Coming up this week on Home and Away in Australia, Ziggy’s got itchy feet as her dreams are reignited, whilst Rose also considers her and Xander’s future in Summer Bay…
Last week, when Dean (Patrick O’Connor) surprised her with an impromptu surfing trip, Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) finally experienced some of the thrill she had been yearning for in her relationship with him.
Since Ziggy’s lock-in with newcomer Remi (Adam Rowland) in a barn overnight following a failed attempt to locate him a new tour van for the band, things had been tense between the two.
Remi had jokedly flirted with Ziggy during his brief stay at Summer Bay, intentionally agitating Dean, whom he perceived as Ziggy’s guard dog.
Despite the fact that nothing negative occurred between the two, Ziggy continued to feel bad and tried her best to avoid Remi in case Dean overheard her talking to him, which is precisely what he did once Mackenzie (Emily Weir) advised her to move on.
Ziggy eventually realised that whilst she had no attraction to Remi as such, it was the fact that he had flirted with her that made her feel special, something she’s starting to feel a lack of in her long-term relationship with Dean.
“I love you, and everything we have” Ziggy confessed to Dean. “It’s just, sometimes, a girl needs more than pizza, beer and footy.”
While Dean was trying to get Mac to tell him what a lady wanted, he quickly realised what he needed to know for himself. When Ziggy saw Dean securing their surfboards to the car, she was thrilled to learn they were going on a surfing trip.
Ziggy, on the other hand, is jolted back to reality this week when she returns to Summer Bay.
After joining the band Lyrik, Ziggy’s apprentice Theo (Matt Evans) was able to fulfil a lifelong goal, and the trip away rekindled her own aspirations to travel and surf.
But she now feels like Summer Bay is holding her down too tightly for that to be the case.
“I know it can’t happen, it’s just something that you dream about” she explains.
Her frustrations only grow when Justin (James Stewart) tries to show her all the great feedback Theo is getting from the gigs.
“I get it, Theo is smashing it” she exclaims to Justin, “I just don’t want to hear it.”
After hearing about her outburst, Dean wonders if he’s done something to upset her, but Ziggy admits that it’s all down to her.
Dean continues to worry that it’s his own ties to the bay that are actually holding her back as she says that she had always imagined hitting the road to compete in surfing competitions all down the coast. Concerns for Dean include his board shop and his seven-year-old kid Jai (River Jarvis).
As he offloads to sister Mac, she tells them that he can’t hold Ziggy back from chasing her dream…
Is Summer Bay still enough for Ziggy?
Rose (Kirsty Marillier), who is also contemplating her future, isn’t the only one; she too questions her role in Summer Bay.
Along with her stepsister Jasmine’s (Sam Frost) decision to leave her loved ones behind in order to stay at the Shaw family farm, Rose was devastated last week when buddy Cash (Nicholas Cartwright) decided he no longer wanted to see her.
Cash has suffered with Jasmine’s abandonment, especially after she didn’t come back after learning that he had been battling for his life after being wounded. He had intended to propose to her before he realised she wasn’t coming back.
Cash begged Rose and Xander (Luke Van Os), Jasmine’s siblings, to give him some space because he found it too distressing to see them.
Rose was startled to learn that Paramedic Xander’s coping technique of obtaining tattoos for the people that he’s lost is a result of his recent struggles with the repercussions of losing a patient.
This week, when she gets home, she discovers him putting an ice pack on a fresh wound he surreptitiously had done a couple of weeks prior; it has since become infected.
The siblings have a heart-to-heart as Rose takes care of Xander’s skin, and Rose suggests that perhaps it’s time for both of them to leave Summer Bay.
Theo and Kirby, two band members, finally started a forbidden romance last week after months of tension between them. Since they first met, there had been a lot of chemistry between them, and the couple’s first kiss happened soon after Theo was hired as the band’s new lead vocalist.
Later, when Remi (Adam Rowland) and Eden (Stephanie Panozzo) saw the couple having another short fling on the sand, they convened a band meeting and promptly put a stop to any inter-band romances. Eden and Remi had seen it all before—in Kirby’s prior relationship with recently deceased Bob—while Theo was unable to recognise the issue (Rob Mallett).
Theo and Kirby snuck away to share a kiss last week at a spontaneous gathering in the backyard to celebrate Justin getting the band a new tour van.
Kirby made it obvious the following morning that it could not happen again—the band needs to come first. Despite the fact that they ultimately spent the night together at Theo’s.
All it took for Kirby to change her mind was for Theo to serenade her in the backyard garden, but only under the severe condition that they keep it a secret. However, the two were discovered within days when Justin spotted them half-dressed in the kitchen.
However, Justin later remarked that Theo and Kirby couldn’t keep their eyes off one other throughout that evening’s gig—how long could they really keep it a secret in a town like Summer Bay? Justin decided to keep quiet, pledging to keep Theo’s aunt Leah (Ada Nicodemou) from knowing as well.
“Although they can’t keep their hands off each other, the band is by far the most important thing to them both, so they will keep their relationship secret for as they can,” Matt told Yahoo Lifestyle.
Theo gets into a sticky situation this week when Eden and Remi push him to flirt with a girl at Salt to show that he’s past his feelings for Kirby. Even Kirby joins in the cheerleading as they try to persuade the girl to give him a kiss.
Theo decides to merely acquire the girl’s number against the advice of his friends, but it’s enough to make him feel awkward in front of Kirby.
“The whole time he’s only doing it to protect the relationship with Kirby,” Matt continued. “He doesn’t want to be getting anyone’s number, he just wants Kirby.”
In the end, Theo makes the difficult choice to stop the relationship. He chooses to make decisions based on logic rather than emotion. Theo has always wanted to be a member of a band, but he can’t risk giving up that ambition now, just because he’s in love, and he also doesn’t want them to be living a lie.
But does that really mean it’s all over for the pair?
“I think that Theo is way too infatuated with Kirby to give up on her,” Matt added. “She’s so cool to him. She’s a gorgeous musician and ticks all his boxes.”