Steve J Spears
The Day You Went Away – Wendy Matthews
Hear My Prayer - Mendleson
Jo-Jo and Joey are busking. Ernie and Sally are shopping. Nikki and Bonnie are trying to get rid of the rabbits but no one will take them. They run into Max and suddenly their hopes of finding a home for the rabbits rise!
Elly is finishing her shift and Martha tells her she looks lovely. Elly explains that she and Bob have a date tonight; they are going to see a French movie then on to a French restaurant. Elly tells her she feels like a teenager again and that things between she and Bob are back on track. Martha is happy that they are getting back together and Elly tells her she thinks Bob may propose to her tonight. Martha is overjoyed and hugs Elly. Jack comes crashing through the doors with Bob slung over his shoulder. Elly is horrified.
Martha: It’s got to be the longest running love story since Rhett and Scarlett.
Laura asks Sam if they have found Jack yet. Sam tells her she’s here because Jack is dead. Laura tells him that Jack is alive and that he and Bob have cooked up this scam together. Saam tells her Bob doesn’t embark on scams. Max arrives with the rabbits and tells Sam that they have to hide them from George. In the meantime he has to clean the squad car as the rabbits left behind a present.
Elly and Martha are checking over Bob as Jack stands by. Elly calls out to the nursing team and tells Martha to call John Halliday, the best surgeon they have. As Bob is lifted into the trolley he stops breathing. Ellly tells Jack if Bob dies because of him then she will kill him. Elly manages to get Bob breathing again and he is wheeled off to surgery.
Bronco tells Penny the only person Di’s father has ever cared about is his daughter. He explains that he never liked Bronco and wants him out of her life. Penny is sure that Bronco kidnapped Charlie for the money but Bronco insists it’s because he loves her. Penny says she thinks Bronco took Charlie because she was part of the plan to get the money from Di’s father.
John Halliday arrives and Elly brings him up to date. She tells John she wants to assist in theatre but he won’t allow it as he knows she is Bob’s partner. She pleads with him and says she won’t interfere; she just has to be with Bob. John agrees and they rush to surgery.
John: He’s important to you?
Elly: Yes he’s my life.
Martha passes Jack and he asks her what is going on. She tells him he has finally ruined Elly and Bob’s lives.
Elly and John arrive in the theatre and Bob is already on the operating table. There is a complication with the blood as Bob’s type isn’t available at the moment. Elly leaves theatre to hurry the blood up.
Max and Sam are playing with the rabbits and Max explains that Nikki and Bonnie needed a place to hide them. Max realises it wasn’t a great idea and they hide the rabbits as George arrives. Sam takes them into Laura’s cell. George sees the rabbit droppings on the table and asks Max if it’s liquorice. Max says it is but won’t allow George to have any, George insists he eats it and clearly realises that they are not sweets.
Jack stops Elly in the corridor and asks her what’s going on. She won’t talk to him and tells his she wishes it were him in the operating theatre. She tells him Bob is dying and if he doesn’t get the blood soon he will die. Jack tells her he’s the same type as Bob and she takes him in for a blood test.
Max is washing his hands when George comes in and tells them that Bob has been hurt. He says Jack was with him and tells Laura it was only a matter of time before Bob got caught up on Jacks mess. Laura says if Jack is alive then she can be released. George makes Sam discharge her as he wants to be at the hospital.
Elly and Martha are taking blood from Jack and he is telling them what happened. Elly tells him to shut up; she doesn’t wan to hear about his criminal mates, she just wants Bob to be ok. Jack tells her she has to save Bob and pleads with her not to let him die. He says he wishes it were him dying and not Bob.
Bronco arrives with flowers for Penny. They watch Charlie sleeping and Bronco says he wants she and Charlie back. He wants them to be a family.
Martha brings Jack some tea and tells him she believes in talking straight with people. She says he has cursed Elly and Bob ever since he arrived and has made Georges life hell. She tells him Bob’s life will never be the same again and promises he will not get away with what he has done. Laura arrives and Jack tells her Bob is in a bad way. She berates him for putting her in jail and he tells her it was for his own good. He tells Conrad is dead and that it was Bob who ran him off the road. However he doesn’t want anyone to know and tells her he will take the wrap for Conrads death, he will also take the blame for Tommys when he catches up with him and kills him for leaving Bob to die.
John tells Elly that thanks to Bob’s fitness level he is going to survive. He asks her if this was the man she left David for. She tells him David left her, but ever since she can remember Bob has been there for her. She says it took a while but she realised what a good man she had and she fell in love with Bob. Elly gets tearful and John tells her Bob will be ok.
George tells Jack that he wants him to level with him. Jack tells him Bob tried to intervene in some of Jacks business and got himself run of the road. George doesn’t believe him and tells him on his way to the hospital he called in for backup as he planned to arrest Jack. Word came down from up high and told George to leave Jack alone. George wants to know why he is untouchable. He knows there is something more to him then just a bad boy and vows to find out what it is.
John is finishing the operation and tells Elly when he first saw Bob he thought he was a goner, however he was wrong. Bob’s going to be ok. Elly thanks him.
Everyone has gathered at the hospital. Ernie knows Jack is to blame for what has happened and Joey agrees that Jack is poison.
Martha and Georges House
Nikki is giving the rabbits some herbal potions to heal them from the testing. George arrives home and starts sneezing, he realises the rabbits are still around and tells her to get rid of them.
Charlie brings Penny and Bronco breakfast in bed. They seem to have settled their differences and they are all happy.
Elly is at Bob’s bedside talking about their history and how they first met. She tells him he is too important to her to die and pleads with him to wake up. She jokes that this is one hell of a way to get out of seeing a French movie. Maartha comes in and tells Elly she should get some sleep. Elly is reluctant but Martha tells her she has a bed for her just down the corridor. Elly tells Bob she won’t be far away and walks out of the room. No sooner has she gone then Bob wakes up.
Martha and Georges House
George tells Nikki the hospital have a programme where they give animals to sick children in order to aid their recovery. Nikki thinks it’s a great idea and offers to take them for her.
Martha tells everyone there is change and tells them they should go home. They are reluctant but she promises to ring the pub if there is any change.
Bob has flashbacks to his first jog down E Street and the sermon Jimmy gave to him before he died. Bob smiles at the happy memories and Jimmy’s words of how he could help the people of E Street. Bob fully wakes up and calls for Elly. He then calls for Jack.
Everyone is leaving and they see Jack outside. Ernie tells him he doesn’t want to see him in his pub again.
Penny, Bronco and Charlie continue to play around and Charlie goes to make some more food.
Bob is still semi conscious and has a flashback to finding Jimmy dead. He cries in his sleep as he recalls the moment and starts to call for Jimmy. Jack arrives and Bob fully regains consciousness. He asks Jack to help him.
The pub is silent. No one is talking, everyone just stares into space. Suddenly Jo-Jo starts to sing Amazing Grace and one by the one the residents of Westside and Bobs friends join in.
Bob is dressed in his priests clothing and Jack is helping him into a wheelchair. Bob tells Jack that Jimmy McCabe wants to see him at the church. He tells Jack that when he took over Jimmy’s parish he promised he would make E Street a place of love and now he has to go and see him. Jack wheels Bob out of the hospital.
Elly and Martha make their way back to Bobs room and Elly tells Martha this has been the longest day of her life. They go into the room and find Bob is gone. Martha runs out looking for an answer whilst Elly stands shell-shocked.
Bob and Jack arrive and Bob makes his way to the altar. As Bob sits down Jimmy appears.
Bob: I sort of messed things up a bit Jimmy. I was supposed to help people, protect them, guide them, I feel like I’ve failed. I need your strength Jimmy. I tried to do good like you always did. But to do good you got to have faith. Well maybe I lost it a couple of times but hey that’s life in the big city, you know that. You can only do what you can only do, and I’d like to do it all again but no chance eh?
Jimmy: No chance.
Bob: Oh I’m sorry Jimmy.
Jimmy: What about?
Bob: My church, my life.
Jimmy: You did just fine. I’m proud of you boy.
Jimmy: I’m taking you back.
Bob: Ok thanks Jimmy.
Jimmy: It’s time.
With that Bob reaches out his hand and Jimmy takes it. Bob falls to the altar. He is dead. Jack looks up, makes his way to the altar and cradles his brother in his arms.
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