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Neighbours Episode 5323 from 2007 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 5323
Australian airdate: 12/10/07
UK airdate:
Writer: Scott Taylor
Director: Tony Osicka
Guests: Valda Sheergold - Joan Sydney
Gorilla Man - Steven Sammut
Music:
Summary/Images by: Sophie/Emily
Recap
Lou telling a dubious Harold that he's entered them both in the half-marathon.
Declan hitting the punchbag Oliver's holding out for him whilst venting his Bridget-related woes.
Bridget in the pool, trying to answer her phone but struggling in the water so she shouts for Rachel to help.
The Pool
Bridget continues to flail around in the water, attempting to stay afloat. Declan comes through the side gate and rushes to her rescue, jumping in and pulling her to the side. They're suddenly very close and Declan tries to kiss her, but she pushes him away. He says he came to apologise.
Rachel comes out the back with snacks and is shocked to see Declan in the pool with his clothes on. She asks what's going on, but he just gets out the pool and walks away.
Number 22
As Declan walks into the kitchen where Rebecca chastises him for dripping on the floor (apparently this is the most vital thing, rather than, say, why her son is soaking wet in his clothes). He wants to get changed, but she makes him wait until Paul arrives with some towels. She asks if pushing people in the pool is supposed to be fun, but he says it was just an accident. As he walks off, she follows him, asking who was at the pool. He tells her it was Rachel and Bridget. She thinks that he and Bridget must have had a fight, but he tells her they didn't.
Oliver walks in to Rebecca's news that "Declan thinks it's fun to go swimming in his clothes", but he doesn't tell her anything. Hey-ho, Oliver the Sage is on hand to offer his sounds advice. He was the same at his age. It's not that he doesn't trust her, he's just "going through some stuff". She wants to hear what he's told Ollie, but Oliver just thinks she should leave him alone. Rebecca strugs.
The Poolside
Rachel's feeling guilty for leaving Didge on her own and suggests they tell her parents - she'll take the blame. Bridget says there's nothing to take the blame for - her phone rang and she slipped. Rachel passes Bridget her frame and attempts to help her, but Bridget wants to do it on her own.
Number 22
Rebecca can smell something, so opens the oven to discover Declan's trainers in the oven.
DECLAN: What? I need them for tomorrow.
REBECCA: Paul cooks in there!
DECLAN: No he doesn't!
But apparently he does, he's got a casserole planned. And anyway, Declan could have burned the whole place down. To add to the mayhem, the smoke alarm goes off. Whilst waving the smoke away, Rebecca suggests he doesn't do the half-marathon because his leg's still injured. Declan refuses - everyone else is doing it. She doesn't think that's a good reason. He's not having any of it. Now is the moment to launch into caring mother mode.
REBECCA: You know, if you have got a problem, you want to talk about something -
DECLAN: Not everything's a mum problem. But everything's over, so you don't need to worry about it.
REBECCA: Was it a girl problem?
Declan doesn't reply, so Rebecca goes to get the hairdryer to dry his shoes.
The General Store
Pepper asks Lou about the half marathon - has he trained? He's relying on the fitness he's acquired over the years. Cue some lovely exercises. Harold's a bit more worried and wants Pepper to show them some stretches to avoid injury. Pepper enlists Adam's help and they bend over in front of Lou and Harold, by way of demonstration. Lou and Harold look in pain as they attempt it and then run away. When Pepper sees, she tells them not to come crying to her when they pull a muscle. Lou thinks they'll be fine.
Elle tells Riley he looks better in real life than he does in his photo in the paper. He takes it as a compliment, but she informs him that she might just think that the photo's really bad and in real life he's just "sort of bad".
RILEY: You know it's so hard for me not to get a big head around you.
He moves away from her as Oliver comes in, panting from his running training for tomorrow. He boasts that this will be his third half-marathon. Elle raises her eyebrows. Riley remembers doing his third half-marathon - at sixteen. When he was state champion. Oliver's a bit taken aback. Elle is amused by the competition. When Riley leaves, she asks Oliver how far he really ran. By her estimations, it's only about 2km, but Ollie thinks it's at least 5. Elle thinks he shouldn't be sweating so much, but Oliver says it's just a sign of how fit he is. Elle doesn't believe him.
Ramsay Street
Rachel tells Bridget that if they're friends, she'll let her help, so Bridget lets her take her stuff. Bridget apologises for before and complains that Declan will never talk to her again. Rachel is disbelieving - after all, he jumped in fully-clothed to save her. Rachel asks what was going on when she showed up.
BRIDGET: Nothing, obviously.
RACHEL: Why obviously?
BRIDGET: Look at me.
RACHEL: You're Bridget.
Bridget thinks he'll think differently of her because of her disability, everyone does. Rachel tells her she doesn't. Miranda runs out of the house and asks Bridget where she's been. She can't believe she's been swimming and tells Rachel this isn't her idea of looking after her. Karl, Susan and Zeke drive up just in time to hear Miranda scolding Rachel for letting Bridget go in a pool without professional help - how could she be so stupid? Karl asks what's going on, to be told that Rachel risked Bridget's life. Bridget angrily tells her mum she doesn't need a lifeguard just to go swimming. Miranda sends Bridget inside, and Karl sends Susan and the kids away as well.
Outside The Parkers'
Karl tells Miranda that taking her anger out on Bridget won't solve anything. Miranda still can't believe she took someone in Bridget's condition for a swim. Karl says there was no malicious attempt. Steve comes out, asking if everything's ok.
MIRANDA: Oh everything's fine. Except Karl here thinks that it's ok to run someone down or drown them, as long as you didn't mean to do it.
Karl tells her that's not what he meant - he, Susan and Rachel could not be more upset about what's happened to Bridget, but his house is being vandalised, the newspapers are having a go at Susan. They are so, so sorry, but he refuses to stand by and watch his family be endlessly persecuted for it. He tells her he understands what he's going through.
MIRANDA: Oh do you, Karl? Do you have a daughter crying herself to sleep because her whole world changed in an instant. Everything she saw herself doing, gone.
Steve tries to stop Miranda, but when Karl admits she's right she tells him not to tell her he understands.
The Kennedy Residence
Susan chastises Rachel for being so irresponsible. Rachel explains that she was trying to help her feel normal, but Susan expects her to think about the consequences before doing something that might make things worse.
RACHEL: Worse for who? Not for Bridget. All she wants to do is hang out with her friends.
Susan tells her they have to think of Miranda too; it's only natural for her to protect Bridget. It's not as simple as just trying to help Didge out. Rachel thinks it should be - Bridget is her friend and she misses her. Karl returns and they both look miserable.
Number 30
Toadie, Frazer, Pepper and Adam are eating pasta for the carbs - "just what all good runners need", according to Adam. In that case Toadie says he'll have seconds. Adam points out he's not even running the race! Frazer asks what he's doing there - apparently it's a landlord's statutory right. Pepper tells Adam he can have seconds too, and this somehow leads on to some sauciness at the dinner table. Frazer urges them to stop - he wants to keep his meal down. He admits, to great laughter, that he's still trying to convince Rosie to compete.
FRAZER: She runs!
TOADIE: Yeah, not without her laptop and phone!
She's still at work, unlike Toadie, who says he started at six in the morning. Ringo comes in. He didn't hear them call him for dinner, which Frazer puts down to him listening to music. Adam hands him a bowl of pasta - he'll need it to beat Pepper tomorrow. Ringo's scornful of the idea that Pepper could beat him.
PEPPER: Another male ego I can crush.
Frazer says he hasn't told Ringo he can compete. Ringo tells him he's been training for months, but Frazer reminds him he stole and exam and he's grounded. He holds his ground despite Ringo's protests - he's grounded, and the run isn't being held in the living room. This incites a snort from Toadie and Ringo's departure. Frazer seeks confirmation that there was noting else he could do, but around the dinner table, Pepper, Adam and Toadie just shrug.
The Parkers' Kitchen
Miranda brings Bridget some food, but she's not hungry. She tells them that swimming was her idea, not Rachel's because she wanted to get away from her parents. Steve says they just want to protect her. Didge asks if that's why they didn't tell her it was Susan. Miranda's surprised to hear that Rachel told Didge. They were just waiting for the right time to tell her, but Bridget thinks this is just overprotection. Steve says they were going to tell her. Miranda thinks they're not handling it well - they love her and want to protect her. They're trying to get the right balance between that and her independence. Steve tells her that they're willing to take her to the pool for extra physio, but if they give her room, she has to be honest to them.
Riley comes in from a training session. He tells Didge he'll need her waiting at the finishing line to make sure their dad hasn't cheated. She says she doesn't feel like watching everyone she knows run, and goes to her room.
The General Store
Everyone's getting ready for the half-marathon. Karl's just talking about serious competition when a man dressed as a gorilla (well I assume it is rather than just an over-eager ape wanting to show off his running skills) walks past. Nice one. Valda makes a jibe about the seniors' section, but Karl tells her he's at least ten years off being in that category. Lou tells Valda that there's no point in limering up - he's raring to go. He reveals some hot figure hugging leggings he'll be wearing in the race, much to everyone's amusement, and strains his back in the process. Lou tells Harold off for packing a picnic.
Zeke's surprised to see Ringo, but he says that he's trained too hard for this and if Frazer doesn't like it, tough. Pepper and Adam are also taking the race seriously as they enter with a nervous looking Oliver behind them. He watches as Riley jokingly tells Elle he's glad she's there to support him, but she says she's just there as a Lassiters representative - they're sponsoring the race. Steve tells Riley just to concentrate on the race.
Rebecca gives Declan his mobile and a pouch to put it in, so he can ring her in case his ankle flares up. He is not impressed and Zeke looks on laughingly as Rebecca gives him a kiss good luck. Zeke sees a good opportunity to tease and seizes it. Elle gives a ten minute warning 'til the start of the race and they all head outside.
The Start Line
The walkers and senior walkers make their way to the front, including Harold, Valda and Lou (and the gorilla). They set off, and the runners take their place at the starting line. Oh, and there's another gorilla here. Blimey, there are more apes in Erinsborough than I knew. Surely there's room for a storyline for them somewhere? As they run off, Pepper pulls Adam's trousers down, leaving him sprawled on the ground in his checked pants Frazer tags along at the back, telling Ringo he better run fast.
Valda's stoically walking on, approaching the point where Lou and Harold have stopped for a cup of tea. Lou tries to hide the embarrassment, but Harold's having none of it. Valda's amused and speeds up. Lou's competitive streak kicks in and he takes Harold on a so-called "alternative route" - otherwise known as cheating. As they arrive back on the track, Valda appears behind them, glad to have caught them cheating. She says she's forgiving and will race them from that point to the finish - if they win, she won't report them. All three rush off, as bizarrely Declan comes back in the other direction and gets his phone out.
The Parkers'
Bridget still doesn't want to watch the race, and tells her mum to go alone. Didge's phone rings - it's Declan, but she rejects the call and kicks her walking frame away from her. Oliver, Riley and Ringo are leading the race and as they come up to Elle, Susan and Toadie's water stand, Riley falls and Oliver runs on. It's hard to tell if this is or is not Oliver's fault, but Elle tells him it was just an accident.
The Finishing Line
Oliver, Riley and Ringo are approaching the finish line. It's baffling that Oliver's been able to keep up, but whatever. As they leave the bridge, Riley pulls Oliver down and Ringo, a little bemused, crosses the line first. Rebecca is shocked to see Oliver and Riley wrestle on the ground.
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