Things kick off with Ari and Makenzie who are very happy in their love bubble. But I expect it will be short-lived because she’ll find out about the armed robbery sooner or later.
They bump into Bella who fills them in about Colby’s alive state which is actually bad news because he’ll be sent back to prison where “Dean said it wouldn’t be long until they finish him off”.
Dean really has a way with words.
Although he is acting like Colby is already dead and I like it.
Bella on the other hand constantly has this pained expression on her face because she actually likes her brother.
It then swaps to Dean and he’s already on the beers. Ari and he have recently become ‘brothers’ because they’ve both done time behind bars, but Ari is a little distracted because he gets a text.
“24 hours, be ready.”
Must be those two thugs that have blackmailed Tane and Ari with incriminating photos into robbing a Leagues club.
Apparently, it’s an easy bet with lots of cash but if a leagues club – which I think is a rugby league club (someone please tell me if it’s not) – is anything about the ones I’ve heard about, surely it wouldn’t have that much money from the weekend piss up after the game because the beers are so cheap.
Dean cracks open his next beer while they discuss how to keep Colby safe when he’s back in jail.
“You know as well as I do that the only way to deal with this is to deal with them,” Dean says.
Like how many jail contacts do these guys have?
Then an update from Jasmine, and Colby’s condition is improving.
And there’s more good news. He’s allowed visitors hospital which briefly alleviates Bella’s strained facial expression.
Back to the “job”.
Ari has literally drawn out a plan and what neat handwriting he has.
There’s a knock at the door and Ari and Tane freak out. But it’s just Dean, their new mate and Ari’s fellow jail buddy.
He’s “returning the favour” and willingly puts up his hand for an armed robbery. He must be really bored because keep in mind that Dean’s ex, Ziggy has recently hooked up with Tane so the tension between the boys would be extreme.
Although Dean is a bit suss and about the “job” and says the River Boys – the local gang from neighbouring town Reefton Lakes aren’t going to be happy about another gang – the new thugs “on their turf”.
Dean makes some calls but “the boys don’t know anything”.
They all agree Mac can’t find out about it.
Anyway, as per usual, the front door is open while Dean and Ari are talking about it again and Bella is within earshot just as Dean says “armed robbery”.
It’s a classic Home and Away move.
Bella tells Mac immediately about the “job” and they sneak away to the cool room in Salt where a lot of secrets have been revealed.
Meanwhile Alf informs Martha that he’s come to an “arrangement” with Kieran.
As far as I can tell it’s the same arrangement they’ve had place since the very first day he rocked up. We get it, Kieran is staying.
So with that settled again, Martha puts in a good work for her son at the gym.
“If you do give Kieran a go, I know he won’t let you down,” Martha says to Jasmine.
Martha’s speech about second chances – even though Jas has had about 100 – doesn’t seem to sway Jas.
Back at the Stewart home and Marilyn and Roo and waxing lyrical about all the “strays” the Stewart’s have taken in which is just a lovely nod to the show’s history of fostering kids.
But the talk of happy families is too much for Kieran and he quickly excuses himself after dinner.
Ooh the ominous music, he starts rifling around his backpack and immediately takes out a flask.
He takes a swig.
Finally Kieran shows his true colours. For anyone who doesn’t know, he confided in Roo last year and told her he’s a recovering alcoholic so this is big.
It’s the next morning now and Jas calls him and he actually thinks he’s going to get the job at the gym.
Ok I’ll have to swallow my words because Jas hires him.
Although she does say that she would “prefer someone with more fitness experience”.
Jasmine mentions that Martha came by and “filled in the gaps” but Kieran denies knowing anything about it.
He takes another swig from his flask.
Buckle up kids, it’s about to get real interesting.