- Toadie and Melanie have an awkward date
- Chloe is furious to learn how Nicolette orchestrated her finding out about Pierce's affair
- Chloe tells David, Aaron and Nic she's moving into No 24 when she returns from Adelaide
- Brent shoves Hendrix in the corridor, resulting in a broken laptop and a screaming match
- Harlow tells Hendrix about Brent carrying a blade for protection, which doesn't reassure him
- While copying Brent's personal file, Hendrix accidentally shares it on the student network
- Jane tells a worried Nicolette, Aaron and David about the file sharing incident
Erinsborough High School
Susan asks after Hendrix's damaged laptop; he says it's still not working. She takes him to task over the incident with Brent.
SUSAN: I know that Brent wasn't completely innocent - but Hendrix, your temper just doesn't help matters.
HENDRIX: I tried to keep clear of him, but he kept pushing and pushing.
SUSAN: It doesn't mean you have to push back!
Jane comes around the corner, and asks for a private word with Susan. As they walk off together, a random pupil, Rai Yan, appears, and tells Hendrix that Brent's personal file has been published on the student resource network. Rai finds this very amusing.
RAI: The teachers took it down, but there's still copies going round.
Hendrix checks his phone, and sure enough, he's had messages about it from other pupils.
HENDRIX (horrified): His juvie files are on here. And his psych reports.
RAI (amused): He's off the chart!
Rai walks off, as Hendrix starts to put two and two together... Meanwhile, around the corner, Jane is telling Susan about the leaking of Brent's file. Susan is nonplussed as to how it happened, since Brent's file is only available to senior staff. She decides they need to tell Brent before he hears it from anywhere else.
Aaron and David have heard from Susan; they tell Nicolette that she's about to break the news to Brent about his file leaking. They're worried it will leak onto social media, but Nicolette's sure this will already have happened.
Aaron decides he and David should go down to the school to support Brent, but at this point, Chloe comes in, back from Adelaide. Nicolette looks apprehensive. When asked, Chloe says that Fay is doing fine, but looks a bit worried. David says he'll go to the school alone and deal with the Brent situation, while Aaron catches up with Chloe.
Aaron says Chloe looks exhausted; she admits she's 'maxed out' on time with Freddie, her new nephew (Mark and Paige's baby).
CHLOE: He's so adorable. It's quite hard to believe that Mark is his dad.
NICOLETTE: I hope you've got photos?
But Chloe looks awkward, and ignores Nicolette. Aaron asks why Chloe is back early; she says she had hotel duties to sort out, and wants to get settled back into No 24. Nicolette offers to help her move her things over, but Chloe says she'll deal with it herself, and walks out. Nicolette looks upset.
In Toadie's office, Melanie is contemplating performing a 'spiritual cleanse' of the room. Toadie says she's already done enough as his PA, which has been a huge stress relief for him.
TOADIE: In fact, how about I take you out to dinner tonight? Just the two of us. My shout.
MELANIE: ... On Valentine's Day?
TOADIE: Oh! I didn't realise!
MELANIE: But then again, I do hate spending the day by myself, like every year.
TOADIE: Right. So that's a yes to dinner, then.
MELANIE: It's a yes indeed! Oh, our love lives must be pretty tragic if this is our best offer!
TOADIE: Yeah, I think I find it easy to be friends first. Like with Audrey at the Foundation, or Rose, my last PA.
MELANIE: ... You dated your PA?
TOADIE: Yeah, yeah.
Melanie contemplates this for a second, then blurts out...
MELANIE: I slept with Paul Robinson! Way back, when I used to work for him. Huuuuuuge mistake!
Toadie digests this news awkwardly.
MELANIE: So! Dinner tonight!
Erinsborough High School
David and Brent are in the principal's office with a sheepish-looking Susan and Jane. Susan explains the leaked file contains Brent's academic history, juvenile record, and reports from his former fostering agency - as well as all his medical and psychiatric records.
BRENT: My psych records?!
JANE: I took it down, as soon as I discovered it.
BRENT: It's gonna be all over social media by now.
SUSAN: We'll make sure that anyone who has it deletes it. I am so sorry.
DAVID (angry): How did this happen?
SUSAN: Well, we're not sure yet, but I assume some sort of technical error.
BRENT: Was anybody else's file leaked?
JANE: No, not that I'm aware.
SUSAN: I understand this has been a huge -
BRENT: Look, can I go home?
SUSAN: Yes. Yes, of course.
Brent leaves the room.
DAVID (angry): Coming back to school was a huge challenge for him. I dunno how he's gonna come back from this.
SUSAN: I'm so sorry, David.
David walks out.
SUSAN: Brent's right. How could it be a technical error that uploads his confidential file, and no-one else's?
JANE: I have a theory. I asked Curtis to do an audit of the school drive, and this morning he was uploading a bunch of files.
SUSAN: Curtis doesn't have access to Brent's files, so I don't see how he could have... Oh, Jane.
JANE: Oh, I'm sorry. He was so keen to help Brent and, well, I upgraded his permission.
Susan looks taken aback.
Chloe is in the house alone, when Nicolette arrives with a box of Chloe's possessions from No 32.
CHLOE (coldly): I told you I don't want your help.
NICOLETTE: I know, but that's because you're still angry with me, which is totally warranted. But can you please just yell and get it out of your system, so that I can apologise for the hundredth time, and then we can move on to the rebuilding phase?
NICOLETTE: This passive-aggressive routine is extremely basic.
CHLOE: There's nothing passive about it. I don't want to rebuild anything with you.
NICOLETTE: Chloe, come on!
CHLOE: You'll be in my life forever because you're having my brother's baby, but our friendship is done.
NICOLETTE: Chlo, I know I stuffed up, but I want to make it up to you.
CHLOE: You can't. The best thing you can do is just start letting go, and find yourself another fixation.
NICOLETTE: ... Is that what you think this is?
CHLOE: You've been manipulating me, my friends and my ex-husband since we met. I can't trust you, let alone be friends with you.
Erinsborough High School
Susan and Jane are interrogating Curtis about Brent's leaked files, but he swears he had no role in uploading them to the shared network. He says he triple-checked all the study resources he uploaded, and that this can be verified in the upload history. Susan thanks him, and he walks off. Susan wonders who could've uploaded the file if Curtis didn't.
Hendrix appears behind them.
JANE: Maybe one of the students hacked into the system?
HENDRIX: They didn't. It was me. At least, I think it was.
Susan explains to Aaron, David and Brent that Hendrix was responsible for accidentally uploading the file while using Susan's computer, but that he swears there was no malice behind it.
BRENT: Of course he'd say that! He did it on purpose!
DAVID: How did he have access to your computer?
SUSAN: I wasn't home at the time.
DAVID: Why was it accessible to him in the first place?
AARON: Yeah, Susan, remember, this is the kid who stole a VCE exam last year!
SUSAN: I know. I know. I take full responsibility for what's happened. I'm so sorry, Brent.
BRENT: He'd better not get away with this.
SUSAN: He won't. He won't go unpunished.
Brent angrily grabs his bag and announces he's going for a walk, before storming out.
Melanie returns to Toadie's office with Clive, having bumped into her in the complex. He admits he thought she might be avoiding him, after what she said about his relationship with Jane.
MELANIE: Oh, no. I am always happy to admit when I get things wrong!
CLIVE: You called us a disaster.
MELANIE (laughs): Yes, well, don't listen to me! If you want to hear about a disaster, what about my love life? Huh.
CLIVE: You don't mean Paul?
MELANIE: Of course it's not Paul!
In the courtyard, Toadie is having a Parallel Conversation™ with Kyle.
TOADIE: I think I've made a massive mistake.
KYLE: Not as much as me, if Roxy hates what I've got her for Valentine's.
TOADIE: Mel's got the hots for me.
KYLE: Whoa! I thought you guys just agreed to be friends.
TOADIE: Yeah, same. But then she just told me that she'd slept with Paul!
KYLE: She's not another ex-wife of his, is she?!
TOADIE: No, no - this is back when she was Paul's PA.
KYLE: Right. So, from that, you think she wants a piece of her new boss? Huh.
TOADIE: And I've just asked her out for dinner tonight.
KYLE: Dude! On Valentine's Day?
TOADIE: (horrified noise)
Yup, it seems we have a full-blown comedy of errors on our hands...
MELANIE: That's what I said! Apparently, he didn't realise what day it was.
CLIVE: Well, that's not unreasonable.
MELANIE: But then he started to rabbit on about the last two romances that he'd had, both with women that he'd worked with. Even one was his PA.
MELANIE: Hello? I'm his new PA!
Clive asks Melanie whether Toadie's 'feels' are reciprocated.
MELANIE: Oh, we went out for a date when I first got back. And I was prepared to give it a go, you know - open mind and all that. But then I found out. He's a Sagittarius.
Toadie is working himself up into a panic about his Valentine's dinner with Mel, thinking she 'has the hots' for him. Kyle is mildly amused and less than sympathetic.
TOADIE (shrieking): What am I gonna do?!
Melanie tells Clive she can't even throw a sickie, as Toadie knows she's been in work today.
CLIVE: You could try being honest. The last thing you want's a debacle like the one Sheila and Des set up with Jane and I. Disaster, right?
MELANIE: No, you're right. (smiles) I know exactly what I have to do...
Harlow comes in and sits down with Brent, who's at a table. She explains she's heard what happened with his personal records from David.
BRENT: Spreading the good news, is he?
HARLOW: He's worried about you.
BRENT: Yeah, I know. Him and Aaron, they both have my back, and I guess I'm not used to it.
HARLOW: Sorry you had to go through this.
Hendrix comes in, looking contrite.
BRENT: What the hell are you doing here?
HENDRIX: I came to apologise.
BRENT: What, forced by Mrs Kennedy? (...) Do you want to know some of the stuff your mates are sending me?! 'Slumdog psycho. Wet the bed loser. Go stab yourself.' Really?!
HENDRIX: I never meant for your files to go online, I swear. I was looking out for Harlow.
HARLOW: Wait, *you* did this?
HENDRIX: You told me he had a blade. I needed more information.
HARLOW: And how can you possibly think that's an excuse?!
HENDRIX: Okay, I get it was stupid. But come on. After hassling me all day, you deserved it.
Brent gets up, furious, but Harlow tells him to stop, and he keeps his distance from Hendrix.
BRENT: You're right. He's not worth it.
Brent grabs his bag and leaves. Hendrix thanks Harlow for intervening.
HARLOW: I didn't do that for you. I loved you once. But now I can't even remember why.
She walks out. Hendrix looks upset.
An annoyed Aaron comes in to talk to Chloe; he's just got off the phone with Mark, and wants to know why Chloe didn't tell him that Fay wanted to come to visit them. Chloe says he was preoccupied with Brent's problems.
AARON: Right, okay. So this has nothing to do with you totally refusing to help Mum with her bucket list?
CHLOE: Mark told you about that?
AARON: Well, it's kind of a big deal, Chlo!
CHLOE: So is doing a bucket list.
AARON: You're the queen of event planning here.
CHLOE: She's catastrophising. She thinks her days are numbered, and what, we're all just supposed to drop everything and start living out her end-of-days scenario?
AARON: Chloe, Mum's days *are* numbered, alright? She's barely mobile now. Do you really think if she's eating through a tube in her stomach, that's some kind of holiday for her?
CHLOE: It's not time for palliative care yet. If we indulge her too soon, she will just give up.
AARON: Chloe, she's got a grandkid now! She's got another one on the way. Do you really think if we take her ballooning, it's gonna give her permission to give up?
CHLOE: You should see the way Mark and Tyler are coddling her. Like she's already in sunset territory.
AARON: Chlo, it's Mum's decision how she chooses to spend the last of her time here. Where's the harm in making that as fun as possible?
CHLOE: Doing a bucket list isn't fun. It's morbid, negative thinking, and I won't have her here.
AARON: So, if she comes to Erinsborough, you're not gonna see her?
CHLOE (upset): Making silly wishes come true isn't going to keep her here any longer. Shouldn't that be our end goal?
Aaron looks concerned as Chloe walks away.
Toadie visits Kyle, who's picking up some files from the tram, and shows him a Valentine's card he's received, which he thinks is from Melanie.
TOADIE (reading): To my heart. Love, 'M'.
KYLE: Are you sure it's from her?
TOADIE: Nobody else has the keys to my office, Kyle! It was on my desk. It's the first letter of her name!
KYLE: Lots of names start with 'M'.
TOADIE: Kyle, you're missing the point here (...) I'm a horrible person.
KYLE: Mate, just call her and apologise. You know - tell her that she's great, but not in that way, blah, blah, blah...
TOADIE: Come on, any way that I reject her is still gonna make it awkward in the office, isn't it?
KYLE: Why don't you take a mate to dinner, then? Use him as a buffer.
Toadie looks back at Kyle.
KYLE: No, no, no, no. I have plans with Roxy tonight.
TOADIE: Don't you rub your love in my face! Kyle, come on. Godfather to my daughter. Best friend in the universe.
TOADIE: Please, I'm begging you! I don't want to have to explain this awkward situation to anybody else! (...)
KYLE: Fine. You're shoutin'.
Harlow finds Brent sitting alone at the gazebo, looking upset. She sits next to him.
BRENT: I'm sorry about before. I wasn't gonna hurt him.
HARLOW: I understand why you wanted to.
BRENT: The stuff in the file, it's everything about me. Everything that's wrong with me.
HARLOW: (...) You know, there's nothing to be ashamed of. Everything in that file has made you the person that you are today.
BRENT: Yes. And it's not a good thing, Harlow.
HARLOW: I disagree. So do David and Aaron.
BRENT: Have you read it? The file?
She shakes her head.
BRENT: Don't, okay? I need to know there's at least one person out there who isn't looking at me and thinking about all the crazy things I've done.
HARLOW: I don't want to.
BRENT: Not even a bit?
HARLOW: No. Not even at all.
They smile at one another.
Nicolette, Aaron and David are chatting about Chloe's stance on Fay coming to visit, and her bucket list. They are all worried about it.
AARON: Why would you object to making Mum's life better? Especially considering what she's going through? (...) I don't care what she thinks. I want to see Mum and I want to spend time with her, doing the things that she wants to do. But then, what am I gonna tell Mum? Like, 'I'm sorry, but your own daughter doesn't want to see you?'
Nicolette looks concerned.
Curtis has randomly turned up at the house, and is chatting to Susan and Jane. Susan apologises to him for jumping the gun and assuming he was responsible for Brent's leaked file.
CURTIS: I'm just worried about Brent. Maybe I could put in some extra hours with him? Feels like he could do with some more help.
SUSAN: I agree. I would like to give the next stage some thought, though.
Curtis asks Susan to keep him posted, and leaves. Hendrix emerges from his room, and thanks Susan for not telling Curtis something (we're not clear exactly what).
HENDRIX: Copying Brent's file was a snap decision. I hadn't even read it until it was online.
JANE: But you have now?
HENDRIX: Yeah. I had no idea he'd been through all that. I wouldn't be able to handle it.
Susan is unimpressed with Hendrix, and tells him to go and do his homework.
HENDRIX: My laptop's broken.
SUSAN (angry): Find a pen! We'll talk about consequences later.
Hendrix goes back to his room.
JANE: You know, I really thought that we could make a difference with Brent. Now I just feel like I've failed him.
SUSAN: I feel the same about Hendrix. I thought getting him back to school would help, but it's just caused problem after problem.
Clive has accompanied Melanie to the pub for her dinner with Toadie, also as a 'buffer' in the same way Kyle has agreed to accompany Toadie. Clive and Mel quickly see Kyle and Toadie at a table and realise Toadie has brought a friend too. Clive and Kyle go to the bar to get drinks, and compare notes, realising that they are both 'buffers' in this scenario.
KYLE: Hang on, so Toadie didn't rope you in to stop this thing from getting sexy?
CLIVE: No, Melanie did. Sexy is the last thing she wants.
KYLE: Dude, it's the last thing Toadie wants.
CLIVE: Well, shouldn't we tell them?
KYLE (mischievous): Part of me doesn't want to.
CLIVE: Although, it is Valentine's Day, and you do have a girlfriend who would probably like to see you.
KYLE: Good call.
They return to the table, where Toadie and Melanie have been studying the menus awkwardly.
KYLE: Stop acting like two dorks at a formal. Neither of you want this to be a date.
Toadie asks why Melanie sent him the Valentine's card. We learn that she didn't; Dipi dropped the card into the office, and it was from Nell, with an 'N' that looked like an 'M'. All's well that ends well, and Toadie apologises for the mix-up.
MELANIE: For the record, I don't date fire signs.
She raises a toast to 'radical honesty', and Kyle and Clive make swift exits, having better places to be! Toadie and Mel laugh and hit the wine.
Chloe is annoyed to find Nicolette in the house when she comes in, and asks why she's here; Nic explains she borrowed Aaron's key.
CHLOE: You realise that's not an explanation?
NICOLETTE: I didn't think you'd let me in otherwise.
CHLOE: Still not an answer. And I'm not doing this right now (...) You honestly think breaking into my house is the right way to go about being friends again?
NICOLETTE: No, I'm pretty sure it's a deal-breaker. But this isn't about you and me. It's about you and your mum.
CHLOE: Get out.
NICOLETTE: No, I'm not leaving until we talk about Fay.
Chloe fumes, upset.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Karl asks somebody we can't see what the hell they're doing in Erinsborough
- Susan says, 'No- one in the community was spared last time she was here'
- Kyle asks Karl how this is possible; Roxy adds that it has to be some sort of sick joke
- Toadie asks Mackenzie what Shane said about Amy's proposal; Dipi overhears
- Shane tells Amy he's flattered; she replies, 'Don't be flattered. Say yes'
- Dipi asks Shane if he's decided to accept Amy's offer