Episode 71

Australian Air Date: 25th April 1988
UK Air Date: 22nd May 1989
Writer: Anne Brooksbank
Director: Andrew Friedman

Anzac Day heralds upheaval in the Fletcher household.

Sixth appearance, last seen in #63. Presided over the Anzac Day morning service.
First episode. Pippa’s elder brother and Tom’s old army mate, left a paraplegic following the Vietnam War. Visited Summer Bay for the Anzac Day commemoration, secretly suffering extreme depression.

> Celia mentions her old flame Les, who died in the Vietnam War.

Extended Summary

This is the day before the celebration day of the survivors of the Vietnam War. Neville plays a trumpet fanfare early on Sunday morning. Floss wakes up and tells him to stop playing. He says he is practising for tomorrow. Bobby, Lance and other people wake up by the sound from the trumpet. Tom tells Neville he can’t play the trumpet before 10 o’clock.

Sally are a bit upset since Danny will be living in her room while he is staying at the Fletchers.

Bobby is arrogant to Frank.

Pippa’s brother Danny arrives at the Fletchers. He is disabled and is wheelchair bound.

Tom tells Fisher that he won’t be celebrating war on the celebration day. He will be celebrating the surviving soldiers of the war. Fisher doesn’t have the same point of view on it and thinks that Tom knows nothing about war.

At 10 o’clock, Neville plays the trumpet fanfare again. When Danny hears it, it brings back a lot of memories for him from the war.

Sally and Pippa shop in Ailsa’s store.

Danny acts strangely when he tells Tom that the war celebration day this year will be different for him.

Fisher, Tom and others get dressed and ready for the celebration day (a song about soldiers plays in background).

The celebration day is here and quite a bit of footage is shown from it. Bertram gives a speech.

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