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Home and Away Spoilers – Can newcomer Valerie reunite Leah and Justin?

This week on Home and Away in Australia, will a surprise visitor provide the support Leah needs to repair her relationship with Justin?

After returning to Summer Bay from a stay in a mental health center, Ada Nicodemou’s character Leah was still having trouble finding her way back to Justin (James Stewart) at the close of last week’s episodes.

Leah subsequently said that she didn’t trust herself around Justin, explaining why she had asked to stay at Summer Bay House with Alf (Ray Meagher), Roo (Georgie Parker), and Marilyn (Emily Symons).

Tiredness and paranoia had made Leah hold Justin at knifepoint in the diner, and ever since, she’d been afraid she might injure him again.

Ada recently told TV Week, “Leah is concerned because she doesn’t know how she even got to that breaking point, so it’s a case of small steps.”

Theo (Matt Evans), a nephew of Leah, was left to mediate between Justin and Leah as they kept inquiring about each other’s well-being. Eventually, though, Theo threw in the towel, saying he didn’t want to be caught in the middle any longer.

After hearing that Justin was falling apart, and not fine as Theo had been previously making out, Leah went to see him at the garage, telling him that they needed to talk.

Returning to the scene this week, it doesn’t appear that the couple have managed to make any headway.

As a promo for tonight’s episode shows, Justin is annoyed as Leah storms out of the garage following their discussion.

In his frustration, Justin pushes a toolbox onto the floor, the noise causing Leah to stall for a moment.

Valerie (Courtney Clarke) arrives to the Pier Diner just as Leah is explaining to Marilyn that she needs to cut off all contact with Justin until she feels better.

Leah is thrilled to see her, as Valerie explains to Marilyn that she and Leah had shared a room at the clinic that Leah recently returned from.

She was Leah’s roommate and best friend in the clinic, so she really relies on her for support in a way others can’t,” Ada continues.

As the two catch up over a coffee, Valerie tells Leah that part of the reason for her coming to Summer Bay is that she’d like to meet Justin, leading Leah to make her awkward confession.

I don’t trust myself around him,” Leah admits as the two walk near the beach.

Later, Valerie joins Leah, Alf and Marilyn for some afternoon tea outside Summer Bay House, but they’re interrupted when Justin pulls up in his car.

Leah had previously asked Theo if he could pick up some stuff for her from home, and Justin has taken it upon himself to bring her some of her clothes.

As Justin turns to walk back to his car, Valerie gestures to Leah that she should invite Justin to stay for dinner.

Leah takes a breath and extends the invite to Justin, who gladly accepts.

Will Valerie be the one to give Leah the push she needs?

We first reported on Hi-5  and Paper Dolls actress Courtney Clarke’s casting two weeks ago, when it was revealed that her character will “cause a few waves” in Summer Bay.

“When I read the brief, I loved that Valerie was a dynamic character,” Courtney said. “And most importantly, for me, I like to play characters furthest from myself.”

Valerie dresses in a very strong way and certainly isn’t of the Summer Bay mentality,” Courtney explained further to TV Week. “I was quite intrigued by her and thought she would be a great challenge to play.


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