Home and Away spoilers follow from Australian pace episodes, which some UK readers may prefer to avoid.
Home and Away has left the future of Dean Thompson's fatherhood storyline uncertain after Amber Simmons abruptly left Summer Bay with Jai.
The show has been exploring a new direction for Dean (Patrick O'Connor), as his life was turned upside-down when he recently discovered that he had a son.
This week's episodes on Australian screens saw Dean make peace with Amber (Madeleine Jevic) after his ill-fated plan to run away with their son Jai.
Much to Dean's relief, Amber was willing to give him another chance after accepting that her mum Francesca had played a role in escalating the situation.
Dean was delighted as his access to Jai was restored, but in a private conversation with Willow Harris (Sarah Roberts), Amber was still secretly wondering how they could ever really move on from what had happened.
The next day, Amber made a drastic step of her own by leaving Summer Bay with Jai (River Jarvis) and going to stay at a friend's house. She departed without giving Dean any warning.
In a subsequent phone call to explain her decision, Amber told Dean that she didn't want Jai to be caught up in the toxic battle between him and her mum.
Amber told Dean that, in the long-term, Jai could make the decision on whether to have a relationship with him once he's older.
Dean was left distraught over the possibility that he wouldn't see Jai again for years, with his chance of happiness now seemingly crushed. Are Amber and Jai really out of his life for good?
Home and Away's Australian episodes are currently playing out one month ahead of the UK broadcasts on Channel 5.
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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