- Pierce tells Chloe he can't just stand back and watch her make another mistake with Nicolette
- Hendrix tells Pierce he should complete his vineyard dealings first, then maybe they can talk
- Levi searches the police computer for information on his childhood attackers
- Levi tells Kyle he just wondered what happened to the others after Packo turned his life around
- Melanie tells Karl that Toadie's social schedule is booked for the whole week
- Yashvi suggests Toadie get a babysitter and have a night on his own
- But Melanie catches him hiding at the Kennedys', having escaped from her over the fence!
Susan and Karl observe in sheepish silence, as Melanie is bewildered to learn that Toadie wasn't working at all tonight, as he told her.
TOADIE: No, I was at home.
MELANIE: I've been at your place for ages. What did you do, climb out the window?
MELANIE: Wait, did you climb out the window?!
TOADIE: When I heard your car turn up, I just panicked. I am really sorry.
MELANIE (gutted): It's okay, I get it. There's only so much of me that people can take.
TOADIE: No, no. No, I'm not sick of you. I just needed a little bit of time to myself.
Susan tries to make Melanie feel better by suggesting that she and Susan could catch up tomorrow, just the two of them. An upset Mel says she'd really like that, then walks out. Toadie gets up to follow her.
SUSAN: Toadie, whatever issues you have, Melanie did not deserve that.
He looks contrite.
Nicolette and a glum-looking Chloe are having dinner with David. Nicolette seems to notice Chloe is distracted, but has to head to Harold's to close up. Once she's gone, David notes that Chloe has been a bit quiet, and guesses it's because she's 'thinking about tomorrow'. Chloe confirms this, saying she'll be burying herself in work to get through it.
David doesn't elaborate on why tomorrow is so significant, but asks if Nicolette knows what day it will be.
CHLOE: I'm not sure. Maybe she doesn't. Or maybe she's figured out that I don't want to talk about it. But either way, I'm relieved.
Mackenzie and Hendrix are at a table, choosing from the food menu. Karl is standing nearby, and Pierce comes in and greets him. Karl points out that Hendrix is here, too, and Pierce goes over in an effort to clear the air. It's awkward, and Hendrix barely communicates with Pierce - so Pierce gives up and wishes them a good evening, before returning to Karl.
Karl asks how the vineyard sale is going; Pierce says he's had a couple of offers, but none worth considering yet. Karl says he admires Pierce's tenacity in holding on for the right price.
KARL: I couldn't help but observe you and Hendrix there. I'm sorry he's taking so much time.
PIERCE: Look, I'm trying to take his lead, but his idea that we shouldn't talk until after I sell the vineyard is not really making a lot of sense right now.
KARL: Yeah, I think that's a stalling technique.
PIERCE: Probably is, but I just don't want to force things.
KARL: Yeah... can I be frank? I would encourage you to use some of the tenacity you bring to your work into your dealings with Hendrix.
This gives Pierce food for thought.
Nicolette is closing up when Levi comes in, evidently hoping for a coffee - but Nic says she's just cleaned the machine. He asks if she's okay, and she admits that she's worried about Chloe, who has been acting 'really weird'.
NICOLETTE: I'm sure it's fine; it's probably just Pierce (...) He can't stand the fact that Chloe and I are together, and are happy. I just wish I knew what he was up to.
LEVI: Have you asked Chloe?
NICOLETTE: No, I'm not gonna act like the psycho girlfriend.
Levi points out that Pierce isn't going to be around for long, but Nicolette says he can still do damage. Kyle comes in, and as Nicolette gets back to work, asks Levi if he's thought any more about their discussion, about his childhood attackers. Levi tells Kyle not to worry; he won't do anything stupid. But we don't get the sense he's being honest.
The next day, Karl checks in on Toadie, asking whether he managed to smooth things over with Melanie. Toadie says Mel claimed she was fine, but wasn't really, and then went back to her place rather than staying over. Karl says Mel will move past it, and suggests this is an opportunity to set some boundaries in their relationship.
TOADIE: So, why do I still feel like such a jerk, then?
KARL: Oh, come on, mate, no-one's perfect. But Susan's out there now, weaving her magic with Melanie. She'll be better soon.
With Toadie's kids on a playdate, Karl suggests that the two of them could spend the day together, and chase down Kyle too, to have a bit of a 'boys' sesh'.
TOADIE: Please don't say 'sesh'. Or dance like that.
Toadie asks Karl what activity he had in mind.
Susan and Melanie are walking through the courtyard, as Susan tries to explain Toadie's behaviour as him 'trying to keep everybody happy'.
MELANIE: I know, right? And if I took every insult personally, I would be certifiable. That's why I always choose to look on the bright side of things.
SUSAN: Well, good for you!
MELANIE: And the bright side today is that I get to know Toadie's pseudo-mum a bit better.
As they walk into the hotel, Melanie explains that she's booked them a pampering session at the day spa. Harlow is at the desk, and confirms they're booked in for 'a whole range of treatments'.
MELANIE: And with a focus on anti-ageing, because I figured we could both do with a bit of a boost in that area. Maybe you even more than me!
Chloe is still behaving very distractedly as she prepares to head to work. Nicolette's very aware of it, but can't summon up the courage to ask what the problem is, instead fussing around Chloe, offering to make her food and talking about the laundry. While Nic's chatting away from the laundry room, Chloe absently leaves the house without a word. Nic is frustrated.
Chloe is working at a table, when Pierce comes in and strikes up a conversation, evidently aware of the reason Chloe is out-of-sorts.
PIERCE: Not sure how your mum would feel about you working on her birthday.
CHLOE: She'd probably see it for the distraction it is.
PIERCE: And then she'd call you on it.
CHLOE: One hundred percent!
PIERCE: Did you want to talk about it? At least let me buy your next coffee.
CHLOE: Thanks. But I just kind of want to bury myself in work, get through it. I'm fine, honestly.
Pierce offers to keep her company, at least - to sit here and quietly do his own work, while she does hers. Chloe agrees, and smiles at him.
A road somewhere
Karl, Kyle and Toadie are in the car, headed for The Hangar, the headquarters of Essendon Football Club, to watch a match, followed by a trip to the park and the pub. Karl directs Kyle to put on the CD in the glove box.
KYLE: What's this?
KARL: That's a compilation of my all-time favourites. Susan won't let me play it when she's in the car.
Kyle soon discovers why; it's a CD of Karl playing his own songs! Kyle promptly turns it off again.
KYLE: I'm not listening to *that* torture for the next hour.
KARL (wounded): Ah. It's lucky I don't value your taste in any way, or I might be offended.
A wary Toadie tries to change the subject, but Karl ups the ante by putting the CD back on!
KYLE: Sounds like a bunch of cats got stuck in a bagpipe.
KARL: Okay, okay, now I am offended. That is way out of line.
KYLE: So's this song.
Chloe and Pierce are still working, when Pierce tries to make a call. He gets passed to voicemail, and Chloe correctly guesses it's Hendrix he's trying to call.
CHLOE: Screening your calls?
PIERCE: Yeah, just like old times. You and me busy at work, while my son ignores me.
Pierce compliments Chloe's handbag, and she awkwardly explained she bought it for her mum before she died, as a birthday present.
CHLOE: So I got it out this morning. It's too nice to sit in the cupboard forever.
PIERCE: Oh, Chloe, I am so sorry.
CHLOE: ... Can't believe I thought she'd make it to her birthday.
PIERCE: You were staying strong for her.
CHLOE: I was in denial. I wasted so much time, telling myself she had more time than she did, instead of making the most of every second with her.
PIERCE: Well, the Fay that I knew would've understood you were doing your best. She would've appreciated every second she had with you. We both know that.
Nicolette comes in, unseen by Pierce and Chloe, and is unsettled to see them together. Chloe becomes tearful, and Pierce reaches over to put a comforting arm around her. Nicolette, not understanding what's going on, looks upset, and walks away. Chloe apologises for her meltdown, and assures Pierce she'll be fine. She has to get to a meeting, so leaves.
Nicolette walks over and sits down with Pierce.
NICOLETTE: Didn't take you long, did it?
NICOLETTE: You've been here for two seconds and you're already making your move.
PIERCE: That... I'm just here as a friend for Chloe.
NICOLETTE: Oh, yeah, it seemed *real* friendly.
PIERCE: I don't know what you think you just saw, but if that's how you respond to me showing Chloe a bit of support, you're more despicable than I thought.
Nicolette is rattled as Pierce walks away.
Lassiter's Day Spa
Melanie and Susan are waiting for their treatment.
MELANIE: When they get started, make sure they get those crow's feet. They're more like crow's claws, to be honest.
SUSAN: ... I'm sure they'll know what's best.
MELANIE: Actually, they might have some of those collagen infusions. They're supposed to be fantastic on even the driest of skins.
Susan puts a towel over her face!
A road somewhere
Karl and Kyle are still arguing in the car.
KARL: Is that why you never play my playlist at The 82?
KYLE: Of course it is. I don't want to put my customers off their meals.
KARL: Your food does a good enough job of that.
KYLE: Here we go with the mushrooms again, like a broken record. Oh, I guess you and your music have something in common!
Toadie again tries to diffuse the tension by turning conversation back to the footy...
Lassiter's Day Spa
Susan now has face cream on. She's ecstatic when Terese comes in, and pounces on her as a means of escape from Melanie!
SUSAN: I was just thinking, we don't hang out nearly enough. Have you got some time? Now? Please?!
But at that point Melanie reappears, also covered in face cream, and declares they're having the most amazing time!
MELANIE: And it was all Susan's idea.
TERESE (sceptical): Was it?
Susan again begs Terese to come to her aid, by joining them. Melanie offers to tell her all the 'goss' about Paul in the early days! But Terese bottles it, despite Susan's pleading face, and says she has to get back to work.
TERESE (guiltily): But you two have fun!
Susan resists the urge to literally cry out for help as Terese walks off.
A road somewhere
Toadie is despairing as Kyle and Karl continue to argue, this time about whether the tram has a rat problem. Karl thinks they should get an exterminator just to be sure, but naturally thinks Kyle should be the one to pay for it.
Hendrix and Mackenzie are playing a video game. Pierce turns up.
PIERCE: I got your text, Mackenzie. Hope now's a good time?
MACKENZIE: Yeah, we just conquered a level. He should be in a good mood.
HENDRIX: Am I missing something?
MACKENZIE: Look, I knew you'd be too stubborn to crack, so I invited your dad over. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have got some uni study to do.
Mackenzie quietly tells Hendrix not to miss another opportunity, then leaves. Hendrix doesn't look very pleased as he's left alone with Pierce.
Nicolette is at home, when Harlow arrives with some documents that Chloe has asked her to drop off. Nic uses the opportunity to ask Harlow how Chloe has seemed today. Harlow thinks she's been fine, though admits she hasn't seen her much.
As Harlow's about to leave, Nicolette notices the wedding photo album out on the table, and wonders what it's doing there.
NICOLETTE: I didn't even know she still had this.
HARLOW: Are you okay?
But as Harlow leaves, a frustrated Nicolette begins to look through the album.
Pierce tells Hendrix not to be annoyed with Mackenzie for setting him up.
PIERCE: She's got a good heart.
HENDRIX: Yeah, she does. And I'm not.
PIERCE: (...) I figure you're still upset with me for leaving, and that's why you want to keep your distance.
HENDRIX: (nods slightly)
PIERCE: It's be good to work out a few things before I go back home. But you've got to at least meet me halfway.
HENDRIX: (nods again)
PIERCE: It's never been my intention to disrupt anything that you've got going on here. I came back cos I miss you.
PIERCE: Hendrix, I realise we've built up a lot of issues over the last 19 years, and spending a couple of days together is not gonna cut through any of them, but... I'd like to make a start at it. If that's what you want.
HENDRIX: Yeah. I do.
Melanie is chewing a despairing Susan's ear off about astrological signs. Susan's relief when Karl and Toadie turn up is palpable. Karl notes they are having a drink, and says he can come back later to pick her up.
SUSAN: No, no, no, no, no - we're done! We're done!
She falsely thanks Melanie for a 'lovely morning', and exits as fast as she can with Karl. An oblivious Melanie bids her goodbye. Toadie smiles to himself.
MELANIE: How was the boy date, then? It's okay - I won't be offended if you had lots of fun without me.
TOADIE: Yeah, I suppose I deserve that. But you know what? It was the worst boy date I've ever had in my life.
We learn Kyle eventually made Karl pull over so he could catch the train home, so they never got to the footy at all.
TOADIE: I am sorry that I've been treating you so badly. I should've been more honest.
MELANIE: It's okay.
They decide to head back to Toadie's to watch a replay of the match on TV.
MELANIE: One request - please don't let me spend another second alone with Susan. I can't get a word out of her! It's like trying to get blood out of a stone!
Nicolette comes round to talk to Levi. She's convinced that Pierce has come back to town to 'get Chloe', and has worked herself up into a complete panic. After seeing him 'all over her' at the pub, she explains that she found their wedding album out on the table at home.
NICOLETTE: So Chloe obviously went looking for it, and has been reminiscing about their time together.
LEVI: Yeah, but the point is, she's with you now.
NICOLETTE: As if that's gonna make a difference to him.
Levi advises Nic to ask Chloe what's going on.
NICOLETTE: What if I get an answer that I don't want to hear? Sorry, I just... need to think this through.
LEVI: No, no - overthinking is why you're so worked up right now. You just have to act and just do it.
Kyle comes in, whining about his boys' day out.
KYLE: Karl Kennedy's a moron with bad taste in music and a big mouth!
Nicolette leaves, and Levi asks Kyle if he can borrow his car for a while.
KYLE: Yeah, whatever. Don't change the radio!
Chloe is picking up a coffee when David comes in and asks how she's doing. She's still not hugely keen to talk about her mum's birthday, but says she's doing okay. David reports that Aaron has gone down the same path of distracting himself, and is putting in some serious training hours for the Longest Workout. Chloe heads home, having been summoned by Nicolette.
Nicolette is leafing through the wedding album, and getting herself increasingly worked up. In a fit of rage, she pulls out a picture of Chloe and Pierce and tears it in half. She then starts ripping up the whole album - just as Chloe comes in!
CHLOE: Nicolette? What are you doing?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Kyle tells Ned, 'You can't go there - she's your boss'; 'I know,' Ned replies
- Ned and Amy giving each other lustful looks
- Kyle warns Levi he's about to get into real trouble, and asks why he's doing this
- Kyle worriedly looking at photos of Levi's childhood attackers