Beryl tells David that they need a day out, to give them a chance
to forget their bickering. She suggests a family picnic, but David
says he doesn't know. Beryl asks him if he has a better
idea, but David just says to leave it until later. Beryl remarks
on how he hasn't eaten any dinner, and how he's burying his head
in the paper - anything to avoid talking about the real problem.
David says it's something he has to sort out by himself. Beryl
tells him she hopes it's sorted by the time Doug returns. David
suddenly blurts out, "I'm not their father. Angela and John
- they're not my kids."
At the boarding house, Jill shows Fiona some photos of her picnic
with John, telling her that she had a great time. She then tells
Fiona that she has something she wants to talk to her about. She
explains about going to live with John, and she asks Fiona to
understand. After a pause, Fiona says it's wonderful! - she's
just surprised! Jill says that, after the way she and John were
in Melbourne, she thought Fiona might have guessed, but Fiona
points out that she had other things on her mind. Jill explains
that as soon as she and John saw each other, they realised they
had to do something. Fiona says she's thrilled for both Jill and
John, and adds that it's about time they got together.
She says she bets Beryl and David are pleased. Jill replies that
Beryl is, but David? With the way he was when
they got back from the picnic, who knows...?
Beryl asks David again about Patricia not wanting to reveal
the real father, but David says he doesn't really want to know,
anyway. Beryl asks him if the clinic could have made a mistake,
but David replies that he can't kid himself. He goes to the 'fridge
to get a beer. Beryl asks why Patricia didn't say anything earlier,
when she wanted revenge. David explains that she was scared that
John and Angela would hate her for lying. Beryl asks David when
Patricia told him, and David tells her about Patricia turning
up and seeing her outside the twins' 21st birthday party. Beryl
asks him why he didn't say anything, and David replies that he
thought Patricia was lying - although he wasn't sure. Beryl says
she doesn't understand it - why did Patricia say David was the
twins' father in the first place? David says Patricia needed a
father for the babies.
A short while later, David tells Beryl that he's scared of what
will happen when John and Angela find out. Beryl agrees that they'll
have to be told. David says he loves them both. He decides to
hang on for the right time before he says anything.
The next morning, John is woken up by Patricia playing loud
music on the radio. He finds her sitting on the settee, and he
asks her if she's OK. Patricia replies that she's tired, as she
didn't get much sleep. John tells her that he's worried about
her. He asks her if there are things that she's keeping to herself,
but Patricia just tells him not to fuss, as she's fine. She says
she'll go for a lie-down. John asks her if she'll be alright.
Patricia replies, "Nothing a few sleeping pills won't fix."
John tells her that he'll call in and check on her at lunchtime.
Patricia is lying awake in bed. She sits up and tips a couple
of sleeping pills into her hand from a bottle on the bedside table.
She takes them with some water and then lies back.
At Dural, Gayle asks Rosie how she looks, and Rosie replies,
"You'll do!" Paul comes into the room behind Gayle,
and tells her that she looks great, but Gayle ignores him. She
tells Rosie that she wants to go and see Barbara - well, Millstone,
really. Rosie tells her that she should wait until she's invited,
but Gayle says she wouldn't have to do that if she had her own
dog. Rosie reminds Gayle of what she said about that.
Paul offers Gayle a lift, but she snaps that she'd rather take
the bus. She goes out, leaving Paul looking annoyed.
At the boarding house, Paul tells Fiona that things are getting
to be a pain in the neck - he came back from Newcastle all set
to be positive, but then he struck Wayne, Rosie and Gayle - enough
to make anyone miserable! Fiona tells Paul that, since
she's known him again, he's always been confused, what with Angela,
Patricia, the church, Wayne, Rosie, Gayle... She suggests he stop
worrying, and start living. Be positive! Paul
tells Fiona that she missed her vocation! Fiona asks, "Nun?!"
Paul says he meant a psychologist! He smiles, and Fiona tells
him to keep it up!
John asks Beryl for her help, as he wants to find a place for
Jill, and she'd know the sort of place a woman would
like. After chiding John for his chauvanist comment, Beryl remarks
that he doesn't look too chirpy. John explains that he thinks
Patricia's really sick. Beryl asks in what way, but John just
asks her if she's ever known anyone who's had a breakdown. Beryl
says she thinks Patricia's putting on an act, and she suggests
to John that he should call the doctor. She adds that she can't
feel any sympathy for Patricia, as she brought it on herself.
Patricia is lying in bed, awake. She sits up, tips another couple
of sleeping pills into her hand, and then takes them with some
sips of water. She lies back down again.
Jill and Fiona arrive back at the boarding house after having
a celebration lunch. Jill is the worse for wear! They go into
Fiona's room, and Jill remarks that she'll just be a visitor
after today. Fiona suggests coffee. Jill tells Fiona that she's
going to miss the place - and her. Fiona says Jill will
be too busy. Jill suddenly breaks down, and tells Fiona that if
it wasn't for her, she'd still be out there wondering if there
was someone who at least cared about her. Fiona bursts
into tears as well, and jokes that she wasn't going to do that
until Jill had gone. They hug. Fiona says she doesn't
want to spoil things for Jill, and she's happy that she's going
to be with John, but she's going to miss her so much.
Patricia is sitting back down on the settee when John comes
in. Patricia asks him why he's there, and John reminds her that
he said he'd call in at lunchtime. He asks her if she's
OK. Patricia replies that she tried to get some sleep, but the
sleeping pills just made her light-headed. John suggests to her
that she see a doctor, but Patricia snaps that she's not ill -
just tired. John tells her that he doesn't like seeing her like
this, but Patricia just snaps that he shouldn't be around there
so much, then. She immediately apologises. She asks John to go
and get the sleeping pills from her room, as a couple more might
help her get some sleep. John says he'll listen if it'll help,
whatever it is. Patricia just repeats her request for the pills.
Gayle enters Dural in a bad mood, complaining about having homework
to do. Rosie tells her that hard work will be good for her, but
Gayle complains that the teacher picks on her. Rosie points out
to Gayle that, if she does the work, the teacher won't have anything
to complain about. Paul comes in and tells Gayle that
he heard her say she wants a dog. He tells her that, if Gordon
and Rosie agree, he'll take her to the pound and buy her one.
Gayle snaps that sucking up with presents won't work, and she
storms out. Rosie calls after her, but she's gone. Paul says to
Rosie that he's tried of trying to do the right thing - he thinks
everyone should be smiling, and he's going to make a
Patricia wakes up on the settee. She tips a couple of sleeping
pills into her hand and takes them, washing them down with more
water. She stands up, but looks woozy. She heads into her bedroom,
taking the pills with her. She sits down on her bed, thinking
for a few seconds. She then tips a couple more pills into her
hand and takes them. She then takes another few pills, and gets
into bed. She lies down with the bottle of pills in her hand.
She reaches to put them on the table, but the bottle falls on
its side, and some pills spill out.
Gayle visits Barbara, and asks to see Millstone. Barbara explains
that the dog is round the back. Gayle admits that she actually
came round to talk. She tells Barbara that she can't stand school,
as the teacher picks on her - she's tried, but she doesn't think
she'll ever be a secretary. She adds that shorthand is the worst.
Barbara asks her if she's going to give up, but Gayle replies
that she can't help it if she can't do the work. Barbara says
she knows how Gayle feels, as she drifted around while
she was younger, until she read in a book: "A wise man completes
every task." She goes on to explain that, since then, she's
always made sure she finishes everything she starts. She asks
Gayle if she wants to be a secretary, but Gayle says
she doesn't know. She then asks her if she'd accept a challenge
from her. Gayle listens as Barbara invites her to come and work
for her in her house and the garden. She adds that it'll by no
means be easy. She tells Gayle that if she can start and finish
it, it'll give her some idea of what she wants from life. Gayle
indicates that she loves the idea. Barbara tells her that she'll
have to check with Rosie first.
Rosie says it's a pity to give up the course. Gayle offers to
refund the fees that Rosie paid, but Rosie says it's not the money
- she just wants Gayle to get a good job. Barbara chips in that
things won't be easy for Gayle at her house. She adds that she'll
teach the girl everything she knows about housework, so that she's
almost as good as Rosie! Rosie gives in. Barbara tells Gayle to
ring the school and tell them what's happening. Gayle says she
Patricia's hand slips down by the side of the bed. John comes
in and checks on her. He suddenly notices the bottle of pills
lying on the table, and calls, "Patricia!" He shakes
her, calling, "Patricia!" again. He takes her arm and
checks her pulse. Suddenly panicking, he rushes to the 'phone
on the table by the other side of the bed, and dials the emergency
services. When the call is answered, he says, "I need a doctor
- someone's taken an overdose. I think she's dying..."