Lynn is looking at a picture of a baby in a womb, in a book entitled,
'Our Babies: From Birth to School'. When David and Kevin start
talking about the trial and its effect on Nora Todd, Lynn says
it must be awful to have a baby, watch it grow up and then have
something like that happen. David has put off going to Sydney
until tomorrow, as Susan might need him.
Susan and Mick are in their apartment, and Susan says she wants
to keep paying it off so that Bill has something to come home
to. She tells Mick that she's feeling really miserable. Mick offers
to go out so that Susan can get some peace, but she declines the
offer and says she'll just go and lie down.
Beryl talks to David about him putting his trip off. He says
he's still going, but Beryl says that if Susan's in a bad way,
David might want to stay. David says he will stay if it's necessary,
but he doubts it. When David goes outside, Angela asks Beryl if
Susan is bad enough, and Beryl confesses that she thought about
asking Susan to make David stay. She admits that she's
jealous of Patricia. Angela says that all her mother has is money
and good looks! She tells Beryl that she has nothing to worry
about, and says she's given David some advice about Patricia.
She advises Beryl not to let David leave while they're still arguing.
Beryl tells Angela she's right.
The doorbell rings at Dural, and Charlie comes in to see Patricia.
She complains that she was woken up by the noise of her gardener,
and she has a massive hangover! She has brought over a dress which
she says she wants Patricia to have. Charlie says she liked it
when she bought it, but hated it when she got it home - besides
which, she thinks she needs to go on a diet, but doesn't have
the inclination at the bottom. She also tells Patricia that the
dress might do the trick with David... Patricia says David's coming
up to work, and that's all. She adds that it was all Fiona's idea.
Charlie tells Patricia that she'll kick herself if she doesn't
make the most of the opportunity - it's not worth the guilty conscience,
so Patricia should do something about it.
Beryl lugs David's suitcase into the lounge. In the kitchen,
Angela is working out her finances and announces that she's down
to her last $50 and has decided to cut up her credit card. Lynn
jokes that Angela shouldn't leave the pieces lying around as Kevin
is liable to stick them together and use it! Kevin and Lynn are
skipping the last day of term. Lynn thinks she bombed in her exams,
and tells Angela that they'll find out on the first day of next
term. Mick calls round to speak to Angela on his way to the picket
line. He asks her if she'd like to go to the pictures - just the
two of them. Angela agrees, and they arrange to meet at seven
David has gone to see how Susan is. She seems to be bearing
up, and she asks her father how long he'll be away. He says it'll
be until the strike is over, or until the job is done - whichever
is sooner. When Susan asks how Beryl feels about it, David says
she's fine, and can't wait to see the back of him. He tells Susan
to look after herself, to which Susan replies that she has Mick
to keep her in line.
Kevin and Lynn are lying on their bed, thinking about their
exams. Angela comes in and asks the young couple to give Beryl
and David some time together to resolve their arguments before
David leaves. Kevin says they won't hear a peep from him and Lynn
until later. Beryl is sitting looking at the name tag on David's
Fiona is looking through a book of wallpaper samples when there's
a knock at the door. Much to Fiona's surprise, Patricia is standing
outside, and Fiona invites her in. Patricia says she doesn't blame
Fiona for being surprised. Fiona says she's working on wallpaper
quotes for Wayne. Patricia says that, as she and Fiona are now
both so close to Wayne and John and Jill, she thinks it's time
they sorted things out. She says she doesn't hold a grudge against
Fiona for interfering, and things have turned out for the best
in the end. Fiona asks if this has anything to do with David -
she says she's all for it, but John seems paranoid about his mother
seeing his father. Patricia says she can't understand John's attitude
- the barbecue tomorrow won't be like the previous party where
John felt threatened. Patricia says she isn't Lucretia Borgia!
- the party is just a get-together for Gordon to meet David, for
John to see how silly he's been, and for everyone to have a nice
time. Patricia says she's decided to call David personally, but
she wants Fiona to tell John not to say anything silly. Fiona
tells Patricia that her attitude to the strike hasn't helped.
Patricia says she's entitled to her opinions, but won't be expressing
them tomorrow. She asks, "Well?" Fiona replies,"Alright."
Patricia says, "Thankyou."
Beryl is in the front garden when David gets home. He tells
his wife that Susan's fine, and that Mick has been a big help.
He says the sooner Susan gets over it, the better.
John gets home to the boarding house, and Fiona tells him that
he just missed Patricia, who is determined to have her barbecue.
Fiona tells John that she's been invited, and so has
Jill, and Patricia's going to invite David tonight. John says
David will take one look at Patricia's lot and head back to Melbourne,
but Fiona says there'll be none of Patricia's cronies there, and
it's up to David to decide whether he goes along with it. She
asks what time David's 'plane gets in, and is told it's at two
o'clock. John says he's looking forward to seeing his father after
he was so good over the relationship between him and Angela. Fiona
tells John that he's growing up. John says David is the
one who's changed - he never thought his father would understand
about Angela. Fiona says David is facing up to things - skeletons
don't rattle anymore when they're out of the cupboard.
David is ready to go. He tells Beryl to cheer up, and says he'll
send money back when he gets paid. He tells her that there's nothing
to worry about, and they hug.
David duly arrives in Sydney, and is enjoying dinner with Fiona
and John, who took his father to see the stud on the way to the
boarding house. Fiona's trying to get David drunk, and tells him
that they're going out on the town later. David says it doesn't
look like he has much choice!
Susan is getting ready for work, and Mick is dropping her off
on the way to meet Angela. Susan asks if Angela knows about Stevie's
illness yet, but Mick says only Susan and Beryl know. He's worried
about whether Angela will be able to handle it, but says he'll
see what happens.
Lynn is on the 'phone gossiping with a schoolfriend. Beryl asks
Kevin if it's still the same call, and says she hopes Lynn makes
it quick. Beryl is expecting a call from David, and Kevin tells
his wife to hurry up. He asks Angela if things were sorted out
between his mum and dad, and Angela says, "I hope so."
Beryl yells at Lynn to get off the 'phone, and Kevin and Angela
look at each other.
David has been trying to call home, but the 'phone was engaged,
so he decides to try again in the morning. Just as David, Fiona
and John are on the way out, the 'phone rings - it's Patricia
who wants to speak to David. She welcomes him to Sydney, and asks
if he's been told about the barbecue; he hasn't. Patricia invites
him, and tells him that she's looking forward to seeing him there.
David asks Fiona if she wants to go, and Fiona says she
does, so David tells Patricia that that'll be real nice. When
the call is over, Patricia stands in front of her bedroom mirror,
holding her new dress up against her.