- Hendrix is suspicious of Leo's intentions towards Chloe; Mackenzie reminds him he has no proof
- Levi and Yashvi stake out Mitch and Nelson's warehouse, despite Sheila's warning to let it go
- Having witnessed the crooks moving a shipment of stolen drones, Levi and Yashvi give chase by road
- A near miss with Sheila's car approaching from another direction leads to Levi's car overturning
- Yashvi wakes up in hospital to find a worried Dipi by her side
- Yashvi tells Dipi that Ned should move on from her; if that's with Amy, so be it
- Amy and Ned pash in the sun room at No 30
- But later, Amy tells Ned they should go their separate ways
- Toadie agrees this was for the best, telling Amy it would've been 'all sorts of complicated'
- Later, Amy discovers Levi is looking for something 'uncomplicated' too, and they kiss
It's morning in Erinsborough, and Levi is sneaking out of No 30, getting dressed as he goes, evidently having spent the night with Amy who accompanies him out of the side door.
LEVI: I mean, you call this hospitality? A polite host would offer coffee or tea, or something.
AMY: Look, Toadie wouldn't appreciate some shirtless dude schlepping around his kitchen.
They continue to flirt with one another, and agree it was a fun night. They're about to share a goodbye kiss, when Amy spots Sheila picking up her newspaper from the mailbox, and shoves Levi out of view!
AMY: Hi, Sheila! Lovely morning!
SHEILA: Is it? I wouldn't know till the coffee's kicked in.
Sheila heads back indoors.
LEVI: That was close.
AMY: Yeah, too close. Get out of my house!
They bid each other goodbye.
Amy picks up one of Levi's stray socks from the floor as she comes back indoors, and hides it behind her back as Toadie comes in. She makes out like she was back early last night, even though Toadie recalls her coming in late.
TOADIE: Pretty sure I heard you.
TOADIE: Didn't I just hear you out there?
Amy claims she was outside doing a mini-workout, but Toadie isn't buying it.
TOADIE: Why are you swinging a man's sock around?
AMY: Funny story...
TOADIE: Amy, did you have someone over last night? Oh, you did! Oh, good on you - I told you things would turn around! So, who's the guy?
TOADIE: Levi Canning? Okay, alright. Well, good on you. I'm gonna have to welcome him to the Younger Lovers Club.
AMY: What are you talking about? He's, like, as old as Ned.
TOADIE: No, no - he's younger. He's about the same age as your son, Jax.
Amy looks scandalised!
Kyle is in the back garden as Levi returns from across the road. Kyle immediately grills Levi on why he's in the same clothes as last night, yet with only one sock.
LEVI: What are you, man, the sock police?
Levi heads indoors. Kyle laughs to himself.
Hendrix and Mackenzie are holding hands on the couch. Hendrix is still glum about having lost his job at the winery, and Mackenzie says she wants to help him through it.
Karl and Kyle come in; Karl asks Hendrix if he's thought any more about coming to work at The 82, to take over management of the catering there. Kyle says he'd be happy to take a step back and let Hendrix do his thing.
HENDRIX: Appreciate the offer... but I've thought things through, and I'm not really up for it. Thanks. Good luck finding someone else.
Karl, Kyle and Mackenzie look surprised.
Toadie welcomes Yashvi home, as she arrives back from the hospital with Dipi. Yashvi's still in a bit of pain, so Dipi fusses over her until she's set up on the sofa. Toadie puts on the TV.
TOADIE: I could put on some wrestling for you?
YASHVI: (evil glare)
TOADIE: Or not. We can find something else. But definitely no cop dramas, right?
Yashvi looks uncomfortable at the mention of her job. Toadie gives her the remote control, then heads into the kitchen with Dipi, who is looking worried about Yashvi.
Ned greets Amy awkwardly when she comes in. They agree they don't want things to be weird between them; and Ned says he respects her decision to cool things off, and won't try to change her mind.
NED: Kind of sucks to be me, but I don't want sour grapes getting in the way of us working together, or being mates.
AMY: Well, I really appreciate you saying that.
Levi comes in, and greets Amy. He says he thinks he left his jacket at The Flamingo Bar last night, but Ned reveals he has it with him - he saw it by the fire pit on his way over here. Noticing a weird vibe between Amy and Levi, Ned asks if he's staying for a coffee. Instead, Levi grabs a bottle of water, and leaves them to it.
NED: Is it just me, or was that a bit weird?
AMY: A hundred percent you. Wasn't weird at all.
Susan and Karl have been roped into a four-way computer game with Hendrix and Mackenzie. Karl and Hendrix are on a team together, but when Karl gets them killed, Hendrix grumpily complains at how bad he is, and walks off into the kitchen.
It's clear there's more going on, and Mackenzie mentions him turning down the job at the tram. It seems he's taken a knock to his confidence from Leo firing him.
HENDRIX: If I stuffed up at the tram, it wouldn't only suck at work, it would suck at home too. We need at least a little bit of space, right?
Mackenzie offers to look at his résumé to help him find something else, but Hendrix glumly says he's 'pretty beat'. He tells Mackenzie she should go and hang out with Yashvi. Once she's gone, Karl and Susan join him in the kitchen for an intervention.
KARL: We realise things are hard at the moment, but this is the time you should be leaning on people who are offering support, not dismissing them.
HENDRIX: I don't want to be a drainer.
SUSAN: When you're in a relationship, you take the good with the bad. If she shoe were on the other foot, would you want Mackenzie to push *you* away?
Yashvi, Mackenzie and Dipi are hanging out, when Toadie comes in with some gifts and a card from Yashvi's colleagues at the police station. Yashvi seems anxious, and says she'll read the card later. When Dipi insists on starting to read it anyway, Yashvi snaps, telling her to stop it. Toadie and Mackenzie give Yashvi and Dipi some space to talk.
YASHVI: I just don't want to talk about work while I'm on leave.
DIPI: But it's a bit more than that, isn't it? Because every time we mention work, your mood crashes.
YASHVI: I don't think I want to be in the force any more.
DIPI: ... Vee, if I thought you seriously wanted to change careers, I would be thrilled. Between you and me, I hate my little girl putting herself in danger every day.
YASHVI: Yeah, you hide that well (!)
DIPI: Yeah, but you love your job, and you've got your whole life mapped out. It is completely natural to feel anxious about going back after being hurt so badly.
YASHVI: It's not about being hurt badly. It's about my judgement. I chose to break the rules and help Levi. I let my emotions get the better of me.
DIPI: That is no reason to give up your career, okay? It is just a blip.
YASHVI: And what if it wasn't? I am always struggling with this, and I don't know if I can do it anymore. But if I'm not a cop, what do I do?
Amy encounters Levi at the bar, and apologises that they couldn't talk in Harold's before. They decide to chat now, and Amy takes the opportunity to give Levi his sock back.
LEVI: Oh, no, that's yours. It's a souvenir. You can frame it, keep it, whatever you want.
AMY: Weirdly, I don't have a thing for boys' socks, so...
They laugh, and Levi suggests they should repeat last night's fun sometime, if Amy's keen.
AMY: Oh, Levi - you are just a gorgeous guy. And, umm, it's just the... the age gap, you know?
LEVI: I couldn't care less. Does it really bother you?
But at this point, Kyle comes in and greets them wryly, noticing that Levi's holding his missing sock. Levi claims he left it at The Flamingo Bar during 'barefoot races'. Kyle remarks that Levi won't stop raving about last night, still talking about the evening at the bar; Levi confirms he had 'an amazing time', but referring obliquely to what happened afterwards.
AMY: Well, my bar is definitely a vibe, but you know, it's not the only one in town. There's heaps more out there, ones with younger clientele.
Levi gets her meaning.
Mackenzie is telling Yashvi about her attempts to help Hendrix following him getting fired. She admits she's not getting very far, and explains how Hendrix even turned down a job at the tram because he was convinced it would go wrong. Mackenzie admits she's worried.
Meanwhile in the sun room, Dipi has been telling Toadie about Yashvi's doubts over staying in the police force. Dipi admits she's never been comfortable with Yashvi's career choice, but says she's so passionate about it; she can't just throw it away because of a knock to her confidence.
DIPI: I've got something in mind. This accident is not gonna cost my daughter her career.
Toadie comes in and asks Amy, who's at a table, if she's seen Levi; Dipi needs to talk to him. Amy says she spoke to Levi earlier and told him they were done. She explains it's not just the age thing; she's also conflicted about Ned.
AMY: If the thing with Levi is just a one-off, then Ned doesn't need to know. And his feelings won't get hurt. And then we can just, you know, settle back in on the friend zone.
Dipi is with Yashvi, when Toadie returns with Levi.
YASHVI: Mum, don't tell me you've called in reinforcements.
DIPI: I can neither confirm nor deny.
LEVI: I can. What's this nonsense about you wanting to go back to civilianhood? Vee, you're a really good cop. And I'm sorry if my mistakes have made you doubt that.
YASHVI: It's not your mistakes, it's mine.
LEVI: No, no - I did the wrong thing, Vee. And then, me being an idiot, asked you to do the wrong thing with me. I put you in an impossible situation, but you had to make a choice. And you chose to be there for your partner (...) Any other good cop would have done the same thing.
YASHVI: I just wish there was always a clear-cut way to go. I don't trust myself to make the right call when there's not one.
DIPI: Well, the fact that you care about it so much tells me you'll get better at that.
Dipi insists on reading to Yashvi what Sergeant Rodwell wrote in her card.
DIPI (reading): Vee, wishing you a speedy recovery. Already feeling your absence. The team's missing a major asset. Rest up, come back, and smash it like you always do.
Buoyed by this, Yashvi asks to see the card for herself, and looks brighter. She thanks Dipi.
Sheila notices that Levi is in an unusually good mood, and he doesn't deny it.
SHEILA: You got lucky last night!
LEVI: Where did that come from?
SHEILA: Crone's intuition.
Ned approaches, and Sheila immediately declares...
SHEILA: Congratulate Levi (...) He slept with a woman last night!
SHEILA: It was a woman, wasn't it? I mean, I wouldn't want to assume, you know?
LEVI: Yes, okay, I slept with a woman. Are you happy?
NED (awkward): Yes, congrats.
SHEILA: Yeah. Good on you, getting out there again, love!
Sheila's already talking about him having a second date, but Levi tells her to slow down - it was just a one-night thing.
SHEILA: One night that did you wonders!
NED: Hey, mate, if you like this girl, then maybe you should see where it goes.
Mackenzie has brought coffee and cake for Yashvi from Harold's, and notes she's in a better mood than before. Hendrix turns up, and asks if Mackenzie still wants to hang out. He apologises for being mopey and bailing on their plans earlier.
HENDRIX: I promise, sad-sack Hendrix is gone, and long live fun Hendrix.
YASHVI: Get rid of annoying Hendrix and you'll be golden!
HENDRIX: I'm gonna let that slide as a get-well-soon gift.
Hendrix asks if Yashvi's well enough to go back to work soon. She says yes, physically, but that she's not really in the right space mentally, due to nerves etc. Hendrix admits he's in the same boat.
HENDRIX: But you're lucky to have Mackenzie to help you out. She's the only thing keeping my head above water at the moment.
MACKENZIE: I can't take all the credit. Karl and Susan have been helping you too.
Hendrix says it's true, but admits he wishes Pierce was closer, and misses him now that things are better between them. This seems to strike a chord with Yashvi too...
Later on, the whole family is pleased to hear that Dipi is preparing to cook her famous Thai curry. Yashvi asks to talk to Dipi for a second, and thanks her for putting aside her own reservations about Yashvi being a cop, to encourage her to stick it out.
DIPI: Does this mean you're *not* quitting?
YASHVI: I'm still really freaked out, and it's not gonna be easy. But I'm not giving up.
DIPI: I'm so proud of you, sweetheart.
They hug. Toadie, Mackenzie and Hendrix listen in, pleased.
YASHVI: You giving me the kick up the bum made me realise how much I miss you and Dad in this.
DIPI: We're only a phone call away.
YASHVI: It's not good enough. I need my family. I want to move to Sydney.
DIPI: Are you sure?
Yashvi nods, and Toadie and Mackenzie look a bit bereft.
DIPI: Of course, please come! We would love to have you in Sydney.
TOADIE: Can't say that I'm not sad at that idea, but, umm... it sounds like that's the right thing to do.
MACKENZIE (conflicted): Yeah. If that's what's gonna make you happy, then I'm happy.
Yashvi excitedly rings her dad Shane, to tell him the news.
Toadie and Yashvi come in. Yashvi tells Toadie that Shane was crying when she told him she was coming to Sydney, though he pretended he was choking on a doughnut! Toadie admits he might shed a tear too when she leaves. Ned comes over, and Toadie gives them some space to talk.
YASHVI: I'm moving to Sydney. Bam.
NED: ... Okay, that took a turn.
YASHVI: (...) Yeah, I'm flying up with Mum. I think that's where I'm supposed to be right now.
She adds that Mishti, her aunt, has told her she can easily transfer to the Sydney police.
NED: I guess you were always meant to go there, huh? Just not with me. This is gonna be a great fresh start, Vee. I think you're gonna love it.
YASHVI: Hope so. I also have something to say to you, friend to friend. You and Amy - umm, I don't like it, I'm not gonna lie. It's weird (...) but if you like her, you should go for it. I really mean it.
NED: Thanks, Vee.
The Flamingo Bar
Ned doesn't waste any time seeking out Amy, following Yashvi's encouragement. He explains to Amy that Yashvi's moving to Sydney permanently, to be with her family.
NED: Might be good for us, too. If Yashvi's not here, there's no more complications. So, what do you think? Should we...?
Amy doesn't know what to say...
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- Harlow tells Roxy she's worried about going behind Terese's back
- Roxy says, 'No guilt here - this is revenge'
- Harlow and Paul gazing at a disconcerted Jesse