Terry Inglis

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Terry Inglis
Terry Inglis.jpg
Neighbours character
Portrayed by Maxine Klibingaitis
First appearance 11 June 1985
Last appearance 5 November 1985
Created by Reg Watson
Introduced by Reg Watson
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Plumber's assistant

Terry Inglis (previously Miller and Robinson) is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours played by Maxine Klibingaitis. She made her first appearance on 11 June 1985. Terry was employed by Max Ramsay as his plumber's apprentice. Terry dated Shane Ramsay and Paul Robinson whom she married. Terry kills Charles Durham and later shoots Paul when he goes to report her to the police. Terry departed on 5 November 1985, when she was arrested for the murder of Charles. Terry later commits suicide off-screen and she remains the only character from the serial to have died this way.

Character development[edit]

Terry was once married to a bank robber, Gordon Miller (Red Symons). She arrives in Ramsay Street after getting a job with Max (Francis Bell).[1] Terry forms "some kind of attachment" to Shane Ramsay (Peter O'Brien), which makes his aunt, Madge (Anne Charleston), uncomfortable.[1] Terry starts dating Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis), but their relationship does not begin well as she is still in love with Shane, who now dating her best friend Daphne Lawrence (Elaine Smith).[1][2] Paul is late to their wedding and Terry spends the ceremony and the reception looking "cow-eyed" at Shane.[2] Terry later tries to trick Paul out of his money and she shoots him.[2] Their relationship ended in "heartache, attempted murder and inevitable divorce."[2] Terry is sent to prison and the BBC said Terry "suffered in the long run."[1] Terry takes her own life off screen in 1986 and remains the only character to have died this way.[1][3]

Storylines[edit]

Maria Ramsay (Dasha Blahova) is charged with the task of hiring a plumber's assistant for her husband, Max, and Terry shows up for an interview. Terry is keen to prove that she can do the job as well as any man. Maria supports her and gives Terry the job. Max assumes that his wife had hired a man when he hears Terry's name and is shocked to find out that Terry is a woman. Max tells her that he will not hire her, but Terry tells him that she had completed three years at a Technical College. She then threatens Max with the Anti-Discrimination Board and Max gives her a trial run. Max deliberately sets out to make life as difficult as possible for Terry by giving her the hardest jobs, but Terry proves to be a great plumber. Max eventually admits that Terry is the best person for the job.

Terry falls for Max's son, Shane and they begin dating. Terry tells Shane that she was married to Gordon Miller, who caused a car accident that Shane was involved in. Gordon escapes from prison and holds Terry and Max hostage. However, Shane saves the day and Miller goes back to prison. Terry and Shane later split and Terry goes on a date with Shane's friend, Paul Robinson. At the end of the date, Paul proposes to Terry and they become engaged.[4] Terry asks Paul's older sister, Julie (Vikki Blanche), to be her bridesmaid. Paul and Terry are married in the Robinson house within a month and Paul's father, Jim (Alan Dale), rents Number 30 for the couple.[4]

However, Terry's criminal past finally catches up with her. A mysterious man, Charles Durham (Ross Thompson), shows up in Erinsborough, searching for a tape Terry had made of him boasting about his crimes. Paul's younger sister, Lucy Robinson (Kylie Flinker), accidentally loses the tape and Terry's life becomes threatened by Charles. Fearful of what would happen to her, Terry goes over to Charles' house to confront him. An argument breaks out, which results in Terry shooting Charles dead. Terry flees his house in shock and Daphne Lawrence finds Charles' body when she comes looking for Terry. Daphne gets blood on her skirt and she flees the house to look for Terry. Charles' accomplice Barbara Hill (Louise Le Nay) is watching Daphne and she reports her to the police instead.

Terry suggests to Paul that they move away, to which Paul agrees. When they attend Sarah Richards party, they find Daphne is absent. When she does eventually show up, she is keen to get Terry alone and confront her, but getting Terry alone proves difficult. Lucy notices the blood on Daphne's skirt and the police arrive following the tip off from Barbara. The police interview everyone and Paul tells them that Charles had been threatening Terry. Paul is also unable to provide an alibi for Terry. While the police are interviewing Terry, Paul picks up her bag and the gun she shot Charles with falls out. Paul confronts Terry and she initially tries to dismiss Paul's suspicions. However, Paul goes to report Terry to the police and she grabs the gun and shoots him in the shoulder.[4] She then flees Ramsay Street, leaving Paul for dead. The police catches up with Terry and she is jailed for murder. Terry sends Paul a letter asking him to visit her, which he declines. Terry then commits suicide in prison.

Reception[edit]

Terry's off-screen suicide was called "one of Neighbours' most controversial ever storylines" by Ruth Deller of television website Lowculture.[5] In 1985, Grundy Television had insisted that Neighbours was not going to be melodramatic, but falling ratings led the writers to try and increase viewership by having Terry shoot both Charles and Paul. Author of Super Aussie soaps, Andrew Mercado said this move followed one of soap's great traditions of including gunfire when ratings were low.[6] During a feature on Paul Robinson and his many wives and girlfriends, The Sydney Morning Herald said "Remember the tears when Paul's whirlwind romance with plumber's assistant Terry Inglis ended in her shooting him, then shooting through?"[7] The BBC said Terry's most notable moment was "Trying to shoot Paul Robinson."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Terri Inglis-Robinson". BBC. Archived from the original on 16 October 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wallis, Neil and Hogan, Dave (1989). The Neighbours factfile. Angus & Robertson. pp. 78–9. ISBN 0-207-16382-0. 
  3. ^ Johnston, Tony (2005). Neighbours: 20 years of Ramsay Street. News Custom Publishing. p. 215. ISBN 1-876176-78-4. 
  4. ^ a b c Monroe, Josephine (1996). Neighbours: the first 10 years. Michael Joseph LTD (Penguin Group). p. 39 & 92. ISBN 0-7181-4212-8. 
  5. ^ Deller, Ruth (23 July 2009). "A guide to recognising your Ramsays and Robinsons". Lowculture. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Mercado, Andrew (2004). Super Aussie soaps: behind the scenes of Australia's best loved TV shows. Pluto Press Australia. p. 205. ISBN 1-86403-191-3. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Shiel, Fergus (17 July 2006). "What would the world's second-longest-running, prime-time soap be without Paul Robinson?". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Terri Inglis-Robinson". BBC. Archived from the original on 12 October 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 

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