Fiona is wandering round the boarding house, aimlessly. She goes
to the 'phone and hesitatingly picks up the receiver. Just as
she's about to dial, there's a ring on the doorbell - it's Jill.
Fiona asks her, "What do you want?" and Jill tells her
that she had nowhere else to go. Fiona asks about Jill's friends,
but Jill explains that she's broken up with Wayne and has spent
the last two nights sleeping in the car. Fiona says, "Oh,
I see." Jill says she wouldn't have come, but she's run out
of money. Fiona asks how serious it is with Wayne, and Jill tells
her that it's bad - but she did try to stop the men bulldozing
Fiona's land. Fiona says she'd rather not discuss that. She tells
Jill that she can use the bathroom to clean herself up. Jill enters
the room, and Fiona tells her that she knows where the towels
are. Although she sounds harsh, Fiona does have a pitying look
on her face.
Patricia is sitting at the dining table, staring into space,
when John offers her coffee, or a drink. She declines both. John
puts his hand on her shoulder and tells her that it must have
been pretty terrible, but at least she can say she did the right
thing. He adds that he's never been through anything like that,
but he realises it must be hard to lose a friend. Patricia says
James was more than a friend. John tells Patricia that she should
lie down, but Patricia says there's something she's been putting
off. "I have to do it."
Fiona pours a stiff drink as Patricia sits on her couch. Fiona
points out that Patricia must have known it was coming,
but Patricia says it was so sudden, and she was more concerned
with James' comfort. Fiona says Wayne didn't even hint when she
'phoned, but Patricia reiterates that they didn't know. Fiona
suggests that it's convenient for Patricia, as James never found
out what she's really like. Patricia replies that they should
act in a dignified manner until after the funeral, and then they
need never see each other again. Fiona says that's fine by her.
Patricia gets up to leave, saying she has a meeting with the Managing
Director of James' company and the undertaker, who's arranging
the funeral in Melbourne. Patricia leaves as Jill emerges from
another of Fiona's rooms. She remarks that she thought she heard
voices, and Fiona tells her that it was Patricia. She tells Jill
that a good friend died and she has to go to Melbourne for the
funeral, so Jill might as well use the bedsit while she's away.
She goes off to tell Bunty and Thel that she'll be away for a
few days. Jill asks if she can use the 'phone, and Fiona agrees
that it's OK.
At Dural, Hal Mason, the MD of Ramberg Industries, tells John
that he'll take James' personal effects with him in his car, and
the medical equipment can be taken away later. The 'phone rings
- it's Jill, who tells John that she doesn't know what to do.
John sympathises, but says he's busy, and he promises to call
back later. Mr. Mason says he has to go and see Patricia and the
undertaker, and when he has gone, Prue tells John that she has
him to herself. John comments that he doesn't understand what
Mason was doing there - he's his MD, but where's the connection
with James Sheppard? He asks Prue if she had heard of James, as
it was her contacts who got him the job. Prue says, "No,
not really." John asks Prue if she's told him everything,
and Prue again says no, not really. She then reveals that Patricia
was the contact. John stands up angrily, and Prue tells him not
to get mad, as they just wanted him to do well. John says he won't
say anything to Patricia now, as she's upset, but he does want
to know what's going on.
In Melbourne, Noel tells Beryl, Kevin and Lynn that the other
man involved in the crime was senior to him, and he went along
with it because his wife was pregnant, and they needed the money.
He adds that his wife wasn't much older than Lynn. He explains
that when they were found out, he and his boss had a fight, and
he ended up striking him, resulting in him ending up on a charge
of assault. Noel says he's sorry he didn't say anything earlier
- he just wanted to get back to living a normal life. Kevin points
out that Bill only got into trouble because of an accident,
and Noel agrees that it's not much different - except he
knew that what he was doing was wrong. Lynn still looks
suspicious, but Kevin asks if it's alright for him to go ahead
with his story, and Noel agrees. He says he'll tell Kevin anything
he wants to know. Lynn doesn't look happy, but on the way home,
Kevin tells her to give Noel a go. Lynn says he gives her the
creeps, and she doesn't believe a word he says. Kevin snidely
remarks that he bets Lynn got really excited when she thought
she'd found something on Noel. Lynn denies it. Kevin tells his
wife that Noel deserves a break, and Lynn says she knows, but
she just can't trust him. She says Noel is going to mean trouble,
and she hopes Kevin will wake up to him before it's too late...
While John is out, Prue takes the opportunity to talk to Patricia.
Patricia asks what the problem is, and Prue admits that John has
found out about the job. Patricia remarks that John hasn't said
anything, so he obviously doesn't think it's that important. Prue
says she had to tell him, as she didn't think it fair
that she got all the blame. Patricia says she hopes John
doesn't resign on principle - "That would be a waste of both
our efforts - wouldn't it..."
At the boarding house, Fiona gives Mr. Mason a drink and asks
what she can do for him. Mason explains that he's handling James'
funeral arrangements, and he's going to provide Fiona's flight
to Melbourne. Fiona says she's made arrangements, but Mason says
it's an open return, so she can stay on until after the reading
of the will. Fiona says she didn't realise she was expected to
stay for the reading of the will. Mason says, "Oh yes, Mrs.
Thompson - it's most important."
Charlie tells Patricia to calm down, but Patricia says that
if John resigns from his job, he could go off on his own, or return
to Melbourne. She adds that she hadn't counted on Prue blowing
it quite so soon. John comes in and announces that he's going
upstairs to pack. An alarmed Patricia queries this, but is relieved
when John tells her that he's going to Melbourne to meet the staff
and attend James' funeral. He then remarks that he supposes Prue
has spoken to Patricia, and Patricia admits that she has. John
says he's going to go to Melbourne, but he's not happy about the
job. He goes upstairs to change, and when he returns, he tells
Patricia that he believes what Prue told him - he wasn't impressed,
but he didn't raise it because of James. Patricia says John got
the interview because of her, not the job. John
accepts this, but comments that he's done pretty well pretty quickly.
Patricia tells John that James was a businessman, and he gave
instructions that John was to get no special treatment, but if
he showed promise, he was to be given the opportunity to develop
it. John tells Patricia that he doesn't want her interfering,
as he doesn't know how much of what he gets is down to her,
and how much is down to what he does. Patricia says Hal
Mason is the MD, and he's not going to put his reputation on the
line just to please her. She adds that John could have
a very good future in the company. John says he does like the
job - and the money - and he supposes he should apologise, but
it's difficult to adjust - it was the way he was brought up. He
says it's been good to see how the other half lives, but Patricia
says he is part of the other half, now. John says he'd
like to think he's a little bit of both, as it's the only way
you really learn. Patricia says, "Yes - yes, I guess it is."
She adds that she was only trying to help - it's all she's ever
done. She tells John that she needs him, and when he understood
her earlier, she was very grateful to have him with her.
Beryl picks up a glass of water containing a tablet for a headache.
David comes in and she tells him that it's Noel again. David asks
what about him?
Kevin is typing with one finger as Lynn watches. She eventually
says she can't stand it any longer, and she offers to take over.
Kevin tells her that she's not much better, but Lynn
says she has at least had typing classes. There's a knock at the
door, which Kevin answers. It's David, who tells his son that
he's got to get his priorities right - having an ex-convict accused
of violent crime living in the house with Lynn, who's scared,
isn't on. Kevin remarks that David and Vic Hardy make a great
pair, but David just says he hopes Lynn will listen to
sense, as he doesn't want her in the house alone with Noel. He
also says he doesn't want Noel near the Palmer house - or he'll
flatten him. Later, Beryl pays a visit to Susan's and finds Lynn
by herself. Lynn tells her that Kevin will stick up for Noel for
sure now. Beryl says she wonders if the newspaper report was over-exaggerating,
saying, "Us pregnant ladies do tend to take things too seriously."
Lynn suddenly realises what Beryl is hinting, and she tells her
it's wonderful. Beryl admits that she's thrilled, and she didn't
say anything before because they thought there might be problems.
Lynn asks how David feels, and Beryl tells her that he's happy
as well - they didn't plan it, but it's the best thing that could
Patricia tells Mr. Mason that she's already made arrangements
to get to Melbourne, but Mason tells her to bill Ramberg Industries,
adding that she and Fiona were so good to James that it's the
least they can do. He reminds Patricia that she'll need to hang
around for the reading of the will. Patricia asks if James' grandson
is going to be at the funeral, but Mason says no - Paul is a bit
of an unusual boy, a bit of a mystery all round. Patricia asks
Mason if he's met Paul, and Mason says he did once, but
he thinks Paul has gone off the rails since then. Mason then asks
Patricia if James talked to her about Paul, and Patricia says
she thinks James was worried about Paul handling his inheritance.
When Mason has gone, Patricia tells Charlie that she doesn't trust
him as far as she can throw him. Charlie says James must have
set Patricia and Fiona up to protect Paul's interests, so he must
have left the two women something as an incentive. Patricia rhetorically
asks if it's enough to keep the Hamiltons solvent, but Charlie
says anything is better than nothing. Patricia says James was
shrewd - "I get the feeling that whatever is in his will
is going to mean my troubles with Fiona are just beginning..."