- Estelle tells Terese they've both been used by Paul; Terese says it isn't the same and asks her to leave
- Glen is becoming reliant on prescription medication and hiding it from Terese
- In Hendrix's hospital room, Toadie tells a grieving Mackenzie it's time to say goodbye
- In a video made with Zara before he died, Hendrix tells Mackenzie he loves her
- Harlow supports Mackenzie, and is devastated that she didn't get to say goodbye to Hendrix
- Toadie tells Melanie she was perfect with Nell explaining about Hendrix's death
- Toadie finds himself asking Melanie to marry him
We pick up where we left off, as Melanie reels from Toadie's surprise proposal.
MELANIE: Where is this coming from? Marriage has never been on the cards for us.
TOADIE: Well, don't *we* get to decide what's on our cards? I love you. And I want to be with you forever, or for however long we've both got.
MELANIE: And I want to be with you for that long, too. But...
At this point, Amy wanders in looking for her keys, and sees Toadie and Mel looking tense.
AMY: What's happened?
TOADIE: Well, hopefully *not* nothing.
AMY: Okay... uh... so, I'll go.
Amy heads out again.
TOADIE: So, uh, back to the original question then...
A grief-stricken Chloe is watching Hendrix's video.
HENDRIX: I'm being an idiot. In a few months' time, we are going to be living the dream in a brand new apartment. And maybe one day, I'll even show you this video for a bit of a laugh.
He blows a kiss at the camera, and Chloe is tearful, but dries her eyes as Mackenzie comes in on the phone. She's talking to her dad Grant, who by the sound of it is coming to visit again next week. Mackenzie sees the video on the laptop.
MACKENZIE: You watched it?
CHLOE: ... I don't know what to say.
MACKENZIE: ... I need to start planning his memorials. Pierce has started planning the family one in Sydney, so...
CHLOE: I can help you sort the local one.
MACKENZIE: Yeah. I wanna help plan both of them, and I'm gonna go to both of them, too.
CHLOE: But Hendrix said he wants everyone to pick one or the other.
MACKENZIE: He said he wanted a party by the lake in Erinsborough, so I'm gonna... I'm gonna spread his ashes there. And he said I'd know the perfect spot up in Sydney, which is... which is where he proposed.
Chloe says she'll get started with catering and music.
CHLOE: Consider me your footsoldier.
They hold hands.
Melanie is in the sunroom when Toadie comes in.
TOADIE: I know it's not up there with the most romantic proposal ever.
MELANIE: It was... beautiful.
TOADIE: I can do it again.
MELANIE: No need.
TOADIE: I'm sensing that there's not a 'yes' coming any time soon.
MELANIE: ... You're grieving.
TOADIE: That doesn't mean that my feelings for you are any less genuine.
MELANIE: I know you love me! How could you not, I'm adorable!
TOADIE: Yes. Yes, you are. I never thought that I would want to get married again - but I do. To you. It feels right.
MELANIE: That means a lot.
TOADIE: But it's still a 'no'.
MELANIE: It's a... 'not yet'. But I do have a counter-proposal.
Terese is just finishing up a call to her daughter Piper, when Glen comes in. Glen acknowledges that Terese must be struggling right now in the aftermath of Hendrix's death; and she admits she's got her late son Josh very much on her mind, saying she would give anything to call him right now, and tell him how much she loves him. She admits she feels empty sometimes with her other kids not being close.
For his part, Glen says he's fighting the urge to check in on Kiri; it's great having her around but it's hard for him to keep his distance. He's also not relishing the prospect of going back to work today for the first time after his injury, via The 82 for a coffee, saying he's got to stay on top of things with Leo being away in Wollongong.
Terese kisses Glen goodbye, and some documents get dropped on the floor as she passes him his bag. He picks them up and puts them back inside - where we also see three bottles of prescription pills. Glen heads to work.
Glen is walking towards the tram for his coffee, when he sees Estelle sitting outside with a suitcase. A staff member, Viv Young, comes out to give Estelle her bill - but the moment she goes inside, Estelle grabs her case and runs off down Power Road, leaving the bill unpaid. Viv is about to call the police, but Glen asks her not to, saying he'll pay Estelle's bill along with his coffee order.
Mackenzie and Chloe are organising the memorial, when Nicolette comes over and asks how things are going. Mackenzie says they need to sort out food.
NICOLETTE: What have you got in mind?
MACKENZIE: Not me, Hendrix.
CHLOE: He wanted his world-famous hash browns. All you can eat.
NICOLETTE: Of course he did.
Nicolette offers to provide these for the memorial. Mackenzie seems unsure, saying they need to be exactly like Hendrix made them - and wanting to be certain that Nicolette is familiar with the recipe and method. Nicolette insists she's seen Hendrix do it many times at work.
NICOLETTE: I promise you, I will do him proud.
MACKENZIE: Okay, thanks, Nic.
Glen is sitting on a bench near the tram, preparing to ring Terese and tell her about seeing Estelle. Estelle herself is lingering further up Power Road, looking in the direction of the tram. Seeing what she's looking at, Glen retrieves a pocket mirror decorated with seashells that he realises Estelle must have dropped by the tram, before heading over and giving it back to her.
ESTELLE: Thank you. Terese made it for me, when she was in kindergarten.
GLEN: I paid your bill.
ESTELLE: ... I'm sorry. I know I shouldn't have taken off like that.
GLEN: Why did you, then?
ESTELLE: I don't have any money.
GLEN: I thought you would've pawned that bracelet.
ESTELLE: I was going to. But it was stolen from the hostel where I was staying. I'm broke. I know you don't believe me, but I was hungry. What was I supposed to do?
GLEN: Do you have to go back there tonight?
ESTELLE: No. I don't feel safe there; but I'll sort something else out. Thanks for paying my bill.
Amy comes in and finds Toadie and Melanie in the living room, with Nell and Hugo. They have some 'good news' for her.
NELL: Melanie's moving in!
Amy looks like she's feigning delight, assuming that as a result, she and Zara are getting her marching orders. Toadie and Mel reassure her that she and Zara don't need to move out just because Mel's moving in; however, Amy still doesn't look thrilled.
Mackenzie comes in, and asks if Amy and Mel can provide the drinks van for Hendrix's memorial, to provide cocktails, as Hendrix wanted a party.
MELANIE: Maybe we could create a new one in his honour?
MACKENZIE (smiling): Yeah, he would've loved that.
Amy tells Mackenzie to give them a couple of hours, then come back to do a taste-test. She agrees, and leaves.
AMY: Well, she seemed pretty, umm, focused. I guess she just wants to be across everything, right?
MELANIE: Which is why we have to come up with the perfect cocktail. Let's do this.
Terese is checking in with Jane and Nicolette (David and Aaron are still on holiday with Isla). Terese asks Jane if she's seen Susan; Jane hasn't, saying the Kennedys probably just need some space right now. But we learn that Nicolette is selflessly cooking dinner for the Kennedys, as Levi is working late. Jane asks Terese how things are going with Estelle.
TERESE: It all just came to a head. There was no other option but for her to leave.
JANE: I've had similar issues with my mother. Have you heard from Estelle at all?
TERESE: I don't even know where she is.
JANE: With friends, maybe?
TERESE: I don't think she's got any in the area, and I really doubt she could afford a hotel. My god, that sounds so bad saying it aloud. But you know what? I was on the phone to my girls this morning. I can't imagine what it'd be like if one of them threw me out and I had nowhere to go.
JANE: Well, I can't imagine you doing anything that would deserve that.
TERESE: Yeah. No, I gave her enough chances. But she always found some new, messed-up way to blow it.
NICOLETTE: Well, maybe kicking her out is the kick in the backside she needs to finally change.
Amy and Melanie are having a cocktail-making montage. They've respectively produced one bright green concoction, and another bright blue, and are having a bit of friendly competition over which one they should go with. Melanie thinks they should ask Mackenzie which she prefers; Amy's unsure, as Mackenzie has so much on her mind right now, but eventually agrees she should have the final say.
Glen has brought Estelle to the vineyard as a place for her to stay the night, but there are strict conditions - she has to be out of here by the time Kiri arrives each morning, and will have to hide the bedding so that nobody knows she's been staying here. Glen gives her a bus pass that was in lost property to help her get back and forth from town.
ESTELLE: Why are you helping me?
GLEN: Because I've been where you are. I slept here when I was trying to sort myself out.
ESTELLE: I don't even know where to start with sorting myself out. I just need Terese to forgive me.
GLEN: That's a big ask.
ESTELLE: I know. Which is why I was hoping you'd be able to help.
GLEN: I am helping.
ESTELLE: I mean, talk to her.
GLEN: Absolutely not!
ESTELLE: I want to fix this. I wouldn't ask if I wasn't desperate. Please.
Mackenzie has arrived for the cocktail tasting. She gets a message from Pierce, saying the Sydney memorial for Hendrix is locked in for the 21st - the only day they could get a permit for the location. Mackenzie doesn't even taste the cocktails, saying they look great and that they should have both, which pleases both Amy and Melanie.
Chloe comes in, with good news; she's managed to secure one of Hendrix's all-time favourites, 'DJ Pax Smiley' for the Erinsborough memorial - however, there's a catch, as the only day the DJ can do in the next few months is the 21st. Upset, Mackenzie explains the Sydney memorial is booked on the 21st.
CHLOE: Oh... umm, well, we will just have to find another DJ.
MACKENZIE (agitated): No, no, no - it has to be them! It has to be perfect! And I have to go to both!
Later, in the sunroom, Toadie and Amy are discussing dinner plans when Melanie comes in with a box of moving-in possessions - her porcelain pig collection (and associated piggy paraphernalia), otherwise known as her 'babies'! Amy doesn't look very keen on all the pigs, and is even less amused when Melanie thrusts a pig-themed apron onto her to wear while she's cooking dinner.
Amy takes a huge swig of a cocktail as Toadie and Mel, doing her trademark laugh, head indoors...
Chloe and Mackenzie talk about the memorial clash; Mackenzie says the Sydney one can't be changed, as the location - the spot where they got engaged - is only available on the 21st.
MACKENZIE: What if I booked a flight, so I can be there and back for both?
CHLOE: You'd never make it back.
MACKENZIE (frantic): No, I might - I might!
CHLOE: I know how much you want this to be perfect. And it will be. But not if you burn yourself out trying. I think there's a reason Hendrix asked everyone to just choose one memorial.
Mackenzie nods tearfully.
MACKENZIE: They both represent such important parts of his life. Chloe, I don't want to miss out on either.
Chloe looks worried as Mackenzie walks off.
No 32 / The Vineyard
Terese is having a cuppa with Jane when Glen turns up. Terese explains she's been offloading her issues with Estelle onto Jane. Glen doesn't mention he's given Estelle a place to stay at the vineyard, where we see her wandering around the bar and helping herself to drinks, as Glen and Terese's dialogue is overlaid.
GLEN: And, umm, where are you sitting with that?
TERESE: To be honest, I'm not exactly sure.
GLEN: Do you think you'll ever get to a place where you might want to talk to her again?
TERESE: No. My mother has drained me. I just don't have the room or the energy for her anymore.
At the vineyard, Estelle is sitting in the office, and idly opening the drawers of the desk. She finds one of them is locked, and looks curious. Back at No 32...
TERESE: But I made the right decision for me, and I just need to accept it and move on.
Glen looks nervous.
TERESE: What, do you think I'm wrong?
GLEN: Oh, no, no. Erm, I just realised how right you are. You know your mother better than anyone else.
At the vineyard, Estelle forces the locked desk drawer, and is shocked to find Glen's stash of strong painkillers, complete with prescriptions for more. She looks intrigued.
Mackenzie is wrapped in a blanket, watching Hendrix's video again.
HENDRIX (on video): 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.
Chloe comes in.
CHLOE: How are you doing?
MACKENZIE: I've been so hung up on getting every detail exactly right, that I... I forgot about the bigger picture.
CHLOE: Completely understandable.
MACKENZIE: I've made a decision. I'm gonna go to Sydney. I just hope that's where he would've wanted me.
CHLOE: Maybe it's not about the where. Maybe it's about the when. It's lovely that everyone is gonna be celebrating Hendrix's life at the same time, no matter where they are. And I'll take care of everything here at this end. Make sure it all runs like clockwork.
MACKENZIE: Thank you.
Chloe hugs her.
The next morning, Glen arrives, and finds Estelle sitting at a table outside.
ESTELLE: I need to tell you something.
GLEN: So do I. I can't help you with Terese.
ESTELLE: Why not?
GLEN: I have to respect her decision. She did what she did for a good reason.
ESTELLE: You don't think everyone deserves a second chance?
GLEN: I'm not gonna lie to her anymore. I'm gonna tell her you're staying here, and she'll want you gone immediately.
ESTELLE: Glen - you of all people understand my situation.
GLEN: She's not in a good place right now!
ESTELLE: And I want to fix it. That's all I'm asking. If you don't help me...
GLEN: I can't! If I tried, I'd be betraying her; and... I'm not gonna do that again.
ESTELLE: ... I know you're back on the pills, Glen. Found your stash in the office.
GLEN: You broke into a locked drawer?
ESTELLE: A few minutes ago, I was sorry I did. But I need to be in my daughter's life. So... I'll keep your secret, as long as you help me do it. If not, all bets are off.
Glen looks worried.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Glen tells Terese he thinks she should see Estelle; Terese says that's never going to happen
- But later, Terese turns up at the vineyard, telling Estelle she's only here at Glen's request
- Andrew wants to wipe the spyware on Harlow's phone, but she says the sting's only been going a few days
- Harlow gets a message from Corey, saying, 'I'm so sorry about Hendrix'