- Chloe has started presenting with Huntington's symptoms, but Elly assures her she's in it for the long haul
- Elly tells mum Liz she can't look after Aster anymore, and tells her not to bother coming to the wedding
- Elly and Susan are in disbelief that Liz has been leaving Aster home alone
- Krista tells David that she's pregnant
- Paul sets Krista a tough events planning task, expecting her to fail, but Krista proves him wrong
- Haz rescues Holly after she falls in the pool, and later tells her he couldn't bear to have lost her
- Mackenzie tells Sadie she'll be okay once she's been able to make things right with Holly
- But Holly tells Haz she thinks either he or Mackenzie should move out of the sharehouse
Haz responds to Holly's demand by reminding her she's still in a lot of shock right now, and that emotions are running high. But Holly doesn't see why either he or Mackenzie can't just move out of No 32.
HAZ: Maybe we should talk about this once you've had some sleep.
HOLLY: I can't sleep. And what if I have nightmares again?
HAZ: I'll stay with you till you drift off properly. Okay?
Holly cuddles up to him on the sofa. Haz looks conflicted.
Elly asks Chloe whether she thinks she did the right thing by uninviting her mum Liz to the wedding. Chloe thinks Elly had every right to go 'full mama bear' over Aster being left home alone so Liz could hang out with her new boyfriend. Chloe's also grateful Susan has stepped in to look after Aster in Sydney, so she and Elly can go on their honeymoon as planned.
CHLOE: The Pavilion is ready; nothing else is allowed to overshadow what we're about to do. So we have final checks, and then it's onto the hair appointments...
Elly takes Chloe's hands.
ELLY: I love this.
CHLOE: Me listing things?
ELLY: No, the way we lean on each other and take turns to hold the fort.
ELLY: I was raised by someone that I couldn't rely on. So I'm so grateful that I've found the person who makes me feel safe, and loved, and excited and calm all at once.
Elly kisses Chloe.
CHLOE: Gee, save it for when you put a ring on it!
Aaron runs up to them, and Chloe asks him to give her the wedding rings - she wants to hold the boxes and make a wish.
AARON: Wait, why would I have the rings?
CHLOE: Because it was your job to get them!
AARON: Hold up. I thought Karl was getting the rings?
CHLOE: Aaron, I texted you the details of the store - seriously?
AARON: I know, but I thought that was just a little FYI for me!
CHLOE: I will give you an FYI, Aaron - you had one job!
ELLY: You need to go. Now!
Aaron dashes off to get the rings. Chloe and Elly looks stressed.
Sadie and Mackenzie are chatting on the couch, wondering whether Holly will agree to see Mackenzie yet. Sadie asks Mack how she feels about Haz and Holly being back together.
MACKENZIE: At this point, I'm just exhausted over the whole thing.
SADIE: Well, when they were on a break, was there a part of you that was hoping that a door might open for you and Haz? Be honest.
MACKENZIE: ... I respect him, and I respect Holly too.
SADIE: That doesn't mean you can just turn off your feelings.
MACKENZIE: You know, one of these days I'd really like to talk about *your* love life. You know, that is my New Year's resolution.
SADIE: Nice try (...) Alright, time for a truth- bombing (...) You were flirting with Haz at the party.
MACKENZIE: No, I wasn't.
SADIE: You were. And you were hoping he would notice your feelings for him.
MACKENZIE: Okay, that one is definitely not true.
SADIE: Even though it caused chaos, you were curious to see how he would react. And the fact that it made him wobble over Holly gave you hope.
MACKENZIE: No, I... I didn't want any of those things to happen.
SADIE: I'm not saying you did. But... we're humans, Mackenzie, alright? We're complex.
Sadie mimes an exploding truth- bomb with her hand, and does a sound effect to accompany.
MACKENZIE: Well, you sure know how to drop them.
SADIE: I know. It's a blessing and a curse.
Mack looks thoughtful.
Krista, Leo and David are celebrating her success in completing Paul's party- planning task. David hopes it will make Paul think twice about ambushing Krista with work again. She thanks them both for helping her; Leo suggests they can celebrate at Chloe and Elly's wedding reception. Krista agrees, saying it was lovely of Chloe to invite her. Leo goes off to get ready, and Krista's about to do the same, but...
DAVID: I think I should come with you.
KRISTA: Why, you want to make sure our outfits don't clash?
DAVID: No, there's just some things we need to discuss, about your pregnancy.
KRISTA: Yeah, sure. Let's do it.
Chloe and Elly get out of a taxi. Susan has sent Elly a picture of Aster in her wedding outfit, which Chloe thinks is adorable - she's excited to become Aster's 'bonus mum'.
ELLY: You've been that for a while now.
CHLOE: Yeah, but now it'll be official.
ELLY: She made me set up an aisle in the lounge room so she could practice her flower girl walk.
CHLOE: We were supposed to practice the walk! Now I feel completely unprepared.
ELLY: You only need to do that walk once, down the real aisle.
CHLOE: Yeah. Next time I see you, perhaps.
ELLY: I think you'll like my outfit.
CHLOE: Of course I will! The love of my life will be wearing it.
They hold hands and breathe deeply, before parting ways to head to the respective houses they're staying in.
Krista and David had back to her room for their chat. Krista jokes that she feels like she's being called into her dad's office for a proper, serious, adult talk.
DAVID: Well, this is serious (...) What kind of conversations did you have with your doctors about the baby?
KRISTA: Just the usual stuff. And there was a reference to extra monitoring. But I'm taking all the right vitamins and avoiding soft cheeses. Plus I'm sober, so all good.
DAVID: And exactly how far along are you?
KRISTA: About nine weeks.
DAVID: Right. So there's a pretty good chance that you were heavily using while in the early stages. I think we should book an appointment with an obstetrician. If there are any complications or early signs -
KRISTA: Okay, why are you doing this?
DAVID: Because it's my job.
KRISTA: No, it's your job to support me - not imply that I've already messed everything up.
DAVID: That's not what I was saying. I was just saying we should get on the front foot.
But Krista doesn't want to talk about it any further, telling David she doesn't need his negativity.
KRISTA: I want you to go. Now.
She stares at David until he reluctantly leaves the room.
Sadie is on the phone to Wendy, promising she hasn't had a party at their house while she and Andrew have been away.
SADIE: I'm the responsible one in the family, remember?
Mackenzie comes into the room, preparing to head out, and Sadie winds up the call, before demanding to know where Mack is heading off to. Mack says she can't sit around any longer - she has to go and try to make things right with Holly. But Haz comes in at this point, and tells Mack it's not a good idea.
HAZ: She's sleeping. It's been a big night.
MACKENZIE: Okay. Well, I'll give it a few hours, then.
HAZ: Give it longer than that.
MACKENZIE: What did Holly say? And don't pretend you didn't talk about me.
HAZ: All I'm saying is that things are still pretty raw for her, and she just needs more time. That's all.
Mackenzie looks despondent as Haz moves past her.
David is talking about his fall- out with Krista to Aaron, who isn't surprised Krista is experiencing some 'emotional swings' so soon out of rehab. But David thinks it's specifically to do with the pregnancy, and says so - before realising he wasn't supposed to tell Aaron that, as it's a breach of confidence.
DAVID: Please forget I said anything, and obviously don't tell anyone.
AARON: Hey, my lips are sealed. But to be fair, it's not like she can really keep that from everyone for too long.
Aaron correctly guesses the baby is Eden's, and adds that that won't help the situation.
DAVID: There's a lot of denial in there too (...) Fingers crossed her drug usage doesn't cause any developmental issues in the baby but, if it does, I want her to be prepared.
AARON: Well, you and Krista bonded super- quickly. So now you have to build on that by working through the tough stuff, like this.
DAVID: I'm just worried that she's pinning her recovery and her hopes on the baby. And I don't want to be the one that robs her of that.
David suggests they change the topic, and comes to sit next to Aaron on the couch.
DAVID: Do you want to do something naughty?
AARON: Oh. Well. I am wearing *the* undies.
DAVID: Oh! The ones I got you for Christmas, that have the... and do the...
They whistle simultaneously!
AARON: That's right. We're kind of gonna be reliving our wedding night, so I figured tonight we could -
DAVID: Well, I like your thinking. But I actually meant, do you want to take a sneak peek at the rings?
Aaron's already had a look when he picked them up - but as he opens the bag to show them to David, he realises he's left one of the rings at the shop. David says he'll be pushed for time to retrieve the ring and get dressed before the wedding.
DAVID: You had one -
AARON: Don't you say it!
David shakes his head as Aaron rushes out of the door.
Chloe is putting on her makeup at Terese's place. Terese comes in with some earrings - 'something borrowed', she explains. Chloe's very taken with them, but looks a bit downbeat; and Terese asks her what's wrong. Chloe explains about the drama about Liz this morning.
CHLOE: She's not coming now, and Elly will be fine. But for the first time, I had a hit of, 'I wish Mum was here'.
TERESE: She'd be so happy for you.
CHLOE: She'd be really grateful to you for stepping in and helping out. Not that you're remotely old enough to be my mum or anything.
CHLOE: Though, you've mentored me for so long, I kind of feel like you're my business mother.
TERESE: Aww, I like that! Let's find you something blue.
While Mackenzie is out at the shops, Sadie demands that Haz tell her how angry Holly really is. Haz says it isn't so much anger.
HAZ: Holly knows that Mack never meant to leave her in the pool. But she also thinks that we can't carry on like this. She wants one of us to move out (...) for all our sakes.
SADIE: What do you think?
HAZ: I don't want anyone to leave. I love our house.
SADIE: But if Holly really strongly feels like this, she's your number one priority - and it's kind of 'girlfriend over friend', right?
HAZ: Yeah, I can't talk to you about this.
SADIE: Why not? I mean, I kind of am in a Maverick truth- bomb mode.
HAZ: Top Gun reference. Hell, yeah.
SADIE: Yeah - I have layers, alright? And it's also Dad's favourite franchise.
HAZ: I'm more of a Mission Impossible kind of guy.
SADIE: Okay - why can't you talk to me about this?
HAZ: Because, Sadie, anything I say to you will get back to one or both of them.
SADIE: I mean, fair call. But now that I know, you have to tell Mack. You owe her that much.
Krista has changed into her wedding outfit, and Leo shows up at the door of her room in his suit, offering to escort her to the wedding. She admits she's kicking herself for having just bitten David's head off after he brought up the possibility of complications in the pregnancy.
KRISTA: He just made the terrible mistake of trying to start a reasonable and very necessary conversation.
LEO: What a monster (!)
KRISTA: Right? I've been so caught up in the idea of trying to give my kid the childhood that I wish that I had, I just never thought about the damage the drug use might have already caused my baby (...) I numbed myself with booze and drugs for so long, like, my entire adult life. Just not used to navigating big things without something to lean on.
LEO: Well, that's what David wants to help you with. Plus, you get an extra Tanaka free of charge.
LEO: I'm happy to be a sounding board whenever you need.
Krista thanks him, and they head off for the wedding, smiling at one another.
Mackenzie comes in from the shops and rejoins Haz and Sadie. She's bought Holly a bunch of flowers, and tells them she just plans to leave them on the doorstep as a peace offering, with a note.
HAZ: Holly doesn't want us to keep living together.
Mack's smile fades.
HAZ: It's for the sake of your friendship too.
MACKENZIE: And how did you respond to that?
HAZ: I suggested that we talk about it later. But she's convinced that things have become too messy. She almost died. She's not thinking clearly. But once the adrenaline's out of her system, I'm sure she'll calm down.
SADIE: But those flowers will look lovely here!
Sadie grabs the flowers from Mackenzie and goes to put them in some water. Haz assures Mack that he thinks Holly will change her mind - but at least Mack now knows why it's a good idea to give Holly space. Mack nods regretfully.
An annoyed Susan is texting someone, asking, 'Where are you? Wedding about to start'. Aaron shows up having retrieved the rings, reassuring Susan that 'the day has officially been saved'.
SUSAN (snatching the rings): Says the man who almost sunk it! You had one job, Aaron!
AARON: Yeah, I know - I had one job, one job. But I've done it now, so we're good.
He tells her he's going to go back and get changed, but a fuming Susan tells him his suit is right here waiting for him.
SUSAN: So you get yourself into those bushes and get changed!
AARON (laughs): Are you joking?
SUSAN: Look at my face, Aaron. Does my face look like it's joking?
It doesn't, and Aaron withers under her glare!
AARON: No, Mrs Kennedy.
He jogs off to do as he's told, and Susan tuts as he leaves. Aaron finds what he thinks is a discreet spot behind the pavilion and whips off his jeans to change, just as Leo comes around the corner - to be treated to the sight of Aaron's novelty boxers - featuring love hearts and an image of David's face on each of the bum cheeks!
LEO: Whoa, Az! Sorry, man, I should've knocked! (...) No explanation needed, seriously. Especially for the undies. Do they need an instruction manual?
Aaron laughs awkwardly, and Leo leaves him to it.
Haz is lying on the couch looking miserable, when Mackenzie comes in with a packed bag - she's skipping the wedding, having cleared it with Chloe, and has instead booked a flight to go and visit her dad for a while.
HAZ: I told you, Holly's gonna change her mind.
MACKENZIE: Believe it or not, this actually isn't about Holly.
HAZ: Then what's going on, Mack?
MACKENZIE: Haz, you and I have been living together for about six months now, and I know there have been a lot of things lately that have made things a little weird...
HAZ: We can move past all that.
MACKENZIE: Can we? I can't help but wonder why you didn't shut Holly down straight away.
HAZ: I was just trying to avoid more drama.
MACKENZIE: Look, if someone gave me an ultimatum like that, even Hendrix, I'd call them out, okay? And you didn't do that. Which makes me think maybe one of us *should* leave, even just for a little while. Looks like it's gonna be me.
Haz looks conflicted, but doesn't object as Mackenzie walks out.
David convenes with Aaron, who's just finishing getting dressed outside the Pavilion.
DAVID: Hey! You scrub up pretty well for someone who got dressed in a bush.
AARON: Uh, Leo saw me.
DAVID: Well, that's not a problem, is it?
AARON: Umm, hello?!
DAVID (laughing): The undies!
AARON: The undies, David!
DAVID: Oops! It's the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.
Krista approaches, so Aaron leaves her and David to talk.
KRISTA: I owe you an apology. I mean, to start with, if this is gonna work, I can't kick you out of my room every time you say something that I don't like.
DAVID: Thank you, and... yeah, I agree!
KRISTA: Just the thought that my addiction has already hurt my baby really scares me.
DAVID: I promise, you won't be alone for any of this. Unless you order me to leave again. Is pushing people away an old coping mechanism for you?
KRISTA: I guess drugs the aren't only bad habit that I have to break.
DAVID: You've already come so far. We'll find our way through. Together?
Krista hugs him, and again says she's sorry. Leo watches from a distance, smiling.
Chloe is now in her wedding outfit, which Terese tells her looks perfect.
TERESE: Elly will be speechless. Everyone else will, too.
CHLOE: I can't believe how different this feels compared to the day I married Pierce. I was so frantic. Ironically, there was only one person who was actually able to calm me down that day.
CHLOE: It really has been her all along... Have you ever been so happy, it almost scares you?
TERESE (dodging the question): ... Come on. Put your shoes on.
Terese goes to fetch her phone to take some pictures, while Chloe takes her shoes out of the box and puts them on. But as she tries to walk in them, her Huntington's symptoms begin to limit her movement, and she stumbles.
CHLOE: Oh, no.
TERESE (returning): What's wrong?
CHLOE: My feet. (...) I'm not gonna be able to walk down the aisle like this.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Toadie asks Terese what the hell Melanie was thinking, adding that she's well and truly crossed a line
- Melanie looks jealous as Terese and Toadie dance at the Pavilion
- Krista looks worried by something on her phone; David asks what it is
- Leo tells David that Krista's 'pretty incredible', but David gives him a stern 'Leo!' in response
- Family and friends gather for the wedding, as we hear Susan saying that this union 'makes my heart sing'