Beryl is busy vacuuming when the 'phone rings. It's Susan, who
is ringing to say she's feeling better, and to thank Beryl for
being there for her. Susan asks her mother if she's seen the advert
in the newspaper. She is looking for a tenant to share her apartment,
and Beryl tells her daughter to let her know how she goes. As
soon as Susan puts her 'phone down, it rings again with the first
applicant on the other end of the line.
Jill is talking to Fiona. She tells her that Wayne's taking
her sailing and then to the yacht club for lunch. Fiona comments
that she can't be Wayne's favourite person at the moment,
but Jill replies that he doesn't seem to mind. Fiona is all dressed
up again, having spent money she doesn't have. She tells Jill,
"Rule Number 2: When you're broke, go out spending big!"
She's planning a day out with Scott, who duly arrives to collect
At the yacht club, Wayne and Jill go out sailing. When their
craft pulls into the beach, Wayne asks if Jill would like to come
to dinner at the Hamiltons'. She remarks on the problems with
his parents, and tells him that he doesn't have to invite her
if he doesn't want to. Wayne makes it clear that he does
want to, and Jill duly agrees to go.
At Dural, Patricia is on the 'phone. She tells the caller, who
wants Wayne, that he might be at Jill Taylor's, at 22 Manly Terrace.
She tells Gordon that the caller was Brian Ingleton, and that
it sounded urgent. Patricia says she needs to get some sun, so
that she can impress Charlie when she gets back. Gordon tells
his wife that he may have been too harsh after they agreed to
lead separate lives. Patricia asks him if he wants a divorce,
but he says he doesn't. She tells him they have their own friends
and their own rooms, and they'll get used to it.
Susan has five people lined up to see her apartment. She is
at Beryl's, telling her about it, when Mick Ryan turns up to see
David about getting a job as a company driver, as he has to sell
his own truck. David is currently out, and Mick says he'll call
back later. Susan starts bemoaning the fact that she has to face
all the prospective tenants on her own. Mick gallantly offers
to help her assess them, although he says that one look at him
might put them off!
When Fiona and Scott get in, Fiona is confronted by Bunty, one
of her tenants, trying to give her rent. She wants to know about
Fiona and Scott in their younger days, but Fiona quickly gets
rid of her. Scott tells Fiona that he remembers the day they first
met. Fiona reminisces about how she was mouthing off about 'Reds
in the beds' at the time!
Susan takes Mick back to her apartment and shows him round.
The first applicant arrives, saying his name is Brian Hartley.
Susan lets him look around, but is rather surprised when he asks
if she has anything against Scorpios! When Brian looks away, Mick
rapidly shakes his head at Susan!
Fiona and Scott actually ended up running on the beach rather
that sitting on it. Fiona remarks that Scott always was an exercise
crank, even before it was fashionable. They reminisce again, but
Fiona looks disappointed when Scott doesn't remember an event
from thirty years earlier. Scott says he should have looked Fiona
up sooner, and hopes that maybe they can meet up again. Fiona
says, "No 'maybe' about it!"
Wayne and Jill are enjoying dinner at the yacht club when Jackie
Ingleton walks in with another man and spots her ex-boyfriend.
She walks over to their table and tells Wayne that her father
has been lookng for him. She then tells Wayne that she doesn't
like sharing, and comments on his bulk-buying of diamond earrings.
She says she won't give hers back though. Jill thinks differently,
however - she takes her earrings out, slams them onto the table
and storms off.
When Wayne gets home, Patricia tells him that Brian Ingleton
was trying to get hold of him. She comments that Wayne is drinking
too much. Wayne tells Patricia that he's blown it with Jill after
he dumped Jackie earlier and she then turned up at the yacht club.
Wayne is really upset. Patricia asks him why he bothered with
Jackie. He says it was fun at first, and so was Jill, but in the
last few days, things with Jill have been different. Patricia
tells him the only thing to do is apologise. Wayne rings Jill,
but although she is in her room, she doesn't answer the 'phone.
Patricia tells Wayne to keep trying. She also reminds him to call
Brian Ingleton, which he duly does, with the result that, an hour
later, Ingleton is at Dural, telling Wayne that the results of
the mineral surveys have come through. It transpires that, although
there are minerals at Woombai, they are not there in economically
viable quantities. Ingleton tells Wayne that they still have time
to get out, but they need to do it as soon as possible. Wayne
says he wants to keep Woombai, though, and prove he can run it.
Ingleton says sharply, "Not with my money."
He makes it clear that he doesn't just want to help Wayne keep
in with Gordon. However, Wayne says he won't sell his
share, and so Brian Ingleton can't do anything except, perhaps,
subdivide. Ingleton gives Wayne six months to make a profit, or,
he says, he'll find a way of making Wayne sell.
Susan's prospective tenants are all nutters or creeps! Mick
comments that he'd swap his current place for Susan's room any
day. She asks if he means it, adding that she's desperate. Mick
tells her she's got a deal. There is another knock at the front
door, but they decide to ignore it! Mick says he'll move his stuff
in tomorrow, and remarks that it's a funny world - after their
row at Beryl's parents', who would have thought they'd end up
sharing a flat?! Susan raises the subject of Stevie, Mick's kid.
Mick says he wants as few people as possible to know about the
Wayne drives to the boarding house and knocks on Jill's door.
She just tells him to buzz off! Wayne tells her he's sorry, and
adds that Jackie was just angry about being dumped. Jill repeats
that she wants Wayne to buzz off. Fiona emerges from her room,
but Jill tells her to butt out. Wayne says, "Alright, if
that's the way you want it," and walks off. Jill still won't
talk to Fiona. She picks up Plan C and puts it outside her door.
Wayne gets home, to be greeted by Patricia, who tells him that
Gordon's after his blood. Gordon comes out of his study and tells
Wayne that he wants to speak to him alone. He tells his son that
he's heard about the miners moving onto Woombai. He says he should
have realised something was going on as Brian Ingleton was involved.
Wayne tries to explain that the deal has fallen through, but that
he'll be keeping the property running, but Gordon won't listen
- he tells his son to pack his bags and go at once. Wayne sullenly
puts his packed bag in his car and drives off. He puts his foot
down, but doesn't really pay attention to the road. He turns his
stereo up loud, and is swerving wildly. All-of-a-sudden, looking
horrified, he slams on his brakes...