Breakfast is being eaten at the Palmers', and Alice
says to Beryl that it's fantastic. Beryl admits that
she can hardly believe it herself! David chips in that
it's going to take a bit of getting used to; there'll be no more
skimping to make ends meet. Beryl says she supposes not
- but she's not going to fritter it away. David jokes that she
needs to let the moths out of her purse! Alice says she bets Tony
was excited about the news, but Beryl says they haven't seen
him - they thought he was spending the night with her
at her sister's. Looking alarmed, Alice says, "No..."
David states that Tony didn't come home, and Alice immediately
says she hopes he's alright, adding that it seems strange he didn't
ring. David says he reckons he knows where he could be.
Alice realises that David's hinting that Tony's with his father,
and says that, if he is, there could be trouble. David
says Tony wanted to sort things out with Joe, but Beryl says she
doesn't know why he'd even want to see his father, let
alone talk to him. Alice tells them that Tony used to
hero-worship his father. David says he's sure there's nothing
to worry about...
Tony gets up at his Dad's and puts a jumper on.
He goes into the kitchen; it's a mess. He empties the teapot noisily,
and it isn't long before Joe comes in and asks him if he has
to get up at the crack of dawn and start banging about the place.
Tony points out that it's gone 8am, but Joe reiterates that he
said it's the crack of dawn! He reminds Tony that they didn't
get to bed until the middle of the night, but Tony says it was
great - he hadn't been to a real booze-up for ages!
Joe comments that he was surprised when Tony said he wanted to
come over to talk. Tony tells him that he woke up to the fact
that the Palmers were pulling the wool over his eyes. Joe comments
that Tony sure as hell got pretty thick with them, but
Tony says he can see now that Dave was just being nice to him
so he'd get in right with his mum. Joe snaps, "The
mongrel..." and he adds that Alice should be home, where
she belongs. He picks up some clothes and snaps that
the place is a mess. He then growls that he's not finished with
David Palmer yet - he'll fix him somehow. Tony says that maybe
he can help, as David still trusts him. Joe agrees that
maybe he can... He then asks Tony if he's got any dough,
but Tony says, "Not much." Joe says he might have to
do a few 'jobs', and he asks Tony if he's interested. Tony says,
"Sure!" adding that it'll be like old times - expect
this time they'll split things 50/50. Joe tells his son not to
push his luck - Tony can take what he gives him and think himself
lucky. Tony says it's better than working for a living!
A while later, Tony is back at the Palmers', in
the lounge room with his mother and David. Alice asks Tony if
he stayed the night with his father, but Tony just retorts that
it's not a crime. Alice tells him that he knows what
his father's like, but Tony says he was just trying to sort things
out. Alice reluctantly goes to get him some breakfast. David tells
him that he could have rung, but Tony sarcastically says he didn't
know he had to check in. David tells him that his father's bad
news and he knows it; he's better off away from
him. Tony says he knows what he's doing, but David warns him that
if he ends up in strife with the cops, he's not to come running
back there, as Alice has enough to worry about.
Tony repeats that he'll be OK. Beryl comes in, holding a dress.
She sees Tony and sarcastically says she's glad he decided to
put in an appearance. She then asks if the dress she has is OK.
David says it looks alright and she goes again. Tony asks what
that was about, and David explains that she's going to a funeral.
Tony asks who croaked it, and David explains about Dee Morrell.
Tony says, "Hell!" David says he reckons that's where
she's ended up! He tells Tony to take care, and goes off to the
bedroom. Tony calls after him to ask what time the funeral is.
David says it's at 11am. He asks Tony why he wants to know: does
he want to go? Tony replies, "Not on your life!"
He adds that he was just wondering. When David has gone, he goes
to the 'phone and starts dialling. Alice suddenly comes out from
the kitchen and tells him that she's put some cereal out for him.
Tony thanks her and says he'll be in in a minute - he just has
to call a mate...
The 'phone rings at the Parkers', and Joe answers.
Tony tells him that he reckons he's got the perfect job for them.
Joe asks what, and Tony says it's a mansion - friends of the Palmers;
the owner's kicked the bucket and the funeral's today at 11am.
He tells his father that the place will be empty - a real pushover
- and asks him what he says.
Lisa, Fiona, John and Charlie are sitting in the
lounge room at Dural, and Charlie excitedly says she can't wait
to tell Jane Davies that she's Lisa's backer! Lisa replies that
if Jane Davies wants to put in money too, she won't say no! Charlie,
though, indignantly says she certainly will not! She
then asks whoever would have thought she'd be the backer for a
brilliant young designer! She suggests they'll have to throw a
big cocktail party to launch the collection. As she sits looking
at Lisa's drawings, she says she knows who to invite already!
Lisa tells her that they have to interest people in the business
- not just show off to her friends. Charlie says she
knows - she's not a complete fool. Lisa and Fiona look
at each other! Charlie tells Lisa to let her know who to invite,
but adds that she wants her friends there, too; a lot of them
will want Lisa to design for them. Lisa says she can't get caught
up in too many exclusives, as the idea is to interest manufacturers
in a line. Charlie says she's sure Lisa will be able
to do that! Lisa says she hopes so or Charlie won't see much return
for her money. Charlie says she's not interested in the business
side - she'll leave that to Lisa! She suddenly notices that Fiona
is drinking coffee, and so Fiona suggests she go and get a cup
from the kitchen. Charlie, surprised at the reaction, goes! John
takes the opportunity to ask Lisa if she's sure it's a good idea
having Charlie backing her. Lisa asks why not, and John tells
her that Charlie just wants to show her off to her friends. Lisa
assures him that she can put up with that as long as Charlie puts
up the money. John says it could be a nine-day wonder, but Lisa
says it won't be if she has a signed contract in her hand. Fiona
says, through gritted teeth, that Charlie would drive her
to drink - quickly; and she doesn't mean coffee! Charlie
waltzes back in, saying she has wonderful ideas for the material
for her new dress. She sits down. The 'phone starts ringing and
Fiona and John both race to get up and answer it; John wins, leaving
Fiona looking annoyed at being stuck there still! Charlie continues
that she thought a dusty pink satin, with frills in deeper colours
in lace. She asks Lisa what she thinks. Lisa looks bemused! Fiona
says that dress would be fine - as long as you've got
a rose between your teeth and you're clicking castanets!
On the 'phone, John is saying he's fine, and he
asks the caller - Beryl - how she's doing. Beryl says
she's fine, and she asks John if he's found a job yet. John replies
that he's still looking. Beryl tells him that he should have taken
up Fiona's offer of Assistant Manager at Woombai, but John says,
"Not really what I wanted." Beryl then tells him that
he'd better hurry up and find out what he does want.
John asks why, and Beryl explains about Dee Morrell leaving her
a lot of money. She adds that she wants him to think of a small
business he might like, and she'll set him up in it. John looks
surprised and asks why Dee Morrell would leave Beryl
money. Beryl replies that it's to spite a few other people, she
suspects, but she's not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.
John says it's terrific news. Beryl tells him that she can finally
do the things she's always wanted to, for her family.
Amanda wanders towards the front door at Toorak.
Wayne comes downstairs and asks her where she's going. Amanda
replies that she's going to sit on the verandah and read. Wayne
asks if she shouldn't be getting ready for the funeral, but Amanda
says there's plenty of time. She then admits that she's not looking
forward to it; she loved Dee, despite everything. Wayne
just says, "Yeah, sure." He tells Amanda to be ready
a bit early, as he wants to pick up Beryl Palmer on the way. Surprised,
Amanda asks why. Wayne says it's the nice thing to do. Amanda
says, "You're kidding!" but Wayne replies that
he wants to give Beryl a lift and that's that. Amanda snaps that
she feels uncomfortable with her. Wayne tells her to
make an effort - he wants to be pleasant to her.
At Dural, Charlie incredulously asks if Patricia
and Stephen got nothing. John says they were bequeathed
a painting of Dee! Fiona looks thoughtful as Charlie says, "The
old witch! Patricia must be furious..." Fiona chips
in that she can't see her being too pleased; Stephen
hasn't got too much money of his own. Lisa comes into
the room holding a contract, explaining that she got it drawn
up straight away. Charlie, apparently disinterested, says, "Oh
good..." She then remarks, "Poor Patricia," and
says she must ring her and find out the details. Fiona says she's
not sure Gordon would appreciate the 'phone bill, and so Charlie
decides to pop home and ring from there. Lisa asks about
the contract, but Charlie says it can wait until later - she must
ring Patricia; at times like this, she needs her best
friend. She goes, leaving Lisa looking astonished. Fiona says
Charlie is just dying to crow. Lisa says she could have
read the thing. John remarks that it's a pity Charlie
has to be involved at all. Lisa tells him that if he
could provide the backing, she won't have to be. She
then says Charlie can read the contract at home, and she leaves
to follow her. John, talking to himself, says maybe he could -
but it's crazy... Fiona asks what he means, but John
just says he's had an idea. Fiona asks what idea, but
John ignores this. He thinks to himself for a few seconds and
then says, "Why not?!" He gets up and walks
out. Fiona calls out, "Johnny..."
Outside, Lisa catches up with Charlie and gives
her the contract as John watches. John walks over to Lisa as Charlie
wanders off towards her house. Lisa despondently says Charlie
is losing interest already. John, though, tells her that
she doesn't need Charlie now - he can back her!
Lisa asks him what he's talking about, and John replies that his
mother wants to set him up in a business. Lisa says, "Patricia?"
John explains that he means Beryl, and Lisa says she didn't know
she had any money. John replies that it's just been left to her,
and she wants to use some of it to help him, so he can
back Lisa, and she can ask Charlie to pull out. Lisa says it's
unethical, but John reminds her that Charlie's losing interest.
Lisa says she just got sidetracked; she'll come back to it. John
asks Lisa if she wouldn't rather he backed her. Lisa
uncertainly says she's not sure it's a good idea to mix friendship
with business. John says it's not if it's all in the family:
"You wouldn't object to your husband backing you,
would you?" Lisa stares at him, dumbstruck. John
continues that he guesses it's not the most romantic
way to propose but, "Will you marry me?!"
Back inside, in the hallway, Lisa says it's just
that they haven't known each other very long. John says
that doesn't matter - he knew the moment he saw her,
and he thought it was the same with her. Lisa says she
guesses it was. John tells her that he'd have asked her sooner,
but he didn't have anything to offer her; now he has.
Lisa says, "Talk about springing surprises!"
She adds that she can't think straight, but John asks
what there is to think about: "We love each other,
so let's get married!" Fiona, in the lounge room, hears this,
as John has raised his voice. She looks astonished as John continues
that he wants to back Lisa in work; she won't have to put up with
a nut like Charlie! Lisa says she's not sure - she needs time
to think. John looks upset, but agrees. Lisa points out that it's
a big step. John asks her not to leave him hanging on too long,
and Lisa assures him that as soon as she's had time to think it
over, he'll be first to know! They kiss, and Lisa walks off. John
goes into the lounge room, where Fiona is standing by the bar,
looking at some leaflets. John excitedly tells her that he just
asked Lisa to marry him. Fiona flatly says, "So
At the Parker house, Tony and Joe are poring over
a plan that Tony has drawn of Toorak. Tony tells Joe that it's
easy. Joe points out that a place that size is sure to
have alarms, but Tony says he knows where they are - he can turn
them off. He asks his father if he's got the truck organised.
Joe replies that he nicked one this morning; they'll be finished
by the time the cops start looking for it. He asks Tony how he
can be sure no one's home. Tony reminds him that he showed him
the funeral notices; they'll be gone for hours. He then
suggests that they'd better start moving. They go out.
Beryl is dressed for the funeral, but David is still
wearing his casual clothes. Beryl sharply tells him that he could
at least come to the service, but David snaps he didn't
even like the woman. Beryl points out that Dee left them
a fortune, but David replies, "You a fortune."
Beryl says it's theirs. David says he still can't go
pretending he liked Dee Morrell. Beryl says she did have a nice
side, but David says he didn't see it. He tells Beryl
that he'll drive her, but he won't stop. Beryl reluctantly says
that's fair enough. She then suggests that they'll have to sit
down and talk about what to do with the money, soon. David jokes,
"Before you give it all away!" Beryl pointedly says
she wants to help the kids. David suggests that she talk
to a solicitor or someone, but Beryl asks what about.
David says he means about selling her shares in Dee's company.
Beryl says she might not want to sell them, but David
points out that she'll still need to talk to someone about handling
the business side for her. Beryl says she supposes so... David
asks her what she knows about business! Beryl says she
could learn! They start to head out, but as they open
the front door, they find Wayne standing there. He tells Beryl
that he thought she might be going to the funeral by herself,
so he thought she might need a lift. Beryl explains that David
was going to take her, but David chips in that he's just spotted
a rolls out there; he can understand if she wants to go in style!
Wayne adds that he thought Beryl could help him: Amanda's
very upset. Beryl says she doesn't know if she can be of much
use, but Wayne tells her that he'd appreciate it if she gave Amanda
moral support - help her get through the day. Beryl reluctantly
says she supposes. She then says she'll be there in a mo. Wayne
goes back to the car, and Beryl testily tells David that she didn't
want to go with Wayne. David replies that he didn't know
what she wanted to do. Beryl says she'll have
to help Amanda, if she can. David warns her not to get sucked
in, but Beryl says there's not much chance of that. David
says he wouldn't trust Wayne as far as he can throw him.
Beryl points out that he was very good to Susan, but
David tells her to watch him just the same. Beryl goes.
Burglar alarms are ringing at Toorak, but Tony,
who is inside the house, quickly runs and turns them off. He then
goes to the 'phone in the hallway. Wearing gloves, he dials a
number which he's written on a scrap of paper. The person who
answers is Constable Fraser. Tony tells him that 43 Belfield Avenue,
Toorak, is being burgled right now. Constable Fraser
asks for Tony's name, but Tony doesn't give it, telling him instead
just to send some officers round to the house as soon as he can,
or it'll be too late. He hangs up. He then goes to the front door
and lets Joe in. Joe asks if everything's OK, and Tony says there
are no worries. Impressed at the goodies up for grabs, Joe says,
"Look at the place...." He then tells Tony
to start down there, while he starts upstairs.
Tony says he reckons they'll get what they're after... When Joe
has gone upstairs, Tony heads out the front door...
A while later, Tony is in the Palmer kitchen, telling
his mother and David that as soon as Joe went upstairs, he
got out quick smart. David looks thoughtful. Tony continues that
he waited across the road 'til the cops turned up and then took
off. Alice nervously asks him if he thinks he should have done
it - it's a pretty nasty trick to play on anyone. Tony,
though, points out that it got the old man out the way; there's
no way he'll get bail again - he was out on it already.
He adds that he reckons his father will be in the nick for quite
a while. Alice says it's an awful thing to do to your own father,
but Tony reminds her about all the things that Joe has done to
her. David chips in that Tony's right: it's only what
Joe deserves. Alice says she supposes so. She then adds that it'll
be a relief not to be frightened; to know that he can't do
anything to them. Tony excitedly says he reckons he's pretty smart,
and David jokes that if his head gets any bigger, it'll burst!
Tony tells him that he has to admit it was a good plan.
David retorts that, if one of his kids did it to him,
he'd skin them alive! Alice looks worried, and she asks what if
Joe realises what Tony did - he might try to get him
back. Tony says he's in the nick - there's no way. Alice
points out that he'll have to come out sometime, and
they know how he holds a grudge. Tony says his father
won't know he was in on it; he'll just say he got out before the
cops turned up. Alice says Joe's no fool. Tony says he'll go and
see him tomorrow, and say he got out the back door as the cops
came in the front, and didn't have a chance to warn him. David
agrees that it sounds reasonable. Tony assures his mother that
he'll spin a good yarn - Joe will believe him. He adds that she's
to stop worrying - by the time his father comes out, they'll be
miles away - Joe will never be able to find
them. Alice looks worried.
John is cleaning the pool at Dural when Lisa wanders
out to join him. He asks her how her think session went. Lisa
says, "OK." John then asks her if she's come up with
any answers. Lisa nods and says, "Yes."
Inside, in the lounge room, Lisa tells John that
she doesn't believe in becoming financially committed to someone
she's emotionally involved with - she's seen what can happen;
she doesn't want it to spoil their relationship. She adds that
John couldn't help but feel some resentment if the collection
collapsed and he lost his money. John pours mineral waters for
the two of them as he tells Lisa that he can accept that,
but why not marry him? Lisa replies that she hasn't said
she won't - she just doesn't want to be rushed.
John says he thought she loved him. Lisa replies that
he knows she does, but maybe she's not ready to get married
yet; she wants to devote all her energies to her career, not have
it cut short by having kids. John says they don't have
to have kids for years, but Lisa asks why get married
then - they're fine as they are. John says he thought
it might be nice to make it something more permanent. Lisa looks
at him and tells him that he's just an old-fashioned boy at heart.
John says he guesses so! Lisa asks him if he understands, and
John says, "Sure." They hug, but Lisa looks worried.
Beryl arrives home and David asks how it went. Beryl
says it was sad, and David says he supposes most funerals are.
Beryl, though, explains that she didn't mean it like that - it
was sad that not many people seemed to care; not that
there were many there - and Amanda was only one that
cried. David points out that Dee Morrell didn't do a
lot to make people like her. Beryl says Stephen looked
a bit strained; she thinks he felt more than he showed. David
says he bets Pat was still fuming. Beryl replies that
she was wearing a veil - probably so no one could see her scowling!
David laughs and says it's good to see her get her comeuppance.
Beryl says she'll end up back on top - her type always
does. David then says Wayne didn't do too bad
out of it. Beryl replies that he was very pleasant today, and
David says he supposes he has to be - Beryl and Margaret
are equal partners in the business with him. Changing the subject,
Beryl asks if Tony and Alice are around. David says they're in
the kitchen, and he adds that Tony has a pretty wild story to
tell her, too. Beryl says, "Oh?" David tells her that
he thinks the Morrells are in for a bit of a shock when they get
home from the funeral...
At Toorak, Wayne is coming downstairs, accompanied
by a policeman, and the policeman is asking Wayne if he's sure
there's nothing missing. Wayne says it doesn't look like
it. The policeman says he thought there may have been an accomplice
who gave them the slip. Wayne says he'll double-check later, but
it looks like everything's in its place. The policeman then asks
Wayne if he has any idea who could have given the the tip-off,
but Wayne says he hasn't, and he suggests that it was probably
just a passer-by who saw him breaking in. The policeman says it's
a shame the person didn't give his name - there could have been
a reward in it for them. Wayne agrees that they could certainly
have done something. He thanks the policeman, who goes.
Wayne shuts the door and Amanda emerges from the lounge room to
give him a drink. She comments that Patricia and Stephen would
have flipped - this is the second time they've
been broken into. Wayne says it's just as well they didn't come
straight home - seeing a policeman on the doorstep might have
been too much for them after the funeral - not that he
thought they seemed particuarly grief-stricken. Amanda snaps that
Stephen was upset - he just doesn't like showing his
emotions in public, that's all. Wayne tells Amanda that she
did very well - that was quite an act she put on for Beryl. Amanda
snaps that she didn't put an act on for Beryl or anyone else.
Wayne hurriedly says, "OK, OK..." They both go into
the lounge room, where Wayne tells Amanda that the main thing
is that Beryl was touched by her devotion for dear old Dee. They
sit down, and Amanda asks Wayne why he cares what Beryl
thinks. Wayne replies that they need to hedge their bets: they've
got things sewn up pretty nicely, but the game isn't over yet.
Amanda asks him what he means, and Wayne tells her that they've
got four months to concieve a son - and no guarantee it'll actually
happen. Amanda asks what they can do about it.
In reply, Wayne smiles and asks what Beryl and Margaret have done
to deserve the money they're getting. He answers his own question:
"Nothing." He then continues, "You and I are going
to rip them off for as much as we can." Amanda asks, "How?"
Wayne says, "As long as we get Beryl on-side, there are plenty
of legal ways to do it." He smiles nastily and adds,
"Just leave it to me..."