Fiona gets back to Dural and Amanda asks her if she's had a good
day, adding that Charlie told her about Jill being back in town.
Fiona just snaps that she wishes Charlie would mind her own damn
business. Amanda says she's sure she didn't mean any harm. Fiona
explains that it's just that Jill is upset about a few things
and they-- Amanda says, "Had an argument?" She then
adds that she wouldn't worry - it'll blow over. Fiona, though,
says it wasn't an argument - they just decided not to see each
other again - for various reasons. Amanda remarks that it seems
a pity, and Fiona agrees that yes, it is. She then asks if anyone's
mentioned to Johnny that Jill is in Sydney. Amanda tells him that
he went out before Charlie left and he hasn't been back since,
so no. Fiona says she's glad, as the last thing Jill needs is
for John to get in on the act. Amanda assures her that mum's the
Doug and Rosie are doing the front garden at the Palmers' when
Lynn walks up the front path. She asks if everything's alright,
and Rosie says it is. She adds that she'll do a bit inside before
they go. Lynn laughs as she asks how the inside can get dirty
when there's no one there! She then continues that she asked her
mum and dad to keep an eye on the place too. Rosie comments that,
if Tony's dad has got any sense, he'll be out of the State by
now. Doug asks Lynn if she said very much to her parents about
what's happening. Lynn replies that they aleady knew that Joe
Parker had escaped, and she told them that he might turn up round
there as he's looking for David. The three of them suddenly hear
the 'phone ringing indoors, and Doug, after spending a few seconds
trying to locate the house keys and eventually finding them in
his shirt pocket, heads in to answer it. When he picks up the
receiver, he hears STD pips and says, "David?" It isn't,
though - it's Alice, and she explains that she was wondering what
time to expect David and Beryl. Doug tells her that they're taking
their time and won't be there before tomorrow arvo. Alice says
she just wanted to make sure they got away OK. Doug tells her,
"No worries," and adds that everything's fine at that
end. Alice tells him that she's sorry to have bothered him, but
Doug says it's no bother. Alice thanks him again and they both
hang up. At Woombai, Alice turns to Tony and tells him that David
and Beryl are taking their time getting there. Tony smiles as
he reminds his mother that he told her there was nothing
to get all screwed up about. Alice grimly says she won't rest
until Joe is captured. Tony tells her not to worry - he won't
find them there.
Rosie is forking over the earth in the Palmers' front garden
when she suddenly spots something in the ground. She picks it
up just as Doug comes back out of the house - it's a bullet. Doug
asks her where she found it, and Rosie points out the spot. Doug
tells her that they can't jump to conclusions, but Rosie replies
that she knows they're both thinking the same thing: it must have
been Joe Parker or one of his mates - they came round there last
night and found no one at home. She asks if they should let the
police know, and Doug says, "Too right." He then adds
that Joe Parker's time is running out - they'll pick him up before
long, mark his words.
Patricia arrives back at the Morrell apartment and tells Matt
that she's sorry to have kept him waiting but she decided to catch
the five o'clock movie. Matt replies that it's no problem - he
had Jill to keep him company. Jill sadly remarks that she wasn't
much company. Patricia asks if things didn't go too well with
Fiona, and Jill replies that she won't be seeing her again. She
decides to have a lie down, and leaves the room. When she's gone,
Patricia curses, "Damn Fiona," adding that Jill is depressed
enough already without her making it worse. She then
adds that Jill has had lots of problems but she's a sensible girl
and she'll come good. Matt asks if she's seeing a doctor or anything,
which leads Patricia to ask humourously if he's drumming up trade!
Matt takes a card out of his shirt pocket and tells Patricia to
give it to Jill. He adds that there won't be any fee, because
he doesn't want to be accused of soliciting business! Patricia
wryly comments that she thought he'd only be in it for
the money! Matt replies that friends are different - he even takes
them out to dinner... Realising what he's implying, Patricia tells
him that things have changed since he was last there: she and
Stephen are back together again. Matt tells her that he's glad.
Patricia tells him that it doesn't mean he has to rush off - she'll
get him another beer. Matt remarks that she seems to be on top
of it all - she's solved all her problems now that Stephen's back.
Patricia smiles and tells him that that's not quite the
case - but she bought something today that she thinks might just
do the trick...
Sometime later, Patricia gets out of a cab, pays the driver and
tells him to keep the change. As she stands on the pavement, she
turns the mini tape recorder on and puts it in her handbag. She
then walks up the path and the steps to the Green house and knocks
on the door. Inside, Helen is vacuuming and doesn't hear anything
initially, but then Patricia knocks again and she turns off the
machine. She goes to the door and when she answers it, Patricia
explains that she's looking for Helen Green. Helen says that's
her. Looking surprised, Patricia asks her if she's Andy mother.
Helen says that's right, and she asks if this is about
Andy. Patricia says she wonders if they could have a few words.
Helen asks her who she is, and, after pausing momentarily, Patricia
introduces herself. Helen immediately snaps at her that she shouldn't
have come, and she asks her to please leave. Patricia ignores
this and says she just wants a few minutes to discuss things.
She adds that she doesn't understand Helen's attitude. Helen snaps
that she doesn't have to explain anything to her. Patricia
asks for just a few minutes - they really don't want to have to
subpoena her to appear in court... Helen looks at her sharply.
Patricia continues that she just wants to understand her reasons.
The tape player is on the table at the Morrell apartment and
it's playing a recording of Helen saying that she was
woman of 40 and Stephen was only 22 - and he was married; she
didn't want to make the affair public then and she certainly
doesn't want to now. Patricia's voice is heard asking
her if she's not denying that Stephen is Andy's father, and Helen
replies that of course she's not denying it - but she's certainly
not getting up in court to talk about it. Patricia turns
the machine off, and Charlie, who's sitting with her, remarks
that it's like something out of a James Bond movie! She asks what
Stephen will say, as he told her not to interfere. Patricia replies
that, once he sees that this means they can get the money, he'll
calm down. She adds that she'll drop into Malcolm Crosby's later
and make sure it stands up as evidence. Charlie gets up to leave,
but as she does so, Jill comes out of her room. Charlie remarks
that she looks like a wreck. Jill sarcastically thanks her! Charlie
suggests to her that she come shopping with her and Patricia,
to look for maternity dresses. Jill, though, asks what she'd use
for money. Charlie says she's sure Patricia will float her a loan,
and Patricia agrees that of course she will. Jill, though, says
she doesn't feel like shopping anyway. Patricia and Charlie leave
her to it and head out. Jill stands there for a moment, looking
worried. She then takes a card out of the pocket of her outfit
and goes to the 'phone. She dials a number and Matt answers. Jill
tells him that Patricia gave her his card, and she'd like to make
an appointment for sometime today. Matt replies that he has to
come across that way in half an hour, so perhaps he can call in?
Jill says that would be good - she has to talk to someone...
The 'phone rings at Dural, and Amanda, who's dressed in just
her swimming costume, walks into the lounge room and answers it
using the receiver on the bar. STD pips sound and then Wayne comes
on and bluntly asks if Gordon is there. Amanda smiles and says
she thinks so. Wayne snaps that he'd like to speak to him. Amanda
tauntingly asks him if he's not going to say hello to his wife
first - after all, he had so much to say when they were together.
She then adds that it must have given him a hell of a fright when
he found out that she'd told Gordon about the Power of Attorney.
Sounding disinterested, Wayne sarcastically replies that he was
shaking in his boots. Amanda asks him how he managed to fool his
father - a forgery of Beryl's signature? She then continues that
she might have some news he'd be interested in. Wayne growls that
he's not interested in anything she can tell him. Amanda
taunts that he wouldn't want to know about Jill, then. Wayne quickly
asks what about her? Amanda tells him that she's back in town
- her husband's left her and she's apparently pretty upset; he
wouldn't be interested in that, though...
A short time later, Wayne is on the 'phone to Jill, but she tells
him that she doesn't need his help. Wayne says she's
still going to have the baby, isn't she? Jill says she is. Wayne
continues that she's going to need help, then; if she'd stayed
with him in the first place... Jill tells him that there's
no point in them talking, but Wayne retorts that she can't blame
him - she was married to him and living with Brian.
Jill points out that she was still married to Brian.
Wayne tells her that he doesn't want to hassle her but he still
loves her - she's going to needs someone's help, so why
not his? There's suddenly a knock at the door of the
Morrell apartment, and Jill tells Wayne that she has to get it.
Wayne tells her to leave it, but Jill snaps back at him to stay
out of her life. She slams the 'phone down. She then goes to answer
the door; the visitor is Matt. As Jill stands there, she suddenly
appears to faint, and Matt catches her as she almost falls. Jill
cries that she's sorry. Matt helps her over to a chair and tells
her to close her eyes for a minute. He then continues that she'd
better tell him all about it.
John is sitting in the flat at Dural, and he asks Fiona what
time the doctors are seeing Terry. Fiona replies that it's at
around eleven o'clock - that's why she's in such hurry: she wants
to be there when they take his bandages off; if everything goes
fine, he'll be able to come home. John says to her that she's
not bringing him back there? Fiona snaps that no, she
isn't - she's booked his flight to Woombai. John says that's probably
better. He then says that he thought he and Fiona might go out
to dinner tonight. Fiona asks why, but, looking disappointed that
she doesn't know immediately, John says it doesn't matter - it
isn't important. Fiona tells him that she'll give him a call from
the hospital. She then adds that she knows he and Terry don't
get on, but maybe one day... John says he doubts it.
At the Morrell apartment, Jill tells Matt that she didn't realise
how much she'd come to depend on Fiona - but it seems
that the poeple she loves the most are always the ones that end
up hurting her: Fiona, John, Brian... She then tells
Matt that she hardly knows him, but she had no one else to talk
to - Patricia has always been very nice, but she doesn't think
she really understands. Matt adds that she's not exactly the cry-on-the-shoulder
type. Jill continues that she's told him everything - what does
he think she should do? Matt replies that he doesn't give advice
- he helps people see things more clearly so that they can make
decisions. He asks Jill she wants to do. She replies
that she wants to let Fiona help her, but every time she thinks
about Terry, she wants to forget about the pregnancy.
Matt asks her if she means she wants to terminate it, and Jill
says, "Yeah..." Matt says he thought she wanted
it. Jill replies that it depends on her mood - what if she can't
look after it properly or if she starts to hate it because of
what happened? Matt asks her why she doesn't want to see Terry,
adding that it might not be that bad - the more she faces up to
him, the less afraid of him she'll be. Jill remarks that she thought
he didn't give advice. She then adds that she doesn't
know if she can face Terry again. Matt points out that
it's her decision. Jill sighs.
Fiona is walking along a corridor at the hospital with a nurse,
and she says, "Gone? Gone where?"
The nurse replies that he didn't say; the doctor removed his bandages
and was quite satisified with Terry's eyes - he'll need to wear
dark glasses for a few days, but it's nothing to worry about.
Fiona explains that she came to get him. The nurse replies
that he didn't say anything, and she asks if he knew she was coming.
Fiona says he did. She then asks if he said where he going. The
nurse tells her that he made some remark about having a debt to
pay. A worried expression crosses Fiona's face.
John is standing in the doorway of the flat, looking at an envelope
- which looks as if it contains a card - addressed to him. He
starts to open it, but then the 'phone starts ringing and he puts
the envelope down. He answers it and Fiona comes on and tells
him that Terry has signed himself out of the hospital; she reminds
him that Terry said he had a score to settle with him as soon
as he could see again. John asks if he's on his way there.
Fiona says it's the sort of crazy thing he'd do. She then tells
John to take it easy with him. John asks if he's supposed to let
Terry thump him. Fiona tells him to just calm him down.
John says he's not making any promises. Fiona pleads with him,
and John reluctantly agrees to try and cool things down with him.
Fiona thanks him.
Outside, Terry gets out of a taxi.
There's a thump on the door of the flat, and John goes to answer
it, pausing momentarily before he opens it. When he does, Terry
snarls, "G'day 'mate'." John asks him what he's doing
there. Terry reminds him that he told him he'd come and
get him when he got the bandages off. John starts to tell him
that there's no point, but Terry grabs him and pushes him roughly
against the wall. He growls that John broke up him and Lisa, and
he asks if John reckons he's not going to take him apart for that.
He snarls that they should go outside, but John points out that
one punch from him and Terry could go blind permanently
- is that what he wants? Terry growls at him to stop trying to
talk his way out of it. John snaps that he's going back to the
house, and he tells Terry to wait until Fiona gets back - they'll
have it out when Terry's eyes are back properly. He walks out,
but Terry yells after him that they're going to have it out right
Jill walks up to Dural. Before she can knock on the door, Amanda
opens it and explains that she saw the taxi pulling away. She
invites Jill in.
John is walking past the swimming pool, en route to
the main house. Terry follows him and snarls at him not to think
he's just going to walk away from it. He throws a punch at John,
but it misses. John grabs him and they both fall into the pool,
where they start grappling with each other.
Inside, in the lounge room, Amanda tells Jill that she was sorry
to hear about her husband going back to to Ireland. Jill thanks
her. She then continues that she doesn't mean to be rude but she'd
really like to see Fiona. Amanda says she's probably out in the
flat. Jill thanks her and heads out. Amanda suddenly remembers
something, and she runs after her. She catches up with Jill outside,
and tells her that she remembers that Fiona went to the hospital.
Jill thanks her again and is about to walk off when she suddenly
spots Terry and John fighting in the pool. Amanda runs over to
the side of the pool and snaps that they're stupid idiots. She
kneels down by the pool edge and tells John to stop it; he's holding
Terry under the water. He lets Terry resurface, and Amanda grabs
him and helps him out. Having seen what happened, Jill runs inside,
looking upset. She then appears to think of something, and goes
to the 'phone on the bar. She opens her handbag and takes out
a piece of paper. She then sighs heavily.
Outside, Amanda helps both John and Terry onto the side of the
pool and yells at them that they're like two stupid kids - they're
both pathetic. She storms off. John reaches into the water and
grabs Terry's dark glasses, which he gives back to him. Terry
snaps that they haven't finished yet, but John snaps back that
he can go blind, then; after what he did to Jill, it
would serve him right.
On the 'phone, Jill cries that there's no other way - the person
she's speaking to is the last person she should be calling but
they've got to help her. Amanda suddenly comes in and Jill takes
the 'phone away from her ear to ask if the two men are alright.
Amanda just asks who cares. She heads back out into hallway, and
looks intrigued as she hears Jill saying on the 'phone that she
didn't really want to ring but no one else involved would help
her. Amanda walks off. Jill continues that she knows it sounds
awful but she can't have the baby - she has to get rid
of it. Barbara suddenly arrives home and heads from the hallway
into the lounge room. Jill writes down that she has an appointment
at three o'clock, and she turns to leave. She's startled to find
Barbara standing right behind her. Quickly recovering her composure,
she says she hopes Barbara doesn't mind her using the 'phone.
Barbara says she's sure they can afford twenty cents! She then
continues that Fiona will be very happy that she's there. Jill,
though, says she has to go. She starts to run to the front door,
but Barbara follows and asks her if she's not going to wait. Jill
just says she can't stay. Barbara asks what's wrong, but when
Jill says it's nothing, Barbara snaps, "Nothing, my eye."
She adds that she doesn't like to be a busybody, but if someone
comes visiting in her home and leave in tears then she'd like
to know why. Jill cries that she thought she could do what Fiona
wants and live with Terry around, but she just saw him and John
out by pool - they were fighting; she can't handle that
sort of thing anymore - she just can't. Barbara tells
her to come and sit down, and she'll go and deal with what's going
on. Jill, though, cries that she knows what she's got to do -
nothing Fiona says will change that. She runs out, leaving Barbara
Terry is still sitting at the side of the pool; his shirt is
ripped. Barbara comes out and angrily asks what's going on. Terry
tells her that he's sorry about the fuss, and he asks if she's
been talking to Amanda. Barbara says she hasn't, and she asks
if she's mixed up in it as well. Terry explains that
it was Amanda who split them up. Barbara asks him if he's been
fighting. Terry growls that he said he'd get John. Barbara
asks where John is now, and Terry replies that he supposes he's
in the flat. Barbara then angrily yells at Terry that how dare
he come there starting fights - she doesn't care what
his problems are; he can go in the house and get dried off, and
as soon as Fiona comes back, she wants him out.
Jill half staggers and half runs down the driveway at Dural.
When she gets to the end, she sits down on a small wall at the
side. Tears are streaming down her face...