After a few seconds, Angela pulls away from the
kiss and tells Paul to stop it, adding, "What the hell's
wrong with you?" Paul replies that he's just being
honest for a change, that's all. Angela snaps that he chose a
stupid time to start. Paul asks why, adding that Angela
feels the same way - he could tell the other day; that's why she's
so upset. Angela snaps that she's upset because she doesn't
want him mauling her - she's married and she loves Rob.
Paul angrily snaps back that he's spent his life doing
the right thing - he's had it drummed into him since he was born:
all that religion, all those rules - they don't get you
anywhere; maybe going with his feelings will; he knows
how he feels about her. Angela looks at him and Paul
tells her that he loves her - he always has, and he's
sick of pretending he doesn't. Angela pleads, "Please..."
but Paul tells her that she's in love with him too - he can tell.
Angela denies this, but Paul asks why else she came there. They
look at each other and then kiss again, passionately...
The next morning, at Woombai, Jill asks Fiona what
she's doing up so early. Fiona replies that she couldn't sleep
- she can't get Paul off her mind. She then asks Jill why she's
up so early, and Jill explains that she thought she'd go for a
ride before breakfast. Concerned, she tells Fiona that she shouldn't
have Paul there if it upsets her. Fiona points out that
she's already said yes; if it was anyone but Angela... Jill remarks
that Paul will probably be so grateful that he'll forget the other
stuff. Fiona, though, says that, knowing his morals, she doubts
it. Jill says he just has a bit of growing up to do, but Fiona
replies that she said that to him once, and how right
she was... Jill asks her why she told him he could come, then,
and Fiona replies that, in his will, James asked her and Patricia
to look after him; Patricia's done her damndest to wipe him out
- she can't let him down too. Jill looks sympathetic.
A short time later, Jill is outside, wearing her
riding gear as she walks to the stables carrying a saddle. She
puts the saddle over a stable door and goes into the stable, where
she sees Brian lying asleep on the floor! She bends down next
to him, picks up a piece of straw and starts tickling him! He
stirs and, in his half-awake state, mumbles, "Maureen?"
Jill looks surprised and tells him to wake up, adding that he's
dreaming! He sits up, looks at Jill and says hello! Jill laughs
and asks him if he's got some girl stashed away that she doesn't
know about. When Brian looks puzzled, Jill tells him that he just
said the name 'Marueen'. A flash of recognition crosses Brian's
face briefly, but he just tells Jill that it's someone he used
to know. He asks what time it is, and Jill says it's 6:30am. She
then asks him if he's been there all night. Brian carefully stands
up, explaining as he does so that Rosie's Hope injured her fetlock
yesterday, and he spent most of the night rubbing it. He adds
that the horse should bave been bandaged before training, but
Bert must have forgotten. He bends down to the horse, feels the
fetlock and tells Jill that the swelling has gone down. Jill comments
that Bert's lucky he's got Brian. She then tells Brian
that he'll be getting more help soon: she knows this
guy who's coming up from Melbourne - Fiona said he'll be working
with Brian. Brian asks if he knows about horses, but Jill says
she doesn't know. Brian asks if he's a decent sort, but Jill tells
him that she thinks he'd better work that out when he meets
At Jill's flat, Angela is on the 'phone while Paul
is sitting in an armchair. Angela is talking to Doug, and she
tells him that she's sorry if he was worried - she should have
rung, but it got so late and Patricia had a spare bed... She apologises
again and tells Doug that he can go home now. She adds that she's
sorry for any bother and she'll ring him later. She hangs up,
looking guilty. She then walks over to Paul and tells him that
she'll book his ticket tonight; he can pick it up at the airport.
Paul replies that he can't go now. Angela, though, sits
down and tells him that he's got to - even more
now. She adds that she's not going to get neurotic about last
night - she stayed and she shouldn't have; that's it, though.
Paul says he meant it when he said he loved her. Angela says she
knows. Paul asks her if she can just go home and forget what happened.
Angela replies that she's going to try. She starts putting
her shoes on and then says, "I can." Paul looks
annoyed, and says, "Alright." Angela stands up and tells
him that she hopes he uses the time to get himself together -
sort himself out and forget what's happened. Paul says he won't.
Angela continues that she'll get the airline to ring through the
flight details. She goes to the front door, turns to take a final
look at Paul and says, "Goodbye." Paul sits there, staring
Back at her and Rob's place, Angela cuts some sandwiches
in the kitchen while she looks at some sheets of paper. The back
door suddenly opens; Darren is standing there. Angela looks startled.
Darren walks in, sees her reading the paper and asks what's up.
Angela explains that it's a list of interior decorators that her
mother gave her. She walks over to the 'fridge, where she uses
a magnet to stick the list to the door. She then tells Darren
that she was just daydreaming. Changing the subject, she remarks
that she hasn't seen him for a few days. Darren replies that he
noticed this morning that there was no car outside; he asks if
Rob's away again. Angela returns to cutting the sandwiches and
confirms that he is. Darren tells her that he thought
he'd come round and see how she's going. Angela says she's fine,
but she then asks Darren if it's OK for him to come in his lunch
hour. Darren assures her that it's fine. Angela asks him if he'd
not rather spend time with his mates, but Darren replies that
all they want is to kick a ball arond. He adds that he thought
Angela would be be glad of the company. Angela says she is,
but she doesn't want to take him away from his friends. Darren
tells her that he doesn't mix with the others much. Angela offers
him a drink, which he accepts. He then tells her that she should
keep the back door locked; what if Max Burke turns up again? Angela
says she doubts he will - and Rob will be back this afternoon
and he'll be home for a few days. Darren looks annoyed as Angela
continues that he doesn't need to worry about her. Darren asks
her if she doesn't want him to come round anymore. Angela
says it's not that - she just thinks he should be spending
time with people his own age. Darren then tells her that
he hasn't just come round to see how she's going; he's got a problem
at home - they've all got a problem - the family: his
Dad's been retrenched and money is pretty tight and he wants to
help out; he thought Angela might be able to give him a part-time
job. Angela, looking surprised, says, "Me?"
Darren replies that he could help get the coffee lounge ready.
Angela admits that there's plenty to do, but says she'll have
to talk to Rob first. Darren looks concerned, but Angela says
she's sure Rob will be OK! Darren asks if there's anything he
can get started on now. Angela remarks that he's keen!
Darren asks why not? Angela points out that he has to
get back to school. She gives him a drink and then says that,
if he comes round this afternoon, the wallpaper needs stripping.
Darren comments that he thought Angela said Rob was coming
back this afternoon. Angela smiles and says Rob won't mind. She
tells Darren that she'll see him around three.
Jill is lying on the couch at Woombai when Fiona
comes in and asks where breakfast is. Jill replies that she came
in three times and Fiona was still snoring! Fiona indignantly
says she doesn't snore! Jill asks her how she'd know. Fiona says
she'd have been told by now! Jill jokes that they're
all too polite! Fiona laughs and then remarks that at least she
woke in time for lunch! She asks about Jill's ride, but
Jill winces and says she always seems to be coming down
when the horse going up! She indicates her sore
rear and adds that she'll be eating off the mantlepiece for a
week! Bert comes in with a pack of light bulbs for the kitchen,
and Jill takes them to go and change a broken bulb. Fiona warns
her to be careful. Bert tells Fiona that he picked up the mail,
and it's out in the car. Fiona, who explains that she had it redirected
from Sydney, goes out with him.
Outside, Bert is looking at the envelopes, and he
remarks that most look like bills. Fiona looks at them and, upon
spotting a particularly interesting looking envelope, says, "Not
this one." Bert says he has to go, and Fiona thanks
him for bringing the letters up. Bert gets in his car and drives
Back inside, Fiona asks Jill if she's fixed the
bulb. Jill says she hasn't yet - the table was too rickety to
stand on; she needs a ladder. Fiona shows Jill the letter she's
holding, and says it's postmarked Point Cook. Jill takes it and
stares at it. Fiona asks her if she's not going to open it and
see what Johnny's news is. Jill reluctantly opens it and Fiona
immediately spots a photo inside, of John in his uniform. She
remarks that it's a nice picture. Brian comes in and Fiona jokes
that he's a bit early if he's after lunch! She gives Jill the
photo back and leaves her and Brian to it. Brian asks Jill if
it's a photo of her fiancé, and Jill explains that she
got a letter, too. Brian asks how he's doing, and Jill replies
that they're working him hard but he likes it - really
likes it. She looks upset. She then asks Brian how Rosie's Hope's
workout went this morning. Brian says it was good - her fetlock
didn't seem to worry her. There's a sudden popping noise and,
looking very startled, Brian asks "What the hell was that?"
He heads towards the kitchen, but Fiona calls out that there goes
one of the lightbulbs! Jill looks at Brian in concern, surprised
at the severity of his reaction. She asks him if he's alright,
and Brian says that sure he is - it just gave him a start, that's
all; he doesn't like loud noises. He heads towards the ktitchen
to see if Fiona needs help. Jill points out that it might be a
good idea to change the lightbulb for her while there's still
one left! She looks concerned about Brian, but then looks at the
A short time later, Jill is dialling a telephone
number. The STD pips sound and Patricia answers. When she hears
Jill on the other end, she says it's lovely to hear from her.
She adds that Angela told her she was at Woombai. Jill
says that's right. She then asks Patricia if she knows that Paul's
coming up. Patricia says she does, but as long as he's out of
Melbourne, she's happy. Jill then says that, if Paul's not going
to be at her flat, she can't afford to keep the rent up. She asks
Patricia if she'll cancel her lease and sell all her furniture.
Looking surprised, Patricia asks why give up the flat? Jill repeats
that she can't keep up the rent, but Patricia says it's only for
a few weeks - until she gets back. Jill says she's not sure. Patricia
announces that she thinks it's about time they had this out in
the open. She asks Jill if she's decided that, if John makes the
airforce his career, she's going to opt out. Jill agrees that
that's about it. She explains that she got a letter today - John's
loving it; there's not much chance he'll leave after ten weeks.
Patricia tells her not to give up so easily - she thinks
he'll throw it in - and there's no way he's going to agree to
break up with Jill, so they're going to need the flat.
She then tells Jill that she'll keep it on for her - she'll pay
the rent until they get back. Jill says she can't let Patricia
do that, but Patricia says she can afford it - and she wants to
prove to Jill how sure she is that they won't break up. Jill says
she doesn't know. Patricia asks her to let her do it; John will
be upset if Jill gave up the flat - he found it for her.
Jill admits that she does love it, but... Patricia says that's
all settled. Jill says that as long as Patricia lets her pay her
back when she starts working again. Patricia says they'll talk
about that at a later date. She tells Jill not to give up, that's
all. At Jill's end, Fiona comes in with some tea. Jill tells Patricia
that she has to go. She hangs up. Fiona glares at Jill, who says,
"She talked me out of it." Fiona says that's the first
sensible thing she's done in years.
At Rob and Angela's, Angela and Darren are stripping
the walls in the front room, and Angela asks Darren to grab the
garbage bag from under the sink. Darren agrees and he goes to
the kitchen. In there, he goes to the sink and gets a couple of
black bags out. He then stands up and looks at the list of decorators
on the 'fridge. He takes it down, screws it up and puts it in
his pocket. He returns to Angela with the bags and looks thoughtful...
At Woombai, Bert is telling a horse-related story
to Brian, Fiona and Jill, and they all laugh. Brian remarks that
every nation and occupation has its own jokes. Bert tells Jill
that when she sees her young man again, he'll probably be full
of airforce jokes. Jill's face drops and she says she supposes
so... Fiona says John was so funny when he was younger - he was
always up to pranks. She recalls the time that he tried to invite
the world to Susan's wedding, and Jill agrees that it was a mad
thing to do... Bert says they get up to tricks in the armed forces,
too. Brian sourly chips in that it's good that they can tell jokes
while they're learning to kill people. Fiona looks surprised
and says she doesn't know that they kill - in a war,
yes, but it's more a matter of keeping the peace. Brian argues
that keeping the peace wouldn't be necessary if people like Jill's
fiancé didn't join up - you've got no fighters, you've
got no war. Jill indignantly says John doesn't even think
about fighting - he just wants to learn to fly 'planes. Brian
says they're the worst weapons of all - you
can kill hundreds of people with every bomb and you don't even
have to see what you've done. There's stunned silence. Brian eventually
stands up and says it's a fine thing Jill's fiancé is being
taught - she'll be able to be very proud of him. He walks out,
and the others look at each other. Jill eventually says she'll
go and see if he's alright. Bert and Fiona look at each other.
Jill storms out to the stables, where Brian is strewing
straw all over the place with a pitchfork. She remarks that he
got really mad in there. She adds that he's entitled to his opinion,
but others should be allowed theirs, too. Brian snaps that being
against killing isn't an opinion - it's lives they're
talking about: people like them wiped out; gone; noone
should be allowed to do that. Jill snaps that you have
to be able to defend yourself if you're attacked. Brian tells
her that it's pointless them arguing - it's the same old story
and probably always will be. Jill asks Brian if he's
a pacifist, and Brian replies that he's seen too much senseless
killing in his time to be anything else - he grew up
with it; you think you'd get used to it, but you never do. He
continues that people you know - and sometimes people you love
- they don't come home one night; you find their bodies the next
morning - it's crazy. Jill walks over to him in concern and asks
if he lost somebody.
In the kitchen at Angela and Rob's, Angela calls
out to Darren to ask him if he's seen the piece of paper with
lots of names on it. Darren, who's piling strips of wallpaper
into a black bag in the front room, says, "Er, no."
Angela looks round further. Rob suddenly comes in the back door
and Angela asks how the trip was. He says it was OK, but it's
nice to be home. They hug, and Angela says she's been keeping
busy. Rob asks her what she's looking for. Angela explains that
it's a list of decorators that Patricia gave her - she left it
on the 'fridge but must have thrown it out by mistake; she'll
have to ring her again and get the names. Rob starts kissing and
cuddling Angela, who jokes that anyone would think he'd been away
for weeks. Rob says it feels like it! Angela
then tells him that Darren's in the next room and could come in
at any minute. She adds that he's working for them. Rob snaps
that, everytimg he comes home from a trip, he's there.
Angela tells him not to get het up, but Rob asks how come he's
working there. Angela explains that his father has been retrenched,
and she told Darren that he could do odd jobs to get some pocket
money. Rob points out that they can't afford it, but Angela says
$5 a week isn't much - and he keeps her company while he's
away. Rob says he supposes so. He adds that he doesn't think them
kissing is going to shock Darren! He kisses Angela again. Angela
says she has a few things she has to tell him.
At the Melbourne apartment, Paul is on the 'phone,
saying he just wanted to make sure he had his facts right. The
man at the other end, Mr. Lyons, says he's quite right - it'll
all be finalised on his 23rd birthday in two months' time. Paul
says that's great. Mr. Lyons remarks that, considering Paul's
recent decision about the shares and the money, he wasn't sure
how he would want him to handle the matter. Paul says he just
wants everything to go through as his grandfather wished. Mr.
Lyons says he's very relieved to hear it. There's a banging noise
as the front door opens. It's Patricia. Paul tells Mr. Lyons that
he has to go, but he'll be in touch. He hangs up. Paul and Patricia
stare at each other, and Paul asks Patricia if she's come to gloat.
Patricia snaps that she thought he'd be gone. Paul replies
that he soon will be. Patricia says, "Good."
She goes on to explain that Jill asked her to look after her flat.
She adds that Paul mustn't let her hold him up. Paul says, "I
In the backyard at Rob and Angela's, Angela tells
Rob that Paul is catching a 'plane to Sydney tonight and then
he's going to Woombai; she promised she'd have his bike
freighted to him. Rob says he can fix that through the
company. Angela says she's glad he's willing to help.
Rob jokes that anyone who tries to throttle Wayne can't be all
that bad! Angela laughs, and they go back inside. Angela
calls out to Darren to ask if he'd like another cup of coffee.
He declines. Rob tells his wife that it's probably a good thing
that Paul's leaving; if he stayed, he'd probably turn
up on their doorstep all the time, and - indicating Darren - one
lame duck's enough. Angela looks annoyed and says Darren isn't
a lame duck - he's a very intelligent boy and good company. In
the lounge room, Darren can overhear what's being said, as Rob
continues that he has a feeling that there's something odd about
him. Angela says he's lonely, that's all - he hasn't got many
friends, by the sound of it. Rob says he doesn't think it's a
good idea for him to get too close to Angela. Angela says she
won't let it get out of hand, but Rob says he'd be happier if
Darren wasn't round much at all. Darren looks upset.
Angela tells Rob that she's glad she can help Darren while his
Dad's out of work - she's really grown fond of him. Darren smiles
Patricia is tending Jill's plants and asks Paul
if there's a box she could put them in. Paul, who has packed and
has his travelling bag slung over his shoulder, says he wouldn't
have a clue. He opens the front door as Patricia tells him that
the sooner he's out of the place, the better. Paul says he couldn't
agree more. He looks at Patricia and then says, "You're the
most evil woman I've ever met." Patricia looks bemused and
she tells Paul that she's not really interested in his opinion.
She adds that his attack on Wayne proved how unbalanced he is.
Paul walks back into the room and tells Patricia that if she'd
been there, it would have been her - she's the
one who deserves it. Patricia retorts that she's there
now - what's he going to do about it? Paul replies,
"There are other ways to get back at you."
Patricia laughs and asks Paul if he's hatching plans. Paul says
he is. He tells Patricia that she has a weakness she
hasn't counted on - he'll use it and he'll destroy her. Patricia
glares at him as he walks out the door. She then turns and stares
thoughtfully into space...