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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 122

Written by C.V. Schofield, Directed by Russell Webb, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 03/09/85, BBC One: 17/04/87, UK Gold: 20/04/93

Maria is furious with Danny for sabotaging the dinner party
Liz Harrington asks Shane back to her place
Shane returns the next morning to find Daphne at the bedsit, waiting for him

Max's Bedsit: Daphne is furious with Shane, even though he insists that he's got nothing to hide. She asks if he was going to come back, mess up his hair and the bed and act like nothing happened. He explains that he went back to Liz's place for coffee, but nothing happened. Daphne isn't sure that she believes him, and runs off, saying that he can do whatever he wants. Max then appears in the doorway, and says that it looks like Shane has blown it this time.

No 26 - Kitchen: Jim and Maria are both feeling bad about the events of the previous evening, and Jim tells Maria about why he lied to Max in the first place. Maria says that it's such a shame, as Max is going to end up with nobody soon. Jim says that Richard seemed like a nice bloke - Maria wishes that Danny thought so too. Jim asks why the rock concert didn't help to break the ice between them, but Maria remarks that the only thing that got broken was Richard's headlight. Maria confirms that Danny set the whole situation up, hoping that it would split up her and Richard, and he just won't listen to reason. Jim offers to have a word with Danny.

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Ramsay Street - No 28 Front Garden: Daphne is taking out her frustrations on the garden - she tells Des that they didn't go on the picnic, because Shane wasn't there when she went to pick him up. Des asks her if she knows what happened or if she jumped to conclusions, but then Shane arrives. Daphne isn't happy to see him, and tells him that he can do what he wants. He says that he intends to, and Daphne realises that he's going to continue seeing Liz. He asks her why it would be so bad if they stayed together but also went out with other people. Daphne says that she doesn't mind the 'going out' part, so much as the 'staying overnight' part. Shane doesn't think they've had a serious relationship anyway, but asks if they can talk things through and go for that picnic. Daphne says that the picnic is cancelled, so Shane leaves, saying that he'll be over at his mum's place if she changes her mind.

No 28: Daphne angrily helps Des with a stain on his shirt, and asks if he's on Shane's side. Des says that it sounds like they should both learn to give a little bit, and points out that Shane might be upset too, as Daphne doesn't have the monopoly on sensitivity, just because she's female. Des wonders if Daphne has even taken the time to listen to Shane's side of the story, and that Shane is probably feeling pretty bad now, but Daphne starts to cry, saying that she doesn't care if he does. Des realises that she does care, and she says that Shane's over the road at Maria's. She then asks why Des didn't just change his shirt - he says that the others are all dirty, and he wanted to look smart to impress the new guy at work.

Ramsay Street: Jim is reversing his car out of the driveway when Danny comes along, to see if Scott's ready to leave for school yet. Jim gets out and says that he's heard that Danny is making trouble for himself - and everyone else - at the moment. He tells Danny that the little stunt he pulled last night has hurt a lot of people, and that if he isn't coping, he should talk to someone, suggesting himself. Danny dryly thanks him, and Jim gets annoyed and says that Danny is making life hell for Maria, and he needs to grow up. Danny says that this is none of Jim's business, and that Jim should take his own advice and stop feuding with Max. Des walks over, and Danny says that he wishes everyone would just leave him alone, before walking off to school. Des tells Jim that he tried talking to Danny too, and had no luck. The two men both walk off, and Des bumps into Maria as she's walking down from number 24. He tells her that Danny was over at his place last night, and he would have stopped him if he'd realised what he was doing. Maria insists that it isn't Des's fault, and she leaves as Shane appears. Des asks if they can have a word inside, but Shane says that he doesn't want to talk, if it's about Daphne. Des says that Daphne is very hurt, and Shane should have made it clear that it was just casual. Shane tells Des that he just wants to live his life while he can, and not end up like his dad, who's getting divorced and has no idea how to approach women. Shane then wonders why Des is so bothered anyway, hinting that maybe Des is interested in Daphne himself.

Pacific Bank: Des and Julie are finishing up for the day, and when she hears that Daphne is out at work that evening, she offers to come over and cook dinner. He explains that Eileen is actually coming over to cook for him, and Julie is slightly put out and comments that it's nice that he still finds so much time for his mum, even at his age. She spots the new employee, George Young, and asks Des how he and George have been getting on. Des says that he seems nice enough, and Julie says that he won't be much of a threat to Des's position at the bank, as he's so much older. Des informs Julie that he's doing fine for himself, and that just because he spends time with his mother, it doesn't make him a wimp.

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No 28: Daphne is doing aerobics, when Eileen calls in with some groceries. She asks Daphne for some help with a box of vegetables outside, and stands and admires the boot ornament on the mantlepiece, while Daphne goes and gets the box. Daphne then gets back to her workout, as Eileen asks her about it - and says that she didn't realise that exotic dancing required so much effort. Daphne asks if Eileen wants to give the aerobics a try, but Eileen makes excuses about her bad back, and not having the proper attire. Daphne offers to lend her a leotard, but Eileen insists on going back to the kitchen and starting the roast.

Pacific Bank: Des is chatting to George Young about how he's settling in at the bank. George talks about possibly taking some work home, and Des tells him to be careful, or it'll take over his life. George says that he's happy to have the distraction, as he'll just be sitting along in the motel otherwise - Des hears about how he's been on his own since his wife died, and feels sorry for him, so asks him over for dinner. He's happy to accept, and admits that he's looking forward to a home-cooked meal. Julie then interrupts, carrying a pot plant for some reason, and asks Des if he needs a lift home. Des turns her down, and introduces her to George, as they haven't been properly introduced yet.

No 24 - Kitchen: Maria is preparing some food, as Danny starts to leave the house. She asks if he's going to stay and eat, but he says he'll go and get a burger. Maria admits that she was hoping that they could talk, and he could tell her about his concerns, but he says that he isn't going to apologise to her, and he walks out. Max then turns up for his plumbing messages, and notices Maria's new dress - for Paul and Terry's wedding - and wonders how he's going to pay for that. Maria also gives him his invitation to the wedding, but he's already furious about everything; he rips up the invitation and leaves.

No 26 - Lounge: Paul is looking at the property section of the newspaper, but everything's too expensive. Julie suggests that things would be easier if they had two wages coming in, but Paul doesn't want to discuss that. Jim then calls Paul to give him a hand with something, and Terry confides to Julie that she isn't looking forward to spending her days sitting around, doing nothing. Jim and Paul then return, and Jim asks Terry how Max was today - Terry says he was OK, but she just saw him heading over to Maria's and he didn't look happy. Jim decides to pay Maria a visit.

No 24 - Kitchen: Jim finds a tearful Maria. She gives him the torn up wedding invitation, and says he's not coming. Jim looks annoyed.

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No 26 - Lounge: Jim has told Julie, Terry and Paul what's happened - Julie can't believe that Max would ruin the wedding like that, but Paul says that it's Max's decision, but it won't ruin anything. Terry is disappointed, but Jim tells her not to let Max spoil things - he then leaves to pick up Helen and Lucy. Paul says that he just wants a happy day, and Julie points out that he'd better try to fix things with Max, as he's in danger of wrecking everything. Terry says that the only person Max is hurting is himself, but she thinks that she might be able to do something about it.

No 28 - Lounge: Eileen appears from the bedroom in the leotard, but wearing a robe which she's reluctant to take off. She says that vigorous exercise won't be good for her, but Daphne manages to flatter her over her figure, and she takes off the robe. Daphne then puts on some music and starts showing Eileen some exercises, though Eileen struggles to stop laughing as they're doing them.

No 26 - Kitchen: Jim is getting himself a drink when Paul comes in, still furious about Max and the way it's affecting Terry. He thinks that Maria had the right idea by divorcing him, and that someone needs to tell Max where to get off. Jim says that if anyone's going to do that, it'll be him.

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Ramsay Street: Des's car pulls up at number 28. He and George get out, and George hopes that Des's mum won't mind him turning up unannounced. Des says that she won't, though she is a little set in her ways, and George admits that he likes old-fashioned women, and has no time for these liberated types. They hear music coming from inside...

No 28 - Lounge: Eileen and Daphne are continuing their exercises when Des and George walk in. George looks slightly bewildered and Eileen looks mortified.

Regular Cast Credits

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

Guest Cast: Myra De Groot as Eileen Clarke, Alan Cassell as George Young

Trivia Notes
Maxine Klibingaitis (Terry) is not credited for this episode
First appearance of Alan Cassell as George Young
George's wife, Wilma, died several years ago, and they had no children
Off-screen, Helen and Lucy have gone to the park

Summary by Steve