It's nighttime in Sydney, and at Matt's apartment, Matt remarks
to Patricia that they've just got back and now she's rushing off
again! He then adds that he supposes he should count himself lucky
- at least he had her for one week. Patricia reminds
him that he knew how she felt about Stephen before they went away;
if she has to bury herself in the country to hang onto
him, she will. Matt asks about Margaret, but Patricia
replies that she's the least of her worries. She then
tells Matt that he's been a real friend to her; when he first
suggested going away for a week, she didn't know... She adds that
maybe if things had been different... Matt just suggests they
have an early dinner, as she has an early start in the morning.
Jill is standing behind the reception desk at the riding school,
and Stephen tells her that the whole thing has been misunderstood.
Jill replies that it might have been, but someone
had to take over, so she did. Stephen asks what the receptionist
said. Jill explains that she was sticking up for Terry
- walking out in support for him. Stephen curtly says they'll
soon come to their senses when they realise they don't have jobs.
John comes in and says he agrees. Jill, though, says she thinks
Terry has a point. John asks what she means. Jill tells him that
she's trying to be open-minded - but Terry is right when he says
it's different in the country; people are more relaxed about doing
things. Stephen snaps that there's a difference between being
relaxed and being completely immobile! Jill tells John to remember
what it was like last year when he tried to be tough with the
guys. John retorts, "But it's hardly the same..." Jill,
though, tells him, "No 'buts'." She reminds him that
everything was fine once he started talking to them, rather than
shouting orders. Stephen snaps that it doesn't alter the fact
that one man is behind this. Jill points out that Terry is very
highly thought of - the locals won't have a word said against
At the Hansen place, Terry is towelling himself down after having
a shower. As he does so, he tells Fiona that he doesn't want any
trouble - he likes his job and he wants to keep it, but only if
Stephen is sensible. Fiona asks what that means. Terry
replies that it means not pushing so hard; Stephen is
one that's been carrying-on. Fiona points out that the
work has got to be done. Terry says he knows - but the men won't
lift a finger unless Stephen apologises. Fiona asks how on earth
she's going to get him to do that. Terry says, "Search
me." He then adds that he's not sweating his guts
out for a bloke that shows no respect for the people working for
him. There's a sudden knock at the door, and Terry says it'll
be Shelley and Marlene. Fiona says, "Who?!" Terry tells
her that they're the girls he and Tony are taking to the drive-in.
He adds that he bets Tony is really packing it!
At Woombai, Doug is helping Tony spruce himself up; Tony is wearing
a shiny blue shirt and his cowboy hat! He tells Doug that Terry's
mum and dad have gone away, and they've got the place to themselves
- with the girls! Rosie sternly says she heard
that - she hopes he's going to behave like a gentleman.
Tony asks if he's ever been anything else! He goes to
head off to join the others, but as he does so, Rosie asks him
if he's got a hanky. Tony looks astonished and says, "Fair
go - what do you think I am? A kid?" He storms out.
Doug and Rosie laugh!
At the Hansen place, Terry asks Marlene and Shelley what they
think about coming back there afterwards. Marlene says it sounds
alright. Shelley asks what Tony thinks. Terry replies
that he's all for it! Shelley comments that he's getting a bit
late, isn't he? Terry assures her that he'll be there. Shelley
remarks that he's probably doing his hair, and Terry laughs, "Yeah!"
Shelley continues that she's an absolute sucker for guys with
blonde hair - the minute she saw Tony, she thought, 'Blue eyes,
blond hair... he can take her out any time!' She then
asks Terry not to tell Tony she said so! Terry awkwardly says,
"Blond hair...?" Shelley replies, "Yeah..."
Terry laughs awkwardly. Shelley asks what's wrong.
At the riding school, Fiona tells Stephen that Terry wasn't trying
to put one over on him - all he was trying to point out was what
she told him; if he was to apologise and take things
a little less seriously, Terry would be happy to come back. Stephen
snaps that he's not in the habit of kowtowing to the employees.
Fiona replies that she didn't mean that. She then backs
down from her argument and tells Stephen that she appointed him
as manager and will let him do what he wants to do. She tells
him to treat the whole thing the way he thinks best; she'd
better be getting back.
Terry tells Shelley that, yeah, the guy that's coming there tonight...
Shelley snaps, "If he ever gets here... " Terry
continues that Tony's not who she thinks he is - he's the guy
she met at the waterhole, not the guy she met later. Looking surprised,
Shelley asks Terry why he didn't tell her. Terry points
out that he didn't know she didn't know which one he was! Shelley
says she can't even remember what the other guy looked
like - apart from the fact that he was little; the blond guy was
really something... Terry tells her that the blond guy
loves himself. Shelley says she doesn't blame him! Terry
continues that Tony is a real great 'little' bloke; he might look
like he hasn't been around, but he's been inside and eveything
- he's a real fascinating bloke. Shelley comments that at least
he doesn't sound dull, and Marlene agrees that he doesn't
sound too bad. Shelley says she'll have to see. At that moment,
Tony comes in and Terry introduces him. He and Shelley smile at
Margaret is standing behind the reception desk at the riding
school, and she comments to Stephen, who's standing the other
side of the desk, that it sounds like he's been in the wars again.
Stephen says he hasn't really. He then continues that he's running
the place and he has to do it the way he sees fit; he's never
seen such a lazy group of people in his life. He adds
that it may be the way they do things round there, but it'll never
allow the place to break even, let alone make a profit. He continues
that he's handling it the best way he can - what else can he do?
Margaret suggests that he calm down, for a start - have a good
night's sleep and things won't seem half as bad in the morning.
It's early the next morning; a few sheep can be heard baaing
in the grounds. There's silence, otherwise, which is suddenly
broken by the sound of a 'phone ringing. Jill comes into reception
to answer it. It's one of the guests, and Jill tells her - referring
to her as Mrs. Slater - that 2pm will be fine. She hangs up and
Stephen, who followed her in, asks where everybody is. Jill says
she guesses they're out on strike; there's one girl making breakfast
in the kitchen, but there's no one at the stables; the staff are
serious about backing Terry. She asks Stephen what he's going
to do. Stephen snaps that if they don't want to turn up for work,
he'll get people who do. Jill looks worried.
Tony is asleep on the couch at the Hansen property; the TV's
on and there's loud country music blaring out from it. There's
suddenly a loud knocking on the front door, and it wakes him up;
he stirs and several tinnies roll onto the floor as he stands
up. He goes and opens the door to find Jill standing there. She
comes in and asks him if he can get Terry up for her. As she says
this, she looks around at the state of the house. She then asks
Tony to make himself scarce while she talks to Terry.
Tony wanders off in a daze, and Jill turns the TV off. Tony comes
back in with Terry following, looking half-asleep. Tony says he'll
make some coffee, and he leaves them. Terry asks Jill what she's
doing there. Jill tells him that she's not there by choice
- she wouldn't be there if it wasn't for something important.
In the reception area, Stephen slams the 'phone down and snaps
to Margaret that Alan Pascoe is as bad as the rest of them - 'have
to be careful how you treat them - they can be pretty sensitive';
he's useless. Margaret tells Stephen that there's no
point getting wound up. Stephen, though, snaps that they really
are the biggest bunch of no-hopers he's ever come across; all
he's asking is that they do the job they're paid to do - if they
don't want to work, they shouldn't take the job. He snaps that
they'll see - he'll get something moving. The two of them head
outside, and as they do so, Margaret warns Stephen not to do anything
silly. They suddenly see Patricia pulling up in her car, and Stephen
snaps, "God, that's all I need."
As Patricia walks over to them, Margaret comments that this is
obviously going to be a personal conversation, so she'll leave
them to it. Stephen, though, tells her that it's alright - there's
very little he and Patricia have to say to each other. Patricia
asks if they can't go somewhere and talk; she adds that
she wants to come back to him. Stephen angrily asks if
Matt isn't a good enough meal ticket for her. Patricia tells him
that there's nothing going on between them, but Stephen snaps
that he's not a fool - he saw them - asleep together.
Patricia looks surprised as he continues that she had no idea
he went to the apartment that night - and he also knows that they
went away on holiday. He adds that, if he's learnt anything
about her, it's when she's lying. Patricia insists that
she's not lying, and she asks Stephen to just give her
a chance to explain. Stephen, though, snaps that he's not interested
- he came there to get away from having her around his
neck, so if she doesn't mind...; he walks over to his car, gets
in and drives off. Patricia looks at Margaret, who walks off.
Stephen drives down the track and he goes to turn right at the
bottom. As he does so, another car is just turning up the same
road, and it honks its horn to catch Stephen's attention - it's
Terry; Jill is in the passenger seat. Stephen gets out of his
car and calls to Terry to ask what he wants. Terry asks him why
he didn't tell him yesterday that the place is almost going bust.
Stephen retorts that he was about to. Terry says he would
have understood why Stephen was carrying on if he'd said something;
he knows there are a lot of people round there who could do with
a good kick up the backside, but yelling at them isn't the way
to go about it. Stephen starts to say that, by the same token--
Terry interrupts, though, and says he doesn't want any arguments;
they should just shake on it and get on with it. He holds out
his hand and Stephen shakes it. Jill comments that it's not before
time! Terry tells Stephen that he should thank Jill for
this. Jill says she's just glad they've come to their senses -
she didn't want to see Fiona going down the drain because of two
grown men acting like spoilt kids.
Margaret is in the reception area. Patricia is sitting in one
of the chairs. Margaret says to her that she doesn't know why
she even bothered to come inside - it's perfectly obvious that
Stephen doesn't want to see her. Patricia glares at her but doesn't
say anything. Margaret continues that she thought Patricia would
have come up with a better story about Matt; she can't seriously
believe Stephen's going to accept that she only has a 'nice platonic
relationship' with him. She adds that he wasn't joking about catching
them in bed together; she must think he's a real idiot if she
expects him to believe a word of what she has to say. Patricia
just sits there.
Terry and Stephen's cars pull up outside and they get out. Terry
tells Stephen that he'll duck in, 'phone around and get everyone
back to work. Stephen asks him to 'phone from the office; nodding
towards Patricia's car, he continues that he has something
personal to deal with. Jill says she'll hang around outside.
Stephen goes inside to find Patricia sitting there. Margaret
asks to be excused, and she leaves them to it. When she's gone,
Stephen says to Patricia that he doesn't know how she can allow
herself to be humiliated like this; why doesn't she go?
- he's not changing his mind. Patricia says, "Please..."
She asks him to let her have her say - without interrupting -
and adds that, if he still doesn't believe her, she'll go and
they can call their marriage quits. Stephen agrees, and he sits
down. Patricia tells him that, that night when he came to the
house - the night Matt was there - it's not what he thinks; there's
nothing between them and never has been; it's just that
she was going through a bad time - she was having a particularly
bad night; she was frightened and lonely, and Matt was there to
comfort her; it is possible for someone to just comfort
you. Stephen snaps that, sure, it's possible for some
people. Patricia continues that Matt has been a good friend to
her - that's why she went to stay with him; she had nowhere else
to go - and she can talk to him; anyway, he suggested
that a break in Perth might be good for her, and she thought 'why
not?'; it might help her to clear things in her mind - and it
did; she realised how very much she loves him
- and she wanted to come back to him - on his terms;
it's the truth. She tells Stephen that it's up to him.
Stephen pauses and then replies that he doesn't believe her -
he's given into her before, and five minutes later, she's back
doing exactly what she wanted; he's not risking it again. He says
she'd better go. Patricia sits there looking upset, but doesn't
say anything. She then stands up and slowly walks out. Stephen
remains inside, looking worried. Outside, as she walks along the
verandah, Patricia starts crying. As she reaches her car, she
bursts into tears.
That night, Matt is sitting in his flat with an attractive young
woman, and they're both sipping drinks. He remarks that he didn't
think she'd fall for all the obvious set-ups. The woman asks who's
fallen for it! She then adds that she's enjoying it! Matt comments
that he must be losing his touch! The front door suddenly opens,
and Patricia comes in. Matt stands up in surprise and asks what
she's doing back. Patricia, also looking taken aback, says she's
sorry - she should have called. She tells him that it's alright
- she'll take herself off to a movie. Matt asks her if she'll
be alright. Patricia assures him that she'll be fine. He then
tells her that he wasn't expecting her back. Patricia just says,
"No." Matt asks her if he'll see her tomorrow. Patricia
tells him that he will, and she then leaves. Matt closes the door
A while later, Patricia is standing leaning against some railings
and watching the cars passing on the busy road below her.
Sometime later still, she walks towards a hotel with the sign
'Arthur's Court' above it; the sign also indicates that the bar
is open until 3am. She looks up at the sign and then heads inside.
Margaret and Stephen are sitting in the reception area at the
riding school, and Stephen asks Margaret if she thinks he was
fair on Patricia. Margaret replies that, from what he
said, it sounds like he was more than fair. Stephen remarks
that maybe she was telling the truth - she seemed
genuine; there were no tears. Margaret, trying to change the subject,
comments that he's done very well for himself today. Stephen,
though, continues talking about Patrica, and asks how can he ever
tell? Margaret tells him that they'll see changes round
there, soon enough. Stephen distantly says yes, he supposes they
Matt is asleep on the couch in his apartment when Patricia comes
in. The TV is on, and she turns it off. As she does so, Matt wakes
up. Patricia tells him that she's sorry to disturb him - she thought
he'd be in bed by now. Matt assures her that it's fine, and adds
that he's glad she's back. He stretches and yawns as she sits
down next to him, and he puts his arm around her. He then tells
her that he was worried about her; she still looks upset.
Patricia sighs and explains that she went to a bar - on her own;
she's never done that in her life before; still, there's
a first time for everything... she thinks she was trying to let
it 'all hang out'! She adds that she even let herself get chatted
up by some dreadful little fake! Matt laughs. Patricia continues
that she doesn't know who was more pathetic - him or her; she
let him buy her one drink, but she couldn't go on; he kept sliding
his hand onto her wrist - it got to the stage where she felt like
stubbing her cigarette out on him! Matt laughs again. Patricia
goes on that, since then, she's been to a couple of coffee places;
she's been stared at; winked at; even offered some money!; then
she came back there because she feels safe. Matt assures
her that she is. They look at each other, and then kiss
gently. Matt tells Patricia that he just wants to make her happy;
he doesn't want her on the rebound - only if she wants
him. Patricia gazes into his eyes, and they then start
kissing again, this time more passionately...