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Magic Moments > 1986 > Daphne's Kidnap Episode 180

Written by Adrian Van Den Bok, Directed by Vince Martin

Zoe asks Clive if she can move into one of his spare rooms, but he turns her down. Paul visits Jim at work but turns down his dadís offer of a job. Des and Daphne speak to each other on the phone the night before their wedding.

In the street, the next morning, Des is standing outside number 28 when Shane runs up to him to see if everythingís alright. Des explains that heís got a feeling that somethingís going to go wrong and heís just out for a walk to clear his head. Shane says that itís only natural to be nervous, given all the problems he had with past weddings, but nothing will go wrong. Des asks Shane why he didnít propose to Daphne when he went out with her, and Shane admits that losing Daphne is one of his biggest regrets. He then goes off for his jog, reminding Des not to be late for the church.

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At number 26, Des comes back in and Helen offers him breakfast. Lucy tells Des that he has to be nice to Daphne, or sheíll leave like Terry did to Paul. Paul thanks Lucy for reminding him about that and storms out. Jim says that itís ridiculous that Paul wonít even talk about what happened, and Des goes outside to have a word with him.

Paul lies back on the trampoline in the back garden, trying to stop himself from crying. Des joins him and apologises for asking him to be best man, as it was insensitive. Paul smiles and says that itís fine, somebody needs to be there to hold Desí hand, as heís such an old woman sometimes.

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At number 28, Daphne is arranging to be collected by Shane and Zoe says that she hopes nothing goes wrong at the Coffee Shop next week. Daphne tells her to be careful of people running out and not paying their bills. Zoe then stops Daphne from looking out the window at Des, as itís bad luck. Daphne isnít impressed with all of the superstition, and asks Zoe if sheís got something old, something new and something borrowed, before Zoe shows her the something blue Ė a garter.

At number 24, Max gets back from a plumbing job and Shane tells him to hurry up and get ready. Danny then appears, looking for his razor blades, as Max asks Shane to iron a shirt for him. They all end up shouting at each other before Shane says that itís nice when a wedding puts everyone in a good mood.

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At number 26, Helen answers the door to Eileen, whoís come to speak to Des. She tells Helen that sheís probably more nervous than him right now. Helen leaves them to chat, and Eileen says that, despite all of the disasters of the past, this time is different as Daphne is such a nice girl. She tells Des not to slouch and to take his hands out of his pockets. She starts to cry, so Helen quickly interrupts and tells Des that they all need to hurry up. Eileen says that sheíll go over and visit Daphne, although Des isnít too keen on the idea.

At number 28, Daphne and Zoe are looking at all of the dresses that the lady from the boutique gave her to try out, but sheís still not sure which one to wear. Eileen comes in and asks why on earth theyíre not dressed and ready yet. She explains that she canít make up her mind, at which point Shane arrives, so the three women ask him to decide. He likes them all, and tells Daphne that itís really her choice, so she and Zoe run off to get ready.

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At number 24, Clive arrives, begging Danny to do an emergency gorillagram job, offering him $80 so that he can take Marcie to Surferís Paradise. Danny isnít at all sure, but just then Max appears, wanting to know why Cliveís there. Danny quickly explains that Cliveís come to borrow a cup of sugar and Max goes back to his room. Clive then ups his offer to $100 and Danny happily agrees, not realising that Shaneís been listening from the laundry the whole time.

Outside, Clive and Danny are leaving for the gig, and they tell Shane that theyíll be there in time for most of the wedding. As they drive off, Max comes out, asking where Danny is. Shane says that heís gone on ahead, and they go off to collect the bride.

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At number 28, Zoe sadly looks at the bouquet as she waits for Daphne. Max and Shane then come in and Daphne appears in her wedding dress. They all think that she looks wonderful and get ready to leave for the church.

Outside the church, Jim and Helen try to reassure Eileen, whoís concerned that Des hasnít arrived yet. She thinks that he might have got cold feet, but is certain that Daphne is the right woman for him.

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As Shane, Max, Daphne and Zoe are driving to the church, Shane spots a man in a gorilla costume running along the pavement. He assumes that itís Danny, and something has gone wrong, so he stops and tells him to get in. The man gets in and theyíre all laughing at him, when he tells them to shut up and pulls out a gun.

Everyone thinks that itís a gun, but the man insists that heís serious and will shoot them if they donít shut up. He tells Shane to turn the car around and start driving.

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At the church, Eileen is brushing down Desí suit, when Paul runs out and says that the showís about to start. Eileen isnít very impressed by his terminology and she tells Des that she loves him, before they make their way inside.

On a deserted back road, the kidnapper tells everyone to get out of the car and drives off in it. The four of them start walking back towards Erinsborough and Daphne comments that at least itís not raining.

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Outside the church, storms clouds are building as Jim steps out into the car park, wondering where the bridal party has got to.

Daphne, Zoe, Shane and Max are walking along and Zoe realises that it probably was bad luck for Daphne to see Des on the day of the wedding. Just then, a small car drives towards them and they flag it down and jump, explaining that itís an emergency and they need to get to the city. The driver is stunned.

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Outside the church, everyone is gathered as the bridal party arrives. Daphne tells Paul to cheer up as sheís there now, but Paul breaks the news that Des has already gone.

Summary by Steve