Blue lights are flashing in Albert Park as Robin is wheeled on
a stretcher into an ambulance. A female police officer gets into
the driver's seat of a police car; Kathleen is sitting in the
back, looking upset. John is standing with his arm around Jill,
outside the Palmers'; Beryl is also standing with them. He's talking
to another police officer, and points out something. Heather is
standing at the end of the O'Briens', driveway, looking upset.
The ambulance and the police car containing Kathleen pull away,
their sirens going. Heather heads back up to the house.
Inside, Jim is looking out of the window, and he tells the others
that the police have just taken a woman away; there are still
a couple of police officers with Jill, though. Mike asks Patricia
where she said she knows Robin from. Patricia replies that she
knew him from business in Sydney. Jim tells her that he knows
it doesn't look too good from the front yard, but sometimes...
He adds that you can't tell - he might be OK. Katie warily warns,
"Uncle Jim..." Heather comes in but says she can't tell
them anything. She adds that she thinks it would be best if Patricia
rings the hospital this afternoon. Mike comments that the woman
couldn't have been looking where she was going. Heather, though,
says she got the feeling that it was the same person she saw sitting
in the car outside before lunch. Jim asks if the woman was waiting
for Robin. Patricia tells Heather that she's probably right: the
woman was Robin's wife; Robin told him about her - she's really
ruthless; she's been in prison and blamed him for putting her
there. Changing the subject, she says she should be getting home.
Jim tells her that he'll give her a lift. Patricia assures him
that she can call a cab, but Jim insists, and she gives in. She
then thanks Heather for lunch and says, "Bye." Mike
tells her that they'll see her again. She and Jim go. As they
walk down the front path, Patricia looks and sees two police officers
and Beryl helping Jill back inside the Palmer house. Beryl suddenly
spots Patricia and glares at her momentarily, before heading in.
Jim says to Patricia that it must have been an awful shock for
Jill: one minute she was talking to Robin, and the next... Patricia
just says, "Yes..." Jim says he hopes the police give
her a break. Patricia says she'd like to talk to her, but... Jim
tells her that, if she'd like to hang around until the cops have
gone, and then pop in and see her... Patricia suddenly decides
that she won't, explaining that it's not such a good idea.
Beryl and John are in the kitchen at the Palmers', and Beryl
tells the police, who are in the lounge room with Jill, that they'll
be in there if they need to talk to them anymore. She closes the
doors and then remarks, "What a business - Jill's nearly
at breaking point." She then asks John if he knew
that Patricia was at the O'Briens', as she just saw her leave.
John points out that she and Heather were old schoolfriends. Beryl
replies that, all the same... She then adds that she wonders where
Patricia is living now. Looking shifty, John says he's
not sure. Beryl continues that she's living with Charlie, she
supposes; she can't imagine anyone else having her. John
quickly changes the subject and says he wonders how long they'll
question Jill for. Beryl says she wishes they'd leave her alone
for a while.
Andy is sitting, leaning against the wall, on a mattress which
is laid out on the floor of the bedroom he's been locked in at
Woombai. He's staring into space. Stephen is in the room with
him, and he asks him what they told him at the farm - is there
any reason why he can't tell them? Andy doesn't respond. Stephen
continues that he has a pretty fair idea - his daughter was told
that she had to find a way to injure herself. He adds that it's
a bit stupid, doesn't Andy think? - he gets away from them by
putting himself in hospital? He walks and joins Amanda, who's
standing by the door, and tells Andy that they preach equality
and freedom, but they don't give you a say in something as basic
as your own health. He goes on that none of it really makes sense
- but if Andy has an excuse, he'd love to hear it; or hasn't he
got one? Andy still doesn't say anything, and so Stephen snaps,
"Cat got your tongue?" He then adds that it doesn't
matter - there's plenty of time; they've only been going for a
couple of hours. Andy suddenly asks if he can have something to
eat, please. Amanda tells him that she'll make him some sandwiches,
and she leaves the room. Stephen shuts the door and leans against
it, his arms folded. He says to Andy, "Change of heart?"
Andy retorts defiantly that if he's going to keep on fighting
them, he has to keep up his strength. Stephen tells him that there's
no need to fight. Andy snaps at him to let him go, then.
Stephen just stares at him and doesn't say anything. Andy goes
on that he'll get away eventually - sooner or later,
he'll be back on The Farm; his friends there are the ones that
got it right: no greed... no ambition... no arguments - just a
simple life without any hassles. Stephen snaps at him that it's
all fake; it's a con - and he can prove it. He tells
Andy that he's been fooled: his gang hasn't found any 'magic answers'.
He leaves the room.
Wayne is sitting in the lounge room, playing cards, when Stephen
comes in. He asks how it's going, and Stephen grimly replies,
"Slowly." He then adds that he thinks he's found a weakness
that Andy might respond to: greed - he thinks his cult doesn't
have any greed. Wayne asks if they do. Stephen explains
that he has a couple of books somewhere that prove it; he bought
them when Samantha was in trouble. Wayne asks if they're there
at Woombai. Stephen replies that they're stored away in a tea
chest somewhere. He adds that they're not bad on Andy's cult -
particularly the money side: everything those kids collect goes
straight to the big boss; they live on run-down farms
while he owns half of Florida. Wayne remarks that it
sounds like a good racket. Amanda comes in with a tray of sandwiches
and tells Wayne that Andy is finally coming round; at least, he's
eating and talking. Stephen tells her that it doesn't mean he's
giving in, and he explains about how the only reason Andy's eating
is to stay strong enough to fight them. He adds that he's sorry
- they're not even at first base yet. Amanda comments that at
least he's eating. Stephen warns her not to go into Andy's
room by herself. Amanda assures him that she'll be alright, but
Stephen asks Wayne to go with her while he looks for
the books. Amanda insists that Andy won't hurt her, but
Stephen tells her that none of them should see him alone;
the old Andy wouldn't hurt them, but that boy in there
is unpredictable; dangerous.
In the kitchen at the Palmers', Beryl points out to John that
Kathleen admitted it was her fault. John replies that she was
after Jill - she thought Jill was on with Robin. Beryl says she
thought Jill and Robin were just friends. John replies that he
doesn't think it was that innocent. Beryl comments that neither
do the police, by the look of it. John points out that they're
only doing their job - Jill's their main witness. Beryl curtly
retorts that, witness or not, she's going barging in there with
a cup of tea in a minute - Jill needs to relax. They
suddenly hear the front door bang, and Beryl cautiously opens
the kitchen doors. She tells John that the police have gone. Jill
is sitting in the lounge room, looking shocked and upset. John
gently asks her how she's holding up. She quietly replies that
she's alright. Beryl hands her a cup of tea. Fee suddenly starts
crying, and Beryl comments that she's awake. Jill doesn't appear
to hear her, though, and Beryl says she'll go. Jill takes
the tea but then says to John that she has to see Robin. John
suggests that she should rest-up for a bit, but Jill cries that
he needs her - he's hurt. John tells her that
there's nothing she can do for the time being, but Jill repeats
that she has to go to the hospital, and she stands up.
Patricia opens the door to Margaret's apartment and thanks Jim
for the lift. Jim asks if there's anything else he can do. Patricia
tells him that there isn't. She adds that David will be home soon.
After an awkward pause, she invites him in and he accepts. She
takes a bottle of pills out of her handbag, and Jim asks her if
she didn't just take one of those after her friend's accident.
He adds that they're not vitamin pills, exactly. Patricia snaps
that she knows what they are. Jim tells her that she
shouldn't take too many. Patricia tetchily asks him if he's a
doctor. Jim replies that it's just that he's seen one
girl he liked depend on pills; it just doesn't work in the long
run. Patricia snaps that she doesn't depend on anything.
She puts the bottle down without taking one. Changing the subject,
Jim asks her what she's got planned for the afternoon. Patricia
snaps, "Nothing." Jim asks her if she wants to see a
movie, but she snaps that she doesn't. Jim points out that it
would take her mind off things, but Patricia curtly assures him
that she'll be fine. Jim tells her that he was only trying to
help. Patricia assures him that she can manage on her own, now.
Jim says, "If you say so," and he goes. Patricia stands
in the middle of the flat apparently thinking about something.
A smile suddenly crosses her face, and she goes to the door and
calls after Jim. As she opens the door, she finds him standing
on the step waiting for her to come after him! He strides into
the flat, picks up Patricia's handbag and asks her if she isn't
glad she met him. He adds that any other man would have taken
'no' for an answer! He suggests they go and find something to
cheer themselves up.
A while later, Patricia and Jim are walking in the park. Jim
says to Patricia that, if she doesn't want to go to the movies,
how about the zoo? He then admits that that would be a bit dull.
He suggests the art gallery, but again says, "No." He
then excitedly says he knows: they could have a game - a quick
round of Monopoly - or Backgammon. He adds that he supposes Strip
Poker is out of the question?! He then suggests that they could
buy a bottle of champagne and drink it right there: the scenery's
lovely, the weather's divine... it's a great day for the race!
Patricia asks, "What race?" Jim replies, "The human
race!" He smiles and then tells her that he'll race her to
the swings! He rushes off and goes and sits on one. Patricia walks
up to him and he tells her to give him a push. Patricia says,
"No!" She then laughs that he's a big kid. Jim replies
that there's nothing wrong with that - it'll be a sad
day when he can't play any more. Patricia points out that she's
still waiting for her champagne, but Jim suggests that they have
a go on the roundabout first! He goes and sits on it and Patricia
reluctantly sits down next to him. Jim uses his feet to start
it spinning round, and Patricia laughs heartily at the experience!
John and Jill arrive at the hospital. Jill tells John that he
doesn't have to stay. John asks her if she'll be alright by herself,
and Jill assures him that she'll fine. John tells her to give
him a ring when she wants to come home. He wishes her good luck
and goes. As he does so, a doctor comes out of a room nearby,
and Jill asks him if he's Doctor Jackson. The doctor says he is,
and Jill introduces herself, adding that she thinks the sister
at reception spoke to him about her? Dr. Jackson tells her that
she can come in, but she must realise that Mr. Elliott is in a
very serious condition. Jill enters the room. Robin is lying in
bed, hooked up to breathing apparatus and with tubes entering
him and leaving him all over his body. Jill looks at him in shock.
Dr. Jackson tells her that Robin has suffered extreme injuries.
Jill cries, "Robin...?" The doctor tells her that Robin
is in a coma. Jill asks how long it'll be before he comes out
of it. The doctor looks at her sadly and replies that, to be honest,
it's unlikely he ever will. He continues that they can
keep him alive, but that's it. Jill looks shocked. Dr. Jackson
tells her that he's sorry. Jill just stares at Robin.
Patricia and Jim arrive back at Margaret's apartment again, and
Patricia thanks Jim for a lovely afternoon. Jim tells her that
it's his pleasure. He then adds that he'll be back at 7pm. When
Patricia looks surprised, he explains that he thought they might
have dinner together. Patricia smiles and asks if she has any
choice! Jim says, "No!" Patricia tells him
that she'll see him at 7pm, then! He goes. Patricia heads inside
and looks at the bottle of pills still on the table. She goes
and tips one onto her hand and then puts it in her mouth...
Wayne is sitting on the couch in the lounge room at Woombai,
shuffling his pack of cards. Amanda is sitting on the floor in
front of him, and she tells him that she thinks Andy is
coming around - he looked normal enough while he was eating.
Wayne points out that that doesn't mean much. Amanda
replies that at least it means he's not a madman; her dad says...
Wayne interrupts and tells her that Stephen says Andy could be
dangerous if they don't watch him - which makes sense, because
he sure isn't friendly. Amanda indignantly asks Wayne how he'd
feel if he was locked away and yelled at for hours on end. She
adds that she still thinks they're going about it the wrong way.
Wayne points out that Stephen seems to know what he's doing -
and Barbara and Gordon will be up in a few days to help. He changes
the subject and tells Amanda that they ought to think about getting
down to Melbourne and fixing up the other affairs. Amanda, though,
snaps that she's not going anywhere until Andy's his old self
- and she thinks they'd stand a better chance if they started
to treat him a little bit better. Wayne tells her to talk to Stephen
about it if she wants to - he's going for a walk.
He gets up and goes out. Amanda sits there for a moment, looking
thoughtful, and then stands up and walks over to the mantlepiece.
She picks up the key that's lying there and then walks out into
the hallway. She approaches Andy's room slowly and quietly and
puts the key in the lock. She turns it and opens the door. Andy
is sitting on the mattress with his eyes closed. Amanda goes in
and locks the door behind her. She then puts the key in the pocket
in her trousers. She quietly says, "Andy?" He looks
at her, and she tells him that she's sorry if she's interrupted
anything. Andy asks where the others are, and Amanda replies that
she's got away from them for a while; she thought they could have
a chat. She adds that it's better than nothing. She then tells
him that she's glad he had something to eat; Stephen told her
that he wouldn't have got much on the farm. When Andy doesn't
respond, she pleads with him and tells him that she knows they're
being hard, but they're only trying to help; he knows they love
him. She continues that Stephen will be back soon with some copies
of some books. She tells Andy that he's got to read them - they'll
explain everything: how he's been conned; how he-- All-of-a-sudden,
Andy leaps up off the bed and wraps his arm around Amanda's neck.
He angrily asks if the door's locked. Amanda cries at him that
he's choking her. Andy tells her to give him the key. With his
arm strangling the breath out of her, Amanda doesn't have any
choice, and she takes out the key and hands it over. As he takes
it, Andy pushes her down onto the mattress. She cries, "Andy...
no - listen to me." He ignores her, though, and walks out,
locking the door behind him. He then rushes into the lounge room,
picks up the 'phone and dials a number. Amanda yells from the
bedroom that he can't go again. She then calls for Wayne, but
there's no response. She calls out to ask if anyone can
hear her. A man answers the 'phone, and Andy says it's him. Wayne
suddenly calls to Amanda to hang on. On the 'phone, the man tells
Andy that he'll get Gary for him. Andy, though, yells that there's
no time. He tells the man to shut up and listen: he's in a place
called Woombai - north of Sydney. Wayne suddenly runs into the
room and pulls Andy away from the 'phone. Andy pushes Wayne onto
the couch and runs off. Wayne quickly gets up again and gives
Stephen is walking back to the homestead, holding some sheets
of paper, but as he approaches the door, Andy bursts out in front
of him. Stephen asks what's going on. Andy goes to run away again,
but Wayne appears behind him, and he and Stephen grab him. Wayne
tells him,"The game's up, mate." Andy reluctantly gives
A short time later, Andy is sitting back on his bed. Wayne is
holding Amanda. Stephen angrily says to Andy that his gang believes
in peace, does it? - how does he reconcile that with attacking
a girl? Amanda insists that she's alright, and Wayne leads her
out of the room. Stephen snaps, "Well?" Andy retorts
that she brought it on herself - she didn't have to be part of
it. Stephen asks him if he doesn't see what he's turning into.
Andy retorts that at least he's not a kidnapper. Stephen
snaps, "For God's sake." Andy asks him if they've sent
their ransom note yet. Stephen snaps at him not to be ridiculous.
He tells him that they're trying to make him see what he's turning
into. Andy angrily asks what there is to see: they don't like
his way of life so they're locking him up until he changes it.
Stephen angrily yells that he's had just enough about of this.
He adds that at least with his way of life there's some semblance
of honesty; The Farm was just a meal ticket for the man
at the top. He hands Andy the sheets of paper and tells him to
read them and then see what he thinks. He leaves, locking
the door behind him. Andy picks up the sheets of paper and rips
A while later, in the lounge room, Amanda is on the 'phone to
John. She tells him that it's a real mess and it's all her fault.
John asks how Andy is now. Amanda replies that he's even
worse than when they brought him there - and he's torn up the
stuff on the cult without reading a word. John points out that
no one expected instant results. Amanda replies that he's going
backward; she's really worried; she doesn't think they'll
ever get through to him - not if they carry on the way
they are - and she can't see Gordon and Barbara making any difference.
John doesn't say anything, and Amanda asks him if he's still there.
John says he is. He then asks if it would help if Andy saw somebody
he really cared about. Amanda says she doesn't know. She asks
him if he's got someone in mind. John replies that he has, but
it won't make him too popular...
In the kitchen at the O'Briens', Heather says to Jeff that she
doesn't know how bad it was - she couldn't really see. Jeff asks
what happened after the cops turned up. Heather tells him that
they arrested the woman who drove the car, and the ambulance took
Patricia's friend to hospital. Changing the subject, she asks
Jeff if he saw his Uncle Jim on the way in. Jeff mutters, "Yeah."
Heather tells him that Jim is moving out tonight - but it's up
to him if he does or not...
Jim is with Mike and Katie in the lounge room, and he comments
that someone must know where all the restaurants are!
Katie tells him that there's a Chinese place up the road, but
Jim retorts that he can't take Patricia there - he's
got to take her somewhere ritzy! Mike tells him that
they can't afford to even know places like that! Jeff
comes in and tells his uncle that the weekend paper had a dining-out
giude in it; he doesn't know if they've still got it. Jim, looking
surprised, thanks him. Jeff continues that he's got something
else to say, too: he knows he's been been a real jerk sometimes,
but he's sorry, and he'd like him to stay - as long as he can
use Jim's car to learn to drive! Jim smiles and says it's a deal.
They shake hands.
Jill is still sitting looking at Robin at the hospital when the
door suddenly opens and Patricia comes in. Looking annoyed, Jill
asks her what she wants. Patricia explains that she came
to see Robin - she was at the O'Briens' this afternoon; she hasn't
been able to get it out of her mind; the more she thinks about
it - what she did: letting Kathleen know where he lived - the
more responsible she feels. Jill, looking more sympathetic, tells
her that it wasn't just her and Kathleen who did it - a lot
of people caused it. She suddenly puts her hand to her head, and
Patricia asks her if she's alright. Jill says she is, and she
walks out. Patricia looks at Robin lying there, an expression
of worry on her face.
A while later, a taxi pulls up outside the Palmers'. Jill pays
the driver and gets out. She walks up the path to the house, but
as she stands on the doorstep, she hears John yelling that it's
the only answer - nothing else is working. Beryl yells back at
him not to be ridiculous: one day he's been up there. John yells
that he hasn't responded to anything they've tried. Beryl yells
that they haven't given it a chance - and now he
wants to drag up something without a single thought about how
anyone else might feel. John yells that Lynn is the only person
who stands a chance of getting through - Andy really felt
something for her. As the arguing goes on, Jill comes into the
lounge room. Beryl yells at John that Lynn has her own
family. John angrily asks if they're supposed to forget
about Andy. Beryl yells that she wants him to think about his
brother's marriage. John yells back, "For heaven's sake."
He then adds that Lynn went to London because she loves
Kevin-- Jill suddenly interrupts and says, "Excuse me..."
She asks if they could keep it down, please. Beryl says she's
sorry. John asks Jill how she got back. Jill replies that she
got a taxi. John asks her why she didn't ring - he could have
picked her up. Beryl snaps that she doesn't know when
- wasn't he too busy trying to talk Lynn into coming out there?
John yells that she wanted to help. Beryl asks him if
he's saying now that it wasn't his idea. John yells back that
he didn't talk her into it. Jill suddenly starts crying, and she
puts her hand to her head. Beryl yells that, why Barbara agreed
to pay Lynn's fare out there, she'll never know. John yells back
that it's because she wants Lynn to help Andy. Beryl
yells that there are enough people around to help Andy
without Lynn--. She stops talking as Jill suddenly collapses.
John looks at her in shock and asks what happened. Beryl says
she doesn't know - she just seemed to... They both bend down,
lift Jill's head and say her name in concern.