Oscar is finding it difficult to know how to support Maddy now that she’s agreed to start looking into chemotherapy. When Oscar accompanies Maddy to the hospital to find out about treatment from Nate, Oscar feels confused when Maddy asks him to stay outside during the appointment. Inside the consultation room, Nate tells Maddy about the side effects of chemotherapy: she can expect to experience nausea but she probably won’t lose her hair. Nate also tells Maddy that her treatment will affect her fertility. It’s too late for the doctor’s to harvest any eggs, but she can have an operation to harvest tissue from her remaining ovary which may allow her to produce eggs in the future. Maddy is completely overwhelmed by this news. Maddy ignores Oscar’s calls, too upset about the possibility she will never have a baby. Trying to buoy Maddy’s spirits, Roo organises for Irene and Marilyn to come over for a girls’ night. They explain that they’re both cancer survivors. Feeling more optimistic, Maddy comes to Oscar’s house late at night to apologise for ignoring his call. She asks him to come to the hospital with her the next day. Oscar agrees and Maddy pulls him into a hug, grateful for his support.
There’s trouble in paradise already for Hannah and Andy. As they sit down for lunch together, Neive sidles up to Andy to tell him she’s got no hard feelings about what happened between them. Andy tells Hannah hastily that they should have lunch elsewhere, but Hannah tells him that it’s not a big deal if he had hook -ups when they were broken up. However, her opinion changes But when Hannah finds out that Andy only hooked up with Neive because Denny told him that Hannah wasn’t interested. Hannah gets angry at Andy for his impulsive behaviour and questions why Andy didn’t come to her first instead of racing into bed with Neive. She walks off, upset; feeling like Andy isn’t the changed man he claims to be.
Tuesday 24th February
The day arrives for Maddy to have the surgery to protect her fertility before she undertakes chemotherapy. Josh and Spencer both want to support her, but Maddy only wants Oscar, Roo and Alf. When Roo suggests Maddy should tell her parents that she’s ill, Maddy protests – she has everyone she wants by her side already. When Josh tells Brax that he’s frustrated that Maddy is rejecting his attempts to support her, he counsels Josh to respect what Maddy wants. Before Maddy goes into surgery, Oscar arrives with a present – a bear which Maddy names Pink Ted. Maddy holds the bear tight, scared about the future but heartened to have Oscar in her life. The surgery goes well, and Oscar lies down next to a sleepy Maddy in her hospital bed – completely dedicated to his sick friend.
Ricky and Brax bicker over finding out the sex of their baby at their upcoming ultrasound appointment. Ricky wants it to be a surprise, but Brax is determined to know the sex straightaway. When Ricky tells Brax that her ultrasound appointment was cancelled, Brax thinks she’s just avoiding finding out the sex. But Nate squeezes them in and Ricky and Brax find out they’re having a boy. Nate watches on as Ricky and Brax show their delight at the news, thinking of his own, less fortunate situation with Sophie. He gets home and discovers an envelope under the door. It contains a photograph of Nate and Sophie on their wedding day, with an ominous inscription: “til death do us part”.
Chris returns unexpectedly from his job on the cruise ship. He explains to Irene that her updates about Spencer were worrying him so he decided he needed to return. Irene is appalled at Chris’ rash decision to quit his dream job. When Spencer discovers that Chris has returned, Chris first lies that there was a typhoon, and then lies again that he got too seasick. Spencer tells Chris that Maddy has cancer. Determined to make help Spencer, Chris goes to the hospital and discovers that Maddy is having surgery. He asks Alf how he can help Maddy, and in turn, help Spencer. But Alf explains that it’d be better if Chris just helped support Spencer. When Spencer discovers that both Chris and Irene knew Maddy was at the hospital for surgery – a fact he wasn’t informed of – he gets angry at being the last to know. He gets even more frustrated when he finds out that Chris only came home because he was worried about him. Spencer storms off in a rage and Chris explains to Irene that this is the very reason why he needed to return to Summer Bay.
Wednesday 25th February
Ash bumps into Denny on the beach, and notices that she’s wearing an engagement ring. Not realising that it’s the ring Casey intended to give her, Ash congratulates Denny on her engagement. When Denny doesn’t correct his mistake, Ash tells a thoughtful Brax that Denny is engaged. Brax goes to Denny and lets her know that it’s okay for her to move on with her life. Evelyn and Hannah are also dealing with matters of the heart. When Evelyn and Hannah bump into Josh, the encounter is extremely awkward. Evelyn tells Hannah that she’s sure Maddy had something to do with Josh and her breaking up again. Hannah holds her tongue – not telling Evelyn that Maddy has cancer. Andy also tries again to fix things with Hannah, but she is still adamant that they aren’t right for each other.
Kyle returns to Angelo’s after dropping Phoebe in the city. He learns from an excited Brax and Ricky that they are having a baby boy. Ricky tells Kyle that they’ll both come to Phoebe’s launch in the city, but Brax is less than keen. However, Kyle decides to organise a small group of friends to support her. Kyle also tells Matt that Phoebe wants him to be her support act. Matt doesn’t accept the offer immediately, and when Sasha starts talking pessimistically about Phoebe’s chances of making it in the music world, Matt keeps the news from her. VJ manages to talk Matt into accepting the offer, and Matt travels down to the city with Ash and Andy to start prepping.
Nate shows Zac the wedding photo Sophie creepily left at their house. Late at night, Nate gets a call from Sophie. She’s nearby at the pier, but she refuses to tell him where she is, instead telling Nate that she wants them to be together. The next day, Sophie stalks Nate as he walks along the beach. When she calls him and he ignores her call, she immediately sends him a text telling him that she needs help. He answers her next call and she asks him to take her to the hospital. When Nate arrives at Sophie’s motel room to find a romantic table set for two, he realises he’s walked into a trap. But what will Nate do?
Thursday 26th February
Sophie coerces Nate into sitting down for a meal with her in the motel room. She waxes lyrical about how this room represents the renewal of their relationship, since it was where they decided to get back together. Nate tells Sophie that she needs treatment and Sophie assures him that she’ll just get her things together. But when Nate turns away for a second, Sophie whacks him over the head with a heavy object. Nate wakes up to find that his wrists are bound, and Sophie is now pouring petrol around the room. He struggles to reason with her but she tells him that she wants them to be together forever. As Sophie starts pacing the room with a lit candle, Nate begs Sophie to let him go, telling her that he loves her. Sophie doesn’t believe him. As Nate becomes more desperate, Sophie asks Nate to prove that he really loves her.
Denny encourages Kyle to organise as many people from Summer Bay to attend Phoebe’s launch as he can find. Kyle asks John to organise a bus and Chris helps Denny make an announcement about the gig in the Diner. Sasha tells Chris that she’s not sure she’s coming, still completely unaware that Matt will be playing as Phoebe’s support act. When Sasha finally realises that VJ is keeping something from her, she forces him to admit that Matt is playing at the launch. Sasha resolves to go, as do Evelyn and Hannah. Spencer tells Chris that he’s not in the mood for the launch – and that Chris can do nothing to make him feel better about the sad truth that Maddy may die from cancer. Chris tells Spencer he’ll stay and hang out with his brother. When Brax sees Josh moping at Angelo’s, he tells him that Maddy is sick, and he can’t tell Evelyn. Brax encourages Josh to go to the gig to try and sort things out, but Josh would prefer to keep his distance.
Meanwhile, preparations for Phoebe’s launch party are in full swing. Phoebe tries to allay Matt’s nerves as he warms up. But it’s clear that Neive and her assistant are up to something sinister: first, Neive asks her assistant if he has everything ready. When he asks Neive if she wants Phoebe to be able to perform, Neive says no. They discuss what they’ll do about Andy and Ash – who are waiting around in the venue. Neive tells him that they’ll be able to deal with them. Her assistant empties a tablet into a glass of champagne, which Neive hands to Phoebe. When Phoebe tells her she might wait to have a drink after she performs, Neive encourages her to drink it immediately. But why has Neive’s assistant spiked Phoebe’s drink?
Friday 27th February
Ash, Andy and Matt are worried that Phoebe has become intoxicated after only one glass of champagne – unaware that Neive has spiked her drink. When Phoebe falls over tipsily and cuts her hand, Neive asks Andy to go to the basement to find a first aid kit. Matt is forced to start playing, although he’s still concerned about Phoebe. Meanwhile, Ash takes Phoebe to the green room to sober up. When Andy doesn’t show up with the first aid kit, Neive asks Ash to track him down. He goes downstairs and finds Andy lying on the ground. As Ash checks to see if Andy is okay, Neive’s assistant appears and locks them both in the basement. Neive tells Phoebe they’re going to find out how big a star she’s going to be. She leaves Phoebe with her assistant, who begins to take advantage of her disorientated state. Will Ash and Andy get out of the basement in time to intervene?
Maddy is due to go to hospital for some blood tests before her chemotherapy. She sees Josh and tells him that the news that she has cancer is no longer a secret, and gives him her blessing to move on. Alf calls Maddy – it’s time for her to go to the hospital. Maddy lies in hospital bed awaiting the doctor with her support team: Oscar, Alf and Roo. As Alf and Roo wait outside Maddy’s hospital room, Roo’s brave façade falls. She bursts into tears on Alf’s shoulder, terrified of losing Maddy. Maddy opens up to Oscar about how she is scared she won’t get a chance to do everything she wanted to in her life. She asks him to get her a snack, and looks around the hospital room contemplatively. When Oscar returns, Maddy has vanished. He finds a note left by Maddy which explains that she loves them and appreciates their support, but she doesn’t want her loved ones to see her go through this illness, and wants a chance to live what may be the final days of her life.
Nate is still trapped in a motel room with a deranged Sophie. She starts to kiss him and he asks her to untie him, claiming that he wants to be able to touch her. She tells him that she knows he’s lying and starts to pour more petrol around the room, insisting that this is the only way they can be together forever. Desperate, Nate tells Sophie that he’s failed her. Trying to appeal to her emotional side, Nate tells Sophie that he wants them to run away together and make a fresh start of things. Sophie blows out the candle. He gets her out of the motel room and starts driving her back to Summer Bay.
Denny and Evelyn get ready to go to Phoebe’s launch. Josh watches as everyone boards the bus. After Maddy frees him of his obligation to her, he resolves to go and tell Evelyn he wants to be with her. Brax tells him he’ll drive him to the city. As the bus drives along, Evelyn and Ricky see Brax and Josh driving behind them. Josh sends them a text to tell the bus driver to pullover. At the same time, Nate and Sophie are heading in the opposite direction when Sophie suddenly realises that Nate is taking her back to Summer Bay – and not on the runaway romance she thought. She starts screaming hysterically and opens the passenger door, trying to escape. As Nate urges her to stop, she grabs the wheel, making Nate swerves into the incoming lane. The car races towards the bus, forcing the driver to veer off the road. The bus tips over and rolls several times before coming to a stop, while Brax, still following behind, slams on the brakes to stop him and Josh from colliding with Nate and Sophie’s vehicle. Who will survive?
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