Mackenzie (Emily Weir) has been dealing with Salt’s bills for a while, and the final straw came when her insurance claim for the recent gas assault was denied, claiming that it wasn’t covered by her policy.
Mackenzie is fighting an uphill struggle to keep her firm solvent, but after failing to fix her problems with every option she’s considered, she’s becoming desperate. She’s also been hesitant to confide in Logan (Harley Bonner), fearful of appearing to be a failure.
Mac declines to host an underground poker night at Salt when Felicity Newman (Jacqui Purvis) suggests it, revealing that her former boss used to make thousands from one night.
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However, in scenes showing in Australia this week, she appears to be changing her mind, with TV Week claiming that the approach of some debt collectors on her doorstep forces her to reconsider the risky idea.
“Financial stress causes people to act entirely out of character, and Mackenzie is no exception,” Emily explained. “The poker nights appear to be a quick and easy way for her to relieve her huge weight.”
Felicity swiftly assembles a list of high rollers once Mac gives the go-ahead, and she and Mac give Salt a glossy makeover for the occasion. But Mac can’t bring herself to tell Logan the truth, even if it’s only that she’s having a private gathering.
“The shame she feels propels her to make the decision to keep him in the dark,” Emily explained.
Despite Mac’s concerns, the night begins smoothly, with Ryder Jackson (Lukas Radovich) serving drinks and Felicity greeting guests.
Tane Parata (Ethan Browne), Felicity’s boyfriend, is also present, eager to join in on the action, and he causes quite a fuss when he wins big and rakes in the cash. Mac is both astonished and relieved to learn that the night went off without a hitch.
However, when guilt begins to set in the next morning, her joy turns to worry. Mac is well aware that in order to help herself, she has committed a crime and has lied to the guy she loves.
But, despite her fears and uncertainties, would Mac be willing to risk it all for the chance of more desperately needed cash?
Emily recently discussed her opinions regarding Mac and Logan’s future with Digital Spy, adding that she believes they are “really quite well-matched.”
“I still back Logan and Mac,” she said, adding: “Logan is a very cool and calming presence and Mac is a million miles a minute! They really balance each other out, but does their relationship come under threat and does it get messy? As always in Summer Bay!”