The mourning after
STILL GRIEVING THE LOSS OF HIS DAD, Matt DECIDES THE BEST WAY FORWARD IS TO HAVE HIS OWN CHILD
Life has been anything but easy for Matt in the recent weeks. His dad Jim has just died, his brother Hugh has inherited the family farm, and at a time when he feels the need to grieve, his domineering father-in-law Carlito comes to stay. Just what he needs!
The arrival of Charlie’s (Nicole da Silva) dad Carlito (Vince Colosimo) in upcoming episodes of Doctor Doctor is bad timing for Matt (Ryan Johnson), but it does bring to a head an emotional crisis he’s suffering. It will also put his marriage to Charlie to the test.
The sudden loss of his dad (Steve Bisley) is proving far tougher for Matt to deal with than he could’ve ever imagined. And his current struggles are not about to get any easier when he’s dealing with Carlito’s presence in his home! For Matt, it’s just a constant reminder of what he’s lost from his own family.
“Matt is so frustrated as he feels he’s losing control of
everything,” Ryan Johnson admits from the Doctor Doctor set. “He realises he doesn’t have a hold on the farm, and that’s something he needs to come to terms with as Hugh has inherited it.
“Now Carlito’s around, and he’s not the easiest man in the world, and there’s a lot for Charlie and her dad to resolve.
Matt just wants some space at the moment, and more importantly, he wants something to call his own. He wants to feel secure and know where he belongs.”
In the midst of all this upheaval, Matt decides what he wants – more than anything – is to be a dad himself! Matt announces to Charlie he wants them to have a baby, and is sure if they have a child, it will be the perfect remedy to all that’s distressing him right now.
Charlie, however, is less convinced and believes they would be better off to wait a little while.
The more resistant Charlie becomes, however, the more insistent Matt becomes that this is exactly what their marriage needs to flourish.
“Matt is really keen to have a kid, but Charlie is more on the fence about it, and this is when a whole lot of tension begins to brew between them,” Ryan explains.
“Matt is going through this stage that he has not dealt with the grief over his dad, and he’s at loggerheads with his brother and his father-in-law, and so he decides the solution to everything is to become a dad. And with that difference in intentions, a number of problems come to the surface. What this is all about is grief, and he’s doing it tough.”
A confrontation is inevitable in this scenario, and although Charlie promises Matt that she’ll send her dad on his away as soon as possible, Charlie actually asks Carlito to stay. However hopeless Carlito is, Charlie feels she needs him around right now.
She knows her dad has been doing it tough over the recent years, and so she wants him to have a safe place to be. Which is all very well, but it doesn’t help Matt who needs his own room to mourn, too. But when he notices a growing sense of unease between his father-in-law and his mum Meryl (Tina Bursill), Matt sweeps in, believing his mother needs protection. And then what was only a niggling, minor issue is soon blown out of all proportion.
“There is something brewing between all of them,” Ryan adds. “The family has a lot more to get through before they can move on this time.”
Carlito (Vince Colosimo) gets a little daddy time with Charlie (Nicole da Silva) Carlito causes a scene with Meryl (Tina Bursill)
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Matt and Hugh (Rodger Corser) shoot the breeze