Home and Away recap: Ryder knows the truth about his Daddo and a surf comp doesn’t reignite the flame in Dean and Ziggy’s relationship

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Innocent Ryder has no idea what’s coming.
Camera IconInnocent Ryder has no idea what’s coming. Credit: Channel 7

Roo can’t keep the secret to herself anymore and finally tells Ryder that his new Daddo is dying, which absolutely shatters the young boy.

Ryder has done a full 180 and is completely besotted with Evan and even describes him as “cool”, which is rather generous.

They have heaps in common, although we wouldn’t know because all their quality bonding time has been away from the cameras.

He wants his Gramps, Alf to meet him which is a pretty big deal.

Evan is “formally” introduced to Alf and Martha, Alf calls Evan “Errol” to his face and they all have lunch at SALT like one big happy family.

The writers certainly aren’t subtle and there’s lots of talk about the future and how long he’s staying, just in case we have the memory of a goldfish and forgot he was dying.

Despite the interrogation, it’s actually not awkward and they all fall into Evan’s muso charm. That is everyone expect Aunty Roo who is struggling with the moral dilemma. It’s actually surprising how long the secret was kept for Summer Bay standards.

Everyone is falling for Evan’s muso charm.
Camera IconEveryone is falling for Evan’s muso charm. Credit: Channel 7

Roo can’t take it anymore and excuses herself and Evan to have it out.

“Every minute you bond with him is a lie,” Roo says.

Evan makes it very clear that he has no intention of telling Ryder the truth.

“I don’t want him to know,” Evan shouts back.

This supposedly hurts Evan’s feelings and he goes AWOL for the rest of the episode.

Alf gets wind that something isn’t right and doesn’t waste any time with the pleasantries, cutting straight to the chase and asks Roo what’s going on.

She doesn’t hesitate at all to tell Alf and Martha.

“Streuth, the boy’s really taken with him” indeed Alf, he is.

Then Roo tells Ryder and lets go of the news that has been a burden on her for two weeks. The dialogue fades out, emphasising young Ryder’s complete and utter heartbreak at the news in what in meant to be a very poignant moment.

There’s trouble in paradise for Ziggy and Dean.

Now that Ziggy has taken on more responsibly and can’t manage to balance all her work and spend time with her boyfriend, Dean is concerned that he’s slipping into friend zone material.

Dean thinks a surfing competition will reignite the spark in their relationship, but alas, it doesn’t.

Dean broaches the subject with Justin, Ziggy’s boss, who is into “work life balance” at the moment and is more than happy to oblige, granting Ziggy time off.

The plan backfires and Ziggy is absolutely furious at Dean and is put off her game for the rest of the day.

However in one final push to save his dwindling relationship, he buys her heaps of 10 ml sockets. Who knew that was the way to a girls heart?

She also compares him to an old beat up car and all their troubles go away. It’s quite a niche apology.

Meanwhile Ben is doing well, and Maggie can’t handle seeing that.

She doesn’t know what to do with herself. Well, for a start, she could go to work since she’s the principal and we never see her at work.

The producers realising this error, then drop her “rewarding career” into the script because it’s been ages since it’s been mentioned.

She’s also grappling with living alone which is outrageous because men are gross to live with and leave the toilet seat up and have smelly shoes.

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