Kim arrives in Summer Bay after his father, Barry (Ivar Kants) is appointed principal of Summer Bay High at the start of the school year.It is clear the two do not get along and already had previous issues when Barry taught at Kim's previous school.When Kim returns from the city after a break, he is alarmed to learn that Eve has apparently died and was the Summer Bay Stalker.
Matilda Hunter (Indiana Evans) takes an interest in Kim and feigns drowning to get his attention only for it to backfire and end up struggling for real. Matilda overhears Kim talking to Robbie and saying he will ask out his sister.
However, Kim means Robbie and Matilda's older sister, Kit (Amy Mizzi).
Scott proposes to Hayley and they plan to leave Summer Bay with baby Noah, which infuriates Kim and he seeks legal advice.
After a meeting, Kim is run over by a car and it is revealed he does not share the baby's blood type, meaning he is not the father despite paternity results saying so (they were secretly swapped by Eve).
During this time, Kim becomes close to Noah's widow, Hayley (Bec Cartwright; Ella Scott Lynch) and they have a brief fling which ends.