Wayne tells Patricia that he can't see how she can blame him
for Paul finding out that she knew who he was, but Patricia points
out to her stepson that he wasn't exactly subtle when he spoke
to Paul. Wayne says it all turned out OK, but he adds that Hal
Mason had a go at him about it as well. Patricia warns Wayne to
pull his socks up, as Mason isn't going to accept too many bungles
from him, but Wayne replies that he'll be right if he can pull
off what he's working on now. Patricia asks what it is, but all
Wayne will tell her is, "Hotline to Fiona." He leaves
the room as Rob comes in and tells Patricia that Angela is going
to teach him how to ride. Patricia says she knows it's still his
and Angela's honeymoon, but it might be nice if they invited Paul
along as well - to show there are no grudges, and make him feel
welcome. Although looking uncertain initially, Rob soon says,
"Angela won't mind - she likes him." Patricia replies,
Outside, Wayne sees Paul tinkering with his bike. He's about
to head into Ramberg, and makes a comment about there being no
rest for the wicked. Paul says he's sure Wayne enjoys it, and
Wayne tells Paul that, if he decides to join Ramberg,
he'll be there to help him. Paul says, though, that he can cope.
Wayne asks how it feels to be worth a fortune, but Paul says it's
not much different to being a gardener, really.
As John comes downstairs, Angela invites him to come riding,
but he wants to see Beryl, and he heads straight out. Angela joins
Patricia and Rob, and Rob informs his wife about Paul joining
them. Patricia tells her daughter that it's important Paul can
see he has friends. Angela says she understands. Patricia comments
that John seemed to be in a hurry, and Angela tells her that he's
going to see Beryl, and call in on Di. Patricia asks if her son
is interested in Di, but Angela just replies that her
brother has a housewarming present for her.
At the boarding house, John gives Di a large potted plant, telling
her it's to brighten the place up. Di says she likes the place
spartan, as she's not there much. John remarks that she must have
had a fair amount of stuff when she was married, which prompts
Di to ask how he knows she was married. John replies
that some girls in the office told him. Di says she sold off a
lot of her things when Jim died, and she's lived liked this ever
After a trip into town, Fiona gets back to her room at the boarding
house, expecting to find John there, but just sees Beryl on her
own. She comments about seeing John's car outside, and then realises
he must have gone to see Di. Beryl sourly comments that he must
prefer seeing Di to seeing her, and she starts getting
angry about everyone thinking it's a mess, and how noone wants
to see her. Fiona tells Beryl to stop that talk, but Beryl replies
that she's missing the kids, and everything's so different all
of a sudden. Fiona points out that there's an easy way to fix
it. She tells Beryl that what she does about David is her business,
but she shouldn't get paranoid about the kids, as they shouldn't
be made to take sides. Beryl tells Fiona that she's right. She
calms down, but says she just wishes John would pop in to say
Patricia tells Paul that she's off to the opening of an art
gallery, and she hopes to get something to go in the study. Paul
says he noticed the space on the wall in there, and Patricia
replies that she thinks the picture that was there must have brought
back unhappy memories. She asks Paul if he's made a decision yet,
but he hasn't. Patricia tells him that the news about the seminary
came as a surprise, and it's no wonder it caused tension with
James. Paul says his grandfather was pretty bigoted towards religion,
and he thinks that Patricia and Fiona both enjoy life so much,
that he can see why James took to them. Rob comes in and says
Angela is going the whole hog with her riding outfit. Patricia
leaves the room, and Paul comments to Rob about her being a nice
lady. Rob agrees.
There's a knock at Fiona's door, and Fiona asks Beryl to get
it. Beryl sarcastically remarks that perhaps it's John - and it
is! He says he can't stay long, though, as he has to work. Beryl
asks him if he's been upstairs, and so he explains about the plant.
Beryl doesn't look impressed.
Rob warns Paul not to laugh at Angela's appearance. He tells
Paul that he's only seen the good side of him, as a few
months ago, he was bumming around, and was a waster. He says Angela
was the best thing that happened to him. Paul says he supposes
you can't keep wandering around waiting for something to fall
into your lap. Angela comes in and warns the men not to laugh.
Paul tells her that he thinks she looks great. Rob goes to fetch
the car round and Paul tells Angela about how lucky Rob said he
feels. He adds that he thinks she's lucky too. Angela
says, "So do I." She tells Paul that it's good to see
him smiling again.
John suggests to Beryl that the two of them could visit the
funfair while she's up there, but Beryl snaps that she wishes
he'd stop saying, 'while she's up there', as she's staying for
good. John says he has work to do. Beryl sarcastically
tells him that she knows he's busy, and she goes for a lie down.
Fiona signals to John that she'd like a word with him by the front
door. John asks what he's done, and Fiona replies that Beryl is
a smidge neurotic. John asks if she's still going on about Patricia
not giving the proper message, but Fiona says she's puzzled
by that as well. John says he knows Fiona and Patricia don't get
on, but that's the last sort of talk Beryl needs. Fiona says Beryl
is still angry with Patricia. John asks if she thinks he's siding
with his mother, and Fiona replies that that is how Beryl sees
things. John asks what he can do, but Fiona just tells him to
give it time. John leaves. When he gets outside, he sees Di washing
her car. John tells her that he doesn't know what to do, as Beryl
thinks everyone is against her. He suddenly has an idea - he tells
Di that it's crazy, but he reckons it's worth a go...
Rob, Paul and Angela get back to Dural after their riding session.
Paul is worried that he might be sore in the morning! He and Angela
go into the lounge, where Paul agrees to teach Angela how to play
chess. He comments to Rob that it's crazy him driving a heap like
he does, when he works in a car yard, but Rob says he's used to
it. Angela goes to get changed.
Wayne knocks on Di's front door, and when she answers, he tells
her that it's just a friendly visit. He remarks to her that he
was surprised she wasn't at work, but Di replies that Mr. Mason
thought she deserved a break. Wayne notices the room contains
just the bare essentials, and he then sees the plant. Di explains
that John gave it to her, to say thankyou for helping him with
the report. Wayne remarks that John would have been out on his
ear if he hadn't got that report completed. Di offers coffee,
and Wayne says, "Exactly what I feel like..."
Paul teaches Angela about 'check' and 'checkmate' in chess,
and then suggests a game. John comes in and asks if Patricia is
home, but Paul explains about her being at the art gallery. John
says he wants to talk to her. He leaves the room, and Angela explains
to Paul about David and Beryl splitting up. Paul tells Angela
about how the chess set they're playing with was given to Patricia
by his grandfather. Angela remarks on how Paul must miss him.
Paul tells her about how Hal Mason talked about him stepping into
James' shoes, but adds, "Some chance of that!"
He says he doesn't know if he'll be suited to that sort of thing
- he's worried about whether it'll give him what he wants. Angela
tells Paul that her job at the stud made all the difference to
her. Turning back to the chess, Paul tells Angela that
it's her move.
Wayne asks Di how Fiona is as a landlady, and Di replies that
she's good, and keeps herself to herself. Wayne remarks that it's
good that Di's there, as Fiona's dense when it comes to business,
but Di says that, during the little time she has at home, the
last thing she wants to talk about is business. Wayne says it
would be nice to offer. Di comments that Wayne seems
very concerned about Fiona all of a sudden, and Wayne replies
that she isn't a bad old chook...
Paul beats Angela in five moves! She goes out to see what Rob's
up to, while Paul resets the pieces. As he does this, he picks
up one of the pieces and stares at it for several seconds. He
eventually gets up, goes over to the 'phone and dials a number.
It's Hal Mason who answers. Paul asks to come and see him, as
he's made a decision.
At Ramberg, Mason says he's sure Paul won't regret it. He decides
to organise a social gathering so that everyone can meet the new
arrival. Paul says he's never felt important before, but Mason
says it'll be no joyride, as they will be working him.
Paul says he's worried by the problems between Fiona and Patricia,
and he doesn't want to end up as the meat in the sandwich. Mason
tells Paul that Patricia is her own boss. He adds that James wasn't
really aware that there was any animosity between the two women.
Paul asks Mason if he has any ideas, but Mason says he doesn't
want to buy into any possible conflict. He says he knows Patricia
is the better businesswoman, but he tells Paul that he'll still
have to make his own decisions. Paul sits down at his newly-inherited
Patricia gets home, carrying a picture. She calls to John, and
he joins her in the lounge. Patricia shows him the picture, but
he doesn't look very impressed. He tells his mother that he's
worried about Beryl, as she thinks he's siding against her. Patricia
says a miscarriage can have strange effects. John says he reckons
Beryl needs to be convinced that he won't take sides. Patricia
asks him what he can do, and John replies that he knows it's a
long shot, but she might be able to help...
Wayne tells Di that he'll see her on Monday. As he leaves, he
sees Fiona on the landing, but he ignores her and walks out. Fiona
asks Di what Wayne wanted, but Di says she's not sure - Wayne
said it was just a social call.
Rob chases Angela around the lounge after she calls him a greasemonkey!
He wrestles her onto the settee, where he ends up on top of her.
They kiss passionately.
Beryl is circling an advert in the paper when there's a knock
at the door. Fiona asks her guest to get it, and when she does,
she sees John standing there again. She makes a comment about
two visits in one day, but John just says, "I've brought
someone to see you." Patricia steps into view. Beryl looks