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Neighbours Episode 4578 from 2004 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 4578: Love Me Or Leave Me
Australian airdate: 29/09/04
UK airdate: 13/12/04
Writer: Jenny Lewis
Director: Tony Osicka
Guests: Lana Crawford: Bridget Neval
Luka Dokich: Keelan O’Hehir
Bill Merchant: Glen Maynard
Music:
Summary/Images by: Carly/Karen (Katie)
Recap
Lana yelling at Sky for lying to her.
Serena disappointed in Luka because they have to sneak around.
Sky breaking up with Boyd.
Classroom
Boyd gets angry at Sky and asks if it's really over from just one slip up. Sky says it's a huge thing for Lana and it'll change everything for her. Boyd retaliates that Sky will stick by Lana till she stuffs up and ends up on the scrap heap with him. “You know what? I'm glad we're over.”
Boyd storms away.
School Playground
Lana walks past Serena, who is with a bunch of other girls, but Serena ignores her. Lana tearfully makes her way to her bike and starts to unlock it. Lou comes over and asks if she's got a class to go to but she lies and says she has an appointment. Lou hopes it isn't urgent because her tyres are flat, and offers to pump them up for her. She declines though.
Sky runs up to her and pleads with her not to let the idiots get her down. She admits she told Boyd but that was before she really had time to think about the repercussions. “Look, we can make a stand together.” Lana glares at her and says she doesn't want Sky standing anywhere near her right now.
Susan's
Sindi is bored and therefore annoying Libby who is trying to get some reading done while Ben's asleep. She thinks the gang should organize a daily get together but Libby baulks at the idea saying that not everybody wants company all of the time. “It's true! Some people actually like spending time by themselves… I know I do.” She says that if Sindi doesn't even like being with herself, why should anybody else. Susan arrives home and Libby asks if she had a good day at school.
SUSAN: Not really. Mummy actually works in a kindergarten.
She tells them that someone wrote ‘Lana is a lezzo' on the blackboard. Sindi looks worried. She gets up to go and see how Lana is. Libby says it'll be okay; these sorts of rumours always die down. “Unless they're true…” Sindi replies. This gets Susan's attention. Sindi tells them that being outed is Lana's worst nightmare and the kids will make her life hell. Susan says she won't let that happen but Sindi goes out to find her cousin anyway.
Bishops'
Sky tells Serena that her ex-boyfriend is an idiot. She knew that Stingray was highly-strung but she didn't think he was a bigot. Serena asks if he was the blackboard culprit but Sky's not sure, she does know that he's hiding from her and that he must have told half the school. Serena angrily replies that he told her, “and you know what? She deserves it. Sky, Lana is two-faced and I hope she gets what's coming to her.”
SERENA: She should have told me so I could choose whether I wanted to be friends with her or not.
Sky can't believe what she's hearing. She says it shouldn't make a difference either way and that she's still the same person. Serena says she's not, Lana's gay and everyone saw them hanging out together. “We had sleepovers, Sky! Oh, I feel sick.” Sky glowers at her and snits, “so do I”, before walking away from her.
Coffee Shop
Sindi overhears Lana joking around with some people from school about how she'd rather die than give up boys. Sindi follows her into the kitchen and asks if denial is the best way to go now. Lana tells her that she could be one of those straight girls that get called a lesbian, and that only Boyd and Sky know any wiser anyway. “And Libby and Susan kind of know, too…” Sindi admits. Lana can't believe it and says to tell them they got it wrong, she doesn't want them involved. Sindi says Susan will look out for her and that the bullying won't happen like it did at her other school. “No, it won't,” agrees Lana. “Because I'm a straight girl and I've got a reputation with the boys.” Sindi asks if that's how she really wants to play it and Lana says she's not ready (to come out) yet.
Bishops'
Sky answers the door to Lana and is happy to see her because she wants to explain why she told Boyd. Lana is about to come in when Serena rears up and says Lana isn't welcome in their house and that she's got something to say to her. “If you wanted to know who outed you it was me. That's what you get for tricking your friends.” Sky and Lana look shocked. Serena continues on and says she doesn't want Lana thinking she likes her or anything. Sky laughs at her and says that Lana is out because of her, so if everyone thinks she's a lesbian it's her own fault. “You outed yourself.” Serena brushes past Lana out the door.
Sky calls it poetic justice but Lana admits it's not much comfort. Sky says that the whole thing will blow over soon enough but Lana replies that she can't be out if she was never in. She says she is a straight girl and no one can prove otherwise.
Susan's
Sindi tries to tell Susan and Libby that she was wrong about Lana being gay but they don't believe her. Sindi admits that Lana doesn't want to draw attention to the issue so it's not their place to interfere. Susan wants to go ahead with the tolerance talk anyway because if Lana's struggling she'll need help. She says she'll ring Candice and see what she thinks.
Sindi says she's having the worst week with family problems, Toadie problems and don't even talk to her about work!
LIBBY: Okay.
SINDI: No, I mean I actually really want to talk about work…
She asks Libby what she thinks about her new idea for the paper, a “celestial cooking guide to finding the perfect partner via the stomach”.
LIBBY: … I think the title needs a bit of work.
SINDI: Okay, point taken.
Libby thinks she should run it by the editor but Sindi says she already put the idea on Bill's desk. She shouts towards the heavens and asks how long she has to suffer the effects of this eclipse. Susan walks into the lounge room and says her editor is on the phone. She apologises to Jupiter for yelling before taking the call.
Bishops'
Sky says to Lana that as much as she hates to admit it, she may be underestimating the kids at school. “If you stand up for who you are they'll respect you.” Lana thinks she's insane for even suggesting that and that she doesn't know what it's like to be different. Sky tells her she was tipped over in a portaloo for not following the Top 40. She adds that believe it or not, the gossip eventually died down and it will for her too. Lana says she didn't come over for her advice, she just wants her and Boyd to help her out. Sky says she's not comfortable with lying but Lana says it's too bad, “this is my life and thanks to you it just got a whole lot worse. The least you can do is help me clean up the mess you made.”
Pub
Sindi has just finished her meeting with Bill and walks dejectedly over to Libby and Lou at the bar telling them he hated her idea. She says to Lou that he's a man and asks him what he sees when he looks at her. “Sindi who lives up the road?” he replies carefully. She says that he's a gentleman. Libby asks if Bill tried to come on to her but Sindi says men like Bill don't make passes at ex-exotic dancers like her, they just exploit them. “He wants Carla Cosmos to write a new psychic sex advice column.” Libby agrees that she'll have to lower her standards a little bit but that doesn't mean he's exploiting her. “Oh yeah? Have a look at what he wants me to wear…” She takes a body-length red cat suit out of a shopping bag. Lou makes goggle eyes at the clothes. “See! From girl next door to shameless slapper in one easy outfit!”
Erinsborough Self Storage
Serena is telling Luka all about the Lana incident and says that if she had only kept her in the closet she wouldn't have all of these problems. She asks Luka for advice and gets annoyed with him when he says he's got bigger problems to worry about than schoolyard issues. He says he thinks she should put things in perspective a little and grow up. “Grow up?” she repeats in disbelief. “Luka look around, we're hiding away keeping our relationship a secret. I mean how grown up's that?” She asks him if he's the only one that gets a say in things. “You know, since I'm so irrelevant I may as well not be here.” Serena walks out leaving Luka calling after her.
Susan's
Sindi comes out wearing the red cat suit to show Libby and Susan. They look at her in amazement.
SUSAN: You have no cellulite at all…
LIBBY: Yeah, wait till she has babies!
SUSAN: It'll all fall down then.
SINDI: I think we're missing the point.
LIBBY: Sorry, paying attention.
Susan says Sindi doesn't have to wear it if she doesn't want to, but Sindi says Bill made it pretty clear that's what's expected of her. Libby says it doesn't sound like the Bill she knows, “he's always been respectful of women.” Sindi says women like Libby maybe; all bets are off for ex-exotic dancers with no ring on their finger. She figures this is all because she's not in a serious relationship. Sindi says she's going to see Toadie, but only for legal advice. The girls stare at her and Susan turns to Libby.
SUSAN: No part of her moves!
Coffee Shop
Boyd takes a sip of his coffee getting foam on the tip of his nose. Sky comes in and tries to avoid him but he can see that she needs someone to talk to and she reluctantly sits down. Boyd says he'll start and he says sorry for telling Stingray about Lana. Sky says it's her fault for telling Boyd in the first place and when Boyd laughs she says she can admit when she's wrong. She goes to wipe the foam off his face and he flinches. “Did you think I was going to hit you?” “Well…” “You've got milk on the end of your nose you dingus!” She tells him that she doesn't want to break up, she just lost her temper and freaked out. Boyd says to her that it's her passion and her temper that he loves most about her. She smiles and then tells him that Lana wants to deny “the whole gay thing” and she wants them to back her up. Boyd says the truth will come out eventually but he agrees to help her.
Number 30
Sindi parades her outfit to Toadie and asks if she's got a case for sexual harassment. He says that she doesn't have a case until she formally knocks him back. She says she'll ring Bill in the morning but looks reluctant to leave his company. Toadie asks if she wants to keep hanging out… to model the outfit some more for him. She gets angry and calls him a pig. He stops her before she can walk out and says he was only joking. She tells him that he's never stopped to think about what matters to her, what makes her tick, “because you don't think I'm worth it!” Toadie gets her to calm down a minute and stop yelling at him before saying that he needs to tell her something.
Erinsborough Self Storage
Serena pops by to see Luka and they both apologise to one another for being idiots. She gives him some papers she printed off the Internet. They're of organizations that help adopted kids find their parents. He says she didn't have to do that but she says that whatever is important to him is important to her. They start to kiss but Serena breaks away and says she doesn't think she's ready. Luka says it's okay, he understands. “I can wait.” Serena smiles at him.
Number 30
Sindi is now wearing a big blue robe and Toadie brings her a cuppa. “See, white with one, I do pay attention.” She thinks he's going to break up with her and starts on another rant until Toadie intercepts and says, “I miss you and I want you back.” Sindi jumps excitedly on him and covers him with smooches until he nearly passes out from her grip around his neck. He says there's something else though, “what you see is what you get. I'm not going to change, alright? You either take me as I am or not at all.” Sindi says the way he is, is what caused all their problems in the first place. He doesn't back down though and says that this is who he is, she can take it or leave it, “but I do love you.” Sindi looks conflicted.
Susan's
Libby dashes to the couch after putting Ben to bed so her and Susan can watch their favourite Brazilian soap.
LIBBY: Wait… Isn't that Isabella in bed with Antonio?
SUSAN: No, no it's Antonio's twin brother, whatshisname?
LIBBY: Rrrraoul!
SUSAN: Rrrraoul!v LIBBY: Hang on he was decapitated.
SUSAN: Yes, but, they never found the head.
LIBBY: (puzzled) So, it grew back?
Sindi bursts in the door and stands right in front of the TV spouting the evils of men and how despicable they are. Susan and Libby on the other hand can't believe she's blocking their view of the telly. They try to get her to move to one side but she doesn't pay any attention to them and asks what the answer is.
SUSAN: The answer is, get over it!
LIBBY: You don't need a man to define your life.
SINDI: … I know.
SUSAN: So Sindi, for God's sake! Spend some time on your own!
LIBBY: And move out of the way of the television!
She jumps out the way and walks off, contemplating the foreign thought of spending time on her own. Susan and Libby look at the TV in incredulity.
SUSAN: Where did they find the head?!
LIBBY: (In disgust) Oh, now I'm lost!
Erinsborough High
Serena wonders why people are sniggering at her when she sees a scrap of paper on her locker that says ‘Lana and Serena 4 Eva' with a heart around it. She tears it down and yells at Lana who is walking by with Boyd and Sky. “Why'd you even have to come to this school?” Lana tells the crowd of kids it's not even true. Sky says that it's the 21st century and that being gay isn't an issue, but then adds that Lana isn't anyway and Boyd chips in that they'd be stupid to believe any rumours they'd heard.
He heads off to class just as Susan comes by to ask Lana to visit her office later to chat. Lana says she doesn't need to because there's no issue. Susan clearly doesn't believe her but leaves it at that, telling Lana she's there to talk if she needs her.
Sky tells Lana she can't lie anymore, she just feels too strongly about everything. Lana pleads that she promised she wouldn't say anything. “Lana, I will be there for you and I will support you,” Sky says. “But I won't let prejudice win.”
Erinsborough Self Storage
Serena stops by to see Luka, who is looking at the papers she got off the net for him. She tells him that she's worked something out, “whenever I have a problem, there's only one place I want to be.” She says he makes her feel really safe. They kiss and he says he's glad. “That must mean you're the one… and, I'm ready to make a commitment. I want you to be the first.” Luka asks if she's sure and they kiss, falling back on to some blankets. He stops though and says they shouldn't because they don't have any protection. He offers to go to the chemist but Serena says she'll take care of things and arranges to meet him back there after school.
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Sky Mangel in Neighbours Episode 4578
Sky Mangel

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Sky Mangel, Serena Bishop

Sindi Watts, Lana Crawford in Neighbours Episode 4578
Sindi Watts, Lana Crawford

Lana Crawford, Sky Mangel in Neighbours Episode 4578
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Luka Dokic in Neighbours Episode 4578
Luka Dokic

Susan Kennedy, Libby Kennedy in Neighbours Episode 4578
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Boyd Hoyland, Sky Mangel in Neighbours Episode 4578
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Sindi Watts, Toadie Rebecchi in Neighbours Episode 4578
Sindi Watts, Toadie Rebecchi

Luka Dokic, Serena Bishop in Neighbours Episode 4578
Luka Dokic, Serena Bishop

Toadie Rebecchi, Sindi Watts in Neighbours Episode 4578
Toadie Rebecchi, Sindi Watts

Susan Kennedy, Libby Kennedy in Neighbours Episode 4578
Susan Kennedy, Libby Kennedy

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