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Home and Away spoilers: WHO'S that girl with Dean Thompson?

Home and Away, Dean Thompson, Amber Simmons
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It's definitely NOT Dean's girlfriend, Ziggy! There's a new gal in town on Home and Away. But what's her connection to Dean?

There's a new arrival in Summer Bay on today's episode of Home and Away (1:15pm/6:00pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide for full listings).

But it looks like Amber Simmons (Madeleine Jevic, who previously played the role of Nurse Lee Radcliffe on Aussie prison drama, Wentworth) already has a connection to one of the locals!

Amber arrives to interview for the job as John Palmer's (Shane Withington) homecare nurse, as he recovers from his recent stroke.

However, Amber's no-nonsense attitude soon rubs John up the wrong way and he quickly sacks her after less than a day on the job!

John's wife, Marilyn Chambers (Emily Symons) is left feeling annoyed and frustrated.

She wonders if ANYONE will be good enough for the job because of fussy John's high-standards.

Home and Away, John Palmer

John sacks Amber from the job on Home and Away. But Summer Bay ain't seen the last of her yet!

Meanwhile, Amber heads to Salt to drown her sorrows.

But she can't believe her eyes when in walks Dean Thompson (Patrick O'Connor).

WHAT is the connection between the pair? Does Dean's girlfriend, Ziggy Astoni (Sophie Dillman) have anything to worry about?

Home and Away, Mackenzie Booth, Tane Parata

Does Mackenzie have SECRET feelings for Tane, the younger brother of her lover Ari on Home and Away?

Elsewhere, Mackenzie Booth (Emily Weir) is forced to question her feelings for Tane Parata (Ethan Browne) after she offers the dodgy dealer a job at Salt.

Trouble is, Tane has little experience in the hospitality business.

Is Mackenzie making a BIG mistake getting Tane on board?

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)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.