Molly struggles with a very messy
Chloe (and her breakfast) while Brendan chats on the
phone with his father. When he gets off the
phone, he rejoices that they are expecting a son.
Molly is upset at his chauvinistic attitude and
stalks off. Mrs. Dawson needs to have an
amniocentesis done on her baby to make sure it's
OK. It'll take 3 weeks to get the result.
Meanwhile, her son, Garry, is chatting animatedly with
Shirley in the waiting room. Judy returns to the hospital after
taking an elderly patient out for a little fresh
air. It's very windy outside. Judy wonders what
ever happened to the wind break that was supposed
to be built and Brendan tells her that the
council ran out of money. She thinks someone,
someone like the Matron perhaps,
should kick up a fuss over it. Frank talks to
Gabe about a job. She didn't get it because of
her reputation, a reputation that comes courtesy
of Muldoon's bad mouthing. Gabe despairs of ever
getting a fair break in the town. Jim and Janet
Dawson talk about the new baby, about how it'll be OK
this time. Garry overhears them as they talk
about making sure the baby is OK and they come in
to tell him that Janet is pregnant with a new
brother or sister for Garry. He beligerently says
he already has a brother who is 6 and named
Jamie. Jim doesn't want to hear about Jamie and
Frank stops by Vicky's flat to talk to her about
Gabe. He wants her to give Gabe a job at the
surgery. Vicky is surprised and doesn't think
Gabe wouldn't be trustworthy enough to be much
help. Frank is determined, though, because he
wants something to bring up Gabe's self esteem.
He even offers to help pay Gabe's wages (totally
on the sly, of course). Janet talks to Garry
about Jamie. He is upset that they never visit
Jamie and worries that they might give the new
baby away if it is different too. At school later
that day, Garry gets a talking to from his
teacher, Cathy Cooper, for behaving badly and she wants to know
what's wrong. He won't talk to her and she
wonders if there is a problem at home. Jim
returns home for lunch and talks to Janet about
Garry. He wants the whole topic of Jamie dropped.
He doesn't want to have anything to do with Jamie
and remarks that it might have been better had the
child died. He thinks of Jamie as a slobbering
idiot. Jamie was born with Down's Syndrome and
that makes him defective in Jim's eyes. Muldoon
stops by the hospital to check out the new wing
and Brendan waylays him to ask about the wind
break. It was included in the architectural
designs and even Muldoon thinks it would be a
good idea. When Brendan confronts him about its
absence, Muldoon backpedals and starts explaining
how cost overruns forced the contractor to make
cuts, including the proposed wind break. Brendan says
maybe he should contact the Public Works
Department to see what they think and Muldoon
quickly says that he could talk to the
contractor. Brendan brings up the fact that the
contractor is Muldoon's cousin. Muldoon insists
that the contractor is honest, cousin or no
Muldoon calls the contractor, Ernest, from the
Matron's office while Brendan listens. Brendan is
buzzed out of the office to deal with a patient while Muldoon is talking
firmly to the wayward contractor. The minute
Brendan is out of earshot, Muldoon's tone turns
wheedling and he tells his cousin that he has to
make the wall despite the fact that it will cut
down on Ernest's percentage. It's a rather
shady-sounding conversation and Muldoon doesn't
realize that Judy has heard the entire
thing. Muldoon tries to butter her up and
then subtly threatens her when the flattery
doesn't work. Gabe turns up at the clinic in
tears. She was turned down for another job.
Everything was going well until Muldoon showed
up. The plant nursery owner (Reed) didn't dare
cross Muldoon so he couldn't offer Gabe the job.
Gabe is very depressed. Simon talks to Janet
about preparing for the amniocentesis. She talks
to him about Jamie and how she wished she knew
about amnio then. She wants to know what went
wrong and Simon explains about the genetic cause
for Down's Syndrome. He asks if she visits Jamie.
She says that Jim doesn't want to but Simon wants
to know if SHE does. She talks to him about the
early days, how everyone insisted that the best
thing to do would be to institutionalize Jamie.
Garry's never forgiven them for giving Jamie
away. Molly and Chloe stop by the clinic and
Molly complains to Shirley about Brendan's male
chauvinistic ravings. Shirley looks after Chloe
while Molly is in with Terence. Vicky turns up
insisting that Shirley do something about Frank.
She doesn't want to give Gabe a job. Shirley
tells her about the Reed Nursery knockback and
Vicky begins to weaken towards Gabe. Janet
catches Garry trying to burn birthday cards he'd
made for Jamie. He's very upset by the fact that
Jamie hasn't come for a visit like they'd
promised and Janet relents and says they'll go
see him. At the Club, Jim has a beer with Bob and
Cookie. They talk about Ernie Muldoon and how
dodgy his construction work is. Bob mentions that
the bricks Ernie'll be using on the hospital wall
are so bad Bob wouldn't use them on an outside
dunny. Muldoon walks in as they are talking and
claims credit for the wonderful wall being built at
the hospital. They aren't impressed and imply
that Ernie is given council contracts in spite of
the fact that his work is substandard. Muldoon
informs them that the entire cost of the
"Muldoon Memorial Wall" is coming out
of his own pocket.
At the flat, Vicky talks to Gabe about the job.
She's very keen to clip an animals toenails for
some reason but Vicky insists that her primary
duties will be to keep things clean. Vicky gets
called out and Gabe wants to come with her to
take care of a mare foaling. Vicky says no and
that she'll drop her at home on the way. Simon
rushes in as they are about to leave and wants to
talk to Vicky about Fatso's emotional problems
(running amok, digging at the carpet, etc.).
Vicky says she's got to leave and for Simon to
speak to her assistant before he takes her home.
Gabe is thrilled at her first patient and decides
after some inspection that Fatso needs his nails
trimmed. Jim is sure that the improvement in
Garry's mood is because he's forgotten all about
Jamie. The minute Jim leaves the house, Garry
pressures Janet to take him to see Jamie right
away. Janet doesn't feel right about doing it
behind Jim's back. Simon's on his way to take
them to the institution. Garry has a card for
Jamie and is very excited at the prospect of
meeting him. Vicky is disturbed by Simon's
interference in the Dawson family. She thinks
it's a repeat of Roz Peterson. The difference is
that Janet had no choice, while Roz did. Simon is
upset that Vicky keeps referring to Jamie as
"it". They argue about the issue and
end up having to essentially agree to disagree.
Brendan arrives home to find Molly and Chloe
dressed in matching frocks and looking very
girly. Molly is acting very oddly, taking off
Brendan's shoes and bringing him his slippers and
generally playing the simpering stupid female.
She's made his favourite meal, steak and kidney pie,
which she hates. The sickly sweet facade drops
eventually and she begins a tirade that ends with
the steak and kidney pie landing on the floor.
Brendan mimics her sweet tone. Simon, Janet, and
Garry arrive at the institution. The matron wants
to speak to Janet before they bring out Jamie,
who is one of the matron's favourites. She's had
the care of Jamie since he was 3 months old. They
bring Jamie out -- he's a very polite, very cute
little guy with thick glasses.
Gabe is puttering around the veterinary surgery
cleaning when Muldoon walks in with his
pekingnese dog, Nanky Poo. He wants to know where
Vicky is and checks to make sure that the drugs
cupboard is locked. Gabe can't resist lighting
into him for making such trouble. She tells him
to get out before she throws something at him and
he flees. Janet and Garry come home to find Jim
there. He's not pleased to learn that they went
to see Jamie. Garry is talking a mile a minute,
he's so excited about having met his brother.
Janet is quietly determined to continue seeing
Jamie, even if Jim never will. At the Club, Simon
talks to Vicky about Fatso. Neither of them put
Fatso out before they left -- Vicky says Fatso is
Simon's wombat and he tells her that Fatso is one
of the worldly goods he "thee endowed"
(lucky her). They make up for the fight that
morning. Brendan arrives home in fine
chauvinistic form. Molly thinks he's playing
games but he doesn't crack a smile. He tells her
he's closed their joint account and tells her to
take her shoes off. When she asks why, he says he
just wanted to see her barefoot and pregnant and
she realizes he really was just playing games.
She sits on his lap and asks how he's going to
tell his butch son-to-be that daddy is a nurse.
Garry tells his teacher, Miss Cooper, about Jamie
and how he has Down's Syndrome. Frank talks to
Gabe about the visit he got from Muldoon. Frank
doesn't agree with Muldoon but couldn't do much
about it. Gabe can't understand why no one will
stand up to Muldoon and Frank warns her to watch
her step -- Muldoon wants to make her a ward of
the state. After six visits, Janet brings Jamie
home for a visit with her and Garry. They're
thrilled to have him in their lives. Jim arrives
home while Jamie is there. How long Jamie gets to
stay depends on Jim's decision.
Garry and Jamie play while Jim stews in his chair
reading a paper. Jim has decided that Jamie can
only stay for a little holiday and then he's
going back. He doesn't think Jamie can think for
himself. Simon berates Fatso for chewing a
cushion. He tries to enlist Vicky's help. Vicky's
too busy trying to keep Gabe busy -- everything's
clean already. Vicky refuses to let Muldoon win.
Simon suggests she take Gabe with her on rounds.
Janet wants to take Jamie with her shopping but
Jim insists she leave Jamie at home. He parks
Jamie in front of the TV and returns to his
paper. He looks up to see Jamie has disappeared
-- he's gone into the kitchen to get Jim a beer.
Simon gives Janet some books to leaf through
while he fields a phone call. They discuss the
prognosis for Jamie. Simon recommends that Janet
go talk to Cathy Cooper about putting Jamie in
school. Janet wants Simon to talk to Jim. Bob
stops by the Dawson place and talks to Jamie. Jim
introduces him as just being there for a holiday.
Bob's found a mini tractor for Molly and wants
Jim to take a look at it for him. Jim doesn't
want to take Jamie with him, though, so he agrees
to do it tomorrow. Frank and Shirley arrive home
to find Gabe home making ginger snap cookies.
Shirley wants to know why she's not at the
surgery, since Vicky is paying her. Gabe says
there's nothing to do there and she wanted to be
doing something. Janet tries to convince Jim to
go see Simon but he won't. Janet suggests he take
Jamie with him when he goes to pick up Garry.
Simon returns home to find that Fatso been at the
furniture again. He's forgotten to close the door
and Fatso wanders out while Simon is complaining.
At the school, Garry brings all his friends to
meet Jamie and invites them all to a party for
Jamie's 6th birthday. Vicky returns home to find
Simon frantically searching for Fatso. Simon is
soaked from being out in the rain all that time.
Terence and Muldoon inspect the progress on the
"Muldoon Memorial Wall" and discuss
grand opening plans. Ernie says it's that best
wall he's ever built, which isn't saying much.
It's been two days and Fatso is still missing.
The weather is still messy...wet and windy. Simon
is worried. Vicky has bought him some goldfish
but it doesn't fill the void left by Fatso.
Jamie's party goes well. Some of the little boys
want to know why Jamie looks funny but they don't
treat him any differently than they do each
other. Jim still hasn't warmed up to Jamie. He
decides to go see Simon and they discuss Jamie.
He returns home to find Janet reading to Jamie.
He's decided to let "the little begger"
stay for a few months. Muldoon talks to Judy and
Brendan at the hospital about the arrangements
for the grand opening. The rain is letting up.
He's decided he'd like a line of honour for the
opening. Brendan and Judy make joking suggestions
but Muldoon takes them all seriously. He wants
a young person to hand a bouquet of flowers to the
Mayoress (perhaps his niece would be the ideal candidate).
He also wants the
Burrigan brass band playing "I'm Going to
Miss Cooper drops in to see the Dawsons. They
introduce her to Jamie and she gets him to draw
something for her, a house. He makes a very rough
drawing and Miss Cooper recommends that he not
attend regular classes because he'll be so
different. She says she doesn't have the time to
devote to teaching a special child. Shirley calls
out to Gabe to get up for work. They get a call
from Tom Brennan, the Welfare officer from
Burrigan...Muldoon's called him to complain about
Gabe being out of control. Frank defends her but
Tom still has to deal with the complaint. Janet
and Jim discuss Miss Cooper with Simon. Jim
thinks Miss Cooper might be right but Janet wants
him to talk to the teacher directly about the
situation. The kids don't seem to understand why
Jamie isn't allowed in school. Molly is irate
when she learns about Miss Cooper's assessment.
She tries to enlist help from Shirley, Brendan,
and Esme but Esme thinks the child is backward as
well. Molly is in fine fettle and wants to
organize a rebellion. Jim overhears and wants to
know what business it is of theirs. Janet brings
Jamie to school anyway but Miss Cooper tries to
send him away. When Janet decides to take Garry
out of school as well, the rest of school
children follow suit.
Miss Cooper goes to school but sees all the
children playing outside the school grounds. She
doesn't enter the school. It's still very windy.
Simon is writing up a radio speech about Down's
Syndrome. Vicky tries to reason with him about
how tough it is to handle ordinary children, let
alone a special one. Simon doesn't agree. Simon
starts sneezing suddenly, forcing Vicky to produce the lovely
little siamese kitten she's been hiding -- yet another attempt
to try to replace Fatso.
Unfortunately, Simon is allergic to cats. Besides, he doesn't want
a replacement. Miss Cooper arrives at the Dawson
house. She's had a change of heart about Jamie.
So, apparently, has Jim. Shirley is meditating in
her pyramid when Frank comes home. It's pouring
again. Shirley wonders where Gabe is. She thinks
someone should make a speech about Muldoon at
tomorrow's opening. The phone rings while she is
in mid-tirade. It's Gabe's mother...she's coming
to see Gabe. Gabe is at the hospital spraying
graffiti on the great "Muldoon Memorial
Wall" (the graffiti says MULDOON SUCKS in great huge letters).
Muldoon pulls up in
his car and sees a figure racing off in the
storm. He sees what's been written on the wall.
Jim apologizes to Molly and Brendan and
everything looks like it'll work out fine.
Muldoon struggles to whitewash the wall while the
storm rages. He falls when his foot gets stuck in
the mud. The shoddy wall collapses in on him,
burying him in bricks.
Much later, inside the hospital, Brendan and Judy are
discussing the cancelling of the opening
ceremony. Esme walks in on them, bearing flowers
for Muldoon. She isn't amused at their joviality.
Judy says she's too late, he's gone. At Esme gasp of surprise,
Judy assures her that no, he's not
dead...he just shipped himself off to another
hospital to avoid the trouble that's bound to be
brewing over the poorly built wall. Esme says she
had heard rumours about what was written on the
wall by the mystery artist. Judy pipes in with "Muldoon
sucks!" which Brendan immediately ammends to
"Muldoon sucks menties" [I have no idea
what the third word really is -- that is just a
phonetic spelling]. At the Gilroy house, Shirley catches Gabe washing
paint off her hands. She knows that Gabe was the
mysterious artist. She tells Gabe that her mother
wants to come visit but Gabe doesn't care. Simon
and Vicky visit with Garry and Jamie as Brendan
and Molly show up for the dinner party. Miss
Cooper arrives as well. They have a good time.
Jamie enjoys going to school. Simon arrives home
to find Vicky taping a box and telling something
it's so beautiful. She urges him to open the box and he discovers that
she's got him a female baby
wombat. He names her Charmaine and they are admiring her as they hear a
scrabbling sound at the door. Simon opens it
to find that Fatso has returned. What will they do
with two wombats?! Simon says Vicky will make a