Justin’s (James Stewart) relationship with Leah (Ada Nicodemou) has faced several challenges in recent months, one of which is his painkiller addiction. Her nephew Theo (Matt Evans) arrived in the Bay shortly after and moved in with them, preventing them from enjoying the benefits of having the house to themselves.
When Justin returns from work one evening and Leah informs him that Theo has gone out to a party, Justin sweeps her into the bedroom. While in bed, the couple hears a rustle at the door and are stunned to see Marilyn (Emily Symons) jokingly unlock the door for them both.
To Justin’s chagrin, Leah leaps up to make Marilyn a cup of coffee and sit with her, despite the fact that Marilyn clearly needs someone to listen to her. Justin eventually goes to bed, and the next morning he wakes up alone. He walks into the living to find Leah and Marilyn still talking on the sofa, much to his surprise.
He flees to Salt, but a little while later, he receives a frightened phone from Leah, informing him that her son, VJ (Matt Little), has been involved in an accident. Fans may recall VJ’s final scenes in early 2018 UK episodes, in which he made a hurried helicopter escape from the Bay to Cyprus with baby Luc when Irene’s (Lynne McGranger) unstable son Mick (Kristian Schmid) – the biological father of VJ’s stepdaughter – increased his claim for custody.
When Justin rushes Leah to the airport so she may fly to Cyprus and be with VJ, Marilyn is waiting to pour him a cup of tea.
Justin begins to hint at why she’s at the house when she says it sounds like VJ will be in the hospital for weeks. Marilyn then informs him that she is his new houseguest…