Following the death of her stepfather Ari, Bella Nixon (Courtney Miller) has found herself in a terrible situation, with friend Chloe (Sam Barrett) counting on her (Rob Kipa-Williams).
Chloe has spent as much time as she can with Bella, much to the displeasure of Bella’s boyfriend Nikau, since she is unable to face the sadness of her mother Mia (Anna Samson) (Kawakawa Fox-Reo).
Nik’s attempts to confront Chloe about her peculiar behaviour have so far failed, with Nik receiving reprimands from his family as a result of Chloe’s manipulation.
When (Ethan Browne) told him to quit putting the responsibility on Chloe, Nik began to wonder whether he was hallucinating.
Bella still can’t get rid of Chloe the following week, as she wants to accompany her to TAFE and sit in on her tutorial. Later, Chloe insists on making herself helpful by assisting a hesitant Bella with her photography assignment back at the farmhouse, but Chloe’s inept recommendations prove to be more of a problem than a help.
Dean (Patrick O’Connor), Bella’s housemate, discreetly sees her struggle to hide her irritation, and when Chloe goes to the restroom, Dean informs Bella that they need to get rid of her.
Dean recommends to Chloe that they go get some dinner before he leaves her off at her house, and despite her initial resentment, she reluctantly accepts.
When Dean brings Chloe to Salt, however, she puts up a show, explaining that she can’t face her family at home. Dean has been completely sucked in.
When Dean arrives with Chloe still in tow, having agreed to let her stay the night, Bella is taken aback!
Bella wakes up the next morning to discover Chloe not only preparing her breakfast, but also writing out the artist statement for her photography assignment—who better to write about the artist than her ‘best friend’?
This is the final straw for Bella, who breaks down and tells Chloe that it’s all too much and that she needs some space!
An upheaval Chloe storms home, ranting in her diary about how Bella doesn’t want her around any longer.
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Chloe is heartbroken when Nik tells her that he’s going to spend some time with Bella after more bickering—what happened to being busy with her assignment?!
When Nik appears in Bella’s photos, displaying his newly acquired taiaha skills, Chloe storms at the two of them, accusing Bella of abandoning her so she could muck about with Nik.
Chloe tries to avenge herself after overhearing Nik informing Mia and Tane about her fascination with Bella…
Later, Nik discovers that his cherished taiaha, which had belonged to his late father Mikaere, has mysteriously vanished from his bedroom. Nik goes out to find Chloe, who claims she hasn’t touched his “dumb stick” and denies any knowledge.