Later that evening, the meal is over, and Jill is sitting opposite
Kathleen at the dinner table. Robin comes back from the kitchen
and suggests they grab a coffee and watch a couple of movies.
Jill comments that she thought he got the videos for Kathleen.
Robin replies that he's sure she wouldn't mind them watching
with her. Kathleen assures them that she's happy with whatever
suits them. Jill chips in that she'd like an early night.
Kathleen says she'll get the coffee, and Jill tells her that it
was a lovely meal. Kathleen retorts that she has her uses... She
heads off to the kitchen. Alone with Jill, Robin asks her to stay
up for a couple of hours. Jill tells him that she's pretty tired,
but Robin explains that he can't seem to relax when he's on his
own with Kathleen. Jill points out that he'll have to get used
to it when she moves out. She then adds that he owes
it to Kathleen to help her get back on her feet. Robin replies
that he will - he's not going to run out on his responsibilities
again - but he just needs to ask one favour: can Jill hold off
moving out - just until Kathleen has sorted herself out?; he can't
seem to manage on his own. Jill smiles and says, "Alright!"
She then adds that it looks like she won't get an early night,
doesn't it! Robin holds a videotape in each of his hands and puts
them behind his back. He asks Jill which one she wants, and she
chooses the left hand. Robin looks at what he's holding and remarks
that it's just the movie he wanted to see! Jill laughs
and says, "Cheat!"
A while later, Robin yawns as the film finishes, and he comments
to Kathleen that it wasn't bad. Kathleen replies that it was good.
Robin stands up and looks at Jill, who's dozing on the sofa. He
remarks, "Look at old sleepyhead there!" Kathleen tells
him not to wake her. She then asks if there's any more coffee
in the pot. Robin picks it up and tells her that it's only lukewarn.
Kathleen says that'll be fine. Robin pours her a cup and then
sits down again. Kathleen comments that Jill has had a tiring
day - she's done a lot for her; she really likes having her around.
Robin comments that Jill has got quite an old head on young shoulders
- she's been through a lot. Kathleen tells him that she's
still not quite clear how he and Jill met. Robin explains that
Jill helped him up at Woombai; she did a good job, too; but he
really got to know her when they were stranded out in
the bush and she went into labour - she's a brave young lady.
Kathleen remarks that he and Jill will both be sorry
when Jill moves out. She asks when Jill is thinking of going,
and Robin replies that it'll be soon. He then adds that maybe
he should help her look for a place. Kathleen says she
imagines it's difficult to find somewhere that doesn't cost the
earth. Robin agrees that it is in Sydney. He
then continues that they could kill two birds with one stone:
Kathleen could look around while they're scouting for a place
for Jill. Kathleen, taken aback, replies, "Of course..."
Robin tells her that he doesn't want to rush her, but when she's
ready, he thinks it would be better if she gets somewhere on her
own so that they can both get on with their own lives. Kathleen
reluctantly agrees, "Absolutely..." She then adds that
so much has happened since she's been in jail; they could hardly
expect to pick up where they left off, could they...
The next morning, Beryl is on the 'phone at the Palmer house,
talking to her mother. She comments that it's so quiet without
the boys. Aileen suggests that, if she's on her own, she could
hop on a 'plane and come up to Macedon for the weekend. Beryl
smiles but says she doesn't think so. Aileen tells her that it
would be lovely to see her. Beryl replies that maybe in a few
weeks. Aileen points out that she'll sit around the house all
day, worrying. Beryl tells her that she'd be a lot happier if
she even knew where this farm was. Aileen suggests that
they may be a perfectly ordinary bunch of kids. Beryl, though,
replies that she just has this 'feeling'. Ailseen tells her that
she has a lot of faith in John.
John sits down and rests against a tree in the middle of a garden
area. There are other young people around, and a run-down-looking
building nearby. Andy walks over to him and remarks that he looks
like death warmed up! John sarcastically replies, "Thanks!"
He asks Andy how he can be so chirpy; not getting to
bed until 3am, then being put through the mill, and then up again
at 6am... Andy replies that he's fine - and they didn't
put him through the mill. John retorts that he doesn't know what
Andy would call it, then: the way they dragged all that stuff
out of him about his mum and the band...; it's none of their business.
Andy tells him that they're concerned. John retorts,
"So they keep saying..." He then adds that
if he'd had to listen to any more of that bull about 'caring and
sharing' he would have thrown up! Andy explains that he appreciates
the chance to get a whole lot of things off his chest. John comments
that he thought he was going to end up with a gibbering idiot
on his hands! Andy retorts that he had to face up to a few unpleasant
truths so that he can start sorting things out. He tells John
that if he'd just loosen up a bit, he'd like the place.
Beryl is sitting in the lounge room at the Palmer house, looking
for a number in the Yellow Pages. There's suddenly a knock at
the front door and she gets up and goes and answers it. David
is standing on the step, and he says a curt, "Hi." Beryl
just tells him to come in. They head into the lounge room, and
David explains that he thought he'd come round and see what she
wanted. He adds that he came round yesterday but she was out;
he waited at the O'Briens' for a couple of hours, but she must
have been having the world's longest lunch with whatsisname -
Mike's brother. Beryl snaps that Jim is just a friend - nothing
more; and they had a very nice time. David asks if it was as good
a time as they had the other day. Beryl snaps that she thinks
they should drop the subject. David retorts, "Suit
yourself." He then asks what the big problem is, now that
he's finally caught her at home. Beryl angrily asks him why he
didn't 'phone yesterday - and he could have let himself into the
house. David tells her that he wasn't game - he never knows what
he might walk in on these days. Beryl angrily snaps, "Talk
about the pot calling the kettle black." She continues that
she hasn't even done anything - he's the one
with-- She suddenly stops what she's saying and then snaps that
she's sorry she even went to him for help. David asks what's been
happening, but Beryl tells him that it doesn't matter - she can
handle it herself. David snaps that there's not much point him
staying then, and he goes. Beryl stands there looking upset. She
There's a game of volleyball going on in the grounds at The
Farm. A girl walks over to John, who's stretched out on a mat
nearby, and asks him if he's just going to lie there. John replies
that he's tired. The girl tells him that exercise will
help him wake up, but John retorts that he's trying to get to
sleep. The girl tells him that he looks so miserable.
John reluctantly stands up and walks over to Andy and the guy
he's standing with, Gary. He asks what's happening, and Andy replies
that they're planning a trip to the city - they've got a gig in
Preston tonight. John asks him when they'll be getting back, and
Andy replies that it'll be tomorrow. John says he might come with
them. Gary suggests to him that he stay at The Farm, but John
retorts that he has a few things to do at home. Andy says he supposes
they can all squeeze in the van. Gary ask John if he's going to
be coming to The Farm with Andy tomorrow. John says he'll see.
Gary assures him that they'd like to have him. John asks Andy
if they can talk, but the girl who's standing with them tells
him that there will be plenty of time to talk on the way to Melbourne;
her volleyball team needs someone who can serve. Andy tells John
to go on - he'll see him later. He and Gary walk off. John reluctantly
takes the volleyball and punches it over the net.
At the Morrell apartment, Robin says to Kathleen that it's time
he was off. Kathleen is oblivious to him, though; she's staring
out of the window. She suddenly comes-to and comments that she
was miles away. Robin asks her if she's alright. She replies that
she is. Robin asks if something's wrong. Kathleen explains that
she was just looking down at the street - it was as if she was
hypnotised; if he hadn't come into the room... Robin asks her
if she's saying she would have done something stupid. Kathleen
assures him that she probably wouldn't have. She then continues
that it's stupid: Jill asked her to go looking at houses with
her and Fiona, but she said 'no', and now she's frightened to
be there all by herself. Robin tells her that he would
stay with her, but he has a very important lunch. Kathleen assures
him that he must go; she'll be fine. Robin starts to say, "
I don't suppose... No." Kathleen asks what it is. Robin reminds
her that she used to like parties and meeting people... Kathleen
says she remembers: the hangers-on... the clothes... the cocktails:
a 'Manhattan'. She then sadly continues that she used to lie in
her bunk in jail and wonder if it had really happened. Robin tells
her that it happened alright. He then asks her if she'd like to
be part of it again. Kathleen replies, "Yes, but..."
Robin assures her that within five minutes it'll all come back
to her. Kathleen says she wouldn't have the confidence; she'd
freeze up. Robin points out that she won't know until she tries.
Kathleen replies that no one is expecting her. Robin just asks
her if she'll come, and she nods at him. Robin says he'll call
them and tell them to put 'Manhattans' on ice. Kathleen looks
Fiona and Jill arrive at Dural after their house-hunting. Amanda
is talking on the 'phone in the hallway and she tells Fiona that
she's just in time: the call is for her. Fiona asks who
it is, and Amanda replies that it's Terry. Fiona looks at Jill
warily, but Jill smiles at her and tells her to take it! Fiona
goes to the 'phone and asks Terry where he is. He replies that
he's in a motel. Fiona asks if he means he's in town, and he explains
that he just got down from Woombai. He asks Fiona what she's
up to, and she tells him that she's been out and about, house
hunting with Jill. Terry asks if they had any joy. Fiona laughs
that he knows her: if the agent showed her Buckingham
Palace, she'd worry that there wasn't enough cupboard space! Amanda
and Jill head into the lounge room, and as they do so, Amanda
asks if Fiona is really as fussy as that. Jill smiles and assures
her, "Not quite!" Changing the subject, Amanda asks
Jill if she's staying for dinner. Jill says, "Yeah."
She then adds that, when Fiona's off the 'phone, she must ring
Robin and tell him that she'll be late. Amanda, looking intrigued,
comments to Jill that she's pretty keen on him. Jill retorts that
she likes him, but they're just friends. Amanda, looking
disbelieving, says she thought it was obvious. Jill tells
her that she can think again. She then apologises, explaining
that it's just a bit awkward with Robin at the moment.
Robin and Kathleen arrive back at the Morrell apartment, and
Robin calls out for Jill, but there's no answer. Kathleen tells
him that it looks like he's stuck with her, then - two
disappointments in a row. Robin asks if he's saying he's disappointed.
Kathleen retorts that he implied it. Robin asks when,
and Kathleen replies that it was just now, in the car: he accused
her of ruining the day for him. Robin retorts that all he said
was that she could have made a bigger effort to mingle. Kathleen
tells him that she tried, but she was all at sea. She
adds that it's not easy keeping up with the latest chit chat when
you've been out of circulcation for a while - and they'd all have
wanted to know what she's been doing lately. Robin tells her that
she would have handled it standing on her head, once. Kathleen
snaps that she's sorry she wasn't the life and soul of the party.
She asks him if he thinks she enjoys being a liability.
Robin tells her to hold on; he got the impression that she was
following him around to make some kind of point - that she wanted
to make a fresh start, and he'd have to hold her hand every inch
of the way. Kathleen retorts that she doesn't have to put on an
act to feel out of her depth; while he's been living
the good life, she's been missing out on the best years
of her life. Robin tells her to try and relax - maybe he's got
more to make up to her than he realised. Kathleen looks at him,
John and Andy arrive back at the Palmer house that evening, and,
as they join Beryl in the kitchen, she comments, "Look
at the pair of you." She asks what the matter is, and John
replies that he's just tired. Beryl says she hopes they're planning
on an early night. Andy, though, says he can't, as he's got a
gig. Beryl tells him that that's ridiculous - he'll fall down
on-stage. Andy ignores this, though, and goes off to get ready.
Beryl says to John that she hopes he isn't planning on
going out. John replies, "No way - I'm bushed." Beryl
tells him that, before he puts his head down, she wants to know
exactly what's been going on. John quickly replies, "Nothing..."
He then adds, "Everything..." Beryl asks what sort of
answer that is - they both traipsed in there like zombies
and she wants to know why. John replies that three hours' sleep
a night didn't help - and all the talking... it never stopped.
He continues that they weren't exactly unfriendly, but he got
the feeling that they didn't want him and Andy to be by themselves
so that they could talk about what was going on. Beryl asks what
was going on. John tells her that it's nothing really
'wrong' - but he reckons that, if he'd made a fuss about it, the
guys in the van would have come in there to make sure he didn't
spend too long in there before he went off with them again. He
tells Beryl that, right now, he's too tired to worry about it.
Looking concerned, Beryl replies that it's just as well that she's
A short time later, Andy is in his bedroom. Beryl is also in
there, and Andy tells her that she's barking up the wrong tree.
Beryl retorts that she's talked to people who know about these
things; she's read the newspapers; it happens. Andy tells
her that he's not arguing: the guys at The Farm haven't breathed
a word of religion the whole time he's been there. Beryl comments
that John doesn't seem too keen on The Farm. Gary suddenly
calls out from the hallway to ask Andy if he's ready. Andy tells
Beryl to come and meet Gary for herself - he's a nice guy; they
all are. He then adds that, as a matter of fact, they've
asked him if he'd like to move out to The Farm and live
with them. Beryl snaps that she hopes he told them 'no'. Andy
replies that he said he'd think about it, and he will.
Beryl asks him to promise her one thing. Andy says it depends.
Beryl asks him to come back there tonight - after the gig has
finished - get a good night's sleep, and then they can discuss
it before he makes any major decisions. Andy smiles and says,
Out in the hallway, John tells Gary that he thinks he'd better
wait out in the van. Gary asks what the problem is. John retorts
that it's a private house, and people only come in when they invite
them. Gary tells John that it's up to him. He then adds that he's
sorry that John is putting up all these barriers - he could have
got a lot more out of his visit to The Farm if he'd been a bit
more relaxed. John retorts that maybe he's not a relaxed person.
Andy and Beryl come out and join them, and Andy introduces Beryl
to Gary. Gary smiles and says he supposes Beryl finds it a bit
odd having musos around the place. Beryl replies that she doesn't
- one of her boys was a drummer. Gary asks if he was in a band,
but Beryl replies that he wasn't - he just liked to practice.
Gary turns to Andy and says they'd better not drag their feet.
As they make to leave, Gary tells John that, any weekend he's
free, he's welcome at The Farm. He and Andy go. John says to Beryl
that he hopes Andy knows what he's doing. Beryl asks him if Andy
told him that he's thinking of moving to The Farm - permanently.
Looking shocked, John snaps, "Idiot." Beryl continues
that, the worst of it is, she has suspicions that whoever is behind
this 'farm' is roping people into some holy religious sect. She
adds that she supposes it sounds far-fetched - especially with
front men like Gary. John, though, tells her that it
fits: they're all kind of single-minded. Beryl asks him if he
thinks Andy will wake up to them. John replies that he might,
but Gary can be pretty persuasive. Beryl tells him that Andy said
he'd come back there tonight, but-- John finishes the sentence,
saying she thinks they might push him into going straight back
to The Farm. Beryl admits that, yes, she does. Looking weary,
John tells her that all he feels like doing is sleeping, but if
she thinks he should do it, he'll head off to the gig. Beryl replies
that they should be on the safe side. John says he'll make sure
Andy comes back there, even if he has to drag him.
The next morning, John walks into Andy's bedroom. It's empty.
He quickly rushes into the kitchen, where Beryl is preparing breakfast,
and tells her that Andy has gone. Beryl, though, tells
him that it's alright - she heard his alarm go off at 6am, and
then she saw him and he told her that he was going for a run.
John sourly remarks that that would be right - they're pretty
big on fitness up at The Farm. Beryl comments that she thought
he looked dreadful. John tells her that Andy has bought
their lifestyle lock, stock and barrel. He continues that, when
he got to where the band was playing last night, they were really
piling the pressure on him about going straight back to The Farm.
Beryl grimly comments that she's not surprised. She adds that
she hopes he listens to sense when he's finished his run.
Andy is out running. He's looking tired, and there's sweat pouring
from him. As he runs around the corner into another road, a van
pulls up by him. Andy stops. Gary gets out of the van and Andy
walks over to him. They talk. Andy then looks around cautiously
before climbing into the van and shutting the door. The van drives
Beryl is serving breakfast in the kitchen at the Palmer house.
She puts a plate of food down in front of John, who remarks that
it's quarter past eight, and he asks how long Andy can go out
running for. Beryl says she hopes he hasn't hurt himself. John
says he wondered if there's any way they can find out who owns
the farm. Beryl replies that that's a good idea - if they can
convince Andy that it's more than a few kids having a good time,
maybe he won't think they're being hysterical. John says he wouldn't
bank on it... Beryl tells him that the thing that's surprised
her is how quickly they got Andy on-side. John replies
that he can understand it: before he realised it yesterday, one
of the girls there got him talking about Patricia - and he started
opening up about the whole Lisa thing... Beryl comments that they
play on needing to have someone to listen to you. John continues
that he pulled up short because he's always had her and
the family to talk things over with. Beryl takes up the thread
and comments that Andy has no one close. John goes on
that, pretty soon, Andy will start thinking that guys like Gary
are the ant's pants because they take the trouble to listen. Beryl
grimly says she thinks it's time-- She's interrupted, though,
by the 'phone starting to ring, and she gets up and goes and answers
it. Andy comes on, and Beryl asks him where he is, and whether
he's alright. Andy tells her that he's in a 'phone box. He then
goes on that, when he was out running, he bumped into one of the
guys from the band, and to save time, he's decided to leave for
The Farm straight away. Beryl, looking astonished, asks what about
his clothes - isn't he going to collect them? Andy replies that
they're not important - he can organise something. He then adds
that he told the guys in the band about her theory about them
being some shady religious set-up, and they nearly killed themselves
laughing! Beryl asks him why he doesn't drop round there before
he leaves. Andy, though, replies that it's a bit out of the way;
he just wanted to ring to let her know that everything's fine.
He thanks her for everything and asks her to say 'thanks' to John.
He then hangs up. John asks Beryl to let him speak to Andy, but
Beryl sadly replies that it's too late. She tells him, "He's
gone - for good, I'm afraid."