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The Stone family are to be left in shock next week when they discover that patriarch Vic has skipped town.

Vic arrived on Ramsay Street last month to break the news to his ex-wife and children that he had just months to live due to a terminal cancer diagnosis. Whilst his children, Nicolette and Byron, thought their father was penniless, Vic eventually revealed that he had a considerable wealth that he wanted to pass onto his family to set them up in business before he passed.

This week we see Vic negotiate with Leo to take advantage of the tough times the businessman is going through at Yorokobi, giving him a low-ball offer to buy into the business and help Leo out of immediate financial disaster.

Next week, after realising that he has no other option, Leo accepts the offer from Vic on the proviso that he retains the controlling stake. Agreeing to take a 49% share of the business, the entire family celebrate their new business venture and Vic instinctively kisses his ex-wife, Jane.

Jane, who has clearly been questioning her own future and relationship with absent fiance Mike Young, bolts out of the house to confide in Terese on what has happened.

On the same day that Vic agrees to buy into the winery, he gets called to the hospital for the results from a recent check-up. Vic is shocked to hear that thanks to an immunotherapy trial he participated in London, his tumours have disappeared and his cancer is in full remission.

Whilst the health diagnosis is great news, Vic realises that has just agreed to use his entire fortune to buy into the winery, leaving him penniless.

At a family celebration breakfast, Vic intends to break the great news to his family on his health situation, but is blown off course when Jane is flippant about the kiss they shared the previous day… it is almost as though it never happened.

Jane thanks Vic for using his wealth to set the kids up in business, leaving an amazing legacy for them. Vic loses his confidence and can’t bring himself to tell Jane and his children about his diagnosis… he just thanks Jane and explains how grateful he is that he was able to make peace with her.

Later that day Byron and Nic become concerned when they can’t get a hold of Vic. Heading over to the share house, they find his belongings gone and envelopes addressed to them both.

They quickly realises that Vic has left town and had no intention of investing in the winery business. Nicolette, characteristically, tries to see the best in the situation and in her father, but Byron feels hurt and angry. Jane shares Byron’s anger but secretly feels hurt that Vic left without saying goodbye.

Nicolette and Byron are left to break the news to Leo that Vic has gone and they won’t be buying into Yorokobi. Leo, of course, is devastated, this was possibly the last chance he had to salvage his business. Leo thinks it is the end, but Byron comes up with a plan that could change Leo’s fortunes….

This unmissable drama all plays out on July 1st-3rd in all-new episodes of Neighbours that will be streaming on Amazon Freevee and Amazon Prime Video.

By Matt Sole

Matt was a Neighbours fan through the late 1980s and 1990s. After a number of years living overseas he returned to the UK and fell in love with Ramsay Street again in 2017. Away from Neighbours, Matt spent many years working as an Entertainment Director for a major Cruise Line. He is also an avid quizzer and has appeared on many TV game shows including Bridge of Lies, competing with other members of the team.