When Shane discovers Mackenzie is being bullied by mean boy Ollie on Neighbours, the angry dad confronts the bully outside Harold's Cafe...
Following the discovery of the threatening note in Mackenzie Hargreaves's (played by Georgie Stone) school locker, headmistress Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) becomes concerned for the safety of the transgender student on Neighbours (opens in new tab).
Although Susan doesn't want to give into pressure from parents complaining about Mackenzie using the girls' toilets and changing rooms, she feels she has no choice but to ask the teenager to use the disabled toilets until the culprit can be found.
However, Mackenzie's temporary guardian Shane Rebecchi (Nicholas Coghlan) does not agree with Susan's decision and storms down to Erinsborough High School to make his feelings known.
Shane's daughter Yashvi (Olivia Junkeer) is outraged too and starts a protest when she chooses to only use the disabled toilets, and show her support for Mackenzie. It's not long before a long line of students forms outside the disabled toilets, surprisingly including troublemaker Richie Amblin (Lachlan Millar).
But school bully Ollie Sudekis (Ellmir Asipi) remains opposed, and after Shane hears how Ollie has publicly insulted Mackenzie, he snaps and aggressively confronts the teenager...
Meanwhile, what's up with Scarlett Brady (Christie Whelan Browne) and her mystery scrapbook and obsession with Ned Willis (Ben Hall)?
Having landed herself a job at Lassiters, "lonely" Scarlett guilt-trips Ned into giving her a tour of Erinsborough. He then invites her to join him and girlfriend Yashvi Rebecchi (Olivia Junkeer) for dinner at The 82.
But Scarlett soon seizes her chance to stir-up trouble between Ned and schoolgirl Yashvi by commenting on their age-gap and then revealing how she and Ned met at the airport in Sydney.
Having had to previously put-up with Ned playing knight in shining armour to his ex-girlfriend Bea Nilsson (Bonnie Anderson), will Yashvi start to feel paranoid about the connection between Ned and Scarlett?
Neighbours continues weekdays at 1:45pm and 5:30pm on Channel 5
Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.
Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?
Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!
Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.
He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.
Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)
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