Written by Chris Fewtrell, directed by Durno Johnston.
Roy has some bad news for Claire: the two tickets to Paris he had donated are expired. But he has offered a prize of which he thinks is of equal value: an LNER whistle and cap. Gee, doesn't exactly have the same wow-factor as a trip to Paris, does it? Heck, it doesn't have the same wow-factor as a mop and bucket. Anyway, Claire is dismayed and tries fruitlessly to get another donation of equal value. Ashley donates his prize collector's boxing gloves as the top prize. Claire is very happy with this, and him. Is he ever going to tell the truth? Surely this has gone on long enough.
Eileen is having her patience tested with John, Jesse's bird. She was at home wanting to enjoy her tea in peace and quiet, not realising it was John's "recreation time." John had a hold of the remote, then Eileen got a hold of Jesse. In more ways than one! I tell ya, for all the trouble he causes her, he must be good at something!
David's still seething over his beating. David acknowledges to Gail that he doesn't think Jason beat him, and calls the cops to get Jason off the hook. The Platts enter the cafe where the Windasses are having their breakfast. They go to leave, but Anna plays peacemaker and they stay. Are the flames waning, or just starting? Gary later warns David not to rattle his cage again. Meanwhile, Joe has found Tina's bracelet behind some skirting. They realise David didn't take it after all. Doesn't mean their opinions of him have changed any, I'll bet.
Now, on to the real story of this episode. Ramsay breaks the news to Norris about him wanting to live in Victoria Court. Not only that, but he wants Norris to move in WITH him. Well, Norris is having none of that, and utters some very rude things to Ramsay: He does not have a brother, never had a brother, and never will have a brother. His family is dead. Long dead. Ouch! Is it possible to die of a broken heart? Ramsay decides to return to Australia after Norris threatens to find a new residency. The street isn't big enough for the two of them, according to Norris. Emily tearfully and passionately tells Ramsay that he can't leave, not like that. Ramsay asks for a family portrait of he and Norris before he leaves. Emily takes a polaroid of a proud Ramsay and a dismayed Norris. It's time to say goodbye, and Norris comes out of his house to shake Ramsay's hand and bid him goodbye on the street. Emily gives Ramsay an emotional goodbye, and a pendant to help him on his journey. Then, just like that, Ramsay gets into a cab and drives off the street and out of our lives, leaving a tearful Emily with only Rita to console her.
How tragic it must be to have been searching for belonging your entire life, then to find yourself in your December years, so close to attaining it just to have another door slammed in your face. Then to end up wondering if you'll ever feel belonging in your lifetime at all. I just couldn't bear to watch Emily's face, and this was one of the saddest endings I've seen on this show in quite some time. Perhaps since the death of Mike Baldwin.
- Ashley being a stand-up husband. Too bad it took him a load of guilt to get there.
- Eileen's budding relationship with John the parrot!
- Emily's fry-up! Didn't that look delicious? Screw Pam's sandwiches, she could give Roy's a run for their money!
- The on-going "Dev?" joke when Norris tells people he was up half the night with The Grocer.
- Ramsay telling Emily that he enjoyed their friendship, and how much he'll miss her. Star-crossed lovers.
- Eileen Derbyshire (Emily Bishop) is one fantastic actress and really got to remind us all this episode, too bad it was to her character's loss.
- Claire not even being appreciative towards Roy for his alternative sacrifice to her raffle. Sure,
it's useless, but it means something to him and she's just plain rude sometimes.
- Norris accusing Emily of being a geriatric Holly-Go-Lightly. He's out of line!
- Ramsay asking Norris for a family portrait, and the look of irritation and indifference on Norris' face! It sickens me to look at that "family portrait."
- Poor Emily! Didn't your heart just break in two seeing her having to let Ramsay go? She should have just put her foot down and let Norris go. What do they keep him around for anyway? Doesn't she have enough crosses to bear? That woman is a saint.
- Norris, Norris, Norris. I have zero sympathy for this character now. I've just about had enough. Norris Cole is a terrible cold-hearted man that I cannot abide by.
- Poor Ramsay, may he find peace and belonging eventually.
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