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Neighbours Episode 8868 from 2022 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 8868
Australian airdate: 04/07/22
UK airdate: 14/06/22
Writer: Shane Isheev
Director: Tony Osicka (VicScreen Director Attachment: Harry Lloyd)
Guests: Pierce Greyson: Tim Robards
Lisa Rowsthorn: Jane Allsop
Music:
Summary/Images by: Carly/Graham
Previously
- Hendrix telling his family he loves them before the surgery
- Mac finding out that Hendrix's immune system is attacking the donor lungs
- Hendrix tearfully telling Mackenzie there's nothing the doctor can do
- Susan and Karl saying their goodbyes to Hendrix
- Hendrix having a final moment with Chloe
- Mackenzie telling Hendrix he doesn't need to be strong for them
- Mackenzie, Pierce and Lisa by Hendrix's beside as he passes away
Erinsborough Hospital
Pierce sits silently outside on a bench. Nearby, Susan notices a butterfly on a tree. She says to Karl that Hendrix was being so strong, but she wishes she told him he didn't have to be brave. Lisa joins Pierce and lets him know that her parents are looking out for Alana. Susan turns back to the tree and is distraught when she realises the butterfly has flown away.
Inside, Mackenzie is sobbing on top of Hendrix's body, refusing to leave him. Chloe and Toadie tearfully watch this unfold from the corridor, but Toadie knows they have to try and encourage her to go. Toadie sits across from the bed and gently tells Mackenzie that it's time to say goodbye. "No," Mac steadfastly replies, but Toadie says they're going to take Hendrix's body away soon.
MACKENZIE: (heartbroken) No, I won't let them.
TOADIE: Sweetheart he's not here anymore.
MACKENZIE: Don't say that.
TOADIE: I know it sounds harsh but it's true.
Crying, Mackenzie allows herself to glance up at Hendrix. She caresses his face and kisses him on the lips. Toadie and Chloe are trying to hold it together as Mackenzie nods that she's okay to go. Toadie takes her hand and leads her out of the room with Chloe.
Number 28
Susan and Karl arrive home, not quite knowing what to do with themselves. When Levi appears from the hallway, Susan bursts into tears and hugs him. All she wanted was for Hendrix to walk out. Karl is overcome with emotion and holds Susan close as she cries her heart out.
Lassiters Complex
Kiri finds Nicolette sitting outside the cafe and asks how she's holding up. Nic says every time she walks into the kitchen she bursts into tears. "It's terrifying how life can change in an instant," she says. "I mean, is Hendrix dying meant to mean something?" Kiri asks if Nicolette's looking for a spiritual take, but Nic just wants any answers she can get. Unfortunately, Kiri doesn't have any, all she knows is losing someone is horrible whether you have faith or not. They notice Pierce sitting alone outside the pub and Kiri says someone should be with him. Nicolette knows Pierce wouldn't want her there, but she'll call someone.
Number 24
Harlow wraps her arms around Mackenzie. "I keep trying to tell myself it must be a mistake," she cries, which nearly sets Mackenzie off again. Mac tells Harlow, Chloe, Freya and Toadie that she's going to head to bed and walks out. Harlow feels like a terrible friend for not being able to be strong for Mackenzie, but Toadie reminds her she's allowed to feel upset too. Toad thinks he should head off as well, and Chloe thanks him for everything he did today. "Can you please tell me what you need?" Freya asks Chloe, holding her hand. "I wish I knew," Chloe sadly replies.
Number 30
When Toadie walks in, Mel says she's put the kids to bed but they should still be awake if he wants to see them. "But before you do that," she adds, holding her arms out. Toadie melts into her embrace and allows himself a moment to cry. "Thank you," Toadie says, as they hold each other tight.
MELANIE: How's Mac?
TOADIE: She's shattered.
MELANIE: At least you could be there for her.
TOADIE: Only because you were here holding the fort.
MELANIE: I had the easy job.
TOADIE: Doesn't make it any less important.
Amy appears from the sunroom in tears and gives Toadie a hug. He asks how Zara's coping, but Amy says she's not doing well. Zara then emerges from the hallway and says she needs to tell them something.
ZARA: Hendrix asked me to do him a favour.
AMY: What sort of favour?
ZARA: I don't think I can go through with it.
The Waterhole Exterior
Terese sits at the table with Pierce and says Nicolette thought he could use a friendly ear, which surprises him. Terese then tells him when Josh died it felt like the whole world had stopped.
PIERCE: You weren't absent most of your son's life. I still had so much to make up for with Hendrix, and I was stupid enough to think that I had plenty of time to do it.
TERESE: Your relationship with Hendrix in the end was good. There was love and there was respect. You need to hang onto that.
Lisa approaches and Terese offers her condolences. "Mum called, she's worried about Alana," Lisa says. She wants to comfort her daughter but she's torn on whether to leave or not. Pierce encourages her to be with Alana while he stays in Erinsborough with Hendrix. Lisa worries about Pierce being alone, but he assures her he'll be fine.
Number 26
Wendy has broken the news to Sadie, who has a lot of questions, but Wendy only knows the gist of things from the text Jane sent her. "This is my fault," Sadie says, distressed. "I killed him!" Wendy holds onto her daughter while she cries.
Number 24
The next morning Mackenzie is wide awake as she lies on the couch. Chloe and Freya don't realise she's there while they make coffee in the kitchen. Chloe asks if Freya got any sleep, and Freya says she managed a few hours but kept thinking yesterday was just a nightmare. They freeze when Mackenzie sits up and makes herself known, but she says they can keep talking. Chloe checks on her and Mackenzie says she's been thinking about how her dad doesn't know what happened yet. Chloe offers to call him, and Freya answers the door to Harlow, who has brought breakfast for everyone. "I promise I won't be a blubbering mess today," Harlow says with a sad smile. "It's okay," Mackenzie replies, but she doesn't want any food and curls up on the couch again.
Number 30
Amy knows why Hendrix did what he did, but it's a lot for Zara to cope with. "I don't think Hendrix thought that she would actually have to go through with it," Toadie points out. Melanie cleans the kitchen and wonders when they're going to tell Hendrix's family, but Amy says it's up to Zara. Mel then says she better get the kids ready for school, and won't hear any of Toadie's protests as she's happy to do it. She crosses paths with Zara, who collects her iPad and says she wants to get Hendrix's favour "over and done with". Amy offers to come with her, but before they leave Chloe calls in looking sheepish.
CHLOE: Sorry to interrupt. I told Mac that I'd tell Grant about Hendrix.
TOADIE: Do you want his number?
CHLOE: I have it. It's just when I went to call-
TOADIE: (understanding) You want me to do it?
CHLOE: Thanks.
AMY: How is Mac this morning?
CHLOE: She's pretty fragile. Why, what's going on?
Number 28
Turns out that Hendrix got Zara to film a video of him with his last wishes in case he didn't make it through the operation. Mackenzie, Susan and Karl watch the iPad footage of Hendrix in Number 30's sunroom. Zara and Amy are also watching. On the screen, Hendrix tells them he wanted to make the video to save them all from any guesswork.
HENDRIX: I want to be cremated. Can you imagine Hendrix Greyson stuck in a box for the rest of his life? Me neither. Actually, dad, if you want to fork out the big bucks I'm happy to be blasted into space. Plan B is I want to be half scattered in Erinsborough and the other half in Sydney. Mackenzie will know the perfect spots to do it. I want my Erinsborough send- off to be a party! I am talking DJ, dancing, everybody munching on hash browns and nobody is allowed to wear black, please! Bright colours only.
Mackenzie, Susan and Karl smile through their tears.
HENDRIX: I know a party won't be on the cards for you guys up in Sydney, but please try not to make it a complete downer. I have a reputation to uphold. And no one go to both. It'll be hard enough getting through one so just take your pick.
The camera zooms in on Hendrix's face.
HENDRIX: Obviously I don't know how things ended, or if I got a chance to tell you how I feel. Karl and Susan, the words ‘thank you' will never be enough. My family were stuck with me, they didn't have a choice. But you did, and you chose to love me. And that blows my mind.
Karl and Susan struggle to fight back their tears.
HENDRIX: Mackenzie, I love you.
Mackenzie mouths the sentiment back to him, hanging onto his every word.
HENDRIX: More than anything else. I'm sorry you didn't get your ever after. (He fidgets with his wedding ring and takes a deep breath, composing himself) I'm being an idiot. I'm being an idiot! In a few months' time we are going to be living the dream in our brand new apartment. Maybe one day I'll even show you this video for a bit of a laugh.
He blows them all a kiss goodbye. Everyone is devastated.
Lassiters Complex
Kiri doesn't understand why Chloe didn't join everyone to watch Hendrix's video. Chloe thought his family should see it first. When Kiri reminds her she's also his family, Chloe admits that she's not ready to see it yet.
KIRI: Look, I know you want to be there for Mackenzie but you've got to look after yourself too.
CHLOE: It must be hard not going to church when something like this happens.
KIRI: Yeah it is.
Over by Lassiters Hotel, Lisa is on the phone to Alana. Lisa is incredibly sorry that Alana wasn't there for Hendrix - her and Pierce thought they were doing the right thing leaving Alana in Sydney. The phone call ends, and Lisa is immediately bombarded by Sadie (with Wendy chasing after her), saying she's the one to blame for Hendrix dying.
SADIE: Hendrix was sick because of the fire we started. And I'm so sorry, I just wanted you to know. I'm never going to forgive myself.
LISA: Is that supposed to make me feel better somehow? You've taken my son! My beautiful boy!
She grabs Sadie's shoulders and shakes her before Terese intervenes. Wendy snatches her daughter away and leaves. "Stupid girl," Lisa whimpers, half angry, half utterly overwhelmed. She gets into the taxi and departs for the airport.
Number 28 Backyard
When Pierce finishes watching Hendrix's video, Susan, Karl and Mackenzie join him at the table. Pierce says he'll send a copy to Lisa, and she can watch it with Alana. "At least we don't have to guess," says Susan. "He was very clear about his wishes." Mackenzie looks upset with herself.
MACKENZIE: I tried to get him to open up. But he'd always pretend that he wasn't scared.
KARL: He was like that with all of us.
MACKENZIE: Just before his surgery he was finally ready to be honest, and what did I do? I stopped him. He wanted to talk to me and I selfishly wouldn't let him.
PIERCE: I'm sure it wasn't like that.
MACKENZIE: (crying) That's why we didn't have the conversation for so long, he knew that I couldn't handle it. So he had to make a stupid video instead.
Number 26
Terese has come to check on Wendy and Sadie. Wendy says Sadie won't come out of her room. She thinks Lisa was completely out of line earlier too. Terese diplomatically says Lisa did go too far, but what she needs right now is compassion. "Imagine how you'd react if you were in her shoes," Terese says. Wendy admits that a protective mother is capable of anything when it comes to her kids.
TERESE: Especially when there's grief involved.
WENDY: How much space do you think I should give Sadie?
TERESE: I'm not sure. Maybe as much as she needs.
WENDY: It goes against every instinct I have.
TERESE: Trust me, as long as she knows that you're here, when she's ready she'll come to you.
WENDY: It can't be that simple.
TERESE: Nothing's that simple when it comes to teenage daughters.
Number 30
Toadie is about to walk in from the sunroom when he overhears Nell having a conversation with Melanie, while Hugo plays on the couch. Nell wonders if Mackenzie believes in heaven, which Melanie thinks she does.
NELL: I hope Hendrix is there with mum.
MELANIE: Gosh, she won't be getting any peace and quiet then.
NELL: But he can cook for her.
MELANIE: All her favourite meals.
NELL: Is Mackenzie sad?
MELANIE: She is.
NELL: I'm sad too.
MELANIE: We all are. But do you remember what I told you?
NELL: (she pats her heart) Mumma's always here.
MELANIE: That's right. And now Hendrix is there too.
NELL: (content) Mum won't be lonely.
MELANIE: Definitely not.
Toadie smiles fondly at the bond between Melanie and Nell.
Number 24
Mackenzie quietly cries as she looks at her phone. She's paused Hendrix's video on the part where he's blowing a kiss and zooms in on the image. Harlow sits next to her and looks at Hendrix's smiling face. "I didn't get to say goodbye," she mourns. They envelope each other in a fierce hug and weep.
Number 30
Toadie cuddles Melanie and says she was perfect with Nell before. "She melted my heart," Mel replies. "And you melted mine," Toadie says softly. He kisses her, then rests his forehead against hers.
TOADIE: I love you.
MELANIE: That is such a relief because I love you too.
TOADIE: I've been reminded of too many cliches today. Life's too short, don't take your loved one for granted, everything happens for a reason. First comes love, and then comes marriage. (Melanie gives him a puzzled look). No I'm serious. Will you marry me?
Mel is stunned.
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