Patricia arrives at the Ramberg offices, and meets John by the
reception desk. He tells her about his transfer to Melbourne,
and his promotion, and Patricia says it's wonderful news. She
adds that she doesn't suppose Gordon's happy about him leaving,
but John replies that it's none of Gordon's business, and he's
glad to get out of the place. Di joins them and gives Patricia
and Fiona - who's standing nearby - copies of the agenda for the
board meeting. The two women then enter the boardroom. Meanwhile,
Di goes into Hal Mason's office and tells him that Fiona is making
noises to get the meeting underway. Mason snaps that she can wait,
as he's sick to death of being dicatated to by 'that lot'. Di
asks him what the deal he wants to discuss with the board is about,
and Mason tells her that it's going to allow Ramberg to make a
killing on the stockmarket - but he needs the board's permission
to use the company's funds, and it needs to be done quickly. He
adds that it will also enable the transport division to increase
its profit. Di asks him if he'll benefit in any way,
and Mason replies that he'll do alright. Di remarks that that's
the name of the game. From the way she says this, Mason asks her
if she's implying that she doesn't think it's right, but Di says
she isn't into making moral judgements. Mason leaves his office
to head into the boardroom, but is waylaid by Paul, who asks him
if he's made a decision about Wayne. Mason tells him that it's
not working out, and Wayne will have to go. Paul asks him to reconsider,
but Mason says there's nothing to consider. Paul tells
Mason that he's not asking. Realising that his hand is
being forced, Mason remarks that it doesn't seem as if he has
much say. He says he'll talk to Wayne after the meeting.
In the boardroom, Hal Mason tells the board that the risks are
negligible, and the benefits will greatly strengthen the transport
division. He suggests a vote on the proposal, and Fiona agrees,
but Patricia interrupts proceedings, saying she hasn't had a chance
to read the documents yet. Mason tries to persuade her that it's
not necessary, but Patricia says she won't be steamrollered. Mason
says they need to move now, or the deal won't go through. Paul
suggests they hold off for 48 hours, but Mason says they can't,
as the deal is too important to wait that long. Patricia suggests
the board votes on waiting for a couple of days, but Mason realises
he's beaten. He storms out of the boardroom and into his office.
He throws a sheaf of papers down onto the floor as the 'phone
starts ringing. He answers it by yelling, "Yes?"
The caller is Beryl, who's slightly taken aback, but, calming
down, Mason tells her he's glad she called, as hearing from her
is the only good thing that's happened all day. He asks her how
things went in Sydney, but Beryl just says, "I'm back,
aren't I?" She tells him that there was nothing left for
her down there. Mason suggests they have dinner tonight, and Beryl
Jill ushers Rosie into her room at the boarding house, where
Gayle is lying in bed. She sits up as Rosie tells her that she
thought she'd never see her again. Gayle says she's sorry, but
Rosie says she should be sorry for not believing her.
Gayle says she didn't mean to cause trouble, but she thought Rosie
would be glad to see the back of her. Rosie tells her granddaughter
that she's family. Gayle says she's never really had a family,
but Rosie tells her she has now - but adds that she shouldn't
make a mess of it. Gayle jokes that she got back just in time,
as the secretarial course starts tomorrow.
There's a knock at Hal Mason's office door, and Di comes in
to tell him that Wayne is waiting. Mason tells her to send him
in. Di says she's sorry things went badly at the meeting, and
she asks if 48 hours will be too long to wait. Mason tells her
that that's why he's not waiting, adding that they'll
thank him in the long run. Di goes out and sends Wayne in. Mason
tells him it's about his trial period. Wayne asks, "In or
out?" Mason tells him that he's staying - but not as his
personal assistant. He tells Wayne that he's being moved to the
accounts department. Wayne asks what he's supposed to do there,
but Mason says, "You can file paperclips for all I
When he gets home, Wayne immediately snaps at Paul for 'breaking
his promise' about the job. Paul asks him if he's been given the
bullet, but Wayne tells him about being transferred to accounts.
Paul points out that he still has a job, but Wayne snaps that
he knows Paul would like to see him go under. Paul tells Wayne
to quit if he wants to, but Wayne says he wouldn't give Paul the
satisfaction. He storms out and is in the hall just as Patricia
comes in. He remarks that he thought she was going straight back
to Melbourne, but Patricia explains that she's come to collect
the rest of her belongings. She asks if Gordon's out, and Wayne
says, "Yeah." He asks Patricia if she's heard about
his problems at the office, but Patricia snaps that she doesn't
want to hear him whinging, as she has enough problems of her own.
Rosie and Gayle enter Dural as Wayne comes out of the study.
Rosie remarks that she hasn't seen him around much, and Wayne
sheepishly admits that he's been keeping out of her way. Rosie
tells Wayne that she's disappointed in him, but Wayne says he
was drunk. Rosie says she knew he had his faults, but she doesn't
think she can ever feel the same about him again. She gives him
the keys to the car he bought for her, saying she can't keep it
now. Wayne goes out, slamming the front door behind him. Patricia
comes downstairs and thanks Paul for his support at the meeting,
adding that it's good that they think along the same lines. Paul
tells Patricia that he's disappointed that she backed up Wayne
over Gayle. Patricia says she thought Wayne was telling the truth,
but Paul reminds her that she said she heard Gayle threatening
Wayne. Patricia tells Paul he'd probably understand better if
he was a parent. Paul tells Patricia that she's not the person
he thought she was, and he says he'd rather keep any future dealings
on a purely business level. Patricia says, "OK." At
this point, Gordon enters the house and sees Patricia there, but
she picks up her bags and walks out, without giving her husband
so much as a second glance. Gordon murmurs, "Goodbye, Patricia."
At the boarding house, Di apologises to Fiona for not giving
more notice that she's moving out, but Fiona says she's sure she
can find someone else to take the room. Di says she'll be gone
by the end of the week. Fiona says goodbye and wishes her good
luck. Di starts to head upstairs, but is met by John, who has
just been up there looking for her. He tells her that he's been
thinking: he doesn't know what things will be like in Melbourne,
but he'll have his promotion, so why doesn't she come with him?
Di says it wouldn't work - and besides, her plans are settled.
John says he knows he messed up, but they loved each
other. Di, though, says she's not sure of herself any more. John
suggests they could go away together, and Di says they might one
day, but she tells him that, right now, he has nothing going for
Beryl tells Fiona that she and David just argued. Fiona says
she really hoped Beryl wouldn't be back (in the nicest possible
way!). There's a knock at the door, and Beryl answers it. The
caller is John, who's surprised to see Beryl there. He asks what
she's doing there, and Beryl replies, "I live here."
John asks, "What about Melbourne?" but Beryl tells him
that it didn't work out. John asks her how hard she tried, and
a shocked Beryl says, "What?" John tells her
that she couldn't have given it a chance. He says he was looking
forward to being back in Melbourne, and being a family together
again, but tells her, "You've fixed it good and proper."
An amazed Fiona says, "Johnny!" but John just
Paul goes to visit Gayle in the flat, interrupting her as she's
reading books for her course. She thanks him for sticking up for
her, but Paul tells her that he should have believed her straight
away. Gayle says she thought she'd never be able to show her face
round there again. Paul asks her why she always expects the worst,
and Gayle replies that you don't get disappointed that way. Paul
says he hadn't thought of it that way. Gayle says, "Tough
world." Paul says he's just starting to realise. He tells
Gayle that the most important thing is that she's back with people
who care, like him, Jill and Rosie. Gayle says she's glad she
Jill is in Fiona's room when Beryl comes in all dressed up.
Jill tells her she looks lovely, then, realising she might have
put her foot in it with Fiona, gets up and says she has to go
as she's late for work. Beryl says she'll be thinking of her while
she's having dinner. When Jill has gone, Beryl turns to Fiona
and suggests that it's time they have it out. Fiona tells Beryl
that she shouldn't give up on David, and adds that she should
go back down there and fight for him, but Beryl says, "Patricia
can have him for all I care." Fiona tells her that
it's easier for her to save her ego by seeing Hal Mason. The argument
stops when there's a knock at the door. It's Mason. Beryl says
she'll get her purse, adding that she's looking forward to a good
evening. She says goodnight to Fiona, and leaves.
At the dinner table at Dural, Gordon proposes a toast to Gayle's
return, and Rosie and Paul both raise their glasses. Wayne listens
from the hall as Paul and Gordon tell Rosie what a good meal it
was. Paul offers to clear away, and Gayle says she'll give him
a hand. When they've gone to the kitchen, Rosie takes the opportunity
to thank Gordon for making a fuss of Gayle, but Gordon says she
deserves it. Rosie says it's nice to feel welcome, but Gordon
tells her that she and Gayle are always welcome, as it's a big
house which is currently empty, and it needs people. Rosie says,
"Like Mrs. Armstrong?" Gordon replies, "Yeah."
Rosie asks him if he's going to get in touch with Barbara, but
Gordon says he made a lot of big promises to her in the past and
let her down. Now he wants to get the divorce under way before
he contacts her, so that she can see that he's totally free of
Patricia. Rosie tells him not to leave it too long.
Patricia arrives back in Melbourne, and turns up at the Palmer
house, where David asks her how her trip went. Patricia comments
that being a board member is not all it's cracked up to be. David
tells her that he saw Beryl while she was away, but they didn't
get on well, as she only came back because of the kids. Patricia
says she's sorry. David says it was just one great slanging match.
Patricia says that if only she hadn't been there yesterday afternoon...
but David just says it's done now - "It seems like it's nearly
Beryl and Hal Mason arrive back at the boarding house, and they
go into Fiona's kitchen, where Beryl says that tonight was the
first time she's ever tried snails. She says she had a lovely
evening, and an obviously 'merry' Hal Mason says he enjoyed it
too, adding that having Beryl there made it so much better. He
tells her that he was hoping they could be more than friends.
Beryl remarks that he doesn't waste time, but Mason tells her
that he recently had the chance to take up again with someone,
but he told her that there was somebody he's more interested in.
He tells Beryl that he'd like to get away sometime - from Ramberg,
and maybe even Australia. Beryl asks what's wrong with Australia,
and Mason tells her that there's so much of Europe to see. He
says he's expecting some money soon to pay off his debts, and
he's been making plans, which he'd like Beryl to be a part of.
He asks her if she feels about him, the same way as he feels about
her. Beryl says, "I didn't have to call you when
I came back, did I?"