Tane’s life is one dodgy contract after another, despite many efforts to start over. But he got caught red-handed this time.
Tane (Ethan Browne) agrees to resign his position at Salt in Home And Away. He can’t stand near Mac (Emily Weir), with the couple unable to consider their emotions. He’s just out of work and out of pocket right now.
Mac is furious and shares with friend Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) her agony.
The mechanic encourages her friend to vent but is secretly assured that she has found someone in the garage to help. Ziggy provides Tane, who agrees with the role.
Ethan Brown tells TV WEEK, “Ziggy feels terrible for Tane. She’s mindful of the situation between him and Mac, so she offers to support him.”
“She’s the sort of person who, without questioning their background, will give anyone a fair shot. She’s still in a pickle with the garage and Justin being out of action, but she might do with some help.”
The couple grabs a drink at Salt to toast, crossing paths on the way in with Amber (Maddy Jevic) and Dean (Patrick O’Connor).
Ziggy wants to have a little chat with her ex-boyfriend, but Dean blows her away. But not before proposing that Ziggy refrain from flaunting her date with Tane in his face, Amber chases after him!
Ziggy is both humiliated by her assumption and shocked.
She heads off to the garage early the next day in preparation for Tane’s first day. She walks by Willow (Sarah Roberts) along the way, who saw them together at Salt and cheekily assumes they’re dating.
Ziggy scoffs at the thought … Why are people doing it all the time?
“There’s chemistry between them, of course,” Ethan says. “Ziggy is seen by Tane as super-fun and non-judgmental. He feels relaxed with her.”
Tane is put straight to work by Ziggy. He’s not a professional mechanic, but he gladly assists with improvements in diesel, administration and general washing … before his brother Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) arrives with a pizza.
It’s intended to be a kind gesture to repair bridges, but Tane thinks he’s being inspected and asks him to leave. Tane goes into a fury soon afterward. He doesn’t recall that he used to be a nice guy …
A compassionate Ziggy expands his obligations and hands him the lock-up keys.
However, Tane returned to the garage that night with a truck full of stolen goods.
“He resorts to his violent ways in order to make himself feel in control of his life again,” Ethan says of Tane’s behavior.
In the early hours, Tane plans to move the van but is left in the lurch when his buyer backs out. He’s scrambling to make other arrangements, not noticing that Ziggy is standing …
When she realizes what he’s done, horror is written all over her mind. What’s Ziggy going to do next?