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Magic Moments > 2004 > Jack's Car Crash Episode 4548

Written by John Hanlon, Directed by Gary Conway

Episode Title: Crash And Burn

Jack in on the phone to Mac in the Coffee Shop, asking if they can meet up. Caleb introduces himself to Izzy and Jack, and says that his father owns the restaurant. Steph sees Jack going out and tries to stop him, but he speeds away in the carÖ

Steph runs into number 32 and tells Max what has happened. She goes out to try and find him, despite Maxís reservations. Summer comes out and asks Max if they can talk about Caleb, but he sends her to bed.

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Mac and Jack are in the pub when Steph bursts in looking for him. He kisses Mac so that Steph wonít see him. He then explains why he did it and Mac is confused as to why his sister would be looking for him. He defends Steph, and says that they should get going.

Steph arrives home without Jack, and Max suggests that she should contact Joe and Lyn. She says that she doesnít want to worry them at the moment. She says that she remembers when they were kids, that she was always the one who was getting into trouble and needing to be rescued. Max thinks that Jack probably picked everything up from his big sister, but sheís not to blame for anything Jack does. Steph says that she just wants to protect her brother.

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Liljana gets up and finds a sewing machine with a bow on it on the kitchen table. Thereís a note which reveals that itís a gift for her from David.

Outside a club, Jack is walking away from Mac, telling her that sheís ruining his life. She asks him why heís suddenly behaving like this. He says that he was really making something of his life, until he started hanging around with her. He thanks her for ruining his life, then speeds off again in the car.

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David asks Lil if she likes the machine. Sheís quite unenthusiastic about it, but he says that now she wonít need to share clothes and can even whip up her own outfits. He tells her to think of the savings.

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Jack is driving home when Mac phones him. He answers, and she tells him to come back and they can recover together. Jack starts to drift off, and suddenly careers off the road, knocking out the power in the neighbourhood. Mac starts screaming Jackís name down the phone, as passers-by stop to try and help.

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The emergency services arrive at the scene of the accident. The paramedics find that Jack is lying unconscious in the car, and they call for back-up.

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Summer tells Max that the TV isnít working and she tells him to call for a repair man. They realise that all of the power is out, and she says that she probably wonít need to go to school in that case. She tells Max that this is Calebís last day in town and she might never see him again. Max tells her that thereís no way sheís missing school. Steph then bursts in and says thereís no sign of Jack. Max says that heíll take her out and they can look for him. He tells Summer to get her stuff and they can drop her off at school.

Mac arrives at the accident, and one of the police officers sees her and says that they hardly recognised her. She spots Jackís phone in the car and quickly removes it, then moves away from the scene and breaks down.

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At number 24, the Bishops are surveying the damage from the power shorting out everything. Harold says that he didnít have circuit breakers installed, but Lil says that itís Davidís fault for buying that ancient sewing machine. Harold says that nobody is to blame for this and Lil apologises to David. David tries to phone the electrician and itís busy, so Harold goes out to see if anybody elseís power is down.

At the school, everyone is outside in the corridors, as thereís no power. Summer starts talking about Caleb, and Lisa accuses her of making him up and starts laughing at her. Summer assures her that itís true, and then Caleb arrives at the school on an electric scooter. Summer introduces Lisa to him as her ex-best friend, then they leave.

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Harold, Max and Steph arrive at the scene of the accident and none of them are sure whatís going on. Steph suddenly notices that itís Lynís car and she races off, with Max chasing her. He tries to stop her from getting too close to the accident.

Caleb and Summer arrive back at the school, and he asks if she can come and visit. She says that theyíre not rich like his family, and she wonít be able to. Lisa appears again, and starts trying to chat up Caleb, but he tells her that he knows all about her and he doesnít want to know her. Lisa walks away, humiliated and Caleb says that he should go. He gives her a friendship ring, and she says sheíll wear it all the time. He promises that heíll come back, then he goes.

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At the hospital, Steph is waiting for news. Max arrives and she tells him that nobody will tell her whatís going on. He offers to get them to page Karl, but heís not working that day. She says that she isnít going to phone her parents until thereís some proper news. Max reminds her of when Boyd had his accident, but Steph says that this is different. She says that sheíll tell them when the time is right, but right now, she just wants Jack to get through it alive.

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At the Coffee Shop, Harold is on the phone to Max, and tells Lil and David that thereís no news. David says that this is the last thing Jack needed, what with trying to run the family business on his own. Lil says that they should phone Lyn, but Harold says that Steph wants to wait until thereís more news. Lisa comes in and sits with Summer. She sees the ring, and Summer explains that it was a gift from Caleb. Lisa says that itís sad that they havenít been talking lately and asks if they can be friends again. Summer tells Lisa that sheíll just have to wait and see.

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Steph goes in to see Jack and he asks her whatís wrong with him. She tells him he has a ruptured spleen and several broken ribs. She asks if he remembers what happened, and he has a flashback to the crash. He lies to Steph that he canít remember any of it, and apologises to her for everything. He tells her that he hid from her in the pub, then he starts coughing up blood and canít stopÖ

Summary by Steve

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