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Episode title: 1996 (Rick Alessi helps Michael Martin to break out of the detention centre)
Australian airdate: 06/09/93
UK airdate: 08/07/94
UK Gold: 26/06/00
Writer: Helen MacWhirter
Director: Ian Watson
Guests: Connor Cleary: Brian Mannix
Prison Guard: Brendan O'Connor
Waiter: Tom Benditz
- "Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight" by The Models
- "Impromptu Passione" by Modest Mussorgsky
- "Piano Memories" by Werner Dexler
- "Holy Grail" by Hunters And Collectors
- "Love The Life" by Bass Culture (feat Gina G)
Summary/Images by: Sal
- Mark being made to choose between Gaby and Annalise
- Lauren tearfully saying she's going to break it off with Connor
- Michael tells Rick they can stop Darren, if Rick helps him to break out
- Julie rings the family lawyer to file for divorce
- Connor tells Lauren he loves her, and invites her to Hong Kong
Number 24
Lauren is stunned - she doesn't know what to say. She doesn't think she can go because she'd have to leave Lou, her job and Brad.
CONNOR: Hey, you love me, don't you?
LAUREN: I think so.
CONNOR: Then there's your answer! Say yes!
Lauren tells him that she needs some time to think. He agrees to leave it until tomorrow.
Detention Centre - Outside
Michael and Rick are walking around. Michael is talking about how serious him breaking out is. Rick agrees and reckons it won't be easy as the place is teeming with security.
MICHAEL: And tomorrow it'll be crawling with heaps of happy relatives and girlfriends visiting us bad boys!
Michael tells him that it's open day tomorrow, so everywhere will be in chaos. Rick asks if Michael wants him to help him scale a fence or hide him in a laundry truck!
MICHAEL: I'm going to walk straight out the front gate.
RICK: Yeah, sure(!) Like the guards aren't going to notice you, right?
MICHAEL: Not if I'm dressed as a girl.
Michael gives Rick instructions - telling him to get there at noon (as it'll be busiest at lunchtime) and to make sure he's got a dress and not jeans.
MICHAEL: Nothing too bright. You know, inconspicuous.
RICK: Yeah, like a guy dressed in girls clothes is inconspicuous!
Michael ignores him and carries on with his list - size 10 high heels, a wig, a handbag and some make-up! Rick doesn't seem keen as he hasn't got a clue where he's going to get the stuff from. Michael tells him he doesn't care - steal it from clothes lines if he has to!
MICHAEL: Just remember who we're doing this for. Do you want to see Deb end up in a place like this?
Michael reiterates that he can't help Debbie if he's stuck in the detention centre.
Coffee Shop
Gaby asks Phil about promoting the re-opening of the Waterhole, which is due to happen at the end of the week. She lists some ideas and he tells her to do what she thinks is best - it's her baby. Gaby is pleased with his response, and Phil tells her to book him a call to Paul Robinson. He leaves.
Pam arrives, remarking that Phil looks like he's forgotten to take his happy pills! They talk about the date she has with Mark and Annalise, and Gaby says that she's going to dress so well that Annalise will look like a bag-lady. Pam tells her that the competition between her and Annalise has to stop, but Gaby tells her that Annalise is no competition for her!
Annalise is behind the counter. Mark is snacking. She tells him to stop as he'll ruin his appetite for their dinner.
ANNALISE: But then I suppose you're one of those hard to satisfy types with a big appetite. Bet you could go all night long, huh?
MARK: That's me.
ANNALISE: No, eating, I meant!
Rick bursts in and asks Annalise if she wears wigs. Annalise is offended and tells him that her hair is 100% natural. Mark makes his exit, saying that he can see that they have better things to discuss! Rick pretends that he's in a school play and that's why he needs the wig. Annalise thinks it's hilarious that he's going to be playing a girl and says that she thinks she has one lying around somewhere - if she can find it, it's his.
He wonders if it's pushing it to ask about make-up and Annalise tells him that "us girls" have to look our best! She promises he can pick the stuff up tonight, as long as she gets tickets!
Number 24
Lou consoles Lauren about the break up with Connor. Eventually, Lauren confesses that she didn't break up with him - she was going to, she tried to...but then he asked her to go to Hong Kong! She tells him that they would leave tomorrow night, and he's contracted to ride over there so it wouldn't be a short trip.
Lou is very shocked. He worriedly asks if she said yes - and Lauren says that she didn't...but she didn't exactly say no either! Lou tells her that although Connor seems like a nice bloke, she barely knows him. Lauren says that she feels like she's known him for ages.
LAUREN: I just like being with him.
LOU: Even if it means travelling half way around the world? Hong Kong's a long way from Ramsay Street. It's a long way from me!
LAUREN: Oh, Dad. It's not as if I'll never see you again. And as for Ramsay Street, well, I'm not exactly Miss Popularity.
LOU: What about Brad?
Lauren sighs.
Number 32
Helen is talking about the success of the trivia night. Julie looks very uncomfortable, and suddenly blurts out that she's filing for divorce. Helen is stunned. Helen reminds her of the counselling - she thought Julie and Phil would work things out.
JULIE: There's nothing to work out. It's over. I've been a complete monster to Philip and he deserves better. If he enjoys being with Beth, who am I to stand in his way?
HELEN: You're his wife, that's who you are!
Helen tells Julie that Phil's friendship with Beth isn't serious - and that Phil wants Julie really. Julie sadly says that it might have been true once. Helen urges her to think about the kids.
HELEN: Isn't your marriage worth salvaging if only for their sake? Hopefully, Debbie's old enough to understand but what about Hannah? She needs a mother and a father.
JULIE: She'll still have both. It's just they won't be married to each other anymore.
Helen looks upset.
Number 24
Rick walks into the kitchen from the bedrooms, carrying a pile of clothes.
LOU: Freeze! What are you up to?
RICK: Er, nothing.
Lou picks out a bra from the pile of clothes.
LOU: Since when have you been wearing lingerie?
Rick tells him it's Lauren's - he was going to do his laundry and decided to do her stuff to so he could save on water and electricity! Lou tells him that Lauren won't take too kindly to Rick mucking about with her...intimate apparel! Rick tells him that he knows what to do.
RICK: Gentle cycle, plenty of fabric softener on the final rinse and easy on the spin dry!
Lou takes the clothes off him and says that they'll leave them for Lauren to do.
LOU: If I didn't know you better, Rick, I'd think you were going strange on me.
Number 26
Annalise is showing Helen her outfit for the date with Mark and Gaby. Helen thinks it's lovely - but a bit too much for dinner. Annalise tells her that she wants to make sure that when Mark sees her, dinner is the last thing on his mind! Annalise reckons that Gaby will turn up in a prim and proper two-piece suit with pearls!
Helen warns that appearances aren't everything - and it'll take more than just a sexy outfit to hold a man's attention. Annalise reckons that she's been reading newspapers and watching arthouse films recently, so she can hold her own with intelligent conversation - she won't have to worry about Gaby! Helen wishes her luck and to have a nice night. Annalise says she's not sure if it'll be nice, but it'll definitely be interesting.
Number 28
Gaby is accessorising her outfit - which is a two peice suit! She tries a brooch, but settles for pearls! Pam comments on all of the trouble Gaby's gone to - she's surprised at her. Gaby tells her it's just a game but Pam thinks it's demeaning to be fighting over a man. Gaby says that the date wasn't her idea, but she's not going to let Annalise show her up. Pam warns that both Annalise and Gaby are going to end up looking childish in Mark's eyes.
GABY: Wish me luck.
PAM: Good luck. I think Mark's the one who's going to need it!
Annalise is already seated. Gaby walks in.
ANNALISE: Well, well. Interesting outfit, Gaby. Straight from the office, huh?
GABY: And you, straight from the circus?
The waiter interrupts and tells them that Mark has rung and he's going to be a little late.
WAITER: Can I get you anything while you wait?
ANNALISE: Oh yes, my friend here would like a personality.
They both order drinks - the fight is clearly on!
Number 26
Julie has dropped Hannah off with Helen. Helen comments on how smart she looks, and fishes for information. Julie says she's going out with a female friend to do some networking for the car yard. She leaves, and Hannah gets out Twister to play! Helen tells her that she's a tad old for it, and Hannah points out that she's got another birthday coming up at the end of the week.
Hannah asks if Helen's going to have a big party, with cakes and balloons, but Helen sadly tells her that she doesn't think a lot of people would be interested in a party this year. Hannah suggests that a big party might be what everyone needs to cheer them up again. Helen doesn't agree.
Gaby and Annalise are still waiting. Annalise thinks that he might be seeing another woman - if he can see two women in one night, why not three?! Annalise tells Gaby all about a guy who stood her up - and his excuse was that he had to rehearse his wedding! She says that she wouldn't have minded but he didn't even invite her to his reception. Gaby softens and laughs at Annalise's story.
Number 24
Lauren is trying to get hold of Brad on the cruise ship. Rick walks in with a big bag and says he's going to the library. Eventually, Lauren gets wind that Brad quit his job and left the ship two days ago, but he hasn't left a forwarding number. There's a knock at the door - it's Connor. He wants to know if her bags are packed, and Lauren's surprised as she thought she had until tomorrow. Connor says he was hoping she wouldn't need that long!
Lou sends Lauren next door to see if they know anything about Brad. Lou and Connor talk, and Lou is worried that Lauren will get hurt. Connor insists that he loves her - and he has done since the minute he laid eyes on her.
Gaby and Annalise have sunk a bottle of wine and are getting on merrily. They cheerfully chat about past boyfriends and they decide that if Mark doesn't turn up, they'll go to the Geiger Counter themselves. They compliment each other on not being the women they thought they both were.
Mark turns up and apologises. Annalise says that some things are worth waiting for, even sitting through Gaby's boring stories. Gaby agrees that Annalise was putting her to sleep. It looks like the fight is back on!
Number 26
It's morning and Phil and Helen are in the kitchen. He's come round to sort out the Home James paperwork before... He trails off and Helen thanks him. She tells him that she knows about the divorce - she clearly doesn't think it's a good idea. He tells her that it had to happen - he's tired of fighting and the more they drag the situation out, the more the kids get hurt.
Helen is distracted by something out of the window and excuses herself.
Number 26 - Garden
Helen sees a figure pulling clothes off the washing line. She orders him to put them back, but he makes a run for it. Fortunately for Rick, he's escaped before she can tell who he was.
Coffee Shop
Mark is in the Coffee Shop. Annalise is raving about the night before, but Mark doesn't seem to have enjoyed himself. Annalise thinks the night would've been better without Gaby, who - right on cue - walks in. She enthuses about last night too - and then she and Annalise start bitching at each other. Gaby asks for a coffee, and Annalise offers her milk in a saucer - and Gaby tells her to ensure that it's not sour, like her face! Oh dear.
Mark is not at all impressed - but they carry on arguing. Eventually, he snaps and walks out of the Coffee Shop.
Detention Centre - Outside
The grounds are fairly full of people. Michael looks through the bag of clothes that Rick has brought and doesn't look too impressed.
MICHAEL: What's this? Did you raid an old people's home or something?
Rick tells him that he had to steal them off Helen's clothes line - and he nearly got caught, so he could've ended up in the cell next to Michael! Michael is unimpressed at the shoes he's brought.
RICK: I couldn't find a pair of size ten ladies shoes in Ramsay Street so I had to go to the market. Cost me five bucks!
MICHAEL: You were ripped off.
Michael continues to be unimpressed with the stuff Rick's brought, and Rick tells him that it's a break out - not a fashion parade! Michael hides behind some bushes to get changed. Rick keeps a look out.
Coffee Shop
Connor pushes Lauren for an answer about Hong Kong. Lauren said she didn't sleep all night, tossing and turning thinking about what to do. Lauren doesn't think it's fair to leave without speaking to Brad first. Connnor says that if she doesn't have an answer by the time it's time for him to leave, he'll have to go without her - but he doesn't want to do that.
Pam, Julie and Hannah walk in. Hannah is sulking because Helen doesn't want a birthday party. Julie tells Pam that Helen thinks, given Jim's death and Phil and Julie's marriage problems, that there's not much to celebrate. Pam agrees with Hannah - there might not be much cause for celebration, but there's certainly reason to try and cheer everyone up. Pam and Hannah start to plot.
Detention Centre - Outside
Michael emerges in his "female" outfit.
MICHAEL: How do I look? Oh, I know I'm not going to win any beauty pageant or anything but will I fool the guard on the gate?
RICK: Well, that depends if he's really old and half blind!
MICHAEL: Thanks. You do wonders for my confidence(!)
They set off through the gate. Michael wonders where the car is, but Rick says with not working at the car yard anymore, he couldn't get one.
RICK: We'll just have to hitch.
MICHAEL: How am I supposed to get a lift looking like this?!
RICK: I don't know. Show a bit of leg!
They laugh and walk past a guard, who looks suspicious. Michael catches his expression.
MICHAEL: Uh oh. Trouble.
The guard yells after them, and Michael tells Rick to act natural and hold his hand! Rick refuses and Michael links arms with him. The guard yells after them again, but the boys keep walking.
<<1995 - 1997>>
Connor Cleary, Lauren Carpenter in Neighbours Episode 1996
Connor Cleary, Lauren Carpenter

Michael Martin, Rick Alessi in Neighbours Episode 1996
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Gaby Willis, Pam Willis, Philip Martin in Neighbours Episode 1996
Gaby Willis, Pam Willis, Philip Martin

Gaby Willis, Pam Willis in Neighbours Episode 1996
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Annalise Hartman, Mark Gottlieb, Rick Alessi in Neighbours Episode 1996
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Lou Carpenter, Lauren Carpenter in Neighbours Episode 1996
Lou Carpenter, Lauren Carpenter

Julie Martin in Neighbours Episode 1996
Julie Martin

Rick Alessi, Lou Carpenter in Neighbours Episode 1996
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Annalise Hartman in Neighbours Episode 1996
Annalise Hartman

Gaby Willis in Neighbours Episode 1996
Gaby Willis

Waiter, Annalise Hartman, Gaby Willis in Neighbours Episode 1996
Waiter, Annalise Hartman, Gaby Willis

Julie Martin, Hannah Martin, Helen Daniels in Neighbours Episode 1996
Julie Martin, Hannah Martin, Helen Daniels

Connor Cleary in Neighbours Episode 1996
Connor Cleary

Annalise Hartman, Mark Gottlieb, Gaby Willis in Neighbours Episode 1996
Annalise Hartman, Mark Gottlieb, Gaby Willis

Philip Martin, Helen Daniels in Neighbours Episode 1996
Philip Martin, Helen Daniels

Mark Gottlieb, Annalise Hartman, Gaby Willis in Neighbours Episode 1996
Mark Gottlieb, Annalise Hartman, Gaby Willis

Michael Martin, Rick Alessi in Neighbours Episode 1996
Michael Martin, Rick Alessi

Pam Willis, Hannah Martin in Neighbours Episode 1996
Pam Willis, Hannah Martin

Michael Martin, Prison Guard, Rick Alessi in Neighbours Episode 1996
Michael Martin, Prison Guard, Rick Alessi

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