Year by Year > 1992: Episodes 1586-1825
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Jim Robinson, Helen
Daniels, Phoebe Bright,
Toby Mangel, Doug Willis,
Pam Willis, Brad Willis,
Joining Cast: Beth Brennan,
Alessi, Cameron Hudson,
Martin (second casting),
Martin (second casting),
Debbie Martin (third casting),
Martin (second casting),
David Brennan, Jill Weir, Rod Baker, Simon Hunter,
new theme tune, a wealth of new characters, and a new producer
saw Neighbours finally lose its 1980s tag and rocket
itself head-first into the 1990s. The arrival of the Martin
family helped secure some links to the Robinson family tree,
and Neighbours began to introduce a more dramatic edge,
which wouldn't be clearly evident until 1993.
falling from the roof of the Waterhole, Glen recuperates in
hospital, and tells half-brother Paul that he plans to sue
him for every penny he has, sending him bankrupt, after he
realises that the fall has left him paralysed.
and Josh are enjoying themselves in Queensland, and both fight
for Beth, whilst Lucy takes an interest in her brother, David.
shaky father and son relationship between
and Guy comes to an end when they decide to settle their differences.
sister Faye, who has been lodging with the Willis family,
is driving them up the wall. They eventually crack and ask
her to leave. She does so without a hint of disappointment,
and the Willises are shocked to learn she is planning to rent
becomes bitter after his accident, and consequently calls
off his romance with
His ex-girlfriend Karen arrives, and he feels comfortable
with her, and together the pair leave Ramsay Street, leaving
a devastated Gaby behind.
and her father finally get everything off their chests, and
Faye sets her sights firmly on
across the road.
husband Roy turns up, and the couple reunite after going through
some testing times. Paul vanishes, and Christina is wracked
with worry when she is informed by the police that a body
has been uncovered in Paul's hotel after a fire occurred there.
Phoebe, meanwhile, realises that it is Todd she is in love
with and not Josh. When Brad and Lucy return from Queensland,
they begin dating however, their relationship is tested
when Beth shows up in Ramsay Street, saying she can't live
with her abusive father. There is still some chemistry between
them, and when Jim takes her in, Brad finds it hard coping
with the two girls living on the same street and in the
same house! Whilst on a visit to patient Garth Kirby, and
discovering his body, Pam is arrested under suspicion for
his murder, as he asked her several times to kill him. Her
lawyer nephew Cameron arrives to aid her in the murder case.
Lucy drives Brad's car into a lake whilst intoxicated, and
although unharmed by the accident, she says that is time for
her to start acting her age.
meanwhile, having been running her boutique Gabrielle's successfully
for a while, is horrified when it suffers an explosion, and
weeks later her aunt Faye confesses that it was her carelessness
that caused the accident. Beth and Lucy compete fiercely for
Brad's attention, and sparks fly when Phoebe and Todd sleep
together. Caroline and Christina's cousin Marco arrives, and
soon realises that Caroline has had an affair with Paul. It
all becomes too much for Caroline, and when offered a chance
to run a hotel in Milan, she flees Erinsborough.
hopes his brief kiss with Beth will lead to something more,
but he soon realises she is too hung up on someone else to
ever care for him. Jill Weir appears in Ramsay Street asking
after seeing his picture in the paper. Christina overhears
Paul confiding in
about his affair to Caroline, and she throws him out of the
house. The residents find out Beth is seeing an older man
named Rod Baker.
Alessi bursts into Ramsay Street to be with his brother Marco,
and Marco convinces
to let Rick join Erinsborough High, despite his terrible school
record from his previous schools. Madge turns down Lou's offer
of proposal, saying she is still not over
death. Phoebe and Todd's night of passion ends up in Phoebe
conceiving. Lucy wins Brad and says how she plans to move
in with him. Doug is beginning to feel threatened by Jill's
still angry at Paul for his affair with her sister, disallows
him access to Andrew, and he says he will fight for custody
of him. Phoebe initially wants to keep the baby, but the elder
residents of the street say she is too young and should have
a termination. When Beth gets a job at Doug's building site,
the lads who work there give her a hard time for being a girl.
When Lucy is offered a modelling contract, she drops Brad
and shoots out of Ramsay Street, destined for stardom.
Phoebe heads to the clinic for the abortion, Todd has a change
of heart and makes a mad dash there to stop her from having
the termination. He is knocked down by a car whilst running
across a busy road, and later dies in hospital. Phoebe is
devastated, but is relieved that she decided to keep their
baby at the last minute. Later that night, she is visited
by Todd's ghost, and he tells her that her and their daughter
will be okay.
Todd's funeral, all hell breaks loose when his father takes
Helen hostage. Julie and her family return for the funeral,
but have got lost on the back roads husband Phil decided to
take to save time. Whilst aimlessly driving around, their
daughter Hannah squeals and she sees Helen. Julie and Phil
shrug her off as being stupid, as Julie had earlier phoned
Jim to say they were lost and that they wouldn't make the
funeral. She said that he told her Helen was busy. After driving
around some more, they do in fact come across Helen, and she
guides them back to Ramsay Street safely.
and Christina reunite after Christina took a visit to Milan
to sort things out with her sister. They leave for a new life
running hotels in Hawaii. Christina's aunt and uncle, Cathy
and Benito, move into 22 to be with their boys Marco and Rick.
Gaby begins dating Melanie's old flame Simon Hunter, but the
relationship turns sour when he tries to rape Gaby whilst
on holiday. When she breaks down and tells her parents what
has happened, dad Doug and brother Brad go round to beat him
up. After threatening Doug with legal action for assault,
the charges are eventually dropped and Simon leaves Erinsborough
and the Willis'. Bob Landers, the man who took Helen hostage,
has been hiding out at Number 32, and takes Phoebe hostage
also. The siege comes to a dramatic climax when Brad tries
to save Phoebe and is shot in the process. Whilst recovering,
Beth rekindles her love for him, and asks him to sleep with
her, so she can put behind the mental scars her stepfather
left when he abused her.
drops a bombshell on the Alessi boys when she admits that
they have a sister, and that she was given up for adoption
because she was too young to cope with a baby. Marco takes
the matter into his own hand and tracks her down. When he
meets Lindsay, she says she wants nothing to do with him.
However, she turns up at Ramsay Street and makes amends with
her natural parents.
and Beth begin dating officially, and Jim is struck down with
chest pains after a bike race with Gaby and the Alessi boys
goes horribly wrong. Pam just happens to be driving past,
and thinks he has had a heart attack. He refuses to go to
the hospital with her, and later collapses again. He is told
to take things slowly.
visiting Todd's grave, Phoebe meets Stephen Gottlieb. Stephen
tells her that he recently lost his girlfriend and says he
knows what she's going through. He suggests that they date,
but Phoebe isn't too sure at first. Julie's life is turned
upside down when her stepson Michael arrives and begins making
her life a living hell. Jim and Pam get closer, making Doug
feel uncomfortable. He finds himself seeing more of Jill,
and they have a one-night stand. He shrugs it off as nothing,
but Jill shows up at Ramsay Street demanding more from Doug,
threatening to kill herself if he doesn't choose her over
Pam. With the Willis marriage breaking down, Pam sees Jim
in a new light, and the two kiss. Jim sees sense and says
he won't be involved with a married woman, especially when
her husband is a friend of his.
proposes to Phoebe, and to everyone's surprise, she accepts.
Most her friends congratulate her, but Dorothy is far from
impressed, saying she is too young, isn't over Todd, and isn't
really in love with Stephen. Rick and Debbie win a competition
to see Michael Jackson in England. They know their parents
won't allow them to go, so Marco and Helen arrange everything
for them. The Alessi family are worried when Marco disappears.
They receive a note from him, saying loan sharks are after
him, but that he will be okay.
in London, Rick and Debbie meet a boy with leukaemia called
Terry, and they give him the Michael Jackson tickets. They
go on a London television show talking about their good deed,
but are horrified when they hear the show is being shown in
Australia! Their parents soon find out about the incident
and are far from impressed. Madge, the final Ramsay left in
Ramsay Street, packs her things and bids a tearful farewell
to her friends and neighbours as she heads off to Queensland
to be with her daughter
and her family.
the season finale, disaster strikes as Beth and Hannah become
trapped in a burning cottage will they be rescued in time?
1992 Episode Summaries | 1992 Magic Moments | 1992 Opening Titles
• The 1992 season introduced a new version of the Neighbours
theme tune, produced by Peter Sullivan, featuring lead
vocals by Greg Hind. At the same time, the title sequence
was also radically overhauled in its first major design change
since the move to Channel 10 in 1986.
• When Todd died, the following episode, 1722, finished with a special
closing sequence, featuring a montage of images of the character,
backed with a sombre piano version of the theme tune.
Review by Billy
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