- Andrew wants Harlow to let the police wipe the spyware Corey put on her phone
- But then she finally gets a message from Corey, saying he was sorry to hear about Hendrix
- Harlow tells Andrew, Freya and Levi that she can get Corey to walk straight into their trap
- Estelle tells Terese that fixing things between them is all that matters to her now; she'll get a job here
- Later, Glen asks Estelle why she knocked back Jane's offer to put in a good word for her at Harold's for a job
- Estelle tells Glen that she is not 'schlepping it in a café'
- Glen admits to Terese that he asked her to give Estelle another chance because she was blackmailing him
Terese is upset to learn that Glen has been loading up on prescription painkillers, and that he talked to Harlow about it when she was dealing with one of her best friends' death. Glen says he came to his arrangement with Harlow before Hendrix's surgery, and that she offered to help him.
TERESE: Do you have any idea the responsibility that you have put on her by piling this on behind my back?
GLEN: You had so much going on. I didn't want to be an extra burden.
TERESE: Oh my god, now I have two burdens! A lying partner and a blackmailing mother who's sleeping in my guest room because of you!
GLEN: What can I do to make this right?
TERESE: You've done enough.
GLEN: You have every right to be angry, but please don't walk away.
TERESE: I have wasted enough of my life listening to liars.
Terese marches out of the house. Glen looks worried.
Andrew and Wendy are in the garden when Levi and Harlow turn up for a meeting with Andrew. Wendy says she'll make herself scarce, and leaves them to it. Harlow shows Andrew a text message from Corey that she received 15 minutes ago, agreeing to meet with her. They discuss strategy, but Wendy is listening from behind the wall of the house.
LEVI: Wherever you meet him, we have to make sure we cover every entrance. So maybe somewhere in the city?
ANDREW: He won't want to meet anywhere too public. We only get one shot at this; we'll have more of a chance of success if he feels like he's in control of the situation.
LEVI: Okay, so let him pick the time and place.
Sadie comes into the garden and sees Wendy listening by the wall. Both remain unseen by Andrew and the others.
SADIE: Mum - what are you doing?
At a table in the foreground, a random teenage girl, Daisy, is chatting and laughing with her mum, Jannie. Terese is at a second table with Toadie, and is eyeing the pair, perhaps a little sad at the fact that her own relationship with her mother isn't so cordial. Terese tells Toadie that she kicked Estelle out last week because she can't be trusted, and now she's proven it again.
TOADIE: She's your mum. No-one's gonna blame you for wanting her to come through for you.
TERESE: Except she's not the reason that I believed in her this time.
TOADIE: It sounds like Glen's hit a bit of a rough patch.
TERESE: Yeah. Which is exactly what I wanted to talk to you about. I was hoping that you could do something for me.
Sadie has followed Wendy into the laundry room, and demands to know whether Andrew's chat with Harlow is anything to do with Corey. Wendy replies that it's none of their business.
SADIE: Then, why were you eavesdropping?
WENDY: I can't help it if I hear something being discussed ten feet away from me.
But Sadie continues to pester, threatening to ask Harlow about it, so Wendy admits that Harlow is helping Andrew to catch Corey before he does any more harm. But Wendy tells Sadie to stay out of it and let her dad do what he does best.
Zara is hanging out glumly at the counter at Harold's, evidently with Hendrix on her mind. Sadie turns up, claiming she's been sent on a 'bogus doughnut run' by Wendy to get her out of the way while Andrew is working with Harlow. Zara admits she can't go home either; Amy and Melanie are making the drinks for Hendrix's memorial, and it's too weird hearing them talk about it all.
SADIE: Are you going?
ZARA: I've never been to a memorial before. I'm not sure what I'm meant to do.
ZARA: Yeah, well, I'm all set, then. How about you?
SADIE: Oh, no. I don't want to cause any more trouble with Hendrix's mum.
ZARA: No, she won't be there (...) The family's holding another memorial in Sydney at the same time. Mackenzie's going to that one.
SADIE: Maybe I can go, then.
ZARA: Are you sure you want to? It's probably gonna be a lot.
SADIE: I've... got a lot to make up for. And I've got to start somewhere.
Harlow, Andrew and Levi are still in the garden, when Harlow gets a text from Corey, saying he wants to meet at Federation Square tonight. Levi thinks that's no good for a police sting, as they'll need 50 officers to cover the area. But Andrew says that an open space is safer for Harlow, which is his number one priority - so they'll meet where Corey has asked to meet.
HARLOW: What if he gets away again?
ANDREW: He won't. We'll do a full recce of the area and we'll pull officers from another station. As many as we need to make sure the area's secure.
Harlow seems nervous, and Levi says it's okay if she's having second thoughts. But...
HARLOW: I'm fine, okay? It's just... it's gonna be the first time I see him. I feel a bit sick.
LEVI: You wouldn't even have to get close, okay? We will arrest him the second we see him.
ANDREW: We'll have eyes on you the whole time. So even if you change your mind and you want us to pull you out, we will.
HARLOW: I just want him in jail.
She replies to Corey, agreeing to the meeting.
Harlow is on the phone to Aunt Harriet, assuring her that the police sting will be safe. She walks past Zara and Sadie, and Sadie tunes in to what she's saying. Once Harlow's finished the call, Sadie goes and joins her at a table outside Harold's, and Zara follows. Sadie tells Harlow she heard her talking to Andrew in the back yard earlier.
SADIE: Nothing specific, just something about you trying to find Corey. So, are you okay? You just seemed a bit stressed on the phone before...
Before Harlow has a chance to say anything, Zara suggests to Sadie that they should leave. Harlow then gets a text from Corey, saying, 'Change of plan.'
SADIE: What's wrong?
HARLOW: Nothing. Nothing.
In the garden, Andrew finishes up a phone call, and tells Wendy that the other police station has signed off on extra officers for the sting. But Wendy correctly guesses he's still worried about Harlow.
ANDREW: I just don't feel good about her offering herself up as bait.
WENDY: But she pushed for it, hon!
ANDREW: I'm the authority. It's not the right time for her to be making those kind of decisions.
WENDY: Levi doesn't seem to share your concerns?
ANDREW: The guy hurt his girlfriend. He's not the most objective person in this situation either. I really hope we didn't push her into this.
WENDY: Well, can you catch Corey without her?
ANDREW: Is that a good enough reason to put a traumatised young woman back in the path of the guy who abused her. I don't know if I can do that.
Andrew asks where Sadie is; Wendy says she's at Lassiter's with Zara. Andrew gets a call from Harlow.
ANDREW: Woah, slow down, slow down. What did he say?
Zara and Sadie are listening in as Harlow speaks to Andrew on the phone.
HARLOW: He said he's changed his mind, and he wants to meet at this place called Woodvale Sanctuary in two hours, so we can speak properly. I dunno, I've never heard of it before - and it just sounds a bit too remote.
Harlow heads off to meet Andrew. Zara thinks, having heard how freaked out Harlow sounded that she'll call the meeting with Corey off.
SADIE: We need to show Harlow that Dad can keep her safe in the new meeting spot (...) by going there and checking it out ourselves. Here, I'll look it up.
ZARA: Are you kidding? Sadie, stop! Look, I know you want to make things up to people, but (...) you do remember who Harlow's trying to stay safe from? Corey's not someone you want to mess with.
SADIE: Which is why I'll be in and out before he even turns up.
Sadie gets up to leave. After a moment's pause, Zara follows.
ZARA: Wait up, idiot!
Estelle comes downstairs to find Glen having a coffee in the kitchen. She's hoping that when Terese gets back, they can go into the city for lunch together.
ESTELLE: You could come too, if you're finished sulking.
Terese comes in, and quickly declines Estelle's suggestion of a girls' day out. Estelle immediately guesses that Glen has said something to Terese about her blackmailing him, and initially tries to deny that it's true.
TERESE: Everything all my boyfriends have ever told me about you has been true. I suppose I should be grateful that you only blackmailed him!
ESTELLE: ... I did it for us. I meant it when I said I want us to have a real relationship.
TERESE: Okay, enough. I am so tired having you in my life - it's exhausting. But despite that... I love you. But I need to know that it's worth it.
Visibly emotional, Terese hands Estelle an envelope. Estelle opens it to find a cheque.
ESTELLE: I don't understand. Are you giving this to me?
TERESE: Okay, I need you to choose. You either stay here in Erinsborough - and look, we work on our relationship, I'll help you find a job, find you somewhere to live - or you take the money, and you never see me ever again.
ESTELLE: Why does it have to be one or the other?
GLEN: Because you've made it clear you have no interest in putting in the work.
TERESE: I don't want your input, please, Glen.
Glen leaves them to it.
TERESE: You need to choose, Mother. Me... or the money.
ESTELLE: You can't actually be serious.
TERESE: I'll give you an hour to think about it. But I will need an answer.
Toadie finds Glen sitting in the pub, and explains that Terese has told him Glen's been struggling a bit.
TOADIE: She thought it might be helpful if you had someone who was a little bit removed from the situation to talk to.
GLEN: Are you in AA?
TOADIE: No, no - not me, but my brother is, and my wife was. So I do have a fair amount of experience in supporting people going through this sort of thing.
GLEN: I had no idea. It must've been tough.
TOADIE: Yeah. Yeah, there were times. When I found out that Sonya was drinking again and she'd kept it from me, it just felt like it was a betrayal of everything that we'd been through.
GLEN: But it wasn't the end for you two?
TOADIE: No. No, I realised that I couldn't be angrier with Sonya for relapsing than she was with herself.
GLEN: Yeah. My addiction has ruined every good thing I've ever had in my life. I knew it, but I... still couldn't stop myself.
TOADIE: You did try. You reached out.
GLEN: Yeah. Not to the right person. I've watched Paul lie to Terese over and over. And the first test of our relationship... I do exactly the same thing.
TOADIE: No. No, it's not the same.
GLEN: She can't even look at me.
TOADIE: Okay. Terese knows better than anyone else that shame and relapse go hand in hand. So just... have a bit of faith, okay? In the meantime, let's work on a plan, eh?
Glen nods in agreement.
Erinsborough Police Station
Harlow is in a state of panic about Corey's message, and Andrew is trying to get her to calm down, when Levi comes in.
HARLOW: He knows something's up, he has to! Otherwise why else would he change his mind?
Levi says the change of location doesn't necessarily mean Corey suspects anything; they can still get police down there and keep her safe.
HARLOW: No, you can't hide officers behind trees, okay? He's either gonna see you guys and disappear, or there's not gonna be enough of you and he'll end up taking me again!
HARLOW (upset): No, I'm sorry! I cannot face seeing him again. I just can't!
ANDREW: It's okay. I'm gonna pull the pin. It's not the right way to go.
Levi looks disappointed and Harlow apologises to him, but Levi tells her not to.
LEVI: Your safety means more to me than catching Corey.
ANDREW: We'll send some officers down to this sanctuary. There's still a good chance we might catch him without you even being there.
Having been in the garden leaving Estelle to think about her decision, Terese comes back into the house, and finds it empty - the empty envelope lying on the table.
Estelle is doing a runner down the drive just as Glen returns home.
GLEN: You didn't. You took the money.
ESTELLE: Say goodbye to Terese for me.
GLEN: Nah. This isn't happening. You don't get to take the money and do a runner.
ESTELLE: I'd like to see you try and stop me.
Glen gets right up in her face.
Glen brings Estelle back indoors.
GLEN: Terese? Estelle has something she'd like to say to you.
TERESE (upset): I see you've made your choice.
ESTELLE: ... Don't judge me. You don't get to dangle this much money in front of me, and tut when I take it. You've never known what it's like.
TERESE: What what's like?
ESTELLE: To struggle. I didn't have the time to make a career woman out of myself like you did.
TERESE (angry): I didn't have time for a career! I *made* time. Around twins.
ESTELLE: Things were different for women, when I was a young mother.
TERESE: Is this what you wanted to tell me? Because if it is, you shouldn't have bothered. Cos I am so sick of hearing you blame everyone else for everything that goes wrong in your life.
ESTELLE: No. I came back to say thank you. This money is life-changing. I can get my own little place - find the perfect job. Maybe in a little boutique near the beach.
Terese laughs angrily, then struggles to hold back the tears as Estelle talks.
ESTELLE: And maybe once I'm settled, and I've everything figured out... we can try again.
TERESE: You know what? I really do hope that this changes your life for the better, I really do. But this is not how this works. You don't get to have me *and* the money.
ESTELLE (nodding): Then I suppose... there's nothing more to say. Goodbye, Terese.
Estelle walks out, and Terese drops to the sofa, sobbing.
Sadie and Zara have arrived at the meeting point.
ZARA: So, what are we looking for? Tyre marks? Hiding places?
SADIE (feigned expertise): ... Yeah.
ZARA: You have no idea how a sting operation works, do you?
SADIE: Sure I do. I'm gonna go check the toilets (...) for a hiding place.
Zara pulls on the cardigan she bought from the clothes shop at the Community Centre which, unbeknownst to her, was previously owned by Harlow. As Sadie heads towards the toilet block, Zara opts to wait outside. Before long, Corey appears. Seeing the cardigan from the back, he assumes it's Harlow and calls out to her. Zara gapes when she turns around and sees him.
COREY: I'm sorry. I thought you were someone else.
ZARA (backing away, screaming): Sadie, call the police! He's here!
COREY: No, sorry, you've got -
ZARA: Sadie, quick, it's him!
Sadie has appeared at the door of the toilet block and goes to call triple zero on her phone. But Corey starts running towards Zara and Sadie...
Glen fetches a devastated Terese a cup of tea and sits opposite her on the other couch. She gets up, and comes and sits next to Glen instead.
TERESE: You know, you should've come to me. About the pills. I'd rather have a partner that needs me than another one that lies. But I've been where you are. And I can't say I made much better choices. But can you just... can you just promise me that... if you need help, that you'll come to me?
He puts a hand on her shoulder.
GLEN: I promise. Do you want to talk about Estelle?
TERESE (tearful): I knew she'd take the money. But there was a part of me that just hoped that... hoped that she'd put me first. That she'd finally want to be my mum. Sounds stupid.
GLEN: No. It's brave.
He hugs her.
Andrew and Levi arrive, in their cunning disguise as fishermen!
ANDREW: No bushwalkers, full access to the road, about 1,000 places to hide and approach from. Corey knows what he's doing.
LEVI: Yep. It's a good thing you kept Harlow away.
ANDREW: Let's keep walking. I doubt he'll show his face unless he sees Harlow - but we might get lucky.
As they approach the toilet block, they see a figure lying on the ground nearby. Andrew soon recognises the figure as Sadie, and they run towards her - she's unconscious. Andrew checks her.
ANDREW: She's breathing. Call an ambulance now! Now!
Levi does as he's told.
Coming up on Neighbours
- In a car, Zara asks Corey what he's going to do with her; he grabs her phone and smashes it with his foot
- Mackenzie and Chloe looking mournful
- Mackenzie tearfully tells Chloe that Alana wants Hendrix's chain, but it's the only part of him she has left