Magic Moments > 1991 > Harold's Memorial Episode 1523
Written by Roger Moulton, Directed by Philip East
Jim shows Dorothy the newspaper article on her election campaign, but she’s shocked to realise that it’s a series of quotes from Felicity Brent, then Jim hands her another leaflet that was left in everyone’s letterboxes, smearing her good name. She realises that this has not only ruined her election chances, but could also have cost her her job…
Jim is furious about the newspaper reports and its lies, but Dorothy says that the information about her marriage to Colin is actually very close to the truth. She wonders how they get hold of the information in the first place, as it was never made public and she only confided in her friends. Jim looks worried and says that surely none of the neighbours would do this to her. Dorothy says that one of them is obviously out to get her and, with the election tomorrow, she’ll have no chance to reply to it.
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The next morning, at number 26, Joe and Helen are preparing to leave for their flight, and he wonders what he’s going to say to Madge when he sees her. Helen tells him to just offer his love and support as that’s all they can do. Glen then comes out with Helen’s overnight bag, and Paul also arrives, asking Helen to pass on his condolences to Madge, as well as a note from Chrissie. Joe goes out to the car, as Helen asks Paul and Glen to behave themselves while Jim is away in Japan. They tell her that they’ve called a truce and she’s relieved. She leaves, and Paul tells Glen that he’s not interested in playing games, but they’re interrupted by Jim. They tell him that they’ve patched things up and Jim is pleased that the recent tragedy has made them think. Paul asks Jim for a game of squash later, and Jim then invites Glen too, but he can’t come, so instead they all arrange to meet for a drink that evening.
At number 28, Pam is leaving for work, and tells Doug to get on with the washing up. Gaby offers to help and explains to her dad that she’s got the day off, as Caroline has offered to run the boutique. Doug suggests that she use the time to catch up with Glen, as he mentioned the other day that he really likes her and would like to spend some time with her. Gaby looks secretly pleased, but tells Doug that she might go to see him, but she might not.
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At the community hall, Jim is handing out Save Our School campaign flyers for Dorothy, to voters as they go in. Dorothy then comes out and says that she’s cast her vote, so at least she won’t get none. Jim encourages her, saying that there’s been a lot of interest, but she isn’t so sure. Paul turns up and Jim tells him that it looks like Dorothy’s given up before the results are in. Paul tells her that he simply threw those nasty leaflets in the bin, and he’s sure most other people would have too. As he leaves, Dorothy tries to hand out some leaflets, but the voters refuse to take them.
Madge is delighted to see Joe and Helen as Reverend Richards shows them into the room where she’s still waiting for news. She explains to them that they’ve now called off the intensive search and it’s looking like he’s not going to be found. Joe can’t accept it, but Madge says that the best they can hope for now is that the body is found. Madge then starts to cry as Helen hugs her and she reads the letter from Christina. Helen assures her that Harold wouldn’t want her to be suffering like this. Madge explains that if the body isn’t found within two months, there’ll be a coroner’s inquest and he’ll be pronounced officially dead. She asks what’s happening back in Ramsay Street and Helen explains that it’s the election. Madge realises that she’s lost all track of time lately, and Joe then breaks the news about his engagement to Melanie. Madge says that Harold would have been thrilled with that news. Reverend Richards asks if Joe and Helen would like to come to the service that evening, and Madge explains that it’s just a way of saying goodbye at the spot where he disappeared. Helen says that they’ll be there.
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At number 28, Pam and Doug return after casting their votes, and comment on how nice Gaby is looking. Doug wonders if she’s all dressed up for Glen’s visit, but Pam says that he won’t be visiting any time soon, as she saw Glen earlier and told him he wasn’t welcome. Gaby can’t believe it, but Pam points out that she hated Glen the night before. Gaby says that she was just letting off steam and Pam wishes that she’d just kept out of it. Doug then says that Glen seems like a nice enough guy anyway, as he even asked permission to come over and visit, and Gaby is horrified to hear that her father has been arranging her personal life. She decides to go and give Glen a piece of her mind.
At number 26, Glen answers the door and Gaby bursts in, asking him what gives him the right to talk to her dad about her like that. He says that he just asked Doug how he’d feel if he did ask her out, and right now, it’s looking unlikely that it’ll ever happen anyway. Gaby says that it’s fine by her, as she’d rather not go near him. Glen replies that it doesn’t matter, as he isn’t asking. A frustrated Gaby walks out and Glen is happy to have finally got one over on her.
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At the beach, Reverend Richards concludes his prayer for Harold, by saying that he enriched the lives of everyone he knew. He asks if Helen, Joe and Madge would like to say something. Madge speaks first:
“I knew him for so long, from schooldays. I didn’t really appreciate him then, then years later, when we were married, I didn’t know how lucky I was. I know now. He was special. He was the kindest man I ever knew. Our time together was so short.”
“All of us who knew him felt the same. He was a true and loyal friend. He can’t be replaced. We’ll never forget him.”
“I’m not really good at this, but I’d go along with all that. There was more to him - he’d get under your skin sometimes. He saw me through some tough times, losing Kerry, now they’re together. Looking after Sky and Toby, I’ll always be grateful that Harold was an influence on my son. I hope Toby grows up to be half as good a man as Harold. I was proud to have known him.”
Reverend Richards then offers them all some rose petals to scatter. The three of them walk to the water’s edge and throw the petals into the ocean, before Joe and Helen step back and give Madge a moment to say goodbye to Harold.
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At the Waterhole, Dorothy arrives and Jim, Paul and Glen congratulate her as she announces that she won the election by 55 votes. Jim offers to buy some champagne, but Dorothy won’t allow it and wants to pay herself. Meanwhile, Glen and Paul start bickering at the table, with Paul accusing Glen of being a loser. They quieten down as Jim comes back across, and Glen says that it’s lucky Jim’s going away, as he doesn’t want to spend any more time with Paul.
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Joe and Helen realise that they should get going if they’re going to get the campervan back to Erinsborough that evening. Madge says that she won’t go with them – she’s going to wait there for David to arrive, and on the off-chance that the police have some news. She says that she’ll then go and spend some time with Charlene and help out with the pregnancy. Helen says that she’s going to call her everyday, even if it’s just to say hello and goodbye. Madge thanks them both for coming and offers Joe her best wishes for the wedding. She then hugs Helen, who tells her to take care of herself. Once they’ve gone, Madge closes the door and tries to stop herself from crying.
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At number 26, Jim arrives back with Paul and Glen and tries to get Paul to stay for a coffee. Glen reminds his dad that he has packing to do, and Paul tries to leave, but Jim tells them that one coffee won’t take long. Jim admits that he’s quite looking forward to his trip, now he knows that his sons won’t be arguing whilst he’s away. Paul insists that he can’t stay as he needs to get back and check on Chrissie. He mentions that he had hoped to put up some shelves in the nursery, but it can wait until Jim gets back. Jim then suggests that Glen give him a hand and they both struggle to wriggle out of it, but Glen then happily agrees, making Paul squirm. Jim is pleased that the boys have finally patched things up, as Paul glares across the kitchen at Glen.
Summary by Steve