Coming up In December

It’s the month of the year Shortland Street fans have been hanging out for – they know December and the season finale will see the culmination of some of the year’s biggest storylines. Or will this year leave us with more questions unanswered?

One thing is for certain – stay tuned for some of the most dramatic moments of the year!

Life in the Kumari -Scott household has been anything but settled since newlyweds Scotty and Shanti moved into their first home. Shanti is unaware of the house’s dark history – it was the scene of a grisly murder-suicide. So when the terrified neighbors refused an invitation to the housewarming party, it should have rung alarm bells that all was not right at the old bungalow.

And this month, the strange events start to escalate. It begins with faulty electrics, a burst hot water cylinder, falling wallpaper and a busted swing. Next come macabre blood-like stains, unexplained accidents and things that go bump in the night.

Trying to put on a brave face, Shanti invites a few pals around for a girls’ get-together, but the house has its own agenda. As renovations unearth a chilling discovery behind the walls, under the cover of darkness a blood-curdling scream will rent the air. By the end of the evening, blood will be spilled – but whose?

Shortland Street beauty Brooke Freeman has been enjoying life’s luxuries since moving into the home of boyfriend Dr Chris Warner. The only fly in her idyllic lifestyle, is Chris’ eight year old son, Harry.

Having spent a lot of time alone with Harry due to Chris’ demanding career, it would be fair to say that Brooke is not a natural with kids. This month, a discussion with a child psychologist unearths the source of Harry’s unhappiness.

Seizing the chance to unburden about Brooke, Harry fills Amelia in on Brooke’s evil deeds, including the fact that she has tried on his dead mother’s clothes and stolen her make-up. Brooke meanwhile, is hopeful that she’s paved the way to get Harry out of the house, when she feigns concern about him to Amelia.

Amelia’s conclusion is that Harry is emotionally disturbed and needs urgent intervention. Will Brooke succeed in her plan to get Harry sent away so she can have the unsuspecting surgeon all to herself?

A love triangle with a twist is another of December’s big themes. Surgeon Ethan Pierce has been working his way into the life and heart of serial killer survivor Alice Piper.
Meanwhile, warm hearted lesbian nurse Maia Jeffries has been growing suspicious of Ethan’s intentions towards her vulnerable friend. Complicating things is that Maia has started to have romantic feelings for Alice herself.

But is either woman really prepared for the dark force that is Ethan Pierce? With Alice falling further under Ethan’s spell, will she heed Maia’s warning that Ethan’s not the man for her? This month, the gloves are off between Maia and Ethan.

When Maia hears an explosive revelation and Ethan’s connection to it, tensions explode – culminating in a very public showdown. But who will come out on top? And will Alice align with her boyfriend or her best friend?

When a bus accident swamps Shortland Street’s Emergency Department, it’s all hands on deck. Surgeons Chris Warner and new Zimbabwean recruit Xavier Moyo are called in to assist and Xavier quickly establishes himself as an able pair of hands.

However ever-competent Head of ED Sarah Potts is suddenly struggling. Having battled her on-off symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis for many months now, the condition chooses an inopportune time to reappear – right in the middle of one of ED’s biggest days.

Struggling to keep her emotions (and symptoms) in check, a tearful Sarah retreats to the comforting arms of husband TK Samuels. Concerned, TK insists on running a battery of new tests – but neither he nor Sarah is prepared for the results and the shock condition they reveal!

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