David and Jill arrive at the Palmer house from the airport, and
Kevin tells Jill that it's good to see her. Jill says it's good
to be there. She and Susan are introduced, and Jill tells
Susan that she's pleased to meet her. David offers to get Jill
a drink, and she asks for a light Melbourne beer! Susan gives
her guest a set of house keys. In the kitchen, Kevin asks David
if Jill gave him any news on Beryl, but David replies that Jill
didn't say anything. In the lounge, Jill tells Susan that she
was breaking her neck to get there, as it's the first holiday
she's ever had. Susan says she wishes she could get some
time off to go and see Beryl. She asks how her mother is, and
Jill replies that she said to pass on her love. Susan asks if
Beryl has mentioned David at all, but Jill says she hasn't said
anything to her. Susan says she misses her mother. David
comes back in with Jill's beer.
Patricia is sitting in the study, looking worried, when Gordon
comes in and tells her that he's been offered a job, explaining
that one of Barbara's contacts came good. He says he's been offered
the chance to come in as general manager, and although he said
he'd think about it, he's already decided to take it. Patricia
snidely asks him if it's because Barbara's involved, but Gordon
tells his wife that she knows he hasn't been in touch with Barbara
since she went to Melbourne. Patricia reminds her husband that
she said she'd back him, but Gordon points out that he
said he didn't want to take her money. Patricia asks Gordon if
he's going to go and thank Barbara in person, but Gordon tells
his wife not to be ridiculous.
Leaving the study, Patricia finds Paul sitting in the lounge,
studying some papers for work. He tells Patricia that he's going
to need all the help he can get from her and Hal Mason, now that
Fiona's not there to rely on. He explains about how Fiona got
angry when he wouldn't agree with her feelings about Patricia,
and Patricia replies that there are lots of problems between Fiona
and the Hamiltons. Paul says Angela told him, and it made a lot
of things fall into place. He adds that his grandfather made quite
a mistake, and he asks Patricia why she didn't tell James that
Fiona was out to ruin them, but Patricia replies that she didn't
want to disillusion him. Paul tells Patricia that she really does
care for people. Patricia says she cares too much, according
to Hal Mason. She explains briefly about David, and Paul asks
why they're letting him go, so Patricia tells him about the argument
David had. Paul remarks that Mason wouldn't have said anything
unless it could be backed up. Patricia tells him about David's
promotion, and how she thinks he would do a great job if he had
more time. She suggests to Paul that he could do something about
it, but Paul says he doesn't think he has the clout to buy in
and tell Hal Mason what to do. Patricia asks Paul if he has confidence
in her, and she assures him that she's not letting person feelings
get in the way. She says she's sure the fight is a misunderstanding.
Paul says he could ask Hal Mason to let him look into it, and
see if he can find out the truth. He tells Patricia, though, that
he doesn't think he'll be able to do much, as he believes Mason
has made the right decision.
Jill is out for an early morning walk, and Kevin catches up
with her on his bike, as he does his paper round. They suddenly
see some of the other paper boys coming towards them, and a couple
of them taunt Kevin about falling off his bike. Kevin explains
to Jill about his bike chain, and how it caused him to come off
when he hit a pothole. He suggests the two of them go back to
the Palmer house for breakfast, and Jill accepts.
Susan arrives at the Palmer house to collect her purse, having
left it behind last night. She finds David sitting at the table
in the kitchen in his pyjamas, and offers to get him some breakfast.
David explains that Lynn is sleeping in, as it's her first day
off work. He goes to have a shower just as Lynn emerges from her
room. Susan says she's making breakfast. Lynn says she has a long
day, as she has a lot to do around the house before she joins
Kevin and Jill sightseeing later. She assures Susan that she's
not jealous, as she learnt her lesson with Donna. Susan says Jill
is nice, and Lynn agrees.
As the younger paper boys emerge from the newsagents, one of
them notices he has a flat tyre. He wonders who did it. Kevin
comes out behind them with Jill, who sneakily comments, "Someone
let down their tyres!" Kevin says to her, "Can't take
Kevin and Jill arrive at the Palmer house, and Kevin asks if
there's enough breakfast for their guest. He asks Jill where she'd
like to go this afternoon. Susan suggests Victoria Gardens, but
Kevin is concerned about Lynn being able to cope with that. Lynn
reminds him that she can still get around. Jill jokes
with Lynn that she's sure the two of them could walk Kevin off
his feet any day!
Paul goes to see Hal Mason at Ramberg. He explains that Patricia
thinks David is being unfairly dismissed, and he asks if he can
look into it. Mason says he's already made his decision, but Paul
replies that it would make Patricia happy. He adds that it will
be good experience, as he's going to have to get used to hiring
and firing people. Mason agrees to hold off his call to Melbourne
while Paul looks at the reports from Ron Jackson and Bates. He
asks Paul to be quick, though, as he doesn't want it up in the
air too long. He adds, "Besides, it's not really that important..."
A while later, Mason is just starting to dictate a message about
John into a tape recorder when Wayne comes into his office. Mason
asks him how he's getting on with Fiona, and Wayne says he's working
on it. Mason tells Wayne that he hopes he's not still trying to
get Di on-side, and Wayne admits that he knows when he's flogging
a dead horse. He asks Mason why he let him go ahead when he knew
Di would see right through him, and Mason replies that he believes
in letting people use their initiative. He tells Wayne, though,
that he wants results. Wayne says he'll work on Fiona himself.
At the boarding house, Beryl is telling Fiona that she's prepared
for her interview, when there's a knock at the door. It's Wayne,
who asks Fiona if he can see her for five minutes. He tells her
that he heard in the office that she's set a date for the opening
of the riding school, and he was wondering if the Hamiltons were
invited. Fiona tells him that he's got a great sense of humour!
Wayne replies, though, that he'd like to be there, as
the riding school was his idea - and he's sure Gordon
would like to be invited as well. Fiona says Gordon wouldn't come,
but Wayne says he might if he was to talk to him. He adds that
there's no point holding a grudge, but Fiona tells him that he
can't afford to hold a grudge against a Ramberg director.
Wayne tells Fiona that he's being straight with her, but Fiona
replies that Wayne couldn't lie straight in bed! She
says, though, that she'd like to get back into Gordon and Rosie's
good books, and Wayne says he'll try. Fiona tells him that he's
made the invitation list - and if Gordon and Rosie attend, she
might even smile at him once in a while around the office!
Patricia finds Gordon sitting in the lounge, and remarks that
she thought he was playing golf. Gordon says he's leaving shortly,
but he needs to talk first. Patricia says she has a headache.
Gordon tells his wife that he has to get back to the company,
and he was holding off until the two of them had cleared the air.
The conversation goes no further, though, because Angela and Rob
come in, arguing. Angela tells Patricia and Gordon that she and
Rob have been invited to the opening of the riding school. Gordon
asks if it's just the two of them, and Rob says it is. He adds
that he asked Fiona to invite them, but Angela says she won't
go near the place. Gordon says he should hope not. Rob
says he thinks everyone's being rough on Fiona, as she said she
was sorry, but Patricia says that's not enough. Angela says she
won't even bother replying, so Rob decides that he'll go on his
own. He tells his wife that he thought she'd see sense, but Angela
replies that he doesn't know her very well. She tears up her invitation.
Paul asks Hal Mason if he can speak to him. He tells him that
the telexs didn't go far enough - he had a talk to Mike Rogers,
and when he found out that David's job was on the line, he accepted
the blame for the incident. Paul tells Mason about David refusing
to change the roster, and sending Mike home when he got stroppy.
He adds that he talked to Bates as well, and he thinks Bates has
got it in for David. He recommends to Mason that David should
be given a rap on the knuckles, and Mike should be told to shape
up or else. Paul also tells Mason that Mike said he'd do his job
as long as David kept giving the orders, and he adds that most
of the men at the depot threatened to walk out if David was fired.
Mason says it looks as if Paul saved the company from some industrial
trouble. He asks Paul to tell Patricia the good news.
Patricia is taking a headache tablet when there's a ring on
the doorbell. She goes to answer it and finds Charlie standing
there. Charlie explains that she got back last night, but has
been dead to the world ever since. She adds that she's sorry she
couldn't come to the wedding, but she met a gorgeous man, and
fell in love. Patricia says, "Again?!" Charlie
says Phillipe has blue eyes, and a title, and is an international
model. Patricia says she's glad her friend is happy. Charlie gives
Patricia a wrapped gift from Paris, and then, realising Patricia
doesn't look happy, asks what's the matter. Patricia says Angela
is around, so they can't talk. Charlie says quietly, "David."
Patricia says she's so glad to have Charlie back, and she hugs
As Patricia lights another cigarette in the study, Charlie comments
that her friend has become a chainsmoker in her absence, but Patricia
says it's only since last night. Charlie says she can't see what
Patricia is so tense about, and Patricia replies that David could
lose his job. Charlie says she thought the whole idea
was to build him up and then pull the rug from under him, but
Patricia says things have changed. She explains about how Beryl
left him because she lost the baby and about how she then went
a bit odd. She tells Charlie that David is up for grabs. Charlie
remarks that no man is worth getting hung-up over, but Patricia
says she was silly last time - now, there aren't all
the problems with the families - this time, she'll take it slowly.
Charlie comments that her friend is making life very complicated,
but Patricia says things are totally different this time - John
and Angela love her, she has her own money, and David isn't with
Beryl anymore - the four of them could be one big happy family.
She explains that it'll help to have David in his job, and, when
the time is right, she can tell him that she helped to organise
it. She tells Charlie that she just needs Paul to talk Hal Mason
round. At that moment, Paul calls out to Patricia. Charlie tells
her friend to go and put herself out of her misery.
Out in the hall, Paul tells Patricia that he has good news -
she was right, and Hal Mason was wrong. He explains that
it would have cost the company money to fire David, causing Patricia
to ask if she looks as smug as she feels! Paul says he's glad
it worked out. Patricia asks Paul if it was purely a business
decision, and Paul admits that he would have let David go if it
was necessary. Patricia tells Paul that he's more like his grandfather
than he realises, and adds that she wouldn't like to get on the
wrong side of him. She goes back into the study, where Charlie
asks for more champagne to celebrate! She warns Patricia, though,
that even though David has left Beryl, he might not come back
to her. Patricia tells Charlie that she didn't see the
two of them at the wedding, and when John went missing, the two
of them stayed up all night, and they were so close... She says
she knows David still feels something. She starts to open Charlie's
gift, and asks if it's something that can be taken to Melbourne
tomorrow. Charlie is astounded that Patricia is going straight
after David, but Patricia says there's nothing wrong with dropping
in on a friend. Charlie points out that Beryl could return to
her husband, but Patricia says she'll ensure Beryl stays in Sydney.
Patricia's present is a feather, and she tells Charlie that she
likes it. Charlie says she knew Gordon would never last, and Patricia
replies that he served his purpose. Charlie warns Patricia to
make sure she gets a solid commitment from David before she burns
her bridges with John and Angela. Patricia assures her, "Don't
worry - by the time I've finished with Beryl and Gordon, the kids
won't want to know them." Waving the feather in the air,
she continues, "They'll cheer when David and I get together..."