Patricia and Stephen walk from their room into the reception
area the next morning, and Patricia tells Stephen that she feels
a lot happier now that she's sorted things out with Fiona. Jill
is standing behind the reception desk, apparently looking for
something. Stephen asks her if she's having trouble, and Jill
explains that she's trying to find the ruler - she wants to put
the figures into the ledger book. Stephen comments, "Don't
say they balance!" Jill laughs, "Yes!"
Stephen says that's good, as it gives him time to take Patricia
on a picnic. Patricia, looking surprised, says that's wonderful!
She suddenly spots the ruler lying partly hidden, and she hands
it to Jill. Stephen tells Jill that she can work in his office,
but Jill says it would be easier to work at Woombai, as she's
got all her papers spread out there. She then suggests to Stephen
and Patricia that they might like to go to Carter's Creek for
their picnic. She goes. Stephen asks Patricia if she'd like to
try that, and Patricia says she would, adding that it will be
nice to relax. Stephen tells her that, from now on, he's looking
forward to nothing more than the two of them spending a nice life
in the country.
At Woombai, Fiona is on the 'phone to a guy called Dan, and she
thanks him for letting them know. Jill comes in and remarks on
Fiona finally being out of bed! She asks if she can keep using
the table, and Fiona says it's fine. She then adds that she's
got to call Stephen and get him to go over to Dan Andrews' with
Alan Pascoe. Jill says she thinks he might be busy, as he's taking
Patricia on a picnic. A look of annoyance immediately crosses
Fiona's face. Jill asks her what's happening at the Andrews',
and Fiona replies that Dan Andrews is selling up quite a lot of
stock after the bushfire, and he's giving them first
option. Having heard this, Jill says she's sure Stephen won't
mind being interrupted. Fiona agrees that maybe he won't,
but she adds that Patricia will. She continues that Jill
didn't hear Patricia last night - she threatened to do
her worst if she didn't leave her and Stephen be. Jill
points out that she'd only be asking Stephen to do his job.
Fiona nods in agreement, and tells Jill that they know
that, but what will Patricia think? She then pauses a
moment, before suddenly snapping that Jill's right: it's
part of Stephen's job - she's perfectly entitled to ask
him to do what's right for the property.
In the office at the riding school, Charlie thanks Stephen and
says the parade was a huge success. Stephen wishes her a good
trip back to Sydney. Patricia comes in and tells Stephen that
Mrs. Evans is making up a wonderful hamper for them. The 'phone
suddenly starts ringing and Stephen answers it. Meanwhile, Charlie
says to Patricia that she hopes things go well between her and
Stephen. Patricia replies that she's sure that, in a few weeks'
time, they'll be nicely back at the same level. Charlie says,
"Even with Fiona breathing down your neck?" Patricia
slyly replies that she's got her nicely in check. On
the 'phone, Stephen says he'll make the arrangements straight
away. He hangs up and tells Patricia that he's got to go and look
at some stock. Patricia, looking annoyed, asks, "Who says?"
Stephen replies, "Fiona." Patricia looks even more annoyed.
Stephen continues that it really is too good an opportunity to
miss. He heads out. Patricia immediately snaps, "Silly old
cow!" Charlie tells her that Fiona probably didn't even know
about the picnic plans. Patricia, though, retorts that Fiona makes
it her business to know everything that's going on -
she probably pumped Jill for information as soon as she got there;
she obviously didn't believe what she said last night.
Charlie asks her what she's going to do. Patricia replies that
she'll make sure Fiona starts taking her seriously...
John is walking along outside Woombai, and he joins Tony, who's
sitting on the bonnet of a car. He comments that Tony's running
a bit late for school, but Tony snaps that he's not going. He
adds that he only went to hang around Shel. John asks
if it's off now, and Tony snaps, "Yeah." John asks him
what his mother will say about him not going. He adds that Tony
is making a big mistake; he looks at Kevin flying off to a great
job in London and it makes him wish he'd done better
at school. He adds that Tony is crazy to chuck it in now - especially
over someone like Shelley. Tony snaps, "What would you
know?" He storms off.
Terry is doing some work behind the reception desk at the riding
school. Patricia is standing the other side of the desk, and she
remarks, "Poor old Stephen..." Terry looks at her, and
she explains that they were supposed to be going on a picnic,
but he got caught up with work. Terry remarks that that's too
bad. Patricia 'sadly' says she'll have to go on her own. Terry
comments that that can't be much fun. Looking at him intently,
Patricia says she doesn't suppose he has some spare time...
Terry, looking surprised but delighted, says he can arrange something...
The receptionist snaps at him not to forget the caster on her
chair. Patricia tells him that she'll see him later about the
details. At that moment, Charlie comes in to say she's about to
leave. Patricia asks her if she can make a detour - she has a
favour to ask of her before she leaves...
A while later, at Woombai, Charlie tells Fiona that she couldn't
leave without thanking her for all her help launching the collection.
She then continues that she's rather sorry to leave, actually
- it's marvellous to see Patricia starting to get on with eveybody.
Fiona growls that they'll have to wait and see how long it lasts.
Charlie assures her that Patricia is a changed person, and she
adds that she's even taking young Terry out on a picnic today.
A look of astonishment and horror immediately crosses Fiona's
face, and says says, "Terry?" Charlie replies
that she was supposed to be going with Stephen, but something
cropped up, apparently. Fiona asks why she invited Terry.
Charlie says it's all part of turning over a new leaf, she supposes.
She leaves, and Jill looks at Fiona. Fiona growls that Charlie
said her 'thankyous' last night; that last visit was Patricia's
way of saying she's going to start making trouble for Terry. She
continues that she must get onto him and tell him not
to have anything to do with her. Jill warns her not to rub him
up the wrong way. Fiona replies that that's exactly what Patricia
wants her to do, but she's not sure she wants him to be so chummy
with her. Jill asks her how she can stop him. Fiona says
she's not sure yet, but she'll think of something.
Andy enters Toorak and finds Beryl standing in the hallway. She
explains that she let herself in. She then asks how everybody
is, and Andy replies that Amanda isn't the best - she's still
in bed. Beryl asks if she's sick, and Andy replies that she is
a bit off. He picks up a pile of mail from the table and hands
it to Beryl, saying that Amanda said she'd know what to do with
it. Beryl takes it. She then asks Andy how his hearing is, adding
that Lynn was still complaining yesterday about being deaf in
one ear after their night out! Andy smiles and says he's used
to it! He adds that maybe he shouldn't have kept dragging her
down the front! Beryl tells him that Lynn enjoyed it. She then
continues that she left her at home today, doing some painting.
She adds that she thinks it's good for her to get out and have
some fun, as she's missing Kevin like mad. Andy's face drops at
hearing Kevin's name, and he just says, "Yeah..." Beryl
heads off to get started on the mail, leaving Andy standing there
looking thoughtful. After a few seconds, he goes to the hall table,
picks up the 'phone and starts to dial. All of a sudden, though,
he puts the 'phone down again, runs to the door and goes out.
Lynn is outside, cleaning the front windows at the Palmer house,
when Andy runs up behind her says, "G'day!" Lynn, looking
surprised, asks him what he's doing there. He shows her a model
boat he's holding and tells her that it's a present for Davey.
Lynn smiles and says it's very nice. Andy asks if he can come
in and give it to him. Lynn says she supposes so... She then adds
that Davey is in her room. They go inside. In the lounge room,
Andy suggests that the three of them could go down to the beach
for a swim and to launch the 'HMAS Palmer'! Lynn, though, replies
that Davey has still got a bit of an ear infection - she doesn't
want him near water. Andy suggests that they could go to Albert
Park for some lunch, and give it a bit of a sail there.
Lynn smiles and says OK, adding that she's sure Davey would love
Terry and Tony are standing on the verandah at the riding school.
Terry comments to Tony that he thinks he knows everything, does
he? Tony growls that he knows enough not to need school.
Terry tells him that he reckons he should have his head read.
Tony snaps that he's already had enough from John. Terry
finishes fixing the chair. As he does so, Fiona comes along and
tells him that Stephen and Alan Pascoe will be tied up at the
Andrews' for a few hours, and she wondered if he could stay there
and keep an eye on things for her. Terry starts to protest, but
Fiona doesn't give him a chance to speak before continuing that
she's got to go into town; she can't get out of it. Terry starts
to say, "But--" but Fiona ignores this and tells him
that it would make her so happy if she knew the place was in responsible
hands. Terry again says, "Yeah, but..." Fiona continues
that she'll make sure he gets time off in lieu of his lost lunch.
When Terry starts saying something, Fiona asks him if they can
discuss it later, as she's really in a hurry. She walks off. Terry
snaps, "Damn, damn, damn." Tony asks what's wrong, and
Terry tells him that Patricia Morrell asked him out for lunch.
Tony, looking surprised, asks why ask him. Terry smiles
and says, "One guess..." Tony says he heard her marriage
was on and off the rocks a bit, but she's supposed to be trotting
out with some guy called Matt.
The two of them head inside, Terry wheeling Tony in on the chair!
The receptionist snaps that it took long enough. Terry goes to
head outside again, but as he does so, Patricia comes in and tells
him that everything's organised, and she was wondering if they
could head out in half an hour. Terry tells her that he wishes
he could, but Fiona wants him to stick around there and
help out while the boss is away. Looking annoyed, Patricia asks
what she's going to do with all the food. Terry asks if it will
keep until tomorrow, but Patricia says it won't really. She adds
that she was looking forward to his company. Terry replies that
he told Fiona he'd be round there, on-tap. Patricia suddenly says
she's got an idea: why don't they set up the food in the office?
Terry smiles and says yeah, that sounds alright! Patricia goes
to get it organised. Tony immediately remarks to Terry about Patricia
having the hots for him. Terry replies that she obviously recognises
talent! The two of them laugh.
A while later, in the office, Patricia pours Terry another glass
of wine. Terry stops her, saying he doesn't want to be on his
ear when Stephen gets back! Patricia tells him that there's no
need for to him worry - he's good worker; Stephen wouldn't get
rid of him. Terry asks what Stephen thinks about their picnic.
Patricia replies that he's not a monster - she's allowed to have
friends. She adds that, now that Charlie has gone back to the
city, she'd go crazy if she had to sit around on her own all the
time. Terry asks her if she'd go to this much trouble
for Charlie. Patricia admits that she probably wouldn't, but adds
that Charlie's not one for big meals in the middle of the day
- whereas her friend, Matt, would be quite happy to have a main
meal three times day! Terry goes to put some beetroot in his mouth,
but as he does so, it drops off his fork and spills down his shirt.
Patricia immediately stands up to get a tissue to wipe it. She
starts rubbing the stain, but as she does so, Terry suddenly moves
in and tries to kiss her. Patricia, looking shocked, pushes him
away and angrily tells him to hang on a minute. Terry asks what's
wrong. Patricia tells him that she just wanted them to be friends.
She adds that maybe he got the wrong idea; she supposes he could
have made a mistake. Terry snaps, "Did I?" Patricia
tells him that she's sorry - there's been a misunderstanding.
Terry, looking annoyed, says he's got to get back to work. He
tells her that he's sorry, and he walks out. Patricia raises an
eyebrow and smiles...
Outside, Tony is telling some of the workers that Terry fancied
her from the start; he even reckoned he had a chance, and this
morning she asked him to have dinner with her! He suddenly spots
Terry coming out of the riding school and runs over to him and
asks him how it went. Terry smiles and knowingly says, "What
do you reckon?!" Tony tells him that he reckons he didn't
even have to turn on the charm! Terry says, "That's right!"
He walks off. Tony turns and gives the thumbs-up to the men.
Lynn and Andy arrive back at the Palmers', and, standing outside,
Lynn says she really enjoyed herself today. Andy agrees that he
did, too. Lynn asks him to hold Davey for a minute. He takes the
child and Lynn takes out her house keys and opens the door. Davey
starts crying, and Andy hands him back to his mother. As he does
so, he suggests that they should organise another time to go out.
Lynn points out that it won't be long before she heads
to London to join Kevin, and he goes back to Sydney.
Andy comments that he should quit while he's ahead, eh? Lynn says,
"Yeah..." She goes inside. Andy suddenly notices that
the model boat is lying on the pathway. He picks it up and puts
it outside the door.
Inside, Beryl is in the kitchen, and, looking surprised to see
her, Lynn asks her what she's doing there. Beryl explains that
she's finished all the company business she had to do, and there
was no one to talk to at Toorak; Andy had gone somewhere... Lynn
tells her that he was there. Beryl asks what he was doing
there, and Lynn explains that he bought a little present for Davey.
Beryl comments about fancy him thinking of Davey! She then wonders
out loud if it's too late to ask him for dinner. Looking slightly
worried, Lynn asks her if she means tonight. Beryl says
she does. Lynn says she's sure he'll be getting ready to go back
to Sydney. Beryl points out that he doesn't have much to pack.
She then adds that she feels sorry for him. Lynn asks
why, and Beryl replies that, from what she's heard, he's bottled
up his feelings since his mother died, and if he's anything like
David, he'll be trying to put on a brave face. Lynn says that,
God, all that time she spent with him today, she didn't even think
about that side of it. Beryl tells her to give him a call when
he gets home. Lynn looks worried.
Andy is sitting on the stairs at Toorak, taking off his shoes,
when the 'phone starts ringing. He gets up and goes and answers
it. Lynn comes on and says it's her: she's been asked to invite
him over to dinner. Andy says he gets the message: it was Mrs.
Palmer's idea. He tells Lynn that it's alright - he won't show
up and give her a hard time. Lynn, though, says it's alright -
he wants him to come - honestly. She adds that they'll
have a chaperone, so what harm can there be? Andy asks if they'll
get the chance to talk. Lynn replies, "Probably." Andy
says he thinks there are some things they should say to each other.
Lynn suggests they wait and see how the evening goes. She tells
him to come around at about 7pm. Andy says he'll see her there.
They hang up. Beryl asks Lynn if he said yes. Lynn replies, "Yeah."
She looks worried, though.
Jill is sitting at the table at Woombai. John is standing next
to her, helping her clear up. Shelley suddenly comes in and asks
if Tony's there, as he wasn't at school today. John snaps that
that's because he's chucked it in. He storms out. Shelley comments
that she only asked a question. Jill tells her that he's
in a bit of a nod over Tony leaving school. Shelley says it's
not her fault. Jill, though, replies that, as she
understands it, she is the reason he's quitting. Shelley
snaps that Tony is the one who took them so seriously. Jill tells
her that it would be a pity if Tony threw it away for the wrong
Terry is working on his car, outside the riding school. Tony
asks how Patricia was. Terry snaps at him to shut up. Tony replies
that he can tell him. Terry retorts that there's nothing
to tell - nothing happened; Patricia wasn't interested.
Tony insists that she must have been. Terry snaps that
he made a mistake - it was no go. Tony growls that this is going
to make him look like an idiot. Terry asks what it's got to do
with him. Tony explains that he let the blokes
know. Terry incredulously snaps that he told them? He
angrily asks why. Tony replies that he thought Terry would want
them to know. Terry snaps, "Talk about dumb."
He adds that it's no wonder that Shelley doesn't give two hoots
about him. Tony asks what he means. Terry tells him that she wasn't
interested in him from day one. Tony snaps that he's a liar. Terry
tells him that she took him for a ride; she was more interested
in John; she wouldn't have looked twice at Tony unless
he'd given him a big build-up about him being a tough
kid from the city. Tony snaps that that's bull, and he accuses
Terry of making it up because he's in a lousy mood over the boss's
wife turning him down. Shelley suddenly comes over and tells Tony
that everyone missed him in school today. Tony snaps that that's
bull. Shelley starts to say that she wanted to say that, if she's
the reason he's giving it in... Tony interrupts and snaps, "As
if I'd do anything on account of you." He storms
In the office, Stephen is sitting at the desk, looking over the
figures. Jill is standing next to him, and she tells him that,
if he doesn't like them, she can change them. Stephen assures
her that they're alright. Jill remarks that he doesn't seem too
sure. Stephen explains that he's thinking about something else.
Jill asks him if Mr. Andrews was harder to deal with than he expected.
Stephen says no - they even got a few bargains. They suddenly
overhear Patricia's voice calling out to someone to put the basket
back in the kitchen. Stephen asks Jill to tell Patricia that he
wants to talk to her. Jill goes out and tells her, and a few moments
later, Patricia comes in and tenderly says to Stephen, "Hello,
darling." Stephen doesn't respond. He instead goes and shuts
the door and then goes and stands face-to-face with his wife.
He tells her that he called by the stables on the way back from
the sale, only to be entertained by overhearing a story about
his wife. He continues that if he's going to have to listen to
sordid jokes about her bringing Terry Hansen in there and seducing
him, he would at least like to know if they're true.
Patricia stares at him in shock.