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Home and Away spoilers: Amber Simmons' mum Francesca comes to visit!

Home and Away, Amber Simmons

Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned! Amber's mum Francesca gives Dean a piece of her mind when she visits the Bay on Home and Away!

The day of Jai Simmons' (played by River Jarvis) birthday party arrives on today's episode of Home and Away (1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings).

Dean Thompson (Patrick O'Connor) is still feeling annoyed that his ex, Amber Simmons (Madeleine Jevic) won't let him introduce their young son, Jai to his mum, Karen.

But Amber has too many bad memories of what emotionally troubled Karen was like when they were growing-up back in Mangrove River. She doesn't want Karen around Jai.

Speaking of mothers, Francesca Simmons arrives in the Bay to join the celebrations for her grandson, Jai.

But she's also there to give Dean an angry piece of her mind and makes it clear that if she had her way, Dean wouldn't have any part in Jai's life!

WHY has Francesca got a grudge against both Dean and his friend, Willow Harris (Sarah Roberts)?

Home and Away, Justin Morgan

Justin arranges a secret appointment with Christian on Home and Away

Meanwhile, Justin Morgan (James Stewart) wants to speak to neurosurgeon, Dr Christian Green (Ditch Davey) about his worrying symptoms.

However, Justin doesn't want to alarm his doctor sister, Tori (Penny McNamee) who works closely with Christian at the hospital.

While Justin's girlfriend, Leah Patterson (Ada Nicodemou) helps to distract Tori, Justin keeps his secret appointment with Christian.

But Justin is left reeling when Christian makes a SHOCK diagnosis...

Home and Away continues weekdays at 1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.