The 30th year of Neighbours is set to be to be the most dramatic yet.
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Struggling to process Vanessa’s revelation, Lucas hits the road to escape the reality of becoming a father. However, when Lou encourages him to be wary of Vanessa’s intentions, scared Lucas sees his way out and pushes Vanessa away by questioning whether the child is his, intimating she’s only after his money. Insulted, Vanessa leaves and makes it clear she wants nothing from him. When Sonya challenges him to man up, Lucas reconsiders. But, finally, unprepared to become a father, he decides against it – for now.
Stunned to learn of Vanessa’s shock pregnancy, Sonya can’t help noting the futility of her and Toadie’s attempts to conceive. However, when Jade encourages Sonya to look past her own issues and be there for Lucas, she tries to do this – only for Lucas to take his frustrations out on her. Sick of the emotional strain, defeated Sonya puts an end to her and Toadie’s baby dream.
Realising her new lifestyle is leaving her bank balance worse for wear, Kate resolves to work more but, bored at Harold’s, applies for a job at Charlie’s – only to discover Tash is going for it too. Confident she’ll wipe the floor with her inexperienced rival, Kate’s torn when abandoned Tash urges her to bow out. However, when Kate realises Tash gives as good as she gets, she vows to stay in the race as they both earn a two-week trial.