Year by Year > 1987: Episodes 401-637
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Madge Ramsay, Charlene Robinson, Mrs Mangel, Jane Harris, Mike Young, Eileen
Beverly Marshall, Bouncer,
Lucy Robinson (second casting)
Clive Gibbons, Daphne
Lawrence, Shane Ramsay
Jeremy Lord, Greg Cooper, Chrissie Adams,
Malcolm Clarke, Hilary Robinson, Melanie Pearson
is the year that many fans will never forget. Following its
debut the previous year on Ten, the show was now gathering
pace, and certainly in Great Britain it was becoming unmissable
television, with audience figures rising - although the show
was still only broadcast by the BBC in the morning and at
year kicks off with
making advances towards Susan, but when she turns him down
she is fired. Susan eventually leaves Erinsborough after turning
down Paul's proposal of marriage. Susan is quickly replaced
by an old colleague of Paul's from the airline - Gail Lewis
who is quickly promoted to assistant manager.
memorable scene ensues when
go for a day at the beach and the boys' clothes are stolen
leaving them starkers! However, Scott and Charlene's relationship
is going from strength to strength - despite their many arguments,
they always manage to kiss and make up. In a bid to leave
school early, however, Scott begins writing for the Erinsborough
News but Jim makes it clear that he needs qualifications
before studying journalism.
end of a small era when Shane Ramsay leaves Erinsborough to
travel around Australia, but his place is soon filled by the
arrival of Madge's
son Henry - straight from prison (a fact which
Mangel takes great delight in reminding 'Mrs. Ramsay'
about). However, Mrs. Mangel gets a shock of her own when
the portrait she commissioned from
doesn't quite turn out as planned...
Bishop is tracked down and he arrives in Erinsborough to see
Madge - the era of "Jelly Belly" has begun! Harold
decides to stay in town and he opens a health food shop. No
doubt inspired by Harold's ways (!)
begin a fitness feud, which sees them struggle it out at the
gym and take part in long distance runs. However, Des, in
trying to help an injured Jim, gets trapped in a river and
is presumed missing. Lassiter's Hotel was fast becoming a
prime location in the series, and a large majority of Ramsay
Street have to help out Paul when a workers' strike means
the hotel is stuck with no staff to prepare for an important
rows with Madge and moves into a caravan at Lassiter's Lake.
Scott continues to be unimpressed by Warren Murphy's flirting
with Charlene and vows to win back her attentions. However,
Charlene's independent living comes to an abrupt ending when
the caravan explodes - the first of many explosions at the
complex! After Madge and Jim refuse to let Charlene and Scott
live together, Scott sees the only way they can't be stopped
is to get married, and so in a memorable scene at Rob's garage,
Scott and Charlene plan to marry. Jim refuses to give his
blessing at first, but after Helen reminds him that he and
his first wife, Anne, were about the same age when they married,
he eventually gives in. Madge, on the other hand, is emotional
but happy to give the youngsters her blessing. Scott and Charlene
marry in possibly Neighbours' most famous episode,
which also sees the arrival of Aunt Hilary Robinson - a battleaxe
to rival Mrs. Mangel!
first husband, Jeremy Lord, returns to Erinsborough and convinces
Jim and Paul to get involved with his classic racing car -
'Number 13' - which Gail believes will bring bad luck. She
is right, and during a race, Jeremy is killed when his car
goes out of control. However, happiness is on the horizon
for Gail, of sorts, when Paul suggests they get married to
secure a business deal from a Japanese businessman. Although
they do not love each other, they do get married in a spontaneous
ceremony at No. 22 - having invited the respective relatives
'round for a meal. However, the couple soon confide in friends
that they do love each other though it is a few months before
the marriage vows are re-confirmed.
gives the neighbours a shock, not least Madge, when he brings
home his new girlfriend - a certain Melanie Pearson. Melanie
is a lovely girl but totally dim and has a hilarious foghorn
laugh. Jane, on the other hand, becomes the 'Lassiter's Girl'
in a promotion for the hotel. Dr. Beverly Marshall arrives
in Erinsborough and meets Jim - there is chemistry between
them, but things are almost thwarted when Bev's ex partner,
Ewan, turns up and threatens to break the relationship.
a shock storyline, Jane and Scott become increasingly close
as she helps him study for his HSC resits. Having bought Charlene
a car manual for her birthday on behalf of Scott, Jane shares
a kiss with her best friend's husband, and guilt ridden she
leaves Erinsborough for a business trip. Mike blames Scott
for driving Jane out of town, but only Henry knows the truth.
When the truth is revealed, Scott and Charlene split, however,
a showdown with Jane when she returns makes Charlene realize
how much she still loves him and they reunite.
is nearly killed, when, after rumours are spread around the
neighbourhood about him, by
Madge and Mrs. Mangel, he decides he will leave town, picking
up his car from Rob's garage on the way. Charlene claims the
car isn't finished yet, but Harold decides to take it anyway.
It transpires that Rob was in the middle of replacing the
brake lines and the car is unable to stop at any great speeds.
Harold is driving through Erinsborough when he approaches
a crossroads at the bottom of a hill. The brakes fail and
Harold ploughs into crossing traffic breaking both his arms.
Mrs Mangel claims to have seen Harold suffer injuries in 'the
tea leaves' but an argument with Madge makes her realize that
"The Twilight Zone is a very scary place, Mrs.
gives birth to James Kingsley Clark and Daphne's estranged
father, Allen, turns up for the Christening having given a
large sum of money to Jamie. It transpires that Allen is dying
and wants to spend as much time with his daughter as possible.
In a crisis of conscience, Daphne leaves Ramsay Street to
care for her father. Des is not on his own, though, as Harold
moves in with him and Mike following the accident.
garage also gets a new mechanic after Rob walks out of his
job. Greg Cooper is one of the many applicants that Gail and
Paul interview on Jim's behalf, but he's the only one they
deem suitable to take care of Charlene's apprenticeship.
Des' sister, Sally
Wells, turns up in Erinsborough and befriends Eileen and
Des as a stranger, before revealing who she really is. During
the final weeks of the year, Des' father, Malcolm, returns
and tries to make amends with Eileen, while street artist,
Tony Romeo, starts work at the Coffee Shop. The 1987 season
comes to an end with Gail and Paul finally realizing how much
they love each other and they make plans to marry.
1987 Episode Summaries | 1987 Magic Moments | 1987 Opening Titles
• Greg Cooper was played by Alan Fletcher, who would later join
the regular cast as Karl
• Daphne's departure from Ramsay Street to care for her father came about
because actress Elaine Smith, had decided to leave the show.
However, she would return in a guest capacity the following year to give 'Daph'
a proper send-off.
Review by Rhys
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