Tuesday 16th December
Embarrassed about her ill-fated attempt to kiss Oscar, Maddy does her best to cover her awkwardness, admitting she’s trying to make amends for everything she’s done lately. But when Roo notices her new top – and shoes – it seems Maddy’s shopping addiction is alive and well. When Hannah and Andy uncover the discrepancy in the gym’s accounts, her secret is exposed. Admitting she has a major problem, Maddy urges Andy not to tell Brax. Having been where Maddy is, Andy agrees to keep quiet for now. But with her debts snowballing, can Maddy pull herself out of this hole?
Oscar encourages Evelyn to make the most of their art excursion and spend the day with Josh. But Evie’s reluctant - they only just started talking again, she’s doesn’t want to push the friendship. Much to Evie’s annoyance, Oscar takes the opportunity to point out just how stubborn they’re being – they clearly want to be together, so why are they choosing to be miserable? Realising Oscar’s right, Josh goes to see if Evie still has feelings for him - but his plans are derailed when Evie strikes up a conversation with Cal, the art tutor. Assuming she has the hots for him, Josh attempts to sabotage their chat. But his efforts only serve to humiliate Evie, who was only interested in getting advice about doing Art at uni. Realising he’s jealous, Evie angrily reminds Josh that he’s the one who slept with someone else. He’s the reason they broke up, so who she talks to now is none of his damn business.
Learning VJ has been tied up in the bush and left by Tyson and his mates, Brax and Nate head out to rescue him. When they find the rope but not VJ, Nate calls Leah with the news – but the reception drops out, and Leah begins to panic. She insists on joining the SES volunteers in the search for her son, but Alf and Marilyn encourage her to stay put. Marilyn assures her everything will work out – but Leah lashes out, too overwhelmed by the very real prospect that VJ might never be found. Meanwhile, Nate and Brax argue about the best way to find VJ. Assuming he knows best, Brax heads off to find a clearing. But Nate’s instincts prove correct, and when they find an unconscious VJ at the bottom of a cliff, he attempts a risky rescue. However when Nate slips and impales himself, will Brax be able to bring both him and VJ to safety?
Wednesday 17th December
Brax attempts to make Nate more comfortable before attending to the unmoving VJ. Relieved to find him alive, Brax begrudgingly follows Nate’s first aid instructions. But it quickly becomes clear Nate’s bleeding internally – they need to find help, fast. But Brax refuses to leave him in the bush alone. Knowing he’s in danger of falling unconscious, Nate insists Brax try and keep him awake. A man of few words, Brax struggles to make small talk. But when Nate’s breathing becomes shallow, Brax has no choice but to rile him up by talking about the one thing they have in common – Ricky. It does the trick, but when it becomes clear no-one’s coming to their rescue, Brax takes charge. Enlisting VJ’s help, Brax gets Nate to the car and then the surf club, where he’s airlifted out to a city hospital. Relieved he was able to save them both, Brax is nevertheless still hurting about not being able to save his brother, Casey. Witnessing his pain, Denny realises she can’t grieve for Casey forever – it’s causing her too much pain. She returns his engagement ring to Ricky, hoping the gesture will set her free. But is moving on from the love of your life really that simple?
Hating himself for blowing things with Evie, Josh is convinced by Oscar that he needs to try and remind her why they’re so suited. They first connected through art – perhaps that’s a good place to start? But Evie’s having none of Josh’s banter, and instead uses her time to apologise to Cal for Josh’s jealous outburst. Cal assures her it’s fine, but suggests she and Josh need to make a decision about what they mean to each other – because the no-man’s land they’re currently inhabiting isn’t good for the soul. Realising he’s right, Evie attempts to disengage - but when Josh shows her a portrait he’s drawn of her, Evie can’t help being drawn back in. Happy to see them back together again, Oscar focuses his attentions on Miss Taylor, who grows concerned when she learns Nate’s missing in the woods. Seeing her quiet distress, Oscar orders all the kids to back on the bus, earning her quiet appreciation.
Thursday 18th December
Unsure what to do with Casey’s engagement ring, Ricky takes Kyle’s advice and tries to return it to Denny. However Denny refuses, insisting she needs to forget about the future that was ripped away from her when Casey died. But Ricky insists she doesn’t have to forget – she just needs to find a way to honour Casey’s memory. Realising she’s right, Denny approaches her for surfing lessons, admitting Casey had been trying to get her on a board for months. Ricky agrees, suggesting the reason Brax gave Denny the ring was to show her she’s now considered part of the family. Happy to belong, Denny insists they get in the water – she’d hate to be the only Braxton that can’t control the waves.
Chris goads Spencer about his upcoming rendezvous with Amy, convinced she’s going to be a no-show again. Too excited to care, Spencer dismisses Chris and prepares to meet the girl of his dreams – but time ticks away and he soon realises he’s been stood up. Getting some much-needed sympathy from Keith, a friendly stranger, Spencer sends Amy a text before heading off. But when the message pops up on Keith’s phone, it’s clear Spencer’s being catfished. Wary when Spencer believes “Amy’s” excuses, Chris urges him to realise it’s a hoax. But Spencer refuses to read the signs and continues his internet romance, unaware it’s with a man called Keith…
Joining Matt for a last-minute study session, Sasha’s frustrated when Gray suggests the idea of Matt acing HSC is just a pipe dream. Despite Sasha’s assurances, Matt can’t help taking his dad’s words to heart - and when Gray learns Matt’s been playing music again, he has a go at his son for being whipped. Matt defiantly insists he’s his own man, but Gray thinks otherwise and drunkenly accuses Sasha of playing puppetmaster. He insists she’ll eventually end up deserting Matt once she’s had her fun. Sasha insists that’s not true, and suggests Gray try and support his son instead of continually undermining him. With that in mind, Gray brings Eloise down to spend time with Matt before his last exam. Matt’s delighted, but Sasha warns him Gray’s been drinking, and suggests he shouldn’t be around Ellie. But Matt’s tired of her warnings, and tells her to back off - not everyone has a perfect family like her.
Having had the time and brain space to write some new music, Phoebe wonders if it’s time to crank up her singing career again with an extended trip to Melbourne. But when Kyle reaches out and suggests organising an open mike night for her to play at, Phoebe’s unsure how to break the news, and says she still needs time to think about their future as a couple. Satisfied they’re still on track, Kyle begins to think differently when Gray warns him that women only want space when they’re planning to leave. And when Phoebe learns The Jezebels want her as their support act on their national tour, she realises it’s too good an opportunity to pass up. Breaking the news to Kyle, she urges him to Melbourne with him. But Kyle can’t leave his brothers right now – not with everything that’s happened recently. Is this the end of Kyle and Phoebe?
Friday 19th December
It’s the day Jett officially becomes a Palmer. But when Marilyn presents him with a skateboard to say ‘welcome to the family’, Jett’s muted reaction isn’t exactly what she was expecting. When he doesn’t come home, both John and Marilyn grow concerned they’re going to miss their court appointment. Suddenly realising why Jett’s been acting so strange, John tracks him down and finds him sitting on the chair dedicated to Gina. She died on the day they were meant to sign the original adoption papers – he’s scared something’s going to happen again. John assures him that won’t be the case, but Jett insists he can’t get in the car today. Taking this on board, John promises to work something out. Calling in a favour, he gets the magistrate to come out to Summer Bay, where the adoption papers are signed, speeches are made, and Jett’s new family is given the official tick of approval.
Bummed out about Phoebe’s decision to move back to Melbourne for her career, Kyle brightens when she suggests they try long-distance. Agreeing to the idea, Kyle urges her to come and sing with him at the open mike night, for old times sake. Unsure it’s wise to drag things out, Phoebe reluctantly agrees and the pair sings together one last time. Putting his heart on the line, Kyle insists Phoebe think about staying in the Bay. He’ll help reignite her career – and better yet, they can get their own place, away from the messy Braxton clan. It’s music to Phoebe’s ears, and she agrees to stay and make it work.
Apologising to Sasha for lashing out, Matt’s surprised when Sasha makes her own apology, admitting she’s been pretty judgemental lately. Heading off to have fun with his family post-exams, Matt’s dismayed to find Gray’s been drinking again. Gray dismisses his concerns and suggests he try and have some fun for once. Doing just that, Matt takes up Kyle’s offer to perform at the open mike night. Impressing the crowd, and most importantly Ellie, Matt’s humiliated when Gray’s pulled up by the cops for taking his sister Ellie without her carer’s permission. Bitterly disappointed in his father, Matt seeks solace in Sasha’s arms – unsure his dad will ever be the father either he or Ellie needs.
Undeterred by Chris’s warnings, besotted Spencer continues to wear the tee shirt she apparently designed just for him. However when Sasha remembers seeing the shirt on a popular retail website, Chris realises Amy’s a liar. Oblivious to this, Spencer prepares a romantic picnic and heads off to meet his unseen girlfriend at the Beach Hotel. But when Chris does some digging and learns “Amy” is a well-known internet predator, Chris realises his Spencer’s in serious trouble. With help from Roo and Alf, Chris races to find his brother – but will it be too late?
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