LIV'S COURT DAY
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I am feeling very anxious ahead of this episode because deep down I know Liv will be sent to prison not that that's the outcome I wanted but it is a soap after all! But that doesn't help me when I wanted Liv to get community service.
The first scene of the episode with Robert, Aaron and Liv was when Liv was walking down the stairs ahead of her day in court looking so scared and anxious about everything that is ahead of her, I feel sick. Robert then goes to look the door and its Zak who enters asking if Lisa can come where Lisa then says to Liv she'll do the best she can for her today in court. Isn't it too late for that though, Lisa? The damage has already been done!! Aaron looking so scared for his little sister and looking at his phone would describe this. Thank god Liv has someone like Gerry. You've gotta love the Gerry and Robert's banter for sure. Aaron's phone then rings and it's Louise having been the orginial solicitor who can't attend and telling them that Liv will have another one. Robert's furious about this change at the very last minute. Will they have read the notes on Liv's trial? Will this set Liv back?
The fact that Aaron and Robert are wearing their wedding colour suits my heart is happy! Wedding feel vibes are back!!
(Buzzer goes and Liv comes back to the stairs, Robert goes to the door)
Gerry: 'Pop tart?'
Liv: 'Yeah, why not?'
(Robert opens the door and Zak is there) Robert: 'Hi.'
Zak: 'Are you all right, lad?'
Zak: 'Oh, er is it OK if Lisa comes in?'
Aaron: 'Yeah. Yeah.' (Aaron looks at his phone)
Lisa: 'I promise to do my very best by you today, lovely.'
Liv: 'Thanks, Lise.'
Zak: 'Plus you've got that hotshot lady lawyer in your corner an' all.'
Robert: 'Not sure she's worth the extra cash.' (Phone rings)
Gerry: 'If I'd had a top solicitor, I'd have never met Lachlan and I wouldn't be here today.'
Robert: 'What an unimaginable loss in our lives that would have been (!)'
Aaron: 'Oh, great. That's just brilliant.'
Liv: 'What's up?'
Aaron: 'Louise has been reassigned to another case.'
Robert: 'Why? I paid them ages ago. What now we haven't got a solicitor?'
Aaron: 'No, of course we have. They're sending a senior partner.'
Lisa: 'Oh, that's good news. You've got the top bloke.'
The second time we saw Liv and Aaron was when they were in the court, Robert is also there supporting Liv. I always wanted to see this but I never expected it, if I am honest! But I was glad that they finally showed that Liv is more than just an inconvenience to Robert like she's always thought because he actually wanted to be there supporting her in her time of need. When Aaron then introduced the judge to Robert he said "this is my partner, Robert" my heart melted. YES, I was thrilled with this! The judge is very weird, I am not liking him. Aaron is so anxious for Liv. Liv and Gabby are then called to the court room. Liv is looking very worried especially when she is told Lisa can't speak up for her.
Robert: 'Is that him?'
Aaron: 'Don't know, it might be. You here for Liv Flaherty?'
Solicitor: 'Rupert Jonas.'
Aaron: 'Right, well, um, this is Liv, I'm her brother Aaron Dingle, and this is my partner, Robert Sugden. What happened with Louise then?'
Solicitor: 'Don't worry, she bought me up to speed. Hopefully, we get this over with as quickly and painlessly as possible. '
Lisa: 'I'm Lisa Dingle. Pleased to meet you.'
Robert: 'She's the victim, but she's speaking on behalf of Liv.'
Solicitor: 'Oh, no. I don't think so.'
Robert: 'Well, Louise thought it was a good idea.'
Solicitor: 'It's very irregular. She could do more harm than good. I won't allow it. (Liv and Aaron look worried) No, trust me. I've been doing this for over 30 years. The less said, the better. (looks at Liv) Just keep quiet and er... (sniffs) look sorry.'
Judge: 'Gabrielle Thomas and Olivia Flaherty.' (All head into court)
The third time that we saw Liv and Aaron was when they were in the court room listening to Gabby's side (which I haven't added cos it annoyed me). Aaron and Liv are super worried about what her solicitor had to say and he's clearly not very interested in Liv's case at all being on his phone and the main judge is having to help them out. Liv's thrown when Gordon is name is mentioned to be honest if I was Liv I would have don't exactly the same. With Liv then freezing, I can't say I am surprised she's being so honest with her feelings.
Judge: 'Mr. Jonas?'
The fourth time we saw Liv and Aaron was when they were in back in the court case after being given her sentence after Gabby was given community service. With the judge later handing Liv, a 4 month youth detention order and training but by Liv's face when she was being sent down was heart-breaking to watch. Aaron was beyond distraught and it showed! After all, he does know what it feels like and what prison can do to you! I am so angry about this because if Gabby and Liv did it together then surely that should of had the same punishment. Aaron then shouting after the verdict, would have been me.
Judge: 'Miss Flaherty, I have taken into account the difficult time you must've had following the death of your father in prison. However, your actions could have cost Mrs Dingle her life. I've seen little, if any, remorse and I fear for your future if you do not learn from this. I'm therefore sentencing you to four months detention and training order.'
The next time was when we saw Aaron he was telling his family back outside the court room telling Robert, Lisa and Zak the outcome after Liv's sentencing. Aaron's heart is breaking for his little sister and I can't say I am surprised! He's been holding everything together for her sake and his finally showing how he feels! But with having Robert being there for him is everything! The solicitors reaction that got me...
Aaron: 'Unbelievable! Gabby got community service.'
Love that we show protective Robert tonight because Aaron needed him!
Robert: 'You didn't let her down, it was out of your control.'
In the final scene of the episode, Liv was placed in her cell to await for her transportation but my god how distraught did she look? Super lost and scared, I can't handle seeing her like this!
Was anyone else emotional about this scene?
My overall option: The judgement for Liv's trial was very harsh because you have to remember that it was Gabby who actually stole the ketamine yet she gets away with it which is so wrong!! If anything they should of both got the same sentence!! I now just hope Aaron discovers Joe’s involvement and kicks off!! I’m not ready of all these broken Liv scenes!
2018 will be the year, I feel you will be rewarded with an award and it can't come soon enough for me!
Danny Miller - you were just amazing tonight. You played the aftermath of this storyline so well and you were wonderful! Love how well you and Isobel work together.
Samantha - Thank you so much for an incredible episode, your script tonight was magical and I am very grateful that you wrote the episode.
You gave us the Joe and Aaron scene we wanted and all the fabulous Robron scenes!
There is something about Samantha’s dialog that I just love and tonight’s was wonderful!