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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 108

Written by Rick Maier, Directed by Andrew Friedman, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 14/08/85, BBC One: 30/03/87, UK Gold: 31/03/93

Recap
Joan introduces Susan and Rodney to their father as 'Uncle Geoff'
Terry and Paul argue about her returning to work
Des tells Joan that he loves her, and she starts to cry
Jim offers to give Paul a loan
Angela the babysitter tells Joan that a man came and took the kids

Langdon House: Joan has tried calling Geoff's hotel, but they tell her that he checked out that morning. Joan is furious that Angela allowed a complete stranger to take the kids, but she insists that they seemed to know who he was and liked him, and he showed her a wedding photo and said he was their father. As Joan thinks about calling the police, Angela is worried that she won't get paid, and that her mum is going to kill her. She says that maybe he took the kids for a walk, or to a movie. Joan then has an idea, and rushes out of the door.

Park: Joan rushes up to Geoff, who's standing with a suitcase packed. The kids seem to be having a great time. Geoff apologises and says that he thought he'd have the kids home before now, and he just wasn't thinking straight. Joan realises that he's told the kids that he's their father, and he says that he couldn't continue to lie to them, or to himself. He says that he wanted to say goodbye to them, as he's realised that he's wasting his time here. He tells her that he'd better be going, or he'll miss the train, but to tell the kids that their dad loves them. He starts to walk away, but Joan calls after him, asking him not to go.

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Langdon House: Joan and Geoff arrive back with the kids, and they tell them that they're moving to Geoff's farm in the country, and it's just going to be the four of them. Susan asks if Des is coming with them, but Joan says that he isn't, but he might come and visit. She sends the kids off to have a bath, and tells Geoff that afterwards, she'll go and speak to Des. Geoff asks if she wants him to go with her, but she says that she'll manage - but she's not sure that Des will, as this isn't the first time that this has happened to him.

Pacific Bank - Exterior: Joan arrives, as Des is locking up the bank. He hugs her, and says that he was just about to come and see her to discuss the honeymoon. She asks if they can go somewhere to talk. He asks her what's wrong, and she tells him to take her home, and she'll tell him there.

Max's Bedsit: Shane arrives back to find Max fiddling with the radio, unable to get a signal. Shane shows him what to do, and says that he's going back out to play squash, suggesting that Max should try it too, to lose some weight. He also mentions Daphne's new place that she's housesitting, and then gives Max a letter that was outside. Max ignores it, thinking it's a bill, and asks after Maria. Shane says that she's fine, and then, as he's leaving, tells Max that the letter isn't a bill, it's personal. Max looks at it and notices who it's from, and gets a big smile on his face.

Langdon House: Des realises what's going on, that Joan and Geoff are getting back together, and asks where that leaves him. She says that he's a wonderful friend, but she can't marry him - Geoff is the children's father, and he wants to make amends. Des becomes upset, and asks if they've been laughing at him behind his back - he says that he only ever wanted to be there for Joan and the kids, and he asks where they're going. She explains that they're moving to Geoff's farm in the country, and says that she never wanted to hurt Des. He quickly leaves.

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No 28: Paul, Terry and Eileen are sitting at the dining table, when Des arrives home. Eileen tells him there's food for him, but he says that he's not hungry, and is going for a lie down. Paul goes to see what's wrong - Eileen suspects it's a problem at work, but Terry thinks it might be to do with Joan. Paul then returns and tells them that Joan has called off the wedding. He explains that Joan is going back to her husband, for the sake of the children. Eileen is shocked, and says that Des would have made a much better father, but Paul thinks they should just leave Des alone for a while, as he's very hurt.

Max's Bedsit: Shane returns home, to find Max still looking at the letter. Shane pesters him to find out who it's from, and Max eventually says that it's from an old schoolfriend, Amy Medway. Max reminisces about the perfume she used to wear, and how he could smell it on the letter.

Langdon House: Joan is packing, and looking at a photo of Des with the kids, when Eileen turns up. Joan asks her in, and asks if she thinks she's a terrible person, but Eileen says that she doesn't. Joan asks how Des is, and Eileen explains that he's not doing well. Eileen wants to know if this reunion with Geoff is what Joan really wants, as she knows that Joan would never intentionally hurt anyone, especially Des. She thinks that Geoff must have been very persuasive, to get her to take him back, but Joan says that he wanted a second chance, and the opportunity to make amends. Eileen asks Joan if she loves Geoff, and Joan says that she does, and always has. Eileen says that that's all she needed to know, and she leaves.

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No 26 - Lounge: Paul is telling Helen and Jim that he doesn't know what to say to Des, and Terry is wondering about their own wedding, and whether they should postpone for Des's sake. Helen and Paul don't think it's necessary, but Jim agrees that it's worth considering. Paul gets annoyed, after all the planning they've done, and Terry storms out, saying that she was just thinking of Des.

No 28 - Lounge: Des is sitting alone on the couch, when Daphne comes in. She explains that she just heard what had happened, and she didn't think that Des would want to be on his own. He breaks down as he says that he gave everything to Joan and her kids, but she never really loved him, and she always loved Geoff. He asks Daphne to leave, but she just hugs him.

Max's Bedsit: The next morning, Shane is looking at Amy Medway's letter, and asks Max is he's going to call her. Max isn't sure, but Shane thinks that Max needs to start somewhere, and the hardest part will be saying hello. Max isn't sure that he's ready to start seeing other women, but Shane tells him not to be too hard on himself, and that it'll get easier. Max heads off to work, but stops at the payphone and calls Amy. Shane tries to press a glass against the wall to listen in, but can't hear anything, so he goes outside. As Max catches up with Amy, Shane starts telling him to ask her out, which he eventually does. She suggests meeting the following evening, and Max says that he'll check if he's free and get back to her. Shane is very proud of his dad.

Pacific Bank: Des gives some paperwork to Julie, asking her to pass it on to Steve when he arrives. She asks where Des is going, and he explains that he thought he'd go and do some work at home, as it'll be easier.

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No 28: Des walks into the house and sits down on the couch. He starts removing papers from his bag, but can't find something and becomes increasingly upset, until he finally breaks down in tears.

Regular Cast Credits

Featured Regular Characters: Max Ramsay, Shane Ramsay, Helen Daniels, Jim Robinson, Julie Robinson, Paul Robinson, Des Clarke, Daphne Lawrence

Guest Cast: Paula Duncan as Amy Medway, Catherine Lynch as Joan Langdon, Daryl Pellizzer as Geoff Langdon, Nerolee Vernon as Susan Langdon, Glendon Vernon as Rodney Langdon, Myra De Groot as Eileen Clarke, Desiree Smith as Angela

Trivia Notes
Paula Duncan is credited with 'Amy Medway - Guest Appearance by Paula Duncan'. Only Amy's voice is heard in this episode
Paula would return to the cast in 2011 as Harold Bishop's fiancee Carolyn Johnstone
Max and Amy were on the school swimming team together
Amy wears a perfume called Spring Blossom No.9. Max would give Maria a bottle of the same perfume for birthdays and Christmas, but she didn't wear it
Elizabeth Crockett (Cathy Johnson) appears briefly as Des is closing the bank, but has no lines and is not credited

Summary by Steve