- Pierce goes to the Kennedys seeking parenting advice about Hendrix
- Later, he channels their ninja parenting skills by grounding Hendrix and confiscating his credit card
- But Hendrix is one step ahead, and impersonates Pierce to order a new credit card from the bank
- Sheila is upset to learn Clive is dating Beverly Robinson, and tells off Karl for not letting her know
- Later, Sheila throws a glass of red wine all over Bev
- Roxy tries to show Mark her sensible side, but the entitled twazzock scornfully berates her for it
Roxy comes in, still in her sensible clothes, on which Harlow can't resist remarking...
HARLOW: Did someone die and not tell me about it?
Roxy walks straight into the kitchen, ignoring her.
HARLOW: Seriously, why are you dressed like an Amish librarian?
It's at this point that Harlow notices Roxy is crying.
HARLOW: Hey, are you okay?
ROXY: I'm fine (...) Mark and I went down to the wine- tasting at The 82 tonight, and... I wanted to show him that I wasn't such a party girl. So I toned it down a bit.
HARLOW: A bit?
ROXY: I thought that he would like it. But he...
Roxy bursts into tears.
ROXY: ... all he did was look down on me. And if he wasn't doing that, he was trying to shut me up.
HARLOW: You're kidding.
ROXY: And then he told me that I was wasting my time if I thought I would be a girl for anything other than sex. And now I guess I know how he really feels about me.
HARLOW: You're gonna break up with him, right?
ROXY: ... I haven't thought that far ahead.
HARLOW: Seriously? After the way he treated you - come on.
ROXY: Maybe. There's no excuse for how he treated me. I guess you're right. I do deserve better.
Sheila is on the sofa when Gary comes in, and starts ranting at her about him having to pay for Beverly's meal and dry- cleaning. Sheila promises to pay him back, but Gary is more annoyed that she threw the wine in the first place.
SHEILA: I thought she bumped into me on purpose.
GARY: And why on earth would she do that?
SHEILA: To make me look like a fool in front of Clive! I don't know what he sees in her. I mean, yeah, she's smart and intelligent, but - you know, that's not his type. I should know.
GARY: Mum, he didn't choose her over you. You two split up!
SHEILA: Yeah, I know - and I am sick of sulking about it. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Palais du Pierce
Hendrix is just about to head into The City™, when Pierce comes in and demands that they talk about his schooling - they need to get him enrolled, as the holidays are over.
HENDRIX: Oh, 'need' is a strong word.
PIERCE: Remember I said we were gonna try Erinsborough High?
HENDRIX: And remember I told you, I'm done with school.
PIERCE: Okay, so what's the plan?
HENDRIX: Get a job. Work my way up. Like Richard Branson.
PIERCE: Richard Branson?
HENDRIX: Yeah, you don't know him? He's into planes, high school drop- out - way richer than you.
PIERCE: Well, I'd say he's an exception.
HENDRIX: Lucky I'm exceptional.
PIERCE: Okay, prove it. Get a job.
HENDRIX: Easy. My calendar's pretty full right now, but early next year could work.
PIERCE: The way I see it, it's either, you get a job, or you go to school. If you can even get one interview, then I'll let you have a crack at being Branson.
Mark stumbles out of his room to the sound of Chloe blending ice- cubes! She tells him he deserves his headache after what happened with Roxy last night.
CHLOE: Why would you do that to Roxy? She was trying so hard, and you just dumped all over her!
MARK: I don't know where it came from, okay? I was drunk.
CHLOE: No, not good enough. You don't get to act like that and pretend you don't know why. You need to start working on this stuff, Mark - you can't just push it down until you explode!
MARK: I know, I know, okay? I'll speak to my psych.
CHLOE: And I hope that helps you. But it won't help Roxy. What you did to her - it was ugly.
MARK: I get it, okay. I was a jerk. Message received.
CHLOE: Good. Now, what are you gonna do about it?
Mark turns up on the doorstep with a bunch of flowers, to be greeted by Harlow.
HARLOW: Roxy hates flowers. And you.
MARK: I just want five minutes.
HARLOW: Yeah, but weirdly, it's not about what you want.
But Roxy, who has been in the kitchen with Sheila, tells Harlow to let Mark in.
MARK: Thanks for seeing me.
ROXY: You've got two minutes.
MARK: I didn't mean what I said last night.
ROXY: You seemed pretty sure.
MARK: It was all about me, not you. I hate that I hurt you. I got you these.
Roxy pointedly doesn't take the flowers. Harlow and Sheila watch, arms folded.
MARK: The way I acted last night was completely unacceptable. I was in a bad place, and I'm sorry I took it out on you.
HARLOW: Ugh, that's what they all say.
ROXY (to Harlow): A bit of privacy, please!
Harlow and Sheila retreat to... the other side of the kitchen workbench, and continue to listen!
ROXY: You really hurt me. And I know that this just started out as a bit of fun, but it doesn't feel like that now. What am I to you?
MARK: Roxy, I am so sorry. I didn't mean any of it. All I know is that you are the best thing in my life right now. I don't want to lose you.
ROXY: ... Do you really mean that?
MARK: Completely. Are we all good?
She smiles and takes the flowers, and they kiss. Sheila and Harlow look distinctly unimpressed.
Palais du Pierce
Hendrix is on the phone to a prospective employer - the latest in a long list he's called who aren't prepared to give him an interview.
HENDRIX: All anyone cares about is a dumb piece of paper.
PIERCE: That's the sad reality. You've got to tick all the boxes these days.
HENDRIX: It'll be different when I get some life experience behind me.
PIERCE: Mate, you can't just sit around and wait for that to magically happen. How are you gonna get money to survive? Do you really want your mummy and your daddy paying for your bills when you're thirty?
HENDRIX: Oh, as if!
PIERCE: Well, case closed - education it is. Look, you're a smart kid. I can see you making it, big- time.
HENDRIX: Here we go.
PIERCE: I came from nothing, okay? Study and hard work built me up - taught me focus, commitment, and made me the man I am today.
HENDRIX: Oh, my god. Get over yourself.
PIERCE: I'm just trying to show you what you can achieve.
HENDRIX: Sounds like you're more impressed with Pierce Greyson than anyone else is. Newsflash - I don't want to be you.
PIERCE: That's not what I meant, okay? I want you to be yourself. Just, after you graduate.
HENDRIX: Yeah, not gonna happen.
PIERCE: Seriously? Well, I take back what I said about you being a smart kid. But you are still going to school.
HENDRIX: None of them will accept me. And I'm not going to that crappy public one!
Hendrix stomps off.
No 28 / Erinsborough Hospital
Susan is on the phone to Karl, who has been looking into the fares for flights to London. He's found a special discount so wants to fly out and visit Holly, and see her in the school musical - but the hitch is, he has to leave tonight.
SUSAN: That's crazy!
KARL: Well, it's a crazy bargain, Susan - it's half price!
Karl says Susan could come and join him in a week. She grudgingly agrees to this plan, on the grounds that she doesn't want to be hearing for months afterwards about what they could've spent the difference on.
Their call is cut short by a visitor to No 28 - it's Pierce, who wants Susan's advice on private school enrolments for Hendrix. He explains that none of the schools he's tried want to take Hendrix having heard about his history, so is desperate for some insider advice.
Susan says the fact Hendrix was caught cheating means all his results are suspect. She suggests he could sit a sample GAT test, which would be a fair barometer of his academic ability. Susan says she'd be happy to invigilate for him today, if Hendrix is available. Pierce promises he will be.
Roxy is justifying to Harlow and Sheila her decision to stick with Mark, while she searches for something to put her flowers in.
ROXY: He just got spooked because he likes me more than he thought he would.
HARLOW: (...) Are you looking for a vase, or your dignity? (...) You're not seriously gonna take him back, are you?
ROXY: He said that he was sorry.
HARLOW: So? Don't you have any self- respect?
ROXY: Last time I checked, this was my thing, not yours.
SHEILA: Can I ask you something?
SHEILA: What do you want from Mark?
ROXY: The usual stuff that someone wants when they're in a relationship.
HARLOW: Ugh, you are so deluded (...) He's told you that he's not into you. Last night and many other times. Why are you prepared to suck it up and stick with him anyway? (...) You're funny, smart, attractive - why are you gonna settle with an old guy who just isn't that into it?
Roxy asks Sheila if she thinks she's deluded too.
SHEILA: Well, I think you should be with someone who likes you as much as you like them. And from what I've seen of Mark... he's not the person.
ROXY: It's different when we're on our own. He... he's good most of the time.
HARLOW: Most of the time.
SHEILA: Let me put it another way. If you had a friend whose boyfriend treated them the way Mark has treated you, what would you say to her?
Hendrix is sitting the sample GAT test while Susan lurks in the background. She's surprised when he declares he's done, despite having half an hour left. He explains there was a lot of stuff they didn't cover at his last school, so he wasn't able to answer all the questions.
SUSAN: Would you like to just attempt the questions?
HENDRIX: There's not much point, really. But since we've got half an hour left on the clock, maybe we could grab a drink?
Susan laughs and says it's a great offer, but that she'd rather get straight to marking his test. Hendrix leaves her to read his paper.
Roxy leaves the house with Mark's flowers in her hands, and accosts him as he approaches having come back from a run. Harlow watches from a distance.
ROXY: Could you be honest with yourself for one hot minute?
ROXY: Do you actually want to be with me? Or are you just with me because you've got nothing else going on?
ROXY: Great - great, you have to think about it.
MARK: No, I -
ROXY: I deserve to be with someone who respects me and who loves me for who I am. And clearly that's not you.
MARK: Roxy -
ROXY: No, this is my moment. We're done.
She hands him his flowers back, then marches back towards the house. Harlow smiles and puts an arm around her, and they go in together. Mark looks sheepish.
Karl is helping Pierce and Chloe load up their van after last night's wine- tasting, and they wish him well for his trip to the UK. Once he's gone, Pierce admits he's worried about Hendrix and the test he's been sitting; there's a lot riding on it. Chloe tells Pierce he can handle this, whatever's happened.
Roxy and Harlow are on the sofa, when Sheila turns up to join them, replete with popcorn, chocolate, and 'Thelma and Louise'.
SHEILA: It's been a rough couple of days for all of us, and I just thought we all needed a little comfort. It's a girls' afternoon.
ROXY: Well, I'm down for comfort - especially if it's chocolate- flavoured comfort. But where are your mates?
SHEILA: What mates?
HARLOW (knowingly): Thelma and Louise.
Sheila plonks herself between them, and explains to Roxy that Thelma and Louise is a film ('a feminist classic') and that she has the DVD with her.
SHEILA: So, how are you feeling?
ROXY: I feel like I've made the right decision. It just doesn't... feel like that yet.
SHEILA: Well, don't worry, love. You're gonna get there. Because you deserve so much better than Mark. In fact, we all do. Everyone should have someone who loves them because of who they are. And when you find someone like that, well... you really need to hang onto them.
Sheila gets emotional, evidently thinking of Clive, and Harlow and Roxy cuddle up to her comfortingly.
SHEILA: Thank you. I'm so sorry.
ROXY: Hey, don't apologise. Girls' arvo, right?
Gary turns up at this point; he wants Sheila's keys as he's locked himself out of No 26! But the girls all throw cushions at him until he leaves, which makes them feel better.
Susan has summoned Pierce to deliver the bad news about Hendrix.
SUSAN: There's no easy way to say this, but... Hendrix is just not working up to Year 11 level.
PIERCE: How far behind is he?
SUSAN: Well, it's hard to pinpoint. But no private school is gonna take him on just to see him fail.
PIERCE: What should I do? What would you do?
SUSAN: If I were his parent? I would try and find somewhere that would take him on, and let him repeat Year 11 next year.
PIERCE: It was hard enough convincing him to go back to school at all. There's no way he'll agree to repeating (...) At least we know what we're up against.
SUSAN: Erinsborough High is not an elite school, but... it might be an option.
SUSAN: We don't reject kids on the grounds they're gonna bring down our average. If you got him a tutor, and he was prepared to commit, we might be able to squeak him across the line (...) This is only gonna work if he gives it everything he's got.
PIERCE: He will. I promise.
SUSAN: Okay. Now, you do understand, we don't have a pool or an equestrian centre?
PIERCE: Well, I can get you both of those. I'm joking, Susan! I don't care about that stuff.
They agree to chat later once Pierce has run the idea by Hendrix.
But Hendrix is not impressed.
HENDRIX: Are you joking?! I already told you no! (...) I can do better than that crummy school!
PIERCE: I spoke to Susan about your test result.
HENDRIX: They don't mean anything. I didn't answer half of the questions because my old school didn't cover the topics.
PIERCE: Susan based her assessment on the questions you *did* answer. And mate, based on today, she thinks that any private school would make you repeat the year.
HENDRIX: Well, she's wrong.
PIERCE: But, if you accept her offer, and you commit to tutoring after school, then she thinks she might be able to get you through.
HENDRIX: This is crazy! I don't need a tutor. And you're cooked if you think I'm gonna give up my spare time to study!
PIERCE: It's not up for debate, alright? Susan's already enrolled you.
Hendrix sulks that this is 'garbage', knocking a table menu across the room in frustration.
PIERCE: You can act out all you want; it won't change anything. You are going to Erinsborough High - and you start tomorrow.
Karl is driving the car, with Susan in the passenger seat.
SUSAN: I was supposed to be driving *you* to the airport.
KARL: Yeah. I'm the only one who knows how to avoid the tolls.
Susan confirms she'll join Karl in the UK after the school dance next week, at which point they'll have a fortnight there together.
KARL: And in the meantime, since you were so lovely to get me a guitar, I got you a little something.
He passes her a jewellery box, and Susan excitedly opens it. It's a necklace.
SUSAN: Oh, Karl - that must have cost a fortune! Is the diamond real?
KARL: Of course it's real!
SUSAN: Oh! Hang on. Why's it got 'happy 25th anniversary' on the back?
KARL: Yeah, it was... it was on sale. Someone had it inscribed, and then changed their mind.
KARL: But it's on the back of the pendant, so you won't see it when you've got it on.
KARL: It is lovely.
SUSAN: Yes. Yes, it is!
KARL: It's not our anniversary or anything, but - hey, we must be celebrating 25 years of something.
Yes, Karl - we certainly are!
SUSAN: Thank you, darling. It's a very 'you' kind of gift.
KARL: You're welcome.
Susan smiles, flushed with emotion, despite the discount diamond!
Chloe finds Mark sulking on the couch, and correctly guesses that he and Roxy have split.
CHLOE: I don't want to sound heartless, but -
MARK: Yeah, I know, I know - I had it coming.
CHLOE: Yeah. Want to talk about it?
MARK: Look, the way I was last night - I'm not proud of the way that I treated Roxy. I can't describe this feeling I have. I just didn't think my life would pan out like this. It's not like I'm old - I'm thirty- six - but I just thought by now, I'd be a detective again. And I'd be married, with kids.
CHLOE: Lots of people don't end up where they thought they'd be.
MARK: Yeah, it's not just that. Ever since I lost Kate, I just - I feel like I can't get it right with anyone else.
CHLOE: You'll meet someone else. You're such a brilliant person, Mark. It'll happen for you.
MARK: I dunno. I'm not so sure anymore.
At this point, Mark gets a phone call from Tyler - and it sounds urgent. Chloe asks what's wrong.
MARK: It's Mum. She's gone missing.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Paul and Terese return home; Terese asks Roxy and Harlow what's going on
- Scarlett asks a nonplussed Kyle if he'll be home this evening; Amy looks annoyed
- Dipi tells Mackenzie she doesn't have to go through this alone
- Mackenzie and Dipi watch someone walk into the café; Mackenzie shakes her head
- Bea tells Finn she thinks Scarlett is into Ned, as she's always glued to his side
- Ned and Scarlett frolic in the No 32 pool