- David confronts Paul about the stolen goods; it could've ruined their fostering chances
- Harlow also rips into Paul, saying she was wrong about him becoming a better person
- Pierce tells Aaron he'll buy Paul out of The Shed if he wants; Aaron readily agrees
- Kyle tells Roxy he and Sheila have an 'errand'; she offers to do it, but he declines
- The 'errand' turns out to be the grief support group at the community centre
- Roxy tells Kyle they can keep things 'cool and casual' from now on
- But Kyle interprets this as permission to pash fellow grief groupie Jess back at home
Sheila comes in to find Kyle's clothes strewn all over the living room. When she shouts him, he emerges from the bathroom in a towel, saying he thought Sheila was working.
SHEILA: Call me old- fashioned, but in this house I'd prefer it if you got undressed for the shower in the bathroom!
KYLE: You're right. Sorry, Gran.
SHEILA: Yeah. Not as sorry as I would be if I'd come home a little bit earlier and copped an eyeful!
As Kyle is picking up his clothes, he notices a condom wrapper on the carpet next to Sheila's feet! Desperate for her not to notice it, he encourages her to go and put the kettle on, but she starts helping to pick up the clothes as well! However, eventually she leaves to put them in the laundry. Kyle picks up the unnoticed wrapper with relief.
Pierce has come round to meet with David and Aaron, to discuss buying Paul out of The Shed. David wants to make sure they're doing the right thing; Pierce thinks they are, if they've lost trust in Paul.
AARON: I can't wait any longer. The stolen stuff showing up at The Shed was the last straw (...) Buying him out is the right choice.
David agrees, but can't see Paul willingly selling his share to Pierce. Pierce says there's always an angle to get a businessman to sell; they just need to find the right pitch to convince him.
An awkward Kyle comes round to see Roxy, apparently about to tell her about his dalliance with Jess. But he loses his bottle and pretends he's here to see Ned instead. Roxy shouts Ned and says she has to get back to work, but that she and Kyle could catch up later. Kyle is noncommittal, and Roxy leaves.
Ned comes downstairs, and Kyle immediately asks for his advice. He then gets cold feet, so Ned quickly guesses it's to do with Roxy.
KYLE: Kind of. I met someone at grief group (...) and she offered me a ride home, and we hung out, and... things went on from there.
NED: You hooked up.
KYLE: I didn't plan it, you know, I swear. It just happened.
NED: So you and Rox are done then, huh?
KYLE: I dunno. She was the one that suggested we go casual - like, no expectations. But seeing her at the door just now... it was weird.
Ned correctly guesses that Kyle was really here to tell Roxy, but bailed. Kyle silently realises that he's right, and looks contrite.
NED: There's your answer, mate. You've got to tell her.
Sheila finds Gary the pigeon in the back yard, eating birdseed.
SHEILA: There he is! There's my boy!
She refills his dish with more seeds. She's about to head back to work, when she notices all the beer bottles from Kyle and Jess's drinking session earlier - and notices the tea mugs as well, with lipstick on the rim of one of them. She looks curious.
Chloe's pleasantly surprised to find the house tidy when she comes in, and even more surprised to learn that Hendrix and Harlow, who are studying at the table, are responsible. Hendrix asks after Elly; Chloe says she's having a tough time.
Chloe goes to the fridge, and is surprised again to find that Hendrix has bought barbecue stuff for dinner, and that he's planning to cook!
CHLOE: What have you broken?
HENDRIX: What?! Nothing!
CHLOE: Don't give me 'nothing'! Did you pay for that with your own money?
CHLOE: ... Alright, something's up. Spill.
HARLOW: ... We just, umm... we wanted to let you know how grateful I am that you and Pierce have welcomed me here so nicely.
CHLOE: You don't have to say thank you for that. You're welcome any time!
HENDRIX: Well, that's cool.
HARLOW: Yeah, really cool.
HENDRIX: Because, we were thinking it also would be - you know - cool if Harlow could stay over.
HARLOW: At night.
CHLOE: ... Oh! Sleepovers! That's a... a big step. And you thought you'd pitch it to the young, cool one first, cos she's a guaranteed 'yes'.
HENDRIX: Well, you were the first home, so -
CHLOE: You knew I would be. Look, it's really nice that you think I'm chill. But it also means that you think I am the weakest link (...) There's no way I am making a call on this! You're gonna have to run it past your dad. And Terese. And Paul. Maximum points for trying, though, and, uh, cheers for cleaning up!
Kyle comes in, planning again on talking to Roxy who's working at the bar. But Sheila intercepts him, to grill him about the mess in the back yard.
SHEILA: Especially the coffee cup with the lipstick on it.
Roxy is still nearby, and overhears this.
SHEILA: Who is she?
KYLE: No- one. Can we not talk -
SHEILA: No- one?! Do you think I came down in the last shower?
KYLE: Alright. Fine. You know that chick from grief group. She gave me a lift home.
KYLE: Was that her name? Yeah.
Kyle is now hyper- aware that Roxy can hear their conversation. She gives him evils, so he tries to cover with Sheila.
KYLE: It was just a friendly drink.
SHEILA: *So* friendly that you needed to go inside and strip off all your clothes, and have a shower afterwards! Next time, clean up after yourself.
Kyle makes eye- contact with Roxy. She looks gutted, and walks out. Kyle calls after her, but she's already gone.
Outside the pub, Kyle tries to apologise to Roxy. She has her back to him, so he can't see she's struggling to hold back the tears.
ROXY: I don't want to hear it.
KYLE: I was gonna tell you. That's why I was here (...)
ROXY: You didn't muck around, did you? I thought I was doing right by you. I was giving you some space, and you just go straight out and hook up with someone else.
KYLE: It just happened.
ROXY: Yeah, I know. I heard.
KYLE: (...) I'm sorry that it came out like this. I didn't want to hurt your feelings.
ROXY: Don't flatter yourself.
She stares him out and he leaves, but the moment he's gone, she turns and becomes tearful again.
Pierce and Chloe have come to see Paul and Terese, to discuss Harlow and Hendrix's request for sleepovers. Pierce thinks it's mature of them to have been open about it and asked permission.
PAUL: Yes, because that's exactly what they want you to think!
CHLOE: Give them a bit of credit, Paul.
PAUL: Oh, Chloe, they are teenagers! They know if they lie about it, there's no hope, so this is their best shot.
Terese intervenes; she's been here before with Piper and Imogen, and thinks it's good that Harlow and Hendrix are talking about it. We see Harlow nearby, eavesdropping from the stairway. Paul complains that the kids don't need the distraction, being in Year 12. But Terese can't believe Harlow's study would be derailed by this.
CHLOE: They do seem to do a lot more studying, than, uh, other stuff. Either way, they're gonna do what they're gonna do!
TERESE: You know what? If we say yes, the four of us can keep tabs on them.
But Paul is not having it, and angrily suggests that Pierce and Chloe are 'practically teenagers themselves'! He says that Harlow's always over at No 24 anyway.
PAUL: Why stop at sleeping over, hey? Maybe you could take on her expenses as well - maybe help her with her grieving, if you really want another child that badly!
A furious Harlow shows herself and barges in, shouting angrily at Paul.
HARLOW: What did you just say?! Are you that selfish and insensitive that you'd use my mother's death to get what you want?
PAUL: Harlow, that's -
HARLOW: No! It's always about you, isn't it? You can't respect what I might need - and to use my pain, and my grief... it's despicable. But you know what? Maybe you're right. Maybe I should move out, if that's how you really feel.
She marches out again, and everyone else goes quiet.
Aaron gets a text from Pierce, and tells David what Pierce is reporting - that Paul is in a filthy mood! David thinks it's best that in which case, they don't raise the issue of Pierce buying Paul's share of The Shed with Paul for now. But Aaron says they can't keep second- guessing Paul's mood; they need to get this done.
Paul turns up, and asks Aaron and David what they wanted to talk about. Aaron tells Paul about their proposition - namely that they want to buy him out of The Shed - without mentioning Pierce's name. Paul looks displeased nonetheless.
AARON: I know there's no way I'll ever be able to repay you for what you've done for me, and for the business.
DAVID: Or for us.
AARON: Yeah. But I have had a valuation done, and I do think you'll be quite happy with the return... I mean, you only ever chipped in to help us out. Owning a gym has never really been your thing. This way, you'll get a nice cash injection (...)
PAUL: Really? So, where is the money going to come from, then? Cos you don't have any tenants, and the last time I looked, there wasn't a money tree growing out the back here. You must be pretty stretched as it is.
DAVID: After everything that's happened, we think it's better if we distance ourselves, business- wise.
PAUL: ... Is that right?
DAVID: It's exhausting, Dad. And stressful. We need a partner who won't jeopardise the business.
PAUL: Okay. And I'm assuming you've already found this preferred partner.
AARON: It's Pierce.
PAUL: ... Pierce. Hm.
AARON: Paul, it's strictly business. It just makes sense, and it's right for us.
PAUL: Well, I don't make decisions without doing my due diligence first. Strictly business, of course. I'll be in touch.
He gets up and leaves. David and Aaron look worried.
Terese is folding laundry when Roxy comes in, visibly upset. Ned is there too, and guesses she's spoken to Kyle. Roxy explains for Terese's benefit about Kyle's hook- up with Jess, making her feel like what she had with Kyle was 'absolutely nothing'.
TERESE: I didn't think what you and Kyle had *was* something?
Ned gives Terese a look.
ROXY: Not technically speaking, but we were on our way (...) I didn't think we were sleeping with other people.
NED: You did tell Kyle that you were happy to keep things casual.
Roxy says she thought she was doing the right thing, as she was aware Kyle wasn't in a good place after losing Gary.
Harlow turns up with bags and cases; she's moving into No 24 after the row with Paul! Terese is with her, and tells Chloe, Pierce, Hendrix and Harlow that Paul will have to get used to their having 'open meetings' about the kids. Pierce says Harlow is welcome to stay until things settle; Terese says it's not ideal, but currently the best option.
HENDRIX: Awesome! Let's get your bags into my room.
CHLOE: Uh- uh! We are chill, but not *that* chill. If Harlow's gonna be here for a few days, she can stay in her own room, with her own space.
Hendrix looks disappointed, but the kids don't complain, and agree not to be distracted from their studies. The pair go off to get Harlow settled in, and Terese thanks Chloe and Pierce for letting her stay.
CHLOE: We know how hard things must be for you, so no worries.
A despondent Kyle is having a beer outside the pub, when Sheila turns up. She suggests Kyle call Jessica and invite her to join him, but Kyle doesn't reply.
SHEILA: This Jessica thing - can you see it going anywhere? Are you gonna start dating?
KYLE: What?! No. Nah, pretty sure that's not gonna happen.
SHEILA: Well, I had a really nice talk to her after group today, and, uh, she seems like a really lovely girl.
KYLE: Yeah, she is.
SHEILA: So, there's no reason *not* to call her, then.
KYLE: I'll think about it.
SHEILA: I just think it'd be good for you. Take your mind off... you know.
SHEILA: Sometimes, a distraction helps.
KYLE: Nah, it's a little more complicated than that. If I was to go there, start dating again, would you be okay with it?
SHEILA: Hand on heart? It's really hard to see anybody being happy at the moment. Dunno how I'd feel.
KYLE: I get that.
SHEILA: But I love you. And I want you to be happy. Now more than ever.
KYLE: ... Thanks, Gran.
Dinner prep is underway; Harlow is impressed at Hendrix's chopping skills. Hendrix explains that he used to hang out with the chef at his mum's house when he was a kid. Chloe and Harlow laugh.
HENDRIX: What's so funny about that?
CHLOE: I forgot how much of a silver- spoon kid you were!
Paul turns up, and an atmosphere immediately descends with Harlow.
PAUL: Harlow, look, I... what I said before about your grieving - that was wrong, and I... I really have no excuse. I'm so sorry.
HARLOW: Thank you for saying that.
PAUL: Yeah. Anyway, I was hoping that you might come home so we could talk about it.
HARLOW: No, Grandad - I'm staying here. I don't feel comfortable at your house anymore.
PAUL: It's not just my house. It's where you belong.
HARLOW: You don't even see how controlling saying something like that is.
PAUL: Harlow, I don't mean to be -
PIERCE: I think she's made herself pretty clear.
PAUL: Pierce, this has got nothing to do with you.
PIERCE: You know what? You're right. It's up to Harlow, and she's made a choice.
Seeing he's defeated, Paul walks out again. Harlow looks conflicted.
Aaron and David are waiting to reconvene with Paul. Aaron wonders if they should give him more time.
DAVID: Dad changes moods like he changes undies. There's every chance he'll come through that door laughing.
But he doesn't; Paul's in an absolutely foul mood when he arrives. Even their offer to buy him a drink is taken the wrong way, as he assumes they're trying to ply him with drink so he'll sell his share of the gym.
PAUL: You know, after everything I've done for this family, you'd think there'd be a tiny skerrick of respect, wouldn't you?
PAUL: You see, your business would be in the toilet if it wasn't for me, and that's exactly where it's gonna end up if I sell now.
AARON: Paul, if you sell now, you won't have to worry about that.
PAUL: No - no, not until you come crawling back to me for another bailout.
AARON: I'm not going to do that.
PAUL: Yeah, well, I'm not selling. It makes no business sense to do so, so you're stuck with me (...) That's my answer, and it's final.
Roxy comes to see Kyle, who apologises again for not telling her himself about his hook- up with Jess.
ROXY: Probably not the best way to find out, but it's alright. I just want to know if you're alright.
KYLE: Uh... yeah.
ROXY: I know you're still dealing with stuff with your dad. And random hook- ups can take your mind off things, but sometimes it makes it worse. I've seen it first- hand.
KYLE: ... It wasn't like that with Jess.
ROXY: It was a bit quick.
KYLE: We just talked, like, most of the arvo. She just gets what I'm going through, you know? Where I'm at.
Roxy becomes quietly tearful again.
ROXY: What does that mean? You want to be with her now?
KYLE: Rox, I don't know what I want.
Roxy leaves, upset, and Kyle looks conflicted.
Paul and Terese are chatting in the kitchen; Terese tells him Harlow's just as upset about their row as he is. But Paul complains about Pierce interfering. Terese insists Harlow will come round in time; she just needs some space. Paul hopes she's right.
David storms in.
DAVID: Do you have any idea the damage you're doing by digging your heels in?
PAUL: Oh, now, just hang on a minute -
DAVID: No, of course you don't! You never do, and I'm over it! (...) Aaron's pitch was good - you know it makes sense to sell! But instead, you just ignored everything he said!
PAUL: I've already made my decision.
DAVID: All he wants is the freedom to run his business the way he wants to, which is a no- brainer for us after everything you've put us through with Mannix. Instead, you came to the table angry about something else, like you always do. You're too volatile. So here's what's gonna happen - you're gonna sell your share of The Shed to Pierce, or we're done.
PAUL: ... What exactly does that mean?
DAVID: Me and you. Sell your share, or our relationship is done.
David walks out, leaving Paul looking worried.
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