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Home and Away spoilers: Dean Thompson and Ziggy Astoni BUST-UP!

Home and Away, Dean Thompson, Ziggy Astoni

Dean Thompson and his girlfriend Ziggy Astoni have an almighty bust-up on the beach after she interferes with his surf lesson business on Home and Away!

Dean Thompson (played by Patrick O'Connor) is a man under pressure on Home and Away (1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings).

The surfer dude is working night shifts at restaurant Salt and now his surf lesson business is taking off, thanks to is well-meaning girlfriend Ziggy Astoni (Sophie Dillman) handing out flyers advertising free trial lessons with Dean.

But it's all getting a bit too much for Dean. And Ziggy soon discovers she has overstepped the mark when Dean snaps and warns her to butt out of his business!

Home and Away, Dean Thompson, Ziggy Astoni

Dean and girlfriend Ziggy clash when she tries to help him out with his surf lesson business on Home and Away

Whoops, so much for trying to help!

Luckily, somebody who does need Ziggy's help is her mum Maggie (Kestie Morassi).

Maggie is struggling after a bust-up with her husband Ben (Rohan Nichol) who is refusing to take his anti-depressants after suffering side effects from the medication.

After everything she went through with her cancer and chemotherapy side effects, Maggie is furious that Ben is ready to quit the meds so soon.

With stubborn Ben also rejecting his next appointment with the psychologist, Maggie fears they are back to square one dealing with his mental health.

Home and Away, Maggie Astoni

Maggie is worried about hubby Ben on Home and Away

Elsewhere in the Bay, Mason Morgan (Orpheus Pledger) is left in charge of his niece Ava Gilbert (Alice Roberts) while her dad Justin (James Stewart) and his girlfriend Leah Patterson (Ada Nicodemou) are in the city keeping a vigil beside sister Tori's (Penny McNamee) hospital bed while she remains in a coma.

As Ava continues to ask difficult questions about Tori's condition, what will doctor Mason tell Ava about Tori's possible fate?

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?!


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.