Stephen snaps that that's enough. Amanda angrily insists that
Dee has got a right to know what she's up against. Turning to
her grandmother, she then adds that she should have seen her father
and Patricia buttering her up. Looking shocked, Patricia says
she thought the two of them were friends. Amanda retorts
that Patricia was very lovey dovey once she knew Dee
was coming. Stephen snaps at his daughter to go to her room -
now. Dee smiles and remarks sarcastically that she's
glad to see they're all one happy family! She then turns to Amanda
and tells her that no young girl likes her new stepmother
right off. Amanda tries to protest, but Dee tells her that that's
enough. She then asks Patricia to show her round the house, and
adds, "From one schemer to another: welcome to the family!"
Patricia raises an eyebrow as they leave the room. Stephen looks
Beryl is helping with the washing up in the kitchen at The Terrace,
and Rob apologises to her for dragging her in on her day off.
She asks him what he's going to do about Amanda. Rob remarks that
she seemed to be coping alright, and then: wham! He adds that
he might go to the CES - someone will appreciate the
work. He continues that he thought she would have stuck at it;
too spoilt, he guesses. He heads off to the dining area to stack
the chairs. Phillipe, who's also in the kitchen, says to Beryl
that Rob is wrong: he doesn't understand Amanda; she's not bored
with the job, she's upset about him; she came floating
in this morning and Rob just treated her like a member of staff;
she was hurt. Beryl says there's nothing serious going on between
them, but Phillipe tells her that Amanda cares for Rob very much.
Beryl remarks that she has a very strange way of showing it.
At the table in the living room at Toorak, Dee tells Patricia
that she enjoyed dinner; she then remarks that Patricia is going
all out to impress. Patricia smiles. Dee continues that she likes
the house, and she suggests to Patricia that she must have been
devastated when she had to sell. She then asks if that wasn't
when she first met Stephen, and when Patricia says it was, Dee
comments, "Every dark cloud, eh...?" She turns to her
son and tells him that it's a load off her mind to see him finally
married again - but he might have let her know beforehand.
Stephen tells her that it was all rather rushed. Turning back
to Patricia, Dee tells her that Stephen does a very good job managing
her financial affairs... Stephen interrupts, though, and snaps
that Patricia knows about his financial situation. Dee
'innocently' says she never thought otherwise: Patricia
is obviously an intelligent woman; she's sure she would have made
it her business to find out what she was getting into. She comments
to Patricia that she must be very much in love with Stephen, and
Patricia replies that she is. She offers Dee more coffee,
but she declines, instead heading off to freshen up. As soon as
she's gone, Patricia remarks to Stephen that everything Dee says
has a sting in it. Stephen replies that, the angrier she is, the
more she turns on the charm. He then suggests that they go and
see Amanda and find out why she's in such a snit.
Amanda is in her quarters; music is playing loudly. Patricia
and Stephen come in, and Patricia tells her that they want to
know what's upsetting her. Amanda retorts that she's not going
to lie to Dee for her benefit; her grandmother wanted
to know what Patricia was like and she told her. Stephen
snaps that she deliberately set out to make trouble. Amanda retorts
that Patricia called her names behind her back. Patricia, looking
surprised, asks her what she's talking about. Amanda tells her
that she heard what she said this this morning; she thinks she's
a nymphomaniac and that no one in their right mind would care
two hoots for her; she's only being nice to her so that she can
get on-side with Dee. Stephen snaps that that's rubbish:
Patricia was sticking up for her; he wanted
a piece of her for staying out last night, but Patricia
talked him out of it. Amanda snaps that it's none of their business
what she does or where she goes. Patricia says
she's sorry, but they worry about her - they don't want her to
get hurt. She suggests they have a talk when they've all cooled
down a bit, but Amanda says there's nothing more to discuss:
Patricia and Stephen stay out of her life and she'll
stay out of theirs.
Later, in the lounge room, Stephen is alone with Patricia, and
he remarks that he feels like he's been through World War III!
Patricia suggests they have an early night, and Stephen says that
sounds nice. They go out into the hallway, and as they do so,
they find Dee coming downstairs, wearing her nightclothes. She
explains that she can't: her body thinks it's midday! Stephen
and Patricia head up to bed. Meanwhile, Dee walks along the hallway
to Amanda's quarters and knocks on the door. Amanda invites her
in, and Dee comments that this is where she hides. Amanda
glumly says it's where she tries to hide. Dee
tells her that today wasn't all that bad, but Amanda says it was
for her - and she had a rotten day at work. Dee she has
something that might make her feel better. She gives her a gift,
which she starts to open. As she does so, Dee tells her that she
was interested in what she said today - but she must learn to
choose her time and place. Amanda opens the gift to find a gold
necklace inside. She tells her grandmother that it's beautiful.
Changing the subject, Dee asks her exactly what she meant about
Patricia. Amanda remarks that she thought Dee was on Patricia's
side. Dee tells her that she's not taking sides - not until she's
found out everything there is to know...
The next morning, Phillipe is taking down the chairs from the
tables in the dining area at The Terrace when Amanda comes in.
She meekly asks if she's still got a job, and then adds that she
wanted to apologise to everyone. She asks what Rob will say, and
Phillipe tells her that he's in the kitchen - and he won't bite.
Amanda smiles and heads for the kitchen. Rob is in there with
Lynn, and he asks her if she's seen his flask. Lynn points it
out. Amanda comes in and tells him immediately that she's really
sorry. She asks for another chance, and Rob agrees, adding that
she's just not to do anything like that again. He then says he's
late and he'll see her in a couple of days. He goes. Seeing the
expression on Amanda's face, Lynn tells her that Rob can only
handle one thing at a time. Amanda replies that she had a big
speech prepared, too. Lynn asks her if she's keen on
Rob, and Amanda replies that she wouldn't have come back otherwise.
She then adds that, when he first asked her out, she just thought
it would be fun, but he grows on you. Lynn replies that Amanda
wouldn't be the first to feel like that: there was Angela as well
- and he's still not over her. Amanda glumly says she knows.
Dee joins Patricia and Stephen in the living room at Toorak,
and Patricia offers her some breakfast, but Dee declines. She
asks Stephen if he can call her a taxi, as she has business to
attend to in town, and then she's going to try that restaurant
of Amanda's. Stephen comments that it'll be worth it just to see
Amanda working! He heads off to call the cab. Dee sits
down and tells Patricia that they can have a little chat. She
continues that Patricia may not know much about her,
but she has been able to gind out quite a bit about Patricia;
it seems they have mutual friends - and she likes what she's heard:
apparently, Patricia is the sort of woman used to getting what
she wants - and she approves. Patricia says that's good. Dee tells
her that she's glad Stephen married again; she's not as young
as she was - her heart plays up now and again. Patricia says she's
sure she's a long way off old age, but Dee snaps not to patronise
her. Patricia quickly says she's sorry. Dee continues that she's
reached the time of life when she wants to tidy up her affairs
- and there's something she'd dearly love to see: it's always
bothered her that she's never had a grandson from Stephen; someone
to carry on the Morrell name. Patricia, looking startled, starts
to explain that they didn't plan on... but Dee interrupts and
tells her that she's still a young woman; her childbearing days
are far from over; nothing would make her happier than for Stephen
and Patricia to present her with a grandson - and surely they'd
be glad to indulge an old woman's whims? Patricia starts to protest,
but Dee says she'd better go; she might peep in some shops while
she's in town - see what the latest fashion is in baby clothes...
A short time later, in the lounge room, Patricia angrily asks
Stephen what his mother thinks she is: a brood mare or something?!
Stephen tells her to come on, but Patricia ignores this, and rants
about Dee sitting there, telling her that she's worried about
kicking the bucket, so would they get to it? Stephen tells her
that his mother is just stirring, but Patricia insists that she
meant it. She continues that Dee can't make that decision
for them - they can only bow and scrape so much. Dee
is in the hallway and can overhear what's being said as Patricia
tells Stephen that they'll have to tackle her about it.
Stephen agrees that, if they don't, his mother will think
she's had a victory. Patricia tells him to be nice about it -
there's no point in being unpleasant. Dee goes out.
In the kitchen at The Terrace, Phillipe is explaining to Amanda
about the ingredients for one of his dishes. Kevin is sitting
at the table, looking through, and complaining about, the jobs
in the newspaper. Lynn remarks that he doesn't sound too keen
about the whole thing. Kevin replies that he isn't -
he could stay at the bank if it wasn't for the money. Amanda asks
him if he'll be ringing her father, but Kevin says he doesn't
think so - as soon as her father hears his name, he'll hang up.
Amanda asks him what he's got to lose, and Lynn pleads with him
to give it a try - for her. Fed up with the interference,
Kevin snaps that, if he goes for the job, he'll decide;
no one else. He goes out. Lynn tells Amanda that he always was
Kevin rocks up outside Toorak, and stands there for a few seconds,
staring at the place. He is just about to head to the door when
Patricia comes out. Looking surprised, she asks him what on Earth
he's doing there: has he come to see her? Kevin tells
her that he's there to see her husband - about the job he's offering.
Patricia incredulously says he's not thinking of applying?
Kevin snaps that he's got the right qualifications, but Patricia
retorts that both of them know he doesn't stand a chance. Kevin
ignores this and says he's applying to her husband, not
her; it's up to Mr. Morrell if he's going to
throw him out. Patricia tells him to go ahead. She then adds,
though, that Stephen knows all about his family - she doubts if
he'll give Kevin the time of day. She walks off. Kevin heads up
to the house.
Stephen opens the door, and Kevin goes in. He explains that Amanda
told him about the job - he's a friend of hers. Stephen sternly
tells him that there's 'procedure'; you don't just land on the
doorstep. Kevin retorts that he wouldn't have got an interview
if he'd done it the proper way. He introduces himself and explains
about David being his father. Stephen looks surprised. He asks
Kevin what makes him think turning up unannounced will give him
a chance. Kevin replies that the job sounds interesting - he just
wants a chance to talk about it. Stephen comments that
he's certainly got a hide. Kevin tells him that Mrs.
Morrell and his family have had a few run-ins, but it's not them
who's applying - it's him. Stephen asks him if he's brought
a resumé, and when Kevin says he has, he suggests they
go into the study and have a chat.
A taxi pulls up by some empty parking spaces in town, and Dee
gets out. The taxi drives off. Dee walks up a grass verge and
along the pavement to a building, outside which is a plaque on
which is printed 'Turner, Moulton & Pritchard - Solicitors'.
As Patricia heads back into Toorak, Kevin is just coming out,
and Stephen is telling him that he'll let him know when he makes
a decision. Kevin thanks him for seeing him, and goes. Looking
surprised, Patricia asks Stephen if Kevin told him that he's David's
son. Stephen says he did. Patricia snaps that he's got a cheek
asking him for a job. Stephen replies that he has guts,
and a mind of his own - it's the sort of thing he's looking for.
He then adds that Kevin is promising, and he's young, but he hasn't
got the experience. Patricia tells him that he'd be asking
for trouble if he did hire Kevin. She then wonders out
loud if Amanda had anything to do with it. Stephen remarks
that Kevin doesn't seem the sort to be pushed into anything.
Phillipe is still cooking in the kitchen at The Terrace when
Amanda brings in another order. She tells him that she hopes he's
in good form, as she raved to her grandmother about him! Lynn
asks when she's coming, and Amanda tells her, "Today!"
Lynn then asks what she's like, and Amanda replies that she can
be awful sometimes - but she likes her. Phillipe comments that
he hopes she's nothing like Charlie! Amanda explains that Dee
used to be a chorus girl - that's what she was doing when she
met her husband: she was in the chorus at Williamson's. Lynn looks
amused as she says she can't imagine Mrs. Hamilton's mother doing
something like that. Amanda tells her that Barbara doesn't take
after her; the one thing about Dee is, you never quite know what
to expect from her...
Dee is in the reception area at the solicitors', and she thanks
Mr. Turner for fitting her in at such short notice. Mr. Turner
tells her that he can always fit her in. They go outside,
and Turner hails a taxi. He then continues the previous conversation
and tells Dee to find the original and return it to them early
next week. Dee replies that, if it all turns out as she hopes,
it won't be necessary - they can just tear it up. Mr.
Turner tells her that that's her option, of course. A taxi pulls
up, Dee gets in and the taxi drives off.
Sometime later, Dee is sitting at a table at The Terrace, and
Amanda serves her with her entrée. Dee says the escargot
look delicious, and Amanda tells her that Phillipe is going to
teach her how to prepare them! Dee remarks that she never thought
she'd see her granddaughter hard at work! She then asks if she's
going to meet the main attraction, but Amanda sidesteps this and
says she has to get back to the kitchen! In the kitchen,
Kevin has just arrived home, and he tells Lynn that he knew
it would be a waste of time. Lynn asks him if he rang
Stephen, but Kevin explains that he just fronted up. Amanda, who
has joined them, comments that her father wouldn't be too impressed
with that. Kevin glumly says he doesn't think Stephen
looked impressed, full stop. Lynn, looking annoyed, asks him why
he didn't do it properly, but Kevin tells her that he
couldn't just send him an application as if he was Joe Blow. Amanda
suddenly says there might be something she can do. Kevin tells
her that he doesn't want her pulling any strings with her father,
but Amanda asks who said anything about him? She dashes
off, just as Phillipe tells her that her next order is ready.
He raises his arms in frustration when she calls out that she'll
be back in a minute. She heads into the dining area, where she
goes to Dee's table. She reminds her about how she told her about
the Palmers and Patricia; well, the friend of hers who just came
in - he's just been to see Stephen because he's hiring an assistant,
and she thinks Kevin would be really good, and they need the money
and their baby's been sick... Dee listens to all this in bemusement,
until she finally gets a chance to tell Amanda to wait just a
minute... She then tells her that she leaves these sort of things
entirely up to Stephen - she never interferes with his decisions
regarding business. She suggests to Amanda that she bring her
her main course and then adds that, right now, the question of
who Stephen hires and fires is of little interest to her - she
has more important things to think about.
A taxi pulls up outside the front of Toorak. Dee gets out and
Stephen asks his mother if she had a pleasant morning in town,
and Dee replies that it was most rewarding. Stephen tells her
that he and Patricia were hoping to have a chat, and Dee says
she thought they might. They go into the living room.
Dee says to the two of them that, before either of them say anything,
there's something they should know: she's been with her solicitor
this morning - Angus Turner - and he's drawn up a new will for
her; it's not signed yet; they might like to look it over... She
gives it to Stephen and tells Patricia that it will be of interest
to her, too. She explains that she thought she'd hold fire on
signing it while they're thinking about it; they can have three
days. She leaves them to it. Stephen starts reading the revised
will and almost immediately says it's outrageous. Patricia
asks what she's done. Stephen tells her that his mother has re-worded
everything - it all depends on them having a kid; if they don't,
the whole lot goes to charity. He continues, "If we fail
to produce a son, we're cut off without a cent."