Neighbours' Samantha Fitzgerald agrees to be Claudia Watkins's custody lawyer

Daniel Kilkelly

From Digital Spy

Neighbours spoilers follow.

Neighbours has revealed more details of Samantha Fitzgerald's return storyline.

Simone Buchanan is coming back on screen for a guest stint as Samantha, who'll be going head-to-head with the Kennedys in upcoming episodes.

As we revealed last month, Claudia Watkins – mum of Finn Kelly and Shaun Watkins – hires Samantha as a lawyer as she secretly plans a custody battle for her granddaughter Aster.

When Claudia (Kate Raison) first returns to Ramsay Street, she puts on a show of support for Elly Conway, Bea Nilsson and the rest of the Kennedys after their ordeal with Finn.

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Claudia also seemingly accepts Elly's innocence, as Elly remains under suspicion of murder following Finn's death.

However, when Claudia speaks to Mark Brennan and Sky Mangel for an update on the case, she can't help noticing the ongoing discord between the two detectives.

Claudia then heads to a meeting with Samantha, which reveals her plans to discredit the Kennedys and prove that they're not fit to take care of Aster.

Samantha is open with Claudia about how she has her own history with the Kennedys.

Photo credit: Channel 5

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Rather than being put off by this, Claudia immediately locks her in as the woman for the job.

Neighbours fans will remember that Samantha first appeared on the soap in 2008, when she was brought in as the estranged wife of Daniel Fitzgerald. Her main storylines included a love triangle with Daniel and Libby Kennedy, while her struggles with bipolar disorder were also explored.

In 2010, Samantha returned as the prosecutor when Steph Scully went on trial for killing Ringo Brown in a road accident.

Neighbours airs these scenes on Friday, April 17 at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Monday, April 6 at 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).

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