We open right where we left off – with Paula’s shocking revelation that she and Colin had sex when she was 14 and that Julie is the result of that union.
Eileen tells Paula she’s twisted but as Colin lowers his face, looking very, very guilty. Eileen says Paula told her it was the art teacher but Paula says she never said that – Eileen just assumed. Julie says she thought her dad was a “squaddie”, an Army boy, but Paula says she told her that to protect her.
Everyone turns to Colin.
“Let me explain…” he starts but that’s all Rita wants to hear as she leaves in tears, telling everyone she wants to be alone. Colin orders a double whiskey.
Eileen is still denying it, asking Paula if she’s only saying this because she’s drunk but as Colin goes to leave, she starts in on him for leaving, just as he did back then.
He claims he didn’t know there was a child, otherwise he would have stepped up. Sean offers the use of the back room so Paula and Julie can have a long overdue talk.
Eileen is in the bathroom with Jason, recasting Paula as the villain in her own family’s breakup.
“I bet she’s been waiting years for this – the big revelation. Well, I’m not ‘aving it!”
In the back room, Julie asks why she never knew her father. Paula asks why would she want that as he used her. But she also adds that he did not force himself on her but still — totally illegal what he did. She talks about how her parents told her she brought them shame but as she got older, she realized that it wasn’t her fault.
Just then Eileen bursts in, blaming her for destroying her family. Paula says she only revealed what she did to keep Julie and Jason from getting together but then she grabs her coat and runs out.
Jason says it would be best if they forget that last night never happened but Julie assures him that they both passed out and nothing happened. Phew!
Meanwhile, Colin is over the Kabin pleading to Rita to understand but she’s not listening. What he did was unforgivable, abusing a child. She tells him she never wants to see him again and puts her ring in the till.
Colin heads over to Eileen’s but doesn’t get a warm welcome there, either and is asked to leave by Jason.
Outside Rita’s Norris, Mary, and Emily try to get her to come out but she stays upstairs in the dark.
Colin finds Julie in the street who tells that she always wanted a dad – but not like this. Fizz and Kirk take her back to their place.
Back at Eileen’s, she tells Jason that the best thing Colin can do is hurry up and die.
In Other News
Deirdre is offending Ken sensibilities by watching the Thorn Birds. Blanche notes that Father de Bricassart could really fill a cassock. Ken rolls his eyes. He then suggests that he and Deirdre could go off alone on a trip sometime. Blanche says she’ll take the opportunity to invite the One O’Clock club over for an orgy.
Apparently, it’s all Ken can take so he returns to his new nightly habit of skulking around Martha’s boat.
Becky suggests Amy deal with the bully at school by saying her murderess mummy is due to be released soon and she’s going to be looking for him.