- David and Aaron hear that the fostering agency wants to formally assess them
- Leila tells Aaron that an 'unusual sexual history' might affect their application
- David and Aaron worry whether their assessment could rule them out
- Courtney Act is compère at the Pride celebrations, and kicks off the event
- Ned does body art at Pride, and thanks Yashvi for her support in pursuing his art
- Chloe asks if Pierce has a problem with her being bi; he's worried he's not enough for her
- Referencing their communication problem, Chloe wonders if she and Pierce married too fast
Pierce comes in to find Hendrix in the kitchen, in his questionable tiger- pattern shirt.
HENDRIX: I need lunch, and then a new outfit - Courtney Act seriously slammed this one. Hey, do you reckon I could pull off sequins? There's no way I'm letting Paul Robinson be best dressed at Pride.
Hendrix sees Pierce is looking worried and asks what's up. Pierce moodily tells Hendrix to just drop it, and goes for a swim outside.
David and Aaron are offered some stencil tattoos and face- painting by Ned and Yashvi, but they explain they have to look presentable for their second foster care assessment later.
DAVID: It's pretty poignant, though, landing on Pride. Maybe it's a sign from the universe.
Yashvi asks if they're nervous; David admits they are, given so much hangs on the assessor's opinion of them. Ned suggests they might have a foster kid to bring to Pride this time next year. David admits that would be a dream come true - Aaron tells him it will come true, and kisses him.
Courtney Act is impressed with Terese's 'Dynasty shoulder- pads'.
COURTNEY: And I'm really digging this HBIC realness you've got going on.
Terese acts flattered, but possibly doesn't know what 'HBIC' means! A still- starstruck Sheila comes over with an awkward Kyle in tow, to introduce him to Courtney.
SHEILA: We used to watch you on Drag Race all the time when you were on!
SHEILA: Don't be coy, Kyle - you loved it!
KYLE: Oh, love's a strong word.
SHEILA and KYLE: You were robbed, by the way!
COURTNEY: You two are very cute. And Sheila, clearly some good genes in that bloodline, congratulations.
Kyle walks off, all smug at the compliment! Conversation turns to Courtney's drag makeover session which is coming up shortly; Terese is sure Courtney will have plenty of volunteers. The first is Sheila, who declares...
SHEILA: It's my bar, so I get to go first! And it won't be a huge challenge, because I'm told I have the bone structure of a Hollywood ingénue.
Courtney tells her the main ingredient for drag is confidence, so Sheila clearly has a head start. Sheila is starstruck all over again.
Chloe is with Elly, and has apparently been filling her in on her almost- threesome with Pierce and Naomi.
CHLOE: He says he only did it to prove he's fine with me being bi, but ended up proving the opposite.
ELLY: Have you guys had a conversation around your sexuality?
CHLOE: Only in, like, a surface- y way. I mean, it does feel like something we should've done before we got married. Now it turns out he's got all these hang- ups. What else am I gonna find out after the fact? What if he secretly hates avocados or something?
ELLY: You have to divorce him, then (!)
Chloe gets a text from Hendrix, who's noticed Pierce is in a weird mood. But as she and Elly approach Aaron and David, she implores Elly not to mention about the Pierce situation to them, as they need to focus on their fostering assessment.
David and Aaron congratulate Chloe on a job well done setting up Pride. When asked by Chloe about the fostering meeting, they say they're positive, but a little anxious. David and Aaron go inside the pub to say hi to people before they have to leave.
CHLOE (to Elly): Look at them, so in sync. No miscommunications. No misguided attempts at polyamory. You warned Pierce and I that we were getting married too quickly, and you were right.
ELLY: You ignored me back then, and I'm going to ignore you now! You and Pierce are great together, and no couple talks about every tiny little thing before they get married.
Elly advises Chloe to just work through it with Pierce and reach a compromise.
CHLOE: What if we can't? What if, once we start talking about all the things we need to talk about, we realise we aren't Meant To Be Together™?
Aaron and David are explaining to Courtney Act that they can't stay for her evening extravaganza, as they have to head home for their fostering assessment shortly.
COURTNEY: Oh, you two are going to make the most adorable dads ever!
DAVID: Yeah. We have to get through the vetting process first.
COURTNEY: Oh, do you want me to come? Like, maybe the interviewer's a fan!
But David and Aaron politely turn down this kind offer, explaining they need to do this one 'by the book'.
COURTNEY: Understood. But I will be with you in spirit. And you know, the world needs more rainbow parents; and you two are gonna be totally role models for future generations.
DAVID: Thank you, Courtney. That means a lot.
Terese and Chloe come in. Before the boys head off, Terese is keen to get a group photo of Courtney with all the LGBT residents of Ramsay Street, and pulls Chloe, David, Aaron and a nearby Mackenzie in to take a shot.
TERESE: Everybody, one, two, three - say 'Pride'!
Pierce has come in from his swim, and apologises to Hendrix for snapping at him before. Pierce describes himself as 'lost', and says his head's all over the place. He admits he had a 'tricky conversation' with Chloe.
PIERCE: A situation happened, alright? Well, almost happened. And it made us both wonder if we'd rushed into... everything.
HENDRIX: Getting married?
PIERCE: You said so at the time.
HENDRIX: Yeah, and you didn't listen to me, because I was an idiot. You proved me wrong - seriously, it's disgusting how in love you guys are most of the time. This is a blip - you'll get past it.
PIERCE: I dunno, mate. I appreciate your confidence, but... I just don't know.
Hendrix arrives in a new, spangly shirt and mask, and reconvenes with Mackenzie. She's in a great mood, because...
MACKENZIE: Dad met Richie today, and I feel like I'm in a dream.
HENDRIX: In a good way, right?
MACKENZIE: In a bizarro, brilliant, brain- explody way. I mean, I've always been sure of who I am, but to have people around me who actually accept that... I'm lucky.
HENDRIX: We're lucky to have you.
Mackenzie mentions the posters that are up around the place promoting the upcoming writers' festival. Hendrix tells her that Harlow's thinking of submitting something.
MACKENZIE: I've been keeping diaries for years - everything I've experienced, my transition, all of it. And I think I'm gonna put my hand up to read them out publicly.
HENDRIX: Yes, you should totally do that. Your story would be amazing to hear.
MACKENZIE: It'd be great for my dad to hear, if he's still around.
Hendrix admits he's just had a weird conversation with his own dad, who wanted some alone time. Hendrix notices Sheila at the bar, in the early stages of being given her drag makeover by Courtney Act, while Kyle and Ned watch. Hendrix and Mackenzie come over to join them all. Ned remarks on how similar it is to his own artwork.
COURTNEY: Oh, yeah. People think that drag make- up is just tacky and over- the- top, but there's a lot of skill involved in the contouring, and the blending, and the proportion.
NED: There's a real art to it.
COURTNEY: Yeah! Do you want to be next?
NED: Me?! No, no, no!
COURTNEY: Go on, you'll be amazing!
HENDRIX: I was going to volunteer, actually. I reckon I'm the prettiest guy here!
COURTNEY: Maybe so. But I think that there is a secret diva inside this one just waiting to burst out!
Ned smiles, terrified...
David and Aaron are in the back yard; David is frantically cleaning in preparation for the foster assessor Leila's arrival. Aaron reminds him to stay calm and stick to the plan, but David's worried that the questions will be tougher than last time and they could say something stupid.
AARON: Who cares? Plenty of stupid people raise kids.
DAVID: What, is that supposed to make me feel better?
AARON: (...) Boo, you couldn't sound stupid even if you tried. And we've got this.
DAVID: All the stress'll be worth it.
AARON: It'll be totally worth it. We're gonna be dads!
They kiss, and wish one another 'happy Pride'. The doorbell rings....
Terese is on stage with a microphone, about to introduce the next entertainment!
TERESE: Are you feeling the pride, Erinsborough? (...) She has worked her magic on some of our favourite locals. So now it's time to be dazzled. Without further ado, please welcome back Courtney Act!
Courtney comes on, and tells the audience (Hendrix, Mackenzie and extras) to prepare to see their bar manager like they've never seen her before.
COURTNEY: Now, you've heard of Cranky Granny. Time to make some noise for Glamour Granny!
Sheila parades out in a red wig, fishnets and burlesque- style outfit, and starts dancing for the crowd!
COURTNEY: Category is bar wench eleganza! Ooh, look at her work that runway - did you pull those fishnets out of the water hole? Oh, it's a carwash, ladies and gentlemen! Look at them pins!
Sheila sashays off again, and Courtney introduces the next act...
COURTNEY: ... the one, the only, Dame Neddie Melba!
Sheila shoves a terrified- looking Ned out of the curtain - he's in a long sparkly dress, high heels, earrings and stubble- glitter!
COURTNEY: Neddie, knees together - that's it!
Ned does his pose and catwalk strut, then a little dance for the punters. Hendrix is filming the whole thing!
NED: Hey, don't you dare post that.
HENDRIX: It's for Yashvi!
So Ned dutifully poses for the camera...
Pierce is at the reception desk when Chloe joins him; things are awkward between them as they work. Courtney Act comes in and updates them on the drag makeovers, which she says were spectacular.
COURTNEY: Have you two seen Ned Willis's legs? Oh my god, that boy should wear heels 24/7!
Courtney senses the tension from Pierce and Chloe, and wonders if her public teasing of them earlier might be responsible!
COURTNEY: I'm sorry if I rubbed you two the wrong way earlier.
CHLOE: Oh, don't worry about it. You were great.
COURTNEY: I know that kind of banter's not for everybody, but you did get off easy compared to Paul.
PIERCE: Please, we are fine.
Courtney notices Chloe's wedding ring and is impressed.
COURTNEY: I bet you two had a beautiful proposal. You seem like the type for, like, an old- school, romantic gesture.
CHLOE: It was pretty magical.
CHLOE: And he beat me to it by seconds. I had my own proposal all planned out. Had a ring for him, and everything.
COURTNEY: Very modern. I like that - refusing to follow the rules.
CHLOE: Yeah. Our path has been quite unconventional, to say the least.
Courtney says she bets there's a fascinating story about how they met. They briefly recount it; Pierce admits he may have been watching a little too much Pretty Woman. Courtney wants to know the whole story, and Pierce and Chloe hold hands fondly and smile at one another as they continue chatting.
Shortly afterwards, Chloe and Pierce retire to the office. They admit it was nice to reminisce about how they got together, even if Courtney was somewhat shocked by it!
CHLOE: It is pretty wild when you hear it all laid out like that!
PIERCE: Yeah, the lavish gifts, and whirlwind engagement. Secret kids...
CHLOE: The degenerative disease.
PIERCE: ... When I proposed, it wasn't some panic over your illness, or to paper over the cracks.
CHLOE: We have something special, unusual.
PIERCE: Exactly. And I was worried the Naomi thing was just a symptom of some bigger issues.
CHLOE: Me too. Maybe we did rush into marriage. But it's only because...
PIERCE: We're on a different schedule to everyone else.
CHLOE: Right? Most couples in our position have some kind of plan - raise a family, grow old together. We don't have that.
PIERCE: Yeah. But that doesn't mean we have any less of a shot at going the distance. Our story's different to most people's.
CHLOE: But one thing I know for sure is that I love you more every day.
PIERCE: And I love you too.
They hold hands.
CHLOE: And I'm pretty confident the rest will figure itself out.
Terese asks Mackenzie where Hendrix went; she explains he's gone to find his dad. Glamour Granny and Dame Neddie Melba are on stage with the mic, introducing the next part of the show.
SHEILA: Ladies and gentlemen, and gentlemen dressed as ladies, and vice versa...
NED: Not to mention those who identify as neither, both, or anything else they damn well please... it is our pleasure to introduce Courtney's act!
SHEILA: Courtney Act!
NED: Yeah, but I'm saying it's Courtney Act's act!
SHEILA: That's not even funny!
NED: Okay, here she is!
Courtney comes on in a leotard of rainbow streamers, to much cheering and applause!
COURTNEY: Happy Pride, Erinsborough! Now, whether you're part of the queer community or you're an ally, I think Pride is the most fabulous time of year - who's with me?
Cheers and applause, as Courtney starts to sing a song. Terese, Mackenzie, Sheila, Ned and the extras all boogie along.
David and Aaron have been joined in the garden by Leila from the foster agency. She asks them what their approach to discipline would be as foster parents. They emphasise the importance of understanding what's causing the difficult behaviour, in order to find a way to resolve it.
Leila says a lot of foster children will have experienced trauma, and will require a lot of patience. David and Aaron understand this, and say they would adjust their expectations and approach based on each case, in a calm and consistent way.
LEILA: Since you first got together, have there been any gaps in your relationship?
DAVID: We did break up in early 2018, for about three months.
AARON: Well, yeah, but that time apart - that only made us stronger in the long run.
LEILA: And what was the reason for the separation?
David looks at Aaron.
AARON: Look, I was dishonest. I kept something from David, and that hurt him.
LEILA: Has this been an ongoing problem in your relationship?
DAVID: Oh, we trust each other completely now.
AARON: Yeah, right. I doubt anything like that would happen again.
LEILA: Doubt? You're not certain, then?
DAVID: ... Well, is anything in life ever certain?
LEILA: What would you say are your character flaws?
DAVID: I'd argue we complement each other perfectly. We turn each other's flaws into strengths.
LEILA: That's sidestepping the question (...) What caused your most recent fight?
DAVID: ... It was nothing, really. A small thing that got out of hand.
LEILA: Please, go on.
AARON: Look, I found out something worrying about a friend, and I kept that to myself.
LEILA: So, you do still keep things from David?
Terese is thanking Courtney Act for all her hard work in bringing Pride to life. Courtney says she's thrilled to have been part of it. They hug and bid one another goodbye. On her way out, Courtney congratulates Sheila and Ned, her 'little show- stoppers'. They thank her, particularly Sheila...
SHEILA: ... because I've had a really bad trot lately. And you being here, and all of this, well, made my day.
COURTNEY: Oh, honestly, it's my pleasure. I love me some Cranky Gran, so you're welcome. And you were both such good sports.
SHEILA: Yeah - Ned, we should do a double drag act here every week!
NED: Oh, I think I might retire while I'm still on top.
Ned takes a final photo of Sheila and Courtney, which Sheila promises to have framed and hang in her living room. They hug.
SHEILA: Now you are part of my family.
COURTNEY: Thank you, Gran!
In the garden, David and Aaron are reeling off more pre- prepared- sounding answers for Leila!
DAVID: I think, as a couple who can't have their own biological children together, we are uniquely capable of unconditional love. AARON: Right, because, I mean, we understand how precious a child is, so we would never take them for granted.
But Leila's preparing to throw them a curveball.
LEILA: Are you happy, being gay?
DAVID: ... Well, uh... I took longer than most to come to terms with it. But now...
AARON: Look, we were just at a Pride event just a few hours ago. We couldn't be happier with who we are, and we celebrate that openly with our friends and our family.
DAVID: Who are all a hundred percent supportive. LEILA: And do you think that a child in your care would be at a disadvantage, lacking a mother- figure in the house?
DAVID: Well, umm, we have many strong female -
AARON: No, no - sorry, David. We're not gonna answer that. Well, that's an insulting question.
DAVID: We can at least try to explain to Leila that -
AARON (angry): No, you know what? How dare you? Look, our friend Toadie, he just lost his wife to cancer. Would you go and ask him if he's fit to be a dad on his own?
AARON (angry): No - or, is this little question of yours reserved just for gay people? Look, we have a safe and supportive home to offer. We have infinite love to give. We are ready to be parents. And if you doubt any of that just because we're both men, then you can leave.
Leila seems alarmed by Aaron's raised voice and finger- pointing - and despite David's suggestion of a tea break, she gathers her notes and stands up.
LEILA: Actually, I think we're done.
DAVID: No, wait.
LEILA: Thank you for your time. I'll be in touch.
As David goes to show Leila out, Aaron looks worried.
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- Terese tells Sheila that 'warning her off Kyle isn't staying out of it'
- Roxy tells Terese that maybe it's time to give it a red hot go
- Kyle tells Sheila, 'she's the only one I want to be with'
- But Roxy is upset when she sees Kyle with someone in The Waterhole
- Dipi tells Dee, 'he's not great'
- Andrea is flirting with a prison guard; we hear her ask, 'it's all going to plan?'