Weekly Reviews >
Broadcast: Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February
Writers: Megan Herbert, John Hanlon,
Jeff Truman, Judith Colquhoun, John Davies. Directors: Tony
Osicka, Gary Conway
five episode broadcast this week appear to have changed up
a gear, and everything seems to flow more smoothly and all
the plots now feel as if they're working in harmony with each
of Monday's episode is devoted to the happenings down at the
beach, where Taj confesses to having recently "unofficially"
broken up with his girlfriend, Allie, when she moved up north.
However, Taj manages to convince Nina of his sincerity, and
they continue to be a couple. Michelle, though, feels guilty
about having told Nina the truth. Lori, like Lyn, has noticed
the air of quiet around Jack recently, and asks him if he's
still happy being with her. He assures her that everything
and Dione's fears are dispelled when Darcy comes up trumps
and helps Dee seek justice over the sexual harassment case.
Darcy pretends to support Martin Cook and understand his reasoning
for trying to get close to Dione, at which point Cookie confessed
to having tried to force himself upon her. However, Darcy
is concealing a tape recorder and blackmails the surgeon into
confessing all to the hospital's E.O. Officer. He does so,
and is transferred from Erinsborough General to another location
to be closely monitored from here on in. He also apologises
to Dione, who makes a scene in the hospital corridor, telling
him that she hopes no other woman has to endure his sexist
tendencies. Darcy wins Dione's affections again thanks to
his seemingly selfless gesture, but his heart is broken when
he splits up with Chloe - the latter having decided the age
gap is too much for Darcy to realistically endure in the future.
Darcy later hints to Susan that he lost his only true love,
and he eyes up Dione.
day of Susan and Karl's wedding is drawing closer, and a Hen's
night is organized to follow on from Ben's first birthday
party at No. 28. The men have their own evening round at the
Scullys'. The scene for Ben's party is absolutely fantastic.
It's one of those rare occasions on Neighbours where
so many of the cast congregates for one particular event.
Everyone who should have been there was there - and even Stephanie's
absence was explained by a phone call from Moco. The Hen party,
which follows on after the birthday bash, is another excellent
scene - with Lyn, Susan, Libby and especially Dione's reactions
to the stripping policeman making hilarious viewing! Back
at the men's party, Joe is unleashing his home brew on the
unsuspecting revelers. It's only the following morning we
realize the effect it's had on them as they all wake up with
pounding headaches and slurred speech! Karl makes a hilarious
entrance as he pops his head up through the swing doors in
the living room, robed in streamers!
the happy atmosphere is short-lived when Joe comes across
what Karl confirms to be a positive pregnancy test in the
rubbish bin. In typical Joe fashion, he flies off the handle
and immediately presumes it's Michelle's. An unsuspecting
Michelle later leaves an answerphone message at the Scullys'
complaining of a stomach upset "thanks to Connor".
Joe, of course, assumes this is his daughter's way of breaking
the news and sets out to discover the truth. He attempts at
several points during the day to have a quiet talk with Lyn,
but she is too busy dressing the wedding crowd. When the teenagers
arrive back from the beach and arrive at Lassiter's for the
ceremony, Joe is offhand and distant with Michelle and Connor.
Later in the day he drags his youngest and her boyfriend out
of the function room to confront them directly. Michelle swears
that she's not pregnant, but Joe isn't convinced, until Lyn
comes out to try and calm the situation. When she learns what
Joe is angry about, she embarrassingly has to break the news
that she is the one who's pregnant, to the shock of Michelle,
Connor and especially, Joe! As the week draws to a close,
Lyn is becoming increasingly worried about her husband's reaction
to the news. Joe appears to offer little emotional support
to her; despite assuring he still wants the baby.
and Susan finally marry in a ceremony at the hotel, conducted
by Rosie. When the couple recite their new vows, Susan stops
suddenly, leaving the congregation and Karl unsure of what's
happening. However, she surprises everyone by beginning to
recite her original wedding vows from the 1970s! This sign
of some memory returning is largely accepted as a symbol that
Susan's memory is all but complete, again. It's almost as
if the writing team at Neighbours realized the mistake
they'd made in following through with the amnesia storyline,
and so they decided that it should be wrapped up as quickly
as possible. The wedding episode itself is fairly enjoyable
- not least because all the cast, bar Stuart and Lou are present
at the ceremony (both absences were explained - Lou being
in hospital, and Stuart later appeared at the reception),
however the air of the dreaded amnesia plot taints everything.
It is also interesting that a specially constructed studio
set was used as the hotel's function room. While the interior
aspect was cozy and snazzy enough, the production design department
made the mistake of trying to recreate the gardens at Lassiter's
indoors! The result was a poorly lit, poorly dressed patio
area surrounded by mock trellis plants and a backdrop, which
was bizarrely constructed in an angular fashion (as opposed
to the more effective semi-circle) which amusingly showed
a very obvious joint-seam running down the center of the painted
and Karl return home after the wedding to take advantage of
the empty house. However, their passion is cur short when
Karl answers the phone to Sarah Beaumont. He panics at first
and makes out to Susan that it's a wrong number. Later in
the day, Susan answers the phone to Sarah - and it transpires
that all she wants is a reference for a new job. She has split
up from Peter Hannay and is now a single mother.
Boyd's friend Daniel admits that the bruise on his face was
not as a result of a fight with the boys of West Warrahtah
- but by his own father. Boyd confides in Max who seeks the
advice of Susan and Karl. They suggest the best thing to do
is contact the police, but Max feels he ought to confront
Daniel's father himself. He does so, and convinces him that
Daniel would be better off staying with the Hoylands for a
few days. This mini-storyline was written on the instructions
of the BBC as part of their Hitting Home season on
domestic violence. It is likely that it could have been handled
more effectively, instead of giving the impression that it
was done purely last minute to meet the BBC's wishes.
Max and Stephanie agree to go on a date to the hotel restaurant.
Max is running late, however, and Steph spend some time with
Libby and Stuart who are on their way to the University ball.
Max eventually shows up, stating his only priority is his
evening with Steph.
The 2002 season finale episode (4155)
was screened on the BBC on the Wednesday; with the season
return broadcast the following day. In Australia, there was
a gap of five weeks between the finale and season return over
episode's closing credits sequence was a montage of various
couples taken from the wedding reception, backed with Nina
singing 4 Your Love, rather than the usual closing
season return episode (4156) sported brand new opening titles,
a new closing sequence and a new library of incidental music.