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Ben's Christening / Rosie's Arrival Episode 3958
Written by Judith Colquhoun, Directed by Adrian Holmes
and Karl are discussing arrangements for the christening tomorrow
and Karl asks how much of a fuddy-duddy the minister is -
Lou explains he hasn't actually spoken to him yet. Maggie
bumps into Karl and Susan at the Coffee Shop and mentions
seeing Elly at the dance marathon, before realising they didn't
know she was there...
is leaving the flat when he notices a young lady trying to
get into the flat upstairs. He runs up there and asks her
what she's doing. She says she's just minding her own business,
but he accuses her of trying to break in.
tells Susan that the minute Elly wakes up, he's going to let
her have it and force Liz to make other arrangements. Susan
says that might be difficult with Liz in Stockholm and tells
Karl to go to the greengrocer to get more asparagus and another
lettuce. Just as he goes, Elly comes out and asks if Karl
has gone. Elly says she couldn't face another fight, but Susan
says she's going to get one anyway. Elly claims that going
to the dance marathon may have been wrong, but she did it
for the right reasons. Susan tells Elly she went too far and
proved she has no respect for either her or Karl and that
if she wants to live in their house, she has to adapt. Elly
then goes to get ready for the christening.
is embarrassed when the woman shows him her lease, and he
goes on to introduce himself. She spots his security badge
from the club and says he was just acting like any professional
security guard would. He explains that he's just doing it
part-time as he has a new baby and she says she'll have to
go and get the right key from the landlord. Drew tells her
that Nigel, the last tenant, used to keep a spare key in the
letterbox and he finds it for her, offering to help her move
her stuff in.
carries her boxes up, asking about her musical tastes, since
Nigel used to play drums all through the night. She says she
only ever played recorder in primary school. She thanks him
and he goes on to tell her about the christening today, but
that she can meet Libby and Ben soon.
is just getting up and Lyn tells her the day is almost over.
Michelle claims she didn't sleep well and Lyn says it wouldn't
have been very easy to sleep at a dance marathon ' she's spotted
the tag on her hand. Joe comes in and Lyn tells him about
the marathon. He tells Michelle that she isn't to have any
more contact with Elly. She can't understand what she did
that was so wrong, because it was a charity fundraiser, but
Lyn says that she disobeyed them and went behind their backs.
Joe gets off the phone and says his dad's on the way here
from Mick and Di's - he says Lyn'll have to go to the christening
on her own.
is gathered outside the church and Lyn comes running up, apologising
for Joe's absence. Lyn spots Ben in his gown and comments
on how handsome he looks. She brings up the dance marathon
issue and neither Lyn nor Susan seems to know what to do about
punishing them. Just then, Libby and Drew come along with
a lady, who Susan explains to Lou is the minister. Libby introduces
Rosie to her parents and Drew introduces her to Lou and Lyn.
Rosie suggests they get started and Libby mentions that she's
adding the middle name Ian, after one of her editors who inspired
her and passed away yesterday after battling cancer. Harold
arrives just as everyone is heading into the church.
is at the medical centre, trying to get in, when Darcy spots
her and asks if he can help her. She says she needs to see
a doctor and he explains that it's closed for family reasons.
She says it doesn't matter and he tells her to come back this
tells Joe that she doesn't have that many friends - he mentions
Bianca. She says that it wasn't long ago that Bianca's mum
was banning her from seeing Michelle, an idea that Joe said
was stupid at the time. Joe says this is different and that
Elly is a bad influence. Michelle claims that she is capable
of independent thought, but he isn't budging. Just then, there's
a knock at the door - it's Joe's father. Michelle says she
bets Joe's dad never treated him this badly, but Joe says
she hasn't got a clue what she's talking about. Michelle answers,
and Joe's father, Pat, mistakes her for Felicity. Pat's surprised
at how grown up she is and Michelle says she hasn't seen him
since she was seven. Michelle invited him in, but there is
obvious tension between Joe and his father. Michelle wants
to know where Pat has been this past few years, but he says
there's plenty of time for that. Michelle goes to make tea
and Pat says it'll be good to see Lyn again. Joe says he could
have seen her anytime ' he knew where they were for the past
makes her speech at Ben's christening: "And so we are
gathered here today for a very special occasion. To welcome
this child into the world and into our Christian community
and as Ben will soon discover, it's a far from perfect world.
Indeed, so far from perfect, that some people won't even bring
a child into it at all. That's not a theory I subscribe to,
for as troubled as it is by catastrophes of all kinds. By
war and poverty and injustice, this world is still a pretty
wonderful place to be. And how much the world needs its children,
Ben, and all the others, with their energy and optimism, their
imagination, their dreams. Our children are our gift to the
future. How important then is our task of caring for them,
nurturing them and surrounding them with love, so that they
in turn will know how to care for and love others. You are
here today, all of you, but especially Ben's parents and his
godfather, to promise that you will do your best by him. And
it is, I can assure you, an awesome responsibility, because
no matter what we do in this life - no matter how clever or
talented or fortunate we are - there is no job more important
than that of raising a child. Ben Ian Kennedy Kirk, I baptise
you in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy
tells Pat he just wishes he'd known where he was, just so
the kids could have kept in contact. He says that the kids
get on well with Lyn's parents, it's a shame it couldn't have
been the same for him. Pat claims he just had to chase the
work, but Joe says it's no excuse, he then asks what happened
with Mick and Pat claims that Mick's changed. Joe asks why
Pat is there, Pat insists he's trying to change. Michelle
brings the tea in and Pat says it's great - Michelle says
her mum taught her to make it like that.
and Drew thank Rosie for the beautiful service. Rosie is impressed
that they haven't heard a peep from Ben all day. Harold tells
Karl and Susan that he won't be able to join them back in
Ramsay Street as he has to visit a friend, but they thank
him for finding Rosie. Darcy asks when the photos are being
taken, as he has to go back and open the surgery, Lyn offers
to take them so Darcy can go. Elly is sitting to one side
and they all ask her to join in the family shot. Lyn asks
for one with just the young ones and Susan comments that Elly
looks happy to be part of a family. She asks Karl when he's
going to give her her marching orders, he says he'll do it
when the time is right.
at Number 28, Drew tells Libby about Terri, their new neighbour.
Drew says she's nice and Libby will like her, Libby says she'll
like her if she likes babysitting. Lyn says she has to go,
but Susan tells her not to rush off. Just then, Michelle comes
in to see Ben in all his finery. Lou suggests that Libby and
Drew open his gift - it's two books, a Bible and a book called
How to Succeed in Business. There's also an envelope
containing some shares for Ben. Elly and Michelle go to one
side and discuss their punishment, but Lyn overhears and asks
Elly is she heard Rosie's speech today. She tells Elly about
parental responsibility and how parents are there to form
their kids into responsible adults. Lyn explains that the
rules are there so the parents can sleep at night and they
just want to show they love them. It makes Elly and Michelle
think about how they've been behaving.
is on the phone, telling someone that the surgery was closed,
but that 'Tyler' was there and was pretty much the guy she
was expecting. She says she'll try to hook up at the club
is pleased to see Pat and he says she hasn't changed a bit.
She tells them that the minister was fantastic at the christening.
Lyn goes to make coffee and Joe follows her. He tells Lyn
that Pat seems to want to get to know his grandkids, but he
can't just turn up and expect an instant family.
and Drew are just arriving home and Drew takes Ben into the
flat. Meanwhile, Libby sees Terri getting out of a flash car
at the end of the driveway, all dressed up in a short dress.
Libby says hi and Terri is very short with her, so an unimpressed
Libby goes running into the flat shouting 'Drew!'
This episode was dedicated to the memory of scriptwriter Ian
Coughlan, who also serves as the inspiration for Ben's middle
Summary by Steve. Captures by Karl