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Neighbours Episode 8875 from 2022 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
<<8874 - 8876>>
Episode title: 8875 (David misses his bail check-in after the boat loses power)
Australian airdate: 07/07/22
UK airdate: 23/06/22
Writer: Megan Herbert
Director: Scott Major (VicScreen Director Attachment: Grace Feng Fang Juan)
Guests: Grant Hargreaves: Paul Mercurio
Sgt. Sparks: Andrew Cullimore
Isla Tanaka-Brennan: Mary Finn
Summary/Images by: Carly/Graham
- Aaron mentioning that David has his boat licence
- David saying he can't miss his bail check in
- David, Aaron and Nic getting stranded on the boat
- Nell asking Mel not to move Sonya's favourite painting
- Zara suggesting Amy stop relying on Toadie so much
Number 30
Amy tries to think up names for the new Drinks Divas menu and tests out "Marg-Evita" on Melanie and Zara. Toadie wanders in and suggests the "Colac Mule" for Angie, a "living diva". Amy brushes off Toadie's suggestions, and makes an elaborate point (more for Zara's benefit) that she doesn't need his help. In the kitchen Melanie sees a 'mum' mug in the drying rack, yet another reminder of Sonya in the house. Toadie asks Mel if she wants to have a romantic brunch with him, but Mel says it's her day to take the van out.
MELANIE: Why don't you see if Drinks Divas number one would be up for it.
TOADIE: What do you reckon, Ames? Drinks Divas number two has shot down my romantic brunch idea. Do you want to join me?
AMY: (scoffing) You and me sharing a romantic meal together? What is it, like, opposites day? I mean, seriously, you and me eating. Could you think of anything less romantic?
TOADIE: You and me cleaning a dunny? Do you want to come for brunch or not?
AMY: (resigned) Yes. But Zara has to come too.
Zara doesn't look thrilled at the prospect.
David frets about missing his bail check in, but Aaron reassures him everything will turn out okay. However, as the only one who knows how to drive the boat this isn't comforting to David. He's checked everything over and running out of fuel is the only thing that makes sense. Aaron saw that the fuel tank was full when they left, so David surmises the gauge is broken.
AARON: If that's the case then what do we do now?
DAVID: (slightly hysterical) There's not a lot we can do!
AARON: I'll go and check the radio, see if I can get through. We'll put the signal out for help and then help will come and we will be golden.
Aaron goes to try the radio while Nic comforts David.
Number 24
Mackenzie arrives home from Sydney to a quiet house. The stillness appears to be unnerving her. She notices the pile of mail on the counter and sifts through it, seeing all the sympathy cards addressed to her. Mackenzie is relieved when her dad walks through the front door and they give each other a big hug. Grant passes on some homemade cards from her siblings, which Mac smiles at.
MACKENZIE: I'm so glad you're here, dad.
GRANT: I would have been with you days ago if you'd let me come to the memorial.
MACKENZIE: I knew now would be when I needed you the most.
GRANT: I get it. It's why I didn't put up too much of a fight.
He sits on the couch next to Mackenzie and hugs her again, saying he's not going anywhere.
Nicolette is down in the sleeping quarters with David, and says that if Isla could talk she'd say "don't worry, daddy, it's all going to be okay". David wishes he could be as positive as that. Aaron joins them and says he finally got hold of the coast guard but they could barely hear him. They have their location on the GPS tracker, though, so Aaron reckons they're on their way.
DAVID: Yeah but they're not going to get here soon enough for me to get to my check-in.
AARON: Look it's not impossible.
NICOLETTE: And how about the police, any luck there yet?
AARON: I'll keep trying.
He leaves to head back up top. Nic tells David that even if they don't make it back to shore in time, the coast guard will have their call logged and they can't say they didn't try. "They're not going to care," David snaps.
Number 28
Mackenzie and Grant have made a start sorting through all of the wedding gifts. There's a present in there from Shane and Dipi, who were sorry they couldn't make it to the wedding. Another gift is from Levi - two food tour vouchers. "Hendrix would have loved this," Mackenzie says sadly. "And I would have loved seeing him love it." Grant suggests Mac could take someone else and enjoy it on Hendrix's behalf. But Mac looks a little overwhelmed and says she might open the rest of the presents later, asking her dad if he wants to go for a walk instead.
Nic is still below deck with David, who is looking more anxious by the second. She apologises for saying they should come out on the boat, but David says it's his fault for not noticing the fuel gauge dropping. "It's not like you're on a week long cruise," Nic points out. She's determined they're going to make it to the bail check-in and then they can put everything behind them. Nic holds up Isla and says David should give her a cuddle to cheer himself up.
DAVID: I don't want her to pick up on my stress.
NICOLETTE: I really wish you wouldn't stress.
DAVID: (barely holding it together) Nic, I could go to jail for any little slip up. And this is a pretty big one, so please just let me stress.
Lassiters Car Park
Toadie is on his way to brunch with Amy and Zara, joking about not being able to eat pork chops again now all of Mel's pigs have taken up residence. "I have no problem with the pigs," Amy loudly declares. "I'm glad that Melanie is putting her stamp on the place actually. I don't care if there's, like, twelve dozen more pigs!" Zara just gives her mum, and her lack of subtlety, a bemused look. Toadie sees Mackenzie and Grant walking through the park and tells the girls he'll meet them at Harold's, he just wants to say a quick hello.
Mackenzie is telling Grant about Hendrix's Erinsborough memorial when Toadie walks over. Mac tells Toadie that her dad is visiting for a while, and Grant says he'll be staying at Karl and Susan's while they're away. Toadie invites them to brunch but Mackenzie says they have to head back and open the rest of the wedding presents. Grant gently suggests she should probably eat something first, but Mac wants to get started on writing thank you cards for the gifts too. Toadie offers his help for whenever she needs it.
Nicolette pats Aaron's back while he throws up over the side of the boat. She thinks the ginger oil has worn off, but Aaron thinks he's more sick from worry than seasick.
AARON: I just feel like jumping in there and swimming this boat to shore myself.
NICOLETTE: Well you push and I'll pull because David is in a really bad way.
AARON: I don't understand. Like where are all the boats? There were plenty out here when we were out the other day.
Nicolette decides it's time for the flares, but when she goes to find them she notices something else in the storage space - containers of fuel. Nic and Aaron shout out for David to join them on deck. David races upstairs, not believing their good luck. He starts pouring the fuel into the tank and Aaron says he'll call the police on the way back.
Number 28
Grant finds Toadie at the door and exclaims that he must have scoffed down his brunch. But Toadie says Amy was in a rush to leave for some reason. Toadie says he's popped over because he promised Karl he'd water the tomato plants. He notices that Mackenzie has made some headway with the wedding presents. Mac says it's nice to see how much people cared and how they know her and Hendrix so well. Toadie soon realises that Mackenzie is unsure whether or not she should keep the presents.
MACKENZIE: They weren't given just to me. They were meant for a life that's-they weren't just for me.
GRANT: Sweetheart, Hendrix would want you to have them.
MACKENZIE: I don't know. I think he'd give them back if he was in my position. But is that right? I don't want to seem ungrateful.
TOADIE: Whatever you decide, people will understand.
GRANT: And you don't have to make that call right now. I keep saying you don't have to do anything right now.
MACKENZIE: I can't just sit around and do nothing. But you're right. This will take some thought.
She gets a phone call from Pierce and walks out to chat with him in Hendrix's room. Grant says Toadie can show him the tomato plants and he'll keep an eye on them, but Toadie admits that was just an excuse to come over and see if Mackenzie was going as well as she claimed. "It seems like she is," he concedes.
David rushes into the rental, Aaron, Nic and Isla behind him, furious with himself for not taking his passport with him. Nic reminds him the police said it was fine to detour for the passport, and Aaron does his best to soothe him too, but David just wants to leave for the station already. But they're surprised when a police officer turns up at the door. The officer says he took their call earlier and wanted to see for himself what was going on.
Number 30
Melanie sprints inside and yelps at Amy and Zara that she spilt beetroot juice in the van and it's "staining like the clappers". Amy reminds Mel that Toadie only stocks cleaning products that have bi-carb and vinegar in them. "When I first met him he used to clean with bleach and a paint roller," Amy smirks, which makes Melanie laugh. When Mel ducks back outside, Amy gives a pointed look to Zara.
AMY: Toadie and I have been BFFs forever. Stop looking for things to confirm your absurd theory that I have a thing for him. It is doing my head in!
ZARA: Okay, I haven't thought that about any of the dumb stuff you've overreacted to. Look, I take back what I said. I'm sorry.
AMY: Oh. Good. Thank you.
ZARA: I don't make life easy for you.
AMY: No you don't.
ZARA: And truth be told I probably never will. It's good you've got a friend who's got your back like that. You deserve it.
AMY: Well thank you, Zsa Zsa. But I reckon as long as I've got you I am doing okay.
ZARA: Cool. But if you would be okay-er with a boyfriend I'd be good with that.
David explains to the cop that the boat owner admitted the boat was due for a service and he wouldn't be surprised if the fuel gauge is faulty. Aaron chimes in that David was trying to fix the boat the whole way back. "And we called the coast guard, they'll have the call logged," Nicolette adds. All three of them tell the officer that they constantly tried to call the police station too. "I'm satisfied you did all you could," the officer says, much to David's surprise.
OFFICER: This will serve as your check-in.
DAVID: (relieved) Thank you so much.
AARON: So that's it? David doesn't have to do anything else until his next check-in?
OFFICER: (shaking his head) But remember, bail's a privilege, don't take it for granted.
DAVID: I promise you I won't.
The officer leaves and Aaron exclaims that it all turned out good in the end. "None of that was good," David replies, "but it taught me a lesson."
Number 30 Sunroom
Amy brings out some drinks for her and Zara to enjoy.
ZARA: Thank you! I should finish my homework early more often.
AMY: Well you've been working really hard. I'm proud of you.
ZARA: (sipping her drink) There's no alcohol in this.
AMY: I'm not that proud.
Zara notices Amy open up a dating app called 'The Swipe' on her phone and decides they should look at the offerings together. Zara instructs Amy to swipe left on all of the men that appear, not pleased with any of them. "How many hotties have hit you up so far?" Zara asks. Amy admits it's been a slow burn, so Zara wants to look at her mum's profile.
ZARA: Okay, couple of issues. Firstly you need more than one photo. Otherwise they might think that the first one is a fluke and that you're actually hideous.
AMY: Well we don't want that do we.
ZARA: And secondly your profile picture.
AMY: What?
ZARA: It's too filtered. You need one that actually looks like you. I want you to find someone who loves you for who you are. A funny, kind, vibrant babe who's super cute and only a little bit very annoying.
Amy laughs and asks Zara to help her choose some new photos.
Number 28
Grant and Toadie return from the backyard to find Mackenzie staring at the wedding presents. They ask what Pierce had to say on the phone, and Mac says he agreed with them: it was her choice what to do with the gifts.
MACKENZIE: He wants me to keep his and Lisa's present though.
GRANT: The apartment?
MACKENZIE: Yeah, they say it's important to look after family. And it means a lot that they think of me that way.
GRANT: It's a big thing.
MACKENZIE: Huge. I mean, I don't want to offend them, but I also don't want to take advantage of them.
TOADIE: (softly) Hey, you're not going to offend them and you're not taking advantage. Whatever you decide will be the right call.
MACKENZIE: Yeah, it's all good. I'll figure it out. It's just like you two say, I don't have to make a decision right now.
When Mac goes to the bathroom, Toadie comments to Grant that he was a mess for a long time after Sonya died. "She certainly seems pretty together," Grant admits.
GRANT: I came here because I thought she needed me. I was pretty useless for her when her mum died - I wanted to step up now.
TOADIE: Just being here's stepping up. Maybe that's why she's being so strong. It's because she knows you're going to catch her in a flash if she falls.
GRANT: Absolutely mate. I just hope she's as okay as she seems.
Number 30
Melanie puts some leftovers in the fridge and accidentally knocks off a photo of Sonya stuck to the top. She picks it up off the ground with a small sigh and carefully places it back on the fridge. Zara and Amy walk into the lounge room and Zara says all that's left is for her mum to decide on a "shopping list" for the perfect man.
ZARA: You have to be upfront on your profile so if it's an immediate no, don't waste their time. Now picture him, what do you see?
AMY: Ernesto.
ZARA: Ernesto?
AMY: Yeah. Like if I'm going to picture him he's going to need a name. Ernesto gets me. Like he really gets me. He knows my quirks and he likes them.
ZARA: (making a note on the phone) Likes quirks.
AMY: And he's funny, but not too funny. He's grounded, he's down to earth, he's family orientated. I mean that's non-negotiable. He needs to know that my family is my world.
ZARA: Oh yeah, when's that happening?
AMY: Haha. And you know, all the baseline stuff. Like attentive, grounded, down-to-earth, blah blah blah. Not a sociopath, that sort of thing.
Toadie saunters in with a gift for Mel - mint in a potted plant. Mel doesn't know if she should be offended in case he's hinting her breath is bad, but it all makes sense when Toadie shows her that the pot is shaped like a pig. Zara smiles and says it's actually adorable, which Amy agrees with. Noticing her mum look a little sad with how sweet Toadie and Mel are together, Zara turns Amy's attention back to the list.
ZARA: Okay so Ernesto - he is funny, family orientated, attentive, considerate and grounded.
Amy hears this back with Toadie in view and gets an odd look of realisation on her face, which doesn't go unnoticed by Zara.
Number 32
Mackenzie visits Aaron and David, thanking them for the flowers they sent. David tells her that he and Aaron had their own memorial for Hendrix. They lit a candle and spoke about some of their favourite memories. Nic joins them just as Aaron goes to the front door after hearing a knock. Mackenzie thanks Nic for making the hash browns just like Hendrix used to. She gives Nicolette and David a hug before she heads home. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when Aaron walks back in with Andrew. David is rightfully alarmed.
ANDREW: I'm afraid this isn't a social call. I'm here to inform you that you're under investigation for breach of bail. In light of new information you've been identified as a flight risk. You need to come down to the station with me.
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