There's an impatient knocking at Fiona's door, and when she answers
it, she finds it's Jill, who immediately says Patricia rang and
John is fine about everything. Fiona says that's wonderful, and
Jill says it's all systems go for the wedding. She asks Fiona
if Kevin and Lynn know what's happened, but Fiona says it's just
between David, John and Patricia.
At Dural, Patricia tells John she hopes he won't say anything
to Angela, and John agrees. Gordon and Angela arrive home, and
Patricia tells her daughter how lovely her hair looks. Angela
asks John how he hurt his face, and John tells her that he went
three rounds with a swinging door. Angela says it looks like the
door won! Patricia chips in that John enjoyed the buck's party
so much, he had one of his own! Angela and John leave the room,
and Gordon comments to his wife that he gathers John wasn't too
difficult. Patricia says her son behaved amazingly, and she thanks
Gordon for keeping Angela occupied. She adds, "What would
I do without you?"
Paul is setting chairs out in the garden when Patricia comes
out and asks him how things are going. Paul says everything's
under control, but there's no sign of the flowers. Patricia says
she'll get onto the florist straight away.
Rob escorts his parents into Dural, and introduces them to Rosie,
who says she's pleased to meet them. Patricia joins them, and
introduces herself, asking how the trip was. She's told it was
fine. She tells Bob and Aileen that Rob will show them to their
room. They head off, but Rob lingers a moment, to ask if there's
any news on John, and Patricia replies that she had a long chat
with her son, and he's fine. She adds that she's glad it all came
out, as it brought them closer. She goes into the lounge, where
she announces that the first disaster has taken place - their
flowers have been mixed up with those for another wedding, and
they can't even have that wedding's flowers because the
order has been lost. She says that by the time she's finished
with the florist, they'll be lucky if they open their doors again.
Rosie offers to pick some flowers from the garden, but Patricia
says no thanks. Gordon and Paul gang up on her, though, causing
her to storm off, snapping, "Do what you like."
Beryl is in the kitchen at the Palmer house, but she looks very
sick. The 'phone starts ringing, and after pausing a moment, Beryl
starts staggering over to it. It has been ringing for several
seconds by the time she finally answers to hear Fiona saying she
almost hung up. She tells Beryl that she's just calling to find
out when her plane's due to land, so that they can come and pick
her up. Beryl says she can get a taxi, but Fiona assures her it's
no problem. Beryl asks how Kevin and Lynn are getting on, and
Fiona replies that they're regular tourists! She says Kevin is
so excited that she doubts whether he'll be any trouble. She then
asks Beryl how she is, explaining that she heard she
felt off yesterday, but Beryl says she's alright now. Fiona tells
her she'll see her later, and adds that she has some news for
her. As Beryl hangs up, she looks very poorly.
David asks Patricia why everyone else is busy, while he's just
sitting around, but Patricia tells him that it's because he's
a guest. She sits down and tells David that she owes him an apology
for barging in and demanding to take over the arrangements. She
adds that she was very lucky with John this morning, as it could
have been nasty. David then apologises to Patricia for the way
he walked out on her and went back to Beryl. He suggests that
the two of them call it quits, and Patricia agrees. She asks David
if he's worked out his father-of-the-bride speech, but David asks
her not to remind him! Patricia says Gordon is a very good speaker,
and it's a pity he's not proposing the toast, as he's
probably had his speech prepared for years. She leaves the room,
as David sits looking thoughtful.
In the study, Jill says her hair is a mess, and Angela offers
to help her fix it, to keep her mind occupied. Jill tells Angela
that she's just suffering from pre-wedding jitters. She goes out
into the hall and runs into John. She tells him he's looking bright,
and John replies that it doesn't matter what David and
Patricia did - he feels great about them both. He thanks Jill
for her help, and she dashes off to wash her hair. John knocks
on the study door and goes in. He asks Angela how it's going,
and she replies that she's just waiting for something to happen.
John tells his sister that he probably won't see her so much once
she's married. He adds that he's going to be nice to Fiona today,
and Angela says she doesn't like it, but they can agree to disagree.
John then says there was something he never told her: when she
had the accident in David's truck, he knew she was in trouble
- he doesn't know how; he just felt it. Angela says they both
always knew there was something like that there - although it
doesn't always work. She tells John that, when she was
in bed last night, she felt there was something wrong with him,
but he's on top of the world. John looks slightly guilty, but
it passes, and he and Angela hug tightly.
Out in the garden, Bob and Rob reminisce about life in Ararat.
Aileen chips in that she thinks Dural is very fancy. Rob suddenly
notices his mother is carrying a small box, and Aileen explains
that it contains marshmallows, which she bought as a present for
Patricia, but she doesn't think they're really her thing. The
two men try to persuade her to give them as a gift anyway, with
Rob telling her that Patricia's alright once you get to know her,
but Aileen changes the subject, saying Gordon seemed very nice.
Bob tells his son that he's done well for himself, and Rob agrees
that Angela is one out of the box.
Beryl takes some medicine, but appears to be very unwell. Susan
arrives and asks her how she's feeling. Beryl says she's fine,
but Susan says she doesn't like the way her mother looks. Beryl
says she'll be OK when they get there, but Susan tells her to
ring David if she really doesn't feel like going. Beryl says,
though, that she promised David, although she adds that it wouldn't
have hurt for him to have called this morning to see how she was.
Susan looks worried.
At Dural, David tells Gordon that, in a few hours, the Palmers
and the Hamiltons will be related more than ever. He tells Gordon
that he supposes they'll never be friends, and Gordon agrees that
he doubts it. David says he'd probably feel the same if things
were the other way round. He adds that he's glad things are good
between Gordon and Patricia, and he tells Gordon that he's been
more of a father to Angela than he ever has, and he wondered
if Gordon would like to make the father-of-the-bride speech. Gordon
looks taken aback, but then thanks David.
As Fiona drives Jill's car to Dural, it breaks down on the driveway.
Kevin notices that it's run out of petrol! John and Rob quickly
head towards them, and they, together with Kevin, get out and
start pushing! When Lynn finally gets inside Dural, she's impressed.
David comes out and greets them, and he tells Kevin that he's
glad he could make it. He asks where Beryl and Susan are, and
Fiona explains that they're catching a later 'plane. David remarks
that they're cutting it fine. John takes Kevin and Lynn off to
show them around, leaving David and Fiona alone. Fiona tells David
that Beryl was expecting to hear from him, but David says it's
too late to call now. Fiona says there's no harm trying.
Susan picks up Beryl's suitcase and the two women head outside.
Just after the front door slams, the 'phone starts ringing. At
Dural, David eventually gives up, causing Fiona to tell him that
she wishes he'd tried earlier. David says there's not much they
can do now, and they'll sort things out when Beryl and Susan get
there. Fiona says she's going to get a drink, and then go and
sit somewhere where she can't be found too easily.
Rob and John show Kevin and Lynn where the marriage ceremony
is taking place in the garden. Rob shows off the wedding ring.
Rosie comes over with a pavlova, and Rob introduces the kids to
her. Kevin comments that Beryl goes ape over pavlovas, and Rosie
says she looks forward to meeting her.
In Melbourne, Susan and Beryl go back into the house, and Susan
says she'll call the doctor. Beryl says she's fine, and David
will never believe her, but Susan points out to her mother that
she nearly passed out between the door and the car. She goes to
the 'phone. Beryl suddenly starts breathing erratically, taking
a lot of short, sharp gasps. With an anguished look on her face,
she calls out, "Susan... call the doctor - something's terribly