- Hendrix's lung transplant is back on, thanks to Mackenzie's chat with the donor's father
- Hendrix suggests to Mackenzie that they should get married before the transplant takes place
- Clive learns that Glen is refusing to take painkillers for his injuries
- Terese demands an increase in her stake of Lassiter's from Paul as part of the divorce settlement
- But Paul tells Terese not to bank on it going in front of a judge any time soon
- Terese's mum Estelle arrives to stay, claiming she's here to help Terese through her divorce
- But Terese learns from her brother that Estelle actually has nowhere else to go
- Estelle wastes no time acquainting herself with Paul, and they agree to go for a drink
- But Terese tells Estelle to stay away from Paul, telling her, 'no more sneaky chats'
Terese comes downstairs to find the living area and kitchen looking like a bombsite, littered with Estelle's clothes, make-up etc. Estelle is lounging in the kitchen in her nightclothes, doing her nails.
ESTELLE: Want me to do your nails? I've got some nice shimmery colours!
TERESE: No! I'd prefer it if you cleaned up after yourself! I mean, I'm supposed to be picking Glen up from the hospital, and he's supposed to be coming home to a clean environment.
Estelle promises to tidy up before Terese and Glen get back.
TERESE: Good. You know what, while you're at it - why don't you get dressed?! You can't parade around like that!
ESTELLE: My daughter, the prude! I'm dying to get to know this new fix of yours.
TERESE: Really? Because up until now, you haven't seemed to care at all.
ESTELLE: Oh, why do you think I'm prettying myself up? First impressions are everything.
As Terese leaves, she shouts at Estelle to clean up the mess, and Estelle laughs.
Hendrix and Mackenzie tell a surprised Karl, Susan and Chloe that they're getting married in a week's time. Karl and Chloe express that it all seems very hasty, but...
HENDRIX: I know my recovery's gonna take a long time, so this is about seizing the moment. We want to grab the happiness while we can, and marrying Mackenzie before my operation is just that.
SUSAN: What about your families?
MACKENZIE: We've already talked to them. My dad said that he's free for it.
HENDRIX: Mm. And my dad's already on his way down, so... We love each other. We don't want to wait.
KARL: Right! I guess I'd better start working on my set list for the reception!
Mackenzie says they'll need more help than that, with Toadie away and the Sharma-Rebecchis on their annual holiday.
SUSAN: Say no more. What do you need us to do?
HENDRIX: Firstly, Susan, could you be our officiant?
SUSAN (excited): Oh, yes, please! I would love to do that!
She rushes over and hugs them both.
MACKENZIE: And secondly, we need help working out our 'secondly'. I know from Kyle and Roxy's wedding that so much work goes into it, and we don't have a dodgy planner.
CHLOE: Well, who needs a Mick when you've got a Chloe? This is my wheelhouse! You guys work with Karl and Susan to focus on the boring stuff...
Susan gives Karl a look!
CHLOE: ... and I will wrangle the razzle-dazzle!
MACKENZIE: Aww, we knew we could rely on your guys. Looks like Operation 'Get Hitched Before Operation' is in operation.
HENDRIX (kissing her): And that's why I love ya.
Terese arrives home with Glen to find the house no less of a mess than when she left, and Estelle dancing to French music in the living room, still in her nightie!
ESTELLE: I thought I heard the sound of lovebirds!
TERESE: I thought I asked you to get dressed!
Estelle pointedly says that she's sure Glen doesn't mind, and quickly heads over to make his acquaintance, declaring him 'handsome' and offering a flirty handshake. Glen's about to accept, but Terese stops him. Bemused by Estelle, Glen goes to rest his back on the sofa, while Terese orders Estelle again to go and get dressed. Before reluctantly complying, Estelle gives Glen a hamper that 'a lovely girl' has brought over for him.
Harlow tells Paul that Glen has been discharged from hospital, and suggests that Paul ought to go and see him, given that he is his brother.
PAUL: There's no way I'm going to my ex-home, to see my ex-wife (...) who's shacked up with my half-brother.
HARLOW: Alright, fine. Forget I said it.
Harlow is heading out to the community centre, to donate the clothes Corey took from her, which the police have just returned to her. She then gets a message and excitedly tells Paul that Hendrix and Mackenzie have brought their wedding forward.
PAUL: Your ex-boyfriend's getting married to someone else - you know, you don't have to pretend to be happy.
HARLOW: I am happy. They are perfect for each other. There's gonna be so much romance in the air.
PAUL: Your ex, my ex - both enjoying life post-Robinson. Yay (!)
Harlow scoffs at Paul's bitter attitude, and walks off!
Terese is helping to make Glen comfortable on the sofa, as he's still evidently in a lot of pain. Harlow has come to visit him, and asks what he's doing to relieve the pain - he says he's just on paracetamol, despite the hospital's prescription for something stronger. Glen claims he's 'handling it'. Harlow leaves, and Estelle comes downstairs, finally dressed.
ESTELLE: Does this outfit get the boss's tick of approval?
TERESE: Slight improvement.
ESTELLE: I love my daughter, but I'm so glad to have another person in the house who I can have a bit of fun with!
She throws herself down on the sofa next to Glen and puts an arm around him, oblivious to his back pain!
TERESE: Okay, you know what? Glen is recovering from surgery, so he needs some rest.
ESTELLE: He can still tell me about himself, can't you, Glen? I bet you have an interesting past. In fact, there's something about you that reminds me of Terese's cowboy ex, Vance! She always did like a bad boy.
TERESE: Okay, can we not talk about my exes?
ESTELLE: Has she told you about her jealous streak? She used to hate introducing me to the men in her life.
TERESE: Mother! Please!
ESTELLE: How did you two meet, then? I bet there's a story.
Seemingly not wanting Estelle to learn that Glen and Paul are related, Terese tells her that Glen needs some peace and quiet. But Estelle keeps prodding, and Glen admits he met Terese through Paul who is his half-brother.
ESTELLE: Terese's husband?
TERESE: My ex-husband. And it's nowhere near as scandalous at it seems.
ESTELLE (amused): Really? Then why didn't you mention it?
Susan tells Mackenzie and Hendrix that given his medical condition, it shouldn't be a problem to shorten the notice period for the marriage licence, but they need to submit some paperwork. They'll also need to lock in their maid of honour and best man, she adds.
HENDRIX: We've already picked who we want.
MACKENZIE: We just need to ask them.
Amy comes in and heads to the counter, as discussion moves to a wedding venue. Mackenzie says she's happy with anywhere - The Waterhole, or the back yard - as they don't have time to organise a dream venue. Hendrix pushes her, though, to say what venue she would most want if she could.
MACKENZIE: Well, I've always loved the idea of getting married at the zoo.
HENDRIX: Oh, the Butterfly House?
MACKENZIE: Yeah. I used to go there with my mum. It was, like, our special place (...) But surely they're gonna be booked out?
Susan suggests that they could incorporate butterflies into the wedding theme instead, which Mackenzie thinks is a great idea. She asks Amy if she'd be able to make her wedding dress with a butterfly motif. Amy's a bit apprehensive about the timeframe.
MACKENZIE: I know it's a huge ask, but I'd still really like to look like a princess. I mean, we don't have to go *full* princess, but whatever's doable.
AMY: 'Don't go the full princess?' (laughs) I don't think so.
They head off to take Mackenzie's measurements straight away, leaving Hendrix and Susan to iron out the rest of the details. Hendrix tells Susan he's going to give the zoo a call and 'work my magic', in the hope of securing the Butterfly House.
Paul is at reception, studying a document on his tablet headed 'Sapiko & Bazz Holdings'. The document mentions the agreement of a loan to a debtor. Paul's so engrossed he doesn't notice Chloe standing nearby, but when he sees her, he hides the document. He's surprised to see her on her day off.
CHLOE: I'm just in to print out a list of wedding suppliers for Hendrix and Mackenzie.
PAUL: Oh, yeah, cos I really love it when my employees misuse company property (!)
CHLOE: I'll come up with a cover story next time, if that's better for you!
When Chloe asks what Paul's up to, he's shifty, saying it's just 'business as usual'.
CHLOE (curious): You were looking pretty intense just now.
PAUL: That's because I take all my business very seriously, Chloe.
CHLOE: Does that mean you have time to look at the CV of the person I want to hire as my assistant?
PAUL: I've got a busy day, but okay, I'll try.
CHLOE: I just need you to sign off on her so I can get the ball rolling with HR (...) The sooner you get onto it, the sooner you'll have someone else to communicate with other than me!
He grudgingly gives her permission to use the printer, then slinks off.
An emotional-looking Pierce gives Hendrix a big hug on his arrival, and then also greets Susan, who asks when Lisa and Alana are arriving for the wedding; Pierce says he isn't sure which day yet. Pierce quips that with the transplant and the wedding, he's now waiting for the 'third bomb to drop'.
HENDRIX: Oh, yeah - I'm pregnant.
PIERCE: Very funny (!) How are you really?
HENDRIX: Stressed. But I also can't stop smiling.
PIERCE: Well, you're about to marry the woman you love.
We learn Hendrix has contacted the zoo and is waiting for a response from them about the Butterfly House; he says it would be perfect for them. Pierce says that if it's not available, they could perhaps consider postponing.
HENDRIX: No, it's important that I go into my surgery with everything in place. That means marrying Mackenzie (...) I'm gonna make sure this wedding's perfect.
Chloe turns up, and is flustered to see Pierce; after initial small talk, there's an awkward silence between them. Chloe gives Hendrix the list of wedding suppliers she's printed, and says The Waterhole is available for the reception. But there's still a massive list of things to do.
HENDRIX: Guess I'll have to just give up eating, sleeping and going to the toilet for the next few days to get it done.
But Pierce looks concerned at the toll all this might take on Hendrix so close to his operation.
Terese, Glen and Estelle are having coffee, while Estelle continues to grill Glen, much to Terese's annoyance. She asks if he and Paul are much alike.
GLEN: No. We didn't grow up together.
ESTELLE: But you both have businesses in the hospitality industry.
TERESE: (...) He's just an employee, he doesn't own the vineyard.
Glen is in pain, and decides to head out for a walk to pick up some paracetamol.
ESTELLE: Maybe we should all go!
GLEN and TERESE: No!!
GLEN: I should just... go alone.
Once he's gone, Terese chastises Estelle again.
TERESE: Do you have *no* shame?! You have been at Glen since the moment he got here.
ESTELLE: I'm concerned! Paul's brother?! What kind of mess have you gotten yourself into?
TERESE: None! Everything's fine!
ESTELLE: If you had an affair with him, you can forget about a decent divorce settlement.
TERESE: I didn't *have* an affair! All you care about in this divorce is how much money I'm going to be left with.
ESTELLE: Money equals security. I don't want to see you hitching your wagon to someone who can't provide for you!
TERESE: I can provide for myself! And Glen is a good man, unlike Paul. And that's what matters, not a bank balance!
ESTELLE: I'm just trying to make sure you look after your interests.
TERESE: You know what? I need you to get out of here. Cos I can't handle you right now!
No 24 / No 28
In their respective houses, Mackenzie and Hendrix are having Parallel Conversations™ with their respective choices for maid of honour and best man, though we don't see either of the people they are talking to at first.
MACKENZIE (to the maid of honour): It couldn't be anyone else but you.
HENDRIX (to the best man): I know it's a bit out there, but you're such a solid friend, and my best man needs to be somebody I can count on.
MACKENZIE: You are out-of-this-world special to me. We have so much history; I mean, you're one of the first friends I made in Erinsborough.
HENDRIX: We've had our share of awkward moments.
MACKENZIE: And I know this could be awkward for you, but...
HENDRIX: I'd love for you to be my best man!
MACKENZIE: Will you please be my maid of honour?
It's no surprise to see that Harlow is Mackenzie's choice, and she happily accepts the role. They hug. We then cut to Hendrix hugging Chloe!
CHLOE: Best man - how exciting! Ooh, I'm gonna give *such* an embarrassing speech! I'm gonna look up all the worst jokes.
She rubs her hands evilly as Hendrix laughs!
Terese is tidying up Estelle's mess when Glen returns from the pharmacy. She tells him she's banished Estelle from the house, and apologises for her behaviour.
TERESE: I am still shaking with anger. I mean, no wonder I haven't spoken to the woman in 15 years! She's a nightmare!
GLEN: She's clearly a trigger for you.
Terese is heading out to pick up some lunch, but notices Glen isn't looking too well; he admits the pain is getting to him. She advises him to take some paracetamol, and he agrees. However, once she's left the house, Glen retrieves the prescription for the stronger, opioid painkillers that the hospital gave him, and looks conflicted...
Mackenzie tells Hendrix that Toadie, Melanie and the kids won't make it back for the wedding, as they'll be mid-flight on their way back from the US. They discuss their choices of maid of honour and best man, though Hendrix is slightly regretful that he couldn't also have asked Karl.
Mackenzie suggests Karl could be a groomsman, but this would make the bridal party uneven, Hendo points out. Mackenzie says she could ask Alana to be bridesmaid to even it up, but Hendrix points out it would make more sense for Alana to be on his side - which would make things more uneven.
Pierce listens from the kitchen, worried about all the organisation that this is going to take. He brings Hendrix a glass of water, and suggests he go outside to get some air, evidently worried he is exerting himself. Hendrix coughs as he goes outside.
PIERCE (to Mackenzie): Do you think it's really worth rushing? I mean, Hendrix has got his surgery coming up - and, you know, he should be looking after himself.
MACKENZIE: Yeah. But I mean, if Hendrix wasn't stressing about the wedding, then he'd be stressing about the surgery. And this is kind of a happy sort of stressed.
PIERCE: ... I suppose. Just as long as you guys remember to lean on the people around you, alright? There's a lot of love for both of you in this neighbourhood.
Terese, who is catching up with Chloe over a coffee, gushes about how romantic the upcoming wedding is. But conversation quickly turns to Estelle.
TERESE: You know, I want it to work. But she is so infuriating. And all the resentment that I've had for her over the years has just come back in full force.
CHLOE: You don't think if you tried to hash it out...?
TERESE: And say what? You know, every time I try and tell her, she comes back with some unwanted advice. You should hear how she's talking about Glen, now that she's found out that he isn't rich! (...) I just don't think we're ever gonna get along. We're *so* different (...) And she's never gonna change.
CHLOE: I just - I know how much I still wish my mum was here. Even if it wasn't always smooth sailing (...) You only get one mum, right? Even if she is sometimes wrong.
Estelle comes out of the pub looking upset. Paul, who is sitting at a table outside, calls her over.
PAUL: You look like you could use a friend.
ESTELLE: More like someone to whinge to. But I can't track down Wendy.
PAUL: Ah. Trouble with Terese, I assume.
ESTELLE: But I'm not supposed to be talking to you. She made that quite clear.
PAUL: And yet, you're here all on your own, with absolutely no-one to talk to. That's a bit unfair, isn't it?
ESTELLE (sitting down): it is! What gives my daughter the right to tell me who I can be friends with?
PAUL: I couldn't agree more. I mean, she gave me a similar directive.
ESTELLE: Meanwhile, Terese is out there doing whatever she pleases with that brother of yours.
PAUL (sadly): Yeah. Don't remind me.
ESTELLE: It must be so hard for you, seeing the two of them together.
ESTELLE: I'm sorry. It's none of my business.
PAUL: Are you sure you're Terese's mum? I mean, I'm not feeling any white-hot hatred directed at me.
ESTELLE: None of us are perfect, are we?
Paul suggests Estelle take her mind off things by joining him for a nice lunch somewhere classy. She smiles at him.
Hendrix and Mackenzie tell Karl, Susan, Chloe, Harlow and Pierce that they have come up with a solution to the unevenness of the bride's and groom's wedding parties - to combine them into one single wedding party, so they will share maids of honour, best man etc. Pierce is pleased, as it will mean far less stress for Hendrix trying to balance the numbers.
HENDRIX: And that way, Alana can be our bridesmaid, and Karl can be our groomsman - if you'd like to, that is.
KARL: Uh, I don't know what to say...
SUSAN: Oh, just say yes, so we can get to the next bit!
KARL: Well, yes! Proudly accept!
Hendrix gets a phone call and moves away to take it. Mackenzie tells Pierce that he gave her the idea of merging the wedding parties.
HARLOW: So, how does this affect outfits?
CHLOE: Ooh, can I wear a tux?!
MACKENZIE: Well, okay - I was thinking that we should wear - wait for it - fishnet everything!
Everyone grimaces, and there's a long pause. Eventually...
MACKENZIE: No, no, it's a joke! It's, you know, a *joke*? Tough crowd.
Everyone laughs with relief. Hendrix finishes his call and rejoins the group.
PIERCE: Something up?
HENDRIX: Umm... you could say that, yeah. I contacted a venue earlier. They just got back to me - it's available.
MACKENZIE: Who did you call?
HENDRIX: Melbourne Zoo. We got the Butterfly House!
Mackenzie is thrilled, and they hug.
Paul is showing Estelle to a snazzy car, for their ride to a posh restaurant in The City for lunch.
ESTELLE: You really know how to treat a lady, don't you?
Paul smiles and opens the door for her. Estelle climbs in, just as Terese appears nearby. She is flustered and furious to see Estelle and Paul about to drive off together...
Coming up on Neighbours
- We see Paul kissing Estelle's hand; Glen tells Estelle that she's out of her depth with Paul
- Estelle tells Glen she knows he wants to protect Terese, but so does she
- Glen angrily tells Paul he took away Terese's job, and now he's going for her mother
- Paul tells Glen he won't waste time on a 'failed addict', adding, 'You're nothing to me, Glen'