At Woombai, Fiona tells Bert, Alec and Ruth that
she feels so embarrassed. Bert replies that it's not
her fault that the stupid thing clapped out. Fiona says
the pilot promised to have it ready first thing in the morning;
now it's a choice of waiting or driving back. Alec points out
that it would be a five-hour trip, and Fiona agrees. She then
adds that, unless they have to get back, they should
stay on. Alec and Ruth start to deliberate, and Tommy interjects
to ask them to stay. Alec tells him to go outside while they decide.
He goes. Bert chips in that the kid has a right to have a say,
but Alec snaps that Thomas does whatever they do. He
continues that he just doesn't think it's feasible - he looks
at Ruth and reminds her that he has to see the estate agent at
11am and... Fiona interrupts and says they'll be back in plenty
of time for that - they could leave at first light. Ruth pleads
with Alec to let them stay. Fiona says she and Bert will wait
outside with Thomas while Alec and Ruth throw it around between
themselves; she's just saying they're very welcome. Bert snaps
that Alec is such a stickler for manners - it's a shame he doesn't
practice what he preaches. Fiona embarrassedly says,
"Bert..." They leave the room. Alec looks at Ruth, who
puts her arms around him and says she loves him when
he's angry! Alec smiles, and they nod their heads together. Alec
Outisde, Fiona says to Bert that if anyone
can persuade him, Ruth can - she's been watching her
all day, and Alec most certainly loves her - and Thomas, too,
in his own funny way. Bert says he and Alec really are like chalk
and cheese. Fiona points out that he knew that before today. Bert
says he was hoping it would be different after a year's break,
but Fiona replies that she doesn't see the two of them ever
getting together. They look over at Tommy, who's playing nearby,
and Fiona says it's a different kettle of fish with him.
Bert agrees that Tommy really relaxes when Alec's not around;
it's a shame it couldn't be longer. Fiona says they'll
have to see what can be arranged - if Alec and Ruth decide to
stay the night, they're home and hosed...
In the lounge room at Dural, Wayne offers more drinks,
but Gordon declines, saying he has to be at a business do by 8pm.
Jill stands up from where she's sitting next to Brian, and says
they'd better get going - they're starving. Wayne says
he'll take them out to dinner if they like, but Jill declines,
explaining that she's already prepared something - she just has
to heat it up. Wayne suggests, "Maybe some other time?"
Jill quietly says, "Maybe..." As everyone gets up to
go, Gordon tells Jill to come into the study and take out the
old answering machine. Jill asks him if he's sure he doesn't want
it, but Gordon replies that the new model arrives tomorrow.
Jill laughs that she can't wait to see Fiona's face when she sees
it - she hates them!; well, she hates talking
into them, anyway! Gordon says they're very practical. He walks
out. As Jill goes to follow him, Wayne stops her and says the
answerphone will be good for her - it'll make sure she doesn't
miss any of John's calls. He adds that he supposes John calls
her a fair bit. Jill looks annoyed and says he calls
every now and then. She then looks at Brian and tells him to come
too, and set it up. He gets up and follows, joking with Jill by
asking if she's not the mechanical type. Jill laughs that he's
got to be kidding! Brian tells Wayne that it was very
nice talking to him. Wayne replies that it was the same for him.
Jill and Brian join Gordon in the hall, and as he hears them talking,
Wayne suddenly spots Brian's jacket on the settee. He goes over
to it and starts rifling through the pockets. He doesn't get very
far, though, before he hears Brian say he won't be a moment, and
he quickly pretends to be collecting up the glasses on the coffee
table. Brian comes back in, picks up his jacket and wishes Wayne
good night. Wayne sighs.
At The Terrace, Paul and Angela finish stacking
chairs upside down on the tables, and Paul says he thinks that's
enough work for one day! Angela replies that she thinks he's right!
They cuddle and then kiss. When they pull apart again, Angela
suggests that Paul help clean up the kitchen and then head off.
Paul, looking surprised, asks Angela if she doesn't want him to
stay there. Angela looks at him and tells him that she
couldn't spend the night there with him. She adds that it's not
a hang up, but... Paul assures her that he understands. They go
into the kitchen, and Paul tells Angela that it was great food.
Angela says they must do it again. Paul replies that that depends
how often he's over there... Angela tells him that they'll
find somewhere near his place that's just as good. They
are just starting to clear up when the front door sudenly bangs
and Rob calls out that it's not burglars - it's only him!
Angela and Paul stop in their tracks. Angela goes to hall and
asks what Rob what he's doing back. He exasperatedly explains
that the truck broke down. He then indicates the dining room and
says it looks great. Angela tells him to have a proper
look; she'll be in in a minute. She returns to the kitchen and
kisses Paul goodbye. As she tries to bundle him out the back door,
she calls out to Rob that they got quite a few tables in. Rob
says they got more in than he thought they would! Paul
takes the chance to kiss Angela passionately in the kitchen. Angela
then pushes him out the back door, shuts it and calls out to Rob,
"Trust you to miss out on all the hard work!" Rob walks
into kitchen and jokes that the truck didn't really break
down - he thought about all the help she needs, so he sabotaged
it! He puts his arms round her, and smiles. He continues that
he didn't really sabotage the truck, but it worked out
well. He adds that he's not rostered on until the day after tomorrow,
now, so she'll have to put up with him 'til then! He asks what
there is to eat. As he looks round the kitchen, though, he spots
the two plates on the sink, and he asks Angela if she had someone
round to eat. Angela hurriedly says it was Beryl - she dropped
round some menu cover designs; she forced her into staying
to help her out. Rob says you can always rely on old Beryl - he'll
have to give her a call later and thank her. Angela, suddenly
looking very nervous, replies that he'd better not as she doesn't
think Beryl will be home tonight - she thinks she went
out with a friend from work. Rob says he'll thank her later,
then. He gets a beer from the 'fridge. Angela looks worried.
The next morning, at Woombai, Fiona, Bert and Alec
are outside, making arrangements for Tommy to stay there while
Alec and Ruth return home. Alec says to make sure it's not longer
than three days, and Fiona assures him that they'll deliver the
kid on the doorstep the day after tomorrow! There's laughter.
Bert thanks Alec, who says it was Ruth's idea. He tells
Tommy to be good. Ruth tells Bert that it was good to see him
again, and she thanks Fiona for her hospitality. Alec thanks Fiona
as well, and he and Ruth then get in the car and drive off as
Tommy, Bert and Fiona wave. Tommy excitedly says this is better
than holiday activity classes! Bert says it sure is,
and he suggests they go riding. Tommy says, "Yeah!"
He runs off. Bert turns to Fiona and says he doesn't know how
she did it, but he's grateful. Fiona replies that Alec's the noise
of the family but Ruth's the power - she knew that, if she could
persuade her, she'd have him. Bert laughs, "Clever,
aren't you!" Fiona says, "Yes!"
Angela is outside the front door at the Palmers',
but she pauses, not knowing whether to knock or not. Suddenly,
though, Beryl opens the door, carrying cleaning fluid and a duster.
She looks surprised to see Angela there, and remarks that she's
on the go early. Angela replies that she had shopping to do. She
then asks Beryl if she's the only one home. Beryl says she is.
Angela asks to talk to her.
A short time later, in the lounge room, Beryl snaps,
"You silly idiot." She adds that she thought Angela
would have more sense. Angela says she's wasn't doing
anything - Paul was just there - but she's worried about
what Rob would think. Beryl snaps at Angela not to treat her like
a fool - she's been mooning around after Paul for weeks.
She asks Angela if she slept with him. Angela pauses,
looking guilty, and then nods. Beryl rants that now Angela expects
her to lie to protect her. She asks Angela if
she's going to go on seeing him. Angela casts her eyes down to
the ground and says yes. She continues that she loves them both
- she can manage it if noone interferes. Beryl snaps, "Nonsense."
Angela says she can, but Beryl tells her that she can
if she lies for her; what if she did tell Rob
that she wasn't with Angela last night? Angela tells Beryl that
she wouldn't - she knows how much it would hurt him if
he found out. Beryl tells Angela not to try emotinoal blackmail
on her. Angela replies that she didn't mean it to sound like that.
She adds that she's never asked Beryl for anything, and
she pleads with her to please help her... Beryl says, "No."
A while later, at Jill's apartment, Angela tells
Paul that the most she could get was a promise that Beryl wouldn't
bring the subject up herself. Paul sourly remarks, "So
much for being able to juggle two men at once."
He adds that Angela has to admit that it's impractical.
Angela defiantly says it isn't if people don't interfere.
She cuddles up to Paul on the couch and curses that if only that
damn truck hadn't broken down... Paul points out, "But it
did." He asks Angela what she's going to do, and,
in reply, Angela asks him if he can get a few more days off from
Woombai. Paul says he probably can, if he calls Fiona. Angela
tells him to do it now, because Rob's away on a trip tomorrow
- they'll have two days to themselves. She pleads, "Please..."
Paul agrees, and he goes to the 'phone and starts dialling. Angela
tells him that she can keep Rob away from Beryl today and tomorrow,
and by the time he gets back from this trip, he'll have forgotten
about it. Paul says he hopes so. He finishes dialling
and the 'phone rings before the STD pips sound. Jill's voice suddenly
comes on - on the answerphone. The message she's recorded says
she's out by the pool at the moment but will be in later - if
the caller has a message, leave it; if they've got a message for
Fiona, she's at Woombai 'til the dayafter tomorrow, so it's probably
better to call her there. She finishes by telling the
caller to leave a message after the beep. Paul hangs up and tells
Angela that Fiona's at Woombai. Angela asks him if he knows the
number. Paul says he hopes they're doing the right thing. Angela
goes over to him and they hug. She tells him that of course
By the pool at Dural, Jill is reading a magazine
when Brian comes out asking if she wants anything while he's in
town. Jill says, "No thanks." She asks him if he's got
everything, and Brian tells her that he's got the form and their
birth certificates. She then asks him if they need to see his
passport, but Brian says his birth certificate should be enough.
He tells Jill that he'll see her when he gets back. He walks off,
and as he does so, Wayne wanders out onto the balcony of the house
and watches him go. He looks down at Jill, lying by the pool,
and then goes back into the house and runs downstairs. He rushes
to the front door, but doesn't get any further because Charlie
is standing just outside! She remarks to Wayne that she's sure
he's glad to see her, but this is ridiculous!
As she starts to walk into the house, Wayne guides her back outside
and asks if she's been back long. Charlie says she's been back
since last night - but now she's over the jetlag, she's come for
all the gossip. She asks how Patricia is, but Wayne says he doesn't
know. He tells Charlie that he's got to get to the garage, and
he goes to walks off. Charlie immediately complains that he hasn't
become any politer since she's been away. Wayne assures
her that he'll be back - he's just got to catch someone before
they head off. He goes to walk off again, but then turns back
and tells Charlie that she could help him, actually. Charlie looks
puzzled. Wayne tells her to just do what he says; he'll explain
Brian is opening the car door when Wayne approaches
and says there's someone he'd like him to meet - their next door
neighbour. He introduces Charlie to Brian, and Charlie immediately
flirts and comments that she always said Irishmen are
the best looking in the world! She adds that she hopes he'll be
there for a while. Brian tells her that Mr. Hamilton
has been kind enough to issue an open invitation, so... Charlie
tells him that, knowing Gordon, she's sure he has - he
has the biggest heart around. She then says she's about to extend
some hospitality herself. She puts her arm through Brian's
and says Wayne tells her that Jill's out by the pool - and she'd
like to invite them both to her place tomorrow, for a
party. Brian says that's very nice of her. He then says he has
to go, but Charlie tells him that that's nonsense - five minutes
won't hurt. Wayne smiles. Charlie says to Brian that she wants
him and Jill to tell her about the fire at Fiona's. Wayne interrupts
to explain to Brian that Charlie's not the type to take 'no' for
an answer. Brian gives in, and he and Charlie walk off. As they
do so, Wayne spots Brian's keys in the car door, and he makes
to lock it. He then throws the keys to Brian and tells Charlie
that he'll see her back in the house when she's finished. Charlie
and Brian walk off, Charlie asking Brian where he's from: the
North or South. Brian says it's the North. When he's alone, Wayne
opens the car door - which he didn't really lock - and gets Brian's
jacket out. He takes out the envelope in the pocket and looks
at the papers inside, one of which is Jill's birth certificate.
He then smiles to himself...
A while later, inside, Wayne gives Charlie a drink,
telling her she earned it. Charlie says she thinks she'd
rather have an explanation, and she adds that Wayne's
getting as bad as Patricia. Wayne asks her what she means, and
Charlie replies that Patricia's forever messing around in other
people's lives... Wayne sits down and says he's doing it for Jill
- he doesn't trust Brian; there were a few things he wanted to
look at in his jacket. Charlie says, "Checking him out, eh?"
She adds that Brian is far too cute to be suss. Wayne says it's
better to be sure. Charlie comments, "Don't say you're
still keen on Jill?" Wayne smiles and that says maybe he
is; he made a lot of mistakes in his life - one of the biggest
was losing her. Charlie says she's glad to see he realises
it, but asks if he hasn't left his run a bit late; she reminds
him about the engagement ring and says John got in first. Wayne
points out that they're not married yet. Charlie asks
Wayne what he's up to, adding that she's seen that smile on Patricia's
face far too often not to recognise it. Wayne tells Charlie that
the good thing about her is that she never interferes.
Charlie replies that he didn't answer her question. Wayne says
he's not going to! He raises his glass and says, "Cheers!"
Rob is in the kitchen at The Terrace when Angela
gets home. She's virtually empty-handed, and Rob remarks that
he thought she was going shopping. Angela replies that she didn't
see anything she liked. Rob offers her a sandwich, but Angela
says she's bought some pies. Rob says he's just about finished
the sandwiches, and Angela says the pies will keep. She kisses
Rob, who jokingly asks if she's glad to have him back. Angela
replies that he knows she loves him. Rob says of course
he does - and he loves her, too. He starts to
eat his sandwich and Angela then laughs as he offers her
some, explaining that she's laughing at his idea of being romantic
- offering her some sandwich with his mouth full! Rob laughs and
tells Angela that she'd start worrying if he was any different
- he's her basic romantic slob! He grabs Angela in a pretend caveman
style and tells her that he's happier than he's ever been. Angela
says, "Good." Rob jokes that you're not supposed to
say 'good' - you're supposed to say you're happier than you've
ever been, too. Angela tells him that some people might think
she's crazy, but she is. Rob asks why some people might
think she's crazy. Angela looks at him, embarrassed, and says
there's no particular reason - the main thing is that they're
happy. Rob smiles and nods. They hug, but Angela looks
At Jill's apartment, Paul is on the 'phone to Fiona,
and he says he really appreciates it. Fiona tells him that things
seem to be running OK. Paul says he just felt he needed the chance
to relax after the trial. Fiona remarks that she imagines Patricia
was spitting chips! Paul agrees that she wasn't too happy!
Fiona says that, from what Alan told her, he managed pretty well
when Patricia was there; good on him. Paul reminds Fiona that
he told her everything would be fine. Fiona says she's
just a suspicious type! She tells Paul to have a nice break and
come back raring to go. Paul says, "Will do." Looking
pleased with himself, he hangs up.
At Woombai, Fiona also hangs up and Tommy asks if
he can go outside now. Fiona says it's fine by her. Bert
tells him not to go too far. He goes out. Bert then says to Fiona
that she doesn't know how much this means to him. Fiona says she
thinks she can guess. Bert tells her that she's a very fine woman.
Fiona looks embarrassed, and she tells Bert that he's an old flatterer!
Bert, though, says he means it - when he first met her,
he felt that a bit of charm and he'd stay in good with this boss.
Fiona says she could tell! Bert jokes that he must be
losing his touch - but he didn't take it seriously - he supposes
he thought, well, he doesn't know. Fiona tells him to go on, and
so he continues that he thought she was a rich sheila, with more
money than sense. Fiona laughs that he was close! Bert, though,
says no - Fiona's the most decent person he's ever met - the way
she cares about other people; take Paul - putting up with his
shenanigans; and him. Fiona says she didn't notice him
getting up to too many shenanigans! Bert continues that, seriously,
he means it - the way she helped him today; she's just been through
a terrible thing - the fire, losing her house - and he heard about
the loss of the photo of her baby. Fiona asks who told him, and
Bert says it was Jill - and he's glad she did - it made
him admire Fiona even more; if he lost something that
important, he'd probably be back on the bottle, or, at the very
least, spend all his time going round feeling sorry for himself
- but she's gone on as if nothing's happened - and she's
thought about him, his family, other people... Fiona
nods, looking upset. Bert says he knows he's not much of a catch,
but he'd be very proud if... ; he wants Fiona to be more than
his boss. Fiona smiles through her tears and tells Bert that she
thinks he's quite a catch - she never thought he'd ask!
It's nighttime, and Gordon and Wayne are in the
lounge room at Dural. Wayne tells his father that Jill would think
he was spinning her a lie if he asked her. Gordon says
he can see Wayne's point. Wayne continues that, the trouble with
Jill is that everyone close to her puts him down - he
can't even get past first base. Gordon says he noticed
that she was fairly edgy with him last night. Wayne says
that's right - and he's been bending over backwards
to be nice. Gordon says, "OK - I'll put it to her."
He adds that Rosie will be in seventh heaven if all three
of them turn up. Wayne says it'll do Rosie good - the
last time they spoke, she was still not feeling the best. Gordon
suggests they make it tomorrow. He gets up and tells Wayne that
he'll be in the study, and to send Jill in when she arrives. He
goes. Wayne smiles, pleased. Out in the hall, Jill comes in and
asks Gordon if he had a good day. Gordon says it was productive.
Jill tells him that Brian said Wayne wants to see her, but Gordon
tells her that he does, actually. He tells her to come
into the study. Jill says it sounds as if she's done something
wrong. Gordon laughs, "Hardly!" From the lounge
room, Wayne watches them go into the study. He then gets up from
the settee and goes to the 'phone. He dials a short number and
the operator comes on and asks, "What town please?"
Wayne asks for Brisbane. He continues that he wants the number
of the Oakdale Orphanage. The operator tells him to hold the line.
At Jill's apartment, Paul tells Angela that those
sort of lies could really get her in trouble. Angela
says they won't if she's careful; as far as Rob's
concerned, she's at the movies with Patricia. Paul asks what if
Rob calls her. Angela immediately asks if he thinks Rob
would call her mother! She continues that she's covered
her tracks with Beryl, too - she told Rob that Beryl's feeling
a bit seedy, and not to bother her. They sit down, but Paul looks
worried. Angela says she can manage it. She tells Paul
that, this afternoon, things were the best between her and Rob
for a long time - because she's stopped feeling bad about
him; that can't be wrong if they're all happy.
Beryl is baking in the kitchen at the Palmers' when
Rob knocks on the window and comes in the back door. Beryl immediately
looks nervous, but she smiles and says, "Hi." Rob asks
her if she's by herself, and Beryl says she is. Rob tells
her that he was hoping he wouldn't have to disturb her - he's
just after the small brush that Doug brought over the other day;
he wants to touch up the fireplace. Beryl says she thinks Doug
put it back in the shed. She returns to kneading her dough, and
Rob says there's no doubt about her. Beryl asks him what he means,
and Rob says she keeps working, even when she's sick. Beryl laughs
and asks who told him that? Rob says it was Angie - she
said Beryl told her on the 'phone. Beryl quickly says, "Well,
er, er, she must have misunderstood." Rob says she must
have. He tells Beryl that he was thinking it might have been the
Chinese tucker Angela gave her last night - the joint she got
it from was pretty seedy. Beryl starts to say that, last night...
but Rob interrupts that he appreciates it - she and Angie did
a great job. Beryl insists, "I didn't help her."
Rob smiles and says, "Sure you did!" He tells
Beryl that she's amazing - she never wants to take the
credit for anything she does. Beryl says, "Rob..."
but then says it's nothing, and she tells him to go and get his
brush. Standing by the back door, Rob tells Beryl that she's not
looking too well; maybe Angie's psychic. He goes, leaving
Beryl wiping her hands and looking worried.