- Amy thinking her new apartment will change her life
- Ned and Levi being unable to celebrate Amy moving in
- Amy telling Toadie and Mel the boys bailed on her
- Hendrix letting Mackenzie, Susan and Karl know he's quitting school
- Hendrix stealing the money Melanie left for Karl
- Roxy agreeing to party at the Pavilion with Hendrix
- Hendrix acting drunk and unruly with the security guard
- Roxy getting shoved over by Hendrix and bumping her head
Hendrix rushes over to Roxy to see if she's okay, but Roxy angrily says she's fine and that she doesn't want his help. But when she tries to stand up she realises she's rolled her ankle. Hendrix keeps repeating how sorry he is, which doesn't endear him to Roxy. She's furious that he picked a fight with the bouncer after she said not to and acted like an idiot. "I just want to go home," she cries, limping away from Hendrix as best she can.
The next morning Levi helps Sheila bring cartons of milk over for Ned. Sheila spies Toadie waiting for his order and smirks that he must be happy to have Amy gone. "Now you've got your house back as a family home with principles and morals," she grins. Toadie diplomatically replies that Amy will be missed but at least now she'll be able to carry on with her relationships in her own place.
SHEILA: The apartment is going to end up being a hotbed of filth!
SHEILA: At least when she was under Toadie's roof it put a leash on this arrangement of yours.
LEVI: We don't need a leash.
NED: Nothing's going to change, Sheila.
SHEILA: Oh please, the gloves are off. And this poly-armoury thing of yours will be the least she expects from the two of you from now on! Mark my words!
Sheila leaves in a huff while Ned shakes his head at her antics. Toadie then mentions to the boys that Amy wasn't as happy being left alone last night as she made out.
Mackenzie wonders if David and Aaron would be up for visitors yet, but Kyle thinks Mac should leave it a few more days. He then brings up how weird it would be for Leo too, suddenly finding out his niece is actually his daughter. They see Roxy limping over to them and Kyle presumes she had a big night. But the teasing smile fades from his face when Roxy says her injury is from Hendrix accidentally pushing her over. Mackenzie is alarmed too - she didn't realise Hendrix had gone out last night. Roxy asks if Mackenzie knows what's going on with Hendrix, but other than school stress, Mac has no idea. Kyle rips off his apron and work hat and sets off to have an angry word with Hendrix despite Roxy's pleas not to.
Susan chides Hendrix for leaving a mess in the kitchen last night when he made hash browns before bed. He apologises to her, but Susan would rather he start treating the house with some respect. Hendrix gets a call from Mackenzie and quickly ducks out of the house, much to Susan's annoyance. Karl clocks that Hendrix is still in a bad mood, but Susan says they'll deal with him later as Toadie and Melanie will be over for lunch soon. Karl airs his concerns about not finding the money Melanie claimed she left on the table. Susan doesn't think it's a huge deal, figuring his cut was only $20, but Karl mumbles it was a tad more than that.
SUSAN: It's embarrassing enough that you asked for a share of the prize money. So if you've gone and lost it-
KARL: I haven't lost it, okay? It's just not here! Hey, do you think Melanie may have pretended to leave it here, and then she could say I lost it so she could keep my share of the prize money?
SUSAN: That is ridiculous.
KARL: I don't want to be distrusting, but what other explanation could there be?
SUSAN: Anything. Anything is more likely than that ridiculous conspiracy theory! Which, by the way, is very insulting to Melanie.
KARL: Look, I'm very happy that Toadie and Melanie are back together. But it's not outside the realm of possibility is it.
SUSAN: Karl just let it go. And don't you dare bring it up at lunch.
KARL: Why not?
SUSAN: Because I want to have a good time! I want to celebrate their reunion, not accuse Melanie of theft.
Karl tries to make another point against Melanie, but Susan's reached her limit. "Karl!" she says, wielding a cucumber at him like a knife. "Do not ruin lunch!" Karl stares at her for a beat before backing away: "Message received," he petulantly replies.
Hendrix is in #22's driveway staring up at the house when Kyle drives up behind him. Kyle barges over to the teen and asks what on earth he was thinking pushing Roxy around. He becomes surprised, though, when Hendrix encourages Kyle to punch him in retaliation. Kyle says he's not about to take a swing at him, but Hendrix keeps screaming at Kyle to hit him. Hendrix eventually loses steam and runs off leaving Kyle stunned.
Amy is happy to see both Ned and Levi on her doorstep and invites them in. She asks Ned how Terese is, and Ned says strangely enough she wanted to watch a rom-com. "Sucker for punishment," Amy mutters, while Ned and Levi swap a conspiratorial grin. They ask her how her first night in the new place went and Amy makes up a grand story of how wonderful it was until she realises Toadie already told them the truth. Amy assures them that she didn't "need" someone per se, it just would have been great to have someone to celebrate with. Ned and Levi then tell her they have a plan to make it up to her - a housewarming party that afternoon! The boys will do all the planning and inviting, Amy just has to sit back and have fun.
Toadie and Melanie are happy to be having lunch with the Kennedys. Melanie wishes Susan would have let her bring something, but Susan assures her there was no need. "I can think of something she could have brought," Karl mutters, as Susan attempts to ignore him. Changing the subject, Susan asks Toadie how work is going. Toad says he actually picked up some clients from his participation in the film festival, and Melanie's working there part-time again since the gossip has died down. Glowering across the table, Karl says it's good that Toadie supported the arts.
KARL: Some people think that art should simply be free.
SUSAN: That's a fascinating thought, Karl. (Through gritted teeth) Why don't you keep the rest of it to yourself?
KARL: I get a bit upset when I see people taking advantage of our creative citizens. Just using and abusing their innate talents.
SUSAN: (grabbing her wine glass) Here we go.
KARL: I think everyone should be compensated for their work. Would you agree, Melanie?
MELANIE: Absolutely. I could not agree more.
TOADIE: (bewildered) It's both inspiring and terrifying seeing how passionate you are about this, Karl.
Melanie then suggests they all toast their drinks together "to the artist". Karl does a cheers with Melanie and then turns to Susan, who is looking like she wants to murder him.
Ned carries out two boxes of alcohol for the party while Amy appreciates the view as she follows him. Levi settles the bill and Sheila can't help but comment on the amount of booze. Levi says they're expecting a lot of people and Sheila gets offended that she wasn't invited even though she didn't want to go in the first place. Calling it a "house of disrepute" Sheila then says that Amy will not be swinging her into action. Getting frustrated, Levi says Sheila's being irrational and that nothing is going to change now Amy has her own place. He adds that there won't be anything crazy going on at the party either. "It's going to be a normal party, with normal people having completely normal fun," he states. Sheila still looks at him in disapproval.
Mackenzie finally finds Hendrix jogging through the complex and asks why he hasn't been answering her phone calls. Hendrix admits he's been working up the guts to speak to her. Mac says she already knows what happened to Roxy and asks if Kyle found him. When Hendrix nods, Mackenzie asks if he's okay.
MACKENZIE: If this really is just about school then sure. But I feel like there's something big going on and I don't understand. So please, let me help you. (Hendrix doesn't speak up) Okay then. Just so you know, I'm not going to let myself keep caring if you don't talk. So whatever it is you are dealing with you can sort it out by yourself. You know where to find me when you do.
Hendrix calls out her name as she's walking away, but when she turns around he still doesn't know how to bring up what's bothering him. Mackenzie just sadly nods and keeps walking.
Talk has turned to the baby drama going on at #32. Susan says it's an awful situation for all of them, but she doesn't even know what to think about Nicolette.
MELANIE: She must be a Gemini, right?
TOADIE: Not sure.
MELANIE: Swapping babies is a very Gemini thing to do.
SUSAN: Oh... Poor Aaron and David, can you imagine being deceived like that?
TOADIE: And the whole parenting arrangement they agreed to is just out the window.
KARL: What a shame Nicolette didn't keep her promise. I think people should follow through with their promises.
MELANIE: Is something wrong?
SUSAN: No, there isn't.
KARL: As a matter of fact there is!
SUSAN: (warningly) Karl.
KARL: I can be delicate.
SUSAN: No, actually, you can't!
TOADIE: Sorry, what's going on?
Karl finally asks Melanie if she did indeed bring his prize money over like she said she did. Melanie is affronted that Karl would accuse her of pulling a swifty on him. When Karl asks why it's not on the table like she claims it was, Melanie retorts she has no idea as it's not her table! She adds that Hendrix was there when she popped over, but Karl finds it quite "telling" she only mentioned this now. Toadie says that Melanie was being generous enough offering Karl the money in the first place. Melanie and Karl glare at one another, neither one backing down on their stance.
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Roxy can't believe what Kyle is telling her about how Hendrix acted earlier. Kyle says he only went to Ramsay Street to give Hendrix a serve, "but he totally wanted to throw down". Roxy says there's obviously something big going on with Hendrix. Mackenzie overhears but is reluctant to learn more details about how her boyfriend is going off the rails. She says she's trying not to over-involve herself at the moment. Kyle thinks someone needs to talk to the guy, but Mackenzie says she has many, many times.
MACKENZIE: If Hendrix wants help he can ask for it. But right now he's being a jerk and there's no point in pushing it if he has zero interest in helping himself.
ROXY: Respect to that, sister.
MACKENZIE: I just don't want to make the same mistake Harlow did and try to be his saviour.
Kyle gets a text from Levi, wanting to know if they're going to Amy's housewarming, but it seems like a no when Roxy screws up her face.
Levi has to deliver the bad news that Kyle's not coming because Roxy's not feeling up to it, and Mackenzie isn't either. Ned also adds to the bad news that everyone else is out too. Amy can't believe that no one is coming to her housewarming party.
LEVI: It's only because we organised it last minute.
NED: There's been a lot of intensity on the street - party's probably not at the top of everyone's minds.
So instead of having a housewarming, Amy decides to throw herself a pity party instead. But Levi and Ned take it upon themselves to cheer her up and insist they'll still have a party. Just the three of them.
Melanie asks Karl in a clipped tone if he could pass the cream to her, "unless, of course, you don't believe me when I say it's right there," she adds, tapping the table. Susan and Toadie have taken refuge over at the counter while Susan makes coffees. Susan apologises to Toadie for Karl's behaviour, but Toadie says at least Mel can hold her own. Hendrix turns everything on its head when he arrives home and apologises for his behaviour earlier - and apologises for stealing Karl's money. Melanie gloats to Karl and gets him to promise her that he'll do whatever it takes to make it up to her. While Karl looks contrite, and Toadie laughs, Susan looks concerned about how despondent Hendrix was when he left.
Hendrix continues on his apology tour, offering one Kyle's way for yelling at him before. Kyle says Roxy deserves to hear it more than him, which Hendrix already knows. Taking in Hendrix's sombre mood, Kyle stops tidying up and asks if Hendrix is okay.
KYLE: Roxy and Mackenzie think something's up. So if you need to talk, I can talk.
HENDRIX: (blurting it out) I have cancer. I mean I think I have cancer.
KYLE: You think?
HENDRIX: I went to the testing booth at the film festival and they found a lump. They told me to get it checked but I'm freaking out, man.
KYLE: Okay, wait a second, you haven't gone and seen a doctor? (Hendrix shakes his head) Hendrix!
Hendrix knows it sounds stupid but it's just been easier for him to forget about it all. Kyle says the only thing that will stop the worrying is getting it checked out properly. If he's got cancer he can get it treated, but he might not even have it. Hendrix insists he's done the research and he's got symptoms like a sore stomach, but Kyle gently reminds him that could be down to stress too.
KYLE: You're fit and healthy. Odds are this is nothing to worry about.
HENDRIX: Yeah but what if this is not nothing?
KYLE: Well you're not going to find out acting like a knucklehead.
Kyle encourages Hendrix to go and see a doctor.
The trio are having fun drinking, playing party games and dancing. The current activity is a game of cards, which Levi appears to be doing terribly at. Amy gloats that she's pretty much a card shark and learnt from professionals when she was a flight attendant. Ned wants to up the stakes and says whoever loses the next hand has to clean up the apartment.
AMY: Huh, is that all you've got?
NED: What, not risky enough for you?
AMY: Well you know I like to live life on the edge. I know exactly how to make this more interesting.
She throws a teasing grin to both Levi and Ned.