Tonight’s episode of Home and Away in Australia aired the outcome of Bree’s recent kidnap drama, with her abusive husband Jacob ending up dead.
The tale of Bree and Jacob has taken center stage during the past few months. They had been dating for years, but during the course of their relationship, Jacob had become more and more controlling and violent, frequently resorting to physical violence.
Bree soon made friends with Remi after relocating to Summer Bay, and it didn’t take her long to start experiencing affections for him.
When Jacob unexpectedly arrived in Summer Bay, he discovered the two sharing lunch at Salt. He sensed a spark between them and quickly developed paranoia that his wife was having an affair with the town’s charismatic muso. He vented his rage on Bree once more and left her to hide the facial injuries.
Bree eventually decided she would leave Jacob for Remi, and the two began an affair after Jacob returned to his job on the mines in Western Australia. The only issue was how to tell him that things were over.
Unfortunately, Jacob returned to Summer Bay early and spotted a moment between Remi and his wife as they enjoyed a date together.
He soon barged into Bree’s motel room and ordered her to pack so they could depart Summer Bay.
When Remi learned that Jacob was back, he hurried to the motel, but before Bree could stop him, Jacob pushed him to a chair and broke his guitar-playing hand.
Jacob had Bree hidden away when the new season began; the two were camping together with just a little fire for warmth. Bree played happy families with her violent husband and pretended she was thrilled to be there with him despite the fact that she was chilly and uncomfortable.
Remi in Summer Bay was growing increasingly impatient with the cops for failing to provide any updates. He ripped at the WA police, warning that Bree could not have much time left, while they could only advise him to be patient.
Kirby (Angelina Thomson) did her best to placate him, suggesting they go see Eden (Stephanie Panozzo) in hospital, but he refused, not wanting to focus on anything else.
When Kirby told him that losing his temper wasn’t helping find Bree, he agreed, telling her: “No, you’re right. We need to find someone who can.”
At the makeshift campsite, Bree was doing her best to appear happy, but was waiting on an opportunity to make a move. When Jacob headed out of their tent to make some toast, her expression told her true feelings as she put her hand to her chin with a pained look on her face.
She asked for Jacob’s plan, and was stunned to find it involved them creating new identities before starting a new secret life together.
“We’re gonna need new names if we’re gonna stay under the radar,” Jacob explained. “A guy I used to work with can sort us out, he can get us new IDs and everything. Then no-one will find us.”
Remi, meanwhile, hired a private investigator to track down Bree. Meeting them at Salt, he explained that Bree had been missing for three nights and that the police had been useless at tracking her down.
Remi was compelled to declare that he lacked any images when the PI inquired if he had any. Since they had been keeping their relationship a secret, neither of them had any pictures of the other on social media.
However, the PI soon got the wrong idea. “Which one of you was having the affair?” he asked, before accusing Remi of being the jealous ex-lover.
He also suggested to Remi that maybe Bree went with Jacob willingly, explaining that this often happened in affair cases, with the partner deciding to stay with their original partner when they realised that the grass isn’t greener after all.
The PI claimed that by pointing out that Bree might have left voluntarily, he was merely attempting to save Remi some money. Remi revealed to Kirby and Theo (Matt Evans) that it was possible that Bree had actually done that, and she agreed that at least that would mean she was safe.
Later, Bree had a little period of alone at the campsite, so she jumped inside Jacob’s car and started looking for the keys. She looked in the glove box and discovered a pen and paper, so she began writing a letter to Remi even though they weren’t there.
She hurriedly hid the letter when she saw Jacob coming back and continued sorting the laundry, but sadly, Jacob had already noticed what she was actually doing.
As he pulled her in close, he picked the letter from her pocket, and opened it to find it was a loving note to Remi, confessing that she did indeed love him.
His anger returning instantly, Jacob hit Bree across the head, knocking her out.
When Bree came to, she found Jacob meters away, digging a hole. It seemed he thought he’d killed her and was digging her grave.
When Jacob briefly dropped the spade, Bree took her chance. She snuck up behind him, picked up the spade, and whacked him over the head with it!
She grabbed the car keys from his pocket, ready to make her escape. However, she quickly realised that Jacob was more than just knocked out. Putting her cheek close to his chest, she realised he wasn’t breathing – she’d killed him!
Bree began to panic and dialed 911 before starting chest compressions.
She was still feverishly performing compressions when Rose (Kirsty Marillier) and Xander (Luke Van Os) – who else? – arrived shortly after. She yelled at Xander to intubate, but it was the paramedic’s responsibility to yank her aside and tell her that Jacob had passed away.
Seeing the blood on his ear, it was clear to them what had happened.
Back in Summer Bay, Remi was delighted to hear that Bree had been found. He rushed to Northern Districts hospital, where Bree was sat upright on the hospital bed, arms wrapped around her legs, with Xander by her side.
Bree resisted Remi’s attempts to touch her and urged him to stop.
Remi still appeared perplexed as to why the girl he had gone head over heals for now wanted nothing to do with him, despite Xander’s explanation that Bree was in shock.
With Jacob gone for good, what consequences will Bree face over the next few weeks, and will she be able to trust again?
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