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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 118

Written by Patrea Smallacombe, Directed by Peter Andrikidis, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 28/08/85, BBC One: 13/04/87, UK Gold: 14/04/93

Paul and Terry learn that the deal on the unit has fallen through
Max's bedsit is full of junk from Jim's garage
Daphne tracks down runaway Rachel
Jim and Max's feud is very amicable
Daphne tells Ian, Don and Margaret to stop fighting

Daphne's House - Living Room: Margaret says that she won't have a stranger involved in her family business - Ian explains who Daphne is, and Rachel shouts that Daphne's been more of a friend to her in the past week, than her mother has in her whole life. Daphne says that all the arguing, and sending Rachel to the kitchen, is exactly the problem - Margaret refuses to listen, but Ian says that Daphne is right, and that Rachel has been pushed around without anyone ever asking her how she feels. Daphne asks Rachel what she wants, and she says that she wants to live with her dad.

No 26 - Kitchen: Helen is surprised by how much food Danny and Scott are packing, since they're only going to the concert for the day. She asks Danny when Maria is due back, and he says it's supposed to be sometime this evening - Helen asks if he's tidied up the house, but Danny tells her that he didn't mess it up. Helen goes to make some food, and Scott quietly tells Danny not to take his bad moods out on her.

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Daphne's House - Living Room: Margaret is beginning to realise that she's been at fault too, and that perhaps Don and Rachel are just too similar to live together in harmony. She wonders where Rachel will go when Ian's away - Rachel wants Daphne to stay, but Margaret doesn't think that's fair, and wonders if Rachel would like to stay with her mum and stepfather when Ian's away. Ian says that there'll need to be some rules - such as no more running away, and Rachel will have to finish school, but hopefully things can be better now. Rachel and Don even agree to start trying to get along, and she shares a hug with her mum before they leave. Daphne comes in and is pleased that things seem to have been sorted out - Ian says that he'll take Rachel out for dinner, and tells Daphne that she can stay for as long as she needs to.

No 26: Shane arrives, looking for Danny - Scott lets him in, and Shane asks Danny if he wants to go to the movies. Scott reminds Danny that they have an early start tomorrow, but Danny decides to go, and tells Scott that, if Maria returns, to tell her that he'll be back late.

Daphne's House - Living Room: Shane and Danny arrive to collect Daphne for the movie, and Daphne quickly drags Shane away, so that Danny and Rachel can get to know each other. Rachel tells Danny that she's moving in here, with her dad, and they start to compare notes on having divorced parents, and their mums dating creepy guys. Rachel points out that Danny's lucky, as he'll be able to leave home in a few years anyway, even if he still doesn't get along with Richard - Danny admits that he hadn't thought of it like that. Before he goes, he asks Rachel to the concert the next day, but she says that she'll be busy.

No 24 - Lounge: Maria and Richard arrive back to an empty house, and are about to have a hug when there's a knock at the door. It's Max, looking for Danny - Richard has to leave to do a few things at the office, and Max apologises if he ruined the moment. He asks how Danny is taking things now, and Maria admits that he wasn't happy about the trip - and she hasn't seen him since she got back. She says that Danny is always going to see Richard as a threat, and doesn't want Max to be replaced - Max is surprised by this, not realising that Danny cared that much. Maria points out that Danny has spent half his life trying to impress Max. He says that he just doesn't know what else he can do, and hints that it might be easier if Danny knew the truth - Maria is upset by this, and reminds Max that he promised not to say anything. He says that he won't, but he can't keep on protecting Maria forever.

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Max's Bedsit: Shane and Daphne arrive back, arguing about the film, and she's shocked by all of the car parts in the room. They talk about Rachel and Danny, hoping that it did Danny some good to talk to someone else with similar problems, and then Daphne says that people get divorced too easily these days, not realising that kids need both their parents. Max stands in the doorway and overhears this, but he politely asks them about their film, and goes to make them all a cup of tea, as Daphne mouths the word 'sorry' to Shane.

No 24 - Kitchen: Danny gets home, and Maria is very pleased to see him. She tells him that Richard is working late tonight, so that he's free to take Danny and Scott to the concert. She asks what he's been up to, and tells him about her trip away - she says that Danny would have loved it there. He says that he's surprised that she had time to think about anyone else, and they start to argue, before he storms off to his room.

Daphne's House - Kitchen: Daphne returns, to find Rachel waiting up for her. She says that she had a great dinner with her dad, but now it feels like he's trying too hard to make things up to her. She thanks Daphne for her help, and says that she's sorry for all the hassle, and she wants Daphne's new number when she moves out. Daphne says that she'll expect an invitation to dinner, and they hug.

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Ramsay Street - No 24 Driveway: Scott and Danny are leaving the house the next morning, with all of their concert supplies, and discussing their plans to start a band. Danny admits that he was hoping that Rachel would turn up, as she was the one person who seemed to understand how bad things are for him - Scott thinks that Danny's being a bit dramatic. Richard then arrives to collect them - he pops inside, as Scott loads up the car, and Danny puts on the L plates.

No 24 - Kitchen: Maria is delighted to see Richard, and he admits that he doesn't really want to go, as he isn't looking forward to the dust and the flies and the queues for the toilets. Danny honks the car horn outside, and Richard says that the boy really doesn't seem to like him - Maria thinks that today might be a turning point in their relationship.

Ramsay Street: Danny is sounding the horn and pretending to drive, and Scott tells him to calm down, as he doesn't even know how to start it yet. They go to get some cassettes from the boot of the car, just Max arrives, surprised to hear that Richard is taking Danny to the concert. Maria and Richard then appear, and Richard hands over the keys, telling Danny that he can drive down to the junction. Danny makes a mess of driving the car out of the street, amusing Max and Maria, and then she invites him inside for breakfast.

Country Road: Danny is taking over the driving again, and Richard tells him to go a bit easier this time. Scott returns from getting some food out of the boot, and Danny drives off - badly.

Max's Bedsit: Max returns, in a bad mood, and Shane asks if he's been fighting with Jim again. He explains that he was with Maria, and he's met Richard who seems like a nice guy, but he feels bad because it should have been him giving Danny his first driving lesson. He tells Shane that he's been doing a lot of thinking, and he's going to try to be a proper father to Danny from now on.

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Old Service Station: Danny is driving through an old service station and he spots a girl, and asks her if she wants a lift. She ignores him and he keeps on trying, but then accidentally puts his foot on the accelerator and crashes into a big pile of boxes and tyres. Richard glares at Danny, who looks very embarrassed.

Regular Cast Credits

Featured Regular Characters: Max Ramsay, Maria Ramsay, Shane Ramsay, Danny Ramsay, Helen Daniels, Scott Robinson, Daphne Lawrence

Guest Cast: Peter Flett as Richard Morrison, Nadine Garner as Rachel Burns, Jon Sidney as Ian Burns, Ian Walker as Don Truscott, Meg Clancy as Margaret Truscott

Summary by Steve