Kevin storms into the Palmer house and starts yelling that Beryl
was just outside, but she left because Patricia was there. David
asks his son if he knew Beryl was coming. Kevin replies, "No
- but God, I was glad to see her." David says that, if Beryl's
going to behave like that, he doesn't particularly want
to see her. Turning to Patricia, Kevin tells her that she's only
pretending to worry about David so that she can worm her way in.
He adds that she's just making trouble for Beryl and David, and
he tells her to get out. He then tells David that Beryl came to
see him, and he stuffed it up. He orders Patricia to get the hell
out of there, and then storms out.
At Susan's, Susan asks her mother how Kevin took it, and Beryl
replies that he was disappointed, but she couldn't bring herself
to go inside. Susan says there's nothing between David and Patricia,
but Beryl says that's rubbish, as it all adds up. She tells her
daughter about Gordon kicking Patricia out, and about how Patricia
probably came down to Melbourne because she felt badly done by.
Susan says that, if Beryl feels like that, she should do something,
but Beryl says there's no point - she left David in the first
place because he didn't care about her, and nothing's changed.
Lynn tells Patricia and David that Davey has settled down. She
adds that Kevin told her his side of the story, but he won't come
out of his room until Patricia has gone. Patricia says she only
wanted to help, but David tells her that it's Beryl who's responsible
for the whole crazy thing. Lynn tells them that Beryl is at Susan's,
and she asks David if he's going to go and see her. David says
he won't. Lynn then asks Patricia if she thinks David
should see his wife, and, put in a difficult position, all Patricia
can say is that Beryl should have some sort of hearing. David
tells Lynn to make Kevin apologise to Patricia, so Lynn heads
back into her room. Patricia comments on her being a sweet girl.
She then asks David if he's going to see Beryl, and David replies
that he supposes he should let her have her say. Patricia tells
him that he needs to find out why Beryl has come back.
David says it's because she still loves him, but Patricia just
says, "Maybe." She points out that Beryl might have
just come back through a sense of duty. David sighs. Patricia
says that, if Beryl hasn't come back for the right reasons,
it could make the whole situation worse.
Beryl offers Angela a hand with the ironing, but Angela declines.
Susan says it's a shame David didn't ring, but Beryl says she
doesn't care. Angela just says she's not buying into it. The 'phone
starts ringing and Susan answers it. The caller is David, who
asks to speak to Beryl. Beryl tells Susan to tell her father that
they have nothing to talk about, but Susan refuses to say this,
and orders Beryl to talk to David. Beryl reluctantly takes the
handset and says, "Hello, David." David asks her if
they can see each other and talk - even if it's only for the kids'
sake, and Beryl agrees. David suggests they meet this afternoon,
as he has physiotherapy this morning. Beryl says she'll come round.
David says he'll tell the kids, adding that they'll be tickled.
The call ends, and Beryl tells Susan what's happening. Susan says
she's pleased, and she pleads with her mother to give David a
chance. Beryl just says she'll see how it goes.
Patricia walks into Kevin and Lynn's room, where Lynn tells
her that they're just going through some things for Kevin's assignment.
Patricia asks what the assignment is about, but Kevin snaps that
it wouldn't interest her. Patricia lights a cigarette, and tells
Kevin that he might be surprised, but she knows how he feels.
She says she understands things are difficult for him, but they're
difficult for everyone. She makes a promise that, if
David and Beryl sort things out, and get back together, that's
the last Kevin will see of her - but if they can't work
things out, Kevin will have to face the fact that she and David
will probably go on seeing each other. She reminds Kevin that
she and David were very close when they were younger - they almost
married, and they had two children. Kevin asks Patricia if she's
saying that, if Beryl and David sort it out, she'll keep away,
and Patricia tells him that he has her word. David comes in at
this point, as it's time for him to go to physio. He and Patricia
walk into the lounge, where Patricia stubs out her cigarette in
an ashtray. She tells David that she has to fly back to Sydney
this afternoon for an emergency Ramberg board meeting. In their
room, Lynn says to Kevin, "Well?" Kevin says, "I
At Ramberg, John tells Hal Mason that he's been thinking about
his position there, and what with his split from Di, and Mason's
fling with Beryl, he's finding it hard to keep his mind on work,
and he thinks it would be best if he resigned. Mason says that
would be a great pity, as John's work has been good and imaginative,
and he'd been thinking of giving him a promotion. He asks John
what he'll do, and John replies that he'll probably go back to
Melbourne. Mason points out that there is another way:
transfer to Melbourne, so that John can go home and keep
his job. John says it's a great idea, and Mason tells him that
the promotion is still not out of the question. John thanks Mason,
saying he didn't expect it.
When she arrives at the Palmer house, Beryl hugs Kevin and Lynn,
and Lynn asks her how things have been in Sydney. Beryl says they're
fine. She asks Kevin why he's not at school, and Kevin tells her
that he didn't want to miss her. He goes off to get Davey, and
Beryl takes the opportunity to ask Lynn how Kevin really
is. Lynn tells her that he hasn't been good - he hasn't been able
to concentrate at school, and he's been cranky. Kevin comes back
in with Davey and Beryl says he's beautiful. She starts fussing
At the boarding house, Jill tells Fiona that Beryl and David
don't have much hope with Patricia there, but Fiona laughingly
says, "HaHa!" Jill asks her what she's done, and Fiona
replies that she called a board meeting for this afternoon, and
she insisted on a full board! The 'phone rings and Jill
answers it. The operator asks her if she'll accept a reverse charges
call from a Gayle Andrews, and Jill, relieved to hear from the
girl, happily agrees. Jill asks Gayle where she is, but Gayle
won't say. Jill asks her if she's alright, but Gayle just says,
"Sort of." Jill asks her if there's somewhere they can
pick her up, but Gayle says, "No." Jill tells her that
she can always come to the boarding house if she wants to, and
she adds that Rosie has been so worried about her that she's gone
to the police. On hearing this, Gayle immediately hangs up. Jill
curses herself for blowing it, and says to Fiona that she hopes
she hasn't frightened Gayle off for good.
Gayle is sitting in a street, and she watches as a young couple
put a "McDonald's" fries container in a rubbish bin.
After they have walked past, she goes to the bin and takes the
container out, but it's empty.
There's a knock at Jill's door, and when she answers it, she
finds Gayle standing there. She tells her that she's so glad to
see her, and asks why she ran off. Gayle says it was because noone
believed her. Jill says she won't tell anyone that she's there
until they've talked. Sometime later, after Gayle has wolfed down
some dinner, Fiona asks her how she got to Manly, and Gayle replies
that she hitched. Fiona asks her how she enjoyed her freedom,
but Gayle says, "Not much." She adds that she doesn't
really go for dossing on the streets, and she was scared when
a couple of guys tried it on. Jill apologises for having mentioned
the police on the 'phone, but explains that Paul made Wayne tell
the truth, and it made Rosie get in touch with the police because
she felt so guilty for not believing her granddaughter. Gayle
says she's never had so many people care for her, before. Fiona
suggests to her that she get some sleep. Jill says she'll ring
At Ramberg, John gives Di a report to pass on to Hal Mason.
Di tells him that she's going to resign, but John says there's
no need, as he's going to Melbourne. Di, though, says she's not
going because of him. She tells him that, after she's
had a rest, she's going to take some time and then start again.
She says she thought she might have a holiday at the Barrier Reef.
John asks her if she'll settle back in Sydney, but Di says she
might stay with her parents for a while. John says he'll let her
get back to work.
In the kitchen at the Palmer house, Susan remarks to Beryl that
it's quiet with the kids gone. Beryl says Davey is a wonderful
baby. Susan asks her mother if she's over losing her
baby, and Beryl replies that she thinks of it, but getting upset
doesn't help. She tells her daughter that she does enjoy being
in Sydney, but misses Melbourne, as she lived there for a very
long time - and of course, she misses David. She says Fiona's
fun, but she can't cope with not having things on hand. She misses
the markets, seeing her friends, having a nag, catching up on
the gossip... Susan asks Beryl what she really wants.
Beryl says it's good to see the kids and the family, but she can't
forget everything that's happened - she'll just see how things
go with David. Susan tells her that if she does want
to come back, she'll have to give a bit with David. Beryl wanders
into the lounge, where she puts down two cups of tea on the coffee
table, and notices the cigarette stub in the ashtray. Annoyed,
she tells Susan that she can't just forget everything that's happened.
A while later, Beryl is wiping the ashtray clean when David
gets home, having caught a taxi from the physiotherapist's. Beryl
asks him how his arm is, and David tells her that he can have
the stitches taken out next week. He asks Beryl if she's seen
the kids, and Beryl says she has. David then asks his wife why
she came back, and Beryl replies that she felt as if she was needed,
what with Susan working, Lynn having to look after the baby, and
Kevin studying. David says he's glad Beryl is worried about them,
but he thought there might be another reason. Beryl says she's
over losing the baby, but David says he thought she might be back
so they could try and get back to normal. Beryl tells him that
it crossed her mind, but since she's been there, she can't see
much point, as Patricia seems to mean more to him. David tells
Beryl that Patricia is just a friend, and he points out that she's
a fine one to talk, when she's gallivanting around Sydney with
some bloke. Beryl snaps that it's back to being one-sided: David's
the only one allowed to have a friend. David says it seemed to
be more than that with Beryl. He tells Beryl that he hoped she'd
come back because she still had feelings for him and the family,
whereas she's really come back because she feels sorry for him.
He tells her that she should have stayed in Sydney. Beryl yells,
"Good - we know where we stand then, don't we. If that's
the way you feel, I'll go back to Sydney, and this time I will
stay there." She storms out.