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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 68

Written by Sally Webb, Directed by Mark Piper, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 19/06/85, BBC One: 02/02/87, UK Gold: 03/02/93

Shane says he got the all clear and has an interview at the airline
Yvette phones Daphne to say that Harry's been in a fight
Shane says that he failed the airline's medical
Shane reminds Danny about the accident
Daphne realises that Tiger Thomas was the one who got injured in the fight
A shocked Daphne takes a call from film star Margaret Hayward

No 28/Cruise Ship: Daphne explains to Margaret that Harry isn't there at the moment, but she can ask him to give her a call when he gets back. She takes down Margaret's number and promises to pass the message on. After she hangs up, Daphne tells Des who it was - at first he thinks someone is pulling their leg, but Daphne insists that she'd recognise her voice anywhere, and that she gave her direct number on the QE2. Des wonders how Harry ended up meeting Margaret, and is still sceptical about the whole thing. Daphne, however, is determined to get the message to Harry, and decides that he's probably gone to Yvette's place. She sets about trying to get a phone number, whilst Des goes out to look for him, wondering if they might get to meet Margaret too.

No 24 - Lounge: Max, Danny and Shane, all dressed in suits, are preparing for the boys' court appearance over the car crash. Terry turns up, and Max checks that she can cope with the plumbing job that afternoon on her own. The cab arrives outside, and the men leave, with Max telling Danny to smarten himself up. Maria asks Terry to stay for a coffee, admitting that she's been worried about this for weeks, and she barely got a wink of sleep last night. Terry says that she thought Gordon would go to prison, and Maria thinks that he will, but she's more worried about the effect all of this has had on Shane - he was lucky not to have been killed and it's ruined his career. She hopes that Gordon goes to prison for a long time, and Terry quietly agrees.

No 28: Des arrives back, having had no luck finding Harry, and admits that he's starting to get a little concerned. There's a knock at the door, and they're both stunned when Margaret Hayward marches in. She explains that Harry wanted them to call by, as he wanted to say goodbye on the way to the boat. Daphne is confused, and Margaret explains that Harry thought that, if he came inside himself, they'd just try to convince him to stay. They realise that Harry is outside in the limo, and they both go out the door, with a confused Margaret following.

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Ramsay Street: Des and Daphne, closely followed by Margaret, find Harry and Squawker in the limo.

Ramsay Street: Des wonders how Margaret managed to find Harry, when he couldn't. Margaret says that she knows Harry well, and knew where to go. Harry explains that he'll be contactable on the QE2 for the next couple of weeks, as Margaret bought him a ticket and he'll be going back to Florida with her. Harry says goodbye to Daphne - insisting that he'll write to her - and to Des, telling him that he's young and has a lot to learn. Des tells Margaret how much he admires her, and she apologises to Daphne for stealing Harry away, but insists that he's the only man she's ever cared about. Harry then tells the driver to take them to the QE2, and they leave. Des is pleased, but then the limo reverses back, Harry gets out and hands over Squawker's cage, explaining that he won't need him now he's got 'Maggie'. Des and Daphne are dumbfounded and the limo drives away again.

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No 26 - Dining Table: Daphne has been telling Helen all about what just happened. Helen thinks that somebody should write a book about Harry and his exploits. Daphne shows Helen some recipe ideas for the dinner party that evening, and Helen tells her about Gloria, Paul's new girlfriend, who is apparently a wonderful person - and rich. Daphne thinks that she sounds very impressive, and Helen admits that she was surprised when Paul wanted to throw a formal dinner party, though it's going to be difficult to convince the younger kids not to wear jeans. Danny then comes in the back and says that the trial went well, but Max won't stop talking about it, so he thought he'd escape. He tells Helen that Gordon Miller got a ten year sentence.

No 24 - Lounge: Max is ranting about how ten years isn't long enough - it should have been twenty. Shane points out that you don't get that long for armed robbery, but Max says that his crime went further than that, and that he'll be out in six years. Maria tells Max to calm down and that there's nothing that can be done now, but Max is determined to get justice for Shane. Shane, however, has had enough of all of it, and decides to go for a walk.

No 26 - Kitchen: Helen is preparing dinner and laying the table, when Lucy comes in. Helen reminds her that she needs to get changed into her dress, which is hanging in the wardrobe. Lucy isn't impressed - she points out that Paul's brought girls home before and she didn't need to dress up for them. She wanders off, as Paul comes in with some wine. Jim tells him that he's chilling a couple of his best bottles in the fridge already, but Paul has bought French champagne. He's also blown his whole weekly budget and asks Jim for a loan. Jim hopes that this girl is worth all the trouble, but Paul insists that she is. He checks that Basil will be kept outside, as he wants nothing to go wrong, and Helen insists that nobody will embarrass him. He then goes to get ready.

No 24 - Dining Table: Maria pours a beer for Max, and offers Terry a glass of wine. Max makes a toast to Gordon Miller, hoping that he gets his throat cut in prison, but Terry says that surely Max doesn't mean it. Max shouts at her, and says that he means every word, and he starts to wonder if Miller has a kid, and how he'd feel if someone broke his kid's back. Terry suddenly drops her glass in shock, and Maria tells Max to change the subject or leave the house.

Slater Mansion: Paul pulls up outside in his car, where Gloria is waiting for him. She explains that she was running early, so she thought she'd wait outside. He tells her that his family will love her, and that she looks stunning. He jokingly asks her to dance, and shows her to the car.

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No 26 - Lounge: Julie is frantically finishing the cleaning, as Lucy complains about Basil having to stay outside. Julie tells Scott to turn the tv off, just as Paul and Gloria walk in. Paul introduces her to everybody, and Lucy asks her if she likes dogs, then tells her that she'd prefer to be wearing jeans instead of her dress. Gloria hears the dog barking, and Lucy asks if she'd like to meet her, then rushes off to bring Basil in. Jim admits that they're a 'take us as you find us' family, but Gloria seems to be enjoying herself.

No 26 - Dining Table: Later, dinner is underway, with Lucy slightly unsure of the food she's being given. Gloria asks Julie about her work at the bank, and asks Scott what he plans to do after school. He admits that he'd like to go up north and be a beach bum, but he'll probably go to uni and study anything except engineering. Gloria is surprised to hear that Jim's an engineer, as that's what her dad does too. Jim realises that Gloria's father is Charlie Slater and the atmosphere at the table suddenly changes.

No 26 - Kitchen: Later, Jim brings in some glasses and Helen quizzes him about Gloria. He says that she seems a bit pretentious and not Paul's type, but Helen thinks she's lovely and wonders why Jim has barely spoken to her since dinner. Helen tries to find out why, but Jim is evasive, so she asks him again. He simply says that Gloria isn't the first girl that Paul's brought home, and won't be the last, so it doesn't really matter what he thinks of her.

No 24 - Lounge: Shane is reading when Danny comes in, unable to sleep. They talk about their day, and Shane says that Max was really baying for Miller's blood earlier. Danny wishes that Max wouldn't be so overbearing about everything - you'd think he was the one in the accident and whose career was ruined. Shane says that Max isn't that bad, but Danny isn't so sure. Shane points out that Danny is starting to sound more and more like Max, and insists that their father is just looking out for their best interests.

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No 26 - Lounge: Paul, Gloria, Scott, Julie and Lucy are playing poker, and Lucy wins with a royal flush, claiming that she's cleverer than all of them. Julie threatens to send her to bed. Paul apologises for his bickering sisters, and then Lucy complains that Paul and Gloria are sitting too close together and can see each other's cards.

No 26 - Kitchen: As they finish the washing-up, Helen again asks Jim why he was so rude to Gloria. Jim says that, if Gloria complains, he'll apologise. Helen is still confused and admits that this doesn't seem to be like Paul's past girlfriends - Gloria could be the one, and they could be seeing a lot of her. Jim starts to get angry and says that he'll be damned if Paul is going to date Charlie Slater's daughter.

Regular Cast Credits

Featured Regular Characters: Helen Daniels, Jim Robinson, Paul Robinson, Julie Robinson, Scott Robinson, Lucy Robinson Max Ramsay, Maria Ramsay, Shane Ramsay, Danny Ramsay, Des Clarke, Daphne Lawrence

Guest Cast: Maxine Klibingaitas as Terry Inglis, Johnny Lockwood as Harry Henderson, Judith McGrath as Margaret Hayward, Linda Hartley as Gloria Slater

Trivia Notes
Linda Hartley makes her first Neighbours appearance as Gloria, but would later return in the regular role of Kerry Bishop in 1989, and as Kerry's lookalike Gabrielle Walker in 2006
Margaret's number is 643965
Helen is hosting a cuisine nouvelle dinner party

Summary by Steve