Coming up this week on Home and Away in Australia, the truth about Dimitri comes out as Theo stands up to his father…
Since his arrival on his aunt Leah’s (Ada Nicodemou) doorstep in September, Theo Poulos (Matt Evans) has been concealing a dark secret beneath his laid-back demeanor.
After claiming he had been kicked out after a fight with his father, Leah’s elder brother Dimitri (Salvatore Coco), Justin (James Stewart) finally agreed to Leah’s request that Theo stay with them.
Although Theo and Dimitri’s feud had been blamed on Theo deceiving clients at his father’s auto business, it wasn’t until recently that Theo disclosed to John Palmer (Shane Withington) that Dimitri had been abusive to him for years.
“Theo was a victim of both physical and mental manipulation from a young age,” Matt told TV Week. “The physical abuse started when he was 14. When his father didn’t get his way, he would lose his temper.”
Theo refused to notify the cops because he didn’t want to shatter Leah’s heart by telling her the truth about her brother. He pleaded with John to stay quiet about what he’d said, and he grudgingly agreed.
Unaware of Dimitri’s true nature, Justin and Leah have taken it upon themselves to try to mend the relationship between him and Theo. Theo was enraged to learn that Leah had gone to see her brother Dimitri in the city en route back from Cyprus, fearful of what might happen, but Leah’s attempts to contact him were futile, as he declared he didn’t want anything to do with Theo.
That is, until Dimitri showed up in Summer Bay last week. As he, Leah, and Justin made their way to the garage, he insisted on shocking Theo, and Dimitri pretended to be having a horrible day when he informed Leah he didn’t want anything to do with him.
But when he and Theo were alone together, he changed his mind and demanded that Theo respect him and return to the city with him to resume work. When Theo declined, Dimitri revealed that Theo no longer had Cassandra to hide behind; she had abandoned him!
While Theo stormed off, Justin’s suspicions intensified when Dimitri explained how he’d had to deal harshly with Theo before. Meanwhile, Leah called Cassandra, who informed her that she had been intending to leave Dimitri for some time but wanted to make sure Theo was settled first, which peaked their interest.
This week, the truth finally comes out about Dimitri, in a triple episode airing on Monday evening.
As the promo reveals, things begin to fall apart when Dimitri introduces himself to John in the diner. As John reluctantly accepts Dimitri’s handshake, he tells Dimitri that he’s heard a lot about him from Theo, in a way which immediately puts Dimitri at unease.
Whilst Leah and Justin continue to compare notes after talking to Dimitri and Theo respectively, the two become more concerned that something serious is going on, and realise they need to talk to Theo fast, before Dimitri talks to him himself.
Meanwhile, seeing Chloe brightens Theo’s mood (Sam Barrett). Theo had run into Chloe while taking a break from his difficulties the day before, who was also feeling sorry for herself after Bella had asked her to leave the farmhouse (Courtney Miller). They’d returned to Chloe’s apartment and slept together.
Theo has always had a thing for Chloe and wants to take their connection to the next level by asking her out on a date. He tells her that he loved their time together in an extended version of the promo, and Chloe agrees.
Theo, on the other hand, is hurt when Chloe abruptly reverses her position and states that the whole affair was a mistake and that they should simply forget about it.
When a befuddled Theo enters the surf club, John checks in to see whether he’s okay. Theo advises him to get Dimitri out of here as quickly as possible.
But only minutes later, Dimitri storms up to Theo, demanding to know what he’s been saying to people about him.
Theo denies saying anything as Dimitri becomes more aggressive.
Then, as Dimitri grabs Theo, Theo frustration boils over, and he fights back by punching his father in the face in front of everyone!
Having witnessed the attack just as they walked in, Leah rushes to Dimitri as Justin and John hold back Theo.
“What is wrong with you?” Leah shouts to Theo, as he struggles to contain his years of resentment towards Dimitri.
“This [Chloe’s rejection] is a massive part of Theo punching his father,” Matt explained to TV Week. “All his frustration and hatred comes out when he gets used by Chloe, as he really had feelings for her. It tips him over the edge.”
But how will Leah react when the whole truth finally comes out about her brother…?