Meanwhile, Phoebe’s launch has turned from bad to worse. Ash and Andy are stuck in the basement, while Neive’s sleazy assistant Grant is upstairs, encouraging a drugged Phoebe to take her clothes off and lie down with him (the whole incident being recorded on a camera set up by Neive). Andy and Ash manage to smash through the locked door and run upstairs. They rescue Phoebe from Grant, Neive’s assistant, while Neive bursts in and calls for security. Ash pushes away the guards, telling Neive that what happened to Phoebe is her fault. After they leave, Neive’s assistant tells Neive that they’ve still got enough footage to get the internet buzzing. As they go to drive off, Andy calls Kyle, wondering why he never turned up. They discover from Brax that Kyle has been seriously injured.
Tuesday 3rd March
Phoebe arrives home from her disastrous launch party. She’s sobered up a bit on the car drive, and Ash asks her if she took any drugs. Phoebe is adamant that she didn’t take a thing and Andy tells her that they think her drink was spiked. Phoebe finally finds out about the bus accident and rushes to hospital. When she sees Kyle lying in his hospital bed, she breaks down. Ricky finds out about what happened at Phoebe’s gig. Phoebe admits her guilt to Ricky – if she hadn’t had her launch, Kyle wouldn’t have been on that bus.
Sophie wanders the hospital crying, watching the calamity she has caused. She asks Brax and Ricky to forgive her. Brax asks Nate what Sophie is talking about, and he admits that Sophie caused the accident. Nate later gets a call from Sophie, asking him to meet her at the beach. He turns up and Sophie tells him that she’s called the police and told them that she’s responsible for the accident. Nate tells her that she really needs psychological help – she wasn’t thinking straight. As the police arrive to take Sophie away, she tells Nate that she’s not his problem anymore.
Zac and VJ arrive at the surf club, looking for Leah. No one has seen her since the accident. Sasha tells Alf that Leah was sitting next to her on the bus. He makes an urgent call to Nate, who starts searching for Leah with the SES. It’s not long before they locate Leah’s body behind some bushes. Leah is rushed to hospital. When Zac and VJ arrive, Nate tells them that it’s not good news – Leah has suffered bleeding on the brain. Nate tells Zac that her chances of survival are not good. When Zac suggests they should call VJ’s grandmother, VJ lashes out at him, telling him he’s not a part of the family
At hospital to check on Kyle, Andy finds out from Josh that Hannah was also seriously injured in the accident. Hannah comes out of surgery and is told by Nate that two of her vertebrae were crushed and they don’t know yet whether her spinal injury is ‘complete’ or ‘incomplete’. Andy hovers outside her hospital room. When he enters, Hannah confesses to him that she may never walk again. He tells her that he loves her and that he’ll be with her forever.
Wednesday 4th March
Time is running out for Maddy, who still hasn’t made contact since running away from the hospital before her chemotherapy treatment. When Spencer learns the news, he gets angry at Oscar for letting Maddy get away. Roo feels completely helpless. Maddy finally answers one of Spencer’s calls – on a busy city street. He tries to convince her to come home, but she won’t tell him where she is and she won’t come home, telling him she’s “where she needs to be”. John suggests to Spencer that this might mean that Maddy is doing something she’d meant to do. He tells Roo and they both try to work out what Maddy means. Spencer finally pushes aside his anger and apologises to Oscar. He admits that he doesn’t know Maddy that well anymore and asks Oscar to help him work out where Maddy is. Oscar mentions that Maddy had been making a scrapbook recently. Spencer sends Oscar to the city to look for Maddy, armed with the scrapbook to help him. Roo sees Oscar board the bus, wondering what he and Spencer are up to.
Before he leaves to search for Maddy in the city, Oscar goes to see Hannah in hospital. Hannah tells Andy and Nate that she wants to keep the fact that she may not be able to walk a secret for now. When Oscar comes into the room, Hannah puts on a brave face, neglecting to mention the extent of her injuries. Andy tells Oscar that Hannah needs a bit of time to herself, and to pass the message on to Denny and Evelyn. A guilt-stricken Nate sits down beside Hannah and tells her that the accident was his fault, filling them in on what happened with Sophie. Andy shouts at him to get out of Hannah’s room. Hannah is more understanding, and asks Andy to be kinder to Nate. Andy apologies to Nate and tells Andy that Sophie handed herself in to the police.
Thursday 5th March
Roo blows up at Spencer after he sends Oscar off alone to look for Maddy. Feeling like she should be the one searching, Roo tells Spencer that he’s playing with Maddy’s life by doing this. Alf suggests to Roo that Spencer and Oscar’s plan may not be such a bad idea. But Roo can’t stop feeling like a failure. Meanwhile, Spencer starts to doubt whether he’s done the right thing. Oscar arrives in the city. Back in Summer Bay, Roo apologises for blowing up at Spencer. They brainstorm places Maddy could’ve gone to together. Spencer mentions that Maddy always loved music, and Roo notes that Maddy’s violin is missing. They pass this information on to Oscar, who is looking for clues in Maddy’s scrapbook. He notices a picture of a scenic gazebo in the book, and asks a passer-by if they know where it is. He finds Maddy in the gazebo, playing her violin. She’s not pleased to see him, and tells him that he’s wasting his time if he thinks she’s going back to Summer Bay. But Oscar simply asks to buy her a coffee. He tells her about the car crash, and Maddy urges him to return to Hannah. Oscar tells Maddy that if she’s not going home, neither is he. He calls home and tells them that he’s located Maddy.
Irene learns from Zac that Leah is being transferred to a city hospital so she can receive specialist neurosurgical care. The news starts to sink in: Leah may never wake up from her coma. Zac tries to tell VJ that he’s there for him, but VJ struggles to accept Zac’s support. Plus, Zac is so focussed on trying to make things seem ‘normal’, that it’s driving VJ crazy. There’s nothing normal about the situation they’re in. VJ tries to blow off some steam with Jett over a game of pool. He asks Jett if he still has the keys to the Polaris, and makes Jett let him take it out for a joyride. They hoon down the beach and across the caravan park. VJ tells Jett he has to go, and encourages him to leave the Polaris in the caravan park so they don’t get caught. However, Jett tries to return it to the surf club, and ends up crashing the Polaris into a tent. Alf and Roo hear the commotion and run over. Meanwhile, John visits Zac to give him some advice for dealing with a grieving teenager. He tells Zac that he shouldn’t feel he needs to pretend anything is normal, or to hide his feelings from VJ. When VJ gets home, Zac tells him he’s scared about the future. The two slowly begin to grow closer.
Friday 6th March
Ash notices a sexy young woman move in to the caravan park. She gives him zero attention, but she’s certainly caught Ash’s eye. Chilling out with Brax, Ash starts raving about the mystery girl. They see her walk back towards her van and Ash gives her a wave. Brax tells Ash that at least this woman isn’t off limits like Denny. When the woman emerges from her caravan, she’s wearing a police uniform. Brax looks at Kat and tells Ash that he’s taking back what he just said: Ash should never, ever go there.
John is furious with Jett after finding out he stole the Polaris and crashed it into a tent at the caravan park. Wanting to protect his friend, Jett refuses to tell anyone that VJ was the mastermind behind the joyride. John tells Jett that they’ll be swapping roles until Jett learns his lesson – now John gets to be a carefree teenager and Jett has a list of errands. Jett goes to the caravan park and presents the owners’ of the tent with a brand new tent. The new cop, Kat, sees John spying on Jett from behind some trees and asks him what he’s up to. John assures her that he’s not up to any funny business – he’s just making sure his son is following his orders. Wanting to make Jett feel responsible for his actions, John enlists Kat for a little stunt. Kat turns up in her police uniform and issues Jett with a warning. After Kat leaves, Marilyn sees how terrified Jett is, and gets John to come clean. It was a setup: he’s not really in trouble with the police. Jett finally admits that he only stole the Polaris to try to cheer up VJ.
Ash is sent the link to a disturbing video that’s going viral on the internet: it’s a tape of Neive’s assistant taking advantage of a scantily-clad Phoebe at her launch party. Ricky goes to the hospital to break the bad news to Phoebe. When Ricky shows her the video, Phoebe feels sick. Later, Neive turns up at the Braxton’s wanting to go into damage control. She tells Phoebe that she’s got her lawyers looking at whether they have grounds to sue, and assures her that she’s fired her sleazy assistant. But then Neive changes tact: maybe they can capitalise on the publicity generated by the video? Ricky overhears Neive’s suggestion.
After Neive leaves, Ash, Brax and Ricky all point out to Phoebe that Neive has been behaving very shiftily. Was anyone other than Neive’s assistant responsible for drugging Phoebe? Brax gets Phoebe to arrange a meeting with Neive. Phoebe arrives to talk by Neive with Ash, Brax and Ricky as back up. They interrogate her about the launch night, demanding to know why she hasn’t involved the police. Little by little, Phoebe starts to doubt Neive’s innocence. Neive tells them to prove that she was involved. Phoebe severs her relationship with her and tells Neive she’s calling the police. Soon after, Kyle comes out of his coma. Phoebe warns him about the video but Kyle assures her that he’s just happy that she’s okay. Just as Brax breathes a sigh of relief that Kyle has woken up, the new police officer turns up. She’s here to arrest Darryl Braxton for the murder of Dean Sanderson.
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