- Claudia visits Finn.
- Susan doesn't want Finn to be disappointed again.
- Finn tells Elly that Dean has been following her.
- Dean visits Claudia.
- Pierce stops Hendrix from leaving.
- Hendrix tells Chloe he wants to be at the wedding.
- Pierce and Chloe marry.
- Pierce and Hendrix hug.
- Hendrix tells Karl he isn't going on the family trip, and he isn't going back to that house.
Panton Hill Winery - Reception Venue
The crowd cheer as Chloe and Pierce cut the wedding cake. Susan asks Karl if Hendrix is going back to Sydney. Karl doesn't know, but Hendrix is adamant he doesn't want to stay with Chloe and Pierce. Susan says it isn't great timing for them as their house is already bursting at the seams. Karl says they never turn their back on a kid in need. They say they'll make it work.
Meanwhile Hendrix watches Chloe and Pierce from afar as they talk to Finn and Bea. Hendrix skulks away in a mood. Karl tells Susan that they shouldn't tell Chloe and Pierce yet, they should enjoy their day. Susan thinks Pierce will be devastated if Hendrix isn't at the Adelaide wedding. Pierce and Chloe join them, and thank them again for letting Hendrix stay with them. Karl says Hendrix wants to stay another night. Pierce says that's fine as long as he doesn't sleep in, they don't want him to miss his flight.
Toadie orders a hot chocolate when Claudia introduces herself to him. She recognises him from his picture on the foundation website. She's surprised to hear how well Finn is getting on, she never expected him to jump at charity work. Toadie passes his condolences about Shaun, and tells her they're committed to making the buddy club a success in honour of him. As Toadie's hot chocolate arrives, Claudia asks him to have it with her, she'd love to chat more.
Panton Hill Winery - Reception Venue
Susan is pulling the most ridiculous arm flapping dance moves with Karl. Bea and Finn go to sit with Elly. Elly admits today is stirring a 'big fat mortifying flood' of memories for her, but she is putting everything into perspective. Elly is happy for Chloe and for her and their future possibilities. Bea excitedly imagines what Elly's life is going to be a year from now. Finn looks lovingly at Elly for a moment, Elly notices how he's staring at her and seems unsettled for a second. Finn invites Bea up to dance.
Meanwhile Pierce joins Hendrix and invites him out on the yacht when they return from Adelaide. Hendrix doesn't believe Pierce would take the time off work for him, but Pierce assures him their relationship is important to him.
Karl, Susan and Hendrix arrive. Karl takes a block of cheese that he took from the reception out of his pocket, worried that its going to melt. Susan is mortified that he stole the cheese, she's surprised he didn't steal the packet of crackets and put that in his other pocket. Karl says the dinner meats are in there. Hendrix yawns. They check that he'll be okay sleeping on the couch tonight, but he says he will. He goes to get Karl a drink.
Hendrix orders a whisky from Roxy, she says its not worth her job, so he's getting a lemonade. Hendrix tells her about his dad catching up with him when he tried to do a runner. He went to the wedding but it sucked. He tells her he isn't going to Adelaide. He and his dad are okay, but there's no way he's going to play happy families.
Finn tells Bea that Karl pinched his cake. They spot Toadie and Claudia sitting together. Claudia explains they just bumped into each other and they've had a good chat. As she goes up to get the bill, Toadie tells Finn that she grilled him a bit, but he sung Finn's praises. She seems happy and is making a big donation to the buddy club. Finn is surprised.
As Karl leaves bedding on the sofa for Hendrix, Hendrix thanks him for everything. Karl tells him that tomorrow is a brand new day. Hendrix wishes him goodnight, then goes to check his phone, looking at a photo of Chloe.
(The next morning)
Karl, Susan, Elly, Bea and Finn are having breakfast. Karl suggests they do Kris Kringle this year (secret santa), Bea wants to get Elly as she's gone crazy auntie for the baby's first Christmas. Susan has too. Karl says the baby won't mind if they wait for the Boxing Day sale. Claudia visits to drop off a pamper pack for the mum to be. Susan asks how long Claudia plans to be in town, she says it all depends on the baby. Elly does not look pleased. Finn invites Claudia to join them for breakfast. Hendrix walks past to tell them he's going to get some stuff from his dad's place. Karl goes with him.
Hendrix thanks Karl for joining him as he packs up his bag, he says he wants to get out of here before his dad and Chloe get back. They hear the door and Hendrix rushes out, just as Pierce carries Chloe in over the threshold. They're surprised to see Karl there, who explains that he was here with Hendrix but they just missed him. Karl tells them that Hendrix doesn't want to go to Adelaide. He has said that Hendrix can stay with him and Susan. Pierce talked to Hendrix about this yesterday and thought they sorted it. Chloe thinks he needs space, Hendrix's feelings weren't going to disappear overnight.
Roxy and Harlow are in the kitchen, while Harlow is reading.
ROXY: Porridge and a book, it's like living with Oliver Twist.
HARLOW: Oh. Literary allusion. Don't tell me you've transmogrified into a sentient being.
ROXY: I know, like, two of the words that you just said.
HARLOW: And back to reality.
Roxy sees Hendrix jumping the fence, as he comes in their back door.
HARLOW: Great, our resident peeping Tom is back.
Roxy asks if Hendrix is okay. He tells them the newlyweds are back.
HARLOW: Aw, did you throw your toys out of the pram in another desperate cry for attention?
ROXY (to Harlow): Your gruel's getting cold.
Harlow tells Hendrix that his dad will cut him off for good, and she's surprised he hasn't changed the locks already. Hendrix thanks her for the pep talk and leaves. Roxy tells Harlow that Hendrix has feelings too. Harlow says he's a spoilt brat with a really bad attitude. Roxy says there are things in his life that she has no idea about. Harlow asks what they are. Roxy says if she tells her, she has to keep it in the vault.
Susan and Claudia tidy up. Claudia thanks her for making her feel welcome. Susan is surprised she's here, last time she behaved appallingly and really hurt Finn. Claudia says she did the best she could, and when she went home she thought long and hard about what Susan said. She admits Susan is the best thing to have happened to Finn, and she herself is the worst, but she wants to change that. Susan shows Claudia to the bathroom. Finn and Bea walk past them. Finn admits he was unsure about Claudia being here, but everything she's done for the foundation and for Elly, maybe she's changed. Finn hopes that he ends up with a real mum who wants to be a part of his life. Bea hopes he does.
Pierce seems annoyed that Hendrix is shutting him out when they are finally getting somewhere. Chloe tells him its okay to give Hendrix time, he'll be here when they get back. Pierce says he really screwed Hendrix up over the years. He says he's a terrible father, he should never have made that deal with Lisa. Chloe asks what deal he means. Pierce admits that when Lisa was pregnant with Hendrix, he was so young, she didn't think he was ready to have a child so wanted to raise Hendrix by herself and over the years she shut him out more and more, making it difficult for him to see Hendrix. Then with Alanna, Lisa wanted another baby so she paid him for his sperm donation. She gets full control of the kids, and he didn't push it. He wishes he never agreed knowing how much damage it has done to both his kids.
Chloe encourages Pierce to tell Hendrix why he wasn't there, that it wasn't his choice. Pierce says Hendrix will think he chose money over him. If he tells him then it will ruin Hendrix's relationship with his mum, and he'd end up resenting both of them. Chloe says one way or another, he has to tell Hendrix he wanted to be there.
Toadie visits with some paperwork for Claudia, she's made a big donation to the foundation and he wants to list her as a benefactor on the website. Susan thinks its because of Shaun, but Toadie tells her that she asked a million questions about Finn too, she probably wants to support him too. After Toadie leaves, Elly asks if Susan is worried as well. Susan says she's completely different from the woman they first met. Susan notes that losing a child will change you, but this is extreme and it doesn't sit right with her. Elly doesn't trust that woman one bit. Susan says they should keep an eye on her, and support Finn if things go south.
Claudia finds Finn doing some gardening. She notes that he and Bea are going strong, it must be like old times for her. Finn says its nothing like old times, he isn't that person anymore. She apologises, all that matters is they love each other and they clearly do. She says he's made himself a nice family here. Elly will be happy he's looking after her. Finn turns back to do some gardening, and Claudia notices how oddly he reacted to her mentioning Elly. Finn tells her that Elly was being stalked by a kid from her old school, but its sorted now. Claudia says Elly is lucky, who knows what Dean might have done. Finn asks how Claudia knew Dean's name. Claudia says Bea mentioned it earlier.
Karl and Susan visit Pierce and Chloe as they prepare for their trip. He has something to give Hendrix, but he's out right now. Karl and Susan tell them to enjoy their trip, and Hendrix will be here when they get back. Chloe and Pierce thank them for looking after Hendrix, and note they have to head off to make their flight. Pierce passes Karl a note to give to Hendrix, saying its important.
Claudia joins Elly, Finn and Bea as they fold washing. Claudia asks Elly about arrangements for the birth. Susan will be her birthing partner, and she's decided on a water birth. Karl and Susan come in and tell them that Pierce and Chloe are away to wedding #2, and Karl's asked them to bring back some cake. Karl goes to see Hendrix who is out the back, while Susan offers to help Elly and Claudia with the washing. Finn whispers to Bea, asking if she told Claudia about Dean, Bea says she didn't. Claudia tells Elly she's prepaid a nappy service for the first year. Elly thanks Claudia, but neither she nor Susan look comfortable with it.
Number 28 (Back Yard)
Hendrix opens Pierce's letter, which reads: 'I've kept this in my wallet for 17 years. I know you haven't always felt it, but you've been with me every day. Dad' Hendrix takes out a photo of Pierce holding Hendrix as a baby. Karl gives Hendrix a set of keys, and tells him that they're here for whatever he needs.
KARL: Feel free to help yourself to food too. Fruit's always good because its free.... no, no, fresh, I meant to say fresh. It grows out here.
HENDRIX: I'm not really into fruit.
KARL: Really? We have plenty of hash browns in the freezer.
HENDRIX: I like steak.
KARL: Do you? Okay. I'll look into bulk buys.
As Karl leaves, Harlow arrives sneezing. She hands Hendrix a cage containing Clementine the cat. Harlow says he allergies are begging Hendrix to take her, and Terese says he can have her. Harlow says Clementine seems to like him for some unknown reason. Hendrix says he isn't sure how long he's staying. She says she knows what its like when your home isn't a place you want to be, it sucks. Hendrix thanks her for bringing Clem over. Harlow says he'll need to check with the Kennedys if he can keep her. She smiles and leaves.
Claudia asks Toadie how long it will be before he can launch the buddy club. Toadie says it won't be long thanks to her donation, this will really give them a boost. He asks if she'd be able to do a speech at the launch if she's still here, she says she'd be happy to. As Toadie leaves, Finn confronts Claudia, asking for the truth about how she knew about Dean. He knows Bea didn't tell her.
FINN: Here I am thinking you've changed, changed your mind about me. How dumb am I thinking you actually started to care like a real mother? It's all been some game, I should have known.
CLAUDIA: Finn please. Okay it's true, I'm not just here to check on you and the baby.
FINN: Then why are you here?
CLAUDIA: I need us to work as a team, a united front.
FINN: Against what?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Leo visits David in hospital. Paul and Terese look awkward.
- Claudia tells Finn that Shaun's baby deserves the best chance at life.
- Elly feels pains, Claudia is worried it's the baby.
- Kyle asks Amy what they're waiting for, he wants to start a family.