Year by Year > 1990: Episodes 1114-1350
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Jim Robinson, Paul Robinson, Helen
Daniels, Todd Landers,
Toby Mangel, Melanie Pearson,
Toby Mangel (second casting),
Bishop, Lee Maloney,
Hilary Robinson, Eddie Buckingham
Clarrie McLachlan, Rhys Turner, Ewan O'Brien, Isabella Lopez,
cast changes and only four original cast members remaining,
Neighbours plowed on from the 80s into the 90s, in a year
that saw another death, a divorce, and the arrival of a new
1990 Season Return starts three weeks after the events of the
'89 finale, which saw
winning the lotto and Beverly being bribed to keep baby Rhys.
their winnings Madge and
don't hold back. They give money to
first, buy a new microwave, and go on a trip to Europe. They
also rent a spa and go skinny-dipping - much to the neighbours'
amusement! In England they meet up with
daughter, as well as an old eccentric gardener played by veteran
English actor, Derek Nimmo. When they return from their trip
Madge is sporting a new short blonde trim and it's goodbye
to big red hair forever. They continue to lavish in their
money for quite a while.
finds out Melissa is coming home from America, but hasn't
told her about
and him. When she does discover, both girls leave him, but
Melissa eventually forgives him. It is soon found out though
that Melissa had her own little fling with a boy in America.
Todd gets very upset about it all and leaves Melissa. Soon,
Josh Anderson arrives in town, and gets with Melissa, but
not for long. Eventually, Todd and Melissa get back together
- and Cody with Josh! It stays this way for a while, until
things turn strange when Todd starts to like Cody more and
Josh likes Melissa again. They start having affairs in secret,
but it soon becomes common knowledge and the boys agree to
swap partners, which turns out better for them.
proves to be an asset when
starts his new job, helping him with hints along the way.
Melanie was the one who got him the job after all, although
this soon proves to be worse for her as Des is 'forced' to
do sports he isn't comfortable with. He keeps the job up after
a confrontation with his boss, before temporarily moving to
Perth for a few months.
keeps the bribe to herself and doesn't let on to
(or Des who comes around checking about bank cheques). However,
when she meets Adam and Debra in The Coffee Shop again, Jim
eventually finds out and calls the police before she gives
Adam and Debra the $1000. Adam tells them, while being dragged
out, that he won't let them keep Rhys, and so begin Jim and
Beverly's troubles. After having to give up Rhys, Beverly
works herself into the ground and so begins an argument that
lasts for months on end, which results in Helen temporarily
moving out. Things get worse when Beverly's old flame appears
in Erinsborough again. Jim makes it no secret that he thinks
she's having an affair, but they do sort things out.
and Lee had been together since the end of the year and seemed
happy enough, even with meddling mother Hilary. Lee had gotten
herself a job at the Coffee Shop and Matt at the garage. Things
start getting bad however when Hilary leaves Erinsborough
and the couple has to stay in an empty No. 30 by themselves,
without Hilary's permission. They are caught and offered a
place each - No. 26 for Matt and No. 28 for Lee. Although
Matt doesn't like the idea, Lee quickly says it's fine. Matt
asks her about it and she tells him they should take any opportunity
they have, but Matt wants them living together. At Nick's
farewell party though, Lee secretly runs away, only to be
witnessed by Ryan, who gives Matt a note. Matt goes off in
search for Lee, but she has gone forever, leaving Matt broken-hearted.
leaves Erinsborough early in the year to join
in New Zealand. Over there they get married, joined by Madge,
Harold, and bridesmaid Sharon. Not long after that, Nick gets
a letter from a London art school, and he has won a scholarship
to study art in England, which he accepts. Only two months
later, Sharon Davies packed her bags and left to go live with
Bronwyn and Henry in New Zealand making room for new arrival
Gemma, who starts dating Matt Robinson.
Giles arrives in Ramsay Street in
and Gail's old house. Paul gives her Gail's old job, but soon
gets annoyed that every now and again she is useless when
he knows she can be a great worker. Not only that, but rumours
start spreading around the street - thanks to Hilary - that
Linda is running a house of ill repute, as Linda is often
seen paying money to men as she leaves the house. We find
out later that "Linda" is actually Caroline Alessi,
and the 'useless' Linda is Caroline's twin sister Christina
when she has to cover up for her. When Caroline accidentally
walks in when Chrissy and Paul are talking, they tell him
that they were told to act as one person after witnessing
a murder. Later though, they find out that the police have
captured their stalker, so introduce themselves to the residents
of Ramsay Street. Caroline is the serious one, with a job
in Paul's office, and Chrissy the young at heart, who runs
the Lassiter's Gift Shop.
gets very excited after she gets an answering machine message
from her secret admirer. It's all going great and she loves
the attention until Toby realises the voice belongs to Joe's
friend Rocko - who does impersonations all the time. Melanie
realises she has been set up, and gets angry at the uncaring
Joe later, with her evening ending in tears. However, she
later dates nerd Kelvin, whom she turns into a love rat. When
she discovers Kelvin's cheating he packs his bag and leaves,
with her having another night crying!
McLachlan's aunt Dorothy Burke arrives and buys No. 30, introducing
Lochy's brother Ryan along the way. Sharon has a crush on
Ryan, but is upset when he asks her to ask her best friend
to the dance for him. Sharon ends up going to the dance on
her own. Dorothy fills her house with exotic statues from
her trips around the world, and ends up taking in Lochy and
leaves Erinsborough to live with his mother Noelene, but when
she is killed, he has to return - this time played by Ben
Geurens. He is utterly depressed by the death, not speaking
a word, but he eventually does come around. Dorothy also ends
up getting the place of principal at Erinsborough High after
Mr Muir leaves.
Buckingham, a friend of Madge and Harold's from England,
arrives and sets up at No. 24. He doesn't take long to get
known, being a friendly guy. However, it is obvious to all
No. 24 residents that there is something he isn't telling
them - quiet phone calls being just a start, coinciding with
a massive decrease in customers at the Coffee Shop. It turns
out that Eddie has set up a Mobile Munch Cart, in which is
singlehandedly taking over Harold's business! He does tell
Madge and Harold in the end, who eventually forgive him. Next,
he plays along with Christina to get back at Caroline, pretending
they are engaged. He is also accused of robbing from the Coffee
Shop. In the end, Eddie leaves to go back to London after
his mother takes a turn for the worse.
returns to Erinsborough with news that a friend has died.
Tracey, the daughter, is in custody of Rosemary. Although
early on Tracey and Rosemary do not get on, they eventually
settle their differences and move to New York.
meets Roger, whom she quickly becomes engaged to. However,
along with fallouts with his daughter Tania, Melanie discovers
that Roger is a man who thinks women are only able to cook
and clean, and a devastated Melanie leaves him.
the year, Beverly and Jim argue continually. Beverly accuses
Jim of having an affair in New York. When Jim finds out, he
plays along with it to make Beverly jealous, and when Beverly
finds out about this she is unwilling to get back together
with Jim after the woman turns out to be Rosemary. Not long
after getting back together though, Jim then accuses Beverly
of having an affair with Ewan. Beverly refuses to tell Jim
the truth, also acting as if she wa having an affair to spite
him. After more constant arguing, Beverly moves to the flat
above her surgery. Meanwhile, Jim starts dating Caroline Alessi
and Beverly discovers she is pregnant. When Jim finds out,
he immediately thinks the baby is Ewan's, upsetting Beverly.
However the two do get back together, but after having another
miscarraige Beverly packs her bags, and the two divorce.
is sent to Adelaide to live with his mother and sister after
the seperation of Jim and Beverly, but runs away back to Erinsborough
soon after. When he is forced to go back, he and Cody run
away on their own. However, Cody gets ill so they both decide
to move back.
Willis family move into No. 28 after Des moves into the flat
above Bev's surgery. Ramsay Street welcomes mother Pam, father
Doug, and children Adam and Cody. Their two other children
- Gaby and Brad - are overseas. Brad is in America on a basketball
scholarship, while Gaby studying for a business degree in
Japan. Cody believes she is adopted when there are no baby
photos of her and finds adoption papers, but it all turns
out to be a big mix up.
and Caroline start to date, however it all turns sour when
both have different ideas of how serious their relationship
is. After Caroline plays between Jim and Adam, the two men
start a feud which causes the residents of Ramsay Street to
denounce both men as childish. At a basketball match, Adam
accidentally knocks Jim over. Jim insists that Adam did it
on purpose and Caroline comes to realise she loves him more
than Jim and the two get back together.
and Kerry discuss their children and later adopt Sky and Toby
respectively. Kerry's old friend Amber shows up, and is shocked
at how much Kerry is changed. Amber takes Joe and Kerry out
for a duck protest at the marshes, but tragedy strikes when
Kerry is accidentally shot, has a miscarriage, and dies in
meets Isabella abroad, and brings her back to Ramsay Street.
When he announces their engagement, Chrissy is extremely jealous,
so when she tells Paul that Isabella is only with him for
his Australian Passport, though he doesn't believe her. However,
he finds out she is telling the truth and throws Isabella
discovers that Eric Jensen, Sky's father, is planning to take
her back. There is a long custody battle and he realises that
he needs to be married to keep Sky. Melanie offers her hand,
but Joe refuses. Joe is distraught as he loses Sky to Eric.
and Paul finally get together at the end of the year. Meanwhile,
Todd and Cody run away from Erinsborough again. 1990 ends
with a dramatic crash and a shocking confession. Matt and
Gemma crash Matt's bike at night in the rain, while one Glen
Donnelly turns up on Jim's doorstep and claims to be his long-lost
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Review by Joe
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