- Harlow accuses Roxy of having no guts despite her outward persona, as their rivalry continues
- Gemma returns to help get Roxy back on track, but her daughter's not pleased to see her
- Things thaw between them later, as Gemma persuades Roxy to move back in at No 22
- Aaron and Leo help Roxy move her things over, and seem quite pleased to be rid of her!
- However, Roxy and Harlow are soon in the midst of a massive slanging match
- Terese tells both girls that she doesn't want her house to become a battlefield
- Chloe tells Elly that there may be something between them; Elly admits she's missed Chloe
- Mark gives Chloe his hypothetical blessing if anything were to happen between her and Elly
- But afterwards, Mark admits to Aaron that he isn't really okay with the idea
- Chloe asks Elly out on a date, and she eventually says yes, much to Chloe's delight
Aaron and Chloe are hanging out at the tram. Chloe is super- excited for her date with Elly.
CHLOE: There is nothing about it that won't be magical! Unless I somehow stuff it up.
AARON: What? My sister, the ex- professional dater, freaking out about a little brunch?
CHLOE: I know, it's bizarre. I mean, normally I would just meet at a bar and see where the night takes us. Which is how I ended up in Bengal making sweet curd with a 90- year- old goat herder!
Aaron advises Chloe to do just that - meet at a bar and keep it simple. That way she'll be more relaxed.
CHLOE: I'm going out with Elly - not some random schlump!
AARON: Yeah, and you don't want to come on too strong, do you? You'll scare her off.
CHLOE: No. I'm not going halfway on this. I need to blow Elly's socks off. Our whole future could depend on it.
Leo joins Elly at a table; she's playing music to her baby bump!
LEO: Do they really need to hear club hits from the noughties?
But Elly says it's helping to calm her nerves prior to the date with Chloe. David comes in, and overhears some of this, but goes straight to the counter. Leo remarks that Elly dating Chloe is a bit of a change for her.
ELLY: Well, Chloe's very persuasive.
LEO: Yeah. But you're actually into her?
ELLY: Yeah. Well, whenever I'm with her, she makes me really happy.
LEO: Sounds promising.
ELLY: Yeah, it is. I don't know what she's got planned, though.
Leo admits that it will be better than what he's got to look forward to; his love life is 'a desert'. Elly remarks that it's good to have a break from relationships. David returns to the table, and Leo leaves for the Back Lane Bar, warning Elly...
LEO: No dubstep, alright? The kid's gotta have standards.
David starts questioning Elly about her date with Chloe. Elly plays it down as no big deal, but David tells her she shouldn't.
DAVID: You're going on your first date with a woman. I came out later in life, too; I know how overwhelming it can be.
ELLY: Yeah... I don't really think it's the same thing.
DAVID: There's nothing better than being honest about what makes you happy. It changed everything for me.
ELLY: Oh, I'm glad, but... this isn't me, like, coming out, or anything like that. I actually don't know where I fit on the whole spectrum.
DAVID: What did you tell Chloe?
ELLY: That I'm open to exploring things.
Harlow whinges to Terese and Paul about Roxy, who's been in the bathroom for an hour now. Terese tells her to be patient; they need to make Roxy feel comfortable being back here.
HARLOW: You shouldn't be so lenient with her - she needs serious boundaries!
Paul starts to agree, but then Roxy herself emerges - complaining that no- one warned her she was going to be late for a delivery at the bar, because she was too busy putting on fake tan in the bathroom!
HARLOW: That needed fake tan?
Roxy's about to call for a cab, but Terese reminds them that they have a second car here.
ROXY: What, Haemorrhoid?
TERESE: Hermione. Why don't you just use her to commute?
Roxy seems pleased at this idea, and Terese thinks Piper will be fine with it. Terese says Harlow could benefit too, as she knows she's learning to drive. Harlow admits she's booked a theory test for today. Paul says he and Terese would be happy to give her some lessons.
Impatient with all this talk about someone other than her, Roxy asks for the keys to Hermione, and rushes off with them. Harlow lets out a deep sigh.
Back Lane Bar
Leo is impressed with how quickly Roxy got to work.
ROXY: Auntie T gave me Piper's old car, Herman.
ROXY: It's so sick. I get to go wherever I want, whenever I want, and I don't have to scab lifts.
She tells Leo she already has an epic road trip planned, because 'anything to get away from Harlow'. Leo thinks Roxy should give her a chance.
ROXY: I didn't think it was possible to be such a goody- goody. I mean, she's kind of, like, you know, that girl that's in the Harry Potter movies.
ROXY: ... Oh, right. Like the name of the car! I'm definitely gonna have to change that.
LEO: You just need to spend some more time with her.
ROXY: Yeah, well, I've spent enough time. At least living with you, we had so much fun.
LEO: Yeah, like the time you pushed me in the pool before work?
ROXY: Totally! Now I have to live with the fun police. You have no idea what it's like having to live with someone that's so annoying.
Roxy suggests moving back in with Leo, but a panicked Leo replies that she just needs to try harder with Harlow, and find some common ground.
Mark is cleaning (of course) when Chloe turns up, to inform him she has a date with Elly. Mark looks less troubled by this than one might imagine.
MARK: Right. So you're together.
CHLOE: It's a first date.
MARK: Cool. So you're almost together.
CHLOE: I know you said you'd be fine if something happened between us. But if this is too much for you, I can cancel (...)
MARK: Relax. You don't have to call anything off (...) Elly and I are done. So if it's gonna make you happy to be with her, go right ahead.
CHLOE: I wouldn't push it like this if it didn't.
MARK: Just be careful. When you and Elly were first together, she swore to me it wasn't about attraction.
CHLOE: I know.
MARK: She was hurting, and she said she just needed the comfort.
CHLOE: It's different now.
MARK: If you say so. Not that Elly's orientation is any of my business anymore. I just don't want you getting hurt.
Chloe tells Mark she really appreciates this, and leaves to prepare for the date.
Harlow is talking about her driving theory test with Terese; she wants to make the most of driving here, as she doesn't have a car back in London. Terese says she's looking forward to teaching her, like she did Piper.
TERESE: It's (...) special, sharing such a big step with you.
HARLOW (sadly): Like a coming- of- age kind of thing? My mum would never think of it like that.
TERESE: Well, I'm sure she'd love seeing you grow up, getting your independence.
But Harlow is becoming tearful.
TERESE: Hey, I'm not making a big deal out of it, am I?
HARLOW: No, no - I like it. I just... I'm just surprised you aren't sick of me yet.
TERESE: Why would we be sick of you?
HARLOW: For being a weirdo and, like, crying when I'm happy.
TERESE: No! No, it's nice to see you open up.
Feeling awkward, Harlow goes to splash her face. Terese looks thoughtful.
Aaron and David are talking about Elly and Chloe's date.
AARON: It wouldn't surprise me if Chloe showed up to meet Elly in a wedding dress (...) She's planned everything out to the second. She's way too invested; and if this all falls apart...
David relays what Elly said to him earlier, about being open to seeing where things would go.
AARON: Yeah. There's a little bit of a difference between being open to something, and being into it for real.
DAVID: Well, you can't expect her to have all the answers; it's their first date.
AARON: Yeah, it's a lot more than that for Chloe. And then there's the way Mark's going to feel about this (...) All of this means that everyone could get their hearts broken all over again.
Roxy returns home to find Harlow in the front room. Having taken note of what Leo said, Roxy starts making (half) an effort.
ROXY: We haven't really hung out too much, have we? Maybe if you ever feel like being less boring, we could go bar- hopping one night?
HARLOW: I'm not eighteen, I can't get in.
ROXY: And there's the boring.
Harlow asks for the keys to Hermione; Terese is taking her for a lesson.
ROXY: A lesson, in my car? I don't think so.
HARLOW: Our car. Terese gave it to the both of us.
ROXY: Get bent - she gave it to me!
HARLOW: No, she gave it to you to go to work, and for me for lessons. We have to share.
ROXY: No, no - I don't think so! The last time I shared something, I ended up on antibiotics. So no.
HARLOW: I'm not fighting with you. Terese said to give her a call when I'm ready. She can sort this out when she's back.
But Roxy grabs a framed photo of Terese, claiming she wants to take it back to the bar with her in the car, to make it cosier. She rushes out the door, and Harlow follows, calling for her to come back.
Elly is just about to leave for her date with Chloe, when Aaron turns up, and asks if they can sit down.
AARON: Look, Chloe's had a lot of... different experiences, right? Like, she knows exactly what she wants - but can you say the same?
ELLY: I don't know how you want me to answer that. We're going on a date; it hasn't started yet.
AARON: Okay - this is the first time you've been on a date with a woman, yeah? I think it's great that you're exploring that kind of a thing, but this is a little more serious for Chlo.
ELLY: I'm very well aware of how serious her feelings are.
AARON: Well, she doesn't deserve to be used as a guinea pig.
ELLY: What, that's what everyone thinks, is it?
AARON: No, not exactly. It's... look, Elly - up until now, you've denied that you were even attracted to her. I'm not gonna sit back and watch her heart break again.
ELLY: I have no intention of breaking your sister's heart.
AARON: Then why are you doing this?!
ELLY: Because... there's something between us. There always has been. And me going out on a date with Chloe - that's my way of exploring it.
AARON: Okay. Look, just be careful, please? Chloe has wanted this for a long time, so you need to do it right.
Harlow, Terese and Paul gather on the front drive, having been summoned by Roxy to meet her there. She pulls up in Hermione, which has been well and truly pimped - with furry pink seating and pink flame designs all over the outside! The back windscreen is now emblazoned with the words 'Roxy's Ride'. Harlow's furious, saying she can't drive the car now.
ROXY: Oh, what a shame. I guess it's all mine, then.
Terese tells Roxy to go back to wherever she got this done, and get the car put back to normal. But Roxy says she doesn't have the cash for any more work on Hermione. Harlow's upset as she was looking forward to driving lessons with Terese being 'our thing'. Terese says they can always do lessons in her car instead.
HARLOW: That's not the point! You gave Hermione to the both of us, and now she's gone and done this to spite me. If this doesn't prove she's the most selfish person in the world, I don't know what does.
Harlow marches inside, followed by Paul. Terese gives a nonchalant Roxy a killer look.
Indoors, there's fresh hell for Harlow - someone's been stealing her pistachios, and no prizes for guessing who! Harlow complains to Paul that Roxy always gets away with her behaviour - even stitching up Gary for his assault.
HARLOW: It's like her life is one big get- out- of- jail- free card.
PAUL: Yeah, Roxy doesn't play fair. But you know, that's nothing unusual. Harlow, the world is full of people who lie and mistreat each other just to get exactly what they want. Take it from an old hand.
He advises Harlow that he would find a way of getting even, but also understands she has more integrity than him - she's less likely to get bogged down in petty feuds.
HARLOW: Yeah, I've taken the high road my entire life.
PAUL: Yeah, and that is a very commendable trait.
HARLOW: Yeah - one that's turned me into a sucker. You know, maybe it's time I changed things up a little bit.
Banks of the Yarra
Chloe and Elly are having a picnic by the river for their date, which is to be followed by a boat ride. Chloe has packed all Elly's favourites, and non- alcoholic bubbly.
CHLOE: I just wanted today to be special. Aaron suggested I go no- frills, like surf 'n' turf at The Waterhole or something. Can you imagine?
ELLY: Maybe he didn't think I was worth it.
CHLOE: What does he know?
ELLY: What does anyone know? What do I know?
CHLOE: ... What do you mean? Have you changed your mind about this?
ELLY: No, no, no - that's not what I meant.
CHLOE: I shouldn't have suggested this. As if you want to be stuck with me on a boat surrounded by water!
ELLY: Okay, calm down. I've been really looking forward to this.
CHLOE: Then what's going on?
Harlow pulls up in Hermione, with Paul next to her, having taken her on a driving lesson. Terese and Roxy are in the drive; and Roxy doesn't look happy.
ROXY: She's taken down my fluffy fox!
HARLOW: (...) The car might look stupid, but I figured, as a learner, it's probably best to drive something so visible.
ROXY: Anyone beep for Roxy?
HARLOW: Umm, no.
Paul shows Roxy some fresh handiwork that has gone over the 'Roxy's Ride' lettering on the windscreen. The new message reads, "it is never too late to be what you might have been".
ROXY: What does that even mean?
TERESE: I think it's lovely.
ROXY: You can barely see my name!
HARLOW: Yep, but now everyone can read some words by George Eliot.
ROXY: Well, he sounds like an idiot!
HARLOW: *She* was a very famous English writer.
ROXY: Everybody's going to think that I'm some kind of librarian.
HARLOW: Until they realise you actually can't read a stop sign.
Offended, Roxy marches off inside. Paul and Harlow high- five.
ROXY: I'm sorry my first lesson wasn't with you. I just wanted to sort that out.
TERESE: I'm just glad Roxy was put in her place.
HARLOW: After speaking with Grandad, I've realised I shouldn't always take things lying down.
TERESE: Hmm. I hope he's not trying to lure you to the dark side.
HARLOW: I'll never be someone who goes low. But I can still have a bit of fun, right?
Banks of the Yarra
Elly and Chloe's river- chat continues.
CHLOE: Okay, so you don't know if you're gay or straight, or bi, or floating around somewhere else.
ELLY: I don't know. I haven't thought about it. Not even after we slept together.
CHLOE: Well, it was a pretty full- on time.
ELLY: Yeah. It's not until now, that I'm here with you, that I'm facing it. I dunno - it's so much pressure. People have so many opinions, and like, 'are you experimenting or are you coming out?' I don't know. I don't know the answer, you know. And here you are in the middle, caught up in it all.
CHLOE: With my heart on my sleeve. You're scared of hurting me.
ELLY: I'm terrified of hurting you.
CHLOE: I appreciate you worrying. But everything you just said, I already know. You don't have to have it all worked out. You just have to be here.
ELLY: You deserve so much more.
CHLOE: Look, it's great that you're trying to figure everything out for me, but you really don't have to. Just don't worry about what it all means. Just relax.
Elly smiles, reassured.
Mark is still cleaning the oven, when David and Aaron turn up bearing beers.
MARK: This definitely needed the baking soda treatment.
AARON: Wow. Definitely not overkill (!)
Mark immediately susses that they're here because they feel bad for him, what with Chloe being out on a date with Elly - and gets back to cleaning the oven.
AARON: How about a game of Death By Dice? (...) I promise I'm not gonna play poolside rules.
DAVID: Poolside rules?
MARK: He means 'cheat'.
AARON: No, I don't mean 'cheat'.
MARK: You want to call Tyler on this?
But Mark grudgingly agrees to have one game, while the oven cleaner works its magic! David and Aaron look pleased with themselves.
Chloe and Elly are being guided downstream by a boatman, and seem to be having a good time. Chloe is telling Elly about some of her worst dates of the past; she decides that Melissa Lohan is probably the worst, being an arsonist and all.
ELLY: What is it with you and your exes? It's like you're only attracted to seriously disturbed people.
CHLOE: Oh, you're not that bad!
ELLY: Well, you've never seen me go a week without yoga and chai.
CHLOE: Oh. No more peace and love?
ELLY: Evil Dead 3!
ELLY: I'm having a really nice time.
CHLOE: Are you finally relaxed?
ELLY: Well, I was only doing it to protect you.
CHLOE: I know. And it's really sweet.
ELLY: So - I've had a revelation. The idea of me being attracted to women - I'm not so sure about that. I think it's more of an individual thing. It's you, Chloe. I'm attracted to you. You are smart and kind, and caring, and funny, and so beautiful. You're... just magic.
They share a long, lingering kiss on the lips.
Coming up on Neighbours
- There's a mystery woman at the Back Lane Bar, who seems to have her eye on Leo
- Kyle asks Chloe if she's thought about starting a relationship with someone about to have a baby
- Elly is still worried about Bea and Finn's relationship - she thinks they're not good for each other
- But Finn turns it back around on Elly, asking if she really knows what she's doing with Chloe