Mick is tidying up the flat when Susan gets home from work. He
tells Susan that she was in the wrong last night, but Susan doesn't
want to talk. Mick says that he does. Susan says Stevie
needed to be disciplined, to which Mick replies, "But not
by you." He tells Susan that nothing gave her the
right to abuse Stevie - it upset him, and Cheryl found out what
happened, meaning it'll make it more difficult for him to see
his son in the little time he has left. Susan says Stevie should
be living a normal life. Mick tells her to stick her advice, and
he storms out.
Angela tells Beryl about Susan's behaviour. Beryl says Angela
should see Susan's side of things - Bill's letters mean a lot
to her. She points out that Angela and Susan have never got on,
and Angela says she did try, but Susan didn't want to know. Angela
is in a rush for the first day of her new job, and Beryl is preparing
for the kids to return from their honeymoon. The 'phone rings
- it's someone from David's depot to tell him that there's a nationwide
truckers stoppage - David's out on strike. David tells Beryl that
there wasn't a hint of trouble, and Beryl says she hopes it's
not as long as the last strike. David sounds off about the lousy
timing, but he tells Beryl not to get depressed, saying they'll
still go ahead with the new house.
Gordon is reading the financial paper at breakfast. Patricia
comes in and says she had a great time at Charlie's party last
night. Gordon tells his wife that he had a call from Harold Barker.
Patricia comments on how boring Harold is, but Gordon says he's
a good friend. The 'phone rings - it's Dan Harvey, ringing to
tell Gordon about the strike. When Patricia hears, she asks who
the hell the drivers think they are. Gordon says they could be
in a sticky situation if the strike isn't resolved, but he says
he does support the men's grievance. Patricia says there must
be some way of keeping the trucks running, but Gordon says, "No."
Patricia tells Gordon not to be so melodramatic, as some
truckies are probably better off than the Hamiltons are.
Beryl is busy cleaning when Kevin and Lynn arrive home. Beryl
tells them to take their cases into their room, which David has
been doing up. Kevin says it looks great. David tells Beryl to
let the kids settle before mentioning the strike to them. Kevin
gives Beryl a present - a box of marshmallows.
At the stud, Patricia, who has been out riding, tells John that
half the horses are mad! John points out that Patricia has always
hated horses, to which Patricia replies that Charlie
says it's good for her! John says he hasn't changed his mind -
he doesn't want anything unless he gets it through hard work.
He tells Patricia that he's impressed at her coolness, what with
the strike going on. Patricia says she'd like to get her hands
on a few of them, and adds that she'd like to get the ignorant
unionists that are sending the Hamiltons to the wall. John says
his father is an ignorant unionist, and suggests Patricia
might like to bash him. He adds that the only reason
people put up with having no money is because they believe so
strongly in their cause. Patricia says she doesn't want to discuss
it - she's off to the hospital. John 'phones home, where the Palmers
are having dinner. Kevin answers, and John asks how the honeymoon
was. Kevin says it was great. John then asks Kevin how Beryl's
taking the news about the strike. Kevin says, "What strike?"
John says it's really bad. Kevin goes and gets David, saying,
"It's John - about the strike..." Beryl looks concerned.
When the call is over, Kevin asks his mother why she didn't say
anything - did she think he and Lynn were too young to understand?
David says there wasn't any point in saying anything until they
knew the outcome of the meeting to try and resolve the dispute.
Beryl tells the kids that they shouldn't worry so soon after their
honeymoon. David suggests everyone stop looking so glum.
Susan apologises to Mick about Stevie, and for her behaviour.
She says she'd like to talk about it. She says she over-reacted
with Stevie because she couldn't help thinking about Bill, whose
trial is next week. She says she'd decided to try and find a spot
in the courtroom where she could be close enough to pass his letters
to him. She says she knows the police would stop her, but at least
Bill would know she still cared. Susan says she's losing her nerve,
she's snapping and she can't help herself. Mick says, "We're
pretty much in the same boat, aren't we?"
Beryl tells Kevin that he's supposed to be studying for his
exam. Kevin tells Lynn that he can't concentrate for thinking
about his Dad. He's thinking about getting a job after school,
but Lynn says that's stupid - she's got to leave school
anyway, so she may as well do it now, and get a job. She says
Kevin would be crazy if he didn't get his HSC. Kevin tells Lynn
that she can get a job only if things get really bad.
At Dural, Patricia tells Gordon that Wayne suggested his father
hire owner-drivers. Gordon says that's too risky, and he's likely
to be blackballed after the dispute. He adds that it's not ethical.
He tells Patricia that she couldn't care less about the transport
business until it comes to money. He says it's his company,
and he'll run it as he sees fit. There's a 'phone call - the men
have had a meeting and both sides are holding out. Gordon says
it's going to be a long one - it could last six weeks. He refuses
to reconsider his position.
David yells that Lynn can't leave school. Kevin tries to persuade
his father, but David yells that he's responsible for both kids,
and noone's leaving school. Kevin says that if the strike's as
long as last time, they might have to. David wants everyone
to let him worry about that, and he storms out. Beryl
tells Kevin that David's a very proud man - he's always been the
provider. She adds that David also doesn't want Vic Hardy crowing.
Beryl tells the kids that she's very proud of them.
Angela calls at Susan's, and Mick lets her in. He asks how her
first day went, and she says, "It's a job." Susan's
out, and Angela tells Mick that she's not going to stop seeing
him just because of Susan. Mick says Susan has had a pretty rough
trot, and he can't really blame her. However, Stevie won't be
back in a hurry. Angela suggests Mick could see Stevie at the
Palmers' house. She invites Mick for a meal, but he turns her
David is on the 'phone to the estate agent, saying that they're
not ready for a bigger place yet. He asks for his deposit back.
Beryl says there'll be other houses. David says he was stupid,
that's all - he should have listened to Beryl. The strike has
made him realise how dire their financial situation is. Beryl
points out that in a couple of months, they'll own their current
house, and says there are thousands of people who'd like to be
in the Palmers' position. David says there are thousands who have
got more than they have - "Alright then, the Hamiltons
have got more." He says, "Take Gordon Hamilton,"
and he tells Beryl that Gordon has probably never worked as hard
as he has, and yet he has all that - it's not fair. Beryl
says she wouldn't want all those trimmings, and she wouldn't care
if she had nothing at all - as long as she has David. She tells
him how proud they should be of their kids and everything they've
achieved. David replies, "It's a lot, but it's not everything."