David arrives home and, finding Kevin alone in the
kitchen, asks if he's the only one still up. Kevin says he is
- Beryl crashed early. He adds that she's in a bit of a funny
mood. David asks if there was any trouble while he was away, but
Kevin says there wasn't. David says he thought Healy might have
been round and made a nuisance of himself. Kevin replies that
it would have been a waste of time if he did - Pete left
for Portsy the same afternoon that David left; he comes
back tomorrow. He continues that they had their own live-in bodyguard
while David away: Doug decided he'd protect them! David laughs
and asks how. Kevin explains about how he dug out his old service
pistol; Beryl got him to grab it and hide it just in
case. David says that was a good idea; he adds that he bets Doug
wasn't too happy about it disappearing. They laugh, but Doug suddenly
comes in and complains that he doesn't know what a bloke's got
to do to get some sleep round there. He walks off again, and Kevin
guiltily says that was great timing. David says he'd better patch
it up. He calls Doug back to the kitchen, and Kevin says he's
sorry. David tells his father that it was only a joke, but Doug
asks if it was as big a joke as they think he is. Kevin
tells him that they don't think he's a big joke, but Doug grumbles
that he's too old to trust with a gun. He tells Kevin that if
he'd seen him with that pistol in the desert, when he was in his
prime, he wouldn't be laughing. Kevin looks at David. David indicates
to him to go to bed.
At Jill's apartment, Angela has her head on Paul's
lap, and she says she doesn't want to move. Paul says, "Don't!"
Angela says it would be nice, and adds that they should be glad
of the time they've got. She then says she has to go, but Paul
tells her that he's been thinking: there's a way they can spend
more time together without worrying about anyone. Angela looks
at him, and Paul says they can spend a couple of days down there,
and then both go up to Woombai. Angela sarcastically says, "Sure!"
but Paul continues that Fiona will be in Sydney after tomorrow;
after the fire, there's plenty for her to do, and she'll be away
from Woombai for a while. He tells Angela to come back with him
- make it like a real holiday. Angela says there's no way she
could talk Rob into it, but Paul tells her to find a
way. Angela persists that there's too much to do with setting
up the coffee shop - there's no time. Paul replies that
if Angela really loved him, she'd make it. He asks her if she
really wants to be with him, and Angela replies that he knows
she does. Paul tells her, "Then you'll work out something."
Angela nods and goes to the door.
At Toorak, Patricia is poring over some papers when
she hears the front door bang. Margaret comes in and asks if there
are problems. Patricia snaps that it's business. Margaret gloats
that she's had a wonderful evening; Ted Morgan
is a really charming man. Patricia snaps that she told
Margaret that she didn't want her mixing with Ramberg people.
Margaret replies that she can't help it if she made big a impression
at luncheon; she must have for him to ring her two weeks
later. Patricia gets up, says goodnight and goes to walk off.
Margaret, though, says she was wondering why Wayne suddenly
went back to live with Gordon. Patricia stops in her tracks as
Margaret continues that, now, she knows. Patricia asks
her what she's talking about, and Margaret replies that Ted was
telling her how desperate things are for the firm - without Gordon
there, they've got problems. Patricia walks up to glare
at Margaret face-to-face and tells her that she's got her money
and she's got a roof over her head; she should just keep her nose
out of Ramberg affairs. Margaret nastily replies that, when Patricia
marries Martin, she won't have to worry about money if
the firm goes broke - he'll look after her.
Angela arrives home to find Rob painting the fireplace
in the dining room. She remarks that she thought he'd be in bed,
but he replies that he couldn't sleep without her. She looks guilty.
She asks Rob if he's been at it all night, but Rob says no; he
called round to see Beryl earlier on. Angela's face immediately
drops. She asks how Beryl is, and Rob replies that she's
fine and sends her love. He adds that Angela got it all wrong
- Beryl's not crook at all. Angela tells her that she
thought she was, from what she said; she must just have
been tired. Changing the subject, Rob asks about the
movie, and Angela says it was alright; Patricia was in good form.
Rob finishes the painting and says they could just about set a
date. Angela asks him if he means a date when they can open
the place, and Rob, amused, asks what she thinks he means!
Angela says it would be great if they could have a break before
they open - Patricia was going on about what a good time she had
at Woombai. Rob agrees that it's good there. Angela says it freshened
Patricia up a lot - clean air, a bit of riding; they won't get
a chance to have a holiday once the coffee shop gets going. Rob
asks Angela if she'd like to go there, and Angela says she'd love
to. She asks if there's no chance of Rob getting any time off,
and Rob says there isn't - but that's no reason why Angela
can't go for a couple of days, though. Angela asks if he means
go without him. Rob replies that he can stay there and get the
place finished off. Angela asks him if he means it, and Rob tells
her that it'll give her a chance to get her batteries charged
up before she throws herself into running the coffee shop. Happy
at the way things have turned out, Angela says that'll be great
- she'll give Fiona a ring in the morning. She hugs Rob, tightly.
The next morning, at Woombai, Fiona rises to find
Bert and Tommy up already. Bert tells her that Tommy's had his
first gallop on a horse. Tommy starts enthusing about it and Fiona
listens before sending him to get some breakfast from the kitchen.
She then remarks to Bert that she thought she'd be up before
them this morning. Bert, though, replies that Tommy's worse then
him: up before the birds! Fiona comments that
Tommy keeps Bert on his toes, and Bert says it's a good thing
too - he's sick of lazing around; he knows Rosie's Hope's
is in good hands with Brian, but... Fiona says, "Old habits
die hard?" She tells Bert to enjoy his break, and
they laugh. Fiona adds, "Not that looking after Tommy is
what I'd call relaxation!" Bert tells her that it's
a lot easier with her around! Tommy rushes back and joins
them - he's excited that they've got stacks of pancakes for breakfast!
Fiona says she thinks a pot of tea will do her!
David is in his pyjamas when he enters the Palmer
kitchen to find Doug there, dressed. He asks if the tea's been
made for long, and Doug says it depends - it's probably too old
for Kevin; they should make him a fresh pot!
David tells his father not to be mad at Kevin; he thinks the world
of his grandfather. Doug says it's a pity he doesn't show
it. David sighs and sits down. Doug apologises and says Kevin
reminded him of his age, that's all; a man forgets sometimes -
he doesn't realise what a fool he's making of himself. David says
that can happen at any age; look at him - he
let that Martin Healy creep put one over him in front of his own
family; he looked like a real goog! He reckons they're
both in the same boat. Doug tells David that he did alright
- he just needs a few pointers in looking after himself! David
asks Doug if he's going to teach him, and Doug replies that he
reckons he could teach David a trick or two! They start having
a mock fight until Beryl comes in and snaps that it's a bit early
in the day for that sort of carry on. They stop. Doug explains
that they were just discussing the manly art, but Beryl says there's
been enough fighting round there to last them a lifetime.
Doug and David look at each other in suprise.
Patricia is standing outside Toorak, and she looks
at her watch, impatiently. A car suddenly pulls up outside the
house and Martin gets out. He and Patricia hug. Martin tells Patricia
that he missed her, and Patricia asks Martin when he got back
from Perth. Martin says it was half an hour ago; he came there
before he did anything else. Patricia explains that she's
just off to a very important meeting in town. Martin asks if it's
Ramberg, and Patricia murmurs agreement. Another car suddenly
toots its horn and Patricia mutters that the cab's finally made
it. Unknown to Patricia and Martin, Margaret is standing on the
balcony, watching. As the cab arrives, she runs downstairs and
opens the top button of her blouse. She runs outside, and does
the button up again, making it look as if she was just getting
dressed. She remarks to Martin that he's an early visitor. Martin
says, "Morning," to Margaret. Margaret turns to Patricia
and asks her if she's going to be home for lunch. Patricia says
she will be - they'll probably be through by then. Martin says
he'll come and eat with her - there's lots to talk about.
Patricia impatiently says alright, and she walks to the cab and
gets in. Martin closes her door for her, and the cab drives off.
Margaret offers Martin some coffee, but he declines. Margaret
then offers him breakfast, but Martin says he's not hungry. Margaret
insists, though, saying she's got croissants inside; they're very
light. Martin asks why not - he hasn't got much incentive to eat
at home, the kids not being there. As they go inside,
Margaret says she'd like to try and make it up to Martin for the
way she's been behaving...
A while later, as Martin comments that the food
hit the spot, Margaret continues that Patricia has been extremely
generous to her - she's extremely lucky. Martin remarks that it
sounds as if Margaret has had more than her fair share of bad
luck over the years - it's time someone gave her a break. Margaret
agrees that there have been hardships, but they're nothing to
compare with what Martin's been going through recently.
Martin says he guesses Margaret has been enjoying getting to know
Patricia again. Margaret laughs and says yes - as long as she's
not otherwise engaged. Martin says he knows what Margaret
means - he's not much better off than her in that regard.
Margaret continues that she's not complaining - Patricia
has got a plateful. Martin says it's not always
easy to catch up with her, and Margaret tells him that, if he
ever needs a sympathetic ear and Patricia's not around... Martin
says he'll keep it in mind. He then says he's glad they got things
sorted out, and Margaret says she is, too; life's too
short to nurse old grudges. Martin regretfully says he hopes his
kids learn that lesson someday soon.
Peter is in the kitchen at the Palmers' with Kevin,
David and Doug. Kevin is getting ready for work, and he asks Peter
how he got back from Portsy. Peter says he hitched, and Doug immediately
comments that that's a dangerous way to get around. Peter points
out that he survived. Kevin asks about Jen, and Peter says she's
fine - they had a nice time. David remarks that Peter
is certainly a lot chirpier than last week, and Peter jokes that
it must be the sea air! He adds that it wasn't all fun,
but they got a fair bit sorted out. David asks Peter what he reckons
they're going to do, but Peter says he doesn't know exactly -
but he's going to try and stay independent of the old man, at
least. Kevin asks him if he reckons he'll ever get things straightened
out with him, and Peter says, "One day, maybe." Kevin
goes to head out, kissing Beryl, who's just coming in, on the
way. Beryl says hello to Peter and adds that they'll talk later
- she has to rush now. David asks her where she's going, and Beryl
says she's off shopping; she thought she might call and see Rob
and Angela, too. She goes, leaving David looking surprised. Doug
comments that Beryl's been crabby all morning, and he
asks David what he's done to her. David says, "Search
As Beryl walks into Rob and Angela's, she tells
Angela that she didn't appreciate last night one little bit.
Angela pleads with Beryl to keep her voice down. Beryl continues
that she didn't like being forced into lying - she only did it
to stop Rob being hurt. Angela tells Beryl that Rob's just upstairs.
She then says she's sorry - she tried to keep him away. Beryl
says she knows - all that nonsnese about her being sick; she just
didn't want to see them both hurt. Angela says she knows what
she's doing, but Beryl snaps, "Rubbish." Angela insists
that she won't hurt Rob, but Beryl tells her that she will unless
she stops seeing Paul. She adds that she won't cover
for Angela again. At that moment, they hear Rob running downstairs,
and Angela asks Beryl if they can't just leave it 'til he goes.
Beryl looks annoyed. Rob comes in and says g'day. He asks Beryl
if Angela's told her her good news. Beryl says no. Angela's face
drops as Rob puts his arm round her and tells Beryl that his wife's
off to Woombai for a couple of days - a last fling before the
coffee shop opens for business; she just rang Fiona and organised
it. Angela looks at Beryl, guiltily. Beryl looks disgusted.
A while later, Angela closes the front door, calling
out to Rob to have good trip as she does so. Meanwhile, Beryl
paces the kitchen. Angela rejoins her, and comments that she doesn't
know much about cars, but theirs sounds pretty sick to her.
Beryl ignores this, though, and tells Angela that she's not going
to let her do it: she can't go to Woombai with Paul. Angela says,
"Beryl..." but Beryl continues that, sooner
or later, one of her lies will trip her up; does she know what
that will do to Rob? Angela tells Beryl that says this
is getting boring, but Beryl snaps, "Do you care?
Do you still love him?" Angela says that of course
she does, but she loves Paul, too. Beryl asks
how can she? She then asks Angela if she honestly expects
to have them both. Angela says she hopes so.
Beryl tells her that the worst thing is, she's conned
herself into believing it. She continues that she just
doesn't understand her. Angela snaps, "Then stay out
of it," but Beryl says she can't - Angela's already
forced her into it, by lying. Angela tells Beryl to give it a
rest, and Beryl says she will give it a rest when Angela
stops seeing Paul; she's not going to let her do it. She storms
out. Angela looks worried.
Fiona emerges from the house at Woombai and gives
Tommy a can to milk the goat. Tommy asks what you can do with
goat's milk, and Fiona replies that you can drink it,
make yoghurt from it, cheese... she then thinks back to Doug's
cheeses and says, "No - anything but cheese!" The 'phone
starts ringing and Fiona goes back inside. It's Beryl, who says
there's something Fiona's got to do for her...
Angela is in the kitchen at The Terrace when the
'phone rings. She answers; it's Fiona, who, without engaging in
any pleasantries, says she's just had a call from Beryl. She asks
Angela if it's true about her and Paul. Angela says, "Yes."
Fiona says, "Then you're fools - both of you."
Angela tells Fiona that she doesn't understand, but Fiona says
damned right she doesn't; she's disgusted. She
continues that, as long as Woombai belongs to her, and
as long as Angela is having an affair with Paul, Angela's
not welcome there. She asks if Angela understands, and
slams the 'phone down. She then dials another number as Bert comes
in and asks if there's trouble. Fiona replies that it's nothing
she can't handle. As the 'phone on the other end starts ringing,
Fiona asks Bert to leave, but Paul answers, so Fiona has to speak
in front of an unwanted audience. She tells Paul that she'll be
brief: "You're fired." In Melbourne, Paul looks bemused,
and he asks what's going on. Fiona tells him that she knows all
about his little plan - sneaking back with Angela. Paul says,
"I see." Fiona continues that she doesn't want him working
for her anymore; she'll send his things to him. Paul asks her
if she's not over-reacting, but Fiona snaps that she doesn't want
to discuss it - he's fired, simple as that. She slams the 'phone
down. Paul looks shocked. At Woombai, Fiona tells Bert that she's
sorry. Bert asks what Paul did, and Fiona replies that
if there's one thing that really gets under her skin, it's people
trying to con her. She storms out of the room. Bert looks
Martin is at Toorak for lunch, and he says it smells
good. Margaret says it's all ready - all they need is
Patricia. Martin says she shouldn't be long. Margaret
asks him how work was this morning, and Martin replies that it
was so so - he had a few too many things on his mind to really
get into it. Margaret says it can't be easy dealing with kids.
Martin says not his two, anyway. Margaret asks what went
wrong, adding that she knows what happened, but why couldn't they
sort it out? Martin says he's blessed if he
knows; three stubborn people, he supposes. The front door opens
and Margaret says that sounds like Patricia; now they can eat.
Patricia comes in, sees Martin and says it looks like he's been
there all morning. Martin curtly says, "Not exactly."
Margaret cheerily says he has been at work - they've
just been having friendly conversation while waiting for her.
Patricia snaps, "Good." Martin remarks that Patricia
looks tired, and Patricia says the meeting was draining at times.
Martin tells her that, if he had his way, she'd throw
it all in. Margaret chips in that she couldn't
stand it. Martin comments that noone would guess they
were sisters - they're so different. He tells Margaret
that she'll have to give Patricia some lessons in being a housewife.
Margaret wryly says, "Yes, I will, won't I." Patricia
Angela knocks on the front door of the Palmer door,
agitatedly. David calls out to hold her horses. He then answers
the door and tells Angela that he's pleased to see her. Angela
asks if Beryl's there, but David says she isn't. He asks
what's up, but Angela says it's nothing - it's just important
that she talk to her. David asks if Beryl wasn't at Angela's earlier,
and Angela agrees that she was. David says she must have
got stuck at the shops. Angela starts to walk into the house,
but then appears to change her mind and says she won't stay. Doug
suddenly calls out to ask if that's Angela. Angela says it is.
Doug tells her to come and have a look at something. She goes
in. David asks her if she's sure everything's alright, and Angela
replies, "Sure." David continues that it's just that
Beryl's been a bit up in the air lately, too.
Angela assures him that there's no problem. She goes into the
lounge room, and Doug tells her to come and have a look; he indicates
the picture that Peter is sketching. Peter explains that he's
just doodling, but Doug says that's not what he would
call it. Peter says it's not finished yet - he has to wait for
Kev to write some captions. Doug explains that it used to be a
cat, but now Peter's doing a series about a day in the life of
a baby. Angela says it's clever. She then turns back to David
and asks when Beryl will be back. David says she didn't say; he's
surprsied she's not back already... Doug interrupts that he reckons
Peter's got real talent. David ignores this and tells Angela that
whatever time it is, she's got to come back there before she goes
to work, so is she sure she doesn't want to stay? Angela says
she won't, but she asks David to ask Beryl to drop in on the way
to work. David agrees. As Angela walks to the front door, he quietly
mutters to Doug that he wishes he knew what the hell was going
on. He goes to the door to see Angela out.
Beryl arrives home and puts a box of shopping on
the kitchen table. David is sitting there, with a calculator,
and he jokes that it's no wonder she's late - she's been
spending all his hard-earned cash! Beryl snaps that she spent
her own money, on some clothes. David says it
was joke, but Beryl snaps that she's not in the mood. David asks
her what's going on: she's in a sniff, and Angela's not
much better - they've got troubles. Beryl looks at him,
and starts to say that they, er... However, she then tells him
that it's nothing to bother him about. David asks how come she's
bothered. Beryl says it's her problem - she doesn't want
to drag him into it. David tells her that he just doesn't like
seeing her upset. Beryl says she's fine.
Angela is looking out of the window in Jill's apartment
as Paul sits in an armchair. Angela says it's not fair,
but Paul asks what does it matter? - it happened. Angela
tells him that she was looking forward to being with
him, but now, they'll have to keep sneaking around down there.
Paul tells her to come on: the bright side to him staying in Melbourne
is that she can see him all the time. Angela points out
that he's lost a good job and she's
lost a good friend. She walks over to him as he says
it's a shame Fiona took it like that. Angela curses, "Damn
Beryl." She tells Paul that she left a message with David
that she wanted to see her. Paul suggests that it might be better
to let it rest; what else can Beryl do? Angela says she
could tell Rob. Paul says it might be a good idea
- get it out in the open. Angela snaps that that's a stupid
thing to say. Paul tells her that he wants her with him
- all the time. They hug, and Angela, upset, asks why
people have to interfere.
Patricia and Margaret escort Martin to his car,
and Patricia tells Martin that she's got all the invitations ready
to go out - she'll send Jennifer's to Portsy and Peter's care
of the Palmers. Martin sourly says he doesn't see the point
in inviting them, but Patricia says they have to; whether
they come or not is their decision. Martin says he suppsoses
so. He gets in his car as Margaret stands in the doorway of the
house. Patricia calls over and asks her if she shouldn't put her
jacket on, as it's getting very chilly out there. Margaret ignores
this, though. As Martin starts his car, Patricia bends down and
asks him if he understands why she's inviting Peter and Jennifer
- she wants everything to be perfect for their wedding day. Martin
drives off, and Patricia walks to Margaret, who's still standing
on the porch. She snaps that Margaret was supposed to take the
hint. Margaret asks why Patricia can't leave Martin's
children out of it? Patricia, though, snaps that it's
got nothing to do with Margaret. Margaret tells Patricia
that it'll only make more trouble. Patricia says, "Exactly."
She adds, "In the meantime, sister dear, we have
to share the house, but that doesn't mean I have to see your sour
face every time I turn around." She goes inside.
Angela is walking home, and as she approaches The
Terrace, she sees Beryl standing outside. She tells her that she
was hoping she'd be there. Beryl says, "Let's get
it over with."
They go inside, and stand just inside the dining
room. The chairs are all still stacked on the tables. Angela snaps
that it's none of Beryl's business, but Beryl snaps back that
Angela's the one who got her involved. Angela snaps that
she didn't ask Beryl to go running to Fiona, but Beryl
asks who Angela thinks she is. She adds that Angela doesn't
give two hoots about anything except what she wants.
Angela yells that she should never have trusted Beryl in the first
place, and Beryl replies that she wishes she hadn't.
Angela snaps that, if there's any trouble, it's Beryl's fault.
Beryl exclaims, "Mine?" Angela rants that she's
the one who got Paul fired, and cost her her friendship
with Fiona; who does Beryl think has done the
most damage? Beryl replies that Angela brought it all on herself.
Angela rants that she wants Beryl to stay out of it -
she knows what she's doing. Beryl asks what about Rob.
Angela says she can manage it if Beryl just keeps nose out of
her business. She continues that Beryl's problem is that
she's got a hang-up about it; she tells her not to worry - she'll
handle it a lot better than David did his affair. Astonished,
Beryl slaps Angela's face. She snaps, "And don't expect me
to apologise. In fact, the less I see of you from now on, the
better." She storms out, leaving Angela holding her hand
to her sore face and looking worried.