The Fantastic Three Hander Episode
In light of the show’s historic three hander, it’s only fitting this week that our three ‘hits’ are dedicated to the episode that will surely go down in Neighbours history was one of its most memorable. Since the announcement that the show would air a landmark episode featuring only three characters as the climax to the Brad, Terese and Lauren triangle, fans were eager to see how the episode would be pulled off and whether it would live up to the very high expectations. In our opinion, it exceeded them. In this day and age, viewers aren’t used to plots running for long periods of time. Things escalate and climax with dramatic, unrealistic pace, so it was so refreshing to watch this plot really play out as a slow burn since 2013. And because it’s played out so naturally and realistically, it made this pay off all the more satisfying to watch. We’ve seen Brad gradually fall for Lauren, time and again we’ve witnessed Lauren’s longing for Brad, and we’ve watched Terese morph from strong, confident, happily married woman to a desperately insecure alcoholic losing her husband to another woman. The episode itself was peppered with wonderful character moments. It was so heartbreaking to see Terese admit her alcohol issues on the day her husband betrayed her and the moment she witnessed the evidence was gut-wrenchingly played by Rebekah Elmaloglou. The explosive chain of events after that moment were soap at its finest! From Terese delivering an ice-cold jab about Matt to Lauren, to the jam jaw throw ( the ‘Susan slaps Karl’ moment of the 2010s in our opinion) and of course the massive garden fight complete with an iconic dip in the pool for Lauren. Similarly, it was great to see that, as theorised, Lauren truly did have feelings for Brad all along and for the character to be made much more morally grey that has sometimes been presented in the past and allow Terese to cement her role as the victim of their betrayal, despite her flaws. Kip and Kate did some of the finest work in the episode, with Kate’s post-soaking recollection of her feelings for Brad a particular highlight. The star of the episode though was the wonderful Rebekah Elmaloglou. The episode felt like a proper moment for her character and Rebekah smashed it. From the aforementioned moment of realisation to the desperately sad scene where she tried to seduce Brad in vain, to her fury at Brad and Lauren – the episode belonged to her and in our opinion, Rebekah joined the pantheon of iconic Neighbours actresses and has become an indispensable asset to the show.
Attack of the Drones
Okay, drones might be a very modern, 21st Century thing for Neighbours to explore, but we seemed to learn about these council drones the same week they had a huge role to play in Neighbours’ biggest story. We can’t help but feel there must have been a better way for Lauren and Brad to be caught in the act. A photo or a phone video – just anything that didn’t scream plot device as much as the drone capture did. Terese’s reaction to the email was brilliant and we enjoyed the episode as a whole so much that we’ve been able to overlook it, but will we ever hear about these drones again? Perhaps we should, perhaps Karl should go on a one man mission to get them banned if he’s worried about privacy invasion – something that makes their inclusion in this plot a little more believable.
Like Father Like Son
Once again we find Josh Willis at the bottom of our list for basically being a horrible jerk. If there was anyone to sympathise with lying, cheating coward Brad – of course it would be his equally vile son. We stil don’t think Josh got a fair lashing after his creepy catfish antics and now he goes one step further to be on our hate list. He’s been on Terese’s back now for weeks claiming her drinking issues are her own fault, her marriage breakdown is all her doing and on discovering Brad has cheated on their vulnerable mother he starts pointing the finger of blame at the victim in all this – his own mother! Terese isn’t faultless but Josh’s attitude towards the situation was a damning indictment of his horrible personality. We’re firmly on the side of the Willis women and if Josh and Brad want to team up in their holier than though “the naggy woman just made my pants fall off” attitude then we hope there’s some bad karma coming their way.