- Harold is being visited by his late wife Madge
- Madge tells Harold they need to convince Daniel that his marriage to Amber is a mistake
- Nick continues his shameless plan to bed Georgia for a bet with Paul
- Dimato tries to intimidate Tyler into continuing to do his evil bidding
- Imogen tells Naomi that she's going to be really happy for Daniel and Amber when they marry
- Naomi learns that Paul is trying to sabotage the wedding by ensuring Amber's not there on time
Tyler is sitting with Naomi and Mark outside Harold's Store, telling them how he's just decided to be friends with Paige. But both of them seem completely distracted.
TYLER: And I'm going to shave my hair and become a monk. What do you guys think?
NAOMI: That's great.
MARK: Yeah, cool.
When Tyler challenges them, Naomi and Mark admit they're distracted thinking about ‘Paul Robinson' and ‘work stuff' respectively. They each go off to sort out their problems, leaving Tyler to pay the bill!
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Naomi confronts Paul, telling him that what he's doing is wrong.
PAUL: If you're referring to Nina Tucker, I'm not misleading the sponsors. I am trying to find another act.
NAOMI: No, I am talking about you pulling strings to leave Amber stranded on a remote island the day of her wedding.
Mildly annoyed that she's snooped at his text messages, Paul tells Naomi to butt out. He claims he's saving Daniel from a marriage he'll live to regret.
NAOMI: And how's Amber gonna feel?
PAUL: Oh, she'll probably be grateful in the long run!
Paul reminds Naomi of her own history of breaking up couples, but she tells him she was completely out of line by interfering in Sonya and Toadie's marriage – saying she sees that they're perfect together now. When Paul asks Naomi directly whether she thinks Daniel and Amber should be marrying, she initially evades the question – before grudgingly admitting not. Paul therefore tells her his actions are justified, and that they need to get back to work organising the closing concert.
Harold is picking up the newspaper, while Madge observes.
MADGE: Banned from your own grandson's wedding – that's quite an achievement.
HAROLD: Ah. Now – you made me criticise Amber, you can't go backpedalling now.
Sheila approaches, and sees Harold talking to thin air. Rather than being surprised, Sheila tells him his secret's safe with her. Despite Harold's clumsy attempts to make out he was on the phone, Sheila says she talks to herself all the time.
SHEILA: I think that means that we need someone real to talk to.
MADGE: She's asking you out on a date.
HAROLD: Are you?
SHEILA: Am I what?
HAROLD: Asking me to, erm…
SHEILA: Oh! To lunch or something?
Harold hesitates, before saying he's busy today, and tomorrow. Sheila tells Harold to let him know when she's free.
MADGE: You should have said yes!
HAROLD: We are not compatible.
Madge says Harold should give Sheila a chance, but he says nobody even comes close to comparing to Madge.
MADGE: But unless you move on, you're going to be lonely for the rest of your life.
HAROLD: I'm not lonely! I have you now!
MADGE: Haha, if I'm back from the dead, Harold Bishop, you're twenty- one!
HAROLD: I can see you as clear as day. Now, what shall we do this afternoon?
MADGE: Unless you call her, I am not saying another word.
HAROLD: Perhaps a nice walk around the lake, eh?
HAROLD: Oh, alright, I'll call her. But only if you come too.
Nick finds Georgia reading a magazine. She's visibly pleased to see him, and pleasantly surprised when he invites her to attend an oncology conference in Hobart with him. He flatters her by telling her she could be a prime candidate for promotion within his cancer research centre – but on learning the conference is this weekend, Georgia tells him she has plans with Kyle, as they haven't seen much of one another lately.
NICK: You've got talent, and you've got the commitment, Georgia. You're good – you know it. There's no room for false modesty in this game.
GEORGIA: Can I think about it?
Nick says she can, adding that if she can't make it he can always ask the surgical CNS, Sandra (presumably Sandra Kriptic, who raised concerns about Dr Girdwood's operation on Georgia herself). Georgia thanks him for the offer, and looks pleased with herself as he leaves.
Tyler is eating a burger outside The Waterhole, when Dimato turns up and starts stealing his chips! Dimato says Mark's been making enquiries about him, and asks Tyler if he knows about it. Tyler insists he doesn't, and says he has to go – but Dimato wants Tyler to spy on Mark and see what he's up to.
TYLER: I'm not snooping on my own brother. He'll get sus anyway.
DIMATO: Not my problem. You see, I'm cashing in on that favour you owe me.
He flings a half- eaten chip back at Tyler's plate, and tells him to enjoy his burger, before leaving.
Sheila turns up to meet Harold for their date, and they start by paying each other awkward sartorial compliments, before choosing a table.
SHEILA: This one looks good – nice and cosy.
HAROLD: What, only two chairs?
SHEILA: Are you expecting someone else?
HAROLD: Well, no. But you never know when you might need another one.
Harold picks out a three- chaired table and helps Sheila to her seat. Sheila makes a point of saying she doesn't come on dates often, but made an exception for Harold. He replies that that's ‘nice', and stares awkwardly around the room.
SHEILA: Are you sure you're not expecting someone else?
Harold dodges the question and apologises, as Sheila starts wondering whether they should have gone to The Waterhole for some hay- smoked tomatoes, quinoa and buffalo curd.
HAROLD: My late second wife, Madge, used to say food should be about nutrition, not fashion. So give me a good old- fashioned garden salad any day, eh?
They both look awkward, and Harold looks dolefully at the third, empty chair.
Kyle is busy stuffing his face, while Georgia chides him mildly, saying they were supposed to be having some quality time together. She tells Kyle about the conference at the weekend, and suggests Kyle come with her to Hobart for a break – but he's swamped with work, so can't. He adds that his mum, Sharon, is coming over to see them.
Georgia tells Kyle that according to Nick, the conference could be the start of a major new career path for her in the new cancer research centre.
GEORGIA: It's pretty amazing – someone as accomplished as him thinks that I might have some potential.
KYLE: Some potential? Babe, you're full of it. I could have told you that.
Kyle insists he can't go to Hobart, despite Georgia's pleading. But he suggests she should go without him, while she has the chance. He rushes off, telling her he loves her.
Harold and Sheila are sitting in awkward silence, as Harold stares around, obviously looking for Madge. To get conversation moving, Sheila asks Harold what his favourite holiday spot has been on his travels.
HAROLD: Oh dear. So many to choose from. My granddaughter Sky's living up at Port Douglas at the moment...
SHEILA: Oh, lovely.
HAROLD: Yes. Where's your family?
Harold tries to escape to check on their food orders, but Sheila tells it to him straight – saying it's clear he doesn't really want to be here. He apologises, saying it's nothing to do with her – he's just not used to dating, and isn't sure if he's ready to move on. Sheila assumes he means from Carolyn.
SHEILA: I completely understand. Because whenever I meet somebody new, I can't help thinking about my late husband.
SHEILA: Mm. He's been gone a long time now, but I can still feel him around me. Sounds crazy, doesn't it?
HAROLD: No, it does not! No! You see, it's my second wife, Madge, that I feel closest too. Ah – sometimes I can feel her presence and it is so real. Just sitting there, while she's yelling at me with that beautiful foggy voice of hers.
SHEILA: Oh, she sounds wonderful.
HAROLD: Oh, she is, yes. Mind you, she can be quite a pain sometimes too!
Harold and Sheila both laugh.
Mark moans to Tyler about his bosses not wanting to put resources into a case he's working on. Tyler asks if it's the Dimato case, and Mark admits it is – adding that he's going to pursue it alone anyway, as he ‘can't watch him corrupt one more person'. Mark tells a concerned- looking Tyler not to worry about him; he can handle Dimato. But Tyler looks even more worried than ever.
Harold is telling Sheila about Lou's former career as a flight attendant, and she promises never to let him live it down! They seem to be getting on much better now, as Harold asks what brought Sheila to Erinsborough. She admits she missed her grandson Kyle, who she ‘practically raised'. Harold remarks that Kyle's a very nice fellow, but Sheila says he wasn't always so well- behaved.
HAROLD: Sky had her rebel phase, too. Well, she had quite a few, actually.
SHEILA: But she's settled down now?
HAROLD: Yes. Two young ones to keep her busy, and another on the way.
Sheila adds that she hopes Kyle and Georgia will be having kids of their own soon, and says she's really enjoying Harold's company. Harold admits he's enjoying it too. She puts her hand on his, but he pulls away suddenly, claiming to have to be somewhere. He goes to pay the bill, leaving Sheila looking disappointed.
Georgia apologetically tells Nick that while she'd like to go to the conference, she doesn't feel she could, without feeling terrible about leaving Kyle at home – particularly with Sharon coming to stay.
NICK: You spend a lot of time feeling guilty and apologising, don't you?
GEORGIA: No! Do I? Oh, maybe I do, yes.
NICK: It's okay. It was an invitation, not a command.
GEORGIA: Yeah, I know. And I really appreciate you thinking about me. It actually gave me a bit of a confidence boost.
Nick admits he had an ulterior motive – many of the people at the conference will be funding or working at the research centre, and he's not a people- person, whereas he's seen that Georgia very much is.
NICK: You've got a warmth and energy. People love that. You just – you can't fake it.
GEORGIA: Really? Wow!
NICK: I know you would've been great. But there'll be other conferences.
Georgia admits she's starting to regret not going. Nick tells her she could go far – she just needs to take that first step. Reasoning that Kyle did encourage her to go, Georgia tells Nick she's changed her mind, and that she'll go with him to Hobart.
Dimato approaches Tyler, and asks him what he found out about Mark's investigation. Tyler admits that Mark said the station wasn't making Dimato's case a priority.
DIMATO: I want you to search his house. Poke around in his things. Dig deeper.
TYLER: No. I did what you asked. We're even.
DIMATO: We're even when I say we are.
TYLER: I'll pay you back some other way. A way that doesn't involve Mark.
DIMATO: You know, I can make life very difficult for you, Tyler.
TYLER: What, you're gonna call your boys to sort me out?
DIMATO (shouting): You need Dennis Dimato as a friend, not an enemy. And as a friend, I'm suggesting you start towing the line. Fast.
Tyler looks worried as Dimato walks away.
Harold and Madge are in deckchairs outside No 30, as he asks why she abandoned him earlier on his date with Sheila. Madge says Harold did fine without him, and tries to get him to admit that he enjoyed himself.
HAROLD: But then I walked out on that poor woman, making her think that she'd done something terrible.
MADGE: Did she?
Madge laughs, but Harold is feeling guilty for leaving Sheila – and Madge apologises for forcing him into it when he wasn't ready.
HAROLD: Oh, Madge. I'm just gonna have to get used to the fact that you're my one true love – then, now, and forever.
MADGE: Oh, Harold.
HAROLD: I mean, just look at you. You're so beautiful.
MADGE: Ah, it's make- up, love.
HAROLD: Madge! How could I possibly look at anyone else?
MADGE: You've got to keep moving forward.
HAROLD: Can I do that and still be single?
MADGE: Tell you what. I will find something else to occupy you.
HAROLD: Oh, good! Err, just a minute – what might that be?
MADGE: I dunno. But we will find out together.
Harold smiles fondly, and we cut away to him sitting alone, next to the other, empty, deckchair.
Paul walks past the ‘turn off all mobile phones' sign, yammering away on his mobile phone to a very old acquaintance.
PAUL: Hey, you just popped into my head, and I thought ‘I'm just gonna get in touch'… Yeah, absolutely… Well I think that you could give Daniel a whole new perspective on the wedding… Mm. Alright. Alright, look forward to catching up with you… Yeah, it's been a very, very long time. Alright, mate. See you soon. Bye.
As Paul finishes his call, Nick appears; he's just looked around the building for the cancer research centre, and says it's perfect – now he just needs the council to say yes. Paul insists it'll happen. Nick goes on to boast that Georgia's agreed to come away with him this weekend.
PAUL: Get out! How did you manage that?
NICK: She loves being told how great she is, and how far she's gonna go.
PAUL: Yeah, unlike you (!)
NICK: Haha. A little bit of charm, a little bit of ego boosting. Georgia'll be in my bed this weekend.
PAUL: Yeah (!)
NICK: Never bet against Nick Petrides.
Nick walks off, chuckling, and Paul follows. Then we see Georgia emerge from around the corner, apparently having overheard their entire conversation! She looks heartbroken.
- Matt sees Brad comforting Lauren, resulting in a row about her telling Brad of Matt's criminality
- Georgia tells Nick he's disgusting, and Kyle vows to punch his lights out
- Lou is pleasantly surprised to learn that his stepdaughter Nina Tucker is back in town
- Harold and Madge look at their old home
- What looks like a wedding car pulls up, while a besuited Paul looks annoyed
- Imogen running away from her car
- An ominous shot moving downwards into an open storm drain