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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 96

Written by Sally Webb, Directed by Peter Andrikidis, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 29/07/85, BBC One: 12/03/87, UK Gold: 15/03/93

Joan tells Des that she and the kids have been asked to move out
Lucy is alarmed to hear that she has to go to the optician
Des proposes to Joan
Lucy is happy with her new glasses after a chat with Daphne
Daphne isn't too happy to hear about Des's engagement

No 28: Daphne tells Des that she'll start looking for somewhere to live, and will be gone by the end of the week. Des says that it's going to be at least a month until the wedding, so there's no rush, but Daphne says that Joan and the kids will be around here all the time from now on, and she doesn't want to be around for that. She also says that this is Joan's home now, not her's. Des tells Daphne that he doesn't want to hurt her; she's his best friend. Daphne realises that she's been behaving like a spoilt brat, and she wishes Des every happiness in the world. She asks if he's told Eileen yet, and he admits that he doesn't really want that interfering cow anywhere near Joan. He says that Daphne was the first person he wanted to tell, but he's going to go and break the news to the Robinsons next. Daphne says that she'll stay behind and cook something special for dinner. Des says that he's going to miss her cooking - after he's gone, Daphne says that she's going to miss him.

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No 26 - Kitchen: Helen is sketching Jim, who's getting annoyed that he can't move, when Lucy comes running in with Des, and says that he's got some fantastic news. Des tells the three of them that he's engaged, and Jim and Helen congratulate him. Lucy asks if she can be flower girl, but Des explains that Joan has a little girl of her own, and a son. Des tells them that he'd like to get married straight away, but they have to wait four weeks. He then mentions that he was planning to have everyone over for an engagement party - Helen suggests that they hold it at number 26.

No 28: Daphne is setting the table for dinner, and Terry comes in. Daphne tells her about the engagement, and says that they're going to have to move out. Terry doesn't seem to mind, and says that moving house is second nature to her now. She suggests that she and Daphne could share somewhere, but Daphne says that she's lived with girls before and it didn't work out well, so she'd rather live alone - or find another harmless guy like Des. Terry then heads out to Max's place, telling Daphne to pass on her congratulations to Des.

Max's Bedsit: Terry knocks and goes in - Max is shaving, and tells her to make herself a coffee. She tells him and Des's engagement, and Max comments that Des already has a good set-up with Daphne, so he doesn't really need to get married. Terry then comments on Max's set-up with Mrs Harris, and says that Shane mentioned that they were getting pretty cosy the other night. Max tells her that he could find someone better than Mrs Harris if he was looking for a woman, and Terry agrees - she says that Max doesn't have much of a beer gut and could have his pick of the women. She then heads off down to the van, and, before he follows her, Max proudly checks out his figure in the mirror.

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No 24/Payphone: The next morning, the phone rings, and Maria goes to answer but Danny rushes in before her, as he's expecting a call. However, it's a man in a payphone, claiming to be an Edward Campbell from Radio 1208, and asking if Danny would be interested in taking part in a quiz. He tells Danny that the prize is a trip to a live show for everyone living in that house. He then asks Danny who wrote 'The Man From Snowy River' - Danny has to ask Maria, and then give the correct answer of Banjo Patterson. The man takes Danny's address, and asks him which show he'd like to see and how many tickets he needs. Danny gives the information, and then excitedly tells his mum, and then runs off to tell Scott.

No 26 - Kitchen: Lucy is telling Helen a joke, when Danny comes in the back door, and tells them about the tickets he's won.

No 28 - Lounge: Daphne is looking at the flats for rent in the newspaper, but Des tells her that she doesn't have to worry about it straight away. She says that she's just seeing what's available - she's a little out of practice with the housing market. Des thinks he's doing her a favour, as she's become too settled and staid - she throws a cushion at him. Danny then comes in, just as Des is leaving. He says that he came to congratulate Des on the engagement. Daphne gets annoyed when Danny suggests that she could stay on if Des and Joan were going to have an open marriage - she tells Danny to sit down, so she can tell him something about Des and Joan.

No 24: Maria is checking her hair in the mirror, and Danny walks up and tells her how good she looks. She admits that she's quite tired, and tells Danny to nudge her if she falls asleep. He says that they should hurry to catch the bus, but Maria says that she's booked a taxi as a surprise, they can't really afford it, but now they can go in style.

Bedsits/No 24: Max is tidying up the room, and is very pleased with himself. He turns on the TV, but there's nothing he wants to watch, so he goes out into the corridor to call Maria. Danny and Maria are just leaving when the phone rings, and Danny persuades Maria to ignore it, as the taxi's waiting for them.

Bedsits/No 26: Later, Max is lying on the couch, reading a magazine, when the payphone rings. He rushes to answer, thinking it's Maria, but it's Jim. Max claims that he was just on his way out, but then says that he can cancel his plans when Jim invites him over for the evening. Max is delighted, and says he'll make his own way over. After he hangs up, Jim goes into the kitchen and tells Helen that Max will be over in about an hour. He also mentions that Max thought he was Maria when he answered, and Helen says that they'll just have to make sure they don't mention her name.

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Theatre: Maria and Danny are having a wonderful time, both laughing at the show.

Bedsits/No 24: Max is ready for his evening out, but, as he passes the payphone, he decides to try calling Maria again. Max is shocked when an unfamiliar man answers - it's the man who called Danny earlier pretending to be from the radio station. When Max demands to speak to Maria, the man claims that she's in the shower, but he can pass on a message. Max hangs up. The burglar is joined by his accomplice, who tells him that he goes too far sometimes, and to just get on with the job.

No 28 - Lounge: Daphne is meditating when Terry comes in, turns off the music and puts on the TV. Terry asks her about her flat-hunting, and Daphne explains that she ended up spending most of the morning lecturing Danny on relationships. She thinks that he could turn into quite a nice young man - 'like his brother' remarks Terry. Daphne gives her a dirty look.

No 26 - Lounge: Jim opens the door to Max, who's clearly no longer in a very good mood. He chats to Jim and Helen about Shane and about Des's engagement, and says that Des is a mug. When he mentions Maria, Helen and Jim quickly try to change the subject and offer him snacks, but he's clearly annoyed about her going around with all of these men. Jim and Helen try to tell him that Maria has gone to the theatre with Danny tonight, but Max doesn't believe it, though he won't tell them why.

No 26: Later, Max turns down Jim's offer of a lift home. Out on the porch, Max thanks Jim for his support and says his goodbyes. Jim goes inside, grateful that the evening is over, and Helen says that Max seems obsessed with the idea that Maria's seeing other men. She says that Maria certainly hasn't mentioned any men to her. They also comment on Max's insistence that he has a great social life, suspecting that he only goes out to work.

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No 24: Outside the front door, Maria thanks Danny for the night out, admitting that she didn't really want to go, but she had a wonderful time. She suggests that she make them both a hot chocolate, but they're shocked when they walk inside to find the house has been ransacked.

Regular Cast Credits

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

Guest Cast: Maxine Klibingaitis as Terry Inglis, Danny Nash as Brian Hardy, Nick Antipas as Toby Adams

Trivia Notes
Maria and Danny go to see A Backstage Musical

Summary by Steve