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  1. I don't like Justin and Leah together either. It does feel like the characters were thrown together because they were both at a loose end and both likely to not leave any time soon. I'm surprised Ava hasn't returned as a regular yet. There is a potential to create a family unit with Justin, Leah, Ava and perhaps one or two strays, such a niece or nephew of Leah's or a random teen they take in. Is it just me or does Leah seemed to be paired with characters after they've been on the show for a few years, rather than the character be introduced as a love interest for her? It happened
  2. Didn't Alf ask Ailsa "to keep an eye on her" because he knew who she was? I suppose the problem was, Alf found out just after Martha's "death" and he had more than enough on his plate dealing with that and Roo going off the rails.
  3. Carly seemed to go through a few too before she settled down with Ben: Matt, Gary, Andrew, Adam, Grant and finally Ben. Maybe it just seemed like heaps for that era of the show and relative to Bobby. In the same period, Bobby only had Frank and Morag's stalker Danny. Speaking of Roo, she's burnt through a few too. She had four in her original 18 month stint (Frank, Brett, David, Simon) and countless short-lived love interests since returning in 2010. I'm sure someone would be able to give us a full rundown on those, since I've dipped in and out since 2005ish. Sally Fletcher also had
  4. And the late 90s crew too, like Will, Gypsy, Justine and Vinnie.
  5. Definitely Leah, but it's all relative. Her love interests are spread out over 20 years, whereas the others are concentrated to 3 - 4 years. The writers don't seem interested in investing in long-term couples anymore - with the exception of Dean and Ziggy, the writers seem to pair characters off, then break them up a few months later and then move them on to the next partner. Sometimes that's due to the departure of one actor, which can't be avoided, but other times both actors stay. I'd also say the Braxton pairings (Heath and Bianca and Brax and Ricki) are an exception to the rule
  6. The producers only seem interested in returning characters from the last 10 years, such as Heath, Bianca, Angelo and Jett. I guess any former character would need a meaningful connection to Alf, Roo, Mariyln, Irene or Leah, but I'm sure there would have been returning characters who could fit that. Even Olivia's stint was a chance to bring back James or Diana Fraser, but the producers didn't go for it. Dannii's character was Ailsa's niece by marriage, but I'm pretty sure the writers aren't allowed to mention Ailsa anymore now that Martha is around...
  7. I actually think Mariyln's late nineties stint is probably more iconic/legendary than her current one. Her current stint is obviously the longest running of her three regular stints, but for me, most her memorable moments were in her in 1995 - 1999 stint. The same for Roo to be honest. Justine Clarke really made the role her own and cemented Roo as a legendary character. It's just a shame Justine played the part too well, which lead to her copping abuse from the public and potentially influenced her decision to leave so soon / not want to return. I like Georgie Parker, but I don't feel l
  8. I always thought it wasn't Sharyn's choice to leave? Either way, I assume the long-term plan was probably for them to start a family and perhaps even go down the foster parent route with them too, like they did with Bobby and Sally.
  9. That's still something that both H&A and Neighbours do today. Either the character is at the forefront of storylines because it ties in with their exit or they become a background character and get a relatively quiet exit. The show seemed to want to focus on less on comedy plots from late 1989 onward. Perhaps that's why characters like Celia, Martin and Lance seemed directionless, because in many ways, they were there for the lighter stories. Celia had some good dramatic stuff too (her tragic past, romance with Nigel), but ultimately she was there either for comedy or as
  10. I was never a fan of Grant - I didn't like the way he undermined Don's authority all the time and he seemed quite arrogant at times. He also seemed like a pointless character - his relationship with Jane Holland (Josephine Mitchell) went nowhere and he seemed quite two-dimensional, which might tie in with the the bit about allowing him to focus on his musical career. I don't think it helped that we lost great characters like Lance, Martin and Andrew Foley to accommodate dull characters like Grant and Ben. Craig McLachlan was poached from Neighbours, wasn't he? Do we think he would h
  11. These all make sense for me: I couldn't see Colleen suddenly randomly moving to another part of NSW where she has no family and it makes sense she'd want to be closer to her beloved Lancie where she can also be a doting grandma. The only other option would have been death in my opinion. The same for Celia - Summer Bay was her home, so she wouldn't just move to another part of the state or country where she had no family. Perhaps she could have gone on another extended holiday but this time never come back, but I doubt fans would have been satisfied with that. Judith also took
  12. It still is intermittently, especially for the younger characters who move to The City for uni. The entire Sutherland clan moved there too, as well as others like Morag and Ruby too
  13. Three very good years I am torn between 1988, 1989, 1996 and 1999. 1996 had the earthquake and the flood, Marilyn and Don's wedding, the start of Chloe/Brad, Angel's departure (couldn't stand her, so a good moment!) and two very iconic death scenes. I know I am in the minority here, but I actually enjoyed the Joey, Casey, Liam, Steph teen group, which this year too. 1999 was a bit transitional year between Pippa and the Sutherland family, but we had a number of characters at their peak, such as Vinnie, Jesse and the Nash family. I also enjoyed the Ailsa/Alf story, the Byr
  14. Funnily enough, the early 2000s was when H&A actually cared about its passed and was bringing back former characters on a regular basis. At that stage however, the last time she was seen was when she was stalking Don, wasn't it? She returned in 2005, with Barbara Stephens back in the role, but she had very few lines and she was just one of several returnees so the issue was not mentioned on onscreen. If she returned as part of the Seb storylines, long-terms would expect a resolution or at the very least closure and maybe the writers couldn't be bothered? But the big question is, wha
  15. There was no need to make a big deal of it. The relationship between Don and Seb was the significant one and Seb didn't really need two father/grandfather figures. The same could be said for Alf's relationship with Rebecca and Bobby too. It was there, but there was no need for it to be so prominent onscreen, but I'm sure had Don left before Bobby and Rebecca, Alf would assumed a more prominent father/uncle role to them too.
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