John and Di get back to Di's room at the boarding house after
an evening out, and they laugh about the gaudy restaurant and
the posh names for the plain food. Di starts to make coffee, but
John declines, explaining that he has work in the morning. He
thanks Di for her company, and Di thanks him back for asking her.
John says they'll need to find an excuse to do it again, and Di
says she'll work on it!
As John is about to leave the boarding house, Fiona collars
him, telling him she has news about Beryl. She explains about
how Beryl is coming to Sydney to stay with her, adding that she
didn't want to get involved, but at least she'll be able to keep
an eye on her and maybe talk some sense into her. She tells John
about how Beryl was talking about 'starting again'. John says
he'll call in to see her after work. Fiona suggests that they
should be careful and John agrees, saying that if they push her
too hard, she'll be even more determined. Fiona says stubbornness
runs in the family! John says he never thought she'd go as far
as moving to Sydney, and Fiona replies that she was obviously
more serious than they thought. John says he has to go, and Fiona
asks him if he had a good time last night. He says he did. Fiona
apologises for having to muck it up.
At Susan's, Beryl tells Aileen that she's tired - tired of fighting.
She says her marriage over the past six months has been one long
fight, from the time John ran off to Sydney and met Angela, and
how that led to David seeing Patricia. Aileen tells Beryl that
she can't blame John, and Beryl assures her mother that she doesn't,
but she does believe in fate - it was meant
to happen. She says she always knew David wasn't completely over
Patricia, and she should be grateful for the years they did
have together. She says she's forgiven David too many times, and
should have let go after he had the affair. Aileen tells Beryl
that she did it because she loves David, and still loves
him, but Beryl just says, "I don't know." Kevin comes
in to say goodbye, as he'll be gone in the morning when Beryl
leaves. Beryl tells her son that she can't stay, because she knows
he and Susan will be forced to take sides. Kevin says they'd handle
it, but Beryl just hugs him. She says she'll start again, and
she can do it better at Fiona's. She tells Kevin to make sure
he and Susan write and keep in touch. She bursts into tears, and
hugs Kevin and Lynn.
The next morning, Kevin wakes Aileen up early, telling her he's
been thinking about how they could get Beryl to change her mind,
but Aileen says she thinks even David has given up on
changing his wife's mind. She tells Kevin that going to Sydney
might give Beryl a lift, and Kevin agrees that they have to face
the fact that she's going. He wonders whether he should wake her,
but Aileen says it's better to let her sleep, as it'll be bad
enough when she leaves, and it's better to do it quickly.
At Dural, Patricia tells John that he's been looking gloomy
a lot recently, and John replies that he didn't sleep well, as
he had some more bad news last night: Beryl is coming to Sydney.
Patricia tells Rosie, who is standing, listening, to bring in
some more tea and then, turning to John, she tells him that she's
very sorry to hear it. John says he doesn't understand Beryl,
but Patricia tells him it's a very difficult step - she wishes
she could do something, but it would only be taken the wrong way.
She adds that it must be upsetting for the whole family. John
says he had better get to work - not that he feels like it.
Aileen tells Beryl that her taxi has arrived. Beryl asks Aileen
to say goodbye to Lynn for her, and she thanks her mother for
all her help. Aileen tells Beryl to take care. Lynn joins them,
having heard the taxi pull up. Beryl hugs her, and tells her she
hopes she'll make her a proud grandmother. Aileen and Lynn sob
as Beryl walks out the front door.
David rushes around trying to pull his socks and shoes on, when
there's a knock at the door - it's Rob and Angela. They come in
and Rob immediately notices the ironing board in the middle of
the room. David explains that he watched TV until 3am, and then
slept in and missed the alarm. Angela offers to prepare some breakfast,
and she goes into the kitchen. Rob tells David that he and Angela
got a shock when David 'phoned last night, and he adds that Angela
asked a lot of awkward questions, as she doesn't know the true
story about the affair, and he couldn't tell her. David
admits that it didn't even occur to him, and he supposes the time
has come to tell her. Rob says he'll leave them to it, and he
goes out. David goes into the kitchen and asks Angela to come
and sit down, as he has a lot of things he wants to tell her.
A while later, David is telling her that Beryl has it in her
head to go to Sydney. Angela says it's a hell of a lot to take
in in one shot. She asks how John took it, and David
says he sort of understood. He adds that the real reason he didn't
say anything to Angela about it, was that he was embarrassed,
and when the wedding came up, he thought she might be upset. Angela
agrees that that wouldn't have been a good time. David asks Angela
how she feels, and Angela replies that it will take some time
to sink in, but she's done some pretty crazy things,
and all she can really do is behave like an adult. She asks David
if it's really over between him and Patricia, and David gives
his daughter his word. He adds that that's the really silly part
with Beryl - all this has only happened because he saw Patricia
a few times, and because of the muck-up with the 'phone call and
the baby. Angela says she can see it's difficult on both sides.
She tells David that, although it sounds corny, she's learnt that
things do turn out alright eventually - it's just rotten that
you have to go through the bad bits first.
Rob goes to see his mother at Susan's, and returns the keys
to Macedon. He notices that she's ready to go and he jokes about
how he and Angela left the place in a mess! Aileen asks her son
if he's happy, and Rob says he is. He adds that he never thought
it would happen to him. Kevin comes in and sees Rob standing
there. Aileen asks him why he isn't at school, and Kevin explains
that he couldn't concentrate. He asks how Beryl was before she
left, and Aileen replies that she wasn't good - and Lynn was upset
as well. Kevin asks if his wife is at work, and Aileen says it's
probably for the best, as it'll keep her mind occupied. Kevin
asks Rob if Angela is with David, and Rob says she is. He adds
that David doesn't seem too good, and he's going to need help.
Kevin agrees to keep an eye on his father.
At the Palmer house, Angela tells Rob that she got a shock at
first, but she's fine now. She asks Rob if they can stay another
couple of days, but Rob says he has work. He reminds her, though,
that David has Kevin, Susan and Lynn. David gets off the 'phone
and says he has to work late tonight, so he won't see Rob and
Angela before they go back. Angela tells him that she wishes they
could stay a bit longer, and adds that she can't get used to him
and Beryl not living together, as they always had the perfect
marriage. David says, though, that the perfect marriage doesn't
really exist - the closest you get is by working hard at it. Angela
says she's going to work hard to make it right between her and
Rob. David tells Angela that at least she could see the problem,
and she's not throwing the towel in. He adds that he's grateful
that Beryl is staying with Fiona, as he'd be worried if she was
all by herself.
Beryl arrives at the boarding house in a taxi, and Fiona comes
out to meet her. They hug, and Fiona helps carry Beryl's cases
in. Beryl remarks that it's not the most pleasant way to come
back to Sydney - giving into Patricia.
John makes a mistake with some figures at work, and Di tells
him to go and see Beryl. John says he has work to do, but Di tells
him that Hal is out until 5pm. John points out that 'Hawkeye'
Wayne is still around, but Di promises to keep an eye on him.
John tells Di that he didn't think she'd be the sort to give anyone
a half day, but he thanks her and leaves.
Paul is in the entrance hall at Dural when he overhears Patricia
yelling at Rosie to use the dishwasher. Patricia storms into the
hall and suddenly notices Paul there. She immediately explains,
very calmly, that she's not quite over the wedding yet. Paul tells
Patricia that she doesn't have to explain to him, and
Patricia agrees that of course she doesn't - it's just that Rosie
is at a stubborn age. Paul says he has things to plant, and he
heads into the garden, leaving Patricia looking annoyed with herself.
Outside, Paul looks thoughtful.
Fiona leaves Beryl and John to talk. John tells Beryl that it's
good to see her, but he doesn't understand what she thinks she's
doing there. He adds that he wants to see her as much as possible
while she's in Sydney, which prompts Beryl to snap that she's
not there for a short time - "I'm here to stay."
Rosie sees Paul in the garden, and tells him that Patricia wants
to see him. Paul says the tree he's planting comes first, and
he asks Rosie for a hand. He asks the housekeeper if she finished
the dishes, and Rosie replies that Patricia's comments are like
water off a duck's back. Paul asks what Wayne is like, and Rosie
says that he's good to her, but he takes after Patricia
in some ways, although things have been a lot better since he
started working for Hal Mason. She adds that Mason is a hard boss,
as Di Miller couldn't even get away for the wedding. Paul asks
why, and Rosie tells him that Mason asked Di to do some report
or other. Paul incredulously asks if Hal Mason was at the wedding,
and Rosie replies that he was there for ten minutes at the end.
Paul leaves Rosie to finish with the tree, explaining that he's
going to see what Patricia wants.
In the lounge, Patricia tells Paul that she hopes she hasn't
interrupted anything important. She says it's obvious he enjoys
using the car, and she wondered if he'd like to be her chauffeur
for four days a week, and then go back to gardening when he feels
like it. Paul picks up a chess piece from the set nearby and asks
if that offer is supposed to impress him. Patricia looks taken
aback as Paul tells her that he knows she's been aware of who
he is since the wedding. He asks, "What the hell are you
playing at, Mrs. Hamilton?"