Beryl is surprised to see Kevin turn up at the Palmer house,
as John and Prue have just left to see him at Susan's.
Kevin explains that he has been at the library and he thought
he'd pop in to apologise for not making more fuss about the baby.
He tells his mother, though, that David shouldn't have let it
happen, and seeing as Beryl hasn't been well, and David hasn't
been a good father in the past... Beryl tells her son to see sense
over David. She points out that Noel is trying to get on with
his life, and David just wants to do the same. Kevin
asks what sort of life the baby can expect if David runs off with
Patricia, but Beryl says David promised point blank not to see
Patricia again after their affair. Kevin says he can't see how
his mother can trust David, but Beryl asks if Kevin trusts Noel,
and when he says he does, she tells him that she knows
David far better than he knows Noel,
and, therefore, the subject is closed.
Noel is looking at the withdrawal slip when Susan comes in and
startles him. She asks if she heard the 'phone, and although noone
has actually rung, Noel tells her that there was a call about
the money - $200 isn't enough, but another $300 should do it.
Susan says she'll ask her friends, or go to the bank for a loan,
but she makes it clear that she doesn't want to involve David,
or the rest of the family. Noel says it can wait a couple of days,
as he's sure Bill will be alright.
Upon her return to the boarding house, Fiona calls to see Jill,
and explains that she made a terrible mistake thinking Jill would
have let the graveyard be bulldozed. She adds that John bent her
ear about it all the way to the airport, and she couldn't get
home fast enough to say sorry. Jill points out that Gordon isn't
to blame either, but Fiona says he was weak, as he let Patricia
get her way. Fiona adds that it was probably Patricia who planned
the whole thing. She asks Jill to stay, and Jill says she'd like
to - plus Plan C likes the place because it's her old stomping
ground! She tells Fiona, "Yeah, we'll stay."
Kevin goes to collect Lynn from a friend's house before going
home to catch John and Prue at Susan's. As he's on his way out
of the Palmer house, David comes in, and the two men exchange
vague greetings. Beryl tells David to take no notice of his son's
mood. She suddenly notices that David has forgotten to pick up
the cake, and so David says he had other things on his mind. Beryl
notices that he's all dressed up, and asks where he's been, and
so he explains that he went to see Patricia - hurriedly adding
that it was for a very good reason. He tells Beryl about how Patricia
called and wanted to see him, and he agreed to go as she thought
it might be a chance to finish things for good. Beryl asks David
if Patricia wanted to start their relationship again, and David
admits that she did, but he told her that there was no way he'd
be in it. Beryl says she can't understand how Patricia made such
a big deal of getting back with Gordon, only to then come after
David. David tells Beryl about Patricia's threat to 'get him'.
He adds that it felt like Patricia wanted to own him
rather than love him. Beryl asks if Patricia meant what she said,
and David says she probably did, but he doesn't care, as she can't
get to either of them anymore.
Patricia calls Hal Mason and tells him that she's going home
tomorrow morning and wants to see him before then, as she has
a couple of questions about the company's operations. The next
morning, Mason duly calls at James' property and Patricia asks
him if Ramberg has any connection with the transport industry.
Mason explains that the company has a transport division, but
it's one of their weakest areas. Patricia asks how likely it is
that Ramberg will be expanding their transport field, but Mason
says it's not very likely - it would have to be a board decision.
Patricia says she supposes it just requires a majority vote. Mason
tells her that if she lets him know the company to be bought,
he'll make some moves, but the board might not be keen, and Patricia
would need Fiona to help push it through. Patricia says, "Or
Paul," but Mason says they have no idea when he'll surface.
Patricia tells Mason that she's sure he'll be discreet, but Mason
says he's in a precarious position - he was a favourite of James,
but he wasn't so popular with the other board members, and he
has to be sure he's backing the right horse. Patricia tells Mason
that he'll be fine as long as he doesn't try to play both sides.
She adds that she's sure they can be frank with each other in
the future, and Mason says, "And benefit in the process."
Fiona cooks breakfast for her and Jill, although it's not up
to the quality of Jill's breakfasts! Jill, though, says she doesn't
think they should return to the old arrangement, as she'd like
to be more independent. After a short period of silence, both
women start talking at the same time, but it is Jill who continues
the conversation, saying that, after Woombai, she hoped she'd
grown-up. Fiona says it doesn't have to mean growing away, and
she looks disappointed, adding that she'll have to get used to
cooking her own breakfasts!
Kevin turns up at the Palmer house, where John is getting ready
to head back to Sydney. Kevin tells his brother to thank Fiona
for Lynn's make-up, which she loved. He tells John that he's really
pleased about his job, and he hopes he can be as good.
Prue emerges from the kitchen and tells Kevin that he'll make
a great journalist, but he shouldn't let himself get tied down
by marriage. Beryl tells Kevin to go to school. Kevin says he
has to call in at the local paper as he has to finish his article
on Noel. Prue asks if Susan and Noel are together, but Kevin says
they're just friends. Prue then says she wouldn't like
to live in a house with an ex-con, and adds that there's not much
to rip off at Susan's house even if Noel wanted to! Beryl
shakes her head, as a disapproving look crosses her face! She
yells at Kevin again to go to school, and so Kevin gets up and
shakes John's hand. Prue tells Kevin that it's nice to meet him.
Kevin leaves the house and Prue goes to pack, leaving John to
humourously say to Beryl that Prue's good at putting her foot
in it. Beryl says Prue just doesn't care about other people. John
asks Beryl if she thinks he's like that, and Beryl tells
him that a lot has happened to him, and it's easy to change. John
says there's no way he wants to give up how he's living now, and
his job, but he hasn't forgotten the family - Beryl, David, Susan,
Kevin... He says he can't keep still, and adds that there's nothing
wrong with Kevin being ambitious. Beryl says it's fine, as long
as it doesn't get out of hand. John says he could never be a real
snob. He asks his mother if she likes him being with Prue, and
points out that there are some nice things about her.
The mother and son hug.
While out in the town, Susan spots Noel at the carwash and goes
over to him. Noel asks her if she's got the money, but Susan says
it's hard asking for money when you can't say why you need it.
Noel tells her that she might have to ask David, and
Susan says it won't be easy. Noel then tells her to go home and
relax. His boss, Mr. Henderson, yells at him to get on with his
Beryl shows Lynn some flowers that John sent her from the airport.
She then tells Lynn that she thinks Kevin is afraid of competition
between his baby and hers. Kevin comes in and says he
saw the editor of the paper, and was told he did a good job. Beryl
tells Kevin he must be pleased with himself, and Kevin says he
is. He says he's going to go home and tell Noel - "He'll
At the carwash, Noel is polishing the windows inside a car,
when his glance wanders to the glove box. Checking that noone's
looking, he opens the box, reaches inside and takes out a cigarette
case and lighter. He examines them - they're gold-coloured - and
then puts them in his pocket, before closing the glovebox and
returning to his work.
Lynn tells Susan that Kevin is really on top of the world. She
then notices that Susan looks upset, and asks if she's alright,
but Susan says she's fine. Lynn asks if Noel is causing trouble,
but this causes Susan to snap that she knows Lynn would like that,
but he's a good friend. She then reveals that her problem is Bill
- she needs money to keep him out of trouble, and she's given
up $200, but she needs another $300 for Noel to pass on. Lynn
is incredulous that Susan is giving money to Noel, and Susan explains
that Noel is taking it to the prison to stop Bill from being bashed,
but Lynn just says, "Yeah, right." Susan says that that
sort of thing does happen, but Lynn tells her that Noel is ripping
her off, and she's stupid to give him money. Susan tells Lynn
not to interfere, as Noel doesn't need any more trouble.
At the carwash, Henderson accuses Noel of stealing a cigarette
case from the glove box of one of the cars, but Noel denies it.
Henderson wants him to empty his pockets, but Noel refuses and
gets increasingly angry, until he ends up pushing Henderson so
he has his back to one of the cars. Kevin is just approaching
as Noel tells Henderson to stuff his job. He walks off, as Henderson
yells that he's going to call the police. Kevin hurriedly tells
his boss not to do that, as it would mean Noel having to go back
inside. Henderson says, "What?" Kevin tells him that
Noel is OK, but Henderson asks him what he meant by 'inside'.
He asks Kevin what 'Rob''s real name is, and Kevin has to admit
that it's Noel Devlin, but he says he needed a second chance.
Henderson tells Kevin that Noel has blown it, as he stole something,.
He adds that he doesn't want to see either Noel or Kevin's faces
again - Kevin is sacked.
At Susan's, Kevin tells Lynn that they've got $30. Lynn points
out to Kevin that she said Noel would cause trouble,
but Kevin says Noel is out of a job as well as him. Lynn sarcastically
says that Noel has Susan's money to keep him going.
Having revealed to Kevin about what Susan said, Lynn and Kevin
go straight to see Beryl, who says Lynn could be right, but they
need to check it out first. She adds, though, that she'll leave
it to David to sort out. Kevin asks his mother to speak to David,
but Beryl suggests to Kevin that it's time for him to be adult
with his father, and for him to do the asking.
Charlie welcomes John and Prue when they arrive back at Dural.
She asks where Patricia is, and John explains that she caught
a taxi from the airport, as she had some business to attend to.
Charlie then asks if Patricia inherited much, but John says that
apparently she didn't. Charlie invites herself to join John and
Prue to hear all about it. As they go inside, Prue remarks that
the Palmers were quite a nice change, really. John doesn't look
Patricia calls at the boarding house, and Fiona immediately
tells her that she has a hide showing her face. Patricia says
the will has placed an obligation on them, but Fiona asks her
if she really thinks she's there for Paul's sake. Patricia says
it was James' wish, but Fiona tells her not to talk about James'
wish - not after the way she ignored them by not calling Fiona
on the day he died. Patricia says, "I tried," but Fiona
retorts, "I bet," and so Patricia confesses, "Alright,
I didn't try." She tells Fiona that James didn't
need her telling tales. Fiona asks Patricia what she wants, and
Patricia says she wants an assurance that Fiona will work with
her. Fiona says, though, that she'll do whatever she can to ensure
Patricia never gets her own way again - she may have beaten her
over James, but there won't be a second time. Patricia says she
knows where she stands, and says, "You want a fight, you've
got one." Fiona orders her out, but Patricia says, "There's
no way you can get back at us now, is there?" Fiona
reiterates her order for Patricia to get out.