The next morning, at Dural, John is about to set off for Melbourne
when he's waylaid by Wayne, in the hall. He tells John that he
may have his promotion and his new job, but the Ramberg Head Office
is still in Sydney. He adds that Hal Mason is just sticking John
out in a backwater, but John tells Wayne that he'd know.
He asks Wayne if he's having fun in accounts, but Wayne says he
won't be there for long. He tells John that in a couple of weeks,
he'll be sorry he ever took the Melbourne job. Gordon comes out
from the lounge and tells John that he hopes things work out.
He holds out his hand, but John ignores it. Gordon asks him if
he's staying with Patricia, and John says he is. Gordon gives
him a piece of advice: he tells John to find his own place as
soon as he can. John asks Gordon what business it is of his, and
Gordon replies that he doesn't want to see John given the run
around. John tells Gordon that he doesn't like him putting Patricia
down. Gordon tells John that there's a lot he doesn't know, but
John says he heard Gordon telling Patricia to get out, and he
won't forget it in a hurry. He leaves.
Fiona is up and about, and Beryl snaps that she's sorry if she
was clattering around. Fiona remarks on her getting ready to go
out, and Beryl explains that she's swapped shifts, so that she's
working during the day. Fiona asks her if she has better plans
for the evening, but Beryl replies that if that was a shot at
Hal Mason, she doesn't want to hear it. Fiona says she can't sit
back and let twenty years of marriage be allowed to slip down
the drain, but Beryl says she wouldn't have given everything up
without having second thoughts. Fiona asks if she has
given it much thought. Beryl tells her that Mason has been divorced
for some time, and she's not the first woman he's seen since then.
She says she doesn't expect Fiona to like it, as she's known David
for a very long time. Fiona tells Beryl that David will be helpless
without her, but Beryl points out that David has Patricia. She
says she can't blame Fiona for thinking she's seeing Hal Mason
out of spite, but she's sure the answer to that is no - if she
has a chance to be happy with Mason, what is there left to stop
her taking it?
Patricia and David prepare to go and collect John. Kevin sits
at the kitchen table, doing schoolwork. Patricia tells him she
can remember taking exams, but she's sure he'll do better
than she did. Kevin just mutters, "Thanks."
He asks Patricia if she wants to see Lynn, and when Patricia replies,
"If she's not busy," he goes to the bedroom to fetch
her. When he gets in there, he tells Lynn that her 'mate' is there.
Lynn says she hopes Kevin wasn't rude to Patricia, and Kevin replies
that he hardly spoke to her - he decided to keep his mouth shut,
as Beryl has obviously given up, and he's not going to bang his
head against a brick wall. Out in the lounge, Patricia is helping
David on with his jacket when Lynn joins them. Patricia tells
her that she's looking well. Lynn apologises for not being able
to come to the airport, but Patricia says it's alright, as they'll
probably drop in on the way back. David says he thought John would
be staying at the Palmer house, but Patricia tells him that John
rang last night and asked if he could stay in the South Yarra
property. She tells David not to be gloomy, because she won't
need lots of excuses now to invite him and the others over. She
adds, "With John back, and a bit of effort, we can make this
the next best thing to being a family."
Patricia, David and Angela all help John with his luggage as
they leave the airport. John thanks them for coming. Angela, whose
car they are using, says she'll drop David and Patricia at the
South Yarra house, and then take John on to see Kevin and Lynn.
Kevin watches through the front window as John and Angela come
up the path. When they get inside, Lynn hugs John, and Kevin asks
where David is. John explains and then asks to see his nephew.
Once he sees Davey lying in his crib, John comments that he's
not bad, considering who the father is! John has a present for
Davey, which Lynn opens. It's a football. Angela offers to help
Lynn with the dinner. John suggests to Kevin that they should
have a kick around, later.
Dinner over, Kevin and John are kicking the football around
in the street when a car pulls up in the middle of the road behind
them. It's Rob, who jokingly tells them to get off the road! He
then asks John how things are going, and John says they're OK.
Rob says he can't stop, as he has to deliver the car to a client.
He drives off, and Kevin remarks to John that it's funny Rob making
that comment about getting off the road, as that's what Beryl
used to say. He tells John that he's glad he's back, as he has
someone to talk to, now. John points out to his brother that he
has Lynn, but Kevin says he doesn't want to worry her. John asks
what the problem is, and Kevin replies that he's really scared
- Lynn doesn't know how slack he's been with his study lately,
but so many things have happened, that study's always the first
thing to get the push. John points out that he never
did very well at school, but he's doing alright for himself now.
Kevin, though, says he knows what he wants to do - the newspaper
cadetship means a lot to him. John asks him if he has enough time
to catch up before the exams, and Kevin says, "Yeah."
John tells him that he can cram until then, and then bluff the
rest if he doesn't know it. He adds that he can't help Kevin study,
but if there's anything else he can help with, he's there to listen.
Kevin asks his brother if he'll be sticking round, and John replies,
"Try and get rid of me!"
Jill is tying a shoelace in her room at the boarding house,
when there's a knock at the door and Fiona comes in. She tells
Jill that she needs a break from going over the Ramberg papers,
as it's making her head spin. Jill asks her if that means she's
intending to head for the ice cream shop, and Fiona says she is.
She invites Jill to join her, but Jill says she can't as she's
on her way to the Hamiltons' - it was Gayle's first day on her
secretarial course, and she's going to teach her to play tennis
after work. She asks Fiona what the problem is with the Ramberg
papers, and Fiona explains that it's Mason's investment idea.
Jill remarks that she thought Fiona was all for it, but Fiona
tells her that Patricia wants to block it, and Paul isn't sure
either, as the risk could be too great. She says she's read all
the documents, but she still doesn't know what to do. Jill asks
her why she was in favour of the deal in the first place, and
Fiona replies that she's a gambler from way back, but Paul made
her look at it more responsibly. Jill points out that Fiona could
ask Gordon for his advice, but Fiona says she thinks she's done
her dash there, which is a pity, as Gordon has terrific business
sense. She adds that if Patricia and Wayne had left him to his
own devices, he'd still be at the top of the tree.
Wayne pours himself a scotch, and Gordon remarks on him being
home early. Wayne replies that that's a fringe benefit of being
in a section where nobody wants you, but where they can't sack
you. He adds that it's a good place to keep your ear to the ground
and find out all sorts of interesting things - if you know what
to ask for. Gordon says, "And you do?" Wayne
replies, "I'm learning." Gordon says, "First time
for everything!" The doorbell rings, and as Wayne goes to
answer it, he tells Gordon that, with John gone, and things becoming
interesting at work, nothing could spoil his day. He opens the
front door to find Jill standing there, and hastily adds, "Forgot
to touch wood." He walks off, and Gordon invites Jill inside,
telling her that Gayle is changing into her tennis gear. He asks
how Fiona is, and Jill replies that she's fine - at least, she
would be if she could get over a couple of silly hangups. Deciding
that she might as well put her foot in it, she tells Gordon about
how Fiona's refusing to go to him for some business advice, and
it's making her mad. Gordon says it'll take time, but Jill tells
him that Fiona needs advice now. She explains what the
problem is. Gordon says he's been wrong about a lot of people
lately - some of them a lot closer than Fiona. He tells Jill that
he'll think it over.
David and Patricia get ready to head off to the physio. David
says he'll ask the doctor if he can get some paperwork to do at
home, as he should be able to cope with that. They go out, and
John remarks to Lynn that he didn't expect his parents to be getting
on so well. Lynn says they're great. John asks where Angela is,
and Lynn says she's changing Davey's nappy. John goes into the
bedroom and sees Angela changing Davey on the bed. He asks her
if she and Rob are going to try for a baby, and Angela says they
will, with a bit of luck. She thanks John for catching up with
her when Charlie was taking her to the airport, as it was his
talk that did the trick - although it took until Singapore before
she realised it. John tells Angela that it's a pity she wasn't
there to make him see sense a couple of days ago. Angela
asks him if he means with Di, and John replies that he was pretty
rotten to her, because he had to choose between her or the family,
and he chose the family. Angela remarks, "We don't learn,
do we?" John says he's sorry he hurt Di. Angela says, "At
least we're together again."
The next morning, John is round at Susan's for breakfast, explaining
to Angela that there's no food at the South Yarra house. Angela
wonders whether there's anything between David and Patricia, but
John points out that there's still Beryl. Angela remarks that
it seems like Gordon and Patricia have both burned their bridges.
She asks John if he rang Beryl last night, but John says he didn't.
Angela points out that Beryl doesn't even know he's down there,
and she suggests he should ring her straight away. Rob comes in,
and John goes to make his call. When he gets through to Beryl
and explains what's happened, she says she wondered what
he meant by saying he was looking forward to going home. She asks
him what his new job is, but John says he doesn't know - he'll
be finding out later this morning; all he knows is that he's got
a promotion and he's moving out of PR. He tells Beryl that he's
sorry for leaving without saying a proper goodbye, but he was
a bit disappointed about her and David. Beryl says she knows,
but that's the way it is. John says he'll ring again when he has
some news, and he hangs up. He tells Rob and Angela that Beryl
sends her love, and he then heads off.
Patricia tells David that Angela was a good baby. David says
John was as well - according to Fiona. Patricia says she hopes
David is as proud of John as she is, as he's done very
well for himself. David says he always wanted the best for his
kids. He adds that it makes you take stock - if it hadn't been
for a lucky break a few weeks ago, he'd still be where
he was twenty years ago. Patricia tells David that he never had
the opportunities, and she's sure that, up until two months ago,
he couldn't possibly have thought he'd be where he is now. David
says he supposes not. He adds that it's a bit of a knock when
you see your kids beating you in the rat race. Patricia tells
him that if he's going to brood, it's probably a good idea that
he wants to get back to working.
A car pulls up at the truck depot, and David and Patricia get
out. David says he'll get a cab back. Patricia tells him that
she's going to organise a note to be sent to the board, as she
refuses to go back to Sydney on one of Hal Mason's wild goose
chases. David walks over to Bates as Patricia drives off, and
Bates remarks on him having a fancy chauffeur. David asks Bates
if he has a problem. Bates says he doesn't, but he tells
David that he might when he finds out who his new boss
is. David asks, "What new boss?" and Bates
tells him that Ron Jackson heard this morning that he's going
to have a new right hand man. David asks when he can meet this
new bloke. A car pulls up behind him, and Bates tells David that
he can meet him right now. John gets out of the car, and David
asks him what he's doing there. Bates tells David to say hello
to his new boss. John says, "It's true, Dad."