Martin is at Toorak, where he gives Margaret a bunch
of flowers. Margaret says they're a lovely surprise, and asks
what they're for. Martin explains that they're a belated 'thankyou'
for her helping patch things up with Peter. Margaret says they're
beautiful. Martin says it's the least he could do, but Margaret
tells him that he should have waited until she'd got him back
on speaking terms with Jennifer, too. Martin says that could be
a long wait... Margaret says she thinks Jennifer will listen to
him if he calls her. Martin says he might get round to it... Margaret
asks Martin if he still can't forgive his daughter. She
adds that she knows Jennifer hurt him, but they'll never sort
it out while she's in Portsy and Martin's
up there. Martin, though, says he tends to agree with
Patricia: if Jennifer makes the effort to come up for the wedding,
he'll see... Margaret tells him that that's very one-eyed;
she thought Patricia would have been far more understanding. Martin
replies that Patricia agrees with him: Jennifer has to
take the consequences of what she did; she knows he didn't agree
to her ending the pregnancy. Margaret snaps that that's precisely
why she went to Patricia for help; she can't understand
why the pair of them put all the blame on Jennifer when Patricia
organised it; she probably thought they were basically
approving. Looking shocked, Martin asks Margaret if she's
telling him that Patricia arranged for the operation.
Margaret looks stunned, and says she thought they'd have both
discussed it by now. Martin says Patricia never said
anything to him. Margaret realises she's put her foot
in it, and Martin tells her that she has, but he's glad
she told him. Margaret looks vaguely pleased...
In the kitchen at the Palmers', Peter shows Kevin
his latest sketch; it has has Doug in it! He asks Kevin for a
caption, and Kevin says he can think of lots - except for the
punchline. Peter suggests, "Cowards need not apply."
Kevin tells Peter to come on, but Peter says he'll leave Kevin
to it. Kevin asks Peter where he's going, and Peter replies that
he's going down the shops - and he'll ring his Dad and keep trying
until he gets him. As he rushes out, Doug comes in, carrying a
box. He tells Peter to watch where he's going. He then asks Kevin
what's up, and Kevin replies that Peter's had some bad news. He
adds that he's too stubborn for his own good. Changing the subject,
he asks Doug what he's doing home early. Doug replies that that
Porter woman was driving him mad while he was at the coffee shop!
Kevin lightheartedly asks him if he'll tell Rosie! Doug continues
that he borrowed David's car; he doesn't know why he didn't look
in the boot in the first place. He opens the box he's
carrying, and takes out his service revolver; he comments that
it needs a good clean. He then points out a letter on the shelf,
from Lynn. Kevin ignores it. Doug asks Kevin if it isn't time
he opened it, but Kevin just says, "No." Doug says he's
blessed if he knows why young blokes go out of their way to make
themselves miserable. He starts cleaning his gun, and then notices
Peter's sketch on the table. He remarks that the bloke in it looks
just like a swaggy he met when he was a kid! Kevin explains that
it's Davey's new babysitter. Doug laughs that the kid's always
up to some mischief! He then suggests that Lynn would
like to see the cartoons, but Kevin doesn't respond. Doug tells
him that Peter isn't the only stubborn one. He then snaps,
"It's up to you," and he goes outside to clean his gun
Martin is still at Toorak when Patricia comes in.
He immediately asks why she didn't tell him that Jennifer came
to her for help. Patricia asks, "What help?"
Martin snaps, "Getting rid of the baby." He
rants at Patricia that she arranged it - he and Margaret were
just talking about it and Margaret assumed that she'd told
him. Patricia says she was hoping they wouldn't have to have
this conversation; there were very good reasons for not
telling him. Martin snaps that Jennifer's his daughter;
he has a right to know. Patricia retorts that it had
to be Jen's decision, and she felt she shouldn't have the child;
when he refused to help her, she didn't know what
to do; she couldn't tell him that Adam was the father because
she knew how he'd react, so she came to her for help.
Martin snaps that he doesn't understand Patricia getting involved;
she woudn't go through with it herself at her age. Patricia
says the difference is that she wanted her children;
if the father had been anyone but Adam... it was an impossible
situation. Martin says that's beside the point - Patricia should
have told him. Patricia retorts that Jennifer trusted
her; she felt that that was more important; she was terrified
of losing her father's respect; at her age, everyone
makes mistakes; she was lucky - she had Margaret
to help her; Jennifer didn't have anyone. Martin says
Jennifer should have known he'd see her through it - he'd have
been angry, but he's always loved her. Patricia points
out that he didn't show it at the time. Martin says he
couldn't; it's because he loves her that it
hurt him so much. Patricia responds, "Don't tell
me - tell Jen." Martin says that's what
Margaret's been saying. Patricia tells him that he should
love her enough to trust her. Martin suggests they go to Portsy
now, to see Jen. Patricia asks if that means she's forgiven.
Martin apologises, saying he flew off the handle. Patricia says
it's better that it's all out in the open; she doesn't like them
having secrets from each other. Martin says he agrees, and they
kiss. Martin then says, "Let's go." Patricia, though,
asks if he'd mind terribly if she didn't come; she explains that
she's expecting a call from Richard Coleman at 4pm - and, more
important, her wedding dress is being delivered. Surprised, Martin
remarks that Patricia's getting a bit sentimental! Patricia tells
him, "I'm in love..." Martin says he'll tell
her how it worked out on the way home. Patricia says she'll keep
her fingers crossed. Martin goes. Patricia smiles to herself...
Margaret is sitting outside when Martin emerges.
She walks over to him and asks if everything's alright. Martin
replies that everything's fine; Patricia simply wanted to do the
right thing - she couldn't be happier that it's out in the open;
and both of them were right about him not being the most understanding
father. He then explains that he's on his way to Porsty. Margaret
says that's wonderful. Martin says he wishes Patricia could come,
as he needs moral support. Margaret offers to tag along if he
likes, and Martin readily agrees. Patricia suddenly comes to the
front door and jokingly tells Martin to stop monopolising her
sister - she wants to talk to her. Margaret, though, tells Patricia
that she'll catch up with her when they get back. Martin calls
out to explain that Margaret's coming with him. He asks Patricia
if she minds, but she replies, "Of course not..." They
In the kitchen at the Palmers', Kevin is looking
at Peter's sketches. He then looks at the letter on the shelf.
He quickly looks out the back door to check there's noone there,
and he then picks up the letter. He goes into the lounge room,
sits down and opens the envelope. He takes out a photo of Davey,
looks at it and smiles. He then takes out the accompanying letter.
Doug who has just walked into the kitchen, sees what Kevin is
doing and looks pleased. Kevin reads the letter and smiles.
Fiona arrives in the flat at the back of Dural and
says, "Men - never understand them!" Jill asks what's
wrong, and Fiona tells her that Bert's on the booze again; Brian's
trying to cover for him. Jill asks what happened, and
Fiona replies that Bert turned up for training when everyone else
was ready to leave; he missed yesterday, late
today... he was useless. She continues that it looks
like yesterday was the start of it; she's so worried
about him. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, and Fiona remarks
that, sometimes, she thinks they should leave the answering machine
on permanently! Jill goes to take it, and Fiona says
that, if it's for her, she's not home! Jill picks up the receiver
and a woman comes on and asks for Jill Taylor. Jill says that's
her, and the woman continues, "My name is Beth Newman,
Jill. You don't know me, but I've something very important to
discuss with you. I was wondering if it would be convenient to
come over and see you now?" Jill, looking uncertain, says
she's not sure, and she asks what it's about. The woman says it's
very personal - she can't discuss it over the 'phone; she asks
Jill if she can see her in half an hour? Jill says that's fine,
but adds that if it's about insurance... The woman hangs up, though,
and so Jill does the same. Fiona asks who it was, but Jill says
she's not sure - she thinks she was an insurance woman; she said
it was personal, but she may only be after a foot in the door.
She offers to see Beth in the main house, but Fiona tells her
not to be silly - she's not in a decline after Bert. Jill has
already gone, though, and, as the door slams, Fiona sadly says
to herself, "Who am I kidding...?"
A red car pulls up outside Dural, and a woman gets
out. Gordon and Wayne are coming out of the house as she walks
up to the front door; she announces that she's there to see Jill.
Gordon asks the woman if she's Beth Newman, and she replies that
that's right. Gordon tells her that Jill's expecting her, and
he indicates inside. Beth knocks on the door, and Jill answers.
She invites Beth in, and Beth thanks her for seeing her. Jill
asks her if she's selling insurance, but Beth says she's not selling
anything. She asks if they can go right in, and Jill
agrees. They go into the lounge room, where Beth says she should
have written first, but she was so anxious to see Jill.
She looks at Jill and says she always knew she would
be be pretty when she grew up. She continues that Jill was four
years old the last time she saw her. She then says, "Jill,
I'm your mother." Jill looks shocked.
Jill is sitting down, listening, as Beth stands
and tells her that she knows Jill was told that her father and
mother were killed in a boat fire, but it wasn't true; she was
in hospital for a long time, but she survived. Jill cries that
the orphanage wouldn't have lied. Beth, though, says
it's what she wanted - she made it very clear. She adds
that it's not an excuse for what she did. She continues that it
might help Jill understand if she fills in a few details. Jill
says, "Go on." Beth sits down and says things were fine
until they went away for that holiday; she didn't like leaving
Jill with friends, but now, thank God she did. She remembers
the day it all happened so clearly: she and Tom were
having a wonderful time; they pulled in one morning to refill
the petrol tank, but one of the cans must have leaked; she
must have been careless with a cigarette butt; everyone said it
was an accident, but she knew it was her fault. Jill
looks away. Beth continues that she had the most dreadful breakdown;
she was in an institution for years. Jill looks at her
again as she says it was seeing him burned like that...
She starts to break down in tears and asks if they could go for
a walk, as she's very nervous.
Outside, Jill asks Beth why she wanted to find her.
Beth explains that, when she was well again, she realised she'd
made a terrible mistake - but she thought it was too late to do
anything about it. Jill asks, "Why look for me now?"
Beth replies that she wanted to make sure Jill was alright before
she left. She explains that she remarried, and now her husband's
being transferred overseas permanently; she's tried so many times
to trace Jill before, and when Harry told her about his transfer,
she realised it was now or never. Jill says, "I see."
Beth says she's sorry for the shock - she knew she should have
written, but there seemed to be so little time. Jill asks her
when she leaves, and Beth says it's next month - she should be
be home now, helping Harry and the boys get ready for
the move, but she told him that she wanted to say goodbye to some
old friends in Sydney; luckily her husband is a real sweetie;
she didn't love him when she married him - it took years
to get over Jill's father's death - but they're happy now. She
adds that she hasn't told him about Jill - she's too ashamed,
she supposes; he'd try to understand, but it would make a difference.
Jill agrees that there's no point really - after today, they'll
probably never see each other again. Beth uncertainly says that
if that's what Jill wants - but she thought they might
spend some time together, and get to know each other a little.
Jill asks if it isn't a bit late. Beth replies that she doesn't
blame Jill for being bitter; she should never have left her -
but she did and she has to live with the choices she
made back then. She adds that there are times when she hates
herself for what she's doing, but it seems the best thing for
the person you love. Jill tells Beth that she knows what she means.
They walk off, as Fiona watches from a distance.
Back in the lounge room, Jill asks Beth how long
it is before she has to go back to Brisbane. Beth replies that
it's a couple of weeks - perhaps a little longer. Jill says that's
not much time to get to know each other, and Beth reluctantly
agrees. Jill offers her a mineral water, which Beth accepts. She
continues that it's a pity it took so much time tracking Jill
down. Jill asks her how she went about it, and Beth explains that,
after she spoke to the orphanage, she approached an agency; all
she had to go on was the name of Jill's friend in Sydney. The
people at the orphanage told her that Jill had been going to stay
with her when she left; they were very helpful. Jill quietly says,
"I see." She continues that Beth knows she's been a
pro, then. Beth nods, but tells Jill that it's what she is now
that counts; if she'd been a proper mother, that would
never have happened. She starts to break down and says she's sorry.
Jill admits that she's feeling a bit shook up herself.
Beth says it's been a rough day: when she got to Manly Terrace
and found it burnt out, she thought she'd had it; she
was leaving when one of the neighbours asked who she was looking
for, and gave her the number; she couldn't believe her luck!
Jill says she supposes they were meant to get together.
They both start to say something at the same time, and then both
stop and laugh. Jill tells Beth to go first. Beth says she was
going to suggest they have dinner together tonight. Jill says
she'd love to. She then says she supposes it would be better for
Beth if they have it there. Beth, though, says she'd
prefer a restaurant - she doesn't think she's up to meeting Jill's
friends yet , what with all the explanations... They suddenly
hear Brian call out, "Jill" from the hall. Jill looks
round as Beth says she'll manage one at a time!
A while later, back in the flat, Jill excitedly
says it's fantastic! Fiona tries to appear happy, but
she asks Jill if she's sure Beth's on the level. Jill
explains that she knew about the orphange and everything;
there's no doubt about it. She hugs Fiona, happily! Fiona says
she wishes Jill had brought her in to meet her. She then comments
on the fact that that they're having a celebration dinner. At
that moment, Brian comes in and says they certainly are!
Jill explains that she and Brian are taking Beth to that nice
little French place - the one Fiona really likes. Fiona says that's
nice - they'll have a good time. Looking slightly hurt, she adds,
"Just the three of you, is it?" Jill nods excitedly
and says she can't wait. She adds that she might bring
Beth in to meet Fiona before they go; she'll see how Beth feels.
She then says she still can't believe it: one 'phone call could
make such a difference to her life! Fiona smiles, but looks worried.
Margaret, Jennifer and Martin walk into the Healy house, and
Martin, looking at the clothes and papers strewn everywhere, says
he's afraid the place is in a mess; he really didn't expect Jennifer
to come home with him. Jennifer says she's a bit surprised
herself. Margaret reminds Martin that she told
him he couldn't do without his daughter, as the place needs a
woman's touch! Jennifer says she'll do her best. Martin says he'll
tidy up while Jennifer unpacks, but Jennifer assures him that
she can do it while he runs Margaret home. Margaret says
there's no hurry. Martin says he'd better give Patricia a ring;
let her know the good news. Jennifer asks him to tell Patricia
'thanks' for making him turn up. Martin says he didn't need much
of a push; he really missed her. Jennifer, looking at
the mess, says she can tell! She then turns to Margaret
and says she hopes she can see her again soon. Martin tells her
that she certainly will; Margaret knows she's welcome
there any time. He and Margaret go, while Jennifer sighs
and starts tidying up. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, and
when Jennifer answers it, Peter comes on. Surprised to hear her
voice, he asks her what she's doing home, and Jennifer replies
that Martin came to see her today, and they sorted things out
a bit. Peter tells her to stay where she is; he's coming straight
over. Jennifer asks what's wrong, but Peter says he'll tell her
when he gets there. He adds that she shouldn't bother to unpack;
he doesn't think she'll be staying...
In the hall at Dural, Jill is dressed up, and she asks Brian
if she looks alright. Brian tells her that of course
she does! They go into the lounge room, where Jill apologises
to Beth for not telling her to come to the flat. Beth, though,
says she was glad she had the opportunity of meeting Wayne.
Wayne tells Beth that he hopes they'll be seeing a lot more
of her. Beth invites him to join them for dinner, but Wayne says,
"Maybe some other time." As Brian, Jill and Beth go
to leave, Beth remarks to Jill that Wayne is a very charming young
man. Jill says that depends on what mood you catch him in. Beth
says she likes him. Wayne smiles...
At Toorak, Patricia tells Martin to tell Jennifer that she'll
see her tomorrow. Margaret is sitting on the settee, reading a
magazine, and Martin thanks her for all her help. He then tells
Patricia that he wishes she'd let him see the dress. Patricia
says that would be bad luck before the day. They kiss and he goes.
Patricia immediately walks over to Margaret and snaps, "Enjoy
the show?" In response, Margaret snaps that she
wishes to God that Martin would see through Patricia.
Patricia warns her sister not to waste time trying to make it
happen; no matter what Margaret says to him, he'll always
end up believing her - because he's in love
with her. Margaret snaps, "More fool him."
Patricia retorts that all men are fools for a pretty
face - that's why Margaret never stands a chance.
Margaret points out that Ted Morgan seems to find her attractive,
but Patricia replies that Ted Morgan would go out with King
Kong if he felt it gave him more influence with her.
She smiles, nastily. Margaret looks hurt, and she tells Patricia
to shut up. Patricia says, "The idea of you trying to take
Martin away from me is pathetic. When I'm in
the room, he doesn't even see you." She walks round
the settee, continuing, "And, if you're hoping to get him
on the rebound, think again; if he ever is desperate
enough to turn to you, I shall make sure that neither of you ever
have a minute's peace in your life." Margaret stands
up and faces Patricia. She snaps, "God, I hate you."She
walks out as Patricia calls out that the feeling's mutual.
At the Healys', Peter and Jennifer are sitting in chairs. Jennifer
says, "There must be some mistake," but Peter asks her
if she thinks Adam would write it if wasn't true. Jennifer says,
"No, but..." Peter says there aren't any 'buts'
- it's the truth. The front door slams, and Martin calls
out, "I'm home." He walks into the room and
Peter immediately stands up. Martin tells him that he was going
to ring him. Peter, who is holding Adam's letter, says he was
trying to get to Martin all day about this; he indicates
the paper and explains about it being from Adam. He continues
that there's no point Martin lying about it, because
he and Jen both believe Adam. Martin reads the letter and Peter
tells him that it's lucky he never told any of his airforce pals
about it; he's supposed to be the big war hero, isn't
he? Jennifer cries, "Is it true?" Martin looks
upset but remains silent. Peter says to Jennifer, "Do you
believe me now? He can't even look you in the face, now
that you know he killed your father..."