At Woombai, Fiona asks Paul if he's got any idea
what Patricia is up to. Paul replies that he hasn't got a clue
- the first he heard about it was when Fiona called; the booking
must have been taking while he was out. Fiona tells Paul that
she doesn't want any trouble, but Paul asks why should
there be any? Fiona snaps that he doesn't think Patricia's coming
coming down there for the riding, does he? Paul suggests
that maybe she is - the booking is for her and
her sister. Fiona points out that if Patricia wants to
have a go at him, she will, sister or no sister.
Paul murmurs, "Maybe." Fiona asks him how things were
between him and Patricia when he left Melbourne, and Paul replies
that they were lousy - he had just tried to kill her
son! Fiona asks if Paul actually threatened Patricia,
but he tells her that he didn't. Fiona comments, "Not
directly..." Paul retorts that that's his business,
but Fiona snaps that it isn't when it affects the running of Woombai;
if there's any trouble when Patricia's there, she'll throw them
both out. Paul assures her that there won't be any trouble.
He then adds that, if he can use Fiona's 'phone, he might be able
to find out exactly what she's up to. Fiona asks who he would
call. Paul reluctantly says, "Angela." Fiona thinks
for a moment and then says, "OK." She stands there,
but Paul tells her that the call is personal. Fiona turns, picks
up some papers from the table and tells Paul to let her know what
Angela says - if it's not too personal...
Darren is on the 'phone at Rob and Angela's, telling
the person at the other end that he'll see them at about 9pm,
then. As he hangs up, Angela, who is standing in the kitchen doorway,
asks if that was his mum. He replies that it was. Angela asks
Darren if he's going home, and he tells her, "Yes."
Angela says she bets Mrs. Brooks was happy, and she adds that
he's doing the right thing. Darren says he just hopes it works
out OK. Angela tells him that of course it will. She
then asks if he's going there now, but Darren explains
that he's got to meet her at school, to tell the headmaster he's
leaving. Angela says she and Rob will give him a lift. She calls
out to Rob that they're ready when he is. Rob gets up
from the dining room and asks why all Darren's smiles. Angela
replies that they'll tell him on the way. The 'phone suddenly
starts ringing and Rob asks if he should get it. Angela thinks
for a moment and then tells him to leave it - if it's important,
they'll ring back. They go out.
At Toorak, Patricia is sitting working at the table
when Wayne comes in and says he bets Paul is in a flap - he must
be wondering what's going on. Patricia just agrees with a, "Hmm..."
Wayne then asks what lover boy said when he called, and Patricia
replies that he said he'd miss her. Wayne sarcastically remarks,
"Touching." Patricia continues that Martin is even leaving
work early so that he can drive them to the airport. Wayne asks
Patricia if she's not worried that Martin will sort things out
with Jen while she's away. In reply, Patricia tells Wayne that
he won't if Wayne does what she tells him to. Wayne,
looking surprised, asks, "What?" Patricia, though, says
they'll talk about it later - she wants to get the Ramberg business
out of the way before she goes. Wayne persists in wanting to know
what he can do, adding that Martin doesn't even like
him. Patricia smiles and says, "Jennifer does."
Wayne warns, "Mother..." Patricia insists that they'll
talk about it later.
Peter is swimming in the Healys' pool. He glides
over to the side, where Jennifer is sitting, and starts splashing
her! She snaps at him not to be stupid. Peter climbs out and sits
next to her - he tells her that, between her and Dad, it's not
much fun living there. Jen says it's not her fault. Peter
offers to talk to his father, but Jen snaps that she doesn't need
anyone stickng up for her. At that moment, Martin starts approaching
them, and Jen decides it's time for a few more laps; she drops
into the pool. Peter stands up and Martin tells him that he'll
home early - he's just changing and taking Patricia to the airport.
Peter asks where she's going, and Martin explains that she and
her sister are heading for a few days' holiday. Standing by the
gate that is part of the safety fence surrounding the pool, Martin
fiddles with it and says the catch is gone; he tells Peter to
make sure he gets someone in today to fix it. Peter suggests that
his father can ring from work, but Martin snaps at him to just
do it. Peter snaps back not to take it out on him.
Martin walks off, but Peter runs after him and Martin stops. He
tells his father to give Jen a go. Martin curtly says, "It's
between her and me."
Later, in the Healy lounge room, Peter is sketching
when Jen comes in with the post. She asks Peter if he's rung about
the pool gate, and Peter gets up and goes to the 'phone directory
to get the number. At that moment, the 'phone rings and Peter
answers it. The caller is Kevin, who's on his lunch break. He
tells Peter that he thinks he's got some bad news for him. Peter
asks what the problem is, and Kevin replies that he's grabbed
the local paper - it just came out; the ANZAC Day sketches are
in it. Peter says that's great! When Kevin doesn't reply, he adds,
"Isn't it?" Kevin asks Peter if he's got wheels. Peter
says he has, and so Kevin tells him to drop over to the Palmer
house and have a look for himself - David and Beryl have got a
copy. Peter says it can't be that bad. Kevin tells him,
"Don't kid yourself..."
Peter is at the Palmer house, looking at the sketches
in the newspaper which, in the way they're set out, suggest that
the war heroes are upstanding members of the community, but, after
a few drinks, they start fighting and brawling. Peter, looking
upset, says it looks like he's saying they're all drunks.
Beryl looks at it as Peter continues that it's the way they put
them together - he just drew the things that he saw and the way
that he felt; now it looks like he's saying they're all a pack
of murderers. Beryl asks Peter if he didn't ask them
how they were going to use the drawings. Peter admits
that he was too excited that they were going to print
them. David takes the paper to have a look as Peter says his Dad
is going to kill him when he sees it. Beryl tells him
to explain it to him, but Peter sullenly says he's been in such
a bad mood lately that he doubts he'll listen. David points out
that it's only a local paper - it's very unlikely Martin will
ever know anything about it. Peter, though, replies that
a few blokes from his Dad's work live in the area; it's got his
name on it; if they tell Martin, it'll make things ten times worse
if he hasn't said anything. David asks if he's going to tell him,
then. Peter replies, "Hope Dad's in a good mood..."
Angela and Rob arrive home with some bags of shopping;
Patricia is with them. In the kitchen, Angela tells her mother
that they finally got Darren sorted out - but his Mum had to drop
the coffee shop job. Patricia remarks that it's back to square
one with the renovations. Angela replies that it is in
a way - but she's changed her mind: she's not going to
bother with all that fancy decorating; she's going to do it herself
- save money and be lot more casual. Patricia looks surprised,
and comments that that doesn't sound very upmarket. Angela retorts
that she doesn't want to be upmarket - she wants it to
be a place where people relax. Patricia asks Rob what
he thinks, but he just replies, "Whatever makes
her happy." He goes off to get the rest of the shopping.
Patricia tells Angela that as long as she knows what she's doing...
Angela warns, "Mother..." Patricia gives in, but says
she doesn't like the sound of it much, though. Angela replies
that, if Patricia is lucky, she might get her to come round and
help paint! Patricia jokes that thank God she's got an excuse;
she then explains that she and Margaret are going away for a few
days, on holiday. Angela remarks she hasn't even met
Margaret and Patricia is taking her away. Patricia replies that
she doesn't want to rush things - she wants her to relax with
her before she starts introducing her around. Angela
agrees that that's a good idea. She then asks where Patricia is
taking her. Patricia replies, "Woombai." Angela, who
is putting away the shopping, stops in her tracks, a look of horror
on her face. Patricia continues that she's talked so much about
it that she thought Margaret ought to see it...
The 'phone rings at the Riding School reception,
and when it's answered, Angela asks for Paul. The receptionist
calls him and he comes to the 'phone. Angela tells him that it's
her, and she asks if he knows about Patricia. Paul tells the receptionist
to take a break, and she goes. When he's alone, Paul tells Angela
that he's been trying to get through to her. He asks when she
found out, and she replies that it was about ten minutes ago;
Patricia has just gone. She then continues that she wants Paul
to keep out of her mother's way. Paul asks if Patricia will keep
out of his way. Angela asks what he means. Paul replies
that he can't work out why she's coming - she hasn't found out
about them, has she? Angela explains that that's why she's calling
- she doesn't want him saying anything stupid. Paul says, "Like
what?" Angela replies that, if he and Patricia start arguing,
she doesn't want him saying the wrong thing. Paul retorts that
he's not stupid. Angela says she was just making sure - what happened
shouldn't have, and she doesn't want Rob getting hurt because
of it. Paul assures her that he won't say anything. He then asks
why Patricia is coming up there. Angela replies that
it's to show her sister the place - although she can't understand
why - she's always hated it. Paul tells Angela
that she can relax - he'll keep out of Patricia's way. Angela
says that's all she called for. Paul says, "Angela..."
but Angela repeats that that's all she called for, and she hangs
up. Paul looks annoyed.
At Toorak, Wayne is sitting at the table when Patricia
comes in. She asks if Margaret is ready yet, but Wayne says she's
still packing. He asks Patricia how she went, and she replies
that she despairs about Angela sometimes. She then explains
about her daughter changing her mind about the coffee shop, adding
exasperatedly that she wants DIY decorating, and customers to
match, she should think. Wayne laughs! Patricia asks what that's
for. Wayne tells her that he can't believe her: the things
she's got on her mind, why give a damn about
Angela's coffee shop? Patricia replies that she worries
about her. Wayne remarks that he thought she would have enough
to worry about, with Margaret and Martin - and Paul;
but then, of course, little Angie always did come first.
Patricia exasperately says, "Oh, Wayne, don't be childish."
Wayne stands up and, changing the subject, says Patricia had better
tell him what he has to do about Jennifer, as Margaret will be
down soon. Patricia replies that she wants him to see Jen as often
as he can - pretend he's concerned, or whatever; as long as he
keeps it simmering between her and Martin. Wayne tells Patricia
that he doesn't know why she's bothering - he thought that the
things she's got planned for the wedding day would be more
than enough to keep her happy. Patricia snaps that that's four
weeks away - she wants trouble for him now. As the
conversation continues, Margaret comes downstairs quietly; Patricia
and Wayne keep talking without realising that she's standing in
the doorway, listening to every word. Wayne remarks that Patricia
really hates them. Patricia retorts that she hates both
of them - Martin really thinks she can't do without him - and
poor, hardly-done-by, Margaret; what stuns her is that
they really expect her to accept what happened between
them; she can't wait to see the looks on their faces when they
get what's coming to them. Margaret looks shocked.
Darren has returned to Rob and Angela's to pick
up the rest of his things, and he comes downstairs with them.
He then joins Rob and Angela in the kitchen, and Rob jokes, "Trust
you to go when there's work to be done!" He offers
him a coffee, but Darren says his mum is expecting him home. Rob
asks if everything went well with them this morning, and Darren
admits that Singapore sounds like it could be fun; he'll miss
him and Angela, though. He continues that, before he met them,
he... Rob says he understands. Darren then tells him that they'll
see him and Angela at about 7:30. He adds that it'll be great
having them round his place. He suddenly remembers Max Burke's
gnome; he gets it out from under the sink and goes! Rob turns
to Angela and tells her that he's really proud of her - she should
have been a social worker! He puts his arms round her, but she's
tries to shy away, and Rob asks if she's going all funny on him
again. Angela insists that of course she isn't - it's
just that Patricia was a bit 'thingy' about the coffee shop; she
put her on edge. Rob remarks that it's funny Patricia going to
Woombai - he hopes she doesn't rub Paul the wrong way. Angela
says she's sure they'll keep out of each other's hair. Rob agrees,
adding that he's sure having her sister there will help her keep
the peace. Angela looks worried, though.
Margaret is walking in the grounds of Toorak, looking
thoughtful. She looks at the house and then sits down on a bench
in the front garden. Wayne comes out of the with the suitcases.
He puts them down and looks at Margaret, who looks worried. He
then goes inside and asks Patricia what her sister is sour about.
Patricia replies that she's probably sulking because Martin is
ferrying them to the airport. She adds that that's the only good
thing about having him around - it irritates her. At
that moment, Margaret comes back in, looking extremely cheerful,
and she remarks that she loves the garden there - it's
so relaxing; she imagines it will be quite dry at Woombai? Patricia
agrees that, with the long drought they've had, yes, it will be.
Margaret says she can't wait - it will be the first time she's
ridden a horse. Patricia tells her that it's fun. Margaret says
she's worried she hasn't packed enough clothes, and she goes to
fetch another sweater. Alone with Wayne, Patricia comments that
Margaret didn't look miserable to her. Wayne retorts
that she did outside. Patricia doesn't pursue this, though;
instead, she goes to the 'phone to ring Martin's to see if he's
left yet. She adds that she'll be furious if he hasn't.
Peter and Martin are arguing as the 'phone starts
ringing. Martin is yelling that he doesn't care what
Peter thought - the pictures are there in black and white. Peter
says his father doesn't think he'd do it deliberately,
does he? Martin snaps that he doesn't want to think about either
of them kids, anymore. He answers the 'phone, and Patricia remarks
that he doesn't sound too happy. Martin snaps, "It's a bit
hard with an idiot for a son." He then continues that he
knows he's late; he's sorry. Patricia tells him that if he had
problems, he should have called; it's probably better to get Wayne
to take them, now. Martin tells her that he'll see her at the
airport, but Patricia tells him not to bother - she's only going
to be away for a week. Martin assures her that it's OK - it'll
only take him a couple of minutes to sort things out there. Patricia
tells him that she really doesn't mind, but Martin insists that
he'll be there, and he hangs up. At Toorak, Wayne asks Patricia
what's happened. Patricia replies that Martin is going to meet
them out there. She then adds that it sounds like he's having
problems with Peter, too...
At the Healys', Martin yells at his son that it's
going to make him look an idiot if the men see it. Peter asks
why his father isn't listening - it's the captions -
they make them into something they're not. Martin yells
that he doesn't care about that - he cares about what
it looks like. Peter sourly snaps, "Yeah, right
- can't have the Group Captain's son having ideas of his own."
Martin snaps at his son not to get smart with him. Peter yells
back that Martin is the one pushing it - any other father
would take his word for it and forget it ever happened; some would
probably tell him that they liked the sketches, whatever
the captions - but not him. Martin snaps that he gives
credit where it's due, and he can't see anything good to say about
that rubbish. He then tells Peter to try surprising
him one day: do something responsible for a change. He
storms off, thrusting the newspaper at Peter as he goes. Jen comes
in as Peter sits down. Peter sourly remarks that now he knows
how Adam used to feel. Jen tells him that she doesn't
think Martin would have been so tough if he wasn't in a bad mood
already, about her. Peter snaps that his father is a
con; he never realised it before - all along he thought
he was OK; he could never understand why he and Adam didn't get
on. He continues that, if Adam started thinking for himself...;
if he started doing things that Group Captain Healy didn't like...
He bitterly concludes that Martin didn't try to understand about
his drawings, or about Jen, either. Jen asks Peter what
he's going to do. Peter retorts that there's not a lot he can
do; he needs to cool off.
After a few laps of the pool, Peter climbs out.
Jen walks over, saying she's got a message for him: he's to meet
Kevin down the offices of the local paper - it's something about
them printing a retraction. Peter climbs out of the pool, yelling,
"You little ripper!" He walks through the gate in the
fence surrounding the pool, but the broken catch doesn't engage,
and the gate bounces open again...
The little girl from next door is playing with a
bucket and spade in the front garden as Peter gets on his motorbike.
He calls out to Jen that Sharon's there again and she had better
take her home. Jen is in the kitchen, though, and she doesn't
appear to hear. Outside, Sharon gets up and starts walking round
At the Palmers', Peter is showing off some new sketches,
and David says they're really great; he didn't know Peter was
so clever! The sketches are of a cat and a bird, with the cat
saying in the final picture, "Why sully the good name of
the domestic cat, by reversion to the primitive!" David remarks
that he's surprised by the big words, and Beryl agrees with him,
adding that she's sure an adult would understand it, but she thought
they were for children. Peter comments that it's back
to the drawing board... Beryl tells him that she can't believe
his luck: he goes in to have a piece of the editor and comes out
with a job! Kevin points out that it's hardly a job -
one comic strip a week - and only a local paper. Beryl says it's
a start. Peter says he can't wait to see his Dad's face
- he was pretty angry about the ANZAC sketches. Kevin reminds
Peter that his father was mainly interested in a retraction. Peter
says he can't wait to show him, anyway.
Jen is sitting in the Healy lounge room, tears pouring
down her face. The front door bangs shut and she calls out, "Peter?"
It's Martin, though. He comes in and says Peter is probably keeping
out of his road after this afternoon. Jen, trembling, says, "Dad..."
Martin snaps that he's not in the mood for it. Jen stands up and
shouts, "Stop it, will you?" She then calms down and
sobs, "Something terrible's happened."
Patricia and Margaret are at Woombai with Fiona,
and Patricia tells Fiona that she's worked wonders with
the place - although it's a little under-decorated for her
taste! Fiona curtly says, "I'm sure." She then
turns to Margaret and says, It's very nice to meet you, Miss.
Dunne." Margaret quickly tells Fiona to call her 'Margaret'.
Fiona explains that she'll find the amenities list in her room,
and she adds that she's put Margaret down for a beginner's class.
Margaret says she's looking forward to it. Paul, who's standing
nearby, chips in that he'll show them to their rooms if they're
ready. Patricia thanks him, and adds that, the way things have
been, she appreciates him meeting them. Paul curtly says it's
his job, and he and Margaret start to walk out. Fiona tells Patricia
that she'd like a word with her - alone. Patricia tells Margaret
to go and get settled in. When they're alone, Fiona tells Patricia
that, if she's come to cause trouble, she might as well leave
now; the first sign of it, she'll very gladly throw her
out. Patricia sarcastically comments that Fiona always was
so hospitable. She then continues that she can understand why
Paul attacked Wayne - he was very confused - but, from what she
understands, he's really trying to sort himself out; she wouldn't
want to spoil that... She adds that, if there's going
to be any trouble, it won't be her fault. She then smiles
nastily, says, "Nice to see you again!" and walks off.
Fiona looks annoyed.
Later, Paul is sitting behind the reception desk,
in the semi-darkness, when Margaret comes in and tells him that
they're lovely rooms. Paul replies that they're quite different
from the original layout. He then asks Margaret if he can get
her something, but she declines, saying she'll just sit there
for a while and read a magazine. She then asks Paul if he knows
Patricia, adding that it was just something Patricia said when
they arrived: 'the way things have been'. Paul asks if Patricia
hasn't told her about him, and Margaret replies that she hasn't.
Paul says it's not worth discussing, and he asks to be excused.
As he leaves the room, Patricia is just coming in; they both step
out into the corridor, still in Margaret's earshot. Paul says,
"Evening," to Patricia. Patricia remarks that he's working
late, to which Paul replies that he enjoys the job. Patricia snaps
that that's good, and she then says, "Excuse me." Paul
steps in front of her, though, and tells her that she never thought
he'd do it. Patricia asks what he's talking about. Paul tells
her that he's got her worried, but Patricia laughs and tells her
not to be ridiculous. Margaret is listening as Paul says he isn't.
He then says, "Night," and walks off. Patricia goes
and joins Margaret, who remarks that she thought her sister had
gone for a walk. Patricia says she felt like a bit of fresh air.
She sits down and comments that Paul seems a little touchy. Margaret
innocently says, "Really?" Patricia tells her not to
worry about that - they're there to enjoy themselves.
Margaret says, "Right."
At the Healys', Martin is sitting in a chair when
he hears Peter's motorbike roar up outside. Jen comes into the
room in her nightclothes. Martin tells her to get back to bed,
but Jen says no - she wants to be there. The front door
bangs and Peter calls out that he's home. He comes in and says
he's he's got some great news: he got a retraction on the sketches--
He spots the expressions on his father's and Jen's faces and asks
what's wrong. Martin curtly asks Peter where he's been. Peter
says, "Kevin's - why?" Martin angrily growls that he
told Peter to get the pool gate fixed, didn't he? Jen cries, "Dad..."
Martin tells her to shut up. Peter asks what the hell is going
on. Martin snaps, "I'll tell you what's going on, boy. What's
going on is that a three year old girl drowned in our pool today,
because of your damned irresponsibility." Peter looks shocked
as Martin grabs his shirt, gives him a shove and continues, "And
right now, all I feel like doing is killing you."