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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 69

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

Channel Seven: 20/06/85, BBC One: 03/02/87, UK Gold: 04/02/93

Daphne tells Des that Margaret Hayward just called
Danny tells Helen that Gordon Miller got ten years
Max is furious about Miller's sentence
Des and Daphne meet Margaret Hayward, with Harry outside in her limo
Jim realises that he knows Charlie Slater, the father of Paul's new girlfriend
Max continues to get angry about Gordon Miller
Harry hands over Squawker to Des and Daphne
Jim says that he doesn't want Charlie Slater's daughter in his house

No 26 - Kitchen: Jim apologises to Helen, but says that he has his reasons for saying what he did. Helen is confused, as she's never seen Jim so angry before, but they're interrupted by Paul and Gloria, complaining about Lucy winning the poker. Gloria says her goodbyes and Paul goes to drive her home, but sneaks back to ask Helen and Jim what they thought of her - Helen says that she seems lovely. Jim then pours himself a brandy and tells Helen everything - he explains that he always had big ideas for his future; the kids at private schools, a mansion to live in. One day at uni, he came up with an idea for a suspension bridge and knew it was special, but didn't know who to show it to, so he showed it to Charlie - who stole the idea and sold it to the highest bidder. He says that Charlie set up business at the age of 25 and had complete security for his family - and that could have been him. Helen understands why he feels so bitter, but doesn't think that any of this has any bearing on Paul and Gloria's relationship. Jim admits that he'd prefer not to be reminded of what a fool he was.

Slater Mansion: Paul and Gloria arrive at the house, and she thanks him for a lovely evening. They almost kiss, but then shake hands instead. He asks if he can meet her parents now, but she thinks that they might be in bed. She goes inside to check, and then returns a few moments later, and Paul follows her inside.

Slater Mansion - Living Room: Gloria introduces Paul to her parents, who are delighted to meet him. Paul mentions that Jim Robinson is his father, and Charlie is surprised to hear the name, and that he's a father of four now. Charlie suggests that they should all get together soon, and Paul thinks it's a great idea.

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No 26 - Lounge: Jim sits alone with the television on, but not really watching it. He picks up some old drawings - his suspension bridge plans.

No 26 - Lounge: Jim is still looking at the plans, when Paul comes in, so he puts them away in a briefcase. Paul says that Charlie was happy to hear about Jim, and suggested a night out. Jim thinks that Paul and Gloria should leave the 'oldies' out of their relationship, and that it probably wouldn't be much of a night out anyway. Paul is confused by this comment, and Jim says that he never cared for Charlie much back then, and he doubts that he's changed. He tells Paul that if things become serious for him and Gloria, then he'd like to hear about it, but until then, he thinks their relationship is their own business. He then goes to bed.

No 28 - Dining Table: Jim has been telling Daphne all about his date with Gloria, and that it was great until Jim acted very oddly at the end of the evening. Paul really seems to be falling for Gloria. Des then comes in with Squawker in his cage, saying that he's getting seed all over the lounge, so they'll have to move in. Daphne suggests the porch, but Des thinks he's be lonely out there - Daphne is amused at Des's change of heart regarding the bird. He quickly changes his mind when Squawker bites his finger.

No 26 - Kitchen: Lucy is getting ready to leave for school, talking about what she'd do if she were rich like Gloria. Helen isn't in much of a mood for chatting, and Lucy suspects that she's hungover, as Jim has been quiet too. Helen explains that they were up late last night, and they're tired, but Lucy begins to suspect that there's something going on, and wonders if it's Gloria. Helen changes the subject, suggesting that she pick Lucy up from school and they can go to the library, to get a dog training book. Lucy is happy that she doesn't have to get the bus home.

No 24 - Back Garden: Shane is looking at job ads, and Terry comes to join him, explaining that Max and Maria were bickering inside. Shane is fed up with being unqualified for everything, but Terry thinks that there must be something interesting he could do for work. She asks about his interests, but he doesn't really have any - he had little time with all the training. She thinks he could go to tech and do a course, but he thinks he's too old. She disagrees, and says that if people in their 60s can start all over again, then so can he - and at least he has the support of his parents.

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No 24 - Dining Table: Inside, Max is ranting about how Shane should never have given up the coaching job - but Maria reminds him that Shane wants nothing to do with diving. Max thinks that Shane just needs some gumption - there are plenty of jobs out there if he looks. Maria says that Shane agrees, but there just aren't enough jobs for everyone - even people with degrees. She changes the subject, asking how things are going with Terry. He admits that she's good - for a girl - but it's only a matter of time before she falls pregnant or something. Maria thinks that he should have been born 100 years ago. Max tells her that it's lucky some people still have principles - she throws a tea towel over his head.

No 24 - Back Garden: Shane admits that missing out on the airline job is what's really thrown him, and now he feels unfit for employment. Terry tells him to just go to the interview with a positive attitude and he'll be fine. He thanks her for the advice, and asks her out to dinner. She accepts and kisses him on the cheek. This is all witnessed by Max, who storms off, telling Terry to hurry up as they've got work to do.

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No 28 - Lounge: Des is about to leave for work, but shows Daphne the job ads, and says that he's circled a few that might be up her alley. She asks what he means by that, and he tells her that they're good, stable jobs - and she can keep her clothes on! She's offended by this, and tells him to go, and she'll finish mending his shirts. He thanks her for helping around the house, and she breaks the news that, if she hasn't found a job within a week, she'll be returning to stripping full-time. Des gets annoyed, saying that he thought she had more determination than that. She tells him that she's the most determined person he'll ever meet, and he asks her to prove it. She then throws his shirt at him and leaves.

No 24 - Lounge: Shane answers the door to Daphne, who comes in ranting about Des. Shane is amused, and says that Des clearly doesn't know what to make of a woman like Daphne. She asks about his job hunt, and suggests that they should go into business together - Misfits Incorporated. Shane thinks that Daphne has it great with the stripping - and he'd do it too if he had the nerve. She then suggests that they pack some food and go to the beach, and to hell with everyone else. Shane thinks it's a great idea, and when Maria comes in with the washing, he asks her to come too, much to Daphne's irritation. Maria can't come, but Shane then talks about the great advice he got from Terry earlier, again much to Daphne's irritation. Shane says that he's taking Terry to dinner, and can't believe his luck, dating two women in one week. Daphne's finally had enough and leaves, saying that she has something else to do. Maria shakes her head in disbelief.

Smugglers Pub: Paul and Gloria are having dinner, and he has bought her a rose. She says that the last person to buy her a rose was her father - which isn't normally his style. Paul tells her that he's a bit annoyed with his father at the moment, as he seems to be acting strangely, and doesn't seem to like Charlie much. Gloria thinks that these things can sometimes happen in the business world, but Paul says that it's very unlike his father unless someone's done something really bad to him. Gloria tries to change the subject, and then suggests that Paul should speak to Jim if he wants the truth. Now, she wants them to stop talking about their families and get to know each other better.

No 26 - Lounge: Helen come in, laughing about Lucy's feminist opinions on Robin Hood. Jim barely responds, so Helen asks him again about Charlie Slater, but he doesn't want to talk about it. He changes the subject to Julie, worried that she seems to have very little social life, and says that it would be nice for her to meet someone. Helen insists that Julie's fine, and thinks that Jim should take some of his own advice and get out more. She also points out that they've already got their hands full with Paul's current romance.

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Slater Mansion: Paul drops Gloria home and they're walking towards the house when they hear crying. They walks over and Gloria sees her mum, crouching on the ground in tears. Gloria goes to comfort her, as Paul looks worried.

Regular Cast Credits

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

Guest Cast: Maxine Klibingaitas as Terry Inglis, Diana Greentree as Emily Slater, Gary Down as Charlie Slater, Linda Hartley as Gloria Slater

Trivia Notes
Diana Greentree makes her first Neighbours appearance as Emily Slater. She would later return from 1986 to make several stints as Mike Young's mother, Barbara, from 1998 as Drew Kirk's mum, Rose and in 2013 as Elsie Young
Gary Down, who played Charlie Slater here, would later return to the cast in 2008 as Franco Silvani
Lucy complains about a boy at school called Mark Riley
Off-screen, Julie is washing her hair

Summary by Steve