- Paul telling Mackenzie that Montana was trying to keep her distracted
- Paul lying to Leo about his knowledge of Montana's tax evasion
- Susan kicking Karl out of the house, not caring where he ends up
- Karl informing Paul that he's going to stay at the penthouse
- Lucy telling Terese she has no proof that Paul knew about Montana
- Lucy firing Terese from her role as Lassiters general manager
- Terese seizing the moment and kissing Glen
Glen pulls away from the kiss and apologises to Terese, saying she's not in the right headspace for this. "I kissed you," Terese replies, suddenly looking vulnerable. "Unless I got the wrong impression?" But Glen reassures Terese they're on the same page.
GLEN: When I told Chloe and Nicolette I was in love with you I wasn't lying. But you're going through a divorce and I made a promise to Paul a while ago nothing would ever happen between us.
GLEN: He gave me a choice: a relationship with him or with you.
TERESE: (laughing humourlessly) Manipulation again. Paul doesn't get to decide what we do. (She leans in close to him) I care about you, Glen.
GLEN: That feels so good to hear.
TERESE: But you're right. I've just lost my job, and I need to focus on my sobriety. And your life is complicated.
GLEN: It sure is.
They decide to remain "just friends" for now.
Lassiters Hotel Penthouse
Karl strolls through the penthouse wearing a bathrobe and strumming on his guitar, much to the displeasure of Leo and Paul. Leo is also annoyed Karl's left wet towels all over the bathroom floor, but Karl figures housekeeping will get onto it. Paul looks like he wants to throttle Karl when he makes a room service call, wondering if they have a degustation menu.
PAUL: What the hell do you think you're doing?
KARL: Oh sorry, Paul, did you want me to order you something?
He wanders off and Leo glares at Paul, telling him he needs to fix the problem.
Nicolette brings Isla out into the kitchen where Lucy, Jane, Aaron and David are congregating. "Aunty Lucy" is thrilled to finally meet Isla and immediately takes her for a hold. Jane can't stay for a coffee as she's off to meet Clive, and Nicolette is heading out too until Lucy mentions Glen.
NICOLETTE: So you and Glen are close?
LUCY: Yeah, you could say that.
Jane knows exactly what her daughter is up to when Nicolette decides to stay and have a cuppa with everyone after all.
Lassiters Hotel Office
Chloe stares in dismay as the entire office is filled with leftover fashion week goodie bags. Karl appears, still dressed in his robe, and asks Chloe if she's seen Leo or Paul as room service has cut him off. Chloe hasn't, and she then asks Karl how he's going after Susan kicked him out.
KARL: I prefer to see that as a brief intermission in our relationship.
CHLOE: Yes of course. Sorry, that's what I meant. I hope you guys reconcile soon.
Karl hopes they do too, then becomes very distracted by all the goodie bags. His eyes light up when Chloe tells him to help himself to some things.
Paul is pleased when he runs into Jane as she hadn't been replying to any of his texts. But Jane says she's got a date with Clive, so contacting Paul wasn't exactly high on her list of priorities. Looking sheepish, Paul says he knows it might be a bit of a stretch but he needs a favour from her.
PAUL: It's all right, it's not for me it's for the Kennedys. Susan kicked Karl out.
PAUL: He lost a chunk of their super in a business deal with Montana, so he's staying at my place till he rides out the storm.
JANE: So it is about you.
PAUL: Partly I guess. But listen, the whole thing is without intervention I'm worried that they're not going to survive. Everybody knows annoying as the Kennedys are, that they are better when they are together.
JANE: Well why don't you play counsellor?
PAUL: (bursting into laughter) Any relationship advice I'm going to offer is just going to be dismissed, for obvious reasons.
Jane gives in and agrees to help, but only for the Kennedys' sake, not his. Paul pushes the boundaries further when he tells Jane to text Clive and reschedule as this 'emergency' can't wait.
Terese and Glen walk side-by-side, giggling to themselves when they accidentally knock into each other. Kiri sees them from across the complex and gives them a wave before she heads into the pub. Terese asks Glen how everything's going between them. Glen says the two of them are great, it's Nicolette who is the issue. Terese is surprised as she thought Nicolette had backed off, but Glen didn't want to overload her with updates given all the stress she's going through right now. He tells Terese that John Wong made him aware that Nic was hitting him up for info.
TERESE: Glen I really think it's time that you came clean with Kiri.
GLEN: And what, lose her all over again?
TERESE: If Nicolette finds out she's not going to want to sit on it. You need to talk to Barbara. Maybe she can help or give you advice? Either way, her and her husband are going to come back from that cruise and eventually they're bound to visit. You can't avoid this forever.
GLEN: I can, if I leave Erinsborough.
TERESE: (upset at the thought) No, you wouldn't.
GLEN: What choice do I have?
Paul emerges from the Café just in time to witness Terese caressing Glen's face, and then Glen taking her hand and giving it a kiss. Paul stands there seething.
Mackenzie is surprised to find Hendrix in a suit jacket, pretending to be a tutor for the "Mackenzie 101" module. He's worried she's forgotten how fantastic she is, so he sets about reminding her of all her wonderful qualities. After a brief coughing fit, Hendrix takes notecards out of his pocket and begins.
HENDRIX: Mackenzie Hargreaves is possibly the most beautiful person I've ever known. But there is so much more to her than her steaming hot looks. At seventeen she led a student protest on her right to use the girls' bathroom.
Mackenzie jokes that this girl sounds super cool, but Hendrix doesn't want her just to take his word for it. He also rounded up messages from the likes of Yashvi (who says Mac is her "true north"), Roxy (who has "never trusted a chick more") and Toadie (who said "she saves his bacon" every week).
HENDRIX: So in conclusion, Mackenzie Hargreaves is an incredibly strong woman who should never forget her worth. Beautiful inside and out, capable of overcoming every setback. And I should know, I'm literally an expert.
They share a kiss and Mackenzie gives her boyfriend a grateful smile.
While David, Aaron and Lucy play with Isla, detective Nicolette is on the case trying to extract information about Glen out of Lucy. Bringing scones over to everyone, Nic says it must be nice for Lucy to reconnect with Glen after he went AWOL for nearly thirty years. Lucy says that they put all that behind them when they ran into one another at the conference.
AARON: Hey what's Mark been up to?
LUCY: He's building up his wedding catering business.
NICOLETTE: Oh the Robinsons love a wedding, don't they! Hasn't Paul had, like, a gazillion? Was, uh, Glen ever married?
LUCY: Yes, to Karen.
NICOLETTE: Karen! That's her name. How long were they married for?
LUCY: I don't know exactly.
AARON: Nic, what is with the twenty questions?
NICOLETTE: Just curious about the family. Do you have any idea where they are now?
LUCY: I think Karen is running a Café in Mallacoota, and Glen said she became a vegan.
David then interrupts, saying if Nic's done with the interrogation he'd love a scone.
Lassiters Hotel Office
Chloe has brought Kiri up to offer her some of the fashion week goodie bags, but to her surprise they've all vanished. Paul walks in and Chloe lets him know Karl is looking for him. She then asks about the gift bags, but Paul snaps at her and says they're not his responsibility. "Your incompetency is not my problem," he adds with a sneer, giving Kiri her cue to leave. Chloe has had just about enough of Paul's behaviour.
CHLOE: Where do you get off talking to me like I'm your servant?
PAUL: You're my assistant.
CHLOE: Assistant manager.
PAUL: Now that Terese has gone, that long leash is going to start shortening. And you better get used to being held accountable for your own failures.
CHLOE: Such as?
PAUL: Such as securing Montana's fashion week was your idea, wasn't it?
PAUL: So in my opinion you're damn lucky to still have a job.
CHLOE: Is that a threat? Because Narelle loves unfair dismissal cases.
PAUL: I am just reminding you that Terese is gone. And if you don't start batting for my team, maybe you might not be enjoying the perks of this job for much longer.
Fed up with Paul, Chloe turns and leaves.
Lassiters Hotel Penthouse
Jane visits Karl and wonders what he's doing with all the fashion week gift bags. Karl says he's going to sell the items on re-sale sites, ignoring the point Jane makes about everything being labelled with "not for re-sale". Jane asks what Susan thinks about everything, but Karl says Susan's not really talking to him at the moment. Jane wonders if Karl's tried apologising, but he has and it's not enough.
KARL: That's why I'm doing this. If I make back the money I lost then she might forgive me.
JANE: Do you really think you can selling a few bits of skincare?
KARL: It's a start. I just want to go home.
Chloe walks across the bridge with Hendrix and Mackenzie and tells them she wants to quit her job. If Paul is going to keep treating her like garbage, it's not the career for her. But Mac and Hendrix tell her not to let Paul get her down. Chloe then feels bad for dragging Mackenzie away from her studying, but Mackenzie says that Hendrix made her remember how smart she is and how much she can accomplish.
CHLOE: Well I hope this renewed sense of self also means that you know that despite she-who-must-not-be-named being a manipulative liar, she saw something special in you. The modelling offer was totes legit.
Chloe heads back to work, the couple wishing her luck with Paul. Hendrix then tells Mac that Chloe was right about Montana seeing something worthy in her, but Mac can't believe how much stock she took in Montana's opinions.
MACKENZIE: I've worked so hard to be proud of myself. Montana really validated who I am.
HENDRIX: That's something you can keep working on. And I will be with you every step of the way.
He gives her a hug but then starts having a coughing fit. They become alarmed when Hendrix looks as though he's choking and gasping for air.
Terese and Glen walk home and smile at one another after their 'moment' in the complex. Terese says that was probably being a "little more than friendly". Glen admits they probably can't be doing that anywhere out in public - or alone for that matter. "Guess we're going to have to work on this friend thing," he says, sharing a smile. Glen then becomes worried when he sees Nicolette and Lucy walking out of Number 32 together, having a chat. "Maybe Lucy's telling her what a great guy you are," Terese offers, then says it might be a good time for Glen to grovel with Nicolette and he won't have to leave town so soon. Terese heads home while Glen approaches the women just as Lucy's finishing her conversation with Nic.
LUCY: Now that there's more family here, maybe it's time to move back. (Seeing Glen) Hey! We've been talking about you all afternoon, big brother.
Glen is wary but the chat is cut short when Lucy gets a phone call and has to leave. Alone with Nicolette, Glen takes a chance to clear the air with her.
GLEN: I know you'll never forgive me, and I don't blame you, but we're both friends with Kiri and it'd be easier if we're not at odds with each other all the time. Again, I'm sorry for what I did. But can we start over? At least be neighbours who don't hate each other.
NICOLETTE: (smiling) I'd like that.
Glen's relieved and heads home, but when his back is turned, Nicolette reverts to looking incredibly annoyed with him.
Jane is having lunch with Susan to try and play mediator between her and Karl. She tells Susan for what it's worth, Karl feels awful and just wanted to give her the life that she deserves.
SUSAN: I deserve a husband who consults me before he spends our super.
JANE: Yes, you do, of course you do.
SUSAN: He's jeopardised our entire future on a silly whim. And he's betrayed me again! Differently, but it almost feels worse this time. He should have known better.
JANE: So what are you going to do?
SUSAN: (trying not to get upset) I don't want to see him right now.
Susan's relieved when Jane wonders if she'd like to take a rain check on their lunch and head home early. Nicolette enters the bar as Susan is leaving and she walks to the counter with a grin on her face after a successful afternoon of sleuthing. Jane notices her order a glass of champagne and wonders if she's celebrating something.
JANE: Getting dirt on Glen from Lucy perhaps?
NICOLETTE: I don't know what you're talking about, mum. Lucy's Isla's great aunt, I'm merely wanted to get to know her and her family better. That's all.
JANE: (clearly not believing her) I'll leave you to it.
When the coast is clear, Nicolette starts googling vegan Cafés in Mallacoota on her phone.
Hendrix is dressed in a hospital gown, lying on a bed after getting some tests done. Mackenzie is worried and wants to call Karl and Susan, but Hendrix doesn't want to bother them right now. "They'd want to know you almost coughed up a lung," Mackenzie points out.
HENDRIX: Let's just figure out what we're dealing with first. I don't want them to get worked up over nothing.
MACKENZIE: How many tests have you got left?
HENDRIX: The CT scan and the bronchoscopy are done. So now we're just waiting on a lung function test.
MACKENZIE: (worried) Maybe it's not a cold after all.
HENDRIX: She asked a bunch of questions about the school fire. Probably just from that.
Trying to keep things light, Mackenzie says she hopes they give him something for his cough because he's been a terrible bedtime buddy. "Serves you right for sleeping with your professor," he smirks.
Lassiters Hotel Penthouse
Jane wants to have a word with Paul, so Lucy takes Abigail off for a nappy change. Paul then asks Leo to call room service and get them to bring up three martini glasses. "Are you sure you don't want to ask Jane to do it for you?" Leo snarks. Paul takes Jane over by the elevator and hopes this means Susan's on her way to pick up Karl.
JANE: No, Susan does not want to see Karl right now, let alone reconcile.
PAUL: The man is treating this place like a hotel! He needs to go home.
JANE: Well I'm sorry, but you will have to lay in the bed that you have made for yourself. And perhaps sort things out with Leo while you're at it because he's obviously unhappy with you as well.
When Jane goes, Paul approaches Leo and says sorry for the whole Karl situation and promises he'll sort it out soon. But Leo gets annoyed and says Karl isn't the issue here.
LEO: You should have been honest about Montana. But that would have blown your whole plan to get revenge on Terese wouldn't it.
PAUL: Hey, that's a little unfair don't you think?
LEO: We both know you tell yourself you're doing this for the family, but you're just doing it for yourself! We also both know I'll eventually get over it, but eventually is still a while off.
The next morning, Hendrix and Mackenzie are sitting out the front of Harold's when Hendrix gets a call from the hospital. He lets Mac know his test results are in. She wants to come in with him, but Hendrix tells her to focus on her studying, promising her he'll be fine. Mackenzie backs down but says she'll see him on her lunch break. "I'm sure I won't even be there that long," Hendrix smiles.
Dr Sian Caton finds Hendrix waiting in her office and lets him know he has an auto-immune disease called sarcoidosis, which can attack your organs. They both look at an x-ray print of Hendrix's lungs.
HENDRIX: So that's why I've been coughing so much.
SIAN: On its own the sarcoidosis is usually easily treated. But in your case it's developed into something called pulmonary fibrosis.
HENDRIX: (stunned) Right. Okay, um-So now we know what it is, what's the treatment?
SIAN: Unfortunately there's little that medication can do. Your only option is a lung transplant.
Hendrix sits there in shocked silence, trying to process the news.