David, John and Jill are having breakfast when Fiona comes in.
She says she's been thinking that there'll be valuables at her
property, and it might be a good idea for some sort of nightwatchman
to sleep there. David says, "Me, right?!" He comments
that he thought country people were supposed to be honest, but
Fiona says, "Better safe than sorry." She asks John
to drive David to the hospital to meet Wayne, because she has
things she needs to sort out.
In the hospital corridor, John tells David that Wayne has a
knack of rubbing people up the wrong way. David says, "I'll
handle it." They go into Wayne's room and Wayne tells David
that it's nice to meet him. He's just been speaking to Fiona,
and has agreed that David can be nightwatchman. Wayne says to
David, "You haven't done this before, have you?" He
adds that there will be plenty of unskilled jobs needing doing.
David asks when Wayne will be coming up, and Wayne says it depends
on his legs. John remarks that Wayne likes to leave the dirty
work to other people. Wayne retorts that some people are better
suited to it. Outside in the corridor, David tells John that Wayne
is a pain in the neck, and he says he can't understand what Jill
sees in him, commenting that she needs her head read! John tells
David that they have to go to the Hamiltons' to pick up a truck,
but he says he's sure Gordon won't be there. David says, "Good."
Jill arrives to see Wayne, and has brought him some 'proper' food
to cheer him up - a sausage fried in batter to repay him for his
practical joke! Jill tells Wayne that Patricia spent most of the
day trying to steer clear of Planny. Wayne asks what food Jill
really brought him, and is told, "That's it!"
Fiona is getting sandwiches for the truck-loaders. John tells
her that a postcard has arrived from Scott, but when Fiona reads
it, she says, "Some card." She tells John that Scott
has been to Paris, but she isn't very impressed. She says that,
if the truck's ready, they can leave straight after lunch. She
says she just feels like getting away.
As Jill is leaving Wayne's room, she runs into Patricia, who's
just arriving to see her stepson. The two women make smalltalk
and go their own ways. In Wayne's room, Wayne tells Patricia that
she just missed a banquet! Patricia tells Wayne that she had little
sleep last night. She says that something happened: "Your
father and I have decided to get a divorce." Wayne looks
shocked, and says, "I'm sorry - it's a bit sudden."
Patricia says it has been coming for some time. Wayne suggests
they give it another try, but Patricia says Gordon's not interested.
Wayne says he can't imagine home without the two of them. He asks
if Angela knows, but Patricia says she doesn't yet - they'll only
tell her if they really have to.
At the Palmers', Stevie is watching Norm the kangaroo on kids'
TV while Angela and Mick talk in the kitchen. Stevie puts his
hands to his head and goes into the kitchen. He tells Mick that
he doesn't feel too good, and Mick asks Angela to get some medicine
out. She gives Stevie two teaspoons from the medicine bottle.
Mick suggests that all three of them go for a boat ride tomorrow,
and he tells his son that he'll be able to meet Norm. He tells
Stevie to go and lie down, and when Stevie is gone, Angela goes
off at Mick for raising Stevie's hopes - she knows there's no
way Mick will be able to arrange for Norm the kangaroo to come
and meet his son.
At the flat, Mick tells Susan that he's put his foot in it.
He rang the TV station, but they could only give him dates of
shopping centre appearances. He says he hasn't told Stevie yet.
He tells Susan that, when he found out his son was terminally
ill, he swore he'd do anything to make him happy, but now Stevie
really does think his dad can do anything.
Wayne tells Jill that he thought if anyone would chuck in the
towel, it would be Patricia. Jill says it sounds like Patricia
is taking it hard. Wayne says Patricia looks terrible, and probably
doesn't want to go through with it. He says his dad is sick of
everything and Patricia is copping it in the neck because of Gordon's
mid-life crisis. Wayne thinks Patricia and Gordon should be apart
for a while - he says he might ask Patricia to go to Woombai -
but it won't be easy persuading her.
John, David and Fiona arrive at the Reid property, but when
they get inside, it's full of cobwebs and junk - the power's on,
though, and the telephone works! Fiona says she's brought a load
of detergent! She says she's glad the old place is to be lived
in again, and tells David that her grandparents were the loveliest
people - when they died in 1962, Fiona felt she'd lost the best
friends she ever had. David asks how they died, and is told it
was in a car crash. Fiona says she was surprised they left her
the place, but she couldn't have lived there without them. She
tells David that she doesn't want to mope.
On the 'phone, Patricia tells Wayne that she refuses to go to
Woombai. She suggests Gordon goes instead, but Wayne says his
father will be sorting out the sale of the depot. Patricia says
she doesn't like the place, and Wayne tells her that it's quiet,
and good for thinking. Patricia says all the thinking in the world
won't change her mind. She says she and Gordon are through, "...
and let's leave it at that, eh?"
In Melbourne, Stevie has stayed the night at the Palmer house,
and Mick calls round the next morning. Angela sends Stevie to
play in the yard, and then tells Mick that she could murder him,
and she had to pretend to Stevie that he's going to see Norm.
Mick says he'll think up an excuse when they get there. Angela
offers to tell Stevie the truth, but Mick says he'll do it.
Susan is seeing Mr. Egan, a senior member of staff at her hospital.
She tells him that she got his name from her matron. She says
she knows a little boy with a brain tumour, who'd like to meet
Norm the kangaroo. The hospital had used Norm in the past in a
charity event, and Susan thought there might be someone they could
ask. Egan says he'll see what he can do, but he can't promise
Angela has packed lunch. Mick is about to tell Stevie the truth
when the 'phone rings - it's Susan, with the great news that she's
got Norm for tomorrow - he'll drop in at the Palmers' on the way
to an appearance.
At the Reid place, Fiona tells David that he's doing very well
at getting the lino up. She says she didn't get to sleep at her
hotel until late last night. David says Jill 'phoned while Fiona
was out, and she's sending something up for Fiona. Fiona pitches
in to help David get up the lino, and when they pull, they find
an old newspaper underneath, dated 17 November 1955. David says
he was only a bit of a kid then, and Fiona says, "So was
I!" She remembers 1955 because it was the year they
got late-night drinking in Sydney - bars could stay open until
10pm! Fiona says they were beaut times - it was before TV, there
were trams in Sydney, and you never had to lock up when you went
out. She says life seemed less complicated and people seemed friendlier.
David asks whether Fiona means 'friendly' like she was
when he and Patricia turned up. Fiona says, "How could I
let you down?" The two of them laugh at the clothing adverts,
and at a half-finished crossword. Later, the truck is loaded up
with rubbish and David drives off. Fiona goes back inside her
property and is sweeping around when someone creeps up behind
her - it's Scott! Fiona is amazed. Scott tells her that London
seemed dull without her, and Paris was the last gasp. He says,
"I missed you." Fiona smiles broadly and happily
throws her arms round him.