Theo’s criminal conviction pushes Alf to take a hard look at himself next week on Home and Away in the UK, while Mac calls the defense force…
Mackenzie Booth (Emily Weir) is having trouble after her boyfriend Logan (Harley Bonner) moved into a hotel room with his ex-girlfriend Neve (Sophie Bloom) to help her realize she has PTSD.
After being in a similar scenario with Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) when his ex Mia (Anna Samson) showed up in Summer Bay, Mac was keen to avoid repeating history and agreed to let Neve stay with them in the Pier apartment to keep an eye on her and Logan.
But the situation grew too much for Mac to take, and she was astonished when Logan chose to leave the flat with Neve after she gave him an ultimatum!
This week, Mac runs into Logan while getting dinner for himself and Neve, and he informs Mac that he needs to see this through—Neve needs to confess she has PTSD if she is to be helped.
Dean (Patrick O’Connor) gets furious when Mac informs him of the situation. He’d cautioned Logan not to hurt his sister, and despite Mac’s request that Dean keep out of it, he can’t help but go to the motel.
Logan is greeted with a punch to the face when he opens the door!
When Mac sees Logan again and realizes what Dean has done, she apologizes, but tells him that she can’t keep living in limbo any longer—their relationship is finished, and the moment has come to inform the defense force of an AWOL Neve’s location.
She will do it if he does not.
Later, Mac attempts to keep her pledge by calling the authorities, but she is unable to do it and puts the phone down.
When Mac arrives at the motel, she finds Neve and Logan kissing on the verge of kissing again! Logan tries to persuade Mac that it was Neve who initiated the kiss and that he hadn’t had a chance to push her away, but Mac is uninterested.
She informs Logan that she made the call to dob Neve in… but that she didn’t follow through. However, Neve only hears the first portion of the dialogue as she listens outside the door and flees. Despite the kiss, Mac expresses her willingness to wait for Logan.
Neve panics as she walks around the bay, and when Mac and Logan find her in the surf club, Neve rips into Mac and attacks her violently, slamming her into the pool table while screaming that she has no idea what she’s been through.
Unfortunately, copper Cash has witnessed the entire incident, and as Neve tries to apologize and flees, Cash pursues her.
Is Neve about to be apprehended and imprisoned?
After Ryder (Lukas Radovich) nearly died when their last online challenge video went wrong, Theo (Matt Evans) has been dealing with the full wrath of a flamin’ Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) for the past few weeks.
Despite everyone’s efforts to persuade Alf that Theo wasn’t wholly to blame, considering that it was Ryder’s idea in the first place and he voluntarily entered into the coffin, Alf has been determined to hold Theo accountable for leading his grandson astray.
When Alf informed Constable Cash Newman (Nicholas Cartwright) that he wanted Theo charged, he was furious to learn that no crime had occurred. While the challenge seemed ridiculous, it was not against the law.
Alf had to reconsider his strategy and realized that there was something he could charge Theo with: stealing the surf club’s ATV. After diverting freshly qualified lifeguard Nikau Parata (Kawakawa Fox-Reo), Theo took it for a joyride, only to run out of petrol before returning it.
Theo had previously received his penalty from Surf Club boss John (Shane Withington), so he was taken aback when he was arrested for the same offense by Constable Murray (John-Paul Jory) some weeks later!
With the video on the internet, there was no denying the crime had occurred, and Theo’s day in court finally came this week.
Several people, including Ryder, Roo (Georgie Parker), and Justin (James Stewart), have attempted unsuccessfully to pull Alf off his high horse, and when Roo informs Alf of Theo’s forthcoming court appearance, he seems unconcerned.
Ryder’s displeasure with his obstinate grandfather just grows, which isn’t helping his mental health, which is already fragile following his tragedy. Ryder has been having panic episodes for the past few weeks, and being imprisoned in the Salt storage transports him back to being trapped inside the coffin.
Fortunately, Justin hears the ruckus and is able to quickly get a traumatized Ryder out, but when he returns home with Ryder, Justin receives another earful from Alf for daring to enter his home.
Ryder decides that enough is enough and declares that he’ll be moving out into a caravan; it’ll be better than staying in the house where the family is continuously bickering, whether it’s about Theo or Martha’s refusal to take Roo’s kidney.
Ryder does take a step forward in his rehabilitation by admitting that he requires professional assistance and calling LifeLine to talk things over.
It isn’t good news when Justin and Theo return from court. Theo has a criminal record and is required to perform community service.
When Theo meets Alf in the diner, he asks if he’s happy now that his life has been ruined.
When he goes on to say that Alf’s grudge against him is to make up for his own shortcomings as a grandfather, Alf becomes silent…
It appears that Theo’s remarks have finally made Alf understand.
Later, he admits to Roo that Theo was correct; he should have noticed Ryder’s desperation to repay the money he owes. Alf has barely paid attention to Ryder because of everything going on with Martha, and he thinks he’s let his grandson down.
Meanwhile, Theo informs Justin that, after all the turmoil he’s caused, he’s thinking about leaving Summer Bay. Justin is able to persuade Theo to change his mind by reassuring him that his home is now with them, and they are subsequently interrupted by an unexpected visitor—Alf!
Expecting another rant, Justin and Theo are taken aback when Alf says he’s come to apologize to them both.
He admits that he let Ryder down and that he was blaming Theo for it, and he extends his hand in the hopes of putting the incident behind them…
Will Theo be able to accept Alf’s apology after weeks of misery and now a criminal record?
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