Brian and Jill are walking in the grounds at Dural,
and Brian admits that it seems to make sense; he just didn't expect
it. He asks Jill if she knows what she's getting herself into,
and Jill replies that she wouldn't have asked otherwise. Brian
tells her that they'll have to appear like a married couple, but
Jill assures him that she can handle it, and she points out that
they're good friends. Brian says he's concerned about slip-ups
- the authorities are keeping an eye on him and Jill will have
to be 'on the ball'. Jill tells him not to worry about it. Brian
says Jill will have to commit herself to the story. Jill says
of course - the only other person to know will be Fiona, but she
won't say anything. Brian says Bert will know as well, but he'll
keep quiet. Jill says there shouldn't be any worries, then. She
tells Brian that she'll go and find Fiona and let her know - she
just hopes Fiona doesn't think they're being stupid.
In the flat at the back of Dural, Fiona tells Jill
she's off her head. She rants that she thought Jill had grown
up and gotten out of the habit of doing things on the spur of
the moment. Jill replies that she's thought about it, but Fiona
tells her that she's doing something which could muck up the rest
of her life, all because of a stupid hangup over John's career.
She says to hell with the airforce and with Martin Healy, and
she tells Jill that she should get on a 'plane to Melbourne and
tell John that she loves him and will marry him. Jill says she
knows Fiona's upset about the house, but Fiona snaps that the
house has nothing to do with it. Jill says that what she does
with John is up to her, and if Fiona does anything to
stop her and Brian, she'll never forgive her. She adds that, if
John finds out about this, it'll do more harm: she wants to be
married before she sees him again. Fiona asks if Jill thinks that,
by being married, she'll feel different. She almost cries that
it won't make John feel different - it'll hurt him so
much, and she can't understand why Jill's hurting herself
like this. She realises she's wasting her breath, and she walks
out. Bert, who's standing by the door, tells Jill not to look
at him - he's on Fiona's side.
At the Palmers', David says he completely forgot
that Beryl was at the bistro tonight. Kevin jokes about finding
any excuse to get out of making a meal. He adds that they'll have
to do better than that for Mother's Day. Doug asks if Angela and
Rob are coming, and Kevin replies that they won't be there for
breakfast but will be coming later in the day. David asks Doug
if he's going to make dinner. Peter chips in that he'll
do it, but Doug tells him to relax while he has the chance. Peter
looks slightly annoyed.
Martin is in the kitchen at the Healy house. He
opens the 'fridge, takes something out and puts it in the oven.
He picks up a teatowel and looks at the tape player on the table.
He then looks up a 'phone number in the pad and dials it. He gets
through to Woombai Riding School and asks to speak to Patricia.
The receptionist asks him to hold for a minute, and she then walks
over to where Patricia is sitting with Wayne. She tells her that
Martin's callnig, and Patricia asks what on earth he wants. She
tells the receptionist that she'll be there in a minute - but
adds that Martin shouldn't be told that. The receptionist returns
to her desk and Patricia snaps to Wayne that she thought she'd
escaped Martin. She asks Wayne to get rid of him, but
Wayne tells her that, the last time Martin Healy saw him, he chucked
him out of his house, so he'd rather not talk to him. Patricia
testily says, "Wayne, just do it." Wayne stands up,
goes to the 'phone and tells Martin that Patricia is taking a
bath. He asks if she can call him back, but Martin just says to
tell her he called. He hangs up and looks thoughful for a few
seconds. He then looks up another number and dials. Greg answers,
and Martin says he knows they've got the 'plane tomorrow, but
he needs to fly up to Sydney urgently.
The next morning, Beryl is gathering the breakfast
plates, and, noticing that she's rushing around, Doug asks where
the fire is. Beryl replies that she wants to go into the city,
as the special Saturday morning-only sale's on. She suggests that
perhaps tomorrow morning she'll get a bit of a rest. David tells
her that she'll get her usual cuppa in bed. Kevin and Doug smile
at each other. Beryl goes to get on with the washing. Kevin tells
Peter that Beryl's really funny when she gets shirty. Peter doesn't
At Dural, Brian tells Bert that he'll have to make
it fast as he has to go shopping. Bert tells Brian that he thinks
he's doing the wrong thing by Jill. Brian points out that she
suggested it. Bert replies that he knows, but he thinks Brian's
being unfair. Brian says that's rubbsh - Jill knows what she's
doing, and it's as much for her benefit as his. Bert says Brian
knows better than that, and he reminds him that he said he'd only
marry someone if he really loved them. He adds that Brian thinks
he's in love with Jill, but he only feels that way because she
looks like a dead girlfriend of Brian's. Brian snaps that it's
none of Bert's business, and he warns him not to go spouting his
opinions. Bert says he wouldn't do that, but he thinks they're
both doing the wrong thing.
David is checking the oil in his car when Kevin
and Peter come out and say Vic was reasonable about keeping the
food in his freezer. They talk about preparations for the barbie
and Kevin and Peter then go inside, where Peter tells Kevin that
he doesn't think he'll hang around for the barbie tomorrow, as
it's a family gathering, and he feels like he's pushing in. Kevin
assures him that he's invitied, but Peter says he feels funny
being with all the Palmers, as it makes him realise what a mess
it is at home. He adds that he thinks he'd be a downer tomorrow
- and he can't put on an act because it's the way he feels. Kevin
tells Peter that they want him to feel welcome there, and Peter
replies that he does - it's probably because it's Mother's
Day, and it's between the Palmers. Kevin asks if Peter will stay
away long. Peter says he'll make himself scarce tonight and tomorrow
morning, and see them around midday. Kevin says, "If that's
the way you want it." Peter replies that he'd rather not
have to go into it with Kevin's folks. Kevin sympathetically says,
Martin's plane lands at the riding school airstrip,
and the receptionist makes a call to someone called Graham to
go and collect him. Patricia and Wayne come in and Patricia remarks
that it wasn't a bad lunch. The receptionist calls to her and
tells her that she's just sent someone over to collect her visitor.
Patricia asks who it is, and the receptionist replies, "A
Mr. Healy." Annoyed, Patricia snaps, "Oh, really?"
She looks at Wayne and angrily says, "Can you believe
that man?" Wayne sarcastially says, "Ain't love grand?!
" He asks Patricia if she's going to stack on a performance,
and Patricia replies that she'll stack on a performance alright.
Wayne suggests that Martin is coming to see Patricia so that she
can kiss him and make him better. Patricia, though, says she doesn't
care - he won't get much from her, and she'll send him packing,
back to Melbourne, as quickly as she can.
Outside, Martin and Patricia hug and Martin says
he hopes he gave Patricia a surprise. Patricia replies that he
certainly did. They go inside and Martin tells her that he's had
a rotten few days - he made the biggest mistake with Peter, and
he shouldn't have acted the way he did. He says the drowning of
that little girl wasn't Peter's fault, but after that business
with Jennifer and Adam, he couldn't handle it. He adds that he
guesses he simply lost control. Patricia tells him that he has
to talk to Peter, and needs to take the first step. Martin
says it's not easy, and Patricia tells him to talk to Peter the
way he talks to her. She adds that he'd better not leave
it too long, as Peter staying at the Palmers' won't help, as they'll
fill his head with rubbish. Martin says an extra day won't make
much difference, and he tells Patricia that he needs her
as much as he needs Peter, so he'll go in the morning.
Patricia starts to say that she really thinks... but Martin reiterates,
"I need you." Patricia tells Martin that it's up to
him, and she reluctantly adds that it's nice to have him there
for the night.
Wayne takes the saddle off a horse, which is led
off by a stablehand. Patricia comes out and Wayne remarks that
she doesn't look too happy. He asks about loverboy, but Patricia
snaps that Wayne's not to talk to her about him. As another stablehand
walks by, she asks him to saddle up a horse for her. Wayne asks
why Martin isn't coming riding with her, and Patricia replies
that she needs to get away from him. Wayne points out that Martin
is leaving it late to get back, and so Patricia explains that
he's not going back today, and is working out a flight plan for
tomorrow. Wayne says, "Oohhhh!" Patricia snaps that
she hopes the horse is fast.
Jill opens the door of the flat at Dural and lets
Brian in. She remarks that she thought he'd gone out. Brian tells
her that he hasn't had a chance to see her, but he's bought her
something. Jill tells him that there's no need to buy her presents,
but Brian says he wanted to. He takes out a case containing
an engagement ring, and Jill immediately asks why on earth he's
bought that, as it's not as if it's a real engagement. Brian says
that, if they're going to play it out, they should do it properly.
Jill, though, points out that if it's supposed to be a secret,
she can't wear the ring; besides, she's still wearing John's
ring. Brian disappointedly says he didn't think about that. Jill
says she's sure they can get the money back, but Brian tells her
to keep it anyway, and call it a friendship ring if she likes.
Jill says she supposes it can't hurt, and she can wear it on another
finger. She puts it on, kisses him on the cheek and says it's
a lovely thought.
The next morning, Martin and Patricia have their
arms round each other as they walk to the car waiting to take
Martin to the airstrip. Patricia wishes him a good trip. Martin
replies that he's glad he stayed last night, and Patricia tells
him that it was wonderful. Martin says he'd like to stay longer,
but Patricia says it's important to get back and see Peter. She
adds that Martin shouldn't take any nonsense from the Palmers.
Wayne watches from a distance as the two of them kiss. Martin
gets into the car and goes, and Wayne wanders over to where Patricia
is standing. She says, "Ooh, God, he's smug. I can't wait
to wipe the smile off his face."
Beryl rises from bed and goes into the kitchen.
Kevin sneaks out of his room. Beryl looks round the kitchen to
decide what to do first. David emerges from the bedroom and he
and Kevin laugh at what they've got planned. Beryl gets some eggs
out and Kevin walks into the kitchen and says he's wondering when
breakfast will be coming. Beryl snaps that she thought they might
at least be able to look after themselves for one morning. Kevin
tells her not to do her block. He then tells her to come out the
back and see what Doug's done. Beryl snaps that she's trying to
get breakfast, but Kevin tells her that Doug's built something,
and he's worried about it. Beryl snaps that they'll just have
to wait for breakfast.
When Beryl gets outside and sees Doug and David
standing behind a table laden with food, and the barbecue alight,
she smiles happily. Everyone wishes her Happy Mother's Day!
Fiona is playing patience and she says to herself
that she's a terrible cheat when she has no competition! She then
asks what's the point and she gathers up the cards. Jill comes
in and says hi. She gives Fiona some flowers she's bought for
her, but Fiona says a few flowers won't make her change her mind.
She adds that she didn't sleep a wink last night, as she's still
so disgusted with Jill and Brian, and she won't change her mind.
Jill says she's not trying to change Fiona's mind. She
then says she knows they're not much, but the flowers are a Mother's
Day present, as Fiona is the closest thing she has to a Mum. Fiona
breaks down, and says she now really feels awful! She sobs that
Jill is like a daughter to her, too. Jill happily says Fiona's
waterworks are amazing - they should have used her to break the
drought! Fiona says the only reason she got mad is because she
thinks so much of Jill - she didn't mean to get bad-tempered,
but she's afraid Jill will hurt herself. Jill says she'll be fine.
Fiona tells her she'll be better with John, but Jill quickly scolds,
"Fiona!" Fiona sobs that the flowers are beautiful.
She says it's Mother's Day, and little Scott would have been...
Jill says to pretend the flowers are from him if Fiona likes.
Fiona sobs that women who've got kids don't know how lucky they
Beryl remarks on the size of the spread laid out
and she tells David that he's been hiding his light under a bushel
for all these years! David jokes that he's made barbecues before!
Doug says he's worried about the heat from the fire, and he thinks
he'll put a hose on it. David says it's alright, but Doug replies
that that's how things start. Kevin jokes that Doug is just trying
to get out of the washing up! David asks Beryl if it's really
a surprise, and Beryl replies that she was ready to clock David
earlier! She tells him that it's a terrific breakfast and a lovely
surprise. David says he's sorry it isn't fancier, but Beryl tells
him that family is what it's about. She says she misses Susie
and feels sorry for Kevin, as he'd have loved to do the same for
Lynn. David remarks that Kevin doesn't talk about Lynn much, and
Beryl says he doesn't read her letters either. She adds, though,
that he's getting on with his life. David agrees that that's what
it's all about and they shouldn't interfere.
Kevin is in the kitchen, and he puts some empty
trays in the sink. There's a knock on the front door and Kevin
opens it to find Martin standing there. He asks if Peter's there,
but Kevin says he's not. Martin ignores this, though; he walks
into the house and says he doesn't believe him. He walks through
the house and out the back door. Kevin says they're having a private
party, to which Martin sarcastically says, "I'll bet
you are." In the back garden, Martin asks where his son is.
David says he's not there. Martin asks where he is, but David
says he doesn't think he should tell him that. Martin asks who
the hell David thinks he is. Doug chips in that Peter might not
want to see him, but Martin snaps that he didn't ask Doug. Doug
tells him that it's a quiet family gathering, and they don't want
trouble. Martin snaps that he's not leaving until he finds out.
Beryl says it's nothing to do with them, but Kevin says
his grandfather's right - Peter doesn't want to see his father.
Doug approaches Martin and tells him that it would be better if
he left, but Martin grabs Doug and pushes him. David runs to his
father's defence but Martin punches him in the stomach, which
winds him and causes him to fall to the ground. As he starts to
get up, Martin kicks him in the mouth. Martin cooly says, "You're
not going to come between me and my son. Now, I'm telling you,
when you see him, you tell him I want to talk to him." He
goes to walk out the back gate. David gets up and says, "Healy?
If you ever step foot inside my gate again, I'll kill you."
Martin stares at him and walks off. David puts his hand to the
blood streaming from his mouth.