- Jane sings Byron's praises, saying he's a 'good boy' who's never given her any trouble
- Byron is revealed to be a gigolo, and arranges to see client Danielle again next week
- A prisoner called Dan warns David that Gareth Bateman had 'a lot of mates' who are in the prison
- Andrew tells Leo, Paul and Nicolette that there's nothing more he can do on David's behalf
- Paul offers to pay Holden Brice handsomely in return for protection of David
- But when Dan and his mates arrive in David's cell to beat him up, Holden simply lets it happen
- Toadie tells Grant he wants to make sure Mackenzie's doing as well as she's making out
- Grant thinks Mackenzie 'seems pretty together', but in private, we see she's anything but
Chloe, Freya, Mackenzie and Grant are having dinner. Mackenzie hasn't eaten much, but claims it's because she had a late lunch. Toadie turns up, and thanks Mackenzie for all the wedding gifts she donated to the Sonya Foundation. Chloe asks Toadie if the Community Centre still runs a grief group. He confirms it does, and that there's a session tomorrow morning. Mackenzie looks deeply uncomfortable.
CHLOE: I've been thinking about going to one. I know it really helped Sheila with Gary.
TOADIE: Yeah, it can help just to slow down and be sad for an hour.
Toadie says Byron is manning the law office tomorrow morning, so asks Chloe if he can come with her. She's keen, at which point Grant suggests all of them go to the group.
MACKENZIE: Uh, I don't think I need it.
GRANT: Well, it can't hurt.
CHLOE: And it might be nice for all of us to go together.
Mackenzie puts on a smile and agrees to it.
Paul, Leo and Aaron are waiting for a visit with David. When he emerges, they're horrified to see that he's covered in bruises and in a lot of pain. David explains that the guy he told them about yesterday (Dan Waskett) was responsible, along with a couple of others - but plays it down, saying that he's suffering from a cracked rib at most. Paul threatens to talk to the guards, but David says it'll make it worse.
DAVID: I need to just lay low.
LEO: Yeah, but Andrew said none of Gareth's gang were in here; why are you still being targeted?
DAVID: It was my own stupid fault. I tried to stand up for myself.
AARON: This is... we have to get you moved from here.
DAVID: To where? Another prison, further from you and Isla?
AARON: To solitary, then. You just have to go and make a complaint.
DAVID: No! (...) I appreciate your worry, but... can we just talk about something else?
Byron emerges from the shower following a session with his latest client (credited as Zoe Dunn). She seems very satisfied with his services, and it appears he's spent the night there. She asks if they can book in 'round two', and Byron readily agrees. She gives him some cash, and he checks his phone, suddenly realising he's late for work at the law office...
Aaron, Leo and Paul are still with David. They're talking about how Isla's getting on, but David seems too depressed to feign interest. He apologises.
DAVID: I just want to be home. But it feels like that's never gonna happen.
AARON: No, David, don't -
DAVID: My bail's been revoked. I'm in here for the long haul - there's no point pretending otherwise.
A nearby prison guard, Mark Simpson, tells them time's up. David thanks the others for coming.
LEO: Stay strong, bro.
AARON: We love you.
DAVID (grimly): I love you guys too.
David walks off, and Leo angrily asks Paul what's happened, given he paid Holden to protect David. Paul doesn't know what's gone wrong.
AARON: It's not good enough, Paul.
PAUL: Aaron, I am as angry as you.
Paul goes over and asks Simpson if he can see Holden. But Simpson tells him Paul isn't on Holden's visitors' list, despite having been on it yesterday. Paul asks him to check again.
SIMPSON: Sorry, mate. Looks like you've been scratched.
Toadie runs into Jane, and asks her if she's seen Byron, as he's late for work. Jane hasn't, and Toadie remarks that Byron's 'work ethic is lacking'. He's annoyed as he's supposed to be going to the grief group with Chloe and Mackenzie, so needs Byron to cover. At this point, Byron comes in.
TOADIE: Ah, don't think you've got enough time for a coffee there, mate.
BYRON: Sorry, I had a mental health thing.
JANE: Is everything alright?
BYRON: Oh, yeah, not me. A friend.
Toadie sternly tells him to call next time, and says he needs him to cover for a meeting in half an hour. Toadie heads off to his meeting, sarcastically saying he has his own 'mental health thing', and once he's gone, Jane chastises Byron for letting his 'personal appointments' affect his work. But Byron's distracted by repeated text messages, presumably from lusty clients!
However, he does agree to meet Jane for coffee later; she explains she's keen for him to meet Clive.
JANE: It would mean a lot for me to have my son's approval.
BYRON: Well, anyone who loves you is good in my book.
Placated, Jane heads off, and Byron gets back to texting his clients.
Grief group is in progress - the attendees being Mackenzie, Chloe, Grant and extras. Chloe is talking about her sadness at losing Hendrix, when Toadie rushes in, apologising for being late.
CHLOE: When my marriage to his dad ended, he and I stayed close. Like family. It doesn't seem possible that life will keep rolling on without him. Or that I'll never see that sassy grin again. I can only imagine how you feel, Mackenzie. I'm so sorry.
Mackenzie acknowledges this with a smile, but doesn't seem at all keen to be here.
TOADIE: Time does heal, but not everything. Losing Hendrix just brought back all of those sad feelings of losing Sonya again. (to Mackenzie) I'm so sorry that you have to go through all of this, and so young. I guess, umm, it doesn't really matter how strong you think you are. Cos just losing the people you love, just hurts so much.
Mackenzie nods receptively, but there's a strong sense she's only going through the motions.
David is lying glumly on his bed in his cell, when Holden saunters in.
HOLDEN: Ouch. That looks like it hurts.
DAVID: What do you want?
HOLDEN: Someone's in a bad mood.
DAVID: You set me up.
HOLDEN: Well, there's not a lot to do in here. Plus, your old man had it comin'.
DAVID: What's he got to do with it?
HOLDEN: He paid me a visit. We're old pals.
DAVID (recalling): Brice...
HOLDEN: Holden Brice.
DAVID: You attacked Roxy. Why would Dad come to see you?
HOLDEN: Maybe he secretly likes me. Plus he was trying to buy your protection.
DAVID: Of course he was.
Holden thumps David's leg.
HOLDEN: Oi! You should be grateful. Must be nice having a rich daddy fighting battles for ya.
DAVID: It didn't do me any good, did it? So, what, you just took his money without any intention of doing what he paid you for?
HOLDEN (grinning): Yeah. Yes, I did.
Holden walks out, leaving David feeling worse than he did before.
Levi is badgering Andrew about trying to do something to help David. Andrew says the prison's not his jurisdiction.
LEVI: This guy is not built for jail - that's it, bottom line.
ANDREW: He's not going anywhere anytime soon. He'll just have to ride it out.
LEVI: Oh, come on...
ANDREW: My hands are tied. I need you to toe the line. We're already on thin ice - we don't need any more scrutiny, okay?
Freya approaches, seemingly overhearing some of this. Andrew heads back to the station, and Levi explains to Freya that David was attacked last night.
FREYA: Is he okay?
LEVI: Yeah, he's fine. But the sarge reckons we have to stay out of it. Don't know why.
Levi starts talking about exerting pressure to get David moved elsewhere, but Freya tells Levi not to intervene; he can't risk his job by overstepping. Levi's willing to risk it to help keep David safe.
FREYA: I know, I want to help him too. Of course I do. Look, you may not like it, but Andrew could be right (...) just don't do anything dumb, okay?
Levi heads back to work, and Freya sits at a table. At this point Emma McIver, Gareth Bateman's girlfriend, enters and immediately approaches Freya.
EMMA: We need to talk.
The grief group is reconvening, seemingly after a break. Grant suggests Mackenzie might want to say something. Toadie and Chloe tell her there's no pressure, but she decides to go ahead.
MACKENZIE: Losing Hendrix is... the hardest thing I've *ever* been through. I mean, he knew me completely. And he loved me. And my mum, who did too, only died a few years ago, so... I've been here before. I've felt these feelings before. But... I know I'm brave, and I'm strong, and you are too. We will get through this, together.
Freya tells Emma she's not interested in talking about Gareth again. Emma makes it clear she still believes Freya deliberately let Gareth die, but tells her she actually wants to talk about David.
EMMA: I heard he's not making too many friends in jail.
FREYA: And how would you know that?
EMMA: There's a guy in David's unit - the one who beat him up. I can get him to back off.
FREYA: Okay, so I'm guessing he's part of your 'gang', is he?
EMMA: No. But he's a guy who does what he's told.
FREYA: Well, then, you'll tell him to leave David alone.
EMMA: I will. If you help me later on.
FREYA: With what?
EMMA: You don't get to ask questions. Do you really want to make things worse for him? It's your fault he's even in that place. Call me if you want to help him, and I'll tell you where and when to meet.
Emma hands Freya some paper with her phone number on, which she takes.
Leo has come to pick up Abigail (we learn Nicolette, who is not in the episode, has been babysitting for him), while Paul helps out Aaron with Isla. As Leo leaves with Abigail, and Paul takes Isla out for a walk, Freya comes in to speak to Aaron. She tells him about the encounter with Emma, and relays the information Emma gave her.
David is lying in bed, looking broken, and still in pain from his cracked rib. He cries.
Aaron tells Freya they need to go to Andrew and Levi about what Emma's said.
FREYA: We can't - she was really clear about it. The gang will get to him first.
AARON: So, what can we do, then?
David is still sobbing.
Aaron is concerned that whatever Emma wants Freya to do will be 'something dodgy'.
FREYA: I don't really understand what other choice I have.
AARON: She could hurt you.
FREYA: Yeah, I know. But I owe David - I do. And if that means doing whatever this thing is for Emma is gonna help him, then I'm gonna do it.
AARON: Okay, so if we take this info to the police, David will get hurt again.
FREYA: Mm, and worse than last time.
AARON: And if you don't call Emma by midday? Okay, fine. Just call her, but whatever she wants you to do, I'm coming with you.
FREYA: No. No, I'm not gonna risk you like that.
AARON: Freya, he's my husband.
Toadie and Byron come in. Byron tells Toadie that the client meeting this morning went well; they signed on for another 12 months with Rebecchi Law, and with a retainer increase of two percent more than Toadie had envisaged. Toadie is impressed with Byron's negotiating skills - as is Jane, who overhears as she collects a takeaway coffee.
Byron asks if Toadie would mind if he knocked off. Toadie clearly thinks it's a little cheeky given he was late this morning, but Byron argues he's paid by the hour and there's nothing much left for him to do, so he just wants to save Toadie the money. Toadie laughs at Byron's chutzpah.
TOADIE: Yeah, sure - yep, no worries. Off you go!
Jane reminds Byron as he leaves not to forget about their coffee with Clive later. Toadie and Jane look over towards Paul, who's at a table nearby with Isla in her pram.
TOADIE: He's looking rough.
JANE: Yeah. And I'm not surprised, with everything that's going on.
Toadie heads off to deal with a message; and Jane, after some hesitation, decides to go over and check on Paul.
JANE: Aaron appreciates how much you've been helping him - around the house, and in general. We all appreciate it.
PAUL: Yeah... except I feel that I've failed David, and this little one.
JANE: Well, this is not your fault. And I am sure that you are doing all that you can to support him, too. I spoke to Terese, and she mentioned your offer.
PAUL: I just don't want to fight anymore. Not now.
They both look down at Isla as she gurgles.
Chloe is at a table when Toadie turns up, surprising her; we learn that the message he received in the pub was from her, and he thought he'd come and check in.
TOADIE: I do understand the effect that grief group can have on you the first time round.
CHLOE: Yeah, it, uh... it definitely brought up some stuff.
TOADIE: Well, that's the point. Yeah, that and to get it off your chest. Sharing can really help take the load off.
CHLOE: Yeah. It was really helpful hearing everyone's perspective. I wish I'd done it when we lost Mum.
TOADIE: Well, you know grief group is there for you any time you like. It helps to just know that you're not alone.
CHLOE: I just hope it had that effect on Mackenzie. I tried to check in on her before I called you, but she's having lunch with her dad.
TOADIE: Well, it's nice they're spending time together.
CHLOE: Yeah, it's a relief she's letting him be there for her.
We cut to disconcerting footage of Hendrix floating - seemingly alive, but with a stillness in his face - on his back in an outdoor swimming pool, near a harbour like the one where he and Mackenzie spent time together in Sydney. We then see Mackenzie standing in an undefined indoor area, looking sad.
Mackenzie wakes up in bed, gasping - it was just a dream. We see that she's in Hendrix's bedroom. Her attention turns to the empty side of the bed next to her, and she looks sad, lonely and scared. Climbing out of bed, she goes over to his wardrobe and opens it. There are pictures of them together on the inside of the wardrobe door. Mackenzie looks grief-stricken as she stares into the wardrobe.
Aaron and Freya arrive at some kind of industrial building to meet with Emma.
AARON: Could she have chosen anywhere sketchier?
EMMA: I didn't tell you to bring a plus-one.
AARON: I'm Aaron. I'm David's husband. I just want to help.
EMMA: Fine - I don't have time to argue.
FREYA: Alright. What do you want me to do?
EMMA: Come with me.
She leads them further into the building, where we see another woman (credited as Jess Nichols) on a chair wrapped in a blanket, crying out, seemingly in pain.
FREYA: Emma, what the hell is this?!
EMMA: You're a nurse. Get to work.
It appears that the injury is to Jess's leg, which has a bloody rag tied around it. Freya tries to calm Jess down, while Aaron looks freaked out.
FREYA: What's happened to her?
EMMA: There's tools in the box; there's hot water in the kettle for sterilising. She's had painkillers. (shouting) What are you waiting for?! Get stitching!
Grant comes in with some shopping, and hears sobbing coming from Hendrix's bedroom. He walks in to find Mackenzie sitting on the bed, in her wedding dress, sobbing uncontrollably while watching Hendrix's video.
HENDRIX (on the video): Mackenzie... I love you. More than anything else. I'm sorry you didn't get your ever after.
Mackenzie is horrified when she sees Grant.
MACKENZIE: Get out!
He's about to go to her, but...
MACKENZIE: No, I said, get out! Dad, leave me alone - *leave me alone*!
She pushes Grant out of the bedroom door and slams it shut, then continues sobbing with her back to the door.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Chloe and Kiri agree that something is 'not really working', and 'pretty bad, huh?'
- Byron meets Clive; he says Clive sounds familiar and asks if they've met before. Clive doesn't think so
- Grant promises Mackenzie that he'll let her do whatever she needs
- Sadie discovers more video footage of Hendrix, and tells Grant; Grant tells her to keep it to herself