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Neighbours Episode 2769 from 1996 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 2769
Australian airdate: 19/12/96
UK airdate: 25/06/97
Writer: Rick Held
Director: Robert Meillon
Guests: Madge Bishop: Anne Charleston
Harold Bishop: Ian Smith
Cliff: Peter Ashby
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura
Dahl, Murray & Bonnie: Trained by Jason Hura
Music:
Summary/Images by: Emily/Jeremai
Recap
Philip helps Ruth with her decorating. They almost share a kiss.
Karl's Christmas turkey is stolen. He sends Toadie and Hannah after the thief.
Number 28
Karl comes home furious with Toadie.
KARL: Why is it everything that boy touches turns into a disaster.
MAL: Because he is the Toad!
Karl explains how the Christmas turkey was stolen down at the complex. Mal is amused by his father's annoyance as Toadie and Hannah sheepishly arrive back. Toadie explains how they managed to catch the guy who stole the turkey, only it got dropped into a puddle and then ran over by a car. Hannah makes her escape leaving Toadie to face Karl's wrath.
KARL: Does it ever end with you? If it's not some pirate radio station, it's a mice breeding operation.
Toadie claims it's not his fault, but Karl can't take any more and warns him he's on his last chance. Karl mournfully takes his turkey out the back, leaving Toadie dumbfounded.
Number 26
Hannah is telling her Dad and Gran about the turkey when Ruth comes by. She's brought some paintbrush grips for Helen to help her with her painting. Phil offers to leave them be for their physio session, but Ruth claims he doesn't need to leave. It is clear he feels awkward at being so close to Ruth and suddenly announces he has a party to go to. Hannah returns puzzled by her fathers rapid disappearing act.
Number 28
Karl is still attempting to find a replacement turkey whilst Mal encourages Dahl to return to her perch from the Christmas tree. Toadie appears and tries to explain to Karl that it wasn't his fault he lost his turkey, but Karl ignores him and picks up the phone to continue his hunt. Toadie heads out as Harold arrives looking for Karl.
TOADIE: You mean scrooge? Yes, he's on the phone.
Karl has had a success and found a replacement turkey. Harold invites them to a carol event at Ruth's on Christmas Eve. Mal and Karl make their excuse (the renovations at the pub), but agreee to be there if work finishes early.
Number 26
Helen is making progress with her paintbrushes, when Toadie comes in looking for Hannah.
HELEN: Toadfish, have you ever heard of knocking!?
He apologises to Helen and heads off to find Hannah in her room.
Helen convinces Ruth to stay for a cuppa. She enquires whether Ruth's ex- husband will be joining the family for Christmas. Ruth admits it'll be just her and the kids, and that she's not quite ready to move on yet. Talk turns to Phil and Helen tells her about Jen. She reveals that Phil has been single for a while now, and Ruth comments that sometimes it's for the best, given the stage the kids are at.
Coffee Shop
Toadie and Hannah stumble across Phil having a coffee by himself. He explains that the clients he was meeting have already left, and decides it's time to head home. Toadie tells Hannah that he's worried as Karl is very close to sending him home, as he's still on his three month probation with the Kennedy Clan.
Number 26
Phil arrives home just as Ruth is leaving. Ruth invites him over for the Christmas carol evening at her place, but he declines so she heads off. Helen demands he sits down; she knows he didn't go to a party and that he's struggling with his feelings for Ruth. She advises him to talk to Ruth, as she may feel the same way. Phil doesn't like the idea of talking about it, and decides to go through to the lounge, but Helen points out he's just running away.
Coffee Shop
Harold spots Toadie and Hannah messing about and eventually plucks up the courage to ask them about the carol concert. Toadie isn't keen, but Hannah says they'll be there. Harold is pleasantly surprised and leaves them too it. Toadie can't believe what his friend has just agreed to, but she points out it'll be a good way for him to win Karl over again; by showing he's doing something for the community.
Number 26
Phil finally admits to Helen he has feelings for Ruth.
PHIL: But you want to know what kind of feelings? Unpleasant ones; she's annoying, she's demanding, she's irritating, she's always meddling.
Phil comments that his life is fine where he is, and he doesn't want things to get more complicated. Helen admits she spoke with Ruth about relationships and men. Phil's ears prick up, and Helen teases him that he is interested in Ruth.
HELEN: She's vulnerable Philip. She's afraid of being hurt.
PHIL: Okay, she's scared. What makes you think she'd be interested in me?
HELEN: Oh, just some questions she asked.
PHIL: Like what?
She advises him to stop circling around Ruth all the time, and to actually go and talk to her about things.
Number 32
Harold has brought round some sheet music for the concert. He warns that there may be not much of a turnout and perhaps they should cancel. Ruth is surprised to hear Toadie is involved, and is keen to keep it going.
Ruth is soon distracted by Bonnie who has appeared chewing an unknown shoe. Ruth realises she's going to have to go around the neighbourhood to find and return the shoe to its owner. Harold just sneezes.
Number 28
Mal is trying to hurry his dad up for work, but Karl is keen to wait around for his prized turkey delivery. Toadie appears singing Christmassy tunes and announces he's going to go to the carol concert, as it's a good time to get into the family spirit. Karl will believe it when he sees it.
Ruth pops by to ask if anyone's lost a shoe, but it doesn't belong to any of them. Karl realises he's got to head off to work, so asks Toadie to wait for the turkey delivery, and he's not to spend the change.
KARL: Oh, and Toadie. Don't sing!
Number 26
Helen asks if Phil has given any more thought to him and Ruth, but Phil isn't impressed. He asks her to stop her enquiries and give him time. Ruth pops by with the shoe and Phil quickly states it isn't his. Helen advises him to take another look, as it looks like his.
RUTH: One way to find out; try it on.
PHIL: If it fits, do I have to marry you?
Hey presto, it does fit. Phil and Ruth look at each other rather sheepishly.
Number 28
Hannah is around with Toadie trying to figure out a way to drum up interest in the carol concert when the delivery guy arrives with a fully live turkey in a cage. Toadie is surprised by what he sees, but hands over the money anyway. Hannah wonders if Karl knows he's ordered a live turkey, and Toadie realises Karl is going to go ballistic.
Chez Chez
Karl and Mal are still waiting for the delivery to arrive, when Toadie calls. Karl is stunned to hear a live turkey on the other end of the phone.
Number 26
Phil apologises to Ruth for avoiding her and she admits she has been too. He asks if they could go for a coffee together sometime. Ruth agrees after Christmas would be nice, when the chaos has died down. She thinks it's a shame he can't make her carol event, but Phil says he may be able to change things about to get there. They share a smile as Ruth heads off.
PHIL: Thanks, for the shoe.
RUTH: It's a pleasure, Cinderella.
Number 28
Toadie decides to call the turkey Murray (as it reminds him of a guy from school with the same name), when Karl walks through the door.
KARL: Hannah, I think you better go home.
HANNAH: Yeah good idea.
Hannah heads off, leaving Toadie alone with Karl. Karl goes to the kitchen drawer to pick up a chopping implement and asks Toadie to bring the bird to the garden.
TOADIE: No!
KARL: What!
TOADIE: If you want me to take the wrap for ruining Christmas Dinner, then fine, and if you want to send me home, then fine, but I will take no part if you killing Murray.
Karl is thoroughly confused, and even more so when Toadie mentions that Christmas is not the time for murder.
KARL: Murder!?
TOADIE: Well that's what it is, isn't it?
KARL: They're not born in a freezer wrapped in plastic!
TOADIE: Well you can't kill it can you? Chop of its head?
Karl realises Toadie is right and he can't go through with it. He orders the Toad to take the turkey outside to join Cassie in the garden, and warns him that both he and the turkey are still on probation. Toadie tries his luck with the carols.
KARL: Go away!
Number 26
Phil is amused to hear about the turkey from Hannah.
Helen is glad Phil has decided to go to the concert, and pleased to hear that he spoke with Ruth. He admits he asked if she'd like to go for a coffee and she agreed to it, but they didn't get as far as talking about their feelings.
PHIL: I tried with Jen; I just don't want to make a fool of myself again.
HELEN: It's all very well to look before you leap, but sometimes you can look too long and forget how to leap. You have this wonderful chance Philip. Grab it. Grab it with both hands.
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