Mac’s return changes the situation.
UK airdate: Monday 08 January 2024 at 13:45 on Channel 5 and 18:00 on 5STAR
Australian airdate: Monday 09 October 2023 at 19:00 on Channel 7
Mali and Rose enjoy their temporary “honeymoon”, with Mali having moved in since Zara is crashing at his place. Mackenzie arrives home to a shock when she finds Zara in her kitchen. Mackenzie interrupts Mali and Rose’s love-fest to demand an explanation from her housemate, who hadn’t given her a heads-up.
Mali tries to explain the complex situation, but Mackenzie is firm that Zara is not her problem. A torn Mali informs Rose that he’s moving back home and that Zara isn’t leaving. Rose is crushed.
Meanwhile, the threat of jail time still looms large for Irene. When John learns that his friend hasn’t spoken to her lawyer, he’s alarmed and points out that her case should be a priority. However, Irene claims she has been too busy with Alf’s Surf Club presentation to worry about that.
Elsewhere, Harper tells Cash and Eden that her lawyer advised her to keep a distance from Irene due to her prior criminal record. Cash urges Harper to talk to Irene, as she needs to be prepared if the prosecution is planning to come down hard on her.
The next day, Harper confesses to Irene that she has been avoiding her and is honest about the reason. Irene is gracious and encourages her to follow her lawyer’s advice. However, Harper can’t bring herself to freeze out a friend and tells Irene that she’s not going to abandon her. Finally, John puts his foot down and demands Irene see her lawyer.