Home and Away: Ari is on his death bed and Tane takes matters with Paul into his own hands
Everyone suddenly loves you when you’re on your death bed.
Just last night Ari declared that the kidnapping was in the capable hands of the police.
But the cops must be short-staffed since sergeant crooked Colby and detective Angelo’s departure because Paul — who kidnapped the kids — isn’t in custody and instead is speeding away from the scene of the crime in his very conspicuous purple car.
Nikau and Bella discover Ari’s lifeless body on the side of the road and there’s blood coming from his head.
They call for an ambulance and word gets around by the time Ari reaches the hospital.
“Mac, the most awful thing just happened,” Bella says on the phone.
Budget McDreamy and Tori are on hand and have put Ari in an induced coma. He has injuries on the brain and a punctured lung and gets rushed to surgery - not unlike the injuries Lewis’ late wife had while under the care of Budget McDreamy.
The peanut gallery consisting of Mia — who was about to leave town with her daughter begrudgingly in tow – Chloe, Nikau, Tane and maybe Dean and Bella (I don’t remember the specifics, it was just really packed) collectively share their concern.
Meanwhile Mac is shook by the news and Amber guesses that Mac is “up the duff” and “must be scared to death, like I was”.
Amber also confesses to Mac that she was “head over heels in love” with Dean but he didn’t feel the same way.
Mac realises the needs to tell Ari she’s pregnant, especially if that’s the last opportunity she’s going to get.
Back at the hospital, Tane gets a text from Paul confirming that he’s behind the hit and run. This Paul guy clearly isn’t the sharpest because he’s leaving a trail of intent.
Nikau sees the message and literally stands in front of uncle Tane to stop him volunteering himself as tribute.
“He’s never going to stop Nikau unless I make him stop,” Tane says.
“I can’t lose someone else,” Nikau pleads.
“That’s exactly what’s going to happen if I don’t finish this,” Tane says as he walks off.
Budget McDreamy then delivers the news that Ari needs to remain in an induced coma.
Lewis pipes up and says it’s a good sign but it’s the first of “many hurdles”. Jasmine later praises him for being “really great today” and invites him to stay the night which he happily agrees to.
Tori also praises Budget McDreamy given he is doubting his abilities thanks to Lewis, who blames him for the death of his wife and unborn child.
So now we wait to see if Ari recovers.
Tane meets up with Paul amongst some bushes.
Things immediately escalate and Tane effortlessly pulls Paul from his car — thanks to his large arms and their dedicated gym routine — and to the ground.
Although we don’t see Tane lay a finger on Paul - because that’s where the producers draw the line on family entertainment – next thing Tane is back at the hospital dragging Paul with him.
This also isn’t the first time a character has brought their bashed-up victim in.
“Thank you for dealing with Paul,” Nikau says to Tane.
While that is going down, Mac arrives at the hospital but sees Mia is by his side.
Chloe has also noted her mother’s behaviour and calls her a “hypocrite” in front of everyone.
Mia has a few moments alone with Ari and in an emotional performance she takes back what she said about him being a crumb.
“This can’t be how you and I end,” Mia sobs.
“If you stay I promise I will fix it.”
I think this is some real bread and butter kind of stuff from Home and Away. My only qualm is that no one bothered to tell Ziggy.
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