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Home and Away

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Zac reaches breaking point

Maddy is the victim of online abuse

Kat sticks by Dylan

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Monday 23rd May

After Kyle’s arrest, Kat tries to interview him informally, hoping it will steer him towards telling the truth. Kyle steadfastly refuses to dob in Isla. Kat arranges for Ricky to visit, counting upon her to make Kyle see sense. Ricky is dismayed their ‘family’ has fallen back into this kind of situation. She reminds Kyle of his promise to Brax - to look out for Casey and her.

Ricky confides her frustrations to Nate. She is sick of the ‘Braxton code’, angry at Kyle for taking the rap for someone else. Nate picks up on the ‘Brax’ subtext. Ricky reveals this has brought up thoughts of Brax as she’s noticed his influence on Kyle. But It’s just reminded her how truly grateful she is to have Nate in her life. She thinks they should bring the wedding forward – why wait? After working out how quickly they can realistically pull it off, Nate agrees.

After a run-in with Zac, Hunter experiences pain and discomfort in his chest but ignores it. He sweetly and rather awkwardly asks Olivia out for a mystery date. Hunter returns home and attempts to make things better with Zac but gets the cold shoulder. Later, as Hunter prepares baked goods for his date with Olivia, he doubles over in pain. Something is cleary wrong but he continues to push it aside.

Leah finds Nate and struggles to hide her concerns over Zac. Nate offers to visit him for beer and a man-chat. The boys’ discuss weddings, before Nate attempts to steer the conversation towards Zac’s issues since getting out of prison. Zac realises Leah must have put him up to it and grows irritable. He closes the topic down, forcing Nate to back off.

Zac finally prepares to tell Leah the truth about his time in prison. Leah is shocked but finally understands. She realises that’s why Zac wouldn’t let them visit him.

Post picnic, Hunter is doubled over and in serious pain. When he doesn’t answer her, Olivia sees something is wrong and races over as Hunter manages to tell her he can’t breath. Olivia immediately looks panicked... it dawns upon her they are isolated and she’s the only one who can save him.

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Tuesday 24th May

Leah thinks it’s onwards and upwards for her and Zac until he avoids further questions about the attack. She suggests they spend the day together for Zac to have time to relax, but he’s got a district school meeting to go to with Greg Snelgrove. As Zac heads out, keen to end the conversation, Leah is once again left with the worrying feeling that Zac is keeping something from her.

Olivia is in full panic mode as Hunter fights for breath. Miles from anywhere and with no phone reception Olivia sets off on a desperate race to find help.  She makes it to the road and flags down Zac and Greg. Zac demands Olivia take him to Hunter right away. When Zac gets there, Hunter’s condition is rapidly deteriorating. With now limited phone reception Zac calls Nate and over the phone, with Zac’s help, Nate diagnoses Hunter with a life-threatening problem – a tension pneumothorax.

VJ has one thing on his mind… Billie. He attempts to flirt with her whilst working at the surf club but Billie just laughs it off. Later as he finishes up his shift, VJ is nagged by Skye to teach her to surf – she wants to become like a local. VJ reluctantly agrees to give her surfing lessons. The only thing is, VJ doesn’t know the first thing about how to teach someone to surf.

Zac crosses with Greg after a workout. Greg immediately tell Zac that he just spoke with the prison – When was Zac going to tell Greg that he was in prison with his son, Wayne? Zac is instantly on edge, saying he barely saw Wayne (a.k.a. Tank) and he doesn’t want to talk about it – he wants to put the whole experience behind him. Greg thinks it’s more than strange he didn’t even mention it but Zac insists it’s none of Greg’s business. Zac strongly warns Greg to stay out of it, and that means not telling anyone, unlike earlier today when he ran to Leah. Greg is shocked by Zac’s aggressive attitude over the subject and is left wondering… why is Zac so desperate to keep the fact that he was in prison with Wayne a secret?

Wednesday 25th May

Zac won’t talk to Greg about Wayne (Tank) being in the same prison as him, which makes Greg worry his son’s in some kind of danger. Zac’s unstable behaviour causes Greg to suggest he take more time before returning to work but Zac refuses. He continues to avoid talking to Leah as well, much to her frustration.

Alf gets news that Don Fisher’s had a fall and prepares to visit him for a few weeks. Hunter is expected home tomorrow, much to everyone’s relief. Meanwhile at the surf club, Evelyn and Josh find VJ to be acting strangely, and by his super-obvious stares Evelyn soon realises it’s because he has a major crush on Billie. VJ’s trying to get her attention, but unfortunately for him, it’s not working so well – until VJ comes up with a crazy idea about how to land himself in her orbit…

Ash is still dealing with his break-up by sleeping with every pretty girl in sight – including some of the Garage’s customers. While Andy is begrudgingly impressed, he’s more concerned that they get Pheobe to sign the insurance claim papers.

Leah walks in on Zac having a nightmare about being beaten in prison. When she tries to wake him, he lashes out as if she were in his dream, putting his hands around her neck – accidentally hurting and scaring her.

After Ash turns up late to the garage after yet another overnight “date”, Andy warns hooking up with every girl in the bay may get back to Pheobe – then there’s no chance of them getting back together. Ash insists he doesn’t want to get back with Phoebe. Andy then suggests all these girls are just a cover for Ash to get over his ex, but Ash denies it.

Thursday 26th May

Dylan wastes no time telling Kat after being accused of trashing the garage by Ash. Kat is furious, heading straight to the garage to give Ash a serving. Since Ash can’t provide proof, Kat tells Ash to end his crusade against Dylan, ignoring Ash’s insinuation that Dylan hasn’t changed.

Since quitting his apprenticeship, Matt has ensconced himself on the couch, overwhelmed by the problems he’s facing – public taunting over the sex tape, an impending court date for his assault charge and being the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Concerned, Maddy asks Evelyn & Josh to talk Matt out of his funk when Oscar walks in on the conversation asking if they’ve seen the comments on Maddy’s Facecloud feed? Maddy explains she wrote a post defending Matt and telling the trolls to back off, but Oscar says it seems some of the backlash comments are quite full on.

Ash reveals his theory that Dylan trashed the garage to Andy. He believes it but thinks they’ll never find proof against a detective that other cops will believe. Ash laments the more pressing worry is Kat’s safety, sharing with Andy that she’s involved with Dylan again.

Oscar explains the FaceCloud situation to Roo who is shocked after reading some of the nasty online comments. Maddy plays it down but reveals she’s also getting private messages from guys asking for nude pics. Roo wants to contact the authorities but Maddy asks to hold off; she’s concerned about what will happen if Matt finds out, not wanting him to sink deeper into his depression.

Maddy, Josh and Evelyn are all surprised when Matt makes a surprise appearance at Summer Bay house to say goodbye to Alf.

Hannah and Phoebe discuss how best to raise the subject of Dylan with Kat. Phoebe wants to go in hard but Hannah advises a softly softly approach may be better to avoid Kat getting defensive.

Phoebe is confronted by the sight of Ash kissing another girl. Despite her hurt, Phoebe makes the approach to update Ash on the fail that was dinner with Kat the night before.

Friday 27th August

After Kat gets rid of Ash from the Police Station, she is taken to task by Emerson for not being honest about her liaison with Dylan - he has no choice but to take this to Superintendant Joyce. He knows she hasn’t technically broken any rules but it’s about perception, and her ability to be objective will be questioned. She may be taken off the murder investigation due to their affair compromising the case in the community. An anxious Kat tells Dylan how much the case means to her career and, though Dylan offers her a chance to back out of their relationship, she refuses.

Maddy is still feeling anxious about the previous night, and reveals to Roo that she felt like someone was following her. Roo wants to contact the police but Maddy thinks it’s nothing more than all this social media stuff getting to her. Roo goes ahead anyway and makes the call, saying the point is Maddy doesn’t feel safe. Matt comes in, having heard the last bit of the conversation, and Maddy is forced to reveal the online abuse to Matt.

A flirty young woman comes to pick up her car from Ash and, picking up from where they left off when she dropped the car in, she tries to encourage Ash to meet up later. Awkward in front of Phoebe, he gives the girl a polite send-off...but Phoebe has already noticed the nature of the encounter and asks him why he didn't hook up with her. Ash admits he wouldn’t do that in front of her - but Phoebe points out she knows he's already seeing other girls. Ash explains: "Yeah, well, that’s just my way of getting over you." Back in the Diner, after Phoebe walks in on some cute PDA between Hannah and Chris, she admits to Hannah that maybe it is time for her to move on, like Ash is. She’s going to go have some fun….

Ricky is surprised when Kyle shows up at Angelo's and tells her he made bail. He was worried she was still angry with him, so didn't tell her about his hearing. Ricky isn't angry but frustrated – she tries to point out that Isla isn't worth what he's doing except Kyle doesn't want to hear it. Ricky asks him to at least tell her what's going on with his case and he fills her in: his lawyer thinks he'll probably get around five years. Ricky freaks: five years!

When Emerson reports back that Kat is being taken off the Charlotte King murder investigation, Dylan protests to no avail... and his frustration begins to build. Just as Kat is telling Ash she believes people can change, at the Police Station Dylan's rage begins to express itself in a violent outburst alone in the locker room. It seems pretty clear that Kat is wrong about him having changed after all.

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