John goes to visit Wayne at the hospital. He explains that he's
back in Sydney for a while, and he heard about the accident. Wayne
jokes about his condition and asks after Angela. John tells him
that she's fine, and that she said to say hello. A nurse comes
in to give Wayne a wash. Wayne is annoyed at the interruption,
accusing the nurse of driving his visitor away. He also makes
other rude comments about the staff, but says he'll cooperate
if the nurse will do something for him - some shopping...
...which turns out to be some flowers, which are sent to Jill
at the boarding house. She explains to John that only she and
Patricia have been seeing Wayne regularly. Jill bemoans the fact
that she doesn't get enough sleep what with visiting Wayne during
the day and working at night.
Patricia arrives at the hospital. When Wayne asks about John,
Patricia says he's changed his mind about Melbourne. She says
she wants to help her son, but adds that it won't affect Wayne,
saying there won't be another heir to the fortune. Patricia reminds
Wayne that he still has Woombai, but Wayne says it's a dud, and,
after his accident, he won't be able to make it pay. His own father
wouldn't believe he could make a go of it, even though he had
planned to. Wayne asks Patricia not to tell Gordon that he really
did want to get Woombai up-and-running again.
John rings Susan to apologise for not saying goodbye. Susan
says she guesses John's recent moods were due to him being worried
about quitting his job. John says it's something like that. He
tells his sister that he still wants to fulfill the promise he
made to Bill to look after her in her husband's absence, and he
adds that he'd like Susan to give Angela a go. Susan says she
thinks Angela is a stuck-up little snob, but she agrees to try
to get on with her.
At Dural, Patricia has told Gordon about Wayne's plans for Woombai,
and Gordon has got Brian Ingleton round to confirm it's true.
Ingleton says Wayne won't be able to make Woombai pay now that
he's had the accident, so there'll be no need for him to bother
Wayne at the hospital. As Gordon ushers Ingleton out, Patricia
looks pleased. She comments to her husband, "Wayne's word
wasn't good enough?" Gordon admits he was wrong, and he asks
Patricia to talk to Wayne, but she refuses. She tells Gordon that
he's too self-righteous for her and Wayne, and adds that Wayne
has learnt his lesson, so maybe it's time Gordon did, too.
Beryl has made Angela's bridesmaids dress, but Susan isn't impressed.
She is put out that Lynn didn't ask her to be matron of honour,
but Beryl suggests that she shouldn't have said Kevin and Lynn
are too young to get married, and she shouldn't have refused to
let them live with her. Beryl says she's fed up with Susan's constant
sniping. Angela, who walked in during the middle of the row, apologises
to Susan for interrupting. She tells Susan that David and Beryl
had a big row last night over John, and says she's only saying
this in the hope that Susan will know what to do. When David gets
in later, Beryl tells him about progress with the wedding preparations.
She apologises for last night and says she trusts David and doesn't
blame him for being worried about Patricia. David says, "That's
big of you." As Susan and Angela listen in the kitchen, they
hear David yell, "Just drop it, will you?" Susan snaps
to Angela, "About John going to Sydney, was it?" Later,
Susan tells Beryl that she heard the fight, and she asks her mother
if she's alright. Beryl replies that David wouldn't have said
anything if she hadn't guessed. She says David has changed since
Patricia came to dinner. Susan reminds Beryl that it was her
idea, and half-jokingly comments on her mother wanting to
check on the competition. David is late home, and Beryl says,
"Anything not to be around me." She reminisces about
past fights and how David has always bought her a gift to make
up. David does eventually come home, and he has a bunch of roses
- which he gives to Angela...
At the hospital, Wayne asks the nurse why he hasn't had breakfast
yet. The nurse tells him he has to fast for his operation, and
offers him a drink of water, which he refuses. He complains about
being treated like he's only two years old. Jill arrives, and
Patricia says she'll leave them alone.
At Dural, Gordon has called Brian Ingleton. He tells Ingleton
that he wants to buy him out. Ingleton says it depends on Gordon's
offer, but when Gordon only offers what Ingleton himself paid,
he refuses. Gordon says he's offering to buy Ingleton out and
cut his losses, and Ingleton evenutally accepts. He comments that
he thought Gordon needed the money. Gordon says, "I do, but
some things are more important than money."
Jill leaves Wayne, telling him she'll see him before the operation.
Patricia wants to talk to Jill and comments on the fact that Wayne
is being rather difficult. She says the surgeon told her it's
a normal side effect and Wayne might get worse before he gets
better. Patricia tells Jill that Wayne has become very dependent
on her, and will need her even more after the operation. She offers
Jill the chance to back out, but Jill says she'll stick with him,
and that's a promise. Later, Gordon shows Wayne a document certifying
that he has bought Brian Ingleton's half of Woombai, making the
two of them business partners. Gordon says he's glad Patricia
told him the truth. He tells his son that he wants him to make
the place work, and adds that there's no catch. Gordon tells Wayne
that he disappointed him, but says he hasn't been the
ideal father and he wants the two of them to give it a go. He
says he's trying to say sorry. Wayne says, "Guess I'd better
get these legs working." Out in the corridor, Gordon tells
Patricia that everything is fine with Wayne, and says that perhaps
it's now time the two of them made up. Patricia, though,
says she's happy with the way things are. As far as everyone else
is concerned, she'll continue to be Gordon's wife, but for the
two of them, the arrangement is strictly formal and nothing will
At the boarding house, Gordon arrives to see John. John says
he's in a hurry as he has a job interview, but Gordon tells him
to listen. Gordon offers John his job at the stud back - but this
time he wants to train John in the overall management of the stud.
After a while, he also wants John to get involved in the Hamiltons'
transport business, and he wants him to give Wayne a hand when
he tries to get Woombai going again. John accepts the offer and
Wayne is about to have his operation. Patricia wishes him luck,
but Jill isn't there and Wayne says he can't go until she arrives.
She does get there in time, though. Wayne tells her he's scared
- he didn't care about the operation, but now he does. He says
he wants him and Jill to work, and he wants to walk again. Jill
says, "You will." Patricia puts her arm around Jill
as the two of them watch Wayne being wheeled off.