At Woombai, Patricia tells John that she'll make up the man's
wages and tell him she wants him off the property at once. Rosie
overhears the conversation and asks John which man got the sack.
When she hears it was Steve Henderson, Rosie comments that he's
a nice young man from a good family. She adds that there'll be
trouble over it, and Gordon will have to come and sort things
out like he should have in the first place.
Wayne has finally been discharged from hospital, and Gordon
welcomes him home to Dural, as he's pushed in a wheelchair by
Jill. Gordon tells Wayne that they have a surprise for him. Wayne
wickedly says, "Hope it's a sexy nurse!", but it actually
turns out to be a scale model of how Woombai and the Reid property
are expected to look after the renovations. Wayne says it's great,
and adds that he can't wait to get up there. He comments that
it's a pity Patricia couldn't be at home to meet him.
John tells Patricia that he thinks she's wrong about Steve Henderson,
and Patricia admits that she may have overreacted. John is surprised
at Patricia's honesty, but Patricia says she wants the two of
them to get along, so she's trying to be more open. John tells
his mother that she should re-hire Steve, and Patricia says she
hates to admit it, but she thinks Rosie may be right about the
men's attitude. However, she has to be seen to be a female who
can deal with the men when they get out of line. John tells her
that men work better for someone they respect. Patricia says it's
naive to assume they'll never respect her, and she's going to
do things her way. John says, "You're the boss."
Rosie comes in and says she's going into town, and will look in
on Mrs. Henderson. When Rosie has gone out, Patricia admits to
John that she was terrified she'd bitten off more than she could
chew. John asks why she took it out on the men, and Patricia tells
him that it won't be her last mistake, but she will try,
and she wants to do a good job. She says she needs John's help,
if he can swallow his pride.
Jill has chucked Gordon out of his study to make up a room for
Wayne. She offers to show Wayne his new room, but Wayne tells
her he'll see it later. He then tells her that he has a surprise
for her - which turns out to be a watch. Jill says it's great.
She jokes that she bets the nurses were glad to see the back of
Wayne. Wayne tells her that he likes having her around, and asks
her again to give up work. Jill says she has to work,
and even though Wayne offers to pay all Jill's bills, and even
though he tells her that he wants to be with her all the time,
Jill refuses, and Wayne asks why he had to pick someone so stubborn!
Wayne asks what he's going to do when he goes to Woombai. Jill
replies that she'll drive down to see him at weekends. Wayne says,
"In your old bomb?! It'll never make the distance!"
He tells her that he wants her all the time, but Jill demands
to know how she's going to get a job in the country. Wayne tells
her that there's plenty to do at the riding school, and Jill humourously
says, "Oh, do you want me to fill out an application?!"
to which Wayne replies, "I think we can waive it in your
case!" Jill says, "There's nothing wrong with being
in with the boss!" They kiss, but Wayne pulls away, and asks
for another drink. Jill looks upset. Later, the doorbell at Dural
rings, and Wayne says to his father, "Don't let her in if
she's not a 10!" Jill immediately says, "Don't let her
in if she is!" Jill tells Wayne that she wants him
all to herself, but it's not to be, as Wayne's nurse, Miss. Brooks,
has arrived. Gordon goes to show her her room, but Miss. Brooks
is more concerned that Wayne hasn't had his scheduled sleep. Jill
tells Wayne that it's bedtime, and wheels him to the study, where
she comments that Miss. Brooks is perfect! She lifts Wayne onto
his bed, and manages to fall on top of him! She tries to kiss
him, but Wayne snaps, "You sure know how to pick your time."
Jill again looks perplexed by Wayne's behaviour, but she apologises,
and says she guesses it can wait until tonight. Wayne says he'll
tell Jill when he's in the mood. Jill says she'll be out by the
At the Palmers', it's Kevin who's doing the eating for two!
He notices that his mother has wiped the height marks off the
doorframe, but Lynn says they'll start doing them for their
baby. Vic Hardy comes in the back door with a box of fresh
fruit for Lynn. Beryl tells him that it was very thoughtful. Vic
says his wife is away, and he suggests to his daughter and Kevin
that they might like to pop over to see him. Lynn says they'll
see, and Vic leaves. Beryl tells Kevin that she could strangle
him, as Vic was going out of his way to be nice, and Kevin had
just stood there juggling oranges! She decides to invite Vic for
At Woombai, Patricia jokingly tells John that the men were just
about tugging their forelocks and calling her ma'am this afternoon!
She says she's getting on well with Mal Leyton, and there have
been no more wolf-whistles. John goes off for a shower, and there's
a knock at the door. When Patricia answers it, the visitor turns
out to be David, who says he wants to talk. Patricia says she
doesn't appreciate him inviting himself over, but David says it's
taken a long time for them to be friends again, and he doesn't
want to argue. He suggests he buy Patricia tea in town, but she
blows up about it leading to gossip about the boss dating the
workers. David says he reckons that's what all the bull was about
this morning, and tells Patricia that he'll try not to get in
the way the rest of the time he's there.
At Dural, Jill joins Gordon for breakfast. Gordon comments that
Jill doesn't look very cheery, and adds that Wayne has been taking
things out on Miss. Brooks. Jill says she didn't sleep very well.
Gordon tells Jill that he knows she's got Fiona, but he's not
as tough as he looks, so if she wants to talk... Jill declines
the offer. The 'phone rings, and Gordon answers it. He's told
that it looks as if the strike is over.
John arrives at the Reid place to prepare to go fishing with
his father. David snaps that John took his time, and he tells
his son that he won't be going to Woombai too much now. He tells
John that he was talking to Patricia about Steve, and he copped
an earful. John says he thought he heard arguing. David
says he bent over backwards to be nice, and adds that he wishes
it was time to go home.
Vic arrives for lunch, having mowed Beryl's lawn - he tells
Beryl that he couldn't see Kevin doing it. In the kitchen Kevin
overhears this, and says to Lynn, "He's asking for it!"
Vic says his wife called - her father wanted to know what Kevin
and Lynn's baby is going to be called, but the kids say they have
no idea yet. Vic suggests 'Ernest', if it's a boy, and, after
seeing the incredulous looks on Kevin and Lynn's faces, Beryl
says they'll put it on the list. She sends the kids to the kitchen,
where Lynn explains to Kevin that it was a promise to his father
that Vic would call his grandson 'Ernest". Lynn says her
grandad has been rather sick recently, and it would be nice if
they could call the baby 'Ernest'. They go back into the lounge,
and Kevin asks Vic how 'Ernest' is spelt - E-a-r-n-e-s-t or E-r-n-e-s-t.
When Vic says it's the latter, Kevin suggests they use it as the
baby's middle name. Beryl says to her son, "Good on you,
love," and she tells him that he's growing up.
Gordon 'phones Patricia to tell her about the strike, as he
thought David might like to know. Patricia asks about the reliability
of the source, and is told it's totally reliable. She tells her
husband that he made the wrong move in selling the business, but
Gordon says he's happy with the way his investments are shaping
up, and he has less work. He adds that he doesn't know why he
didn't do it years before. He asks how Patricia's getting on,
and she says she's doing fine. Gordon tells her that she could
have rung Wayne, and Patricia suddenly realises that she totally
forgot about the homecoming with everything that was going on.
She asks to speak to her stepson, but Gordon says he's just settling
down for a nap, but he'll tell Wayne that Patricia rang. Patricia
says, "That was a cheap shot, Gordon." She adds that
she'll call later.
Miss. Brooks tells Wayne to have a good sleep. As the nurse
leaves the study, Jill is standing on the stairs, watching. She
sneaks into Wayne's new room and says, "Can we talk?"
She says she's sorry she hassled Wayne, and Wayne says he did
carry on a bit. Jill says she understands, and tells Wayne
to see how he feels when she gets back tomorrow - she says she's
going back to the boarding house tonight. Wayne says, "I'll
miss you," to which Jill replies, "You'd better!"
They kiss, and Wayne tells Jill to take care. Jill says, "You,
too," and goes, leaving Wayne looking thoughtful.
At Woombai, John comes in with some fish. Patricia tells him
that the strike seems to be over, and John says he'll call David,
as he's missing home. Patricia goes out for a swim. John dials
the Reid property, but there's noone there. David is out swimming
in a river, and as he climbs out, Patricia is approaching with
a horse. She sees David as he's getting dressed, and David tells
her that she doesn't have to worry about him as he's got the message.
Patricia tells David that the strike's over, and David says it
couldn't have been better timing - he'll get the first 'plane
home in the morning. Patricia stares at David getting dressed,
and her eyes follow him as he walks off past her. She softly says,
"David." He turns round and they walk towards each other,
until their lips eventually meet and they kiss passionately.