- David and Aaron decide to go on a holiday, but are conscious of the need to check in for David's bail
- Kiri thinks of cancelling her birthday party, but Nicolette doesn't think Hendrix would like that
- Glen hides his painkiller addiction from Kiri when she asks if everything's okay
- Glen apologises for deceiving Terese about it; she tells him just to come to her for help if he needs it
- Zara becomes suspicious of Amy's Feelings™ for Toadie, accusing her of being in love with him
Changes to the opening titles today reflect the eleventh-hour departure of Harlow Robinson (Jemma Donovan) and death of Hendrix Greyson (Ben Turland). The existing Hendrix, Harlow and Mackenzie shot is scrapped, as is the existing Freya, Chloe and Levi shot; and a new shot now follows the Rodwells', featuring Chloe, Mackenzie, Levi and Freya enjoying a picnic by Lassiter's Lake. In addition, a previous shot of Paul and Terese is reintroduced in order to smooth the new transition between their shot and the Rodwells'.
While Toadie helps Melanie in the Drinks Divas van, nearby, Amy laughs off Zara's suggestion that she's in love with Toadie.
AMY: Have you been drinking the lake water?! I mean, yeah, we're close - we look out for each other, we lean on each other.
ZARA: No, you lean on *him*. It's a one-sided thing.
AMY: No, it's not.
ZARA: (...) You're always dragging him off to cocktail hours like he's your other half! And you always talk about how great he is.
AMY: Because he is!
ZARA: You're secretly in love with him.
Zara adds that if she's wrong and Amy doesn't feel that way, she needs to stop leaning on Toadie so much, as it's embarrassing.
AMY: Message received. I'll stop being so mortifying and I will go and do my job.
Amy goes off to take over again at the drinks van, still laughing at Zara's suggestion.
Chloe and Kiri are having a drink. Kiri says she's going ahead with her birthday party, since Nicolette helped to convince her that she should, because Hendrix would have wanted it that way.
KIRI: He wanted his memorial to be a massive party. I'm just keeping the ball rolling.
Chloe's glad, and offers to help with planning. Nicolette approaches to show them some cute photos that Aaron sent her of Isla, from their holiday.
NICOLETTE: I'm gonna drive up and crash their holiday.
CHLOE: I thought you'd changed your mind? They're back tomorrow.
NICOLETTE: Yeah, but this is the longest I've been away from my baby girl, and I didn't want to miss the memorial.
Kiri thinks a night away would be a great idea, so Nicolette texts David and Aaron.
David and Aaron are pushing Isla's pram along a path near a marina. Aaron gets the message from Nicolette saying she's coming to join them for the last night of their break. Aaron suggests they take the boat they've hired out again tomorrow.
DAVID: You sure, Sir Seasick? You spent most of yesterday with your head over the side, turning the big blue green.
AARON: Yeah, that's because you went and did a doughnut!
DAVID: It was a lazy circle and that was too much for you, even with your anti-nausea pills.
AARON: I'll be fine. You went to all of this effort to get your boat licence, and as a matter of fact, I have never seen you happier.
Terese is back from driving Harlow to the airport, admitting to Glen it was tough to say goodbye. Glen thinks Harlow's done the right thing heading back to the UK.
TERESE: I know, and I'm proud of her. Just... it's sad. Harlow, Ned, Roxy, they've all gone.
GLEN: They'll be back for visits.
Terese agrees. Her alarm goes off, reminding her it's time to give Glen his medication. He takes it, but doesn't look very happy.
TERESE: You're doing really well.
GLEN: Yeah, I just... I just hate taking those things in front of you.
TERESE: There's no shame in addiction. We both know that.
GLEN: I'm thinking of going cold turkey.
TERESE: And I am thinking of getting a mullet! Both ideas are ridiculous.
GLEN: I've done both! The detox *and* the haircut. I'm in a good space for this. And with Leo back from Wollongong, if I need to take time off, there's no issue.
TERESE: Yeah, but you'll be going through an intense withdrawal!
GLEN: Tapering's... it's so drawn out. And I'll have less chance of slipping up if I just go in hard, and get it over and done with.
TERESE: ... Okay, let's just stick to the current plan, until we can speak to an expert.
Glen reluctantly agrees.
David and Aaron are on board the boat, which David has nicknamed 'Bertha'. Aaron says David's obsessed. We learn that Isla likes the boat as much as David, having settled off to sleep as soon as they got on board.
DAVID: She's no landlubber like you.
DAVID: You know what else I'm obsessed with?
They have a romantic moment, holding one another.
DAVID: I love this. Just you, me and Isla.
AARON: Yeah. We haven't had a lot of that lately, have we?
DAVID: No. Not that I would change anything. Our little girl gets a lot of love, and she deserves every little bit.
AARON: I know, I know. But this is nice. It's really nice.
DAVID: Yeah, it is. Now, if I went down and woke up our little deckhand, would that make me a bad buccaneer?
AARON: Really? And your biggest deckhand isn't enough for you?
DAVID: Oh, no, Buccaneer Boo, you are!
They kiss, then cuddle up together as they look out at the ocean.
As they clean up the van, Amy and Melanie chat about how well their memorial cocktails, the Greyson Grasshopper and the Hendrix Hoedown, have been received.
TOADIE: I still reckon you need a drink called Toad Juice.
AMY: Eww! Only if we want to lose customers!
Toadie decides to head home and start on dinner, a plan which Amy enthusiastically endorses. But Zara gives Amy a look as if to remind her to stop leaning on Toadie, and so Amy decides that she and Zara can pick something up on the way home instead.
TOADIE: Are you sure? I don't mind.
AMY (lightly): I'm perfectly capable of looking after myself and my daughter, thank you very much.
As if to prove her point further, Amy tells Melanie to leave the cleaning to her, so she and Toadie can go and spend some quality time together.
MELANIE: You do not have to ask me twice. I still have some pigs left to unpack.
Toadie and Melanie head off.
AMY: See? Would I have sent him off with his girlfriend for a romantic night in if I was secretly into him?
ZARA: I guess not. But that still doesn't explain your weird dependency on him.
AMY: Did you not just hear me knock back his offer of dinner?
ZARA: Yeah, but you did it to prove a point. I mean, until now, you've leant on Toadie like he's a partner. It's so obvi, I don't know why Melanie hasn't cracked it.
AMY: Darling, you are blowing this completely out of proportion.
ZARA: No, I'm not. And with Melanie moving in soon, it's gonna be awkward as.
AMY: No, Melanie moving in is a good thing. It's a chance for me to prove that I am a self-sufficient woman. You'll see, chickadee.
Zara looks sceptical.
Marlena, the host of David and Aaron's Airbnb, has let Nicolette in in their absence. She explains she tried to call David and Aaron but couldn't get through; Marlena says they'll be out on the boat, without a signal. Nicolette gets a whiff of something nasty, and Marlena soon smells it too - they both start coughing. Nicolette opens the door while Marlena goes to investigate...
Kiri and Chloe are discussing plans for Kiri's birthday. Chloe suggests the rooftop pool as a venue, as there's heaps of space - but Kiri only knows a handful of people.
CHLOE: What about Nic? Does she get an invite?
KIRI: Yeah. Things are feeling good between us.
They look towards the pub, where Glen is meeting Clive outside. Kiri's still unsure about whether to invite Glen to the party or not.
KIRI: Things are still weird between us, but he's making an effort at work. I dunno; he's really trying.
CHLOE: It kind of sounds like you want to invite him.
KIRI: Yeah, but if I did, we'd have to rethink location. He can't go on the hotel rooftop.
Chloe tells her to decide quickly, so they can get on with sorting out the party.
Nicolette convenes with David and Aaron, who are back from the boat trip with Isla, and greets them enthusiastically. However, she explains that there's been a plumbing issue at the Airbnb in their absence, and that the host Marlena is arranging to have it fixed. David waxes lyrical about how much he loves the boat, and Aaron teases him about it, but David is unrepentant about his love of 'Bertha'.
Melanie comes in with a huge painting of a pig, which sets Amy immediately on edge! Nell and Hugo are also present, as Melanie looks for a place to hang the painting.
AMY: The toilet?
MELANIE: The living room! These pigs like to shine.
AMY: Oh, they shine (!)
Amy posits the idea of renaming the whole drinks menu for the van after real-life divas, while Melanie goes to take down an existing painting that's hanging above the mantelpiece.
NELL: No, that was Mum's favourite.
MELANIE: ... It was? You know, the more I think about this, the more I reckon this pig needs to live somewhere else. Of course, we'd have to check out the legalities.
AMY: For the pig painting?
MELANIE: No, the diva drinks. Using the name of some real-life person could land us in trouble.
Amy says they can just ask Toadie about it, being a lawyer - but then realises she's being dependent again.
AMY: Actually, scrap that - I can do it myself.
She gets on the web to investigate, saying it's their business, not Toadie's; she can do it herself.
Terese, Clive and Glen are having a drink outside the pub, and chatting about the possibility of Glen going cold turkey. Terese thinks it's extreme, and makes her opposition known.
CLIVE: It is extreme. But it can be effective, in cases where there's support, and the level of dependency isn't too high.
GLEN: Yeah, well, that's me. I've only been on the meds a couple of weeks.
Clive agrees, and Glen insists to a sceptical Terese that he can do this.
GLEN: I want this drug out of my system fast, so we can get back to normal.
CLIVE: It will make you *very* sick. Muscle pain, nausea...
GLEN: Fever, insomnia...
CLIVE: That's where the support comes in.
Clive says he and the hospital will be available if needed, but it's really Terese that Glen will be counting on to support him.
GLEN (to Terese): It's up to you. If you're not on board, I'll give it up. What do you say?
Nicolette is enjoying catching up on her missed time with Isla, while David and Aaron are drinking wine at the table. Marlena, the Airbnb host, emerges from the bathroom with cleaning gear, and tells them the pipes are nearly fixed. She agrees to a late check-out for them tomorrow, which will give them a little extra time in the morning before they have to head back.
David reminds Aaron and Nic that he has his bail check-in at the local police station tomorrow mid-morning, as Marlena is heading back to the bathroom. But Aaron, David and Nic decide they'll have time to take the boat out one last time in the morning before they need to be at the station.
NICOLETTE: Captain Tanaka is too young to retire.
DAVID: Part of me wishes that the four of us could just set sail and never come back.
AARON: Can you imagine that? Just living completely off-grid. Going from port to port.
DAVID: Although, we could only stop at non-extradition countries.
NICOLETTE: Well, we'd better pick a good one!
David gives Nicolette his phone, asking her to look up possible destinations! David then goes to put Isla to bed.
NICOLETTE: I can't believe it. David's even joking about his situation. He's a changed man.
AARON: Yeah, I think it's the boat. He absolutely loves that thing. It's just a shame that I get crook every time the thing wobbles (...) I guess I've been playing it down. I just... I really want this holiday to be perfect. As soon as we get back, we've gotta face the sentence hearing, so these could be the last happy memories we have for a while.
Glen is emptying his bottles of pills into the bin. He looks conflicted, but Terese has his back, and smiles at him.
The next morning, David, Aaron and Nicolette have all their things packed, and are planning on heading to the marina for their last boat ride before the bail check-in. Aaron has secretly bought himself more anti-seasickness medication while out on a coffee run, which he talks to Nicolette about while David's out of the room - but he hides the packet when David comes back in, not wanting to put him off the boat trip.
Nicolette goes to put Isla in the car, but David has spotted the bag Aaron is hiding behind his back.
DAVID: What's in the bag?
AARON: Nothing, it's just... things.
DAVID: More things to help your seasickness?
AARON: (...) I think no matter what I do, your Bertha is gonna make me want to barf. But it's fine; I can handle it.
DAVID: I don't want you to handle it - I want you to have a good time.
AARON: I will (...) and even if they don't work, it's still worth it to see you smile.
David smiles back at him.
Glen already has the shivers from his withdrawal, as he browses Paramount Plus on Terese's posh fourth-wall television! He turns the TV off, and heads into the kitchen to make a cuppa. He continues to shiver.
Melanie is in the kitchen, while Amy is on her laptop at the table, and Zara is drawing with Nell on the sofa. Toadie has found the pig painting in the bedroom, and asks Melanie why she hasn't put it up.
MELANIE (whispering): The only place it fits is where Sonya's favourite picture lives, and Nell let me know straight away.
TOADIE: Right, okay. Well... you live here now, so we're just gonna have to make some changes.
Toadie goes over to talk to Nell.
TOADIE: How would you feel if we took Mummy's favourite picture, and we actually put it up on your bedroom wall? And then you've got a reminder of her there?
Nell readily agrees to this, and heads off to put Sonya's picture in her room. Melanie tells Toadie that was really thoughtful. Amy starts moaning because she can't find any coherent advice online about whether they can name the Drinks Divas cocktails after living people.
TOADIE: Is this about you using real people's names for your drink menu?
MELANIE: I ran it past Toadie earlier.
TOADIE: Yeah. You can use any name you like, as long as the diva in question has passed away (...) Should've just asked. I'm a lawyer.
AMY: Yeah, well, I didn't want to take you for granted.
TOADIE: Ames, if ever there comes a time that I don't want to help, I'll let you know.
AMY: Good to know.
Zara smiles to herself.
David, Aaron, Nicolette and Isla are all below deck, and Aaron is already feeling seasick. Aaron teases David about his nautical obsessions, and David teases him back about the seasickness. Aaron's set a timer on his phone so that they know when they need to head back to port for David's bail check-in.
DAVID: Perfect - full steam ahead, then! Woohoo!
Terese is on the sofa as Glen answers the door; it's Kiri. She tells him about her birthday party this afternoon.
KIRI: If you're around, you should come.
GLEN: You're sure you want me there? I don't want you to feel uncomfortable.
KIRI: Before all of this, we were friends. I want to get back to that.
GLEN: Yeah. Me too.
Kiri tells him the party's at The Waterhole, and he says he'll see her there. They both look happy as Kiri leaves again - as does Terese, who's been listening on the couch. Glen rejoins her.
GLEN: Did you hear that? (...) That means she wants me to be in her life.
TERESE: It's great... umm... but the party's this afternoon. You'll be going into withdrawal. Your body's gonna be craving the medication. Look, maybe you should rethink going cold turkey and maybe taper off, just for the next day or so. Just so you're in a better state for the party.
GLEN: I wanna be clean for this. This is my first real social event with my daughter.
TERESE: But isn't it better to be healthy?
GLEN: Nah, I'll be fine. I'm not gonna knock back a chance like this. I might not get another one.
On the deck of the boat, Nicolette tells David and Aaron that Isla is out like a light again.
AARON (seasick): It's the waves. They're so soothing (!)
Aaron encourages David to get the boat up to speed, so he goes to fire up the engine - but it soon starts spluttering.
NICOLETTE: What's wrong?
DAVID: (...) I think there's something wrong with the engine. It's not turning over. And the fuel gauge is low. It was full when we left.
AARON: (...) Okay. It's alright. I'll give the marina a call, and... we'll see if they can come out here.
But when he picks up his phone, he sees there's no reception. Nicolette doesn't have a signal either. At this point, the alarm goes off on Aaron's phone, reminding them they only have an hour to get back to the police station for the bail check-in.
NICOLETTE: I'm sure it's okay if you're just a little bit late.
DAVID: If I fail to get there at the right time, then I've breached my conditions. They'll send me to prison.
Everyone looks worried.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Amy tells Zara to stop trying to confirm her 'absurd theory' about Amy's feelings for Toadie
- On the boat, Nicolette tells David not to stress, to no avail
- Aaron is frustrated that they can't get back to shore; Nicolette says David is in a really bad way