Des is stressed about the Christening, while Daphne sews the christening gown. Apparently Eileen has been looking for Des's christening gown!
Daphne and Des talk about her parents. Des says maybe Daphne should ask her father to the christening, but Daphne says that she stopped thinking of her father as a parent years ago. And she doesn't know where he mum is.
Mike gives them a present - a silver photo frame with a photo of Des, Daphne and Jamie. Des and Daphne are chuffed.
Paul is at nr 26 visiting Jim and Helen. Jim is practising his putting for a golf match with Bev. Paul is teasing him. Jim asks if he brought Gail, Paul says he didn't (Jim's clearly annoyed Gail's not there). But he needs their help, he still needs a compere for the charity function. But Jim says he'll never get anyone at such a late date. Helen asks why he left it so late. Paul says Gail was rushed off her feet and simply forgot. Kinda sweet how he sort of defends her so naturally. Jim says that's probably why he didn't take Gail, to punish her for being a naughty girl. Paul says no, she is out with an airline mate actually. Helen assumes it's two girls out on the town. But Paul sets her straight saying the mate is a he. Helen and Jim look slightly alarmed. But Paul quickly says she asked for his approval and he gave it. Jim still looks But Helen says Jim will never understand women, he's too busy competing with them. Jim then stalks off. Then Helen suggests Paul ask Rick for some terrible jokes, he knows lots. And then he can be compere himself. Paul thinks that's a great idea.
Des is up late looking at the photo that Mike gave them. He tells Mike that he wants him to promise that he'll look after Daphne and Jamie if anything ever happens to him. Mike says that of course he will.
And now for one of the most wonderful and intimate scenes ever!
We see Paul emerging from his bedroom, checking his watch. He clearly hasn't slept yet. He listens at Gail's door, then knocks, calls her name, then opens the door to see if she's there. She's not. Just then he hears the front door, he quickly tousles his hair and gets back to his own room. Just to come out again, rubbing his eyes, as Gail walks up the landing. Gail spots Paul.
GAIL: Sorry, hope I didn't wake you?.
PAUL: No no, I was just going to go and get a glass of water.
(Spot the most hilarious prop EVER!)
GAIL: I'll get you something if you like.
PAUL: No no, it's alright. I'm up now. Have you been home long? Or...
GAIL: Nah, just walked in the front door.
GAIL: Why didn't you come and join us, when you finished work?.
PAUL: Wouldn't have been much fun for you, would it? Three's a crowd and all of that.
GAIL: But I wanted you to get to know Glen better. You'd have liked him.
PAUL: I mean, I did go down to the restaurant, but when I didn't see you there. I thought you must have wanted to be alone somewhere.
GAIL: We went to the Waterhole, you should have checked.
PAUL: Well, it doesn't matter now. The important thing is: did you have a good night?.
GAIL: Yeah, it was wonderful. Glen has always been great fun. But I guess I've told you that.
PAUL (softly): Yeah, several times.
Gail opens her bedroom door and starts to take off her coat. Paul walks over to her side.
GAIL: He really is a lovely man.
PAUL: That all depends on you taste I suppose.
Paul leans against the doorpost.
GAIL: Yeah, then I guess my tastes must have changed.
Gail takes off her earrings.
PAUL (nonchalently): Oh?
Gail leans against the doorpost also.
GAIL: Well, Glen's always been great fun. But I didn't enjoy myself as much as I'd expected to.
Gail fiddles with an earring.
PAUL: Ah, that's a shame. What was the problem?.
GAIL: I guess I was preoccupied. (the soft tone in which she says this is so sweet!) Paul, I'm really sorry about forgetting to book a replacement compere.
PAUL: Nah, don't worry about it. I've already found someone....
PAUL: Yeah, why not? This could be the start of a whole new career, couldn't it, eh?
GAIL: Well, you never know
PAUL: You never know!
GAIL: That's great!
They way they just grin broadly at eachother is positively endearing! But both get overwhelmed by the intimacy of the moment...Just snog her already!!!
GAIL: Well, I suppose we'd better get some sleep.
PAUL: Yeah, I suppose we'd better.
Gail looks at him, and then quickly gives him a kiss on the cheek. Paul looks surprised.
GAIL: Goodnight then.
She quickly touches Paul's shoulder, then she turns around goes into her room, and closes the door. Paul just stares at her door for a while, then makes for his own room, but then turns back to Gail's door (FGS just KNOCK!!!). For one sweet second it looks like he's going to knock on Gail's door. But he changes his mind and goes to his bedroom. I bet he didn't sleep that night!
And so ends one of Paul and Gail's most legendary scenes!
Paul and Gail walk up to Rick and Lucy. They say hello. And Paul asks Rick for help, he needs lots of terrible jokes, if he is to become a successful compere at the function. Rick is more than happy to help. They leave the girls to have a chat. Gail says Lucy looks great (aside from that large white turban Lucy is still wearing), and she's happy Lucy is recovering so well. They talk about Rick and how Lucy is in love with him. But she is too embarrassed to tell Rick. Gail thinks it's just as well. Jim is probably not ready to lose his little girl just yet. They laugh.
Beverly comes round to find Jim just putting his gold clubs in a bag. They head off for their game, but Jim is a bit worried that Beverly will show him up.
Beverly comes round to see Des and Daphne she's brought them some christening presents. Beverly tells Daphne that she's had an awful round of golf with Jim and doesn't like Jim very much at the moment. Des worries that they'll be at each other's throats at the christening! Beverly says they'll behave.
Paul and Gail show up. Paul is jumping around, eager to share his jokes. Gail just rolls her eyes a bit. And there is a lovely look between Helen and Gail, that says: Men!. Unfortunately Jim is not in the mood, he just lost in his golf match to Bev. But Paul is convinced he can make him laugh, he'll tell him a joke.
Helen and Gail sit down at the table. Paul tells a really terrible joke. And no one laughs. Pay special attention to Gail's look of embarrassment! It's one for the books! Paul tells Jim he was supposed to laugh at that. Jim apologises for not being in the mood. But Paul is not easily discouraged and he kneels down next to Jim to tell him another joke. Jim however spoils the clue, he already knows the joke.
Gail decides to intervene, saying they'd better go, before someone has a nervous breakdown(!) She takes Paul's hand and leads him away. Paul turns back, dragging Gail behind him, to try one last joke. But alas, Helen knows it. Paul looks deflated. Shaking his head: I can't get away with this, this afternoon, there's no way!. Gail manages to (trademark) wave at Helen and Jim, before Paul drags her away.
Des is playing with Jamie. Des suddenly says that Jamie is smiling - and indeed, he is a bit.
There's a letter addressed to Jamie and Mike opens it. Inside is a cheque for $5,000.
Daphne thinks it must be from her father, but it isn't. It's from a Tim Bentley. Daphne doesn't know any Tim Bentley.