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Neighbours Episode 5638 from 2009 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 5638 (Miranda is sectioned)
Australian airdate: 04/03/09
UK airdate:
Writer: Ben Marshall
Director: Jovita O'Shaughnessy
Guests: Cassandra Freedman: Tottie Goldsmith
Constable Simon Page: Laura Hill
Dr Peggy Newton: Carolyn Bock
Amanda Smith: Lauren Bailey
Laura Smith: Lexi Bergmeier
Summary/Images by: Miriam/Graham
Rachel saying that she'd go to London if she could go anywhere.
Rachel receiving a letter from the UK.
Zeke asking Rachel what her letter was about.
Rebecca calling Paul and Cass answering his phone.
Rebecca telling Steph that she was jealous that Cass answered Paul's phone.
Didge wondering how far Miranda will go to take her baby.
Libby feeling ill before the wedding.
Libby collapsing after the wedding ceremony.
Erinsborough Hospital
Libby's being wheeled into hospital with Dan by her side, and Steph and Karl close by. Karl instructs the doctors on his daughter's medical history whilst Libby tells Steph she wants her to ensure that everyone has a great time at their wedding reception.
Susan and Ben rush in, and Dad admits that he knew Libby was unwell, and thought she'd hurt herself at the gym. Karl is cross that Dan didn't tell him Lib was ill, and Ben starts to panic. Susan reassures him.
Everyone stands around at the 'reception' looking very awkward. Even more awkward are Steph and Toadie who have been instructed to cut the cake, throw the bouquet and do all the traditional wedding reception-y stuff that couples are supposed to do. Steph gets everyone's attention and tells them that she's going to throw the bouquet - something she seems rather excited about doing.
Donna is the first to break the silence and get into it, followed by Bec, and all the other single women. In slow-motion, Cass reaches for the flowers and throw to the floor by an almighty shove from Rebecca. Woohoo! Go girl! Rebecca is ridiculously excited, whilst Cass looks nothing but humiliated. She flashes her angry eyes (thank you, Mr Potato Head) at Bec.
Toadie offers a toast to happiness and good health, then realises that's in bad taste, so he toasts Libby and Dan instead.
On the other side of the bar Zeke is still questioning Rachel about her letter she received and wants to know why it's such a secret. Rachel decides to deflect it by saying she hasn't seen Didge at the wedding, yet...
Ramsay Street
...and that's because Bridget is busy storming out of number 26, closely followed by her parents. Miranda wants to talk to Didge, but she's not interested - she wants to see Declan. She runs into Rachel who wonders what's going on.
RACHEL: We missed you guys at the wedding.
MIRANDA: Bridget wasn't feeling well.
DIDGE: Another lie, Miranda.
Didge tells Rach her family had a huge fight.
MIRANDA: I didn't think we needed to drag Rachel into our family dramas.
BRIDGET: Well usually you have to be a real family before you can have family dramas.
STEVE: Didge! That's enough.
BRIDGET: Sorry, dad, I didn't mean you.
Upset, Miranda walks away. Steve is horrified, and Bridget decides to go after her mother.
Erinsborough Hospital
The doctor comes out from Libby's room and says she's stable. She knows why Libby collapsed and sends Dan in to see his wife. Dan sits on Libby's bed.
DAN: You were a bit too keen to take me up on the whole sickness and health thing, huh.
Libby tells him to hold her hand - she has news. Dan wonders if he's being prepared for bad news, but she says it's not: she's pregnant. Dan doesn't seem to know what to think.
Back at the reception Zeke is still pestering Rachel about her letter. She finally gives in and hands him the letter to read; it's an offer of a scholarship to London - she applied after Angus because she wanted to be over the other side of the world. But she doesn't want to leave Karl, Susan and her brother. Zeke thinks that perhaps their dad would be proud of her.
But Rachel's also thinking of Ty - first she destroyed his song writing career, and now she leaves him.
ZEKE: So you're the girlfriend from hell. If he doesn't already know that then he's a moron.
Zeke advises his sister to tell Ty the truth.
Miranda stands in Lassiter's, sadly, staring into one of those water butts in the middle of the complex. She remembers all the family arguments over the baby recently, and Didge's adoption. She quietly sits on a bench, but notices a pram with a crying baby in it. Conveniently placed there by the props department, no doubt. There appears to be no mother around, so Miranda rocks the pram. With the baby still crying, and still no sign of mum, Miranda picks the baby up and sits on the bench with her, shushing her.
Erinsborough Hospital
Libby wishes Dan would say something, but he's freaking out that the pregnancy might kill her. Lib retorts that she's fine now, but Dan tells her that he doesn't want her to do this if she thinks she needs to keep him happy: he can live without a child but he can't live without her.
LIB: Do you think I planned this? Do you think I wouldn't talk to you first?
DAN: No. No, of course not.
LIB: It was an accident. A happy accident, but it was an accident.
Dan wonders if she really wants to take this risk, and Libby says she does - they're going to be parents!
Back at the reception Toadie announces to everyone that Libby is well, whilst Steph says they're going to have the traditional wedding dance. Cass suggests that as the bride and groom aren't around, perhaps Steph and Toadie should lead them in dance?
Ty starts playing. Steph and Toadie dance, whilst Paul takes Cass in his arms, too. Zeke stares at Donna, Rachel stares at Ty, and Ringo stares at Donna who briefly glances back before Zeke comes over and asks his ex-friend's ex-girlfriend to dance with him. Confused, much? It gets better. Rebecca stares at Paul, Declan stares at his mum and is about to ask her to dance, but Didge is staring at Declan, who smiles and asks her to dance.
Cut to later when a bouncy, rocky song is on.
Lucas is staring at Elle...oh, here we go...
DONNA: (bouncing a LOT) How awesome's this wedding? Well, up until the bit where the bride collapsed in violent, hideous pain, I mean...sorry, I've got mad cow disease.
ZEKE: What?
DONNA: You know, where you always say the wrong thing...
ZEKE: ...you mean foot in mouth disease...
DONNA: Yeah. Sorry. I knew it had something to do with farm animals.
Ringo asks Rebecca to dance, and Rachel tells Ty that his song sounded really good. She also wonders if she's the girlfriend from hell, and he replies 'yes' before kissing her.
Didge and Declan are dancing, and Bridget apologises for kicking Declan out - she's angry at Miranda, not him. Declan tells her he's there for her and the baby, but Bridget crushes him by announcing that she hasn't changed her mind about putting their baby up for adoption.
Rebecca, meanwhile, is screeching on the dance floor with Ringo, having one HELL of a time!
Outside, in the complex, Steve sees Bridget sitting alone on a bench, and wonders if she's seen her mum. A hysterical woman runs out from nowhere, shouting for Laura - her baby that seems to be in her pram no longer. Steve asks the woman what's wrong. The woman - rather calmly and scripted-ly tells Steve her baby, Laura (in case he hadn't heard her shouting her name) has gone.
STEVE: Where?
Well, der. She obviously doesn't know.
HYSTERICAL LADY: Someone's taken her. Why would they do that?
Oh, yes, because NOW is the time to be pondering the psychology of someone who might steal a baby, rather than realising you were stupid to leave your 4 or 5 month old baby completely alone, in a pram, in the MIDDLE of a massive hotel complex for over what was probably ten minutes, and certainly rather than wondering where the child might be. How about you call the police and start praying for a miracle instead?
Erinsborough Hospital
Karl watches Dan kissing Libby on the head and suddenly gets it - his daughter's pregnant. When Dan comes out, Karl ushers Susan into the room whilst taking Dan aside.
KARL: Libby's having a baby isn't she? What the hell were you thinking?
Dan says he's standing by Libby whatever, and Karl's not happy about it.
Harold's Store
Steve tells Bridget that the girl behind the counter saw Miranda in the shop carrying a baby. The Hysterical Woman wants to know why Miranda has her child. The police come in and demand to know what's going on.
Erinsborough Hospital
Libby lies in bed with Ben, who is excited at having a baby brother or sister - as long as they don't touch his stuff! Ben runs off to get some chips with his granddad, whilst Susan sits with Libby. Susan explains to her daughter that Karl hasn't been in because he doesn't trust himself not to say anything bad about her having another child. Libby defends herself - she's not going into this lightly - but Susan wonders if she should perhaps get a second opinion on the pregnancy anyway.
Lib is resolute - she knows what she's doing, and she doesn't need another opinion, and she wants her parents to stand by her.
Dan comes back in with Rachel and Zeke. Rachel throws herself at Lib, all excited, followed by Zeke who, unsure, hugs her too.
The police are questioning Steve as to why he thinks Miranda took the baby. Steve is trying to explain better that he doesn't *suspect* Miranda...but the policewoman who is barely a day older that Bridget is not friendly or interested, and has already decided that Miranda is as guilty as hell.
Hysterical Woman suddenly screams Laura's name as Miranda walks over - and she snatches her baby back.
MIRANDA: Are you the mother?
MIRANDA: Well what were you doing leaving a child on its own?!
Damn straight! You tell 'em Parker! But instead of taking any responsibility for her actions, the woman glares at Miranda and walks off. Miranda wonders why her husband and daughter are there - especially with the police...
Harold's Store
Miranda explains yet again to the policewoman that she picked up the baby because she was crying - she was trying to find her mother, she didn't steal her. Miranda says she checked the shops and then came into the store. The policewoman accusingly tells Miranda that the mother was in the hairdresser, and wonders why she didn't check there.
(Probably because it was turned into a veterinary surgery when the Parkers moved in.)
POLICEWOMAN: Why didn't you ask in there?
MIRANDA: Because it didn't occur to me she'd leave her baby to have her hair done.
The policewoman says the mother was making an appointment.
Miranda apologises - she's in no position to throw stones, and she knows raising kids is hard. The policewoman wonders if Miranda was distracted by problems at home, and she wonders if Miranda was unhappy and confused enough to think the baby was hers.
Miranda clicks that Steve has said something to policewoman about her state - but it's too late. She is placed in protective custody under Section Ten of the Mental Health Act...
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