Coming up next week on Home and Away in the UK, a change in Marilyn’s demeanour shocks her loved ones after she’s brought out of her induced coma.
Last week, the chemical attack at the surf club caused more havoc when Marilyn Chambers (Emily Symons) was discovered collapsed on parkland near the diner by Mackenzie (Emily Weir), having been out all night after becoming partially paralyzed.
Marilyn’s symptoms were only diagnosed as a delayed reaction to the organophosphate exposure by Dr. Logan Bennett (Harley Bonner), who was obliged to put her into an induced coma when the paralysis spread to her lungs.
Logan is still stumped as to what caused Marilyn’s paralysis this week, despite the fact that all of the standard bacterial and viral testing came back negative. Logan runs out of alternatives and thinks that the only thing he can do is wake Marilyn up from her sedative and check if she can breathe on her own. Logan admits to Alf (Ray Meagher) that it’s a risk, but it’s one he’s willing to take.
Marilyn starts coughing as she fights the ventilator as she comes around, which Logan verifies is a positive sign!
With Marilyn awake and conversing normally, Logan conducts additional tests, only to discover that Marilyn still lacks sensation in her legs. Alf points out that it’s still early in the game, and that all it might take is a little patience.
Later that evening, Irene (Lynne McGranger) and John (Shane Withington) are delighted to learn that Marilyn has survived, and Marilyn, while happy to see Irene, asks John why he’s there. He’s taken aback as she goes on to add that they’re not friends and that whatever happens to her now is none of his business—they’re divorced, after all.
Irene, who is also perplexed, tries to explain that John has been by Marilyn’s side every day, but she refuses to believe it and wants John to go.
When Logan speaks to John and Irene outside, he asks John what Marilyn was talking about—after all, John had told Logan that he and Marilyn were good friends; that’s the reason he was allowed to see her whilst she was comatose.
Irene backs up John in saying that they usually are on good terms, and makes it clear that something isn’t right. “I don’t know what the hell’s going on” she tells Logan, “but that is NOT the Marilyn that we know!”
As Logan returns to the room to run more tests, Marilyn’s coordination looks to be a little off, and she becomes unusually brusque with him, wondering why John was allowed to visit her in ICU.
She becomes even more irritated when she notices John is still outside her room, until Irene has to explain that they had shared a car to get to the hospital.
When Alf drops by to say goodbye to Marilyn before heading to the city to meet Martha, he verifies that John and Marilyn are generally cordial, which further adds to the doc’s confusion.’
The next day, John and Irene collar Logan at the hospital and point out that Marilyn is not in her room, which is news to him!
Back in Summer Bay, Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) and Dean (Patrick O’Connor) are taken aback to discover Marilyn (Sophie Dillman) striding towards them, seemingly unaffected by her paralysis.
As a high-spirited Marilyn invites Dean and Ziggy to join her for breakfast at Salt, both Dean and Ziggy are taken aback. They gently decline owing to Dean’s upcoming rehab appointment, but as they watch Marilyn stroll away like a lady on a mission, they both agree that something strange is going on.
Mac can’t believe her eyes when she spots Marilyn waltz in without a care in the world, given that she was woken from her coma less than 24 hours previous.
As Mac heads into the storeroom to phone Logan and inform him of the situation, Marilyn declines the offer of a herbal tea and orders a Bloody Mary.
To Marilyn’s chagrin, Logan, Irene, and John rush to Salt. She accuses Mac of being a snitch, and she insists on refusing to return to the hospital.
Marilyn becomes increasingly irritated as Irene gently reminds her that she has been a vegetarian for many years later at the diner when she orders a burger.
After wolfing down her burger, which she thoroughly enjoys, Marilyn goes on to ditch the high heels and embrace a new look, leaving her loved ones wondering whether she’ll ever be the same again…!