- Levi's mum Evelyn coming to visit him
- Levi putting his relationship with Amy on hold
- Sheila wondering why Evelyn is acting cold towards her
- Evelyn telling Sheila she felt shut out by the Canning family
- Melanie accusing Rose of setting her up so she can get with Toadie
- Hendrix encouraging Rose to engage Toadie in their old pranks
- Rose causing Melanie to have an accident at the film event
Toadie and zombie Mackenzie bring Melanie into the hospital to be checked for a concussion. They explain to Clive that Melanie got chilli in her eyes then fell onto the drinks table. Clive gets a nurse to wheel Melanie into an examination room. He tells Toadie and Mackenzie they can't follow, so guilty Toadie assures Melanie he won't go anywhere.
The Flamingo Bar
Amy is in a big stress about the accident, worrying that it's ruined the whole event. But Rose says she'll take care of everything, starting with the photographers to make sure no one posts about it. Amy just bitterly laughs and says that ship's probably already sailed. She then becomes concerned that Rose's boss will change the event venue because he looked quite furious earlier. Rose admits it's not great PR, but they've still got a few days to put a creative spin on things. Sergeant Rodwell walks in and Amy's immediately on the defensive, telling him what happened was an accident. But Rodwell is actually there to speak with Rose - they've found out who damaged her car.
Levi is surprised to find Sheila still up. Troubled by her conversation with Evelyn, Sheila wonders if Levi ever felt like he was missing out on seeing his mother more when he was younger. Levi replies that he felt lucky he had two families to spend time with. He actually felt more sorry for Kyle not having his dad around.
SHEILA: But for yourself. Did you ever feel like something was lacking? You can tell me you know.
LEVI: I mean in hindsight I knew stuff between mum and Jackie was a bit strained. But you guys never let it affect me, okay? I was good, gran.
Levi bids Sheila goodnight, but Sheila still looks troubled.
The Flamingo Bar
Amy is still in worry mode as she confides in Roxy (and to a lesser extent, Kyle, who is slumped at a table) that she doesn't think Rose will be able to sort everything out. Amy is about to call Toadie and check on Mel when Ned arrives. Ned says he just dropped Mackenzie home from the hospital and that Mel's being looked after. Amy then starts on Ned with her concerns, but Ned does his best to reassure her that the festival will run smoothly. This somewhat calms Amy and she thanks Ned, while Roxy quips to Kyle that she told Amy the same thing but at least she's listening to someone.
The next morning Toadie and Mackenzie drop by to visit Mel, who is looking much more chipper than she was last night. Melanie tells them Clive has given her a good bill of health, she just has to stay in the rest of the day for observation. Handing Melanie a bouquet of flowers, Toadie apologises profusely for what happened to her. The mood is a bit tense when Rose appears, but she's come by to also apologise to Melanie for the drink incident.
ROSE: I also thought that you might want to know that the police have found the person who broke my windscreen.
MELANIE: So now you know that it wasn't me.
ROSE: Correct. An eyewitness told them that it was Dr. Anna Buke? She apparently confessed that she saw you near my car, and thought that it was your car, and the sight of you set her off. She had a lot of pent-up aggression apparently.
MELANIE: So hang on a minute, you're still trying to make out that this was my fault?
ROSE: I know that you didn't swing the weapon, but I mean it was your history that ruined my car.
MELANIE: You put me in hospital last night and you come in here to have a dig at me?
Hearing enough, Toadie reminds Rose that Melanie's been through an ordeal and broken windscreens aren't a priority right now. Rose says she'll see Toadie later then, but Toadie says he'll be at the hospital all day. Melanie thanks Toadie for standing up for her.
Kyle tells Levi and Evelyn what happened with Melanie at the party. As soon as he mentions Amy, though, Levi quickly tells his mum that she should go get ready for their tour of Erinsborough. Sheila offers Evelyn some fresh towels and usage of her shampoo, but Evelyn informs her she has her own. Once Evelyn leaves, Levi immediately wants Kyle to tell him how Amy's coping. Kyle says she was freaking out a bit but Ned was there to talk her down.
KYLE: I guess that's one of the ups of having a two boyfriend set up. Ned's like the solid shoulder to lean on, and you, you don't even have to worry about not being there for her!
Levi jokes he's got pretty solid shoulders himself. "Yeah, course you do, cous," Kyle replies, not looking him in the eye while Sheila smirks in the background.
Melanie is appreciative of the colourful flowers Toadie brought her. She then says that Rose must be a "bit cuckoo" to come in and start hurling around insults, but Toad says they'll worry about her later. Right now he just wants to focus on looking after Melanie. Toadie is adamant he needs to keep apologising.
TOADIE: All I wanted to do was have a nice, fun time with you last night and I got distracted and you ended up here. That's the polar opposite of what I wanted to do.
MELANIE: Well, the universe had a creative way of making you pay. Let's just call it done and dusted.
TOADIE: You're too forgiving.
He asks if there's anything else he can do to make the rest of the day more bearable for her. So Mel gives him a list of stuff she'd love to have around including crystals to cleanse the energy, her salt lamp, a cleansing face mask and lavender spray.
Sheila tells Evelyn that she's truly sorry her family ever made her feel left out all those years ago. Sheila says "it was like walking a tightrope" dealing with Jackie, and it never occurred to Sheila that she was shutting Evelyn out in the process. Evelyn's glad Sheila can see it for what it is now.
SHEILA: I do, definitely, and I feel awful about it.
EVELYN: Thank you. But I just can't forget how I was judged for my mistake when it seems none of you were judging Frank. And now I find out all the mistakes you've made over the years.
Their conversation comes to a halt when Levi appears and asks if Evelyn's ready for the town tour. Sheila tells them to drop into the pub for a coffee later, but Levi smiles and says it's on the list.
Levi and Evelyn are chatting with Roxy when Levi sees Amy and Ned walk in looking cosy. Noticing her son staring, Evelyn asks if he knows them. Levi stammers that they live on the street, just as Amy and Ned approach them. Grinning, Roxy leaves them be as Amy smiles in a somewhat nervous fashion at Evelyn. Levi makes introductions - "Mum, this is Amy and Amy's boyfriend, Ned" - and Ned quips that Evelyn must have some embarrassing childhood stories to tell them. Levi's like, 'nope!', then asks Amy if everything was okay at the party. Amy says Rose is handling everything and she hasn't been yelled at yet, so it should hopefully be all right.
Levi guides his mum to a table while Ned and Amy head to the counter. Evelyn has some opinions about Ned and Amy, mainly that she wouldn't have picked them as a couple because of the age difference. She then wonders if Amy is divorced and Levi says she's been married before and has three children.
LEVI: Why? Are you judging?
EVELYN: No, not at all. I'm sure she's a lovely lady but experience tells me it won't work.
EVELYN: I'm sorry but I can spot these things a mile away. A few years can seem like a lifetime when kids and exes are involved.
Rose is having a tough time on the phone with her boss, promising him she'll have a word with the insurers. She hangs up and is relieved to see Toadie walk by, begging for his help. Toadie says he's actually on his way to the hospital, but has to pause when Rose says the insurance company saw the photos of Melanie online and decided to hike up their premium. Toadie advises Rose to push back, but Rose has been warned by her boss that if she can't talk them down before the film festival starts then she'll be fired.
TOADIE: That's terrible. I'm sure you'll work something out, just let me know okay?
ROSE: You know, I didn't create this all on my own. (Off Toadie's look) Sorry, I shouldn't have said that. I know you didn't mean for any of this to happen. It's fine, I don't really know where to start but I'm sure I'll figure something out.
But it appears as though Rose has laid the guilt on enough for Toadie to become rattled.
Roxy chats with Levi at the counter and says he should tell Evelyn the truth about Amy. But Levi says there's no chance after the way she just spoke about Amy. Meanwhile, Kyle stops to speak with Evelyn and says he's looking forward to them visiting the tram. This reminds Evelyn to tell Kyle how sorry she was to hear about his dad passing away.
EVELYN: I think I met him at some of the family functions?
KYLE: Nah, probably wasn't him. He wasn't around much when I was younger.
EVELYN: My mistake. I wasn't close to any of you so it's easy to mix people up.
Kyle says it's no worries, but it's a bit awkward so he makes tracks to go help out Sheila. Levi takes coffees to his mum and Sheila tells Kyle they should have done more to ensure Evelyn felt accepted. "Yeah, 'cause Aunty Jacks would have loved that," Kyle retorts.
SHEILA: Yeah but now I feel worse because we're lying about Levi's relationship.
KYLE: (warningly) Gran.
SHEILA: No, she never felt accepted by us. And now we're proving her right because we're keeping something like this from her.
KYLE: No it's not like that. It's not our place to tell her, it's Levi's. So for once in your life will you just not get involved? It's between them.
But Sheila doesn't look as though she's going to heed Kyle's warning.
Mackenzie keeps Melanie company while Clive checks in on his patient. He asks Mel if she can tell him what year it is and who the prime minister is. Melanie confidently replies that it's 2021, and while she knows who the PM is, she actually thinks the host of Dating Sideways should be the PM instead. "Close enough I guess," Clive smiles while Mackenzie and Melanie share an ill-timed high-five. Toadie appears just as Melanie is starting to worry about him. When Clive hears what Toadie brought with him, he asks Melanie if she's looking into alternative medicine.
MELANIE: It's not that we don't trust you, Clive.
CLIVE: All good, whatever makes you comfortable.
MELANIE: Purple amethyst has some amazing healing properties. I should let you know about them, it might help your other patients.
CLIVE: Some other time, I've got to, um-
MELANIE: Don't be close-minded, Clive!
Seeing that Melanie is preoccupied, Toadie says he's going to quickly duck out so he can collect the kids and drop them at Susan's. Mel's cool to keep bantering with Clive, but Mackenzie smells something off and follows Toadie into the hall.
MACKENZIE: Toadie, Nell and Hugo are at a friend's place all day.
TOADIE: Yeah, I know. Um, Rose is in a bit of trouble with the insurer because of the accident last night. I might be able to straighten it out for her.
MACKENZIE: Sounds like it's Rose's job to deal with.
TOADIE: Well yeah, it is technically.
MACKENZIE: And you said you were going to look after Mel all day and now you're running off.
TOADIE: Mel's happy with Clive right now, and I'm just as responsible for the accident as what Rose is.
Mackenzie looks doubtful, but Toadie promises he'll be back as soon as he can.
Harold's Café Exterior
Toadie finds Rose sitting out the back of the Café and asks if she still needs help. Relieved, Rose thanks him and asks if he's sure Melanie can spare him. Toadie says Melanie's in good hands, plus he'd never forgive himself if Rose got fired. Sharing her laptop screen, Rose says she's been going through all the contract fine print to see if there's a loophole but can't get past all the legal jargon. So Toadie says he'll have a read through.
Amy asks Sheila how Levi's going with his mum in town. Sheila says Amy could just ask him herself, but Amy says she's trying to be respectful of Levi wanting a break. "So in other words you're fine with him deceiving his mother?" Sheila quips. Trying not to eye roll, Amy says she knows it's awkward but she appreciates Sheila keeping Levi's confidence, especially since she'd probably love trying to recruit Evelyn onto "Team Save Levi". Amy doesn't like the secrecy either, but Evelyn will be gone soon and then things can get back to normal. Evelyn appears just as Amy disappears out the back for some supplies. Evelyn wants to get a takeaway keto salad for Levi, but Sheila is thinking about Amy's parting words.
SHEILA: Have you given any extra thought into how long you might be staying?
EVELYN: You want me out already?
SHEILA: Oh no, just the opposite really. I've been thinking about what you said and I really want to welcome you in all the ways that I couldn't all those years ago. We really want you to be part of the family, so you can stay as long as you like. Weeks if it suits!
EVELYN: Thanks, but I have to think about it.
Ned finds Levi and asks if it would be okay if he took Amy out on a date that night. He knows it's technically Levi's day, but Amy could use a distraction. Knowing he can't do anything while his mum's in town, Levi says it's fine but 'jokingly' warns Ned not to have too much fun.
Ned leaves just as Evelyn appears from the pub. "Was that your friend with the relationship issues?" she asks, but Levi says there aren't any issues. Evelyn tells him Sheila will be out with the food soon, and that she's been thinking about extending her stay in Erinsborough. She can afford to take a longer break between contracts, plus the family will be all right without her a while longer. "It's been so long since you and I have had proper mother/son time," Evelyn adds. "I've really missed you, my boy. What do you think?" Levi thinks it's great she wants to stay longer, but also can't help feeling worried about losing more time with Amy.
Harold's Café Exterior
Toadie gets off the phone with Terese and happily informs Rose that because the accident was on Lassiters property, it's covered by their premium, so the insurers out for blood "can go and get stuffed!" Rose is ecstatic - that means they've actually made the film festival some money. Toadie smiles and says it was just down to the fine print, and Rose would have got there in the end. But Rose says Toadie is the only one with that kind of faith in her.
TOADIE: Yeah because you deserve it. You do things differently, you pull it off in the end and it's always just as amazing and as fun as you are!
Delighted by Toadie's pep talk, Rose leans in and plants a kiss on him. Toadie's eyes remain open for a moment but then he closes them, not breaking away from the kiss.