The next morning, Patricia is talking to Charlie on the 'phone.
She tells her that she knows when someone is trying to keep something
from her, and she adds that Charlie knows what it's like: conversations
change when you walk in the room, throats start being cleared...
Charlie tells Patricia that she's sure she's worrying about nothing.
Stephen suddenly comes in in the apartment and Patricia tells
Charlie to hang on. She asks him what he's looking for, and he
replies that he's lost his new cufflinks. Patricia tells him that
they're in the top drawer on the left side. He goes. Patricia
returns to her call and says to Charlie that she's sure
she's not imagining... She then continues that maybe Charlie's
right - she's been a bit on edge lately. Charlie points out that
so much has happened lately. Patricia asks Charlie if
she can come over and keep her company, as she couldn't handle
being on her own today. Charlie says they have'll to see what
they can do about that.
A while later, Charlie is in the lounge room at Dural with Lisa.
Lisa says she'd love to meet Charlie's friend, but there's
so much to do there. Charlie insists that a couple of
hours won't hurt. Lisa points out that, with John and Fiona both
out, she's the only one there to look afte Terry. Charlie
tells her to bring him along too, adding that Patricia
needs to meet some new people! She then enticingly adds
that Patricia has superb taste - and she knows everyone
who matters. Lisa reluctantly gives in, and Charlie tells
her that she'll pick her up in half an hour. She goes. Terry is
sitting on the settee, the bandages still over his eyes. He remarks
that Charlie hasn't changed since he met her at Woombai - she
still comes on like a steamroller! Lisa agrees that Charlie can
be bit of trial, but she adds that she is putting up
the money - and a bit of extra PR won't do any harm.
At the Morrell apartment, Patricia tells Stephen to cheer up,
as he looks like he's going to his own execution. Stephen glumly
says that's what it feels like. Patricia points out that it's
not like he's starting work today - he'll just be meeting the
people he'll be working with. Stephen says it's just the thought
of getting into the grind again in two weeks - he can't seem to
get fired up about it; a company troubleshooter is what they want
him for, but he's not sure trouble what is he needs right
now. Patricia tells him that starting the job will be the best
thing to shake off his doom and gloom. Stephen says it's a long
time since he's worked for anyone else. Patricia assures him that
it'll be alright, and she gives him a hug. Stephen, though, coldly
says, "You don't understand, do you." He goes, leaving
Patricia looking worried.
Beryl is holding Davey at the Palmers', while Lynn talks about
the fact that she has a job on later and will be leaving the child
next door with her mother. Beryl asks Lynn if she has time for
a cuppa, and Lynn accepts. Beryl then asks her if she's heard
from Kevin, but Lynn says she hasn't. Looking surprised, Beryl
says she hoped she would have. She then continues that,
in that case, Lynn won't have heard about her inheritance. Lynn,
though, says she has, but it was left to Alice and Tony to tell
her. Beryl says she's sorry - she would have called, but the way
things are between Lynn and Kevin... she thought that if she gave
Kevin a chance to tell her, it might bring them back together.
Lynn sadly says it's obvious things aren't going to work out between
Kevin and her; she's thought it over and she's decided she's going
to tell him that she wants a divorce.
A short time later, the tea served, the two women are sitting
at the table in the living room, and Beryl remarks that it's a
pretty drastic step. Lynn, though, cries that she can't think
of anything else to make Kevin realise how serious it
is. Beryl asks her if she's trying to shock him. Lynn
replies that Kevin isn't able to face up to the fact that they
have a problem; she'd die if he said he wanted
a divorce, but she can't wait at home night after night waiting
for him to wake up to himself and talk things over. Beryl soothingly
says she's sure everything will work out in the end, but Lynn
starts sobbing that if only Kevin wasn't so stubborn...;
she wants her marriage to work - she and Davey need
him - but she just can't take any more...
Kevin emerges from the study at Toorak. Wayne comes out from
the lounge room and asks him if there's something he needs a hand
with. Kevin snaps at him to cut the bull - he's kept him waiting
half an hour already. Wayne cooly says he got tied up. Kevin,
though, snaps at him not to bother playing Mr. Nice Guy - they
both know how they feel about each other; he's there to learn
as much as he can, and whether Wayne likes it or not, that's what
he's going to do. Wayne listens and then smiles and says he likes
a man with ambition! Kevin asks if they can get on with it, then,
but Wayne tells him not to be too anxious. He continues that ambition's
only a start; you also have to have a certain amount of ability.
He tells Kevin that he'll get the chance to show if he's
got what it takes...
Amanda walks into her quarters, still dressed in her nightclothes,
and sits down. Wayne comes in and sarcastically says he wondered
when she was going to surface. Looking at her, he then adds that
she looks like something the cat dragged in. Amanda snaps,
"Thanks." Wayne suggests to her that she get some breakfast.
He then continues that if she wants to write herself off, that's
fine, but not until they've had their kid; she's to start taking
care of herself. Amanda snaps that he's so thoughtful.
Wayne tells her that Kevin is out in the hallway, and he's going
to be around for quite some time, so he'd prefer that there were
no public rows. Amanda smiles and asks if Wayne had to put Kevin
on to stay in his mummy's good books! She then adds that she bets
he's pleased! Wayne snaps that it's only temporary - by the time
he's finished with Kevin, even Beryl will be
happy to give him the bullet. Amanda snaps that Wayne really is
disgusting - she doesn't think she wants to know
about their arrangement anymore. Wayne, though, growls that it's
too late to quit now - she should have got out from the start
if she didn't think she could handle it.
Barbara arrives home at Dural and gets a shock when she finds
Stephen in the hallway. He tells her that he hoped she'd
get home soon. Barbara asks what he's doing there, and he replies
that he knew she was on her way back from Melbourne. He asks where
Gordon is, and Barbara replies that he's in Melbourne,
on business. She then asks Stephen why he's there, and he tells
her that he needs someone to talk to. They go into the lounge
room and Stephen offers his sister a drink, but she declines.
Stephen continues that Barbara might have noticed that he's not
happiest man in the world at the moment. Barbara says,
"Patricia?" Stephen replies that it's partly her, but
it's everything, actually; he went for a briefing today for his
new job and two of the company's top executives were showing him
around; it was so obvious that they were jockeying for position
to win him over; it was also perfectly clear that they hated
each other. Barbara points out that that's business -
it happens. Stephen, though, says he's not sure he can
do it anymore - those years with Dee, the backstabbing
he's seen... Barbara says she knows. Stephen replies that Patricia
doesn't, and he can't seem to make her understand. He adds that
he feels like he's starting the whole game over again, and he's
sick of it.
Lisa and Terry arrive at the Morrells' with Charlie, and Lisa
tells Patricia that it's a lovely apartment. Terry sits down and
says they feel like pretty plush seats. Lisa says they are!
Charlie tells Patricia to wait until she see Lisa's designs. Lisa
chips in that, with a partner like Charlie, how can she go wrong?!
Patricia offers everyone drinks and she and Charlie go to the
bar go to get them. Alone with Terry, Lisa sits down next to him
and asks him if he's alright. He tells her that he feels a bit
of place. He then asks what Patricia is like, and Lisa replies
that she's very nice; very beautiful. By the bar, Patricia angrily
asks Charlie what she's playing at. Charlie innocently asks her
what she means. Patricia retorts that she asked Charlie over there
to cheer her up, and here she is entertaining a blind man and
his girlfriend. Charlie comments that she didn't think Patricia
would mind. She then asks if Terry doesn't remind Patricia
of anyone. Patricia snaps, "No." Charlie continues that
it's obvious: Terry is Fiona Thompson's long-lost son! Patricia
looks disinterested. Charlie, looking slightly put-out, tells
Patricia that she's wrong about Terry being Lisa's boyfriend as
well - it's John that she's keen on, and she hears that
it's pretty serious. Having heard all this, Patricia whispers
to Charlie that she doesn't give a damn - lately she's
seen enough backbiting and gossip to last a lifetime;
she'll chat to them and be polite to them, but she doesn't want
to be involved in any of Charlie's childish gossip. She gives
Charlie her drink and walks off into the living room, leaving
Charlie looking surprised.
A while later, Charlie tells Lisa that she'll show her around
the place, and the two of them leave the room. Terry laughs and
remarks to Patricia that Charlie is a strange sort of bird. Patricia
says her heart is in the right place. There's an awkward silence
for a few seconds until Patricia pipes up that Fiona must have
been delighted when she found out that Terry was alive - but it
must have been a shock for him. Terry agrees, and says
he still thinks of his mum and dad as the people who brought him
up. After another silence, Patricia offers him another beer, but
he says he'll be right. He then asks Patricia if she
knows Fiona very well. Patricia says she does, but adds that they're
not exactly the best of friends. She then continues that she has
to admit that she thought it very unfair of Fiona's grandparents
to tell her that he had died. Terry says he can sort
of understand it - a single mother in a small town. Patricia suggests
that Fiona's lifestyle wouldn't have helped, either.
Looking surprised, Terry says "Sorry?" Realising she's
put her foot in it, Patricia says it doesn't matter, but Terry
insists that, if there's something he should know, he wants Patricia
to tell him. Patricia maintains that it's not for her to say.
Terry asks again, though, and Patricia reluctantly says she thought
he already knew: Fiona was a prostitute. Terry looks shocked.
Patricia says she's sorry - she shouldn't have said anything.
Terry says it's OK...
John comes out of a public 'phone box and walks over to his car;
Fiona is in the passenger seat. He tells her, "Not home."
He then adds that Barbara is back from Melbourne, though. He continues
that Terry and Lisa must have gone out before she got there. Fiona
points out to him that he's been watching them like a hawk since
they arrived, and she tells him to stop imagining things. John
asks if he's been a bit of pain, and Fiona replies that that's
putting it mildly!
At the Morrell apartment, Charlie remarks to Patricia that it
was rather naughty of her. Patricia insists that she didn't know.
Charlie continues, repeating that telling the boy his mother used
to be on the game - why did she do it? Patricia replies that she
talked herself into a corner, and she asks if they can drop it.
Charlie, though, tells her that whether she meant it or not, she's
certainly set the cat among the pigeons. Patricia snaps that that's
not her problem. Charlie continues that she doesn't think Patricia
will be Fiona's number one favourite person. Patricia shrugs and
asks what's new!
Lisa helps Terry out of the car at Dural and says she's glad
Charlie decied not to come back with them. When Terry doesn't
respond, she asks him if he's OK. Terry says he is. He then asks
if they can put off going inside for a bit. Lisa suggests they
go for a walk, and Terry agrees. Lisa continues that he hardly
spoke in the car, and she asks him if he's alright. Terry tells
her that he just needs a bit of air and some space.
Inside, Barbara tells Stephen that that was Lisa and Terry arriving
home, although she thinks they've gone for a walk. Stephen says
he thinks he'll take off, as he's not in the mood to be charming
at the moment. He thanks Barbara for her shoulder. Barbara tells
him that he's welcome, and she adds that he's not to let Patricia
talk him out of taking a holiday. Before he leaves, Stephen asks
if he can make a call, and Barbara tells him that she'll leave
him to it. She goes. Stephen walks over to the 'phone on the bar
and dials a number. The 'phone rings a couple of times and a woman
then answers it. Stephen asks if that's Helen, and when she says
it is, he tells her that it's him. There's silence at the other
end. He asks Helen if she's there, and Helen angrily asks what
he wants. He replies that he wants to see her, and he asks her
if they can meet. Helen says no. Stephen tells her that it's important,
but Helen snaps that he says that every time he calls; it's so
long since last time...; she suggests they leave things as they
are - he doesn't need her and she doesn't
need him. She says goodbye and hangs up.
Terry is sitting beneath a tree outside, and Lisa comes over
to him and asks him why he's so quiet. He replies that he was
just thinking about Vietnam. Lisa asks him if he means about the
war, but Terry says, "Not exactly." He continues that
he was thinking about the places they used to go to on leave -
what the Yanks called R&R: there was a street - a little suburb
- just full of little bars with women hanging out of every window
and door; he and his mates used to think it was magic - hundreds
of girls to choose from; it didn't cost much more than a packet
of smokes, either. Lisa carefully asks Terry if he... Terry interrupts
and says he'd do anything to get his mind off all the
killing. He continues that there was this girl once - he went
back to her place; it was just a room actually; there was a little
kid there - a half-Asian boy - he guesses his dad was someone
like him, a foreign soldier. Lisa asks if it upset him. Terry
says it did - the kid was there playing on floor, and she
wanted to get on with it there and then - right in front of him;
he just couldn't cop it - he kept wondering what kind of life
that was for a kid; he just paid her and split and told her to
buy the kid a toy. He tells Lisa that he still can't understand
how anyone could treat a little kid like that - he lost all respect
for women like her; he doesn't reckon there's anyone lower. Lisa
suggests that maybe she didn't have much choice, but Terry snaps
that of course she did - there's got to be another way.
He adds that he doesn't expect someone decent like Lisa to understand.
Lisa asks what the problem is. Terry replies that it's nothing
- someone just made him think of it.
At the Morrell apartment, Patricia asks Charlie if she's sure
she won't stay for lunch. Charlie says she won't. She adds that
Stephen will be home any minute, and she's sure they'll have lots
to talk about. Patricia remarks that she hopes he's in a better
mood than this morning. At that moment, Stephen comes
in and Charlie tells him that they were just talking about him.
She then adds that she can't stay, and she goes. Patricia offers
Stephen a drink and she asks how things went. Stephen replies
that it was awful. He continues that he did come to one
positive decision: the two of them are going to spend the next
two weeks at Woombai. Patricia, looking incredulous, snaps that
he's joking. Stephen replies that he's perfectly serious. Patricia
snaps that two days at that place is bad enough - if
he wants to have a holiday, why not go to the Gold Coast? Stephen
tells her that he needs a holiday away from the city. Patricia
snaps that if it's Woombai, he can count her out. Stephen, though,
snaps that she's coming with him - for once, she's going to do
what he wants, no arguments; if he's expected to go back
into that dog-eat-dog world, she's going to have to stop worrying
about what she wants and start thinking about what he
Fiona and John arrive back at Dural, and Barbara hugs Fiona.
Fiona gives Barbara a cake that she's bought! John and Lisa are
also standing by the front door with them, and Lisa asks Fiona
for a word; she adds that it won't wait. Barbara heads to the
kitchen with the cake. Lisa tells Fiona that it's Terry: he wants
to go back to the Hansens' - now. Fiona asks what happened.
Lisa replies that, ever since they came back from Patricia's...
Fiona interrupts and asks her if she means Patricia Morrell. Lisa
says she does. Fiona asks her what they were doing there,
and Lisa explains that Charlie took them for a visit. Fiona bluntly
says, "I see." Lisa continues that she can't see what's
got into him. Fiona says she'd better have a word with
him, and she walks off. John says to Lisa that she's
not going to Woombai, is she? Lisa tells him that she has
to - Terry can't drive himself.
Terry is still outside by the tree when he hears footsteps, and
he calls out to who he thinks he Lisa to say goodbye for him.
Fiona, though, says it's her. Terry snaps, "Good." He
then tells her that he's got one question for her: "Were
you a pro when I was born?" Fiona tries to avoid answering
the question, but Terry repeats it and Fiona reluctantly admits
that she was. She tells him that he must try and understand,
but Terry snaps that he doesn't want to hear any more. He tells
her that she's a hypocrite - after the hard time she gave him
about Jill... what a joke. Fiona asks him to
just let her explain, but Terry says, "No way." He adds
that she didn't want to hear his side of the story then,
so he not want to hear her, now. Fiona
says, "I have a right to be heard. I am your mother."
Terry, though, snaps that no she isn't. He calls out for Lisa.
At the Morrell apartment, Stephen is at the bar, pouring a drink,
and he thanks Patricia for lunch, adding that he hopes she wasn't
trying to get him to change his mind about Woombai. There's a
sudden frantic knocking at the door and Patricia goes to answer
it. Fiona storms in and Patricia asks her what she wants. Fiona
just lashes out and slaps Patricia's face. She then snaps, "You
have interfered in my life just once too often, Patricia."