Mackenzie finds herself in an impossible situation this week on Home and Away in Australia, as Flick is held captive in her caravan and unable to help…
It almost seemed too good to be true when Mackenzie Booth (Emily Weir) received an extraordinary offer last week that would wipe out her business debts.
The restaurant owner has been holding illegal poker nights at Salt on the advice of employee Felicity (Jacqui Purvis) in the hopes of raising enough money to save the business. After Mac’s insurance company refused to pay out for the losses incurred during the organophosphate attack last year, salt is on the verge of collapse.
The temptation to continue proved too great for Mac after the first evening’s success, and with Flick and Ryder (Lukas Radovich) by her side the whole way.
When player Nathan (Ryan Panizza) stumbled into Salt, badly beaten and begging for help after his big loss at their first event, she agreed to run another night and gave him a large wad of cash to cover Salt’s rent.
Flick knew Nathan, but she didn’t trust him, so Mac was surprised when Nathan not only returned the money, but also gave her a substantial amount of interest.
After all, Nathan seemed trustworthy, so Mac didn’t need much persuasion to let one of Nathan’s friends, PK (Ryan Johnson), into their next poker night, especially after he asked her to name her price.
Hostess Flick refused to remove a name from the guest list in order to admit PK, pointing out that he could be an undercover cop or a criminal.
With Mac refusing to compromise, Flick conducted her own background check on PK, but despite the fact that everything came back clean, she was still uneasy.
Later that evening, PK cleaned up at the poker table and made Mac an offer she couldn’t refuse. A one-table tournament with a buy-in of $5000 per player!
Flick reluctantly agreed after Mac explained that it could make over $50,000 and wipe out Salt’s debts completely.
As the big night approaches this week, it’s down to Mac and Flick now that Ryder has left for a job on a cruise ship.
After Flick confronts him and tells him to stop playing games, PK throws a spanner in the works by telling Mac that Flick will not be hosting the evening. It would turn off the upscale customers as the sister of local copper Cash (Nicholas Cartwright).
Mac emphasises that she requires Flick’s assistance because she is the only one who is familiar with all of the restrictions. Mac realises she has no choice when PK threatens to take his company elsewhere.
Flick urges Mac to pay attention to the warning signs, but Mac is confident that everything will be alright because she needs to do this for the company.
Tane (Ethan Browne) and Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) return to offer their support for Mac, who soon finds himself overwhelmed by the task of running the table.
Meanwhile, Flick thinks she can’t leave Mac alone in this situation. As she prepares to depart, she is astonished to find Nathan standing on her porch, towing a hefty!
Nathan advises that Flick stay in her trailer for the evening, and he barges in, closing the door behind them.
PK’s evening is equally as successful as the previous one, but things take a turn when he tells Mac that the house has lost. She owes the players $100,000 as a result!
PK offers Mac a deal to cover the bills if she spends the night with him in his hotel, as seen in a promo aired by Seven last week…
“One night with me, and all of your problems will vanish,” he promises.
“She desperately wants to be debt-free and believes that if she gives PK what he wants, all of her difficulties and worry would vanish,” Emily told TV Week. “She then feels disgusted by PK’s talents, dread that he would harm her, and humiliation for her love and dedication to lover Logan.”
Mac is seen approaching the hotel room, wrestling with her conscience about whether or not to comply with PK’s sleazy request.
When Flick is finally let free by Nathan the next morning, she rushes to find out what happened and is taken aback by the revelation.
The house does not play poker; instead, it is player vs. player, with the house taking a part of the pot. As a result, as Flick demonstrates, it’s impossible for the house to owe money—all it’s a con!
The search for Mac goes on, but she’s nowhere to be seen… Did she carry it out, or did she realise PK’s true intentions?