The next morning, the papers are laid out on the coffee table
at the Morrell apartment, and Robin says to Amanda, "Sign
right there." Amanda signs the paper at the place where he's
pointing, and Wayne does the same. Robin then signs it as witness.
Wayne turns to Amanda and asks her if she's sure she doesn't want
to come along too. Amanda declines, saying she's still tired after
the drive last night. Wayne tells her to make sure she looks after
herself. He then turns to Robin and explains that she was stupid
yesterday: she was going to go for a ride on a horse - and in
her condition. Amanda pointedly tells Wayne that Robin
isn't interested. Wayne tells Robin that he's sorry.
Robin says he'll see him in about an hour, and Wayne goes. As
soon as the front door has shut, Robin says to Amanda that there's
not long now. Amanda asks him what he means. Robin tells her that,
once Wayne has handed the papers over, the next lot of money will
be theirs. He asks if she isn't glad that he talked her out of
saying anything. Amanda snaps that the last few days have been
the worst in her life. Robin tells her that it'll be
better in the long run. Amanda snaps at him that he shouldn't
have brought Patricia into it. Robin replies that he had
to: with her going to tell Wayne about losing the baby, he knew
she'd be sorry if she did. Amanda snaps that he and Patricia aren't
sorry about them - Patricia's already used it
against her. She then asks Robin what he's after. Robin
suggests that they wait until Wayne gets back, and they can talk
about it then. Amanda snaps that she wants to talk about
it now. Robin smiles nastily and says, "Alright..."
He then adds that it might be better in a way - then she
can tell Wayne and save him being in the firing line.
He continues that he believes in making the most of every opportunity;
he needs money badly, and when she miscarried, he saw the chance
to get it. He adds that he figures he's helping them too, although
they probably won't believe him. Amanda snaps at him to just tell
her what he wants. Robin explains that he's the only one who knows
the name of the doctor who saw her after she miscarried; he called
him. He continues that, since Wayne is taking money under false
pretences - claiming money for a pregnancy that doesn't exist
- he's the only one who stands between them
and a criminal charge. Amanda says, "Meaning?" Robin
replies, "I'm in a perfect position to blackmail you..."
In Melbourne, David has been out for a run, but as he comes to
a halt back outside the Palmer house, he finds the dog from the
previous day digging up the flower beds in the front garden. He
suggests that he should take it home, and he grabs the dog's collar
and leads it up the path of the house next door. As he goes to
let go of it, he tells the dog not to make a habit of it. He's
about to walk off again when a man comes out of the house and
yells, "Come on you two - we won't get anywhere
at this rate." He suddenly notices David standing there and
asks him what he can do for him. David explains that he just brought
the dog home. He then introduces himself and explains that he
lives next door. The man tells him that it's nice to meet him,
and he introduces himself as Mike O'Brien. He tells David not
to say that the dog was digging up their place. David says it
was there yesterday, too. Mike semi-humourously comments that
it's a nice start with the neighbours. David tells him not to
worry about it, although he then adds a warning about Victor Hardy,
the Palmers' other neighbour! A girl and boy, both apparently
in their late-teens, come out and join their father, and Mike
introduces them to David as his children, Katie and Jeff. They
say 'hello'. Mike tells Jeff to keep a better eye on Titus. Jeff
tells David to give him a shot of water from the hose to get rid
of him if it happens again. Changing the subject, Mike says to
David that he doesn't mean to be rude, but Jeff and Katie have
appointments. He then suddenly says to David that he thinks his
wife knows him. He calls out to her, yelling, "Heather!"
and explains to David that she was Heather Townsend; she grew
up around there; when the estate agent mentioned the name of David
Palmer, she thought she recognised him. Mike calls out to his
wife again, as David recalls that he used to go to school with
a Heather Townsend - she was in the year ahead of him. Mike calls
to Heather again, but Katie says she thinks she's out in the laundry.
Mike tells David to stick his head over the fence if he sees her
in the yard. David leaves them to it. As he heads back to the
Palmer house, he suddenly hears the 'phone starting to ring inside.
He runs in to answer it and Margaret comes on. David tells her
that he thought it might have been her. Margaret asks
why, and David explains that he 'phoned Sydney yesterday and Gordon
said she'd left. He adds that he thought she might have 'phoned
last night. Margaret replies that she was going to, but
she was nervous, she guesses. David understandingly says, "Right..."
Margaret asks if Beryl's there. David replies that she isn't -
she's out with her charity carry-on. Margaret explains that she
was going to look for a unit today, and she'd love some company
if he hasn't got anything else to do. David says he'd be glad
to come along. He asks if they should take his car, but Margaret
replies that she's hired one; she'll pick him up at about 1pm.
David says he'll be ready. Margaret says she's really looking
forward to it, and David tells her that he is, too. They
At the Morrell apartment, Robin pours a drink as Wayne comes
out of his and Amanda's bedroom. He asks Wayne if Amanda told
him everything. Looking both upset and angry, Wayne walks towards
Robin and, through gritted teeth, asks him what sort of creep
he is. Robin cooly replies that he's about the same sort of creep
that Wayne used to be, by all accounts. He goes to give Wayne
a drink, but Wayne pushes the glass away and it smashes on the
floor. He then grabs Robin's shirt collars and tells him not to
push it. Robin tells Wayne that he's the one in the wrong
and he's got the proof of that. He adds that he can understand
how upset he is; he'd be the same in Wayne's shoes - but he needs
the money, and that's that. Wayne angrily asks him if he can't
see what he's doing to Amanda. Robin says she's upset. Wayne snaps
that she's a mess - it was bad enough losing the baby,
but to have to lie about it... Robin retorts that it
was her choice. Wayne says she told him how he and Patricia
worked on her. Robin replies that they merely pointed out the
advantages; it's a business deal, that's all: he needs
the money and Wayne has got it. He then says he doesn't
suppose Wayne will want to stay there after what's happened, so
he'd like two cheques for half the amount he was given today -
one for Patricia and one for him - and he'll continue to live
there rent-free for as long as it suits him. Wayne asks what he'll
do if he refuses. Robin points out that he doesn't want to go
to prison; and even more importantly, he doesn't want Amanda
to go to prison... He continues that he'll be in his bedroom -
call him when they're leaving. Wayne glares at him.
John and Fiona are walking along by the beach in Manly. John
tells Fiona that Beryl and David are sorry they missed her before
they went back to Melbourne - Beryl wanted to explain about giving
Gordon her vote. Fiona curtly replies that she did what she thought
was right; Alice Parker's trial was more important. John comments
that she still blames Beryl a bit. Fiona says she'd expected
her to vote in her favour, especially with Patricia involved.
John says she thought it was fair to go with what Gordon decided
after hearing both sides. Fiona just says, "Yeah..."
John then says he was disappointed the other night: she came to
the house but didn't wait to see him. Fiona explains that she
found it very hard relaxing with Gordon around. John tells her
that he's doing his best to make it up to her. Fiona retorts that
Terry disappeared and she doesn't know where he is; it doesn't
matter what Gordon does - he can't make up for that.
Later, in the lounge room at Dural, John says to Barbara that
it got to a point where he really wanted to chip her about it.
Barbara remarks that it sounds as though someone needs
to. John comments that she's so down - she loves Terry
so much. Barbara retorts that she loves him too much,
if you ask her. Andy suddenly comes in, and John asks him what
he's doing there. Andy explains that he's auditioning singers
and musos - he's trying to get his own group together. John comments
that he's going to show the other band that he doesn't need them,
is he?! Andy asks Barbara if she's got a power board, and Barbara
tells him to have a look in the laundry cupboard. Andy tells John
to come outside and help him set up. John remarks to Barbara that
she's in for a good time, having musos all over the place! Barbara
replies that she likes to live dangerously!
Wayne is sitting in the Morrell apartment, signing the cheques.
Once he's done, he puts his chequebook in his briefcase and closes
it. Amanda comes out of the bedroom and Wayne stands up. He tells
her that it's only money. Amanda cries that she feels terrible.
Wayne, though, tells her not to - the main thing is that they've
still got each other; there'll be other babies. Amanda
says she wouldn't blame him if he told her to get lost; giving
people like Patricia and Robin something to hold over him... Wayne
assures her that it still doesn't stop him feeling great about
them; they can creep off and go back to Melbourne and
have a normal life; he's still got enough money to buy part
of Fiona's share of Woombai, and they've got the business to work.
Amanda asks what about the baby. Wayne tells her that they'll
give it a week and then tell everyone that she just lost it; no
one has to know when it really happened; when that's done, it's
the last they'll have to do with lying and cheating - they'll
start a proper married life. He yells out to Robin that they're
going. Robin comes in and Wayne tells him that the cheques are
on the table: one for him and one for Patricia. He continues that
he wants the name of the doctor who came to see Amanda so that
he can make sure Robin isn't getting any more out of them. Robin,
though, says he's been thinking that they've been selling themselves
short: the terms of the will were payment on marriage, payment
one month after they knew a baby was on the way, and the bulk
of the money after the baby was born - so why lose out on the
bulk of the money? He tells them that he thinks they should go
ahead and have the baby. Amanda looks at Wayne in shock.
Wayne snaps at Robin that he's crazy - how's Amanda supposed
to fake it? Robin replies that all she has to do is wear loose
dresses at the right time, and then, a couple of months before
the baby is due, they both take a trip overseas; they can say
that Amanda needs a break or something; then they can come back
with fake birth and death certificates, which are easy to arrange
over there; they get their money and he
gets his cut - it's better than it going to charity.
Amanda angrily snaps that it's the sickest idea she's ever heard.
Robin cooly replies that they're amazing - they're the ones that
got married because some vicious old crone wanted to play games
with everyone; they got the ball rolling. Amanda snaps
that they're finished with that sort of thing. Robin
tells her that they will be in six months. Wayne asks what about
Amanda? Robin retorts that she'll get used to it - it's easier
to adjust to that than a prison cell. He tells them to remember
that the the charge is fraud, and he adds that people have done
worse things for money - believe him.
Margaret is walking up to the Palmer house, but as she does so,
David runs over to her from the O'Briens' front garden. Margaret
tells him that she's sorry she's late. David tells her that he's
got a surprise for her: how would she like to see a picture of
herself when she was eight years old?! He laughs!
A few minutes later, Margaret is looking at a photo in the lounge
room at the O'Brien house, and she asks if she really looked like
that! She then points out 'little Heather Townsend', and Heather
laughs that she was always the midget of the class! She tells
David and Margaret to have a seat, and they all sit down. Heather
explains to Margaret that David was waiting out the front for
her when she came charging out; he must have wondered what hit
him! She adds that it's a good thing that Mike had said something,
or he'd have thought she was nuts! She continues that she was
just so exicted to see a face from the old days - and when he
told her who he was waiting for-- David quickly interrupts and
asks if the two of them went all the way through school. Margaret
tells him that they went all the way through from infants! Heather
remarks that it's funny how they lost touch. Margaret replies
that it's inevitable, she supposes. Heather asks whether the neighbourhood
has changed much. Margaret asks her how long she's been away,
and Heather replies that it's about 15 years - she and Mike moved
to Perth a few years after Jeff was born; the building boom was
on and they'd heard that it was a nice place to bring up kids.
Margaret asks what the building boom has got to do with it, and
Heather explains that Mike's a builder; well, he was
- he had his own business until recently. David asks if he's setting
up again there in Albert Park, but Heather replies that he and
his brother went bust - so when they decided to start again, she
suggested they came back there. David asks what Mike's doing,
and Heather replies that he's bought a lawnmower round - he likes
working outside. She offers her guests some coffee, but Margaret
declines. Heather tells her that she's not getting away that
quickly! She adds that it's good to see her again, and Margaret
replies that it's good to see her, too. She turns to
David and remarks on what an amazing surprise it is. David reminds
her that he told her so!
In Sydney, John walks up the steps to a house and knocks on the
door. Fiona answers and, looking surprised to see him, asks what
he's doing back so soon. John tells her that there are a few things
he should have said this morning and didn't. Fiona snaps that
she's really not in the mood, but John retorts that that's too
bad. He continues that this isn't about Gordon or Beryl or David
or Terry; it's about her - coming back to Manly after
all this time really brought it back home. He holds out his hand
and tells Fiona to come with him. Fiona takes it and they walk
down the path to the pavement. They then pause and turn and look
at the place where Fiona is staying. John tells her that he remembers
walking past there about two years ago - he was in a lot of trouble,
and there was an amazing lady who helped him out; she was prepared
to help anyone - she was so much fun, and so full of
life; about the best friend anyone could have; he doesn't know
what happened to her... Fiona looks into the distance and says
she's still the same old girl. John tells her that she can't look
at him when she says it. Fiona retorts that she's happy
with herself, even if he's not. She turns round to go
back inside, but as she does so, John calls out, "Aunt Fiona..."
Fiona turns and looks at him and remarks that he hasn't called
her that in a very long time. John tells her that he wants her
to be that again - they love her so much; they want to help her...
please... They hug.
At the O'Briens', Heather, David and Margaret are walking to
the front door, and Heather asks Margaret if it's definite: lunch
tomorrow? Margaret says it is. Heather wishes her good luck with
the flat-hunting. David and Margaret are about to leave when the
front door opens and Mike comes in. He doesn't notice the guests
standing at the side of the hallway, and he goes and throws his
arms around his wife! Heather points out to him that they're not
alone, and Mike, pulling away in slight embarrassment, comments
to David that it looks like he and Heather caught up. He turns
to Margaret and says, "Nice to meet you, Mrs. Palmer."
Heather quickly corrects him, and Margaret explains that she's
just a friend of the Palmers. David adds that Beryl is
his wife - she's away for day. He and Margaret go, leaving Heather
to tell Mike that he's a big klutz! Mike asks if the kids are
home yet. Heather says they aren't, and Mike smiles and, with
a hint of something improper in his voice, says, "Good!"
Heather tells him that he should be ashamed of himself - and on
his wedding day, too! Mike hands her a bouquet and she kisses
him in delight. He then asks her if she told Dave and Margaret
about it. Heather asks if he means the wedding. Mike nods that
he does, and Heather replies that, no she didn't - it's a family
affair. She tells Mike happily that she loves him.
Sometime later, there's a wedding cake on the kitchen table,
with little figurines of a bride and groom upon it, together with
the words 'Good Luck'. Katie says she'd like to propose a toast
to Mr. and Mrs O'Brien, second time around - and to the rest of
the family because they're not bad, either! They all take sips
of champagne, and Heather suggests they cut the cake. Mike tells
Katie that she made a great job of it. Mike and Heather both cut
the cake, and Mike says it's all official now! Jeff sourly says
it's a bit stupid if you ask him - they're acting like it's a
real wedding. Mike tells him that it's as good as; even though
he and Heather didn't get divorced, they went through a pretty
rough patch of it; he's glad they decided to go through
the ceremony again. Katie adds that a lot of people are
doing it now. Jeff snaps that it's a big fuss over nothing. Heather
asks him to please not spoil it, and Katie adds that she didn't
go to all the trouble of getting them back together for him
to spoil it. They suddenly hear Titus barking outside, and Mike
asks Jeff to get him. Jeff says he'll shut up, but Mike insists,
and Jeff gives in and goes. Once he's gone, Mike comments that
his son is pushing. Heather tells him that he's just not used
to having his father around again. Mike uncertainly says, "Yeah..."
At the Palmers', Margaret calls from the kitchen and tells David
- who's sitting watching TV - that that's the dishes cleared away.
She hangs up the tea towel and places a vase of flowers in the
middle of the kitchen table. She then looks at her watch and anxiously
walks into the lounge room and tells David that it's nearly 8:30pm;
Beryl said she'd be back at about 9pm - she really wants to be
gone when she arrives. David tells her that there's no need to
rush off - there's another half hour yet. Margaret insists that
she doesn't want to risk it - it's Beryl's house; she had a hard
enough time when she decided to come there when they got back.
She then adds, though, that she supposes someone had
to cook him a meal. David tells her that it's nice to get spoilt
again. He adds that he really wishes she didn't have to go. Margaret
sadly says, "Me too."
Jeff finds Titus in the Palmers' garden again. He chases the
dog, but it runs up and starts digging around under the Palmers'
front window. Jeff goes after him, but as he stops by some bushes,
the front door opens. Jeff pulls the dog into the bushes and hides.
He can hear as Margaret is saying she'll shift her things in the
morning, before lunch. She adds that it's nice to have got it
all organised today. She thanks David for his help, and David
replies that he was pleased to help. Outside, Jeff tells
Titus to stay still. David says, "Goodnight," and Margaret
goes to leave. David, though, tells her, "Not yet."
He pulls her back in and kisses her. He then pushes the door shut,
and he and Margaret start kissing again, more passionately. Jeff
says to Titus that Mr. and Mrs. Palmer would have thought they
were perving if they'd have caught them. With the door shut, he
gets up and leads Titus back down the path to next door. David
and Margaret continue kissing, oblivious to anything else...