Jasmine Delaney’s world is turned upside down in next week’s Home and Away, as a new promo gives us our first look at new characters Rose and Xander. Is Jasmine ready to meet her long lost family members?
“What if you had family you never knew?” asks the brand new promo, which aired after Wednesday night’s episode in Australia.
“And they showed up on your doorstep?”
That’s exactly what happens to Jasmine (Sam Frost) in next week’s Home and Away, as she comes face to face with Rose (Kirsty Marillier) and Xander (Luke Van Os).
We hear the new male character tell Irene, “my name’s Xander, and this is Rose.”
The commercial then cuts to their first encounter with Jasmine, who is still in her pyjamas when they arrive at her doorstep.
What will Jasmine’s reaction be when two additional family members show up unexpectedly?
The answer – not very well.
“I’ve never had a big sister before,” Rose says, but it appears that she has her work cut out for her if she wants to form a deep bond with her long-lost sibling.
Rose and Xander’s casting was confirmed by Seven in November. Seven had kept Rose’s entire name a secret at the time of their initial announcement, but an update to Kirsty’s résumé later disclosed it to us… Rose Delaney.
Jasmine first arrived in Summer Bay at the end of 2017, and we’ve since learned that she was six years old when her mother died in a vehicle accident. Her father left a year later, unable to cope with being a single parent, leaving Jasmine to grow up in the care of foster parents.
This recent finding shows that Jasmine’s father had more children, but Jasmine was completely unaware of it.
While she had a nice life with her foster parents, Jasmine was disappointed that she had no family or acquaintances from her previous life to invite to her wedding to Robbo (Jake Ryan) in 2019.
That’s all about to change.
Jasmine seeks guidance from Cash (Nicholas Cartwright) on the recent development in her life, and it appears that her biggest concern is the fact that Rose and Xander showed up without warning.
“Would you show up at your sister’s house without warning if you found out you had a sister?” she wonders.
While the trailer just mentions her having a sister and leaves Xander’s identity somewhat ambiguous, we’re given a strong suggestion that he’s also a Jasmine relative when he informs her, “you were listed in dad’s will.”
Jasmine now appears to have both a sister and a brother.
When Xander’s persona was first revealed, Seven indicated that he is related to a Summer Bay favorite. He was also defined as “a strange individual who arrives in the Bay in search of answers” in a news release.
Jasmine appears to have little desire to form bonds with her new family members. This does not stop them, though, because they need to talk about their father’s will.
“We need to speak to you about your inheritance at the very least,” Rose tells Jasmine, but she gets a less than pleasant response as Jasmine shuts her down.
In another scene back at the beach house, which is now home to Irene, Jasmine and Cash, Jasmine coldly tells Rose, “I don’t want anything to do with it, or you.”
“Would you let them into your world?” questions the new promo, over a shot of the two newcomers walking along the beach.
“So I’m starting to think you were right. Maybe we should just go home,” Xander says to Rose.
We already know that both characters will stick around and make Summer Bay their new home now that they have joined the regular cast.
Their arrival in town may be a shock for Jasmine, but could an even bigger scandal be about to begin?
Rose makes the most of her time at Summer Bay by swimming in the rock pool at the beach’s southern end. Cash, who has recently confessed his love for Jasmine, is there when she meets him.
Yet is Jasmine about to have a love rival?
“Pool’s obviously worked its magic on you though,” Cash says to the newcomer, which suggests that they’ve already met by this point.
But does Rose yet know that Cash is Jasmine’s boyfriend?
Rose appears to inspect Cash’s body after a shot of him removing his shirt, before exclaiming, “I could absolutely get used to it.”
We then see another couple of shots of Cash and Rose, with Rose once again looking like she’s checking him out.
“One of us might as well enjoy this place while we’re here,” says Xander.
Is this a sign that Rose is about to fall for Summer Bay’s newest Senior Constable, or is it simply the Home and Away promo team at work?
Either way, it seems like Rose is set to spend a lot of time with Senior Constable Newman, as we learn that she’s a police officer.
Rose is seen running through the park before tackling and pinning a random criminal against his car in the trailer.
Cash is shocked to see a civilian apprehend a crim in such dramatic fashion.
At the Northern Districts Police Station, the officer begins to tell her that she isn’t “a highly trained police officer…”, but Rose interrupts him by placing her police badge on the counter.
“Police officer?” she finishes.
Then, a shot of Cash and Jasmine kissing, before we cut to Rose looking on longingly.
“I had no idea what to expect before coming here,” Rose says, in the final words of the promo. “But it certainly wasn’t this.”
Rose and Xander’s debut is expected to be next Thursday 31st March, and UK viewers will see them arrive a little over a month later, on Thursday 5th May.
On joining the cast as Rose, Kirsty said, “I am so humbled to be welcomed as a series regular on Home and Away.
“I remember watching this icon-of-a-show in high school and dreaming of a sunny utopia – it feels surreal to have this become my reality.
“I hope UK viewers love Rose as much as I do, and get to know her deeply in 2022, as she uncovers secrets and embraces the bay.”
“I’m so delighted to be joining a legendary program like Home and Away, it’s a dream come true,” Luke stated when the character of Xander was introduced.
“I’m looking forward to introducing my character Xander to the UK audience.” He’s come to the Bay in search of answers and has a close relationship with one of the Summer Bay’s most popular characters. In 2022, all will be disclosed.”