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this December, 2011:Thursday, 1 December 2011
Naomi wakes up in hospital with Miles at her bedside. She soon learns that she had an overdose and that the doctors suspect an attempted suicide. Her troubles only seem to get worse when Miles finally breaks the news of Millicent's disappearance.
Lucilla is unhappy about cancelling her engagement party, but has to play the role of supportive partner when Miles asks her to.
Tshidi comes face-to-face with the demons of Maidi and Nozipho's marriage when he finally opens up to her.
Suffocate bears the brunt of the guys' mirth as they tease him about his public declaration of love for Puleng. Friday, 2 December 2011
Puleng and Suffocate discover that the club has been robbed and Fats gets a brainwave to start a night-watchman service.
Thula warns Tshidi that Maidi and his wife might have more baggage than she can handle. Tshidi finally manages to reach out to Maidi and their connection strengthens.
The doctor asks Miles to convince Naomi to seek help regarding her suicidal thoughts. Naomi worries that Miles is going to discover the truth.
Elizabeth calls Lucilla, but refuses to divulge her whereabouts or any details regarding her departure.
Monday, 5 December 2011
Miles agonises over his missing daughter and the tragedy brings him and Naomi closer.
Lucilla urges Elizabeth to return Millicent, but Elizabeth turns the pressure onto Lucilla. Lucilla tries to convince Miles and Niki that Naomi's overdose and Millicent's kidnapping are Naomi's own fault.
While Miles continues to wonder whether Naomi attempted suicide, the police suggest she was poisoned.
Tshidi is confused about Nozipho's request. Maidi suggests that Tshidi accepts this free pass to make their affair lawful. Thula is stunned about the decision Tshidi is facing while Stone's worry over her association with Nozipho intensifies.
Puleng urges Suffocate to get proper security at the bar and Suffocate begins to feel she is imposing on his Decemberisions.
Rejecting Thula's advice to legitimate his night-watchmen service, Fats recruits and trains Jafta and his friends. Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Naomi subtly lets Lucilla know that she suspects her of supporting Elizabeth in her "kidnapping" scheme. After learning that the police have made no progress in tracking Elizabeth down, Miles decides to employ Harrison Tracy, a PI.
Naomi works out, through comparing a known sample of Lucilla's handwriting with the handwriting on her prescription, that Lucilla engineered her overdose. She vows revenge.
Tshidi struggles with her response to Nozipho's proposal. Unwittingly, Puleng encourages her to do it. Tshidi tells Maidi that she's decided to accept - but she wants to tell Nozipho before they act on it and sleep together.
Later, Maidi urges an uneasy Tshidi to sleep with him at once - but she insists that she must tell Nozipho first. Tshidi tells him that she has made an appointment to meet her in a couple of days time. Spontaneously, she tells Maidi that she loves him.
Fats fails to persuade Suffocate and Mamokete to subscribe to his security service. Jafta shows him the uniforms Rose proposes for the security squad, which cost R 500 apiece. Fats laments his lack of success. Thula suggests he ask Stone for an introduction to the owner of the restaurant he worked at. Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Naomi bribes the private investigator Miles hired to find Elizabeth. After thinking that Naomi is the one who scared Elizabeth away, Naomi confronts Miles with proof that someone else switched her medication.
Tshidi is convinced that Maidi doesn't love her and tries to avoid him. But Maidi isn't backing down without a fight.
Fats coerces Stone into acting as a reference for him to drum up business at Ponto. Thursday, 8 December 2011
Fats is hired by Carlos to provide security for Ponto and he starts off by deducting money from his crack troops. They respond by quitting on the eve of the big job.
There is more tension between Tshidi and Stone over the issue of Maidi. Tshidi agrees to Nozipho's indecent proposal.
Miles gets proof that Lucilla was behind the falsified script. Friday, 9 December 2011
Fats reports for his first day on the job without staff and is forced to choose between completely losing out on his latest business venture or accepting a drastic cut on profits.
Tshidi finds herself having to tell one lie after the other to maintain her relationship with Maidi. She agrees to a meeting with Nozipho and Maidi that leaves her racked with shame and guilt.
Miles confesses to Naomi that Lucilla was behind her overdose and that he has known about it for a while. Naomi pretends to be hurt by what she views as Miles's betrayal and kicks him out of her flat.
Lucilla's fantasy of a happy life seems to be coming apart at the seams. In the middle of her engagement party, a sheriff of the court delivers a very public and very humiliating engagement gift in the form a restraining order from Naomi.
She is crushed when Miles won't come to her defence against the charges.
Monday, 12 December 2011
Miles' plan to make peace between Naomi and Lucilla backfires. When Fats learns that Karabo is coming home, he is forced to swallow his pride and hire Toolkit and Speshil.
When Colonel Engelbrecht wants to know if he should investigate Lucilla, Miles has to intervene and beg him not to.
Gail is shocked to hear about Lucilla's attempt to kill Naomi.
After agreeing to Nozipho's proposal, a distraught Tshidi backs out at the last minute.
A disgusted Miles walks away from Lucilla. Tuesday, 13 December 2011
The tension between Miles and Lucilla mounts and Miles blames Lucilla for Millicent's kidnapping.
Lucilla threatens Naomi who uses Lucilla's wrath against her to her advantage. Miles discovers shocking truths about Lucilla.
Frustrated with the hostility between Miles and Lucilla, Niki tries to convince S'bu to go away with her.
Gail sympathises with Naomi and offers her support. Kop inadvertently boosts Tshidi's conviction in her decision not to sleep with Maidi at Nozipho's request. However, Tshidi is filled with doubt about what to do about her relationship with Maidi.
Tshidi gives Nozipho a full confession. Fats is surprised at Toolkit and Speshil's diligence as night watchmen, but they seem to have a trick up their sleeves. Wednesday, 14 December 2011
S'bu shocks Miles with the news that he and Niki are leaving the house to escape the tensions brewing between him and Lucilla.
Smarting, he tells Lucilla that he doesn't recognise in her as the woman he was once married to - and had hoped to marry again. He informs her that he will be accompanying Naomi to the Transkei, where Elizabeth has been spotted.
After a talk with Victoria, Lucilla is determined to try to stop Miles walking into a trap - but Naomi convinces Miles that Lucilla is trying to prevent them from rescuing their daughter.
Maidi blames Tshidi for whatever consequences flow from her telling Nozipho the truth about their affair.
Thula believes that Tshidi told Nozipho in order to force Maidi to choose between her and his wife. Nozipho requests a meeting with Tshidi.
At Chilas, she demands to know when she and Maidi started their affair. Tshidi says that Nozipho can't criticise her when she persuaded her to sleep with her husband. Nozipho slaps Tshidi.
Fats learns that Toolkit and Speshil are selling prawns and calamari that he very much suspects have been stolen from Ponto d'Oro. Thursday, 15 December 2011
Fats cuts a deal with Toolkit and Speshil to sell the food from Ponto. Tshidi resolves to fight for Maidi, just as Maidi decides to give his marriage to Nozipho another chance.
At Naomi's prompting, Niki tells Miles the truth about Lucilla's threat to Millicent.
Miles walks out on Lucilla and straight into Naomi's arms. Friday, 16 December 2011
Fats welcomes Karabo home with some delicious prawns from Ponto. She is utterly confused by the whole situation, but thankfully for Fats her jetlag gets the better of her.
Miles has a restless sleep at Naomi's place. Naomi plays the good wife to perfection. Naomi feeds information to Harrison Tracy. He tells Miles that Lucilla was responsible for Elizabeth running away with Millicent and Miles is devastated.
When he finds out that they lost Elizabeth again, he freaks out and fires Harrison. Naomi's plan is working to perfection.
Tshidi confronts Maidi and tells him that he has to choose between her and Nozipho.
To avoid a sticky situation Fats volunteers to play Joseph in the nativity play. Nozipho meets with Tshidi and tells her to stay the hell away from her husband.
Miles goes to see Lucilla to tell her what an evil woman she is. Lucilla is unwinding like a cheap slinky spring.
Monday, 19 December 2011
Fats tells Toolkit and Speshil that he's shutting down the operation, but it's too little too late as Karabo busts him.
Tshidi is depressed at losing Maidi.
Naomi plants the seed with Miles that Buhle isn't safe with Lucilla.
Nozipho tells Maidi she wants a baby, and he visits Tshidi with a startling declaration.
Lucilla attacks Naomi in the 9-Nine offices. Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Miles wants to go down and pay Lucilla's bail, but Naomi persuades him to let his lawyer take care of it.
Lucilla becomes desperate when she gets home and discovers Miles and Naomi have taken Buhle. She wants to go and bring him home, but Patrick Sithole warns her against the consequences of violating her restraining order for a second time.
Lucilla is more alone than she's ever been in her life and Miles eventually succumbs to Naomi and kisses her.
Maidi and Tshidi plan their future, but it doesn't feel like wine and roses. Her friends try to be supportive in their own way, but when Nozipho comes to tell her she's won, Tshidi feels even worse about herself.
Fats can't understand how Karabo or the guys could believe that he was selfish. Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Tshidi remains conflicted about her situation with Maidi but remains in denial about it.
Miles tells Naomi that the kiss the previous night was a mistake.
Fats forces Toolkit and Speshil to do the nativity play. Fats begs Jafta to do the nativity play and promises to buy him a cow.
Meanwhile, Lucilla approaches Gail to give her the code to get into David's flat, but Gail refuses. Stone meets up with Maidi and tells him that he is easy about Maidi's relationship with Tshidi.
Thula gives Lucilla the code to the flat. Gail informs Naomi that Lucilla was looking for the code to the flat. Lucilla finally gets into the flat and gives Victoria an ultimatum. Thursday, 22 December 2011
Lucilla's plan to flee with Buhle fails when Victoria alerts Miles and Naomi who stop them as they're about to leave the house.
Miles persuades Naomi not to lay charges against Lucilla. Naomi corners Lucilla at her home and tells her that the next day she faces a psychological evaluation which will determine whether she goes to jail or is institutionalised.
Puleng anticipates that Mamokete might have a problem with Tshidi's relationship with Maidi. Tshidi tells her parents about Maidi's divorce plans, and invites him to join them for Christmas lunch.
When Maidi pops in later, Kop lets him know that Tshidi has let the cat out of the bag and Maidi is very angry. Thula wonders why Tshidi had not told him about the renewal of her relationship with Maidi.
Jafta, Toolkit and Speshil are hopeless actors. Karabo despairs over the Christmas play. In an attempt to prove his worth to her, Fats offers to drive a drunk home from the club.
Friday, 23 December 2011
Puleng tells Tshidi that she doesn't approve of breaking up a marriage and Tshidi's feelings are hurt. Lucilla has her first meeting with Dr Mazibuko, and insists that Miles attend the next session.
Fats feels that he is getting back in Karabo's good books, and gives Jafta a goat. Thula apologises to Tshidi again. Lucilla is committed to a mental institution against her wishes.
Monday, 26 December 2011
Lucilla wakes up on Christmas morning in horror that she has been committed to a psychiatric hospital for observation.
Meanwhile, Naomi wakes up to her perfect family. She does everything she can to make this a special day for the family, but Miles can't shake off his despair at the turn-around his life has taken.
Naomi goes to see Lucilla to gloat and it takes every ounce of Lucilla's strength not to throttle her.
Tshidi is thrilled when Maidi turns up for Christmas lunch. She is even more enamoured when he fits in well with the family. Nozipho pitches up during the celebrations. She wants to speak to Tshidi.
She thanks Tshidi for taking Maidi away from her and tells Tshidi that it has set her free to live her own life.
Fats finds a white guy dressed as Father Christmas outside the club. Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Fats learns that the mysterious stranger he picked up from the club is suffering from amnesia and decides to look after him. He thinks he's doing the right thing until Thula points out that he may be biting off a little more than he can chew.
Lucilla tries to convince Dr Mazibuko that Naomi is a real threat to her family but her increasingly disturbing behaviour only serves to convince the doctor that she's suffering from paranoid delusions.
Later that evening, she realises just how dire her situation is when she has first-hand experience with Quanita's violent mood swing.
Miles is having difficulties coping with the situation and finds solace in Naomi's understanding company.
Maidi surprises Tshidi with a romantic gesture, but her pleasure is short-lived when she realises that he made the same one to Nozipho a few years back. She accuses him of still being in love with her and he fails to deny it. Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Lucilla pleads with Dr Mazibuko to get her out of the institution. He refuses, saying she is still suffering from paranoid delusions.
Fats and Karabo give the mystery man a new name. Lucilla nearly loses her mind when she finds out that Buhle doesn't want to see her.
Tshidi makes a devastating realisation about her relationship with Maidi. Naomi poses as a grieving mother on Gail's radio show dispensing wisdom to parents who have lost children. Miles thinks it's an amazing gesture which infuriates Lucilla. Thursday, 29 December 2011
Naomi reveals her plan to secure her hold on Miles by getting herself pregnant. Miles announces that he chooses Naomi over Lucilla and Naomi torturously builds up his longing for her.
Gail pitches the idea of a campaign to find Millicent and Naomi is not pleased with the prospects.
Lucilla changes tack in her game-plan to get out of the mental care facility. Dr Mazibuko buys her act.
Tshidi tells Puleng she broke up with Maidi and Puleng is relieved. Puleng is tortured with grief as Matric's birthday is coming up next week.
Fats assumes that Karabo is testing him by asking him to hand Gabe over to the police. He finds out that he doesn't have to prove himself to her anymore, but is conflicted when he realises just how much Gabe needs him. Friday, 30 December 2011
Naomi wants to wait until she's ovulating before sleeping with Miles, but runs the risk of alienating him.
Lucilla realises she has to pretend to accept that she's crazy in order to be discharged from the institution.
Puleng invites her friends to a birthday party for Matric, making Suffocate very uncomfortable. Gabe remembers who he is - Hendrik Botha, a rich CEO. He rewards Fats for his kindness with a large cheque.
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