Karen and Brett’s newfound friendship brings Dean untold horrors next week on Home and Away in the UK, as news of Ari’s death travels around the bay…
After it was found that Dean’s mother Karen (Georgia Adamson) was avoiding a marriage proposal, Dean (Patrick O’Connor) and Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) have spent the past few weeks attempting to play cupid for her.
Dean had been disturbed since learning of his mother’s disappearance, and after days of searching, Karen appeared unexpectedly in Summer Bay to tell him to stop stalking her!
Karen was forced to acknowledge that she was hiding from her year-long lover, Brett Maloney (Aaron Glenane), after he proposed to her after Dean overheard a troubling phone call.
Naturally, given Karen’s haste, we expect Brett to be a nightmare. But nothing could be further from the truth—a he’s gentleman to the core!
Despite her placing a kiss on a stunned John (Shane Withington) to underscore the fact, Dean swiftly saw through Karen’s pretence that she had moved on when he invited Brett to the bay.
Instead of giving up, Brett calmly stated that he would be waiting for her call after she had calmed down. By this point, it was evident that Karen’s troubles stemmed from her lack of confidence in herself, and her belief that she was not good enough for Brett.
Ziggy’s web digging revealed that Brett was a good guy who volunteered as a firefighter and coached kids’ football, and Dean realised Karen was in unfamiliar territory—she’d always gone for losers.
Dean could already tell that Karen had changed since meeting Brett, especially when she returned home with a bag full of fresh goods to prepare a genuine home-cooked meal (the fact that it tasted horrible was beside the point!).
When Dean brought Brett to dinner, things went horribly wrong because Karen kept pushing Brett away, to the point where he appeared to have given up when Karen returned his ring. Karen later revealed that she had made the commitment to never let another man pain her, but Dean told her that she could be happy.
Karen finally welcomed Brett back to the farmhouse to smooth things out, but the two were awkward until Dean brought up a major topic of conversation: Karen had recently met her grandson Jai (River Jarvis) for the first time. Dean stepped aside as the two began to chat.
Dean comes to the house this week to see how Karen and Brett are getting along, but it appears that their reunion has gone a little too smoothly for Dean’s comfort.
After a heavy make-up session with Brett, Dean is shocked to see Karen emerge from Jai’s bedroom, wrapped in nothing but Jai’s duvet.
If having sex in his 7-year-old son’s bed wasn’t enough for Dean, Karen accidently lets the duvet fall to the floor, giving Dean more than he bargained for.
Dean shudders as a post-coital Brett appears, wrapped in only a towel, and gives him a big hug to thank him for putting him and Karen back together. Dean says he’s going to get his head stuck in the lawnmower, as Brett and Karen return to the bedroom for another round…
Brett and Karen cooked another terrible supper for Dean and Ziggy that night, complete with Karen’s choice of the finest wine, and the couple seemed to be on the mend. But, as Ziggy and Dean grow increasingly irritated by the PDA overabundance, they begin to wonder how long Karen and Brett intend to stay…
The next day, Dean attempts unsuccessfully to bring up the matter, and when Karen and Brett join Dean and Ziggy for lunch at Salt, Karen starts talking about redoing Jai’s room… they could probably use some new bedding as well.
Is it possible that Dean, Ziggy, and Bella will be joined by two more housemates?