Magic Moments > 2002 > The 4000th Episode Episode 4000
Written by Christopher Gist, Directed by Tony Osicka
assures Rosie he is looking forward to coming to dinner and
kisses her, unaware that a fire is starting in the church.
Chloe admits defeat to Stephanie and gives her blessing for
party is underway for Steph at Number 26 and whilst Dee and
Libby play around with the wedding veil, Lyn is making snacks
in the kitchen. She tells Flick to look at her sister as she's
so happy. They enter the living room to the girls' gushing
and Dee impatiently asks when Marc is going to turn up referring
to him as the 'most beautiful man in the universe' - a phrase
she has adopted from Steph herself. Lyn asks if they haven't
met Marc yet and Dee says no, Steph's been hiding him from
them and bragging. As Flick watches quietly, Lyn denies that
Steph is bragging and Dee accuses her of perving on the son-in-law.
Lyn denies this but on Dee and Libby's goading, admits that
he has a 'top bum'. Steph is embarrassed quelling them by
mentioning that Marc's plane landed an hour ago so he should
arrive soon. Lyn is panicky that Marc must not see the veil,
and Steph just wants to wear it for a little while. As Libby
laughs, Steph asks why prompting her friend to enthuse about
the marriage and house and possibly even a little friend for
Ben although Steph thinks she's getting ahead of herself.
Declaring herself Nana Lyn, Lyn hugs her daughter telling
her she's going to make the most gorgeous children and Dee
agrees. Preturbed by the conversation, Flick decides to go
and visit the Hancocks surprising Steph by not waiting around
for Marc. Lyn suggests joining her in a little while as Flick
leaves the house with a sigh.
fire is blazing in the church as Lou tells Rosie that she
is the best thing that's happened to him in a long time. She
interrupts him as she can smell burning and they look down
horrified to see smoke coming through the vestry door.
follows Harold through the door of Number 24, making small
talk about the Hancocks' sendoff, but Harold cuts him off
asking what he wants to talk about. Mal states that he received
a call from Dorothy Stevens informing him that Harold made
a counter off for the Coffee Shop lease. She obviously expects
them to enter into a bidding war and Harold replies that he
hopes it won't come to that - perhaps Mal should withdraw
from the race. Mal smugly ponders that he may have underestimated
Harold causing him to agree.
is walking past the church and sees the fire raging inside
unaware that Lou and Rosie are choking in the vestry, desperate
for help. She takes out a mobile and reports that the Anglican
Church on Church Street is on fire, before spotting Lou's
car parked outside.
is sat at home making a model aeroplane as Mal enters and
immediately voices his surprise at his son buying the Hancock
house. Mal counters that he hasn't had much of a chance to
tell him but assures that he got a good price joking that
in London you wouldn't even get a hamburger for what he paid.
Karl thinks Mal has been very kind as Evan and Maggie were
more than happy with the price they got but he questions why
Mal bought a family sized home. He agrees to be his son's
agent when asked but is surprised that he won't be living
there. Mal scoffs at the idea as Catherine would be horrified
at the prospect of returning to Erinsborough. This makes Karl
defensive who sarcastically agrees, commenting that the area's
such a hole after all. He agrees that Mal is in town for business
but also to spend time with his family provoking Mal to ask
what his problem is. In a measured tone, Karl explains that
when Mal returned he thought it would provide the opportunity
to be a family again but it's not like it was. Mal disagrees
as it's great to be back. When Karl mentions him living in
a hotel, Mal states that he'd love to move back in only to
be reminded that it's entirely in his hands. Mal doesn't think
his business dealings with Harold should affect their relationship
but Karl warns him he needs to think about it a lot more.
runs into the church as Lou gives Rosie a handkerchief to
stop her choking. She calls out for Lou from the back of the
church and hears the pair clammering on the vestry door. Dropping
to her knees, she crawls through the flames to the far end
of the church and unlatches the door warning Lou and Rosie
to get to the ground. Choking on the smoke, the group crawls
precariously through the fire as the emergency services arrive
and help them out. Lou complains about his eyes as he and
Rosie are taken to the ambulance and given oxygen masks whilst
Flick regains her breath.
has arrived at Number 26, and is surrounded by the remaining
women. Steph introduces him to Dee who says that it is nice
to meet him and that he's been subject of much gossip and
rumour lately. Marc is embarrassed as the women giggle and
gag Libby before she can continue the joke. Steph leads Marc
into the kitchen as Lyn shouts after them that they'll be
waiting in the lounge room. Libby wonders if he's the most
beautiful man in the universe and Dee thinks there's no competition
excitedly noting that his eyes are so green.
the kitchen, Steph has her arms round Marc, who tells her
he loves her and didn't bring her anything back from his trip.
She is glad he remembered and he was scared of receiving another
hammering like the last time he bought her a gift. Steph reminds
him that it's not presents she wants and kisses him.
a glass of wine, Dee calls through to hurry the couple on
and Libby reminds them it's rude to smooch when you've got
shouts back that she'll be there in a minute and kisses Marc
again. He moves to leave but she pulls him back saying that
there's something she has to tell him and she hopes he's going
to like it - she thinks she's pregnant.
has returned to Number 24 and tells Harold that he knows there's
a lot more than just business going on here. Harold is glad
and supposes that he has spoken with his father. Mal confirms
this, on top of the 'Vicar of Dibley' having a go at him.
Out of the blue Mal offers Harold $10,000 out of goodwill,
supposing that it's fair, but Harold refuses, angrily replying
that they're not in the least bit 'sorted'. He reminds Mal
that back in the UK, ten grand is only a third that figure
and asks if that's what he gives people he rails out of business.
Mal is surprised that he's throwing the offer back in his
face but opening the door Harold states that in order to lose
his business he'd need to be offered a lot more, confusedly
putting forward $100,000 as a starting point. Mal counters
that he should be doing this for nothing and he should start
becoming a bit more reasonable but Harold responds by telling
him to get out and watches angrily as he leaves.
tells a shocked Lyn that they should blow bubbles at the wedding
reinforced by Libby who says that it's all the rage.
by his reaction, Steph asks if Marc's happy and he replies
that he is, leaving the kitchen to get some champagne. Steph
chases after him to warn him that she hasn't told the others
yet. Libby interrupts that she hopes they're not going back
into the kitchen but they do just that. Marc wonders if it's
just a false alarm and Steph thinks maybe, maybe not.
is on the phone at Number 28, surprised that the company are
sending someone over to deal with the situation. He ends the
call and tells a quizzical Karl that he's having problems
with his 'moron' of a project co-ordinator. Slamming his things
down angrily he announces that he's been taken off the job.
has turned up at the Scully house to bring news of the fire
and Libby wonders how it started. Lyn decides to go to the
hospital and Dee offers to accompany her. As she grabs her
things, Lyn asks why Felicity was there as she should have
been going to the Hancocks', but Harold doesn't know and quickly
leaves to see Lou. Lyn thanks him for letting them know and
signals for Libby to take care of Steph and Marc.
brings a cup of coffee to a still furious Mal who laments
that he needed time to corner the Australian market and there's
no point in calling his boss back as he's a moron who's just
past it. The only people who do any good for Cuppa Diem are
people his age and he feels like going down there and punching
the guy in the head. Karl interrupts suggesting ringing him
back but Mal ignores himcomplaining that he's waited years
for this opportunity and one little mistake pushes him off
and Dee return home with Felicity in tow insisting that she's
fine. Dee warns that her eyes and throat
will sting for a while as Steph enters from the kitchen to
welcome the hero back. Bashfully Flick replies that it was
nothing but Steph reminds her that she only saved Lou and
Rosie. Flick asks if Marc has gone but he's just gone off
to buy some champagne. As if on cue Marc enters saying that
he'll pop it in the fridge so they can toast the hero. Dee
wonders if Flick's up for trying her bridesmaid's dress on
but Lyn wants her to rest and Libby who is already in hers
receives an enthusiastic response from Lyn who leads her off
for a proper fitting followed by Dee. Steph tells Flick that
she informed Marc of her pregnancy. He was overwhelmed at
first but then went off and brought all the
and Rosie are sat spluttering on the sofa at Harold's, who
brings them hot drinks. Rosie asks how Lou's feeling; he replies
that he never wants to be that close to a fire ever again.
Timid, Rosie supposes that she should go back and Lou reassures
her that she can take it easy as the fire brigade are still
there. Breaking down, Rosie sobs that they were so lucky but
she doesn't know how it started. She'll probably have to have
everyone under a tarpaulin on Sunday. When asked if he saw
anything Lou says no he was out the back with Rosie and Harold
wonders why. Rosie cuts in that Lou was bringing things over
to the church and conversation quickly moves to its restoration.
Harold assures Rosie that he's at her disposal if she has
any fundraising ideas and she thanks him before looking at
a guilty Lou.
asks Mal what he's going to do now but he hasn't got a clue
- maybe he should start up another handyman business. Karl
won't be giving any advice on that but Mal corrects him. He
won't be telling him what to do. Sighing, Karl replies that
he only ever tried to help him run his business more efficiently.
Mal was never bothered though that Handy Sam's wasn't a world
beater because he always knew that one day he'd really make
it. He's surprised that Karl denies ever doubting him but
Karl continues to ask how many people in their twenties own
their own home, a home that he and Catherine could move back
to. Mal is quick to state that he's not going to be a loser
but Karl doesn't think it's a bad thing Cuppa Diem cut him
off. Ignoring Mal's protests that he was just taken off the
project, Karl accuses him of pretending there's a good reason
to be over in London away from his family. Here we go again,
Mal retorts. He knows Karl would love it if the company actually
fired him because he's always believed his son to be a no-hoper.
Does he know what it's like to be told by his father that
he's no good? Karl says yes and Mal replies that maybe he's
just a bit better at it than his dad. Or maybe he's not as
thick-skinned as Karl is. Sarcastically thanking him for the
comment, Karl leaves.
early the next morning and Flick is on the phone telling someone
that she needs to see him. After arranging a meeting and ending
the call, she is shocked when Steph appears and brushes the
call off as an old friend from school. Steph wonders if she
wants to bring someone to the wedding but Flick cuts her sister
off causing her to change the subject and ask if she wants
to hang out today. When Flick declares herself too busy, Steph
mentions that she's going to take a test to confirm the pregnancy
one way or another. She feels really blessed like it's a good
omen about her and Marc's life together. She loves him so
much. Flick half-heartedly states how happy she is for Steph
before leaving for her appointment.
eyed and still in her night clothes, Dee answers the door
of Number 30 to Steph who blurts out that she can't keep it
a secret any longer - she's pregnant. Flustered, Dee asks
if she knew last night and if she's done a test prompting
Steph to whip one out of her pocket. She hoped that Dee could
confirm the result for her when it's done and the two hug,
squealing with excitement.
enters from his bedroom and asks Karl if he slept okay but
he didn't, not really. Karl accepts an offer of coffee and
asks what Mal's plans are for the day. He replies that he's
just got to pack his bags and Karl is about to leave but Mal
calls him back telling him he loves him. Karl wants to know
why he can't return to Erinsborough but Mal doesn't want to
give up and asks Karl's advice for what he'd do in the same
situation. Confirming that Catherine loves it in London, Karl
just doesn't know. Mal apologises for last night but Karl
didn't realise how angry he was at him being in England. He
only had twenty years of his son's life and he thought they'd
be more. Mal denies that his parents have done anything to
make him stay away - he always assumed they knew it was for
work. Karl replies that he only wanted what was best for him
but he's not selfless enough to just let him go and he is
threatened by Mal's success. When he was Mal's age, he was
just a struggling intern who didn't have two cents to rub
together. Reminding Karl that he loves him, Mal states that
it's hard being away and pulls him in for a hug.
is waiting at Lassiter's Lake as Marc arrives and says that
they have a lot to talk about. Flick thinks they should have
talked ages ago but she doesn't know what's going on. Everything
just seems so wrong. She never thought she'd say this but
she's in love with him and tells a stunned Marc that she thinks
he's in love with her too.
This episode marked the end of the 2001 production block.
A party and press call was held at the studio to mark this
milestone, attended by many Neighbours alumni, past
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Summary by Jay. Captures by Karl