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Magic Moments > 2016 > Mark and Paige's Wedding: Part Two Episode 7298

Written by Sarah Walker, Directed by Scott Major, Produced by Jason Herbison

Channel Eleven: 10/02/16, Five: 10/02/16

Paul tempts Steph into investing in the motel, the Erins Burrow... Tim Collins double-crosses Sonya and tells her the community centre will be bulldozed... Karl persuades Sonya to stand for mayor against Tim Collins... Crabb shows Mark the bracelet that Paige’s fingerprints were found on, he remembers it... Crabb tells Mark to keep away while they bring Paige in – but he goes to number 32 to find her... Mark finds Paige waiting in her wedding dress, and she says ‘Let’s get married’. What will he do?...

In the garden at number 32, the groomsmen Aaron and Tyler walk out into the garden, and are pleased to see that Mark’s arrived. Paige senses that Mark is surprised that the wedding is happening right now; he tells Paige that he’d turned his phone off so didn’t get her message. Mark sternly tells Paige that he needs to talk to her. Paige asks what's wrong, but all Mark tells Paige is that he needs to speak to her ‘in private’. Daniel, Imogen, Karl, Susan and Sonya all look worried as they begin to realise something isn’t right. Paige tells Mark that is everyone is waiting, but Mark again tells her that they need to talk now.

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The entire wedding party looks on with concern as Mark and Paige talk. Mark tells Paige that her fingerprints have been found all over the stolen goods from the robberies, and that she was seen moving them from the flat she rented for Michelle. Paige says that they can’t discuss this now as they have to get married, and she explains that she brought the wedding forward so that Doug would be at his best. But Mark keeps throwing questions at Paige, asking why she has a second phone. She begs with him to just go through with the ceremony, promising she’ll explain everything later. Mark isn’t having it. Paige tells Mark that she kept him in the dark to protect them from the bad decisions she’d made. He angrily says to Paige: “I don’t even know you!” “Yes, you do! Yes you do – I am your nearly Mrs Brennan,” says an emotional Paige in reply. In slow motion, Mark turns to see two uniformed police officers walking towards them. Paige grabs Mark’s hand and then Mark clips a handcuff over Paige’s wrist! The gathered guests wince as they watch! Mark says, “Paige Smith – I’m placing you under arrest on suspicion of robbery. You’re not obliged to say anything, but anything you do or say may be used against you in a court of law.”

Mark grimly leads Paige towards a waiting police car outside number 32, but Brad, Lauren and Aaron chase after them. “Mark! What is this, some sort of sick joke?” Brad says. Lauren and Aaron beg for Mark to explain, but he remains silent. He bundles Paige into the car, and he and his colleagues get in and drive her away. Brad and Lauren look worried, while Aaron rushes back inside.

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Inside number 32, Doug is sitting with Josh, while Aaron rushes in to ask Tyler about what just happened. Tyler has no idea. Doug explains he was in the middle of writing Paige a cheque for a wedding gift, but now he doesn’t know what to do. Lauren comes in, and asks Tyler and Aaron if they know why Mark took Paige. Tyler wonders if it's about her friendship with Michelle. “Well I’d like to know what it is!” says an anxious Lauren.

In the back yard, Imogen and Daniel decide to head down to the police station, leaving Karl, Susan and Sonya seated at the wedding table. The Kennedys ask Sonya how her mayoral bid is going; she claims she doesn’t expect to win and only entered the race in order to raise some issues, but Karl comments that she can’t take that attitude and says to her, “We don’t know how long we’re gonna be here – we should make use of the opportunity. I am gonna videotape you and put it online.”

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At Erinsborough Police Station, Mark is now interviewing Paige! He informs her that they are not leaving until she explains herself. Paige asks if she should be talking to someone else. Mark ignores Paige’s question and asks her why she kept all of this from him. She explains she did it because it would look bad, Michelle and Dimato had set her up, and they were wanting revenge for her putting them in jail. Paige continues that Michelle earned her trust and she stole the survey from Harold’s. Dimato and Michelle did the robberies and put the stolen goods in her apartment. Paige assumes that they communicated everything on her phone and had a long-term plan to involve Tyler, as Michelle had been ‘sucking up’ to him. Paige adds that Paul was the one who found out about the plan, when he caught them in the apartment. Mark tells Paige that she should have told him 'the second she’d realised what was happening.’ Paige sternly tells Mark that he treated her like 'a kid’ when it came to Michelle and she hated the way he spoke and they fought about the whole situation, she felt that she had to be the one to fix it. Mark asks Paige if she was the one who came up with the plan to get all the goods out of the apartment. She explains that it was Paul’s idea and insists she had always been planning to return the stolen goods, and was planning on making an anonymous call to the police to say they were at the charity bin – but that she changed the plan because she thought he was going to connect the dots. Paige, getting emotional, declares: “Mark, I love you, and I want to be with you, okay? You have to believe me that I have done nothing wrong here!”

Inside number 32, Karl is trying to figure out how his phone works so he can film Sonya and Nell, for the mayoral campaign. Sonya thought that Karl wanted to film the piece with the community in the background, but he says, “Yeah, look, honestly – our neighbours are lovely, but they’re terrible actors. I don’t want them spoiling any more takes.” Karl gets the phone working and gives Sonya a signal to start talking. She introduces herself and Nell for the camera, and explains her motivations for running for mayor. “If you’re like me, then you just – you’re appalled by the imminent closure of the community centre, and the blockade at our very own love lock bridge. Not to mention the fact that the rates keep going up, with no visible signs of improvement to services. The thing is, I love Erinsborough, and like you, I just want it to be the best that it can be. And I guess that’s why I’m asking for your vote, because – look, I’m not a politician, and I’m not ruthless. I’m – well, I’m you. I’m you.” Karl is impressed. He names it the ‘I’m You’ campaign, and gets to work posting the video on social media.

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Mark is now interviewing Paul at the station, who is in ultra-gloating mode. Paul comments that charging him with being an accessory would just make things worse for Paige. Paul says, “The only reason you’re upset is because she leant on me instead of you. Why do you think that is, hmm?” Mark accuses Paul of messing with Paige’s head. “Oh, that’s rich, coming from you. You, who arrested your own bride on your wedding day! And she was innocent! Well done, Constable!”

Back at number 32, Karl tells Sonya and Susan about how Sonya’s video has already had loads of views, and a posting on the West Waratah Star website. Susan goes over to the phone and notices that there are lots of comments. Karl adds that they are positive. Sonya comes over and reads out loud, “'She looks like a hippie and she sounds like a moron.' What, is that positive, is it?” Karl comments that there are more positive ones. Doug comes in, having changed out of his wedding outfit and concludes that there’ll be no wedding today. Susan remains optimistic and comments that it could happen and sends him off to get changed again! Meanwhile, Karl is throwing practice questions at Sonya to prepare her for the mayoral race.

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Lauren, Brad and Imogen are waiting in reception at Erinsborough Police Station. Imogen explains that Paul has corroborated Paige’s story, confirming she was set up by Dimato and Michelle. Tyler arrives and informs them that the police want to talk to him about Michelle too. Mark emerges, and Brad and Lauren demand to know what’s going on. Mark tells them that Paige is being held until they have all the statements they need, adding they’ll need one from Lauren about Paige’s computer access at Harold’s. Brad takes the opportunity to have a rant at Mark. “I was hoping to be your father-in-law by the end of today. Instead you’ve got my daughter locked up, and we’re getting information off Paul Robinson!” Mark, remaining professional, states that Paige’s statement needs to be verified. “You are supposed to be family,” an angry Brad says. However, Mark isn’t engaging with it, so Brad resolves to wait it out until Paige is released. Tyler follows Mark back into the office, asking why he’s being so awkward if it’s true that Michelle framed Paige. Mark tells Tyler that they will be getting his statement shortly; however Tyler states that they don’t need one from him as he had nothing to do with it. Mark says, “Every time Dimato’s name comes up you are automatically a person of interest. You ran a chop shop for him!” “Okay, fine. But what about the wedding? Everybody’s waiting.” Mark just walks off.

Doug enters the Waterhole, holding the cheque he was going to give to Paige for her wedding present. Paul is concerned to find Doug out and about on his own, but his eyes light up when he sees the cheque. Doug tells Paul that it is his wedding present to Paige and Mark. ‘Twenty grand’. Quick as a flash, Paul sits Doug down and offers to buy him a drink!

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Mark enters the interview room to resume conversation with Paige, Mark explains that they’ve taken statements, looked at the facts and her story checks out. Mark adds that the testimonials from her and Paul are enough to charge Dimato and Michelle with breach of parole. Paige, happy with the outcome, asks Mark what is next. Mark explains that there is enough evidence to charge her with handling stolen goods. But, since she’d been cooperative, and made no attempt to on-sell the goods, they are releasing her for the moment, pending further investigation. Paige, surprised with Mark’s attitude, asks him if he has anything else to say. He tells Paige that she is free to go. Paige, stunned, reminds him that everyone is waiting for them and asks if he is going to go back to the reception with her. Mark tells Paige he is sorry but can’t. He proceeds to leave an upset Paige in the room.

Back at the Waterhole, Paul is on the phone to Brad, he tells him that he and Doug are just having a nice quiet drink and adds that Josh doesn’t need to rush to come and collect Doug! Paul re-joins Doug at a table, telling him that Paige has been released and probably won’t be charged. Doug wishes he could do something to thank Paul for saving Paige’s bacon by corroborating her statements. Paul asks Doug if he fancies investing in his motel, adding that he can promise a great return and it will be a ‘fabulous’ nest-egg for Paige, and all his other grandchildren. Doug tells Paul that it doesn’t sound like a bad idea and asks for more information.

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At Erinsborough Police Station, Paige is apologising to Lauren and Brad for ruining things after all the effort they put into the wedding. They tell her they just want to make sure she’s okay, and suggest they go home, but Paige wants to wait here so she can speak to Mark. Brad comments that Mark should be the one asking to speak to her, and apologising for humiliating her. Paige tells Brad that he warned her about Michelle, and she didn’t listen. Brad and Lauren offer to wait with Paige, but she tells them she needs to do it on her own. After Brad and Lauren have left, Mark comes out, but sees Paige still there and dips straight back into the office. Aaron, who has been watching, follows Mark in and says to him, “I need to check that you’re okay.” “I’m fine” is all Mark says, and he proceeds to get up and walk off again.

Paul’s sales pitch has evidently worked, because Doug is making out a new cheque to invest in the motel. Paul smiles as he takes the cheque, then quickly pockets it as Josh comes in to collect Doug. Doug appears to have forgotten that he said the wedding was a no-go, and now seems to be thinking it could still go ahead. Doug comments that he may need to rethink his investment. Paul looks blankly and Josh asks Doug what investment he is meaning. Doug begins to explain but gets confused and can’t think of the words. Paul steps in and says to Doug, “Yeah, well, listen, now that your grandson’s here I might head off anyway,” and he shiftily exits, however before Paul leaves Josh goes over and thanks him for looking after Doug. Paul’s departure seems to distract Doug, so that he forgets what he was saying.

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Sonya is outside Harold’s with Nell, when a woman appears and introduces herself as Lina, Tim Collins' mayoral campaign manager. Lina says to Sonya, “We loved your video… It goes with your whole ‘average mum’ thing.” Sensing a situation brewing, Sonya decides to go inside and pay the bill. But Lina has more to say: “What’ll happen when the mums find out that you abandoned your son? And about your addiction issues?” “I’ve always been very open about my past, and people have been very accepting of it. So… this conversation’s over. Don’t ever come near me or my family again” is Sonya’s reply. Lina smiles as Sonya hurries Nell away.

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A little later, Paige is sitting on a bench in the Lassiter's courtyard in her wedding dress, looking sad. Mark emerges from the police station, and she goes over to talk to him. Mark tells Paige that he thought she had gone. However, she explains that she needs to know where she stands and again reminds him that the evidence proved she is not a thief. Mark tells Paige that isn't all he is worried about, and reminds her that she continues to lie. Paige informs Mark that she had a reason and declares that they both love each other. Mark reminds Paige that he has been there for her and all she does is go running to Paul Robinson for help. He adds that he has been a good partner. Paige laughs and tells him that he arrested her on her wedding day! He reminds her that she lied to him after they swore they would never keep secrets from each other, and adds that he completely opened up to her and he has never done that with anyone since Kate died - he concludes that Paige does not care. Paige denies this and asks why he arrested her; he humiliated her in front of her whole family. Mark explains that there were officers behind him and if it wasn’t him, it was going to be one of them, he had no choice. Paige tells Mark that there is always a choice and reminds him that he is supposed to love her no matter what, even if she makes mistakes. He says that she made a calculated decision. Paige, getting angry, brings Kate into the conversation again and comments that she wouldn’t have done this. Mark admits that she wouldn’t have. “I’m sorry! I am sorry I am not perfect like your perfect dead fiancée!” Paige says. Mark remains silent. Paige, realising that she has gone too far, begins to apologize and adds that she didn’t mean to say that. Mark still remains silent. “We’re not getting married, are we?” Paige says to Mark. Mark shakes his head, and walks away. Paige breaks down in tears.

Featured Regular Characters: Paige Smith, Mark Brennan, Tyler Brennan, Aaron Brennan, Sonya Rebecchi, Nell Rebecchi, Brad Willis, Josh Willis, Imogen Willis, Paul Robinson, Daniel Robinson, Karl Kennedy, Susan Kennedy, Lauren Turner

Guest Cast: Antonia Vekic as Lina Vella, Terence Donovan as Doug Willis

Trivia Notes
• Past character Kate Ramsay is mentioned are mentioned
• The unlock code for Karl's phone is 2121

Summary by Kyle