Ryder Jackson is in a panic when he discovers Evan's caravan is empty and his terminally-ill dad has pulled a disappearing act on Home and Away!
Ryder Jackson (played by Lukas Radovich) wants to make the most of the remaining time he has with his long-lost dad, Evan Slater (Cameron Daddo), who is terminally-ill on Home and Away (1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings).
But Ryder is in for a SHOCK when he discovers Evan has packed his bags, appearing to have left Summer Bay and not wanting to put Ryder through any more heartbreak!
While Ryder and his aunt, Roo Stewart (Georgie Parker) are out searching for Evan, Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) accidentally bumps into Evan at the hospital and makes a terrible discovery.
Evan's condition is getting worse and he now only has months left to live...
Meanwhile, things get heated at the Parata house as Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) suspects his younger brother, Tane (Ethan Browne) or their teenage nephew, Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) may have had something to do with the break-in at the Diner!
But later that day, the family is in for a BIG surprise when policeman, Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) comes calling at the Parata house and asks Gemma (Bree Peters) for voluntary finger-printing.
Is Gemma, who works part-time at the Diner, now a suspect in the crime?
Home and Away continues weekdays at 1:15pm/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)
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