- Brad breaks it off with Lauren
- Lucy tells Beth that Brad and Lauren have broken up
- Julie is upset to hear that Philip has resigned from Lassiter's and is set to leave for a clean start in Perth
- Debbie tells Philip and Michael that she's going to go to Perth with them
- Helen walks in to her surprise party
Everyone looks on happily as Helen thanks everyone for the wonderful surprise. She embraces Lucy.
LUCY: And look who else?
Lucy turns Helen and she squeals in delight when she sees Paul. The two hug. She asks if Christina and Andrew are with him, but they're not. Helen is overwhelmed that they've both travelled so far to be there. Helen thanks Pam for organising it all.
PAM: I tried to get Scott and Charlene too but you know Daniel's not very well?
HELEN: Yes, I know, poor little thing.
PAM: They'll be ringing you later.
Helen announces that it's wonderful and turns back to her grandchildren.
HELEN: Oh, what a shame your father couldn't be with us.
Julie, Helen, Paul and Lucy all hug tightly. Pam reckons that Jim's there in spirit. Helen is hustled over to a corner to look at her presents.
Paul approaches Gaby and asks her for a word in the office. As they leave, they pass Doug - who is a little bit worse for wear, and kissing Helen a happy birthday.
Lassiter's Manager's Office
Paul apologises for dragging Gaby away from the party, but he has news that he'd rather she heard from him than from somebody else.
PAUL: Philip's leaving. Going to Perth. And, well, I need to find somebody else to look after the complex.
GABY: Do you know who it'll be yet?
PAUL: Mmmmmmmmm. Yeah.
GABY: (irritated) You don't waste any time.
PAUL: I already had someone in mind.
GABY: Is he going to be hard to work with?
PAUL: (smiling) It's a woman, actually. And no, I don't think she'll be difficult.
GABY: Paul, I've worked very hard here. I know I'm only young but I would've hoped if you had to replace Philip, you would've given me a thought.
PAUL: Oh, but I did.
GABY: But you didn't think I could handle it?
PAUL: On the contrary. You see, you're the new manager of Lassiter's.
Gaby is dumbstruck.
GABY: ...I am?
PAUL: Mmm, yes, you are!
Gaby twigs why Philip's been giving her extra responsibility of late - Paul knew that he wanted Gaby to replace Philip when he left. Gaby is made up, and promises that she won't let him down.
PAUL: Now at least someone's managed to come out of this mess a bit happy.
Gaby pauses - and manages to look a lot more upset about Philip's situation than Paul does!
GABY: Yeah, it looks like divorce is inevitable, doesn't it?
PAUL: Mmmm, 'fraid so.
GABY: (sighing) I can't help but feeling sorry for both of them. I know they've had a lot of problems but they always seemed to love each other.
PAUL: Yeah. Yeah, it's sad. Still, if they can't make a go of it, eh? Hey, what are we getting all solemn for? There's a party going on!
GABY: I might just stay here for a moment.
PAUL: OHHH. Try the big chair out for size, eh? Enjoy that feeling of power, perhaps?
Gaby giggles slightly.
PAUL: Mmm, I get the feeling you and I are two of a kind, Gaby!
Paul smiles as Gaby sits down.
PAUL: Well, fits you like a glove, doesn't it, eh? You enjoy.
He leaves, and Gaby grins. The phone rings.
GABY: Gaby Willis. Well, yes, Mrs Slater, you *are* speaking to the manager.
Lou compliments Pam on the food and says that he's filling up before he carries on drinking. Pam wishes Doug had thought of the same thing! Lou suggests that he'll be ok with a strong black coffee, which reminds Pam that she'd forgotten to bring that over.
Pam approaches Annalise - who's sitting with Mark - and asks her to fetch the cups and saucers from the Coffee Shop. Annalise is very whiny and doesn't want to do it, especially when Lucy rocks up and hits on Mark! Annalise grabs him, and tells Lucy that she needs Mark to help her in the Coffee Shop! Mark and Annalise leave.
LUCY: She doesn't like competition, does she?
PAM: She's been getting quite a bit of it from my daughter lately, they're about to tear each other's eyes out!
LUCY: (mischievously) Well, maybe I should stick around and give them both a run for their money!
Lucy goes to sit with Helen. Lou approaches Lauren with some food, but she tells him she's not hungry.
Philip goes over to Helen, who's sitting with Julie, Debbie, Hannah and Lucy. On seeing Philip, Julie gets up and moves. Philip lifts Hannah up and sits her on a barstool.
PHILIP: Daddy will see you soon, Button.
HANNAH: (panicked) Why, where are you going?
PHILIP: I'm going to Perth for a little while.
(Yeah, lying to your kid about your intention to move across the country is always a great idea!)
Hannah hugs Philip tightly, and he has to urge her to let go. He kisses her and squeezes her hand, but she's definitely upset. As he moves away to see Helen, Julie goes to comfort Hannah.
PHILIP: I'm heading off now, Helen. Enjoy the rest of your party.
HELEN: Thank you for your lovely gift, Philip. I do wish that you didn't have to go.
PHILIP: I think it's for the best. I'll be in touch.
Helen looks sad as he kisses her goodbye. He embraces Debbie - who's obviously the happiest of the bunch, as she'll be following him shortly! - and walks to the door. He makes eye contact with Julie, but neither of them speak, and he squeezes Hannah's hand one last time before departing. Both Hannah and Julie are upset and tearful.
HANNAH: Where's Daddy going? When's he coming back?
JULIE: I don't know, Hannah. But we'll have a good talk about it after Gran's birthday, all right?
HANNAH: I don't want Daddy to go away.
JULIE: I know, darling. I know.
The Coffee Shop
Annalise hands Mark one measly tray of cups. He's surprised that she dragged him over there for such a small amount, and accuses her of getting him there under false pretences. Annalise takes the tray off him and starts getting close to him, saying that she thought he might like to spend some time alone.
MARK: Well, I was enjoying myself at the party. Lucy Robinson's a model, isn't she? I wouldn't mind talking to her about it.
Annalise tells Mark that she could've been a model - she had an agency interested in her, but she just didn't follow it up. Mark thinks it's a pity, as he thinks Annalise has got what it takes. Annalise looks pleased at his comment.
Doug is standing at the bar with Paul. Doug's ranting about the economy of the world - he thinks we're heading for another major depression, but Paul disagrees, saying that things are now on the up. He starts to explain how the Robinson Corporation is faring and Doug butts in, arguing that it's ok for the big companies but the man on the street is the one suffering. Pam worriedly watches on.
DOUG: You fat cats are getting fatter and richer and-
PAM: (interrupting) Sorry, Paul. I don't know what's got into him. Apart from a few gallons of beer, that is!
Paul quietly slips off, as Doug argues about not having the right to express an opinion. Pam takes his beer off him and drags him off by the hand, rebuking him for taking their financial problems out on Paul.
DOUG: I need another beer.
PAM: That's the last thing you need!
Brad and Beth are sitting at the other end of the bar and watch on, fairly amused. Beth comments that Doug looks angry with the world but Brad reckons he's just letting off some steam. Beth mentions that the downturn in the building trade has been tough on her too. Lucy runs over and asks Brad to take a photo of her and Beth with Helen.
Lauren watches on, sourly. Rick asks her to dance but she isn't in the mood. She walks past a table where Julie, Cheryl and Lou are sitting. Julie is angrily sniping at Cheryl.
JULIE: Don't you try and defend him. Your rotten son has ruined our lives!
CHERYL: Julie, I feel dreadful about Darren but what he did was out of my control. It wasn't actually *my* fault!
JULIE: Of course it's your fault! If you'd been a better mother you might have-
LOU: (sternly) Fair crack of the whip, Julie! You've had enough problems with your own kids to know that parents aren't always to blame. Now Cheryl's been through enough. Leave her alone.
Throughout Lou's outburst, Julie gets more and more upset - and when he finishes, she quickly jumps up and leaves, looking quite distressed. In the background, Hannah and Debbie both run after her. Cheryl looks adoringly at Lou and then thanks him, hugging him tightly.
Outside the Waterhole
Hannah is sitting down, looking sad.
DEBBIE: Where's Mum?
HANNAH: I don't know. She ran off.
DEBBIE: Look, it's ok.
HANNAH: No, it's not. Dad's gone, and he's not coming back, is he? And you and Michael are going too. I'll be left with just Mum.
DEBBIE: She loves you very much, Hannah.
HANNAH: I love her but I love Dad too. And you. I don't want everything to change.
DEBBIE: Hey, I'm not going straight away.
We see that Julie can overhear their conversation.
DEBBIE: No matter where I am, I will always be your big sister.
HANNAH: But I want things like they used to be.
DEBBIE: You can't always get what you want, Hannah.
HANNAH: But I know Mum and Dad still love each other. Why can't they talk and work it all out?
Julie looks very upset.
DEBBIE: It's not as simple as that.
HANNAH: Why not? Isn't loving each other what counts?
DEBBIE: Yeah, I guess it should be.
They hug each other tightly.
Philip is saying goodbye to Michael. He apologises for not sticking around until he's back on his feet, and Michael tells him it's fine.
PHILIP: I just gotta get away. I can't cope seeing Julie all the time.
MICHAEL: You must really love her. (pause) I don't know why.
PHILIP: You only ever looked for the worst.
MICHAEL: It's all I could ever see.
PHILIP: (smiling) Then there's a lot you missed out on!
Philip shuts the door.
PHILIP: (quietly) Julie can be very tender, and loving.
MICHAEL: She's always sticking her nose into everyone else's business. She always thinks she's right.
PHILIP: (grinning) I know. She genuinely cares for people. She's only trying to stop them doing what she sees as the wrong thing.
PHILIP: She's bossy and moralistic and a lot of other things... ...but she's very loving and... ...and she's very supportive.
MICHAEL: (bitterly) She was never supportive to me.
PHILIP: She tried to be. She tried hard, but you wouldn't give her a fair go! And after the way you treated her, do you blame her that she turned against you?
MICHAEL: Probably not. But if you love her so much, then why are you leaving?
PHILIP: It doesn't matter how much you love someone if they don't love you any more. It only becomes painful for the both of you to be around one another.
He sighs and Michael nods.
PHILIP: I don't know where it all started falling apart. Somewhere along the line, she just stopped letting me in. ...if she doesn't trust me enough to tell me what's wrong, there's nothing I can do.
Michael smiles sympathetically and tells Philip that everything will be ok when he and Debbie move to Perth - it'll be just like old times, before Julie was around. Philip pats his hand and smiles, but Michael looks concerned.
Julie slips back into the pub and grabs her handbag. Helen spots her and asks if she's leaving. Julie tells her that she has something to do, and apologises for spoiling her birthday. Helen reassures her that she hasn't - but she is worried about Julie. Julie tells her that she's fine and leaves, passing Debbie and Hannah. Debbie asks Helen where Julie's gone, and Helen doesn't know. She guesses that she's gone home, as she mustn't be in the mood for a party.
Lauren and Rick are sitting, looking pretty bummed out. Mark and Annalise finally appear with the cups. Pam wonders where they'd got to, and Annalise tells them that they got a bit distracted! Mark looks a tad embarrassed.
MARK: We, we were just talking.
Lou and Cheryl laugh loudly, and Annalise playfully hits him, saying that no-one's going to believe that! She drags him off with her, looking for Gaby!
Beth approaches Helen and offers her a drink. Helen refuses but points out that Lauren doesn't look very happy. Sulkily, Beth tells Helen that Lauren has brought it on herself! Helen suggests that Beth go and speak to her, and Beth softens, deciding to go and offer Lauren a drink. Helen is approving.
Wayne wheels Stephen into the centre of the pub and announces that they have a surprise for everyone - but it's for Phoebe, not for Helen. Slowly, Stephen gets out of his wheelchair. Everyone watches in silence and then cheer and applaud as he finally stands. It's a struggle, but he and Phoebe hug.
Michael is asleep. Julie noisily bursts in.
JULIE: Michael, where's your father? ...I've missed him, haven't I? He's gone.
Sadly, Julie slumps down in a chair next to Michael's bed.
JULIE: (tearfully) I had to talk to him. There was so much I needed to tell him.
MICHAEL: (kindly) Hey, it's all right.
JULIE: No, it's not. I should never have let him go.
Philip walks in, looking at some magazines. He glances up and looks surprised to see Julie there - and she looks stunned to see him walk in.
MICHAEL: Talk to her, will you, Dad? Before she floods the place.
PHILIP: (surprised) What do you want, Julie?
JULIE: Philip, there's a few things that I just need to get off my chest.
PHILIP: (sighing) Isn't it a bit late for that? Haven't we said enough?
MICHAEL: Oh, listen to her, Dad. I don't think she wants to have a go at you.
JULIE: Please? Can we go home?
Philip doesn't say anything, but relents and throws the magazines down. They both leave, silently. (I know we're being dramatic, but you could've said goodbye to Michael!)
Helen and Pam are happy over Stephen walking again. Pam was worried that he was pushing himself too much, but comments that he's done very well and he was very determined.
Doug is yelling at Wayne at the bar. Lou tells him to knock it off. Wayne tells Doug that he wasn't having a go at him, but Doug reckons that he was. Helen is surprised that Doug's had so much to drink. Pam comments that he's had a few worries of late, and makes her excuses and goes to confront him.
Beth goes over to Lauren and sits down to speak to her.
Lou is at the bar and turns to Brad. Lou tells him that he's pleased to see Beth and Lauren talking again. Brad smiles and agrees.
Beth tries to sympathise with Lauren, saying that breaking up with Brad was bad luck now that Connor's gone.
LAUREN: What are you doing? Rubbing it in?
BETH: (takenaback) No! I was just trying to offer you some sympathy.
LAUREN: Really?! I can *just* imagine how sorry you must be! You are nothing but a hypocritical bitch!
Lauren gets up and storms off. Lou grabs her and tells her that she shouldn't have done that. Lauren angrily admits that he's right.
Lassiter's Manager's Office
Gaby is sitting at her desk. There's a knock at the door - it's Stephen and Phoebe. Stephen's using a crutch, but is walking, which Gaby is astonished by. Gaby reckons that it's something to celebrate, and says she'll return to the party with them.
Phoebe tells her they're there on business, as they want to put a deposit on the shop. Gaby explains that Philip promised the space to Mrs Slater for a newsagency (that he ends up buying...hmm, corruption?!) and Gaby hadn't realised, so she was hoping that they'd changed their minds. Stephen points out that Mrs Slater hasn't signed a lease, but apparently Philip has accepted a deposit, so Gaby can't back out.
Stephen and Phoebe look gutted. Phoebe thinks they should look on the bright side - Stephen's walking again, and they still have their jobs at the Coffee Shop. Gaby mentions that there are some other leases due up shortly, so they might get lucky in the future. She promises that they'll be first in line and they all head back to the party.
Lou is lecturing Lauren on how, if she wants to live in Ramsay Street, she has to learn to get along with the neighbours. Lauren is annoyed that he's still going on, but Lou's quite annoyed, reckoning that it's no way to behave at a party. Lauren's outraged - she didn't want to come to the party in the first place! She marches off, straight into the path of Cheryl.
Cheryl stops Lauren from leaving, saying that she's got an announcement that she'll want to hear. Loudly, Cheryl gathers everyone together and gets them to be quiet. Lou suddenly realises what's going on, and tries to get her to stop.
LOU: Cheryl, I've not sai-
CHERYL: Lou and I are engaged to be married!
Everyone whoops, apart from Lauren, who angrily pushes her way past Gaby and Phoebe to leave. (Wait a second, wasn't Cheryl supposed to be cursed?!) Lou is unhappy.
Julie and Philip enter the living room. (I always wonder if they drove home from Lassiter's in utter silence...why didn't they start this conversation in the car?!)
PHILIP: Ok, Julie, what have you got to say? Anything I haven't heard before?
PHILIP: Go on.
Julie sits down, and looks quite nervous.
JULIE: You're right. I have been blocking you out. And you deserve an explanation.
Philip doesn't say anything, but finally turns to look at her.
JULIE: The thing is, everything's been turned upside down since Queensland. Since I found out the truth.
PHILIP: About your father?
PHILIP: I thought everything was fine, I thou... I thought it wa-
JULIE: (interrupting) My father didn't love my mother at all. ...he raped her. And I was the product of that rape.
Philip looks shocked and sits down next to her.
PHILIP: (softly) Oh, Julie. It must've hit you hard.
JULIE: It pulled the rug out from under me. It was like I didn't know who I was anymore. Made me feel different to everyone.
PHILIP: Why didn't you tell me?
JULIE: I didn't know how you'd feel about me once you knew.
PHILIP: What difference would it have made?! I don't care about what happened in the past, or how you were born! ...I love you as you are.
Julie looks surprised, but pleased to hear him say that he loves her.
JULIE: Do you? Despite everything? Do you still love me?
PHILIP: (choked) Of course I do.
JULIE: And I love you.
PHILIP: Why did you want a divorce?!?!
JULIE: Well, I felt so lousy about myself after Queensland. But I was trying not to think about it, trying to block it. I guess it was easier to blame you for the way I felt. Blame anyone.
PHILIP: Why didn't you say something?
JULIE: By the time I realised, I felt I'd done so much damage to our marriage that divorce would be the cleanest option for all of us.
PHILIP: You still think that?
JULIE: It's what you think that matters.
Wayne is congratulating Lou on the wedding. Lou thanks him, but clearly isn't as pleased as Cheryl, who's bubbling over with joy! He goes to answer a call of nature!
Stephen and Phoebe are explaining to Doug that they haven't got a shop, so they won't be able to hire Doug to do any renovation work for them.
DOUG: (glumly) Well, that's bloody lovely!
PAM: Doug, please.
Stephen and Phoebe leave. Doug rants to Pam - he's disgusted that a man his age, of his qualifications, hasn't got a job.
Lucy and Brad are chatting at the bar. Lucy wonders where Beth is, and Brad suggests that he go and find her. Lucy thinks it'd be a good idea, and as he leaves, she gives two thumbs up!
Pam squeezes Doug's shoulders and tells him that although he's upset, he can't take it out on other people.
DOUG: I'm scared, Pam.
Beth is sitting and looking out over the lake. Brad walks over and sits by her. He apologises for Lauren.
BETH: Well, I guess what she said was true. Who am I to talk? I almost got involved with Philip! He's still married.
BRAD: (laughs) I remember when you first moved down here; you had a thing about older men.
BETH: Yeah, it's a trap I seem to fall into. I really like Philip, but when I thought about it, it wasn't anywhere near as much as I felt about...
Beth trails off.
BETH: Maybe it was just some crazy reaction to what happened between us?
BRAD: Yeah, it's the same with me and Lauren. Should never have kept seeing her when we split up. I just didn't know what else to do, I guess.
BETH: Looks like we've both done some pretty silly things.
They both laugh.
Lauren is tearful as she zips up a suitcase. She hauls it out of the door.
Brad and Beth have returned to the Waterhole, and Gaby is pleased as it's time to bring out the cake. Mark wheels in a huge cake. Hannah stands with Helen and hugs her tightly and all of the residents stand in a circle around them singing, "For She's A Jolly Good Fellow". They do the hip-hip-hoorays.
HELEN: I wish Julie had been here.
PAUL: Oh, don't worry, Gran - you can save her a piece.
LUCY: Now all you have to do, Gran, is just make a wish.
HELEN: Make a wish, make a wish, make a wish.
Helen closes her eyes.
HELEN: Right. Now. Candles?
Helen and Hananh join forces in blowing out the candles on the cake. Everyone cheers as she does so, and in the background, we see Philip and Julie walking in with their arms around each other, both with beaming smiles.
HANNAH: Is everything ok, Dad?
PHILIP: Everything's fine, Button.
HANNAH: So you're not going away?
PHILIP: I'm staying right here.
HELEN: Oh, I'm so glad!
Philip, Julie, Helen, Hannah and Lucy all hug (spot the odd Robinson out!). Philip turns to Paul and asks him if he can give him his job back. Paul pauses and then agrees - although it's clear the question has thrown him. Helen beams.
HELEN: This is incredible. I close my eyes, I open them, I made a wish. And my wish has been granted! Thank you.
They all hug.