- Upset after her split with Chloe, Elly is buoyed by Bea's suggestion of helping her with her music
- But Elly's less pleased when it transpires that it'll mean spending time with Finn, too
- Gary gets a text from Paul saying Gail's his ex- wife, putting a dampener on their date
- Yashvi can't place where she knows Mackenzie from, but Mackenzie insists they've never met
- Mackenzie tells Yashvi that she lived in Newcastle, and has never been to Bourke
- However, we also see Mackenzie with a Bourke keyring, suggesting she isn't telling the truth
- Yashvi's unimpressed when Ned admits Shane asked him to break up with her
- Yashvi confronts Shane, saying she failed her essay because she heard him saying he didn't like her
- Yashvi tells Shane to forget about the car - she doesn't want anything from him
Shane laments to Dipi that Yashvi wants nothing to do with him. Dipi points out that Ned is sitting over at a table; Shane could start by making amends with him. But at that moment, Yashvi and Mackenzie come in, and join Ned. Yashvi introduces Ned to Mackenzie. Conversation moves to the topic of Shane; Ned thinks he's probably feeling terrible about what he said.
YASHVI: Good. That's how he made me feel.
NED: Yeah, I know. But the tension's probably not doing you good, either.
Dipi shouts over to say they're closing in five minutes, so Yashvi suggests they get takeaway and head to the lake. But Mackenzie gets a text from her auntie Trish saying dinner's ready, so has to leave. However, in the process of checking her phone, Mackenzie has dropped her Bourke keyring on the floor of the café. Nobody notices - for now.
Gary and Sheila are vegging out on the sofa, watching TV. Gary starts ruminating on his train wreck of a love life. Sheila says he's a handsome man with lots to offer.
SHEILA: You've got a job, you've got all your own teeth...
But Gary says that dating Paul's ex- wife has been the final straw. Sheila says it makes sense for her to be miserable; she and Clive were together for two years, whereas Gary's only been on two dates with Gail. Sheila teases Gary with the prospect of getting matching arm chairs and sitting in together every night - which is enough to propel him out of the front door!
Lassiter's Complex / Erinsborough Hospital
Bea and Finn are having a drink outside The Waterhole. Finn is teasing Bea about the fact that someone recognised her because she's becoming a musical superstar. Bea decides to call Elly at the hospital to check up on her, and puts her on speakerphone so Finn can hear, too.
ELLY: Worry no more - I have been given the all- clear, and I am on my way home.
Elly mentions her birthing class tomorrow. She admits she finds herself feeling isolated amidst the sea of loved- up couples at the classes. Bea says she can't come, as her manager is cracking the whip at the garage; so Finn offers to go with her instead. Elly doesn't look thrilled at this idea.
ELLY: Finn, hi... No, thank you - that's okay.
FINN: It's alright, I'm free.
BEA: Yeah. Well, it'd be better than hanging out with the lovey- doveys, right?
ELLY: Yes, this is true... However, I need to start learning how to deal with these things on my own. That's the way it's going to be when the bub arrives.
Finn looks disappointed, but accepts her decision, saying the offer's there if she changes her mind. Bea and Finn promise to see Elly at home later, and end the call.
Gary and Toadie are at the bar, laughing about how he dated Gail, not realising who she was.
GARY: I mean, Paul's ex - what are the chances?
TOADIE: Well, there are a few of them around.
Toadie leaves, and at this moment, Rebecca emerges from the bathroom! She notices Gary is having problems with his phone, and remarks on it.
REBECCA: Don't worry, I'm still trying to work out the phone that my son bought me, two years later.
GARY: I've forgotten my password for this app.
REBECCA: Oh. What is it, Tinder?
GARY: Yeah. My daughter set it up for me. I'm gonna have to give her a call.
REBECCA: Hmm. And I thought everything going online was supposed to make it easier for us. But now we just have to remember hundreds of passwords, don't we?
GARY: Yeah! I mean, I can't even remember me own birthday!
They keep chatting, and seem to have struck up a rapport. They introduce themselves to one another...
Shane is clearing tables outside the café. Mackenzie appears nearby and watches him, wide- eyed. She begins to approach him, but at that moment, Ned comes out of the café. Mackenzie quickly walks off, before either of the men sees her.
Ned offers to give Shane a hand with the tables. A little surprised, Shane agrees.
SHANE: Listen... I was out of line this morning.
NED: Hey, I've heard worse.
SHANE: No, no - it was unfair. I shouldn't have done it. The whole overprotective dad routine's outdated.
NED: You love your daughter. I get that's where it came from.
SHANE: Yeah, well... I'm sorry, for behaving like a caveman. You won't see me having a go at the two of you again.
NED: Don't even worry about it.
SHANE: Thanks. Now I just have to make things right with Yashvi.
Inside, Yashvi is helping Dipi close up. Yashvi correctly guesses that Dipi is trying to get her to stick around, so that she'll talk to Shane. Yashvi makes it clear she isn't willing. Conversation turns to Mackenzie, who Dipi thinks seems nice. Yashvi agrees, but mentions how familiar she seems to her. Shortly afterwards, Dipi finds the Bourke keyring on the floor.
DIPI: Is this yours?
DIPI: (...) It wasn't here when I swept, and only you and Ned have been here with your mate.
DIPI: She's not from Bourke, is she?
YASHVI: She said she's never been there.
Yashvi looks suspicious.
The following day, Mackenzie is in the café, looking distracted, while school troublemaker Richie bigs up his masculine credentials in a bid to impress her!
RICHIE: Zac only slashed my tyres because I could do a 360 off a ramp. You ever seen that?
MACKENZIE: ... No.
RICHIE: I can show you. Anyway, I'll get him back at the dance - dack him in front of everyone... Are you, uh, going to that?
MACKENZIE: To the dance? I dunno.
RICHIE: Well, umm...
Richie coughs and deepens his voice, attempting to remain casual.
RICHIE: ... well, wanna come with me?
Mackenzie tries to let him down gently.
MACKENZIE: I might be gone by the time it happens.
RICHIE: But you just got here!
MACKENZIE: I'm only visiting to catch up with family.
Yashvi, who has been standing at the door observing for a while, tells Richie that someone is eyeing up his bike outside, and he rushes off to check on it.
YASHVI: That guy is like the Zika virus - hard to get rid of. Sorry... you're not into him, are you?
MACKENZIE: No - no, not at all! He asked me to the dance.
YASHVI: Ah, I heard your excuse. Or are you *actually* seeing your family?
MACKENZIE: If I can.
YASHVI: ... Does your dad live in Erinsborough?
MACKENZIE: I don't wanna go into it. Only cos it's boring.
Yashvi shows Mackenzie the Bourke keyring, explaining Dipi found it where she was sitting.
YASHVI: I know you said you'd never been, but... is this yours?
MACKENZIE: (...) It's definitely not mine.
Yashvi looks confused.
Elly runs into David and Aaron at the pub, and explains she's on her way to a birthing class. She again laments being the only single one at the class. David asks if she can take a friend; but Elly says everyone's busy. David asks if she's tried Leo, but he's Not In This Episode™. David suggests that he and Aaron accompany her, and Aaron agrees.
DAVID: Why have a couple, when you can have a throuple?
Elly decides that it will definitely get people talking, so they all agree to go together. Elly seems genuinely grateful of the company.
Toadie and Shane are talking about Yashvi, who's still giving Shane the silent treatment. The conversation is interrupted by Yashvi herself coming in, and Toadie leaves them to talk. Yashvi's about to head straight to her room, but Shane calls her back.
SHANE: Look, I've made a tonne of mistakes in my life. Some you know about, some you don't. But I reckon what you overheard the other day is... probably one of the biggest. I didn't mean it.
YASHVI: Yes, you did.
SHANE: Have you meant every angry word that's come out of your mouth? I mean, how many times have you cracked it and yelled 'I hate you' at your mum?
YASHVI: I was a kid.
SHANE: And now you're an adult; and I've been trying to treat you like one.
SHANE: Yeah. Maybe you're right. But you lied. And you tricked us about the car. Can you blame me for wanting to vent?
YASHVI: Okay, I'm sorry. But I've done way worse things, and you've never reacted that strongly.
SHANE: I s'pose the Ned thing was a bit of a shock.
YASHVI: Yeah. I noticed.
SHANE: Ever since you two started going out, I've not been as important to you.
YASHVI: What? That's not true. We've just gotten busier, between Ned and school, and your uni...
SHANE: Yeah, I know. It's tough to juggle it all... It's felt like I've been losing you.
YASHVI: That's not gonna happen.
SHANE: I hope not.
YASHVI: Ned said that you said you wouldn't be against us anymore.
SHANE: ... Pinky swear.
Yashvi wipes a tear from her face.
YASHVI: Thank you.
SHANE: I love you, mate, and I'm sorry. I really am.
A tearful Yashvi goes over to hug Shane.
Bea and Finn are walking together; she's been able to leave work early due to a customer no- show, meaning she could've gone to the birthing class with Elly after all. Finn makes it clear he thinks Elly was avoiding going with him. Bea says she doesn't think it's that; Elly and Finn have been getting along lately.
At that moment, they see David and Aaron walking past, and overhear them laughing about birthing balls. Bea realises they must have gone to the class with Elly. Bea's surprised, as Elly had said she wanted to handle it on her own. Sensing awkwardness, David quickly covers, saying he suggested it as a joke, and Elly went with it. David and Aaron rush off; Bea and Finn look bemused.
Elly is making a cuppa when Bea comes in, and confronts her over taking David and Aaron to the birthing class, when she'd told Finn she wanted to go alone.
ELLY: Seriously, is it that big of a deal?
BEA: He's trying with you, and you're giving him nothing! He's the baby's uncle - doesn't he deserve to be involved?
ELLY: Yeah, he is! I'm not shutting him or Shaun out. And I want to feel comfortable in my birthing class!
BEA: You don't feel comfortable around Finn?
ELLY: Maybe you've managed to forget the memories, but I certainly haven't.
BEA: Okay. Well, that's kind of weird, because you weren't so hard on him before we got together.
ELLY: You chose to be with him; that's your decision, and I have to come to terms with it, right? But it's my decision who I want to share my pregnancy with. And I'm not gonna be made to feel bad about it!
Shane answers a knock on the door to find Mackenzie there. He recognises her as Yashvi's friend.
MACKENZIE: And you're Shane?
SHANE: That's me.
There's an awkward pause, as Mackenzie appears to want to say more. But at that moment, Yashvi appears and asks why Mackenzie's here. She claims she thought they could study- buddy during their free period.
YASHVI: How do you know where I live?
MACKENZIE: Richie. We were chatting again.
YASHVI: You're too nice. Shut him down!
Yashvi welcomes Mackenzie in for some study, saying Ned is coming to join with coffees shortly. Shane appears in the kitchen, and Mackenzie looks at him curiously. Once he's out of the room, she asks Yashvi how things have been going with her dad - Yashvi says she's back to being his favourite daughter again. (Poor Kirsha!) Mackenzie nods, but looks worried about something...
Rebecca is having a tea at the bar, when Gary turns up. She asks him how the online dating's going; he thinks it's more suited to the younger crowd.
GARY: At my age bracket, it's a bit of a shallow pool.
REBECCA: Ha - a puddle!
She tells him there are other apps more suited to their bracket. She admits she's used them herself, but found it all a bit depressing - she'd find herself having great banter over text messages, and then would meet people in the flesh and find they had no chemistry.
REBECCA: And, I just miss meeting men in the wild, you know? I think we're all just a bit gun- shy.
GARY: Yeah. Well, I think I should just shoot straight from the hip. Erm, do you want to go on a date?
REBECCA: ... Yes! I would like that!
Yashvi and Mackenzie are still working when Ned turns up with coffee. Shane is heading to work, and Mackenzie again looks perturbed by his presence. Once Shane's gone, Mackenzie claims she has a terrible headache, and says she's going out for some fresh air before they need to be back at school. She asks to use the bathroom first, and Yashvi points her in the right direction.
Yashvi tells Ned all her homework's done, but he thought she had an assessment next week. Yashvi thinks she might've forgotten about it, and reaches into her bag to fetch her diary. Except it's Mackenzie's bag, and Mackenzie's diary, that she retrieves by accident. Inside is a battered photograph of Shane, with his arm around a woman who definitely isn't Dipi...
On the back of the photo, they see that Mackenzie has written the Rebecchis' address.
YASHVI: Why does she have this?
Hearing Mackenzie returning, Yashvi quickly returns the photo and diary to her bag, deciding not to say anything about it. Mackenzie heads off for her walk, and Yashvi looks suspicious...
Airport / No 28
Elly is in an airport terminal, with cases. She calls Bea, to clear the air after their row - but Bea beats her to it, apologising for what she said earlier.
BEA: I just really want you and Finn to get along, but... you are totally right. It is your choice, one hundred percent, who you involve in your pregnancy. And I'm sorry for being a jerk about it.
ELLY: Thank you for saying that.
Bea hears intercom flight announcements in the background, and is surprised to learn Elly's at the airport.
ELLY: I'm heading to Sydney for a couple of weeks.
ELLY: Don't freak out; I've already told Susan.
BEA: Is this about our fight? I didn't mean to push you away, Elly.
ELLY: No, it's not - I promise you. I just... I really want to go visit Mum. Get away from all the drama.
BEA: You're going to visit Mum to get *away* from the drama?
ELLY (laughs): Yes, I know. It's just, there's been so much going on at the moment with Finn, and everything with Chloe... I just need a break.
BEA: But... are you okay?
BEA: And us - are we okay?
ELLY: Always. Even when you're a jerk. I love you lots, Bea.
BEA: I love you too. Please call me as soon as you land, okay?
ELLY: I will. Bye.
Yashvi and Ned are talking about the photo Mackenzie had. Yashvi thought she recognised the background as the dam on the farm belonging to the Thomases back in Bourke, who used to have parties there in the summer.
YASHVI: Which means Mackenzie lied about never having heard of the place before. I betcha the keyring's hers, too.
NED: But if she's from Bourke, wouldn't you know her? You're about the same age.
YASHVI: Yeah, and I've never met her - but she seems *so* familiar. That's why it doesn't add up.
NED: She ever tell you why she came to Erinsborough?
YASHVI: To see her family... Does that mean.... my dad?! Could she be a Rebecchi?
NED: She could be his niece.
YASHVI: Or something closer.
NED: Well, Shane can't be her dad, can he?!
YASHVI: Well, just this morning, he was telling me that he's made mistakes that I don't know about. Maybe he had an affair with the woman in the photo?
NED: What, you think that's Mackenzie's mum?
YASHVI: It's got to be. And Mackenzie's younger than me. That means... Dad cheated on Mum.
NED: Whoa, whoa - hey, don't run away with this.
YASHVI: How could I not? It makes too much sense. My dad could be Mackenzie's father.
Shane is working, and Dipi is at the bar, telling him how relieved she is that he made amends with Yashvi, and that everything can go back to normal now.
SHANE: Yeah, a new normal. I've accepted my place as her number two.
DIPI: Oh, honey! Well, you will always be my number one. Except Hugh Jackman will always be my hall pass, yeah?
SHANE: Yeah, okay. Get outta here!
As Dipi leaves, Mackenzie walks in, and heads straight for the bar.
SHANE: Hey, g'day. Yashvi here too?
MACKENZIE: Just me.
SHANE: Right. Sorry, what's your name again? Mind like a sieve.
MACKENZIE: My name is Mackenzie Hargreaves. My mother was Sarah Hargreaves. Remember me now?
Shane looks taken aback...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Amy is sure Paul and Terese are loved up and getting ready for the big day
- Paul and Terese kissing on a beach
- Terese and Paul are on a speedboat!
- Terese says the only Mrs Robinson Paul will see today is "this one, at the altar, saying, 'I do'"
- There's a knock at Terese's hotel room door; she's surprised to see who's behind it
- Terese furiously tells someone to get out
- Paul looking upset on the beach