Magic Moments > 1987 > The 1987 Season Premiere Episode 401
Written by Rick Maier and Betty Quin, Directed by Richard Sarell
Clive announces to everyone that Daphne is pregnant. Jane assures Mrs Mangel that Len will come back, but Nell says that he’s gone and she never wants to hear his name again. Scott is thrilled when Jim buys him a new car. Paul and Scott are in the car when it crashes. Scott wakes up in hospital with Charlene by his side. Clive wakes up after the boxing match, and Shane and Mike agree to call it all off.
Mike, Jane and Charlene are in the street, waiting for the postie to arrive with their exam results. Lucy comes running out to them, bouncing a ball and says that Scott’s gone to the doctor and he might be getting his cast off today. Charlene says that she’s been having trouble finding someone to take her on as an apprentice motor mechanic. Mike says he’s going to uni, while Jane says that she hasn’t made her mind up yet. The postie then arrives and hands out the letters to everyone and wishes them luck. Mike, Jane and Charlene are thrilled with their results, while Lucy runs inside with letters for Scott and Nikki. A man comes walking up the street and asks the postie which house is the Robinson’s, as he’s an old friend…
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At number 26, Helen is telling Lucy that they can open Nikki’s results for her, but Scott’s will have to wait until he gets home. Lucy says that Mike, Jane and Charlene all did really well, and Helen says that she hopes the news is just as good for Scott and Nikki. They excitedly open Nikki’s envelope and she did very well, and Helen is concerned that Scott was very distracted with the accident before his exams.
She sends Lucy outside and then looks very worried as she reads a letter she has received from America.
Scott and Jim arrive home and Scott finds the postbox empty. They wonder if Lucy has already taken the mail in and go inside. Meanwhile, the man is still outside, watching the Robinson house.
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Scott rushes in and opens his letter, looking very disappointed. He tells Jim and Helen that he didn’t get good enough marks to get into journalism. Helen tells him that it surely can’t be that bad, but he says it is. Jim wonders if they’ll take into account all of the outside factors that affected Scott during his exams, but Scott says that they might as well just face the fact that he blew it, before storming out.
Later on, Helen appears from the bedroom and says that Scott is shattered. Jim blames himself, while Helen says that she should have been around back then, instead of in the States. Paul phones and Helen gives him the bad news, and says that Scott could do with some support.
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Scott, Mike, Dave and Jane are celebrating at number 24, and Charlene phones her mum to tell her the results. Mike doesn’t think his parents would even want to know. They all wonder how Scott did, and they rush out of the house to go and see him.
At number 26, Scott appears from the bedroom and tells Helen that there’s nobody he can blame but himself. Helen reminds him that he could repeat a year, or appeal his results, but he says he won’t have a chance. The others arrive and Scott tells them that he blew it. Helen tells them that Scott could do with some time on his own, so they all leave. Charlene asks if he wants her to stay, but he asks her to leave.
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At number 24, Dave and Mike are playing indoor cricket, while Jane is telling Charlene to cheer up.
Out in the street, the man from earlier, now dressed as a vicar, bumps into Scott.
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At number 26, Helen answers the door to the man who explains that he’s the chaplain at the local detention centre and that he knew Terry before she killed herself. Helen invites him in.
The man introduces himself as Errol Price and explains that he’s concerned that he may have let Terry down. He explains that if he’d had more experience, he may have been able to help her more, and the incident could have been avoided. Helen explains that Terry became embroiled with a man named Durham and Paul got caught up in the whole thing. She explains about Terry shooting Paul, and how he tried to block her from his memory after she was put in prison. Errol mentions that Terry asked to see Paul only days before she killed herself, but he refused. Helen then offers to make him a cup of tea.
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At number 24, Jane is telling Charlene how she told her nan about her results, but Mrs Mangel just didn’t seem interested. Charlene says that Mrs Mangel is obviously crazy, and that they should call in the police over Mr Mangel’s disappearance. They all sit down to eat and hope that Scott is going to be ok. Charlene suggests that they have a toast to Scott.
Jim arrives at the office to find Scott behind the desk. He explains that he came to see Paul, but found he wasn’t there. Jim tells Scott that he can talk to him, but Scott says that he doesn’t know how to react. He explains that he’s let himself down, and he’ll lose all of his friends. Jim reminds him that life is tough, but he needs to learn from this mistake. Scott says he just doesn’t know what he wants to do with the rest of his life, and Jim tells him he has to retake the year, to which Scott says that he doesn’t think he can.
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Errol is looking at photos of the Robinson family, he sees a photo of Paul and admits he feels guilty over Terry. Helen reassures him that he did all he could, and he says that he’d like to say a prayer for Terry by her graveside. He asks Helen to join him, but she isn’t sure. He says that it’s understandable, but she eventually agrees, and goes to leave a note for the family. While Helen gets her bag, however, Errol takes the note from the fridge and puts it in his pocket. Helen then appears and they leave the house together…
Notes: The surnames of the regular characters were used on the closing credits from this episode onwards, where only the first names had featured before.
Summary by Steve