At Rob and Angela's, Angela says to Mrs. Porter that she hopes
she doesn't mind her eating in front of her. Mrs. Porter says
of course not. Angela then tells Mrs. Porter that she's glad she
called in. Mrs. Porter replies that she supposes both of them
have the same things on their minds; she goes on to say that Max
Burke called on her earlier - she then asks if Angela is really
opening a coffee shop. Angela replies that they're thinking about
it, but Max Burke seems to think they're out to ruin the street,
which they're not - they don't want to cause trouble. Mrs. Porter
tells Angela that she has to understand their concerns - she doesn't
like Max Burke or even really agree with him, but the house did
used to be a problem when young people dropped in and out - and
there was a lot of noise as well. Angela assures Mrs. Porter that
the coffee shop won't be that sort of place, and they won't see
a young person from one week to the next. There's a knock at the
front door, and Angela answers it to find Kevin there. He explains
that he's arranged to meet Peter there. He comes in and Angela
introduces him to Mrs. Porter. Mrs. Porter remarks that it was
Kevin who had trouble with the bike. Angela quickly says the bike
was only borrowed. Mrs. Porter says motorbikes are dangerous and
very noisy. Angela informs Kevin that she says just telling Mrs.
Porter about the coffee shop. Kevin enthusiastically says it's
a beaut idea. Mrs. Porter suggests they need to attract the right
clientele, to which Kevin - to Angela's horror - says he and Pete
will get all their mates to start coming. Mrs. Porter looks disgusted.
At the Palmers', Doug tells David that he never knows when to
keep quiet. David replies that he thought he was doing the right
thing. Doug says Kevin kept saying he didn't want to
talk. Beryl chips in and tells them both to forget about it. She
then tells Doug that she's saved the veggie peelings for him,
but Doug says he thinks he may lay low on the compost heap for
a while. He explains that, while he was outside, Vic Hardy told
them about a letter he got from Lynn, and although he may be a
bad-tempered old coot, he's real cut up about his daughter. He
says he feels a bit bad using the compost heap to annoy him -
he's only been thinking of Kevin's side of sings. Beryl
remarks that Doug is really a softy at heart. Doug replies that
you can't kick a man when he's down.
Angela says goodnight to Mrs. Porter and sees her out. When she
returns to the kitchen, she tells Kevin to put his foot in it
next time! She then explains about the PR job she was doing, and
Kevin says he's sorry. Angela tells him not to worry. She then
tells him to come and talk to her while she does the washing up.
She asks him how come he's meeting Peter there, and Kevin explains
about the row he had at home, about David spying on him and about
how the job is getting on his wick as well. He adds that David
is really down on Pete just because he doesn't like Martin Healy;
he adds that he's really had him. A loud car horn suddenly sounds,
and Kevin says that's probably Peter. Angela remarks that Mrs.
Porter has probably just had a heart attack!
Patricia is sitting in the loungeroom at Toorak, listening to
classical music, when Wayne comes in and turns the volume down.
Patricia exclaims that she was listening to that. Wayne tells
her it was a dirge. Patricia tells him to turn it back up, but
as he does so, the piece of music comes to an end. Wayne comments
that Patricia only listens to music when she's in a bad mood.
He then says things haven't worked out too well: John in the airforce,
flyboy taking off for Laverton for a while and not calling...
Patricia sarcastically says Wayne is such a sympathetic soul to
have around the place. Wayne remarks that Martin Healy is really
cocky that he got his own way about John going in. Patricia replies
that he has his own way for now...
Doug is asleep on the couch in front of the TV. Beryl looks at
him and smiles. She gets up from the seat next to him and turns
the TV off. David, in the armchair, also stirs. Beryl tells Doug
that it's bedtime. As he wakes from his sleep, Doug says it was
a good show! Beryl laughs! Doug gets up, yawns and asks if Kevin
is back. Beryl says he isn't yet. Doug says he'll be alright.
Beryl replies that she's sure he will. When Doug has gone, Beryl
sits down next to David and asks if Kevin will really be alright.
David says he hopes so, as it seems to be one problem after another
at the moment. Beryl replies that as long as there are none on
Friday. David asks what's happening on Friday, and Beryl tells
him not to be silly. David innocently asks what, and Beryl replies
that they're grounds for divorce. David asks her what she's talking
about, and Beryl tells him that it's their anniversary: 21 years.
David says he didn't think - he won't be there, as he's booked
for a Sydney trip. Beryl says she'll have to stay on her own and
have the whole anniversary pavlova to herself! David says he's
sorry. Beryl says it's OK - she should be used to it by now.
Angela is clearing up in the kitchen when she hears a clattering
noise outside. She calls out, asking who's there. She then opens
the back door, looks out and again asks if anyone's there. She
adds that her husband's upstairs and tells whoever's out there
to stop being stupid. There's suddenly a knock at the front door
and Angela goes to answer it. As she approaches the door, she
calls out to the person to stop fooling around, but when she opens
it, she finds Darren standing there. He asks what's wrong, and
Angela asks him what he's doing there. Darren replies
that he was on his way back from the library, he saw the lights
on and, as he knows Rob's away for a couple of days, he thought
he'd check on Angela. Angela asks him if he came round the back
first, but he replies no. Angela tells him that, seeing as he's
there, he can come in and do her a favour.
A short time later, Darren tells Angela that he's looked round
the yard and in the lane and there's noone there. Angela says
it was probably just a cat. She adds that she's glad Darren went
out of his way to check on her - she can sleep now. Darren says
it could be Max Burke, but Angela says she doesn't think he'd
do something like that. Darren says he's crazy, and he adds that
he might pop in every now and then while Rob's away - if Burke
sees there's someone there, it might put him off. Angela tells
Darren that she doesn't want to put him out, but Darren assures
her that he has nothing better to do. Angela thanks him. Darren
sips his cup of tea.
Kevin arrives home late, and quietly shuts the front door. He
turns out the hall light and goes into his bedroom. A few seconds
later, Beryl and Doug both emerge from their respective rooms
and, happy that Kevin's home alright, wish each other goodnight.
The next morning, Beryl tells David and Doug that whatever Kevin
decides, they'll go along with it. Doug says he heard him up,
and he doubts he'll go back to the bank. Beryl says she doesn't
know what he'll do, but they'll go along with it and
she wants no more arguments. Kevin suddenly comes into the kitchen
in a cheery mood and announces that he's decided to stick with
the bank, although he still feels the same about Lynn. He looks
at David and pointedly says it was Pete that talked him into sticking
There's a knock at Angela's front door - it's Darren. He tells
her that he can't stop, but he went to the shops first thing and
bought a tape for her - when she hears a knock on the door, the
tape makes a noise like there are lots of people there - it's
a security tape. Angela tells him that there was no need to go
to so much trouble. Darren just says he has to dash to school.
As he leaves, he tells Angela that he'll see her this afternoon.
Later, Patricia is visiting Angela, and Angela remarks to her
mother that Darren is a funny kid - she can't figure him out.
Patricia says he sounds like a ready-made security guard. Angela
says he seemed rude at first, and Patricia tells her daughter
that it's her charm that's won him round. Angela says she wishes
she had some charm for Mrs. Porter! Patricia says she wishes people
would mind their own business. Angela says she can't blame her
for worrying. Patricia then offers to pop next door and introduce
herself, as it might help if Mrs. Porter sees what background
Angela is from. Angela agrees that it's worth a try, and Patricia
goes. The 'phone rings and Angela puts the tape player by it and
turns the tape on before the answers. The caller is Paul. He tells
Angela that he won't disturb her if she has friends there. Angela
explains that it's just a tape, and she turns it off. She asks
how she can help, and Paul replies that he's at a loose end, and
he wondered if Angela would like to come round. Angela explains
that she's tied up, as Patricia's there. Paul says he won't bother,
then. Angela remarks that Paul must be lonely, and Paul replies
that he doesn't know anyone down there that he wants to see -
except for Angela. Angela tells him that Rob's home tomorrow and
she'll talk to him first. Paul comments that Angela needs to get
approval. Angela tells him that he can't blame her after what
happened with Dominie. She says she'll be in touch, and that's
a promise. As she hangs up, she looks guilty.
Beryl ends a 'phone call by thanking Victor for letting them
know. She calls David from the garden, and David joins her and
Doug in the kithen. Beryl explains that Vic called to say Kevin
is a different boy today - he's really going out of his way to
do the right thing. David remarks that it looks like he's getting
himself together. Doug asks if that's it, as he has work to do.
He goes. Beryl says to David that that's one problem solved for
anniversary day. David jokingly tells her not to start! He suggests
that, with Kevin sorted out, why doesn't Beryl come with him in
his truck - they can spend a couple of days together and have
a second honeymoon. Beryl comments that that's the most dramatic
thing David's ever done! She adds that she thinks it's a wonderful
idea! They hug.
Patricia has returned to Angela's and says Mrs. Porter can talk
- but it was worth it, as she dropped all the names she
could and Angela is now almost a celebrity! She adds that Mrs.
Porter will be dropping in to take Angela on a round of the neighbours.
There's a knock at door - it's Mrs. Porter! As Angela heads out,
she tells Patricia that she had a call earlier - from Paul - she
thinks he's pretty lonely. As she walks out, she doesn't see the
look of annoyance that crosses Patricia's face...
At Toorak, Patricia tells Wayne that she doesn't want Paul contacting
Angela. Wayne says he doesn't see that there's much Patricia can
do about it. Patricia replies that she's managed to keep Angela
in the dark so far about what happened; she doesn't want Paul
giving her the details. Wayne suggests warning him off, then,
but Patricia says that wouldn't work. Wayne replies that it depends
on what you say. Patricia, though, says no - she won't
warn him off - Wayne will. Wayne tells her that he's
got better things to do, and Patricia asks him if he means sitting
around and sniping at her. She tells him to go over now and make
sure Paul keeps away from Angela. Wayne agrees that it might be
fun, actually. He goes out.
Darren looks through Angela's kitchen window, but he can't see
anyone. He tries the back door and finds it's unlocked. He walks
into the house and calls out Angela's name, but there's no answer.
He walks down the hall, continuing to call out, and then returns
to the kitchen. He switches on the tape, looks round the kitchen
and spots the dishes on the drainer by the sink. He walks over,
picks up the drainer and turns it onto the floor, smashing the
plates in the process. He then leaves via the back door...
Kevin gets home as Beryl's on the 'phone to Fiona. Fiona asks
how he's bearing up, and Beryl says he's coming out the other
side. Going back to the original subject, Fiona tells Beryl that
she and David will have the place to themselves as she
will be gone for couple of weeks, thanks to 'Rosie's Hope'. Beryl
asks if the trainer's confident, and Fiona says he is - enough
to keep the horse's times under wraps, which is why the final
training is taking place at Woombai. She adds that she's looking
forward to going back. Beryl asks if Jill will be going, and Fiona
says yes. She then suggests that Beryl fly up early and spend
a few days at Woombai. Beryl thinks about it, and Fiona tells
her to ask David and call her back. Beryl admits that it sounds
very tempting, and she says she'll call back later tonight. Fiona
says she'll keep her fingers crossed. The calls ends and Beryl
tells Kevin that she's going to spend some time with David in
Sydney, and possibly with Fiona. Kevin asks how come, and Beryl
says it's a second honeymoon. She asks if Kevin will be alright,
and Kevin points out that Doug will be there. He also adds that
it doesn't matter what David says - he and Peter are good mates
- plus Peter's sister will be back in a few days, and they'll
be taking her around. Beryl admits that she doesn't agree with
David, but she tells Kevin to be sensible, and should any more
letters come... Kevin, though, says he doesn't want to read any
more of her letters. He asks if Doug's out the back, and Beryl
nods. As he goes outside, Beryl looks concerned.
Paul is ironing when there's a knock at the door. He opens it
and asks Wayne what he wants. Wayne sarcastically says he heard
Paul was lonely. He sees the ironing on the board and asks if
it's Paul's bellboy uniform. Paul just says, "Something like
that." Wayne tells him that he'll have to give him the name
of the hotel - he'll send Ramberg business there, as he knows
of quite a few people who'd like to have Paul carrying their bags.
He adds that at least Paul has found his level. He tells Paul
that he thought he was so clever when he came to their place as
Gordy's golden-haired boy. He says he did some bad things
but Paul topped them all. Paul tells Wayne to either
go or he'll throw him out. Wayne says, "OK - message from
mother: Keep away from Angie or we'll make sure you're made a
fool of." He adds, "Not that you haven't made a big
enough one of yourself already." He goes.
Angela enters her house, thanking Mrs. Porter and saying goodbye.
Just as she closes the front door, though, someone knocks, and
she opens it again to find Darren standing there. She tells him
that she must be going crazy, as she left the tape on and doesn't
remember. They go into the kitchen and Angela sees the plates
on the floor. She says, "Oh hell!" She asks Darren if
he's thinking what she's thinking. Shen then
asks why Max Burke would do it. Darren says it would be the same
reason as he let down the tyres on the bike - to get at Angela.
He adds that it looks like it's a good thing he's there. Angela
says it certainly does. As she looks at the plates, she doesn't
notice Darren staring at her, intently...