Patricia tells Andy that she's amazed - she didn't think
he'd be so quick to agree. Andy replies that it's because of his
dad, basically. Patricia points out that he hardly knows
Stephen, but Andy tells her that he knows enough to make up his
mind: Stephen has had a rough time since she found out
about him and he reckons he deserves a break. Patricia
asks Andy if he thinks she's been giving Stephen a hard time.
Andy tells her that he's not blaming her, but if he can do something
for him - to help him get what's his - he'd like to. Patricia
smiles and says it's absolutely fantastic! She suggests he come
over to the apartment and she'll get Stephen to be there. Andy
says he can't, as he has to continue setting up for tonight, but
he suggests he come over in a couple of hours. Patricia says she'll
ensure Stephen is there.
Gordon helps Beryl out of the cab outside the Palmers'. She thanks
him for lunch. Gordon says he hopes she wasn't too bamboozled
by all the business talk. Beryl assures him that he explained
things very well! She then brings up the fact that Margaret is
due to be released from jail this afternoon. Gordon says he thinks
her staying with Wayne is worrying - he hopes he doesn't get up
to his tricks on her. Seeing the expression on Beryl's
face, he remarks that she's not convinced about the documents.
Beryl tells him that unless there's proof... Gordon accepts this.
He then says he may contact Margaret later - there are other places
to stay. They say their goodbyes. Beryl goes inside and Gordon
gets back in the cab.
In the Palmer kitchen, Lynn comments to David that Doug and Rosie
should be at Macedon by now. Beryl comes in and David remarks
that it's about time. He asks her where she's been. Beryl explains
that she was having lunch with Gordon - he was making it up to
her for the wild goosechase. David asks her what she means, and
Beryl replies that Amanda was out to make trouble again - there
was no truth in her story. David listens but then tells her that
his and Lynn's news tops that. Beryl asks what it is. David tells
her that Joe Parker has escaped from jail; he hands her a newspaper,
which has the headline 'Four Prisoners Escape from Pentridge
in Daring Breakout'. He adds that there's no need to get
panicky about it - the police will let them know as soon as they
catch up with him. Beryl asks if they have any idea where he is.
Lynn replies that they reckon he's looking for Alice and Tony
- that's why she hasn't gone back to the Terrace, as
he'll probably think they're still there. David says the cops
will catch him, no worries.
Wayne gets out of his car, which is pulled up outside Toorak.
Margaret gets out of the passenger side and stands looking at
the building. Wayne tells her that it hasn't changed much in the
last six months - well, not outside, anyway. He assures her that
he really does want to help her. Margaret looks at him and tells
him that she really is grateful for everything he's doing. They
head for the front door.
As they go inside, Margaret looks around in amazement, and she
says the place is lovely. Wayne offers to take her bag
upstairs, and adds that he thought they could have a bit of a
chat about business after she gets herself settled. Margaret uncertainly
says she's not too sure... Wayne tells her not to worry: he'll
handle things for her - after all, they are partners.
Margaret says, "Yes..." She then asks which room she's
in, and Wayne says it's the second on the right. Margaret walks
off, briefly pausing as she does so to look at Wayne in bemusement.
At the Morrell apartment, Patricia is hugging Stephen. She tells
him that her making ultimatums and his refusing
to give in... it all seems silly now; all a bit of a non-issue
now that Andy has decided to contest the will. Stephen more seriously
points out that they can't forget it happened. Patricia smiles
and tells him that she loves his serious face! Stephen
insists that he means it. Patricia tells him that he's
so cute! She then continues that they're together again - that's
all that matters; they love each other. They kiss. Stephen
then tells Patricia that he wishes she'd try not to interfere,
but Patricia replies that he's like a dog with an old bone. She
suggests they have some tea, and they go and sit down. Stephen
asks what Andy's plans for the money are. Patricia replies that
she hasn't the faintest, but she knows he's not interested in
the money for himself - he's more concerned about him
and what he's been through. There's suddenly a knock
on the door and Patricia says that will be him.
Margaret is sitting on the settee in the lounge room at Toorak.
Wayne hands her a folder of papers and tells her that it shouldn't
take long. Margaret asks what all the papers are. Wayne replies
that they're not as bad as they look - she just has to sign them;
they're for the bank authorities, mainly. Margaret starts looking
through the papers, but Wayne quickly tells her that he's perfectly
happy to organise everything. He adds that there's no need for
her to waste her time going through all the mumbo jumbo - he's
checked it all. As he says this, Margaret comes to the final paper,
reads it and then angrily says, "Including this?"
Wayne looks at the Power of Attorney form that she's holding,
puts on a look of astonishment and says, "I don't..."
Margaret interrupts him and snaps that he's not to try and tell
her that he doesn't know it's there. She continues that he hasn't
changed - he's still the same greedy liar he always was;
it's a good job she gave him the rope to hang himself. She asks
if he thought dowdy, defenceless Margaret was bound to be pushover,
and then continues that, where she's been, they play
a lot harder than him - so if he's going to pull a fast
one, he's got a fight on his hands and she knows
At the Morrell apartment, Andy says to Stephen and Patricia that,
from what they said, his grandmother played it rough - so he'd
like to help; and because they didn't involve him when she was
still alive, he's grateful. Stephen says he's still not sure,
but Andy tells him that it's his decision - he wants
to do it. Stephen tells him that he appreciates it. He then asks
Andy what he'll do with his share, but Andy replies that
he doesn't want any - as far as he's concerned, it's
all Stephen's. Stephen insists that he couldn't accept it all,
but Andy tells him that he'll have to - he's not doing
it for himself. Patricia, not wanting Stephen to miss out, interrupts
to suggest that they wait until everything's happened - but if
they don't do anything soon, there'll be nothing left, the way
the others are likely to spend it. Stephen tells Andy to come
into the study and they'll call his solicitor.
Wayne snaps at Margaret that she can't blame him for trying to
rip her off - she's got no right to the money. Margaret snaps
back that he really astonishes her - she doesn't see that he
has any right, either. Wayne growls that he changed his name for
that old cow - and he got married, too; what did she
do to earn it?: nothing. Margaret tells Wayne that he
can keep his money and she'll keep hers
and hopefully they won't have to see each other again - that sounds
like a fair enough arrangement. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing
and Wayne answers it. Patricia comes on, but Wayne snaps that,
whatever it is, he's not in the mood for it. Patricia ignores
this, and happily replies that she has wonderful news for him.
Wayne asks what it is. Patricia breezily replies that, knowing
how keen he is on families, she thought he'd be very touched by
the news that Stephen's son has arrived on the scene. Wayne tells
her to pull the other one, but Patricia continues that she can
assure him that he's for real - the result of a little indiscretion
twenty years ago; and being a Morrell - a real one - he has every
right to challenge the will. Wayne angrily growls, "Is that
it?" Patricia says it is. She then lightly adds that he does
seem to be having a rough time of it lately - first Amanda leaving
him and now this; it seems like he's just not meant to be wealthy...
She hangs up. Wayne stares at the 'phone and then does the same.
Margaret asks what Patricia wanted. Wayne tells her that, whether
she likes it or not, he thinks they're going to need each other's
Stephen and Andy come out of the study and Stephen asks Patricia
who was on the 'phone. Patricia replies that it was just Charlie.
She then suggests that they all go out tonight. Andy, though,
says he can't, as he's got a gig. He adds that he'd better make
tracks, actually, and he continues that he'll be round in the
morning, once he's got a copy of his birth certificate. He goes.
Wayne is pouring a couple of drinks. As he does so, he tells
Margaret that if Patricia is telling the truth, it could be up
to two years before probate is granted; whether the challenge
succeeds or not, the money will still be frozen until then - two
years. Margaret asks what they're going to do. Wayne tells her
that, apart from trying to prove that the kid isn't Stephen's,
he doesn't know. He asks her if she has any ideas. Margaret
says, "Perhaps..." She then adds that she doesn't know
if she can trust him, though. Wayne snaps that they're in it together,
now. Margaret reminds him that he was trying to rip her off only
hours ago... Wayne replies that, OK, so she hates his guts - but
they're both going to lose if they don't do something. Margaret
tells him that she wants him to realise that if he tries to cheat
her or pull any tricks, he's going to fall very heavily on his
face; if he understands that, they can work, if not together,
then in the common interest. She continues that Wayne asked if
she has any ideas: well, firstly she's going to ring Gordon and
get him to come over - and then, when he arrives, Wayne's going
to give a performance...
A while later, Margaret is standing silent and looking upset
as Wayne tells his father that she's neurotic - jail's
turned her a bit strange. Gordon snaps that there's no need for
that kind of talk. He says that Wayne must have done
something, but Wayne retorts that he laid some cold hard business
facts on the line for her, that's all. Margaret interjects that
he kept shouting at her, saying she had no right to the
money - she just can't take any more. Wayne looks at
Gordon and bitterly comments that he won't believe him. Gordon,
though, suggests to Margaret that the sooner they get her out
of there, the better. Wayne snaps that he couldn't agree more
- he'll be glad to see the back of her. Gordon tells Margaret
that she's coming back to Sydney with him. Margaret points out
that she hardly knows him - she can't impose. Gordon,
though, tells her that the will has made them partners - he won't
take 'no' for an answer. He suggests to Margaret that she get
packed. As she leaves the room, she looks round at Wayne, who
A short time later, Margaret and Wayne are standing on the stairs
in the hallway, and Margaret tells Wayne that she'll call him
if anything develops - hopefully, by the time she's finished,
they'll have dropped any ideas of contesting the will. Gordon
suddenly calls out from the lounge room to ask Margaret if she's
ready. Wayne quickly heads upstairs and Margaret goes downstairs
and tells Gordon that he's so kind - she doesn't know what
she would have done. As they leave, Wayne watches them from the
balcony at the top of the stairs, looking pleased with himself.
It's nighttime, and a police car drives past the Palmers'. The
house has lights on in the front window. A man suddenly emerges
from the darkness - it's Joe Parker, and he's holding a rifle.
He walks slowly up the Palmers' front path and stands by the side
of the window. He peers in and can see David standing inside.
He then walks back to the pavement, where he loads the rifle;
he drops the first bullet, though, and grunts in annoyance. When
he's successfully loaded the second bullet, he walks quietly back
up to the house. Inside, David jokes with Doug and Rosie that
it's a wonder they didn't bring back guard dogs from Macedon!
Doug tells his son that as soon as they heard on the radio that
the bloke had skipped jail, they didn't waste any time. Beryl
tells them that they shouldn't have spoilt their trip. Doug growls
that the man is as mad as a meat-axe. As he says this, Joe appears
outside the kitchen window. Doug continues that, until he's caught,
he thinks they should all move out of there - he and Rosie will
go to The Terrace so that there's someone with Lynn and Davey
all the time... Joe comes in the open back door... Doug tells
David that he and Beryl should take off in the truck first thing
in the morning. David tells his father that he's getting carried
away, but Doug says they should both go and join Tony and Alice
in the country. In the kitchen, Joe overhears this and a thoughtful
look crosses his face. Beryl tells David that Doug has a point.
David says he doesn't like it, but Lynn chips in that she thinks
it's a very sensible idea. Beryl adds that she does, too. David
comments that it looks like he's outvoted. Joe leaves through
the back door...
The next morning, Rosie, Beryl, David and Doug all come out of
the house and walk down the front path. Rosie tells Beryl to take
care, and Doug tells her and David to say 'hello' to Tony and
Alice. Beryl asks Rosie to give Davey a kiss for her. There are
hugs and kisses all round. David opens the back of his truck and
piles his and Beryl's bags in. He then closes the door.
Sometime later, David and Beryl are driving along. David says
he reckons this isn't such a bad idea after all! Beryl laughs
that she told him so! She offers David a barley sugar, and he
jokes about how she can't go on a drive anywhere without them!
As they talk, they don't realise that they have an unwanted passenger:
Joe Parker is hidden in the back; he puts a cigarette in his mouth
and lights it...
Patricia and Stephen are sitting at the table in the Morrell
apartment, and Patricia says she feels positively disgusting!
Stephen assures her that she doesn't look it! Patricia remarks
that she hasn't had breakfast this late for ages! She
then tells Stephen that she's very glad that he stayed last night.
Stephen smiles and says, "It was alright, wasn't it!"
Patricia tells him that she can promise him one thing: if he goes
back to Gordon and Barbara's and collects his things, she'll be
waiting. Stephen says it's a deal! Patricia smiles happily and
they kiss. She then tenderly says, "Welcome home."
Amanda is sitting at the breakfast table at Dural when Gordon
comes in and says he left the newspaper in there somewhere. He
asks her how she is this morning, and she replies that she's OK.
Gordon remarks that she's late for breakfast, and Amanda explains
that she was out late. She asks how Margaret is. Gordon replies
that she's a bit shaky, but she'll be alright. Amanda looks downhearted
as she tells Gordon that she'll never forget going to see her
- it was one of the worst experiences she's ever had; she's glad
he got her away from Wayne: he was out to get everything he could
out of her - the same as Beryl Palmer. Gordon says to Amanda that
she was telling him the truth about the Power
of Attorney? Amanda glumly replies, "Trust him to
worm his way out of it." Gordon tells her that there's at
least some consolation: knowing that the form is no use
to him now that the will is being contested; every single penny
will be frozen for two years - Beryl's share included - so whatever
Wayne did with that document, he might as well throw it away.
Patricia lets Andy into the Morrell apartment and tells him that
Stephen has just gone over to Dural to collect his things. She
offers him some coffee, but he declines. He then says he thinks
they've got troubles: the only way he can prove who his father
is is by his birth certificate; he just went over to collect a
copy and his father is listed as 'Unknown'...
In the hallway at Dural, Gordon tells Stephen that he's very
pleased for him. Stephen says he knows it's not easy for Gordon
to accept, but he's happy with Patricia; it works for
them. He thanks Gordon for putting up with him. Gordon tells him
that he was one of the easier houseguests! Stephen says
he'd better pack, as they're expecting Andy. Gordon remarks that
his appearance is certainly going to stir things up. Stephen points
out that it was his decision to contest. Gordon
tells Stephen that he just hopes he gets a fair share - but it's
going to create unfortunate repercussions for some people. Stephen
says he doesn't think Beryl will care how much she gets - she's
a very reasonable woman. Gordon explains that he wasn't thinking
about her. He continues that Margaret Dunne is a very
sad woman at the moment - after what she's been through, she counted
on this windfall to set her on her feet again. Stephen asks if
she doesn't know yet. Gordon says he hasn't had the heart to tell
her. Stephen remarks that he can't imagine a sister of Patricia's
letting anything defeat her. Gordon, though, replies that she
really is quite pathetic. At that moment, Margaret comes down
the stairs and cheerfully says she heard Stephen was
there. She turns to Gordon and brightly says, "Well, aren't
you going to introduce me to the man who finally managed to tame
Patricia?" Stephen looks at Gordon in surprise.