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> Episode 18
Written by Betty Quin, Directed
by Colin Budds, Produced by John Holmes
Channel Seven: 10/04/85, BBC One: 19/11/86, UK Gold: 25/11/92
• At the engagement party, Julie slaps Anna claiming she is taking everything away from her family and rushes out of the house
• Jim gives Julie an ultimatum to apologise to Anna or move out of the family home
No 26 - Kitchen: The morning after Helen is talking to Julie about events at the party explaining after how she carried on she deserves to be given an ultimatum by Jim. Julie doesn’t want things to change – Helen tells her she doesn’t just love, she clings and it could threaten her very own happiness with Peter. Julie leaves the room to hide the fact she has been crying before heading off to work. Scott comes into the kitchen and Helen remarks how Julie and Jim have had an argument this morning. Scott mentions about Helen staying around and she assures Scott she will be there for them. Scott lets her know about Kim’s letter and although happy Helen encourages Scott to get to school as she wants to thinks of things alone.
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No 24 - Kitchen: At breakfast, Max reminds the boys to be at the pool for 5pm for training Danny is eager to get into the diving competition but Max feels it is too early. Maria asks Max to see Daphne to repair a tap leaking but max has no intention of going near a stripper’s house. Shane is hesitant about going but agrees. Scott arrives to pick up Danny for school. Scott apologises to Anna for Julie’s behaviour at the party before he and Danny leave. Max comments on how bad it is that Jim and Julie are fighting and Maria reminds Max Julie is interfering & bossy and needs to remember her mother dies 9 yrs ago. Anna flees from the kitchen unable to cope with any more fighting.
No 26 - Kitchen: Anna rushes in to see Jim. Helen tries to make Anna see that all the things around her are out of her control and that all that matters is she and Jim love each other.
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No 28 - Kitchen: Shane finishes fixing the tap in the kitchen and takes the opportunity to explain to Daphne he wants to be friends with her and invites her out to dinner. Daphne is clearly pretending that Shane just wanting to be friends doesn’t bother her but makes it clear he needs to sort out in his head what he wants before they can be friends.
Park: Anna tells Jim they cannot get through these problems but Jim thinks them going out to dinner alone tonight could help. Anna warns she cannot cope with another upset and risk breaking up his family. Jim tells Anna he loves her.
Pacific Bank: Des enquires about how the party went from Julie but she is in mood to talk about it. Peter arrives to get some money and gives Julie a frosty reception. Julie wants to explain to him her actions and Peter reluctantly agrees if he can change his plans.
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No 24 - Kitchen: Maria gives Anna her wedding veil to borrow for her wedding day. They discuss how beautiful Maria looked on her wedding day despite the panic when she lost her shoes. Maria comments on how Anna is going to love having her own home. Anna questions whether it will ever feel like hers. Maria reminds her, Julie will move out to her own home one of these days.
No 28 - Kitchen/lounge: Daphne is feeling down about Shane, lying to him about not being free to go out to dinner with him. Des decides he’ll cheer her up and goes to get a take-away meal and a bottle of wine.
No 24 - Kitchen: Shane explains he’s left Danny and Max to get on with the training and questions why Max is so against Anna and Jim. Maria explains whatever Max says, Anna marrying Gino is wrong. Carol Brown arrives to collect her salad bowl commenting on the events at the party. Carol snoops into Anna’s state of mind and then into why Shane was visiting the Clarke house. Shane makes a crude comment about checking out Daphne’s pipes and Maria makes it clear Shane was helping Daphne out with a leaky tap. After Carol leaves, Maria reminds Shane that Carol is a very unhappy woman but they both laugh over her reaction to his joke.
No 26 - Lounge: Helen tells Jim she wants him to make her happy by telling her in the morning when the wedding will be. Jim questions what she’ll do after he marries and Helen assures him she has already found a unit she could move into. Jim thanks her for stepping in after Anne died and Helen assures her son-in-law that it gave her a new lease of life, as Anna will do for him. Helen adds things will work out for him if he lets them.
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No 24 - Lounge: Later, Jim is telling Anna about how wise Helen is and Anna agrees. Anna goes to get some photos when a letter addressed to Gino falls from her bag. Anna admits she has yet to post the letter to tell him about everything.
No 28 - Doorway: Daphne answers the door to Carol in her towel after cutting short her shower. Carol wants to see Des and Daphne’s invite to come indoors is declined. Carol explains she is here to complain about taxi’s ‘roaring’ up the street at 3am and waking the neighbours. Des’s arrival back with the take-away has Carol expressing the easiest way to stop the complaints is for Daphne to move out.
Des outraged, tells her to get home to her kids and put her complaints in writing!
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No 24 - Lounge: Jim, Anna and Maria are looking at the photos from the market when Max arrives home from diving practice. He asks if Anna has posted her letter to Gino yet. Jim is troubled when Anna explains she is going to see Gino to tell him instead.
No 26 - Lounge: Peter arrives to see Julie. Greeted by Helen he declines from staying to dinner. Peter learns from Julie she hasn’t apologised to Anna and is moving out at the weekend to stay with Marilyn. Peter tells her he now has seen what she is really like and doesn’t want to see her again.
No 28 - Dining table: Des and Daphne candidly reassure each other over dinner that they have no intention of changing their living arrangements.
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Restaurant: Anna comments on how sad Jim looks and he admits their problems have got him down but it is short term. Anna explains she feels they are living in a fools’ paradise. She is returning to Queensland and not coming back. Anna tells Jim she doesn’t regret what they have together and after kissing, tells Jim goodbye.
Regular Cast Credits
Featured Regular Characters: Max Ramsay, Maria Ramsay, Shane Ramsay, Danny Ramsay, Jim Robinson, Julie Robinson, Scott Robinson, Lucy Robinson, Helen Daniels, Des Clarke, Daphne Lawrence
Guest Cast: Rosalyn Gentle as Anna Rossi, Merrin Canning as Carol Brown, Peter Mochrie as Peter Kirk
• Maria mentions Anne Robinson died 9 years ago
• Anna and Maria reminisce about Maria’s wedding day and the panic they had when Maria’s shoes went missing
• Anna ends her engagement to Jim
Summary by Paul