And there we have it. Patrick won't be around next season to hold his newborn baby's hand (gulp), but what we do have to look forward to is exactly how on earth our heroine is going to deal with life as a new mother, without her leading man, and with the well-meaning, but often wildly misguided input of her wonderfully messy family.
Will you stay tuned to see how Nina fares as a single mum?
So, how did you cope?
Nina's arrived at St. Vincent's Hospital, and Billie is taking charge in admirable fashion, pushing her way into the elevator where Nina writhes on the ground, combatting contractions.
They scarcely make it out of the lift before the look of horror returns - the head is once again in view as Nina gives birth on the hospital floor, assisted by Eloise and Billie.
And it's a girl. Twitter wonders if she'll be called Patricia.
The family gather around Nina in bed, and promptly disappear, leaving her to have another daydream, one in which Patrick appears bedside with those puppydog eyes and looks on lovingly at his new daughter.
Waking at the pool the next morning, Nina goes into labour.
Billie's driving her to hospital in slippers and a dressing gown, but has to pull over on the way - Nina's waters have broken and she's about to pop.
She's crowning, as Billie looks on in horror, but the baby's not coming out just yet, thank God.
Surely we couldn't have Nina giving birth without the entire Proudman clan assembled before her and providing inappropriate commentary?
Jimmy and the rest of the Proudmans are hard at work to ready the baby nursery that Nina and Patrick hadn't started preparing.
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The sisters sneak into the hotel pool for a late-night dip. Nina, looking implausibly beautiful in a red one-piece, is worried that she won't love the baby.
Billie says she'll "cover for her", she'll love it for her if she can't.
Oh dear, Patrick's appeared in one of Nina's daydreams as she floats in the pool. They kiss. Sob. Throat lumps. Too much.
What do you think, will we be treated to a flashback of this?
I bet Patrick wore no shirt while making the rocking horse #Offspring— Deb Ryan (@BrissieDeb) August 14, 2013
At the hotel, we're reminded of one of the greatest things about Billie and Nina's often-volatile relationship -- when the chips are down, they are always there for each other, and can lift each other up in ways that no one else can.
Lying in bed in their room, they overhear an amorous couple in the room next door and explode into fits of giggles.
Billie then tells Nina of how Patrick paid her a visit to ask that she come to the baby shower. More tears. And more glimpses of Patrick, in flashback - we get the sense that we won't stop seeing him for some time.
Nina gets the first of those awful post-death phone calls - it's a hotel asking if her and her partner will be checking in next week.
Billie intercepts the call and before she can cancel the booking, Nina suggests she come in Patrick's place. "It'd be good to get away," she says.
Ah. We finally see what Patrick was up to in the garage last week. Nina's found the rocking horse he had built for their baby in the basement. Tear.
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Cherie comes to the wake, and Clegg reveals that he's had her face tattoed on the inside of his arm. We'd be LOLing if they weren't at a wake.
Nina comes from the crematorium and is overwhelmed by the crowd.
Cherie reminds her that she's allowed to "enjoy this baby."
Billie, meanwhile, can't help but ask Mick what's happening with the two of them.
He tells her to go inside and be with her sister.
He also tells her he thinks they're splitting up, but we're not buying it.
It must be said, Nina still manages to look gorgeous, even at her beloved Patrick's funeral.
Clegg makes the first speech.
Kate is next, and then it's Nina's turn.
She describes him as one of the best doctors she's ever worked with. When she gets to the bit where she says, "He would've been an incredible father," the tears start to fall. She's still surprisingly composed though.
Lovely song choice - is that Emma Louise?
The mood's unsurprisingly sombre all around this evening.
Nina visits her counsellor, Lawrence, while a bereft Billie absorbs the news from Mick.
She finally makes it to Geraldine's, where Nina's lying on the couch, and we're given the episode's first positive moment: the two sisters share a big hug.
Geraldine and Phillip are attempting to comfort Nina. The baby's bedroom isn't ready. Patrick wanted to wait.
Mick calls with the promise to find Billie. He and Jimmy barge into a cinema where she's watching a movie. She doesn't know yet.
Nina's completely numb, and seriously sleep deprived.
Patrick's back! But alas, it's a mere illusion. He's at her beside but for a fleeting, imaginary second, before reality sinks back in.
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Last week, Offspring (the band) were bombarded with tweets from viewers mourning Patrick's death. If it happens again tonight, will the Californian rockers keep responding to erring tweeters?
@chelsfammartino Its just a damn TV show. Don't let it get to you so much.— The Offspring (@offspring) August 7, 2013
A quick recap of last week's episode.
SPOILER WARNING: The episode we've been dreading has come to pass, but where do we go from here?
We're inclined to agree with Trevor Long on this one.
There's no Patrick, but there will be a new baby in tonight's episode.
Tonight's poignant episode features Patrick's funeral, Nina giving birth to their baby and an emotional reunion with her sister, Billie (Kat Stewart). Deftly directed, it manages to strike all the right notes while avoiding cloying sentimentality or soapy melodramatics.
Matthew Le Nevez, however, has not seen it yet.
"Mum wants me to be on Offspring forever," he says. "She's devastated that I've left. I think she's been ringing Channel Ten and demanding they put me back on."
Although his death shocked the nation last week, Patrick has been a marked man for a long time. Indeed, Le Nevez first learned of the plot to kill him in June of last year. Only four others knew: Keddie, producers and co-creators John Edwards and Imogen Banks, and director Emma Freeman.
"We kept this a secret for over a year," he says. "We knew from the very first day of filming [this season] this was going to happen.
"...You can't underestimate the intelligence of the audience," he says. "Our show is going into its fifth season. To have an audience stick with you, you need to change things up, you need to push forward and have mature storylines. You have to challenge the actors and the audience, too."Back to top