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  9. 3 points
    Colby was such a jerk here, he actually made me feel sorry for Simone.So was Brody, for that matter, and in both cases it's pretty much their default personality at the moment.Colby really needs to take a long hard look at the damage he's doing to Bella rather than finding an outsider to use as a convenient scapegoat, it's his behaviour and their constant changing situation that has left her unconvinced by his "Everything's fine" mantra. Leaving the police is probably the best decision he's made in a while, even if I'm not convinced, or even sure, of his reasons for doing it.Unfortunately, by using Bella as an excuse, it's just one more thing for her to feel insecure about. I did love the gag of Justin complaining about always having to fix Alf's boat: It does seem like he spends an awful lot of time working in that boat yard!
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    Now, this may be cynical of me, but I was expecting more backlash for Tori as a result from Jasmine's reveal, and I was kind of disappointed that there wasn't. It was a bit grating to see her celebrating it with actual good people and Brody (it pains me that I can no longer include him in that category!) when I think she ought to get a severe talking to, instead of a real lack of criticism other than from Jasmine and Irene, that actually might get her thinking about her actions (though mind you, Justin and Leah tried doing that to her multiple times and it hasn't worked), though I guess that it's not much of a surprise that Brody or Ziggy weren't that critical, or that Justin was now more accepting. Family usually looks out for each other. I wish we did see Raffy and Mason's reactions to it other than Raffy's initial exclamation on Thursday, and I love to see Mason begin questioning Tori on her previous decisions. So yeah, overall disappointing. The stuff with the packages for Jett and the troops was really the only highlight of the episode. I love that the older crowd are getting more scenes and storylines now, and I now love anything with Alf and Martha together, they work really well. I mean, they were married so I guess that is expected but still. Well, now we know what Bella said that made Maggie and Simone concerned, and even though you said it much better than I could Red, it's very much Colby's fault. he's seriously messed up the situation for Bella, the one he is supposed to do right by, and is allowing her to live in fear because of his own choices and him covering up his own crimes! Bella really deserves better than him, so I'm glad she had Irene to turn to, who is a much better person to look after her than Colby is.
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  15. 2 points
    So we are actually going to have Colby going back to the police and acting like he's somehow got the right to act as though he's on the right side of the law even though he should be serving a life sentence.I thought he couldn't be even more of a joke of a police officer than he was, but he keeps finding lower parts.And seemingly just to keep Bella onside as well.I'm surprised how fine with it Willow was, almost as if the show had forgotten she knows about him killing Ross.But it turns out she's the only one that can get through to Dean. John again proved a surprisingly effective confidante for Alf.Martha was in danger of getting the wrong idea but Alf got her on the right page in the end.However, it seems her issues are more deep-rooted than that, which is realistic. I actually thought Jasmine did a pretty good job here.She wasn't willing to go along with Tori's initial friendly overtures but she did her job professionally and showed that, even if she's not as nice a person as she thought, she still can't help doing the right thing.
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  17. 2 points
    There were a great number of changes in 2000 (possibly one of the biggest years of change to date!) and I was wondering if anyone knew the reason for that? Were the ratings down following a number of high profile departures over the previous few years (Marilyn, Chloe, Travis, Rebecca, even possibly dating back to Pippa in early 98) and mediocre storylines? Did a new EP take over and want to make their mark? Was there a push from Channel 7 or Channel 5 to modernise the show for whatever reason? Was it an official revamp or was it just a coincidence it all happened at once? The revamped titles/theme tune - for the first time, the titles did not feature "action" shots and instead just the actors faces. The loss of familiar/long-standing sets - the Stewart house and the original Bayside diner were gone and were replaced with new sets, like the new diner and the Sally/Leah/Shauna share house, which debuted in 1999 and stayed for years. The cast changes - there was a huge turnover of cast in 2000. We lost Sam, James, Justine, Jesse, Edward, Peta, Judith, Joel, Natalie, Tom, Ken and then of course, Ailsa in the final episode, plus Harry and Mitch in the first few weeks of 2001. I don't know who quit and who left of their own accord, but given some of them were around a year or less, chances are at least some of them were axed. They were replaced with the Sutherlands, Brodie, Leah, Nick, Noah and Jude. Jude and Brodie were less-than-memorable, but Leah, Noah, Nick and the Sutherlands were obviously major players in the "revamped era" that followed. A new family in Summer Bay House and the move away from fostering - we had a brand new family in Summer Bay House. The first and only time this happened, as Pippa was replaced by Travis and Rebecca and then they were replaced by Joel and Natalie. It felt like strangers were living in the house, and took some time to get used to. They also seemed to stray away from fostering from this point - obviously Rhys and Shelley took in Brodie and Irene had the Smith children, but they were more like her almost-step-children rather than foster children. The darker storylines - I know we'd had some dark storylines in the previous few years (i.e. Chloe's rape, Justine accused of murdering a baby, the Robert Perez stuff), but they always seemed to be balanced out by lighter/comedy storylines. I can't recall many comedy storylines in that era, just the "doom and gloom" stuff like Dani's rape and all the Kirsty/Kane drama, Duncan's downward spiral, Miles' death, Gypsy's pregnancy, the school siege, Jade and Seb's car accident, Charlotte's death etc.
  18. 2 points
    From memory they never had one single moment of getting along. Bobby did try to make an effort with Morag on one occasion - she went to visit her to offer the hand of friendship. She found Morag unconscious on the floor, having fainted, and called an ambulance. When she regained consciousness, a disorientated Morag couldn't understand what Bobby was doing there and screamed at her to get out. Once bitten, twice shy, Bobby didn't make an effort again. At the end of Morag's tenure in 1989 she hosted a dinner party for Donald, Bobby and Danny (it was all just a ploy to get revenge on Danny), and she and Bobby made forced but polite conversation but it didn't last long as Morag's nasty side came out before the night was over, ending with Bobby yelling "God, I hate you!" at Morag. And there was one humorous scene where Bobby forced Morag to be nice because Bobby had Morag's personal files and wouldn't return them unless Morag was polite to her. But it wasn't genuine niceness.
  19. 2 points
    Adam Willits got itchy feet and wanted to do other things. He still kept in touch with Pippa though (and presumably Frank and co.) just sporadically, sent a telegram to her and Michael's wedding.
  20. 2 points
    Martha freaking out because she didn’t speak to Roo in a few weeks. Didn’t seem to bother her she went 30 years without speaking to her
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  27. 2 points
    It's that time of the year again, with @Red Ranger 1 having updated all the current regular character profiles up to the end of the 2018 season. Profiles for Hunter and Olivia are now complete, with newly added profiles for the those added to the regular cast in the latter half of the season - Colby, Jasmine and Dean. A shoutout to @Matt too for publishing the updates to the site whilst I've had to take some time away. https://www.backtothebay.net/characters/ Bookending those updates, we've also got a couple of profiles of more 'historical' interest - Gordon Stewart and Byron Fisher.
  28. 2 points
    https://www.backtothebay.net/news/2019/03/04/logies-2019-voting-open/ What the fresh hell?! I don't understand why Kestie Morassi hasn't been nominated for a logie award - has the network forgotten her magnificent cancer storyline? Georgie (Roo), Emily (Marilyn), Lynne (Irene), Ada (Leah), Sam (Jasmine) and Sophie (Ziggy) have hardly had any storylines in the past year so I don't understand how they are nominated, yet Kestie isn't?! Even Ashleigh (Chelsea) got a nomination yet she was a guest character. This is a huge disrespect to Kestie.
  29. 2 points
    Three weeks on, and lots of bad behaviour in the Bay, of which I'll begin with the worst. Chelsea leaving Colby - well, I can't say it's undeserved. Any sympathy I had for the character has more or less evaporated; he seems completely unrepentant and unaffected by what happened, and what's more, doesn't seem to care about how it's affecting Dean, Willow, Bella or anybody else. To be honest, he was lucky Chelsea didn't march straight in and shop him to McCarthy. Speaking of... did anyone else get a feeling McCarthy is slightly suspicious of Colby's story? I don't know; I couldn't put my finger on it, but I wonder if part of him knows or has a fair idea of what happened, but that he's playing it as if they're still working together to figure it out. Anyhow, the news of Colby being a murderer continued to spread through the ex-Mangrove River residents like wildfire, with even Karen now let in on the secret - which strikes me as a particularly unwise move, even though her scenes with Dean were lovely. Let's hope Marilyn and John don't find out what Colby did, or they'll have their sights set on Bella as their latest teen acquisition. Brody is just awful, too, with both Ziggy and Simone coming across better than him as he continues to both have his cake and eat it. Tori - yes, awful as well. I was prepared to countenance the possibility that she might not have done a terrible thing by using the embryo - but in lying to Robbo about it, and then making Jasmine complicit in her secret, she took it way too far. I don't understand at all why Jasmine went along with it, though, other than (from a writing perspective) for maximum drama when Robbo found out. My knowledge about H&A's past isn't as encyclopaedic as some, but even I thought it was odd Martha talking about the Blaxland, as I was pretty sure it was a relatively recent development. Still, apart from that, I did enjoy the lighter scenes between her and Alf -- but I do continue to wish we'd get some discussion of what's been happening with Martha in the interim, and how she pulled off her audacious death-fakery in the first place and lived an entire life under the authorities' radar. Good to see both Mason and Ryder supporting Raffy, although all this talk of medicinal cannabis leads me to suspect that a Drugs Are Bad storyline is likely to be on the horizon. I don't pay much attention to H&A spoilers these days so I don't actually know whether Coco is coming back after the stated 10 weeks, but the timbre of her exit felt pretty final, and led me to suspect it will be one of those things where we hear she's decided to stay, has got a prestigious internship, etc etc.
  30. 2 points
    Brody is ice cold. He shows zero remorse or guilt for his affair. What do these two women even see in him? He's moody and boring. Simone doesn't seem to have any shame either, especially the way she's trying to make a good impression on Maggie at the school. I don't see Jasmine's big attraction to Robbo. He's so sour and snappy. She's a bit irritating at times, but she deserves better than a permanent sulk. I didn't like Bella when she first came to the show. She seemed feral and loud, which is understandable considering the way she was raised, but now I actually do like her. She seems a bit shy and sweet. I don't think telling Karen about the murder was a good idea. Yes, her mental state seems to have improved a lot, but still, there's a long road to go and she might accidentally blurt it out.
  31. 2 points
    This tooown is comin' like a ghost town... Do you remember good old days before the ghost town?!
  32. 2 points
    2000 was a hugely transitional year for Corrie, EastEnders and Home And Away. Somehow the 3 shows changed radically when the 2000's hit. 1999 was the last "classic" year for the 3 shows I feel. EE and H&A bought in the rowdy Sutherland/Slater family in 2000 and they totally dominated the shows in a way none of the previous families had done. Also H&A as said, got rid of the old diner, the Stewart House and Ailsa died, and Sam, James left. EE had a huge cast cull in 2000 such as the exits of Matthew Rose, the DiMarcos and 3 early years characters Kathy, Ethel and Frank. And Corrie introduced darker storylines in 2000 with the Frescho siege, and a shift towards greed and selfishness instead of Northern warmth and humour.
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    It's anything from between 1988 and now! Would love for you to be involved! Definitely get in contact. As for recording, it's just a matter of syncing schedules but shouldn't be hard - it'll be something to be sorted out
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    From our interview with Dan Bennett: Marilyn Chambers received an electric shock and fell into a coma. When she eventually awoke, it was discovered she had amnesia, and under the impression it was 1996, believed she was still married to Donald Fisher. Just before the accident, Alf conveniently went to visit Donald. Was the idea to bring him back ever toyed with? Yep. We had a huge Fisher story planned. I hope it plays out one day.
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