Free love only the be­gin­ning

The world is fast chang­ing AND THERE ARE NEW CHAP­TERS AND CHAL­LENGES FOR THE WOMEN WE’VE COME TO CARE ABOUT

Soap World - - INTERVIEW -

Joan,

played by Jessica Marais Her hot but rocky ro­mance with ac­tivist Jim (Matthew Le Nevez) started crum­bling when he went on the run from po­lice af­ter be­ing wrongly ac­cused of de­vel­oper Greg Mathieson’s (Mar­shall Napier) man­slaugh­ter.

Joan al­most looked set for a re­union with Jim when Dr McNaughton (Jonathan LaPaglia) ad­mit­ted to po­lice he was the one at fault but Jim was forced to go back on the run. He wanted Joan to join him and baby James but af­ter con­fess­ing he’d been un­faith­ful she tear­fully re­fused. This is de­spite the fact she had just found out she was preg­nant with his baby.

So when we meet Joan again she will likely be sin­gle and alone while await­ing the birth of her baby. She’s prob­a­bly go­ing to face huge chal­lenges rais­ing the child on her own while also con­tin­u­ing her ca­reer as a doc­tor. Joan had fig­ured out that Patty was the woman Jim slept with so this is likely to im­pact the for­mer friends. And also mean that we shouldn’t ex­pect Joan to use Patty’s creche as child care when she has a shift at the hospi­tal.

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