Full disclosure time again: I haven’t seen Friday’s episode, so forgive me if I don’t recap a huge cliffhanger. There’s still plenty to talk about though, so let’s get to it for UK episodes 8400 – 8403.
Is Shane Jealous of Ned?
Shane is getting increasingly cranky with trying to juggle work, university and his family obligations. He seems to be mostly taking this out by expressing his disapproval of Yashvi still being with Ned, who has quit his job to be an artist and consequently has no responsibilities, and no money either. It almost seems as though Shane is jealous of Ned’s footloose and fancy free lifestyle, and I can see some sort of catastrophic tantrum on the horizon. Dipi keeps steamrollering him into doing things, like driving Pirate Sheila around and taking on extra shifts at the pub, and it’s surely only a matter of time before she gets the full force of Pufferfish’s rage.
Chloe Has a Bun in the Oven
Chloe thinks she’s possibly having Huntington’s symptoms, but it turns out she’s actually pregnant. I’m 50/50 on whether I’m excited about this story line or not. On the one hand, I love the conversations it brings up about genetic disorders and family planning, and the way Pierce and Hendrix have handled it so far is refreshingly open and supportive. On the other hand, Neighbours has a tendency to make characters quite dull once they have a baby. I’m not for one minute saying that real life parents are dull, but in Erinsborough, the first few years of being a parent usually means that you don’t do anything fun and don’t have many good story lines. Even Elly going to prison as a parent turned out to be quite dull. I don’t want that for Chloe, she’s too entertaining.
Paul is Awful
It will come as no surprise to anyone that I think Paul is an awful human trash bag, and this week he excelled himself once again by snooping at Terese’s computer because he could sense that her and Chloe had been talking about something juicy. He saw that Terese had been doing research into pregnancy and Huntington’s, so it didn’t take him long to figure out what was happening, which forced Chloe to talk to Pierce about it before she was ready. God, Paul is awful. If I was married and my partner snooped at my computer behind my back I would cut him. Just saying.
Karl Runs Into Jane in the Least Convincing Restaurant Ever
Karl ran into a weepy Jane in one of those new-fangled green screen restaurants, where they can change the background to whatever you fancy. The Grand Canyon perhaps? Or Perth. Despite being married to Des for all of five minutes (although am I right in thinking none of the pointless wedding expo weddings were actually legally binding?) they’ve split up, and she was busy sobbing into her lunch while Karl bimbled around on his own because he’s come on holiday with his wife who hates him. What a jolly holiday that must be. I’ve heard rumours that Jane might be back for a longer stint, and I am really hoping she has an upswing in her luck if that’s the case because I’m not sure how much more sobbing into a tissue I can take from her.
Elly Looks Set to Have the Most Boring Exit Possible
A while ago, Jodi Anasta said she’d filmed Elly’s final scenes and promised they were “brutal”. I understand that these scenes got switched around a bit during the time that the pandemic shook up the filming schedule, but quite why the writers seem to have ditched the “brutal” exit for an incredibly vanilla one is beyond me. Because unless Erinsborough’s single taxi dramatically explodes on the way to the airport, it looks like Elly and Aster are going to have one of those exits where they stare wistfully at the street for a few moments, hop into The Taxi™ and drive off to the airport, never to be seen again. But I suppose it’s fitting when Elly has decided to fly halfway around the world to shack up with the world’s Most Boring Man.
Sheila is a Pirate Now
Sheila got hit in the face by a drone and she’s a pirate now. There’s not much else to say about that…
Apologies, but there will be no Neighbours write-up next week, as I’ve got some family business to attend to. I’ll be back soon though!