- Mark tells Roxy they need to be clear about what's going on between them. She says hooking up doesn't have to be a big deal.
- Harlow sees Roxy receive a text from Mark. Roxy says their relationship is meant to be secret and Harlow replies that her silence comes at a price.
- Susan introduces Mackenzie to the other students.
- Yashvi asks Mackenzie if she's sure they haven't met before. She says they haven't as she comes from Newcastle, which is a 10- hour drive from Bourke.
- Yashvi sees a picture of Shane with Mackenzie's mother. She thinks he might be Mackenzie's father.
- Mackenzie tells Shane her mother was Sarah Hargreaves and asks if he now remembers her. He looks shocked.
Shane hands Mackenzie a drink and asks how her mum is.
MACKENZIE: She died a year and a half ago. Breast cancer.
SHANE: I'm so sorry.
Shane says her mother was a lovely woman and Mackenzie replies that she remembers him coming round a lot when she was a kid. She tells him that she's moved in with her auntie a few suburbs away and asked if she could go to Erinsborough High as it's close to where Shane lives. He says that it's nice to see her.
MACKEZNIE: Does that mean you'll help me?
SHANE: If you're sure that's what you want.
Harlow jibes Roxy for not having done the washing up properly, showing her a glass with lipstick still on it. Roxy tells her to do it herself but Harlow replies that she could also tell everyone about her fling with 'the local cop'. Roxy sarcastically asks if there's anything else and Harlow replies that there's weeding to do in the front and back gardens. Roxy says she's job hunting but Harlow tells her she'll just have to juggle that with all the chores at home. Roxy looks stressed.
Roxy hands Sheila her CV but she's not having a bar of it.
ROXY: I know you're on the hunt for bar staff and I'm the best bartender south of Darwin.
SHEILA: Last time I gave you work in a bar you set the place on fire.
ROXY: Everyone loved that!
SHEILA: Not everyone and nor did I love it when you flashed yourself at the Lassiters investors and don't think for a minute missy that I have forgotten that you were willing to put my son in prison just to save your lowlife criminal boyfriend!
Roxy says she knows she's made a lot of mistakes but just wants to sort herself out, but Sheila makes it clear she's not going to give her a chance.
Yashvi is on the phone to someone, saying she's still suspicious that Shane might be Mackenzie's father. She hangs up as she reaches the classroom to be greeted by Harlow and Mackenzie herself. Susan asks to have a word with Mackenzie and while alone, Yashvi asks Harlow if Mackenzie's told her anything about her dad. Harlow seems bemused and replies that she doesn't know her that well yet.
In her office, Susan asks Mackenzie how her first few days at Erinsborough High have been.
SUSAN: I spoke to the principal at your old school this morning. I know you told me you'd experienced some bullying there but I was shocked to learn the extent of it. I'm so sorry that happened to you.
Mackenzie thanks her for being concerned and Susan tells her that she's always there if she needs anything. Meanwhile, Yashvi opens a locker and looks at the photo of Mackenzie's mum with Shane. Mackenzie leaves Susan's office and jokes that Yashvi's slacking off.
Mark and Roxy sit half dressed in the living room, kissing on the sofa. He says he has to get to work and she gets a notification on her phone. He asks who it is.
ROXY: Some snotty bar in the city.
MARK: Oh, if you're looking for bar work, you should try The Waterhole. Sheila's looking for someone.
She tells him that she's already tried but Sheila's not interested, mentioning how she's still upset with her for what she did to Gary. Roxy says she hopes Sheila won't hold it against her forever and she wishes she could have worked closer to home. She jokes that it's Sheila's loss though.
ROXY: And there'll be 50 bars trying to get their hands on my sweet moves...Maybe even more.
Shane arrives at the school to have a word with Mackenzie. He tells her that he's thinking of getting in touch with some people back in Bourke. She admits that the people in Bourke weren't always that good to her.
SHANE: Don't worry, I won't say anything about you or your mum. Don't worry ok, we're gonna figure this out.
He touches her arm and tries to reassure her that they'll figure everything out. Yashvi witnesses the encounter and jumps to conclusions.
Mark asks Sheila if she's found anyone to fill the vacancy at the bar yet and she says she's only getting young people apply who don't seem at all engaged with anything but their phones.
MARK: Have you thought about Roxy Willis?
SHEILA: She is the last person I would consider for this position!
He sticks up for Roxy, saying she has a knack with customers and was great at Back Lane Bar. Sheila doesn't think she could forgive her for letting Gary take the blame for a crime he didn't commit but Mark points out that she's not the first one to do something stupid to protect someone she loves.
MARK: Besides if there's anyone who can whip her into shape and harness her talents...it's you.
Mark leaves Sheila looking flattered.
Harold's Café (exterior)
Shane arrives to see his wife, who is pleased to tell him that Toadie's taking the kids to America for a few weeks for Callum's app launch, so they'll have the house to themselves. He suddenly changes the subject.
SHANE: Hey, uh, do you stay in touch with Lewis and Lydia Curson at all?
DIPI: From Bourke?
Dipi says she hasn't from them for ages and doesn't even have them on any of her social media accounts. She wonders why Shane even brought them up. He says that he heard a song on the radio which he hadn't heard since they were in their 20s back in Bourke. She replies that they can listen to it later and take a trip down memory lane, then they kiss passionately. Dipi goes back into Harold's as Yashvi approaches, looking concerned. She asks her dad what's going on between him and Mackenzie.
YASHVI: Is she your daughter?
SHANE: (shocked) No. No...
Yashvi can't get her head around the fact there's a photo of her mum and Shane in Mackenzie's diary and that she has a key ring from Bourke but says she's never been there. Yashvi says she also looks really familiar. Shane replies that he wishes he could tell her what's going on but he can't. She then threatens to tell Dipi that something's going on and he asks her not to. She looks conflicted and leaves abruptly.
Sheila has decided to give Roxy a chance.
SHEILA: I don't want any tricky business. Showmanship is one thing, but I want both of those feet of yours on the floor at all times and nothing, I repeat nothing, is to be set on fire.
ROXY: Aye aye captain!...Yes, Sheila.
SHEILA: Thank you.
Out of curiosity Roxy asks Sheila what made her change her mind. She says that Mark Brennan came to see her and gave her quite the ringing endorsement. She also says she's all for second chances and sees potential in her.
SHEILA: But if you squander that potential just once in my bar you will be out of here so fast that bun of yours will be spinning.
ROXY: Got it.
Roxy looks pleased.
Shane meets Mackenzie at the rotunda and asks her if she'd be willing to tell Yashvi the truth, as she thinks that he cheated on Dipi and that Mackenzie is her half- sister.
MACKENZIE: I don't think I'm ready to go there yet.
SHANE: Then we won't.
Mackenzie reconsiders. She feels bad and agrees to tell everyone on one condition; that she can have someone with her.
MACKENZIE: Let's do it.
At the Rebecchi house, Shane has summoned his family who seem bemused, especially when he mentions that Mackenzie will be there soon.
DIPI: Mackenzie as in Yashvi's new friend?
YASHVI: She's not my friend.
They continue to question Shane but he asks them to be patient, saying they'll know what's happening soon. Susan arrives which just adds to the confusion; she says Mackenzie asked her to come.
YASHVI: Why are you all bending over backwards for her, who even is she?
SHANE: You're about to find out, just please trust me.
YASHVI: No, I can't, I'm not sticking around for whatever this is.
SHANE: Vi, wait!
She storms out.
Roxy is collecting some glasses from outside as Mark arrives. She thanks him for putting a good word in for her.
ROXY: I owe you a beer, or...maybe something sweeter.
He insists she doesn't owe him anything but she wants to thank him and asks for his keys so she can surprise him at home.
MARK: Can't you do that without my keys?
ROXY: Well no, not unless you want a sexy surprise in the middle of the street.
He hands them to her cautiously, asking her not to lose them.
ROXY: See ya later, officer.
Mackenzie arrives on Ramsay Street but Yashvi says she isn't sticking around.
MACKENZIE: I know what you think...but Shane didn't cheat on your mum; he's helping me track down my dad.
YASHVI: Why would he do that?
MACKENZIE: Because they used to be friends.
Yashvi clocks that the key ring is Mackenzie's after all. Mackenzie admits she was born in Bourke and lived there until her mum left her dad when she was about 10.
YASHVI: Then how come I don't remember you because I was friends with everyone in primary school!
MACKENZIE: You did know me! You just knew me as Michael...
There is silence. Yashvi looks at Mackenzie in complete shock.
YASHVI: Really? Then why didn't you say something...
MACKENZIE: I wasn't ready to tell you yet...
Yashvi says they need to clear things up for her mum and Kirsha.
Shane and Yashvi are in the kitchen.
SHANE: Hey, I'm sorry I couldn't tell you what was going on. I hope you understand now that it wasn't my place.
YASHVI: Yeah. I'm sorry for accusing you of cheating on mum.
In the living room, Mackenzie shares her story.
KIRSHA: When did you know? Sorry, is that ok to ask?
MACKENZIE: No, yeah, it's fine. But it's hard to explain. I've always known I was a girl but I didn't really know how to put it into words other people could understand until I was about 8 or 9.
Mackenzie explains that her mother was supportive but her father struggled with it. She thanks the Rebecchis for being supportive before saying she should probably head home. Kirsha goes to finish some homework.
DIPI: I can't believe that was little Michael Hargreaves.
SUSAN: Mackenzie Hargreaves...apparently it's very hurtful for a trans person to be referred to by their old name. Even in the past tense.
Shane, Dipi and Susan admit it's a steep learning curve and they're going to make mistakes. Shane asks Susan if she has any advice but she suggests just being as supportive as possible.
Yashvi and Mackenzie walk down the street throwing a football between them. Yashvi says she feels like an idiot for overreacting and Mackenzie replies that she wishes she could have told her everything from the start but it wasn't easy.
MACKENZIE: Sometimes you think someone is cool and open- minded but they really aren't. And you and I were getting on so well, I just wanted to put it off for a while.
Yashvi says she understands why it was difficult.
YASHVI: Us Bourke girls have gotta stick together, right?
MACKENZIE: Hell yeah, we do.
It's nighttime and Roxy is at Mark's in a tight dress looking rather pleased with herself. She has prepared some nice food for them and a bottle of bubbly. She lights some candles as Harlow bangs on the door, saying she saw her sneak in. Harlow eventually barges in, saying Roxy has chores to do at home. She laughs when she sees what Roxy's prepared.
HARLOW: This is far from sexy, it looks like a cheesy marriage proposal.
ROXY: What would you know?
HARLOW: I know that no- one goes to this much trouble for a fling. You like him don't you?
Mark knocks at the door and calls Roxy's name. She panics and suddenly agrees that everything is way too fancy. She gives Harlow the bottle of alcohol and tells her to hide, pushing her to the floor behind the kitchen bench.
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