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Neighbours Episode 1508 from 1991 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 1508
Australian airdate: 28/08/91
UK airdate: 25/08/92
UK Gold: 12/08/98
Writer: Jeffrey Truman
Director: Tony Osicka
Summary/Images by: Sayaka
Doug begs Jim not to tell Felicity about the dam - he'll face financial ruin otherwise. Doug can clearly see that it's wrong, but it's the only way to keep a roof over his family's head, so he can live with it.
DOUG: Jim, I'm begging you as a friend not to do this to me.
JIM: I'm sorry, Doug.
Caroline has popped home for lunch to find Christina bored and in a bit of a bad mood. They chat about the business dinner. Caroline isn't looking forward to it and would rather have a quiet night at home.
CHRISTINA:(bitter) Well, we can't always get what we want, can we!
The Office
Felicity is reading through the contract for the guest-house. Paul is pretending to be upset and saying that the guesthouse is a real bargain and he's rather not let them go. Felicity says that she'd better get the contract to her solicitor. Paul starts, but then says if he get another offer he'll take it.
FELICITY: I suppose I'd better put you out of your misery. Pen.
Just then, Jim rushes in.
JIM: Felicity, I don't think you should sign that.
FELICITY: Ha! I bet you don't. It'll be a long time before you get a better deal, Paul recognises that.
JIM: That's not what concerns me.
FELICITY: Jim, I know you're trying to help your son but Paul is quite capable...
JIM: I didn't come here for that.
FELICITY: Jim, Paul knows what he's doing.
JIM: And do you?
FELICITY: Most definitely. I know you don't like people taking advantage, but if people are stupid enough to make careless decisions, then they have to learn to live with the consequences. Now, excuse me.
She signs the contract. Paul smiles slyly.
Adam is home from Newcastle and observing a spleenectomy at the hospital(!) Caroline comes over with a pair of socks to return. She and Gaby talk about Christina. Caroline can't believe that Christina *wants* to go to the dinner and thinks it's crazy that Christina feels fat and ugly. Adam says it's down to hormones - she probably just needs a little reassurance that she's still attractive.
The Office
FELICITY: It's been a pleasure doing business with you.
PAUL: You're really enjoying this aren't you? Watching me bleed.
Jim rolls his eyes.
FELICITY: Now, don't be like that, Paul. There are winners and losers in every deal. I'd have thought you'd have got used to being a loser by now! Goodbye.
When she's gone, Paul is chuffed and goes to shake Jim's hand, but he won't shake.
JIM: We should both be ashamed of ourselves.
PAUL: Oh, come on, Dad, she deserves everything she got, particularly after what she did to me on that unit deal.
JIM: An eye for an eye, eh?
PAUL: Oh, absolutely! I can't wait to see the look on her face when she finds out about that dam.
JIM: Well, I'm sorry Paul, the whole thing sits badly with me. What happened to honesty?
PAUL: Oh, yeah, I remember honesty, it's far away somewhere with the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny! Dad, this is the real world.
JIM: Don't patronise me, Paul. You conned Felicity and you got Doug to get me to sign the contract when I didn't know what was going on.
PAUL: $450,000 is a lot of money and I did it for you and Doug.
JIM: Don't give me that - you did it for yourself.
PAUL: Alright, yes, me included, but we came out on top didn't we?
JIM: Well it's all left a rather nasty taste in my mouth and I wish I'd never got involved.
PAUL: I'll send you a cheque!
Caroline is trying to convince Christina to go to the dinner, but she reckons she's fat, ugly, has blotchy skin and nothing to wear(!)
Paul comes in full of beans and tells them he's pulled off the deal! He decides to go off for a soak in the spa - he'll tell Caroline all about it. He goes off to get his swimsuit.
CHRISTINA:(sarcastically) 'Hi Chrissie, how are you? How was your day?'
Adam is telling Doug how nice it is in Newcastle - the university campus is very impressive. He and Gemma took a bit of a tour. It was quite hard coming home again.
Jim pops around to see Doug. Doug is looking very depressed, but is delighted when Jim reveals that Felicity wouldn't listen to him and signed the document anyway.
DOUG: You little beauty! You had me worried sick!
Jim can't believe Doug is so blase about it, but Doug is just thanking his lucky stars. Jim is just glad it's over, and he's off to Perth tomorrow on some family business.
Paul and Caroline are chatting about work. Paul has decided to go into work today and is buzzing about the dinner tonight. There's a knock at the door and it's Doug. He's come to tell Paul he's delighted about the deal with Felicity. Paul says what a great performance he put in(!). Doug worries that Felicity will find out about the dam but Paul says they're home free.
Ramsay Street
Adam and Doug play basketball in the street. They bet on the loser washing the cars. Gaby decides to go off and see Caroline.
Gaby tells Caroline that she's had an idea about Christina - she has a dress half-made that she could adapt for Christina (she did a fashion design course in Japan.) Then she could go to the dinner. Besides, Gaby needs the practice in dressmaking.
The Office
Felicity comes in in a furious temper - she's found out about the dam. Paul tells her it's caveat emptor and she won't be able to get out of the contract - he specifically put in clauses about no cooling-off period or withdrawal rights.
FELICITY: I'm going to get you for this!
PAUL: Uh-uh, don't threaten me. (patronisingly) As someone said to me recently, in business there are winners...and losers!
Felicity stalks out, slamming the door behind her.
PAUL: He he he he. Gotcha!
Paul has heard about the school closure and is quite sad about it. He told Dorothy he'd help her fight it. He tells Caroline that Felicity found out about the dam. He admits it was quite fun, although he doesn't normally operate in that way.
Caroline tells Paul that Christina is feeling unattractive.
Jim has come to see Michael's friend, Charles. Charles is delighted to see him and offers him a tour of Perth. He asks after Michael and Helen and talks about how nice their wedding was.
JIM: There's something that's been bothering me.
JIM: Once I was at Michael's and I saw a photograph of a woman. He told me it was his sister, Louise. I happened to mention this to some other members of the Daniels family...they said that Michael never had a sister. Some of them remember that Michael was married to a woman of that name. You can understand my concern. Michael told Helen he'd never been married before. I was hoping you could throw some light on it for me.
CHARLES:(quickly) Er...I'm afraid not. I suspect the person you spoke to was simply mistaken.
JIM: No, they insisted that Michael was married.
CHARLES: Well, well. Fancy that. It must have been a long time ago. At any rate, I can't help you.
JIM: Charles, you are one of Michael's oldest friends, you must know something...
CHARLES:(interrupting) I'm sorry, Jim, I can't help you. And now if you'll excuse me, I really must get back to my patients.
Caroline and Gaby show Christina the green dress and tell her it's for her, so she can go to the dinner. Paul comes in with a big bunch of flowers and tells her he really wants her to come - and he never meant to neglect her. She is delighted and goes off to change.
Jim waits until Charles has finished his surgery and then tackles him again.
JIM: I'm not going until I get some answers, Charles.
CHARLES: I told you, I can't help you.
JIM: Can't or won't? You don't expect me to believe you know nothing about Michael's marriage?
CHARLES:(to the receptionist) Alright, Heather, you can head off, I'll lock up here. (to Jim) Come in.
They go into Charles's office.
CHARLES: I don't understand why you're so concerned. I mean, does it matter that Michael might have been married before?
JIM: It matters that he lied about it, why would he do that? What can you tell me about this Louise?
CHARLES: Very little. Michael likes to keep things to himself.
JIM: Maybe. But not the fact that he was married, that's not the sort of thing that people keep to themselves. What are you trying to hide, Charles?
CHARLES: I'm not trying to hide anything.
JIM: Well, what's Michael trying to hide? Why didn't he tell Helen that he'd been divorced? She would have understood. And she has a right to know! When did this divorce happen? Was it years ago, or more recently?
Charles says nothing.
JIM: He did get divorced, didn't he?
But the look on Charles's face reveals the terrible truth.
JIM: Oh, my God.
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