Katie tells her parents that it wasn't Andy who needed a loan
- it was her Uncle Jim. Mike immediately snaps that he might have
known. He asks where Jim is, and Katie replies that he's
at a motel in St. Kilda. Heather asks how long he's been there.
Katie tells her that it's been about a week - he wanted to front
up there, but he wasn't sure he'd be welcome. Heather
snaps that, while he's making up his mind, he's had her
borrowing money for him. Katie explains that he got in
a mess with his motel bill; they were going to throw him out
if he didn't pay. Mike snaps that $50 wouldn't have gone far.
Katie tells him that Jim put it on a horse. Mike snaps that he
might have known. Katie tells him that it won. Mike snaps,
"This time." Katie continues that if Jim had
got a fair share of the business in Perth, he wouldn't be broke
now. Heather snaps that Jim refused to take a cent.
Katie snaps back that that's all the more reason to help him now,
when he needs it. Mike snaps that Jim should have come
to him, not to one of his kids, behind his back. Katie
snaps that they can hardly blame him after the way they've
treated him. Heather tells her that there are things she doesn't
know. Katie asks them to fill her in, because if she's supposed
to treat him like a leper, she'd like to know why.
Mike snaps at her to just trust his judgement. He takes a set
of keys out of his pocket, hands them to her and tells her to
go and start the Sanderson job; he'll be there in twenty minutes.
Katie turns to head out. As she does so, Mike snaps at her that
he's glad she decided to tell him the truth. She walks to the
front door but then pauses and listens as her father snaps that
he should have known it was all talk when Jim said he'd
stay in Perth. Heather points out that they're the only family
he's got - and he never meant to do them any harm; his
trouble is that he never stops to think of the consequences. Mike
snaps that that's damn right: if he did, he wouldn't have put
Katie's $50 on one of his 'sure things'; what happened with the
business in Perth should have taught him that gambling is a mug's
game, but he never learns. Heather says he can't change the way
he is. Mike snaps that he just wants him to stay out
of their lives; he's not going to spend the rest of his life bailing
him out of trouble. Heather says she knows. Mike continues that
the English had the right idea: they shifted the black
sheep of the family off to the colonies; maybe they should buy
Jim a one-way ticket to South America?!
Amanda, Wayne, Gordon and Barbara are all sitting at the breakfast
table in the living room at Dural, and Amanda says she still can't
get over it: they'd have been off by themselves for years
if they hadn't seen the article. Wayne adds that they would have
thought they were in strife with the law, as well; he thanks Gordon
for bailing them out with the executors of Dee's will. Gordon
tells him that it's all over now. Barbara smiles wryly and says
she's sure the editor of the newspaper would be broken-hearted
to know that they've done him a good turn! Wayne growls that he
hopes he ends up on the receiving end, one of these days.
Amanda comments that everyone gets what they deserve
in the end: look at Patricia. Wayne says they should
keep her in the funny farm for good. Amanda remarks that
she still can't believe she committed herself. Barbara tells her
that it was a great relief to Stephen - he couldn't bring himself
to sign the papers. Gordon chips in that he thinks Stephen still
loves her. Amanda says she'd like to see her father as
soon as she can, and she asks Wayne when they can go to Woombai.
Wayne replies that they can go whenever she wants. Gordon chips
in that they could all go up today, as he and Barbara are going
to be baby Fee's godparents. Amanda says she'll call her father
to let him know they're coming. Gordon says he'll see if they
can get on the next flight. He heads off. Barbara tells Wayne
that he's made Gordon's day.
In the kitchen at the O'Briens', Heather tells Mike that his
packed lunch is almost ready. She then continues that she thinks
it would be a good idea if he tells Katie the whole story. Mike
asks how he can - Katie idolises Jim, and he's
been very good to her; he doesn't want to ruin that. Heather tells
him that she thinks she can handle it. Mike says he'll think about
it. He kisses her and tells her that he'll see her tonight. He
heads out. As he does so, Heather calls after him that he's forgotten
his coffee. Out in the hallway, Mike opens the front door - and
finds Jim standing on the doorstep. Heather comes into the hallway
and sees who's there. Jim tells her and Mike that the the prodigal's
At Woombai, Wayne laughs as he tells Stephen, Jill and Fiona
that just when Gordon thought he'd got rid of him for good...
Gordon chips in, "There he is on the doorstep!" Fiona
picks up her movie camera, and suggests they go outside so she
can take some footage. Jill tells the guests that she's glad to
have all the people she really cares about there for the service.
She suddenly notices the expression on Fiona's face. Everyone
starts to head outside, but Jill lingers for a moment and comments
to Stephen that she's put her foot in it: she realises it would
make Fiona's day if Terry was there. She continues, though, that
she's never going to let Fee know that he's her father, so it's
best if he doesn't have anything to do with her from the very
beginning. Barbara comes back in to gee them up.
At the O'Briens', Jim asks how he was supposed to know he was
causing hassles for Katie - she never said anything. Mike asks
him why he went behind his back. Jim tells him that he didn't
want him to know he was down on his luck. He adds that he never
wanted to make trouble for Katie - honest. Mike
tells him that he would have been in more trouble if
his 'sure thing' hadn't come in. Jim points out that it did.
Mike curtly retorts that that's not like another time
he could mention. Jim, looking offended, asks what else he could
do - he owed the motel $200. Mike snaps at him that he shouldn't
have let it get so high. Jim explains that he meant to
front up there straight away, but he just kept putting it off.
Mike tells him that they don't want him hanging around. Jim asks
if he can't have a cup of tea before he shoots through. Mike snaps
that he hasn't got time - he has to work for a living,
remember? He goes. Jim comments to Heather that that was a bit
pointed, wasn't it? Heather tells him that she's damned if she
knows why, but she missed him! They hug.
Katie is mowing the Sandersons' lawn when Mike rocks up. As
he approaches, he suddenly yells at her to watch it. Katie turns
the mower off and Mike points out that she was about to chop up
the Sandersons' hose! He moves it out of the way. He then tells
Katie that her uncle just showed up - Jeff saw him and her together
and bailed him up; he turned up to take the blame for
asking for the money. Katie says he didn't have to do that. Mike
tells her that he told Jim to stay out of their lives, as they're
better off without him. Katie angrily asks why. Mike replies that
he's got his reasons. Katie snaps that if she's not supposed to
have anything to do with him, she wants to know why.
Mike snaps that Jim is too irresponsible. Katie asks if he's saying
that just because he put some money on a horse. Mike, giving in,
tells her that, when his and Jim's business was going downhill,
Jim took the last of their working capital and put it on a 10-1
shot; he was Jim's partner, but Jim didn't say a word
to him - he just did it; that was his brilliant idea for getting
the business out of trouble; that horse is still running.
Katie, looking shocked, asks her father if that's why he sold
up. Mike explains that he couldn't be bothered going on. Katie
asks if Jim's share of the business was the money he gambled,
and Mike tells her that it was. Katie tells him she wishes he'd
told her before. Mike explains that she always thought
the world of Jim; he didn't want to spoil it. Katie comments
that it's no wonder he's still mad at Jim.
At the O'Briens', Jim says to Heather that he still can't believe
Mike is so anti - he knows he wasn't trying
to take him down when he used the money from the company. Heather
points out that Mike was his partner - he should have
discussed it with him before he made that decision. Jim replies
that he knew Mike would never go for it, so he decided to take
a calculated risk; that's what business is all about.
Heather tells him that she told Mike that his brother
wasn't cut out to be a businessman. Jim points out that he wrote
a lot of contracts, but Heather tells him that that was only because
he undercut the competition and cut margins to the bone; Mike
lost money on most of those contracts. Jim smiles as
he comments that he wondered why Mike kicked him off
the sales team! He adds that he should have kicked him off the
company, too. Heather tells him that Mike couldn't bring himself
to give up on him. Jim says he can't do the right thing, can he?
Picking up a small bottle of perfume, Heather tells him that he
still gives great presents! As she sprays some on her wrist, she
comments that it was expensive. Jim ask why, if he's got the money,
he can't enjoy spending it. Heather asks him if he's spent all
his winnings. Jim replies that he's still got the price of a meal.
Heather tells him that he's having dinner with them.
Jim asks about Mike. Heather tells him that he won't begrudge
him a meal. Jim replies that, if she thinks Mike will wear it...
Heather tells him that looking after him is a habit her husband
can't give up!
Terry and Freddy are driving along near Woombai, in Terry's panel
van, when Terry sudddenly brings the car to a halt. Surprised,
Freddy snaps at him to watch it. Terry says he's sorry. Freddy
asks him why he stopped, and Terry tells him that he's having
second thoughts about fronting up; he doesn't think Jill will
want him hanging around. Feddy points out that she took his present,
didn't she? - he should stop worrying; she'll be right - and Mrs.
T. is dead keen for him to show. Terry suddenly notices Barbara
and some of the other guests in the distance and comments that
something's going on. He then adds that it must be the christening
for sure. Freddy tells him that he's timed it just right,
then. Terry, though, replies that there's no way he can hit on
them now. Freddy reminds him that it's his kid, too.
Terry replies that it isn't as far as Jill's concerned.
He then adds that, for once in his life, he's going to do the
The guests from the christening arrive back at the homestead,
and Stephen goes off to get some champagne. Jill, smiling happily,
tells Gordon and Barbara that they'll make wonderful godparents.
Fiona says she'll go and get the cake, and she leaves the room.
Wayne tells Gordon, who has baby Fee in his arms, that he looks
good holding a kid. Gordon replies that he's just getting into
practice for when he and Amanda present him with a grandchild.
Barbara asks Wayne if he and Amanda are going to try again. Wayne
says they will as soon as Amanda gets over what's happened. Elsewhere
in the living room, Amanda and Jill are looking at the christening
gifts, and Amanda remarks that Fee has got some lovely presents.
Fiona comes back with a huge cake, and everyone exclaims in surprise!
Barbara tells Fiona that it's gorgeous! Jill asks Amanda if she'd
mind holding Fee for a second, as she wants to get a glass of
champagne. Amanda agrees, and Jill hands her baby over. Amanda
starts feeding Fee from her bottle. Jill wanders over to the table
and Barbara tells her that she's a very thoughtful girl - she
was getting a bit worried about Amanda. Jill assures her that
she'll be fine. Wayne tells Amanda that she and Fee look good
together. Amanda sadly says she wishes she was theirs;
she thinks Jill noticed she was getting twitchy! Wayne gives Amanda
a sip of champagne. From a distance, Jill comments to Fiona and
Barbara about how nice it is to see Amanda and Wayne so close.
Fiona curtly replies that you'd never believe they got off to
such a bad start. Taking the comment personally, Jill snaps that
she'll get Fee. Barbara comments to Fiona that that was a bit
heavy-handed, wasn't it? Fiona tells her that Jill isn't even
giving Terry a chance. Barbara tells Fiona that if she
carries on like that, she never will.
Terry is driving along in his panel van, country music blaring
from the radio. He brings the vehicle to a halt outside the homestead,
gets out and approaches the building. As he does so, he hears
excited chattering from inside, and he stops in his tracks. After
pausing a moment, he turns and heads back to the van.
Inside, Fiona is taking a photo of Jill, Fee and Gordon, who
are sitting on the couch. Stephen walks over to Amanda and tells
her that she looks happy. Amanda smiles and points out that she's
just back from her honeymoon! Stephen comments that Adelaide wasn't
so bad, then. Amanda tells him that it was lovely. Becoming serious,
Stephen tells her that he feels responsible for what happened
to her and Wayne. Amanda points out that he couldn't
control Patricia. Stephen, though, replies that, if he'd woken
up to her sooner... Amanda tells him that, in the long run, it
backfired on her. Stephen says he doesn't follow. Amanda explains
that Patricia wanted them all to be miserable, but look at them
today; and by putting pressure on Wayne, she brought out the best
in him - she'd be spitting chips if she could see how close Wayne
and Gordon are now. Stephen tells her that he can see what a happy
couple she and Wayne are, too. Amanda explains that they
managed to be honest with each other; that's what they needed.
She then tells her father that she wishes he could be
happy. Stephen replies that he's made a good life for himself
there; he's getting used to living without a lot of worries.
He hugs her.
There's a knock at the O'Briens' front door, and Heather answers
it to find Jim standing there. She tells him that his watch must
be fast. Jim says he doesn't know - he pawned it! Heather explains
that Mike isn't home yet, so she hasn't had a chance to talk to
him. Jim remarks that he likes to live dangerously. Heather tells
him, "On your head be it!" She offers him a coffee,
but Jim says he'd rather have a scotch! Heather heads off to finish
cleaning the bathroom. Jim sits down and looks with interest at
A while later, a ute pulls up in the road outside the O'Briens'
and, as Katie and Mike get out, Mike notices Jim's car parked
in the driveway. He sourly comments that it seems as if his brother
didn't get the message this morning. Katie points out that he
has come a long way to see them. Mike remarks
that nothing puts her off him, does it. Katie
replies that she knows he did the wrong thing, but he thought
he was helping. Mike says he reckons she'd forgive Jim no matter
what he did. Katie replies that she likes having him
around - and so does her mum. They go in.
Inside, Jim is sitting looking at Katie's computer monitor; there
are several lines of code on the screen. Katie comes in and looks
at her uncle in shock. She asks him what he's doing, and Jim replies
that he's just recording what he's written. Katie anxiously says
that he's not recording it on the cassette already in the machine...
Jim starts to replies that, yeah, he-- Katie suddenly yanks the
tape out of the machine and snaps that he's recorded over the
video game she had on the tape; hours and hours of work down the
drain. Jim explains that he didn't know there was anything stored
on it. Mike asks his daughter if she hasn't got a copy. Katie
tells him that she threw it away once she'd put it on tape. Jim
says he's sorry - honest. Katie snaps at him that it's a bit late
to be sorry now. Mike tells him that he can't go using other people's
things without asking first. Katie suddenly throws the tape at
Jim and snaps at him to keep using it; it's not much good to her,
A while later, Mike, Heather, Katie and Jim are sitting having
dinner, and Heather is telling Jim that Katie's taking a year
off before going to uni. Jim asks Katie what she'll be studying,
and she glumly replies, "Computer Science." Heather
continues that they're hoping she'll get into Melbourne Uni. Jim
comments that he hasn't seen that yet - he's still finding his
way round. Mike pointedly suggests to him that he take a city
tour; see the sights before he goes back to Perth. Katie gets
up to go and make some coffee. When she's gone, Jim comments to
his brother that he's not the golden-haired boy anymore. Mike
asks him what he expects. Jim says he didn't mean any
harm, but Mike snaps at him that that's the story of his life.
Jim decides to go and give Katie a hand. He leaves the room. Heather
says to Mike that she supposes it's her turn to get the
blame, for inviting him over. Mike tells her that this just proves
his point: Jim is a walking disaster. Out in the kitchen, Jim
meekly asks Katie what he has to do to be number one again. He
then adds, "Don't say 'Go back to Perth!'" Katie tells
him that he might as well - he's worn out his welcome
there. Jim comments that he didn't think she'd
ever give up on him. He asks what one little game is between friends
- she's brainy; she'll make up other games, no worries. Katie
snaps at him to stop harping. Jim tells her that she knows he
wouldn't have done it deliberately; he's sorry. Katie explains
that it's not just the computer: her dad told her about the 10-1
shot. She tells him that, when he ruined her game, she understood
how her father must have felt when he found that money gone. She
adds that she knows Jim didn't mean to hurt either of them, but
he just can't help himself. Jim walks out. He returns to the dinner
table, where he snaps at Mike that he had to dob him
in about Perth. Mike asks what he expected him to do.
Heather says, "Let's not argue," but Jim ignores this
and tells Mike that Katie is important to him. Mike tells
him to stay away from her, then. Jim says he got off to a bad
start - things will be different from now on. Mike, though, tells
him that he's done his fair share; it's time he stood
on his own two feet. Jim tells Mike that he doesn't need him
to prop him up. He thanks Heather for the invite and tells her
that he's sorry it didn't work out. Heather asks him not to go
yet. Jim, though, asks why he should stay. He adds that Mike's
right: they'd all be better off without him.
At Woombai, Jill asks Fiona to hold Fee while she gets her bottle.
Fiona takes the child and starts fussing over her. As she does
so, she suddenly becomes aware of another presence in the room.
She looks up and sees Terry standing in the doorway, smiling broadly.
A look of delight on her face, she cries, "Scare me next
time!" Terry explains that he didn't knock in case her visitors
were still there. Fiona asks him when he got back, and he replies
that it was about lunchtime; he drove over, but he didn't want
to gatecrash the christening party. Fiona tells him that she wishes
he could have been there. Terry replies that, to tell
her the truth, he snuck a look from the back of the church. He
then tells her that he's glad she's named after her. Fiona smiles
and replies that Fee looks so like him. Terry smiles
back and tells her, "So mum said." He adds that Enid
gave him a call when she knew Fee was going to be OK. He comments
that she's little, isn't she. Fiona asks him if he'd like to hold
her. Terry uncertainly says, "No..." Fiona points out
that she is his daughter. Terry tells her that
there's no need to ask twice! Fiona hands her over, and says,
"Here you are." Terry takes her starts fussing over
her. He and Fiona suddenly both notice Jill standing there, glaring