- Paul is annoyed when Harlow starts snatching plastic straws out of customers' drinks at the pub
- Paul says they'd agreed she'd shadow him before making changes, but Harlow has no faith in that
- Susan admits to Jane that it's a real comfort having her at the school; Jane's pleased to be useful
- Nicolette expresses sarcastic surprise when Jane apologises to her for the events in Perth
- Nicolette asks Chloe out for dinner, forcing Chloe to explain that she's married
- Chloe tells Pierce she wants to step up and take care of Fay for a while; Pierce agrees to it
- Emmett's mum Jenna pays a visit, and tells Aaron and David she's lodging a complaint about them
- Paul asks Jenna how much money it would take for her to leave them alone, forever
Emmett is sitting on the patio alone in the evening, when he hears the gate open around the side of the house. He goes to investigate, and sees Jenna sitting on the lawn, inebriated.
JENNA: Hey, baby, what's cooking?
EMMETT: Have you been drinking?
She joins him on the patio.
JENNA: Why are you so embarrassed by me?
EMMETT: If Aaron and David find out you're drunk, they'll tell the agency.
JENNA: I'm not drunk!
But at this point, Aaron and David emerge.
DAVID: What's going on here?
JENNA: Yeah, right. Cos you two never do anything wrong. You know what? It's not my fault. You can have it back. Nobody pays me off to stay away from my son.
She throws a bundle of banknotes in their direction.
DAVID: What are you talking about, Jenna? Who paid you off?
JENNA: Your dad.
Chloe comes off a phone call with her brother Mark. She tells Pierce that he's stressed and tired, having been up with Fay for most nights. She's asked Mark what he thinks about her and Pierce bringing Fay to stay with them for a while, and Mark thinks it's a great idea.
PIERCE: Sure this is really what you want to do?
CHLOE: Yes, I am.
Hendrix comes in, so Pierce decides it's time to ask him how he feels about them taking in Fay.
PIERCE: Hey, mate - can we have a talk?
HENDRIX: Whatever it was, it wasn't me.
But Chloe explains to him that they're thinking of bringing Fay here for a while, to give the family in Adelaide a break from caring for her.
CHLOE: Only if you're on board. I know it's a big decision. This is your house too, so we want to make it with you.
HENDRIX: Her Huntington's is getting worse, right?
CHLOE: It is. She needs round- the- clock care. She's in a wheelchair and she has a PEG tube to eat.
Hendrix looks a bit shocked, and Chloe tells him to take his time thinking about it, but...
HENDRIX: Let's do it. I'm down.
PIERCE: Are you sure?
HENDRIX: Yeah, I'm good. Mamma Brennan in the house!
Hendrix goes to his room, and Chloe tells Pierce what a 'good egg' Hendrix is.
David, Aaron, Emmett and Jenna are all on the patio. David promises to talk to Paul about what he's done.
JENNA (tearful): He said I was a pathetic excuse of a mother, and that I didn't care about my sons. (To Emmett) You know that I love you, baby boy. He said that as long as I was around, that Emmett would never be happy. And so he gave me cash, to make me stay away.
DAVID: And you took it?
JENNA: I did... But I would never leave my baby.
Emmett is looking hurt.
JENNA: What your dad did was disgusting.
AARON (to David): He sent her on a bender. That sounds pretty off, even for Paul.
DAVID (furious): No, it sounds exactly like something he would do.
Harlow is filling in Hendrix and Mackenzie on her latest sustainability move against Paul - standing up to him about the plastic straws at the pub. She's pessimistic about ever changing Paul's mind on implementing all their ideas for the hotel.
MACKENZIE: Maybe we need to hit him where it hurts. Men in power like Paul win by wearing you down, and keeping you down.
HARLOW: Because he has all the power.
MACKENZIE: Certainly feels like that. It also felt like that at school with the bathroom situation, and how did we deal with it?
HARLOW: You're not seriously suggesting we stage a protest, are you?
But Mackenzie thinks it's a great idea; negative publicity will actually cost Paul money, causing him to sit up and listen to them.
HARLOW: Grandad would hate that.
HENDRIX: Always the sign of a good plan.
HARLOW: Okay. But we need numbers. The three of us marching outside Lassiter's is hardly a protest.
Mackenzie says she's back at school tomorrow and will speak to Susan - with any luck, she'll be on board and announce the protest plans in assembly. They agree to start planning.
Chloe meets with Nicolette for a drink. Nicolette is intrigued as to Chloe's cryptic message, asking to talk about Fay. Chloe explains that Fay is coming to stay, and that Chloe is freaking out about getting everything right for her - she wanted to seek Nicolette's advice.
CHLOE: I'm a walking, talking pharmacist when it comes to her meds, and the PEG's no issue. It's just everything else.
NICOLETTE: Like dressing her, showering her...
CHLOE: Getting her out and about. It's a lot to think about.
NICOLETTE: Nobody expects you to do it alone. Most people get a carer or even a nurse in to help. And you'd still be across everything, just less hands- on. It means the time that you spend with your mum is quality (...) And more importantly, she still views you as her daughter, not her carer.
CHLOE: How do you do that? Know exactly what I need to hear to put things in perspective?
NICOLETTE: Well, I've done a lot of this sort of work. (hesitates) So, if you do need someone...
CHLOE: You'd be interested?
NICOLETTE: I am, after all, a super- nurse!
Chloe says she'd have to talk to Pierce about it first. Nicolette says that's fine; the offer's there if they want her.
Paul is reading on the sofa, when a livid David turns up.
DAVID: Of all the stupid, irresponsible things you've ever done, this ranks up there with the worst!
PAUL: What are you talking about?
DAVID: You really didn't think that throwing a wad of cash at an alcoholic wasn't gonna come back to bite you?! Emmett's mum is over at our place, drunk! And you basically shoved a bottle of tequila in her hand.
PAUL: Whoa, whoa, whoa. First of all, I did nothing of the sort.
DAVID: You didn't pay her off?
PAUL: Yeah, of course I paid her off! But I did it to get rid of her. I didn't think she was gonna drink herself into oblivion! (...) She told everyone she was sober.
DAVID: You know better than that! You knowingly waved temptation in her face!
PAUL: David, people like her want easy money, so I gave it to her. Now, I was trying to make your lives easier again. Is that so wrong? Is it?
DAVID: Easier?! You bribed the mother of our foster child and pushed her off the wagon! She can use that against us, and we don't have a leg to stand on!
Shortly afterwards, David has gone, and Paul is having it out with a furious Terese.
PAUL: What do you want me to say, Terese?
TERESE: You threw cash at a woman struggling with alcoholism!
PAUL: What she did with the cash is up -
TERESE: No, no, no - don't you *dare* try that one on me. You knew exactly what she was gonna do. Because... you knew that that's what I might have done in the same situation.
PAUL: Terese, you are nothing like that boy's mother - nothing!
TERESE: You deliberately gave that woman enough cash so it was easy for her to crash and burn, and she had no chance to get that boy back!
PAUL: Alright. Perhaps it did cross my mind for a split second -
TERESE: There you have it.
PAUL: For a split second, Terese! I was thinking about what was best for my family.
TERESE: Yeah, that old chestnut (...) It's an excuse you always use to justify your despicable behaviour! And I'm sick of it!
She marches off.
Erinsborough High School
The next day, Susan is pleased to see Mackenzie back at school following her recovery after the surgery. Mackenzie fills her in on the teens' plans to stage a protest at the Lassiter's Complex in order to capitalise on their sustainability project, to remind people they want to inherit a better world. Susan looks worried.
SUSAN: During school hours?
MACKENZIE: Only for students who have free periods, and I promise it'll be peaceful. What do you think? Could you make an announcement at assembly?
SUSAN: It's an admirable cause. I just don't know if that's the image I want to put out there for Erinsborough High right now.
MACKENZIE: You were right behind us for the bathroom protest.
SUSAN: Well, that directly affected the school.
MACKENZIE: And the future of the planet doesn't? We want to have our say in this. It's important.
Susan hesitates, seemingly aware that Mackenzie has a good argument. But eventually...
SUSAN: No, I don't think so, Mackenzie.
Mackenzie looks disappointed as Susan walks off.
Chloe and Pierce are talking about Nicolette's offer to be Fay's carer. Pierce takes it a stage further, and suggests they offer her a role as a full- time, live- in nurse.
PIERCE: Money's not an issue, and you guys get along well - so if her credentials stack up, then why not?
CHLOE: Yeah, but moving in...?
PIERCE: She wouldn't be taking over, right? You'd still be overseeing her. She'd just be there as a backup. I think it's a great idea.
CHLOE: She probably won't even be interested.
PIERCE: Well, it can't hurt to ask. Hey - you don't have to be brave all the time, right? You're allowed to ask for help.
Chloe is hesitant, but says she'll think about it.
David and Aaron are on the patio. Jenna, who had evidently passed out on the sofa in the sun room the night before, has woken up - and is embarrassed about her behaviour.
JENNA: I stuffed up. I shouldn't have lobbed on your doorstep like this.
DAVID: We can't change that now. It's probably best for everyone if we just move on.
JENNA: And the drinking - it was a one- off. It's never gonna happen again. Do you reckon that you could not tell anyone about this? I mean, the agency doesn't need to know.
But Aaron says it's not that simple - she promised Emmett she'd stay sober.
JENNA: This is all part of your plan, isn't it? To keep me away from my son, just like your old man.
DAVID: We want to do the right thing by you *and* Emmett.
JENNA: It's not too late, as long as you haven't made the call. But they already have, and at this point Emmett's case worker, Leila, shows up at the door. David goes to let her in.
AARON: Sorry, Jenna, we had no choice.
JENNA: You hate me that much.
AARON: Jenna, we've got nothing against you, okay? We only just started getting used to having Emmett here before Brent showed up, and now you.
David and Leila come out to join them. Jenna looks even more humiliated to see Leila there.
Shortly afterwards, Jenna waits at a distance, while Leila chats to Emmett with David and Aaron, to see how he's faring. Emmett's heard from Brent who is back in resi care, and 'says it sucks'. Leila replies that she's glad he's somewhere safe. Aaron takes Emmett indoors, so that Leila can go to speak to Jenna with David.
JENNA: My turn to be interrogated, is it?
LEILA: This isn't the first time you've done something like this.
JENNA: I just want my baby back.
LEILA: We want that too, and we're all working towards it, but this isn't the way it's going to happen. Turning up unannounced is inappropriate. And it's not fair on David and Aaron.
DAVID: It wasn't easy on Emmett, either. Seeing you after you'd been drinking.
JENNA: I said I'm sorry. But that Paul bloke should take some blame.
LEILA (to David): Your father did set the ball rolling on this.
DAVID: And I've spoken to him, and he knows he was wrong.
LEILA: I should hope so.
DAVID: Our end goal is for you and Emmett to be together. We know that's what's best for him, when you're ready. But you have to respect us as his carers.
JENNA: How can I respect you, when the boy's been in trouble since the day he got here?
LEILA: David and Aaron are doing a terrific job. Everything they do is in Emmett's best interests. You know the conditions you have to meet if you want Emmett back. You have to prove you can hold down a job, be sober -
JENNA: And provide a stable home. I get it.
LEILA: Then, that's what you have to focus on. Not harassing Aaron and David.
Jane spots Nicolette at the bar, and goes over to speak to her.
JANE: Nicolette, how are you?
NICOLETTE: Slightly less embarrassed than the last time I saw you.
JANE: I've been trying to work up the courage to apologise.
NICOLETTE: I see that process has taken several days.
JANE: ... I thought I was trying to do the right thing in trying to set you up with a job. But no, I was being pushy, and... I'm sorry.
NICOLETTE: Guess we don't need to fall out for another ten years over it.
JANE: Preferably not!
Nicolette tells Jane she may have a local job lined up anyway, but doesn't want to jinx it by saying too much. Jane explains she's doing some casual relief work at the school, so it looks like they might both be in town for a while.
JANE: And maybe we might get together and have a proper chat?
NICOLETTE: I don't have the job yet, so...
JANE: Yes, yes - well... fingers crossed.
As Jane leaves, Pierce turns up and goes over to chat to Nicolette about her offer to help with Fay. Nicolette is surprised, as she'd thought Chloe didn't seem too keen. Pierce puts this down to Chloe's determination to do everything herself - but he says he doesn't want Chloe running herself ragged.
PIERCE: So I floated the idea of having a live- in carer. And I was wondering if you'd be interested.
NICOLETTE: Live- in? What did Chloe say?
PIERCE: Well, she might need a little persuading. But don't take that personally.
NICOLETTE: Of course not.
PIERCE: But as you know, Chloe has Huntington's, too - and this is all very confronting for her (...) I just want this to be the best possible experience for her and Fay. And having someone that she knows, like yourself, would make things a lot better. So, do you think you'd be open to the idea of living with us?
NICOLETTE: ... If Chloe okays it. And just so you know, I don't work for peanuts - or high fives.
PIERCE: Well, you drive a hard bargain! I'll talk to Chloe and see where we end up.
Outside, Jenna is on the phone to Brent.
JENNA: I know. David and Aaron made that crystal clear... I still worry about Emmett. I worry about both you boys... Alright, bye, lovey.
Terese turns up, overhearing some of this. She asks if Jenna is Emmett's mother, and Jenna confirms it. Terese introduces herself as Paul's wife.
TERESE: Listen, I am so sorry about what he did. It was insensitive, and incredibly out- of- line.
JENNA: Yeah, well. I'm the one that got sucked in, so I guess that's on me.
TERESE: Yeah, but he should've known better. Mustn't have been easy for you to hand back that money.
JENNA: I love my son, so... it was easier than you'd think.
Terese tells Jenna she's here for an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and asks if she wants to join her.
JENNA (surprised): You go to AA?
TERESE: Yeah, I'd be lost without it. I can introduce you.
TERESE: Oh, look, it's fine. I understand if you don't want to.
JENNA: No. I'll come. Thanks.
Chloe and Aaron are catching up over a drink. Chloe tells him about Pierce's idea of having a live- in nurse for Fay. Aaron thinks it would be great for Fay, saying they're lucky to have the cash to make that happen.
CHLOE: Yeah, I know. It is good. It's just... not long after we met, she kind of asked me out.
CHLOE: And I haven't told Pierce, so the idea of her moving in is just a bit weird. Is it weird?
AARON: Uh... Well, how did it pan out?
CHLOE: As soon as I told her I was married, she backed off.
AARON: There you go, that's nothing. She had a crack, you said no, you guys became friends. End of.
CHLOE: You think so?
AARON: Absolutely. And isn't it better that Mum has a nurse you know and get along with. You two will work a lot better together.
Chloe asks him if he thinks she should tell Pierce about Nicolette asking her out. Aaron, who's slightly distracted by a message from David, tells her not to bother - it sounds like it was a non- event, so she should just think about what's best for Fay.
Lassiter's Complex / Lassiter's
Aaron meets up with David; Emmett is tagging a long, a distance behind. David and Aaron have both had a mysterious and unexpected text from Terese, but we aren't told what it's about. Aaron asks what David thinks about it.
DAVID: She seems to think it's a good idea. She must have faith.
AARON: You know what? Maybe we should put our worries aside, too.
Emmett asks what they're talking about, but at this point David gets a call from Paul. He moves away from Aaron and Emmett to take it. Paul's calling from the Lassiter's office - he just wanted to check how things had gone with Leila. David says it's sorted, but that...
DAVID: They're appalled with what you did.
PAUL: Yeah, I can imagine.
DAVID: If you keep doing these kind of things, we can't have you around Emmett. It's not negotiable, Dad - I mean it.
PAUL: I understand, David, and I am sorry. You have to admit, though, the mother is trouble.
DAVID: Jenna is difficult, but we have to do what's best for Emmett.
At this point, Terese walks into the office, with Jenna, so Paul quickly ends the call.
PAUL: What's she doing here?
TERESE: After your horrid stunt, I ran into Jenna and she ended up coming to an AA meeting with me.
JENNA: AA's the first step to me getting my life back together. I can't thank you enough for this, Terese.
PAUL: For what?
TERESE: Well, after the meeting, Jenna and I went for coffee, and she mentioned that she was job- hunting. And I offered her a housekeeping job at the hotel, and I'm happy to say she accepted.
Paul looks horrified.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Bea tells somebody, 'I have a thing for Levi'
- Levi tells somebody, 'I know she loves me. And we've both been through a lot'
- Ned tells Yashvi he got a Fandangle message from a subscriber, with a 'pretty specific request'
- Dipi comes home to find Shane and Roxy cross- legged on the floor, and asks what's going on
- At No 24, Nicolette tells a worried- looking Pierce she's 'pretty free and easy - no ties'