The idea of having to drop out of school to look after the baby sends Oscar into a panic. Hannah wants him to stop worrying until after Maddy gets the ultrasound. Seeing the pain Maddy’s inaction is causing Oscar, Evelyn confronts Maddy about getting a scan and telling Josh. Alf sees the confrontation and intervenes. He counsels Maddy to tell Josh herself before he finds out from someone else. However, Maddy goes to Oscar and tells him that he doesn’t have to worry because it’s not his baby. Oscar quickly realises that Maddy is lying. She tells him to keep quiet – she’s giving him a way out of the situation. But will Oscar keep his mouth shut and let Josh make a huge sacrifice for a baby that is not his?
Tuesday 3rd February
Chris tells Irene that he’s scored his dream job on a cruise ship, but also admits that he’s hesitant to accept it because Spencer’s only just got back on his feet. Irene assures Chris that she’d be there to look out for Spencer, but Chris doesn’t want to shirk his brotherly responsibilities. Chris annoys Spencer by asking him whether he’s going to arrange an appointment with Nate about his medication. Thinking of Spencer, Chris goes to Denny to tell her that he knows the perfect guy for her. Denny is not amused – assuming Chris is chasing her again. When Chris tells her that he means Spencer, Denny pushes him off the pier. While discussing who could replace Chris in the Diner with Irene, Leah
accidently lets slip to Spencer that Chris is going to leave Summer Bay to work on a cruise ship. When Spencer realises that Chris doesn’t want to accept the job because he’s worried about him, he is offended. An angry Spencer tells Chris that the sooner he leave, the better.
Oscar tells Evelyn and Denny that Maddy wants him to forget that she told him that he might be the father of her baby. Denny is frustrated by Evelyn and Oscar’s continual fighting – upset that they aren’t considering that a real human life is being fought over. Denny tells Oscar that she knows what it’s like to be abandoned as a baby – as she was once that child – and advises Oscar to think more about his responsibilities and the kind of life he would want his child to live. After discussions with Denny, Evelyn realises that she cannot be the one who tells Josh the news about Maddy’s baby’s paternity.
The Palmer/Chambers family are dealing with big questions of identity. John watches on in frustration as Jett and Marilyn avoid each other – both feeling awkward about the fact that their relationship has morphed from uncomplicated friendship to “mother and son”. When John tells Jett that he has been treating Marilyn like his mum, and that this is what has made Marilyn act strangely, Jett also becomes uncomfortable. After discussing things with VJ – who has his own issues as he’s still fighting with Leah about not finishing high school – Jett decides that things are strange with Marilyn because they don’t have much history together. Marilyn and Jett sit down for a heart-to-heart and Marilyn tells Jett that she’s new to motherhood – as she only got to be a mother to her son, Byron, for a short space of time. Jett also admits never got much of a chance to have a mum – and Gina was taken from him too soon. The two make up – and peace in the Palmer/Chambers family is restored.
Wednesday 4th February
After discovering that Chris has a fantastic job offer, an angry Spencer tells Chris that he’s not going to fall apart the moment he leaves. His outburst concerns Irene, who meets up with Spencer and advises him to put pride aside and be honest about whether he can cope without Chris. Not wanting Chris to miss out on his dream job, Spencer goes to Chris and tells him that he should accept the offer.
An upbeat Phoebe arrives back in Summer Bay. She tells Kyle that Neive has agreed to record one of her songs – “All or Nothing”. As Kyle and Phoebe get hot and heavy, Neive arrives with her mix of Phoebe’s song. They start listening and suddenly Kyle’s song, “Best Part of Me”, starts playing as part of the re-mix. Neive tells Kyle that it was on Phoebe’s demo CD, and they thought it would work well with Phoebe’s track. An angry Kyle tells Brax that he’s angry about the way his music is being taken from him. Neive tells Phoebe that she must convince Kyle to let them use his track – she’s already played it to radio promoters. On her way to talk to Kyle,Phoebe bumps into Brax, who gives her attitude about Neive and the way she’s using Kyle. Phoebe tells Kyle that Neive made an honest mistake by using his track – she didn’t recognise his voice – and begs him to talk to Neive over dinner. When Kyle refuses a generous offer from Neive to buy-out his rights to the song, Neive is aghast. Brax comes up and orders Neive leave his restaurant. Phoebe follows Neive outside, and Neive tells her that Kyle is holding her back and advises her to break up with him.
Matt calls a house meeting, trying to end the tension between VJ and Leah. Speaking on behalf of VJ, Matt tells Leah that if VJ wants to leave school, he’ll sort things out and everything will be fine. Leah watch on in silent anger, but Matt is oblivious. When Matt tells Sasha what he just did, she tells Matt that he owes it to Leah to be on her side – and not encourage VJ to be a rebel. A furious Leah confronts Matt, angry that he’d encourage VJ in his plan to quit school. VJ and Matt meet up, and Matt tries to make VJ see Leah’s point of view, but ultimately realises he should stay out if it. Vj and Leah finally sit down together to talk properly. VJ explains that he finds it frustrating that Leah still treats him like a child. They make a deal: VJ will finish the school year – but he gets to decide if he will return the following year.
Thursday 5th February
Matt shows uncharacteristic maturity when he starts considering whether he should go to university. He asks Sasha what the university in the city was like – but Sasha doesn’t guess that Matt is enquiring for himself. Wondering whether there’s more to life than being a pizza delivery boy, Matt gets Leah alone so he can ask her if she thinks it’s too late to apply. Leah is encouraging, and tells Matt that she’ll look into it for him. He asks her to keep it a secret from Sasha, as he doesn’t want to get her hopes up in case it doesn’t work out.
Nate worries about Sophie – as no one has seen her around and he hasn’t heard from her. However, Sophie turns up at the Diner and catches the attention of Leah, who comes over to check whether she’s okay. When Leah gets a call from Nate, Leah answers the call and then continues the phone call away from Sophie – telling Nate that Sophie seems a little strange. When Leah looks back towards Sophie, she has already disappeared. Sophie later sees Nate outside the surf club and calls out to him. Nate walks off without speaking to her – he only wanted to know she was okay. Ricky tries to counsel Sophie to move on, and let Nate move on too. However, Sophie reveals the extent of her delusions when she tells Ricky that Nate is “sending her messages” that he still loves her, citing as evidence the fact that Nate has checked into the same motel room where they relaunched their relationship. Ricky tells Nate that she’s worried that Sophie is keeping tabs on him and is behaving erratically. Nate admits that last time they broke up, Sophie tried to run him over. Worried that Sophie will become dangerous again, Ricky advises Nate to move motels. Nate checks into the caravan park, unaware that Sophie has followed him there and rented a van of her own.
Denny learns about Phoebe’s record deal and asks Phoebe for all the details. Phoebe admits to Denny that her producer, Neive wants her to break up with Kyle because he’s standing in the way of her success. Denny counsels Phoebe to share this with Kyle. However, Neive beats Phoebe to it when she arrives at the Braxton’s and assumes Phoebe has already broken up with him. Neive tells Kyle that if he truly loves Phoebe, he will break up. When Phoebe gets home, Kyle tells her of Neive’s visit, also adding that he won’t be the one who ruins her career. Denny tries to change Kyle’s perspective about Neive buying his song – explaining that it might be a nice gesture to launch Phoebe’s career with a song that also launched their relationship. Kyle calls a meeting with Neive and sells over the rights to his song. When Phoebe finds out what Kyle has done, she is completely shocked and thrilled.
Ash returns from Newcastle, unable to find his sister, Billie. When Andy points out to Brax that Ash is acting cagily, Brax asks Ash to tell him what’s going on. Ash admits that he heard his sister might be in Broken Hill. Brax decides to help Ash search for his sister, and tells Ricky of his plans to go to Broken Hill. Ricky is appalled – deeply concerned that the same man who set Ash up for his own crime might still be around. Ricky gives Brax an ultimatum: either he can chose to help Ash; or he can chose to stand by his family.
Friday 6th February
Ricky tries to stop Brax from going with Ash to search for his little sister, concerned that they might run into danger. When Andy offers to go in Brax’s place, and organise a four-wheel-drive for the dirt roads, Brax reluctantly agrees to back out. However, it’s not long before Brax starts citing concerns about Andy. Ricky points out that Brax is just making excuses: he doesn’t want to miss out on an adventure. A frustrated Ricky tells Brax that if he wants to change his mind about going away, he should. Brax is on the phone to Ash straight away, back on board with the roadtrip. As Ash and Brax set off for Broken Hill, Ricky urges Brax to take care of himself.
Sophie’s bizarre behaviour continues to worry her friends and peers. When Alf tells Nate that Sophie checked into a van at the caravan park just after him, Nate confronts Sophie. However, Sophie won’t admit that she followed Nate to the caravan park, telling him that their house had too many bad memories. On his way to see Maddy, Oscar bumps into Sophie, looking disoriented on the outskirts of the caravan park. She tells him to go back to school – even though it’s the weekend. Concerned, Oscar phones Hannah, who comes to check on her. Sophie tells Hannah that she’s the last person she’d ever want to talk to, and retreats into her caravan, bursting into tears. When Oscar asks Hannah why Sophie didn’t want to speak to her, Hannah admits that kept a secret from her which made their relationship difficult. In the dead of night, Sophie is still crying inside her caravan. When she hears Nate’s motorcycle, she pours petrol around her van and sets it alight. Nate hears her screams and sees the van engulfed in flames. He runs to her rescue – but will he be able to save her?
Meanwhile, Oscar is still trying to avoid the issue of Maddy’s baby, and the possibility that he may be the father. As Maddy is still refusing to get an ultrasound, Hannah advises Oscar to come clean to Josh. Oscar refuses, but when he goes to the Diner and bumps into Josh and Maddy, he sees how invested Josh is getting in the baby. Realising that Josh needs to know the truth, Oscar asks Josh to meet with him at the beach. Oscar tells Josh that Maddy is unsure of the baby’s partnerity – and that Josh may not be the father. Josh and Oscar go to confront Maddy together – Josh is livid that Maddy has been deceiving him. Furious that her happy bubble has now been burst, Maddy lashes out Oscar for telling Josh the truth.
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