- Kyle tells Roxy he's managed to track down one of the guys who attacked Levi as a kid
- Roxy doesn't think Levi will want to see this 'Packo'; Kyle says he will write a letter first
- Packo shows up in town, telling Kyle the letter was easier to write than he thought
- Roxy and Kyle each advise Levi to ask Bea out; we see Levi and Bea flirting during a workout
- But by a twist of fate, Bea runs into Packo, AKA Nathan, and there's an instant attraction
- Bea and Nathan flirt, and she gives him her phone number
- Mackenzie tells Roxy about the plan to TITTNL™ with Richie at schoolies, but she's not ready
- Dipi tells Mackenzie that Shane saw Richie's meds in his bag and was tempted to take some
- Mackenzie bawls at Richie, blaming him for Shane and Dipi's marriage being on the rocks
Mackenzie has shocked herself at the strength of her outburst, and Richie is clearly taken aback too.
RICHIE: You can't be serious. I get that I messed up by giving Shane my meds, but he's an adult - he's responsible for his own actions. Mack...
But Mackenzie can't talk to him right now, and rushes off. Richie's about to follow, but Roxy, who's caught the end of this row, says she'll take it from here.
Susan and Karl unpack their cases, glad to be back from their Switzerland trip. Susan is straight back at work tomorrow, to help see the Year 12s through the end of their exam period. Conversation turns to Bea, who Karl says was incessantly 'texting with her new beau' when they got back.
Susan thinks Nathan sounds 'nice' and 'normal', but Karl thinks they should ask to meet him. Susan points out that it's early days and they haven't been on a date yet; if they decide to, they can cross that bridge then. She encourages Karl to go and check on the garden.
KARL: Yeah, yeah. The durian should be flowering.
He finds a new top in Susan's suitcase, and asks if she bought it in a somewhat accusatory tone. She remarks that it was on sale!
Mackenzie is chatting with Roxy and Harlow. Roxy concedes that Richie shouldn't have left his meds lying around, but Harlow points out that that doesn't mean he's responsible for Shane and Dipi's marital woes.
MACKENZIE: Something just came over me - this wave of anger. I couldn't control it.
HARLOW: You know, my mum had this saying, that anger's just fear's bodyguard. I dunno, the Order had a lot of messed-up mottos, but that one used to always stick with me.
Mackenzie admits that makes sense; she's scared of what her future will look like if Shane and Dipi split up. But Roxy thinks it may have something to do with Mackenzie promising to sleep with Richie at schoolies. She thinks the row about Shane and Dipi was just a trigger and that Mackenzie has been bottling up her anxiety about sleeping with Richie, and exploded.
In the garden, Kyle is helping Sheila plant an eggplant, when Levi emerges to say he's heading out for a Krav Maga session with Bea.
LEVI: Before you say anything, no, I haven't asked her out yet.
SHEILA: Oh, you don't want to miss the boat, love.
LEVI: Look, she's been giving me a lot of mixed signals lately, and until I'm sure...
SHEILA: Maybe I could help!
LEVI and KYLE (simultaneous): No!
SHEILA: Who better to talk you up than your gran who loves you so much?
LEVI: Literally anyone?
Kyle tries to drop a subtle hint that Levi should check the paperwork in his in-tray at work, as he evidently hasn't read the letter from Nathan yet. But it's lost on Levi. At this point, Bea turns up, and she and Levi depart for their session. Kyle and Sheila, who's also unaware about the letter, argue about which of them was being weirder with Levi.
SHEILA: Love is important!
KYLE: And so is paperwork!
Mackenzie has realised that she needs to tell Richie she's not ready to sleep with him.
MACKENZIE: But I've said that before, and I keep chickening out.
HARLOW: Well, it's not an easy chat to have.
MACKENZIE: The thing is, I know Richie means it when he says that he wants it to be special. He's such a good guy.
ROXY: Okay, you are talking yourself into it again. Sex isn't some prize you give a guy if they're nice.
MACKENZIE: I just wish that I knew myself better. I love Richie. I dunNo.what's stopping me from wanting to go there with him.
Terese has come in, and overheard some of the conversation.
ROXY: What do you think, O, wise one?
TERESE: (...) There is more on the list than just finding the right person.
ROXY: Like worrying if you're good at it.
HARLOW: Or being comfortable enough with your body to share it with another person.
TERESE: But you do have to set some boundaries. And that can be hard when you're still just trying to find yourself.
ROXY: Richie's not a bad boyfriend for wanting to get you in the sack. But you're also not a bad girlfriend for needing more time.
HARLOW: You just need to be honest with him.
TERESE: And yourself.
Levi and Bea are cooling off after their Krav Maga session. Levi jokes that they could use Bea's combat skills on the police force; she retorts that she'd be his boss in six months!
LEVI: So, umm... got any plans for tomorrow?
BEA: No, not yet. But I'm guessing you don't want to do this again.
LEVI: No.way, are you crazy? I'm sore as!
BEA: Good. Cos I'm hoping to do something much more fun tomorrow. I feel like I'm about to get an offer that's too good to refuse.
LEVI: I think you might be right. Maybe something you might've wanted for a while?
BEA: Yes, you could say that. Something... uncomplicated.
LEVI: Yeah, I get that feeling too.
BEA: Good. I'm glad I'm not the only one.
Bea heads off to pick up dinner for Karl and Susan, but they promise to see one another soon. Levi looks happy, evidently having taken the above stilted conversation as evidence that Bea is ready for him to ask her out, and unaware of her budding romance with Nathan...
Roxy comes in, a little nervously, admitting to Kyle that she's still avoiding Dipi out of respect, after everything that's happened. Kyle explains Dipi's at work, so there's No.need to worry; even when she's here, she pretty much barricades herself in her room, he says.
Kyle's more worried about Levi, however, telling Roxy that he still hasn't opened the letter from Packo, but that he thinks his hint earlier should ensure he sees it in his in-tray tomorrow.
ROXY: Because a Canning hint is about as subtle as a brick through a window.
KYLE: Well, good - cos this apology could make everything different for Levi. He might be able to finally move on with his life. Gran, too.
ROXY: I don't think it's gonna be that easy.
KYLE: I never said it was gonna be easy.
ROXY: Babe, this is real-life trauma. A letter isn't a magic bullet. The other people who attacked Levi - they're still out there. Packo is just one piece to this puzzle.
KYLE: I know that. But if there's any chance that this could begin to help my family, babe, we have to take it.
ROXY: Well, I really hope that it works out how you want it to. And either way, I am really proud of you for giving it a go.
Erinsborough High School
The next day, Ollie Sudekis is in the corridor, laughing at something he's looking at on his phone. When Susan approaches, Ollie claims he's just looking at some last-minute notes for his maths exam.
SUSAN: You're cutting it very fine. The exam starts in ten minutes.
OLLIE: Oh, I know - I'm mad pumped. Like a kid on Christmas Eve!
Susan walks off, smiling, and Richie shows up.
OLLIE: Oi, is it true? That you and the Mack Attack are getting your own private tent for schoolies?
RICHIE: What's it to you?
OLLIE: You've got big plans, hey?
RICHIE: That's none of your business.
OLLIE: If I had it locked in, I'd be shouting from the rooftops.
RICHIE: Maybe that's why you don't have it locked in.
OLLIE: Better spill the dirty deeds afterwards.
Richie is distracted by a text from Mackenzie, asking to meet, but tells Ollie, 'Sure, whatever.'
Sheila walks with Levi through the complex and into the police station.
LEVI: You know I've been walking independently since I was ten months old?
SHEILA: Oh, I remember. Very advanced, for a Canning!
LEVI: And Kyle didn't walk till he was five! So, what's with the chaperoning me to work?
SHEILA: Oh, well, we didn't get a chance to talk last night, after your training session (...) I just want you to be happy, love. And you and Bea would make a lovely couple.
Levi tells Sheila he's planning on surprising Bea with a date after work tonight. Sheila is pleased to hear this, and asks if he thinks Bea's really interested now. Levi said she seemed keen and 'kind of flirty' yesterday, and made it clear that she had the whole day free. But at this point, he becomes distracted by a letter he finds amongst his papers, with his name on it.
He opens the letter and reads it. It says: 'Levi, it's Nathan Packard - one of the teenagers who beat you up all those years ago. Please don't toss this before reading it - it's an apology, something I should've done a long time ago. I was a ratbag back then, did stuff without thinking it through, but the worst thing I ever did was hurt you. The moment after it happened, I knew it was stupid and I've wished every day I could take it back.'
The letter continues: 'I can't imagine what you went through - you were just a kid, and you didn't deserve what we did to you. That's all on me. I take full responsibility for it and I don't ever expect you to forgive me, because I can't forgive myself.' The remainder is only partially legible. Levi is shocked by what he's reading, and Sheila asks him what's wrong.
Erinsborough High School
Richie and Mackenzie meet in an empty classroom. Mackenzie says she called him last night, but that his mum said he'd gone to the cinema.
RICHIE: Yeah, I, umm... had to go dark for a bit.
MACKENZIE: Fair enough. If you'd crazily accused me of breaking up a marriage, I'd avoid you too.
RICHIE: So, you don't feel that way now?
MACKENZIE: No. I am so sorry. I was being unreasonable. Probably because I was freaking out about something else... I know I said that I was ready for us to, you know, have our own tent at schoolies. But I'm not. I'm terrified.
RICHIE: That's... totally okay.
MACKENZIE: It seems silly.
RICHIE: It's not.
MACKENZIE: And I need you to know that I love you.
RICHIE: So do I.
MACKENZIE: And this isn't about finding you unsexy. Because I find you very sexy. I've been thinking about what's been holding me back. And I think a big part of it is that I still have all of this internalised shame about my body.
RICHIE: But... you're gorgeous. And you're you. And you know that's perfect to me.
MACKENZIE: It's more complex than that. I know I come across as confident, and I do love who I am. But the pressure of being with you, and letting you see me - it's just too much right now.
RICHIE: ... You could've talked to me about this. I never wanted to pressure you. I said I was happy to wait.
MACKENZIE: But we've been together for a year now. And there are expectations.
RICHIE: I don't care what other people think.
MACKENZIE: That's sweet. But crap.
RICHIE: It's not. I promise. All that matters is that you and me are okay... We're okay, right?
MACKENZIE: ... We're perfect.
They smile at one another.
Meanwhile, in the corridor, Ollie is looking at his phone again. He smiles sharkishly at a girl nearby, Corinne, who looks uncomfortable and walks past him, before stopping at her locker - from where she overhears Richie and Mackenzie's continued conversation.
MACKENZIE: I cannot tell you how much better I feel already. For some reason, I thought it was gonna be difficult talking to you about this stuff. But you have never been anything less than amazing, so I do not know what I was freaking out about.
As Mackenzie leaves, Ollie saunters over to talk to Richie, while Corinne continues to listen.
OLLIE: You two, uh, sort out your sides for the inflatable mattress? Although, you only really need the middle, hey?
RICHIE: You don't know what you're talking about.
OLLIE: Or, maybe she's more into the great outdoors?
RICHIE: Or, maybe nothing's happening. So shut it, okay?
Corinne smiles slightly as she hears this.
OLLIE: Ouch. Someone's been denied.
RICHIE: Get lost, Ollie.
OLLIE: Hey, I'm commiserating.
RICHIE: You're embarrassing, is what you are.
OLLIE: Just don't give up too easy. There's always hope.
Richie shakes his head, unamused.
OLLIE: Mate, don't shoot the messenger. See for yourself.
Ollie shows Richie something on his phone. We don't see it, but Richie looks shocked, and Corinne's smile fades.
Levi, Sheila, Kyle and Roxy meet outside the pub to discuss Nathan's letter. Sheila is annoyed to learn that Kyle was responsible for looking Nathan up.
KYLE: I see how much you guys are struggling to deal with what happened. And it's all because of me. I just want to help. And I want those morons to face up to what they did. So I thought I'd track them down, you know, and they could apologise to you - and you could see how sorry they were, and maybe that would help.
LEVI: That's not your job, cous.
KYLE: What, to care about ya?
LEVI: To be the hero. I'm fine.
ROXY: No, you aren't, and that's okay.
Kyle says he went to meet Nathan first, to suss him out before initiating anything.
KYLE: Packo's not the same ratbag that he used to be. He seems to have really turned his life around. And he says he's thought about the attack a lot over the years.
SHEILA: Oh, really? (!)
Levi agrees, judging by the letter, that Nathan's apology seems genuine.
LEVI: He wants to meet up, and say it all in person.
KYLE: And how do you feel about that?
LEVI: I don't know. Part of me wouldn't mind facing it all head-on.
KYLE: Cous, I think it could help.
SHEILA: Oh, rubbish! What if he's lying?
KYLE: Gran, I don't think he is.
SHEILA: One meeting is not a lot to make a judgement by. I think you should just accept the apology, and we should all try to move on.
Levi looks unsure.
Richie is at a table on his phone, speaking to the campsite where the teens are going for schoolies. He tells them he wants to cancel the extra tent he'd booked for him and Mackenzie. Corinne has come in and is listening, and approaches Richie once he's finished the call.
CORINNE: I heard your plans with Mackenzie fell through.
RICHIE: ... Right.
CORINNE: If you ask me, she's crazy putting you off like that.
RICHIE: Well, she's got her reasons.
CORINNE: If you ever get sick of those reasons, call me. RICHIE: For?
CORINNE: Whatever you want.
Bemused by Corinne's forwardness, Richie doesn't have time to reply before Harlow appears to meet him. She asks Richie if he's ordered, saying Mackenzie is on her way.
CORINNE: Let me know. The offer's there.
Corinne walks out, and Richie is lost for words as Harlow sits down at the table.
Nathan and Bea are out for a walk, talking about her favourite topic - Krav Maga! Bea tells Nathan that if she met him in a dark alley, she could hold her own.
NATHAN: That's cool. And very hot.
BEA (laughs): Oh, really?
NATHAN: Yeah. What made you want to get into that?
Bea changes the subject, saying she's desperate for a coffee - so Nathan goes into Harold's to get her one, just as Levi walks around the corner, holding the letter. Levi apologises for not catching up with Bea this morning; something has come up. Bea clearly didn't realise they were supposed to catch up, and asks what's going on. Levi explains about the apology letter from his attacker.
BEA: One of those thugs contacted you? (...) What does it say in the letter?
LEVI: He says that he's sorry, and that he wants to meet up. But I'm not sure whether it'll help put this whole thing to bed, or bring up more questions.
BEA: No, don't do it.
LEVI: You reckon?
BEA: Levi, this guy attacked you for No.reason! Yeah, he might've grown up and feels guilty now, but people don't change. I'm sorry, that's... probably not what you want to hear (...) Look, if you want to meet up with him, I will support you. I just want you to be careful.
LEVI: Thank you. That means a lot.
BEA: And if he turns out to be a loser, you and I can both ambush him. I'm sure he's got nothin' on us.
LEVI: Nothing on you!
Mackenzie tells Harlow that she was right about being honest with Richie; now she feels she can focus on helping Shane and Dipi. Harlow thinks she should be concentrating on exams instead. Richie returns to the table with a tray of drinks for them all, and Harlow asks what he was talking to Corinne about earlier. Richie looks a bit shifty.
MACKENZIE: I didn't know you two were friends?
RICHIE: We're not. We were talking about... exams. Sharing notes.
HARLOW (suspicious): In what subject?
Harlow gives Richie a look as if to say she doesn't quite believe him, but Mackenzie has bought his explanation and moved on. She asks Richie if he'd like to come to the cinema with her and Shane tonight. Richie says that sounds good.
RICHIE: Don't want to sit around missing you for two nights in a row, do I?
Roxy and Kyle are walking through the courtyard. Kyle thinks the chat with Levi went okay, but Roxy thinks Levi seemed shaken up.
KYLE: That was just nerves, babe. I reckon he got where I was coming from, at least.
ROXY: I know that you want everything to have a happily-ever-after, but sometimes life just doesn't work like that.
KYLE: Well, sometimes it does. If Levi sees Packo, he will see how sorry he is, and it'll help him. I know it will. And I reckon it'll put him in a better headspace too, you know, to go after Bea.
Roxy likes that idea, and tells Kyle he's convinced her; they should force Levi and Packo to meet up, to 'get the cupid train on the go'. But at that moment, Kyle and Roxy spot Bea and Nathan nearby, going in for a kiss.
ROXY: That's Bea. Who's she kissing?
KYLE: That's Packo!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Karl suggests that Toadie is a bit taken with Audrey
- Audrey looks flummoxed when Toadie offers to make dinner for her tonight
- Bea tells Roxy that she can't stop thinking about 'him'
- Sheila tells Kyle off, saying no- one knows how this is going to turn out
- Kyle tells Nathan he needs him to do him a favour