On the 'phone, Gordon tells Patricia to have a good flight. He
then hangs up and goes and tells Charlie, in the lounge, that
his wife is about to board her flight. Charlie says she has a
week before she leaves - she then quickly explains that
she'll be going to Europe for the Paris collection, and she'll
be away for months. Rosie comes in with the liquor order, and
Charlie sarcastically wonders how the Hamiltons ever survived
without Rosie there to help them. She then offers to help Rosie
if she needs it - an offer Rosie listens to with utter astonishment!
Gordon thanks Charlie for helping Patricia to get away, and Charlie
leaves. When she's gone, Rosie says she must have been joking
- as if she could tell her how to run a house!
As Charlie is walking to her car, Rob chases after her and asks
her how things are going. Charlie says things are fine, and then
comments on how Rob has fallen on his feet, what with living at
Dural, his job, Angela... Rob tells her that he and Angela are
just good friends. Charlie gets into her car and drives off. Angela
then comes out and runs into Rob's arms. She asks him if Charlie
chatted him up, and Rob asks if it worries her! She then tells
him that John is back and wants to sort things out, as Beryl talked
At Barbara Armstrong's house, John tells Prue that he didn't
like the cracks she made about his family, but Prue says she wasn't
making cracks - she just couldn't see how he could stay there
all those years. John says that not everyone can afford a big
house, and Prue apologises. John says he's not ashamed of how
he grew up, and Prue tells him that it's the way he lives now
that's important. John says not necessarily - being happy is the
main thing. Barbara comes in and apologises for interrupting the
argument, but she wants to get a book. Prue says they weren't
arguing, but Barbara says, "Could have fooled me!" Prue
says she's sorry again, and tells John that she won't say anything
more. John leaves. Barbara then tells Prue that she'll stay out
of the way next time she and John are arguing. Prue complains
about how John used to love Sydney, but after one trip home, it's
suddenly Melbourne that's wonderful. She adds that she doesn't
know why she bothers, and Barbara says she doesn't see
either. Prue tells her that she likes him because he could be
successful. Barbara says, "How romantic!"
Noel tells David and Beryl that what he said about Bill is the
honest-to-God truth. David says he could talk to the prison authorities,
but Noel says that could make things worse. Susan pleads with
her father to help her. David asks what will happen if they want
even more money, but Noel tells him that there's a code of honour
- they set a price and stick to it. He adds that he's not out
to con anyone - he just wants to help Bill. Susan again appeals
to her father to write the cheque, and he agrees. Noel smiles
Prue is looking for her car keys, but Barbara says she hasn't
seen them. Prue then spots them right next to her aunt. She notices
the book Barbara is reading, and comments on how she didn't think
her aunt would read that sort of pulp, but Barbara says it's escapism.
She tells Prue that she can't always impose her ideals on everyone
else, and she'll come a cropper one day if she doesn't watch it.
Kevin tells Lynn that she should give Noel a go if David and
Beryl believe his story, and he adds that Noel may be
telling the truth. Lynn isn't keen, but says she'll apologise
if she is wrong - but she doesn't think she'll have to.
David writes the cheque and Susan tells him she loves him. She
gives him a hug, and Noel shakes his hand. Susan then invites
her parents to come round for dinner, and Noel adds that it was
his idea - Kevin and Lynn are invited as well. He explains that
he knows everyone is still jacked at him, and he wants people
to get to know him better. Beryl and David agree to go. Later,
though, Beryl tells David that she's still worried about the cheque.
David says that, by the time it's cashed, they'll know whether
they have Noel nailed. He says the cheque is like tonight's dinner
- something to keep Susan happy until they find out the truth
one way or another.
Kevin isn't keen on having a dinner party after last time, but
he eventually gives in. He, Susan and Lynn decide to go shopping,
and Noel says he'll stay at home and clean the kitchen. Just as
Susan is heading out, he tells her that it would be best if she
left the cheque behind so that she doesn't lose it. Susan agrees,
and puts it in the drawer. The three shoppers go out as Noel watches.
When the front door has been shut, he opens the drawer and takes
out the cheque. He then sits down with a pad of paper and starts
copying David's signature...
Rob is under the bonnet of his car when John comes out of the
house. Rob explains that his car started playing up on the way
home from the car yard. John offers to take over, and Rob accepts
the offer. John then says he's been thinking, and Rob tells him,
"Don't worry about it!" He says Rob should have thumped
him for the way he behaved. Rob accepts the apology. Inside, Angela
tells Gordon that Rob and John have sorted things out. Rosie chips
in that it's about time too. Gordon then asks if everyone will
be in for dinner tonight, but Angela says John will be out with
Prue, and Wayne will also be absent. Gordon asks if it's therefore
alright for Barbara Armstrong to join them, and Rosie says nothing
is too much bother for her - "Not like some!"
Gordon explains to Angela that Charlie blotted her copybook earlier
by giving Rosie domestic advice. Angela says incredulously, "Charlie?!"
Gordon rings Barbara, and Barbara makes it clear that she's pleased
to hear from him. She tells him that John informed her that Patricia
is on holiday, and adds that Gordon should be the one
taking a break. Gordon says he's a survivor. Barbara tells him
that she'll introduce him to some of Roland's contacts, and Gordon
suggests they discuss it over dinner. Barbara initially isn't
keen, but Gordon tells her that the gossips can't say anything
when Rob, Angela and Rosie will be there as well! Barbara accepts
the invitation and says she's looking forward to it. When she
hangs up, Prue remarks, "Didn't take him long,"
but when Barbara doesn't look impressed, she adds that she's joking.
Barbara sits down and looks thoughtful.
Beryl points out to David that the problem with Noel made him
and Kevin talk, and David agrees that she's right, as Kevin actually
relaxed last night. Beryl adds that he does still tend to come
round when David's not there, and David says he didn't think it
would go on so long. Beryl says that last night was a start. David
says, "And tonight," adding that he just hopes
Kevin doesn't put on any more bets.
At Susan's, Susan is setting the table while Noel watches. In
the kitchen, Susan asks Lynn to check the oven. Noel says he feels
bad, as he's not doing anything, but Susan tells him that he cleaned
the kitchen. Noel then offers to get some champagne, but Susan
tells him he can't afford it. Noel says a couple of bottles won't
break the bank, and he adds that there's a special offer on at
an off licence a short drive away. He asks to borrow Susan's car,
and she agrees. He picks up the keys and leaves Susan's apartment.
He heads straight for the empty Palmer house, and goes in, carrying
a torch. He starts looking round in the dark.
Susan 'pours' a beer for David. Beryl remarks that she doesn't
like to think of Noel wasting his money on champagne. Beryl says
Noel is taking his time, and Susan doubtfully says he is
a bit. She adds, though, that he must be trying to sniff out a
Noel leaves the Palmer house with the bank book from the drawer.
He looks at the balance in it and smiles...
John and Prue are kissing at Barbara's, when John says they
should be going. Prue says she'd rather stay - she prefers the
house when Barbara's not there. John says he thought Barbara and
Roland were Prue's favourite relatives, but Prue says it doesn't
say much for the rest of them. John says he likes all his
relatives, and Prue tells him that it's because they're all so
homely. John sternly says, "Prue..." She points out
that he was keen to put Rob down when he arrived, but John says
Rob's not that bad, as they've sorted things out. Prue asks if
she's supposed to change her mind to agree with him, and she adds
that he's inherited his father's sexist mentality. John orders
her to sit down and listen to him.
At Dural, Rob tells Angela and Barbara about life up north.
Gordon comes in and announces that an offer has been made for
Woombai - cash on the nose. He doesn't know who the buyer is yet,
though. When Rosie comes in, he tells her as well, and a startled
Rosie asks if it's definite. Gordon says it is, and he adds that
he's sorry. Rosie says she didn't think it would ever really happen.
She starts to clear the table, and Gordon apologises for breaking
it to her like that. Rosie tells him that he must be happy, but
she then sobs that she doesn't know what it will feel like without
Woombai as her home. She runs off into the kitchen, causing Gordon
to say, "God, I'm stupid sometimes." Barbara asks him
if Rosie will be alright. Gordon says he'll make sure she's looked
John tells Prue that she's trying to turn him into a snob, but
Prue replies, "Bull." He tells her that she has to take
him as he is, and adds that she's a spoilt brat. When she starts
looking angry, John tells her that, just because someone's honest
with her, she gets nasty. Prue tells John that she won't go round
with him if he goes back to how he was when they first started
going out, and adds that everything he has now is her doing. John
says he'd better start worrying then, hadn't he. He walks out,
leaving Prue to stand there yelling his name.