Rosie brings tea in for Patricia and John, and Patricia delights
in winding Rosie up over how good her pork pies were! She then
discusses the renovations with John, who points out that they're
short of men. He then adds that there is David, though. Patricia
tells John to organise for David to get to work, and John comments
that they're doing alright. Patricia says, "I think we're
all doing very well..."
While looking at some photos with Kevin and Angela, Lynn comments
that Beryl didn't look as though she was cut out for flying, as
she appeared to be rather green when she left! Kevin reckons his
mother was packing it, what with it being her first flight and
all. He adds that he doesn't know why Beryl didn't call David
first, as Woombai is in the middle of Woop Woop, and it'll be
difficult for Beryl to get from the station. Angela says Beryl
will find a way.
Beryl manages to catch a lift, and arrives at Woombai in a ute.
Rosie is outside when Beryl arrives, and Beryl explains that she's
there to see and surprise John and David. She adds that it's good
to feel at home, and when Rosie then sourly says, "Pardon?"
Beryl explains that she was born and bred in the bush, at Arrarat,
near Victoria. Rosie immediately warms to Beryl, and offers to
carry her bag. Beryl says she doesn't know where she's staying
yet, but Rosie tells her that she can leave her bag at Woombai
until she has herself sorted out. Rosie says David is at the Reid
place, and the best way to get there is by horse. Beryl suddenly
realises that she hasn't introduced herself, and when she tells
Rosie who she is, Rosie immediately calls John to say he's got
a visitor. When John sees who his visitor is, he asks what the
hell Beryl's doing there, and she tells him that she just wanted
to surprise him and David. He asks his mother if she's going to
be OK riding a horse, and he offers to go and fetch his father,
but Beryl makes it clear that she wants to surprise her husband.
John offers to go with her, but Beryl just asks for directions
because she wants to go alone. She duly sets off, and, on her
way, she sees David out working. He appears to be alone, but then
he walks over to his truck, and Beryl notices Patricia. She watches
from a distance as the two of them lift and carry a large post
to knock into the ground. After noticing the body language between
David and Patricia, Beryl turns the horse round and rides off.
When she gets back to Woombai, Beryl tells John that the horse
acted up, so she decided to come back. John tells her that they
can drive up later. Rosie comments that 'Her Ladyship' isn't back,
but Patricia then walks in - and notices Beryl. After a momentary
look of surprise on her face clears, Patricia says, "What
a pleasant surprise." Beryl says she felt like a bit of a
break, and thought it would be a nice surprise for David. Patricia
says she's sure it will be. She offers to call David, but Beryl
wants to go to the Reid property to surprise him. Patricia tells
Beryl that the property is nowhere near finished, and she invites
her to stay at Woombai. However, Beryl says she came all the way
up to see her husband, and staying in separate houses rather defeats
the purpose. John says he can't wait to see his father's face!
When Beryl and John have headed off, Patricia 'phones David and
tells him that they are on their way. David says, "Oh God,
no," but Patricia tells him not to panic and not to tell
the truth as it would hurt Beryl terribly. She says John doesn't
suspect a thing, and there's nothing to be gained by him finding
out. She tells David to have a drink to calm his nerves, and says,
"It'll be alright." Patricia shouts for Rosie, but there's
David is tidying up when a vehicle pulls up outside. John comes
in and says, "Guess who I bumped into?" When
Beryl follows John in, David acts surprised, and he kisses his
wife. She tells him that she hopes he's not mad, because the trip
cost a lot, but she really wanted to see him. David tells Beryl
that it's good to see her. John says he'll leave them, but David
invites him to stay for tea. John suggests to his mother that
she ring home, but Beryl says, "Maybe later, love."
John says, "Don't worry, I won't stay long."
Rosie and Patricia engage in a slanging match over the quality
of the food and coffee Rosie prepared for dinner. John comes in
and comments that David was really thrown with Beryl turning up.
Patricia asks, "Why, what did he say?" John tells her
that David didn't say much, but he could tell his father was excited.
He says he thought they could organise a picnic for Beryl, but
Patricia snaps that she has better things to do than organise
picnics for people who pop-in. She adds that, if Beryl had rung
first, they could have arranged something. After Patricia has
stormed out, John asks Rosie if Patricia has been like that all
evening. Rosie confirms that she has, and John comments that he
doesn't know what's gotten into her. Rosie remarks that, whatever
it is, it's brought Patricia back to normal.
Beryl and David set up a bed, and David gets some blankets.
Beryl doesn't look too happy, and David tells his wife that he
feels dog-tired - a feeling he attributes to the extra beer he
had. He gets into bed and lies with his back to his wife. Beryl
also lies down, but she just stares into space. The following
morning, David is getting dressed when his alarm goes off and
wakes Beryl. He tells her that he's just going out, and Beryl
looks upset. Later, she approaches him as he hammers a post into
the ground, and tells him that she's brought him a cold drink.
She comments on how he left early, and David says, "I didn't
want to wake you." He adds that Beryl shouldn't have walked
all that way, but Beryl says it's lovely out in the country. David
says it will be good to get home, though. Beryl remarks that things
seem to be going well with John, and David agrees that they are.
Beryl says it was the right decision to stay, and David goes along
with this. Beryl gets out some photos of the family.
At the Palmers', Lynn has a parcel from her gran, for the baby
- it contains baby clothes in the colours of Lynn's gran's favourite
football team, Richmond. Kevin and Lynn immediately start arguing
over which team their baby should support - Kevin doesn't support
Richmond, and doesn't think his kid should either. Angela can't
believe the kids are having such an argument!
David says he'd better get back to work. Beryl offers to give
him a hand, but David says it's not women's work. A jeep pulls
up - it's John, who tells Beryl that she's hard to find! He says
Patricia wants Beryl at Woombai for the day. Beryl says she was
going to make some lunch for David, but David says he's busy.
John adds that Patricia has lots of things for Beryl to do. Beryl
reluctantly agrees to go, and David tells her to have a good day.
Angela listens to Kevin and Lynn arguing about which football
team their families and baby do/should support, until she gets
fed up and suggests a compromise: Lynn wants more than one baby,
so the first one should support one team, and the next one the
other team. Lynn says that's OK - as long as, in return, Kevin
promises to be there when the baby's born. They make up. In the
kitchen later, Lynn comments to Angela that she's been seeing
a lot of Mick. Angela says it isn't serious, and they haven't
even kissed yet. She tells Lynn that Mick's gentle, but a man.
Mick and Kevin get back from football, and Kevin and Lynn leave
Mick and Angela alone. Angela says she can't believe how silly
the earlier football argument was, and how she'd turn out to be
the umpire! She comments, "Things have certainly changed
in the last three months." Mick remarks that things must
be different to living in Sydney, and Angela agrees that they
are, but adds that she's happy in Melbourne - in fact, she's never
been so happy. She says there's no way she ever wants
to go back up there. She then asks Mick if her background bothers
him, and Mick says it doesn't bother him too much, but he does
sometimes feel as if he's not good enough, sort of. Angela says
that's crazy - she's no different to anyone else, deep down. They
John arrives to see David and asks if he needs a hand. David
says Beryl turning up delayed him a bit. John says that Patricia
has organised so many things for Beryl that, by the time she goes
back, she'll have had a terrific holiday.
Patricia and Beryl are alone at Woombai. Patricia says it's
nice having Beryl there, and she invites her to stay. Beryl says
the Reid place is OK. Patricia gets Beryl a gin and tonic, and
tells her that she thought the two of them could have a day at
the picnic races. Beryl says Patricia's no more interested in
the picnic races than she is. She tells Patricia that
she saw her and David together at the fence. Patricia says they
were simply working, but Beryl says she knows she's right - she
saw the guilt all over David's face. Patricia says it's all news
to her, but Beryl replies that Patricia can deny it until
she's blue in the face, but she knows what they're up to. Patricia
realises the game is up, and she asks what Beryl's next step is
going to be. Beryl says she knew Patricia would make something
happen, and Patricia points out that David is involved as well.
Beryl tells Patricia that David will be home in two weeks - "...see
how much hold you'll have over him then."