Terry is in the reception area at the riding school, and he asks
the receptionist if she's sure she can't make it, adding that
it'll be a great party! The receptionist declines, explaining
that it's her sister's birthday! Terry pleads with her, and she
gives in and says she'll see what she can do! Stephen comes in
and snaps that people don't seem to trust anybody round there.
Terry asks what's wrong, and Stephen impatiently explains that
Hawkins won't deliver the timber for the catwalk until they've
paid for it. He asks Terry if he can take a cheque into town,
but Terry says he's sorry - he's got to stay by the 'phone - he's
in the bush fire brigade; they just called to say a fire has broken
out - one of the farmers was doing a burn off and it got away
from him. Stephen asks if it's serious. Terry says it isn't now,
but if it gets worse, he'll need all the volunteers he can get.
Stephen says he'll see if he can get one of the other men. Terry
says he'd better get back to work, and he goes. Margaret suddenly
walks over to Stephen and offers to take the cheque. Stephen thanks
her, and tells her to get the address from the receptionist. He
then realises that he should have told Terry something, and he
goes to head out. Margaret suggests they have lunch when she gets
back, but Stephen declines, apologising and saying he's busy today.
He suggests they meet another time, and Margaret sadly says that
would be nice... The receptionist gives her the cheque and the
address and tells her that it's very nice of her to help out.
Margaret glumly says she's got nothing else to do...
Stephen catches up with Terry outside and asks him if he'll let
Robin know that the timber is being delivered this afternoon and
explain why there's a hold-up. As the two men are standing there,
Terry suddenly spots a woman with silver hair talking to Robin
and another guy, and he remarks that she's not bad. He adds that
she must be one of the guests; he wouldn't mind meeting her! Stephen
tells him that he already has - although he couldn't
see her at the time: it's his wife. Terry laughs, and
then says he can't understand Stephen giving a good-looking woman
like that the boot. Stephen curtly tells Terry to just give Robin
the message. As they talk, Margaret walks past them, gets in her
car and drives off.
Inside, the receptionist is on the 'phone and she asks the caller
to just hang on a moment. Stephen comes back in and the receptionist
calls over to him and says it's his sister calling. Stephen says
he'll take it in the office. The receptionist transfers it.
Outside, Robin snaps at Terry that he wanted the timber there
this morning, not this afternoon. Terry explains about
the mix up over the money, and Robin grudgingly accepts this.
He then asks Terry if Stephen told him that he'd be helping them
set up the catwalk. Terry smiles as he tells them that he's at
their service! He asks them if they know where they're going to
put it, and Robin replies that they might drive around now and
decide. He adds that, if Terry can get it all marked out today,
the carpenters can start work tomorrow. Terry asks him if he's
got a set of a plans, and Robin replies that they're in the office.
He asks Patricia to go and get them, and she walks off. As she
goes, Terry watches her, and then turns to Robin and says, "Sure
is a good looker - bit out of my league, though."
Robin curtly replies, "Yes, she is."
Tony and Shelley walk into Woombai, and Tony tells his girlfriend
that, like he said, no one's home. Shelley asks him if he's sure,
and Tony replies that of course he is - he wouldn't have
brought her there otherwise; they've got the whole place to themselves.
Shelley says she hopes so. Tony tells her to relax, but
Shelley replies that she's supposed to be at her girlfriend, Sandy's,
place; he dad would kill her if he knew she was with
him - especially with no one home. Tony tells her that
they can go somewhere else if she likes, but Shelley quickly assures
him that it'll be alright. She goes and sits down on the couch.
Tony says he'll see if Jill has got any tapes. Shelley, though,
tells him not to bother about music; she tells him to come and
sit next to her. Tony does. Shelley looks at him and remarks that
it's a lovely old house. Tony says it sure is... They start kissing
Stephen is sitting behind the desk in the office at the riding
school, staring down at the blotter, when there's a knock on the
door and Patricia comes in, saying she needs the plans for the
catwalk. Stephen tells her that they're on top of the filing cabinet.
Patricia gets them and then, seeing the expression on her husband's
face, asks him if he's alright. Stephen tells her that Barbara
just rang; there's bad news: Helen's dead. Patricia, looking shocked,
says, "You're joking!" Stephen continues that, when
Barbara hadn't heard from him, she realised that he couldn't have
seen it in the paper. Patricia asks what happened. Stephen replies
that she drowned in Gordon and Barbara's pool. Patricia says,
"Oh no..." She tells Stephen that she's very sorry.
Stephen just stares at her.
A short time later, Stephen comments, "Poor Helen - a great
life she had." He adds that he feels terrible about the way
he treated her the last time he saw her; he wasn't exactly pleasant.
Patricia tells him that he's not alone there - she keeps
thinking about the way she tricked Helen into admitting that Stephen
was Andy's father. She continues that she's very glad he didn't
let her go through with all of that. Stephen points out that she
put up a pretty good fight. Patricia says she knows - and she's
very sorry it blew up the way it did; she never intended it to.
Stephen replies that neither did he, and he adds that it just
goes to show what can happen when you get two people as stubborn
as they are. After a moment's silence, Patricia says
it's nice to be talking again - she wanted to break the ice a
couple of times in the last few days, but she always got cold
feet. Stephen jokes that he's not that much of a monster,
is he?! Patricia laughs, "No!" She then says she'd better
get going. As she stands up, Stephen asks her if she'd like to
have lunch with him. Patricia quickly says she'd love
to. She goes. Stephen smiles.
Tony and Shelley are kissing passionately on the couch at Woombai.
Tony suddenly pulls away and asks Shelley if she's glad she came.
Shelley replies, "No complaints so far!" Tony says he
thinks he'll check the 'fridge. Shelley, though, tells him not
to do it yet - it's just getting interesting! Tony says he has
to keep his strength up. Shelley impatiently asks why
- so he can keep making excuses? Tony asks her what she
means. Shelley tells him that he goes 'so far' and then that's
it. Tony replies that he thought he told her: she's not like other
girls - and he doesn't want to treat her like he doesn't respect
her. Shelley reluctantly says she supposes not... They suddenly
hear a car pulling up outside, and Shelley nervously says to Tony
that she thought he said everyone was out for the day. Tony tells
her that they are. Shelley asks who that is, then. Tony
says he doesn't know. He starts to head outside and adds that
they'll soon find out.
They go outside and walk along the verandah to see a flash sports
car pulling up outside. Shelley comments, "Look at those
wheels!" Robin, Patricia and Terry get out of the car, and
Robin asks Terry for a hand with the pegs. Terry agrees. He then
looks over at the homestead and notices Tony and Shelley standing
there. He tells Robin to hang on while he says 'hello' to Tony.
He walks over to the two kids and asks Tony if he's got a minute.
The two of them head inside. Robin and Patricia also walk off,
leaving Shelley to walk towards Robin's car, looking at it admiringly.
Inside, Terry tells Tony that he's asking for trouble. Tony asks
him what he means. Terry replies that he means by bringing Shelley
there when everyone's out. He continues that Tony knows what her
old man's like - he thinks butter wouldn't melt in her mouth;
if he knew Tony had her there, he'd skin him alive. Tony retorts
that he's not going to find out - and he's not going
to do anything anyway. Terry tells him that that's what he says
now. Tony insists that it's true - he doesn't want to
go too far; he thinks too much of her for that. Terry tells him
that Shelley is a nice chick - and despite what her old man thinks,
she's been around; she knows what it's all about. Tony replies
that he knows what he's doing. Terry tells him not to say he didn't
warn him. Shelley comes back in at that moment and asks them if
they've finished their manly talk! Terry says yeah. Shelley asks
him how well he knows the man who owns the sports car. Terry says
he hardly knows him at all. Shelley continues that she'd really
like to go for a ride in it. She turns to Tony and tells him to
ask if he can take it for a spin. Tony points out that he hardly
even knows the guy. Shelley, though, pleads with him
to please do it - for her. Tony muses that Robin can
only say 'no'. Terry curtly snaps that that's what he should
say. The three of them head out.
Robin is standing outside with Patricia, and as he points out
a particular area of the land, he asks what she thinks. Patricia
suggests the area under the trees, as there's more shade. Robin,
though, tells her that that's where the audience goes.
He then adds that, if the hot weather continues, there's going
to have to be somewhere comfortable for them to sit. Terry, Tony
and Shelley walk over and Terry introduces Tony and Shelley to
Robin. He and Patricia both say 'hello' but then return to their
talking. Tony interrupts them to tell Robin that it's a pretty
terrific looking car he's got. Robin, looking annoyed at the interruption,
snaps that he's glad he likes it. He turns back to Patricia again,
but Tony carries on that he was wondering if he'd mind if he took
Shelley for a bit of a spin. Robin snaps that yes, he would
mind. Tony says it would only be around the property, but Robin
snaps that he said no. Terry tells Tony that Robin is a bit busy
right now. Tony snaps that he should have realised. He and Shelley
walk off. As they do so, Tony tells Shelley that Robin can stick
his car - he wouldn't drive it if Robin paid him.
The two of them head back inside, and Tony angrily asks who wants
to go racing around in cars anyway - he's got better
things to do. They go and sit down and start kissing again. When
they stop, Shelley remarks that she thought Tony was hungry. Tony
waves this away, and makes it clear that he wants to go further
than kissing. Shelley nervously says someone might come in. Tony
tries to push her down on the couch, but Shelley says they can't
do it there. Tony asks why. Shelley replies that it's too open.
Tony says alright, and he points to where they can go,
saying, "Through there." They get up and start walking
towards Tony's bedroom. As they do so, Shelley says, "Tony..."
Tony tells her that he's sorry for being so abrupt. They kiss
again and then head to the bedroom...
In the reception area at the riding school, Terry asks the receptionist
if she's heard from the firefighters. The receptionist replies
that there's nothing yet. Terry tells her that, if they want him,
she can call him at Woombai - he'll be there for the rest of the
day. The receptionist remarks that she was just outside and there
was a lot of smoke up in the hills. She asks if she should call
the fire office, but Terry tells her not to hassle them; they'll
call if they need him. As he says this, Margaret arrives back
and chips in that the people in town are saying the fire is spreading.
Terry says they should just hope that it doesn't come their
way. Margaret points out that the Palmers are having a picnic,
and she asks if they'll be safe. Terry replies that they're at
Wilson Dam - they should be OK unless the wind changes. Margaret
says she'll keep her fingers crossed. Terry heads out. As he goes,
the receptionist tells Margaret that he was a real hero the last
time they had a bad fire - he saved quite a few people. Margaret
says they should hope this one isn't serious. Changing
the subject, the receptionist asks how things were at the timber
yard. Margaret replies that they were fine. She adds that she'll
go and give the receipt to Stephen, but the receptionist tells
her that he's not to be disturbed, as he's having lunch with his
wife. Looking annoyed, Margaret curtly says she's glad he's found
the time to sit down...
In the office, Patricia tells Stephen that she talked to John
yesterday; it was the first time she'd seen him since...; she
reminds Stephen that he knows all the gory details. She continues
that they didn't patch things up, but they made a start; she was
frightened that he'd never speak to her again; she's very glad
she was wrong. There's silence for a few moments, and Stephen
then tells Patricia that he didn't want to leave her,
but he had no alternative. Patricia replies that she would have
come to Woombai and been an ordinary housewife if he'd wanted
her to. Stephen tells her that she wouldn't have with their
problems. Patricia points out that they didn't even try,
but Stephen replies that, at the time, there didn't seem to be
any point. Patricia says, "And now?" Stephen
replies, "We'll see." Patricia tells him that at least
she's learnt not to push things. She realises she'd better be
going, and Stephen jokingly asks her if Robin has her on a twenty-minute
lunch break. Patricia smiles, but explains that she thought she'd
go riding, and make the most of the facilities while she's there.
Before she goes, she adds that there are two things she'd like
to say to him: regardless of what he thinks, there was nothing
between Matt Kennedy and her; and Margaret did do all
those things she said she did - she's a very neurotic woman; she's
trying to make her life as miserable as possible. There's
silence for a few seconds, which is broken by Stephen telling
Patricia that he believes her. Patricia goes, leaving Stephen
Margaret is sitting in the reception area when Patricia comes
out of the office. She stands up and immediately snaps at Patricia
that surely she doesn't really think she's got any hope of getting
Stephen back? Patricia cooly asks if that's what she's trying
to do. Margaret snaps that of course it is. Patricia tells her
that Stephen asked her to have lunch, she accepted, they had a
very pleasant time and that's all that happened. Margaret snorts
and snaps that Stephen wouldn't be fool enough to fall in love
with Patricia a second time. Patricia says they'll just have to
wait and see, won't they? She goes.
Margaret storms into the office and hands Stephen the receipt
for the timber. She snaps that she would have given it to him
earlier, only the receptionist said he wasn't to be disturbed.
Stephen just says, "Yes." Margaret tells him that he's
a fool if he lets her pull the wool over his eyes. Stephen asks
who she means. Margaret replies, "Patricia." Stephen
retorts that Patricia isn't pulling the wool over his
eyes. Margaret says she can bet she is. She tells Stephen
that she's only worried for his sake. Stephen cooly says,
"Are you?" Margaret asks what Patricia has been saying.
Stephen ignores this and tells Margaret that she's there for a
holiday; she should try and enjoy it and let him and Patricia
get on with their own lives. Margaret snaps again that she'd like
to know what Patricia said. Stephen thanks her for her
concern, but he adds that the subject is closed. Margaret turns
and storms out. She heads outside and stands staring at the view
for a few moments. She then spots Patricia out riding. She calls
out to a passing stablehand and asks him to saddle a horse for
The 'phone rings at Woombai, and Tony and Shelley emerge from
the bedroom and walk into the lounge room to answer it. Tony picks
up the call and a woman comes on and asks who she's speaking to.
Tony says it's him. The woman on the other end - Denise, the receptionist
- tells him that the bush fire brigade have just rung for Terry;
the wind has changed and the fire's out of control; it's heading
towards Woombai. Tony says, "Hell..." The receptionist
continues that she's really worried about Mrs. Thompson and the
Palmers - Wilson Dam is in the line of fire. Tony hangs up and
tells Shelley to come on. Shelley asks what's happened. Tony tells
her that the fire's heading their way.
A few minutes later, outside, Terry says he'll find Fiona, Dave
and his missus and make sure they're OK, and then go and help
the boys. Tony says he'll come too, but Terry tells him that he'll
only get in the way. Tony insists that he's got to do something.
Terry tells him to get the wheatbags out of the feed shed and
hose them down. He then drives off. Shelley tells Tony that he's
got to take her home; if the fire's heading their way, it's also
heading towards Sandy's place. Tony says, "So?" Shelley
tells him that her dad will ring there for sure to make sure she's
OK; he's got to get her home before he finds out that the fire
has changed direction; if he realised what's happened between
them, he'd kill her. Tony tells her that it's OK - he'll get her
Patricia is sitting in a bushy area, looking thoughtful, when
she sees Margaret ride up nearby and climb down from her horse.
She storms over to Patricia and yells that her sister can't help
herself - she's always got to make things as unpleasant as possible
for her. Patricia ignores this and just asks Margaret if she can't
find somewhere else to ride. Margaret continues that just because
she's made friends with the people at Woombai, Patricia has to
turn them against her. Patricia snaps that that's rubbish. Margaret
snaps back that she's done a pretty good job with Stephen.
Patricia, looking bemused, snaps that this is a joke.
She continues that Margaret should be the last person
to accuse somebody of making trouble; perhaps people are turning
against her because they've finally woken up to her? Margaret
snaps that it's Patricia who they've got to wake up to.
She adds that Patricia isn't going to win. Patricia snaps that
she's sick of this. She tells Margaret that her
life may be miserable, but she's not going to make her's the same.
Margaret threatens that they'll see about that. Patricia
suggests that perhaps she didn't make herself clear back at the
Reid House: there's the distinct possiblity that she and Stephen
will get back together again. Margaret snaps that there won't
be by the time she's finished. Patricia tells her that
Stephen knows all about Matt - and he believes her, so there's
nothing Margaret can do. The two horses suddenly start neighing,
and Patricia, looking surprised, asks what's wrong with them.
The horses suddenly start moving, and Patricia asks Margaret if
she can smell smoke. The two horses trot towards them. Margaret
comments that they didn't say the fire was in this area. Patricia
remarks that it doesn't smell too far away. She starts to get
back on her horse, saying she's not taking any chances.
Terry gets in his truck, which is parked outside the guest house.
Robin comes over and says he's heard about the fire; there must
be something he can do. Terry tells him that there isn't - unless
he's had experience fighting fires. Robin says there must be some
other way he can help. Terry tells him to tell Stephen to make
sure he knows where all the guests are - and if they're not on
the property, find out where they've gone. He continues that Robin
should also tell Alan Pascoe to get the horses ready to move out
if necessary. Robin heads off inside, and Terry drives off. As
does so, Tony and Shelley come along, and Tony says he hopes Terry
finds the Palmers. Shelley ignores this and says they've got to
hurry. Tony tells her that it's alright. A stablehand passes and
Tony asks him if there are any spare cars on the property. The
stablehand says they're all being used. Shelley insists that she's
got to get home. Tony tells her that he'll think of something.
Shelley suddenly asks what about Robin's car, which is parked
nearby. Tony points out that it not theirs. They walk over to
it, and Shelley notices that the keys are in the ignition. Tony
tells her that the guy who owns it will go through the roof. Shelley
remarks that she didn't think that sort of thing would worry a
tough guy like him. Tony gives in and says, "Alright."
They get in, Tony turns the keys and they drive off. As they do
so, Robin and Stephen come out of the guest house, talking, when
Robin sees what's happening and snaps, "What the hell? That's
my car." Stephen comments that it looks like Tony
Parker driving. Robin snaps, "The little idiot." He
rants that he told Tony not to touch it - he only bought it just
before he came up there. He adds that he'll knock Tony's block
off when he gets back.
Patricia and Margaret are riding through the woods; a number
of trees around them are on fire. One of the trees suddenly falls
in front of Patricia's horse, and, startled, it jumps up and throws
her off. Patricia lands on the ground and tries to get up, but
when she moves, she realises she's hurt her leg. She calls out
to Margaret that she can't move. Margaret just sits on her horse
and looks at her. Patricia calls out, "Margaret... Please..."
Margaret continues to stay where she is. She then turns her horse
and rides off, leaving Patricia stuck in the middle of the burning
wood, screaming, "Margaret........"