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  1. Yes, we learn Theo is the son of Leah's least seen brother Dimitri. It's not clear how old he is, but old enough to drive, so too old to have been born since we last saw Dimitri 16 years ago, although to be fair, we were never told much about his personal life, so he might have had a wife and family somewhere. I'm not quite sure what to make of Theo. He's obviously a chancer, telling whatever tall story is going to get him sympathy, which seems to work frustratingly well on Leah even when she knows he's already lied.Yet his angry outburst did seem genuine, so he might have some deeper issues there. Talking of deeper issues, what is Dean playing at? I assume he was on pain medication in hospital, yet now he's decided he can do without it? I can only assume he's worried about developing an addiction, which I guess has just happened to Justin, but still. I find it hard to believe Felicity didn't know that was Tane's towel, but she seemed pretty emphatic in denying that she sent the rose.Her turning up at the gym and especially Salt could just be coincidences, but she was looking pretty murderous seeming Mackenzie with Tane!
  2. Glad you liked that. I must admit, I wasn't really in favour of it at the time: Coco was too young, it was too soon after Billie... But as time's gone on, I found myself wondering what would happen if they ran into each other again when they were older.
  3. Mia has always been a hard character to warm to, not least because of the way Mackenzie (and Willow, to a point) was thrown under a bus to make room for her.But it feels like this episode took what was her biggest plus point, the fact she wanted Ari to move away from a dodgy lifestyle, and completely tore it apart, leaving her as just another selfish criminal.If she'd had any integrity, she'd have handed that money in a decade ago, not kept it hidden away.Honestly, it's not that long since Leah was portrayed as being in the wrong for trying to use stolen money that was hers in the first place, but now we have Mia acting as though she's entitled to money stolen from someone else, and guilt-tripping Ari into going along with it (while also lying about where the money actually is). Maybe this will end up blowing up in her face, but if it doesn't, that's a pretty big moral failing. Christian forcing Tori to talk to Justin, and her taking ages to get the point across while he looked more and more confused, was kind of amusing. Justin seems okay with it, but his later comments suggest he's okay with her applying for a job overseas but maybe not so much with the idea of her getting it. You know, some time ago now, I suggested the show should give Leah a nephew who comes to stay with her: She was a bit of an isolated and solitary character at one point, and it would have given her a link to a teen group.Now...I'm not sure it's necessary, since she's pretty well integrated with the Morgans and the show's moved away from being a teen soap with Summer Bay High completely gone.But I'm intrigued to see what they do with it anyway.
  4. Sadly, it looks like the Nikau/Bella stuff is never going to be over. I'm not really sure what we were meant to make of all that.Nikau's obviously ecstatic that they're back together, Chloe's just glad they've stopped shouting, Roo (the closest thing to an Adult That Knows whose opinion we hear) thinks it's great, Bella seems to veer back and forth between happy and worried...and then there's Ryder.I really can't tell whether we're meant to be nodding in agreement with him or whether the show had him voice concerns so that they could have other characters answer them and have him and any doubters in the audience change their mind.I do give Nikau points for going to talk to him reasonably rather than lose his temper, but I'm not convinced this reunion is at all smart. I felt a bit sorry for Alf but that's the problem with surprises:No-one knows you're planning them! So it sounds like the bids are now flooding in, maybe the identity of the person that kicked it off won't be important after all. Okay, hang on, what? Mia's storyline is utterly bewildering. The police never found the money from the armed robbery and we're only just hearing this now? And Mia, who walked out on Ari and the entire Parata family as a result of the robbery and tried to turn Chloe against him, disappeared off with seemingly thousands of dollars of stolen money and just left it in a garage (and one nowhere near where she lived at that) for the next ten years? Sure...
  5. Whilst I would dearly love the show to let Bella and Nikau move on, I must admit the role reversal piqued my interest a bit.I'd have expected Ryder to be trying to push his friends back together, but instead he seems to feel that they might be happier apart instead of being stuck in this cycle.And Chloe has never had much time for Bella, but seeing her upset here did seem to prompt her to give Nikau a pep-talk about the fact they're both miserable.So at least there's that. I thought Logan was going to talk his way out of something again, and I also wondered if Mackenzie would actually make it into work when he walked her home.But it looks like they're a thing now.Good luck to them, I guess. Martha was fretting a bit about the auction, hopefully that first bid will lead to more.While I believe Alf and Roo when they say they didn't make it, I do wonder if someone we know was involved.
  6. Sweet story, thanks for sharing it with us.
  7. Alf's episode count this block:Three. Well, it seems there's going to be no real consequence for Ryder and Chloe's misuse of Diner facilities beyond having to pay for what they've used now and in the future. I have mixed feelings about that: I'm not a huge fan of Chloe, but I wouldn't want Ryder punished with her, so I guess I have to be okay with that.It's hard to see how this has solved anything going forward though.It's all right for Leah to say "No more all-nighters", but if they can still only use the Diner after hours, and they still have other jobs during the day, and that's how long it takes to fill the orders (I've given up on making sense of their limited delivery window)...what else are they going to do? (Incidentally, anyone remember Ryder having a sleeping disorder when he first appeared? I don't think the show does, because I'd have expected Roo to have been a bit more worried about him falling asleep at random times rather than going "Yeah, anyway, can you design a website for me while you're clearly dead on your feet?") Why is the show turning Bella into yet another weak male-dependent female? This could have been a great episode for her, with her rediscovering her photography mojo and opening up to Roo. (I've seen comments recently claiming Bella's had no character development, but there's no way she'd have had that talk two years ago.) But no, we have to get her tearfully saying she still loves Nikau and looking mopingly at old photos of him that she can't bring herself to delete and leaving him longing voice messages, and I'm shouting "He's not worth it!" So, things are happening between Mackenzie and Logan. I'm not sure if he'll be able to keep his mouth shut long enough to not annoy her, although they did manage to have a conversation first.
  8. Liked the chat between Ryder and Bella, maybe a change of scene for both of them?
  9. Glad Sally and Sophie made up. Nice twist with Beth and Frank!
  10. Thank you, all of you, for the comments! Managed to post this one a bit closer to when intended. CHAPTER THREE Justin looked up from the car he was working on, glancing across the garage at Ziggy.“You know, you don’t have to be here if you want to spend time with Coco.” Ziggy had thought about this but had ultimately come to the conclusion that spending all her time with Coco wasn’t something either of them wanted.“No, it’s fine.I think Coco and I tolerate each other best in small doses.” Justin grinned.“Yeah, true.If Raffy was visiting, we’d probably spend five minutes loving see each other, then she’d want me to STop cramping her style.” Ziggy nodded in agreement.“Mmm, right.Coco’s got her friends to hang out with and…” “Hi, Coco!”Justin interrupted, just that little bit too loudly for it to sound natural. Ziggy turned round and sure enough, there was Coco, holding a bag of takeaway from the Diner.“I thought you might want to have lunch together,”she explained.She glanced across at Justin.“She gets lunch, right?” “I’ll allow it,”Justin deadpanned.He looked Coco up and down, obviously taking in her condition, but apparently decided not to say anything.“So, what have you been up to?” “This and that,”Coco replied vaguely. Justin nodded.“Mostly that, eh?”he couldn’t help responding, prompting an embarrassed look. “Hi there!”interrupted a fourth voice and Ziggy looked round to see that Leah had entered as well.She smiled at their visitor.“Coco, hi!Irene told me you were in earlier.” If Coco had looked awkward at Justin’s attention, she looked as though she was dying inside at the sight of Leah.“Hi, Leah,”she managed to say. Possibly sensing her discomfort, Leah turned to Justin.“I was wondering if you wanted to go somewhere for lunch?” Ziggy nodded.“Yes, go.I can keep an eye on things here.” “Chased out of my own garage,”Justin grumbled as he took Leah’s arm and accompanied her away from the premises. Coco seemed frozen to the spot as she watched them go.“I’d forgotten they were together,”she said quietly. “Is that a problem?”Ziggy asked, even though she couldn’t think of any reason why it would be. “No, no,”Coco said quickly,“I just wasn’t expecting her to see her.I’ll see you at home.” The abruptness of her depature took Ziggy by surprise.“What about eating lunch together?”But Coco was gone. *** By the time Ziggy arrived home that evening, her brain was full of possibilities for Coco’s strange behaviour.Some of which she liked better than others.Coco was at home as she’d expected and Ziggy had had a lor of time to think of an opening gambit.Ultimately, vague questions won out.“What was all that about?” Coco had obviously decided to play innocent.“All what?” “You know.”Ziggy had had time to think and the first conclusion she’d come to was this.“You didn’t want Leah to see you.” “I just…I was worried she’d tell Mum and Dad I was back,”Coco attempted. “No, I don’t think that’s it,”Ziggy replied,“I think it’s something to do with her knowing you’re pregnant. I mean, Irene or Marilyn could have spoken to Mum just as easily.So it must be someone else you don’t want her to tell.”She paused, waiting for Coco to contradict her.She didn’t.“Maybe something to do with the father?Someone that Leah’s most likely to speak to?”Ziggy thought for a moment.“Hunter?No, that’s a bit too random…” She could tell from the look on Coco’s face that she was getting close.“Ziggy, please,”Coco attempted. And then it clicked into place.“VJ,”Ziggy realised,“VJ’s the father.” Coco hesitated for a moment, then she nodded.
  11. Chloe and Ryder's insane business model continues. Now it seems they're actually using the Diner's ingredients as well as their facilities, which puts them into even more morally murky territory. A bad day for Ryder to be indispensable. Did Roo really not notice he was dead on his feet while getting him to set up the auction page? Leah seems a bit suss about Chloe's determination to be left alone in the Diner. Logan telling Tori to go somewhere where she can make a real difference was a bit of a "Wait, what?" moment: It's not like she's heading somewhere that's desperately starved of decent doctors! (Well, not that desperately starved.) To be fair, I'm not sure Logan actually knew they were going to London, just that it was overseas. Anyway, his words seem to have given Tori a new perspective.
  12. Well, of course Pippa worries about Sally, but she could have been gentler with Ric and Cassie. Hopefully Cassie is able to work through things.
  13. Tane confiding in Felicity probably added to the mixed messages. I get that he hasn't had the best experience with the police, but they haven't had the best experience with him either, and as I said before, Cash seems very different in temperament to Colby.It's hard to tell whether this "Never again" is going to stick or not. Cash winding Felicity up and Jasmine's reaction to it was quite amusing. So, after all that work, Martha's hit a major stumbling block.I hope we get a proper explanation for the gallery's change of heart tomorrow. Justin wasn't having a good day, failing to sneak out of the honeymoon discussion and then being roped into multi trips to the city, so at least he seems to have been spared! That was a pretty big leap for Christian to go from Tori wanting a holiday in London to wanting to move to any random place in the UK permanently.
  14. Well, Bella was obviously listening to my comment last week because there she is, trying to get a job. Kudos to her for that, hopefully it'll be followed through on rather than just dropped.Kudos to Nikau too for apologising to Ari and Mia for what he said.It was odd that he told Tane he did it because Ari "got under his skin", implying it was prompted by Ari lecturing him, when in fact Ari hadn't said a thing about Nikau and he just said it to punish him for helping Dean.Maybe he didn't want to reopen wounds with Tane... Talking of which, neither Tane or Felicity is coming across that well with their fling. Felicity's behaviour is bordering on sexual harassment at times, yet Tane isn't half giving her mixed messages: Telling her it's never going to happen again and then using her for a distraction every time he has an awkward encounter with Ziggy isn't helping at all.
  15. Pippa was oddly confrontational there, but hopefully they've got through it.
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