Oscar starts taking medication for his anxiety. In a bid to regain control of his life, he gets a lift into school with Zac to discuss the future with his teachers. Oscar talks with Ms Taylor about a course of action, but Zac thinks he is taking things too fast. When Nate reiterates the same idea, Oscar rushes outside. Finding Oscar out on the pier, Nate tells him that by removing himself from the stressful environment, he is showing that he is improving and learning how to cope. But he also warns Oscar that the medication will not completely solve his anxiety issues – the rest will be up to him.
Tuesday 19th August
Nate and Sophie are on their date when Hannah sees Nate dining with Sophie. Wandering into Angelo’s with Zac, Hannah accidently hijacks the date by drawing up a chair and asking for advice about Oscar. Sophie asks Zac to get Hannah away from Nate but Hannah later realises that she’s intruding and leaves. At the end of their date, Sophie and Nate kiss passionately and the whole idea of ‘going slow’ is chucked out the window. Matt sees Nate walking home the next day in the same suit and Nate is sprung!
Spencer gets home to find Matt in a dressing gown, after sleeping with Sasha. Matt acts like a jerk to Spencer at school, declaring to his fellow students that he slept over at Sasha’s. After Spencer tells Sasha that ‘she is too good for’ Matt, Ms Taylor hears the commotion and calls Sasha and Matt into her office. She asks them to act like adults but Matt uses his chance meeting with Nate earlier in the day against her, asking whether she will be snuggling with Nate on the couch in future. Sophie later calls Matt and Nate to see her. She asks Matt to draw a line between personal and professional life. Sasha confronts Matt about his recent behaviour but he struggles to show his true emotions. Matt comes back to Sasha and tells her that the night they spent together was really special. He is just frightened that he is not good enough for her. The two make up – declaring their love for each other.
Josh is nervous about receiving his history exam results after studying so hard, but Maddy struggles to be a supportive girlfriend. Evelyn, on the other hand, is eager for Zac to tell her whether Josh has passed so she can put him out of his misery. When Zac hands out the results, Josh is thrilled to find that he not only passed – he received a good mark. Evie, Spencer and Josh go to celebrate, but Maddy is nowhere to be seen. In fact, Maddy has failed the exam and is in the process of asking Zac if she can redo it. Zac refuses and Maddy is distraught. When she sees Josh, she expresses no happiness that Josh passed the exam, dwelling only on the fact that she failed. Josh is fed up by her selfishness and tells her he wants to break up.
Wednesday 20th August
When Josh tells Evelyn that he’s sick of Maddy playing the victim and making everything about her, Evelyn thinks they might break up. Maddy tells Leah that she thinks that it’s Josh’s fault that she failed her exam as she spent so much time organising study sessions for him. Leah’s reaction makes Maddy realise that she’s acting unfairly. Maddy goes to Josh to apologise but she still implies that she is focused on her own troubles. When Evelyn talks with Josh, she discovers that he and Maddy have not broken up, and realises Josh wants to make things work with Maddy. Wanting Josh to be happy despite her own feelings for him, Evelyn tells Maddy to stop torturing Josh. Maddy and Josh make up, and a confused Evelyn watches from afar as they kiss on the pier.
It’s John’s turn to trial living with Marilyn. As they load up the car, Marilyn warns John to make sure he isn’t too imposing on Alf and the others. However, John’s behaviour in the house soon causes tension – at least for Marilyn. Marilyn admits to John that she really loves her home but maybe it isn’t going to work out. As Marilyn pesters him at the breakfast table, John has an outburst. Much to Marilyn and John’s surprise, Alf says he thinks the trial is going well. John doesn’t look entirely pleased by this fact – which house will they choose?
Denny is conflicted about Casey and Chris. She sees Casey and confronts him after he acts normally – the last time they saw each other he kissed her. Casey apologises for the kiss and tells her to forget it ever happened. Meanwhile, determined to win his girl’s heart, Chris plans a romantic dinner for Denny. Denny tells Chris that she can’t come but Chris doesn’t take no for an answer. He arranges a lavish spread – complete with a foot bath, chocolates and French cheese. But Denny doesn’t show, and it is Spencer who takes pity on Chris. Instead, Denny is hanging around Angelo’s looking glamorous with Evelyn, where she bumps into an awkward Casey. The next day, Spencer tells Denny that Chris went all out for her. Denny admits to Chris that she feels confused because Casey also likes her. This is old news to Chris – who dumps Denny for messing him around. When Chris sees Casey surfing, Chris tells Casey that he and Denny are done, but not before punching Casey in the face.
Thursday 21st August
Roo returns home after visiting Colleen for two months. She is thrilled to learn that Marilyn and John are now engaged. However, with the house trial underway, there is now no room for Jett. In order to keep Jett off the spare couch, Alf organises for Jett to stay at Leah’s. Marilyn isn’t so sure – it’s not what the trial is about. However, Maddy has another proposal, telling Roo that she wants to move into a van with Josh. Roo rejects Maddy’s plans outright. Frustrated by Roo’s response, Maddy acts up at home. Feeling like he and Jett are in the way, John despairs. However, Alf’s plan is put in place and Leah saves the day by coming and collecting Jett.
Chris is frightened of Casey, after punching him for causing him to break up with Denny. However, Casey is more interested in seeing Denny than at getting back at Chris. Denny invites him in to her place and Casey discovers that Denny didn’t tell Chris about their kiss. Denny gets uncomfortable and asks him to leave. Feeling contrite, Denny visits Chris and asks him if they can get back together. Chris rejects her as he senses she’s only trying to get back together because she feels guilty. Denny later speaks with Chris again to thank him for being brave enough to break up with her when she couldn’t. She comes clean with Casey, telling him that Chris broke up with her because she told him about her feelings for Casey. Casey is thrilled.
Meanwhile, Kyle is worried that Phoebe is dwelling on the past, depressed about her failed relationship with her father. When he suggests Phoebe do some live music gigs at Angelo’s, she sees that Kyle is trying to make her move on. However, it is Casey, and his dealings with Denny, who makes Phoebe see that she needs to start living in the present. When Kyle gets home, the house is a mess. Phoebe tells him that she has decided to “move on” by selling everything her father ever gave her. Kyle is left wondering – is this really the way forward?
Friday 22nd August
Determined to move on with her life, Phoebe decides to have a garage sale and sell everything that reminds her of her father. As the Braxton’s rally around her, Kyle worries that Phoebe isn’t really solving her problems by virtually giving away her expensive things. Kyle convinces Phoebe that she won’t be able to erase her father from her life completely – she needs to accept that he will always be a part of her, then let him go. Phoebe cancels the garage sale, finally on the path of moving forward.
Buoyed by Heath’s courageous decision to apply for custody of Darcy, Ricky asks Brax if he sees anything in his future for them. Brax is genuinely challenged – what does he want?
Jetlagged and dodging Alf’s questions about her trip, Roo’s condition slowly deteriorates. Left alone in the house, Roo collapses. What happened overseas?
Desperate to move back in with Marilyn, John suggests they look for a new home together. Marilyn’s delighted, but when they find that it’s going to be too expensive to buy, she suggests she try moving back into his house instead. Can they make it work this time?
When Hannah refuses to return Andy’s public displays of affection, Heath points out that she doesn’t see him as an equal. Finally alone with her, Andy lays his heart on the line – is this just a fling, or is it real? He’s done playing games.
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