tells Harold that he doesn't believe that, and Harold says
that all he's ever asked for is to have more time with Madge,
and says God turned his back on him. Karl reassures him he
has family and friends, and Harold tells him that Madge is
his family, and his best friend. He goes in to check on her,
and Karl leaves.
Lou's Place, Lou tells Steph how his chef has just walked
out on him, and that he has to come up with a five star lunch
menu. Steph suggests steak and salad, and Lou says the judge
for the pub competition is a vegetarian. Steph asks how Madge
is, and Lou tells her she's poorly, but a fighter. He then
has a brainwave to use Madge's cookbook, which has vegetarian
recipes in it.
at the coffee shop, Tad and Paul are sitting at a table when
Jess walks in. Jess approaches and asks how Madge is, and
they say there's no change. Jess gloats how Susan's been suspended.
Paul starts laying into her because he knows Susan never hit
her, and Jess protests otherwise. He tells her to sit somewhere
else, so she gets up and sits at the next table. Tad tells
Paul off for being so nasty, and Paul says that if he's so
concerned, he should go talk to her. He then adds that he
has more important things to worry about, and Tad tells him
to stop lashing out at everyone. Paul asks him to go and talk
to Jess again, so he goes over. Tad approaches Jess and says
they need to talk about her and Susan.
goes to leave the pub and bumps into Matt. Lou asks him to
go and get the supplies for a recipe he found in Madge's cookbook.
Steph's co-worker Steve arrives, and says how the office said
she was here, and that she wanted to see him. He says he'd
rather talk here, and Steph goes to get some drinks.
enters Madge's room and brings her a flower and strawberry
ice cream. Madge confesses to not craving them like this since
having her tonsils removed as a child. When she decides she
doesn't want any of the strawberries, she begins to cry, because
Harold had gone to so much trouble, and feels guilty for answering
his "You have to eat something" with a defeatest
"Why'" He tells her not to be so silly, and says
it's nothing in comparison to what she's done for him over
the years. He gets out an old photo album. He kisses her,
and they look at some pictures of happier times. Madge worries
over what to do about the business, and Harold tells her not
to worry. Madge notices she's in all the photos, and Harold
says that's because she's the only constant wonderful thing
in his life.
and Steve talk at the pub, and Steph talks about how the company
were trying to cut down on costs. Steve interrupts and says
he's been offered another job with the opposition, and says
how they came to him and everything. He said he needed the
extra money and apologises. Steph says it's great news, and
that he'll be missed. He gets up to leave, and asks what she
wanted to talk to him about, she said it was because she couldn't
get the extra hours, and Lou asks how it went. Steph said
he finishes at the end of the week.
at the coffee shop, Jess asks Tad why he's blaming her, and
Tad says that if she's doing it for the sake of it, she's
"stuffing up" her career. Jess says she'll get another
job, and Tad asks why she always wants to hurt people. Jess
arrives home at 28, and Drew takes her box of files. Libby
says hello and hugs her. Darcy and Drew go to make lunch,
and Susan tells Libby the staff were supported. Karl said
Susan can relax and take a break from teaching. Karl continues
to dig himself deeper, and then says he's only trying to put
a positive light on an aspect of their lives, what with Madge
being so ill and everything. Libby suggests that Susan should
take her leave, and should go to London for Mal's wedding.
Karl says if there's one thing they've learned from Madge,
it's to get their priorities right.
the pub, Lou finishes preparing the meal, and Matt asks why
he chose that particular recipe. Lou said it was because all
the others were Harold's, and that he trusts Madge's taste.
24, Harold puts some flowers in a vase and Karl enters and
asks him not to shut the door. He says the flowers were from
Libby and Drew. Harold asks Karl to hang around, and Tad and
Paul arrive. Harold tells the boys that the end is close.
He lets Tad go in on his own.
enters and Madge says hello and Tad tells her not to die,
because he'll go looking for her if she does. He says there's
loads he wants to do this year, and wants Madge there to see
it. He says he's going to try and study too, and then says
he loves her and kisses her. He leaves to get Paul.
Lou's Place, Brian Curtis, the pub inspector, finishes his
meal, and compliments the food. He gives the man a copy of
the cookbook, and he says Lou should make Spag Madge a permanent
fixture on the menu. He then says the pub is on the short
list. Lou then leaves to go and see Madge.
Madge's bedroom, Paul says he can't call her mum, as it sounds
stupid now. But he says she's the best mother he could ever
have. She clutches his hand, and says how she'll be watching
over him, and says she loves him, and tells him to hang onto
his dreams. Harold and Lou are at the door, and Lou jokes
around with Madge. He tells her how her cookbook saved his
bacon, and asks to rename "Spaghetti Madge" to "Spaghetti
Lou", which she finds funny.
Libby and Drew's flat, Steph tells Libby how she told her
boss that she sacked Steve, and Drew says how what the boss
doesn't know won't hurt him. Steph says she's glad she's off
the hook. When Libby asks about Woody, Steph asks why her
life has to be so complicated, and says how she invited him
to stay at her place without asking her parents. Drew finishes
hanging up Dione's painting, and Libby says how ugly it is.
Libby said that Susan will call if there's any news.
thanks Lou for his letter he wrote her, back at 24. Lou says
he's never been too flash at telling people how he feels,
but that he had to tell her. Lou kisses her, and Karl watches
over in the doorway. They both leave the room, and Harold,
Tad and Paul enter. Susan hugs Karl for comfort, and Lou sits
by himself on the chair.
the bedroom, the boys watch at either side of the bed, while
Harold lays next to Madge, saying how much he loves her. She
says how she loves him, and asks him to still go to Paris
for her. He smiles and begins to list all the plans they
had, holding her hand as he does. Suddenly he trails off,
realising that Madge has passed away whilst he was talking.
As it dawns on him what happened, he breaks down in tears
by her side as the boys look on.
Writer John Hanlon (a pen-name for Shane Porteous) won an
Australian Writers' Guild (Awgie) award for his script for
Truly the end of an era for the show, saying goodbye to a
large part of its long-term history. Madge sadly seems almost
superfluous to the action at times, never really getting to
make her own epitaph, but the genuinely moving performances
from Ian Smith and Jonathon Dutton make this one of the most
memorable episodes of recent years.
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