- Nicolette announces she's throwing Kiri a party; Kiri invites Glen, so he and Nic can 'break the ice'
- Chloe and Nicolette agree that Glen is being 'weird' and 'tragic' around Kiri
- Montana sings Mackenzie's praises as a model, but forces Mack to choose between a shoot and a mock exam
- Karl asks Montana for documentation about the cosmetics launch, claiming it's to put Susan's mind at ease
- Susan asks why Karl has a torn- up cheque made out to Montana for $20,000
- Karl is forced to admit he tore up the cheque because he wrote out a larger one, for ten times that amount
Susan is in disbelief at Karl's revelation.
SUSAN: Where would you get that kind of money?!
KARL: I withdrew it from our self- managed super fund.
Susan turns from him in horror, hand clasped over her mouth, initially unable even to look at him.
SUSAN: Our super?
SUSAN: Without discussing it with me?
KARL: You weren't keen, so I thought this -
SUSAN: I wasn't keen on *twenty* thousand! Why would I be keen on two *hundred* thousand?!
KARL: You are looking at this the wrong way.
SUSAN: Karl, you have thrown a huge portion of our retirement money at an investment in lipstick and eyeliner! How am I *supposed* to look at it?!
KARL: You're thinking about what we stand to lose here, instead of what we stand to gain. You've seen the figures! This could set us up for early retirement!
SUSAN: And if it doesn't, Karl, we'll be working for another 30 years!
KARL: Oh, Susan, you have to trust me.
SUSAN: No - no, Karl! You went behind my back, and when I asked you, you looked me in the eye and you lied! I have to call the fund. We might be able to get them to cancel the cheque. And then I want to see every single document that you have signed our life away on!
Karl looks sheepish...
Kiri and Glen get out of the car. Kiri vetoes any further Neil Diamond, Elton John and Cher songs when they're in the car together!
GLEN: Oh, what? Don't go breaking my heart!
KIRI: They're the only lyrics you've gotten right today.
GLEN: Okay, smarty - tomorrow, you're DJ.
Kiri's surprised as Glen wasn't supposed to be working, but he says he's rearranged his shift. Kiri says she'll drive by herself tomorrow nonetheless, as she has to stay back late for the gin launch, but Glen says he doesn't mind waiting for her. Chloe approaches, and sees them talking. She looks concerned; and as Kiri heads towards No 24, Chloe remarks to her...
CHLOE: You two spend enough time together at work - I thought carpooling would be the last thing you'd want to do.
KIRI: Oh, he's just being nice. Hey, thanks for the heads- up about Freya. Still can't believe what her and David did.
CHLOE: I know. She and David are struggling, but at least he's got Aaron and Nic. Be nice to try and cheer Freya up when I finish work today?
KIRI: Yeah, maybe over a drink?
Chloe says that sounds good. Glen then shouts over, telling her the Spice Girls aren't allowed on her car playlist tomorrow!
KIRI: Gotta slow it down, baby, gotta have some fun!
Kiri heads indoors, but Chloe looks suspicious about Glen.
David, Leo and Paul are having a coffee. Terese has stopped to chat to them, and has been filled in on David's situation. He tells her he faces hours of consultation with lawyers, but Leo says it will be worth it to keep him out of prison.
Paul changes the subject, saying he's noticed on her work calendar that Terese is at a photoshoot with Mackenzie tomorrow; he's spoken to a journo from a business mag, who wants to do a feature on them as the first Aussie hotel to host a Montana Marcel Fashion Week.
TERESE: So, what? I do all the work, and you just sweep in and take the glory?
PAUL: No, Terese, that's not what -
TERESE: Because I seem to remember you said you would step back, considering it was my project.
PAUL: Exactly, and that's why I told the journalist to talk to you, exclusively.
TERESE: ... Oh. Okay.
Paul promises to forward Terese's details to the journo, so she can deal with him directly. Terese sheepishly thanks him, and says she appreciates it. Paul smirks.
Susan has summoned Toadie to look over the contract that Karl has signed with Montana, hoping there'll be a 'cooling- off period' or something of the sort. But Toadie says there's no get- out clause; Karl knowingly invested the money without coercion.
KARL: Exactly, it's an investment. As I keep saying, we haven't lost a cent (...) Toad, you read the projected returns, right?
TOADIE: Oh, I wouldn't put much faith in a glossy sales brochure. What kind of due diligence did you do?
KARL: Do you think I'd invest that sort of money on a whim?
SUSAN: Yes. Because you've never done anything like that before in your life!
KARL: Cosmetics do well in all economies! I mean, even in the recession, people buy make- up to feel better about themselves.
TOADIE: True, but this is extremely high- risk.
KARL: For high reward! Am I the only one focused on that? Okay, okay - it was wrong to go behind your back. If there was some way out of this, I'd happily explore it, but the funds are committed.
TOADIE: Actually, the contract does state that it can be terminated upon mutual agreement.
SUSAN: Meaning Montana would have to agree? Call her.
KARL: Oh, I don't think I could call up and ask for a refund. It seems unprofessional.
SUSAN: So what?! Don't you try and back out of this!
KARL: Alright, alright. We'll meet with Montana. And when you hear how passionate she is about her business, maybe you'll change your mind.
SUSAN: This is not about me changing my mind, Karl. This is about you fixing your mistake.
Mackenzie is on the phone, while Hendrix sits at the bar. Chloe appears, and asks Hendrix if Mackenzie has managed to resolve her scheduling conflict. Hendrix explains she's been trying to get her mock trial pushed back to another day, so she can do Montana's photoshoot without it damaging her grades. Montana, who has appeared at the bar as well, says at least Mackenzie has modelling to fall back on.
Mackenzie finishes up her phone call, and tells the others that her group leader at uni has said she'd cover for her at the mock trial - Mackenzie justifies this by saying she's done more than enough work to contribute to the group assignment in the lead- up. Montana, who is pleased about this, then gets a call from Karl and goes to answer it. Hendrix is a little worried about Mackenzie.
HENDRIX: Are you sure about this? Maybe you should talk to your tutor?
MACKENZIE: Maybe you should stop worrying so much, and realise that I'm a 21st- century woman who can have it all!
But Hendrix looks doubtful.
Nicolette is working when Kiri turns up to collect a takeaway order. Glen is already there, doing the same.
GLEN: Looks like we had the same idea for dinner.
KIRI: What if, because we've spent so much time together, our brains have actually fused into one?
Glen puts this to the test, by challenging Kiri to say what she's ordered on the count of three and seeing if they've chosen the same thing. Nicolette rolls her eyes, evidently still sore towards Glen and now suspicious of his perceived designs on Kiri. But sure enough, they've both ordered...
GLEN and KIRI: Spaghetti alfredo!
KIRI: It's official! We are the same person!
Nicolette tells Kiri her order is $54, but Glen waves his card over the reader and pays for it.
KIRI: You're not paying for my food! I got Freya's dinner as well - and dessert, a lot of dessert!
GLEN: It's fine, seriously.
KIRI: I don't have any cash to pay you back.
GLEN: Well, if it makes you feel better, you buy dinner next time. Don't stress, honestly.
KIRI: Okay, thank you. I'm gonna hold you to that.
Kiri leaves, and Nicolette gives Glen a dirty look.
David, Nicolette and Jane are having breakfast. Chloe has called round, and asks how David's doing. He admits part of him feels like a weight has been lifted. Jane looks unimpressed at this remark. She's also unimpressed when Chloe and Nicolette ask if they can have some space to talk alone.
JANE: Oh, what's the big secret?
So Jane reluctantly follows David out of the room. Nicolette asks Chloe if she's noticed any more odd incidents between Glen and Kiri, after he paid for her dinner last night. Chloe mentions about Glen changing his shift so he could carpool with Kiri - it feels like he's going out of his way to spend time with her.
NICOLETTE: And she just doesn't know how to say no.
CHLOE: Or she's too nice to. It just feels wrong.
Jane comes back in, ostensibly to get some water. Nicolette and Chloe head out of the room to discuss it elsewhere! Jane looks curious...
Karl and Susan are setting the table for dinner, having invited Montana around.
KARL: Don't we have any linen napkins?
SUSAN: Piper's fine, Karl. They're napkins.
KARL: This is Montana Marcel. She's used to nice things.
SUSAN: Well, we don't have nice things. And the sooner she works that out, the better.
KARL: You're gonna try and paint us as paupers, aren't you?
SUSAN: Yes! We can't afford to lose $200,000!
KARL: So it's alright for you to lie about all this, but I'm the bad boy if I do a similar thing?
SUSAN: What you did is nothing like all this. And if you're not gonna help get our money back, you can leave right now!
There's a knock at the door. Karl tells Susan not to 'go at this like a bull at the gate', so as not to get Montana offside. Susan doesn't respond, and opens the door. Montana walks in and looks around her, visibly unimpressed!
In the garden, Chloe and Nicolette are continuing their conversation. Chloe thinks the 'banter' between Glen and Kiri is all one- sided on his part. Nicolette observes that this sounds like a 'controlling relationship'. Jane emerges to hang out some washing, still visibly very curious as to what's being discussed. Once she's walked by...
NICOLETTE: Maybe we should talk to Glen.
CHLOE: They work together, it's impossible.
NICOLETTE: Well, then, we go to Leo - because if it's workplace harassment, he'd have to get involved.
CHLOE: And he would actually have the grounds to do something about it.
Mackenzie has arrived for her fashion shoot, with Hendrix. She's nervous.
MACKENZIE: What if I'm not good enough?
MACKENZIE: No, no. What if I mess up? I don't want to let Montana down.
HENDRIX: That's not going to happen, okay? I mean, there is still time to get back to uni, but, you know, do what you want to do. You'll be fine.
Terese then turns up, with Mick in tow. Mick tells Mackenzie it's time to meet the hair and make- up crew.
Montana is 'enjoying' a dinner of sandwich triangles, as Susan makes small- talk with her. Susan tells Montana the Kennedys both work full- time; she's about to say she's a school principal, but corrects it to 'schoolteacher' so as not to create an impression she's too well off. Susan then mentions Hendrix as a 'boarder', and their three children.
MONTANA: Are they still at home?
KARL: No, no, they moved out long ago.
SUSAN: Oh, it doesn't stop them calling every time they need anything. Not that we mind. I mean, you know what it's like to try and raise a family, and to struggle to survive.
KARL: Oh, well, we're hardly struggling.
SUSAN: Well, we've never had very much money, and Karl certainly taught all the children the value of every dollar.
KARL: Yes. Until, when they get to our age, they can spend it as they see fit.
SUSAN: Well, if they're anything like us, by the time they get to our age, they'll be putting whatever spare cash they've got onto *their* children's mortgages.
Susan points out the famous painting of Malcolm, Libby and Billy, for Montana's benefit. She looks oddly moved when she turns to look at the painting.
MONTANA: You have a lovely family.
SUSAN: Thank you.
KARL: What we wouldn't do for them, hey? But that's enough about us. Why don't you tell Susan how you've gone from success to success since you started?
But Montana's become so distracted by the painting that she hasn't heard what Karl's said.
Mick presides as Montana's team does Mackenzie's hair and make- up in a van. When she emerges in her dress, Terese, Mick and Hendrix are all hugely impressed with the new look.
MACKENZIE: I feel like I'm gonna throw up.
MICK: Spoken like a true model.
Hendrix is surprised to learn that Mick is doing the photography. Mick admits he's equally surprised, but they get started with the shoot. Mick has some interesting prompts to get Mackenzie wearing the right expressions!
MICK: Now, pretend like I just stole your lunch money.
MICK: Like I'm a bully and you're a kid, and you can't afford a spaghetti toastie. How does it make you feel?
Mackenzie poses appropriately, which meets with Mick's approval!
MICK: Now, I want you to be like a scared kitty - but suddenly, you roar like a lion. Like, 'down, girl!'
Hendrix and Terese watch, impressed with how amazing Mackenzie looks.
In the bar, Chloe and Nicolette have taken their concerns about Glen and Kiri to Leo.
LEO: You know what it sounds like to me?
NICOLETTE: That creeper Glen doesn't know how to respect boundaries?
LEO: It sounds like jealousy.
CHLOE: Why would he be jealous?
LEO: No, not him. You guys. Tell me you both don't have a little thing for Kiri, hey?
CHLOE: ... It's not like that.
LEO: Well, I've worked with Glen for a while, and he seems like a great guy, so...
NICOLETTE: Yeah, I thought that too. But he has been different ever since he met Kiri.
CHLOE: Yeah, and we can only go off what we've seen. Who knows what happens out here?
KIRI: Well, if Kiri's really having a problem, she hasn't said anything to me about it.
CHLOE: That's why we're saying something.
NICOLETTE: Yeah, she probably doesn't want to cause any drama, and that's how she's found herself in the position she's in!
Leo's still sceptical, and asks if they're sure they aren't blowing it out of proportion. Nicolette concedes they might be, but suggests Leo at least has a duty of care to look into it.
LEO: Sure, yep, fine. I'll... I'll have a chat to Glen, okay?
Montana is fingering a sandwich with some combination of distaste and distraction.
SUSAN: I'm sorry if it's not to your taste.
MONTANA: I'm just not hungry, I don't have an appetite this morning.
SUSAN: Well, we've never been much of a fine dining family. In fact, the one time we took the kids to a fancy restaurant, we were asked to leave.
Seemingly upset, Montana darts up to head to the bathroom.
KARL (whispering): Susan, I am so sorry.
SUSAN: Oh, Karl, honestly! I just... I just don't know what you were thinking!
KARL: Just - I see where Clive is at his age, and where we are at our age, and I just thought I could seize an opportunity.
SUSAN: We have lived a completely different sort of life to Clive. There's no comparison. And I wouldn't change a single second of it, not for a million mascaras! (...) In fact, the more I think about it, the less I want our money with her (...) It's just the way these companies exploit young girls. They load them up with unrealistic expectations when they're at their most vulnerable age. It's predatory and it's wrong! And I don't want my money to support that, no matter how much we spent.
But at this point Susan realises that Montana has come back in, and has heard what she's been saying.
Mackenzie's photoshoot continues, as she emerges in the next costume.
MICK (taking photos): Okay, babe, you have got this - yes you do (...) Give it hard, give it more (...) Yes, that is *it*. You're in Milan, you're in Paris (...) Final shot, I promise. Mermaid fantasy (...) And, yes that is a wrap. We have it. Fabulous work, Mackenzie.
Terese and Hendrix both congratulate Mackenzie on a job well done, and they all look forward to seeing the finished photos. Hendrix points out that Mackenzie still has time to make it to her mock trial if she leaves right now.
MACKENZIE: Oh, I've already organised it with my tute group.
HENDRIX: Yeah, yeah. But I mean, you don't wanna risk getting marked down just for not showing up, so...
But Mick pulls Mackenzie away to look at the photos, and she tells Hendrix she'll only be marked down by ten percent at most, so she can 'take the hit'. Hendrix looks worried.
Susan is apologising to Montana, claiming she's 'mortified' that she overheard what she said.
MONTANA: Oh, but you meant every word. You see, what you see as predatory, I see as empowering. My products build self- esteem, not tear it down.
SUSAN: Doesn't make my argument any less valid.
MONTANA: Look at Mackenzie, for example. She's a shy young woman who never thought she was beautiful. I gave her a voice. I gave her a platform to use that voice.
SUSAN: Which is amazing.
MONTANA: But you think I'm exploiting her.
MONTANA: I am celebrating her, okay? Just like I celebrate all the other consumers that I sell to. You tell me what is wrong with that?
SUSAN: ... Montana, we clearly have very different views on this, which I respect. But now I'm asking you to respect that I cannot invest in your company. We would like our money back.
Montana doesn't say another word - just grabs her bag and walks out of the door. Susan and Karl look anxiously at one another.
In the office, Terese is telling Paul about Mackenzie's photoshoot, which she says will 'really set the tone for the whole event'. She adds that the interview with the business magazine Paul organised went well too. Paul's smiling, but his response to all this is minimal, and doesn't go much beyond 'good'.
TERESE: Is that it?
PAUL: ... Is what it?
TERESE: Paul, I mean, this Fashion Week is a huge event. I mean, not just for myself, but for Lassiter's.
PAUL: Which you will take full credit for.
TERESE: ... Why are you being like this?
PAUL: Being like what, Terese?
TERESE: Agreeable. It's making me nervous.
PAUL (laughs): I mean, if you're waiting for me to - I dunno - spontaneously sprout a moustache and start twirling it, I really don't know what to tell you.
TERESE (suspicious): Oh. So, you, umm... you got this interview to boost my profile just out of the goodness of your heart?
PAUL: Don't be stupid, I did it for the hotel. That's all I care about.
TERESE (half- sincere): Right. Well, I apologise. Thank you.
Chloe and Nicolette are lingering around outside, watching from a distance as Glen and Kiri chat while they work.
NICOLETTE: Do you feel weird about this?
CHLOE: About you and me teaming up together?
NICOLETTE: No. Well... yeah, I guess that, too. But the idea of protecting a woman by asking for a man's help? I mean, maybe we should just talk to Kiri.
CHLOE: She's way too nice. She just would've made excuses for Glen.
Kiri walks away from Glen and he smiles as she goes. Nicolette and Chloe interpret this as 'gross', and wonder if Leo saw. It does seem that Leo has, and he approaches Glen to talk about Kiri.
LEO: I've seen how you are around her. Do you want to tell me what's going on?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Chloe and Nicolette tell Kiri they've noticed how weird Glen has been acting around her
- Glen comes into the café while Leo and Kiri are chatting; Leo promises to have a word with Glen for her
- Montana tells Paul that Lassiter's stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars; he just smiles
- Chloe tells Terese there's a personal matter she needs to be aware of
- Terese sits down with a worried- looking Glen