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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 88

Written by Christoper Milne, Directed by Mark Piper, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 17/07/85, BBC One: 02/03/87, UK Gold: 03/03/93

Recap
Des and Joan share a kiss after their first night together
Des faces teasing from Paul and Daphne
Paul wants to know if he has a real chance with Terry - she kisses him
Max is furious about Robert and Maria - Robert punches him

Ramsay Street: Robert thinks that Max is just some lunatic, until Maria explains that he's her husband. Max gets to his feet, and Shane and Jim appear to hold him back. Robert says that he had no idea who the man was, and Maria tries to calm Max down. Robert decides that he should leave, and Max continues to rant abut him being gutless. When Max suggests that Robert was preparing to go upstairs to Maria's bedroom, she slaps him. Max says that, if he catches her with Robert again, he'll knock his block off. Jim takes him inside, and Shane tells his mum that Max was just letting off steam as they'd just had an argument at Daphne's place. Maria doesn't see how that's her fault, nor is it her fault that Max can't control his temper, but Shane walks away, saying that he doesn't really blame Max for reacting like that.

No 26 - Lounge: Jim shows Max inside, with Max still saying that he's going to kill Robert. Jim points out that Max and Maria are separated, and what she does is her concern. Max doesn't agree, and he says that, as long as they're married, it's still his house and she's still his wife. Jim tells him that he's being ridiculous - he can't move out of the house and still think he has control over everything. Jim suspects that he might react the same way, if put in the same situation, but now Max needs to forget about Maria, or it's going to kill him. Max turns down Jim's offer of a lift home, and then leaves. Helen then walks in, explaining that she couldn't help overhearing, and Jim suspects that Max wants to move home, but his pride is getting in the way. Helen tells Jim that they just need to stay out of it, but Jim reminds her that they're friends, and friends should help each other. Helen says that the friend needs to want to accept that help, and she suspects that it might damage the friendship if Jim pursues this.

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Max's Bedsit: Max pours himself a shot of whisky, as Shane comes in the door. He realises how unhappy his dad is, and says that they've got to stick together now, like mates. Max asks if Shane's just feeling sorry for him again, and says that he'd be better off away from that dump of a bedsit. Shane thinks that they'll soon be able to afford somewhere better, but Max insists that Shane would be better off on his own. Shane agrees that he might, and Max asks him why he won't leave then - Shane says that Max is his father and he loves him. Max gives a weak smile, and Shane goes to make them some tea.

No 24 - Kitchen: The next morning, Maria calls Danny, telling him to hurry up or he'll be late for school. She starts applying some lipstick, as Helen arrives to talk about what happened with Max last night. Maria thinks that the whole neighbourhood will be talking about her, and Helen says that Max just overreacted, but Maria tells her that she'll never forgive him for this. Danny then comes in, and agrees that Maria shouldn't forgive Max. Danny says that he's going to talk to Shane about it, but Maria says that Shane was too busy defending Max to care about her feelings. Helen and Danny are both very surprised by this, and Danny comforts his mum and says that she's still got him as her best friend. She smiles and says that she thought Scott was his best friend, but he admits that they've fallen out over Wendy. Danny explains that he hasn't spoken to Scott about any of it, but Wendy's told him everything and he believes her. He then leaves for school, and Helen goes home, but she tells Maria to come over later so they can try to get to the bottom of the Wendy situation.

No 26 - Lounge: Jim is preparing to leave for work and is in a very good mood, when Helen returns. She asks if Scott has left yet, and Jim says that he's still in his room. She tells him about the falling out with Danny, and says that she's going to get Scott's side of the story. Helen tells Jim that Maria might like a lift into town if he's going that way.

No 24 - Kitchen: Maria is cleaning up the breakfast plates, when Jim comes in and asks if she wants a lift. She accepts, and apologises to him for everything that happened last night. Jim says that it's very difficult, as they've all been friends for so long, and he can't take sides or get involved, as much as he'd like to. Maria declares that she isn't going to take Max back, and says that it really hurts her, and Jim tells her that Max is hurting too, which is why he lashed out.

Pacific Bank - Car Park: Philip sees Julie getting out of her car, pleased that she's finally got it back from the garage after all that repair work. She admits to him that there was never anything wrong with it, and it was all an excuse to spend time with him. He accepts her apology, and asks her out to dinner, suggesting that they meet at his apartment later. Julie then has the idea that she takes his key and goes over there early to cook. He gives her the key, and also tells her that he framed that photo of her. Julie admits that she's very happy, but sometimes she starts to worry that Loretta is going to cause problems for them. Philip assures her that the year's separation is ample grounds for divorce, and that they've got nothing to worry about.

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No 26 - Kitchen: Helen and Maria have compared Scott and Danny's contradictory stories, and have come to the conclusion that Wendy has been playing them off against each other. They're not sure how to handle the situation, realising that Danny and Scott won't believe it, and that they don't have any evidence with which to confront Wendy. Maria says that she could speak to Anna, and see what she can find out.

No 26 - Kitchen: Later, Jim comes in the back door with some roses he's been growing, very proud of them. He mentions to Helen that he was surprised to learn that she's been interfering in Scott's love life, particularly after she told him to keep out of the Ramsays' marital issues. Julie then comes in, in a very good mood, and says that she won't be home for dinner, as she's cooking for Philip. She asks Helen to help with her hair, and goes off to get ready. Jim is still concerned that Julie is going to get hurt, but Helen says that that might not be such a bad thing.

No 24 - Dining Table: Maria is shelling peas at the table, and Wendy joins her to help. Maria confronts Wendy, over her story that the other family she was staying with had a measles outbreak, and says that she's been lying and causing trouble, and now she's got Scott and Danny fighting over her. Danny has just come in from school and hears this, as Wendy says that she doesn't care and she'll find somewhere else to go. Danny then steps in and says that she shouldn't move out, but Maria insists that she wants her gone. Danny then suggests that he'll go too, but Wendy doesn't want him to join her - she says that she doesn't want to split up the family. She then admits that she has been lying and using people, but it's because she was unhappy at home - her mother's boyfriend doesn't like her, and sometimes he tries it on with her when he's drunk. She says that her mum isn't happy either. She then admits that she's been really happy with the Ramsays, but her family life has made her selfish and she's forgotten how to play fair with other people. Maria asks why she didn't say anything before, and Wendy admits that she didn't want them to think they'd got a lodger who'd be depressed all the time, and she just kept on lying to get what she wanted. Maria suggests that they all make a fresh start, and Wendy hugs her, but it's clear she's still not being honest.

No 26 - Dining Table: Julie appears, ready for her night out, and Helen tells her that she looks lovely. Julie then explains that she's running late, but she wanted to take some flowers and wondered if she could have Jim's roses - she then takes them from the vase, wraps them in a piece of newspaper and leaves, telling her dad not to wait up.

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Ramsay Street - No 26 Driveway: A happy Julie walks down to the car, gets in and starts the engine.

Philip's Apartment: Loretta lets herself in to Philip's apartment and calls his name, but there's no reply. She then spots the alcohol on the sideboard, and has a drink.

. . .

Convenience Store: Julie leaves the shop and gets back into her car.

Philip's Apartment: Loretta sits at the table, still drinking. She spots the framed picture of Julie and goes over to pick it up, saying 'Miss Goody Two Shoes'. Julie then lets herself in, and is surprised to see Loretta, who throws the picture at her. She then takes the bunch of roses and starts ripping the heads off, and accuses Julie of trying to steal Philip away. Julie says that it's not like that, but Loretta throws the flowers at her, then starts throwing her shopping on the floor. She becomes even more angry as she says that Philip belongs to her, and she grabs Julie by the hair, but then Philip walks in and stops her. Loretta says that Julie was just about to leave, and Philip gently takes hold of Loretta and tells her that they need to go back to the clinic. He tells Julie that he'll be back, and she's left alone in the apartment, stunned by what's just happened.

Regular Cast Credits

Featured Regular Characters: Max Ramsay, Maria Ramsay, Shane Ramsay, Danny Ramsay, Helen Daniels, Jim Robinson, Julie Robinson

Guest Cast: David Robson as Robert Hutchins, Kylie Foster as Wendy Gibson, Christopher Milne as Philip Martin, Lyn Semler as Loretta Martin

Trivia Notes
This episode was written by Christopher Milne, who was also appearing in a guest role as Philip Martin at the time, and this episode was the first time that he wrote scenes for Philip
Past character Anna Rossi is mentioned

Summary by Steve