Dee asks when they came up with that idea.
Wayne replies that he doesn't know, but he got dragged
in a couple of days ago. Dee says she should have seen
it coming: Patricia showed she was no better than a common
thief when she took the will, and when that failed, ripping
her off probably seemed the next best thing. Wayne asks Dee what
she's going to do, but Dee ignores this, and angrily rants that
Patricia's dragged Stephen down to her level; he was always weak,
but there was no harm in him until he married her.
Wayne repeats his question about how Dee's going to handle it.
Dee replies that she'll do whatever's necesary, and she tells
Wayne to book her on a flight to Melbourne immediately. Wayne
stands up and says, "What about me?" Dee ignores
this, though, and Wayne looks rueful.
Patricia is having breakfast at Toorak, and she
asks Stephen if he has any appointments in the city to keep him
late today. Stephen says he hasn't, and asks why the question.
Charlie chips in that Patricia doesn't want to miss a second
of the ball tonight! Stephen replies that nor does he - he had
to mortgage the house to pay for Patricia's dress, and he wants
to get his money's worth! Patricia agrees that it was expensive,
but says she doesn't care - she wants to show Stephen off to all
her friends. Charlie slyly says she thinks a few of them already
know Stephen. Patricia says she'll keep an eye on him,
then; she wouldn't want him straying. Stephen humourously
says there's not a chance: old flames are strictly out of bounds!
Amanda comes in and snaps that she'd like a dollar for every time
Stephen said that to her mother. Stephen angrily snaps
back that twisting the truth to suit herself is becoming quite
a habit for Amanda. Charlie sarcastically asks Amanda what the
matter is: trouble with her love life? Amanda smiles nastily and
tells Charlie that she really shouldn't keep late nights at her
age - it makes the bags under her eyes look so much more
noticeable! Charlie gawps. Patricia tells Amanda that it's a pity
she has to work today, as she and Charlie are spending the day
at the show, and they'd have taken her along for a ride. Amanda
ignores this, and announces that she's resigning her job today.
Stephen asks her what she going to do for money. Amanda insists
that she has made an effort, but Stephen says
it's not a very convincing one, and if she does resign,
she's not to come to him for a handout. Patricia chips
in that it's no fun being broke. Amanda nastily says, "You
At the Palmers', David is asleep at the kitchen
table. Beryl comes in, complaining that the washing machine is
broken, and asking if he can have a look. She suddenly realises
he's asleep, though, and she wakes him up. She comments on his
tiredness, and David reminds her that he said he couldn't sleep
last night, and went for a walk. Beryl says she knows
- when she woke up and saw he was gone, she thought she'd get
up and make him a hot drink; the next thing she knew, the alarm
was going off. David decides that he'd better get going. Beryl
asks him if he's sure he's OK, and David assures her that he'll
come good. Beryl asks him if he's feeling a bit off, and David
says, "Yeah." Beryl tells him that, in that case, it's
back to bed for him. David says he'd better be chasing up work
- plus he has a job to do. Beryl, though, tells him that he can
sleep until it's time to go - no arguments. She drags him off
to the bedroom.
At the Morrell apartment, Dee sips a drink. Wayne
comes in and offers her a lift to the airport, but she declines,
saying she's ordered a hire car. She then tells Wayne that she
admires him for having the guts to tell her what Patricia and
Stephen are planning. Wayne replies that he thought he owed it
to her. Dee tells him that he put his future on the line to repay
the debt; she likes that, and will see he's not the loser for
it. Wayne asks how, and Dee tells him that he can keep the money
he makes from their scheme, plus he'll receive a hefty bonus from
her. Wayne incredulously asks Dee if she wants him to
go on with it, and Dee replies, "Naturally."
Wayne says, "But..." Dee asks why they should alert
Patricia and Stephen now - they haven't done
anything yet. She explains that she'll give them enough rope to
hang themselves, and Wayne's going to help her. Wayne points out
that he'll end up inside, too, but Dee assures him that she'll
make sure he's protected - if he cooperates. Wayne relucantly
says he doesn't see he has any choice. Dee tells him that he'll
do very nicely out of it. Wayne says he's sick of all the double-dealing,
as it doesn't get you anywhere in the end. Dee tells him that
it made her millions. She then adds that she's had her
failures too, but she doesn't regret it. She tells Wayne that
he mustn't let what's happened finish him. She tells him that
he has a lot of potential, and with her help, he'll go a long
way. She adds that he just needs a rest, and she advises him to
go off to one of the islands and lay in the sun for a couple of
days. Wayne asks what if he doesn't feel different when he gets
back? Dee tells him that he chose to get involved, and he has
to see it through. She holds out a cheque to him and then tells
him to take her bags down to the lobby, as the car will be there
in a minute. She adds that she can't wait to get to Melbourne
and let Stephen put his proposition to her. Wayne asks Dee if
she's really going to let her son go to prison. Dee replies that,
once she's got some evidence, she'll give him a choice: divorce
Patricia and have nothing more to do with her, or they'll both
end up in jail for embezzlement.
At Woombai, Fiona tells Gordon that he's just in
time for tea. Gordon asks Fiona if she's had a chance to think
about the things Greg Flynn wants them to do. Fiona says he's
more trouble than he's worth, if Gordon asks her - all
the things he wants before bringing tourists there... She pours
some tea and continues that Alan's going to love her
when she tells him what needs doing. Gordon snaps, "He does
work for you." Fiona looks surprised, and Gordon
says he's sorry. Fiona asks him if he's still upset about Wayne,
and Gordon nods. Fiona tells him that he's done the right thing,
and he shouldn't upset himself about it. Gordon, though, says,
"He tried to commit suicide last night." Fiona looks
shocked. She asks if he's alright, and Gordon explains that Dee
Morrell walked in and stopped it. He adds that, by the time Barbara
got there, the booze had knocked him out. He tells Fiona that
Barbara rang this morning and Wayne was back to himself again.
Fiona asks Gordon if he didn't see Wayne, and Gordon
replies that he refused to go over when Dee rang, as he thought
Wayne was playing for sympathy; now he knows better, he supposes
he should feel something, but... Fiona says she understands. She
tells Gordon that she couldn't hate anyone and be glad that they're
dead, but she doesn't feel any sympathy for him either. She asks
what Wayne's going to do now, and Gordon replies that Barbara
thinks he's patched things up with Patricia, so he'll probably
sponge off her until he wears out his welcome.
At Toorak, Patricia calls upstairs to Charlie to
say they'll be late. Charlie says she'll be two secs. The front
door opens and Dee walks in, followed by a taxi driver carrying
her bags. Patricia looks surprised and tells Dee that they weren't
expecting her. Dee sarcastically says, "Really?" She
thanks the driver and pays him, and he goes. Patricia asks Dee
when she left the convalescent home, and Dee says it was yesterday;
she intended spending a week-or-two in the Sydney apartment, but
it was well and truly occupied. Patricia says Wayne would have
moved out if Dee asked him. Dee says, "He was about
to move out via the window when I arrived."
Patricia looks shocked. Dee continues that it's such a messy way
to commit suicide; she told him to stop being tedious, and went
to bed. She adds that he obviously thought better of it, because
he came looking for company this morning, when she got up; his
conversation wasn't exactly scintillating, so she left him to
it. Patricia incredulousy says, "You're so compassionate!"
Dee snaps back, "You should talk." She adds
that Patricia would have jumped for joy if she'd left the hospital
in a box. Patricia asks if they can't they try to get along. Dee,
though, replies that she meant what she said: she won't be happy
until Stephen is free of Patricia. She starts to walk off, but
Charlie comes downstairs and welcomes Dee home, telling her that
she's looking wonderful. Dee angrily snaps, "What are you
doing here?" Charlie looks surprised, and says she's Patricia's
houseguest. Dee says she trusts it'll be a very short stay! She
goes upstairs, leaving Charlie to comment to Patricia that she
doesn't know what she's done wrong, as that's the second
time Dee has snubbed her. Patricia says she only does it because
they're friends! She then says she'll let Stephen know his mother's
back. Charlie tells Patricia that she'll wait for her in the car.
She goes outside. Patricia goes into the lounge room, where she
heads for the telephone. She makes a call, and the 'phone starts
ringing at the Sydney apartment, just as Wayne has packed his
bags. He answers the call and Patricia tells him that she's just
heard about last night, and she feels awful - she should have
realised how he was feeling when he rang. Wayne sourly
replies that he doesn't know what Dee said, but it's no big deal
- he'd been at the window, looking out, and he'd been drinking,
so he was unsteady on his pins; Dee jumped to the wrong conclusion.
Patricia asks him if he's sure - she knows how depressed he's
been about Jill. Wayne assures her that he's not the type to end
it all. Patricia points out that he is feeling down.
Wayne retorts that he's had a few setbacks, but he'll survive.
Stephen comes into the lounge room at Toorak as Patricia asks
if it would help if Wayne spent some time with them.
Wayne, though, says he's going up to Queensland for a couple of
days, and he'll see them when he gets back. Patricia says she's
looking forward to it - they can have a good long talk. Wayne
just says, "Sure." Patricia tells him that they'll keep
him so busy with the new company that he won't have time
to be depressed. She looks at Stephen, and Wayne says, "Thanks."
He adds that it's nice to know someone cares; Gordon
didn't even bother to ring when he heard what was going
on. Patricia says, "So much for his high moral standards."
Wayne snaps, "Who cares?" and he adds that he'll see
Patricia when he gets back. He and Patricia both hang up. Stephen
says to Patricia that they have to keep Wayne on-side, and Patricia
replies that it's even more important now. Realising
that Patricia's indicating that his mother's back, Stephen says,"Oh
no." Patricia adds, "And nothing's changed." Stephen
asks if Wayne's having second thoughts, but Patricia explains
about him getting drunk last night, and trying to commit suicide.
Stephen, shocked, says "What?" Patricia continues
and tells him about Dee arriving and talking him out of it. Stephen
thanks God that she stopped him. Patricia explains that Wayne
pretended Dee misunderstood, but he was just trying to save face.
She then smiles as she adds that it's ironic: Dee gave them back
the tool they need...
At Woombai, Fiona asks Alan Pascoe if it's absolutely
necessary to use explosives to get rid of the trees. Alan says
he's afraid so. Gordon asks if they can't use a chainsaw, but
Alan replies that they'll still have the stumps to deal with;
the best way to handle it is to blow it. Fiona tells him to make
sure the guests stay well and truly out of the way. Gordon says
they'll put up a sign, and Alan adds that they'll put warnings
out over the PA. Fiona remarks that it seems like a lot of trouble
for four old trees, but Alan says he'll be glad to see them go.
Fiona asks why, and Alan explains that they call them widow-breakers:
if you're standing underneath when a branch falls off, your wife
can put in for a pension straight away. Fiona tells him that he's
convinced her! Gordon asks Alan if he's got someone lined up for
the job, and Alan says he's waiting outside. Fiona asks why not
bring him in, but Alan then says it's Terry Hansen. Gordon says
he'll go out and speak to him, but Fiona says that's not necessary,
and she tells Alan to ask him to come in, adding that she'll
wander over to the Reid house, and see how things are going over
there. Terry comes in. Fiona says she'll make lunch when she gets
back. She sees Terry and asks him what experience he has blasting
trees. Terry replies that he learnt about it all in Vietnam, fighting
for his country. Fiona looks at him and says that as long as he
knows what he's doing...
Stephen and Dee are coming downstairs at Toorak,
and Dee says she's glad Patricia went out, as they always get
on so much better when she's not there. She adds that she's very
pleased they're talking again. Stephen tells his mother that he
wanted to see her at the hospital, but the business with the will
made it a bit difficult. Dee says she's glad to see Stephen's
not entirely corrupted. She asks how Kevin's shaping
up, and Stephen replies that he feels he'll work out. Dee asks
him if he was upset when he got her call, and Stephen admits that
he'd prefer Dee trusted his judgement. Dee says she had
an instinct about the boy. She then announces that she's invited
the Palmers to dinner tonight, as she'd like to meet the lad and
his family. She adds that she knows Patricia doesn't like the
parents, but a businessman's wife can't be too choosy about the
people she entertains. Stephen tells his mother that they have
tickets to a ball tonight, and he asks if they can make it tomorrow.
Dee, though, says it would be bad manners to put people off; but
if they must go to the ball, she'll struggle through
the meal by herself. Stephen says he'd like to be there.
Dee responds, "But Patricia comes first, as usual."
Stephen snaps that his mother always manages to reduce everything
to a choice between the two of them. Dee suggests they drop the
subject. Stephen says he'll talk to Patricia when she comes home.
Dee asks him if they'll forego the ball. Stephen replies that
he thinks he should be with Dee on her first night home. Amanda
comes in at that moment, and looks delighted to see her grandmother.
Dee asks her why she's not at the restaurant, and Amanda replies
that she's thinking of tossing it in. The two of them go into
the dining room, where Dee tells Amanda that she wishes she wouldn't,
as she'd like her to ask the Palmers to have dinner with her tonight.
Amanda immediately snaps that she doesn't want Lynn round there,
as she's nothing but a... Dee asks what she's done, and Amanda
snaps that she messed things up for her with Rob. Dee advises
that, if a man wants a woman badly enough, nothing will
put him off. Amanda says she could have made him love
her if she'd had time, but Dee snaps at her to grow up. Amanda
says she's not going to let Lynn get away with it. Dee tells her
granddaughter that there's too much of her in her for
her own good. Amanda agrees to invite the Palmers, but says they
won't come if Patricia's there. Dee says she'll make sure she
isn't - and she'll enjoy doing it...
At The Terrace, Beryl asks if Dee wants all
of them there. Amanda asks her to please say yes. Beryl, though,
replies that it's very nice, but David won't go with Patricia
there. Amanda says she won't be there. Beryl admits that
David won't be working, but she then says she thinks they should
say no - but the kids can go. Amanda asks Beryl if she's not the
least bit curious to find out if Dee really did pay off
the truck, but Beryl tells her not to start that nonsense again.
Amanda asks why else Dee would be so keen to meet them, but Beryl
says it's Amanda talking about it. Amanda says it's obvious Beryl
doesn't know the first thing about her grandmother! Beryl asks
what is she like, but Amanda tells her to come and see
for herself. Beryl gives in, and says they will. Amanda
says that's great. Beryl tells Amanda to get Lynn to fill in for
her, as Dee shouldn't be home by herself after leaving hospital.
Amanda says they won't be late, as Dee's still not 100%. Beryl
says she hopes dinner won't be too much for her, but Amanda assures
her that of course it won't. Beryl tells Amanda to wish her luck
when she breaks the news to David...
The 'phone rings at the Palmers', and David rushes
from the bedroom, where he was asleep. The caller is Mr. Baker,
who tells David that he was supposed to be at his factory half
an hour ago. David says he's sorry - he's been a bit crook,
but he's on his way. Baker, though, tells him to forget it. David
angrily points out that he's never let Baker down before, but
Baker just says he never will again. He tells David that
he's through with them. He hangs up. David looks annoyed.
Dee is watching TV when Amanda comes in and sees
a terrible old weepy on the screen. Dee explains that it's cheap
sentiments - her terrible vice! Amanda says she didn't think Dee
kept her sentiments secret! Dee comments that Amanda must have
good news, or she wouldn't be so cheeky! Amanda says the Palmers
will be there, and Dee says, "Good." Amanda then adds
that there's one snag: she had to tell a little white lie to make
it happen: she encouraged Beryl to think Dee might have paid off
David's truck for them, as they got it paid off just after she
visited Dee in hospital, and none of their friends have that kind
of money, so she made a joke about it being Dee, and kept it going.
She says to her grandmother, "It wasn't you, was
it?" Dee replies that that's for her to know and
for Amanda to find out. Amanda smiles...
At Woomabi, an explosion startles Fiona, who's sitting
inside with Gordon. She remarks that it sounds like a battlezone.
Gordon says there's only one more to go. Fiona says she knows
they're taking precautions, but it's still giving her the jitters.
Gordon assures her that there's no need to worry: Terry knows
what he's doing. Fiona sourly remarks that she's glad he's good
Outside, there's a sign pinned to a tree, saying,
'Danger Keep out - Blasting in Progress'. Terry looks at the other
workers and says, "OK, guys, take cover - more boom-booms!"
He bends down to detonate the explosives, but nothing happens.
The men watch and Terry laughs. Alan advises him to give it a
minute, but Terry says it should have gone off straight away.
He goes to walk to the tree, but Alan tells him to leave it for
a while, as it could blow any moment. Terry, though, says it's
as dead as a doornail. Alan again tells him to leave it, but Terry
says it'll be alright.
Inside, Gordon and Fiona hear another explosion.
Fiona looks startled. Gordon tells her that she can relax now
- no harm's been done. Fiona says, "Thank goodness that was
Outside, part of the tree has fallen onto Terry,
and Alan and another worker are trying to clear it off him. Alan
then tells the man to get Terry in the cart and ring an ambulance.
A short while later, Terry is taken into the house,
and Alan goes to dial an ambulance. Gordon asks what happened,
and Alan explains that Terry thought the last charge was a dud,
and he went to check it out. He gets through to the emergency
services and asks for an ambulance to Woombai. Fiona watches,
horrified. She asks if Terry's badly hurt, but is told that it's
hard to tell. Terry starts screaming that he can't see. Fiona
looks horrified as she says, "He's blind..."
At the Palmers', David is drying his hair, and Beryl
asks him if he's feeling better. David says he wishes they didn't
have to go tonight. Beryl asks if he doesn't want to meet the
woman who paid off his truck, but David replies that, if he thought
she had paid it off, he'd have a few words to say to
her. He picks up his jacket, and Beryl comments that she didn't
think he'd be going out. David tells her that he can't relax all
day. Beryl asks what's so urgent, and David replies that he has
to find extra work. Beryl tells him to leave it until tomorrow,
but David says he can't. Beryl warns him to be be back
in plenty of time. David says he will. As he goes, Beryl
Patricia and Charlie arrive back at Toorak, discussing
the day. Patricia pours a drink and Charlie tells her to go and
soak in a hot tub. Patricia says she intends to. When
Patricia has sipped her drink, Charlie asks if it helps, and Patricia
says it sure does! Charlie then says she'll leave her
to it. She heads for the stairs and sees Dee in the hall, where
she tells her that she has a souvenir for her. She holds out a
plastic bag, which Dee takes into the lounge room and throws in
the bin. Patricia asks her if she must always be so rude to Charlie,
but Dee replies that, if she wasn't there, it wouldn't be necessary.
She then asks Patricia if she enjoyed her day at the show, and
Patricia says it was fine - and now she's looking forward to the
ball tonight. Dee, though, says there's been a change of plan:
she needs Patricia and Stephen to host a business dinner for her.
Patricia snaps that Dee should have checked with them before making
the arrangements. Dee says Stephen is agreeable. Patricia
gives in and asks who they're entertaining. Dee replies that it's
the Palmers. Looking horrified, Patricia snaps that Dee must be
joking, but Dee replies that she wants to get to know Kevin and
his background. Patricia accuses Dee of doing it to annoy her.
Dee retorts that she told Patricia she'd make life difficult.
Patricia snaps that she wants to get one thing clear: no matter
what Dee does, she's not going to leave Stephen, and
she's not going to have Dee make her life a misery - so they will
not be entertaining Dee's dreary guests. She goes to
leave, but Dee threatens, "Don't you walk out on me."
Patricia snaps that Dee made the rules; if she wants a war of
nerves, she's got one, but she won't be the
first to break. She storms out. Dee sits down, putting her hand
to her chest, apparently in pain.
At Woombai, Fiona is standing, looking over Terry,
when Enid Hansen comes in. Gordon tells her that Terry's still
in shock. Enid, upset, says, "My poor boy." Terry cries
out, "I can't see." He holds out his hand and
Enid tells him that she's right beside him. Terry reaches out
and grabs what he thinks is Enid's hand - only it's not; it's
Fiona's. She looks at Enid in horror as Terry pulls her towards
him. Enid shakes her head, indicating that Fiona's not to say
anything. Fiona looks shocked.