Paul launches a campaign to help the community rebuild after the tornado. He tours local businesses with a media entourage, delivering speeches. The current Mayor, Sue Parker is not impressed, believing that Paul covets his former position. Paul is cagey about his intentions, but privately hires Toadie to help him be reinstated as Mayor. Paul plans to launch his campaign at the nursery. However, on the morning of the launch, Sonya and Toadie discover the nursery has been looted. Paul has obviously made an enemy.
Tuesday 23rd September
The impact of Brad and Lauren’s kiss in Adelaide continues to ripple as Matt struggles to even be around Lauren. Things are equally tense at the Willises’, as Terese’s trust radar goes into overdrive – she seems to want to know about Brad’s every move. When the two couples bump into one another at Lassiters things get very awkward. Brad tries to resolve his differences with Matt but he’s not having a bar of it. With Brad and Lauren gone, Terese offers Matt a proposition involving joining forces to monitor their partners. Matt is stunned by her idea and runs the whole thing past Toadie, a friend with an outside eye and common sense. Sympathetic, Toadie doesn’t tell Matt what to do, but reminds him that a relationship needs trust to survive. Matt’s swirling doubt as he reflects on his vow renewal with Lauren – did Lauren mean any of that? Does she love him, or has she always held a candle for Brad? And can Matt ever trust Lauren again?
Sonya, Toadie and Paul are stunned by the chaos that is her trashed nursery. Who would do this – and why? At first it appears to be a burglary but Paul’s convinced someone has deliberately sabotaged his campaign to be reinstated as Mayor. And he thinks he knows who – current Acting Mayor Sue Parker.
At the hospital for a check up, Georgia is nervous about her throat. She’s soon reassured by both Karl and Kyle. But it’s not long before her day starts to unravel as she channels her stress about her medical situation into a wedding freak-out. Kyle works hard to reassure her, but when Karl drops by with some shocking news, Georgia realises her life may never be the same.
Terese is doing her best to cope with Brad’s betrayal, but is struggling. And when she learns Josh’s job could be at risk, she fears it’s just one more thing that could destabilise her family. Taking control of one of the small things she can, Terese makes a snap decision – Lassiters will purchase the gym and she’ll be Josh’s boss. But will Josh be as thrilled by the idea as she is?
Wednesday 24th September
Josh hates Terese’s plans to buy the gym and make it part of Lassiters, however, he’s not about to tell Terese the truth, for fear of upsetting her. Naomi steps in, and convinces Josh to pitch an alternative to the gym owner, Ricky, and gives him an inspiring pep talk. Ricky admits Terese caught him at a low moment and agrees to reconsider selling if Josh can raise membership substantially in the next month. Josh is afraid to tell Terese and blows the perfect opportunity to come clean. When Terese finds out via Ricky, Lauren is on hand to offer some sage advice. When she arrives home she vents to Brad, but having sensed Josh’s reluctance at the proposal, Brad tries to get Terese to see things from Josh’s point of view – he doesn’t want his mum as his boss, he wants to stand on his own two feet. Unfortunately, Brad uses the same turn of phrase Lauren used with both Brad and Terese earlier, inadvertently revealing the fact he confided in Lauren. Terese is angry but she quickly loses steam, allowing herself to sink into Brad’s arms for a brief moment. Trying to keep her family together is making her an emotional wreck.
Georgia’s devastated when told by Jessica Girdwood that she’ll never sing again, and it’s simply down to bad luck, due to the formation of scar tissue after her operation. Georgia later asks Karl if it’s possible anything could’ve gone wrong with her surgery, and pleads with him to ask Jessica. Jessica refutes any suggestion of it being her fault, even though Karl mentions that a nurse had previously expressed dismay about how the surgery went. Jessica is insistent – the loss of Georgia’s voice is due to bad luck alone. Karl reassures Georgia that nothing went wrong, but Georgia later sees Karl and Jessica heading off to a social function together, and it’s a shock to see them so friendly with each other. Georgia now does some digging of her own and later confronts Karl and Jessica, accusing them of covering up the truth about what really happened in the surgery.
Paige and Brennan arrange to have their first official date at The Waterhole tonight, and Paige is excited, although nervous at the same time. Paige isn’t planning on going to any supreme effort but Lauren suggests Paige wear an outfit to knock Brennan’s socks off. Paige takes her mother up on the advice. She turns up to the date looking a million dollars in a vintage dress she’s just bought, but Brennan is aghast to see her standing there – in one of Kate’s dresses! Shocked to the core, he tells a stunned Paige to get out.
Thursday 25th September
Paige is devastated after Brennan shouts at her over the dress. She can’t wait to take it off and get it out of her sight. Bailey sees she’s upset and invites her to come and visit Lou in hospital. Lou gets the truth out of her and he advises her to go at Brennan’s pace. He’s still grieving, and because she’s so close to him she’s going to be in the firing line for a while. He recommends giving him the space he needs, even if it’s not her style to do nothing. Brennan talks to Susan, explaining that seeing the dress made him feel guilty, like he’d been cheating on Kate. Susan advises him to ask himself one question – does he want Paige back? But Paige doesn’t come home that night, and the next morning Brennan sees her being dropped off by a clubber in a sports car. The guy kisses Paige and Brennan thinks he’s blown his chances. Paige finds him later, taking his frustrations out on the punching bag, and he confronts her about the guy. She says she went out dancing to burn off some steam and the guy just dropped her home. He apologises for going on the attack and admits he cares deeply for her. She admits she cares about him. They kiss and he leads her into the house.
Amber and Imogen’s frosty relationship starts to thaw when they discuss Hermione and Imogen offers to help Amber find a speaker for the school talk she’s organising. Susan is also on the hunt for a suitable recruit, and asks Nate if he would be interested in sharing some of his army stories. Nate’s hesitant – he can’t speak for every soldier who went to Afghanistan. But Chris encourages him to tell his own story and to get over his fears. Nate agrees, but the next day he’s very nervous. The talk gets off to a dull start, but when Amber encourages him to go a bit deeper, he tells a story about dismantling a horse bomb near Kandahar – and his attempts at singing Christmas carols to the horse. Things take an awkward turn, however, when Imogen brings up a racist incident involving soldiers on Facebook and asks him if he agrees it was a pointless war. Nate gets defensive. In an attempt to explain what happened over there, he is affected by his experiences. Soon, he’s lost in his memories and a worried Susan is forced to intervene.
Things are awkward between Alice and Bailey after their kiss. Lou encourages Bailey to treat her mean to keep her keen, which Bailey does, but it just makes things worse. Matt tells Bailey to ignore Lou’s advice and be himself. Bailey apologises to Alice and it seems like things are back on track... for now.
Friday 26th September
Paul, Sonya, Toadie and Daniel work to have Paul reinstated as Mayor, knowing the biggest obstacle is Acting Mayor Sue Parker. While kicking off their campaign with Paul’s Rebuilding Erinsborough speech at the nursery, Sonya notices that a box of Erinsborough Hospital fundraising chocolates have been stolen and identifies a lurking youth as Sue Parker’s son, Jayden. Later, she confronts him and asks to search his bag, finding nothing. Jayden insults both Sonya and Paul as he skates off and an inscrutable Paul places a mysterious call to Georgia. Matt later approaches Jayden, acting on a tip off, and finds the chocolates in his bag, much to Jayden’s shock. Sonya is delighted to learn he’s been caught, and that he’s also confessed to trashing the nursery, having heard his mother complaining about Paul and wanting to do his bit to help her. Paul encourages Sonya to drop charges against the boy in order to gets leverage over Sue. The plan works – Sue steps down and the way is clear for Paul to resume his role. But Sonya soon realises Paul has interfered and schemed to bring Jayden to justice – he’s clearly back to his old ways.
Susan struggles to connect with a withdrawn Nate after the disastrous school talk. Meanwhile Chris can’t even get him to confess what happened. And when Susan shares her fears that Nate’s suffering PTSD, Chris is floored. Susan consults with Karl, who agrees the most likely diagnosis is PTSD, and warns neither he nor Susan is qualified to help. But Susan is determined to do what she can, as is Chris, who works to assure Nate he just wants to be here for him. Nate is buoyed by his boyfriend’s support. But is Chris getting in way out of his depth?
Imogen regrets the part she played in Nate’s abandonment of his school talk, and Amber invites her to join her and Daniel’s yarn bombing effort, as both a gesture of reconciliation and a pick-me-up. Imogen is delighted to be in on something she genuinely admires. The only problem is, she can’t knit. Amber undertakes to teach her, but when Daniel has to step in with hands-on guidance, Imogen experiences a startling revelation: she has feelings for her best friend’s boyfriend. Naomi busts the group, and Imogen and Daniel share a moment of connection as they talk Naomi into keeping their secret. Witnessing Imogen’s longing glances toward Daniel, Naomi calls Imogen on it, and a troubled Imogen confesses that she thinks she’s in love with Daniel, and probably has been for a while.
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