At Dural, Patricia tells Gordon that the caterers will be there
at noon. Gordon says he'll be out playing golf, to which Patricia
replies that they aren't out of the financial woods yet, and Gordon
should do something about it. Gordon chooses to ignore his wife,
though. Charlie arrives with some gossip for Patricia. Patricia
tells Charlie that she's interrupted what was going to be a deep-and-meaningful.
Charlie invites Patricia for lunch, but Patricia says she's tied-up
all day. Charlie asks if Patricia has heard from David yet, but
Patricia says she hasn't. Gordon passes by on his way out, and
says he'll be back before the guests arrive.
David rings home, and Kevin goes to answer the 'phone. However,
Beryl dashes there before him. She tells David that she expected
him to call last night, and David says he tried, but someone was
chatting a lot. He asks if Beryl's OK, and she says she is, but
she's been pretty grouchy. They both say they love each other,
and David says he'll be off to the property tomorrow, and he'll
try and call from there. Beryl says they can't afford it. She
asks how things are going with John, and David says they're good.
When the call is over, Kevin tells Beryl that she was worrying
about nothing. Beryl says, "Your mum has been a silly woman,
but I'm OK now." Kevin tells her that if she gets miserable,
she can talk to him.
At the hospital, Wayne is trying to talk Jill into taking Plan
C to the barbecue. Jill thinks it's a silly idea, so Wayne offers
to ring Patricia and check it's OK with her. While he's dialling,
he asks Jill to adjust his pillows, and while she's doing this,
Wayne disconnects the call. He then proceeds to have a fake conversation
in which his mother says it's OK for Plan C to attend the gathering!
Later, at the boarding house, Jill tells Fiona that Patricia
agreed that Plan C could go, and Fiona says she didn't have Patricia
down as a cat lover - in fact, she thought opposites attract!
(She has to tell Jill to think about this and comments that it's
meant to be bitchy!) David and John come in - David is all dressed
up in the clothes Angela bought for him. Fiona tells David that
they look wonderful, and the four of them leave.
The dress that Charlie gave Patricia is lying on Patricia's
bed as Patricia looks at it. The 'phone rings - it's Angela. Although
Patricia tries to talk to her daughter, Angela just wants to talk
to Gordon. Patricia calls her husband, who's in his own room,
but she doesn't put her receiver down, and hears Angela asking
her father to be nice to David as Beryl has been worried. Gordon
says there's no need for Beryl to be concerned. Patricia quietly
puts down her receiver and picks up another, more- plain dress.
Kevin is playing a handheld computer game as Lynn suggests that
he attend pre-natal classes with her. Kevin says, though, that
the classes are the same night as footy practice, so there's no
way! He suggests to Lynn that they invite Beryl to Macedon, and
adds that his parents have had more arguments in the last few
weeks than they've ever had before. As Kevin goes out to the kitchen,
Angela is telling Gordon that she's cut up her credit card, and
she's put her name down with a childminding agency. Kevin invites
his mother to Macedon, but Beryl feels she should stay where she
is, to be close to Susan and Angela. Kevin tells Beryl that she's
always thinking about other people, and should put herself first
for once. Beryl says she knows what Kevin's trying to do, but
she's OK. However, she agrees to speak to Susan and Angela, and
if it's OK by them, he can count her in.
Jill's VW pulls up at Dural and she, Fiona, David and John get
out. As the others head towards the house, David lags behind.
He spots Patricia on a balcony and they look at each other until
she goes inside. She's wearing a plain white dress. Downstairs,
Gordon tells David that he's pleased to meet him. He takes the
guests into the lounge and offers them drinks. Gordon queries
it with Jill when she says Wayne called Patricia about Plan C
- he thinks his son is playing a practical joke, and asks if Jill
actually spoke to Patricia. When Jill says she didn't,
Gordon reveals that his wife is allergic to cats! He tells Jill
to put Plan C in the playroom and they'll tell Patricia when they've
got her primed. Patricia comes in and kisses Gordon on the cheek.
She shakes David's hand, and when she asks where Jill is, Gordon
explains that she's attending to a call of nature!
Charlie is visiting Wayne, and says she'd love to see Patricia's
face! She comments that she obviously wasn't wanted at the party,
though. Wayne asks Charlie what she thought of John, and Charlie
says that there were so many rough edges to John that she wouldn't
know where to start knocking them off. Charlie asks about David.
Wayne says he hasn't met him, but Fiona's bringing him to the
hospital tomorrow, as Wayne is his boss. Charlie says she can't
wait to meet David. Wayne says Charlie won't have long, as David
goes up to the property tomorrow. Charlie says she has a feeling
that she's going to run out of sugar during the afternoon!
Out by the swimming pool at Dural, Jill is stroking Plan C and
sitting with Fiona, while David, Patricia and Gordon are sitting
at a table. David comments that Wayne must have a queer sense
of humour. Patricia asks Gordon to give David a tour of the house,
but Gordon suggests she should do it. However, Patricia
insists on Gordon being the guide. When the two men head indoors,
Patricia goes and talks to John, who's trying some caviar. She
tells her son that she's glad he came. Inside, David comments
that he could fit his house into Dural four times. Gordon thanks
David for looking after Angela and David says she's lucky, as
she has two dads. Outside, Jill tells Fiona that Gordon's beaut,
and you wouldn't even know he was rich away from the house. Fiona
says not everyone flaunts it like someone she's not trying to
look at! Indoors, Gordon says he was glad to be able to offer
David a job as he was feeling bad about what he'd done. He adds
that industrial action brings out the survival instinct in him.
However, David says he didn't know the recent history, and suggests
to Gordon that they shouldn't bring politics into things. Outside,
though, David comments to John about Gordon's remarks. John explains
that Gordon asked him for help, but he turned him down. He tells
his father that he'd be stupid to chuck in the job just because
he disagreed with Gordon's actions. David says he'll do the job,
and he won't kick up a fuss, but he'll never get on with a bloke
who could do something like that.
When the barbecue is over, Patricia asks Gordon how he thought
it went. He says, "Alright." Patricia tells her husband
to be more enthusiastic, and says it's no wonder David didn't
take to him. Gordon says he's not in the mood for an argument.
Patricia comments that Gordon's not in the mood for anything,
especially work. Gordon doesn't want to talk about it.
Charlie arrives, and Patricia tells her best friend that she's
too late to sticky-beak. Charlie says she was tempted, but maybe
she's seeing sense in her old age! She asks Patricia about David,
and Patricia says he was fine, friendly, and he apologised for
his behaviour at the hospital. Patricia tells Charlie that she'd
prefer to be alone as she's depressed. Charlie says that's because
nothing happened, but Patricia says it's because she's tired,
and she's had too much to eat and drink. Charlie goes.
Fiona, David, John and Jill get back to the boarding house -
Fiona says it's humble, but she wouldn't change it for all the
ritzy mansions in the world! She asks David how he felt on Patricia's
homeground, and David says once is enough. Fiona says she's glad
David's still taking the job. David says, "I need the money."
Patricia is dozing on the couch when Gordon comes in. He tells
Patricia that he's been thinking about their situation and he
wants a divorce. He says their marriage is just a floorshow, to
which Patricia replies that there's no point in forcing their
problems onto other people. Gordon says they must stop convincing
people that they're Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hamilton. Patricia says,
"Why now?" Gordon says it's been coming on for a long
time, and he's just tired of trying. Looking stony-faced, Patricia
says, "Alright, go ahead - you won't get a fight from me."