- Shane asks Toadie if he can advise Grant on his work cover claim
- Shane suggests loaning Grant money, but Dipi says not behind Mackenzie's back
- Mackenzie gets a friend request from Grant
- Dipi admits to Toadie that they don't know if Grant's ready to accept Mackenzie
- Aaron calls on Shane Jenek, AKA Courtney Act, to compère Pride as a favour to Chloe
- Toadie admits that Dee doubts their future if he can't accept her seeing Heather
- Dee and Toadie split up, unable to agree over her visits to Heather
- Dee asks Heather about her birth father, but doesn't get very far
- Heather admits to Karl she knows the father's name, and asks for his help to find him
Karl is still with Heather, and concerned that she lied to Dee about her father.
KARL: Heather, Dee is your biggest advocate. You owe her honesty.
HEATHER: Yeah, but I didn't want to put her through any more pain - not after what she's already gone through because of me. Anyway, who knows what her dad's like now, or if he's even alive?
KARL: What was he like when you knew him?
HEATHER: Well, I can't really say I did know him. I mean, way back then, all the faces just kind of blur together.
KARL: Uh-huh. But you know his name?
HEATHER: Yeah, Pete. Pete Wilson.
KARL: Okay. That's not a particularly distinctive name.
However, Heather does know that a year before Andrea and Dee were born, this Pete had a bike accident and broke his leg - so she wondered if Karl could track down his medical records.
HEATHER: I just don't want Dee to find out anything that might hurt her. Please, what do you reckon?
KARL: ... I can do a little digging. But I won't do anything unethical. And I won't keep this from Dee.
HEATHER: No. I'm just trying to protect her.
KARL: Yeah, she's been through enough, okay? She doesn't need any more lies. We owe her respect, which is why I have to pass this information on to her.
HEATHER: No, please!
KARL: Yes! It's the best thing. Trust me. How I proceed will be Dee's decision.
Toadie comes in, and gets a hug from Shane; he and Dipi have heard from Susan about Toadie's break-up with Dee. Dipi admits she was thinking of dropping in to check on Dee later; Toadie encourages this, saying she'll need her friends right now.
TOADIE: It's no-one's fault. We just came across a wall we couldn't find a way to clear.
DIPI: Not ever?
As Toadie goes to his room, Grant and Mackenzie come in, back from lunch at the tram. Dipi tells Mackenzie that Lassiter's has booked Courtney Act for Pride.
GRANT: Pride? Pr-pride in what?
MACKENZIE: Oh. It's a celebration of queer culture. Courtney's a drag queen - she's been on RuPaul's Drag Race and everything. She's a huge deal.
But Grant couldn't look more uncomfortable.
MACKENZIE: Everyone's welcome at Pride. It's totally inclusive.
DIPI: We're all going.
GRANT (unenthusiastic): Sounds... nice.
Mackenzie can sense Grant's discomfort. She heads back to school for the afternoon. Dipi looks annoyed at Grant.
Bea, Elly, Susan and Dee are having a coffee outside Harold's, when Karl shows up. He tells them he's been to see Heather in prison and that there's been a development. Elly and Bea make themselves scarce while Karl talks to Dee and Susan.
KARL: It seems Heather hasn't been completely honest with you.
Erinsborough High School
Mackenzie is chatting to Hendrix and Harlow about her dad. She says things are 'not awful' between them, and concedes he's trying.
MACKENZIE: But I feel like we're only fine if we stick to the right conversational lane - trivial stuff like movies, school (...) We spent a good half an hour on his football team (...) But whenever anything bigger comes up, like me having a boyfriend, or Pride...
HENDRIX: What did he do?
MACKENZIE: Nothing. He just went weird. Both times, I couldn't tell if he just didn't want to know, or he was trying to get his head around it (...) Now that he's here, there's no question - I want him in my life. But... I want him to care about the things that are important to me, to support them.
HARLOW: To support you.
MACKENZIE: I don't want to spend every second freaked out that I'm gonna scare him away.
Toadie and Grant are having a meeting about Grant's WorkSafe claim, while Shane and Dipi linger nearby. Shane has to head to work; and Toadie broaches the topic of whether Grant will return to work with his old employer if the claim is successful. He admits he hasn't thought about it; he's been too distracted by the pain.
DIPI: But you've thought about how you're gonna earn a living if the WorkSafe stuff doesn't go your way?
GRANT: I think you're mistaking me for a bloke that likes to plan things.
Dipi looks unimpressed. Grant tells her he's sure he'll figure something out.
DIPI: I'm sure you will.
Karl tells Susan and Dee that he's told Heather he will search the public record for evidence of Dee's father Pete, but only if Dee agrees.
DEE: Yeah. It's just a lot to take in.
SUSAN: Well, this doesn't have to go any further, Dee.
KARL: No, no. Totally your call.
Dee's trying to process the fact that Heather pretended not to remember anything about her father. Karl explains that Heather seemed to be trying to weigh up what would be best for Dee.
SUSAN: Funny how we can still be surprised to find out that Heather's kept another secret.
At this point, Toadie turns up and overhears. He immediately goes off on one when he learns Heather's been withholding information about her dad.
TOADIE: Come on, you can see what's going on here, can't you? (...) Heather is using information to control you. It is manipulative, it is deceptive, and I can't be the only one who thinks that.
DEE: This is why we broke up, Toadie. This.
She gets up to leave.
TOADIE: Please, Dee, I love you so much. Too much to let Heather stuff you around.
DEE: But not enough to trust my judgement.
TOADIE: Please, can you just listen to me?
DEE: No, no, no - I've heard enough. You keep your opinions to yourself. You don't get a say in this anymore.
Upset and hurt, Dee walks away from him.
Shortly afterwards, Dee reconvenes with the Kennedys. She apologises for them having to see her bust-up with Toadie; they all acknowledge it's a tricky situation. Susan asks how Dee wants to proceed with her father.
DEE: I just... want to know the whole story, of where I came from. I think I need to follow this lead, wherever it takes me.
Dee tells Karl she's not expecting him to help, but he says it's a big task for her to undertake on her own. Susan looks a bit put out. Dee goes to get started on her search. Karl asks Susan what she thinks about him helping to search for Dee's father, as it could get a faster result.
SUSAN: True. It's also gonna mean a lot more interaction with Heather. And I think we've both learnt how dangerous it can be to let someone like that into our lives.
KARL: Sure. But as I said to Dee, I really do think Heather's above board.
SUSAN: Karl, I would never try and stop you from helping someone, but... if I'm honest, yeah, the thought of it worries me.
Erinsborough High School
Susan catches up with Mackenzie for their scheduled meeting (on a bench outside the building!) Susan explains she and Mackenzie's teachers have come up with a plan to help her finish Year 12 alongside her gender confirmation surgery.
Mackenzie reminds Susan that she has two possible dates pencilled in, one of which is in a couple of weeks, but isn't sure which one she is going for. Susan says they can give her project extensions to cover her for the week she's in hospital, and several teachers are offering extra tuition.
SUSAN: There's no pressure, none at all. We just want you to know that, if and when you choose a date, we're all ready to go.
Mackenzie is silent, and looks anxious.
SUSAN: Are you worried about the idea of maybe doing it so soon?
MACKENZIE: It's a lot to juggle, isn't it?
SUSAN: We've all got your back.
MACKENZIE: It's not just that. Suddenly, Dad's back in the mix.
SUSAN: Yeah. Yeah, I'd heard.
MACKENZIE: It just makes everything... muddy. Like I have to manage his feelings as well, help him through it. Maybe... maybe I just push back the op. Go for the later date.
SUSAN: Would that make you feel better?
MACKENZIE: ... I've waited eighteen years to feel comfortable with myself. I need that more than anything.
SUSAN: I think that's your answer. We all just want to help you get there.
Karl is filling in Bea and Elly on the search for Dee's dad.
BEA: But Dee's biological father could be a loser! Worse, he could be a bad guy.
KARL: Yeah. It would be inviting uncertainty back into our lives.
He concedes that Susan is worried about this. Elly opines that Toadie wouldn't be thrilled either. Karl says he wants to help because he knows the peace that can come from finding your father later in life.
BEA: Karl, no.
ELLY: Where are your priorities - helping Dee find her long-lost rellies, or focusing on your marriage?
KARL: Well, I can do both. If Susan didn't want me to do it, she would've said so.
BEA: But that's Susan. She wants everyone to be happy. You just said she's uncomfortable with it, so read between the lines.
ELLY: Dee can take the lead on her own. If you've got that much time and energy spare, then put it into your wife.
KARL: ... Yeah. Yeah, you're right. You're absolutely right.
Susan is filling in Shane and Dipi on her chat with Mackenzie. She's a little concerned as Mackenzie seems to have 'the weight of the world on her shoulders'.
SUSAN: I know the operation's very important, and no-one wants to see her delay finishing school. But if something's got to give...
Shane says Mackenzie wants to finish school at the same time as her friends. Susan wants the same, but says it's a lot of pressure, especially with Grant's presence adding to it. Shane thanks Susan for keeping them updated, and Susan leaves.
Dipi tells Shane they need to step in if Grant's adding pressure on Mackenzie, but Shane says they can't ask him to leave as he's 'on his backside'. Dipi points out that he flew here and is getting physio, so must have some money. Shane shiftily suggests they focus on Mackenzie, not Grant.
Shane walks off, and from a distance, Dipi sees a silent, anxious Mackenzie hanging out with a laughing Harlow and Hendrix. She looks concerned.
Dee is looking up people named Peter Wilson on social media. Meanwhile, nearby, Toadie is talking to Grant about his WorkSafe claim - the paperwork is all lodged, he says, so now they just wait. Grant buys him a coffee as thanks.
As Toadie leaves, he stops to talk to Dee about their run-in this morning. But she stops him, curtly saying it's fine. Toadie awkwardly leaves.
Dipi, who is working, asks for a word with Grant.
DIPI: I can't tiptoe around this any more; I need a straight answer.
GRANT: Okay, sure.
DIPI: Do you really want to fix things with your daughter, or are you just here for the free legal advice?
GRANT: Whoa. You weren't kidding!
DIPI: Well, unlike you, I take my responsibility for Mackenzie seriously.
GRANT: Hey, that's not fair.
DIPI: When she mentioned Pride, you could barely look at her. What is your plan, anyway? Once WorkSafe's sorted, are you bailing? As the person who will have to pick up the pieces, I have the right to know whether you intend to break your daughter's heart again.
Karl is reporting back to Heather. He explains that Dee understood her reasons for withholding information on her dad; she just needs time before feeling she can visit Heather herself again.
HEATHER: Well, I can't complain. She's the most forgiving of my daughters. I was actually bracing myself for much worse.
KARL: Well, ultimately, she was glad to get the information.
Karl tells Heather he won't be involved in the search for Pete Wilson himself.
KARL: Someone else needs my full attention.
HEATHER: Oh. So, how far do you reckon Dee'll get, searching by herself?
KARL: Peter Wilson's a very generic name. Short of illegally accessing medical records, I'm afraid it's a long shot.
Toadie is moaning to Shane about Heather's continued involvement in Dee's life; he's convinced these latest lies are part of some kind of long con.
As Toadie leaves, Harlow and Hendrix turn up - they want to have a word with Shane about Grant.
HARLOW: Don't you think it'd be great for Mackenzie if he came to Pride?
HENDRIX: We thought maybe you could give him a nudge to go?
HARLOW: Yeah. And he's already come all this way to hang out with her, so it'd show that he's for real.
HENDRIX: Yeah. Dude might even learn something.
SHANE: You're good friends, to be looking out for Mackenzie like this.
Shane says he'll see how it goes with Grant.
Meanwhile, Dipi has taken Grant for a further chat around the back of the café.
GRANT: Look, I know you're worried about Mackenzie. But I'm here now spending time with her. Doesn't that count for anything?
DIPI: Well, that depends. Would you have come at all if you didn't need help with your WorkSafe case?
GRANT: Well, maybe not.
DIPI: So legal problems forced you to show up and play nice.
GRANT: And I'm glad they did. I said to Shane, the accident made me stop and think. Having time with Mackenzie, it's important.
DIPI: Then why are you still holding back from her?
GRANT: I'm trying to get my head around her change. It's not easy.
DIPI: It really is!
GRANT: You lot are better at it. I can't just flip a switch and be okay. But I want to be. I'm really trying.
Toadie's with Nell and Hugo; Hugo's having a check-up. They run into Dee in the corridor, and Nell gives her a big hug. Nell says she's written a story about Dee, and wants to give it to her this evening.
Dee looks awkward and says she can't come round this evening, but will come and look at it soon. It's awkward for Toadie too, but he says she can come over any time.
As Toadie and the kids leave, Dee goes over to the reception desk, looks around furtively, then logs onto the National Patient Database. She begins searching for 'PETER WILSON', but then changes her mind and deletes what she's typed, aware it's illegal and unethical.
In the garden, Karl tells Susan, Elly and Bea that Heather took his decision not to get involved with the search reasonably well - adding to Susan that he 'had a bit of sense knocked into me', implying, by Elly and Bea. He then suggests to Susan that they take the holiday they've been talking about straight away.
Susan's hesitant, thinking Elly might need them around. But Elly says she feels she's really turned a corner, and encourages them to go. Elly and Bea hear Aster crying on the baby monitor, and go inside to attend to her.
KARL: They're in a better place. It's time for us. Why don't we take a trip around Australia? I've checked - there's some great last-minute fares available. We could leave next week.
SUSAN: You're serious?
KARL: Yes! I think we need this. We need time to relax, and refocus on us.
SUSAN: Sounds very indulgent!
KARL: It's also very necessary. We can go somewhere else if you like. We'll work it out together.
SUSAN: No, no. A trip around Australia sounds perfect.
She touches him affectionately, and smiles.
Shane updates Dipi on Toadie's latest fall-out with Dee. He says it's made him see clearly that they were wrong to keep secrets from Mackenzie.
DIPI: We can only hope it doesn't backfire. Grant might just make this work.
SHANE: Yeah. In the spirit of not keeping secrets - I know you're gonna be upset... but I have to tell you that the reason Grant is here and doing all the physio is because I lent him two and a half grand.
DIPI: ... Are you serious? ... And to think I was ready to buy his sob story. So convincing.
SHANE: Because he means it.
DIPI: Because he sees us as an ATM.
SHANE: No, he doesn't. He's putting in an effort - you said so yourself. He's making all this time for Mackenzie.
DIPI: He didn't want a bar of her until he hit the jackpot! And he's only making an effort now to keep you sweet. We agreed you wouldn't loan him any money.
SHANE: I know, and I'm sorry. But he'll pay us back once his WorkSafe claim comes through.
DIPI: That's not the point. You went behind my back after we spoke about this numerous times. Do you even care what this could do to Mackenzie?
SHANE: The most important thing for Mackenzie is to mend things with her dad.
DIPI: If she finds out about this, they'll be back to square one and she'll never trust her father again. That'll be on you.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Elly advises Chloe to try and work through it. 'What if we can't?' she asks
- Susan tells Toadie he needs some distance so he can move on
- Toadie sees Dee laughing and chatting with another man, and looks jealous
- Kyle tells Roxy, 'I broke up with Jess because I can't stop thinking about you'
- Sheila and Ned are in drag with Courtney Act at the Pride event
- Sheila wants to do a drag double act with Ned every week!
- Courtney Act, Mackenzie, Chloe, Aaron and David pose for a Pride photo