Wayne is putting golf balls across the floor of
the lounge room at Dural, and Patricia, obviously annoyed, asks
him if he has to. Wayne innocently replies that he's
just killing time, but Patricia snaps at him to kill it outside.
Wayne asks Patricia if she wants to join him. In reply, Patricia
tells Wayne that she doesn't know how he stays so calm, adding
that he's in as much trouble as she is if Ramberg
goes down the drain. Wayne says he'll manage. When Patricia gives
him a look, he hurriedly heads outside! Patricia goes and looks
out of the window.
Paul is standing in the lounge room at Toorak and
overhears Margaret at the front door, where she is welcoming Gordon
and telling him that she didn't expect him to come rushing back.
Gordon explains that he was on his way back anyway, and when he
heard Angela was ill, he made time to stop over. The two of them
enter the lounge room, Gordon adding as they do so, that he can't
stop long. Paul pretends that Gordon's visit is unexpected, and
tells him that it's a pleasant surprise. Margaret then tells Gordon
that she's sorry she's wasted his time, but Angela is under doctor's
orders: she's to have no visitors at all; she should
have told him on the 'phone. Paul chips in that he was in the
same boat: he dropped by to see Angela, too. Margaret indicates
to Gordon to sit down. She then suggests that they could get in
touch with Angela's doctor, but she can't really see him changing
his mind. Gordon says it's a shame, but adds that, if it means
she's on the mend quicker... Margaret tells him that she's sure
he'll be one of the first people Angela wants to see; it will
mean so much to her when she's feeling better. Gordon says he
wishes Patricia had called him straight after the miscarriage.
He adds that he supposes it's wishful thinking, but he may have
been able to do something. Paul sourly remarks that Gordon knows
what Patricia is like: that's probably why she didn't
call. Surprised, Gordon says, "Come on..." but Paul
continues that he wouldn't put it past her - not after what she
did to him. Gordon responds that he knows Paul doesn't
like her... Paul replies that Gordon can't blame
him for how he feels. Gordon suggests that the share business
was a long time ago, and there's no point in dragging it up again.
Paul, though, says that's the least of it; there's a
lot Gordon doesn't know. Margaret tells Gordon that, for one thing,
Patricia has said that she's all concerned for Angela, but where
is she now? Up in Sydney, waiting for him. Paul
chips in that Patricia is making a last ditch effort to get him
back to Ramberg. Gordon looks surprised, but says Patricia is
entitled to try. Paul snaps at him not to be so damn
noble, adding that the woman is a total con. Gordon tells
Paul that he has nothing to gain by sticking the knife in. Paul
replies that he's not just trying to badmouth Patricia. He continues
that Gordon did him a big favour when he went to court; the least
he can do is try and pay him back by letting him know
the whole truth. He continues that Patricia came up to Woombai
with Wayne purely to cause trouble for him: the two of
them did their damndest to get him to have another go at Wayne,
so he wouldn't have a leg to stand on in court. Gordon listens
intently as Paul tells him that, when it backfired, Patricia tried
to bribe Margaret into perjuring herself. Gordon looks at Margaret,
who says, "I'm afraid so." Paul tells Gordon that he
wouldn't bother telling him all this, but he wouldn't want to
see him conned again. Gordon sighs, and says, "No
worries about that." Paul looks at Margaret. Gordon
continues that he didn't know any of what Paul told him, but nothing
Patricia did would surprise him anymore; he's already accepted
a partnership with Barbara's brother, though, and he's going up
to Sydney now to get things rolling. He then thanks Paul for his
advice, adding that it removes any last qualms he had about leaving
Ramberg to sort out its own problems.
Wayne is putting in the grounds of Dural when a
car roars up the drive at high speed and pulls up outside the
house. Wayne walks round to the passenger side, where Bert is
slumped over, and says, "Heavy morning?" Brian gets
out the driver's door and tells Wayne to help him get Bert inside.
Wayne asks what for. Brian replies, "'Cos he's in a bad way."
Wayne retorts that it's not his problem. He then asks
Brian if he doesn't think he's taking advantage of Gordy's good
nature - using the place as a halfway house. Brian ignores this
and says he'll see what Fiona has to say. He goes inside. Wayne
looks at Bert.
In the flat at the back of Dural, Brian tells Fiona
that he got a call from Bert's landlady: Bert must have been on
one hell of a binge - he only just made it home, and flaked out
in the hall. Fiona looks upset, and she starts pacing the room.
Brian continues that the landlady couldn't move him. Fiona tells
Brain not to expect any thanks when Bert comes to. Brian retorts
that he could hardly leave him. Fiona closes her eyes,
sadly, and then says she's cut all ties with him; she'd prefer
to leave it that way. Brian tells her that he thinks she'll change
her mind when she sees him. He pleads, "Please?" Fiona
pauses and then reluctantly goes outside.
Bert is still asleep in the car, and Wayne is still
standing there, holding his putter. Brian asks him if Bert has
stirred at all. Wayne sarcastically says, "Just long enough
for one quick round!" Fiona snaps at him that, if he's not
going to say anything sensible, he should shut his mouth! She
opens the car door and sits down on the edge of Bert's seat. She
touches his shoulder and says, "Oh, my poor darling..."
A while later, Brian is having something to eat
in the flat, and Fiona sits down at the table with him. He asks
if Bert is any better. Fiona replies that she thought a couple
of hours' sleep would do the trick, but he's still dead to the
world. Brian says it's a good thing Bert wasn't driving.
He then adds that he's glad Fiona hasn't turned her back on him.
Fiona quietly says she's too soft for her own good. Brian
asks her if she thinks she can help Bert in the long run. Fiona
sadly says every instinct is telling her to stick to her guns
- but she loves him; she can only try.
In the hallway at Toorak, Angela thanks Martin for
sticking around while she spoke to the witch doctor! Martin says
it couldn't have been that bad! Angela replies that it
wasn't, actually - but the doctor asked her so many questions
that she feels worn out! Martin suggests she lie down, and Angela
agrees that this is a good idea. She goes upstairs. Martin goes
into the lounge room, where Margaret offers him some cake. He
declines. Margaret jokingly asks if he's worried about his weight!
Martin says, "No." Margaret asks if it's Angela. Martin
replies that it seemed to go alright, actually. He then explains
that it's Peter he's thinking about. Margaret asks him if he ran
into his his son, and Martin explains about seeing him at The
Terrace. He adds that he'll never forget his look, and he tells
Margaret about Peter saying he was the one who should
have been killed, not Jennifer's father. Margaret asks what he
knows about what happened during the war. Martin replies that
Peter knows enough to stir up all the guilt that he's been pretending
for years wasn't there. Margaret says she's sorry. Martin sits
down and continues that he'll never forget the look on Barry's
face; he was taking off and Barry was running, trying
to reach him; he saw the shell hit him. He tells Margaret that
he never knew he was so dependent on the opinion of his kids -
he got used to Adam's rejection of him - well, almost
- but he doesn't know how he could face up to losing Peter; Jen,
too. He continues that, without Margaret around to talk to...
and Patricia: knowing she loves him is the one thing that keeps
him going. Margaret closes her eyes, trying not to look guilty.
She then bends down next to Martin's chair and says, "Martin..."
Martin looks at her and says, "Yes?" Margaret stares
into his eyes and then says, "Oh nothing - it can wait..."
A cab pulls up outside Dural and the driver takes
the bags out of the boot. Gordon gets out from the passenger seat
and Wayne comes out of the house. He greets his father and they
both then go inside. As they do so, Wayne tells Gordon that Patricia
is there - she's been waiting to see him. Gordon replies that
he knows, and adds that she could have saved herself a trip.
Patricia is sitting in the lounge room as Gordon
comes in. He closes the door and then demands to know why Patricia
didn't call him the moment Angela fell ill. He adds that he's
just come from Melbourne - he knows exactly what's going on. Patricia,
a momentary look of surprise crossing her face, snaps at Gordon
not to get upset, as she's come there specifically to tell him
all about it. Gordon, obviously disbelieving, says, "Really?"
He continues that he's aware that she's there to twist his arm
about going back to Ramberg and then adds that she should save
her energy: he wouldn't work with her again if his life
depended on it. Shocked, Patricia says, "Gordon!"
Gordon tells her that he means it - he's already agreed to go
into partnership with Barbara's brother, so she's too late anyway
- and his decision is final. Patricia throws her arms up and sarcastically
says that's fine and he should go ahead and sit back and watch
her lose everything. She then adds that Angela is a very sick
girl, and her treatment is going to cost a lot of money. Gordon
calmly says Angela can rely on him for any amount of support,
financial or otherwise. He tells Patricia that it's not going
to work. Seeing the expression on her face, he adds that she's
going to have to brush up on her 'pathetic' look if she wants
to get round him that way. Patricia, taking a different
tack, says she made a big mistake when she bought up the controlling
interest in Ramberg and bought him out - it was petty, stupid
and very bad business. Gordon just says, "Yes." Patricia
continues that she'd like to undo the damage: she promises him
that he can have an absolutely free hand - no interference, nothing
- just name his price. Gordon says, "Don't, Patricia."
Patricia tells him that he's not even giving her a hearing.
Gordon retorts that that's because he's heard all he needs to
from Paul - he saw him in Melbourne, on the way home. Patricia
snaps that Gordon can't believe a word Paul says - he
knows Paul hates her. Gordon replies that it's well deserved,
he'd say. He then adds that he honestly thinks they've
said it all. Patricia starts to plead, saying she mustn't lose
her money; she can't. Gordon coldly says, "Don't
beg, Patricia." Patricia glares at him and then
snaps that she's never begged anything from him. She
continues that Gordon would love to see her go under
- but she'll manage. She storms out into the hall, where Wayne
is standing with his bag of golf clubs. Patricia tells him that
he's done it: their old friend, Paul, got to Gordon first. Wayne
says he heard Gordon saying he got to him in Melbourne. Patricia
sarcastically comments that Wayne's eavesdropping being just as
good as ever. Wayne asks her whether she reckons Paul stuck the
boot in about him as well. Patricia snaps, "What
do you think?" She then picks up the 'phone and
starts dialling a number. Wayne asks her what she's going to do.
Patricia replies that, without Gordon, she's broke; she has two
choices: either she puts up with it, or she actually goes ahead
and marry Martin - at least he'll suppport her 'til something
better comes along - but she has no intention of being poor. When
she gets through on the 'phone, she orders a taxi to the airport.
At Toorak, Margaret is sewing a button back on to
Martin's jacket, and Martin tells her that Jen used to
fuss over all the little details. Margaret remarks that it must
be a shock living on his own all of a sudden. Martin admits that
he's never had to manage by himself before - that's why he'll
be glad when he and Patricia are finally married. Margaret's face
drops. Martin then asks what she'll do. Margaret asks
him if he means after the wedding, and then continues that she'll
manage, adding that she's had plenty of time with just her own
company. She tells Martin that it was nice of him to ask, though.
Martin assures her that he really is interested, as he feels they've
become real good friends again; he's glad she and Patricia have
sorted their problems out. Margaret puts down the sewing materials
she's holding and walks to the other side of the room, turning
her back on Martin. Martin asks what's wrong. Margaret puts her
hands to her face, looking upset. Martin soothingly says, "Come
on..." Margaret then says, "Everything Patricia has
told you is a pack of lies. She doesn't want me around her. She
hates me. And if you want to know the truth, she feels
exactly the same about you." Martin looks shocked.
A while later, Martin comes off the 'phone in the
hall. Margaret, standing next to him, looks worried. They go into
the lounge room. Martin has a stern look on his face. Margaret
asks what they said on the 'phone, and Martin tells her that she
was right: the reception place has never heard of Patricia - there's
no record of a booking in her name or his. Margaret replies
that she hates to say it, but she's just as right about everything
else: there's no wedding dress, no friend or relative
of Patricia's has been invited; Patricia has no intention of having
her as bridesmaid - her idea is to humiliate Martin in
front of his friends: they'd all show up - so would he - but she
wouldn't. Martin's eyes start to bulge, and he angrily, but
calmly, says he believed every word. He sits down and continues
that he believed she loved him just as much as he...
He breaks off. Margaret sits on the arm of his chair and tries
to explain that she wanted to tell him sooner, but she was scared;
even now, she doesn't know what Patricia will do. Martin looks
at her and tells her that she has nothing to worry about if he
sees Patricia first. Looking concerned, Margaret warns
him that he's got to be extremely careful - if he as much as looks
like touching Patricia, she'll have the police around in no time
at all. Martin snaps that Patricia's not going to get away with
it. Margaret says she can understand how he feels. Martin angrily
tells her that she doesn't know the half of it. He stands
up, and so does Margaret. She tells Martin that if she was him,
she'd leave Patricia alone - unless... Martin asks, "What?"
Margaret then says, "No - I must keep right out of it."
Martin, though, persists that he wants to know. Margaret looks
at him and says the one area where Patricia is vulnerable is Angela.
She adds that her sister didn't think twice about using his
children when she wanted to get at him...
Wayne walks into Dural from outside and goes and
knocks on the closed lounge room doors. Gordon curtly calls out,
"Yes?" Wayne goes into the room and asks his father
if he's got a minute. Gordon snaps, "Yes." Wayne says
he guesses Gordon has heard some things about him. Gordon snaps,
"Enough." Wayne continues that he just wanted to make
sure his father knows the truth. Gordon sarcastically
tells Wayne that that's a bit of a novelty for him, but
Wayne asks to be given a chance. Gordon snaps that Wayne has had
so many chances that he's lost count. Wayne complains
that Gordon is writing him off without a fair hearing - he honestly
thought they were getting somewhere; some hope. He sits
down and says he'll try to stick to the facts. Gordon snaps, "Good."
Wayne says it's true that he went along with Patricia - he did
try to make it bad for Paul; it was her idea, though. Gordon points
out that Wayne could have spent a long time in jail, and asks
him if he ever thought of that? Wayne replies that Patricia
was pressuring him, adding that Gordon knows what she's like.
Gordon reluctantly says, "Yes." Wayne continues that
he tried to get out of it - that's what he and Patricia were arguing
about outside the court: he wanted to forget the whole thing.
Gordon suggests that he left it a bit late. Wayne, though, reminds
his father that Paul got off; if he'd gone along with
it, Paul would have been sunk. Gordon says, "Maybe..."
Wayne asks his father why he thinks he was so keen to come to
Sydney, answering his own question by explaining that he didn't
want to get mixed up in any more schemes. Gordon tells his son
that he heard he was there to soften him up about going back to
Ramberg. Wayne says that was Patricia's idea again, and he asks
if he's once said anything to try and force Gordon into it. Gordon
admits that he hasn't. Wayne explains that that was because, for
the first time, they could actually talk without snapping and
snarling at each other. Gordon says, "Something for the Guinness
Book of Records, I suppose!" Wayne smiles, and he asks what
Gordon reckons. Gordon says he's not entirely convinced, but maybe
Wayne's not quite as much to blame as he thought. Wayne thanks
him, and asks if he can stay, then. Gordon tells him that he can
stay provided he has nothing more to do with Patricia - absolutely
nothing. Wayne looks down and then says, "Done." They
Martin is holding a packed suitcase in the lounge
room at Toorak. Margaret asks if it all went alright and Martin
says it did. He then says he hopes Margaret isn't thinking that
he's doing this just to get back at Patricia. Margaret says, "Course
not." Martin then tells her that something's come through
very strongly in talking to Angela: she's terribly confused -
she needs to be around people she can trust, and Patricia's
obviously not one of them. Margaret says she wouldn't
have suggested it if she hadn't thought it right for Angela. Martin
says they'll be off as soon as Angela comes down. He puts his
jacket on and says he can't help wondering about Margaret, though.
Margaret says she'll be fine; she straightens his jacket. Martin
continues that her having to face Patricia on her own doesn't
seem right. Margaret assures him that she can handle
her, and adds that she'll have to pack a few of her bits and pieces.
Martin tells her that if she needs somewhere to stay... Margaret
agrees that, actually, it would help for a day or so - she could
help Angela settle in. Martin tells her to come for as long as
she likes. Margaret says it's nice to know. Martin then tells
her that, if Patricia gives her any trouble, let him know. Angela
comes in. Martin picks up her bag and says, "Let's get you
home." They go. Margaret smiles to herself.
In the flat at Dural, Bert is sitting at the table,
rubbing his head. Brian asks him if he feels like something to
eat, but Bert says, "Please, don't!" Brian then tells
him that Fiona is in talking to Gordon; she'll be back in a minute.
Bert sips from a glass of water and says he's not sure he's up
to seeing her, yet. Brian assures Bert that Fiona isn't angry,
but Bert says it doesn't matter; after what happened... He adds,
"Maybe tonight..." Brian says he'll tell Fiona that
Bert is still asleep. They suddenly hear a noise outside, and
Brian says that sounds like Fiona now. Bert goes back to his bedroom.
Brian picks up his glass and straightens the table. Fiona comes
in and asks Brian if he's heard a peep out of Bert. Brian says
there was just a quiet one; he thinks he could do with a little
more time to himself. Fiona says she'll make him some light soup
later, when he's able to taste food. She sits down at the table,
and Brian tells her that she looks like she could do
with a small pick-me-up. Fiona says she's alright. She then puts
her head in her hands and says she's had some bad news, and if
affects Brian, too. She explains that Ramberg is just about finished
- it's going into receivership in the next few days - and it means
she's got money worries on all fronts. Brian says, "I see."
Fiona continues that she's going to have to make a few economies.
Brian immediately tells her not to worry about him -
he can get another job. Fiona smiles and says, "No offence,
but you're the least of my worries!" She
continues that, what upsets her is that she can't see
any way round selling Rosie's Hope - and she was going to ask
Bert to take her on again; she thought it might help him. Brian
agrees that it would have; it's going to really disappoint
him. Fiona says she knows - that's what's got her worried...
Patricia gets out of a cab outside Toorak and stands
and looks at the house for several seconds. She then goes inside.
Margaret is sitting on the settee in the lounge room, reading
a book. Patricia immediately snaps, "What a wild goosechase
that turned out to be - thanks to you and Paul."
Margaret just says, "You're in my light." Patricia takes
the book from Margaret's hands and says she'd like to know what's
been going on there. Margaret tells her that Martin came round.
Patricia snaps that she's not interested in him. Margaret
cooly replies that she should be. Patricia snaps that
she'll have plenty of time to talk to him once she's
dealt with Margaret. Margaret tells her sister that she
thinks she might like to know that Martin has taken Angela to
his house - to stay - and she'll be leaving herself,
shortly. Patricia asks what the hell Margaret is talking about.
Margaret retorts that Patricia already seems to know she put Gordon
into the picture - he was very grateful; so was Martin. Patricia
glares at her and asks what she's been telling him. Margaret replies,
"Oo, a few details... like the fact you've no intention of
fronting up to the wedding." Patricia snaps, "You interfering--"
She then tells Margaret that Martin wouldn't believe her. Margaret,
though, says, "But he does." She continues
that that's why it was so easy to convince him to take Angela
away - he doesn't think Patricia is fit enough to be her mother.
Furious at what she's hearing, Patricia reaches out and slaps
Margaret round the face. Margaret immediately does the same to
Patricia. As the two women glare at each other, Margaret says,
"You wanted to see me at rock bottom, didn't you. You wanted
to build me up and pull the rug out from under me. Well, it looks
like it's the other way round." Patricia coldly says, "I'm
going to try and undo the damage that you've caused. But God help
you if you're here when I get back." She storms off, leaving
Margaret standing with the makings of a smile on her face...