Most of the board having gone, Gordon is on the 'phone to Barbara,
and he tells her that he got the unanimous vote, but with a few
of the board it was a borderline case. Barbara points out that
the important thing is that he won. Gordon tells her
that there was one surprise, and he explains about Wayne
turning up with Patricia's proxy. Barbara tells Gordon that she
hopes he put his son in his place. Gordon tells her that he took
a big gamble holding the vote, but he knew Wayne wouldn't go against
the whole board. Barbara says she hopes it has taught Wayne a
lesson. Gordon says he doubts if Wayne will be able to keep Patricia's
proxy once she's better, so it doesn't really matter. While this
conversation is going on, out in the hall, Rosie is saying to
Fiona and Paul that she can't believe anyone would want to get
rid of Gordon in the first place. Fiona says she has
to go, and Paul thanks her for her moral support. She goes, and
Rosie tells Paul that it's time he ate his words about Wayne.
Wayne comes downstairs with two packed suitcases, and Rosie tells
him that she knew he wouldn't let his father down. She
suggests he should see Gordon before he goes, and he agrees. In
the lounge, Gordon tells Barbara that he's glad she's not coming
over, as he's very tired. He hangs up. Wayne comes in and says
he supposes Gordon's wondering why he supported him. Gordon admits
that he's curious. Wayne points out that it was a big risk holding
a vote like that, and it gave him a big buzz to know that his
father owes his job to him. Gordon sarcastically says
he's glad the decision was so businesslike. Wayne tells his father
that if there are any more blues, he'll have the support to get
rid of him properly. Gordon tells Wayne that Patricia will take
his proxy away once she's back on the board. Wayne just says,
"Maybe." Gordon tells Wayne that he's an even bigger
fool than he imagined if he thinks she won't. He tells
Wayne to leave. Wayne tells his father to make sure he lets him
know the date of the next board meeting.
Back in Melbourne, Wayne calls in at Susan's, to see Angela.
He gives her a present from Fiona, for Domine. Angela asks him
what he was doing in Sydney, and suggests that he must have been
causing trouble. Wayne explains about being Patricia's proxy.
He adds that he can't let his personal feelings affect business.
Angela says she's in a hurry. Wayne storms off.
At the Palmer house, Angela tells David that, after all the
lies Wayne has told, he can't really expect her to believe
him. She notices David looking at some paperwork, and asks if
it's his finances. David remarks that bills always come in all
at once. Angela changes the subject, and asks David for a favour:
can he look after Domine while she and Rob go and see the solicitor
tomorrow? David agrees, and says it'll give him a chance to make
up for being so funny with people recently. Angela asks him if
he's worried about the rosters, but David says he's sure Angela
doesn't really want to know. Angela says she does, but
David then just says it's other things - there's something he
must do, but he needs to get around to doing it. Angela says she
hopes David knows what he's talking about! There's a
knock at the door, and Angela goes to answer it. It's Jill, who's
there as a surprise for Plan C. While she's there, she also gives
David her new home 'phone number. David asks her if she's seeing
John today, and Jill replies that he's coming round for arvo tea.
David asks if he can come along, as there are a couple
of things he wants to see John about. Jill tells him he's very
welcome. She and Angela then go into the kitchen. David takes
out the photo of the young man in the airforce uniform.
Barbara calls at Dural with wallpaper samples. Gordon tells
her that Rosie will join them shortly. Barbara asks him if there's
been any word from Wayne, but Gordon says he's probably back in
Melbourne now, having a good laugh. Rosie joins them, and Gayle
comes in, with letters for Gordon and her grandmother. Rosie looks
at the address on the back of her envelope, and says it's from
Doug Palmer. Gayle jokes about her grandmother having a boyfriend!
Barbara tells Rosie to tell everyone to mind their own business.
Rosie heads off to the kitchen to check on the cake she's baking,
and Barbara asks Gayle to go and get the colour samples out of
the car. When they're alone, Barbara tells Gordon that she'd like
him to come to dinner tonight, and get to know Wendy better. She
suggests they should invite Paul, too, and make it a foursome.
Gordon says Paul is at the yacht club, taking delivery of a boat.
Fiona and Kerry are walking along the wharf by the yacht club,
when they see Paul on his boat. Fiona says she could never go
in anything that small! Paul asks Kerry what she
thinks, and she replies, "Nice." She adds, though, that
it looks as though it could capsize if Paul leans over. Paul suggests
a spin around the harbour, but Fiona says, "Not on your nelly!"
Kerry says this is a very nice spot. Paul looks round, and agrees.
Kerry says it would be a beaut place to have brought Domine. Paul
tells her that she could always have caught the bus there, but
Kerry says that $2 was a lot on her pension. Paul says he wants
to take his boat out, and he asks Kerry to come with him. She
agrees, and Fiona smiles as she watches Paul help the young woman
David admires the picture on the wall of Jill's flat, and Jill
explains that John got it - it's a picture of a cat to remind
her of Plan C until the caretaker gives in. John comes in, and
David tells him that they need to talk. Jill says she'll go to
the shops, but John tells her to stay. David says, "His name's
Martin Healy." He adds that he doesn't know where he can
be found, though, and it's up to John to take it further. He explains
that Martin Healy lived in the area, and was the hero of the football
team, but his family then moved away. He tells John that this
is at an end as far as he's concerned, and he also points
out that it might not be the guy John's after, but John says it's
a good start. He says he's grateful. David tells Jill that he
won't worry about tea after all, and he leaves. John looks thoughtful
for a few seconds, and then says, "Martin Healy, eh?"
Jill asks him if he's going to keep looking, and John says of
course. Jill says David is upset about it, but John says he doesn't
want to hurt him. He asks where he should go from here, but Jill
suggests he forget it for a while. She adds that the photo is
twenty years old, and Martin Healy could be anywhere.
John says he has to start somewhere, and he could still
be in the airforce. As he looks through the telephone directory,
Jill asks him what he's going to say. John just says he has the
name, and he's going to track him down.
Paul, Fiona and Kerry arrive back at the boarding house, but
Kerry declines the invitation into Fiona's room, as she has to
go to the launderette. She thanks Paul for the ride and the ice
cream, and then disappears into her own room. Paul says
to Fiona that Kerry hasn't had a good time of it. Fiona replies
that there are plenty of girls like her around. Paul
suggests that maybe he could use his money to help her, but Fiona
says Kerry isn't looking for charity. Paul says he's not trying
to interfere. Fiona invites him in, but Paul explains that he's
been invited for dinner, and he has to dash.
At Barbara's, Gordon asks Wendy how long she was in New York,
and she replies that it was two years. Gordon asks her if she
liked it, and Wendy says there were good and bad points. Barbara
offers Gordon another drink. Wendy impatiently asks how much longer
they're going to have to wait for Paul to turn up. Gordon says
he arrived at Dural just as he was leaving,
and he only had to have a shower and change. Wendy says it sounds
as if Paul is a dedicated young businessman. Barbara remarks that
he's a dedicated young sailor, as well. The doorbell rings, and
Barbara answers it. Paul comes in, and apologises for being late.
Barbara introduces him and Wendy to each other. Paul tells Wendy
that he heard she's a top photographer. He goes on to say that
he's an amatuer, and he'd be grateful for some pointers. Wendy
doesn't look impressed. Barbara announces that dinner is ready,
and as they go into the dining room, Barbara points out to Wendy
that Paul isn't exactly balding and fifty!
Sometime later, dinner having finished, Barbara asks Paul if
he visited New York. Paul says he did, but only for a
couple of weeks. Gordon says the place is too much of a rat race
for him. Wendy chips in that you need to be tough to
survive there, and adds that she had to struggle while she was
there. Paul points out that they're the sort of people who will
never know what it's really like to stuggle, and he tells
Wendy that she could always have wired home for some money if
she'd needed it. Wendy snaps that she worked damn hard while she
was out there. Paul just reiterates his point that they're not
underprivileged. Wendy says she's sorry, but she doesn't see what
she can do about the poor people in the world. Paul tells her
that she should just recognise that they're having a hard time.
Wendy then asks Paul why, if he has such a strong social conscience,
he's buying a boat. Paul says it's so that he can relax
- something she should learn to do. Wendy takes offence,
and asks Paul when he's going out next. Paul says it'll be tomorrow
morning - early. Wendy tells him to pick her up at seven o'clock.
The next morning, Paul tells Wendy not to fall in, but Wendy
snaps that she has been on a boat before. They
sail off. A short while later, Paul turns the engine off, and
when Wendy challenges him about it, he points out that it is
a yacht. He asks Wendy to help him raise the sail, and
then warns her about being careful of the boom, which could knock
her for six if it hits her. Wendy turns round - and is hit by
the boom the very next instant! She's sent plunging into the water,
and yells at Paul, "You idiot!" Paul offers to help
her back into the boat, but she says she's going to swim to the
shore. Paul warns her about the sharks in the water, and Wendy
hurriedly turns round, and lets Paul pull her aboard. Back on
dry land sometime later, Paul tells Wendy that at least it made
her smile. Wendy says she thinks Paul planned the whole thing.
Paul tells her that she looks better than she did last night,
when she was all grumpy. Wendy asks Paul how he'd feel
if he came back to find his mother going round with another
man when her husband has only been dead for a few months. Paul
says Gordon's a decent bloke. To try and make Wendy smile again,
he pushes her towards the edge of the wharf. She manages to keep
her balance, but then grabs Paul and pushes him into
Jill asks John what time he's meeting him. John says it's at
10am. Jill tells John that he was lucky to find out anything.
John says it was lucky someone was prepared to help him. Jill
asks John if he said why he wants to see Martin Healy.
John replies that he just said he had something to talk to him
about. Jill tells John not to be disappointed if Martin Healy
isn't his father. John goes.
Sometime later, John stands outside the 'Defence Centre', staring
at the large building. He then heads inside, and tells her man
at the reception that he's there to see Group Captain Martin Healy.
The man says he'll get someone to show John up there. A few minutes
later, John is being shown by another man into a room, and he's
told to take a seat, while the man lets Group Captain Healy know
that he's there. John doesn't sit down, preferring instead to
pick up a magazine. The man comes back and says Group Captain
Healy won't be a moment. John puts the magazine down, and then
stares into space for a few seconds. He spins round when he suddenly
hears a voice saying: "Mr. Palmer? Group Captain Martin Healy.
What can I do for you?"