- While being goaded by Richie, Yashvi accidentally outs Mackenzie as trans to the entire school
- Yashvi's trying to remove transphobic graffiti from the girls' toilet door, when Mackenzie appears
- A tearful Mackenzie rushes out of school and turns to Shane for support
- Later, Mackenzie finds a transphobic note in her locker, and Susan is appalled when she sees it
- At Sydney Airport, Scarlett deliberately wrecks Ned's flight plans to prolong their time together
- She insists on a selfie of the pair of them before he leaves, to 'remember her airport buddy by'
- Scarlett then turns up in Erinsborough, and makes out she's surprised when she runs into Ned
- Scarlett tells Ned she's on a national tour, but she's perturbed to learn Ned and Yashvi are an item
- Ned is about to tell Yashvi that he'd met Scarlett previously, but decides not to rock the boat
- We see that Scarlett has a creepy scrapbook, indicating she's decided that Ned is The One™
Scarlett is putting away her creepy scrapbook. Dipi brings Scarlett a free milkshake as a pretext to further conversation. Scarlett reminds Dipi she's dairy- free.
DIPI: It is dairy- free. So, how do you know my daughter's boyfriend?
DIPI: Ned Willis.
SCARLETT: Oh. We're just friends.
DIPI: Really? Where from?
SCARLETT: Just randomly. Nowhere special.
Dipi's prevented from interrogating further by the arrival of Ned himself, but continues to watch Scarlett closely as she talks to Ned. Desperate to escape the backpackers' for the day, she's keen to learn about the highlights of Erinsborough (!), and asks Ned for ideas of where to go. He suggests The 82, just one of Power Road's many tourist hotspots.
SCARLETT: I hate to ask, but... would you mind giving me a little tour?
NED: (...) Yeah. Yeah, I guess I'm not busy - so, sure.
Scarlett thanks Ned, then smirks deviously as he goes to the counter.
Erinsborough High School
Mackenzie watches from a distance as a uniformed Mark interviews various male pupils, including Richie and some of his mates, about the transphobic incidents. Yashvi comes to join Mackenzie, who explains to her about the note that was left in her locker, which contained a threat about using the girls' bathroom.
YASHVI: Are you serious?!
MACKENZIE: It wasn't that bad.
YASHVI: Well, clearly Susan disagrees - otherwise she wouldn't be getting Mark involved.
MACKENZIE: I think she hopes that by making it official, whoever put it there will back off.
YASHVI: Who do you reckon wrote it?
MACKENZIE: No idea. Part of me doesn't want to know.
Mark finishes up speaking to the boys.
YASHVI: They're such jerks.
MACKENZIE: I'm ignoring them.
YASHVI: You're a better person than me.
MACKENZIE: I didn't say I was doing it successfully.
Yashvi puts a comforting arm around her. From afar, Richie gives her a curious glance. Mackenzie tells Yashvi that Susan now wants a chat with her.
YASHVI: Whoever wrote that deserves to be expelled.
Mackenzie walks down the stairs and past the boys - two of whom, Richie and a previously unseen guy, Ollie Sudekis, watch her as she goes. Yashvi looks at them angrily.
Ned has brought Scarlett to the tram as part of their tour, and introduces her to another Erinsborough highlight - Gary. Gary starts rambling on about his special meal- for- two deal that's on this evening, with a range of Aussie- Asian fusion foods. Ned is keen to make a table booking, and Scarlett assumes it's for him and her - but Gary says he was thinking Ned would bring his girlfriend.
GARY: I could make it a table for three.
Scarlett protests, saying she wouldn't want to crash Ned's date; but Ned awkwardly says it would be fine, not wanting to leave Scarlett to the mercy of the other backpackers all night, and books the table for three. He assures Scarlett that Yashvi will be okay with this. Famous last words.
Scarlett questions Ned about his relationship with Yashvi, ascertaining that they haven't been together long and were friends beforehand. Ned says it came as a surprise, but that they work really well together, adding that Scarlett will get a chance to meet Yashvi properly later.
Erinsborough High School
In Susan's office, Susan updates Mackenzie on Mark's investigation. Mackenzie isn't keen on the police being involved, but Susan wants the perpetrator to understand the gravity of their actions.
SUSAN: Mackenzie, I'm concerned about your safety. So while the police are investigating, it might be in your best interests to use... alternative facilities.
MACKENZIE: Right. As in...
SUSAN: As in... the disabled toilets. Just until we find out who's responsible for these threats.
Mackenzie's not happy.
MACKENZIE: This is exactly what happened at my last school.
SUSAN: I know it's not fair, but your safety has to be my priority. I can't tell you how disappointed I am it's come to this.
MACKENZIE: It's alright. I'm used to it.
SUSAN: Well, you shouldn't have to be... Things will get better, Mackenzie. I promise you.
MACKENZIE: We'll see.
Mackenzie gets up and leaves. Susan looks troubled.
Scarlett is at the bar, obsessively scrolling through photos and videos of Yashvi and Ned from social media. Finn approaches her - he's collecting money for the Sonya Rebecchi Foundation. He notices that Scarlett is looking at photos of Yashvi, and acknowledges that he knows her, too.
SCARLETT: You caught me. I know her boyfriend - I'm doing some light stalking.
FINN: Don't worry, I won't tell. Apparently it's what people do these days.
SCARLETT: And you don't?
FINN: The whole online thing's a bit new for me... Long story.
Finn and Scarlett introduce themselves and shake hands. Scarlett probes him for more info on Yashvi; Finn explains she's best mates with his own girlfriend.
SCARLETT: So what's she like?
FINN: I thought you were doing some *light* stalking?
SCARLETT: I'm having dinner with them later, and I just - I'm worried she's gonna feel threatened by me, or something.
FINN: Oh, she's feisty, but in a good way.
SCARLETT: So she's not like a stage- five clinger?
FINN: No - nothing like that! Although, my girlfriend did tell me she once kept a sweat towel that Ned had used.
Scarlett greedily registers this information, just as Ned turns up. Finn leaves them to it. Ned hopes they weren't talking about him; Scarlett says they were talking about something more interesting!
Mark is showing Shane and Dipi a copy of the note that was found in Mackenzie's locker.
SHANE: Whoever wrote this is disgusting.
MARK: Can you think of anyone connected to the school who might be anti- Mackenzie?
DIPI: I don't know a single parent who'd egg their child on like that.
Shane mentions Angela Lane, but Dipi says her daughter Lacy would never do that; she's Kirsha's friend and not like her mum. Dipi gets a text from Yashvi, explaining that Susan has asked Mackenzie to use the disabled toilets so things don't escalate.
SHANE: Seriously? How's it fair that Mackenzie's the one who has to change? Why can't she use the girls' like the rest of them?
DIPI: I'm sure Susan is handling things the best she can.
SHANE: No, this isn't good enough.
Shane marches out of the café, leaving Mark and Dipi looking concerned.
Erinsborough High School
Shane has turned up at school and is ranting at Susan about her decision to have Mackenzie use the disabled loos, while NotElly™ - aka recently- appeared teacher Cherie - looks on, a bit bemused.
SHANE: You're punishing the victim.
SUSAN: It's a precaution, it's not a punishment.
SHANE: That's like saying all women have to carry pepper spray, or order an Uber the second it gets dark.
SUSAN: Believe me, I hate this just as much as you do. But I can't knowingly put her in the way of potential danger!
SHANE: What about making Mackenzie feel like she's not the problem?
SUSAN: Shane! You're not her guardian. I can't discuss this with you any further.
SHANE: Well, have you called her auntie?
SUSAN: Yes, of course I have!
SHANE: And she's okay with this?
SUSAN: Yes! The last thing she wants is for Mackenzie to be exposed to physical violence, like she has been in the past (...) Frankly, you bailing me up in the corridor is not helping.
SHANE: ... Fine. I've said my piece.
Shane walks off. Cherie asks if Susan's okay - she says she will be; it's just that emotions are running a bit high right now.
Outside in the yard, Shane is just leaving the building as Yashvi approaches. He explains he's been here backing up Mackenzie. Yashvi seems unimpressed with Shane's interference, but he insists that somebody needs to step up and ask why Mackenzie's not getting the support she needs.
SHANE: I'm sorry if that embarrasses you.
YASHVI: Not me - Mackenzie. The last thing she needs is someone else's dad fighting for her right to pee (...) Take it from someone that's messed up speaking for Mackenzie before.
SHANE: Yeah, okay - point taken.
YASHVI: I promise I'll look after her.
SHANE: Okay. I'll leave you to it.
In the corridor, Mackenzie is coming out of the disabled toilets. Yashvi is waiting for her, and says she can't believe Mackenzie is putting up with this.
MACKENZIE: It's not that bad. At least there's soap.
Ollie and Richie are nearby, and have overheard.
OLLIE: It'll take more than soap to wash the freak off you.
YASHVI: Grow up, would you? Actually, you know what? I need to pee.
Marty Muggleton, the other recently- arrived teacher, turns up on the scene, just as Yashvi is heading into the disabled loo. He tells her she's not allowed in.
YASHVI: I'm busting, so...
MUGGLETON: Well, the girls' toilets are right there.
YASHVI: Well, Mackenzie can use this, so I figure any girl can.
MUGGLETON: Well, that's different.
YASHVI: Are you saying Mackenzie's different from other girls?
Ollie, who is still listening, laughs unpleasantly.
YASHVI: Then what are you saying, Mr Muggleton?
MUGGLETON: I'm following protocol, okay? Mrs Kennedy said -
YASHVI: Mrs Kennedy is wrong. Making Mackenzie use this toilet is unfair.
MACKENZIE: Come on, let's just go.
YASHVI: Sorry, I can't. Forcing Mackenzie to use a different toilet is segregation. And I'm not gonna let that happen.
Muggleton looks flummoxed!
Scarlett and Ned are at the bar. She asks if he finds it weird being in a relationship with someone who's still at school. Ned says it's alright; he thought it would be more of an issue than it is.
SCARLETT: I would be freaked out if my boyfriend was wearing a school uniform all the time.
But Ned says Yashvi is just repeating a few Year 12 subjects to get a better shot of going to uni; Scarlett remarks that Yashvi seemed smart from what she'd seen of her. Ned insists she is; school just wasn't really her thing, like it wasn't his either.
Scarlett keeps pressing with the idea that it must be 'weird' for Ned to be dating Yashvi, but says she wants to impress her when they go for dinner together. To this end, Ned asks Scarlett what she knows about football. Nothing, it turns out - so Ned says he'll have to get Scarlett up to speed!
Erinsborough High School
Susan admits to Cherie that she thinks Shane's right - by making Mackenzie use another bathroom, she's let the bullies win. Cherie points out that it's all well and good taking the moral high- ground, but Shane's not the one at risk.
SUSAN: Please tell me I'm doing the right thing.
CHERIE: You are doing the right thing. We can have all the policies we like saying the school's tolerant and inclusive. But the fact of the matter is that right now, we're clearly not.
SUSAN: You should've seen Mackenzie's face. She must be so sick of having to be brave.
Susan gets a phone call from Marty Muggleton, from the corridor!
SUSAN: No - don't do anything until I get there!
Susan tells Cherie they have an issue, and they both rush off to investigate.
In the corridor, a long queue has formed outside the disabled toilet, in protest at Mackenzie's treatment. Mr Muggleton is imploring the students to get back to class, but they're ignoring him. Susan arrives with Cherie, and Yashvi shows them the queue for the loo.
YASHVI: I've actually already been, but I thought by the time I get to the front of the line, I'll need to go again.
MUGGLETON: I told them they had to use the other bathroom.
YASHVI: If Mackenzie can't use the girls', neither can we.
CHERIE: Are you planning on skipping class for this?
MACKENZIE: I've got two free periods.
YASHVI: I'm happy to skip.
Susan smiles. Mr Muggleton threatens to call their parents, but she tells him she'll handle it - so he walks off grumpily. Mackenzie is beaming now, at the sight of all the support from her fellow pupils.
CHERIE: Well, we didn't expect this, did we?
SUSAN: The girls are peacefully protesting the way one of their own is being treated. How could we not be proud?
Everyone is smiling as the protest continues.
Dipi is on the phone to Yashvi, who is filling her in on the protest. Dipi says that if she gets complaints from any of the teachers, she'll be telling them she stands with Yashvi on this. However, she's surprised to learn that Shane went down to the school to have it out with Susan. Dipi says Shane's heart's in the right place, but is perturbed, and makes an excuse to end the call.
Shane comes in, and Dipi confronts him about his visit to Susan.
SHANE: Standing up for a kid isn't something to be ashamed of. You of all people should know that.
DIPI: The way you're acting - it's like she's one of ours.
SHANE: Why's it a bad thing that I care about her welfare?
DIPI: It's not. It's beautiful, and it's one of the best things about you. But I still think you're shouldering too much of Mackenzie's burden - why don't you let her aunt take on some of the responsibility?
SHANE: She's not a parent, Dip. She doesn't get it.
DIPI: But she's family. And she's Mackenzie's guardian.
SHANE: Mackenzie needs more than that. Someone's gotta step up.
DIPI: Okay, sure. But help me understand why that person has got to be you?
SHANE: ... I'm sorry, I dunno what to tell you.
He walks out.
Erinsborough High School
The bathroom protest continues, and Susan is observing smugly, arms folded, like the whole thing was her idea! Cherie is also present and seems pleased with the protests. But Mr Muggleton turns up again and is outraged that the girls are still queuing.
MUGGLETON: Can't you move them along?
SUSAN: Oh, they won't listen to me, Marty.
MUGGLETON: Half my class is here!
SUSAN: Well, maybe you could teach the ones who aren't?
Mr Muggleton walks off, exasperated; and Susan approaches Mackenzie.
SUSAN: I made the wrong call, and I'm very sorry.
MACKENZIE: It's okay. I know you were looking out for me.
SUSAN: I think there are quite a few people here that are looking out for you. I was too pessimistic. Use whatever bathroom you want.
Susan and Cherie walk off, and Mackenzie thanks Yashvi for standing up for her. At this moment, Ollie approaches, along with Richie and the rest of their mates.
YASHVI: Ignore those toolbags. Focus on your allies.
OLLIE: Don't you mean snowflakes?
YASHVI: Excuse me?
OLLIE: You're all trying so hard to be woke.
But he's faced with dissent from a surprising quarter, as Richie crosses the floor to join the bathroom protest too.
RICHIE: Shut up, Ollie.
RICHIE: You don't know what you're talking about, so just... shut up.
OLLIE: What are you doing?
RICHIE: I need to take a leak.
Now isolated as the bully extras have followed Richie's lead and also joined the line, Ollie murmurs 'whatever', and wanders off, much to Mackenzie and Yashvi's pleasure. Richie glances sideways at Mackenzie and smiles. She smiles back - and then at Yashvi.
Scarlett and Ned are at their table, with Gary, who is trying to get Scarlett to eat kangaroo meat; she's unwilling as it's their national animal, but eventually takes a bite.
SCARLETT: Okay. I feel like a terrible human... but it's good.
Yashvi turns up, and doesn't seem thrilled to have Scarlett tagging along on her evening with Ned. Ned goes to get them some drinks, and Yashvi eyes Scarlett coldly.
YASHVI: You two look like you've been having fun.
SCARLETT: It's been the best. Ned is amazing; you are very lucky.
YASHVI: Yeah, he's pretty good, I guess.
SCARLETT: I knew the minute I met him he was one of the good ones.
YASHVI: What did he do? Help you lift a suitcase?
SCARLETT: No, I mean, when my fiancé dumped me. In Sydney, at the airport - he found me bawling my eyes out, and looked after me for hours.
SCARLETT: I'm so sorry - I assumed you knew.
Ned re- emerges, to see Yashvi marching away in silence. He follows, and she tells him he lied to her.
YASHVI: You spent hours in an airport with a complete stranger, and you didn't think to tell me - your girlfriend?
Scarlett approaches, making things worse by saying to Ned that she didn't know they were keeping it a secret!
SCARLETT: We just talked, Vee. It was totally innocent.
YASHVI: Don't call me Vee.
Ned asks Scarlett for a minute alone with Yashvi.
NED: I'm sorry I didn't tell you. The truth is, I didn't think anything of it. But when you met her this morning, you seemed a little bit... jealous.
Yashvi denies this, but asks if she should be worried; a random girl he met in an airport has moved here and got a job in the same place as Ned. Ned insists there's nothing going on; he never made it sound like he was single.
YASHVI: Did you tell her you weren't?
YASHVI: Yep. Can't believe this.
Yashvi walks off, while Scarlett looks satisfied - before mouthing to Ned that she's sorry.
Ned and Scarlett come in; she's apologising for causing so much trouble with Yashvi, but Ned gallantly insists it's not her fault. He says he should've been upfront with Yashvi about already knowing Scarlett; it's not like it's anything worth hiding. Scarlett makes out that Yashvi is immature for overreacting, without saying as much.
SCARLETT: Things aren't as black and white as they seem when you're a teenager (...) People can do the wrong thing for the right reason. Especially if it's to save someone's feelings. Yashvi's just got some growing up to do.
NED: Yeah, you might be right. But I should still try and give her a call.
SCARLETT: Take it from someone who was once a teenage girl. Just leave it for tonight.
Ned does as he's told.
Yashvi and Mackenzie are crossing the courtyard. Yashvi is upset that Ned hasn't been in touch yet. Mackenzie is disappointed for her, especially after all she's done for her today. Yashvi reminds Mackenzie not to tell Shane about her spat with Ned. Shane and Dipi turn up and congratulate them on their successful protest.
MACKENZIE: Even the boys got involved.
But at this point, Ollie walks into view.
OLLIE: That's cos they're all sheep.
MACKENZIE: What's your problem, Sudekis? You wrote the note, didn't you?
OLLIE: Cos *things* like you are wrong in the head.
Shane sees red, and gets up. Dipi tells Shane that Ollie's not worth it and Mackenzie shouts not to hurt him. But Shane has grabbed the kid by the scruff of his neck, and shoves him against the wall.
SHANE: Say it again!
DIPI: Shane - let him go!
Shane releases Ollie, who runs away. Mackenzie and Dipi are shocked at Shane's loss of temper, and he looks contrite.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Terese and Paul meet Prudence, Harlow's mother
- But a strange man is watching them
- An angry Aaron asks Finn if he's mentioned the 'little chat' he had with David to anyone else
- Hendrix makes a hollow promise to Pierce and Chloe not to cause any trouble
- Chloe's made uncomfortable by Hendrix, who's floating in the pool trying to look seductive
- Yashvi tells Scarlett she's not breaking up with Ned; Scarlett says, 'even more reason to be friends'
- Scarlett looking on schemingly as Yashvi and Ned kiss