At Toorak, Patricia remarks to John that she heard Jill was stuck
with the wives all night. John jokes rather her than him! He adds
that they mainly gossiped. Patricia comments that John went off
with boys, and John replies that it was a good chance to get information
on what he's in for. Patricia says, "And for Jill too."
John says, "Sorry?" but Patricia quickly replies, "Nothing."
John is about to head off to give Kevin a lift to the bank. As
he gets ready to leave, Patricia asks how Jill is coping with
him going in so soon. John admits that she was a bit down when
they got in last night, and he adds that it's not fair him having
all the fun while Jill sits at home by herself. Patricia quietly
says, "No. No it isn't."
Jill is sitting having breakfast in her apartment, when Paul
comes in and asks how the party was. Jill flatly replies, "Fine."
Paul remarks that he thought Jill would have slept in, but Jill
points out that some people have jobs to go to. Paul replies that
it's early, and so Jill says she has a job to do at the Healys',
first. Changing the subject, Paul says they need more bread. Jill
tells him she's made list of some other things they need as well,
and she gives it to Paul. Paul, though, says he'll need some money.
Jill tells him to pay and she'll go halves later, but Paul says
he's low on funds, and won't have enough. Jill asks him why he's
not doing anything about it, and Paul replies that he's going
to start looking for a job today. Jill bluntly says, "Good!"
Says quickly apologises and tells Paul that he'll feel better
when he's working. Paul just says, "Yeah."
John and Kevin leave the Palmer house, both looking smart, and
John jokes that, a year ago, neither of them knew what a suit
looked like! Kevin suddenly realises he's forgotten his wallet,
and he goes back inside. John follows him and asks him if this
is what he really wants to do. Kevin says it's a job - he got
miserable last night, but he's not going to let it drag him down.
He adds that Peter has been a big help, and John tells his brother
that it's good that there's someone there for him when he's
in the airforce. Having picked up his wallet, Kevin says, "Let's
go." Outside the front door, he tells John that Peter is
picking him up at luncthime and they're going to Angie's. John
remarks that he thought Kevin was going there this evening, and
Kevin says he is, but Peter wants to meet her. John says
he hopes Angela gets on better with Peter than she does with Martin.
Kevin jokes that everyone gets on well with Peter!
At the Healy house, Peter asks Jill if she's there to help clean
up! Jill shows him some tins she found under her sink and explains
that she can't use them. Peter says she should have brought them
last night - they're Janice Merrill's favourite brand of cat food!
He then asks if this is the only reason Jill's there, and so Jill
explains that she wants to see Martin too. Peter says he's
more fun! Martin comes in and says he doesn't know what he did
to deserve Peter! He tells his son to leave them, and as he walks
out the room, Peter jokes to Jill that the two of them have a
date on the first night after John hits Point Cook! When they're
alone, Jill tells Martin that she has to talk to him. Martin goes
to get some coffee and Jill sits down. When he returns, Martin
asks what the problem is. Jill tells him that, last night, she
found out more than she wanted to know about life on the base.
Martin replies that it's a closed community, but you get used
to it. Jill asks him what would happen if his friend found out
where he met her. Martin replies that it's unlikely, but Jill
persists, and asks what would happen if he did. Martin
says it could be unpleasant. Jill asks if it would affect John's
career, and Martin admits that it wouldn't do it any good - and
that's putting it mildly. He adds that there'd be no official
atttitude, but John would become a joke with the men. He tells
Jill that an officer is only as successful as the men's respect
allows him to be. Jill asks Martin why he didn't say anthing the
other day, and Martin replies that he was hoping it wouldn't become
an issue. He adds that it all depends on whether Glen recognises
Jill. Jill says that, even if he doesn't, it's bound to come out
one day. She suggests telling John, but Martin points out that,
if she did this, he'd probably tear up his application. Jill asks
if he would, and Martin tells her that he would if it
was a choice between her and the airforce. Jill says she's never
seen John so keen about anything. Martin says that's
why he turned a blind eye. He asks Jill what she's going to do.
Jill asks Martin what he thinks she should do. Martin,
though, says he can't buy into it - it's Jill's decision.
Paul is circling job adverts when the 'phone rings. He answers
it, hears STD pips and then Fiona's voice asking to speak to Jill.
He tells Fiona that she's out, and so Fiona says she'll catch
up with her later. Before Fiona hangs up, Paul asks her if she
can give Gordon message for him: he's sorry to hear he resigned
and he had no idea Patricia would buy the shares. Fiona just asks
what's one more blunder. Paul says selling the shares was a mistake,
but nothing else was. Fiona nods, sadly. She asks Paul just to
tell Jill that she'll call. There's a knock at her door and just
before she puts the 'phone down, she adds that she doesn't think
Gordon will be interested in Paul's message. The call over, Fiona
answers the door to find Wendy standing there. She asks her how
Barbara is, and Wendy says she came out of the coma last night
- she still wasn't sure who anyone was then, but she's more orientated
today. Fiona says that's good. She tells Wendy to sit down and
she offers her a pick-me-up. She then says she had Richard Coleman
on the 'phone this morning, three times, all concerning things
he should know or could learn from Gordon. She adds, "A walking
disaster, that man!" She then tells Wendy that she's just
been talking to another disaster: Paul. Wendy asks if he
called Fiona, but Fiona explains that she wanted to talk
to Jill and Paul answered, and they ended up swapping insults.
Wendy says Paul has some growing-up to do. Fiona says they should
hope he has some of his holier-than-thou attitude knocked out
of him along the way. Wendy remarks that she misses him, but Fiona
tells her that she's better off without him. She quickly adds
that she's sorry - it's none of her business. She gives Wendy
a cup of coffee and then goes to get changed. Wendy says they
can make it another day, as she should be at the hospital. Fiona,
though, says Wendy has spent far too much time there. She adds
that she's booked a table at her favourite restaurant, and a shopping
spree will do them the world of good.
Barbara is lying in her hospital bed. She hears someone come
in and asks if it's Gordon. Gordon says it is. Barbara
asks about Wendy and Gordon says she'll be in later. Barbara pleads
with Gordon not to go. Gordon assures her that he'll be there
all the time.
Wendy is pacing Fiona's apartment when Fiona back comes in and
says she's all set. She tells Wendy that worrying about Barbara
won't do any good, but Wendy says she can't help it. Fiona assures
her that Barbara will get better. Wendy says she was thinking
about how Barbara was before the attack, and she asks how her
mother will cope with being paralysed down one side. Fiona says
Barbara will cope and she'll have Wendy and Gordon there with
her. Wendy says she should be there now, but Fiona reminds
her that her mother didn't recognise her last night. She adds
that Gordon will tell Barbara where her daughter is. She tells
Wendy to be herself, and adds that a change of pace will put Wendy
back on top. Wendy says she'll be terrible company. Fiona tells
her to come on!
Gordon tells Barbara that the doctors are very pleased with her
progress, and she can be moved to a private home in a few days.
He adds that he knows how much Barbara hates hospitals. Barbara
asks why, and Gordon replies that the place he's chosen has an
excellent physio. Barbara starts crying, and she asks for a tissue.
Gordon dabs her eyes and asks what's wrong. Barbara replies that
they both know what's wrong, and she adds that she doesn't blame
Gordon. Gordon suddenly realises what she's saying, and he quickly
assures her that he's not not sending her away - he'll be with
her all the time. He tells her that he wants to make sure she
gets better in a hurry, as they're to be married in three months.
Barbara lies there, sobbing.
Angela is vacuuming the loungeroom of the new house when there's
a knock at the door. She opens it to find Kevin standing there
with one of his friends. When Angela appears surprised to see
him there, Kevin explains that Peter borrowed a motorbike. Peter
cheekily asks for a table for two and Kevin introduces him. When
Angela hears the name 'Healy', she looks down at floor. Kevin
tells her that he thought it was time they met. Peter explains
that he twisted Kevin's arm. Angela tells Kevin that he shouldn't
have done it, and she tells Peter that she's sorry, but she doesn't
think this is a good idea, as it's an awkward situation. Peter
asks why. Angela asks him if he's not bothered that she doesn't
get on with Martin. Peter tells her to think of him as one of
Kevin's mates, and he adds that he's a nice bloke - honest! Angela
gives in! Peter says they only have 45 minutes to get Kevin back.
A short time later, the three of them are sitting at kitchen
table, talking about the layout of the coffee shop. Angela asks
Kevin if he's still coming over tonight, and Kevin says he is.
Peter chips in that, if Angela gets in some supplies, he'll cook.
Angela agrees. She then says she's sorry if she was touchy before.
Kevin says they have to go, but Peter says there's plenty of time.
They go outside, though, and Peter suddenly notices that the tyres
of the motorbike have been let down. Angela says she doesn't believe
it. Kevin asks where the nearest garage is, and Angela gives directions.
Kevin sourly says it's his first day on the job and he's late
back - "Victor'll love it."
At Toorak, Wayne tells Patricia that she has a visitor - Martin.
Patricia remarks that she thought he might show up. Wayne
asks him what he's drinking, but Patricia snaps that knows his
way to the bar. Wayne leaves them. Martin comments that it's early
in the day to be drinking, but Patricia says she felt like it.
She explains that Jill called in earlier, and she was very upset.
Martin says it's a rotten situation, and he's sorry for her. Patricia,
disbelieving, says, "Yes, of course." She tells Martin
that he was pushing the right buttons. Martin replies that he
was fixing up the problem. Patricia snaps that there wouldn't
be a problem if John didn't go into the airforce. Martin
says he's going to. Patricia says John has a right to
know what's going on before he makes the final decision. Martin
asks her if she'll tell him. In reply, Patricia says she wishes
Martin would stop threatening her with their relationship. Martin
asks why they should keep it going if it doesn't mean anything
to her. Patricia says it won't if Martin plans to finish it over
a difference of opinion. Martin asks if that's what Patricia sees
it as. He tells her that it's always been a dream of his to have
one of his boys follow him into the force - it means a hell of
a lot to him - and he won't hack a relationship with a woman who
doesn't care about him more than anyone else. Patricia looks down.
She doesn't say anything for several seconds, but she then shrugs
and says of course she cares - John is very important
to her. Martin says John is important to him, too. He adds, though,
that he's not going to back down, and Patricia will have to go
along with him. Patricia says she already has, or she would have
said something to Jill. Martin tells her that he's grateful she
didn't. Patricia asks Martin if he'd really walk out on her if
she said anything. Martin tells her that it would be hard because
he's in love with her...
At the Healy house, Peter is looking through some albums, and
he asks his father why he can't borrow the car. Martin replies
that he's using it. Peter says he needs another set of
wheels, and Martin tells him that he can worry about that when
he's paid back the 'plane fare. Peter remarks that his father
isn't that hard on Jen. Martin replies that she
doesn't cause him to lose his hair! Peter asks when his
sister's lobbing, and Martin replies that it'll be next week.
He asks Peter if he wants to read her letter, but Peter says he
knows his dopey sister's letters off by heart: she'll be complaining
that her gran won't let her out to have any fun. Martin says Jen
has had enough to make her come home. Changing the subject, Peter
asks his father where he's going, and Martin replies, "Toorak."
Peter says Martin can drop him off, and Martin asks his son where
he's going. Peter says, "Angie's." Upon seeing the expression
on his father's face, Peter remarks that he thought that
would rock him. Martin asks when Peter met her, and Peter explains
that it was today. He adds that she was toey at first, but they
worked it out. Martin jokes that he always knew Peter could charm
the birds out of the trees. Peter jokes that he takes after his
Kevin knocks at Angela's just as Peter and Martin pull up in
the car. When Angela opens the door, she sees Martin and stares
at him. Peter invites his father in, but Martin says Angela will
let him know when she's ready. Peter gets out of the car and goes
in. Martin drives off. Inside, Kevin says he was fifteen minutes
late back to work, and guess who he ran into? He says Vic had
a go at him in front of everyone. Angela points out that Kevin
can't blame him - Vic can't play favourites. Peter shows Angela
the music he's brought, and Angela points out to him where to
put the albums. She tells the boys that she saw the council about
regulations, and Rob will have a fit when he sees what hassle
they have to go through. She offers drinks, and Kevin says he'll
get them. Peter sits down on the floor and Angela says she hopes
he's not too uncomfortable. Peter says they used to live in Japan
for a while! Angela remarks that it must be rough moving around
all time. Peter tells her that his mum was the only one who didn't
like it. Angela comments that Peter was young when his mother
died, and Peter jokes that Martin was stuck with bringing them
up. He adds, though, that he didn't do too bad. Angela looks at
one of the records Peter is holding and says it's one of her favourites.
Peter tells her that he put it in by mistake - it's his Dad's!
Paul gets home and Jill remarks that he was a long time. Paul
tells her that he's got a job - as a hotel porter. Jill asks him
when he starts, and Paul says tonight - 10pm to 6am. Jill tells
him to go and get some sleep. She asks him if he wants a wake-up
call, but Paul says he'll set his alarm. He goes off to bed. John
arrives at the apartment and shows Jill that he's received official
notification: he has to report to Point Cook the day after tomorrow.
He adds that he still can't believe it's all happening. Jill looks
at the letter and unhappily says neither can she. John tells Jill
that he knows it's going to be rough on her while he's away, but
he'll be through training before she knows it. Jill says she doesn't
think she could get into that kind of life, but John tells her
that she could fit in anywhere. He then recalls how,
when he left school, David was sure he wouldn't amount to anything.
Jill tells John that he's proved him wrong. John says it was the
only reason he stayed at Ramberg so long. Jill says she thought
it was Southern Freight he didn't like, but John replies that
he doesn't like business, full stop. He adds that he only stayed
there because he didn't know what else to do. As soon as Martin
told him about the airforce, he knew it was what he wanted. Jill
starts to say, "John..." but then changes her mind and
says she's being silly. John asks her if she's sure she's alright.
Jill says she's sure. John decides to go out to get good bottle
of wine. As he closes the door, Jill starts crying.