Can Dean really leave Mackenzie when she needs him the most, as Ziggy suggests on the upcoming episode of Home and Away in the UK?
In recent episodes, Dean (Patrick O’Connor) and Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) learned with amazement that Dean’s son Jai (River Jarvis) will soon be relocating to the far north of Queensland.
Jai’s mother Amber (Maddy Jevic) has received a work offer up there that was too wonderful to pass up, with the one stipulation that she would have to start the very following week. The 8-year-old isn’t intending to go it alone, of course.
When Dean realised there was nothing he could do to stop Amber from leaving, he was heartbroken to say the least, especially in light of the fact that Jai now has a newborn sibling in the form of half-sister Isabella.
The following week, Dean calls Jai and finds him visibly distraught about the relocation and adamant that he doesn’t want to leave, at which time Dean decides to pay Jai a visit.
When Dean gets back, he shows Ziggy a touching drawing that Jai did that included a countdown of the days until he has to leave his dad behind.
Because Amber and Jai’s intended residence is more than two days’ drive away, Dean is aware that he won’t have many opportunities to see Jai, and even fewer for baby Izzy, whom Dean wants so badly to be a part of Jai’s life.
Ziggy then makes a daring suggestion: why don’t they also relocate to Queenland? Considering the abundance of cars and surf, neither of them should have any trouble finding employment. Additionally, it benefits from being close to Coco, Ziggy’s younger sister, who resides in Cairns (Anna Cocquerel).
Although it’s a crazy idea, Dean likes it, so the two immediately begin planning!
When Ziggy explains the issue to her parents Ben (Rohan Nichol) and Maggie (Kestie Morassi), they are more than willing to transfer the farmhouse lease into Mackenzie’s (Emily Weir) name.
The intentions Dean has for the board shop have Ben pleased as well, which takes us to Mali (Kyle Shilling).
Mali is shocked when Dean says he’s leaving to Queensland and wants to give him the business as she’s only recently arrived to the area to start working at the store.
Mali refuses to accept, but Dean persuades him that doing so would actually be to his benefit.
But when it comes to telling Mac about their plans, there is a roadblock. As soon as Ziggy learns that Mac’s lover Gabe (Akos Armont) has terminal cancer, she swiftly withdraws and changes the subject, thinking that the time is not suitable.
Later, when Dean learns that Amber must go through a week of training, he decides that they should leave the very next day because he doesn’t want Jai to spend his first week in Queensland with a babysitter.
However, when Dean goes to tell Mac about his impending departure, he finds her upset over Gabe. As a result, Dean reluctantly tells Ziggy that they must stay put for the time being.
In the end, Ziggy musters up the guts to speak with Mac about it and begs if she can speak with Dean to persuade him that he must be there for Jai.
Dean is assured by Mac as she returns home that she is a grown-up now and is more than capable of taking care of herself. He needs to start packing now.
A 90-second montage of Dean and Ziggy’s stay in Summer Bay is shown as they go to the beach one last time as a couple and reflect.
A short while later, Irene (Lynne McGranger), Justin (James Stewart), Mac, and Gabe are waiting to send Dean, Ziggy, and baby Izzy on their way. They are waiting outside the surf club in their car, which is completely full.
As the magnitude of what they’re about to do suddenly sinks in, Ziggy experiences a last-minute panic about whether they have everything. Dean quickly reassures her, though.
Ziggy bids Irene and Justin a tearful farewell as Mac bids adieu to Izzy.
Then, Mac bids Dean farewell while sobbing. Despite only having known one another for four years, the half-siblings’ declarations of love for one another show that they have an unbreakable bond.
Mali runs over from the surf club as the two are saying their final goodbyes and getting ready to get into the car.
Mali replies, “I couldn’t let them leave without the framed newspaper clipping that was hanging in the board shop, depicting the time when Dean and Ziggy won the Summer Bay Surf Comp together,” while Dean wonders where he had gone.
As Dean gives him a final hug, he knows that the board shop is in good hands.
With that, the family is ready to leave for their new home in Queensland.
Diggy and Izzy, bye!
Patrick O’Connor and Sophie Dillman, a real-life couple, went to London after recording their final scenes on the show back in October with the initial intention of taking some time off and using the city as a base to travel throughout Europe.
According to Sophie, “We’re going to travel somewhere new every month,” she told the Australian magazine TV Week.
“We definitely want to keep acting,” Paddy said. “[Home and Away] confirmed it for us. However, we’re also content to pause.
Getting an acting role is difficult, Sophie continued, “I think the statistic is that only a certain percentage of actors are living above the poverty line.” “We hope we can keep doing it, even though it may not be easy. That’s the dream,”
Isabella Astoni-Thompson, a five-week-old, is the second departing figure that must not be forgotten.
Koah Oakleigh Blake, whose mother Tiffany posted on Instagram after the programme aired in Australia, played Izzy in the family’s final scene.
Including a picture of Koah “in costume” and a screencap of Izzy’s last scene from our departure feature, she added:
“A little late reporting, but Koah played Baby Izzy on Home & Away in October 2022. The episode that saw Dean & Ziggy leaving Summer Bay aired last week. Look, he may not be nominated for an Oscar just yet, he might need a bit more than a 10 second leading role. Little champion slept through the scene in the pram and relaxed and giggled at the actors in the car seat for the farewell scene.
Children under the age of three are only permitted on set for a maximum of four hours per day, with babies up to six months old only permitted on set for a maximum of one day per week, due to the rigorous working guidelines established by the NSW government. As a result, Izzy has really been portrayed by 15 different infants since her on-screen birth five weeks ago.
Atticus Arias, Jett & Kade Berry, Joshua Melia, Gabriel Katsikas, Blake Wright, Aria Morasso, Thomas Hayllar, Edie Gardener, Lola Manny, Harry & Alfie Owen, and Presley Tizane Mohenoa were among the other stars who appeared in the birth scene. Charlie Randall, a four-week-old baby, played Izzy.