At the Palmer house, David is snapping to Beryl and Doug about
Kevin having a wonderful time with two young girls and the Healy
kid. He sarcastically says he can see how serious Kevin is about
Lynn. Doug points out that Kevin is in such a state that he needs
to let off steam, and he adds that there are worse ways of doing
this than having fun round a swimming pool. Beryl says she agrees
with Doug. She says it's not in Kevin's nature - he's not that
hard. Davis says he still reckons Peter Healy is having the wrong
effect on him. Beryl pleads with David to take it easy on Kevin,
as he'll feel bad enough coming back by himself, without David
having a go at him. She adds that it'll be embarrassing for Kevin
if he thought David saw him enjoying himself in the pool - because
he wouldn't have been. She points out that Kevin lets
go when he's in a temper or when he's depressed - just like David
does. David innocently says, "Me?" Doug chips
in that he agrees, and David says, "Talk about two against
one!" Beryl asks him to promise that he won't say anthing.
David agrees, but says he'll have to bring up the Healys with
him sometime. Doug asks if David has thought about how
Kevin will feel working for Vic Hardy now. Beryl responds that
she hadn't given it a second thought, but Kevin can't work for
the bank under the circumstances. David suggest that they'd better
get Vic in for a talk before Kevin gets home - whenever that'll
be. Doug says it's better not say too much about Kevin and Lynn.
Beryl suggests Doug make himself scarce so that she and David
can have a quiet, sensible discussion with Vic. Doug reluctantly
Kevin is packing his bags at the Healys' and Peter tells him
that the bus leaves from the corner in ten minutes. Kevin says
he'd better make a move then. Martin come in and asks Kevin if
he's off. Kevin says yes, and he thanks Martin for letting him
stay. Martin asks him what he'll do, and Kevin asks him if he
means about Lynn. Martin replies that he means Lynn, a job...
Kevin says he reckons he's done his landscaping job, and he'll
probably be pushed into working for his father-in-law at the bank.
Martin suggests that Kevin give his old boss a call and explain
what's happened, as he may not be as hard as Kevin thinks. Kevin
agrees to call tomorrow. Martin says he'd drive Kevin home, but
he has some important calls to make. Kevin replies that he's not
keen to get home in a hurry, anyway. Peter offers to drive to
the Palmer house. Martin agrees, and he asks Peter to get some
shopping while he's out - and not to come home the long way! Peter
says he needs all the driving practive he can get, but Martin
replies that his son had enough practice driving his bomb around
Queensland! Kevin points out that the distance they got,
they could hardly call it practice! He thanks Martin again, and
Martin warns Peter not to forget his 'P' plates. Kevin and Peter
leave and Martin makes a call - to Jill's flat. John answers and
thanks Martin for how good he was to Jill after their talk. Martin
says he's glad Jill was so honest. He invites John and Jill for
drinks tomorrow, to meet some of the other young officers and
their wives. John says he'd love to. Martin says it's also a celebration
of John's acceptance. John asks if Martin has heard something,
but Martin just replies that he can't see John being knocked back.
John says he's looking forward to it. He asks when they should
come over, and Martin tells him to arrive whenever he likes. He
adds that John knows he can treat the Healy house as his home.
At the Palmers', Vic Hardy says he can't for the life of him
him understand why Kevin didn't go with Lynn. David says Kevin
still has pride. Vic says that's nonsense - Lynn had a great opportunity,
and noone could expect her to leave Davey with Kevin. Beryl says
it's happened and there's nothing they can do - it's up to the
two kids now. She adds that she doesn't want it to come between
them as neighbours, and Vic agrees. Beryl says they should show
Kevin they understand both points of view. Vic agrees again: Kevin
can have a day of rest first, and then start at the bank on Tuesday.
Beryl says she didn't think Vic would want him there now - plus
Kevin might find it hard working for Vic. Vic replies that it
will give Kevin stabilitiy - he'll know where he's going for his
future, he'll be more settled when Lynn comes back in three months
and he'll be a far better husband. David says it could be a good
idea. Beryl says it's nice to see David and Vic agreeing, and
asks how she can argue. She goes off to make some tea.
A while later, Vic sips his cup of tea and then says he's pleased
that David and Beryl agree about Kevin coming to the bank. Doug
comes in through the back door and nods to Vic. Vic nods back
and, turning back to David and Beryl, says Kevin needs a sense
of purpose. Doug decides to get involved and says Kevin might
not want to work for the bank. Vic says Doug should stick
to gardening and leave Kevin's future to those who are involved.
Doug says he's Kevin's grandfather and has more right
than Vic. Vic replies that he can see where Kevin gets his stubborn
streak. He then says that what's happened is not all Kevin fault.
Doug replies that Lynn walked out. Vic says Kevin could have seen
Lynn's side - but he's willing to let bygones be bygones, so he'll
take him on at bank - he can't be fairer. Doug says they'll have
to see, but there's no way he'd want Vic for his
boss. He returns to the garden and, trying to suppress a wry smile,
Beryl offers Vic more tea.
Later, Doug says he can't get over Vic - how would he know how
Kevin feels? David says it's a good idea, but Doug replies that
there are other jobs. David points out that they're not easy to
get. He says it's better that Kevin has something now than having
to struggle to make a crust like he's had to do for most
of his life. Doug says he can't see Kevin wanting to work for
Victor. Beryl chips in that Kevin might like it. Doug
starts to speak again, but David tells his father that he's like
a cracked record. A car hooter suddenly sounds and Doug says it's
Kevin. A few seconds later, Kevin comes in and Beryl hugs him.
She asks him why he didn't call to say he was coming. Kevin replies
that he knew David would want to come and collect him from the
airport, and he didn't want to put him out. Doug asks Kevin how
he is, and he replies, "Not too bad." Beryl asks him
if he wants something to eat, but he declines. David remarks that
he expected Kevin back a day or two ago, and Kevin replies that
he needed q bit more time to think. Beryl suggests that Kevin
should go and unpack, but Kevin says he doesn't have much - he's
more interested in what's been going on back at home. Beryl and
Doug go into the kitchen and David asks Kevin if he's OK. Kevin
nods and smiles.
At the Healy house, Peter is preparing a salad and he asks his
father what the matter is, as he's hardly said a word since he
came home. Martin explains that he wants to get some drinks and
food for John's party, and he's thinking about what they'll need.
Peter asks if John's been accepted, but Martin replies that it's
nothing like that - he just wants to introduce John to some young
officers - the kind of people he'll be mixing with. Peter says
it's a good excuse for a party! He asks who's coming, and Martin
replies that there'll be Tony and Janice Merrill and Steven and
Penny Cousins. Peter says motormouth Janice is a bit of a worry.
Martin says it'll be useful for Jill to know who she's up against.
Peter says rather her than him! Martin asks Peter if he'd prefer
to dip out tomorrow, and Peter says yes - if he can borrow the
At Jill's apartment, Jill asks John what's wrong with him tonight,
as he's like a cat on hot bricks. She then asks him if he's worried
that she told Martin about her past. John says of course not -
he's just wondering about whether he'll get in or not. He adds
that he should know in the next couple of days, but he doesn't
know how he'll concentrate on work until then. Jill says he'd
better in case he doesn't get in. John says he thinks he might
- and so does Martin, which is why he's introducing John to those
people. Jill asks him if he's sure they're not the same people
as yesterday. John says he doubts it. He adds that it should be
a good night - he can get to know the blokes before he has to
start saluting them. He says he won't be mixing too much, but
it's good to know what they're like. Jill says she supposes she'll
be dumped out in the kitchen with the wives. John puts his hand
through her hair and says it won't hurt to see what it's like
being an officer's wife. Jill jokes, "Oh, we're going to
be an officer, are we?!" John says, "We're going to
try!" Jill kisses him and says, "Bully for you!"
Kevin is in the Palmer house kitchen, looking at a photo of Lynn,
when Doug comes in and asks him what he's doing up. Kevin replies
that he couldn't sleep. Doug says it must be because he's used
to Davey crying - it's a nusiance when it starts, and you miss
it when it's not there. He then, though, says he knows why Kevin
can't sleep: Lynn - he's used to her being in the room. He suggests
to Kevin that they swap rooms, but Kevin says there's no need.
Doug says he'd like Kevin's room, as he can slip into
the garden easily when he gets up. Kevin agrees. Doug says Kevin
has to make the effort to cheer up bit, and stop acting as if
his marriage is over. Kevin says he knows Lynn will only be gone
three months, but the way he feels now, it might just as well
The next morning, at the South Yarra house, Patricia says to
Martin that she thought he'd have been at work ages ago.
Martin explains that he's seen the recruitment list and John's
in. Patricia remarks that Martin's got what he wanted. Martin
tells her, "What John wanted." He adds that
he' s got John into the current intake - he leaves for Point Cook
at the end of the week. Patricia incredulously says, "The
end of the week?" Martin replies that he doesn't
belive in wasting time. He adds that he dropped in at John's work
on the way over and John is over the moon. Patricia remarks that
Jill will wonder what hit her; she wonders what hit her.
Martin tells Patricia that he doesn't like them disagreeing. Patricia
says Martin likes things to go his way. She then asks what the
drinks are about this evening, and Martin explains that he wants
Jill to see what it's like - he's throwing her in with a few of
the sharper-tongued ladies. Patricia says that hardly seems fair.
Martin replies that, on the contrary, he's being as fair as he
can - Jill will see what a liability she'll be to John. He adds
that the ladies he's invited enjoy a bit of blood-letting. Patricia
says that's really charming, and if Martin expects her
there, he can think again. Martin says it might look strange if
she's not. He adds that he simply wants Jill to see what
she's up against - she can make up her own mind.
At Jill's flat, John tells Jill that he couldn't believe it when
Martin told him. He had to give Ron Jackson notice straight away,
even though it's only a few days. Jill queries the few days, and
John explains that Martin pushed it through. Jill comments on
him going straight to Point Cook, and John says it's fanatasic
- all those years of not knowing what he wanted to do, and now
what he wants to do is only a few days away. He adds that Martin
must have known something when he fixed tonight. He tells Jill
that they'll make it a celebration and he'll pick her up at six.
He adds that he doesn't know how he'll concentrate on the rest
of the day. He leaves. Jill smiles but looks pensive.
David asks Doug if he's seen Kevin yet. Doug says Kevin had a
late night and he's dead to the world. David says he'll let him
sleep. Doug replies that it doesn't hurt every now and again.
He then comments that David has changed his tune since yesterday:
all that hot air about telling Kevin to keep away from the Healy
kid. David says he'll get round to it, but Kevin's down at the
moment, and looks as if he's had the stuffing knocked out of him.
Doug remarks, "So much for orgies in the Healy pool."
David replies that it looked bad at the time. Changing the subject,
he asks his father about the leaves by the front fence, and Doug
replies that it's a compost heap. David says it'll stink a bit,
but Doug says it's not that bad. David laughs as he says it's
funny it being on Victor's side. He warns his father not to start
baiting Vic, as they're just starting to keep the peace. Doug
says Vic is so jolly superior, and the compost heap is a good
healthy smell! Kevin comes in and David tells him that lunch has
been and gone. Kevin says, "It hasn't, has it?" and
David laughs and says, "Not quite!" He says he hopes
Kevin's not going to become a lazy slob, and he adds that his
son needs to put his thinking cap on to decide what to do about
Victor's offer. Kevin tells David not to worry about it - he was
thinking about it in bed, and he knows exactly what do.
A while later, Vic shakes Kevin's hand and offers his congratulations.
Kevin asks what work he'll be doing, but Vic tells him to take
it slowly, as it's not the sort of job you can rush. He explains
that Kevin will start as a junior and adds that that's where he
started, and look at him now. David quickly turns his head around
so that Vic can't see him smiling! Kevin asks when he'll start
and Vic says tomorrow at 9am. Doug remarks that it's a bit quick,
but Vic says Kevin had a good break in Queensland and should be
fresh and ready to go. There's suddenly the sound of a car hooter
outside, and Kevin looks out of the window to see Peter out there.
He thanks Vic and says he'll see him tomorrow morning. Outside,
he tells Peter that he said yes to the job in the bank. Peter
incredulously says, "You're kidding?" Kevin replies
that he didn't have much choice: he has to pay David back for
the 'plane ticket - plus it stood out a mile when he got home
last night that his Mum and Dad want him to take the job. Peter
says they'll have to give Kevin a send-off tonight. Kevin, though,
reckons he'll get an early night, as he doesn't want to give Vic
the wrong idea right off. Peter starts humming the funeral march!
Vic emerges from the Palmer house, walks down the path and looks
at the compost heap. He then says to Kevin, "Your grandfater
did that?" Kevin replies that he's not sure. Vic says he
hopes it's not there too long as it lowers the whole tone of the
street. When Victor's gone, Peter says that that'll be Kevin in
twenty years' time! Kevin replies, "Not on your life!"
Peter says he'll make sure Kevin stays in the land of the living.
Kevin says, "You're on!" Peter sugests they take a quick
spin down to the beach. Kevin agrees. Inside, David and Doug watch
as the car drives off, and David asks where they're going now.
Doug says Peter seems a pleasant young fellow, but David replies
that he isn't in his book. He asks if Doug noticed that
Kevin hasn't said a word about staying over there, and he adds
that he bets Peter was behind that. He says he's going to be watching,
and if there's any trouble, he'll ban Kevin from seeing any
of the Healys.
Martin serves Jill with a gin and tonic and he proposes a toast
to John for his success in getting into the service. John apologises
for Patricia not being there, and he explains that she has a bad
headache. Martin dryly says headaches always seem to come at the
wrong time. There's a knock at the door and Martin goes to answer
it. Meanwhile, Steven Cousins asks John if he's looking forward
to starting. John replies that he's a bit nervous. Penny Cousins
says the men will give John a hard time, but she tells him not
to take any notice of them. Martin comes in with two more guests,
and he introduces Tony and Janice Merrill to John, and John, in
turn, introduces Jill. Martin says he has something to show the
boys for a minute or two and he'll leave the girls to talk about
them. He asks Jill for a beer for Tony. Janice asks Jill if she
can get her a Bacardi and Coke. Jill looks annoyed. Janice and
Penny start gossiping and ignore Jill.
In the lounge room at the South Yarra house, Patricia puts her
glass down on the table. Wayne remarks that he thought she'd be
in the thick of it tonight, over at Martin's. Patricia replies
that she has a headache, but Wayne tells her to pull the other
one. He asks if Patricia and Martin have had another barney, but
Patricia says of course not - it's just obvious the party's for
Martin, not for John. Wayne asks her what she means, but Patricia
dismissively says, "Oh nothing." Wayne then asks how
serious Patricia is about Martin, but Patricia says she doesn't
know - she finds him very attractive, but they don't see eye-to-eye
on a lot of things. Wayne says he thinks Martin's got Patricia's
number - he can actually make her do what he wants. Patricia says,
"You've got to be joking." She adds that what
she doesn't like is what he's doing to John - and the awful thing
is that it's probably too late to do anything about it. Wayne
says it'll serve John right - he'll wonder what he struck, in
Janice and Penny are still talking and ignoring Jill, as Jill
watches them with a scowl. John comes in and Jill asks him how
he's going. John says it's great - although, after what he's heard,
he's not looking forward to the initiation! He says he can't believe
he'll be there in a couple of days. Jill admits that she's not
doing too well in the kitchen, but John says she's not trying
hard enough. He adds that if they're living on the base, Jill
will be seeing a lot of them. He kisses her and walks off. Penny
says she thinks Jill's going to have to keep her eye on John.
Janice says John's far too good looking. Penny says that, when
Bev Hartman sees him, she'll be after him like nobody's business.
Jill then listens as they talk about how Bev Hartman likes breaking
in new recruits and about how they feel sorry for her husband.
They add that it's all a bit of a joke, really. Jill raises her
eyebrows in disgust and walks away from the table.
Kevin is playing a game where he's trying to get a ballbearing
into a hole. He puts it down and Beryl asks him if his nerves
are getting to him. She adds that he's not to worry, and he'll
look smart in his suit. Kevin says he's still not sure if he's
doing the right thing, going to the bank. Beryl tells him to just
be positive about it - there'll be regular money, he can save
for his own car, and when Lynn and Davey come back, things will
be way they should be. Kevin, though, snaps, "No it won't.
I'm starting a job I don't want to do, all so I can save money
for a marriage that's a joke." Beryl starts to say that's
not fair but Kevin snaps, "Yes it is. She's tricked me. She's
fooled me. I can't trust her, and if she thinks I'm going to take
her back after she's done that to me..." He pauses, sits
down, and sobs, "I still love her." Beryl puts her arms
round him and gives him a hug.