John (Shane Withington) and Marilyn (Emily Symons) have been on the rocks for a while now, after Marilyn invited the Paratas into their home and John reacted badly to the sudden changes without being consulted. However, as Marilyn was adamant they would stay, John ended up moving out.
Living in the caravan park, John has been slowly rebuilding his relationship with Marilyn – which is becoming easier with the Paratas moving out to live in the house over the road that Tane (Ethan Browne) bought.
Recognising that Marilyn needs time to recover from the trauma of the hospital siege and realising that her bond with Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) isn’t romantic – it came from sharing the experience – he respects why she felt she needed to help the family however she could.
At the hangi, Marilyn is bemused to find John hanging around outside the house with a cheese board. John reveals that he was actually invited (Gemma had pushed Ari into awkwardly suggesting he attend).
As the party progresses, Marilyn and the others suspect John has been drinking as he slurs his words. But then, as he walks away from the event, Marilyn is stunned to see her husband suddenly collapse. As the Paratas call for help, Marilyn can’t help but wonder – is this somehow her fault?
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