The next morning, Rob gets out of his car outside the new house
and heads to the front door. As he does so, a neighbour comes
out from the house next door. Rob and Angela are hugging in the
hall, and Angela is telling Rob that she missed him when there's
a knock at the door and the neighbour calls out, "Anyone
home?" Angela tells Rob that they can't ignore her. She opens
the door and says, "Morning, Mrs. Porter." Mrs. Porter
walks in and announces that she has a couple of matters to discuss.
She says she's not one to complain, but that motorbike outside
- what a racket. Angela says she's sorry. Mrs. Porter says that,
what with the party the other night, and now that machine... Angela
apologises if there was any disturbance, and she assures Mrs.
Porter that it won't happen again. She adds that the party was
for a number of special occasions. Mrs. Porter queries the bike,
and Angela says it won't be there again. Mrs. Porter says she's
relieved, after all the rowdiness of the previous tenants. Angela
asks if Mrs. Porter saw anyone letting down the bike's tyres,
but Mrs. Porter says she didn't - but she knew it had happened
when she saw the three of them looking at it. She says she thinks
it might be a young boy - about 15, with wavy hair - who hangs
around. Angela says she's never noticed him. Mrs. Porter says
he always used to be there when the house was a drop-in centre.
She adds that it's been so peaceful since they got rid of the
centre. Angela suddenly announces that she has to get Rob's breakfast.
Mrs. Porter warns them to keep a sharp eye on that boy. Angela
says they will. She sees Mrs. Porter out and, upon her return,
Rob asks what that was all about. Angela jokes that it'll teach
him to go away and miss out on all the fun!
At her apartment, Jill is dialling a telephone number. It's Martin
who answers. Jill says she's sorry to bother him, but she wonders
if she could see him sometime today. Martin asks if anything's
the matter. Jill replies that she has something important to tell
him. Martin says he'll come to Jill's at lunchtime. Jill asks
if he can ask Patricia to come too. Martin tells Jill that he'll
see her at 1pm. Jill hangs up and then sits down, sadly. Paul
comes in and Jill asks how his first shift was. Paul replies,
"Don't ask." He then adds that it was a bit rough. Jill
asks him if he wants some breakfast, but Paul replies that all
he wants now is to crash. He goes off to bed. Jill puts her hands
over her face.
Rob jokes that Mrs. Porter must think Angela's been entertaining
Hell's Angels! He adds that he doesn't know about Peter Healy,
but Kevin looks too clean cut for her to think it was him!
Angela says Mrs. Porter thinks anyone with a motorbike is a trouble
maker. Rob then says it's a turn up for the book, Peter being
there. Angela replies that he's a really nice kid. Rob remarks
that Mrs. Porter goes on a lot about her husband, and Angela tells
him that she got the full story the other day - he's been dead
for over 40 years! She explains that the house used to be a drop-in
centre, and Mr. Porter, "...wouldn't have liked this and
wouldn't have liked that." Rob says Mrs. Porter must have
really loved him. Angela kisses him on the head and he asks what
that was for. Angela tells him that she felt like it. She then
says she got a list of regulations for the coffee shop from the
council the other day. Rob tells her that so did he,
on the way in! Angela says there's a lot to organise. Rob says
he won't be around much, so won't be much help. Angela,
though, says she can handle it - it'll keep her out of mischief.
Rob says it's probably the only way they'll get any decent furniture
Fiona's 'phone starts ringing just as she's about to go out.
The caller is Jill, and Fiona asks her how things are. Jill says
she's fine, she guesses. She then says she has a big favour to
ask: can Fiona put her up for ten weeks or so? Fiona asks why,
and Jill explains that John starts his basic training tomorrow,
and she thought it would be better if she wasn't around to distract
him. Fiona asks if there's anything wrong between the two of them.
Jill pauses, but then says, "Now who's being silly?"
Fiona tells Jill that she's welcome at any time. She adds that
Jill can tell her all about it when she gets there. Jill, though,
says there's nothing to tell, and she hangs up. Fiona looks thoughtful.
Angela arrives home and tells Rob that there's a young kid outside.
Rob asks if it's Mrs. Porter's larrikin. He then wonders if he
should have a word, and Angela says she supposes. The two of them
go outside to see the boy standing at the end of the path. Rob
asks him if he lives round there, but there's no reply. He then
asks if the boy's waiting for someone, and again, there's silence.
Mrs. Porter emerges from her house and tells Rob and Angela that
this is the boy she was talking about. Rob asks him what he's
doing, but Mrs. Porter interjects that he's up to no good, and
he's bound to be the one who let down the bike. Rob turns to the
boy and says, "Well?" The boy says it wasn't. Mrs. Porter
tells him to own up, but the boy repeats that it wasn't him. He
adds, though, that he knows who it was, and it wasn't a kid either.
He walks off. Mrs. Porter tells Rob to watch him very carefully.
She goes, and Angela asks if Rob believes it. Rob says he doesn't
know. Back inside, Angela wonders why the boy was hanging around.
Rob suggests that he was a regular at the drop-in centre, and
he wanted to check out the new tenants. Angela remarks that he
looked too well dressed. Rob says they probably won't see him
At Jill's, Jill tells Patricia and Martin that it's the hardest
decision she's ever had to make. Martin says he's sure it is,
but she's done the right thing. Jill asks Patricia if she should
have said something, but Patricia says no - not until after the
first ten weeks are up. Jill says John might not want to go on
after that. Patricia asks how John feels about Jill going to Sydney,
and Jill says he won't like it but she'll make it sound like a
good idea. Patricia asks what about after the first ten weeks,
if he decides to stay in. There's silence. Patricia remarks that
at least John will be pleased Jill is staying with Fiona. Martin
tells Jill that she's a sensible young lady, and he adds that
this is John's one big chance. Patricia says it's very good of
Jill not to influence John. Jill says there's nothing else she
could do - if she put him on the spot, he'd resent her
Rosie is sitting outside Barbara's room at the hospital. Fiona
comes along and Rosie tells her that Gordon is there too. She
comments on the flowers Fiona has brought, and Fiona jokes that
she's sure the room already loooks like a florist shop! Rosie
says Wayne sent a lovely big bunch. At the mention of Wayne's
name, there are a few uncomfortable seconds. Fiona then asks if
Gordon is in the room, and Rosie says she's giving them some time.
She explains about the home in the country, and Fiona says it
must mean Barbara's really on the mend. Rosie explains about Gordon
going as well - full time for the first three weeks and then every
weekend. At that moment, Gordon comes out of the room and Rosie
takes Fiona's flowers to put them in water. Fiona says to Gordon
that she heard Barbara is making good progress. Gordon says, "Relatively."
Fiona then says Gordon must be looking forward to finishing up
at Ramberg. Gordon says he's sorry if he's leaving things in the
lurch, but Fiona must understand. Fiona, though, says she really
doesn't think Richard Coleman is making a fist of it. Gordon asks
what she means, and Fiona tells him that, yesterday, some very
important clients came in and he fobbed them off. Gordon remarks
that that's not good PR. Fiona asks Gordon if he could talk
to Richard. Gordon says it's not really his place. Fiona says
Richard is coming to Manly Terrace this afternoon for a social
get together, and she pleads with Gordon to talk to him. Gordon
Richard Coleman is sipping tea and says it's very pleasant to
be there. Fiona offers him further refreshment, but he declines.
Fiona remarks that Richard must enjoy a challenge. Richard says
he's not sure 'enjoy' is the right word! Fiona asks him if he's
happy with the way the job going, and Richard says he is, although
it's not as straightforward as he expected. Fiona says nothing
ever is. Richard adds that the dicey financial situation
doesn't help, but he's sure he'll have things under control soon.
Fiona remarks that he sounds confident. Richard says a fresh hand
at the helm is what the business needs. There's a knock at the
door, and Fiona answers it to find Gordon standing there! She
invites him in and tells him that she and Richard were having
a social get together. Richard comments that he didn't expect
to run into Gordon, and so Gordon explains that he and Fiona are
old friends. Fiona asks Gordon if he has time for some tea, and
Gordon says he'd love to. Fiona goes off to freshen the pot. leaving
Gordon to tell Richard that this is a fortunate coincidence: since
his fiancée's illness, they've not had time to talk. He
adds that he's sorry to shove facts and figures and leave Richard
to it, but Richard says he likes it like that. Gordon
asks him if he has any major worries, but Richard replies that
there's nothing he can't handle. Gordon says handling things is
important - people especially: staff, creditors, customers - especially
customers - all need to be treated with consideration and care.
Fiona returns and Richard says he gets the feeling he's been set
up. He tells Fiona and Gordon that he'll run Ramberg his own way,
and if he wants advice, he'll ask. He adds that he doesn't appreciate
suggestions that he's not up to the job. He asks if this was a
set-up, and Fiona replies that she thought it might help if Richard
talked to Gordon. Richard snaps that Gordon had his chance - he
just needs the facts; the advice, Gordon can keep to himself.
Gordon says that's fine, and he adds that Richard and Patricia
should make a great team. Richard says they will. He
tells Fiona that he doesn't appreciate this one little bit. He
says he'll get back to the office. He thanks Fiona for the tea
and sees himself out. When he's gone, Gordon remarks, "Pompous
ass." Fiona says she thinks she just blew it. She tells Gordon
that he can see what Richard's like - it's going to be a disaster
without him there. Gordon says Ramberg and he don't need
each other anymore - he only cares about Barbara now - it's no
longer his problem.
David comments to Beryl that Kevin is a bit late home, and Beryl
replies that he 'phoned to say he has to patch up a blunder he
made. David says he's worried that Kevin's getting off to bad
start. Beryl admits that he doesn't seem too interested. David
says he's lucky he has a job. There's a knock at the
door and John and Jill walk in. John and David go off to get a
beer from the kitchen, while Jill tries some of the dip Beryl
has made, and says it's lovely. Beryl asks Jill if she saw Doug
outside, and Jill replies that he was playing with his compost
heap! They look towards the kitchen, where David and John are
talking loudly. Beryl tells Jill that she's going to miss John.
In the kitchen, David remarks that this is John's last night of
freedom. John says it's not that bad - it makes it sound as if
he's getting married or something! In the loungeroom, Jill looks
upset. Beryl tells her it's only ten weeks.
Fiona is on the 'phone to Patricia. She says that, as much as
it pains her, she thinks they should call a temporary truce, as
Richard Coleman is about to lead Ramberg down the tubes. She says
she thinks Patricia should fly out and ask Gordon to stay on.
Patricia sarcastically replies, "You have to be
joking." Fiona says it's common sense, but Patricia asks
her if she's suddenly a business expert. Fiona says Patricia has
known for weeks that Richard Coleman isn't the man for the job
- she's just too stubborn to she's admit wrong. Patricia just
says, "Thankyou for letting me know." Fiona points out
that Patricia could lose everything if Ramberg collapsed - and
a lot of other people would suffer - including her. Patricia
snidely comments that she's pleased to see Fiona is so concerned
for the shareholders. She tells Fiona that he money is safe with
her. Fiona asks Patricia to listen for once in her life.
Patricia says thanks for the thought, but no thanks. Fiona rhetorically
asks what's the use. Patricia asks if that's all. Fiona says there's
one other thing: is there a problem between John and Jill that's
causing Jill to come to Sydney? Patricia says there isn't as far
as she knows. Fiona asks her if she's sure, but Patricia
just tells her to ask Jill herself, as she's not in the mood for
a chinwag. She curtly says, "Goodnight," and hangs up.
At Jill's, Jill says to John that it's the big day tomorrow.
John says he's glad they didn't make too big a night of it. He
asks Jill if she'll be picking him up in the BMW next weekend,
but Jill says she doesn't think so - or the weekend after that.
She tells John that she's decided to move up to see Fiona. John
moves from sitting on the sofa to sitting on the floor next to
his fiancée. Jill tells him that she knew he wouldn't like
it, but she's thought about it a lot, and it's the best thing
- she wants John to be able to concentrate on his studies. John
says they won't see each other for ten weeks. Jill points out
that, even if she stays, they'll only see each other for a couple
of hours per week. She says she knows what she's doing, and she
and Fiona can be lonely together. John asks Jill if she's really
made up her mind, and Jill nods. John says he reckons the airforce
is the only thing that will keep his mind off her. They hug and
say they love each other. Jill, though, looks upset.
The next morning, at Toorak, Martin tells Patricia to cheer up,
as this is a great day for John. Patricia sourly says, "And
for you." She adds that at least she'll be able
to visit John at weekends. She then says, "Poor Jill".
Martin says it might not be a good idea to visit John too often,
as he needs a chance to find his own feet. Patricia, though, snaps
that she's gone along with Martin this far, but he shouldn't push
it. The front door bangs and John and Jill come in. Martin asks
John if he's nervous. John happily replies that he can't wait
to get started! Martin tells him to get some glasses. John queries
the grape juice that's on the table, and Martin says it's the
nearest John will get to the real thing if he wants to fly a 'plane.
John says he'd better get used to it then! Martin pours drinks
for everyone and proposes a toast to John: "May this be the
first day of a long and successful career." Jill raises her
glass unhappily, but John raises his with a broad smile
across his face.