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  1. Wasn't her last line 'I must go' or something. That was perhaps a nod to Vanessa Downing's departure.
  2. I think by the end of 1989 we needed a break from Morag - but they could have easily brought her back in the 90s. One example, during that Al Simpson/Donald/Matt's brother storyline, Viv is worried about what will happen to her home situation and (maybe prompted by Emma?) goes behind Donald and Bobby's backs and calls in Morag? I can imagine Morag trying to help but Donald but being really sarcastic and unkind to him - and especially to Bobby, of course. They could have also got her back briefly to represent Karen in court maybe. The gap between 1993 and 2001 was OK for me based on how things ended in 1993 - although it's shame we never saw Morag and (real) Ailsa together again..
  3. Regarding "in Narelle's opinion", I read that back and realised it sounded a bit harsh. I think Alex Papps is attractive but I don't find Frank especially attractive. I suppose I was also referring to the fact that Narelle finding Frank attractive was one of her defining character traits at this stage in the series.
  4. ^I'm sure she was aware of the circumstances surrounding Frank's accident. Besides, Narelle's comment doesn't imply she actually knows Roo, the opposite in fact - she's just making an assessment on Roo based on the fact she would leave someone as attractive (in Narelle's opinion) as Frank at the altar.
  5. I feel like they were hoping Rebekah Elmalogolu was going to stick around a few weeks more precisely to get closure with Karen - but I guess Rebekah was ready to leave immediately. I could almost have seen Sophie sticking round at least half the year, perhaps Dale's death prompting her to want to reconnect with Tamara and move to Perth...
  6. Wasn't there a problem with having foster siblings under the same roof date? That's why Tom wouldn't consider letting Viv move in with them when Donald was having trouble with the police - because Viv was already dating Steven...
  7. ^I didn't realise they'd married. Thanks for letting me know.
  8. I thought Don was only married twice: Barbara and Marilyn, right? Did Pippa marry Ian? If so, she'd be at 3. Bianca had 4 weddings - but she only got married in two of them...
  9. In regards to Carly getting over Andrew Foley, I think it was believable she was over him - because she started getting over him before they even broke up. Basically, he fell off the pedestal she put him on: he had his own problems, he wasn't perfect - which implies Carly's feelings for him were never based on anything real anyway. It was realistic though and true for Carly's character. As for Carly's "happy ending" with Ben, I don't know why the writers felt they needed to give her one. We can't really know for sure if Sharyn wanted to stay - I personally feel she would've been happy to keep going - but having her leave happily with Ben felt quite rushed and forced. Just the fact that they "fell in love" and got engaged within five minutes is completely ridiculous. Sure, it's true to Carly's character - but that's why she needed to NOT have a happy ending. Things needed to unravel with Ben so she could begin to learn about herself and relationships and the unrealistic expectations she has for them. On the other hand, the storyline of a young couple learning about compromise and how to live with one another was interesting - but perhaps not for Carly and certainly not with Ben! In some ways, I get the feeling the writers were setting them up to be the new main couple of Summer Bay House. It felt like in killing off Tom they were setting Pippa up to be the single mother and eventual grandmother figure, paving the way for Ben and Carly to take centre stage as the heads of a new family. But then Vanessa Downing and Julian MacMahon quit and I guess they decided to ditch this plan, remarry Pippa and sacrifice Carly... I think the writers could very have easily written Ben out and kept Carly on - perhaps not while keeping him likeable but why should Ben's likeability be more important than Carly (the longer serving of the two characters)? Ideally, when Ben realised he was AWOL from the army, I would've had him do the "noble" thing (a la Romeo or Josh) and leave Carly without explanation or goodbye, leaving Carly to pick up the pieces, revert to being Carly Morris - and perhaps then (after Ben's departure) realise she's pregnant with his child and see how she feels about this. Of course this would mean she'd be pregnant at the same time as Sophie... Or just have Carly eventually enter another relationship but take it slowly with less unrealistic expectations... I don't know, I just feel like Carly had at least a couple more years mileage as a character.
  10. Neither Roo nor Bobby won. They both matured a lot in 1989 so that by the time Roo left with Frank it wasn't even a competition. Bobby giving Roo her blessing and Roo being able to take it showed maturity from both sides. I really liked the short-lived mature Carly, Bobby, Roo friendship (which we only saw glimpses of when Tom and Alf were missing and after the Revhead incident).
  11. I don't hate Frank. At best he was bland, at worst he was hopeless at relationships... He wasn't a character I missed once he was gone, I don't think he left a huge impact. I also don't understand what Roo and Bobby saw in him...
  12. I'm sure Rebecca was mentioned pretty early in 1988 - shortly before Barbara showed up at the latest (when Don was on the phone to her before Roo's wedding). She was also mentioned frequently during Barbara and Alan's stint so I don't think that one was a particular continuity error.
  13. ^Thanks Dan F. Early 2006 was one of the periods I wasn't watching very often so I missed that.
  14. In that video there's a clip that looks like it's a funeral with Amanda saying "Morag, you're more than welcome to join us." When was this? The only funeral I can think of would be Beth's father but why did Morag attend that? Also, I love little Sally asking for a glass of water and Morag telling her there's a tap outside! So abrupt!
  15. Having not actually read the book, the quote from the end of Frank's book doesn't convince me he necessarily 'loved' Bobby. It seems like the book is focalised from Frank's perspective and I'm sure he genuinely believed he loved Bobby in the moment. I still don't think the two of them ever reached actual 'love' though - but maybe I'm just cynical. Perhaps my different perspective is due to discovering Frank and Bobby's storyline after it was already aired. I started watching the show in 1996 so when I saw the repeats I was already aware of how the storyline was going to end. Perhaps this coloured my interpretation while watching...
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