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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 102

Written by Ginny Lowndes, Directed by Russell Webb, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 06/08/85, BBC One: 20/03/87, UK Gold: 23/03/93

• Jim makes a toast to Terry and Paul
• Danny convinces Scott that Paul's going to ask him to be his best man
• Jim gives Anne's ring to Terry
• Paul announces that he's going to ask Shane to be his best man

No 26 - Kitchen: Scott gets up from the table and storms out of the room, much to everyone's surprise. Jim realises that Scott lied about the school project and was hoping to be best man, and Paul feels terrible, wondering if he gave Scott that impression. Terry and Lucy think Paul could just change his mind, as he hasn't asked Shane yet, but Paul isn't sure that Scott will accept, thinking that he'll just see it as charity.

No 26 - Scott and Paul's Bedroom: Paul finds Scott, who claims that he just wasn't in the mood for food. Paul tells him about the family's theory that he was hoping to be best man, and Scott admits that Danny suggested it, but Shane does seem like the more logical choice anyway. Paul says that he isn't going to patronise Scott by offering it to him now, but he says that he did seriously consider him, but thought that he'd be too busy with schoolwork, as the best man role involves a lot of planning. Scott admits that he's a bit relieved, as he wasn't sure he could cope with the responsibility, and Paul then asks if he'd like to be the official wedding photographer. Scott jumps at the chance, but realises that he doesn't have a decent camera, so Paul offers to lend him his. Scott goes to get it, so he can get used to it before the wedding, and agrees to go back and join the family for dinner.

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No 24 - Lounge: Maria is looking over some papers, when Shane arrives to see her. He asks where Danny is, and Maria thinks he's in his room, but doesn't really care at the moment, as he's in one of his moods and hasn't been speaking to her. She asks how things are with Shane, and he says that it's a nightmare living with Max at the moment, as he's hardly sleeping and is shouting out of the window all night at the new neighbours, as they have some noisy dogs. Maria thinks that Max's bad tooth is playing up again, but he's too scared to go to the dentist.

No 24 - Kitchen: Shane returns from Danny's room, and says that Danny won't be coming out for dinner, and he isn't speaking to Shane either. Maria wishes that he would stop behaving like a child - Paul then arrives, and Maria offers her congratulations on the engagement, before leaving the table suddenly with no explanation. Paul then asks Shane to be his best man, and Shane happily accepts - Paul admits that he was worried it might be a bit weird, given Shane and Terry's history. Maria then returns with some wine and glasses, and Shane makes a speech.

No 26 - Lounge: Jim, Helen and Lucy are watching TV, and he sends Lucy off to bed, just as Paul and Terry come in. Paul says that they've come to a decision about the wedding - they've just been speaking to Des, and they're going to have a joint wedding with him and Joan. Helen excitedly starts to think about all of the things that will need to be planned, and Paul asks if they can use the back garden at number 26, as it's bigger than Des's garden. Paul also tells Helen that he doesn't want her running around and doing everything - they're going to have everything fully catered, so she can just enjoy the day with everyone else.

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No 28 - Lounge: Daphne is still looking for somewhere to live, and Shane jokingly suggests that she come and stay at the bedsit for a while. She wonders how he puts up with living with Max, and realises that it's probably because he spends most of his time at her place. She then puts forward the idea that they could get a place together, but Shane isn't keen on the idea, wondered that it could split them apart. She tries to talk him into it, and he kisses her and agrees to think about it.

Max's Bedsit: Max is taking painkillers, with his tooth still causing him a lot of problems, and shouting at the dogs outside the window, when Shane arrives home. Max has a go at him for arriving back so late, and Shane tells him that he needs to go and see a dentist. Max, however, thinks that he just needs a good night's sleep, and if those dogs keep him up all night again, it's going to mean war.

Max's Bedsit: Later, Shane is fast asleep, but Max is still awake due to the dogs, and he gets up and starts shouting out the window. Shane wakes up and asks what's going on, before saying that Daphne's offer is starting to look like a good option. Max is upset to hear that Shane is thinking about moving out, and then declares that he's had enough, puts on his dressing gown and leaves.

Mr McLean's House - Exterior: Max runs up the street and bangs on a door, then another one, before a light comes on. The dogs continue to bark. A man answers the door and asks why Max has woken him up at 3am - Max says that he needs to teach his dogs how to tell the time too. The man doesn't care, and Max threatens to report him to the council or to the police, but just gets the door slammed in his face. Max then starts to wince in pain from his tooth.

No 24/Max's Bedsit: The next morning, Maria is on the phone to Max, asking him how long he's had the toothache for - Max is annoyed that Shane's been talking about him behind his back. Max wants to speak to Danny, to ask him a favour, but Maria says that he's already left for school. They both hang up, and then Shane comes in and greets his father, asking what kind of mood he's in this morning. Max is angry that Shane told Maria about his toothache, and says that he doesn't need to see a dentist - he just needs some peace from those dogs, and from Maria's nagging. He then declares that he's going to get his own back on his noisy neighbour.

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Restaurant: Maria and Richard are having a meal together, and she's telling him stories from her mediating course. She says that it's given her a new perspective on her own problems, and Richard tells her that she's going to make an excellent mediator. He compliments her some more, and then asks her if she has any desire to go back to Europe - Maria explains that she has plenty of desire, but no money.

No 26 - Kitchen: Helen is making a new dress for Lucy, who's standing on a chair having it fitted, and Lucy is asking Terry about her first marriage and why they split up. Terry explains that she loved him, then he became not very nice and she stopped loving him, but she won't have that problem with Paul, as he'll always be nice. Helen realises that her tin of pins has been replaced with some seeds that Lucy put in there for a school project - so Terry offers to go to Maria's and get some more pins. Helen explains that Maria is out on a date, so Terry says that she'll go and ask Daphne instead.

No 28 - Lounge: Shane is telling an amused Daphne about Max's feud with the noisy neighbour, and they start talking about her idea for them to live together. Shane is still very hesitant, but Daphne insists that their relationship will survive, whether they move in together or not. They start to kiss, but are interrupted by Terry, who apologises and says she's looking for some pins. Daphne goes to get them, and Shane asks Terry if she's excited about the wedding, and tells her that Paul's a lucky guy. Daphne returns, and Terry quickly leaves, with Daphne wondering what she's so upset about.

No 26 - Kitchen: Lucy is asking Helen about her wedding dress, and Helen explains that it was blue, as there was a shortage of white material in the war. As Terry comes in, Lucy tells her that she doesn't have to wear white, and Terry starts ranting, asking if it's because she's been married before. She says that she's sick of everyone reminding her of her past, and how grateful she should be that another man has agreed to marry her. She then storms out of the house.

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Restaurant: Richard is telling Maria about a holiday he had in Prague, and she admits that it's all making her feel homesick. She starts listing some of the things she misses - the music and poetry, camping in the summertime, people speaking the Czech language - and Richard says that he found the Czech people to be romantic and intelligent. He kisses her hand and asks her to come and spend the weekend with him at a beach cabin.

Regular Cast Credits

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

Guest Cast: Maxine Klibingaitis as Terry Inglis, Peter Flett as Richard Morrison, Terry Gill as Mr McLean

Trivia Notes
• Terry Gill would later return in 1996, in the guest role of Sergeant Herron
• Max has a fear of dentists
• Shane has a fear of spiders
• Shane does an impression of Groucho Marx
• Maria and Richard discuss the Czech poet Karel Hynek Mαcha

Summary by Steve