At the Palmer house, Beryl shows Angela the birthday cake she's
made, and Angela tells her it's good. Beryl asks Angela if she's
looking foward to the party, and Angela replies that tonight will
be good, but first she's got to get through this afternoon, and
Domine's arrival. Beryl asks Angela how she feels about that,
and Angela says she's nervous. Changing the subject, Beryl tells
Angela about Lynn going to see Patricia yesterday, and about how
David hit the roof when he found out. Angela tells Beryl not to
waste any sympathy on Patricia, but Beryl explains that all Lynn
can see is a woman who was kind to her and Davey, and who can't
understand why the rest of the Palmers don't like the things she's
done. Angela remarks that at least Lynn has an excuse.
Beryl asks her if she's referring to John, and adds that he's
too soft-hearted. Angela says she's worried about him, but Beryl
says he has to find out for himself.
John and Patricia are at a car showroom, and Patricia shows
her son the new BMW she's just bought him. John is flabbergasted,
and tells Patricia that she didn't have to do it, but Patricia
replies that she wanted to. She then tells him that she's
been thinking about how she treated him when he first turned up
and she didn't know who he was. Now, though... John tells
his mother that she's spoiling him, but Patricia tells him that
he deserves it.
Doug Palmer is walking up to the Palmer house when he sees Lynn
in the front garden with Davey. He asks her if that's the little
nipper and Lynn explains about how he was named after David. Doug
just tells Lynn that he'll see her inside. He walks towards the
house as Lynn stares after him.
Beryl remarks on how it's nearly a year since they've seen him,
yet he's barely changed. She introduces Angela, and after a hesitant
shake of hands, Angela hugs him tightly, telling him that she's
glad they've finally met. She adds that she's sorry he couldn't
be at the wedding, but Doug just comments that travel isn't cheap.
He tells Beryl that Rob is a lucky young chap, and Beryl agrees
that she thinks so. Angela announces that she has to go home and
get ready. As she leaves, Doug wishes her a happy birthday.
A while later, Beryl pours Doug a cuppa, and says she'll cut
him some cake. Doug tells her about seeing Lynn and the baby,
and adds that he thinks she and Kevin are far too young. Beryl
says she doesn't want to hear any 'told you sos', otherwise there'll
be fighting before everyone knows where they are. A 'hurt' Doug
says he thought they could talk about it, but Beryl tells
him that the kids are very happy. She adds that they should just
wait and see what happens. She asks Doug what he thinks of his
first great grandchild, but he just replies, "Pretty much
like any baby."
Susan, Kevin, Lynn and Beryl are blowing up balloons. Kevin
remarks on how he thinks Doug is being pretty childish, adding
that he doesn't seem to have changed. Beryl reminds him, though,
that the last time Doug and David had an argument, it was over
him, and David stuck up for him. Kevin says Doug has
a dirty mind, but Susan reminds him that he and Lynn got married
only a month later. The 'phone rings, and Lynn goes to answer
it. Susan tells the rest of the family that Rob looked as proud
as punch when she left home. Lynn comes back in and says the caller
is Donna. Kevin tells her to ask Donna how she did in her history.
Lynn goes back into the lounge and shuts the kitchen doors behind
her. Picking up the 'phone again, she tells the real
caller - Mrs. Collins - that she's surprised she's being offered
a job so soon. Mrs. Collins explains that she thought Lynn had
'the look' as soon as she saw her, but she had to check with the
client first. Lynn asks what exactly the job is, and Mrs. Collins
tells her that it's the 'Melbourne Nightlife Fashion Spread',
and Lynn will be required to model the schoolgirl look. She adds
that there's one problem - the job is tonight. She says
she hopes Lynn can manage it. Lynn looks concerned.
John pulls up at Ramberg in his BMW. He gets out and sees Jill
walking over to him. He jokes that she can tell he's the boss!
John asks her why she's there, and Jill explains that Fiona has
taken Domine over to Rob and Angela's and she didn't want to be
in the way. She had nothing better to do, so she thought she'd
pay a visit. John tells her that it's good to see her. He shows
off his car, and Jill jokes, "Some people have all
the luck!" She then says she supposes it's a present from
Patricia, and John admits that it is. Jill asks how things are,
and John tells her that he's sticking by his mother. He adds that
Patricia is sensible, and knows it would be a right mess if she
went to the party.
At the South Yarra property, Patricia takes a black dress out
of a carrier bag...
Rob finds the presents from Patricia in the bin, and takes them
out. Angela comes into the kitchen and sees the gifts on the worktop.
She asks Rob if he put them there, and he says he did.
Angela then explains to him that they were from Patricia, and
she didn't want them - although she felt childish throwing them
away like that. Rob tells Angela that he's glad she's not being
sucked in by her mother. There's a knock at the door, and Angela
answers it. It's Fiona and Domine, and Angela invites them in.
Fiona remarks that she supposes they were wondering where she'd
got to! Rob takes Domine and tells her that this will be her new
home. Fiona looks upset.
Jill tells John that she couldn't understand it, but John says
Fiona has always been funny with kids. Jill remarks that
it's probably because she lost her own kid, and adds that that's
probably why she loved John so much. John admits that he can't
remember much about living with Fiona, but agrees that she must
have been terrific, as he didn't see her for 15 years, but he
never forgot her. Noticing the time, Jill tells John that he's
already late, so he might as well take her for a spin. John agrees,
and tells Jill to hop in. He shuts her door for her, and then
stands, smiling at her. Jill smiles back. John tells her that
it's really nice to see her again, and Jill happily replies, "Same
In the back garden of the Palmer house, Kevin asks Lynn if she's
alright, but Lynn just says, "Yeah, why?" Kevin says
he's not glad that Doug's there, either, but it's silly to let
him get them down. Lynn, though, says it's not that. She confesses
that the call earlier wasn't from Donna - it was from the agency,
and they've got a job for her to do - tonight. Kevin tells her
she can't, but Lynn says there'll be so many guests there,
that she won't be missed. She adds that she really wants to do
it. Kevin asks why it's so important, and Lynn replies that it's
a job - something she did on her own. Kevin points out
that Charlie had a hand, but Lynn tells him that Charlie only
introduced her to the agency. Kevin remarks that it's funny how
a job came up so quickly, but Lynn replies that she probably won't
even get any more work. She pleads, "Please?"
Kevin gives in, and says they'll have to tell the others, although
he adds that they won't be pleased - especially David. Lynn points
out, "It's our life."
David tells Lynn that she should have said no, but Kevin says
it's alright by him. Beryl chips in that she thinks it's
exciting, and Susan agrees. She asks what the pay's like, but
Lynn says she forgot to ask. Doug emerges from one of the bedrooms
in his dressing gown, and immediately finds himself competing
for space with umpteen balloons and streamers! He suddenly notices
David, who just says, "Dad." Doug replies, "G'day,
son." David suggests that he and Doug should have a beer,
while everyone else gets on with the preparations.
John is ready to leave for the party, and he asks Patricia if
she'll be alright. Patricia says she'll be fine. She tells John
that he looks nice, and then adds that it's time he went. She
tells him to have a lovely time, and they hug. John goes, and
Patricia then quickly goes to the 'phone and dials a number. She
gets through to a cab firm, and orders a car to take her from
South Yarra to Albert Park at seven o'clock...
The party is in full swing, and Gordon pours Fiona a glass of
champagne. Fiona jokes that she's glad it's the real stuff! Doug
sourly remarks that it's lolly water if you ask him.
Rosie agrees with him, saying she's never really acquired a taste
for the stuff. Doug asks Rosie if she works for Gordon, and Gordon
chips in, "Best there is." Rosie tells Doug to call
her Rosie. Doug introduces himself. Fiona winks at Gordon! Elsewhere
in the lounge, David asks Angela how she feels, and Angela replies,
"How do you think?" Jill is with John, and
she remarks that it's nice to see Angela and Rob happy. John says,
"Yeah." Jill asks him about his car, but John says the
rest of the Palmers think he shouldn't have accepted it. He offers
to get Jill another drink, and goes into the kitchen, where he
spots one of Beryl's famous pavlovas! He remarks to Beryl about
how Doug seems to think Rosie is alright! Lynn comes in, all dressed
up, and Beryl asks her if she's nervous. Lynn says she's terrified,
but Beryl tells her she'll be terrific. John announces that Fiona
wants to take a family photo, and everyone piles back into the
lounge. Fiona goes off to find her camera, and Beryl tells Kevin
to give Davey to Doug. Rosie remarks on how Davey is a sweet little
fellow. Fiona comes back with her camera and everyone - including
Gordon, Jill and Rosie - stands in front of the curtains as Fiona
takes her shot.
The 'phone rings at the South Yarra house, and Patricia, who
is wearing her new dress, answers it. It's the cab company, who
tell her that her car is out the front. Patricia picks up her
wrap and goes out.
Beryl has set out the food on the table, and tells everyone
to get stuck in. Angela asks her if they shouldn't wait for David,
but Beryl says he won't be long, as he's just dropping Lynn off.
She goes into the kitchen, and orders Susan to go and eat something.
Susan remarks on how David is taking his time, but Beryl explains
that he felt bad for making a fuss over Lynn's modelling. Susan
asks Beryl if she said something to him, but Beryl just says Lynn
was nervous, and she thought it would be useful to have someone
with her to take her mind off things. Doug tells Rosie about how
he thinks the Palmers could make something of their yard, and
he adds that he might offer to help out. Rosie asks him if that
means he's staying on, and Doug replies that he wouldn't mind,
as he could do with a holiday.
Patricia's cab pulls up outside the Palmer house, and she gets
out. The cab drives off, and then David pulls up. He quickly gets
out of his car and yells at Patricia, asking her what she reckons
she's doing. Patricia calmly says that it's ridiculous that she's
not there. David asks her if John knows she's coming, but Patricia
tells him it's a surprise. David snaps that he told her she's
not wanted there, but Patricia yells back that it's a big day
for the twins - it's their 21st birthday, and she has a right
to be there. David yells, "Tough!" Patricia starts to
walk towards the front gate, but David darts round her and blocks
her way. He orders her to leave, but Patricia says she has a perfect
right to be there, yelling, "I'm their mother."
David yells back, "And I'm their father,"
but Patricia yells, "That's what you think."
She goes on to tell him that she was pregnant when she met him,
and John and Angela aren't his children. She goes on, "Oh,
that would make a nice little birthday present, wouldn't
it." David slaps her round the face, and tells her that if
she dares to show her face inside, he'll flatten her. He goes
inside, leaving Patricia standing on the pavement, looking stunned.
Back at the party, Beryl asks David if Lynn was OK, and David
replies that she was fine. Kevin asks what the setup was, and
David explains that there were just a couple of blokes and some
cameras. Beryl asks David if he's OK, but David replies that there's
nothing a beer won't fix. John offers to get it, but Beryl sends
Kevin. She then announces to the gathered guests that David is
about to propose a toast. John and Angela reluctantly go and stand
in the centre of the room, and David jokes that he's glad he left
the wedding speech to Gordon! He says there's not much to say
- they're two beaut kids, and he's proud to be their dad. Doug
comments on how his son never did know how to make a
speech! Fiona leads the guests in singing 'Happy Birthday', and
then Rob leads the three cheers. Fiona starts singing 'For they
are jolly good fellows', and everyone else joins in, but noone
notices that David looks quietly concerned. John puts his arm
around Angela, and they look really happy. As the singing continues,
Patricia is still standing outside, crying...