Rob tells John that he's crazy. He asks if John thinks he's a
no-hoper, and adds that he's not thinking of marrying
Angela - he just wants some company. He says that if he didn't
like John so much, he'd flatten him! John points out the surroundings,
and tells Rob that he's just interested in Angela because of what
comes with it, and this causes Rob to offer John his $50 back.
He tells John that he's the one who's changed, what with
his rich friends, posh suits and drinking beer from glasses, and
he adds that John was a nice bloke last time he saw him. John
says there's nothing wrong with living with your family, and he
adds that he was glad Rob turned up - it's just his behaviour
over the last couple of days that has gotten to him. Rob says
all he wants is to hang around a bit and see what happens. John
says he doesn't want Rob there. Rob replies, "Stiff!"
The next morning, Angela is eating when Rob comes in after a
swim. He asks how Charlie took the news about Gordon and Patricia,
and Angela says her neighbour pretended it was great, although
she knows Charlie didn't really mean it. She tells Rob that Charlie
just believes in having a good time, but she believes
it's undignified. She says that, when she went round last night,
there was a young blonde 18-year-old man there - and he was still
there this morning. She says that, if he was just after a sugar
mummy, what sort of respect can he have for himself? Rob slightly
guiltily looks down at the table.
At Woombai, Jill remarks to Wayne that it's funny how Barbara
suddenly left. Wayne isn't really interested, though, and just
snaps that he wonders when Fiona's getting back. Jill says it's
no use getting angry, but Wayne sarcastically replies, "Thanks
for the advice." Jill tells Wayne that he's been cranky for
days, and Wayne says he's sorry, but if Jill hadn't mucked up...
Jill yells that if Wayne mentions the 'phone call once more, she'll
pack her bags and leave. She storms off and past Patricia, who
is sitting on the verandah. She immediately goes indoors,
and comments to Wayne on the fact that Jill's being very aggressive.
Wayne says Gordon and Jill are both being weak at the moment,
and he adds that he doesn't want Patricia siding with them. He
asks Patricia to talk to Gordon, but she is reluctant after having
only just got things sorted out between them. Wayne says he supposes
there was a lot to patch up, as Patricia and David must have been
a kick in the guts for Gordon. Looking surprised, Patricia asks
Wayne if Gordon told him, but Wayne says he thought so - he put
two and two together weeks ago. Realising she's been tricked,
Patricia says it's a subject that's not discussed, and only Gordon,
Fiona and Rosie know - but certainly not John and Angela. Wayne
points out that the twins would freak, and Patricia agrees. Realising
that she's being blackmailed, she says she'll talk to Gordon,
but she adds that she can only do her best.
Fiona's 'phone rings, and she answers it just as Wayne puts
his receiver down, saying "I give up." Gordon points
out that Bunty or Thelma will give Fiona a message. Wayne gets
up and, as he walks out of the room, he looks at Patricia. Alone
with Gordon, Patricia says that it is Wayne's project,
so maybe Gordon should let him get on with it, but Gordon says
he's got to let Fiona have a chance of getting out, or she could
sue. He says he's up to his neck in debt, and he needs Fiona's
property as accommodation - he doesn't want to he lumbered with
a white elephant if she opts out. Patricia says Fiona has a stake
in the place, and it's in her interests for it to be completed,
but Gordon says he's aware of that - he wants to do what's legal
under the contract, though. Patricia asks what if they had a number
Fiona could be contacted on? but Gordon says they don't. Patricia
quietly repeats, "No, we don't..."
Fiona's doorbell rings - it's David. She hugs him tightly, and
asks him if he's staying, but he says he's only in town for a
few hours. David notices that Fiona's room has been repainted,
and she tells him that she had it done while she was in America
- she then adds that it's a long story. She asks if David's going
to see John and Angela while he's in Sydney, but David says not
this time. Fiona asks how the family is, and David says fine -
apart from the odd unexpected guest visitor...
Kevin is looking through his scrapbook of articles he's written,
but he tells Lynn that the only decent story is the one he wrote
on John. He starts tickling his wife, and Lynn is laughing when
she suddenly notices Noel watching. Noel says he didn't mean to
interrupt. He explains that he's just been to see Bill - who said
to say hello - but Bill still won't see Susan. He adds that he
almost had his head bitten off for mentioning it. Noel goes to
the 'fridge and notices there's no beer there, so he says he'll
go out and get some. When they are alone again, Kevin asks Lynn
if she's still nervous, and she admits that she doesn't feel comfortable.
She says they don't even know him, or if he's who he says he is.
Kevin says Noel's a nice bloke, and he tells his wife to give
him a go. Kevin leaves the room, and Lynn spots Noel's jacket
on the table, with the wallet sticking out. She walks over, picks
up the wallet and finds a photo. The front door suddenly slams,
and Noel walks back in, to see Lynn guiltily holding the wallet
in her hand.
Fiona remarks that she went away, and look what she missed out
on! Noticing how tired she looks, David tells Fiona to get to
bed. Fiona says she's going to lock the door, take the 'phone
off the hook and act as if she's not there. David suddenly realises
Fiona hasn't told him why she went to the States, and
so Fiona explains that she went because a sick friend asked for
her company. David comments that it was an expensive way to cheer
up a friend, but Fiona says he paid, and he's dying.
David remarks that Fiona must have been sad to leave her friend,
but Fiona says she didn't - he came back with her to die near
to his loved ones. She tells David that her friend was the one
who bought her the boarding house. She knew him when he was just
starting out, and she watched as he built his company up from
the ground. David asks if it was a big romance, and Fiona says
she's only had one big romance - James loved her very, very much.
David hints that he'd like to hear more, but Fiona declines to
say anything else.
Noel asks Lynn what the hell she's doing, and Lynn says she's
sorry. Noel says that if that had happened in jail, he'd have
flattened the guy first and asked questions later. He says he's
not a nutter, just an ordinary bloke who's made a few mistakes.
He tells Lynn that he's not going to murder the Palmers in their
beds - he then asks her what she was expecting to find. Lynn says
she doesn't know who Noel is, or even if he's who he says
he is. Noel asks Lynn what she found, and Lynn says just the name
'Noel Devlin'. Noel tells Lynn that now she knows, and he smiles
at her. He leaves the house again, as an unhappy Lynn stands in
Rob is out walking in the grounds at Dural when Angela catches
up with him. She remarks that it's cold, and Rob agrees. She asks
Rob if she's upset him, and Rob says he's thinking of moving on,
as he's not much better than Charlie - he's like the boyfriend
trying to sponge off Angela. He adds that he thinks he'll go back
to Melbourne, but Angela asks him not to, saying she was really
lonely until he arrived. Rob says Angela must have lots of friends,
but Angela says she only stayed in Sydney because of her job and
her parents, but she misses Melbourne. She says that, for the
last few days, Rob has brought a bit of Melbourne to her. She
suggests to him that he get a job, and adds, "Please stay
- I want you to." Rob puts his arm round her.
Inside, Prue tells John that he's ignoring her, and John says
he's sorry. Prue asks what's up, and John says it's Angela. Looking
annoyed, Prue tells John that he spends too much time worrying
about Angela, as she's only his sister, and she asks what gives
with them. John doesn't say anything other than admitting that
Prue may be right. Angela and Rob come in and Angela says Rob's
staying for a while. Rob asks, "Any objection, John?"
and John sullenly replies, "No." Rob says he wants to
be mates, but it's up to John. Prue chips in that you can't get
much fairer than that.
Gordon is tinkering with the engine of his car when Jill comes
out. He explains that he's going to an auction, and doesn't want
the vehicle conking out. Jill says she's going for a walk, and
Gordon remarks that she's been going for a lot of walks lately.
Jill explains that she's keeping out of Wayne's way until Fiona
rings, as it saves a lot of arguing. She walks to the little graveyard
on Fiona's property, and looks at the headstones. When she walks
away again, she stumbles slightly. She picks up some sort of marker
device and throws it away.
At Woombai, Wayne remarks that neither Gordon or Jill are around,
and Patricia points out that they're probably both keeping out
of his way. Wayne tells Patricia that she should have done her
job properly, and when Patricia says she tried, Wayne
says that maybe she should have tried harder. Patricia
tells Wayne that she gave into his hints yesterday, but not today.
She says that if he thinks going ahead is the right thing, then
he should do it and stop wasting his breath complaining. Wayne
picks up the 'phone.
Out on her walk, Jill notices a bulldozer approaching. She starts
running towards it.
Fiona gets up, opens her front door and, wedged between two
cartons of milk, finds a note from Bunty telling her to call the
Hamiltons at Woombai. Bleary-eyed, she scrunches up the note and
says, "Coffee first."
Jill runs towards the bulldozer and yells at the driver to stop,
but he says he's clearing the area. Jill says he doesn't have
permission, but the driver says his boss gave him his orders and
he's following them. He drives forward and Jill watches as he
approaches, and then crushes, the gravestones. She puts her hand
to her head in horror.