Beryl storms out of Woombai, but Patricia goes after her and
asks her to wait. She says she knows Beryl's angry, and neither
she nor David wanted it to happen, but they couldn't help it.
Beryl says, "I don't believe you." Patricia says it's
no justification, but it's the truth. Beryl says Patricia's just
saying that because she found out, but Patricia says that, if
the three of them sat down, she would tell David to go. Beryl
tells Patricia that she wants David back because he loves her,
not because Patricia's big enough to let him go. Patricia asks
what Beryl's going to do, and Beryl says she's going back to Melbourne
to wait for him. Patricia asks Beryl if she's going to tell David
that she knows, but Beryl says she isn't, because David will then
chase after her out of guilt. Patricia remarks, "At least
you'd have him back," to which Beryl replies, "For how
long?" Beryl says she put up with weeks of David thinking
about Patricia, and unless he really wants to return home, it'll
all be the same. Patricia asks if Beryl is really prepared to
let him stay, and then asks what Beryl will do if he decides to
stay for good. Beryl says, "I'd never want to see him again."
She walks off.
At the Reid place, David and John get in, and Beryl tells them
that she's going home - she's changed her mind about staying,
as she's in everyone's way. John tells her that she's crazy, and
asks if Patricia knows. Beryl says she doesn't. She tells her
family that they're working, and she can't put Patricia out by
being at Woombai, so she's rung Fiona and she's staying at the
boarding house to get some rest. She asks David to drive her to
the station, and David sends John to put Beryl's bag in the car.
When they're alone, David tells Beryl that if she wants him to
go back with her, he will. Beryl says, "While I'm
whooping it up with Fiona? - not likely!" David replies,
"If that's the way you want it."
Fiona's preparing a cocktail for Beryl to drink when she arrives.
The recipe was from an order given to Jill in her new job at a
bar - she tells Fiona that the customer then tried to chat her
up. She adds that, once, it wouldn't have bothered her, but now...
Jill then points out that she'll be going to Woombai in a few
weeks, so she can stick it until then. Fiona says, "If money's
the problem...", but Jill says she's not taking anything
off either Fiona or Wayne. They decide to try a couple of glasses
of the cocktail - "...one for the road!"
David goes to see Patricia at Woombai, in an agitated state.
He tells her that Beryl's going back, and he thinks she knows
the truth. Patricia asks if Beryl seemed upset, and adds that
she doesn't seem the kind of woman to cheerily wander off after
learning something like that. She asks David if he wants to go
after his wife, and when David decides not to, she tells him she'll
come over to the Reid place later.
Jill, Fiona and Beryl arrive at the boarding house and Beryl
comments that it's lovely. Jill has to rush off to work, and Beryl
says she's glad she met her, as John talked about her a lot. Fiona
offers Beryl a glass of the cocktail, but Beryl says she'd prefer
tea. Fiona realises something's wrong, and asks what's the matter.
Beryl says, "It's David - he's having an affair with Patricia
Hamilton." Fiona looks gobsmacked.
Patricia arrives at the Reid place, but there's noone there.
After standing uncertainly in the room, looking round for a while,
she decides to make a telephone call. She asks the switchboard
for Sydney 958 2654, and, when Charlie answers, Patricia tells
her that she needs to speak to her.
Beryl is crying as Fiona brings the tea in, but she says she
feels better, and was just thinking that she wishes she hadn't
told Patricia that she knew. Fiona asks, "Why did
you?", and Beryl says she couldn't help herself, as Patricia
had made her feel like a fool. Fiona says she hopes Beryl let
Patricia have it! Beryl says she didn't want David to know that
she knows, but Fiona reckons Patricia hasn't much of a hold on
David, and she won't risk him going after his wife. Beryl says,
"I hope so." She adds, "All I know is, if he comes
back, I want it to be because he loves me, not because he feels
sorry for me."
Patricia is sitting on a chair in the middle of the empty room
at the Reid property when David comes in. He tells Patricia that
he's been out for a drive to think things out. He says it's all
such a mess. Patricia asks why - she says Beryl doesn't know anything,
and what they're doing isn't hurting her. She offers to go back,
but David says, "No."
Beryl thinks she should go home tomorrow, but Fiona tells her
that she can stay as long as she likes. She asks Beryl if she'll
tell the kids, but Beryl says she won't - it'll be hard enough
for her and David to sort their problems out, without the kids
taking sides. Fiona says that that's why Beryl should stay on
in Sydney, as she'll burst into tears at home, and the kids will
get suspicious. She says, "Stay on - practice your stiff
upper lip routine, and if you fall apart here, there's no harm
done." She adds, "I'll follow you around with a mop!"
Beryl smiles, and Fiona says, "Good girl."
Jill arrives at Dural, and Miss. Brooks lets her in. Jill comments
that it's the big day, when Wayne tries to walk again. In the
living room, Wayne has a visitor - Barbara Armstrong. Jill and
Barbara are introduced, and Barbara explains that, for the past
two months, she's been hopping round the US as her husband ties
up a deal. She says she got fed up and came home. Jill wonders
where she's heard the name before, and realises it was with Simon
Armstrong. After thinking she might have put her foot in it, Barbara
tells Jill that it's not a taboo subject! She asks Wayne if he's
had many visitors, and he says he has, but it's been embarrassing
as they've tried not to mention walking, running or driving. Barbara
asks about Wayne's partnership with his father, and comments that
she likes the sound of it.
Charlie arrives at Woombai, and says she can't wait to see what
Patricia's been doing. Once the pleasantries are over, she asks
what's the matter. Patricia says she's messed everything up. Charlie
asks Patricia if she's having an affair, and when the answer is
'yes', she asks how it happened. Patricia says she went out of
her way to be cool towards David, and she tried to ignore him,
but she was just kidding herself. Charlie remarks that Patricia
must have been interested to invite a labourer to her
barbecue, but Patricia says she didn't see it that way at the
time. Charlie thinks it's wonderful, and just what Patricia needs,
but she asks her friend if she's getting cold feet. Patricia says
David's wife found out, and didn't tell him, as she's being very
noble. Charlie says she gathers that Patricia's keeping quiet,
and she asks when David's going. Patricia says he'll be leaving
in a week. Charlie tells Patricia to enjoy it while it lasts,
but Patricia doesn't want David to go at all. Charlie
reminds Patricia that they're only talking about a fling, but
Patricia says, "Not any more." She tells Charlie that
it's wonderful - she knows there are problems, but it's wonderful
- as long as it lasts. She says she's falling in love with David
Gordon gets home to Dural, and is pleased to see Barbara, who
tells him that travel is for birds! She adds that she was fed
up with people saying, "Have a nice day!" Miss. Brooks
comes in to tell Wayne that it's time for his hydrotherapy. Wayne
thanks Barbara for dropping over, and when they're alone, Barbara
comments to Gordon that she likes Jill, adding that she makes
a change from the dolly birds that Wayne used to see at the yacht
club! Gordon invites Barbara to join him for lunch, and to catch
up, and Barbara accepts. At the yacht club, Gordon says
he's not glad the accident happened, but it did make
Wayne take stock of himself. Barbara says, "They all come
right in the end." Gordon says Jill helped, as she wouldn't
take any nonsense. Barbara asks after Patricia, and is told that
she's at Woombai. She says there have been rumours of divorce,
and Gordon says Patricia must have discussed it, as he hasn't.
Barbara remarks that it's none of her business - it's bad enough
when friends get nosey, let alone well-meaning acquaintances.
Gordon says he'd like to think of Barbara as more than that -
he tells her that he's relaxed more with her in the last hour,
than he has done for a long time. Barbara puts it down to the
good wine, and says, "Well-meaning acquaintances going on
friends!" Gordon admits that divorce is on the cards, and
says it hasn't been much of a marriage for a long time - it feels
like a waste of the last twenty years. Barbara says she can't
pretend she and Patricia got on well, but she is sorry.
Miss. Brooks comments that she'll be redundant soon, and Wayne
says, "Let's hope!" Jill moves some furniture, and helps
Miss. Brooks lift Wayne from his wheelchair. Leaning on crutches,
he manages to shuffle forward and turn round. He says, "There's
nothing to it!"
John arrives at Woombai and sees Charlie. He tells Patricia
that there's been another delivery mess-up. She invites John to
join them, but John declines. When he's gone, Charlie remarks
that she's still the scarlet woman! She asks Patricia when she'll
get to meet David, but Patricia says it's awkward. Charlie says
she can behave like a human sometimes! She asks Patricia
why David can't meet her best friend, but Patricia says she doesn't
want Charlie to see him.
Fiona and Beryl return from shopping, and Beryl says she had
a good day. She adds, though, that the boarding house reminds
her of where it all started with David and Patricia. Fiona says
Beryl has to fight it. She adds that Angela would guess something
was wrong in one second flat. Beryl tells Fiona that if she sees
one more frown on Beryl's face tonight, she can hit her!
Charlie asks if she can stay, adding that she'll keep away from
David. Patricia says that will be nice. She tells Charlie that
she's going to keep David - maybe it won't work, but walking out
on him twenty years ago was one of the biggest mistakes she ever
made. Charlie points out that it wasn't easy being an unmarried
mother, but Patricia says marrying Gordon wasn't the answer. She
adds that, even if it is twenty years too late, she's going to
make David stay. She tells Charlie that the only thing to stop
him staying is his family, and she's going to have to watch that
- "I don't know how, but I will. I have to."