Wendy arrives at the hospital with a bag containing some clothes
for her mother, and when she sees Gordon outside Barbara's room,
she asks him how Barbara is. Gordon says she's going to be operated
on very soon. Wendy guiltily asks if it's because of the accident,
and Gordon replies that it is, but Barbara has been suffering
from lots more headaches and blurred vision than she let on, and
it would have been better if she'd seen the doctor straight away.
Wendy asks if her mother will be OK, but Gordon replies that the
doctor said there could be complications. A nurse emerges from
Barbara's room, and tells Gordon that he can see her, now. As
he and Wendy enter the room, Wendy quietly says it's all her fault.
Gordon tells her not to think like that, as he doesn't want Barbara
upset. In the room, Barbara says she hopes Wendy has brought her
something decent to wear, as the gown really doesn't suit her!
She then says that this is a new experience for her, as she's
never been in hospital before. Gordon makes a joke about her being
one of those disgustingly healthy people! In return, Barbara jokes
that it'll be nice to be waited on hand and foot!
At the South Yarra house, Patricia tells Wayne that she's grateful
to him for going to talk to the Ramberg board about how she feels,
and she asks him to make sure he makes them sit back and take
notice. She adds that, if he sees Paul, he should tell him how
she feels about his changes. Wayne remarks that he thought Patricia
had turned over a new leaf, and Patricia replies that she has,
but only with people who've stood by her. Martin unexpectedly
arrives, and gives Patricia a wrapped parcel. He asks Wayne how
he is, and Wayne replies that he's great, and he's on his way
to Sydney. He leaves, and Patricia upwraps her gift to find a
light blue sarong inside. Martin explains that a friend of his
acquired it in distant climes. Patricia wraps it around her and
says it's lovely. Martin tells her that if she wants to show her
gratitude, she could invite him to dinner. Patricia incredulously
says, "My God, you're pushy!" She asks him when he had
in mind, and in reply, Martin asks when Wayne returns. Patricia
says it's tomorrow, so Martin suggests they eat tonight - just
the two of them.
John and Jill are cuddling on the sofa at Jill's flat, when
John says he has to get back to work. He doesn't move, though,
explaining to Jill that he can't keep his hands off her! He eventually
gets up and asks his girlfriend what she's doing this afternoon.
Jill replies that she's going to see Patricia. She then tells
John that she's surprised Patricia doesn't want her son seeing
someone more acceptable than her, but John replies that Patricia
learnt her lesson with Prue Armstrong! Jill then recalls how Patricia
went into a frenzy when John was chasing after Angela because
they didn't know they were brother and sister, and John agrees
that it was a funny time. Jill tells him that she was in love
with him even then, but he didn't know she existed.
John replies that he needed his head read!
Susan is at the Palmer house, where she recalls that the last
time they had a family cricket match, David was at the crease
for half the day! David chips in that he can't help it if he's
so good! Susan suggests they should only be allowed so many hits
each tomorrow, but David says he wants a proper game.
He then asks Beryl if his smart clothes are around, and Beryl
looks surprised. She points out that old clothes would probably
be better, but David says he wants to wear his new ones.
He walks out to his bedroom to look for them, and Beryl explains
to Susan that he probably wants to show Angela that he does wear
them. Changing the subject, Susan says she thought of inviting
Wayne, but he's staying overnight in Sydney.
In Barbara's hospital room, Gordon tells his fiancée
that Gayle called, and she's getting on really well. Wendy suggests
to her mother that she'll be able to visit Gayle when
she gets better. Barbara laughs, but she then tells her visitors
that they should go, and she doesn't really feel like indulging
in smalltalk. She points out to Gordon that he has a company to
run! Wendy says she'd like to stay on, but Barbara says she'd
prefer to be alone. Wendy says they'll come back tonight, then,
but Barbara says she probably won't feel like visitors later,
as she'll have had her head shaved, and it won't be a pretty sight.
Gordon tells Barbara that they'll do as she asks, and they'll
come back tomorrow instead. He kisses her, and he tells Barbara
that he loves her. Barbara tells Gordon that she loves
him. She then tells him and Wendy to scat! Gordon says
they'll be back in the morning.
At the South Yarra house, Jill admires Patricia's sarong, and
comments that things must be getting serious. Patricia explains
that one of Martin's friends found it overseas, but Jill then
bursts out laughing, and explains that she's seen exactly the
same sarong in the South Melbourne market! When Patricia hears
this, she looks vaguely annoyed, and she asks Jill what she and
John are doing tonight. Jill replies that she's working,
but John's free. Patricia says that, in that case, John can join
her and Martin for dinner. Jill says she thought Patricia and
Martin would prefer to be alone, but Patricia says it would be
nice for John to spend some time with them. Jill asks if Martin
won't mind, but Patricia replies that Martin is too sure of himself...
David and John are sorting through a box of games gear, and
John says he got a message from Ron Jackson to say they're not
going to be back from Sydney in time. A cricket bat, stumps and
bails are located in the box, and David invites John to come to
the park with him for a practice before tomorrow. John, though,
says he can't, as he has to get home for dinner with Patricia
and Martin. David looks annoyed, and he snaps that he doesn't
want to hold John up. He picks up the box and goes out into the
garden, leaving John to comment to Beryl that he shouldn't have
mentioned Martin. Beryl says she's worried about the picnic, as
she thinks David's going to try and show Martin up.
Martin arrives for dinner early, and Patricia tells him she
wasn't expecting him for another hour. Martin replies that he
finished work early, and didn't want to sit at home twidding his
thumbs. Patricia is wearing the sarong, and Martin tells her she
looks very nice. She decides to go upstairs and change into something
more comfortable, and she asks Martin to set the table while she
does this. Martin asks why there's so much cutlery, and Patricia
explains that John is joining them. Martin looks surprised, and
At Dural, Rosie sets a plate of sandwiches down in front of
Gordon, but he says he's not hungry. Rosie tells him that Wayne
rang, wanting to find out how Barbara is. Gordon, though, replies
that Wayne couldn't really care less about Barbara. Rosie points
out that Barbara did go and visit Wayne when he was ill.
Gordon explains that he saw Wayne when he was on his way out of
Ramberg earlier, but didn't want to talk to him. He then tells
Rosie that there something he needs to talk to her about:
Barbara's condition is more serious than he's been letting on.
He explains to the housekeeper that the doctor said that, because
Barbara left it so long seeking treatment, she could be partially
paralysed after the operation. Rosie says that's awful. Gordon
points out that it might not happen, but it's possible.
Rosie apologises for bringing the subject of Wayne up before,
as she didn't know how bad things were. Gordon tells her that
it's good to have her around.
Susan opens her front door to find Wayne standing there. He
explains that he had no reason to stay the night in Sydney, so
he thought he'd come back. He asks if Rob and Angela are around,
but Susan replies that Rob is away on a trip, and Angela is at
David and Beryl's. She offers Wayne some coffee, and Wayne accepts.
He says he had a long day, but he got to talk to the people that
mattered at Ramberg - even though his father wouldn't
talk to him. An incredulous Susan asks if Gordon actually ignored
him, and Wayne replies that he just tried to say sorry, but Gordon
told him he was busy. He goes on to say that he decided to fly
back to Melbourne, but when he got to the airport, he felt like
coming there. Susan tells him it's always good to have
someone to talk to, and she's a good listener.
Wendy arrives at Dural, and asks Gordon if she can talk to him.
Gordon explains that he's been trying to concentrate on work,
to take his mind off things. Rosie suggests Wendy and Gordon should
go and see Barbara, and so Gordon explains about her wanting to
be alone. Wendy chips in that her mother is very independent.
She then tells Gordon that that's why she's there: she'd like
her mother to move into Dural when she comes out of hospital,
so that she's well looked after, and she'll be close-by. Gordon
tells Wendy that he's glad there's something they can do together.
Wendy reiterates that her mother is very independent, and is likely
to be a difficult patient, but Gordon just tells Wendy that this
means a lot to him.
In the hospital, Barbara is lying in her bed in the darkened
room, sobbing quietly...
There's silence around the dinner table at the South Yarra house,
until Martin breaks it by saying he and Peter can cook quite reasonable
meals, although not as good as Patricia's. John yawns, and Martin
suggests that maybe he'd like to go to bed. Patricia says it's
still early, but Martin points out that it's silly to keep John
up for the sake of it. A grateful John does as Martin suggests,
and as he heads to the stairs, he suggests they meet up for another
run in the morning. Martin says he'll be there! John heads upstairs,
leaving Martin to say to Patricia that, after the way things were
when he first turned up to set the record straight, he never thought
he'd end up being invited to dinner. He adds, though, that while
he was having his rant back then, he stopped in his tracks as
soon as he saw her. Patricia looks wary, and Martin asks
her why she's so on edge. Patricia innocently asks, "Am I?"
Martin replies, "Mmm." He tells Patricia that she's
a very beautiful woman. Patricia asks him if he wants coffee.
David arrives home after taking Angela back to Susan's. Beryl,
who has just arrived home from work, asks how Angela is,
and David replies that she's not too bad. Beryl then says it'll
be good to have Lynn back tomorrow, and David adds that Kevin's
looking forward to it. Beryl says she expects Fiona will be glad
to get rid of Doug. She then asks David what they'll do if Doug
recognises Martin tomorrow and says something to Angela. David
replies that they'll just say Martin's a friend who used to fancy
himself a lot!. Beryl tells David that she hopes he's not going
to cause trouble, and David agrees that he won't do anything to
spoil the day.
Patricia is clearing the table, and Martin offers to help her
with the dishes, but Patricia explains that she can put them in
the dishwasher. Martin tells her to leave them, then, but Patricia
says she can't. Martin suddenly walks over to her, holds her and
kisses her. Patricia kisses him back, but then pulls away and
tells him that she thinks it would be better if he left. Martin
asks her if this isn't what she wants, but Patricia replies that
things have already gone further than she wanted. Martin
asks her what she expected, then, and tells her to stop fighting
it. They kiss again. Patricia repeats her request for Martin to
leave, but Martin ignores her. He tells Patricia that he's never
forced a woman in his life, adding, "Still, we'll get there,
Patricia - you know we will..."