The final episodes of Neighbours will air the following week, ending 37 years of Ramsay Street drama. Toadie and Melanie exchange vows in the last week in front of their loved ones and some returns.
Although it’s unlikely that anyone could have guessed it, a lot has changed in the previous year, including the fact that Jarrod Rebecchi and Melanie Pearson’s (Ryan Moloney and Lucinda Cowden) wedding would be Neighbours’ last-ever nuptials.
The show’s cancellation, which was first hinted at in February when Channel 5 decided not to air it and later confirmed in March, made international news. It also meant that the program’s writers only had a few months to come up with a finale that would tie up previous plot lines and send the show farewell in style.
The final plot points have now been disclosed, along with a gallery of images from Toadie and Mel’s big day.
Over the past 37 years, there have been 63 marriages in Erinsborough, and Toadie has attended a disproportionately large percentage of them.
His first marriage, in 2003, to Dione Bliss (Madeleine West), ended tragically when their automobile plunged off a cliff, leaving Dee missing for about 14 years.
Following their fake wedding in 2010, there came the almost-marriage to Steph Scully (Carla Bonner) in 2008. He wed Sonya (Eve Morey) in his fourth marriage, and she offered him happiness up to her passing from ovarian cancer in 2019.
He had unsuccessful relationships with Rose (Lucy Durack), Audrey (Zahra Newman), and almost Angela Lane (Amanda Harrison), but now he has found happiness once more in Melanie Pierson (Lucinda Cowden).
They’ve experienced their fair share of ups and downs, but Toadie’s discovery that Melanie had a history of dating her employers was particularly noteworthy because at the time they first met, she was Toadie’s PA, and he was concerned he was just another of her conquests.
But Melanie is dedicated to him and his two children, Hugo (John Turner), a son he had with Andrea Somers, and Nell (Scarlett Anderson), a daughter he had with Sonya (Madeleine West).
After Hendrix passed away, Toadie popped the question, but Melanie said “not now,” fearing that it was an impulsive proposal brought on by sadness.
Instead, she relocated to Number 30, where she struggled with the home’s numerous echoes of Sonya. Toadie reassured Mel that while he would always love Sonya, he also loved her and was fully devoted to her after learning about her worries. After receiving a second proposal, the couple became engaged.
Although they were both content with a lengthy engagement, Callum’s (Morgan Baker) work schedule left them with only two options: a year or three weeks. It’s fortunate that they went with the latter option because it fits in well with Neighbours’ last episode.
Consequently, the final wedding on Neighbours will be featured in the finale.
Toadie is thrilled when his old friend Joel Samuels (Daniel MacPherson) surprises him in the days before the wedding.
They inform him of Amy’s (Jacinta Stapleton) recent problems and the fact that she vanished just days before the wedding.
Will the appearance of Joel, whom Amy once kissed, be sufficient to convince her to return to Erinsborough?
The day of their wedding falls on the last day of Neighbors, which is July 29 in the UK and July 28 in Australia.
At Lassiters Lake, there is a lovely, understated ceremony, and the rotunda is adorned with flowers, fairy lights, and lace netting.
Hugo, Callum, and Nell are on either side of Toadie and Mel, with Jackie Woodburne serving as their celebrant.
Some of their closest friends, including some returnees, are present and watching.
Both Karl and Harold (Ian Smith), who had reservations about their relationship at first, are overjoyed (Alan Fletcher).
David (Takaya Honda) and his husband Aaron (Matt Wilson) can now unwind after their nightmare is done and enjoy the wedding.
Despite their ups and downs, Levi (Richie Morris) and Freya (Phoebe Roberts) conclude their relationship on a high note and are much more in love than before as they witness their neighbours’ wedding.
Expectant parents Kyle (Chris Milligan) and Roxy (Zima Anderson) have flown in specifically, and there are many returning guests for the big event.
There are also Des Clarke (Paul Keane) and Malcolm Kennedy (Benjamin McNair), as well as the newest residents of Ramsay Street, Andrew (Lloyd Will) and Wendy Rodwell (Candice Leask).
It’s time for the happy couple to get married now that everyone is in place.
Susan prepares to perform her act for the very last time.
They are now legally married after exchanging kisses!
Although Toadie is happy to wed Melanie, they both still have Sonya’s memory looming over them. The events from their past that they both find difficult to move behind have come to the fore as they prepare for their big day.
Toadie then decides to place Number 30 on the market as a daring move to ensure his and Melanie’s future together.
It’s a sad day since Toadie has lived in the former House of Trouser, afterwards known as House of Blouser, since 1998, but he knows it’s time to move on and begin a new life with Melanie and the kids.
The sale of Number 30 is added to the list of Ramsay Street houses that Paige and her estate firm have already handled.
After the ceremony, everyone returns to Ramsay Street for a huge party. As past and present clash, we bid our final farewells to our neighbours.
The three-part finale of Neighbours airs in Australia on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. on channels 10 and 10 Peach.