It’s a busy event season in Erinsborough with the Writers’ Festival approaching, but in true Neighbours fashion, it’s not smiles all round…
Over the past few weeks, it’s been pretty smooth sailing for Mackenzie (Georgie Stone) and her father Grant (Paul Mercurio) as the two slowly bond and mend their relationship. But it was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped in the form of Mackenzie uncovering Grant’s name on a file in Toadie’s (Ryan Maloney) office, revealing that he’s only in town for his workers compensation claim.
It’s unfortunate timing with Mackenzie set to read from her childhood diary at the Erinsborough Writers’ Festival. Emotionally wrecked after learning the truth, she doesn’t feel stable enough to go through with the reading.
But with Yashvi (Olivia Junkeer), Dipi (Sharon Johal) and Shane (Nicholas Coghlan) knowing how much her diary reading could help others who are struggling, they devise a plan to ensure that Mackenzie’s words will be heard. Will Mackenzie and Grant find a way forward, or is this the final straw at any chance of a relationship?
This incredibly powerful instalment is penned by Executive Producer Jason Herbison and Mackenzie star herself, Georgie Stone, delving into her own experiences to bring Mackenzie’s childhood memories to the screen. It’s emotional to say the least, and I certainly hope Georgie will continue to lend her writing hand in the future.
On the back of the current foster care storyline, which called in director Deborra-Lee Furness, it’s great to see Neighbours tackling real issues with the help of real voices and experiences.
This is one episode that no fan should miss.
Neighbours airs 6:30pm weeknights on 10Peach.