Home and Away returns from its annual break on Channel 5 next week – and fans can expect a dramatic start to the year.
The Summer Bay drama picks up exactly where it left off, with toxic vapors creeping into Salt and endangering the guests at Martha’s mental health event.
Here’s a full collection of 14 big moments to watch out for.
Cash uncovers the terrible danger
While Martha’s mental health crisis continues at Salt, no one notices that hazardous vapors are entering the room through the air vents. Martha is the first to become ill, but she dismisses it as a result of drinking too much champagne. Irene, on the other hand, begins to fall unwell.
When Cash notices the vapors coming from the vents, he warns everyone to keep away from them. He instructs Mackenzie to contact 911 so that a HAZMAT crew may sanitize everyone.
In the interim, the building is placed under lockdown because there is a considerable risk of the visitors infecting others if they are permitted to roam freely.
Tane is found in a bad way
The first responders arrive on the scene. They come to encounter Tane at the gym while looking for the source of the leak. Tane is dragged outside to safety, where Logan and Jasmine attempt to administer first aid.
Logan and Jasmine rush in despite the possibility of getting polluted, putting their own lives in jeopardy in order to save Tane. Tane is taken away in an ambulance once he appears to be stable again.
Irene, Leah, Marilyn, and Martha are also admitted to the hospital after suffering adverse reactions to the fumes.
Cash fears Felicity was the culprit
After setting up the chemical sprayer, Tane’s stalker planted a rose on him, which Cash notices as he assesses the crime scene. Cash is reminded of Tane’s claims that Felicity was bothering him, and he wonders if his sister is to blame for this tragic turn of events.
When Cash later sees the number of people in need in the hospital, he is appalled by the possibility that his sister is to blame.
Tane’s life hangs in the balance
Tane passes out in the hospital, but Logan fights to resuscitate his heart. Logan refuses to give up and eventually manages to resuscitate him, despite Jasmine’s cautious suggestion that compressions be stopped.
Further tests reveal that Tane was under the influence of a sedative when the stalker struck, demonstrating how meticulously everything had been prepared.
Things are tense between Ari and Mia
Ari and Mia have been working with adoption attorneys all day when they get a call concerning Tane’s death. They rush to the hospital in the hopes of seeing him, but they are forbidden from entering his room due to the risk of contamination.
Mia subsequently receives a call from the adoption solicitors and wishes to speak with Ari about it, but he snarls at her and says he can’t think of anyone else than Tane.
Later, Ari apologizes to Mia for being irritable with her. He also proposes that they remove his name from the adoption application because his criminal background is causing complications. Mia is adamant about not thinking about it.
Martha’s loved ones receive devastating news
Leah, Irene, and Marilyn are all given the go-ahead to leave the hospital, which is good news for several of the Summer Bay regulars.
Unfortunately, Martha’s condition remains critical. Logan notifies Martha’s family that the poisons have caused damage to her kidneys and lungs and that they should expect the worst.
Chloe and Ryder break up
As they’re connected by care for their loved ones, Chloe and Ryder grow closer once more. Alf confides in Ryder that he is afraid of losing Martha, which causes his grandson to reflect on how life is too short for trivial quarrels.
Ryder expects to mend fences with Chloe but is taken aback when she decides to end their relationship. Despite the fact that this is a surprise, Ryder handles the news with maturity and eventually accepts that it is time for them to part ways.
Nikau receives a shock
With everyone still reeling from the Bay’s recent drama, Nikau invites Theo to his apartment, where Chloe will be cooking for everyone. Theo makes the mistake of implying that he slept with Chloe after Ryder’s birthday party, which is false.
Nikau is taken aback when Bella tells him about the rumor, and she can’t help but tell the others about it later at the surf club. This causes a tremendous ruckus among Summer Bay’s younger residents, with everyone at odds as a result of Theo’s newest outburst.
Dean tries to stop Bella from storming off as things get out of hand, but she accidentally knocks him over, risking exacerbating his current ailments.
When Alf notices the tensions, he confronts the group, accusing them of behaving like infantile idiots when patients are still severely ill in the hospital.
Felicity searches for an alibi
When Felicity learns that Cash accuses her of being the perpetrator of the current incident, she is saddened. She asks her friend Anne for assistance, stating that she was alone at the time of the attack and wants an alibi in case the cops show up.
Felicity’s situation worsens when Nikau confronts her, certain that she was behind the attack on his uncle. Thankfully, Anne backs Felicity up by pledging to give her a bogus alibi.
Theo continues to push his luck
At the garage, Theo is a horrible employee who irritates Ziggy by failing to pull his weight. Theo is also very proud of overcharging a consumer by more than $200.
When Ziggy discovers what has transpired, she is enraged and instructs Theo to quickly reimburse the customer, as the garage cannot risk a reputation for ripping people off. Things get much worse when Theo calls in ill to avoid completing his shift.
Jasmine finds a suspicious clue
The investigation into the chemical attack is handed over to federal police in Summer Bay. This judgment was made because the authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a terror-related purpose.
Jasmine is shocked to discover a receipt for chemicals tucked away in her trailer while spending time with Felicity. She seizes the receipt and delivers it over to Cash, emphasizing that it is a critical piece of evidence pointing to Felicity’s guilt.
Felicity says that it’s the first time she’s seen the receipt and that it must have been planted when Cash and Jasmine approach her. The pair isn’t sure if she’s telling the truth or not.
Ziggy offers to help Dean
Dean tells Ziggy about the recent problems at the board shop. Nikau has managed to increase interest in the company by promoting it on social media, but they don’t have enough instructors to handle the influx of new appointments.
Ziggy offers to assist by teaching a few classes. Dean is unsure if she has time for this additional task, but Ziggy is confident that she will be able to handle it.
Nikau and Bella’s romance could be in trouble again
Bella confides in Ziggy about her recent relationship woes, saying that she hasn’t totally recovered from Nikau’s betrayal. Despite the fact that the couple is again back together, Bella can’t forget how Nikau destroyed her heart.
Bella is afraid that bringing this up may jeopardize her relationship with Nikau, but Ziggy tells her to be honest.
Marilyn suffers a shock collapse
Marilyn is afraid as she walks home from the Diner late at night, losing sensation in her legs.
Marilyn passes out as her phone falls from her grip, leaving her unable to communicate with anyone. Marilyn seemed to have been released from the hospital too soon.
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