Tuesday 18th November
As the body of Casey Braxton is finally laid to rest, Summer Bay is in mourning. Brax, Josh, Kyle and Andy carry Casey’s casket from the hearse, as the River Boys and the community gather for the ceremony. As Brax stands by Casey’s coffin, Ricky can see that he’s barely holding it together. When a funeral attendant brings him a note, Cheryl takes it and shouts out in anger: the note is a taunting threat from Jake Pirovic. Brax is overcome by anger, and goes to blindly pursue Jake, despite there being no sign of him. Andy brings Brax back to the ceremony, allowing him to deliver a moving eulogy about his relationship with his baby brother. He apologises for not looking after Casey like he promised to, and breaks down in tears. Jett is also overwhelmed with grief, supported by Marilyn and John.
Alf sees Denny standing back from the ceremony, and brings her over to sit next to him. As the funeral party leave, Denny stands by Casey’s grave, alone, and throws a single red rose in with his coffin. Cheryl thanks Andy for bringing Brax back to the funeral, and tells him that he should know that Johnny Barrett loved him like a real son, preferring to stay with Andy than abandon him for Cheryl and Casey. Cheryl also apologises to Brax for blaming Casey’s death on his lack of attention – recognising that Brax always did his best to look out for Casey. When Kyle guesses that Ricky is pregnant, Ricky decides that she should tell Brax. She goes to search for him, but he’s nowhere to be seen. It appears he’s slipped off, unseen, to join Heath by Casey’s grave. Heath asks Brax how they’re going to get their revenge on Jake, but Brax demands Heath stay out of it – not wanting to lose another brother. As Ricky searches for Brax, she comes across a distraught Denny. Ricky shows her the photos she took of Casey and Denny on the beach, and Denny faints, falling unconscious as Ricky looks around hopelessly for help.
Josh still hasn’t told Evelyn that he slept with Maddy, and when Oscar arrives at the wake with Maddy by his side, Josh asks Evelyn to go for a walk with him. Evelyn asks Josh if he is still in danger – worried about Jake’s note at the funeral – and wondering whether this explains his absence the other night. Josh explains that he went for a walk and found Maddy during that time – and admits that they slept with each other. Evelyn runs back to the wake and slaps Maddy across the face, accusing her of taking advantage of Josh in the middle of a family tragedy. An appalled Alf overhears the exchange and gives Maddy a stern lecture, sending her home to think about her abhorrent behaviour. Realising how precious and short life is, Marilyn asks John whether he will elope with her the next day. John agrees and a delighted Marilyn leaps into his arms.
Wednesday 19th November
Denny is taken to the hospital where she is told by Nate that she fainted due to dehydration. Lost in her grief, Denny refuses any visitors, other than Oscar, and also declines Nate’s offer of sleeping pills. The next morning, the sleeping pills are gone, but Denny insists that she didn’t take them. When Nate and Hannah discuss who could have taken the pills, Nate grows suspicious of Sophie’s earlier visit to the hospital. He confronts Sophie, asking her whether she stole Denny’s tablets. Sophie is appalled at the accusation but refuses to tell Nate whether she took them.
Marilyn and John prepare for their impending elopement. Marilyn goes to Roo to request a day off, telling Roo that she’s going into the city to buy hairdressing supplies. Meanwhile, John asks Alf to cover him at the Surf Club, telling him that he has to take Marilyn to the city for root canal therapy. When Alf mentions Marilyn’s root canal therapy to Roo, she becomes suspicious. Roo confronts Marilyn, who admits that she and John were planning to elope. Roo is excited, and asks whether she can come. When John finds out Roo is coming, he and Marilyn both realise that they’ll have to bring Jett, Alf and Shandi too. As the guest list grows, they start to question their decision to elope.
With Casey’s body laid to rest, the Braxton’s start plotting their revenge on Jake Pirovic. Phoebe counsels Ricky to tell Brax about the baby – hoping it might stop Brax from doing anything dangerous. Ricky arcs up, not believing that it’ll make a difference. Brax asks Andy and Kyle to meet him by Casey’s grave, and asks them whether they will pursue Jake with him. Kyle and Andy both agree, with Brax telling Andy that this means he should move into the Braxton house. Phoebe, scared of losing her man, privately pleads with Kyle to call the police instead of engaging in Brax’s plan for revenge. After Kyle goes to get some cash, he tells Brax that he’s decided to pull out of the revenge plot. Phoebe thanks Kyle, and Brax and Andy leave. Ricky pleads with Brax to be careful, still keeping her pregnancy a secret from him.
Thursday 20th November
When Sophie overhears Matt telling Sasha that he is planning Summer Bay’s “Most Epic Muck Up Day Ever”, Sophie calls the two school captains into her office. She tells them there will be no muck-up day, suggesting they do something else, like make a short film, to mark the end of their time at school. Sasha leaps on the idea, but Matt is less enthusiastic. As Sasha tries to interview Spencer, Matt films his own footage on his phone. He tells Sasha that he suspects Zac and Leah are together, and his suspicions are confirmed when he stays back at school to film some more footage, capturing shots of Leah and Zac kissing in a classroom.
Sophie is still refusing to tell Nate whether she took Denny’s sleeping pills from the hospital, upset that he would suspect her. When she notices that Oscar seems disorientated after class, he admits that he took Denny’s pills after feeling overwhelmed by recent events. Sophie brings Oscar to the hospital, and Nate learns that he was wrongly accusing his wife. He meets up with Sophie to apologise and the couple come clean to each other. Sophie places a bottle of pills on the table and admits that she had stolen some tablets from his medical bag a week before, when she was worried about his relationship with Hannah, but assures him that she didn’t take any of them. Nate confesses that he is attracted to Hannah, but he hasn’t acted on it.
John and Marilyn’s elopement becomes a fully blown wedding when practically everyone in Summer Bay asks to come along. Leah and VJ join the guest list, while Chris and Irene fight over who will attend and who will mind the Diner. When John arrives at the chaotic Diner with Jett, and Marilyn sees that Jett’s suit barely fits him, she is overcome by stress and doubts. John manages to get Marilyn and the guests to pile onto the bus, and at the last minute, they locate Alf. Alf is forced to join the wedding party in his fishing gear, and as John and Marilyn prepare to leave, they wonder whether they’ve made the best decision. They get everyone back off the bus and announce that they’re calling off the elopement. Privately, the couple decide that they’ll organise a smaller, more intimate wedding.
Friday 21st November
Shandi “uninvites” Chris to Marilyn and John’s wedding, telling him that now that she’s going to cast her net wider now that she has more time to find a date. Chris hides his hurt, telling Irene that he will find a way to go to the wedding with Shandi. Spencer advises Chris to tells Shandi that he really likes her. Meanwhile, Irene and Roo see Shandi sitting in the Diner, and ask her not to mess with Chris’ head. Shandi and Chris meet on the pier and Chris dances for Shandi to convince her that he’ll be a good date. Shandi officially asks him to be her ‘plus one’.
Matt shows Sasha the footage of Leah and Zac kissing. Sasha is shocked – this is proof that Leah and Zac are a couple – and she tells Matt he has to delete it. Meanwhile, Leah is preparing to tell VJ about his relationship with Zac. She tries in vain, not able to find the right opportunity. When Matt sees Leah and Zac dining out together, Matt makes a comment which has alarm bells ringing for Leah. Zac has a quiet chat to Matt and tells him to ‘keep what he knows to himself’. Matt wanders off, feigning ignorance. Leah asks Matt explicitly to keep quiet until she tells VJ and Matt agrees.
Meanwhile, Sasha is struggling to make the ‘End of Year Twelve’ video exciting and Matt suggests they put the footage of Zac and Leah into the film. Sasha is appalled at the suggestion, telling him again to delete the footage. With the film complete, students, including VJ, along with Leah and Zac, gather to watch the film. The students are laughing along to the film, when suddenly the footage of Zac and Leah kicks in. Leah and Zac look on in horror, as VJ stalks out of the room, and Sasha looks at Matt in anger. Matt is immediately regretful, apologising to Zac and telling him that Sasha didn’t have a part in it. Matt goes to Leah to apologise but she is disappointed and hurt that she would do this to him. VJ is angry and humiliated – and tells Leah she should have told him sooner. Matt secretly packs his bags and leaves.
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