Angela is getting ready for her second day at the stud. Patricia
tells her daughter that she had trouble getting used
to organising things at Woombai, and she was glad to have John
behind her. Angela says she'll give the job a few weeks, but if
she just ends up running messages, she might think again. She
leaves. The 'phone rings, and Patricia answers. The caller is
Fiona, who asks to talk to Angela, but Patricia says she's not
there. Fiona says she wanted to find out how the job's going,
and Patricia tells her that Angela's doing very well, and, as
there's no risk of her returning to Melbourne, there's no need
for Fiona to keep in touch...
Rob gets back to the Palmers' after setting off early from his
parents'. He has some wedding presents for Kevin and Lynn, but
Beryl has a go at him for splashing his money around - she urges
him to put some away. Rob asks if the kids are in their room,
but Beryl explains that they've moved out to Susan's. Without
listening to the reasons why, Rob dashes out of the house. When
he gets to Susan's, he gives Kevin and Lynn a portable TV and
a computer games machine - and he also gives Kevin full marks
on his choice of wife! The two men get out the computer game,
and Lynn plays Rob at on-screen tennis. She wins, but says Rob
let her. She then has to go to work, telling Rob that it's her
first day. Rob queries the fact that she's not at school, and
Lynn says Kevin will explain. When Lynn's gone, Kevin says he
thought Beryl would have filled Rob in, but all he tells Rob is
that he had a run-in with his old man, which was pretty serious,
and, in the end, he decided to move out. Rob asks what the row
was about, but Kevin reckons his parents should tell him. Rob
says it won't do Kevin and Lynn any harm to be on their own for
a while. He asks how they're off for money, and Kevin says he
was supposed to get a job, but Lynn's beaten him to it with a
part-time job in a cake shop - but he reckons he'll get something
sooner or later. He tells Rob that he's had some interviews, but
Rob tells him that he needs to toughen up his attitude - go in
and con them into thinking they need you!
When Rob returns to the Palmer house, he has flowers for Beryl.
She tells her brother that Lynn rang to say thanks for the presents.
Rob comments that Kevin and Lynn's situation came as a shock,
and he asks what the row was about. Beryl says it's private, but
she reveals that Kevin told Lynn that they were moving out and
David told them never to set foot in the house again if they went.
She adds that Susan's put off selling her house until the problems
are sorted. She asks Rob to talk to Kevin, but Rob says he'll
need an excuse to go back. Beryl suggests Rob take Kevin's drums
over - and adds that they're the last of her son's things to go.
She says she's starting to think that she can't be much of a mother,
as none of her kids want to live there any more. Rob says, "I'll
Jill arrives at the boarding house and she and Fiona hug. Jill
asks about Fiona's trip to Melbourne, and Fiona explains that
she didn't stay long as some business came up. Jill thinks Fiona's
being very secretive.
Alan Pascoe calls at Dural on Patricia's invite. She gives him
Angela's lunch, which she'd forgotten, but takes the opportunity
to tell him that she knows Angela's only an office clerk, but
she'd like her daughter to have more training and responsibility.
She adds that Angela's perfectly willing to learn, and she'd like
him to give her a chance. Pascoe says Angela won't get special
treatment, so Patricia asks him to do it as a personal favour.
He says he'll see what he can do. Patricia says she'd hate to
see Angela become disillusioned and rush off. Alan Pascoe says
he'll drop in with occasional progress reports. Patricia tells
him that, if Angela asks why he was at Dural, he's to say Patricia
wants to organise some riding for friends.
When he gets back to the stud, Pascoe gives Angela her lunch
and adds the story about Patricia wanting to see him about some
riding. He remarks that Patricia must be lonely, but Angela says
she isn't really, and she's getting over it - adding that Patricia
has a friend who makes sure she goes out.
Jill tells Fiona that she still hasn't revealed why she came
back from Melbourne so soon. Fiona says she'll tell Jill over
dinner, but Jill doesn't think she'll be able to stay long, as
she has to return to Woombai. She asks how come Fiona hasn't yet
let her room out, and Fiona says she was hanging on... Jill tells
her that she and Wayne are for keeps, and Fiona realises that
Jill's trips to the city will probably be few and far between.
Jill says it's stupid to keep her room on - but hopefully there'll
be lots of problems at Woombai, so she can wangle trips down.
Fiona looks upset.
In the office at the stud, Alan Pascoe asks Angela if she took
delivery of some bales of hay earlier. Angela says she did, and
Pascoe tells her that there weren't the right number there - but
he doesn't have a leg to stand on, as Angela's authorised the
receipt. Patricia comes in and Alan asks Angela to run to the
post office for him. Patricia asks Alan if she can speak to him.
Outside, Angela runs into Barbara, who is there with stabling
fees from Prue. Barbara explains that she thought she'd bring
them personally, as she needed to get away from home. As Barbara
heads into the office, Patricia is coming out, and she tells Barbara
that she's sorry to hear about Roland. Barbara snaps that she's
heard enough platitudes over the last few days. Inside, she admits
to Angela that she owes Patricia an apology. She asks about the
divorce, and Angela says Patricia's coping - after all, it's Gordon
who's pushing it. Barbara says her intuition tells her that Gordon
isn't really over Patricia, and Angela says she's been having
the same feelings about Patricia. She thinks she should say something,
as it would be awful if neither of them really wanted to go through
with it, but just couldn't bring themselves to say so.
Kevin announces to Susan, Lynn and Rob that he's got a job,
earning $4 an hour at a carwash. Susan immediately remarks that
he could do a lot better, but Rob says it's better than the dole.
Lynn's really pleased. Rob points out Kevin's drums, and Kevin
is happy that he's got them back. He and Lynn go to their room.
Susan tells Rob that she wishes Kevin had got something better,
as he's bright, and could go on to university. Rob points out
that Kevin stood in a queue with twenty others, and he's the
one who made it. Susan tells Rob about Kevin throwing out all
his school papers, but says Lynn retrieved them. Rob says he's
going to try to get Kevin to talk to David, and, once that's sorted
out, hopefully other things will be as well.
Angela gets home and tells her mother that she had a good day.
Patricia's getting ready to go out. Angela passes on the fact
that Barbara wishes to apologise, but Patricia says it was water
off a duck's back. Angela says she was hoping she and Patricia
would be able to have an evening to themselves, and Patricia replies
that she expected Angela to be poring over files - but she would
rather spend the evening with her daughter than go out. Angela
goes off to change, and when she returns, Patricia remarks that
she doesn't know what they're going to do about dinner, as Mrs.
Burrows has gone home. Angela says, "We won't starve!"
Patricia asks Angela what it is she wants to talk about, and Angela
brings up the subject of Gordon, and the divorce. Patricia says
she doubts that Gordon is still interested, and points out that
he's consistent, and would never go back on a major decision.
Angela says she and John can both be pig-headed, but they've both
made up with Patricia, and she adds that she just wants to be
a family again - "Still, it's up to you and daddy."
She decides to get fish and chips, and Patricia agrees to join
her. She asks her daughter why being a family is so important,
and Angela says, "The house doesn't seem right somehow -
it's like I'm not comfortable here anymore."
Susan and Lynn go into the kitchen, leaving Rob and Kevin alone.
Rob asks Kevin about his buck's night, and reminisces about one
he went to that involved Kevin's Uncle Terry and David.
As soon as David is mentioned, Kevin says he'd rather watch TV,
and he switches it on. Rob tells Kevin that he can't pretend David
doesn't exist, and he tells his nephew to turn the tele off. Kevin
says he doesn't want to talk about it. Rob tells Kevin that Beryl
says the row was over nothing very much. Kevin asks Rob what Beryl
said, and Rob says, "She told me the lot." Kevin asks
Rob if what David did was right, and Rob replies, "I can
see both sides." Kevin asks how Rob would feel if his
old man ran off and had an affair, and Rob raises his eyebrows,
causing Kevin to realise that Rob was just bluffing him. Rob says
he didn't think David was the sort, but he points out that Kevin
can't stay mad, particularly as Beryl has forgiven her husband.
Kevin says he's heard the arguments, and he can't agree with them
- he hates his father. Rob says one mistake and suddenly everything
that went before doesn't count. He tells Kevin that Beryl is upset
over the fighting between her husband and son, and he asks Kevin
to at least talk it through with his father. He adds that he was
right about the job. Kevin says this is more important than the
job, and Rob replies that that's why Kevin owes David a hearing
- because it is more important than the job. He tells
Kevin to do it for Beryl, and Kevin eventually says, "OK
- tell them to come over... it's between him and me."