David, Beryl, Kevin, Lynn and Angela are sitting in the kitchen
in silence as David eats. Kevin tries to spark up a conversation
by talking about the school holidays, when he and Lynn are going
back to Macedon to stay with Beryl's parents. He asks David if
he'll drive them, but David has to work in Sydney. Angela asks
if it's anything to do with Wayne and Woombai, and is told that
it is. Angela says David will be seeing quite a lot of
her family, then, to which Beryl sullenly replies, "Yes."
David yells, "We need the money." Later, when they're
alone, Angela asks David if there's any news on the strike. She's
told that there are more talks being held. Angela suggests it
would make more sense for David to get a job in Melbourne, but
David says he has a job - besides which, he'll be able
to see John. Angela says, "And mother?" - she says she
knows David just went to Sydney to see Patricia when Wayne had
his accident. David denies this, saying he had a driving job to
do, and just looked Patricia up while he was up there. Angela
tells David that she cares about him and Beryl, and hates to see
them unhappy. David says, "We'll work it out." Angela
offers David a piece of advice: "Don't have too much to do
with mother when you're up in Sydney - she can take over your
life before you know it..."
At the hospital, Wayne tells Patricia that David is coming to
Sydney. Patricia looks stunned, and doesn't hear Wayne and Jill
talking to her in the background. Wayne says he's facing a course
of hydrotherapy, and Jill says the specialist is pleased with
Wayne's progress. Patricia asks when David's starting, and is
told, "Early next week." She says she expects he'll
stay with Fiona initially. Jill says he will after he arrives
John has 'phoned Susan, and he tells Fiona that his sister sounded
better than he expected. Fiona says Susan is a brave kid. John
says he's been thinking about Bill, and about how, if it hadn't
been for Fiona, it could have been him on trial. He says
he hopes Bill gets a life sentence. Fiona says it makes John's
problems seem like pretty small beer. She tells John that he owes
the Hamiltons a lot. John says he thinks a lot of Gordon, but
he'll never see eye-to-eye with 'her'.
In the swimming pool at the hospital, the hydrotherapist is
trying to help Wayne, but he's being awkard. She teaches him to
scull, and although Wayne thinks it should be straightforward,
he soon has to admit it's not as easy as he expected.
Patricia gives Gordon some more coffee, and comments that she'll
have to restock the bar. She tells her husband that Wayne and
Fiona have done a lot of work on the Woombai project. She also
tells Gordon that David is coming up, and points out that he's
on the opposite side of the union fence to Gordon, who comments,
"One of your left-wing rabble." Patricia says she wants
to invite David and John to a barbecue. Gordon says that, after
yesterday, he can't see John jumping at the chance. Patricia says
John will have calmed down by then.
The hydrotherapist tells Wayne that he did well, but Wayne subsequently
tells Jill that it was awful. He explains that he learnt to scull,
and Jill tells him he deserves a medal!
Kevin is telling Lynn about the cravings Beryl had when she
was pregnant. It's the last day of exams, but both kids are finding
it hard being around Beryl and David - Lynn says it's like it
was at home. Kevin excuses his parents by saying it's the stress
of the trial. The two of them sneak out of the house, though,
as Beryl and David argue over the fact that David won't be at
the courthouse for the verdict. When they hear the door slam,
Beryl says she couldn't blame them for not wanting to get involved.
David says to tell Susie that he'll see her before he goes. Beryl
says David's place is there with his family.
At the court, Bill is being cross-examined. When asked, he says
he went back to the warehouse to ask for his job back, but he
hadn't planned anything for if his request was refused. He tells
the court that he needed a regular pay packet because he had commitments.
The prosecution suggests that Bill had intended to use violence
if he didn't get his way, but Bill says he didn't know what
he was thinking about.
Kevin and Lynn get in from school and find they have the place
to themselves. Lynn remarks that both exams were killers. They
hear the front door slam, and David walks in. Lynn's face drops.
David asks if Beryl has 'phoned, but she hasn't. He then comments
about the kids getting away smartly this morning. Kevin says they
couldn't hack things. David tells his son that he tries to do
what's best for the whole family - he has responsibilities and
goes where the money is. He apologises for the argument. Kevin
says he doesn't want Lynn upset, and David says he'd feel the
same in Kevin's shoes.
While the jury are deliberating, Bill tells his lawyer that
he messed-up on the stand. The lawyer tells him not to worry.
Bill asks for Susan's letters to read while he's waiting. The
lawyer says Susan is very nice - and very loyal. When the court
resumes, Bill returns to the dock. As the jury files in, Bill
looks nervous. The foreman stands up, and confirms that the jury
are agreed on their verdict - they find Bill guilty of murder.
Susan looks stunned. The judge sentences Bill to life imprisonment.
Afterwards, Beryl invites Nora back to the Palmers', but she declines.
Nora tells Susan that she's so sorry. Bill's lawyer comes out
to tell Susan that Bill wants to see her.
Patricia sees John at the stud to tell him that she's heard
David is coming up, and she'd like John to be at the barbecue
she's arranging. John says David won't have time. Patricia says
he'll make time. John turns down his invitiation.
Patricia says she promised David she'd get to know John, and she's
going to keep that promise.
Gordon calls in on Wayne. Wayne says his therapist is a terror,
but Gordon says the specialist has told him Wayne is doing very
well. The two of them joke a bit, but then Wayne says he thinks
his father got a raw deal from his men - they won't get a better
boss. Gordon says he'll have more time for Woombai, and Wayne
says he's looking forward to the two of them working together.
He says he really appreciates what Gordon's done - they'll make
Woombai a big success. Out in the corridor, Jill has been joking
with a nurse when Gordon emerges from Wayne's room. Gordon says
Jill's doing a great job with Wayne, and he adds that his son
should be home in a week-or-two. Gordon offers Jill the job of
nursing Wayne at Dural, but Jill declines the offer, saying neither
she nor Wayne would feel the same if she was paid.
Susan goes in to see Bill, and asks what they're going to do.
Bill says there's nothing they can do - he's facing at
least 16 to 18 years. He says it's not fair, but he doesn't want
Susan to wait for him. He says you have too much time to think
when you're inside, and he'd be wondering if Susan would visit,
or if she was seeing someone else... He says he saw Mick and thought
it hadn't taken Susan long. He tells his wife that he wants her
to agree to a divorce, but he'll go ahead whether she likes it
or not. Susan says, "OK, but it doesn't make any difference
- there won't be anyone else." She tells him that she'll
still be waiting for him when he comes out. Their time is up,
and they hug and kiss. Bill is led away, and, as his lawyer escorts
her from the room, Susan starts sobbing.