Wayne shakes his head to recover from his dunking, as Barbara
stands by the side of the pool and remarks that he's had a miracle
cure all of a sudden! Wayne angrily asks her what she's doing,
and she retorts that she's proving he's a fake. Wayne
snaps that he could have drowned, and he tells Barbara
that she's sick. Barbara snaps back that that's very
brave coming from him. She then tells him to get out
and come inside - they need to talk...
In the study, Barbara throws a towel at Wayne so that he can
dry himself off. Wayne asks her if she's going to tell Gordy.
Barbara angrily asks him if he doesn't think Gordon should find
out what type of person his son really is. Wayne snaps that he
really did hurt his back, but Barbara demands to know why he put
on the crippled act. Wayne snaps that Gordon owes him
- he wanted him to die. Barbara snaps that that may be
true, but Gordon has been putting himself through hell
because of it. She tells him that she felt genuninely sorry for
him when he fell down the stairs; now she realises how weak and
small-minded he is. She then tells Wayne that she wants him to
continue to fake his back injury so that Gordon is none the wiser;
he can pretend that his back is gradually getting better, and
while he does so, he can start acting like the son Gordon deserves.
Wayne tries to protest, but Barbara threatens him that if he doesn't
do what she says, she'll tell Gordon and everybody else about
his little act - and she thinks that, this time, not even Rosie
will forgive him - and there'll be no money and nowhere to live.
As Barbara finishes talking, Gordon comes in and sees Wayne sitting
in his wheelchair, dripping wet. He asks what happened and Wayne
replies that he moved his wheelchair too close to the pool. Gordon
suggests to him that he get out of his wet clothes. He offers
to help, but Wayne says he can manage. Barbara tells her husband
that Wayne needs some rest, adding - as she looks at Wayne - that
the poor boy has had a nasty shock...
Out in the hallway, Gordon sadly remarks to Barbara that Wayne
still doesn't want anything to do with him. Barbara, though, tells
him that it shows Wayne is capable of doing things by himself.
She then adds that she thinks his back is going to get better
The 'phone rings at Woombai, and Jill answers it. STD pips sound
and Wayne then comes on. Jill tells him that she's been meaning
to ring him. Wayne asks her how she'd like another guest for a
few days; he wants to come back up to Woombai. Jill tells him
that it would be a bit difficult at the moment - Fiona and Beth
aren't getting on and John is missing the airforce... Wayne snaps
that it's obviously too much bother. Jill tells him that she'd
like to get a few things sorted out... but Wayne interrupts and
snaps that he should've known better than to ask in the first
place. He slams the 'phone down.
Later, in the living room at Woombai, John snaps that he doesn't
know how half the blokes expect to hold down a job. Fiona asks
what the matter is, and John replies that he had to sack Gary
Allen. Fiona asks if that was necessary, but John retorts that
the man is bone lazy. He then adds that he was expecting Fiona's
backing. Fiona tells him that she wants to get Gary's side of
the story, and she heads out. John looks at Jill, who tells him
that she's setting the table for lunch. John snaps that he'll
get himself a sandwich. As he heads off, Jill says to him that
he's not happy there. John stops, and then admits that it's not
working out like he expected; it's not like the airforce. Jill
tells him that he could still make a career of flying - he could
get his commercial pilot's licence and take some lessons... John,
though, asks if Jill knows how much that costs. Jill looks disheartened,
and says it's all her fault. John assures her that it isn't;
he left the airforce because of Martin. He goes to get
In the guest house, a guy called Andrew Brooks is talking to
Beth, and they agree to meet at 7:30pm tonight. As they talk,
Jill comes in and asks Beth if she'd like to go into town. Beth
accepts, and Jill goes to wait outside. Brooks asks Beth if Jill
is someone else he should know. Beth replies that she isn't; she's
just a friend of the owner's. She then tells Brooks that she'll
see him tonight. Brooks smiles and says he's looking forward to
A short time later, Beth is walking in the grounds with Jill.
Jill says she needs a job and she needs some money: John isn't
happy there - he's missing the airforce; if she saves some money,
he can take flying lessons. Beth tells Jill that John is lucky
to have someone who loves him to care that much. Jill smiles and
then tells Beth that she doesn't think she'll be on her
own for much longer; she thinks some lucky guy will come along
and snap Beth up! She asks about the man that Beth was just talking
to. Beth replies that he was just lonely; he wanted someone to
In the living room at Woombai, John asks Fiona if Gary's pay
is ready. Fiona tells him that it isn't as she's decided to keep
him on. John snaps that the man is useless. Fiona retorts
that the man is a plodder - and a nice one. John snaps
that the men will have no respect for him if she over-rules his
decisions. Fiona, though, suggests to John that he expects too
much from the men. John angrily thanks Fiona for her
support. Fiona tells him that it's obvious he's not happy, and
she adds that there are plenty of other jobs on the property.
John incredulously asks if he's the one being fired.
Fiona tells him that no one is being fired - she's simply
saying he might be happier doing something else. John snaps that
he's not doing some stupid little job that she's dreamed up on
the spur of the moment, and he storms out. Fiona says to Jill
and Beth, who have just come in, that she was having too many
complaints from the other men about John's attitude. She then
adds bitterly that John was right - there was no other
job for him. Beth listens and then says she has an idea. She heads
Beth catches up with John outside and John asks her what she
wants. Beth tells him that she has a suggestion: why doesn't he
go into business for himself - running fitness classes
for the riding school; instead of shouting orders at the men,
he can shout them at the guests. She adds that those
sort of things are very popular at the moment - and it only has
to be temporary. She then continues that he's certainly fit
enough for the job, and she tells him to think of all the ladies
at the Reid House swooning over him!
Back in the living room at Woombai, Jill smiles as she says she
thinks it's a great idea! Fiona chips in that she agrees
that it's terrific! John tells them that Beth deserves the credit!
Fiona warns him not to expect her to go running up and
down on the spot! John tells her that he's sorry he lost his temper
before. Fiona says it alright; she then tells him to go and let
Alan Pascoe know that it's his last day. John smiles and says,
"Yes, boss!" He heads out. Fiona turns to Beth and says
she guesses she owes her a favour. Beth replies that she just
doesn't like to see friends argue. Jill smiles happily as she
thanks goodness that Fiona and Beth are finally agreeing on something!
She then tells Beth that she'll have to shake a leg if they're
going to go into town. Jill goes outside. Alone with Fiona, Beth
tells her that there's room in Jill's life for both of
Sometime later, John is loading old wooden gateposts into the
back of a ute when a car pulls up and Fiona gets out. Seeing John
stripped down, she jokingly asks him if he's getting a winter
tan! John just replies, "Something like that." Fiona
asks him if the posts he's loading is the last of them, and he
tells her that it is. Fiona says that's good, and she asks him
how he'd feel about making a quick trip to Sydney. John asks what
for, and Fiona replies that she wants to finalise some purchases
for the property. John suggests that she should take Alan, but
Fiona tells him it would be better if he came along.
John agrees to go. Fiona says she'll call Gordon and Barbara to
see if they can stay at Dural. John says he's sure it'll be fine.
Fiona smiles happily as she tells John that she's so glad they're
friends again. John says, "Me too."
Barbara is on the 'phone in the lounge room at Dural, and she
tells Fiona that they'll expect her and John for dinner. She then
hangs up and tells Gordon about their visitors coming up on business.
Gordon remarks that it'll be nice to see them. Barbara says she
has some post for them upstairs, which she'll put out for them
to pick up. Wayne wheels himself into the room, and Gordon comments
that his son isn't heading out by the pool, he hopes. Wayne says
a curt, "No." He then tells his father that he's sorry
he snapped at him before - he knows he's been a lousy patient,
and he'll try not to be as difficult. Gordon tells Wayne that
he does care. Wayne says he knows, and he wheels himself
out of the room. Gordon stands up to follow him, but Barbara tells
him to let him go. Gordon sits down again and remarks that it's
a start. Barbara smiles.
In the lounge room at the Palmer house, Davey is crying as Kevin
wraps a football scarf round his neck and puts a bobble hat on
his head. He tells Davey that they're going out with his mum to
the football, but they're running late and Lynn won't be very
Lynn is on the 'phone at The Terrace, speaking to Mrs. Collins
and telling her that they should have called her earlier. Mrs.
Collins tells Lynn to be there at 5pm. Lynn says she'll make it.
She hangs up and Rob asks who the caller was. Lynn explains that
she's got a job, and she's got to be there at 5pm. Rob asks about
the football, but Lynn says she can't go. Rob points out that
Kevin will be disappointed, but Lynn says there's nothing she
can do. Rob tells her that she could 'phone Mrs. Collins and say
she's not going. Lynn says she can't - it's her job.
Rob, though, comments that she's not making much of an effort
to straighten out her marriage. Lynn retorts that it's Kevin
who has to make the effort. Rob tells her that she and Kevin have
got so much going for them, but it looks like she wants
it all her way. He continues that she needs to sort out
whether she really wants the marriage to work or not - because
if she's going to keep letting work get in the way, it's her
whose attitude needs changing, not Kevin's.
Kevin is holding Davey at the Palmers' when the 'phone rings.
He answers it and Lynn comes on. Kevin tells her that he's sorry
he's late, but he had to spend some time with Beryl after the
upset with Tony. Lynn is about to start telling Kevin that she
can't make it when she appears to have a change of heart and tells
him not to be long. The call over, Lynn tells Rob that she's going
to the football. Rob tells her that she made the right decision.
Lynn replies that he doesn't have to face Mrs. Collins...
Barbara is in the lounge room at Dural when Wayne wheels himself
in. Barbara asks how his back is, but Wayne ignores this, instead
asking if Jill is coming with John and Fiona. Barbara says he
isn't. She then tells Wayne that he did very well this afternoon,
adding, "Keep it up!" Wayne wheels himself back out
into the hallway, where he spots the pile of mail on the side
table. He has a look through what's there and picks up a postcard,
which he reads. It's labelled as coming from Ulladulla and says:
Having a great time, but missing you. Meeting lots of nice people
and the money supply hasn't dried up yet.
Wayne smiles and hides the card under the blanket over his legs.
At The Terrace, Lynn is holding Davey after the football. Kevin
says he'd better get home, but Lynn suggests they have dinner.
Kevin tells her that he has to get Davey home to bed, but Lynn
suggests that she take him home and then come back. Kevin happily
agrees. Lynn tells him that, when he gets back, he can peel the
potatoes! They go to the front door, where Lynn kisses Davey goodbye;
she then also kisses Kevin. He tells her that he'll see her in
about an hour, and he goes. Lynn goes into the kitchen, where
Rob asks how the footie went. Lynn replies that it was good. She
then tells him that she'll be able to cook him some dinner, as
Kevin's coming over later. Rob, though, says he's going out; she
and Kevin can have the place to themselves. Lynn suddenly hugs
him and thanks him for talking sense into her, earlier.
In the study at Dural, Wayne has found a pen with ink the same
colour as that on the postcard and is forging Brian's writing,
adding the following to the bottom of the card:
"P.S. I love you. That last night together meant so
much to me."
When he's done, Wayne puts the card under his blanket and wheels
himself out from the study into the hallway. As he does so, he
hears Gordon offer drinks all round in the lounge room. Wayne
puts the card back with the pile of post, picks the whole lot
up and wheels himself in to join the others. The chatter immediately
stops. Fiona curtly tells Wayne that she was sorry to hear about
his accident. Wayne retorts, "These things happen."
He then gives John the pile of mail, explaining that some of it
is for Jill. Barbara tells the new arrivals that they're going
to have to put up with her cooking while Rosie is away!
Gordon asks Fiona about the business trip, and Fiona explains
that a friend of hers is putting some machinery on the market;
she's bargain hunting! As she says this, John is reading the postcard.
Wayne smiles as a shocked look crosses John's face...