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Neighbours Episode 2765 from 1996 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 2765
Australian airdate: 13/12/96
UK airdate: 19/06/97
Writer: Christopher Gist
Director: Tony Osicka
Guests: Madge Bishop: Anne Charleston
Harold Bishop: Ian Smith
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura
Holly: Trained by Luke Hura
Summary/Images by: Emily
Libby deliberates over taking a holiday job in Noosa.
Debbie is gutted Phil didn't agree to buy the coffee shop.
Chez Chez
Darren reassures Lou the renovation work will be done by Christmas as he's planning to take Libby away for a few days and spoil her.
Number 26
Helen sends her youngest granddaughter out to walk Holly, allowing her to talk to Phil. She tries to make him aware how upset Debbie was about the Coffee Shop and that it appears he has no faith in his daughter. Philip admits he can't be certain she'll stick at it enough to invest in it. Helen understands, but reminds Phil that she needs to know that her father supports her.
Chez Chez
Lou allows Madge to leave early, and takes the opportunity to ask if she's given 'them' any more thought. She admits that she and Harold are going to give their relationship another go. Lou is disappointed that won't get a look in, but warns her that he won't give up trying.
Number 26
Debbie skulks into the kitchen, and attempts to avoid her fathers questioning. She heads back to her room, which Phil uses as evidence to prove how she walks away from situations without challenging them. Debbie is offended and highlights to her father how she has been working at the Coffee Shop for the past 6 months, during which time she has helped Angie and Cheryl as well as helping out at home. Phil admits he was wrong on that front but asks her about the money. She understands it'll be hard work, but she is prepared to give it a go, and has drawn up a business plan. Phil asks to see it.
Harold comes over to inform Helen that he and Madge are going to give things another go. Helen thinks it's wonderful but lets slip that Lou is also interested in Madge. Harold is shocked and storms off before Helen can stop him.
Chez Chez
Lou is surprised to see Harold at such a late hour. Harold makes it clear that he and Madge are making a new life together, but Lou doesn't believe it'll last.
HAROLD: We will be fine, as long as we don't have some beer- swilling, thong- wearing, barbequing baboon like you trying to tear us apart.
Lou believes Madge needs someone who appreciates her and is prepared to stand by her, like himself, but Harold warns him to stay away. He heads off but not before informing Lou that he is no longer welcome to play Santa at the Xmas party.
Number 28
Libby hangs up the phone and excitedly tells her parents she's been offered the job in Queensland, and accepted. Susan congratulates her daughter, but Karl reveals that Darren has booked a trip for her down the coast. He asks his daughter to talk to Darren sooner rather than later.
Number 24
Harold returns from his walk and admits to Madge that he spoke to Lou about her the previous evening. Harold refuses to reveal if he hit Lou, leaving Madge perplexed.
Chez Chez
Mal and Karl arrive late for work, but Karl explains he was hanging back to find out if Libby got the job in Noosa. Lou agrees with Karl that Darren probably won't understand, but Mal reckons his sister would be stupid to turn down the job.
Lou offers Karl a coffee, and reveals his own dilemma with Harold. Karl convinces Lou to fight for his role of Santa.
Number 26
Debbie reveals to her Gran that she's shown her business plans to Phil, but he needs a little more persuasion. Debbie asks if Helen would mind if she set up a home catering service, that way she can practice her business skills before leaping into the Coffee Shop. Helen is more than willing to support her.
Number 24
Lou comes by to see Harold. Madge warns him she doesn't want anymore fighting, but Lou informs her that it is not about her; he has come to make things clear that he will be Santa. Harold, however is having none of it, and the men soon hatch a competition to determine who will be the best Santa.
Chez Chez
Darren asks Mal if he's got any plans for the summer break. Mal admits he hasn't yet, but he's jealous of Libby heading up to Noosa. Darren pretends to know about it, and comments that his caravan trip was just an idea. Karl reveals to Mal that Libby hasn't yet told Darren about the job.
Number 28
Darren arrives just as Libby is about to leave the house. She admits she was coming to see him as she's been offered a job. Darren plays cool to start with, but soon explodes; claiming she already knew about the caravan holiday and allowed someone else to tell him about her job. Libby is shocked by his accusations, but it is clear Darren is feeling hurt and lost about the state of their relationship. He heads off before giving her a chance to explain.
Number 26
Madge, Helen, Phil and Hannah are lined up on the sofa as Harold and Lou appear individually to audition for Santa. Harold approaches Hannah and asks what she would like for Xmas, while Lou decides to and them all sweets. Lou gets Phil's vote, while Madge, Helen and Hannah can't decide. Helen declares it a draw, but the two Santas agree one thing; the fight isn't over yet.
Ramsay Street
Madge is amused by Harold as he storms home throwing remarks about Lou. Madge points out that it has nothing to do with who is playing Santa, and everything to do about Lou. She persuades Harold to be the gentleman and allow Lou to take the role; besides it is the season for forgiveness.
Number 26
Debbie arrives back with good news, she's put out some adverts to start her home catering and has been able to purchase the equipment she initially needs. Phil offers to lend her a hand with her bookkeeping, which she accepts.
Chez Chez
Libby arrives while the men are working. Darren and Libby head into the office and Libby apologises for not telling him about the job sooner. She explains she isn't going to take it, but he soon twigs that she hasn't told the hotel yet. He explains that he's always going to be a working man on a low wage, and figures she'd be better off with someone else.
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