Home and Away spoilers follow from Australian-pace episodes, which some UK readers may prefer to avoid.
Home and Away's Dean Thompson could lose access to his son Jai forever after crossing the line in his battles with Amber Simmons.
Dean and Amber have been at odds over their son for weeks now, but their tensions finally came to a head with a shock kidnap storyline in Thursday's triple bill of episodes on Australian screens (October 22).
The former lovers have been unable to agree on whether Dean's mum Karen should be allowed to play a role in Jai's life. Amber doesn't believe that Karen is responsible enough to meet her grandson.
Amber has also angered Dean (Patrick O'Connor) by repeatedly threatening to cut his access to Jai altogether unless he respects her wishes.
In the latest episodes on Australian screens, Dean threatened to take Amber (Madeleine Jevic) to court to secure parental rights. He wanted to put a stop to the current situation of Amber using access to Jai as a bargaining chip.
Amber's mum Francesca didn't react well to this, sending Dean a copy of his criminal record as a reminder that he stood no chance of winning any custody battle.
The final straw for Dean came when he paid a visit to Amber's house and discovered that Jai had been left unattended by Francesca.
Deciding to take matters into his own hands as he was infuriated over the hypocrisy, Dean snatched Jai and took him off to a friend's house in a remote location.
Dean's long-term plan was to take Jai away to Queensland and start a new life with him, well away from Amber and Francesca.
This idea was ultimately thwarted when his best friend Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin) tracked him down the next day, pointing out that kidnapping a child was a hugely reckless decision which wouldn't end well for him.
Dean reluctantly brought Jai back to the Bay but immediately faced a backlash over his actions, with Amber threatening that he'd never be able to see Jai again.
Has Dean lost access to Jai for good as a result of his rash actions?
Home and Away fans in the UK will see these scenes on Channel 5 in a month's time.
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).
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