After leaving the show in 2004, Valentine’s return follows a revamp of the long-running series by TEN mid-year.
“Libby” returns to screens in Australia on Monday November 12.
And TV Tonight is first to tell you what you can expect to see.
The following contains Major Plot Spoilers. Don’t go, if you don’t wanna know.
When Libby returns to Erinsborough it’s at the conclusion of a courtcase involving her mother, Susan (played may I add by the highly under-rated Jackie Woodburne). Libby returns to the street with her son, Ben, presumably now played by an older actor than the baby we last saw.
The first scene for Libby depicts her driving down Ramsay Street as Karl and Susan stand in front of their house, chatting with another neighbour. Her arrival is a surprise to them. I was hoping for symbolic entrance of Libby walking down the middle of the street suitcase in tow, swirling music, but no such luck!
The embrace between Libby and Susan is heartwarming stuff (and you can sense a little sentiment as one of the show’s orphans returns to the fold from a maternal, guiding light). Karl distracts himself with Ben.
The bulk of Libby’s arrival story over two episodes is a cheerful demeanour disguising an obvious falling-out with husband Darren, still based in regional Shepparton. There are lots of questions about “when’s Darren coming?” that Libby dismisses. This is soap, after all. The fact that Shepparton is only a two hour drive from Melbourne and we’ve never seen Libby since her exit (anniversary DVDs excluded) is of course, overlooked. This is television, after all.
In her first two eps Libby also has a reunion with Toadie, and particularly with Steph, her bosom buddy. These two gals get along like a house on fire and the show will benefit from an obvious on-screen rapport -as with her mother, Susan.
Kym Valentine slips back into Libby with ease. Ten minutes in and it’s like she never left. Maybe she shouldn’t have. This is regular work, after all.
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