Year by Year > 1988: Episodes 638-876
Network Ten airdates:
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Number of episodes:
Madge Bishop, Jane Harris, Mike Young, Gail Lewis,
Henry Ramsay, Des
Toby Mangel, Nick Page
Departing Cast: Eileen
John Worthington, Mark Granger, Nina Williams, Steve Fisher,
Malcolm Clarke, Hilary Robinson
was now established and truly came of age, introduced new
stars, and was just about to show how much potential it had
in a year no one would forget...
year starts with
trapped out at sea on a model shoot - Scott swims back to
shore, but when the other two are rescued and Scott isn't
found, he is presumed dead. Although
blames Mike and Jane, Scott does make a return and passes
his exams, all of which causes Charlene to faint!
parents, Eileen and Malcolm, start dating again and he even
proposes to her. She accepts and Des is thrilled. However,
on the day of the wedding Mrs Mangel accidentally gives Malcolm
cold feet, and he calls the wedding off. Eileen is devastated,
and Mrs Mangel never tells her the truth.
wins a car in a raffle, and arch nemesis Mrs Mangel has to
tell her the good news. As Madge does not know how to drive,
decides to teach her - against other friends' warnings. It
all goes wrong however when she ends up hitting the fire hydrant,
soaking Eileen, Mrs Mangel, herself, and Henry. Later,
also tries to teach Madge, but it just ends up with the pair
arguing, so Madge gives up and sells the car.
and Beverly Marshall get married at Number 26, where
and Gail renew their vows. Katie and Todd Landers, Beverly's
neice and nephew who turned up for the wedding, darken the
party when they run away from Erinsborough. Luckily, they
are later found by the Ramsay Street residents, and end up
living at Number 26.
working on someone's car, Charlene finds an old coin worth
quite a bit of money. She leaves it in the drawer at Number
24, but Katie is given it accidentally by Henry. Then, Katie
gives it to Mrs Mangel! Charlene tries everything she can
to get the coin back from Mrs Mangel, especially after she
almost uses it in a phone booth. However, in the end Charlene
gives it back to the owner.
ends his gardening business with Henry and goes into business
with his father. Scott finds out that boss Ross isn't as honest
as he seems, and exposes him to the police. Ross later burns
the factory down, and Jim gets an apprenticeship at the garage
with Rob Lewis.
has been away caring her sick father. Coming back from his
funeral, her car (with Jamie and Gail inside) is involved
in a horrific accident. Gail and Jamie are fine, but Daphne
remains in a coma. Des is adamant that Daphne will pull through,
despite his friends and family in Ramsay Street not being
so sure, and he eventually admits to Paul that on the outside
he is acting fine but on the inside he is being torn apart.
After months of remaining in a coma, Daphne suffers cardiac
arrest and dies in hospital, leaving Des devastated. He remains
in a deep depression for weeks, and his friends and family
help him through it. He especially realises that "life
must go on" when young Katie Landers calls him 'Clarkey',
not knowing it is the name that Daphne called him. Mike talked
to the guys responsible for Daphne's condition, and they subsequently
claim that Mike bashed them, and he is put on trial. However,
Henry and Scott form a plan, which exposes the faking the
of injuries, and Mike is let off with a good behaviour bond.
and Madge have a very rocky road to the altar. Harold calls
off the wedding early on in the year after he loses all his
shares, devastating Madge who insists that she doesn't care
that she won't have a big wedding. Harold vows to give Madge
what she deserves, and Madge briefly heads up to Brisbane
for a while to visit her parents. Whilst Madge is in Queensland,
she starts seeing someone behind Harold's back. Just as Madge
tells Harold of what she has done, the man shows up and turns
out to be an old enemy of Harold's -
Carpenter. Since high school, the two both had fought
over Madge. They argue and argue until Madge throws a bucket
of water over them both. Harold proposes to her again later,
and she accepts. Scott, Charlene, and Henry decide to give
Madge and Harold the biggest wedding ever... when she finds
out about it, though, she makes them ring all the relatives
they had invited and cancel the plans. She eventually gets
married, with Charlene as bridesmaid and David Bishop, Harold's
son, as best man. Sally and Eileen leave for a trip around
Europe after the reception.
discovers he has a child from a fling with old flame Nina,
a four-year-old called Amy. Gail accuses him of now not wanting
to have any children, but he assures her that he still does.
after Daphne's death, Jane discovers feelings for Des, and
dumps Mike. Her gran tries to make Jane see sense, as does
Mike, and Jane is deeply upset and embarassed when Des finds
out and tells her he isn't ready for another relationship.
starts writing the advice column "Dear Georgette"
in the Erinsborough News. Mrs Mangel gives him a few
stern words when she finds out, but when Harold quits she
becomes the new Dear Georgette. Nell also meets John Worthington,
who takes a shine to her and her to him. However, through
the coloumn Mrs Mangel advises John to propose to her. When
John finds out he is disgusted and leaves her.
returning from Brisbane, it is obvious Scott and Charlene
are having problems. Scott tells everyone that Charlene had
an affair in Brisbane with Steve Fisher. He turns up in Brisbane
and gives her driving lessons, and although Charlene has a
brief affair with him she realises it isn't worth it and goes
back to Scott. However, Scott isn't so willing to forgive
and forget. At the Erinsborough 50's Night, the pair make
hires Bronwyn Davies as his babysitter. Henry is instantly
attracted but Mike gets her, though their relationship doesn't
last too long and she goes for Henry instead. On Jamie's first
birthday, Bronwyn's sister Sharon arrives. They both end up
staying at Number 32 with Mrs Mangel.
while writing a report about the Ramsay family, discovers
that Ramsay Street should really be named Robinson Street.
He discovers this when he finds a diary talking about a card
game between Jack Ramsay and 'great grandfather' Robinson,
in which Ramsay got his 'usual four Jacks', suggesting that
he cheated. It sends the whole street into an uproar. The
Robinson/Ramsay feud starts up and Todd and Katie change the
street sign to Robinson St [a storyline which would later
be used again with
and Claire in 1997]. The street decides to settle it over
a card game between Scott and Henry. Charlene fixes the cards
(with help from a distraction by Madge's father Dan), and
Henry wins. When Charlene tells Scott later, he is angry and
demands to know what henry actually got. Henry checks the
cards (which he had put in his coat pocket), and discovers
that he, in traditional Ramsay style, had gotten four Jacks.
Ramsay offers Scott and Charlene a house up in Brisbane.
After fussing about for a bit, Charlene agrees to take the
house while Scott says he'll go up as soon as he finds work
there. Charlene leaves Erinsborough after saying goodbye to
all her friends and family in Ramsay Street.
gun is found in Mrs Mangel's yard. After questioning her over
it, Jane discovers that it belongs to Joe, Jane's uncle and
Nell's son. Joe and Mrs Mangel had been estranged for years,
and with Henry's help, Jane attempts to pair the stubborn
pair together, eventually succeeding. Joe moves in to Number
32 with Jane and Mrs Mangel.
Erinsborough has been affected by a spate of graffitti, especially
at Jim's workshop. The culprit is caught by Todd and Henry,
revealed to be Nick Page. Helen realises that the teenager
isn't as bad as he seems, but just been having a batch of
problems recently, with his gran's bad health. After moving
in to Number 26, he starts up a romance with Sharon Davies.
scores a job at The Coffee Shop working for Harold. One day
she is offered a cigarette by some friends from school, but
throws it in the bin. When Des, Bronwyn and Jamie are strolling
past later, they realise that the shop is on fire. Des rushes
in and Bronwyn calls the fire brigade, but the shop blows
up. Luckily, Harold saves the day and rescues Des. Nick takes
the blame but Sharon spills the beans to Harold eventually.
Joe Mangel revamps the shop afterwards.
and Bronwyn's Aunt Edie arrives in town and promptly tries
to get Bronwyn and Sharon back to Narabri and stop their
relationships with Mike and Nick, respectively. Edie also
plans to buy No. 30 (which had been empty since 1985). Sharon
is distraught at the idea of her aunt moving in next door
to her, so dresses up and goes to the house auction. All Sharon
was trying to do was to raise the house bid high enough for
Des (who was representing Edith) to stop bidding and for someone
else to win, but she ended up winning! However, all is settled,
Edie gets the house, and moves back to Narabri.
cake-fest is held in Erinsborough. Mrs Mangel, Sharon, and
Madge have all put in entries - although Nell greatly doubts
Sharon's will get anywhere, and continues to brag. Sharon
is sick of her complaining and sabotages Nell's cake with
vinegar. Henry meanwhile mistakenly runs over Madge's entry,
and replaces it hastily, making Sharon her unexpected winner!
Mrs Mangel takes up fortune telling and predicts bad things
for Beverly, but predicts Katie will win something - and she
ends up with second prize in the raffle. And when she finds
out about how Sharon sabotaged her cake, she throws both Sharon
and Bronwyn out of her house! The pair soon move to Number
30, to live with their aunt.
is desperate for a baby. She thinks Jim doesn't want one and
almost commits suicide after mistakenly hearing him say something.
She does, however, fall pregnant, but Mrs Mangel's prior fears
are proved true when she loses the baby after being mugged.
Worthington and Nell meet up again and start to rekindle their
romance. However, Joe, who has heard of Nell's version of
what recently had happened, throws him out the house when
he comes to visit. However the two make up, and after getting
married, and Madge catches Nell's bouqeut... which causes
Nell to start an argument as Madge is already married! On
a re-throw, Katie catches the bouquet, and Mrs Mangel says
a final goodbye to Jane, Joe, Bouncer, and the other residents
before setting off for England.
being accused of almost killing Jamie, Todd runs away with
a bad influence, Skinner. Todd starts to steal, making secret
phone calls to Katie. Helen suffers a stroke and when Todd
hears of the news he returns home.
finds a statuette, to which the identical twin could make
it worth $80,000. The only problem is that his cousin
Hilary has the matching item and she's still holding a grudge
on him for wrecking her doll when she was a child. However,
Katie accidentally sells one statue at a garage sale and Henry
and Joe accidentally break the other one!
the end of the year, Jane finds love with Mark Granger, and
Joe's son Toby shows up. In the 1988 season finale, while
at a Christmas Party at the Robinson house, Jane accepts Mark's
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