- Susan agreeing to collaborate with Olivia
- Karl asking Susan to keep him in the loop about the book
- Mackenzie bumping into Richie at university
- Richie telling Mackenzie he's enrolled in one of her subjects
- Mackenzie seeking advice from Hendrix
- David and Aaron inviting Brent to stay with them for a while longer
- Harlow kissing Brent
Number 32 Backyard
Harlow pulls back from the kiss, startled by her own impulsive behaviour, but Brent quickly reassures her everything is fine. David comes out to see how their tutoring session is progressing, but clocks a weird vibe between the teens when Harlow makes a hasty exit. David asks Brent if everything is okay, but doesn't appear to fully believe Brent when he claims there's nothing wrong.
Bea, Karl and Susan are chatting with Hendrix about the truffles he made for Fay, telling him they're glad it all went well. Toadie pops by to deliver Finn's video diaries to Susan, as well as the transcripts the police allowed them to look at. Bea says the videos are really intense, and Karl offers to watch them with Susan, but Susan says he's got the tram re- opening to worry about. "If there's a problem I'll just stop and read the transcripts instead," she assures him. The conversation is put on pause when Karl gets a call from David.
David informs Karl of his concerns about Fay. She assured him she didn't swallow any food, but he wants to arrange a check- up for her anyway. Brent walks through to put some laundry on as David finishes his call, but David wants a chat with him first. He's concerned over why things looked tense between Brent and Harlow earlier, and Brent eventually relents and tells the truth.
BRENT: All right, she kissed me. We were talking before we were studying and then she just did it. And then you came outside.
DAVID: And that's the whole story?
BRENT: Look, I didn't do anything if that's what you're asking. Actually, I wasn't expecting it.
DAVID: I was just wondering why she took off so quickly.
BRENT: I don't know, maybe she regretted it? She probably did. She's great, she'd never go for a guy like me.
DAVID: Sounds like the two of you just need to chat.
BRENT: No I don't want to crowd her. Not if she's freaking out.
DAVID: Then wait for her to come to you.
Brent thanks David for his advice and says he'll take it on board. Paul calls by to see David, making a snide remark to Brent about not being at school. Brent retorts that his timetable is flexible, then continues to the laundry room to put his washing on. David takes Paul aside to let him know that he and Aaron have decided to let Brent stay on until the end of Term 2 at school.
PAUL: Why would you do that?
DAVID: Having a stable home has been very good for him. But it's not up for discussion, I'm telling you out of courtesy. And I know that there's been tension in the past and in the interest of moving forward, I'd like to avoid that.
PAUL: Fine. As long as he stays out of my way and doesn't cause any problems for Harlow we'll be fine.
Susan takes a deep breath before playing Finn's video diaries on her laptop. She watches the diary entry where Finn talks about Elly being the trigger to his issues, and how he wants to try and avoid her from now on because he doesn't want anymore memories emerging. Susan looks concerned when Finn cries about not wanting to hurt Bea, and how that's something "the old Finn would do".
Harlow is using the stress ball Brent gave her, which Terese notices. Terese attempts to get Harlow to talk about her feelings, but the teen isn't keen on sharing. But when Mackenzie rushes over after getting a three exclamation mark text from Harlow, Terese soon realises Harlow would rather chat with her friend and gives them some privacy.
HARLOW: I kissed Brent.
MACKENZIE: He kissed you?
HARLOW: No, it was all me.
MACKENZIE: I see.
HARLOW: Why are you not more stunned by this? I am, and I was the one who did it!
MACKENZIE: Well there was a definite vibe between you two, so-
HARLOW: Was it obvious? Why didn't you say anything?
MACKENZIE: It's your business. Do you like him?
HARLOW: It's not that simple. I mean yeah, I do like him and I didn't see it coming. And he's just so nice and caring. And with the whole Richie thing he was really worried about you, and there's those blankets-
MACKENZIE: I get it. It's decent. Take it slow, figure out where you want it to go. Please just promise me you won't forget what he did last time.
HARLOW: No I won't.
Susan is watching more of the diary entries where Finn is talking about his memories feeling like deja vu. He doesn't want anyone to know there's something wrong with him until he works out what's going on. Susan is nodding along with everything Finn is saying, like she's coming to an understanding of his mindset at the time, but she's incredibly startled when she hears her voice in the background calling out to him that dinner's ready. She slams the laptop closed. Good timing, as Karl then walks through the door to collect his phone he forgot. Karl asks how the video diaries are going and Susan says they're confronting but useful. He offers again to sit with her while she watches them, but Susan doesn't think that's a good idea given how he feels about her contributing to Olivia's book.
KARL: I haven't said a negative word since I agreed to this.
SUSAN: I know, I think it's just something I need to do on my own for now. I wouldn't be able to get my thoughts together with your voice in my ear.
Realising she's late, Susan tells Karl she has to go and meet Olivia at The Hive. Karl watches Susan go with a look of concern.
Mackenzie bumps into Hendrix, who was just at #30 dropping off some truffles for her. He notices she came from #22 and asks if she was visiting Harlow. Mackenzie gives him a brief nod and then thanks him again for listening to her vent about Richie earlier. Hendrix tells her that he met up with Richie and found out he's definitely taking the class because of her. Richie also told him it's because he still wants to be friends with Mac, but Hendrix got the sense that Richie was hoping for more down the track.
HENDRIX: I think that he hopes if you're in each other's orbit then it has a better chance of happening.
MACKENZIE: Well there are plenty of other planets in my orbit without the gravitational suckage of asteroid Richie.
HENDRIX: Any planets in particular?
MACKENZIE: There's nothing wrong with being single.
HENDRIX: Nothing wrong with liking someone either. (She shrugs at him) What was that?
MACKENZIE: It's a shrug. You do it with your shoulders!
HENDRIX: No, no, no, that was 'I don't want to answer your questions Hendrix'.
MACKENZIE: When Jay was in town-
HENDRIX: You and Jay?!
Mackenzie says that nothing happened between them, but if he stuck around then it might have. Hendrix wonders what's happening with them now. Mackenzie tells him they DM and FaceTime.
HENDRIX: I can't believe I missed it.
MACKENZIE: Well gambling away a house would do that.
HENDRIX: Ouch! Hey!
Mackenzie giggles as Hendrix asks her for more details and they go for a walk so they can chat further.
Number 28 Backyard
Bea grins as Susan finds her sneakily eating some of the truffles. She asks Susan how she went watching the video diaries. Susan says for the most part it was okay, but she couldn't face watching all of them (a fact she wants Bea not to mention to Karl). She hasn't told Olivia yet either, who is under the impression that Susan's busy making notes. Bea doesn't understand why Susan can't be honest with Karl, but Susan knows he'll insist that she stops and she's only just getting started. She tells Bea that she's going to switch to the transcripts from now on.
SUSAN: Do you know the hardest part about watching those videos? It was being able to hear our normal, ordinary lives going on in the background while Finn was stuck in that room just completely anguished.
BEA: I told you they'd be hard to watch.
SUSAN: He was on the edge for so long right under my nose and I missed it. How? Am I really as naive as Olivia said?
BEA: I struggled with it too.
SUSAN: Well how did you get past it?
BEA: I had to just accept that I might not ever understand.
SUSAN: Well how can I tell my version of events if I don't understand?
BEA: Why don't you run this past Karl?
SUSAN: No, he won't be keen to have an analysing Finn session with me.
Bea then suggests that Susan talk to David since he's trying to do the same thing as her right now. Susan looks interested by this proposal.
Paul vents to Terese about Brent staying in Erinsborough longer than he thought. He picks up the stress ball, but when Terese remarks on who made it, Paul throws it away with a childish "eww!" Harlow appears on the stairwell and eavesdrops on Paul and Terese's conversation. Terese advises Paul to stop getting so worked up about everything and reminds Paul that Harlow and Brent are just friends. But Paul retorts that it's only a matter of time until they see Brent's true colours again.
TERESE: Well if that's the case she'll back off.
PAUL: I don't trust Harlow's bleeding heart.
TERESE: Paul, she is his tutor and that's all. She's far too smart to let anything develop more than that.
Harlow doesn't look too happy with what she's hearing.
Mackenzie and Hendrix return from their walk. Hendrix tells her that he doesn't think Richie will keep hassling her, but if does then she should let Hendrix know. Mackenzie thanks him then says she told Harlow he was a good listener, which Harlow says was sometimes true. Hendrix's interest is piqued when Harlow is name- dropped and he gently presses Mackenzie for more info about the girls' conversation, but Mac is reluctant to speak on it further.
MACKENZIE: Look, you only just messed up with her by teaming up with Paul. Maybe try not focusing on Harls for a little bit.
HENDRIX: (spying Brent over at #32) I will if he does. Why is he still living with Aaron and David?
MACKENZIE: He's Emmett's brother.
HENDRIX: Emmett's never here.
MACKENZIE: Brent's not that bad.
HENDRIX: (sighing) Fooled you too, huh? I still can't believe that Harlow's tutoring him.
Feeling uncomfortable given what she knows about Harlow and Brent, Mackenzie says she's going to eat the truffles Hendrix left her and rushes off home.
Susan hopes she isn't bothering David, but David thinks it was great Bea suggested they talk. They both feel connected by Finn betraying their trust and good nature. Susan tells him that the more she watches Finn's videos, the less she understands about the situation. The only person who could really give her the clarification she needs is Finn. David then asks if Susan's ever used the visualisation technique: imagining what Finn would say if she asked him the questions.
SUSAN: But if it's just in my imagination what would be the point?
DAVID: Maybe you already know the answers and you just have some kind of mental block. Visualisation can help you get past that.
Susan appears intrigued.
Mackenzie is telling Harlow about her chat with Hendrix, and how awkward it was when he kept asking questions, but she didn't spill anything to him. Harlow keeps her voice low, as Paul and Terese are in the kitchen, but admits to Mac that everything is feeling more and more complicated. She overheard Paul ranting about Brent earlier and can't even imagine what would happen if the pair were actually dating. Mackenzie says she can't give Harlow any answers, but promises to support her in whatever she decides to do next. Harlow answers a knock at the door and Paul sneers when he hears that it's Brent bringing a text book back. Mackenzie heads home so the two of them can chat. Terese takes Paul outside to give the teens privacy too, only after Paul manages to get another snide comment in.
HARLOW: I'm actually glad you came over.
HARLOW: I shouldn't have kissed you. I'm sorry, it was a mistake.
BRENT: Then why did you do it?
HARLOW: I was just really confused, Brent.
BRENT: What's confusing? I mean we get along really well, we hang out all the time.
HARLOW: Yeah sure, but we didn't always. Look, I've really enjoyed hanging out with you and all of our tutoring sessions. But with everything that happened last time - I don't know, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I barely know you.
BRENT: (looking upset but smiling) That's cool. Thank you for being honest with me.
HARLOW: Can we be friends still?
BRENT: Yeah of course.
Brent confides in David that he just got friend- zoned by Harlow because she doesn't know him well enough. But he understands it's a valid concern, especially because she's so smart and has her life together. David reminds Brent that he's smart too, and Harlow's had a lot more support in her life than he ever has. He thinks Brent is doing incredibly well right now, but Brent knows that "the old man" doesn't believe that.
DAVID: My old man has made his fair share of mistakes, believe me. He's just protective of Harlow, that's all.
BRENT: But the thing is I really like her, like as a person. And if she only wants to be my friend I'm totally fine with that. But what if she finds out more about me and doesn't want to hang out anymore?
DAVID: If Harlow wants to be friends with you, you just have to trust that she's not going to judge what you've done but who you are right now.
Susan stares at a blank document on her laptop, the cursor challenging her with every blink. Over in the kitchen, Hendrix tells Bea about his chat with Mackenzie and how weird she got when they saw Brent. Bea wonders if Mackenzie might be interested in Brent, but Hendrix doesn't think that's it. He takes the compost out to the backyard just as Karl arrives home. Karl asks Susan if anything interesting happened in her meeting with Olivia. Avoiding eye contact with Bea, Susan admits she's having trouble organising her thoughts on everything, but she supposes that's to be expected as she's never contributed to a book before. When Karl goes into the bedroom, Susan promises Bea that she spoke to David and he gave her a couple of ideas to try. Worried, Bea says she hopes Susan knows what she's getting into.
Paul is already grumpy when there's a knock at the door so late at night, but even more so when he sees that the visitor is Brent. The teen pretends he needs to see Harlow about an assignment, but Paul tells him he can get lost and leave it till tomorrow. Harlow walks down the stairs in her pyjamas and says it's okay, she was awake anyway. Paul reluctantly heads back to bed as Brent apologises for not messaging Harlow first, but he had to see her before he chickened out. Harlow notices the USB stick he's holding.
BRENT: I want you to read my file. The one that got leaked.
BRENT: You said you don't know me and I want you to.
HARLOW: You don't need to do this.
BRENT: Look, even if we are only going to be friends, I don't want to keep things from you. You should know who I am. All that stuff that happened, it's all in the past now. Please read it; I trust you.
Susan is unable to sleep. She sits down at the kitchen table and thinks about trying to write, but then David's advice comes to mind. She closes her laptop and then closes her eyes. After a few deep breaths she opens her eyes again as the camera pans across to reveal someone sitting at the table with her.
FINN: (smiling) Susan, you're looking well. What did you want to talk about?