- Harlow upset when Prue chose The Order over her
- Hendrix apologising to Harlow for the 'cat toy' prank
- Lisa coming to visit Hendrix
- Hendrix discovering the truth about Lisa's arrangement with Pierce
Pierce chases Hendrix outside, wanting to explain himself, but Hendrix is in no mood to listen. Pierce understands his son is angry, but he says they're still family and nothing has changed between them. Hendrix is outraged Pierce wants to "play the family card" reminding his dad you don't keep whoppers of secrets like that from your family. Pierce promises his son nothing but the truth from now on, but it's too little too late for Hendrix.
Lisa tells Chloe she thought she was doing the right thing by finally telling the truth, but Chloe knows this will reset the progress between Hendrix and Pierce.
LISA: Hendrix says you understand him. I'm not sure that I do.
CHLOE: I wouldn't say that, we've just seen a lot of each other recently.
LISA: What he did with your photo was unacceptable.
CHLOE: Yeah it was.
LISA: And yet here you are worried about him.
CHLOE: He's only a kid.
Lisa thanks Chloe, while Chloe hopes they can just rebuild the trust now she's Hendrix's stepmum.
LISA: I hope I haven't scared you off having your own kids one day.
CHLOE: Pierce and I haven't even had that talk yet.
LISA: Are you planning to?
CHLOE: Actually there are some pretty big obstacles in the way of that for me.
LISA: Such as?
CHLOE: Have you heard of Huntington's disease?
Harlow is on her laptop out in the back room when Paul and Terese join her. Terese is gloating about Paul's birthday celebrations turning out to be a success when they notice how quiet Harlow is. Harlow is feeling sad because her mum still hasn't responded to the emails she's been sending and admits she's missing Prue. Terese and Paul take pity on her.
Number 28 Backyard
The Kennedys have been filled in on what happened at #24 and Hendrix says he hates his parents. He knew something was up when he first arrived in Erinsborough and Pierce suddenly wanted to be father of the year.
HENDRIX: (upset) He sold me and my sister. I mean, who does that? Who does that? All I wanted growing up was a dad. I always felt like it was my fault.
Karl and Susan are full of sympathy for the teen and quickly assure him it's not his fault. But then Hendrix says he knows who is really to blame - his mum pushed his dad away, but Pierce let her.
HENDRIX: He took the cash and he walked. How does that conversation even go? How do you decide to abandon your kids?
Number 22 Backyard
Cut to Paul standing alone in the backyard, looking pensively at the plant from Robert in the garden. Terese strolls outside with Gary in tow, making Paul's day even more.
GARY: Morning... Happy birthday and all that.
PAUL: Oh beautifully put, Gary. Like poetry.
Terese says she's asked Gary over in case he's more "in the know" about Prue's whereabouts. Paul snarks there's a first time for everything, but Gary apologises to Terese and says he hasn't heard a peep from her since she left. He adds that The Order don't allow their members to have contact with the outside world. Paul says he wouldn't be surprised if Prue hasn't even received Harlow's emails, but Terese says to keep that thought to himself. "It's the one hope she's clinging on to." Gary then recalls that The Order changes their phone number regularly to avoid being hacked.
Chloe hovers in the background while Pierce and Lisa have it out about the truth bomb that's just been detonated. Lisa wants to see Hendrix but Pierce won't allow it, he's not letting her call all the shots anymore.
LISA: Do you really think today is the day to put your foot down?
PIERCE: No, I should have done it seventeen years ago.
Chloe intervenes and suggests they all take a breath, but Lisa's not done.
LISA: I regret now that you weren't involved in Hendrix's life.
PIERCE: Because you made it incredibly hard for me to see the kids when I wanted to.
LISA: But it's not fair of you to play the victim. I might have offered you an out but you're the one who chose to take it.
PIERCE: You're right, I did. But I can't get those moments back, and I am not making the same mistake. We did it your way now we do it mine.
He tells Lisa she needs to give Hendrix space.
Number 28 Backyard
Karl places a sandwich in front of Hendrix but the teen says he's not hungry. Susan says it's going to take time for Hendrix to wrap his head around everything and Karl says there's no rush. Hendrix thinks that's good because he doesn't even want to look at his parents right now.
SUSAN: Since you've been back in your dad's life he's come to both of us for parenting advice. He really does have your best interests at heart.
KARL: He was prepared to miss his own wedding to track you down.
SUSAN: Yes, and your mum obviously loves you.
HENDRIX: Funny way of showing it.
KARL: Well, parenting is a never-ending learning curve.
HENDRIX: So I should just let them off the hook?
KARL: Not entirely. Consider this, Pierce was eighteen when he had you. That's one year older than you are now. If you got someone pregnant would you be ready to be a father?
From the look on Hendrix's face, the answer is no. Karl adds that Pierce was probably just in over his head and made a decision he shouldn't have. But he's carried a photo of Hendrix around in his wallet ever since. Hendrix points out that Pierce wasn't forced into the deal and doesn't understand why his dad didn't get out of it. Susan says that's something Hendrix is going to have to ask Pierce.
Paul and Terese overhear Lisa put an order on the Greyson tab and discover she's Hendrix's mother. They make their introductions and Lisa remembers that Hendrix worked at Lassiters for a short while. Paul says 'work' is an overstatement, but Terese is more diplomatic and labels him an "enthusiastic contributor".
LISA: Whatever that's code for I appreciate your attempt at discretion.
PAUL: (he registers her surname from earlier) Hang on, Rowsthorn... The Rowsthorn group is that yours?
LISA: Yeah, you know your hedge funds. I sometimes think it's easier to wrangle investors than children.
PAUL: Well showing up is half the parenting apparently, not that I was ever very good at it.
LISA: I spent most of my childhood waiting for my father to come home. I thought I'd save my kids that, turns out I'm adept at messing up in other ways.
TERESE: Well things often seem worse than they actually are.
LISA: I kept my company afloat during the GFC; sometimes things really are worse.
She gets her coffee and leaves. Paul and Terese swap a curious look over Lisa's confessions.
Gary finds Harlow and stops to chat, despite Harlow claiming she's not the best company right now. He lets her know he's spoken to Terese and thought it might help if he tried to contact Prue for Harlow.
HARLOW: What, you think you'd have a better chance than me?
GARY: No... I mean yes, but not because she cares more. It's just that I've spent quite a bit of time talking to her about The Order.
GARY: Yeah and I thought if I tried to talk to her about them it might make her realise that she needs to make contact with you.
Harlow thanks him but doesn't want Gary to contact her mum under false pretences. She also doesn't want him to risk getting more involved with The Order. Harlow thinks she just needs to accept the fact she's never going to be as important to Prue as The Order is. Gary looks sad that she's given up hope.
Over near the hotel, Terese listens in as Paul is put on hold multiple times while he's trying to speak with The Order after tracking down a number. He's extremely frustrated when he finally speaks to someone about talking to Prue, only to be hung up on. Apparently he must "respect he solitude required" for The Order's program. Terese thinks there has to be something else they can do but Paul doesn't think they should.
PAUL: Even if we do contact Prue she's not going to leave The Order, is she? So are we just setting Harlow up for more pain?
TERESE: So what, you want Prue to just stay away?
PAUL: What I want is what's best for Harlow. The more I think about it the less sure I am that Prue fits the bill. She's manipulated her, she's lied to her and deserted her, that's Prue's doing that's not the cult.
Back near Harold's, Harlow finds Hendrix and says hello but he's pretty quiet. Harlow hopes it's not because of his apology last night, joking that it might have been the first time she's actually been able to stand him. Hendrix sarcastically thanks her so Harlow asks if something else happened with his mum. Conflicted, Hendrix starts to explain but then Harlow says he doesn't have to tell her if he doesn't want to.
HENDRIX: The person I wish I could talk to about it is Chloe. She'd get it, she always does.
HARLOW: You really have to get over that whole thing, Hendrix.
HENDRIX: ... You know about what happened with Chloe?
HARLOW: You've been staying at the Kennedys for ages; I mean it does not take rocket science to connect the dots.
HENDRIX: (embarrassed) I guess I should thank you for not rubbing it in my face. I've been trying to keep it on the DL and fix things.
HARLOW: I don't see trying, I see pining self-pity. You know, maybe if you actually committed to the family set-up with your dad and Chloe you might actually get somewhere.
HENDRIX: I'm not really feeling another lecture today, Harlow. Parents mean well, blah, blah, blah.
HARLOW: Hey, preach. I mean you are talking to the girl with a mum in a cult and a dad in prison. Families are hard, I know. I wish they weren't.
HENDRIX: (gently teasing) This is my crisis not yours. (Harlow gives a short laugh) I don't know what to do.
HARLOW: You have parents who are here and trying. Don't take that for granted. You need to put in the effort too.
This gives Hendrix food for thought.
Chloe wonders why Lisa wanted to tell Hendrix the truth all of a sudden. Pierce says it's because of Hendrix's chat with Lisa, but Chloe guesses Hendrix has said a bunch of similar things over the years. So why now? Pierce says that Lisa always has an objective and nothing is by chance. Chloe doesn't understand what her objective is though this time, and neither does Pierce: "But it better not affect Hendrix." He gets a text message from Susan who wants them to come over.
Number 28 Backyard
Chloe and Pierce join Susan, Karl and Hendrix outside. Pierce begins to say something but Susan steps in and tells him to let Hendrix speak first. Hendrix says he thinks he wants to move back home. Pierce initially thinks he means back to Sydney and looks gutted, but is pleased when he realises Hendrix means #24.
HENDRIX: (to Chloe) But only if that's okay.
CHLOE: Uh... I have reservations for obvious reasons. I know you're sorry about the photo but my issue is with trust.
HENDRIX: I get it.
CHLOE: There would have to be clear boundaries.
HENDRIX: Yeah for sure, of course.
Chloe also can't help but wonder about Hendrix's 'feelings' but Hendrix says she doesn't need to worry; it's not going to be a problem.
CHLOE: Right, well, you don't enter our room, you don't touch my things, you respect me and my space.
Hendrix says he will and is pleased when Chloe gives her blessing. Pierce asks his son if he's sure it's what he really wants and Hendrix nods. "You want us to be a family, you can't do that if we don't live like one." Hendrix smiles at Karl and Susan and says they must be relieved he's going. They laugh and Karl says he'll be missed - his midnight raids on the fridge not so much. Susan pats him on the back and says he's made a very mature decision. Hendrix then asks Pierce if they can have a proper chat later.
Terese and Paul banter over a game of chess while Harlow answers a knock at the door. It's Gary, who has been mulling over Harlow's admission that she believes Prue prefers The Order over her own daughter. Gary knows that's not true. In the short time Gary knew Prue he says she couldn't stop talking about Harlow. In fact, there's a video on Roxy's Instagram of Harlow and Prue having fun on the dance machine that Prue used to show him all the time.
GARY: Whenever she saw you she just lit up.
HARLOW: Yeah, we had so much fun. But she still left so...
GARY: Yeah but look how many views that video has had. I'll bet most of them are your mum so whether she's in contact or not, the love is there.
Chloe and Pierce help Hendrix bring all his luggage home. Hendrix thanks them again for letting him back but Chloe says it's a fresh start for them all. Hendrix takes his dad aside for that chat he promised earlier while Chloe busies herself in the kitchen.
HENDRIX: You were young when you walked away, I get that. But why did you stay away?
PIERCE: Well, for a long time I told myself I was doing the best thing for you and your sister. Now I realise that I was just hiding behind that.
HENDRIX: So what's the truth then?
PIERCE: I was way too immature and scared to be a dad. That made it so much easier for your mum to shut me out and for me not to fight as hard as I should have. I'm so sorry.
HENDRIX: So mum spent all those years keeping you away from me because she thought you couldn't handle me? Why did she end up changing her mind?
Pierce has no clue, but over the past few months he's realised what he's missed not being in his son's life. He's so lucky to have Hendrix in his life now. Hendrix smiles and takes his bags into his room. Chloe looks happy the boys have cleared the air. She answers a knock at the door to Lisa, who is worried about Hendrix not returning her calls. Lisa then discovers Hendrix has moved back in and claims it's brilliant news.
HENDRIX: Dad's explained his side but I want to hear why you finally decided it was okay for me to live with him.
LISA: You ran away.
HENDRIX: Yeah but you let me stay. Why?
LISA: (awkward) We don't need to go into all that, this should be a celebration.
HENDRIX: Dad's been honest, mum.
LISA: Come on; let's just move forward shall we?
HENDRIX: Dad and I are good, but us? We're not even close to being okay.
Lisa looks upset by Hendrix's admission.
Harlow has enjoyed her lunch with Terese and Paul. She says that Gary showing her the video of her and her mum made her feel better. Things might work out with her mum in the future but for now, she's just going to enjoy the family she does have. Terese and Paul are chuffed. Terese heads to the bar to order more coffees and finds Gary having a drink by himself. She thanks Gary for helping Harlow, but Gary knows what it was like for Xanthe when Brooke wasn't around but she's thriving now.
Lisa tells Pierce and Chloe she deserves Hendrix's wrath. Chloe doesn't understand why Lisa didn't just answer her son's question but Lisa replies she didn't see the point rehashing what has already happened. He needs to move on.
PIERCE: He needs honesty from both of us. So do I: why tell him now?
LISA: It had to be done for Hendrix's sake.
PIERCE: If you want to repair your relationship with him you need to be totally honest. Or else you can forget about him ever wanting anything to do with you.
LISA: I really have messed everything up haven't I? I thought I had to be honest with Hendrix to get us all on the same page so that... Doesn't matter.
PIERCE: So that what?
LISA: This really doesn't feel like the right time.
PIERCE: Stop trying to manage us, Lisa.
LISA: (finally giving in) When I allowed Hendrix to stay here it wasn't just because he was getting into trouble. There was another part of my life I needed to focus on. Remember when Alana was conceived we froze multiple embryos?
PIERCE: In case you ever wanted to have another child.
Chloe's eyes widen - she has a bad feeling where this is heading. Pierce eventually clicks too.
PIERCE: Surely too much time has passed!
LISA: It hasn't. I want another baby - and I want it to be yours, Pierce.
Pierce and Chloe can't believe their ears.