A grieving, misguided Phoebe thinks throwing herself into a new affair with Dom is the solution to all her woes
On Home and Away, a grieving Phoebe thinks throwing herself into a new affair with Dom is the solution to all her woes.
Nothing is on even ground for Phoebe right now in Summer Bay. Every way she turns, she is haunted by the troubles of her past.
Phoebe (Isabella Giovinazzo) is grieving the recent death of Hannah (Cassie Howarth) and if that is not making life difficult enough, she can only stand by and watch as her former lover Ash (George Mason) become even more romantically ensnared with policewoman Kat (Pia Miller).
The fact is Phoebe is lost and alone, and so when she spied photographer Dom (Lindsay Farris) at Ricky’s wedding, sparks flew in all directions between the pair.
As survivors of the horrific explosion, Phoebe and Dom have been strangely drawn together ever since. There is a connection there they both feel and it did not take long before they were getting passionate.
Phoebe has since thrown herself head first into this new fling, and in doing so has also thrown her cares away as she allows herself to fall head over heels in love with the hunky newcomer.
But the truth is, few of her friends are convinced this is the best thing for her, worried that she is rushing into this new romance in an attempt to shut out what have been the most painful months of her life.
In other words, Phoebe is throwing herself into Dom’s arms, completely on the rebound. This is one affair she has not thought through – for a moment.
But Phoebe is convinced she needs a distraction, and hot-totrot Dom fits the bill perfectly. He has little idea of what Phoebe is recovering from and believes Phoebe is looking for love as much as he is.
In short succession, she broke up with Ash, the man she was sure was her true love. What has made things even more difficult is playing witness as the sweet romance between the most unlikely of pairs – Ash and
Kat – has developed over recent months. This is an affair that should never have worked, but anyone who sees Ash and Kat together can tell how good they are for each other.
While she admits she is happy for her ex, deep down inside, Phoebe’s heart is shattered.
Added to the drama in her ex files is that she has also watched hopelessly as another former love, Kyle Braxton (Nic Westaway) has been hurtling down his own path of self-destruction.
And at a time when she needs her best friend Hannah by her side to talk about what is going on in her life, Hannah now lies in a grave. The pain of losing her is almost untenable.
So with all of this spinning around within her mind, it seems almost incomprehensible that Phoebe is getting caught up in a new affair. At a time when she needs to be quiet and sort out her life, she sees Dom as her way out of the all-consuming mess.
While Phoebe has kept a smile on her face every time she meets up with Dom, deep down inside, she is barely holding it together – and Dom has no idea.
And yet, it is Phoebe who really has no idea what she is getting caught up in with Dom (Lindsay Farris). He was not exactly honest with her about the fact he has a daughter, Bella (Teegan Croft), and withheld the truth until he was found out.
He was also slow to reveal that he has not completely severed ties with his ex-wife – the pair only recently separated and are still not legally divorced.
Then when Phoebe met the precocious Bella, the young girl made it obvious she had no time for the new woman in her dad’s life and no intention of making it easy for Phoebe to muscle in on their lives.
Factoring a 10-year-old child in the equation was never part of Phoebe’s plans, and yet the demanding Bella is determined to be front and centre of any relationship that evolves between her dad and Phoebe.
“I just want things to be simple and what happened to the old days when love was fun and there was not a 10-year-old in the picture?” a lost Phoebe confided in a quiet moment in the trusty John Palmer (Shane Withington).
Then in a telling confession, Phoebe revealed what could be the breaking point of this new affair before it has even become serious.
“How could this possibly work?” she said. “I am hopeless with children.”
But as Phoebe is about to discover, as strong as her new affair is, love is sometimes not enough to conquer all. While the attraction with Dom is red hot, Phoebe is about to learn an important lesson about allowing love to take its own course, no matter which way it goes.
There is also an important lesson ahead about the value of listening to the warning wisdom of good friends who have been telling her to slow down and not to be in such a rush to rebound into a new affair. As Phoebe will learn, often, good friends can see things we can’t when caught up in the whirlwind of love – and Phoebe is currently right in the middle of a storm.
SPARKS Phoebe (Isabella Giovinazzo) was instantly attracted to Dom when they saw each other at Ricky’s wedding.
MUCH MISSED Hannah (Cassie Howarth) was Phoebe’s best friend but now she’s gone and Phoebe misses having her close.
IN THE DARK Dom (Lindsay Farris) is drawn to Phoebe but has no idea about what she’s been through.