Felicity fights to prove her innocence next week on Home and Away in the UK, as a delayed reaction to the chemical attack threatens the life of a third Summer Bay resident…
Summer Bay gathered at Salt for Martha Stewart’s (Belinda Giblin) gala dinner to raise mental health awareness, but no one could have foreseen the tragic events that followed, as Tane Parata (Ethan Browne) was attacked in the gym, putting everyone’s lives in jeopardy.
Tane had been irritated for weeks by an unknown stalker who left roses in the most unexpected locations, and he was quick to accuse newcomer Felicity Newman (Jacqui Purvis), whom he had broken up with when he realised she wanted more from their ‘friends-with-benefits’ relationship.
Flick has always maintained her innocence while Tane has been increasingly hostile toward her, to the point where her copper brother Cash (Nicholas Cartwright) recommended her to file an AVO against him.
That night, the stalker crept into the gym unnoticed and spiked Tane’s drink with sedatives. Tane saw just a pair of black boots as the figure placed a rose on his breast and turned on a pesticide sprayer to pour down on him as he lay powerless on the floor.
Unfortunately, the mist got into the surf club’s ventilation system and spread throughout the Salt event, with Martha getting the brunt of it.
Other residents, including Irene (Lynne McGranger), Leah (Ada Nicodemou), and Marilyn (Emily Symons), were admitted to the hospital for observation while medics worked to save Tane and Martha. They were given the all-clear and released over the next few days.
However, when last week came to a conclusion, it became clear that the diner ladies hadn’t gotten off lightly, as Marilyn fell on her way home from work. Marilyn was left alone in the dark as her legs gave way under her and she attempted and failed to drag herself across the ground to reach her phone.
When we return to the action this week, Mackenzie (Emily Weir) finds Marilyn, who has spent the entire night out in the open, the next morning. Marilyn’s health deteriorates more as paralysis spreads over her body, and Logan (Harley Bonner) checks her when she’s brought to the hospital, realising that it’s most likely a delayed reaction to her exposure to the organophosphate.
When Marilyn’s breathing becomes difficult, Logan is obliged to move quickly, explaining to Marilyn that the paralysis is affecting her lungs and that the only option is to sedate and intubate her. After Marilyn is put to sleep, Logan is forced to disclose to an anxious Alf (Ray Meagher) that she is in grave danger of dying.
Meanwhile, when Martha wakes up, there’s brighter news for Alf and Roo (Georgie Parker). They’re overjoyed when Logan reports that Martha’s lung function is totally normal after more tests.
However, he goes on to say that there is more concern about Martha’s kidneys, and that the only choice is to move her to a city-based specialist renal facility, where she would be put on dialysis.
Back in Summer Bay, AFP Detective Darren Nasser (Julian Maroun) arrives on the scene to begin the investigation into the chemical attack, and like many others, his focus quickly turns to Flick.
Cash’s suspicions regarding his sister, who was presumably alone in her van at the time of the incident, were only confirmed when Jasmine (Sam Frost) discovered an organophosphate receipt in Flick’s van. Flick was heartbroken that they could disbelieve her when the two approached her with the discovery.
When Flick runs into Cash the next day, he introduces her to Detective Nasser, who immediately offers to take a statement from her.
Flick tries to defend her innocence over the receipt while Nasser is out of the way, but Cash is baffled as to why someone would want to frame her. As Flick asks Cash to help her with the interview with Nasser, he confesses that he has nothing.
Flick returns to her van and is having a full-fledged panic episode when Jasmine arrives. When Jasmine sees Flick’s situation, she asks Cash if he’s investigated into the receipt’s origins, but he says he’s afraid of what he could uncover.
Flick informs Nasser that she was with Anne (Megan Sherman) the night of the incident, which also satisfies Cash. Cash subsequently reveals that he learned the chemicals were purchased online with a prepaid card, and that he has no way of proving that Flick did not purchase them.
Finally, Cash apologises to Flick for not sticking by her from the beginning, despite the fact that he doesn’t believe Flick would go to such lengths to injure someone.
With the lone piece of proof in his hands, Cash follows in the footsteps of many of his forefathers… by setting fire to the receipt in front of Felicity!
However, it appears that the latest instance of Summer Bay cop corruption will do little to assist Flick. As Tane awakens, Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) uses his internet clout to launch a hate campaign against the ladies he claims attempted to murder his uncle, resulting in the vandalism of Flick’s vehicle.
But that’s the least of her concerns when she learns that Anne has broken her word and has failed to provide her with the alibi she promised, resulting in Nasser showing up at Felicity’s van with a search warrant.
Despite the fact that the receipt has been handled, both Cash and Flick are taken aback when the search team unearths even more highly damaging piece of evidence… Is Flick finished?!