Susan and Karl are expecting a house guest – the nephew of an old friend of the family’s. Susan, however, has never met him, and is unsure what to expect. Meanwhile, Chris bumps into a mysterious but handsome stranger and encouraged by Naomi, asks him out. Chris, however, is turned down, leaving him feeling humiliated. The stranger later turns up at the Kennedys, revealing himself to be their house guest – Hunter Kinski. Susan and Karl take Hunter out to lunch, and although impeccably polite, he turns out to be a man of very few words. Despite their best efforts, Susan and Karl fail to engage Hunter and they both begin to dread the thought of having him in their house. However, an unusual reaction from Hunter causes Susan to suspect that there’s more to him than meets the eye, and impetuously, she invites him to stay as long as he likes. Later, Hunter approaches Chris, telling him it looks like he’s going to be sticking around after all, and Chris can’t believe his luck!
An overworked and overstressed Toadie is trying to run his business single-handedly, with only occasional help from Sonya. But when a crucial document goes missing, with potentially disastrous results, Sonya makes him realise the situation can’t continue. Sonya comes up with an unexpected solution – one that she desperately hopes she won’t live to regret.
Tuesday 2nd September
Toadie is shocked to discover Sonya has asked Naomi to work at the office again. But Sonya is adamant – despite her personal feelings about the woman, she was good for business and he needs help fast. Toadie is of two minds, as is Naomi who talks to Sheila about it. Sheila says it’ll be a mistake but Naomi thinks she can keep everything on a professional level and tells the Rebecchi’s that she’ll do it. Sheila tries to get Naomi to change her mind, but realising she needs the support, she softens and suggests if she wants a fresh start that she moves back home too. Reluctant at first, Naomi finally agrees before heading in for her first day back at work with Toadie. Things are awkward to begin with as they ease back into working together. Naomi is feeling that sense of longing again, especially when she sees Toadie with his loving family. Sadly realising what she’s missing out on, she takes out her phone and sends a text… to Josh, who sneaks into the backyard. She tells him nobody can know about them, before kissing him passionately and following him inside.
Nervous about his picnic date with Hunter, Chris asks Georgia and Kyle to join them. Seeing how much this means to Chris and privately needing a distraction from the tough choice she has to make about her throat – go with risky therapy or have surgery – Georgia agrees. Worried it’s too romantic a situation, Chris then invites Brennan who invites Paige. Meanwhile, after a sleepless night, where he ends up spooking Karl who catches him sitting in the dark, Hunter goes on the date with Chris. Kyle brings along totem tennis, confirming Paige’s suspicions that the picnic will be lame. Chris and Hunter take it slow and start to open up to each other. Brennan and Paige wind up very keen on the tennis game, flirting up a storm, while Georgia tells Kyle she’ll have the surgery. After lunch, Paige and Brennan continue with the tennis (much to Kyle’s chagrin) and Hunter agrees with Chris that they should do this again some time. But when a drunken yob muscles in on the tennis and tries to take Paige’s racket, Hunter attacks the guy and has to be pulled off him. Freaked out, Hunter heads off, leaving Chris wondering what just happened.
Seeing Josh on his second date in a day, Paul asks him his secret. Josh tells him about Ziva and Paul tries it out. Sheila soon catches him on it and she, too, signs up. But will either of them have the guts to contact someone and put themselves out there?
Wednesday 3rd September
Chris is bewildered by Hunter’s escalation to violence. But when he quizzes Hunter on his short fuse, Hunter shuts down. Susan clocks their tension, and tries to get Hunter to open up. He confides in her, revealing he’ll be attending a funeral later that day for a co-worker and shows a vulnerable side, leaving Susan feeling for him. Later, she urges Chris to give Hunter another chance, believing he’s a kind hearted person. Taking in her advice, Chris wavers.
Kathy announces she must return home to Queensland, and clocking the tension in the Turner household, arranges a girl’s farewell lunch. Despite Kathy and Lauren’s best efforts, new sisters Paige and Amber can’t hide their true feelings for each other, and the lunch evaporates into a slinging match. Seeing how worried Lauren is, Kathy encourages her to give everyone a chance to adjust to the new family dynamic, Matt included. Realising her mother’s right and just how tough this new family dynamic has been on everyone, Lauren apologises to Matt for holding him at arm’s length and they finally reconcile.
Imogen is riled when she finds Daniel giving Amber driving lessons in their shared car. She demands they set some ground rules in place, Amber is no longer allowed to keep any possessions in the car. Amber is dismayed and asks if they can discuss what happened. But Imogen refuses to engage. Frustrated, Amber reminds Imogen that she cheated on Josh, not her. Her buttons pushed, Imogen targets Amber’s sore point – their new sister Paige. Her barb stings and Amber slaps Imogen. But before Amber can apologise, Imogen sees red and weeks of built up tension culminates in a fierce cat fight which lands both girls in the pool, drenched and humiliated.
Thursday 4th September
Bailey is desperate to perform well in Erinsborough’s first ever “Story Slam” as it will improve his public speaking abilities and help him get into Space Camp. After endlessly researching the art of storytelling with books, an angst ridden Bailey is further confused when he receives an overload of advice from Lou, Matt and Sheila. In the end, Susan tells Bailey to forget everything he’s read and been told and just speak from the core of his being. Taking this advice above all else, Bailey bravely takes to the stage and succeeds in wowing the crowd.
After their first ever physical fight, neither Imogen nor Amber is willing to apologise. But while Daniel encourages Amber to make peace, Josh is questioning Imogen about her over-the-top response. Is there more to Imogen’s fight with Amber than meets the eye? Unable to admit (especially to herself) that she’s jealous of Amber and Daniel’s relationship, Imogen enters the “Story Slam”, and attacks the couple yet again. In response, Amber also enters, but rather than venting her anger, Amber uses her time on stage to deliver a heartfelt apology. For a moment, it looks as though Imogen and Amber might be reconciled, but Imogen can’t forgive that easily, and although she no longer wants to be angry towards Amber, Imogen feels they should sever all ties. And since the only thing tying them together is Hermione, Imogen would like to buy out Amber of her share of the car, making it clear that if Amber refuses, Imogen will be suing for full custody.
Josh and Naomi’s secret affair is on for young and old, but finding a safe and comfortable place for their trysts is proving difficult. Despite this, the couple are determined to make things happen, Josh, because it’s helping him get over Amber, and Naomi, because it’s boosting her battered self-esteem. But when they make the most of Naomi’s empty house, and Sheila and Georgia arrive home unexpectedly, Naomi shoves a naked Josh out the back door, leaving him literally out in the cold.
Friday 5th September
A naked Josh is trapped in the Share House backyard, and has to make a frantic escape before Sheila spots him. It’s a close call – but he finally makes it home… Only to be busted by Imogen! Josh tells his sister the truth about his affair with Naomi, and Imogen assumes this is a classic rebound situation. In other words – just one more example of how badly Amber screwed Josh over. Josh is defensive, however, and Imogen challenges him – why is he keeping the relationship a secret, if it’s more than just a fling?
Upon learning it’s Brad’s birthday tomorrow, Paige tells Lauren that she’d love to be able to have some kind of celebration with him, however small… Lauren’s hesitant – with the tension that still exists Lauren doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers. Paige is clearly disappointed, however, and on seeing how much this means to her, Lauren asks Brad if they could do something small together, to celebrate? Brad can also see how important it is to Paige, and agrees to a coffee after his dinner with Terese and his family. Terese is desperate for the birthday dinner to be a chance for her family to reconnect, but both Imogen and Joshua are distracted and Terese is left feeling somewhat berated. Brad heads off to meet Lauren and Paige, and they share an impromptu family celebration together. Terese comes in search of Brad, and is startled to see him with Lauren and Paige… They look just like the perfect family unit together…
Sheila’s somewhat taken aback by how open Paul is about the fact he’s dating up a storm on Ziva. Paul encourages Sheila to sign up herself – you never know what could happen… And after all, didn’t they talk about seizing the day and moving forward, when they were trapped together in the cool room? Sheila decides to go for it - adamant she’s only looking for companionship, rather than any sort of sordid “hook up”… And before she knows it, she has a date lined up… Things might be looking up in the love life department!
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