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Magic Moments > 2015 > Hilary's Return Episode 7068

Written by Elizabeth Packett, Directed by Tony Osicka, Produced by Jason Herbison

Channel Eleven: 25/02/15, Channel 5: 11/03/15

Nick clashes with Brad, as he tells Josh he should make something of his life... Nick accepts Paul and Karl’s offer of the job and research centre, and says he’s moving to Erinsborough... Susan and Sheila decide to pit themselves against one another in the festival bake-off... Paul tells Naomi that Nina Tucker is singing at the festival's closing concert... Georgia gives Nick the brush-off when he doesn’t remember meeting her the first time... Tyler is surprised to learn that Mark is rejoining the police force...

At number 24, Naomi is on the phone to Sheila, who is wondering where she was last night! Naomi reminds her mum that she is not a teenager, but insists she slept at home, while making amused faces at Mark. She ends the call and they kiss, just as a shirtless Tyler is coming out of the bedroom. “Morning, officer!” says a clearly unimpressed Tyler. Mark tries to talk to Tyler about his career change, guessing that he’s unhappy about it because he’s letting him down at the garage, Tyler explains that a heads up would have been good, but Mark insists that Danni has told him that his job will be safe. Tyler asks why he’s going back to the force, and Mark tells him that being a cop is what he does best, admitting that he misses it. “And don’t forget your white knight complex,” Naomi chips in with. Mark agrees with Naomi and explains that he’s sick of sitting on the sidelines watching cases being handled badly. Tyler claims he’s OK about it, but when Naomi mentions that Mark can now concentrate on putting ‘the Dimato's of this world behind bars’, Tyler looks awkward!


Paul is holding a VIP event in his penthouse suite for festival and council donors. He’s reading a story on the front page of the paper about how he’s cut services for the aged to fund the festival, and looks seriously displeased about it. Paul asks Chris, who is waiting on the guests, to go down to reception to get them to throw away every copy of the paper! Chris asks Paul why and Paul simply says “Do it!”. Chris heads off, as Nick goes over to speak to Paul, and tells him he’s ‘already schmoozed half of the room’ as a result of the guests' donations to his cancer research centre. Terese and Brad enter, and Nick says “I can’t believe my sister’s still dragging round that same old tatty handbag” “Oh, I’d hardly call that tatty” is Paul’s reply, “I was talking about Brad!” Nick sarcastically says to an amused Paul. The Willises come over, and Terese explains that they’re late because Brad ‘lost track of time’ on his run. Nick tells Brad that he needs to get himself a new watch, not one that he bought on a Bali beach. “Well at least it’s not a gift from a drug company!” is Brad’s reply - Terese tells the pair of them to ‘play nicely’. Georgia comes by, complimenting Paul on the food, and Nick’s eyes follow her to the other side of the room. Over at the buffet table, Brad asks Georgia what she is doing here - she explains that she’s here as the new hospital head of fundraising, but admits it’s not her crowd and that she’d rather be giving out flu shots at the Community Centre. Brad tells Georgia that it’s not his crowd either, and they raise a toast.

Karl is giving flu jabs to the pensioners at the community centre, when he approaches a very familiar-looking lady - it’s none other than Hilary Robinson! Hilary sternly reveals that she and her friend Janice have been waiting for over an hour for their jabs, and need to get back to the retirement village for lunch. However, Hilary admits, it has at least given them a chance to see the beginnings of the festival photo exhibition, which is in the corner of the centre. Karl tells them that someone will be with them as soon as they can. Hilary says to Karl “If we are late back, I will be adding it to my list of grievances”. Her friend Janice complains that they’ve spent hours to get here on public transport, and they haven’t even been offered a cup of tea or a biscuit! Fortuitously, Susan arrives with some sample cakes, to do some taste-testing for her bake-off entries. Karl, grateful for Susan's arrival, tells Hilary and Janice that he will look after their immunisation personally and he will organise transport for them back to the retirement village as soon as possible. He then encourages Hilary and Janice to sample some of Susan’s baked goods - Janice takes one, but Hilary declines.



Back at the penthouse, Nick wants to make an official announcement about the opening of the cancer research centre, but Paul insists they should wait until the festival opens, as it needs its own announcement. Nearby, Chris is with Georgia, looking longingly at the buffet - he tells her how hungry he is, so Georgia encourages him to snaffle some of the buffet food. He’s worried about Terese seeing him, so Georgia offers to keep watch and tell him if she comes across, encouraging him to ‘scoff’ as many as he can, and Chris gets to work eagerly. Georgia reassures Chris to keep going as Terese is not even looking over at the buffet, but it appears a vol-au-vent has gone down the wrong way, and Chris has started to choke! Georgia starts slapping his back, but it’s not working – so she performs the Heimlich manoeuvre. The trapped food finally emerges, across the room and straight onto Paul’s shirt! Paul looks distinctly unamused, as Georgia and Nick tend to a recovering Chris.

At The Waterhole, Kyle and Nate are playing pool, when Tyler walks in, on the phone to Dimato – asking if he can pay back the favour in instalments, instead of working it off. It appears that Dimato has hung up on Tyler. Kyle and Nate come over and introduce themselves, recognising Tyler as Mark’s brother. Mark then walks in wearing his new constable’s uniform, and Tyler explains to Kyle and Nate that Mark has rejoined the force. Kyle jokingly says to Tyler “Better watch yourself, mate, living with a cop. You leave a wet towel on the floor and he’ll throw you into lock-up!”. At the bar, Sheila tries to tempt Mark with a piece of her pecan pie – she’s also after feedback in preparation for the bake-off, but Mark politely refuses. He tells Sheila she should take her pie to Toadie, revealing that he’s been asked to judge the competition. Back at Tyler’s table, Kyle and Nate have left, and Mark asks how his work at the garage is going. Tyler snaps and accuses Mark of abandoning him to chase ‘some crim’. Quickly realising that Tyler means Dimato, Mark asks him what’s going on – but Tyler just tells him to forget it.


Karl has given Hilary her jab, and she apologises for being short with him earlier. Karl tells Hilary that he thought there was a dedicated community bus service from the retirement village, so is puzzled as to why the pensioners had to use public transport. “There used to be. Grievance Number Four.” Hilary hands him her handwritten list of complaints, and Karl is outraged to learn that Paul has pulled funding for the community bus service in order to pay for the festival. Hilary points out that the senior citizens won’t even be able to attend the festival if they don’t have transport to get there. Finally having succumbed to some of Susan’s cake, Hilary remarks that it’s lovely, the nicest she’s ever tasted, and she asks Karl who made them.

Toadie is at home and working at the table, when Susan shows up bearing baked goods aplenty, apparently to keep him sustained while Sonya’s away. Toadie reminds Susan that he is one of the judges in the bake-off and can't be bribed. Susan pretends that she didn’t know, but Toadie accuses her of corruption. She insists she’s just being a good neighbour and that Toadie’s under no obligation to eat any of it (while holding the lemon meringue pie under his nose!) adding “But how are you gonna say no to Mummy Susan?” Toadie looks disturbed.


Back at the penthouse, Brad and Terese are relieved that Chris is okay, but Nick doesn’t look particularly interested. Brad tells Terese he’s heading off, just as Naomi arrives to see Paul. After locating him out on the balcony, she asks for the Nina Tucker contracts, but Paul explains that he’s handling it personally. Paul changes the subject to the article that was written in the newspaper this morning about the OAP services being cut to fund the festival. Naomi says that she seen the article, and Paul insists that she ‘shuts it down’ - but Naomi reminds him that protecting his reputation isn’t part of her job description, she was hired to oversee the festival. Paul tells Naomi that if they don’t like him, they’re not going to like the festival. Naomi jokingly says to Paul “What? You didn’t become mayor for the people of Erinsborough! You’re in it for yourself and the power!” Paul asks Naomi if that is what she honestly thinks of him and Naomi confirms it is - and so does everybody else! Paul looks a little hurt. Naomi suggests he should do something nice if he wants to improve his image, to show people he cares.

Mark and Tyler enter the Waterhole, still discussing Mark’s career change. He thinks Tyler mentioned Dimato before because he doesn’t want to see him getting hurt again, but Mark insists Dimato isn’t ‘another Wes Holland’. Tyler admits he has been worried about his brother. Mark then asks him to keep an eye on Dimato’s building from the garage and to let him know if he sees anything dodgy. Mark says to Tyler “The quicker I get this guy, the safer everyone’ll be”.


Dr Nick sidles onto the balcony at Paul’s penthouse to speak to Georgia, reminding her that the Heimlich manoeuvre is no longer the preferred method of dealing with a choking incident. Georgia says to Nick “Well if you were in the room when Chris was choking, you would have noticed that I tried the preferred method and it failed to work!” - Nick tells her that she should have waited for him, and reminds her as he is a doctor, he has got far more experience in these matters. Georgia, getting rather angry, says to Nick “No – if I’d waited for you my friend could have died! And no offence, but if you’re so experienced and you can’t even see that, you must be pretty arrogant. Or stupid. Or most likely both!” Georgia marches inside, while Nick ogles her from behind.

Kyle and Toadie are busy stuffing their faces at number 30 - with Toadie having decided that by sharing Susan’s bake off goodies, he’s not technically breaking the rules! Meanwhile, Nate is on the phone. He’s just received the news about Chris almost choking, and heads off to check on him. Toadie burps loudly as Nate leaves! Sheila then arrives, with some ‘leftover’ pie of her own for Toadie, but she catches him and Kyle eating Susan’s baked goods, and immediately realises what’s happened. “Correct me if I’m wrong, but that looks suspiciously like Susan Kennedy’s coconut cream pie! So, which one of you clowns is going to tell me what the heck is going on?” Kyle and Toadie look sheepish.


At the penthouse, Paul is on the phone, pestering someone about securing Nina Tucker’s appearance at the festival, when Terese shows herself in. Paul’s all dressed up in a suit, and explains to Terese that he’s going for a follow-up interview with a journalist, trying to rectify some of the damage done by today's article. Terese is hesitant, telling Paul the journalist in question doesn’t like him, but Paul insists it’s an opportunity to set the record straight and to help lift his public profile. As they go down in the lift, he explains he’s drafted a list of questions for the journalist to ask which will lead to answers portraying him and the festival in the best possible light. Terese remains sceptical.

At the Community Centre, Hilary is looking at the gallery of past and present Erinsborough residents, and sees a picture of herself from 25 years ago. She looks emotional. Karl comes in and thanks all the OAPs for coming for their jabs, telling them the bus he has organised will be here shortly, and to have more tea and cake in the meantime. Hilary and Janice compliment him on having pushed the boat out for them. During the conversation, Hilary admits that she used to live on Ramsay Street years ago, and Karl explains that he lives there now. Karl says to Hilary “I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Being in a neighbourhood like this, your neighbours virtually become your family. Was it like that when you were here?” Hilary admits to Karl that she does have some fond memories but there are certain things that she’d rather forget. She then goes to look at the gallery again.


Sheila rushes in to Harold’s and confronts Susan about bribing Toadie with the pies - they declare a bake-off war. Sheila says to Susan, “Alright, Nigella – the oven mitts are off! You are going down!” “We’ll see about that, Mrs Beeton!” is Susan’s reply. She smiles as Sheila huffs out!

At the Waterhole, Kyle congratulates his ‘wife saver’ Georgia on saving Chris’s life. Paul is nearby, about to head off for the interview with the journalist, when Nick enters. Paul notices that Georgia and Nick are giving each other funny looks across the room, and Nick explains that she told him he was arrogant earlier. Nick admits to Paul that she didn’t hold back and he quite enjoyed it. Paul tells Nick not to bother pursuing Georgia, “she’s married to ‘that’”, he says, pointing out Kyle, who burps on cue! Nick admits to Paul that he’s never let marriage stop him before. However, Paul explains that Georgia is one of those ‘loyal, faithful, down-to-earth country types, who takes her wedding vows seriously.' Nick comments that the challenge gets better and better, but Paul still believes that he won’t succeed. Nick asks Paul if he wants to bet on the matter - “If I can bed Nurse Brooks before my research centre opens, you owe me a full tasting menu, plus wine pairing at a five-star restaurant. I fail, I owe you.” Paul agrees, but tells Nick he’s confident dinner won’t be on him. Nick smirks in Georgia’s direction.



Paul has come in for his interview with journalist Jane Crozier at the community centre. She immediately rejects his suggested question list, so he starts bragging about the Erinsborough photo exhibition while the journalist takes pictures. Hilary says to Janice “That’s the creep who cancelled our bus service!” Paul then starts discussing the Ramsays and the Robinsons, who feature centrally in the photo exhibition, and how he couldn’t be more proud of his family. He then drags in Hilary and Janice, without even realising who Hilary is, for a cheesy photograph of him posing with the locals. “Hello, Paul,” Hilary says to a stunned Paul. Hilary says to Jane “I’m his second cousin. And the victim of his budget cuts! Would you like a quote on that?” The journalist starts snapping her camera eagerly at Hilary, as Paul looks horrified.

Featured Regular Characters: Karl Kennedy, Susan Kennedy, Paul Robinson, Georgia Brooks, Sheila Canning, Naomi Canning, Kyle Canning, Brad Willis, Terese Willis, Toadfish Rebecchi, Nate Kinski, Chris Pappas, Mark Brennan

Guest Cast: Travis Burns as Tyler Brennan, Anne Scott-Pendlebury as Hilary Robinson, Damien Fotiou as Nick Petrides, Helen Noonan as Janice Stedler, Maria Papas as Jane Crozier

Trivia Notes
• Anne Scott-Pendlebury returns for a two-episode guest appearance as Hilary Robinson. The character last appeared in the 2005 20th Anniversary video, and before that in 1990
• Maria Papas previously appeared as Marge Baker in 2011, whilst Helen Noonan previously appeared as Dame Margaret Woolstead in 2001
• The newspaper article headline reads 'Mayor Robinson cuts aged services to fund festival' and it is written by Martine Crossley (a journalist who previously appeared on screen in 2009/2010 and was played by Lily Hall)
• Travis Burns (Tyler Brennan) appears but is not credited

Summary by Kyle