David is at the truck depot when Rob catches up with him. David
says he's glad he has a half day tomorrow. They start talking
about the next jobs they both have coming up, and then get onto
the subject of how it's hard for independent drivers at the moment,
and how the majority of work is being given to Southern Freight's
own staff. David tells Rob that there's plenty of work around
if you know where to look for it. Changing the subject, Rob tells
David that he called into the Palmer house earlier, and caught
up with Doug. David says he'll handle it.
At Susan's, Rob tells Angela that David won't admit it, but
he knows he's in for a tough time. He adds that, considering it
was David who got him the job, it's a real pity that he's now
missing out because he's getting the work. Angela asks
Rob if he can take a look at Domine, as she's been grisly, and
has been asking for Kerry. Rob asks Angela what she said to the
girl, but Angela replies that she wanted to talk to him
first. Rob says Domine will forget about Kerry eventually, but
Angela says it's a wory that Kerry has turned up again. Rob says
Fiona is pretty sure Kerry has made her decision and will stick
to it, but he adds that it may be a good idea if he and Angela
do something to ensure things stay as they are. Angela asks, "Apply
for custody?" Rob asks Angela if she'd mind, and she replies,
"Of course not."
David gets home, and finds Beryl and Doug in the kitchen. Beryl
asks him how his day was, but he just says, "So so."
He notices that Beryl has a new blouse on, and she tells him that
she finished it this morning. Doug chips in that it's a good job
Beryl's making her own clothes, what with money becoming tight.
He then tells David that Rob came over today. David explains that
he saw him at the depot. Doug goes off to his room without saying
anything more, leaving a surprised David to tell Beryl that he
was expecting a lecture. Beryl remarks that there's something
funny going on with Doug, but David says his father is just going
soft. Beryl tells him about the groceries that Doug bought, and
says she thinks he's building up to staying on. David says there's
no way that's happening, and he points out that all his
father's mates are up in Queensland. Beryl's convinced
There's a knock at Fiona's - it's Gordon. She invites him in,
and tells him that Richard Coleman caught her at the crack of
dawn this morning. Gordon says Coleman is after his job. Fiona
says she's been ringing round the board members, trying to drum
up support for him. Gordon tells her, "You are a marvel!"
He says it'll be close, as he's taken a lot of flak for the way
things have been going. Fiona remarks that if Richard Coleman
had taken over from Hal Mason, the Ramberg shareprice wouldn't
be worth the paper it was written on now. She suddenly notices
how calm Gordon is about the whole thing, and he explains that
that's Barbara's influence.
Barbara gives Gayle a book as they walk up to the Armstrong
house. As they get there, they see a woman arguing with a taxi
driver. Barbara recognises the woman as her daughter, Wendy, who,
when she sees her mother, says she doesn't have any Australian
dollars, and the taxi driver's threatening to call the police.
Barbara offers to pay, and the driver releases Wendy's bags from
the boot of his cab. Barbara then introduces Gayle and Wendy to
each other, and Wendy apologises for her performance just then.
She says she thought New York cabbies were bad enough.
The three women go inside, where Wendy comments that the old place
hasn't changed in two years. Barbara remarks on her daughter's
success, but Wendy says success can get boring. Barbara asks Gayle
to prepare some lunch, and to sort out Wendy's room. Wendy asks
Gayle if she works there, and then says she thought Gayle
was a friend of the family or something. She says she won't have
anything to eat, and asks Gayle to just prepare her room. Gayle
stomps off. Wendy says it's good to be off the 'plane. Barbara
remarks on her daughter suddenly coming home, as she was doing
so well in New York. Wendy realises how 'tired' she is, and she
goes off to get some sleep, telling her mother that they can speak
some more when she wakes up.
Lynn has packed some clothes for her photo shoot, and says she
hopes she has all she needs. Noticing that Kevin looks depressed,
she asks him what's up, and Kevin replies that he's seen some
mates, and they're all going for interviews. Lynn tells Kevin
that he'll be able to do that next year, but
Kevin points out that he still needs a job for the next twelve
months. Doug chips in that he was talking to Vic Hardy about the
bank, but Kevin snaps that he doesn't want to work in
a bank - he wants to be a journalist. Doug points out
that the bank is secure, but Kevin just repeats that he's not
interested. He storms off, and Lynn tells Doug that it's been
a big disappointment for her husband. Doug suddenly gives Lynn
a piece of paper with an address on it for studio portraits. A
surprised Lynn thanks Doug. Doug tells her that they can't have
her wasting money.
On the 'phone to Fiona, Rob says he and Angela have decided
to go to their solicitor and arrange for legal custody of Domine.
He explains that he was going to write a letter to Kerry to tell
her, but he thought it might be better coming from her.
Fiona sarcastically remarks on how she gets all the 'good' jobs.
She agrees to do it, but says she might wait a while, as Kerry
probably couldn't cope with it at the moment. Rob says Kerry must
have known that they'd want legal custody eventually, but Fiona
points out that knowing and accepting it are two different things.
Rob just says he's made up his mind. He suggests that maybe it
would be better if he wrote a letter, but Fiona assures
him that she'll speak to Kerry - she just wants to pick her time.
The call comes to an end, and Angela asks Rob what the problem
was. Rob explains about how Fiona tried to stall, and put him
off going to the solicitor's. He suddenly recalls what Jill said
about Fiona being reluctant to let go of Domine in the first place,
and says this would be a good way of getting the girl back again.
Angela, though, says she can't see it. Rob says he doesn't want
to take the chance, and he asks Angela to ring the solicitor tomorrow.
Angela says Fiona is a good friend. Rob just says he won't be
happy until it's all signed, sealed and delivered.
David pulls up in his truck at the depot, and John comes over
to him and asks him to help move a tea chest to Jill's. David
agrees, and John says he'll buy some beers afterwards. He tells
David that he saw Margaret again yesterday, and has a lot to fill
him in on.
David and John put the tea chest down in Jill's apartment, and
John goes to get some beers from the 'fridge, saying it's easier
to talk there than at the pub. David asks John if he got the full
story from Margaret, and John says he did, apart from
his father's name. David asks John if he's still interested,
and John says he is, because he wants to hear his father's
side of things. David points out to John that if he doesn't know
the bloke's name, he can't track him down. John tells David that
he thought he might know. He says there must have been
other men after Patricia at the same time as David. David, though,
says it was twenty years ago. John asks him to think.
David eventually says he used to see Patricia at the local dance,
but he didn't really know her until one night, they started talking,
and they were suddenly going out - but he doesn't know of any
other blokes. John tells David about what Margaret said about
Patricia really loving him when they ran away. David says it's
forgotten now. He tells John to just leave it, as the bloke probably
wouldn't like John turning up out of the blue. John, though, says
he can't stop looking. David snaps, "Suit yourself."
Gayle tells Barbara that she's going, and she leaves. Wendy
joins Barbara in the lounge, having woken up. Barbara asks her
if she'd like her to put Gordon off, so they can spend some time
together, but Wendy tells her mother not to bother on her
account. Barbara says she thought they could catch up, but Wendy
says there's plenty of time. She then tells Barbara that she's
sorry she didn't come home for the funeral, but Barbara replies
that she didn't expect her to. Wendy remarks on how Barbara
always could handle things. Barbara admits that the funeral
was a strain, and she ended up taking refuge at Gordon Hamilton's
property in the country. Wendy repeats that she's sorry she wasn't
there, and adds that one of them should have been. Barbara
worries about Wendy being upset, but Wendy says she's fine, and
she decides to go out and get some fresh air.
Gayle is sitting outside, talking to Millstone, who she tells
to stay put, and not follow her home again. Wendy overhears this,
and asks Gayle what she called the dog. Gayle replies that it
was 'Millstone' - a nickname. Wendy says she doesn't like it.
Gayle says she and Barbara enroled Millstone in obedience classes
today. Wendy tells Gayle to let her know when the first class
is, so that she can be there. Gayle looks disappointed.
She gets up to go home, leaving Wendy to tell 'Milton' to stay.
When Gayle gets back to Dural, she calls for Rosie, but Gordon
tells her that she's in the flat, having a night off.
Barbara tells Gordon that Millstone will be a one day wonder
for Wendy. She goes to pour some drinks called 'Old Fashions',
which, she tells Gordon, are good ol' American drinks! Gordon
asks where Wendy is, and Barbara replies that she's changing
in her room. She tells Gordon that she's put some of Wendy's photos
on the table for him to look at. Gordon looks at them, and is
impressed. Barbara remarks on how Wendy was always an effort as
a child, and she required pampering, which Roland looked after.
He gave Wendy a camera when she was 15, and encouraged her with
her photography. Gordon tells Barbara that he likes being there
with her, as she helps him take his mind off his worries with
the board. He looks at her fondly and strokes her face. Wendy
suddenly comes in, sees what's going on, and snaps, "I do
have a lot to catch up on." Barbara introduces Gordon as
her fiancé, explaining that they're getting married when
his divorce comes through. Looking thoroughly displeased, Wendy
walks off, back to her room. Gordon looks at Barbara in concern.