- Kyle is put out to learn that his roo pies had death cap mushroom gravy in them
- Unbeknownst to Kyle, Toadie has taken some pies and is offering them around the neighbourhood
- Mackenzie tells Jay that she likes him
- Amy and Dipi clash over their ideas for Toadie's fundraiser
- Mackenzie makes a call to dig dirt on Amy, pretending to be from Tim Collins' office
- This leads to Tim Collins issuing Terese and Paul with a cease- and- desist on the new uniforms
- When Amy hears an anonymous person has called Hawke Airlines, she assumes Dipi's responsible
- All of which culminates in an on- stage scrag fight as the lip sync contest streams live
Toadie is forced to physically intervene to separate a fighting Amy and Dipi. He tells Shane to cut the live feed, as Harlow and Karl look on, appalled.
DIPI: Who pushes someone offstage like that?!
AMY: It was an accident!
DIPI: You are a psychopath!
AMY: You know what? You should've known by now, Dipi - nobody likes a snitch.
DIPI: I didn't snitch! But if I did, it would've been justified after that stunt with the necklace!
SHANE: Come on, Dip...
AMY: Hey, I was just telling it how it is.
TOADIE: Amy, please.
AMY: You know what? I own my own actions. The least that you could do is pay me the same respect. Just admit it, that you tried to ruin my career!
DIPI: One dodgy job doesn't make a career, darling.
Mackenzie and Jay come in from outside, just as Amy is retorting by calling Dipi a 'snake' - and Mackenzie reveals the truth: it was her who made the phone call to the airline, not Dipi, as she wanted to get information on Amy.
Kyle and Roxy come in, to find Sheila, Levi and Bea in the living room - they've just watched the live stream of the lip sync contest. Kyle finishes up a phone call from the council, who have informed him that The 82 will be having its 'sustainability visit' tomorrow as part of the Best Dish contest.
Roxy explains that Mackenzie is doing the assessment as part of her youth advisor role, and everyone thinks it will be a walk in the park.
SHEILA: It can't be all that important if they're sending the work experience kid to do it.
But Kyle seems a bit rattled, and admits he's worried Mackenzie will find something wrong. He glances at Roxy, but is unable to say what's worrying him in front of the others. Sheila tells him to stop stressing, and she, Levi and Bea head outside to fire up the barbie.
Roxy tells Kyle that Sheila is right; Mackenzie won't interrogate them. Kyle is worried she'll find some evidence of the death cap mushrooms out the back of the tram, but Roxy reminds him they've cleared them all out.
KYLE: But you know how quick those mushies grow, and in how many different places! I'm gonna have to concrete the back and everything.
But Roxy assures him there's no reason Mackenzie would come back later and check.
ROXY: We've got this.
Mackenzie is apologising profusely to Amy for her dirt-digging phone call to the airline, while Shane, Dipi and Jay observe.
SHANE: Why did you do it?
MACKENZIE: Amy's been causing a lot of tension in the family lately, and I've been worried about you. So when Harlow said that all her uniform designs were rip-offs -
SHANE: You thought you'd throw Amy under the bus.
MACKENZIE: No, I didn't mean to. I just wanted to see if there was a pattern in her behaviour - if she'd done anything else.
AMY: Do you realise how cooked that is? Like, I'm surprised they even took your call!
MACKENZIE: I - I pretended to be Tim Collins' PA. I said that you were applying for a job, and that I needed to check your references.
Jay intervenes, saying it wasn't just Mackenzie; they were both trying to protect the family, and didn't expect it to blow up this way. Amy bursts into tears.
AMY (to Shane): Your whole family hates me, and I haven't done anything - like, to anyone!
Amy rushes outside, and Shane goes to follow her. Dipi says they still have something else to address, but Shane curtly tells her they can sort it out later; Amy's upset right now.
Toadie and Ned are chatting about the craziness of the lip sync contest, and Amy and Dipi's fight. Ned wishes he'd rigged the match-ups to keep them apart. Toadie tells Ned to call in at his place on his way home and pick up a box of beer, as his thank-you to him for hosting the event.
TOADIE: And there's some pies in there from The 82. Nell was keen, but she's gone off 'em overnight. I'm not sure that she's my daughter.
NED: You won't eat 'em?
TOADIE: No! No, I've gotta stay trim for Tinder.
Ned thanks Toadie, and goes off to pick up the beer and pies.
Mackenzie is chatting to Yashvi and Jay, describing her phone call to the airline as a 'brain fade' but insisting she had good intentions and was looking out for Shane.
YASHVI: Obviously. But all it's done is made him feel sorry for her.
MACKENZIE: I know I've messed up. But there's nothing much I can do about it now, except keep apologising.
JAY: Which she has, okay? So lay off her.
Yashvi looks at Jay curiously - and when Mackenzie goes to leave, Yashvi insists that Jay stay behind.
YASHVI: What's with the face?
JAY: What face?
YASHVI: You're into her, aren't you? Ha! Way out of your league, Barry!
JAY: You reckon?
YASHVI: Yeah, I know.
JAY: Well, you're wrong as usual. She's into me too.
YASHVI: Has she actually said that?
JAY: She actually has.
YASHVI: Well, it explains why she's acting strange - it's your influence.
Yashvi tells Jay off for making the dumb decision of running with Mackenzie's plan to call the airline, saying he's supposed to be showing their parents he's changed.
YASHVI: If you want to win their trust back, you have to stay focused. That means using your brain for once.
The following morning, it's evident that Amy has stayed the night with Shane - and Dipi has awkwardly arrived to clear the air. Shane mediates between the pair, inviting them to sit down and reflect on yesterday's events.
AMY: Look, I admit that I didn't act in the most mature manner yesterday. I shouldn't have accused you of something without proof, and... I'm sorry I got a little stabby at the auction. That was completely unnecessary.
DIPI: Yeah, I really appreciate that. And I am sorry that I reacted badly, too.
Toadie has come in, and overhears this.
TOADIE: Am I dreaming, or are you two being civil to each other?
DIPI: Toad, I'm so sorry we ruined your fundraiser.
TOADIE: Well, the final count's not in, but I'm pretty sure we made a stack of money!
Shane tells Dipi and Amy that this sniping and aggro 'can't happen again'. Dipi agrees, reflecting on the impact it's been having on Jay in particular; Shane says they need to set a good example for the kids.
AMY: It's a shame they think that I'm the enemy, though.
SHANE: Come on, they don't think that.
AMY: Yashvi had a go at me last week, and then Jay, and now Mackenzie.
SHANE: They'll come round.
AMY: They're super-intimidating, babe.
SHANE: Yeah, but you're no pushover, Greenwood.
Dipi looks peeved.
Harlow is accompanying Mackenzie on her sustainability audit of the tram. Mackenzie can't stop thinking about what she did to Amy.
MACKENZIE: And then there's Jay.
HARLOW: What's happening with Jay?
But before Mack can answer, Kyle and Roxy emerge from the tram to greet them. Mackenzie turns all formal and shakes their hands.
MACKENZIE: Good morning. My name's Mackenzie Hargreaves and I'm the council youth advisor.
ROXY: Yeah, we've met!
Mackenzie asks for a rundown of Kyle's sustainability practices at the tram.
KYLE: We have a zero-waste policy here. Everything we use is either recycled, repaired or repurposed. Like the old girl herself.
MACKENZIE: And what about food waste?
KYLE: Uh, compost lives out the back.
MACKENZIE: Can I see?
Roxy tries to put her off, saying it's 'nothing but stinky old bins back there'. Mackenzie says she'll have a look at the end, and asks where they source their native plants.
KYLE: Farmers' markets, mainly.
ROXY: Food-selling places! I don't go around picking random things. We're not crazy!
Kyle gives Roxy a look. Mackenzie points to a nearby customer bin and the plastic packaging that's bulging from it. Roxy blames the nearby Grease Monkeys for this apparent sustainability lapse, and Harlow pointedly suggests Mackenzie should have a word with the burger joint later. Next, Mackenzie asks to look at the kitchen appliances, and she and Harlow head indoors.
ROXY (to Kyle): See, we're fine. No trace of mushies.
KYLE: We really are okay, aren't we?
ROXY: Yes! Now we can relax and enjoy the nomination. Gary's sausage for the win!
They laugh and hug.
Shane and Dipi are talking about Jay; they've agreed to send him back to his school in Sydney, given it might offer him more stability than the fraught environment here. However, it sounds like he'll be living with Dipi's parents rather than boarding as previously.
DIPI: They'll keep him in line; and if they don't, Kirsha will. And I'll take him up to settle him in.
She decides to start looking for flights today, so Jay has a bit of time before school restarts to get used to being at his grandparents'. Shane suggests he come too, but Dipi says they don't both need to go.
SHANE: No, no, I want to.
DIPI: ... Actually, I would prefer if you didn't. I just need some space. Seeing you with Amy hasn't only been hard on the kids.
DIPI: No, I know - I brought this all upon myself. But watching you with her - protecting her - it's just difficult.
SHANE: I don't want to drive you away.
DIPI: No, you're not. I'll be back.
Jay comes in, and asks if Mackenzie's here. Shane explains she's at the tram, but asks Jay to sit down; they tell him the news that he's going back to Sydney with Dipi today.
JAY: Umm... thanks! You guys are the best.
Ned is sitting on the patio, gazing with satisfaction at Bea's billy cart, which he has painted in an eye-catching fire-red design. Levi and Bea arrive, excited to see the results.
LEVI: Ooh, there's my baby!
NED: Alright, mate - I'm flattered, but your girlfriend's right there.
Levi and Bea both seem very satisfied with the paintwork. Bea also notices that Ned has a roo pie on the table which he's about to tuck into, and declares 'pie envy'. Ned explains Toadie gave it to him for hosting the lip sync contest.
LEVI: You want to know the best way to smash a pie?
NED: If you're about to tell me to eat around the pastry, you can forget it, alright, keto kid?
LEVI: Your funeral.
Bea makes excited noises as Ned cuts into the pie - cue ominous underscore as he gets a piece of it on his fork...
In the sun room, Shane and Toadie talk about Dipi and Jay's flight to Sydney. Shane admits that Dipi said she needed space from him and Amy.
TOADIE: Do you think that, you know, maybe she's not ready to let go of your marriage?
SHANE: ... The thought had crossed my mind but, nah, I doubt it. I think it just weirds her out, seeing me with Amy.
TOADIE: Yeah, it can't be easy for her.
SHANE: Nah. Or the kids. I mean, they're really piling it onto poor old Amy.
TOADIE: It's really good that you're looking out for her, mate. But I mean, your family's your priority, though, right?
SHANE: Yeah. Yeah, of course. But you know, Dipi's tough. She'll be right. And the kids just probably need a bit more time.
Meanwhile, indoors, Jay is packing for his flight when Mackenzie comes in. She tells him there's something urgent she really needs to talk to him about, and asks if they can go outside to discuss it.
JAY: Before we do, umm... I'm going to Sydney today.
MACKENZIE: ... Oh... Right... Is that what you want?
JAY: I don't know. It's what I did want, but now... you've given me a reason to stay.
Shane comes in, interrupting, and asks if Jay's finished packing. He confirms he has.
Paul and Terese come in. Paul finds Kyle clearing his own table, and jokes that the sustainability inspection at the tram must've been a disaster if he's working here now.
KYLE: I'm just helping out, Paul. Being a good egg - you know, something you know nothing about.
Roxy appears, and tells Paul that in fact, the inspection went really well. Paul remarks that Mackenzie must've gone easy on them. There are the usual back-and-forth jibes, which Kyle 'wins' with a quip about Paul getting his wife to run his business for him - until Terese leads Paul away to sit down, and tells him off for the 'constant sniping at Kyle'.
TERESE: If I had to guess, I'd say you're missing a sparring partner.
Across the room, Roxy congratulates Kyle on getting one over Paul, saying Gary must be 'cacking himself up there'. Kyle's still pumped about passing the inspection, and Roxy suggests they go back to hers and 'put that energy to good use'.
Sheila and Dipi are chatting at a table outside Harold's. Sheila thinks Dipi's plans to head to Sydney feel 'a bit hasty', but Dipi says everyone needs some distance. As they see Amy walk past, Sheila promises to be Dipi's 'ears on the ground' in Erinsborough while she's away.
SHEILA: That little floozy will get away with nothing on my watch.
DIPI: Well, I really appreciate it, Sheila, but I don't -
SHEILA: No. It's bad enough that the loves of our lives have moved onto drier pastures, but for Shane to pick up with that dehydrated flibbertigibbet -
DIPI: I don't want to talk about Amy. And I really don't want any updates while I'm gone, please.
SHEILA: Not even one little update?
DIPI: The whole reason I'm going away is to clear my head. And to somehow make peace with the fact that Shane's moved on.
SHEILA: But do you think that going away is gonna change the way you feel now?
DIPI: Probably not.
SHEILA: Then tell Shane. Make him see some sense.
DIPI: No, I can't. He's happy. And by going to Sydney, maybe I can find the circuit breaker I need to be happy for him.
In the sun room, Mackenzie and Jay sit side by side, both evidently conflicted about his leaving town.
MACKENZIE: About what you said... does that mean that you like me, too?
JAY (laughs): Yes. I've like-liked you now for ages.
MACKENZIE: Why didn't you say anything?
JAY: Well, you were so cut up about Richie, and I'm terrible with girls, and... I thought I'd be going back to Sydney at some stage, so...
MACKENZIE: Do you really have to go?
JAY: I want to show Mum and Dad I can make them proud. And the school is amazing.
MACKENZIE: Well, so is Erinsborough High.
JAY: Well, you never learned the true definition of 'amazing', so...
MACKENZIE: Ha. Funny.
JAY: I just feel like, if we started something, I wouldn't focus on my studies or getting myself together again.
MACKENZIE (upset): Are you sure?
JAY (upset): No. You're the one person I've been able to talk to. I don't want to lose that.
MACKENZIE: Well, we both have phones. Apparently, they do this really cool thing, where they help you talk to someone, even when they're really far away.
JAY: It's not the same, though, is it?
MACKENZIE: ... Whatever we are, it's too soon for you to sacrifice your future. And I need to focus on university, and my new job.
JAY: We're being smart.
But neither look like they really believe it, and they hover, as if debating whether to kiss. But they don't.
MACKENZIE: Being smart sucks.
Roxy and Kyle arrive in the back yard. Ned asks them if they're hungry, and shows them the roo pie on the plate, all cut up, which he says he's about to bin.
KYLE: Nah. Bit off pies at the moment.
NED: Oh, you and Nell both. Toadie got this from the tram, but she wasn't into it, so he passed 'em on.
Roxy and Kyle exchange a worried glance.
KYLE: What pies did he get?
NED: Roo, I think. Sorry, it's not really my thing.
ROXY: Did you eat any?
NED: No. Mate, I love all your other pies. And I've got to go to a Rebecchi family lunch now, so it's probably good I didn't fill up.
KYLE: Hey, umm, did Toadie say if he had any more?
NED: No. He gave me four, but I got rid of the rest of mine. So if you want one...
But Roxy understandably isn't keen as Ned shoves the plate in her direction! Ned gets a call from Yashvi, and rushes off to his dinner.
ROXY: He could've died if he'd eaten that!
KYLE: We need to go find out if Toadie has any more, okay?
Roxy scrapes the pie into the bin, and they rush off.
Jay's farewell dinner is underway; he's at a table with Shane and Dipi, while Ned, Yashvi and Mackenzie chat in the background. Shane reports that Toadie is on his way.
JAY: I'm not sure I deserve a party.
SHANE: You don't. This is a lunch.
DIPI: Yeah, and you're paying!
Jay joins the others at the counter.
YASHVI: Apparently you're paying, Barry?
JAY: Oh, don't believe everything you hear.
YASHVI: As much as I think you're a goob, I've kind of liked having you around.
NED: That's Vee-speak for, 'I love you and I'll miss you'.
YASHVI: He's deluded.
JAY: Aww, I'll miss you too, Yashvi!
Back at the table, Shane tells Dipi that they need to 'do better by' Jay, and check in more often with him. She agrees, saying they should make more trips, too.
SHANE: We can tag-team.
DIPI (sadly): Yeah, that's a good idea.
Aware of the need to give Mackenzie and Jay some alone-time, Yashvi drags Ned into the kitchen to help her with something.
MACKENZIE: I guess this is it - your last lunch.
JAY: Yeah. Umm... tell Harlow and Hendrix I said bye.
MACKENZIE: Of course.
JAY: Maybe we should do a weekly FaceTime or something? Something cool, like trivia night, or movie club, or... Sorry, none of those are cool.
MACKENZIE: Sounds cool to me. You know I want to keep talking to you. But you'll be busy with school. I'll have university. Long-distance stuff rarely works.
JAY: This isn't forever. I'll be back. I promise.
Mackenzie smiles at him sadly.
Kyle and Roxy hurriedly catch up with Toadie in the courtyard.
KYLE: Hey, umm... you took some pies from the tram the other day?
TOADIE: Yeah, they were damaged. I hope you don't mind.
ROXY: Did you eat any?
TOADIE: No. No, I gave them to Ned. Why do you ask?
KYLE: Oh, umm... we're running low, so we thought we'd get a couple back off you.
Toadie says they'll have to ask Ned, and walks off. Roxy and Kyle breathe a sigh of relief as they realise Ned's box of pies was the only one, and Roxy recalls that Ned said he 'got rid' of the other three pies - which they've evidently taken to mean he threw them out.
KYLE: Babe, this means there's no pies left out in the wild!
ROXY: That is the best news we have had all week!
They high-five, and hug.
In the back garden, Levi and Bea are excitedly admiring the newly painted billy cart. Levi wants to give it a test run, but Bea says they need helmets.
LEVI: Can't we borrow Karl's?
BEA: No! All of his helmets are magpie repellent with sticky things on the top! I have *some* vanity, thank you very much.
Bea sends Levi to the store to pick up two 'regular, non-dorky' helmets. Once he's gone, she heads over to the barbecue where she's been heating up... a roo pie!
BEA (to herself): Perfect. Thank you, Ned!
The ominous underscore is back, as Bea takes a selfie on her phone, of her holding the roo pie up and smiling. 'Waste not, want not,' she posts, in a message to Ned, which she sends along with the picture - before tucking into the poisoned pastry goodness. Mmm, poison...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Roxy asks Kyle what sort of idiot chucks in dodgy mushrooms without checking they're okay
- A shocked- looking Susan opposite Karl
- Sheila tells Roxy and Kyle, 'She's been poisoned!'
- Aaron tells Jane, 'Pushing her to talk before she's ready might not end well'
- Jane looks anxiously around the garden while putting out the washing, calling out, 'Hello?'