Patricia is sitting with Martin in the back garden
of the Healy house. She tells him that if Paul's gone interstate
until the case comes up, there's nothing she can do.
Martin replies that, if Patricia has a problem, he wants to know
about it. Patricia sourly says she thought he wasn't interested
in Ramberg business, but Martin replies that, if Paul came after
her and she was home alone... if she doesn't see how that concerns
him... Patricia quickly says that of course she can.
Martin tells her that it wouldn't have been a problem
if she'd been living there. Realising what he's implying,
Patricia tells him that she's taking his proposal seriously, but
she doesn't want to be rushed into it. Martin asks why not. Patricia
replies that she's very independent - she doesn't know if she
could cope with another full-time relationship. Martin
says, "Want a bet?!" Patricia says she'll see. She tells
Martin that she loves him, and Martin replies that he loves her,
Inside, Jen says to Peter, "Talk about a letdown
- first Kevin backs out because his parents coming home, and now
you can't go." Peter is working at the table, and
he tells his sister that he'll get the boot from TAFE if he doesn't
start doing a bit of homework! Jen says she really felt like the
movies, too... Peter suggests that, if she's not going out, how
about organising some tea? Jen says it's already on.
Peter then tells his sister that Kevin's parents may not make
it back tonight, so why not give him a call? Jen admits that it
coudn't do any harm - he should be back from work by now.
Beryl and David have arrived home and Beryl
finds a note on the kitchen table, from Doug, saying that Kevin's
had to work back, so he's popped out to get some takeaway.
The 'phone starts ringing, and Beryl answers it. Jen comes on
and asks if Kevin's there, but Beryl explains that he isn't, as
he's having to work back. She asks if there's a message, and is
asked to tell Kevin that Jennifer rang, and she'll call him tomorrow.
Beryl asks if that's all, and Jen says it is. The calls ends,
and Beryl immediately tells David that it was a girl: Jennifer.
David says he doesn't like the idea of Kevin running around with
another girl; Lynn did the wrong thing, but it would be stupid
of Kevin to run around as if their marriage is over. Beryl tells
David to try and convince him of that...
At the Healy house, Jen tells Patricia that she
doesn't want to talk about it - it's between Martin and her.
She asks Patricia if her father asked her to say something, and
Patricia admits that he did. She adds, though, that Jen can't
blame him - it's a difficult thing for him to accept.
Jen says she's not going to change her mind. Changing the subject,
Patricia asks her if she enjoyed her trip to Point Cook, and Jen
says she did. Patricia asks her if she liked John, and
Jen replies that she liked him a lot. Patricia then says
that there are a few things Jen should know about her - she can
understand how Jen feels, and she thinks what she has to say is
important. Jen reluctantly says, "OK." Patricia continues
that, when she found out that she was carrying Angela and John,
she faced the same choice: go through with it or terminate; she
went through with it; if she hadn't, well... She tells Jen to
try and think of the child as what it's going to become,
not as the result of a stupid mistake; she wouldn't be without
her two for the world. She then tells Jen that
the lecture is over - it's up to her. Jen, looking upset,
says there's so much more to it. Patricia asks her if
she wants to tell her about it, but Jen indicates that she doesn't.
Patricia tells her that if she changes her mind... She adds that,
whatever the problem is, she's sure Jen would regret not having
the baby. Jen looks upset.
At the Palmers', Kevin gives Beryl a bunch of flowers,
and David jokes that he'd better not overdo it or he'll have them
thinking he missed them! Kevin asks if there's any takeaway left,
but Beryl says she'll make him something. Kevin asks about Sydney,
and David says it was good. Beryl chips in, "Except for the
flood!" Kevin says he didn't hear anything on the news, but
Beryl tells him that it was a local one, and she goes
on to explain about Bunty and Thel! David adds that they still
had a good time. Changing the subject, Beryl asks Kevin how the
world has been treating him, and he replies that work
is still a pain in the neck, but otherwise, he's been having a
good time. He gets up to go and put his work things away, but
Beryl stops him, saying that, before she forgets, Jennifer rang;
she'll call back tomorrow. David asks Kevin if she's someone he
met through Peter. Kevin explains that she's Peter's sister; he's
been seeing a fair bit of her. He leaves the room, and David grimly
says to Beryl, "Don't say we've got another Healy
to put up with." Beryl looks at David, in concern.
The next morning, Beryl asks David if there's anything
interesting in the paper. David says there's nothing as interesting
as what's happening round there. Beryl warns him to watch
it, as Kevin will be out of the shower in a minute. David says
he still thinks they should talk to him - he's a married man and
he's running around with Peter's sister. Beryl asks David
if he thinks it's serious? She adds that he sees a lot
of Peter, so it stands to reason that he'll see his sister. She
then reminds him that he said in Sydney that he'd take things
easy. At that moment, Kevin comes in and Beryl gives
him some breakfast, while telling him that she hopes Victor doesn't
want him working back again tonight. Kevin says, "Me
too," adding that he's going to a party with Pete and Jen.
Beryl looks at David, who asks his son what Jen is like.
Kevin replies that she's good fun. Beryl asks if she's got a boyfriend,
but Kevin says he doesn't think she's all that interested. Beryl
asks if she's attractive, and Kevin replies that she's not bad
- a bit on the porky side. Beryl and David laugh, and Beryl says,
"Good!" Kevin then tells them that he's not interested
in her, if that's what they're worried about. Beryl and David
laugh embarrassedly, and Beryl says, "Course not!" Kevin
says, "Yeah, sure! Talk about obvious!" Beryl looks
at David and says she thinks they must be slipping! David tells
Kevin that they're not trying to tell him how to run his life;
they just... Beryl interrupts and finishes the sentence: "...worry
about you, love." Kevin says he knows, but he'll be fine.
Paul arrives at Woombai, and asks Jill where he
should put his gear. Jill tells him that she'll show him after
they see Fiona. Paul remarks that he didn't think she'd be up
by now, but Jill snaps at him that Fiona is making an effort -
it's up to him to do the same. Paul snaps that
he's just there to work. The two of them go inside.
At the table in the living room, Bert tells Fiona
that she should have come and watched Rosie's Hope run this morning.
He then adds that he hasn't tasted such good cooking since he
left home! Fiona laughs and says no one's complimented her on
her cooking before! She asks how Rosie's Hope is going, and Bert
replies that she took five seconds off her time. Jill suddenly
calls out, "Here we are," and Fiona's face immediately
drops. Jill and Paul come in, and Fiona and Paul exchange curt
greetings. Fiona introduces Paul to Bert, and explains that Bert
is training Rosie's Hope. Bert tells Paul that it's good to have
him working there. Fiona turns to Paul and tells him that he'll
be working for Bert. Jill invites Paul to sit down, and Fiona
asks Jill to organise some more breakfast, but Paul says he ate
on the train - he's ready to start work straight away. Bert laughs
that that's what he likes to hear! He tells Paul that he'll show
him where to put his stuff and introduce him to Brian. The two
men go out, leaving Fiona to remark sourly to Jill that Paul thinks
he's doing her a favour by being there. Jill optimistically
says he'll settle down, and Fiona says he'd better -
she won't keep him on if he doesn't.
Outside, Bert tells Paul that he thinks he'll like
it there. He starts to explain about the horses and the quarters
and, when they reach where Brian is working, he introduces Paul
to him as Brian's new offsider. Paul and Brian shake hands, and
Brian tells Paul that he now knows what he's in for - Bert is
a pretty hard boss! Bert laughs. Paul sourly says he'll go and
put his things away. He walks off, and Brian sarcastically remarks
to Bert, "Looks like he'll be a lot of fun." He asks
Bert if Paul knows anything about horses. Bert replies that Paul
is one of Fiona's good turns, if he's not mistaken. Brian asks
what his story is, and Bert explains that Fiona is helping him
get back on his feet - apparently he got into some trouble down
south. Brian asks what kind. Bert says Fiona didn't say and he
didn't ask; she's the boss - if she says they're to put
up with him, they put up with him.
Later, Paul is standing talking to a couple of other
guys by the stables. He eventually tells them that he'll see them
later, and he wanders over to Jill, who's nearby. She asks him
how his first day has been, but Paul sourly asks if Bert didn't
put in a full report. Jill, infuriated at Paul's attitude, tells
him that he's got a chip on his shoulder, and asks what he's being
unpleasant at her, for - they're supposed to be friends,
aren't they? Paul admits that he supposes he owes her. Jill asks
him if he wants to have dinner with her, tonight, but Paul says
he can't, as he's booked up. Jill tells him that Fiona won't be
there, as she's going to the drive-in with Bert - to see two horror
films! Paul says he's going out with the two guys he was talking
to - he's more in the mood for that sort of thing; he'll see Jill
tomorrow. He walks off, leaving Jill looking annoyed. Brian come
over and sarcastically remarks that Paul is a charming fellow.
Jill says he's got a few problems, but Brian says that's no excuse.
He asks Jill if she knows Paul very well, and Jill replies
that they're pretty good friends - but she'd be just as unimpressed
as him if she met Paul now. Brian says Paul
is lucky to have a friend like Jill... Jill
says she had her bad times too; she can understand -
At Toorak, Patricia tells Martin that she's really
happy for him. She asks when Jen decided, and Martin says she
'phoned him at work - today. Patricia tells him that he's going
to be a grandfather! Martin says it must have been last night
that did it. Patricia asks him if he's been home yet, but Martin
says he hasn't yet - he thought he'd thank her, first.
Changing the subject, he asks Patricia if she's read the morning
paper, but she says she hasn't had a chance yet. Martin says he
was browsing through it at work, and he opens the paper on the
table and shows Patricia a story. Patricia says, "Funeral
section - charming reading." Martin jokes that he's the morbid
type! Patricia asks what she's looking for, and Martin points
out, "Mary Louise Dunne. Now isn't that your Aunt Mary?"
Patricia reads the obituary and says it is. Martin explains
that he remembers how she used to prattle on about her when they
first met - they seeemed very close. Patricia says Aunt Mary was
very good to her parents - and to her. Martin says the
funeral was this afternoon; it's unfortunate Patricia didn't know.
Patricia says she wouldn't have been very welcome anyway - she
hadn't been in touch with her since she left home. Martin,
looking surprised, says, "Oh." He adds that it's a pity
she missed her chance to pay her respects and meet the family.
Patricia says, "I've already seen Margaret."
Martin looks surprised again, and Patricia explains about her
coming when she was ill, and about John pestering Margaret for
information about him. Martin suggests that, if she's
broken the ice... Patricia, though, says Margaret made it very
clear that she doesn't want to see her again; she thinks Margaret
is hurt at the way she just 'cut off' when she left - so, there
wouldn't have been much point in her going today anyway; she doesn't
think that side of the family gives a damn about her.
At the Palmers', Beryl looks at photos of John when
he had long hair before he ran away a year earlier, and then of
him in his airforce uniform with short, smart hair, and she comments
that it's quite a change. David laughs and says she can say that
again! Beryl says she wouldn't have thought it possible two years
ago. Kevin comes in, sees Beryl holding the photos and says, "Yuk,"
adding that at least there's one good looking bloke in
the family! Beryl laughs. Kevin says he might go down on the weekend
and see John. He asks Beryl what she's going to do with
the older picture of John, and Beryl explains that she's going
to put it with the other photos. Kevin suggests that she should
leave it out: before and after! David and Beryl laugh. Beryl then
says that that's not such a silly idea - they can get a new frame
for the new photo, rather than exchanging them. Kevin tells his
mother that she can use the frame from his and Lynn's wedding
photo, if she likes. Beryl, though, says she can't -
it should be there; it was a happy day - it's nice to
be reminded of it. Kevin tells his mother that it might be for
her... He then suggests that they shouldn't argue - they
sorted it out this morning. Beryl says the photo stays where it
is, and Kevin says, "Fair enough." He then suggests
that he'd better get going, and he heads off. David asks Beryl
what she reckons will happen when Lynn gets back. Beryl says she
doesn't know- but at least John's got himself a nice
At Woombai, Jill is looking upset when Brian comes
into the room with drinks. He pulls out a chair for her, and she
jokes that he'll have her thinking she's Lady Muck. Brian tells
Jill that she's a lady so he treats her like one. Jill
jokes that she can tell he's not Australian; she thinks it's nice,
though! She sits down and takes the lid off the soup tureen in
the middle of the table. As she does so, she suddenly realises
that she had an appointment this afternoon to have her hair cut;
she completely forgot about it - she was too worried about Paul.
Looking surprised and disappointed, Brian remarks that he thought
she was going to let her hair grow long. Jill points
out that that was his idea! Brian points out that it'll
save money, to which Jill jokes that she thought it was the Scots
who were supposed to be stingy! She starts serving the soup as
Brian continues that she looks good with long hair. Jill
asks him how he knows, and Brian, suddenly looking slightly shifty,
says he's got a good imagination. He then adds that it's up to
her, though. Jill says, "Thanks very much!" She pauses
a moment, and then says she supposes she'll give it a go. Brian
smiles and says that's good - she'll be a knockout with long hair!
Jill says, "They're right about you Irish with your blarney.
You should be a salesman: you could talk anyone into anything!"
The next morning, Brian, Fiona and Bert are sitting
at the breakfast table, and Brian asks if it was a good film.
Bert says they don't make them like that anymore! Fiona indicates
that she didn't really enjoy it, but she adds that she saw enough
to know that the creature bore a distinct resemblance to Paul
on a bad day! Brian says he wishes he'd seen it, now!
Everyone laughs. Brian then asks if Fiona heard the racket Paul
made at about two this morning. Fiona sourly says she thinks the
whole district did. She adds that, if he's going to be
as noisy as that, she'll tell Alan not to lend him the
bike anymore. Bert chips in that it seems as if Paul is going
out of his way to annoy her. Fiona replies that, if she doesn't
react, he's wasting his time. She then says that, when Jill gets
back from her ride, she'll tell him what she thinks about him
turning over a new leaf.
Outside, Jill walks over to Paul, who's doing some
hosing. She tells him that it would serve him right if he had
an accident, and she asks him what he was trying to prove. Paul
replies that he was just letting off steam. Jill suggests that
he buy a punching bag - it's much safer. She continues that he
must have ridden in there at 100mph last night - and he woke up
the whole place. Paul tells her that she's exaggerating just a
little bit. Jill snaps back that, OK, if he wants to break his
neck, she's not going to stop him - but there is other
damage he could do himself: he's out on bail, and if he gets a
record up there with the police, he'll be history when
he goes to court. Paul walks over to turn off the tap, and Jill
follows him, adding that he could get arrested for riding
like that. Paul reluctantly admits that maybe she's right - it
was stupid. Jill tells him that she knows how rotten he must be
feeling, but this is his chance to turn everything around;
it's important that he keeps his job - she's sure the court decision
will be influenced if they know he's held a steady job since he
left Melbourne. Paul says he guesses so; he hadn't thought of
it that way. He continues that there's no way he's going to give
Patricia Hamilton the satisfaction of seeing him in jail - he
won't be able to make sure she gets what's coming to
her if he's stuck in there.
Patricia is watering plants at Toorak, and she removes
a bunch of dead flowers from a vase and puts them on the table,
where the newspaper is still lying open on the obituary page.
She looks at it again, and reads the 'Funerals and Deaths' section.
She then picks up the dead flowers, drops them onto the paper
and scrunches the whole lot up to throw away.
Outside, Margaret approaches the house and knocks
on the door. When Patricia answers it, Margaret looks at her in
surprise, and then comments that she's obviously recovered. Patricia
says she's been better for some time. Margaret tells her that
she needs to speak to her. Patricia invites her in.
In the lounge room, Patricia tells Margaret to sit
down, and she'll get come coffee. Margaret, though, tells her
not to bother - the sooner she gets this over and done with, the
better. She sits down as Patricia says that, if it's about Aunt
Mary, she saw the notice; she would have gone to the funeral,
but she didn't see it 'til last night, and she probably wouldn't
have been welcome anyway. Margaret agrees, "You wouldn't
have." Patricia then asks how Val is taking it, and Margaret
replies that she managed to shed a few crocodile tears, but she
can't wait to cash in; she... that's why she's there: Mary left
everything to Val - including the Dunne house. Patricia, looking
surprised, says, "Mummy and Daddy never ended up buying
it?" Margaret says they couldn't afford to - Aunt
Mary always kept the rent very low, so there didn't seem any point,
and when they died, she let her go on living there; she
thought Mary would let her have it eventually, but she left it
to Val; she's being thrown out. Patricia remarks
that she thought Val was very well off, and Margaret bitterly
says she is. Patricia says she's being very selfish,
then. Margaret snaps that that's good, coming from Patricia.
Patricia asks Margaret if she's tried discussing it,
but Margaret says she wouldn't be there if she hadn't
tried everything else. Patricia asks her if she wants her
to talk to Val. Margaret says, "As if you could
do anything." Patricia says she knows she was wrong, never
writing, but there were very good reasons... Margaret snaps that
she's not interested in Patricia's excuses. Patricia stands up
and walks over to the mantlepiece to get her cigarettes. She asks
Margaret if she has a family - a husband and children. Margaret
says she hasn't; it's just her. Patricia remarks that
she thought she would have by now. Margaret says she
never had the chance for a life of her own - she was too busy
nursing mother and father; there was no one else. Patricia lights
her cigarette and says she's sorry. Margaret says it's a little
bit late for that. Patricia says that if there's anything
she can do to help... Margaret stands up in annoyance and says,
"Look. I've just been thrown out of the only home that I
ever had - and I've been given a week to find somewhere else.
You have ignored me for the last twenty-one years. Well, now I
am here to collect what's owing to me - and I'm damn well going
to get it." Patricia stands there, stony-faced.