Matt shares his concern about Amber and Daniel’s living arrangements (in the car) and questions how well Amber can study there. Amber is disappointed in Matt’s attitude, but Daniel tells her Matt will come around. Matt discovers Daniel is accepting Dakota’s delivery – and will therefore be in the middle of the sting operation – so, on finding Daniel on his way to the warehouse, he stops him for jaywalking. Then, to Amber’s horror, Matt detains him for resisting. Amber rips into Matt and guesses he’s doing this to punish both Daniel and her. Matt helps Brennan secure the truck then lets Daniel go. He tells the kids why he did it and both Daniel and Amber thank him for looking out for the boy. They all bond, even if Matt is still a bit reluctant to get too close to Daniel.
Patricia and Nate are meeting for the first time and are both apprehensive but for different reasons. Things get off to an awkward start with Patricia mistaking Nate’s nerves as him being stand-offish. This leads her to question Chris about Nate’s staying power. Given food for thought Chris then questions Nate’s loyalty and Nate is hurt. Angry, he takes his frustrations out on an obnoxious driver and turns on Susan when she tries to calm him down.
Tuesday 28th October
Susan’s still in shock following Nate’s outburst of anger towards her, and Karl is adamant – Nate has to leave their house. Whilst Karl is sympathetic towards everything Nate’s been through, they can’t have Susan feeling threatened. Susan knows Karl’s right, and when she speaks to Nate, he agrees it’s for the best. He can’t guarantee the same thing won’t happen again, and he’s at the point where he wants help but he doesn’t know where to find it. Chris, meanwhile, is on tenterhooks, unsure of whether or not he’s still got a boyfriend, after he told Nate that he understands if he’s not able to commit to their relationship long term. Nate finally puts Chris out of his misery and assures him that he’s not going anywhere. Chris is relieved, and tells Nate he needs to work on not being such a man of mystery. Taking this on board, Nate forces himself to open up to Susan. He tells her about his time in Afghanistan, relating one particularly traumatic event – the death of a young girl, which will haunt him forever. Hating the fact that she’s turning away someone in need, Susan offers to be there for Nate to talk to, in his attempts to help come to terms with his demons.
Brennan’s still on the hunt for Dakota, and reminds Paul that he’s obliged to notify the police if he should hear from her. A heartbroken Paul, however, insists that Dakota’s long gone. Filled with regret for tossing his wedding ring, a maudlin Paul heads to lake, only to be confronted by Dakota. She’s back! Dakota confesses all, and Paul accuses her of playing him for a fool. Dakota insists that not everything she told him was a lie… But she’s in trouble, and needs ten grand, to get out of the country… If Paul doesn’t give it to her, she’s sorry – but they’ll both go to jail for her crimes. Paul complies, getting the money from the hotel safe, but before he can hand over the cash, Brennan arrives, accusing Paul of being involved with Dakota and her schemes. Knowing that Dakota is listening from where she’s concealed, Paul claims he’s an innocent victim. He loved Dakota, but she’s betrayed him. Brennan leaves, and now Dakota tells Paul she’ll always have treasured memories of their time together. But their fate is not to be together – and now it’s time for Dakota to flee…
Josh is still doing everything he can to make amends for what he’s done to Chris, and, after consultation with Amber, offers to help out at the garage (without Chris’s knowledge). While he’s there, Jayden and his mates are hanging around, and they admit their admiration for Josh and how he punched Chris. Josh is horrified and confides in Amber – he doesn’t want to be anyone’s hero! Amber’s not sure what Josh can do about it, but Josh now goes to Chris, with a plea… He needs Chris’s help…
Wednesday 29th October
Josh reveals his plan to speak to the Erinsborough High students about his king-hit experience. But he wants Chris’s blessing. Chris eventually gives it, and despite reservations from his parents, Josh goes ahead. He reveals to the students the real cost of his mistake, and is surprised when Chris appears. Chris does the same – moving the students as he talks about his battles with his brain injury. Amber in particular is impressed by Josh’s courage. Nate supports Chris as he rejects Josh’s thanks and tells him he only did it to prevent anyone else ending up in his situation, and that Amber was the one who changed his mind. Josh has even more reason to admire Amber and from the look he gives her, it’s clear he’s still in love with her.
Paige and Brennan finally talk about the Dakota incident. Brennan can’t see how he’s done anything wrong, but Paige makes it clear she thinks he treated her poorly in taking on a job and kissing another woman. Paige realises, with Amber’s help, that’s she’s in love with Brennan. Whereas Brennan talks to Sonya, and she helps him realise that perhaps he isn’t as fully committed to this relationship as he thinks. He returns to break up with Paige but Paige, sniffing the wind, gets in first and ends it. Magnanimously she moves out, heartbroken, and has no choice but to move into Lassiters, where Terese sees an opportunity – get Paige in her house before Lauren does the same and Brad won’t be constantly at the Turners. She asks Paige to move in.
Kyle and Georgia find a way to prolong the magic of their honeymoon: they role-play in Lassiters. After lying to Sheila that their flight has been delayed, Georgia plays the exotic temptress and Kyle the naïve bellboy. It’s sexy fun as they do everything they can to stay in their wedding bubble. They know they have to return to reality eventually, but they make the most of every minute before they do.
Thursday 30th October
Brad’s delighted when Terese tells him she’s asked Paige to move in, but Terese hadn’t anticipated the guilt she would feel given the ulterior motive behind her offer. Her niggling doubts escalate, and after some prompting from Imogen, she comes clean to Brad. His disappointment is clear, but ultimately he understands he has to put his wife’s needs first. He and Terese later break the news to Paige who appears to accept their decision. However, when Terese presses the issue, all of Paige’s hurt and disappointment come pouring out, putting Paige and Terese back on shaky ground.
Lauren has mixed feelings about Paige’s new living arrangements. Privately Lauren would like nothing more than for Paige to move in with her but, putting on a brave face, she states it’s for the best that Paige move in with the Willises, especially if Terese was the one extending the invitation. However, when Paige later comes over to announce she won’t be staying with Brad and Terese after all Lauren is torn, desperately wanting to take Paige in. Putting her on the spot, Bailey offers their place. Given that Lou has now gone to Cambodia for a few months, and they have the room, Lauren jumps on board, reassuring Paige that she’ll smooth it over with the rest of the family. Paige has her doubts, but at Lauren’s insistence, she finally agrees.
Bailey and Alice are reluctant witnesses to Lou and Layla’s blossoming romance. They learn more than they’d like about Layla’s passion for the work when a compliment-fishing Karl asks Layla for her thoughts. After Lou dismisses Karl with an insult about his lack of creativity, he then finds himself needing Karl’s help when Layla wants to re-enact scenes from the saucy tale. Karl refuses to help and a panicked Lou flees Layla’s hotel room. Layla tracks him down at his place, and declares she’s realised what he’s doing. He’s creating a new chapter for Arabella and Constantine and she’s happy to be a part of his research. Lou makes a drastic decision, packing his bag for a trip to Cambodia.
Georgia and Kyle continue to enjoy their secret extended honeymoon, but it’s not long before Sheila catches them out. Her parting comment about not needing a honeymoon to enjoy acting out their fantasies leaves Georgia worried they’ll turn into a boring married couple when they get home. But Kyle reassures her the reality of being married to her is something he’s eagerly looking forward to her.
Friday 31st October
Matt comes home to find out that Lauren has invited Paige to stay and although he agrees with this, it’s clear he isn’t happy. Paige admits to Imogen and Josh her worries that Matt will want her out of the home and they suggest she bake a cake. This attempt goes disastrously wrong though and Paige wants to move out to avoid further stress. Lauren begs Matt to reconsider, and Paige and Matt have a heart to heart where they admit their concerns and fears. It results in Matt genuinely asking Paige to stay.
Josh is being contacted by the West Waratah Star, who are keen to talk to him about the speech he gave at the school. Josh refuses to respond, thinking it’s self-serving, despite Imogen’s pleas. Eventually a frustrated Imogen talks to the paper herself, giving Josh’s side of the story – only to find they’ve totally twisted it and made Josh look worse than ever.
Kyle and Georgia return from their honeymoon and set to work writing thank you notes to all the people who sent them wedding presents. It proves a tiresome task and to make it easier, they crack open some beers. Eventually the messages get increasingly naughty and silly although they don’t intend to actually send them. Sheila gives them a particularly hideous lamp, resulting in a tipsy Georgia writing a rude email of thanks to her grandmother-in-law… then she accidentally sends it.
Toadie and Sonya decide to embrace the freedom of now being the only adults in their home by doing something Sonya’s long wanted to try – walking around nude. After a while, however, the novelty wears off (eg skin sticking to couches) and they are about to put their clothes back on when an important prospective client of Toadie’s busts them. They start making the world’s worst excuse but the client is delighted – she’s a naturist too. She suggests a dinner with them and her husband next week and Toadie – eager for the client’s business – agrees.
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