Angela gives Domine back to Rob, and says she's going for a walk
on the beach, to think. Rob tries to stop her, but Jill tells
him to let her go. Rob remarks that at least his wife isn't hysterical.
Jill sets off to catch up with Angela and talk to her. Rob tells
Domine that she doesn't know who he is, but he's her daddy.
Inside, Kerry tells Fiona that things have turned out to be
a lot harder than she thought - Domine takes time, but all she
wants to do after work is put her feet up. She adds that she does
love the child. Fiona says she's sure something can be
sorted out. There's a knock at the door, and Fiona shouts that
it's open. Rob comes in, carrying Domine, and he explains about
how he and Angela bumped into Jill outside. He tells Kerry that
Domine is a great kid. Fiona asks if Angela is coming in, but
Rob tells her about his wife going for a walk.
On the beach, Angela tells Jill that she was hoping not to meet
Domine. She says she thought the child was cute until she found
out who she was. She tells Jill that she can't really explain,
but Jill says she knows what Angela means. She suggests that Angela
just needs time, but Angela says she doesn't think so.
Rob tells Kerry that her letter rocked him - but he's glad she
wrote. Kerry tells Rob that he doesn't know how much she hated
him when she found out she was pregnant. She adds that she wanted
to have Domine, but it was a tough decision. She explains that
she tried to let him know when she found out, but then got possessive,
and she's only contacted him now because she has nowhere else
to turn. Rob remarks that it's funny: he and Angela are hoping
to adopt a child, yet he has a perfect one,
As Angela and Jill walk back up the road to the boarding house,
Angela thanks Jill for listening. Jill asks Angela if she's coming
in, but Angela decides to wait in the car.
Rob tells Kerry that he's glad they had the chance to talk,
and he thanks her for giving him the chance to see Domine. He
says he'll help as much as he can, but he warns Kerry that he
has to put his own family first. Kerry accepts this. Rob tells
her that they were never really in love. Kerry replies that she'd
probably never have thought about him again if Domine hadn't come
along. She says she has to get moving.
Angela is sitting in the car when the front door of the boarding
house opens and Kerry comes out, carrying Domine. As Kerry walks
down the path, she and Angela start staring at each other, until
eventually, Kerry is right by the car. The two women stare into
each other's eyes for a few seconds before Kerry walks off.
Fiona tells Rob to go and stop Angela waiting, but she warns
him that it may take a while for his wife to come around. Rob
says he'd like to help Kerry as much as possible, as he thinks
she's counting on him, and appears to be at the end of her tether.
He tells Fiona that he'll talk to Angela, adding that she might
understand. He leaves, and Fiona stands by the door, looking thoughtful.
In Melbourne, at the truck depot, John is walking across the
yard when Ron Jackson approaches him and asks to talk to him,
adding that it's a bit embarrassing. John asks what the problem
is, and Jackson explains that he's been getting 'phone calls from
Patricia, asking him to sack David. John incredulously says, "What?"
Ron Jackson tells him that the calls have been very strange. John
says he'll try and stop her. Jackson asks if Patricia is unwell,
and John replies that she's not too good at all. He asks Jackson
to let him know if there are any more calls. He also agrees with
him to keep the matter private. John asks if David knows any of
this, but Ron Jackson says he doesn't, to the best of his
knowledge. Jackson walks off, and David calls over to his son.
John says he's heading over to see Patricia. He asks his father
if Patricia threatened him in any way about his job. David asks
why John's asking, but John says he's just wondering. David asks
John what Patricia's been doing, and John tells him about the
calls she's made to Ron Jackson. David snaps that Patricia knows
where they stand with each other, and he curses, "Ruddy women!"
John tells him that Patricia is a bit of a case right now, and
he asks his father to let him handle it. David asks John
to let him know how he goes. He then tells John that he's found
the truck he's going to buy, adding that it's a little beauty!
John tells David he'll see him this afternoon.
At the South Yarra property, Patricia is reading a magazine
when John gets in. He asks to talk to her, about David, but Patricia
asks why she'd want to talk about him. John tells Patricia
that she's not being very sensible, but Patricia snaps that it
makes perfect sense to her - she wants him sacked.
John tells her that there's no good reason, but Patricia says
Hal Mason wanted him sacked - he told her before his death. John
tells his mother that she's not making sense, as she was bending
over backwards for David to keep his job, a week ago.
Patricia accuses John of siding with David, but John says he isn't.
As Patricia pours herself another drink, John tells her that she's
not achieving anything, but Patricia says it does a hell of a
lot for her. John asks Patricia to think about how David
feels, but Patricia yells that she doesn't give a damn about him
- just as he doesn't give a damn about her.
John suggests to a hysterical Patricia that she should see a doctor,
but Patricia asks him what he's implying. John says he's worried,
and he shouts, "Mother, you're sick." Patricia
throws her drink in his face. Realising what she's done, she then
bursts into tears and runs and hugs him, telling him she's sorry.
In the Palmer kitchen, David shows Beryl a pamphlet about the
truck he's buying, and, as he enthuses over it, he says he can't
believe he's picking it up at last. He asks Beryl if she's sure
she doesn't mind it costing a bit more than he expected. Beryl
admits that it'll stretch the budget, but adds that she won't
complain. She points out that when she's working, things will
become easier. David jokes that he doesn't want her to come all
women's lib at him! Changing the subject, he says he hopes that
John will be back before he has to go. Beryl says she hopes John
told Patricia where to get off. David says that one thing's for
sure: Patricia won't hurt them again. Beryl goes to call Kevin
and Lynn for lunch. In their room, Kevin and Lynn are discussing
Kevin's cheating. Lynn tells him that he has to let his parents
know what's going on, but Kevin says he doesn't know how,
and he curses himself for doing such a stupid thing in the first
place. Lynn tells him to go into the exam hall this afternoon
and do his best. Beryl calls them again.
A while later, at the table, David is telling Kevin all about
the truck, but Kevin doesn't seem very enthusiastic about it.
Beryl asks David to stop talking, as Kevin has an exam. David
wishes his son luck. Beryl says it occurred to her last night
that it's John and Angela's 21st in a few days. She asks if anyone
else has remembered, but David says he had a bit on his mind!
He decides to fix it for the twins to have a great party, adding
that it'll have to be at the Palmer house, and saying he wants
to make up for the wedding. Beryl points out that they'll have
to invite Fiona and Jill, and she says she'll also ask John and
Angela who they want to come. Kevin gets up to go, and
Beryl wishes him luck. Lynn goes outside with him, leaving Beryl
to remark to David about how quiet their son was. David puts it
down to nerves. Outside, Lynn asks Kevin why he didn't say anything,
and Kevin replies that David was happy about his truck, and Beryl
brought up John and Angela's birthdays - it didn't seem the right
time. Lynn tells him that he can't keep putting it off. John pulls
up and tells Kevin to do the best he can this afternoon. He asks
if David and Beryl know, but Kevin explains that they don't. He
tells his brother that what he's dreading most is seeing the other
kids. John tells him to go, as the last thing he wants is to be
late. Kevin heads off. John says to Lynn that Kevin would have
done really well if he hadn't had so many things to think about.
Lynn quietly says, "I'm part of it."
Inside, John tells David and Beryl that Patricia was really
odd, but David says they're not going to feel sorry for her. John
points out that there's blame on all sides, as David did
walk out on her, twice. He adds that he's her son, and
he can't help feeling something for her. David, though, says he
couldn't do anything even if he wanted to. John says
he just wants people to understand he has to help her. He goes,
and Beryl tells David that it's no use trying to talk to him.
David gets up to go and collect his truck.
At Dural, Rob tells Angela that they have to talk about what
to do with the money from selling the land. He points out that
they won't be able to buy such a big house, and he's going to
have to get a job, and some money's going to have to go to Kerry...
Angela says she knows. She says she doesn't mind a smaller house,
and she knows Rob's going to have to pay maintenance, and she
knows about the job - she just wants to be sure they can still
adopt. Rob tells Angela he loves her. Angela tells Rob she feels
the same about him.
Lynn looks upset, and Beryl asks her what the matter is. Lynn
says she's just feeling tired, and Beryl suggests she get some
sleep. When Lynn just sits there, Beryl realises there's something
more, and asks what the problem is. Lynn says Kevin will kill
her for saying something, but, "It's his exams..."
David pulls up outside the house in his big red truck, parks,
and gets out. He pats the vehicle and then sees a neighbour, Mrs.
Blake, who asks him if he's intending to leave it parked
there. She adds, "It's big." David replies, "It's
Lynn tells Beryl that things have been hard for Kevin, but Beryl
says they can help out. Lynn says she doesn't know if she can
stand another year if Kevin has to go back to school, or if he
gets a dead-end job without his HSC. Beryl asks why Kevin didn't
say anything to her and David, and Lynn replies that he thought
he'd be letting them down. There's suddenly a loud hoot from the
horn in David's lorry, and Beryl rushes outside, with Lynn following
her. David delightedly says, "Well, is it a nice truck?!"
He says it's good to feel that he's his own boss, and he hugs
his wife. David asks Lynn what she thinks, but she just
says, "It's good." Beryl tells David that Lynn just
told her something. They go inside.
Rob rushes into the boarding house and knocks on Fiona's door.
She answers, and Rob starts gabbling that he's come from the estate
agent, as they're selling their block of land and buying a house
in Melbourne. When Fiona's face stays emotionless, Rob realises
something's wrong. Fiona tells him, "Kerry's gone, and she's
left Domine behind..."