David tells Patricia that that's not an easy question to answer.
He says he can see the sense in it, but then reminds her that
he did walk out on her at Woombai. Patricia says that
was different, but David says he left not because he
felt obliged to return home, but because he loved Beryl - and
still does. Patricia says she knows how David feels, as it's very
hard after you've been married for so long. David tells Patricia
that he cares for her, and he says it's been good since she came
down. He says they should give it a go if it's definitely over
with Beryl. Patricia tells him that he has to discover wheher
he really loves Beryl, or if he's just missing the security.
David suggests they let it ride for now. He says he has to decide
how he feels about Beryl, but he can't just forget he loved her.
Patricia agrees that it's not like turning a tap on and off. She
tells David that at least they understand one another.
Hal Mason looks at the picture from Lindy on the wall of his
office, and then goes over to his desk and picks up the holiday
brochures. He stares at them for a few seconds before chucking
them in the bin. He puts a file in his briefcase and is walking
towards the door when Paul and Wayne barge in. Mason snaps that
they should knock, and Paul says he's sorry. He then tells Mason
that Wayne has made some serious allegations, and he needs to
check if they're true.
A while later, Mason tells Paul and Wayne that he believed he
was acting for the good of the company - he took a gamble because
he believed the board would vote for him, thinking it was a foregone
conclusion. He invested the money, thinking he'd be able to return
it to the company when the deal came off. A disbelieving Wayne
points out to Mason that he would have made a fair amount of personal
commission on the deal, but Mason replies that he didn't do it
for his own benefit. He tells Paul and Wayne that he's
never done anything against the company in the 25 years he's been
associated with it, and he never will. Wayne tells Mason
that the board only have his word for it, but Mason points
out that it's always been good enough before. He sits down and
then confesses that everything has gone wrong. Paul asks him what
has happened, and Mason explains about being notified not long
ago that the deal has failed. Wayne says, "Charming."
Mason tells Paul that the money has gone down the drain, and he's
sorry. He says he was going to call an emergency board meeting
in the morning to explain the situation. Wayne suggests that they'd
be better off calling the police straight away, but Paul snaps
that there'll be no police until after Mason has spoken to the
board. Mason also snaps at Wayne, pointing out that Wayne's
an employee, and that he's in charge until the board
decides otherwise. Wayne asks Paul if he's going to let Mason
get away with saying that, but Paul replies, "You heard what
he said." Wayne snaps, "Oh, great, that's the thanks
I get," and he storms out. Paul tells Mason that he's sorry
things have worked out this way. Mason manages to laugh as he
says, "That's business, I'm afraid." Paul says he'll
call the company solicitor and arrange the emergency board meeting
for the morning so that Mason can put his case to them. Mason
tells Paul that he's very like James in some respects, and he
thanks him for his support. Paul tells Mason that he believes
he was doing it for the good of the company, but he can't see
the board letting it go, and the police will probably be called
eventually. Mason says, "At least it will have been handled
in a gentlemanly fashion."
Having left Ramberg, Mason goes to the boarding house, where
Beryl tells him that she was just thinking about him. She adds
that she wanted to speak to him about the brochures he sent. She
says she started thinking about the trip, but she realised she
can't go away with him. She likes him, but just as a friend. She
tells Mason that it may sound old-fashioned, but she's realised
she's a one-man woman, and she loves David - she's very fond of
Mason, but she loves David. Finally managing to get a
word in, Mason laughs and tells Beryl she chose a great day to
tell him. Beryl says she's sorry, and she asks him if he had a
tough day. Mason replies, "You could say that, yeah."
Beryl says she supposes she should get Mason a drink, but he declines.
He tells Beryl that she's right, and he shouldn't have pinned
his hopes on her. He heads towards the door, raises his hand in
a wave, says, "Bye," and walks out.
The next morning, Beryl is going to fetch the milk from the
doorstep when she bumps into Jill, who is just coming back with
the bottles. Jill remarks that she supposes Fiona is still curled
up. She notices that Beryl seems chirpy, and Beryl explains that
she had a good sleep because she told Hal Mason how she felt.
Jill says it must have been hard. Beryl says that, once she started,
she just kept going - but it was probably the best thing that
happened to her, as it made her realise how much she loves David.
Jill tells Beryl that she's really happy for her. The 'phone starts
ringing in Fiona's room.
At the breakfast table at Dural, Paul tells Gordon that he felt
rotten, but Gordon assures Paul that he did the right thing. Wayne
watches the mutual admiration society with a look of annoyance
on his face. Gordon points out that, had the deal worked, everyone
would have been praising Mason for his forethought, but as it
was, he took a gamble and lost. Wayne snaps that he thinks Gordon
and Paul are both being naive, as they're forgetting the commission
Mason would have made. Paul, though, tells Wayne that he's glad
for the company's sake that he found out what Mason was up to,
but he's not happy at his motives for doing it. Wayne looks at
his father and says he supposes he agrees. Gordon says he thought
that would be obvious. Wayne says everyone has overlooked the
fact that he saw Hal Mason with some brochures, and he was probably
planning to get away. He says he bets Mason isn't at the board
meeting, and then they'll find out who was right and who was wrong.
Paul says that, whatever happens, he takes full responsibility.
When Fiona gets up, Beryl tells her that Lindy rang from the
US. Her father had called her last night and told her that he's
facing criminal charges, but he wanted her to know he did it for
the company. He told Lindy that she'd be alright because of a
trust fund set up for her, and then he hung up. Fiona agrees that
it's strange, but then points out that that might be what this
morning's meeting is all about. Beryl says she tried to call Mason,
but there was no answer either at his home or at the office. Fiona
says they'll soon find out.
By the reception at Ramberg, Wayne says he bets he's right.
Paul snaps at him to shut up. Fiona arrives and asks where Mason
is, and what's going on. Paul tells her that Mason hasn't arrived
at Ramberg, and he isn't at home, either. Fiona asks again what's
going on, and Paul tells her about Mason going ahead with the
deal that the board rejected the other day, and then losing the
lot. Wayne chips in again that he's sure Mason has skipped the
country. Paul tells Fiona that Wayne put him onto it, and they
were going to let Mason explain this morning, but because he hasn't
turned up, the police have been called and are looking for him.
Fiona says she thought Mason would do the right thing. Wayne says,
"What's that old saying? ''Never trust anyone in business'?"
In the hall at Dural, later, Gordon tells Paul that it's hard
to believe Mason walked out. Paul says he shouldn't have let him
just turn up this morning, but he trusted him. He adds that it's
the emotional side of the business that he likes the least. Gordon
assures Paul that he would have done the same thing,
and any decent-minded businessman would have made the
same decision. He tells Paul to try not to feel down. Paul goes
into the lounge, where Gayle is cleaning. She says she heard about
the problems with Mr. Mason, and she tells Paul not to let it
get to him. She then tells him that her dress is nearly ready,
and she asks Paul to take her out tonight. Paul says he's not
in the mood, but Gayle tells him it will take his mind off business.
After saying he'll check it's alright with Rosie, Paul relents.
A while later, in the flat, Paul tells Rosie that going out
will help him take his mind off business - plus he did promise
Gayle. Rosie tells Paul that she's glad Gayle has someone worrying
about her. Paul says Gayle is a nice girl. He asks where he should
take her, and Rosie says it mustn't be somewhere too posh, but
it should be somewhere different. Gayle comes in and asks Rosie
if she can go. Rosie pretends to think about it, but then smiles
and tells Gayle the answer's yes. Paul suggests they try one of
the revolving restaurants in town.
At the South Yarra house, David finally has his sling off. Patricia
tells him about her having to go to Sydney soon until the mess
with Mason is cleared up. David remarks that it must have been
a shock to Beryl, and Patricia agrees that it's hard to understand
why he did it. She says, though, that she heard on the grapevine
that Mason's wife was bleeding him dry for alimony, which is probably
why he and Beryl were planning to go on a world trip. Upon hearing
this, a look of shock comes over David's face, and he asks Patricia
when she heard that. Patricia says she's sorry - John
told her yesterday, but didn't want David to be hurt by finding
out. David says he didn't think Beryl and Mason were that serious,
but now it's patently clear that Beryl has no intention of coming
Later, Angela is at the South Yarra house, but says she has
to make a move because Rob will be home from work soon. Before
she leaves, Patricia tells her about receiving a letter from Gordon's
solicitor, letting her know that Gordon is filing for divorce.
Angela says she hoped her talk to him would have worked. A surprised
Patricia asks what her daughter is talking about, and so Angela
explains about going to see Gordon the day after Patricia came
down to Melbourne. Patricia points out that she did tell
Angela what Gordon was like. Angela says it must have been really
horrible being kicked out like that. She says she never thought
she'd say it, but she's glad Gordon's left Patricia. Patricia
recalls the first time she and Gordon split up and started talking
about divorce - she felt way out of her depth then, but this
time, she can handle it. She adds that it's a relief not to have
to fight anymore, and then says David has been a big help. David
comes into the room at this point, and asks Patricia if she's
ready. Angela asks them where they're going, and Patricia says
they're reliving their childhood by going to a drive-in! Angela
laughs, and says she supposes they're going to a horror movie.
Patricia replies, "Of course!"
In the flat, Gayle asks Rosie what she's going to do if she
looks stupid in the dress, but Rosie assures her that she won't.
Gayle says Paul might hate it. There's a knock at the door, and
Rosie tells Gayle to hurry up and change. She answers the door
and lets Paul in. He asks if Gayle is ready, and Rosie explains
about her getting changed. She tells Paul that he looks terrible,
and Paul explains that he's been in touch with the police, but
there's no news on Mason. He tells Rosie that he'll have Gayle
home by 11pm, but Rosie says it doesn't matter if they're a bit
later. Gayle emerges from her room and Rosie tells her she looks
lovely. Gayle asks Paul what he thinks, and he replies,
"Terrific," adding that she looks good enough to invite
out to dinner! They go out.
In the lounge at Dural, Wayne hangs up the 'phone and tells
Gordon that that was the Ramberg solicitor, who was after Paul,
but left a message because he wasn't around. Wayne reveals that
Mason's car has been found at Eden, on the south coast. He remarks
that it's a funny place to leave it if you're making a getaway,
as you would have thought Mason would want to be nearer the city.
He then speculates that Mason might have an accomplice, so he
could swap cars, head inland and catch a light 'plane. Gordon,
though, tells Wayne to stick to the facts, and remember that Hal
Mason is a respected businessman. Wayne says, "There's more
to it - you'll see."
Fiona is watching the news to see if there's anything on there
about Mason, when Beryl comes in. Fiona remarks that she's home
early, and Beryl explains that she was sent home because she was
contacted by the police. She says, "Fiona, they've found