Back at the party, Patricia tells Wayne incredulously that she's
just been asked to make fig jams for the local show! Wayne laughs
and suggests that she should buy some and take the label off!
Jill comes out of the office and looks at Wayne. Stephen tells
Patricia that it might be a good idea if she does join!
Jill slyly adds that she thinks Patricia should join:
now that she's staying on, she should get more involved in the
community. Stephen leaves them and goes to talk to some of the
guests. As soon as he's gone, Patricia quietly says to Jill that
she knows she means well, but could she be a little more careful
about what she says in front of Stephen?; she doesn't want to
get too involved with the locals - they're so boring.
Jill 'innocently' remarks that Stephen seems to like
them... She goes to get a drink. Patricia looks across at Stephen.
Gordon opens the front door at Dural. Fiona is standing on the
step, and he invites her in; they head into the lounge room. He
tells her that there was no need to come all the way out there
- he was prepared to-- Fiona interrupts him and curtly explains
that Bunty and Thel have been very good to her; if they must
have a scene, she doesn't want it to take place in front of them.
Gordon explains that he actually got in touch to apologise:
Jill rang earlier this evening; she's been talking to one of the
workers on the property - he saw what happened at the waterhole
with Terry and Patricia; it seems Terry was telling the truth;
they all owe her a very big apology. Fiona thanks him, but points
out that it's not her that he should be apologising to. Gordon
says he knows. He asks Fiona if she's found Terry yet,
but Fiona sadly says she hasn't. Gordon tells her that he'll do
all he can to help - he was hoping that she might stay there at
Dural so that they could look together. Fiona retorts
that she's very happy where she is. Gordon tells her
that he knows how she must be feeling; he and Jill aren't about
to sit back and let Patricia get away with what she's done. Fiona
comments that don't say they're going to call the police.
Gordon replies that they're not - but they can make sure
that Patricia doesn't benefit from her conniving. Fiona asks how.
Gordon tells her that Patricia was obviously hoping that the incident
with Terry would help her get Stephen back to Sydney. Fiona comments
that it might still work. Gordon replies that it won't
if they can convince Stephen to say at Woombai permanently. He
adds that it's not normally the way he does things, but Patricia
gives him very few options. Fiona asks him how he plans to get
Stephen to stay at Woombai. Gordon tells her, "By making
him an offer too good to turn down."
David is sitting in the lounge room at the Palmers', taking his
shoes off. Beryl puts a tray of tea down on the coffee table as
he does so. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and she
goes to answer it. The caller is Victor Hardy. As he comes in,
he hands Beryl a pile of letters and remarks that she's a very
popular woman, judging by all the mail that arrived. David stands
up and shakes Victor's hand. Victor asks him how he is, and he
replies, "I manage." David asks him if he's heard from
Kevin and Lynn. Victor replies that they got a card today - they're
having a good time, by the sound of things. Beryl looks through
the mail and remarks that there's nothing in there from the kids
for them. They suddenly hear a dog barking loudly, and
Beryl, looking surprised, asks where on earth that came
from. Victor curtly replies that it's the new neighbours - he
intends to lodge a complaint with them as soon as possible; in
fact, he may pop in there on his way home. Beryl asks him if he
won't stay for a cup of tea, but Victor says he won't. He goes.
David says to Beryl that he supposes he'd better introduce himself
to the new neighbours tomorrow. As she continues to go through
the mail, Beryl opens a letter and tells David that it's from
the Children's Hospital Fund: they're holding a luncheon tomorrow
and she's been invited. She adds by way of explanation that she
gave them some money. David says he thinks they should just relax
and take it easy. Beryl tells him that going out for lunch will
be relaxing. Becoming annoyed, David snaps that she knows he's
not comfortable at that sort of do. Beryl insists that she'd
like to go. David snaps, "Go then - I'm not stopping you."
Beryl snaps back that she doesn't want to go by herself, but David
retorts that he's not interested; he doesn't want to get dressed
up in a suit on a blazing hot day and have lunch with a flaming
mob of socialites. Beryl angrily retorts that, 1) she doesn't
see anything phony in wanting to help a good cause; and 2) it'll
be a damn sight more interesting than sitting around the house
all day, watching television. She storms out.
The next morning, David sits down at the table in the kitchen
to read the newspaper. Beryl comes in, and David asks her if she's
off shopping. Beryl says she is, and she adds that she shouldn't
be too long. She kisses him and tells him that she's sorry about
last night. David replies that they both got a bit heated.
Beryl says she knows she shouldn't have asked him to go to the
luncheon - but she is serious about her charity work.
David says he knows - but he's still staying there. Beryl
insists that she's still going - and she's off
to buy a new dress for it. She adds that she knows it's a bit
of extravagence... David points out that it's her money.
Beryl tells him that she'll see him when she gets back, and she
goes. David sits at the table for a moment, looking thoughtful.
He then gets up and heads into the lounge room. He peers through
the window to make sure that Beryl has gone and then picks up
the 'phone and dials a number. The 'phone at the other end is
engaged, though, and so he hangs up.
At Dural, Gordon is on the 'phone to Jill, who's in the office
at the riding school. Jill asks how Fiona was, and Gordon replies
that she was better, and as keen as they are to see Patricia pulled
down a peg or two. Jill asks him when he's coming up, and he tells
her that it'll be this afternoon. Jill tells him that she'll see
him then and they hang up. There's a knock on the door of the
office, and Wayne and Amanda come in. Jill asks if they're not
hungover from the party! Wayne replies that he should
be! He then asks if Stephen's around. Jill replies that he was
a minute ago; he's probably down at the back paddock. Wayne asks
Jill to look after Amanda while he goes to find him, and he leaves
them. Jill asks Amanda what she wants: a boy or a girl? Amanda
cooly replies that either will do. Jill excitedly says that she'd
love a little girl; she wouldn't know what to call her,
though - she made up a shortlist the other night and it came to
32 names! She asks Amanda when she's due, but, wanting to get
away, Amanda goes to walk out, explaining that she's not really
in the mood to talk about babies. Jill asks if there's something
she can do. Amanda says she might go for a ride. Jill, looking
anxious, tells her that that would be silly in her condition.
Amanda snaps that she wants to be alone. Jill suggests that she
go for a walk, but Amanda insists that she's going for a ride.
Jill follows Amanda outside and calls out to Wayne, who runs
over to her. He asks what's up. Jill tells him that it's Amanda:
she's going for a ride; she couldn't talk her out of it.
Amanda is leading a horse out of one of the stables. Wayne yells
out to her and runs over to her, telling her not to be so stupid.
Amanda snaps that she's not being stupid. She adds that
there's nothing to worry about - she's got the most docile horse
in the stables. Wayne tells her that something could still happen.
He takes the horse's reins and starts to lead it away, but as
he does so, Amanda puts her foot in one of the stirrups and tries
to climb on. The movement of the horse suddenly causes her to
lose her balance, though, and she falls onto the ground, face-down.
Jill gasps in shock, and Wayne cries that he's sorry. As he tries
to help her, Amanda tells him to go away; she's fine and so is
the baby- she didn't feel anything. Wayne asks her how she can
be sure. Amanda snaps at him to stop treating her like a child.
Wayne snaps back that he wants her to stop behaving like
one. Amanda tells him that she just wants peace and quiet. Wayne
tells her that, maybe he's being overprotective, but he wants
her to see a doctor. Looking worried, Amanda asks what for; she
doesn't see the point - she's perfectly alright. Wayne tells her
that it's better to be sure. Amanda says, "No." Realising
she's got to be seen to be doing the right thing, she then quickly
changes her mind, and Jill says she'll call the doctor. Wayne
tells Amanda that she's going to be examined - no arguments.
A short time later, inside the homestead, Stephen tells Amanda
that Wayne is right: she should have let Jill call a doctor. Amanda
insists again that she's alright. Wayne tells her that she
might be, but they don't know about the baby. Patricia suddenly
comes in and, seeing the expressions on everyone's faces, asks
what's wrong. Stephen explains that Amanda had a fall. Amanda
repeats that nothing's wrong with her. Patricia asks if they're
worried about the baby, and Stephen replies that of course they
are. Patricia says it's understandable. Amanda angrily asks her
what she's talking about, and she starts to say that it would
be a waste of time-- Not wanting her to give the game away, Patricia
quickly tells her that there's no need to get excited - she knows
a very nice lady doctor in town; why doesn't she drive her in
to see her? Amanda asks if it would just be the two of them. Patricia
says it would, and so Amanda agrees, but adds that she still thinks
it'll be a waste of time. They go.
As the two of them head outside, Patricia curtly remarks to Amanda
that it's just as well she came along - she couldn't have kept
up that performance forever. Amanda thanks her. Patricia says
she hopes it proves that Amanda can trust her, as well. Amanda
pauses and then says, "Sorry." Patricia snaps that that's
gratitude for you. Amanda retorts that she got her out of a tight
spot and she's glad she lent a hand, but she knows what Patricia
is like, and there's no way she could trust her.
Gordon runs downstairs at Dural, carrying his packed bag. He's
about to leave when the 'phone rings. He answers it, and STD pips
sound. David then comes on and asks if Margaret is around. Gordon
replies that he's afraid she left some time ago; she's probably
on her way to Melbourne now. David says he'll catch up to her
down there, then. They say 'bye' and hang up.
A while later, David is sitting out in the Palmers' garden, reading
the newspaper, when a huge dog suddenly runs up and jumps on him!
David, looking shocked, stands up and pushes it off him. He uses
his paper to try and beat the dog back down the front path and
out onto the street, yelling as he does so, "Flamin' mongrel."
Victor comes along as David continues his efforts, and remarks
that the dog is a brutal thing. David growls that he'll talk to
the owners. Victor tells him that he'll be lucky to find them
home - they weren't there when he went over last night. A taxi
suddenly pulls up, and Victor looks at the occupant and remarks
to David that it's Beryl. David explains that she's says been
out for lunch. Victor comments that it's five o'clock in the afternoon
and she's only just getting home. David retorts that it's one
of those social dos - it probably dragged on. Victor tells David
that, if he was a man with David's injuries, he wouldn't
let Muriel go. David snaps back that he can look after
himself. Victor says that, even so... Beryl comes over to them
and says 'hello' to Victor. Victor tells her that she's wearing
a lovely outfit, and Beryl thanks him. He heads off. David asks
Beryl if she had a good time. Beryl tells him that it was wonderful
- she's glad she went. She continues that they actually asked
her back tomorrow, to meet the kids; she said she'd ask him
first... David tells her to go. Beryl thanks him, and they head
Gordon arrives at Woombai, and as he takes his case out of the
boot of his car, Jill comes out and asks if he had a good trip.
Gordon replies that he did. He then asks where everyone is. Jill
tells him that Stephen is up at the house and Wayne is waiting
for him in the office. Gordon asks if Wayne knows what's going
on. Jill replies that he doesn't know the details, and he's not
very happy about being kept in the dark.
A short time later, in the office, Wayne has a file of papers
in front of him, and Gordon says that, if it's going to work,
Stephen has to believe it's a joint decision by all the owners;
anything else would look very suspicious. Wayne nods in agreement.
He then remarks that they're giving away a fair bit. Gordon says
that's right - but it works for them, too. Wayne looks
at Jill and comments that it means a lot to her. Jill
agrees that it does. Wayne tells her that maybe this
is his chance to make up for some of the lousy things he's done
to her; he'll go along with it. He signs the top paper and hands
the file to Gordon.
Stephen and Patricia are sitting on the couch at the homestead,
holding drinks, and Stephen remarks that he's been looking forward
to this break all day. Patricia asks him if he's been busy, and
he replies, "As ever." Patricia asks him how come he
always seems to be doing all the work?! There's suddenly a knock
on the front door, and Patricia goes to get it. It's Gordon, and
she asks him in surprise what he's doing there. He asks if Stephen's
in. Patricia says he is, and she tells him to come in. Stephen
stands up and offers Gordon a drink, adding that he should have
let him know he was coming. Gordon smiles and says, "And
spoil the surprise?!" Patricia asks, "What
surprise?" Gordon explains that it's a business proposition,
actually. Stephen asks him if he wants to talk to him alone, but
Gordon says no - Patricia should be quite interested in what he
has to say. Stephen says he'd better tell them what it is. Gordon
explains that Woombai is finally starting to pay for itself -
and they all know that it's because of the job that Stephen has
done since he took over. Stephen thanks him. Gordon continues
that the owners have decided to make him an offer: he'll get 7½%
of the annual net profit on top of a negotiated salary if he signs
a contract to remain as resident manager for the next ten years.
Stephen looks at him in surprise. Patricia looks at him in shock.
Stephen says he doesn't know what to say. Gordon replies that
he hopes he's happy with the terms; the only security they need
is a guarantee from Stephen that he'll remain manager for the
next ten years. Patricia mutters, "Ten years..." Gordon
continues that the 7½% bonus will carry over into any profitable
areas that the riding school moves into in that period. He adds
that he hopes Stephen doesn't think ten years is too long. Stephen
replies that of course he doesn't. Patricia suggests that surely
he's going to think about it. Stephen tells her that
there doesn't seem to be great deal to think about -
it strikes him as the perfect offer. Gordon asks him if he'll
accept, then. Stephen replies that he certainly will.
Patricia looks horrified.
A while later, Gordon having gone, Stephen tells Patricia that
he's read every word and it seems even better than it first sounded.
Patricia tells him that all she's saying is that he shouldn't
sign straight away. Stephen remarks that he can't see what there
is to be gained from waiting. Wayne, who's also there, with Amanda,
points out that it's a very good offer. Patricia says she agrees,
but on the other hand, Woombai Riding School isn't BHP, either
- 7½% won't go very far. Wayne explains that Woombai is
a company - if Stephen can keep it going at a profit,
they'll be able to invest in other areas; the riding school itself
will never be big, but the company in ten years' time could be
huge. Patricia snaps that she's not saying that it's
not a good opportunity, but it does mean committing themselves
for ten years. Stephen points out that he's not planning to leave
the country! Patricia tells him that he won't have a choice to
leave if he wants to. She continues that she's not totally
against the idea; she just wants him to think about if for a few
days and be sure that he's considered all the possibilities. Stephen
says he still doesn't think he'll change his mind. Patricia looks
at Amanda and asks what she thinks. Amanda cooly replies
that she thinks he should sign it. Patricia glares at her, and
Amanda takes the hint, quickly adding that her father always used
to say that her biggest problem was rushing into things without
thinking about them. Stephen says that, if they both want him
to think it over, he'll leave it 'til tomorrow
Gordon is in the reception area at the guest house, and Jill
hands him his room key. They sit down, and Gordon tells her that
Stephen is thrilled with the offer; he'd have signed
this afternoon if Patricia hadn't been there. Jill says it's Patricia
that she's worried about. Patricia suddenly comes in
and asks, "Why's that, Jill?" She then asks
if somebody would like to tell her what's going on. Gordon says
he's not sure he knows what she's talking about. Patricia snaps
that she's not going to play games. Gordon says that, alright
- he'd prefer everything was out in the open. He tells
Patricia that she orchestrated all that nonsense with Terry so
that she could drag Stephen back to the city. Patricia snaps at
him not to be ridiculous. Gordon continues that they have a witness:
one of the property workers saw everything. Patricia's face drops
as Gordon goes on that she framed Terry and faked the whole incident
- so they want to make sure that her plan doesn't come off; it's
small recompense from Terry's point of view, but it does even
things up a bit. He tells Patricia that their offer to Stephen
was genuine, and it gives her a choice: life in the country or
life without Stephen. Patricia yells at him that he must be out
of his mind if he thinks she's going to stand back and let him
get away with something like this. Gordon retorts that he really
doesn't think she has much say in the matter; if she
tries and stops Stephen signing, they'll tell him about the witness.
The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, and Jill goes and answers
it. Robin comes on and asks to speak to Patricia. Jill tells Patricia
who it is, and Patricia says she'll take it in the office. She
goes. Gordon comments to Jill that he gets the funny feeling that
they're not too popular! Jill smiles in delight.
In the office, Patricia picks up the 'phone and snaps to Robin,
"What do you want?" Robin wryly comments that he's caught
her at a bad time, has he? Patricia ignores this and impatiently
asks if he rang to tell her something. Robin replies that he has
got something that might cheer her up: Dee's cheque for Wayne
and Amanda arrived today; a host of legal documents have to be
signed before it can be handed over, but he's just spoken to Wayne
and he's coming over tomorrow morning to put everything in order;
as soon as he does, they've got him over a barrel. Patricia smiles
happily and tells Robin that he's a godsend. Robin remarks that
he thought it might cheer her up. Patricia tells him
that it's done more than that - she's just been speaking
to a couple of people who think they've got her over
a barrel: "Are they in for a hell of a shock!"