Max looking through the fence to No. 22 and seeing a pair of hairy legs!
Danny telling Shane that Marcia from his computer course said that if she could get a guy to take her on a weekend to Surfers, she'd do *anything*.
Danny meeting Clive Gibbons in his gorilla-gram outfit.
Zoe discovering Daphne's wedding dress and realising Daphne is marrying Des.
Jim is sitting at the kitchen table, working, when Helen joins him after putting Lucy to bed. She offers him a cuppa, but at that moment there's a knock on the front door. Jim goes to open it and finds a man standing on the step. He introduces himself as Stephen Prince and explains that he's there about Paul. Jim suggests he'd better come in. Helen joins them and Jim introduces her to Prince. Helen muses straight away:
HELEN: The only Stephen Prince *I* know writes for a scandal sheet.
PRINCE: Have we met?
HELEN: No... but I must say some of the things you write have a sordid fascination for me. I often wonder why more people don't sue you.
PRINCE (shrugs): I have a job to do, Mrs. Daniels – and the truth often hurts.
Jim reminds Prince that he said he came about Paul. Prince explains that he has a story to write, whether Jim and Helen co-operate or *not*.
PRINCE: My paper's doing the whole story, Mr. Robinson: Terry's early childhood; how she met and married that bank robber; lived with a crime figure; married your son for love and then shot him and he reported it to the police.
JIM (curtly): Just make sure you get all your facts right, because my son will sue you and your newspaper.
PRINCE: That's why I'm here: my paper's prepared to pay very well for Paul's version of the story.
HELEN: He won't be interested.
Prince just shrugs that they'll print anyway – and from what he hears, the family needs the money. He suggests:
PRINCE: Why don't you both talk it over quietly with Paul?
At that moment, however, the front door opens and Paul comes in. Jim suggests to Prince that he talk it over with Paul himself. Prince introduces himself and Jim explains about how Prince thinks Paul might like to sell his story to the newspaper. Staring at Prince coldly, Paul says:
PAUL: And what story's *that*?
PRINCE: About you and Terry: how you first met her... fell in love...
PAUL (growls): Why don't you get out, hey?
PRINCE: I'll write it anyway, Paul...
PAUL (snarls): You do that and I'll *kill* you.
With that, Paul escorts Prince out of the house. He then heads off to bed.
Des arrives home and Zoe immediately throws herself at him and gasps:
ZOE: Des? Congratulations! Isn't it fantastic?!
Des, looking stunned, asks Zoe who she is! Zoe explains that she's Daphne's best friend! She adds:
ZOE: Hasn't she told you about me?
Daphne emerges from the bedroom area and says a sheepish:
DAPHNE: Hi Des.
Des just murmurs:
DES: You told her about the wedding?
DAPHNE: Yeah. Er, she tricked me into it.
DES (pointedly): We agreed no one would know.
ZOE: Oh, I'm not *no one*; I'm her best friend!
DES: So you said. [Looking at Daphne] How come I've never heard of her?!
DAPHNE: I'm trying to forget the day I even *met* her!
Zoe suggests that Daphne make a cup of coffee while *she* sits down with Des and they can get to know each other!
Clive is talking on the ‘phone, making arrangements for the following morning. When he hangs up, he says to Madge:
CLIVE: I can't think you enough for this, Mrs. Mitchell - and I promise I won't make a habit of it – as the nun said when someone gave her a sequinned dress link!
Clive adds that it gave him the opportunity to meet her. He then asks if the family's out. Madge, looking wary, explains that she's staying with her brother and his sons. Clive smiles that if there's ever anything he can do for her, she should let him know. He adds that they should have a barbie when he's settled in.
MADGE (rolling her eyes): Yes... I'll tell my brother!
Zoe is telling Des all about Daphne's previous boyfriends – but concludes that *he's* the lucky one and *she's* going to make sure they have a wedding to remember. Des, however, insists that there's no way they're going to have a big wedding. Zoe tells him that it'll just be friends and neighbours.
DES: Don't *want* friends and neighbours.
ZOE: Oh look, just because you've been stood-up four times!
DES (looking annoyed): Oh, you know that as well, do you?
Daphne suggests to Zoe quickly that they run her home now. Zoe, however, reminds Daphne that she hasn't *got* a home. Des announces that he's going bed. Putting his arm around Zoe, he adds:
DES: Look, Zoe, it's been really great meeting you – and seeing that you know all our innermost thoughts, I guess that makes you a friend of the family, right?
ZOE: I'd like that!
DES: Well, as a friend of the family, *butt-out of the wedding*.
With that, Des gives Daphne a kiss and heads off to bed. Daphne glares at Zoe, who just bursts out laughing!
The next morning, Paul joins Max, who's still working on his van, and they watch as two young blonde women head up the driveway of No. 22. Max stares at them and muses to Paul:
MAX: There's something *funny* going on at that house. I mean, you think they'd at least make themselves known to us.
PAUL (mutters): Yeah, well, *you* can get to know them if you want; as far as *I'm* concerned, the more they keep to themselves, the better.
With that, Paul walks off.
Des emerges from the bedroom area and joins Daphne at the kitchen counter, where he gives her a kiss and tells her that he's sorry about last night.
DAPHNE: Me too. And I promise I'll stop telling everyone about the wedding.
Daphne then asks Des to give Zoe a call in the spare room.
DES (looking astonished): She's still *here*?
DAPHNE: I hope so. I promised I'd wake her up so she could get a lift with *you*.
DES: She's not moving *in* here, is she?
DAPHNE: Of course she isn't, Des!
At that moment, Zoe joins them and beams that that was a lovely little room! She then puts her hands on Des's shoulders and asks him how he is this morning.
DES (murmurs): Good, thanks.
ZOE: Look at him – not a bit grumpy today!
She then goes on:
ZOE: Hey, I didn't dream it about you two, did I? You *are* getting married?
DAPHNE: Yes – and it's really just going to be me, Des and his mother.
ZOE: And me!
DAPHNE (sternly): No, Zoe, not you.
ZOE: OK, OK, if you don't want your best friend, then that's up to you.
Daphne looks at Des, who rolls his eyes!
Max is still working on his van when he looks across to No. 22 and sees three people emerging from the house, two in chicken outfits and one in a gorilla costume! He mutters to himself:
MAX: What the hell...?
He then dashes across to No. 22 and says to Clive:
MAX: Hey you, hang on a sec.
CLIVE: Morning! You must be my new neighbour.
MAX: I'm Max Ramsay.
CLIVE: G'day, Max – Clive Gibbons.
MAX: What are ya?
CLIVE: Early-morning booking, Max.
MAX: Booking for what?
CLIVE: We've got to get to the airport to scare hell out of some soccer star.
MAX (looking horrified): You mean you're running a *business* from that place?
CLIVE: Right – just as you're running your plumbing business from *your* place.
MAX (snaps): That's different. I mean, this street was named after my grandfather, you know?
CLIVE: It *was*? Gee, you're a celebrity, Max! We'll have to get together and talk about it later on!
As Clive climbs into his car, he adds:
CLIVE: You know, I thought you were deliberately avoiding me. Gotta go!
Max stands there, looking flummoxed!
Zoe is telling Daphne:
ZOE: As soon as I find a job and somewhere to stay, I'll come back to the Coffee Shop and we'll celebrate.
Des suggests that they get going. Daphne, however, sounding suddenly guilty, says to Zoe that if she's got no money and no job, what's she going to do?
ZOE: Oh, you know me: something'll turn up – although when I think of things like the squats...
DAPHNE: Oh Des, we can't just throw her out like this...
Zoe insists that she may be Daphne's best friend, but she's not her responsibility. Daphne asks Zoe if she minds if she talks to Des alone for a minute. Des, however, tells Daphne that there's nothing she has to say to him that can't be said in front of Zoe.
DAPHNE (shrugs): OK. Would you mind if she stays until we get married?
Des, looking suddenly put-out, sighs:
DES: No, no, no, I don‘t mind.
Zoe leaps at him, exclaiming excitedly that he's lovely and she'll get a job today and she'll pay the rent! Daphne suggests to Zoe that she take her bag and put it in her room so that *she* can say goodbye to the man she's going to marry without Zoe butting in. Zoe dashes off, leaving Daphne to beam happily:
DAPHNE: I love you, Des Clarke!
DES (modestly): Yeah, well, I can understand that!
The two of them kiss.
Helen is sitting on the couch. She's working on a sketch of Douglas Blake, but when Paul emerges from his bedroom suddenly, she hides it underneath some sewing. Paul asks her what she was sketching, but she tells him quickly that it was nothing important. He goes to put the kettle on just as someone knocks on the front door. Helen answers it to find Eileen and Madge on the step. They both come in and Eileen explains that when she heard that Madge hadn't been to see any of the neighbours, she decided they would start with Helen.
HELEN (wearily): Oh, what a good idea...!
Helen then calls to Paul. When he joins them, Madge exclaims that she hasn't seen him since he was about 16! She and Eileen sit down and Helen heads to the kitchen to make the tea. Paul sits down opposite Madge and Eileen, who asks Paul how he is.
PAUL: Fighting fit, you know. And you?
EILEEN: Look how he's bearing up. I do admire you, Paul.
Paul calls to Helen that he's going for a walk, and he heads out. When he's gone, Eileen says to Madge:
EILEEN: Such a nice young man. Such a tragedy. Mind you, I did have my doubts about him marrying that girl when I heard about her background.
Helen rejoins them and asks Madge how things are next door. Madge explains that they're quieter because Max has decided to concentrate on the new neighbours: the young guy there delivers gorilla telegrams! She adds:
MADGE: Max has renamed No. 22: he's calling it The Ape House!
Eileen then says to Madge:
EILEEN: You know, I used to house-keep for Max and the boys for a while.
MADGE: No, I didn't know.
EILEEN: Yes, it was after Maria left. Oh I don't know... there's so much unhappiness in the world. I just hope that if Desmond ever marries, he'll find a girl like... Daphne.
HELEN (muses): Mmm, Daphne *would* be the ideal girl for Des.
EILEEN: Well – providing she could live down *her* background.
MADGE: I agree. I mean, even if you're innocent, it's very difficult to convince people when you've been charged with murder.
HELEN (pointedly): That's the problem with gossips, isn't it: they never know when to let up, do they? I'll make the tea!
With that, Helen heads to the kitchen. Eileen smiles at Madge!
Paul pokes his head round the front door and asks if anyone's home. Daphne runs over to him and gives him a kiss, saying they *heard* he was home! She invites him to sit down, and they head to the table. Paul then says seriously:
PAUL: Daphne... what did you *really* think of Terry?
DAPHNE: I thought she was the luckiest girl in the world to get a guy like *you*.
PAUL (smiles shyly): *You're* good for a bruised ego!
DAPHNE: Paul, I've got to admit that I *liked * Terry – *and* I believed she loved you.
PAUL (bitterly): Yeah, she *loved* me all right: she put a *bullet* through me, didn't she?
DAPHNE: What *really* happened that day?
PAUL: When you were arrested for the murder of Charles Durham – which, don't forget, she was only too happy to let you take the rap for – I found the gun that she'd hidden. I confronted her with it when she got home. She admitted she killed Durham, so I begged her to call the police to clear you. When she refused, I said *I'd* do it. She thought I was bluffing, didn't she; then when she found out I wasn't, she aimed the gun. I kept dialling and she fired. The thing I *don't* know is whether she intended on killing me or not.
He pauses before sighing:
PAUL: Oh Daph, I loved her so much. Now I *hate* her.
DAPHNE (gently): I know it's an old cliché, but you'll get over it in time.
PAUL (curtly): No. No I won't – and I don't *want* to get over it. I'm never going to trust another woman again.
DAPHNE: Does that include *me*?
PAUL (quickly): No, of course it doesn't include you. No, she hurt you and I'm sorry about that. Hey, we were going out together and I didn't realise what a wonderful girl you are. Shane Ramsay's a pretty lucky guy, you know!
DAPHNE (looking surprised): *Shane*? Well there is *someone*, but it's not Shane.
PAUL: Someone *else*? Is it serious?
DAPHNE: It is. I love him.
PAUL: Well, whoever it is, he doesn't deserve you.
DAPHNE: Oh Paul - I just hope *you* find happiness one day.
With that, Daphne gives Paul a kiss and puts her arms around him in comfort – just as the front door opens and Eileen and Madge come in! Eileen stares at the scene and exclaims in shock:
EILEEN: Well! Excuse *us*!
A few moments later, Daphne and Paul are standing in the lounge room as Eileen says curtly:
EILEEN: I thought it would be nice for Madge to meet the girl my son was going to marry. Perhaps we should come back when you're otherwise engaged?
With that, she and Madge head out again. Looking annoyed, Daphne mutters:
Paul asks what this is about her and Des.
DAPHNE (glumly): We're getting married.
PAUL (looking astonished): You *are*?! I don't believe it!
DAPHNE: Of course, it's supposed to be a big secret. We may as well be shouting it from the Town Hall.
Paul smiles that it was a lucky day for them all when she moved into Ramsay Street. He then heads off, leaving Daphne looking worried.
Eileen is sitting on the couch, saying:
EILEEN: I've never told you about the Clarke Curse, have I, Helen?
Helen suggests they forget about things like that and both go and talk to Daphne. Eileen, however, insists that this marriage is doomed, just like all the others.
EILEEN: You see, one of Desmond's father's ancestors had a curse put on him.
At that moment, Paul comes in through the back door and Helen asks him what's going on, as Eileen is saying that Des and Daphne were getting married.
PAUL: *Are* getting married – if *she* doesn't spoil it for them.
EILEEN: Well if *anyone's* going to spoil it for them it'll be *you*. I was embarrassed and shocked. I walked in there and found you—
PAUL (tersely): Doing what?
PAUL: And what did *you* do when Daphne told you that she was getting married? You kissed her, right?
EILEEN: Of course I did.
PAUL: Well what did you think I was going to do when she told *me*? Punch her in the face?
EILEEN: Oh Paul, is *that* what it was? She *told* you?
PAUL: She told me that she loves your son and is going to marry him - and yes, I kissed her.
EILEEN: But it was supposed to be a secret.
PAUL: Well the secret's *out*, isn't it? Now if *I* was you, I'd put it back there and apologise to Daphne.
Eileen looks at Helen guiltily. Helen just murmurs:
HELEN: Des and Daphne... I can't believe it!
Max is sitting watching TV when Madge comes in. He demands:
MAX: Well? The neighbourhood come up to scratch, then, eh?
MADGE: I'd hardly say *that*.
Max mutters that with that new mob next door, it's not surprising. Madge, however, retorts that she's talking about *Daphne*. Max warns her quickly that he knows more about Daphne than most people, and she's all right.
MADGE: If ‘all right' means kissing Paul Robinson when she's supposed to be marrying Des Clarke—
MAX (explodes): Marry Des Clarke? You've got rocks in your head; she wouldn't marry Des Clarke in a *fit*!
MADGE: Possibly not, now that his mother's seen her in a compromising situation with another man, but they *were* to be married *next week*.
MAX: Look, it's none of your business, but ever since that girl clapped eyes on Shane, she's been crazy about him. I mean, all he's got to do is ask her to marry him and she'd do it like ‘that'. [He clicks his fingers]
MADGE (gloats): How little you know about the street you live in...
MAX: Des and Daphne? No way!
Clive pulls his car into the driveway of No. 22 and he and the two blonde girls climb out. Max walks over to Clive and starts trying to talk to him, but the two girls slam the doors of the car and one of them whacks Clive with her wing! Clive asks Max if they can have a drink later, as he has to pay the girls off.
MAX (curtly): Actually, it's *about* you and the girls.
CLIVE (snaps): What about it?
MAX: Some of the neighbours don't like the way you're turning the street into a zoo.
CLIVE (sarcastically): Oh. Sorry about that. Who are they? I'll go and tell them to mind their own business.
MAX: Well they wouldn't like that, either, see?
CLIVE (tersely): Oh I see. You're their spokesman, are you?
MAX: Well I suppose I am.
CLIVE (snaps): Good. Well, listen, Max: we've just been out to the airport on a wild-goose chase. The guy the Chook-gram was for didn't turn up, and *we* didn't get paid. I'll have to pay those two girls out of my own packet, and the last straw is for a bunch of wowsers to start whinging about their street looking like a *zoo*.
MAX (furiously): Listen: this street was named after my *grandfather*.
CLIVE (retorts): That's the second time you've told me that today. Listen, I had to move out of my last place because of a guy just like you, so I understand what you're about, Max: you don't care what people do, so long as they do it *your* way. You'll find I'm a very good neighbour, so long as you leave me alone – but if you butt into my life, all hell will be let loose in this street. Have a nice day.
With that, Clive walks up to the house, leaving Max looking annoyed.
Eileen is helping Daphne try on the dress she bought for her wedding. As she does so, she says meekly that she's sorry for embarrassing Daphne like that in front of Madge Mitchell; and on top of everything, she had to go and tell her about the wedding. Daphne points out that she and Des don't have that many close friends anyway – and if Helen and the Robinsons turn up, that's great.
EILEEN (cautiously): What if Shane Ramsay turns up?
DAPHNE: Oh, relax, Eileen: if I wanted Shane, I wouldn't have proposed to Des, would I?
The front door suddenly opens and Zoe and Des come in. Before they can take two paces, Eileen rushes over and pushes them out again, while Daphne runs to her room to hide the dresses! When the coast is clear, Eileen lets the two of them in. Zoe realises immediately who Eileen must be, and she gives her a kiss! Des has to explain to his startled mother who Zoe is! Daphne emerges from the bedroom and asks Zoe if she found a job.
ZOE: No, but I will; I just know it.
DAPHNE: We'll talk about that later.
She then adds:
DAPHNE: Des, your mother has something to say to you.
DES: What about?
Looking suddenly very sheepish, Eileen stutters:
EILEEN: About... about, um, about the wedding.
DES: What *about* the wedding?
EILEEN: Well, er, owing to a slight misunderstanding, I, er, er, er, told Madge Mitchell and she, er, um, told Max Ramsay, and, um, Helen knows.
Daphne then admits:
DAPHNE: Des... the whole of Ramsay Street knows about it.
Des stands there looking astonished!