Summer Bay’s residents are shocked by Theo Poulos’ latest stunt with Ryder Jackson, and Theo Poulos will face his biggest backlash yet on UK screens next week.
Since joining the Bay last year, Theo (Matt Evans) has gotten himself into a lot of trouble, but the worst is yet to come as his online video stunts get out of hand.
In upcoming episodes on Channel 5, Ryder (Lukas Radovich) agrees to be buried alive in a coffin for the entertainment of their internet fans, who will be able to watch the entire thing on a livestream.
When Theo breaks his promise to stay near the grave for the entire five-hour challenge, everything goes wrong.
Theo abandons Ryder to go get himself some lunch, only to be involved in a serious car accident on the way back. When Theo trips and passes out, it could be fatal for Ryder because no one else in the Bay knows where he is.
Theo’s ankle is bleeding and stuck in a trap even when he regains consciousness.
He also doesn’t have access to his phone, so he can’t help Ryder or raise the alarm.
Ryder meets his five-hour deadline and attempts to break free from the coffin, but is forced to stop when he is nearly suffocated by falling dirt.
As Ryder and Theo failed to return home the night before, Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher), Roo Stewart (Georgie Parker), and Justin Morgan (James Stewart) compare notes the next day.
When Roo and Justin go to the boys’ video channel, they are shocked to find the burial challenge. Thankfully, Roo recognizes the burial site and rushes off with Justin to locate them.
When Roo and Justin arrive, Theo is still trapped and bleeding, but he directs them to the burial site to save Ryder first.
Roo and Justin dig quickly and rip the coffin lid open, revealing an unconscious Ryder inside.
Roo snaps at a distraught Theo later at the hospital, while Ryder’s fate remains unknown.
Alf also confronts Theo, accusing him of being the perpetrator of the incident. Justin refutes this, demonstrating to Alf and Roo that Ryder was not buried against his will by showing them the video challenge footage.
When Ryder regains consciousness and makes amends with Theo, who apologizes for abandoning him, there is relief all around.
The friendship between the two is restored, but Alf is enraged and orders Theo to stay away from his grandson from now on.
The repercussions of this incident appear to be far from over, with the boys being prohibited from seeing each other and resentments simmering in their families.
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