- Louis Curtain calls Hendrix a loser for repeating Year 12 and getting dumped by Harlow
- Harlow is upset to learn that Hendrix sold her skydiving Christmas present to Jeremiah
- Hendrix has a tantie at school and kicks over a bin
- Sheila tells Roxy and Kyle that Bea is in hospital with death cap mushroom poisoning
- A tearful Roxy confesses to Bea at her bedside, explaining she was the one who poisoned her
- But later, we learn Bea has told Levi that she picked and cooked the mushrooms herself
- Bea convinces Kyle and Roxy to let her cover for them, rather than ruining Kyle's business
- Roxy and Kyle agree it's still their secret to keep, however rubbish it makes them feel
At the front of the building, Levi is giving Bea a ride out in a wheelchair, while Sheila, Kyle and Roxy tag along. Bea's looking much better than she had been, Sheila observes; and Bea confirms she'll be allowed to go home in a few days, all being well.
BEA: I just want to swap this thing out for my billy cart. And while I'm stuck here, I should be practising some manoeuvres...
LEVI: Yeah, not a chance.
BEA: What about a little wheelie?
Sheila suggests to Roxy that they head off to work; Sheila's back working again now following her pacemaker operation, but just doing short shifts. But she says she's 'in safe hands' with Roxy there. Roxy looks guilty as Sheila leaves; and Bea sends Levi to get her a coffee, so she can have a secret chat to Kyle and Roxy.
BEA: Guys, enough with the sad faces. They're going to work it out.
KYLE: Maybe they should.
ROXY: Didn't we just agree to do what Bea wants?
BEA: Yes, we did. And we're sticking to it. I'm the one that got sick, so I'm the one who makes the decisions. I keep telling you, forget about it and move on.
KYLE: You're in a wheelchair.
BEA: Yes, and it won't be for long, and then we can forget about it. Just go with it, okay?
From the coffee cart, Levi notices there's an intense conversation going on between the others and looks suspicious.
Erinsborough High School
Susan is in the corridor, talking to Jane about Hendrix, who is cooling down in a nearby classroom.
SUSAN: I've seen him upset before, but never an outburst like that.
Susan resolves to get a cleaner to remove the 'loser' graffiti from Hendrix's locker - then she wants to call Pierce to update him. But they need to decide on what action the school will take in response to Hendrix's behaviour. Karl turns up to collect Hendrix, and he sullenly follows him out of the classroom.
Levi and Kyle are sitting outside the hospital. Levi thanks Kyle for picking up the household stuff this week while he's been with Bea. Feeling guilty, Kyle's about to head to work, when Ned turns up with some chocolates for 'Miss Mushroom', 'once she can stomach 'em'. Ned asks how Levi is doing.
LEVI: I'll be fine. I'm not the one who almost lost my life (...) Sleep and stress has been a bit of an issue. And I've had a couple of nightmares where I dream about losing her, but... I'll be fine.
KYLE: You kept that quiet.
LEVI: Yeah, I didn't want anyone else worried about me, man. A couple of bad dreams compared to what Bea's been through?
Unable to listen to any more, a guilty Kyle heads to work.
Outside The Waterhole, Roxy is being over-assiduous with a customer's order, taking special note of a request for no mayo so as not to inadvertently cause an allergic reaction.
Unaware of the reason for Roxy's sudden caution, Sheila assures her that if the customers had allergies, they'd say so. Admitting that Bea's poisoning has got her rattled, Roxy goes back to ask the customer if she has any allergies, just to be sure. Sheila looks perplexed.
Harlow is on the street when Karl pulls up in his car with Hendrix.
KARL (to Hendrix): Hey - it'll get better.
HENDRIX: How can it, Karl? Sorry for melting down like that. I honestly couldn't help it.
KARL: Well, you're gonna have to learn how to, if you want to get through the year.
HENDRIX: Maybe school's the problem. With Dad leaving, and all the mistakes that I've made with Kane... losing Harlow, getting charged, dealing with Year 12. It's too much for me.
Hendrix heads into the house, and Harlow crosses the road to chat with Karl, asking if all is okay. Karl briefly explains what happened at school, but assures Harlow that he and Susan can look after Hendrix. He goes indoors, leaving Harlow looking worried.
Ned is visiting Bea. He tells her that he and Yashvi have been invited for dinner by Shane and Amy, but that Yashvi's worried it might upset Dipi. Bea says it shouldn't if Yashvi gives Dipi advance warning. Levi comes in with lunch for Bea.
LEVI: I promise there's no mushrooms.
BEA: Yeah. And I promise to only use veggies from the store in my stir-fries from now on.
LEVI: I thought you said you used it to make an omelette?
BEA: ... Oh, yeah, that's what I meant.
LEVI: (...) Karl said he checked the front yard, and he couldn't find the mushrooms near the tap. Are you sure that's where you saw them?
BEA: Uh... no. Behind the rose bush.
LEVI: Yeah, which one?
BEA: I dunno.
LEVI: Babe, this is important. We have to find it and get rid of it.
BEA: Can we stop talking about poison, and can you pass me over that yummy food you bought me?
Levi complies, and drops the matter, but looks suspicious again.
Erinsborough High School
Susan chats to Jane about Hendrix again. Jane thinks Louis Curtain is responsible for the graffiti but says it can't be proved. Susan says there have to be consequences for Hendrix's behaviour, but acknowledges that Hendrix is already talking about quitting - so coming down hard on him won't help. Susan adds that it's a conflict of interest for her to be involved in disciplining him.
Jane offers to take over on the discipline front in this case, which Susan thinks is a good idea; she's sure Jane will be fair.
SUSAN: That way, Karl and I are free to just show him support at home.
JANE: I think he's gonna need it.
Outside the pub, Kyle asks Sheila how her first day back at work is going. Sheila says she's fine, but tells him Roxy is 'as touchy as a sackful of cats'. We see Roxy assiduously scrubbing tables nearby. Kyle gets a message saying one of the staff at The 82, Will, is sick, meaning he's short-staffed. So Sheila volunteers Roxy to go and help him, saying business is quiet here anyway.
Kyle is abruptly quick to turn down this offer, insisting he can handle it, despite Sheila's insistence that she can manage alone. Roxy looks upset, but knows why she's not welcome at the tram - and instead volunteers to go and check on Bea at the hospital. Roxy leaves. Sheila gives Kyle a quizzical look.
Susan and Karl sit down next to a despondent-looking Hendrix for a chat.
HENDRIX: Before you guys start with the inspirational speeches, don't bother. Mr Perkins already tried.
SUSAN: Well, just humour us, okay? Hendrix, school will give you structure. It'll give you something to focus on.
KARL: And the reason you decided to go back hasn't changed. You need options.
HENDRIX: I told you. I can't handle it.
SUSAN: Well, maybe that's something you could talk to your counsellor about?
HENDRIX: Oh, what, how I'm a loser?
SUSAN: No, they can help you develop strategies to deal with everything you're facing at the moment. In fact, I was talking to your dad about that today.
HENDRIX: You told my dad?
SUSAN: Well, yes, of course, I had to. And now that he's back from Greece, he's booked to come down.
HENDRIX (agitated): No. I don't want to see him!
SUSAN: He's worried about you!
HENDRIX: No, he's just going to feel guilty, and freak out, and then get angry, okay? Please ask him not to come!
SUSAN: Okay. Alright, I'll talk to him. But we need to decide how we're gonna move forward.
KARL: And I truly believe you'll regret dropping out until you give this year a chance.
HENDRIX: I won't. I'm done.
Levi and Roxy are visiting Bea, and randomly telling her about Chloe moving into No 24. Bea says it 'sucks' that Chloe will be living on her own. Roxy is distracted, and Levi's forced to get her attention; Roxy admits she's tired, saying it's been a 'long week'. Levi asks why, but Bea is keen to move the conversation on, and asks Levi to fetch her a book she left at the garage.
LEVI: Babe, is it important? Because I really don't want to leave your side. You're starting to look a bit clammy.
Bea says it's just the warm blanket, so Levi agrees to go and fetch the book. Once he's gone...
BEA: So, what's the story?
ROXY: I'm not dumping my problems on a person that I almost killed.
BEA: It was an accident, and that's the end of it.
Roxy explains that Kyle wasn't keen to have her work at The 82, despite being short-staffed; she's sure it's because he no longer trusts her after the mushroom incident.
BEA: You might be wrong, Rox.
ROXY: I don't even trust myself. Every time I take an order, I have to check it five times.
BEA: You need to talk to him about it.
ROXY: I'm afraid to (...) If I push him, he'll admit how angry he really is at me, and I don't think I can handle that on top of how angry I am at myself.
Harlow is walking towards Harold's when she overhears Jane on the phone, talking to Susan about Hendrix. As Jane hangs up, Harlow asks her what is happening with Hendrix. Jane admits Hendrix got very upset today, but says it's not something Harlow needs to get involved with.
HARLOW: I just really want him to succeed.
JANE: Yes. We all do. I just don't know that high school is where he's going to shine.
HARLOW: Wait, you're not gonna expel him, are you?
JANE: Hendrix has already told Karl and Susan that he wants to quit.
HARLOW: What?! No, no, he can't. He needs all the help he can get.
JANE: I agree. I've been trying to figure out a way to discipline him but still give him the emotional support that he needs, but there's hardly any point if he's not going to be there.
HARLOW: You have to find a way to talk him round.
JANE: I'll do all that I can. But he is eighteen - not legally obliged to be there. Ultimately, the decision is his.
Sheila is at a table outside the tram, while Kyle clears other tables. Levi turns up, and Sheila tells him about Kyle turning down her offer of Roxy's help today.
SHEILA: They were very odd with each other earlier. You don't think they're going through a rough patch or anything, do you?
LEVI: I dunno, but Rox did seem a bit out of sorts when I spoke to her earlier.
Kyle notices them looking at him, and correctly guesses they're talking about him. He tells Sheila to go home and rest; he doesn't need a babysitter. At this point, Ned turns up.
NED: I've got a real hankering for a pie, actually!
KYLE: Oh, easy. Beef, lamb or duck?
SHEILA: What about the roo?
NED: Ooh, no, not a fan of roo.
KYLE: Yeah, I've retired the roo for a bit anyway.
SHEILA: It was one of your dad's specialties (...)
KYLE (shouting): I just don't want 'em on the menu, okay?!
Levi looks suspicious.
Harlow turns up to check in on Hendrix. We can tell it's painful for him, her being there.
HARLOW: I don't want to stress or embarrass you. I just wanted to say, you can't quit school. It's a huge mistake.
HENDRIX: And what's it to you? The message you sent me was pretty clear that you don't want to have anything to do with me.
HARLOW: Doesn't mean I don't care.
HENDRIX: Forget it, Harlow. You did nothing wrong. It was all me.
HARLOW: Great, then you admit responsibility - that's the first step in turning this around.
HENDRIX: Oh, what is with the inspo speeches today?
HARLOW: You know why you chose to do it, and I still think it's the right call. Look, I get today was horrible. But you have so many people who love and believe in you. Let them help. Trying to do this by yourself is what got you in trouble in the first place. Don't do that again. And don't give up, okay? Please?
Hendrix looks close to tears, but doesn't respond. Harlow leaves.
Kyle serves up a hot lamb pie for Ned, and again asks Sheila - who's taken to cleaning tables - to go home, saying he can cope without her.
SHEILA: You're not coping with anything. You're grouchy with me, cold with Roxy, scrapping the roo pies - something is going on!
KYLE: The only thing going on - and on, and on and on and on - is your mouth. Please go home, and let me work in peace.
As Kyle goes inside, Levi turns up again, and Sheila reiterates her suspicions to him and Ned that something odd is going on between Kyle and Roxy. Sheila goes in to try and talk to Kyle again, while Ned tucks into his pie.
NED: Mate, I'd offer you some - but, you know, keto.
LEVI: Yeah, no worries, mate.
NED: Lucky your girlfriend doesn't mind carbs. She even got in before the roo pies got the cut.
LEVI: What do you mean?
NED: I gave her some last week, when I got them from Toadie. Now that Kyle has taken them off the menu, they are an endangered pie, my friend.
Levi looks suspicious again.
Roxy is still with Bea, who is looking increasingly unwell again. She admits she doesn't feel good, and Roxy rushes to get a nurse. Karl and Susan turn up; Bea tells them she's all sweaty and thinks she's going to vomit. Sure enough, she does.
KARL: This could be a relapse from the toxins.
Susan takes Roxy outside, while Karl looks after Bea. Roxy worriedly calls Kyle, and tells him to get to the hospital ASAP.
Hendrix comes in, and finds Jane at the counter.
HENDRIX: I came to apologise for what happened earlier. I was out of line.
JANE: Well, thank you, Hendrix. That... that means a lot. How are you feeling now?
HENDRIX: Better. It's been a full-on day.
JANE: Have you given any more thought to the idea of wanting to leave?
HENDRIX: I got some good advice, and I've decided not to.
Jane assumes this advice was from Karl and Susan, and Hendrix doesn't correct her.
HENDRIX: It was definitely what I needed to hear.
JANE: Well, I'm glad.
HENDRIX: So, I guess I'm gonna be in detention for the next decade?
JANE: No, I don't think so.
HENDRIX: Just the year, then?
JANE: You're not a child. I'm not gonna treat you like one.
HENDRIX: So, you'll forget it?
JANE: Oh, I didn't say that. No, I'm still thinking about it. But rest assured, I have your back.
Hendrix smiles as Jane leaves. Harlow has come in, and goes over to talk to Hendrix. He tells her he's decided to stay at school. Harlow smiles.
HARLOW: So my monologue actually worked?
HENDRIX: Always. Thank you.
HARLOW: You're welcome.
She goes to the counter, and he smiles as he watches her. We perhaps get a sense he's hoping things are on the mend with her...
Kyle, Roxy and Levi are waiting for news on Bea at reception. Levi's feeling guilty for having left earlier; Roxy assures him it's not his fault. Karl turns up to update Levi, and it isn't good news.
KARL: It looks like renal failure.
LEVI: What happened?
KARL: Symptoms can subside for a few days, giving the false impression of recovery. But it appears the toxins have re-emerged.
LEVI: But she's gonna be alright, though, yeah? You guys got to her in time?
KARL: She has an excellent team looking after her. They're giving her the very best of care.
Karl heads off to update Susan. Levi tells Kyle and Roxy he's going to call Sheila. But as he turns from them, he overhears...
KYLE: We have to tell him.
ROXY: It's too serious not to.
Kyle gets up and goes to talk to Levi. But Levi's already guessed what's happening.
LEVI: You did this, didn't you?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Kyle tells the family that the tram has been shut down by the council
- Roxy moans, 'I've ruined his life. I know Kyle is angry at me. I can feel it'
- We hear Amy say it's not too early for Shane to have feelings for her
- We see Dipi coming into the café as Amy and Shane are getting touchy- feely
- Amy tells Shane that Toadie still thinks she's not right for him
- Paul sees Nicolette and Brent having an intense conversation