A Whole Lots of Gs
The events surrounding Wednesday’s LGBTI event episode honestly had to be one of our favourite episodes in a while. Toadie formed a new house of trouser and took Nate out on the pull while Sheila struggled with her new found Cranky Granny fame as she became a gay icon. Susan trying to explain to her what LGBTI is was a fantastic scene and it was great to see Neighbours dealing with very 2015 topics in a classic comedy Neighbours way. We already made Kyle and Toadie’s wingmen role our Scene of the Week but we really just couldn’t stop grinning at how funny it was – as was Sheila’s absolute glee at running the LGBTI event. Kyle boring to death the poor guy, who was more interested in Toadie, was really entertaining as was Sheila taking her crankiness too far. Great stuff.
Under Jason Herbison’s tenure, it’s fair to say one thing the show has excelled at is creating new characters and interesting arrivals for the show and this week, the returning Amy Williams was no exception. Last seen in the early 90s, Amy has often seemed like the forgotten child of Paul Robinson, rarely getting referenced, if at all, in the ten years since his return to the show. True to Neighbours form, the recent reminder that she exists pre-empted her arrival and she hasn’t disappointed. Zoe Cramond hit the ground running and delivered some fantastic scenes with Stefan Dennis. Just as good is the fact that she’s quickly shared scenes with many other established – our favourite being poor Sonya who has been in desperate need of a friend. We appreciated that the show has managed to offer a fresh take on the good old ‘Paul’s estranged child turns up’ plot and we have high hopes for the future.
There’s very little we love more than a funny little Kennedy plot and this week saw us yet another one as Karl bought a stake in Off Air. It’s a bit of a strange fit but we can’t help but think it’s just what the bar needs – an injection of fun! Karl took the new role in his stride as he tried so desperately to be cool in his hipster clothes but he luckily had Suse on hand to keep his feet on the ground and remind him of how fickle his interests suddenly become – from fish, to erotic fiction. We look forward to seeing what happens now that Susan and Karl are around to brighten things up. Bring on the teasing, bickering and flirty jokes.
Just Like a Pill
Now it’s fair to say we’ve been quite critical of Paige’s recent plot and in particular, the neverending Dimato plot. However, this week, we’re not going to talk about that. This week we’re going to talk about the neon signs pointing to a tried and tested (and boring) Neighbours staple: pill addiction. Paige stealing Karl’s pad seemed rushed and contrived. We know Tyler got a bad beating but surely he could take a couple of over the counter painkillers and suck it up? Paige committing a massive crime (in addition to their many others) felt like a step too far. What’s worse is that we all know where it’s heading. Within a few episodes Tyler will no doubt be reliant on painkillers and resort to every trick under the sun in order to get his fix. Can’t we just skip to three weeks from now when he will be miraculously over it?
Every Breath You Take
Another week, another chance for Brad to become worryingly attached to his former flame, Lauren. We love this story and the trials and tribulations as Terese struggles to keep her marriage together – but as much as we love it, we can’t condone the behaviour of Brad and Lauren. Whilst Lauren is finally realising that she’s too dependent on Brad and thankfully started calling him out on his OTT behaviour, the pair really seem to mean what they say. Like many times before, we think it won’t be long before they’re having private chats in the Harold’s kitchen. However, this week it’s Brad who deserves our ire. Mere days after Terese issuing an ultimatum about his behaviour, he is once again over involving himself in Lauren’s life and warning off Robin – when it’s none of his business. Frankly his ‘looking out’ for Lauren is borderline stalker behaviour, not unlike his son’s over Amber. Hmm…