- River Bend manager Kiri tells Nicolette that her middle name, Hua, means 'moon'
- Cue Glen staring pensively at the moon tattoo on his foot
- Glen interrupts Kiri and Nicolette sharing a kiss
- Glen implies to Nicolette she should take it slowly with Kiri; Nic tells him to mind his own business!
- Nic and Kiri spend the night together
- Glen joins a guilty- looking Freya and David at the site of the van crash, having heard what happened
- David tells Freya he can't get the images of an injured Aaron and dying Gareth out of his head
- Dean asks David if he's told Aaron what happened between them; David tells Dean to leave Aaron alone
- But David later finds Aaron screaming at Dean to get out of his room, after Dean has told him something
We pick up where we left off, with a distressed Aaron in bed and David waiting for an explanation for what Dean has said to him.
DEAN: I told him the truth, so you wouldn't have to - so you don't need to be scared anymore!
DAVID (shouting): Just get out!
DEAN: But now he knows there's something between us!
DAVID: Just go!
As Dean leaves, David apologises to a very upset Aaron.
AARON: He says you... that you almost kissed. I told you, David - I told you that Dean was trying to... I was right.
DAVID: You're upset, and you have every right to be -
AARON: And you went and made me feel like I was paranoid.
But all the stress has caused Aaron's heart rate to soar, so David encourages him to breathe and relax, in order to bring it back to normal levels. It seems to be working.
Leo and Glen are working the late shift, and Leo suggests they call it a day. Leo's then a bit annoyed to spot that Glen has booked a 50th birthday party for a customer on the day they're supposed to be having the Barrel Bash event. Glen apologises for the double-booking, saying it came in during the lunchtime rush and he mustn't have been paying attention. But apparently, it's not the only mistake Glen has made today.
Leo tells Glen that if he needs some time off to get his head straight following the events at River Bend, he can - but Glen replies that the last thing he needs is more time to think. He says he'll feel better after a good night's sleep.
Nicolette is on the sofa watching TV, while Jane is on the phone to David; she tells him they're going to bed soon, but that his dinner is in the fridge for when he gets home from the hospital. After the call, Jane tells Nic that the nurses have given Aaron something to help him sleep. Nic reflects on the unfairness of what's happened to Aaron, but Jane is worried about Nic too, and asks if she's alright.
JANE: Yeah. You've been very quiet.
NICOLETTE: For a different reason. I can't stop thinking about how amazing it was up there. I mean, before the nightmare started.
JANE: You mean, with you and Kiri?
NICOLETTE: For this tiny window, I felt attractive and wanted - and just excited to get to know someone new.
JANE: And you wish that you could go back there.
NICOLETTE: Does that make me a terrible, self-centred person?
JANE: No. It makes you a person. There is no crime in that. If you were lucky enough to have a holiday romance, then you're allowed to dwell on the memory. That's what it's for.
NICOLETTE (smiling): Thanks, Mum.
Glen and Leo come in and find Terese at home with Abigail; she's been babysitting. Terese suggests she and Glen have dinner, but he says he's tired and going to bed. Once he's gone, Leo tells Terese that Glen has been off all day, and she agrees that he hasn't been quite right since River Bend.
LEO: I think he's just still processing everything.
Dean is sitting in the waiting area, when David turns up to confront him.
DAVID: I hope you know that stunt you pulled has very likely set Aaron's recovery back.
DEAN: I was only trying to help you.
DAVID: You mean punish me for rejecting you!
DEAN: I've never shown you anything but friendship. Why would I want to hurt you?
DAVID: Because I burst whatever delusional bubble you created that there's something between us!
DEAN: You think you're duty-bound to Aaron.
DAVID: I am! He's my husband.
DEAN: Yeah, but you're only with him because you think you have to be, because of his injury. You're too kind to realise that he's holding you back - he's not good enough for you!
David tries to walk away, incredulous. But Dean keeps talking.
DEAN: The kind thing to do would be to let him go. I was only trying to show you that.
DAVID: I am not interested in you!
DEAN: You're scared to take a leap because Aaron has hold of you.
DAVID (emphatic): Just leave me alone.
DEAN: Yeah, that's the fear talking.
Dean walks away, leaving David aghast at Dean's unwillingness to accept the rejection.
The Sonya Wall
Jane is walking with Nicolette and Isla's pram, and suggests that Nic could give Kiri a call, but Nic says no.
JANE: Why not? You said yourself you can't stop thinking about her.
NICOLETTE: Which says more about the sad state of my love life than anything else.
JANE: Well, take a chance. I mean, she doesn't live that far away.
NICOLETTE: Mum, that would be weird. Plus there's so much going on here - I mean, the boys need me (...) It was a huge ego boost meeting her. Maybe that's all it needs to be.
JANE: If you were to call her, then you would find out.
But Nicolette assures Jane it was just a holiday romance, and she'll get over it. They run into Glen, and Jane asks him if he has more details about the Barrel Bash that she's been invited to at the winery. Glen isn't exactly in salesman mode; he simply shrugs and suggests Jane ask Leo instead. Sensing something's wrong, Nicolette asks Glen if he's okay. He claims his plans for the morning have been derailed, and leaves.
A little further down the path, we see him look at a sheet of revised meeting times for Alcoholics Anonymous at the Community Centre. It seems he was headed to a meeting, but that it's been cancelled. He screws up the sheet of paper, and throws it in a bin angrily.
David is making a formal complaint to Clive about Dean's inappropriate behaviour. Clive says it won't be tolerated, and that Dean will get a formal warning - David's done the right thing by coming to see him. Freya is walking by as David leaves Clive's office, and Clive asks to speak to her for a second before she clocks off.
CLIVE: The police have been in touch. There's a bit more information they need for the coroner's investigation.
FREYA (rattled): David and I told them everything we knew at the scene.
CLIVE: Yeah. Now that they know that the cause of death was asphyxiation, they do have a few more questions. So I'm gonna run that by the insurers, and I'll let you know what time the interview is set for.
Clive says he hasn't told David about this yet, as he has a lot on his plate, but he will have to be interviewed too. He apologises to Freya for the continued questioning, but says he's pretty sure it's just a formality. Freya thanks him, but looks worried.
Freya and Mackenzie are having a coffee together on a bench. Freya admits she just wants the coroner's investigation to be over; revisiting everything that happened is so horrible, she says, especially for David. Chloe is walking by and overhears this last part; Freya explains to Chloe that she and David will have to be interviewed for the investigation.
CHLOE (annoyed): Hasn't he been through enough? And Aaron?
FREYA: Yeah, well - if I could handle any of it for them, I would.
CHLOE (brusque): Well, they shouldn't be in this situation in the first place.
Chloe walks off, leaving Freya looking guilty.
Terese finds Glen in the garden, and remarks that he went out early this morning. At first he claims he just went for a walk, but when Terese pushes further, he admits that he was headed to an AA meeting at the Community Centre, but that it got rescheduled.
TERESE: Well, I'm here. I'm all ears.
GLEN: Uhh... remember I was talking about Kiri?
TERESE: Uh, yeah, the woman that runs the getaway?
GLEN: I don't even know where to start.
TERESE: I'm here to listen. Not judge.
GLEN: She's, umm... she's my daughter.
TERESE (laughs): Okay, umm... right. Do you want to tell me more?
GLEN: Well, when I was with Karen, I met someone else - Barbara. I was in a bad way, and she was married. It was a mess. We broke it off before either of our partners found out, but not before she got pregnant.
TERESE: So you're definitely the father?
GLEN: Without a doubt. The reason their marriage was on the rocks was because they were finding it hard to conceive. He thought he had a miracle baby, and brought it up as his own.
TERESE: And he never knew the truth?
GLEN: No. And neither does Kiri.
David watches at the door as Aaron sleeps, then goes for a walk around the corridor while a nurse tends to Aaron. He passes Clive's office, and hears Dean complaining that something is 'completely unfair'.
CLIVE (to Dean): I can set up a meeting with HR to discuss this, but this is a formal warning, and I expect you to follow these instructions.
Dean leaves Clive's office, and sees David walking by.
DEAN: You'll be happy. Not only did I just receive an official warning, but I have been restricted from accessing your ward.
DAVID: I asked you to leave me alone. And you refused.
DEAN: So, you try to get me fired?
DAVID: I'm entitled to feel safe at work.
DEAN: Oh, okay - so, your husband attacks me -
DAVID: That wasn't the same thing.
DEAN: You're trying to spin this like I am some kind of nutjob, and you know that I'm not.
DAVID: Do I?
DEAN: Oh, thank you very much. You obviously don't care about me at all.
DAVID: You're trying to break up my marriage! So, no, I don't care about you. I just want you out of my life.
Dean looks peeved as David walks off.
In the garden, Terese and Glen continue to discuss Kiri. Terese now realises why Glen was so anxious leading up to the River Bend trip.
GLEN: And I thought I was playing it cool. I put her out of my mind for years, but moving back to Erinsborough stirred it all up (...) John Wong, for one - the file he had on me. No prizes for guessing what was on the missing page. I thought everyone was gonna find out (...) Made it impossible not to think about. I started seeing everything as a sign. I knew from years ago Barbara and her husband had bought a place at River Bend, and Kiri was running it. I even went up there after you got back with Paul, saw her in the general store. But I couldn't work up the courage to talk to her.
TERESE: So this trip - this weekend away that you won - I mean, was that even real?
GLEN: Amazingly, yeah, it was. A sign to end all signs.
TERESE: But then you got there, and you still didn't say anything.
GLEN: Yeah, it just never felt right. She's so amazing, and... has this incredible energy, and she's so bright. How do I tell Kiri that I wilfully gave her up?
Freya and Levi are having a coffee outside the pub, at her request; she admits she's freaking out about the coroner's investigation, and Levi tells her he's happy to help.
FREYA: I've got some colleagues who have been through it, but it's my first time (...) It's super-stressful.
LEVI: But they're mostly fact-finding exercises - you know, like establishing cause of death, timing, that sort of stuff.
FREYA: Well, David and I already told them that we were too late to save him.
LEVI: Yeah, it is a bit weird that they're calling you for round two - but it's probably just to go over some minor details, you know?
FREYA: Because they think we did something wrong?
LEVI: No, I doubt it. But, Freya, it's an investigation, not an inquest.
She breathes deeply and laughs nervously.
FREYA: David and I know what we're talking about. Like, we've seen enough of these kind of situations.
LEVI: Exactly. It could just be about your medical training. Or they want your opinion about what happened in those final moments. Look, why don't you just think of Gareth as... an anonymous patient, right? Someone you didn't know, who, despite all your best efforts, just didn't make it? Freya, look, you guys did nothing wrong, okay? Look at me. So you just tell them the truth, so you can put this whole thing behind you.
Chloe and Mackenzie pass in the street, and Mackenzie suggests they meet up for lunch later. Chloe makes the excuse that she's not really in the mood.
MACKENZIE: Freya's not invited, if that's what you're worried about. I've been picking up a bit of a vibe.
CHLOE: No, no vibe!
CHLOE: Okay, I... I may be harbouring a tiny amount of resentment towards her.
MACKENZIE: I'm sorry - tiny?
CHLOE: Alright, huge! We were worried trouble would follow her, and we were right.
MACKENZIE: Not all of it is her fault.
CHLOE: I didn't say all of it.
MACKENZIE: It's been hard on her.
CHLOE: I just struggle to have sympathy for her when she put the people I love in danger. Some people attract chaos, and she is one of them. She brought Gareth into our lives, and if she hadn't, Aaron would be here, doing tummy time with Isla. And not in a hospital bed.
MACKENZIE: You're obviously quite upset about it... This is your house. If you don't want Freya to live with us, it's your call to make.
Nicolette and Jane are doing a jigsaw. Jane encourages Nicolette to go out and do something fun, but Nic says puzzling with Jane is the most fun she has these days!
JANE: You're young, gorgeous, with the world at your feet - as your romance of last week demonstrated.
NICOLETTE: Briefly. So briefly, I feel I imagined it.
At this point, Clive comes in. He asks if he's interrupting mother-daughter time, but Jane sweeps that concern aside! Clive says it's been a heavy morning at work, so he needed some time out.
JANE: And I presume it's nothing that you can talk about.
CLIVE (shrugs): But, seeing you always turns things round.
Jane fetches a present that she picked up for Clive from a farmer's market on her walk with Nicolette earlier. It's some kind of tomato and passion fruit concoction - chutney, maybe? - which Jane had recalled was Clive's favourite. He's very much cheered up by this, but Nicolette is visibly feeling left out.
NICOLETTE: Okay, there is way too much sugar in this room for me.
JANE: Oh, sorry, darling.
NICOLETTE: No, no, it's fine. You two are couple goals.
But she looks wistful as she departs, her mind still presumably on Kiri.
Terese and Glen are still talking about Kiri. Glen has seemingly likened himself to Paul, and Terese tells him that's a little strong.
GLEN: I feel like a hypocrite for judging him for some of the things he's done, when I've got this particular skeleton in the closet.
TERESE: Well, I've never seen Paul torture himself like you are right now. And have been for years, by the sounds of it. Plus you've had other struggles to contend with.
GLEN: I'm not gonna use my addiction as an excuse.
TERESE: It's not an excuse. It's just an obstacle that you need to overcome.
GLEN: Yeah, it has felt like that lately.
TERESE: So, umm, what happens now? You gonna see Kiri again?
GLEN: No, she doesn't need it. It's not like I don't know how to tell her. She's happy in life - she's doing great. I just risk bringing her down.
TERESE: So, what, you just go back to holding it all back in?
GLEN: What choice do I have?
TERESE: Oh, come on, Glen. You and I both know that bottling our emotions up is not good for anyone.
GLEN: Well, that's why I'm grateful I've got you. And my meetings.
Terese suggests there must be one on somewhere this afternoon. But Glen says he feels better having spoken to her about it. He tells her she can get back to her day now, but Terese says it's fine - she was only planning to do bits and pieces for the Fashion Week tender. Glen tells her to go and do it; he'll be fine.
GLEN: Terese - thank you. I mean it.
TERESE: Well, thank you for letting me help *you*, for once.
Aaron wakes up to find David sitting in the chair next to him, wanting to talk.
DAVID: I should've told you about Dean. You should never have found out like that.
AARON: Mm, yeah. Or never have found out at all.
DAVID: No. It's one of the reasons I was coming up to the getaway, to tell you. But then you were hurt, and...
AARON: You made me sound like I was an idiot.
DAVID: No, I was the idiot. I didn't see it. I'm used to you being the hottie that everyone's after. It's new territory for me. And looking back, the whole book swap thing - I totally misread it. Dean was way more into it than I was, and you saw that. And I didn't.
Aaron reaches for David's hand.
AARON: You know, if you're gonna be a hottie, you're gonna have to learn to read the signs.
DAVID: I'd much prefer to go back to being the lucky dork who gets to be with you.
Aaron asks what happened to the book he was reading that was in his rucksack, and if David took it. David checks the bag, and realises Dean must have taken the book back.
DAVID: Look, let him have it. Good riddance.
Meanwhile, in the waiting area, Dean is sitting, staring at the book - Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go'. Looking disgruntled and a little shifty, he puts it in his bag and then gets up to leave.
Glen is watching TV when there's a knock at the door. It's Kiri.
KIRI: Oh, great - this is the right address. Hi!
Glen looks worried!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Kyle rudely asks Freya why she's still in Erinsborough now she's found Gareth
- Nicolette asks Kiri what she's doing here; Kiri says she wants to take her on a proper date
- Terese says to Glen that it must have been a huge shock Kiri turning up
- Glen tells Kiri he wants her to know the truth; Kiri asks what he's talking about