At the Palmers', Matt tells John that it was a tough thing for
Patricia to have to admit, but she finally did it. John asks him
when he took her to the rest home. Matt replies that it was a
couple of hours ago. John asks if she's alright. Matt replies
that she's as alright as she can be; the main is that
she's recognised that she has a problem. John asks if it would
help if he was to go and see her. Matt tells him that it would.
He then adds, though, that he shouldn't see her just yet as she
needs time to flush it out of her system. John says he just wants
to see her well again. He then tells Matt that he hopes that,
one day, she'll recognise what he has done for her; he
thanks him. Matt replies that it's all part of the job. He then
announces that he'd better get going, and he apologises to John
for dragging him out of bed. John asks him when he's heading back
to Sydney. Matt replies that he's not quite sure; first thing
in the morning, he wants to see Margaret...
The next morning, Margaret is lying in her hospital bed, still
covered in bandages, and she weakly asks Matt why he's there so
early. Matt tells her that he wants to give her something to think
about for the rest of the day. Margaret retorts that she's got
enough on her mind. Matt, though, replies that it's not
as important as what he has to tell her. He continues
that Patricia won't be coming to see her for a while. Margaret
asks what happened. Matt tells her that he made her take a rest
- a long one. Margaret remarks that it was the pressure
she was under... She asks Matt if he put her in a home. Matt replies
that he did. Margaret asks if it was a breakdown. Matt tells her
that it was. He then tells Margaret that her recovery
is going to have a great deal to do with Patricia's recovery:
her lying there feeling sorry for herself isn't helping her one
bit; how the hell are other people supposed to help her when she
won't help herself? Margaret tells him to try lying there
in her condition for five minutess and see if he likes
it. Matt tells her that she's probably the most important person
in Patricia's life at the moment; if Patricia thinks she won't
be there when she comes out, she's not ever going to want
to come out; it would be quite something to have on your conscience.
Leaving Margaret with that thought, he tells her that he has to
go. Margaret lies there.
Mike is in the Palmers' front garden, having just mown the lawn.
Andy comes down the path and Mike says to him that he hopes he
didn't wake the house. Andy assures him that they were up early.
Mike comments that he thought Andy would have slept in after his
night out with Katie. He then adds, though, that Andy did bring
her home at a reasonable hour. Andy just warily replies, "Yeah...
you know..." Changing the subject, he asks if he should get
the lawn money from Beryl - she's inside cooking breakfast. Mike
tells him to leave it - it's Katie's job to collect the cash;
she'll be around later. Andy tells him that he'll see him, then.
Mike heads off back next door, leaving Andy looking worried. He
turns and heads back into the Palmer house.
As Mike closes the front door at the O'Briens', Katie suddenly
comes over to him and, in a pleading voice, says, "Dad..."
Mike tells her, "No!" Katie tells him that she just
wnats an advance on her pay - only until tomorrow. Mike replies
that, in that case, it's definitely no: they're running
the business like a business, and the fact that she's his daughter
doesn't come into it. Katie tells him to pretend that she's a
desperate employee! Mike repeats, "No," and walks off.
Heather comes over and joins her daughter. She asks where Mike
is, and Katie replies that he's gone to wash his hands. Looking
at the expression on her daughter's face, Heather tells her that,
just because she didn't win, there's no need to pout. She then
adds that Katie's not to forget that it's Jeff's sports day at
school - it would be nice if they could all be there to watch
him. She walks off and Katie goes into the living room. She walks
over to the 'phone, picks up the handset and starts dialling.
The call is answered by the receptionist at a motel, and Katie
asks to be put through to room 73. As she's waiting, Katie suddenly
spins round in shock as Jeff appears behind her and asks her what
she's playing at. She snaps, "What?" Jeff tells her
that she wasn't out with Andy last night; he wants to know what's
going on - she doesn't normally lie to their mum and
dad. Katie snaps at him that it's none of his business. She then
asks him if he minds, as this is a private call. Jeff walks away.
Katie returns to the 'phone, but the receptionist tells her that
there doesn't seem to be any answer from room 73 at the moment.
Katie asks her if she can tell the guest that she called and that
she can get the money; she'll call back later. The receptionist
repeats the message and then hangs up.
At Margaret's apartment, David asks Tony if he's been in touch
with his mum lately. Tony tells him that he got a 'phone call
from her late last night. David asks if she and her sister are
well. Tony replies that they can't wait to see him! Changing the
subject, he comments to David that he doesn't look too good, and
he asks him if he had any breakfast. David replies that he didn't
bother. Tony asks him if he's having problems with Margaret. David
sadly replies that, if he could only talk to her... Tony
points out that moping around there won't do any good.
David says he knows he should get back to work on the
truck, but he just can't explain it... Tony offers to move into
the apartment with him, but David says he doesn't know... Tony
then tells him to go and see Margaret, adding that she
can't stop him. David explains that he doesn't want to
make things worse. Tony tells him that there must be something
he can do. He then announces that he has to get going, as he has
to pack up his junk. He adds that he'll pop round and see David
tonight before he goes. He walks over to the front door. As he
does so, someone knocks on it and he opens it to find Matt there.
Tony goes and Matt comes in. He introduces himself to David, who
tells him that he's heard a lot about him. Matt asks him if he
has five minutes. David asks what the problem is. Matt replies
that he won't beat round the bush: Patricia has had a serious
breakdown and she's gone into a rest home. Looking shocked, David
asks if it's as bad as last time. Matt replies that it's worse,
he thinks. He continues that he's already been to the hospital
and told Margaret; he wanted David to know because he and Margaret
seem to be the two people closest to her. David asks how Meg took
it. Matt replies that she was alright, he thinks - he hopes it'll
pull her out of her depression; it's vital for Patricia's sake
that Margaret recovers, as she seems to be the single motivating
force in her life at the moment. David asks Matt if he's saying
he wants to use Margaret. Matt tells him that he wants
to use both Margaret and Patricia - and him.
He continues that he thinks he's shown Margaret that Patricia
needs her; now if he can convince her that he needs her
as much, it could be the turning point for her. David explains
that he's been trying but she doesn't want to know. Matt replies
that, after his talk with her this morning, today could be the
time for him to say his piece.
Fiona and Jill are clearing the table in the living room at Woombai.
Fiona says she feels so sorry for him. Jill agrees that Stephen
has had to cope with a lot more than he deserves lately. Fiona
curtly retorts that Patricia has brought most of it on herself.
Jill points out that it's still a pretty terrible thing to happen.
Changing the subject, Fiona asks her if she's picking up the photos
of Fee this morning. Jill replies that she is - but she wants
to go and say goodbye to Robin first. Fiona's face drops. There's
suddenly a knock on the front door and Freddy walks in. Looking
surprised to see him, Fiona asks him what he's doing there. Freddy
is holding a present for Fee, and he explains that it's from Terry.
A look of happiness suddenly crosses Fiona's face, but Jill looks
upset as she takes the gift. She goes and sits down on the couch
as Fiona asks Freddy where Terry is. Freddy just replies
that he'll be in touch soon. He adds that that's all he came for.
Jill uncertainly thanks him. Fiona tells Freddy to tell Terry
that she's looking forward to seeing him. Freddy says he will.
A while later, Jill is sitting in the reception area at the guest
house with Robin, and she angrily asks how dare Fiona
think Terry can start playing at being a father; she hopes he
isn't thinking that he's going to start hanging around, because
she won't have a bar of it. Robin says he supposes it's fair enough
that Terry should feel something. Jill, though, snaps
that she's sticking to what she said - and Fiona's not helping
either: she's still got the crazy idea that she's going to start
playing mummies and daddies with him. She continues that she can
understand how Fiona feels, and she wishes she could go along
with it, but she just won't see her side of it. Robin
asks how she'll tell Fiona that she doesn't want Terry at the
christening. Jill says she doesn't know. She then continues that
there's one way out: just to have it as quickly as possible.
Robin, looking thoughtful, says it's cheating, but it's sensible
- and he can drive her to the church any time she likes. Jill
remarks that she thought he was going home this morning. Robin
tells her that this afternoon is just as good. Jill comments that
he's putting it off. Robin replies that he's got nothing much
to go back to... He suggests they go. Jill smiles.
Margaret is lying in her bed at the hospital when the door opens
and Tony comes in. She asks him how he's doing, and he replies
that he's great. He then adds that he thought he'd pop in and
say goodbye - he's off to stay with his mum and sister. Margaret
tells him that it was kind of him to think of her. Tony replies
that she was kind to him through his mum's trial and
all that. He then jokingly asks her when she gets out of the 'freaky
place', as it gives him the creeps! Changing the subject, he continues
that he's not absolutely sure that he'll be going home tonight
- it depends how David is. Margaret asks what's wrong with him.
Tony tells her that she should see the flat: David just sits there
all day, moping around; he thinks he's missing her more than he's
letting on. He continues that Margaret knows how he feels about
David and Beryl, but he's never seen David like this;
he just thought she should know. Margaret quietly thanks him.
Tony asks her to give David a go, as he's a good bloke. Margaret
smiles at Tony and tells him that he's not so bad himself.
Jill arrives back at Woombai and hands Fiona the packet of photos
that she's just collected. Fiona asks if Robin has gone. Jill
tells her that he hasn't yet - he drove her into town, actually.
Fiona, looking annoyed, says, "Oh..." Jill continues
that she went to see the Minister: she's decided to bring the
christening forward to this week - in a couple of days. Looking
surprised, Fiona starts to bluster that that's much too quick
- it won't give any time for Gordon and Barbara to get organised,
and they'll be so disappointed if they're not godparents. Jill
says they can get around that: she and Stephen can stand in for
them. Fiona continues that she still thinks it's far too soon
- there's no great hurry; even if they make it another week...
She stops as she sees the expression on Jill's face and realises
that Jill wants to make quite sure that Terry isn't there. Jill
says that's right. Fiona tells her that she's being so unfair;
hasn't he proven by now that-- Jill interrupts and snaps that
Fiona's talking about 'best intentions' again. Fiona retorts that
Jill just can't judge him like that. Jill angrily tells her to
hang on, and she asks who's being the judge when it comes to Robin:
what he did is a darn sight less than what Terry
did - and he's trying to make an effort; if Fiona's going
to stick the boot in, she should at least be consistent
about it. She walks out.
A while later, Robin is at Woombai, and he says to Jill that
Fee is asleep, is she? Jill replies that she's having her afternoon
nap. Robin says he won't disturb her, then. He turns to Fiona
and asks her what she thought of the photos. Fiona curtly replies
that they were very nice. Robin says, "Good!" He then
adds that he only called by to say goodbye. Fiona heads out of
the room, saying a curt, "Goodbye, Robin," as she does
so. When she's gone, Robin remarks to Jill that she's not exactly
subtle! Jill wishes him good luck with his wife when
she arrives. Robin tells Jill that he's more worried about her.
Jill says she'll just have to put up with Fiona, she guesses.
Robin comments that it's a pity - he knows how fond she is of
the old girl! Jill laughs that she's glad Fiona didn't
hear him say that! Robin tells her that if it ever gets too much
for her, there's always a room for her and the baby at his
place. Jill says she hopes it won't go that far, but it's really
nice of him. Robin says he'd better go. He says 'goodbye' to Jill
and wishes her good luck. Jill says, "You too." He goes.
Katie knocks on the front door of the Palmer house. As she stands
on the step, she looks at a wad of notes that she's already collected.
She then thrusts them into her pocket as the front door is opened
by John. She tells him that it's time to pay up - her dad did
the lawn this morning. John invites her in, but Katie declines
the invite, saying she doesn't want to be rude, but she's expected
home. John tells her to hang on a tick. He goes to get the money
while Katie stands there, waiting. He soon comes back and hands
her the cash. She thanks him before adding that she's surprised
he doesn't mow the Palmers' lawn himself. John tells
her that the grass would be knee-high if it was left to him!
At the O'Briens', Mike is putting his jacket on. Heather asks
him if he's taking a camera. Mike asks what for, and Heather points
out that it might be nice, having a shot of their son winning
a race. She then tenderly thanks him for coming. Mike tells her
that Jeff is his son, too - it'll take a bit of time,
but they'll get it back together again. Katie comes in and Mike
asks her if she's got the lawn money. Katie tells him that she
hasn't had time. Mike tells her that she can get it tomorrow.
Looking at the expression on her face, he asks her if she's alright.
She replies that she's feeling a bit rotten - her stomach's been
aching all morning. Heather tells her that she had better not
come with them, then. Katie continues that she feels so tired...
Mike suggests she go straight to bed. Katie asks them to tell
Jeff that she's sorry. Mike asks her if she's sure she's OK. Katie
insists that she's positive. Mike and Heather go. As soon as the
front door is shut, Katie goes to the window and looks out to
make sure they've gone. The car starts and they drive off. She
then goes to the 'phone and dials a number. She gets through to
the motel again and, when it's answered, asks for room 73.
There's a knock on the door of Margaret's apartment, and David
answers it to find Tony standing there. Tony comes in and asks
David where he's been, as he's been trying to ring all afternoon.
David explains that he had to go shopping; he had to get something
important. Tony tells him that he bets it wasn't as important
as him getting to the hospital. He continues that he
went to see Margaret; she's pretty keen to see him. David asks
what about him and Beryl. Tony replies that he can see how he's
been - and there must be something going for him and
Margaret; he'd like to see him and Beryl back together, but David's
a mate - as long as he's happy, that's the main thing. David says
he'd made up his mind to go to the hospital, anyway - that's why
he went shopping. Tony asks him what he bought. David tells him
that it doesn't matter. He tells Tony to stay for a bit, but Tony
says he's still got some junk to pack up; he'd better be going.
David thanks him and tells him to take care of himself. Tony smiles
and asks him who he thinks he's talking to! David smiles back
and tells him that he's one of the best ratbags he's ever known.
Tony replies that he's a bit of one himself! David says
he'd have to be to put up with him! They hug! Tony tells
David that if he doesn't come and visit him, he'll have lost a
mate. David tells him to give his love to his mum. Tony goes.
Fiona and Jill are sitting on the couch at Wooombai. Jill, who
has a broad smile on her face, tells Fiona that they're a hopeless
pair; she's sorry she stormed out before. Fiona replies that she
should apologise - she's been a real pain; she knows
it's because of Terry and so does Jill. She asks Jill if she can
understand how she's feeling. Jill replies that of course
she can. She then adds that she'd like to be on Fiona's
side, but... Fiona says she promises it won't be the last time
she'll ever do anything funny or say something, but at least next
time Jill will know that she doesn't really mean it; as long as
it doesn't affect them - they go back so far.
Jill tells Fiona that she just wants her to be happy; to enjoy
her granddaughter; they'll go to the christening and the three
of them can have a good time. Fiona tells her that of course
David walks into Margaret's room at the hospital and looks at
her; she's asleep. He pulls up a chair and sits down next to her.
He continues to look at her and places his hand on top of hers.
Margaret lies there, not moving.
In Adelaide, Amanda and Wayne are walking along, holding hands
and smiling. They cross a road and walk towards a newspaper vendor.
Wayne buys a paper and the two of them walk off. As they go, the
vendor puts down a new pile of papers. He pulls off the top sheet,
which contains the headline: "National Informer: Company
Director Assaults Sex Scandal Investigator. Link with Drowning
David is still sitting looking at Margaret when she wakes up.
She looks at him, and he comments that she had a good sleep. Margaret
quietly says she thought she must be dreaming. David tells her
that she isn't. Margaret asks him if he's sorry he came. David
asks her what she thinks. Margaret says he knows why
she didn't want him to come. David smiles and says he can't imagine!
Margaret continues that they'd only just got to know each other
well; it would be so unfair to him... he knows what she's going
to look like - she won't be the same person. David gently tells
her that that's a silly thing to say. Margaret says she
knows they can fix her face, but... her body... She tells
David that she'll understand if he wants to leave her. David tells
her to stop feeling sorry for herself - he's there, isn't
he? - that must say something. Margaret tells him that he's probably
there because he feels he should be; because he feels sorry for
her. She continues that, when she comes out of there, she doesn't
want any sympathy; she doesn't want him to stay with her just
out of sympathy. David tells her that he just wants her to get
better - not just for herself. He goes on that Beryl has agreed
to a divorce; their farm is waiting...; it would be pity to waste
the money. He then adds that, if she thinks he's not keen... He
puts his hand into his pocket and takes out a small case, containing
a ring. As he shows Margaret, he tells her, "...this should
prove it." He closes the case and puts it in Margaret's hand,
which he squeezes. He looks at her, lovingly...