Fiona opens the door and asks the man standing there if she can
help him. The man asks her if she's Jill O'Donnel. Jill comes
out of the lounge room and the man tells her that he has two presents
for her. Fiona asks who they're from. The man replies that they're
from some old bloke - he just gets paid to deliver
them. He goes, and Fiona shuts the door. Jill excitedly says she
can't imagine who would be giving her presents. She opens the
note that accompanies a bunch of flowers and cuddly toy and reads:
"Dear Jill, Just to let you know I'm in the country
and that I'd very much like to meet you. I'll be calling you tomorrow
and we can arrange a suitable time. Regards, Sean O'Donnel. P.S.
I would have delivered the gifts personally, but I thought it
was too late to come calling."
Jill smiles in delight and comments, "Isn't that nice?"
Terry points out that it's not late - it's only just after 8:30pm
- but Jill retorts that Sean was just being polite - it was very
thoughtful of him. Fiona tells her that it doesn't change
the situation. Jill just says, "No." She then heads
off to put the flowers in water. Terry and Fiona head back into
the lounge room. As they do so, Terry growls that this is just
the start - tomorrow, he'll be round with his chequebook.
Fiona agrees that he's obviously out to impress. Terry snaps that
there's no way his kid is going out of the country. Fiona replies
that she wouldn't worry about it too much - that message was written
on St. Kilda Road Travelodge paper; she'll give him a call in
the morning and get him to come round before Jill's on deck; she'll
tell him the truth and hopefully that will be the end of it. Terry
remarks that as long as Sean doesn't think they're trying to con
him. Fiona replies that she can put up a pretty good argument
when she has to. She adds that, no matter what Jill says,
it's the best thing for everyone.
At the O'Briens', Katie is showing her father how to play a game
on her computer. Mike complains that it's not fair - he's older
and slower than she is! Jim comes in and says he'd agree with
that! Mike, looking mock-offended, asks him how his dinner went
with his mates from work. Jim replies that it was good. Katie
then asks him if he's been to see Mrs. Palmer yet. Mike chips
in that it might be an idea to to tell her now. Jim says
he'll do it in the morning, but Mike tells him that he doesn't
think he should leave it until the last minute. Katie tells him
that she thinks he should take Mrs. Palmer out - she's
a nice lady; she likes her. Jim replies that so does
he - but it's Patricia he's keen on. Katie tells him
that he'll be standing Mrs. Palmer up. Jim retorts that there's
a difference between standing someone up and telling a friend
that you've got something else on. Mike asks, "Since when?"
Jim tells him that, if Beryl's really stuck, he'll line up one
of the other reps. from work; she's a good sport - she'll understand.
Katie snaps that she's a good sport, and she
wouldn't. Jim tells her that he's taking Patricia out and that's
all there is to it.
A few minutes later, Jim is next door, and Beryl invites him
in! She adds that he caught her at the sewing machine! They head
into the lounge room, and Jim asks her if she's making a dress.
Beryl replies that she isn't. She then picks up her new dress
from the table and explains that she bought it for tomorrow night;
she decided the hem needed taking up after all. She holds the
dress against herself and asks him if he likes it. Jim replies
that it's very nice; lovely. Beryl tells him that she'll be the
best-dressed woman on the dancefloor! She goes on that she's really
looking forward to tomorrow night - it's been a long time since
she's been able to go to one of these dos and enjoy it.
She adds that she's sure he'll enjoy it, too - and she's
very grateful to him for helping her out. Jim, looking wary, says,
"Good..." Beryl asks him what time they should leave,
adding that it starts at about 8pm. Jim says, "Quarter past
seven, I suppose." Beryl smiles and says she'll be there
on time if it kills her! Jim looks worried.
At Margaret's apartment, Patricia is sitting in one of the armchairs
while David sits at the table. She comments that she should have
gone out with Jim tonight, instead of putting it off
until tomorrow night. David comments that he thought she said
Jim was a bit rough for her liking. Patricia replies that he makes
her laugh. David tells her that he's glad Jim is taking an interest
in her and forgetting about Beryl - he wouldn't want to see her
making an idiot of herself. Patricia decides that she may as well
have an early night, and David tells her that he'll see her in
the morning. She heads off to bed. Just as she closes her bedroom
door, the 'phone rings and David answers it. Jim comes on and
asks to speak to Patricia. David tells him that she's gone to
bed. Patricia, though, hearing the 'phone, comes back out and
David tells her that it's Jim. She suggests to him that maybe
she can talk Jim into taking her out for supper. David says he
thought she was going to bed. Patricia retorts that it was only
for want of something better to do. She takes the 'phone
and says, "Hello?" Jim tells her that he's sorry to
ring so late: it's about tomorrow night - he's afraid he has to
cancel: he'd forgotten that he promised to partner Beryl Palmer
to a business dinner; he just didn't feel he could put her off.
Patricia curtly says, "I see..." Jim assures her that
he'll make it up to her - he knows a great restaurant: French
champange; the works... He asks her if she's interested.
Patricia curtly replies that she's not sure; give her a ring later
in the week and see how she feels. Jim says OK and they hang up.
Patricia then turns to David and tells him that it seems she's
not going out tomorrow night after all: "Jim's got a date
with your wife." David looks annoyed.
The next morning, at the breakfast table, Patricia tells David
that she was the one that was stood-up; she doesn't know
why he's so touchy. David ignores this and asks her to
pass the jam. Patricia continues that it doesn't matter who
Beryl goes out with - Margaret's the one he should be thinking
about now. David retorts, "Not the point, Pat." Patricia
points out that he's given Margaret an engagement ring, hasn't
he? Looking surprised, David asks if Margaret told her, adding
that they agreed not to say anything about it. Patricia points
out that Margaret is her sister - she has to talk to
somebody other than him. She adds that she's not going
to tell anybody. David snaps, "Good." He then
adds that he doesn't want her sticking her nose into any of his
business; if he wants to stop Beryl from seeing a younger bloke,
he will. He gets up and goes out.
Sean O'Donnel is sitting at the table in the living room at Toorak
with Fiona, and he tells her that it was a fine breakfast. Fiona
thanks him and offers him some more coffee. He accepts and Fiona
pours it. Sean tells her that says Brian thought very highly of
her - and he can see why: looking after Jill the way she has.
Fiona explains that Jill has always seemed like a daughter to
her. Sean goes on that the thing that struck him most
was how much Jill looked like Maureen - the lass Brian was engaged
to. Fiona warily says she knows... Sean continues that her death
was a terrible thing - but when Brian showed him Jill's photo,
the likeness between her and Maureen was uncanny; at the time,
he didn't think Brian was doing the right thing coming all the
way out there to Australia - although he could understand why
he did it; and then he met Jill and she made him so happy; perhaps
it was meant to be? He goes on that he spent a long time thinking
about how best to handle things once Brian was killed... talking
to a solicitor about it. Fiona says, "Sean..." Sean
ignores this, though, and explains that he wanted Jill to get
to know him properly, so that she feels secure about coming to
Ireland with him - because there's a little child to think of,
too; because whatever they decide must be in her interests
as well. Fiona tells him that there's something he should know,
and it's going to come as a terrible shock to him. Sean looks
puzzled, but just at that minute, Jill appears in the doorway,
wearing her dressing gown, and says, ""Mr O'Donnel?"
Sean turns to look at her and cries, "Glory be!" He
adds that it's like seeing young Maureen again. He tells her that
it's so lovely to finally meet her. He gets up and hugs her, and
Jill replies that Brian told her so much about him; she feels
like she knows him already! Sean explains that Fiona was kind
enough to invite him over to have some breakfast. Jill looks at
Fiona, whose face displays some guilt. Sean then tells Jill that
he can certainly see why Brian was so taken by her. Jill replies
that she liked him, too. Sean tells her that
he has something for her - from Brian. He takes out a cross on
a chain, and continues that he knows Brian would have wanted her
to have it. He puts it around her neck, and Jill looks at it in
delight. She then looks at Fiona. Sean tells her that it's hers.
Jill thanks him and they hug. Fiona closes her eyes in worry
A car pulls up outside the Palmer house and David gets out. He
walks up to the front gate and then pauses. As he does so, he
hears Mike yelling at Katie next door, telling her to shake a
leg. Spotting David, he walks over to him and says, "Morning."
He then adds that if David's looking for Beryl, he's a bit late
- he saw her this morning: he thinks she's gone into town. David
explains that he just came to see if there was any mail for him.
Jim suddenly comes along the road and joins his brother. Mike
says to David that he doesn't think he's met Jim. He introduces
the two men and Jim says they've spoken on the 'phone. They shake
hands, David looking wary. He says he thinks he'd better move
on. Jim tells him not to worry about Beryl - they're keeping an
eye on her. He then adds that, as a matter of fact, he's taking
her to a do tonight. David doesn't respond. He just walks back
to his car, gets in and drives off. Mike snaps at Jim that he's
got a big mouth. Jim asks him what he means. Mike retorts that
you hardly go telling a fellow that you're taking out his wife.
Jim points out that he walked out on her. Mike
replies that, all the same... Jim tells him that David has no
reason to get stroppy if Beryl wants to go out with somebody else;
he must be a real dog-in-the-manger, and if David says anything
to him, he'll tell him so. He heads off to work.
At Toorak, Sean is sitting in the lounge room feeding Fee from
her bottle. He comments that she's a little darling - and she
looks just like Jill. Jill says she doesn't know... Sean tells
the child that she's making her great granddad so happy. Fiona
says, "Sean..." Sean looks up, and Fiona goes on that
she thinks there's something Jill should tell him. Sean looks
at Jill and asks what that is. Jill quickly tells him that it's
nothing - just that she has to go to the hospital sometime during
the morning - but there's no hurry. Sean laughs that he can't
have her running off just yet! He then continues more sadly, saying
he never did like any of his boys being involved in the
IRA; there were arguments on both sides, but all that
killing... he just couldn't make sense of it. He goes on that
he thanks God that Brian was only involved for a very short time
when he came back to Ireland; the day Brian told him that he was
getting out for good, he was really proud of him. Jill tells him
that Brian was proud of him, too - he was always telling
her. Sean replies that he was a good boy. He then explains that
he decided to get out of the whole stinking mess and
sold up everything and bought an estate in the south - it's so
peaceful there; so beautiful. He adds that he's only ever had
sons in his family; he's never been blessed with a daughter- until
now. He tells Jill that she knows from his letter that he wants
her and Fee to come home with him to Ireland - they can be together
as a family as they should be; but he won't press her for an answer
yet - it's only proper that they should get to know each other
first. Jill, though, tells him that he's a very nice man and she
likes him a lot, but she can't let him go on thinking that she
and Fee will go and live in Ireland with him; Australia is their
home - they were born there - and she couldn't
leave Fiona; she loves her too much. Sean listens and
then tells Jill that it's like he said: they haven't got to know
him yet. Jill replies that it doesn't matter - she's not going
to change her mind. She takes the cheque for the air fare out
of her pocket and goes to hand it back to him, but Sean tells
her to keep it, saying that, if she doesn't come home with him,
she can use the money for Fee's upbringing. Looking surprised,
Jill asks him if he's sure. Sean replies, "Of course."
Jill says she hopes he's not too disappointed. Sean tells her
that he can't pretend he isn't, but he understands. Jill
thanks him. Sean suggests that maybe they can discuss it again
sometime. Changing the subject, he says that, now that he's there,
he'd like to see the sights, and he asks Jill and Fiona if they'd
act as his guides. They both agree that they'd love to! Sean smiles
and says he's just looking for an excuse to see more of the beautiful
lassie, Fee. Jill laughs. Fiona looks worried.
Lynn walks into Dural through the front door, carrying Davey,
and Barbara follows. Lynn asks Barbara if she thinks babies suffer
from jetlag too. Barbara replies that of course they do! Gordon
comes out of the study and says 'hello' to Lynn. He then adds
that he thought they'd be halfway to Woombai by now. Lynn explains
that her 'plane was late - they got held up in Singapore and then
she was delayed in Customs. Barbara adds that then they were followed.
Looking worried, Gordon asks, "By whom?" Barbara replies
that it was some of Andy's lunatic friends, they suppose - they
were on their way to Woombai when they noticed this van; they
both thought the same thing. She goes on that when they
turned, the van turned; when they stopped, the van stopped;
they couldn't shake them so they came back there. Gordon says
he'll call the police. Barbara, though, tells him that it's not
necessary. Gordon says he's sure it's illegal to harass people,
but Barbara explains that she's already thought of a way of getting
rid of them: she's going to take them for a game of golf!
Terry is sitting with Fiona in the lounge room at Toorak, and
he curtly comments that Jill is getting pretty damn friendly with
Sean, asking him to stay to lunch. Fiona, though, asks why shouldn't
she invite him? - he's been nothing but a complete gentleman.
Terry comments that it sounds like his Irish charm isn't doing
a bad job on her, either. Fiona says, "For heaven's--"
Terry interrupts her, though, and snaps that, last night, she
was all for telling Sean the score; now he's staying on for a
couple of weeks with her and Jill acting as tour guides. Fiona
explains that, seeing him with Fee this morning... "I don't
know..." She adds that maybe Jill has got the right idea:
she told him that she wasn't going to Ireland with him and he
seemed to take that news alright; he seemed so happy;
God knows he's suffered enough - what's wrong with him staying
around for a couple of weeks and getting to know Jill and Fee
better? Terry retorts that, as far as he's concerned...
He suddenly hears Jill talking, though, and stops what he's saying.
Jill comes into the room with Fee and hands her to Fiona. Fiona
asks her if she's going to see Robin, and Jill replies that she
is. She then adds that she wants to be back by 7pm, though, as
she doesn't want to miss Sean. Terry incredulously asks if he's
coming over again. Jill explains that he's taking her
out for dinner. She adds that he's a lovely man. Terry retorts,
"So I keep hearing...." Jill tells Fee to be a good
girl, and Fiona laughs that of course she will! Jill then curtly
tells Fiona that she was quite amazed by the fact that she invited
Sean over this morning; she's seen for herself now, though, that
she can handle it. Fiona smiles and says, "Me and all my
predictions, eh?!" She looks worried, though.
Sean is talking on the 'phone in his hotel room, and he tells
the person on the other end that he has reservations for Belfast
at the end of the week: he'd like to cancel those bookings, please.
The reservations clerk asks him if he wants to cancel those tickets
altogether. Sean says, "No." He adds that it's just
that his grandson's wife and child and himself have decided to
stay a little longer in Australia; he wants to keep the return
date open a little longer - on both tickets...
Lynn is reading a magazine in the lounge room at Dural. She puts
it down and comments to Gordon that it's almost time to go and
meet Barbara. Gordon suggests they give it a few more minutes
yet. Looking awkward, Lynn asks if John explained about Andy and
her. Gordon replies that he did - but he doesn't intend to pry.
Lynn tells him that she told Kevin; she felt she had
to - she wanted him to know that even though she was attracted
to Andy, it was him that she wanted to spend the rest
of her life with. Gordon asks if he accepted that. Lynn
nods and replies that she guesses he learnt a lot when they separated
over Phillipe - about how jealousy can get in the way. Gordon
asks her if she's thought how she'll feel when she sees Andy again.
Lynn replies that she'll be fine - it's all over between them;
and nothing happened anyway. Gordon tells her that it's not too
late to back out, but Lynn says no - she wants to help Andy because
she's his friend; Kevin and she talked about it. Gordon
says that, if she's sure... Lynn replies that she's sure. She
then adds that she's sorry if she sounded... Gordon tells her
that it's alright. He then suggests that they find Davey and then
see if Barbara managed to lose Andy's so-called friends.
Barbara is being driven on a golf cart to the edge of the course.
As the driver brings the vehicle to a halt, she asks him to put
her bag in the clubhouse and adds that she'll pick it up when
she gets back. She then walks over to Gordon, Lynn and Davey,
who are standing nearby, and asks if they think she makes a good
James Bond! Gordon asks her if she managed to get rid of them.
Barbara replies that she certainly did! Lynn asks how. Barbara
explains that, when they tried to follow her into the clubhouse,
they were politely but firmly told 'This is for members only'
- so they're sitting in the car park, waiting for her to finish
her game before she heads off to Woombai! Gordon laughs that that's
very good. Barbara replies that she thought so! She then
adds, though, that the thing is: were they followed?
Gordon replies that they weren't - he made sure of that: he left
the car in the main road. Barbara then turns to Lynn and asks
her if she's ready to head off into the fray. Lynn replies, "Yes..."
She looks worried, though.
It's nighttime, and Beryl and Jim arrive back at the Palmer house
after their night out. Beryl tells Jim that she'll just get her
shoes off and she'll make him some coffee. Jim, though, replies
that he's got to be up early in the morning - new job and all
that; he's got to make a good impression. Beryl says that's alright
- there'll be other times. Jim agrees that of course
there will be. Beryl suggests that, seeing how much he likes curries,
why doesn't she make him one tomorrow night? Jim, looking nervous,
says, "Umm..." Beryl assures him that he won't be disappointed,
and so he accepts. He then kisses her on the cheek and says, "Goodnight".
Beryl thanks him again, and Jim replies, "That's alright!"
There's a knock on the door of Margaret's apartment. David opens
it, wearing his pyjamas. Looking annoyed to see Jim standing there,
he angrily asks him if he has any idea what time it is. He then
adds that it's after 11pm. Jim - who's still wearing his dinner
jacket - explains that he'd like to see Patricia. David retorts
that she's in bed - asleep. Jim asks him if he could wake her.
David snaps, "No." He then says he thought Jim was going
out tonight. Jim explains they they finished early; he
thought Patricia might like to go out for a late supper. David
snaps that she wouldn't. Jim asks him if he shouldn't
ask her. David retorts that, no, he doesn't. He then
tells Jim that he thinks he's smart, doesn't he: one minute he's
hanging around with his wife; the next minute he's running after
Patricia. He snaps that he doesn't like the way Jim operates,
and he shuts the door in his face.
Barbara, Lynn and Gordon have arrived at Woombai, and Stephen
comments that they finally got there. He asks Lynn how she is,
and she replies that she's fine. Barbara takes Davey off to one
of the bedrooms, and Gordon asks Stephen how Andy is. Stephen
replies that he's coming along - slowly. Gordon comments, "One
step at a time." Lynn says she'd like to see him. Stephen
tells her that she will in the morning - it's a bit late now.
Lynn, though, pleads, "Please?" She adds that she's
come all this way; it doesn't have to be for long. Stephen
gives in, but tells her that he'll come with her. Lynn says she'd
rather see him by herself. Stephen, though, tells her, "No
way." He adds that he's sure Gordon told her what Andy did
to Amanda. Lynn says she's sure he's not going to attack
her. Gordon points out that Amanda was sure he wasn't
going to attack her. Lynn reluctantly gives in and says,
"OK." Gordon looks worried.
The door to Andy's room opens. Andy is lying on the mattress
on the floor, in the dark. Stephen turns the light on and Andy
stirs and sits up. Lynn smiles at him and says, "Hello, Andy."
Andy looks at her in shock.