Karen and Brett’s renewed relationship brings Dean untold horrors next week on Home and Away in the UK, while news of Ari’s death filters around the bay…
After it was revealed that Dean’s mother Karen (Georgia Adamson) was avoiding a marriage proposal, Dean (Patrick O’Connor) and Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) have spent the past few weeks attempting to play cupid for her.
Dean had been concerned since learning of his mother’s disappearance, and after days of searching, Karen appeared unexpectedly in Summer Bay to tell him to stop stalking her!
Karen was forced to admit that she was hiding from her year-long boyfriend, Brett Maloney (Aaron Glenane), after he proposed to her after Dean overheard a worrying phone call.
Naturally, given Karen’s haste, we expect Brett to be a nightmare. But nothing could be further from the truth—a he’s gentleman to the core!
Despite her planting a kiss on a surprised John (Shane Withington) to demonstrate the fact, Dean quickly saw through Karen’s pretense that she had moved on when he invited Brett to the bay.
Instead of giving up, Brett patiently explained that he would be waiting for her call once she had calmed down. By this point, it was clear that Karen’s issues stemmed from her lack of confidence in herself and her belief that she was not good enough for Brett.
Ziggy’s online sleuthing revealed that Brett was a good guy who volunteered as a firefighter and coached kids’ football, and Dean realized Karen was in unfamiliar territory—she’d always gone for losers.
Dean could already tell that Karen had changed since meeting Brett, especially when she returned home with a bag full of fresh ingredients to prepare a proper home-cooked meal (the fact that it tasted disgusting was beside the point!).
When Dean invited Brett to dinner, it went horribly wrong because Karen kept pushing Brett away, to the point where he appeared to have given up after Karen returned his ring. Karen later revealed that she had made the decision to never let another man hurt her, but Dean told her that she could be happy.
Karen finally invited Brett back to the farmhouse to sort things out, but the two were awkward until Dean brought up a major topic of conversation: Karen had recently met her grandson Jai (River Jarvis) for the first time. Dean stepped aside as the two began to converse.
Dean returns to the house this week to see how Karen and Brett are getting along, but it appears that their reunion has gone a little too well for Dean’s liking.
After a heavy make-up session with Brett, Dean is shocked to see Karen emerge from Jai’s bedroom, wrapped in nothing but Jai’s duvet.
If having sex in his 7-year-old son’s bed wasn’t enough for Dean, Karen inadvertently lets the duvet fall to the floor, giving Dean more than he bargained for.
Dean shudders as a post-coital Brett appears, wrapped in only a towel, and gives him a big hug to thank him for getting him and Karen back together. Dean says he’s going to get his head stuck in the lawnmower, while Brett and Karen return to the bedroom for another round…
Brett and Karen cooked another terrible meal for Dean and Ziggy that night, complete with Karen’s choice of the finest wine, and the couple appears to be on the mend. But, as Ziggy and Dean grow increasingly irritated by the PDA overabundance, they begin to wonder how long Karen and Brett intend to stay…
The next day, Dean tries unsuccessfully to bring up the subject, and when Karen and Brett join Dean and Ziggy for lunch at Salt, Karen starts talking about redecorating Jai’s room… they could probably use some new bedding as well.
Is it possible that Dean, Ziggy, and Bella will be joined by two new housemates?
Meanwhile, Ryder Jackson (Lukas Radovich) has finally received some good news after a few stressful weeks.
When he runs into mates Theo (Matt Evans) and Justin (James Stewart) at Salt, he informs them that he has not only accepted grandad Alf’s (Ray Meagher) apology and returned to the house, but he has also graduated from his TAFE course in Hospitality Management!
Despite the fact that Ryder was unable to attend the actual graduation due to work obligations, Theo insists on photographing Ryder with his certificate.
However, the mood is soon broken when Alf calls Ryder to inform him of Ari’s (Rob Kipa-Williams) death.
Ryder is taken aback by the news; he wants to be there for his ex-girlfriend, Ari’s stepdaughter Chloe (Sam Barrett), but he doesn’t think she’d appreciate hearing from him after their tumultuous breakup.
Theo persuades Ryder to at least text her, but Ryder decides they need to show their support for both Chloe and Nikau by doing something (Kawakawa Fox-Reo). It’s time for them to put on their thinking caps.
Ryder is relieved to learn that Alf has gathered everyone for lunch; the community spirit is strong, and they’ll undoubtedly be able to assist the Paratas. Ryder, on the other hand, is irritated to learn that the gathering is in fact to celebrate his graduation.
When he learns that Felicity (Jacqui Purvis), a coworker, lost her father when she was young, a distracted Ryder finds a kindred spirit in her.
Ari’s death has brought it all back to Ryder, who lost his own father Evan (Cameron Daddo) less than a year ago, and he asks Flick if things ever get any easier.
Theo then comes in to tell Ryder that he’s come up with the ideal way for the Paratas to show their support!
Ari’s death comes as a shock to his ex-girlfriend, Mackenzie Booth (Emily Weir). When Dean arrives at the apartment to confront doctor Logan (Harley Bonner) about his friend’s death, Mac, who had overheard their conversation, enters the room in tears.
Unaware of Mac’s history with Ari, Logan is somewhat confused by her reaction, but he and Ziggy give Mac and Dean some space to talk.
Mac explains that she had hoped to have a proper conversation with Ari about what happened between them someday, but she’ll never get the chance now.
Outside, Logan wonders if he’s missing something, and Ziggy fills him in—he knew there had been a previous relationship in which Mac had lost a child, but he didn’t realize it was with Ari.
Mac tries to put on a brave face in front of Logan and avoid talking to him, but when Logan discovers Mac crying in the warehouse at work, she realizes she can’t keep the truth about her feelings hidden from him…
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