Paul and Angela quickly pull away from each other;
Paul stands up and says it's not how it looks. Rob just
orders Paul to get out. Paul starts trying to explain but Rob
repeats his order to get out. Angela cries, "Please,
Rob..." Paul tells Rob that he'll explain downstairs; he's
just not to get upset. Rob yells that he doesn't need any explanations.
Angela cries again that he doesn't understand, and so Rob says,
"Alright, you explain it, then." Angela sobs
that she can't, and Rob snaps that he thought so. He
pushes Paul out of the room and they start going downstairs. As
they do so, Paul tells Rob that he doesn't want to fight him;
he can explain it. Rob tells him to go on. They stop in the hall,
and Paul turns to look at Rob. He tells him that he's not going
to con him - they did have an affair - but it's over;
what Rob saw upstairs was him kissing Angela goodbye. Rob snaps,
"I'll bet." Paul says "It's the truth."
He continues that Angela decided to stick with Rob and do whatever's
necessary to have that baby; if that was him, it would
count for something. Rob angrily says, "Yeah, OK,
I'm real impressed." Paul asks him to try to understand,
but Rob yells that he understands alright: Angela told him before
they were married what she was really like; how many guys she
fooled around with; about how she almost broke up a marriage because
she was a bored little rich girl with nothing better to do. Angela
is crying in the bedroom as Rob continues that it was all good,
clean fun; in fact, everyone made him feel lousy for
letting it upset him - so he said 'fine, what difference
does it make what she was like before he met her?'; so they got
married, and just two weeks later, she was fooling around with
Paul; that was a really good start - it felt like she'd ripped
him apart, but everyone said 'Poor Angela - don't give up on your
marriage, she's sorry'; he believed them; he was so happy;
he thought she'd changed; all that other stuff - everything
her bitch of a mother had made - he thought that had gone;
and when she became pregnant, he felt like all his Christmases
had come at once. He pauses as a look of realisation crosses his
face. He asks Paul how long this has been going on. Paul replies,
"About six weeks. It could be mine." Upon hearing this,
Rob lunges at Paul and puts his hands round his neck. He then
throws him over a table, which falls apart beneath the weight.
Angela gets up from bed. Downstairs, Rob pushes Paul around the
dining room, continually picking him and and throwing him down
again. Nearly all the tables and chairs are left in pieces. Angela
runs downstairs and cries, "Rob..." Rob is
on top of Paul, trying to strangle him.
The 'phone rings at Toorak, and Margaret answers.
Rob comes on and asks for Patricia. Margaret gets her. Patricia
goes to the 'phone and Rob tells her that it's Angela - she's
asking for her; she's lost the baby. Patricia asks, "When?
How?" Rob tells her to just get over there - Patricia's the
only person she wants to see. Patricia hangs up, looking upset.
Margaret comes over and asks what's wrong. Patricia says, "Angela's
miscarried - she needs me." She goes out.
At The Terrace, Angela is lying in bed, sobbing
heavily. Patricia strokes her head and says, "My poor darling..."
Angela cries, "What am I going to do?" Patricia
asks her what she wants to do? Angela replies that she
doesn't want to see them. Patricia tells her that she can come
home with her; she can always trust her. Angela
looks at her. Patricia asks her if she wants to come
home with her. Angela nods. Patricia says she'll go and call a
cab and then pack Angela's things. She kisses her daughter's forehead,
looking really upset herself. She then promises Angela that she
won't let them hurt her again.
Downstairs, in the kitchen, Patricia is on the 'phone,
and she asks if the cab can be sent as soon as possible. She then
says she appreciates it, and hangs up. Rob comes in and says he
heard Patricia saying there would be two passengers.
Patricia replies that she's taking Angela with her. Rob says,
"No," but Patricia angrily tells him that she's not
going to leave her there after the way he treated
her. Rob looks incredulous and says, "What about me?"
He continues that, a couple of hours ago, he was the bloke with
everything in the world going for him; now, because of
Angela... because of what Patricia made her,
he's lost the lot. Patricia goes to walk off, but Rob
grabs her and tells her that there were two sides to Angela: one
was the side that he and everyone else brought out, and the other
was what Patricia made her when she was growing up. Patricia tells
Rob to get his hands off her. She snaps that it's always her
fault where Rob and his damned family are concerned; it's easier
to blame her than to admit he's a failure as a husband
and lover. She adds, "Paul's not exactly a prize catch, but
he's certainly an improvement on you." Stunned by
what he's just heard, Rob slaps her face. Patricia puts her hand
up to her cheek as Rob looks at his hand, apparently shocked at
what he's just done. Patricia tells him, "And you know
it." She storms off.
Paul is standing just along the road from The Terrace
as the cab pulls up. Inside, Patricia helps Angela get out of
bed and put her dressing gown on. Angela quietly says she hurt
them both so much... Patricia, though, tells her daughter
that she won't have any thinking like that; they are
the ones responsible: if they hadn't been fighting, Angela
wouldn't have lost the baby. The cab driver hoots the car horn,
and Patricia tells Angela that they'll get her home and tucked
up into a nice warm bed. Angela says, "Who?" Surprised
by this sudden change of subject, Patricia asks, "What?"
Angela says Rob is downstairs, isn't he? Patricia replies
that of course he is, and she asks why the question? Angela says
she just couldn't think for a minute. Patricia tells her that
she's been through a terrible ordeal. They head downstairs; Rob
is sitting at one of the remaining unbroken tables as they do
so. There's suddenly an impatient knocking on the front door,
and Patricia calls out in annoyance that they're coming.
Rob gets up, walks over to Angela and tells her that if she stays,
there's just a chance they can work things out; if she goes with
Patricia, he doesn't want to see her again. Angela doesn't respond,
though, and Patricia guides her past Rob and out the door. Outside,
the driver asks if they want a hand, but Patricia snaps at him
to just open the door. She then spots Paul standing nearby. She
helps Angela into the car and the driver remarks that she doesn't
look too good. Patricia snaps at him to just drive. Paul walks
over and asks how she is. Patricia snaps that she's fine. Paul
then asks about him and Rob - how Angela feels about them.
Patricia replies that she hates them and she'll
make sure she doesn't change her mind. Paul incredulously
tells Patricia that she's actually using it: Angela miscarries,
and all Patricia can think about is using it against him and Rob.
Patricia retorts that the day Angela told her she was pregnant
was one of the most wonderful experiences of her life, and look
at her now; he and Rob have done that;
if he thinks she's not going to make him suffer for it,
then he doesn't know her very well. Paul glares at her. Patricia
tells the driver to head for Toorak.
At the Palmers', Beryl gives Rob a brandy, but he
says he doesn't want to start drinking. Beryl tells him that she'll
just be a minute - she wants to ask Doug to stay in his room,
as they don't need his advice at the moment. She leaves the room.
Rob wanders over to the shelf by the window, on which there are
family photos, and he picks up Kevin and Lynn's wedding picture.
Beryl comes back in and Rob comments that they don't have much
of family record... Beryl, though, says Doug told her that Kevin
read one of Lynn's letters the other day. She takes the photo
and continues that the next step is for him to write
to her. Rob bitterly asks why he should waste his time. He takes
the untouched brandy and says, "What the hell?" He downs
it in one. Beryl asks him what he's going to do about it, but
he says he doesn't know. Beryl asks him if he'll go to Patricia's
or... Rob interrupts and says he can't even think about
it; he just wants some company. Beryl says that's OK; she knows
he'll do the right thing. Rob says that, when he walked in and
saw them... he loves her... he wanted that baby so much.
Beryl puts her arm round him.
The next morning, in the flat at the back of Dural,
Fiona remarks to Jill that she must have got in late; she
was up until 11:30pm! Jill explains that Beth talked her into
seeing a movie. Fiona comments that they must have had a nice
day, and Jill replies that it was fabulous! She adds
that she still feels a bit strange about the way Beth turned up
out of the blue, but she's so nice. Fiona tells Jill
that she's really happy for her. Jill says she's invited Beth
to come along with them today; she hopes Fiona doesn't mind? Fiona,
who looks put out, says she doesn't. She adds, "Adopted mum
meets real mum!" Jill tells her that Beth wants to meet her
- she's really keen. Fiona asks Jill if Beth told her much about
her family; has she married again? Jill says she hasn't said a
lot - she thinks she likes to keep all that pretty separate. Fiona
asks Jill how she feels about that. Jill pauses and then
says that, as she was growing up, her parents were just two names
- the last time she saw them she was four; she tries to remember
their faces every now and then, but she never could; she'll never
see her dad again, but, no matter what comes out of it, at least
she had the chance to meet Beth.
Beth emerges from an anonymous house and walks down
the path. A woman is on the path of the house next door, picking
up the newspaper, and she says to Beth, "What are you up
to, Meryn? Trying to make a bit on the side?" Beth replies
that the woman could say that; she's going to visit a
friend. The woman asks if it's anyone she knows, but Beth tells
her that it's not one of their mob, and not a client,
either. She adds that it's a social call. Looking at
Beth's smart dress, the woman remarks that, whoever he is, he's
got good taste in clothes. A cab pulls up, and the woman asks
who Beth is trying to impress. Beth goes to the cab and says,
"Dural, please, driver." Looking astonished, the neighbour
says, "Dural? Who's paying your fares these
days?" Beth gets in the car, closes the door and calls out,
In the flat at Dural, Fiona is reading the newspaper
while Jill is doing some cleaning. There's a knock on the door
- it's Bert. Jill goes off to do the housework elsewhere. Fiona
looks embarrassed. Bert says he supposes he's done his dash after
yestarday. Fiona replies, "Just about. I don't like being
humiliated." She asks him what he's going to do about himself.
Bert says he's trying - honest he is - but she's right:
he was kidding himself to think he could control it. Fiona takes
his hand and tells him that, if he's prepared to make the effort,
she'll help him. Bert replies that he never had a drink this morning;
he made it to the track on time, too. Fiona smiles and says, "Good."
In the kitchen at the Palmers', Beryl asks Rob if
he's feeling any better today. Rob says he is; he adds
that he's sorry he carried on a bit last night. He explains that
he had a job on, and when he got home, Patricia had taken all
Angela's things. Beryl asks how she got in. Rob replies that Jen
let her in. Beryl asks if Jennifer found out how Angela was, but
Rob says he doesn't know and doesn't care. Beryl points
out that the poor girl has just had a miscarriage...
She gives Rob a plate of sandwiches, but Rob asks her if she's
got a beer. Beryl goes to the 'fridge. Rob says he drank
himself to sleep last night, but it didn't help his thinking any.
Beryl tells him that he's going to have to do something
- he can't just let it ride. Rob drinks his beer.
Patricia pours a drink at Toorak. Margaret goes
to take Angela's breakfast upstairs, but Patricia sharply says
she'll take it. Margaret says she can manage, but Patricia
tells her that she'd rather she didn't. Margaret asks Patricia
what she thinks she's going to do: tell Angela what a
dreadful woman Patricia is? Patricia replies that she
wouldn't put anything past Margaraet. She takes the tray
and says she's looking after Angela; Margaret should
just remember that. She goes upstairs, leaving Margaret
looking annoyed. As Patricia approaches the bedroom, she says,
"Here you are, darling." As she enters the room, though,
she finds the bed is empty. A shocked expression crosses her face,
and she runs back downstairs, asking, "Where the hell is
she?" Margaret is tidying the lounge room and Patricia asks,
"Where's Angela?" Margaret asks what's wrong and Patricia
quickly explains before asking Margaret if she's seen anything.
Margaret says she hasn't; Angela was there half an hour ago because
she looked in; she seemed to be asleep. Patricia says,
"Let's hope she's in the garden; the state she's
in, there's no telling what she could do." She goes
outside. Margaret looks worried.
Fiona, Jill and Beth get out of the car at Dural,
and notice Bert's car parked nearby. Jill comments on the fact
that he's arrived. Fiona explains that she invited him for lunch.
Beth says it will be nice to be able to meet him - he can give
her a few tips! Fiona asks her if she likes a little flutter,
and Beth replies that she does, every now and then. She
then asks Jill what she thinks, but Jill just replies,
"Oh, yeah!" Beth tells her that it's good to see her
take after her mum; she didn't know a thing
about racing 'til one day, she was dragged along kicking and screaming
and came away converted!
Inside, in the lounge room, Wayne is asking Bert
if he's thinking in terms of any of the big races: the
Melbourne Cup? Bert laughs that there's a long way to go - but
you never know! The women come in, talking all about horses. Beth
tells Wayne that he shoud have come with them! She then
introduces herself to to Bert before sitting down and commenting
that her feet are killing her! She asks Fiona if she's
going to take her shopping to the flat. Fiona, surprised at what
is almost an order, laughs nervously and says, "Of course..."
Beth asks her to take hers, too, adding that they don't
want it cluttering up the room during lunch. Wayne offers to do
it, and he takes Beth's and Jill's bags. Beth remarks that Wayne
is a dying breed - there aren't many gentlemen around these days.
Fiona looks at Bert and asks if he had a good morning. Bert smiles
and indicates that he did. Wayne tells everyone to help
themselves to drinks, and Beth says that's wonderful, adding that
she's never too tired for a G&T! She adds that she'll get
one for Wayne for when he comes back. Fiona listens in the hall
and then walks off. Wayne asks for a scotch on the rocks, Jill
asks for a mineral water and Bert says he'll have the same. Beth
realises that they're out of ice, and so Jill goes to get some
from the kitchen, leaving Beth and Bert alone. Beth remarks that
there's nothing like a nice cold G&T - it's the best pick-me-up
she knows. Bert watches intently, as she fills the glasses...
In the flat, Fiona puts the bags of shopping down
on the couch. Wayne follows her in and puts down the bags he's
carrying. Fiona tells him not to wait for her - she'll be a few
minutes. Wayne doesn't leave, though, choosing instead to ask
Fiona what she thinks of Beth. Fiona replies that she's pleasant
enough. Wayne asks Fiona if she doesn't like her. Fiona
retorts that, in other words, she meant exactly what she said.
Wayne says he was just wondering... He continues that Fiona and
Jill have always been so close, adding that Fiona must be feeling...;
he doesn't know. Fiona tells Wayne that she doesn't feel it's
any of his business. Wayne tells Fiona that she won't give him
a go. Fiona reminds him that she told him how things stand when
he first got back; she admits he's been less unbearable to live
with than she expected, but she's hardly ready to have deep-and-meaningfuls
with him. The 'phone starts ringing and Fiona answers it. It's
Jill. She tells Fiona that she'd better get back over to the house
quick, as Beth's given Bert a drink.
In the lounge room, Bert is drunkenly telling Beth
a story. Jill rejoins them as Bert tells Beth that she'll like
this one! He's slurring his words as he speaks, but Beth appears
to be listening intently. Jill looks embarrassed. Fiona comes
in, looking annoyed, and Bert slurs that she's back quick - just
in time to hear one of his best stories. Fiona angrily tells him,
"You said this morning you wouldn't drink again." Bert
laughs and says it's just something to wet the whistle. Fiona
asks what sort of fool he takes her for; she told him
she'd help him through and he said he'd make the effort.
Bert says he was going to - honest. Fiona tells
him to promise her there and now that he'll never ever take another
drink, or she doesn't want to know about him either personally
or professionally. Bert says, "Fair go, Fiona." Fiona
repeats that she wants him to promise. Bert looks at
Beth and says that's the trouble with women:
they want to mother you. Fiona immediately snaps, "Don't
you dare talk about me as though I wasn't here."
She continues that he's had his chance; he's fired; she'll send
his money to the boarding house - and quite honestly, she doesn't
care if she never sees him again. She walks out. Jill follows
her, to check she's OK. Beth turns to Bert and tells him that
she wouldn't have offered him a drink if she'd known. Bert tells
her not to don't worry about it; it's not her fault. He stands
up and tells Wayne that it was nice knowing him; he shakes his
hand. Wayne says he's sorry it worked out so badly. Bert says
it's alright, adding that Fiona's not the only owner
in the world; he'll get a job to replace it. He turns to Beth
and says it was short but sweet. He adds, "Like I said: they
always want to mother you." He heads for the front
door and goes outside. He pauses for a moment, looking thoughtful
as he stands by his car. He then gets in. Back in the lounge room,
Wayne is looking out of the window at Fiona and Jill, and Beth
asks what they're doing. Wayne says they're sitting out by the
pool. He adds that it looks like Fiona is crying. Beth
tells him that his drink's on the bar. She then says she really
put her foot in it. Wayne says, "You certainly did."
He continues, "I'm paying you to get me close to Jill;
not to cause trouble round the place. Be a bit more careful
from now on, eh?" Beth looks at him, raises her glass and
says, "Yes, boss..."