- Harlow's shocked when her mother Prue turns up on the doorstep, demanding a hug
- Prue thinks Harlow's newfound family is a bad influence, and wants to take her home
- Paul proves Prue right by coming in blind drunk and collapsing on her
- Kyle's annoyed when Paul suggests Amy do an interview to tell her side of the camera scandal story
- Stung by Ned's rejection at their country getaway, Scarlett flips and stabs him
- Pierce and Chloe simultaneously propose to one another, and accept!
- But Chloe is surprised to learn Pierce hadn't told Hendrix about his plan to propose
- Hendrix looks gutted when he finds out Pierce didn't even mention his proposal plans to him
Pierce is apologising to Hendrix; he didn't realise he wasn't in the marquee when he proposed to Chloe, and would've waited till he got back if he'd known.
HENDRIX: So I could find out I'm getting a new stepmum with a bunch of randos? That would've been awesome (!)
PIERCE: I should've told you before.
HENDRIX: Well, whatever. I don't care.
CHLOE: We're really sorry, Hendrix.
HENDRIX: Oh, *we* are, are we?
PIERCE: I know you're upset, mate.
HENDRIX: No, I don't have anything to be upset about. It has nothing to do with me.
PIERCE: Yes, it does - you're my son. I wasn't trying to exclude you. It was meant to be a surprise; I didn't tell anybody.
CHLOE: I agree Pierce should've said something. But surely you can see this was an honest mistake?
HENDRIX: Of course, I guess I got it all wrong - yeah, stupid me, as usual (!)
He walks off, clearly hurt. Chloe and Pierce look worried.
Paul has passed out on the couch, and Terese assures Prue that this drunkenness is not a regular occurrence with him.
PRUE: Oh, what, trying to snog a relative stranger, or the all- day drinking?
HARLOW: You enjoy both of those things!
TERESE: I am sure Paul will apologise for missing your cheek... It's Cup day!
But Prue glances at the discarded shirt and undies on the floor, and says she can see what Paul and Terese been up to, and 'I dread to think where'. Harlow tells Prue it's not like her to be so judgemental. But Prue says Paul and Terese's behaviour is irresponsible, and that they're supposed to be looking after Harlow.
TERESE: Yes, and we are. Look, this is a rare day off, and Paul needed to relax.
PRUE: Oh, plenty of other ways to do that - I mean, breathing, tai chi, frog watching...
Paul stumbles to his feet, as Terese explains it's been a rough few weeks.
PRUE: So I've read.
Paul throws his arm around Prue, still very drunk and expressing surprise that she's in Erinsborough. Prue looks revolted, and Terese drags a stumbling Paul upstairs to get some sleep. Harlow assures her mum it's not usually like this here.
HARLOW: Why are you so outraged anyway? It's not like your lifestyle is squeaky clean.
PRUE: Don't turn this around on me. I'm just trying to be a good mum here - and all this just proves me right. This isn't the right place for you. I want you to come home.
Pierce is feeling bad about Hendrix's reaction to the engagement. Chloe assures him things will be better when they're all living together from tomorrow. She says she's 'super- pumped' about them moving in together and the engagement. Pierce smiles, and says the ring looks beautiful on her. They kiss.
Kyle and Amy are discussing Paul's suggestion that she do an interview with the press about the hidden camera situation. Kyle thinks it's a bad idea; he makes it clear he thinks Paul's using Amy to help the hotel's reputation. Amy says she doesn't mind helping Paul, but doesn't know if she has it in her right now. But she won't agree to Kyle's advice of just saying no.
Sheila, who has been earwigging, reminds the pair not to let this come between them; they still have each other.
SHEILA: And as for Moneybags, he's an idiot for asking you to put yourself out there when everything's so raw.
At this point, a bunch of tipsy extras across the bar recognise Kyle as 'that guy from the sex tape' and start hollering enthusiastically. Sheila's about to throw them out, but Kyle goes over instead and tells them to keep it down. When Kyle returns to Amy, he's keen that they leave. Amy asks what the guys said to him. Tact never having been his strong point, Kyle eventually admits...
KYLE: They... they said that I'm a legend for banging a hottie.
Outraged, Amy walks out, and Kyle follows.
Terese is trying a conciliatory approach with Prue, admitting she hasn't handled the camera scandal well - and has decided to step back from her manager role to protect the business. Prue points out that with all the pressure Terese is under, the last thing she probably needs is Harlow in her house. But Terese says she's a parent too; kids have always come first.
Prue says she just wants to be a good parent too, which is why she wants Harlow to come back with her. Terese says Harlow loves it her, and they love having her as part of the family.
PRUE: I don't doubt that. But you have to understand... after reading about your bad juju, it tore me up.
TERESE: My bad juju?!
PRUE: I just wanted to give Harlow a squeeze, and get rid of all that... black muck she's been absorbing.
But keen to prove that she isn't as malign an influence as all that, Terese suggests that Prue stay with them for a while, so she can be certain Harlow's being looked after...
Amy marches in, followed by Kyle.
AMY: I can't believe you're being hailed as some big stud, while I'm being shamed.
KYLE: I told those blokes to pull their head in.
AMY: I lost a job opportunity over this, Kyle. That would never happen to you.
KYLE: And it's totally unfair.
AMY: Yeah, it is. It's disgusting. Cos I'm tainted, and you're a hero.
KYLE: Yeah, I'd change it if I could!
AMY: You're up against centuries' worth of misogynistic double standards. So, yeah, good luck with that (!) ... I'm sorry.
KYLE: It's all good.
AMY: I just hate this!
KYLE: Me too.
AMY: And Dad. I mean, him wanting me to do damage control. It's like I just have to suck it up, even though I haven't done anything wrong.
Kyle holds her hand, and remarks that this is the first time she's been really open about what she's going through. Amy takes this as an 'I told you so', and snaps again at Kyle, saying she'll handle it the way she wants to.
KYLE: I'm just trying to make you feel better, babe.
AMY: You can't change what people are thinking! Those comments online, they were mostly about me, weren't they?
AMY: I'm the one who's being shamed. That's why I can't talk to you about what happened, Kyle - because you don't get it!
She storms out.
Chloe, Hendrix and Pierce are moving in as a family unit.
HENDRIX: It's so... suburban.
CHLOE: You say that like it's a bad thing.
HENDRIX: I'm choking on it.
Pierce hands Hendrix a wad of cash and sends him shopping to deck out his room, so it feels like home.
HENDRIX: This place will *never* feel like home.
But he takes the money and leaves, just as Terese is arriving. She's come around on the pretext of welcoming them all to the street, but really she's mainly interested in checking up on how Chloe's doing at the hotel, including the Cup event. Chloe reveals that she and Pierce got engaged at the Cup, and Terese congratulates them, before moving back to talk about hotel business.
Chloe seems to have everything under control, including the legal and publicity response to the camera scandal. Terese makes out she's pleased about this, but clearly feels out of the loop.
TERESE: Well, let me know what you need from me.
CHLOE: Uh, actually I think I've got it all under control.
TERESE: ... Okay, that's... great.
Terese struggles to hide her disappointment.
Hendrix spots Harlow standing on her own outside No 22.
HENDRIX: Hanging with all your friends? (!)
HARLOW: I could say the same to you.
HENDRIX: Oh, I'm new here. I've got an excuse.
Harlow says she's waiting for her mum to show up - not that it's any of Hendrix's business.
HENDRIX: We'll be each other's business all the time now. We're next- door neighbours! I'll make sure to keep my bedroom curtains open, to maximise your viewing opportunities.
HARLOW: You need help.
Hendrix is about to respond in kind, but then spots Clementine the cat walking past, and excitedly picks her up. He strokes and talks to the cat, clearly besotted.
HARLOW: Who are you, and what have you done to Hendrix?
HENDRIX: Oh, I love cats. They're bosses.
HARLOW: Yeah, well, I don't like them at all.
HENDRIX: Hey, that's offensive!
He starts approaching her with the cat.
HARLOW: Stop it, I'm allergic.
HENDRIX: Oh, really? Come on - prove it.
HARLOW: Maybe I should move back to the UK, now this neighbourhood's ruined.
Eventually he thrusts the cat into her arms, making her sneeze!
Prue and Harlow arrive for lunch. Prue accuses Harlow of being a 'moody moo', not unreasonably - she does seem pretty grumpy. Prue asks Harlow what's wrong; she admits she had a run- in with the boy next door.
PRUE: Darling, have you got a little crush?
HARLOW: I do not.
PRUE: You have! I never thought I'd see the day.
PRUE: I thought you'd become a nun. Although you have to be careful about boys if you're anything like your mother.
HARLOW: I am nothing like you. And trust me, there's nothing going on with him; it's a mutual hate- fest. I mean, he nearly ran me over for a start.
Seeing Prue's shock, Harlow starts backtracking, saying it was an accident. Amy comes in, and Harlow goes over to point out her mum. Harlow explains Prue wants to take her home to the UK 'because of the camera scandals'; Amy's sorry to hear that.
HARLOW: If you talk to her, do you mind just not mentioning the Restoration Order? I think she's left, so it's kind of ancient history.
Prue, who's straining to listen in, asks 'Low- Low' to bring some menus over, as she's starving. Harlow then introduces Amy as her aunt. Prue's quite standoffish when she learns who Amy is, and makes it clear she and Harlow are having a mother- daughter date, 'just the two of us'. Amy rushes out, upset.
Harlow accuses Prue of being rude. Prue says she understands the camera situation wasn't Amy's fault, but that there's 'a lot of negative energy all around her'. Prue makes it clear she's already doing enough by making an effort with Paul and Terese, the implication being she won't be doing the same with Amy.
Amy marches out of the courtyard, upset, just as Kyle catches up with her. She explains she's just been judged by Harlow's mum; she knew she'd seen the video as she couldn't even look at her.
KYLE: Don't take it to heart. She doesn't even know you.
AMY: Doesn't want to know me, more like.
Dipi and Shane are nearby, and a rattled Amy asks them if they've seen the video too. They both deny it.
AMY: You're just trying to make me feel better. Everyone's seen it. Because privacy means nothing to anyone these days.
Surprised by the outburst, Shane and Dipi quickly go on their way, as Kyle encourages Amy to calm down. But Amy says she may as well get used to the footage being out there for the rest of her life.
Chloe and Pierce are unpacking. Chloe says she's savouring it, like she will every moment she's with Pierce - while she can. Realising she's referring to her Huntington's, Pierce tells her not to talk like that. But Chloe wants them to be open about the topic, all three of them. That's when Pierce admits he hasn't told Hendrix about her illness yet. Chloe's taken aback.
PIERCE: I didn't really think it was my news to tell.
CHLOE: Well, you should've asked me - I would've told you to go for it.
At this point, Hendrix comes in, dragging behind him a 65- inch flatscreen TV for his bedroom. Pierce thinks he should watch TV with them in the living room instead, but Hendrix isn't keen on that idea, and drags the TV into his room.
PIERCE: That went well.
CHLOE: He just needs time. Pierce, I really think he needs to know about my Huntington's. And sooner rather than later.
PIERCE: Hendrix will just find a way to turn it into a drama about himself, okay? You don't need to deal with that now. Let's just wait till we settle in.
But Chloe looks unsure.
Ned is convalescing on the couch. Terese tells him that Scarlett has been refused bail by the police.
TERESE: Turns out that all the men in her book have similar stories. Are you on track with your pain meds? (...) You might have to lend Paul some.
She laughs, as we see Paul in the kitchen, still nursing his hangover. But Ned is looking very low. Harlow and Prue come back in; and Harlow, not wishing to give Prue more ammunition to justify her taking her back to the UK, is quick to lie about Ned's injury, saying he's recovering from a sporting accident. Ned goes along with it.
Paul comes over to join them, and gives Prue his sincere apologies for his behaviour last night.
PAUL: Have you got any plans for today at all?
PRUE: Just laughter yoga via Skype.
Paul suggests they all have a barbecue later, and Prue seems keen, saying she 'loves a communal feed'. She seems less thrilled when Paul says he's inviting Amy over, though.
PRUE: The whole shebang. What a treat (!)
The unpacking continues. Hendrix asks what's to eat, and Pierce says he's planning on cooking a roast. Unconvinced of his dad's cooking skills, Hendrix picks up the phone to order a pizza the moment Pierce leaves to buy the ingredients. But Chloe tells him to put the phone down, and sits down at the table with him.
CHLOE: I know that you've been feeling left out.
HENDRIX: Are we having a D&M right now?
CHLOE: I want to be able to talk to you, and I want you to be able to talk to me.
HENDRIX: Thanks, but no thanks.
CHLOE: Fine, then I'll do the talking. I know you're upset about missing the proposal, and I don't want you to feel sidelined again.
HENDRIX: Is this where you tell me you're knocked up?
CHLOE: It's where I tell you that... I'm sick. I have Huntington's disease. It's an incurable neurodegenerative illness.
HENDRIX: ... What does that mean?
CHLOE: It means that eventually, the nerve cells in my brain will start to break down, and affect my ability to function on pretty much every level. I wanted you to know, because it impacts how I approach the future.
HENDRIX: ... So, that's why this is all happening so quickly? Us moving in, and the wedding?
CHLOE: Partly. My mum also has the disease, and I've been watching her... decline. So, I decided I need to make the most of every day... Is there anything you want to ask me?
Hendrix looks shocked and quite rattled by what he's heard.
HENDRIX: ... No.
CHLOE: Okay. Well, if there is, you can always come and talk to me. I know it's a lot to take in.
She leaves Hendrix to his thoughts. He looks worried.
Paul's sorting out the barbecue on the patio, when Ned comes out and sits in a deckchair.
PAUL: How's it going in there?
NED: Too many people talking.
PAUL: Tell me about it. Anyway, a bit of sun might help, eh?
NED (detached): You reckon? (!)
Paul glances at him, visibly concerned, but then heads into the house to tell everyone the food's ready. Amy and Kyle are in the kitchen while Prue, Harlow and Amy are in the living room. Kyle intentionally inflames Paul's hangover by making a noise with the barbecue tongs; Amy asks him not to make a scene.
Before they eat, Terese thanks Prue for joining them, saying they look forward to many more shared meals. Prue thanks them for the hospitality and they all begin to sit down to eat. Terese mentions to Harlow that she noticed she covered up the real reason for Ned's injury before; Harlow explains she didn't want to give Prue more reason to take her away.
Terese thinks Prue's starting to come round, though, and Paul agrees; once she sees them all 'in action', her fears will dissipate.
Sheila comes in with a housewarming gift for Chloe and the Greysons - a gnome! Once Sheila's gone, Chloe gently chastises Hendrix for his monosyllabic responses to Sheila's chat.
CHLOE: Ever heard of making polite conversation, Mumbles?
HENDRIX: She's your mate, not mine. She's not exactly Gen- Z, is she?
Pierce asks Hendrix to help him peel the potatoes, but he just stands there, arms folded. Pierce asks if he's still upset about the proposal. Hendrix doesn't answer.
PIERCE: What, am I meant to just read your mind?!
HENDRIX: Oh, you wouldn't like what you see.
PIERCE: Real mature, mate.
HENDRIX: Yeah, I'm just an immature kid. That's why you didn't tell me about Chloe's disease?
PIERCE: ... I was just waiting for the right time. You told him?
CHLOE: It's about my life, and I felt as though he had a right to know. Now he does, and we can all just move on.
Keen to diffuse the tension, Chloe suggests Pierce take the packing boxes to the garage, while Hendrix helps her with the veggies.
CHLOE: Can you grab some carrots from the fridge? It's the, uh, big silver thing there.
Hendrix makes a point of going for the oven instead of the fridge!
HENDRIX: What, this one?
CHLOE: Yeah, that's it - yeah, got it (!)
Ned has been telling Prue about his tattooing work. She says she loves tattoos.
NED: You have any?
PRUE: Oh, no - but quite a few people have got one of me. Which is quite a funny story, actually.
HARLOW: No, it's really not a funny story.
Kyle puts his foot in it by casually telling Ned that he's 'glad to see Scarlett behind bars', and mentioning his wound. This forces Harlow to admit to Prue that Ned's injury isn't from a sporting incident at all; it's a knife wound from where Scarlett attacked him.
PRUE: This is beyond a joke. Right, go and pack.
TERESE: Wait, wait, wait - we can explain.
PRUE: No more words! (To Harlow) A boy seduced you and tried to run you down. (To Ned) You've got some psycho lover who's tried to kill you! (To Paul and Terese) You, drunk as a skunk before breakfast, and colluders in a sex scandal! (To Amy) And a porn star!
AMY: That's n- ... How dare you judge me, when you were involved in a -
But Harlow cuts Amy off before she can tell anyone about Prue's former cult. Amy's appalled when no- one else in the room backs her up against Prue's slur.
AMY: Oh, I can't believe this!
Amy walks out. Harlow gives Prue a look.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Amy tells Kyle that she'll never get over it until she faces it
- A bruised Yashvi tells Ned they're broken, and she has no idea how that can be fixed
- Ned asks Shane and Dipi if Yashvi's okay. Shane says it's none of his business now
- Ned wakes up in a cold sweat on the sofa, as if from a bad dream