- Karl tells Pierce that Hendrix is struggling, and isolating himself
- Pierce wants to be able to hang out with Hendrix and Chloe together, but Hendrix can't hack that
- Toadie proposes a carol concert for the foundation, but Chloe was already planning one of her own
- They decide to combine the two, but Toadie's concerned about Sonya becoming a marketing tool
- When asked, Finn admits to Claudia that he has Feelings™ for Elly
- Claudia later promises to forget what he's told her; as far as she's concerned, Finn only loves Bea
- But Claudia quickly breaks her promise, telling Elly that Finn is in love with her
Claudia and Elly have stopped for a coffee. Elly challenges Claudia over her claim that Finn is in love with her.
CLAUDIA: I've been watching you together.
ELLY: Finn loves Bea.
CLAUDIA: I know, but...
ELLY: But what, Claudia? Is this some kind of test?
CLAUDIA: No. No, of course not. Maybe I misread things.
ELLY: Maybe you did. We're just friends.
CLAUDIA: It doesn't seem that way. You two are so close; you spend so much time together.
ELLY: Yeah, and Finn has been amazing since Shaun died - but that's it. I dunno - is this some kind of wishful thinking? I know it must be really tempting for you to imagine a happily- ever- after with Finn and I bringing up your grandchild. But just because this is what you want, Claudia, it doesn't make it a reality.
Pierce airs his frustrations to Chloe that his day with Hendrix ended so abruptly. Chloe feels guilty for not seeing his text, but Pierce says it wasn't her fault. He decides to go to the Kennedys' and talk to Hendrix, to smooth things over. Chloe gets a text from Terese, saying Toadie has decided he's happy to join forces over the Christmas concert. She's worried keeping him happy will be a 'minefield'.
Pierce assures Chloe she'll be fine, but she's nervous as it's her first big event as general manager. She wants to show Pierce her ideas, but he asks if they can do it after he speaks to Hendrix. She agrees, and he leaves; but Chloe looks a bit disappointed.
Finn is helping Karl in the greenhouse, but is overwatering the plants as he's distracted. Bea comes to join them. Karl asks if Finn's still worried about how Claudia and Elly are getting on; he admits he is, and also tells Bea that Claudia is thinking of moving to Erinsborough.
FINN: And if the court allows it, I could live with her.
BEA: ... Is that what you want?
FINN: I dunno. A part of me does (...) You'd be okay with me moving in with her?
BEA: If that's what you decide you want. Whatever you choose, you know I will always have your back.
But Bea looks a bit worried as Finn goes inside. She admits to Karl that it would be hard not living with Finn, but that she also knows how important it is for him to have a relationship with Claudia - and in time, everything would get back to normal. Neither of them look quite convinced, though.
Toadie comes in discussing the Christmas concert with an entourage comprising Gary, Sheila and Kyle - they appear to have volunteered to be involved in helping out with the show. Chloe comes in, ready to start working on their joint plans for the project. Chloe says she's already put some ideas together, but was hoping to run them past Pierce first - but Toadie persuades her to show him now.
Toadie looks at the very corporate, salesy poster Chloe has designed, complete with luxury sponsors namechecked, including Pierce's winery (Chloe's evidently forgotten that Sonya was an alcoholic) - and immediately pulls a face!
CHLOE: You are not thrilled.
TOADIE: I don't love it (...) It's not just the poster. Sonya didn't want anything fancy. It just... wasn't important to her. And as far as the winery's concerned...
CHLOE: Of course, I didn't think. We will scratch that, and... we can start over with this!
But Toadie sulkily says he'll go away and think about it, and leaves. Chloe admits aloud that she's really screwed this up, and Kyle doesn't disagree.
Karl is taking the bin out, and finds Hendrix outside the house. Hendrix admits his lunch with Pierce ended abruptly when Chloe turned up.
HENDRIX: I left. I'm not being difficult... I'm just not ready to be around her yet.
KARL: Sure. These things take time. But don't let the awkwardness undo the progress you're making with your dad, yeah? Just keep the lines of communication open - like now.
At which point Pierce approaches. He apologises to Hendrix for the crossed wires over lunch, but Hendrix says it's 'no biggie', and suggests they go for a workout together. Pierce is keen. Elly pulls up in her car, alone. Karl asks where Claudia is, but Elly just walks past them all silently, into the house.
Elly storms in and tells Susan and Finn...
ELLY: She has lost it! Your mum thinks that you're in love with me, and I feel the same way!
FINN: What? That's crazy!
ELLY: It's beyond crazy! Has she said anything to you about this?
ELLY: She has hated on me for so long, and now she wants to make you a replacement for Shaun. She thinks we're going to be some happy little couple raising her grandchild!
FINN: That's totally messed up. I'm sorry; she is completely out of line.
Finn heads towards the door, furious. Susan calls after him.
SUSAN: No, Finn - Finn! You need to take the anger out of this first.
FINN: Why? She can't keep playing games with people's lives like this, Susan. I'm putting a stop to it right now.
Susan and Elly look worried as Finn walks out.
Finn accosts Claudia as she walks through the courtyard.
FINN: You just couldn't help yourself, could you? You had to say something to Elly.
CLAUDIA: I didn't tell her anything you told me. I just brought up how close you two were getting.
FINN: In Elly's version, you said a lot more than that!
CLAUDIA: I hoped it would bring you together!
FINN: I told you, I love Bea!
CLAUDIA: Finn, you and Elly as a couple - it makes sense. With Shaun gone and Elly about to have his baby...
FINN: Will you listen to yourself?!
CLAUDIA: ... this is a way to guarantee we stay in the baby's life.
FINN: Meaning, *you* stay in the baby's life. None of today was about you getting on with Elly, or you wanting what's best for me. It was about Shaun, his kid... Here I was, hoping you might actually be for real this time. But you don't change. You need to go back to Switzerland.
CLAUDIA: You have no idea what I've done for you! ... Who do you think was responsible for the fire that destroyed all the evidence before your trial?
CLAUDIA: I just wanted you to have a chance to be free. If that doesn't prove I want what's best for you, what does?
FINN: You don't help people by starting fires. You help them by being there for them.
CLAUDIA: I can do that!
FINN: I don't think you can. Go home.
Hendrix and Pierce are working out on the outdoor gym equipment, having manly banter. Pierce gets a call on his mobile, but it's only his stockbroker; he says he'll call him back. They get talking about shares, and Hendrix says he's heard of a 'bitcoin' thing called Conquistador which might be worth a punt. Pierce tells him not to get overexcited about cryptocurrencies; they're unreliable.
HENDRIX: Yeah? Tell that to the Winklevoss twins. They scored billions.
PIERCE: Yeah, it may be high- reward for some, but it's also high- risk. Then again, maybe I'm just old- school.
HENDRIX: Too old *and* too scared to try something new.
Pierce says he'll look into it. At this point, Chloe turns up. Hendrix keeps his distance while Pierce talks to her; she's desperate for Pierce's input on her concert plans before she feeds back to Toadie with a second attempt, given he wasn't happy with her first proposal. Pierce can't give Chloe any time now as he wants to prioritise Hendrix, but suggests she arrange a dinner for them and Toadie.
Chloe's not thrilled as she'd hoped to finalise things sooner, but says if it has to be over dinner, that's what she'll do. Pierce rejoins Hendrix, and Chloe looks frustrated.
Toadie is sitting outside Harold's when Kyle shows up. Toadie admits he's feeling guilty for being so dismissive of Chloe's concert ideas earlier. Toadie wishes he'd left it to Terese, as he's too emotionally involved in the Sonya Foundation. He understands that big- name stars and brands will help draw people to the concert, but doesn't want to lose sight of Sonya in all this.
KYLE: Chloe knows how important this is to you, mate. She'll be okay.
At which point Toadie gets a text from Chloe, inviting him to dinner with her and Pierce to talk about the concert. Kyle says he has to go to make a phone call, as he has some 'humble pie to eat'. Toadie asks what he means; Kyle says it's nothing he can't handle, and walks off.
Pierce and Hendrix are at the bar; Pierce has put $1,000 in Hendrix's bank account, which he says he is free to invest in the cryptocurrency he was talking about earlier. Pierce will drop a grand on some shares he likes the look of, and they'll see who makes the bigger return. Karl is nearby and has been earwigging; he'd like to be part of the investment challenge too, but only to the tune of $50!
PIERCE (to Karl): What would be your big pick?
HENDRIX: Biodegradable bike helmets!
Hendrix goes to set himself up at a table to make the investments, and Karl tells Pierce, 'nice work'.
Finn tells Elly and Susan that he's asked Claudia to go back to Switzerland, as her presence is just making everything harder.
FINN (to Elly): If she tries to contact you, feel free to say no.
ELLY: Yeah, happy to.
FINN: And I don't think we should tell Bea (...) I don't want to upset her.
ELLY: Especially when it's just a fantasy.
Susan looks unimpressed. Bea appears at the door, and asks, 'what's a fantasy?' No- one answers for a minute, then Finn tells Bea that Claudia's going back to Switzerland.
FINN: It was my idea.
BEA: But I thought everything was gonna be good. I mean, you were talking about moving in with her.
FINN: It's not gonna happen. We're better off without her.
He walks out, leaving Bea looking worried.
Claudia is at a table alone, when Susan comes in. She sits down with Claudia, who acknowledges that she's been 'sent packing' by Finn.
SUSAN: He's angry.
CLAUDIA: I was only thinking of the baby. Elly is a single mother without a job; how is she gonna care for my grandchild?
SUSAN: With the love and help of her family! You shouldn't have pushed things between her and Finn.
CLAUDIA: Oh, you know I'm right. He has Feelings™ for her. You've seen it yourself.
SUSAN: I trust Finn to have it under control. You should do the same.
CLAUDIA: Yes, well, I find that hard. Finn has made mistake after mistake. I was only trying to do the right thing.
SUSAN: By whom? Claudia, you can't just force people to do what you want them to do!
Claudia's voice breaks as she becomes emotional.
CLAUDIA: ... You'd think I would've learned that by now. I couldn't stop Shaun from dying. And now I may not even have a relationship with his child. You know, I was never a very good mother. But I thought, maybe, being a grandparent... I just don't know how to fix this.
SUSAN: Everyone's upset right now. Maybe with some time and space, it'll improve. But right now, you have to respect Finn's wishes, and go home.
Claudia nods in acknowledgement.
Chloe welcomes Toadie as he arrives for dinner; Pierce isn't here yet. He looks at the laid table and remarks at the effort she's gone to.
CHLOE: Just don't look in the dishwasher.
TOADIE: Oh yeah, why's that?
CHLOE: Takeaway containers.
Toadie apologises for his reaction to Chloe's proposals earlier.
TOADIE: It's just, I've been a bit oversensitive - because it's the first Christmas without Sonya. And I've just been so set on trying to make everything seem the way that it was when Sonya was here...
His voice breaks and he becomes tearful.
TOADIE: ... so the kids feel close to her. Sorry.
CHLOE: It's fine. You don't need to apologise. Or explain. I did a lot of thinking this afternoon, and you were right. This concert isn't about splashy corporate deals, or selling rooms. So no luxury sponsorships - we'll look at local, ethical businesses (...) And Sonya wouldn't have wanted some interstate band. This concert's about the community, so the only people singing on that stage will be local acts.
TOADIE: Sonya would love that.
Chloe shows Toadie a revised poster, with the Sonya Foundation much more prominent in the billing and Lassiter's own branding scaled down.
TOADIE: It's perfect.
Claudia calls round to say her goodbyes; she's booked a flight for tonight. Finn says she shouldn't be here.
CLAUDIA: I know my visit's been problematic. But I want the best for everyone.
She thanks Susan for her hospitality, and all the support she and Karl have given to Finn, and also to Shaun while he was here. Claudia then tells Bea it was lovely to meet her, and bids her goodbye.
CLAUDIA: Elly... all the best with the birth. I hope you'll keep me in the loop - a photo, maybe?
ELLY: Yeah, I think I can do that.
CLAUDIA: Finn... take care of yourself.
Claudia hugs Finn, but it's awkward, and he's barely responsive.
CLAUDIA: ... And I'm sorry.
Claudia leaves, without Finn saying another word.
BEA: Finn, are you sure you want things to end this way? You can go after her?
FINN: No. No, this is how it has to be.
He goes to his room.
The blokes' investment challenge has wrapped up. Karl has lost his $50 and tells Hendrix and Pierce not to tell Susan. However, Hendrix has made a killing on the cryptocurrency, and Pierce congratulates him - he made much more than Pierce himself. Hendrix is going to quit while he's ahead, and Pierce says he can keep the money.
Hendrix offers to shout dinner with his earnings, but this reminds Pierce he's late to meet Chloe for their dinner with Toadie. Pierce promises to do dinner with Hendrix another day. Hendrix says 'sure', but can't hide his slight disappointment from Karl as Pierce goes.
Toadie congratulates Chloe on the 'best takeaway ever'. She apologises that Pierce hasn't been able to join them, but Toadie points out they've sorted out all the concert arrangements anyway - and it's good Pierce is spending time with Hendrix.
CHLOE: Mm (!)
CHLOE: I am glad they're hanging out... but I needed him. I was worried I'd ruined things with you, and I just really could've used his input!
TOADIE: No, you kicked goals today. You did, you did. New collaborations don't always run smoothly. Like you, Pierce and Hendrix. It'll come good.
An apologetic Pierce comes in and asks them where they're up to. Toadie says Chloe's sorted everything out, and shows Pierce the poster. Pierce mouths 'sorry' to Chloe for not having been more available today. Her smile strains.
Claudia is getting a last coffee before she heads for the airport, when Bea comes in.
CLAUDIA: There's a taxi waiting.
BEA: Cancel it.
BEA: Because I don't think you should go. Finn hasn't told me exactly what happened, but he'll calm down. I don't believe he meant what he said.
CLAUDIA: He meant every word of it (...) Bea, look, you are very sweet, and you clearly love Finn. But you need to be sure that your feelings aren't misplaced.
BEA: What do you mean?
CLAUDIA: Finn and Elly.
BEA: What about them?
CLAUDIA: What? You don't think they're getting a little bit too close?
Bea looks worried as Claudia leaves.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Bea looks worried when she finds Finn and Elly laughing and fooling around together
- She asks them if there's something going on between them
- Leo tells Kyle he needs to tell Amy, but he's not sure they'd survive it after all he's put her through
- We see a tearful Roxy, and hear her saying she doesn't want to make a choice as she's scared
- We see Robert led into the prison visitor room, and hear Harlow saying David could have his kidney
- A tearful Aaron tells Leo that if nothing happens soon, David could die