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Magic Moments > 1993 > Brett and Danni's Arrival Episode 2057

Written by Ray Kolle, Directed by Philip East & Grant Fenn

Beth tells Mark that she’s considering forgetting all about Brad and Wayne, leaving Erinsborough and making a fresh start somewhere else. Lauren, Lou and Gaby watch uncomfortably as Cheryl and Jack flirt outrageously with each other. Brad realises that Mark knows where Beth is hiding, and threatens him with violence unless he tells him…

Mark pushes Brad away and says that he gave Beth his word that he wouldn’t say anything. Brad keeps insisting, so Mark angrily pushes him onto the couch and says that he’s not going to break the promise. Brad sadly realises that Beth must be really serious about not wanting to see him. He says that he really loves her and he doesn’t want to lose her. Mark looks at him sympathetically and says that he’ll be leaving in about half an hour to visit her.

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At the Coffee Shop, Cheryl is having a coffee when Jack comes in. She says that she’s not staying, as she’s just bought some seeds and is on her way home to do some gardening. She asks Jack if he’d care to help, but he explains that he’s meeting Gaby for another flying lesson. Cheryl says that Gaby’s a lucky girl, but Jack points out that some men actually prefer the more mature woman. Cheryl smiles and gets up to pay her bill, just as Philip comes in and orders a sticky bun from Lauren. Cheryl confides in Philip that she isn’t sure whether Jack is aware of her little plot or he actually fancies her, but she’s quite enjoying it. Lauren then answers the phone and tells Philip that it’s reception, with a call for him from a detention centre. Both Philip and Cheryl look worried as he takes the call.

On Ramsay Street, Mark is loading his car up and he then gets in and starts the engine. He looks across to Brad, who is waiting in his car to follow him and both cars drive out of the street.

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At number 32, Debbie is cleaning, with her headphones on, when Philip rushes in and surprises her. Julie comes in to see what all the commotion is about, and pretends to be thrilled when she hears that Michael is being released from the detention centre and will be home the following week. Philip checks that Julie is ok with it, reminding her of the Father’s Day promise she made to welcome him back, and she hugs her husband, insisting that it’ll all be fine.

At the Coffee Shop, Lauren is clearing tables when Jack invites her to join him for a quick break. He asks her if she works all the time, and she explains that she’s just filling in there temporarily. He says that it would be nice if they could hook up one evening, and she says that Gaby might have something to say about that. Jack explains that he doesn’t want to get tied down to one woman, but Lauren isn’t impressed and walks away, just as Gaby comes in. She looks confused as she approaches the table and apologises for being late. Jack says that Lauren was just saying hi to him, and then tells her that she looks lovely. Her mood improves with this compliment.

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Cheryl is mowing her front lawn, just as Lou comes outside to wash his car. She stops the mower, and Lou says that he’d have thought she’d have a toyboy to do her gardening by now. She acts like she doesn’t know what he’s talking about, so he mentions Jack, and Cheryl says that, for Lou’s information, Jack is the one doing all the chasing – and she can’t help it if he finds her irresistible. She points out that Lou’s no better himself, leading poor Wendy Slater along. Lou says that he’s not the one looking like a fool, but Cheryl tells him that it’s clear who the biggest fool is – and it’s not her.

Mark unloads a case from his car and walks up to the house where Beth is staying. She comes out to meet him and asks him if he got everything. He says that he did, and asks her if she’s sure that the move to Perth is really the right decision. She admits that she’s not sure, but she hasn’t got a lot of options left. Just then, Brad’s car pulls up in front of them, and Beth is furious with Mark, but he insists that he kept his promise and didn’t tell Brad where she was.

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At number 24, Julie and Lou are looking over the books for the car yard, as Julie fishes for gossip about Cheryl. Lou wonders why she cares, since Cheryl’s son got Michael in so much trouble, but Julie explains that she doesn’t want much to do with the woman. Lou asks her why she invited him and Cheryl to dinner if that’s the case, and Julie says that she just thought it might be fun. She tells Lou that Michael’s coming home the next week and she promised Philip that she’d make him welcome. Lou says that she should do something practical to show that she’s willing to make an effort.

Brad is trying to talk to an angry Beth – he tells her that he meant everything he said – he loves her and he wants to marry her. She wants to know how she can trust him, how she knows he won’t cheat on her again. He says that she’s always been the one for him, but other people always seemed to get in the way and pull them both in different directions. Beth agrees that, if they’d just been left alone to get on with things, they’d probably still be together now. She then points out that there’s Wayne to consider now, but Brad tells her that he’s always loved her and wants to marry her. She looks into his eyes and smiles, before hugging him and saying that she loves him too.

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At number 22, Cheryl answers the door to Jack and invites him in. She wonders what exactly he wants and he explains that he left Gaby to do a solo flight as he simply had to come and see her. Cheryl is intrigued, until Jack says that he has a business proposition to put to her – she says that a lady always likes a proposition, even a business one. Jack explains that he needs some investment for an extra plane to get an executive air service up and running. Cheryl realises that he’s heard about her lotto win and tells him that she’s busy now, as she’s late for work, but will discuss it with him that evening. She sees Jack out, just as her phones rings. Cheryl then runs out the door as her answer-phone message plays – “Hi, this is Cheryl, I can’t get to the phone right now, heaven only knows what I am doing, but leave your name and number and I’ll get back to you.” The caller is Sister Teresa, from the boarding school convent where Danni is staying. She explains that Danni is in trouble and to call her as soon as possible, as it’s rather urgent.

At the school, Brett is furious with Danni for getting expelled from the convent. She says that she just went to the pub, and a few of the nuns looked like they needed a night out anyway. She begs Brett to run away with her, but he says that he likes his school and suggests that Danni simply go home. She’s worried about what her mother will say, but their conversation is interrupted by a group of guys who come in and ask Brett is this is his girlfriend. Danni tells them to drop dead, just as Brother Dominic comes in and asks what all the fuss is about. He’s shocked to see a girl in the boy’s dormitory and tells Brett and Danni to wait in his office.

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At number 32, Debbie and Philip get home to find Julie moving all of Hannah’s things into Michael’s old room. She says that Michael would prefer the bigger room, and she’ll put up some fresh wallpaper for Hannah once she’s finished decorating Michael’s new room. Philip is impressed that Julie’s going to so much effort, but Debbie is slightly confused about her new, improved stepmother.

At number 28, Gaby has fallen asleep on the couch, wearing a face mask, with a magazine in her lap. She wakes up as Brad and Beth come in the door and is surprised by what she sees. She jumps up to congratulate them on their reunion and says that everyone is going to be delighted for them. Beth points out that Wayne might not be too happy, but Gaby tells her not to let that spoil things. They then ask Gaby why she’s going to so much effort and Brad quickly guesses that it’s for Jack. Gaby smiles and tell them that he’s pretty special.

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At the Coffee Shop, Cheryl walks in to find Jack sitting alone, waiting for Gaby again. She suggests that he find a woman who can tell the time, then goes to order a quiche from Lauren. Lauren suggests to Cheryl that she’s a bit old for Jack, and Cheryl retorts she Lauren, and her father, should keep their noses out of things that don’t concern them. Lauren points out that Jack wouldn’t be interested anyway, so Cheryl calls over to Jack and arranges a date for them, that evening, before smirking at Lauren.

In Brother Dominic’s office, Brett is reprimanded for bringing his girlfriend into the boys’ quarters. Brett tries to correct him, before Danni butts in and says that she’s not his girlfriend. Brother Dominic wants to know what’s going on, so Brett explains that she’s his sister, Danielle.

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At the Coffee Shop, Gaby is sitting alone and she tells Lauren that Jack had to cancel their date. Lauren asks her how serious she is about Jack, and Gaby says that it’s as serious as it gets. Lauren points out that Jack seems like the kind of guy who spreads himself about a bit, and comments on the way he behaved around Cheryl. Gaby says that he just likes to make women feel good about themselves, so Lauren tells her that he asked her out. Gaby says that she’s mistaken and she’s just trying to cause trouble. Lauren says that’s a lousy thing to say, but Gaby storms out, pointing out Lauren’s track record with men as she goes.

Brother Dominic is trying to phone Cheryl but gets no answer. He leaves the office, telling Brett and Danni to wait there, and he’ll try again later. Brett tells Danni that their mother is going to be furious and suggests that maybe, if she apologises, the nuns will let her go back to the convent. Danni says that she hated it there and won’t be going back and then suggests that they both go home. She says that, if they both turned up and said that they hated boarding school, Cheryl might allow them to stay.

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At number 22, Cheryl is preparing herself and the dinner table, for Jack’s arrival. She spots the message on her answer-phone and is about to play it when there’s a knock at the door.

Outside, Lou spots Jack waiting at Cheryl’s door with a big bunch of flowers. She answers, then spots Lou, so she gives Jack a big hug and asks him inside.

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At number 24, Lauren is sitting alone when Lou comes in, complaining that Jack is doing all the chasing with Cheryl. He says that somebody should tell Gaby, but Lauren says that Gaby deserves everything she gets – and that she tried to warn her but just got abuse. She then points out that Lou sounds like he’s jealous, but he insists that he is not.

At number 32, Julie is back from the hardware store with bags of supplies to get Michael’s new room in shape. Debbie is slightly concerned, and Philip explains that Julie shouldn’t make the room look too young. Julie insists that she knows what she’s doing and refuses to discuss her plans as she goes to make a start.

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At number 22, Cheryl and Jack sit on the couch with a glass of wine, and she asks him how far he’d go to get his hands on the money. He says that he’s not a gigolo, and Cheryl asks him to persuade her how much he needs the money. He puts their glasses down and puts his arm around her before leaning in for a kiss. She says that she’s just giving him a taste of his own medicine and is playing games in the same way as he did with every woman he’s ever met. She tells him that she’d never let his looks blind her to the way he’s conning her. Just then, Brett and Danni burst in and say that, before she gets mad, she had to listen to them. They’re both stunned as they see Cheryl and Jack on the couch…

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Summary by Steve