Gary and Kyle continue to bond, and Sheila’s tentatively thrilled to see them getting on so well, but she’s still not sure whether she can believe Gary’s story about being a witness to the aftermath of an armed robbery. Brennan, however, has done some digging and tells Sheila the story checks out. Sheila’s relieved and encourages Gary to tell his story to the police. Gary insists he will in his own time, however his reluctance makes us wonder, is Gary still hiding something?
Imogen offers to help Daniel with some book work for the bar, and as the two work alongside each other, Imogen says she won’t be going to the school formal, as she doesn’t want to go solo. Daniel can’t believe that guys aren’t falling over themselves to ask Imogen out, but the gushing praise only serves to make Imogen upset, given how she feels about Daniel. He later apologises, and Imogen admits the guy she likes doesn’t even know she’s alive. Ever the romantic, Daniel reassures her that things will work out if they’re meant to be…
Tuesday 2nd December
Terese is impressed by Brad’s efforts to woo her back home, but what is meant to be a romantic picnic by the rotunda soon devolves into them reopening old wounds with Brad reminded of his resentment about being forced into a teaching career. Both are at a loss to know how to move forward; Terese wants Brad to be honest with her, but she is rattled by the revelations of his true feelings. Terese pours her heart out to Paul. She knows she and Brad are opposites but thought it had worked. Now she wonders if she was fooling herself. How can they get trust back between them when Brad didn’t stop himself kissing Lauren? Terese stopped herself from having an affair with a work colleague years ago, accidentally letting slip his name was Ezra. Paul files the information away and later tracks down Ezra’s direct number.
Lauren confides in Matt about her fears of Rain’s growing influence on Amber, this time explaining why she is so concerned. Amber’s behaviour reminds her of something that happened to her around the same age, just after she broke up with Brad. She fell in with a group she thought were wonderful but who were actually manipulating her. Amber’s behaviour seems to be repeating that pattern and a phone call to Charlene confirms that she too thinks Rain is controlling and manipulative. Lauren tries explaining all this to Amber, but Amber takes offence and shuts Lauren down, deeply offended she rang Daniel’s mother and ganged up on her new friend. Daniel, meanwhile, harbours his own doubts after having spoken to Wolfie who claims that Rain lied about still being in a relationship with him. Daniel raises these doubts with Amber, but Rain trumps this by performing a mea culpa about her lie. She was unable to admit what a failure she was in the face of Daniel and Amber’s perfect love. Rain reassures Amber and Daniel she would never make them do anything they did not want to do. If they wish to walk away now from her, that would be fine. Amber and Daniel declare they do not want to do that. Rain has sucked them in just a little bit more.
Doug is depressed and anti-social after his recent Alzheimer’s spell mixing up houses. Joshua and Paige do their best to cheer him up, convincing him to teach them how to do wood work. They start working on wooden toys together, with a Ramsay street theme, painting on miniature faces of the locals. Through this, Doug bonds with his grandchildren, feels less of a burden and useful once more.
Wednesday 3rd December
A weary Terese (having had a couple of glasses of wine the night before) is gutted to learn that Paul’s organised a short-notice conference, and she has to work. And then, struggling through the morning, she runs into Ezra, her old flame from Perth, also there for the conference. Flustered Terese is rocked to see him, and embarrasses herself a little. Terese suspects Paul is up to something with Ezra, but can’t put her finger on it. Ezra, likewise, is a little suspicious of Paul’s motives. Composure regained, Terese catches up with Ezra and remembers the rapport they once had. They share their Paul suspicions but resolve to ignore them and just enjoy being with an old friend. But Brad sees a moment of warmth between them, and is upset, believing Ezra’s the man Terese has always wanted him to be – a driven, corporate type. Despite Terese’s protests that nothing’s going on with Ezra, Brad won’t believe her, and frustrated, Terese seeks out Ezra and asks if he’d like to have a drink with her.
Enjoying some father/daughter time with Brad, Paige is invited by Brennan to Sonya’s cheer-up high tea. She can’t figure out if he’s flirting or not, but goes along to the event... where she witnesses Rain helping Brennan to realise that he has to live with his grief. It’s an intimate moment, and when angry Paige vents to Brad he helps her calm down and encourages her to be honest about her feelings. Which Paige is – she flat-out asks Brennan if there’s any hope for them. And when Brennan says no, Paige is devastated.
Sonya is beginning to come out of her shell after the child protection issue, so Brennan and Toadie take it upon themselves to seal the deal by organising a high tea for her. There, Sonya is drawn to Rain’s powerful drumming, and joins in. They share a connection, and Sonya feels all the better for it.
Thursday 4th December
When Imogen refuses to attend her Year Twelve formal, Doug plans a Willis family formal and invites Terese to join. Worried about Imogen’s state of mind, Terese agrees to attend, hoping Brad’s issues about Ezra can be put aside for their daughter’s sake. And while the night initially goes well, the tension between Brad and Terese finally erupts leaving poor Imogen devastated. But little does she know there’s worse to come. After Daniel and Amber show up, it tips Imogen over the edge. She retreats to the backyard, where a concerned Daniel finds her. She unloads and feeling overwrought about the seemingly endless changes in her life, breaks down in his arms. Daniel is incredibly tender and supportive which only adds to Imogen’s torment.
Nate is increasingly distracted, something which Susan clocks and questions him on later. But Nate deflects, pointing out she’s no longer his unofficial counsellor, and that in fact he has an appointment with his official one shortly. At the counselling session however, Nate is deliberately unhelpful, blocking the counsellor’s attempts to engage and make any progress. Nate also blocks Chris when he tries to talk about how withdrawn Nate has been lately, insisting he’s fine and putting his behaviour down to a lack of sleep. Later, however, we find Nate, out in the bush, furiously digging a hole in the middle of the night and it becomes clear that something is very wrong with Nate.
When Karl comes over to check on the progress of the bed Kyle is making for him, his requirements turn out to be somewhat exacting. So it’s only natural that Kyle becomes extremely anxious when there appears to be an inexplicable creaking sound emanating from the bed. He assures Karl he will locate the source of the problem in no time, but once Karl leaves the cause of the issue eludes him. Seeing his frustration, Gary suggests he take a breather and go for a walk to clear his head. Once Kyle’s gone, Gary attempts to fix the problem himself, and fortunately his intervention is successful. Kyle is grateful and it seems the relationship between father and son is growing stronger. Sheila praises Gary for his efforts, but is still a little wary of his intentions. Gary assures her he only wants to do what’s right by his son and that he has a lot of lost time to make up for. Sheila takes this as genuine. Could it be that Gary has turned over a new leaf?
Friday 5th December
After yet another horrendous argument with Brad the night before, Terese is unsuccessfully trying to distract herself with work, when to her surprise, Ezra turns up. Convincing her they need to do more work on the Erinsborough festival, he proceeds to flatter and charm a flustered Terese. When he invites her to dinner, she’s even more flustered, and seeks out Brad to try and work things out. But when Brad is too busy to talk things through, an argument erupts and a frustrated Brad suggests a more permanent separation. Thrown and hurt, Terese agrees but it’s clear neither really means it. A troubled Terese vents to Paul, who, as a friend, suggests that her marriage is over and that Ezra may just be what she needs to help her move on. After dinner, Ezra suggests further work on the festival proposal in Terese’s room and although she realises she’s playing with fire, she agrees. Once there, she realises she’s made a mistake. But Ezra won’t leave the room without getting what he came for.
Sonya and Toadie’s good spirits plummet when Sonya receives another creepy anonymous text. Meanwhile Georgia is surprised by Naomi’s arrival back in town. Naomi, however, is strangely evasive about her trip to Hawaii, but assures Georgia that she is well and truly over Toadie. However, when Georgia accidentally comes across one of the poisonous red letters to Sonya in Naomi’s suitcase, as well as a hotel invoice suggesting that Naomi was in Melbourne, not Hawaii, Georgia takes her suspicions to Toadie and Brennan. As Toadie confronts Naomi about being the author of Sonya’s letters, Sonya receives yet another creepy text and this time dials the number back. To her horror, a phone starts ringing from inside the house… from the room where Nell is sleeping.
As Karl tries to convince Susan of the benefits of owning a pet, Susan continues to worry about Nate, whose behaviour is becoming more odd and secretive. Chris confirms her suspicions when he reveals that Nate’s nightmares have started up again. Susan tells Karl that Nate’s therapy doesn’t seem to be working and in fact he’s going backwards. Karl doesn’t want her to shoulder the burden again, remembering the effect it had on her last time. He convinces her that therapy can be a slow process and they should give Nate more time with the new counsellor. That night, Susan spots Nate heading into the park carrying a shovel. Intrigued, she follows and discreetly watches from a distance as Nate feverishly digs a hole. When Nate moves off, Susan moves over to check what’s inside the hole, but trips, falling into it, and knocking herself out on the way down. Oblivious to Susan’s presence, Nate returns to refill in the hole – burying an unconscious Susan alive in the process.
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