The Kennedys are rocked by a shocking diagnosis. Libby returns to Ramsay Street. Bridget and Declan go out on a date. Riley and Elle try to save some neglected horses. Toadie falls out with Rosie.
Susan receives an alarming diagnosis when Dr Vinton tells her that she has had a series of mini-strokes and the risk of a more substantial stroke is high. Susan and Karl put on a united front to reassure Zeke and Rachel, who fret about Susan’s health. Shocked to hear of her mother’s diagnosis, Libby returns from Shepparton with her son, Ben, and vows to stay in Erinsborough as long as necessary. Susan confesses her fears and Libby provides her with some much-needed support, but Rachel witnesses their bonding and feels left out. Libby, however, is hiding her real reason for returning to Ramsay Street. Her secret pain gradually emerges as she is reminded of the close-knit community she has missed, and the
problems she has left behind in Shepparton.
Elsewhere, Bridget is stunned when Declan asks her out on a date. She confesses to Rachel that she has never been kissed, so Rachel gives her a few pointers on what to expect. But Bridget is dismayed when the date gets off to a bad start.
She still has a physical impairment from the accident and is mortified when they are confronted by teasing teens at the cinema. To make matters worse, Declan decides not to kiss her on the doorstep. Determined to give him another chance, Bridget musters the courage to ask Declan to join her by the lake, but is devastated when he stands her up. Convinced that Declan is put off by her disability, Bridget catches up with him and gives him a piece of her mind.
Elle, meanwhile, is out riding when she spots some neglected horses belonging to a suspicious landowner. The RSPCA investigates but fails to find any horses at the property, so Elle decides to take matters into her own hands. She and Riley search the countryside until they find the horses locked in a barn. Suspecting the owner might try to move them again, they decide to watch over them all night. Under the stars, Riley and Elle’s unresolved feelings rise to the surface, but they are interrupted by the landowner’s return. The pair manage to get the authorities to rescue the horses, and Riley writes an article about their actions. Elle is delighted with her efforts, but when she arrives home, she finds the farmer she exposed is waiting for her…
Also this week, Miranda tries to patch things up with Susan by leaving some food on her doorstep. Rosie confronts Toadie about his handling of Susan’s case, prompting him to quit the firm. Marco steps in to help Carmella with her business. And Ned does not know how to tell Janae that Kirsten is moving to Erinsborough.
Susan’s mystery illness grows worse. Zeke lashes out against some bullies. Bridget decides to abandon physiotherapy. Carmella is jealous when Marco goes on a date. A betrayed Rachel dumps Ringo.
Monday 25 – Friday 29 February on FIve