Neighbours spoilers: Goodbye... Mark Brennan leaves Ramsay Street!
It's the end of an era on Neighbours as policeman Mark Brennan packs his bags and leaves Ramsay Street for a new life in Adelaide.
Mark Brennan (played by Scott McGregor) is making the ultimate sacrifice on Neighbours (1:45pm/5:30pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings).
The policeman has decided to leave Erinsborough and move to Adelaide to look after his mum Fay, who has Huntington's disease and is becoming increasingly unwell.
With Mark's departure on the horizon, his brother Aaron (Matt Wilson) and hubby David Tanaka (Takaya Honda) encourage Mark to have a proper farewell with the rest of the Ramsay Street neighbours.
However, Mark is devastated about leaving the place he's called home for so many years and can't bring himself to say personal goodbyes. So in the end, he records video messages for everyone who has meant something to him on the Street.
After a final goodbye down at the lake to his dearly departed true love, Kate Ramsay, and good friend Sonya Rebecchi, Mark hits the road and heads off to start the next chapter of his life...
Meanwhile, having managed to break-up Ned Willis (Ben Hall) and his girlfriend Yashvi Rebecchi (Olivia Junkeer), scheming Scarlett Brady (Christie Whelan Browne) continues to pretend she's being stalked by her obsessed ex-boyfriend so that Ned will stick around and protect her.
But when both Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) and Kyle Canning point out how obvious it is that Scarlett has the hots for him, Ned starts to feel awkward and gently tries to back-off.
So Scarlett decides to step up her game - with a dramatic stunt involving a brick through the window of Number 32 with a threatening note attached!
Will Ned fall for Scarlett's latest damsel-in-distress drama?
Neighbours continues weekdays at 1:45pm and 5:30pm on Channel 5
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