- Modifying his gameplan, Corey encourages Harlow to let Ned know how much she likes him
- Ned and Harlow's fling is exposed publicly in the middle of Amy's fashion show
- Ned regrets going behind Amy's back, but Harlow wants to give their relationship a go
- Amy tells Ned that they are over
- Susan tells Karl to pack his bags and stay elsewhere, before she says something she'll regret
- Hendrix's coughing fits seem to be getting worse, and Mackenzie is worried
- Hendrix goes for a checkup at the hospital, where he's asked questions about the school fire
- Dr Caton tells him he has a disease called sarcoidosis, which has developed into pulmonary fibrosis
- Hendrix's only option for treatment is a lung transplant
Hendrix wanders around the hospital waiting area in a daze, unsure how to respond to the devastating news he's just had. Mackenzie turns up, and asks what the doctor said.
Corey is trying to encourage Harlow to get back out there following the very public reveal of her fling with Ned, saying she can't lock herself in the penthouse forever.
COREY: Especially now that strange squatter is there.
HARLOW: Karl is a lot, of everything.
But she says people keep staring at her, even in the hotel, after what happened; even people who weren't at the live show would have seen the livestream and social media posts, and she feels like everyone's waiting to pass judgement.
COREY: They have short memories. You'll be bumped by the next scandal before you know it.
Harlow spots Ned clearing tables outside Harold's, and goes to speak to him. They agree to have a chat when he goes for his break. Amy and Toadie are passing through the courtyard and see them together. They look unimpressed. Ned changes his mind, telling Harlow they shouldn't talk now, and heads back inside. Amy glares at Harlow but Toadie encourages her to keep moving.
Rattled, Harlow rejoins Corey, and says they need to get out of here now.
Mackenzie encourages Hendrix to sit down and tell her what's happened. He explains about the pulmonary fibrosis, and the fact that he needs a lung transplant within three years, or he'll die. Mackenzie is horrified.
MACKENZIE: How can this happen? You're so young.
HENDRIX: It was caused by 'an underlying condition'. I'm sorry.
HENDRIX: I'm distracting you from your study.
MACKENZIE: Hendrix, hey, stop. That's not important right now. You are.
She hugs him.
MACKENZIE: We're going to get through this. What's the next step?
HENDRIX: ... I want to tell Karl and Susan.
MACKENZIE: Right. Then let's do that.
But first, they sit for a while, as the world buzzes around them like nothing's changed.
Susan is in the greenhouse when Karl turns up. He's brought her a Lassiter's Fashion Week gift back, insensitive to the fact that it's surely the absolute last thing she wants from him right now.
SUSAN: You're not gonna fix this with gift bags.
KARL: Well, actually, you know, I might be able to. I've actually come into possession of quite a lot of these little beauties, and since Montana's fall from grace, they've become a bit of a collector's item.
SUSAN: You want to sell them?
KARL: Well, we'd have to be careful of course. We wouldn't want to flood the market.
SUSAN: That is the most ridiculous idea you have ever had. That wouldn't even put a dent in the hole you've made for us.
KARL: I am trying.
SUSAN: No, if you want to sell something, it would have to be something substantial. Like the tram.
KARL: What? You're not serious, are you?
SUSAN: Why not? We could put the money back in the super.
KARL: The tram is my connection to Jemima, and my father.
SUSAN: Well, sentimentality's a luxury item, Karl. I don't think we can afford that anymore.
Corey and Harlow are walking and talking; he says it was always going to be weird seeing Amy for the first time after what happened.
HARLOW: Yeah. But if looks could kill, you'd be planning a memorial. But it seemed like Ned wanted to talk about things, so hopefully, we can sort it out (...) I wanted to give it a go, before everything went nuclear, so I don't see why we can't now.
COREY: And you're sure that's what you want? To be with Ned?
HARLOW: Yeah. It really is. But I know there's gonna be backlash. I just want to prove that we can do this.
As they pass a bench, Corey sees his handler from the Restoration Order, Christabel, sitting on it. He ignores her initially and keeps walking.
COREY: Have you considered that maybe you deserve better? You know, if Ned really cares about you, why is he so hellbent on prioritising Amy?
HARLOW: Because she's devastated and she feels so bad.
COREY: You're right, I'm sorry. That was a silly thing to ask.
Corey makes a poor excuse to rush off, saying he needs to pick up stamps for some postcards to send back to the UK. He promises to text her later, then returns to convene with Christabel.
COREY: Things are a bit... delicate right now.
CHRISTABEL: No time for that. You should already be finished with step two, isolation.
COREY: I identified her key people. The Fashion Week certainly helped with that.
CHRISTABEL: Move faster. The Order rewards results. Cut her off from everyone that matters.
COREY: I will.
Susan and Karl are arguing about whether to sell the tram. He accuses her of being petty, but she retorts that she has lost so much - it's only fair that he loses something too.
KARL: You were standing right beside me when I promised Kyle I'd keep The 82 going. I will not be made a liar.
SUSAN: Unless it's to your wife about her retirement!
Hendrix and Mackenzie have turned up. Seeing the Kennedys arguing, Mackenzie approaches them and asks if they have a minute. But they're too caught up in their argument to sense that they're needed.
SUSAN: Karl's busy explaining to me how he's going to fix everything with mini shampoos.
KARL: There are no shampoos in the gift bag.
SUSAN: Oh, who's being petty now?!
Mackenzie sees that Hendrix has walked off, unable to deal with this right now.
Ned serves Terese a coffee outside Harold's. Corey is hiding behind a bush nearby, Nanny Alice-style, listening in. Ned admits to Terese he's been trying to keep out of her way after what happened, as he knows it's been a stressful time. She says it couldn't really get any worse.
NED: What, with you being fired, or me being...
TERESE: ... being with Harlow? Ned, you can't even say it.
NED: Yeah, well, it's still fresh. I didn't want to make you feel uncomfortable.
TERESE: I admit, it's gonna take a while to get my head around it. Where's yours at?
NED: All over the place. Obviously, I feel terrible about what I did to Amy.
NED: Yeah, but it's making it harder to figure out how I feel about Harlow.
Ned heads back to work, and Corey emerges. He expresses his condolences to Terese for having lost her job. Terese asks him how Harlow's been holding up since the fashion show; he says it's been tough couple of days but that she and Paul are supporting each other with the fallout.
TERESE: Paul doesn't need sympathy. He knew what Montana did and used her to sabotage me.
COREY: Really? God, that's not the mood in the penthouse at all. Maybe Harlow's had a bit more time to get her head around it...
He pretends to realise he's put his foot in it.
COREY: No, I'm not suggesting that Harlow knew about it beforehand. That's not her style, obviously. Anyway, I should keep moving.
Having successfully sown the seed that Harlow may have known about Montana's problems before her arrest, Corey goes on his way, leaving Terese looking troubled.
Mackenzie is sitting at the table, crying, when Susan and Karl come into the house, still arguing. Karl is keen to talk things out but Susan wants him to go.
MACKENZIE: No, you're not going anywhere, and both of you need to calm down.
Hendrix appears from his bedroom.
HENDRIX: Because I'm sick. Really sick.
Karl and Susan look confused.
In the front garden of No 30, Toadie asks if Amy's taking the Drinks Diva van out today, but she says no; Melanie's going to do it later. Amy asks Toadie if he thinks Ned and Harlow are a couple now; Toadie didn't think it looked that way when they saw them together.
AMY: Because if I have to see them, like, all over each other every day, I don't think I can stand it.
TOADIE: You have every right to be upset. But there is no point wasting energy on a hypothetical worst-case scenario that just might not happen.
AMY: You're very wise, old toad.
TOADIE: That's been said before.
AMY: What, that you're old? No, thank you - I appreciate your support, you know, given everything that's going on with the Kennedys.
TOADIE: There's plenty of the Toad to go round.
Amy sees Harlow approaching, and her face hardens. She suggests they go for a walk.
AMY (loudly): Suddenly there's more *trash* on the street than I care to oblige.
As Amy and Toadie depart, Terese pulls up in her car, and it transpires that Harlow's come to see how she's doing, saying she can't believe Lucy has fired her.
TERESE (tersely): Yeah, well, I guess it wasn't a shock to some.
HARLOW: What do you mean?
TERESE: Harlow, your grandfather engineered the whole thing. He knew what was coming to Montana. Listen, if you knew what he was up to, then I guess I'd understand on some level. I mean, he is your grandfather.
HARLOW: Wait, you think I was in on this?
TERESE: Yeah, well, you know - you've helped him with schemes in the past.
HARLOW: I was humiliated at Fashion Week!
TERESE: And that was another thing that you kept secret from everyone.
HARLOW: This is next-level insulting! I came here to see how you are.
TERESE: Yeah, days later.
Shocked by Terese's allegations, Harlow scoffs and walks away.
Hendrix and Mackenzie are holding hands at the table. Mackenzie reaches across to hold Susan's hand, too. Hendrix begins to cough.
KARL: Okay. Okay, it's three years. That's long enough to find a lung transplant.
KARL: And Hendrix, you're young. That's a positive. If the sarcoidosis was being treated when you were later in life, it would've been much more difficult to treat. Obviously, it's terrible luck - but I think this is the best version of a bad thing, yeah?
SUSAN: Agreed. And you're in such good health in every other way - that's got to count for something. Do they know what triggered it?
HENDRIX: Dr Caton thinks it was from the school fire.
HENDRIX: She thinks I inhaled toxins from the burning chemicals in the art room or something.
SUSAN: Oh, Hendrix, I'm so sorry.
Mackenzie looks aghast at the thought that Hendrix rescuing her is what triggered this.
SUSAN: And I'm sorry that Karl and I were arguing before. None of that matters now, none of it. We're both here for you.
KARL: Yes, absolutely.
Hendrix looks at least somewhat reassured.
Freya and Chloe are chatting when Mackenzie comes in. She immediately breaks down in tears, and asks if she can speak to Chloe about something. Freya heads to the shops to give them some space. Chloe takes Mackenzie to sit down.
MACKENZIE (sobbing): Hendrix has gone for a walk. He told me I could tell you (...) I've been trying to hold it together all day. But I can't stop thinking about what happened with my mum's cancer. And it's my fault - it's my fault! He wouldn't have gone into the school if it wasn't for me!
CHLOE: Just take a deep breath, and start at the beginning.
Harlow vents to Corey about being caught in the middle of Paul and Terese, while he continues to stir.
HARLOW: Especially when she always thinks the worst of me.
COREY: Did she even ask how *you* were after everything that happened at the show?
HARLOW: She didn't, actually. And did I mention this whole thing happened after Amy called me actual human rubbish? (...) Everywhere I go, someone is ready to accuse me of something new. No-one is on my side.
COREY: Hey - I am. Team Harlow all the way. I promise things are gonna get better. There's just a lot of heightened emotions flying around right now.
Corey sees David and Aaron come in, and looks concerned. He insists on taking her back to the penthouse for cake and coffee, presumably in order to keep her from interacting with her other family members before she notices them. Corey hands Harlow her bag; we see a close-up of a London keyring dangling from the bag.
Hendrix is asking Ned for a few days off, but tells him it's in order to support Mackenzie after the whole Fashion Week fiasco. Ned says that's fine; they'll shuffle the rosters around.
NED: Is that the only reason?
HENDRIX: ... Yeah.
As Ned goes inside, Hendrix looks lost, before Chloe and Mackenzie show up. Chloe gives him a hug.
CHLOE: I'm with you in this, okay?
HENDRIX: Thank you.
CHLOE: How's your dad? Is he on his way down?
HENDRIX: I'm still trying to work out how to tell him.
CHLOE: Well, you name it. I will do it, cover it, buy it or book it. Anything you need.
HENDRIX (laughs): Who knows, there could be an upside to this. This could be the thing that puts Karl and Susan back on track.
MACKENZIE: Yes! That is totally possible.
HENDRIX: It'd be like a... fibrosis miracle.
CHLOE: I'm sure Paul would thank you for that.
HENDRIX: You know I'd do anything for Paul Robinson. Seriously - imagine if Karl's moving his bags back in right now...
But that isn't quite what's happening. Karl joins Susan in the garden.
KARL: You said all the right things to him. But I could tell you were shaken.
SUSAN: It's just awful. He's so young.
KARL: I'm here for you as well as Hendrix.
SUSAN: I'll put aside our problems when Hendrix needs us, but that doesn't magically fix them, Karl. I still haven't forgiven you.
She walks away. Karl looks upset.
Amy and Toadie are returning home, having been shopping for groceries - and more importantly, cocktail ingredients!
TOADIE: Your waiter, Jarrod Vincenzo Rebecchi, will be at your service!
Amy seems much cheerier at this prospect - until she sees the Drinks Diva van, and that somebody has let down one of the tyres. What's more, they've defaced the image of her on the side of the van, having added devil's horns and a goatee. 'Drinks Diva' now reads 'Drinks Devil'. Terese approaches and sympathises, but says she didn't see who was responsible.
AMY: The only thing that came out unscathed from the Fashion Week was my van.
Toadie has found something on the floor near the van - the same keyring we saw hanging from Harlow's bag earlier.
TERESE: That's Harlow's.
Hendrix is sitting on a bench with David.
HENDRIX: I thought, given you'd been through an organ transplant, you'd be the best person to ask about it.
DAVID: Thanks for trusting me with this. I'm sure Karl's filled you in on how everything works.
HENDRIX: A little. It's just, somehow, talking to him about all the medical stuff, it's, uh... it's too confronting.
DAVID: I get it. He's family.
DAVID: I'll do whatever I can to help.
But Hendrix is looking completely disoriented by it all.
Ned is walking up the road when Harlow pulls up in Hermione.
HARLOW: Got time for a chat?
NED: Umm... yeah, I've just had a really long day.
HARLOW: Yeah, same. But I do still think we should talk.
But at this point, we see Amy storming towards them.
AMY: Hey! Are you actually insane?!
HARLOW: What are you talking about?
AMY: Have you seen what she's done?! Look!
They go over to look at the damage to the Drinks Diva van.
AMY: I mean, it's like you want to ruin every part of my life or something!
NED: (...) Wait, look, let's just take this inside.
AMY: Why? I've already been completely humiliated. It's your turn to get publicly shamed!
Aaron and Freya are watching with intrigue from nearby.
HARLOW: I already have been. Amy, I didn't do this! Yes, I stuffed up, and I am sorry about that. But Ned was the one dating you - you're not calling *him* trash, or framing him for random crimes!
NED: Okay, guys, can we just...?
AMY (to Harlow): You're enjoying this, aren't you? Just like Daddy - all crazy and twisted, like everybody says.
HARLOW: Don't you dare go there.
AMY: Why? What else can you take from me?
HARLOW: Not your dignity, that's for sure!
AMY: How dare you?
HARLOW: Your life is a bombsite - everything you touch blows up. But you are way too self-involved to realise it is all your fault. Jobs, kids, men - what haven't you failed at? No wonder Ned cheated on you.
Amy glares at Harlow, while Ned looks worn out with it all...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Ned contacts Roxy for advice on how to clear up the mess he's in; she suggests he needs a change of scene
- Amy tells Zara and Melanie she feels a little queasy
- Wendy Rodwell tells Hendrix that Sadie regrets what she did, and is desperate to make things up
- Hendrix sarcastically tells Mackenzie that he's glad Sadie gets to move on with her life