John gets into Dural and tells Gordon that the horses are all
safely stabled. Gordon tells John that he did very well, and bluffed
the woman very nicely. John says he's thankful for Gordon's help
- and not just today. Gordon says there's no need to thank him,
as John has more than earned his keep.
Jill comes into Fiona's room where Fiona is preparing dinner
for John. Jill says she had an argument with Scott, and she wants
to put forward her side of the story. She says Scott
asked her to do Fiona a favour by moving out. Jill tells Fiona
that she never meant to be a problem, and Fiona tells her that
she's not, and she's staying put until she's ready to move on.
She thinks she and Scott need to have a talk. Jill says she doesn't
want Fiona and Scott fighting because of her, but Fiona says there
are some things she should have said a long time ago. She rings
Scott, but just gets his answerphone. She leaves a message telling
him to come over straight away.
John joins Gordon and Barbara in the lounge, and Barbara introduces
her niece, Prue - the woman John was bidding against at the auction!
John looks taken aback, but Prue tells him there are no hard feelings.
She says she tried to twist John's arm into joining her for a
drink earlier, and it looks like she's got her way after all.
Scott arrives at the boarding house and says he got a garbled
message and hopes it's important. Fiona says she's spoken to Jill.
Scott remarks that Jill didn't take any time, and adds that he
supposes he's public enemy number one. He admits he asked Jill
to stop clinging to Fiona's apron strings, and Fiona says Jill
is not her pet project - she's a friend, and in a lifetime of
friendships, she's the best Fiona's had. Scott asks what that
makes him, and Fiona replies, "The man I'm idiot
enough to love." She says she's taken things from Scott that
she'd never take from anyone else. Scott asks what he should do,
and Fiona tells him that he wants her to cut her ties, which is
like asking her to pretend a whole slice of her life never existed,
which she can't do. She says she met some weird and wonderful
people - including the odd politician - "...the two bob snobs
included." She says it was the shysters, battlers and underdogs
who gave her a feel for people - they taught her how to care.
Scott says Fiona should have been a politician herself, but Fiona
asks who would vote for the Sentimental Party! Scott says, "You
never know - maybe it's time for a coalition." He says he
only spoke to Jill for the best, and Fiona asks, "Who for?"
realising that Scott hasn't listened to a word she said. Scott
says he needs time to think about it, and Fiona says they both
have a lot of thinking to do.
Prue says the riding school sounds tempting, but why put it
out in the sticks? John points out that it's only four hours'
drive. Prue asks about John's job, and John says he does a bit
of everything. Barbara says Prue has had several competition wins,
and Prue tells John that he must come and see her horses when
they arrive. John says he's going back to Woombai in a couple
of days, and he's up to his neck in work until then. Prue invites
him for dinner tonight, but John says he already has a date.
Angela takes Stevie's toys round to Mick's, but Mick tells her
to chuck them out. Angela says they'll be something to remember
his son by, but Mick says he doesn't need anything. He also reiterates
that he's not going to the funeral, and he's made sure he's rostered
on at work during the service.
Lynn gives Beryl some flowers to take to the funeral. In the
kitchen, Angela tells Beryl that Mick's not going - she says she
tried talking, but it was a waste of time. Beryl says she
might be able to do something. She asks if things got to
Angela, and Angela admits that they did - not at first, as she
was concerned about Mick, but she says she just wishes... "It
would be nice if John was here, that's all."
John tells Fiona that he'll take her out, but Fiona's not in
the mood, so John decides to cook instead. While he cooks hamburgers,
he reminisces about how it seems so long ago since he was on the
run from the police, and how a lot has happened since then. Fiona
says it's mostly been for the best - he's got a good job, he's
sorted things out with his father, and he's got to know Patricia
and Angela. She then asks John if he's gotten over Angela yet,
and John says of course - they were both being stupid, and if
she turned up tomorrow, it wouldn't worry him. Fiona points out
that John hasn't been rushing out to see anyone, and John says
he met a girl today who he thinks is interested. Fiona says, "But
are you?" and John replies, "Yeah - I think
When John has gone, Scott calls round and Fiona asks if he got
his thinking done. Scott says he did, and Fiona says she did,
too. Scott asks Fiona if she's seen Jill, but Fiona thought she'd
better leave it until she sorted herself out. Scott says that,
after their earlier disagreement, he went to a meeting advising
on the bicentennial celebrations, but he had other things on his
mind, like Fiona's past. He says he thought of what Fiona said,
and how she made it sound romantic. But Fiona says there was an
unpleasant side to it, too. Scott says he had questions from thirty
years ago while, at the same time, he was trying to think about
1988. He was trying to think about where they may be in 1988,
and realised they don't have a future unless Fiona puts her past
behind her. Fiona asks Scott why he thinks it's all so awful now,
as he was fine about it the day she told him at the property.
Scott says he made a mistake - learning how much Fiona loved him
was good for his ego. He didn't know Fiona still had links to
that part of her life, and he just can't buy that. Fiona tells
Scott that he's saying that, if she wants a future with him, she
has to guarantee that none of her old mates will ever be a part
of it, including Jill. She then tells Scott that they have no
future. Scott says, "You want me to go?" and Fiona replies,
"Good luck with your committee. If we should run into each
other in 1988, I want to be alive and kicking and the same old
gal I used to be." Scott says, "I'll buy you a drink."
Fiona looks upset.
Barbara and Gordon are eating at the yacht club. Gordon says
Prue seems to be a handful, and Barbara says that's an understatement!
She says Prue's parents let her run riot and she went to a trendy
school where subjects such as Maths weren't considered important.
Meanwhile, Prue herself calls at Dural. When John answers and
says neither Gordon or Wayne are around, she says she wants to
enrol in the riding school. John points out that enrolments aren't
even open yet, but Prue insists, and gives John a $1,000 deposit.
She says the two of them will be seeing a lot of each other, and
then asks him how his date was. John says he had a great time
- he did the cooking, and had a nice quiet night. Prue says she'll
tee something up for her to cook John for dinner.
Jill goes to see Fiona, who's looking depressed. Fiona says
she and Scott aren't seeing each other again, and Jill asks if
it was her fault, but Fiona says it wasn't working, and there
was nothing she could do. She says it would have been better if
he'd never come back on the scene, as it spoilt the memories.
She reminisces about how Scott was really something when he was
Angela sketches a portrait of John. She goes over to the 'phone
and makes a call, which is answered by Gordon, at Dural. Angela
says she was thinking she might come home for a visit, and Gordon
tells her that John is in town, so they'll have to convince him
to stay on. He tells Angela that he'll shout her the trip, and
he says he'll tell John she's coming. John is sorting out petty
cash receipts for Wayne, and he gives Gordon the cheque from Prue.
Gordon tells John that he should watch Prue, and explains that
he's just basing his opinion on a few things Barbara said. He
then tells John that Angela is coming for a visit, and he suggests
John stay on for a while. John looks taken aback, but thoughtful.
Beryl has had her hair done in preparation for David's homecoming.
She remarks to Angela that she can't believe Mick didn't turn
up for the funeral. Angela announces that she's going to Sydney
as she's depressed. Beryl asks where John is, and Angela says
he's at Dural. Beryl tells Angela that she and John made a sensible
decision not to see each other, and it's a big risk Angela upsetting
things for him. She says John left Melbourne because of Angela,
but Angela says she's sorry if Beryl doesn't like it, but she's
made up her mind, and Beryl will just have to get used to it.