At the Morrell apartment, Margaret tells Wayne that he's quite
outdone himself. Wayne remarks that he thought she might
be pleased. Margaret asks if this Mr. Hammond has double-checked
the medical records - there's no doubt? Wayne tells her that there's
no doubt at all: Stephen couldn't possibly be Andrew Green's father
- which means there's no way Andrew can contest the will. He tells
Margaret that he's got what he came to Sydney for, thanks to her
- she'll be a wealthy woman before she knows it. Margaret, though,
curtly says she came for more than just the money - she came to
keep tabs on Patricia as well; and now she doesn't know where
she is, thanks to Wayne throwing her out in the cold. Wayne says
it shouldn't be too hard to track her down - Charlie will blab.
Margaret asks if Hammond found out who the real father is. Wayne
replies that he didn't, and he asks who cares. Margaret ignore
this and replies that there's one possibility - and if she's right,
the boy still has the legal right to contest the will. She continues
that Helen was secretary to Benjamin Morrell - Stephen and Barbara's
father; it's possible that he's Andy's father. Wayne
asks her if she thinks so, and Margaret tells him that their ages
make more sense in terms of having an affair. Wayne agrees, pointing
out that Helen is 62. Margaret continues that the only way to
find out is to try and bluff it out of her. She suggests that
Wayne call on her. Wayne glumly says they couldn't be that unlucky.
Margaret tells him that there's only one way to find out.
Andy arrives at Dural with a tennis racket, and Amanda lets him
in, saying she wasn't expecting him so early. The two of them
go into the lounge room. As they do so, Gordon comes out of the
study and Barbara comes downstairs. Gordon warns his wife that
she might not want to go into the lounge room. Barbara asks why
on earth not, and Gordon explains that Andy is in there with Amanda.
Barbara looks taken aback initially, but then recovers her composure
and snaps that it was ridiculous the way she was going on the
other day - she can't keep avoiding him. Gordon tells
her not to take it out on Andy. Barbara indignantly asks him what
he means. Gordon tells her that she can be very confronting what
she wants to be; Andy is a nice boy - he shouldn't have to suffer
because of Stephen's indiscretions. Barbara assures him that she'll
be perfectly charming. Amanda is talking to Andy about his lack
of sleep when Gordon and Barbara come in. Gordon asks if he can
interrupt. Andy looks round and sees Barbara standing there. Gordon
introduces her to him and she glares at him. After a few seconds,
she tells him that she's been looking forward to meeting him.
She remarks that he and Amanda are dressed for tennis, and she
asks if they've played yet. Gordon points out that Andy has only
just arrived! He then continues that he gathers Andy
has been working all night. Barbara adds that she gathers Andy
plays the guitar. Andy replies that he plays bass. Amanda tells
Barbara that she should come to a gig one night!
There's a knock on the front door at the Green house, and Helen
answers it. Wayne is standing there, and he says, "Helen
Green?" Helen says she is. Wayne introduces himself, explaining
that he's Wayne Morrell - one of the people being mucked around
by Andy contesting the will. Helen immediately tries to close
the door, but Wayne stops her and tells her that he wants to have
a word with her about the fact that Stephen isn't Andy's father.
He holds up the file that Hammond left him and adds that he's
got proof right there.
Andy and Amanda head outside to play tennis. Alone with Barbara,
Gordon asks her if she's not feeling too well, as normally she'd
try harder in a situation like that. Barbara replies that something
about that boy makes her uneasy. Gordon laughs that don't say
she's getting 'vibrations'! Barbara snaps that it's serious.
Gordon asks her what's making her uneasy. Barbara tells him that
she can't say - but the moment she saw him, something odd came
Helen tells Wayne that she wishes he'd go - she's not telling
him a thing. Wayne asks if that means that there is
something to tell. Helen snaps, "You said it."
Wayne tells her that they both know what they're talking about;
the thing he doesn't understand is why she's let Andy
go through with contesting the will when she knows Stephen isn't
his father - it's pointless; she must have known that.
He continues that he can she see how hard it must have been to
admit to the truth at the time it happened, but that
was then - it's going to have to come out now.
Helen begs with Wayne to please not say anything - it's only going
to hurt people. Wayne tells her that, sure, people get hurt, but
it doesn't last - particularly when it's so long after the event.
Helen cries that Barbara would never get over it if she was told
- she loved Roland so much. A look of shock crosses Wayne's
face, and Helen realises that he didn't know. Wayne smugly tells
her that he thought it was Barbara's father - but it
was her husband; even better...
Charlie and Margaret walk into Dural, chatting with each other.
Margaret is explaining that she was enjoying a walk in the garden;
Charlie tells her that she was plain bored and knew there'd
be someone there! She then continues that she was hoping to bump
into Stephen, and see if he'd reconsider about the divorce. Margaret
says she isn't sure where he is at the moment. They go into the
lounge room and Margaret offers Charlie a drink. Charlie smiles
and says she's never been known to say 'no' - to anything!
Barbara, who is in the hallway, looks disapproving. She goes upstairs.
Meanwhile, Margaret hands Charlie her drink and Charlie thanks
her. Margaret then says she hopes Patricia is alright. Charlie
replies that she does, too. She adds that she's doing
all she can to help, but she is worried about her - just
between them. Margaret tells her to sit down...
Helen tells Wayne that she and Barbara were very good friends,
and she couldn't face her when she found she was carrying Roland's
child; that's why she left. She snaps at Wayne that surely
he's got enough - the fact that Andy isn't Stephen's
son is enough to stop the will being contested, isn't it? Wayne
tells her that of course it is. Helen suggests that there's nothing
to be gained by bringing it up - it would shatter Barbara. Wayne
says he agrees. Helen continues that all Andy needs to know is
that Stephen isn't his father - it doesn't need to go any further.
Wayne says he doesn't see why it does, and he adds that he can
see what Helen means about Barbara - he knows her pretty well,
and he doesn't think she'd handle the fact very well at all if
she knew that her husband had been unfaithful to her. Helen tells
him that she's glad he understands; she thanks him. Wayne asks
why make trouble - he got what he came for. He goes, leaving Helen
At Dural, Margaret asks Charlie how her drink is. Charlie, beginning
to get drunk, replies that she's not that much of a lush!
Margaret refills her glass. She then says that, when Patricia
comes back from Perth, she hopes Charlie might be able to do some
good for her. Charlie asks how, and Margaret replies that she
needs her to convince Patricia that she really does want to bury
the hatchet. Charlie says she doesn't think it'll be an easy job,
but it's worth a try - and sisters should never be at each other's
throats no matter how much they don't like each other.
A look crosses Margaret's face as Charlie says this. The front
door suddenly slams and Stephen comes in. Margaret offers him
a drink. He accepts, and then snaps that he's had another stinking
day. Charlie remarks that it must be so nerve-wracking - all the
tension of big business; that's why so many women end up widows
- just look at her! Margaret asks her if she's sure she
wasn't just too much for them! Charlie replies that she supposes
she was. She then adds, though, that she always handled her own
accounts - she liked the feeling of being independent. She continues
that it doesn't apply to some women of course - look at Patricia.
Stephen, upon hearing her name, picks up his drink and heads for
the study. When he's gone, Charlie remarks that she gets fed up
with putting her foot in it. Margaret tells her that she didn't
- she just trod too heavily. She offers to help her, keeping an
eye out for the right time for her to say her piece. Charlie says
"Would you?" Margaret tells her that she'll
have to be on 24-hour standby. Charlie replies that she's always
at the ready! She gets up to leave, and suddenly remembers her
handbag, which is resting on the bar. She tells Margaret that
she doesn't know why she brought it; just in case, she supposes
- you never know what might happen! She then asks Margaret to
promise not to say anything to 'his nibs' about Patricia being
away with Matt Kennedy, as he'll be furious. Margaret assures
her that of course she won't...
Stephen is sitting in the study, working, when Margaret comes
in with a top-up for his drink. He tells her that he's not that
desperate, but she refills his glass anyway. He asks if Charlie
has gone, and Margaret replies that she just left. She then asks
him if he's wise trying to do more work. He points out that it
has to be done - although it's difficult to concentrate. Margaret
says she knows the feeling. Stephen continues that he only took
the job to please Patricia - and now, he feels trapped. Margaret
tells him to leave, then, but Stephen replies that certain professional
ethics are involved; he has to make some effort. Margaret
says she supposes so... She then continues that she worked
in a bookshop for years; she hated every day of it -
it was her absolute obsession with security that made her stay;
then she realised how short life is - she could have stayed there
until her life was all but over and suddenly wanted so many things
when it would be too late; she couldn't think of anything worse
than wasting her life on something she hated - it seemed so pointless.
Stephen admits that he was very tempted to take up Fiona's offer
to manage Woombai for those very reaons; he adds that he must
say, it's been a disaster trying to please Patricia.
Margaret tells him to enjoy his drink, and she gets up to leave.
Stephen suddenly remarks that it's difficult sometimes to believe
that she's Patricia's sister - it's a pity there's not more of
her in Patricia. Margaret suggests that there could be some of
Patricia in her, but Stephen replies that there's very
little, he'd say. Margaret thanks him, a pleased expression on
her face. She leaves the study and goes to head back into the
lounge room, but as she passes the front door, someone knocks
on it and she opens it. Wayne is standing there. He tells her
not to worry as everything's looking great - and the sooner he
lets it out-- He suddenly notices Gordon coming down the stairs,
and he changes tack and snaps at Margaret not to stand there staring
at him. Gordon asks Wayne what he's doing there. Wayne smiles
nastily and replies that he's got some news for everybody; he
reckons it might give them all a shock, too...
A while later, Gordon, Stephen, Barbara and Wayne are in the
lounge room, and Gordon is looking at some papers. Wayne asks
him if he agrees that they're authentic. Gordon confirms that
they appear to be. Wayne continues that all they can do is tell
Andy that he's got Buckley's chance of contesting the will. Gordon
snaps at his son that he doesn't know why he went to so much trouble;
now that probate isn't being held up, there's still nothing he
can get from Dee's estate - he hasn't got Amanda, he can't get
the money...; the only reason he can see to bother is
spite. Wayne retorts that it was worth it to see the
looks on their faces. He tells his father that he can keep the
papers - he's got the originals with a solicitor. He leaves. Stephen
says to Gordon and Barbara that one thing's certain:
the medical evidence proves that Andy isn't his son. Barbara snaps
that to think it was Wayne who had to tell them - that's what
really annoys her. Stephen stands up and Barbara asks
him where he's going. He replies that he's going to pick up Andy
and then have it out with Helen - he wants to now why she lied
to them for all these years. He goes. Seeing the expression on
his wife's face, Gordon asks her what the problem is. Barbara
replies that she's just curious to know who Andy's father really
At the Green house, Helen tells Stephen that he was
the one who presumed he was Andy's father; she just never
said that he wasn't, that's all. Stephen angrily asks
her why she lied to Andy all these years - what was it about his
real father that was such a big secret? Helen snaps that that's
her business, but Andy angrily yells that it's his
business, too - he's got a right to know. Helen snaps that his
father is dead - what does it matter? Andy snaps that
it matters a hell of a lot. Helen snaps that he just needs to
know that he and Stephen aren't related - that's why she didn't
want to go into court and perjure herself; that's all she has
to say. She walks off to her bedroom. Andy goes after her, saying
he's not letting her get away, but Stephen tells him to hold on
and try and think how she feels; he suggests Andy try
again when they've both calmed down - she'll see she has to tell
him the truth eventually. Andy admits that he might be
right. Stephen says he'd better be going. Andy asks him if he
wants to know what happens. Stephen replies that sure he does
- they made a deal to be friends first and father second - there's
no reason why they can't still be friends. He goes. Andy stands
there, looking thoughtful.
Later, Amanda, Margaret, Gordon and Stephen are all sitting at
the dinner table at Dural. No one is talking. Margaret takes a
sip of her coffee. Stephen wipes his mouth with his serviette.
Gordon takes a bite of food. Amanda wipes her hands and then suddenly
breaks the tension by saying she'll pop upstairs and see how Barbara's
headache is, once she's got the dishwasher going. Gordon, though,
tells her that it's alright - he'll check. Both of them
get up and leave the room. Margaret remarks to Stephen that it's
been quite a day. Stephen comments that it's odd - Barbara seems
to be more upset than he is - which makes him
feel pretty rotten. Margaret tells him that it's not his fault.
Stephen, though, says that if it wasn't for him, Barbara
wouldn't have to had have worried about it. He then continues
that it might be better if he wasn't there. Margaret
remarks that that sounds a bit drastic, but Stephen tells her
that he's only going by her philosophy. Margaret asks
which one! Stephen tells her that he means the one about fighting
back - he's not falling into the trap of security; sticking to
something because it's safe. Margaret asks him if he's tossing
in his job, and he nods. He tells her that he's done quite a lot
of thinking since this afternoon, and he'd really like to have
a crack at the job Fiona offered him; he'll get to do something
he's interested in and it gets him away from all the hassles of
the last few months - it's the obvious choice.
Andy knocks on his mother's bedroom door and calls out that she
can't stay in there all night. When there's no response, he then
asks if they can't talk about it. The door suddenly opens
and Helen comes out; she tells Andy that she was packing a few
clothes. Andy asks why, and Helen replies that she thought it
would be best if she stays with Eileen for a few days. Andy, looking
incredulous, asks her why she wants to go to Newcastle.
Helen replies that it's because she doesn't want Stephen coming
around bothering her. Andy tells her that there's no way Stephen
is coming back, but Helen says she just thinks it's the sensible
thing to do. Andy asks her what she's scared of. Helen tells him
not to be silly - she's not scared. Andy then asks about his father,
but Helen snaps that the subject is closed; she means
it. Andy tells her that if that's it, they've got nothing else
to talk about. Helen replies that she knows how he must be feeling
- and she doesn't blame him - but she hoped he'd be grown up enough
to see her point of view: the affair with his father
was the one and only thing in her life that she's ashamed
of - she spent years trying to pretend it didn't happen. Andy
asks her why she's ashamed. Helen just replies that there's
a very good reason for keeping his father's name a secret. Andy
asks what the reason is, but Helen says she can't - it
concerns someone very dear to her; she has to ask him to trust
her judgement. Andy says it's asking a lot. Helen replies that
she knows - but it's the only time she's ever lied to him, she
swears; if it makes any difference, it hurt her - a lot
- but she had to learn to live with it. Andy remarks that that's
Gordon and Barbara are coming downstairs at Dural, and Gordon
is telling Barbara that she's not well enough to go out.
Barbara snaps that she'll be the judge of that. Gordon
asks if it can't wait until tomorrow. Barbara snaps at him to
stop fussing. Gordon asks her what she expects him to
do - ever since Wayne left, she's been on edge; he knows she's
not feeling well, yet she insists on going out - why? He's standing
with his back to the front door as he says this. Barbara tells
him to stand out of the way. When he doesn't move, dodges round
him and goes out. Stephen comes out from the lounge room and asks
what's going on. Gordon tells him that he doesn't know - something's
worrying her but he'll be damned if he knows what is,
and she won't tell him. He adds that he hates
seing her upset.
Margaret is sitting in the lounge room when the 'phone starts
ringing. She answers it and Wayne comes on. He tells her that
he thought she'd like a report. Margaret snaps that he's got a
cheek ringing there, but Wayne just asks why not? Margaret
asks him if he's found out anything; Andy's father - who is he?
Wayne replies, "Wrong... 'Was' he?" Margaret
impatiently asks who was he? Wayne comments that it really
is like getting first prize in something! Margaret warns, "Wayne..."
Wayne tells her that it's Barbara Hamilton's poor ex-husband,
Roland Armstrong. Margaret looks surprised. She then replies that
she wishes she knew him, as it then it might mean something.
Wayne assures her that it means something - it gives
him everything he needs to get exactly what he wants. Margaret
says she can't see how it solves his money problems, but Wayne
tells her that it'll solve them above everything else;
he then tells her not to worry about it. He asks if he can speak
to Amanda, adding that he knows it could be difficult to persuade
her. Margaret says she'll give it a try. She puts the 'phone down,
and at that moment, Amanda comes into the room. Margaret tells
her that it's Wayne, and he wants to talk to - he insisted.
Amanda says it'll be a delight to tell him exactly how she feels.
She goes to the 'phone and says 'hello'. Wayne ignores the pleasantries
and snaps at her to just get over there. Amanda angrily asks him
who the hell he thinks he is. In reply, Wayne asks her how much
she cares about her Aunty Barbara. Amanda asks him what he's talking
about. Wayne reiterates his order to just get over there. Amanda
asks him what he's going on about. Wayne says, "Aunty Barbara
- do you give a damn about her? Because if you do, you'll move
yourself? OK?" Amanda asks him if he's serious. Wayne tells
her that she can bet her life he's serious.
Sometime later, Amanda arrives at the Morrell apartment and tells
Wayne that he'd better have a damn good reason for dragging her
over there. Wayne tells her that he thinks so. He continues
that, now that probate is not going to be held up on the will,
he wants to make sure he gets what's owing to him. Amanda snaps,
"Fat chance." Wayne ignores this and continues that
he wants them to start living as husband and wife again - simple
as that. Amanda snaps that she might have known all that
rubbish about Barbara was to get her over there. She then tells
him that he's wasted his time. She goes to walk out, but Wayne
grabs her arm and asks her how she thinks her precious Aunty Barbara
would take it if she knew her husband had had an affair with her
best friend. Amanda angrily snaps that he really can dream them
up. Wayne retorts that it's no dream - he bluffed it out of Helen:
Roland Armstrong is Andy's father. Amanda snaps that that's disgusting.
Wayne replies that he thought that might be Barbara's
reaction, too. Amanda snaps that she meant him. Wayne
cooly replies that that doesn't matter; he's made his point -
he's sure Amanda wouldn't want Barbara to know; that's why she's
going to come back to him: they'll have a child - hopefully a
son - and then they can go their own ways. He asks Amanda what
At the Green house, Helen puts her packed bag down on the floor
in the middle of the lounge room. There's suddenly a knock at
the front door, and she goes to open it. She looks shocked to
see Barbara standing there. The two women stare at each other
for several seconds until Barbara eventually says, "It's
been a long time, Helen."