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Neighbours Episode 0544 from 1987 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 0544 (Jamie Clarke's birth)
Australian airdate: 30/07/87
UK airdate: 07/12/88
UK Gold: 01/12/94
Writer: C.V. Schofield
Director: Paul Moloney
Guests: Beverly Marshall: Lisa Armytage
Eileen Clarke: Myra De Groot
Melanie Pearson: Lucinda Cowden
Music:
Summary/Images by: Shona/Donna (glittergal)
The Bush
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.
The Bush
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 ask for?
The Bush
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 agrees.
The Bush
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!'
Number Twenty-Four
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 horrified.
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.
Number Twenty-four
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 finds amusing.
Number Twenty-Six
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.
Number Twenty-Four
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?
Number Twenty-Six
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.
Number Twenty-Four
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.
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