This week on Home and Away in Australia, in a surprise turn of events, Felicity tells Tane she’s ready to start a family. Elsewhere, Rose deals with the arrival of Mali’s ex.
Felicity (Jacqui Purvis) looks set to make a massive u-turn following recent issues in her marriage to Tane (Ethan Browne), but is she doing it for the right reasons?
Tane had promised to respect Flick’s refusal to have children after it threatened to cause a rupture in their relationship. Flick has always been emphatic about this.
However, Tane was hoping that Flick’s attitude toward marriage had changed over the past year because a trip to New Zealand to visit his extended family had made him realize how much he wanted children.
Flick once again firmly declined the offer as she reminded him of their pre-marriage agreement, but she could see that Tane was upset in her choice. Later, she softened her tone a little and replied, “For now,” after acknowledging that he had a valid cause for asking the issue again.
However, Flick made clear that she couldn’t make any guarantees and couldn’t envisage a scenario in which she would change her mind.
At least until this week’s episodes!
According to TV Week, when Flick goes out with Tane, Cash (Nicholas Cartwright), and Harper (Jessica Redmayne), it is obvious how much Tane is suffering as a result of her choice.
When Cash visits his brother-in-law, he learns that he has a strong desire to have children and worries if life will be complete without kids.
The following morning, Tane is in worse shape, and in an effort to end Tane’s unhappiness and salvage their marriage, Flick drops a bombshell.
“I know how much you want to be a dad,” she tells a stunned Tane. “So let’s have a family.”
“Felicity giving [Tane] the green light to start a family is everything he could have asked for,” Ethan told TV Week. “He’s just over the moon.”
But it’s all too clear to the viewers that Flick remains hesitant. Will she be able to see her declaration through, or is a later admission of her true feelings going to cause further issues in their marriage?
Elsewhere in Summer Bay, we head into the next potential obstacle for Rose (Kirsty Marillier) and Mali’s (Kyle Shilling) relationship.
After a video of Mali’s dancing for a gaggle of women attending a hen party at Salt went viral, he was thankfully able to avoid too much jealousy from Rose who could see the funny side.
However, later in the same episode, a curveball was thrown with the old reliable “ex that’s never been mentioned” turning up in Summer Bay, ready to cause her own drama.
When Zara Campbell (Matilda Brown), who he had grown up with at Mantaray Point, introduced herself to Xander (Luke Van Os) as “Mali’s promised wife,” Mali was astounded to see her and was as blinded as a rabbit in headlights.
Although Mali admitted to Xander that there could be some people back home who wished it would happen, the truth wasn’t quite so cut and dry. Mali and Zara had been childhood friends, and their moms had often joked that they were meant for each other merely torment them.
Zara continues to reside in Mantaray Point, chats frequently with Mali’s mother and sisters, and occasionally even looks after Elandra’s (Rarriwuy Hick) kids.
Reminding Mali that he would have to explain everything to Rose, Xander continued to be a little skeptical about Zara’s motivations for coming to the bay.
Later, it was revealed that Zara and Mali had actually dated for a while, with Zara ending things. When it was out that Zara was planning to stay at Mali’s house while she was in town, Mali was thrown.
This week, as the promo for tonight’s episode shows, Zara is a hot topic of conversation between Rose and Xander. As he explains about Zara being the “promised wife”, needless to say it comes as a bit of a surprise for Rose.
Things aren’t helped when Rose heads over to the farmhouse to find Zara making herself at home in the kitchen. With Mackenzie (Emily Weir) currently away visiting Dean, Ziggy and Izzy in Queensland, Mali and Zara have the remote property all to themselves, something which will no doubt be rather unsettling for Rose.
“Hi, you must be Zara,” Rose says as Mali stands sheepishly behind her in silence. “I’m Rose… Mali’s girlfriend.”
“Yeah, I know,” Zara responds with a smile.
Rose glances back at Mali, who is still standing there silently.
Zara had stated that all she wanted to do was visit Mali’s new board shop and meet up with him, but it soon becomes apparent what her true motivations were. During their conversation one evening, Zara reminds Mali that he had promised to wait for her and that she may return to him whenever she was ready when she left to attend university.
Zara seems to be making good on her promise at this point.
“Alright,” she says to Mali. “Now I’m ready.”
How far will Zara go to win Mali back, and will he be lured by his former flame?
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