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Home and Away spoilers: Dean Thompson surprises Ziggy Astoni

Home and Away, Dean Thompson, Ziggy Astoni

Dean decides to surprise girlfriend Ziggy when he unexpectedly visits her at the racetrack on Home and Away. But he doesn't get a warm welcome...

Dean Thompson (played by Patrick O'Connor) is already missing girlfriend Ziggy Astoni (Sophie Dillman), who is taking time out from Summer Bay for a job trial with a raceteam on Home and Away (1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings).

There's a part of Dean that worries Ziggy is going to meet someone that's better suited than him while she's away. And if she lands the job after the trial, it means she will leave the Bay... and him.

Meanwhile, out on the racetrack, Ziggy is doing her best to impress her supervisor, Kurt (Dylan Hare) and racecar driver, Alana (Erin Clare).

Home and Away, Ziggy Astoni, Alana

Ziggy meets racecar driver Alana on Home and Away

With Kurt piling on the pressure for mechanic Ziggy to get things right, she is feeling super-stressed out and worried she is going to mess-up her trial.

So in a case of terrible timing, Ziggy is not exactly happen when Dean shows up at the racetrack, since she has been missing his calls while she's been working.

Instead of a romantic reunion, Dean is in for a rude awakening when Ziggy makes it clear he should NOT have come!

Elsewhere in the Bay, Willow Harris (Sarah Roberts) is still trying to find the right time to tell her friends and family about her blossoming romance with Alex Neilson (Zoe Ventoura).

However, friends are one thing. But telling her family is a whole other thing. Can Alex offer Willow some advice on "coming out"?

Home and Away, Willow Harris, Alex Neilson

Willow seeks advice from new girlfriend Alex on Home and Away

Meanwhile, Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) is still trying to make things right with girlfriend Mackenzie Booth (Emily Weir), realising he hasn't treated her very well of late.

Colby knows he's been a bad boyfriend and can't keep messing Mackenzie around because of any drama involving his teenage sister, Bella Nixon (Courtney Miller).

Home and Away, Colby Thorne

Colby reaches a decison about his relationship with girlfriend Mackenzie on Home and Away...

So the policeman reaches the painful decision to officially end things with Mackenzie...

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.