- Shane feels guilty when Mackenzie thanks him for standing up for her
- Shane reassures a despondent Mackenzie that they'll find her dad, 'by hook or by crook'
- Hendrix flirts with Mackenzie at Sheila's birthday party
- Shane suggests that if Mackenzie tells Hendrix she's trans and he walks away, he didn't deserve her
- Shaun arrives in town, with Elly's blessing, to fix the brouhaha between Finn, David and Aaron
- Shaun tells David and Aaron that he'd love them to be involved in his child's life
- Aaron decides that Shaun's a good guy
- But Shaun gets a mysterious letter by courier, with a note saying, 'get Elly to sign these ASAP'
Shaun and Finn are going for dinner at the tram. Shaun admits that there was tension when he saw Mark in the street before, and says he's sorry things didn't work out between Mark and Elly, for her sake.
FINN: I guess. But now at least, you two can sort things without any third parties. I reckon you should stick around till Elly gets back. Who knows what might happen? You're both single!
SHAUN: Can we talk about something else?
Finn looks disappointed.
Mackenzie, Shane and Harlow are at a table. Mackenzie and Shane are looking at his laptop, for clues about people who might know where her dad is. She identifies a 'Reg' who used to come to the house, and 'one day he just stopped'. Shane looks shifty, and says he'll try to contact the people and see if they've heard from her dad.
Shane says he'll get onto it tonight, then changes his mind, remembering he has to go to the cinema with Dipi and Kirsha. But he promises he'll keep Mackenzie posted, and leaves. Mackenzie tells Harlow how helpful Shane has been in searching for her dad.
Susan turns up; she's just been at a meeting about the school spring fling dance. She says a couple of volunteer organisers have dropped out, and asks Harlow and Mackenzie if they'd like to step in. They're hesitant, but decide it could be fun if they did it together, and agree. Susan dumps a folder on them full of what's been decided so far, and tells them to get their skates on, before rushing off!
Once Susan's out of earshot, Harlow says she thinks the name 'spring fling' is too American and old- fashioned. Mackenzie's reading the contents of the folder, and mentions that a 'father- daughter dance' is also planned.
MACKENZIE: Not much chance I could do that.
HARLOW: Yeah, you're not the only one. I can't see my dad getting out of maximum security for the night.
Shaun and Finn are having dessert. Karl, who is working a shift, tries to browbeat them into writing a good online review for The 82. Karl leaves, and Finn asks Shaun if he's planning on sticking around, or going to Sydney to see Elly. Shaun isn't sure, and goes quiet.
FINN: Every time I bring up your plans, you go all weird.
SHAUN: I don't want to assume anything when it comes to Elly.
FINN: But you've been talking to her.
SHAUN: By phone.
FINN: Wouldn't it be easier in person?
SHAUN: I don't want to pressure her, so -
FINN: Mate, the baby's not gonna wait.
SHAUN: I'm aware of that.
FINN: Is there something else going on? Are you seeing someone?
FINN: Then what is it?
SHAUN: I haven't been entirely honest with Elly.
FINN: What do you mean?
Shane arrives home following his meeting with Mackenzie, but he's too late for the movie he was going to see with Dipi and Kirsha - they've missed it, and they are none too pleased. Kirsha sulks off to her room. Dipi asks how things went with Mackenzie; he says she's recognised a couple of the names he came up with, which is a start.
DIPI: I love that you're trying to help Mackenzie, but don't you think it's time we called in someone who knows what they're doing?
SHANE: No, this is the strongest lead I've had so far. We can't afford to hire a PI. I've got this; I'm throwing everything at it. I am going to find Grant for Mackenzie.
DIPI: Puff, people have started to notice how invested you are in this. Both Sheila and Susan have commented on it.
SHANE: Yeah, well, it's none of their business, is it?
DIPI: No, it's not. But the fact they're asking questions - it's only a matter of time before our daughters do the same. Are you ready to answer them?
The next day, Aaron and David are having coffee in the pub, when they see Shaun come in and take a table elsewhere. Aaron wants to go and say hi as it would be 'good karma', but David is less sure, remarking that Aaron seems to have become Shaun's number one fan since yesterday. Aaron wouldn't go that far, but says he can see Shaun's really trying.
Aaron gets a text from his mum Fay, wanting an update about Mark. Aaron goes to give Fay a call, and advises David to go and say hi to Shaun in the meantime. David complies, but as he approaches Shaun, he can see he's talking on his hands- free. Shaun continues to talk, unaware that David is behind him.
SHAUN: No, I haven't had the chance... I will, when the time is right... Just stop - stop, okay? I'm waiting for the right moment... Elly needs to trust me completely before I make her do anything.
David looks suspicious.
Shortly afterwards, David is back at the bar. Shaun notices him now, and ends the call to the mystery person. He takes out his headphones and gives David a shifty smile, turning over his papers as he approaches; they make small- talk, as David probes Shaun about his work. Shaun explains he works in private equity; he's just hired some new staff so that he can take a step back when the baby's born.
DAVID: You're thinking of moving here?
SHAUN: I should probably talk to Elly about all of that first.
DAVID: Right, yeah - hasn't come up?
SHAUN: Well, that kind of stuff's better left for a face- to- face conversation. You know, I have to say, Elly's lucky to have a friend like you living next door. You've got no idea how much I appreciate you and Aaron helping out.
DAVID: She's one of our closest friends. Aaron and I would do anything for her.
In the context of what David has just overheard, it's said pointedly, almost as a warning, and Shaun looks a bit disconcerted as a result.
Harlow and Mackenzie have met up to discuss the school dance; they'll update the other committee members (who of course aren't in it) with their ideas later.
MACKENZIE: Are there any rules about who gets to be invited?
HARLOW: Are you thinking about the father- daughter dance?
MACKENZIE: Uh, no - partners. Do they have to be from school, or can they be from anywhere?
HARLOW: Uh... not sure. Thinking about asking Hendrix?
MACKENZIE: No! ... Maybe.
HARLOW: Ugh, you could do so much better than him. He is not a good guy.
MACKENZIE: He was really nice at Sheila's party.
HARLOW: I think he was just lapping up all the attention from the gatecrashers he invited.
MACKENZIE: I didn't know about that... Bit of a dodgy move... But, he was pretty cool when I told him I was trans.
HARLOW: Look, I don't know Hendrix very well. But I do know his type. He'll tell you what you want to hear, but he only cares about himself.
MACKENZIE: ... Thanks for the advice. I'll keep it in mind.
But Harlow looks disconcerted.
David is telling Aaron about the conversation he overheard Shaun having, and how cagey and nervous Shaun was when he spoke to him; he's concerned that Shaun isn't being honest about why he's in Erinsborough. Aaron thinks David might be jumping to conclusions; he's not saying he's wrong to be suspicious, but thinks they should hold off saying anything to Elly about it.
DAVID: I'm not holding off for long. Because I think this is important.
Shaun is putting his suspicious papers back in his suspicious envelope, when Mark turns up; he's on the phone to Fay, assuring her that he's fine.
MARK: I don't want to talk to you about my sex- life, okay? It's weird... Okay, alright, just say hello to Tyler and Piper for me... Yeah, love you. Bye.
As Mark hangs up, Shaun approaches him to talk.
MARK: You really need to work on your stalking skills.
SHAUN: I'm not trying to run into you. There's only a few places to eat in Erinsborough.
MARK: Yeah, fine. Whatever.
Mark walks to the bar, but Shaun follows, saying he's sorry to hear that Mark and Elly split.
SHAUN: I heard you're seeing someone else now.
MARK: Good news travels fast, hey?
SHAUN: I hope it's going well.
MARK: Yeah, it is, actually. Roxy's cool. She's fun. Oh, and she's not lying to me about being pregnant to someone else, so there's a bonus.
SHAUN: She sounds great.
MARK: Don't patronise me.
SHAUN: I'm not. I'm honestly just happy you've been able to move on.
MARK: Yeah. So am I.
SHAUN: I'll try and stay out of your way while I'm here.
Mark gives Shaun a sarcastic thumbs- up, and Shaun leaves.
Shane is on the phone to someone, and seems very pleased with the news he's hearing. Dipi comes in; she's struggling with Clancy who's attacked some trainers, but Shane is too preoccupied with thinking about the search for Mackenzie's dad to pay much attention.
Shane tells Dipi that one of the old cricket guys from Bourke ran into Grant about six months ago in Western Australia, and he's going to get in contact with some colleagues to see if anyone has Grant's number. He says it's the best lead they've had yet, so he'll have to let Mackenzie know.
DIPI: That's huge, Shane. For Mackenzie and for you. If this happens, it means she'll find everything out.
Shane suddenly looks worried.
SHANE: ... Yeah. I'm gonna have to tell her the truth now, aren't I?
DIPI: Yeah. And you're gonna have to be prepared for what will happen when you do.
Harlow and Mackenzie are still discussing the dance, when Shane arrives, and tells Mackenzie he has a really strong lead on her dad; he's pretty sure he'll have his number by the end of the day. But Shane says he needs to talk to Mackenzie about something first, and asks Harlow if they can speak alone. Harlow leaves.
MACKENZIE: You mean, like, if we find him and he still hates me?
SHANE: No, no. He, umm... he never hated you. He just didn't understand.
MACKENZIE: I dunno. I remember the day he found out. Mum let me dress up in my fairy costume, and Dad came home from work early for some reason.
We close in on Shane, who's looking increasingly guilty and emotional.
MACKENZIE: He ripped through my bedroom looking for anything feminine. And then he took it all into the back yard, and burned it.
SHANE: Mackenzie, I'm so sorry.
MACKENZIE: Everything I actually cared about was in that fire. And Dad told me I could never be a girl again.
SHANE: I had no idea.
MACKENZIE: I was so young. But I still remember how he looked at me. He was disgusted. How could he do that? I was just a little kid.
A tear rolls down Shane's cheek.
SHANE: You are an incredible young woman. And I am certain your dad will see that straight away.
Mackenzie takes Shane's hand.
MACKENZIE: Will you be there with me?
SHANE: Yeah. Of course. I'm not going anywhere.
Mackenzie smiles, also emotional.
A very emotional Shane is back at home with Dipi.
SHANE: It all lines up - the whole timeline. Grant burning Mackenzie's stuff.
DIPI: Are you sure it was the same day?
SHANE: I know what I said to him. 'If it was me, I'd burn it all.' He must've headed straight home and done it.... I sat there, Dipi, and I watched her... relive every single, humiliating second. Knowing what I know. I went there to tell her the truth, and I... I just couldn't. I remember that day so clearly. And it's all my fault.
DIPI: You are doing everything you can to help her.
SHANE: It's never gonna be enough.
DIPI: (...) You're gonna have to tell Mackenzie what happened.
SHANE: Oh, I don't know if I can. I don't want to hurt her anymore.
DIPI: If she hears it from someone else, like her father, it's gonna make it so much worse.
A tearful Shane nods.
Harlow is still hanging out with Mackenzie. Harlow idly wonders whether, since Shane's been so supportive finding Mackenzie's dad, he could get hers to talk to her as well! Mackenzie says it wouldn't surprise her - Shane's been so helpful and protective. She admits it's 'weird, and a bit surprising'.
HARLOW: Really? Why's that?
MACKENZIE: It's the type of guy he is. Blokey. Whenever I've met someone like him, it's gone two ways - either they ignore me, which I can handle, or I get the looks and judgement.
HARLOW: Why does anyone think they have the right to judge who you are?
MACKENZIE: I think I mess with the way some people think the world works.
HARLOW: You mean, their version of the world.
MACKENZIE: Yeah. But then you meet someone like Shane, and he totally surprises you with how nice he is. He said everything I wish my own dad would've.
HARLOW: Yeah, you're lucky to have him.
Karl tells Susan and Finn about the glowing review Shaun posted online for The 82, as per her request. Susan remarks that Shaun certainly knows how to get into people's good books. Affronted, Karl asks her what she means - she emphasises that she's sure whatever he said was genuine! Karl goes off to screengrab the review and put it on the tram Facebook page.
SUSAN: Do you want me to help you?
KARL: Susan, I'm more than capable of putting something on the Facebook.
Once Karl's out of the room, Finn asks Susan when she thinks Elly will be back. Susan isn't sure; she's trying not to pressure her. Finn admits he'd hoped that she would return while Shaun was here, so they could talk about the baby and arrangements after it's born.
SUSAN: You be careful. That sort of talk got you into trouble before. Just let them handle it.
FINN: I just want everything to be sorted.
Shaun comes in, and overhears the end of this conversation. Susan explains that Finn was asking when Elly would be back.
KARL (from the other room): Susan, what's the Facebook password again?
SUSAN: Oh, for heaven's - it's still karl1234!
Susan leaves the room, and Shaun lowers his voice.
SHAUN: Did you tell Susan what we talked about?
FINN: Of course not. But I hate keeping things from her.
SHAUN: I'll handle it!
FINN: Elly's not gonna be happy when she finds out. So be careful.
Shane waits anxiously at the rotunda, and soon enough, Mackenzie arrives.
MACKENZIE: Did you talk to Dad? Do you know where he is?
SHANE: No, no. Haven't heard back yet.
MACKENZIE: I thought that's why you wanted to meet.
SHANE: No, sorry - I should've made it clearer in my text.
MACKENZIE: Then, what is it?
SHANE: It's sort of about your dad. There's something I have to tell you before you talk to him.
SHANE: I was always gonna tell ya. I just didn't quite know how. Not that I'm making excuses. Cos what I did was inexcusable.
MACKENZIE: What did you do?
SHANE: Back in Bourke... dropped round your house one day. You answered the door. You were wearing a dress, and fairy wings... Your mum came in - she shooed you off back to your room. She told me that you saw yourself as a girl - and that she let you dress as one at home.
MACKENZIE: It was most likely when Dad was at work. She must've trusted you not to tell.
Shane sits down. His voice breaks as he speaks.
SHANE: Here's the thing. It threw me for six. It really did. No other way to put it. I had no idea about trans people. I don't think anyone in Bourke did at the time. And all I could think about was how everyone in town was gonna react, when they found out about this little boy who liked to dress as a girl.
MACKENZIE: I wasn't dressing up. I was trying to work out who I was.
SHANE: Oh, I know that now... I went to work, and I told your dad what I saw. And I said to him, 'if it were me, I'd burn all that girly stuff before anyone else found out'.
Mackenzie is horrified.
MACKENZIE: ... You told him. You outed me.
SHANE: I'm the reason your family fell apart.
She stares, incredulous.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Shane looking emotional by the lake
- Shane tells Yashvi they need to talk
- Mackenzie tells Yashvi she trusted Shane
- We see Scarlett watching Ned; we hear her say, 'I know what it's like to be let down by a guy'
- Scarlett tells Yashvi that someone ('she') collapsed
- Susan looking worried