Ben (Rohan Nichol) and Maggie (Kestie Morassi) have been separated for a little while now, but as Ben relishes the space to process and begins getting closer to Gemma (Bree Peters), Maggie struggles to deal with her new reality. The situation reaches a breaking point when Maggie finds out Ben and Gemma spent the night together after Nikau’s (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) emotional outburst in Salt.
Trying to explain that nothing happened between them, Ben fails to help Maggie’s anguish and she asks him to leave, their conversation unresolved. Later, Gemma hesitantly approaches Maggie, but is met with sharp words – and an equally sharp response.
Gemma tells Ben what happened between her and Maggie, and Ben sympathises with her. Stood on the balcony of Salt, he touches her briefly, and Maggie unfortunately looks up at exactly the wrong moment. Misinterpreting the situation, she storms away, and Dean (Patrick O’Connor) calls Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) – she’d better be prepared for a fresh wave of trouble between her parents.
At the Farm House, Ben shows up to explain himself again, but Maggie has heard enough. She tells him that she’s quit her job at the school and is applying for a job transfer out of Summer Bay. Bitterly, she tells him he can have the house – to live in with Gemma or whoever else he wants to date.
Ziggy is distraught to discover how broken her parents’ relationship has become, and at a loss at how to stop her mothers’ rapidly escalating emotional turmoil. While the prospect of Maggie leaving was bad enough, Ziggy is left knocked for six when she goes to see her mum – and Maggie reveals she’s now going to move to Italy…
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