Mick is crying as he sits on a bench next to Angela, who says
she wishes she'd been there. Mick tells her that it's not her
fault. Susan approaches, and says a friend called her. She tells
Mick that she's so sorry. Mick just says he's going home, and
Susan asks Angela if any funeral arrangements have been made.
She then chases after Mick to ask him if he's arranged an undertaker.
Mick says he'll leave it for Cheryl to organise, as he just wants
to go home and forget. Angela asks if she can go with him, and
he tells her it's up to her. He makes it clear that he
doesn't want to talk to Cheryl, though, telling Susan that Cheryl
can do whatever's necessary. Angela remarks that it's not fair
to Cheryl, but Mick doesn't want to talk. The two of them get
in the car, and Mick puts his foot down. Angela tells him to slow
down, but he doesn't, until he gets to a park and comes to an
abrupt halt. He says, "Damn Cheryl!" He tells Angela
about how Stevie asked for her, but Cheryl said she didn't know
who Angela was. Mick says he's lost the one good thing he ever
had in his life. He tells Angela about how he grew up with no-hoper
parents. He says everyone thought he'd turn out the same except
for the Keegans. Mick had vowed to make a go of his marriage,
but he ended up with Cheryl. He was going to make a go of being
Stevie's dad, though. Angela offers to drive, but Mick says he'll
David is felling trees when John pulls up in a jeep. David says
the area he's clearing is for a tennis court. He remarks that
there will be ping pong and birds inside, and tennis, riding and
flies outside! He says he reckons the work's OK, and
sometimes he wouldn't mind staying, as it's better than driving.
John suggests his father move up with Beryl, but David says his
wife wouldn't be in it as she likes Melbourne too much. John reminds
David that Beryl grew up in the country, but David says, "Nah."
As he leaves to go and give a message to Mal, John jokingly suggests
David retire to the country!
Charlie asks Patricia if she's spending the night with David,
but Patricia says it will be difficult as Rosie gave her her beady
eye when she was late in last night. Charlie asks if John noticed,
but Patricia says he was off in town. Charlie suggests that Patricia
get John out of the way, as all the time David sees his son, it
gives him the guilts. Patricia says she has to be careful - if
she's feeling guilty, imagine how David feels.
Rosie comes and asks Patricia if she'll be in for dinner. Patricia
says she's going out, and Charlie butts-in, saying Patricia is
going to try the new table tennis table at the Reid place, so
it'll just be Charlie and Rosie for dinner tonight. When Rosie's
gone again, Patricia asks Charlie why she said that, and Charlie
says it'll give Rosie something to think about! Patricia remarks
that, knowing Rosie, she'll probably go up there. Charlie says
she'll keep Rosie occupied - "The things I do for friendship!"
David is bouncing a ping pong ball on a bat when Patricia comes
in and says, "Caught you!" David explains that the table
was dropped off this morning. Patricia says she wasn't expecting
it yet, but it was delivered by a local character who Rosie used
to be engaged to years ago. David challenges Patricia to a game,
and she eventually accepts.
Jill and Wayne laugh and joke with each other, until Wayne decides
he wants to go for a swim. He tells Jill that Miss. Brooks warned
him not to go swimming alone, but Jill just says she'll watch.
Wayne suddenly notices grazing on Jill's arm, and Jill hurriedly
says she had an accident at work, and adds that it's a long story.
At the boarding house later, Jill curses herself for not saying
something to Wayne while she had the chance. Fiona says it's not
the end of the world, but Jill says that was her chance, and she
couldn't take it, telling Wayne instead that she tripped over
her boss's cat in the car park! Jill bemoans the fact that she's
an ex-hooker and a liar, but Fiona sternly tells her to stop thinking
like that. She tells Jill that she can't change what's done, and
so it's stupid to be ashamed of it. Jill says she's not ashamed
- after all, she got out of it. Fiona says Jill's right, so she
shouldn't put herself down. She says history isn't worth agonising
over, and Jill concedes that she's right.
Gordon shows Wayne a leaflet about a horse auction that he got
from Barbara, and he suggests they might be able to get some cheap
stock for the riding school. He then shows Wayne a letter that's
arrived from Patricia's solicitor. Wayne reads it and says, "So
that's it, then?" Gordon remarks that, after twenty years
of marriage, he would have thought Patricia would have been able
to tell him herself. He tells Wayne that he didn't expect Patricia
to change her mind, nor did he want her to, but she could have
spoken to him face-to-face. Gordon says he supposes they disappointed
each other so much that they couldn't ignore it any more.
David and Patricia play table tennis, and have a joke argument
over the score. They end up close to each other and Patricia remarks,
"So much for romance!" She says she's very happy, and
David says he feels the same. Patricia remarks that, if someone
had said to her three months ago that she'd be building fences
and playing table tennis... She adds, "It's a pity it has
Angela is on the 'phone, and, when the call is over, she tells
Beryl that it was Susan, who said Mick is still not going to the
funeral. Angela thinks Mick was bottling it all up, and now it's
hit him, and Cheryl has made him more angry than anything else.
Angela doesn't think Mick will need her any more, saying he liked
her because Stevie liked her, and she needed someone
- "...you know why." Beryl tells Angela that Mick will
need her more than ever now, but Angela doesn't think so - she
believes it's silly to see the two of them as more than friends.
Rosie tells Wayne on the 'phone that Patricia's on the verandah
with Charlie. She comments, "Stupid name for a woman, if
you ask me!" Patricia picks up the 'phone, and Wayne tells
her that he's ringing about her letter. Patricia says it's between
her and Gordon, and she's just doing what Gordon wanted. She says
she's touched that Wayne is concerned, but it's their business.
She then asks Wayne if there's any business problems, and Wayne
explains about the horse auction. Patricia says there's no problems
her end, and Wayne tells her he'll call her after the auction.
After the call is over, Patricia looks thoughtful, and she picks
up a magazine. Suddenly, she appears to think of something, and
starts dialling a telephone number. A few minutes later, she suggests
to John on the verandah that he should go to the horse auction,
and then stay in Sydney for the rest of the week - she adds that
Wayne's fine about the idea. John says David only has a few days
left before going home, but Patricia tells John to talk to his
father and see how he feels - and if he agrees, to invite David
to dinner. When John has gone, Charlie tells Patricia that she's
brilliant! She then asks, "Why dinner?" and Patricia
says she was being a bit homely - she hints to Charlie to 'go
to bed early', "leaving David, John and me to a family evening."
After dinner at Woombai, there's light chatter, and Patricia
remarks that life is less complicated in the country. David and
John both agree. Charlie asks if David will miss it when he gets
back to the city, and David supposes he will. Charlie goes off
to 'make the kitchen tidy'. John says Charlie's not that bad after
all, and Patricia jokes with David that their son can admit when
Jill is at Dural. Wayne has gone to bed, but she's waiting to
speak to Gordon. She tells him that she was talking to Wayne about
the divorce, and he explained that one of the problems was that
Patricia and Gordon had lied to each other for so long. She says
she thinks Gordon likes people to be honest. She then reveals
to Gordon that she was a prostitute until she met Fiona six months
ago. Jill says she'll understand if Gordon doesn't want her seeing
Wayne any more, and Gordon admits that he's shocked, but he still
respects her. Jill says she wants to tell Wayne, and Gordon says
he's glad she told him, but he doesn't think Wayne could
cope with the news at the moment - "There are times when
honesty is not necessarily the best policy."
John has an early start in the morning, so he decides to go
to bed. David tells him he's done well, and John remarks that
he has good teachers! When John has gone, Patricia says it's really
strange - "Tonight, for the first time, he was our son."
David asks Patricia if she's thinking of Angela, and Patricia
says it would be nice if it was just the four of them. She says
it's a pity they were just kids. She says they've changed, but
the last few days... "I just don't want anybody else."
David says, "Neither do I," and they take each other's