The mystery connection between Home and Away’s Marilyn Chambers and newcomer Heather has been uncovered, with the revelation that Marilyn gave birth to a secret child back in 1995.
Rising conflict has been observed in recent episodes between Heather, a new character, and Marilyn, one of Home and Away’s longest-running characters (Emily Symons) (Sofia Nolan).
Last month, Heather came to Summer Bay to study under Roo (Georgie Parker), but it soon became evident that she was really there for Marilyn.
As soon as Heather established herself, she moved into the RV park, started dating Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo), and began her best to harass Marilyn.
It started with awkward looks and understated remarks and ended with Heather leaving Marilyn’s name on an envelope outside Summer Bay House that contained a baby photo and the words “Guess who?” scrawled on the back.
Heather also admitted to Roo that she had had an affair with her boss and had to give up the child as a result. It was obvious from Marilyn’s look to the audience that Heather’s story was actually Marilyn’s when she learned of Heather’s purported backstory.
This week’s earlier episode clarified that Heather was in fact Marilyn’s child. Heather pulled out a birth certificate, which showed that she was born in April 1995 to Timothy Frazer, a grazier, and Marilyn Chambers, a housekeeper.
In the Australian episode that aired tonight, Leah (Ada Nicodemou) and Roo, who had mounted an intervention following a string of tense exchanges between Marilyn, Heather, and Nikau, nearly persuaded Marilyn that her concerns were all in her head.
Maz assured Leah that she continued to take her medication, but when Leah questioned whether it would need to be reviewed, Marilyn said it might be worth a shot. She even consented to apologise to Heather because she was now sure that she might have been at fault.
Marilyn, however, was persuaded by Heather’s subsequent action that Heather was actually targeting her and that there was nothing erroneous with her mental condition.
In the night, Heather broke into Summer Bay House, where Marilyn was asleep on the sofa.
She entered the kitchen covertly, opened a bottle of wine, poured the contents into a glass, and set it on the coffee table in front of Maz. Marilyn received the baby picture in her arms as well.
Marilyn was discovered in this manner by Roo the following morning, exactly as Heather had intended. As a result, her closest friend now believed that Marilyn had turned to alcohol to help her with her problems.
In the diner later on, Heather asked Marilyn, “how are you feeling this morning? You have a nice sleep?” making it abundantly clear to Maz that it was she who had set up the incriminating scenario.
Knowing she couldn’t hide the secret anymore, Marilyn finally opened up to Leah (Ada Nicodemou).
She admitted to keeping a long-kept secret for the past 27 years: that when she was younger, she had an affair with Tim, her boss, which resulted in a child.
“A long time ago, when I was very young, I went on a trip around the country with my boyfriend, and it didn’t work out, and we broke up.
“I got a job as a housekeeper on a cattle station in the middle of nowhere, and it wasn’t very easy for me at the time, and I was very isolated. But my boss was very, very kind to me and I leant on him. And I was young and stupid.
“I got pregnant. And I had a baby girl. And I think that Heather is my daughter.”
She confessed that she’d never said it out loud before, “not to John, not to anyone.”
Now, 27 years later, her daughter has grown up and has come looking for her.
Maz was concerned about what Alf and Roo, her two oldest friends, would say when Leah tried to persuade Marilyn to open up to them.
“I’ve known them for most of my adult life and I’ve never said a word. I don’t think they’d be able to look me in the eye if I told them.”
Marilyn Chambers made her Summer Bay debut as Lance Smart’s girlfriend in 1989. (Peter Vroom). She took a three-month hiatus from the bay in 1989 after declining Lance’s marriage proposal, but she soon returned and finally started dating Phil Briant (Vince Martin).
She and Phil got engaged in 1992, and they also took Toni, Phil’s daughter, out of Summer Bay that year (Kathryn Dufty).
When Maz returned in 1995, we were told that she had left Summer Bay as soon as she learned Phil had been cheating on her and would soon be back. Upon her return, she sobbed as she revealed that Phil was in love with someone else in Alf’s storage area.
Now, this most recent information shows that she left Summer Bay for a while after learning about Phil’s romance.
Instead, she started working at a cattle station where she got to know her boss well and eventually had an affair with him that gave birth to a child. After the baby was born, Marilyn finally made her way back to Summer Bay.
Also in the same episode, Heather also found that Marilyn has an adoptive son, Jett (Will McDonald), a truth which seemed to devastate her. How will Heather respond when they eventually talk about her mother, whom she believes abandoned her, having a kid of her own?
The episodes that will air the following week give the impression that the drama is far from over and that Marilyn and Heather still have a ways to go before they can start dating. Marilyn will be falsely accused of abuse on Tuesday’s programme, and Roo will accuse Marilyn of cyberbullying on Wednesday.
Thankfully, the mother and daughter will start trying to build a relationship by the end of the next week. Marilyn and Heather “stop faking” in the first instalment of the triple feature on next Thursday, while spoilers for the second episode pose the question, “Will Heather give Marilyn a second chance? ”
Will the pair finally get the chance to form a mother-daughter bond after 27 years apart?
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