- Dipi tells Shane there will always be reminders of the mistakes they've made if they stay in Erinsborough
- Shane and Dipi tell Toadie, Yashvi and Mackenzie they've decided to move to Sydney
- David tells Brent he needs to 'stay here and step up'
- Auntie Linda tells Emmett she promised his mum she'd do right by him, meaning he'll have to live with her
- Aaron tells Emmett he and David will do everything they can to make sure he gets what he needs
- Harlow wants Brent to attend Kyle's anniversary event for Gary, which will also honour her mum Prue
- But Brent makes an excuse as to why he can't go
- Holden turns up, and demands Brent hide a stolen motorbike for him
Harlow asks Brent who the guy was who just ran out of the house. 'No-one, just a mate,' he replies. Harlow seems sceptical, and asks why Brent was here with a mate when he's supposed to be hanging out with Emmett. She also asks how he got in, but at this point, Ned turns up - which gives Brent the idea of saying he'd come to see Ned, and that the door was open so he let himself in.
Harlow decides she must've forgotten to lock the door when she left, and Ned asks Brent what he wanted to see him about. Brent says he has a mate looking for work, and wondered if Ned could help. Ned suggests helping on the mural, but Brent says his friend is 'not that arty'. Ned says that's his main focus at the moment, but promises to have a think.
Harlow asks Brent if he wants to come flight shopping with her; the memorial for Prue has inspired her to take a trip home to the UK. But a distracted Brent asks if they can talk about it later.
BRENT: I should probably go and find my friend.
Harlow looks puzzled as Brent leaves.
Shane and Dipi are looking for places to live in Sydney on the sofa, while Toadie helps Nell with her colouring at the table. Mackenzie is standing nearby, and she and Toadie go over to look at the laptop at Shane's request, to see what they think of a house he has his eye on. Dipi asks Nell to come and have a look as well.
NELL (sulkily): I'm drawing.
SHANE: Righto, grumpy bum!
TOADIE: She's been in a mood all morning.
We close in on Nell, who's looking sad as she colours her picture.
David and Aaron tell Emmett and Brent that they've spoken to Leila at the foster agency, who's agreed to hear them out about Emmett staying with them, but make it clear that it's a long shot. Brent says he thought Auntie Linda had the final decision, having full guardianship of Emmett. But David says that if Leila thinks staying in Australia is best for Emmett, she can enforce it.
EMMETT: I don't think I'll be able to sit still till it's over.
Aaron suggest they distract themselves with a video game.
EMMETT: Grand Theft Auto might help.
AARON: No way, buddy! We're playing Sonic!
While Emmett and Aaron settle down on the sofa to play the game, in the kitchen David tells Brent that it's going to take all of them to even have a chance of getting this across the line with Leila.
BRENT: Yeah, and look, whatever you guys need, I'm here for you.
DAVID: Showing her how far you've come will go a long way. And all the trouble you used to get into - that's history.
BRENT: Yeah, look, I don't want to big-note myself in front of her.
DAVID: Just be honest. Aaron and I have had your back, but you've pushed yourself to change. You've gone back to school - making friends, making good choices - that's facts, not bragging.
Brent gets a text from Holden about the stolen motorbike, telling him the 'pick-up' is 'behind our old party shed'. David asks a distracted Brent if everything's okay; he makes an excuse, and walks out.
Mackenzie arrives, late for her study session with Richie, who has bought her a tea.
RICHIE: Hey. I'm glad you came.
MACKENZIE: (...) You know me. I eat group assignments for breakfast.
RICHIE: Well, you could've done this one alone, or online, even.
MACKENZIE (puzzled): So you want me to go?
RICHIE: No, no - not at all! I'm just saying, it's cool you said yes. Feels like you've accepted my apology.
MACKENZIE: I have. Can we work now?
RICHIE: Sure. Sorry. Again.
MACKENZIE: ... It's not you. There's some stuff happening at home.
Mackenzie explains Dipi and Shane are moving to Sydney, and that she'll be left living with Toadie, with whom she doesn't have the same kind of relationship.
MACKENZIE: I mean, we get on well together. But Toadie's got two little kids. He probably wants his house back.
RICHIE: And what about Yashvi?
MACKENZIE: Well, she's family. Like, real-deal family. I'm not. If anyone was gonna leave, it's me.
RICHIE: I seriously wish you could see how much everyone loves you. You're a good person with a big heart, and you're nuts if you think Toadie's gonna make you leave.
He smiles at her, and for a second, it seems like old times between them - but Mackenzie feels awkward and changes the subject back to their project.
MACKENZIE: Talk me through your points.
RICHIE: Yes, boss.
Mackenzie looks at Richie wistfully as he begins to outline his ideas.
Brent has brought the stolen motorbike to the Doug-Out, and hidden it under some plastic sheeting. David, Aaron and Emmett come into the back yard and ask where Brent has been; he claims he's been with a mate. Leila is going to be here soon, David and Aaron explain, to do a home and environment check, which doesn't leave them with much time to prepare. Aaron says a full clean-up of the yard will be required.
AARON: And I shudder to imagine what state that Doug-Out's in.
BRENT (defensive): Why would she go in there?
AARON: She did last time. That's what a home and environment check is - it's top-to-bottom.
Brent's somewhat relieved when he's assigned the duty of staying to clean up the yard while the others sort out the house - but looks worried as he wonders how he'll get the bike out before Leila arrives.
Hugo and Nell are colouring at the table (Hugo: 'I GOT A RED ONE!'), while Toadie is in the kitchen. Dipi comes in and sits with Nell.
DIPI: Nellyfish, I was thinking that you and I could do something special today. Like, go to the park.
NELL (sulkily): I don't want to.
DIPI: That's okay, we can... How about you and I just paint each other's nails here today?
NELL: I'm going to play with Hugo.
And with that, Nell drags Hugo out of the room. Dipi remarks to Toadie that Nell's behaviour is weird.
TOADIE: Well, there's some big changes coming. They're gonna miss ya.
DIPI: Yeah, but we're not leaving for ages.
Shane comes in, and explains that he's just spoken to the uni faculty about his transfer. He can only transfer either at the end of the year, or before the first semester cut-off which would mean they would have to leave in the next fortnight. Another option would be for Dipi to go to Sydney and Shane to join her at the end of the year.
DIPI: Absolutely not!
SHANE: Come on, you didn't even think about it.
DIPI: I didn't need to! Puff, this is our fresh start. We're doing it together.
TOADIE: Well, looks like it's settled then. You guys are here until the end of the year.
But Dipi asks what she'll do for work. Toadie suggests extending her tenure at Harold's, but Dipi says Paul wants her out of the café as soon as the lease is up, and she doesn't think other employers will be keen to take her on on a temporary basis if they know she's leaving. Toadie rather curtly tells her not to ask for his advice if she doesn't want it, and walks out! Shane and Dipi look puzzled.
The Flamingo Bar
Mackenzie has asked to meet up with Hendrix, who tells her he's glad to get out of the house, what with Karl being suspended from the hospital and needing some space.
HENDRIX: It's a mess. And I didn't really help with the situation. No surprises there.
MACKENZIE: Seems to be what you boys do.
HENDRIX: What's Richie done now?
MACKENZIE: Nothing. He's being really nice.
HENDRIX: What kind of nice?
MACKENZIE: Genuine nice.
HENDRIX: Oh, no (!)
MACKENZIE: It's bizarre. I mean, last week, he apologised to me and I felt nothing. But today, he gives me one compliment, and suddenly I turn into a Taylor Swift song.
HENDRIX: You need to calm down.
MACKENZIE: You don't get it.
HENDRIX: Get it out of your head. Stop thinking, and start listening to your gut.
Emmett reports to Aaron, having finished cleaning the bathroom - but David comes in from the back yard and says Brent hasn't tidied anything out there, and what's more, has gone. He's sent David a text saying he had to go out and will be back soon.
EMMETT: He wouldn't do a runner. He knows he has to be here.
AARON: Yeah, he will be, mate. He will.
David sends Emmett to make sure Brent's room is tidy, and once he's gone, Aaron and David start panicking that Brent isn't here, when Leila is due any time.
DAVID: I can't believe that he'd just up and leave. What's more important than his little brother right now?
There's a knock at the door - Leila's here.
Brent wheels the stolen motorbike into the Silver Eye Imports storage locker at the Hive, and has just locked the door as Ned comes in with Curtis, who has come for a look around. Curtis tells a tense-looking Brent he's thinking of a Year Thirteen collaboration with the Hive, based on what Brent's told him about the facility. Ned seems keen on this, and praises Brent's work on the university mural.
Brent cancels a call from David. Curtis looks at the fabric work Brent's been doing for the homeless blankets project. He's very impressed, and says Brent should be showing off his talents at every opportunity. This gives Brent an idea, and he asks Curtis if he has a spare half-hour.
Toadie comes into the kitchen and apologises to Dipi and Shane for snapping at them before.
TOADIE: Seeing you guys looking at houses just kind of rammed home that this is actually happening.
DIPI: (...) Toad, we're going to miss you too, you know.
TOADIE: Yeah. It's a bit more than that. When Sonya died, and you guys moved in, we just became a family unit. I just kind of got used to your bad habits.
SHANE: Well, you're welcome to come up to Sydney and pick up my dirty grundies off the floor any time you want, mate.
TOADIE: Nell's not dealing too well with it, either.
DIPI: Yeah, we thought that might be the case.
TOADIE: That's why she's been in her room half the day. And Mackenzie's struggling, too.
SHANE: We know. This isn't easy for us, either.
DIPI: Toad, we've had so many good memories here. But there's also a lot of reminders of how close we came to breaking up for good.
SHANE: We need to start over.
TOADIE: Of course you do, yeah. You know, I get that. At least I've got a bit more time to get used to the idea now you can't do the intake at mid-term.
SHANE: ... We're not gonna wait till the end of the year. We're gonna take the transfer window while we can.
DIPI: We're leaving in two weeks.
Toadie is speechless.
The Flamingo Bar
Mackenzie and Richie are having another uni project meeting.
MACKENZIE: Ready to pitch your revised arguments?
RICHIE: And the counsel jumps straight back in!
MACKENZIE: That's what we're here for!
RICHIE (nervous): ... Umm, can I ask you something? I don't want to make it weird between us, because it's been good. And not weird. But -
MACKENZIE: Just spit it out, Richie.
RICHIE: Did we have a... moment, before?
MACKENZIE: ... We did.
RICHIE: Cool. Glad to clear that up. So, does this mean that...?
MACKENZIE: No. We're never gonna be more than friends.
RICHIE (heartbroken): So, what about the... moment?
MACKENZIE: That doesn't change what you did. Or how it made me feel. I can't go back.
David and Aaron are showing Leila the sunroom, and talking about their commitment to Emmett.
DAVID: Having a family's always been part of our dream.
AARON: Yeah. And with Emmett, Brent and our baby, we're gonna be a party of five.
LEILA: I love your optimism. But a little one can change everything. I've had families struggle to keep on foster children once their babies arrive.
AARON: Yeah. That won't be us, though.
DAVID: If Emmett stays, he's with us for the long haul. And we've already talked to the school, and they're happy to enrol him in Year 9 at the start of next term.
AARON: Yeah, and the same with Brent. He can stay as long as he... as long as he likes.
As Aaron speaks, he notices Brent and Curtis in the back yard. They're arranging Brent's blanket designs for Leila to see. She seems impressed by the turnaround in his behaviour.
BRENT (to Leila): Hey, look, I know I haven't been the best big brother. But I've been getting better. You know, if Em can stay here, I can show him what it's like to really turn things around.
Curtis introduces himself as Brent's teacher, and calls him one of his 'rising stars'. Brent offers Leila one of the blankets, but David and Aaron are uncomfortable, knowing they shouldn't be offering her gifts.
LEILA: Why don't you let me know if you decide to sell your designs, and I'll buy one - in an official capacity.
BRENT (proudly): I will. Thank you.
Toadie, Dipi and Shane are discussing the Sydney move. Dipi thinks they can make it work - they have enough in savings to tide them over, and Shane will be able to find bar work in Sydney. Toadie seems disappointed, and goes to break the news to Nell. However, she's not in her room. Shane and Dipi hurry out to check the back and front gardens, but Nell's nowhere to be found.
Dipi quickly calls Yashvi, asking her to come and look after Hugo. Shane says he'll wait here until Yashvi's back, while Toadie and Dipi go searching the wider area for Nell.
In the back yard, Aaron thanks Leila for her time; she's seen everything she needs to, and is ready to leave. She wishes Brent luck with his textiles work.
EMMETT: So, can I stay?
AARON: I don't think she's made her decision just yet, mate.
LEILA: It'll take me some time to go over everything, but... I promise to let you know soon.
EMMETT: How soon?
EMMETT: Cos I don't want to have to go home after dinner every night. I want to live here with Aaron and David and Brent. And I want to be able to hang out with Brent whenever I can - that's what you're meant to do, isn't it? Try and keep families together?
LEILA: Thank you for telling me how you feel, Emmett. I'll let you know my decision in a few days.
Later on, Brent and Harlow are indoors on the sofa. Harlow thinks Brent's efforts will have won Leila over.
HARLOW: You know, sometimes it makes me a little sad that I didn't grow up with a sibling. Emmett's really lucky to have you.
BRENT (awkward): Yeah... Anyway, did you tell me about booking flights before?
HARLOW: Yeah. I'm going to London.
BRENT: Oh, okay. For how long?
HARLOW: It's only for two weeks. But I was going to mention to you, actually, umm... I know we've only just started seeing each other, but it doesn't change anything for me.
HARLOW: I just don't want to lose myself in us.
BRENT: Harlow, you know we're not married, right?
HARLOW: Yep, I know. It's just nice that I can go, and know that you'll be okay by yourself.
BRENT: Why wouldn't I be?
HARLOW: ... Forget I said anything. It's just ex-boyfriend hangups.
HARLOW: It just felt like every time I left Hendrix, even if it was for a second, he managed to get himself into some sort of trouble.
BRENT: Yeah, but I'm not like him.
HARLOW: He lied to me. And I don't want that to happen again. So, I just need to make better choices, and trust in the right person.
Harlow cuddles up to Brent, but her words have made him uncomfortable.
The Flamingo Bar
Mackenzie and Hendrix have reconvened. She tells him she's taken his advice about Richie.
HENDRIX: You guys are back on?
MACKENZIE: Off. We've decided to stay friends. Although, after the assignment's over, he'll probably go back to being another face in the hall.
HENDRIX: Wow, someone got decisive!
MACKENZIE: It wasn't easy. Listening to yourself is hard.
HENDRIX: It's a lost skill. I blame social media.
MACKENZIE: In the end, I kept asking myself the same question - why was I getting butterflies when I thought I was over him? And then the answer just came.
HENDRIX: That's your gut.
MACKENZIE: They weren't for Richie. It wasn't even about him, it was about me. Moving on, where I am, where I want to go.
HENDRIX: You're making me a little bit jealous over here. I could do with a bit of instant closure.
MACKENZIE: You'll get there.
HENDRIX: Yeah. Or, you could tell Harlow to hit on me, so I could have a similar breakthrough.
MACKENZIE: Okay. Go easy on the cocktails, I think you've had enough!
HENDRIX: Never enough!
The Sonya Wall
Nell is sitting forlornly on the bench by the mural of her mum. Dipi turns up and sees her; she makes a call to Toadie to let him know where they are, then goes to talk to Nell.
DIPI: Hey, Nellyfish! Are you okay? Did you come here to see Mummy?
NELL (sadly): I wanted to talk to her.
DIPI: About Shane and me moving to Sydney?
DIPI: Okay. Well, Sydney's gonna be our new home. But we want you and Hugo to visit, and we'll video-chat all the time. And you know what? Yashvi and Mackenzie are gonna stay here to be with you.
Toadie turns up.
TOADIE: Are we okay? Sweetheart, it's okay to feel funny about this.
DIPI: Of course it is. And we'll be visiting you every chance we get.
NELL: No, you won't.
DIPI: Sweetheart, we're not gonna be going away forever, I promise.
NELL: Yes, you are. I don't want you to leave me like Mummy did.
A tear trickles down Dipi's cheek, as she struggles to know what to say...
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