Year by Year > 1997: Episodes 2771-2995
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Regular Cast: Sarah
Martin (second casting),
Carpenter, Darren Stark,
Rohan Kendrick, Claudia Harvey, Claire Girard, Matt Compton,
a bright, classy new look and a newfound sense of confidence,
1997 proved a genuine renaissance for the show after a year
of great upheaval and change. While welcoming back aspects of the past
with Madge and Harold's inspired return to the street full-time,
there was the loss of its longest-serving resident, the beginnings
of a classic teen gang, romance aplenty and a genuinely explosive
life hangs in the balance after his accident at Chéz
Chez, and Ruth and
decide to stay apart after
catches them kissing in the kitchen, but they have trouble
staying apart. Elsewhere,
have fallen out over the Christmas present scheme he started
to get him and
girls at Number 30 are having a hard time living with the
self-obsessed Vince, and so Catherine hatches a plan to get
rid of him, by pretending that her obsessive ex-boyfriend
is out looking for her, fresh from jail. Billy, meanwhile,
is determined to show he can do wild things without Toadie,
and consequently decides to go bunjee jumping. When
finds out, he isn't exactly pleased.
are feuding over the bus, as the both want it for different
reasons - Lou for a mobile restaurant, and Harold as a mobile
shelter for street children. Lisa Elliot arrives and moves
in with the girls at Number 30, and Toadie decides to leave for a life
in the country with his family after falling out with Billy
- but the pair make up at the last minute.
says she is interested in running the Coffee Shop, but her
father Phil will only be interested if she gives him a written
proposal. Debbie luckily manages to get Jo to invest in the
business, and Phil's lack of enthusiasm for his daughter's
ambitions causes their relationship to crumble. Meanwhile,
he is finding that working with Ruth is becoming increasingly
and Harold purchase the bus together, saying they will combine
their ideas, and Catherine is having trouble finding someone
to teach her how to drive.
reads Harold's mail, and is shocked when she reads a letter
from a woman she has never met. Darren volunteers to help
Catherine drive, after her attempts with
ended with her almost running down Madge. Darren soon realises
that he has feelings for Catherine, and she soon realises
that she feels the same.
has decided to go and visit Claudia, the woman who wrote to
him, and Madge worries that he won't be coming back.
new powerful position at the school is seemingly going to
her head, which makes her relationship with the students far
from perfect. Phil continues to have no interest whatsoever
in Debbie's plans for the Coffee Shop.
turns out to be a bad manager for the Coffee Shop, getting
on the wrong side of the staff, and her investor Jo. Susan
is worried that she is perceived as a monster in the school,
and Billy feels that he has missed his chance with Anne. Harold,
meanwhile, proposes to Madge, and Darren and Catherine give
into temptation and kiss. Wracked with guilt, she confesses
to her boyfriend Mal. The revelation results in Darren and
Mal having a fight over Catherine, which
and Harold re-marry in a beautiful ceremony, while Ruth struggles
to ask Phil out on a date. Billy declares his love for Anne,
and Toadie and Lance decide to start their own cartoon strip.
Elsewhere, Susan is developing a strong friendship with student
Tim, and Lisa is horrified when she sees the unflattering
picture Lance and Toadie drew of her in the comic book. Darren
is worried he has ruined his relationship with Libby, and
Debbie tries to break up Ruth and Phil. Darren decides to
propose marriage to Libby, but she says no.
Mal has decided to go overseas and tells Catherine in no uncertain
terms that he doesn't want her to go with him. However, as
he leaves for the airport, Catherine shows up and the two
head off together, happily reconciled, to live in England.
and Phil's relationship is beginning to develop, while Tim
makes a pass at Susan, but she tells him that she will never
embark on an affair. At Number 30, Lisa and Sarah are looking
for a housemate, so Lisa offers a room to Darren, which doesn't
go down too well with Sarah. Tim sends a letter to Susan,
but Karl gets his hands on it and confronts Tim.
has convinced himself that he allergic to Ruth, and Debbie
and Darren embark on an out-and-out war after she accuses
him of stealing from the Coffee sShop till. Tim decides to
leave Erinsborough, and Billy makes the bad mistake of calling
girlfriend Anne 'Melissa'.
has appointed herself as Karl's new receptionist, while Ben
wins over the girls at Number 30 - but they are convinced
that he is hiding something from them, and wonder why he has
such an interest in the Wilkinson family. Jo has decided to
speak to her estranged husband Rob again, and the couple get
back together. At the surgery, Karl is finding that Marlene
can be quite a handful.
is less than impressed when he hears that Anne has developed
a crush on new neighbour Ben. Karl decides that if Marlene
continues to annoy him, he will fire her, and Anne is devastated
when Ben tells her he cannot date her, as she is just a kid.
is shattered when she realises that Ben is the child she gave
up for adoption. Meanwhile, Darren and Debbie have mended
their friendship and are becoming overly friendly with each
other. Marlene is determined to be Karl's only receptionist,
and tries to set Sarah up for a fall on her first day of work.
Anne is furious with Ruth over her keeping Ben a secret.
Toadie has been involved with a girl called Becky, and feels
he has to lie to keep her with him. He can no longer keep
up the charade and the two part ways. Ruth begins to come
to terms with Ben's return, and Debbie and Darren begin a
relationship. Libby has volunteered to help be a house cleaner
at Rohan's, who is blind, and feels she may be falling in
love with him, asking him to move into Number 28 with her
and Sarah's competion for the Receptionist of the Year award
is driving Karl insane, and Anne and Ruth finally have a showdown
over recent events. Lou is interested in Lisa's netball team,
but the two cannot come to an arrangement which suits them
both. Libby and Rohan's trip to the country ends in disaster
when Libby falls down a cliff and Rohan has to try to find
is worried over Lance's enthusiasm for boxing, and Rohan rescues
Libby. Karl manages to persuade Lance into not pursuing boxing
further. Meanwhile, Debbie is becoming jealous of Libby and
Darren seemingly getting closer, and consequently breaks off
their relationship. Lou's bus is not the success he first
thought, when the papers have nothing positive to say about
Kennedys are in for a shock when Susan announces that she
wants to have another baby. Helen has to deal with the news
that, after her stroke the year before, she will no longer
be able to paint like she used to. Marlene is shocked to learn
that Sarah is a finalist in the Receptionist of the Year award
- and Sarah is fuming when she realises that the competition
was simply to find a good-looking girl to model office equipment,
irrespective of her skills.
Lisa's netball team lose, she takes the result to heart. Ben
decides to buy a car for Lance and Anne, and Ruth and Phil
decide to take their children on a camping trip. They have
a terrible time, and Helen is terrified when a burglar breaks
into the Robinson house. The Martin/Wilkinson clan bring back
a snake from the camping trip, and Lance ends up getting bitten
whilst trying to protect his sister. Meanwhile, Jamie-Lee,
a homeless girl, takes advantage of Helen's kindness.
is convinced Sarah is seeing Rohan behind her back, and Lou
and Marlene decide to join a dating agency. Lou's bus explodes,
and his nonchalant attitude causes the residents to think
he did it himself for insurance money.
meanwhile, has decided to move her family away from Erinsborough
after her relationship with Phil crumbles once again. Lou
kicks Marlene out of Number 22 when she accuses him of burning
the bus, and when it is revealed that it was Jamie-Lee, they
are far from patching things up.
Lance has begun dating gossip queen Amy, and is worried that
he won't fit in with her high standards and cool friends.
Billy is worried that Lisa isn't marking his essays correctly,
and tricks her by writing 'Lisa is a numb nut' in the essay.
The insult goes unnoticed, and Lisa's teaching abilities are
bought into question.
and Anne convince Ruth to stay in Erinsborough, and tries
to get her mother and Phil back together. Harold returns to
Ramsay Street, and Lisa decides to leave Erinsborough after
quitting her teaching job. Ben overhears her on the phone,
and thinks she is in love with him. He tries it on, but she
says there is nothing between them, and that he must have
misheard her. She leaves Erinsborough shortly after.
returns and asks Harold to return to Queensland with her,
but Harold wants to stay in Erinsborugh. Libby and Karl's
relationship hits rock bottom and she decides to move out.
Harold, Madge and Debbie try to work together in the Coffee
Shop, but Debbie finds it impossible to do so.
decides to get a jukebox for the coffee shop, despite Madge
and Harold's protests. Harold is then electrocuted by the
jukebox and Madge says it has to go. When the children from
Erinsborough High protest, Debbie quits her job.
declares war on Harold and Madge and opens up a rival service,
The Lunch Cart. Madge and Debbie embark on a price war, and
Sarah and Ben look for new housemates. Sarah is impressed
with policeman Matt, but Ben is mortified when he realises
it's the same policeman who pulled him over for driving an
is envious of Sarah studying, and decides to learn how to
speak Italian. It drives Karl up the wall at the surgery.
A French exchange student, Claire Girard, arrives at Number
26 to stay with Hannah. Libby has come to the decision to
move to Byron Bay, and Darren tries to stop her before it's
too late. Matt and Sarah begin to date each other.
sister Caitlin arrives, and instantly competes with Anne for
Billy's affections. Hannah and Claire, meanwhile, dig up an
age-old feud between the Ramsays and the Robinsons, and Marlene
is whisked away on a 'three month' cruise, never to return.
says goodbye to Matt as he leaves, and Lance is framed by
Jacinta after he insulted her in class. She sabotages his
newsletter and he ends up getting suspended for printing unflattering
images of Susan. Helen invites Harold and Madge over to dinner,
and plays them Scott and Charlene's wedding, where a Ramsay
and a Robinson were united in holy matrimony. Madge and Hannah
make amends and later that evening, Helen passes away in her
arrive in the wake of Helen's death, and Harold finds it hard
to write a eulogy for her death. The memorial service at the
lake gives everyone a chance to say goodbye, and Michael heads
back to his farm - taking Debbie with him.
bids au revoir to Claire as she heads back to France, and
Darren suffers a terrible fall at work. Muck up day at Erinsborough
High ends in disaster when Toadie's prank causes the school
to be evacuated.
takes up racetrack driving, and his short temper leads him
into trouble there. Ruth and Phil, meanwhile, are finally
reunited and get back together. Caitlin becomes very interested
in James, much to Anne's relief, and Phil, Ruth and Hannah
head off to the country, while Billy thinks that he is in
love with two girls.
and Madge decide to take in Paul McClain as a lodger, and
Billy makes the swimming team in Sydney. Libby's terrible
exam results make her consider giving up on her education.
Meanwhile, Billy, Caitlin and Mandi head up to Sydney for
the swimming competition.
a dramatic end to the season, Caitlin finally gets her claws
into Billy - with little protest from him, while Karl and
Sarah share a kiss at the surgery after he comforts her. At
the racetrack, a fun day out turns into tragedy when Ben is
involved in a terrible car crash, leaving his life hanging
by a thread.
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Review by Billy
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