At Margaret's apartment, Margaret is holding the 'phone to her
ear; there's the sound of the 'phone at the other end ringing,
but no one is answering. Meanwhile, David is hanging a picture,
and Margaret is guiding him to make sure it's straight. David
asks if Patricia isn't answering, and Margaret replies that she
isn't. She then adds that she should be back by now. David asks
if it matters. Margaret explains that she just wanted to make
sure she's alright. She hangs up. Changing the subject, she suggests
that they start packing; she's got a suitcase that will be OK
for the pair of them. David asks her if she's been in
a light 'plane before. Margaret replies that she's only been in
one - and she was as sick as a dog! David tells her that
this is his first time and he can't wait!
Amanda is sitting in the corridor at the hospital in Melbourne
when Wayne comes along. She asks how Patricia is, and Wayne replies
that they've taken her to the X-Ray department. Amanda remarks
that she was obviously in terrible pain. Wayne asks her if she
got on to Margaret. Amanda tells him that she didn't try - the
last thing they need is anyone adding to the confusion. Wayne
says he wonders why Patricia was so keen that they get
Margaret there. Amanda glumly points out that it's probably so
that she can kick up a huge stink over what he did to her. Looking
shocked, Wayne says to Amanda that surely she doesn't think he
pushed Patricia? Amanda tells him that she saw the mood
he was in. Wayne retorts that it was an accident: Patricia
pulled away from him; she fell. He tells Amanda that
he needs her to back him up; what he's saying is the truth.
Amanda looks at him and then says she's going to get a coffee.
She asks Wayne if he wants one, but he declines. Amanda walks
off. Wayne stares at her as she goes.
In Jill's room at Woombai hospital, Stephen is looking at baby
Fiona, and Jill tells him that she's doing very well. Stephen
says to the child, "Are you getting stronger every day, Fiona?"
Jill comments that it's going to be a problem having two Fionas,
so she thought she might call her daughter 'Fee' - it's better
than 'Little Fiona'! Stephen says he likes it. He then adds that
he can't imagine calling Fiona Thompson 'Big Fiona'! Jill grins
broadly, but then, clutching her belly, tells Stephen not to make
her laugh as she's still sore! Looking serious, suddenly, Stephen
says he's still thinking about how upset Amanda must
have been to lose her baby. Jill asks him if he's been in touch
with her. Stephen tells her that, until they've got Margaret
on-side, he can't take the risk; if they catch Patricia out, it'll
be a different matter - they can all get on with their normal
lives. Suddenly realising how maudlin he's being, he tells Jill
that he's sorry to keep on about it. Jill assures him that she
doesn't mind. Stephen continues that, when Margaret gets there,
he thinks he'll keep well out of it - he's had enough intrigue
to last a lifetime! Jill tells him that, if he wants
somewhere to hide, the nurses are very flexible about visiting
Wayne and Amanda are still sitting in the corridor at the hospital
in Melbourne, and Wayne says he wishes he'd had a coffee now.
Amanda doesn't respond. As they sit there, Patricia suddenly comes
out through a nearby door, her arm in a sling. Amanda starts to
say to her, "Is your arm...?" Patricia replies, "Broken?
Yes." Wayne asks if the doctors are letting her go. Patricia
curtly replies that they are; they've tortured her enough;
she'd like to talk to Margaret and then go home and crash. Amanda
tells her that Margaret isn't there - they couldn't get hold of
her; she'd probably already left for the airport. Patricia, looking
annoyed, says she wouldn't have gone yet. She then snaps that
they didn't even try ringing her. Wayne says they can
discuss it at home. Patricia retorts that, yes, they can - and
one or two other things, as well. Wayne tells her that he'll drive
her. Patricia, though, snaps that she'll get a cab - it's safer.
She walks off.
A while later, at Toorak, Wayne calls to Amanda, who's upstairs,
to ask if Patricia is in her room. Amanda replies that she can't
find her anywhere. Wayne snaps, "Damn. Where's she
got to?" Amanda suggests that maybe the cab is caught in
traffic. Wayne suggests that maybe she's gone via Margaret's,
just in case. He then continues that he just wants to get the
row over and done with. Amanda comes downstairs and tells him
that she's sorry about being so uptight at the hospital; it's
just... Wayne asks, "What?" Amanda tells him that she
doesn't like watching him and Patricia at each other's throats
- and as soon as Patricia walks in the door, they're going to
have another shouting match; she doesn't know if she can handle
it, anymore. They go into the lounge room and sit down. Wayne
asks her if she's saying that because she believes Patricia's
side of it. Amanda replies that she thought at first that he pushed
her, but if he says he didn't, she believes him - although Patricia
is going to have a good go at making it look bad for him; for
both of them. Wayne glumly agrees that that's probably
true. He then continues that he doesn't know what she
wants: he's seen her go funny before and he reckons she's heading
in the same direction. Amanda asks him if he means the knock on
the head. Wayne tells her that, another time when Patricia thought
everyone had ganged up on her, she dropped her bundle and started
hitting out in all directions. Amanda says she doesn't think she
can face her if she's going to start acting paranoid. A distant
look suddenly comes over Wayne's face, and Amanda asks him what
he's thinking. Wayne replies that her idea of selling-up the estate...
Amanda asks him if he thinks they can make a go of it. Wayne tells
her that, by tomorrow, he reckons he could come up with $10,000
in cash - but it means cutting off from everybody, including her
father. Looking excited, Amanda says she doesn't care. Wayne continues
that, after that, Patricia can say what she likes; what does it
matter what she says if no one can find them? Amanda hugs him
and says, "Let's do it - please?" Wayne tells her that
they're in 'this deep'; what have they got to lose?
David is driving himself and Margaret to the airstrip, and as
they travel along, Margaret remarks that it's hard to believe
that they'll be in Woombai in a few hours. David says it'll be
good to see the place again. Margaret asks if he remembers that,
when she was looking after him, he talked about wanting to own
a place up there in the future. David replies that he used to
think about that quite a bit: a small farm, a few animals... chooks...
farmer Palmer! Margaret asks him why he doesn't look around while
they're up there. David replies that there's no point - it's all
a dream. Margaret points out that it needn't be. David
replies that it is. Margaret asks him if he means it's
a dream because he couldn't let her use her money to make it happen.
David tells her that money was the starting point for the trouble
with Beryl; he's always paid his own way and he always
will. Margaret suggests they go 50/50, then - he can
sell his truck and use the money to pay half the deposit; she'll
pay the other half - and once he gets the farm going they can
meet the payments equally. She adds that it's just a suggestion,
and she tells him to think about it. David says, "Alright...!"
Katie is sitting in the lounge room at the O'Briens', programming
her computer, when Jeff comes in. The computer suddenly beeps
at her, and she snaps at it to shut up! Jeff asks how the game
is coming along. Katie replies that she's getting there but it's
still a bit rough. Jeff then asks if Andy has been in. Katie says
he hasn't, and she asks why the question. Jeff explains that he
asked him to pick him up a cheap guitar! Katie, looking incredulous,
says that surely he's not going to learn to play?! Jeff
retorts that she'll be sorry when he's rich and famous. Katie
tells him that she'll be too old to care by the time
that happens! Jeff suggests that, maybe by then, she'll have decided
who she's more interested in: Andy or John. Katie tells him that
she can't help it if she can't decide who she likes best. Jeff
tells her to ask the computer! There's suddenly a knock on the
front door, and Jeff calls out that it's open. Andy walks in,
carrying a guitar. He hands it to Jeff and tells him that he found
it for $10 in a music shop; he's tuned it for him, too. Jeff takes
it eagerly and tries to strum some notes. Hearing the racket that
emanates, Andy shows him how to play a chord! Looking delighted,
Jeff sits down and starts picking out further notes. Looking at
Katie, Andy remarks to her that she seems to be OK on the computer.
Katie asks why shouldn't she be? Andy points out that,
the other day, she was acting all dumb. Katie tells him that sometimes
it pays - she had him and John fooling all over her, didn't she?
Andy wryly says, "I see..." Changing the subject, he
asks her how she'd like to come and see some bands tonight; he
then looks at Jeff and adds that he can come, too. Katie asks
what about John? Andy replies that he's not too keen; he's got
a lot on his mind. Jeff asks Andy if it's true that John's old
man moved out. Andy says it is. Katie says she hopes John is OK.
There's a knock on the front door at the Palmers'. John is sitting
in an armchair in the lounge room, staring into space, and he
doesn't move. The knocking is repeated, and John gives up and,
after standing up slowly, he walks to the door and opens it. Katie
is standing on the step, grinning at him broadly. John just glumly
says, "Hello". Katie remarks that that's some welcome.
She then continues that she was going to invite him for afternoon
tea. John tells her that he's not up to it. Katie replies that
she thought he might say that, so... She produces a plate
with some cake on it from behind her back. John tells her that
he's not hungry. Katie replies that she's brought two
pieces... Looking resigned, John says she'd better come in. They
head into the lounge room and sit down. Katie tells John that,
if he wants to tell her to mind her own business, that's fine,
but she knows what's bugging him: her parents split up
a couple of years back; her dad was in business with his brother
in Perth - they were builders; he worked hard to keep the business
going and it got so they hardly ever saw him. John asks her how
her mother managed. Katie replies that she tried to be understanding
but it was pointless - her father was working twelve hours a day
and she could see the whole family collapsing. John asks if she
cleared off. Katie replies that she did, but only as a last resort,
and she took her and Jeff with her; she brought them both up by
herself. John asks her how long they were with her. Katie replies
that it was two years. John then asks how Heather and Mike got
back together. Katie explains that the building industry went
bad; her dad's firm hit rock bottom; he told her
and she told her mum; her mum gave up what she
was doing, swallowed her pride and went to work for him; they
slogged their guts out until they finally realised that it was
a losing battle; her dad told her uncle that he was pulling out
of the business. John says he bets he was popular...
Katie agrees that he was as popular as a hole in the head - but
her father finally realised that family came first. John sadly
says he can't see that happening to his mum and dad.
Katie points out that he can't be sure. John tells her
that his parents' break-up is a bit messier than that.
Katie asks what he's doing sitting round the house being miserable.
John says he doesn't know; has she got any suggestions? Katie
asks him what he's doing tonight - she, Jeff and Andy are going
out to see some bands; does he want to be in it? John smiles and
asks why not?!
A short time later, at the O'Briens', Jeff strums some chords
on his guitar while Katie tells him that John just looks so down.
Jeff continues the strummming and Katie snaps that he's not listening.
Jeff tells her that John is in a bad way - there's no need to
keep going on about it. He then continues, though, that
at least he knows one thing: out of John and Andy, he
knows which one she's hooked on - she never could resist
a guy with problems. Katie says that may be, but John really needs
someone that he can open up to, and she'd like to help. Jeff jokes,
"Florence Nightingale to the rescue!"
Later, that evening, Katie stands aghast in the kitchen at the
Palmers' as she looks at all the rubbish strewn about. John sheepishly
tells her that they're going to have a good clean-up in the morning.
Katie asks where Andy is, and John replies that he's just got
out of the shower; he's really keyed-up about tonight. Jeff asks
if he's going to be playing 'talent scout', and John says he is.
Katie asks what they mean, and Jeff explains that one of the bands
they're seeing is breaking up. John adds that Andy is going to
find out if they're interested in setting-up with him.
Katie comments that Andy was pretty upset when his old mob replaced
him. John tells her that it couldn't have happened at a worse
time - it was just after his mum died; and since then, he's had
a bust-up with his girlfriend... he hasn't had a very good run.
Katie says she didn't realise. Jeff tells John that he's done
it now: his sister doesn't know which way to
turn! Katie glares at him!
In the lounge room at Toorak, Amanda asks Wayne how they're going
to get away without Patricia working out what's going on. Wayne
tells her that Patricia has a lunch appointment tomorrow; if they
start packing the moment she leaves they can be on the road by
the time she gets back. Out in the hallway, Patricia comes downstairs.
She pauses outside the lounge room momentarily and then goes in.
As Wayne and Amanda stop talking, she curtly tells them not to
let her interrupt. Amanda asks her how her arm is. Patricia
snaps that it's terrible. Wayne tells her that she should be lying
down. Patricia says she'll do that later - she's got something
to show them first. She hands Wayne a piece of paper and Amanda
asks what it is. Patricia explains that it's short but to the
point: it describes the swindle that she and Wayne have been up
to; she's lodged a copy with her solicitor with instructions to
open if it anything should happen to her. Wayne snaps, "Like
what?" Patricia tells him that she's already got one
arm in plaster to prove that she's not safe with him around. Wayne
snaps at her not to be ridiculous. He then adds that, even if
it's true, what she should be worried about is the type of person
she's turned into - no one can stand the sight of her.
Patricia retorts that Margaret is still on her side.
Wayne tells her that she won't be for much longer; by the time
Gordon has brought her up-to-date, she won't have a bar
of her, either. Patricia glares at him and walks out.
The 'phone rings at the riding school and Stephen answers it.
Patricia comes on and snaps that she wants to talk to Margaret.
Stephen curtly replies that she's busy. Patricia angrily retorts
that she doesn't care - she wants to talk to her. Stephen tells
her that he'll let her know she rang. Patricia snaps that she
wants to know what Gordon has been telling her. Stephen replies
that he's just been giving her the facts. Patricia, growing increasingly
furious, snaps at him to get Margaret for her. Stephen cooly tells
her that she best thing she can do now is leave everything alone.
He hangs up. Patricia slams the 'phone down in anger.
In the lounge room at Woombai, Margaret says she can't believe
it. Gordon asks her if she seriously believes he'd make it up.
Margaret assures him that of course she doesn't. Gordon
points out that Patricia's track recond should convince her. Margaret,
looking sad, says, "It's just so... everything she did was
to hang on to Stephen; she does love him."
Gordon points out that there's not much excuse for what she put
Amanda through. Margaret sighs. She then says that Patricia
was the one who always wanted to get her own way - even when she
was little. Gordon says he doubts she'll change. He asks
Margaret if she would be prepared to use her influence with Patricia
to get her off Wayne and Amanda's back. Margaret agrees that of
course she will. She then adds, though, that she's not going to
dump her - she's her sister and she feels sorry for her,
even now. Gordon tells her that it's up to her. Margaret
adds that there's one thing: could be please not let David know
what she's doing? Gordon says he thinks they can agree to that.
Margaret thanks him.
David and Fiona walk round the corner in the corridor at the
hospital at Woombai. They're talking, but David is asking Fiona
if they can get off the subject. Fiona replies that she
doesn't want to go on about it, but the moment he moves in with
Margaret-- David interrupts and retorts that Beryl wouldn't give
an inch; she forced him out of the house. Fiona
sarcastically says, "And there was little Margaret, ready
and waiting." David tells her that she's got it all wrong.
Fiona snaps that Margaret is just like Patricia. David retorts
that she's the opposite: she even tried to talk things
over with Beryl; she came over and tried to put things right.
Looking incredulous, Fiona tells him that that's the oldest trick
in the book. David retorts that they're not going to
agree, so can they drop it? As they stop by a door, he adds that
he doesn't want to drag Jill into it. They go into Jill's room,
and David smiles at her. He asks how the little one is, and Jill
tells him to see for himself. David goes and coos over baby Fee.
Jill and Fiona look at each other. Fiona shrugs.
The next day, at Toorak, Amanda carries a packed suitcase downstairs.
As she does so, though, she hears keys turning in the front door,
and a look of worry crosses her face. The door opens and Wayne
comes in. Amanda, looking relieved, tells him that she thought
he was Patricia. She asks him if he got the money. Wayne
replies that he had a few hassles getting such a lot in cash,
but they're all set now. He asks if there's anything more upstairs,
but Amanda says she's got everything. She then asks if she could
call her dad before they leave. Wayne, though, tells her that
there's no time - they have to drop right out of sight. Amanda
sadly says she knows. Wayne assures her that it's tough on him,
too - he'd like to ring Gordon or Rosie, but he can't. Amanda
suggests that they go, then. Wayne tells her that, from now on,
things can only look up. He pins a sheet of paper to the inside
of the front door and comments to Amanda that his only regret
is not being around to see the look on Patricia's face when she
realises that they've disappeared. They go.
In the lounge room at Woombai, Gordon is putting his shoes on
when Stephen comes in and asks him if he's heading off so that
he won't be near the 'phone. Gordon says, "No." Stephen
explains that he thought the 'phone might be running hot if Margaret
had been to see Patricia. Gordon tells him that the 'plane wouldn't
have landed yet. Stephen comments that he thought they took off
first thing this morning - David and Margaret left the guest house
straight after breakfast. Gordon explains that they were making
a trip round the district; they were looking at farms on the market.
Stephen remarks that that's quick. Gordon says he just hopes they're
going into it with their eyes open. Stephen asks if they're serious,
and Gordon replies that they're well and truly bitten by the farming
bug. The 'phone suddenly rings and Gordon answers it. A guy called
Tom Casey comes on, and Gordon asks him what he can do for him.
Tom explains that he's calling about the 'plane that Gordon chartered
to Melbourne this morning. Gordon says, "Yes?" Tom says
he's afraid there's been some trouble...
Patricia arrives back at Toorak. As she closes the front door,
she notices the note pinned to it. She takes it down, unfolds
the sheet of paper and reads:
Dear Mother, Amanda and I have had enough. You won't be able
to squeeze any more money out of us because you'll never be able
to track us down. You're not going to use us to get your own way
anymore. Goodbye - and good luck.
A look of fury crosses Patricia's face, and she scrunches up
the paper and throws it down on the floor. The 'phone suddenly
starts ringing, and she goes and answers it, just snapping, "Yes?"
STD pips sound and Gordon then comes on and says it's him. Patricia
angrily asks him what he wants - is he ringing to gloat about
the fact that he lied his head off about her? Gordon ignores this
and calmly tells her that it's important: he's got bad news for
her - there's been an accident. Patricia, suddenly looking worried,
murmurs, "Not Margaret...?" Gordon tells her, "Yes.
I'm sorry." Patricia looks horrified.