Home and Away spoilers follow for Australian and UK viewers.
Home and Away has kicked off John Palmer's new romance storyline on Australian screens, but fans can expect a messy start.
Show bosses have cast former McLeod's Daughters star Bridie Carter in the role of Susie McAllister, a Summer Bay newcomer who takes a shine to John (Shane Withington).
Thursday's episode on Channel 7 in Australia (February 4) saw Susie make her first appearance as she came to the Bay for a meeting with Christian Green.
Christian (Ditch Davey) was looking for a place to rent in the Bay, so met up with real estate consultant Susie to discuss his options.
Susie was quickly won over by the charms of Summer Bay and also enjoyed getting to know John when they crossed paths.
John gave Susie some insider information on life in the Bay, so she invited him out for dinner to hear more.
Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) pointed out to John that Susie appeared to have asked him out on a date. John was sceptical that such a stylish and sophisticated woman would be interested in him, so wasn't sure what to believe.
Teasing what's ahead, Home and Away bosses have revealed that John's dinner with Susie will ultimately take a chaotic turn when he panics over the situation.
Needing back-up, John calls Irene in the middle of the dinner, begging for moral support.
How will Susie react when Irene arrives to hijack things and does she really consider this a date?
Home and Away airs the dinner scenes next week in Australia and later this month in the UK.
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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