Benito Alessi (Junior)
Benito Alessi George
Parent: Benito Alessi Sr.
Marital Status: Cathy Alessi
Lindsay, Marco and Rick
Family Tree: Alessi
Occupation: The Robinson Corporation and Lassiter's Hotel Manager, Co-owner of Carpenters
and stubborn, Benito Alessi, the son of Italian immigrants,
met wife Cathy when the two were at school. They slept together
at the age of 16, resulting in Cathy falling pregnant. The
couple's parents were so disgusted with the idea of them having
a child out of wedlock and at such a young age, that they
forced them to give the child - a little girl - up for adoption.
Both Benito and Cathy were heartbroken at giving their baby
away, and regretted it for the rest of their lives.
couple later married anyway, and had two sons, Marco and Rick.
Having lost out on the chance of a daughter, Benito poured
his money into providing his sons with a secure future. When
Marco left school to travel the world, Benito put all his
efforts into ensuring Rick would succeed academically and
was convinced his youngest son would make him proud. However,
Rick was never the scholar Benito dreamed he would be, and
was kicked out of his elite boarding school and forced to
enrol at Erinsborough High School. When Benito's niece, Christina
and her husband, Paul Robinson,
decided to move to Hawaii, Ben and Cathy agreed to lease their
house on Ramsay Street from them, and Paul gave Benito the
job of manager of the Robinson Corporation and Lassiter's
Hotel. Benito soon made his presence felt in Ramsay Street
by clashing with Jim Robinson
and Doug Willis, and he liked
the idea of having Marco move back home so he could keep an
eye on him.
Lassiter's, Benito became instantly unpopular with his secretaries,
Gaby Willis - who he threatened
with the sack after she dyed her hair orange - and Julie
Martin, Paul's sister. Julie was especially bitter towards
Benito because she was convinced that her unemployed bank
manager husband Philip was
more suited for the manager's position at Lassiter's. So when
Benito bought shares in Lou Carpenter's
car yard and began to spend more time there, Julie saw her
opportunity to have Philip put in his rightful place and reported
Benito's 'divided loyalties' to Paul. Paul promptly sacked
Benito and gave the manager's job to Philip.
move suited Benito, however, as he had grown to love his involvement
in the car yard, and found it less stressful compared to the
high-powered goings-on at the hotel. But Lou was less happy
with Benito's full-time commitment to the car yard because
he hated Benito's by-the-book attitude to car sales, and easy-going
Lou couldn't bear spending every day with the uptight and
rigid Benito. As tension mounted between the two, they decided
to paint a white line down the middle of the car lot, dividing
it between the two of them. But they quickly realised how
farcical the situation had become and patched up their differences.
Marco had been a disappointment academically to his father,
Rick proved to be the more difficult to handle of the Alessi
boys. Rick was forever getting up to all sorts of mischief
around the neighbourhood and at school, and his relationship
with Debbie Martin caused
Benito much grief. When Rick and Debbie won a trip to London
to see Michael Jackson in concert, Benito forbid his son from
going, insisting it would interfere with his schoolwork. But
Cathy realised the trip would be a trip of a lifetime for
the kids, and hatched a plan with Marco and Debbie's gran,
Helen Daniels, whereby they
would accompany Rick and Debbie to London without Benito's
knowledge. Benito thought Rick and Marco had gone away to
visit relatives, and he was seething when he learnt the truth.
Benito grounded Rick upon his return from England, and banned
him from seeing Debbie, although he eventually had to give
in and allow the sweethearts to keep dating.
was shocked when Cathy announced her desire to have another
baby, and he tried to talk her out of the idea, claiming they
were too old to become parents again. But as Cathy pushed
and pushed, Benito was forced to reveal the real reason he
was against the idea of having another child was because he
had had a vasectomy after Rick was born. Although Cathy was
surprised by the revelation, she still wanted a baby and persuaded
Benito to have the vasectomy reversed. Despite his initial
reluctance, Benito agreed. However, on the same day that Benito
was released from hospital after the operation, Cathy was
given the news by her doctor that she was unable to have any
desire for their parents to have more children led Marco and
Rick to question Ben and Cathy's motives, and the kids were
stunned when their parents revealed that they had a sister.
Marco was particularly affected by the news, and - immediately
made plans to track Lindsay down. Benito and Cathy were shocked
when Marco brought Lindsay to dinner one night, introducing
her simply as a new friend, and not telling them that she
was, in fact, their daughter. When they found out the truth,
Ben and Cathy were furious with Marco but they eventually
managed to meet with Lindsay and an emotional heart to heart
ensued in which Benito and Cathy explained the circumstances
that had led to Lindsay's adoption.
Benito was offered a top executive's job in Sydney, he and
Cathy agreed the move would be good for them, and Benito was
especially keen to get Rick away from Debbie so he could concentrate
on his studies in his final year at school. However, Rick
was determined to stay in Erinsborough, where Debbie and all
his friends lived, and arranged for an AusStudy grant and
a room at Lassiter's in return for him working there part-time
as a kitchen hand. Although Benito and Cathy were upset at
their son's refusal to join them in Sydney, there was little
they could do to quash his determination to make a go of things
for himself in Erinsborough, and they agreed to him staying
to impress his bosses with his first client - some Japanese
businessmen - Benito enlisted the help of Gaby, who had spent
a year in Japan studying business, to help entertain them.
However, Gaby was accompanied to Sydney by her boyfriend,
Wayne Duncan, who met up with his larrikin brother, Troy and
took the Japanese businessmen out for a night on the town.
Benito was horrified by what the Duncan brothers were going
to show the businessmen, but his fears proved unfounded when
Benito landed the account due to the hospitality they had
encountered in Sydney.