Dee puts her glasses on and starts reading from
a prepared script. "Now firstly, Barbara, and that of course
includes Gordon: neither of you has ever been interested in my
money, so you're not getting any. Not that you need it,
anyway. Barbara, I'm leaving you my jewellery, which I'd like
passed on to your daughters when the time comes." Dee pauses
before moving on: "Right - Stephen, you're next. Stomach
churning a bit, I should imagine. I think you proved that you're
quite capable of looking after yourself, so I don't see the need
to leave you anything. You've had all the money in the world to
play with while I've been alive, and as you managed to go through
your father's inheritance so quickly..." Stephen looks at
Patricia as Dee continues, "...I don't really think you have
much chance of contesting my will - not that you would;
good taste would surely prevail. I thought, for sentimental reasons,
you and Patricia might like to have my portrait." Patricia
looks bemused! Dee says, "Now, Amanda, I'm sure you're there,
with your new husband now, I imagine." Wayne puts his arm
round Amanda and smiles. Dee announces, "You'll be pleased
to know I've kept my word: you'll receive half of my assets plus
the house here in Melbourne and the apartment in Sydney - on condition,
of course, that you give birth to a son, fathered by Wayne Morrell,
within twelve months. I've made sure there's enough money in the
meantime to keep you both comfortable, and when your son's born,
you'll get the rest. I suppose you're all wondering what happens
if they don't have a son? Their share goes to charity."
Everyone looks at each other in astonishment. Dee continues, "The
remainder of my estate goes to two people; they will share the
other half of my assets. Also, along with Wayne, they will each
take a third share in my business interests. The first is one
of the most honest people I've ever met, and for that alone, Beryl
Palmer should be rewarded." Beryl looks shocked and says
"I don't understand!" Patricia snaps "That's
the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard." There's
muttering from the other people in the room, but this is stopped
by Mr. Pritchard, who, having paused the video, asks if they can
proceed quietly, as there isn't much more to go. He restarts the
tape. Dee continues, "I bet that caused a bit of a to-do!
You deserve it Beryl; look after yourself, my dear." Beryl
raises her eyebrows." Dee says, "The last person to
benefit from the estate - the other person to share, as with Beryl
Palmer, a third of the business and half my other assets - is
someone who has shown, through her life, extraordinary devotion
to her parents - something which I find admirable. She's also
had great misfortune, and, hopefully, this will help her get back
on her feet. You'll be delighted to know, Patricia, I'm
sure, that the person is your sister, Margaret Dunne." Patricia
looks at the TV furiously.
Later, at the Palmers', Beryl is saying she got
out of there as soon as the tape had finished - she'd never been
so embarrassed in all her life. Kevin says he'd loved
to have seen the look on Patricia's face! He adds that he's sorry
Wayne got anything, though, as he didn't deserve it.
Beryl worriedly says she was thinking Barbara and Stephen should
have got the lot; they were entitled to it. David says
it's obvious the old girl knew what she was on about. Kevin tells
his mother that he doesn't know why she's so down in the mouth
- she's rich, and if anyone should have it, why not her?
Beryl just looks worried. David asks her if she's got any idea
how Dee knew Margaret, but Beryl says she hasn't got
a clue - unless Wayne told her, and she doubts that.
She continues that it's obvious Dee included Margaret to get back
at Patricia; the same goes for her. David remarks that
it's a pretty off way of getting at someone. Beryl says she agrees,
and she adds that she can imagine what's going on back at the
house at the moment. David laughs.
In the hall at Toorak, Stephen thanks Mr. Pritchard,
for his time. Mr. Pritchard says he's sorry the day didn't turn
out better for them. Patricia joins them and says the day's not
over yet - they'll be contesting, of course: the will
is so obviously unfair; no court would uphold it. Mr. Pritchard
tells her that he thinks their chances are remote, but Patricia
snaps that it's quite obvious Dee wasn't of sound mind. Mr. Pritchard,
though, replies that Dee foresaw the possibilities and had a psychiatric
test two days before her death; it proved her to be completely
sane. Looking annoyed, Patricia says there must be another
way; they'll find it. Mr. Pritchard says it's their choice
if they want to go ahead, but he thinks their chances are slim.
He adds that, still, it's their money - if they want to spend
it on a court case, they can do so. He goes. Patricia says to
Stephen that there must be something they can do.
In the lounge room, Gordon tells Barbara to try
not to let it get to her - after the funeral, they can hightail
it back to Sydney and leave the whole sordid mess behind them.
Barbara says she'd rather stay in a hotel tonight, and Gordon
indicates that he's happy with this. He asks if the house is starting
to get her down, but Barbara says it's not just that. Gordon tells
her that, if it's Stephen she's worried about, then she shouldn't
be - he really couldn't have expected much more. Barbara, though,
says it's more than that: she just feels they lost Amanda
for good, today; no matter what she does or says, she's headed
for disaster. Gordon says he doesn't think it'll take her long
to realise what she's let herself in for - he can't see her putting
up with Wayne for too long. Barbara angrily asks why Amanda had
to get involved with him in the first place. Gordon replies,
"I guess because she's a greedy little girl."
In Amanda's quarters, Wayne pours two glasses of
champagne and happily says to Amanda that he can't believe they
got that much. Amanda appears disinterested, though.
Wayne asks if she expected them to score as much as that, but
Amanda just mumbles that Dee kept her word. Wayne says it's more
than that, and he asks Amanda if she realises they got most
of it. Seeing the expression on her face, he then asks her if
she's not happy. Amanda says she guesses so, but she
still can't get over the whole will - it's very strange what Dee's
done. Wayne tells Amanda that she's just feeling a bit guilty,
but there's nothing to feel guilty about; she sacrificed
a lot to get this far, and now she's got everything she ever wanted;
the main thing is she's free, and that must
make her happy? Amanda still looks unhappy, but she says
she feels relieved. She then smiles and says, "Yeah, of course
I'm happy. There's no reason why I shouldn't be."
The expression on her face suggests she doesn't really believe
In the lounge room, Patricia is pouring a drink,
and she says she just doesn't believe it - it's important.
Stephen says the solictor's right - it would be futile
to contest it; it would be throwing money away. Patricia tells
him that he's entitled to something. Stephen asks her
if she can't just accept it, but Patricia snaps, "No,
I can't." Stephen says he can't see why not
- after all, she agreed to be cut off from Dee completely;
they'd have nothing more to do with her or her money - so why
so upset? Patricia snaps that the old cow shouldn't be allowed
to get away with it - how dare she leave all that money
to Beryl Palmer and Margaret? Stephen says the only reason she
did it was to create trouble between them - and it seems
as if Patricia's proving her right. Patricia says she
doesn't care. She then suggests that they can talk Beryl into
signing her money over to him, as she'll be feeling guilty; she
knows she will. Stephen retorts that if Dee wanted
Beryl Palmer to have it, let her have it; forget
the money. Patricia, though, says, "I'm damned if
I will." She adds that all that money should be Stephen's
- every solitary cent - and asks if he's not going to fight for
what's his. Stephen snaps that he's said what he thinks:
he's not going to change his mind. Patricia picks up her bag and
walks out. Stephen follows her to the front door and asks where
the hell she thinks she's going. Patricia says, "Out. To
the Palmers'. You may be too weak to fight, but I'm
not." She goes.
At the Palmers', Beryl is on the 'phone,
and she asks, "When did she leave?" Barbara replies
that it was about ten minutes ago. Beryl says she was worried
something like this would happen; she wanted to talk to her and
Stephen about it, but it seems Patricia is determined to get in
first. Barbara sourly says it doesn't surprise her. Beryl says
she doesn't want to cause trouble for anyone, and she thinks Barbara
and Stephen are entitled to their share from Dee's estate. At
Toorak, Stephen is standing behind Barbara. Barbara tells Beryl
that she can't say she approves of her mother using money to get
at people, but she can't say she wants it, and neither
does Stephen; they've discussed it and Stephen knows
it would be useless to contest the will. Beryl says she feels
awful, but Barbara assures her that there's no need:
they're just very sorry they couldn't stop Patricia from coming
to see her. She adds, "No matter what she says,
neither Stephen or I blame you for anything." Beryl thanks
her for saying that, and for warning her about Patricia. She hangs
up and goes into the kitchen, where Kevin and David are drinking
tea. She comments to David that she gathers he got the gist of
all that. David says, "Yeah..." and he adds that Patricia's
sticking her nose in again. Beryl says she just wishes none of
it had ever happened. David points out to Beryl that she took
the job there, and Beryl reluctantly says she knows.
David says Pat needn't think she's going to come bursting in there,
causing trouble. Kevin chips in that he agrees: she should be
told where to go as soon as she gets there. Beryl sternly tells
him that they won't sink to Patricia's level; she can come and
say what she wants to say and then get out of there. Kevin says
he'd like to see how she carries on when Beryl tells her.
Beryl, though, says she thinks it would be a good idea if Kevin
make himself scarce when Patricia arrives. Kevin protests,
but Beryl insists, and he walks off, muttering, "Anyone would
think I was a kid." Beryl calls after him that the
way he's been behaving lately, that's exactly right.
Kevin decides to go to Nelson's. Beryl sits down and annoyedly
asks why she said that. David tells her that he agrees
with her, but Kevin's had a bit of bad news today, and he guesses
he's feeling edgy. Beryl looks puzzled and David explains that
Wayne gave Kevin the sack. Beryl asks why, but David points out
that she knows what Wayne's like - he probably got a kick
out of it. Beryl says she can't see that; things are pretty hectic
there at the moment - perhaps he doesn't need Kevin.
David replies that, whatever the reasons are, he guesses Kevin's
just feeling a bit lousy, that's all. Beryl says that's all the
more reason why he shouldn't be there when Patricia arrives.
At Toorak, Amanda joins Wayne in her quarters, where
he's pouring more champagne. He asks her if she's feeling a bit
better. She just replies, "A bit." Wayne gives her a
drink and proposes a toast to wealth, health and happiness. He
adds, "Here's to you, Mrs. Morrell." Amanda
replies, "And to you." They sip their drinks,
and Wayne remarks that there's a hell of a lot more where that
came from! Amanda says they shouldn't overdo it; they'll get bored.
Wayne, though, says she'll never see the day he's
bored with having money! Amanda says she had a think upstairs
- about Stephen, and the fact that he and Patricia have nowhere
to live. Wayne looks at his glass and says, "Bit rough on
your old man, I suppose. Still, nothing we can do."
Amanda, though, says she's already decided what she's
going to do about it. Wayne, looking surprised that Amanda would
dare to make plans behind his back, says, "Oh yeah?"
Amanda replies that she's signing the Sydney apartment over to
him. Wayne snaps that they could need it, but Amanda
says they don't. Wayne says he'd rather stay there
than be stuck in some crummy hotel when they have to go to Sydney.
Amanda says that's too bad: she's already made up her mind. She
tells Wayne not to be so greedy - they've already got enough;
the least she can do is make sure her father's got somewhere
to live. Wayne snaps that she should have talked to him
first, but Amanda tells him that he's forgetting their partnership
isn't equal. Wayne says, "That's news to me."
Amanda points out that she's the one who has to carry
the child, and if Wayne doesn't go along with what she wants,
she might just have to change her mind. Wayne gives in and says
he gets the message: Daddy gets a nice apartment in Sydney. Amanda
says, "Good. That's one less worry for him."
Patricia has arrived at the Palmers', and, as she's
led from the hall into the lounge room, she's saying to David
and Beryl that they know how difficult it is for her
to come there. Beryl sarcastically says it must be awful.
Patricia says she hasn't come to talk about herself - nor to ask
any favours - but she feels she can talk to them about Stephen.
She tells Beryl that she knows Stephen is a very straightforward
sort of man - he didn't approve of her coming there - but she
felt that Beryl would understand that he's one of three people
who really should have been beneficiaries. She adds that
as much as she and Barbara don't see eye-to-eye, she
thought Barbara should have had her share as well. Having listened
to this, Beryl snaps, "Why don't you come straight out with
it, Patricia? You're here to ask me to hand back the money, right?"
Patricia looks surprised, but admits that Beryl's correct. Beryl
tells her that she does agree with her on one
thing: Stephen should certainly have got a share - and
if he'd asked her himself, she'd have been more than happy to
hand the money over; however, Barbara 'phoned about half an hour
ago to warn her that Patricia was on her way, and she
told her that Stephen's not interested in the money,
so she can only assume Patricia is interested in it for herself,
and if that's the case, she may as well leave right now,
because she's not going to get a brass razoo from her. Patricia
stands there looking taken aback, and then snaps, "Oh you
think you're very clever, don't you. Well I wouldn't get too used
to the idea of being rich - you may never see the money
by the time I've taken you through court." David interjects
that he thinks Patricia has said enough, and that it's time she
left. Patricia walks to the door, telling Beryl that she can take
that simpering Miss Goody-Two-Shoes look off her face; they all
know the way Beryl worked it. Seeing the look on Beryl's face,
she continues that Beryl knows what she's talking about:
grovelling and fussing over Dee; making sure she'd be thought
of when the time came. She snaps that Beryl's as bad as the rest
of them. Looking around the living room, she then adds that it's
just a pity she hasn't got the taste to know how to spend the
money properly. She goes. Beryl looks at David in astonishment.
Gordon, Barbara and Stephen in the lounge room at
Toorak. Barbara invites Stephen to join them for a meal, but Stephen
says he's not hungry; he'd rather not leave until he hears from
Patricia. Barbara says she understands. As she and Gordon head
out, Barbara says she hopes everything's alright with Patricia.
Amanda comes into the room and Barbara tells her that she and
Gordon are going out to dinner. They leave. Amanda remarks to
Stephen that it hasn't been a good day. Stephen agrees that it
hasn't been the best. Amanda says she's sorry that things turned
out the way they did with Dee. Stephen replies that it's her
money - hers to do what she wanted with it. Amanda says,
"But leaving it to Beryl Palmer and Margaret Whatsername...
nobody leaves money to strangers." Stephen
suggests that perhaps Dee didn't regard them as strangers.
Amanda sits down and says she feels pretty rotten about herself,
too. Stephen says it's her family, but Amanda tells him he knows
what she means: not because of what she got, but because the others
got so much. She then tells him that she'd like him to
have the Sydney apartment. Stephen tells her not to be silly,
but Amanda says she'd feel so much happier. Stephen says, "Less
guilty..." Amanda insists that she really wants
him to have it, but Stephen says he can't, considering what she
did to inherit it. He tells her that he and Patricia
will stay on there until they sort something out, but that's all.
He then tells Amanda that he's worried about her, but adds that
he supposes it's too late now she's married. He warns her to be
very careful with Wayne. Amanda says she will
be - she got herself into it, and she has no other choice
but to finish it.
Beryl and David are watching TV, but Beryl looks
miles away. David nudges her and tells her to come back to the
land of the living! Beryl stirs, and David asks her if she's worrying
about Patricia. Beryl says she isn't really, but she can't get
what she said off her mind, though - other people must be thinking
the same: that she tried to get in with Dee to get her hands on
the money. David says, "To hell with other people,"
and he adds that the most important thing is that she
thinks it isn't true. He then suggests that perhaps they should
do what they were going to do in the first place: give
the whole lot away. Beryl looks at him and says no! She asks why
should she? - she'll do what Dee never seemed to do:
use it for the right reasons; she'll keep the money and do good
with it, for a change. David puts his arm round her and smiles.
Amanda is looking at a magazine in her quarters.
She yawns and says she might go to bed now. Wayne, who's sitting
in a chair nearby, says that's a good idea - they can get an early
night; he'll move some of his things into her bedroom. Amanda,
though, quickly asks if he thinks that's a good idea. Wayne stops,
and Amanda continues that, the night before the funeral, it might
look as if they're being disrespectful; it feels that way to her,
anyhow. Wayne says it doesn't to him. Amanda says that,
besides, she doesn't like the idea of Patricia and Stephen knowing
they spent the night together. Wayne laughs and tells Amanda that
he expected her to be a bit nervous - it being the honeymoon night
and all that - but if she's so worried about the others finding
out, they can stay there, in her quarters,
for the night. Amanda suddenly says that perhaps she mightn't
go to bed quite yet - she might read for a while; after all, it
is early. Wayne looks annoyed and then smiles. He takes
her magazine and says, "Going to bed now - together."
Amanda tells him that she really would rather he left, but Wayne
snaps that it doesn't much matter what she would 'rather'.
Amanda says she supposes she can always find somewhere else
to sleep, and she goes to walk off. Wayne, though, grabs her and
tells her to listen to him. He bitterly says, "You
are my wife, and you're going to act like it. Understood?"
Amanda tells him to let go of her arm, but Wayne repeats, "Understood?"
Amanda cries out, "No." Wayne nastily says,
At the Palmers', Beryl closes the 'fridge and hears
a noise. Kevin comes in. Beryl asks to talk to him, adding that
she was just making a hot milk drink for her and David - they're
having an early night. Kevin remarks that he didn't think they'd
be able to sleep with all the excitement of getting the money.
Beryl tells Kevin that David told her about him losing his job.
She adds that he doesn't need to look so down-in-the-dumps - now
she's got the money, she can back him in a small business. Kevin
asks, "Like what?" but Beryl says she doesn't know -
a newsagency, or something like that. Kevin says he doesn't want
a newsagency; he liked what he was doing. Beryl points
out that the job's not there anymore, but Kevin tells
her that of course it is; Wayne just didn't want him
around anymore. He then suggests to Beryl that she could
get it back for him - she's equal partners with him in the company
now; just tell him. Beryl says she doesn't think that's
the right way to go about it. Kevin says he wants his old job
back - maybe one day he can get out on his own, but he still has
a lot he has to learn. Beryl pauses and then says she'll
talk to Wayne; see what she can do. Kevin thanks her. Beryl asks
him if he's spoken to Lynn; told her about the inheritance. Kevin
says he hasn't. Beryl points out that she's part of the family
- she should know. Kevin says there's plenty of time - he'll tell
her about it later. He goes to bed, leaving Beryl looking worried.
Patricia arrives back at Toorak and goes into the
lounge room, where Stephen is waiting for her. She pours herself
a drink as Stephen says, "Evening." He asks her why
she's so late getting home. Patricia, who's drunk, slurs that,
after she left the Palmers', she decided to pay a visit to the
prison, to see Margaret - but she refused to see her. "My
criminal sister - my rich criminal sister - refused to
see me." Stephen sympathetically says it must have
been very hard, but Patricia says no - it was downright degrading;
she was humiliated - she couldn't have felt worse if she'd been
stuck in that place herself. Stephen looks at her in
concern. Patricia continues that it was nothing compared
to the complete fool she made of herself at the Palmers' - the
boring Palmers'. "In front of boring Beryl and boring David."
She rants at Stephen: "Your boring sister, Barbara, has rung
boring Beryl to warn her that I was coming. And boring Beryl actually
admitted that she would have signed the money over to
you if you'd gone begging for it. So, my darling, you
could have been worth a fortune. Courtesy of boring Beryl."
Stephen snaps, "Shut up, Patricia. Not another word."
He then tells her that tomorrow she'll be civil to everybody
at the funeral - including Beryl Palmer. Patricia looks
at him in astonishment. She slurs, "You expect me to go to
her funeral, knowing what I thought about the woman?
I'm a lot of things, Stephen, but I'm not a hypocrite." Stephen
tells her that she's going - and immediately it's over,
they're flying home. Patricia slurs that they haven't got
a home. Stephen says they're together - it should be enough. Patricia
slurs, "Oh, isn't that touching." Stephen angrily
tells her that if she's capable of listening to any type of common
sense, they have a chance to be two perfectly normal people, hopefully,
with a bit of self respect; but if they go Patricia's
way, he thinks they'll lose what little of that they have left.
He says, "You either accept that or you don't. And if you