How long can Kieren keep his dark secret from his half-sister Roo?
Keiran exposes his dark side in a violent rage.
Nov 30, 2020 6:30am
By Tamara Cullen
With Keiran's history of drinking and domestic abuse, Alf and Martha have been anxious about his "fresh start" in Summer Bay– and this week, his good-guy act begins to fall apart in a telling act of rage.
At the Stewart household, Martha (Belinda Giblin) and Alf (Ray Meagher) discuss how to handle Kieran's (Rick Donald) presence in town.
In recent episodes, Martha revealed Kieran is her son and has a sorry history of violence and substance abuse.
Their relationship soured to the point where she called the police and fled.
But now, after being in rehab, he's asked for a second chance. Martha is surprisingly accommodating of his request, but Alf isn't.
"Kieran has some mental health issues, and he's still really struggling with addiction, and past family stuff, Rick, 35, tells TV WEEK.
"It's a lot of baggage for him to bring into the Bay.
"That's what drew me to the role."Alf's daughter Roo (Georgie Parker), however, doesn't know about his violent past.
She offers to show him around town, causing Martha to be worried.
Before they leave, Alf takes a moment to have a firm word with Kieran and they both agree on the boundaries: one wrong move and he's gone.
Half-siblings Roo and Kieran find they have more in common than they expected as they share their grievances and past – Kieran only touching on his alcohol addiction.
Roo admires his strength to mend fences and encourages him to stick around for a while longer.
"Kieran is really trying to make amends for his past, and having a half-sister in Roo is a really nice way to make a fresh start," Rick says.
While it seems he may have won over some people in the Bay, he makes a terrible impression on others.
After his tour, Kieran goes looking for work so he can earn an income to cover the cost of renting his caravan.