Lori Lee Michelle
Lee 2002-2003, 2004
Lived: 26, 28 Ramsay Street
Marital Status: Cameron (2012-)
Family Tree: Lee
Occupation: Nanny, Student
Brash, and some would even say
obnoxious, Lori grew up with her family in New Zealand. She
met Jack Scully in London where
she was working as a nanny. After 18 months together, Jack
was dropped from the team but couldn't face telling his parents,
so they decided to go to New Zealand and stay with her family
for a while. When Jack decided to go home to his family in
Australia, Lori followed a week later to surprise him. Within
a few hours at Number 26, Lori had managed to reveal the truth
behind Jack's return and generally insult everyone she came
across. She even bought a coconut cake from the coffee shop
after being told that Lyn didn't
is completely devoted to Jack and when he announced plans
to stay on in Erinsborough, she decided to stay as well. Her
father had offered Jack a job at his furniture-making company,
but Lori contacted her family and told them she wouldn't be
home for a while. Lyn was particularly unhappy about the idea
of Lori staying as the two of them had never really hit it
off. Lyn's nose was particularly put out-of-joint one evening
when, having cooked dinner, Lori barged in with scollops and
insisted on making them there and then, leaving Lyn's meal
to become leftovers.
the two of them struggled to find work, Jack decided to go
back to school and complete year 12, something he regretted
not doing earlier. Lori hadn't finished school either, and
decided to join him at Erinsborough High.
between Lyn and Lori continued to deteriorate as Lyn attempted
to make Susan Kennedy's wedding
dress for the renewal of her vows. Lyn was upset when Susan
rejected her early designs and when Lori tried to offer advice,
Lyn bit her head off, calling her a 'know-it-all'. Afterwards,
Lyn apologised and the two of them sat down for a proper discussion
of their differences. Lori explained to Lyn that she felt
a bit like she was always being watched, and was used to a
bit more independence. Lyn told Lori that she was sometimes
a bit thoughtless and needed to try to think before she spoke.
After this, the two of them found it a lot easier to get along
and together created a dress design that Susan loved.
and Lori accompanied the rest of the teenagers on their end-of-year
trip to the beach. Lori had been worried for a few weeks that
Jack was being quite distant with her and during the trip,
she asked him if he still loved her. He promised her everything
was fine and that there was nothing to worry about.
continued to believe this upon their return to Erinsborough
and decided they should look for their own place. Lori was
shocked, however, when Jack announced that he didn't want
to move out of home and if she wanted to, she could go on
her own. They managed to patch things up, with Lori giving
Jack more space. She also got involved in the community play
- writing steamy scenes for Nina
and Jack to act out, unaware that they were falling for each
On her first day at Erinsborough High, Lori quickly made an impression by
wearing trousers instead of the regulation dress and was sent to see the
principal, Ms Barkham. Lori declared war on the woman who stopped her from
expressing herself. Lori found herself in further trouble when Taj took an
embarrassing photo of Ms Barkham adjusting her underwear and the two of them
plastered copies of it all over the school. Libby forced them to take the
photos down, while Lori continued to rebel by wearing trousers to school.
Lori also found herself facing problems with Jack. As she helped with the
community play, she found her boyfriend becoming more and more distant.
Little realising that her boyfriend and best friend were cheating on her,
she walked in on them 'rehearsing' a kiss, but thought little of it.
However, she couldn't hide her jealousy when she witnessed the kiss between
Jack and Nina during the play's debut public performance.
Not long after, Lori found herself comforting a surprised Taj when he was
dumped by Nina. As she hung out with him at the swimming pool, a moment of
messing about led to Lori slipping and landing hard on her back. After
waking up in hospital, Lori quickly realised something was very wrong when
she couldn't move her legs. Karl informed a terrified Lori that she had
seriously damaged her spine, and there were no guarantees that she would
ever walk again.
Lori was confused, but asked Lyn and Joe not to contact her parents in New
Zealand. She attempted to remain as optimistic as ever, but was confused as
neither Taj nor Nina came to visit her in hospital. When Nina eventually
came, Lori asked her if she knew what was wrong with Jack. An awkward Nina
denied noticing anything and Lori also learnt that Taj refused to visit as
he held himself responsible for the accident. When Lori was finally allowed
home, she decided to contact her parents, but was shocked to learn that her
father was in hospital and she realised she couldn't break the news to her
mother. After remaining positive for many weeks, Lori finally broke down
when she spilt the milk while trying to make breakfast; she admitted to Lyn
how scared she was. However, a glimmer of hope appeared that day when, after
a massage session with Dee, Lori had a sudden feeling in her big toe and she
realised that she was finally making some small progress.
Lori realised that something was wrong with Jack as his mood swings got
worse and she finally confronted him - shrewdly asking if Nina was involved.
His admission of an affair led to her packing up her stuff and leaving, with
Susan offering her a room at number 28. Lori kept her spirits up throughout
the whole thing, but it became too much when Nina came to see her and she
explained that she wouldn't be able to forgive her right now. Lori's
friendship with Taj developed, however, and he was the first to see her when
she managed to stand up by herself. Her progress then came on in leaps and
bounds, as she moved on from her wheelchair to a walking frame.
When Karl and Libby returned to town, Lori began to feel slightly out of
place at number 28, but Susan insisted she was welcome there, telling her
she could move in on a more permanent basis. Meanwhile, Lori found a good
friend in Connor, as the two of them started designing their own t-shirts
and selling them.
The t-shirt venture eventually developed into Lori and Connor offering their
services to Harold Bishop at the Coffee Shop, planning an ad campaign as
part of the Afro Harold promotion at the shop. Working together so much led
to Connor and Lori becoming closer, and they were of huge support to each
other when Connor learnt Michelle had met someone else in New York and Lori
found out Jack and Nina were officially dating. They leaned on each other so
much, in fact, that they ended up in bed together one night, although both
Lori and Connor regretted the event the next morning. After an initial
awkward period of avoiding talking about what had happened, they eventually
admitted to each other that neither wanted anything other than friendship,
and they happily put the incident behind them.
But the events of their one night stand were to be more far reaching than
Lori or Connor could have imagined - Lori fell pregnant as a result. Despite
being on the pill, it seemed Lori wound up pregnant because the medication
she was on for a persistent cold had cancelled out the effects of the pill.
Ironically, it was Jack who Lori told first about what had happened, and
Jack even waited with her while she took a pregnancy test to determine for
certain that she was pregnant. When it was confirmed, Lori faced the
difficult task of telling Connor he was going to be a father, and she was
shocked by Connor's reaction to the news. Connor was appalled at the
prospect and attributed the blame to Lori, which made the situation even
worse for her. Connor's reluctance to accept the pregnancy and come to terms
with it increased the anxiety Lori was experiencing over things, and she
decided to have an abortion. Although Karl tried to talk her round, Lori was
adamant that she had made her final decision, and even after Connor started
to show signs of dealing with the pregnancy, she pressed ahead with her
plans. Connor drove Lori to the clinic for the procedure, and clearly
sensing that she was uneasy about the abortion, he told Lori before she went
in that she didn't need to go through with it and they could handle the
Lori refused to reconsider her position with Connor and went on into the
clinic to have the abortion. Connor tried to go in with her, but Lori
refused to let him, and he was forced to sit outside in his ute. However,
Lori had second thoughts as she filled out her personal details on a form,
and decided not to have the abortion. But as she came out of the clinic, she
opted to avoid Connor and not let him know she hadn't had the abortion.
Instead, Lori went to Jack and revealed she had decided to return home to
New Zealand to the comfort of her family. Jack helped Lori pack her things
and waited with her on Ramsay Street for her taxi to arrive. Suggesting that
she had never stopped hoping that she and Jack would get back together, Lori
gave Jack a knowing look when he asked her why she had stayed in
Erinsborough. And as her taxi arrived, Lori hugged Jack goodbye before
getting into the car and mouthing "I Love You" to Jack as the cab pulled out
of Ramsay Street. Lori left behind a letter to the Kennedys thanking them
for everything they had done for her, and a note to Connor, in which she
asked him not to try and contact her and simply let her deal with things in her own way.
After giving birth to a baby girl, who she named Madeleine, Lori found herself struggling with motherhood. Her parents made her feel inadequate and so she decided to escape for a while and visit Erinsborough, primarily to introduce Connor to the child he wasn’t aware he had. Checking in to Lassiter’s Hotel, Lori bumped into Connor sooner than she had planned to, as he was just checking out with his girlfriend Michelle. She introduced Connor to baby Maddy, but it seemed that the new father wasn’t quite ready to accept the new role that had been thrust upon him, particularly as he and Michelle were only just working out their renewed feelings for each other. However, once Connor began to spend time with Maddy and Lori, he realised that he had responsibilities. Lori spoke to Michelle, who was beginning to feel left out of the equation, and told her that when she’d learnt of her pregnancy, Connor had practically offered to marry her. Michelle realised that she could no longer rely on Connor, and so decided to return to New York.
Meanwhile, there was someone else Lori was eager to catch up with – Jack. The former couple still obviously had feelings for each other, but Jack was incredibly uncomfortable seeing the new bond that Maddy created between Lori and Connor. Lori was impressed when Jack proved himself to be very good with her daughter, a lot better than his own father. Lori and Jack began to spend a lot of time together, and Jack told her that he wanted them to get back together, so that the three of them could be a real family. Lori was moved by this, and agreed to give things another try, but one person who wasn’t convinced by this new arrangement was Lyn. She had seen her son flit from one ‘true love’ to another and was well aware that he would probably move on from Lori and leave her high and dry. She expressed her fears to Lori. Lori realised that what Lyn said probably had some truth in it. When Gino then offered her the job of PR manager and receptionist at his new hair salon in Lorne, Lori agreed to think seriously about it. When she then put this to Jack, he said he couldn’t leave his father’s business. When Lori then lied that Gino also wanted some male models to go to Europe, Jack jumped at the chance, until Lori explained that it was just a test to see how important their relationship really was to him. And so, the following day, Lori bid farewell to Lyn, Jack and Connor and set off to make her fresh start.
Because Lori was so close by, Connor made regular visits to Maddy and also had her to stay from time to time. However, things started to change
when Lori met a new man, Nick Sullivan. Nick was very unpleasant towards Connor and his girlfriend,
Carmella, when they came to pick up Maddy one day and refused to hand her over. Later that week, Lori
went to visit Connor to apologise and to explain that Nick was setting up a new business and so she, Nick and Maddy would all be moving to
Adelaide. Connor begged Lori to reconsider, but she was adamant that it would be for the best in the long run for Maddy to have a stable home.
It wasn’t until Connor snatched Maddy from her pram outside Lassiter’s that Lori realised how serious he was about seeing his daughter and she
agreed to think things over. The following day, Lori and Nick returned to number 30. Lori explained that she had to consider Maddy’s best
interests and think about who truly had those at heart. She therefore announced that she wouldn’t be moving to Adelaide. Nick was furious with
this decision and Lori told him that if that was his attitude, she never wanted to see him again.
At the end of 2012, Connor returned to Erinsborough and revealed that Lori and Maddy were still living in Lorne, and that Lori was
about to get married, to an engineer named Cameron, a wedding which Connor reluctantly attended.
4138-4282, 4457-4477, 4616-4621
Episode 4138: Lori's Arrival
Episode 4282: Lori's Departure
by Steve and Mark