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Episode Summaries > 1985 > Episode 123

Written by John Smythe, Directed by Russell Webb, Produced by John Holmes

Channel Seven: 04/09/85, BBC One: 21/04/87, UK Gold: 21/04/93

Jim tells Danny that his behaviour is affecting everyone, and it's hurting Maria
Max tears up his invitation to Paul and Terry's wedding
Des and George walk in, as Daphne and a horrified Eileen are doing aerobics

No 28: Daphne asks Des and George if they'd like to join in. Des then turns off the music, and George helps an embarrassed Eileen to put on her robe, as they're introduced. Des says that his mum looked like Madonna, though George thinks it was more like Ginger Rogers. Eileen wants to go and put some clothes on, but Des and Daphne go and get some drinks, insisting that Eileen and George chat. Eileen invites him to sit down, then accidentally sits on the wine that he's brought with him.

No 26 - Kitchen: Paul is furious to hear from Helen that Terry has gone to see Max. Paul doesn't think they should be crawling to Max, after his recent behaviour, but Helen points out that Terry has a very good relationship with Max, but Paul wants to go over there anyway, and Jim thinks that this is all his fault and that he should be the one to sort it out. They're preparing to leave, but Helen says that they need to realise that Terry is perfectly capable of sorting this out on her own. Jim and a reluctant Paul agree to stay at home and have a beer.

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Max's Bedsit: Terry bursts in, asking Max straight out why he ripped up the invitation. He says that it's his decision and his business, and that Jim wants nothing to do with him now he's friends with 'that Dick Morrison'. Terry says that Richard won't be at the wedding, and that she wants him there, but he still thinks he won't be welcome, as it's Jim's house. Terry gives him a new invitation, from her personally, and says that both she and the Robinsons want him there. She tells him that he's the closest thing she has to family at the moment, and then tells him that she'd like it if he gave her away.

Max's Bedsit: A few moments later, Max has been stalling, saying that it's only a celebrant so it's not a proper wedding, so she won't need someone to give her away. She's refusing to take no for an answer, and Max eventually agrees to do it. He thanks her for asking him, and she gives him a hug.

No 28 - Dining Table: George compliments Eileen on the food, and says it's been years since he had a home-cooked meal. Des says that Eileen makes an excellent casserole too, and George says that the last time he had a casserole when when his wife cooked it. Eileen asks if his wife is still back in Albury, but George explains that she died a couple of years ago. Eileen sympathises, implying that her husband is dead too, but Des says that they're divorced and Eileen kicks him under the table. Everyone looks a little awkward, and George compliments the food again.

No 26 - Kitchen: Terry bursts in, with the news that Max is now happy again and will be at the wedding. Paul, however, doesn't want Max or his troublemaking son Danny to come to the wedding at all. Everyone goes a little quiet, and Helen starts to serve the food, but Paul then apologises. Jim says that there's no point in worrying about it now - Max is coming to the wedding, and that's the end of it.

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No 28: George and Eileen are talking about modern music and how awful it is, and George admits that moving to the city has allowed him to see more opera. Eileen says that she enjoys the opera too, and then George goes to the bathroom, and Des asks his mother when exactly she started listening to opera. She says that she used to attend in Perth, before Des was even born. Des then says that he thinks George might fancy her a bit, but she thinks he's just being a gentleman. Des goes to make coffee, and George returns, saying that he should go home now. He says that he still has some work to do - and he asks Des to come in early tomorrow, to check over it. Des goes out to the car, to get George's briefcase, and George thanks Eileen for a very pleasant evening. They awkwardly shake hands and she shows him to the door, but he stops and asks if she might be free for dinner one night next week. She explains that she's busy next week - but she's free tomorrow night...

No 28: The next morning, Terry is having breakfast, joined by a bleary-eyed Daphne, who had a late night at the bowling club. Terry starts to talk about the wedding, but notices Daphne's bad mood and asks her if there's a problem with Shane. Daphne is in no mood to talk to Terry about it, or hear about the wedding, and rushes off to the bathroom as soon as Des appears.

Ramsay Street: Scott reminds Jim that he's working at the coffee shop tonight. Jim wonders if Scott is going to be able to cope with it, and keep up with his schoolwork, but Scott insists that he knows what he's doing, and he's already promised Wally, so he's not backing out now. Danny wanders by to see if Scott's ready to go to school - and Jim gives the pair of them a lecture on how sometimes they're going to disagree with the way their parents live their lives, and sometimes their parents will disagree with the things they do, but they just have to remember that they love each other - and Danny should tell his parents that more often, instead of coming up with these hair-brained schemes to get them back together.

Pacific Bank: Des asks George where he's thinking of taking Eileen later, and George admits that he's a little wary of restaurants, as he went to one the other night, and a belly dancer suddenly appeared in the middle of dinner. Des says that Eileen has been known to be a bit of a rager, but then admits he's joking, and says he knows somewhere that's perfect - he looks for the phone book, so he can make a booking for them. Des tells George that Eileen has taken a real shine to him, and George is happy to hear it, but just hopes that she won't get her hopes up too high.

Ramsay Street: Jim is about to leave for work when he spots Max pulling up outside the Ramsay house. He goes over and suggests that they're both sick of all the arguing and should just call a truce. Max shakes his hand, but says that he has some work to be doing. Jim says that he's pleased that Max is coming to the wedding - but Max tells him that he's only doing it for Terry, as she's been through enough already, plus he didn't think there should be any more bad blood between the Ramsays and Robinsons. Jim agrees, and says that he was talking to Danny about that earlier, but Max says that he'll parent Danny himself. Jim gives up, and walks back over to his car - Max then calls after him, thanking him for all of the stuff he sent back to the bedsits, but asking if Jim could look for his favourite spanner, as it wasn't there. Jim says he'll have a look, and Max smiles to himself.

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No 28 - Lounge: Terry is trying on her wedding dress, but quickly pulls her robe across it when Shane comes in. He says it looks nice, and she doesn't have to worry about covering up, as long as Paul doesn't see it before the big day. Shane starts to make himself a sandwich as he waits for Daphne, and Terry wonders why Shane is there, as she got the impression that things were over between him and Daphne. She then gets him to help unhook the back of her dress, and they have a close moment as he tells her that Paul's very lucky to be marrying her. He wishes her luck and kisses her on the forehead, but she gets a bit teary and runs off, blaming it on last-minute nerves.

Wally's Coffee Shop: Scott runs in, dead on time, and Wally quickly runs him through where everything is and what he needs to do. He then introduces his son, Simon, who's going to be helping out. Wally then grabs his golf clubs and leaves. As soon as Wally's gone, Simon grabs a sandwich, takes some money from the till and leaves.

Smugglers: George and Eileen and shown to their table, and she asks him if he has any children. He says that he doesn't, and she launches into a long rant about how parenting should be for life, and not just until they're old enough to leave home. George thinks that Des is very lucky to have Eileen.

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No 24 - Lounge: Danny is doing his homework, when the phone rings. It's Scott and he says he's in big trouble and needs help. Danny assumes he's talking about their maths homework, but Scott says he's at the coffee shop and he needs Danny to get down there - fast.

Regular Cast Credits

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

Guest Cast: Myra De Groot as Eileen Clarke, Alan Cassell as George Young, Reg Gorman as Wally Walters, Shane Lee as Simon Walters

Trivia Notes
Shane Lee, who plays Simon in this episode, would later return as Brian Kavanagh in 1994, as Steve Jamieson in 1997, as Troy Barron in 2003 and 2004, and as David Whitaker between 2010 and 2012
Maxine Klibingaitis (Terry) is not credited for her appearance in this episode
Off-screen, Julie and Lucy have gone to the cinema

Summary by Steve