Stephen's car pulls up outside Toorak, and he, Patricia,
Charlie and John get out. Charlie is laughing, and she says it's
only 10:30 - she never goes to bed that early;
they should have gone dancing! John jokes they only have
old-time dancing on Saturday nights! Charlie tells him not to
be cheeky! She then asks Patricia if she doesn't think
they should go. Patricia tells her that she can go if
she likes! John says he'll take the car round the back. Charlie
thanks Stephen for a wonderful dinner, and the three of them go
into the house, which is in darkness. Stephen puts the lights
on in the hall; there are broken plant pots and earth on the hall
floor. He stops in his tracks, and Patricia cries, "Oh no."
Stephen says they've been done over. He then walks into the lounge
room - it's empty except for a lamp on the carpet and a few bits
lying around. Charlie says they've only been away for
a couple of hours. Stephen says it was enough. He shouts for Amanda
and runs upstairs. Charlie asks how they got in, and Patricia
snaps, "How the hell should I know?" Charlie
says she's sorry. Patricia asks her to call the police. She then
calls upstairs to ask how Amanda is, and Stephen calls back that
she's fine; she's sleeping. Patricia looks relieved. She asks
what the situation is up there, but Stephen says nothing's missing
from Amanda's room; he'll check the other rooms in the morning.
Patricia returns to the lounge room and tells Charlie that Amanda
is alright. Charlie gets through to the police and tells them
there's been a burglary at 42, Belfield Avenue, Toorak. Patricia
picks up the lamp on the floor as Charlie tells the police that
she has no idea how they got in. Patricia, though, suddenly spots
the broken window, and Charlie passes this on to the police. She
then hangs up and sighs, telling Patricia that the police are
coming right over. She remarks, "What a mess."
John comes in saying, "All the rooms in the back of the house
have been..." He sees the empty lounge room and stops in
his tracks, before saying, "...stripped!" Patricia tells
him that so has the front. John says they must have had a really
great truck to cart all that lot away. Charlie says that
at least they know they're dealing with professionals.
Patricia sarcastically says that's a great consolation!
John says he thought the place had alarms. Stephen, who's out
in the hall, says it has - but they didn't switch them
on. He walks in with Amanda in front of him, his hand
on her shoulder. Amanda looks shocked! She says it's terrible.
John asks her if she's alright, but Amanda says she didn't hear
a thing; she took a sleeping pill. Patricia asks about
the rooms upstairs, but Stephen says there's nothing missing up
there - he'd say they came in, cleared out the ground floor and
panicked when they saw Amanda. Charlie tells Amanda that she's
very lucky - you never know what they might have done.
Patricia glares at Charlie, but Charlie says she was just being
realistic. Stephen is still holding Amanda, and Amanda says she
knows what Charlie means. Stephen remarks that his daughter's
shivering, and Amanda says, "It's shock, I guess." She
adds that, if she'd woken up, she could have... Stephen tells
her not to get upset about it. Amanda says it's hard not
to - she shouldn't have taken the sleeping pill; she could have
scared them off, otherwise. Stephen says, "Forget the furniture
- I'm just glad you're safe." He cuddles her. Amanda
says she knows - it's just that she wishes she could have done
The next morning, Stephen and John are putting out
the old tables and chairs in the lounge room; it's the furniture
that was previously in the back room. John says he knew
the stuff would come in handy - it's just as well they didn't
get rid of it. Patricia says she was hoping she'd never see it
again. Stephen says it's not so bad - at least they have something
to sit on. John jokes that they'd get awfully tired standing
up! Stephen says it should do them for a while. John
goes off to get one more chair, leaving Patricia to ask Stephen
if they could meet in town later and choose some new
furniture. Stephen, though, says he doesn't think they should
bother about that just yet - the police might find out who did
it. Patricia snaps that, in the meantime, she has to
put up with this - and she furiously indicates the old
chairs. Stephen suggests he ring up and rent some furniture, and
Patricia says, "Today?" Stephen says he'll
do it this morning. He tells Patricia that they'll get
over it, and he then heads off to get ready for work. Patricia
follows him out to the hall, where she asks him if he thinks the
police will be round again. Stephen says no - they did all they
had to last night. Patricia then asks about the insurance people.
Stephen replies that he'll report the robbery, but he won't put
in a claim until he sees what the police come up with. He goes
upstairs. John comes in with another chair and jokes that he has
another piece to add to the collection! Patricia snaps that he
might find it funny, but she doesn't. John tells her
not not to lose her sense of humour, but Patricia says it's difficult
not to; she's sick of everything always going
sour on her. She walks off. Amanda joins John in the lounge room
and offers him some coffee. He declines, though. Amanda asks if
she's the last one up, but John tells her that she beat Charlie!
He then asks her what she thinks of the new furniture! Amanda
sits down on a bean bag and says she hopes they don't have to
put up with it for too long. John, who's sitting on an
old chair, remarks that Patricia isn't too impressed, either.
Amanda comments that she's taking the robbery pretty badly, and
John agrees that she's not exactly on top of the world. Amanda
looks pleased. John then says he's amazed she didn't hear
anything last night - there must have been a hell of a racket
going on down there. Amanda replies that it's those sleeping pills
- they're dynamite; that's why she takes them.
John stands up and says he's been thinking: he reckons he's got
an idea who did it. Amanda asks who, and John says, "The
kid we saw watching the house yesterday." Amanda asks, "What
kid?" John tells her that he was at the gate when they drove
up to the house. Amanda says she'd never remember what he looked
like, but John says he does - and the funny thing is,
he thinks he's staying with his mum and dad. He sits down again,
and quickly adds that he means his other parents. Amanda
says Stephen filled her in on the family history yesterday; it
took quite a while! John says, "I bet!" He
then continues that the kid's name is Tony; apparently, he got
to know David in jail. Amanda asks about Tony living with John's
parents. John says he didn't get the full story, but Tony could
have found out from them how much the stuff at Toorak
is worth. Amanda says anyone only has to look at the
place to know that. John says, "I guess... but it's
a bit suspicious." Amanda tells him that he can't go round
suspecting everyone who walks by the house. She then jokingly
asks what about the milkman?; she saw him hanging
around this morning! John says maybe he should tell the police,
but Amanda asks why - he's got no proof. She
asks him if he's absolutely positive it's the same kid.
John says he thinks so, but Amanda tells him that he's
got to be a lot surer than that, certainly, if he doesn't
want to go causing a big stink over nothing. John says
that may be so - and after that argument he had with David, David
would probably think he was just throwing it back at
him. Amanda says she doesn't know anything about that,
but she'd worry about making a fool of herself with the police,
if she were John. John says he supposes she's right,
and Amanda laughs that of course she is! John walks out,
leaving Amanda looking worried...
At the Palmers', Beryl is writing a cheque when
Tony comes into the kitchen. Beryl says she'll probably be late
getting to The Terrace this morning. Tony laughs and tells her
that she'd better watch out: she'll be getting the bullet if she's
going to make a habit of it! Beryl looks at him, unimpressed,
and Tony says it was a joke! Beryl says she should hope
so! She then apologises and explains that, if she doesn't
get some of the bills paid, they'll have debt collectors at the
door. Tony tells her not to worry - he'll rough them
up for her. Beryl says she thinks she can manage without that!
Tony tells her that he'll see her at The Terrace and he goes.
David suddenly calls out to ask if his lunch is ready yet, and
Beryl says it's on the sink. The 'phone starts ringing and Beryl
goes to answer it in the lounge. The caller is Amanda, who's kneeling
on the floor in the hall at Toorak. She asks to speak to Tony
Parker, but Beryl tells her that she's just missed him. She adds
that she'll be seeing him at lunchtime, and asks if she can take
a message. Amanda asks if there's another number where she can
contact him, and Beryl says there is: 690 7391 - but he won't
be there for at least half an hour. Amanda says that's alright
- it can wait 'til then. Beryl asks whether, if she does
see him first, she can tell him who called. Amanda says it's OK,
and she thanks Beryl for the number. She hangs up. Beryl does
the same, and smiles. David asks what's tickling her, and Beryl
says it's young Tony - she thinks he's a bit of a dark horse:
that 'phone call was from a rather well-spoken young lady - it
looks like Tony's hanging out with the social set! David
laughs and says he doesn't wish that upon them - he's
had the social set up to here! He indicates his neck.
He then kisses Beryl, says goodbye and goes.
In the kitchen at The Terrace, Rob is buttering
some bread when Lynn comes in and says she thought it was his
day off. Rob says it is, but with Angie coming down for
the counselling session... Lynn says she forgot. Rob tells her
that at any other time, he'd be happy to babysit. Lynn
tells him not to worry - it's not his responsibility. Phillipe
comes in and asks what's not Rob's responsibility. Lynn
tells him that they're talking about Davey, and she adds that
it looks like they won't be able to go sightseeing 'til this afternoon.
Rob explains that they've just run out of babysitters! Lynn says
she would have left Davey with her mum, but she's away.
Phillipe asks why they can't take Davey with them, but
Lynn says he's got 'flu, and she doesn't want it to get any worse.
Phillipe says the Opera House will still be there after lunch!
Rob and Lynn look at each other and smile. Rob says "Wrong
city, mate!" and he and Lynn say together: "Sydney!"
They both burst out laughing! Rob remarks that it's a pity Beryl's
not coming in 'til later this morning. He then suggests
Tony, but Lynn says no. Rob says it would only be 'til Beryl got
there, but Lynn says Kevin would be furious. Rob tells
her that she's being a bit hard on Tony; everybody else
gets on with him. Phillipe points out that Tony is very fond of
little Davey - he's sure he wouldn't hurt him. Lynn says she knows,
but... Rob tells her that Tony would be thrilled to bits
if she asked him - he'd feel like she trusted him. Phillipe
adds that if Kevin doesn't know... Rob agrees: it can't
hurt. Lynn says she doesn't know about that. Rob says
it would only be for a couple of hours. Lynn uncertainly asks
him if he thinks it will matter, but Rob says of course not. Lynn
Amanda is sitting on a giant bean bag in the lounge
room at Toorak, while Stephen is standing up. He asks her if she's
sure she'll be alright there, by herself, and Amanda says of course.
She asks her father if he shouldn't be going to work. Stephen
suggests Amanda go into town with the others, but Amanda tells
him to stop fussing. Stephen tells her not to be afraid to call
the police, but Amanda says, "As if they'd come back...
they got everything the first time round." Stephen
says, "Everything downstairs - they could've got
a lot more if..." Amanda asks how much the stuff was worth,
and Stephen says, "About $120,000." Amanda remarks on
all those heirlooms, and she asks Stephen what he'll tell her
grandma. Stephen says he'll deal with that if and when
he has to. Amanda remarks that she won't be very pleased
when she finds he took them out of storage and they got stolen.
Stephen repeats that he'll cross that bridge when he comes
to it; hopefully it will all be found and returned and her grandmother
will be none the wiser. Amanda makes a face and says she hopes
so - otherwise they'll hear her from Paris, and Patricia
just might find out the truth. She adds, "Wouldn't
want that, would we...?"
At The Terrace, Lynn comes downstairs and tells
Tony that she's left the window in Davey's room open; the doctor
said it shouldn't get too stuffy, but it should be closed in about
ten minutes. She adds that Davey is due for his medicine at 11am;
it's on the chest of drawers, and Davey should be given one spoonful.
Tony asks if there's one of those plastic spoons, and Lynn says
it's next to the bottle - and there are spare blankets on the
chair if it gets a bit cold. She then says that's about it, and
Tony says he'll take good care of him. Phillipe asks if they can
go now, and Lynn says yep: the first stop's the art museum. As
they walk to the door, Phillipe tells Tony what food needs preparing,
and Tony says there are no worries. He tells them to just enjoy
themselves, and Phillipe says they will! They go. Tony
goes into the kitchen and puts an apron on. The 'phone suddenly
starts ringing and he answers it. It's Amanda. She explains that
they met last night, and Tony asks her what she wants. Amanda
tells him that something's come up - she thinks they'd better
meet somewhere and talk. Tony says he can't - he's working
- babysitting. Amanda says it's a bit more important than changing
babies' nappies; someone could be on to him.
There's silence, and Amanda says, "Tony?" He looks shocked,
but says he heard. He tells Amanda to come round there
- there won't be anyone round for an hour or so. He asks her if
she's got a pencil or something so he can give her the address.
Rob is standing outside the counselling centre when
Angela's cab pulls up. She gets out and Rob tells her that he's
glad she could come. Angela says it's alright, but Rob says she
didn't have to. Angela says she's there, isn't
she? Rob says yeah. He asks if Paul came along this time, but
Angela replies that she asked him to stay at home. Rob suggests
they might as well go in, and Angela agrees, saying it looks like
it might rain.
Amanda arrives at The Terrace and, seeing it's empty,
asks if the place doesn't get any customers. She takes
off her wet coat and she and Tony go into the dining area, where
Tony asks who's onto him. Amanda says it's John: he remembers
seeing Tony hanging around the house yesterday. Tony asks what
does that prove? Amanda says it proves nothing
- but John knows Tony spent time in jail, and is just putting
two and two together. Tony asks if John's said anything to the
cops, but Amanda says she thinks she managed to talk him out of
it. Tony says it's just as well. Amanda says it was stupid to
tell John that he'd done time, but Tony snaps that he
didn't tell him anything; it was someone else.
He then tells Amanda that she can't be that smart herself
- only a nutcase would say 'go on, rob the place or I'll
call the cops'. Amanda protests that she had her reasons. She
adds that if the police do come round and question him,
he'd better keep her name out of it. Tony asks why should
he, and Amanda threatens that she'll make sure they never believe
him; she'll say she saw him steal the furniture, but he threatened
her if she said anything. Tony protests that he didn't steal anything
- it was all the other guys; he just gave them
a tip-off. Amanda asks if he thinks they'll believe that.
She adds that her only suggestion to him is that he'd
better not end up jibbing on his profits - John might get even
more suspicious. Tony repeats he's not getting
any money; he told her last night: he was only getting back at
her mum for her upsetting Davo. Amanda snaps, "Patricia's
not my mother." Tony says, "Whatever
she is..." Amanda says she's only there to tell him that
John's suspicious, so he's not to do anything stupid. Tony snaps,
"As if I would." He then looks at his watch
and tells Amanda that she'd better get going - he has to open
up and they don't want people to see them together. Amanda
agrees, and puts her coat on. As thunder rumbles outside, she
says she'll be drenched by the time she gets in. Davey
suddenly starts crying, and Amanda, not knowing about the baby,
looks upstairs. Tony cries, "Oh, God, no."
He races upstairs and yells, "Oh, hell." Amanda
asks what's wrong, but Tony just shouts that he should be shot.
He carries Davey downstairs and Amanda asks who he belongs to.
Tony ignores this and says he was too close to the window - he
told Lynn he'd shut it. Amanda feels Davey's hair and
says he's soaking wet. Tony says he knows. He then says
he has to get him dried off; Beryl will be there in a tick, and
if she finds out what's happened, all hell will
The marriage counsellor asks Rob and Angela if losing
the baby was a major factor in the break-up of their marriage.
Rob says it must have had something to do with it. Angela
adds that they both wanted a child more than anything;
she would have done anything to keep it. She sighs and
says she was going to tell Paul it was over for good
- she wanted her, Rob and the baby to be a family. The
counsellor raises with Rob the fact that he said he never wanted
to see Angela again after she left him following the miscarriage.
Rob says he was upset; the state he was in... "I guess you
don't mean to say the things you do when something like that happens."
Angela sits with her head bowed. The counsellor asks why they
didn't consider adoption after Domine was taken away from them.
Angela looks at Rob and says they were told they had to be married
for three years before they could apply. Rob says it seemed such
a long wait; they were upset over losing Domine and just put it
in the back of their minds. Angela adds that she still wants to
adopt - once she's got herself settled again. The counsellor tells
her that she's in for a long wait: by the time the divorce comes
through and she marries Paul, it'll be five years before
they even get on the waiting list. Angela looks upset.
There's a rumble of thunder outside.
Beryl walks into the kitchen at The Terrace, carrying
a tray. Tony asks if Davey's still no better, and Beryl says he
isn't; you can hear him coughing from out in the hall.
Tony suggests that perhaps they should give him more cough mixture,
but Beryl says no - not on top of the stuff he's already taken.
She says she thinks she might call the doctor. Tony says that
surely it's just a cold, but Beryl says it's a bad one
- his temperature was well and truly up when she checked
it before. Tony says that maybe he shouldn't have put those blankets
on him, but his feet were so cold. Beryl assures him
that he did the right thing. She says she will call the
doctor; she'd never forgive herself if anything happened
and Lynn wasn't home. She dials the number.
Rob and Angela leave the counselling centre and
Angela remarks that it looks like they won't get wet after all;
the rain's stopped. Rob says they may even get a bit of sun.
He jokes that they'd think that, after counselling, they could
talk about something other than the weather. Angela laughs
and agrees that it's stupid. She says the only time nowadays they
seem to have a sensible conversation is when there's someone else
around, refereeing. Rob suggests they could go it alone, and he
invites Angela to have lunch with him. Angela says she'd like
that. Rob says that's good. They go to the car and Rob tells Angela
that he'd like her to come back to The Terrace later on, as there
are a few business things to talk about. Angela reluctantly asks
if they have to... Rob says he just wants her to see
he's not diddling her out of her share of the profits. Angela
assures him that she trusts him! Rob says, "A fool and her
money...!" Angela says she'll come!
The doctor comes downstairs at The Terrace and says
he's called for an ambulance; it'll be there shortly. Beryl, looking
concerned, asks if Davey's that bad. The doctor replies that the
child is very ill - he's developed pneumonia. He adds that there's
no need to panic - the main thing is to get him to hospital as
soon as possible. Beryl says she'll close up as soon as the last
of the customers has gone. The doctor then asks how long the child
was in the rain, and Beryl asks him what he means. The doctor
says, "He did get wet, didn't he?"
Beryl says, "Not as far as I know." The doctor
asks her if she's sure, as obviously something aggravated
his condition. Beryl asks why he thinks it was getting wet, and
the doctor replies that he told Lynn to make sure Davey got some
fresh air; he thought she'd have enough sense to close up the
room when it started to rain. Beryl explains that Lynn's not even
there. The doctor says that whoever did look
after Davey should have taken more care; when he was
examining him, he dropped something and noticed the carpet under
the window was sodden. Beryl turns and looks at Tony, in the kitchen.
A short time later, Beryl snaps, "You left
the window open; Davey got soaked to the skin."
Tony protests that he wasn't wet for that long; as soon
as he found him, he dried him off and wrapped him up warm. Beryl
says it wasn't soon enough. Tony says it can't have hurt
him that much, but Beryl asks why the doctor wants to
put him in hospital, then. She snaps that Tony knew the
window was open, so why didn't he shut it when it started to rain?
Tony retorts that he was busy. Beryl asks, "Doing
what?" Tony, realising he can't admit the truth,
says he doesn't know - he was in the kitchen, he supposes; he
didn't think. Beryl snaps that it should have been the
first thing he thought of. Tony says he didn't mean him
to get wet. Beryl says that, even so, it's not going to help Davey.
She adds that Kevin was right: Tony's nothing but trouble;
she wishes she'd never laid eyes on him. The doctor comes
into the kitchen and says the ambulance is ready. Beryl starts
to say she'll go with them, but she then changes her
mind and says she'll stay and tell everyone what's happened, and
then make her own way there. She tells the doctor that
she'll see Davey to the ambulance and bring his things with her.
Tony asks if it's OK if he comes, but Beryl snaps, "No
it is not." Tony protests that he's just as worried
about the kid as Beryl is, but Beryl snaps that it's
a pity he wasn't worried about him before. Tony mutters
that she can't stop him from going to the hospital.
Beryl and Lynn are sitting in the corridor at the
hospital and Beryl tells Lynn not to worry - she's sure it'll
be alright. Lynn cries, "Why didn't I stay home,
instead of traipsing round Melbourne with Phillipe?" Beryl
says they weren't to know this would happen. Lynn says it doesn't
matter - she shouldn't have gone - Kevin's going to kill
her. Beryl says he isn't. Tony is sitting just round
the corner when Kevin arrives. He stands up and starts to speak
but Kevin snaps, "What are you doing here?"
Tony says he thought he'd better come in, in case anything happened.
Kevin snaps, "Yeah. Well if anything happens, you'll hear
about it, 'mate'; you can bet on that." He storms
off. Round the corner, he hugs Lynn, who starts crying. Kevin
tells her that it's OK. Lynn says she's so sorry, but Kevin tells
her that he's not mad at her. Lynn says he should
be. Beryl tells her son that Davey's in with the doctors now.
Kevin asks if they've said anything, but Beryl says no. Lynn says
she should never have left Davey with Tony - it's all her fault.
Kevin tells her, "No it's not. There's only one
person to blame..."
It's evening, and Stephen is on the 'phone to his
mother. He tells her that the place is looking great;
he's sure she'd approve. He adds that he's glad things are working
out for her over there. Patricia comes into the lounge
room and Stephen tells her he won't be a tick. He then tells his
mother that there's nothing much more to say at the moment; he'll
keep in touch. He says goodbye and hangs up. Patricia says to
him that she gathers it wasn't the police. Stephen tells her that
it was business. Patricia says she wishes they'd come up with
something - it's getting so she hates coming downstairs. Stephen
snaps that he wishes she'd stop going on about it, but
Patricia asks what he expects, every time she sees the
pile of junk; she can't help it. Stephen says that, if
it makes her feel better, the rented pieces arrive tomorrow.
Patricia snaps, "They couldn't bring them today?"
Stephen snaps back, "No, they couldn't." Patricia
says she wanted them to be there by the time Angela arrived,
but Stephen snaps that they aren't, so that's all there
is to it. Patricia calms down and says she's sorry- she doesn't
mean to be boring; it's just that it reminds her of what it was
like before he came along. Stephen says he knows, and
he holds her. Patricia tells him he doesn't: it was awful,
scrounging enough money to get through the day; going cap-in-hand
to people just to survive. Stephen tells her that that's
over, and Patricia says she should hope so - she couldn't
go through all that again. She tells Stephen that she
doesn't know what she would have done if she hadn't met
him. Stephen tells her she'd have survived, but she's
safe with him. They cuddle.
At the hospital, Tony is still sitting in the corridor
when David arrives. He stands up and tells him that there's something
he wants to say. David, though, is impatient to find out about
Davey, and he asks if it can wait a minute. He starts to walk
off, but Tony calls him back, and says it was his fault,
and he feels really terrible about it. David tells him
that it was an accident, but Tony says it wasn't; he
left the window open. David says it could have happened
to anyone, but Tony says it couldn't; it was
his own stupid fault. David says they'll talk about it later.
Tony tells him not to go sticking up for him - he'll only get
himself in strife. David says they'll understand, and he tells
Tony that he's worrying about nothing. He walks round
the corner, says hello to the kids and kisses Beryl. Kevin stands
up and snaps, "You happy now?" He rants that that no-hoper
David dragged home from jail might be responsible for Davey dying.
David tells his son to hang on, but Kevin snaps, "No, you
hang on. No one wanted him in the house, but you knew better
than everyone, didn't you." Beryl starts to say, "Kevin..."
but Kevin continues, "No, I'll tell you what." He points
at David and angrily says, "If anything happens to Davey,
the blame comes right back to you, and Lynn and I will
never forgive you for as long as we live."