Neighbours: Hit and Run ~ Review

Welcome back Chloe Buckles, guest reviewing her beloved soap operaNeighbours for me and in this case she’s selected the late night special! Here are her thoughts…

If you were a solid watcher of Neighbours in the 90’s then Monday evening’s 10pm one-hour special of the UK’s favourite Australian soap was the place to be without a doubt! Nostalgic, with some familiar faces of ex-cast, the show put on its best impression of a movie and encouraged us to get reminiscent of the 1990’s.

We kicked off with a Spice Girls intro instead of the usual opening titles, starting up the full themed 90’s party atmosphere as we headed off into Toadie’s (Ryan Moloney) 21st birthday party, seeing the return of familiar faces Stu Parker (Blair McDonough), Lance Wilkinson (Andrew Bibby) and Stonie Rebecchi (Anthony Engelman) – dressed as Teletubbies, naturally. Toadie won the party of his dreams from Lassiters, and of course the whole neighbourhood was invited! Plus there was an appearance from fan favourites Angie and Big Kev (Lesley Baker and Don Bridges)! There were some excellent costumes, but I enjoyed Paul Robinson’s (Stefan Dennis) “I came as myself in the 90’s” and Gary’s “a man in his 90’s”. The party atmosphere was somewhat disrupted though, by Stu who had a message to give to Toadie from Sindi (Marisa Warington) – the co-conspirator on the whole Andrea/Dee plot a few months back. When Toadie did catch up with Sindi, it was to be told that Andrea is back in town, watching him and wants to speak to him. I can’t imagine Sonya (Eve Morey) is going to be happy about that.

Unless you’ve been under a rock over the last week you won’t have missed the big news that Izzy Hoyland (Natalie Bassingthwaighte) is back in town, and she made her usual dramatic entrance – being knocked over by a car, that Susan (Jackie Woodburne) was driving! Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan have been picking at each over and bickering of late, ever since Karl returned from Thailand with a smuggled durian fruit and tried to pass the smell of it off on Susan at customs. Bad move Karl. Since then we’ve watched the couple bicker over the smallest of things and Karl become obsessed with wanting to be involved with a new wing being built at the hospital. In fact, in this episode, he’s cleared out the couple’s retirement fund. Susan is understandably cheesed off! Now, with Izzy’s return, are the couple set to hit to rocks over her, yet again? Izzy definitely manages to cast a spell over Karl in this episode, making him question whether Susan was in a fit state to drive after their disagreement. And it quickly becomes apparent when Izzy’s discussing with daughter Holly (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), that she has a plan up her sleeve involving the Kennedy’s. Izzy is definitely one of those characters you love to hate (or just love!) and having her back on the show is such a treat! As Susan said, “Isabelle has never done anything in her life without an agenda.”

Elsewhere, Tyler (Travis Burns) and Piper (Mavournee Hazel) aren’t in the partying mood with Tyler’s up and coming murder trial and have chosen to spend their last night in the city. Piper quickly confesses to Tyler that she has a plan – to go on the run! This move, to me, seems very out of character for Piper, who until recently was always very independent and unlikely, I think, to be altering her whole future for her boyfriend. But then, perhaps love makes people do silly things! Tyler is reluctant to agree but eventually concedes and the pair put on their (unconvincing) disguises to start their new life together. Elsewhere though, best friend Xanthe (Lilly Van der Meer) has had to admit that the pair are planning to run away and suddenly police helicopters are dispatched and Tyler and Piper are on a dramatic chase, desperate to get away. Tyler jumps a rooftop, telling Piper that she needs to go back to her family. However, Piper isn’t listening and follows him – leaving us all on a literal cliff hanger (or roof hanger). Will Piper manage to hold on? Or is it all over for her?

Overall, this episode left me wanting more – and it’s been a while since I felt that way about Neighbours. A fleeting appearance from newbie Rafael (Coronation Street’s Ryan Thomas) who it looks as though has unfinished business with Paul Robinson (who hasn’t…?) is just another small hook we were given into the up and coming weeks storylines. Personally I can’t wait to see what havoc Izzy is going to play on the Kennedy’s, and if we’ll ever see an end to the Andrea/Dee storyline – I’m still holding out hope that Dee is alive!

You can catch Neighbours at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.

 

Picture credits: Channel 5

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*** Guest Blog by Chloe Buckles*** Neighbours ‘Ramsay Street’ Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 29 May 2017

My guest blogger Chloe did so brilliantly with the last guest blog for Neighbours, that I have asked her to become my regular guest blogger for the show. Who better than a super-fan to have on board to add to the telly blogging here at Break A Leg? So, for your delectation here are her highlights of last week’s episodes:

A fantastic week in Erinsborough. A trip to the shed ended up in the newest Ramsay Street Resident arriving, whilst Sonya made a solemn exit from the Street. A dramatic mixed bag, I’m sure you’ll agree Here are some highlights…

JACKIE WOODBURNE PLAYS SUSAN KENNEDY

Paige and Jack’s Shack ~ Apparently the ‘Love Shack’ has quite the hold on Paige as she is insistent she wants to revisit the place where her life changed. Yeah, I don’t get it either! With Susan and Piper in tow, they set off to the abandoned shed. But all is not well and Paige goes into early labour (rather quickly it would seem)! With Susan feeling increasingly unwell and Piper still recovering from the backpacker’s incident, all three of them are stranded and in great danger in the wilderness. Thankfully, help arrives in the form of guardian angels Dr Karl (of course) and Father Jack. Paige and Jack’s baby boy arrives – in a somewhat more dramatic fashion than your standard nativity but whilst we’re all breathing a sigh of relief, Paige falls unconscious and she’s rushed into hospital and straight into surgery, leaving Jack distraught at the thought of losing her. Confiding in Amy (a friendship I adore. by the way) he questions his future as a Priest (again!) and thinks it might be time to commit himself to Paige and his newly born son. Fast-forward a little while and Paige wakes to find mum Lauren by her bedside and the new mother and son finally get some time to meet and bond.

Susan’s been drugged! ~ Having offered to take Paige (and Piper) to the shack, Susan begins to feel unwell and woozy. She just about makes it as far as the shack, through the wilderness, to find out Paige is in labour. By the time she returns to the car she’s not looking so good and drifts in and out of consciousness, leaving poor Piper to drive to search for phone service. Once help arrives (the aforementioned guardian angels) Susan is admitted to hospital and tests done to determine whether she is suffering an MS relapse. When the results return it’s not MS Susan needs to worry about this time, but she appears to have been drugged! Everyone’s quick to assume a mistake has been made with her vitamins – that is until Elly hears the news, her mind jumps to just one person. But can she prove it?

Finn ~ We know he’s up to no good and playing dirty to get his way to the Principal’s job. So when Elly sets off to Sydney to dig up some dirt on Finn she finds it and assumes that he has a drug problem and that’s how Susan’s pills have been spiked. You’re way off the mark there Elly, but I’m more than ready for us to see Finn get his comeuppance. The only person on his side now is young and impressionable Xanthe, and it’s a manipulative relationship that certainly makes me feel very uncomfortable. The net is closing in, Finn! But who’s going to be the one to figure it all out?

Sonya leaves town ~ Having remembered that she is responsible for the Backpackers disaster, Sonya wants to apologise to all involved. However, her apology falls on deaf ears and there’s very little sympathy in the air for her situation. As Sonya gets lower and lower Toadie tries one last time to encourage her to give the two of them another go. In an honest, emotional and frank discussion they both admit their part in the situation – Sonya finally admitting that she railroaded Toadie into the surrogacy plan and takes responsibility for her part in the situation they now find themselves in. Concerned that too much has changed for anything to go back to how it was, Toadie tells Sonya they could leave Erinsborough together and tells her that he will always love her. But Sonya’s only heading to one place – rehab. Toadie is happy with this idea and it looks hopeful that the pair might reconcile. With half of the street watching on, Sonya departs. But when Toadie checks up on her later in the week, she’s checked herself out. With only one lead on where she might be (an old friend she knew in her previous life as an addict) Toadie is desperate to find her to stop her spiralling even further. Will he be able to convince her to come home?

Chloe blogs at: Inept Ramblings

 

Neighbours ‘Ramsay Street’ Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 22 May 2017

Neighbours has wrapped up the Backpackers drama rather rapidly and it seems that Brooke is off on her travels again – how long for this time? We’ll see… Here are a few highlights:

Xanthe’s birthday ~ It’s all about Xanthe’s birthday and Mr Kelly buys her a necklace so expensive that she claims that she purchased it herself from her savings – how much did it cost? You can tell that Ben smells a rat now and that Xanthe has the hots for her teacher rather than the boy next door. Dangerous territory!

Gary’s engaged ~ Despite the best efforts of Brooke and her cronies (Sheila and Xanthe) making a play for her ex doesn’t come off and it takes a nose dive when he manages to convince Terese to marry him! It’s hardly a plain sailing engagement at this early stage, though – Gary is still suspicious of Paul and Terese knows that she’s stepped on Brooke’s toes. Will the hapless couple make it to the alter. I think not!

Bye bye Brooke ~ With Gary engaged to Terese and the door closed (for now) as far as a reconciliation is concerned for Brooke, she takes off again – this time to be with her daughter, Jessie. I’m sure I can’t be alone in wondering if Jessie is set to land in Ramsay Street and Brooke will continue to make a play for ‘her’ man. For now it’s bye bye honey bunch!

Sonya did it! ~ The Backpackers is still recovering from the tragic accident that landed Piper and David in hospital, and now we know whodunit! Sonya was on a drunken and misguided mission to help her Nelly Fish. It was quite distressing to witness the flashback which Sonya experienced before announcing that she was the driver responsible. Toadie is hell bent on keeping her out of prison and Steph and Mark have already tried to do their bit to cover up what they had long suspected. It’s going to be a tough long road ahead, regardless of the burned shoes (a strange choice of BBQ food.. !).

Toadie ~ I just want to take this ‘highlight’ to discuss Toadie, I feel that Ryan Moloney has come into his own as the years have moved on. Toadie must be like a second skin to him now. However, I will just say that the character we know and love doesn’t seem to have much awareness of the seriousness of his actions when it comes to his dalliance with fake Dee. Does anyone else feel that he is acting as though it should just be brushed under the carpet? Come on Toadie! Although I do think he’ll have his moment to shine now that Sonya is in trouble with the law.

For the cast click this link: Neighbours Cast

Neighbours ‘Ramsay Street’ Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 17 April 2017

I’m a little late with last week’s round-up, but here is the latest about last week’s Ramsay Street shenanigans:

Ben’s Career ~ Ben’s been taking advice from Mr Kelly and the verdict seems to point towards him leaving school early to take up a mechanic apprenticeship which will have a job at the end of it. Sounds pretty perfect to me, Ben. Although I think your granddad is just a teensy bit upset that you’re not following in his footsteps. You’ve taken your life into your own hands by suggesting to your Grandmother that you leave HER school early too!

Sonia & Mark – Rumbled! ~ Toadie’s brother, Shane and their mother arrive in typical boisterous Rebecchi style and Toadie is soon questioning Sonia and Mark about the nature of their relationship again after his brother mistakes Steph for Toadie’s wife. The mistake could be forgiven as Shane spotted Mark and Sonia kissing. One thing seems clear to me as this storyline progresses, Sonia does not love Mark – regardless of his feelings for her.

Sonia’s AA Visit ~ Sonia has been hitting the bottle again, kudos to her though, she has started to attend her AA meetings again. Let’s see if their support helps her through this… it’s sad to see her going off the rails again.

Brooke’s Job Hunt ~ Brooke is determined to hand around for her honey bunch, it seems and it willing to undertake a job, too. Of course there’s more to it, but first she tries to coax Piper into giving her a job at the coffee shop, eve attempting and failing to fix the loo in order to prove her worth. However, she soon has her sights set closer to home as she makes a beeline for Terese and a vacancy as a masseuse. Are they going to work together? I predict trouble if they do!

Back wax! ~ The reason for the vacancy in the hotel spa is due to the resignation of the therapist who had been booked to wax Gary’s back following a massage which Terese intervened. Poor Gary wasn’t anticipating a back wax, however, Terese was quite sneaky in planning it all, even administering the first strip herself – painful! Needless to say the entire back was not waxed in the end!!

A link to the cast list is below:

Neighbours_Cast

 

 

Neighbours Ramsay Street Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 3rd April 2017

Ramsay Street has been rife with comings, goings and revelations this week. I’m so sad that Brad (Kip Gamblin) and Lauren (Kate Kendall) – they were fast becoming some of my favourites and now they’ve gone to the Gold Coast. At least the door is left open for them to return… Meanwhile, here are a few of the key moments from this week’s instalments:

Paul’s the daddy ~ Leo (Tim Kano) and Amy (Zoe Cramond) were getting rather cosy, extremely close for comfort given that us viewers were aware that some sort of incest would have been taking place if they’d gone as far as they almost did! Paul (Stefan Dennis) and Kim (Jenny Young) burst in at just the right moment. Conveniently, or imagine the fall-out? David (Tayaka Honda) also arrives at the same opportune moment and hears the revelation. Paul is their father, oh this is going down so well! I am rubbing my hands together with glee, anyway!

Easter extremes ~ Paige (Olympia Valance) and Jack (Andrew Morley) are not exactly the most popular ‘pair’ the neighbourhood, and wilful destruction of the Easter display in Harrold’s Café seems to point in the direction of disgruntled parishioners. Although it does transpire that a young kid who’s mother is disapproving and doesn’t allow him to have chocolate had just decided to steal an egg and ended up with a landslide. Is this an end to the problem the parents to be face? I doubt it!

Terese vs Sheila ~ Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou) puts Gary (Damien Richardson) in a bad mood when she appears to be siding with Sheila (Colette Mann) over him. However, when his new beau’s plan is revealed, he can see the sense in her agreeing with his mother from time to time. Playing the game there, Terese!

Sonya & Mark ~ Sonya (Eve Morey) is having sleeping problems, naturally and Mark (Scott McGregor) is also awake and texting his ex-surrogate. His message prompts the a grieving Sonya to hop across the road and spend the night at his house. Toadie (Ryan Moloney) jumps to conclusions of course, but will Sonya and Mark really head for a full blown romance? I just don’t see it!

Farewell (I hope it’s Au Revoir!) ~ So long, farewell to Lauren and Brad, fast becoming firm favourites of mine. It doesn’t really feel like the right time for them to exit so I hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of them. They’re leaving Paige behind for starters so I am keeping my fingers crossed that a visit to their grandchild will be good enough reason to bring them back when the time is right. I shed a tear when they left, I won’t lie… sob….

 

 

 

Neighbours Ramsay Street Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 27 March 2017

Ramsay Street was an emotional place to be last week. There were tears, it was dramatic, traumatic and there were stellar performances from all involved. Here are the highlights:

Toadie’s Coming Home ~ Toadie (Ryan Moloney) is desperate to hear Sonya’s (Eve Morey) voice, but she’s refusing to answer his calls. He anxiously boards the plane home with Karl (Alan Fletcher) and can’t possibly anticipate the wrath that awaits him. Although he surely knows the news isn’t going to be good!

Sonya can’t forgive ~ Susan (Jackie Woodburne) gives the news to Sonya that Toadie and Karl’s flight won’t land in time for the memorial, but Sonya doesn’t care and won’t delay. Mark (Scott McGregor) is naturally behind her all the way! He’s getting on my nerves a bit with his behaviour, I just can’t see Sonya and Mark making the sort of couple that Toadie and Sonya make. It’s obvious that forgiving her devastated husband is the last thing on Sonya’s mind though as Nell is informed of the new living arrangements. Can they recover from this?

The Kennedys ~ The Kennedys take Toadie in, of course! It’s just like old times, although not half so happy and care free as back then, obviously. Toadie’s infidelity unpicks old wounds belonging to Karl and Susan following Karl’s naughties and it’s quite harrowing to see Susan break down when she discusses the impact that this will have on Toadie’s relationship with his wife.

Sheila’s sozzled ~ Sheila (Colette Mann) is in disgrace as she gets well and truly sozzled during a meal that is being prepared by Gary (Damien Richardson). Boozed up Sheila decides that sending a message to Brooke (Gary’s ex wife is the way forward) and regret most definitely follows! What can be done about Sheila and her misdemeanours? Nothing I hope! I think she’s a hoot!

Finn finished? ~ Finn (Rob Mills) has been an unwelcome guest as far as Elly (Jodi Anasta) has been concerned, however when she all but pushes him down some steps in the final episode of the week, it looks as though she has seen him off for good. What has Elly done now?

 

 

 

 

Neighbours Ramsay Street Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 20th March 2017

Ramsay Street and London have been the settings for last week’s episodes and they were some of the most harrowingly squirm-worthy and dramatic episodes to date. Here are the highlights, it’s been difficult to pick just a few:

Mark’s dream….

Dee Discovered ~ What could be worse than travelling to London to track down your presumed deceased wife, and your newly discovered daughter? Sleeping with your presumed deceased wife, in front of the online call that you failed to disconnect, the call that you had just engaged in with your wife? Oh and after that horror, of which Toadie (Ryan Moloney) is already ashamed of, that’s before he knows about Sonya’s (Eve Morey) viewing experience – you then find out that Dee (Madeleine West) is not Dee, but Andrea. A friend of Sindi Watts (Marisa Warrington) who had met the stand-in Dee and encouraged this whole debacle to start. It’s Susan (Jackie Woodburne) who has started to suspect foul play, the discovery from Sindi’s mobile phone that Dee is also known as Andrea sent the nosey neighbour on a quest to uncover the truth. Cutting to the chase, Toadie has landed himself in hospital having run out in front of a vehicle in panic following his exploits. Then just to add insult quite literally to injury, in strolls Karl (Alan Fletcher) with news of Dee’s true identity. What a pickle! Plus Toadie finds out that Sonya knew about his misdemeanour, because she saw it begin to unfold. Arrrrgggh!

Sonya ~ What more can I say except… Sonya? The poor love has not only witnessed her husband getting it on with an imposter, but in heart-breaking scenes she ends up in hospital and the unthinkable happens. Mark’s (Scott McGregor) baby is lost. I have to applaud Morey for an amazing performance, she has surpassed herself throughout the recent plot-lines.

Mark’s dreams ~ Prior to the tragic loss of his baby, Mark is lying on the bed with Sonya (the fact of which Nel has already reported to her dad over the phone) and while Sonya is dreaming of a happy reunion with Toadie, Mark is dreaming of declaring his love for her. Will Mark confront his feelings?

Elly side-lined ~ Elly (Jodi Anasta) is already on the rampage when it comes to Finn (Rob Mills) and his re-appearance in her life and in the school she works in. However, he is set to tread of her toes again as he charms his way into Xanthe’s (Lilly Van Der Meer) good books and she chooses him as her new tutor to help her with Science. Of course he offers to help with English too which sees off Miss Conway. Beyond angry with the situation, Elly confronts him, but one things for sure, he’s not going anywhere soon.

Break A Leg Awards 2017 ~ I’d just like to take this opportunity to announce that Chloe Buckles, one of our assistants for this year’s Break A Leg Awards has nominated Eve Morey for the long-listed Best Actress on Television nominations. Short-listing takes place in the autumn so there’s a while to go before it is decided if she will be in the running for the award. However, if she is short-listed you can vote for her in the public vote, details of which will be announced nearer the time.

 

Neighbours Ramsay Street Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 13th March 2017

Is it the beginning of the end for ‘Dee’s’ (Madeleine West) merry dance as she leaves Toadie (Ryan Moloney) hanging and takes off with the girl he believes is his daughter? Elly’s (Jodi Anasta) past returns to haunt her and Terese’s (Rebekah Elmaloglou) involvement with the Canning family is exploited. Here are some Ramsay Street highlights:

Elly and Finn – friends reunited?

‘Dee’ departs ~ Dee/Andrea decides to do a runner this week, she packs her bags leaving a sizeable unpaid tab behind her (surprise surprise!) and taking Willow (Mieke Billingham-Smith) with her. Toadie had only just put a plan in place for Willow to stay with him and his family whenever she liked. He’s hurt and wondering if it’s his rejection of ‘Dee’ has caused this next stage of the drama. His misplaced guilt leads him to confess to Sonya that his ‘deceased wife’ has told him she still loves him. Another chink appears in the fragile Rebecchi marriage. I had wondered if Willow was going to reveal all when she left a farewell note for her ‘dad’, however their subsequent telephone communication results in the troubled teen telling Toadie she loves him. A tangled web? You betcha!

Finn-ished? ~ Elly is thrown into turmoil when her ex fellar, Finn (Rob Mills) arrives as a teacher at Erinsborough High. She immediately tells him to resign without so much as a bye your leave. Susan (Jackie Woodburne) is shocked by this development and turns to Mark (Scott McGregor) to find out more about her niece’s situation with the man she clearly hold a grudge against. I always mistrust Elly so I wonder if she is Snow White in all of this?

Xanthe’s up to mischief!

Xanthe takes the proverbial ~ Terese’s relationship with Xanthe’s dad leads to the cheeky madam running up a bill for anything that takes her fancy. She claims that she thought the hotel would cover it, but I suspect she’s playing a cannier game than that. Methinks Xanthe is protecting her dad, Gary (Damien Richardson) – but Terese is unlikely to stand for this nonsense. Are the swords drawn for good?

Tyler’s torment ~ The week ended on Tyler being told he’d gotten the sack! Not good news for him and his love-nest. Uh oh!

Axed? ~ In the news today, Neighbours might face the axe in Britain!!! Oh my word! Please can I move to Australia if that’s the case? I’ll be sure to sig the petition and hope that Channel Five can reach a satisfactory deal on this! Here’s the petition if you want to sign it too: Don’t Axe Neighbours!

Photo credits: http://www.Neighbours.com

Neighbours Ramsay Street Round-Up ~ Week Commencing 6th March 2017

Ramsay Street round-up, I will say for this week’s Neighbours that there has been a distinct lack of the mention of sausages! As well as more developments in the Toadie/Dee/Willow saga, which apparently has longer to run, yet! Here are a few highlights:

Photo Credit: http://www.neighbours.com

Piper’s problems ~ Piper’s (Mavournee Hazel) problems worsen as Elly (Jodi Anasta) continues her pursuit of the teen following the fake ID debacle. A stern talking to from Auntie Susan (Jackie Woodburne) results in Piper’s withdrawal from her work experience placement. However, there is still the small matter of Willow’s (Mieke Billing-Smith) involvement and her blackmailing of Elly to contend with. Piper has got herself mixed up in an unfortunate series of events, hasn’t she?

Dee’s deception ~ Dee’s (Madeleine West) or indeed Andrea’s (still Madeleine West!) plans hot up further this week with her insistence on pursuing Toadie (Ryan Moloney) reaching boiling point. A declaration of ‘feelings’ and stirring Sonya (Eve Morey) and Mark’s (Scott McGregor) encounter up adds more fuel to her fire, but Toadie seems to be seeing through her. He is able to reason his way out of any paranoia that she is creating in relation to Mark and Sonya. So that’s a start, Toadie!

Photo credit: http://www.neighbours.com

Sonya’s sonogram ~ Sonya’s sonogram shows that she is growing a healthy little girl and while she is eager to share this news with Toadie, of course Mark needs to be privy to the outcome. He is naturally over-joyed and as I mentioned above, there’s a pair of prying eyes trying to use this encounter to her advantage with Sonya’s husband!

Gary & Terese ~ It’s all systems go for Gary (Damien Richardson) and Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou) when they move their relationship up a notch and Terese is taken to a family ‘get together’ at the Canning house. With Sheila (Colette Mann) as head of the family, it’s always going to make for interesting viewing when you introduce Terese into the mix. Sheila has a bee in her bonnet about her Son’s choice of partner. However, will Terese return to Paul’s (Stefan Dennis) arms again for a full blown relationship?

Steph’s solved the mystery ~ Steph (Carla Bonner) finally uncovers that it’s Victoria’s (Claudia Greenstone) daughter, Josie who’s tampering with her motorbike – I don’t think we needed a crystal ball or spoilers to bring us to that conclusion. What will happen next in the doomed relationship that Ms Scully is embarking upon? No good is gonna come from this!

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