It was trumpeted as Tara Brown's triumphant return, and last night's heavily promoted episode 60 Minutes made it clear the Nine Network's prodigal daughter was back.
But Brown's first story on 60 Minutes since being jailed over the bungled child kidnapping attempt in Lebanon brought a mixed response despite the emotional subject matter.
Some viewers on social media called for Brown's sacking, while others were happy to see Channel 9's star reporter back on air.
Opening the show and presenting her own report, the returned star was introduced as the award-winning, ratings-grabbing reporter she was before things went horribly wrong for her, and the rest of the network, in a stunt that failed spectacularly just 10 weeks ago.
When Brown graced the screen, her freshly cut bob looking immaculately sharp and her interviews authoritative and empathetic as ever, there was no mention of the reason for her prolonged absence.
The Beirut bungle that landed the popular presenter and group of her colleagues and assisters in a Lebanon jail - the last of the crew only released days earlier - was sidelined to redirect the spotlight from the program and its star reporter to the tragedy of a Sydney arson attack which claimed three lives.
Brown sat down with the relatives and friends of those killed when Rozelle shopkeeper Adeel Khan deliberately set fire to his convenience store in a botched bid to claim a $225,000 insurance payout.
The fiery blaze ended the lives of three residents living above and next door to the property destroyed by Khan's plotting, and injured two others as well.
The jailed shopkeeper was found guilty of murdering Chris Noble, 27 and the manslaughter of Bianka O'Brien, 31 and her 11-month-old son, Jude.
Noble's flatmates, Todd Fisher and Corey Cameron, who escaped with their lives; as well as his Canowindra-based parents shared the heartbreaking final moments of Noble's life; including the "I love you" text message he sent his mother before succumbing to the fire.
Bill Keremelevski, Bianca's father and Jude's doting grandfather, described the court process to convict their killer was "torture" and "punishment", comforted only by the fact his daughter was found protecting her child to the bitter end.
The victims' families all remain angry Khan has never admitted to setting fire to the property and lied to police about being a victim of his crime, despite being found on the scene with a mask in his pocket to protect him from the petrol fumes he used to torch his store.
He will be sentenced this week.
While the tragedy returns to court for sentencing in Sydney this week, social media gave its verdict on Brown's return to television - her first report since the botched child snatch saga in Beirut.
The response was mixed, with many switching allegiances to Seven's rival program Sunday Night; while others offered Brown a second chance.
Meanwhile, the child recovery agent Adam Whittington, hired by 60 Minutes to snatch the two children of Brisbane mum Sally Faulkner from their Lebanese father Eli Alanine, returned to Sweden to be reunited with his family for the first time since being arrested over the bungled assignment.
Relieved at being bailed on kidnapping charges, he has threatened to go public with his version of the events which saw Whittington and two of his CARI agents, Brown and three of her crew, as well as Faulkner jailed in Beirut on April 6.
While Nine bought the freedom of Brown, producer Stephen Rice, cameraman Ben Williamson and sound recordist David Ballment within weeks, Whittington was only bailed last Monday and released yesterday.
As his travel ban was lifted, Whittington released an ominous warning to the Nine saying he would be telling his side of the story, warning "the truth will come out".
The "child recovery expert" released a statement through his lawyer.
"For two days now I have been free but I am not home with my family," he said.
"At the moment the most important thing is to get home with my family especially and see my two boys who believe their dad is never coming home.
"I ask you kindly respect the privacy of my family during this period as they will not be making more comments to the media.
"The truth is coming very soon."

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