Jill, looking worried, says, "I see." Kathleen asks
her if she's expecting Robin back. Jill replies that he shouldn't
be too long. Still standing there awkwardly, she introduces herself
and explains that she's a friend of Robin's - he's helping her
out for a while. She invites Kathleen in. Kathleen says to her
that she hopes she's not disturbing her. Jill looks at Fee, who's
crying, and explains that it's just feeding time. They both sit
down, and Jill starts feeding Fee from her bottle. She looks at
Kathleen nervously and asks her how her trip was. Kathleen stares
back at her questioningly, and Jill continues that she's come
from Perth, hasn't she? Kathleen says, "Fine, fine..."
She goes on that Robin has told Jill about her, has he? - about
where she's been for the last few years? Jill just replies. "Yes."
Kathleen says that Robin's expecting her, is he? Jill again tells
her, "Yes..." Kathleen sits there, looking gaunt and
worried. Jill asks her if she can get her anything. Kathleen replies
that she's fine - really. Jill sits there looking nervous.
At Dural, Wayne and Amanda are sitting on the settee, Wayne cuddling
his wife. Amanda tells him that they'll have to think about spending
some time in Melbourne soon, to tidy things up. Wayne points out
that there's no mad rush. He asks her if she's sure she doesn't
mind coming back to Dural to live. Amanda assures him that she's
happy to see him and Gordon under the same roof again - without
fighting! Wayne agrees that it feels good. He then asks Amanda
if she thinks they should rent out the Melbourne house for the
rest of the time they've got it. Amanda asks how long it is before
it goes to charity, and Wayne tells her that it's about seven
months. Amanda asks him what he thinks. Wayne points
out that they could do with the money; once the year's income
that Dee left them runs out, that's it - they have to get what
extra they can. Making a decision, he continues that he'll get
onto the agent while they're down there. Amanda asks about the
apartment there in Sydney. Wayne replies that he'll take care
of that tomorrow. Amanda asks him if he's throwing Robin out.
Wayne growls that he'll enjoy every minute of it. Amanda tells
him that she wants him to let it drop; she's just glad it's all
over. She pleads, "For me?" Wayne reluctantly agrees.
He then snaps that Robin will get it in the neck from his wife
pretty soon - he'll leave it to her. Looking upset, Amanda
asks him if he'll try and change his nasty side soon, because
she doesn't like him like that. Wayne promises that he'll try
- he loves her too much. They kiss.
At the Morrell apartment, Jill is fussing over Fee. Kathleen
is sitting watching them, and she asks if she can hold the baby.
Jill looks at her, warily. Kathleen says she understands - Robin
has told Jill horror stories about her, has he? Jill explains
that he told her about their life together. Pausing a moment,
she then says she's going to seettle Fee down for the night, and
she asks Kathleen if she'd like to help her. The two of them stand
up. As they go to the bedroom, Kathleen says to Jill that Fee's
not Robin's, is she? Jill assures her that she isn't.
Kathleen says she's sorry - she had to ask.
A short while later, Robin arrives back at the apartment. The
lounge room is empty, and he walks over to the bar and pours himself
a drink. Jill suddenly comes out from the bedroom and says she
thought she heard the door. Robin asks her if she's settling
in OK. Jill replies that she was until half an hour ago: Kathleen's
there. Looking shocked, Robin asks her if she means there at the
apartment or there in Sydney. Jill replies that she's in the bathroom,
freshening up. Robin asks her why she let her in. Jill
retorts that she didn't have much choice. Robin, calming
down, asks how Kathleen is. In reply, Jill asks him if
he's been lying to her about her. Robin assures her that
he hasn't - everything he told her is the truth. Jill tells him
that Kathleen is nothing like she expected; she thinks he'll
be surprised, too - she's like a little mouse. Robin tells
her not to let Kathleen fool her - she's tough. Jill tells him
that she doesn't think she's there to get at him, either.
Robin retorts that he'll believe that when he sees it. Kathleen
suddenly comes into the room and, staring at her husband, says,
"Hello Robin - it's been a long time." Jill says she'll
go and check on Fee, and she leaves the room. Kathleen and Rohin
stand and stare at each other.
A few moments later, Robin tells Kathleen that he doesn't know
what she expected. Kathleen suggests, "Maybe a bit of sympathy?"
Robin asks what for - she broke the law and she went to jail.
Kathleen snaps that he made sure she did. Robin
retorts that he didn't make her do it. He then continues
that he just wants to make sure they both know where they stand
- he's working hard to get the money to get her off his back;
there's going to be no emotional support - full stop. Kathleen
tells him that she hasn't got anyone else. Robin snaps
that that's too bad. Kathleen suggests that he should take a leaf
out of his friend's book. Robins asks if she means Jill.
Kathleen continues that Jill doesn't know her from Adam, but she
showed her more sympathy than he has so far. She asks
him what he expected: her to come whoosing in there, breathing
fire and brimstone and screw up his life? Robin retorts, "Yes!"
Kathleen tells him that, if she'd got out in the first six months,
she might have; she hated him for what he did to her
- but jail made her realise that she was her own worst enemy;
she managed to turn every guard in the place against her; they
made her life hell - and she was too scared to look twice at someone
in case they flattened her or ignored her. She continues that
she had lots of time to think about him and how she's treated
him. Robin carries on glaring at her, and Kathleen snaps at him
to stop being so damn hard. She tells him that she had years
of that sort of treatment; isn't it natural to want to be with
the one person you love? Robin ignores this and asks her where
her luggage is. Kathleen replies that she left it at the bus station
until she had a better idea of what she was doing. She asks why
the question. Robin takes some notes out of his wallet, saying
as he does so that he had a few problems getting it together,
but it's a start. He hands her the money and tells her to book
into a hotel and tell him which one it is so that he can get the
rest to her. Kathleen reluctantly takes the money. She then tells
him that she knows she was a bitch to him-- Robin glares at her
and she stops talking. She goes and picks up her handbag and walks
to the door. She then opens it and walks out. Robin looks annoyed.
Gordon opens the front door at Dural and finds Charlie standing
there! She excitedly tells him that she was just with Jane Davies
and Jane told her that she saw him and Wayne and Amanda together
this afternoon; she told her that she couldn't
have, but Jane insisted, so she just had to come over-- She suddenly
notices everybody in the lounge room and smiles as she says it's
true - they are back! She heads in there and
tells them that she last she heard, they were fugitives
from justice or something! She turns to Barbara and says it must
have been so upsetting. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing,
and Barbara quickly says she'll get it. Gordon beats her to it,
though! Charlie says to Barbara that she must have been so
worried about them.
Jill comes out of the bedroom at the Morrell apartment and Robin
tells her that he's sorry - he should have let her know that the
coast was clear. Jill explains that she heard Kathleen leave;
she thought she'd leave him alone for a while - she would have
gone straight to bed, but she didn't want to leave Fee's bottle
there on the coffee table. She picks it up. As she does so, Robin
asks her if she thinks he did the wrong thing. Jill replies that
it sounded very cruel to her; still, she only heard bits and pieces...
On the 'phone in the hallway at Dural, Gordon says to the person
at the other end that he thinks they're doing the right thing
- if they interfere now, she'll only resent it. He suddenly hears
Charlie exclaiming, "I don't believe it!" He asks the
person on the 'phone to excuse him, and he goes to shut the lounge
room doors. As he does so, Charlie tells him that Barbara just
told her about poor Patricia - she had no idea. Gordon explains
that he meant to tell her, but something came up. He
closes the door and returns to the 'phone. It's Fiona at the other
end, and she remarks that it sounds like he's got Charlie there.
She asks him not to say anything to her about Jill; Charlie means
well, but the last thing Jill needs is Charlie over there trying
to be a friend; a visit from him would help, though.
Gordon says he'll drop by tomorrow. Fiona growls that if it was
anyone else but Robin Elliott... Gordon laughs that he wondered
what godfathers did to earn their title! Fiona thanks him and
tells him that she'll see him tomorrow. Gordon tells her that
Barbara will make the flat up. Fiona says she hopes she won't
have to impose on him for too long if the house hunting goes alright.
They say their goodbyes and hang up. Charlie comes out of the
lounge room and tells Gordon that she's sorry to rush, but she
must go home and book a flight to Melbourne - she feels
such a bad friend getting tied up in that fashion nonsense and
not knowing what was going on with Patricia. She leaves. Barbara
tells Gordon that if she'd known the news would have that effect,
she'd have mentioned it sooner! Everyone laughs!
Early next morning, the 'phone rings at the the Morrell apartment
and Robin answers it, snapping as he does so, "Do you have
any idea what time it is?" A man at the other end asks if
that's Mr. Robin Elliott. Robin says it is. The man says he's
afraid he has some bad news: he's calling from the Northern Suburbs
Hospital: Robin's wife was admitted during the night - she tried
to kill herself. Robin looks annoyed.
A short time later, Robin snaps at Jill that it's just the sort
of thing Kathleen would try on. Jill asks him to promise not to
fly off the handle when he gets to the hospital; speak to the
doctors, and they'll be able to tell him whether it's genuine
or not. Robin growls that if someone wants to commit suicide,
they do it - they don't go and get themselves rescued
in the nick of time; it's a sympathy ploy. Jill admits, "Maybe,
maybe not." Robin says he will talk to the doctors.
Jill asks what he'll do if they say it's genuine. Robin replies
that he'll probably bring her back there - but only until she's
on top of it; he doesn't want her death on his conscience.
Beryl smells the vase of roses in the lounge room at the Palmer
house and then goes into the kitchen and comments to John that
they were a lovely thought. John tells her that she'd better not
let David know about them, but Beryl snaps that David
can think what he likes. John sighs and tells her that he wishes
they'd get together and talk it over. Beryl retorts that David
has his life and she has hers. She sits down
at the table and comments that, for a man who turns up on his
neighbour's doorstep dead drunk, Jim O'Brien is quite a gentleman!
Andy suddenly comes in, and John remarks to him that he thought
he was going to be away for a couple of days. Andy replies that
he will be - he just came to get some warm clothes. He
turns to Beryl and asks her if John told her that he won't be
in for meals until Monday. Beryl tells him that John said that
he and a couple of his band friends are going to a farm. She adds
that it sounds lovely. Andy explains that it's part of
a commune - a load of kids who've got together to make their lives
worth more. He adds that they do a lot of charity work - street
collections and all that stuff. He heads off to grab his gear,
leaving John to comment to Beryl, "Don't say there'll be
another charity worker in the house - I couldn't stand
it!" Beryl playfully hits him and tells him, "Watch
it!" A look of worry suddenly crosses her face, though, and
she repeats the word, "Commune..." She says to John
that she hopes Andy hasn't got himself involved with a drop-out
hippy mob. John points out that that was the Sixties! He adds
that Andy is ugly enough to look after himself. Beryl reluctantly
says she supposes so...
Barbara is coming downstairs at Dural, and as she does so, she
hears Wayne angrily asking Gordon in the lounge room how come
he didn't say anything last night. Gordon retorts that it was
because he knew Wayne would go off half-cocked - just as he is
now. Barbara walks into the room as Gordon tells Wayne that he
was very relaxed last night - he didn't want to spoil it. She
asks what's going on, and Wayne snaps that he was just hearing
about Jill being at Robin's. He asks her if she knew about it,
and Barbara replies that Gordon told her. She continues that she
agrees that it's a bit worrying, but isn't he carrying-on? Wayne
snaps that Jill is a sucker for a sob story; before she knows
it, Robin will have her thinking he's the best in the world. Barbara
retorts, "Like someone else once did..." She
quickly apologises and says that was thoughtless. Wayne, though,
tells her that she's right: it's just like him and her - she couldn't
see through him back then, and she won't see through
Robin now. He then goes on that, anyway, he was going
to throw Robin out; he'll tell him to get lost and let Jill stay
on - that will keep him away from her. Gordon snaps that
Fiona has been on the 'phone asking them not to interfere - it'll
only make trouble between them. Wayne snaps that Jill will understand
it when he explains - it's not like he's going to do anything
he wasn't going to do anyway. Gordon snaps, "Wayne..."
Wayne ignores this, though, and walks out. As he heads upstairs,
Amanda is coming down, and he tells her that he has to go to the
apartment earlier than he thought; he's going to get changed.
He heads upstairs, and Amanda goes and asks Gordon what's going
on. Gordon asks Amanda if she can go with Wayne and try
and talk him out of it.
In the kitchen at the Palmers', Andy tells John that he should
come too. John replies that he doesn't want to butt in. Andy assures
him that he wouldn't be - unless he doesn't want to leave his
mother on her own. Beryl assures them that she can look after
herself. She tells John to go if he wants to. Andy says
to John that he's not letting that tape rattle him, is he? Beryl
asks him what he means. Andy explains that he lent John some of
the group's tapes, and he thinks he thought they were weirdos!
He adds that it's nothing like that at all - and there are some
good looking girls there, too! John, apparently won over, says,
"Alright - why not?!" He asks them to give him five
minutes, and he goes to get changed. Alone with Andy, Beryl tells
him that she's glad he asked John along - he hasn't been getting
out much since he got back. Andy says he supposes John lost contact
with all his old mates, staying in Sydney so long. Beryl nods
in agreement. She then suggests that it must be the same for him
- all his friends must be back up in Sydney. Andy says he doesn't
mind. Beryl asks him if he doesn't have any desire to go back.
Andy replies that a lot of bad things happened to him back in
Sydney - especially his mum; he thinks about it a lot
- that's why he's glad he's got involved with the blokes he has;
it helps being positive with people - they've got a lot of new
interesting ideas; there are about twenty of them - girls and
guys. Beryl asks how they support themselves. Looking wary, Andy
says he's not too sure - they run the farm, he thinks - and the
blokes in the band have outside jobs. Beryl says she doesn't mean
to sounds suspicious, but it isn't one of those funny religious
groups, is it? Andy assures her that they're just a group of kids
trying to make the best for themselves in life. Beryl smiles and
says, "Once a mum, always a mum!" Andy assures her that
she's got no worries with him.
Robin opens the front door of the Morrell apartment from outside
and, as he and Kathleen walk inside, he asks his wife if she's
alright. Kathleen, looking pale, says she's fine. Jill comes over
and asks Kathleen how she's feeling. She replies that she's feeling
pretty foolish. She asks to be excused, as she feels a little
sick. She heads off to the bathroom. Jill tells Robin, "Good
on you for giving in." Robin explains that the doctors were
really convinced that she meant to do it - it was a complete fluke
that she was found. Jill asks what she used. Robin replies that
it was pills; he's got to keep a pretty close eye on her in case
she tries it again. He snaps, "Damn." Jill tells him
that there's not much else he can do. Robin admits, "No..."
He then continues that the trouble is that it puts him in a real
cleft stick - he's pretty sure that she's not faking the way she
is; and once she's pulled herself together again, she's pretty
likely to snap back to how she used to be; he gets the feeling
that he's going to be the loser when she does...
A while later, Robin asks Jill if she's sure she'll be OK. Jill,
who has just come out of one of the bedrooms, tells him that Kathleen
is sound asleep. Robin says he feels lousy going out and leaving
her lumbered with his wife. Jill tells him that she still thinks
he's crazy working on a Saturday. Robin replies that that's PR
for you - no rest! He adds that he'll be back soon. Jill asks
him if, on his way home, he can get some videos - a couple of
movies; he told her that Kathleen was mad on them - it might help
her relax if she had something to watch. Robin smiles and comments
to Jill that she really cares about people. Jill replies that
she doesn't care anymore than anyone else. Robin tells her that
she cares just a bit more - not many people would think
of a little thing like that. He thanks her and kisses her on the
At the Palmer house, Beryl is sitting at the living room table
looking at a file of papers. There's a thoughtful look on her
face, and she suddenly stands up and goes to the 'phone. She flicks
through the index next to it, finds the number she's after and
dials. The 'phone at the other end rings and a woman called Alison
Derby answers. Beryl introduces herself, and Alison asks her what
she can do for her. Beryl explains that she's calling her in connection
with charity business - she thought Alison might be able to help
her. She asks her if she knows anything about a group of young
people who collect on a regular basis in the Geelong area and
live in a commune.
Amanda and Wayne are at the Morrell apartment with Jill, and
Wayne snaps at Jill that he's chucking Robin out and that's that.
Jill tells him that she knows how he feels, but could he please
not do anything just yet. Amanda points out to Wayne that from
what Jill said about Robin's wife... Wayne growls that he was
counting on her to give Robin what's coming to him; now
he finds out that she's some sort of wreck. Jill immediately
admonishes, "Wayne!" Wayne says he's sorry, but he adds
that Jill can keep that 'forgive and forget' rubbish. Fee suddenly
starts crying in the bedroom. Jill asks Wayne to think about giving
Robin some time to get Kathleen off his hands. She goes to see
Fee. Alone with Wayne, Amanda says to him that she's got as much
reason to dislike Robin as he has, but could he do what
Jill says... please? Wayne snaps that he's really got off scot-free,
then: nothing from them, nothing from his wife, either...
He suddenly smiles and continues that, no, Jill's right: Robin
should stay there for the next few weeks - then he'll know where
he is and where the wife is. He goes on that
he thinks someone should make sure she bucks up and gives him
exactly what's coming to him in the process... Amanda looks worried.
On the 'phone, Beryl asks Alison if she's sure she's not wrong.
Alison replies that they certainly sound like the mob
she's heard about; it's one of those American groups. She adds
that, in fact, there was an article in last Saturday's 'Age' about
it: 'Mr. Big' in America is raking in all the money the kids raise
on the streets. Beryl asks her if she means they've been having
unofficial collections. Alison replies that that's right - but
they're clever, though: they keep just inside the law. She tells
Beryl that if she was her, she'd warn her boys off in a big way
as soon as they get home. Beryl explains that only one
of the boys is her son - the other is a friend. Alison advises
her to bring his parents in on it too, then, but Beryl replies
that she'll have to do the parent part, as his mother
just died. Alison comments that it's sounding worse all the time.
Beryl asks her what she means. Alison explains that she means
that they're the sort of kids they go for: lost... upset...; enough
brainwashing with their ideas and the kids are goners. She then
tells Beryl not to panic until after the weekend, as they're probably
out having a great time - it might just be a church fellowship
group. Looking dubious, Beryl comments that it doesn't sound likely.
She adds that she's sorry she didn't call before they
A van is driving along a road. Andy is sitting in the passenger
seat with John behind him. The driver is another guy. Andy tells
a joke and then realises that he's told it to John before. John,
who's smiling broadly, tells him, "Only about three times!"
The group all start laughing, and Andy reminds John that he told
him they'd have a good time...