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Neighbours Episode 2664 from 1996 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 2664
Australian airdate: 25/07/96
UK airdate: 29/01/97
UK Gold: 21/01/03
Writer: Susan Bower
Director: Sally-Anne Kerr
Guests: Ron Davies-Smythe: Tony Hawkins
Dahl and Casserole, trained by Jason Hura
Music:
Summary/Images by: David
Previously
- Billy overhears Karl telling his biological father, Ron, about his kids and that they decided not to tell them straight away about him. Ron suggests it's time.
- Mal tasks Darren to make a cabinet for him.
- Ron suggests that he come around the house tomorrow for Libby's birthday. Her present will be her very own grandpa
Number 28
Susan asks Karl if his father's mad. Karl says he's eccentric. Susan doesn't think it's that bad, it's not like he's moving in with them. Karl says he's coming around tomorrow for Libby's birthday. He tried to dissuade him but he wouldn't be put off. Susan asks Karl if he's going to tell the kids.
KARL: How do you tell your kids they've got another grandfather who's crackers.
Karl suggests he say that Ron's a patient, but Susan tells him to be truthful, Billy's already suspicious about the phone calls. They laugh about Ron turning up in his full yellow wet weather gear.
Number 30
Danni is looking for sewing materials but is struggling to find one she can afford. She notices Luke is eating again, he says he has chemo tomorrow and he won't feel like eating after it so he's stocking up now. Luke says its his last session so he isn't complaining. Luke asks if she can just use her own sewing materials, but the one she wants to buy makes things look better, less home made.
Number 28
Karl has called a family meeting and already told them about Ron. Libby asks if that means Grandpa Tom isn't their grandfather. Karl says he is and always will be, he's just not his biological father. Mal can't believe their grandma had an affair, Karl says she was desperate to have children.
BILLY: Gramps was impotent?
SUSAN: Infertile.
BILLY: Well I hope I'm not!
MAL: What?
BILLY: Either of them.
MAL: You idiot, it's hardly going to be hereditary is it?
KARL: Please this is nothing to joke about.
SUSAN: Your dad only found out a little while ago, it's still a bit of a shock.
MAL: What, that he's impotent?
SUSAN: Mal.
BILLY: Does grampy know?
KARL: He was the one who told me actually
MAL: What, that you're impotent?
SUSAN: Mal, enough!
Libby says she knew it, she says Karl and Grandpa Tom don't fit. And poor grandma sacrificing her reputation to have him, Libby thinks its romantic. Libby guesses Ron is arty and sexy and gorgeous and has heaps of money.
MAL: Well he's got to be handsome, I mean look at us! Except for Billy of course!
Libby is excited about it. Karl says Ron is coming around tomorrow and he's quite eccentric. Karl heads to his room. Mal notices that Karl is nervous, so Susan warns them to be on their best behaviour. Billy thinks its cool that his dad has two dads. If he gets grounded by one he can go off to the other one and suck up to him.
Lassiters Rotunda
Mal and Darren start work on cleaning up the graffiti at the rotunda, Mal hopes it won't take long as he has Libby's 18th birthday bash later. Mal wonders why kids graffiti, Darren says they do it because they're bored and want to challenge authority. Darren says there are too many laws in this country, you have to wear a seatbelt to drive a car and a helmet to ride a bike. Mal says the laws are there to protect people. Darren asks what you do if you don't want to be protected. Mal says you should emigrate. They both laugh.
Number 28
Susan is preparing food, while Libby reads a birthday card from Brett, she thinks its nice he remembered. Libby offers to help, but Susan tells her to rest. Karl is looking out the window nervously, and goes to get a vest. Susan hopes Karl relaxes, while Billy notes that more relatives means more presents. There's a knock at the door. Karl rushes back, putting on the vest, and opening the door. Ron walks in wearing a navy uniform, carrying a gold fish in a bag. Ron asks permission to come on board and insists Karl grants him permission and salutes him.
Bric-a-brac Shop
Luke brings Danni a surprise present, it's the sewing machine she was looking at earlier. Danni thanks him, and they kiss.
Number 28
Susan, Billy and Libby look uneasily as Ron admires the view from their window, acting as if they're on a ship.
RON (to Susan): And you my dear. You have a much lighter frame but you're a strong vessel! I wouldn't mind betting you could weather any storm, ay?
SUSAN: Thank you, I think.
Karl offers Ron a drink, Ron insists rum, as rum is the drink on the high seas. Susan says they don't have rum, and checks if he wants alcohol as Karl said he was sick recently. Ron says that was classified information between two captains, but he says it doesn't make much difference. He tells Karl he looks a bit green around the gills. Mal returns, and Ron welcomes him as the first mate. Mal shakes hands with him, saying its nice to meet him. Ron says life is too short to say what is expected of him, and dares him to say what he wants to say. Mal says Ron looks younger looking than he thought he'd be. Ron laughs, then goes to see Dahl. Mal whispers to Libby that he's different. Libby jokes someone should take his batteries out.
Ron asks Dahl what he's got to say for himself, and says Dahl has 'a bit of a sissy name.' He renames Dahl, Poseidon.
RON: What do you think?
SUSAN: I think I'll open the wine!
Number 28 (Back Yard)
Ron is talking to Cassie the sheep, his hands in the air while he pretends he's sailing the ocean, while Karl, Susan, Mal and Libby look perplexed. Libby is concerned, but Karl says they can't ask Ron to leave. Mal says the Kennedys have a real skeleton in the closet now. Ron orders for them all to do press ups, scissor jumps, or look up at the shapes in the clouds. He asks them to do whatever they feel like, and insists Libby do as she feels. Ron says he feels like singing about sheep. He starts singing 'Click go the shears' and insists everyone join in with him.
Libby leaves when she sees Darren appear behind her, she rushes up to Darren and leads him away, while Darren wonders what happened to 'Happy Birthday'. Ron leads the rest of the family to follow him.
Number 28/Ramsay Street
Billy is helping himself to cake, when Libby and Darren come in. Billy says they were sucked in, he knew that guy would have them do something crazy. Darren wonders what is going on. They look out the window and see Ron leading Karl, Susan and Mal around the front garden as they continue to sing the song. Darren wishes Libby a happy birthday, inviting her for a milkshake. Libby asks Billy to cover for her, and tells Darren she'll bring those questions for the interview she told him about. Billy chokes on cake, about to ask about those questions. When Libby asks what he means, he just says nothing. Darren wonders if she's the only sane one in her family. Billy watches from the window as Darren and Libby walk away from the house.
The Coffee Shop
Darren looks at Libby's interview questions. He does not look impressed. One of the questions is 'what brand of pantyhose do you prefer to hold up service stations with?' Libby is horrified, she says she saw Billy and Toadie at the computer but they swore they didn't touch anything. Darren says its quite funny, and tells Libby to tell Billy that he's strictly a stockings man and he only wears pantyhose when he has an accomplice.
They sit down for a coffee. Libby asks if Darren and Narelle are seeing each other, Darren says she's going out with a mate of his. He gives Libby a birthday present, it's a bracelet. Libby thinks its beautiful, and he helps her put it on. She loves it. After a moment between them, Darren says they should get back to the interview questions, at least the real ones.
Number 28
As Billy, Susan and Mal do the dishes, Susan says Ron is probably as nervous as their dad, he just expresses it in a different way. Meanwhile Ron and Karl look out the window, chatting to each other. Ron says how impressed he is with the family, Susan is great, the kids are beautiful, intelligent, polite and with good singing voices. Karl has a lot to be proud of. Karl says its turned his life upside down too, he admits he was angry when he found out about Ron. He didn't think he'd care what Ron thought about his family, but now it means a lot. Susan wonders if anyone saw Libby. Ron says Libby's probably gone away with that lad he saw earlier, Billy eventually admits they went to the coffee shop. Ron says Darren was a nice looking lad.
The Coffee Shop
Darren finishes looking through the questions, he says he'd prefer to answer the questions Billy wrote, at least he was being honest about how he felt about him. Darren reads some of Libby's questions, which ask if he regretted what he did, if his upbringing played a role in his crime, his social grouping, his education and friends. He thought his background wasn't going to be a problem here but obviously he was wrong.
DARREN: You're a prejudiced little snob! I'm just glad that you're so desperate to be a journo, your stupid questions gave you away.
LIBBY: I beg your pardon.
DARREN: You can just drop the do- gooder act as well. I prefer friends who don't put on an act when they're around me. If there's one thing I learnt in jail its that if you're not up front with people, then you're nothing! I'll see you later. Much later!
Darren leaves.
Lassiters Complex
Danni tells Mal that she called Cheryl to talk but she cut her off. Danni says Lou is a really good guy and she's going to miss him, Cheryl doesn't consider how Danni feels about it. Danni admits she wakes up worrying about her. Mal tells Danni that Tom isn't Karl's real dad, and about Ron coming over, but he was a real nutter, he sings to sheep. Danni gets upset remembering when her mum looked after her when she was sick. She says she wants her mum back. Mal hugs Danni.
Number 28
Karl tells Susan he was curious about who his father was, and now he knows. Karl says Ron doesn't have any conscience or manners. Susan jokes about it running in the family, it explains why Karl took her boating on their last holiday, and that singing competition he entered. Libby comes in and they tell her off for leaving. Karl tells Libby rude for leaving in the middle of a family celebration.
LIBBY: Some celebration! Dad I think your father's a fruitcake!
SUSAN: Libby!
Karl says Ron was very complimentary of Libby, and he brought her a present. Libby would prefer to be around people her own age for her birthday, Karl makes a dig about Darren. Billy enters the room and sees everyone arguing and makes a swift exit. Libby accuses Karl of being judgemental, calling Darren nice, and tells Karl to open his mind enough to see that. Susan tells Libby off for talking to her father like that.
LIBBY: I am not a little kid anymore. I can do and say whatever I like.
KARL: Not while you are under my roof!
LIBBY: Under your thumb you mean! Honestly, we all have to worry about what you think, we all have to worry about what you say. What about me?
KARL: This has been a very difficult time for me and all you can do is just think of yourself!
LIBBY: Yeah I must get that from you!
Mal comes in, sighing as he realises everyone is arguing. Susan tells Mal that Sam called, he's to call him back urgently. Mal gets the phone, while Karl tells Libby that this is a real problem, not some crush on a James Dean type person. Libby says Darren is a real person with real feelings, and its small minded people like Karl who make Darren afraid to trust anyone. She'll make her own mind up about Darren. Karl sees the bracelet on Libby's arm and questions her about it. Karl asks how Darren could possibly afford something like that. Libby is furious that Karl would assume Darren stole it. Mal tells them all to shut up, he thinks he's about to lose his business.
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