Home and Away's Ryder Jackson haunted by THIS unwelcome visitor today

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Ryder Jackson finds his past catching up with him in today's Home and Away...

There is shock in Home and Away today when Ryder Jackson gets an unwelcome visit from his dad, Evan Slater, who he hasn't seen since he was a baby.

After a lifetime of living without knowing who is dad is, Evan's arrival leaves Ryder fuming... and at first he doesn't even believe that this man is who he claims to be.

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Ryder is speechless to come face-to-face with his dad for the first time (Picture: Channel 5)

But when Evan maintains that he is his father, Ryder is forced to call his mum, Quinn Jackson, to find out more.

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Ryder is speechless when his mum confirms Evan is his father... but that doesn't mean the teenager wants to get to know this man who has suddenly reappeared in his life.

Despite Evan's attempts to connect with his son in today's Home and Away, Ryder holds his dad at arm's length, now wanting to know anything about him.

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Ryder doesn't want anything to do with Evan in today's Home and Away (Picture: Channel 5)

Even Evan's attempts to talk to Roo are fruitless, leaving him facing the fact he might have to leave Summer Bay without even having the chance to explain to Ryder why he left all those years ago.

A blast from the past for Ryder

Eventually Evan finds his way into the house to speak to Ryder and explains that he tried to find Ryder when he would have been about two years old.

But it is too little too late for Ryder and he throws his dad out again.

Realising that he is wasting his time, Evan makes the decision to leave Summer Bay.

But before he goes, Ryder's dad gives his business card to Roo in the vain hope that his son might one day ask for it.

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Evan tries to get Roo to understand why he abandoned Ryder as a baby (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: Channel 5)

But is this really the last we will see of Evan?

And what made him come back?

Did he really just return to make amends with Ryder after all this time?

Or is there more to his mysterious arrival than he is letting on?

Watch Home and Away every weekday at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.