After being rejected by his ex-girlfriend, Ziggy, a drunk Dean Thompson does a runner and disappears on Home and Away! Will he be OK?
Dean Thompson (played by Patrick O'Connor) is totally down-in-the-dumps at the moment on Home and Away (1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide for full listings).
And who can blame him?
His best buddy, Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) has just been sent to prison for murder.
Meanwhile, Dean's young son, Jai, has been taken away from him again by his one-time lover, Amber Simmons.
But after hitting the bottle to drown his sorrows, a drunk Dean manages to make things even worse by making a play for his ex-girlfriend, Ziggy Astoni (Sophie Dillman)!
Ziggy is NOT impressed and a humiliated Dean runs off and does a disappearing act...
Ziggy is frantic over Dean drink-driving and getting himself into more trouble. So she teams-up with work mate, Tane Parata (Ethan Browne) and sets off in search of Dean.
But things are not looking good when Dean's car is spotted on the side of the road with Dean slumped at the wheel...
Meanwhile, Martha Stewart (Belinda Giblin) is in a spin after receiving a mystery message from someone called Kieran.
Both Martha's husband, Alf (Ray Meagher) and her daughter, Roo (Georgie Parker) are puzzled by her strange behaviour.
But when Martha later breaks down in the Diner, it is Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) who discovers what Martha is hiding from her family.
Martha has a SECRET son called Kieran!
Home and Away continues weekdays at 1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5
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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)