Cash Newman (played by Nicholas Cartwright) and his Police partner, Rose Delaney (Kirsty Marillier) begin to suspect that Heather Fraser (Sofia Nolan) may be dangerous on Home and Away (1:45pm - see our TV Guide for listings)...
As the Aussie soap returns after a six-week break for Christmas, Justin Morgan (James Stewart) becomes worried on the whereabouts of his girlfriend, Leah Patterson (Ada Nicodemou), and family friends.
Justin is afraid that unhinged Heather may somehow be involved and takes his suspicions to Cash and Rose at the Police Station.
After doing some detective work, Cash and Rose make a SHOCK discovery that leads them to believe Heather may be capable of MURDER...
Meanwhile, Heather is still holding her long-lost mum, Marilyn Chambers (Emily Symons), Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger), Roo Stewart (Georgie Parker) and her dad, Alf (Ray Meagher) and Leah Patterson hostage out at a countryside manor.
Heather is determined to punish Marilyn for abandoning her all those years ago.
But things aren't looking good for Alf, who struggles to breathe after having his drink spiked...
However, it sounds like help is on the way as Police sirens are heard!
But as Cash and Rose arrive on the scene and discover the SHOCK hostage situation, Heather drags a terrified Marilyn up onto the roof of the house.
As Cash gives chase, there's a desperate stand-off on the rooftop.
Suddenly, SOMEONE slips and falls off the ledge...
Back in Summer Bay, Ziggy Astoni (Sophie Dillman) and her boyfriend, Dean Thompson (Patrick O'Connor), are giddy over the news that they are expecting a baby.
But after a phone call to his mum, Karen, both Dean and Ziggy realise just how unprepared they are to become parents.
Home and Away continues weekdays at 1:45pm on Channel 5
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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)