- Wendy tries to make amends with the residents for the damage Sadie caused prior to moving to Ramsay Street
- But Hendrix is feeling the effects of Sadie's actions as his lung condition causes breathing problems
- Paul tells Chloe to do the OH&S report, but she says he should've done it already
- Barbara admits to Kiri that she had an affair with Glen, resulting in her pregnancy with Kiri
- Glen insists to Barbara that he never intended to tell Kiri, but she reminds him he promised to keep away
- Later, Terese tells Barbara that Glen 'didn't do this single- handedly'
- Glen tells Kiri he did what he thought was right
- Barbara gets a call from her husband Alan, and tells Kiri someone at the vineyard told him the truth
- Kiri assumes Glen is to blame, and angrily accuses him of destroying her family
Just two days on from the last change, the titles are updated again. After the existing Harlow, Hendrix and Mackenzie shot, there's a fresh shot featuring three new additions outside Harold's - the Rodwell family, Andrew (Lloyd Will), Sadie (Emerald Chan) and Wendy (Candice Leask).
We pick up where we left off, as Kiri and Barbara remain convinced that Glen has told Alan the truth about being Kiri's biological father. Leo asks if they're sure that's what happened; and at this point, Terese emerges from the building.
TERESE: Is there a problem?
GLEN: Someone spoke to Alan and filled him in. And it wasn't me.
TERESE (to Barbara): ... You... you said you were going to talk to him?
BARBARA: I was. When I could see him face-to-face.
TERESE: Well, I... I actually spoke to him. The phone was ringing inside, and there was no-one around, so I... I picked it up. He said he was looking for you, Kiri. He said that you were in pain.
BARBARA: He thought she had a broken leg! Why would you tell him?!
TERESE: I'm sorry, I... I didn't realise. I just assumed that that was the call that you made earlier. I'm really sorry - I was just trying to help.
Kiri leads a distraught Barbara away.
Andrew Rodwell is moving packing boxes into the Cannings' old house, and brings them into the kitchen where Wendy and Sadie are busy unpacking. Sadie tells Andrew she found their old golf gear and suggests they go for a game, which he seems keen on - but Wendy says they need to prioritise the unpacking.
Wendy tells them she's going to invite the neighbours to a barbecue lunch tomorrow, and asks Andrew to deliver some invitations. A nervous Sadie objects, but Wendy tells her it will be fine.
WENDY: Listen, I know you're worried about us fitting in, so we need to break the ice - you know, push through the awkwardness straight away. I already gave out the gifts last week.
SADIE: You know Hendrix and Zara still hate me, and so does everyone else.
WENDY: No, they will get over it if we show them how much we want to be part of this community.
Sadie sulks off to her room to unpack.
WENDY: We are doing everything we can to make it easier. What would be really good, is sorting things out with Zara. Do you think you could encourage the girls to talk? It would be so good if they could squash this thing before the barbecue tomorrow.
ANDREW: Well... if Zara's ready.
WENDY: You are a persuasive man! I'm sure you could talk a couple of teenagers around.
Andrew reluctantly agrees.
Chloe gives Paul the health and safety report he requested, but rather than thanking her, he asks her to come up and look at the printer in his office.
CHLOE: I shouldn't have had to do that report! I'm not your IT girl.
Paul whines and moans that he keeps getting error messages on the printer, but Chloe says she's supposed to be at home.
CHLOE: Kiri needs me. No thanks to you. And tomorrow is my day off, so can you please just find yourself another lackey?
PAUL (annoyed): Really? Well, your work ethic is duly noted.
Chloe looks frustrated as Paul walks off.
David is feeding Isla, while Aaron and Jane mill about in the kitchen. Nicolette comes in and reports that the Rodwells' removal truck has arrived; she thinks Wendy is a bit 'eager' inviting everyone to the barbecue. Jane explains that Wendy's trying to make an effort because of Sadie's involvement in the school fire. Evidently still fed up with Nicolette, David and Aaron take Isla for a bath.
NICOLETTE: That is the longest conversation I've had with them in ages.
JANE: They just need time, Nicolette.
NICOLETTE: Well, why are they being so infuriatingly polite? Can't they just shout at me - get it out of their system?
JANE: (...) I know you want to get this ironed out, and it is good that you are sorry, unlike Paul. But the boys - you just have to let them deal with their feelings in their own way.
NICOLETTE (unenthusiastic): Great.
Terese is apologising to Glen about having inadvertently told Alan about Glen being Kiri's real dad. Glen says it wasn't her fault, and that he doesn't blame her.
GLEN: I'd have made a much bigger mess of this situation without you. It's probably a good thing it's out in the open now.
TERESE: Do you think? I just hope I haven't made it harder for you and Kiri.
GLEN: We'll just have to wait and see.
Glen hugs Terese, and tells her 'what will be, will be'.
Kiri and Barbara are in the sunroom. Kiri suggests Barbara book a flight to go and make things right with Alan. Barbara asks if Kiri is still coming with her.
KIRI: I think it might be better if it was just the two of you (...) Things just keep getting worse and worse. I need some time. Can you tell Dad that?
BARBARA: I just don't want to leave you on your own.
KIRI: Please, Mum. There's just so much more that we haven't even spoken about yet. I'm not ready. And I've got people here, like Chloe.
BARBARA: I'm only a phone call away. Have you decided if you're going to talk with Glen yet?
KIRI: I'm gonna have to eventually, aren't I? I just - I feel bad for being so harsh.
BARBARA: It's not your fault. He and I are to blame for all of this.
KIRI: Do you think I should speak to him?
BARBARA: ... That's up to you.
Susan is cooking while Mackenzie looks at an invitation the Kennedys have had to the Rodwells' barbecue.
MACKENZIE: They couldn't wait one day until they forced themselves on everyone?
SUSAN: I know, this is tough for Hendrix.
Susan suggests they don't tell Hendrix about the barbecue so as to avoid upsetting him; Mackenzie could take him somewhere else for the day tomorrow, to take the pressure off. At this point, Hendrix comes in, and asks what they were talking about. Susan makes an excuse, but then Wendy calls round.
Susan tries to get rid of her, saying they're just about to have dinner. But Wendy starts talking about ideas for the barbecue tomorrow, wondering if she should make a pavlova. Keen for Hendrix not to catch on about the barbecue, Susan asks Wendy if they can talk about this later. Having ascertained what night the bins are collected, Wendy eventually leaves. Hendrix and Mackenzie look annoyed.
MACKENZIE: She could've just looked it up.
SUSAN: I know, I know. But she's gone now, so just, you know - try not to think about it.
David, Jane and Aaron are quietly reading, while Nicolette simmers in the kitchen, struggling with the atmosphere in the house.
NICOLETTE: I thought it could be really nice if we all went to the barbecue together tomorrow?
DAVID: ... Let's decide that in the morning.
NICOLETTE: Oh, come on, you've got to give me more than that.
NICOLETTE: No, it is driving me crazy! I'm gonna say something. Guys! This is death by politeness! I mean, I know you're mad at me. Can't you just give me a serve so we can move on?
AARON: What's the point?
NICOLETTE: Family harmony?
DAVID: No, he means, what's the point of working ourselves up when it has no effect?
AARON: Nic, you're just like Paul. Like, you do what you do for your own reasons, and then you don't think about anyone else until it's too late. Then you come back begging for forgiveness.
DAVID: We might as well save our breath.
NICOLETTE: I am nothing like Paul. I never meant to hurt anyone, especially Kiri!
DAVID: Dad never means to either.
But Jane isn't in the mood to comment, so Nicolette walks out.
Toadie, Amy and Zara are at home, when Andrew calls around with a nervous Sadie in tow. Andrew asks if they got the invitation to the Rodwells' barbecue; Amy makes excuses as to why they haven't replied yet, saying they're trying to coordinate their calendars to see if they can make it.
ANDREW: Okay, well, in case you do, we thought it might be a good idea for the girls to say hello again first, just to save any awkwardness tomorrow for everyone. Wendy said she spoke to you earlier last week, and she got the impression we could move past this?
AMY (to Zara): Yeah, yeah, we don't want any animosity, do we, darling?
ANDREW: Well, why don't I leave you girls to talk? You may as well, now that you're here.
Zara and Sadie both look like it's the last thing they want to do, and stare at one another awkwardly for a sustained period.
SADIE (upset): You know, actually, I'm fine. I'm gonna go.
Sadie rushes out. Andrew apologises, before following her.
ZARA: Does he think that just cos now he's our neighbour, it fixes everything?
AMY: Well, darling, don't you think that you could just try and sort it out?
ZARA: Hendrix and Mackenzie would never forgive me if I started hanging out with Sadie.
AMY: Okay, well, the Rodwells are here to stay, and everyone just has to deal with that. And ignoring them is just gonna make everyone miserable.
Harold's Caf é
The next day, Kiri and Barbara are with Chloe at a table for breakfast. Barbara again asks Kiri if she wants to change her mind and come with her, but Kiri is sure she's staying put. Chloe gets a message from Paul, who's still having printer problems and wants Chloe to come and put his report onto a slide deck for him. It's her day off, so Chloe decides she's staying, expressing frustration at Paul's treatment of her.
CHLOE: I have tried pushing back and it's gotten me precisely nowhere. He couldn't care less about me complaining.
KIRI: Maybe you need to complain a bit louder.
Paul has just walked in. Barbara considers giving him both barrels for his interference with Glen and Kiri, but decides it can wait. But Chloe goes over to talk to Paul.
CHLOE: Paul, about that slide deck...
PAUL: Yeah, now would be ideal.
CHLOE: Get someone else to do it. I tried to tell you this yesterday, but hear me now - I mean it. I'm not working on my time off.
PAUL: I need it for HR!
CHLOE: That is my boundary, and you should respect it. Because I am not your pushover.
Chloe returns to her table. Barbara and Kiri look impressed.
Hendrix is with Nicolette in the street when Wendy approaches, greeting them. Hendrix can't deal with it and walks off - Nicolette makes the excuse to Wendy that he's late for work. Wendy asks if she can pick up a cake from Harold's for the barbecue later, as she's run out of eggs to make her pavlova. Nicolette says she'll put one aside for her - and then sees Glen and Terese approaching, so rushes off.
Wendy goes to greet Glen and Terese, asking if they're coming to the barbecue. Terese says they'd love to, but have quite a lot going on. Andrew appears alongside Wendy, who asks if she can do anything to help with what Terese and Glen have going on. Glen thanks her, but says there isn't, and he and Terese walk off.
WENDY: They're the only ones who said they definitely aren't coming, so that's a good sign.
ANDREW: Maybe we should lower our expectations. Things didn't go so well with Zara last night, and we haven't heard from the Kennedys.
WENDY: It'll be fine. They know how hard we're trying.
Terese and Glen encounter Kiri and Barbara as they head home. Terese apologises to Barbara again for dropping her in it with her husband.
BARBARA: It's not your fault. Misunderstandings happen.
TERESE: Well, I hope he hears you out.
GLEN: Have a safe trip.
BARBARA (to Glen): I suppose I've been a bit hard on you. Terese pointed out what you've been going through.
GLEN: I'm not trying to make excuses for anything.
BARBARA: But it must've been hard to keep it to yourself for all those years. I can see that. I had Kiri, and you didn't.
GLEN: Thanks. Yeah.
KIRI (to Glen): I'm sorry for yelling at you yesterday.
GLEN: That's fine. Don't even worry about me.
Conversation dries up until the taxi pulls up. Barbara hugs Kiri and promises to let her know how it goes with Alan, then gets in and drives away.
GLEN (to Kiri): I don't suppose you feel like going for a coffee?
KIRI: ... No. Not yet.
Kiri heads indoors.
Harold's Caf é
Paul is sitting at a table. He looks at his phone; there are four messages from Jim from maintenance. Paul sighs and turns his phone off, then looks pensive.
Amy and Zara are at another table, when Sadie walks in. She sees them, and quickly walks over to the drinks fridge.
AMY (to Zara): You know, you felt sorry for Aubrey, and Sadie was just her little minion. Don't forget, she was the one that confessed.
Zara hesitates, then reluctantly gets up and goes over to talk to Sadie.
SADIE: You know you don't have to talk to me. Dad was an idiot last night.
ZARA: Mum's being pretty annoying about it, too.
Amy smiles as she listens in.
ZARA: So, how are you going?
SADIE: Weird. You know, just moved to a new school, got counselling, and I just moved near everyone who got hurt by the fire.
ZARA: ... I spoke to Aubrey.
ZARA: She's having a pretty hard time right now. And believe it or not, she's not all evil.
SADIE: Well, if she's not, then, am I?
ZARA: ... No. And, look, you were the one who confessed to everything. I don't want to be besties or anything, but we can say hi.
SADIE (smiles): I'm just gonna be happy if no-one spits on me.
ZARA: Look, I wouldn't expect too much from Hendrix. He's still avoiding me.
SADIE: If you can talk to me and Aubrey, maybe he'll get past it too?
Zara looks unsure.
Kiri thanks Chloe for coming with her, and they sit on a bench outside. Kiri gets a text from Alan, saying he's going to talk to Barbara - and that he loves Kiri unconditionally. But Kiri is worried about how Alan will cope with the news.
KIRI: It's almost harder for him; he's losing a daughter.
CHLOE: No, he's not.
Nicolette approaches, looking contrite.
NICOLETTE: I thought I'd find you here.
KIRI: Why are you here?
NICOLETTE: I just haven't had a chance to properly apologise.
CHLOE: If this is you trying to justify -
NICOLETTE: No, it's not. I'm not trying to make any excuses or justify myself. My meddling led to this, and even though it wasn't intentional, it doesn't make it any better. I'm so sorry, Kiri.
KIRI: Thank you. I appreciate it. Now, please leave me alone.
Nicolette looks sad, but walks away as requested.
Susan, Karl and Hendrix are at home, with Mackenzie, when Zara calls round.
HENDRIX: What do you want?
ZARA: Please, hear me out.
Karl tries to put Zara off, saying Hendrix and Mackenzie are going out.
ZARA: I'll just be one minute, and then I promise I'll stop showing up on your doorstep.
MACKENZIE: We need to go soon, or we're gonna be late.
ZARA (to Hendrix): Look, I got the message - you and I aren't gonna be friends again, I accept that. But I forgave Sadie and Aubrey for what they did to me, which is worse than what they did to you, in a way. I just feel like hanging onto grudges makes everything suck harder.
Visibly angry, Hendrix is struggling to bite his tongue.
ZARA: I hope you can feel like that too someday, and we can just move on from these bad feelings.
MACKENZIE: I'm glad you think it's so simple.
ZARA: Well, just because I've forgiven Sadie, doesn't mean we're gonna be close. And I'm not going to their barbecue with Mum and Toadie.
HENDRIX: What barbecue?
Karl, Susan and Mackenzie look uncomfortable, as Zara tells him about the plans for today.
HENDRIX: You all knew about this? You've been in some conspiracy to get me away, so I wouldn't find out?
HENDRIX: Is the whole street going, even after what Sadie did to me?
ZARA: She did worse to me.
HENDRIX (furious): No, she *didn't*, Zara! If I don't get new lungs, I die!
Zara looks horrified...
Zara rushes out of the Kennedys' house, followed by Mackenzie, Hendrix, Karl and Susan.
MACKENZIE: Zara, hey, don't tell anyone.
Next door, Toadie and Amy are emerging from No 30, on the way to the Rodwells' barbecue. Zara approaches them.
ZARA: Mum, we can't go to the barbecue.
AMY: What, why?
ZARA: It's... it's wrong.
Confused, Amy again asks why.
Wendy, Andrew and Sadie are setting up in preparation for the neighbours arriving. Wendy calls for a 'hands in' moment; Sadie evidently thinks it's daggy, but reluctantly participates, and the three of them join hands.
RODWELLS (all together): Go, team!
Amy is still looking for an explanation from Zara for not wanting them to go to the barbecue.
AMY: Is this because Hendrix is still angry at you?
ZARA: Yeah, and he's right. It's my fault, okay?!
Aaron, David and Jane emerge, also heading to the barbecue, and are surprised by all the furore. Amy shouts over to where Hendrix, Mackenzie, Karl and Susan are still standing.
AMY (to Hendrix): Hey, you know what? Upsetting her is not helping anybody.
MACKENZIE: Don't you dare put this on him!
Wendy is looking out of the window, concerned at the irate-looking neighbours gathering outside! She calls Andrew over to look.
The dispute continues.
AMY: I'm sorry, Mackenzie, but I am going to stick up for my daughter.
Sadie comes into the living room, wanting to know what Wendy and Andrew are looking at out of the window. Keen for Sadie not to see what's going on, Andrew asks her to take the salad outside to the garden and fire up the barbecue.
Zara tells Amy...
ZARA: Don't put this on Hendrix, he's suffering more than anyone!
HENDRIX: Can we please just... can we please -
But Hendrix begins to have another episode, and starts hyperventilating, then drops to his knees. Karl and Mackenzie go to help him. As Toadie comes over to check if Hendrix is okay, Andrew and Wendy emerge from No 26, asking if they can help.
WENDY: Team Rodwells to the rescue!
Sadie has rushed out too, and is horrified to see Hendrix on the floor, struggling for air.
MACKENZIE: You are the last people we need! Hendrix will die if he doesn't get a lung transplant, because of the fire *she* lit!
Mackenzie points furiously at Sadie. Everyone looks horrified as Hendrix continues to cough on the ground.
Coming up on Neighbours
- David asks a drowsy- looking Harlow if she's feeling okay; Corey replies for her, saying she's a bit tired
- David tells Aaron that Corey is 'clinging to' Harlow 'like a bad smell', and thinks it's weird
- Andrew and Wendy try to reassure Sadie that they'll get through this, but Sadie says she can't live here
- Zara is convinced that Hendrix's condition is her fault, despite Amy's reassurances