Terry yells out Tony's name several times, but there's no response.
He continues to turn his head, trying to hear something, but there's
just silence. Eventually, in desperation, he pulls the bandages
off his eyes. He looks around; everything is blurred. He then
dives underwater but comes up a few seconds later, still unable
to find Tony. He looks around some more and then goes under again.
There are faint ripples in the middle of the waterhole. The stillness
is suddenly disturbed as Terry comes back up, holding Tony. He
starts swimming to shore; Tony is barely conscious. Terry lifts
him onto the the bank and tells him that he'll be right. He starts
performing mouth-to-mouth, but Tony lies there, not moving. After
a few seconds, though, he starts breathing. Terry slaps his face
and tells him to come on. As Tony begins to regain consciousness,
Terry encouragingly tells him that he's a good boy.
Alice is standing on the verandah at Woombai when she spots Terry
carrying Tony towards her, wrapped in a blanket. Looking shocked,
she asks what happened. Terry tells her that he'll be alright
- he just had a slight accident swimming at the waterhole. He
puts Tony down and Alice hugs her son. She then looks at Terry
and, noticing he doesn't have his bandages on, asks what's wrong
with his eyes. Terry tells her that he's alright - he had no choice.
He then asks her to find some blankets while he calls an ambulance.
A short time later, Terry is inside and he comes off the 'phone.
He puts his fingers to his eyes, as if to clear them or ease the
pain. He then looks over at the living room table and notices
a decanter of brandy. He walks over to it and picks it up. Fiona
suddenly comes in and, standing behind him, curtly comments that
she doesn't remember inviting him in and saying he could help
himself to her drinks. Terry snaps that he needs a shot of brandy,
and he angrily asks if she minds. Fiona tells him that she does.
She then snaps that he's dripping all over the carpet. She starts
to walk around to face him, and as she does so, she notices that
he hasn't got his bandages on. Realising something's wrong, she
asks what happened. Terry tells her that Tony got himself into
trouble down at the waterhole. Fiona asks Terry if he's saying
he had to fish him out. Terry wisecracks that it's a good job
the quacks in Sydney knew what they were doing, or he would never
have found the kid! Fiona looks at him and tells him that his
eyes look awful. Terry says he'll be OK, but Fiona tells him to
get in the ambulance with Tony; she'll get him to the eye hospital
in Sydney if that's what has to be done. Terry snaps at her to
leave it - he doesn't need her help. Fiona snaps back
that she's had a stomachful of his rudeness - they might not get
on, but there's no way she's having him being blind on her conscience.
Terry snaps that he can fix it himself, but Fiona tells him no:
he'll do as he's told; it may take him a while to get used to
the idea but he's going to start behaving like a grown man.
Stephen is at the Morrell apartment in Sydney, and Patricia offers
him a drink. He declines, but Patricia says she'll have
one. Getting straight to business, Stephen asks her if her ultimatum
still stands. Patricia asks him if he's been thinking about it.
Stephen replies that he hasn't thought about anything else for
the last 24 hours. He then adds that, if their marriage relies
on him convincing Andrew to challenge Dee's will, they might as
well call it quits. Patricia, looking surprised, says, "Like
that?" Stephen says, "Yeah." Patricia
tells him that she's prepared to talk about it, but Stephen asks
what the point would be - even if he went along with her, Andrew
has no interest in contesting the will. Patricia asks if he asked
Andrew. Stephen retorts that Andrew doesn't care about
money - and he certainly wouldn't go along with any scheme Patricia
may think up. He tells Patricia that he loves her, and he wants
this nonsense between them to be over, but he's not going to change
his mind. Patricia asks him if this really means that much to
him. Stephen replies that it does. Patricia says she doesn't know
what she's supposed to say. Stephen tells her to either forget
about this absurd ultimatum or their marriage is over. Patricia
looks down and doesn't respond. Stephen says, "I see."
He stands up, tells Patricia that there's nothing more to say,
and walks out.
Sometime later, Charlie is at the apartment, and Patricia is
ranting that she never thought Stephen could be so pig-headed
- he didn't even give her a chance to think about it.
She asks what she can do to make him convince Andrew to contest
the will. Charlie remarks that Stephen really has affected her
judgement. Patricia looks at her as she continues that it's obvious:
make him jealous - it's the oldest trick in the world and it works
every time. Patricia, a sly look on her face, says she might have
something there. She goes to the 'phone.
Matt is sitting at the desk in his office when the 'phone starts
ringing. He answers it and Patricia comes on. She jokes that she
doesn't suppose he remembers her. Matt points out that it was
was only two days ago! He asks what the trouble is, and Patricia
tells him that she wondered if he'd like to have dinner with her
tonight - at her place. Matt uncertainly says he doesn't know
about tonight, but Patricia assures him that she's not ringing
to play games. Matt agrees and says he'd like to. He asks about
Stephen, but Patricia says he won't be there. Matt says, "I
see..." He then tells her that he'll see her at 6pm. Patricia
Fiona is on the 'phone at the hospital in Sydney, and she tells
Lisa - who's in the flat at Dural - that the doctors at Woombai
thought Terry would be be better with the specialists, so he's
back in the city. Lisa tells her that she and John will be right
over, and she hangs up. She then turns to John and explains about
Terry being back in the eye hospital. John asks what he did, and
Lisa explains that he had to save some kid from drowning. John
asks what kid, but Lisa tells him that Fiona didn't say.
She tells him to shake a leg so that they can get there and see
him. Not wanting Lisa anywhere near Terry, John tells
her that he might not be up to visitors, but Lisa replies that
of course he is. She says she'll go and get changed, and she asks
John if he's going to do the same. John continues that he doesn't
think they should go - she's held Terry's hand enough.
Lisa retorts that Terry needs his friends around him. Annoyed
and surprised by John's atttitude, she picks up her keys and says
she won't bother getting changed. She heads for the front door
and asks John if he's coming. John doesn't move, and so Lisa snaps
at him to suit himself. She walks out. She heads into the main
house and is about to walk outside when John catches up with her
and tells her to hang on. Lisa curtly tells him that she doesn't
know what's eating him. Looking frustrated, John tells her that
he didn't want to have to say this, but he's going to have to.
Lisa asks what he means. John continues that she thinks
Terry's alright - a real hero; he isn't - Terry is a
rapist. Lisa stares at him.
Alice gives Tony a small bottle of pills, and Tony growls that
he hates taking tablets. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing,
and Alice answers it. A woman comes on and asks if Fiona is there.
Alice says she isn't, and she asks who's calling. The woman asks
who she's speaking to, and Alice explains that she's a guest of
Fiona's. She asks if she can help. The woman introduces herself
- it's Jill. She explains that she's a friend of Fiona's, and
she asks when Fiona will be back. Alice tells her that she doesn't
know - she's gone to Sydney with Terry Hansen. Jill looks shocked
when she hears this. Alice asks if there's a message, but Jill
says there isn't. She asks Alice if she knows whether Fiona is
staying at the Hamilton house. Alice says she is. There's a knock
on the door of the 'phone box that Jill is using, and she tells
the man that's standing there that she won't be long - she's just
got one more call to make.
Lisa and John are sitting on the stairs in the hallway at Dural.
John tells Lisa that whether Terry thought Jill was a prostitute
or not, she's still a human being - there's no excuse
for what he did. He then tells Lisa that the way she was rushing
off to make sure he was alright, he thought she should know the
facts - so now she knows why he doesn't want her to have anything
to do with him. Lisa listens, but then tells John that he's looking
at it too simply - he doesn't know all the details. John angrily
asks what there is to know: Terry raped Jill; she shouldn't
go making excuses. The 'phone starts ringing, and John goes to
answer it. STD pips sound, and when they've finished, he says,
"The Hamilton house." From the 'phonebox, Jill looks
at the 'phone in horror and hangs up. At Dural, John asks the
caller if they're still there. When he doesn't get a response,
he hangs up as well. Lisa tells him that she doesn't want to argue
with him at the moment - she wants to go and see Terry; she hasn't
got time to go into it, but there is an explanation for
it. John incredulously asks how can there be? Lisa replies
that it sounds crazy but she thinks the reason he raped Jill is
also the reason why he won't have anything to do with Fiona. She
asks John to trust her, adding that she thinks she knows what
Terry's problem is and she's going to try and help him.
Jill comes out of the 'phone box and the man asks her if the
'phone is free now. Jill says it is. The man asks Jill if she's
going to go and join her husband, adding that he heard that Brian
left town a few days ago. Jill uncertainly says, "Yeah..."
She then adds that they're moving to Sydney. The man wishes her
good luck. Jill picks up her bag; as she stands up, it is noticeable
that her pregnancy is beginning to show. She walks to the side
of the road and looks worried. She then stops and takes a piece
of paper out of her pocket. She reads it. It says:
"I love you very much Jill but I had no other choice.
I hope you understand. You'll always be in my thoughts. God bless
you and keep you. Brian."
Jill looks at it, sadly. She then sighs heavily.
Matt arrives at the Morrell apartment and hands Patricia the
evening mail. She thanks him for coming. Matt gives her a bottle
of wine, and Patricia tells him to sit down. She asks him if he'd
like a Martini to begin with. Matt accepts, looking very pleased
At the hospital, Terry growls, "The mongrel." He angrily
adds that John said he wouldn't say anything, and he threatens
that John should just wait until he gets out of there. Lisa calmly
tells him that it's alright, but Terry asks how. Lisa
tells him that she thinks she understands why he did it. Terry
again asks how, adding that it was the worst thing he ever did
in his life. Lisa brings up the story he told her about
Vietnam, that prostitute and the boy, saying it explains a lot;
it doesn't excuse what he did, and he'll never be able to make
it up to Jill, but at least there's some explanation. Terry snaps
that it's not one he can accept. Lisa reminds him that
he saved those men from the bush fire, and he's in the hospital
now because he risked losing his sight saving a kid from
drowning: most of what he is is good - he shouldn't be
judged on just one mistake. Terry tells her that not many
people think like that. Lisa replies that she thinks Fiona
does. Terry angrily snaps at Lisa to leave Fiona out of it. Lisa
tells him that Fiona is very upset at the way he's treating her;
she's sitting outside even now. She continues that she
could never hate him and neither could Fiona. She gets up to leave
and goes out into the corridor. She joins Fiona, who asks how
it went. Lisa says it was alright. Fiona asks her if she told
him that she knows about him and Jill. Lisa says she did. She
adds that she tried to tell him that she understood and doesn't
hate him for it. Fiona asks her if he believed her. Lisa says
she hopes so. She then continues that, a couple of times lately,
Terry tried to tell her about Vietnam and what it was like to
be there; it sounds pretty awful - he saw some terrible things
and it left him with very mixed feelings about prostitutes. Fiona
remarks that that's putting it mildly! Fiona says they're the
absolutes dregs as far as he's concerned. Lisa
tells her that, because she tried to understand why he raped Jill,
he feels he owes her a chance to say her piece. Fiona, looking
surprised, smiles happily.
A short time later, Fiona is in Terry's room. She tells Terry
that the doctors don't seem to think he's done his eyes too much
harm - he's very lucky. Terry tells her to skip the smalltalk
- just say what she wants to say. Fiona remarks that it sounds
like he doesn't want to hear. Terry snaps that he asked her in,
didn't he? He then quickly apologises and tells her that he wants
to hear her story - really.
At the Morrell apartment, Patricia and Matt are sitting on the
settee, the lights dimmed. Patricia tells Matt that she's missed
him since Woombai. Matt comments that that's a change of tune.
Patricia replies that it's a woman's privilege. They suddenly
lean towards each other and kiss. When they pull apart, Matt gets
up and says he'll go and put the electric blanket on. Patricia
curtly asks him what he's talking about. Matt says he's sorry
- he must have misread the signs. He asks Patricia what she's
trying to do. Patricia snaps back angrily, asking him what he's
trying to do. Matt tells her that they both know that she's putting
on an act, and he asks her what the problem is: is it a case of
her trying to console herself because Stephen walked out? He then
continues that he gets it: it's a case of making Stephen jealous.
Patricia, realising she's been found out, asks if she's that obvious.
Matt reminds her that he's a shrink! He continues that she no
more wants to go to bed with him than fly to the moon. Patricia
says she's sorry. Matt replies that he is, too. Patricia says
she feels like such a fool. Matt tells her that she's confused
and upset - it's nothing to be ashamed of; she's just lucky she
picked him to try it on! Patricia comments that that
that will teach her to listen to Charlie!
At the hospital, Fiona tells Terry that, when the war came their
way, suddenly Sydney was full of big-spending Americans - the
place came alive. She continues that, one night, she and a girlfriend
went out with a couple of servicemen - they'd never seen that
much money in their life, and the men spent it like water;
she didn't for one minute think that it wasn't her fascinating
company that they were paying for - but when her date propositioned
her, she fled, and ran all the way home; then she had second thoughts
- it didn't take too many brains to realise that she could take
one hell of a lot more money home than she was from the factory;
it wasn't difficult to kid herself that it was the right thing
to do; the trouble was, in no time at all, she was hooked on the
bright lights and the good times - she always had plenty of nice
new clothes and pieces for the house... Terry chips in that it
must have seemed like Christmas. Fiona replies, "Every day
of the week." She goes on that, when you get locked into
a situation like that, there doesn't seem to be any way you can
get off the merry-go-round - but there was a way when she thought
she could get off: she met a man and fell hopelessly
in love with him. Terry asks, "My dad?" Fiona tells
him that it was: Scott Thompson was his name; he was wealthy and
he had a promising political career; when she found out she was
pregnant, she called it off; she left town and went to stay with
her grandparents until her baby was born - she was determined
to find a new life for the two of them; but then he died - or
so she was led to believe - and there was nothing else. She sobs
that she went back to the only life she knew. Recovering her composure
slightly, she thanks Terry for at least hearing her out. She adds
that Lisa has told her a little of his story, so maybe
they know a bit more about each other now. Terry lies there, not
moving, as Fiona stands up and sadly says, "Goodbye. Good
luck." She's about to leave the room when Terry suddenly
calls out to hang on. He tells her that there's no reason why
they have to go on ignoring each other; he'd like to get to know
her better - if she's interested, that is. Fiona starts smiling
and crying simultaneously. Terry asks her what's wrong, but she
happily sobs, "Oh nothing!"