It looks like pain ahead in the red-hot affair between Mason and Beth as each grapples with illness and injury, on Home and Away.
There’s been so much deception in his life, it’s amazing poor Mason Morgan can trust anyone these days. And with all he has already been through, the latest developments in his relationship with Beth have now set him on a fast road to heartbreak.
Just when Mason (Orpheus Pledger) thought he had found someone to lead him out of the current nightmare that was his life in a wheelchair, he learned that Beth (Anneliese Apps) was ghting for her own life, battling a heart condition and desperately awaiting a transplant.
It’s been a cruel few weeks as Beth lied to the crippled Mason, claiming to be a nurse and promising she would help put him on the path to walking again.
Mason has been relying on Beth for so much, as what she was offering was something to live and hope for.
And now, he is dealing with not only the fallout of her deception but also that her own world is also falling apart and she faces many challenges.
Beth has been told she is dying and there is little hope she will survive without a transplant — and there’s little chance of that happening in time.
Despite all that hurt, love is determined to have its way, in upcoming episodes of Home and Away, as Mason nds himself falling truly, madly and deeply in love with the ailing young woman.
What’s ahead is a perfect storm of tears, as these two broken people nd their lives become so tightly intertwined as true love takes hold.
But it’s a perilous hold, as neither Mason nor Beth know what their futures hold, and there seems no hope of lasting happiness. And yet it’s due to the tenuous state of this situation, when every moment of life is so precious, that it’s powerfully binding them together.
With what he has been through in recent times, Mason feels he has nothing to lose and is prepared to jump into this love affair. As Beth was the rst person to throw him a lifeline through his darkest days as he learned to live in a wheelchair, he no longer cares she was lying.
More than anyone, Mason understands that desperate times force people into desperate behaviour -– and if Beth needed to escape into a fantasy role where she was pretending to be a nurse, then he understands that is what she had to do.
More than anything, Mason knows Beth was trying to help by showing him a way forward; she reassured him he had something to hope for. When no one else could get through to him, her con dent charms were persuasive, and as a result, Mason’s approach to his new life turned a signi cant corner.
She constantly reassured him and refused to allow him to wallow in self-pity. “Grab hold of
Beth lied to the crippled Mason, claiming to be a nurse who would help him walk again.
life every day and go for it,” she ordered him one day — and he promised to do just that.
So when he accidentally wheeled his chair into the wrong hospital room and found her in a bed, wired up to several machines as a doctor was speaking about her treatment options while waiting for the heart transplant, Mason was shattered. Not only did he discover she had been deceiving him, but he also realised that someone he had been counting on so much might soon be leaving him.
And being left behind is something that Mason has struggled with ever since the death of his parents, when the family was forced to go on the run for the sake of their lives. He has not known a day since when he was not looking over his shoulder, wondering when danger was looming and who might be the next person to disappear from his life.
Which explains why Mason was so insistent that his brother Brody (Jackson Heywood) change his ways and stop living on the dark side with drug dealers and low-lifes. Mason desperately didn’t want to lose yet another member of his family, and yet it was, in a cruel turn of fate, just when Mason was begging Brody to stop his drug-addicted ways that his car crashed, leaving the younger brother Mason crippled.
Ever since, the relationship between the two brothers has been at breaking point, with Mason not able to forgive his sibling and with the clueless Brody barely registering the shattered impact the crash has had on Mason.
With all this chaos in his clan, it’s no wonder that the appearance of Beth in the hospital was such a welcome arrival into his life. This was a woman who gave Mason one lesson after another on living life every day to the fullest.
She was obviously a good teacher, as now Mason is doing everything he can to ght back and get through his rehabilitation, in the hope of one day being able to walk again.
But now, he nds he is watching on as poor Beth is being forced to come to terms with her own mortality, as there seems no hope for nding a compatible donor for the heart transplant she so desperately needs.
Which makes his decision to jump head rst into this affair with all his heart a reckless one, as there is obviously so much heartbreak ahead as Beth begins to lose her grip on life.
While his older brother Justin (James Stewart) warns Mason about getting too involved too quickly with someone whose life appears to be coming to an end, his words are lost on Mason. He doesn’t want to hear one word of reason or sense right now.
There is only one person Mason wants to be with, and that’s Beth. He would rather make every day they have together count in every way possible than pull away in the hope of preventing himself from getting hurt.
It’s too late to avoid that, as hurt is clearly inevitable in this affair, and Mason is resigned to all that ahead for them. For him, it’s all about today with Beth. That’s the only thing that counts — for as long as they have.
HEARTACHE DUO Mason (Orpheus Pledger) gained new hope when Beth (Anneliese Apps) stepped in to help him but he was shocked to learn that she also was very unwell. CRUNCH TIME The two brothers (pictured before the crash) are now at breaking point. Mason (right) can’t forgive Brody (Jackson Heywood).
EVERY DAY COUNTS Beth is also fighting for her life and Mason just wants the two of them to enjoy whatever time they have left.