Facing her most important exam, Amber’s stress levels are skyrocketing. As far as she’s concerned, if she blows this one, her entire future is on the line. Keen to support her, Daniel only succeeds in exacerbating the problem and Amber explodes… An outburst made all the worse when Daniel’s ex-girlfriend Rain turns up asking Amber if she’s made a decision about helping her with photos for New Eden. Put on the spot, and feeling hypocritical after forbidding Daniel to help Rain, Amber flees. Melting down as the exam doors open, Amber is surprised to find support from the unlikeliest of places – Rain. Giving her a new perspective, Rain reminds her that she’s an artist and no exam can ever take that away. Later, as he picks her up, Daniel is pleased to hear that Amber has a newfound respect for Rain. The pair, thinking they’ve judged her too harshly, agree to help Rain set up New Eden. When they meet Rain to tell her that “they’re in”, Rain is thrilled, assuming that means they’ll live there. As Amber and Daniel back-pedal, they are left with a sense of unease that they’re at the top of a slippery slope.
Witnessing Paige’s continued pining for Brennan, Bailey pushes her to put herself out there and make a play for him. When she baulks, thinking that Brennan still views her as an immature kid, Bailey encourages her to keep it casual, while showing Brennan how thoughtful she’s become. Paige thinks it’s a great idea. However, unaware of the echoes Brennan is feeling between Sonya’s troubles and the loss of Kate, she finds herself on the receiving end of a blunt brush-off when she finally tracks him down. Stung, she’s about to give up, when Brennan returns and apologises, taking her into his confidence. As an afternoon of fun unfolds, it seems she’s on track to rekindle their connection…
Tuesday 25th November
Brad and Terese continue to hold it together for the kids’ sake; Terese being overly enthusiastic in her approach. It’s tiring work feigning cheerfulness, however, and Terese seeks solace in Susan, who offers her some sound advice – Terese just needs to act normal, and drop the grand gestures. Terese takes this on board and turns up at the Turners to join Brad and Paige in a game of basketball... only to find Lauren’s there too. Instead of retreating, Terese asks if she can play, and while everyone is encouraging, the fun soon turns into unbearable awkwardness and Terese decides to cut her losses and leave. Later that night, Brad’s late home with dinner, another small crack in the fragile vessel that is their marriage, and Terese soon realises she’s going to have to face her husband, rather than paper over the cracks forever. Finally they find the time to talk, and Terese admits that their marriage problems aren’t due to Lauren, or Paige, or even Brad – they’re all due to her. She can’t move on, and there’s only one solution in her mind – she’s moving out of the Willis house and into Lassiters.
Kyle isn’t sure how to respond to his father’s sudden desire to get to know him, and they share an awkward conversation full of reserve and repressed anger on Kyle’s behalf, and awkwardness and guilt on Gary’s. Witnessing a tender moment between Kyle and Bossy, Gary is overwhelmed and bails on the meeting, leaving Kyle furious. Going after his father, Kyle is stunned to realise he’s crying, and Gary delivers a mea culpa speech, telling Kyle he is a good man, and that he can’t take the credit for any of it since he was never around. Gary leaves, and Sheila worries she will never see him again, or at least not for a very long time.
Rain continues to court Daniel and Amber, much to Paul’s chagrin, since he believes Rain is distracting Daniel from moving ahead at full pace with the bar. Aware of Paul’s concerns, Amber attempts to redirect Daniel’s attention from Rain’s project to the bar, inciting a sharp, angry reaction from Rain that reveals all is not sweetness and light beneath her calm exterior. Rain later apologises charmingly, winning Amber over, and offers her a meditation CD to help her relax whenever she is feeling overwhelmed. Listening to it, Amber is drawn in to Rain’s soothing, meditative life-advice...
Wednesday 26th November
Believing distance is the best thing for her marriage, Terese checks into the hotel. Doug can’t fathom why Terese has abandoned her family, and Brad is forced to admit his infidelity. Doug finally understands why Terese has found life difficult with Lauren and Paige living across the road. Doug asks Brad to be honest with himself – does he want to be with Lauren? Because now is his chance to make that happen. Brad denies it, adamant that he loves Terese. Meanwhile, Imogen and Josh struggle to make sense of their parents’ separation. Imogen blames Paige; if she hadn’t come into their lives none of this would be happening. Paige is devastated, believing she is the cause of all Brad and Terese’s marriage problems – if it wasn’t for her, the Willises would still be together.
At the hotel, Terese throws herself into work, meeting with Paul to discuss business. Paul sees through her pretence and, knowing that she’s checked into the hotel, he encourages her to open up. Relieved to have someone to talk to, Terese confides in Paul, discussing her marriage problems. Later that evening, Paul convinces Terese not to run home at the first sign of loneliness. Terese finds herself tempted by his offer of wine and good company. Is this a straightforward platonic friendship, or is Paul about to capitalise on a marriage in crisis?
Susan is infuriated by Karl’s pig sculpture, Elvis, which now commands a prominent position on their front lawn. Karl refuses to remove Elvis, and Susan complains about the sculpture to Nate and Chris. Later, when Karl finds Elvis is missing, he blames Susan. When he confronts her, Nate and Chris listen in with amusement. They admit to Susan they’re responsible for the missing pig – they’ve pranked Karl. Karl discovers Elvis in Lassiters Complex and takes him home. Chris and Nate observe him, laughing from a distance. Nate points out it’s the first time Chris has really smiled since his accident. Chris invites Nate to stay the night, but Nate wriggles out of the invitation, citing an oncoming cold. But is there more to this excuse than meets the eye?
Thursday 27th November
The Willis family struggles to cope with Terese’s decision to move out of home. Terese is also struggling and is tempted to reconcile with Brad, but Paul reminds her of why she moved out in the first place and advises her to stay true to her purpose. When Susan hears what Paul’s been saying, she suspects he may have designs on Terese, but Paul’s adamant he’s only acting as Terese’s friend. In short, he doesn’t believe that Brad is good enough for Terese and if she doesn’t leave him now she’s only delaying the inevitable.
While Brad does his best to reconcile with Terese, Josh has his first day of community service and Imogen is working at the law office. Not wanting his father to be left alone, Brad suggests that Doug spend the afternoon with Paige. Doug likes the idea, but somehow in making the arrangements to meet up with her, Doug goes missing. Although they’re currently at loggerheads, Paige and Imogen join forces to find their grandfather. Josh also walks out on his community service to lend a hand. Even Brad and Terese are temporarily reunited to help with the search. When Doug is found safely snoozing on the Kennedy couch, Josh tries to return to his community service, but his hard-nosed boss won’t allow it. This arouses the ire of both Imogen and Paige, and in leaping to Josh’s defence, these two warring sisters realise they might have more in common than they’d like to think.
Sonya continues to feel paranoid after the mystery letter writer informed everyone in Ramsay Street of her dark past. She tries to relax by taking Nell for a play in the park, but when her attention is elsewhere for a split second, Nell has a nasty fall. Because she’s tense already, Sonya completely overreacts, and it takes a lot of convincing from Brennan and Toadie to assure her that she’s done nothing wrong. But when an officer from the Department of Human Services turns up on the doorstep, the shock is twofold. First of all, Sonya learns that she’s been reported for child abuse. Secondly, the person who reported her seems to be the same person who is writing the letters, which can only mean that whoever’s doing this is watching Sonya’s every move.
Friday 28th November
Still reeling from the formal complaint made to the DHS, Sonya quickly realises her history could possibly inflame the situation and in her stressed state of mind, contemplates the possibility of Nell being taken away from her. Toadie tries to reassure her, but Sonya’s beyond consoling and eventually works herself into a state where she’s tempted to drink alcohol. Toadie confesses to Brennan he’s unsure how to help support Sonya fight against an unseen foe. Brennan comes up with an idea and the neighbours rally together, writing all their secrets on paper and presenting them to Sonya, illustrating their trust in her. Sonya is moved and for a moment is able to forget her troubles and take comfort in the support she’s given.
Kyle is clearly down after no contact with his father, but is later stunned when Gary shows up. Gary admits Georgia had sent him a number of text messages and apologises for walking out on him, yet again. When Kyle agrees to take the first step towards reconnecting, Sheila’s protectiveness rears and she voices her concerns about Gary’s intentions. Pushed into a corner, Gary comes clean about the real reason he ran out all those years ago: to keep his family safe from local criminals. While Kyle buys his story and feels remorse about not only how he viewed his father, but what Gary sacrificed for their sakes, Sheila has her doubts. Deciding not to voice them to Kyle, she turns to Brennan and asks him to discreetly look into the armed robbery Gary told them about, unsure exactly what he’ll find out.
When Karl discovers Elvis has been pig-napped yet again, he’s furious and threatens to call the police. Susan tries to hose him down, but as Karl is sent new text message photos from Elvis, he embarks on his own search. Informed by Matt that a pig sculpture has been dumped at the nursery, Karl has to negotiate his safe return after a young woman and her daughter take a liking to it. Elvis is finally returned home and when Susan discovers the lengths to which Karl has gone in order to ensure he’s safe, she finally strikes a bargain. If Karl keeps Elvis locked out of sight, she’ll talk about the possibility of them getting a new animal.
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