Tuesday 21st October
As Matt withdraws further and further, Lauren is growing increasingly frustrated. And when she finds a hotel room card from Lassiters in his jacket pocket, Lauren suspects that Matt has been lying to her about where he was the night before. Lauren confronts Matt and he admits that he was propositioned at the wedding reception. However, he didn’t go there, because his wedding vows mean something. Matt is clearly unable to forgive Lauren, and she’s gutted. She turns to Brad for advice, but he’s having his own marital issues, and doesn’t feel comfortable helping Lauren with hers. But he strongly suggests she should sort things out sooner rather than later. Coming to a decision, Lauren gives Matt an ultimatum – they either fix their marriage or they walk away, what’s it going to be…?
Frustrated with Daniel’s lackadaisical attitude towards the manager’s position at the bar, Paul gives him a hard time, pushing his nephew to the limits of his patience. Pointing out that he was happier when he was a bellboy, Daniel quits the position. Concerned that losing Daniel is going to affect her illegal activities, Dakota turns on her womanly wiles, manipulating a smitten Paul into asking Daniel back. Paul tells Daniel that if he agrees to take his job back, Paul will agree to take a more hands off approach, and much to Dakota’s relief, Daniel returns to work as the manager of the bar. Later, when Daniel is unloading a pallet of coffee beans, Dakota offers to give him a hand. When she secretly checks the contents of one of the boxes, it’s clear that something very illegal is going on. What is Dakota’s deal?
It’s the morning after their wedding and a blissfully happy Georgia and Kyle wake up for the first time as husband and wife. The only problem is, they partied so hard the night before, they fell asleep without consummating their wedding vows! But as the newlyweds have fun, dressing up in their wedding night lingerie, they are interrupted by the arrival of Sheila, who insists they invited her over for brunch the night before - they were just too drunk to remember. Sheila’s keen to open presents and keep the party going, so when Bailey arrives with the wedding photos on his laptop, she’s ecstatic, settling in for the long haul. Kyle is forced to ask for Bailey’s help to get rid of Sheila, and coming up with an ingenious excuse, Bailey convinces Sheila to come away with him, leaving the newlyweds alone to finally consummate their vows.
Wednesday 22nd October
Joshua, wracked with guilt over what he did to Chris, is still looking for ways to help with his recovery. After dropping off an anonymous care package to the share house, Josh hears how swamped Brennan is at the garage and secretly goes there to help. He plans to donate as much money as possible to Chris’s fund; however he’s thwarted when he’s let go by Dingoes. They claim it’s because he failed to meet membership targets, but Josh is very much aware it’s because of the coward punch. An incensed Terese wants them to contest his dismissal, but Josh refuses - he hurt Chris and he needs to wear the repercussions.
The more Paul and Dakota work together, the more he falls under her spell. He hasn’t felt this way in a long time and he likes it. There’s only one issue… whenever Paul is around Dakota, it seems Mark Brennan is not far away. When Paul discovers Brennan might have a ‘small crush’ on her, he’s quick to take action, going straight to Paige to plant the seed that her boyfriend has been hitting on Dakota. Paul’s pleased with himself, but it does little to quell Dakota’s fire for Brennan. After an afternoon walk and some healthy flirting, she takes charge and kisses him.
Paige and Brennan’s relationship is going well – better than well. When Daniel asks her about it, he’s quick to point out she looks like a woman in love. Paige tries to downplay, but she can’t deny how happy she is – Daniel is right – she’s in love. When Paul bustles up to her to comment that Brennan has been making moves on Dakota, she doesn’t know what to make of it until… she sees them kiss on the other side of the lake. Paige doesn’t see that Dakota is the one who initiated the kiss, all she sees is the man she loves with another woman – and she’s devastated.
Aware Mal’s struggling with the idea of being a father, Toadie and Sonya step in to give him some experience, by babysitting Nell. But the experience doesn’t quite have the desired effect. When Mal struggles to settle Nell, he resorts to breaking Sonya and Toadie’s ‘digital detox’, and their annoyance leaves him feeling like a failure.
Thursday 22nd October
Paige is devastated after seeing Brennan kissing Dakota. Confiding in Brad and Lauren, Paige reveals her vulnerability – she must have screwed up somehow, otherwise why would he cheat on her? Surprised that Brennan would do something like this, Brad and Lauren are convinced there’s been a misunderstanding, and urge her to speak to him. But Paige is reluctant, worried he’ll break up with her if she does. Meanwhile, Brennan is on the tail end of his ‘date’ with Dakota, when she reveals she’s got a meeting with some suppliers. Quick to jump on this, Brennan puts a call in with the AFP, not realising his investigation of Dakota is affecting his relationship. It’s not until Brad leaves him with a cryptic ‘dad warning’ – telling him to treat Paige well – that Brennan refocuses his attention on his girlfriend. He goes to her, and asks if everything is okay between them. It’s an opportunity for Paige to open up… but she can’t. Instead, she decides to take matters into her own hands – it seems her issue isn’t with Brennan anymore, it’s with skanky Dakota. And she’s going to do something about it...
Chris is home from hospital, and he’s thrilled. In contrast, Nate is privately unsure as to how he’s going to care for his sick boyfriend. His anxiety is further exacerbated as the symptoms of Chris’s brain injury cause tension – he’s vague, forgetful and his mood fluctuates like crazy. It’s a roller-coaster for Nate. Meanwhile Josh sees Chris coming home, and can’t stop the urge to try and help. Tensions flare when Chris learns Nate almost beat up Josh the other day, and Josh is left overwhelmed by guilt and shame at just how unwell Chris is. After Nate opens up to Chris, the couple make steps forward, but when Chris’s mood turns on a dime once again, it all becomes too much for Nate. He starts to experience a panic attack. Karl’s concerned Nate is not up to the task of caring for Chris, but Nate insists he’s determined to look after Chris, no matter what.
Mal’s feeling rotten after his disastrous play date with Nell, and nothing will comfort him – he’s just not cut out to be a dad. Sonya and Toadie suggest another play date with Nell and Mal manages to make more progress than he did before. Toadie and Sonya give him some valuable advice – life with kids is life is about learning on the job. It’s a bumpy ride but it’s totally worth it. Mal couldn’t agree more. He leaves Ramsay Street, ready at last to be a father.
Friday 23rd October
Paul is furious about Paige’s destruction of Dakota’s laptop, even as he guiltily reveals his involvement to Daniel, explaining he told Paige about Brennan and Dakota out of jealousy. Meanwhile, Brennan is increasingly frustrated as the undercover work continues to impact his personal life – especially when he discovers Paige and Dakota’s clash. But Greta urges him not to pull out, and sets him a final task – discovering the time and place of an illegal shipment that Dakota is due to receive. Brennan plays along and navigates a flirtatious rendezvous in Dakota’s hotel room to find the information he needs. Ever cautious, canny Dakota ensures that Daniel is there to receive the goods in her place, unaware that the police are about to spring their trap.
Paige struggles in the aftermath of her clash with Dakota. Lauren and Brad remain uncertain how to parent her, and Matt and Terese continue to find the new family unit confronting. Following Lauren’s advice, Paige tells Brennan what she saw but is frustrated when Brennan refuses to confide in her. Her relationship is crumbling and she feels out of control. Eventually she finds comfort in spending time with Lauren and Brad, but they too are walking a fine line with their partners…
Lou’s eager for a date with Alice’s Gran, and hits up Bailey for some research. Bailey’s uncomfortable with the idea of his and Alice’s grandparents dating, but Lou’s a man – with a man’s needs…
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