Previously on Erinsborough High
- Jeremiah shows the bruises he received from Ollieís kicking on his video diary
- Hendrix is disturbed to see the extent of the damage that Ollie has done to Jeremiah
- Richie feels bad when he sees how much heís upset Mackenzie
- He resolves not to let other peopleís opinions affect their relationship, and they kiss again
- Richie shows Liv the anonymous texts some pupils got, which started the Liv/Muggleton rumours
- Liv texts a mystery person, asking why they sent the messages about Mr Muggleton
- The mystery person turns out to be Miss Reyner! She tells Liv to trust her; everything will be okay
Liv is filming her video diary.
LIV: Iím meant to be in my business exam right now. But, ummÖ lifeís gotten pretty complicated. I used to come in here with Richie sometimes, to make out. It was weird, at first, cos of the age gap. But he was cute. Popular, which I used to care about. And Mum loved him. We didnít have that much in common, but it was good. I mean, for a while, it was easy. Then my period was late.
Liv is talking to her mum Angela, about the Mr Muggleton rumours. She insists she barely knows him, and doesnít even do science.
LIV: He just gave me a ride to school. Weíre not having sex.
LIV: Why are you so scared of that word. Itís just sex.
ANGELA: Itís never just sex when itís someone whoís been paid to take care of you.
LIV: (Ö) Mr Muggleton has done nothing except be nice to me. So please donít go marching into the school and have him fired, like you did with Miss Conway.
ANGELA: Iím just trying to protect you. And rumours always start somewhere.
LIV: They start from douche canoes with too much time on their hands.
ANGELA: Are you really okay?
LIV: Iím fine.
Angelaís keen for Liv to go to her resit business exam; Liv isnít bothered, as it wonít affect the marks she needs to get into creative writing at uni. Angela says that if the rumours are just fake news, Liv should hold her head high, walk in and finish what she started.
ANGELA: Donít let thoseÖ douche canoesÖ affect your future.
Hendrix is at DeadKateôís Gazebo, doing his video diary.
HENDRIX: Ghost is an idiot, copping crap from Ollie. Whatever, thatís his problem. If he wants to be a coward, thenÖ thatís his defectÖ No, forget I said that. Itís not his fault; itís OllieísÖ Itís mine. Yeah, he was the one who purposely didnít tell Ollie that we werenít tanking the exam. So yeah, he is partly to blame. But I brought him into this. I put him right in the line of fire. IÖ I know Iíve got issues, but Ghost? Ö Jez. Heís got no- one looking out for him. And all heís ever done is be smarter than anyone elseÖ Maybe he needs some help. Maybe that help needs to be me.
Yashvi, Harlow, Mackenzie and Richie are talking about Liv.
YASHVI: You didnít make her get an abortion, did you?
RICHIE: What?! No! I didnít even know she was pregnant.
HARLOW: We donít know she ever *was* pregnant. I mean, the test was unopened, right?
RICHIE: She didnít tell me anything. Weíd only been having sex for a few weeks.
YASHVI: It only takes once, genius.
HARLOW: Uh, not the time, Vee. Maybe it wasnít from when you guys were together?
MACKENZIE: But she said Ė
HARLOW: I know, butÖ Olivia may just be throwing us off.
YASHVI: No, she swore she wasnít doing it with Mr Muggleton.
HARLOW: Well, whoever it was, she was clearly embarrassed by them.
MACKENZIE: Or theyíre embarrassed by her.
RICHIE: Olivia is obsessed with drama and grand romance. If this person is trying to hide their relationship for some reason, Olivia probably doesnít see it as a bad thing. Sheíll be loving the secrecy.
Mackenzie looks worried.
Mackenzieís recording her video diary.
MACKENZIE: I know this sounds bad, butÖ the whole time we were talking about poor Liv and the pregnancy test, literally all I could think about was, Ďoh, my god Ė Richieís had sexí. I know, I know Ė Iím an awful, terrible person. He was just soÖ I dunnoÖ brazen. Talking about it like itís not a big deal. But it is for me Ė itís huge! I mean, I hadnít even kissed someone till a couple of months ago. I canít imagine not doing it now, butÖ having sexÖ letting someone see meÖ I mean, is that what heís expecting? Because I canít imagine someone whoís been having sex since the beginning of the year would be satisfied with G- rated make- out sessions. Not for long, anyway.
Tears start to roll down her cheek as she has another thought.
MACKENZIE: I bet he thinks Iíve had surgery. I mean, why wouldnít he? Ö I need to tell him the truthÖ But Iím scared. I donít want him to run away.
Liv is walking to her exam, and gets a text from her mum, saying, ĎIíll be outside waiting. Love you xí Ė followed by another one with the word Ďdoucheí and a canoe emoji! She enters the classroom, and is surprised to see Miss Reyner there.
LIV: What are you doing here?
MISS REYNER: I volunteered to supervise your exam. Didnít your mum tell you?
Liv goes to sit down.
MISS REYNER: Iím gonna need your phone.
LIV: What for?
MISS REYNER: To make sure you donít cheat.
Liv reluctantly hands the phone over, and takes a seat. Miss Reyner closes the door.
Richie suggests he and Mackenzie study for biology later. But she has other things on the brain, and blurts them out.
MACKENZIE: Hearing you talking about having sex with Liv before really freaked me out, because I never considered that was something weíd do soon. Or that youíd want to do. With me. Is that weird?
MACKENZIE: It is weird.
MACKENZIE: Iím sorry.
RICHIE: No, no Ė donít apologise.
MACKENZIE: I just want you to know what youíre getting into with me, before we start planning mini golf dates, and weekend- y stuff.
RICHIE (laughs): You wanna play mini golf?
MACKENZIE: Bad suggestion.
RICHIE: No, no. Iíve been thinking about this stuff too, and actually, doing some research. I know youíre pre- surgery.
MACKENZIE: Ö How?
RICHIE: I read you canít have it till youíre eighteen. And seeing as I havenít got an invite to your mini golf birthday party yetÖ
MACKENZIE (laughs): So you want to do this? I mean, us?
RICHIE: Ö If thatís cool with you.
Two police officers are talking to Hendrix. Nearby, Mr Muggleton watches with Ollie and Jeremiah. Ollie jokes that the police must be here to investigate Muggletonís Ďspecial relationshipí with Liv.
MR MUGGLETON: Shut up, Sudekis.
But Hendrix is pointing the police in their direction.
OLLIE (to Muggleton): Have fun in the slammer, mate.
HENDRIX: Actually, mate, theyíre here for you.
HENDRIX: Mm. Heís the one who assaulted Jeremiah Annan.
MR MUGGLETON: Youíre kidding.
JEREMIAH: You reported him?
HENDRIX: No, Iím not. And yes Ė yes, I did.
MR MUGGLETON: When did this happen?
HENDRIX: Last night, after the physics exam.
JEREMIAH (to Ollie): I didnít tell him anything, I swear.
OLLIE: Yeah, right.
But Ollie is led away by the police. Hendrix waves at him as they go. Jeremiah doesnít look pleased, though.
Liv is doing her exam, while Miss Reyner invigilates.
MISS REYNER: Youíve been here an hour and a half, and you havenít written a thing.
LIV: Thereís no talking in exams.
MISS REYNER: You need to understand, I had no choice.
LIV: Thatís such crap. You threw an innocent man under the bus to save yourself.
MISS REYNER: To save us. Weíre in this together.
LIV: You text my friends and told them I was sleeping with Mr Muggleton!
MISS REYNER: I know! Iím sorry.
She sits next to Liv, and takes her hand.
MISS REYNER: Iím as freaked out about this as you are. But you havenít exactly been acting rationally lately.
LIV: So this is my fault?
MISS REYNER: No, no Ė thatís not what Iím saying. But you running away and missing a Year 12 exam got you on the radar as someone to worry about. I was worried you were gonna say something about us. Thatís why I had to go into your locker. I had to make sure you werenít keeping evidence of us.
LIV: I havenít told anyone.
MISS REYNER: You already said too much to Yashvi. People were gonna start asking questions; I just thought it was easier for you to deny a relationship that didnít exist.
LIV: Mr Muggleton doesnít deserve this.
MISS REYNER: Donít worry about him. Once Susan investigates and realises the rumours are baseless, Marty will be back teaching next year. At that stage, youíll be at uni, and weíll be able to start our lives together, as per the plan.
LIV: Mumís still gonna flip.
MISS REYNER: She just needs time to get used to the fact that youíre not straight. If she finds out about us now, we wonít be able to see how good this thing really is.
LIV: She knows somethingís up. I canít keep hiding from her forever.
MISS REYNER: I know (Ö) But we just need to wait until you finish Year 12, and turn eighteen.
LIV: Thatís still two months away!
MISS REYNER: If you break now, I will lose my job, and Iíll go to prison.
LIV: Youíve told me this a hundred times.
Miss Reyner kisses Liv on the lips.
LIV: Ö What are you doing?
MISS REYNER: I canít help it.
LIV: Youíre crazy.
MISS REYNER: You love it. Donít you?
Liv looks conflicted.
MISS REYNER: Now, letís not have this conversation again. Youíve got a little bit of time left, so make it count. Okay?
Liv is filming her video diary.
LIV: She bought me a pregnancy test because I couldnít face buying one. But by the time I got my head around taking it, my period showed up. She explained how, you know, stress can affect your cycle. And I was pretty anxious back then. So we kept talkingÖ about all kinds of things. You know, my mum, school stuff. Friend stuff. Soon, I was making excuses to hang out with her instead of RichieÖ It wasnít like with other adults. She didnít judge me for wanting to be a novelist. She encouraged me to think big. To think wild. For a while, I thought I wanted to be Cherie. But then I realised, I actually wanted to be with her. When I finally got the guts to say it out loud, I found out I wasnít crazy. The feelings were mutual. So it started.
Richie and Mackenzie are going pretty heavy on the pashing, whispering between kissesÖ
RICHIE: I like you so much.
MACKENZIE: Me too.
Richie moves on top, and itís all getting a little PG- rated, whenÖ
MACKENZIE: Actually, wait.
MACKENZIE: No, itís okay.
They pause, holding hands, foreheads together Ė both clearly eager to continue, but something is stopping Mackenzie.
MACKENZIE: Richie, I like you. I really do. But my head is still processing what we were talking about before. RationallyÖ I want to do this. But part of me just isnít ready yet.
RICHIE: As in, us, orÖ?
MACKENZIE: The physical stuff. I mean, I love kissing you, butÖ
RICHIE: No, no, no. I get that. I know. You still havenít had the surgery.
MACKENZIE: Thatís part of it, butÖ Iím just not ready.
RICHIE: No, andÖ I know plenty of girls who feel like that. Oh, Corned Beef Tin!*. I didnítÖ I didnít mean it like that.
MACKENZIE (laughs): Itís okay. I got it.
Richie kisses her hands.
MACKENZIE: Richie, Iíve been through a lot in my life. Especially the last few years.
He puts a hand to her face.
MACKENZIE: And I need to trust someone fully before I get to that point. And I want that to be you, but Iím just not there yet.
RICHIE: Ö I am happy to wait. And even if you never get to that point, thatís okay, too.
MACKENZIE: Are you sure?
RICHIE: Yes! I just wanna spend time with you.
MACKENZIE: And kiss, right?
They laugh, then get right back to mackiní on.
Yashvi turns up to ask Liv how her exam went. Liv gives her short shrift, still angry Ė but Yashviís desperate to talk.
YASHVI: Look, I mightíve got it wrong with you and Mr Muggleton. But something is seriously wrong here. I canít promise I can take it away, but I can listen. I promise Iíll help you get through whatever is going on.
LIV: I canít talk about it.
YASHVI: Well, then, write it down. You like that stuff. Maybe itíll be easier.
Liv gets a text from Miss Reyner, asking where she is. Tearfully, Liv writes on the paper Yashvi has given her, then hands Yashvi her phone.
LIV: Itís a password to my messaging app. I made some video diaries as well, which will explain everything that my texts donítÖ Youíll probably want to call my mum as well. And Mrs Kennedy.
YASHVI: Do you want me to?
LIV: No. But you should.
Liv leaves, and Yashvi looks at her phone.
We see more of Livís video diary.
LIV: Cherie and I would stay back late sometimes. Weíd wait until everyone was gone, so we could roam the halls like an actual couple. Weíd make out at my locker, or in her office. Weíd fantasise about our future. About the plan. I was going to finish my exams, and then Iíd move out from under mumís thumb. Then next year, once Iíd turned eighteen, weíd arrange to accidentally- on- purpose bump into each other. Weíd have a drink, reconnect, andÖ suddenly, out of the blue, realise our relationship was more than just a student- teacher thing. It was love. I know that sounds naÔve. But it was romantic, at least. I knew Mum would never accept that I was gay. And the way that she behaved when Mackenzie first showed up proved how backward she was about all that stuff. But part of me didnít want to let Mum down. So I did my best to sabotage the relationship. Even hooked up with Hendrix at the school formal. It just made me realise that what Cherie and I had was really special.
Liv becomes tearful.
LIV: I know itís wrong, on so many levels. But I love her. I mean, sheís risked her life for me. But itís all gotten really hard. Before my business exam this morning, I tried to end things. But Cherie wouldnít take no for an answer. We both got pretty upset. I tripped, and all of a sudden, Finn Kelly was there. It all just became too much.
Jeremiah storms in to have it out with Hendrix.
JEREMIAH: Where the hell do you get off?!
HENDRIX: Everywhere, lately. The bathroom, bedroom, balconyÖ
JEREMIAH: Look, I just spent an hour of study time being grilled by the cops.
HENDRIX: Did you show them your bruises?
JEREMIAH: Yeah, well, I had to, thanks to you.
HENDRIX: Not the gratitude I was after, but Ė
JEREMIAH: I didnít ask for your help.
HENDRIX: But you needed it. You canít keep letting them get away with this.
JEREMIAH (shouting): You donít get it, do you?! People like Ollie donít change! Punishment is nothing to them.
HENDRIX: Yeah, well, Ollie canít get to you if heís expelled. Thatís the endgame here!
JEREMIAH: So what? We get rid of Ollie, and another one of his mates takes his position. Look, Iíve got a whole nother year of high school left. I lay low; thatís how I survive. Just like you survive by being a rich toolbag with too much money.
HENDRIX: Money doesnít make everything magically okay for me.
JEREMIAH: What, so youíre the victim now?!
HENDRIX: I didnít say that, butÖ you have to stick up for yourself! Itís the only way people are gonna respect you around here!
JEREMIAH: Respect?! What about what you did to Muggleton?!
HENDRIX: That was different.
JEREMIAH: Why? Cos heís a teacher? Ö The whole goal of your tank was to get him fired!
HENDRIX: I didnít go through with it, though.
JEREMIAH: Oh, what Ė so youíre a little less worse than Ollie.
HENDRIX: Ö I was an idiot. Next year will be different. Itís a whole new netball game.
HENDRIX: Mixed netball. Great way to meet girls.
HENDRIX: Look Ė I know itís been hard for you. But Iíve got your back now.
JEREMIAH: By the time Year 12 starts, youíll have forgotten we even had this conversation.
HENDRIX: I promise Ė I wonít. I like you, man. For real, we could be friends.
JEREMIAH: And why would you want that?
HENDRIX: Ö BecauseÖ I need one as much as you do.
Miss Reynerís office
Mr Muggleton comes in.
MISS REYNER: I thought we agreed it was best you left for a while?
MR MUGGLETON: Cherie, you need to know Ė
MISS REYNER: Marty, come on. The rumour millís in overdrive. And Susan canít possibly keep you on staff when youíre allegedly dating a student!
MR MUGGLETON: The rumours arenít about me anymore.
Yashvi comes in.
YASHVI: Mrs Kennedyís on her way.
MISS REYNER: Yashvi, what are you doing here?
YASHVI: You had us all fooled Ė pretended you actually cared about our futures.
MISS REYNER: But I do care, very much!
YASHVI: A little too much, I reckon.
Enter Angela, followed by Liv.
ANGELA: I was your biggest advocate on the PTA! I trusted you with my children!
MISS REYNER: Angela, pleaseÖ
ANGELA: You abused my baby. You exploited your authority.
MISS REYNER: Ö I dunno what sheís told you, but I can assure you thereís been a mistake.
LIV: She knows, Cherie. Everyone does.
MISS REYNER: Ö This is just another one of her wild stories! You know what sheís like. Marty, you know!
MR MUGGLETON: No, I donít know.
YASHVI: I just sent you a text from Livís phone.
MISS REYNER: That doesnít mean anything! She couldíve got my number from anywhere!
ANGELA: How dare you?
YASHVI: The passcode for the encrypted messaging app is 243743. And in letters, that spells C- H- E- R- I- E.
MISS REYNER: Well, sheís got a crush on me!
YASHVI (reading): Where are you? I canít wait to see you. I did it for us. Trust me, baby.
Yashvi then plays a sound file that Miss Reyner recorded for Liv.
MISS REYNER (recording): Hey, baby. I know you just got out of my car, but I miss you already. Oh, I canít believe itís already been a month. And I know youíre worried, but thisíll all be worth it in the end. Sneaking aroundís kind of fun, right? Anyway, I love you Ė bye.
LIV: Iím sorry. I couldnít lie anymore.
ANGELA: You have nothing to be sorry for.
Miss Reyner looks tearful.
Yashvi is wrapping up her video diary.
YASHVI: So, here I am, back doing this. I donít know why; Miss Reynerís been fired, itís not like this reunion project of hers will actually go ahead. But I wanted to remind myself of this moment. Of how good it felt, helping Liv today. To be there for someone other than myself. To protect her. Iím always gonna want to play footy, but maybe thereís a career in helping people. Or doing some kind of service. Iím probably just kidding myself... Maybe thereís something in that.
She turns the camera off, and a musical montage begins.
Miss Reynerís office
The police lead a handcuffed Miss Reyner past a vindicated Mr Muggleton.
Miss Reyner is led past an unrepentant- looking Yashvi.
Outside the school
We see a loved- up Richie and Mackenzie walking up the familiar steps, hand- in- hand.
Hendrix and Jeremiah high- five one another as they pass in the corridor, both smiling.
Liv smiles as she holds hands with her mum in the cafť.
Outside the school
Hendrix, Jeremiah, Yashvi, Mackenzie and Richie walk alongside the school, smiling and chatting, Richie and Mackenzie still hand- in- hand, while Hendrix puts his arm around Jeremiah. The camera closes in on Yashvi at the centre of them all. Now the only one out of uniform, she turns around, looks back at the school for one last time, and smiles as she walks away.