Monday 2nd December
Kate takes Chris to the prison, urging him to see Hudson. But he refuses to get out of the car. She insists they’re not leaving until Chris faces Hudson, despite his fears that Hudson will continue pushing him away. Chris eventually agrees to confront him, but he’s shocked to learn Hudson didn’t lose interest—he was pushing him away because he loved him too much to watch him spend the next four years waiting for him. Unable to convince him to change his mind, Chris is forced to let Hudson go. He returns home, upset but stoic, and thanks Kate and Kyle for putting up with his recent behaviour. But as the others are hopeful of a return to normality, we see Chris is still struggling to close the door on Hudson.
Terese is shocked when Paul reveals he’s stepping back from Lassiters and wants her to take over as Director of Operations. Certain there’s a catch, she refuses to accept the job on the spot. But after acknowledging the agreement seems sound, excited Terese accepts and gets to work organising upgrades of the rooms—unaware Paul’s planning to start charging the public for using the Lassiters car park. Dismayed by the new development, Lauren convinces Sheila they should protest. But when Paul insists he no longer makes the decisions at Lassiters, Terese realises Paul’s trapped her into taking the blame for his new scheme.
Pleased to see Kyle and Georgia loved up, Sheila gives Georgia her tick of approval. But when she offers Kyle her old engagement ring in the hope he’ll propose, Kyle freaks out. There’s no way he’s ready to make that commitment yet. Sheila insists he just needs time to get used to the idea – but when Georgia almost finds the ring thanks to an over-excited Bossy, Kyle panics and gets Georgia out the door before she sees the ring. But with the family heirloom left forgotten on the floor, how long will it go undiscovered?
When Terese warns Rhiannon she’s got no hope of getting promoted without overhauling her communication skills, she enlists Susan to give her elocution lessons. When Sheila sees the new and improved Rhiannon, she’s not happy, still upset that Rhiannon ‘sold out’ to Paul. However, after talking things out, they’re finally on the same page.
Tueday 3rd December
Terese fumes as Paul plays man-of-the-people at the Erinsborough Hospital Fun Run, all the while maintaining she’s to blame for the new paid parking plan. Terese hopes at least her friends will be understanding, but when Lauren learns Terese now can’t afford to scrap the plan, she’s upset. Paul’s sincere act in front of the public continues, as he charmingly promotes Georgia’s charity single after the race, and Terese is convinced he has a bigger plan at work. Finally, Paul reveals what’s behind it all—he’s running for Mayor of Erinsborough.
Still feeling insecure after discovering Lauren’s sketch of Brad, Matt is ultra-competitive going into the fun run. Their argy-bargy makes Lauren uncomfortable. Determined to beat Brad, Matt pushes himself hard, eventually succumbing to a painful stitch. But a misunderstanding leads Lauren to believe he’s been much more seriously injured, and when he sees her panic when she thinks he’s in danger, Matt realises just how much he means to his wife, and they reconcile.
Sonya’s still concerned Josie’s trying too hard to change herself to impress Callum. Josie brushes off her concerns, but when Callum—who’s manning the drinks stand—barely notices her, Josie’s upset, and runs off without hydrating properly. She pushes herself far too hard in the race and collapses from dehydration, needing to be rushed to hospital.
Chris is trying to be stoic after his break-up with Hudson. He apologises to Brad for punching Josh, but it’s Karl who convinces him to fight for love. Chris abandons the fun run to visit Hudson again. Hudson remains determined to protect Chris by pushing him away, but Chris finally wears him down and they agree to try and make their relationship work.
Wednesday 4th December
People are reeling in the wake of Paul’s announcement that he’s running for Mayor. Terese is stung to realise she’s being made a scapegoat over the paid parking scheme, as Paul intends to abolish it if elected. Determined to find someone to run against Paul, Matt tries to talk Karl and Toadie into running, to no avail. But when Susan points out just how real the risk is that Paul will be elected virtually unopposed, Karl is forced to rethink the idea, and winds up being goaded by Paul into announcing he too will run for the mayorship.
As Ellen reacts with fear, anger and shock about Josie’s collapse, Callum blames himself. He wonders if he should try to bolster her confidence by taking her out or complimenting her, but Toadie warns against this. What she needs is for him to be her friend. Callum attempts to broach this with Josie, but she doesn’t want his pity. When she seems to be pulling away from him, Callum, in the heat of the moment, finds himself asking her to the school dance with him. Josie declines the offer however and urges him to pursue Imogen instead. But are Callum’s feeling for Josie beginning to change? Meanwhile, Sonya urges Imogen to talk to Josie about life not always being roses just because you are society’s idea of a perfect young woman, but Imogen reacts badly, out of fear that her bulimia will be revealed. Brad believes Imogen should use the chance to confront the issue but Imogen refuses. Brad therefore asks Sonya not to press Imogen about speaking to Josie, though he can’t reveal why. But Sonya’s interest has been piqued.
When Lauren sees Brad dancing with his wife and daughter, it makes her yearn to rekindle that kind of connection with Matt. But Matt’s not in the mood for dancing or celebrating; not when Paul is trying to become Mayor. Later, Lauren falls asleep and has a dream that she is dancing in the arms of a man whom we assume is Matt – until it’s revealed she is dreaming of Brad. What does this mean exactly?
Thursday 5th December
Rhiannon’s called in to work a shift at Lassiters at the last minute, and without anyone to look after Jackson, she decides to take him with her. Mason’s horrified and tries, unsuccessfully to get someone to babysit, which earns him a stern talking to from Matt about taking responsibility. Mason doesn’t appreciate his father’s lecture and accuses him of having a grudge against Rhiannon, simply because she wouldn’t go along with his plans to take down Paul Robinson. Rhiannon, meanwhile, is being watched like a hawk by her supervisor, Veronica, who witnesses Rhiannon taking money from an elderly guest, and who also catches Jackson hanging around the staff room. When her shift is over, Rhiannon heads to Mason’s place for a barbecue… Where she gets the surprise of her life when the Department of Human Services turn up on the doorstep, wanting to talk to her about Jackson.
Susan thinks Karl has lost his mind when he tells her about running for Mayor, and Karl begins to doubt his declaration, even though he’d really like someone to stick it to Paul Robinson. Karl’s buoyed by the support he gets from his colleagues. However, he can’t help but be annoyed that Susan won’t even entertain the notion of him running. Witnessing the tension, Rhiannon proceeds to give Susan a lecture about standing by your man. Susan later tells Karl that if he wants to run, she’s behind him all the way.
Sonya’s disappointed when Callum tells her that he invited Josie to the dance. She thought it was made clear he wasn’t to lead her on. Callum defends himself – he didn’t ask out of pity, it just felt right, in the moment. And now that Josie’s pushed him away, he can’t help but feel sad about it. Burying his feelings, he later offers to accompany Imogen to the dance, and she tries to let him down gently by offering to put him on her dance card. Callum asks Sonya what this means, but when he realises it’s a polite way to fob someone off, Callum isn’t as upset as what he thought he’d be. He’s horrified, however, to learn that Josie’s been cavorting with another character on Dragon Prophecies.
Friday 6th December
Distraught about the Department of Human Services showing up, Rhiannon takes her anger out on Matt, accusing him of causing this. He denies it. Jackson is worried it was his fault but Rhiannon reassures him. Mason confronts Matt but eventually believes he did not make the call. Rhiannon is less convinced, hurt by practically being accused of prostitution by Child Services. She explains how she received a huge tip from a guest after sneaking him cakes and pastries. It was seen by Veronica but Rhiannon doubts she made the call. They head to Lassiters and learn Veronica was indeed responsible. Rhiannon visits Matt to apologise. Neither holds back but Matt accepts Rhiannon only took Paul’s job offer in order to make a better life for Jackson. He still feels Mason is too young for a ready-made family but acknowledges how much she cares for her son. There is a reconciliation of sorts.
Taking Jackson to Harold’s to keep his spirits up; Mason is jokingly warned by Sonya that all children are human hurricanes. Jackson admits he wasn’t worried because Mason is here – he’s like his new dad. Mason is perturbed by Jackson’s level of investment. When Jackson gives Mason attitude at bedtime, Mason flounders and Karl is forced to step in and be the ‘parent’. Karl explains that parenthood is often hard work and unrewarding. And confronted by the thought, Mason realises he is out of his depth and isn’t sure it’s what he really wants.
Sheila unsubtly wonders if Kyle’s thought about proposing to Georgia yet? Kyle hasn’t but is alarmed to realise he‘s lost Sheila’s ring. Alone, Kate finds the ring but it gets stuck when she tries it on. Embarrassed, she keeps it to herself. Bossy finds the ring box but there’s no ring inside – Kyle suspects she swallowed it. He searches outside, causing Sheila to grow suspicious. After feeding Bossy steak and walking her without luck, Kyle admits the truth to Sheila. Kate overhears and comes clean. She admired it and tried it on, but didn’t know it was so precious. When Sheila admits the ring was her engagement ring and given to Kyle for safe-keeping, both Kyle and Kate are uncomfortable.
Still troubled by a lack of sleep because of Nell’s teething, Sonya updates her blog. She gets a response and IM’s Sleepless-in-erins, who is looking for advice. Sonya connects with the person but is concerned to learn Sleepless has no partner or support network of any kind. Sleepless agrees to stay in touch.
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