At Dural, Angela tells John that he had to expect an argument
sooner or later, and she asks what it was about. John says it
was all sorts of things, although it was triggered by her making
comments about Beryl and the house in Melbourne. He adds that
he didn't think she was such a snob deep down. Angela tells John
that he should have told Prue where to get off a lot sooner. John
says Prue reminded him of how he was towards Angela and
Rob. Angela tells John that he must really like Prue, and John
says he knows she's a spoilt brat, but yes, he does. Gordon comes
in and Angela asks him if he had a good talk with Barbara last
night. Gordon says, "Yes, nice." John leaves the room,
and Gordon remarks on his cheeriness, so Angela explains about
his problems with Prue. Gordon then says he's playing golf later
with some of Barbara's business contacts, and Angela remarks that
at least through her relationship with Simon Armstrong, the Hamiltons
got to know Barbara.
At Barbara's, Prue asks her aunt about her evening,
and Barbara says it was very pleasant. Prue says, "I bet."
Barbara isn't at all impressed at yet another sarcastic remark,
and she tells her niece to watch her step, otherwise she'll be
out so quickly that she won't know what's hit her.
John drives to the boarding house, and Jill is outside when
he arrives. He gives her a box of clothes from Angela, and after
quickly examining them, Jill says they're perfect. John comments
that they look a little big, but Jill tells him that Fiona has
a sewing machine she can borrow to take them in. John then says
he feels guilty about not ringing back the other day when Jill
called, but Jill says she understands. She asks how Wayne is going,
and John says he's still moping, and trying to get out of doing
any work. Changing the subject, John then asks Jill what she's
going to be doing on her nights off, and Jill says, "Sleeping!"
John asks her if she'd like to come out to dinner, but Jill says
she doesn't think Prue would like it. John says, though, that
he just meant the two of them. Jill declines the invitation, though,
saying she'd prefer to get some sleep. Looking disappointed, John
says, "Just a thought." Inside, Fiona tells Jill that
she'll wow everyone in her 'new' clothes. John brings the sewing
machine into Fiona's room, and Fiona remarks on how she hasn't
used it for years! John tells the two women that he's glad they've
sorted things out, and Fiona says she's glad as well.
John asks if she can forgive Gordon as well, and he tells her
that she's being one-eyed about it, but Fiona says she's always
one-eyed with people who do things like that to her. John says,
"But he didn't." Giving up, he tells Jill to
give him a call if she changes her mind about dinner, and he leaves.
Fiona immediately asks Jill what John meant by the comment, and
Jill explains that he's broken up with Prue and wants a shoulder
to cry on. Fiona tells Jill that she should have gone, as she
could have cried on his shoulder afterwards, but Jill
says she didn't want to go. Fiona points out to Jill that she
used to be keen on John, and adds that it would be something to
get her mind off Wayne, but Jill says she doesn't want to talk
to John, anymore than Fiona wants to talk to Gordon. She then
holds the dress up against herself and looks in the mirror. Fiona
says she thinks they could do with Beryl's help!
At the Palmer house, Beryl tells Kevin that if David finds out
that Noel has being telling the truth all along, they might have
a problem. Kevin tells his mother that Lynn has agreed to give
Noel a go, but Beryl asks what will happen if Lynn can't relax.
Lynn says it'll be hard. David comes in and says Bates agreed
he could do a run later this afternoon. Lynn decides to stay at
the Palmer house until it's time for work, and Kevin tells her
that he'll get home before Noel does.
At Susan's, Noel looks at the withdrawal slip, and then puts
both it and the bank book, back in the drawer. He goes into the
kitchen and tells Susan that he needs to use her car. Taken aback
at Noel's abruptness, Susan explains that he can't have it, and
Noel snaps, "Why the hell not?" He adds that he has
some interviews lined up, but he'll have to scrap them. Susan
tells him that he can use the car, then, as she was just going
to drive herself and Beryl to the markets. When Noel starts saying
it doesn't matter, Susan insists, and Noel tells her that he appreciates
what she's doing. He suggests that she stays at Beryl's afterwards,
and he'll come and pick her up on his way home. Susan says she
hopes Bill will be alright, and Noel says he's sure everything
is fine. When Susan leaves the room, Noel clenches his fist, and
smiles in victory.
At Barbara's, John tells Prue that he wants to talk to her,
but she says she has to go out. John says he still thinks they
can make it work, to which Prue replies, "That's big of you."
He tells her to stop making him into what she wants him to be,
but she says she only wants what's best for him - his being a
messenger at Woombai was a dead-end, for example. John asks her
why she didn't say anything, instead of going to all the trouble
she did. Annoyed at John's attittude, Prue decides to tell John
that it was all Patricia's idea, but John won't listen. Prue says
that maybe she knows Patricia better than he
does, and she adds that it's the truth, but John says he doesn't
really care much anymore, and he leaves.
Jill is trying on the dress, and says to Fiona that she supposes
she'll be running out on them soon, and kicking her heels up overseas.
Fiona says, "It's what I should be doing."
Jill asks Fiona what she is going to do with all the
money, but Fiona says she's already spent most of it, by borrowing
against her inheritance. Jill asks what Fiona's done with all
the money, jokingly asking if she's invested in a casino, but
Fiona just says that she's got involved in a boring old business
deal - nothing Jill would be interested in. Jill doesn't look
impressed that Fiona won't tell her.
Gordon tells Angela that a new buyer has been found for the
stud, causing Angela to say that she knows how Rosie felt last
night. She asks if the staff will be kept on, and Gordon says
it would be nice, but he isn't in a position to bargain. Angela
says it's not bad, selling both Woombai and the stud in two days.
She then sadly adds that it was the first proper job she's made
a go of. She tells Gordon that he should let Alan Pascoe know,
so Gordon goes out to call him. Barbara tells Angela that it won't
take her long to find another job, and Angela says she hopes so,
as she needs the money. She explains about falling in love with
someone who is as broke as she is. Barbara asks if it's
the real thing, and Angela says she thinks so. Barbara asks if
he feels the same way, but Angela has to admit that he
hasn't said anything. Barbara says she assumes it's Rob, and she
asks what Patricia thinks, but Angela says her mother doesn't
have a clue about their relationship. Barbara asks Angela what
she'll do if Patricia doesn't like it, and Angela replies, "Too
bad!" Barbara says, "Good on you - and for the record,
I like him."
Beryl and Susan get home after the trip to the market, and Beryl
is exhausted, commenting that having to catch the tram doesn't
help. She then wonders how Noel's job hunting is going, and adds
that dinner last night was nice. Susan says Lynn relaxed, and
Beryl comments that the champagne was a nice thought, especially
as Noel went all over town to find it. Susan remarks that David
and Noel got on well, but, feeling guilty, Beryl decides to admit
that her husband has taken the morning off to go and see Bill.
Susan snaps that it's just to check up on Noel, but Beryl tells
her daughter that David is worried about her and Bill, and it's
best to be sure. Susan says Bill will back Noel up, and then she'll
expect David to apologise.
As Barbara is leaving, she tells Rob that it's nice to meet
him. When she's gone, Rob tells Angela that Barbara is nice. He
then decides he needs some sleep, but before he heads off, Angela
tells him that it's important to her that Barbara liked him, as
she's a good judge of character.
Lynn is at home doing some sewing when Noel comes in, and he
looks surprised to see her. He asks what she's doing, and Lynn
sarcastically says, "I live here." She asks Noel if
he's leaving, as she noticed his bag is packed, but Noel nastily
asks her if she's been snooping. Lynn says she was going to iron
Noel's shirts, as a favour, but Noel says he doesn't need favours.
Lynn tells Noel that he has caused nothing but trouble since he
turned up, but Noel says he's done his time. Lynn says, "Just
go, will you?" Noel leaves the room, and Lynn goes into the
kitchen, and looks in the pot on top of the 'fridge, but Noel
quickly comes back and asks her if she's expecting him to steal
the housekeeping money. Lynn goes back and sits down at the sewing
machine, but Noel comes over and rips the cotton reel off the
machine. He yells at Lynn about what he'd do to her if she was
a bloke. Lynn tells him to leave her alone, and she gradually
backs away until she's sitting on the sofa. Noel tells her that
he's had a gutful of her pushing him. As Lynn cowers on the sofa,
Noel nastily says, "Scared, are we?"
Kevin is walking home when David pulls up hurriedly next to
him and tells his son to get in. He pulls away, and quickly gets
up speed, but is stopped by a red light. While they're stationary,
David tells Kevin that the only true thing Noel said was about
him and Bill sharing a cell, and he adds that he's dangerous.
Kevin says Beryl and Susan went shopping, but Lynn is at home
on her own. The lights change. Outside Susan's house, Noel gets
into Susan's car. David pulls up to a junction, but his car stalls.
Kevin gets out, and spotting Noel just driving off, starts chasing
after him, but it's no good. Having got the car started again,
David drives the short distance to Susan's, stops, and runs inside,
where Lynn is still on the sofa, crying. Kevin asks if Noel hurt
her, and Lynn says she's frightened. Kevin asks her what Noel
did, and Lynn says she thought he would hit her, although he didn't
hurt her in the end. Meanwhile, Noel dumps the car in a side street,
and gets out with his suitcase. He takes out the bank book, and
looks at the balance inside, which has fallen from $7,035, to
just $35. He throws the book down a drain. Back at Susan's, Kevin
comforts Lynn, and David asks why Noel turned nasty. Kevin says
Noel can't have cashed the cheque yet, and he suggests that maybe
he found out about David seeing Bill. Lynn tells them that Noel's
bag was packed when she got home. Kevin says, "Noel's crazy."
David replies, "Who cares? He's gone now, and he can't cause
us any more trouble..."