- Sadie and Wendy arguing about Sadie's new school
- Katrina in a HR meeting with Chloe and Narelle
- Chloe hearing about Corey acting shady from Katrina
- Terese wanting more Lassiters shares from Paul
- Kiri not feeling comfortable going into her church
- Leo telling Glen that his work agreement with Kiri isn't productive
- Kiri telling Glen she can't help him move the barrels
- Glen falling and becoming trapped under a large barrel
Glen is in a lot of pain but he can't move from under the heavy barrel. He hears his phone buzz (with a call from Leo) but attempting to reach up for it only causes him more agony.
Terese is having coffee with Chloe and Aaron when Paul walks in. She asks how Harlow's going and Paul says she's feeling drained so he's left her to rest. Terese says she'll let Glen know as he's been worried too. Chloe follows Paul to the counter because she wants to have a chat about Katrina Marshall. Seeing as Corey was the one who sabotaged the fashion show, Katrina's now off the hook. But HR wants to set up a meeting between her and Paul ASAP. Paul grumpily says there's no need for a meeting, Katrina can just have her job back, but Chloe figures she'll want compensation for the false allegations. Then there's also the matter of Katrina having a go at Terese, which got wrapped up in everything. "Just deal with it, Chloe," Paul snits, giving her the brush off. "I'm too busy." Terese and Aaron sympathise with Chloe when she returns.
TERESE: So I see Paul's still giving you a hard time.
CHLOE: That's an understatement.
AARON: Does he always fob you off like that?
CHLOE: Believe it or not, this was actually one of his good days.
Glen sees a blurry figure approaching him and thinks it's Kiri, but then Leo comes into focus. Leo looks horrified seeing Glen sprawled out and tries to move the barrel.
Lassiters Hotel Office
Paul is on the phone with John Wong, having a go at him for not getting immediate results in tracking down Corey. Chloe arrives and lets Paul know she's arranged the meeting with Katrina like he asked - except it's in five minutes because that's the only spare time Paul had. "When I asked you to handle the meeting, I meant you take it!" Paul angrily retorts. Chloe can't believe he wants her to negotiate the settlement as it's above her pay grade, but Paul just says if he asks her to do something, she better do it.
Wendy collects the dishes from Jane and Clive's table. While she's there, she asks Jane how much she knows about settling kids into new schools. But Jane says she's not available to chat right now as she wants some alone time with Clive before they both head into work. Wendy's surprised but plays it off like she's fine. She then attempts to chat with Kiri when she walks in, but Kiri gets a sudden phone call from Leo about Glen's accident and has to dash out again.
Lassiters Hotel Office
Katrina finishes up her meeting with Chloe and Narelle and looks pleased as punch with the outcome. She thanks them for restoring her faith in the hotel and leaves just as Paul returns. Chloe lets Paul know that they made a counter-offer to Katrina - they're going to pay her for the four weeks she was laid off, plus a five per cent pay increase for her loyalty to Lassiters. Narelle shows him the signed agreement, but Paul's ropeable that Chloe is just "chucking money around like it's confetti at a wedding!"
PAUL: This is a complete shambles!
CHLOE: Yes, Paul, it is a shambles. But it's your shambles! I told you I wasn't up to negotiating and you lumped it on me anyway.
PAUL: I think it's fair and reasonable to expect you not to give away half my company! (Grumbling) Anyway, what's done is done.
CHLOE: (standing up) We're not done!
NARELLE: Okay, let's talk this through. Chloe you go first.
CHLOE: If you don't like the way I handle things that are not in my job description, stop palming them off to me. Otherwise, deal with it. Unless you want me to make a formal complaint, which Narelle can witness right now. We need to figure out a better way forward.
Paul looks as though he wants to say more, but he glances at Narelle and then agrees to sit down and talk with Chloe.
Erinsborough Hospital Exterior
Terese thanks Leo for calling her about Glen and coming to his rescue. Leo admits he nearly didn't go back to work, but he wanted to check on Glen after Kiri let him know about him trying to hoist things by himself. Terese sees Glen being wheeled in on a stretcher and rushes over. Glen is paranoid that he's truly damaged his back again, but Terese tells him not to panic until he's been properly checked out. Terese and Leo watch in concern as the paramedics take Glen into the hospital, while Kiri stands in the background, not knowing if she should join them.
Lassiters Hotel Office
Chloe explains to Paul that she's burning out because she's overloaded with his work as well as her own. Paul says he didn't give her that much extra work, but Narelle reminds him he's only listening at this stage.
CHLOE: It's not just the work. I know you're stressed in your personal life but you're taking it out on me.
PAUL: How am I taking-(he looks at Narelle and stops talking).
CHLOE: You're rude and you treat me like I'm an idiot. When Terese left you made me choose between her and the hotel, and what did I choose? You can answer that question, it's not rhetorical.
PAUL: The hotel.
CHLOE: I chose the hotel. I'm not your enemy, we should be on the same team.
Chloe gets annoyed when Paul checks an incoming text message while they're speaking, but she has compassion when he says it's from Leo about Glen's accident. She says if he needs to go it's fine, but Paul replies that Leo will keep him up to date. He then asks how they're going to fix everything, so Narelle suggests they set clear guidelines.
NARELLE: When Chloe feels that you are being unprofessional she can use a specific phrase so that no one gets embarrassed.
PAUL: A code phrase? What are we, ASIO?
CHLOE: How about any time I say 'we have a conference call with New York' that means you've overstepped.
PAUL: That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
NARELLE: Sounds like an effective work around to me.
PAUL: (begrudgingly going along with it) A conference call with New York.
Chloe looks pleased that there has finally been some progress.
Clive informs Glen, and Terese, that test results show his nerves are just compressed. So once the swelling goes down he should make a full recovery. "I really thought it was going to be like it was thirty years ago," Glen says grimly. "Months of rehab, years of recovery." Terese says he's going to be fine, and Clive says it might take a couple of months for the pressure to ease. He wants to organise something for Glen to take so he's more comfortable, but Glen doesn't want any pain meds. Terese notices Kiri out in the hallway and pretends that she's going for a coffee so they can chat.
KIRI: I don't know why I'm here.
TERESE: You're here because you care about him despite everything that's happened between you both.
KIRI: How is he?
TERESE: The doctor said he'll make a full recovery. He'll be fine.
KIRI: Good. Do you mind not letting him know I was here?
TERESE: Of course.
A woman sits at the bar with her luggage beside her, nursing a glass of wine. She notices the quiet mood Wendy is in and says it's usually the bartender who gets to ask "why the long face?". Wendy apologises to the woman and says it's just been a bad day at work - no one wants to talk to her.
WOMAN: You know, people who like fixing other people's problems are usually the ones trying to avoid problems of their own.
WENDY: I suppose.
WOMAN: For what it's worth I'm actually here trying to work up the courage to face an issue I have to deal with.
WENDY: You know what, you are absolutely right. Things have been really hard for me lately.
WOMAN: I'm sorry to hear that.
Wendy pulls up a stool next to the woman and settles in for a good chat.
WENDY: I've just moved house with my family and our new neighbours haven't exactly rolled out the red carpet.
WOMAN: That can be tough.
WENDY: And it's been a nightmare for our daughter, Sadie. She just got expelled from the local high school, and now she hates her new school, which is causing tension at home.
WOMAN: I've always had a tough time with my daughter. The 'Hellraiser' I used to call her.
WENDY: Hellraiser? Well I bet she loved that. You know if I gave my Sadie a nickname I wouldn't hear the end of it. Honestly I just don't know what to do.
WOMAN: I'm sure it'll work itself out.
Wendy doesn't see how, though. When Sadie's home she doesn't come out of her room, and when she's not home they don't know where she is. The woman attempts to keep listening but it looks as though her interest is waning.
Lassiters Hotel Office
When Terese walks in Paul asks if Glen is okay, but Terese replies that if he actually gave two hoots then he'd be down at the hospital already. Paul sassily wonders why Terese isn't at the hospital herself, but is caught out when she says she just got a notification from the bank letting her know he shut down their term deposit and transferred all their money to another account.
TERESE: Oh I'm sorry, did you forget to cancel the notifications on my phone re: our bank accounts?
PAUL: You know what, Terese? I'm not trying to hide anything. I simply moved the money from the term deposit to another account where it earns higher interest.
TERESE: Paul! We are going through a divorce settlement, you can't move assets around without telling me first!
Paul mutters that he was going to get around to it, but Terese can't believe he won't make it easier on himself and just agree on the earlier separation date.
PAUL: Which is still conditional on you getting more shares of the hotel, am I right?
TERESE: Yes, of course it is.
PAUL: So now you're resorting to blackmail to get what you want. Oh that's very classy, Terese.
TERESE: I am simply asking for what is fair.
PAUL: We both came into this marriage with our own wealth, and it didn't last long enough for any of that to change. So my offer of Power Road still stands, because you are never going to get any more of this hotel. Particularly not fifty per cent.
Lassiters Hotel Exterior
Jane bumps into Terese as she's exiting the hotel and asks how Glen's going. Terese says he's fine, but she's distracted, still fuming from her fight with Paul. She sees Nicolette over at Harold's and gets an idea. Terese tells Jane that Paul's playing hardball with the divorce and she needs fuel. Seeing as one of his most despicable acts was paying Nicolette for Abigail, Terese was wondering if Nicolette would be okay if she exposed that deal in court.
JANE: Dredging up that awful story in court - I can say with certainty that Nicolette would not be okay with that. And neither would Aaron or David.
TERESE: Well I see where you're coming from. But this wouldn't be personal against Nicolette. It's just, if I pull out something huge it might not go to court. (Off Jane's uneasy look) I'm sorry, I shouldn't have asked.
Terese walks away leaving Jane concerned. Nicolette spies her mother across the complex and gives her a smile and a wave, which Jane returns.
Chloe has been waiting outside on the bench for Kiri, but Kiri says she still couldn't go into the building, even with Chloe there as moral support. Chloe offers to come inside with her, and while Kiri's appreciative, she knows it won't change anything.
KIRI: I was so preoccupied by what mum and Glen did I couldn't think straight.
CHLOE: You have every right to feel however you want about it.
KIRI: Yeah but feeling weird towards Glen put him in a situation where he could have been seriously hurt. I've never been this self-obsessed before.
CHLOE: You are one of the kindest, most generous people I have ever met. The fact that you feel bad for Glen only proves that.
KIRI: I feel like I've let my dad down. I know it's just messy and confusing.
CHLOE: You must be exhausted. So take the pressure off. You're not letting anyone down by showing a bit of compassion.
Kiri thanks her for the solid advice.
Terese lets Jane inside, letting her know she's just packing a hospital bag for Glen. Jane is there to beg Terese not to bring up what happened in Canberra with Paul and Nicolette. Terese is still of the notion that it won't be an attack on Nicolette, and she'll try and shield her as much as she can, but Jane says it won't work out that way.
JANE: You are not Paul. You know how hard Nicolette, David and Aaron have worked to get to the stage where they are now. Digging all this up again is just going to devastate them. Something that Paul wouldn't even care about but you, you're not Paul.
TERESE: (seeing the light) No, you're right. I'm sorry.
JANE: You don't have anything to apologise for. I can't even imagine what Paul is putting you through with all of this.
TERESE: I'm just so angry and I'm frustrated. And I let it cloud my judgement. Thank you for making me see sense.
Clive checks in with Glen after he heard that he's been refusing to take stronger medication. Glen says he'll be okay sticking to paracetamol, but Clive insists he'll need the stronger meds to help him relax otherwise he'll never recover properly. "I'm an addict, I won't take opioids," Glen states. But Clive assures him he won't be on the medication long enough to become addicted. The hospital will help him manage his prescription once he's discharged. "Look, we're going around in circles here," Glen replies. "I said no. I can handle this." Clive concedes that he can't force Glen to do anything against his will, but he can recommend he reconsider his stance.
Jane has got Nicolette up to speed with the Terese conversation from earlier. While Nicolette feels for Terese, she's super grateful Jane said no. While they're talking, Paul walks past them towards the office, which garners the interest of the woman at the bar as well. Wendy quietly points out Jane to the woman and says that's one of the teachers she was telling her about. So the woman encourages Wendy to try her luck again - "if it's that important, it's worth fighting for." Feeling bolstered, Wendy goes over to Jane and Nic and admits that Sadie's having trouble fitting in at her new school. Her and Andrew are worried about Sadie's mental state, so she was hoping Jane might be able to put in a good word so she can re-enrol at EHS. Jane doesn't think it will work, though, as Aubrey's family have asked the same thing and it was shut down.
WENDY: Aubrey was the instigator of everything. She lit the fire and she bullied Sadie into going along with it.
JANE: Even so.
WENDY: All I'm asking is for someone like yourself to put it forward to Susan and the board. I just want what's best for my daughter. I will do whatever it takes.
JANE: (Wendy's plight resonating with her) You leave it with me and I will see what I can do.
Surprised but pleased, Wendy thanks Jane and then goes over to celebrate her win with the woman at the bar. Realising she forgot to ask her name, Wendy finds out the woman is called Estelle. She says the next drink is on her, but Estelle will have to take a rain check. "There's something I've been putting off that I need to do," Estelle says, draining her wine glass.
Terese sends a text to Harlow, saying she hopes she's feeling better and can't wait to catch up soon. She is just about to head back to the hospital with Glen's bag when she finds someone familiar standing on her doorstep. Terese is not pleased to see them.
TERESE: What are you doing here, mother?
ESTELLE: Hello, Hellraiser.