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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 105

Written by Penny Fraser, Directed by Russell Webb, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 09/08/85, BBC One: 25/03/87, UK Gold: 26/03/93

Recap
Daphne is disappointed that Shane won't move in with her
Scott tells his father that he wants to leave school and work full-time in catering
Maria tries to talk Danny into a career in plumbing
Eileen is shocked that Des and Joan are using a celebrant
A woman arrives looking for Daphne

Street: With Des minding the kids, Joan has joined Daphne to look at the place where she'll be housesitting. They spot the house on the corner and go over, and start peeking through the windows. Daphne says that, although it's only for a couple of months, it'll give her time to find somewhere else. Joan then says that she should be going, as she needs to start preparing dinner - Eileen's coming over later. Daphne thanks Joan for coming, and then goes back to looking through the windows. As she walks away, someone inside the house pulls back one of the curtains...

Langdon House: That evening, Joan and Eileen finish cleaning up after dinner - with Eileen complimenting Joan on the food, and describing it as 'plain' - and then Joan suggests a game of Scrabble, though Des isn't too keen on the idea. As Eileen sets up the game, he talks to Joan about the twins, wondering if they should have separate rooms when they move to Ramsay Street, and suggesting that he could join an association for parents of twins, so he can understand what it's like for them. Joan is slightly confused by all of this, then Eileen tells her that she needs to be a little firmer with her discipline - reminding the children not to climb all over Des's furniture, and not to speak when adults are having a conversation. She also wants the children to call her Mrs Clarke, rather than grandma, and suggests that she and Joan go and do some clothes shopping.

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No 24 - Lounge: The next day, Max is attempting to record a message for his new answering machine, but they're all either too long or he isn't happy with them. There's a knock at the door, and it's Eileen, who wants to ask Maria to join her on the shopping trip. Maria isn't home, but then Eileen spots the answering machine and insists on helping. She asks Max exactly what he wants to say, and she writes it down and makes him read it out. He's delighted, and tells her that now all he needs to do is sort out the accounts - Eileen insists on helping with that too.

No 26 - Back Garden: Lucy is talking to a caged Squawker the parrot, who doesn't like Basil the dog. Lucy accuses Basil of upsetting Squawker and puts her on the ground. Julie then appears and asks Lucy about school - Lucy tells her that it was the same as usual, but Daphne's invited her over for dinner tonight. Julie says that she doesn't approve of Lucy spending time with Daphne - Lucy doesn't understand why Julie doesn't like Daphne, and suggests that maybe it's to do with sex, and Julie is frustrated. Julie says that Lucy shouldn't talk about things she doesn't understand, and tells her to take the parrot back next-door. Lucy then breaks the news that Daphne lent the parrot to her, and it might be staying permanently. Julie is not happy to hear this.

No 24: Eileen is attempting to work on the books, laughing at all of Max's little foibles. She then suggests a tea break, and starts talking about how Des might struggle to be the father of someone else's children - Max takes this as a personal insult and starts shouting at Eileen, before firing her. She says that she'll never do a favour for anyone ever again, and walks out of the house.

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No 28: Daphne returns from collecting the post, to a house filled with her things, ready for her to move. Eileen follows her in, and starts telling her about all of her dramas with Max. When she says that she was talking about marriage and children, Daphne points out that it wasn't very tactful, and Eileen realises that perhaps she was in the wrong. Des then returns home, and sees that Eileen's been shopping for a few things for Joan, so he agrees to take his mum over to see Joan the following day. Daphne mentions her new house, and that she'll be sleeping in a king-size bed, and Des mentions that he and Joan might get a waterbed. Eileen is horrified, and Daphne quickly makes herself scarce. Eileen and Des argue about it, until Des oversteps the line, suggesting that his parents' marriage might have lasted if they'd had a waterbed. Eileen starts ranting about how she did her best in her marriage to Malcolm, and Des apologises, but points out that she always has to criticise and offer her opinions on everything he does. She tells him that she may have been a little overenthusiastic and she'll try harder in future.

Langdon House: Des arrives to see Joan, complaining about the argument he had with his mum. He admits that he did stir her up a bit, and Joan says that Des is going to have to start meeting Eileen halfway. She comments that Des is usually so easy-going, but he seems to have a blind spot when it comes to his mum, and then she says that she wishes her mum could be at the wedding. Des apologises, and asks her if her mum was at the wedding to Geoff - Joan says that she was, even though she didn't approve, and explains that it was in a church, but it was just a small wedding with a few family and friends. Des continues to ask questions, but she says that she'd rather not talk about it, and asks if he'd like to stay for dinner.

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No 28: The following morning, Julie arrives, looking for a lift to work, but Daphne explains that he isn't home - he stayed at Joan's place last night. Des then comes in, explaining that he won't be a minute - he just needs to go and change his shirt. Julie then takes the opportunity to tell Daphne off, for giving that bird to Lucy. She thinks that Helen will end up looking after it, but Daphne says that she already spoke to Helen, who was happy with the decision. She then rants at Julie about how she's only upset about the bird because it came from her, and if it had been a gift from Des or anyone else, she wouldn't have thought twice about it. A stunned Julie says that she'll go and wait in the car. Des then appears, asking Daphne if she had a fight with Julie - he then realises that she's moving out today, so she won't be there when he gets home. He kisses her on the forehead and says that he'll miss her, and they both look quite upset.

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Langdon House: Later that day, Joan is pretending to be delighted with the clothes that Eileen has bought for her. Eileen is very happy to be appreciated, and says that she'll go and wait for Des in the car. He tells Joan that they're going to have a few days of her having nowhere to live before the wedding, as she needs to move out soon - Joan says that she and the kids can just stay in a motel, but Des insists that nobody will think it's immoral if she moves in with him before the wedding, and the Robinsons will be happy for Terry to stay with them. Joan doesn't want anyone to go to any trouble, or for Terry to also have to move house just before her wedding. They also talk about the honeymoon, and Des suggests that they spend a week driving up the coast. He then has to go back to work, but says that he'll be over later with some boxes for her to start packing. A few seconds after Des has gone, there's a knock at the door, and Joan answers to find her ex-husband Geoff standing there...

Regular Cast Credits

Featured Regular Characters: Max Ramsay, Julie Robinson, Lucy Robinson, Des Clarke, Daphne Lawrence

Guest Cast: Myra De Groot as Eileen Clarke, Catherine Lynch as Joan Langdon, Daryl Pellizzer as Geoff Langdon

Trivia Notes
Malcolm Clarke was an accountant
Joan was 18-years-old when she married Geoff

Summary by Steve