The 'phone rings at the Palmers', and John calls that he'll get
it. He answers and David comes on. He tells John that he's been
after him for ages. John explains that he's been to the markets
with Beryl. David asks how she is, and John replies that she's
good. He asks David if he wants to talk to her, but David says
he'll catch up with her later. John asks what they can do for
him, then. David asks him if he could drop in for a chat, as he
has a few things to talk over with him. John says he'll come over
in half an hour, and David tells him that he'll see him then.
John hangs up and heads into the kitchen. Beryl is out there,
and she asks who it was calling. John explains that it was David
- he wants to see him about something. Beryl points out that Margaret
is in hospital and Tony is leaving today; she supposes he wants
some company. John replies that it's something like that, he guesses.
Andy is out running. As he runs past the O'Brien house, he sees
Katie sitting on the step, patting and stroking Titus. Andy stops
and calls out, "G'day!" Katie virtually ignores him,
though, and Andy, looking puzzled, tells her that he'll see her
At the Palmers', John tells Beryl that he'll see her later. Beryl
says, "OK." She then asks him if he'll be home for dinner,
but John says he doesn't know - it depends on whether David wants
to eat out. He goes to leave, but as he does so, Beryl stops him
and tells him not to feel that he has to come home just
because she and David... John stops her and tells her not to worry:
he's not going to take sides. Andy comes in, sweat pouring from
him, and Beryl offers him a drink. He accepts, and she goes to
get it. Looking at the expression on Andy's face, John asks if
anything is wrong. Andy replies that he was just thinking about
Katie: he covered for her and he thought he was doing the right
thing, but now it seems that she doesn't want to know him. John
suggests that maybe she's feeling guilty. Andy says, "Maybe..."
He then announces that he'll have a shower and then see what's
up, adding that there's obviously something wrong.
John arrives at Margaret's apartment and David invites him in,
telling him that it's good to see him. He offers him a drink,
but he declines. They sit down, and, seeing the expression on
John's face, David asks if anything's wrong. John replies that
he wasn't expecting David to look so happy. David explains
that he had a long chat with Meg today; the doctor reckons things
will be on the up and up for her. John says that's great. David
continues that they have a future now - something to look forward
to; they're going to buy a small place in the country one day
- when Meg gets better. John comments that it sounds nice. David
goes on that, whatever they decide to do, he has to pay for it
- so he's been out lining up some business. John asks him if he
got much. David replies that he got tons - that's why
he wanted to see him. John asks him if he wants a hand. David
replies that he does if John is interested - he can't afford to
turn anything down, but he still needs to spend a lot of time
at the hospital with Meg. John says he can understand that. David
asks him if he wants to join him, then. John agrees that he'll
help him out. David explains that he didn't mean he wants help
'now and again' - he'd like John to be a partner. A look
of surprise crosses John's face as David continues that, between
the two of them, they can keep the truck on the road full-time
and split everything 50/50 - plus John can learn some tricks of
the trade. He adds that, if John doesn't want to... John
assures him that it sounds terrific - he just wasn't expecting
it; he'd like to be a partner. David happily tells him
that that's great. He asks him if he can start next week. John
replies that he can start tomorrow, if he likes! David, looking
grateful, says it's good to see they're still mates. John asks
him if they've ever been anything else.
Andy walks down the Palmers' front path. As he gets to the gate,
he pauses as he sees a car pull up outside the O'Briens'. He watches
as Katie walks to the car, hands something to the driver and is
then handed something in return. The car then moves off. Andy
stands there looking worried.
A few minutes later, Andy is standing on the O'Briens' doorstep,
and Katie snaps at him to come in, if he likes. Andy
walks in and tells her that he saw what happened outside. Katie
retorts that the guy is a friend. Andy tells her that no one stays
innocent in the rock scene for long: you see a girl slip a guy
some money, you know what's going on. Katie snaps that it's nothing
like that. Andy asks what it is, then. Katie snaps that it's none
of his business. Andy retorts that he reckons it is -
he had to lie for her. Katie snaps that it's not like
she asked him to rob a bank or something. Andy tells
her that she owes him some sort of explanation. Katie
snaps back that she doesn't. They suddenly hear Mike
calling loudly and forcefully for Katie, and asking if she's in
her bedroom. Andy comments that he sounds pretty angry. Katie
tells him to get out the back, and she'll explain later. Andy
tells her not to expect him to cover for her again. Katie tells
him that she won't. She pushes him outside through the
back door and pulls it shut. As she does so, Mike comes in and
snaps that he wants to talk to her: he doesn't like people doing
things behind his back; he thinks it's about time she told him
what she's up to.
Barbara is sitting in the lounge room at Dural, reading the newspaper.
She suddenly snaps at Gordon that the bit she's reading is amazing:
"After I received the photos of Mr. Hamilton, I found him
hiding in a country town." She asks Gordon if he
knew they were hiding! She then continues: "He insisted the
photographs were fakes, but still hit me when I suggested other
people might not agree." Gordon remarks that it's a very
liberal version of the truth. Barbara tells him that
it makes it sound like the photos are genuine just because he
hit the reporter. She adds that if people believe it, they're
stupid. Gordon points out that the newspaper also gives details
of how they're going to sue him. Barbara comments that at least
they couldn't have the photos printed. Gordon, though, replies
that the damage is done - they just have to hope that mud doesn't
stick. Barbara tells him that it won't with the people who count.
Gordon says he's due at a business meeting soon - they'll
be wondering if it's true or not. Barbara tells him not to go,
but Gordon replies that he has to; if he doesn't, they'll think
he's guilty. Barbara suggests that maybe they won't have heard
about it yet. Gordon assures her that they'll have heard - Patricia
will have made sure of that. Barbara snaps that, now that Matt
Kennedy has got her locked up, she hopes they throw away the key.
At the O'Briens', Katie asks what she's done now. Mike
tells her that he had three hours to kill between the heat and
the final of Jeff's race today, so he thought he'd collect some
money from the round; every person he spoke to said they'd paid
her yesterday; it's true isn't it? Katie stands there and nods.
Mike angrily asks what's got into her: one minute she's asking
for an advance on her pay, and then she's lying about collecting
money. He asks her what she did with it. Katie replies that she
had to help a friend. Mike asks how much. Katie replies that it
was $50. Mike incredulously asks which one of her friends needed
$50. Katie quickly replies that it was Andy Green - he
didn't ask her, but she knew he had to buy a lot of things for
the band; she was only trying to help him out. Mike snaps that
he doesn't mind helping her friends out, but to go behind his
back... Katie retorts that Andy said he'd pay her back. Mike snaps
that that's not the point - she also lied to him. Katie,
looking guilty, says she's sorry. Mike tells her that they'll
talk about it when he's watched Jeff run; he's disappointed, though.
He goes, leaving Katie looking worried.
In the kitchen at the Palmers', Beryl tells John that it's a
very good offer. John says he knows. Beryl suggests that
maybe David is making sure the two of them don't lose contact.
Andy comes in, and John asks him if he saw Katie. Andy replies
that something funny is going on: she said she'll tell him later.
He heads off to listen to a tape, leaving Beryl to ask John what's
going on. John explains that Andy thinks Katie is avoiding him
for some reason. He then returns to the original subject, and
tells Beryl that David said that, if he ever sells out, he'll
have first option on the business. Beryl asks John if he'd be
interested in that. John replies that he doesn't know;
it means he would have to pay a fair bit. Beryl points out that
there's no problem there - she said she'd set him up
in a business. John suggests they wait and see what happens. Beryl
continues that she was going to ask David if he'd like her to
buy his share of the house - so that he'll have some money - but
she doubts he'll accept. John asks why not - it's his house as
much as hers. Beryl replies that he has too much pride - but she
can help him if she gives John the money to buy the trucking business.
John smiles and tells her that she's incredible: she's divorcing
the bloke but obviously still really cares for him. Beryl sadly
replies that, when you've loved someone for as long as she has,
you can't just turn it off.
Andy is sitting in the living room when there's suddenly a tapping
at the window. He looks up and sees Katie standing there. He goes
and opens the front door, and comments that most people knock.
Katie says she knows, but she came to say sorry for pushing him
out of the house. Andy asks her why her father was so upset, and
Katie explains that she borrowed some money - $50 - and he wanted
to know how she spent it. Andy comments that it's a funny thing
to get upset about. Katie tells him that it would be worse if
he knew what really happened; she couldn't tell him the
truth... Looking worried, Andy says, "Katie...." Katie
goes on that she couldn't; she doesn't like
lying to her family, but it was the only thing she could think
of. Andy asks what she told him. Katie replies that it all happened
so fast.. Andy says he hopes she left him out of it.
Katie tells him that she couldn't think - she told her father
that she lent him the money. Andy snaps, "What?"
Katie insists that she had to say something. Andy snaps
that she didn't have to drag him into it again. Katie
tells him that it won't be for long - she should have the money
back tomorrow and that will be the end of it. She says to Andy
that he won't tell her father, will he? Andy replies that he won't
say anything off his own bat, but if he's asked, he's not covering
up for her. Changing the subject, Katie looks at the tapes lying
on the table and asks what they are. Andy replies that they're
mostly the band. Katie asks if she can listen to some, and Andy
tells her she can. Katie picks one of them up, looks at it and
asks what it is. Andy quickly explains that it's mostly education
- philosophy and stuff. He hands her another one and says he thinks
she'll like it better. He turns the radio cassette player on,
and the radio starts playing. There's horse racing commentary
on, and the commentator mentions the name of a horse called 'Montego
Bay'. Andy switches the machine to play the tape, but, looking
surprised, Katie tells him to turn it back. Andy does, but when
he asks why, Katie tells him to shush. She suddenly starts cheering-on
'Montego Bay', calling, "Go on... Go on..." John comes
in, looking surprised. As the horse crosses the line in first
place, Katie yells that it won; she doesn't believe
it! - she thought he was only joking! She tells Andy that she'll
be back in a minute, and she goes. John asks Andy what that
was all about. Andy replies that he doesn't know; she must be
backing the gee gees. He adds that it's no wonder she didn't want
her old man to find out.
Back at the O'Briens', Katie is talking on the 'phone and she
tells the person on the other end that 'Montego Bay' won!
It's a man she's talking to, and he tells her that he said
it would! Katie asks what she should do with the ticket. The man
tells her to do the same as he's doing with his: cash it in. Katie,
sounding surprised, asks him if he had a bet. The man
says, "Yeah..." Katie asks how much he put on. The man
replies that it was the whole $50. Katie points out that she gave
him that to pay his motel bill. The man tells her that it came
off, though, and Katie reluctantly says she guesses so. Jeff suddenly
comes in and says to his sister, "Guess what?" Katie
tells the man that she has to go. The man says he'll see her tomorrow
morning. Katie tells him, "Same time, same place." She
hangs up. Jeff asks who she was talking to, but Katie just says
it was a friend. She then asks him if he won, but he tells her
that he came in second. Katie congratulates him. Jeff then says
to her that she was talking to the guy she went out with last
night, wasn't she? Katie asks what if she was? Jeff asks
who he is. Katie asks him to please not tell their mum and dad,
as they'll kill her if they find out. At that moment, Heather
and Mike come in, and Heather asks her daughter what she's doing
out of bed. Katie replies that she feels a bit better now. Heather
asks her if she's sure. Katie replies that she's fine. Heather
tells her not to overdo it. She and Mike go to unpack the esky,
leaving Jeff to tell his sister that he hopes she knows what she's
doing. In the kitchen, Mike comments to Heather that Katie isn't
herself. Heather says, "No..." Mike continues that he
wishes he knew what to do about the money. Heather suggests to
him that he drop it for a day or two - at least until Katie pays
him back. Mike comments that it's so unlike her; maybe if it was
Jeff, he could understand, but it's so unlike Katie;
they've always been so close. Heather points out that
she's only 18; everyone makes mistakes; she obviously likes Andy
and is too embarrassed to talk to them about it. She
adds that he's making a mountain out of a molehill. They kiss.
Mike looks thoughtful.
Barbara is sitting, reading a magazine in the lounge room at
Dural when Gordon gets back. Barbara asks how the meeting was,
and Gordon replies that it was terrible: they all knew, although
half of them pretended that they didn't; all he could do was stand
there like a prize fool; the same thing will happen wherever--
He's suddenly interruped by a knock at the door, and Barbara gets
up and goes and answers it. She finds Charlie standing on the
step, and her face drops as she says, "Hello, Charlie."
Charlie excitedly says she saw Gordon come in, and she thought
she'd pop over - he must be feeling awful, all those
ghastly things that people are saying about him. She heads into
the lounge room and tells Gordon that she simply had
to come over and say how sorry she is. Gordon thanks her. He then
adds that he didn't know she read the National Informer. Charlie
laughs that she doesn't - she heard all about it at Lady
Jackson's luncheon. Gordon looks at Barbara.
Sometime later, Barbara, Gordon and Charlie are all sitting in
the lounge room, and Charlie is saying that, anyway, she was the
only one on the whole table who stood up for him. She suddenly
realises the time and says she only meant to stay for a few minutes.
Barbara, obviously wanting her to leave, tells her that they won't
keep her. She and Gordon stand up, but Charlie remains seated
and continues that the worst thing was when a man joined the party
after lunch: he actually had some of the photos with
him. Gordon asks who he was. Charlie replies that she didn't catch
his name; he was a businessman, she thinks. Barbara asks if he
said how he got the photos. Charlie explains that they simply
arrived in the post. Gordon looks at Barbara, who growls, "Patricia."
Charlie continues that she tried to convince everyone that they
were fakes. Barbara snaps that they are fakes. Charlie
replies that of course they are - but they certainly
livened up lunch! She then announces that she must be off, as
she's dining out tonight. As she stands up, she adds that, if
there's any gossip, they can rely on her to set the record straight.
She walks to the door and Barbara opens it for her. Charlie comments
to her that Gordon doesn't look well. Barbara snaps that he was
a lot better about an hour ago. Charlie comments that
the strain must be terrible. Barbara snaps that it is.
She then snaps, "Goodbye," and shuts the door. She rejoins
Gordon and asks if there's any way they can strangle
Charlie! Gordon agrees that it's tempting! Barbara tells him that
he mustn't worry. Gordon replies that they can't make people forget
it if they're talking as much as Charlie says they are.
He adds that Patricia has certainly done the job well.
At the O'Briens', Mike and Jeff are watching TV. Mike yawns and
suggests to Jeff that it's bedtime. Jeff gets up and heads out
of the room. As he goes, Katie comes in and sits down next to
her father. Unbeknown to either of them, Jeff stands just outside,
listening as Mike asks Katie if she's feeling alright. She explains
that she can't sleep. Mike turns the TV off and Katie continues
that she's sorry she let him down. Mike tells her that he can't
say he's not disappointed. Katie says she'll get the money back
tomorrow. Mike tells her that it's not the money - it's the principle.
Katie tells him that paying the money back will make her feel
better. Mike suggests they just forget out it. Jeff is still standing,
The next morning, Katie leaves the house. As she does so, Heather
calls to ask her if she's well enough to go out. Katie calls back
that she won't be a minute - she's going to get the money for
dad. She walks down the path and strokes Titus, who's lying by
the gate. As she opens the gate, she tells the dog to stay inside.
She closes the gate behind her and walks off down the road. A
few moments later, Jeff comes out of the house, carrying his schoolbag,
and starts following her. .
A short time later, Jeff watches as Katie kisses the man she's
meeting. The man, who appears to be in his 40s, tells her that
he's got her $50, and he hands it over. Katie says that's great.
The man asks her if she thought she'd seen the last of it. Katie
assures him that she didn't! The man then asks her if she's collected
on the ticket yet. Katie says she hasn't. The man tells her that
it's worth $100. Katie looks surprised, but she tells him that
he can have it back if he likes. The man, though, tells
her that it's hers. Katie says she has to go; she told her mum
she wouldn't be long. She kisses him goodbye and walks off. The
man turns and walks towards where Jeff is watching. As he gets
nearer, Jeff steps out and snaps at the man - who he apparently
knows - "Hey - I wish you'd just stay out of our lives; it
was bad enough before, but using Katie is really low."
The man says, "Jeff..." Jeff snaps at him, "Why
don't you just leave us alone?"
Gordon and Barbara are sitting at the breakfast table at Dural,
but Gordon isn't eating, and Barbara asks him if he's not hungry.
Gordon tells her that just a cup of tea will do. Barbara offers
him some cereal, but Gordon assures her that he's fine - honestly.
Barbara comments that he didn't sleep very well last night - he
kept tossing and turning. Gordon explains that he was wondering
what he's going to do from here. There's suddenly a knock at the
front door, and Gordon snaps that he hopes it's not Charlie -
the last thing he needs is the gossip from last night's dinner
table. He goes and opens the door and looks shocked to find Wayne
and Amanda standing there. Amanda says, "Hello!" Gordon
asks what they're doing there! Wayne explains that they
thought he might need a bit of support; they can't let the papers
get away with what they're printing. Gordon starts to say that,
all that business about Dee's money... Amanda interrupts and tells
him that they're in a lot of trouble, they know, but they had
to do something. Wayne adds that coming home seemed the
best idea. Gordon hugs him gratefully.
In the kitchen at the O'Briens', Mike hands Heather two empty
cups and comments that at least it's a nice day. Heather tells
him that he should get a lot done. Mike says he hopes so. Katie
comes in and hands over the $50 to her father. Mike remarks that
she must have had a long chat with Andy. Katie just says, "Yeah..."
Mike then asks her if she feels fit enough to push a mower around
all day. Katie looks down guiltily. Mike asks what's wrong now.
Katie looks up at him and tells him that it wasn't Andy
that she lent the money to; she's been wanting to tell them for
a while, but she knew they wouldn't like the truth. Looking worried,
Heather asks what's going on. Katie doesn't reply. Mike impatiently
asks her if she's going to tell them. Katie just says, "Yes."
Mike tells her, "Well, we're waiting..."