Rob is sitting in the lounge at Dural, late at night, when Angela
comes downstairs looking for him. He tells her that he can't sleep.
Angela says the situation is getting ridiculous, but she tells
Rob that she can't just shut up and go along with what he wants
over Fiona. Rob says he's sick of it. He tells Angela that he
admits Fiona is partly to blame, but it cuts both ways - she did
try to make up over the airstrip. Deciding he wants to avoid more
arguments, Rob says he'll sleep downstairs. Angela gives in at
this point, though, and says she'll go to the opening of Woombai,
as she's sick of arguing as well - but she's not doing
it so she can see what Fiona has done to the place. She warns
Rob that she's not going to be the life and soul of the party,
and she's not going to have anything to do with the hostess.
At the boarding house, Fiona and Beryl are playing cards when
the 'phone rings. Fiona tells Beryl to get it, while she goes
and cracks open the champagne. Beryl answers the call by saying,
"Kevin?" but it's not - it's David - David senior
that is! Beryl calls to Fiona that it's a boy. She asks David
what it's like, and David replies that it was all wrinkled and
red. He adds that Lynn's fine, and the baby weighed 2½ kilos.
Beryl asks after Kevin, and David tells her that the best bit
was when he saw the look on his son's face. He tells Beryl that
she should come down, before adding that Kevin told him that the
baby looked a bit like him - "ugly little thing!"
Beryl says she can't come down, but she asks David to
give her love to Lynn. She adds that she'll be down to see baby
David as soon as she can. She hangs up, leaving David in Melbourne
looking upset. In Sydney, meanwhile, Fiona pours the champagne
and remarks that Beryl's 'phone call was quick. She asks if it
was a bit awkward speaking to David, and Beryl replies that it
was. She then proposes a toast to David Ernest. Fiona gets out
a bag of rice to try and work out what 2½ kilos is in pounds,
and she reckons it's close to five. She adds that a bag of rice
is no substitute for the real thing. Beryl looks sad, and Fiona
asks her when she is going to go down, but Beryl says
it'll be for the Christening, and not before.
The next morning, Patricia is in the lounge when Angela comes
in with some gifts for the baby for Rosie to take to Melbourne
with her. She shows her mother a bunny plate and bowl set, and
the two women recall the set that Angela had at Woombai.
Angela says she'll wrap the presents up. Rob is coming downstairs
when he hears Angela tell Patricia that she's decided to go to
Woombai after all. He listens as Patricia tells Angela that she
shouldn't keep giving in to avoid arguments, and as she warns
her daughter that Rob will turn her into the 'little woman' with
a click of his fingers. Rob looks furious.
Di Miller tells John that she's not going to go to the Woombai
opening with him after all. John asks why not, and queries whether
it's because there'll be a lot of Ramberg people around. Di says
that that's part of the reason. John tells her that Woombai is
a big property, and they can easily stay out of the way of other
people. Di gives in, and agrees to accompany him.
Wayne calls at the boarding house, and Fiona asks him what he's
doing there. Wayne says he's come to apologise for not being able
to talk Gordon and Rosie around, but Fiona tells him she never
really expected him to. She introduces him to Beryl,
and he helps her do up her suitcase. Wayne asks if it's still
alright for him to come, and Fiona tells him that she
doesn't go back on her word. Wayne leaves, and Fiona remarks to
Beryl that, whatever he's after, he's wasting his time. Perking
up again, she says she's ready for Johnny. She tells Beryl that
they're planning to stop at a florist on the way, to send some
flowers to Lynn. Beryl tells Fiona that she hates her paying for
everything, but Fiona reminds Beryl that she has an interview
this morning, so it might not be that way for much longer. She
also tells Beryl to make sure she gets back in good time, as she's
going up to Woombai with Hal Mason, and he's going to want to
stop for lunch on the way. She adds that she hopes Beryl's not
getting cold feet, or going to jump on a 'plane. Beryl says the
only place she's going to, is Woombai.
Paul wanders into the lounge at Dural and finds Patricia there.
She tells him that she's surprised he's going to the opening after
his run in with Fiona, but Paul replies that he didn't see being
honest as a 'run in'. He says the next few days are purely business,
and to relax with the board. Patricia says Fiona might think Paul
has changed his mind, but Paul says he'll tell Fiona
if he does change his mind. Rob comes in the room and
Paul says he'll see him up there. He leaves, to head off on his
motorbike. Rob tells Patricia that Angela is going to want to
stop for lunch, and Patricia suggests a creek that Angela likes
would be a good place. She adds that it might be a good opportunity
for the two of them to have a talk about having kids of their
own, telling Rob that Angela has been raving about Lynn's baby.
Rob tells Patricia, though, that having children is their
decision, and he suggests to her that she's done enough interfering
for one day. He walks off, leaving Patricia looking taken aback.
Out in the hall, Angela calls 'goodbye' to her mother, and she
hugs Rosie, wishing her all the best for her trip. Rosie goes
into the lounge, where she tells Patricia that David Ernest is
a lucky baby, and he'll be even luckier when Beryl goes home.
She adds that she couldn't stay away. She calls to Paul,
telling him that she's ready when he is. She leaves the room,
and Patricia closes the doors behind her. She makes a 'phone call
- to the boarding house. Beryl answers, and Patricia says she's
ringing to congratulate her on the birth of her grandson, and
she adds that she imagines Beryl will be returning to Melbourne
in no time to take on her role as a grandmother. Beryl says, though,
that she's not going back, adding that she assumes that
that's what Patricia wanted to hear...
At Woombai, the guests are beginning to mingle. Fiona greets
Paul, Beryl and Hal Mason when they arrive, and she introduces
them to Alan Pascoe, who says he'll find some girls to show them
round. Beryl says she'll go and find John, so she can tell him
how her interview went. Fiona tells her that John went off with
Di. She asks Hal Mason to look after Beryl while she meets some
more of the throng. When they're alone, Beryl asks Mason if Di
is his secretary, and Mason confirms this fact. Beryl remarks
that Di and John seem to be getting on well - which is nice to
see after his last - snobbish - girlfriend. Mason tells Beryl
that she was very quiet on the way up, and he asks her about herself.
Beryl says she's sure he wouldn't be interested, but Mason tells
her that it'll save him having to spend all his time discussing
Kevin finds Jill in the kitchen at the Palmer house, and she
tells him that David has gone to collect Rosie from the airport.
She adds that she's prepared afternoon tea for the housekeeper
when she arrives. Kevin wants to get stuck in, but Jill warns
him off! She tells him that Vic and Muriel are back. At this moment,
David and Rosie come in, and Rosie immediately hugs Jill and gives
Kevin the presents from Angela. David says he'd better get back
to the depot. Kevin shows everyone a teddy he has, which is in
his football team's colours, and which he can't wait to show Vic!
He goes next door, leaving Rosie to tell Jill that Kevin is a
nice boy, who takes after his mother, although his hair was a
mess, making him look like the Wild Man of Borneo! Jill tells
Rosie that she has a surprise for her - full afternoon tea. Rosie
says it's a lovely thought.
At Woombai, John, Di, Rob and Angela are all together, and they
start discussing children, with John suggesting to Rob that it
can't be long before he and Angela have kids.
Rob says, though, that he doesn't know. John and Di walk off,
and Angela tells Rob that she'll decide when she
wants kids. She storms off, noticing Alan Pascoe showing Paul
his motorbike outside. Paul asks for a ride, and Angela asks if
she can be his passenger. He tells her to hop on, and Rob watches
as they ride off.
Di is looking at the label on a bottle of wine when Hal Mason
corners her and offers to open it. Di tells him she was going
to get John to do it. Mason tells her that the wine is a good
choice, and Di tells Mason that he's a good teacher. Mason asks
Di whether, when her fling with John is over, she could let him
back into her life, but Di says she doesn't think that's a good
idea. Mason says John is just a twenty year old kid, but Di replies
that she just wants a good time. She tells Mason that he'll always
be important to her, but Mason suggests that it'll just be friends
from now on. Di tells him that she doesn't just see her relationship
with John as a fling - she says he's the first person she's relaxed
with since Jim died. Mason sourly says, "Thanks very much,"
but Di tells him that he was always hung up about people at work
knowing about them. She adds that she's really happy now. Mason
asks what he's supposed to do, but Di tells him that
he'll find someone else - and hopefully, for that woman's sake,
he won't want it to be kept a secret.
Rosie is miles away when Jill interrupts her by asking what
she's thinking about. Rosie replies that she was thinking about
what she said earlier about Kevin looking like the Wild Man of
Borneo. She says it was something she used to say about Barry
when he was younger. She tells Jill that she's worried about how
he'll be when she finds him. Jill suggests Rosie should just get
it over and done with, and she tells her that David will give
her a lift, but Rosie becomes all indignant, saying she hasn't
forgotten the way David chased after Patricia. Jill tells Rosie
that everyone makes mistakes, but David has totally forgotten
about Patricia now, and he's really missing Beryl. She adds that
she can't understand how Beryl can stay away, as she's never
been part of a family before, and she's realised how much she's
missed out on. Rosie says Beryl will come back soon.
John remarks to Di that Beryl seems to be having a good time,
and Di agrees. Beryl tells Hal Mason that Alan Pascoe has been
arranging for her to go out riding in the morning. Pascoe invites
Mason to join them, but Mason unenthusiastically says he'll see
how he feels. Pascoe leaves them, and Beryl apologises to Mason
for forcing him. Mason apologises for not being more enthusiastic.
He asks Beryl if this is her first big outing since she came to
the city, and Fiona chips in that Beryl is an old stick-in-the-mud.
Mason says that's no good, and he tells Beryl that Sydney has
some of the best restaurants in the world. He then invites her
to join him for dinner some time, and Beryl accepts, telling him
she's looking forward to it. Mason says he'll make the booking.
He leaves Beryl alone with Fiona, and Beryl remarks that she has
her first date. Fiona says she thinks Hal Mason is a smooth operator,
and she warns Beryl to watch him, but Beryl replies that he was
just being kind. She adds that Fiona is sounding just like Patricia,
and she explains about the call earlier, and how Patricia sounded
really gleeful when she called Beryl a grandmother. Fiona says
it sounds like Patricia will do anything to ensure Beryl and David
will stay separated, but Beryl tells her that she and David are
finished, and nothing will change that. She adds that it's very
flattering to be asked out to dinner, even if it was only a friendly
invitation, but if she meets someone she likes, she won't let
anyone else's opinion hold her back...