- Olivia falling down the stairs at Erinsborough High
- Susan being blackmailed by Olivia to work on her book
- Bea telling Karl they should accept Olivia's offer
- Yashvi and Mackenzie trying to keep busy before Shane and Dipi leave
- Yashvi feeling uneasy about Ned's suggestion they live together
- Ned finding out Yashvi was looking into a work transfer to Sydney
Yashvi has tracked Ned down after he left Ramsay Street in a foul mood. He tells Yashvi that Mishti also mentioned on the phone that she'd be happy to vouch for her niece if she transferred to her station. Yashvi says the transfer wasn't set in stone, it was just an option for the future now that her whole family will be in Sydney. Ned doesn't understand what that means for them as a couple, but Yashvi was hoping he'd move with her. Ned reminds Yashvi that his work is finally coming into fruition in Erinsborough after a rough slog, but Yashvi points out The Hive isn't exactly booming at the moment and he could take freelance jobs anywhere. "I may not have a career path mapped out like you do," Ned retorts, "but it's still important to me." Yashvi explains that's not what she meant, but they're interrupted by Terese who asks Yashvi how the dance class at #26 went. Yashvi says it was "eye-opening", then asks Ned if he wants to come see Dipi with her, but Ned's not in the mood to socialise.
Number 28 Backyard
Susan and Bea have asked Olivia over to talk, and Karl frets about them accepting the deal to work on the book. Hendrix leads Olivia into the backyard then says he'll be inside if they need anything. Olivia snits about there being no tea set out for her visit, which is met with eye rolls and exasperation. Bea then informs her they'll cooperate with the book if Olivia withdraws her statement about Karl pushing her down the stairs. Olivia asks if Sheila and David are on board as well, and Bea says they are. The #28 gang are relieved when Olivia says she accepts the deal, but that soon takes a turn when Olivia reveals that she won't retract her statement until she's done multiple research interviews.
OLIVIA: You have reneged on me before. I need reassurance that you're not going to pull out of this deal too. We're doing the interviews first.
KARL: Susan didn't pull out of the first book on a whim you know. It took an enormous toll on her, and you know that.
OLIVIA: I'm not negotiating. If I go to the police station now, you have no reason to talk to me.
KARL: The only untrustworthy person here is you.
Susan interrupts and says she just wants to get started so they can get the whole thing over and done with.
Number 26 Backyard
Dipi, Shane, Mackenzie and Sheila are interested to know more details from Yashvi about the news she might be moving to Sydney. Shane and Dipi in particular are quietly thrilled about their daughter potentially joining them and getting the whole Rebecchi clan back together again. Shane offers to shout Yashvi her airfare over - even Ned too if he wants. But Yashvi just wants to focus on getting her parents safely to Sydney first, then they can think about her following. Mackenzie looks upset at the thought of losing another surrogate family member so soon.
Karl and Susan have filled Toadie in on their meeting with Olivia, but Toadie's appalled they even contemplated it in the first place. He makes the point that Olivia could go back on the deal once she's done with the interviews, not to mention the fact that the OPP could still go through with the charges.
SUSAN: Even without her statement?
TOADIE: Well it's going to be a little trickier, but Karl and Olivia have history. Olivia was injured; they may think that you have pressured her into this.
SUSAN: We've got to take our chances. And if Karl's cleared, it's worth the risk.
KARL: We all want this to be over, but I hate that she's getting the power.
The conversation halts when Shane and Dipi walk out to pack more belongings into their car. They can see Susan and Karl are upset about Olivia, but the Kennedys don't want to burden them with any drama on their last day. Susan asks how the packing is going, and Shane said it would be a lot quicker if they didn't stop and reminisce over every item. "Excuse me, you enjoyed the Flapper reenactment as much as I did," Dipi smirks. Things then take an emotional turn and there are goodbye hugs all around. Susan says she's glad Shane and Dipi found their way back to each other.
Bea thanks Sheila for agreeing to talk to Olivia, but Sheila says she only did it for Bea's sake. If Olivia had've come to her on her own accord, Sheila would have put the author in her place quick smart. Bea wonders if they're doing the right thing giving into the blackmail, but Sheila says of course they are as Karl wouldn't last "five minutes in the clink". But Sheila still thinks there's got to be a better solution to the whole mess, and states that Olivia doesn't hold all the cards.
SHEILA: She can't do it without you, but you could do it without her. You're the ones who know everything that's happened with Finn, and there is an audience out there just waiting to hear that story. You should go direct to the publisher and cut out the middleman. Woman!
BEA: You think that we should write the book ourselves?
SHEILA: Well threaten to anyway. I mean, that would really scare Olivia Bell and give you something to bargain with. Why should she have all the power?
Bea is very intrigued by this idea.
Mackenzie is excited to have a video chat on her phone with Jay as it's been a while since they've caught up. Mac says she's been flat out with work and uni but she's missed him. It also hasn't quite sunk in yet that Shane and Dipi are leaving. Jay jokes that he's going to have to tidy his room more - it barely passed his gran's inspection, so it won't pass muster with Dipi. Mackenzie says Jay's bachelor days are coming to an end, but that gives her more reason to come to Sydney. "Yeah, if it could fit in your schedule," Jay replies evasively, before quickly changing the subject. Mackenzie can't help but look disappointed Jay wasn't more excited about the idea of her seeing him.
Susan chats with Bea and Sheila outside the pub about Sheila's idea for them to write the book instead. Bea says the beauty of it is that they'll get the publishers on board, tell Olivia it's a done deal and then they don't actually write anything. "It's about getting your power back," Sheila adds. Bea knows Olivia doesn't want to lose her livelihood, so they give her the choice to withdraw her statement before anymore interviews, or she loses the book completely. "Resort to her tactics," Susan says with a smirk. Bea doesn't think there's any other way around the predicament, not if they want to be sure that Olivia keeps her word. Sheila thinks making the phone call to the publishers is worth a shot. Susan says they'll still be stuck working on the book with Olivia in the long run, but at least this way they'll be sure Karl's in the clear. She doesn't want to fill Karl in on the plan until it's set in stone, though.
Over by Harold's, Yashvi, Shane and Dipi are standing outside the Café and reminiscing. Dipi thinks the occasion calls for one last bush ballad from Shane, so he makes one up on the spot.
SHANE: Than this complex named for Jack Lassiter, there never was a place in the world more placid-er. And we'd love to stay, and maybe we'll come back another day, but for now we must go my love and I, and with sadness deep we say a dear goodbye.
Dipi applauds him but Yashvi sullenly points out that "placid-er" isn't actually a word.
SHANE: What are you, the poetry police now? You're still thinking about Ned, aren't you?
YASHVI: Great day for a fight.
SHANE: You did drop the whole move to Sydney thing on him without any notice. Give him a break will you.
YASHVI: Oh wow, you've changed your tune! This time last year you would have just said dump him.
SHANE: No, that's not true. I've been Team Ned since day dot, I love the bloke.
DIPI: Oh shut up, Shane.
Sheila walks over to them, glad she's seen Dipi for one last favour of borrowing some milk from the Café for old time's sake. Dipi tears up and says she's going to miss Sheila. She's been such a wonderful friend to them and Dipi can't thank her enough. They also get a farewell visit from good old Gary the pigeon, which Sheila is delighted about.
Mackenzie pops over to hang out with Hendrix. They can hear Karl practicing some songs on his guitar in his room, and Hendrix says that it's a form of stress relief for the doc after everything that's been going on with Olivia. Hendrix can see that Mackenzie is upset about Shane and Dipi's imminent departure, so he suggests that they play a zombie video game as a distraction. Feeling like a burden, Mackenzie thinks Hendrix probably has better things to do, but Hendrix says he needs to take his mind off things as well.
The Waterhole/Olivia's Hotel Room
Bea tells Sheila that she spoke with Olivia's commissioning editor and she sounded keen. Once she's pitched the idea to her boss she'll get back in touch with Bea and let her know. Sheila wishes her luck and gets back to work, just as Bea's phone rings. She notices it's Olivia and takes a deep breath before answering. Olivia is ropeable that Bea has gone behind her back and double crossed her.
OLIVIA: You know nothing; you are an amateur! And how dare you go to my publisher!
BEA: I tell you what, they were happy that I did.
OLIVIA: This was my idea.
BEA: This is my life. I have the right to tell my own story in my own words.
OLIVIA: I will not let you do this without me.
BEA: Olivia listen to me, there's always another option. This can all go away if we just stick to the original bargain. You withdraw your statement, and then we can talk.
Olivia hesitates and then says she wants to speak with Susan first. Bea says she's happy to arrange a meeting.
Shane and Dipi observe in the background when Ned swings by for a chat with Yashvi. He admits he shouldn't have come barreling over to Sheila's place earlier, "today of all days." And Yashvi admits she should have told him about her Sydney idea. Ned knows they have a lot of things to discuss, but he wants Yashvi to focus on her family today and whatever she needs, he'll be there for her. Yashvi thanks him and says she'll need him to stop her from crying because then Dipi will start and it'll turn into an embarrassing cry-fest. Ned smiles and says he can do that. Shane and Dipi look happy that the two of them are speaking again.
Hendrix teases Mackenzie about releasing more zombies than prisoners in their game. Mackenzie reminds him he was going to teach her how to play but instead he just jumped in and started blowing things up. But Hendrix says his method worked anyway because it took her mind off Shane and Dipi for a little while. Mackenzie says she's dreading saying goodbye, "they've been like parents to me."
HENDRIX: Welcome to the Ramsay Street orphans club.
MACKENZIE: Nice to have company at least.
HENDRIX: Just as long as you don't screw things up like I did when dad left. It took me a while but I finally realised that doing it alone was a mistake. So come hang out here whenever you want.
Mackenzie thanks him and then heads home to face the music. Speaking of music, Hendrix has had enough of Karl grumbling over his guitar, so he calls out to him that they need to get some fresh air.
Toadie and Dipi are hanging out in the lounge room with Nell and Hugo. Looking a little lost, Shane says he might just do another check of the house for any forgotten items, but Dipi gently says they're all finished. Dipi then tells the kids she can't wait for them to come and visit Sydney. Shane starts to say something to Toadie but gets choked up, so Dipi steps in.
DIPI: Toad we couldn't have got through this last year without you.
SHANE: Yeah, you've let us into your house and your life.
TOADIE: You're my brother.
He starts to get teary himself.
TOADIE: I've been the lucky one. After Sonya I needed family in my life, and you guys were just there for me. I don't even want to think what life would have been like without you guys in my life the last four years.
TOADIE: But you're about to start a fantastic new journey and I couldn't be happier for you.
They all smile at one another.
Olivia meets with Susan and Bea outside the pub. "Do you really think a mechanic and a school teacher can write something that will cut through?" Olivia sneeringly asks. "Your publisher seems to think so," Susan retorts. Olivia believes the publisher will soon come to their senses when they remember who they're relying on for sales, but Bea knows their side of the story would be popular too.
BEA: Without this book you're done. And you probably already spent the advance that they paid you. The deal with us is your only chance.
Across the complex, Hendrix has managed to coax Karl out of the house to go on a walk with him. Karl's disheartened when he spies Susan and Bea talking with Olivia. Having no idea about the deal they've struck, Karl believes Olivia has already roped them into doing another interview with her. He says Olivia is being relentless and has no concern for Susan's wellbeing.
KARL: All she cares about is that precious book.
HENDRIX: I guess Susan thinks she's doing the right thing.
KARL: She's putting herself through this to help me but I'd rather go to jail than see that woman put her through hell.
HENDRIX: Maybe it's not that bad.
KARL: Olivia would betray Susan at the drop of a hat to get what she wants. If only I could prove that and find a way to stop this book.
Karl says he appreciates Hendrix keeping him company, but he needs to be on his own right now.
Ned hangs out with Nell, Hugo and Clancy on the front lawn while Shane and Dipi say their final goodbyes. They start with Mackenzie and remind her they'll be there for her always. Mackenzie tearfully says they've both been so amazing to her, "I'm only where I am, who I am, because of your support." Dipi and Shane give her a hug and then they go over to where Yashvi's standing with Toadie. They all try to hold back tears, but it's not quite working.
DIPI: You, my strong girl, you're going to be absolutely fine.
SHANE: (hugging Yashvi) You've done good, Vi. Taking charge of your future like I could only have dreamed of at your age.
DIPI: I don't think you're going to need us anymore.
YASHVI: Are you guys kidding? I'm going to call you guys every day.
There are more hugs with Yashvi and Toadie while Ned puts Clancy into the car for the road trip. Sheila also pops over for some farewell cuddles and Yashvi tells her parents to drive safe. Shane and Dipi get into their car and depart Ramsay Street as everyone waves them goodbye.
Susan and Bea escort Olivia to the police station but she doesn't want them joining her inside while she retracts her statement. Susan and Bea are quite surprised their plan worked. Susan knows Karl is worried but she's also worried he'll do something stupid and make the situation worse. But Bea says everything will be over soon, "nobody will do anything stupid."
Karl stands by himself near the lake at The Flamingo Bar, contemplating the mess his life is in.
And here we have Hendrix doing something stupid by using a keycard to get into Olivia's room so he can snoop around and try to find something to use against her. This will probably end well.