Lauren attacks Matt for being too judgemental in his castigation of Amber. Matt at first defends his actions but soon comes to doubt his black and white stance. Amber seeks solace in Daniel’s arms, spending the night with him for the first time. While playing darts with Toadie and Brennan, Matt continues to question his actions. Toadie thinks his approach could have been more sensitive – at the end of the day, isn’t about his daughter’s happiness? After Lauren gives Amber a serve for staying out all night, Matt makes amends with his daughter. Amber’s thrilled to have his support.
Paul is enjoying Lucy’s company and they’re both feeling bad that she has to leave. Paul pulls some strings to get Rico out of her orbit and she’s relieved. He convinces Lucy to stay in Erinsborough longer – feeling like things are finally turning for him.
Tuesday 19th August
With both Toadie and Kathy unconscious and unresponsive in the aftermath of the accident, it’s up to Paige to raise help, but only after instinctively saving Kathy’s life. Thrown into the controlled chaos of the hospital, Paige comes through relatively unscathed as Toadie and Kathy’s loved ones are rallied, not knowing the fate of the victims. After a tense wait, and upon seeing Toadie in incredible pain, Sonya fears the worst, but luckily, he only sustains a broken coccyx. Their relief is short lived when Naomi intrudes, unable to stay away, knowing the man she loves is hurt.
Kathy’s diagnosis is more serious, and when questioned by Lauren, Paige’s guilt is piqued. Knowing it’s only a matter of time before Kathy wakes and her identity is revealed, Paige discharges herself. After a final heartbreaking exchange with her mother, Paige flees Erinsborough, but not before leaving a parting gift on Lauren’s doorstep.
After securing the scene of the accident, Matt finds Kathy’s heart pills in Paige’s bag. Querying the importance of them with Karl, his suspicions are aroused. When Karl discovers Paige’s real name, he obliquely urges Matt to question Paige. But when Paige manages to provide a plausible answer, Matt is left with more questions than answers about this mysterious young woman.
Wednesday 20th August
Reeling after her discovery of the two teddy bears, Lauren is at first shocked to discover they’re Paige’s, then devastated to find she’s gone. Desperate, Lauren hunts her down and manages to catch her just as she’s about to leave town. The reunion between mother and daughter is heartfelt, tentative, but ultimately a step in the right direction. However, when Lauren introduces Brad to his daughter, his response is more tempered. As the news spreads, Paige is forced to explain herself to a wary Matt and Terese, who, while both saying the right things, privately feel very different. Amber is urged by Bailey and Daniel to try to make a fresh start with Paige. But her wariness seems to be vindicated when Amber discovers Paige’s sketch book with all of the sketches of the Willis and Turner family members, along with the unflattering captions.
Beginning to feel the impact of Paige on their family’s lives, Lauren pleads with Brad to accept their daughter, giving Paige the support she needs to stay in Erinsborough. He finally agrees, but unbeknownst to both of them, after Matt shares his suspicions about Paige with Terese, they vow to exclude Paige from their lives.
Thursday 21st August
In the wake of Paige’s revelation, the Willis and Turner families are in turmoil. Lauren accepts Paige unconditionally, and even when the burn book surfaces with all its nasty contents, she focuses on the fact that her own sketching style is so similar to Paige’s – she’s just relieved to have finally found her daughter. But Brad is a little more reserved in his acceptance. Protective of his existing family, and wanting to appease Terese, he pushes for Paige to have a DNA test. Amber feels threatened by Paige, a feeling that’s made worse by her discovery of the burn book. She wants to show the book to her mum, but Bailey convinces her that now is not the best time. Later, when she sees Josh and Imogen having a ‘happy families’ moment with Paige, her feathers are ruffled and she reveals the book to them. Imogen is incensed, but makes it clear that although Amber is trying to use Paige to unite them, it’s never going to happen. They want nothing to do with her. Amber is hurt. She is even more upset when she sees Lauren and Paige together, laughing over the sketches in the book. Amber runs to Daniel and loudly wishes things could be more simple – like they are at Daniel’s place. And Daniel has the perfect solution – she should move in with him.
Chris is thrilled when Kyle asks him to be his best man. But things get complicated when Georgia too approaches him, asking him to be her bridesmate. Both Kyle and Georgia swear him to secrecy – neither wants the other to know about the request yet. Feeling as though he can’t disappoint either one, Chris is in a bind, but Lucy comes to his rescue, revealing the situation to Kyle and Georgia so they can sort it out. Kyle and Georgia bicker over who should get Chris, and as their argument builds steam, Chris puts aside his own reservations in the interests of peace, and assures them it’s fine – he can do both jobs. Lucy offers her help… and Chris gratefully accepts, their friendship off to a strong start.
Friday 22nd August
Following Daniel’s ‘let’s live together’ proposal, Amber reveals her doubts to Chris - just as Daniel celebrates the exciting news with Paul. It’s clear the couple are on different pages, but Paul keeps his concerns to himself. However, when Imogen learns Amber might be moving into the penthouse, she can’t help doling out some tough love to her former best friend. Knowing Imogen’s right, Amber reluctantly tells Daniel she doesn’t want to mess up their relationship by moving too fast. Disappointed, Daniel’s confused when Paul insists it’s probably for the best. Having learned Daniel has a history of being impulsive, Paul urges him to learn from past mistakes. But Daniel insists there is no such thing when it comes to love – and from the glimpse of his love tattoo (dedicated to an old girlfriend) we get the feeling he has a very interesting past…
Flat-chat with best man and brides-mate duties, Chris is taken aback when Lucy suggests that they also baby-sit Nell. But Lucy’s enthusiasm is infectious, and the pair end up having a ball playing with Nell and bonding over stories of heartbreak. Singing Chris’s praises to Sonya, Lucy presses her for more information about him and his family. The reason for her questioning is later revealed when Lucy asks Chris is he would like to be the father of her baby.
When Toadie learns Sheila is running a bet on who wrote ‘The Book Of Secrets’ he puts his knowledge to good use and places a bet on Karl. Annoyed when he learns Toadie stands to make a fortune, Karl coerces Susan into placing a counter-bet. However Susan’s bet on her husband makes Sheila suspicious, and when she uses Karl’s vanity against him, Karl traps himself and reveals his true identity as the mystery writer – losing his money and outing himself to boot.
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