At Dural, Barbara and Angela are polishing cutlery,
and Barbara says it's good to have someone else who hates doing
it, to give her a hand! Angela says Rosie used to be religious
about it! Barbara laughs and says they're mad - they should eat
with fingers! Gordon comes in, engrossed in a paper he's reading.
He looks up, sees Angela doing the cleaning, and says he can remember
a young lady who squealed every time housework was mentioned!
Barbara tells her husband that she thinks he looks tired, and
she sarcastically remarks that it was very good of Wayne to go
away and leave Gordon with all the work. Gordon, though, replies
that it won't make much difference - they can't really do much
until Stephen gets the ball rolling in Melbourne. Angela says
it's still not very fair of Wayne to leave him with it. Barbara
says going to see Jill was just an excuse. Gordon replies that
he imagines Jill's pretty depressed over John, and can probably
do with some support. Angela and Barbara look at each other.
Fiona is driving along the track that approaches
Woombai, when she overtakes a tractor and pulls into the side
of the road, indicating that she wants the tractor to pull over,
too. Russ, the driver and a local farmer, asks what the problem
is, and he queries whether the car's playing up. Fiona says everything's
fine - she just wants some help - it's about Terry Hansen. She
tells Russ that she's thinking of employing Terry and would like
to know more about him, as a lot of people in town say he's a
nice bloke. Russ says he'd go along with that - Terry can be a
bit of a lad at times, but everyone seems to like him. Fiona agrees
that that seems to be the general opinion. Russ says he supposes
Fiona got a few funny looks. Fiona asks him what he means, and
Russ says that, with all the rumours going round at the moment,
people probably think it's funny Fiona asking for a character
reference, the reputation the riding school's got right now. Fiona
curtly says, "People love to gossip." She adds, "Thankyou,
Russ, for your help."
When Fiona gets back to Woombai, she finds Wayne
sitting in the armchair in the lounge room. She asks him what
he thinks he's doing, to which he smartly replies, "Sitting
beside the fire?" Fiona snaps that she's in no mood for smart
talk. Wayne replies that he came to see Jill, and from the way
she looks, it seems he did the right thing. Fiona asks where Jill
is, and Wayne says he talked her into going to her room
to lie down. Fiona says that's good, and she tells Wayne that
he can now leave. She adds that he can take that look his off
his face - he's not welcome there. Wayne tells Fiona that she
loves a bit of melodrama, and he laughs that this must be the
tenth time she's threatened to have him kicked out of there; if
she really means it, why doesn't she do something about it. He
gets up and says he's going outside to watch the sunset. When
he's gone, Fiona dials a number. When the call is answered, she
says, "Louise, is Alan there? Good. Have him send over the
biggest fellow he's got. I want someone given their marching orders."
Wayne is standing outside when he sees a large man
approaching. The man goes to head inside, and he calls for Fiona,
but Fiona comes out and asks him to please escort Wayne from the
property. The man says it would be a pleasure, and he grabs Wayne's
arm. Wayne sourly says he didn't think Fiona had the guts to do
it. He then asks if he should start making a noise and wake Jill;
he tells Fiona to make the man let go or he'll get Jill out, and
he's sure she'd love to see how Fiona treats her friends. Fiona
reluctantly tells the man, Keith, to let Wayne go. Wayne says
he knew Fiona would see it his way. Fiona sighs.
Inside, Fiona says she supposes Wayne think he's
very smart. In reply, Wayne asks why Fiona didn't tell him. Fiona
asks what about. Wayne replies, "The rape, of course."
Seeing the look of surprise on Fiona's face, he adds that Jill
told him. He tells Fiona that, if Jill won't go to the police,
it's up to them to make sure the bloke gets what's coming
to him. Fiona snaps that she doesn't need Wayne's help, but Wayne
replies that he and Jill are good friends, and he won't let the
animal get off scott-free. He asks what the bloke's name is, and
Fiona tells him that it's Terry Hansen. She adds that she's been
trying to get something on him, but everyone thinks he's a good
bloke. Wayne says two of them might be able to do better. Fiona
asks how. Wayne replies that they have to do what they can for
Jill's sake. Fiona says she supposes he has a point, and she reluctantly
tells him that he might as well stay around.
At the Morrell apartment, Stephen jokes that he
even has to fold his own shirts for packing! Patricia, who's doing
her nails, replies that if he wants nail polish over them...!
She then remarks that it's early to start packing. Stephen replies
that he thought they'd go down tonight and maybe eat on the way
to the airport. Patricia says she didn't realise - she's asked
John over for dinner. She asks if they can go tomorrow, but Stephen
tells her that he wants her to see what he's done to the house.
He adds that he guesses it can wait. He asks if Angela and Paul
are coming. Patricia replies that she'd love to have Angela, but
Paul's a bit of a problem. Stephen asks if it isn't time Patricia
gave Paul a chance, as he can't be that bad. Patricia
replies that if only Stephen knew... Stephen, though, says he
doesn't, and he doesn't particuarly care, "...so let's have
them both to dinner."
At Dural, Barbara answers the 'phone. It's Patricia,
who asks to speak to John. Barbara goes to get him, and John takes
the call in the hall. Patricia whispers as she tells him that
she's glad she caught him. John tells her to speak up, but Patricia
replies that it's difficult her end. Stephen is in the room as
Patricia quietly explains to John that she'd love to invite Angela
tonight, but she'd have to invite Paul as well. John asks if she
has to, and Patricia replies that it would be difficult
not to. She adds, though, that she was thinking he should
be made to realise that he's not welcome at a family dinner. John
says he couldn't agree more. Patricia says she just thought she'd
warn John what he's in for. John replies that Paul won't get anywhere
with him. Patricia tells him that she'll see him at 7:30pm.
John says, "No worries."
At the dinner, Patricia asks Angela if she doesn't
think John should come and live in the city. Angela agrees that
they'd see more of him. John says he doesn't know... Patricia
tells him that she knows he loved the country and the fresh air
and all that, but there comes a time when you have to start thinking
about life. John says he takes it like it comes, but Patricia
tells him that he's not getting any younger! She adds that she's
sure Stephen won't mind talking to him about business opportunities.
Stephen says he'd be glad to, but John says he's not really ready
for a suit just yet. Patricia pours more wine for everyone except
Paul. Stephen tells John that it wouldn't mean working in an office
nine-to-five. Patricia points out that, if John lived in the city,
he could stay in the apartment. John says he thinks he could cope
with living there! Stephen sternly tells Patricia to fix Paul's
glass. Patricia 'innocently' tells Paul that she begs his pardon
- she was talking too much...
At Dural, Barbara wonders out loud how things are
going at the dinner, but Gordon says he doesn't really care that
much. He adds that he feels a bit sorry for Paul, though. Barbara
agrees, saying it's like going to dinner in fish tank full of
piranahs! She adds that he's a brave boy. Gordon tells her that
she shouldn't look so smug, and Barbara asks what she has to look
smug about. Gordon replies that she might have avoided mixing
with him so far, but she'll have to face up to it sooner or later
- Stephen is his partner; it's inevitable.
The dinner party over, Patricia hugs Angela and
says it's lovely to see her again. She thanks her daughter and
Paul for coming, and says it's been a wonderful evening, but Paul
angrily replies, "Don't be such a damned hypocrite."
Patricia says, "I beg your pardon?" Stephen says, "Steady
on," to Paul, but Paul ignore this and rants that Patricia
and John had a wonderful time doing their best to make him feel
like he wasn't there. Angela tells Paul that she thinks they'd
better go, but Paul continues his tirade, saying he thinks it's
about time they woke up to the fact that he and Angela are a couple
- they do everything together and go everywhere together - and
that includes dinner with Patricia, if they have to; that's the
way it is. Patricia 'innocently' says she never thought of it
any other way. Paul replies that that may be the case, but he
knows she hates it, and he adds that it's too bad. He turns to
Stephen and thanks him for his hospitality, saying he enjoyed
his company. He and Angela then leave. John immediately
asks what got into him, and Patricia replies, "Search me!"
Stephen closes the door and grimly remarks that that was a bright
end to the evening. Patricia snaps that she's glad he
thinks it's funny.
The next morning, Stephen tells Patricia that there's
no point getting hot under the collar. Patricia snaps that Paul
suggested she deliberately ignored him, but Stephen tells her
not to play innocent - she was an out-and-out bitch last night,
and she knows it: Paul stood up to her, and good on him. Patricia
sourly says they'd better get a move on if they're going to catch
the 9am flight. Stephen tells her that she still has to pack his
shirts - and she can't use her nails as an excuse this this morning!
Patricia says she'll leave the apartment keys for John, as he's
still asleep. Stephen tells her to leave the car keys as well.
He asks how long John's likely to be staying, and Patricia replies
that he has to get back to Woombai to organise some fitness classes
later in the week. Stephen says Amanda is due in a couple of days,
but Patricia says John should be gone by then - and even if he
isn't, the place is big enough for two. She pauses and then says
she's not sure if she should go to Melbourne yet, as John seems
very confused still. She adds that maybe she should stay there
for a few more days to provide moral support. Stephen, though,
says John is old enough to look after himself and it's time he
did. He adds that he has work to attend to in Melbourne
and he'd like his wife with him. He suggests she go and pack his
shirts. Patricia jokes that he'll be sorry!
It's tense at Dural, at breakfast. When Angela curtly
asks Paul for the sugar, he asks her if this is going on all day.
Angela snaps that it's him. Paul replies that he's not
sorry about last night - he meant every word he said. Angela says
she thinks she'll finish eating outside. She goes, and Paul apologises
to Gordon and Barbara. Barbara asks if there's something wrong
between him and Angela, and Paul replies, "You could
say that." Gordon asks if something happened last night,
and Paul tells him that it was nothing too dramatic, but there
was a bit of unpleasantness over dinner, which ended in him telling
Patricia where to get off. Barbara laughs and says, "That's
all?!" She adds that she wishes she'd been there
to see it! Gordon says he hopes Paul didn't go too far. Paul says,
"Only as far as the truth." Gordon warns him not to
underestimate Patricia, adding, "You know what she's like
at breaking up relationships." Barbara raises her eyebrows.
Paul says he knows what Gordon's saying, but he has pretty strong
ammunition to fire at her if he has to. Barbara cheerily says,
"That's what I like to hear!" She decides it's time
she got off to golf. She kisses Gordon and wishes Paul a nice
day. Paul decides to go and make peace with Angela.
Angela is sitting outside, reading the paper, when
Paul approaches and gives her a cup of coffee. He remarks that
it's warm, sitting there in the sun. Angela tells him that she
can't believe how stupid he was last night. Paul says Patricia
was needling him all night, but Angela says he took the bait -
why didn't he just ignore her? Paul replies that he didn't appreciate
her dumping insults on him. Angela says it'll take Patricia a
while to get used to them. Paul asks if he's expected to put up
with John's digs as well, and he adds that he and Patricia are
trying to break them up. Angela says they can't hurt them if they
don't let them. She returns to reading the paper.
John is asleep in bed at the Sydney apartment when
the front door slams and wakes him up. A young woman enters the
apartment and dumps a pile of bags and suitcases on the sofa in
the lounge room. She then heads off to the bathroom. John gets
out of bed and walks into the lounge room dressed in only his
underpants. He sees the cases and looks puzzled. He then goes
to the kitchen. The young woman, who's now dressed in only a bra
and knickers, walks back into the lounge room, opens one of her
cases, and takes out a towel before heading back to the bathroom.
John then returns, carrying a drink. He sees the open case and
starts rummaging through it. He picks up a red bra and looks at
it closely, holding it up in front of him, with both hands. The
woman suddenly returns and says, "Well! If you're looking
for something to wear, you've got the wrong suitcase!"
The woman asks John who the hell he is, and John
replies that he could ask the same. The woman tells John to go
first. John asks her if she wants to put some clothes on, but
the woman says that can wait until after John has told her who
he is. John introduces himself as John Palmer and explains that
his mother lives there and he's staying there. The woman
snaps that she can see that. John goes off to put some clothes
on; the woman is still standing there in just her underwear! She
calls to John to ask if his mother is another of her father's
girlfriends, but John says, "Not exactly." He asks the
woman if she's Stephen's daughter, and the woman asks him if he's
talking about Stephen Morrell. John says yes. The woman says,
"Then yes, I'm his daughter. Who's your mother?" John
says she's Patricia. Amanda says, "Patricia what?" John
replies, "Patricia Morrell, of course!" Amanda looks
shocked, and says, "I beg your pardon?" John
tells her that they're married. He returns to the lounge room
with some clothes on. Amanda snaps that she doesn't like hearing
news like that from a complete stranger. John says he's sorry.
Amanda asks where Stephen and Patricia are, and John explains
that they flew down to Melbourne this morning. Amanda asks for
At Toorak, the 'phone is ringing, but there's no
one there to answer it.
Patricia and and Stephen pull up out the front and
Patricia remarks that the outside hasn't changed. Stephen says
there was no need for it to - but he tells her to wait until she
sees the inside. Patricia says she hopes it hasn't been
ruined. Stephen assures her that she'll love it. They go in just
in time to hear the 'phone stop ringing. Patricia says someone's
quick off the mark. Stephen says it couldn't be very important.
He goes to pick Patricia up, to carry her over the threshold,
but she quickly puts a halt to that idea! The 'phone starts ringing
again, and Stephen comments that they're not going to give up!
Patricia tells him to forget it, but Stephen says he can't stand
ringing 'phones. He goes to pick Patricia up again, but she tells
him that she doesn't want him to do his back in. Stephen remarks,
"I'm carrying your bags, aren't I?!"
Amanda hangs up, and John says, "Told ya!"
Amanda testily says, "Alright!" John suggests she try
again later, and Amanda says she will. She asks what
Patricia's like, but John replies that she's just his mother.
Angela suggests that she's not a plain little housewife, and John
agrees. Angela asks again about what she's like, but John says
he can't understand why she's so worked up. He adds that, if she's
worried about someone making Stephen look stupid, then she shouldn't
be, because his mother has a lot going for her. Amanda asks, "Like
what?" John replies that she's good looking. Amanda says,
"Right - even glamourous, elegant?" John says, "Yes,
she is." Amanda continues, "And I suppose she's also
very strong-minded; can get what she wants when she wants it?"
John, looking surprised, says, "Pretty much." Amanda
goes on, "And she's probably also very intelligent and has
a terrific sense of humour, even though she can
be a bitch from time to time? Even ruthless?" John asks her
if she's some sort of mindreader, but Amanda says no. John asks
her how she knows so much about his mother, then, and Amanda tells
him, "Because she's exactly the sort of woman my father would
be dumb enough to marry!" John tells her to hang on a minute.
Amanda says she's sorry if she's insulted his family background,
but she knows her father too well. John suggests she wait until
she meets Patricia. Amanda replies, "Oh, I've
met her. Quite a few times..."
The front rooms at Toorak have been completely refurbished,
and Patricia tells Stephen that the little back room she was using
before seems poky now. Stephen says they can let Amanda use that
area. He asks Patricia what she thinks, and she replies that it
looks stunning. They hug, and Patricia says she's very happy.
She tells Stephen that it seems like a new house: a lot has happened
there, and she never thought it could feel warm. Stephen
replies that it depends who you share it with. The 'phone starts
ringing again, and Stephen remarks that he'll give them ten out
of ten for persistence. Patricia says that, if it's for her, she's
not there, and she goes upstairs. Stephen answers the call and
hears the STD pips. Amanda's voice then comes on and says it's
about time he answered. Surprised, Stephen asks his daughter
where she's calling from. Amanda replies that she's in Sydney.
Stephen remarks that she's back a lot earlier than he expected.
Amanda snaps, "Obviously." Stephen asks her
if she's met John. At this point, Amanda asks John to leave them
alone. She then says to Stephen that she knows about him getting
married. Stephen says he wanted it to be a surprise, and Amanda
snaps that it was. She asks her father what the hell
he thinks he's doing. Stephen replies that he's very happy and
very much in love with Patricia, and he doesn't want Amanda making
it hard for him. Amanda says, "Come on, Dad." Stephen
suggests to Amanda that she meet Patricia, as they might
like each other. Amanda, though, tells him that he only
dumped her mum because she wasn't right for what he wanted. She
adds that she knows why Stephen picked this one, and
she asks how he thinks Patricia will feel when she finds out he's
only using her. Stephen says he's not using her, but
Amanda tells him that of course he is, and they both
know what for. Angry, Stephen orders Amanda to get on a 'plane
and get down there that night. He adds that, if she says a word
to anyone in Sydney about this, he'll give her the hiding of her
life. Amanda asks, "Why? Because I'm right?"
Stephen just snaps that he'll see her tonight, and John will give
her the address. He tells Amanda to remember what he said. Amanda
hangs up and John comes back in, sarcastically saying it sounded
like it went well. Amanda asks him if he was listening in. John
replies that he wouldn't waste his time. Amanda, who is still
dressed in just her underwear, tells John to stop perving on her,
and she heads off to have a shower.
At Toorak, Patricia comes back downstairs and starts
to ask Stephen if a suit should be sent to the dry cleaners, but
she suddenly notices the expression on his face and asks what's
wrong. Stephen replies that it was just a business call. Patricia
tells him not to get upset: "The most important thing that
you should have on your mind right now is us, and only
us." They hug, but Stephen looks worried.