- Kyle putting a stop to hooking up with Roxy because of his grief
- Shane being accepted into an accelerated degree program at uni
- Shane wondering if the program will be too much of a strain on his marriage
- Paul warning Hendrix not to take advantage of Harlow while she's grieving
- Pierce telling Paul he's proud of the way his son has been supporting Harlow
- Harlow telling Paul he can't keep trying to control her
- Harlow making the decision to sleep with Hendrix
Hendrix finds Harlow putting her shoes on and says their time together was fun, but Harlow just gives brief "yeah" in return. He then offers her a drink or something to eat but Harlow's keen to go home. She's about to head out when Chloe and Pierce walk in. They make small talk and ask how Prue's memorial was. Hendrix then offers to walk Harlow home but she smiles politely, says no, and leaves. Pierce and Chloe look to Hendrix for a chat but he immediately says goodnight and goes to his room.
Dipi arrives too late for the wake and finds Shane cleaning up decorations. Shane mentions that Mackenzie's out the back helping Paul and Terese tidy up. Dipi asks if the gathering was sad but Shane says that Roxy kept everyone's spirits high and even managed to put a smile on Harlow's face. He then hesitantly tells Dipi about his great uni results and the place he's being offered in the accelerated degree program. Dipi's proud of him at first then becomes wary when he mentions the extra classes he'll be taking. Shane hopes they can sit down and talk about it later. Mackenzie walks in and asks the Rebecchis if Yashvi's home, but finds out Vi's busy with Ned. Mackenzie doesn't seem keen to be alone. When Harlow arrives home Mackenzie asks if she wants to see a movie with her or have a sleepover. But while Harlow's grateful for the support, she'd rather be alone tonight. Shane and Dipi offer to give Mackenzie a lift home but Mackenzie says she'll get an Uber.
The next morning, Mackenzie wakes up on the couch, still dressed in her clothes from last night. She looks sad and decides to ring her aunt, forgetting about the time difference between Victoria and Western Australia. Mackenzie lies to Trish when she asks how Paul and Terese are to live with, saying they're great. The lights suddenly shut off, which startles Mackenzie, but she plays it off as a bird flying into the window when Trish asks what's wrong. According to lonely Mackenzie, "everything's fine".
Kyle literally runs into Roxy after getting his coffee and looks quite awkward after their botched night together. He apologises to her and says he didn't mean to muck her around, but Roxy is understanding.
ROXY: You just lost your dad, I get it. Well actually, I mean, I can't understand what you're going through so don't apologise.
KYLE: I kinda led you on.
ROXY: We were drinking, we got carried away, that's it. I poured you a big glass of water, sent you to bed and left. Just two friends looking out for each other.
KYLE: I guess.
ROXY: (trying to be chipper) Because that's what we are.
ROXY: That's what you need right now. Right?
KYLE: Yeah, nah, that'd be good.
They both look like they want to say more but decide to leave it there.
Number 22 Backyard
Harlow sits with Terese and Roxy at the table and tells them she had sex with Hendrix last night. Paul appears in the doorway just in time to overhear and doesn't look pleased. Terese asks if everything was all right, and Roxy butts in, assuring her that first times are often thought to be "a little meh". But Harlow says it wasn't right and shouldn't have happened. Having eavesdropped on the bare minimum of the conversation, Paul decides to storm off to #24. The women are none the wiser and carry on with their talk.
TERESE: Did Hendrix do something to make you feel uncomfortable?
HARLOW: No he made sure I wanted to do it. He did everything right. I was pushing it.
ROXY: So you're sad because it was...
HARLOW: I did it because I thought it would help me block everything out. But it didn't. I think I freaked him out.
ROXY: You're grieving. Grieving people do crazy things. He'll get that.
TERESE: I know how much he cares.
Terese suggests she go and tell Hendrix everything she's just told them. Harlow looks troubled, knowing that Hendrix must be feeling so bad right now.
Chloe and Pierce are eating breakfast with Hendrix, trying to engage the quiet teen in some chat about how the memorial went, when their door practically gets bashed down. Pierce answers it to a livid-looking Paul, who makes a beeline for Hendrix.
PAUL: (raging) What did you do to my granddaughter?
PIERCE: Paul what the hell? What's this about?
PAUL: Your son forced himself on Harlow!
HENDRIX: (shocked) What? That isn't what happened.
PAUL: Oh yes it is. You took advantage of her didn't you?
PIERCE: You need to back off.
PAUL: What? Are you going to protect him now after what he's just done?
HENDRIX: I didn't do what you're saying!
PAUL: Oh really? Well she's over at my house right now and she's pretty damn distressed.
Hendrix immediately gets up to go and see if Harlow's okay, but Paul stops him, telling him he's never going anywhere near his granddaughter again. Chloe chimes in, asking if they could all "drop down a few decibels" to sort everything out, but Paul snaps that there isn't anything to sort out, "other than (Hendrix) knowing that he's going to regret ever touching my granddaughter." Hendrix looks wounded and Pierce has had enough of Paul, telling him to leave. Paul spits out a "you haven't heard the last of this" before he goes. A stunned silence descends over the house until Pierce tells Hendrix to start talking.
Terese walks with Harlow to #24, giving her moral support before she talks to Hendrix. But they're both stunned when they see Paul emerge from next-door.
PAUL: I heard what that creep did to you. He's not going to get away with it you know!
HARLOW: You mean Hendrix? He didn't do anything to me. What did you say to him?
PAUL: I told him to stay away from you. I can't believe that he tried it on when you were in such a state.
HARLOW: Are you serious?
TERESE: Paul, stop!
HARLOW: (angry) Nothing bad happened last night! And what did happen is between me and my boyfriend.
PAUL: Boyfriend?! Boyfriends do not have the right to take advantage of you, particularly when you are in such a vulnerable state. You know right after you got out of hospital he promised that he was going to keep his hands off you. And then he turns around and does the exact opposite!
Harlow looks upset and aggravated.
Pierce says he knows that Hendrix would never do what Paul said, which is a relief to the teen. But then Pierce can't help asking if there's any chance that Harlow might have felt pressured, even if Hendrix didn't mean it.
HENDRIX: I know about enthusiastic consent, dad. I swear there was no pressure.
PIERCE: Then what do you think was going on? Why do you think Harlow's upset?
HENDRIX: Something wasn't right when she left I could tell, but I wasn't going to force her to talk about it if she wasn't ready.
Hendrix wonders if he should try and see Harlow, but Pierce doesn't think it's a good idea if Paul's home. Luckily for Hendrix, Harlow has decided to come and talk to him. Pierce gives them privacy to chat.
HENDRIX: What's going on? Paul said you were upset.
HARLOW: I don't want you to think I regret anything, because I don't. I really wanted to do it, I just - I think I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I wanted to be someone different. Someone who hadn't just lost their mum.
HENDRIX: I should have said no.
HARLOW: No, if you had I probably would have felt worse. I'm sorry.
HENDRIX: Don't be. I'm just happy that you don't hate me.
Harlow leans in for a cuddle and says she could never hate him - her granddad on the other hand is a different story.
Shane chats with Dipi while she works, telling her he'll pick up Sunday shifts for the extra cash, but Dipi says that doesn't leave them with much of a weekend. She gets that he'll be qualified sooner and won't have an extra year of uni to contend with, but she's worried about their marriage. Shane understands but he's also really keen to do the program.
DIPI: I want this for you too, Shane. I do. But I don't want us to be ships that pass through the night. Is it worth it? That's all I'm asking.
Shane doesn't have any answers for her right now.
Chloe is chilling on the couch with Kyle and thanks him for the refuge: "Not sure how much I should be hearing about what my stepson got up to last night." Chat soon turns to yesterday's memorial and Chloe smirks when Kyle yammers on about how kind and lovely Roxy was towards Harlow all day.
CHLOE: (teasing) Really? Tell me more about how awesome Roxy is.
KYLE: Shut up!
CHLOE: Come on, I've seen the ongoing flirt fest. What's the deal?
KYLE: We hooked up.
CHLOE: On the island? (Kyle nods) Called it!
KYLE: It was supposed to be a one-off but we nearly did it again last night.
CHLOE: You didn't want to?
KYLE: I freaked out thinking about dad. And now she said that we should just be friends. And I'm not sure what I want.
CHLOE: You caught the feels.
KYLE: Yeah timing sucks, but.
CHLOE: I know all about sucky timing okay? So take a leaf out of my book.
KYLE: Hmm, ask her to marry me?
CHLOE: (sarcastic fake laughing) Ahahaha, no! Just be present in the here and now, don't worry about what it could mean. You like her and want to be around her, so just ask her on a date.
Kyle doesn't think Roxy would be up for it, but Chloe points out that if he never asks he'll never know.
Roxy is pleased to see Mackenzie and asks if she's "loving it sick" living alone. But Mackenzie admits that it's not all it's cracked up to be, especially since Richie's away at the moment with his parents for the holidays. She misses her boyfriend and she misses having her aunty around. Roxy says it's only for a couple more weeks, but Mackenzie replies that she forgot Trish would have the electricity shut off and that she'd have to pay for her own bills. Two things Roxy also forgot about.
ROXY: It's okay, we'll work it out. I've never done it before but I've heard people make budgets.
Mackenzie feels overwhelmed, though, not just because of the budget but because of things like food shopping. Shane, who has been playing pool in the background, looks up just in time to see Roxy hand Mackenzie a brown paper takeaway bag. Roxy says they're for a customer but she'll make up some story in the kitchen to get them replaced. Mackenzie is grateful and hugs her friend. Shane observes them in suspicion.
Number 22 Backyard
Paul is doing work on his laptop when Terese and Harlow approach him.
HARLOW: Well, you'll be glad to know that Hendrix has accepted your apology.
PAUL: (nonchalant) I didn't apologise.
HARLOW: I know, it was sarcastic.
PAUL: You can say that technically he didn't do anything wrong, but he still took advantage of you. I've never trusted him and this is precisely why!
HARLOW: You've never trusted him?
She tears up some of Paul's paperwork.
HARLOW: Oh, sorry, did I just interfere in your business?
She picks up a pen and scribbles on some different paperwork.
HARLOW: Actually, this needs a signature.
Terese hides a smirk while Paul snatches the pen and says he's had enough of the childish antics.
HARLOW: What? So I have no right to be angry? You told my boyfriend not to have sex with me. In what world is that okay?
PAUL: Harlow it is called protecting you.
HARLOW: No it's called controlling me! Which is exactly what you promised you wouldn't do.
PAUL: Sex is different. You're seventeen! And that makes you my responsibility.
HARLOW: No, I'm responsible for myself. And do you know what? I'm going to see Hendrix whether you like it or not.
She walks off. Paul sighs and looks to Terese for support, saying that they're going to have to keep "that boy" away from Harlow, no matter what it takes. But all he's met with is an intense, withering glare from his wife.
Mackenzie thanks Roxy again for the food but Roxy says she's quite happy to play Robin Hood. Although by how swish the apartment is decorated, Mackenzie's not exactly looking poor. But looks can be deceiving as Mackenzie says she'll have to get a job to pay for everything - the small allowance Trish gave her won't cut it. Roxy has another idea however and suggests that Mackenzie gets a roommate. Mackenzie asks if there's an app she can use and Roxy says she'll show her the best ones. There's a knock at the door and the girls are surprised to see Shane has come to visit.
SHANE: Didn't know you two were friends.
ROXY: Everyone's my friend.
SHANE: Also didn't know you were in the habit of giving away free food.
Roxy covers by saying that Trish is away for a few days and forgot to buy food before she left. Shane asks if Mackenzie's sure she's okay to be home alone, but Mackenzie says Trish has been on plenty of work trips before so she'll be fine. Shane buys their lie. He gently tells Roxy not to give away anymore food; if Mackenzie needs something to eat she can put it on his tab instead. "You know you can always come to me or Dipi for anything, anytime," he adds, which Mackenzie is grateful for.
Number 22/Number 22 Backyard
Kyle pops by to see if Roxy's home but Terese is the only one inside to greet him. She's bemused when Kyle splutters his way through an explanation of why he wants to see Roxy before abruptly leaving.
Terese goes outside to tell Paul about the "exceptionally bizarre visit from Kyle", but he's only half listening. His main focus is on Harlow, who is on the phone making arrangements to see her dad in prison that afternoon. When Harlow hangs up, she tells them she's going to catch the bus to the jail with Hendrix and will see them that evening. After Harlow leaves, Paul makes his feelings known about the situation.
PAUL: Fantastic. She's mad at me so she turns to him.
TERESE: Oh come on, she visits him every month. She was always going to go see him and talk to him about Prue.
PAUL: Yeah but do you think it's really a good idea that she's turning to Robert for support?
TERESE: Well it's probably better than the support she's getting at home right now.
PAUL: Come off it.
TERESE: No. The way you've handled things has been appalling. You need to apologise to Hendrix because what you're accusing him of is very serious. You need to admit that you got it wrong. Because if you don't you're just going to push her away for good.
Paul was rolling his eyes at first, but that last part looks as though it actually struck a chord with him.
Chloe sees Hendrix pack a bag of snacks and asks what it's for, nodding when Hendrix says he's off to see Harlow's dad with her soon. He goes to his room and Pierce asks Chloe if he should drive the teens to the jail, but Chloe figures they probably want some alone time. Plus it'd be best if they didn't do anything more to aggravate Paul. Speak of the devil, Paul stops by doing his best to appear contrite. Chloe invites him in but Pierce is silently fuming.
PAUL: I came to apologise to Hendrix.
PIERCE: You accused him of sexual assault! You're lucky we're not having this conversation with our lawyers.
PAUL: I know and I'm sorry. All I can say is that I misunderstood what Harlow was saying.
PIERCE: You didn't even talk to her. You didn't talk to either of them.
PAUL: Yeah. That was a mistake, which I'm here to own.
Chloe looks as though she might be accepting Paul's words, but Pierce is still very angry and gets up in Paul's face.
PIERCE: Yeah well I'll pass on your apology to Hendrix. And just so we're clear, if you ever accuse my son of doing something without proof again, you and I are going to have a problem.
Paul nods and accepts Pierce's words before slinking away back home.
Roxy's home this time when Kyle pops over. Terese listens from the kitchen when Kyle says he wanted to ask Roxy something.
KYLE: You know how we talked about the mates thing?
KYLE: Okay, well, I've been thinking... maybe we could go to dinner sometime?
KYLE: Really? Great! Just so we're clear I mean...
ROXY: I get it, I know. We're on the same page.
Kyle's like, 'okay, awesome' and says he'll get back to her with a time and place. After Kyle leaves, Terese asks what's going on between him and Roxy, but Roxy says absolutely nothing. They're just mates. Ahh good, wires still crossed then.
Shane and Dipi give Mackenzie a free lunch and ask if she wants to have dinner with them that night, but Mackenzie says she already has plans. She takes her food to a table. Dipi tells Shane she's thought things over and reckons he should do the course. Shane's stoked and Dipi apologises for raining on his parade earlier.
SHANE: Nah you were worried about it, I was too.
DIPI: As long as we go into it with our eyes open.
SHANE: We'll hit any problem on the head before it becomes a problem.
DIPI: We'll be fine.
Shane says he loves her and leans in for a hug. Over at Mackenzie's table she's on the phone. It appears she's found a housemate who can move in straight away, which pleases her. She asks them to spell out their name again for her and jots it down on a notepad. Mackenzie hangs up, relieved she's found an answer to her problem. But her problems appear to be just beginning. Because the name she jotted down on the notepad? It's Mannix.