Georgia is put in an unenviable position when Gary asks her to convince Kyle to visit him before he’s taken to jail. But Kyle is still too angry at his father and refuses. Sheila, however, can’t let Gary go away without seeing him one last time, and she asks for Kyle’s permission to do just that. During her visit, it’s clear that Sheila still holds a lot of pain over Gary’s actions and blames herself for how he’s turned out. Gary points out that she’s not responsible for his actions and, in fact, she’s the best mum a guy could have. With one reconciliation down, Gary waits hopefully for Kyle to appear. However, Kyle is still unsure if he can bring himself to face his father, pouring his concerns out to Georgia – if he doesn’t go and see Gary does that make him just as bad as his dad? A loser who avoids the tough stuff in life? Georgia reassures him he’s never been one to avoid tough situations, but if there is any family resemblance, it’s in the fact that Gary has obviously taken a leaf out of Kyle’s book in deciding to stay and face his punishment. Kyle is buoyed and decides he can face Gary. At their final meeting, Gary realises Kyle wants him out of his life, but Kyle rises above his hurt to reassure Gary that he’s still part of the family and he’ll keep in touch. Georgia is proud to see Kyle get the closure he needed.
Brennan realises how badly he hurt Naomi and, determined to make amends, he finds a potential buyer for her car. Together they work to sell it, each bringing their own expertise to the sales pitch. As they celebrate the successful sale with champagne, Brennan sincerely apologises to Naomi, bringing tears to her eyes. She assures him it’s not just him – she’s had an overwhelming day – but his gentle support buoys her and she feels pleased to have his friendship – or is it something more?
Tuesday 27th January
After her bag’s snatched, Sonya goes to hospital for her cuts and bruises to be looked over. However, it’s her heart that has suffered the most damage as she reveals Erin’s betrayal – she’s off the wagon and Sonya’s devastated. Later, Erin confesses she was tempted but didn’t go through with it – she’s still sober. She wants to do things differently this time and make amends with her daughter. Karl is surprised Sonya isn’t as glad to hear Erin stayed strong, and soon realises the extent of her personal investment. Can Sonya move past this road bump and keep supporting Erin?
The Radio Station Bar is officially open but… no-one seems to know. It’s dead, and without Paul’s financial support, Daniel isn’t sure how to put on an opening that stays true to his personal ethos. When Imogen suggests Drop-In classes, Daniel thinks it’s genius and they go about roping in locals to speak about something they’re expert on. The event is a success and it’s all down to Imogen. She’s enjoying the time she’s having with Daniel until he reveals the event is marred by one absence – Amber. Imogen covers, but is devastated that Daniel will never think of her in that way.
Paige is enjoying her hot online relationship with Bryson and using ‘real estate research’ as a cover for the amount of time she’s spending on her computer. But when Lauren unwittingly borrows the laptop, she’s shocked to discover what her daughter is really up to. Paige’s saucy little secret is a secret no more…
Wednesday 28th January
Sonya tries to paint a positive picture of Erin’s recovery to Toadie but he’s not buying, especially when Susan arrives to inform them of Erin’s late night visit. Sonya’s apologetic, and assures Susan she’ll talk to Erin about it. Toadie accompanies her and doesn’t beat about the bush, requesting Erin not inconvenience the neighbours. Erin reacts badly, and promptly marches to the hospital to tell Karl that she’s quitting the dependency program. Toadie takes Erin’s reactionary behaviour as proof that Erin’s not yet emotionally ready to meet her daughter but Sonya insists a relationship with Cat could make all the difference at Erin’s upcoming trial. Compelled to help, Sonya asks Karl how they can get Erin back on the program but Karl is firm – it’s Erin’s decision; neither he nor Sonya can force her to do it. He reassures Sonya, though, that he’s there for Erin in the long term. Having had time to cool down, Erin then apologises to Sonya and admits that she’s not yet ready to meet Cat, her daughter. Susan, meanwhile, tells Toadie that she still has her reservations about Erin, and it’s clear the pair of them think Sonya and Karl are investing too much in Erin’s recovery. Susan warns Toadie he needs to keep an eye on Erin – there’s just something unsettling about her that Susan can’t put her finger on…
Kyle and Naomi are determined to clear the house of any type of food that might be bad for a heart attack patient, in preparation for Sheila’s arrival home. They save some of the banned goodies, stashing it away in a secret cupboard, but both of them realise Sheila’s going to be furious when she discovers her goodies are no longer on the menu. Sheila arrives home, and far from being her blustery self, she’s in a very subdued and teary mood. In an attempt to cheer her up, Kyle makes a healthy version of one of Sheila’s favourite meals. Bossy, meanwhile, uncovers the secret stash of goodies, giving Sheila the first opportunity to laugh since she’s been home. Kyle and Sheila sit down to eat their meal, but sudden chest pain causes Sheila to panic. Convinced she’s having another heart attack, she wants to go to the hospital, now!
Brad’s eager to get to work on a surfboard, although he admits to feeling a bit rusty – it’s certainly been a while… But Terese is encouraging, and once Brad gets to work, he finds himself back in the swing of things very quickly. He admits to Matt that he’s really enjoying himself, and loving the fact there’s no pressure on him whatsoever… Terese and Paige, however, have already teamed up and are brainstorming ideas of how Brad can turn his hobby into full scale world domination… Brad pretends to go along with their ideas – until he can’t stand it any longer. He’s sorry – but he wants his hobby to stay low key and low pressure; he’s not interested in taking over the world. Terese and Paige are mock offended… The bonus of the experience, however, is that the two women have bonded further.
Thursday 29th January
After being rushed to the hospital, thinking she had another heart attack, Sheila is outraged when she’s diagnosed as merely suffering a bout of indigestion. When Kyle takes her home, she feels certain that she is in fact staring her mortality in the face. Kyle tries to jolly her, reminding her of her resilience, but Sheila explains that it’s her own body that let her down and it’s just a matter of time before it happens again. Georgia delivers some tough love, encouraging Sheila to get off her bum and live again. With food for thought, Sheila invites herself along to Daniel’s drop-in event. She surprises everyone, including herself, when she finds the Sheila Canning fighting spirit – heckling Paul into submission as he tries to deliver his talk on leadership.
When Amber expresses interest in attending another of Daniel’s drop-in events, he gets Imogen to help him hastily pull one together for that evening. Lauren witnesses longing looks from both Daniel and Joshua towards Amber and raises the possibility that both of them are hoping for more from her than friendship. Resolved to spend some time getting to know herself, Amber reassures Lauren that she isn’t interested in romance with anyone. When Amber turns up at Off Air, Daniel decides in the spur of the moment to be a speaker himself, hoping to impress her. Imogen, her words dripping with subtext that Daniel misses, suggests he speak about something he’s passionate about, as his passion is what made Amber fall in love with him. Daniel starts to give a talk about the importance of community, but he is distracted by the arrival of Joshua. When Joshua starts talking through Daniel’s speech, Daniel sees red, demanding that Josh leave. As the men verbally duel over Amber, she takes off, annoyed with them both. In the fall-out from the stoush, Joshua reveals that while Daniel is busy mooning over Amber, he is missing the fact that Imogen is in love with him. The cat is out of the bag.
Learning that Paul is now planning to put on the Erinsborough Festival, Naomi accuses him of stealing her idea. She wants to be hired as event manager, but Paul rejects her, saying that event management is merely the work of a glorified secretary. Seeking to make a point, Naomi distributes Paul’s personal contact details to every tradesman, salesman, and hire company in town. Paul is inundated with festival-related calls all day. Working out that Naomi was the culprit, he admits to her that an event manager is essential. Naomi feels vindicated until Paul reveals that he’ll be hiring anyone but her for the job. Learning that tomorrow is Paul’s birthday, Naomi hatches a plan…
Friday 30th January
Having heard from Josh that Imogen is secretly in love with him, Daniel asks her if it’s true. But a mortified Imogen denies the charge, reassuring Daniel that Josh said it just to stir the pot. Feeling betrayed and humiliated, Imogen rips into Josh – she can’t believe he’d embarrass her like that. Josh feels terrible, insisting it was just a slip in the heat of the moment, but suggests sowing the seed in Daniel’s mind may not have been a bad thing. An incredulous Imogen shuts him down – Daniel will never stop loving Amber and Josh needs to stop fantasising about happy endings. The next day, both boys try to woo Amber, but she rejects their flowers and asks them to respect her need for space. Unnerved by Josh’s actions, Daniel tells Imogen that under the circumstances, he thinks it’s best if they avoid each other’s orbit. Reiterating her denial of feeling love for him, Imogen doesn’t understand why they can’t carry on as before. But Daniel, with his only priority reuniting with Amber, doesn’t want to give her any excuse to reject him, including false rumours about Imogen. When Amber seeks Imogen’s advice on what to do about the boys, a broken-hearted Imogen can’t take any more of Amber’s insensitivity and snaps. Later, Amber apologises to Imogen and when they are both offered places at uni, the two friends make a vow that this year is about having fun. No more annoying boys! But it’s clear Imogen has misgivings – how on earth is she going to get over Daniel?
When Lucy returns to Erinsborough in time for Paul’s birthday, Chris must decide if he wants to go ahead and have a baby with her. An excited Chris tells Georgia that after his near death experience, life’s too short and he can’t wait to be a dad. Nate, however, doesn’t share Chris’s enthusiasm. Susan advises Nate to be honest with Chris, and finally Nate confesses to Chris that he doesn’t want a baby now or ever. Chris is devastated. Not only must he now rethink whether he will go ahead and have the baby with Lucy, but he also questions what it will mean for his and Nate’s relationship.
Naomi determines to exploit Paul’s birthday in order to win herself the Erinsborough Festival Event Manager’s job. Brennan, however, thinks she’s wasting her time – Paul will never change his mind. Naomi assures Brennan that she’s cracked tougher nuts than Paul, and the two bet on it. Using her initiative, Naomi manages to uncover some of Paul’s weak spots, and secretly presents him with a series of mystery birthday gifts. Paul is sufficiently dazzled and agrees to give Naomi the job. A triumphant Naomi wins her bet against Brennan, who is forced to serve her champagne as she relaxes in the spa with Georgia. But when Georgia picks up on the chemistry between Naomi and Brennan, Naomi is quick to deny it. Georgia, however, is far from convinced.
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