Beryl is putting on her makeup when there's a knock at the door.
She answers it and finds John standing there. He explains that
he's come to invite her to dinner to celebrate his and Di's decision
to get serious and live together. Slightly taken aback, Beryl
says she supposes they know what they're doing. John remarks that
Beryl doesn't sound happy, and Beryl points out that Susan and
Bill didn't live together - and she wouldn't have approved if
they had. John ignores this, and just asks Beryl if she's
coming, but Beryl says she can't as she's attending a small farewell
party for Lindy. John suggests she come for dinner another time,
Upstairs, John tells Di that Beryl has a funny attitude - she's
against the two of them living together, and yet she's going around
with Hal Mason like there's nothing wrong. Di says she thought
John would have been more adult about it.
At Dural, Wayne enters the lounge, muttering about Gayle only
being a 17-year old kid anyway, and calling himself stupid...
In the flat, Gayle is sobbing when there's a knock at the door.
She tells the visitor to go away, but this is ignored, and Paul
comes in. He immediately sees Gayle's tears and asks her why she's
crying. She tells him that it was Wayne, and he was drunk - "I
was so scared." Paul asks if Wayne did anything,
and Gayle sobs that he just kissed her, but said he wanted more,
and got really angry when she pushed him away. Paul tells her
to sit down and rest.
In the lounge, Paul yells at Wayne for attacking a 17-year old
girl, but Wayne says he didn't do anything. Paul asks
him why Gayle said it, then, and Wayne tells him that he caught
Gayle stealing some money from his wallet, and when he threatened
to tell, Gayle made up the story about him attacking her. Patricia
comes in and overhears as Paul asks if he's really supposed to
believe that. She interrupts the argument and tells Paul that
what Wayne said is true. Paul asks her if she was there, but Patricia
replies that she heard enough. Paul says he'd better go over it
again with Gayle, adding that if she was just putting it on, she
did a very good job. When Paul has left the room, Patricia tells
Wayne that he's a fool. Wayne asks Patricia why she stood up for
him, and Patricia replies that it happened to suit her. Wayne
asks what she's going to do, but Patricia won't reveal her hand
- she just tells Wayne to stick to his story.
Gayle tells Paul that Wayne is mad. Paul points out to her that
she has stolen before. Gayle says she wishes she'd never
come to this rotten place.
Rosie enters Dural and Patricia immediately tells her that there's
been an upset. She tells the housekeeper to sit down, and then
explains that it looks as if Gayle has gone back to her old ways.
Rosie asks how, and Patricia tells her about Wayne catching her
stealing from his wallet. She adds that it gets worse, and proceeds
to tell Rosie about how Gayle threatened that, if Wayne told anyone,
she'd say he attacked her. An upset Rosie says, "How dreadful."
Patricia says Gayle told Paul that Wayne did attack her.
Rosie says she doesn't know what to say. She sobs, and says she
couldn't face anyone with that hanging over them. She tells Patricia
that she and Gayle will be out first thing in the morning. Patricia
says, "It's your decision, Rosie." Rosie goes to start
packing. Wayne tells Patricia that he's never felt so rotten in
all his life, but Patricia says there's no other way - and it
was Rosie's decision to leave...
Gayle tells Paul to go. Rosie comes in and says she knows what
happened. She tells Gayle to go to bed. Paul tells Rosie that
it's not necessarily black-and-white, but Rosie replies that Gayle
stole before she met her, and from the Palmers... Paul
says there's more to it, but Rosie tells him that Wayne wouldn't
say what he did if it wasn't true. Paul asks if Gayle would lie,
and Rosie replies that there's no other explanation.
As Beryl and Lindy set the table at Lindy's apartment, Lindy
thanks Beryl for her help in reconciling her and her father. She
says she can't believe how well he's getting on with her friends,
and adds that it's just a pity she and her father didn't talk
a decade earlier. Beryl tells Lindy that it's a pity her father
doesn't have some sort of keepsake to remind him of her when she
leaves for overseas. Lindy says she'll give it a go.
Di tells John that he's thinking too much, but John says he's
bugged about Beryl and Hal Mason. He says he thinks Mason is using
her, and just giving her a false family in Sydney. Di points out
that they met before Lindy came on the scene. John says he doesn't
know how much longer he can keep quiet - and he doesn't care about
the consequences for his job. Di asks him what he's going to do,
and John replies that if things carry on as they are, he'll tell
Mason to butt out of Beryl's life.
At Dural, Wayne asks Rosie not to leave, but Rosie says she
doesn't have much choice. She tells Wayne that she's sorry. A
while later, Paul tells Rosie that Gordon has made it quite clear
that he wants her to stay, but Rosie says it's not right - and
how does she know Gayle won't do something else? Paul tells her
to see things how they really are - if Gordon will let her stay,
she should take him up on it. Rosie says she'll mull it over.
She goes into the kitchen, where Gayle asks her if she and Paul
had a good whisper about her. Rosie says she's just trying to
do the right thing. Gayle says she can't wait to get out, but
Rosie tells her to wait and see what happens.
The next morning, Patricia calls Charlie in Melbourne and asks
how things went with Angela. Charlie says she thinks she managed
to do enough. Patricia tells her friend that she had some luck
last night, and things might come to a head today. Charlie asks
Patricia if she knows what she's doing, but Patricia doesn't answer,
because she hears Gordon coming in. She hangs up and immediately
tells her husband that she didn't hear him come in last night.
Gordon, though, tells Patricia not to make smalltalk. He says
he saw Paul last night, and he wants an explanation.
Beryl calls round to help Lindy tidy up, and Lindy reveals that
she hasn't even been to bed yet! She explains that, after the
party finished, she went out early to get a present for her father.
She shows Beryl a Polaroid of the Ramberg building, and explains
that she's going to turn it into a charcoal sketch to give to
him. Beryl says she thinks Mason will love it. Lindy says she'd
like Beryl to be there when she gives it to him, and Beryl agrees.
Patricia tells Gordon that it wasn't her suggestion
that Rosie left - it was the housekeeper's own idea - but Gordon
says he's not backing down this time. Patricia asks Gordon if
he's trying to drive her out, adding that it's just asking for
trouble, taking Gayle's word against Paul's. Gordon says he had
a long talk to Paul, and he thinks there's at least some truth
in Gayle's story. He says he wants to listen to both sides, and
he tells Patricia that if she doesn't like it, she's better off
moving out. John comes downstairs and stands in the hall, listening
to the argument, not realising Patricia has seen him. He hears
Gordon tell Patricia that life would be a damn sight easier if
she wasn't around. Patricia snaps, "Wonderful." She
says she tried her damndest to make their marriage work. She tells
Gordon that she's put up with his sulking and his moods, and now
he's prepared to lay everything on the line over a girl he doesn't
even know. Gordon agrees that that's the way it is. Patricia asks
him if perhaps the real reasons are a little deeper. She suggests
that they've spent too much time together because Gordon hasn't
been working, and because she's been around too much. She says
she thinks she might go to the South Yarra property for a while.
Gordon says that's not the answer, and he tells her that if she
does go, she shouldn't bother coming back. Patricia says
she knows what's behind it all: Barbara Armstrong. Gordon tells
her not to be ridiculous, but Patricia says she at least knows
where she stands. She storms out of the lounge and into the hall,
where she pretends to be surprised to see John there. She tells
him that she's sorry, but she won't be there when he gets home
this afternoon. She says she'll be in touch when she's get settled
Gordon is staring at a chess piece when Rosie offers him some
tea. She also comments that Patricia will be in Melbourne by now,
adding that she can't say she's not sorry to see her go, but she
does feel terrible, because it's all her fault. Gordon tells Rosie
that, if it hadn't been Gayle, it would have been something else.
Rosie says she'll make Gayle behave, but she's still very ashamed
that her granddaughter could have done that. She says Wayne will
get an apology if it kills her. Gordon says he'd like to talk
to Gayle and judge for himself. Rosie says she's ironing in the
flat. Gordon tells her not to worry.
Gordon and Rosie enter the flat and Rosie calls to Gayle. There's
no answer, though. Rosie looks in Gayle's room and notices that
her bag has gone. She says, "Little minx has run away."
Patricia is loading her bags onto a trolley at Melbourne airport,
and Charlie asks her if she did anything. Patricia says John overheard
her, and with Charlie's groundwork with Angela... Charlie says,
"Sometimes, I think you've done a deal with the devil."
She tells Patricia that she's booked a ticket on the next flight
to Sydney, as she doesn't want to cramp her friend's style with
At the depot, David tells Patricia he didn't think Gordon would
go that far. He offers her a lift to her property, but is halted
in his tracks by Bates, who calls to David about a truck that
hasn't been unloaded, and which is blocking the way. David says
it's too late to do anything about it now, as the men have all
gone home - but he adds that if it bothers Bates that much, he'll
do it himself. Bates smiles at Patricia and then, as David starts
unloading boxes from the truck, tells him that it's not good enough,
as he should have agreed the run properly. An annoyed David carries
a big box from the truck to unload, but he misses the edge of
the vehicle, and topples head first onto the ground below. Patricia
rushes over and stares at him in concern.
In the car park at Ramberg, Hal Mason says, "Well I'll
be blowed!" He tells Lindy that he loves the present, and
says it's very good. He asks Beryl if she had a hand
in it, and Beryl replies that she had the thought, and
Lindy had the idea. Mason tells Beryl that, if it wasn't for her,
he and Lindy would never have become close again. He puts his
arms round the two women. John comes out of the Ramberg office
and looks very annoyed when he sees the happy trio...