On Wednesday (February 3), Home and Away aired the return of Heath Braxton on Australian screens as he came to the rescue of the Parata family.
The iconic role of Heath was reprised by Dan Ewing for a one-off cameo, four years after his last show appearance.
The Paratas have been at the mercy of gangsters Paul and Leon in recent weeks, who have been terrorizing Tane (Ethan Browne) over a debt.
Though Tane, his older brother Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) and Ari’s girlfriend Mackenzie Booth (Emily Weir) had already taken measures to repay the villains, by committing illegal activity, they kept ordering the Paratas to work off the debt.
Dean Thompson (Patrick O’Connor) interfered in Wednesday’s episode on Channel 7 in the hope of helping out his old friend Ari.
The Paratas were supposed to carry out an armed robbery, but there were some unexpected guests when they met with Paul to get the job under way.
A fired-up Heath made a reappearance under direction from Dean and was backed up by his fellow River Boys.
Heath made it clear to Paul that he was trying to do a job on the River Boys turf, so as a punishment, things quickly turned aggressive.
Heath and his boys pushed Paul into a truck to teach him a lesson on a rival gang’s patch to commit crimes.
Dean, Ari and Tane all returned to Summer Bay safely later on, assured that Heath had things in hand.
Dean disclosed that Heath will advise Paul about again troubling the Paratas, which means that Tane’s debt is finally resolved.
In August last year, Home and Away filmed Heath’s return episode. The plans for him were little known at the time, but show bosses later announced that he was only returning for this brief appearance.
This month, producer Lucy Addario told TV Week, “He’s only back in a cameo. But we were glad to have him.”
Later this month, Home and Away viewers in the UK can see these scenes on Channel 5.