- Chris tells Nate about Lucy's proposal to have a baby with her, and that she's back in town soon
- Paul tells Naomi that he needs an event manager for the festival, but that it won't be her
- Sheila tells Naomi that Paul's birthday might be a good opportunity to win him round
- Amidst a row about Amber, Josh tells Daniel that Imogen's in love with him
Imogen is enthusing to Daniel about how well the speaking event went tonight, until ‘the aggro'. Daniel is less enthusiastic, and confronts Imogen with Josh's claim.
DANIEL: Are you in love with me?
IMOGEN: What? No!
DANIEL: If it's not true, why would he say it?
IMOGEN: I don't know. I have no idea!
Daniel has to go and serve customers, leaving Imogen to stew.
Naomi is drinking at the bar with Mark, when Paul comes in. She rushes over to speak to him, offering to buy him a birthday drink. Paul says his birthday's not till tomorrow.
NAOMI: How young are you turning, anyway? Thirty- two?
They both laugh falsely, as Mark rolls his eyes.
PAUL: You know, if you think you can get what you want by using my birthday to suck up to me, you can think again. But thanks for the scotch.
Paul walks off, and Mark tells Naomi he hopes she has a Plan B.
Imogen insists to Daniel that Josh must have been stirring.
IMOGEN: Daniel, if I was in love with you, why would I hang out here every day when I know you're already taken, by my best friend, no less? Come on, I'm not a masochist.
DANIEL: Well you did kiss me.
But Imogen insists she was only upset – it didn't mean anything. She also invents a story that Josh wants Daniel and Imogen to get together, so he can be free to go after Amber.
DANIEL: Oh, that is screwed up.
IMOGEN: Yeah, I know. Exactly. He's desperate – he's clearly clutching at straws.
She insists again that there's no truth to what Josh said.
IMOGEN: Which is why I'd really appreciate it if you didn't tell Amber about any of this.
DANIEL: If it's not true, then why would I?
IMOGEN: Of course. Now can we please just go back to normal? Because I really value your friendship, and some days I don't even know what I'd do without you… but I don't love you. Not in that way.
DANIEL: Phew! ‘Cause if you did, that would be really weird!
IMOGEN: I know, right? Ew!
Mark is trying to tempt Naomi into teaming up with him for more vehicle refurbs, but Naomi still has her business eye on Paul. She sets up a bet with Mark – if she can't change Paul's mind about employing her for the festival, she'll clean Mark's car for a month. But if she succeeds, Mark has to serve her French champagne in the spa. They shake on it.
Susan comes in, and Naomi immediately starts buttering her up for advice, saying she needs to buy a present for a man who has pretty much everything…
Naomi is asking Amber for advice about Paul's likes and dislikes! Amber is weirded out, and eager to get back to serving her customers. She gives Chris and Nate a coffee on the house, because she wants to ‘do something nice for the two people I know that are actually in a functional relationship.'
Just then, dramatic irony strikes, in the form of Lucy Robinson, who has just arrived back in town! Chris hugs Lucy, then initiates an awkward introduction between Lucy and Nate – before sitting down to catch up on the gossip.
Imogen storms in and starts shouting at Josh for telling Daniel she's in love with him. She accuses him of doing it to serve his own purposes, but he insists it just slipped out – although he does admit it might be a good thing that Daniel knows, as now he might come round to the idea. But Imogen tells Josh that Daniel was relieved when she told him it wasn't true. Imogen tells Josh to forget about Amber; he and Imogen both need to move on.
IMOGEN: And don't you dare think about telling Amber how I feel about Daniel.
Nate listens as Lucy tells Chris heartwarming baby stories from her flight from New York. When she sees Nate looking at her oddly, she admits she's baby- obsessed at the moment. The topic of Lucy and Chris having a baby together quickly rears its head – if Chris decides to go ahead, the baby will live in New York with Lucy, but he can visit whenever he wants. But Nate seems keen to cut the conversation short, suggesting Lucy must be exhausted after her flight. Sensing Nate's uncomfortable, Lucy goes to get some sleep – promising to call Chris in the morning.
CHRIS: Sorry. I realise we haven't spoken about the baby thing in a while.
NATE: No, it's fine.
CHRIS: Do you want to talk about it now?
NATE: My position hasn't changed. Whatever you want is okay by me.
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Lucy arrives with champagne, and wishes Paul a happy birthday for tomorrow. She asks where Daniel is, and Paul explains they've had a bit of a fall- out, so he's sleeping in Off Air – but that Daniel is coming to his birthday brunch tomorrow. He's about to pour Lucy a glass of champagne when she tells him she's not drinking, because she's hoping to have a baby soon with Chris.
PAUL: You're not still seriously considering that, are you?
She says she is, but has a back- up plan in case it doesn't happen. Lucy asks Paul about Nate and Chris's relationship, and whether it's serious.
PAUL: That's a question you're gonna have to ask Freckles.
The next morning, Naomi is on the phone to Terese, asking her to tell her everything she can about Paul!
As she walks by, Josh comes down the drive of No 22 with a bunch of flowers. However, he's annoyed to see Daniel heading towards No 32 with his own bunch! Daniel gives Josh a talking- to for making up stories about Imogen being in love with him. Before they can discuss it further, Amber interrupts, asking what they are talking about. Josh says he was apologising to Daniel for telling him something that wasn't true. They then both try to hand their bunches of flowers to Amber, and apologise to her as well for their row last night.
AMBER: I don't want flowers from either of you.
She says she shouldn't have gone to the event at Off Air – she still needs space and shouldn't have implied otherwise.
JOSH: Maybe I should come back a little later on.
DANIEL: Maybe you should stay away from my fiancée.
JOSH: Ex- fiancée.
AMBER: Guys – stop! You both need to leave. I don't want to hurt anyone, but you both have to respect that I need some time alone.
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Paul gets up to find a present on the coffee table, which he opens. It's an ‘Adventures of Tintin' comic book – ‘Explorers on the Moon' – which he loved when he was young. He assumes it's from Lucy, but when she comes out of her room she denies this, giving Paul her own present. He wonders where the comic book came from…
In the back yard, Chris reveals to Georgia that he's planning to tell Lucy he'll go ahead and have a baby with her – after his accident (which one?!) he realised life's too short to put things off. Georgia asks how Nate feels about it.
Susan is asking Nate the same question. Nate says it's about what Chris wants, not him, but Susan reminds him it will affect him if they remain a couple. Nate admits he's not interested in being a dad himself.
Chris tells Georgia that he thinks Nate's on- board – he said he'd support him no matter what.
Nate admits to Susan that he gets on with kids, but feels like he has a hard enough time managing his own life, never mind being responsible for someone else's.
Georgia reminds Chris that Nate's PTSD therapy will take a while, but Chris says they won't be doing any parenting on a daily basis.
Nate admits that even the idea of a child in New York is ‘overwhelming, and crazy, and just not where I'm at'. But at the same time he doesn't want to disappoint Chris or force him to make a decision he'll regret later. Susan encourages Nate to be honest to Chris, but says that ultimately he has to make his own decision.
Daniel is having brunch with Paul and Lucy. Paul shows him the Tintin book, now assuming it's from Daniel, but he also denies it.
LUCY: Looks like you've got a secret admirer.
A barman, Marco, brings a cake over with a sparkler in it for Paul – it's lumberjack cake, another of Paul's favourites. He thanks Daniel and Lucy, but again they tell him they're not responsible.
Imogen has arrived, and Daniel goes to talk to her. He explains that Josh admitted that what he said about Imogen being in love with Daniel wasn't true, but that he nonetheless thinks he and Imogen should maintain their distance for now. Daniel's worried that Josh might try to use Imogen to come between him and Daniel again, so suggests Imogen doesn't hang out at Off Air for a while.
IMOGEN: So you're firing me from a job that you don't even pay me for?
DANIEL: I'm sorry. It's just… getting Amber back is all that matters to me right now.
Imogen walks off, upset.
Imogen walks towards her house. She sees Amber, but doesn't stop to talk – however, Amber sees her and stops her. Amber's surprised to learn that Daniel hasn't told Imogen about his altercation with Josh at Amber's house earlier, since she thought Imogen would be ‘the first person he'd run to'. Amber relates the full story of what happened, and asks for Imogen's advice on how to handle the boys, saying she doesn't want to hurt either of them.
IMOGEN: That's kind of inevitable, isn't it? One of them is bound to end up the loser in this.
AMBER: Yeah. I know. It's just such a mess.
IMOGEN: Because it must suck having two guys in love with you. Look, Amber, I'm your friend, okay, and I want to be here for you. But I really don't want to hear how hard it is to be you.
Imogen heads off inside, leaving Amber concerned.
Paul is still enjoying his birthday cake, and Lucy's about to tell Daniel about her plan to have a baby with Chris, when they're interrupted by a video playing on the flatscreen on the wall – it's Ian Moss singing ‘Bow River', one of Paul's favourite songs.
PAUL: Alright, who organised this?
NAOMI (appearing from nowhere with a microphone): This one goes out to somebody very special. Happy birthday, Paul Robinson. Yeah!
Naomi reveals that the book, cake and song were all her doing – proof, she explains, that she can be very resourceful, especially on a budget. She goes into a full- on sales pitch in an attempt to get Paul to put her in charge of the Erinsborough Festival.
NAOMI: Are you sufficiently dazzled?
PAUL: Yes, I am.
She makes him say ‘you're hired' through the microphone!
Naomi and Georgia are relaxing in the spa, as Mark serves Naomi cold champagne as per the terms of their bet! Once Mark's gone, Georgia opines that he and Naomi obviously have chemistry.
NAOMI: Chemistry? With Jeeves? Are you joking? He's just the help.
Georgia is unconvinced at Naomi's denials.
Amber comes to find Imogen in the back garden, to patch things up with her friend. She's guessed that the reason Imogen reacted how she did is because she's looking out for her brother's interests. Imogen doesn't correct her, but apologises for the way she spoke to Amber.
IMOGEN: It's not just the Josh thing. Sometimes it's pretty hard being single. I just keep wondering, ‘What's wrong with me? Why can't anyone love me?'
AMBER: There is nothing wrong with you. You are like the smartest, hottest, most awesome girl I know.
IMOGEN: You have to say that. You're my friend.
AMBER: Best friend. And if I didn't have you in my life, I don't know what I'd do.
Amber says she wants to be more confident and independent like Imogen, and not so hung up on guys. At that moment, both of their phones beep – they've both been offered places at Eden Hills University! They hug, and make a pact – ‘no more annoying boys' – and agree that this year will be about having fun. Amber hugs Imogen again, but Imogen looks worried.
Chris meets Nate outside Harold's, saying he wanted to speak to him before he met up with Lucy. He again asks if Nate's okay with him and Lucy having a baby.
NATE: It's your decision.
CHRIS: Actually, it's our decision.
Nate says he's happy with their relationship, and doesn't want to stop Chris doing something that's important to him. Nate maintains he'll support Chris in whatever he decides, but that having a baby isn't something he can see in his own future.
NATE: It's just not where I'm at.
CHRIS: Do you mean, not where you're at now, or ever?
NATE: I don't want a baby full stop.
- Lucy presses Chris to say whether or not he'll have a baby with her
- Sonya tells Erin that Cat wants to set up another meeting with her
- Toadie watches as a girl on a bike turns up on Ramsay Street
- Bailey accuses Paige of never having had to worry about money, as her adoptive parents are rich
- Lauren worries whether buying No 32 will encourage the kids to blow all their money
- Bailey tells Lauren and Matt that the sale is off, while Amber and Paige look worried