Monday, July 02, 2007
Update for Episode # 6398 July 2, 2007
Fred shows up at Audrey's in a bit of a state. She of course is curious what he is doing coming to see her when he is supposed to be at the church getting married to Bev. Well, he was concerned for how Audrey was doing, after all he had heard that she was not well. The two old friends sit down and talk things out. Fred says he had thought for years that Audrey was the one for him. She knows all this, and again tells him that if circumstances were different she would accept his proposal, and it might be the two of them that were going to live happily ever after. Audrey asks Fred the question he has heard a few times before - 'are you certain that Bev is the one?' Fred replies that he would not have let things come this far if Bev was not the one for him.
Back at the church Ashley and Dev are having kittens trying to figure out what to do. Ashley knew Fred was going to do something stupid and sure enough he has. Bev pulls up in the limo expecting to get out for her walk down the aisle but Ashley tells her that there has been a bit of a delay and to go round the block again.
They need a cell phone, Ashley didn't bring his and Dev's is in the car with Fred. Ashley sends Dev into the church to borrow a phone from someone, hopefully in a discrete fashion. Our friendly shopkeeper, looking nervous and guilty at the same time goes into the sanctuary and bellows in a loudish voice that he needs to borrow a cell phone. Danny Baldwin volunteers his and Dev rushes outside only to discover that he should have got a phone with Audrey's home number on it. Silly git. Dev slinks back into the church and tries to get the number from Gail without raising too much suspicion. Of course neither he nor Gail has a pen so they have to borrow one from Ken to write down the number. Dev slinks out of the church again. Danny asks Gail what Dev wanted from her. A number she replies. Eileen wants to know whose number. Oh those gossip mongers.
Vera asks Jack if he remembers their wedding day. No, he has blocked it from his memory. Michele wonders if they have come to the right church.
Blanche and Norris do their level best to determine what is going on. Danny is sure that he will never see his phone again. Frankie, dead bird still perched gaily on her head, tells Danny to get a grip, it is highly unlikely that they staged the whole event just so Dev could make off with his phone.
The limo pulls up again and Claire gets out, looking fabulous, and asks Ashley what the delay is. He explains what is going on and tells her that she has to lie to Bev until he figure out what to do. Claire points out that they learned in group therapy that it is always the best course to tell the truth. Ashley tells his wife that under the circumstances it might be alright to disguise the truth a bit.
Meanwhile back at Audrey's the phone rings but she doesn't pick it up. Fred rightly guesses it was Ashley trying to find out where his father is. Audrey gives Fred a lingering peck on the cheek and wishes him the best of luck in future days. Fred tells Audrey, in a bit of foreshadowing, that if he never sees her again, that he will never forget her, and for her to be happy, I say be happy. Fred then makes his departure, and Audrey hears a moan and the sound of breaking glass. She rushes to the doorway and finds her old friend collapsed on the floor.
Fred has shuffled off this mortal coil.
The police and emergency workers arrive at Audrey's. She tells the police constable about how tragic it is for Fred to have died on his wedding day, and that all the people are still waiting for him at the church. The constable offers to go and break the news but Audrey thinks it is best if she is the one who tells people what has happened.
Bev has come round again and is out of the car and wants to know what the delay is. Ashley admits that Fred has gone off in Dev's car. The vicar sugests that Bev come into his office through a side door so she can wait there more comfortably.
Audrey shows up at the church and tells Ashley that his father has passed away. Ashley makes his way up the aisle to the vicars's office, his face looking grim. People in the church begin to realize that something has gone horribly wrong.
Ashley breaks the news to Bev that Fred has died. Bev is devastated by the news. Claire rushes to comfort Ashley. Bev is left alone and distraught.
Ashley goes into the sanctuary to tell the people that his father has died.
Ashley returns to the vicar's office. Bev wants to know how Fred died, where he died, who was with him at the end. Claire and Ashley, trying to spare Bev any more pain at the moment, do their best to deflect Bev's questions and avoid telling her the truth of where Fred died and who was with him when he died, but it is only making matters worse.
Audrey tells Gail that she should talk to Bev so she can tell her that the last thoughts and words Fred had were of his bride to be.
In a moment of pathetic fallacy, it begins to rain.
Bev, in a right state by now, is frustrated that no one can give her a proper account of what happened to Fred. She makes her way into the church and walks down the still decorated aisle, where she should have been having the happiest day of her life, but has turned into the most tragic day instead.
Audrey meets Bev in the aisle and does her best to comfort her, telling her that Fred was thinking of Bev at the end. Finally the pieces are falling into place for Bev. She realizes where Fred was when he died. Some heated words ensue. Ashley says there no sense in lying any longer, and he explains what has been going on the last few days, what Audrey has been saying, what Fred told him. Bev is thunderstruck.
In the end Ashley places the blame for Fred's death at Audrey's feet.