Tyler's Tragedies: Can The Brennan Brother Catch A Break?

Published: 11 September 2017

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Tyler’s been through many distressing chapters, and while we hoped Hamish Roche would be a happy event in the young man’s life, the more we get to know him, the more it looks as though his biological father is too good to be true

When it comes to summing up the situation with Tyler’s fathers (plural), Sheila said it best – “That boy has been through a terrible time with Russell, and now he’s over there with his real father, and even though he’s probably very hopeful, I think he’s pretty scared.”

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When the Brennan brothers learned of their father’s death, their grief was complicated by the fact he was a deeply flawed man. All three boys had issues with Russel Brennan, but none more so than Tyler, who suffered physical abuse at his hands. 

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Then came the revelation that Russell wasn’t Tyler’s biological father.

And then his real biological father revealed himself after that.

Talk about emotional turbulence.

Dashing, dapper, Hamish Roche dons a linen suit, speaks with an English accent, and oozes cool, calm and collected airs.

When Tyler says he doesn’t want to know him, Hamish’s understating, no-pressure response alone makes you want to run after the bloke.

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Even Mark thinks he’s alright and Tyler should give him a chance.

He’s charming, friendly, generous, a massive property tycoon who built half of Noosa, and he keeps talking about how the most important thing in life is family – which happens to be the one thing he doesn’t have.

A rich, lonely man, hoping it’s not too late in life to connect with the son he never knew he had, and have the family his own father told him would never be his. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Sounds legit.

Smells fishy…

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As Sheila pointed out, “He seems nice, but everyone can seem nice.” (emphasis Sheila's).

And Hamish seems to know things about people that he probably shouldn’t know, especially if, as he claims, he never knew the person often at the centre of discussion – Russell Brennan.

He recalls that Mark is a Whovian, he knows Sheila’s name, and he knows what football team Russell played for, and that he wore his jersey with ‘such distinction’, even though he never knew the guy?

Fine, some of this can be explained away, and Hamish does just that without missing a beat.

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But the ace of spades playing card hiding in his wallet? It’s either a spooky coincidence, or Hamish and Russell did know each other, and Hamish is another person who found himself on Russell’s playing-card mailing list.

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And what does all this mean for Tyler? A young man who grew up thinking his dad hated him, and who’s now being presented with a dad who seems nice, but who also seems suspicious.

Sadly, it looks as though tragedy isn’t finished with Tyler, and Hamish is way too good to be true.

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