At the Palmers', Tony tells Beryl that his mate wanted him to
do a break-in job. Beryl asks if this was the mate from The Terrace
this morning. Tony says that doesn't matter - he didn't do it.
Beryl asks why he wants her to say he was with him all evening,
then. Tony replies that he was going to help with the break-in,
but he changed his mind; he was thinking about his mum - he needed
the money to help her - but once they got to the house, he changed
his mind. Beryl repeats that he did go to the house. Tony replies
that he left them to it - that's when the police came. Beryl asks
him if the police saw him. Tony explains that he ran;
if the police saw him, they'll think he was part of it and he
wasn't. Beryl tells him that she doesn't like lying -
especially to the police. Tony tells her that it's not
a big lie. Beryl says she'll have to think about it.
She then tells Tony not to be late for work in the morning. He
goes, leaving Beryl looking thoughtful.
In the lounge room at Dural, Barbara unwraps a wedding present
and looks distinctly unimpressed! The 'phone starts ringing and
Gordon goes to get it, answering the 'phone on the bar. The STD
pips sound and Beryl then comes on. Gordon asks her if she's after
David. Wayne comes in and snaps that his bed is round the wrong
way in the study; his head is under the window - the sun will
hit him in the morning. Barbara growls, "Might not be the
only thing..." Gordon asks her to put the call through
to the flat. He then wheels Wayne back to the study.
In the flat, Paul tells David that he knows it must be difficult
for him to accept, but it's the only way they could handle it;
he loves Angela. David says he supposes he can understand
how they feel. Paul continues that, as soon as Angela is free,
they'll get married. The 'phone starts ringing and, when Angela
answers it, Beryl asks if David's there. Angela hands over the
handset and David asks his wife what the problem is. Beryl tells
him that it's Tony: he turned up there tonight - he's not long
gone - and he said he was out with his mates; they were going
to go and commit a robbery, but he backed out at the last minute,
and now he wants her to say he was at the Palmer house
all night. David asks if the police have been onto him, but Beryl
replies that that's what Tony's frightened of. David
tells Beryl to tell the police that Tony was there with her -
if he wasn't telling the truth, he would have got one of his mates
to cover for him. Beryl says she can't lie to the police, but
David replies that Tony came to him for help; he wants Beryl to
say Tony was with her, and that's that.
Rob is in his pyjamas at The Terrace the next morning, and he
remarks to Beryl that she had quite a night of it. Beryl says
David hung up in her ear - it's not really fair of him to expect
her to lie. Rob says he reckons David's time inside must have
done something to him. He adds that they can't expect someone
to spend three weeks inside and pretend nothing's happened. A
thoughtful look crosses Beryl's face, and she says to Rob that,
if David can help Tony come good, it makes it more worthwhile...
She then adds that she just wishes she could be certain Tony's
story is true. Rob says he doesn't know how she can prove
that. Beryl says there might be a way... She goes out.
Mrs. Parker is sweeping the yard outside the rundown place where
she and Tony live. She goes to pick up the dustbin which has been
knocked over, and as she does so, Beryl approaches and asks her
if she's Tony's mother. Mrs. Parker replies that she doesn't need
Beryl's help anymore as Tony has got a job. Beryl replies that
she knows, and she introduces herself. Mrs. Parker immediately
apologises, explaining that she thought Beryl was from the Department.
She tells Beryl that she and her husband have been so good
to Tony. Beryl tells Mrs. Parker that she wanted to check on something.
Mrs. Parker asks what Tony has done. Beryl replies that there
was a robbery last night; Tony says he wasn't involved, but he
wants her to say he was with her, and she wants to be sure he's
telling the truth. Mrs. Parker looks as though she's going to
cry as she says she thought it was too good to be true,
him getting a job; he always lets her down. Beryl says she really
doesn't think he's done anything. She suggests that she could
ask Tony's friends, but Mrs. Parker tells her that they're
the ones who get him into trouble. Beryl points out that
it's worth a try. Mrs. Parker replies that they hang
out up at the 'Blue Heaven' milkbar. Beryl says she'll give it
a go. Mrs. Parker tells her that it'll be a waste of time; they
don't change - they get worse. She then tells Beryl to
thank her husband for trying. She goes back inside the house.
Beryl walks off.
In the flat at Dural, David shakes Paul's hand and says it's
good to have had a proper talk about things. He kisses Angela
goodbye and Angela thanks him for being so understanding. He goes.
Angela then thanks Paul, who points out that everything went OK.
Angela says it means a lot to her. Paul tells her that it won't
be long until the whole family is won over. He then asks
her if she's done anything about the divorce. Angela points out
that he hasn't even asked her to marry him, yet! She
then adds that Rob is talking to his solicitor. Paul suggests
to Angela that she talk to her solicitor, as
it could be a year before the divorce comes through - and there
could be other delays. Angela asks what he means. Paul
replies that all he wants is for them to get married as soon as
possible. He suggests Angela check with Rob to find out how things
are going. Angela says she'll ring him. Paul then says she has
a private call to make. He goes to use the 'phone in the house.
Angela looks surprised and slightly suspicious.
Rob comes in the back door at The Terrace as Tony arrives. Tony
says he thought Rob might need a hand. Rob asks Tony if he's trying
to get in their good books! He throws him a bag of potatoes to
peel. Tony asks if Beryl has made up her mind about what say to
the cops. Rob tells him that he doesn't think he's been too fair
on her. Tony asks what else was he supposed to do - David
wasn't there. The 'phone starts ringing and Rob answers it. The
STD pips sound and then Angela comes on. Rob asks what he can
do for her. Angela tells him that there's no other way of saying
it: she wondered how far he's got with divorce proceedings. Rob
replies that he hasn't seen his solicitor yet. Angela explains
that Paul wants them to get married as soon as they can. Rob says
he'll contact his solicitor and ring her back.
Several teenage guys are mucking around at the 'Blue Heaven'
as Beryl approaches. She asks them if they're Tony friends. One
of them replies, "Who?" No one else says anything until
Beryl says there was house break-in last night, and she wants
to know if he was involved. One of the guys, having a laugh, asks
her if she's going to give Tony the sack. Beryl replies
that she isn't - she just wants to help him. Another
of the guys remarks that he thought Beryl would be too old
for Tony. He then menacingly adds that, if she's good enough for
Tony... The guys start crowding Beryl. She quickly turns and walks
away, to chants of "Go, go, go..."
Beryl arrives back at The Terrace, where she goes into the kitchen
and asks Tony where Rob. Tony replies that he's upstairs on the
'phone, talking to his wife. He then asks Beryl if she's decided
what she's going to say to the cops yet. Beryl asks him to leave
her alone for a minute, but Tony mutters that he might have known
she wouldn't care. Beryl turns to him and snaps that she's had
enough - she's just been through one of the worst experiences
of her life for him; she's just been to that
milk bar where he hangs out with his so-called friends, as she
thought they might be able to help. Tony points out that that's
pretty dangerous. Beryl retorts that he doesn't have to tell her
that. Tony tells her that she should have known better. Beryl
angrily snaps that she wishes she'd never set eyes on
him. She storms out of the kitchen and goes and slams the front
door shut. She then goes into the dining area and starts noisily
taking the chairs off the tables. Rob comes downstairs and joins
his sister, remarking as he does so that he thought they had burglars!
Beryl snaps at him not to say a word. Rob asks what the
matter is, and Beryl replies that it's Tony. Rob asks what happened
and whether she's going to stick up for him. Beryl says it's what
David wants. Rob points out that David wouldn't be too impressed
if he comes back and finds she didn't help. Beryl says
she just hopes the police don't come, so she doesn't have to decide
Sitting in the lounge room at Dural, Gordon remarks that that's
quite a decision. Angela replies that, because she's only been
married a short time, she and Rob have to go through marriage
guidance before they can get a divorce. She then adds that it's
either that or they have to wait two years until they can apply
- but Paul wants to get married as soon as possible. Barbara chips
in that counselling is obviously very good for a lot of people.
Angela says she'll do it for Paul, just to speed things up. Gordon
tells her that Paul is a very lucky young man. Wayne suddenly
calls out, "Dad, come here." Gordon gets up and goes.
Angela looks at Barbara in shock. Barbara says she knows - it's
been going on since Wayne got back; she's had a hard time keeping
her mouth shut, but it's up to Gordon. The doorbell suddenly rings,
and Angela goes to answer it. The person standing there introduces
himself as Father Thomas, and adds that Paul is expecting him.
Angela looks shocked.
In the flat, Paul explains that he asked Father Thomas over to
say where they stand in the eyes of the church, now that they've
decided to get married. Father Thomas tells Paul that he's delighted
he's decided to come back to the church. Paul, though, says there
are problems: Angela's not divorced yet. He then adds that it
will be no problem after that as far as the church giving them
an annulment is concerned; her mother effectively forced
her to marry. Angela asks him what he means about an annulment.
Paul explains that, before they can get married, there has to
be a civil divorce and a church annulment. Father Thomas, though
tells Paul that he knows from his training that there are other
things he must do before coming back to his faith. Angela asks
what he's talking about. Father Thomas tells her that she's a
married woman; until she's free to marry Paul, they can't live
together. He then tells Paul that, if he wants to practice his
faith and take the sacraments, there's a great deal he has to
Beryl is making a stew in the kitchen at The Terrace when there's
a knock on the front door. Rob jokes that that's what they get
for opening up half an hour late! He goes to open up, leaving
Tony to apologise to Beryl for earlier. He tells her that he's
scared to hell; what if the cops turned up? Beryl tells
Tony to tell her the truth. Tony tells her to tell the police
that he wasn't anywhere near the place, otherwise they'll
pin him for sure. Rob comes in and tells Tony that he
has visitors. Tony looks round and sees two policemen standing
at the front door. Tony asks what he's going to do, and he pleads
to Beryl, "Please will you stick up for me?"
Beryl replies that she's sorry - she can't. Tony bitterly says,
"So much for friends."
At the front door, one of the policemen asks Tony where he was
last night. Tony replies that he was at home - with his mum. The
policeman asks how long he was there for, and Tony replies that
it was all night. The policeman, though, tells him that he'll
have to come down the station with him. Tony says he can't, as
he's working. The policeman tells him that he'll have a word with
Tony's boss, but Tony quickly says it's alright - he'll
ask. He goes into the kitchen. Rob, in a sympathetic manner, says,
"Off you go, mate." Looking worried, Beryl asks Rob
what David will say.
In the flat at Dural, Angela says to Paul that she doesn't see
why he's so concerned about going back to the church. Paul tells
her that it's something he feels he has to do, but he can't explain
it. He continues that he wants her to be his wife, but he also
wants to return to his faith; they both have to do all they can
to make that happen. Angela replies that the only thing she
can do is go through with marriage counselling - it won't be easy,
but it might prove that her and Rob's marriage doesn't have a
In the lounge room in the main house, Barbara, who's been sitting
reading the newspaper, listens as Wayne snaps at Gordon to take
it easy and then orders him to push him into the living room.
Barbara gets up and puts the newpaper on top of one of the tall
cabinets before storming into the kitchen. Gordon pushes Wayne
into the room and then leaves him. Wayne looks around and spots
the newspaper on the bookcase. He tries to reach for it, but it's
too far away, so he stands up and takes it. As he goes to wheel
himself out, Barbara comes in and asks him if there's really any
need for him to treat his father the way he is. Wayne snaps, "None
of your damn business," and he wheels himself out. Barbara
looks round and spots that the newspaper has been removed from
the bookcase. Looking thoughtful, she puts one of the chairs from
the table beneath the bookcase, sits on it and stretches up to
see if she'd be able to reach the paper. She finds it would be
impossible. Realising that she and Gordon may be being duped,
she strides over to the 'phone on the bar and looks up a number
in the index. She then dials and the 'phone at the other end rings.
When it's answered, Barbara asks to speak to Dr. Gleeson.
Wayne is sitting by the side of the pool, reading the paper,
when Barbara comes out and says, "Ah, there you
are." Wayne angrily asks her what she wants. Barbara replies
that she was so concerned about him and his father that she thought
she'd give Dr. Gleeson a ring, just to check up on him. She tells
Wayne that, from what Dr. Gleeson told her, she knows exactly
how to take care of him. She walks round behind Wayne's wheelchair,
turns it round and then pushes it and Wayne into the pool. Wayne
yells out. Barbara stands there, smiling!