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Home and Away spoilers: Will Dean accept a SURPRISE offer from Rick?

Home and Away, Rick Booth, Dean Thompson

Dean's in for a surprise when his hated dad Rick attempts to make amends and offers to help him and his mum Karen out. But can Rick be trusted?

Dean Thompson (played by Patrick O'Connor) vowed he wanted nothing to do with his long-lost dad Rick Booth (Mark Lee) on Home and Away (opens in new tab), after he first went in search of him last year and Rick offered him money to stay away.

However, Rick has unexpectedly reappeared in Dean's life in Summer Bay, because of his half-sister Mackenzie Booth's (Emily Weir) attempts to blackmail politician Rick for a cool $100,000.

Home and Away, Rick Booth, Mackenzie Booth

Rick confronts daughter Mackenzie over her blackmail demands on Home and Away. (Picture: Channel 5)

The blackmail demand has caused tension between Dean and Mackenzie. So, secretly looking to take advantage of their fallout, Rick approaches Dean and attempts to make amends for abandoning both Dean and his mum Karen all those years ago.

But what will Dean do when Rick claims he wants to give their relationship another go and offers to help set Karen up financially when she gets out of the hospital where she is being treated for mental health issues.

Is Rick to be trusted?

Meanwhile, Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) has to play peacekeeper between his daughter Roo (Georgie Parker) and his grandson Ryder Jackson (Lukas Radovich) following their BIG row in the Diner.

Schoolteacher Roo wants Ryder to focus on his school studies so he'll do well in his HSC exams and can go to university. But instead Ryder is planning to take a job at local restaurant Salt before he's even finished school.

However, will Roo, who was a right teenage tearaway at his age, eventually come around to seeing things from Ryder's point of view and agree to support his decision to work at Salt?

Home and Away, Bella Nixon

Watch out Bella! Her creepy online "friend" Tommy starts spying on her on Home and Away... (Picture: Channel 5)

And things continue to get creepier between teenager Bella Nixon (Courtney Miller) and her mystery online "friend" Tommy.

Bella can't believe her luck when Tommy sends her a present - a brand new digital camera for her school photography assignment. But she's unaware Tommy is now spying on her through the webcam on her computer...

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.