Patricia says to Gordon that she supposes he must have a lot
of last-minute arrangements to make before Woombai opens. Gordon
says that he has. He gives Patricia a brown envelope containing
John's wages for the previous week. He tells Patricia that, if
Wayne changes his mind, John is more than welcome to come back.
They part on cordial terms, leaving Patricia looking thoughtful.
At the stud, John tells Angela about the interview he's just
had for a sales rep to sell machinery and travel all over the
world. He adds that he laid it on thick about working at Woombai,
and he says the interviewer seemed to think that, with training,
John could handle the job. He jokes that he'll be combine harvester
salesman of the year! Angela asks John if he's talked to Gordon
yet, but John says there's nothing to talk about, and it's better
if they both let it ride. He says he doesn't want Gordon to get
the wrong idea that he's trying to smooth things over to get his
job back - he wants to do things by himself.
At the Armstrong property, Barbara asks Gordon why he looks
so glum. Gordon says, "Patricia." He adds that things
went well, and there could be some hope, particularly as she seems
to have got David out of her system. Barbara says, "First
step." Gordon says he'll just have to see what happens next.
At Dural, John tells Patricia and Prue that he thinks the machinery
company want him. Patricia says, though, that noone's rung her
for a reference. Prue tells John that she's heard about a vacancy
as an executive in PR, doing non-technical work, and she suggests
to John that he ring them for an interview. John asks Prue how
she knows so much about the job, and Prue quickly says she had
lunch with some people who told her about it. Patricia supports
Prue in her enthusiasm, and she also tells John about his wages
from Gordon being by the 'phone. She adds that Gordon agrees that
John would be better off by staying at Dural, as there's no chance
Wayne will change his mind. John says he'll give the company a
ring about the PR job. Patricia and Prue smile at each other.
David tells Beryl that he can't work out what John sees in Prue.
Beryl, though, reckons John won't stand for any nonsense. David
says he doesn't think it'll last, and adds that Fiona felt the
same. He tells Beryl that the two of them have tomorrow free,
and Beryl says she's got the taste for bowling, and would like
to go again. David agrees.
Wayne enters the main room at Woombai to find Jill polishing
the silver. He asks if Gordon is back yet, but Jill says he's
probably busy. Wayne also wants to know if the 'happy couple'
will be returning, but Jill says she doubts John will come back.
Wayne snaps at Jill, asking if she's on John's side. Jill says
she's sitting on the fence, and Wayne immediately snaps that she
should be on his side. Jill starts to flare up, but is
interrupted by a car horn, which prompts Jill to tell Wayne that
he'll soon have his answer. She adds that Gordon will be pleased
to know Wayne can now do without his wheelchair. Wayne goes outside,
and Barbara comments that she's pleased to see him up and about.
She goes off to find Jill, leaving a steaming Wayne to ask his
father about news on John. Gordon says John is staying in Sydney.
Wayne says that's the best news he's heard all week. He reveals
that there's an almighty mess at Woombai, and says he's glad Gordon's
back. Inside, Barbara tells Jill that it's good to be back in
the country. Jill offers Barbara some tea, but Barbara tells Jill
not to fuss around, as she'll pull her weight while she's there.
Wayne and Gordon come in, but they pass on the tea, preferring
something stronger instead. Wayne says there's a problem with
the airstrip - the council will only let it go where it crosses
into Fiona's property. Gordon suggests Wayne contact Fiona, then,
but Wayne says they've been trying, and she's uncontactable. Gordon
tells Wayne to keep trying. Wayne says Jill doesn't know where
Fiona could have gone. Gordon says they must hope she's just away
for the day.
Angela gets home from work late, and Patricia tells her that
John went out early, with Prue. Angela remarks that that will
give her and Patricia a chance to be alone. She asks how things
went with Gordon, and Patricia says he wants the two of them to
spend a little more time together. She adds that, in recent weeks,
the effort she's put into getting them together again seems to
be looking up - John has career prospects, and she and Angela
are getting on better.
The next morning, Beryl tells David that she's been feeling
queasy for the last couple of days, and attributes it to a virus.
David tells Beryl that she's as bad as Lynn, looking green around
the gills at breakfast. Beryl says Rob keeps her young! David
says he's thankful Rob talked Kevin into going back to school,
and Beryl takes the opportunity to ask her husband to talk to
Kevin again, but David thinks Kevin is avoiding him, and says
their little talk did nothing. He reckons Kevin was going up north
to keep out of his father's way. David says Kevin hates him, but
Beryl thinks Kevin is calming down. David says things with Kevin
are as bad as they ever were.
John is dressed up in his suit again, but he tells Patricia
that he would have felt better if the machinery company had called
for a reference. Patricia tells John to convince Ramberg that
the PR job is the one he's always wanted. John says he'd prefer
the machinery job, though. Prue arrives to drive John to his interview,
and she tells him that he can do better than selling bulldozers.
John says that, if he's asked, he'll say he's waiting to hear
about the other job. Patricia tells him that he's too honest.
Jill is talking to Plan C when Barbara approaches, and offers
to help with the housework. Wayne comes out and asks Jill if she's
'phoned Fiona, but Jill says there's still no answer. She suggests
she should try Bunty and Thelma, and Wayne snappily asks why she
didn't do it earlier. He orders Jill to get onto them at once.
When Jill has gone inside, Barbara remarks to Wayne, "Quite
the little charmer, aren't we?" She tells him not to take
things out on Jill, and Wayne admits he may have been a little
stroppy, but he says the airstrip is on his nerves, and it needs
to be sorted, otherwise things are up the spout. Inside, Jill
is on the 'phone to Bunty. When the call is over, she announces
to everyone that Fiona is in America! Wayne says, "What do
you mean, America?" Jill says that Bunty told her Fiona just
got up and left. Barbara asks if Fiona ever mentioned the US,
but Jill says she didn't - plus she was up to her ears in debt.
Jill says Bunty told her Fiona said she'd ring when she got settled.
Wayne asks what they're going to do. Gordon says they can't do
anything without Fiona's written permission, and adds that they
should hope she rings soon.
After winning at bowling, Beryl tells David that they should
get out more often, and they reminisce about old days when they
went bowling more frequently. Beryl tell David that he'll soon
be a grandad on a pension! She adds that it's good to be having
a few laughs for a change. David looks thoughtful. Beryl goes
into Kevin and Lynn's room, and starts making the bed. David follows
her, and Beryl explains that Rob moved from Susan's room because
he wanted a double bed. David says he has to tell Beryl something
about Sydney. He reveals about seeing Angela and Gordon at the
stud, and adds that seeing the latter wasn't pleasant. He also
admits that he spoke to Patricia at John's insistence, and it
shook him up. He says Patricia sounded bad, and Gordon still wants
the divorce. David says he thinks Patricia needs Gordon, but he
still worries about her. Beryl says she's glad he told her. She
stands up and suddenly comes over faint, but blames the bowling.
Angela is at the stud when Prue comes into the office, having
just returned from John's interview. She tells Angela that it
was a breeze, and adds that the head office was very plush. Angela
says she thought John preferred the machinery job. John comes
in and says he went pretty well. Angela tells him that he should
find a job that makes him happy. John says Ramberg made it sound
like he only had to say yes. He says he's going home, to find
out whether Patricia's heard from the machinery company yet.
At Dural, Patricia is on the 'phone. She tells the caller that
John is a hard worker, but he has a temper, which can be unreliable.
She adds that he resigned from his last job after a heated argument,
and without giving notice, and tells the person that John expects
things to go his way. "Quite frankly, I think you'd be hiring
trouble." She says she hopes her comments will be confidential,
and then, hearing a key turning in the lock, quickly ends the
call. She goes out and greets John and Prue, and tells John that
noone called. John says it seemed so hopeful. Patricia suggests
John should ring the machinery company and find out what's happening.
Prue says Ramberg were keen, and Patricia says, "Really?"
and she acts as if she's really surprised and happy for her son.
John says the first job isn't looking too good, but he told Ramberg
that that's the one he really wants. He goes to the study to call
the machinery company, leaving Prue to ask Patricia what will
happen if the machinery company say yes. Patricia says, "Oh,
I don't think they'll say yes..."