Matt is at the Palmer house the next morning, and he tells John
that he thought that if anyone could get through to her,
he could. John, though, replies that she won't listen
to him. Matt says she might - he and Angela
were very close to her. John tells him that things have changed.
Matt says he knows they had a big split. John replies that he
can say that again. Matt tells him to just show that
he's concerned - it might make a difference. Looking uncomfortable,
John explains that they haven't had anything to do with each other
for ages; they just said 'hello' at Woombai. Matt asks
John about how he helped her once before when she had breakdown.
John replies, "That was then." Matt asks how
bad it was. John explains that she almost died - an overdose of
sleeping tablets. Matt comments that she went right off. John
replies that she hardly knew anybody was there. Matt
tells him that it's different this time: she's letting it all
out - at anyone who ever tried to hurt her. John says that she
wouldn't try and kill herself... Matt replies that it's
a possibility - she could go right into herself again. John comments
that she probably hates him as much as the rest of them.
He asks Matt if he can't get Margaret to talk to her,
but Matt replies that she's too ill. He tells John to show Patricia
that he cares - it might be enough to get through. John says she'll
probably slam the door in his face. Matt tells him to take the
chance - it seems to him that it's the only hope; the alternative
is pretty drastic. John says he'll think about it.
Katie is in the garden of one of her father's clients, trying
to start her lawnmower. Mike walks over to her and asks what the
trouble is. Katie tells him that she's alright, but Mike asks
her if she knows what she's doing. Katie snaps that of course
she does. Mike tells her that they're due home for lunch soon,
and he suggests that she go and let him have a try. Katie
snaps again that she can do it. Mike tells her that she doesn't
have to prove anything; she's doing a great job. He suggests to
her that she run home and tell Heather that he'll be there soon.
A short time later, in the O'Briens' kitchen, Katie tells her
mother that she saw Andy as she was coming back; she gave him
a big wave but she didn't get much back; she doesn't think he's
interested. Heather smiles and asks her daughter if she's looked
in the mirror: at the moment, she looks more like a grease monkey
than a girl! She suggests to her that she have a shower and put
on a nice dress. Katie indignantly says she's still the same girl
underneath - but she was going to get changed anyway! Heather
suggests to her that she go in and welcome Andy back - it'll be
a while until lunch is ready. Katies flutters her eyelashes and
asks her mother if she should show him how fluffy and feminine
she can be! Heather says she's never known it to hurt!
In the kitchen at the Palmers', Andy tells John that he thinks
he's got his new band. John says that's great! Andy adds that
they're really interesting guys. He then continues that they're
from Melbourne originally - and they're willing to come back there
and work. John tells him that he's sorry he ran out on him in
Geelong. Andy replies that it's just as well that he remembered
that it was Beryl and David's anniversary. He asks how it went,
but John glumly replies that it wasn't too good: they're getting
a divorce. Looking shocked, Andy says he's sorry. John says he
is, too. Andy continues that now John has got Patricia
to worry about... John says he doesn't know what to do;
he'd made up his mind not to get mixed up with her again. Andy
tells him that if it will help, he should; he was thinking
about his mum - he didn't know she was that sick; if
he did, he could have done something before it was too late. John
tells him that he can't blame himself for that. Andy
sadly replies that he'll never know. He then adds that the guys
in his new band are really into helping people. He's interrupted
by a knock on the door, and he goes to answer it. Katie is standing
on the step, and she says cheerfully, "Welcome back!"
Andy invites her in. Katie explains that she can't stay long.
She asks how Geelong was, and Andy replies that it was good -
he found his new band. Katie tells him that that's terrific! Andy
adds that they'll be making Melbourne their base, and Katie says
she's glad - he'll be round for a while, then. They go in the
kitchen and join John. Andy tells her that he was thinking he
might see some bands tonight; check out the competition. He asks
if she'd like to go, and Katie happily replies that she'd love
to. Andy then asks John, but he replies that he doesn't think
he can manage it - not after this afternoon; he's just decided
to do something that he's not really looking forward to...
A short time later, the O'Briens are sitting around the table
in their living room, having lunch. Katie comments to Jeff about
what a guts he is: first he eats his sandwiches at school and
then he comes home for lunch! Jeff retorts that he had
to come home and get his running gear. Mike comments that he thought
he didn't train the day before a big race. Jeff explains that
his coach has got him doing some light stuff. He asks his parents
if they'll come and watch him. Mike smiles and replies that he
thinks they can manage that if Katie fixes the mower in time!
Katie indignantly snaps that she can do it. Mike tells
her that he doesn't expect her to be a mechanic. Katie
smiles and replies that that's what her mother reckoned she looked
like - a grease monkey; still, her mother knows her way round
a man! Heather quickly explains that she gave Katie a little womanly
advice and it worked. Katie adds that she changed into a dress
and within five minutes she was asked out tonight! Mike tells
her that Heather used to walk past the building site
where he worked, half a dozen times a day, all dolled up! Heather
tells him that it was twice a day, on the way to and
from work, and she dressed nicely for her job. Mike digs
that she dressed nicely especially after he started whistling
at her! Jeff asks how they got to talk to each other. Mike explains
that, one day, Heather 'twisted her ankle' and had to lean against
the fence for a while. Heather tells him that she did
twist her ankle! Mike continues that the only decent thing a bloke
could do was run her home - which is what she had in mind! Heather
tells her kids not to believe a word of it - she thought Mike
was a noisy lout! Mike points out that that didn't stop her saying
'yes' when he asked her out! Heather replies that she was being
polite! Jeff chips in, "Look what happened: us!"
Katie says who knows what might happen: in twenty years,
she and Andy might laugh at him hardly noticing her this morning
when she was all greasy! Mike comments that he didn't know she's
serious about Andy. Katie replies that she isn't
- but at least she picked the right one: John seems to be a wet
blanket. Jeff remarks that he thought she liked guys
with problems. Katie replies that she doesn't when they last for
Patricia sits down on one of the settees in the lounge room at
Toorak. John is sitting on the other settee. Patricia asks him
what suddenly made him decide to come and see her. John tells
her that he wanted to see how she's getting on. Patricia curtly
retorts that it doesn't have anything to do with Matt Kennedy,
then. John looks down guiltily, and Patricia angrily asks, "What
did he think you could do? Convince me that I'm round the twist?"
John explains that they're worried about her. Patricia
snaps that he and Angela cut her dead; she wouldn't trust
him an inch - he's in with rest of them. John
tells her that he's not in with anyone - and neither
is Matt; they're worried about her, that's all. Patricia tells
him that she doesn't need his help. John retorts that
she needs someone - he's stuck by her before when she's
been sick. Patricia snaps that she isn't sick. John tells
her that, with some of the thing she's doing, something's
wrong. Patricia snaps, "What about what people have done
to me? Don't they count?" John tells her
that what happened to Margaret was an accident. Patricia
snaps that she nearly died because Gordon dragged her up to Woombai
to get back at her; he shouldn't expect her to forgive
him. John snaps back that she can't spend the rest of her life
trying to get back at people. Patricia yells that she'll do what
she likes, and he and Matt and everybody else can just keep out
of it. She stands up and snaps that she's going to the hospital.
John tells her that he cares about what happens to her because
she's his mother. Patricia angrily suggests that he save
that line for Beryl - she's the one with the
money these days.
A while later, John is sitting with Matt in the kitchen at the
Palmers'; the two men are drinking beers. John tells Matt that
there was no way she was going to listen to him - if he'd suggested
she needed treatment, she would have gone off the deep end. Matt
glumly remarks that it was worth a try. Andy comes in and asks
John if he can borrow a shirt. John tells him to help himself.
Andy asks him if he's sure he won't come. John replies that he
just doesn't feel like it. Andy goes. Matt tells John not to let
Patricia get him down. John, looking worried, asks what will happen
to her. Matt tells him that there's only one option left - but
he'll have to ring Stephen and get his permission. John tells
him that he can 'phone from there if he likes. Matt asks him if
he's sure Beryl won't mind the bill. John sadly replies that,
as Patricia said, Beryl is the one with the money; he
reckons she can stand it. Matt stands up.
Patricia is standing in the corridor at the hospital in Melbourne.
A doctor is with her and he asks her how she thinks Margaret seemed
today. Patricia replies that she was very quiet - the effects
of the drugs, she supposes. The doctor asks if Margaret said
much. Patricia tells him that she said little more than 'hello'
and 'goodbye'; still, she'd like to sit with her. The doctor tells
her that Margaret has lost ground, and they're quite worried.
Patricia comments that surely it's natural that she's depressed?
The doctor, though, replies that it's more than that: she's hardly
making any progress at all; she's giving up. Patricia
tells him that that's nonsense - she's got everything to live
for. The doctor tells her that there's only so much they can do
- he knows she's in a lot of pain, but if she lets go at this
stage there's very little they can do. Patricia snaps that he's
talking as though Margaret was still on the 'critical' list. The
doctor replies that she is, he's afraid. Patricia snaps
that her sister is going to be fine - if they can't do
their job properly, she'll find a doctor who can. She
Stephen is on the 'phone at Woombai, talking to Matt. He tells
him that he can't be serious. Matt, though, replies that she needs
help urgently - she won't accept treatment voluntarily, so it's
up to him. Stephen points out that they're separated
now. Matt tells him that he's still legally her husband - he can
authorise to have her committed. He adds that it's her only hope
- Stephen has got to do it for her sake.
A short time later, Barbara is in the lounge room with Stephen,
and he snaps that she had no right to bring Matt Kennedy into
it. Barbara snaps back that, after what Patricia did to Gordon
and Fiona and Terrry... he and Jill will be next on the list;
something had to be done. Stephen snaps that she should
have talked to him first - he doesn't want to have her
committed. Looking shocked, Barbara says,"Good god..."
Stephen tells her that he's not signing the papers. Barbara says
she knew Patricia was on edge, but she didn't know it had gone
that far. Stephen tells her that it's only Matt's opinion.
Barbara points out that he's a psychiatrist - he'd hardly suggest
that unless it was absolutely necessary; he should have agreed
to sign the papers. Stephen asks how can he? - he's not
in love with her anymore, but he still cares about her.
Barbara tells him that he'd be helping her. Stephen says
he can't do it. Barbara tells him that it's up to him.
Matt sits down with John in the kitchen at the Palmers' and comments
that it looks like they've reached a dead end. John asks if there's
anything else they can try - something that might shock her out
of it - like with Angie. Matt wryly reminds John that he was dead
against that, if he remembers correctly. Looking sheepish,
John points out that it worked. He asks what will happen
if they can't do anything. Matt replies that, he'd say
that she'll become more destructive - even worse than she already
is - and she'll force someone into hitting back; next time it
might be more than a broken arm, though. John comments to him
that he seems to be very involved for a doctor. Matt tells him
that he loves the woman. He adds, "God knows why,"
continuing that he knows how vindictive she can be - but he's
also seen another side of her: how much she can care. He tells
John that she needs a lot of help, and adds that there must be
Katie is sitting in the lounge room at the O'Briens', talking
on the 'phone. She quietly tells the person on the other end that
it's lucky it was her who answered. The front door suddenly
opens and she looks around nervously. Jeff comes in and Katie
calls out that their mum is in the kitchen. Jeff asks who's on
the 'phone, but Katie snaps that it's just a girlfriend. Jeff
heads into the kitchen and Heather asks how his training was.
Jeff tells her that he reckons he'll do alright tomorrow. Heather
then asks if Katie said who was on the 'phone. Jeff replies that
she said it was some girlfriend. In the lounge room, Katie tells
the person she's speaking to that she did have something
else planned, but if it's important she'll make sure she's there.
She adds that she feels a bit awful going behind her mum and dad's
backs, though. Jeff comes in and Katie quickly tells the person
that she has to go. She hangs up. Jeff remarks to her that that
was quick - she usually talks to her girlfriends for hours.
Katie looks nervous.
A short time later, Katie is standing on the doorstep at the
Palmers'. Andy tells her that he was looking forward
to going out tonight. Katie replies that so was she, but something
came up. Andy says that's fair enough. Katie then says she was
wondering if he could do her a big favour. Andy asks what it is.
Katie tells him that she still wants her mum and dad to think
that she's gone out with him; she asks if he could drop her off
and pick her up down the road a bit. Andy asks her if she's doing
something that she doesn't want her parents to find out about.
Katie assures him that it's nothing 'wrong'. Andy tells her that
he doesn't want to see her get in trouble. Katie assures him that
she won't. She then adds that she wishes she could tell him about
it but she can't. She pleads with him to do if for her,
and Andy gives in. Katie tells him that she'll see him at 7pm.
She goes and Andy closes the door. He heads into the lounge room
and asks John if he's seen his cassette recorder. John says it's
by his bed. Andy explains that he thought he might listen to some
tapes. He heads off. When he's gone, Matt says to John that he
just thought of something: Andy just mentioned a tape...; he'll
ring Barbara to see if she can organise things for him. He 'goes
to the 'phone. As he stands there, he says that, with any luck,
he might be able to get his hands on what he needs this afternoon;
if what he's got in mind works, he might be able to break through
A short time later, Matt is speaking to someone on the 'phone
and he tells them that he'll come and pick it up. He hangs up
and tells John that it's done. John asks him if he's sure it'll
work. Matt replies that he isn't. He then adds, though, that at
this stage, he's willing to try anything; it's a long
short, the same was as it was with him and Angela. John asks if
it won't push her further over the edge. Matt tells him that that's
the risk; it's got to shock her into realising that she needs
help; if she'll commit herself voluntarily, they're halfway there.
John says it seems like a pretty big 'if' to him. Matt tells him
that it is - so wish him luck...
At the O'Briens', Jeff is sitting at the table with some books
in front of him. Mike is standing next to him. Heather comes in
and remarks that it would have been nice if someone had offered
to give her a hand with the washing up. Mike tells her that he's
helping Jeff with his homework! There's suddenly a knock at the
door and Heather gets it. Tony is standing there. Heather tells
him that Jeff is in the lounge. The two boys say 'hi' to each
other, and Jeff then asks Tony how come he wasn't in school today.
Tony replies that he won't be going anymore - not to that
school, anyway; he's moving down to Lorne. Jeff asks how come.
Tony explains that his mum has got a job and she reckons he should
be with her, so the whole family can be together again. Heather
says that will be nice. She asks Mike for a hand with the dishes.
Mike tells Tony conspiratorially not to get married, as you never
get a minute's peace! He and Heather leave the room. Jeff tells
Tony that it won't be the same at school without him. Changing
the subject, Tony asks who it was that he saw Katie with. Jeff
tells him that it was Andy, from next door - they've gone to see
some bands or something. Tony replies that it wasn't Andy
she was with; she passed him in the car on his way over - she
was with some old guy. Jeff tells him that he couldn't
have seen properly. Tony retorts that he saw well enough to see
it wasn't Andy - no way.
At the Palmers', John is sitting watching television when Andy
comes in. Looking surprised, John asks him what he's doing back.
Andy explains that Katie dipped out on him. He then adds that
something funny is going on: she got him to pick her up and drop
her off a couple of blocks away, but she wants her mum and dad
to think she's out with him. John comments that he doesn't
like the sound of that. Andy, though, says he thinks she's pretty
sensible. Changing the subject, John mentions the tape that Andy
lent him. Andy says, "Yeah?" John explains that, when
he said the blokes in the band had given it to him, he thought
it must have been music. Andy replies that it's them
just sort of talking about the way they look at things. John comments
that it's a load of bull, if you ask him. Andy retorts that he
doesn't think it is. John tells him that some of their ideas are
a bit strange. Andy replies that they just want to help people,
that's all; there's a whole group of them, not just the ones in
the band; they live in a commune outside Geelong - and they invited
him there for a couple of days; he might go. John asks how much
it costs. Andy tells him that they're not out for money;
they collect for charity - they aren't interested in having things
for themselves. John tells him that it's his choice, he supposes...
Andy says he guesses he's had a few problems lately: his mum,
the band dropping him... John adds that he lost his girlfriend
as well... Andy admits that he's been getting cheesed off. John
tells him that he should have said something. Andy tells
him that he doesn't like to whinge - and these guys make him feel
better. John says that's great! Andy continues that one thing
they talk about is honesty. John says he wishes they could talk
to Patricia! Andy ignores this and tells John that he
wants to be honest with him about something. John says,
"Yeah?" Andy asks if he can turn the TV off. John agrees
and Andy flicks the switch. He then sits down and says to John
that the girl he told him about - the one he really fell for:
it was Lynn - Kevin's wife. Looking shocked, John says, "You're
joking..." Andy quickly adds that nothing happened - they
just met; he couldn't help it. John points out that if Kevin ever
found out... Andy says there's no reason why he should
- Lynn went off with him; he's the one left out. John
tells Andy that he's glad he told him. He adds that Lynn did the
right thing so there's no harm done. Andy thanks him and heads
off to make a sandwich. John sits there, looking surprised.
Arriving back from the hospital, Patricia opens the front door
at Toorak. As she walks into the house, she hears voices. Looking
nervous, she calls out, "Is anybody there? Gordon? Wayne?"
She suddenly realises the voice is coming from the lounge room
- it's Dee's voice from the tape of her will-reading. She's saying,
"I'm rather sorry I can't be there to see your reactions..."
Patricia walks into the lounge room; Matt is sitting there watching
the TV. Patricia angrily asks him what the hell he's doing. Matt
tells her that he wants her to see something. Patricia goes to
turn the television off, but Matt grabs her from behind and holds
her arms against her so that she can't move. He tries to turn
her to face the TV, telling her as he does so to look at it. Patricia
snaps that she won't - she hates her. Matt forcefully
asks why she hates her. Patricia starts to snap, "Because..."
Matt interrupts and tells her that it's because she reminds of
of the way she's behaving. He asks her if that's what
she wants to become: another Dee Morrell. Patricia angrily snaps
that she doesn't know what he's talking about. Matt asks her if
she wants to end up like her - because she will.
Patricia snaps that he's crazy. Matt asks her if she
wants to spend the rest of her life looking over her shoulder
in case someone is coming to get her - someone she put down; someone
she stabbed in the back. Patricia yells at him to let her go.
Matt tries to force her again to turn towards the TV. He yells,
"Look at her." As Patricia refuses to move,
he tells her that she might think Dee is a tough lady,
but people think she's ten times worse - she's hated.
Patricia yells that her sister loves her. Matt retorts
that she might die. Patricia cries, "No...
no, she won't die." Matt says that, if she doesn't, does
Patricia think Margaret is going to love her? He continues
that Patricia blames Gordon for what happened to her, but it was
her fault: they asked Margaret up there because of the
things that she has done; it was her fault.
Patricia yells and cries that she had to pay them back - they
hurt her. Matt tells her that Margaret is going to end
up hating her too, just like everyone else. He forces Patricia
again to turn and look at Dee. Patricia cries, "Noooooooo
- I'm not like her." Matt tells her that she can't make it
- not on her own. Suddenly breaking down, Patricia cries, "Ohhhhhh,
please help me... Please........" Matt holds her
and tells her that it's OK - he will.