- Harlow kisses Brent, but later apologises and tells him it was a mistake
- Keen for Harlow to know his history, Brent gives her the contents of his school file to read
- Brent is helping Ned out with a project at the university
- Roxy pitches her idea for a recycled goods store on Power Road to Paul
- Paul later decides it's a great idea when he realises how much it would annoy Karl
- Sure enough, Karl is annoyed when Roxy announces she's setting up shop next door to The 82
- Susan watches Finn's video diaries, and asks Bea how she could've missed the changes in him
- David encourages Susan to visualise Finn, and imagine what he would say if she questioned him
- Susan summons an apparition of Finn, and he asks her what she wants to talk about
Bea remarks that she heard Susan up and about late last night; Susan admits she couldn't sleep. Hendrix asks if she'd been watching Finn's videos again; Susan says not, but admits Finn was on her mind. Karl says she looks exhausted, and asks if she's started on her writing. She hasn't, but has cleared some time this morning to work on it.
Karl reminds Susan that she can pull out of Olivia's book at any time, and leaves the house. Susan looks anxiously at the empty chair opposite her, where the vision of Finn appeared last night.
Roxy has set up some clothes racks next door to the tram, for her new store. She enthuses to Paul about how excited she is that he changed his mind about giving her idea a shot. Paul smirks as Karl arrives, and concerned to see Roxy's clothes racks, asks Kyle what's going on. Karl then notices that Roxy is selling one of shirts! She explains Susan gave it to her.
ROXY: I wasn't too sure to begin with. But you know what? The nineties are in!
Karl drags Paul aside for a quiet word.
KARL: You've had your fun.
PAUL: Don't know what you're talking about, Karl.
KARL: You're not seriously gonna give Roxy a space, are you?
PAUL: Well, she has got a very sound business model.
KARL: You said you didn't want her anywhere near the tram!
PAUL: Yeah, but you know - she can be very persuasive.
Paul points out how deserted the tram is, saying business can hardly get any worse.
Hendrix is telling Susan about how he passed Karl's shirt on to Roxy. Susan distractedly says that's fine, and Hendrix wishes her luck with her writing, before leaving. Once he's gone, Susan closes her eyes to visualise Finn again. As if by magic, he appears before her.
FINN: I was looking forward to talking to you last night. Why did you send me away?
SUSAN: I wasn't ready. I saw you too easily. It threw me.
FINN: There's no need to be nervous. You're in charge of this. I'll answer any question you have. All you need to do is ask.
Eden Hills University
Harlow is walking through the courtyard when Brent turns up. The atmosphere is a little awkward following their kiss.
HARLOW: I read your file.
BRENT: ... Okay.
HARLOW: Wow. You've been through so much. I can't imagine how awful it must've been for you.
BRENT: Harlow, that's not why I gave you my file. Look, I don't want you to pity me.
HARLOW: No, that's not what I meant. I'm just... I'm so impressed with how far that you've...
But before she can say anymore, Harlow notices that the mural Brent and Ned have been working on has been vandalised with red paint.
BRENT: What the hell?
Paul is with Terese at the bar, while Sheila, who is back from Frankston, is serving. Karl approaches.
KARL: You really are a petty man, Robinson. Welcome back, Sheila!
SHEILA: Oh, it's like I never left.
KARL: Roxy's down at the tram right now, scaring away our customers.
PAUL: What, trying to sell your shirt?
KARL: Come on, this is serious (...) The only reason you agreed to give her a space is because you know I'm against it.
Terese says that isn't the case; Roxy's pitch was solid, and Paul gave it a shot. But Karl says he bets Paul won't follow through and offer Roxy a permanent spot.
TERESE (to Paul): You wouldn't do that, would you?
TERESE: Oh, my god, I should've known.
SHEILA: (...) You should be ashamed of yourself, Bags!
Paul doesn't deny that he's given Roxy the trial just to wind up Karl, and reluctantly heads off to tell her she can't have a store on Power Road after all. Terese apologises to Karl, but he says he feels bad for Roxy.
KARL: I must have a word with Susan, actually. That shirt is a sentimental favourite.
Susan is still talking to the spectre of Finn.
FINN: I loved living here. I mean, what a house! What a family!
He points to the portrait of Malcolm, Billy and Libby on the wall.
FINN: I used to daydream about being part of that painting. I told you that once, didn't I? I meant it.
SUSAN: Nah, this isn't working. This isn't how I want the conversation to go.
FINN: Then, why are you imagining it like this? I meant it - this doesn't have to be uncomfortable, Susan. I know watching the diaries brought up a lot of questions for you, so, please... shoot.
SUSAN: Okay... How did I miss the change in you when I saw you every day?
FINN: Oh, that's easy. I was a really good liar.
SUSAN: No! No, that's too easy.
FINN: It's also not the question you actually want to ask... Something's happened to you since you started trying to write, hasn't it? Something you weren't expecting? You've missed me. You watched my diaries, and you realised how much we shared. How much you liked me.
SUSAN (rattled): ... But I was wrong. I was wrong, and people died.
FINN: Then why can't you just write that? You can't, because... you can't bring yourself to hate me, not even now. You hate the things that I did, but not me. So the question you need answered is, how can you still feel for a monster like Finn Kelly?
Susan looks upset.
Shortly afterwards, their conversation continues...
SUSAN: I'd have to be a monster myself to still have any positive feelings about you.
SUSAN: Because you're a terrible human being; you're a murderer.
FINN: The person you invited into this house wasn't the same person who killed Gary and Prue.
SUSAN: But you *were* the same person.
FINN: I didn't want to be bad. You saw that in my videos. You began to have sympathy for me again, and it scared you.
SUSAN: Of course! To have *any* sympathy for you would be as good as justifying what I did.
FINN: Why is that so wrong?
SUSAN: It would be a betrayal! A betrayal of Gary, of Prue, Sheila, Bea. All the people that you hurt.
FINN: But the alternative would be a betrayal of who you really are. You're Susan Kennedy. You always see the best in people.
SUSAN: Not anymore.
An upset Roxy is on the phone to Paul, who is telling her she can't have her store after all.
ROXY: How could you do this to me? I put so much time and effort in for nothing!
But Paul has already hung up. Kyle, who has been listening nearby with Bea and Levi, comes over to find out what's going on. Roxy tells him that Paul has pulled the pin on her business, and admitted it was all a plan to annoy Karl.
KYLE: What a scumbag!
ROXY: I stayed up half the night trying to get ready. I feel like such an idiot.
BEA: Is this my top?!
LEVI: Are they my jeans?!
ROXY: You can have them back.
Bea's about to have a go at Roxy for taking her clothes, but seeing how upset she is, admits the top is actually better with Roxy's alterations.
KYLE: Just wait until I get my hands on Moneybags.
ROXY: I should've known he wasn't being serious. He thinks I'm a liability because of the mushrooms.
KYLE: Yeah, well, babe, if I'd handled the whole situation better, the fallout wouldn't have been as bad.
ROXY: But it was my fault. So I'm business poison - his words.
Kyle looks sad for Roxy as she begins to pack up her clothes racks.
Roxy is dragging a bag of clothes through the courtyard when she encounters Jane. She returns one of Jane's garments, but in doing so, accidentally bumps Jane, causing her to spill her drink all over herself.
ROXY: At least you have something to get changed into!
Roxy hurries off as Harlow and Brent arrive. Brent tells Jane about his work site at the uni being trashed. Jane wonders who could be responsible.
BRENT: Normally I'd say Hendrix, but... nah. I reckon this time it was probably a bunch of drunken O- weekers.
HARLOW: Yeah, Hendrix wouldn't stoop that low.
JANE: No. No, I don't think he would either.
Harlow says they've filed a report with the police. Brent tells Jane he's about to go to school to catch up on some work. She's impressed. Brent goes into Harold's to fetch some coffees for him and Harlow.
JANE: I hope this doesn't discourage him.
HARLOW: Me too. He's just more worried about letting Ned down.
Harlow has followed Brent into the cafe. Brent is looking at some magazines, and Harlow notices Hendrix at a table, so approaches him.
HARLOW: I'm just gonna say this.
HENDRIX: Good morning to you too (!)
HARLOW: Were you anywhere near the uni last night or today?
HARLOW: Because I defended you to Brent, and I really don't want to think it, but after everything that's happened... you didn't mess with his work site, did you?
HARLOW: Can you just answer my question?
HENDRIX: No, I wasn't anywhere near the place. I was at home. You can check with the Kennedys.
HARLOW: Okay. Sorry.
HARLOW: I know. It was out of line. Just forget it.
HENDRIX: You *do* like him.
HARLOW: ... No. We're just friends.
HENDRIX: Yeah, right, Harlow. I shouldn't have asked Paul to team up with me against Brent - I get that. But that doesn't change the fact that Brent is bad news.
HARLOW: You don't know him like I do.
HENDRIX: Oh, that confirms it, then. He's completely sucked you in. I know things got bad with me. But it's gonna get worse with Brent. He's trouble. He's gonna drag you down.
Hendrix leaves, and Harlow looks conflicted.
Roxy and Sheila are working behind the bar, when Karl approaches.
ROXY: Have you come to gloat about Paul killing my business?
Karl hasn't - he's just come to pick up some glasses Sheila's donating to the tram. Roxy replies that Karl must nonetheless have been 'pumped' that she's been kicked off Power Road.
KARL: No, but I do think it's for the best.
ROXY: Yes, because you only want what's best for the tram.
KARL: Well, Grease Monkeys and The Bottle Shop were impacted by the poisoning scandal as well.
ROXY: And I'm a walking, talking reminder of it. I'm surprised I'm still allowed to work here.
But Sheila assures Roxy her job here is safe, and diplomatically suggests that at least this way, her focus won't be split. Jane emerges from the bathroom, having changed into the top Roxy returned to her after the drink spill. But Jane hasn't noticed that Roxy has altered the top so it's all open at the back, and her bra is showing!
SHEILA: Are you thinking of going into the school like that?
SHEILA: Well, it's a little bit breezy in the back, love!
JANE: Oh, my goodness!
ROXY: I made a few modifications. All in the interest of getting a better price.
JANE: Oh, I feel like a stripper!
ROXY: (...) In your defence, you could stand to dress a little younger - have some fun.
JANE: In my defence? You stupid, stupid girl!
Jane storms off.
SHEILA: Don't worry, she'll get over it, love.
ROXY: No, she's right. I *am* stupid.
Erinsborough High School
Brent tells Harlow not to worry about him, saying she seems to be a lot more worked up about what happened to his work site at the uni than he is.
HARLOW: I'm not worried about you, I just...
HARLOW: You shouldn't have to deal with people trashing your work, especially with everything that you've been through.
BRENT: Look, Harlow, don't do this, alright? I don't want your pity.
HARLOW: No, no, it's not pity! When you know what someone's been through, and how they've managed to change because of it (...) I think you're incredible.
HARLOW: Yeah. The more I get to know... the more I like. I like you, Brent.
BRENT: I like you too, Harlow.
GhostlyFinn is hanging out in the kitchen with Susan.
FINN: I wasn't trying to upset you before. But you can't fight who you are, any more than I could.
SUSAN: I have to.
FINN: Why? You're a kind and caring person. An excellent friend, wife, mother. And more of a mother than Claudia ever was. At least to me.
SUSAN: That's what you said to me that night in the cabin.
FINN: You know in your heart that I meant it.
SUSAN: So?! So what?! You felt that bond with me, and it was just a few hours earlier that I had felt the same bond for you! And look where we are. No, I could never trust myself to let anyone in like that again.
FINN: You already have. Hendrix.
SUSAN (laughs): Oh, yeah (!) And look how well I've handled *that* lately. Maybe it was a mistake to let him stay.
FINN: So you're afraid to trust your instincts.
SUSAN (shouts): Finn, of course I am! After what happened with you, how can I ever be sure I'm doing the right thing?! By Hendrix, or anyone in my care?!
FINN: You can't. That doesn't mean you stop trying.
SUSAN: I think I have to!
FINN: But you don't *want* to.
He has followed her to the dining table, and sits down opposite her.
FINN: There's no point protesting again. That's the reason that you want to keep writing this book. To keep seeing the best in people. And what happened with me, that... that wasn't your fault. The world needs more compassion, not less. And if you want to keep believing the best in people, including me, then do it. Stopping yourself because you think you have to - that doesn't help anyone.
Susan looks bewildered.
Paul is grudgingly apologising to Roxy for getting her hopes up over her plans for the store, at the behest of Terese, who is with them.
TERESE: Look, we know you were excited about the opportunity. But Paul has an alternative to offer you.
PAUL: Mm. Chief mixologist at the new Flamingo Bar. It opens next week. What do you think?
ROXY: Mixologist, as in glorified bartender?
PAUL: Call it what you like. But this is a role that requires your special brand of... skills.
ROXY: I'll think about it.
As Paul and Terese walk off, Sheila encourages Roxy not to turn down the job on her account - Roxy can work at both bars.
ROXY: I want the job. I just want to see Paul sweat a little bit, until I work out how to get my revenge.
SHEILA: There's my girl!
ROXY: Still doesn't change the fact that Karl and Jane are right. I'm the world's biggest stuff- up.
At a table, Paul and Terese discuss Roxy.
PAUL: See, she was barely upset at all.
TERESE: It still doesn't excuse your behaviour.
PAUL: Yeah, but look - the look on Karl's face was absolutely priceless.
As Paul chuckles to himself opposite an unimpressed Terese, Harlow walks in; she's on the phone to Brent, arranging to meet him here shortly. She ends the call, and joins them.
TERESE: Harlow, please save me from throttling your grandfather.
HARLOW: I'm not sure my news is gonna help.
PAUL: What news?
HARLOW: About Brent.
PAUL: Alright, what has the delinquent done this time?
HARLOW: We're seeing each other.
PAUL and TERESE: What?!
PAUL: Seeing as in dating?! Harlow -
HARLOW: No. I read his files, and he's a good guy, okay? You are gonna respect my decision.
Paul's about to object, but Harlow's death- glare silences him!
Susan now seems to be in a more positive frame of mind, and taking onboard what GhostyFinnâ„˘ is telling her.
FINN: All you're doing is being honest about how you felt then, and how you feel now. It's not clear- cut; it's confusing, it's messy.
SUSAN (chuckles): Yeah.
FINN: That's what makes you human.
As Susan nods in agreement, Karl comes in (carrying his awful shirt), and is surprised to find Susan not at school. She explains she's told Jane she'll be in later.
SUSAN: I've worked out what it is I want to write.
KARL: Oh, yes?
SUSAN: No, really, Karl, I am in such a good place.
KARL (concerned): Good.
She asks how the tram reopening went; Karl says it's better now that Roxy isn't setting up shop alongside. He goes to get ready for his hospital shift. As soon as Karl leaves the room, Finn appears again.
FINN: I'm right here. You've got this.
Excitedly, Susan continues writing...
Brent and Harlow are having a drink outside the pub, while Paul and Terese walk away.
PAUL: I don't know what she could possibly see in him.
TERESE: Some people have asked me the same question!
PAUL: You told me she was smarter than that.
TERESE: Look, I'm as worried as you are. But look at the way she's looking at him. We can't interfere.
PAUL: You know, I never thought I would pine for the days that she was with Hendrix again.
As Paul and Terese disappear out of view, Brent tells Harlow they were talking about them.
HARLOW: Maybe they were, but who cares?
BRENT: You do. I can tell.
HARLOW: Just this once, I really hoped that Grandad would trust in my decision.
BRENT: Well, guess I'll just need to prove to him I'm not as big a loser as he thinks I am.
Roxy appears, and asks after 'Erinsborough's newest lovebirds'.
HARLOW: News travels fast.
ROXY: Your grandad was complaining about it. Haters are gonna hate, okay? No- one was high- fiving me when me and Vance were dating. Not that that worked out very well, but I'm sure you guys will be great.
Brent gets a call from Ned, and goes off to take it. Harlow explains to Roxy that someone trashed the mural wall Brent and Ned have been working on at the uni. Harlow says Brent's taking it harder than he's letting on, but that they're heading there later to clear it up. Roxy smiles, as if she's had an idea.
Eden Hills University
Roxy arrives at the vandalised mural site, which is cordoned off with hazard tape. After checking around her, she slips under the tape and goes to remove something from her bag, smiling to herself. However, she's oblivious to a figure creeping up behind her. The figure, who is wearing a balaclava, picks up a metal tool from the ground, and bashes Roxy with it from behind.
Coming up on Neighbours
- A hospitalised Roxy says she doesn't know who attacked her, or why; Kyle looks worried
- Toadie tells Susan that letting Finn into her head is not healthy
- The spectre of Finn, not looking so amiable now, stands opposite Susan in her front garden
- Susan says she's in control; Karl tells her that if things change, he knows she'd tell him
- A close- up on a terrified- looking Susan at the Lassiter's Complex