Nikau starts a new job, Tane is worried about Ziggy, and Justin keeps the truth from Leah.
Spoilers from Australian-paced episodes of Home and Away follow, which some UK audiences can avoid.
Nikau and Bella had some lucrative job prospects this week on Home and Away in Australia, but it wasn’t all good news for the Paratas, as Tane’s friendship with Ziggy reached another stumbling block.
Lewis was convicted for his crimes elsewhere, and Justin’s reliance on painkillers grew.
We’ve been left with six big questions in the aftermath of the latest Australian episodes.
- Can Nikau and Bella be separated?
This week, Nikau and Bella both landed exciting new jobs in the area. Nikau was given the opportunity to join a modelling agency, and after an initial photoshoot for his portfolio, he was booked for his first official job just hours later.
The agency was so eager to bring Nikau on board that it gave him a bribe: Bella would be mentored by renowned photographer Emmett Ellison as part of the contract.
Nikau and Bella ended the week by toasting their shared success with champagne from the agency, but it’s no secret that storm clouds are forming for their relationship in the long run.
The official promo for this storyline (which can be found at the top of the page) shows Bella becoming envious in upcoming episodes, as Nikau’s new job requires him to get up close and personal with a female model on several occasions.
Is it possible that the challenges of this complicated situation would cause their relationship to fall apart?
- Has Amber sown a smidgeon of doubt in Tane’s mind?
Amber had reason to question Dean’s devotion to her recently when she expressed her love for him and he failed to react in the way she expected. Amber was left feeling like she’d still come in second place to Dean’s ex-girlfriend Ziggy as a result of the disturbing incident.
Dean and Ziggy competed in Summer Bay’s major surf competition this week, and they looked surprisingly together as they both won. Amber made a remark about their apparent link to Tane, which made him question his relationship with Ziggy.
Tane then proceeded to ask Ziggy some uncomfortable questions about why she had broken up with Dean in the first place. Ziggy refused to include further specifics about Ross Nixon’s murder because he couldn’t share the whole story or who else was involved.
Tane seemed to support Ziggy’s decision in the short term, but could Amber have planted a seed of doubt in his mind that will trigger problems later?
- How can Christian deal with the consequences of Lewis’s crimes?
Following Lewis’ reign of terror at the hospital, his victims had a big week. As he prepared to be sentenced for his crimes, Lewis confessed to murdering three patients in order to blame Christian for incompetence.
Christian was eager to get on with his life after the incident, preferring to remain optimistic rather than seek revenge against a clearly ill man. The top of his priority list was to move his wedding to Tori forwards by four weeks.
Despite this, Christian has obviously had a lot on his mind after Lewis almost killed him during a frightening showdown at the hospital. Christian told Tori that he remembers all that happened during the battle for his life, including though he was clinically dead for a few minutes.
Tori was able to point out that in the circumstances, an out-of-body experience was not medically feasible, but Christian was adamant. He appeared interested in a metaphysical explanation for the first time, rather than a strictly empirical one.
Is it possible that Christian will gain a new perspective on life as a result of this experience?
- Is Jasmine in for more heartbreak?
Jasmine went to Lewis’s sentencing to show her support, but she was taken aback by how ill he was. She was also annoyed that he did not look at her during the hearing.
After reading about Christian’s experiences, Jasmine was also looking for spiritual guidance. When Marilyn decided to give her a tarot card reading, she was ecstatic, but her joy was short-lived when the first card out of the deck was a traumatic one.
Jasmine bolted from the reading as soon as she heard any more information. Might the writers be hinting at more trouble for Jasmine to come? Surely she deserves a break.
- Will Ryder be able to make amends with Mac?
Ryder recently resigned from Salt in protest of his girlfriend Chloe’s unjust dismissal. Since the restaurant was already overburdened, Mac soon ran into issues with two workers who were no longer on the payroll.
Rather than searching for new jobs, Ryder and Chloe wanted to enjoy their independence by spending their days on the beach and having fun. Mac did give Ryder a text asking to talk about his future, but he decided to ignore it for the time being. But, as the reality of unemployment sets in, will he be forced to swallow his pride and return to work for Mac?
- Is Leah on the verge of discovering the truth?
Leah spent the first few days of the week solely concentrating on finding Susie, but as the week progressed, she realised that her partner Justin could be the true cause for concern.
As he deals with his chronic back issues, Justin has been overmedicating. Leah first noticed the problem when she discovered him in a bad state at home after an overdose, but she now thinks it was an accident rather than a larger problem.
Justin felt embarrassed when he went to the doctor with Leah and she revealed how much medicine he’d been taking – something he’d like to keep hidden.
Justin should have nothing to hide, Leah pointed out, because he didn’t take too many drugs on purpose, oblivious to the fact that the opposite is real. Justin did his best to hide the reality from Leah, but will he be able to do so in the coming weeks?
- Catfish stalker who drove a woman to suicide after convincing her she was Home and Away heart-throb Lincoln Lewis is accused of setting up a fake Facebook account to harass a man after a stoush in an Aldi supermarket
- Home and Away star Sarah Roberts speaks about her departure as she was “reluctant” to leave the show “I was open to staying.”