Bride & gloom

Ash­ley Ab­bott is hid­ing a big se­cret on her daugh­ter Abby’s wed­ding day.

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Ash­ley (left) is keep­ing some­thing from Abby on her wed­ding day to Stitch. Week­days (*194) 09:00

Doc­tor Ben “Stitch” Ray­burn (Sean Car­ri­gan) and Abby Carlton-New­man (Melissa Ord­way) are turn­ing a deter­mined blind eye to Stitch’s feel­ings for the bride’s mom Ash­ley Ab­bott (Eileen David­son) as they pre­pare for their wed­ding this fort­night. Melissa ad­mits, “I think that Abby wants to be­lieve that Stitch loves her just as much as she loves him. She wants the wed­ding of the cen­tury: she wants it to work and she wants to be Mrs Ray­burn.” But Ash­ley is still go­ing to grab all the at­ten­tion as Abby’s big day be­gins on Mon­day 12 Septem­ber.


On Fri­day 9 Septem­ber, the women of the Ab­bott and New­man fam­i­lies set aside their dif­fer­ences and unite to give Abby the tra­di­tional bridal gifts in a sweetly sen­ti­men­tal scene. Ash­ley gives her “some­thing old” – her late grand­fa­ther John Ab­bott’s (Jerry Dou­glas) hand­ker­chief as “a re­minder of the fam­ily that you come from and who loves you, now and forever.” The “some­thing new” is her wed­ding dress, while her half-sis­ter Victoria New­man (Amelia Heinle) lends Abby a pair of di­a­mond ear­rings as her “some­thing bor­rowed” and her aunt Traci Ab­bott (Beth Mait­land) gives Abby a sap­phire bracelet that be­longed to Abby’s late half-sis­ter Colleen (Tam­min Sur­sok) as “some­thing blue”.


Later on Fri­day 9 Septem­ber, dad Vic­tor New­man (Eric Brae­den) walks Abby to the al­tar with her niece Faith (Alyvia Alyn Lind) scat­ter­ing flower petals. But just as the episode ends, Ash­ley slumps in her seat, then falls to the ground un­con­scious. And for once, Ash­ley’s not mak­ing a su­per-dra­matic state­ment to stop the wed­ding. On Mon­day 12 Septem­ber, af­ter Dr Neville (Michael E Knight) di­ag­noses Ash­ley with low blood sugar, she re­fuses to go to hos­pi­tal un­til Abby and Stitch are de­clared hus­band and wife. Later, while the cou­ple’s friends are toast­ing their hap­pily- ever-af­ter, Dr Neville, who’s lied to pro­tect Ash­ley, catches her trash­ing her lab. And she fi­nally ad­mits what’s re­ally wrong: she’s not pitch­ing a fit over los­ing Stitch; she has an in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour. Ash­ley Ab­bott is dy­ing!

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