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    This week on Home and Away – Mia says emotional goodbye to Summer Bay

    This week on Home and Away in Australia, Mia Anderson (Anna Samson) decides to leave Summer Bay for good, and it’s now time for her to look to the future.

    Mia has been battling depression since the death of her spouse Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams), who died of aggressive cancer shortly after their wedding in a hospital.

    Until recently, Mia’s daughter Chloe (Sam Barrett) was unable to watch her mother in such sorrow and avoided her, while also falling off the rails in her own relationship with Bella (Courtney Miller).

    Mia admitted that being in Summer Bay was too hard for her—everywhere she looked, she was reminded of Ari. When the two eventually started conversing properly, Mia revealed that living in Summer Bay was too painful for her. She had already decided to leave Summer Bay and take Chloe with her, but Chloe made it obvious that she had no intention of coming with her.

    Mia eventually decided to stay with her daughter after apologizing to Chloe, who thought that the continual reminders of Ari were actually a comfort to her.

    “Ari was her mum’s soulmate and, in a lot of ways, the glue that held their family together,” Sam told TV Week.

    Despite Mia’s insistence that she will stay and work through her loss, her family and friends can see that this is not what she truly desires. Chloe understands that her mother must move on and begin over.

    When Tane (Ethan Browne) gives Mia a one-way ticket to New Zealand, Ari’s home country and the site of his burial, Mia realises it’s the only way she’ll be able to find peace.

    As the family gathers for one last lunch together before Mia leaves Summer Bay, it’s a bittersweet moment!

    Mia arrived in Summer Bay 14 months ago in pursuit of her daughter Chloe, who had met Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) while travelling in New Zealand. Ari and Mia had been in a relationship before his incarceration for armed robbery, and the two had known each other since childhood.

    Until he vanished from Chloe’s life when she was nine years old, Ari was the only father figure she had ever known. Chloe had never known the truth of Ari’s disappearance because Mia had chosen to leave the area and start over, and she was eager to see him again.

    Ari’s reunion with Mia reawakened old feelings, affecting his relationship with Mackenzie (Emily Weir). Ari ended their relationship because he realised he still loved Mia, despite the fact that Mac was pregnant with his kid, which she miscarried.

    When Chloe and her companions were kidnapped, Mia initially refused to resume a relationship with Ari after learning that he was still involved in criminal activity. When Ari went into a coma, Mia realized where her heart was, and Tane persuaded her to give him another chance.

    The news of Mackenzie’s loss reminded Ari and Mia of their own tragic history: they had previously miscarried three infants, and when Mia gave birth to their son, Kauri, prematurely, he died only 10 days later.

    When Mia found out she was pregnant again, the couple was overjoyed, albeit cautious, but tragedy struck when Mia lost the baby in a vehicle accident.

    The couple decided to explore adoption when she felt she could no longer bear the heartache of infertility. Despite their attempt to establish roots in Summer Bay by purchasing the gym from Jasmine, they were refused down owing to Ari’s criminal history (Sam Frost).

    Ari’s demise began with the unexpected arrival of Chloe’s biological father Matthew (James Sweeny). When it was finally disclosed to an unwitting Chloe that her pregnancy was the product of a sexual assault, she wanted nothing to do with Matthew again. When he later got into an argument with Mia, a protective Chloe slammed a rock into his head, quickly killing him.

    Ari was charged and placed on remand after taking responsibility for Chloe and Mia. Ari was transported to Northern Districts Hospital after a few weeks, where he was told he had terminal cancer.

    Mia decided she didn’t want Ari to have any regrets when they were engaged just before Matthew’s death, so the couple married in his hospital room shortly before he died.

    In other parts of the bay, Roo (Georgie Parker) was overjoyed when her mother Martha (Belinda Giblin) decided against a kidney transplant last week.

    Martha has been in need of a new kidney since her exposure to the organophosphate attack at Salt, and when it was determined that Roo was a match, it seemed like there was a light at the end of the tunnel.

    However, Martha withdrew at the last minute, not wanting to put her daughter through any long-term medical problems. Martha’s decision has strained her relationship with Roo in recent months, prompting Martha to return to Merimbula to avoid the conflict.

    Last week, Roo paid an off-screen visit to a fast deteriorating Martha, only for Alf (Ray Meagher) to order her to leave the hospital when her presence agitated Martha.

    In the end, Martha insisted on being discharged and coming to Summer Bay to properly speak with Roo, where she disclosed that she would prefer to proceed with the transplant if Roo is still on board—she doesn’t want to leave them! Roo, of course, was delighted to go ahead and set up an appointment with the transplant coordinators right away.

    However, the family has met another stumbling block this week, with physicians determining that Martha is not physically fit enough to undergo surgery.

    Logan (Harley Bonner) says that Martha’s blood pressure is too high and that her medication needs to be modified because she is showing indicators of cardiovascular disease.

    Martha accepts her fate despite her dissatisfaction. Roo, on the other hand, is adamant about proving the doctors incorrect.

    “Roo has known her mother for only a few years,” Georgie told TV Week “Martha came back in her life, and then Roo could have saved her life, but her mother wouldn’t let her, and she thought she would lose her all over again.”

    Roo puts her plan into action after researching several strategies to help Martha de-stress and consulting with Logan. Alf is still doubtful, but Martha is willing to follow Roo’s advice.

    Alf wonders if Roo was correct all along when he finds Martha having a lovely time while meditating with Roo and Marilyn (Emily Symons).

     

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