It's nighttime, and at Toorak, Charlie tells Wayne in one long
stream that she's sorry to barge in but the situation's desperate,
and when she saw the lights on, she thought that here was someone
who could help her. Wayne tells her to slow down! Charlie, though,
continues that simply everything is going wrong - if anyone told
her how difficult it is to to put on a fashion show, she'd never
have-- She stops in mid flow as she spots the laden dinner table,
and asks Wayne if she's interrupted something. Wayne tells her
that she won't have if she keeps it short! Charlie asks
if she knows his dining companion. Wayne replies that she should
- she knows everyone! Charlie tells him not to be cheeky!
She then explains that the PR man she's been lumbered with for
the fashion launch for Lisa Cook is absolutely dreadful
- he doesn't know what he's doing and he hasn't got the slightest
bit of sex appeal. Wayne asks if that's important. Charlie replies
that it is in her business; with the invitations printed,
she needs someone who can step in and get things moving. She asks
Wayne if he knows anyone. Wayne says he doesn't - but he'll let
her know if anyone comes to mind. Charlie anxiously says it's
going on in a few weeks and virtually nothing's done - they don't
even know where it's going to be held. Wayne opens the
front door, and Charlie, taking the hint, says she supposes she'd
better let him get back to his cosy little dinner! She goes.
Fiona is sitting at the table at Woombai, looking over some papers,
and she remarks that it's not good. Stephen agrees, and says they're
going to have to give the business a boost somehow. Fiona
comments that if Greg Flynn just gets the package tours started...
Stephen, though, says it doesn't look like he's going
to - but they're going to have to let the public know that they're
there somehow. Jill comes in and offers more coffee,
but both Fiona and Stephen decline. Jill asks if they're trying
to think up publicity ideas, and Fiona asks her if she's got any
good suggestions. Jill hesitatingly says she hasn't. Realising
she may have been about to say something, Stephen tells her that
he'll pay $5 for every one he uses! Jill tells him that the country
race meeting is coming up soon - they could tie themselves into
that. Stephen says he'll look into it, and he thanks
In the reception area at the riding school, Margaret asks the
receptionist if Stephen is about. The receptionist replies that
he's with Mrs. Thompson. She offers Margaret a brandy or a sherry,
and Margaret accepts the offer of brandy. The receptionist goes
to get it, and as she does so, Stephen comes in. Margaret asks
him to join her, but he declines and says he'll see her tomorrow
for breakfast. The receptionist returns with the drink and Margaret
takes a large sip of it. She then downs the rest in one go. Looking
surprised, the receptionist asks her if she like another one.
Margaret declines. The receptionist assures her that it won't
take a moment, but Margaret suddenly snaps that she said no, and
she angrily asks the receptionist if she can't understand English.
The receptionist looks taken aback.
The next morning, Patricia arrives at her new place of work,
Brennan Industries, and her boss, Mr. Brennan, asks how her trip
in was. Patricia replies that it was a bit uncomfortable - she
couldn't get a seat on the bus. They walk over to where another
woman is sitting, and Brennan reminds Patricia that she's met
Kylie. The two women say, "Hi." Brennan then shows Patricia
her command post and gives her a list of internal 'phone numbers.
Patricia, looking at the equipment in front of her with trepidation,
remarks that the desk is quite modern. Mr. Brennan tells her that
the job is fairly straightfoward - she shouldn't have any trouble.
Patricia sits down, and Kylie calls over that he throws you in
at the deep end! Patricia, still looking at her desk, absentmindedly
says, "Sorry?" Kylie continues that Mr. Brennan did
the same to her. Patricia tenderly picks up the 'phone
handset. Kylie assures her that it won't bite! Patricia smiles
awkwardly. Kylie checks with her that she has worked
with a switchboard before? Patricia quickly says yes
- she's just a little out of touch; she wouldn't mind a quick
refresher. Kylie walks over to her and very quickly points out
the incoming lines, the hold button and the method of transferring
calls. Patricia watches, looking worried. Kylie then tells her
not to make any personal calls - they're a real no-no. Patricia
continues to look worried. Her 'phone suddenly starts ringing.
She stares at it. Kylie reminds her that she has to press the
white button at the bottom right before she transfers the call.
At the riding school, Stephen asks the receptionist if she's
seen Margaret. The receptionist replies that she's still in her
room - she ordered breakfast in bed. Stephen remarks that that's
not like her. The receptionist tells him that Margaret didn't
seem herself last night. Stephen comments that she was probably
just tired. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, and when the receptionist
answers it, Charlie comes on and asks to speak to Stephen. The
receptionist asks who's calling and Charlie tells her. Stephen
then comes on and asks what he can do. Charlie tells him that
she needs his consent - urgently. Stephen asks what for. Charlie
replies that Wayne has found her a PR man who's a perfect genius;
his name's Robin Elliott, and he's come up with the brilliant
idea of launching Lisa's collection at Woombai. Stephen asks if
they want to hold a fashion parade there. Charlie explains
that it's the same place where the designs were created - it would
be wonderful. Stephen comments that it would certainly
be different. Charlie says it'll be the event of the
Robin Elliott and Wayne are sitting in the lounge room at Toorak,
and Robin thanks Wayne for putting the work his way. Wayne smiles
that, knowing Charlie, Robin might be cursing him in a couple
of weeks! Robin asks why, and Wayne explains that, if Charlie
takes a fancy to a guy, she hangs on! Robin says he'll have to
keep her at arm's length! At that moment, Charlie comes waltzing
in and tells them that Stephen loves the idea! Robin
says he's glad it worked out for her. Charlie says she can't wait
to tell Lisa! Robin points out that they'll have to move everything
up to Sydney. Charlie agrees that of course they will. She then
starts stroking his ear and tells him that he must stay
with her! Looking awkward, Robin says it's alright -
Wayne should be able to find him something. Charlie looks put
At Woombai, Fiona says she thinks the it's marvellous,
and great publicity! Stephen says that, now they've got it, they
just have to make sure they use it. Fiona points out
that it'll be a lot of work. Stephen explains that Charlie will
handle the fashion side, but they'll have to do everything
else - the toursist bureaux, travel agents, and so on. Fiona asks
him if he can handle it all by himself. Stephen says
he doesn't know - he'll have to be away a lot of the time, and
that, together with the day-to-day running of the place... Fiona
tells him that he'll have to start thinking about taking on an
assistant. Stephen reluctantly says he supposes she's right. Fiona
tells him that there are plenty of people on the property who
could take the work load off his shoulders - Terry, for instance.
Realising what she's playing it, Stephen tells her that he'll
have to do everything properly, which means giving everyone
a chance to apply and picking the right one for the job. A bell
suddenly rings, and Fiona impatiently asks what David wants now.
She leaves the room, and Stephen asks Jill how David is.
Jill replies that he's not too bad, but he can't move around too
much; she thinks it's getting Fiona down. Noticing that Stephen's
holding a pen and a sheet of paper, she asks him what he's doing.
Stephen explains that he's writing an ad for an assistant. Jill
offers to look up the telephone number of the paper. Stephen says
he can do it, but Jill tells him that she'll even ring it through
if he likes. Stephen assures her that she doesn't have to do that,
but Jill says she has to do something - she's sick
of sitting around all day doing nothing. Stephen tells her that
there's plenty to do in the office if she's looking for work.
Jill explains that she's never worked in an office before. Stephen
says she can talk on the 'phone, can't she?!
Patricia is having a tough time on the switchboard. She apologises
to a caller and asks if they're still there. She says, "Hello?
Hello?" a couple of times, trying to retrieve the call, but
there's no response. Kylie is talking to her at the same time.
Another call comes through and Patricia tells them that she's
putting them through now; she presses a couple of buttons. She
asks the next caller to hold the line, and she goes to the internal
'phone directory to look up the number. She then tells the caller
that she's putting them through. Having done this, she hangs up
the 'phone. She then picks it up again and listens; she looks
relieved that no one's on the other end! Mr. Brennan suddenly
comes in and asks Patricia if she found his call. Patricia says
she didn't; she apologises and adds that she's sure he'll ring
back. Mr. Brennan says, "Lets hope so..." He then hands
Patricia a sheath of papers and asks for five copies of each,
adding that he needs them immediately, as he's got a client waiting.
He picks up his mail from Patricia's desk and walks off. Kylie
tells Patricia that the print room is one floor down at the end
of the corridor. She asks her if she knows how to use a copier.
Patricia replies that she does; as long as it's not too complicated,
she's fine. Kylie looks at her warily as she walks off. A couple
of minutes later, Patricia walks into the print room, which is
filled with giant, complicated-looking machines. She just stares
at them and mouths, "Oh my god..."
In the reception area at the riding school, Stephen tells Jill
to see what she can find out about short-notice advertising in
the city, too. Jill walks off. Margaret comes in and Stephen asks
her how she is. She replies that she's fine. She then asks what
all the excitement's about. Stephen explains that Charlie wants
to launch a fashion collection there. Margaret asks if it's Lisa's,
and when Stephen says it is, she adds that that's wonderful. Stephen
explains that it will be a lot of work, but Jill's giving him
a hand. Margaret ask if she can help, but Stephen points
out that she's on hoilday. He adds that it's all under control.
He walks off, leaving Margaret looking put-out. She walks over
to Jill and asks if she's sure she doesn't need a hand. Jill says
she's fine. The receptionist tells Margaret that lunch is ready,
but Margaret says she's not really hungry - she thinks she'll
go for a walk. Jill and the receptionist look at each other.
Margaret has arrived at Woombai, and she's walking along the
verandah. She starts to walk more quickly as she approaches the
door, but then appears to have second thoughts and almost stops
and turns round. As she does so, though, Fiona comes out and asks
her if she's seen Jill. Margaret explains that she's working with
Stephen. Fiona then asks her if she can help her out for a couple
of hours - she has to dash into town and needs someone to look
after David. Margaret looks wary, but agrees to help out.
In his bedroom, David is lying, reading the newspaper, when the
door opens. Without looking up, he calls out that he hopes it's
something he can eat with a knife and fork. Margaret says she's
sorry - it looks like vegetable soup. David looks up at her in
A short time later, Margaret tells David that she hasn't come
back to make trouble - she just wants a chance to explain. David
points out that they've been through it all before, but Margaret
pleads, "Please..." David gives in. Margaret
tells him that she's not a strong person - not really;
prison just... it was awful - it changed her.
She continues that she doesn't know how it affected him,
but she doesn't think anyone comes out the same. She
adds that she can't expect people to know how it was - it's another
world; they don't understand. David agrees that Beryl couldn't
for a while. Margaret tells him that she wants to make it up to
him - letting him take the blame for Martin's death was terrible;
when she came out of jail, she had a grudge against everything
- she didn't know where her life was going; but she does
know that she should be doing something decent. She tells
David that she wants to help him - she wants to look after him.
Looking surprised, David asks her if she wants nurse him.
Margaret says yes; only until Beryl gets back. David says he doesn't
think so. Margaret tells him that he's going to need someone
- Fiona and Jill can't be there all the time; who else is there?
She continues that she'd like him to let her show him that she
means what she's saying. She adds that she used to look after
her parents for three years, so she has enough experience. David
gives in and says OK - but he adds that she's got to talk to Fiona
first and make some arrangements. Margaret thanks him.
Charlie and Robin arrive at the Morrell apartment in Sydney,
and Charlie remarks that she's never known when she's been so
rushed! Robin looks around the apartment and remarks that Wayne
has certainly done alright for himself; he asks Charlie how Wayne
got a place like that. Charlie replies that it's a long story
- she'll tell him when she's got a spare fortnight! Robin assures
her that he's not complaining, considering the rent Wayne is charging.
Charlie tells him that she has to warn him that the hot water
runs out quickly. Robin says he can live with it! Charlie tells
him that Patricia couldn't. Robin asks who Patricia is.
Charlie explains that she's the previous owner - a close friend
of hers, actually; she must get in touch with her - Patricia will
be dying to know what she's up to.
Patricia comes back to her desk with some lunch. She apologises
to Kylie for being late, and adds that she didn't realise an hour
was so short. Kylie tells Patricia that she covered for her -
but she can't do it all the time. Patricia snaps that she wouldn't
expect her to. She sits down. As she does so, Kylie says
to Patricia that she's never had an office job before, has she?
Patricia, looking guilty, asks if it's that obvious. Kylie says
it is. She then adds that Patricia will soon pick it up. Patricia's
'phone starts ringing and Patricia answers it - it's Charlie.
Patricia looks at Kylie warily. Charlie says to Patricia that
she's been speaking to Matt and she should have told
her she was hard up. Patricia snaps that she's not hard
up. Charlie, though, comments on her being a receptionist, adding,
"Really..." Patricia tells Charlie that she'll
have to ring her back, as they're not allowed personal calls.
Charlie says it won't take long. Kylie suddenly spots Mr. Brennan
approaching, and she calls to Patricia to get off the 'phone.
Patricia tells Charlie that she'll have to wait. Charlie ignores
this, though, and says Patricia will never believe it when she
tells her. Patricia tells Charlie to make it quick. At that moment,
Mr. Brennan appears behind her and sternly asks her if he can
have a word with her when she's finished her call. Patricia quickly
hangs up and says she's sorry. Brennan asks Kylie for a cup of
tea, and she leaves them. He then tells Patricia that it's becoming
obvious that she's not quite as experienced as she suggested.
Patricia says she'll learn. Brennan, though, tells her that he
needs someone experienced, not a trainee; he's sorry but he'll
have to let her go.
At the Morrell apartment, Robin asks Charlie what Patricia said.
Charlie replies that she said she lost her job because of her
- she doesn't know how, though. There's suddenly an angry
knocking on the front door, and Charlie comments that she thinks
she's about to find out. She goes to the door and opens it. Patricia
storms in and snaps at Charlie that she can call her any time
she likes now - because she won't be working. She adds that she's
looking forward to a nice long apology. Charlie snaps at Patricia
that she was the one that hung up. Patricia snaps back
that the fact that she asked Charlie to get off the 'phone has
got no bearing on the matter; she gets fired because
Charlie wanted a chat. Charlie retorts that it was a
silly job anyway - she could get a much better job if
she wanted to. Patricia asks what. Charlie thinks for
a moment, but unable to come up with anything, decides to introduce
Robin, who's standing behind the bar. She explains that Robin
is her new PR man, and adds that Patricia should hear the ideas
he's got. Robin offers Patricia a martini. Charlie suddenly says
she's had a brainwave - there's something Patricia could
do: she could be Robin's assistant. Patricia impatiently says,
"Come on..." Charlie, though, tells her that
it's perfect for her - and they need someone to help them out.
Robin quickly interjects that they won't be that busy.
Charlie, though, says it's her money and they're going
to be busy! Patricia says she's not going to accept handouts,
but Charlie tells her that it's not a handout. Patricia
points out that the position didn't even exist just now.
Charlie says it does now. Patricia says she'll just get
in Robin's way. Charlie gives in, but tells Patricia not to say
she didn't offer. Robin brings over the drinks, and Charlie asks
if there are any olives. Robin says there aren't, and so Charlie
gets up and goes out to buy some. When they're alone, Robin tells
Patricia that he just started renting the apartment. Patricia
snaps, "How nice." Robin genially asks what the hot
water's really like. Patricia smiles and says, "Put
it this way: don't use too much soap!"
Margaret walks into David's room at Woombai and, thinking David's
asleep, goes to turn the TV off. He stirs, though, and asks her
to leave it on, as there's something good coming up. Margaret
tells him that she'll leave him to it, but David asks her to hang
on, as he wouldn't mind a bit of company; she can stay if she
likes. Margaret says alright. She walks over to him and adjusts
his pillows so that he can sit up. She then sits down on the edge
of his bed. David comments that it must have been hard looking
after her parents for so long. Margaret replies that there were
times when she just wanted to get out; but she loved them - and
she couldn't afford to leave anyway. David tells her that she
doesn't have that problem now, with the money from the
will. Margaret replies that money doesn't buy happiness. She tells
David that he's the one with the things that count: home...
family... she wishes she had them. David tells her that
there's plenty of time yet. Margaret sits and looks at him, a
look of longing in her eyes...