- David expresses concern to Aaron about whether they should leave Nicolette alone with Isla
- Feeling stifled when Aaron seemingly comes home to check on her in the day, Nicolette takes Isla out in the pram
- Kyle and Roxy tell Aaron that they'll pop in and see Nicolette if it makes him feel better
- David is worried when Nicolette isn't in the house when he gets home
- Nicolette tells the boys that she wanted one day alone with Isla, and they couldn't even give her that
- Harlow is pleased to see that Brent is back from the army for a visit
- Paul and Harlow concoct a scheme to use Brent's return to secure Paul a dinner invite at No 22
- But when Brent tells Terese about this, she's not impressed
- Terese tells Brent and Harlow that Paul paid Holden to give evidence against Brent in the hope he'd go to jail
- Brent is furious that Paul tried to ruin his life, but Harlow quickly defends Paul's behaviour as protectiveness
Brent is still furious about Paul paying Holden to give evidence against him, and shocked by Harlow's nonchalance about it. Terese, Roxy and Kyle are still present too.
BRENT: How can you defend him? He tried to put me in jail!
HARLOW: But he didn't. And in a lot of ways, your life has worked out better than what would've happened if Grandad hadn't have done what he did.
BRENT: Harlow, I've told you how much I've been struggling!
ROXY: If Paul pulled that stunt on Kyle, I would be absolutely furious.
KYLE: Yeah, come on, Harlow. This is beyond low, even for him.
TERESE: Look, we understand your loyalty to him. But this doesn't deserve support.
HARLOW: Okay, you don't understand. What, I'm just gonna turn against my grandad, and fall in line with all of you?
BRENT: No, but sticking up for your boyfriend would be nice.
HARLOW: What's done is done, Brent. It's in the past, and we've just got to move on now.
BRENT: Yeah. Go for it.
Brent walks out angrily.
David and Aaron are on the patio, listening anxiously to Isla crying inside. They're having to stop themselves going and tending to her, unconvinced by Nicolette's 'self- soothing' strategy for Isla. Unable to take it anymore, David opens the patio door to go to Isla, but Aaron tells him to stop, saying Nicolette will 'freak'.
DAVID: We'd be in a much better position if you hadn't sent out your spies after her.
Aaron admits he shouldn't have got Kyle and Roxy to check up on Nicolette, or faked a reason to come home and see Isla, but points out that David did the latter, too. Jane turns up from around the side of the house, having been knocking at the front door to no avail. She goes inside, and finds Nicolette standing in the living area, near Isla, struggling to stick to her own strategy of ignoring Isla's crying. Jane tells her the boys are worried.
NICOLETTE: They'd better not try to muscle in here? (...) They have been suffocating me. Did they tell you what they did to me today?
Back on the patio, Aaron and David continue to argue about who's to blame for Nicolette being mad with them - while indoors, Nic tells Jane about how the boys have been 'hovering' over her when she's with Isla.
NICOLETTE: I am her mother.
JANE: And they are her dads. You have every right to want time to yourself with your daughter, but I am concerned that... well, you're too upset in this moment to help her. Why don't you let the boys step in?
NICOLETTE: No, Mum. She will settle soon.
JANE: You have two other sets of hands at your disposal, and you're tired. Just let them be there for you.
On the patio, David has become so distressed about Isla's crying that he has to walk away into the garden. Aaron looks worried.
Terese, Roxy and Harlow are on the patio. Harlow's upset that Brent isn't answering his phone.
HARLOW: He could've at least told me where he was going. He was meant to be staying here tonight.
TERESE: Well, maybe he doesn't feel comfortable with that anymore. I mean, I know I wouldn't (...) He obviously needs some time alone.
But Harlow tries calling him again, to no avail. Terese goes indoors, and Roxy decides to talk to Harlow, asking what's going on with her lately.
ROXY: Usually you'd go off your head about what Paul pulled. Why are you taking his side instead of your boyfriend's?
HARLOW: Because I understand why Grandad did it.
ROXY: Still doesn't make it okay. Seriously gonna have to start questioning your judgement in a second.
HARLOW: As if you have a leg to stand on when it comes to good judgement.
ROXY: And what's that supposed to mean.
HARLOW: Nothing. This conversation's over.
ROXY: Yeah, you bet it is!
Roxy looks worried as Harlow walks indoors.
David and Aaron come back indoors - all is quiet, and they decide Isla must finally have gone to sleep, probably because Jane intervened. David wants to call Leo to discuss going to visit him, Britney and Abigail. Aaron isn't sure this is a good idea right now.
DAVID: Nicolette can't still hold us wanting to see Abigail against us.
At this point, Brent comes in.
BRENT: So sorry to just rock up like this, guys.
DAVID: No, it's fine. We're sorry about bringing all of that tension before.
BRENT: Well, there was plenty more of it after you guys left.
DAVID: Is everything okay?
BRENT: ... Can I please stay the night?
Harlow turns up to see Paul. He's keen to get started on another scheme with her to worm his way back into Terese's good books, but Harlow is angry with him.
HARLOW: You offered money to Holden to frame Brent?!
PAUL: Oh, god, who told you?
HARLOW: Terese. But that's not the point. I had to pretend I was fine with it in front of both of them to protect you!
PAUL: I'm sorry, Harlow, but you were never supposed to find out about that.
HARLOW: And now Brent thinks that I don't care about him! All because I didn't want Terese to see how much pain you've caused.
PAUL: Oh, but you didn't have to do that. (sighs) Thank you.
HARLOW: Don't thank me. I don't want your gratitude. I could scream at you right now. I did this for the greater good, but if you ever cross me again, you'll regret it.
PAUL: Harlow -
HARLOW: No, I'm serious, Grandad. The days of you messing with my life are over.
She walks out.
Jane and Nicolette come into the living area, having got Isla settled, and are surprised to find Brent in the kitchen making a sandwich.
NICOLETTE: What are you doing here?
BRENT: (...) Hey. Aaron and David said I could stay for the night. I hope you guys don't mind.
Nicolette doesn't reply, just looks annoyed.
BRENT: Don't worry. I'll get out of your way.
Brent goes through to the bedrooms.
NICOLETTE: I can't believe those two! After the day we've had, they think this is a good idea?!
JANE: It's not ideal. But you just keep your focus on Isla.
NICOLETTE: They could've at least asked me.
JANE: The boys love her as much as you do. They would not have invited Brent to stay if they were worried. And alright, maybe they were a bit much today. But if they are overbearing, it is only because they are as focused on Isla as you are.
NICOLETTE: The voice of reason, are we?
JANE: I have my moments.
Jane suggests Nicolette rest up on the sofa, then she and David and Aaron can have a 'calm chat'. Nicolette thanks her.
NICOLETTE: I love you.
JANE: Love you, too.
Jane heads home, and Nicolette lies on the couch - just as David and Aaron come in. They're finishing up a video chat on David's phone with Leo and Abigail, cooing at the latter and calling her 'sweetie'. Unseen by the boys on the couch, Nicolette looks worried.
DAVID: We should try to organise a trip to Wollongong soon.
AARON: Yeah, absolutely. Look, if Leo and Britney are up for it, definitely. I want to squish that little face so bad.
Angrily, Nicolette leaps up and makes her presence known.
NICOLETTE: Are we back here again?!
David and Aaron look sheepish.
Kyle and Roxy are hanging out with Terese. Roxy tells Terese how Harlow got 'flat- out nasty' with her earlier, saying she's not behaving like her usual self. Terese agrees.
KYLE: Does she remind you of someone?
TERESE (sighs): Yep. The similarities between her and Paul, at his worst, are rather striking right now.
But Terese tells Roxy not to let anything blow up between her and Harlow, saying it's bad enough how many problems it's caused with Brent.
TERESE: I almost regret telling her, to be honest.
ROXY: She deserved to know.
KYLE: Maybe the shock of what Paul did made her react badly (...) I'm sure Harlow will bounce back after a good night's sleep.
TERESE: Yeah. Let's hope you're right.
Nicolette is being snarky with David and Aaron.
NICOLETTE: Do you want more time with Isla? Because from where I'm standing, you're still fixated on Abigail!
DAVID: It was one phone call.
NICOLETTE: It is more than that, and you know it! You tell me you want me to make space for you in Isla's life, and yet you're planning a trip away!
AARON: Nic, we don't have to go anywhere. And we are trying to let go of Abigail.
NICOLETTE: Well, not hard enough!
DAVID: That's not fair!
NICOLETTE: Neither was telling Brent he could stay without asking me.
AARON: He was upset! We just wanted to make sure he was safe.
NICOLETTE: You could be putting her life at risk by having him here.
AARON: Nic, he is not a danger to her!
DAVID: You need to trust us.
NICOLETTE: Why? When you clearly don't trust me?
DAVID: Because that's not the same thing.
NICOLETTE: Maybe not, but it feels like it's the heart of all of our problems.
AARON: Yeah, because you took off on us.
NICOLETTE: And I've apologised, we've been over this!
DAVID: And that doesn't magically fix it!
NICOLETTE: ... You know what? I'm not gonna rehash everything you two have done, because that's not gonna get us anywhere. We need a solution. What is it?
The next day, Terese is sitting at a table, while Harlow is waiting at the bar. Paul comes in and offers to buy Harlow a coffee as an 'olive branch', saying he wants to give her an explanation for his actions towards Brent. Terese is listening to their conversation from a distance.
HARLOW: I know you well enough to know how you would've justified this to yourself. So I think it's best we talk about something else.
Paul suggests to Harlow that he might go and apologise to Terese for their scheme to get him round for dinner, but at that point, Brent comes in, none too pleased to see Harlow talking to Paul.
HARLOW: Hey. I missed you (...) I was freaking out, Brent. Can we talk?
BRENT: You seem pretty busy to me.
HARLOW: No, I've got time.
PAUL (to Brent): Yeah. Certainly more than you deserve.
BRENT (laughs): You don't ever stop talking, do you?
PAUL: I can talk as much as I want. It's my establishment.
HARLOW: Grandad, come on.
BRENT (to Paul): You know, it's actually pretty pathetic, the way that you throw your weight around, like you're better than everyone else.
PAUL: Hmm, not everyone, but I'm certainly better than most.
Terese is still listening, and looks disgusted.
BRENT (to Paul): You've treated me like dirt for a really long time. And to be honest, I actually believed everything that you said. You are actually the worst person I've ever met. And Terese definitely worked that out when she kicked you to the kerb. And I told Aaron and David - oh, mate, they're gonna tear you a new one.
HARLOW: Brent, can we do this another time?
BRENT: No. Actually, the real reason why I thought you called last night was because I thought you were gonna apologise, for taking his side. But I was wrong. This guy tried to put me in jail. How aren't you mad about this?!
HARLOW: Can we go and talk about this privately somewhere?
BRENT: No. We don't need to talk.
Brent walks out.
Paul has come grovelling to David and Aaron about his attempts to get Brent locked up. They are not in the mood.
AARON: Sorry, Paul, but how can you possibly spin bribing Holden to ruin Brent's life as a good thing?
PAUL: Aaron, it's a little more complex than that. Besides, Brent is fine.
DAVID: No thanks to you.
Brent appears in the doorway, and glares at Paul. David tells Paul to give Brent some space, so Paul leaves. Brent sits on the couch, and David and Aaron move over to join him.
DAVID: You must be so furious with him.
BRENT: Yeah. You know, I was awake all night thinking about how things could've been different. The crap thing is that Toadie could've gotten me a non- custodial sentence. I could've completed Year 13. Paul clearly didn't care about that.
AARON: You're not liking the army?
BRENT: It's hard. Like, really hard.
DAVID: They must have counselling services?
BRENT: Yeah, they do, and I've been, but... we just haven't really hit it off, though.
AARON: Brent, you know that you can always talk to us, though, right?
BRENT: Yes, I know. Thank you. I would usually talk to Harlow. She stood up for Paul over what he did to me.
David fetches Brent a leaflet for a charity called Kids Helpline. Brent points out that he's not exactly a kid, but David explains that they help people aged up to their twenties, too; he's dealt with them through his work at the hospital, and says they're great.
Outside No 22, Terese asks Harlow if she's managed to speak to Brent since he left the pub. Harlow hasn't.
TERESE: Harlow, please help me understand what's going on here. Why didn't you bat for him?
At this point Brent appears across the road, and Harlow excuses herself from Terese to go and talk to him.
BRENT: She knows we're fighting. You don't need to hide it from her.
HARLOW: Yeah. I'm hiding a lot of things from her at the moment. That's part of the problem. I hate what Grandad did to you, and I confronted him. And I let him have it. I'm sorry, but I just can't show Terese how angry I was. That's why I didn't stand up for you earlier.
BRENT: Why are you hiding things from Terese?
HARLOW: Because she can't see how upset I was. It would just ruin things with Grandad, and I need them to be together, not split them apart.
BRENT: What about us? What, you want to split us apart, then?
HARLOW: Of course not. I'm just trying to help you understand. You know how happy I am that you're here.
BRENT: I thought I did. But what you said last night - that really sucked, Harlow.
HARLOW: I know, and I'm sorry. I am behind you one hundred percent. I just can't show it at the expense of Grandad.
BRENT: The Harlow I knew never lied or compromised herself for anyone else. I don't know you anymore. It's like you're a completely different person.
Nicolette is holding Isla, while updating Jane on her fractious conversation with David and Aaron last night. Roxy and Kyle come in; they just want to make sure that everything is okay between them and Nicolette after yesterday. Nicolette reassures them it's all fine, and Roxy comes over to fuss over Isla.
ROXY: Oh, you are so cute! I can't handle it - I can't.
NICOLETTE: You're a huge fan, hey?
ROXY: Of course I am, she's adorable. I hope one day to have six of my own just like her.
KYLE: Nah, why stop there? Let's go for the whole footy team!
Roxy and Kyle leave again, just as Aaron comes in through the other door. Nicolette decides to extend an olive branch, by asking Aaron if he'd like to take care of Isla while Nic goes over to Jane's house for coffee. Aaron is surprised, but says he'd love that - so Nicolette hands Isla over, which immediately gets Aaron smiling. Jane and Nicolette leave.
AARON (to Isla): Just you and me, huh? Wait till I tell your daddy about this!
David comes to meet Aaron and Isla; he's just as surprised as Aaron that Nicolette has relinquished Isla; Aaron says he was even allowed to bottle- feed her. But...
AARON: I don't think this roster system's working. Like, I wanted to share that moment with you; I wanted to share all of these moments as parents with you.
DAVID: Me too. And we can't turn on each other; I don't want us to go there again.
AARON: I know. We're in this together. And we're in it with Nicolette.
DAVID: Mm. Getting on the same page as her is a lot more challenging than it is with you.
AARON: I think I might have a possible way forward.
David and Aaron return home with Isla to find Nicolette on the couch. Aaron thanks her for letting him take Isla.
NICOLETTE: I just thought I should try a 'give a little, get a little' approach in light of our recent issues.
DAVID: Well, we really appreciate it.
AARON: Yeah. Look, Nic, we actually had an idea about something that might help - a new parenting agreement.
NICOLETTE (worried): What would that look like?
AARON: Uh, we don't know yet. I guess that's something that we all have to work out together.
DAVID: But essentially, it will formalise where we all stand. Make it clear who Isla's primary carers are.
NICOLETTE: And you still want that to be you? We've talked about this - sorry, too much has happened since we made that agreement, and I can't go back. Also, you are struggling with letting go of Abigail, and I'm not convinced you're ready to give Isla your full attention.
DAVID: We don't want to argue again. And we don't want to push things too fast. We all have to be satisfied with what we eventually agree on.
AARON: Yeah. Look, Nic, taking care of Isla today just felt so great. So, why don't we take a few more days like that, yeah? You know, like, just bathing, feed time, bedtime, nothing scheduled. Just taking on more parenting responsibilities. And then, once we feel more in the groove, why don't we revisit the agreement then?
NICOLETTE: Sure. Sounds fair.
Nicolette looks more relaxed now, though David is looking anxious.
Brent is at the gazebo, calling the phone number from the Kids Helpline leaflet. But he hangs up when he sees Harlow approaching, and hides the leaflet. She sits down on the bench next to him.
HARLOW: You left before we finished talking.
BRENT: Yeah, well. It's not like we had anything else to talk about.
HARLOW: You know, I've been thinking - and a lot has changed since you left. But I honestly am the same person that I was.
BRENT: Honestly, how can you say that?
HARLOW: I know it was bad that I didn't defend you in front of everyone, but you've got to understand -
BRENT: No, no, no. It's not just that. It's like Paul has fully rubbed off on you. And the way that you've been treating your job and Chloe lately - I mean, you're screwing around with her rosters. The old you wouldn't have done that.
HARLOW: It wasn't that bad. And why are you so sure that I'm the only person that's changed? You're the one judging me right now, so maybe you have, too.
Brent stands up.
BRENT: You're right. I have changed. I'm better at calling someone out who's been pretty awful to me.
HARLOW: I can't help it that I've been preoccupied with my family. Do you know what I've been through?! Grandad and Terese are the most important people in my life.
BRENT: What about me? I'm not up there with them?
HARLOW: Brent, don't be a hypocrite, okay? You'd do the exact same for Emmett!
BRENT: Sure. But if you were upset, I would've been there for you. I can't keep letting people put me last, Harlow. I can't go through it again. I'm sorry. We're over.
Harlow looks shocked as Brent walks away.
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