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  4. 3 points
    Alf's episode count this week: Three. Someone obviously decided this was an important week, as Colby and Dean appear in every episode and Willow, Bella and Nikau all appear in four. Halfway through the episode, as we were treated to the cringe-inducing sight of Bella and Nikau dancing on a clifftop in slow motion, I found myself going "Oh good grief, this isn't supposed to be a romantic moment, is it?" My opinion of the pairing has gone from mild discomfort to utterly detesting them together, yet on this evidence it seems the show seems to think they're some sort of long-term power couple. And Nikau is almost as high as Colby on my hate list at the moment. The first sight of him grinning like a loon was so utterly out of keeping with the situation that even Bella called him out for enjoying it, although sadly that didn't last. She had enough bad influences in her life as it was: She needed an adult, not an irresponsible sleazy man-child. If the show wants us to forget him stealing Tori's car to get away from the police and endangering Grace, then having him steal Tane's money to get away from the police and arguably endanger Bella a few weeks later doesn't really help. He's been throwing tantrums and threatening to run out on his family pretty much as long as we've known him, but from his response to that list of messages, he may be about to realise the reality of actually doing it, as he suddenly notices that he's agreed to run off into the bush and live on nuts and berries for the next seventy years just to keep hold of Bella. Dammit, why did Willow and Ziggy have to stop Dean punching Colby in the face? (Are punches allowed at the moment? It seems every other sort of physical contact is!) No wonder he gets punched as much as he does, he's got one of those faces. Ziggy did annoy me a bit with the way she kept interrupting and storming off when Dean tried to tell her anything (although to be fair to her, him choosing to confide in Willow first probably stung).Amber and Dean's son would have been conceived after Dean got out of jail: I'm not sure if we've been told how long he was in there for? Not sure you need passports to cross state lines in Australia, but Currawong is in New South Wales anyway. (So Ari's "Could they have gone any further?" last episode was a bit odd, and may be a relic from an old script before it got moved nearer because of travel restrictions.) Mackenzie gets one moment of awesome with her "Do I look unsure?" Nice to get some reaction from Marilyn and Roo to Angelo being back, and finally get an answer to the question of whether or not he's with Nicole: Presumably Angelo filled Irene in on one of his trips to the Diner. I'm not too disappointed: I was happy Nicole got a happy ending after a year of near-constant misery (a lot of it down to Marilyn!) but never really saw them as endgame. I am more concerned that apparently no-one in the Bay stayed in touch with her if they had to wait for Angelo to turn up to find out (I hope Miles still has her number at least), but thinking about it, Angelo was worried about retribution from the Braxtons when they left and didn't want anyone to know where they were. I love that they credited a character as "Dale the Camp Manager". It's just begging for someone to read the cast list in TV Week and go "Is that the manager of a camp or a manager who is camp?"
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  7. 3 points
    Marilyn is a total nightmare! Ugh she is so fake, awful and irritating, now she'll have her latest pity party now she and John have split up, word will get around the Bay and John will get the blame from everyone as usual whilst Marilyn laps up the support, she's so transparent. I know John has his flaws, but I so prefer him as a character and he'll be so better away from her. I feel sorry for the next man who gets with her because they'll have to put up with being constantly hounded by her cronies. I did feel for John when he had his fall, but I hope there's light at the end of the tunnel for him and that he moves on. Team Jasmine. She went away to clear her head (apparently that is wrong now too), she's emotionally/mentally all over the place and needs to seek help for her issues if she's to be allowed to see baby Grace again. I want light at the end of the tunnel for her more than anything. I didn't know Sam Frost was a RTV star before becoming an Actress, but she's been so fantastic since joining this show. I can't stand Tori/Justin anyway, but I do get their POV RE baby Grace, although Tori does send mixed messages to Jasmine and it's wrong. I really dislike Jasmine being called crazy... She's NOT crazy, just currently mentally ill and needs to deal with her grief about losing Robbo and their plans for the future being destroyed. Baby Grace is the only part of Robbo she has left, she's not helped herself with her behaviour at times, it's been wrong, but she's just in a mixed up place right now.
  8. 2 points
    Rewatching the body discovery ep... I was alarmed to discover Ross was only 2 wks older than me, according to his license!
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  10. 2 points
    There's Currawong Beach, which is directly opposite Palm Beach on the other side of Pittwater - but the one in the show is a fictional place named Mount Currawong All the Blue Mountain location scenes were actually filmed three months after the rest of the scenes in these episodes, the result being that the Mt Currawong we're seeing is still meant to be in the Northern Territory as per the original plan for the shoot... evidenced by the itinerary Colby printed off, which showed Nik & Bella's route north via Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine. I think with the circumstances we have to just let them have that one, the tropics were just have a cold snap Behind the scenes info/pics for these episodes for anyone interested - https://www.backtothebay.net/news/2020/08/20/behind-the-scenes-as-home-and-away-heads-to-the-blue-mountains/
  11. 2 points
    Oh gosh! There's always a possibility and I have a few vague ideas, although there's also the concern that fitting in the writing of this nearly killed me at times! Maybe one day.
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    Thank you for the comments, Chair, Kristen, CaptainHulk, Summer's Bay, pembie and Sunny Girl! I wasn't sure how many people would be willing to come along on this trip into Home and Away's past so I'm glad you all told me you liked it.
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  16. 2 points
    Agreed. Especially with Zac and the VJ + Billie relationship. The relationship was short lived but the storyline for it dominated 2016 and after Billies death it still continued till late 2017 but as a custody battle. Zac was a father figure for the Caravan Park for a while though he was on the show for nearly 4.5 half years he was only a father figure for about half that. The Braxton formula has tried to be replicated numerous times since. In a way, the Holdens were almost a prototype of what would eventually become the Braxtons.
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  20. 2 points
    Floss and Nev weren't inline with Des Monaghan's vision. If one had to go, I'd rather it be Nev, otherwise they were fine A schemer like Martin was never gonna stay in a small town plus he and Lance had done everything they could do and were visibly out of steam by Q4 1989. When some people leave others are left often left lost, example Sharon and Des on Neighbours. They were spare parts in 1990. Sharon minus Bronwyn or Nick kind of floundered. Des seemed a bit lost when he sold the house to the Willises and moved into the Surgery flat.
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  22. 2 points
    Don and Marilyn split because they lost their child, Byron. Marilyn was unable to cope with her grief and with Summer Bay reminding her of the life she had had with him, she ran away. When we saw her again in the London episodes a couple of years later, there was no sign of the happy, bubbly, carefree Marilyn that we all know. She was still very much grieving. Don didn't find her insufferable or unbearable. He never stopped loving her and told her this. He asked her if she had stopped loving him and she said she had because it hurt to love, which sounded like she had given up on ever loving someone again, which is so sad.
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  24. 2 points
    Marilyn must be really enjoying spending time with Grace. A baby all to herself and no time with John. Interestingly, crazy Jasmine's not been so crazy over the last couple of episodes and she has been better spending time with Robbo's parents. I've actually found myself on her side. Irene has been extremely annoying constantly calling Jasmine and even getting annoyed with her in her voicemails. Irene knew Jasmine was safe so if she wasn't getting back to her it was because Jasmine didn't want to talk to her. She should have just left it for a few days and it annoyed me when Irene and Colby went to retrieve her. Tori has also been extremely annoying, again giving mixed signals i.e. the AVO and then wanting to go out of her way to talk to Jasmine. She wants to help Jasmine then fine but Jasmine has an issue with boundaries and how is she supposed to rectify that if Tori has taken out an AVO and still wants to interact with her. I was actually glad Justin had a go at Tori when she blamed him before he changed his stance. I said previously that Jasmine needed to get away and it did seem to do her some good and I really didn't like the way Colby and Irene took her from the Shaw's and delivered her to the Diner, springing Tori and Justin on her. Have to admit, this made me laugh. Justin:"Colby called." Tori:"What? What did he say?" Justin:"Jasmine's agreed to come back to the bay." Tori:"Oh, that's good. It's a good thing" Justin:"Well, that depends on which Jasmine we're getting back"
  25. 2 points
    He just became a little mini replica of Donald, always on Shane's back, hanging around that kicthen set like a bad smell. It was like, get a life of your own Nick. You're a 20-something guy. I am not surprised they wrote him out in the end as they had clearly lost all interest in him. Shame as he was a decent enough character at the start.
  26. 2 points
    Brilliant post. It is great in H&A when the long termers get storylines but it’s a shame for the most part they are just in the background.
  27. 2 points
    Thanks Dan!!! You come through every single time when it comes to my questions about songs featured on the show. Don't know how you do it but glad you do. You and your loved ones continue to be safe and healthy. That goes for everybody on this site.
  28. 2 points
    Comparing a period of 10 years to a period of 3 years doesn't seem that useful an argument to me. I'm not sure what your point is. In fairness H&A is the only soap that seems to be written in this bizarre way. In every other soap I can think of, the long term main characters are consistently the driving force behind storylines and focus. H&A is the only one that seems to treat its mainstays like background characters, to be given secondary focus; used as afterthoughts, given breadcrumbs of short "stories", to fit in around the arcs and attention of the temporary "main" characters who come and go every 2-3 years. It's almost as if the producers are more interested in their own creations than the characters they "inherit". Look at Martha being alive. Should have been the biggest story in H&A history for Alf - the longest running and most popular character - and instead all details of it were kept as ambiguous and background as possible. Where there should have been story, there was just glossing over. They even wrote that he knew all along - all to avoid actually giving him story and screen time (him finding out would have been a great story). Going so far as to rewrite and disregard established facts in H&A history, all to avoid actually having to give him scenes in his own story. Paul Robinson, Karl and Susan in Neighbours are consistently the focus of attention and character-led exploration in Neighbours. Ken Barlow is never out of the action in Coronation Street. Ian, Phil and Sharon are at the forefront of everything in EastEnders. Other characters get stories and focus too of course, but those original (and long term) characters get the fair share they deserve. Meanwhile their counterparts on H&A are treated as glorified extras. Leah no exception. Years of detail and attention went into establishing her strong connection with her family and yet was there a single mention of them the whole time she was "missing"? And VJ? It's just so, SO half-hearted when it comes to their long term characters. A feeling of "Any old crap will do, just write whatever and then get back to the new characters for the next scene." The ones the producers are interested in.
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    Great chapter Whoa lots going on there. Carly bad idea marrying Ben uh-oh. Update again soon
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  35. 1 point
    I really this chapter looking forward to reading more an interesting idea something that I haven't thought about.
  36. 1 point
    Pretty big choice for Ailsa to make and it looks as though Alf's not as ready to switch as he appeared...
  37. 1 point
    I actually really enjoyed parts of that episode. I have to admit, Amber aint bad looking at all. Would definitely smash it. I don't like the fact that she's a tease though. Tane seemed very at home at that club. Mackenzie wreaked of the Green eyed monster throughout most of that episode. The promo made Amber throwing the punch a lot worse than it was as it didn't show Mackenzie push her first. Not that I'm justifying it but at least it wasn't a case of Amber just hitting someone after saying she didn't like her which was what I originally thought. I can definitely see Mackenzie not liking Amber considering Amber was rude to her when they first met but they were at a night club and Mackenzie was complaining about everything Amber was doing (Even Ziggy thought she was going a bit too far). If Willow had been in Amber's position then she wouldn't have had a problem if Tane defended her like that. Again I don't like how Amber conducted herself dancing against that guy then complaining when he put his hands on her. I think Ziggy is a lot tougher than Mackenzie and I reckon if that punch had hit Mackenzie she would have been on the floor. So add Amber and Willow to the list of people who know she likes Tane. That scene the morning after when Amber called Mackenzie out about it was hilarious although I didn't like the way Amber was gloating when she saw Ziggy's black eye. I also really liked the way Ziggy was there as a bystander. Firstly in the club when Tane spoke to Mackenzie and Ziggy half acknowledged him after and when Mackenzie confided in Ziggy the next morning. This isn't going to end well.
  38. 1 point
    Christ that was a time bomb, Bodies everywhere. Karen, Karen... WTF have you done? And ouch for Blake, Ailsa, Celia and Dennis. Jacqui back on the horizon...
  39. 1 point
    Karen's survival instincts really weren't working there, but Alf only has himself to blame.
  40. 1 point
    Wow, things are definitely moving now! If Karen hadn't broken the law before, she definitely has now. Was Debra telling the truth?
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    No wonder Donald Fisher split from Marilyn all those years ago. I think he found her insufferable.
  43. 1 point
    Hopefully Donald won't mess this one up, and hopefully Nick won't either.Penny may have finally dropped for Karen...
  44. 1 point
    Ooh that's a real freeze-frame.
  45. 1 point
    Or at the very least call him a "pea-brain". (Which was apt sometimes)
  46. 1 point
    Ben babysitting would be like letting a Starving Dog guard a rack of ribs.
  47. 1 point
    @English Invader Not at Channel 5 pace they didn't
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    I still like Jasmine, what she is doing is wrong, but she's clearly having a breakdown and is all over the place emotionally, plus the behaviour with baby Grace really is bordering on scary, she's doing herself no favours, nor are the people who are closest to her who are still non the wiser apart from Justin, who is sussing that something isn't right, it's a complex situation and I hope that eventually people don't turn against Jasmine, but that they stick by her and try and make her see sense in what she's doing and urging her to seek help. P.S. Give me Jasmine over Tori, Justin, Leah or Marilyn anyday, at least she's interesting to watch and isn't holier than thou. I feel for Sam that she's getting some abuse over a fictional SL and that Penny has had to stick up for her online. Some fans really need to separate fiction from reality FGS!
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