Coming up next week on Home and Away in the UK, Cash is in for a shock when Mackenzie agrees to let Lyrik play Salt, whilst Leah and Irene are forced to sack Chloe…
The fact that Felicity (Jacqui Purvis) must fight another struggle to get Mackenzie (Emily Weir) to host a music night at Salt does not impress Felicity.
Flick is eager to put all of her work into turning Salt’s fortunes around now that she is officially the new co-owner of Summer Bay’s swankiest restaurant, but Mac hasn’t been very open to her suggestions thus far.
The two have already argued over Flick’s proposal to alter the menu, with Flick insisting that a relaunch was the only viable option. Prior to Flick pointing out that it was obvious it hadn’t succeeded given the amount of debt Salt is in, Mac urged that they should stick to what they are confident is profitable.
Later, Dean (Patrick O’Connor) was the one to tell Mac that she had to change into the person she had pledged to be since Flick had saved her from herself and Mac was being a control freak. Mac apologised to Flick and reiterated their status as equal partners after realising he was mistaken.
The band Lyrik, which is made up of Flick’s former city friends Bob (Rob Mallett), Kirby (Angelina Thomson), Remi (Adam Rowland), and Eden (Stephanie Panozzo), very literally rocked up outside her home.
As they got a break from life on the road, Flick invited them to stay at the house to crash, but she quickly thought of the ideal solution: she could have them perform at Salt!
Mac has just met the band and is leaving the house as the action resumes the following week.
“I cannot believe that you thought a bunch of couch-surfing, beer-for-breakfast bogans would set the right tone for Salt” Mac scoffs, as Flick accuses her of being a hypocritical snob.
Mac finally gives in and says she can only do it for one night after Flick explains that the band will perform for free and that they can take advantage of the opportunity to include a food and drink special on the new menu.
But as soon as one barrier is removed, a new one appears. The band’s lead singer Bob begins to make his presence known in Summer Bay, but he is not interested in hearing Flick’s news until he has gotten his caffeine fix. He instantly turns his nose up at the diner because he figures he won’t get a “good” coffee.
As Maz lists the organic, fairtrade, and dairy-free options available, Marilyn (Emily Symons) and Roo (Georgie Parker) find Bob’s patronising attitude to be very funny. No exploitation here!
The decision is seemingly made for them when Bob enters again and says no to Flick’s offer of free food and drink in exchange for playing the performance, given that she is also housing them at her home. Bob believes that they have outgrown “backwater” communities like Summer Bay and that nobody of note in the area will be a fan of their music.
Unaware of the drama unfolding, Mac and Dean are already working to promote the band night. Dean is pleased with how his sister is embracing the idea, but Bob becomes upset when he sees posters being placed up around the surf club because he feels that they are being coerced into it.
The band members must ultimately decide, and Eden and Remi don’t have high hopes because Kirby always votes for boyfriend Bob. However, everyone is surprised when Kirby votes against Bob’s desire to accept the gig because she believes they owe Flick because she assisted them in getting to where they are now.
When the band finally arrives at Salt, Flick feels relieved but then panics again because she knows that if anything goes wrong, Mac won’t ever trust her again. She calls her brother Cash (Nicholas Cartwright) to make sure he will be there to provide support because she is afraid no one else will.
Flick’s worries are quickly put to rest when the venue fills up. In order to make sure Dean doesn’t let the team down, Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) brings Dean a change of clothes when Mac and Ziggy (also Sophie Dillman) arrive.
It’s the moment of truth as Lyrik begin the gig, which seems to go down very well with the punters.
Ziggy is hugely impressed by the band, and convinces Mac that, with Flick having everything in hand, she can afford a little time off for a dance.
Cash comes downstairs in the meantime and is shocked to find Lyrik’s name on the poster. Cash agrees to join Dean for a beer upstairs but claims there is a problem as Dean watches him react in surprise.
Remi has his eye on Ziggy as she dances the night away, and he briefly hops off the stage to join her with his guitar, as Dean keeps a keen eye on them.
“What is it with women and guitars?“, he sighs to Tane.
Cash however is feeling distinctly uncomfortable, as he points out to Flick that she didn’t let him know the band were Lyrik.
As Cash tries to make a hasty exit, he’s spotted by Eden, who promptly shouts his name, and hops off the stage into his arms…
“Hello, stranger, long time no see!” Eden says seductively.
Cash doesn’t know where to look, there’s clearly some history between him and his sister’s old friend….!
Meanwhile, Chloe (Sam Barrett) is continuing to burn the candles at both ends as she tries to hold down her two jobs.
Chloe’s boyfriend Theo (Matt Evans) has already dozed off on the couch when she arrives to spend the night after working a hard day at the gym and the diner’s coffee cart. Irene (Lynne McGranger) is trying to find Chloe, but she is so worn out that she sleeps through her alarm the following morning, prompting Marilyn to cover for her.
Later, a repentant Chloe appears, but when Irene advises her not to take on so many shifts, Chloe starts to lose it. Chloe declares her resignation as she hangs her apron back up on the hook.
Chloe is caught up by Marilyn and is already feeling bad about leaving. She acknowledges that she doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, especially Leah after everything she has just done for her. Chloe apologises and returns to the restaurant, but she struggles the rest of the day, especially after learning that she has botched up the payrolls at the gym.
Leah worries about Chloe and is dissatisfied with her for keeping her struggles a secret from her. When Leah joins the family, Justin (James Stewart) observes that Chloe must feel awkward about trying to put on a brave face for Leah.
Feeling there’s no other option, Irene and Leah sit down with Chloe and gently explain that they’re letting her go…. but how will Chloe react?
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