7 Home and Away questions from this week's Australian episodes

Daniel Kilkelly
·5-min read
Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

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Home and Away spoilers follow from Australian episodes, which some UK readers may prefer to avoid.

It's back! Home and Away returned to Australian screens this week with the first four episodes of 2021, as Colby Thorne's fate was revealed, Heath Braxton returned and Justin Morgan's health took another turn for the worse.

With plenty of Summer Bay drama already unfolding, fans have been left with lots to think about. Here are the seven biggest questions after the latest Australian episodes.

1. Will Colby take control at the prison?

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

Home and Away's 2020 season finale teased a possible death for Colby as he was surrounded by violent inmates at the prison, but after being rushed to hospital in a desperate state, he managed to pull through.

While Bella was full of relief that her brother was okay, Dean was far more pessimistic and pointed out that Colby's enemies would continue targeting him behind bars. As far as Dean was concerned, Colby was a dead man walking.

Dean took an opportunity to see Colby at the hospital, advising him on the harsh realities of prison life. The former River Boy told Colby that he needed to do whatever it takes to survive behind bars, hinting that there was no room for nice guys.

With his life at stake, will Colby have to take on a whole new persona to survive the long stretch ahead?

2. What's going on with Heath?

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

The Braxton brothers gradually turned away from a life of crime during their original Summer Bay stints, but Heath appears to have fallen back into old habits.

This week's episodes saw Dan Ewing briefly reprise his role as Heath, who made a reappearance to help resolve the Parata family's issues with gangsters Paul and Leon.

With Ari and Tane under orders to carry out an armed robbery for Paul, events took a surprising turn when Dean arranged for Heath to turn up with a group of River Boys.

Heath reminded Paul that he was on a rival gang's patch and found a violent way to teach him a lesson, which meant that the Paratas didn't need to worry about him anymore.

Heath's comeback was so brief that there was no word on screen over what's going on with his relationship with Bianca, or whether his involvement with gangs and fighting again is permanent. Only time will tell whether the show fills in the blanks, or whether it's all left to our imaginations.

3. Will Kieran turn nasty?

Photo credit: Channel 7 / Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 7 / Channel 5

When Martha's son Kieran joined the Bay late last year, he was open about his past history with alcohol abuse and how it adversely affected his personality. Martha once had to cut ties with Kieran because of his troubling behaviour, but he now claimed to be sober and a reformed character.

This week, viewers discovered this wasn't the case at all. In two separate scenes, Kieran was seen secretly drinking when everybody's backs were turned. He also shared some unsettling moments with the other characters, showing signs of a short temper.

Kieran is sure to be one to watch over the coming weeks, with his true colours likely to come out. But with Kieran already settled into life with the Stewarts and working for Jasmine at the gym, could his presence put some much-loved characters in danger?

4. Will Justin be okay?

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

Justin's health troubles may not be over, as the final episode of the week saw him collapse in agony after returning to work at the garage. Viewers saw Justin suffer serious back pain, showing that he may have rushed back to work too quickly following his surgery.

After being rushed to hospital, Justin considered the worst possible options as he feared that his tumour was already growing back. Is this the case, or is there another explanation?

5. Is Ziggy having regrets over Tane?

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

Ziggy slept with Tane in the season finale last year, but she's still adamant that they'd be a bad match if they became a proper couple. Just when it seemed like Ziggy had made her decision, Tane gave her a kiss goodbye in the hope that it would change her mind.

The next day, Ziggy confided in Justin about her love life and appeared regretful over giving into temptation with Tane.

Ziggy even admitted there were parallels to the start of her relationship with Dean, another roguish bad boy. It seems like Tane may have his work cut out if he wants to win Ziggy over.

6. Is Tori ready for commitment?

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

Christian looked for a place to rent in Summer Bay this week, although failed to find anywhere suitable. Justin suggested that Christian should just move into the Morgan house – much to the horror of Tori, who didn't feel ready to live with her new boyfriend.

Tori gave Justin a hard time for interfering in her love life and insisted that she wanted things to stay as they are for the time being. But with Christian set to propose next week, will Tori rethink things?

7. Can John find happiness?

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

This week's episodes also featured the first scenes of newcomer Susie McAllister, played by former McLeod's Daughters actress Bridie Carter. Real estate consultant Susie came to the Bay for a meeting with Christian, but spent most of her time flirting with John when they crossed paths.

Susie invited John out to dinner, leaving Irene to gently point out to John that he'd seemingly secured himself a date. John couldn't believe that such a sophisticated woman would be interested in him, but could this be his chance to find love for the first time since his split from Marilyn?

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia).

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