The identity of Tane Parata’s stalker was exposed in the most recent episodes of Home and Away, but it appears that the horror the inhabitants of Summer Bay are living through is far from over.
Tane’s stalker plotline may be just getting started in the UK, but Australian audiences have been watching Tane Parata (Ethan Browne) and Felicity Newman (Jacqui Purvis) go through hell for the past few months as they suspect each other of stalking them.
Things came to a head in a triple-bill of episodes that aired on the evening of Thursday 21st, as the true identity of Tane’s stalker was finally exposed.
Tane and Felicity met at the club where Felicity works, and the hot newcomer seemed like the perfect distraction for Tane following his sad separation from Ziggy (Sophie Dillman).
While Tane was only seeking a good time, it wasn’t long before Flick intimated that she wanted more, prompting Tane to call it a night so she wouldn’t be led on any further.
He began receiving a single red rose deliveries shortly after, first on his doorway and then attached to his automobile. He quickly concluded Felicity was to blame and accused her of stalking him when she began to appear everywhere he went.
Tane had to go to Ryder’s (Lukas Radovich) 21st birthday party to pick up the inebriated youth, but having to deal with Tane at work enraged Felicity, even more, making her feel like she was the one being harassed.
It was then that he had an awkward encounter with Anne (Megan Smart), Felicity’s best friend, who was in charge of the VIP section that night.
Felicity filed an AVO (Apprehended Violence Order) against the Parata brother shortly after, claiming that it was the only way to stop him from bothering her.
The same evening, just as Martha’s (Belinda Giblin) fundraiser was getting underway at Salt, things came to a head. Tane’s blue sports drink was replaced with an identical one that had been loaded with a sedative by an unknown stranger who entered the gym.
He collapsed to the ground just as the assailant arrived with a canister of an unknown substance, which they began dumping into the gym. The spray from the canister seeped into the air conditioning vents, filling Salt with organophosphate, a chemical that also functions as a strong nerve toxin.
Tane, Marilyn (Emily Simons), and Martha were all sent to the hospital, and Felicity was named the number one suspect right away. Cash began to suspect his own sister of being the mastermind behind the attack.
She has spent the previous few weeks attempting to prove her innocence. She requested Anne for an alibi, which she gladly provided, but her so-called best friend ended up telling the cops what Felicity had required. It didn’t look good to fabricate an alibi, and Detective Nasser (Julian Maroun) became even more sure that Flick was guilty.
In Felicity’s van, Jasmine (Sam Frost) discovered a receipt for the organophosphate. Flick begged Cash not to set her up, and her brother ended up destroying the evidence. Flick began to fear this week as her world began to close in on her, and she made a mistake by bringing up the burning evidence event in front of Anne.
In Thursday’s episode, Felicity finally discovered who has really been behind Tane’s stalking and the gym attack.
Anne was still the one person she could count on, so she invited her back to her van to figure out what they should do next.
It was there that Anne made a mistake. Anne answered that she despised Flick and that he had screwed both of them over when he made a casual remark about Tane. Anne started to Flick that he was disrespectful to her on the night of Ryder’s 21st birthday when he seemed perplexed by the news that he’d wounded them both.
Anne seemed to take this to heart, stating that his words made her feel worthless. Felicity pointed out that he was just furious and wasn’t being himself, but Anne seemed to take this to heart.
Felicity had just seen Nikau’s most recent social media post at that point. Hundreds of Nik’s Instagram followers have spent the past week slamming Felicity and building their own vigilante movement in response to his anti-Felicity posts.
However, a subsequent comment on the page went even farther, requesting that the authorities examine the missing pesticide receipt, which only a few people were aware of.
Felicity realized at that point that, aside from Cash and Jasmine, Anne was the only person who knew about the burned receipt!
“It was you,” said Felicity, unable to believe that the attacker was sitting right in front of her. “It was you all along!”
Her friend didn’t even deny it, only telling Flick that she’d never been able to prove it and looking astonished that she wasn’t pleased that Tane was on the verge of dying.
Since Anne’s initial appearance on the show, many have accused her of being behind the attack. For a guest character, she attracted a lot of attention, and as Stephen Tennyson’s (Bren Foster) brief appearance on the show recently showed, guests can’t always be trusted.
Anne was wearing knee-length black boots when talking to Felicity on the beach the day after the incident, as noticed by eagle-eyed admirers. They were eerily identical to the ones the unidentified attacker wore when they attacked Tane in the gym.
It only seemed like a matter of time until Anne’s true identity was revealed.
There are still some unanswered questions. While Anne claimed that her problem with Tane sprang from his unpleasant behavior at Ryder’s 21st birthday party, the stalking and red rose deliveries began much earlier. What was her true motivation?
So what next for Felicity?
Despite Cash’s demands that they investigate Anne, Detective Nasser went to arrest Felicity on charges of attempted murder in the second episode of Thursday’s triple bill. Felicity’s caravan was empty when he opened it, with all of her belongings missing, and it appeared that Flick had fled.
Even Cash had to admit that fleeing isn’t an innocent act and that his sister might have been the one who did it.
Just a couple of hours later, as Tane returned home from the hospital, he found another rose on his doorstep, with a hand-written card reading “See you soon”.
It looks like things are far from over.
What we do know is that Felicity is in for a tough couple of weeks.
A recent trailer for the show gave us a sneak peek at what’s coming up between now and the season finale in November. Felicity is chained to a chair in an abandoned building in frightening images.
As she struggles to break free from the ropes around her wrists, she freezes when she hears a sound from off-screen.
“Miss me?” asks the voice of Anne, as friend becomes foe.
Want to know what happens further down the line?
Felicity and Tane ultimately find happiness together, according to the new Home and Away trailer, which we presume comes after Tane does a lot of groveling.