Patricia goes back to the boarding house, where she asks Fiona
how James is. Fiona says he's about the same, and she adds that
Patricia will be on her own, as she has to go shopping. She asks
Patricia to stay there until she returns. When Patricia goes in,
James tells her that he was wondering where she'd got to. Patricia
asks him if he liked his present - a chess set - and James says
he it likes now, just as he liked it when he gave it to Patricia
all those years ago. Patricia asks James how he is, and James
says he's fine, before asking how things are for her.
Patricia says the Hamiltons are in a mess - Gordon made some bad
business decisions and everything could be down the drain very
soon. James remarks that he thought the Hamiltons had plenty of
reserves, but Patricia tells him that that's enough talking about
that, and she challenges him to a game of chess. James tells Patricia
that it's so good to see her. The chess game doesn't last long
- James quickly tells Patricia that she's left herself wide open,
and he manages to checkmate her in three moves! Patricia humourously
tells James that he didn't teach her properly, and this makes
James think back to the weekend the two of them spent in the mountains,
where all Patricia wanted to do was play chess, and all he
wanted to do was go to bed because it was winter! He then brings
up the subject of the job that was created for John, and he asks
Patricia if John's her son. Patricia tells James that John doesn't
know she had anything to do with setting it up, as he'd be furious
if he found out. There's a knock at the door, and Patricia remarks
that it's too soon for Fiona to be back. She goes to the door
and is startled to see Gordon standing there. He explains that
he saw Patricia's car outside and was wondering what she's doing
there. Patricia tells Gordon that he's had a lot on his plate,
so she didn't want to worry him with more bad news, but she's
had a call from a old friend - and a friend of Gordon's as well
- who's dying, and who is now staying with Fiona - James Sheppard.
Gordon says he's there to have it out with Fiona, and so Patricia
invites him in to wait. He and James shake hands, and Patricia
asks Gordon how long it's been since they've seen James. Gordon
reckons it must be a good five years. He notices the chess set,
and remarks that he and Patricia had been married six years before
he discovered how much she loved the game...
Later, when James is sleeping, Patricia explains to Gordon that
James tires easily. She offers Gordon a cup of coffee, and the
two of them go into the kitchen. Patricia asks Gordon how he feels,
and Gordon says he's not looking forward to it, but Fiona will
hopefully see sense. At that moment, Fiona comes in and sees Gordon.
She curtly says, "Hello." Patricia offers her coffee,
but she declines, and tells Gordon that she's not changing her
mind about suing him. Gordon points out to Fiona that they've
been involved in business deals together for a very long time,
and he's never done anything that hasn't been in her best interests.
Fiona retorts, "You've made one hell of a start," and
she reiterates that Gordon's wasting his time. Gordon tells Fiona
that if she's not prepared to talk sense, he'll go. Fiona says,
"Good." When Gordon is by the front door, Patricia,
still in the kitchen, tells Fiona that she'll be back, and she'll
keep coming back until James goes to Melbourne.
In Melbourne, David tells Beryl that the long trips
are starting to take it out of him. He notices that Beryl doesn't
look well, and she admits that she's finding that she's getting
tired and she's sitting down more, but she adds that she's not
as bad as she was with Kevin. Susan tells Beryl that she should
be more honest about things, but Beryl says the doctor told her
she's fine. David says that, after lunch, he'll clear out the
shed, but Beryl tells him that Noel has already done it, plus
he's mowed the lawn. David asks if Noel's had any luck with finding
a job yet, but Susan tells him that Noel keeps getting the same
knockbacks as he got with Bates. She adds that he has
been trying, and he's not lazy. David says he didn't think he
Noel is lying back on the couch at Susan's when he hears the
front door slam, and he quickly sits up and pretends to look at
the job ads in the newspaper. Kevin comes in with a tape recorder
which he has borrowed from school to interview Noel, but Noel
reckons he should keep on looking for work. He tells Kevin that
the jobhunting is starting to get him down, and he really needs
to go on a computer refresher course because he's ten years out
of date, but he can't afford it. He adds that he wishes he could
get a loan. Kevin suggests Noel get a part-time job,
but Noel says his prison record will still count against him.
Kevin offers to find out if there's any work going at the carwash.
Noel declines the offer, but Kevin says it's worth a try.
David enters the Palmer house with Lynn, and Beryl motions to
her to sit down. She asks what's wrong, and Lynn says it's Noel
again - she had a go at him about working and he almost went ballistic.
She says she feels that if she'd said any more, he'd have punched
her. Beryl points out that Noel is very sensitive about his lack
of work at the moment. David overhears what Lynn says, and she
tells him that she wasn't imagining things - it was the vicious
way he looked at her that got to her. Beryl suggests that it might
be best if Lynn didn't stay there, but Lynn says Kevin and Susan
think Noel's wonderful. David says he doesn't want to interfere
unless Lynn can pinpoint a particular incident.
John calls at Fiona's to say hello, and Fiona tells him that
she has a friend with her. She introduces John to James, and James
asks John if he likes his job. John says he does, so far. James
asks what the name of the company is, and John tells him that
it's Ramberg Industries - they took a punt on him, and he doesn't
want to let them down. John explains that he bummed around after
he left school, but now he wants to make a future for himself,
and James says he knows the feeling well. He tells John that he
got his break and got back what he put in. John says
that's what he's going to do.
At Dural, Gordon tells Patricia that an out-of-court settlement
is still their best bet, and Patricia says, "Damn Fiona."
She adds that she'd love to take Fiona to court, but
Gordon says they can't as he's had a second opinion, and there's
no other option. Patricia tells Gordon that he should ring Wayne
and tell him the bad news is final, but Gordon says he'll go up
to Woombai tomorrow and tell him, as Wayne's moods are unpredictable
at the moment. Gordon starts talking about selling Woombai and
the stud, which causes a shocked look to come over Patricia's
face. She asks him how long he'll be away, and Gordon says, "A
while." He asks why she inquired, but Patricia says, "Oh,
John asks James how long he'll be staying, and James says it'll
be a few days, or maybe a week. John says it would be nice to
take James and Fiona on a drive to West Head, and Fiona says she'll
see, but James says, "Thankyou." John has to go. Fiona
asks James if Ramberg Industries is one of his companies,
and she tells him that he's got a very good employee in John.
James suddenly clutches his chest and tells Fiona to call his
nurse. A while later, Fiona is on the 'phone to Patricia, telling
her that James is quite bad. Patricia says she'll come over, but
Fiona tells her to stay away, and adds that it's doctor's orders.
Patricia, though, says, "I'll be there." When
she puts the 'phone down, she tells Charlie that she'll never
see enough of James while he's at Fiona's. Charlie tells Patricia
that it's a bit much of her to go after James' money, but Patricia
says she's not after his money - she just doesn't want
to have to get past Fiona every time she wants to see him. A slightly
disbelieving Charlie says, "Alright - good luck..."
David is watching TV when Beryl comes in all dressed up for
the two of them to go to the cinema. David says he's been thinking
about Noel, and would rather he didn't visit the Palmer house
while he's not there. He adds that Lynn's a sensible girl, and
if there was nothing to it, she'd be over it by now. Beryl says
Noel is a nice chap. David says he can't do anything when Noel
is at Susan's, but he doesn't want him at the Palmer house. He
tells Beryl not to encourage Noel.
Noel announces to Susan and Lynn that he's got a job at the
carwash. Kevin adds that Noel is going under the name of Rob Keegan,
and Susan says it's risky, but Kevin says it was the only way.
Lynn asks what Rob will say about it, but Kevin says Rob will
think it's a joke. He, Susan and Lynn decide to go to the cinema,
and they invite Noel, but he says he'd prefer a night to himself.
The Palmer house is in darkness when someone suddenly enters,
shining a torch around. The person wanders round the lounge and
the light eventually falls on a drawer in a cabinet. The drawer
is opened, and the person takes out a savings account book. A
withdrawal slip is removed, the book is returned to the drawer,
and the drawer is closed. The person leaves the house - it's Noel,
who smiles to himself...
James tells Patricia that he's feeling much better, and he's
sorry she's come over for nothing, but Patricia says it's not
for nothing. James says the attack made him panic, as he thought
he'd never see her again. He asks Fiona to make some coffee, and
Fiona grudgingly leaves the room, leaving Patricia to tell James
that he's very subtle! James tells Patricia that he realised this
morning how much he loves her. Patricia says she spent
the morning wondering how she could repay him, and she decided
that she'd invite him to stay at Dural. James asks what about
Gordon, but Patricia tells him that Gordon will be away for a
while. She adds that if James comes to Dural, it'll place less
of a stain on Fiona. James says he'll do it, but only if Fiona
agrees. Patricia tells him to go and lie down, as she'll
talk to Fiona - and she says she's sure Fiona will understand.
Alone on the couch, Patricia smiles a very devious smile.