Wayne yells to Gordon that he wants John off the place. Gordon
points out that John did tell Mal Leyton where Wayne
was, but Wayne says John did that just so everyone could have
a good laugh. He repeats that he wants John to go, but Gordon
says he wants to hear John's side of the story first. Wayne says
he's treated John just like one of the workers, but Gordon says
John's a bit more than that. He adds that Wayne is still an invalid,
and says he thought his son would be glad of the help. He then
suggests that perhaps it would be best if John goes, but he reiterates
that he wants to discuss it with John first. Wayne yells, "I
don't want him here." Gordon goes outside, and sees John
heading towards him. Gordon tells John that what he did was irresponsible,
as Wayne could have done something stupid, such as trying to walk
unaided, but John says he was too mad to think. Gordon says he
doesn't blame John for standing up for himself, but he wishes
he'd found another way of doing it. He also points out that it
is Wayne's project. John tells Gordon that he promised
him a job, but Wayne won't let him do it. He adds that Prue has
been at him for days to get away from Woombai. Gordon asks John
if he'd like his job at the stud back, but John says he'll find
something. He suggests Gordon could go against Wayne, but Gordon
is reluctant. John says that'll be it for him, unless Wayne changes
his mind. He adds that he thought Gordon was a fair man, but,
after this, you could have fooled him...
David arrives at Fiona's, and Fiona is very pleased to see him.
David says he wasn't sure if he'd be welcome, but Fiona says that,
as long as he's done the right thing by Beryl... She asks David
when he'll be going back, and David says it'll be tomorrow night.
He adds that he wants to call Angela - but he decides he'd better
call her at the stud, rather than at Dural. Fiona asks David if
he still thinks about Patricia, and David admits that he does
- he worries about the way he walked out on her. He says he knows
it's wrong, but he can't help it. Fiona says Patricia will survive.
At Woombai, Rosie tells Gordon that she hopes everyone will
manage without her. Gordon tells her to have a good time. Rosie
asks what's going on, but Gordon says he'd rather not discuss
it. Rosie reckons it must be Prue, who's probably feeling glad
she's caused trouble. She adds that John needs his head read.
Rosie leaves the room, and Wayne comes in. Gordon tells his son
that the whole business with John has left a nasty taste in his
mouth, and he says he's going to speak to John before he leaves
in the morning. Wayne says John is going, and so Gordon is forced
to point out that he could override what Wayne says. He sits down
and looks thoughtful. The next morning, John and Prue are just
leaving by the front door when Jill knocks on the kitchen window.
Prue goes to put the bags in the car, but not before warning John
to make sure noone changes his mind. He goes inside and finds
Rosie has prepared breakfast. John doesn't want any, though. Rosie
says Gordon will be sorry John didn't stay to sort things out.
She and John hug, and then John and Jill do the same, prompting
John to say that he doesn't think Wayne would like it!
Angela remarks that Patricia and Charlie are up early, and Charlie
says they're going sailing. She adds that 'Tony' has the Midas
touch! She then asks Angela to talk Patricia into accompanying
her best friend on a fashion trip to Paris, but Patricia says
she'll only go if Angela goes. Angela says she doesn't want to,
and adds that she'll probably be back in Melbourne by then. She
leaves the room, and Charlie asks Patricia what the big attraction
of Melbourne is. Patricia says it's "...all of them... one
big happy family." She tells Charlie that, if that's what
will make Angela stay, that's what she's going to get - Patricia
says she's going to get Gordon back - "I can give her everything
David can - and more."
As David emerges from having a shower, Fiona is frying breakfast.
David asks if he can invite Angela over for lunch, and Fiona says
it's fine, but it wouldn't be a good idea for Patricia to find
out. David asks Fiona if she's sure Angela doesn't know about
the affair, and Fiona assures him that his daughter's in the dark.
David wonders if he should say something, as Angela might take
it OK, but Fiona tells him not to. She suggests David take Angela
out somewhere for lunch, so he rings Angela at the stud and asks
her. Angela says she has a mountain of work, and she adds that
David will miss Patricia, as she's out sailing for the day. She
invites him to the stud, and David says he'll see what he can
tee up. After the call, David tells Fiona that Patricia's not
going to be there, and he decides to go.
Rosie is ready to leave, and Jill and Gordon both wish her well,
but Wayne turns his back on her. Gordon tells Wayne that that
wasn't necessary, but Wayne says Rosie will only be gone for a
week. Gordon, who's driving Rosie to the city, says he's still
hoping to see John. Wayne reiterates once more that he doesn't
want John back, and he points out that Gordon doesn't owe John
an apology. Gordon says, "No, I don't." Jill
says Gordon has a point, but Wayne tells her not to start.
Rob is on the 'phone to a girl he met the previous night, and
when the call has finished, he tells Beryl that Kevin and Lynn
seemed quiet when he drove them home yesterday. Beryl says she's
cross with the way Kevin is treating Lynn, plus she's unhappy
at Rob for putting ideas in Kevin's head. She asks Rob to think
about how Lynn will feel, and so Rob asks Beryl why she doesn't
say anything. Beryl, though, says it's not her place to interfere,
now that the kids are married. Rob says he'll speak to Kevin and
show him the less glamourous side of life in mining.
At Susan's, Rob offers Kevin a beer, but Kevin says he doesn't
really drink it. Rob tells him that it's drunk a lot up north.
He adds that Kevin will miss Lynn, but then points out that it's
only for four or five months. He then brings up all the other
bad things about life up north - the temperatures in the hundreds,
the dusty rooms, drinking to help you sleep, playing cards, which
helps you lose all your money... He suggests to Kevin that he'd
be better off staying in Melbourne and going back to school, but
Kevin realises Rob has been talking to Beryl. Rob says big sisters
can get to you! Kevin asks Rob what he really thinks,
and Rob says Susan's right - a person with brains should use
them. He shows Kevin some letters that he wrote to Beryl when
he was feeling depressed while he was away, and he adds that they
contain the truth, whereas, when he talks, he sometimes exaggerates.
Rob says Lynn has money coming in, and Kevin has the carwash at
weekends, so they won't starve. He tells Kevin not to end up bumming
around like he did.
Gordon goes to the Armstrong property, where Barbara is in the
garden. He invites her for dinner, but Barbara suggests a home-cooked
meal would be nicer. She suggests Gordon stay at her house while
he's in Sydney, but Gordon asks Barbara to return to Woombai with
him when he goes back.
Lynn gets home and spots Kevin with a suitcase. He's emptying
it of the schoolbooks in there, and Lynn initially thinks it's
so that he can pack, but when Kevin tells her it's because he's
going back to school, Lynn is really happy.
Charlie and Patricia get home, and John and Prue hurriedly stop
kissing on the couch. Patricia acts surprised that John is back
from Woombai, and she asks what happened. John tells her that
she was right about him just being a messenger boy there. He adds
that he's a bit disappointed, but he'll get by. Patricia says
she thinks it's wonderful, as John will do much better away from
there. She says she'd like John to stay. Prue chips in that she'd
like it, too, and John eventually says, "OK."
Angela tells David that Rob seems like quite a guy. Gordon suddenly
comes in and, after he and David have briefly nodded at each other,
David turns his back and looks out of the window. Gordon tells
Angela about John leaving Woombai. The 'phone suddenly rings,
and Angela transfers the call to take it in another room, leaving
the two men alone. David asks Gordon why John being at Woombai
didn't work out, and Gordon says it was Wayne's fault. David says
John seemed happy when he was up there, but Gordon says
a lot has changed since then. He tells David to ask John - "...he's
with his mother. Need directions?!" David asks if Wayne's
attitude has anything to do with him, or Patricia. Gordon
says he knows about the affair, and David says he's sorry, and
he knows Patricia is too. He thanks Gordon for not telling Angela
or John. Gordon says he doesn't need gratitude. David says Beryl
has been great about it, and they're both doing their damndest
to keep the family together. He suggests that Gordon should do
the same, but Gordon snaps that he's not going to take advice
from Patricia's ex-lover. He adds, "You'd find it pretty
hard explaining a fight to Angela. Don't push your luck."