Priya is about to call Ajay but decides not to.
Ajay makes coffee, instinctively taking out two mugs before realising, putting the extra mug away.
Ajay has flashbacks to all the excuses Priya made about being busy, or about having to go and see Paul for various reasons. Ajay starts tearing up. He looks over at the photo of the family at Diwali. He puts it face down on the counter.
Paul and Andrew leave their house, Paul is upset that he's lost his phone but at least he backed it up last week. Tash leaves her house and she and Andrew wave to each other. Paul drives off to get a new phone. Tash walks over to Andrew to complain about being rostered on today. She notes that it will be fun to have lunch with Summer later, Andrew agrees (gosh there's a lot of tension between these two in this scene.) Andrew pretends he's left some stuff inside and tells her he'll meet her at work.
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Priya is resting in her car, clutching her pillow and duvet when Susan knocks on the window. She's here for the meeting about the paper's involvement in the work experience program. Priya starts babbling before telling Susan that she told Ajay the truth, and he kicked her out. Susan offers for Priya to stay with her. Priya says Ajay is ashamed of her and she should have followed Susan's advice and told him before. Susan says she can't live in her car but Priya insists she'll be fine.
Ajay wheels out his bin when Paul returns from buying his new phone. Ajay marches over and punches Paul in the face. Andrew races to Paul's side as Ajay walks off. Andrew asks what Paul has done but Paul tells Andrew to drop the questions and get to work.
Tash is decorating the Christmas tree when Andrew knocks on the door. Tash lets Andrew in. Andrew tells her that Ajay just punched Paul.
TASH: Sooner or later everybody takes a swing at your dad.
As Andrew helps Tash decorate the tree, Tash tells Andrew he should give his employees a Christmas bonus. Tash tries to put the star on the top of the tree but can't reach. Andrew lifts her up to help her put it on, and before we know it, they're kissing.
Priya returns home to collect a few things, finding Ajay holding an ice pack on his knuckles. She asks how Rani is, but Ajay tells her to leave Rani alone. Ajay wants to give Priya a chance to explain why she had an affair, and wants to know how far it went. Priya apologises.
AJAY: So on our anniversary when I was driving around looking for you, you were with him?
AJAY: That's what our daughter says.
PRIYA: No what Rani saw was me ending it. Oh Ajay I swear, I wasn't with Paul on our anniversary, it was over by then. I never wanted to leave you for him, it wasn't like that and I certainly never loved him.
AJAY: Wait, wait, wait. You just said it was over by then.
AJAY: So this thing wasn't even a once off?
Ajay walks away, shaking his head.
Priya collects a few clothes and walks over to Ajay who is sitting on the sofa. She says she's done some terrible things but she wants to fix this. Ajay wonders if she wanted to hurt him, since she chose to have an affair with the guy who has been trying to destroy him for no reason ever since he met him. Priya says it wasn't about Ajay, it was about her.
AJAY: This is so wrong. I am working seven days a week, for you.
PRIYA: I know.
AJAY: No, no you don't because everything that I had wasn't good enough for you.
PRIYA: No it's not like that.
AJAY: Is it because Paul has more money.
PRIYA: What? No!
AJAY: Then why? Tell me, tell me something.
PRIYA: I was just so unhappy!
AJAY: Unhappy? And this was your solution. Here I'm thinking you're stressed about not having enough holidays and family time.
PRIYA: What I did, it just made me feel better.
AJAY: Is that all it took? I'm glad you feel better. You got what you came for.
Priya takes her clothes and leaves.
Andrew and Tash leave the backroom, fixing their clothes (we all know what that means.) There's a knock at the door as they've been late opening up. The customers enter looking peeved that the bar has been closed (alcoholics!) Tash offers to get them all coffees. Andrew asks Tash what just happened, was it just ex-sex? Neither of them knows what it is, but it was fun. They agree that if it happened once it'll probably happen again and there's no way of stopping it. Both get back to work, happily grinning.
Summer talks to Andrew and Tash about her options for travelling, if she's just going to volunteer or do some studying. Andrew and Tash are too busy playing footsie under the table to listen to her. Summer says whatever she does she's glad that they're friends again. It's been a hard year for all of them and she didn't think that they wouldn't all be friends again. She puts her hands on their shoulders and tells them that they and their friendship is so important to her. Tash and Andrew smile guiltily.
Paul finds Priya sitting alone looking upset. Priya notices the bruise under Paul's eye. Paul assures her that he doesn't know how Ajay found out. Priya says that she told him after Rani found his phone. Paul offers her a room at Lassiters, but she declines the offer. They are over, which makes this her problem and not his. She doesn't want his help.
Tash and Andrew have to get back to work, so they say bye to Summer, who invites Andrew along to a daggy movie night they're having with Chris. Susan enters, leaving a worried phone message to Priya. Summer asks Susan for advice about teaching English in Nepal. Meanwhile, Andrew and Tash worry that they're making a mistake with this.
ANDREW: Summer's my ex. My proper ex, if she finds out that we are hooking up.
TASH: Her brain will explode.
They don't want to end things, but they don't want Summer to find out. Andrew says they have to make sure that Summer doesn't find out then.
Susan approaches Paul to say that the monthly sales stats for the paper are looking grim, when she spots his bruise. When Paul says Ajay hit him, she realises that he's the man that Priya's been having an affair with. Susan lectures Paul on this, Priya's got a family and her life is falling apart because of this. Paul insists that he's not the only bad guy, it takes two willing participants to have an affair, Susan of all people should know about that.
Andrew is checking Tash out while she works. As Tash crouches down to get some drinks from the fridge, Andrew joins her and they kiss, when they hear Summer's voice ordering wine. Tash stands up and offers to get it for her. Andrew hands Tash the bottle and then stands up, surprising Summer, covering by saying he was stocking the fridge. Summer thanks them and leaves.
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Priya calls Rani, leaving a message on her phone. She apologises for what she's done, and tells her she loves Rani and misses her. Priya heads back to her car, dropping a toiletries bag on the ground and getting upset when Susan runs over and helps Priya pick it up. Susan insists that Priya will come home with her. She tells Priya she knows it was Paul she had an affair with.
PRIYA: I'm a terrible person. I've ruined my marriage, I've broken my daughter's trust and I've used you as an alibi.
SUSAN: And you're still my friend. I can't help you fix anything but I can offer you a bed.
Ajay picks up the photo of the family on Diwali, looking at it again, before standing it upright again.
Susan tells Priya that she can stay as long as she needs. Priya appreciates everything she is doing, but she will be going home. She's going to give Ajay and Rani some time and space but she's not giving up on them. She says things were back on track and she remembered why she married Ajay. She loves him and she's not going to lose him.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Ajay tells Karl about the affair.
- Paul and Ajay fight some more.
- Rani tells Sophie she doesn't want to speak to anyone from her family again.
- Sophie is angry at Paul for having the affair.
- Chris offers to walk with Aidan to the hospital but he refuses.
- Karl offers Carmel a room at his place.