Previously on Neighbours
- Amber wins a youth photography competition, but Josh doesn't seem that happy for her
- After Lisa's departure, Lauren decides she no longer wants to search for her and Brad's daughter
- Following Kate's shock death, Paul blames Brennan and claims he will make him pay
The gazebo, where Kate was shot, is cordoned off with police tape, as Brennan stands looking at it from a distance. Gazing at the engagement ring, he has a flashback to Kate telling him she loves him, and kissing him, and accepting his proposal. He smiles, then has another flashback to her suddenly getting shot. He sees police in the distance, searching the area for evidence - and walks off.
Erinsborough Police Station
Brennan goes to probe Matt for information about the investigation; he wants to know why the area is being searched again. Matt says that they've found nothing useful yet, as far as he's aware. He asks if they've traced the text message he received to Montague, but Matt just says they're on it, and tells him he should get some rest.
Paul comes in and demands to speak to Detective Sergeant Crabb (aka Ellen, one of Josie Lamb's mums), but Matt tells him she's busy. Paul is angry about a press release the police have issued about Kate's shooting, which indicates they don't know where Montague is. Matt admits it seems like he's gone into hiding, as he hasn't used his phone or credit cards. Paul threatens to call the police commissioner if progress isn't made. Brennan asks Paul if he can exert some pressure using his position as mayor.
PAUL: Don't you think for a second that we're on the same side.
In reception, Terese is getting a quote from some workmen to complete the refurbishments at Charlie's; it's in a bit of a mess following Paul's temper tantrum and has been closed since. Paul comes in just as they finish up. Terese says she knows he was planning on seeing through the project with Kate, and offers to organise its completion. Paul refuses, saying he doesn't want anyone to touch Charlie's, despite Terese's protestations that it's losing money every day it's closed.
PAUL: Since when did you care about my bank balance?
TERESE: Well, I don't. But believe it or not, I do care about you.
PAUL: Oh, don't patronise me. We're not friends.
Terese says if they don't reopen Charlie's, they'll have to lay off the casual staff, and asks whether he's just going to leave it closed for good. Paul says that's exactly what he's going to do. Terese keeps arguing, but Paul snaps, telling her to mind her own business.
Terese is moaning to Brad about Paul's attitude towards Charlie's. Brad reminds her that losing someone so suddenly and violently takes time to get over, and says he's been thinking a lot about his sister Cody in recent days, who died in similar circumstances in 1996.
Imogen comes in on the phone, and passes it to Brad - it's her grandfather, Doug, who we learn is coming to visit. Terese tells Josh, who is lounging around listening to music, that he'd better not use Doug's visit as an excuse not to look for a job. She says he should be working like Imogen does, and that it will help stop him from stewing in the two weeks before school begins again.
Brad re-emerges, and tells Terese that Doug has asked if he can stay for a month - and he's already said yes!
TERESE: Great. A whole month of being compared to your saintly ex-wife. Can't wait!
BRAD: My parents do not prefer Beth!
IMOGEN: Why isn't Nan coming too?
BRAD: I think those two are driving each other a bit nuts at the moment. It might do them good to have a break.
Terese asks Brad if he's told Doug about his other daughter with Lauren. He says not, and they agree they should keep it from him until they know what the next move is.
Brad comes round to see Lauren - she's preparing a card and flowers for Brennan. He says Kate's death should make them take stock, and suggests they should try finding their daughter again. Lauren isn't sure there's any point, wondering if it's Not Meant To Be™, and accuses Brad of not being as affected by the situation with Lisa as she was, given that she's mourned her daughter's loss for 20 years.
BRAD: It hurt us both.
LAUREN: Well look how quickly you've picked yourself up again.
Lauren says she's sorry if it's selfish, but she needs to concentrate on the family she has.
BRAD: Our daughter. She's still out there somewhere.
LAUREN: And that's where she should stay.
Terese is moaning to Susan about how quiet the complex has been since the shooting, and Susan says she's sure they'll catch Montague soon. People are apparently calling for security cameras at the lake (!) - and Susan opines regretfully that Erinsborough was always such a nice place, too! Georgia is on her way out, and Susan asks how she's bearing up - she says it's still sinking in. Paul barges in and walks right into Georgia, before shouting at her irritably, leaving everyone uncomfortable.
Susan goes over to the counter to ask Paul if he's received the flowers Rebecca said she'd send, but he says he's told reception not to send anything up to him. Susan tries to be understanding, but Paul just rips into her, saying everyone ought to leave him alone.
SUSAN: As long as you know we're here for you.
TERESE: She's right.
PAUL: You hypocrites! None of you can stand me, and now you want to hug it out! You make me sick.
Amber reminisces to Josh about how much Kate helped her when she first moved to Erinsborough. Josh agrees that she was too young to die. The lesson to be learned from her death, we are painfully informed by Amber, is not 'to spend your whole holidays slacking off' - and hence the topic comes back around to Josh's lack of a job. Josh says he can just hang out with her, but Amber tells him she is going to busy interning with a professional photographer during the holidays.
Bailey, Callum and Imogen come in, for another cringeworthy Kate-based conversation.
CALLUM: Have you guys seen the amount of likes on Kate's tribute page?
BAILEY: Yeah. Even the nasty kids wrote nice things.
Apparently there is a concert memorial for Kate in the pipeline, but Cal doesn't think it'll happen as people are too lazy to organise it. He adds, apparently at random, that he walked past the lake earlier, and it gave him the creeps. Imogen has a lightbulb moment.
Imogen runs her idea past Susan.
IMOGEN: Kate was such an incredible person, and teacher. Instead of people remembering her for how she lived, they're gonna remember her for how she died.
SUSAN: And how would reclaiming the lake, as you put it, change that?
IMOGEN: My idea is that we could hold an event there. Make it about everything that was amazing about Kate... But it wouldn't be formal, like the funeral. This would be about celebrating Kate's life.
Susan declares that she loves the idea; if Matt thinks it's safe, she thinks they should do it. She promises to look into a permit from the council, while Imogen spreads the word.
Brennan is on the phone to the police, demanding details about the forensic investigation, where Montague's parents live, and whether he's registered to own a weapon. He also asks what type of firearm was used in Kate's shooting, and whoever he's speaking to apparently tells him, as he scribbles something down on some paper.
Erinsborough Police Station
Lauren comes in with some lunch for Matt. She says she's been thinking of planning a family holiday, and suggests they all go to visit Mason in Darwin for a week soon. She insists this isn't about what happened with Lisa - she just feels it would be good for the Turners to get away. Matt gets a call from a colleague - it's someone asking if he knows Mark Brennan.
Matt has apparently received a tip-off that Brennan has been interfering with the investigation, and he goes round to tell him to stop. Brennan says he's just trying to move things on - he feels he owes it to Kate to find Montague. But Matt tells him he's compromising the investigation, and could be putting himself in danger.
Brennan reveals he's learned that Montague doesn't have a weapons licence, and probably had to buy a gun on the black market. Brennan recalls a local guy called Pete (Wottero? - not sure on the spelling) - naturally known to his mates as Wotto - who the police knew was selling firearms back when Brennan was in the force, but could never make it stick. Matt promises to follow up this lead.
MATT: But Mark - keep interfering and I might have to charge you.
BRENNAN: I just helped you out!
As Matt leaves, Imogen shows up, wittering on about her planned celebratory event in Kate's memory. Brennan isn't remotely interested, and testily tells her he just wants to be left alone. Imogen leaves.
Brad is waiting for Doug to show up, when Terese arrives home. She tells him she's arranged for the contractors to start work on Charlie's, despite Paul telling her to leave it. She thinks Paul will thank her in time. Brad also tells Terese that Lauren's decided to stop searching for their daughter. Terese says the whole saga's been hard on Lauren, and that Brad should give her more time. Brad isn't eager to wait, though.
A yellow taxi pulls up outside No 28, and out steps a very familiar face - Doug Willis!
DOUG (to Brad): Look at you. Come here!
BRAD: It's good to see you. Hey, why didn't you stop outside our place?
DOUG: I headed for the old place. What a dunderhead!
He greets Terese slightly less enthusiastically, and she him. They head inside so he can see the grandkids, Terese carrying Doug's bag.
DOUG: Good on ya. Thanks, Beth!
Brad assures her it was a slip of the tongue, but Terese doesn't seem thrilled at the idea of four weeks with Doug...
The Willises settle down to takeaway, as Doug takes a call from his wife Pam, checking he's made it okay. But the call seems a little fractious.
DOUG (on phone): Yes, I'm being a good house-guest...
Brad asks if everything's okay, and Doug assures him it is. He goes on to turn his nose up at the Thai takeaway Terese has got in for them.
DOUG: A few snags on the barbie would have done me.
IMOGEN: I'm so glad you're here, Pop.
DOUG: Thanks love. I'll say one thing - the old neighbourhood hasn't changed much.
Terese asks Doug why he's decided to stay for longer.
DOUG: My grandson needs me.
JOSH: I do?
DOUG: Yeah. Tough break with your swimming. But I'm here to teach you the basics of my trade during your holidays.
JOSH: Come again?
TERESE: That sounds like a great idea!
DOUG: We'll start with something small - a shoe rack, say - but by the time I leave, who knows what we'll build together?
Josh doesn't seem especially keen at the idea, but everyone else thinks it's worth a try...
Bailey is designing a programme for Kate's memorial, with help from Callum and Lauren. Amber comes in in her work outfit, which Bailey scorns but Lauren thinks looks great. So does Cal.
AMBER: Am I trying too hard?
CALLUM: Nah. Girls in short skirts - totally hot.
Bailey glares at him.
CALLUM: Obviously not you, though. You don't look hot at all.
Josh comes over, and suggests Amber is overdoing the outfit too. He invites her over to meet Doug, but she has to run off to work as she can't be late for her first day on the internship. Josh makes a quip about her not being paid for it anyway.
AMBER: Do you not even care how much this means to me?
Josh apologises, but makes it clear he's thinking of his own future, which doesn't look all that promising in comparison to Amber's. She reminds him things are still the same between the two of them, and kisses him.
Georgia is reading some lyrics for a song she's working on for Kate's memorial.
GEORGIA: When the darkness is deepest, and the light seems far away, remember that I'm with you - I'm with you every day.
Brennan comes in and overhears it; he agrees with Imogen that Kate would love it. He also apologises to Imogen for being rude to her earlier. He says that Kate deserves a memorial like the one Imogen has planned, but isn't sure whether he could face coming himself, after the funeral. They tell him they understand, and he leaves them to it.
Paul comes in, and Imogen rushes over to tell him about her idea for the memorial, along with Georgia, who mentions the song she's writing.
PAUL: Oh, you're gonna pay your respects to my niece by singing one of your silly pop songs?
He's even more annoyed to learn they're planning to hold it by the lake, where Kate was shot, and tells them it's insensitive. Brennan weighs in to tell Paul to lay off.
BRENNAN: I'm not gonna stand here while you trample all over Kate's friends.
PAUL: Oh, you just love playing the big hero, don't you?
Paul tells Brennan that if he had any real decency, he'd be crippled by guilt.
PAUL: Now I meant what I said. I intend to make your life hell.
BRENNAN: It's a little late for that.
Susan admires the programme Bailey and Callum have designed for Kate's memorial event, that Imogen has brought around to show her. They've also suggested that one pupil from each year group could say something about Kate. But Imogen says Paul hated the whole idea, and feels bad for not asking his permission first. Susan tells her not to worry, and tells Imogen they should go ahead with it regardless!
SUSAN: In our own small way we have to try and make Kate's death mean something.
Paul marches in.
SUSAN: Oh. Come on in!
PAUL (to Susan): I should have realised that you'd be behind this ridiculous celebration.
IMOGEN: It's gonna be really respectful, Paul.
PAUL: You be quiet! The adults are talking.
SUSAN: It's meant as a tribute to Kate.
PAUL: Oh, you can dress it up in any way you like. But it is cheap, and it is tacky, and it is not going ahead!
He explains he found out Susan was involved because of the permit she got from the council. But he tells her he's had it cancelled, and that if they show up he'll have them all arrested for trespassing!
PAUL: And don't you DARE think about going against me on this one.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Paul continues to insist to Susan that the memorial won't go ahead
- He also tells Terese that he's happy the way he is, and doesn't want to be helped
- Doug seems confused when Lauren mentions Mason's troubles of two years ago
- Hudson chats to Chris via video link from his prison cell, but is cut off early by a guard
- When it seems Susan has won, Paul vows to make things difficult - and shows up at the memorial
Kate is removed from the regular cast in the closing credits today, but is credited as a guest for her flashback appearance. She is also removed from the No 26 shot in the opening credits, and from the group pool scenes which have been cropped accordingly.