Henry, Paul, Scott and Jim are round for a right old knees up for Harold'sstag do - only it's clearly not as fun as they had hoped it would be. Scottthinks he should get home as Charlene will hit the roof if he's late backand Jim admits that Beverly is much the same. But Harold is adamant thatthey can't leave - David hasn't arrived yet! So Jim and the boys admitdefeat, just in time for there to be a knock at the door and David toarrive. A young smartly-dressed gentleman with very similar glasses toHarold is presented, greeting them with a "How do you do?". Scott can barelykeep a straight face.
The next day and Mrs Mangel is over at Des and Mike's place with a ratherlarge trunk for Eileen. Des is worried that his mum will get charged afortune in excess baggage but Mrs Mangel is having none of it - she wasentrusted with packing for the trip and thus nothing is being left behind.And to really annoy them she invites herself in for a cup of tea. Des thanksMrs Mangel for arranging for Eileen to go on the trip and promises not toforget the suitcase.
Harold is disappointed about Kerry's non appearance at the wedding. Davidensures him that Kerry will come to appreciate his high-expectations intime, as he has. But then Harold has something else to worry about - whilehe and David are in full wedding garb at 8.30 am Jane isn't even dressed!David asks, none to subtly, to be introduced to her and comments that heroutfit is very fetching (even though it isn't for the wedding). Mrs Mangelcomes in and starts dusting, to Harold's incredulity. But it's all in hand,according to Nell, who agitates David's allergies by banging two pillowstogether next to him. David 'retires' to his room in order to cough andsplutter more freely there. Jane can't help but laugh as an annoyed Harolddashes off.
Scott is annoying Charlene and everyone is a little keyed up. Madge decidesthey should all take five . She wants to know what went on at the Buck'sParty and is glad to hear that the group's creativity had gone awol. Scottmentions meeting Harold's son, and tells them that, in contrast toCharlene's prediction, he's good looking and pretty wild! Henry agrees -he's pretty damn dangerous!
Harold's rehearsing a few words for later. Unbeknownst to him Jane and MrsMangel look on. Jane thinks that it's beautiful. Mrs Mangel thinks he's toosolemn and if he's having second thoughts.. Harold can't believe she wouldsay such a thing! But Mrs Mangel thinks that if marrying 'that Ramsay woman'fills him with such glee, then maybe he's getting cold feet.
Harold tells Mrs Mangel that he's put up with her comments in the past butnot today - he loves Madge 'desperately, passionately, and irrevocably' withevery fibre of his being.
HAROLD: So, unless you apologise this very split second, I shall have greatpleasure in instructing my bride not to very gently lob the bouquet in yourgeneral direction - but to make sure it's impounded in your left ear!!
That doesn't go down too well and Jane says she's sure Mrs Mangel didn'tmean it. Nell apologises for offending him and makes her exit. Harold laughsas Jane tries to apologise for her gran and tells her that he was anxiousearlier on but there's no need to be!
HAROLD: I'm marrying the most beautiful creature on God's earth - and I wantto shout it from the rooftops!
Henry drives up in the bridal car. David comes over.
DAVID: You realise this a milestone for us, Henry. Once dad and your mum tiethe proverbial, that makes us - well, almost brothers.
HENRY (looking a bit scared): Wow.
DAVID: I've never had a brother before, Henry - I hope we can be friends.
Henry doesn't think that he's too bad a bloke and David feels the same abouthim. David talks about Henry being in the gardening trade - making a jokeabout being at the 'grass roots' of everything before laughing a lot. It'sgoing to be a very long day.
Madge has been transformed into a bride and the emotional music comes on.Charlene thinks she looks great and hopes Henry does a good job of givingher away. Madge starts to cry and Charlene thinks that if she doesn't stopthat she'll be bawling all the way to the church. But Madge is stilltearful, musing that all her kids have grown up. Charlene, optimistically,reminds her that this is the time for her to make a life for herself again.A tooting car horn provides their cue to go.
Outside the ChurchWhile David boasts about all the functions he's attended this year to Jane,Madge's mother, Edna, admits to Helen that she doesn't know who's morenervous - Madge or herself! Edna spots Harold, who's raring to go. Ednawants a quiet word -
EDNA: You look after my girl. So help me if you turn into another Fred -
Harold starts to protest but she tells him he's kept Madge hanging on forlong enough. Harold tells her that her point has been registered and Ednathinks he'll do her for a son in law.
The car pulls up and Henry opens the door for his mother before escortingher into the church.
Inside the Church
Harold smiles as he catches sight of them from the altar. David does thesame, looking a little bemused at the same time. Mrs Mangel, playing theorgan, is trying to have a butchers too. She stuffs up some notes toHarold's obvious dismay. After finally reaching the congregation (the Churchseems very empty - everyone's crammed in near the front) Madge joins Haroldand they stand at the altar. Cue some nice cheesy music whilst the ministerwelcomes them all and talks about the spiritual union of marriage withclose-ups on Scott and Charlene and then Des.
After the "I dos" and a nice fade Harold slips a ring on Madge's finger.
HAROLD WAYNE BISHOP: With this ring I wed you; with my body I worship you;with all that I am and all that I have, I honour you.
With this Harold Wayne Bishop and Madge Mary Ramsay are husband and wife.They kiss and there is clapping from the congregation. Both look a littleembarrassed but pleased at the same time.
Outside the Church
Harold and Madge emerge and rice is tossed over them. We're treated to anice montage of their photos being taken with music playing over the top -even Mrs Mangel gets her photo taken with the minister! Madge and Harold getinto the car and wave to their friends as it pulls away.
At the reception a very young Todd and Katie pick up some food. Scott andCharlene are going to Queensland to help Edna with Dan, once he's out of thehospital. Scott's looking forward to hitting the beaches! Paul goes to shakeHarold's hand but Harold won't be shaking it today - he won't be letting goof Madge's hand all day!! (*lol*) David appears.
DAVID: Welcome to the family.Mother.
MADGE (To Harold): Darling boy
Henry proposes a toast to the happy couple. Madge starts her speech but Descan't listen to it and leaves via the back door. Mike spots him go.
Mike finds Des looking at his and Daphne's wedding photo, crying. Mikeunderstands that he couldn't hang around. Des was doing okay but then hesuddenly thought of Daphne.Mike thinks he was doing better then most would.He suggests they get back to the reception and Des turns over the photo andstands up.
Mike and Des have been missing a speech from David (they'll be kickingthemselves!).
DAVID:.And so it really is true that you can't pick and choose your ownfamily. (looks to Madge and Harold) But, by golly, if I could, I know whereI'd start looking!
Jim manages to cut in and persuade him to look through the telegrams beforehe launches off again. Charlene presents them with their wedding present,which the whole of Ramsay Street pitched in to help buy. They've bought thema honeymoon as Madge and Harold didn't want to splash out - a weekend in thesame guesthouse in the Green Valley. Madge wants to go and change but Haroldwants her to look like that forever. She tosses the bouquet and Sally Wellscatches it. Madge and Harold kiss with a soundtrack of cheesy music and thekids have a good old laugh at them again before the happy couple turn aroundand join in..