Tuesday 21st October
Hannah’s distress rises as her search for Oscar begins. When Andy gets a solid lead from Mitch, he tells Hannah, and they divide the bush search area with Nate, Zac & Leah. Andy finds Oscar unconscious, they wake him, and bring him back to the Farm House. With Hannah still on high alert for Oscar, Nate tells her that they can’t help him until he recognises he has a problem. The next morning, Oscar finally breaks down, and reveals that his appearance is the only thing he can control in his life – and he doesn’t know how to stop…
When Brax arrives home with a cot, Ricky can’t take it – she’s not even pregnant yet! Brax is left confused, as Ricky confides in Sophie, who agrees that he should be doing things to take the pressure off. When Ricky arrives home, Brax asks if she’s having second thoughts. She tells him that it’s not that, she just doesn’t want it taking over their lives already. They make a deal – Ricky doesn’t have to talk about it, and Brax can tell Casey and Heath – and fix up the cot!
Stood up for a lunch date by Nate, Sophie tells Ricky that she’s concerned about Nate being distant. She doesn’t want to start a fight if she’s just being paranoid, and decides she’s reading too much into it. But when Nate arrives late to dinner as well and makes excuses, Sophie leaves, upset. The next day, Sophie tells him things have to change – he can’t keep putting her second.
With her feelings for Zac growing stronger as they search for Oscar, Leah realises things are serious when Zac hugs Hannah, and her jealousy is piqued. Leah subtly confirms that Zac’s over Hannah, and offers Zac the spare room at her place. Zac accepts, but can he tell that she likes him?
Andy reluctanctly accepts Cody’s offer of another illegal job. But has he made a deal with the devil?
Wednesday 22nd October
Ricky and Sophie decide that a double date might be the key to introducing a little bit of fun back into their relationships. They both struggle to get their men onboard: Brax downright refuses, while Nate reluctantly agrees. Ricky turns up at Angelo’s with Nate and Sophie in tow, knowing that Brax is working and will have to join them out of politeness. To Ricky’s disappointment, Brax refuses to be a good sport, and sits down at the table for less than a minute. Nate confronts Brax, telling him that Ricky needs a bit of support since they’re trying for a child. Frustrated that Ricky has shared their baby plans with Nate after she got angry at him for telling Kyle, Brax calls Ricky on her hypocrisy.
Evelyn’s feelings for Josh are only growing. When she sees how worried he is about the situation with Andy, she tries to help him to bond with Casey. She suggests he cook dinner for the family, and the pair organise a barbeque for Denny and Casey. Seeing how natural physical intimacy is for Casey and Denny, Evelyn starts to feel insecure about where things are going with Josh. While Casey and Denny take things to the bedroom, Evelyn stops Josh from kissing her, telling him that she’s tired and wants to sleep. The next day, when Denny notices that Evelyn is acting strangely, Evelyn confides the fact that she is not ready to sleep with Josh, but doesn’t want it to ruin their relationship. Denny advises Evelyn to be honest with Josh about how she feels.
When she hears from Spencer that Oscar is in a bad state, Maddy wants to put the past behind her and have some fun. After seeing Evelyn and Josh canoodling on the beach, Maddy decides to drop in at Spencer’s place to hang out like ‘the good old days’. The two get on like a house on fire, chomping on popcorn in front of a horror film. As Maddy squeels in front of the film, Spencer looks at her with adoring eyes. The next day he asks her straight out: has she ever thought about getting them getting back together?
Thursday 23rd October
Evelyn is acting strangely around Josh, unsure how to tell him that she’s uncomfortable with taking things to the next level. When Evelyn sees Josh sitting down for a cosy chat with Maddy in the Diner, her insecurities flare. Sasha runs after her, advising Evelyn to be honest with Josh about how she’s feeling. Evelyn eventually sits Josh down and admits that she’s not ready to have sex. To her surprise, Josh pulls her into a loving hug and tells her that all he wants is to be with her. Meanwhile, Maddy brutally rebufes Spencer after he floats the subject of getting back together. When Spencer accuses Maddy of still hanging out for Josh, Maddy denies it. Maddy comes back to Spencer to apologise for her harsh words, and Spencer breaks her the news that Evelyn has slept over at Josh’s house. Maddy is in denial, lashing out at Spencer and claiming that Josh is not really serious about Evelyn.
An inspired Phoebe is frustated that Kyle won’t pull a sickie to write music with her. Kyle is apologetic and promises to help her after his shift. However, Phoebe’s manipulative streak kicks in and she begins pushing Kyle’s buttons. First she recruits Matt – who is at a loose end since Sasha is still finishing her poetry – to listen to her song in the middle of Angelo’s while Kyle tries to work. Then, knowing it will annoy Kyle, Phoebe calls Matt and asks him to come over to write with her. When Kyle arrives home early from work, with the special intention of helping his girlfriend, he’s angry to find Phoebe jamming with Matt.
Shandi tells John that she can see he’s changed and wants to compare notes with Jett and meet the family. John lies to Marilyn, telling her that Shandi has said that she isn’t ready to meet them all yet. However, John’s fib is uncovered when Shandi bumps into Marilyn in the Diner and tells her she would love to get together for a family meal. Marilyn confronts John and he admits that he’s worried what Jett and Shandi will think of him after comparing notes.
Friday 24th October
Kyle and Phoebe are forced to confront some fundamental relationship issues when Kyle reacts angrily to Phoebe’s decision to ask Matt to be her songwriting partner while Kyle had to work. Excited about the work she produced with him, Phoebe asks Matt if she can post their song on her website. Matt insults Phoebe’s music and tells her he doesn’t want a credit, causing Kyle to explode at him in a display of unprovoked physical aggression. Phoebe downloads to Denny – a witness to the event – and admits she knew she was pushing Kyle’s buttons by recruiting Matt. Meanwhile, Kyle calms down and makes peace with Matt. Phoebe and Kyle also apologise to each other, although Phoebe is still rattled by Kyle’s inability to control his anger. She tells him that they will tear each other apart if he doesn’t find a way to deal with his issues.
Denny freaks out when Roo, witness to Casey and Denny’s amorous attention to each other at a bootcamp session, teases that the next bridal bootcamp might be for Denny’s wedding. As Denny makes a speedy exit, Casey is left wondering what this means for them. When Casey goes to Denny and tells her that one day he will marry her, Denny melts. It seems nothing can stand in the way of their love.
John’s resolution that the family should get to know Shandi better gets off to a rocky start when the whole family goes out for dinner together. Shandi finds Marilyn’s style of interaction overbearing and annoying, and tells her bluntly to back off. Marilyn bites her tongue but it’s clear these two are chalk and cheese. Meanwhile, Sasha is struggling to find inspiration for her poetry: writing upside down to get a new perspective doesn’t work; neither do ‘thinking hats’. Seeing that Sasha is most animated when she talks about Matt, Irene suggests she write some poems about him.
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