The one thing that never fails to surprise me on this show is just low the producer will stoop.
But in a twist we all saw coming, Ryder blames Mac for causing the explosion.
But I’ll get to that that later because I’m far more concerned with how Jasmine (my favourite) is doing, and critiquing the explosion.
This is my first Home and Away disaster of this scale and on the whole I’m thoroughly impressed.
Admittedly I’d seen some BTS footage and assumed that the extent of the special effects was some people throwing bits of paper in the air and I didn’t exactly have the highest expectations. But they pulled it off.
If you missed last night it’s ok because in typical Home and Away fashion the explosion was in the closing seconds.
There’s carnage and bodies strewn everywhere when old mate Dean comes to the rescue with his hero complex and a fire extinguisher.
I’ve said many times before that Dean doesn’t really have a purpose in the show since his best mate and murdering buddy Colby was locked up, Ziggy broke up with him and his son isn’t a part of his life anymore, so Dean’s ego will be loving this.
I know I just said I was impressed but I’m going to be realll picky and say that the continuity person has perplexed me because Dean’s using a black extinguisher – for putting out electrical fires.
A food truck explosion doesn’t seem electrical…?
Anyway back to the carnage.
The Louboutin shoe connected to the woman in the black dress is indeed Maz. The producers really had me stumped with the plain black dress but turns out there are florals on the dress too.
Ryder immediately starts yelling out for Chloe. He seems to be fine, thanks to his backpack cushioning him from the blast. Sadly it appears the backpack made the ultimate sacrifice and didn’t make it.
Emmett is very badly hurt.
“My eye,” he yells while covering his eyes from the daylight as people gather around to help.
Then we find Chloe’s hand sticking out, the rest of her body crushed by her own La Cucaracha sign. What a demise.
Oh it’s actually worse than that. The sign is pulled off her and there’s a hunk of metal going right through her torso. But there’s no time to dwell because Jas is unbelievably cool calm and collected despite a giant gash on her head and tends to Chloe before she’s rushed to hospital.
Nurse Jasmine tends to Emmett next. He’s in a bad way shaking uncontrollably from the shock.
Anna, Ari and Nikau walk past and are brought to hysterics by what they see.
Bella runs into Nik’s arms while Nik just stares blankly, probably confused because he’s been lead to believe that Bella cheated on him with Emmett…from a photo of a hug.
Despite the dirty state of his top, he wasn’t in the explosion.
Now that everyone has been accounted for, the drama really beings as heightened emotions get the better of them.
Mia doesn’t waste any time blaming Ryder for her daughter’s injuries.
“She wouldn’t be injured in the first place if it wasn’t for your stupid food truck,” Mia says.
Ryder doesn’t seem to take it to heart and congratulates Ari on the baby news.
Because a good portion of this show is based on being at the wrong place at the wrong time, Mac overhears.
She puts on a brave face but understandably hearing that your ex is having a baby with his new partner just months after losing your own baby with the same man is a heavy burden.
“The news was too much and I didn’t know what to say,” Mac says to Dean.
“They’re having a baby.”
If you thought that was low, Ryder comes along to rub more Salt into her wounds.
Did you do this,” Ryder says gesturing towards the carnage.
“Is that what everyone thinks of me? That I could stoop that low,” Mac says.
Mac weeps on the jetty, a very picturesque location for a bit of windswept contemplation.
While this is going on, treatment on the various patients continues.
Chloe’s surgery went well and it doesn’t sound like she’s going to die. There’s not a skerrick of blood or even a scratch on her perfect skin.
Jas isn’t so lucky and suddenly collapses.
“One minute she was talking the next she went down,” Mac says to the doctors.
Yeah …that is generally what happens.
She has a “haematoma as big as a lemon” which is just a bit ambiguous because lemons come in many different shapes and sizes but none the less, brain bleeds are very serious and she doesn’t appear to be responsive.
Jas did arrive in Summer Bay in a coma so it would be quite poetic if her life also ended in a coma but I’m not ready to lose her yet. There’s still so many tragic storylines she could be a part of.
Finally there’s Emmett.
He doesn’t have any debris in his eyes but turns out that’s bad because the damage he sustained during the explosion could leave him blind and with that, he’s lost his livelihood. It’s sad but do we even like Emmett that much?
“Both corneas might heal with time,” Tori says.
For some reason Nik is in the room even though he would be just as useful waiting outside, and just glares.
“Last night was my swan song,” Emmett says.
Bella returns to the exhibition at Salt to bask in Emmett’s greatness.
“Look how beautify Emmett photos are,” Bella
“What if he loses his eyesight?”
“Yeah that sucks,” Nik replies.
Nik finally addresses the tension between them, assuming that he’s the victorious one in the situation when he has in fact been royally played by Sienna.
“What’s going on with you and Emmett coz I saw a pretty sus photo of you two,” Nik says.
“Nik that’s a hug,” Bella replies.
“Do you honestly think that I would do that to you?”
At this moment he realises he’s overacted to the photo and ruined his relationship. Not to mention the wrath he’s going to cop from Dean when he finds out, and he will because Nik cannot keep a secret.
Then Sienna rocks up at Nik’s house while Bella is in the shower.