Neighbours spoilers follow.
Neighbours has aired Lucinda Cowden's return as Melanie Pearson during Friday's episode (January 8) in Australia.
Lucinda starred on the show between 1987 and 1991, before making additional appearances in 2005. More than 15 years later, Melanie has moved back to Australia and catches up with Jane Harris (Annie Jones) and Des Clarke (Paul Keane) over coffee.
The catch-up didn't happen by chance. It was orchestrated by Sheila Canning (Colette Mann), who persuades Des to use Melanie as an excuse to keep Jane occupied.
Sheila believes there is still romantic hope for her and Clive Gibbons (Geoff Paine), and wants to spend more time alone with him.
Clive is dating Jane, but they agreed on a temporary break for the sake of Sheila's health after she suffered a heart attack.
Melanie is shocked to learn about Jane and Des' split, and is outspoken in her view that Jane and Clive aren't compatible with each other.
She also reveals she's single and still temping as a PA.
Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) sees Melanie after she says goodbye to Jane and Des, but chooses to avoid her entirely. During a conversation between Paul, Jane, and Des about Melanie, Des says Paul should offer Melanie a job – a suggestion which Paul scoffs at.
The UK is about a month behind, so Channel 5 viewers will have to wait until early February to see Melanie's return.
Neighbours airs weekdays on Channel 5 (UK) and 10 Peach (Australia).
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