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BLOCK No. 835
EPISODE No. 4175
WRITER: ANTHONY MORRIS
DANIEL CLOHESY (G)
RUBY DWYER (G)
INT: KENNEDY HOUSE
INT: NUMBER TWENTY-FOUR
INT: NUMBER THIRTY-TWO (LOUNGE)
INT: COFFEE SHOP
EXT: RAMSAY STREET (NUMBER TWENTY-FOUR BACKYARD)
INT: ROSIE'S CHURCH OFFICE (ON-SITE)
ESTIMATED O.B. THIS EPISODE 4.00 (4 SCENES)
THUMBNAILS: RUBY CONFESSES TO ROSIE; ROSIE STRUGGLES WITH HER CONSCIENCE; DANIEL PREPARES TO RETURN HOME; KARL'S VOW TO STOP DRINKING PROVES HARDER THAN HE THOUGHT; BOYD AND DANIEL ARE CAUGHT BY HAROLD; JOE CATCHES MAX SEEMINGLY OGLING STEPH IN THE BATHROOM.
SYNOPSIS: Turning to the church for comfort, Ruby confesses to Rosie that she has a gambling problem. Rosie is glad that Ruby is seeking help, but insists Ruby let Harold know what is going on. Ruby is alarmed, and says she will tell Harold in her own time. But when Ruby short-changes Harold on a stereo purchase, Rosie battles with her conscience: should she break church law and warn Harold?
Daniel's father Edward has sorted out some of his problems and is ready to take Daniel back. Max makes sure Daniel knows that he is considered an honorary Hoyland and can always turn to Max if he needs to. Daniel is pleased that he will be joining the Hoylands for a surfing trip at a later stage. Summer, on the other hand, isn't quite as excited.
Before Daniel goes, he delivers a peck on the cheek to the delighted Summer. Also, he and Boyd spend some quality time propped outside the Scully girls' bathroom. After being caught by Harold, Boyd and Daniel try to convince him that they're bird watching. But Harold isn't fooled, and decides to teach the boys a lesson by forcing them to participate in his own boring bird watching activities, thus calling their bluff.
Karl is having a lot more trouble giving up alcohol than he expected. His temper is short, and he snaps at Susan for no reason. When Susan catches him sneaking some liqueur chocolates he manages to make light of the situation. But when he takes a secret swig of wine while cooking lunch, it becomes clear the situation is more serious than even he is willing to admit.
SCENE 1. RECAPS FROM PREVIOUS EPISODES
SCENE 2. STANDARD OPENING
SCENE 3. O.B. INT: ROSIE'S OFFICE AFTERNOON 6
RUBY DWYER (G)
FOR RUBY TO TURN TO ROSIE
4.15PM Clearly troubled, Rosie is on the phone to Harold. Her voice is thick with worry as she tells him there is something she has to talk to him about. Before she can begin, Rosie is distracted by a knock on the door, and Ruby enters. Rosie is taken aback and she tells Harold she'll speak to him at another time, hanging up. The two women face each other, and Ruby speaks before Rosie can recover from her surprise. Pleadingly, she tells Rosie that she has to talk to someone. She explains that she holds a strong Christian faith and has always turned to the Church in times of trouble. She needs to unburden herself somewhere and didn't know where else to turn. Out on Rosie's astonishment could Ruby be about to confirm her suspicions?
SCENE 4. O.B. EXT: BACKYARD NUMBER TWENTY-FOUR AFTERNOON 6
DANIEL CLOHESY (G)
FOR HAROLD TO CATCH THE BOYS AND DECIDE TO HAVE SOME FUN
4.20PM Daniel and Boyd are again perched at their now-familiar lookout post in Harold's backyard. They've had no luck with naked Scully bathroom action today and squabble listlessly as they wait for one of the girls to take a shower. Daniel then spots Michelle coming into the bathroom, but the boys are disappointed as it seems like she's only come in to brush her hair. Nonetheless, the boys tussle good-naturedly over the binoculars. Just as Boyd zeroes in for an eyeful, Harold appears behind Daniel and Boyd, and noticing the binoculars and the Scully bathroom window, he realises what the boys are up to. Rather than pulling them up, he decides, comically, to make them squirm. Sternly, he demands to know what they're up to. Realising that the presence of binoculars is going to rule out a lie about lost cricket balls, Boyd thinks on his feet and tells Harold they're birdwatching. The mock-astonished Harold tells the boys he doesn't believe them. The boys think they've been caught out and exchange worried looks, and insist it's true. Harold waves away their protests he believes them, of course why wouldn't he? - but can't quite believe his luck. Why, he, Harold, is a keen birdwatcher as well! Harold is beside himself with excitement as he tells the boys they must join him inside at Number Twenty-Four so they can go through some of Harold's favourite bird books together. Out on Boyd's and Daniel's comic dismay.
*Writer's note: Due to production constraints, we can't see through the Scully bathroom window, so all internal action must be narrated by Boyd and Daniel. It is also important to make Daniel more of the instigator and Boyd the willing accomplice in their on-going perving escapade.
SCENE 5. O.B. INT: ROSIE'S OFFICE AFTERNOON 6
RUBY DWYER (G)
FOR RUBY TO CONFESS AND BIND ROSIE TO SILENCE
4.25PM Unable to hold back any further, Ruby confesses her darkest secret: she has a gambling problem. Rosie has known something was very wrong for some time, so her reaction is more concerned than surprised. Although Rosie feels compassion towards the other woman, she can't keep a note of coldness from creeping into her voice as she questions Ruby about where she gets the money to gamble. Ruby is clearly distressed and ashamed, and tells an incredulous Rosie that she uses her pension money. She confesses that the addiction has made her do things she'd never dream of doing, such as spending her grocery allowance at the pokies. Rosie asks if she is telling the whole truth, and Ruby jumps in nervously denying having any involvement in Harold's robbery, if that's what Rosie's inferring. Rosie's eyes narrow but she doesn't push Ruby further. Instead she gives Ruby some contacts for counselling services that should be able to help her, which Ruby accepts. Ruby is considerably brighter after this exchange she feels truly indebted to Rosie for letting her unburden herself, and is amazed at how much better she feels. Rosie says she is glad to help, but then tells Ruby firmly that she must confess to Harold he obviously cares for Ruby and has a right to know about her problem. Ruby is instantly panicked she can't tell Harold, at least not yet. Not only that, but Rosie must not tell Harold anything either. Flustered, she seeks confirmation that Rosie is bound by the laws of confessional privilege, and can't breathe a word of this to anyone. Rosie reluctantly concedes, but makes Ruby promise to tell Harold herself. Ruby agrees: she will tell Harold in her own time. Out on Rosie: backed into a corner.
SCENE 6. INT: NUMBER THIRTY TWO (LOUNGE) AFTERNOON 6
TO ESTABLISH THAT MAX WILL TAKE THE FAMILY SURFING; FOR MAX AND SUMMER TO SHARE A MOMENT OF UNDERSTANDING
4.30PM Max is finishing up a call to Daniel's dad, Edward, who is ready to take Daniel home. We only catch the end of the conversation, but we sense that Edward has dealt with his problems, and that the two men have bonded over Daniel's welfare. As Max hangs up, he turns his attention to the surfboard he's been waxing earlier it's his old one from when he was a teenager. He tells Summer about the beach trip he's planning for the kids, to teach them some surfing moves. He even has a boogie board for Summer so she can join in. Summer isn't her usual enthusiastic self, and Max calls her on it. Surfing isn't Summer's idea of fun? Summer is evasive, and changes the subject.* She has been paying close attention to the earlier phone call and is touchingly concerned for Daniel - will it be okay for Daniel to go back to his father? In a tender moment, Max explains to Summer that Edward has sought counselling and got his life together, and believes he is ready to look after Daniel again. When Summer looks unconvinced, Max promises her that if anything goes wrong at the Clohesys again, Daniel can always come back and stay with the Hoylands. This satisfies Summer, and she cheekily points out that it seems like even dads can make mistakes. Max jokes back at her, but his kidding is tinged with wistfulness. He tells Summer her how thankful he is that his kids are safe and secure in their household, and how he would never let anything hurt them. They share a heartwarming father/daughter moment of understanding.
*Writer's note: Max doesn't know it, but Summer can't swim, which is why she is less than enthusiastic about a surfing trip.
SCENE 7. INT: NUMBER TWENTY-FOUR AFTERNOON 6
HAROLD BISHOP BOYD HOYLAND
LOU CARPENTER DANIEL CLOHESY (G)
FOR COMEDY; FOR HAROLD TO TRAP DANIEL AND BOYD
4.35PM In a comic scene, Harold is nestled comfortably on the couch with a pile of heavy books on his lap, and Boyd and Daniel perched awkwardly beside him. Lou is also at Number Twenty-Four, to pick up some books he left behind when he was convalescing with Harold. Daniel and Boyd are making half-hearted efforts to cover their obvious boredom as Harold points out the differences between his favourite bird species. It's clear he's only begun warming to his theme, and starts a long-winded one that got away tale from his most exciting birdwatching expedition. Lou is sceptical of Boyd's and Daniel's unexpected interest in ornithology, but Harold gives him a surreptitious wink to let Lou know he's onto the boys. He explains to Lou that he found the boys in his backyard just now, armed with binoculars, looking for birds. Lou snorts, and shoots a pointed look at Daniel and Boyd, and wonders what sort of birds they were looking for. Cheekily, Boyd quotes a risquι bird name (a tawny-breasted blue tit or similar) and the boys stifle their sniggers. Harold, seemingly oblivious, advises that that particular species is not likely to be found around Erinsborough. The boys' smirks vanish as Harold then insists they join him one of his expeditions he's planning one for next week. Sly Lou offers cheeky encouragement. Out on Daniel and Boyd, trapped.
SCENE 8. INT: KENNEDY HOUSE AFTERNOON 6
KARL KENNEDY SUSAN KENNEDY
DAHL (GALAH) AUDREY (DOG)
TO SHOW KARL'S FRAYING TEMPER
4.40PM Karl is in the kitchen fiddling with the coffee grinder (ADJUST). He's calm at first, but it's evident the contraption is giving him real trouble. Susan offers a few teasing observations about Karl's lack of mechanical prowess, but Karl is not amused, and he loses his temper. Crossly, he sweeps the machine into the bin. Susan is startled by Karl's outburst, and retrieves the coffee grinder. She shows Karl a switch he overlooked at the back that should solve the problem, and tells him there was nothing to get worked up about. Concerned, Susan asks the still irritated Karl whether he's feeling all right there was the outburst in front of Stuart earlier this week and now this little display. Karl attempts to answer lightly, and assures her he's fine. Out on Susan, not entirely convinced.
SCENE 9. STOCK SHOT: NUMBER THIRTY-TWO (LOUNGE) NIGHT 6
STOCK ESTABLISHING SHOT OF NUMBER THIRTY-TWO
SCENE 10. INT: NUMBER THIRTY-TWO (LOUNGE) NIGHT 6
MAX HOYLAND SUMMER HOYLAND
BOYD HOYLAND ROSIE HOYLAND
DANIEL CLOHESY (G)
FOR ROSIE TO CONFIDE IN MAX
6.30PM Max and the kids are planning a family evening together at home. As it's Daniel's last night with the Hoylands, Max tells him to choose the takeaway for dinner as a special treat. Daniel opts for fish and chips, and Max hands some money to Boyd, so he, Daniel and Summer can pick it up. As they go to leave, we find Rosie at the door, who's come over to talk to Max. Max asks her if she'd like some fish and chips too, but Rosie is distracted, and tells him she's not hungry. Max senses that something is wrong and sends the kids on their way as Rosie comes inside. Max makes room for her on the couch and asks her if there's something on her mind. Obviously distressed, Rosie tells Max that she's in a terrible dilemma, and needs his help. Out on Max's concern.
FIRST COMMERCIAL BREAK
SCENE 11. INT: NUMBER THIRTY-TWO (LOUNGE) NIGHT 6
FOR MAX TO OFFER SUPPORT; TO UNDERSTAND ROSIE'S PREDICAMENT
6.35PM Rosie has come to the end of her explanation. It's clear she has told Max about her dilemma with Ruby in the most general of terms not mentioning either Harold's or Ruby's names, or the nature of the confession. She would have explained that she's had someone confess a personal problem to her (Ruby), one that directly affects one of her close friends (Harold). Rosie now tells Max that she's caught between sharing her suspicions with her friend in order to protect him, and being bound by Church law, which prevents her from revealing any confidences told to her in her capacity as a vicar. Max is sympathetic, and asks whether the confessor has done anything illegal. Rosie admits she has no proof, only her suspicions. Max asks Rosie what would happen if she broke the person's confidence and shared her concerns with a third party, and Rosie unhappily admits that she'd be severely disciplined by the Church, and perhaps even relieved of her position. She then laments that while this would be the worst thing imaginable, she similarly can't sit by and watch someone she cares for suffer. Max agrees that Rosie is in a real bind, and we go out on Rosie, lost as to what to do next.
SCENE 12. INT: NUMBER TWENTY-FOUR NIGHT 6
HAROLD BISHOP JOE SCULLY
LOU CARPENTER RUBY DWYER (G)
TO SHOW THE DISCREPANCY IN TV PRICES; FOR LOU TO QUESTION THE NUMBERS
6.40PM Joe and Harold are carrying a new stereo into the loungeroom, with Ruby in tow. Harold expresses his thanks to Ruby for taking the trouble to buy the television for him while he was tied up with rehearsals for the play. He notes that she took quite a while were there any problems? Ruby tells him she made sure to shop around for the best deal, which is why she took so long. Harold sighs he can't believe today's prices, seeing as this stereo set him back $1000. Lou overhears this remark and is puzzled didn't Ruby go to his mate's shop like he advised? Lou would have expected a better deal from him. Ruby is uncomfortable, but assures Lou she got the best price she could. Out on Lou's uncertainty.
SCENE 13. INT: KENNEDY HOUSE NIGHT 6
DAHL (GALAH) AUDREY (DOG)
TO HINT AT KARL'S ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE; FOR COMEDY
6.45PM Karl is in the kitchen, sneaking a couple of liqueur chocolates from a box. Susan enters and catches him popping one into his mouth. Playfully outraged, she ribs Karl about cheating on their promise. Karl snaps a touchy response, and Susan is caught off guard, telling Karl she was only joking. To emphasise her point, she makes a big scene of eating one of the chocolates herself, to prove she was only mucking around. Karl remains stony-faced, and Susan drops her playful demeanor, gently asking Karl whether their break from drinking is actually harder for him than he was expecting. Karl tries to lighten his tone, as he dismisses her concerns. Susan brightens again, and she teases Karl about his testiness. Thinking on his feet, he laughs uncomfortably and tells Susan that his anger was a joke as well, and he fooled her quite nicely. Out on Susan, amused, but not entirely convinced.
SCENE 14. INT: NUMBER THIRTY TWO (LOUNGE) NIGHT 6
DANIEL CLOHESY (G)
TO SHOW THE HOYLAND'S SUPPORT FOR DANIEL
11.45PM HALLWAY: Daniel is sitting alone in the Hoyland's loungeroom, with something on his mind. Boyd and Max come out of their respective bedrooms and meet in the hallway. Max, who has come out to get a drink of water, is surprised to see Boyd. Boyd explains that he noticed Daniel wasn't in his bed, and was concerned. Max sees Daniel in the loungeroom and tells Boyd to head back to bed, while he has a word to Daniel. CUT TO LOUNGEROOM: Max enters the loungeroom and sits down. Daniel is grateful for someone to share his worries with, and tells Max that he's nervous about going home tomorrow. Max is warmly understanding, and explains that he's been talking to Daniel's dad and thinks things are going to be all right at home from now on. Not only that, but Max considers Daniel an honourary Hoyand, and tells Daniel he can call Max to talk about anything at any time. This cheers Daniel, and he admits he misses his Dad. Max is pleased to hear it, and the two share a warm moment. Daniel wonders whether he can still come surfing with the boys when they go on their beach trip, and Max assures him he can. We go out on the warmth both pleased with the surrogate father arrangement.
SCENE 15. STOCK SHOT: COFFEE SHOP MORNING 7
STOCK ESTABLISHING SHOT OF THE COFFEE SHOP
SCENE 16. INT: COFFEE SHOP MORNING 7
LOU CARPENTER ROSIE HOYLAND
RUBY DWYER (G) N/S SERVER
PLEASE NOTE: DAY 7 IS A NON-WORK/NON-SCHOOL DAY
TO FURTHER SHOW ROSIE'S IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION
9.45AM Rosie and Lou are deep in conversation at a table, keeping a close eye on Ruby who's working in the background. Lou is still recuperating from his operation, but he's able to get out and about as long as he takes it easy. Lou admits that he was privately a little concerned about the stereo Ruby bought for Harold he knows they were for sale at his mate's store for $700, not $1000 like Ruby claimed. She says nothing to Lou, but privately Rosie is not surprised, this only serves to confirm her suspicions about Ruby's gambling directly affecting Harold. She looks profoundly uncomfortable, and Lou studies her closely is there something Rosie knows that Lou doesn't? Struggling to keep her secret to herself, Rosie strongly urges Lou to share his doubts with Harold. She explains that she'd tell Harold herself, but feels like she's tried to bring her concerns about Ruby up one too many times, and has met with a brick wall. Lou is equally reluctant he doesn't feel like it's his place to interfere. He reasons that there was probably a mix up or misunderstanding, and resolves not to get involved. Out on Rosie, tussling with her conscience.
SECOND COMMERCIAL BREAK
SCENE 17. INT: KENNEDY HOUSE MORNING 7
KARL KENNEDY SUSAN KENNEDY
AUDREY (DOG) DAHL (GALAH)
FOR KARL TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR HIS BAD TEMPER
9.50AM A contrite Karl is plying Susan with flowers as an apology for his earlier outburst. He adds that he'll cook her a special lunch to make up for his tetchiness. He explains that he's been feeling out of sorts the last few days, as he's been struggling with his BAS forms and other paperwork at the surgery on his own, with Darcy offering little help. Susan is understanding, and appreciative of Karl's apology. Soothingly, she tells Karl he can always talk to her about his problems: he doesn't need to keep them bottled up. Now that they're officially husband and wife again, they should help each other through the tough times. Out on Karl's discomfort he knows paperwork has nothing to do with his bad mood, but is unable to face the true problem.
SCENE 18. INT: COFFEE SHOP MORNING 7
ROSIE HOYLAND HAROLD BISHOP
RUBY DWYER (G) N/S SERVER
FOR ROSIE TO ONCE AGAIN URGE RUBY TO SEEK HELP; FOR HAROLD TO OFFER RUBY FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR DECEPTION
9.55AM Rosie has cornered Ruby in the back room of the Coffee Shop. The two women share a tense conversation, as Rosie questions whether Ruby has made any headway with the counselling services she recommended. Ruby tells her she's getting around to it, and Rosie starts to lose her patience. She tells Ruby that Harold is a good man, and seems to care for Ruby very much. It's unfair for Ruby to abuse his trust in such an overt manner. Ruby is ashamed she also cares for Harold and doesn't want to hurt him. Softening, Rosie urges Ruby to call the counselling service, warning her that her dangerous downward spiral will continue if she doesn't seek help. She also repeats that Ruby must tell Harold. Ruby promises that she will call the counselling service, and will unburden herself to Harold soon, but wants assurance that Rosie doesn't intend to tell Harold. At that moment Harold enters, and is pleased to see the two women. He addresses Rosie first what was it she had wanted to tell him about on the phone yesterday? It sounded urgent. Rosie shoots Ruby a warning look and tells Harold not to worry, the problem is being taken care of. Harold shrugs, and turns to Ruby would she be able to come shopping with him later to pick out a video player? Ruby agrees and we go out on Rosie's growing frustration at her own impotence.
SCENE 19. INT: NUMBER THIRTY TWO (LOUNGE) MORNING 7
BOYD HOYLAND SUMMER HOYLAND
MAX HOYLAND DANIEL CLOHESY (G)
FOR DANIEL TO KISS SUMMER; TO ESTABLISH THAT THE BOYS CAN'T PLAY FOR TOO LONG
11.50AM Daniel and Boyd are heading outside, ostensibly to have a hit of cricket before Daniel's dad comes to pick him up, but really to spend their last moments together camped in front of the Scully bathroom window. Summer is heading off to spend the afternoon at a friend's place, so she won't see Daniel again before he leaves. Touchingly, Daniel gives Summer a quick peck on the cheek to say goodbye, and she blushes with happiness. The two boys vanish out the back door, with Max warning them to only be a little while Daniel still has to get his things together.
SCENE 20. INT: KENNEDY HOUSE MORNING 7
SUSAN KENNEDY KARL KENNEDY
DAHL (GALAH) AUDREY (DOG)
FOR KARL TO BOW TO TEMPTATION
11.55AM Karl is at the stove preparing his special lunch for Susan. An open bottle of wine is in front of him and he splashes a small amount into the pan. Hesitating, he then sloshes most of the rest in, leaving about a glass's worth in the bottom. Stirring idly at the pan, he holds the bottle up to the light to see how much is left. Before he realises what he's doing, he grabs a wine glass from the cupboard and pours the remainder of the wine. Picking up the full glass, he hesitates and puts it down. But his longing gets the better of him, and he gives into temptation, grabbing the glass and downing it quickly.
SCENE 21. INT: KENNEDY HOUSE AFTERNOON 7
SUSAN KENNEDY KARL KENNEDY
DAHL (GALAH) AUDREY (DOG)
FOR SUSAN TO DOUBT KARL
12.15PM Susan enters the kitchen and admires the delicious cooking smells coming from Karl's stovetop creation. Karl quickly hides his telltale wineglass as she peers into the pan and notes the wine bottle on the bench. She looks at him quizzically and he quickly explains that the recipe called for wine. It's not cheating, he says, slightly nervously, as all the alcohol evaporates in cooking. Susan reluctantly agrees, but finds herself feeling strangely uncomfortable.
SCENE 22. O.B.EXT: NUMBER TWENTY-FOUR (BACKYARD) AFTERNOON 7
MAX HOYLAND BOYD HOYLAND
JOE SCULLY DANIEL CLOHESY (G)
FOR COMEDY; FOR JOE TO THINK HE HAS CAUGHT MAX OGLING A NAKED STEPH
12.20PM Daniel and Boyd are back at their perving post on the fence in Harold's backyard, where they are ogling Steph Scully in the Scully bathroom. Passing the binoculars between them, they agree that you can never have too much of Steph in the shower if only the accumulated frustrations of curtains, frosted glass and steam didn't so substantially reduce the amount they can actually see. Still, the little they can see is better than nothing at all. Unbeknownst to them, Max has tracked them to Harold's backyard, and demands to know what the boys find so interesting in the Scully's backyard. Startled, the two boys leap guiltily off the fence. Max makes up his mind to get to the bottom of this strange turn of events, and hoists himself onto the fence to find out what the boys find so fascinating. Max's jaw drops as he registers the naked Stephanie. Before he can collect himself, Joe pops up from the back garden and comes face to face with Max. Joe follows Max's line of vision and quickly works out what Max is seeing. Outraged, he bellows at Max what the hell does he think he's doing? Out on Max's comic horror how is he going to explain this one?
THIRD COMMERCIAL BREAK
END OF EPISODE