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Neighbours Episode 8697 from 2021 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 8697
Australian airdate: 07/09/21
UK airdate:
Writer: Melanie Sano
Director: Chris Adshead
Guests: Rose Walker: Lucy Durack
Melanie Pearson: Lucinda Cowden
Music:
Summary/Images by: Carly/Graham
Previously
- Rose wanting to add a student category to the film festival
- Hendrix telling Karl and Susan about his zombie film idea
- Evelyn coming to an understanding about Levi dating Amy
- Toadie telling Karl and Susan he wants to fix things with Melanie
- Toadie and Rose spotting Melanie talking with Justin Buke
- Rose being the one who initiated the meeting between Justin and Melanie
Lassiters Complex
Mackenzie runs screaming through the complex at night, blood on her hands, looking as though something is chasing her. But it turns out she's filming a scene with Hendrix for his zombie film. Hendrix congratulates Mackenzie on a job well done, just as Karl and Toadie appear around the corner looking concerned. "I thought someone must have got their bill from Lanzini's," Karl jokes, after realising all is well. He then starts to bang on about Hendrix using his music in the film, so Hendrix and Mackenzie make excuses to leave. Rose walks over to the two men for a chat. Toadie can't help talking about Melanie and Justin: he wants to find out what happened earlier, but Melanie isn't speaking to him. Karl says the only way Toadie and Melanie can get closure is to find out the truth. "Absolutely, first thing in the morning I'll call her," Toadie nods, earning an uneasy look from Rose.
Number 26
Levi, Roxy and Sheila clean up after dinner while Kyle reluctantly helps. Amy has already gone home, while Evelyn's busy packing as she's leaving the next day. Roxy points out that means Levi can finally spend some time with Amy again. She lets Levi know Amy's booked the Lassiters sauna tomorrow - Ned will be at work, so Levi should "show up to spice things up". Disgusted, Sheila heads out the back to hose pigeon poop off her gnomes. Roxy presses on, telling Levi that Amy needs TLC because there have been hardly any entries for the local category in the film festival and she's stressed. Kyle perks up when he hears the prize money for best local film is $5000 and figures he should enter. And Levi decides he'll crash Amy's sauna session tomorrow.
Lassiters Sauna
The next day Levi happily slips into the sauna, and almost slips off his towel until he realises Ned's in there with Amy. Everyone's mortified and Amy asks what Levi's doing. Levi explains that Roxy told him about Amy's booking, but he didn't realise Ned would ditch work to join her. Levi goes to leave, but Amy tells him to stay. She figures they're just three friends hanging out, and they can spend time together without the boys jealously bickering.
Harold's Cafe
Toadie's relieved Melanie agreed to meet him. Melanie says she still doesn't feel ready but his message sounded urgent. Toadie tells her he knows about her meeting with Justin and can't help wondering if it was a date. Annoyed, Melanie says it was a coffee, and becomes even more irked when Toadie asks if it was payback for him kissing Rose.
MELANIE: You think I'm trying to make you jealous? You're the one sticking your tongue down other people's throats, not me!
TOADIE: So why meet up with him at all?
MELANIE: He wanted to apologise for the way his wife attacked me after our affair.
TOADIE: You expect me to believe that after all this time?
MELANIE: Well you can believe whatever you like. I am so sick of trying to prove myself to you. You're the one who cheated, you're the one who can't be trusted and you treat me like I'm the screw up!
Melanie turns on her heel and leaves while Toadie appears quite chastised.
Lassiters Sauna
Levi brings up the time Ned almost died in the sauna, trying to psych him into leaving, but Ned claims he's fine. Amy says she's going to get them some water and hopes they might try and get along while she's gone. No such luck, however, as Ned immediately asks why Levi's crashing his date. Levi says he hasn't seen Amy in ages, but Ned retorts that's not his fault. "This is getting along?" Amy quips, returning with bottles of water. Ned gets fed up and tells Amy she should choose who she wants to stay in the sauna with. But he lucks out when Amy calls his bluff and picks Levi. Checking that they're at least still on for lunch, Ned leaves and Amy can't help scoping out his butt.
Number 26 Backyard
Kyle informs Roxy and Sheila that he's going to strap a mini camera to Gary the pigeon so he can get a bird's eye view of Erinsborough to use as a film festival entry. Kyle asks Sheila to be narrator, which she's honoured about. Roxy wants a role too and offers to do hair and make- up on Gary. Kyle then has to figure out how he's going to attach the camera to the bird.
Harold's Cafe
Karl plays Hendrix and Mackenzie some of his music on his phone to try entice them. The teens say it's good but Hendrix has already chosen all the music for his film. Toadie finds them and says his meeting with Melanie was a bust. He feels awful about accusing her of cheating on him with Justin and wants to fix things. Mackenzie suggests he go back to basics and remind Melanie of why they were attracted to each other in the first place. Hendrix and Karl can't help put their two cents in about Melanie not being right for Toadie, but Toadie interrupts and says Melanie is amazing. "She's so fun and energetic and she's incredibly supportive; I don't want to lose that," Toadie states. "I need to show her I can be a better man." Toadie says he's going to invite her over this afternoon and remind her how good they are together. "Don't come home till late," he warns Mackenzie.
Lassiters Sauna
Levi tells Amy that Evelyn left a few hours ago and thanks her again for clearing the air with his mum. Amy smiles and says she's good with parents. Things get awkward again when Levi tries to organise more time with Amy, but she reminds him she's got a date with Ned later. And she's busy tomorrow with meetings. Sensing that Levi feels left out, Amy promises she wants to spend time with him and that she's missed him. Amy goes to unwrap her towel and start something, but Levi can't go through with it - the sauna feels too tainted by Ned's presence (aka his butt). They decide to get a drink instead.
Number 26 Backyard
Sheila holds the pigeon while Kyle carefully places the camera around its neck (that he's attached to a ribbon). Roxy helps out Kyle with the camera app on his phone and they realise that Gary's already taken off for his flight around the neighbourhood.
The Waterhole
Melanie pelts the dartboard with darts while she vents about Toadie to Mackenzie. She thinks she needs to end things while she's still got a shred of self- respect, but Mackenzie says she can't give up yet.
MELANIE: Our relationship has been one endless cycle of make- ups and fights. One day everything's perfect and the next day he's got one foot out the door.
MACKENZIE: Toadie wants to be with you okay? He's going to call and make things right. I saw how upset he was before.
MELANIE: Enough. Each time you give me more hope it's going to hurt more when everything falls apart. Every time we rise up, something comes along and knocks us back down again. What kind of fool sets herself up for heartbreak over and over again?
Melanie gets upset so Mackenzie wraps her in a hug. Rose sees them from across the bar and actually looks troubled at how hurt Melanie is.
The Flamingo Bar Exterior
Levi and Amy curl up on the couch together near the fire pit, happy that things are "less weird" now. Amy gets a text from Toadie, asking her to stay away from the house awhile so he can entertain Melanie. Levi thought the pair were half broken up already, but Amy points out that means they're still half together. Before Amy and Levi can get too cosy together, Ned rocks up to collect Amy for their date. Amy's surprised as he's an hour early, but Ned says Paul and Terese wanted to have lunch with them before the gallery. Frustrated, Levi points out they're only halfway through their drinks, but Amy says she'll definitely make it up to him another time.
Number 26 Backyard
Levi finds Roxy and Kyle staring up into the sky and wonders what on earth they're looking at. They explain the Gary camera situation and how they're waiting for him to return home. Roxy asks how the sauna session went but Levi glumly tells them Ned was there. He's also feeling upset that Amy's on another date with Ned as they speak.
ROXY: Amy did tell me she missed you when your mum was here.
LEVI: And that's why she's hanging out with her other boyfriend?
KYLE: Isn't that what you signed up for with the whole pommer- ly thing?
LEVI: Polyamory.
KYLE: Yeah that's what I said.
LEVI: I didn't sign up to be sitting on the sidelines like an idiot.
The Flamingo Bar Exterior
Hendrix tags along with Karl as they find Rose at one of the tables. Karl asks if she's spoken to the hospital legal department to go over the contract for the testicular cancer booth she wants at the film festival. Rose says she'll give them a call, and is pleased when Karl says there have been a lot of volunteers to do the examinations. Karl wonders where they should put the booth, but Rose says she already found a place for it outside the law office. When Karl steps away to take a call, Hendrix comments on the booth's proximity to the office and Rose admits it's so she can pop in and see Toadie as often as she likes. Hendrix then tells Rose that Toadie is planning a grand gesture to win Melanie over today, but Rose doesn't think it'll make a difference as Melanie has already lost the faith.
HENDRIX: Really? Great.
ROSE: Yeah, it is and it isn't. This has all hurt her more than I thought that it would.
HENDRIX: Oh, so you're backing off?
ROSE: No, I mean Toadie and I make a much better couple than him and Melanie. But all this sneaking around and conspiring, it's starting to feel a bit icky.
Number 30
Melanie walks out into the sunroom to find plants everywhere like a makeshift jungle. She peers through the plants to find Toadie lounging amongst jungle animals, wearing only animal- print boxers. Toadie grins and asks if she wants to have some fun, but Melanie is quite disappointed with the whole ordeal.
TOADIE: We could remind each other how we're good together.
MELANIE: Sex.
TOADIE: And other things too.
MELANIE: But that's the big one right?
TOADIE: Well, it's always worked for us.
MELANIE: (shaking her head) Unbelievable. I have made such an effort to be a caring and considerate partner to you and you still see me as a booty call.
Alarmed, Toadie quickly stands up and assures Melanie that's not the case, but Mel doesn't understand what else she's supposed to think. "I came here for a respectful conversation, not a romp in the jungle," she says, looking hurt.
Number 26
Kyle, Roxy, Sheila and Levi are crowded around the laptop to view the footage from GaryCam. The pigeon dips into some garbage, hangs out with another bird and then sails into Number 22's backyard where they all cop a quick eyeful of Ned and Amy getting it on. Kyle quickly slams the laptop shut. Levi looks supremely unimpressed.
ROXY: That got x- rated real quick.
KYLE: It's not like she's cheating on you, mate.
LEVI: Still sucks. I mean Ned and I are supposed to be equal but now it just feels like I'm side dude.
SHEILA: I'd get out while the going's good, love. Get out before you're pushed out.
ROXY: Don't listen to mama. I think you and Amy can get back on track.
LEVI: Nah. We're in neutral and her and Ned are just full pedal to the metal. I can't catch up. Gran's right, this whole thing might be done.
Number 30
Now wearing a robe, Toadie apologises profusely to Melanie for the bad idea. Melanie can't believe he thought a roll around the sunroom was going to fix their relationship. Toadie stammers that his head has been on backwards lately and he feels bad for having a go at her about Justin.
TOADIE: I know you would never cheat on me.
MELANIE: (sad) But I can't say the same about you.
Mel says the whole time they've been together, Toadie's been on the fence about them. She wants commitment from him, which Toadie promises she has, one hundred per cent.
MELANIE: Well that means giving me your heart - all of it. I need you to be straight with me. Do you have feelings for Rose?
TOADIE: I have feelings for you.
MELANIE: That's not what I'm asking!
TOADIE: (struggling) Maybe, a little bit, but you are the person I want to be with I promise!
MELANIE: Not good enough, Toad. I can't do this. I'm sorry, it's over.
Toadie tries to stop her from leaving, but Melanie becomes frustrated when Rose walks in the door.
MELANIE: Right on cue! Congratulations, he's all yours.
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