Lost his mar­bles?

Marko is stunned to learn that Dawid and Emma be­ing in Hill­side was just an hal­lu­ci­na­tion.

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“Tell me if I’ve gone mad,” Marko (Fran­cois Lens­ley) pleads with his cousin Diederik (Hennie Ja­cobs) on Wed­nes­day 7 De­cem­ber, re­fer­ring to the trau­matic events that he “wit­nessed” on Mon­day 5 and Tues­day 6 De­cem­ber. Marko was con­vinced that the love of his life Emma (Bertha le Roux) and her ex Dawid (Stian Bam) wanted to flee Hill­side with their son Thi­nus (Ian Roelfs). But when Marko called the po­lice to come and help a wounded Dawid af­ter their fight in Stasie Ses, they couldn’t find any trace of Dawid. And to make mat­ters even more con­fus­ing, they found even less ev­i­dence of Emma hav­ing been in Hill­side. Then came the shock­ing rev­e­la­tion when at­tor­ney Xan­der (Theo Jan­tjies) broke the news to his friend: nei­ther Emma nor Dawid have been in The Laan re­cently! “Marko’s shocked and con­fused,” says Fran­cois. When Xan­der tells him on Tues­day 6 De­cem­ber that Emma has been in prison this en­tire time, where she’s serv­ing time for mur­der­ing her ex-hus­band Rick (Dar­ren Kelfkens) in 2013, Marko at first doesn’t want to be­lieve him. Wor­ried that he’s see­ing things that aren’t there, he goes to see doc­tor Alexa (Ca­rina Nel) on Wed­nes­day 7 De­cem­ber. Later that day, Xan­der gets con­fir­ma­tion that Dawid has in­deed not been in South Africa and Emma is still safely be­hind bars. Later, Alexa brings the test re­sults along with a med­i­cal rea­son for his hal­lu­ci­na­tions: Marko has a brain tu­mour!

Fran­cois says that Marko is dumb­struck by his di­ag­no­sis. “For most peo­ple, a brain tu­mour is a death sen­tence and that has Marko wor­ried.” In this dif­fi­cult time, Diederik be­comes Marko’s pil­lar of strength and on Tues­day 13 De­cem­ber, the day of Marko’s oper­a­tion to re­move the tu­mour, Marko asks Diederik to be a fa­ther fig­ure for lit­tle Thi­nus should things go wrong. “He’s just mak­ing sure that there will be some­one good and re­spon­si­ble to be Thi­nus’s role model if Marko shouldn’t make it,” Fran­cois adds.

SPOILER ALERT!

By Wed­nes­day 21 De­cem­ber, it’s plain to see that some­thing is hor­ri­bly out of place with Marko. Even though his oper­a­tion was suc­cess­ful, it seems like his per­son­al­ity has changed. Why is he sud­denly so rude and sex­ist when he’s with his neu­rol­o­gist, who’s a woman? Vanessa is con­cerned about Bruyn­waves’ fi­nan­cial po­si­tion, Justin and Ag­gie pro­mote 16 Days Of Ac­tivism, and Thi­nus vis­its Hill­side. Con­nie opens up about her past and her bro­ken marriage, while Alexa gives Marko bad news. Vince and Bonita worry about the flower shop’s fu­ture, and Alexa doesn’t trust Zelda.

Char­maine finds her­self in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion when a tree from her house falls over her neigh­bour’s fence. Con­nie de­cides it’s time for her to get her own flat, while Marko asks Diederik to be a fa­ther fig­ure to Thi­nus if things don’t work out. Zelda has Chris right where she wants him, and Vanessa is un­der pres­sure to sort out the cash­flow sit­u­a­tion at work. Willem de­vel­ops feel­ings for a Hill­sider who re­cently moved back, Rickus wants Ag­gie’s help with T&T’s ad­min, and Mari­aan agrees to work at Zelda’s sa­lon to keep busy. Ag­gie is flat­tered by gifts from her se­cret ad­mirer, while Chris re­alises that his fam­ily is fall­ing apart af­ter Rickus tells him how much the Wel­man sib­lings are stress­ing about their mom. Xan­der calls a fam­ily meet­ing to re­store peace, while Hilda gives ad­vice to frus­trated Mari­aan. Char­maine is ex­cited about her Christ­mas plans for Christ­mas, and Ag­gie is shocked to find out who her se­cret ad­mirer is.

Marko’s world comes crash­ing down with an un­ex­pected di­ag­no­sis. Diederik and Dr Alexa do their best to sup­port Marko dur­ing this up­set­ting time.

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