Having dismissed the idea of TAFE a few days ago, VJ admits to Leah and Zac that he’s had a change of heart, and is keen to learn a trade. But Leah insists he needs to finish school – and Zac’s not getting in the middle of it again. Feeling betrayed by Zac for deferring all decisions to Leah, VJ acts out in his English class – leaving Zac worried that he’s lost his trust. When VJ accuses him of dobbing, it seems Zac’s instincts were right. Having grounded him for being rude to Zac, Leah begins to think she’s been too harsh with her son. But when she realises VJ has snuck out, her resolve to reign in her wayward son strengthens…
Seeing Spencer’s concern for Sasha, Chris suggests he spend less time worrying about her love life and more time on his own. Tired of his constant pushing, Spencer thanks him for last night, but admits he hasn’t called Monique – he’s just not ready to date again yet. But when Monique turns up at the Diner, Chris plays cupid and invites her along to a party at their house. Knowing there’s no party planned, Irene’s unimpressed – but when Chris insists it’s all in the name of helping Spencer, she reluctantly agrees to host a small gathering. Chris rallies the troops, including Spencer, who seems keen at the prospect of cutting loose. But when he realises the party is just an elaborate ploy by Chris to get him and Monique together, Spencer storms off. Assuring him that it’s okay not to be ready to date yet, Sasha insists he come out and socialise. Taking her advice, Spencer apologises to Monique, and warns her he just wants to be friends. But when Evie lets it slip that Maddy’s pregnant with Josh’s baby, Spencer can’t help feeling betrayed by his oldest friend. Needing an escape, he turns to Monique – and despite his earlier warning, Spencer loses himself in the moment…
Tuesday 27th January
Finding VJ at Chris’ party, Leah gives him his marching orders. Zac stands by, supportive – but when Matt points out that VJ’s upset because Zac’s no longer on his side, Zac realises he needs to win back VJ’s trust. Tagging along with VJ to the gym, Zac apologises for not backing him up about the TAFE stuff, and promises to be there for him in the future. He warns VJ that he’ll always have to defer to Leah when it comes to his education – she’s the parent after all, but insists they’re all on the same team – and when VJ apologises to Leah for acting like such a jerk, it’s clear Zac’s heart-to-heart worked.
Despite knowing their problems are bigger than Evelyn, Sasha’s still annoyed that she was flirting with Matt at the party. But when Chris urges her to get over it, Sasha accepts Evelyn’s apology – and reluctantly offers one of her own. Meanwhile, Matt’s unsure where they stand, so when Sasha asks to meet up, he’s hopeful they can reconcile. They both know they can’t just shove their issues under the carpet anymore, and agree to talk it out. Matt admits he was hurt Sasha didn’t call to tell him she was staying an extra night in the city – which was why he didn’t mind seeing her get a little jealous over Evie. Taking this on board, Sasha admits she didn’t call because she didn’t want him getting all weird and defensive about Uni again. Realising they’ve both said things they regret, Sasha and Matt agree to start over. But for Evelyn, everything just seems to be getting harder – and despite Hannah and Denny’s reassurances that she’ll get over Josh in time, she fears her heart may never heal.
Pleased that Spencer and Monique spent the night together, Chris deems his party a total success. But when Spencer wakes up less than happy, it’s clear something is bothering him. Explaining that Evie told him Maddy was pregnant, Spencer reveals he used Monique to forget about his hurt. Maddy’s his oldest friend in the world – he can’t believe she didn’t tell him about the baby. Reminding Spencer that he and Maddy have grown apart recently, which is probably why she didn’t confide in him, Chris insists Spencer go easy on himself for acting out. Everyone makes mistakes now and then – even Chris.
Having promised Nate she’d keep an eye on Sophie, Ricky calls round and suggests they go to brunch. Sophie’s desperate for any news on Nate, but Ricky swears she hasn’t heard from him. However, when Sophie sees a message from Nate on Ricky’s phone, she begins to doubt Ricky’s loyalty – especially when she takes a rain check on brunch to meet up with Nate instead. Nate admits he’s unsure staying away is the best thing – but Ricky insists he let her handle Sophie. But when Sophie snaps at Leah, and orders both of them to leave her alone, Ricky realises she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Certain she’s using again, Nate returns and searches the house for drugs. Finding nothing, Nate tells Sophie this doesn’t change anything. But Sophie is certain there’s still a chance – he wouldn’t be checking in on her otherwise. Despite his love for her, Nate insists that’s not the case - but Sophie’s confident he’ll come back to her eventually. Is she deluding herself?
Wednesday 28th January
Home from their trip away, Brax gets straight back to business – amusing Ash, who’s keen to head out for more beers. But it’s clear the trip’s done wonders for Brax’s state of mind, and Ricky’s glad they can finally put it all behind them. Checking why he’s home early, Ricky’s touched when Brax remembers their ultrasound appointment tomorrow. Admitting she’s worried because it’s around this stage that she miscarried last time, Ricky’s reassured when Brax promises he’ll be there for her this time. But when Ash calls, claiming he’s got himself into trouble, Brax drops everything to help his mate. When he misses the ultrasound for the sake of saving Ash from a jealous boyfriend, Brax knows he’s seriously stuffed up. He apologises to Ricky for letting her down – but that’s not enough for her this time. She warns Brax that he needs to reconsider his priorities – because she and the baby are sick of coming last. Will Brax change his ways?
When Nate runs into Sophie jogging along the beach, he hopes it won’t be a regular occurrence. But Alf warns him it’ll be hard to escape her in a small town like Summer Bay. Meanwhile, Sophie apologises to Leah for snapping the other day. Leah assures her it’s forgotten, happy to be out of bad books. Vows of friendship renewed, the pair head out to lunch – where they bump into Nate. Taking her chances, Sophie urges Nate to spend some time with her. Nate reluctantly agrees, but when Ricky points out he’s falling into the same old trap, Nate realises she’s right. Warning Sophie there’s no hope for them even if she does straighten herself out, Nate insists he’ll get a transfer, if living in the same town proves too hard. Distraught at the idea, Sophie breaks down and begins to spiral…
With part-time jobs scarce on the ground, Josh approaches Alf at the Bait Shop for work. Admitting he and Denny have got it covered, Alf admits he’s impressed that Josh is doing his best to support Maddy. But Josh points out he won’t be much use if he can’t find a job to provide for them. Disappointed when Andy fails to offer any leads, Josh wonders if he should just quit school. Adamant that his brother is going to finish HSC, Andy promises to help provide for the baby – after all, it’s his family too.
When Marilyn points out Maddy looks a lot further along than eight weeks pregnant, Roo can’t help checking if Maddy’s got her dates right. Adamant that Josh is the father, Maddy refuses to stress herself out any further - and once again puts off having the ultrasound. But how much longer can she avoid it?
Thursday 29th January
Having missed the ultrasound, Brax is captivated by the footage of his unborn baby. Softening when she sees him so engaged, Ricky’s relieved when he insists she’s the most important thing is his life right now. Admitting he messed up, Brax reveals he owes Ash big time - and he’s worried something’s seriously wrong. His constant drinking and womanising is getting out of hand, and he’s causing issues with Andy at home, and Kyle at work. Now feeling secure, Ricky urges him to find Ash and figure out what’s bothering him. But Ash isn’t talking – until a Braxton family BBQ reminds him what he’s lost. Apologising for causing trouble, Ash reveals he wants to ramp up the search for his sister – she’s the only family he’s got. Wishing he could help, but knowing he needs to stay with Ricky, Brax gives him the keys to The General – with a stern warning to take care of his other baby.
Phoebe returns from her recording session in the city, complete with a new best mate – Nieve. Happy to hear it’s all gone so well, Kyle can’t help questioning Phoebe’s new pop-princess style – he thought she wanted control over her wardrobe. Phoebe insists that as long as she looks hot, she’s happy to trust Nieve’s instincts. But it’s clear Kyle doesn’t think much of Nieve’s taste when he hears Phoebe’s new poppy demo. Seeing her beginning to doubt the process, Nieve urges Phoebe to focus on the end game. She’s pleased when Kyle plans a BBQ to celebrate Phoebe’s career, but when Kyle questions her about the direction she’s taking, Nieve deflects. Kyle does his best to remain positive, but when he discovers Phoebe’s website has been updated to reflect her new image, Kyle accuses Phoebe of losing sight of what’s important. But Phoebe insists this is what she wants, and urges Kyle to get on board – otherwise, they have a problem.
Having realised he’s hopeless at maths, John wonders if Oscar would be interested in tutoring Jett. Warning him John’s notoriously stingy, Alf and Irene suggest he negotiate before agreeing to anything. Taking their advice, Oscar’s surprised when John doesn’t haggle. Feeling guilty about all the money John’s spending on him, Jett insists he doesn’t need a tutor. But John’s determined to do what’s best for Jett. However, when Jett’s a no-show for his first session, John accuses him of being irresponsible. Guilt ridden when he learns they had to pay Oscar for nothing, Jett gives John the money back. John insists it’s not about the cash, but Jett insists everything they’ve been doing lately is about money – the meditation CD’s, the movie night – it was all to make extra cash for a holiday! But John insists this is different – this is Jett’s future, and he’s happy to fork out for that. Taking that on board, Jett books in another tutoring appointment with Oscar, who’s only too happy to oblige.
Friday 30th January
Frustrated by Phoebe’s ultimatum and feeling hard done by, Kyle’s surprised when Brax agrees with her. He insists it doesn’t matter what Kyle reckons – it’s Phoebe’s career, she should be allowed to do what she wants. Realising he’s right, Kyle apologises to Phoebe, and insists he’ll support her from now on. Having smoothed things over, Kyle’s disappointed when Nieve calls an emergency meeting, but he forces himself to be okay with it. However when Phoebe learns Nieve wants her to record someone else’s song as her single, she struggles to hide her reservations. Asking Kyle for his opinion, Kyle bites his tongue and claims the song is good. Wry Phoebe sees through it, and urges Kyle to help her rearrange it – but Kyle knows better than to get involved. Frustrated Phoebe turns to Brax, worried she’s a sell out. Not sure why she cares, Brax points out that getting a recording contract is a once in a lifetime opportunity – so she should do whatever it takes to make it work. Deciding he’s right, Phoebe forces herself to trust in Nieve, and leave Kyle’s opinions out of it. Determined to spend some quality time together before she jets off again, Kyle proposes dinner in Yabbie Creek. But when Nieve turns up unannounced, revealing she’s got to head back into the city with Phoebe early, it’s clear Kyle’s worried that he’s losing his girlfriend to the relentless pop machine…
Oscar and Jett get stuck into their maths tutoring session, but with Marilyn hovering around them, it’s difficult to concentrate. John tries to get her to leave them alone, but Marilyn’s determined to be supportive of Jett any way she can. But her constant presence and chatter is humiliating, and Jett’s forced to tell her to back off. Devastated by his rejection, Marilyn admits she had no idea she was being so embarrassing. But when John points out it’s because Jett sees her as his Mum, Marilyn’s rocked. Is she ready to be Jett’s mother?
With the days rolling by quickly, Roo confronts Maddy and insists she get an ultrasound – Josh deserves to know whether he is the father of her baby or not. Terrified of the truth, Maddy refuses to engage the idea. But when she runs into Oscar at the Diner and he begins talking about being a Fruncle (Friend/Uncle), it’s more than Maddy can handle. Puzzled by her walk out, Oscar wonders if she’s scared because something’s wrong with the baby. Seeing his concern, Hannah urges Maddy to get a scan – if only to check on the health of the baby. But all Maddy hears are people ganging up on her. She warns Roo she can handle this on her own – but Roo snaps, and insists that’s clearly not the case. Having witnessed the blow up, Alf suggests Roo get out of town for a few days to clear her head. Meanwhile, Hannah seriously urges Oscar to talk Maddy into getting a scan. Sensing her tone, Oscar wonders if there’s something Hannah’s not telling him. But when Maddy reveals her fear that Oscar might be the real father, Oscar’s stunned.
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