A short time later, Martin tells Patricia that he
doesn't care what Jennifer says - the whole thing's sick.
Patricia replies that she agrees, but she adds that Martin can
understand now why Jennifer didn't want to have the child. Martin
snaps that, if he'd known, he would have arranged to get rid of
it himself; all he can say is that Adam had better not
show himself round there again. Patricia points out that that's
hardly likely; the most important thing is how deal with Jen.
Martin asks Patricia if she knows what he'd like to do.
He then answers his own question, continuing that he'd like to
throw her out; he can't, though - he had a debt to her father.
He adds that, OK, she's adopted - Adam's not her real brother
- but that's how they've always been, and then to have... Patricia
tells him that she understands how he feels. Martin, looking at
his fiancée tenderly, replies that he's glad he's found
her again. He goes to put his arms around her, but Patricia quickly
suggests he go outside for a while, adding that she'll
talk to Jen. Martin snaps that it would be a waste of time, but
Patricia insists, and Martin eventually snaps that she can do
what she likes. Patricia tells him to go outside and she'll see
him on the way out. He goes, leaving Patricia looking worried.
A while later, Jen is sitting down as Patricia,
who's standing, tells her that she knows exactly how she feels,
but she has to stick to her guns. Jen says that will only make
things worse. Patricia replies that, in the short term,
maybe, but in the long run, her father will respect her for it
- and that's one thing Jen mustn't lose, her self respect; if
Jen stands up for herself, he'll come round a lot quicker. Jen
asks Patricia if she doesn't think it's wrong, what she
did with Adam. Patricia replies that she can't say anything about
that to Martin - she doesn't want to cause trouble
between them. She repeats that Jen must never tell him about the
help she provided with the abortion. Jen assures her that she'll
never say anything - honest. Patricia curtly reminds her that
she said she was never going to say anything about Adam...
Jen explains that Martin got her so upset - he kept pushing...
She promises Patricia that she won't say a word about her.
Patricia says that's good. They suddenly hear the front door shut,
and Patricia says it's Peter. She tells Jen that it would probably
be an idea to explain things to him, too. Peter comes
in and asks Jen what sort of mood their father's in. He sees the
expressions on her and Patricia's faces and grimly says, "That
good, eh?" Patricia tells them that she'll leave them to
it, and she heads out to say goodbye to Martin. Peter asks Jen
if it's something he's done. Jen replies that he'd better
Beryl is at Rob and Angela's, having taken them
a cake. In the kitchen, Beryl asks Rob if he's working tomorrrow,
and he replies that he's got a couple of quick runs. Beryl asks
him if he can fit in the time to go to the TAB for her - she wants
to put some money on Fiona's horse. Angela laughs that she's the
last of the big-time punters! Beryl replies that she's been told
it's a sure thing! Angela says she bets they're all excited at
Woombai! Rob laughs and says it might even raise a smile on Paul
Sheppard's face! Angela's face immediately drops, and she
snaps that that was a stupid thing to say - he's been
through a hell of a lot, lately. Beryl hands Rob $20 and Rob,
looking surprised at his wife's reaction, goes to put the rubbish
out. Angela says to Beryl that she doesn't know why she's snapping
at him. Beryl says she understands. Angela assures her that she's
trying. Beryl tenderly says she knows.
At Woombai, Jill tells Paul that he can't have it,
so she doesn't know what he's agonising for. Paul snaps
that he's not agonising - he just needed to talk
to someone; he thought she would understand. Jill tells him that
she does. She then continues that she feels sorry for
him, but Angela is married. Paul bitterly says, "Yeah..."
Jill then tells him that he's a bit of a hypocrite: he spends
half of his time moping around about Angela, and the other half
chasing the girls at the guest house. Looking surprised, Paul
says, "Oh come on..." Jill tells him that she's seen
him. Paul insists that he's just making good contacts, but Jill
suspiciously asks what sort of contacts? Paul says they're
for the riding school - what else? Jill replies that he doesn't
see how a few dizzy rich girls can make good contacts. Paul curtly
says, "Yeah, well you're not trying to run a riding school,
are you?" He tells Jill that he'll see her tomorrow.
Jill apologises for having a go at him, adding that she knows
he must be feeling rotten. Paul glares at her and walks out. Jill
The next morning, Jill and Fiona are walking in
the grounds of the riding school, and Jill asks Fiona to think
back to when she thought Paul was up to something when he wanted
a job at the guest house. She asks her why she thinks he'd want
to make 'contacts'. Fiona says that's a funny question, and Jill
explains that it's something he said last night - all she
can think is that he wants to find a rich girlfriend, but he did
use the word 'contacts'. Fiona, looking puzzled, says she doesn't
know. Jill asks her if she thinks he wants to get back into business.
Fiona looks thoughtful for a moment and then says, "I wonder..."
Jill asks, "What?" Fiona replies that she thinks she
might have a little chat to him... At that moment, Bert and Brian
pull up in Bert's car and Brian calls out to the women to ask
if they're ready. Fiona says she'll be ten minutes, and she tells
them to pick her up at the guest house. She walks off, leaving
Jill looking puzzled.
Paul is sitting behind the reception desk at the
guest house, when Fiona comes in and asks him what story he's
spinning guests about why he's working there. Paul 'innocently'
tells her that he doesn't know what she's talking about.
Fiona curtly says, "Don't you?" She then tells Paul
not to treat her like an idiot - this is the perfect set-up for
him: wealthy young women coming in for a few days' riding; he's
very charming to them - and he just happens to mention that he's
James Sheppard's grandson; he wangles an invitation to visit when
he's in the city, and there he's got it: one foot in the door
- and as soon as his trust fund comes through, he'll start calling
around to a few of those doors, won't he? Paul smiles and says,
"Will I?" Fiona tells him that she thinks so
- and she thinks she knows what he's after, too: his
credibility back - he really blew it selling those shares, and
as soon as his trust fund comes in, he'll be there with the best
of them, convincing everyone that he's back on the rails. Paul
stands up and growls at Fiona that she's shrewd, isn't
she. He asks what's wrong with him getting himself together.
Fiona snaps, "The reason you're doing it - you can't
hurt Patricia without power." Paul snaps he doesn't
give a damn about Patricia - he just wants to make
something of himself. Fiona asks what happened to his morality
- he'd be using the same dirty money to do it that he gave away
- it all came from his grandfather. Paul replies that he's grown
up a lot in the last few months. A car horn suddenly sounds from
outside. Paul tells Fiona that, OK, she has her theory - what's
she going to do about it? Fiona replies, "Go to
the races. But we both know where we stand now." She goes
out, leaving Paul looking angry.
At the breakfast table at the Healys', Jen asks
Martin if he wants any more. He snaps, "No." Peter warns,
"Dad..." but Martin snaps at him that it's none of his
business. Peter points out that he's part of the family, but Martin
snaps back at him that he doesn't see why his son isn't as digsusted
as he is. He leaves the the room. Peter tells Jennifer
that he'll calm down. Jen replies, "You reckon?"
Tears start streaming down her face, and she cries that she feels
so ashamed - she knows what she did was wrong, but she
loved Adam - and he's not really her brother.
She continues that, yesterday, she felt awful - Martin doesn't
even care how she feels. Peter hugs her.
Patricia is with Wayne in the lounge room at Toorak,
and she tells him that, after the last few days, she'd better
start worrying about business. Wayne asks her if she
wants him to come along, but Patricia says she can manage. She
then adds that he could call Richard Coleman and let him know
what she's doing. Changing the subject, Wayne tells Patricia that
Margaret was asking questions last night - she wanted to know
what the problem was yeterday morning. Patricia replies that Wayne
should tell her to mind her own business. She then has a thought,
though, and she tells Wayne to give Margaret a version
of the truth: say Jennifer had just told her she'd got rid of
the baby; what's a few hours here or there...? Wayne asks what
if Jennifer or Martin ring? Patricia exasperatedly tells him to
put them off - one day of it was enough for her. Wayne points
out that she'll have to keep stirring if she doesn't want them
to patch things up. Patricia says, "Tomorrow. Today, I'm
going to relax and enjoy myself."
As Patricia goes outside, she stops in her tracks
as she sees Martin's car coming up the drive. A look of annoyance
crosses her face. Martin gets out of his car and says, "Hi."
Patricia smiles and walks over. Wayne comes out of the house to
watch, and he smiles in bemusement as Martin kisses her.
Paul walks into the reception area at the guest
house and asks the guest standing by the desk if she's Miss MacArthur.
The woman replies that she is. Paul introduces himself
and explains that he manages the guest house. He asks Miss. MacArthur
if she had a good trip, and she replies that she left early to
avoid the traffic. Paul tells her that he thinks she'll find Woombai
a pleasant change from the city. Miss. MacArthur's replies that
her friends tell her she will. She then flirtingly adds
that she hopes it's not too organised... Paul tells her
that it's up to her to do exactly as she pleases. He shows her
around the area by reception and explains that this is where most
guests spend their evenings - there's a television and magazines...
Miss. MacArthur comments that it sounds a little dull, and she
asks what else is there? Paul tells her that the town
isn't very far away - it has a couple of good hotels, a cinema...
Miss. MacArthur tells Paul that he'll have to give her a guided
tour. Paul smiles and says he thinks that can be arranged... He
then tells Miss. MacArthur that the receptionist wil show her
to her room and he'll bring the bags through in a minute.
She goes, and Paul smiles to himself...
Angela and Beryl are standing by the kitchen table
at Rob and Angela's, listening to the horse race on the radio;
Rosie's Hope is up at the front of the field. Rob comes in and
Beryl tells him to be quiet. As the race continues, though, Rosie's
Hope starts fading badly and eventually comes in fourth. Angela
turns the radio off, and Beryl, looking surprised, says Fiona
said it had to win. Rob tells her that that's the first
rule of betting - you never back a sure thing! Beryl laughs as
she realises she just lost $20. Rob, though, tells her that, no,
she hasn't - he was so busy this morning he didn't have time to
lay the bet. He gives her back her $20, but Angela, looking annoyed,
asks what if it had won? She snaps at Rob that if he
couldn't get to the TAB, he should have called - she
and Beryl could have placed the bet. Rob repeats that he was busy,
but Angela snaps that it's the principle. Rob tells her
that she's making a mountain out of a molehill. Angela storms
outside, saying she's got things to do. Alone with Beryl, Rob
says to her that he knows Angela's been a bit touchy lately, but
he reckons she's gone a bit far. Beryl tells him that his wife
has got a lot on her plate, what with Darren and the coffee shop.
She looks worried, though.
Bridgette MacArthur and Paul enter the guest house,
and Bridgette comments that, the way Paul was talking, she thought
Rosie's Hope was going to win by miles. Paul tells her
that she's not the only one. They sit down. Bridgette
asks what, apart from a tired-out racehorse coming in fourth,
other 'exciting' things does the place have to offer? Paul replies
that there's plenty of fresh air, good food... he's there
to help with any problems... Bridgette says that could
be interesting... She then tells Paul to tell her about himself.
Paul asks what she wants to know, and Bridgette replies, "Why
you're working here." Paul tells her that it's a
temporary job - to tire him over financially until some money
he's due comes through. He continues that it's courtesy of a generous
grandfather, and adds that Bridgette may have heard of him: James
Sheppard? Bridgette thinks for a moment but then says can't recall
him. She asks what sort of business he's in. Paul tells her, "Was
- he died eight months ago." Bridgette says she's sorry.
Paul tells her that the company was called Ramberg Industries.
Bridgette realises she has heard of them - her daddy
had something to do with them; loans, or something. She adds that
he's in banking. Paul says, "Really? Gives us something
in common..." He smiles as Bridgette says, "Good start..."
Angela comes back into the kitchen as Beryl is wiping
up the dishes. Beryl tells her that Rob is in the front room;
she'll goe out the back way. Angela, looking
upset, tells Beryl that she knows Rob - she can't talk
to him honestly about it. Beryl tells her that she has to do something
- he doesn't know where he is. She adds that, for someone who
didn't want to hurt him, Angela's doing a good job.
She tells Angela to imagine how she'd feel if, every
time she touched Rob, he shied away. Angela says it's not that
bad, but Beryl says, "Almost." Angela looks worried.
Beryl tells her that she's snapping Rob's head off all the time
- she should go and give him a big cuddle. Angela kisses Beryl
on the cheek and heads into the dining area, where Rob is reading
the paper. He asks where Beryl is, and Angela explains that she's
gone out the back. She then tells Rob that she loves him. Rob
says he was beginning to wonder. Angela says she'll be alright,
and Rob smiles as he tells her that she'd better be.
Angela says she will be. They kiss.
At Toorak, Patricia shudders as she tells Wayne
that she can't stand Martin mauling her - every time
he gets depressed, he comes to Toorak for comfort. Wayne reminds
Patricia that she caused the problem. Patricia snaps
that she's got to get through another four weeks of it.
She thinks for a moment and then decides that she might take a
holiday and get away from him for while; get away from the whole
damn situation. Wayne tells her that Jen called twice while she
was out. Patricia snaps that that's what she means: if
it's not him, it's her. A sly look on her face,
Patricia says it'll help with Margaret, too - she'll take her
with her - get her used to mixing with the set; she wants her
doing things she's going to miss... She then announces
that she thinks she'll spend the rest of the afternoon at the
Fiona, Bert and Jill arrive back at Woombai - Fiona
is loudly telling Bert that she doesn't know why he's so gloomy
- she had a great day! Bert sullenly says he's glad someone
did. Jill chips in that there's no point feeling bad
about it. Bert says the horse should have won. He sits
down as he continues that the jockey made a move too early. Fiona
laughs that, next time, they'll get a better jockey! Jill asks
if someone should he helping Brian bed Rosie's Hope down, but
Bert says he'll be right. Jill announces that she'll be off to
bed, then, and she goes. Fiona sits down next to Bert, who tells
her that he's sorry she lost so much money today. Fiona assures
him that she'll survive! She asks how much he lost,
but Bert replies that it wasn't much more than a trainer's share
of fourth prize money; he guesses he'll survive. Fiona suggests
that they have a little less doom and gloom, then! Bert smiles.
He asks Fiona if she still wants him as trainer, and Fiona assures
him, "Of course!" She suggests they have a
hot chocolate, adding that she's sure Brian would like
some. Bert, though, declines, saying he thinks he'll turn in.
A while later, Brian and Fiona are having their
chocolate, and Fiona remarks, "Poor Bert." She adds
that she thinks he was really counting on winning that race, and
continues that she thinks he lost a lot more money than he's letting.
She then says to Brian, "What about you?" Brian
looks surprised and then explains that he never bets - he just
loves being around horses; watching them race. Fiona nods. She
then remarks that Brian has learnt a lot about training in his
time there. Brian replies that he keeps his eyes and ears open
and learns a few things. Fiona asks, "Enough to tell your
boss where he's going wrong, every so often?" Brian looks
at her. Fiona doesn't continue the conversation, though, saying
instead that she'll turn in and read for a while. She says goodnight.
At that moment, Bert comes in, and Fiona asks him if he couldn't
sleep. Bert says he might have something to drink after all. Fiona
leaves the two men to it. Bert says to Brian that it was a bit
of bad luck today - she was badly ridden. Brian, though, snaps
at Bert, "Don't go blaming the jockey. Look, she
failed because she wasn't fit enough for the distance.
She was lucky to finish at all." Bert snaps back
at Brian that he's the expert, is he? Brian tells Bert
that he knows he's right. Bert says, "Do I?"
He continues that he seems to remember that Brian wanted to scratch
her because of an injured fetlock; it didn't affect her run as
far as he could see. Brian snaps that it was more good
luck than anything else. Bert snaps back, "Is that
so?" He continues that, supposing Brian is right
- what's he going to do: ask Fiona if he can take over
as trainer? Brian looks flustered as Bert demands to know what
his story is - he's a lot more cluey about horses than he's letting
on - and why is he mucking out stables, knowing what he does?
Brian stands up and snaps that they were talking about Rosie's
Hope. He continues that she failed because of Bert's training
method. Bert snaps that if Brian wants him to take any notice
of him, he'll have to come up with a few answers first,
"...beginning with who the hell you really are."
Brian storms out.
Patricia gets out of a cab outside Rob and Angela's
Angela opens the door to her, looking surprised to see her. She
invites her mother into the kitchen, where she remarks that she's
surprised she's on the go so early. Patricia explains that she's
got a busy day. She then says she'd been expecting to hear
from Angela. Angela says, "About the engagement?" Patricia
says she hopes it's not going to cause trouble between
them. Angela tells her mother that she knows what she
thinks of Martin, but it's her life... Patricia tells
Angela that she's glad she sees it that way. She adds that she's
sure Angela will cheer up on the wedding day. Angela says, "Maybe."
Patricia smiles nastily and says, "No 'maybe' about
At the Healy breakfast table, Jen gets up and asks
to be excused. She goes out. Peter says to his father that he's
going to get indigestion if this goes on any longer. He points
out that Adam and Jen really aren't brother and sister - she didn't
come to live there 'til she was twelve. Martin snaps that he adopted
her - that makes them brother and sister. Peter says
it depends how you look at it - when she first told him, he felt
really off - it seemed like...; he doesn't know - but he could
see how upset she was; he knew what she'd just been through -
he wasn't going to get heavy with her. He tells his father
that it's a pity he doesn't love her enough to do the
same. He walks off.
In the grounds of the riding school, Jill is talking
to Fiona as they watch Paul and Bridgette riding. Jill remarks
that it doesn't take Paul long to get over someone. Fiona looks
at her in surprise and asks what she means. Jill hurriedly tells
her to forget it. Fiona says she remembers when Paul was such
a nice young man - she loved him in a way; she didn't
see much of Johnny and Paul sort of took his place. Jill realises
that Paul really hurt Fiona. Fiona bitterly says, "He
Brian walks into the lounge room at Woombai and
sits down; he doesn't notice Bert standing behind the door. Bert
suddenly says, "How's the horse?" Brian, looking round
in surprise, says, "Fine." Bert asks if her fetlock
is OK, adding that he would have come down to have a look himself,
only he had one or two things to do. He suddenly holds Brian's
passport out in front of Brian's face. Brian stares at it as Bert
says, "Illegal immigrant, eh?" Brian stands up in anger
and snaps, "You've been going through my things. I'm going
to punch your face in." Bert doesn't respond to
the threat, though, saying it won't stop him. Brian asks him what
he wants. Bert replies that he wants a little chat; answers to
a couple of things. Brian says that, OK, so he overstayed his
visa - big deal. He asks what else Bert wants to know.
Bert thrusts Brian's wallet at him and says, "To begin with,
you can tell me what that's all about." Brian looks
at it in horror.