Home and Away has been full of emotion recently, after Ari Parata (Rob Kipa-Williams) passed and his wife, Mia Anderson (Anna Samson) left Summer Bay on Thursday.
This week, Home and Away viewers can expect high stakes, glamour and danger, with the cast teasing a stylish new look for the show.
Mackenzie makes a deal with the devil after she gets greedy
Mackenzie Booth (Emily Weir) has found herself in debt recently, facing the loss of her restaurant, Salt. To claw her way out, she has started hosting illegal poker nights with friend and co-worker Felicity Newman (Jacqui Purvis).
This week, Mackenzie gets charmed by a mysterious new player known as ‘PK’, who has cash to spare. After he wins hand after hand, he proposes an offer that Mackenzie can’t refuse - an exclusive poker night with an even higher buy in.
“It all comes to a head, and things start to take a turn for the worst,” Emily Weir warns.
“The criminal underground activity really comes to the forefront and some dangerous things occur.”
Felicity doesn't trust the mystery guest known only as 'PK'
Felicity is skeptical, and tries to convince Mackenzie that there’s something odd about him. The soap has hinted that there will be big regrets, and it seems that Mackenzie is on a slippery slope.
Mackenzie is set on holding the exclusive poker night, telling Felicity, “He has offered me an incredible opportunity. One more night, and then we can go back to our lives.”
Jacqui Purvis explains what might be going through Felicity’s head: “She doesn’t want to upset the clients she has worked with for such a long time and built those relationships with.
“But also, she does want to trust in her new business partner Mackenzie.”
Emily Weir can't wait for audiences to see what happens next
Emily also opens up about relating to the storyline on a personal level. When she was younger and living in London, she found herself being chased by debt collectors after withdrawing cash off an Australian credit card.
“I was naive and silly,” she begins.
“I didn’t really understand the repercussions of it. But I learnt my lesson, and paid off all that debt by working three jobs — and I’ve been a hard worker ever since!”
The pair agree that filming this glitzy storyline was a blast, as well as being challenging.
Emily thinks viewers will love the next few episodes, teasing the storyline as “on the edge of your seat drama.”
Mackenzie might find herself unlucky in love yet once again
Fans have been speculating on social media that PK is an undercover cop, and that the mess Mackenzie finds herself in will end her relationship with Logan Bennett (Harley Bonner).
This would make sense, as Harley Bonner left the soap at the end of last year, with a Channel Seven spokesperson confirming that he wouldn’t return to set in 2022.
Alf and Roo can't see eye to eye about Martha's treatment
On the other side of Summer Bay, Alf (Ray Meagher) and Roo Stewart (Georgie Parker) are set to clash over Martha’s (Belinda Giblin) care, who needs a kidney transplant. The pair are extremely stubborn and neither one wants to back down.
It also looks like Ryder Jackson (Lukas Radovich) is planning to leave Summer Bay for an adventure of a lifetime, with a farewell party set to air at the end of the week. Yahoo Lifestyle recently reported that there were rumours Lukas was set to leave the soap, after he was spotted spending time travelling around the UK.
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