- The doctor telling Hendrix that he found a lump
- Hendrix yelling at Mackenzie that he's not going back to school
- Hendrix admitting to Kyle that he might have cancer
- Kyle encouraging Hendrix to make a doctor's appointment
- Nicolette getting frustrated with David and Aaron
- Nicolette venting to Jane that it makes her feel like leaving again
- Jane telling Chloe what Nicolette said about leaving
- Chloe feeling concerned and passing the info onto Aaron and David
- Nicolette promising the boys that she's not going anywhere
- Jane telling Chloe she should remove herself from Ramsay Street
Aaron and David are relieved to see Nicolette return with Isla after her stealthy exit from the house. Nicolette knows it was stupid saying that she wanted to leave and hopes they can move on from it. Nodding, Aaron suggests they make it a rule that if one of them is leaving the house they let someone else know. David then shows Nicolette the schedule they drew up while she was out - they've timed it so there's always two of them home for support. Perusing it, Nicolette comments that it's "some Olympic level timetabling" and it might kill the boys to stick to it. Aaron knows it's tight but it means they all get maximum Isla time. "Like you said, we've all got ground to make up," David adds, which Nicolette calls fair. David then heads to bed to get some sleep before his night shift. While Aaron's cooing over the baby, Nicolette casts a wary glance towards the timetable.
Karl and Susan peer through a tram window and spy on Hendrix and Mackenzie walking and talking together. The Kennedys (in their matching tram conductor hats) comment on how much better Hendrix appears and that the talk with Kyle must have worked wonders. Karl thinks it might be the time to encourage Hendrix to re- sit his SACs, but Susan believes they should leave it longer. "There's still something a bit skittish about him," she muses. Outside, Hendrix and Mackenzie are jokingly debating whether or not Karl and Susan could actually be international super spies.
MACKENZIE: Covert assassins are known for posing as school principals.
HENDRIX: It's basically the same skill set.
MACKENZIE: What would Karl do?
HENDRIX: Provide the soundtrack.
Hendrix then asks Mackenzie if she's up for playing video games later. Mac says he might want to see how he feels after his work shift, but Hendrix promises he'll be fine since he's no longer acting like a moody weirdo. "Yeah, that guy sounds like a tool," Mackenzie smirks. Hendrix apologises for the way he treated her and taking her for granted. This strikes a chord with Mackenzie and she links arms with Hendrix, agreeing to a video game night.
Number 32 Backyard
Aaron sits by the pool with Isla while Nicolette watches from the patio. Jane sits with her daughter, wanting to have a talk about what happened with Chloe. Jane knows she could have picked a better confidant, but she won't apologise for being scared. Nicolette insists she was only venting when she spoke about leaving, which Jane understands to some extent.
JANE: But the fact that you've already up and left once. I was in pieces, Nicolette. Everybody was, and the idea that the mere hint of going through it all again, of losing you-
NICOLETTE: (taking Jane's hands in hers) Mum, I'm not going anywhere. I'm sorry, I should not have said that.
JANE: Thank you. And I'm sorry too for telling Chloe.
On cue, Chloe wanders into the backyard to let them know "the goddess of spontaneity has struck" and she's booked herself a flight to Adelaide that night. Aaron asks what prompted the decision. With a quick glance Jane's way, Chloe says she was just forgetting what Mark and Tyler looked like. Jane says she's sure Chloe's brothers will be thrilled to see her.
Hendrix and Mackenzie have been talking about Paul and Terese's separation. "Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy," Hendrix quips, adding that it's good to know Paul doesn't just sabotage other people's relationships. While Mackenzie is worrying about how Harlow's doing with the shake up, Hendrix gets a sudden pain in his body that alarms him. Claiming he forgot to do something before his shift, Hendrix quickly rushes out, dodging Kyle along the way.
MACKENZIE: He's in a rush apparently.
KYLE: Ah, for his appointment.
KYLE: Uh, just like a turn of phrase, y'know: 'In a rush, can't miss your appointment'. It's a Canning thing, never mind.
Kyle then asks if Hendrix has stopped stressing about whatever was eating him up. Mackenzie says it was just general panic about school, but now that's done he can hopefully focus back on Year 13. Kyle says there's plenty of opportunities in hospitality, you just have to get out there and grab one. Mackenzie is suddenly distracted when she sees someone she knows walk in and gets an idea of how to help Hendrix.
Hendrix is at a doctor's appointment. The doctor asks what symptoms he's had since seeing him at the booth. Hendrix tells him about his stomachache, which he convinced himself was cancer, but then a friend pointed out it was probably stress. Although today, Hendrix admits he felt a "weird tingling down there". He becomes overwhelmed when the doctor delivers bad news.
DOCTOR: I really think we should call someone to be with you. You have cancer.
A phone starts to buzz and we realise Hendrix has panic- daydreamed the whole scenario while he's sitting outside. The phone call is from the doctor's office, reminding him he missed his appointment. The receptionist asks if Hendrix wants to reschedule but he shakily says he doesn't want to re- book.
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Harlow wants to know why someone is changing the front door locks, but Terese says it's because Paul is incapable of respecting boundaries. Harlow kind of thought Terese would have softened somewhat after Jesse's visit. She assumed if Jesse could get past what Paul did, Terese could too, but Terese is in no mood to hear from the Paul cheer squad. Chloe stops by and thanks Terese for approving her leave at such short notice. She knows it's terrible timing given what's going on in Terese's personal life, but Terese says the more work she has to focus on the better. Harlow tries hard not to look too gleeful over Chloe taking time off.
Mackenzie finishes her chat with the guy that walked in and thanks him profusely for doing her a favour. Seeing Hendrix head to the kitchen, she goes over and 'casually' points out to him that Greg, the owner of Lanzini's just happens to be sitting in a booth. She recognises him because he's a client of Toadie's. Mackenzie thinks it would be a great opportunity for Hendrix to impress Greg with his cooking skills and then maybe he'll offer him work experience at the restaurant. She fails to notice that Hendrix looks freaked out by the thought.
Jane and Nicolette are chilling on the couch with Isla. Jane wonders when her granddaughter will start giving them a smile. Aaron starts to say that she already did the other week, then realises he's thinking of Abigail. Changing tack, Aaron says he'll go wake up David before he heads to the gym, but Nicolette doesn't think it's necessary. The two of them have an overly polite back and forth about it, but it's sorted when David wanders in of his own accord. Aaron goes to work and Nicolette suggests David get another hour's sleep, but David just wants to be with Isla.
Harlow asks Terese how things are going with work. Terese says she's already behind and Chloe hasn't even left yet. Harlow snarkily says that Chloe really knows how to choose her moments, but Terese reminds her that life doesn't exactly let you schedule personal problems. Harlow still believes Chloe could have given her boss a few days heads up first. Terese then gets more stressed when she notices that a couple from one of the hotel tours Chloe rescheduled have pushed back. They want to possibly use the hotel as their wedding venue. Harlow makes the suggestion that she could show the couple around, but Terese doesn't think another round of nepotism would be a great look to the other staff at the moment.
Greg has been waiting a while for Hendrix to serve him but he hasn't come out of the kitchen. He pops his head into the kitchen window and decides to leave when no one appears to be around. Turns out Hendrix is on the floor in the back office, having a major panic attack.
Number 32 Backyard
When Jane helps take washing off the line, Nicolette quips that she thought she only needed "extreme supervision" when she was with Isla. Jane's a bit confused, so Nicolette points out that David and Aaron's roster means she's never actually alone with her daughter.
NICOLETTE: It's like I'm constantly walking on eggshells just waiting for them to tell me I've stuffed up again.
JANE: Darling you're sounding a little paranoid.
NICOLETTE: I think I'm going to have to confront them on it.
JANE: No, no you don't.
NICOLETTE: If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but at least I'll know where we stand.
JANE: Have you considered that the boys just want the same thing that you do: time with Isla. After everything that you've put them through, they have asked you to move back in. They are trying. I just think you've forgotten what it's like to be part of a family. It means trust, support and patience. And not picking a fight every time you feel a little put out.
NICOLETTE: (appeased) You're right.
Chloe pops her head around the corner with David, just wanting to say goodbye to Jane and Nicolette before she went to the airport. Nicolette throws out a short "goodbye" before turning her back. Jane jogs over to a disheartened Chloe and says she thinks it's probably the best response she's going to get for today. Chloe hopes taking herself out of the equation for a bit will help Nicolette find her groove.
When Chloe leaves, David calls Nicolette over because he just saw Isla smile. Jane looks on fondly as Nicolette tells David that Isla must feel safe in his arms. They have a brief proud parent moment together before David runs back inside to record her smile on his phone for Aaron. Nicolette looks disappointed.
Mackenzie is telling Karl and Susan about Greg and how it could be a huge opportunity for Hendrix. Karl and Susan would still love Hendrix to finish Year 13, but Susan figures he still needs time to cool off. Mackenzie thinks Hendrix is already in a better headspace, though, and they could get him while he's on a roll. Susan supposes the first step would be requesting an extension for the SAC he missed. But the Kennedys can't do it tonight because they already agreed to have dinner with Terese and Jane. So Mackenzie volunteers herself to get the forms to Hendrix tonight - she's sure she can get him to sign them. Kyle has been listening to the entire conversation and takes Mackenzie aside for a word.
KYLE: If this is you refusing to be Hendrix's saviour you suck at it.
MACKENZIE: I'm being helpful.
KYLE: Arranging job interviews, doing his paperwork, those are all A- grade Harlow moves. I didn't think you were going to repeat her mistakes?
MACKENZIE: Being supportive is a completely different thing.
KYLE: Uh- huh.
MACKENZIE: Hendrix is over whatever was making him so moody before. He told me that he's not going to take me for granted. He likes that I'm supportive.
Kyle still doesn't believe she's doing the right thing but accepts her stance.
At first Terese is miffed that Harlow went behind her back and did the tour with the wedding couple anyway. But she's slightly impressed when Harlow says she brought some of the junior staff along with her and taught them how to conduct the tours. "Doesn't have to be nepotism for me to help," Harlow points out. "Just takes a bit of creative thinking." Harlow then says if Terese needs anymore help while Chloe's away, she's here.
Mackenzie asks Hendrix how things went with Greg, then confesses that Greg owed her a favour. She set it up so that if Hendrix impressed the Lanzini's boss, he'd offer him work experience at the restaurant. Hendrix notices the documents in Mackenzie's hand and asks what they are. Smiling, Mackenzie says she wanted to bring up a counter- offer for his quitting school idea: what if he didn't. Hendrix gets more and more aggravated when Mackenzie explains she's holding extension forms for his SAC, and that she's already filled everything out ready for him to sign.
HENDRIX: You are out of control.
MACKENZIE: In a good way?
HENDRIX: What gave you the right to put that sort of pressure on me?
MACKENZIE: Well I know it's your decision.
HENDRIX: Yet here you are filling forms for me like you get a say in whether I go back to school or not. You don't, okay. Why can't you get that through your head?
MACKENZIE: I just wanted to help.
HENDRIX: No you want to be a control freak who runs my life! Well guess what, I already have a mother and it's not you. So back off!
Shocked by Hendrix's outburst, Mackenzie turns on her heel and leaves.
Aaron gets home from work and David happily tells him about Isla smiling earlier. Nicolette looks on with her own smile as David explains that just for a moment, all the craziness went away and it was magic to feel a real bond. Aaron's sad he missed it and David says he tried to film it but he was too slow. It's David's turn to head to work, so he passes Isla over to Aaron to hold before he goes. Nicolette then makes a few attempts to get Isla from Aaron, eventually telling him he stinks from the gym and needs to shower. Aaron promises he'll be quick, but Nicolette's relieved to finally have some alone time with her daughter.
Hendrix finds Mackenzie and says how sorry he is for yelling at her. He adds that he was out of line and mean. Mackenzie is really hurt, though, and says that what he threw in her face was completely unfair.
MACKENZIE: You can't just say sorry then do it all over again. Apologies mean nothing if you don't adjust your behaviour.
HENDRIX: I know. I'll do better.
MACKENZIE: I thought you already were. You said that you had gotten past whatever it was that kept setting you off.
HENDRIX: It's just all this talk about the future. It stresses me out.
MACKENZIE: We all get stressed about the future, Hendrix. You're the only one who is reacting by punishing the people who love you the most. I'm done. I'm done being your emotional punching bag.
HENDRIX: What can I do?
MACKENZIE: Well that's for you to figure out. As you so eloquently stated, I'm not your mother.
HENDRIX: I know. I know you're my girlfriend. I need you.
He holds her hand but Mackenzie pulls away from his touch.
MACKENZIE: I think we need to take a break from each other.
Hendrix can't believe what he's hearing.