- Nicolette and Audrey disagree over the morality of their lottery ticket theft from a dead patient
- Audrey volunteers both her and Nicolette to help Toadie with the Sonya Foundation
- Bea and Levi flirt during one of their training sessions
- David tells Bea it's obvious she likes Levi, but she's waiting for him to make the first move
- Sheila is feeling guilty over Levi's childhood attack
- Kyle encourages her to forgive herself, but Sheila doesn't think she can ever make it right
- Kyle has tracked down Packo, one of Levi's attackers, and wants him to face up to his actions
- Kyle calls Packo's workplace, asking for a consultation with him
Roxy raises with Sheila the possibility of a Canning family barbecue tonight. Sheila agrees, but seems distracted. Levi turns up, and asks if they've seen Kyle. Sheila says she hasn't seen him since he left to make a call; he didn't say what it was about. Levi has looked at the tram, and says Kyle isn't answering his phone. Roxy messages Kyle, asking where he is.
Sheila asks Levi if there's a possibility of him applying for the police weapons training scheme again, but Levi tells her it's 'dead in the water'. Meanwhile, Kyle has replied to Roxy, telling her he's in Frankston, but to keep it quiet. So Roxy tells Sheila and Levi that Kyle is at Buddy Club, and will be home late.
Richie presents Mackenzie with a paper rose for their first anniversary. She thinks it's sweet, and reflects on their year together. They recall their embroilment in the school siege, Mackenzie's surgery, and Richie inadvertently kickstarting Shane's drug habit.
MACKENZIE: I broke up with you over that.
RICHIE: I'm glad you took me back.
MACKENZIE: Me too.
RICHIE: So, how do you feel after a year?
MACKENZIE: I feel pretty good. Older. Smarter...
RICHIE: ... What about in other ways? Stuff that we decided was a no-go a while back?
MACKENZIE: What stuff? ... Oh.
RICHIE: No worries, if it's still not... I know when we first got together, you said that you weren't ready for anything physical.
MACKENZIE: I did.
RICHIE: That was a year ago. Things... may have changed.
MACKENZIE: You know, now you mention it, yeah - I think I am a little bit more open to that.
RICHIE: Okay. That's, uh... very good to know!
Nicolette remarks on the racket next door at No 30, which Aaron says is some kind of renovation and has been going on for days. Audrey turns up, and pointedly tells Nicolette she hasn't been answering her texts - so she's come to remind her in person that they've volunteered to help Toadie out with the Sonya Foundation clothes drive tomorrow.
Nicolette claims she can't do tomorrow, as she's helping Aaron and David with the spring-cleaning blitz before Jane moves in.
NICOLETTE: It's not fair for me to leave them to do it on their own.
AUDREY: It's also not fair if you make a commitment and then don't honour it.
Aaron says Nic should help at the clothes drive; they can clean up on their own. Nicolette responds with an extremely strained smile, and tells Audrey she'll see her there.
Levi is heading to bed as Kyle comes in. Kyle is about to concoct his own excuse to Sheila for his late homecoming - but Roxy intervenes, reiterating that he was at Buddy Club. While Sheila heats up Kyle's dinner, he and Kyle retreat to the living room, where he thanks her for covering for him. Kyle explains he's glad he met up with Packo, Levi's former attacker.
KYLE: It was weird seeing him again. He's changed.
ROXY: Yeah, of course he's changed. He was a teenager the last time he saw you.
KYLE: No, you don't get it, Rox. He was off the rails back then. He's totally turned his life around - I mean, he's actually a really nice guy.
ROXY: Did he remember what he did to Levi?
KYLE: He said he'd never forgot. And he said he always wanted to apologise for it?
ROXY: Really? I still don't think Levi will want to see him.
KYLE: I know that. That's why Packo's gonna write a letter first - you know, put the ball in Levi's court.
ROXY: Okay. It is something a reasonable person would do...
KYLE: I'm telling you, babe, this is good. It'll turn things around for Levi and Gran, a hundred percent.
Mackenzie comes in and finds Harlow studying at a table.
MACKENZIE: Richie wants to have sex.
HARLOW: Hmm. Good morning to you, too (!)
MACKENZIE: He brought it up yesterday, and I think he wants to do it soon.
HARLOW: Okay, well, what about you?
MACKENZIE: Well, we've been together for a year (...) I've had my surgery, I feel great, and I do love him.
HARLOW: Well, these are all really good things. And it sounds like you're talking honestly about it all (...) So you are doing a lot better than Hendrix and I did for our first time.
MACKENZIE (thoughtful): We are, aren't we...
HARLOW: Alright, no need to rub it in!
MACKENZIE: Oh, no, I... I just mean... I think I'm ready. And Richie and I are in exactly the place that we should be, before we... go to the next place.
HARLOW: Sounds like it's good to be you right now. I'm swinging between anger at Hendrix over the whole cheating thing, and total fear at the thought of him leaving town. Anyway, that's why I'm focusing on exams, so... no more boy talk, please.
MACKENZIE: I think I can manage that. For about twenty minutes.
HARLOW: I'll take it.
Toadie and Audrey have started sorting out donations from the clothes drive; Audrey apologises for Nicolette not having turned up yet, but Toadie is pleased with their progress. They chat about Toadie's future plans for the foundation, including his course and session ideas. Audrey seems keen on participating in all of them, but Toadie says they only have enough money for one programme.
Toadie explains he had a manager to help with fundraising and organising programmes, but she had to leave and he hasn't been able to fill the position. Audrey hesitates, and then suggests she could help out with that. Toadie says that would be amazing, and goes a little overboard calling her 'selfless' and 'one excellent individual'. Audrey smiles.
Harlow is still working, when David and Aaron come in, and ask how she's getting on with her exam revision; she says it's neverending. She asks after their IVF progress; David says he's been given the all-clear on his medical tests, and now they need to locate an egg donor.
Richie has come in, and as David and Aaron move off, Mackenzie rejoins Harlow from the bathroom. Harlow wishes her luck as she goes over to join Richie at another table.
RICHIE: I've been thinking about you.
MACKENZIE: Me too. About you, I mean.
There are smiles and awkward silence, until...
RICHIE: Is, umm... anyone home at yours?
MACKENZIE: What, now? Umm... no.
RICHIE: Right. Umm... Well, do you wanna... should we... should we go?
MACKENZIE: Let's go!
They smile, and hurry out of the café.
Nicolette has finally arrived to help with the clothes drive. Audrey looks unimpressed.
NICOLETTE: Smells like wet socks in here. Alright, let's get this over with.
AUDREY: Does everything have to be a joke to you?
NICOLETTE: I'm here, aren't I?
AUDREY: I'm serious, Nicolette.
NICOLETTE: Yeah, I know. That's your problem.
Audrey challenges Nicolette as to why she doesn't involve herself in charity. Nicolette says she's busy with work, life and her 'demanding mother'.
AUDREY: You could at least make a donation.
NICOLETTE: With what money? I'm broke. What is your problem? I'm getting sick and tired of you thinking you can control -
But at this point Toadie comes in, interrupting. He asks Nicolette to sort some clothes, while he walks Audrey through the admin work she's offered to take on. Nicolette seems peeved that Audrey is going to be working here. Toadie then gets a surprising text - someone's just donated $50,000 to the Sonya Foundation! Toadie is over the moon, as he will now be able to run all his programmes.
AUDREY: That's unbelievable! (...) Such great news!
Nicolette smiles fakely.
Bea is heading back to the garage with some coffees, when she walks into a handsome stranger, and spills them all over herself! The man is apologetic, and offers to pay for her dry-cleaning.
BEA: Does it look like I dry-clean these?
MAN: Dunno. They could be designer overalls.
Bea explains they're just her work outfit for the garage, so there's no need to worry. The man offers to at least buy her a fresh coffee. Bea says she's fine, but thanks him. He watches her, smiling, as she goes inside the garage.
Aaron and David are filling in their profile on the egg donor search system. Aaron thinks they need to 'punch it up' and 'sell ourselves'.
DAVID: It's not a dating app! This is for donors and surrogates.
AARON: It doesn't matter. It's still a numbers game.
DAVID: What if I don't want to play a numbers game? What if I wanna be modest and truthful?
David apologises, but says he's just sick of all the paperwork; it just feels like one hurdle after another. Aaron understands, but says it will be totally worth it.
DAVID (without enthusiasm): Alright. Let's 'punch it up'.
Nicolette and Audrey come in, and go to another table. Nicolette has correctly guessed that Audrey donated the $50,000 from the lottery money they stole.
AUDREY: You wanted me to keep the money, so I'll spend it how I want.
NICOLETTE: You're not spending it! You just gave away $50,000!
AUDREY: To a worthy cause.
NICOLETTE: Yeah, but there's plenty of worthy causes who don't know who you are (...) When Toadie finds out that it was you, he's gonna wonder how a nurse can afford to drop so much money without blinking.
AUDREY: He won't find out. I made sure the donation was anonymous.
NICOLETTE: Oh, so you didn't have to give any details?
Audrey tells Nicolette not to worry; if Toadie asks any questions, she'll 'just make something up'.
NICOLETTE: You're literally the worst liar I've ever met. So if you're telling me not to worry - I am.
A nervous-looking Richie and Mackenzie come in, and find the house empty as expected.
MACKENZIE: I guess we're alone.
RICHIE: Guess we are.
They remain standing apart, hesitant at what the next move will be.
RICHIE: You okay?
MACKENZIE: Yeah. So, umm, did you want to...?
RICHIE: Kiss you? ... Yeah.
Richie moves towards her, but Mackenzie scurries away, claiming she needs to lock the door. Richie reminds her that she already has. They grin at each other awkwardly, until...
MACKENZIE: I'm sorry.
RICHIE: Are you okay? What's wrong?
MACKENZIE: It's... exams (...) They're full-on, and I'm all in my head. I can't do this today.
RICHIE: Okay. That's okay.
They sit down together.
RICHIE: Do... do you want to wait until after exams are done?
MACKENZIE: Is that alright?
RICHIE: Yeah. Of course. How about schoolies? No more exams, no more school to worry about. We'll be on holidays. It's kind of perfect, actually. If that works for you.
MACKENZIE: ... Schoolies it is!
Mackenzie smiles, but as Richie goes to make green tea, starts to look rather panicked!
Toadie is looking at the email address that the anonymous donation has come from, which references 'sausagedogsnsunshine'. Nicolette and Audrey are still helping out, and Nicolette tries to dissuade Toadie from worrying about who the donor is.
TOADIE: I think it'd be nice to let them know how truly appreciated it is.
AUDREY: Yeah, they probably wanted to stay anonymous for a reason. Maybe they felt like they didn't deserve the money in the first place.
Nicolette gives Audrey a withering look.
AUDREY: I think they just wanted to do something good with it, you know? I don't think it was about getting credit.
NICOLETTE: Or it was just some rich guy throwing darts at a board, looking for an easy tax write-off.
But Toadie prefers to think it's a selfless donor; it's nice to think that there are still people out there who want to help their community, he says.
AUDREY: Couldn't agree more. Thanks, Toadie.
Audrey and Nicolette exchange snarky looks.
Outside The Waterhole, Levi, Kyle and Roxy are talking about whether Bea might still be into Levi. Roxy thinks there is definitely a vibe, and tells Levi he should 'ask the girl out already'.
LEVI: I've already screwed things up once when I found out she liked me. There's no way she gives me a second chance.
KYLE: Cous, you're always telling me how much you've got going for ya. I'm sure Bea will see some of that.
Sheila, who has been earwigging, comes over and piles on more encouragement.
SHEILA: Don't waste a second. I think Bea would be a fool to knock back a special boy like you.
KYLE: So, you gonna ask her out?
LEVI: Sure! Got nothing to lose, right?
Bea is fixing a car, when the man who spilled her coffee comes in with a fresh one for her, despite her declining his offer.
MAN: I'm Nathan, by the way.
BEA: I'm Bea.
NATHAN: I'm not a creep. I just... I know how hard it is to get started without caffeine. Especially when you're working.
BEA: Yeah. Do you know much about engines?
NATHAN: Is *that* what that is? Not really. I nod along when my mates talk about 'em, pretend I understand, but, uh... no.
Bea laughs. He tells her to enjoy the coffee and is about to leave, when...
BEA: Hey, wait. I can give you a dummy's tour of the engine - you know, teach you some facts so you can impress your mates?
NATHAN: They won't know what hit 'em!
They smile at one another; there's clearly an attraction.
Some time later, Bea and Nathan have finished his engine induction and he's leaving the garage. She asks him if he lives around here; Nathan says he's just passing through.
NATHAN: I had something important to drop off in the area.
BEA: Oh, intriguing! So, umm... would it be really weird if I gave you my number?
NATHAN: Yeah, it would. But I like weird.
Bea gives Nathan her phone number, and tells him to call her, before heading back inside. Nathan smiles as he walks off - but Kyle, who is serving at The 82, spots him leaving the garage. He recognises him as Packo, the guy who attacked Levi when he was young.
KYLE: What are you doing here?
NATHAN: That letter was easier to write than I thought.
KYLE: That's awesome.
NATHAN: Yeah, I just dropped it off at the cop shop for Levi earlier.
KYLE: Sweet. Well, as soon as he reads it, I'll let you know how he takes it.
NATHAN: Thanks, mate. You know, I hope he's okay with it.
KYLE: Yeah, me too.
Roxy gives Harlow a 'Roxy special' coffee and a tip about chewing gum to help her through her exam; apparently, the repetitive chewing motion helps with stress. Harlow looks unconvinced. She gets a text from Hendrix wishing her luck.
HARLOW: And there's no photos this time, so I guess I should count my blessings.
ROXY: Yikes. Sounds like it's still stormy in paradise, then?
HARLOW: No, we're getting better. I just need to focus on anything but Hendrix now.
ROXY: Solid strategy. Good luck - you'll smash it.
Harlow leaves, and Mackenzie comes in a moment later, looking for her; Roxy tells her she just missed her. Mackenzie is frantic with worry.
MACKENZIE: I am on the brink of a boy-related nervous breakdown, and I need Harlow.
ROXY: Okay, breathe. Mama Rox is here; talk to me.
MACKENZIE: I just told Richie that we could... do it. At schoolies.
ROXY: Okay... and that's bad?
MACKENZIE: Yeah! I love Richie, but the moment I said it, my stomach flipped out. I didn't mean it. I don't want that.
ROXY: Well, just tell him you need more time (...) He's cool. He'll be happy to wait.
MACKENZIE: It's not about waiting. We've waited long enough.
ROXY: Then what's it about?
MACKENZIE: I don't think I want to do it... ever.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Shane says that words sometimes get lost when you've been together as long as him and Dipi
- We see Nicolette looking worried at this
- Chloe tells Nicolette she thought she wanted Chloe to be happy
- Nicolette tells Chloe she only deserves good things
- Paul tells Pierce, 'you've got one week'
- Dipi asks Paul if he's thought about how 'it would hurt everyone involved if this ever came out'
- Pierce and Dipi have another hotel room encounter