At Rob and Angela's, Angela is on the 'phone to
Patricia at the riding school, and she says it sounds terrrible.
Patricia replies that it takes two to pick a fight, but Angela
tells her not to make excuses. Patricia says she knows
Martin - he wouldn't make trouble unless David provoked him. Angela
asks her mother if she means like Peter provoked him the other
day at the pool. Patricia, though, says that's not a fair comparison.
Angela says that, if Martin can beat up his own son when the kid's
going through hell... She adds that Patricia's trying to justify
every rotten thing that Martin does, or she can't marry him. Patricia
replies that she knows Martin a hell of a lot better than Angela.
She then looks at Wayne as she testily tells Angela that she loves
Martin and is going to marry him. Wayne smiles. Angela tells Patricia
that she deserves everything she gets. Rob tells his wife to simmer
down. Angela tells Patricia that it's her life, but she
asks her to tell Martin to stop hassling the Palmers. Patricia
says she'll talk to him. The call ends and Wayne asks Patricia
if there's trouble. Patricia replies that Martin took on David
and flattened him. Wayne remarks that it's no wonder Angela's
spitting chips. He asks Patricia if she's going to 'phone Martin,
but Patricia says she has more important things to do...
Outside, Paul helps a female rider off a horse,
and the woman tells him that she's disappointed he's not going
on the picnic. Paul assures her that he'll catch up with her tonight,
at the dance. The woman walks off. Paul walks over to where Wayne
is watching proceedings, and Wayne asks him if he's eyeing up
the talent again. He adds that Paul's a regular gigolo these days.
Paul sarcastically tells Wayne to try it some time. Wayne remarks
that it's quite a change - Paul was all set to change the world
once. He nastily taunts, "Father Paul," and adds that
that was before he met Angela and realised he's only human. Paul
says, "Shut up, Wayne," but Wayne ignores him and asks
if he's still turned on by her. He says, "Talk about going
the whole hog - she's a married woman." Furious at Wayne's
constant taunts, Paul goes to hit him, but Margaret rushes in
and tells them to stop it. Paul backs down and says Wayne was
wasting his time - Patricia couldn't get to him and neither will
Wayne. He walks off and Wayne asks Margaret why she had to stick
her bib in. Margaret replies that she should have let
Paul hit Wayne, as he deserves it. She adds that she hates arguing,
and walks off.
At the Palmers', David says he wishes he didn't
have to go to work today, as he's worried about Martin turning
up. Beryl, though, says she's sure he won't. She adds that they're
very proud of the way David handled himself. Doug says Martin's
trained in martial arts - it wasn't a fair fight. David says that
still doesn't make him feel better about being flattened in front
of his family. Unknown to the Palmers, who are in the kitchen,
Peter comes into the house at the front, and walks into the lounge
room, where he overhears Doug asking what the maniac will do next
and saying Martin should be reported to his commanding officer.
Beryl suddenly spots Peter standing in the kitchen doorway, and
he asks what's been going on. He then sees David's face and says,
"Oh, hell." David explains that it was partly his own
fault, as he wouldn't tell Martin where Peter was, but Peter replies
that his father had no right. Doug says he won't get through the
door so easily next time. Peter, though, says there won't be
a next time, as he's moving. Kevin points out that if Peter moves
now, David got flattened for nothing. David adds that
noone comes into his house and tells him what to do, and he tells
Peter he's staying. He heads to the door, and Beryl goes with
him to see him off. Doug says he thinks he's got just what they
Peter returns home and finds Martin out the back,
cleaning the pool. Martin remarks that he sees Peter has caught
up with the news. They go inside, where Martin says he didn't
got to the Palmers' to cause trouble. Peter tells his father that
he doesn't want him showing up there again - if he has smething
to say, say it to him. Martin sourly says he'd be wasting
his breath, but Peter says he'll listen. Martin then says he thinks
Peter has been bludging on the Palmers for too long, and it's
time he came home. Peter, though, says no way. Martin tells him
to forget what happened and think of his future. He says he knows
Peter thinks he was hard on him over the drownings, and maybe
he should have made allowances for his son's feelings, but that's
now all over and done with. Peter replies that it isn't for him.
Martin says they always got on so well, but Peter says that's
only because he didn't make waves; the first time he stood up
to his father, he kicked the hell out of him. Martin tells his
son that he deserved it. Peter says he'd be wasting his time if
he came back. Martin tells Peter not to expect him to
support him. Peter replies that he'll says earn his own money,
but Martin tells him that he wouldn't last two minutes in a job,
and the Palmers won't put up with him forever. Peter snaps that
he doesn't care - he's not staying there. He repeats
his order to keep away from Palmers, and walks out.
Beryl is sewing, and she says she hopes Peter gets
back soon. Doug tells her that he's solved the problem, and he
shows Beryl his service revolver. Kevin asks to have a look, but
Beryl, horrified, tells Doug to put it back where he found it.
Doug says it's not loaded, but Beryl points out that Martin
won't know that. Doug says that, when Martin sees the gun, he
won't hang around for any trouble. He leaves the gun with Kevin
and walks out of the room. Kevin laughs that he can't see Doug
shooting the gun. Beryl replies that Doug thinks he won the war
single-handed! She tells Kevin that they have to hide it. Kevin
points out that his grandfather will hit the roof when he finds
it gone. Beryl replies, "Too bad."
Gordon turns up at Rob and Angela's, and Angela
asks him why he didn't let them know he was coming. Gordon replies
that he thought he'd surprise them. Angela tells him that he couldn't
have come at a better time, and Rob explains that they need a
pair of strong arms as they're putting up the sign for 'The Terrace'
today. He tells Gordon to come in for a guided tour and some lunch.
Angela apologises that it's a bit of a mess at the moment, but
Gordon says it's shaping up. Angela says it'll look better when
the furniture's in. Rob says they'll soon have the place fixed
up, so Gordon won't have to sleep on the floor! Gordon, though,
says he's staying in a hotel, as he's there on business - but
he'll be round to go with Angela to the hearing tomorrow. Angela
looks down at the ground. Rob asks Gordon how he thinks Paul will
go, and Gordon replies that he hopes he gets off. He adds that
he's appearing as a character witness, and says he's
sorry for Paul, as Angela seems to be his only real friend.
Doug snaps that he won't be treated like a two year
old. Beryl tells him that she doesn't want it round the house.
Doug says his commanding office was right - it would ruin the
army to let women join the ranks! He snaps that he wants his property
back, but Beryl tells him to wait until David gets home. Doug
goes off to search for it, but Kevin tells his mother that it's
a waste of time, as the revolver is in the back of David's car.
In the lounge room, Doug is looking under cushions, and Beryl
tells him to be reasonable. Peter comes in and Kevin asks him
how he went. Peter says it was a waste of time - Martin wants
him to go back so he can push him round again. Kevin points out
that there's still Jen, and Peter replies that he thinks he might
go down and stay with her for a bit. Kevin offers to drive. Peter
says that, when he gets back, he'll get stuck into the coffee
shop, as he needs the money. Kevin suggests Peter work on the
comic strip while he's away, but Peter says he doesn't feel in
a very funny mood.
Kevin and Peter are driving along when Kevin says
he thinks they've got a flat tyre. Peter asks why something happens
whenever he goes anywhere with Kevin!
The car is parked at the side of the road, and Peter
is kicking the tyre. Kevin gets the spare out of the boot, but
he says it there isn't much tread on it. Peter looks in the boot
and takes out the gun, which is wrapped in a cloth. He examines
the weapon and says it's so rusty he can't even pull the trigger.
Kevin tells him to put it back before someone sees it, but Peter
ignores this and says Martin is a crack shot and has his own gun
at home. He goes on that his father used to really enjoy teaching
him how to shoot; that was when they were living in Butterworth.
Martin used to paint faces on coconuts and he'd get him to aim
straight between the eyes. Peter rubs the gun up and down his
arm and then aims it ahead of him...
Gordon says he has to be going. Angela says it's
early yet, but Gordon insists. He tells Angela that he'll pick
her up at 9am. Angela, though, says she's not going, as she has
a stack of work. Gordon tells her that Paul will be disappointed
if she's not there. Angela just says she'll see, and she asks
Gordon to wish Paul luck if she can't make it. She adds that Gordon
mustn't let Wayne get to him, as he'll go through the roof when
he finds out about the reference. Gordon says he'll make sure
his son understands he's not taking sides. Angela asks who cares
what Wayne thinks. Gordon, though, replies, "Despite
everything, I do." Angela tells him that he's going
soft in his old age. Gordon says Wayne is waking up to himself
a bit. He adds that he's never had much time for Wayne - he's
always ignored him, and wants to make it up to him. Angela says
Gordon can't be serious, but Gordon points out that Barbara and
Wendy were like chalk and cheese and they worked at getting
along. Angela says it's up to Gordon, but she still doesn't think
Wayne's worth it.
Outside the riding school, Wayne is putting golf
balls into a dish.
Inside, Margaret says it's been a lovely
holiday, and she doesn't really want to leave. Paul tells her
she'll find something to do in Melbourne. Margaret asks, "Like
work?" Paul replies that it's a fact of life. He gets up
to go, but Margaret stops him and asks if he's not going to thank
her for this morning. She adds that if it wasn't for her,
Paul would have hit Wayne. Paul says he doesn't know what she's
talking about. Margaret asks Paul when he's going to trust her.
Paul replies that he won't trust anyone until the dance
is over. He heads out and passes Patricia who's on her way in.
She sarcastically says, "Going to save me a dance tonight?"
She goes and joins Margaret in the reception area and says she
hopes Paul was more charming to Margaret than he was to her.
Margaret says they can't blame Paul for being on guard, as Wayne
was very nasty to him this morning. Patricia explains that Wayne
operates on the theory that, if he's aggressive, Paul will stay
away from him. Margaret asks why Wayne came there in the first
place, and Patricia replies that it was her misguided attempt
to bring them together. She adds that she didn't realise how unbalanced
Paul had become. Margaret says she supposes Paul is edgy.
Patricia says "Edgy? He's paranoid - all
that rubbish about me and Wayne plotting against him." She
adds that, tomorrow, they'll let him off and God knows what will
happen; there's nothing they can do about that, though. She says
she'll find Wayne and warn him to stay away from Paul. She goes.
Margaret looks thoughtful.
Outside, Patricia approaches Wayne as he misses
a putt. She sarcastically says the idea is to get the ball in
the dish. Wayne asks her what she's so happy about, and Patricia
replies that she's thought of a foolproof plan to get back at
Paul, and Margaret is the star witness...
Inside, Patricia tells Margaret that she she wants
her to do them a very big favour - tell the police that Paul attacked
Wayne this afternoon. Shocked, Margaret says Patricia can't be
serious. Patricia replies that she knows it's a lot to ask, but
if Paul doesn't go to prison, it places Wayne in a very uncomfortable
position. Margaret points out that her sister is asking her to
commit perjury, but Patricia says there's a very important reason:
once Paul is acquitted, it's only a matter of time before he comes
looking for Wayne. She then adds that she almost forgot, and she
gives Margaret a cheque for $5,000. She tells her not to refuse
it, as it's the only way she can show her gratitude. She adds,
"You will help, won't you?" Wayne
smiles. Patricia tells Margaret that she thought she wanted to
be more independent, financially, and this will give her the opportunity.
Margaret folds up the cheque and says she'd better put it away.
She then suggests Patricia call the police. Patricia smiles.
Outside, Paul is looking at the cheque, and he thanks
Margaret for being so honest. He points out that this puts her
in a terrible position with Patricia. Margaret, though, says it's
no worse than the one she's in already. She tells Paul that her
sister is a neurotic woman - she bears a grudge against her for
somthing that happened years ago, and she's getting her used to
money so that she won't be able to cope when Patricia cuts off
the supply - which is why she's giving Paul the chance
to buy himself out of this for double the amount - $10,000. Paul
looks shocked and says he thought there'd be a catch.
Margaret tells him that she can't afford to be altruistic. She
adds that, if he turns her down, $5,000 is better than nothing...
Wayne tells one of two policeman who have turned
up, that he doesn't know where Paul is, as he took off when Margaret
walked in and saw what was going on. The policeman asks where
exactly the assault took place, and Wayne replies that it was
in the lounge. The policeman asks if there were any other guests
present, but Wayne says there weren't because they were all away
on a picnic. He spots Patricia and Margaret approaching, and he
introduces them to Sergeant McNamara and Constable Collins. The
Sergeant tells Margaret that he'd like a statement from her if
she doesn't mind. Wayne adds that the police want to hear it in
Margaret's own words - they just need confirmation that the attack
took place. Margaret, though, says, "But it didn't."
Patricia looks at her in horror, and Wayne also glares at her.
Margaret looks at Patricia and says, "I won't lie for you
and it's wrong of you to make me do so." The policeman asks
Margaret if she's saying there was no attack. Margaret replies
that there was an argument, but Paul never laid a finger on Wayne.
The policeman says, "I see," and he tells Margaret that
she's been most helpful. Margaret tells Patricia that she's sorry,
and she walks off. Patricia stares after her.
Inside, Wayne snaps to Patricia, "You and your
brilliant ideas." He adds that he's lucky he didn't
end up on a charge. Patricia asks how she was supposed to know
that Margaret would back out. Wayne snaps that he bets Margaret
did it to get back at him - she's always hated his guts. Patricia
says she hardly thinks Margaret would pass up $5,000 to score
off Wayne. Wayne asks why do it, then, but Patricia says she doesn't
know. Wayne goes out, explaining that, if he's there when Margaret
comes in, he'll be the one on an assault charge.
The police car drives off. Margaret and Paul are
walking in the grounds of the riding school and Margaret tells
Paul that he's off the hook and she's finally free of
Patricia. Paul, though, says, "About the money..." He
tells Margaret that he can't give her a cheque yet. Margaret asks
why not, and Paul replies that his trust fund doesn't come through
for three weeks. Margaret angrily says Paul promised
her $10,000, and she needs it now. Paul points out that
she still has Patricia's cheque, but Margaret says her sister
will cancel it like a shot. Paul tells her that he can give her
$200, but Margaret snaps that that won't get her as far as Melbourne.
She then calms down and says, "I'm not very good at this,
am I - Patricia would have schemed her way out of it." Paul
asks if there isn't some way Margaret can bluff her way through
it. Margaret replies, "Not a hope in hell. Unless..."
Paul asks, "What?"
Patricia is sitting inside when Margaret comes in.
Patricia immediately asks her sister why she did it, and Margaret
replies that she wanted to teach Patricia a lesson: she knew all
about the plan to cut off her money and cut her out. She adds
that Patricia and Wayne were very careless, discussing it with
her in the house. Patricia says it saves her giving Margaret her
marching orders, but Margaret snaps that she's says not
going anywhere. Patricia tells Margaret she's got to
be joking, but Margaret replies that, if Patricia throws her out
now, she'll go straight to Martin and tell him everything
- she adds that she knows Patricia has got something planned for
the wedding morning - but if Patricia carries on paying her bills,
she'll keep her mouth shut. Patricia suddenly realises she's underestimated
Margaret, but Margaret tells her that she's not doing anything
that Patricia hasn't pushed her into. She says she doesn't understand
how Patricia's mind works: what does it matter now that she had
an affair with Martin all those years ago? Patricia replies that
it was while she was carrying his child. Margaret
replies that she couldn't help herself, and she adds that Martin
told Patricia it was over. Patricia snaps that it wasn't
over for her. She says she confided in Margaret back
then - and when she thinks about how she trusted her, and for
all that time... Margaret yells that she didn't mean to hurt Patricia,
and she really cared about her, but Patricia snaps back that Margaret
helped Martin put pressure on her to get her to terminate the
pregnancy. Margaret says that, at the time, it seemed the only
way out. Patricia snaps that it let Martin very nicely off the
hook and left him free for Margaret. Margaret says she was only
trying to help Patricia. Patricia snaps, "Oh, yes!"
She adds that, if she'd gone along with them, she wouldn't have
her children now - and if Margaret thinks that's something she
can forgive, she doesn't know her very well. Margaret suddenly
pauses and then says they've gone a long way off the subject:
what to do about her. Patricia snaps, "Go to hell,"
and she starts to walk out. Margaret stops her, though, by saying
that she may not know what Patricia has got planned for Martin,
but she knows that, if she tells him how much Patricia hates him,
Patricia will never see it through. Patricia snaps, "Ooh,
you conniving little..." but Margaret interrupts and says,
"No, I'm not the bitch of the family, Patricia.
I'm a survivor. So, do I tell him or not?" She pauses and
then says, "Well come on. All you've got to do is decide
who you hate the most: Martin or me?" Patricia, who has been
looking at the ground, raises her head and angrily says, "You'll
keep." Margaret replies, "Good. Now I know where we
stand, I'll go and get ready for the dance." She walks out.
Patricia looks furious.