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Home and Away spoilers: Dean and Mackenzie's dad Rick visits the Bay

Home and Away, Rick Booth

As Mackenzie continues to blackmail her hated politician dad Rick, she and brother Dean are in for a surprise when Rick arrives to confront them...

Dean Thompson (played by Patrick O'Connor) and his long-lost half-sister Mackenzie Booth (Emily Weir) are still getting to know each other on Home and Away (opens in new tab).

But one thing the siblings do have in common is their dislike of their former footballer turned politician dad, Rick Booth (Mark Lee).

Dean has already made it clear he wants no part of Mackenzie's plan to get revenge on Rick. But when she reads another news story about Rick's "family values", she's furious because of the way he has treated both her and Dean and their respective mums.

So Mackenzie leaves a voicemessage on Rick's phone demanding $100,000 or she'll reveal some of his dirty secrets which could sabotage his political campaign!

However, it's not long before Dean and Mackenzie receive an unwelcome visitor in the shape of their angry dad, Rick! But will he give in to the blackmail demands?

Home and Away, Colby Thorne

Will there be romance for Colby and Mackenzie on Home and Away? (Picture: Channel 5)

Home and Away, Mackenzie Booth, Colby Thorne

Or should Colby and Mackenzie remain just good friends on Home and Away? (Picture: Channel 5)

Meanwhile, things are still a muddle between policeman Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) and Mackenzie after their kiss.

Colby's still unsure if he's ready to move onto a new relationship after his failed marriage to policewoman Chelsea Campbell. And Colby's friend Willow Harris (Sarah Roberts) thinks he's playing with fire by getting involved with his best buddy Dean's sister.

Arranging a date at the Surf Club, will Colby follow his heart or his head?

Home and Away, Roo Stewart, Ryder Jackson

Roo is annoyed Ryder has been neglecting his schoolwork on Home and Away. (Picture: Channel 5)

Elsewhere in the Bay, Roo Stewart (Georgie Parker) is pleased her naughty nephew Ryder Jackson (Lukas Radovich) appears to be finally hitting the books and catching-up on his schoolwork.

But little does school teacher Roo know but Ryder is secretly studying for a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate, which he will need when he starts his new job at restaurant Salt.

How will Roo react when she discovers what the sneaky lad is up to?

Home and Away continues weekdays at 1:15pm and 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?!

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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.