Lynn is in bed, eating breakfast prepared for her by Beryl, while
Kevin is getting ready for school. Kevin tells his wife that she
should skip school, but she says they both have an exam. Kevin
says they should both stay home, but Lynn says she's got to try.
She says she hasn't done enough study, but she reckons Kevin will
pass because he's so brainy. Kevin changes the subject, saying
it's time they wrote their 'thankyou' notes. In the kitchen, Beryl
is preparing a flask of hot drink for David, who is off to the
picket line. Angela comes in in her receptionist uniform - a bright
yellow dress and white tennis shoes - and says how much she hates
it! When Angela has gone Beryl says she thought the outfit looked
nice! David tells his wife that he was doing the sums last night,
and he asks what bills there are to pay. Beryl says the 'phone
and electricity bills have just come in, but can wait until the
end of the month. David says that if the strike goes on for more
than two or three weeks, the Palmers could have problems. Beryl
says she'll get out the depression recipes.
Jill is busy cleaning when Fiona reminds her that John has invited
the two of them to the stud. She then asks if she can go to the
hospital with Jill - she says she's warming to Wayne. Fiona thinks
he might need some help with the Woombai project, and the two
of them could toss ideas around. She says she wants to do it because
she needs a project to throw herself into to keep her mind off
Scott. Jill says she's sure Wayne will be grateful.
John checks with Alan Pascoe to see if it's still alright for
his friends to come to the stud. Pascoe says it is. He tells John
that Gordon is very impressed with his work, but he adds that
Mr. Hamilton is having problems with the strike. Pascoe tells
John that the stud could be affected by the action because money
is channelled into the stud from the Hamiltons' transport business,
and without that money, things could be grim.
When questioned by Patricia about how much Wayne knows of what
is happening, Gordon says his son is aware that there could be
financial trouble. Patricia says there'll be no Woombai
project unless Gordon does something. Gordon says he has a possible
solution, but he doesn't want to discuss it until he's put it
to the men. He says he's invited the union rep. to Dural, and
if Patricia doesn't like that, she can stay out of the way. When
the rep. - Les - subsequently arrives, he suggests to Gordon that
they get straight down to business. Gordon says an extended strike
could send him and his company to the wall, and that will mean
the men will lose their jobs. He tells Les that he wants to hire
owner-drivers. Les says, "Scabs?" and starts to walk
off. Gordon says it's a question of survival, but Les says it's
still using scabs. Gordon says it will save jobs, and will only
be to fulfill a minimum number of orders. Les says the union will
blacklist all the men if they become scabs. Gordon asks Les to
put it to the men, and Les unhappily agrees to do this.
Jill and Fiona arrive at the stud. Jill tells Fiona that she's
pleased Wayne is letting Fiona help. John sees them and offers
to show them a mare that is foaling. Jill says her stomach isn't
up to it, but John points Fiona in the right direction. When Fiona
has gone, John comments to Jill that Fiona is in a good mood.
Jill tells John that Fiona is worrying about Scott.
Gordon is waiting for the 'phone to ring, and Patricia tells
him to stop pacing. She asks if there's an alternative, but Gordon
won't reveal this. The telephone rings - it's Les calling to say
the men have turned Gordon down. Gordon says he understands. He
dials a number - he speaks to someone called Andrew, to ask if
he's still interested in buying Gordon's transport division. The
answer comes in the affirmative.
Fiona is being soppy over the horses, and John helps Jill onto
her horse. Alan Pascoe calls over to John to say that
Gordon wants to see them both at Dural. John leaves Fiona and
Jill to it.
When they get to Dural, Gordon tells John and Alan that noone's
obliged, but he needs help to make the best of a bad situation,
and he wants the stud workers to help with truck loading. John
says they'll be scabs. Alan Pascoe reckons the men will be in
it. Gordon says he's sold his transport business to a national
company, but the stud should be alright. He says he'll give half
the money from the sale to Wayne to help with Woombai, and he'll
put the rest into the stud. John reckons he's smart enough to
know that they're talking about strike-breaking, and he says he
wants nothing to do with it.
Kevin shows Beryl some photocopied wedding pictures-cum-'thankyou'
notes, and Beryl says they're great. Lynn and Kevin go to their
room to write the names on them, and Kevin looks through the presents
they received, including a plug-in timer, an all-in-one tea maker
and an alarm clock. Lynn says it's not fair Beryl running around
after them, and she tells Kevin that he'll have to get
up to make her breakfast in the morning! Angela arrives home and
says she's useless, as she's been sacked again - she bought some
new shoes to go with her uniform, but her boss didn't like them,
and Angela stupidly made a big deal of it - plus she mucked up
three times in the morning. She says she'll look for something
else, but she's got to learn to keep her mouth shut.
Fiona tells John that she had a wonderful ride. She adds that
she talked to Alan Pascoe about John falling out with Gordon.
John says he thought Gordon was straight-down-the-line, but he
wants to use scabs. Fiona points out that maybe Gordon isn't terribly
proud of himself. She says Pascoe told her about Gordon's financial
troubles. John says it still doesn't make it right. Fiona says
John either respects Gordon or he doesn't. If he does, then he
should give him a fair hearing. If he doesn't, he should quit
his job. When Fiona leaves the room, John rings Dural. Patricia
answers and asks John if he wants to apologise. He says he wants
to talk to Gordon. Gordon invites John to Dural, but John says
that might be difficult, so Gordon says he'll call at the boarding
Beryl is watching a comedy on TV when David creeps up behind
her and tickles her. She tells him that Angela got the sack and
feels she's let the Palmers down. David says he told his picket
line mates not to take part-time jobs, but to put more effort
into the action. Beryl offers to look for employment, but David
says it's up to him. He says John made the right decision
in going to Sydney - if he had still been at the depot, he would
have been mixed up in the strike as well. In their bedroom, Kevin
demonstrates to Lynn the breakfast-making system he's devised
by rigging up the alarm clock, timer, tea-maker and toaster!
John tells Gordon that he worked with blokes like that in Melbourne
- and David's one of them. John asks about Gordon's principles.
Gordon says the men are sticking to their principles just like
he is. He says that if the strike lasts six weeks, he'll
be bankrupt, and he's too old for that. He says he wants to keep
John on, but he'll understand - it's up to John. John says Gordon
had better be ready for a fight on his hands from the men.
Angela apologises to David for being unemployed. David says
they'll manage. Angela says she's been a nuisance since she's
lived in Melbourne - John left, Susan doesn't come over, she's
created work for Beryl... She says it's all her mother's fault
for bringing her up to marry someone like Simon Armstrong. She
says she wishes Patricia had left her behind, so that
she wouldn't have been such a spoilt brat. David points out that
at least Angela got out of her uniform. Angela smiles and says,
"I guess I did!"