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Crossroads Episode: 4064(?): Original TX: 05-03-85 (Tuesday)

   

David Hunter is in a very edgy mood – and wife Barbara and Adam Chance suffer the effects. Iris Scott and Pete Maguire’s mother, Sheila, form an alliance to help him. (TV Times)

 

Script by: Raymond Bowers, David Garfield, Alan Wiggins                    Director: Brian Morgan

 

At Kath Brownlow’s. Kath is pouring tea while John Latchford is going over some paperwork. He tells her that he has had a continental breakfast at the motel. He then asks her whether things are “fixed for Thursday” – by which he means a business meal with a client. She tells him that she is on early, which meets with his approval. She asks what she should wear and he suggests the dress that she wore a few nights ago. She is not impressed by the idea – despite John telling her that she looked “champion”. Kath then realises something “Thursday night? Thursday the 7th?” she asks. She has realised that Kevin and Glenda will be landing from their holiday to Canada. “Oh I forgot them” she says. “So did I” agrees John. “I’ll want to be there to meet them won’t I?” she tells him. He agrees that he will be able to pick them up from the airport. “I can’t dash off to a dinner party the night they come back” she says. “Kath – they are old enough NOT to burn themselves” he reminds her. Kath points out that they may be jetlagged and probably not want to cook anything. “Leave something” he suggests. “Ask yourself what matters most eh Kath?” he asks her. “Kevin and Glenda will be around a long time after we’ve feathered our nest with Cecil.” he adds. “Family comes first,” she tells him” before adding “I know you find this hard to understand – and I know why…..” He interrupts her “Where do I come Kath?”

 

In David’s office Barbara is looking over a letter from her old nanny, while David grumbles about mail being delivered to the wrong office. “Are we still seeing her for her birthday?” Barbara reads out loud. “I doubt it” David replies, much to Barbara’s surprise. “When?” he asks. Barbara reminds him that he has already agreed to go the previous night. “I wasn’t thinking” he replies dismissively. She tries to persuade him. “You go” he tells her. “Don’t fob me off” she replies. “I am NOT one for birthdays” he tells her. “Goodness – nobody’s going to feel safe today – including me” she remarks about his grey mood. Their conversation is interrupted by Adam, who comes into the office with a complaint about the heating in reception. David reminds him that it was his job to sort it. He also asks Adam to arrange for a notice on the bar to say “Closed due to structural alterations. Please use the Rally bar. ” David then rushes out. Adam laughs “Dear oh dear!”. “Weren’t you warned?” Barbara asks him. “He’s been spitting people out in little chunks since last night” Barbara tells Adam that she watched David the previous night, listening to one of his classical albums. “And when it ended, he just sat there – miles away” she tells him. “Where?” asks Adam. “Do me a favour – find out for me…” she asks. Adam is surprised. “Me?” he replies.

 

In John Latchford’s chalet office, Elaine Winters is busy. When he enters she tells him what she has been up to so far that morning. She tells him that Cecil has been on the phone. John tells her that it was probably about the meal on Thursday night “An order that size they deserve a plate of grub on us don’t they?” he points out. He asks her to book a table for 4 at his favourite restaurant. “It doesn’t hurt to get to know the bloke who’s gonna keep you in caviar” he points out. “I like Cecil” she tells him. “He likes you an all…” he replies. “Mind you – he can be a rampant old devil at times!” he adds. “He does it to all the girls – chases them round the office desk – by the time he’s caught you he’s forgotten what to do anyway!” he jokes.

 

Elaine phones Cecil’s office to make the arrangements. She gets through to Cecil and starts organising the meal. “My sex life is fine” she replies to an unheard question. John laughs. After the phone call John asks whether Cecil will be bringing his wife. Elaine says “He was expecting me – said that was the only reason he agreed to do the deal.” John ponders this for a moment. He realises that having Kath there would be awkward. “She’ll have set her heart on it” Elaine tells him . “Will she ‘eck” he replies.

 

At the flat, Pete is asleep on the soda. Iris has left a note “Ring me at the motel when you wake”. He is woken by a knocking at the door. He gets up from the sofa, looking fairly rough. When he opens the door it his mum. They hug. “Not a pretty sight” he admits. “I was at a party last night” he tells her. “How are you?” she asks him. “Top of the world” he replies. “Where did you get my address?” he asks her. “You gave it to me – on the phone – remember? – when I gave you the money” she replies. His mum sees the note that Iris left. “It’s the girl I’m sharing with” he tells her. “I see – nice girl is she?” she asks. Pete says that she is great. “Was she with you at the party?” she asks. Pete tells her that Iris was working the night before and couldn’t make it. His mum asks him whether he has phoned her – as per the note. “It won’t be anything important – she just likes to hear my voice” he replies. She smiles. “Cares for you then?” she asks. “Sort of” he replies. “You’re not looking to well love – are you sure you’re alright?” she asks. He doesn’t reply.

 

In the office, David is going over some paperwork when Adam bursts in. “Ah – David there you are – caught you at last – you’ve been two steps ahead of me all morning” he says. David makes up an excuse to leave about the cafeteria. “What is it? You’re on edge. We can all feel it” Adam asks. “You seem a bit down.” David replies sarcastically “Oh very observant”. “Do you want to tell me about it?” Adam asks. David tells him to mind his own business… before thinking things over. He apologises. “May I talk to you later?” he asks. “Yes. Please” Adam replies. (END OF PART ONE)

 

(PART TWO) In the flat, Pete and his mum are tidying up. “You should eat something” she tells him. “Later maybe” he replies. “Have you seen much of your dad?” she asks. “No – off and on” he replies. She asks how his dad is. “Doesn’t change – well we can’t expect miracles” he adds. “He does care about you, you know?” she tells him. “In his own sweet way” Pete begrudgingly admits. His mum goes into the kitchen to make some toast – as Iris arrives back. “You alright?” she asks. “Why didn’t you phone me? I’ve been going out of me mind?” she asks. “Mum called” he replies –gesturing to where she is coming from the kitchen. “Peter’s been telling me about you” his mum tells Iris. “Just the nice things” Pete jokes. “There ARE only nice things” she replies. “Don’t you believe it!” he jokes again. Pete leaves them alone so that he can have a shave. After he has left Iris talks to Pete’s mum. “I’m so glad you came” she tells her. “That’s all an act” she adds. “I know” his mum replies. “He’s in pieces inside – and I’m out of my depth with him” she admits. “We’ll have to see what we can do together” his mum replies.

 

Barbara sneaks into the motel office and grabs David’s diary. She is just about to look at the appointments for the day when she is interrupted by Kath Brownlow. Kath tells her that Glenda is coming back on the 7th. “She’s going to need a job when she gets back” Kath asks. “Been expensive has it?” Barbara asks. “She’s spent out poor love” Kath replies. Barbara asks whether she has asked Paul. Kath says that nobody has – and that he is obviously upset about losing Anna. Barbara suggests that she could ask Jill, who could then ask Paul “And we could get an answer quite soon” she adds. Kath leaves and Barbara returns to the diary…

 

In the motel reception, Sid is speaking with Adam about flirtatious Daphne. “She says she’s been trying to get hold of you all day” Sid tells him. “I am a busy fella Sidney?” he replies. “Busy avoiding her?” Sid asks. Sid points out that he may be able to sell her a Rolls Royce. “I don’t feel like christening the back seat” Adam replies. “I’ll give her a ring” Adam tells him. “Make it long distance – it’ll be safer!” jokes Sid.

 

Adam goes over to the desk where Mrs. Mcg is looking sad. She has been told that her husband has left already. Adam picks up the internal telephone to contact the garage. Mac answers. “I’ve got a lady here at reception…” Adam tells him. “You are not palming off Daphne Philpotts…” Mac replies. “As if I would do that to you Mac….” Adam jokes. Adam asks Mac whether he would be able to drive Harry’s wife to the Hooper’s.

 

In John Latchford’s chalet office he is busy completing paperwork so that he can get over to Redditch in the morning. Kath comes in with the news that she has asked for a job for Glenda, but he is preoccupied. “You’re not very bothered are you really?” she asks him. “About the whole family scene come to that….” she adds.  She asks him whether they are going to go out to get her a dress for the business meal. “You won’t be going” he tells her. He stumbles for words, but makes up an excuse about not wanting to take her away from Glenda, Kevin and Katy so soon after their arrival back home.  She tells him that she doesn’t want to let him down. “I’ve had words – you won’t let us down – it’s OK” he reassures her. Kath goes out to the car just as Elaine Winters come in. “About Thursday – keep your evening free love” he tells her.

 

At the Hooper’s Mavis is shaking Mrs. Maguire’s hand. “I’m so pleased to meet you” she tells her. Mavis explains that she is wearing a headscarf as it is bingo night – and she likes to keep her hair looking decent. Mavis asks Mac to call Harry from his room before he runs a bath. Mac goes off. Sid offers Mrs. Maguire a cup of tea, but she declines the offer. “I expect Harry and I will be going out”. She explains that she has booked into the motel and Sid offers to speak to Adam about staff rates. Mavis is embarrassed by her husband’s cheapness.

 

Harry enters the lounge. He looks stern. “Hello Harry” she greets him. “Sheila” he replies. “Your friends gave me a lift….” she explains. “Oh. Did they indeed?” he asks. “It was kind of them” she goes on. Mrs Maguire tells Harry that they need to talk. “I did not ask you to come here. Now if you’d written to me, informing me of your intentions, I could have saved you time and money. I have nothing to say to you.” (CREDITS)

 

Is that clear? Nothing at all to say to you 

 

And here we are… The end of an era in so many ways. The last episode with legendary producer Jack Barton credited on screen. Also the last episode to feature the original Tony Hatch theme tune that had served the programme for 21 years. This was the last episode to feature the orange background to the credits AND the last episode to open with a caption over the first scene. Interestingly this is the last episode to be credited as “Script by” – from now on, just a single writer would be credited on-screen. From the next episode things are going to change…

 

But back to this episode… I really like the dynamic between Harry Maguire, Sheila and Pete. His overtly military attitude contrasts so well with that of his caring wife that it is difficult to see them together, but as so often in life, opposites attract. I suspect that Harry’s remoteness can be blamed for Pete’s rebellion and his wife’s softness explains how he has been able to pull the wool over her eyes for so long. She has certainly been using the hairspray – that’s for sure. Very glamorous – very Dynasty.

 

On screen we have a hastily written notice on the bar door – well the door where the bar used to be – informing guests to use the hitherto unmentioned Rally bar. It seems the days of the dark and dingy navy bar are numbered. Can’t say I’m bothered really.

 

I was amused by the repeated ‘burst into the office’ as people look for David – I mean – where else is he going to be? It’s not as if there are THAT many places to hide in the motel. This is before the days of mobile phones of course – and it is interesting to see how difficult it was to get hold of people back then. Anyway – I’m going to crack straight on with the next episode. So let’s fire up the Maestro….

 

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Crossroads Episode: 4065(?): Original TX: 06-03-85 (Wednesday)

   

Iris Scott is asked to step into a situation that others can’t cope with. Adam Chance and David Hunter enter a conspiracy. (TV Times)

 

Writen by: David Hopkins                    Director: John Scholz-Conway

 

“I’ve got nothing to say to you.. Is that clear?” Harry asks Sheila. “Nothing at all to say to you”. He leaves the Hooper’s lounge, leaving Sheila and Mavis dumbstruck. Sid follows him out to the corridor. “We’ve all grieved with you – now she’s grieving too” Sid tells him. “There’s got to be common ground surely?” he asks. Mavis comes into the corridor to tell him that Sheila is very upset. Harry walks back into the lounge. She tells him that she had a phone call. “From Peter?” he asks. “From the girl Iris, she got back to the flat and found him in a terrible state.” Harry is unmoved. “I have told that girl to get shot of him” he tells her. “I warned her what it would be like – but oh no – they know best – the kids these days”. Sheila suggests that they have to do something to help their son Pete. “We can’t just give up on him” she pleads. Harry tells her that they have done enough, but she says ‘enough’ will only be when they have rescued him. She tells Harry what a state Pete was in when she saw him but Harry remains resolute. “We have done everything possible” he tells her. “Maybe we do it all again” she suggests. “No…” Harry replies. Sheila tells him that she can’t stand by and watch him die. “You do realise that’s what’s happening?” she asks. Sheila talks to him about the first time he saw Pete as a baby – the joy, the pride the love. “Nothing takes that away” she tells him. “Pete will always be your son – all you have to do is reach out for him”. He turns away.

 

In the motel office, David is working at his desk as Adam comes in. “Are you still slogging away?” he asks. “No – I’m trying to write a letter to Sarah – without much success” he admits. “Then why bother?” Adam asks. “It’s time to!” he replies “The baby will be born by now… I need to know about it Adam – I’m a father” David suggests that Adam could help by talking to Sarah’s housekeeper. “We went through all this at Christmas” says Adam. “Then we’ll go through it again” replies David angrily. “One phone call” David pleads. “No” replies Adam. “I have watched you drag yourself through all this – and to what end?” he asks. “Sarah has said that she wants nothing to do with you. Can’t you accept that?” Adam tells David he is welcome to pile the suffering back on himself but rules himself out of helping a hand. “There’s a child -  living and breathing because of me. I’ve got a right!” David says. Adam listens, but says nothing before leaving the office.

 

Back at the Hooper’s Harry and Sheila are still discussing Pete. “We’ve suffered enough. Have you forgotten already what it was like?” he asks her. “Of course I haven’t. I’m never going to forget it” she replies. “We’ve not done wrong. This sort of burden shouldn’t be put on us” he says sternly. “It’s there! We’ve GOT to find the strength to cope with it” she replies. “Let’s take him home” she suggests. “No. Because it wouldn’t work” he answers. “Not ‘US’ – I’m not talking about us” she tells him. “There’s nothing for it then. We’ll have to go to the police” she says. Harry looks at her, surprised. “Do what? What the hell for?” he asks. “They’ll arrest him and put him in prison.” she suggests. Harry tells her that they know all about Pete. “They don’t know about his stealing” she replies. Harry asks her what Pete has been stealing. “Silver from home” she replies. “That finishes me” Harry adds, disgusted at the latest revelation. “I wash my hands of him” he says. “You did that years ago” she replies. “It’s about time you started to soil them again!” – “Come with me and see him. Let’s see if we can’t work something out” she pleads. (END OF PART ONE)

 

(PART TWO)

 

In the motel office, David is on the phone. “Can you tell me how I can get hold of Mrs Alexander?” he asks. “I just want to send congratulations and flowers….” The response at the other end seems unhelpful. “I see – can you tell me what nursing home she is in?” he tries – as Adam comes in. “My name’s ‘Pollard’” he lies. Adam looks on, shocked by the lie.  After the phone call Adam hands him a file. “Good morning Mr. Pollard. Can you sign these please?” he asks with a wry grin. “A white lie” David replies. “Nothing about J. Henry has ever been white” Adam corrects him. “I have no choice Adam – I must find out about that child” David replies. “What then?” Adam asks. “That will depend on Sarah” he answers. “Sarah has made her feelings absolutely clear” Adam reminds him. David suggests that she may have changed. “What do you think this is doing to Barbara?” Adam asks. “She’ll never know” David replies – but Adam is unconvinced. “How could she?” David asks. “Because she’s a bright intelligent woman – that’s why!” Adam replies. David suggests that a friend of Sarah’s, George Pemberton, who owns a beauty salon may know where she is. “Worth a try wouldn’t you say?” he asks.

 

Back at the flat, Pete is on the phone to his supplier. “Sammy you’re an angel” he tells him. There is a knock at the door so Pete puts the phone down. When he opens it he is surprised to see his mother and father there. His mum hugs him. His dad nods. They tell him they are there for a chat. Harry is shocked that his son is still unshaven at 2:30 in the afternoon. Pete tells them that he is actually on his way out. Harry questions his intentions but Pete is evasive. “It will have to wait then won’t it?” he says. “I’ve taken time off work to come here – so you’re going to hear us through” Harry tells Pete. Harry tells his son that he is booked into a clinic – and that he will have to stay there until he is off the drugs. “I’m not going through that again” Pete replies. “Fancy prison instead do you?” Harry suggests. Sheila argues but Harry shouts her down. That is enough for Pete who gets up to defend his mother. “You can pack that in” he warns his dad. “You’re not on a parade ground now you know – that’s your wife!” Pete asks him what he means about prison. “A little matter of the family silver you might say….” replies Harry.

 

David pulls up to the beauty salon. He goes in and speaks to the man behind the counter. The man offers to pick up the phone, but David looks at his watch. He smiles at the man and then gets back into his car.

 

Barbara walks into the motel office looking for David, but finds Adam sitting behind the desk. “Do you know where he is?” she asks. “He popped out” Adam tells her. She asks where. “He didn’t say” Adam replies with a reassuring smile. She asks whether David will be long. “He didn’t say that either” he answers. “Oh” she replies. “You know David” Adam tells her. “I sometimes like to think I do – I wonder what he is up to” she says.

 

David pulls up outside a tower block. It is snowing. He takes a large bouquet of flowers from the passenger seat. He then goes into the building and speaks to the commissionaire. “Who exactly are you visiting?” he asks. David tells him that he after Mrs. Alexander. “Out of luck then” he replies. The commissionaire suggests that if he wants to leave the flowers there is mail delivered to her at the nursing home every day. David takes advantage of the situation to check on the name of the home. “Shrubland Court” he replies. David offers him some cash. “Most kind” says the commissionaire. “Most helpful” replies David.

 

Back at the flat, Pete, Harry and Sheila are discussing the theft of the silver. Sheila suggests that the situation has been sorted and that there are much more important things to discuss. She suggests that they would like him to attend the clinic. “What the hell has ‘like’ got to do with it?” he asks. Harry suggests that Pete will have to go along with their wishes otherwise he will be stuck in a cell for a while. Iris comes back and Pete explains that Harry has given him the ultimatum of a clinic or prison.

 

David has returned to the office and is on the phone to Shrubland Court. He is concerned that Sarah has been there for two weeks. He asks whether anything unforeseen has happened. “I’m not family I’m just a very close friend” he tells the person on the other end of the phone. Adam comes in just as David puts the phone down. David reveals that Sarah has been in the clinic for two weeks. “There must be something wrong” David suggests. He tells Adam that he wishes he had the nerve to say that he was family – but their conversation is interrupted by Barbara, who bursts in to the office.

“Successful meeting?” she asks. “Very promising” he replies. She sees the flowers on the chair. “I couldn’t resist them” he tells her, before handing them over. “Darling, neither can I – they’re beautiful” she says. “It’s nice to know that even if you do seem preoccupied I’m the centre of your thoughts”. She leaves with the flowers. Adam looks on. “Were they for Sarah?” he asks. “They helped to fool the commissionaire at her block of flats… I shouldn’t have brought them in here – stupid” David reflects. “What’s the next move?” Adam asks. “Somehow I’ve got to see her Adam”. Adam tells him not to imagine that he will be able to keep the situation from Barbara.

 

“Those flowers – they didn’t fool her one little bit!” 

 

Oh my goodness me! We really are in the 1980’s now – the famous ‘vertical blinds’ title sequence – in fact the first title sequence in the history of the programme – The Maestro driving through the countryside… It brings it all back. This was the first episode credited to Philip Bowman, although he had been tinkering with the programme for a while I believe.

 

Apart from the title sequence though, very little has changed, although there are some lovely location scenes involving David driving round Birmingham with the new theme tune being used as incidental music.

 

Really quite powerful scenes between Harry and Sheila and I really like the way their characters are completely contrasting. Harry’s stiff-upper lip never quite disguises his fear / disappointment / anger – and is a lovely performance.

 

I do miss the post-credits scene though.

 

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Crossroads Episode: 4066 (?) : Original TX: 07-03-85 (Thursday)

   

XXX. (TV Times)

 

Writen by: David Hopkins                    Director: John Scholz-Conway

 

Miranda Pollard leaves reception by going into the office, but she is too late – Kath has seen her! Kath apologises for taking up her time, but Miranda feels guilty and also apologises, claiming that it has been a long day. She is about to ask Kath what she wants – but then remembers that “today is the day” that Glenda is due to return following her holiday to Canada. Kath asks whether she can see the staff rota for the restaurant. She is dismayed to see that there is no mention of Glenda on there. Miranda agrees to have a word with Paul Ross.

 

In John Latchford’s chalet / office, he and Elaine Winters are congratulating themselves on some profitable business. “You’ve either got it or you haven’t I’ve found” he tells her. He goes on to say that she has also done very well – and compliments her on her appearance. She gives him a twirl. “Do you like it?” she asks. “Doing us proud – that’s what I meant to say!” he clarifies. “If I was a few years younger….” he jokes. “What’s age got to do with anything?” she responds. Elaine tells him that she is going to go and check their table booking in the restaurant. John also asks that if she happens to bump into Kath, not to make a ‘big thing’ of the evening. “If you get me drift…..” he asks.

 

In reception, Mr Paul is unhappily complaining about a changed booking when Miranda approaches him about Glenda. Kath hovers in the background while Mr Paul claims that “running a restaurant without customers would be as easy as running a well-oiled machine”. She brings the subject round to Glenda, but Paul replies by saying that there are no vacancies. “I am running a restaurant, not a social services department” he tells her. “You mustn’t let what’s happened to you…prevent you from treating Glenda sympathetically” she says. Miranda leaves Paul, and he is approached by Kath, but before she can speak to him, he also leaves. Elaine Winters then walks up to Kath. “You’re looking very smart” Kath tells her. “I’ve got a sort of…..” explains Elaine, but before she can finish, Kath finishes the sentence “date?” – Elaine agrees. Kath leaves and Elaine checks the details of the booking with Paul.

 

At the Hooper’s, Mavis is looking through wallpaper samples when Sid returns home. “This decorating is OK, but who’s the muggins who’s got to do it?” he asks. She tells him that their home needs it. “It hasn’t needed it for 15 years – why should it need it now?” he asks. “Make a difference in here” she tells him. “So would a bulldozer” he agrees. “Did you see the way she looked?” Mavis asks him. It seems that Mavis was embarrassed to be seen in their room in front of Mrs Maguire. “Men don’t see these things. Women notice other women noticing” she reveals.

 

In reception, John and Elaine are waiting for Cecil to arrive. Mr Paul offers them a menu while they wait. He tells Elaine that he had no idea that she would be joining the party. “What would life be like without little surprises?” she asks. “If I’d known I’d have arranged a more discreet table” he suggests. “This is purely a business dinner” she tells him. “Business. Purely” agrees John somewhat unconvincingly. Mr Paul leaves them as Cecil arrives.

 

At Kath’s house she makes a few last minute adjustments to the dining table. She is all of a fluster when the doorbell rings. It is Kevin, Glenda and Katy - all dressed in fur coats and lumberjack shirts. Kevin takes Katy upstairs. “Oh mum, it is good to be home” she tells Kath.

 

In the Rally bar, John and Elaine walk in after their meal. They order two brandies from Mandy. “It is one of the most gratifying feelings in life to have a punter go home with your contract in his briefcase – especially when you know it’s all down to you” he tells her. “You’re really hooked on this selling aren’t you?” she asks him. “You did very well – more-so considering the sort of man he was” he tells her.  “Can’t have been easy being pleasant to a chap like that” he asks. “You really did very well” he adds, before kissing her on the cheek.  “Here’s to us” she proposes a toast. “To us” he agrees. (END OF PART ONE)

 

(PART TWO) In the office, Miranda and Jill are discussing Paul’s refusal to give Glenda her job back. Jill tells her that because Barbara put a word-in for Glenda, it made him dig his heels in against the idea. Miranda realises that her also having a word was probably un-helpful. “Sometimes I think it’s the little things in life that cause the most problems” says Jill. Her attention is distracted by one of the letters she is sorting through – “Good heavens – listen to this…” she says. “Dear Mr Hunter, I write to you in my capacity as a representative of Major International Hotels. My principles are interested in your reaction to Crossroads Motel and its assets and goodwill being included in a possible approach that MIH and its subsidiaries might make with regard to expanding its interests in various outlets…” Miranda realises that what it means is a potential takeover bid!

 

At the Hooper’s, Harry adjusts his tie whilst Mavis cleans the kitchen. He is cross that he has overslept. “You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself” she tells him. He tells her that he is unhappy with the persons that allowed him to sleep in! “Well to be fair to everyone, Mac did suggest giving you a shout… but I decided it would be best to leave you” she confesses. She tells him that he hasn’t been looking his old self. “What you have seen Mrs Hooper has not been my old self” he replies. “My old self would never have allowed the things to happen that have happened.” He asks her to ensure that he does not sleep in again. She tells him that everyone is concerned for him and his wife.  She offers to cook them a meal. He tells her that he will pass on the invitation.

 

In the motel office, Adam looks over the takeover letter from MIH. “Will you inform the other shareholders?” he asks. “Presumably” she replies. “What do you think will happen?” he asks. “No deal” she says confidently. “They have to get 90% of the share vote” she points out. “And I am certainly not interested” she adds. “Jill – there IS a lot to be said for this” he points out. “No there isn’t darling, and you know it” she replies. “Of course I shall call an AGM to discuss the proposal, but if anyone has any doubts I shall make my position perfectly clear”. Adam says nothing.

 

In the Rally bar, Paul and Mandy are checking stock levels. Miranda comes in and asks him whether he has seen Kath. He reminds her that it would be unlikely since her family have returned from Canada. She apologises for bringing up the subject of Anna the night before. “These things happen Miranda, you cannot wish them away.” he tells her. She tells him that she feels he is being tough over the subject of Glenda Banks. “Realistic – I cannot put people into jobs that don’t exist!” he corrects her. He then admits that he realy doesn’t want to give her a job. He reminds her that Glenda went off without any warning or consideration. “I will not be cast as a villain, not even by you.” he tells her. “You know you could be as nice as the next man if you would allow yourself” she replies. He agrees (reluctantly) to try his best to help out.

 

In reception, Adam and Harry are discussing work. When they finish, Sheila Maguire walks over to her husband. “I am on duty – you know better than to approach me when I am on duty” he tells her. She pleads with him about Pete, but he again refuses to talk about private matters while on duty. He remembers that Mavis has invited them for supper and tells his wife. She tells him that she doesn’t feel up to it – but he tells her that they should.

 

In the office, Adam and Jill are working. Jill takes a phone-call from a George Pemberton for David. She asks Adam whether the name means anything to him. “Tell him it’s from Shrubland Court” she adds. Adam looks blankly at her. “What is it?” she asks. “It’s where Sarah Alexander is” he replies. “She’s had her baby?” she asks. “So it would appear” he replies. “What’s going on?” she asks. “It’s David – he’s desperate – after all – it IS his child” he tells her. “Barbara is his wife! What are you doing Adam?” she asks. “Manipulating companies and big business is one thing… but peoples lives….” – He knows this “I’m trying to help David” he assures her. “Forget about David – What about Barbara?” she asks. “Have you thought what it’s going to do to her?” He sighs. (CREDITS)

 

And here we go… Yesterday the “blue” bar was shut up, and today the new bar-set arrives in all its grey glory. Actually I think this is an improvement. It is lighter for one thing – and appears to be built into the old part of the motel if the windows are anything to go by. I have a feeling this is just the first of many visual changes that are going to happen over the coming weeks – but that’s not a bad thing really.

 

Well I never – the other day Kath said that Glenda would be back on the 7th. She was right! I do love it when soaps try to maintain a link to the real world.

 

Hmm – that Elaine Winters is a bit of a player I think. John had better watch his back. I can’t quite put my finger on it – but I don’t like the way she is quite so happy to play the “bit of skirt” in order to get a deal from Cecil.

 

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