- Terese seems perturbed when Chloe says the general manager contract is five years, if she gets it
- Chloe loses some work she's been doing on a crucial report, but Hendrix helps her to recover it
- Ned advises Chloe to take some saucy snaps of herself to spice things up with Pierce
- But Hendrix's curiosity is piqued by the envelope Chloe has put the photos in
- Hendrix sneaks into Chloe's office and steals one of the photos
- Elly tells Bea, Finn and the Kennedys that she's moving down the road to Number 32
- Susan catches Finn sneaking over to help Elly in the middle of the night, and takes his place
- Susan reminds Elly that she needs to distance herself from Finn
- Finn spontaneously asks Bea to marry him
Bea is visibly flattered by Finn's proposal, but...
BEA: ... No. No!
BEA: No, I'm sorry - I'm sorry. It's just - it's too soon. And honestly, I don't feel like you want to get married either.
They sit down by the lake to chat it out.
FINN: Well, I wouldn't have got down on one knee if I didn't think that we were Meant To Be Together(tm).
BEA: Yeah, but how long have you been planning this for?
FINN: Well, I... we've kind of just been... I dunno, drifting lately. And today is just so good, and -
BEA: Yeah, it really has been good.
FINN: It just came out. I didn't plan it. Which doesn't mean I don't mean it. I love you, Bea.
BEA: Yeah, and I love you too. What you did was beautiful. And it's not a 'no' forever. But I love how we are now. We're committed to each other without any serious commitments, and I want to enjoy that.
FINN: So I didn't win any points for spontaneity?
BEA: Well, there's plenty of other things we can be spontaneous about. Maybe just not surprise proposals!
They hug, but Finn looks troubled.
Chloe is chatting to Hendrix about how she showed up Paul by finishing the report on time after all. But Hendrix is quiet and distracted, the stolen photo of Chloe in his pocket clearly on his mind. Paul and Terese come in, and Chloe invites them to join them.
CHLOE: We're having a bit of a celebration!
PAUL: What? For delivering a report on time? That's called doing your job, Chloe.
CHLOE: Which apparently, I do very well.
PAUL: Yeah, still debatable.
CHLOE: Debate it all you want, Paul, but I've spoken to Lucy and she's agreed. I've just been made general manager of Lassiter's for the next five years!
PAUL: I'm assuming that there's a probationary period.
CHLOE: Of course, but I've signed the contract. Pierce is rapt.
Terese does her best to look pleased for Chloe, but she's clearly a bit sad that her old job is now seemingly out of her grasp forever. Nonetheless, she congratulates Chloe; and also imparts some good news of her own. She had her court hearing earlier for her role in the hidden camera scandal, and has been let off with a warning. Chloe quips that it's a good job she's signed her contract!
TERESE: Five years, huh? Really locked yourself in!
CHLOE: This is what I want.
TERESE: And you deserve it.
Terese is struggling to hide her dismay, though! Hendrix goes to leave, but as he heads for the door, something falls from his pocket. He looks at in horror, worried it's the photo he stole - but in fact it's just a folded- up flyer. Relieved, he rushes off, and the others are none the wiser...
Susan and Karl are having a cuppa; Karl suggests they should go away for a break. Susan isn't keen, claiming that she doesn't want to leave town with everything that's going on with Elly and the baby. Karl says Elly's managing and has the boys for support; but Susan reminds him they have Hendrix and Finn to think about.
KARL: Elly can handle Finn- watch for a week.
SUSAN: No! ... I just - the timing. The timing is not right, Karl!
KARL: Darling, if we wait for the perfect time, we'll never leave the house.
Hendrix comes in, still very quiet and guilty- looking. Susan heads to bed (to listen to a podcast Bea recommended), and Karl offers Hendrix some cake - but he's not feeling hungry.
HENDRIX: Can I ask you something? (...) If someone took something from someone...
KARL: Are we talking 'borrowed', here?
HENDRIX: Kind of. Maybe... I took a photo from Chloe.
KARL: What sort of photo?
HENDRIX: I know! It was just there and I took it. I dunno what to do about it.
KARL: I think you do.
HENDRIX: Put it back?
KARL: Yeah. And you need to tell your father. You've made a mistake here; it'll go better for you if you own up to it.
Hendrix looks quietly horrified.
Pierce comes in and kisses Chloe. He mentions he's been calling her, but Chloe's realised she's left her phone at the office. Chloe tells Pierce her other good news of the day - she and Hendrix managed to spend time together 'with zero issues'. Furthermore, he actually helped her with her computer issues, so she could deliver the report on time.
CHLOE: The point is, I feel like we've turned a corner.
PIERCE: Do you think he might be ready to move home?
CHLOE: Baby steps, but I think we're getting close!
Kyle is offering out chocolate teddy- bears to David and Elly - but when Elly doesn't respond, the boys are horrified to realise that she's fallen asleep, standing up - with Aster still in her arms. They rush over to stop Aster from falling; Elly wakes up and is mortified to think she could've dropped her. David tells Elly she needs some proper rest.
KYLE: Dude, you're knackered. Don't ignore it like I did.
The boys offer to look after Aster overnight while Elly gets some sleep. Wearily, she tells them where the expressed milk is, and head to bed. The boys exchange a worried glance as she goes.
It's dark, and Hendrix has sneaked into Chloe's office to put the photo he stole back into the envelope. However, Chloe comes in to retrieve her phone, and catches him in the act! She is severely unimpressed when he sees the envelope and photo in his hands.
CHLOE: Please tell me that's not what I think it is?
HENDRIX: I'm not taking it. I was putting it back!
CHLOE: Which means you took it in the first place!
HENDRIX: Okay, yeah. I did take it earlier, and I know that was wrong.
CHLOE: You think?!
HENDRIX: Yeah, that's why I was putting it back. I made a mistake!
CHLOE: A mistake? You took my private property to, what - show your mates?
HENDRIX: No! I would never do that!
CHLOE: Oh, so it was just for your own little bank, then? Do you have any idea how disgusting that is?!
HENDRIX: No, that's not why - I didn't -
CHLOE: You know what? I don't want to hear it! I have done everything I can to fix this. I've tried to be your friend, to help you sort things with your dad - I thought we were past this!
HENDRIX: We are.
CHLOE: Every time things seem to be going well, you just throw it back in my face! Why?!
HENDRIX: I don't know why I took the photo! I wasn't thinking! I still like you!
CHLOE: No! You are not playing that card - not this time!
HENDRIX: I'm not playing anything. Chloe...
CHLOE: What? What could you possibly say to make this right?!
HENDRIX: I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
Visibly remorseful, he rushes out, leaving Chloe looking upset.
In Bea and Finn's room the next morning, Finn is in bed as Bea gets ready for work. He tells Bea how much he loves her. When she doesn't immediately say it back, they both joke that she's emotionally scarred him, so she starts getting undressed again and leaps on top of him to make up for it. They fall into a serious pashing session...
Elly emerges onto the patio to find Kyle holding Aster, and David and Aaron at the table. It's late morning, and she's confused as to why they've let her sleep for so long. David tells her to relax; they took it in shifts, and Aster's really settled. Elly thanks them all for their help, saying she feels much better now.
David and Aaron say they have nothing on today, so don't mind looking after Aster some more if Elly wants a break. She reminds David that the only reason he has nothing on is because he's recovering from major surgery!
ELLY: I appreciate the offer, but I'm doing okay now.
KYLE: How long's it been since you went for a walk without bubs?
ELLY: I can't remember.
KYLE: Well, go on, then.
Elly admits it would be nice to go and get some fresh air. The boys tell her to take her time; they have everything under control with Aster. Once she's gone...
AARON: Wow, finally lets go, huh?
DAVID: It can't be easy. But she knows Aster's in good hands.
Kyle has put Aster in the washing basket on top of the sheets he's just taken off the line, and they all coo at how cute she is.
AARON: We need to take a photo! No - why don't we stage a photoshoot? We can use all the household items as props!
DAVID: Anne Geddes- style!
KYLE: Who's Anne Geddes?
My thoughts exactly, Kyle!
Pierce is very annoyed as Chloe tells him about what Hendrix has been up to.
PIERCE: I'm so sorry he's done this to you.
CHLOE: Me too.
PIERCE: Violating your privacy like that - in what world is that okay?
CHLOE: I don't know. But he knew what he was doing, and he knew it was wrong.
PIERCE: Yeah, well, he's crossed a line. I need to go over there and straighten him out.
Karl, Susan and Hendrix are having breakfast.
HENDRIX: Dad's gonna hate me now.
KARL: Oh, he's not gonna hate you.
HENDRIX: And Chloe thinks I'm some kind of pervert.
At this point, Pierce shows up, and Karl and Susan head out to give them some space. Pierce storms over to Hendrix.
PIERCE: You have done a lot of things to get under my skin and disappoint me. But this is the first time that I've been ashamed that you are my son! Chloe could go to the police and press charges over what you did - and I'd be on her side.
HENDRIX: I'm sorry! I'm sorry!
PIERCE: Listen. The things you've been doing - violating people's privacy; kissing Harlow; stealing from Karl and Susan's bedroom! You cannot joke about, objectify, or invade people's private space!
But Hendrix is in tears by this point.
HENDRIX: I know! I know, I get it! I didn't know what to do!
PIERCE: What you feel right now - that knot in your stomach? I want you to remember this, so you don't ever, ever do anything like this again!
HENDRIX: I won't. I knew it was dumb the second I did it, but it was too late! That's why I went to Karl; I didn't know what to do! I didn't know how to fix it. And then when he said put it back, and I tried to put it back, but then Chloe walked in!
PIERCE: ... Well, at least you recognise that it was a mistake.
HENDRIX (crying): I do - I did! I wish it never happened. I wish I could take it back. Could you please help me fix things with Chloe?
Pierce nods, and hugs a tearful Hendrix.
A musical montage begins as Aaron, David and Kyle set up baby Aster on the floor alongside various household props, and take photos of her, while admiring how cute she is. Paul and Terese turn up, interrupting this.
TERESE: Oh, love it - Anne Geddes! She made a fortune dressing babies up as bumblebees!
KYLE: How does everyone know this Anne Geddes chick but me?
Still with you, Kyle! Terese is impressed with how the boys are stepping up to help with Aster, and Paul calls Aaron and David 'a couple of naturals'.
Pierce returns to talk to Chloe following his showdown with Hendrix.
CHLOE: How did it go?
PIERCE: It was... hard.
CHLOE: Yeah, well - he should've thought of that before he made me his personal centrefold.
PIERCE: He hates himself. I've never seen him that gutted.
CHLOE: Please don't tell me you've let him off the hook?
PIERCE: I didn't - but he knows what he's done is wrong.
CHLOE: ... It's a bit beyond that!
PIERCE: The kid was in tears! He...
CHLOE: What? Pierce! He stole a private photo of me! Just because he turns on the waterworks, he gets all the sympathy?
PIERCE: I've never seen him genuinely regret something like that. He even went to Karl for help. And I really feel like he's turned a corner.
CHLOE: Unless it's just an act - like all the other times!
PIERCE: It's not like I'm gonna let him get away with it. He wants to come over here and apologise.
CHLOE: I don't want to hear it!
CHLOE: No, I can't even look at him right now!
Pierce says that in that case, they can do it another time - and goes to get changed for a run. Chloe looks annoyed. While Pierce is out of the room, his mobile phone rings on the side. Chloe notices it and that it's Hendrix's mum, Lisa, calling. She decides to answer it.
CHLOE: Lisa... hi, it's Chloe... Yeah, it's good to finally talk to you, too... Uh, no, he's gone for a run, but, uh... there's actually a few things I wanted to talk to you about... It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing with Hendrix, and there are some things that I think you should know.
Bea and Elly are having smoothies in the courtyard; they're talking about how the boys at No 32 are all helping with Aster. Bea regretfully says it probably means Elly won't be moving home, then; and Elly says she made the right decision to move out.
ELLY: Which means, you and I need to make time for smoothies and gossip.
BEA: Cheers to that! And speaking of gossip, I have some gold. Finn proposed to me!
Elly couldn't look more horrified!
ELLY: What?! ... Did you accept it?
BEA: No - no, of course not! I actually said flat- out 'no'. I mean, we were having a picnic, and I guess he just got caught up in the whole romance of it all.
ELLY: ... Right. Yeah, okay. That's good.
BEA: Yeah. Guess he's just gonna have to settle for being head- over- heels in love with me!
Bea laughs and Elly forces one too, but is looking worried.
BEA: No, honestly - he cannot keep his hands off me at the moment. Which, I'm not complaining, but this morning, I had to get dressed twice before work!
This is too much information for Elly, who makes an excuse to rush off, saying she wants to get back to Aster at home. They hug, and Elly rushes off.
Susan and Karl are talking about the new pressure on Pierce and Hendrix's relationship, but Finn comes in and overhears, assuming they were talking about him and Bea.
FINN: Oh, great - she's telling everyone I proposed (!)
SUSAN: Excuse me?!
KARL: What - what?!
SUSAN: You proposed to Bea?!
FINN: Isn't that what you were talking about?
SUSAN: No - but we'd like to talk about it now!
FINN: ... Oh, it's alright - it was just a misunderstanding!
KARL: So, you didn't propose?
FINN: No, I... I did. We were on our date at the sanctuary, and I just got carried away and blurted it out. It's okay - we talked about it, and we are not getting married.
SUSAN: ... I think I need another cup of tea!
Susan moves into the kitchen where Finn is standing, and whispers...
SUSAN: This is not what I meant when I said pay more attention to Bea!
FINN: I know! It was a mistake! As I say, we talked it out, and we're on the same page now.
Karl gets a text from Elly, asking for them to come over, but didn't say why. He and Susan prepare to head out to No 32, just as Hendrix comes in. He gets a call on his phone from his mum Lisa, and answers it.
HENDRIX: Hey, Mum...
It transpires that the reason Elly wanted Susan and Karl to come over was to see all the cute photos of Aster surrounded by sunflowers, balls of wool etc - Kyle, David and Aaron have printed a load out for her and even framed some, and Elly is pleased as punch with them. Paul and Terese are still on hand admiring them, too.
ELLY: I was only gone for about two hours - didn't expect anything like this!
SUSAN: You're very lucky to have such wonderful friends.
AARON: We just want to make you feel like this is your home, too, yeah?
ELLY: Well, I dunno what to say!
She gives the boys a group hug, then leads Susan and Karl away to show them some more, leaving Paul and Terese at the table.
TERESE: These are gorgeous!
PAUL: Yeah, just as long as the boys aren't too invested... Well, they don't know how long Elly's gonna be living here, do they?
TERESE: Oh, come on, Paul! Could you please just try and enjoy the moment for what it is, instead of sucking the joy out of everything?
PAUL: I just don't want the boys to get hurt. If that makes me the bad guy, then...
Terese just gives him another look.
Hendrix comes in to talk to Pierce and Chloe.
CHLOE: Your dad should've told you I don't want to hear an apology right now.
HENDRIX: That's not why I'm here. You didn't tell me Mum was coming?
PIERCE: ... Well, I didn't know.
CHLOE: I guess she appreciated our little talk.
PIERCE: You spoke to her?
CHLOE: Yeah, I did.
PIERCE: What did you tell her?!
CHLOE: What do you think I told her? You weren't gonna do anything about your son!
PIERCE: I was doing something! I don't believe this!
CHLOE: Look, Lisa knows Hendrix better than either of us! And surely three heads are better than two.
PIERCE: What did she say to you?
HENDRIX: She asked me why I was living with the Kennedys. You didn't tell her about that?
Hendrix leaves again, still shame- faced.
CHLOE: Why are you so stressed? I mean, she'll be on our side! Mine, anyway.
PIERCE: That's not how Lisa operates!
CHLOE: Operates? What are you talking about?
PIERCE: If she thinks that I've messed up, which she will - you don't realise what you've done! She's gonna come in here, and she's gonna have a massive impact on my relationship with Hendrix!
Coming up on Neighbours
- A newcomer, presumably Lisa, arrives at No 24
- Chloe asks Pierce why she wanted to tell Hendrix the truth all of a sudden
- Pierce says Lisa always has an objective
- Aaron tells Chloe that this is a 'need- to- know thing, and only if it was a possibility'
- Bea suggests to Finn that Elly and Aster can move back in now Hendrix has gone
- Bea asks Elly if there's more to it; she admits that maybe there is