Year by Year > 1989: Episodes 877-1113
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Daniels, Bronwyn Davies,
Toby Mangel, Nick Page
Lee Maloney, Kerry Bishop, Sky Bishop,
Beverly Marshall (second casting),
Katie Landers, Rob Lewis,
Henry Ramsay, Gail Robinson,
Mike Young, Edie Chubb
Noelene Vickers, Madeline Price, Poppy Skouros, Penelope Porter,
Jenny Owens, Clive Gibbons
1989 season saw quite a few changes, with new characters and
the departure of some of the most popular on the show at the
time. Nevertheless Neighbours continued with another
marriage, a new Beverly, a divorce, and the celebration of
the 1000th episode.
starts with Noelene and her new husband arriving to pick up
Toby, however he hits Toby - horrifying Joe. After a long
battle he does get to keep Toby. However not long later Edie
helps Noelene run off with Toby! He does get him back quickly
though, and makes up with Noelene.
returns to Erinsborough after being suspended for cheating.
She tells everyone it wasn't her, but when
goes after the girl who really cheated, Lucy is quick to admit
it was her, and leaves for school soon after.
romance between American tycoon Mark and local girl Jane doesn't
go too well - at a dinner party his mother asks Jane not to
marry him because of their class differences. She tells Joe
however she will marry Mark, but more trouble comes along when
tells her not to marry him! Although she does call off the
engagement, there is still a grudge between Jane and Rosemary.
Jane calls her jealous, and Rosemary tells
to sack her - she resigns.
returns home after the stroke she had in 1988, but gets annoyed
at how much people are caring for her, as she has to be cared
for via a walkie-talkie system. However she gets extremely
annoyed when Nick starts up a Help Helen rota and she makes
it clear that she can cope on her own.
discovers his daughter Kerry in the Coffee Shop at the start
of the year. Although early on he doesn't really want to know
about her or Sky, he eventually takes them in and invites
them to live at No. 24, but is shocked at her way of living.
Joe and Kerry become good friends, to Harold's annoyance,
and eventually end up going on a date.
having no success trying out for a baby, Paul and Gail try
IVF treatment and she discovers she is pregnant with triplets.
They hit troubles when he becomes obsessed with his work.
In an explosive outburst she makes it clear what she thinks
of him, leaving him devastated, and later threatens him with
divorce, and although Paul tries to make up with her on their
wedding anniversary, they stay at odds. Gail has made it clear
that she thinks Paul concentrates more on work then her -
after all, they were originally married for a business deal.
learns her father has had a heart attack so rushes up to Brisbane,
while Scott returns in the same episode. Meanwhile Beverly
heads off to Perth for a conference - the last time we saw
Lisa Armytage. While she is away, Scott's workmate Madeline
tries to crack onto
seeking comfort from him. When Beverly returns (with a new
head), she finds the two in a compromising position. However,
Scott helps the stubborn couple get back together.
he helped his dad get back with his wife, Scott later meets
troubles of his own. Poppy Skuros, whom he works with, is
now hitting on him, and even though there is a stern telling
off from Jane, she persists. However Scott tells her he isn't
interested and she leaves. It isn't long after that Scott
gets itchy feet and decides to move back to Brisbane.
returns, acting strangely - it turned out he'd met a girl,
Jenny Owens, and while on his motorbike, she fell off the
back and ended up a paraplegic. He felt extremely guilty and
thought he should look after her. He says he will marry her
but in the end she tells him that she can cope on her own
and leaves Erinsborough.
and Joe plan to go on a flying trip. Although Harold says
he's an expert at it, Joe is scared of flying. However when
they eventually get to the plane, Joe fits in perfectly while
Harold's fears surface. Later, Joe and
go on a challenge... but it almost ends in tragedy when one
of them nearly drowns.
being fired from the Coffee Shop,
and Nick run away to work on a farm in the country. Sharon
finds it hard, and throws mud in the farmer's daughter's face...
when the farmer is behind them! They are both sacked and make
their way back home.
Williams arrives in Erinsborough and stays with Hilary, although
there's more to the relationship then meets the eye. Des tries
to start a relationship with banker Penelope, but she leaves
town just as Des decides to try and move on from
and propose to her! Later, he starts a relationship with Jane,
and eventually proposes. Tensions rise between Mike and Des,
and Des doubts if Mike should be his best man. At Des and
Jane's engagement party, the 1000th episode, Hilary reveals
to Matt that she is his mother. Jane leaves Des, and Erinsborough,
when she hears that
is sick and she goes to England to look after her - she later
calls to say that she won't be coming back, leaving Des shattered.
mother rings up No. 26 and tells that finally everything is
fine between her and Bob. She says she wants Katie and Toby
back. Katie is adamant to see her parents again, but Todd
has now made all his friends in Erinsborough, so Katie goes
home alone. Toby soon becomes very lonely, until he meets
new playmate Tiffany. At first he doesn't like her, until
he realises it's her mother that makes her put on a girly
attitude and all the dresses. Tiffany tells Toby that her
nickname is Lochy, and they stay friends. They get up to no
good in an old house that they believe is haunted and are
scared out of their wits when they meet the ghost, who turns
out to be Lee, who is squatting there. She ends up getting
together with Matt.
dad Rob is accused of having stolen parts at the garage and
Paul discovers it's true. He tells him to own up, but Rob
won't do it and goes off in a state. That night, he has a
car crash and dies in hospital shortly afterwards, leaving
Gail and his partner, Gloria, devastated. Gail writes Paul
a note and leaves Erinsborough. Beverly is the only one who
knows where she is, and has the painful decision of risking
her job for supporting her family. She eventually puts her
job on the line for Paul, but nonetheless he doesn't find
her. Gail moves to New Zealand, and Paul stays annoyed at
Beverly for not giving him her location earlier. Later on,
a trial is raised for the death of Rob - Gloria doesn't want
to give evidence as she has been threatened, but after No.
22 is vandalised she decides to speak up. Funnily enough,
after this the whole trial was never mentioned again.
and Kerry get engaged and they decide to have a double wedding
with newly engaged Jane and Des, while
and Henry also plan to marry. However, Bronwyn's father doesn't
want her to rush into marriage and on the day of the wedding,
she decides to call it off. Jane goes to England and calls
her wedding with Des off, and so Joe and Kerry get married
in a single ceremony at the Botanical Gardens.
gets together with Melissa Jarret, but she goes to America
for a few months. Although he says he'll be faithful, he meets
Cody Willis, who sets him up at a fake party! He betrays Melissa
while she is gone.
returns on holidays with a new look - long hair and all grown
up. However she is upset when Helen continues to treat her
as a child, but Jim tells her it's just what grandmothers
do. To prove she is grown up, she goes to the pub with Nick,
but is caught by the police. Paul gets extremely angry with
her as she nearly cost him his business, and she leaves for
falls increasingly ill with meningitis and faints at No. 26
after hitting his head at the pool. Sharon grows uncomfortable
around him and decides they should break up - much to Nick's
disappointment. They decide to stay friends.
gets a letter addressed to Mrs Mangel, saying they want Dear
Georgette back. Joe tells her not to do it as it just caused
trouble, but she tries out anyway, having it renamed 'Dear
George'. It soon becomes more trouble than it's worth so she
gives it up.
gets a job on talkback radio, but it is very boring! The Ramsay
Street Residents feel sorry for him so ring up with fake names
to make him feel better. He talks mostly about gardening,
so gets Joe on the show too. This all leads to Henry becoming
a DJ and saying a tearful farewell to everyone, including
Bronwyn, to take a job in New Zealand. Also, at the end of
the year Mike Young leaves to look after his mother.
Gibbons makes a short reappearance in Erinsborough to
help out Beverly. We meet a patient of hers, Debra, who has
post natal depression. She ends up leaving her baby in Bev
and Clive's surgery, telling Beverly to keep him. She gets
very attached to the baby, having lost one before, and Jim
is worried about her. However Debra makes it clear that they
can keep the baby, and they name him Rhys. Later, Rhys develops
a chest infection, and almost dies.
year ends with Beverly being blackmailed over Rhys, as the
baby's father asks for $1000 in return for her keeping him.
Also, Matt heads off to Adelaide without telling Hilary, Lee
gets a job at the Coffee Shop, and Madge wins the lottery!
1989 Episode Summaries | 1989 Magic Moments | 1989 Opening Titles
Review by Joe
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