Dean is still away on his post-breakup hiatus but Colby makes an appearance and throws his supposed best mate under the bus for dead Ross’ murder – so if they go down, they both go down for it.
It’s a glorious morning in Summer Bay and we find Colby and Taylor cuddled up in bed only to have their love bubble burst as Taylor hurries off to meet with Angelo, her husband.
As if being at the centre of a murder investigation wasn’t enough pressure, Colby’s idea of “damage control” is having an affair.
But indeed the pressure is getting to him now that Ziggy knows the truth and after she gives him a quiet-ish mouthful within ears-reach of Angelo, the detective’s suspicions are raised.
Angelo gives Ziggy the usual spiel about being in town to “investigate the murder of Ross Nixon” and hands over his card.
Colby decides to take matters into his own hands.
So of course, he blackmails her.
Sly fox Colby shows up at Ziggy’s house and twists the events of the murder and says Dean was the one that wanted to bury the body and if she turns them in, there’s no way Dean would survive in prison, again, because she “changed him”.
It’s hard to tell what Ziggy is thinking because her go to face for conveying emotion is a gawking shocked look.
However I think Colby has picked the right move by pulling on her heartstrings because I’m not convinced they’re going to stay broken up once Dean returns from his visit with Karen – a most unfortunate name to behold at this time, but none the less she is her mother.
Meanwhile Colby lies to Willow and Bella and assures them he’s ended things with Taylor and they practically grovel at his feet and apologise.
But the affair is certainly still on.
He must actually like her.
Colby and Taylor meet up in a dark forest, so they don’t raise suspicions.
“I want this,” he says to Taylor in case his actions somehow weren’t clear enough.
But it is very suspicious and also not a very good hiding spot because Bella has no problem finding them and snaps away with her magical camera that doesn’t need a flash in pitch black.
I guess Bella will blackmail her own brother with the photos to get him under control.
Ari and Mac sit down for a chat and it’s clear he’s about to make a big issue out of nothing.
“I want to ask you something and I need you to be honest,” Ari says to Mac.
“Did you move out because of Tane?”
There’s a long pause… So long they change scenes to prolong the at-best, mild intensity.
It gets drawn out for the rest of the episode between various talks about honesty, but frankly I don’t care because the source of the tension – that Tane has feelings for Mac – is something they’ve been though already and it seems too tried on behalf of the producers that Ari is upset that Mac moved out to give everyone some more space.
But Ari doesn’t see it that way and has conjured up this idea that she betrayed him and asks her for space – the thing he just said he didn’t want.
Ari mopes around, alone, and worries he’s going to lose her over this and after acting like that, she could do better.