In the lounge room at Dural, Barbara comes off the 'phone and
tells Gordon that she doesn't believe it: her brother
has finally come to his senses - he's walked out on Dee, lock,
stock and barrel. Gordon asks if that was him on the 'phone, and
Barbara explains that he was at the airport: he and Patricia are
on their way over now. Gordon asks what happened, and Barbara
replies that Dee is up to her old tricks again - only this time,
they were too much for even Stephen. She adds that she's
very proud of him. Gordon asks what about her mother. Barbara
sourly says she actually thought she was changing, but
Wayne opens the front door at Toorak to find a smartly-dressed
gentleman standing there. He explains that he has an appointment
with Mrs. Morrell, and Wayne asks him if he means Dee or Patricia.
The man says he means Dee: he's her solicitor. Wayne shows him
into the lounge room. Dee welcomes her visitor - who she refers
to as Mr. Pritchard. He tells her that he's sorry Mr. Turner couldn't
be there today. When Wayne makes no sign of moving, Dee thanks
him and asks him to close the door on his way out. Wayne reluctantly
goes. Mr. Pritchard says to Dee that he understands she wants
to make some changes to her will. Dee asks him to wait a moment,
and she calls out to Wayne to go away. He moves from where he
was standing outside the door, listening. Dee tells Mr. Pritchard
that the changes are bound to upset a few people - her son, for
one, will probably contest it. Mr. Pritchard points out that he
has to have grounds, and Dee grimly says he'll probably cite 'insanity'.
She then continues that she wants to take every conceivable precaution
to make sure the will is watertight - she plans to have a psychiatric
test and get a signed affadavit saying she's of sound mind; Mr.
Pritchard's part will be to make sure evey legal loophole is covered
- she wants to make sure the money goes to the right people. She
adds that she also wants Mr. Pritchard to make a videotape recording,
to be played back at the will reading. Mr. Pritchard looks surprised
and says he doesn't think he's done anything like that before.
Dee smiles nastily as she tells him that she simply wants to make
it more personal - her only regret is that she won't be around
to see their faces...
Gordon and Barbara are sitting with Fiona in the flat at Dural.
Fiona remarks that she never thought she'd see the day when Barbara
would willingly offer to share a roof with Patricia.
Barbara points out that Stephen will be with her, and Gordon adds
that it's only until they decide what they want to do. Barbara
continues that she's tried to get Stephen to leave Dee for ages,
and now he has; if she doesn't support him, he might weaken and
go back to her; Patricia is just part of the package. Fiona realises
that it won't be for ever. She then suggests that it might be
a better idea if they were to move into the flat, but Gordon tells
her that they're not ckucking her out. Fiona, though, says there's
not much point her sticking around for much longer anyway. Barbara
asks about Terry, and Fiona sady says he doesn't want to have
much to do with her; she'll go back to Woombai, as she promised
Mrs. Hansen that she would never say anything to Terry about being
his mother, and she broke that promise - she owes her
an explanation. Gordon tells her that John and Lisa are welcome
to stay on, and Fiona says they probably will; Terry
will probably be much happier having them around than
the likes of her.
John, Lisa and Freddy are with Terry at the hospital, and Freddy
asks Terry if they're feeding him OK. Terry says it's not too
bad. John says that, speaking of food... Lisa agrees that her
stomach's rumbling, and they decide to go and get some food. Freddy
asks if he can tag along, and they agree. Terry, though, 'reminds'
him that he was going to read him the sports pages. John and Lisa
go. When they're out the way, Freddy comments to Terry that he
thought he was keeping an eye on them. Terry tells him to give
them a few seconds and then follow them. Freddy points
out that, in the old days, Terry would have just flattened
Palmer. Terry retorts that he can hardly do that with his eyes
taped shut; he'll have to find some other way of getting
Dee and Mr. Pritchard are still sitting in the lounge room at
Toorak, and Dee asks the solicitor how soon he can have the will
typed up for her to sign. He replies that it should be done by
five o'clock. Dee says she'll arrange for witnesses to be there.
Mr. Pritchard remarks that, when she first told him about the
psychiatric test and the video, he was rather taken aback, but
in view of the contents of the will, he thinks they're both very
good ideas. Dee asks if he thinks the will will raise eyebrows.
Mr. Pritchard replies that that's an understatement!
They go out into the hallway, where Dee tells Mr. Pritchard that
her granddaughter is arranging to marry a Mr. Wayne Hamilton,
and she wants the marriage licence sped up. Wayne, who is sitting
in the living room, reading the paper, overhears as Mr. Pritchard
replies that there are procedure and as Dee points out that there
are also ways and means. Mr. Pritchard goes, and Wayne immediately
comes out of the living room and asks Dee if he gets any clue
about what's in the new will. Dee replies that she's not giving
him a hint. Wayne comments that as long as he's
taken care of... Dee assures him that she never goes back on her
word. She then asks where Amanda is. Wayne says he went to see
her after Stephen left but she told him to get out. Dee snaps
at him to go and find her and calm her down.
Stephen and Patricia arrive at Dural, and Stephen tells Barbara
that it felt so good walking out of that house. Gordon remarks
that he thought they might have Amanda with them. Stephen tells
him that, unfortunately, there are laws against adbuction.
Barbara snaps that Amanda needs her head read; all that
talk about a male heir - Dee is mad. She then adds that
she's not giving up on Amanda without a fight - she's going to
fly down to Melbourne tomorrow and try and talk sense into her.
Gordon points out that they don't want her ending up with a no-hoper
like Wayne; he wouldn't wish him on his worst enemy.
Stephen says he thinks they should talk to Dee about the business,
and Gordon says he'll fly down with Barbara tomorrow; he can't
wait to see her face when they tell her that Stephen will be working
with them. Stephen looks surprised, and asks, "Since
when?" Gordon tells him that he's too valuable a person to
lose. Stephen replies that Gordon is very generous, and Patricia
grudingly thanks him as well. Gordon tells Stephen that they want
to help him in any way they can. Patricia and Stephen look at
each other. Stephen says, "And Patricia?" Barbara, with
a grimace, replies, "Of course - she's your wife..."
Stephen tells them that he's grateful for the job offer but he
thinks they should get one thing straight: he and Patricia love
each other very much; she supported his decision to walk out on
Dee, and if she'd only been interested in his money, she wouldn't
have done that. He suggests to Barbara and Gordon that they change
Wayne and Amanda are playing backgammon in Amanda's quarters,
and Wayne tells Amanda that it's her throw. Amanda picks up the
cup and throws the dice half-heartedly. Wayne asks what the matter
is, and Amanda replies that it's everything. Wayne asks
if she's still thinking about her father. Amanda tells him that
she doesn't like having to choose between him and Dee. At that
moment, Charlie comes in and asks where everyone is. Wayne realises
that she hasn't heard, and Amanda adds that she missed all the
excitement. Wayne explains that Patricia and Stephen have left
town: they had a big blow-up with Dee and went. He suggests to
Charlie that she should hightail it back to Sydney, as Dee will
probably be after her blood for being one of Patricia's friends.
Charlie, though, says she and Dee are getting along famously;
she must go and ask her what the fight was about. She
waltzes off. Amanda comments to Wayne that she doesn't know what
she's letting herself in for... Wayne asks if he should go and
save her. Amanda replies that he might not like Charlie,
but no one deserves Dee on the warpath...
Charlie finds Dee out in the hallway, and she tells her that
she's so sorry. Dee asks about what, and Charlie replies
that she means about Stephen and Patricia; she suggests that Dee
must be so upset. Dee, though, angrily tells Charlie to stop that
dreadful whine. She continues that she never liked Charlie - she's
posssibly the most brainless person she's ever had the misfortune
to meet - so the sooner she packs her bags and gets out of the
house, the better. Charlie says she thought they were friends.
Dee snaps, "Did you, indeed?" and she walks
off. Wayne puts his hands on Charlie's shoulders and points out
that he tried to tell her. Charlie just remarks that she thinks
she's blown her chances with the Melbourne set...
Gordon, Barbara, Stephen and Patricia are sitting in the lounge
room at Dural. Gordon and Stephen decide to adjourn to the study
to do some work. Barbara quips that she and Patricia will sit
there with their knitting until dinner! The men go, and Barbara
awkwardly offers Patricia more tea. Patricia accepts. Barbara
pours it out and then sits back. Breaking the silence, Patricia
says she knows Barbara doesn't believe her, but she really does
love Stephen - she never set out to take him to the cleaners.
Barbara replies that she does actually believe her. Patricia
suggests that they'll never be friends, though, and Barbara agrees
that she doesn't think it's very likely. She adds, though, that
she respects Patricia for standing by Stephen; she wasn't lying
when she said they're very welcome to stay at Dural until they're
settled. Patricia says she doesn't think so. Barbara assures her
that she wouldn't make life difficult for them. Patricia says
she knows, but there's too much water under the bridge. Barbara
asks where they'll go. Patricia says they'll go to the apartment
- they still have key - and stay there until they decide what
they'll do. She suggests to Barbara that maybe they could call
a truce for the time being. Barbara asks why not, adding that
they say a change is as good as a holiday.
Dee goes into Amanda's quarters and comments on the dirge-like
music playing on the stereo, saying she's doesn't know when she's
ever heard such mournful music. She turns if off and then tells
Amanda that Wayne outside; why don't they go for a walk? Amanda
replies that she doesn't want to be with him. Dee tells her that
she'll fall over her bottom lip if she doesn't watch it. She then
adds that she knows Amanda is upset, but it'll work out for the
best in the long run; it's the only way - Stephen will realise
what a hindrance Patricia is to him: as long as she's
around, he'll have no money. Amanda asks if he'll drop
her. Dee replies that of course he will. She then tells Amanda
to go and talk to Wayne. Amanda asks if she has to, and when the
expression on Dee's face indicates that she does, she reluctantly
A while later, Wayne and Amanda are out walking in the park,
and Wayne asks Amanda if Dee said anything to her about them getting
married soon. Amanda says she didn't. Wayne explains that Dee
told him that she's instructed her solicitor to speed up the marriage
licence. Amanda snaps, "Without asking me?"
Wayne tells her that there's no point waiting - they sooner they
tie the knot, the sooner they get their first cheque. Amanda says
she just wishes she was sure of what she's doing. Wayne asks her
if she's changed her mind, and he tells her to smile. Amanda glumly
says she's really let her father down. Wayne tells her not to
get hung up over what's happened. Amanda asks him why he
cares - he's only worried about money. Wayne,
though, says he knows how she's feeling - he felt the same about
his bust-up with Gordon. The two of them sit down on a ledge,
but Wayne suggests that maybe it would be best if he left Amanda
on her own for a while. Amanda asks him if he still misses
Gordon. Wayne says he doesn't - making the break was the best
thing that ever happened - he wouldn't have landed on his feet
with Dee if he hadn't. He gets up to go, but Amanda asks
him to stay with her.
At the hospital, Freddy tells Terry that he's right: something
is going on - they were holding hands and laughing. Terry asks
what they were saying to each other, but Freddy says he couldn't
get that close. He then points out that Lisa is not the sort of
chick Terry would go for - she's a city bird. Terry asks
him what he means. Freddy replies that she's changed
since they knew her. He asks Terry how he can compete with someone
like Palmer - he's a city bloke and Lisa fits with him;
Terry doesn't. Terry says that'll change. Freddy asks
him why he should change to suit Lisa, but Terry tells him to
shut up, adding that he just needs someone to show him how. Freddy
asks who would do that. Terry says, "My mother..."
A while later, Terry asks Lisa and John how lunch was, and Lisa
says it was lovely. She adds that she's brought him back some
cake, and she puts a piece in his mouth. Terry remarks that it's
chocolate. John suggests to Lisa that they'd better push off.
Lisa leaves the rest of the cake on the bedside cabinet, but as
she makes to go, Terry asks her if he can have a word with her
by herself. John goes to wait outside. When they're alone, Terry
tells Lisa that he was talking to Freddy while she had lunch with
John, and Freddy reckoned she's changed. Lisa points out that
people do in six years, but then adds thats she's not
really much different. Terry, though, says he can feel
it - she's a successful designer and she's got lots of money.
Lisa says she guesses so. Terry apologises, saying he didn't mean
to go on. Lisa asks why he wanted to know, and Terry replies that
he's interested in her; he wants to know everything about
her; it means a lot to him her being there, seeing him through
the operation. He adds that the best part is knowing that she'll
be there when it's all over - they'll be together, like old times.
Lisa tries to say, "Terry..." Terry ignores this, though,
and tells her that he wanted her to know how he feels; he doesn't
know what he'd do without her. He tells her to tell him everything
Somtime later, Lisa emerges from the room, and in the corridor,
John asks her what Terry wanted, adding that it took long enough.
Lisa says it was nothing really. As a nurse passes by, Lisa tells
her that Terry wants to see her. She then turns back to John and
tells him that Freddy had been talking to Terry about how much
she's changed; Terry wanted to catch up on the last six years.
She adds that, now he knows about her work, he'll understand why
she can't go back to Woombai with him after the operation.
In the flat at Dural, Fiona is on the 'phone, and she asks if
Terry said what he wanted to talk about. The nurse replies that
he didn't. She puts Terry on and he immediately asks Fiona if
she can come in. Fiona asks when, and Terry asks her if she's
doing anything now. Fiona says she isn't; she'll come
right in, then. Terry says he'll tell her about it when she gets
there. He hangs up and gives the 'phone back to the nurse. Fiona
stands in the flat, looking thoughtful.
Dee is in the lounge room at Toorak when Wayne and Amanda come
in. She asks how the walk was, and Wayne replies that it was fine.
There are empty bottle of champagne on the coffee table, and Dee
explains that she's been having fun herself. Amanda asks
what's been going on, and Dee replies that it was quite an historic
event: the signing and witnessing of her last will and testament.
Wayne slyly says he doesn't suppose there's a copy lying about.
Dee retorts that she learnt her lesson last time. She
then adds, though, that she'll tell him that all hell is going
to break loose; her only regret is that she won't be there to
see the look on Patricia's face when it's read. Wayne asks who
Dee has left her money to, but Dee tells him that that's her secret;
Patricia may dance a jig on her grave, but she'll have
the last laugh. With a smile, she tells Wayne not to waste energy
on it; apart from themselves, they couldn't possibly guess...