When Terese discovers that not only are the garbage bins overflowing at Lassiters, but also on Ramsay Street, she realises there’s a bigger problem. Discovering that the waste management company is actually on strike, Terese confronts Paul, insisting that they need to do something about it. Paul is confident he’ll sort it out, and makes a call to the Union Steward to demand an end to the strike. However, when a load of garbage is dumped in the middle of the Lassiters Hotel driveway, it appears that all Paul has managed to do is exacerbate the situation. Terese points out that they are now at a stalemate, a situation that could go on for days, if not weeks. But when Terese tries to hire another waste management company, no-one is willing to cross the picket line. She suggests to Paul that they use the contingency money in the festival budget, but Paul admits it’s all gone. When Terese presses to find out where it’s gone, Paul tells her to mind her own business. Realising he’s up to something, Terese demands he find the money to pay the striking workers the penalty rates they’re asking for, before Erinsborough turns into a disaster zone!
Brennan continues to worry for Naomi’s safety, even going so far as to try and teach her some self-defence moves. Naomi, however, refuses to be intimidated by Dimato and his henchmen, insisting that she can take care of herself. Things start to heat up between the two and Brennan offers to show her some more ‘moves’ over at his place. Delighted to take him up on his offer, Naomi turns up dressed to kill, and it appears that these two are indeed about to take things to the next level. But just as they are about to ‘go for it’, Brennan is called away on an emergency – much to Naomi’s frustration.
Tuesday 24th February
Matt discovers that his highly paid security guard gig is actually for Dimato Industries. Given that he was the investigating officer in the Naomi/Dimato bribery case, it’s a clear conflict of interest, and Matt knows he has no choice but to resign immediately. Unable to keep up with the mortgage repayments, Matt is forced to confess about taking a second job to Lauren. Lauren is similarly devastated, as she knows how much pressure Matt is already under. She puts her foot down and insists, for the good of the entire family, that they ask the kids to help them out financially. Matt reluctantly agrees, and calls a family meeting. The kids are happy to help, but when Amber gets on the phone to make the transfer, she is in for a huge surprise…
Having bailed Tyler out of jail, Brennan is surprised to learn his kid brother is in town to apply for the job at the garage. Brennan struggles to reconcile his protective big brotherly instincts with his strong desire to turn Tyler away, knowing Tyler has issues with commitment and responsibility. Torn, Brennan seeks Toadie’s advice who suggests that Tyler might need a more appropriate role model than any he has access to back home… and Brennan realises he’s right, agreeing to let Tyler stay with him and apply for the job, on the condition that he pay his own way and act responsibly.
A frustrated Naomi is tired of dancing around Brennan without any actual action. But Georgia advises her to ignore all obstacles and just go for it. If the attraction is mutual (Naomi is quick to assure her it is) and it’s not a committed relationship she’s after, then what does she have to lose? Naomi goes to Brennan, dressed in sexy lingerie and a trench coat, and makes her intentions clear… but is mortified when Tyler emerges from the bedrooms, interrupting. She makes a hasty exit, but when Tyler later quizzes Brennan about the nature of the relationship, his advice is similar to Georgia’s – don’t think too hard about it. Brennan decides to take his little brother’s advice and act on the simmering attraction, and the two finally get it on.
Wednesday 25th February
Still reeling from the discovery of their empty bank account, the Turners are further shocked to learn that the whole lot was stolen and sent overseas using Paige’s identity. As the family try to figure out how this could’ve happened, Lauren brings up the possibility that Paige’s online boyfriend, Bryson, may have had something to do with it. Paige is adamant Bryson wouldn’t do anything like this. However, the evidence begins to stack up against him. A key-logging program is discovered on Paige’s laptop after Bryson sent her some song lyrics to download and, furthermore, the photo he sent of himself turns out not to be a photo of him at all, but of some American soldier. Paige is utterly heartbroken to learn Bryson is a scammer but Matt is furious at her carelessness, accusing her of costing the family a fortune. In an attempt to redeem herself, Paige secretly tries to organise a meeting with Bryson, determined to make him pay.
Paul is concerned to hear that Daniel and Amber have gotten engaged again so soon after their reconciliation but is relieved when their wedding enthusiasm takes a back seat after news breaks of the Turner’s money woes. However, when Amber and Daniel view the chapel Harold and Madge got married in, Amber instantly falls in love with the venue and insists they have to have the wedding there. Unfortunately the chapel is only available eighteen months or five weeks from now. Amber leaps on the earlier option, arguing that her family needs something positive to focus on. Daniel also jumps on the crazy train and they send out a ‘Save the Date’ text. Paul and Lauren are together when they receive their messages and both are furious. When Paul discovers Lauren is as unhappy about this engagement as he is, he suggests there is something they can both do to stop it. Will Paul and Lauren unite to derail the wedding?
Susan is upset when yet another pair of her lacy knickers goes missing from the line. She is shocked to discover, however, that Sonya, Sheila and Georgia have all had underwear missing too and Sheila is the first to voice the possibility that there’s an underwear thief in Erinsborough. Meanwhile, Karl has been acting very strange, explaining to Nate that he’s trying out underwear he’s not quite used to yet. Could he be the thief? Or, is it Kyle, who asks Karl for some advice about breaking a compulsive, inappropriate and slightly embarrassing habit? When Kyle comes home and takes his workbag out of his ute, he accidentally drops it and women’s underwear spills out. He manages to gather up the goods quickly before anyone sees him, but with Susan, Sheila and Sonya all pledging to catch the thief, is it only a matter of time before Kyle gets found out?
Thursday 26th February
Georgia is thrown to discover evidence that Kyle has been stealing underwear – is it possible she doesn’t know him as well as she thought? However, the truth is Kyle’s covering for Bossy, after catching her chewing up bras in the backyard. Georgia confronts Kyle about what she found, and after an initial misunderstanding, realises he’s not keeping anything from her. Georgia’s relieved there are no secrets between them. But Kyle later admits to Toadie there is something on his mind that he’s not telling his wife – he longs to have a baby and start a family. With Toadie’s encouragement, Kyle broaches the topic with Georgia, who’s knocked for six by the proposal. Despite Georgia’s ongoing fears after her previous miscarriage, Kyle manages to convince her to begin trying for a baby, starting by going off the contraceptive pill. But when Kyle’s back is turned, Georgia’s fears take over, and she can’t go through with throwing out the contraceptives.
Lauren and Paul worry that Daniel and Amber are getting married too soon, and join forces to think of a way to slow things down. Lauren enlists Lou to try and get through to the kids, but Daniel wins him over with a heartfelt speech, and Lou gives the couple his support. Increasingly desperate, Paul tries to throw money at the problem, but Daniel shoots down his manipulative attempts. Lauren and Paul sit the couple down and try to talk sense into them, and although Amber’s certain they’re doing the right thing by tying the knot, the adults manage to plant a seed of doubt. Just as Daniel suggests they should consider postponing, Lou announces he’s lined up a big surprise for the wedding day. Caught up in his optimism, Amber and Daniel push aside their misgivings, and forge ahead with their plans.
The women of Ramsay Street are determined to unmask the mysterious underwear thief. When Kyle is ruled out as a suspect, Sheila sets her sights on Lou again, especially since he allegedly wrote ‘The Book of Secrets’. But her theory is shaken when Sonya reveals Sheila’s earlier suspicions were right: Lou’s not actually the author – Karl is. Meanwhile Susan notices Karl acting strangely when he discovers the new lingerie she bought. After comparing notes, the women are more and more concerned that Karl is the thief, especially after seeing Karl sneaking around with a bag of lingerie. When Susan confronts him, he’s mortified, and explains it’s all a mix up surrounding the Valentine’s Day gift he bought for Susan. The women are relieved Karl’s off the hook, but when the thief strikes again, the mystery remains – who is doing this?
Friday 27th February
Paige is determined to make up for the loss of the money by capturing the culprit, and she arranges to meet Bryson, having invited him to come to Erinsborough (something which has been on the cards for a while). She asks Imogen for legal advice regarding recording confessions, and Imogen becomes concerned for her sister. Later, Imogen confides her worries to Brad, who is worried enough to try to hunt Paige down. Meanwhile, Paige waits at the appointed spot for Bryson, unaware she’s being observed...
Georgia keeps her fear regarding trying for another baby from Kyle, but can’t help confiding in Susan. Despite Susan’s reassurances, Georgia can’t let go of her anxiety, and she visits the memorial tree she and Kyle planted to honour their lost baby. Georgia gives in to her grief.
Kyle wants to make Valentine’s Day special for Georgia now they’re trying for a baby and worries that his gift of chocolates isn’t enough. He’s reassured by Toadie and Chris, until Brad reveals he went all out and bought Terese a hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast. Feeling inadequate, Kyle searches for the ultimate gift, and decides to get a tattoo with Georgia’s name on it. Caught up in the idea, Chris, Toadie and Karl go along for the ride. The men are dismayed to learn afterwards that they have been given the wrong tattoos, each being branded with the other’s wife/partner’s name. They try to hide the mistake from their partners, to no avail. Their only hope is that the tattoo artist can somehow correct his mistake.
Left short-handed at the busy store, Lou is grateful when Sheila steps in to help out. They work side by side for several hours, sniping and bickering as usual, but are alarmed when a customer observes that they are clearly a loving couple. Lou starts to repudiate the idea, but Sheila’s grim expression sees him backtrack and be charming. Disturbed by the woman’s observation, they go their separate ways.
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