The moment Neighbours fans have been waiting for is almost upon us, as Harold Bishop (Ian Smith) makes his long-awaited return to Ramsay Street.
The former cafe owner and Erinsborough legend sets foot back in his old stomping ground next week, much to the delight of Susan and Karl Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne and Alan Fletcher).
His arrival comes at exactly the right time for several of the show’s residents, with Mackenzie Hargreaves (Georgie Stone) in particular benefiting from some good-old fashion Harold advice.
Mackenzie, as viewers know, has been struggling to come to terms with the death of her beloved husband Hendrix Grayson (Ben Turland), who died after his body rejected the lung transplant he’d previously underwent.
Her dad Grant (Paul Mercurio) showed up to look after her, but the two have clashed repeatedly.
Next week, they come to an understanding, promising to be more open with one another, but when Sadie Rodwell (Emerald Chan) stumbles upon some unexpected videos of Hendrix, Grant starts to take over once more.
Wendy (Candice Leask) offers her opinion, suggesting that Mackenzie should be allowed to make her own mind up on the situation given that she’s an adult, but Grant remains steadfast in his decision.
That is, until Toadie (Ryan Moloney) and Melanie Pearson (Lucinda Cohen) reiterate Wendy’s sentiment, allowing Grant to see that he’s been too overprotective of his daughter.
Karl and Susan, meanwhile, arrive back in Ramsay Street, and they’re shocked by how closed off Mackenzie is. They encourage her to make peace with her dad, but Mack refuses to, leaving the couple at a loss over what to do for the best.
Harold surprises Karl and Susan, and his presence proves to be exactly what Mackenzie is in need off.
The show stalwart identifies with Mackenzie’s distress, and opens up to her about his own journey through grief. With his counsel proving effective, Mackenzie starts to feel strong for the first time in a long time.
Mackenzie, however, isn’t the only Ramsay Street regular in need of advice from Harold, as Zara Zelwyn (Freya Van Dyke) laments about Toadie and Melanie’s engagement and the unfairness of it all.
Her words seem to have an effect, as Harold doesn’t appear to be all that thrilled about the development either!
Having said that, he refuses to do what Zara asks, which is break Melanie and Toadie up, but he does promise to investigate further.
Subsequent scenes will see him question Amy Greenwood (Jacinta Stapleton) on Melanie’s dependability, and despite her own feelings, Amy speaks highly of Mel.
Will Harold’s doubts about Mel be silenced due to Amy’s high praise? That remains to be seen, but either way, we can hardly wait to see Harold back on our screens.
It was first revealed back in March that Harold would return to Neighbours, along with a host of other famous faces from years gone by, ahead of the show’s final episode.
Neighbours, as viewers know, is set to conclude later in August, after Channel 5 controversially decided to drop it from their schedules in favour of ‘original UK drama’, which the broadcaster claims has a ‘strong appeal’ for audiences.
The final month of episodes have been described as an on-air celebration of the show’s legacy and will be, quite frankly, must-see TV.
One to watch: Wednesday July 6 at 1:45pm and 6pm on Channel 5.
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