The Lassiters event has been in the works for months, and our Ramsay Street neighbors have experienced some unexpected turbulence along the road… as well as some as a result!
When Toadie’s (Ryan Moloney) legal intern Mackenzie (Georgie Stone) suggested that the two participate in the Lassiters event as a way to improve Rebecchi Law’s image – which had been tainted by a series of mishaps involving his assistant and girlfriend Melanie Pearson (Lucinda Cowden) – he had no idea it would lead him back to his ex.
It looked too good to be true when old flame Rose Walker (Lucy Durack) turned up as the event’s PR manager. They had worked together and struck it off in 2020, but they called it quits when she reconciled with her divorced husband.
She didn’t take long to announce that her marriage was finished and that she wanted Toadie back. She was adamant about her emotions for Toadie, and she wasn’t going to allow his problematic relationship with Melanie get in the way.
Then, when the two came upon Melanie with her ex-boyfriend Justin Buke (Mick O’Malley), it seemed as if fate had sealed the deal.
Melanie discovers something unexpected this week: Rose set her and Justin up! Hendrix (Benny Turland) was well aware of the plot and was solidly on Team Rose until he began to feel bad about sabotaging Toadie and Mel’s romance. He hopes that by disclosing everything, he would be able to put things right.
Melanie, unfortunately, has already broken up with the Toad and played directly into Rose’s hands by the time she discovers the truth.
Melanie seeks guidance from Mackenzie and Susan (Jackie Woodburne) after realizing she needs to do something daring to reclaim Toadie. When she confesses her plans, they are both eager to help their good friend get what she desires – a chance to reclaim Toadie’s heart.
Melanie, in typical Melanie form, has devised an elaborate scheme. She believes that if she can pull it off, she would be able to reclaim Toadie’s affections once and for all.
Melanie gives Amy, the event organizer, a USB the next day (Jacinta Stapleton). It has a film she made for Toadie that she wants to screen at the festival.
Unfortunately, Rose overhears Amy and Melanie’s conversation and watches the video before Amy can publish it. She drops the USB stick in her coffee, realizing what it would do to her own relationship if Toadie saw it.
Nothing will be able to stop her from pursuing her ‘Jarrod’!
Toadie meets Rose in the VIP viewing box as the festival begins, and labels it a date. He tells her that he’s ready to leave Mel behind and seek anything with her.
But, after all of the other films at the festival have ended, Rose can’t believe her eyes when one more begins, and she realizes that the film Melanie made will be shown after all…
…and Toadie’s gaze is fixed on the huge screen!
Susan appears as Madame Susanna, a fortune teller who instructs Melanie to gaze deeply into her crystal ball. She sighs as she looks into the ball and sees Toadie, telling Susanna, “that’s not my future, that’s my history.”
“If it’s what your heart wants, it can be both!” Susanna exclaims, as Melanie agrees to give it a shot.
“You ground me, and I outer space you,” she says of Toadie in one of her short films, “and don’t get me started on the crap in your trunk!” she exclaims.
As he stands next to a speechless Rose, Toadie can’t help but smile.
Melanie makes her way to Toadie at the end of the movie and confesses, “Toadie, I meant every word.” “I love you, and I’m sorry,” she adds, her voice brimming with sorrow.
Will Melanie’s attempt to reclaim her beloved Toadie succeed, or will she be left hanging once more?
Meanwhile, another aspect of the film festival sends shockwaves through one young Erinsborough resident’s life.
Rose and Karl (Alan Fletcher) organized a testicular screening center in the Lassiters complex in a thinly veiled attempt to tie a testing booth to the film festival. In a nutshell, a doctor sits behind a screen and examines the patient’s testicles for lumps, avoiding the embarrassment of an in-person examination.
It’s a huge hit, with a steady stream of film festival goers making their way behind the curtain. Residents of Ramsay Street also come in, with an initially hesitant Aaron (Matt Brennan) arriving to get checked out after David’s prodding (Takaya Honda).
However, when Karl suggests that Hendrix (Benny Turland) pay a visit, he dismisses the idea. He doesn’t think he needs to be tested because there’s no possibility he’s sick. Hendrix realizes it’s preferable to be on the safe side after Karl tells that the cancer is most common in younger boys.
The young man rushes to the testing booth, removing his dacks and entering for an inspection.
After his checkup, the doctor informs an unwitting Hendrix, “Zip up, we’ll chat outside.” It’s not good news, unfortunately.
The doctor explains that a lump has been discovered. Hendrix can’t believe it; he thought he was invincible only a few hours ago. He’s now been warned he could have cancer!
Hendrix’s next move is to schedule a follow-up visit for more tests, as it’s just as probable that it’s something innocuous. Will he? that is the question.
Keep an eye on things!
The cast of Neighbours flocked to the backlot this week to act as extras for the film festival.
Shane Isheev, the narrative editor for Neighbours and an ardent admirer, makes a cameo appearance. Always keep an eye out!