Stephen is talking on the pay 'phone at Woombai hospital and
he tells Fiona, who's at Dural, that she's a grandmother! He adds
that it's a little girl, and she's got lovely black hair. Fiona
cries that that's wonderful - she just can't believe it! She asks
if Jill is OK. Stephen replies that it wasn't an easy
birth - the labour started when she was out showing Robin Elliott
the local beauty spots. Fiona remarks that she supposes he panicked.
Stephen, though, replies that he didn't have time to
- he delivered the baby! Fiona tells him to let Jill know that
she'll be there on the first 'plane. Stephen tells her that he'll
pick her up. Fiona tells him to let Jill know that she can't wait
to see her little granddaughter. They hang up. At the hospital,
a doctor - Dr. Hurst - comes out of the room by the 'phone, and
Stephen asks him if Mrs. O Donnel's baby is any beter. Dr. Hurst
replies that her breathing is a lot easier now that she's in a
humidicrib, but it's too soon to say if she'll survive. Stephen
asks what the problem is. Dr. Hurst explains that her lungs weren't
properly formed when she was born - and even if they can stabilise
her breathing, there's a high risk of heart failure or she could
develop a chest infection. Stephen asks him if he's told Mrs.
O'Donnel. Dr. Hurst says he has, and she's got her fingers crossed
just like they all have.
Jill is lying in bed in her room when Robin comes in and hands
her a bunch of flowers. He asks her how she's feeling, and she
replies that she's fine; a bit worn out, though - he's a lousy
driver when he's nervous! Robin laughs that he's an even lousier
midwife! Jill, though, tells him that she'll recommend
him any day! Becoming serious, Robin says he knows there's
a problem - he botched it, didn't he? Jill assures him that he
didn't. She adds that every premature baby needs special care
in its first few days; she'll be fine. There's suddenly
a knock on the door and Stephen comes in. He tells Jill that Fiona
sends her love and is on her way. Jill says to him that he didn't
say anything to worry her? Stephen says he didn't.
Beryl is sitting at the table in the kitchen at the Palmers'
when she hears the front door slam. David calls out that he's
home. He comes into the kitchen and, as he gets a beer from the
'fridge, he tells Beryl that he went down to the depot to see
the boys, and the boss has offered him all the contract work he
can handle - he's the white-haired boy since they found out how
he handed Joe Parker! Beryl, ignoring this, tells him in a cold
voice that Margaret Dunne was there. David looks at her. Beryl
continues that she told her everything. David looks puzzled.
At her apartment, Margaret says she supposes all she can do now
is sit there and wait. Patricia exasperatedly says she knows what
will happen: David will stay with Beryl and she'll end
up on her own; she's just handed him back to Beryl on
a platter. Margaret says she's really depressed. Patricia
says she's sorry - she just wanted her to be happy. She asks if
there's anything she can do. Margaret tells her that she can just
be around to pick up the pieces if she loses it. Patricia assures
her that that goes without saying. Margaret says she wonders if
David is home yet. Patricia tells her that she thinks
she should stop thinking about it for a while; they should go
out and splash some money around. Margaret, though, says she doesn't
want to go out in case David comes over. Patricia tells her that
he'll only be upset with her for admitting it to Beryl. Margaret
retorts that he'll understand that she was trying to give their
marriage a chance. She then adds, though, that it might be better
if Patricia isn't there when he gets there. Patricia agrees that
she'd probably act as a red rag to a bull. Margaret tells her
that she'll let her know as soon as she's got news. Patricia replies
that, if David has got any sense, he'll leave Beryl.
Beryl is sitting at the kitchen table while David stands by the
sink at the Palmers'. She tells David that he has to be the most
selfish man alive: for twenty years, she's put him first, and
the minute she asks him to consider her, look what happened.
David insists that nothing happened, but Beryl retorts
that Margaret wouldn't be so confident that she could take him
away from her if they weren't having an affair. David snaps that
he doesn't know what's in the woman's head - he was only seeing
her because he didn't have much of a home life. He rants at Beryl
that she's only there half the time, and when she is, she's talking
about what she's going to do next time, and she wonders
why he goes and spends time with Margaret. Beryl snaps
that it's no mystery to her: he wants a replacement for
the old Beryl - someone to wait on him hand and foot.
David tells Beryl that he wants her the way she used
to be; she can have her independence, or she can have him.
In the corridor at the hospital at Woombai, Robin asks Stephen
if he's sure the baby wouldn't get better treament in the city.
Stephen assures him that everything is fine. Jill comes out of
the nearby room, followed by a nurse, and Robin tells her that
he'll be leaving shortly. Jill thanks him for looking after her.
The nurse tells her that she'd better get her back to bed, and
they walk off. Robin tells Stephen that he's glad he's getting
away; he couldn't handle having to pretend all the time... it
must be the worst thing a woman goes through, losing a baby. Stephen
says he can remember what a thrill it was when Caroline told him
that she was expecting their first child: just like Wayne
and Amanda, they made big plans; it's the best time of your life.
Robin says he never thought about it like that. He tells Stephen
that if there's anything he can do... Stephen suggests he pray.
Robin says he's almost forgotten how.
There's a loud knocking on the door of Margaret's apartment,
and David yells out her name. Margaret calls back that the door's
open. David comes in and snaps that he's not staying - he just
wants to know why she did it. Margaret calmly replies
that Jeff did know about them - and he told Heather,
and it wouldn't have been long before it got back to Beryl;
and she didn't want Beryl to hear about it from someone else,
so she decided to make the most of the situation and give her
such a scare that she'd go back to being a proper wife to him.
David asks, "What about you?" Margaret reminds
him that, when they got involved, they made a deal: she would
back out if he thought his and Beryl's marraige would work. David
comments that it doesn't seem fair. Margaret tells him
that she's not going away empty-handed; she knows that he cares,
and if Beryl wasn't around... but he still loves her. David says
he's been with her a long time. He then tells Margaret that he
should never have got her into this; Beryl's right - he never
thinks of anyone else but himself. Margaret tells David that he's
the kind of man who needs a full-time woman around him - and if
Beryl can't come to the party, she wants to be that woman.
David says she'll let her know what happens.
There's a loud knocking on the front door of the Palmer house.
Beryl, who's still in the kitchen, doesn't answer it. She suddenly
hears Doug's voice, though, saying it sounds like no one's home.
She then hears a key turning in the lock, and she dashes out to
greet the guests. She says to Doug and Rosie that she thought
she heard the door. She asks them what they're doing there, and
Rosie explains that they decided to give her a surprise! Beryl
says she'll put the kettle on. Doug asks where David is, and Beryl
replies that he's out at the moment, but he shouldn't be long.
Rosie tells her that Doug never stops talking about David back
home; she was so pleased when Gordon told her that Mrs. Parker
was acquitted. Doug chips in that Rosie rings Gordon every week
for a chinwag! Rosie indignantly says she likes hearing all the
news! She then says Gordon told her that Wayne has turned over
a new leaf since he married Amanda. Beryl tells her that they're
thrilled about the baby. Rosie says she is, too. Beryl
remarks that she thought Rosie had washed her hands of them, but
Rosie replies that it wouldn't be Christian not to let bygones
be bygones. Doug chips in that that's one of the reasons why they're
there: so Rosie can see them. Beryl tells the guests that she
might go and make up their room. Doug tells her to have her tea
first - they're not there to put her out. Beryl goes, though.
Doug says to Rosie that he told her Beryl would be pleased
to see them. Rosie looks worried, though.
Fiona and Stephen walk into Jill's room. As she hands Jill a
basket of flowers and a pile of books, Fiona says, "Guess
who bought out the little shop at the airport!" She then
hugs her and tells her that she's so happy for her. Stephen
says he should get back to the property, but he'll call in tonight.
He goes. Fiona tells Jill that she thinks she's won a heart there!
Jill replies that Stephen has been very good to her. She then
tells Fiona that Stephen even wanted to break the news to her,
but she told him that it was her place to do that. Fiona,
looking puzzled, says, "News?" Jill tells her that they're
trying to save her baby. Looking shocked, Fiona cries,
"Oh no... I'm so sorry..." Jill assures her that she
hasn't given up hope. She suggests that they could go and see
her, but Fiona quickly says she can't. Jill asks why
not. Fiona replies that she just can't. Jill says, "Fiona..."
Fiona tells her that she knows that they'll all think she's a
coward, but she couldn't face up to thinking that she had something
to-- Jill says she understands. Fiona suggests that she must be
very disappointed in her. Jill, though, assures her again that
she understands. Jill climbs out of bed, and Fiona asks her where
she's going. Jill replies that she's going to see her baby. Fiona
asks her what she can do. Jill replies that she knows
it might sound silly, but she's sure her child knows when she's
around; she might not have much time with her, so she has to make
the most of it. Fiona looks upset.
It's nighttime, and at Woombai, Stephen comes off the 'phone.
Robin asks how the baby is, but Stephen says there's no change.
He adds, though, that at least she's still alive. He then remarks
that it's been quite a day for Robin. Robin replies that it's
been the best and worst day of his life; until today, 'the miracle
of birth' was just an effective slogan to ring out a few tears;
now he knows why it works so well. He continues that, when you're
in the PR game, you know how to lay on the bull; it's been a real
eye-opener for him. Stephen suggests that they go and have dinner
at the guest house, but Robin says he has to go to Sydney. Stephen
asks what the rush is, and Robin replies that he has to clear
the decks so that he can get away to Melbourne. He writes down
a number on a piece of paper and tells Stephen to ring him if
there's any news about the baby. He then adds that, if he's not
on that number, try Wayne's. Looking incredulous, Stephen
says that surely Wayne isn't dragging him down there to report
on how they're going. Robin assures him that that isn't
the case; he and Wayne are doing a project together, and he's
got some good news for him.
In the kitchen at the Palmers', David tells Beryl that they have
to talk. Beryl just snaps, "No." David pleads, "Beryl..."
Beryl snaps that, while he's been off visiting his girlfriend,
she spent the whole afternoon entertaining his dad and Rosie.
David snaps back that he didn't spend more than five minutes at
Margaret's and then he went for a walk. Beryl incredulously comments
that his story gets better and better. David snaps that it's the
truth: Margaret meant it when she told her that she's giving them
a chance, so it's up to them to patch things up. Beryl asks how
can they patch things up when he refuses to see her
side of it? David calms down slightly and says, OK, so he lost
his temper; if she was being more reasonable-- Beryl
interrupts and snaps that she's sick of being reasonable;
she's had it; after Patricia, he promised her that he'd
never be unfaithful again. Rosie suddenly comes in and says Doug
has built up a thirst watching television. She quickly notices
the tension in the kitchen, and just takes the beer out of the
'fridge. She tells Beryl to leave the ironing, and then heads
back into the lounge room, closing the kitchen doors behind her.
She sits down next to Doug and tells him that she thinks David
and Beryl are having a fight and that they're not supposed to
know. Doug tells her that she has an overactive imagination. Back
in the kitchen, Beryl snaps at David that she's glad
Rosie and Doug turned up, because if they'd had to settle this
tonight, she'd have given him his marching orders; hopefully,
by the time they've gone, she'll have cooled down. David tells
her that she's kidding herself if she thinks she can fool them.
Beryl retorts that they just have to make an effort; John and
Andrew arrive tomorow - they can't fight it out in front of the
whole household. David snaps that they'll do it her way.
He heads out, leaving Beryl looking annoyed.
John and Andy have a campfire going in the middle of a clearing
in the countryside. As John watches Andy's efforts to cook something,
he remarks that it's easy to see he hasn't done this before! He
takes a sip from his tea and then asks Andy if he's going to see
his girlfriend when he's down in Melbourne. Andy replies that
she's overseas. John asks him if he tried to get in touch with
her. Andy just retorts, "No."
Amanda opens the front door at Toorak, wearing her dressing gown.
Robin is standing there, and he remarks that she slept late. Amanda
snaps that 'expectant mothers-to-be' have to take care of themselves.
Robin explains that that's what he came to talk about. He asks
if Wayne's there, but Amanda replies that he's out seeing some
people. Robin tells her that she can pass on the good news to
him: he's letting them off the hook. Caught off-guard, Amanda
says, "What?" Robin tells her that she doesn't have
to pretend to be pregnant anymore. Looking surprised, Amanda remarks
that it's not like him to walk away from a fortune. Robin
replies that this time it is - and he's sorry about how
callous he was when she miscarried; he never thought about how
she'd feel. Amanda asks him how come he's thinking about it now.
Robin explains that he had to deliver a baby yesterday - Jill's
- and it started him thinking. Amanda asks what about Patricia.
Robin replies that she'll have to find some other way
to make money. Amanda points out that she'll be hopping mad when
she finds out. Robin says there's nothing she can do about it;
she doesn't know the name of the doctor he called when she miscarried;
without that, she can't prove that she and Wayne took Dee's money
under false pretences. Amanda sarcastically remarks, "Poor
Patricia..." She then says she'd like to give the money back.
Robin tells her that the money he's got he keeps.
He then adds that that's all he came to to say - she
can pass on the good news to Patricia for him. Amanda smiles as
she says it'll be a pleasure. Robin tells her that, when
she's expecting again, she must take care of herself.
Jill is sitting up in her bed in the hospital, and Fiona is hugging
her. She asks if there's any news. Jill replies she's still battling
it out; she stayed up all night with her. Fiona says it's only
natural; no wonder she looks washed-out. Jill assures her that
she's alright - the staff came and talked to her whenever they
could. As tears well up in Fiona's eyes, Jill herself starts sobbing,
and she tells Fiona not to go getting upset on her again. Fiona
replies that she can't help it - she knows she's letting Jill
down, but she just can't see the baby. Jill assures her that it
helps just having her there.
In the lounge room at Toorak, Patricia furiously snaps that she's
not going to let Robin get away with it. Amanda asks how she can
stop him: he's the one who's got the evidence
to put them in prison, not her. She then asks how it
feels to end up with nothing: no money... no home... no husband...
She adds that she can't wait to tell Wayne the good news.
She then tells Patricia to be out of there by the time she gets
back, and she heads out. Patricia stands there looking furious
for a few seconds and then goes to the 'phone on the desk and
dials. When the call is answered, she asks for a Perth number:
Bandiyap Women's Prison.
A while later, Robin arrives at Toorak and tells Patricia that
the message was waiting for him when he got back to his motel;
she got the news, then? Patricia retorts, "Chapter and verse."
Robin tells her that he's not going to change his mind. Patricia
says she thinks he might. Robin says he doesn't understand
how she can be so hard - she's got children herself.
Patricia snaps that they grow up and leave you; anyway, she'd
rather have the comfort of money in her old age - which
is why he's not going back on their deal. Robin asks her how she'll
make sure of that. Patricia tells him that his wife knows
where he is - and she's really looking forward to seeing
him. Looking horrified, Robin says, "You're kidding..."
Patricia lightly replies that she's afraid not. She then tells
him that he really can't afford those finer feelings now; he'll
need the extra money to buy his wife off. Robin angrily asks her
if she's got any idea what she's done. Patricia retorts that she
protected her interests and his; if he's got
any sense, he'll fob his wife off with part of what he stands
to make and keep the rest to himself. Robin snaps that his wife
can have the lot if it gets her off his back. He goes
to head for the door, but Patricia asks him where he's going.
He replies that he's going back to his motel. Patricia tells him
that she wants the name of the doctor that saw Amanda; there's
no point in keeping it secret now. She hands him a piece of paper,
and as he writes on it, she tells him that she'll check it out
to make sure it's correct. Robin assures her that it is.
He asks if he can go. Patricia tells him that he can't: somebody
has to break the news to Wayne and Amanda. Robin incredulously
says, "Not me..." Patricia tells him yes: he
caused the trouble, so he can fix it. Robin
snaps that, when he met her, he thought she had everything going
for her: beauty, brains... it's a pity about the part that counts
most. Patricia walks to the door. Robin stands there and sighs
David is looking around the Palmers' lounge room for something.
He opens a drawer in the desk by the window but closes it, unable
to locate the item. Beryl comes in and he tells her that he can't
find his tablets. Beryl opens another drawer, takes out the bottle
that's in there and silently hands it over. David angrily asks
her how much longer she's going to keep this up. Beryl tells him
to keep his voice down, as his dad is in the garden. David snaps
that he doesn't give a damn - he's sick of her acting
like he doesn't exist; family or no family, he thinks they should
have this out now. Beryl snaps, "No." David
tells her that she's only being bloody-minded - it's not fair
on anyone to let this drag on. Beryl sarcastically asks
if his girlfriend has given him a deadline. David snaps at her
not to be stupid. He adds that Margaret isn't even expecting to
see him unless the two of them bust up for good. Beryl
snaps that Margaret is still on his mind. David retorts
that he'd like to let her know where she stands. Beryl tells him
that if he sees Margaret or rings her, they really are
finished. Doug suddenly calls out from the front garden that the
boys are there. Beryl says she's coming. She asks David if she
can trust him not to make fools of them. David snaps, "Yes."
Fiona is sitting in the hospital corridor, looking worried and
upset. A doctor and nurse go past. Fiona looks at them, but they
don't acknowledge her. She starts fiddling with her handbag. The
nearby door suddenly opens and Jill comes out, sobbing. Fiona,
looking terrified, says, "Oh god..." Jill, though, asks
her through her tears if she wants to come and see her granddaughter
now - she's going to be fine! Fiona throws her arms around Jill
and the two of them hug each other, both sobbing with happiness.