Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas With The Neighbours

I remember a lot of crap. I was reminded of something in particular yesterday evening when I watched the Christmas Day episode of Neighbours.

This is, I believe, the second time Neighbours has aired on a Christmas Day in this country. Before last year, the soap would go on a break in Australia. However, now that we've caught up and Channel 5 is possibly the main source of income for the programme, it's now on all year round.

I used to watch the show a lot back when I was a child and I can recall an episode that aired in the mid-80's when the pre-Christmas episode had two of the characters ready to have a Christmas Day boxing fight. 

Trust me, this was not Rocky Balboa taking on Ivan Drago on Christmas Day in 1985. It did, however, involve a future Hollywood star in Guy Pearce - who played Mike. He was set to box Shane Ramsay (I think!). As the fight was about to start, the two both accidentally punched the referee - Clive Gibbons (who has actually returned to the series). 

From there, it turned into a pantomime.


For the few minutes that Clive was out for the count, the show descended into a Christmas play of sorts with all of the Ramsay Street residents in costume. 

That's all I can remember. 

Wait - there's an important part that I purposely didn't mention. Jim Robinson, who I would say was the main character in the show at the time, was Mike's trainer. Ironically, Alan Dale - who played Robinson before leaving the show in 1993 - went on to Hollywood as well.

When he departed the show, Dale's character of Jim was killed off. 

But Jim came back yesterday.

Yes, Jim Robinson came back. Sort of as a ghost after his son, Paul was in a minor car bump. Paul banged his head and then heard his father talk to him. 

Jim appeared in a bauble that was attached to the mirror in his son's car.

Yes, you read that correctly. I have the evidence, your honour.

Jim Robinson's Neighbours Return 2018

I couldn't help but laugh at how corny it was. If there is an image to point to my reaction, I guess it would be close to Paul's...

Jim Robinson's Neighbours Return 2018

Only I burst out laughing at the nonsense immediately afterwards.

I'll tell you what, though. Whoever comes up with Jim Robinson baubles to put on Christmas trees next year will get a pat on the back from me.

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