Terry is driving a truck along the road at high speed. A car
is coming the other way, signalling left, but before it can turn,
Terry slams on the truck's brakes and brings the vehicle to a
halt. The driver of the car - Doug - also stops and angrily yells
at Terry to watch where he's going. Terry gets out of the truck
and explains about Christine having her kid. He asks Rosie - who's
in the passenger seat - if she can help. When Doug doesn't move,
Rosie tells him not to just stand there!
A baby is crying, and John is standing in Christine's room at
the homestead, holding it. It's a boy, and he hands the child
to Christine, telling her that he's beautiful. Christine tells
John that if it hadn't been for him... John replies that
he was terrified! Rosie comes in and asks they how they're
managing; she then sees Christine holding the baby! She says,
"Goodness me!" and comments that the child is a lovely
wee thing. She asks if it's a boy or a girl, and Christine tells
her that it's a boy. Rosie smiles happily. She then turns to John
and suggests that he get cleaned up and then break the news to
the others; she'll finish off there. John says it's amazing, isn't
it! Rosie smiles.
Out in the lounge room, Terry gives John a tinnie. John remarks
that he's glad Christine had read enough about it to know what
to do! They sit down. John continues that the birth seemed incredibly
painful. Doug, who's also there, chips in that his wife
was in labour for a full day with David. John
comments that he could never understand why husbands wanted to
be with their wives when they were giving birth, but he can now.
Doug tells him that a husband's place is in the waiting room -
not getting in the doctor's way! John says he guesses ideas change,
but Doug retorts that he'll take the old ones any day!
He then adds that it's probably a good job for Christine that
he wasn't the only one around!
A while later, in the bedroom, Rosie has cleaned the baby up.
Christine is lying in bed as Rosie holds the child, who is crying
loudly. She appears to be distracted, though, and is lying completely
still. Rosie looks at her and asks what it is. Christine says
she doesn't know: something's wrong.
In the lounge room, Terry says he'd better get back to work.
Before he can move, though, Rosie dashes in and tells the men
that they need more water - and when the doctor arrives, tell
him to join them. John asks what's going on. Rosie tells him that
he only did half the job; there's another one on the
Charlie comes downstairs at Toorak and welcomes Patricia and
Stephen as they arrive home. Stephen asks her if she's been behaving
herself! Charlie notices the wound on Patricia's forehead and
asks what happened, but Patricia tells her that it's not worth
talking about. The two women go into the lounge room, while Stephen
takes the bags upstairs, and Charlie offers Patricia a drink,
but she declines. Charlie remarks that she can't blame Patricia
for swearing off - she had Jane Davies on the 'phone; talk about
a tongue and a half! Patricia asks if the gossip's out about her
performance at the cocktail party. Charlie remarks that it's not
like her, but Patricia assures her that she's not going to have
another breakdown. Charlie tells her that she's sorry - she knows
how much John and Angela meant to her. Patricia retorts, "Not
any more - Stephen's my life now." Charlie
suggests that it must be hard, and Patricia agrees that it is.
Charlie then continues that things couldn't be better
with Rob and Amanda. Patricia looks puzzled, and so Charlie reminds
her that she rang to say she didn't want Rob around for Angela,
so she pushed him onto Amanda; she seems rather taken with him.
Patricia, looking blank, asks Charlie what she's talking about.
Charlie remarks that she thought Patricia would be pleased.
Patricia, though, comments that it all seems a bit pointless:
they ignore her, she ignores them. Charlie asks
Patricia if she's going to be alright. Patricia replies that she
has to be or she'll be broke again; she's been through
too much to end up back where she started.
David is in Christine's bedroom at Woombai, looking at the twins.
John asks him what he thinks, and David tells him that it brings
back memories of how he first saw him and Angela. John smiles
and says he thought David might say that! David comments
on the fact that it's a boy and girl too, and John remarks that
it's history repeating itself. Christine smiles at him.
Out in the lounge room, Doug remarks that it's funny the doctor
didn't put Christine in hospital. Rosie tells him that home births
are the thing these days - not that she agrees with it. Doug says
it's the sort of thing those hippies do! Rosie calls
out to John and David to tell them that lunch is ready, and she
asks Doug to go and get Tony from outside. John comes in and asks
Doug to guess what Christine is calling the boy. Doug correctly
guesses 'John'! David asks John if he's getting keen on Christine.
John replies that he likes her but he hardly knows her; it's those
babies - it feels like... David laughs and tells John that he's
getting as bad as him. John replies that, going through
something like that... they're more than just a couple of babies
to him; he's glad Christine is staying in the area - it'll be
nice to see them growing up.
In the bedroom, Rosie serves Christine some lunch, and Christine
thanks her. Rosie remarks that she suppsoes the babies will be
yelling for theirs soon. She then asks if Christine has
decided on names, and Christine tells her that she's calling the
boy 'John', but she hasn't decided what to call the girl, yet.
Rosie tells her that it's a lovely idea calling the little fellow
'John'. She then tells Christine that she saw some people she
knows - the Morgans: they have a job for Christine as soon as
she's back on her feet. Christine listens but then tells Rosie
that she didn't have to do that as she'll be staying there,
at Woombai; that's what John wants: she knows how he
feels about the babies; he's going to want to have them around...
Tony and Doug are on the verandah outside, and Tony is talking
about the fact that he and David are going duck shooting in the
morning. Doug tells Tony that he'll be a crack shot after his
lesson this afternoon! Tony asks Doug if he and Rosie want to
come along, but Doug just says they'll see. The two of them are
about to head inside, but as they do so, Rosie comes out. Tony
heads in, but Rosie stops Doug and tells him that she's worried
about Christine: she told her about the job with the Morgans and
she doesn't want to take it; she thinks Christine expects John
to look after her and the kiddies, but he can't even look after
himself; it's like she's out to grab herself a meal ticket.
She reminds Doug of what she said to him this morning, but Doug
replies that he can't see Christine being another Patricia. Rosie
tells him that Christine is sweet enough, but so was Patricia
when she first came there. Doug tells Rosie not to get carried
away, but Rosie insists that she isn't; Christine has got the
wrong idea about how well off John is; she thinks she'd better
put her straight; it'll be interesting to see what she does after
In the living room at Toorak, Stephen is telling Charlie that
Amanda is going to be in a lot of trouble when she gets back.
Patricia comes in and asks them what they're talking about. Charlie
explains about Amanda having a job at Rob's restaurant, and Stephen
adds that he thinks she's done it to get on Patricia's nerves
as she'll be seeing more of the Palmers. Patricia suggests that,
if they don't make a big song and dance about it... Stephen says
it's one trick too many on Amanda's part. Patricia has a big plaster
over the wound on her forehead, and she tells Stephen and Charlie
that what they need now is peace and quiet; that's what the dressing
is all about: when madam comes home, she'll be 'slightly under
the weather'; it might make Amanda start acting like a normal
human being towards her. Stephen says he'd rather have it out
with her, but Patricia tells him no: when his mother arrives,
she'd rather they play happy families - and that means starting
Amanda carries a tray into the kitchen at The Terrace and tells
Phillipe that it's fun! She then explains that she's never had
a proper job before; she didn't think she'd like it so much. Kevin
and Lynn come in and Amanda comments that they don't look too
happy. Kevin tells her that they've just had a whole bucket of
trouble dumped on them. Lynn adds that it looks like they may
be up to their necks in debt for the rest of their lives.
A short time later, Amanda says they can't do it to
them - she thought medical benefits were there to help
people. Kevin tells her that they are - as long as they're
paid up. Phillipe tells Amanda to take the order he's prepared
out to the customers, but she doesn't move as Kevin explains that
he let the benefits drop five months ago - so because Davey suffered
the brain damage during those five months, they aren't covered.
Phillipe snaps at Amanda to go, but she still doesn't move, instead
asking Kevin and Lynn if they can't get the doctor to lie for
them. Phillipe snaps again, "Go," and Amanda finally
moves. When she's gone, Kevin remarks that he can tell she's never
had to deal with anything like this. Phillipe suggests that, hopefully,
Davey won't have any complications. Kevin tells him that, if he
does, the doctor told them it could be expensive. He
then adds that he could kick himself. Phillipe asks what
they're going to do about getting the money. Kevin replies that
he hasn't a clue. Lynn sighs heavily.
Charlie is getting in a taxi at Toorak, and as she does so, she
tells Patricia to keep her posted on how Stephen's mother is going.
Patricia tells her that it's been lovely to see her, and Charlie
replies that she's glad they got their troubles sorted out. She
waves through the window as the taxi pulls away. Patricia and
Stephen go back inside and close the front door. Standing in the
hallway, Patricia tells Stephen that Charlie is a good friend,
but she would have been one mouth too many with his mother around
- you never know what she might come out with! Stephen comments
that he likes Charlie, and Patricia replies that that's
good. She then adds that Gordon couldn't stand her, and
Stephen agrees that Barbara can't, either. Patricia tells him
that Gordon reckoned having Charlie as a neighbour would lower
property values in the area! They both smile and hug each other.
Patricia tells Stephen that she thinks she's starting to calm
down a bit - there's just Amanda and then Dee to cope with. Stephen
says, "One thing at a time..."
Amanda finishes her first day at The Terrace and, surveying the
pile of dirty plates in the kitchen, remarks to Phillipe that
this is the part she's not going to like! Changing the subject,
she then tells him that it makes you think how lucky you are -
she's never had any worries as serious as Kevin and Lynn's; she
feels pretty stupid the way she makes big dramas out of everything;
she came there because she thought it would get up her stepmother's
nose; pretty childish, eh? Phillipe agrees and Amanda laughs.
She tells him that it's nice coming there as everyone is very
honest. She then adds that it helps if you treat people the way
you want them to treat you, and Phillipe tells her that
it's an old saying. Amanda suggests that maybe she had better
be the one to get the ball rolling at home.
Rosie is in Christine's bedroom at Woombai, looking at the twins
lying in their crib. Christine thanks her for being so good. Rosie
tells her that she should have heard John earlier: he's feeling
quite proud of himself after delivering little John like
that. She continues that he's such a nice boy - she hopes he gets
his problems sorted out soon. Christine, looking surprised, asks,
"What problems?" Rosie tells her that he's
had a very confused few months, and not having any work isn't
helping, either. Christine replies that the money is still there,
even if the job isn't, but Rosie tells her that Paul,
Mr. Hamilton, Fiona... they've got money - piles of it
- but not John: he was brought up by David.
Christine's face drops as Rosie continues that the Palmers were
a good, honest working-class family; right now, John hasn't got
two bob to rub together. She then suggests that that's enough
talking, and she tells Christine to get some rest. Christine looks
Terry arrives home and Enid, who's doing stirring cake mixture
in a bowl, asks him if he got a lift. Terry replies that he did
- from a bloke on the property. Enid asks him if he had a good
day. Terry tells her that he'll never guess what he did: he helped
deliver a baby; he wasn't there, but he did all the running around;
he reckons this John bloke was packing it! Enid, looking
surprised, asks if he did it himself. Terry replies that he looked
like he'd won the Lotto! Enid smiles and tells Terry that she
remembers when he helped out in the fires - it was the same thing.
Terry suddenly asks her how it was when she had him.
Enid, immediately looking wary, asks why he wants to know. Terry
replies that you never really think about your mother going through
it. He asks if he was any trouble, but Enid just says no - not
really. Terry asks her if she went to hospital when she had him,
and Enid replies that of course she did - she didn't want to run
any risks. She then adds that very few women have babies at home.
Wanting to put a quick end to the subject, she snaps at Terry
to go out and fix his car. Terry looks surprised.
It's nighttime, and in the lounge room at Toorak, Stephen tells
Amanda that it's nice to see her being so reasonable about everything.
Amanda replies that she had time to think while he was away, and
she thanks him for not kicking up a stink about where she's working.
She announces that she's going for a shower, and as she gets up,
she remarks to Patricia that her wound looks nasty, so she'd better
be careful for a few days. She leaves the room, and Patricia remarks
immediately on Amanda being concerned about her well-being. Stephen
agrees, saying, "Talk about a transformation!" Patricia,
though, says she thinks there's a lot more to it. Stephen tells
her that the only other time he's seen Amanda so meek and mild,
she was head-over-heels in love. Patricia looks thoughtful, and
she recalls that Charlie said something about Amanda and Rob Keegan.
Stephen says it's more likely to be the Frenchman, if you ask
him - he doesn't think Charlie likes to admit that she
lost out. Patricia replies that, as long as whoever it is keeps
her happy, she won't be arguing.
The doctor is with Christine in her bedroom at Woombai; Christine
is filling in the birth certificate. The doctor asks her if she's
finished yet, but she asks him to have a look to see if she's
done it right. The doctor takes the form, looks at it and then
says he assumes she left the name of the father off deliberately.
Christine says, "Yes." The doctor suggests that she
write in the space, 'Father unknown'.
David and Tony join John in the lounge room and John asks if
they're all set for the morning. Tony says, "Too right!"
He heads off to his room. David asks John if he feels like stepping
out on the tiles. John says he'll see how he goes. He asks if
the doctor has come out yet, and he wonders what Christine has
decided to call the little girl. David laughs that it's a wonder
she didn't call it 'Angela'! The doctor does come out
at that moment and says he's going now. John asks what name Christine
gave the little girl. The doctor takes the birth certificate out
of his jacket pocket and says, "Felicity." John, who
has moved so that he's looking over the doctor's shoulder, grabs
the certificate and angrily asks what the hell is going on. He
gives the piece of paper to David and snaps, "Why the hell
did she do it? Name of father: 'Paul Sheppard'."