Imogen has fallen for Daniel and has no idea what to do about it. Naomi suggests several options, none of which are any help. While yarn bombing at the garage, Imogen is forced to hide with Daniel when Matt, on patrol, inspects the premises. Being in a confined space with him only makes her heart thump faster. The ‘threesome’ continue their yarn bombing and, observing the affection between Amber and Daniel finally proves too confronting for Imogen. She runs off. Daniel believes Imogen’s abrupt departure can only mean one thing – she doesn’t like him. Amber resolves to bring her best friend and her fiancé together.
Much to Naomi’s chagrin, Sheila invites her new man, Alan Haywood, to dinner. Seeing her mother in the company of a man other than her father, who died years ago, is proving difficult to handle. Sensing her daughter’s disapproval, Sheila warns her to be polite to Alan and Naomi makes a real effort. Surprisingly, the dinner goes well. Naomi is expecting a friendly kiss on the cheek from Al, but when he kisses her on the mouth, she doesn’t know what to do. Should she tell her mother? Naomi is in a real quandary, and her problem is exacerbated when Sheila returns after an evening walk with Alan, singing his praises. What now?
Tuesday 30th September
Brad is ropeable after Terese’s outburst at The Waterhole, but if it will help Terese feel more secure, he agrees to stop seeing Lauren for a while – on the condition that Terese apologises to Lauren for what she said. But Terese only half apologises, and when Brad finds out, he feels that his earlier promise to Terese no longer counts, especially when that decision unnecessarily affects Paige. Meanwhile, Terese confides in Susan that she hates feeling consumed with jealousy, but feels helpless to do anything about it. Susan’s deeply concerned, but Terese believes she’s capable of getting her feelings under control. But when she stumbles across Paige, Brad, Lauren and Brennan playing happy families, her hurt and anger return. Annoyed that Terese keeps making her parents feel bad, Paige goes in to try and reason with Terese. But Terese reacts badly, making a spur-of-the-moment decision that may come back to bite her badly …
Feeling toey after a long period of broken-bum induced abstinence, Toadie seeks out Karl to get the medical all clear. Karl advises Toadie that if he can ride a bicycle from his house to the garage, then he can go back to performing his marital duties. Determined to ‘get back in the saddle’, Toadie literally gets back in the saddle to prove himself fit for action.
Despite Karl’s reassurances that her surgery went without a hitch, Georgia remains unconvinced and disillusioned – certain the divide between doctors and nurses has given Karl a bias against her. Karl rejects the suggestion as preposterous, until he sees a doctor give Georgia an undeserved dressing-down. But will the incident be enough to change Karl’s mind about Georgia’s surgery?
Wednesday 1st October
Imogen is wary of spending the day with Amber and Daniel shopping for gear for Kyle and Georgia’s party – even more so when she realises she’s been set up on a ‘make friends’ date with Daniel. But after some time alone with him, she has fun and her secret feelings grow. She’s further encouraged when Daniel quizzes her about her relationship status and she admits that she has a crush on someone who already has a girlfriend. Unaware that she’s talking about him, Daniel encourages Imogen to spend more time with this guy to assess how he feels. Imogen resolves to do this … but she accidentally walks right into Daniel’s official proposal to Amber.
Terese bears the brunt of Brad’s anger when everyone realises she made the call to Paige’s mother. Struggling to cope with the situation, Terese eventually begins to put things right when she warns Brad that Paige is upset. Brad’s anger towards Terese dissipates to the point that he’s willing to talk about their issues, but there’s the sense that this relationship is going to take more time to fix.
Bailey and Alice’s friendship turns sour when they both score interviews for Space Camp placement. Realising that he can’t juggle his desired career and his burgeoning feelings for Alice, Bailey makes a massive sacrifice and decides to pull out of the interview. But Alice urges him to stick to their plans – she vows not to let the potential competition interfere with their friendship.
Thursday 2nd October
The news of Amber and Daniel’s engagement leaves Imogen confused and she unloads to a sympathetic Naomi. Imogen wants to be happy for her friend, and it must have seemed like she was because Amber somehow roped her into being her bridesmaid, but she wonders how she can support this when she not only thinks they’re rushing into it, but secretly loves Daniel. Naomi advises that despite what’s driving her reaction, the engagement is crazy and Imogen needs to tell Amber as much. Not quite sold, Imogen maintains her support of Amber and Daniel, but when she starts to broach the topic of whether Amber’s parents will approve, Amber senses Imogen’s own disapproval and realises it’s all an act. Imogen admits to as much, leaving Amber bitterly disappointed. Daniel, having heard about the exchange, makes a heartfelt plea to Imogen in an attempt to turn her around. It seems he’s been successful when Imogen admits her mistake and apologises to Amber, offering her wholehearted support. Later, however, Imogen confides to Naomi that she’s still convinced the engagement is a mistake. She feels terrible – but felt she had little choice. She’s lying to Amber for the sake of their friendship.
Lou feels indebted to Susan after her heroic act to save his life during the storm. He offers to help her in any way he can. Susan insists it’s not necessary, but when she finds herself swamped at work and Karl out of contact for the morning, she calls on Lou to collect a box from her place and bring it to the school. Lou is more than happy to help. However, it’s only at the last minute that Karl realises Lou has collected the wrong box – he’s picked up their blue box and given it to Bailey to make a presentation at the school. And it’s only a matter of time before he opens the box to the entire student population. Karl goes into a blind panic and unable to get in contact with Susan, Karl rushes to the school. But will he get there in time to prevent Susan’s public humiliation?
Chris and Nate are in a good place as Nate helps with the organisation of the buck’s and hen’s night. However, when Georgia mentions Lucy, Nate queries who she is and Chris awkwardly changes the subject. Georgia raises it with him later, and Chris confides he’s unsure how to broach the issue of Lucy with Nate. Georgia suggests it’s something he should consider doing soon, if he and Nate are getting serious. Chris finally plucks up the courage to raise the issue with Nate, but his reaction leaves Chris assuming the worst – that the whole idea of Chris having a baby with Lucy has freaked Nate out. Fortunately for Chris, Nate reassures him they’re in a good place, and they’ll cross the baby bridge when the time comes for Chris to make a decision. Chris is relieved, but is Nate just covering his true feelings?
Friday 3rd October
Sheila finds herself falling for Alan, and admits to Naomi that she has decided to take things to the next level – today. Naomi is torn, but is compelled to tell Sheila that Alan kissed her. Sheila refuses to believe her – Alan is a gentleman, and Naomi shouldn’t bother suggesting otherwise. Naomi searches for dirt on Alan, and is horrified to discover he still has active profiles on several dating sites – for men. She approaches Alan, insisting he tell Sheila, or she will do it for him. Under pressure, Alan comes clean with Sheila, who can’t believe he would withhold such information. She asks him to leave, heartbroken by the betrayal. When she learns that Naomi was behind Alan’s confession, Sheila is incensed, but Paul calms her down, explaining how Naomi’s actions were an act of love, much the same as Sheila’s own actions during the Charles affair. Sheila goes to apologise to Naomi, only to find her at the spa with a naked Josh… and she realises Naomi hasn’t changed at all.
With the school presentation underway, Karl blitzes through the courtyard with the correct box. It’s only then that Susan realises with horror that the box on stage is their own – personal – Blue Box, and is relieved when Karl moves quickly and manages to exchange the boxes just in the nick of time. Later, Karl roasts Lou over the fiasco, leaving Lou wondering about the contents of the Blue Box … but when he finds out the truth, he’s also found the leverage he needed to make Karl write a novel based on ‘The Book of Secrets’ story, ensuring more fame for Lou.
Distracted by unwanted thoughts of Amber, and being reminded of how in love she is with Daniel by an unwitting Bailey, Josh is desperate to prolong his distracting dalliance with Naomi. Naomi, however, feeling the thrill of their affair diminishing, is pulling back. But as one love affair appears to be on its way out, another one looks like beginning when a mysterious woman approaches Paul, kissing him hard and slapping him harder, before leaving him spinning.
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