|"Promises to Keep"
|[part one will be coming when this
episode is rebroadcast on Showcase in a couple of
years -- unless someone else has this ep on tape
and wants to write up a description]
Paul Adams is riding his horse, Captain, all over
Australia in a bid to raise money for children's
cancer research. He has leukemia himself and is
in hospital after collapsing. He's worried about
not finishing his trip -- he's promised he would
meet a young cancer patient in time for the boy's
birthday and doesn't want to break that promise.
Miriam Briggs, MP Briggs' daughter, helps Luke
with his HSC while he is laid up with his broken
leg. Frank questions whether the relationship
will last because Douglas Briggs is not pleased
to see his daughter going out with a "no
hoper". Paul will probably develop pneumonia
and he inquires after Captain's health. The horse
is lame and in bad shape. Lucy tells him that
Captain is fine and that everything is in order.
Paul mentions he should be on his way again. Lucy
rushes out of the hospital room and bursts into
tears. She claims she can't care for Paul any
more and Maggie tells her to snap out of it. Paul
is coming out of remission. Terence tries to get
Lucy to face the fact that Paul will not make it
to see the sick little boy. They can't force Paul
to stay in the hospital and they agree not to
fight over what each person thinks should be
done. Cookie and Bob think Esme's Bed and
Breakfast will be able to accommodate
participants in the Variety Club Bash.
Paul wants to leave with Captain tomorrow and
Lucy points out the dangers. Paul is afraid of
dying badly. He wants to keep the promise he made
but acknowledges that he had no right to make it
in the first place. Doug Briggs finds out about
Luke and Miriam seeing each other. He is very
angry and thinks that Luke is a thug (bully,
petty thief, no hoper). Frank invites Doug around
to meet Luke. Miriam and Luke are alone in the
surgery and they talk about how nothing will keep
them apart. They kiss. Frank and Doug catch them
together and Doug blows his top. He threatens to
take Miriam with him back to the boarding school.
Cris asks Paul to try meditation and relaxation.
Paul asks Cris to meditate with him. Cookie
introduces Bob and Esme to his old friend Colonel
"Major" Merv Morris who has arrived for
the Bash. Maggie talks to Paul about gambling and
they play a little poker. She likens life to a
horse race. Matt comes in to see Paul. Lucy asks
about Captain and Matt admits that Captain is
lame. Paul is devastated. Cookie has a bet on the
Major's tank in the Bash. Bob comes up with a
plan to help the Major win.
Lucy and Matt fight about Paul and the horse.
Lucy tells Matt to stay away from her. The Major
has a plan of his own to beat the opposition and
this is put into action by Bob and Cookie. Miriam
and Luke are at Boolaroo. They tell Cathy that
there is nowhere else that they can be alone. She
tries to tell them they should try and show their
parents how mature they are but finally relents
and lets them stay at Boolaroo for the day only.
Maggie tells Lucy to go with Matt to the exam
cubicle to sort things out. Matt gives Lucy
flowers. Matt tells her he did the best he could
with Captain and he apologizes for being
insensitive. He doesn't like fighting. He tells
Lucy he rang up her mother and she told him about
Katrina Hopkins. She was Lucy's best friend and
Paul's situation brought up memories of Katrina
dying. They hug. Frank cooks Italian and tries to
speak it too. Luke walks in a confesses that he
was at Boolaroo with Miriam. He says they will
keep seeing her, that he drove her home and
walked her to her front door. He says he thinks
he did the right thing. Lucy tells Paul about
Katrina Hopkins. Katrina was her best friend but
Lucy never went to see her because she was too
scared to see her. She thought that if she could
make Paul better, she could apologize to Katrina.
Paul encourages Lucy to say goodbye to Katrina.
Paul says goodbye to the hospital staff and tells
them they can't stop him.
Bob and Cookie are in their Bash vehicle. They
believe that their map has been tampered with.
They drive into a restricted area. Lucy suggests
a compromise to Paul -- put Captain into a horse
float since he can't ride him. There are
explosions in the restricted area. Bob and Cookie
think they are in a Communist area. In fact, they
are on an Army base. Doug Briggs interrupts
breakfast at the Gilroys. He rants and raves
about Luke and Miriam. Shirley points out the
fact that they were honest in what they did. Doug
tells Luke that Miriam is being sent back to
boarding school. Paul and Captain, thanks to the
horse float and the help of Matt and Lucy, make
it to the sick boy's birthday party. Shirley
sneaks Luke and Miriam together for five minutes
and they say their goodbyes. Luke shows Miriam a
plan of the plane he wants to fly. Major Morris
is waiting at the checkpoint as the Army tows Bob
and Cookie (since their car has broken down). The
Army has stopped the opposition. Matt and Lucy
discuss the day's events and how they make a good
team. They have a cup of tea.