Alf has been back from his honeymoon for one day. He’s already cranky and he’s going sort everything out.
The Evan/Ryder daddo situation continues to unfold, or rather unravel.
Roo seems to be the only person in the bay who can actually keep their mouth shut and Alf, although he does have merit being Ryder’s “grumps,” can’t believe that Ryder and Roo kept this “bombshell” from him.
“Is the bloke legit?,” Alf says.
Well, Alf, so far he does seem legit.
Evan has asbestos poisoning from staying in “a lot of dives” with the band. It’s terminal and has only months to live.
He doesn’t want to tell Ryder, but Roo talks some sense into him and brings Evan back to the house to tell Ryder. He isn’t home, but Martha is and she thinks Evan is a bit of all right.
Evan excuses himself and puts it off for another time.
Aunty Roo insists that Ryder needs to hear it from Evan, but Evan doesn’t want to be known as “the dying Dad that showed up” which Roo rightfully points out, is exactly what he is.
Evan comes back for round two. He’s prepped to tell Ryder and hey find a cute spot in front of the beach.
“I’m sick,” Evan says.
There’s a long dramatic pause before he adds, “sick of living with regret.”
He chickens out and instead tells Ryder to make sure he won’t have any regrets before sending him away. You do have to respect him for that because here I was thinking he was going to ask for a fresh lung.
Ryder rushes out of the house and tells Roo he’s going to a gig with his father.
Roo is delighted but suspects Ryder doesn’t know yet, although it sounds like he knows, but he doesn’t know.
Alf interrupts them by saying “what the flaming hell is going on here?”
Alf refers to Evan as that “Errol bloke” but Roo remains tight lipped which gets Alf in a huff.
While Alf is wasting no time getting to the bottom of his grandson, Ryder’s daddo problem, he spares a moment to check in with Marilyn.
Maz lets up that John hasn’t been living with her to which Alf jumps the gun and replies “mongrel,” because he probably needs to meet his quota of sayings.
Maz confesses she has been using the Parata’s living with her to delay her pain and loneliness, and now that they’ve gone (across the road) she has to face up to her feelings. Maybe she will steal the baby?
She thinks her marriage might be over but always one for a positive outlook, insists she’s fine.
Dean and Ziggy start the morning with a cheeky beachside kiss and with the house to themselves propose a bit of “Netflix and chill” later in the evening.
But Dean, being the nice and considerate guy he is, effectively c**kblocks himself.
Ziggy thinks she’s a bad daughter because she wasn’t on her Mum’s side during the Marco affair saga. As punishment to herself, she spends some quality time with Maggie.
She can’t stand seeing her Maggie so miserable so suggests breakfast mocktails followed by roast dinner with all the trimmings to keep her mind off things. If this is punishment, bring it on. Who doesn’t like a home cooked dinner?
She comes home after dinner to Dean and does what every grown adult avoids; moving back in with the parents, or in this case, your mum.
She is doing a noble thing taking care of Maggie but can Dean ever catch a break?