Home and Away spoilers follow for Australian and UK viewers.
Home and Away's Dean Thompson will face another new battle in his recovery journey this week, after he struggles to take his recently-rekindled romance with Ziggy Astoni to the next level.
After Dean (Patrick O'Connor) was almost killed in an horrific car crash over the summer, he has been facing an uphill struggle as he tries to recover from the serious injuries that he sustained in the accident.
Despite initially pushing Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) away as he tried to hide the extent of his pain from her, Australian viewers have seen the couple drawn closer together once again as Ziggy supports her boyfriend through his recovery – but they're now about to face another challenge.
TV Week reports that in scenes to air this week in Australia, and next year in the UK, Ziggy will help Dean with a rehab session at the gym that soon turns steamy. The couple decide that the time is right to get the physical side of their relationship back on track but, after a few minutes of passion, Dean backs out and leaves, heading to get some air.
After bumping into doctor Logan Bennett (Harley Bonner), Dean explains his problem. Logan tells him that he will be ready to take his romance with Ziggy to the next level once he is strong enough to be able to climb a flight of stairs again.
Determined to make this happen, Dean gets straight to work on trying to climb a staircase. Unfortunately, he collapses after taking only a few steps and Ziggy finds him in need of help.
Dean explains to Ziggy that Logan has given him the benchmark of being able to climb a flight of stairs, saying that once he is able to do this he will be ready to get intimate with her again.
However, after a heart-to-heart, the couple both agree that they should wait until after Dean has had his next surgery before they try again.
But after the pair are left alone in Dean's hospital room, things quickly heat up between them once again.
Ziggy and Dean both start to wonder whether the right time could actually be right now – will they be able to go ahead with taking things to the next level?
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
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