Beryl is busy tenderising a piece of meat when Rob comes in.
He immediately tells her to stop what she's doing, as he's going
to take her bowling; Beryl is more concerned about making a stew,
though! She tells Rob that she hasn't been bowling for years,
but Rob grabs the mallet and runs around the kitchen with it,
forcing Beryl to accept the invitation, but not without telling
her brother that he's impossible! She also takes the opportunity
to thank Rob for talking Kevin into returning to school. Rob says,
"I'm a little wonder, aren't I?!"
At the stud, Angela is on the 'phone to John, who says he's
OK. Gordon comes in, and Angela tells him that David was looking
for him, but Gordon says he was out on a paddock, and must have
missed him. Angela says John has told her about the problems with
Wayne, and she tells her father that she's worried about the way
he treated John, but Gordon just says John and Wayne didn't see
eye-to-eye. He adds that he wants to talk to John, but Angela
says she thinks this will probably make things worse. Gordon says
he'll see how the time goes before deciding what to do. He asks
Angela how she's going, and she says she couldn't be
happier - and things with Patricia are better as well. She tells
Gordon that Patricia is thinking more about others, now. Gordon
explains that he's seeing Patricia about the settlement later.
Angela says she'd like her mother to be at the Woombai opening,
and Gordon agrees that, after the hard work Patricia put in, she
should be invited.
At Dural, John is on the 'phone to Fiona, who tells him that
David is staying with her, and she invites John over for dinner.
John says he and Prue would love to come. At the mention of Prue,
Fiona's face drops! David comes in and has a word with John. He
says he'll be in the meal, and John says it'll give his father
a chance to meet Prue. David asks what went wrong at Woombai,
but John says he'll explain later. Patricia enters the room at
Dural, and John asks David if he wants to speak to her. David
agrees, but the conversation he has with Patricia is very false.
In front of Fiona, he tells Patricia over the 'phone that it's
a pity they couldn't have had a meal together. Patricia says,
"Oh, I don't know." She adds that she's been glad to
get back into her old social circles anyway. John leaves the room,
and Patricia tells David that there's no need for the false conversation
to go on any longer. She prompty hangs up. Later, John is coming
downstairs when Angela gets in. She tells John that Gordon's not
going to force the issue, and John says he's a bit disappointed
in Gordon - that's all. He adds that he can find another job.
He's on his way to pick Prue up to go to Fiona's, and Angela takes
the opportunity to say she'll be fine about 'the other thing'.
With John gone, Angela goes into the lounge, where she finds Patricia
sitting by the bar. Angela asks what's wrong, and Patricia says
she's seeing Gordon tomorrow about the settlement. Angela says
she thinks Gordon's changing his mind, and he might want to talk
to Patricia about the two of them. Patricia says she's missed
him, and she adds that she knows she always pushed him, but she
didn't realise what she had until it was gone. She says that,
if there was a chance, she wouldn't make the same mistakes.
David tells Fiona that he was trying to do the right thing by
talking to Gordon, but Fiona is more surprised that Patricia actually
told Gordon about the affair. David thinks Patricia must
have thought about trying to patch things up, but Fiona bets it
wasn't Patricia who told Gordon the truth. She adds that she doesn't
know what Patricia has been feeding Angela, but if she's been
saying anything about getting back with Gordon, then that's a
very large pill for Fiona to swallow. David looks bemused.
Barbara tells Gordon that David must have been sincere about
giving it a go. Gordon says he promised not to say anything to
Angela and John, and that's as far as he goes when it comes to
forgiving and forgetting. Barbara says she's glad Gordon could
talk to her about it, and she thanks him for letting her be a
John and Prue arrive at the boarding house, and John introduces
Prue to his father. She's very polite to David, and to Fiona as
well! Fiona asks John to give her a hand in the kitchen, leaving
David to feel awkward in the room with Prue. Prue eventually says
John's told her a lot about David, and she adds that she
couldn't be a long-distance lorry driver. David excuses himself,
saying he has to call Beryl. John emerges from the kitchen with
drinks, as David says he can't get any answer from home. John
humourously suggests that Beryl must be out on the town with another
bloke, but David reckons she could be out with Rob. John says
he must take Prue to Melbourne sometime, to meet Rob.
Beryl and Rob get home late, having had a good time. Beryl says
her arm's hurting, but Rob just suggests that she should get David
to take her bowling next time! Beryl replies, "That'll be
the day!" She thanks Rob for the meal they ate while they
were out, and they reminisce about old times. Rob tells Beryl
to relax, while he goes out on the town. He asks Beryl if she's
worried about David being in Sydney, and Beryl says she's not,
but she still looks at the 'phone.
At Dural the next morning, John wants to get a move on, otherwise
he'll be late for the first of the three interviews he has lined
up, all of which sound good. Patricia tells him he looks very
smart in his suit, and John says Prue picked it. He accuses Patricia
and Angela of being two clucky hens! Angela tells John that the
companies will be mad if they don't want him. Patricia tells her
son to use her as a reference if he needs to. When he's gone,
Patricia tells Angela that she wishes she could do more for John.
Angela just wishes her mother luck with Gordon.
Barbara tells Gordon that she'll be packed by the time he gets
back from Dural. She adds that she did a lot of thinking last
night, and has to say it: she knows Gordon has been hurt, but
she also knows that he's not entirely convinced about the divorce,
and that Patricia still means something. Gordon says that, for
the past twelve months, Patricia has done some of the most soul-destroying
things that a woman can do to a man, and he put up with
it - not put up with it, but accepted it. He says Patricia
drove him so far that he no longer had any respect for her, and
the affair was the icing on the cake. Gordon says he'll rule out
a reconciliation if Patricia still has any feelings for David.
Barbara tells Gordon to sound Patricia out - "...at least
Patricia is on the 'phone, saying, "Thankyou, Mr. Mason,
that's all I could possibly ask. If you could just check with
James..." Suddenly the doorbell rings, and Patricia quickly
ends the call. The visitor is Prue, who immediately starts talking
again about John needing a good future. Patricia tells Prue that
that's why she's there - she wants Prue's help again. She tells
Prue that John can sometimes be stupidly independent, and reveals
that she has a contact who could have a job for John, but she
can't raise it with him herself. She says there is a vacancy for
a PR person for Ramberg Industries, with tremendous scope for
advancement, and adds that Prue has greater influence over John
than she does. Prue says she really likes John, and wants
to see him do well, particularly as he's her longest-lasting boyfriend.
She says it's good that Patricia understands what John really
wants. She adds that she met David last night, and he's not on
the same wavelength. Patricia invites Prue for drinks later, and
says it's important that John does the right thing. Prue goes,
and Patricia stands with her back to the front door, smiling deviously.
The smile is gradually replaced by what could almost be mistaken
for guilt, but then the doorbell rings, and Patricia turns to
answer it. The new caller is Gordon, and Patricia invites him
in, adding that it seems so silly asking him into his own house.
Patricia says she's made coffee. Gordon says the garden looks
David gets back to Melbourne, to find Beryl and Rob still in
their nightclothes. David says he tried to ring last night, and
Beryl explains that she and Rob were out. Beryl adds, "Bowling,
would you believe?!" David says that, in his rush to get
home, he got booked for speeding, and copped a ticket. After Rob
has headed off for a shower, David apologises to Beryl, sayng
he knows they can't really afford it. Beryl's just glad David's
home. He asks Beryl if she was worried, and he adds that she doesn't
have to be - not now.
Gordon says he supposes they'd better get down to business.
He says he's been wondering about splitting the house, now that
Angela's back. Patricia says she still loves the place, and has
lots of memories, but it would be selfish of her to keep it, so
she tells Gordon to go ahead. Gordon tells Patricia that Angela
talked to him about her, and he can see the difference. Patricia
says that, since the split, she's found herself looking at lots
of things differently, and the way she behaved made her realise
that things will be very different if she has a second chance.
Gordon asks Patricia if she knows that David is in Sydney. Patricia
says yes - but she has no desire to see him ever again - ever.