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Home and Away spoilers: Are Ben Astoni and Gemma Parata a couple?

Home and Away, Ben Astoni, Gemma Parata

What's the deal with Ben Astoni and Gemma after spending the night together at his motel room on Home and Away? Gemma's son Nikau is NOT happy!

It's the morning after the night before for Ben Astoni (played by Rohan Nichol) and Gemma Parata (Bree Peters) on Home and Away (1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings).

But the question is, what really happened between the pair in newly-single Ben's motel room?

Did they take their flirty friendship to the next level. Or just innocently fall asleep in each other's arms?

Home and Away, Nikau Parata

Nikau is angry when he realises his mum Gemma spent the night with Ben at his motel on Home and Away!

Unfortunately, Gemma's teenage son, Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) jumps to his own conclusion and is furious that his mum stayed out overnight.

Gemma, Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) and Tane (Ethan Browne) are all alarmed when Nikau SNAPS and angrily accuses Gemma of disrespecting the memory of his late dad, Mikaere!

Will Nikau's angry reaction to the situation mean trouble for Gemma and Ben's blossoming romance?

Will their relationship be history before it has even begun?

Home and Away, Roo Stewart, Evan Slater

Is Evan too ill to perform at the gig on Home and Away?

Elsewhere in Summer Bay, Evan Slater (Cameron Daddo) remains unaware that his teenage son, Ryder Jackson (Lukas Radovich) has discovered he is dying.

Wanting to have some happy memories of his long-lost dad, who he only recently met, Ryder wants travelling musician, Evan to put on a LIVE gig at Salt.

After Ryder's aunt, Roo Stewart (Georgie Parker) catches Evan having a coughing fit, he reluctantly reveals his lungs are too damaged to sing at the gig.

Is Ryder in for a crushing disappointment. Or will Evan find a way to make sure the show goes on?

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

Simon Timblick
Simon Timblick

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.