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Neighbours brings back missing character as David Tanaka’s story continues


Neighbours favourite Clive Gibbons has returned to screens after being missing from the programme for nearly a month.

Clive has rarely featured in the serial this year — only appearing in one 2022 episode prior to today.

Clive’s actor, Geoff Paine, is a regular cast member of Neighbours. This means that he appears in the opening titles but then disappears for a lengthy time.

Melanie Pearson’s Lucinda Cowden is on a similar contract and appears in and out of storylines in the same way.


After being missing for over a month, Clive reappeared in Friday’s show.

At Erinsborough Hospital, Clive was caught up in some drama when David Tanaka (Takaya Honda) decided it was time to file a complaint against his colleague Dean Covey.

Dean (Travis Cotton), a hospital cleaner, has been infatuated with David in recent weeks. He went over the line once more when he told David’s husband Aaron Brennan about a rumoured love relationship between them.

Aaron (Matt Wilson), who is still recovering in the hospital after being viciously attacked on the River Bend excursion, was irritated by Dean’s behaviour.


Dean later refused to let go of his inappropriate interest in David, pressuring him to quit his relationship with Aaron.

David took the daring step of reporting Dean for harassment to Clive. When Clive agreed that they wouldn’t have to work on the same ward in the future, Dean was relieved, but there were traces of unfinished business when Dean was left with a resentment.

Meanwhile, Clive became embroiled in the aftermath of Gareth’s death, warning Freya Wozniak (Phoebe Roberts) that the hospital’s problems are far from ended.

“The cops have got in touch,” Clive told Freya. For the coroner’s investigation, they need a little more information.


“Now that they know asphyxiation was the cause of death, they have a few more questions, so I’ll run that past the insurance and let you know when the interview is scheduled.”

“This is something I haven’t told David yet.” He’s got a lot going on.”

How will David and Freya handle being interrogated about Gareth’s death after secretly allowing him to die?

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