Fiona tells Rob that Kerry dropped Domine off at the babysitter's,
then called her and asked her to tell him to look after the child.
She went and collected Domine straight away. She tells Rob that
Kerry just couldn't cope, but Rob points out that she didn't seem
too bad this morning. He asks Fiona if she didn't try to talk
Kerry out of it, but Fiona replies that Kerry had made up her
mind and that was that. She adds that she can understand why Kerry
did it, as she was at her wits' end emotionally and financially,
and she was worried she'd take it out on Domine. Rob says there
was no way he could have helped out any more. He then wonders
how Angela will react, and Fiona agrees that it won't be easy
for her. She offers to take Domine for a while, until Angela is
ready. Rob says he wouldn't hear of it, but Fiona says
it reminds her of the time David left Johnny with her all those
years ago. Rob asks her if she's sure she doesn't mind, and Fiona
replies that Domine has taken quite a shine to her, already. Rob
asks Fiona if she thinks Kerry will come back, but Fiona tells
him that his guess is as good as hers. Rob asks what they'll do
if she doesn't come back. Fiona tells him to speak to
At the South Yarra property, John makes a 'phone call to Charlie.
When she answers, she asks John how he is, and he replies, "Fine."
He explains that he's calling about Patricia, as David has left
her to go back to Beryl, and she's taking it hard. Charlie asks
how hard, and John replies that he's pretty worried,
as everything's falling apart on her. Charlie says she warned
Patricia. John tells her that Patricia needs friends, and he asks
her to come down. Charlie says she's just got back from her holidays.
John says it would only be for a couple of days. Charlie gives
in, and agrees to catch the 'plane down this afternoon. She tells
John she'll see him tonight.
Kevin walks up the road towards the Palmer house, and sees David
messing about with the engine of his new truck. David spots him,
and jokes, "Dave Palmer, Independent Trucker!" Kevin
says that's good. David asks him how his exam went, and Kevin
replies that he'll know when he gets his results. Kevin asks his
father if he's taken Beryl for a spin, but David says Beryl would
rather look, than ride in it! He walks over
to where Kevin's standing and tells him that they know about his
cheating. Kevin asks, "How?" and David explains about
Lynn being upset. He adds that he and Beryl don't mind. Kevin
says he feels like he's letting them down, but David tells him
they understand. They go inside, to sort it out. Inside, David
tells his son that it's his and Beryl's fault, mainly. Kevin points
out that he's the one who cheated. He adds that it almost
felt the right thing to do at the time. David tells him to forget
about it. They suddenly hear the front door open and shut, and
Susan comes in, telling David that she'd like a ride in the truck!
She asks where Beryl is, and David tells her that she's at a job
interview, at a bistro. Kevin remarks that it'll be strange Beryl
going to work after all these years. David says he hopes his wife
won't be disappointed if she doesn't get it. He and Susan go outside.
Rob arrives back at Dural, and Gordon asks him if he got the
land sorted out. Rob says, "Yeah." He asks if Angela's
around, and Gordon tells him that she's upstairs. Rob asks Gordon
if he's going out, and Gordon replies that he's putting in a couple
of hours at the office. Rosie comes out into the hall and reminds
Gordon that it's the celebration dinner tonight. She adds that
she's looking forward to seeing Barbara again, and Gordon says,
"So am I." Gordon then asks Rob how long he and Angela
will be staying in Sydney for, but Rob says it won't be long.
Gordon says it's Angela's 21st in a few days, and they should
have a celebration, but Rob says they can't stay that long - in
fact, they should really head off tomorrow. Gordon suggests they
should make tonight a double celebration, then. Angela comes downstairs
and asks Rob if everything went OK. Rob says there are no worries.
Angela says she can't wait to get into a place of their own, so
they can get things started with the adoption. She starts to walk
off to see Rosie in the kitchen, but Rob stops her, and asks her
how she'd feel if Kerry gave Domine up and they could adopt her.
Angela replies that she can't see that happening...
Beryl offers to take over the vegetable preparation from Lynn,
so that Lynn can set the table. Susan comes in, closely followed
by David. She asks Beryl if she got the job, but Beryl says she
doesn't know yet, as they had a few other people to see. David
remarks that the roast dinner smells good, and he invites Susan
to join them - an invitation she accepts. She then tells David
that she had a letter from his father today. Beryl asks how the
old man is, and Susan says she thinks he's pretty lonely. She
tells David that she thinks Doug is keen to come for a visit,
but David says it'll just lead to an argument, and he reminds
his daughter of what happened at her wedding. Beryl points out
to David that he should forgive and forget, but David reminds
her that she says that every time, and things always
turn out the same. Beryl tells David, "He is your
father." David replies, "Don't remind me!"
There's a ring on the doorbell at Dural, and Rosie answers it
to find Barbara standing there. Rosie is delighted. She remarks
on Barbara being early, and Barbara explains that she's come to
give a hand. Rosie admits that she could do with some help. She
asks Barbara if it's good to be back in Sydney, and Barbara agrees
that it is. She asks if Gordon's in, but Rosie tells her that
he's at the office. She adds that Angela is in the kitchen. Barbara
goes to see her, but they end up meeting in the lounge, because
Angela saw the car pulling up. Barbara remarks on how everyone
in the house is being so pleasant! She tells Angela that, despite
what Patricia said, she and Gordon never had an affair - but she
does feel very deeply for him. Angela tells Barbara that
she's never seen Gordon so happy.
Patricia is sitting on the settee at the South Yarra house,
while John is sitting at the table, working. There's a buzz at
the door, and John goes and answers it. It's Charlie. When Patricia
sees her, she asks what she's doing there, and Charlie replies
that there was nothing much happening in Sydney, so she thought
she'd come down. Patricia asks her if she's come to see what everyone
is saying is true. She then has a go at John, telling him she
doesn't like him arranging things behind her back. Charlie, though,
chips in that her visit has nothing to do with John. When Patricia
makes it clear that she doesn't believe this, Charlie tells her
that she's never lied to her before, so why start now? Patricia
says she's sorry, but Charlie says John is the one she
should be apologising to. Patricia tells John that she doesn't
know why he puts up with her.
Beryl is on the 'phone while most of the rest of the Palmers
have dinner, and Lynn feeds Davey. When the call is over, Susan
asks her mother what it was about, and Beryl replies that it was
the bistro - she's got the job! Susan and David both congratulate
her. Kevin jokes that he hopes they'll get free drinks! Lynn asks
her when she starts, and Beryl tells her that it'll be Monday
night. She adds that she'll have to arrange things so that she's
around for the twins' 21st. Susan assures her mother that she
and Lynn will take care of the cooking. Suddenly looking upset,
Lynn says she has to change Davey's nappy, and she heads off to
the bedroom. Susan brings up the subject of Doug again, and tells
David that she doesn't think his father has many friends. Kevin
says he's going to see how Lynn's going. Susan asks her father
to invite Doug to the party, and Beryl tells him not to be such
a stubborn old coot. David gives in!
Lynn is sitting on her and Kevin's bed, holding Davey. Kevin
asks her what the matter is, but Lynn says, "Nothing."
She then asks Kevin if he can't see what's happening: Beryl getting
her job means that she's going to be in the house alone
all day. She adds that if Kevin doesn't pass his exams, it'll
be another year before they can stop living off David and Beryl.
She tells Kevin that, now that Beryl's working, she's
going to have to do everything around the house. Kevin says he
and David will help. Lynn points out that Susan put her down to
help with the food for the 21st birthday party, without even asking
her. She tells Kevin that she feels like she's being taken for
granted, as noone asked her if she minded. Kevin says he thought
Lynn was happy being at home, but Lynn tells him that,
when they went to Sydney for the wedding, and she saw how other
people lived, it made her realise there's more to life. Kevin
tells his wife that she's been spending too much time around Patricia,
but Lynn says she's just starting to feel trapped. She and Kevin
Charlie tells John that she had no idea. She says she thought
Patricia was almost back to herself, but then she started carrying
on about David dumping her, and she didn't know how to handle
her. John asks what Patricia is doing now, and Charlie says she's
having a long bath. She tells John that Patricia needs a doctor,
but John tells her that he tried, and Patricia went off at him.
Charlie suggests Patricia could do with a holiday, then, and John
tells her that Patricia might listen to her. Charlie
says she was planning on a couple of weeks in Europe, and she
could go straight away. She asks John why he's hanging around,
and John replies, "She's my mother." Charlie asks him
if he's not angry for the things his mother has done, but John
says he feels more sorry for her. He tells Charlie that if Patricia
doesn't get some help soon, she could have a breakdown. Charlie
remarks that she can't believe John is the same awkward young
man she met six months ago.
When Gordon gets home from work and sees Barbara, he tells her
that he's glad she could come. Barbara hugs him. Rosie comes in
and remarks that they make a lovely couple. She and Barbara both
order Gordon to go and get changed! Rosie warns Barbara that she'll
have to fix Gordon's bow tie for him, as he's hopeless at it!
As Gordon emerges from the lounge, he passes Rob, who's making
a 'phone call in the hall.
At the boarding house, Fiona is all dressed up. The 'phone suddenly
rings, and she answers it. When she hears Rob's voice at the other
end, she tells him she's just about to leave. Rob asks her if
she managed to get a babysitter for Domine, and Fiona replies
that Jill's looking after her. Rob asks if Jill will be able to
manage, and Fiona assures him that there's always Bunty and Thel.
Rob says he hopes the dinner won't last too long. Fiona asks him
if he's told Angela yet. Rob replies that he tried, but it wasn't
the right time. Fiona assures him she won't put her foot in it
tonight, and then tells him that she has to go, or she'll be late.
They both hang up.
Patricia is sitting on the settee, and John comes in and gives
her a hot drink. He remarks on Charlie getting an early night,
and Patricia jokes that her friend is exhausted from looking after
her! John tells his mother that he's glad she's going
on holiday with Charlie, and Patricia admits that she's quite
looking forward to it. She tells John that she'll never forgive
David for what he did, but she adds that she won't let it get
her down. She then says her one concern is that everyone will
try to turn John against her while she's gone, but John promises
that he'll be there when she gets back.
Gayle is all dressed up, and is putting on lipstick, when Paul
calls for her. After telling her she looks great, he then brings
up the subject of the guests. He tries to explain that they're
going to be a bunch of old fuddy duddies, but he's going to have
to mingle with them. Gayle says she understands. Paul says he
could be busy for most of the evening. He suggests that Gayle
should just listen, rather than say too much. Gayle jokes that
she wouldn't know what to say anyway! She tells Paul that she
wants him to be proud of her. Paul still looks worried.
Barbara fixes Gordon's bow tie, explaining that Rosie told
her she'd need to do that! When she's finished, Gordon takes her
hand and says, "When my divorce is finalised, would you marry
me?" A delighted Barbara replies, "You know
I will." They kiss.