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Magic Moments > 2015 > Piper's Arrival Episode 7213

Written by Sarah Walker, Directed by Chris Langman, Produced by Jason Herbison

Channel Eleven: 16/09/15, Channel 5: 30/09/15

Nate and Aaron tentatively agree to go out on a date... On the phone, Brad tells absentee daughter Piper that it’s horrible being away from his kids... Paul shocks Naomi with a list of demands of how she must behave when they’re married... She’s so affronted by his behaviour that she ends up sleeping with Josh... Imogen sees Naomi leaving the Willis house the morning after... Daniel finds Naomi’s engagement ring in the Willises' bathroom, and realises she slept with Josh... Daniel gets to Paul before Naomi, and he asks her if she really spent the night with Josh...

At the penthouse, Paul is, surprisingly, being quite reasonable following Naomi’s admission that she slept with Josh, and offers her a drink, despite her pleas for him to ‘explode’ and be furious with her. Naomi tells Paul that he must be hurt and angry with her. However, Paul explains that he’s more embarrassed and disappointed. Naomi tearfully tells him how sorry she is, but Paul tells her that, while he’s angry, he understands the part he had to play in what she did. “Ironically, I love the very thing about you that made you do what you did, that independent spirit of yours. I mean, you refuse to be owned. I can’t help but respect that.” Paul also admits that that’s why he hesitated in proposing to her in the first place, and suggests they call off the engagement. Naomi is still crying.


Daniel comes out of the lift into the foyer, where he meets Imogen. He admits that he told Paul about Josh and Naomi’s one-night stand. Imogen’s sorry for not telling Daniel the truth, but tells him she was trying to protect Josh. Daniel’s annoyed, and wishes she’d told him – before walking off.

Naomi and Paul are still talking in the penthouse, and she asks if Paul will want some space, so he can think about what happens next. Paul reassures Naomi that there will be a ‘next’ and takes her hands and declares her night with Josh her ‘one free pass’ - surprised by Paul’s reaction, Naomi says, “So we’re not engaged, but we’re not breaking up either?” “Hmm. Yeah, we can tell your family that they’re coming over for a non-engagement drinks party. How does that sound?” is Paul’s reply. Paul then suggests they simply tell everyone that they’re not ready for marriage. Naomi thanks him for being so understanding, and he offers a slightly small smile.


Josh and Aaron are practising a dance routine at the Willis house, but Josh is struggling to concentrate, admitting that he’s worried about Paul finding out he slept with Naomi. He’s so scared, that when there’s a knock at the door, he asks Aaron to go and answer it, while he hides in the kitchen. It’s only Nate, who's come to see Aaron. Nate asks if he fancies coming over for dinner. Aaron keenly agrees and Nate, pleased, tells Aaron that he is going to be making something simple. Nate leaves, and Aaron admits to Josh that he’d been waiting for Nate to make the first move ever since they agreed to a date – now he just has to ‘not blow it’, adding that he’d usually take a date for cocktails and a posh meal. Josh insists that Nate’s more a ‘footie and beers’ kind of guy – and says that Aaron should dial things back a bit.

Brad is heading towards Harold’s Store when Terese, who’s sitting outside the hotel, stands up and accosts him with “What discount does Lauren give you on coffee these days? Or is it free?” Brad informs Terese as far as he knows Lauren is currently in Queensland and states again that he and Lauren are not together. Terese tells Brad that she finds that hard to believe. He explains that he and Lauren decided to keep away from each other for the kids' sake. “Right, for the kids, not me. I’m irrelevant in all this,” is Terese’s reply. Brad reminds her that he wouldn’t turn his back on her or the kids, but she believes that it’s just a matter of time before he moves on with Lauren and adds that she’d be highly offended if he didn’t especially after all the hurt he's caused. Brad tells Terese that he needs to leave. “Yeah, yeah. Go on. Walk away!” she shouts. Brad does. Once he’s gone, Terese notices a sign outside Harold’s, notifying customers that it will be closed for the renovations. She takes the sign off the wall and looks at it.


Inside the store, Lauren is in fact back from Queensland, telling Amber all about her trip – and commenting how ‘tall and handsome’ Bailey is these days. Lauren adds that Bailey’s settled in well in Queensland, but Amber asks if he was okay with the news about her and Brad. Lauren replies that he was ‘surprisingly mature’ about it – and adds that she appreciates how Amber is being so understanding, too. Amber says that life's complicated - and she's in no position to judge anyone. Conversation moves on to the renovations which are just about to begin, and Lauren goes to clear out the kitchen in preparation. At this point Terese enters and tells them that the renovations ‘can’t go ahead’ as they don’t have formal approval to make changes. Lauren tells Terese that they do as she gave a verbal agreement and seemed fine with her ideas. Terese tells Lauren it was just a ‘preliminary discussion’, and that she needs written approval. Lauren informs Terese that it’s too late to change their plans as she’s given her staff the time off, and booked Kyle to do the work. Terese says to Lauren, “Right. Well I strongly advise that you don’t go ahead. Because if you do, you’re just gonna have to put the store back to its original state when the lease runs out. It’s either that, or you risk being evicted for breach of contract!” Kyle shows up with his tools and says “Look out, reno king’s here! Where would you like me to start?” Terese barges past Kyle to leave, and Lauren and Amber look anxious.

Josh is working out in Lassiter’s Park when Paul turns up. Josh immediately starts apologising, telling Paul he had no idea he and Naomi were engaged. Paul seems worryingly calm, he tells Josh he’s far from happy about it, but understands why he let it happen, stating he has history with her and they both know how formidable her powers of seduction are. Josh asks Paul if they can forget what happened. Paul agrees, at that moment Terese appears from the complex and sees them talking from a distance. Josh offers his hand to Paul to shake, and Paul hesitates, before accepting. Terese looks worried, while Josh looks relieved as Paul walks off.


At the Waterhole, Paul is asking a member of staff to take some champagne up to the penthouse, when Terese enters. Terese tells Paul that she just saw him talking to Josh, and wants to know what it was about. She accuses Paul of doing ‘some sort of deal’ and interfering with her family again. Paul reveals to Terese that Josh slept with Naomi last night and adds that “he was apologising for being such a cad. Does that sound familiar at all, hmm? Seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it? And you know what? I know you find it hard to believe, but I actually am sorry for what happened to your family. And if I interfered, it’s only because I cared. You see, I’ve only had your best interests at heart through this... “Okay – well in that case, if Lauren Turner comes to you with a request, just have my back. No questions,” comes Terese’s reply. Paul agrees, Terese thanks him and apologises for Josh’s behaviour. Paul leaves, and Terese goes into the office. Meanwhile, Nate is buying beers for his evening with Aaron, but Sheila tells him that he’s not making enough effort for their first date. Sheila adds that Aaron won’t be interested in a ‘piece of old roast lamb and smashed potato! Molecular cocktails is where it’s at!’ Sheila hands him a brochure, telling him the cocktails will give his evening ‘pizzazz’. Although skeptical, Nate takes a cocktail kit, leaving the beers behind.

Brad is in Lauren’s shed, sitting on the pile of wood he’s been storing there. Lauren shows up, and Brad offers to get rid of the wood, but she says that even though they’re not seeing each other, he can come over when she’s at work, and still keep visiting Paige. Brad agrees and tells Lauren that he thought about her ‘a lot’. Lauren admits that she did too. Brad asks after Lou, and Lauren admits that he was ‘pretty quiet’ on the subject of Brad and her – and that ‘who knows what he’s really thinking.’ Brad relates details of his run-in with Terese earlier, warning Lauren that she may be on the warpath. Brad comments on how good for business the renovations at Harold’s will be, however Lauren opts not to tell him about Terese’s interference. She leaves Brad to his wood.


Down at the Waterhole, Naomi is talking to Sheila, who wants to know what's going on. “Well, the drinks are still on. But the engagement is off...” explains Naomi. Sheila looks puzzled and asks if Paul is dumping her, Naomi tells her that she and Paul are stronger than ever, they’re just not going to get married. Sheila asks if they’ll reconsider down the track, but Naomi tells her to stop ‘being so last century’ - Terese then comes out of the office, and Naomi makes a hasty exit – awkwardly heading past Josh, who’s just arriving. Terese pulls Josh into a corner and demands to know what he was thinking, sleeping with Naomi. Terese angrily asks her son if he learnt nothing from what happened with Amber?

Aaron turns up for his date night with Nate, with beers! Nate is wearing a smart shirt, which Aaron compliments – and Nate offers him a molecular cocktail! Aaron’s excited about the cocktails, and also the tapas which Nate’s prepared, having decided on something more adventurous than a roast. Nate pours the cocktails, which don’t ‘bubble up’ as expected – but they clink glasses anyway.


Brad is being served by Amber at Harold’s, but she seems unwilling to make small-talk with him as she makes his coffee. He asks about whether he should move the wood in the shed, and Amber frostily says it doesn’t bother her. Brad asks about the renovations, to which Amber replies: “Didn’t Mum tell you? Terese has pulled the plug. She’s claiming that she never gave us permission, which is just a lie. But basically she said that if Mum goes ahead with it, she’s going to ruin her.” Brad looks displeased.

At the penthouse, Paul, Naomi, Sheila and Daniel are having champagne at the non-engagement drinks party, and Paul asks about Imogen’s whereabouts; Daniel makes an excuse for her, claiming she’s busy with work. Naomi proposes a toast: “I just want to say how grateful I am to have found someone like Paul. I never thought that I would find somebody who is capable of a complex, grown-up relationship. You are kind, thoughtful, loving and forgiving. I really am very lucky.” “Well that makes two of us,” says Paul in reply. They kiss, and everyone raises their glasses. Imogen then turns up, apologising for being late and goes along with Daniel’s story that she was working. He puts his arm round her, and it’s clear he’s forgiven her for not having told him about Naomi and Josh.


Back at number 28, Nate and Aaron are talking about footie, while Aaron tackles the ‘crab course’ – but they don’t have anything to get the crabmeat out. Nate is still struggling with cocktail-making, and ends up setting off the blender without a lid on, soaking himself in the process.

Later, Aaron and Nate are heading to The Waterhole for drinks. They laugh about their disastrous dinner date, and Aaron says, “Hey, who do you think will play us in the movie? Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum?” Nate, confused, asks Aaron what movie he's talking about, and Aaron replies: “The one where you rescued me!” Nate again tells Aaron that it wasn’t a big deal. “Not a big deal? Mr Karate Hero!” says Aaron, and they play-fight for a little while, which eventually leads to a lingering kiss.


At number 22, Brad is confronting Terese about her treatment of Lauren over the renovations, but Terese isn’t prepared to listen to his moralising given that he cheated on her. Brad tells Terese to leave Lauren out of their business. “Oh, Lauren – your girlfriend?!” is Terese’s reply. Again Brad states to Terese that Lauren is not his girlfriend. Imogen comes in, having overheard – and Brad reconfirms to her that he and Lauren aren’t seeing each other. “Not yet,” Terese adds to the conversation before asking Imogen to fetch the clothes off the line, but she refuses – commenting that they all need to sit down and talk about their situation.

Josh catches up with Naomi in Lassiter’s reception - understandably, she’s nervous about being seen talking to him. Josh tells her that Paul spoke to him, and seemed surprisingly OK with their night together. Naomi tells Josh that it was the crisis she and Paul needed to stop them rushing into a marriage that ‘was never going to work’, adding “So don’t worry – we’re back on track and stronger than ever. So just forget it happened, alright? Paul’s fine!”


However, Paul is alone in the penthouse, staring at a framed photo of him and Naomi. He picks up his phone and calls Tim Collins. “Tim, it’s Paul… No, no, no – it’s not about the contract, it’s something else… Listen, I know this young bloke who’s on a suspended sentence for assault… What would he have to do to have that sentence reinstated?... Willis. Joshua Willis…”


Back at the Willis house, Imogen demands to know why her dad isn’t coming home if he’s not together with Lauren – while Terese continues to take pops at Brad, telling him to explain himself to his daughter. Josh enters during this heated conversation. Brad tries to get Terese to stop and asks what sort of example she's setting. Terese, getting increasingly, angry says to Brad: “Me?! What, you’re chastising me about setting examples?! I mean, do you realise Josh had Naomi up in his bedroom last night? Where did he learn that behaviour from?” Brad tells Terese that she isn’t being fair. Terese replies: “No – first it was Amber, then it was Naomi. Like father, like son! Can’t you see that you’ve created this dysfunctional family? I hope you’re proud!” Just then a teenage girl shows up from around the back of the house and says “Honey, I’m home!” “Piper!” is Terese’s surprised response. “Welcome back, me!” Terese rushes to give Piper a hug.

Featured Regular Characters: Brad Willis, Terese Willis, Imogen Willis, Joshua Willis, Piper Willis, Sheila Canning, Naomi Canning, Kyle Canning, Paul Robinson, Daniel Robinson, Nate Kinski, Lauren Turner, Amber Turner

Guest Cast: Matt Wilson as Aaron Brennan

Trivia Notes
• Mavournee Hazel makes her first appearance as Piper Willis, the youngest daughter of the Willis family, who was first mentioned on screen back in episode 6647
• Piper's first line is "Honey, I'm home!"
• Past characters Lou Carpenter, Matt Turner and Bailey Turner are mentioned

Summary by Kyle