Martin doesn't say anything for several seconds,
and Peter eventually snaps that his father hasn't answered Jen's
question. He adds, "It's true, isn't it." Martin
starts to explain himself, saying that if they'd been there, they'd
have done the same thing; in that sort of situation, you don'
t question right or wrong - you save yourself; it's called
'survival'; Barry would have done the same thing if it had been
the other way round. Peter snaps, "Whatever happened to good
old mateship?" Martin yells back, "I'm talking about
reality, Peter, not the stuff you watch in movies."
He continues that, if he'd tried to save Barry, both
of them would have been killed; there were shells exploding everywhere;
if he hadn't have taken off, his chopper would have been
hit, too. Jennifer cries, "So you left my father there to
die?" There's silence until Martin asks if they
don't think he hasn't hated himself; he had
to do it. Peter angrily says it's no wonder Adam never
wanted a bar of the airforce, knowing that. Martin says
Sandra should never have told their son; she always sided with
Adam against him. Peter yells that now he knows why his
father went on about him being a coward: because
Martin knows more about it than he does. He continues
that he wonders what all Martin's airforce mates would say if
they knew - if they knew about the big war hero who turned chicken.
Martin shouts, "That's enough of it." Peter shouts back,
"Too right it is." He tells Jennifer to grab her things,
as they're getting out of there. Martin asks where they're going,
but Peter says he doesn't really care. Martin insists
that neither of them them are being fair, but Jennifer
cries, "Aren't we?" She picks up a bag and
tells Martin that she knows now why he looked after her and her
family: it stopped him feeling guilty. Peter tells his
father, "You're a phoney. A lousy phoney." He and Jennifer
walk out, as Martin stares after them.
The 'phone rings at Toorak, and Patricia gets up,
turns off the TV and goes to answer it. Margaret is sitting in
a chair, reading. The caller is Wayne, who tells Patricia that
he thinks she should have the latest reports. He continues that
a problem has come up: there's some competition: Barbara's brother
- Gordon is considering going into a consultancy business with
him. Patricia immediately snaps, "And you haven't been able
to talk him out of it, right?" Wayne replies that
it would look too obvious if he tried to push it, but Patricia
isn't impressed by this excuse, and she tells Wayne that he's
hopeless. She adds that she ends up doing most things herself.
Wayne assures her that he's been dropping hints about Ramberg;
he was hoping the suggestion would come from Gordon.
Patricia snaps that, meanwhile, he lines up a deal with Barbara's
brother; that's very clever. Fed up with Patricia's attitude,
Wayne snaps at her to call him when she's in a better mood. He
goes to put the 'phone down, but Patricia snaps, "Don't you
dare hang up on me again." Wayne puts the receiver
back to his ear and says he's told her that he's done all he could
- if she doesn't believe him, tough. He hangs up. Patricia looks
annoyed. She immediately starts dialling another number, as Margaret
At The Terrace, Angela and Rob are in the kitchen
with Peter and Jennifer. Angela tells the kids that Kevin has
been in touch; they know all about it. Rob takes some plates off
to some customers as Peter tells Angela that they're sorry to
land on them at this time of night. Angela assures them that it's
OK. Peter asks if Jennifer can stay until they can find a flat.
Angela replies that they don't even have to ask. Jennifer
quickly says she's grateful - she doesn't know what they'd
have done; they just walked out. Rob returns and puts Peter and
Jennifer to work on kitchen and waitressing duties! He and Angela
then leave them alone in the kitchen, where Jennifer stars crying.
Peter hugs her and tells her that they'll manage.
At Toorak, Martin says to Margaret, "To hell
with the pair of them - they deserve everything they
get if they can't at least give me a hearing."
He starts pacing the lounge room, complaining that they had him
tried and convicted before he even got home. He then
rants that he's now arrived there to find he's missed
Patricia by ten minutes; it hasn't exactly been his day. Margaret
tells him to sit down and calm down, but Martin ignores
this, and says he gave Jennifer everthing she wanted - his conscience,
he supposes; he thought about Barry almost every day - it's not
exactly something you wipe out of your mind. Margaret looks at
him. Martin continues that there's a possibility he could have
saved him, but he'll never know. Margaret tells him that he can't
go through life wondering; he's got to accept it happened and
that he made the right decision. Martin says, "But did
I?" Margaret points out that there's no way he can reverse
anything. Martin says, "No... but you've no idea how much
I wish I could." He sits down. Margaret tells him,
"That's it - relax..." Martin says, "God, I wish
Patricia was here." Margaret looks upset.
Brian and Bert get out of a car at Dural, and Brian
tells Bert that he's not to blame him for what happened. Bert
slurs, "OK, I was a bit late." Brian tells
Bert that he knows how late he was, and how much work
he missed. Bert slurs that he was a bit tired. They go into the
flat as Fiona emerges, wearing her dressing gown, from the bedroom.
Brian explains that they're there because they forgot the cheque
for the saddlery; they'll pick up the gear this morning. Fiona
says all she has to do is find her chequebook! She looks at the
obviously drunk Bert in disdain. She then sits down at the table
and asks how training went. Bert slurs that it was alright - he
wasn't doing good the first time round, but he worked out what
was wrong: she had her tounge under the bit. Fiona finds her chequebook
and then asks how dinner was last night. Brian remarks that he
thought Jill would have been bursting to tell Fiona herself,
but Fiona says she went out first thing this morning - she left
a note; she's gone to Sydney for the day, with her mother. Brian
says they enjoyed the meal - they got on famously. Fiona says
Jill will no doubt tell her all about it tomorrow, when they out
shopping - they're going on a binge! Brian goes to change
before they head off, leaving Bert alone with Fiona. He slurs
that he missed Fiona yesterday - he was going to get
in touch, but something came up. Fiona listens, and then angrily
asks Bert if he thinks she's completely stupid. Bert asks her
what she means. Fiona replies that she can smell it on his breath.
She asks him if he turned up for training. Bert replies that sure
he did, and so Fiona asks what time he turned up. Bert
replies that he was a bit late, but he got there. Fiona
suggests he should ring Alec, adding that it might help.
Bert, though, asks what that's got to do with the price
of fish. He adds that Fiona's having a go at him for having a
social drink. Fiona says, "Social drink my eye." She
reminds Bert that he told her himself: he's an alcoholic.
Bert snaps, "And you're like a cracked record, Fiona. No
wonder I want to keep away from you." He storms off, leaving
Fiona looking shocked and upset.
Outside, Brian asks Bert if he's ready to go. He
says he is. He then asks Bert if he and Fiona had a bit
of a barney. Bert snaps that Brian should mind his own business,
but Brian says it is his business; they're supposed
to be partners. Bert says they are, but Brian
says they aren't when he's acting like this. He adds
that it's only because Bert's letting things get on top of him
- and not just because of his son. Bert snaps that Brian's
said enough, but Brian continues that Bert feels as if he's of
no use anymore; he thinks he can do all the work without
him - which is nonsense; he's drinking because he's strung up.
He tells Bert to pull himself together - arrive at work on time
and sober. Bert indignantly says, "Now wait a minute, who
says I'm drunk?" Brian snaps that he doesn't care if Bert's
drunk or not, but he's been drinking before coming to
work, and he's not putting up with it. The argument
continues as a cab pulls up outside the house and Patricia gets
out. She watches for a while and then goes inside. Brian tells
Bert that he's not going to put up with it anymore. They get in
Inside, Wayne is surprised to see Patricia standing
there when he opens the door. He asks her what she's doing there,
and she replies that she's there to do what he failed
to do - and she's not leaving 'til Gordon agrees to come back
to Ramberg - and if it means eating humble pie, she'll gorge
herself on it; if he wants the block of shares, he can have
them - as long as he agrees to come back. Wayne listens to this
and then tells Patricia that it might be a bit harder than she
thinks: Gordon's in Perth. Patricia looks annoyed,
and she asks Wayne why he didn't tell her last night, on the 'phone.
Wayne points out that she wasn't exactly listening last
night. Patricia tells him not to be smart. She continues that
that's the last thing she needs - a wild goose chase
- especially with Angela pregnant. Wayne asks what the big deal
is. Patricia snaps that it's a very big deal, for his
information - she wants to spend as much time with Angela as she
can. She sits down in the lounge room as Wayne incredulously
says, "Don't tell me you've gone all clucky?"
Patricia replies, "I'm concerned about the baby, yes."
By the front door at The Terrace, Angela kisses
Rob goodbye. Rob tells his wife not to forget to make an appointment.
Angela says she has - it's for tomorrow. She tells Rob
to run along or be late. Rob waves goodbye to Peter and goes.
In the kitchen, Peter is refilling the condiments, and he says
to Angela that he wonders how Jennifer is going with the job hunting.
Angela points out that she looked pretty determined to get one
when she left! She walks over to the sink and goes to pick up
a black sack of rubbish to put out. Peter offers to help, but
Angela says it's OK. She pulls together the open top of the sack,
and goes to pick it up. However, she suddenly drops the sack and
clutches at her stomach, almost collapsing. Peter rushes over
to her and asks what the matter is. Angela tells him to get the
doctor, quickly; she adds that the number's by the 'phone. As
Peter rushes to dial, Angela looks worried.
A while later, Peter opens the door to David, who
asks how she is. Peter replies that the doctor's with her, upstairs.
David asks Peter if he's OK. Peter just says, "Yeah."
David goes upstairs. In her bedroom, the doctor is telling Angela,
who's lying in bed, that she's a very foolish girl for not coming
to see him as soon as she realised she was pregnant. Angela asks
about her baby, and the doctor assures her that it's alright.
David comes in and asks what the problem is. The doctor explains
that Angela's pregnancy is virtually a miracle; the very reason
that makes it unlikely makes it difficult - there's a great danger
of losing the foetus in the early stages. Angela asks what she
has to do to stop it happening. The doctor replies that to give
herself a chance of saving it, she'll have to stay in
bed 'til it's born; movement is the major problem. Angela looks
at David and then says that, if that's what she has to do, she'll
do it. The doctor suggests she take a few days to consider
it, but Angela says she's never wanted anything so much
- she'll do whatever she can to make it happen. The doctor reiterates
that he still thinks she should take at least a day; in the meantime,
she should stay in bed and he'll call again tomorrow. He goes.
David tells Angela that it wouldn't bother him one bit if Angela
changed her mind, but Angela says she won't; she would
like to see Rob as soon as she could, though. David says he'll
get a message to the depot. Angela says she'd like to see Patricia,
too, to let her know. David pauses, then says, "Sure."
At Dural, Patricia tells Wayne to ring her as soon
as Gordon get back from Perth and he's had a chance to test the
air. Wayne obediently says, "Yes, mother." Patricia
continues that if he for a minute thinks Gordon's not going to
agree to come back, she'll be on the first flight out. Wayne says,
"And use the same deal you were going to try today?"
Patricia says, "Of course - it'll work."
She then says she thinks it's time they went to the airport. They
get up and go to the door just as the bell rings. It's Charlie,
who's surprised to see Patricia. She asks where she sprang from,
but Patricia replies that they're just on their way to the airport,
actually. Charlie tells her that she can't do that, flying visit
or not; she must know all about the wedding.
She adds that, Wayne, being a typical male, doesn't know anything.
Patricia, not wanting to get involved, says she and Wayne have
a few more things to talk about actually, and she suggests that
she see Charlie at her place for lunch. Charlie looks delighted,
and she says she'll get out the silver! She adds that Patricia's
timing couldn't be better - she's off to Europe again tomorrow.
She then says she'll see Patricia in a hour. She turns to Wayne
and says she wanted to have a chat with him but it can wait. Turning
back to Patricia, she tells her not to be any earlier - she's
got to shop first. She goes, and Patricia closes the door. Wayne
offers to change her flight, but Patricia says "Don't bother
- she didn't stand by me when I needed her; I'm damned
if I'm going to have lunch with her, let alone tell
her anything." Wayne looks surprised, and he says, "Don't
times change!" Patricia wryly says, "They certainly
Outside, in the drive, a car, travelling at quite
high speed, pulls up suddenly, next to Fiona. The driver is Bert.
Fiona asks him where Brian is, and Bert replies that he left him
at the saddlery. Fiona asks what happaned, but Bert says he doesn't
know; he just left Brian there. Fiona accuses Bert of going drinking,
and Bert slurs that he's sorry - he didn't mean to. Fiona
says that that's enough. Patricia and Wayne come out of house,
and Patricia asks Wayne if that's the one and only Bert. Wayne
says it is. By the car, Fiona tells Bert to go and sleep
it off. Bert slurs that he'll be alright. Patricia and Wayne walk
past, and Patricia snidely says, "Hello, Fiona. I heard
you had a new man in your life. Congratulations!" Fiona looks
David is serving customers at The Terrace as Jennifer
sits on her own at a table, drinking coffee. Rob comes in asks
if Angela's alright. David says she's upstairs in bed. Rob goes
up to the bedroom, where Angela asks if David told him. She adds
that she wants to have the baby. Rob says that of course
she does. He then asks if she can sit it out, adding that seven
months is a long time to spend in bed. Angela says she wants
to do it. Rob says that, from what David says, even if she does
stay there and does everything the doctor says, there's still
a risk. Angela tells her husband that she wanted a baby so much,
and they've been given a chance now; she asks him to please agree.
Rob says OK, adding that she knows he'll do everything he can
to help her. Angela tells him that he should do something about
keeping the coffee shop going. Rob says he'll talk to David and
Beryl. He then says he has to go, as he had to come home early.
Angela says she understands. She tells Rob that she loves him
so much - she knows it'll be alright if he's there with
her. They hug.
A while later, David brings some food in for Angela,
saying as he does so that he's sorry it took so long, but he and
and Peter are run off their feet. Angela thanks him for helping
out. She then asks if he can do her one more favour before he
goes: Paul - ring him for her. David says he's not sure, but Angela
says she's been thinking all morning: she hasn't been fair on
him - the least she owes him is to say goodbye properly. David
tells her that he doesn't think she should; he asks what
would happen if Rob finds out. Angela, though, says she's
got to explain what's happening; Rob won't be back 'til after
5pm, and Paul will be long gone by then. David says he doesn't
like it, but Angela insists that she's only trying to be fair.
David gives in and says he'll make the call from up there, so
Peter doesn't know. Angela asks what will happen when Paul turns
up. David says he'll tell Peter that Paul is a friend come to
help; he'll make sure he leaves and let Angela get on with it.
Angela thanks him.
Wayne returns to Dural, but as soon as he gets in
the front door, Charlie storms out of the lounge room and snaps,
"What's going on? Where the hell is Patricia?" Wayne
calmly remarks that he thought Charlie had gone home, but Charlie
snaps at him not to beat around the bush; where is she?
Wayne tells Charlie that Patricia received an urgent call - she
had to get straight to the airport. Charlie snaps, "Rubbish."
She continues that she's not stupid, and doesn't like being treated
like she is; at least she knows how things are
between them, now. Wayne tells Charlie that she's taking it too
seriously, but Charlie snaps, "Am I?" She tells
Wayne that he's a bad liar - one of his failings. She continues
that Patricia has lost a lot of friends over the past year, and
she can add her to the list. She opens the door and tells
Wayne that there's one thing Patricia's forgotten about: she
knows everything about her - and she means everything;
if Patricia's not careful, she may just decide to blow it all
one day. She adds that Wayne might care to tell her that.
Patricia arrives back at Toorak in a cab, as Margaret
watches from the upstairs balcony. The cab drives off and another
car then pulls up - it's Martin's. Margaret continues to watch,
but she can't hear the conversation. She does see Martin showing
Patricia a piece of paper, though. Downstairs, Patricia and Martin
walk into the house, and Patricia is saying that she can understand
completely why Martin did what he did. She adds that the children
are just over-reacting; at least, they're behaving in an immature
way. Martin asks her if she thinks so, and Patricia replies that
of course they are; he can't expect them to understand
completely. Martin tells Patricia that it's good to have her back,
but Patricia says she's only been away overnight. Martin
says it was long enough, as it was hard with the kids. Patricia
says she thinks Margaret was being a little optimistic thinking
he had sorted it out with them - but he must be firm: put his
problems behind him and concentrate on planning the wedding. Margaret
comes downstairs and smiles as she enters the room and says she
thought she heard Patricia's voice. Martin tells Patricia
that she's got a great sister - someone to lean on while she's
away. Patricia says she'll have to be careful - she'll
be getting jealous! Martin assures her, though, that
she has nothing to worry about. They hug, and Patricia looks at
There's a knock on the front door of The Terrace,
and Peter answers it. It's Paul. Peter gives him the teatowel
he's holding and says he's been waiting for him; it's all his!
Paul looks bemused, but Peter goes and Paul walks in. He puts
the teatowel over the bannister and goes upstairs, leaving the
front door wide open. He goes into Angela's room and sits by her
bed. Angela, who looks pleased to see him, tells him that she's
sorry for hurting him so much. She adds that she avoided him because
she was scared Rob would find out; she didn't want to ruin their
marriage, or hurt it. Paul says he knows. Angela clasps his hand
and starts sobbing. She asks Paul to believe her: she's been thinking:
he was right to call her selfish - she was - but she
always has been. She continues that she's sorry - that's
all she can say. Paul gently says, "But you did love me?"
Angela replies that she still does - it's just that they
can't go any further; she just wanted to see him to say she hopes
that everything works out - and she'll never forget him - and
thankyou for the most wonderful times of her life. Paul looks
at her. He tells her that he doesn't like it, but he guesses that
all he can say is... goodbye. He puts his arms round her, and
they hug tightly. Just at that moment, the bedroom door opens
and Rob excitedly says, "Guess what? I wangled the afternoon..."
He stops dead in his tracks as he sees his wife and Paul locked
in an embrace. Paul pulls away from Angela and they both turn
to stare at Rob, who looks shocked.