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Neighbours Episode 5553 from 2008 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 5553
Australian airdate: 01/10/08
UK airdate:
Writer: Stuart Gaunt
Director: Chris Adshead
Guests: Lucas Fitzgerald – Scott Major
Nicola West – Imogen Bailey
Music:
Summary/Images by: Pete/Emily
Recap
Out for an evening stroll, Rachel tells Ty she thinks cheerleading is stupid.
Elle reaches out to try and help Donna, who then turns up on her doorstep, to Paul's surprise.
Lucas tells Elle to ask him out on a date.
Steve tells Nicola she'll slip up sooner or later, and then Nicola rips up all the clothes on the washing line.
No 26
Miranda is on the phone to her mother, telling her Nicola is doing well. Steve comes through and strokes the dog. Miranda tells him not to be nice to the dog after he ripped his shirts up. Steve says he's probably bored and missing Mickey. He sits down at the table and tells Nicola he's found a specialist who can help with her amnesia. Miranda is pleased. Nicola says it will be expensive, but Steve has all that sorted. She's left with no option but to agree.
STEVE: Yeah, this guy will be able to tell what's going on with you for sure.
He leaves to go back to the Surgery. Miranda puts her arm around Nicola and tells her everything's going to be alright. Nicola looks worried
No 22
Bridget, Donna and Rachel are practicing cheerleading, using towels as pom-poms.
GIRLS: Give me ‘D', give me an ‘I', give me an ‘N, G, O, S' What does it spell? DINGOS!
Donna thinks they're getting better, but Bridget's in pain. Donna suggests they get her a wheelchair for the game. Bridget says she doesn't need one.
RACHEL: Hate to break it to you guys, but ‘Dingoes' definitely has an E in it.
Bridget says it's an impossible word to rhyme anything with. Donna says Ringo rhymes with Dingo. Bridget complains he's the reason they're making ‘complete idiots' of themselves. Donna says they won't if they keep practicing. Rachel says they should go and get some moves from an awesome hip-hop school; after all, it worked in ‘Bring It On'. She's shocked to realise that Bridget has never seen the movie. They get back to practicing,
GIRLS: Dingoes, Dingoes, Ra-Ra-Ra! Knock the ball and kick it far!
While chanting, Donna and Bridget bend over and Rachel clambers on top of them, as Paul and Elle walk in. Paul remarks about the house becoming a local drop-in centre and walks off. Elle asks if they were cheerleading. Bridget tries to cover it up. Elle says that wasn't cheerleading and tells them to ‘watch and learn' and takes her scarf off.
Next thing we see is the girls sat at the couch. They were impressed. Donna starts mimicking her. Elle comes in with a jug of lemon and tells her to keep going. Donna comes over all shy and says she can't in front of ‘El Supremo Cheerleader'. They ask her where she learned to do that. She says she spent a year at ‘Sycamore Beach High, L.A'. She says she loved being a cheerleader and cried all the way home on the plane. The girls ask for pointers and Elle says she'll make them the best cheerleaders Erinsborough has ever seen. The girls are very pleased.
General Store
Toadie brings Nicola a Soy Decaf Latte and tells her it's what she drinks, then confesses it's regular, he wouldn't give Soy Decaf to Bob. She thanks him for taking her shopping, and he asks how everything's going. Reluctantly, she tells him she feels like she's losing her mind as well as her memory. Toadie says that sounds scary.
At another table, Rebecca wants to pay, but Declan says he's done it already. Pleased, she tells him he didn't have to. He says she's always paying for stuff, but it won't always be like that. He thinks he might make it as a professional footie player. He says Steve is leaning toward him for the captaincy, so he'll pay paying for more than coffee soon. She tells him he's sweet and answers a call on her mobile. It's Elle and she's telling her about the cheerleading.
No 22
Rebecca shows the girls ‘a more detailed sketch' of their outfits. Donna thinks they're cool, Rachel thinks they're small. Rebecca tells them it's what Elle wants, she's shopping for the fabric. Bridget says there's no way she's wearing ‘that' and they can count her out. Donna tells her she can't drop out now.
BRIDGET: Donna, there's got to be ways of getting Ringo to notice you that don't involve dressing up like that!
Donna tries to persuade her, saying Elle's put a lot of work in and they'll look hot. Rebecca's phone rings and she answers it smiling. She tells Elle that ‘4 metres will be plenty, in fact 4 inches would be enough for those outfits'. The girls continue to argue and Rebecca says they're coming round to the idea...slowly.
No 26
Steve answers the door to Ringo and Declan. They've come to press him about the team captaincy, but he won't tell them anything. He closes the door and goes to kiss Miranda goodbye. Nicola walks in. Miranda asks her how her catch-up with Toadie went and she comments it was ‘just like old times'. She tells them she wants to make dinner to say thanks for their support. Miranda likes the idea of a night off, and Nicola goes into the kitchen. Steve makes an excuse to follow her. He tells her that she can keep cooking and throwing fits and blaming it on the dog, but it won't work. Miranda comes in and asks if everything's alright. Steve says he was just asking what's for dinner. Nicola tells them Lasagne and Steve laughs that he's ‘a big fan'.
The Oval
Steve addresses the team and tells them he'll be making a decision about the captaincy based on today's session. He asks who's interested and all the guys put their hand up. Declan tells Ringo he thought he was joking when he said he wanted to be captain. The guys then notice the girls who've come running on with their pom-poms and start to do the routine. Rachel is embarrassed
GIRLS: We bark, we bite, we run all night. Go Dingoes, Yeah! Go Dingoes, Yeah! We're fast, we're mean, we're the coolest team. Go Dingoes Yeah! Go Dingoes Yeah! You'd better watch out, some people call us crazy, you'd better watch out, a Dingo's got your baby, We're the Dingoes Ra-Ra-Ra! We're the Dingoes Ra-Ra-Ra!
Dec bets Ringo $20 it was Donna's idea and Ringo skulks off. Elle asks Donna if he was watching. Donna says ‘hardly at all' and they're disappointed. The men, who were watching and loving this, run off to play. Steve slowly handclaps the girls he says it was fun, but they're busy, and the girls will just distract his players, so there's no cheer squad. Elle looks grumpy as he walks off.
The Gym
The boys towel off and talk about the captaincy. Lucas thinks he'll get it because he's a ‘real man' next to the boys. Elle storms in and all the guys shout at her. She wants a word with Steve, who tells her they can do it ‘outside' and takes her to a corner of the room, and she refuses to leave.
She tells him he can't just ban the cheerleaders, that's a board matter. She tells him the board will see that when a major sponsor like Lassiters approves of a concept, it's best just to fall in line. Steve tries to tell her no again, but all the guys say it'll be fine, although Bridget might put Declan off.
TY: Well if she's here, at least he'll turn up.
LUCAS: Good point.
Lucas says it'll be good for team. Steve walks out saying they could also get a jumping castle for the sidelines. Lucas sidles up to Elle and tells her he tried. She storms out after Steve.
No 24
Rebecca is at the sewing machine, while Rachel tries to tell her and Bridget how much Bridget loved it really. Rebecca says she needs help to get them ready for their first performance. Rachel tells her they might not have one if it's up to Steve.
In the lounge, Donna finishes a phone call as Toadie walks in. He sees she's upset but carries on to the kitchen. He jokes it's like a sweatshop. Rebecca tells him what she's doing and asks if he'd like to be measured up for a cheerleading outfit. He has a big smile on his face before deciding that no, he's alright, thanks. He asks if they need a choreographer, he's got some pretty mean ‘Spirit Fingers'. Bridget asks what that is, and Rachel insists they need to watch ‘Bring It On' and goes off to get it. As Donna is leaving, Rachel asks her about the film before noticing she's upset. Rebecca gets up and they all take her to the couch, asking her to tell them what's wrong. Her dad has been seen in Tasmania. She reveals he's been on the run, and she's staying with Elle now. Bridget says she should have told them, they would have helped her. Elle comes bouncing in saying they have their debut tomorrow before noticing all is not right.
Ramsay Street
Donna's sat on the wall that borders No 22's garden crying. Elle comes out and gives her a tissue. She tells Donna that her dad has made some bad choices, but they're not her fault.
ELLE: I've got a lot of expertise in that department.
Donna says she can't do the cheerleading as everyone will be judging her. Elle says to forget her dad and Ringo, if she had fun, she should do it for herself. People won't think about her dad, they'll think about the ‘hotty in the cute outfit' Donna says she's not as strong as Elle, but Elle says she is, and Donna gives her a hug, which Elle nervously accepts.
Gym
Declan and Ringo are arguing about the captaincy. Lucas hits them round the head with boxing gloves and tells them to cut it out. Ty asks Steve how it's going, and he says the boys are like bickering schoolgirls. Ty says he meant him, but Steve tells him not to worry about it.
We see the boys argue again.
RINGO: Just because you're going out with the bosses' daughter, doesn't mean you got the job.
Declan pushes him and Steve comes running over. He pulls Declan to one side and asks what's going on. Declan says Ringo pushed him too far. Steve says ‘as usual' Dec went off at the deep end. He says he needs to control his temper. Is he going to deck an opposition player who niggles him? No, he says, he's not an idiot. Steve says he needs to calm down. Declan backchats him and when he walks off, Steve takes a piece of paper off his clipboard and screws it up and puts it in his pocket. He orders them to ‘get back to training'.
The Oval
Steve asks Ringo if he's still friends with Declan. Ringo says footie just fires them up. It won't affect the team, which Steve is glad to hear.
DECLAN: Having a last minute suck up there, Ringo?
STEVE: You just don't know when to quit, do you Declan?
Steve says he's made his decision. Ty takes the clipboard and tells Ringo he's Captain, Lucas is Vice. Steve says it was difficult, but he knows Ringo's got what it takes, and they shake hands. Declan is disappointed as he's starting on the bench. Lucas tries to get him to calm down, but he says it's a bad decision, he should be Captain. If Steve was thinking straight, he says, he wouldn't have done it. Steve challenges him and he says Steve hasn't been ‘in the right headspace' and has stuffed up. Steve takes the paper out of his pocket and reveals that Declan was going to be captain before he threw his tantrum. As the news sinks in, everyone leaves and Declan watches Steve.
No 24
Rebecca, Rachel, Toadie and Bridget are watching the end of the film. Toadie looks moved. Bridget says she can now see that ‘cheerleading is totally awesome'. They start joking about the film, and Toadie reveals he's a big fan. Bridget says it's too late; they've got no ‘Spirit Fingers'. Rebecca agrees that Donna doesn't want to do it now. Rachel says they've just saved themselves a load of embarrassment. Donna comes back in and says she has decided to do the cheerleading. Bridget says she's accepted ‘her inner cheerleader'. They all get excited, particularly Toadie, who shouts ‘Let's bring it on!'.
Charlie's Bar
The new ‘Erinsborough Cheerleading Squad' are toasting themselves with orange juice. Donna apologises for ‘my little freak out'. Bridget says they're a team, and support each other. Toadie larks around and tries to get them to make a fist, but no-one does. Elle points out he has parenting to do, but he says Callum's away and he wants to help. He offers to be mascot.
Lucas comes over and wants to know what's going on. Elle tells him it's secret cheerleader business. What about Toadie? He asks. He jokes he's the Dingo.
Elle follows Lucas. He asks what she wanted at the garage, she says she can't remember, but if she does she'll let him know. He leaves and she returns to the table. Bridget leaves for her ‘excruciating' family dinner.
Rachel goes over to the bar. Ty tries to give her a kiss, but she backs off. He takes the hint and goes back to work as she puts her head in her hands.
No 26
Miranda helps Nicola serve up the lasagne. They're laughing away as Miranda remembers how they used to love cooking together. Steve comes in and asks how the chef's going. He also manages to get a dig in about Nicola finding her way around the kitchen. Steve walks out and Nicola grates cheese. Miranda says that block is too old and goes to get another. Nic says she can just scrape it off. Miranda walks out saying they don't want anyone getting sick. Nicola looks thoughtful.
After dinner, they bring the plates in and Miranda tells Nicola to let Bridget do the dishes. She says Steve must be anxious about the game, as he didn't finish his lasagne. Steve comes in looking unwell to get some antacids. Nicola worries it was the food, but Miranda says they're all fine, it's just nerves. Nicola says he should go and lie down, but he says he's fine. He starts patting his stomach as she walks out.
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