- Shane creating a sunroom, particularly to create a special place for himself and Dipi.
- Pierce telling Dipi that Paul saw them together.
- Paul demanding that Pierce (and Hendrix) leave Erinsborough.
- Nicolette piecing together all the information about the necklace then stealing it from Pierce.
- Dipi and Pierce going to have one final night together.
- Nicolette planting the necklace in Harold's so that Chloe discovered it.
- Chloe going to confront Pierce and finding out about the affair.
While hastily trying to dress, Pierce tries to talk to his wife but she walks out of the hotel room.
"This can't be happening," Dipi says and pleads with Pierce to stay, but he wants to go after his wife. Dipi now realises that she urgently needs to tell Shane, which Pierce tells her to do, before he rushes out of the room.
Nicolette makes a beeline for Chloe after waiting for her to exit the hotel. "What's wrong," she innocently asks but Chloe is more worried about her need to throw up than to reply.
When Shane gets a text to from Dipi to say she is on her way home, Toadie thinks it's time for sunroom reveal take 2, and that his brother could make it extra special with some music and candles. Initially it doesn't look like Shane is buying it, but eventually we see a smile appear on his face and agrees to his brother's suggestion.
Now she has finished dressing, Dipi almost looks like she is psyching herself to go home, when she receives a text from Shane saying that her surprise is 'getting bigger and better'.
Nicolette brings Chloe a glass of water and asks if she wants something stronger, but she replies that the water his fine. Both women have a look of disgust on their face when Pierce arrives home. "We've got to talk alone," he says to his wife and Nicolette asks Chloe what she wants to do. "You'd better go," and silently Nicolette gets off the sofa and exits the house.
Shane has gone all out to make the sunroom romantic - the champers is on ice and the candle is lit. When Dipi enters the room, he explains to her why he created it (because she is his light and sunshine) before going to give her the grand tour of the room and its features, always linking each bit to something to do with her. Shane thinks her silence is due to Dipi "being overwhelmed" and eventually she speaks.
DIPI: I've been having an affair with Pierce.
Pierce is explaining all to Chloe - the affair started a month ago when they were going through their rough patch and he moved into the hotel. "Who made the first move?" she asks and his reply is that they both did. "Do you love her?" is the next question and immediately he replies "no" because it was "never like that" and why he ended it the other day - tonight was going to be the last time. It now dawns on Chloe why their dinner plans were changed.
CHLOE: You were going to sleep with her and then come eat dinner with me.
Shane is refusing to believe what Dipi said to him, pointing out that they're "just mates" but when she doesn't contradict that, he then asks when did it happen and why? She explains that they've been struggling and things are hard, which Shane acknowledges, because he "stuffed up big time" but thought things had improved between them.
"Tonight was a mistake," Pierce admits when we cut back to #24, which has Chloe asking if the "rest of the affair was fine?!" "That's not what I'm saying," he says quickly backtracking.
PIERCE: I was going to fix things Chloe by ending it. I didn't want to lose you over something that should never have happened.
Shane is trying to figure out why Dipi cheated on him and asks for an explanation. "I can't," Dipi tearfully replies.
"So it's my fault?!" Chloe angrily replies after Pierce tries to explain about her pushing him away after she lost the baby.
PIERCE: You told me we didn't have a future. I was trying to work on things and it was just rejection after rejection.
CHLOE: That's such a cop out.
PIERCE: Well Chloe, that hurt and I felt so alone. We were going through so much and meanwhile Nicolette is in the background and she got between us.
Chloe rejects his version of things, saying that now he was coming home, she was ready to put everything behind them. She then brings up that she was also going to say that she's ready for them to go down the IVF route to having a baby.
CHLOE: I could finally picture our future - you, me, kids. I wanted us to get excited about that together and instead you were off screwing someone else!
Just at that, Hendrix arrives home and hears what has just been said. "I'm sorry," Pierce quietly says to his wife but Chloe has a head of steam now and accuses him of only saying sorry "because you got caught." Hendrix looks totally lost at what he has come home to and hears Chloe tell his dad to,
CHLOE: Get out of the house and never come back.
Thinking that the silence in the sunroom is due to her parents' "hanky-panky," Yashvi self-blindfolds herself when she comes looking for her phone. On opening her eyes though, she can see immediately something is up and asks, "what happened." "I don't really know," Shane replies before adding that Yashvi should ask her mum before walking past her and into the house.
Hendrix has quickly relocated himself to #22 and brings Harlow up to date on what he found out when he got home. "How could dad cheat?" he asks and while Harlow can't give him an answer on that, she does though say to him that she's glad he is at #22.
In the kitchen, there is an avid listening - Paul and once he fixes himself a whisky, goes to head into the living room until Terese stops him. He does though head through once a visitor arrives - Pierce wanting to talk to his son. Paul urges the lad to go with his dad.
HENDRIX: I'm not going anywhere with that tool! Not after what he did!
Despite Pierce trying to get his son out of the house, Hendrix isn't moving, and tells everyone about the affair with Dipi. Terese is literally gobsmacked and given Paul knows, says to Hendrix he's "sorry to hear that."
PIERCE: You lying hypocrite! Paul knows all about this, he's been using it to blackmail me.
PIERCE: That's why I sold out at the hotel Terese. But that wasn't enough... he wanted me to move the family out of Erinsborough to keep Hendrix away from Harlow. Its not going to happen though.
Everyone looks shocked at what Pierce has just said and he begs Hendrix to come with him so that they can talk. Silently, Hendrix turns and walks out the front door leaving Terese and Harlow to give Paul some 'death stares.'
With Nicolette right behind, Aaron rushes over to talk to his sister about what his happening. Chloe confirms that it is real, after she saw them before muttering "how could he do this?" "You do not deserve this," Aaron says to his sister before asking if she needs anything (no) and after hearing she's talked to Pierce, wants to know what was said.
CHLOE: That it's been going on for a while. That he's sorry. That it's my fault.
Aaron can't believe his brother-in-law said that to his sister and wants to know if it's serious between Dipi and Pierce. "He said that he didn't love her," Chloe replies before adding that Pierce is a liar and tells him about finding the necklace at Harold's, the one that she didn't want.
NICOLETTE: So he palmed it off to Dipi.
The pair of them stop Chloe from going to talk to Dipi, with Nicolette pointing out that "Pierce is the one that betrayed you, not Dipi." Chloe wants answers though over why Dipi got her necklace and Aaron again tells her to wait until the morning, where she will have a clearer head.
Shane (with Toadie trailing behind him) is on the hunt for Pierce but didn't find him at the hotel but eventually spots him talking to Hendrix in The Waterhole veranda.
The Waterhole (veranda)
"Want to tell me what's going through your head?" Pierce asks his lad. "You really want to how?!" is his reply back before adding "you're not worth it." The chat is interrupted when Shane (and Toadie) arrives at the table. "Why did you do it?" he asks and Pierce tries to tell him to talk to his wife, but Shane wants the answer from Pierce.
PIERCE: Dipi and I had always been friends and Chloe and I were going through a rough patch.
SHANE: So your marriage is on the rocks and you decide to have a crack with my wife?!
"That's not what I'm saying," Pierce quickly replies with, explaining instead that "Dipi was having a lot of problems" and that she'd "been unhappy for a long time about a lot of things." You can see Shane is getting rather angry but he keeps his cool at least to ask, "like what?" "Its really not my place to say," Pierce replies going for the diplomatic route!
SHANE: So now you want to stay in your lane?! You slept with my wife! You're a dog.
"I'm sorry you had to hear that," Pierce says to his lad after Shane (and Toadie) walked away. "Don't be," the lad scoffs at his dad adding that Shane "didn't say anything that I wasn't already thinking."
"I wasn't expecting you to be so nice to me after what I've done," Dipi admits after Yashvi shows her mum kindness by asking if she wanted a bath ran for her and checked on the kids.
YASHVI: I've been through enough with Ned to realise that nothing's ever black and white. But that doesn't mean I agree with what you did. I don't, but that's really hurt us. I know its been really tough for you lately.
"Is that why you did it?" Yashvi finishes off with. "I honestly don't know," is the reply back but she does admit to "hurting a lot of people."
DIPI: And I don't feel good about that.
"Ever heard of knocking," Yashvi says to Chloe when she walks straight into the house.
CHLOE: Your mother slept with my husband; I think we're beyond good manners.
She does follow that up by adding she's "not come here to fight," so Dipi tells Yashvi to leave them alone.
"Chloe I'm so sorry," Dipi begins with but Chloe is after answers, beginning by asking if Pierce gave Dipi the necklace. That question is met with silence, so Chloe tries by seeking confirmation that Pierce ended things days ago. That too is met by silence, so next is "who asked for the last hoorah?"
CHLOE: You or him?
DIPI: Both of us. We both wanted it. I'm sorry.
"You know he doesn't love you?" Chloe points out and again Dipi doesn't reply, she just sits down on the sofa. Chloe then throws the necklace onto the sofa next to where Dipi is, telling her to "keep it as a souvenir."
Number 22 (next day)
Paul comes into the kitchen and is met by silence from both Harlow and Terese. Eventually they break the silence to explains that they've made "a conscious decision to ignore you" and "probably will for some time." Despite acknowledging that they are both angry, he his unrepentant in his actions, especially given that Hendrix almost cost Harlow her future.
PAUL: (to Harlow) Darling, I had your best interests at heart.
TERESE: Oh, and whose interests were you looking out for when you blackmailed Pierce into selling his share of the hotel?!
Paul is putting that down to good "business acumen," and points out the pair that Pierce "was the one that cheated" so wants to know why he is the one in the dog house!
TERESE: I don't care what you say Paul, your actions were morally reprehensible.
HARLOW: And you know the worst thing about it, you're not even sorry.
"Least you're not ignoring me now," Paul says to himself after the pair head off leaving him to tidy up the breakfast dishes!
Having just come home from working nightshift, David is catching up with the news and is struggling to comprehend it all, especially given "Pierce worships the ground she walks on... or at least he did." Nicolette (who has been listening to them chat) keeps quiet when they start talking about the necklace and how the pair were discovered. Eventually, she can't stand listening any longer and plans on going to check on Chloe... that is until she's firmly told that Chloe will contact them "if she needs us" and is forced to stay put.
Given she can't visit, Nicolette instead sends Chloe a text to say 'Hope you slept okay. Here if you need me.' She is then surprised to hear someone walk in the door - its Pierce.
PIERCE: I'm moving back. We've got to work things out and we can't do that if I'm not here.
CHLOE: Didn't you hear me last night?!
PIERCE: Chloe please. I love you. Please, I want to work on our marriage.
CHLOE: I couldn't care less what you want! If you're moving back in then I'm moving out.
Having spent the night at the retreat, Shane and Toadie arrive home just as Dipi is clearing away the breakfast dishes. Toadie makes himself scarce to allow them to talk and she comments that Shane looks tired. "You think!" he sarcastically replies back. Shane isn't taken much by her apology, especially as she didn't attempt to contact him to talk.
SHANE: I got more out of Pierce.
"You spoke to him," she says almost taken aback at hearing he'd done that, so he explains he had to because she wasn't giving him any answers. "What did he say?" she asks and the reply was that she "was unhappy."
SHANE: I know things have been rough between us, but to do that... Why didn't you tell me what you were feeling?
DIPI: You were having your own problems.
Shane then notices that she has some bags packed and asks if she's leaving? Dipi replies that Sheila has said she can stay at #26 for a little while. "What about me? What about us?" he asks and she pleads that she needs some thinking time.
SHANE: No, you need to stay here and give me some answers. I deserve that much.
DIPI: I can't. I just have to figure it all out first.
"Is everything okay?" Yashvi asks after exiting her room and sensing the tense atmosphere in the living room. "Yes," Dipi replies and the lass goes to help her mum move over the road. "You hate me too?" Shane asks and the lass immediately replies "no," because she "doesn't hate anyone."
SHANE: That's good because I'm not the one destroying this family, that's on her.
Music montage time
As the apt lyrics from 'Rush' begins, we start at #24 where Hendrix and Pierce watch on as Aaron (and of course Nicolette) help Chloe out of the house with her belongings. And over at #30, Yashvi wheels her mum's bags out of the house as Shane does his best to ignore Dipi before she eventually follows her daughter out of the house. Silently, Pierce literally begs Chloe not to go but eventually steps aside to let her exit the house. Seconds after Dipi leaves, Shane collapses down to the floor of the living room and breaks down crying. Likewise, on the other side of the door, Dipi too is in tears.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Dipi commenting about Chloe moving into #32.
- Jane trying to talk sense to her daughter.
- Toadie having words with his brother.
- Dipi checking that Pierce is okay.
- Toadie having words with Dipi.
- Pierce making accusations against Nicolette.