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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 100

Written by Chris McCourt, Directed by Peter Andrikidis, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 02/08/85, BBC One: 18/03/87, UK Gold: 19/03/93

Eileen and Joan argue
Des tells Joan that the wedding will go ahead, but without Eileen
Daphne warns Eileen that she's about to lose Des forever
Max wonders if Terry is still keen on Shane
Eileen and Joan patch things up
Terry tells Paul that she's moving to the country

No 28: Paul asks Terry if she's serious, and wonders if it's about her housing problem, or if she's found someone else - but she explains that she just feels very claustrophobic, and she needs to get away or she'll suffocate. She explains that she could start her own business, and rent a whole house of her own - things that she just can't afford to do in the city. Paul wonders where that leaves their relationship, and Terry tells him that they can continue to see each other. She says that this is something she has to do, and asks that Paul doesn't make it any harder.

No 26 - Kitchen: The next morning, Julie and Lucy are having breakfast, and Helen is looking at one of her finished paintings. Helen calls Scott in for his opinion, and both he and Lucy point out that Helen gets in a bad mood if they ever say anything bad about her art. Scott quickly leaves for work, as Jim comes in - Helen asks for his opinion on which are her best paintings, as she's thinking of getting some of them framed. Paul then comes in, but there's no milk, so he says that he'll get a coffee next-door. Jim thinks that one of Helen's paintings has a strange perspective - Helen doesn't agree, and nor does Julie, so Lucy calls her a crawler.

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No 28: Terry answers the door, and she tells Paul that she was just about to go over and explain things to Max. Paul asks if she can spare ten minute for him first, as he has something important he needs to say - he then tells her that he loves her very much and doesn't want to lose her, and he proposes. She's slightly underwhelmed and says that she isn't sure, but asks for some time to think. Paul asks if she could give him an answer that evening, as he's not sure he can wait much longer.

Max's Bedsit: Terry walks in to find Shane making the beds, and he explains to her that Max is in the shower. He asks if it's true that she's leaving, and admits that he thinks it's a good idea, if it's what she wants. She says that she hopes they're still friends, after everything that's happened, and he hugs her and says that they'll have to throw her a farewell party. He says that he loves the idea of living in the country, and Terry tells him that he'd be welcome any time, but her face falls when he says that he'll bring along Daphne and Paul too.

No 26 - Kitchen: Helen has decided to ask Des's opinion on the paintings, as he might be more objective. Jim then comes in for a drink, and sends Lucy out to feed Basil - he asks Helen if he can have a word about Scott. He explains that the engineering firm has been asked to take on a student for work experience, and he was going to give Scott first refusal. Helen thinks that he'll be unhappy about losing a week's wages at the cafe, and he hasn't even shown any interest in engineering. They both wonder why Scott hasn't said anything about the work experience placement, as it's only a month away - Helen says that Jim will just have to ask Scott what he wants, and tells him not to be too disheartened if Scott shows no interest in engineering.

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No 26 - Back Garden: Lucy is feeding Basil, when she hears a noise next-door. She looks over the fence and spots Eileen, who's trying to get into the house. Lucy tells her that there's nobody home, and Eileen tells Lucy to go and find something else to do.

No 26 - Lounge: Julie is just on the way out to the shops, and opens the door to Eileen. Jim looks slightly annoyed that she's turned up and ruined his quiet afternoon, and then Lucy runs in, shouting that 'Des's awful mother is trying to break in next-door' before seeing Eileen standing there. Lucy apologises, and Helen then walks in, as Eileen explains that she'd hoped to see Daphne, but nobody was home next-door, so she's come to have coffee with Helen instead. She immediately starts talking about Joan's children, worried about how they'll turn out, and wondering if children are influenced more by their genes or their environment. Jim and Lucy quickly make up an excuse about an dentist appointment and leave, and Eileen says that Lucy has become quite a precocious child. She wonders if Lucy gets that from her mother, but Helen says that it comes from her.

No 26 - Lounge: Later, Eileen asks Helen if she thinks that young people are too quick to get married these days, but Helen isn't sure, and she says that she can remember older people saying similar things when she was young. Eileen explains that her marriage was well-planned - she and Malcolm were engaged for years before they married, and it was even more years before Desmond was born. Helen then asks if the divorce was part of the plan, and Eileen looks upset. Helen apologises, but says that even the best-laid plans can sometimes go wrong, and Eileen replies that the divorce was Malcolm's idea. Looking for a diversion, she quickly gets up and goes to wash up the tea things - Helen tries to stop her, but Eileen insists.

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Max's Bedsit: Shane is eating a bowl of cereal, and getting irritated by Paul, who has come over looking for some company, but it clearly very agitated about something. Paul finally tells Shane that he asked Terry to marry him, but she wasn't sure and is going to give him an answer later. Paul admits that he's terrified about her saying no, but Shane thinks that she'll accept, and wishes Paul good luck.

No 28 - Lounge: Terry answers the door to Eileen, who walks in, explaining that she's looking for Daphne. Terry tells her that Daphne's not home, but Eileen goes and sits down anyway, and says that she'll just have to talk to Terry instead. She wants a second opinion on her plans for the wedding reception, which she is planning despite Terry's advice that it's usually left up to the bride's parents. Eileen explains that she's planning to book the Harrington Rooms, as the wall colour there will go well with Joan's dress - Terry is surprised, as she didn't realise that Joan had chosen a dress, but Eileen says that she hasn't chosen a design yet, but she won't have much choice in colour - it will have to be cream.

No 26 - Lounge: Jim and Lucy poke their heads in the door, and Scott tells them that the coast is clear and Eileen has gone - but Helen is pretty annoyed with them for deserting her. Jim doesn't blame her. He then asks for a word with Scott about his work experience, wondering why he hadn't mentioned that it was coming up soon. He also asks if Scott wants to be considered for a placement at the engineering works. Scott asks if he can have some time to think, and also wants to know if Jim will be disappointed if he says no - Jim insists that it's entirely up to Scott. As Scott leaves the room, Lucy wanders back in, and asks if, were she and Scott the same age, would be offer the placement to her or her brother? He says that he'd like to think he'd offer it to both of them.

No 26 - Kitchen: Later, Scott finds Paul in the laundry, ironing a shirt. He asks Paul's opinion on the work experience, and Scott tells him to do it if he wants to, and to turn it down if he doesn't. Scott's worried about hurting Jim's feelings, especially after Paul gave up on engineering, but Paul says that their dad's not like that, and starts to get irritated by Scott, telling him to make up his own mind.

Restaurant: Paul and Terry are having dinner, and making awkward small talk about the food. She admits that she's not really that hungry, and Paul asks if she has an answer for him. She jokes that she struggled to have any time to think about it, as Eileen was at her house all afternoon, but then tells Paul that she cares about him a lot, but she isn't ready for marriage yet. Paul jokes that he'll ask again next week, but Terry says that she doesn't want to lose him but she can't marry him when she isn't 100 percent sure. She admits that she's a little bit tempted, but he won't change her mind.

Ramsay Street: Paul and Terry pull up outside number 26 in his car, and he asks her if she's absolutely sure about her decision. She says that she is, and they both get out of the car.

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No 26: Julie is in the kitchen, when she hears Paul and Terry come in, and he starts banging on a gong to wake up the rest of the house. Julie is furious with him, and tries to get him to stop, but he and Terry just laugh. Lucy, Helen, Scott and Jim slowly appear, all demanding to know what's going on, and Paul says that he has an important announcement to make - he and Terry are getting married.

Regular Cast Credits

Featured Regular Characters: Shane Ramsay, Helen Daniels, Jim Robinson, Julie Robinson, Paul Robinson, Scott Robinson, Lucy Robinson

Guest Cast: Maxine Klibingaitis as Terry Inglis, Myra De Groot as Eileen Clarke

Trivia Notes
Eileen says that she and Malcolm were engaged for six years before they married, and it was ten years before Des was born

Summary by Steve