An alarm bell starts ringing throughout the hospital, and a number
of nurses rush to David's room. As they run past John and Beryl,
John remarks to Beryl that something's going on. As another nurse
dashes past, Beryl, looking worried, asks her if there's been
a change in David's condition. The nurse just tells her that the
doctor will let her know as soon as he's free.
In David's room, the doctor is pumping David's chest
to try and get his heart started again. Beryl stands in the doorway,
watching and looking horrified. The doctor pauses a moment and
then starts the resuscitation procedure again. A nurse notices
Beryl standing in the doorway and asks her to wait outside. Beryl
stands there looking terrified as the defibrillation equipment
is then brought out and charged up.
Out in the corridor, Tony walks round the corner and asks John
if it's Joe that the alarm is ringing for. John, though, tells
him that it's David. Tony comments, "Poor him." He then
adds that he's glad it's not his dad. John, looking surprised,
asks him what he's worried about Joe for. Tony retorts
that, if his father dies, his mum is up for murder -
not that his dad will stuff it; he's as tough as nails, his old
man. John offers him some coffee. Tony tells John that he's as
worried about Dave as he is - but in his own way, his
old man was good to him when he was a kid; he's still his dad,
even after what he did. John says they should hope they both
In David's room, the nurse tells the doctor that she's getting
a pulse - it's steady and holding. The doctor tells her to make
sure that there's a nurse with David at all times. He then turns
to Beryl and tells her that David has got every chance. A look
of immense relief crosses Beryl's face, and she goes to tell John.
She walks slowly round the corner of the corridor, and when she
gets to John, she gives him a huge hug and tells him that David
is alive - but only just. John murmurs, "Thank God."
He tells Beryl to come and sit down. Tony offers her some coffee,
but John says he'll get them. He walks off. Tony helps
Beryl sit down, and he asks what happened. Beryl cries that his
heart stopped... and it took a mahine to get it to start... he
was dead and now he's alive... Tears start streaming down her
face. Tony, looking awkward, tells her that she'll feel better
after a good cry. Beryl laughs with happiness through her tears.
A doctor pulls a sheet over the head of a patient and tells the
nurse that there's nothing more they can do for him: Joe Parker
is dead. The doctor says he'll tell the relatives. As he walks
along the corridor, John stops him and asks how his patient is.
The doctor replies that he's afraid they lost him - they did what
they could, but there were four gunshot wounds at close range.
John asks him if he's talking about Joe Parker, and the doctor
says he is. John says he thought he was talking about David.
The doctor explains that David is Dr. Rankin's patient.
He then says he's got to tell Mr Parker's son, but John says he'll
tell him, and he suggests that Dr. Clearey go and ring Mrs Parker.
Dr. Clearey agrees and he walks off. John walks over to where
Tony and Beryl are sitting. He sits down next to them, slowly,
and then turns to Tony. He tells him that he's been talking to
Dr. Clearey: Joe didn't make it. Tears immediately appear to well-up
in Tony's eyes, but he just remarks that it's the luck of the
draw - he supposes the doctors did what they could. Beryl asks
John if someone's telling Mrs. Parker. John replies that says
Dr Cleary's ringing her. Tony cries that his mum's not having
a very good day. He continues that Joe always said he'd
get her - and now he did; now she's up for murder. He
Margaret is watching television in the lounge room at Dural when
Amanda comes in. She asks Margaret if she's the only one still
up, and Margaret replies that everyone decided to have an early
night. She gets up and turns the TV off. Amanda pours herself
a drink at the bar, and as she does so, she tells Margaret that
there's something she wanted to talk to her about: she's invited
Andy Green around tomorrow - well, her father has - but the fact
that he's contesting Dee's will means Margaret could miss out
on the money. Margaret asks Amanda if she's worried about what
will happen if they run into each other. She then continues that,
whatever happens, Andy's a relative of the Morrells; she's
not; if the court rules in his favour, so be it. Amanda explains
that she just didn't want to cause any unpleasantries. Margaret
tells her to stop worrying - she's put the business from
her mind, so why doesn't Amanda?
At the Morrell apartment, Patricia tells Charlie that Margaret
drove the car straight at her. Charlie smiles and replies
that she did the same thing to her first husband; unfortunately
she missed and hit a tree; she did an enormous amount of damage
to the car! Patricia listens and then snaps that she's not exaggerating
- if she hadn't jumped, she'd be history by now; and then Margaret
started making those stupid threats. Charlie points out that if
Margaret tries anything, Patricia can deal with her; she has before
- Margaret is just a pathetic little person. Patricia retorts
that Margaret has changed; before, she used to fight
to survive; now she thinks Margaret would frighten her just for
the pleasure of it. Charlie slyly remarks that she must
go and meet her... She asks if she's staying at Dural,
and Patricia says she is. She then adds to give Stephen her best.
Charlie suggests that Patricia go over there herself,
but Patricia snaps that she's done all the grovelling she's going
to do. Charlie points out to Patricia that it's her fault
he left her. Patricia snaps that she wasn't going to
sit back and let a fortune slip through her fingers. Charlie tells
Patricia that she shouldn't have openly defied him like that.
Patricia retorts that if Stephen can't accept her the way she
is, then to hell with him.
In David's hospital room, Dr. Rankin tells Beryl that they've
stabilised David's condition; if he makes it through the night,
he's got every chance of making a good recovery. Beryl asks if
she can stay with him. Dr. Rankin tells her that she can, although
he adds that the chair isn't very comfortable. Beryl assures him
that she doesn't mind. Dr. Rankin and the nurse leave the room.
Beryl sits down by David's bed and looks at her unconscious husband.
She then sobs that she loves him...
The next morning, outside, in the hospital grounds, Beryl, Tony
and John are eating breakfast, and Beryl tells Tony to hurry up
as he doesn't want to be late for court. John, suddenly looking
annoyed, says they've got company, and Beryl looks up to see Terry
walking towards them. Turning to Tony and seeing the sad expression
on his face, John tells him to snap out of it, as he's not going
to help his mother like that. Tony says must be some
way he can raise the money - what if he sold his heap? John, though,
asks him where he'll get the rest from. Tony snaps at
him that he's a big help. Terry joins them and sits down.
Beryl offers him a cuppa and Terry tells her that it's good to
see her looking so bright. He then tells John that he was glad
to hear his old boy's going to pull through. He also turns to
Tony and tells him that he's sorry about his dad. Tony asks Terry
if he knows anyone who wants to buy a car. Beryl chips in to explain
that it's for money for Alice's defence - she was going
to put it up, but her money hasn't come through yet. Terry suggests
he have a whip-round in town. Tony tells him that people don't
even know him and his mother. Terry, though, replies
that they know of them. Beryl says she thinks it's a
great idea, and she heads off to find her bag and get
some money. John sourly says he can't see too many people coughing
up, but Terry retorts that he was down the club last night and
everyone reckoned Tony's old lady deserves a medal -
so if he asks, they'll cough up. John growls at him that he wouldn't
get a brass razoo if people knew what he was really like.
Tony snaps at John that he doesn't know what he's got against
Terry, but Terry's his mate, and he's trying to help.
John snaps back at Tony that he doesn't even know what he's talking
about. Beryl returns and hands Terry a note. Terry says he'd better
get going. John takes out $10 and hands it to Terry. Beryl remarks
to John that he can't afford it, but John snaps that it's OK.
Terry tells them all that he'll see them around. When he's gone,
Beryl comments that he's the salt of the earth. John looks annoyed.
Charlie walks into Dural with Amanda and tells her that Dee's
money may be all tied up, but at least a Cook original is an investment.
Amanda assures Charlie that she'll be at the launch bash for the
collection, and she adds that she'll give Fiona and Barbara their
invitations as well. The two of them head into the lounge room
and Charlie sits down. As she does so, she says to Amanda to tell
Barbara that she'll understand if she can't make it - with all
the houseguests at the moment, she must be quite flat out - although
from what she's heard, they could all end up murdered
in their beds. Charlie doesn't notice Margaret coming into the
room behind her as she says this. Amanda sees her, though, and
warns, "Charlie..." Charlie doesn't take the hint, and
continues that she knows what she's talking about: Patricia told
her that her sister had gone quite troppo. Margaret says, "Really?"
When Charlie turns round in shock, Margaret introduces herself.
Amanda tells her that she'll have to make allowances for Charlie,
as she suffers from foot-in-the-mouth disease! Margaret tells
Charlie that she can assure her that she's not a threat to anyone.
Charlie asks her what about the threats she made yesterday. A
look of puzzlement crosses Margaret's face, and Amanda chips in
that Patricia has been doing another one of her hatchet jobs.
Charlie asks Margaret if she didn't try and run Patricia down.
Margaret assures her that it was an accident. Charlie,
looking sheepish, says she's made a fool of herself... Margaret
tells her not to be silly, and she offers her a coffee. Amanda
says she's got to get ready for Andy, and she leaves the room.
Charlie and Margaret move over to the living room table, where
Margaret pours the coffee. As she does so, Charlie asks her what
it's like in jail. Margaret offers Charlie milk, but Charlie says
she'll have it black. Margaret pours milk into the cup anyway,
and Charlie points out that she said she wanted it black. Margaret
angrily snaps at her that she'll take what she gets.
Charlie looks shocked, and Margaret quickly tells her that she
was only joking: that was her way of showing Charlie what it's
like in jail - you do what you're told when
you're told, no questions. Charlie suggests that surely you get
a choice between black and white coffee, and Margaret replies
that she was just using it as an example. Charlie tells her that
she certainly made her point - it must have been absolutely beastly.
Margaret replies that it certainly made her rethink some of her
values - like life's too short trying to waste time getting back
at people. She adds that she tried to explain that to Patricia
but she didn't want to know. Charlie tells her that she can be
rather stubborn at times. Margaret says she shouldn't have approached
her when she was so upset about Stephen. Charlie says Patricia
was crazy about him. Margaret remarks that at least her
sister has got Charlie to pull her through. Charlie says she knows
how hard it can be when the man in you life walks out. Margaret
asks Charlie if she thinks Patricia will go to pieces again. Charlie
asks her if she means like she did with David. Margaret tells
her that Patricia was so hysterical yesterday - she'd hate her
to have another breakdown. Charlie tells her not to worry - she's
taking Patricia to a charity do today; it'll get her out and about.
Margaret repeats, "Today?" Charlie confirms this, and
adds that she and Patricia are picking up the old duck who's organising
the do. She then tells Margaret that it was very nice meeting
her, and adds that they must keep in touch.
At the Morrell apartment, Patricia tells Charlie that Margaret
is trying to con everyone into thinking she's Miss. Goody-Two-Shoes
and she's the Wicked Witch of the West. Charlie asks
why she'd do that, and Patricia replies that it's so that no one
will believe she's trying to get to her. Charlie says she's been
round long enough to recognise a phony when she sees
one. Patricia retorts that so she should: she was married
to three prime specimens! Charlie starts to say that if this is
going to get personal... Patricia snaps at her to look who's talking:
does she believe her or Margaret? Charlie indignantly insists
that she was only trying to help. Patricia assures her
that she has: yesterday she was letting Margaret get
to her, but now, if she tries anything, she'll get what's coming
to her. The two of them go out.
Margaret walks downstairs at Dural. She picks up the newspaper
from the table in the hallway and finds a set of keys underneath.
She picks them up, but then there's a knock on the front door
and she quickly puts them down again. She answers the door - it's
Andy. She invites him in and calls Amanda. The two of them then
go into the lounge room, where Margaret offers Andy a drink. Andy
replies, "No I'll be right, Mrs. Hamilton." Margaret
explains who she is, and Andy, looking awkward, says, "Oh..."
Margaret tells him not to be uncomfortable, but Andy says it's
just a bit awkward. Margaret tells him that he has more right
to Mrs. Morrell's money than her. Andy says he wonders
if that's how the judge will see it. Amanda comes in
at that moment and tells him that Patricia hopes so -
she's always been the one with the money; she can't stand
Margaret now that the tables have turned. Margaret jokes that
Amanda is her champion! She introduces Andy to his half-sister,
and Amanda asks what they do - shake hands?! They do! Margaret
tells them that she'll leave them to it and go to her room, as
she's in the middle of a crossword and likes to cheat on her own!
She heads out into the hallway as Amanda tells Andy to sit down.
She then picks up the set of keys from the table and walks to
the front door. As she opens it, she looks around and then quietly
A while later, Margaret knocks on the front door of the Morrell
apartment, but there's no answer. She takes out the set of keys,
picks one, puts it in the lock and turns it. The door opens and
Margaret lets herself into the flat. She calls out, "Patricia?"
When there's no answer, she closes the door. She takes a look
around and then walks over to the stereo. She presses on one of
the switches and the cassette player opens.
At the hospital, David's heart monitor is making a regular beeping
noise. He suddenly begins to regain consciousness, but Beryl tells
him not to move. She adds that he'll be fine. David murmurs, "The
others?" Beryl replies, "A scratch." David then
asks about Joe Parker, and Beryl tells him, "He died."
She says she'll go and get Dr Rankin, but David asks her to stay.
Beryl smiles and tells him that she loves him.
A short time later, out in the corridor, John asks Beryl if he
can see him. Beryl suggests maybe later. Terry comes over and
Beryl tells him to guess who she's been talking to! Terry guesses,
and then adds that he bets he's been complaining about the food!
Beryl says she'd better 'phone the others. Before she does so,
she asks Terry what's happening with the Parkers, and Terry tells
her that they're fine - a mate of his put them onto a great solicitor.
Beryl smiles and remarks to John that Terry gets thing done! She
walks off to make the call. John snaps at Terry that if he blew
the whistle on him, he wouldn't be the local hero much longer.
Terry snaps back at him to do what he likes: go right ahead if
that's the way he wants to do his fighting. He then growls that
John kicked in ten bucks, right? He takes out $10 and tells John
that they don't need his money round there, and they don't need
him, either. He drops the note on the floor and walks
Patricia arrives back at the apartment, and as she opens the
front door, she hears music playing. She then notices Margaret
sitting on the settee, reading a magazine. She angrily asks her
what on earth she's doing there. Margaret 'innocently' asks Patricia
if she had a nice lunch, but Patricia ignores this and asks her
sister how she got in. Margaret retorts that it was through the
front door. She adds that they taught her much more than how to
sew mailbags in jail... Patricia asks her if she picked the lock,
and Margaret taunts that she might have. Patricia orders her to
get out, and she goes to turn the stereo off. Margaret tells her
not to, though, as she's been doing some tinkering while Patricia
has been away, and she'll be electrocuted if she tries to turn
it off. Patricia snaps at her not to be stupid. Margaret retorts
that she worked in the electrical shop; she does have some technical
knowhow. She adds that if Patricia thinks she's bluffing, go ahead
- there are plenty of domestic accidents... Patricia snaps that
if Margaret was going to set her up, she'd hardly be warning
her. Margaret tells her to go ahead then - she has nothing to
worry about, does she... Patricia looks at the stereo
warily but doesn't touch it. Margaret stands up and goes and faces
her sister. She reaches out and turns the stereo off, saying as
she does so that she didn't think Patricia had the guts.
Patricia looks furious. Margaret tells her that this is just to
let her know that she can get her any time she wants - only there
won't be a warning next time. She then adds that Patricia's not
to try and change the locks as it would just be a waste of money.
She goes, leaving Patricia standing there, looking furious.