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One of two long-running soaps on Australian TV, the other being Neighbours.

The series began in 1988, with Tom Fletcher being laid off from his job. He decided to get away from the hassles of city life, and took his wife, Pippa, and their five foster children (and imaginary friend Milco) to the coastal village of Summer Bay, where he purchased a caravan park.

Cue usual soapie stuff: romance, death, birth, weddings, cults, illegitimate children, more foster children, appearances from Cornelia Frances, long-lost siblings and the like. Only with more teenagers.

Home and Away is notable in that, unlike Neighbours, the show has had one cast member (Ray Meagher) stay on board from the very first episode. Another notable totable is that unlike most soapies, this one is aimed squarely at teens, as well as older fans who grew up with Sally (Kate Ritchie, the longest-serving original female cast member, who was also in the first episode, but left in 2008).


This show has examples of:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Lampshaded by Bianca, who upon seeing the River Boys for the first time says "why are all the bad guys hot?" and eventually ends up with one herself.
  • Analogy Backfire: Barry Hyde picked up the nickname "Jekyll" from his students, despite him pointing out their mistake in his first appearance
    Barry: For the record, Jekyll was the good one. I on the other hand am Hyde, the bad one. And I never. Change. Back.
  • As You Know: Irene to April: "Well cheer up, 'cause tomorrow's your birthday!"
  • Back for the Dead: Chloe Richards.
    • Averted with Floss McPhee in 2004 when she thought she was dying but was revealed not to be.
    • Subverted with Marilyn Chambers, who did die...for about four minutes.
  • Become a Real Boy: Miles, after twenty years of being the seemingly imaginary Milco.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: April and Bianca have had them, with Bianca speaking Italian and April speaking French.
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  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: A lot of the young female characters even if they aren't always this will go through a phase.
  • Bus Crash: Beth Hunter, Dan Baker.
  • The Cameo
    • Michael Palin appeared on episode #1.2258 in 1997. He was in Australia filming his travelogue Full Circle.
    • Sia also made a cameo in a 1997 episode, singing at Travis and Rebecca's wedding.
  • Child by Rape:
    • Ruby Buckton was this to Charlie. She was raised by her grandparents.
    • Shauna Bradley was conceived as a result of Ailsa being raped by a prison guard.
    • Ella, whose mother Tasha Andrews was drugged and raped by at least one member of a cult.
    • Irene was revealed to have a child by rape in late 2015, later revealed to be a son. The fact that this had never come up in her 20+ years on the show despite Irene having been around for each of the above stories, as well as having lived with Tasha and multiple other rape or abuse victims, was rather weakly Hand Waved by an implication of repressed memories, which were only now being triggered by Olivia opening up about being sexually abused by a friend of her uncle. (However, the fact she still had the blanket she made for the baby, which she treated like a prized possession even though it had never been seen before and she'd lost all her possessions in a house fire in the 90s, seems to contradict the repressed memories theory.)
      • When the son in question, Mick Jennings, was introduced in 2016, the first thing he did was rape Billie Ashford, which ended up getting her pregnant with his child. After he was arrested for kidnapping Irene, it was revealed that this wasn't his first sexual assault.
    • Mia's daughter Chloe, as revealed when her father Matthew turned up. Mia accuses him of taking advantage of her when she was too drunk to consent. Matthew claims to remember it differently, saying that he was just as drunk as her that night, but the fact that he refuses to respect her request to stay away from Chloe really doesn't help his case. Mia agonizes over telling Chloe the truth, fearing the worst about what this could do for her self-image, but eventually decides she has no choice when Matthew convinces Chloe to move to Sydney with him. When Chloe believes her and tells Matthew to get lost, he again refuses to take no for an answer, and when he attacks Mia in their front yard Chloe intervenes and accidentally kills Matthew with a rock.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Although Alf was long-established as having three sisters in Celia, Morag and Barbara (at least before Colleen was discovered to be his half-sister) an early episode had Celia briefly mention a fourth sister named Debra who was instantly forgotten.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: It had a story arc involving a project dubbed "Project 56" which would have constructed a highway straight through Summer Bay.
  • Continuity Snarl: Plenty. Most notable is Jade and Kirsty Sutherland. One of their initial storylines included one locating the other through Twin Telepathy (which was already a bit shaky since they weren't identical twins). Fast forward a few years, and they're not related at all, since Jade was Switched at Birth with Kirsty's actual, identical twin.
  • Cruel Twist Ending:
    • Poor Charlotte (Adams), who in 2002 having said her goodbyes on her last day in the bay decided to take one last swim. It didn't work out so well...
    • A similar twist happened to Denny Miller about 13 years later. She was on her way to the airport when she just popped over to Charlotte (King's) house to drop off a key when Charlotte accidentally killed her during a struggle over a stolen safe from the diner that was in her house.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Miles Copeland.
    Miles: Who calls their son 'Penn'? Does he have a sister named 'Cil'?
    • Dex Walker is much better known as an example.
  • Death Is Cheap: Peter Baker was killed in a barn explosion and even had his liver donated to Jack....but then it turned out Peter was on witness protection and Jack got someone else's liver.
  • Dirty Cop: Partial examples. While mostly good people, Angelo Rosetta shot dead fellow cop Jack Holden by mistake, and years later let people smuggler Hugo Austin run away freely with his girlfriend Martha; Charlie Buckton had an affair with drug trafficker and dodgy businessman Darryl Braxton.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Nick Smith (played by Chris Egan from 2000-2003) went through a lot on the soap including losing his father to being crushed by a car he was working on, becoming wheelchair-bound after a school bus crash, being sexually harassed by a psychotic schoolteacher and framed for her sexual assault, and being set up to look unfaithful to his girlfriend on a reality TV show. In the end he was offered a role in a film and after leaving everyone on good terms moved to Hollywood to become an actor.
  • Estranged Soap Family: Unsurprisingly, several teenagers have these, since they are often fostered by others.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Darryl and Heath Braxton may be low-life criminals, but even they regard their alcoholic mother as a lost cause and realise that their younger brother Casey is better-off living elsewhere.
    • As psychopathic as Trey Palmer turned out to be himself, he was suspicious of people smuggler Hugo Austin long before almost anyone else was, and also helped Nicole fight off sex pest and criminal Gardy.
    • However gossipy and judgemental Colleen was herself, even she had absolutely no time for Christine Jones and her prudish and busybody ways.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Karen Dean, Adam Cameron, Sam Marshall briefly, Josh West.
  • Fair Cop: Charlie Buckton and more recently Katarina Chapman. Didn't hurt that both of their actresses were also models.
  • Fake Guest Star: Sam Holden, Melody Jones, Angelo Rosetta, Morag Bellingham in every return appearance she's made, and Kirsty Phillips in her recent return.
    • It should be noted, however, that the definition of "guest" here is simply stretched to "someone who doesn't get as much screen time as the regulars": and indeed, none of these characters have spent more than half a year onscreen IIRC.. The regular cast is onscreen almost all year round.
    • Melody and Sam were around for more than half a year.
    • Can't speak for Sam, but Melody had a reasonable absence: the character was withdrawn from school after being raped and didn't show up again until after Axel died..
    • Inverted by Roman, who was credited as a regular, but had a definite story arc. Beyond this, however, we'll be waiting for some time before he's back in the Bay.
    • It should be noted that after the example was first posted, Angelo returned to the Bay as a regular.
  • Fake Pregnancy: When Reese discovered that Kirsty and Kane had got married, he yelled at them to give him a reason why their marriage should not be split up (Reese hated Kane). Kirsty yells at Reese that she is pregnant - a lie which she then has to maintain after Kane tells her how happy he is. Kirsty then later has to fake a miscarriage and then discovers later that she is genuinely pregnant.
    • More recently, Ruby pulled this. She was dating a boy named Romeo after his marriage to Indi fell apart. When Ruby thought he was going to leave her, she told him she was pregnant. When he found out that she lied, naturally, he left her. Then when she found out that Romeo and Indi had gotten back together, Ruby cut the brakes on Indi's car, which put Indi's brother Dex in the hospital with severe brain injuries.
  • Fanservice: Most men below the age of 30. Particularly notable examples in recent years include Brad, Ric, Lucas, Geoff, Aden, Romeo, Xavier, the Braxton brothers and Nate.
    • Also applies to the majority of female characters in that age bracket.
      • Ruby and April being major examples. Some of April's more dramatic scenes can be overwhelmed by...other things.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Summer Bay has many teens apparently able to afford their own living space while not in full-time employment.
  • Gag Dub: The Mr Doodleburger series of online gag dubs was so offensive and so popular it ended up being the subject of trash tabloid TV outrage.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Alf's "Flaming Galah" is hilarious for it's "Australian-ness" and the fact that it's supposed to be a serious expletive, if not the most offensive one.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Planning on staying in the Bay? Best make one of these quick!
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Madge Wilkins.
  • Hospital Hottie: A few. Most recently Nate Cooper, a bona-fide Hunk.
  • Hypocrite: Charlie objected to Ruby having a relationship with Casey for being a River Boy, even while having an affair with his infinitely more criminal and nasty brother Darryl; furthermore, Bianca violently opposed April having a relationship with Heath...not long before getting together with him herself.
  • Idiot Ball: Tends to get passed around a fair bit. As of this writing, Ruby Buckton and Angelo Rosetta are probably the biggest offenders.
  • It's Always Spring: Maybe that's why the place is called Summer Bay. Never mind that it's just outside of Sydney and all....
    • It's often filmed in the middle of winter. So the actors have to work on a beach with near sub-zero temperatures after the wind chill is taken into account. Often wearing little more than a bikini or boardshorts.
  • Karma Houdini: A recurring issue in later seasons, with more and more regular characters being introduced from criminal backgrounds and never quite leaving them behind. A main character kidnapped someone/tried to murder someone/really murdered someone? Nine times out of ten, they get away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The one other time, the actor wanted to leave the show.
    • One infamous example was Aden Jefferies, a bully who was given a back story about being abused by his grandfather as a child to make him seem sympathetic. A mid-season cliffhanger saw him refuse to call an ambulance for his dying father, take two women who turned up at the house hostage and finally try to murder him... because he found out his father was abused too. The entire cast, most of whom didn't know about his abuse and didn't like him, saw nothing wrong with this and the judge declared him not guilty as soon as he explained his reasons.
      • The redhead standing in his immediate vicinity may have also had something to do with that...note 
      • Whenever Morag has a client who's innocent, they go to jail: Kane, Ric, Alf (twice). She represents someone who's guilty and he gets away with it...
    • Possibly even more infamous was police officer Angelo Rosetta, who accidentally shot and killed his colleague Jack Holden. He was let out of jail because he was apparently the only person who could solve a people smuggling case. Although initially met with hostility, it was forgotten about after a year, as Jack's widow gave him relationship advice and Jack's father went to the opening of his restaurant and congratulated him on the great tacos.
      • To be fair, the last bits were after Angelo had saved Martha's life from the aforementioned smugglers.
    • There's also Kyle Bennett/Braxton. Introduced lurking around the Bay spying on the Braxton brothers, Kyle kidnapped Casey, took him out into the bush and attempted to starve/dehydrate him to death. His reason? Casey had killed their mutual father. Dragged back to the Bay to testify in Casey's favour, Kyle later turned his life around and became one of the good guys. In his favour, he has worked very hard to be better than he was then. Then he gets sent to jail for 10 years for a crime he didn't commit and promptly forgotten.
    • To a huge extent, Darryl "Brax" Braxton. His crimes included running a drug operation; having Liam Murphy beaten up for testifying against his brother; attempting to murder both Pirovic brothers (someone beat him to it both times); stealing the evidence in an armed robbery and framing a mostly innocent bystander; attacking Johnny Barrett, stealing the proceeds of a robbery and leaving him for dead; and attacking Dean Sanderson, stealing the proceeds of a robbery and leaving him for dead. He receives no legal punishment for any of it, and on the two occasions he does go to jail he's innocent and gets out pretty quickly (the second time by faking his death and escaping, albeit to protect his family). And then, all of this gets awkwardly wrapped up with Dean's actual killer confessing, exonerating Brax and allowing him to have his happy ending with Ricki and their son Casey.
    • Kane Phillips went unpunished for his role in kidnapping Shauna and later raping Dani, instead being given a Freudian Excuse in the form of his father and brother's abuse and a debateably well-executed Love Redeems story arc with Dani's sister Kirsty (to his credit, he did a much better job of going straight than some of the examples here). Similar to Brax, the one time he was convicted of a crime was when he was framed by the aforementioned father and brother, and he and Kirsty skipped town before sentencing. He would later be apprehended in 2008 and tried for the robberies he was forced to commit while on the run, accepting a plea deal to protect Kirsty and their son. However, in a baffling incidence of Wrongful Accusation Insurance, he later appealed the sentence and was released, despite having no apparent way of exonerating himself for the original robbery, to say nothing of the ones he had committed.
    • Andy and Josh Barrett, perhaps even more than Brax. Andy starts off attempting to murder two main characters for trivial reasons, and ends up actually killing two main characters, albeit by accident. In between, he murders a rival criminal in cold blood and Josh accidentally kills someone else while covering for him. They both confess in the end, but instead of taking their punishment they go on the run together. (The negative reaction may have been greater than anticipated, as several months later it's casually announced that they were arrested off-screen.)
    • Hunter King, who entered the Bay by burning down a long-standing residence and nearly killing four people, one of whom he promptly framed for the arson while she was critically injured in hospital. He then carried out a robbery in which he pushed someone down stairs and left them for dead, carried out another robbery which indirectly put someone in a coma and resulted in his mother killing someone who found out he did it, then stabbed a guy who'd made a False Confession to killing his mother in front of the police. Every time one of his crimes out, he was immediately forgiven by everyone and received a slap on the wrist or nothing at all. (When one crime was exposed while he was serving a suspended sentence, no-one could be bothered to press charges.)
  • Killed Off for Real: Half of the people who've not returned to the show.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": Casey. And various other people through the show.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Occasionally, the show will reference plot threads from years gone by, thanks to having the occasional former cast member turn up.
  • Large Ham: Alf.
  • Local Hangout: There have been several over the years, as several characters own and work at bars, restaurants and diners.
  • Long Bus Trip: Joey Collins was put on a three-month fishing trip. This was in 2009...
  • Luke, You Are My Father: At one point, a woman came to town claiming to be John Palmer's daughter. We later learned that she wasn't when the real daughter showed up.
  • Lying Finger Cross:
    • One episode has Irene take Olivia with her to go on the run to prevent her evil grandmother from becoming her legal guardian. Barry catches up with Irene and tells her what she's doing is stupid, so they go back to her house where a meeting was meant to be taking place with the grandmother and a social worker. When they get back to the house, Irene comes up with a cover story that she went out shopping with Olivia and the car got a flat tyre. Olivia is asked if Irene's story is true and she nods. The viewer then sees her fingers are crossed behind her back.
    • Another episode has Leah apologize to Ryan after falsely accusing him of wrecking her wedding dress. Ryan says that he accepts Leah's apology, but then we see he has his fingers crossed behind his back.
  • Malaproper: Colleen.
  • Missing Mom/Disappeared Dad: Frequently applies to the teenage cast, largely because a constant element from the beginning of the series has been foster families.
    • The lone subversion? Ruby Buckton.
  • Mistaken for Junkie: With insulin. And, to a lesser extent, pills for cancer. To be fair to this one, Belle was an addict.
  • Moral Myopia: Christian fundamentalist Christine Jones seemed rather more angry about Spring Awakening being taught to the children and her daughter Melody consensually kissing a boy than her daughter being sexually assaulted. In fact, she even got Melody sectioned when, following the death of her attacker Axel, Melody admitted fantasising about him dying, calling her "an evil girl".
  • Never Say Rape: Home and Away has done a number of well-remembered rape storylines over the years (Carly, Chloe and Dani in particular) but the word "rape" was never used onscreen, replaced by "assault", "attack", and in one infamous case, "forced her to have a baby with him." (Granted, the pregnancy was the whole point of the rape, but still). This was finally averted after Joey was raped in 2009, with further aversions in the storylines involving Charlie later that year, and Bianca in 2011. (However, the word was used early in 2007, in the context of rohypnol being a date rape drug.) It seems to be well and truly back in force now: Bianca was "attacked" or "sexually assaulted" more often than not and euphemisms are in full force for Rosie in 2013, Irene and Olivia in 2015 and Billie in 2016.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Casey was by far the nicest of the Braxton brothers, Heath was the most aggressive and Darryl was at least a little more refined, intelligent and less hot-headed compared to Heath.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Aden Jeffries is caught helping a drunk Annie Campbell but is accused of poisoning and raping her in the process.
  • Novelization:
    • A few of these were released in the late-80s early-90s, adapting stories such as Roo's Teen Pregnancy, Carly's alcoholism and rape, and the relationship between Frank and Bobby.
    • Another string of these were released in the mid-2000s, beginning with an adaptation of the DVD-only episode Hearts Divided (2003), with later books adapting longer stories such as Dani's trial and subsequent imprisonment for her hit-and-run on Kane, Tasha adjusting to learning who her parents were, Sarah's murder of Noah, Kane's false arrest for armed robbery and the 2005 plane crash (which suggests that there may have been plans to adapt the rest of the Summer Bay Stalker storyline).
  • One Steve Limit: Not played entirely straight. There have been two Bretts, two Jacks, two Joeys, two Rubys and two Charlottes. The only ones to appear together were the Rubys: regular Ruby Buckton and guest character Ruby Leeds.
  • Pac-Man Fever: A boy was shown playing on PSP that when turned on made the start up sound of an original Gameboy.
  • Playing Gertrude: Mick Jennings was supposed to have been born when Irene was 15, but the actors were born 21 years apart and Kristian Schmid wasn't much older than the actors of Irene's previously established children.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Zoe McCallister, the Summer Bay stalker.
  • Put on a Bus: The other half of people who've not returned.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Yeah thanks, but I'm not asking you. You can just say the HELL away from me." Although this is a minor example, the fact that it comes from normally mild-mannered April shocks significantly.
  • Prophecy Twist: Mitzy predicted Marilyn would die. She did, but only for a few minutes.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Martin Bartlett first appeared in 2008 but he's apparently been around offscreen since Kirsty's school days.
  • Repetitive Name: Robert Robertson.
  • Retirony: Played straight with Charlie in the 2011 season finale.
  • Rich Bitch: Amanda briefly attempted to become one in order to finance Josh's development plans.
  • Right Behind Me: When Max does an impression of what he thinks is Dr. Jekyll, in reference to Barry Hyde. Barry shows up behind him and corrects his misunderstanding of the book.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Dexter is often one of these
    : In response to being told it's easier to cheat in church. Dex: You're right, it's much easier to cheat in a church, with God looking down on you.
  • Scandalgate: One storyline from 2005 centered around the paternity of Hayley Lawson's baby became unpopular with the fans, who were aware that Scott was the father from the beginning (the test results had been switched by the vengeful ex-girlfriend of the other prospective father, Kim) but were forced to sit through months of near misses with at least three other characters finding out but being prevented from revealing it for various reasons. The story is now dubbed "Paternitygate" on the Backtothebay message board.
  • Scenery Porn: In addition to the white sand beach, ocean-side rocks and cliffs as well as green bushland often feature, and there's almost always sunshine.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Rabbit told Miles he was going to die if he fell asleep. Miles spends several days not sleeping, eventually collapsing from exhaustion on his desk - right under a ceiling fan that's hanging by a thread. Fortunately, Gina wakes him up just in time.
  • She's All Grown Up: Annie Campbell, who starts off as an incredibly prudish and innocent Christian girl - Aden Jeffries refers to her as "little miss Sound of Music" - becomes much more confident and sexually aware due to the combination of her relationship with Romeo Smith and her move to Japan.
    • A much more perverse version of this is her best friend Melody Jones, who starts off even more prudish, innocent and religious than even Annie, but eventually becomes a drug-taking party girl who crashes a car into the school disco.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ruby trying to get Jai and Annie back together. Ruby seems to ship pretty much every couple on the show, notably Nicole/Aden and Charlie/Angelo.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Martha, Duncan, VJ and Lily. Otherwise averted — note remark about "growing up with Sally".
  • Spear Carrier: Nurse Julie and Constable Watson.
  • Staging an Intervention: Robbie steps on a discarded needle and believes that he may have contracted AIDS (he did not, but he did not know this). He then starts acting like a jerk toward everyone including his family and girlfriend. It is then decided to stage an intervention including the aforementioned people where Robbie is confronted about his behaviour. Robbie reveals that he knew someone who got AIDS in his old school and was treated like a leper and that was why he started acting like a jerk.
  • Stern Teacher: Summer Bay High principals Don Fisher, Barry Hyde and Martin Bartlett, all bordering on Sadist Teacher on occasion.
  • Super OCD: April develops this after being bullied and suffering panic attacks. Much earlier, Sally had developed an obsession with hand washing.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Miles, being a teacher who not only fosters kids, but also runs a caravan park, is obviously this to his sister Sally. Of course, he was probably set up as that so Sally fans wouldn't miss her too much. Over time he's developed into an oddball Deadpan Snarker.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: When Josh Barrett was revealed to be Charlotte King's killer in mid-2016, Charlotte was such a detestable person that nobody really cared. Further, Josh had also previously done some good such as saving Evie after she was kidnapped by Tank Snelgrove, taking a potentially fatal blow to the back of the head in retaliation afterwards which had left him in a coma and temporarily blind.
  • Tiein Novel: A few of these were published in 1989, telling stories about the original Fletcher kids (Frank, Carly, Steven and Bobby) before the series, as well as one for Matt Wilson.
  • Title-Only Opening: 2006 onward for various reasons. Became permanent from 2009. The rest had full opening sequences.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Laura Bonetti apparently enjoyed the rush of doing dangerous things, and ended up dying when she tried to dodge a train.
  • The Vamp: Angela Russell may be the most famous in the show's run.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Sally Fletcher in both stabbings by Rocco and Johnny Cooper in the space of a year.