Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) and Mia (Anna Samson) have agreed to start the adoption process, but a rude remark from Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) reminds them of a painful reality: his criminal past may be a huge roadblock. When Mia (Sam Frost) asks Jasmine for a glowing reference for their application, she surprises them by suggesting she sells them the gym!
Meanwhile, Chloe (Sam Barrett) and Ryder (Lukas Radovich) are having trouble sleeping as they try to balance their day jobs with their secret nocturnal cooking in order to launch their new catering business. Is it game over for the ambitious young couple when Leah (Ada Nicodemou) realises the Diner is lacking a lot more spices than usual?
- Mackenzie is frustrated as Ziggy plans to move Dean back in
Dean is eventually told that he can continue his recuperation at home, but when medical personnel discover that his flat is located up a steep flight of stairs, they inform him that it is not a good location for him to recuperate. With his only options being a rehab centre or a hospital stay, Ziggy’s heart breaks for him and she offers him a place to stay while he recovers. Mackenzie, on the other hand, is unimpressed with the proposal and confronts Ziggy, explaining that she had just broken up with Tane and now wants to move her ex back in right away?
- Tane continues to struggle with rejecting Felicity
Despite Tane’s assurances that their time together was a one-off, Felicity is desperate to win over the Parata brother. In Salt, she tries to seduce him, but he’s not having it. When Ziggy stops by while the two are playing pool downstairs, Tane grabs Felicity and kisses her, which both Ziggy and Bella find repulsive. Later, Felicity says that meeting new people is the greatest way to get over someone, and the two end up in her trailer just as Cash arrives…
- Nikau’s cruel comment sends Ari and Mia’s plans into turmoil
Mia recently offered that Ari and she may have a child together through adopting, and Ari agreed after some thought. The two go to John to pick his brain about Jett’s experience, and John puts a positive spin on the narrative because he doesn’t want to bring up his criminal past. Later, Nikau expresses his delight at the couple’s news, but when he learns that Ari has been assisting Dean, he retaliates by asking, “Are adoption agencies taking ex-cons these days?”
Dean questions if Ziggy is being genuine
Dean has agreed to return to Ziggy in order to complete his recovery, but as Ari assists Dean inside the house, he accidentally reveals that Tane was the one who broke up with Ziggy. Dean asks Ziggy if they would still be together if Tane hadn’t dumped her. Ziggy attempts to convince Dean that it doesn’t matter because all that matters is that they’re together now, but Dean wonders why Tane had to be the one to abandon her…
Christian has a shocking suggestion for his future with Tori
Christian and Tori are in the midst of planning their wedding when they realise they can go on a honeymoon. After Justin and Leah promise to look after Grace, they discover something else: they have vastly different ideas about what constitutes the ideal honeymoon. Tori prefers lazing on the beach to Christian’s desire to go hiking in Nepal. Christian is absolutely taken aback when Tori suggests London, and adds they may even relocate there permanently, completely blindsiding Tori…
Jasmine has a proposition for Mia and Ari
Mia and Ari have realised that Ari’s criminal past could be a roadblock in their adoption process, and when they speak with John, he reveals that his own record caused some complications – but they have a better chance if they make their application appear to be in the best interests of a kid. When the couple approaches Jasmine to seek for a good reference for the adoption agency, she surprises them by offering that she sells them the gym – after all, having a business would look fantastic on their application!
Mia digs out a mysterious key from a hidden drawer
When Jasmine suggests selling the gym to Mia and Ari, both parties have mixed feelings about the idea. Jasmine thinks it’s simple: she sells the property to someone she knows and trusts, and she simplifies her life. The couple soon realises, however, that they do not have enough money to put down a deposit. Mia looks through her box of mementos and pulls out a curious key from a concealed compartment as Ari tells her they’ll have to turn Jasmine down. What is the purpose of it?
Chloe and Ryder struggle with sleepless nights
Ryder is fatigued after spending the night cooking for his new catering business with Chloe, so when Chloe tells him the next day that she’s accepted a substantial new order for that night, he’s taken aback. What will they do if they have to stay awake for another 24 hours?
Meanwhile, in the Diner, trouble is developing as Leah begins her stocktake and is perplexed as to why they seem to be using so many spices…
Can Ryder and Chloe’s clandestine usage of the Diner, paired with their sleepless evenings, go on for much longer?