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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 114

Written by Leigh Dixon, Directed by Brendan Maher, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 22/08/85, BBC One: 07/04/87, UK Gold: 08/04/93

Amy tells Jim that she'll be heading back to England in a few days
Helen says that, if Gwen comes to the wedding, then she's walking out of the house

No 24 - Lounge: Richard and Maria sit down on the couch, pleased that Danny seems in a better mood lately. He then tells Maria that he's going away to the country for a couple of days, and he'd like her to come too. Maria isn't sure - Richard does his best to convince her, and she finally agrees to think about it. Richard says that he needs to plan the trip, so she's going to have to say yes or no. She says yes, but only once she's told Danny. Shane and Danny then walk in, back from a squash game - Maria goes to make some cocoa for everyone, asking Danny to give her a hand. Shane and Richard make small talk about the concert, and Shane says that he's glad that Richard and Maria are making a go of things. Richard then leaves, telling Maria that he'll call her in the morning. Maria is glad when Shane gives Richard his seal of approval, admitting that it means a lot to her - Shane tells her that he just wants to see her and Max happy, and if that means that they need to be with other people, then so be it. Shane is about to leave, but Maria takes the opportunity to tell him and Danny about her planned trip away with Richard. Shane is delighted for her - Danny looks less impressed, but is happy when Maria confirms that they'll be back in time for the concert on Sunday.

No 26 - Lounge: Jim returns home, surprised to find Helen still up. He talks about how quickly time passes, and how Lucy will soon be grown up too - Helen points out that she was only six years older than Lucy is now, when she married Bill. She becomes a little upset, and then mentions that Julie is determined to invite Gwen to the wedding. Jim wonders what would be so bad about that, and Helen explains that she hasn't spoken to Gwen in years, and Gwen accused her of stealing money, back when they were at boarding school. She explains that Gwen denounced her as a thief in front of everyone - Helen was expelled, and Gwen remained at the school. She explains to a sympathetic Jim that this was why she married so young - as she had nowhere else to turn. She explains that she begged Gwen to tell their parents the truth before they died, but she didn't - she was the one who took the money, and Helen says that she hates her for it.

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No 26 - Kitchen: The next morning, Julie asks Helen if she's feeling any better today. Helen says that she is, but she hasn't changed her mind about Gwen. Julie says that Helen is creating a very miserable future for herself, and setting a bad example to the family. Terry then arrives, and joins everyone at the breakfast table - Jim tells her and Paul that the loan has come through for the unit they want to buy. They're delighted, and Paul goes to get a calculator to work out how much they'll need to pay back each week. Terry still thinks that she should stay on at work after the wedding, and Julie agrees, but Paul doesn't - and Scott tells Julie to keep out of it, then storms off. Terry and Julie both leave for work, and Jim asks Paul if he's sure he'll be able to manage on one wage - Paul is sure that he will.

Bedsits -Max's Bedsit/Corridor: Max and Shane are looking at the photo of Paul and Terry in the newspaper, announcing their engagement. Max starts to read it out, then Shane notices that further down, it quotes Max as saying that more women should join the plumbing industry. Terry then arrives for work, and Max shows her the newspaper article. As she's reading it, there's a call for her on the phone in the corridor - she answers and it's a man called Charles Durham. He says he saw her in the newspaper and he needs to see her, as he wants the tape back. Terry says that she never wants to see him again, and he's never going to get her, or the tapes, back. She hangs up, and then leaves for work with Max. As he goes, Max tells Shane that he's decided not to go to the school reunion.

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Smugglers: Jim and Amy arrive, after attending the reunion, and Jack goes to get them some coffee and sandwiches. They tell Jack that Max didn't show up for the reunion. They reminisce about old schoolfriends, and the old school song, and Jim says that he's glad Amy came with him. She asks if it was painful to be there without Anne, but Jim thinks that it did him some good. He suggests that, after lunch, they go for a wander around the old neighbourhood.

Luna Park: Jim and Amy stand outside, remembering when they went there once when they were young, and Amy sent Jim broke by insisting on going on every ride. She thanks him for bringing her, and starts to walk off, but Jim says that they didn't come here just to look - he then pays someone for a ride on the ferris wheel. The wheel stops at the top, and Jim and Amy remember last time, and he says that he was very nervous about kissing her back then. He then leans in, and they share a kiss.

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No 24: Danny and Scott return home from school - there's a note from Maria, saying that she's gone to the hairdresser. He complains about how all of Max's money is going on fillet steaks and beauty treatments, for Richard to enjoy. The phone rings, and it's Max, who leaves a message with Danny, telling Maria that they have a solicitor's appointment at 5pm. Danny and Scott are about to leave, when the phone rings again, this time it's Richard with the message that he's been held up, and has rebooked the flights for 7pm. Danny leaves both of the notes by the phone, then leaves, slamming the door and sending the notes onto the floor.

No 24 - Lounge: Later, Max arrives to collect Maria for their solicitor's appointment, but she has no idea what he's talking about. She explains that she was just about to call a cab, as she's going away for a couple of days with Richard. Max tells her to have a good time, then offers her a lift to the airport, picking up her bags and heading outside.

Ramsay Street: Scott and Danny run out of number 26, as Max and Maria are getting into the van. Max tells Danny off about failing to pass on the message, and Maria tells Danny to behave himself while she's gone. As the van goes, Danny quietly asks if Maria got the message from Richard, knowing that she won't hear.

No 26: Julie hears from Helen that Maria's gone away for a couple of days, so they'll be keeping an eye on Danny. Julie thinks it's terrible that Maria is going off with another man, when her first consideration should be her own family. Julie then starts to pester Helen about Gwen again, saying that they're too old to be bearing grudges. Helen tells Julie to keep out of it, but Julie says that Gwen has never been to any family celebrations and it doesn't seem fair. Helen tells her granddaughter that Gwen will never be coming to visit, and storms out of the kitchen. Julie, however, goes and puts Gwen's name back on the guest list.

Airport: Max takes Maria's bags out of the van, and asks if Danny minds her going away with Richard. Maria explains that Richard is taking Danny to a concert on Sunday, so he doesn't seem to mind too much. Max says that he'll keep an eye on Danny, and Maria wishes that they could have talked like this before. Maria says that she should be going, insisting on carrying her own bags. Max says that perhaps they make better friends than lovers.

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Airport: Maria is running around the airport, looking for Richard. She goes to a desk, and asks if Richard has checked in, but is informed that patient details can't be given out. She says that he was definitely booked on the 6pm flight - the man checks under Richard's name, and then under Maria's, but says that they aren't booked. He suggests that Richard must have cancelled the flights, and a disappointed Maria walks off.

Regular Cast Credits

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

Guest Cast: Peter Flett as Richard Morrison, Maxine Klibingaitis as Terry Inglis, Paula Duncan as Amy Medway, Ross Thompson as Charles Durham, Sidney Jackson as Jack the Barman, Ian Sprake as Airline Ground Staffer

Trivia Notes
Paula Duncan is credited with 'Guest Appearance by Paula Duncan'
Ross Thompson makes his first appearance as Charles Durham (in voice only), a character that would continue to appear for the rest of 1985, and would bring about Terry's exit
Ross Thompson would later return as Leo McClain in 1999 and as Keith Wright in 2012
Off-screen, Lucy is unwell and is spending the day in bed
Jim and Amy talk about an old schoolfriend named Hammerhead Sparks
Paul and Terry's engagement announcement reads: "Mr James Robinson, well-known business identity, is proud to announce the engagement of his son Paul to Terry Inglis of Ramsay Street."

Summary by Steve