- Mackenzie finding out that another girl has her sights on Richie
- Harlow and Mackenzie backing out of going to Schoolies
- Hendrix driving the boys to Schoolies without a licence
- Jay stealing bottles of wine from Pierce's house
- Dipi telling Shane that she's still not ready to talk to him
- Shane seeing Dipi talking to Pierce at The Waterhole
- Shane being tempted to take drugs again
This episode featured an all-male cast for International Men's Day
Schoolies Campsite Car Park
Empty beer bottles fall out of the backseat as Hendrix, Jay, Richie and Ollie depart the car. While the others unpack the boot, Ollie records a video on his phone about how pumped he is for Schoolies. Jay chimes in with the fun, but Hendrix hopes the girls aren't watching. Richie doesn't think they will be - Mackenzie isn't even responding to his text messages. Ollie reminds them they aren't meant to be talking about the girls on this trip. Hendrix retorts that it's easy enough for Ollie to do since he can't score a date, but is confused when Ollie replies, "The rankings say otherwise." Hendrix seeks clarification from Richie, but the teen just brushes off the conversation. Jay happily shows them the wine he took from #24, but Hendrix isn't impressed as it was meant as a gift for the Kennedys. But Ollie reminds Hendrix he just stole a whole car from Pierce, so what's some wine in the grand scheme of things. They gather all their stuff and let out a cheer before heading to the campsite.
Pierce has stopped by to check in with Aaron and David on Chloe's whereabouts as he really needs to speak with her, but the boys aren't keen on his interrogation. Aaron reminds him that Chloe has no desire to speak with him. They're interrupted by Paul calling in, who delights in telling Pierce that he just saw Hendrix drive off in Pierce's car. Pierce gets on his phone to try and contact his son.
DAVID: Dad are you just here to relay gossip or is there another reason for your visit?
PAUL: Well that depends. Are you two still entertaining this ridiculous offer from Nicolette?
AARON: We haven't made any decisions yet.
Pierce says that Hendrix isn't answering his phone and asks Paul if he's being serious. Paul clarifies he saw everything go down from his window - along with "that Rebecchi kid" leaving Pierce's house with a case of wine.
DAVID: Who needs Neighbourhood Watch with you around, Dad?
Shane is in the sunroom still contemplating the two pills he has in a small baggie. He quickly shoves it in his pocket when he hears Toadie and Karl inside. Toadie's worried about his brother's state of mind so Karl suggests they all "pull on the Lycra" and go for a bike ride. Shane makes himself known and says he might pass on the ride. Pierce suddenly lets himself in, much to Shane's annoyance, and tells him he's worried about the boys. Shane doesn't believe Pierce when he tells him about Jay stealing wine, blaming Hendrix instead.
PIERCE: I'm letting you know I'm going to head up to the campsite and check on them.
SHANE: What, and have a go at Jay in the process?
PIERCE: No, Shane, that's not what I said.
SHANE: Where do you get off coming in here and acting all high and mighty?
PIERCE: It's just a heads up. I'll leave you to it.
There are four glamping tents set up around a campfire, as well as one larger marquee tent housing a ping pong table and other assorted chairs and tables. Ollie jokes around, asking if the campsite is up to the Greyson standards, but Hendrix doesn't even know what that means anymore. Ollie tells him to relax, his own dad has had plenty of affairs and apparently his mum doesn't care because she gets a new handbag every time. They all grab something to drink and Ollie makes a toast to Eden Hills Uni and to a party-filled future. Hendrix reminds him that uni is basically school, and Richie jokingly adds that Ollie might not even get into his course. Ollie says he'll just get his old man to fund his retirement, then is all 'whoops, that's you Hendrix'. While Richie and Ollie walk off to explore the site, Jay thanks Hendrix for letting him tag along. Hendrix says he's glad Jay's there to laugh at Ollie's dumb jokes. Jay doesn't think Ollie seems too bad, but Hendrix says he's only okay in small doses. Over by the fire, Ollie gets an alert on his phone and gloats about a "brand new leader" on something. Richie looks alarmed, but doesn't let Hendrix see what they're looking at.
Paul is trying to wrap his head around what kind of arrangement Aaron and David might be making with Nicolette.
AARON: Nic will be mum but she'll be more like an aunty figure.
PAUL: Ah, I'd like to see the legal definition of that one.
Pierce returns and asks Aaron if he can borrow his car to check on Hendrix. David suggests he and Aaron come along too in case he needs some help. Paul thinks David's only going because he wants to dodge the baby conversation, so he invites himself along for the ride so they can continue their chat.
Shane doesn't understand why Pierce would be stirring up more trouble, but Karl believes Pierce was being genuine. Toadie's trying to reach Jay on the phone but becomes concerned when things sound a bit wild. Toadie puts the call on speaker and they can hear the boys being rowdy before a loud smashing noise. Eyes widening in alarm, Shane leaps up, grabs his keys and heads out the door. Toadie and Karl quickly follow him.
The crashing sound was Ollie tipping over the drinks table. The other boys tease him but Ollie snaps back and tells Hendrix to stop hanging out in the corner like a saddo. The guys then realise that Ollie has somehow sat on a broken wine glass and now has a glass stem sticking out of his bum. Ollie flails around while Richie and Jay crack up laughing. Hendrix is distracted by Ollie's phone going off near the fire. Curiosity piqued by Richie's earlier evasiveness, Hendrix has a look at the phone and isn't impressed with what he sees. Richie appears nervous and follows Hendrix into one of the tents. Hendrix is looking at something called 'The Ladder' and asks Richie if it's going around school. Richie asks him not to make a big deal out of it, but Hendrix isn't having it.
HENDRIX: An app ranking girls on how good they are in bed based on guys feedback?
RICHIE: (uncomfortable) Rankings. Yeah. The more good ones you get, the more higher up you are on The Ladder.
HENDRIX: And you rated Mackenzie?!
RICHIE: It was just easier.
HENDRIX: Easier than what, dude?
RICHIE: It was all over school that we hadn't done it because she was trans. I wanted to shut them up. It would upset her if she knew people were talking about her.
HENDRIX: Do you think that this wouldn't upset her?
RICHIE: I know...
Ollie finds them and asks if they're still partying. Richie says they are and quietly asks Hendrix to just forget about the app. But Hendrix isn't about to do that. A short while later they're all back outside and Ollie is aware Hendrix knows. Ollie says it's not too late for him to get in on the action, but when Hendrix snipes at him, Ollie says this is exactly why they left him out of the loop. Taking another look at the app, Ollie gloats about a girl called Mia going up The Ladder and shows Jay.
HENDRIX: How do you even know about this?
JAY: I just found out.
OLLIE: I showed him.
Richie does his best to change the conversation to what music they should put on, but Ollie isn't done smirking about the app.
OLLIE: Look what Liam said about her. Sly dog!
HENDRIX: Don't you think that's a bit off?
OLLIE: I'll say, he goes after all my seconds.
HENDRIX: I mean ranking girls like that, dude. The whole thing.
OLLIE: Are you going to be like this for the whole trip? Just chill out.
Richie again tries to de-escalate the situation by suggesting a game of beer pong. Jay and Ollie are in, with Jay boasting that he's pretty good at it so they better watch out. Hendrix reluctantly joins them at the ping pong table.
Aaron's Car/Shane's Car
David is trapped in the backseat with Paul, who continues to question him about the baby situation, while Aaron drives and Pierce broods in the passenger seat. Paul doesn't understand why David would want to abandon a perfectly good plan in favour of someone they barely know.
DAVID: There's a lot to consider.
AARON: Paul, listen, we've talked about it and we have to look at it from the kid's point of view too.
DAVID: One day they might wonder where they came from. And telling them that they came from an egg donor is a good explanation.
PAUL: Yeah, and plenty of happy families would agree.
DAVID: But with Nicolette they'll have the opportunity to know their mother.
PAUL: David you know not all mothers out there are good.
AARON: Yeah, not all fathers are either.
Over in the other car, Shane's behind the wheel looking very aggravated. Toadie says he knows it's hard but he wants his brother to try and not make things personal. Shane huffs out a humourless laugh: "The guy ruined my life, how could it not be personal?" Karl watches on from the backseat.
Paul tells David that he didn't know not having the mother in the baby's life was going to be an issue for him. David replies that of course they've considered it: "Do you think because we're gay we didn't give it two thoughts?" He adds that bringing a new life into the world, and how they do it, is a big thing for them.
DAVID: I know that we'll be able to give this child everything they've ever wanted. But I can't, I shouldn't, dismiss this idea either.
PAUL: Even if it brings more complications that could be harmful for the child?
DAVID: Well that's why we're weighing things up.
AARON: (to Pierce) What about you? You've usually got something to say about Nicolette.
Pierce remains silent.
Karl and Toadie become concerned when Shane starts to speed, going from 100 to 120km/ph. Toadie reminds him it's not a race, but Shane is determined to make it to the campsite before Pierce does. He ignores them and keeps speeding straight past Aaron's car.
Richie is playing beer pong against Jay and admits the teen isn't half bad. Richie tells Ollie to get back in the game, but Ollie brags that he's too busy lining up a date for Monday night. Hendrix says they don't get back till Monday night, but Ollie smirks that Brianna will be waiting for him.
RICHIE: I thought you didn't like her?
OLLIE: Well she's got teeth like a werewolf, but if she puts out I say 'owwwwwww!'
HENDRIX: You're disgusting.
OLLIE: What did you say?
HENDRIX: You heard me.
OLLIE: Mate, I'm doing a community service. She'll go top ten now.
HENDRIX: (to Richie) Are you really okay with this?
OLLIE: (looking at the app) Aww, poor Corinne. Still hasn't charted. Maybe I should help her out too.
Hendrix tries to get through to Richie's better nature again. Richie admits he's not okay with everything, but doesn't want to get into an argument about it.
HENDRIX: You can't treat girls like this! Or talk about them this way.
OLLIE: We're just having a laugh.
HENDRIX: Oh you think the girls would find it funny if they knew about it?
OLLIE: Corinne does, she's chill.
HENDRIX: Oh so that makes it all right does it? Do you realise what year this is, mate? What century? (to Richie) And how about you? Have you got anything to say right now or am I on my own here? (Off Richie's silence, back to Ollie) Ranking girls like they are pieces of meat... It's gross, mate, and it's sick! You are sick! You should be ashamed of yourself, all of you.
Schoolies Campsite Car Park
Shane pulls his car into a parking space with Aaron only seconds behind him. Shane gets out and starts to head towards the campsite, but Pierce angrily calls out to him about his erratic driving. The rest of the men get out of the cars, Karl and Toadie behind Shane and Aaron, David and Paul near Pierce. Shane wonders if Pierce is just upset that he got there first so he could stop Pierce from accusing Jay of stealing. Pierce says he was just repeating what Paul said he saw, which Paul backs up.
SHANE: I don't need you getting involved - any of you.
PIERCE: (sarcastic) Why don't you manage it, hey? In your state.
SHANE: What is that supposed to mean?
KARL: Let's just take this down a notch or two yeah?
SHANE: (shouting) Nah, I want to hear what the fount of wisdom here has to say. Come on, tell me how I could be a better father even though your son literally poisoned you last week! Tell me how I can be a better husband!
PIERCE: I think you've confused the issues there, Rebecchi.
SHANE: You confused things when you slept with my wife!
PIERCE: (yelling) Ask yourself why she comes to me instead of you, hey!
Seeing red, Shane pushes Pierce to the ground. The other guys call out for him to stop but Shane just lunges at Pierce for another round.
Ollie sneers at Hendrix and says he probably thinks he's better than everyone else. He asks Richie if he's going to let Hendrix get away with his accusations, but Richie finally speaks up and tells Ollie that Hendrix is right.
RICHIE: The Ladder is disgusting.
OLLIE: That didn't stop you ranking Mackenzie.
RICHIE: I lied.
RICHIE: I lied about us doing it. I thought it was the only way to get people to stop talking about Mac, but it wasn't.
Ollie starts laughing, calling Richie a loser. Hendrix tells him to shut up and looks as though he's about to pick a fight with him when they hear the commotion going on in the car park. Jay hears someone call out 'Shane' and goes to investigate.
Schoolies Campsite Car Park
Shane and Pierce are scrapping around on the grass while the others look on, wondering how they're going to break up the ridiculousness without getting injured themselves. When Pierce pushes Shane aside, Toadie takes the chance to step in between them and instruct Shane to cool off. Shane's still fired up, but stops when he hears Karl snap at him - his drugs have fallen out of his pocket and landed on the ground for all to see. "Well that would explain a few things wouldn't it," Paul quips. Toadie looks at his brother in disappointment. Aaron and David realise Jay and Hendrix are watching them and jog over to take them back to the campsite. Shane can barely meet Toadie's eye.
Richie and Ollie are surprised to see the other two boys return with Aaron and David. Hendrix wants to know what the fight was about, but David just says Shane and Pierce were having a bit of a disagreement. David and Aaron notice how messy the campsite is with beer bottles and the like strewn around and ask if they've been fighting too. But before anyone can answer, Jay suddenly runs over to the side of the camp and does a big Exorcist-style projectile vomit. Aaron and David don't look impressed.
Schoolies Campsite Car Park
Shane sits on the ground against the car in the middle of Toadie and Karl. He admits he was tempted to take the drugs but didn't have any, he just wanted something to make the pain go away. Shane starts to wonder why Dipi hasn't come to him to beg for forgiveness yet, but then comes to the conclusion it's because Pierce has everything.
SHANE: I've only given her twenty years of hardship. I can't expect her to want me back when all I've ever done is fail her.
KARL: Maybe the first step to fixing your marriage is to fix how you see yourself?
SHANE: Well I'm a loser, Karl.
KARL: No you're not. You're not.
SHANE: I'm meant to be the provider. Dipi's done the majority of that. She's carried us for years. So what kind of husband does that make me? What kind of man does that make me?
KARL: It just makes you human.
SHANE: Easy for you to say, mate. Susan's never had to carry you.
KARL: Well it depends on what you mean by carry. Emotionally, yes she has.
SHANE: I mean financially. Be the head of the family, be the provider. It's no wonder Dipi's tired of me.
KARL: Okay so if Susan was the provider, would that make me less of a man?
TOADIE: It's a fair question Shane.
SHANE: I've pushed Dipi too far.
KARL: No, you've pushed yourself too far. That has to stop. Things started to unravel for you when you decided you had to achieve something by a certain date.
SHANE: I went to uni to fix things, maybe I should go back.
KARL: Mate that would just be you doing it all over again, putting pressure on yourself. You've been focusing on who you think you should be for Dipi. You need to look inside yourself and ask who should you be for you.
Over by some trees behind all the tents, Pierce sits on the ground, licking his wounds, while Paul stands next to him. Pierce thinks Paul's enjoying himself, and Paul admits he is finding everything a little bit amusing. Pierce wants to go and check on Hendrix, but Paul has something to say first.
PAUL: You know I've been where you are a few times myself. Forsaking my marriage vows for an attractive woman, the whole angry rival husband thing.
PIERCE: And it's all water off a duck's back is it?
PAUL: No, not really. To tell the truth it's been quite painful. But I have learnt some things along the way.
PIERCE: Well maybe you can tell me how I can fix my marriage.
PAUL: Pierce your marriage is over. The sooner you face up to that the better off you'll be.
PIERCE: You're useless. I love Chloe.
PAUL: What? So much so that you wilfully destroyed your entire relationship?
PIERCE: Come on, that wasn't intentional.
PAUL: Maybe, maybe not. But your problems with Chloe started long before Dipi came on the scene. You always worried that you were going to lose her, it was so obvious even I could see that.
PIERCE: I might have been a bit paranoid.
PAUL: Yeah, and you also knew that Chloe rushed into the marriage because of her health issues.
PIERCE: So why would I sabotage my happiness like that?
PAUL: Beats me. I mean I don't think you did it consciously, but you must have known that it could all end badly. I mean Dipi lives across the road from you for heaven's sake! And yet you still chose to take that risk. Some might even say that you were begging to be caught.
PIERCE: Why would I put myself through that sort of pain?
PAUL: I don't know, self-preservation in a strange way I guess.
PIERCE: I love Chloe.
PAUL: Yeah, of course you do. But that doesn't mean that you should be together. Now Pierce, you can keep trying to fight to win her back, but I guarantee all that's going to cause is more heartache. Come on, mate, set yourself free. And while you're at it, set Chloe free too.
Schoolies Campsite Car Park
Toadie and Karl have a moment alone by the cars. Toadie wonders if Shane needs to go back to rehab. Karl says that Shane didn't take anything so he won't be suffering from any withdrawal symptoms. But Karl believes Shane will still need ongoing support for his addiction.
KARL: I think a lot of this is a mental health issue. It's not uncommon in a man Shane's age. Well, any age.
TOADIE: Sonya said something on the day that she died about the strange gender roles that we take on in life. She didn't want Hugo and Nell to be put into boxes, so I've been conscious of that ever since. Maybe I should have been more conscious of that with Shane.
Karl sees Aaron and David and asks how the boys are. Aaron reports that they're all a mess - he'd hate to be in Shane or Pierce's shoes right now.
Shane is very disappointed in Jay's behaviour, but Jay says he had nothing to do with The Ladder. Shane remarks that Jay still knew about it, though, and said nothing; and he promised he wouldn't drink. Jay apologises to his dad and then asks what happened between him and Pierce. Shane says it was a mistake and makes his own apology in return. Everyone has been packing up their belongings, Schoolies now cancelled because of all the trouble that's gone on. Pierce tells the boys that someone better tell him whose idea it was to start the app. Ollie gets defensive and says they don't have to tell him anything, they're not kids. Pierce just stares and says he's behaving like one.
OLLIE: You can talk.
HENDRIX: Shut up, Ollie.
PIERCE: We're going to have to tell Susan about this. It's spread all through the school. Some of the girls on it are still students.
HENDRIX: And the girls who don't know need to know.
RICHIE: Wait, what? I get that it's bad, and I'm really sorry, but can't we just shut down the app?
HENDRIX: Mate it's still online. They need to know what's been said about them.
PIERCE: Hendrix is absolutely right.
SHANE: I agree.
Pierce and Hendrix are surprised to hear Shane vocalise his agreement. Richie says that Mackenzie is going to freak when she finds out, but Hendrix says he should have thought about that beforehand.
RICHIE: Can't we just figure this out? I mean, this is about us, not them.
SHANE: Yeah that's why you need to handle it properly. You can either cover this up or you can own your mistakes. At some point we all have to ask ourselves, who do I want to be?
HENDRIX: We're going home and we're telling them everything.