Stephen is going through some papers in the office at the riding
school, and he asks Jill if the accounts are nearly finished.
Jill is miles away, and it takes her a moment to realise that
Stephen is talking to her. She tells him that they'll be ready
in a minute. Stephen asks her if she's worried about Fiona, and
Jill nods. Stephen remarks that he doesn't think anyone
expected her to rush off like that. Jill explains that it's not
only Fiona going away; something else has been bothering her.
Stephen asks what, but at that moment, Patricia comes in and asks
the two of them if it isn't time they took a break. Stephen says
it is, and he tells Jill to finish after lunch. Jill, though,
says she'd rather finish it now. Stephen accepts this
and tells her that he'll be over at the house this afternoon.
Patricia says she wondered if Jill could send back the cases of
beer that arrived this morning. Jill points out that they're for
that night's party for the tent people. Patricia comments that
she doesn't think it'll be going ahead now that Fiona's gone.
Stephen, though, says he doesn't see why why not; the two of them
could be hosts. Patricia snaps, "No." She continues
that Fiona wanted for throw a big farewell do for the bushfire
victims, and that was her business; it's nothing to do with her.
Stephen points out that he is the manager. Jill
tells Patricia that she's Stephen's wife - people will expect
her to be there. Patricia snaps that it sounds like her mind is
made up for her. Stephen assures her that it won't be
half as bad as the society dos she used to put up with. The two
of them head out into the reception area, where Patricia comments
that she can't see Wayne and Amanda joining in the fun. She says
to Stephen that he hasn't forgotten that they're arriving soon.
Stephen replies that they don't have to go to the party if they
don't want to. Patricia cooly says the whole visit is just a PR
exercise. She continues that Amanda knows how much he worries
about her - she just wants to show him how happy she is. Stephen
curtly suggests that they talk about it later.
Beryl is talking on the 'phone on the bar at Dural. She says,
"Yes," to the person at the other end and then hangs
up. David and Margaret come in, and Barbara asks how Alice is.
David replies that she's fine - Margaret got her settled down.
Margaret offers Barbara help with the washing up, which Barbara
accepts. Beryl walks over to Tony, who's standing by the still
food-laden table, and tells him that that it's all organised:
she's managed to get his mother and sister into a guest house
for a week. Looking excited, Tony says his mum will be stoked!
Beryl tells him that she deserves a break. She then asks
him if he's made any plans. Tony replies that John will
be coming up the Cross with him later, to see if they can find
Shelley. Beryl asks him when he's going back to Melbourne. Tony
says it depends; he'll try and get back tomorrow - he guesses
he'll stay with his Aunty for the time being. Margaret tells him
that, if they're going down tomorrow, they can travel together.
Looking surprised, Beryl comments to Margaret that she didn't
know she was going back to Melbourne. Margaret explains
that it's her home town, and now she can afford to get a place
of her own. Beryl suggests to her that she could stay with her
and David until she finds something, but Margaret says she couldn't.
Beryl tells her that they insist, adding that it's the least they
can do after the way she looked after David. Margaret assures
Beryl that she'd prefer to be on her own. Beryl tells her that,
if she changes her mind... Changing the subject, Margaret says
she'd better get the plates out of the study. She goes. Beryl
doesn't notice David walking out a few seconds behind her; instead,
she comments to Tony that it'll be good to have company on the
way back. She also reminds him that her offer to set him and Alice
up in a flat still stands.
David goes into the study and asks Margaret why she won't take
up Beryl's offer. Margaret tells him that they both know it's
not on. David points out that they both know they've got nothing
to hide, but Margaret explains that she just wouldn't feel comfortable
in Beryl's house. David tells her that she makes it sound like
they're having an affair. Margaret replies that it could
happen... David says he'd never do anything to hurt Beryl. Margaret
tells him that she knows he wouldn't want to, but with
them both under the same roof... She continues that what she and
he have is worth keeping, and she thinks they can keep
it without hurting anyone; they can keep in touch and just see
how things go from there.
Stephen and Patricia are sitting at the table, eating, at the
Woombai homestead. Stephen says he still doesn't feel very comfortable
about moving in there. Patricia asks why not, and Stephen replies
that it seems rather callous with Fiona just out of the place.
Patricia tells him that the place is so big that it would be silly
to leave it empty; and he's the manager - he's entitled
to it. Stephen reluctantly says he supposes so. He then
comments that Amanda probably twisted Wayne's arm to bring her
there, just to put his mind at rest. Patricia tells him that it
wouldn't be a problem if they lived in Melbourne.
Stephen admits that he'd be happier if he could keep an eye on
his daughter, but Woombai is his home now; his work
is there. Patricia tells him that he could get a job in Melbourne
any time he wanted. Stephen replies that the only thing that would
make him even consider changing his mind is the chance to set
up his own business - but it would take more money than they have,
so it's out of the question.
Outside, Wayne helps Amanda out of the car and tells her not
to worry: Stephen will be happy to see them - it'll make all the
difference when he sees how much they love each other. He adds
that he does love her. Amanda, looking surprised, replies
that he's never said that before. Wayne explains that he wanted
to make sure he meant it first. Amanda asks about Jill,
but Wayne tells her that she's his wife and it's his baby that
she's carrying; all he wants from Jill is a friendship; at least
she doesn't hate him anymore. He assures Amanda that
it'll be alright.
A while later, inside, Wayne is telling Stephen and Patricia
that they wouldn't go to all this trouble if it wasn't for real;
the simple fact is that they do love each other. Patricia
asks if getting their hands on Dee's money doesn't come into it
anymore. Wayne replies that of course it does - but the main thing
is that they're building a life together - and looking forward
to becoming parents. On hearing this, Amanda suddenly says she's
feeling a bit weary, and she asks to be excused. She heads out
of the room, and Wayne goes with her. When they've gone, Patricia
snorts and comments that Wayne still spins a good story. Stephen
asks her if she doesn't believe him. Patricia replies that she's
sure Amanda's genuine - but she thinks the poor girl
is in for a shock once she's produced that baby. Stephen says
he doesn't know what to think; he hates to think of Amanda
spending the next few months that far away from them.
A while later, Wayne is in the office at the riding school with
Jill, and she tells him that she's really happy for him - him
and Amanda. Wayne says he has to admit: he is looking
forward to the baby; he just hopes everything works out between
Amanda and Stephen. He then tells Jill that it means
a lot to him, knowing that the two of them can be friends again.
Jill replies that, from what she's heard, she can see he's trying
to turn over a new leaf. Wayne tells her that he really is sorry
for everything. Jill says she knows. Changing the subject, Wayne
asks how the job is, and Jill tells him that it's fine - Stephen's
great to work for. Wayne asks her if she's still getting on with
Patricia OK. Jill says she guesses so... Sensing the
note of caution, Wayne asks what's up. Jill explains that she's
starting to wonder about that story of hers; she thinks Terry
might have been telling the truth after all. Wayne says he knows
Patricia couldn't lie straight in bed, but he thinks Jill's letting
her imagination run away with her; they all know what Terry is
capable of. Jill insists that she just can't get rid of the feeling
that they might have all been wrong. Wayne tells her that she
shouldn't lose any sleep over it. He adds that she, of all people,
should know that Terry's not worth it. Jill reluctantly says she
Stephen is sitting at the table at Woombai, working, when Amanda
wanders in in her dressing gown. She goes and sits down on the
couch, and Stephen asks her if she's alright. Amanda explains
that she just can't relax. Stephen asks her if something's bothering
her, and adds that, if it's all that nonense about her and Wayne,
she shouldn't be afraid to say so. Amanda assures him that it's
not that - that's all true. Stephen says he hoped she
was being honest with him. He continues, though, that he's not
entirely sure that Wayne means what he says. Amanda tells him
that she is. Stephen says he's getting quite fond of
the idea of being a grandfather; he wasn't sure at first,
but he's sure he'll spoil his grandkid rotten. Amanda starts to
look upset at hearing this. Patricia comes in and tells Stephen
that Alan Pascoe is looking for him. Stephen tells Amanda to get
some rest - it's not just her that she has to think of now. He
goes, leaving Amanda looking guilty. The 'phone suddenly starts
ringing, and Patricia, who has left the room again, calls to ask
Amanda to get it. She does, and Robin comes on. Amanda asks him
if he wants Patricia, and he replies that he does. Amanda calls
to her that it's for her and then tells Robin that she won't be
tick. Robin says there's no hurry. He asks Amanda how it's all
going, and Amanda replies that it's awful. Robin says he's sorry
to hear that. Amanda explains that she's just not handling it.
Robin, looking worried, says, "Hang on..." Amanda continues
that she tried to tell her father a few minutes ago; he and Wayne
are so looking forward to it - it's just not fair. Robin starts
to warn, "Amanda..." Amanda says she'll tell Wayne first,
then Stephen. Robin tries to say that that would be silly, but
Patricia comes into the room at Woombai at that moment and Amanda
hands her the 'phone. She asks Robin what she can do for him.
Robin asks if Amanda is still there. Patricia replies that she's
gone to her room, and she asks why the question. Robin tells her
that there's something she can do for him - and do herself a good
turn at the same time. Patricia says she doesn't follow. Robin
explains that he's found a perfect way to separate Wayne from
his money. He continues that, although a serious problem has come
up, if Patricia helps him solve it, they'll both be laughing...
A short time later, Amanda walks into the living room, but as
soon as she spots Patricia still there, she goes to walk out again.
Patricia tells her that there's no need to ignore her.
Amanda snaps that it's her father that she's interested
in seeing. Patricia comments that Amanda sure knows how to hold
a grudge. Amanda snaps back, "So do you." Patricia cooly
retorts that Robin told her about the miscarriage; she thinks
Amanda would be very silly to tell everyone about it until she's
got the money - it's only a few days, after all. Looking furious,
Amanda snaps that Robin had no right to say anything - not to
her, anyway. Patricia assures Amanda that she's not totally
heartless - she understands how she must feel about having to
hide the fact. Amanda snaps that she doesn't any more.
Patricia tells her that she knows Wayne: he goes through
these reform periods from time-to-time - but once the pressure
is on, he's back to starters - and if he's broke, there'll be
lots of pressure - and the one person that's going to
miss out is her. Amanda asks her why she's so concerned
about her, all-of-a-sudden. Patricia suggests that maybe
she wants to make up for a few things. Amanda retorts that, maybe,
but maybe not. She continues that she's sick of lying about it,
money or no money. She storms out. Patricia follows her
outside, and tells her, "There's your real problem."
They're looking into the distance, where they can see Wayne walking
in the grounds with Jill. Patricia tells Amanda that Wayne still
loves Jill. Amanda angrily asks Patricia what she
knows about love. Patricia retorts that she only knows that it
takes a lot of help to make it work. She continues that, if Amanda
tells Wayne that she's lost his baby, he'll go back to Jill like
a shot. She tells Amanda that it's up to her; why should
she care if Amanda's left out in the cold?
Robin is on the 'phone at the Morrell apartment, and he says
that that's fine: as long as Amanda doesn't say anything until
they've got the money. Patricia says she won't - not now. Robin
tells her that, as soon as the cheque is cashed, they'll be guilty
of false pretences, and they've got them where they want them.
Patricia slyly remarks that, yes, she's sure Wayne will be prepared
to make do with half once he considers the alternatives. Robin
triumphantly replies, "Exactly." Patricia comments to
Robin that he's ruthless. Robin suggests that they just say that
he needs the money. Patricia retorts that so does she
- she wants it to get her husband back; what about him?
Robin ignores this and says he thought she and Stephen had kissed
and made up. Patricia explains that she'll never get him away
from Woombai unless she can set him up in his own business - and
thanks to him, she may be able to do that very shortly...
Tony and John walk into Dural, and Margaret asks them if they
got David and Beryl on the 'plane alright. John replies that they'll
be nearly home by now, he guesses. Margaret asks if they looked
for Shelley at the Cross on the way back. John just says, "Yes."
Margaret asks if they had any luck. Tony replies that they found
her, alright. John explains that she's been living in a squat
with a few other kids; she's got herself tied up with one of them
- a bit of a hard case. Tony snaps that he's a crook;
they tried to talk her into coming home, but she reckoned she's
old enough to take care of herself. He angrily curses
that it's all his fault. Margaret says she'll come to
her senses soon enough. Tony just says, "Maybe..." Margaret
assures him that of course she will. Changing the subject, she
suggests that she fix him up a big snack in the kitchen.
In Albert Park, David pays the taxi driver and puts his and Beryl's
bags on the pavement outside their house. Beryl comments that
it's good to be home. David says a lot has happened since he left.
He suddenly notices a removal truck outside the house next door,
and he remarks that the Carters are moving out. Beryl realises
that she forgot to tell him: they moved about three weeks ago.
David says he didn't even know the place was up for sale.
Beryl says it must be the new people moving in. David
asks her if she knows much about them, but Beryl just says she
guesses they'll find out soon enough. She adds that, whoever
they are, she hopes they'll be half as happy as she and he have
been. She continues that things will be quite different there
now. David asks if she means, "No kids?" Beryl asks
if she'll be enough for him. David tells her that of course she
will; why shouldn't she be? The expression on his face suggests
The party for the tent people is in full swing in the reception
area at the guest house. Patricia is saying to one of the guests
that she and Stephen would love come to dinner. Jill
comes over and hands her a drink. Another guest calls out to Patricia,
and, looking annoyed, Patricia says through gritted teeth, "Hello,
Mrs. Pike - how nice to see you." Mrs. Pike tells Patricia
that she was wondering if she'd thought of joining the CWA. On
hearing this, Jill leaves Patricia to it and goes and talks to
Wayne! Mrs. Pike continues that she could understand Patricia
not joining when she was married to Mr. Hamilton as she spent
a lot of time in Sydney then, but now that she's staying on...
Patricia suggests that Mrs. Pike leave her to think about it and
she'll let her know what she decides. To her obvious relief, Mrs.
Pike walks off. Wayne wanders over and comments to Patricia that
Mrs. Pike was trying to recruit her for a lamington, drive was
she?! Stephen comes over and asks Patricia if she's enjoying the
party. Patricia tells him that she's glad he talked her into it
now. Jill is standing next to the man who was out walking when
he saw Terry and Patricia at the waterhole a few days earlier.
The man comments that he supposes the boss chased him off with
a shotgun. Looking puzzled, Jill says, "Sorry?" The
man explains that he means Terry - he disappeared sort of sudden.
He adds that he can't blame Mr. Morrell - it can't have
been much fun having his missus throwing herself at one of the
hired hands. Looking shocked, Jill says, "What?" The
man tells her that she knows what he's talking about - she
saw them together at the waterhole, same as him. Jill
asks him if he was there. The man replies that, yeah,
he was on the other side; he was going to go for a swim, but when
he saw the way those two were carrying on and Jill coming down
the track, he didn't want anyone to think he was perving. Jill
asks him what he saw. The man replies, "Fair go." Jill
tells him that she wasn't sure what she saw when she
got there; she wasn't sure who was interested in who; she thought
it was Terry. The man replies that it wasn't the way he
saw it - keen as mustard, that Mrs. Morrell. He adds that it's
not a thing to talk to a lady about, though. Jill, though, says
she'd like to hear more - and she'll tell him
all about what happened to Terry. She suggests that he
wait in the office and she'll be there in a minute. The man goes,
and Jill walks over to Wayne and asks to talk to him. She tells
him that she thinks she can prove that Patricia was lying
about Terry. Wayne asks how. Jill tells him to come with her.
In the office, Ron - the man Jill was talking to - is rolling
a cigarette as Jill and Wayne come in. She says to him that he
knows Mr. Morrell, and the two men shake hands. Jill asks Ron
to tell them them exactly what he saw. Ron asks her what she's
talking about. Jill tells him to tell Wayne what he saw with Mrs.
Morrell and Terry. Ron replies that he doesn't know what she means.
Jill tells him that she means the story he just told her. Ron
asks what story? Jill tells him that she wants him to
tell Wayne about the way Patricia was throwing herself at Terry.
Ron assures her that he never said nothing like that. He adds
that he just came into the office for a quiet smoke. He leaves
them and returns to the party. Jill tells Wayne that Ron just
told her that he saw the whole thing. She tells him to wait there.
Jill returns to the reception area and walks over to Ron. She
asks him why he didn't say anything. In reply, Ron asks her if
she knows what would happen if he told one of the bosses that
story: he'd lose his job. Jill says that's ridiculous,
but Ron just retorts, "You reckon?" He adds that he
knows what it's like to be out of work - it took him more than
a year to find this job and there's no way he's going
to risk it. Jill indignantly says she thought Terry was supposed
to be a mate of his; he lost his job because Mrs. Morell
said he attacked her. She tells Ron that he can set the record
straight and get him his job back. Ron retorts that, if that's
what happened, that's rough, but he's got a wife and kids. Jill
assures him that he won't lose his job, but Ron retorts that she
can't guarantee that. He adds that they both know what Mr. Morrell
thinks of his wife - there's no way he'll believe his
word over hers. Jill insists that they can prove
it, but Ron tells her that all Patricia has got to say is that
his story is bull and he's out on his ear. Jill asks what if Wayne
gives a guarantee that-- Ron interrupts her and tells her that
he's not going to trust that; that mob stick together; he's
the one who's going to feel the heat, nothing surer. He walks
Back in the office, Wayne tells Jill that she has to admit that
Ron has got a point - they might think he could be telling
the truth, but Patricia could easily convince Stephen that the
whole thing had been cooked up by Fiona and Terry's friends. Jill
snaps that Patricia isn't getting away with it. Wayne tells her
that Patricia will come undone one day - and
Terry only got what was coming to him. Jill replies that
it's not just Terry; Fiona has been like a mother to
her - she can't let this happen to her. Wayne says there's not
much she can do. Jill, though, says that, up until now, she and
Patricia have always got along pretty well - she's probably the
only person Patricia has never had a major blue with - and now
she goes and messes up the lives of two people just so that she
can try and get Stephen back to the city. Wayne warns her that,
if she's planning to take on Patricia, she could come off second
best. Jill snaps that she doesn't care; the first thing she's
going to do is ring Gordon and tell him about Ron's story - and
then she's going to think about what she can do about Patricia:
"Because one way or another, she's going to get what's coming