- Dipi getting angry with Amy for giving Jay advice
- Jay waiting for his parents to make a decision about him returning to Sydney
- Mackenzie having an issue with Amy hanging around the Rebecchis
- Harlow telling Mackenzie that Amy ran into legal issues with her old workplace
- Mackenzie calling HR at Hawke Airlines and pretending to work for Tim Collins
- Susan suggesting to Hendrix that he repeat Year 12
- Terese letting Hendrix go from his fundraising hosting duties
- Susan encouraging Harlow to take time to look after herself
- Harlow breaking up with Hendrix
Hendrix is angry and upset about the breakup and vents this at Susan. He accuses her of being on Harlow's side and claims Susan "talked trash" about him. Karl immediately cuts the teen off and reprimands him for throwing out baseless accusations. Hendrix has the sense to look sheepish and wonders what he's supposed to do to change Harlow's mind. Karl doesn't think that's possible right now, which doesn't fill Hendrix with much joy, but Susan reminds him there are other things he should be thinking of right now.
HENDRIX: Are you kidding? What else is there?
SUSAN: To do something that will make you feel proud. Hendrix you're smart, you're capable, you can turn things around.
Hendrix takes this in and nods.
There's a gold backdrop on the makeshift stage with a large 'Sonya Rebecchi Foundation Fundraiser' banner in the middle. While a small camera crew set up for the live stream, Harlow sits with Paul, Terese, Ned and Yashvi and finishes telling them about her breakup with Hendrix. Terese and Yashvi tell Harlow that she's done the right thing. Harlow knows her granddad is way too pleased about what happened.
PAUL: Not going to pretend that I'm not. But I think that you did this because you wanted to, not because of me.
TERESE: It was a very brave decision.
Terese then worries that Harlow might not be up for hosting, but Harlow's still keen to help and doesn't want to let Toadie down. Ned offers to be co-host to support Harlow, which the teen is thankful for.
Dipi calls by to raid the costume box for her lip sync outfit and finds Toadie, Shane and Amy working together to finesse the running order of the fundraiser. Amy reads out the list and Dipi can't help putting her two cents into the mix. She feels as though they should start with music first instead of the auction because it will make the punters feel more relaxed and keen to donate. Through a painted on smile, Amy tells Dipi that she's run a lot of fundraisers in her time so perhaps she should just leave things to the professionals. Toadie pipes in and says that both suggestions are great, but Dipi might have a point. Shane looks uncomfortable as Amy irritatedly concedes that it's Toadie's fundraiser so he should get final say.
Harlow finds David practicing some dance moves near the TV outside in the beer garden. She tells him she received an email from Aaron, who has informed her that the MD after David's name stands for "Mucho Divalicious" today. Aaron has also sent her a huge spiel to read out before David's performance. While David heads into the pub to change for his performance, Harlow is joined by Mackenzie and Jay. Mac asks Harlow how all of her hosting preparation is going, but Harlow admits it's been rough because she's been thinking about Hendrix. Jay apologises to her for his part in the whole gambling mess. Speaking of Hendrix, he stops by because he has news for Harlow.
HENDRIX: I want to tell you something: I'm going back to school this year. I'm going to make up for all the subjects I stuffed up.
HARLOW: That's great.
HENDRIX: You were right, you shouldn't have to be the one to make me a better person. I can do that myself. Karl and Susan were all about how I should focus on me and make myself proud, but Harlow, I've realised that I'll do anything to be the guy that's worthy of you.
HENDRIX: And I'm happy to take the time to prove it to you, okay. You don't have to say anything now.
HARLOW: Yeah, I do. Look, I'm really happy that you're taking this positive step but it's too late for us. And I'm not going to change my mind.
She walks away leaving Jay and Mackenzie looking on awkwardly as Hendrix tries not to get upset again.
Susan gives Karl's cowboy-aesthetic outfit a wary once-over as he bemoans the fact that he'll have to perform to an audience he can't see. He claims that the whole point of being on stage is to have "a collaboration with my fans" and to "feed off their positive energy". Karl practices a fast twirl, nearly giving himself a head spin, while Susan can only look on as the human embodiment of a weary sigh. Hendrix arrives home in a bad mood and lets the Kennedys know he told Harlow about wanting to go back to school because he thought it would make a difference to her, but it did not.
SUSAN: I'm sorry the conversation didn't go well but I'm so pleased to hear you're going back to school.
HENDRIX: There's no point now.
KARL: Come on, you're doing this for yourself, no one else. Did you not hear a word we said earlier?
SUSAN: If you were prepared to do it for Harlow, why not just do it for yourself?
KARL: You'll come out of this with more options, more opportunities.
SUSAN: Yes - and who knows where that could lead.
Hendrix looks as though he's taking their comments into consideration this time.
Ned has put on the new Lassiters suit and shows it off to Amy, Shane and Dipi. Shane notes that it's almost time for Amy's big debut with the uniforms and asks if she's proud. Dipi doesn't look happy when Amy snuggles into Shane and says that she's proud as punch.
DIPI: It's really nice, Amy.
AMY: Thanks Dipi, that's big of you to say.
DIPI: As long as we're sure it's not too much like Qantas uniforms, or Air New Zealand. Y'know just checking, you wouldn't want to accidentally rip off anybody else.
AMY: (terse) Right. We're good, thanks.
Wanting a hasty exit from the awkwardness, Ned quickly checks with Shane that there's nothing else he's needed for before scurrying away. Yashvi walks in and hands Dipi the necklace she was gifted from Pierce, letting her know it was just released from evidence at the police station. Dipi tries to hide it away, but Amy has seen it and comes over for a closer look. She makes Dipi uneasy when she keeps asking questions about it, and Shane soon realises what Dipi's holding.
AMY: Sorry, did I say something wrong? Oh wait, is that what you got from the billionaire? Wow, what a memento. Must have thought you were really worth it.
Amy saunters away with a winning smirk while Dipi is left feeling embarrassed. A short while later, Dipi speaks with Toadie and says that he should include the necklace in the auction. Toadie's grateful but doesn't think the audience they're reaching will have the cash to fork out for it. Dipi concedes that's a fair point, but then says she'll try and contact the jeweller to sell it online and Toadie can get the proceeds.
DIPI: Either way I do think you should advertise it on stage. Because even if no one bids it'll add some sparkle to the proceedings.
SHANE: Are you sure you want to do that, Dip? You don't have to display it if you don't want to.
DIPI: I think it would be great for the event, and for the Foundation, so I'm sure if you're okay.
SHANE: (quiet) Yeah.
It's not long before the event finally gets underway. Harlow, now dressed in a Lassiters uniform, and Ned take to the stage and start their hosting duties. They trade scripted banter about the new uniforms before drawing two names out of a hat for the first lip sync. Both David (in his Elton John-inspired costume) and Mackenzie (in a more rock-pop-esque look than what we're used to seeing on her) look nervous when their names are called. They shakily grab their microphones and hop on stage.
DAVID: Hello everybody. My husband would kill me if I didn't give him a shout-out so, uh, this is for you, Boo!
MACKENZIE: ... Hi dad! If you're watching.
The song begins (something about being the queen of your own dreams) and Mackenzie gets off to a better start than David, who is still quite unsure of himself. Outside, Mrs Punt is watching the live stream on the TV and is quite enthusiastic about seeing David shaking his booty. Dipi finds Shane outside and apologises for the necklace making an appearance. But Shane knows it's for a good cause in the end, so tries to shrug off any ill will he has about it.
DIPI: You didn't actually buy Amy's act though did you? Her pretending not to know what it was.
SHANE: Fair's fair, Dip. You had a go at her for the uniforms.
DIPI: Come on.
SHANE: Nup. I'm not getting in the middle of this.
Back on stage, Mackenzie and David have both loosened up and are getting more into their dancing. But Mackenzie looks as though she's been taken over by the spirit of Britney Spears in Crossroads and is really pulling out some pop moves.
Jay finds his parents and thanks them for letting him out "on day release" so he could attend the event. He asks if they've reached any decisions about him going back to Sydney. Dipi replies that they still haven't decided, and Shane hints that if they do let him go back then he won't have free rein like he did last time. Dipi agrees, telling Jay he'll be a day student, not a boarder, and he'll be living with his grandparents and Kirsha. Jay thinks that's fair, joking that the food's better there anyway, but Shane sternly reminds him it's not a yes just yet. Mrs Punt butts in to let the Rebecchis know they're missing a great performance on the TV, David and Mackenzie "are really working it". Jay looks especially enthralled with Mackenzie.
The song ends and Harlow and Ned return to the stage amidst applause for Mac and David. Harlow says they were amazing, while Ned stiltedly says, "... yes, that was really something, David". Ned clears everyone off so Amy can start proceedings with the auction.
Outside, Jay leaves his parents to go and find Mackenzie, just as Yashvi swings by to join them. Things get tense again when Amy decides to present the necklace for the first item in the auction. All of the Ramsay Street residents in the know about the significance of the jewellery trade looks with one another. Dipi is especially put out when Amy makes her selling pitch direct to the camera, like she's staring right into Dipi's soul.
AMY: You know what they say; diamonds are a girl's best friend. Buy it for your best friend, buy it for your mum, or buy it for your secret lover.
Later, it's Paul and Terese's turn to lip sync together to an 80s sounding power ballad. They have a nice time dancing and smiling together, culminating in a little hidden smooch that Harlow and Ned are more put off than entertained by. Host Harlow tells the audience they're going to take a short break to tally up the votes. Terese thinks it was a coincidence she was paired up with Paul, but Paul admits he bribed Ned with a bit of cash to make it happen. Suddenly, Tim Collins swaggers in to break up the good mood and serve Paul and Terese a cease and desist notice from Hawke Airlines. Tim says the "little minions" (aka Harlow and Ned) will have to change out of the uniforms, as the airline has it on good authority that Lassiters has stolen their IP.
Mackenzie and Jay are outside when Harlow announces on screen that Mackenzie is the winner of the first round. Mac is gobsmacked, but Jay says she was incredible and didn't seem nervous at all onstage. Mackenzie thinks Aaron is going to be "steaming" when he finds out David didn't win, but Jay thinks he should have voted smarter.
JAY: I set up five new Twitter accounts and roped in Kirsha to back you up.
MACKENZIE: Aww, thanks! (They share a loaded look with one another)
JAY: I have to tell you something. It's looking like mum and dad are sending me back to Sydney.
MACKENZIE: (disappointed) Oh... that's, uh, really cool.
JAY: If I go I'll miss you.
JAY: Big time.
Trying not to get upset, Mackenzie changes the subject and says she should ring her Aunty Trish back since she sent her so many texts about her lip sync. Over at a table, Yashvi is sitting with Dipi, who is in a foul mood with Amy.
DIPI: Amy is a horrible, miserable, mean...
YASHVI: At least most people won't understand the reference.
DIPI: Just my friends and family, no big deal. Plus it was live, it's not humiliating at all.
YASHVI: Don't worry, she's not worth it.
Upset, Dipi says she has to go for a walk. Shane watches her leave then sits with Yashvi at the table.
YASHVI: Dad, what the hell?
SHANE: How's your mum doing?
YASHVI: What do you think? Amy's off her rocker, you've got to get her under control.
SHANE: I don't control anyone, Yashvi. They're two grown women, they can sort it out themselves; and don't be rude.
YASHVI: Mum's really upset. And Chloe probably saw the live stream. This has to stop.
Back inside, Terese and Paul are still sparring with Tim Collins. Tim says the airline aren't being unreasonable - they don't want the whole event shut down, they just want the uniforms gone and no more mentions made of them on camera. Paul gets angry and asks how many more times does he have to say that their new uniforms aren't the same as Hawke's anymore. But Tim just says due process needs to be adhered to so the airline can do a thorough assessment.
TERESE: This is ridiculous.
TIM: Well, that's your opinion and thank you very much. But if you choose to ignore the cease and desist, there will be consequences.
PAUL: Hang on a second, Hawke is a major, international airline with their own legal department. Why on earth would they be getting you to do their dirty work?
TIM: Well Ms Greenwood recently confided in me her troubles, and so I have knowledge of the situation.
TERESE: Oh, so Amy confided in you then you just shopped her to the airline.
TIM: I did not. They sought me out.
PAUL: Why would they do that?
TIM: Well it's strange. Apparently someone claiming to be from my office contacted them wanting a reference on Ms Greenwood. Now, when Hawke called me back I was able to tell them what was really going on.
TERESE: You expect us to believe that?
TIM: You don't have to. You just have to get your employees out of that uniform. And the longer you take to do that, the more tempted I am to shop this story to my paper.
Paul's left with no choice. He tells Harlow and Ned to change back into their normal clothes, then warns Tim that this isn't over. Tim just smirks at Paul and leaves.
Susan invites Hendrix to watch Karl's lip sync performance online with her. But when he doesn't look keen, she offers to take the laptop into her room so Karl doesn't disturb Hendrix, "I just know he's going to sing over the vocals". Hendrix has something important to say to Susan, though, and tells her he's decided to go back to school. He doesn't sound all that enthused about his decision, but Susan knows it will be good for him. She says she'll get his re-enrolment started and ring Pierce to let him know what's happening. Susan also thinks it would be helpful if Hendrix spoke to the school counsellor when he returns.
Toadie and Karl are duelling in a dramatic lip sync to a little 80s song called 'Don't It Make You Feel Good' by some chap called Stefan Dennis. Wonder what he's up to these days. Over at a table, Paul tells Terese that he left a message with their lawyers to get in contact with them ASAP.
TERESE: Oh well, in the meantime let's enjoy the show.
PAUL: What is Karl doing?
TERESE: I don't know! I guess it's his interpretation of the song.
PAUL: No, he's making a mockery out of it, which is quite a shame as it's actually quite catchy. I can't remember who sang it originally, but I like it.
Amy joins them and says she feels terrible about the uniform debacle and knows they must be angry with her. But Terese says the person she's angry with is Tim. She believes he must have tipped off the airline. Paul tells Amy that Tim tried to spin them a yarn about some anonymous person calling the airline with a tipoff. Amy looks at Dipi across the room and has a lightbulb moment.
PAUL: He's clearly just covering his own money-grabbing tracks. No one else has anything to gain from this, do they.
AMY: Yeah I don't know about that.
TERESE: I mean who else would make the effort making false claims against Lassiters?
AMY: (sighing) Someone who wants to make me look bad.
Mackenzie and Jay watch Toadie and Karl's act outside, laughing when Toadie whips off his jacket to spin around and pitch across the pub. But the mood between the two teens becomes fraught once more when Jay brings up the fact that Mac didn't seem happy about him returning Sydney.
MACKENZIE: It's complicated. I know you really want to go, but I'd like it if you stayed.
Back inside, the song comes to an end and Harlow joins Toadie and Karl on stage. She tells them the winner was clear in the first thirty seconds and informs Karl that he received a "tsunami of votes" much to Toadie's disbelief. Karl grins and says he's flattered but not surprised.
HARLOW: I won't say that you rigged the popular vote, but it is a bit suspicious.
KARL: (insulted) I have a lot of fans.
Toadie joins Shane and Amy, and Shane says his bro was robbed. But Toadie doesn't mind as the Foundation is making more money than he thought, and it's all down to the necklace. Harlow then reads out the two final lip sync artists on stage, but Amy already knows she's being paired up with Dipi and isn't too keen on the idea. The two women approach the stage and strike a pose as 'Walking On Sunshine' starts to play. They start dancing energetically and Dipi gets annoyed when Amy makes a beeline for the camera.
Back outside, Jay wants to know why Mackenzie isn't keen about him leaving Erinsborough. Mackenzie is embarrassed but admits to Jay that she really likes him. But they get distracted when they realise that things are getting intense between Dipi and Amy on the stage.
Amy and Dipi can't help making snarky remarks to one another about hogging the stage. Dipi doesn't understand why Amy's being so full on, but Amy retorts that she knows Dipi called the airline on her. Dipi of course has no clue what she's on about, and things get even more chaotic when Amy does a spin and accidentally pushes Dipi off the stage. Alarmed, Amy tries to help her but Dipi angrily pushes her away. The music cuts out and everyone looks on in astonishment (or in Shane and Toadie's case, wide-eyed horror) as Amy and Dipi start scrapping with each other in earnest.