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Magic Moments > 2014 > Libby and Ben's Return Episode 6903

Written by Jutta Goetze, Directed by Gary Conway, Produced by Jason Herbison

Channel Eleven: 11/06/14, Five: 25/06/14

Lou guesses something happened between Lauren and Brad in Adelaide; she admits they kissed... As the police find Cleary’s den, Sonya encourages Brennan to concentrate on ensuring he’s caught... At Kate’s grave, Paul finds a box of ashes with a Lassiter’s card in it – and someone’s watching...

At the Waterhole, Paul is at the bar with a whisky, looking pensive, when Terese comes in, handing out photos of Victor Cleary to the staff and warning them not to approach him but to call the police if they see him. Paul asks Terese when she started moonlighting for Erinsborough Police - she claims that Matt asked her to do it, suggesting that it would be a good idea to circulate a photo of him and to warn the local businesses. However, Paul isn’t happy, he tells Terese that it will put everyone on edge. Terese comments that Matt is just being cautious; Paul disagrees and says that someone will end up trying to be a hero by doing something stupid. Terese softens and mentions to Paul that the whole situation must be painful. Paul stops Terese and tells her to let the police do their own job.

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In the Turners' back garden, Lauren tries to explain to Lou about her kiss with Brad. She explains that she was in a lot of pain and regret over their daughter and having reached another dead end in looking for her, Brad comforted her, made her feel better and it happened from there. Lauren insists that Brad is only a friend, she loves Matt and hates what she did, but knows he’ll be devastated if she tells him. On the other hand, Lauren feels she ought to be honest. Lauren says to Lou “Dad, I don’t know what to do?” Lou says that he can't tell Lauren what to do, adding that neither outcome is ideal, but the decision is ultimately Lauren’s to make.

Out on Ramsay Street, a car pulls up outside number 28. We can see a familiar woman in sunglasses in the driving seat. Inside number 28, Karl, Susan and Holly are preparing for their guests. Karl tells Susan that he can’t believe she didn’t tell him earlier. Susan comments that she didn’t want to get his hopes up until it was confirmed. Back outside, the woman gets out of the car - it's Libby Kennedy with now teenage son Ben - Libby smiles, surveying Ramsay Street. Inside, Karl is running around panicking, looking for clean sheets. Susan tells Karl that they are in the linen cupboard where they’ve always been. Outside on Ramsay Street, Ben removes an electric guitar from the car boot, and he and Libby head towards the house.

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Inside number 28, Susan and Holly are teasing Karl for trying to make everything perfect for Libby’s arrival. Susan says to Karl “They have met us before, Karl – there’s no need to roll out a red carpet!” Karl explains that he wants Libby and Ben to feel at home. Susan reminds Karl that they use to live here and she doesn’t think that it’s going to be a problem. Libby and Ben come through the door, and there are hugs and kisses aplenty. We learn from Ben’s conversation with Karl that he is still 'writing lines', but Ben tells Karl that he’s recently taken up the guitar too. Libby says to Susan “The house looks great. It’s different but exactly the same!” “Well, home never really changes, does it?” is Susan’s reply. Libby tells Holly that she has grown so much since the last time she had seen her in London. Karl goes off to make up the guest rooms, clearly thrilled to have Libby back. Susan hugs Libby, Ben looks a little less happy.

At the Waterhole, Terese has been filling in Daniel, who has been surfing out at Port Fairy, on the developments with Victor Cleary. Imogen is there too, and asks how Mark is taking it; Terese tells her that Mark's angry with Paul, but Sonya managed to calm him down. Terese tells Daniel that Paul could have used some company over the last few days and suggests that Daniel lets Paul know next time he goes away, as he'll need some support over the next few weeks. Daniel agrees.

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Back at number 28, the Kennedy family continues to catch up. Holly wishes she was staying longer, but Libby promises they’ll come and see her in London again soon. We learn that Libby is Susan’s temporary assistant principal and will be back working at Erinsborough High for a while. Karl asks Ben if he is ok attending the school, and Ben seems to be fine with it. Libby says that she can’t wait to be busy again as she has been at a loose end since her last school closed down. Karl is very intrigued when he hears this.

Georgia and Kyle have stopped off for ‘fuel’ at Harold’s, but then Kyle gets a text from a potential client, saying he didn’t get the job at the nursing home, and is starting to worry about the state of his business. Georgia offers to help him find some new clients, which would mean they could spend more time together. Kyle likes this idea, and they kiss. Meanwhile, Bailey is hoping to spend some time with Callum before he jets off to San Francisco – but Callum has packing to do and Josie to see. Bailey looks sad, but Callum insists they’ll be able to hang out at the street barbecue that is being thrown in honour of his departure. Mark enters, and Matt tells him the police have found the building where Victor Cleary has been squatting - Mark asks if he was there. Matt tells Mark that he wasn't, but there is evidence they’ve found that suggests he’s definitely responsible for Kate’s murder. Mark thanks Matt for the update but seems disinterested in the news. Matt frowns, before leaving.

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At the Penthouse, Daniel apologises to Paul for not being around when the news broke about Victor Cleary, and has finally decided to use the mobile phone Paul bought him, so he can contact him more easily. Paul isn’t reacting – just staring sadly out of the window. Daniel says to Paul “You know when I was travelling around, I met a bunch of different people, and all of them had stories about when things went crazy in their lives, some crazier than others. And the ones who got through – it’s as if they had this peace about them, like they had looked into the eye of the storm and yelled ‘do your worst’, and it did. And they managed to get through it. Those people – they always had people around them. It was the love and support of friends and family that made the difference”. Paul asks Daniel if he has ever had anything crazy happen in his life. Daniel comments that he hasn’t but he’s sure something will eventually. Paul says to Daniel “Alright, then you get back to me when it does. Because right now you’re just a kid who has no idea of what loss is. What it’s like to be responsible for the death of someone you love. So don’t you come to me with your tree-hugging, touchy-feely advice. You have no idea what you’re talking about”.

Lauren is in the sun room, when Matt comes in and kisses her. He tells Lauren that he’s had a hard day reassuring the community that they’re safe from Victor Cleary. She looks at him, preparing to reveal all about her kiss with Brad, but then Matt takes her into the garden to show her a pair of bikes he’s bought for them, following the fun they had riding on their second honeymoon in Daylesford. Lauren looks a bit guilty, but tries to be upbeat.

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At the Kennedy house, Libby is asking Susan how her celebrant work is going, when Callum comes in, and is surprised to see Libby, who rushes over to give him a hug. Libby explains that Ben’s out the back, and congratulates Callum on his scholarship. Callum tells everyone that it’s going to be awesome and proceeds to invite them all to his farewell barbecue, and Susan promises they’ll be there. Callum thanks Susan for being such a good teacher, and she hugs him, telling him they’re very proud. Callum tells Susan that his plan is to fly back first class - Callum then high fives Susan. Holly, meanwhile, is busy playing on Callum’s app, and Karl asks how much money you can make from software development. When Callum mentions it could be millions, Karl tells him not to forget the people who supported him! Libby leaves the room, and Karl suggests they could combine Callum’s leaving party with a welcome home party for Libby and Ben, to show how happy they are to see them. Callum says that’s fine, and goes outside to see Ben. Susan tells Karl to tone it down, or he’ll scare Libby off. Karl reminds Susan that Libby doesn’t have a job to go back to, raising the possibility that she could end up staying longer-term...

Matt and Lauren cycle into Ramsay Street on their new bikes, observing that the set-up for Callum’s party has begun. Brad comes out of his house and greets them, and there’s awkwardness as Matt mentions how much bike-riding they did on their second honeymoon. Lauren hurries him inside to sort out food for the party. Imogen comes out of number 22, and when she looks wistfully up at number 24, Brad asks if she’s thinking of calling in on Brennan, but she explains he’s been off with her – saying he didn’t even reply to a text she sent him to check he was okay. Brad tells her to be more patient.

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Inside number 26, Chris and Georgia are setting up a Facebook page for Dial-A-Kyle, as part of her drive to help Kyle drum up business. Georgia suggests they should look at getting flyers put togther and fridge magnets. Callum comes in to put some desserts in the fridge, claiming he’s obtained Sheila’s permission. Chris enquires if Callum is all ready for his trip and Callum tells Chris he is but Callum proceeds to tell Georgia that things have been strained between his parents, and asks her to look out for them while he’s away. She promises she will, and they hug. Callum leaves, and Georgia decides they should mock up a brochure for the business – after which, she can go and get it printed, and Chris can find a profile picture of Kyle to go on the Facebook page.

In the garden of number 32, Lauren and Matt put their bikes away in the shed. Lou says to Matt “You’re braver than I am. Last time I rode one of those, I finished up sore in places I didn’t know existed”. Matt explains they’re going to use them for regular couple outings, exploring bike paths and having picnics. He heads inside for a shower. Lou tells Lauren he’s all packed for his latest trip to Cambodia to see Mai Ling. Lauren says to Lou “I’ve made a decision about Matt – I’m not going to tell him. It was a grief-fuelled kiss, nothing more. Matt’s so happy at the moment. You know, we’re both so happy. And I don’t want to spoil that. And I don’t want to disappoint him. I’m just gonna put it in the past”. Lou tells Lauren that it’s her decision.

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On Ramsay Street, Callum’s leaving barbecue is in full swing – among the attendees are Karl, Lou, Imogen, Libby and Ben. Lou is thrilled to see Libby and gives her a hug. Karl asks Ben if he’s going to catch up with any of his primary school friends while he’s back, but Ben claims to have lost touch with them all. Karl tells him that he'll just have to make new friends, and suggests Bailey could show him around. Ben asks what year Bailey is in and Karl tells he's in Ben Year 11, Ben reminds Karl that he’s in Year 10 and he doubts Bailey would want to talk to him. Karl promises to introduce them nonetheless. Daniel turns up, and asks Imogen if Amber is around. Imogen explains that Amber and Josh will be arriving later. Daniel notices that Imogen’s miserable and wonders why, prompting Imogen to explain to Daniel that she’s made an idiot of herself with Mark and now he obviously couldn’t care less about her. Daniel explains that he’s met with similar indifference from Paul, and that he bit his head off earlier. Imogen comments that it ‘sucks’.

Inside number 26, Kyle’s heading to work, and tries to bribe Bossy into coming with him – but she’s happier sitting on the floor next to Chris. Kyle leaves. Chris says to Bossy “You could try and put in effort for your dad”. However Bossy’s having none of it, and stays put. Chris goes back to work looking for pictures of Kyle for the Dial-A-Kyle Facebook page, but is surprised by the first one that comes up...

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At the street party, Callum tells Lou that Josie isn’t answering her phone, and that she was supposed to be here by now. Lou insists she’ll be here soon, but Callum is clearly worried. Lou tells Callum that absence makes the heart grow fonder - Callum wonders if that's really true, and Lou says “Oh yeah, sure. That’s why I go to Cambodia so much. So nobody can get sick of me”. Lou is about to leave for the airport - he tells Callum to look after himself in the US, and gives him a hug. Lou bids Lauren and Matt goodbye and heads off to the car, where Karl and Holly are waiting for him.

At number 26, Georgia is preparing party food in the kitchen, and tells Chris to put the laptop on so she can inspect potential pictures of Kyle for the Facebook page. Chris is reluctant to let her see the pictures, and suggests they use the Dial-A-Kyle logo instead. But when he physically prevents her from opening the laptop, she gets suspicious, and demands to see the pictures. Georgia sees the image that surprised Chris earlier – Kyle and a random woman grinning and lifting their tops to the camera. Georgia looks worried.

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At the Penthouse, Paul gets an unexpected visit from Libby. Libby tells Paul she is back for a few weeks, and wanted to pay her condolences having heard about Kate’s death. Libby says to Paul, “Kate was a beautiful, smart young woman, and it’s a tragedy. I know you and I have had our differences. Kate was my friend, but she was your family. I know she only ever tried to bring out the best in those she loved. You’ll always have that. If there’s anything I can do, please ask”. Paul starts to show her out, and half heartily thanks Libby for her sympathies but explains that he prefers to deal with this on his own. Libby tells Paul that she’s sure he’s had many people offering well-meaning advice, and he’s chosen to ignore it. Paul nods and says to Libby “But that’s not gonna stop you”. Libby says to Paul “No. No, it’s not. I’ve never held back from speaking my mind with you, Paul. When Drew died, I didn’t wanna hear how sorry people felt for me. Offers of help and support – I found it suffocating. You know, I finally realised, it didn’t matter what anyone had to say. It wasn’t going to change what happened. I needed to move forward, and I needed to do it on my terms, no-one else’s. It was up to me to do something”. Libby gets in the lift and leaves, while Paul examines the box of ashes he found at Kate’s grave.

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At the cemetery, Paul visits Kate’s grave, with a bunch of flowers. He looks around, as if expecting to see someone, but doesn’t see anyone, and leaves. However, Paul is being watched by someone, who approaches the grave when Paul’s gone. It turns out to be Mark, who examines the flowers – and finds a note inside them. Mark reads the note - it's addressed to Victor, asking that he get in touch, so that they can meet - puts the note back in the flowers and returns them to the grave.

Featured Regular Characters: Paul Robinson, Lou Carpenter, Susan Kennedy, Karl Kennedy, Chris Pappas, Kyle Canning, Matt Turner, Lauren Turner, Bailey Turner, Callum Rebecchi, Georgia Brooks, Brad Willis, Terese Willis, Imogen Willis

Guest Cast: Tim Phillipps as Daniel Robinson, Scott McGregor as Mark Brennan, Kym Valentine as Libby Kennedy, Felix Mallard as Ben Fitzgerald, Lucinda Armstrong Hall as Holly Hoyland, Jyselle Des Forges as Female Backpacker

Trivia Notes
• Kym Valentine returns as Libby for a three-week guest stint, following a three-year break from the show
• Felix Mallard takes over the role of Libby's son Ben Fitzgerald, becoming the fourth actor to play the role
• This episode sees the beginning of a two-month break for Tom Oliver, as Lou goes to Cambodia. The episode also marks the end of a second guest stint for Lucinda Armstrong Hall as Holly Hoyland
• Past characters Drew Kirk and Kate Ramsay are mentioned
• Paul’s note reads: ‘Victor, we need to meet’ – followed by Paul’s phone number (0491 570110) and email address (paul.robinson@lassiters.com.au)

Summary by Kyle