Finding it hard to hang on to every plot twist after 10 years of
Neighbours? Sit back then ... when we say the story so far, we mean the story so
far. Jim Schembri has all the detail.
IN THE beginning, there was a vacant lot, lots of vacant lots, and the
creators of Neighbours looked upon the vacant lots and said, ``This shall be the
site for a street, not just any street, but Ramsay Street. And therein shall
reside the family Robinson, and the family Ramsay, and the family of Mitchell,
Bishop, Daniels, Lewis, Mangel and Harris, and of Willis and Alessis, and many
more, even the Carpenters and the Clarkes and the Gottliebs."
And herein, the creators did say verily, would these families and loads of
ancillary characters live in each other's pockets to the nth degree, where they
would never seem to do anything but get involved in each other's business, where
people would get married lots, and have children, and separate, and argue and
never go to the toilet.
And they said unto each other in the boardroom that this shall not redefine
the Australian soapie, for that has already been done with Number 96. What this
shall do is merely respect the codes and values of the traditional soap, of
eventful episodes filled with tragedy and humor, and flog it to within an inch
of its life so that 10 years later, in 1995, it shall be seen in 41 countries
and by 11 million viewers per day in Britain, where they seem to like this sort
And they looked upon what they had created and they said: ``This is good."
And they ordained that, while marriage shall be a mainstay of the show, so
too shall be accidents with vehicles, and trouble with water, and relationship
and nervous breakdowns, and diseases, passionate kisses and babies, and the
occasional falling off a mountain.
So the story began . . .
And so it was, in the first episode, that Des Clarke and Lorraine Kingham
called off their wedding, Des then got engaged to Joan Langdon, and then called
that off, too. He then went on to Daphne, which was also called off until they
finally made it to the altar in episode 295.
Daphne didn't make it far after that, though. She died in hospital after
crashing in a car while returning from her father's funeral, an early instance
of the subsequent preponderance of vehicular mishaps that seem to besiege the
good denizens of Ramsay Street.
Scott Robinson (son of Jim and Anne) mistook Charlene (daughter of Madge) for
a burglar, and they went on to have a stormy but wonderful relationship. They
married and kissed passionately, and then the pair left the series so Jason and
Kylie could pursue separate careers, one in musical theatre, the other in
Zoe told Jim she couldn't marry him, then she lost a baby; Mike fell in love
with Cassie after Cassie fell in some water, from which he rescued her. This
little event in episode 288 was an early taste of the large role that water
would play as a troubled element in Neighbours.
HELEN discovered an affair between her best friend Grace and her late husband
Bill, then Helen confessed to Madge that she was involved with Gerard, who was
engaged to Rosemary.
Scott was hurt in a car crash when the car he was in swerved to miss a pram,
containing the baby Sam, which ran off while Clive was presenting Susan with her
Water struck a second time when Basil, dog of Lucy, drowned. Lucy then got
Bouncer, who made Mrs Mangels fall from a ladder and suffer memory loss. Then
Lucy got a brain tumor, and Bouncer sired 10 puppies.
There was more water trouble in store: Scott, Jane and Mike were marooned in
a dinghy without paddles and Bronwyn saved Jamie from drowning in a pool.
Helen had a stroke and Mike anguished over why he wasn't a better driver,
having consigned Jenny to life in a wheelchair. A redback spider bit Sky and
Helen was bothered by a blackmailer.
Rob Lewis had a car crash, Todd recoiled in horror at the news that he had to
get braces for his teeth and Des, once again, called off another marriage, this
time to Jane. Hillary and Mr Muir also called off their engagement, too.
Harold, who was married to Madge, was arrested for being a peeping Tom.
A lethal truck claimed the ex-wife of Joe, while Todd and Boof stole parts
for their bikes and Bouncer was rescued after falling into a hole.
Melanie broke off her engagement to Roger, Kerry died after being shot by
poachers and Helen, while looking for Todd, fell down some stairs. Dorothy had a
An industrial accident blinded Josh while making surfboards, and Helen
bravely decided to end her marriage to Michael; Harold was washed off a rocky
ledge into the sea and Ashley kidnapped Lucy.
Glen fell from the roof of Lassiters' pub while trying to fix a Merry
Christmas sign and Paul had a nervous breakdown because of financial problems
caused by Aunty Felicity.
Water and car trouble conspired to send Lucy into a creek while stuck in a
car; Brad was summonsed for bad driving and Pam was charged with murder. Amy
got knocked over by a car registered in her Dad's name.
Madge was haunted by the ghost of Harold, and Todd, who made love to Phoebe
earlier on, was hit by a car while valiantly on his way to stop her from having
an abortion. Todd died, but Steve Gottlieb later proposed to Phoebe. She then
went into premature labor on the eve of her wedding.
Jim had a heart attack and Brad had a close call with some sharks, which was
a tough break because he was later marooned at sea with Doug who's father was
dying of liver cancer and had to swim to safety and face his sharkophobia.
Julie almost drowned in the Martin family spa bath.
Having survived sharks and surfboards, Brad was promptly thrown from a horse.
Brad had bought a house but Beth then told Brad that they weren't going to get
married after all because she found out Brad was in love with Lauren, who owned
the horse that threw him.
Brad and Lauren got it on, but when they were about to get married he didn't
say ``I do" on cue and the ceremony folded. He later told Beth there was
nothing between them. Annalise witnessed an explosion at the Waterhole while
Brad, Beth and Stephen were still inside.
Stephen later got a blood clot in his brain.
Julie and Phillip called it quits with their marriage, and Debbie was enticed
into shoplifting, which she enjoyed. She also found that Julie, the estranged
wife of Philip who, in turn, was getting it on with Beth, had overdosed on
Phillip and Julie then decided to try to have a baby but he couldn't get it
up. He continued to have trouble in bed until his problems were solved when
Julie dressed up in her school uniform.
Helen gave Hannah a piece of Uluru a present from Lucy, but a curse began
to cause trouble, so she threw it over the fence.
Lauren was sucked into joining a cult at a bush retreat with Ruth and Jacob.
She promptly turned into a religious nut and caused trouble in the coffee shop,
from where she was promptly sacked for not agreeing to shup up. Craig had a
nervous breakdown when Debbie told him she was not interested in him.
PHILLIP and Hannah lost their way in the bush and, before being rescued,
Phillip fell asleep while Hannah fought for her life clinging to the rocks in a
wild river. Beth and Brad prepared to marry but decided to elope.
Rick wanted to run for school elections but cigarettes were planted in his
locker. Annalise confronted the thing that was harassing her, then she took over
the coffee-shop lease. Mark, who rescued Annalise from Tim, discovered his
first grey hair.
There was a fire at Lassiter's. Brett tried hypnotherapy to play cricket.
Hannah was bitten by a carpet snake and Chrissie had an HIV test that was
positive. Michael was not pleased.
Cheryl decided to have an amniocentesis while Gaby got a touch of placenta
previa; Mark, who was an item with Annalise, found himself attracted to
Katarina, a paraplegic, who was plotting a break-up between Mark and Annalise.
Julie found herself with some porno mags she didn't want and Danni found the
nerve to drive a car. She and Michael later saved the life of a cab driver and
were rewarded for their valor with a visit from an American band called the
Makka confessed to Debbie, who had the hots for him, that he was gay, which
explained why he didn't want to take her to the debutante ball. She was later
hospitalised for malnutrition. Lou fell off an artificial mountain.
Doug had a prostate operation and Danni used counterfeit money; Mark and
Annalise ended their relationship, although Annalise thought a baby might do it
some good; Rick discovered, just as he was about to jump out of a plane, that he
had vertigo; Gaby had a boy and Cheryl a girl.
Danni won a recording contract, but only for the way she looked, not for the
way she sang. She didn't go for it. Brett realised the girl of his dreams also
stole his money; Cheryl caught her nanny smoking and sacked her; Rick gave Cody
some stolen exam papers and Lou was accidentally shot in the knee. Sam took
Cheryl suspected Lou of having an affair when she saw him meet My Ling. Mark
left Annalise holding the bag at the altar; Rick was demoted to garbageperson at
Lassiter's; Hannah exacted revenge on friends with some industrial-strength
chilli, and Ramsay Street was hit by a heatwave.
. . . and the story continues . . .