- Melanie and Toadie getting back together at the film festival
- Hendrix visiting the testing booth and the doctor finding a lump
- Nicolette returning with the real baby Isla
- Aaron and David not coping with the whole baby swap situation
- Britney telling Leo a lot of her bad decisions were due to him
- David confessing to Aaron that he encouraged Jesse to leave town
- Aaron telling Terese what David and Paul did to Jesse
- Terese angrily telling Paul to pack his bags and leave
Harlow arrives home and Terese informs her that Paul will be staying at the hotel indefinitely. "He's seriously broken my trust," Terese adds, before letting Harlow know she'll be taking the rest of the day off work. Leo and Britney walk in from the backyard with Abigail just as Terese heads upstairs. Shocked by Terese's words, Harlow asks Leo if the fight between Terese and Paul was as bad as it sounds. Leo replies that it's "probably worse", so Harlow decides to return to work and let everyone know Terese won't be back today.
BRITNEY: Even at our worst I don't think our fights got as nasty as theirs did.
LEO: Brit, I know stuff got intense between us but I hope we can start again as friends?
BRITNEY: Friends is good.
LEO: And parents of this beautiful baby girl.
Kyle tries to take Melanie and Toadie's coffee order, but they're too smitten with each other to really pay attention, so Kyle says he'll just surprise them. Karl saunters over to the happy duo and says it's nice to see them back together. Smirking, Melanie reminds Karl that he wanted Toadie and Rose to be a couple. But Karl says that all he wanted to do is see Toadie happy, and now that he is, Karl hopes Melanie will accept his apology and sincere congratulations. Karl then offers further congratulations on Melanie's film festival win - and also brings up the fact that she used his music.
MELANIE: That's right! Mackenzie popped it in, she did all the editing for me.
KARL: Inspired choice.
MELANIE: Well I will pass that on to her.
KARL: The thing is I let filmmakers use my music on the proviso that I got a cut of the prize money if they won.
MELANIE: Oh! I didn't know.
KARL: Nevertheless the agreement still stands. It's ten per cent.
TOADIE: What! Five hundred bucks? That is a bit steep for one piece of music, mate.
KARL: There is a price on artistic excellence.
But Melanie has no qualms about it and says she'll drop the money off later that afternoon. When Karl leaves, Toadie wonders if there's anything else Mel would like to do after breakfast. Melanie smiles and says she thought they'd go back to Toadie's place, which pleases him.
Nicolette and Jane bring Isla over so the boys can spend time alone with her. Nic tells them Isla's had her morning feed already so she should be good for a few hours. Aaron asks what Nicolette and Jane will be getting up to in the meantime. Nicolette says she'll be looking for somewhere to live - maybe Anson's Corner, or wherever she can afford. She notices that Isla is fussing a bit in David's arms and goes to help, but David swerves away and insists that he can settle her.
AARON: You know we do know how to look after a baby right?
NICOLETTE: Of course. You would be experts by now.
Isla continues to cry, so Aaron takes a turn to hold her, letting her rest over his shoulder instead of cradling her like David was. Nicolette says Isla loves being able to look around. "That's exactly what I was about to do," David murmurs, as Isla calms down.
Hendrix is looking up signs and symptoms of testicular cancer on his laptop, clicking on the page about abdominal pain. He quickly shuts the computer when Karl walks in and says he was just studying for his SAC later that day. Karl has to head into work, but he hopes Melanie will drop in his cut of the prize money before Hendrix leaves for school. Hendrix didn't know Karl was rostered on at work, but Karl says he took on an extra shift to help with referrals from the testicular cancer testing booth.
HENDRIX: You're doing that?
KARL: Well, I'm not an oncologist of course, but I can triage the referrals. Decide what needs further action.
HENDRIX: I guess that's something you want to get onto pretty quickly.
KARL: Of course, yeah. Any symptom of cancer should be looked into straight away.
HENDRIX: Does it spread fast?
KARL: It varies. The last thing you want though is for it to go unchecked. Testicular cancer can spread to the lymphatic system, the lungs, the pelvis. It can metastasize pretty much anywhere in the body.
HENDRIX: (quietly) Scary.
KARL: Yeah. Toadie's late wife Sonya, her cancer spread right throughout her body before she was even aware. Just tragic.
The look on Hendrix's face is pretty grim.
Leo is sitting out the front of Harold's Café with Britney while she's trying to breastfeed Abigail. Britney is having trouble getting Abigail to latch on, and Leo says it's not her fault, the baby just got used to being bottle fed the last couple of weeks. "Oh, so it is my fault?" Britney retorts. Leo encourages Britney to try bottle feeding for now, but Britney is determined to breastfeed her daughter.
Across the way, Harlow and Paul emerge from the hotel. Harlow wonders if Terese really meant it when she told Paul never to come back home, but Paul insists it's only a temporary blip and nothing Harlow needs to worry about. But Harlow can't help but worry as she hates the thought of Paul being alone. Paul insists he'll be fine, though, especially since the penthouse became vacant just at the right time.
HARLOW: I'm not talking about where you're living. I know you're hurting, granddad.
PAUL: No, no, Terese and I will work things out before you even know it, okay?
They see Leo and Britney over by the Café and notice that the pair appear to be arguing. Paul starts to head over, but Harlow stops him. The last thing Britney needs is for Paul to have a go at her when she's struggling. But Paul says he merely wants to check in with them, "the last thing Leo needs is more drama dumped on his plate".
Britney notices Paul heading their way. She asks Leo to tell Paul not to come over as she thinks Paul's going to hound her about the money. Britney insists she'll pay back every cent, she just can't deal with the stress at the moment. So Leo makes a 'not now' gesture at Paul before he gets any closer, which disappoints Paul. "At least you're still talking to me," Paul tells Harlow. "They're clearly in the middle of something," Harlow replies, "I wouldn't take it personally". But Paul does appear to look quite rejected.
Hendrix is now looking up survival rates for testicular cancer online, but is again interrupted when Jane pops by. She's brought over some unit plans for Susan to look over, but when Hendrix wonders why she couldn't just email them, Jane admits she's there to see him too. She wanted to check how his study is going for the SACs. Hendrix insists he's all over it, then asks how things are going with Nicolette.
JANE: She and the baby seem to be doing well. Although things are a little strained with the boys of course.
HENDRIX: I'll bet.
JANE: But on a happier note, I also wanted to congratulate you for your win at the film festival.
HENDRIX: Oh, yeah, it's awesome. Thanks.
JANE: The editing software will be a great asset at the school. And also it'll be a lovely legacy for you to leave behind when you're gone.
JANE: When you graduate! Future students will make use of it and they'll know they'll have you to thank.
HENDRIX: (strained) Yeah. For sure. It'll be a nice way to be remembered.
Toadie tells Melanie that he's so glad they're "doing this", as is Mel. She feels as though it's an important step for them. "Amen to that," Toadie grins, taking Melanie's coat from her. He says Amy's out getting stuff for her new apartment, so they don't have a lot of time. But just as he's about to lean in for a kiss, he sees Mackenzie walk into the lounge room.
MACKENZIE: Look at you two, you're glowing!
TOADIE: Yeah, we're just getting started.
MACKENZIE: How was your date at the tram?
TOADIE: Did you say that you had to go to the supermarket?
MACKENZIE: (oblivious) Did I?
MELANIE: No, Mac should be here for this.
TOADIE: (utterly confused) Whaaaaat?
Karl suddenly arrives to see if Melanie had his prize money cut on hand before he went to work.
MELANIE: No I don't, but very good timing because you should be here too because you were on Team Rose.
TOADIE: Uh, okay, things have either taken a very weird turn or I've got the wrong end of the stick here.
Turns out Melanie's brought her sage over so they can all do a cleanse of the house and release any energy left over from Rose. Therefore giving Melanie and Toadie the fresh start to their relationship they need.
Jane is gently trying to ask Nicolette questions about where she might want to live, even offering to move in with Nic and Isla to help out. Nicolette gives her mum a quick smile or two, but appears to be preoccupied with checking her phone just in case the boys have rung. Noting her nerves, Jane asks Nicolette to try and relax: "Isla will be absolutely fine with the boys".
But David and Aaron are looking pretty stressed because Isla won't stop crying. David attempts to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to the bub like they did with Abigail, but it doesn't work. He then remembers Nicolette mentioning an elephant blankie that was Isla's favourite. Aaron has a search through Isla's belongings but it doesn't look as though Nicolette packed it. He says he'll duck over to #24 and grab it, but David frustratedly reminds him no one's home. "All right, you don't have to snap at me," Aaron retorts.
Nicolette says she's finding it hard because it's the first time she's been apart from Isla. But Jane says it's something she's going to have to get used to. "Aaron and David need to get to know their daughter without you peering over their shoulders," she adds. Chloe sees them sitting out the front of Harold's and nervously fidgets with the engagement ring on her finger before stopping to speak to them. She comments on Isla not being with them and Nicolette coldly replies that it's only for a little while. Feeling awkward, Chloe quickly leaves.
David thinks Isla needs to be changed, but Aaron says it's the first thing he checked. Frustration then gets the best of Aaron as Isla continues to cry.
AARON: I'm sorry, I can't do this.
DAVID: Taking care of Isla?
AARON: No, just bonding with our first child and then losing her, and now trying to do it all over again. I hate it. Even fighting with you, David, I don't want to do it anymore. I don't want to fight.
DAVID: Does that mean you can move past what I did?
AARON: No I can't, not yet. It's not that easy. I think we have to be a team for Isla.
DAVID: One hundred per cent.
He wants to text Nicolette about the missing blanket, but Aaron doesn't want Nic thinking they can't cope. David reminds Aaron that Nicolette was the one who didn't pack it in the first place.
Nicolette gets the text from David about the blanket and shoots up from her seat, telling Jane they have to go.
Aaron feels as though Nicolette's just going to barge in and take over now, but David says they need to start thinking about the bigger picture. They need to connect with Isla, and he doesn't think that's going to happen without Nicolette's help. Aaron thinks that'll be hard if Nic moves to Anson's Corner. "We might need to think about that too," David despondently replies.
Leo finds Britney bottle feeding Abigail on the couch. Britney doesn't look happy but says she couldn't let Abigail go hungry. Leo then tells her he just got off the phone with an agency that deals with nannies and nurses, which surprises Britney. Leo says the agency specialises in newborns and they could have someone around in twenty minutes.
BRITNEY: You expect me to hand her over to somebody else?
LEO: Just while you get some sleep. And they said they can support with the feeding stuff too. Maybe because you guys have been apart you might be experiencing relactation, which slows the milk from-
BRITNEY: You told a complete stranger what we're going through?
LEO: Yeah, I'm just trying to help. I could have gone to David and Aaron because they know Abigail, but I knew you wouldn't like that.
BRITNEY: I don't want a nanny!
BRITNEY: I want to do this on my own.
Frustrated, Leo says he'll be at the vineyard if Britney needs him then. Britney can't believe he's heading off to work now, but Leo reminds her that she just said she wanted to do things on her own. "I don't know why I'm surprised," Britney scoffs. "This is what you do." Throwing his hands up in resignation, Leo says he can't win and leaves the house just as Terese walks downstairs. Taking sympathy on Britney, Terese acknowledges it's really stressful when you've got a newborn, especially when no one's getting any sleep.
BRITNEY: We've always been like this. He always runs away to his work when it gets tough.
TERESE: Well maybe you need to make it clear that you need him more on hand.
BRITNEY: If his heart's not in it then I'd rather him just bow out now. Me and Abigail will be better off.
Terese looks troubled by this.
Melanie and Mackenzie drop by and gleefully inform Hendrix he missed the sage cleansing of Toadie's house. Melanie's also there to deliver an envelope for Karl with his share of the prize money in it. When she leaves, Hendrix tells Mackenzie that he wishes he won money instead of some dumb software he won't even be around to use. Mac states that he knew what the student prize was when he entered, so Hendrix says to ignore his mood, "I'm just in my own head".
MACKENZIE: You are definitely not yourself. Is something wrong?
HENDRIX: Nah, just stressed about my SAC, that's it. And I have this weird stomach ache, I don't know.
Mackenzie asks if there's anything she can do to help, but Hendrix says he just needs to focus on his study, so Mac leaves him to it.
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Chloe drops by the budget reports Paul was after. She becomes distracted by the balcony view and says it's weird to be up here, "like going back in time".
CHLOE: Must be strange for you too.
PAUL: No, it's only for a day or two.
CHLOE: Are you sure about that? I don't think you're coming back from this one for a while.
PAUL: What you think isn't important, Chloe. I know my wife, and I know my family, and this is just a short-term blip, okay? We all need to just decompress and think through what's happened. Then we'll just get back to what's normal.
Chloe's like 'whatever you say' and leaves him to decompress. After she goes, Paul takes his turn solemnly staring out at the view.
Toadie and Mackenzie open up all the doors to try and rid the house of the lingering sage stench. Toad says he wasn't entirely keen spending the morning thinking about Rose, but if it meant he and Melanie were getting back on track, then he's all for it. Jane drops by to ask if either of them have seen Hendrix because he didn't turn up at school for his SAC. Mackenzie's confused as she just saw Hendrix earlier and he was on his way to class.
JANE: Did he seem all right to you? He was a little out of sorts when I popped in earlier.
MACKENZIE: Yeah, I've noticed that too. He just said that he was stressed about school.
JANE: Well stress or not, the SAC does take up a huge percentage of his final grade. He really needs to sit it.
Mackenzie says she'll go and find Hendrix right now.
Hendrix is busy going for an angst-fuelled run with his headphones in. He winds up at the exercise equipment looking mad as hell.
With Isla now settled in another room, Nicolette, David and Aaron congregate in the living area. Nic says it was hard being away from Isla, especially knowing she was upset. David replies that Nicolette needs to be able to trust them.
NICOLETTE: I know. But you can trust me too.
AARON: Hold on, Nic. We weren't the one who took off with Isla. We've had to start this whole bonding process all over again.
DAVID: Which is difficult because we're still trying to come to terms with losing who we thought was our daughter.
NICOLETTE: I understand. This is difficult for everyone.
Aaron's face is like 'that's an understatement'.
DAVID: We want to be good dads, which means we have to find a way forward that works for everyone. Right?
AARON: I'm going to be completely honest here, we are not even close to dealing with what you put us through.
DAVID: But the last think we want to do is make anything worse. And you moving to Anson's Corner, that's just adding distance on top of everything else. So we've come up with a different solution.
And that solution? Having Nicolette and Isla move into #32 with them. That way all three of them can raise Isla in a safe and healthy environment. Nicolette looks intrigued and hopeful by this idea.
Mackenzie finds Hendrix doing sit ups on the exercise equipment. She says she's been searching for him and only knew where to look because she asked Roxy. Hendrix doesn't answer and just keeps doing angry sit ups. Mackenzie knows he didn't go to school and wants to understand what's troubling him.
MACKENZIE: If you don't sit the SAC you're going to fail the subject. What was the point of going back to school if you're just going to chuck it in?
HENDRIX: (yelling) There was no point! It was a waste of time and I'm done.
MACKENZIE: You don't mean that.
HENDRIX: I do mean that, Mackenzie, I do. I don't care about marks or school. I'm never going back! None of it matters.
He gets up and walks away leaving Mackenzie dazed and confused.