- Finn tells David to have a baby of his own if he wants one so badly - he's nothing to Elly's
- When Bea finds out about Finn's rant, she says she's glad Elly wasn't around to hear about it
- Furious when Pierce bans him from a mates' holiday, Hendrix throws his new golf clubs in the lake
- Pierce admits to Chloe that he's struggling with Hendrix; Chloe tells him it's not the time to give up
- Having heard about Sheila's birthday party, Hendrix invites the world and his dog to attend
- Mark tells Chloe that playing it safe isn't all it's cracked up to be
- Mark suggests to Roxy that they call off her fling, but she says she doesn't want it to end
- Mark and colleagues turn up when the party gets rowdy, and Roxy pashes him in front of everyone
Gary and Sheila are cleaning up after the party, and Sheila wakes Roxy, who's slept on the sofa, by vacuuming noisily in her vicinity. Harlow comes in having cleaned up the back yard. Roxy is very hungover.
ROXY: Everyone, stop yelling! And can you turn that thing off?
HARLOW: Feeling a bit seedy?
ROXY: Like a small farm animal has died inside me.
HARLOW: Good! Have you heard from Mark?
HARLOW: About last night.
ROXY: ... Mark wasn't here last night.
HARLOW: Okay, let me refresh your memory.
We see a flashback to Roxy pouncing on Mark in front of all his colleagues, and kissing him. Back in the present...
ROXY: Oh my god. How did he take it?
We move to another flashback. An embarrassed Mark quietly asks Roxy what she's doing, then tells the partygoers to wrap it up and go home. He gives Roxy a look. Back in the present...
ROXY: Oh, god.
Pierce, Chloe and Hendrix are having breakfast, but Hendrix is mostly playing on his phone, and isn't impressed when Pierce invites him to make conversation. Mark comes in, and tells Pierce about Hendrix having invited lots of gatecrashers to Sheila's party. Pierce is surprised; he'd thought Hendrix was at home last night, but clearly he snuck out.
Pierce apologises to Mark and offers to pay for the damage at No 22.
CHLOE: You gonna say anything, Hendrix?
HENDRIX: I did that party a favour. It was dead before I showed up.
MARK: The place is a bombsite.
HENDRIX: And old mate here is salty because his secret girlfriend Roxy embarrassed him, in front of all his little cop buddies.
CHLOE: Uh, sorry, Roxy?
Mark looks annoyed.
Chloe follows Mark out of the café; he tells her the guys at work have been ribbing him all morning about Roxy, and that he doesn't need any of her 'zingers' to compound matters.
CHLOE: No zingers, I promise. I am surprised, though; I didn't really think Roxy was your type.
MARK: What did I just say?
CHLOE: That's not a criticism! I'm not in a position to judge anybody's dating life. Look, I'm glad you took a chance. Safe choices get you nowhere. Those are your words.
MARK: I know. But the one time I try and do something out- there, it blows up in my face (...) She jumped on me in front of everyone! She called me Marky.
CHLOE: Okay, that does sound embarrassing. But, you know what else it sounds like? Fun! I know you're not overly familiar with the concept -
MARK: I said no zingers.
CHLOE: But Roxy's hot as, and if she's into you, why not give it a go?
Sheila turns up with Gary, and starts having a pop at Mark for his relationship with Roxy.
SHEILA: One little glimpse of a hot young thing, and your brain takes a holiday!
GARY: Yeah, alright, Mum.
SHEILA: No! When you spoke to me about Roxy and the bar job, I thought, 'oh, there's a man with judgement!'
GARY: Okay, let's go!
SHEILA: But now I know what she was doing for you in return!
Gary drags Sheila away, and Chloe and Mark exchange a look.
Bea and Finn are telling Susan and Karl about the party at No 22, although they've already heard about Mark and Roxy. Karl asks Bea if she'll tell Elly about that; Bea says, 'I guess'.
There's a knock at the door - it's Shaun. Karl, Susan and Bea are all surprised, but Finn looks shifty. He admits he asked Shaun to come. Bea gives Finn a look.
Pierce is giving Hendrix a telling- off for sneaking out last night...
HENDRIX: You didn't even notice.
... and also for inviting all the gatecrashers to the party. Hendrix isn't taking it at all seriously, so Chloe reminds him that a police officer just came looking for him.
HENDRIX: It's not a decent party until the cops show up.
Chloe tells Hendrix that he needs to make it right, then glances at Pierce, encouraging him to lay down a punishment. Pierce tells Hendrix that he'll have to pay the cleaning bill himself.
HENDRIX: Whatever. It's your money anyway.
CHLOE: He should also go over and offer to help clean the house himself.
PIERCE: ... Right. Yeah. It's a good idea.
Hendrix is incredulous.
HENDRIX: Or how about I don't?
HENDRIX: What are you gonna do, make me?
HENDRIX: Good chat. You two have a beautiful day.
Hendrix walks off.
Roxy turns up to apologise to Mark for outing their secret. Once she's done, Mark just stares at her.
ROXY: But it could've been worse - I mean, I was wearing clothes. Given how late it was - let's just say I have form in that area!
ROXY: Come on, Mark - what's the big deal? We're both hot, consenting adults. Why does it matter if we're together?
MARK: Because! I was working! Do you understand that? I mean, you made me look like an idiot in front of my colleagues, and my friends. I knew this was a bad idea, but you convinced me that it was just a bit of harmless fun. Well, you know what? It's not fun for me anymore, Roxy. I've got stuff to do.
He closes the door in her face. Roxy looks upset.
Harlow is bringing out the recycling, when Hendrix turns up - he's come looking for a jacket he left at the party. Harlow coolly tells him that she hasn't seen it.
HARLOW: Maybe ask one of your gatecrasher friends if they've seen it.
HENDRIX: Nah, I'll just buy a new one - no biggie.
HARLOW: What did Mackenzie see in you?
HENDRIX: Uh, probably my natural charm.
HARLOW: Mm. Whatever you reckon.
HENDRIX: I'm still available, if you want to find out!
HARLOW: Yeah, and I'd rather move to a nunnery.
HENDRIX: Well, the offer's there, Sister Harlow.
He throws a token can she missed into the bin for her.
HENDRIX: Don't say I never do anything for you.
He wanders off, and Harlow can't help smiling to herself.
Bea is in the garden, sulking that Finn hadn't told her about Shaun coming. Finn says he was going to tell her today, but Shaun turned up early. Bea doesn't understand why he's invited Shaun here, saying things are 'tense enough' without Finn throwing fuel on the fire.
FINN: He's the father - he has rights, Bea.
BEA: Ugh, don't get all MRA about this.
FINN: All what?
BEA: Men's rights activist. God, you're so frustrating.
FINN: I'm sorry.
BEA: What do you think Elly's gonna do about this when she finds out? She's gonna freak.
Shaun appears, having overheard all this, and says Elly will be fine - he's already spoken to her to check it was okay before he came. Shaun explains that after Finn called him, he filled Elly in on all the 'crib drama' etc, and she wasn't happy.
SHAUN: So I offered to come here and sort you out.
FINN: Me? Mate, I've been looking out for you.
SHAUN: Mate, I appreciate the effort, but I'm not sixteen anymore. I'm an adult, and I don't need protecting. You shouldn't have done what you did, Finn, and now I'm here to fix it.
Chloe marches in to talk to Roxy about Hendrix's role in the party chaos, but finds Roxy sitting upset at the table. Roxy tells Chloe that Mark's already torn strips off her, so not to bother.
CHLOE: In a cop way, or in, like, a boyfriend way?
ROXY: In a, 'you're chucked, and P.S., Roxy, you're trash' kind of way.
Chloe sits down; she hadn't realised Mark was so mad. She tells Roxy that she told Mark to go for it with her; he could use someone to loosen him up, 'before he becomes an actual Robocop'.
ROXY: Cheers. But you failed. And if you'll excuse me, I think I'm gonna go die on the couch. Thanks anyway.
Chloe looks concerned.
Pierce randomly turns up to see Karl and Susan, and tells them about the trouble Hendrix caused at the party. The Kennedys recall a time when their son Malcolm had a party while they were away - suffice it to say, he never made the same mistake again!
PIERCE: That's where I'm falling down, you know? I just have no idea how to discipline him. I try, and then he either ignores me, or he just laughs at me. I'm trying to make up ground for all the years that I wasn't around, but I just feel like I'm going nowhere.
KARL: Yeah, well, that's your problem right there (...) You're trying so hard to bond with him that you're not being a parent.
PIERCE: Maybe. But I mean, I'm trying; I just have no idea what to do.
Susan and Karl exchange a 'well, we'd better tutor him in the art of parenting' look.
Sheila is working, while complaining to Gary about how her birthday party went wrong, and largely blaming Roxy for it. Reading between the lines, Gary decides she must be upset about Clive not coming to the party.
SHEILA: No- one said anything about Clive, but thank you very much for bringing him up (!)
GARY: I'm sorry that Clive's not ready to see you yet.
SHEILA: That's got nothing to do with anything!
GARY: It's okay to be sad about it!
SHEILA: I'm not. I haven't given it a second thought! I just want him -
Sheila pauses, suddenly emotional.
SHEILA: I just want you to stop talking about it.
She storms off.
Pierce's Parenting 101 class with Karl and Susan begins. Karl says Pierce should not try to be Hendrix's friend - he'll come to like Pierce in time, but right now he needs to respect him. Pierce says it's hard to engender respect when Hendrix is always making smart remarks at him; he ends up freezing and doesn't know what to do. Karl suggests he and Pierce do some roleplay!
SUSAN: Karl -
KARL: Yeah, it's an excellent tool. I'll be Hendrix - you be you.
Karl sits opposite Pierce and strikes a teenagerish pose!
PIERCE: Hendrix, we need to talk about last night.
KARL: Get over it, man.
PIERCE: I won't get over it.
KARL: You need to take a chill pill, dude!
KARL: Viva fiesta, compadre!
Susan intervenes before things get any more cringy, saying it sounds like Karl hasn't spoken to a teenager for 20 years!
KARL: It was largely improvised!
Susan advises Pierce not to raise his voice with Hendrix, as young people 'take their cues from us - if we lose it, we lose them'. She then initiates her own roleplay, telling Pierce to be Hendrix while she will play Pierce.
SUSAN: Hendrix, I don't know what you were trying to achieve last night - but that behaviour, it's not acceptable.
PIERCE: Nah, you know, everyone was having fun, you know? What's the problem?
SUSAN: Okay, just stop right there, please. What you did was disrespectful to me, and to the whole street. You're grounded for a week - no phone.
PIERCE: Yeah, like you can stop me going out.
SUSAN: Two weeks. You want to try for a month?
SUSAN: Hendrix, I can't imagine that constantly battling with me is making you happy. I'm responsible for your welfare, and I care what happens to you. Now I know when you're eighteen, you can do whatever you like. But until then, you have to listen to me.
Pierce is stunned into silence by Susan's wisdom.
KARL: That's why I do the disciplining.
SUSAN: You let me?
KARL: Mm. I'm more of the visionary in this family. Susan is more nuts and bolts, you know - she's a natural.
SUSAN: I'm not a natural. I've just had a lot of practice - which you need.
SUSAN: It's up to you now.
Pierce is back with Chloe, preparing to practice his newly- learned ninja parenting skills. He's summoned Hendrix, who soon turns up, and Pierce asks him to sit down.
PIERCE: You're grounded for the rest of the holidays. And it's not up for discussion.
PIERCE: No going out, no phone - and I'll have your credit card.
Hendrix objects, but Pierce insists Hendrix hand them over. He grumpily complies, remarking that it sucks.
PIERCE: Tough. You need to understand that there are consequences for your actions. Am I clear?
PIERCE: Am I *clear*?
HENDRIX: Yeah, we're clear. I'm sorry.
Pierce says he and Chloe are going to the movies; Hendrix can join them if he's able to be civil. Hendrix gives Chloe a look as she gets up, and she and Pierce go to talk about Hendrix in the kitchen, while he's still sitting there.
PIERCE: I can't believe it. Susan's a genius.
CHLOE: You're the one who did it. Maybe you're getting a handle on this.
PIERCE: Maybe I am.
Hendrix smirks as he listens in. Once Chloe and Pierce have left the room, Hendrix picks up Pierce's phone and calls his bank, using his dad's date of birth (22 March 1983) to get through security. Imitating Pierce, he says his son Hendrix has lost his credit card, and asks for a new one to be sent out. This appears to have the desired effect.
HENDRIX: Jazzy. You've been a tremendous help. Thanks.
Hendrix smiles as he hangs up.
Shaun is apologising to the Kennedys and Bea for not giving them advance warning of his arrival. He insists he's not here to cause trouble; he only wants what's best for Elly. He's planning to take a room at Lassiter's, but Susan invites him to stay with them instead, given he's effectively family now. Bea adds that Finn might finally listen to sense if Shaun is around to keep him in check.
Karl and Susan go to make up a bed for Shaun, and Shaun asks Bea if she's spoken to Finn since this morning. She says not; Shaun advises her that Finn meant well in calling him.
BEA: I've been hearing that excuse a lot.
SHAUN: He's also still basically a teenager.
BEA: Yeah, that one's getting pretty old, too.
SHAUN: He's crazy about you, Bea. And he needs you. Just give him another chance, please?
Bea goes into the back yard to find Finn sweeping. He admits he's been in the wrong lately.
BEA: I think it's good that your brother's gonna pull you into line. And I think it's a shame that he has to.
FINN: It's hard. I'm gonna be an uncle, and Shaun's barely involved.
BEA: Yeah, babe, I know. And I'm on your side. But ultimately, it should be Elly who decides the involvement.
FINN: I get it. And I don't want to be an MRA type. Yes, I Googled it; I know what it means now. I just want my niece or nephew to have the best chance in life they can. And that means being surrounded by as many people as possible who love it. Including the father - as well as their best rockstar auntie. Who I promise to listen more to from now on.
Bea is placated, but asks Finn to promise to sort things out with David and Aaron. He does.
FINN: Forgive me?
BEA: Come here.
Chloe sees Mark unloading a crate of beers from his car, and goes over to ask him about Roxy, saying she seemed upset earlier. Mark is distracted, staring across the street at Shaun, who's on his phone in the Kennedys' front yard, and asks what he's doing here.
CHLOE: I guess he's here to see Finn.
MARK: You think Elly knows?
CHLOE: I don't know. I haven't really been talking to her much lately.
MARK: No, me neither. I guess I shouldn't be surprised he's here to start his perfect little family.
CHLOE: Well, we know Elly will send him packing.
MARK: The father? The actual father of her baby? Come on - we both know what'll happen. I just wish I didn't have to see it.
Roxy is in the kitchen when Harlow comes in from the garden.
HARLOW: I need you to clean spew out of the outside chairs. It's all stuck in the gaps - you'll have to pick it out with a fork or something.
But Roxy refuses, saying Harlow can no longer blackmail her into doing chores now that the truth about Roxy and Mark is public knowledge.
HARLOW: Have you spoken to him, Mark?
ROXY: Don't give me that fake concern. Just go clean the spew.
Harlow leaves, and suddenly a drunken Mark appears in the kitchen, and starts plastering a surprised Roxy with kisses.
MARK: Why don't we pick up from where we left off last night, hey?
ROXY: Mark! You need to cool off.
MARK: What? Why?
ROXY: Unless I'm under arrest, then you can keep your hands off me.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Mackenzie asks Shane, 'how could he do that? I was just a little kid'
- Shane tells Dipi he'll have to tell Mackenzie the truth; Dipi tells him to be prepared for her reaction
- Finn asks Shaun if something else is going on
- Shaun is on the phone, saying Elly will have to trust him fully before he makes her do anything
- Shaun continues, saying, 'I will, when the time is right' - but David has overheard