As a good-natured doctor, Tori has always puts other people's needs before her own. But in Home And Away this week, she takes a leap of faith – literally – into Christian's arms.
The hospital halls have been buzzing with rumours about Tori (Penny McNamee) and Christian (Ditch Davey) since their first flirtatious encounter.
It's clear they have chemistry, but Tori just couldn't seem to find words around him. One bumbling conversation after the next has led her to believe he couldn't possibly find her of interest… until now.
During a busy night in which Tane (Ethan Browne) is rushed to the emergency ward with critical head and liver injuries, the pair find themselves at odds as to how to treat him.
Christian wants to operate immediately, but Tori believes it'll only cause further damage. In a heated discussion, Tori fumbles over her words before realising she has rank and stands her ground.
"Christian is headstrong and confident in his work, while Tori is confident in her skills, but has a softer bedside manner!" Penny, 37, tells TV WEEK.
Tori retreats to her office after their clash, but Christian follows her in. He apologises for undermining her and disarms Tori once again. To her own surprise – and Christian's – Tori throws herself at the handsome doctor in a moment of steamy passion!
The pair lock lips, but realise their behaviour is unprofessional and pull away, Tori exiting before anyone notices.
"Tori is a rule-follower and has been all her life. So she wants to jump and not think about the consequences," Penny says of Tori's spontaneous kiss.
"She's attracted to him and wants to see where it goes."
The next day, Christian invites Tori to spend the day with him. They chat for hours, discussing their pasts and hopes for the future. Tori reveals more about her life and baby Grace, feeling more and more at ease with him.
Eventually, she takes his hand in hers, hoping this is the happy ever after she's been searching for…