School Mis­tress! Shak­ing off her ‘Mrs Man­gel’ per­sona, Jane re­acts to an awk­ward faux pas by giv­ing Paul a les­son in love he’ll never for­get!

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Brought back to Erins­bor­ough as a ro­man­tic foil in a bid to soften the hard-hearted and tetchy Paul, Jane is thrilled with her ini­tial suc­cess as they ten­ta­tively dip their toes into the dat­ing wa­ters. How­ever, in her bid to im­press, Jane again re­lies on old habits that could back re...

Af­ter bring­ing the es­tranged Robin­son fam­ily back to­gether brie y, Jane (An­nie Jones) goes a step fur­ther, or­gan­is­ing a cosy catch-up lunch for Paul (Ste­fan Den­nis), his chil­dren and their ro­man­tic part­ners – whom he ab­so­lutely de­tests! Un­for­tu­nately, last-minute can­cel­la­tions from David (Takaya Honda), Amy (Zoe Cra­mond) and Gary (Damian Richard­son) leave Paul and Jane break­ing bread with just Leo (Tim Kano) and Terese (Re­bekah El­maloglou), and the meal’s very awk­ward, to say the least! Leo’s imsy ex­cuse to ee the pent­house early leaves Paul down­cast – and Jane re­al­is­ing she was wrong to think that the bro­ken Robin­son fam­ily could be so eas­ily healed.

Aware of Paul’s per­son­al­ity quirks, Jane rushes to apol­o­gise, but faced with his re­jec­tion, she looks in the mir­ror, hit hard with the re­al­i­sa­tion that she med­dled in Paul’s per­sonal life. It’s an old, and very bad, habit Jane learned from her years caring for the grand dame of med­dling, her grand­mother Mrs Man­gel, and she’s an­noyed with her­self for be­hav­ing like “Nan”.

Act­ing on friendly ad­vice from Dipi (Sharon Jo­hal), Jane plans an in­ti­mate and ro­man­tic din­ner for Paul and it works like a to­tal charm... con­clud­ing with the pair en­rap­tured in a heated kiss! The path’s now clear for it to lead to some­thing more, but Jane puts the brakes on, choos­ing to em­brace her new at­ti­tude and lay Mrs Man­gel to rest for good.

Tak­ing things slowly, Jane wel­comes Paul’s ef­forts to court her gen­tly as he ar­rives at school (where she’s Act­ing Prin­ci­pal for a sus­pended Su­san) to walk her home at the end of the day. Be­fore they leave, Jane tries some­thing dif­fer­ent, irt­ing and amorously propo­si­tion­ing her new man – and they’re soon get­ting frisky in an empty class­room… un­til Elly (Jodi Anasta) in­ter­rupts to in­ves­ti­gate the noises heard in the hall­ways!

Flushed from get­ting caught amid her desk­top romp, Jane sinks in­ward all over again, an­gry and ashamed of feel­ing so lib­er­ated, while a con­fused Paul wor­ries that her in­ti­mate feel­ings for him were faked sim­ply to dis­tract him from his chil­dren’s ro­man­tic af­fairs.

Can Jane and Paul heal the di­vide be­tween them and make a go of their our­ish­ing new ro­mance?

KISS FOR THE TEACHER Paul (Ste­fan Den­nis) and Jane (An­nie Jones) smooch!

Leo & Terese

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