Robin incredulously replies that Patricia can't be serious; he's
never heard anything so ludicrous. Patricia retorts that
it'll achieve two things she wants: she warned Fiona that if she
interfered in her and Stephen's marriage, she'd ruin things between
her and Terry. Robin asks her how she knows that people will believe
her. Patricia replies that Terry has already assaulted
a girl; he got away with it then, but this time he'll get what's
coming to him. Robin says, "For something he didn't do?"
Patricia retorts that the main thing is that Stephen will come
back to the city - he won't want to stay in the same place as
the man who assaulted his wife. Robin points out that
there will be a police investigation, and there may be a medical
examination. Patricia tells him that it won't go that far: Fiona
may be appalled at what Terry has done, but there's no way she'll
have the police called in. Robin comments that it all sounds too
vindictive to him. Patricia retorts that her sister
is the one that knows all about being vindictive - she's quite
likely to let his wife know where he is. Robin, looking worried,
reminds her that she said Margaret wouldn't say anything. Patricia
agrees that she won't - not unless she convinces
her otherwise - and Margaret is very keen to do the right thing
by her. Robin asks Patricia if she's blackmailing him.
Patricia retorts that all she's saying is that if he scratches
her back, she'll scratch his. She adds that she gets the impression
that he's prepared to be ruthless if he stands to gain by it.
She continues that she won't be asking him to do a lot,
but she will need his help with just a few things. Robin
sighs. Patricia smiles and says, "Good!" She adds that
he needn't worry - she knows exactly what she's doing...
Margaret, Gordon and Beryl are sitting in the lounge room at
Dural. Gordon tells Margaret that, now he knows what sort of man
Robin is, he'll never have any business dealings with him. Barbara
asks Margaret what she's going to do, but Margaret says she isn't
going to do anything - she just wants to straighten things
out with Patricia; she's not going to spread his story around.
Gordon agrees that it's pretty pointless. Barbara tells Margaret
that she's just glad she's got to the bottom of it. As she says
this, David and Beryl come in. Margaret remarks that she thought
he'd be having an early night. David assures her that he doesn't
need them anymore! Margaret tells him that he's not to overdo
it. Beryl smiles and says there's no point in telling him! David
explains that he wanted to find out what Alice's laywer has to
say. Gordon remarks that he'll be there shortly. Margaret says
she'll make herself scarce, but David tells her to stay, as he
wants to hear about Robin.
Patricia is on the 'phone to Stephen, and he tells her that he's
just having dinner with Fiona and Jill. He adds that he was hoping
she might ring. Patricia cooly asks how is Fiona? Stephen
replies that she's fine. He then asks about the job, and Patricia
replies that she's really enjoying it. She continues that she's
decided to patch things up with Margaret - after all, Margaret
did save her life. She adds that she thought she'd ring
her in the morning; she supposes she's staying with Gordon and
Barbara? Stephen says he thinks so. Patricia comments that they
must have quite a houseful - all the people connected with the
trial are staying there, aren't they? Stephen says they are -
except for Terry. Patricia 'innocently' asks where he's
staying, and Stephen replies that he's at the Dural Motor Inn.
He adds that Terry felt he didn't know Gordon and Barbara well
enough to impose. As he says this, Fiona and Jill get up and leave
the room with the plates from the table. Stephen tells Patricia
that he misses her. Patricia replies that she misses him, too.
She then explains that Robin is coming up soon, and she thought
she might come with him. Stephen tells her that Fiona and Jill
have tactfully disappeared, and Patricia cooly says she wishes
it was permanent with Fiona! Stephen warns,
"Come on..." Patricia tells him that marriage is the
most important thing that's ever happened to her - she doesn't
like people who try to ruin it. Stephen tells her to give it time.
Patricia smiles and tells him that she loves him. Stephen says,
"Ditto." Patricia says she'll be in touch again soon.
They say goodbye and hang up. Patricia writes down the words 'Dural
Motor Inn' on the pad in front of her, and looks thoughtful...
At Dural, Alice and Barbara are standing by the front door with
Alice's lawyer. Alice shakes his hand and thanks him for coming,
He goes. Barbara remarks that he seemed very encouraging. They
head back into the lounge room, where Tony is commenting that
the lawyer put the wind up him. David says he doesn't
think he meant to do that. Tony points out that it sounds
like it all depends on what he has to say. Beryl explains
to him that he's the one who can say how his father always
treated his mother. Alice asks if it'll make any difference. Gordon
tells her that getting the jury's sympathy is very important.
Tony says he just wishes it wasn't all up to him. Terry
assures him that he'll be alright. Tony says he thinks he'll make
an early night of it, and David says he thinks that's a good idea
for all of them. Barbara says she'll make some coffee,
but Tony says he won't have any, and he goes. When he's gone,
Alice remarks to the others that she thinks it's getting him down.
Terry says he'll have a bit of a yarn to him. He goes.
Tony walks into the flat and calls out to Shelley that it's only
him. There's suddenly a knock at the door and Tony tells Shelley
to wait in the bedroom. It's Terry at the door, and Tony, looking
annoyed to see him, asks him what he wants. Terry says he thought
they might have a bit of a yarn. Tony asks what about. Terry says
they can talk about the row they had the other day; he doesn't
like losing a good mate, and he just wanted to say he's sorry.
Tony says he supposes there's no point holding a grudge. Terry
holds out his hand and suggests to Tony that they shake. They
do. Alice suddenly comes in, saying she remembered she has some
ironing to do. Terry says he won't stay. Alice tells him not to
leave on account of her, but Terry assures her that he
reckons he and Tony said all they had to say. He adds that she's
not to worry - everything will be alright. He goes. Alice turns
to Tony and says she'd better iron his shirt, as he needs to look
his best for tomorrow. She heads into the bedroom in which Shelley
is hiding, and Tony, looking nervous, quickly rushes in behind
her, saying he'll get it. The room is in darkness, but
when Alice turns the lights on, there's no sign of Shelley. Alice
walks over to the wardrobe, but, assuming Shelley is hiding inside
it, Tony rushes and stands in front of the door. Alice, looking
bemused, asks him what he's doing! Tony tells her that he's just
getting his shirt! Alice moves him and tells him that she also
wants to iron her dress for tomorrow. She asks if he minds, and
then opens the door of the wardrobe, asking as she does so which
dress she should wear. When he can't see Shelley anywhere, Tony
peers inside the wardrobe and has a look around. It's definitely
empty. Alice takes out a shirt and mutters in annoyance that there
are a couple of buttons missing. She takes out another shirt and
a dress for herself, and looks at Tony in puzzlement; he's now
sitting on the bed. She goes. As soon as the room is empty, Tony
looks under the bed and calls out Shelley's name, but she's not
there. He stands up again, looking worried.
In the lounge room in the main house, Margaret asks if the lawyer
sounded confident. Gordon replies that he didn't to his
way of thinking. David points out that he did say it wasn't cut
and dried. Margaret says she'd hate to think what going to jail
would do to someone like Alice. Barbara chips in that Alice might
have survived twenty years of rotten marriage, but she gets the
feeling that, right now, she's very close to the edge. David agrees
that she's certainly going through a rough lot. Tony comes back
in and asks if Terry's gone. David says he has. Tony turns to
John and asks for a word with him. They go out into the
hallway. Margaret remarks that Tony seemed upset. The
'phone suddenly starts ringing, and Gordon answers it. Fiona comes
on and asks how everyone is. Gordon replies that they're good
- although nervous about tomorrow. Fiona explains that that's
why she called: she wanted to wish Alice all the best. Gordon
tells her that he'll put her through to the flat, but Fiona tells
him not to, and asks him just to wish her all the best. She then
continues that she won't go on chatting as she's got a dinner
guest - Stephen. Gordon tells her that she's saved him a call,
and he asks to speak to Stephen. At Woombai, Fiona tells
Stephen that Gordon wants a word with him.
Out in the hallway, Tony tells John that he didn't know
Shelley was in the back of the truck - honest. John accepts this,
but tells Tony that he should have got in touch with her father
the minute he knew she was there; he's going to have
to tell him now. Tony, looking incredulous, says, "What?"
and asks if they're going to tell Mr. Barton that his daughter
has probably hitched a ride to the Cross. He continues that Mr.
Barton would go out of his tree; they've got to find
her. John says they should leave it to the police. Tony, though,
retorts that she's 17; hundreds of girls her age are up the Cross
doing whatever they can to make a fast buck; they've got to find
her. He then says he can't ask Gordon for the use of
his car, but John could...
On the 'phone, Gordon says to Stephen that it's only because
he went down there that Wayne told him that he'd virtually been
forced into it. Stephen says Amanda knew what his reaction
would be; that's why she didn't tell him. He snaps that they're
a couple of little money-grabbers; he then thanks Gordon for letting
him know. Gordon tells him to try not to let it spoil his evening.
Stephen says he won't. They hang up. At Woombai, Stephen asks
Fiona and Jill - who are sitting on the couch - if they got the
gist of that. Fiona says Amanda is pregnant to Wayne. Jill asks
Stephen if he'll ring her. Stephen replies that he might when
he's calmed down - which might take some time
Early the next morning, Tony and John walk into the flat, and
Tony heads straight for the bedroom to see if Shelley came in
during the night. As he looks, John glances at his watch. Tony
comes back and says she's not there. John tells him that they
can't keep it quiet now. Tony, though, retorts
that they can't tell anyone with his mum's trial starting today.
He asks if they can't keep looking, but John tells him that there's
no way they'll find her unless she wants to be found.
Tony pleads with him not to do anything - not today. John says
he'll give her 24 hours, but that's it. Alice suddenly comes out
of her bedroom and asks Tony where he's been, as she's been worried
sick. John hesitatingly replies that they've been out... on the
town... and lost track of time; the next thing they knew, it was
daylight. Alice looks annoyed and she tells Tony to go to bed.
Tony tells her to go back to bed as well. She does so.
Tony thanks John. John tells him that there'll be all hell to
pay when this comes out. Tony says that doesn't matter; first
he'll worry about his mum's trial and then he'll face the music
Later that morning, at the breakfast table, Alice says she's
rattled already. Margaret tells her that, when she's
in the box, she should keep taking big breaths, tell herself to
relax and think about her answers before she replies. Beryl comments
that all this talk is making her nervous, and she's sure
it's not helping Alice. Alice says she'd rather know
what it'll be like. David points out to Beryl that he and Margaret
have been through it - they know what it's like when someone starts
throwing questions at you. Alice says she'd better go and see
if Tony is ready. Beryl asks if he isn't having breakfast. Alice
replies that she doesn't think he'll have time - it was 5am before
he and John came in. Beryl looks astonished and asks if they stayed
out all night. Barbara says she thought they were going to have
an early night. Gordon chips in that John asked if he could borrow
one of the cars, but he thought they were just going for a drive.
Alice explains that they were enjoying themselves, and must have
lost track of time. She leaves the room. Beryl remarks to David
that it's stupid of Tony to stay out so late on the night before
the trial. David points out that he probably just wanted to let
off a bit of steam. As he says this, John comes in, wearing his
pyjamas. David snaps at him that he thought he'd have more sense
than taking Tony out on the town; he needs his wits about him
today. John meekly says he's sorry.
Tony is sitting in the flat, and Alice remarks that he looks
awful. Tony explains that he couldn't sleep. Alice says she supposes
he's like her - he kept thinking about today. Tony says,
"Yeah but I was... yeah." He tells his mother that,
if he does have to get up in the stand today, he won't
let her down. Alice says, "Of course not."
As they walk to the front door, Barbara says to Beryl that she
hopes Beryl does get called today - at least she'll get
it over and done with. Beryl agrees. David says it depends on
how long it takes to pick the jury, he guesses. Margaret asks
David if he's told the court that he's not well and shouldn't
sit around for too long. Tony joins them, and David sarcastically
comments that he's a bright spark. The group heads out. As they
do so, the 'phone rings, and Gordon answers it. Patricia comes
on and asks for Margaret. Gordon calls after her, and she takes
the 'phone. She says a cheery 'good morning' to Patricia and adds
that she's been waiting for her to call. Patricia tells
her that Robin has explained everything and she's sorry she didn't
believe her. She asks if Margaret can come over so they can talk.
Margaret says she'll come over straight away, and she asks where
Patricia's staying. Patricia explains that she's at the apartment
- she's sharing with Robin for the time being. Margaret incredulously
asks her if she's staying there after what Robin has just told
her. Patricia points out that she's working for him.
Margaret says she doesn't understand. Patricia tells her that,
after some of the things they've done, they can't really
throw stones - and she enjoys the job; she can't afford to give
it up. Margaret says they'll talk about it when she sees her.
Patricia asks her what time she'll arrive, adding that she'll
make sure Robin is out. Margaret agrees that she certainly doesn't
want to see him; she says she'll be there at about 11am. Patricia
tells her that she'll see her then. She hangs up, and then dials
another number. The call is answered, "Dural Motor Inn."
Patricia asks to speak to one of the guests: Terry Hansen. After
a few moments, Terry comes on, and Patricia tells him that she
needs to talk to him. She asks him if he could come to see her
at about 11:30am. Terry explains that he's got to go to court.
Patricia retorts that she knows, but he won't be required before
this afternoon, will he? Terry replies that it depends how things
go. Patricia points out that he will have time to see
her, then. Terry asks what for. Patricia replies that she'll tell
him when she sees him. She then adds she'd rather he didn't mention
this to anyone else.
At Woombai, Stephen asks Jill if Mr. Barton has heard anything
about Shelley. Jill replies that he hasn't heard a word - he's
worried out of his mind. Stephen asks how old Shelley is, and
Jill replies that she's about 17 - the same age she was
when she first came to Sydney; she reckons Mr. Barton
has got good reason to worry. Stephen comments that, when you're
a parent, you expect your children to give you a headache; Amanda's
certainly given him a few. Jill asks him if he's still
angry. Stephen admits that he's not pleased - he wishes
he could be as happy as Fiona is to have a grandchild
on the way. Jill asks him how he does feel. Stephen replies
that it's a bit of a jolt to realise that he's old enough
to have a grandchild - and hurt that Amanda didn't tell him about
it. Jill suggests that maybe she's written - she's sure his daughter
would want him to know about it. Stephen smiles and tells Jill
that she always has a good word for everybody - even Patricia.
Jill replies that she takes people as she finds them; Patricia
has always been good to her. Stephen looks thoughtful.
Margaret knocks on the door of the Morrell apartment. Inside,
Patricia says to Robin that that will be Margaret; he should make
himself scarce. Robin growls that he doesn't believe
her: she says she wants a reconciliation with her sister... Patricia
interrupts and says it's very important to her. Robin continues
that, yet she's going to use Margaret to set up Terry. Patricia
says she's not going to hurt Margaret. She then concludes
that it makes sense to her; that's all that matters.
Robin opens the front door, and Margaret, looking annoyed to see
him there, says she thought he'd be out. Robin tells her that
he's just on his way. He goes, and Patricia invites Margaret in
and tells her to sit down. She offers her some coffee, but Margaret
declines. Patricia then tells her that she doesn't know how to
say how sorry she is. Margaret says she can understand it - she's
done some pretty dreadful things; she's sorry, too. Patricia
says it's just so silly - they're all the family they've got.
Margaret replies that, because of that, she doesn't want to see
Patricia working for a man like Robin; she knows she feels she
needs the job, but she can help Patricia out financially - she
can keep her afloat until she finds something else. Patricia,
looking worried, says she doesn't think that's a very good idea
- she doesn't want money to get in the way of their friendship.
Margaret says she doesn't see why it should. Patricia
explains that it's important to her that she be independent -
and she likes the job. Margaret says she doesn't want
to argue - and the offer's always open if Patricia changes her
mind. Patricia thanks her. She comments that Margaret has gone
to a lot of trouble to make things right between them. Margaret
sadly explains that, when she faced the fact that she couldn't
let Patricia die, she realised that she did mean something
to her - they used to be so close. They hug, and Patricia
smiles as she murmurs, "My big sister."
A while later, Margaret says to Patricia that she hopes things
work out between her and Stephen. Patricia replies that she's
going to do everything in her power to see they do. She
then asks Margaret about her and David. Margaret sadly replies
that, if he wasn't married... but he is... She then says
she really must be going. Patricia, looking nervous, says there's
no need to rush off. Margaret says she doesn't want to be there
when Robin gets back. Patricia quickly tells her that he's always
longer than he says he'll be. Margaret suggests to her that they
have dinner sometime. Patricia says that would be lovely. There's
suddenly a knock on the door, and Patricia suggests that it'll
be Robin trying to use tact. She goes to the door and opens it;
Terry is standing there. She feigns surprise, and asks him what
on earth he's doing there. She then quietly mutters to
him to go along with it. Terry notices Margaret, and, picking
up on Patricia's 'ploy', explains that he thought he'd drop in
and say hello. Patricia offers him some coffee. Margaret looks
Tony is sitting on a bench at the court, fast asleep. Beryl says
to David that she hopes Tony isn't called today to give evidence,
as he wouldn't give much of an impression. David remarks that
the poor kid is tired out. Beryl snaps, "Poor kid?"
She continues that he didn't have to go out last night.
She then adds that David shouldn't have blamed John for
it. David snaps that John is old enough to know better. Beryl
snaps back that Tony isn't exactly a child.
Patricia and Margaret step outside the front door at the apartment,
and Patricia tells Margaret that she's sorry to hold her up, but
she thought Terry might leave first. Margaret asks her why she
thinks he came there. Patricia 'confidentially' replies that she
hasn't said anything to anyone, but he made advances towards her
at Woombai. Margaret looks shocked, and she asks Patricia what
she did. Patricia replies that she thought she made it clear that
she's not interested, but she'll obviously have to make it plainer.
Margaret says it's awkward, and she offers to stay. Patricia assures
her that she'll be alright - she'll just make sure he realises
that she's not interested. She tells Margaret that she's glad
they sorted things out. Margaret replies that she is, too. She
goes, and Patricia heads back into the apartment. Terry asks her
if she'd mind telling him what's going on. Sitting down on the
arm of the settee, Patricia smiles at him, flirtatiously, and
tells him that she had to see him again - she's been thinking
about him ever since she left Woombai. Terry, looking surprised
but delighted, says, "Me?!" Patricia smiles
and tells him, "When I heard you were here, I knew I had
to see you again. You must know why..."