A SPECIAL NIGHT
Piper and Xanthe are determined to have a fantastic time at their school formal. But there are obstacles, especially parents.
Erinsborough High is buzzing in the lead-up to the school formal and for two Ramsay Street teens it could be the best night of their lives or one of the worst. But before they can get dressed up there are affairs of the heart to contend with as Piper and Xanthe do everything they can to make their dreams come true.
For Piper (Mavournee Hazel) it’s all about Tyler (Travis Burns). The older man she has fallen in love with is wary of starting a relationship because of their age difference and her parents’ disapproval. When Tyler tells Piper he’ll only agree to a relationship if her parents Brad (Kip Gamblin) and Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou) give the okay she makes it her mission to get them to say yes even if it means resorting to lies and manipulation.
Finally biting the bullet, Piper asks Terese if she can be with Tyler. After she refuses, Piper tries Brad, who says it’s all right if Terese says yes. Letting her hopes delude her Piper believes Terese will eventually give in so she lies to Tyler about Brad’s response and suggests they keep their relationship secret until Terese comes around to the idea.
As Piper and Tyler struggle to take things slow, Piper lets him know about her plans to sleep with him on the night of the dance. But when Piper asks Terese if Tyler can be her date for the formal and gets another no, Piper is finally honest with Tyler, leaving him disappointed and angry.
After expressing his regret to Brad over the way the relationship has been handled he decides it’s way too complicated and breaks up with Piper. However Terese ends up having a change of heart because of Tyler’s reaction when Piper publicly humiliates her. Having apologised for their relationship causing so much trouble, Terese gives the green light for Tyler to take Piper to the formal.
Though it takes some convincing and actually witnessing Terese give her permission, Tyler agrees to be Piper’s date. But when Terese stumbles across the private video Piper made for Tyler and overhears Piper’s intention to go all the way it threatens to ruin Piper’s romantic plans.
Meanwhile Xanthe is on the search for a date to the formal and after Ben (Felix Mallard) turns her down her father Gary (Damien Richardson) pays him to take Xanthe. She is thrilled and planning every detail of the night takes over her life to the point where it disrupts her schoolwork.
Gary continues his efforts to appease his daughter by offering to buy her a dress. Little does he know Xanthe’s dream dress is a whopping $600 and far out of reach for the cash-strapped dad. So the teen takes matters into her own hands, shocking Gary and Sheila (Colette Mann) when she comes in with the stunning gown.
She tells them the dress is a cheap copy given to her for free in return for social media exposure though the truth is she plans to wear it with the tags on and get a refund the next day. The plan could go off without a hitch but with so many lies and schemes at play for both Xanthe and Piper the night of their lives could become one they’d rather forget.
NEIGHBOURS WEEKNIGHTS AT Tyler (Travis Burns) and Piper (Mavournee Hazel) get closer. 6.30PM ON ELEVEN
Xanthe (Lilly Van der Meer) is going to the formal with Ben.