- David tells Aaron he had a good session with Finn; Aaron says that will be good for his thesis
- Sheila learns Clive is now dating Beverly, and has a go at Karl for not forewarning her
- Tension between the trio escalates, leading to Sheila throwing red wine all over Beverly
- Pierce tells Hendrix about a press conference announcing the hotel's Melbourne Cup sponsorship
- Pierce interrupts some quality time with Hendrix to take a call from Chloe; Hendrix is upset
- Hendrix decides to take Pierce's car for a joyride; Harlow is unimpressed
- Later, Hendrix is still cruising around but loses control, smashing into the press conference marquee
- Roxy and Pierce look on, horrified, as the car careens straight towards Harlow...
Paul and Terese rush to Hendrix's crash site to see what's going on. A worried Pierce asks Hendrix, who's still at the wheel, if he's okay. Hendrix is bruised and confused, but conscious. Roxy directs Paul and Terese to the collapsed marquee, where Harlow is trapped under some debris. Paul works to free her, while Pierce calls an ambulance. However, Harlow's already getting to her feet.
Terese has another problem; all the press that were gathered for the Melbourne Cup sponsorship are now frantically taking photos of the crash site. She tries to stop them, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Harlow is shocked to see Hendrix behind the wheel of the car.
Finn thanks David for the session they've just had, and apologises for rambling. David says not to worry - Finn's had a big week with Shaun leaving. David says it'll be good for Finn once Shaun's back for good; Finn agrees, and is looking forward to it.
FINN: I just want to say, I hope all the drama we've had lately hasn't hurt the study.
DAVID: I won't let it.
Reassured, Finn goes on his way. Beverly approaches with Clive; Bev congratulates David on his 'compelling' research paper about Finn. She goes on to mention the neuropsychology symposium in Canberra next week; she and Clive are going, and she's on the organising committee. The organisers have just asked her to come up with a last- minute speaker, and asks if David would be interested.
David is speechless, but Clive recommends he take Bev up on it, as 'stars are born at these sorts of things'.
DAVID: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I'd love to.
Bev tells him there's a small pool of other candidates for the gig, and that she's meeting up with all of them. David asks Bev and Clive if they're free tonight.
Terese and Roxy turn up at the hospital to see how Harlow is. Paul's just coming out, and tells them she only has superficial bruising. Pierce also emerges; Hendrix only has mild concussion. Paul starts having a go at Pierce.
PAUL: He could've killed my granddaughter!
PIERCE: I know. Look, I'm sorry.
PAUL: And why was he even driving, for goodness' sakes?!
Terese is worried about the media reaction; and Paul then gets a call from the Melbourne Cup director, so goes to do some damage control. Meanwhile, Roxy sits down outside the doors, looking anxious. Terese tells Pierce they've got everyone excited over the Cup sponsorship, but could now lose it all. Pierce goes to see to Hendrix, but promises he'll be back to help.
Noticing Roxy sitting alone, Terese goes over.
TERESE: You're awfully quiet.
ROXY: Paul was right. If she was hit by that car, or the tent fell in a different direction, then she could've died. She was in there because of me. I could never forgive myself if something happened to her.
Roxy announce she's going home, and walks off.
Aaron is hanging out with Elly. David turns up to pick up some wine for tonight, and explains he's invited Clive and Beverly round for dinner. Elly cynically suggests David is sucking up to the boss by having him over; David explains that Bev has offered him the 'gig of a lifetime' at the symposium, presenting his paper on Finn.
AARON: I don't even know what a symposium is, but that sounds amazing. Well done!
ELLY: Have you told Finn?
DAVID: Not yet, it's not a done deal. Beverly still has some other candidates. Hence the need to impress with the dinner and my gorgeous hubby.
David heads off to tidy the house in preparation. Sheila has been earwigging from the bar, and looks sad at the thought of Clive.
Hendrix is lying in a hospital bed. Pierce comes in, and tells him the doctors are just sorting out the discharge papers.
HENDRIX: Good. This place smells like a morgue.
PIERCE: Did you drive into that tent on purpose?
HENDRIX: Are you serious right now?
PIERCE: Yeah, well, you were angry because I took that call with Chloe.
HENDRIX: Yeah, so I stole your car, but... I'm not a psycho!
PIERCE: Then what happened?
HENDRIX: I dunno. I spilt my drink. I was trying not to get it on the leather and... my foot ended up on the accelerator.
PIERCE: Okay, good. That's all I need to know. When we meet with the police, just let me do the talking.
HENDRIX: The cops? Why are they getting involved?
Harlow appears at the doorway.
HARLOW: Maybe because you nearly killed me.
HENDRIX: Yeah. Well, I had to do something to get your attention.
HARLOW: Well done. You got it. And the internet's, too. Now the whole world can see how moronic you are. Oh, and thanks for the heartfelt apology, by the way (!)
PIERCE: Harlow, maybe we can do this another time?
HARLOW: Sure. I guess you're probably too busy enabling his behaviour.
Harlow walks off.
Aaron and Elly are strategising for Aaron's forthcoming dinner with Bev and Clive. Sheila is listening intently, and comes over to ask about why Aaron and David never invited her to dinner when she was with Clive. Aaron explains that it's a work thing for David - that's all.
AARON: You know we both love you.
SHEILA: Mm, but I just thought, with me being your surrogate mother figure, and being so close to your father who passed, you might consider my feelings a little more.
Elly and Aaron exchange an awkward glance. Feeling bad, Aaron tries to placate Sheila with an offer of brunch tomorrow; Sheila says that's not necessary.
SHEILA: But there is something that I would like you to help me with.
Pierce watches with bemusement while Hendrix plays with the remote that moves his bed up and down!
HENDRIX: How long till we can go? This place is the worst.
Pierce takes the remote off him in frustration, so Hendrix asks for his phone instead - he wants to see if people are 'talking crap' about him online, after what Harlow said. But Pierce starts ranting at him, saying he's sick and tired of his attitude.
PIERCE: You're the reason you're in here. And Harlow was right - you could have killed her and been up for manslaughter. Regardless, you'll still probably go down for theft.
HENDRIX: What for? You got the car back! It's a little beaten up, but it's there.
PIERCE: Well, the only way I'll avoid damages is to tell the police that you stole my car. That is what happened.
HENDRIX: Yeah, but how will that fix anything?
PIERCE: Because my insurance covers theft.
HENDRIX: So you'd get me arrested to save a few bucks?
PIERCE: You'll probably avoid jail time, but you'll get a criminal record. Which means you can forget about travelling and certain jobs. Your whole life will be affected. And for what?
Pierce walks out of the room, leaving Hendrix looking worried.
Paul and Terese arrive home with Harlow. Roxy is on the sofa, and Harlow goes to the bathroom upstairs. Terese gets a call from the Melbourne Cup director but ignores it, saying they've already explained the situation - anyway, the story's already all over the web.
TERESE: I knew we'd hit the ground running, but I didn't think it was gonna be this bad. And it's just gonna get worse.
PAUL: Darling, we're just going through a rough spot, that's all.
TERESE: I know, I'm just... I'm just tired.
Meanwhile, Harlow joins Roxy, who is painting her nails on the sofa.
HARLOW: Did you chip your nails while you were trying to pull me out?
ROXY: You know it.
HARLOW: I heard you freaking out while I was under the tent. It was nice. Hearing you worry.
ROXY: Yeah, well, I sent you in there. And Paul would've never forgiven me if I'd gotten you killed.
HARLOW: Well, I appreciate your help.
Roxy notices Harlow's arm is very bruised, and offers her the nail varnish.
ROXY: Did you want to paint your nails? It'll - you know - take attention away from the bruises.
HARLOW: Sure. Thanks.
Gary comes in to find Sheila quaffing wine, while peeking out of the blinds on the front window.
GARY: Who are you spying on this time?
SHEILA: David and Aaron's dinner guests.
SHEILA: Oh, don't you 'Mum' me! It's perfectly normal for a woman to check out her ex- lover when he dares to come to her street and parade his new hussy.
GARY: Mum, you need to let this go.
SHEILA: Oh, look at her - struggling on those high heels. YOU'RE NOT IN EDEN HILLS NOW, LADY!!
GARY: Mum, what are you gonna do when they go inside? You can't keep creeping on 'em all night!
SHEILA: Oh, I beg to differ.
No 32 / No 26
Bev and Clive have arrived at No 32, and David introduces Bev to Aaron. Clive spies the salmon blinis on the side, noting that they look familiar.
AARON: Yeah, they're actually Sh-
DAVID: Shirley's recipe. Uh, my great aunt.
BEVERLY: Jim's sister?!
DAVID: No, on my mum's side.
Aaron gets a call from Sheila, and skulks off to answer it.
AARON:: What do you want?
SHEILA: Finally, you answer! They must be halfway through my blinis by now!
AARON: Listen, I can't talk right now.
SHEILA: I just want to know what the vibe's like between them.
AARON: Hold on. I said I would give you the lowdown. That does not mean running commentary.
Sheila lays it on thick, saying Aaron is just 'a friend helping another friend'. But Aaron tells her he's hanging up, and does so.
Pierce and Hendrix are headed out of the hospital; Pierce says they'll go straight to the police. But at this point Paul approaches.
PAUL: Oh, there he is - another non- contributing waste of space.
PIERCE: What do you want, Paul?
PAUL: Well, firstly, your son could show some decency by apologising to my granddaughter. And then, perhaps, you could enrol him in a school for the criminally insane! If, of course, they'll take him.
PIERCE: That's uncalled for!
PAUL: You know, if hurting my granddaughter wasn't enough, now your son's happy little joyride could cost us our partnership with the Cup!
PIERCE: What happened was my fault.
Hendrix looks at his dad with surprise.
PIERCE: I was busy setting up for the launch, and I asked Hendrix to park my car.
PAUL: Why would you do that? He's underage!
PIERCE: I made a bad call, alright? If you're gonna yell at anyone, it should be me. Just get Terese to invoice me for the repairs, alright?
PAUL: Yeah, fine, but that's not the only issue, though, is it?
PIERCE: Paul, just leave the Cup partnership to me. I'll make it right.
Pierce and Hendrix get into a car, Hendrix still surprised by Pierce taking the blame for him.
Roxy opens the door to Hendrix, who's arrived to see Harlow with a bunch of flowers.
ROXY: I don't remember ordering a date.
HENDRIX: You can't afford me.
ROXY: Well, I guess I'm lucky that you didn't drive through the window.
HENDRIX: Well, I thought about it. But I decided to use the front door, you know? Expect the unexpected.
Harlow comes in from the kitchen.
HARLOW: Glad you can joke about nearly squashing me (!) I could be a pancake right now.
Hendrix awkwardly hands her the flowers. She softens a little.
HARLOW: Thanks. These...
Then she notices the label.
HARLOW: These are half- price and from a petrol station.
HENDRIX: I've been at the cop shop.
HARLOW: So what? You want me to feel bad for you now?
HENDRIX: What more do you want? I've said I'm sorry.
HARLOW: Yeah, with bargain- bin flowers you picked up in your limo.
HENDRIX: Uber, actually.
HARLOW: Do you know what? If you're gonna apologise, try actually meaning it.
Harlow walks into the kitchen, leaving Hendrix to show himself out. Roxy tells Harlow the two of them are hilarious, miming the constant sniping they do at each other with pretend gunfire. Harlow drops the flowers in the bin.
Aaron makes small- talk with Clive, then they rejoin David and Bev. David is fussing, asking if everyone is too warm or too cold, but Bev assures him they're fine. David says he's thrilled to be in the running for the symposium - he feels like he's found his calling through working with Finn. Though he admits he might be nervous doing a presentation on it.
BEVERLY: Oh, I was a little nervous presenting my first case study, in Oman. Clive has heard this before - I was finally getting the chance to be heard. It was thrilling. But all the men wanted to know about was my lack of a wedding ring.
DAVID: Oh, that's awful - I'm sorry.
BEVERLY: Oh, it was a different time. But to keep the focus on my work and not my divorce, I used my married name when I eventually delivered the paper. It seemed silly to go back to Beverly Marshall, after making my mark as Beverly Robinson. But the point is, from that day, my career gained momentum. Yours could, too.
SHEILA: Yoo- hoo! Anyone home?
Sheila appears at the door to the kitchen.
SHEILA: Oh, hello! I didn't know you had company! Clive - Beverly.
Sheila claims she's come to borrow some eggs, as she's baking her famous peanut butter cookies for Harlow after her accident.
SHEILA: Isn't she your great- granddaughter or something?
BEVERLY: I can't really keep up with Paul's complicated family tree.
Aaron gives Sheila some eggs and tries to encourage her to leave, but...
SHEILA: Oh, you are drinking my favourite wine!
BEVERLY: Are we?
CLIVE: It was on special.
SHEILA: You wouldn't mind if I had just one little drink before dinner? I brought my own glass. I promise not to throw it on you this time.
Clive looks mortified as Sheila sits down to join them, while David smiles awkwardly at a bemused Beverly!
Harlow's annoyed to see that Roxy has rescued Hendrix's flowers from the bin, and is arranging them in a vase in the living room. Roxy says she didn't want them wasted just because Harlow wouldn't accept an apology.
HARLOW: It wouldn't kill you to take my side for once. Where's the family loyalty?
ROXY: You do remember we're not family?
HARLOW: Oh, I forgot you're barely related to anyone in this house.
ROXY: Oh, what? The way you're related is *so* something to celebrate?
Paul and Terese come in. Terese gives the girls a raging, saying she wants some peace without them squabbling all night. Terese sends Roxy out for a drive, and Harlow to her room!
HARLOW: How is that in any way fair?
PAUL: There's Wi- Fi there; you'll survive. Go on, go.
The girls leave them to it. Terese laments that the accident doesn't seem to have brought them closer together, and says she can't deal with it right now what with 'everything that's going on'. Paul hugs her, and says they can just take it one thing at a time.
Sheila appears to have polished off most of the bottle of Clive's wine herself, and remarks on how quickly it's gone down!
BEVERLY: Time flies when you're asking inappropriate questions.
In the kitchen, David tells Aaron that Sheila is ruining his evening with Bev, and he's worried he'll lose his symposium spot as a result. Aaron goes to make a 'polite request' of Sheila to leave, despite her sustained objections!
SHEILA: You are a terrible friend and an even worse spy! If you'd stuck to our agreement, I wouldn't have had to come over and do the dirty work myself!
CLIVE: Excuse me?
DAVID: What's she talking about?
AARON: Nothing. It... okay, look. Sheila wanted me to go and get intel on you two, but I refused!
SHEILA: That is not how I remember it.
BEVERLY: I should have expected this of you.
SHEILA: And what's that supposed to mean?
BEVERLY: From what I've seen, your behaviour's incredibly childish. Quite rare in someone your age - and quite frankly, a little pathetic.
SHEILA: Oh, well - I think you're nothing but a shrivelled- up old mung bean who preys on poor men who are just out of a relationship!
DAVID: Alright, Sheila, you need to leave!
AARON: I'm so sorry, this is all my fault.
CLIVE: No it isn't - it's my fault for getting involved with her in the first place.
SHEILA: Oh, Clive!
CLIVE: I don't want to hear another word. I am taking you home; we are going *now*.
Sheila gapes at him, open- mouthed!
Pierce is sitting at the bar, next to a contrite- looking Hendrix.
HENDRIX: Thanks for covering for me today with Paul. And for telling the police it wasn't my fault.
PIERCE: You're welcome.
HENDRIX: You had me scared you were gonna turn me in for theft.
PIERCE: Well, that was the point.
HENDRIX: ... I'll do as many shifts as I can to help pay back the repairs. And anything else that needs doing at Lassiter's.
PIERCE: Money's not the problem, mate... It's that I know nothing about being a dad.
PIERCE: And I know I've let you down in the past. And even though I'm trying, it's like I just keep failing. But I'm not gonna give up on you.
HENDRIX: ... I'm really sorry for stealing your car, Dad. It won't happen again.
Pierce smiles nervously.
PIERCE: You haven't called me Dad in a while.
Hendrix smiles too, and laughs.
HENDRIX: Well, I wouldn't know, old man.
Gary is watching TV when Sheila comes in with Clive.
SHEILA: I'm not just some drunk you have to march home, you know!
CLIVE: Really?! Well, you're certainly behaving like one!
GARY: Sorry, Clive - I tried to stop her.
CLIVE: It's not your fault.
SHEILA: You just don't realise how hard it is for me to see you with somebody else!
Gary makes a (pigeon- related) excuse to leave them to talk.
CLIVE: You made a complete fool of yourself over there. Plus, you ruined Aaron and David's dinner party.
SHEILA: I just want to understand how you could move on with somebody else so quickly!
CLIVE: Asking someone to spy on me won't get you any answers!
SHEILA: Well, then, you tell me! How could you?
CLIVE: That's my business!
SHEILA: Well, then, what happened to the feelings you had for me?! Did they all just disappear?
CLIVE: No, of course not! You're being ridiculous! You've got no self- control, do you? No boundaries. You have no social etiquette.
SHEILA: And that's what gets you hot, does it? The way that Beverly can wield a fork and a knife?
CLIVE: She's lovely. She's intelligent.
SHEILA: Oh, but she is not exciting like I am!
CLIVE: You are crazy!
SHEILA: And you are not crazy enough!
Without further ado, Clive spontaneously kisses Sheila on the lips! They both stare at one another in shock, before Clive stumbles out of the door without a further word. Gary comes back in.
GARY: Is it over yet?
SHEILA (stunned): I don't think so...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Paul tells Terese that everywhere Scarlett goes, drama seems to follow
- Terese says Scarlett's a victim
- Scarlett tells Paul he's got her all wrong; Paul asks Scarlett what she wants
- Ned tells Paul there's no devious agenda here, and to stop being paranoid
- Scarlett tells Ned there's no- one she'd rather be with; he smiles
- Harlow tells Yashvi, Bea and Finn something about Ned
- Yashvi and Scarlett face off in Ramsay Street