Magic Moments > 1998 > The 1998 Season Premiere Episode 2996
Written by Lois Booton, Directed by Chris Adshead
is taking part in the race, when a car pulls out of the pits,
directly in front of Ben. His car hits it and flips upside
down and bursts into flames. A hysterical Ruth runs down onto
racetrack crew battle to extinguish the flames surrounding
the wreck of Ben's car...
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tells Anne that Billy will be pleased to see her, but as they
walk into the room, Billy and Caitlin are standing there kissing.
Despite Billy's attempts to explain Anne is shocked and runs
off, Billy tried to go after her but Caitlin stops him, demanding
to know why he claimed they'd split up. He says he's sorry
and goes after her but can't see where she's gone.
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breaks off his kiss with Sarah and says that it's insane.
Sarah says they just got carried away, Karl says he feels
terrible and that he was only trying to comfort her. She says
he shouldn't feel bad for trying to support her and that it
was just a silly mistake. She says it's in the past and walks
out of the office, saying they should just get on with some
work. Karl looks very guilty.
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Phil and Ruth arrive down at the site of the accident. Various
paramedics try to stop Ruth getting too close and she collapses
onto them. Meanwhile, the emergency staff get Ben out of the
car and onto a stretcher. Steve Van Eck looks very guilty
as Ben is carried into the ambulance. Meanwhile, Phil and
Ruth are taken to the hospital in a police car. Ruth still
can't stop crying and Phil tells her not to think the worse.
Ruth is worried that she'll lose him again after only just
getting to know him. Phil tells her she has to be strong,
for Ben's sake.
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is deep in thought, when Karl appears from his office and
attempts to make small talk with her. Neither of them are
very comfortable talking to each other, and he tells her she
should go home, have dinner and relax. He wonders how Ben
got on today and starts rambling, so Sarah tells him to calm
down and put the mistake behind them - it meant nothing. She
gives him his case and tells him to go home.
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wanders around Sydney, wondering what to do. She heads down
to the harbour where she takes off her ring, thinks for a
moment about throwing it into the water and then puts it back
at the hotel, Mandi tries to get Caitlin to go out with the
rest of the gang, who are going to the Imax cinema. Billy
arrives back, saying he didn't find Anne and Mandi leaves.
Caitlin wonders if Anne finally got the message, but Billy
admits he's really worried. Caitlin asks if he wants to get
back with Anne and admits she's confused after he kissed her.
Billy says he doesn't know what he wants any more and Caitlin
tells him he'd better make up his mind.
. . .
and Phil wait at the hospital for news of Ben. Suddenly, he
is brought out of the cubicle on a stretcher and the doctor
explains that Ben has had a serious blow to the head and suffered
a depressed fracture of the skull. They're going to take him
to theatre now. Phil asks if he'll be alright and the doctor
explains that they'll know more if and when Ben regains consciousness.
arrives home and Susan is there waiting, surprising him in
the process. He explains that he wasn't expecting her back
so soon and she says she missed him and that she doesn't know
how she'll cope when school goes back. She tells him she's
realised the repercussions of what she's doing after looking
for somewhere else to live. However, she also realises she'll
be able to sleep with the window shut and eat in bed. She
tells him she loves him so much for allowing her to be so
single-minded about pursuing her career. He tells her how
much he loves her and will miss her.
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knocks on Billy's door, asking if he's packed yet. He says
there's time before they go, but she says Simon is taking
them out for dinner. Billy suddenly jumps up and says he's
got to find Anne, Caitlin is unimpressed. She tries to talk
him out of it, saying Simon won't be impressed, so he asks
her to cover for him. She makes him promise he'll be back
and on the bus.
is showing Karl the plans of the house she's renting in Wangaratta.
He tells her they should get some nice plants for her back
porch and encourages her to take the tool-kit up with her.
She gets suspicious, claiming he never lets her touch the
tools. There's a knock at the door and it's Sarah. Karl tries
to get rid of her, but Susan invites her in to show her the
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searches for Anne, even walking past her at one point. He
sees a girl on the phone and knocks on the window, thinking
it's her, but it's not and he continues his search.
at No. 28, Susan asks why Sarah came over in the first place
and Sarah says it can wait. Susan says it would be silly to
leave it now and Sarah quickly makes up something about her
nursing course. There's an urgent knock at the door and Lou
bursts in, saying there's been an accident and he's been trying
to contact Sarah. He explains about Ben and that it's very
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is boarding the coach back to Melbourne when Billy arrives,
asking her to just wait and talk to him for a minute. He says
he's been trying to find her all day and she says she didn't
think he wanted to find her. He says he's sorry and she starts
crying. She says she needs to think about it for a while,
but the bus is about to leave. He asks her to go on the coach
with him, but she says she doesn't want to be there with Caitlin.
She boards the coach and goes, leaving Billy distraught.
Ruth, Lou and Sarah are waiting at the hospital. Sarah and
Lou start to snap at each other about who's to blame for the
accident and Ruth tells them to stop. Lou apologises, explaining
that the waiting is very difficult. The doctor then appears
and explains that Ben is breathing on his own, which is positive,
but he'd like to see more sign of returning consciousness.
He tells Ruth she should go home and they'll contact her if
there's any news, but she insists on staying. Phil tries to
encourage her to go, but realises that Anne and Lance will
need telling. Lou explains that Toadie's with them and they'll
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and Caitlin arrive back in Ramsay Street and Caitlin asks
him what he's going to do. He says he needs to talk to her,
but Caitlin discourages him, saying she's probably asleep,
having arrived home just before them. He says he'll go home
and crash, then come back later. After he goes, Caitlin knocks
on Anne's door. She tells Anne that she should give up on
Billy, because he doesn't want her anymore. Anne tells Caitlin
that she's been after Billy ever since she arrived in Erinsborough,
but she's not going to get him, not without a fight.
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Summary by Steve. Captures by Karl