At the hospital, Wayne tells Jill and Gordon that he wants to
chuck in running Woombai as a farm, and he wants to turn it into
an exclusive riding school - so good, in fact, that they'll have
to beat the customers off with a stick. Wayne says he gets on
with people, and he knows horses, so it'll be perfect. Gordon
thinks the idea has potential. Wayne also suggests they provide
live-in courses - but he'd like Fiona's country property to be
used as the residential base...
At the boarding house, Jill tries to persuade Fiona, but Fiona
says she doesn't want people all over it making it horsey. Scott
points out that they were looking for a way to make money from
the property, and Fiona eventually relents, saying she knows how
important it is for Jill, and adding that it will help Wayne.
Scott wants Fiona to get a cut in the riding school profits, and
says Wayne can't expect special favours. The two of them agree
to go and see Wayne later, although Fiona says Scott must stay
in the hospital corridor.
Mick Ryan is in a stew about Cheryl arriving to drop Stevie
off. Susan is busy cleaning so that Stevie won't think he's coming
to a pigsty.
Angela gets home and announces that she's got a job as a full
time dental receptionist. David is pleased for her. Angela asks
how the househunting is going, and David tells her about how it
was love at first sight with the property he's found - although
he adds that Beryl thinks it's too expensive. Beryl doesn't look
pleased when Angela says the money will sort itself out.
A knock at the door of Susan and Mick's flat heralds the arrival
of Cheryl and Stevie. Mick introduces the two women to each other
and Susan takes Stevie to see his room. Cheryl asks Mick where
Angela is hidden. She says that all Stevie talks about after his
visits to see Mick is 'Angela this' and 'Angela that'. Mick tells
Cheryl that he doesn't want to argue with her, and Cheryl warns
Mick to watch himself when Stevie is around. Later, Mick and Stevie
'phone Angela to invite her round tomorrow, and Angela agrees
to go. After the call has finished, Beryl asks Angela a favour:
not to egg David on too much about moving. She says she thinks
it's too big a commitment at their time of life. Angela says she
was only trying to help, but she'll keep out of it.
Fiona tells Wayne that if he puts up the cost of renovating
her property, he can use it rent-free, but if the riding school
does well, she wants a small cut of the net profits. Wayne offers
her 5%, but Fiona says she asked for a small cut, not
a microscopic cut, and she suggests 15%. Wayne agrees,
and Fiona gives him a miniature bottle of drink that she's smuggled
in. Out in the corridor, after warning Jill not to strike a match
in Wayne's room!, Fiona tells Scott that she's going to have an
income of 15% of the net profits. Scott says she should have gone
for a percentage of gross turnover, as Wayne could fiddle the
books so the school doesn't come within cooee of showing a net
profit - he says it's called creative accounting. Fiona says it's
no good Scott getting huffy!
At the boarding house, Scott says it upsets him to see people
taking Fiona down, but Fiona says she trusts Wayne, and thinks
he's changing for the better. Scott says you can't trust anyone
when it comes to money. Fiona asks what happened to the young
idealist she met all those years ago. Scott says he's had his
eyes opened and has stopped dreaming. Fiona says it's time she
helped Scott remember that people are basically good and honest.
Scott says, "You might have a fight on your hands."
Fiona replies, "I'll go and dig out my boxing gloves!"
Angela has Stevie on her lap, and they're getting along well.
Susan isn't in a very friendly mood, though. Angela tells Stevie
about her new job, and Stevie asks, "Do you use the drill?"
Susan snidely says, "No, Angela only answers the 'phone."
Angela gives Susan a sour look! Angela tells Stevie that she's
not a real nurse like Susan - she says that real nurses have lots
of important things to do, and that's why they sometimes get so
crabby! Stevie starts chanting, "Susan's crabby, Susan's
crabby," until Mick comes in with a present for his son.
The gift is a train set, which, a short while later, is set up
on the floor, and Angela, Mick and Stevie are playing with it.
Susan picks up a letter addressed to Bill, and looks upset. When
Stevie sees the letter, he asks what Pentridge is. Susan says
it's a place, and she knows someone there. Stevie says, "Who?"
to which Susan replies, "Just someone."
Beryl and David have been speaking to Kevin on the 'phone. The
honeymooners will be back tomorrow, and David remarks to his son
about returning to his pokey room. Beryl immediately accuses her
husband of trying to get the kids on-side about moving, without
them even being there. Beryl asks if it's that important to David.
David says it would be important to the whole family if Beryl
would let it.
Gordon is at the hospital, having given himself the day off
to relax a bit. He tells Wayne that it's important to keep some
sort of perspective on things, and adds that there were rumblings
on the industrial front with the drivers, and he didn't want an
ulcer over it, so he gave himself the day off. Wayne assures his
father that he'll work hard to build up the riding school.
Fiona has made a batch of scones for Scott for morning tea.
She tells Jill that she thinks she overstepped the mark last night
about trying to get Scott to change his ideas. She says she feels
as if she's walking on a tightrope - one foot wrong and she'll
never see him again. Later, as Fiona has everything neatly laid
out on the table, Scott arrives. He tells Fiona that he can't
stay, as some business has come up, and he has to fly to London.
He says that he has some friends in London who he had been planning
to look up for ages, so he's going to do that while he's there,
so he'll probably be away for a few weeks. He says he only came
round so he could tell Fiona face-to-face, rather than by 'phone.
He has to dash off as he has a 'plane to catch, but he says he'll
send a card. Fiona looks crestfallen. She sits down and sighs
Stevie picks up Susan's letter, and Susan yells, "Don't
touch." Angela sends Stevie out to see his father, and she
then tells Susan that she has no right to boss Stevie around.
Angela says that Susan's job in a children's hospital should give
her some idea of how to treat them. Susan says, "I can imagine
how your brats are going to turn out." She goes
out to post her letter.
Beryl apologises to David for being so snitchy, but she says
there's so much of them where they are that it'll be hard to move.
However, she says they've survived buying a house once, so she
guesses they can do it again.
Stevie opens a drawer and gets out more of Susan's letters.
As Angela and Mick talk in the background, Susan comes in and
storms, "Who gave you my letters?" Susan tells Angela
that she's fed up with her. She orders her to get out, and she
tells Mick to take his little monster home.