Des and Daphne are on a picnic. Des is asleep and Daphne is lying on her
back in pain. She wakes him and tells him that 'it's happening.' Des says it
can't be - she isn't due for another two weeks. They should make sure that
the symptoms are really contractions. When he finds they are five minutes
apart, he realises that it is for real. He tells her not to move and calls
out for Beverly and Jim, who were accompanying them on their outing. Daphne
pleads for him not to leave her, but Des doesn't know what to do. Daphne
replies there's nothing they can do - only wait for them to come back, and
if they don't then it'll be up to Des. Des can't do that. He asks what they
need and Daphne instructs him to get some towels. He assures her that
they'll be back in a minute - 'the fish can't be that good around here' and
helps her sit up.
At the lake, The Bush
Jim inspects two fish as Beverly winds up a fishing rod. Beverly suggests
that they should quit while they're ahead and get back to Des and Daphne.
Jim isn't so sure though, as he wants to catch something. One he catches
something he bets that what he has caught is worth twice what she has.
Beverly shouts at him to reel it in.
Des holds Daphne's hand as she has another contraction. They are coming
pretty fast now. He asks if she feels like she wants to push but she says no
and he says that she shouldn't - not until she really feels like it. Des
says that if he knew that Junior was coming along he would have brought the
cigars. Daphne says she wishes Beverly was here, but Des shakes it off,
saying he's seen the movie and read the book - he can do it. Daphne has
another big contraction and Des reassures her that it will be alright.
They're having their baby out in the peace and quiet - what more could they
Jim and Beverly are walking - Jim's fish isn't as big as he thought it would
be. He admits he almost didn't come, but is glad he did - he would have
missed out on his fishing lesson otherwise! 'All part of the service' says
Beverly. Jim warns he won't let her off so easily next time and she is
surprised about the mention of 'a next time'. He then apologises for how he
behaved when they first met, but she says that he should stop apologising
about it - she behaved just as badly - and they should call it quits. Jim
Des hears a car and starts to shout out for Beverly and Jim. Just when it
seems the car has driven past Beverly spots them and says 'I should have
known!' She instructs Jim to get her medical bag and runs to Daphne's aid.
Jim arrives. Everything is coming along beautifully, and it won't be long.
Beverly asks for Jim to help out. Beverly encourages Daphne and Des decides
to stand up for a bit. 'One more push!' Beverly says while Des goes over to
the lake and looks at the ducks, saying that there isn't a better place to
be born than this, except for a hospital. Daphne pushes again and there is
the sound of crying. 'Is that it?' asks Des, from the lakeside and faints
upon confirmation. Beverly announces that that they have a son and Jim asks
Des how it feels to be a father. Getting only silence he looks up and sees
Des lying out cold.
Corridor, Erinsborough Hospital
Daphne, lying on a stretcher pushed by Beverly asks about the baby. He is
fine and has had no complications, although she isn't sure she can say the
same about Des. In the opposite direction Des is being pushed on a
stretcher. Daphne asks why he's on a stretcher. He bumped his head when he
fainted and it is a precaution. He feels like an idiot for passing out and
feels he should be the one asking her how she's feeling. Beverly reassures
him that it is not unusual. Des grumbles that he was no use out cold but
Daphne says that she couldn't have done it without him. Des replies that
they make a good team, and Daphne hopes that next time they will be in a
hospital. Casualty is ready for Des, and Beverly takes Daphne to maternity.
As Des is leaving he turns around and says 'Thanks for giving me a son,
Daph! It's the best present I've had in my life! I'm going to tell everyone
about it in the whole world!'
Charlene stands at the stove. Henry comes into the room wearing a suit and
she, Scott and Madge whistle. He grumpily tells them to cut it out. Charlene
teases about whether he's sure his trousers match his shirt. They talk about
Henry's new girlfriend, Melanie, who is coming over for dinner. Henry hopes
that she likes Italian as he inspects the cooking. Madge hangs up the phone
and announces that Daphne has had her baby, recounting the story of the
birth. Scott says he's going to be there when he and Charlene have their
kids. 'Me too!' Charlene smiles, cuddling into him.
Daphne's room, Erinsborough Hospital
Des and Daphne kiss and she asks about his head, which he replies is fine
and wonders whether she should be getting some sleep. But she is too
excited. Des hasn't been able to get hold of Mike, but he did catch his mum.
Daphne asks how long have they got and Des isn't optimistic. There is a
knock at the door, which they presume to be Eileen, but it's Beverly with
the baby. She hands him to them.
DAPHNE: Oh, he's beautiful!
DES: He's got my nose though
DAPHNE: Thank goodness he hasn't got your ears as well!
DES: Oh thanks mother!
He is heavy and he's going to be big. Daphne wants Des to hold him. Although
reluctant at first he takes him As he holds him there is the call of
'Yoo-hoo, darlings!' and Des mutters 'That's her.' Eileen Clarke blusters
into the room, demanding to know whether it was true that they were all
alone in the middle of nowhere. Daphne answers that Des was wonderful but
Eileen says it should never have happened. Beverly reassures her that the
baby is fine, Eileen is still certain that it should have never have come
about and Clive had been so looking forward to delivering her first
grandson. She then remarks how good it is that it's a boy - he can carry on
the family name 'Winston Kingsley Clarke'. Daphne and Des look mildly
Corridor, Erinsborough Hospital
Jim asks Beverly how Des and Daphne are settling in and she says with
Grandma's help. Jim gives her a knowing look. He asks what her plans are
now. She asks why. He says nothing, then tells her that he and Lucy will be
eating alone and she must have worked up an appetite. Beverly says that he's
crafty - that way he will get to eat the fish she caught as well as his own.
She agrees as long as he cleans them.
Daphne's Room, Erinsborough Hospital
Des says no to the name. When Eileen asks why Daphne mentions when he goes
to school. Des says that it worse enough being 'Desmond Kingsley Clarke'.
Eileen blames his father - he wouldn't let her call him Winston. 'Thanks
Dad' Des mutters sarcastically. Eileen says it was her maiden name and she
hoped it would carry on, but Des says it is their son. They haven't decided
on a name yet and Eileen says that Winston has a nice ring to it and he
looks like a Winston. A nurse comes in and Eileen has to leave reluctantly.
She says 'Bye Winston' as she leaves.
Charlene wonders what the baby will be called. Madge is dressed up, and
looks disapprovingly at Scott, who hasn't made an effort. Scott says it's
only one of Henry's girlfriends - he's certain there'll be another one next
week as Henry is commitment shy. But Madge has heard that this one is
different and she doesn't want to be caught on the hop.
Henry walks through the front door and announces Melanie's arrival. He
introduces everyone. Melanie asks whether they all live in the same house
together, but Henry says that they have thick walls. Melanie unleashes a
distinctive and grating laugh that horrifies Madge and Charlene but Scott
Jim is on the phone to Mike and tells him the good news. When he gets off
the phone Jim tells Lucy and Beverly that Mike is in Canberra. Lucy wishes
she had been at the birth but Beverly tells her she will get her chance.
Beverly goes to freshen up and Lucy asks Jim if he was glad he went fishing
with Beverly, then questions him more about it. Jim asks why she keeps
asking about it. Lucy replies no reason.
Seated for dinner, Melanie says Henry is so funny and he must get his humour
from Madge. Scott reminds Henry about his chicken impression and Melanie
starts laughing, much to Madge's obvious annoyance. She tries to talk to
Melanie about her secretarial course, which she has been doing for four
years, but has had to repeat a lot as she can't get the hang of preliminary
short hand - it all looks like squiggles to her. Henry replies he knows what
kind of secretary he would rather have on his knee.
Dinner is served to Madge's relief but Melanie has just started a grapefruit
and salad diet and can't break it on the first day. Madge tells Charlene to
go a find a grapefruit as Melanie dissolves into laughter again at Scott's
remark. Charlene tells her husband that he's making it worse, but he
believes she won't last long - what's the harm?
Having finished their meal, Lucy says it's lucky that she organised
everything, to Jim's confusion. She reveals that she was the one who set
them up on a picnic together. Both Beverly and Jim's faces darken. Lucy has
already being told about not meddling, but she reminds them that some people
wouldn't be here if she hadn't acted and offers to do the dishes, telling
them to go and talk about fishing. Beverly says she sees a strong family
resemblance in Lucy - to Hilary! 'Heaven help us!' says Jim.
Madge suggests Henry take Melanie out to see the pool. When they have left
Madge wonders what Henry sees in her. Charlene suggests it might be because
she laughs at his jokes, and hopes he won't get serious about her. Scott is
sure it won't last and is about to make a bet with her when Henry and
Melanie come back into the kitchen.
Charlene gets out the wedding photos as Henry has told Melanie all about it.
Charlene says everyone thought they were too young to get married. Henry
admits he thought so too at the beginning but now thinks that getting
married might not be such a bad idea at all. Charlene and Scott look at each
other in surprise and horror and Madge stands frozen as the coffee she's
pouring spills out the mug onto the kitchen counter.