The following morning, Angela is sitting in her nightclothes
in the lounge when Rob comes in. Angela tells him that he should
have stayed in bed and got some sleep, but Rob points out to his
wife that she didn't get much sleep last night. Angela
replies that she had a lot on her mind. She tells Rob that she
wouldn't blame him if he doesn't still love her, but Rob tells
her not to be such a silly twit! He asks her why she wouldn't
talk to him about it last night, but Angela says she was scared,
and she's only just decided to face up to it. Rob tells Angela
she's a first class nong! Angela says she can't be a real
wife, but Rob points out that if they really want kids,
there's always adoption, which could be better - they
could even adopt a child from Asia. Angela softly says, "Thankyou."
Rob suggests that they should get away for a couple of days, and
he tells his wife, "I love you, OK?" She replies, "OK."
Rob then suggests they should get ready for the Christening, as
they don't want to let Kevin and Lynn down. He walks out of the
room, but Angela still looks upset.
At the Palmer house, Muriel Hardy tells Lynn that Vic is in
his element! Lynn asks her mother how Vic has been with David,
but Muriel replies that the men actually have something in common
for a change! She then tells Lynn that she had a call from Lynn's
grandfather, to say that he's too sick to make it - but he's grateful
that Davey's middle name will be Ernest. Muriel then asks Kevin
about what's happening with Beryl and Fiona. Kevin replies that
they're meeting Beryl at the airport, and Fiona's still in bed.
Muriel remarks that she hopes Susan won't be too tired, as she's
been working all night. Lynn tells her mother to stop worrying.
Kevin pours Muriel a glass of punch, and, upon tasting it, she
says it's quite nice - very tasty!
Angela tells Susan that adoption could be better than having
children of their own. Susan says she'll see if she can put Angela
and Rob onto someone who could help. She adds, though, that things
might be against the young couple, as they don't have a house
of their own, and Rob is on commission, rather than having a regular
income. Realising the time, she then says she'd better get a move
on, as she's got to collect Fiona before going to the airport.
Angela tells Rob that there is one way of making their
bank balance look better: sell their block of land. Rob reminds
Angela that she knows how he feels about that, but Angela says
it makes sense, and she really wants to do it. Rob backs down,
and admits that it wouldn't do any harm, as long as the money
is just used for the one purpose. Angela suggests they should
ask Patricia, and they agree to see her on the way to the Christening.
Rob asks Angela if she'll be OK. Angela replies that it won't
be easy, but she'll get by.
Vic tells Muriel that everything is finally under control. He
then tells Fiona that Susan is waiting for her outside, so Fiona
downs her punch and leaves, telling Muriel, as she goes, that
they'll have a good chat when she gets back. She asks where David
is, and is told that he's outside with his daughter. Vic takes
a sip of the punch, and remarks that he hopes it'll help everyone
relax. He tells his wife that Beryl shoudn't be in Sydney in the
first place, and he adds that Patricia mustn't be allowed to get
a foot in the door. He says he might give her a piece of his mind
when he meets her.
Rob snaps at Patricia, saying they didn't come for advice. Patricia
says she's just trying to point out that it might be better to
hang on to the land for a while, and she adds that it's not easy
being a parent. Rob snaps that that's fine coming from her.
John, who overhears this, tells Rob that that wasn't necessary.
Patricia just tells the couple that it's their land to do whatever
they want with.
Outside the church, Rob hugs Beryl. She asks him how he and
Angela are, and he replies, "Good." Fiona puts her arm
round Beryl as she spots David, Patricia and John arriving. Vic
also notices this, and remarks to Muriel that that must be Patricia.
Muriel goes and says hello to Beryl. Fiona tells Beryl that she'll
leave her a clear path, so she goes over to Patricia and asks
to have a word with her. She asks her if she's going to attend
the special board meeting to appoint a new MD at Ramberg. Patricia
asks if Fiona was hoping to have him to herself. David and Beryl
say hello to each other. Patricia tells Fiona that she'll be there.
Patricia and Beryl say curt hellos, and Susan then comes over
to escort her mother inside. Vic comments to Muriel about Patricia
certainly being a lovely looking woman! Kevin thanks his mother
for coming. He and Lynn look at Davey, and Fiona tries to soothe
him. Angela and Rob watch as the kids take Davey inside. Rob asks
Angela if she's OK. Angela says she's been thinking about Fiona,
as she has a few outstanding apologies to make.
The vicar conducts the service inside the church, as Kevin and
Lynn stand as proud parents. Beryl smiles as she watches, but
Angela keeps a solemn face. David and Patricia smile at each other,
and so do Fiona and John. Lynn eventually hands Davey to the vicar,
who then completes the Christening as the congregation watches.
Outside, afterwards, Fiona asks Rob if he's told Angela about
Domine, but Rob explains about Angela not being able to have children.
He adds that his wife wants to sort things out with Fiona, and
Fiona says she's glad, as the Woombai business really hurt her.
Patricia approaches Beryl, and tells her that she's sorry about
Hal's death. She says she hopes Beryl's coping, and Beryl replies
that she thinks she'll manage. Patricia tells her that David has
something to see her about, that might make a difference to her
independence, and she adds that he'll probably talk to her about
it later on. David comes over at this point, and Patricia walks
off. Kevin and Lynn tell Rob that they're sorry he and Angela
can't come to the party. Rob and Angela say their goodbyes, and
leave. Kevin tells Lynn that it's a pity. Muriel comes and fusses
over Davey, but Vic is concerned about getting back to the house
before the guests arrive. John notices that Fiona has gone off
with Rob and Angela, and asks why, but David says he has no idea.
Vic tells Muriel that the whole David-Beryl-Patricia situation
is terrible. Muriel just tells her husband not to make it any
Back at the Palmer house, John and Kevin remove large bowls
of punch from the 'fridge, and John remarks on how full they are.
Kevin says that's because of the extra rum he put in! David and
Patricia come in. Patricia says she gathers Beryl is flying back
to Sydney tonight, and she tells David that that doesn't give
him much time to talk to her. David says he can't just throw
it on her - he needs to wait until she's relaxed a bit. Patricia,
though, says she might have said too much, and she explains about
how she told Beryl that David might have some good news for her.
David snaps, "Pat, did you have to?" Patricia
tells him that she didn't mean to put him on the spot. David says
he'll try and pick the right time. Patricia tells him he needs
to sort it out.
At Susan's, Fiona tells Angela that she's glad they're friends
again. Angela says she's glad Fiona didn't throw her apology back
in her face! She goes off to get some coffee, leaving Fiona to
ask Rob how his wife really is behind the brave front.
Rob says he'll put some music on. Having done this, so that Angela
can't hear what he's saying, he tells Fiona that he's going to
have to tell Angela about his kid, but he doesn't know how she'll
take it. Fiona suggests that he keeps it quiet until she's had
a chance to talk to Kerry. She adds that she'll do it first thing
tomorrow, but she tells Rob to forget about it in the meantime,
and concentrate on Angela. She tells him that, if he's going to
break the news to his wife, she has to realise how he really feels
about her. She adds that the last thing she needs is another marriage
on the rocks! She tells Rob that he deserves things to turn out
right, as he's one of her favourite blokes!
David and Beryl enter the lounge at the Palmer house. David
asks Beryl to sit down, but she remains standing. He tells her
that, if she doesn't like his idea, he'll forget it. Beryl tells
him to hurry up, as she doesn't want to be away from the party
for too long. David says he's been thinking of selling the house,
and split the proceeds between her and the kids. Beryl yells,
"Is that all this place means to you?" David
tells her that he didn't think she'd care, what with her new home
and job. Beryl suddenly agrees that it could be the answer. She
says she supposes David will be moving somewhere else, such as
in with Patricia. David yells that too many people think things
have gone further with Patricia than they really have. Beryl tells
him that he can't blame them. She tells him to sell if that's
what he wants. She says she supposes Patricia is pushing for divorce.
In a total rage, she tells David to give the entire proceeds from
the sale to Kevin and Lynn, as she wouldn't touch it
Fiona tells Angela and Rob to have a good rest. Angela says
it's good to sort things out. There's a knock at the door - it's
Beryl, who says she didn't realise Rob and Angela were still there.
Rob asks his sister what's wrong, but Beryl just says it was too
much, being at the party. Angela and Rob say their goodbyes and
leave, Rob telling Beryl to hang together, as he walks out. When
the young couple have gone, Beryl tells Fiona that she couldn't
bear to be at the party with Patricia. Fiona asks what happened,
and Beryl starts to explain about David's suggestion of selling
the house. She says that, ten-to-one, it was Patricia's idea.
She then adds, though, that if David hadn't brought that up, she
was going to tell him that she still loved him - but she couldn't
after that. She says she still wants David, but she's too scared
to tell him now, as he might choose Patricia over her.
She says she wanted to tell him that she just wanted to be with
her family, but she couldn't, as she was scared he'd turn her
down. She got in first and suggested that he go ahead
with the divorce. Fiona points out to Beryl that she played right
into Patricia's hands - but she adds that Beryl at least told
herself clearly how she feels, and that means something.
Beryl tells Fiona to get back to the party. Fiona asks Beryl if
she's alright, and Beryl replies that she needs time to calm down.
Fiona goes, leaving Beryl sitting sobbing.
David and Patricia enter the Palmer house, and Patricia asks
David what's worrying him. David snaps that it's between him and
Beryl, which causes Patricia to remark, "Charming."
David tells Patricia that she got what she wanted. Patricia says
she doesn't see what David is getting at, but David tells her
that she's been pushing again - yesterday she got John to talk
to him about his job, and today she pushed Beryl into a confrontation.
He says, "Don't try to take over, 'cos I'm telling you now,