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Home and Away spoilers follow for UK-pace episodes on Channel 5.
Next week’s Home and Away episodes see the accidental kidnap of baby Grace send shockwaves through Summer Bay, sparking a police investigation and accusations of child neglect.
Here’s a full collection of nine big moments to watch out for.
1. Nikau realises he has kidnapped Grace
Nikau is determined to make a getaway from Summer Bay to escape the police scrutiny surrounding his family following the Diner robbery. He has stolen Tori’s car without realising that baby Grace is in the back.
When Nikau discovers his mistake, he feels terrible and knows that he could now be facing serious charges. Needing a quick way out of this mess, he calls his uncle Tane for help.
Before long, Tane is on the scene with advice for Nikau – remove his fingerprints from the car, abandon it and get Grace back home.
2. Tori goes to the police
A horrified Tori visits the police station to reveal that someone stole her car – and Grace – while she was helping John, who had suffered a fall at the side of the road. Colby takes statements from Tori and Marilyn, but suggests that the carjacker probably didn’t know Grace was in the back and would have meant her no harm.
Colby’s suspicions immediately fall onto the Parata family, with Ari a particular focus of his attention after his previous jail time. Later, everyone is relieved when Grace is left anonymously on the Morgans’ doorstep, but Colby still wants to know who was responsible.
3. Jasmine starts to blame Tori
Jasmine is annoyed when she hears about Grace’s kidnapping second-hand. Wondering why she wasn’t kept informed, Jasmine arrives at the Morgan house to find out what has been going on.
Although the Morgans assure Jasmine that Grace is fine, she can’t help voicing her disapproval over Tori leaving her unattended in the car, especially with the keys still in the ignition.
Tori overhears Jasmine talking about her and is hurt by her comments, but Justin wants Jas to back off. Refusing to let this go, Jasmine consults Colby about whether Tori has committed child neglect, while she also speaks to a solicitor about her legal rights over Grace.
4. Nikau is hauled in for questioning
Colby demands a police interview with Nikau following Grace’s safe return. He turns off the tape in the interview room, telling Nikau that he knows he’s guilty and he’d be better off cooperating. Nikau still keeps quiet, fearful of the consequences if he comes clean.
Ari and Tane soon manage to take control of the situation and take Nikau back home, guaranteeing his freedom for another day.
5. Willow finds Jasmine’s forum posts
After being told that she has no legal rights over Grace and that Tori’s mistake isn’t a police matter, Jasmine seeks an escape by making more posts on an online mother’s forum. She writes about being concerned over a baby who was left unattended in a car, only telling half the story and prompting a number of judgemental replies.
Willow is concerned to find the forum discussion and confronts Jasmine over her unsettling behaviour. Jasmine refuses to accept that she has done anything wrong, which worries Willow even further.
6. Gemma leaves without her family
The Parata family later decide to take a trip to New Zealand to scatter the ashes of Gemma’s late husband Mikaere. Gemma, Nikau, Ari and Tane are all on board with the idea, dropping everything in order to be there. However, word soon gets back to Colby that the Paratas will be leaving the country for a while.
When the family arrives at the airport, Gemma gets through check-in without any problems. The same can’t be said for Ari, Tane and Nikau, as their passports spark an alert on the airport computer system and they’re blocked from going any further.
Gemma ends up leaving without the others – this is an exit plot for Bree Peters, who has been appearing in the role since the beginning of the year.
Ari, Tane and Nikau arrive back in the Bay and discover that Colby was responsible for putting the block on their passports, believing they were trying to flee for criminal reasons.
7. Ryder continues to struggle
Ryder tries to adjust to life without Evan in town following his father’s departure. He even returns to work at Salt, wanting to stay busy and distract himself.
Ryder receives a phone call from Roo and Evan, which is bittersweet as it’s clear that the end is near for Evan.
8. Marilyn reaches breaking point over John
John’s bad moods are making Marilyn’s life a misery at home, which leads to her storming out. Marilyn decides to confide in Alf, admitting that the pressure of being John’s carer has become unbearable.
Alf suggests that Marilyn should look into home care for John, in order to ease the pressure on herself. Will she agree to consider it?
9. Ben and Maggie decide to leave
Following their decision to reunite, Ben and Maggie struggle with their friends and neighbours seeming so invested in their marriage. Celebratory drinks are even organised to toast their reconciliation, leaving Maggie fearful that they’re under unnecessary pressure to make the reunion work.
When Maggie also can’t find a new job, having recently resigned from Summer Bay High, she and Ben decide to move to Italy. They hope that their daughters will agree to join them, but Ziggy doesn’t want to leave Dean, and Coco is also busy living her own life.
This threatens to derail the Astonis’ big plans, but they ultimately decide to put themselves first and go ahead with the move regardless.
Home and Away airs on weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5, with first look screenings at 6.30pm on 5STAR.
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