David arrives back at Margaret's apartment after work, and he
smiles as he notices that the dinner table is laid with wine glasses
and serviettes. Patricia comes out of her bedroom all dressed
up, and David comments that she's trying to butter him up, is
she? Patricia asks what he means. David says she's getting him
to change his mind about moving out. Patricia, though, curtly
tells him that she wasn't expecting him back until tomorrow. David
asks what the spread is in aid of, then, and Patricia tells him
that Jim O'Brien is coming over to dinner. David angrily snaps
that that's great - he thought they were supposed to
sit down and sort out their problems about living together. Patricia
tells him that they can do that tomorrow; Jim will be there soon.
David sarcastically asks if it's alright if he stays long enough
to make a sandwich. He adds that he'll try not to cramp her style.
Patricia snaps at him that she and Jim are just good friends;
he did her a good turn last night, and this is her way of saying
'thankyou'. David asks her if Jim knows she's not interested.
Patricia retorts that she doesn't care - he makes her laugh and
that's all she's interested in. David snaps that a fat lot of
good being in a home has done her - she still
can't think of anyone but herself.
Fiona arrives back at Toorak, and as Terry lets her in, she comments
that it's nippy out there! Terry asks how everyone is, and she
replies that they're fine - it's doing Beryl wonders, having Lynn
and little Davey there. Loud laughter suddenly emanates from the
lounge room, and Terry snaps, "Listen to them." Fiona
tells him to try not to get too upset - if Sean can get Jill laughing,
he's alright in her book. Terry snaps that Sean has been
dropping hints all afternoon about Jill going back to Ireland.
Fiona warns him that, the more song and dance he makes about it,
the more likely Jill is to take Sean's side. She heads into the
lounge room to the peels of more laughter, saying, "Alright,
alright!" Terry goes upstairs.
Jeff is lying upside down again on the gym equipment in the O'Briens'
lounge room. Mike is sitting on the couch looking at the TV guide,
and Jeff asks him if there's anything on. Mike says there isn't
- it looks like he'll have to help Heather with the dishes! He
heads to the kitchen. Katie comes in, holding an envelope, and
she teases Jeff that she's got something he might be interested
in. As she waves it in front of him, she adds that it's got a
Perth postmark. Jeff snaps at her to let him him see who it's
from. He grabs it, lifts himself down from the gym equipment and
starts opening it. Katie, though, tells him that she can guess
who it's from: Luke Carlyle. Jeff tells her to be quiet. Katie
assures him that it's alright - she's not an idiot; why does he
think she didn't give it to him while their dad was in the room?
Jeff reads the note that's inside and she asks if she was right.
Jeff just says, "Yes." Katie then asks what Luke wants.
Jeff replies that he's after some money. Katie exclaims that he's
rolling in it, but Jeff tells her that he says he just
had a big fight with his dad, and his allowance has been cut off
- and he wants to come to Melbourne. Katie asks her brother if
Luke is after him to pay for the ticket. Jeff retorts that it'll
only be a loan. Katie asks where he'll get it from -
their dad? She adds that he hasn't got any money of his own.
Jeff replies that he'll tell his father he needs it for something
else. Katie snaps that he'll lie to him. Jeff snaps back
that she can talk: what about the time she told their
dad that she needed to help Andy out? Katie retorts that that
was different - she need that money to help Uncle Jim. Jeff snaps
back that it's not so different if you ask him.
At Margaret's apartment, Patricia clears away Jim's plate following
the starter. Jim puts his arm round her as she does so, and tells
her, "Not too quickly!" Patricia quickly pulls
away and tells him that they'll never get through dinner! Jim
asks who cares! Patricia retorts that she does - she
spent the whole afternoon getting it ready. Jim looks surprised.
Later that evening, Patricia asks Jim if he wants more coffee.
Jim tells her that he doesn't. He then adds that, in fact, he's
feeling a bit lonely, him on one side of the table and her on
the other. Patricia suggests that they could go and sit on the
couch. The two of them stand up, and as they go to make themselves
comfy, Jim asks if it's piece of chocolate that he can see on
her earlobe! He goes to move in again, but Patricia quickly fobs
him off. They sit down. As they do so, Jim tells Patricia that
she's a very tense lady at times. Patricia retorts that she's
just a lady. Jim suddenly leans in to kiss her, but Patricia snaps
at him, "Don't," and she pushes him away, looking repulsed.
Jim, looking surprised, asks what the matter is. Patricia retorts,
"Nothing." Jim says he thought the idea was for them
to get to know each other a bit better. Patricia replies that
it was, but getting groped and slobbered on by some heavy-breathing
yahoo isn't her idea of it. Jim stands up and comments that it
looks like he's outstayed his welcome. Patricia tells him that
she's sorry - she didn't express herself very well. Jim assures
her that the message came across loud and clear. He thanks her
for the meal and goes. Patricia sighs and looks annoyed with herself.
At the O'Briens', Katie is working on her computer in the lounge
room while Jeff sits and tells his father that his track times
are improving; the coach is really pleased. Mike tells his son
that so is he. Jeff then continues that the trouble is
that his gear is starting to wear out. Mike replies that, when
he needs some more, let him know and he'll give him the money.
Jeff tells him that he could do with some now, actually.
Mike asks him how much he needs: $10?; $15? Looking slightly awkward,
Jeff says he knows it's a lot, but he needs $100. A look of shock
on his face, Mike asks him what on earth he needs that
much for. Katie looks at her brother sharply as he explains that
he needs track shoes, blocks...; he can provide a whole list if
Mike likes. Mike, though, assures him that it isn't necessary.
He adds that he knows the athletics gear is important; he may
be able to get the rest in a while, but he can only stretch to
$50 at the moment. Jeff reluctantly says he supposes it'll have
to do. Mike goes to get the money from his wallet in the kitchen.
Katie glares at her brother.
In the lounge room at Toorak, Sean cheerily comments that it's
time that he got back to his motel. Fiona anxiously asks him if
he should drive, but Sean assures her that it takes more than
a couple of glasses of wine during dinner to get him
drunk. Jill says she's sure he had more than a couple!
Fiona tells Sean that there's a spare room there, and
Jill points out to him that he'd hate to run into the Booze Bus.
Sean agrees that he might have a lie-down for a couple of hours.
Fiona tells him that if he's still there in the morning, they
could make an earlier start on sightseeing. Terry, who's sitting
next to Fiona, looking sullen, chips in that, talking of that,
it's going to be a long day tomorrow; Fee has still got the last
of her cold, so he doesn't mind staying home to look after her.
Jill curtly tells him that she's sure it'll be fine by the morning.
Fiona adds that, if the worst comes to the worst, she's sure Beryl
can mind her. Terry says it's not fair to ask, but Fiona retorts
that of course it is - she'll love it. Sean
stands up and suggests to Terry that he show him to the bedroom.
Terry grunts, "Sure," and tells him to follow him. Sean
says goodnight to everyone and he and Terry leave the room; Jill
watches them go. Fiona tells her that Terry is coming with them
tomorrow and she's going to make sure he relaxes and enjoys Sean's
company if it kills her!
David arrives back at Margaret's apartment, coughing deliberately
and loudly! Patricia tells him that he shouldn't bother making
all that nosie - he's not interrupting anything. David asks her
if her visitor has gone already. Patricia tells him that
he has. She then adds that David shouldn't bother looking smug.
David says, "Too much of a handful, was he?" Patricia
snaps at him that she's beginning to think he's right - it's hopeless
them both under one roof. David retorts that he's glad to see
they agree on something. Patricia continues that, first
thing tomorrow, she'll move out and find somewhere else to live.
Upon hearing that, David quickly tells her to hang on - he told
Margaret that he'd make sure she has it easy for a while. Patricia
snaps that there's nothing easy about this. David tells
her that he couldn't face Margaret if he thought he'd forced her
out; if anyone moves, he will. Patricia snaps,
Sean comes downstairs at Toorak and joins Jill, who's on her
own in the lounge room. He tells her that he thinks he's alright
to drive now. Jill smiles and says, "Good!" Sean sits
down and asks her if something's troubling her. Jill replies that
she's just thinking. Sean asks if it's about coming back to Ireland,
by any chance. Jill tells him that it isn't. Sean asks if it's
something to do with Robin Elliott, then; she's mentioned him
a couple of times and Fiona filled in the details... He adds that
there's no reason to feel tied down. Jill cries that he doesn't
understand. Sean says he knows she feels close to him on account
of Fee, but it's not as though they were married - or that she
was even friends with him for very long. Jill, though,
retorts that if it wasn't for her, he wouldn't be where he is
now. Sean asks her if Robin would want her throwing her life away
sitting in a hospital room, day after day. Jill insists that she
knows it makes a difference if she's there. Changing the subject,
she tells Sean that it's really nice having him around - she doesn't
know how she would have coped without him. Sean says
he's glad he could help. He gets up, kisses her and tells her
that he'll see her in the morning. He then heads out, pausing
in the hallway for a moment, looking thoughtful, before opening
The next morning, Patricia comes out of her bedroom at Margaret's
apartment, yawning as she does so. She heads towards the kitchen
area, but as she does so, she notices something on the table.
It's a note from David:
Gone flathunting. If John calls tell him I want to see him.
There's suddenly a knock on the door, and Patricia calls out,
"Who is it?" Lynn calls back that it's her. Looking
surprised, Patricia goes to let her in. As she opens the door,
she tells Lynn that she's the last person she was expecting
to see. She then adds that David has gone out. Lynn tells her
that it was her she wanted to see, actually. Patricia
invites her in. Lynn tells her that she can't stay long - she
just wanted to let her know why she came back to Melbourne.
A short time later, the two of them are sitting down with cups
of coffee, and Patricia asks Lynn if she really thinks she can
change things. Lynn explains that she promised Kevin that she'd
try; even if she could just get them talking again, it would be
a start. Patricia asks her if she doesn't imagine other people
have tried. Lynn replies that of course she does - but she thinks
having Davey with her will help. Patricia asks if the child is
Lynn's secret weapon. Lynn explains that they both love him -
she thought he might be able to bring them back together again.
Patricia wishes her the best of luck. Looking surprised, Lynn
comments that she didn't expect Patricia to be on her side. Patricia
asks her why she's there, telling her what she's going to do,
then. Lynn explains that she thought that, if she was completely
open about it, there was less chance of her trying to mess things
up for her. Patricia curtly retorts, "Oh did you...?"
She then assures Lynn that she has nothing to fear from her -
she just doesn't think it'll work, that's all. Lynn, though, replies
that she thinks it might: she talked to Beryl last night:
she's still in love with David - and John practically admitted
that David feels the same about her; so if she can just
get them together, they might start waking up to themselves. Patricia
tells Lynn that she's welcome to give it a try - not that she
thinks it'll work - but she's buying right out; she doesn't
want to see Margaret get hurt - and if David and Beryl aren't
finished yet, it's better it the whole thing is sorted out before
Margaret gets in deeper. Lynn thanks her. Patricia tells her that
she should be grateful to her for being so honest; she might have
made a terrible mistake if Lynn had left her in the dark...
At the Palmers', Beryl is on the 'phone to Fiona, and she tells
her that she'd love to babysit Fee, but she's got a meeting
with one of the trustees of the charity this afternoon. She then
adds, though, that Heather might do it. Looking awkward,
Fiona says she'd hate to ask someone she doess't know.
Beryl assures her that Heather adores Fee. Fiona says
that, if she's sure... Beryl tells her to leave it to her.
A few minutes later, Beryl is next door, but Jeff tells her that
he's sorry - Heather's out. Beryl asks if she'll be back
soon. Jeff replies, "Not for a while." Beryl asks where
Katie is. Jeff replies that she's with Heather. He asks
if he can take a message, but Beryl declines, saying it would
be too late - she's looking for a babysitter. Sensing an opportunity,
Jeff eagerly asks if they're paying. Beryl replies that they'll
probably have to, now. Jeff tells her that he'll
look after the kid - for the right price. Beryl declines, though,
pointing out that Fee is a very young baby. Jeff reminds her that
he and Fee got on like a house on fire while she was over at their
place. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, and Jeff tells her
to think about it while he gets it. Jim answers the call, though,
and so when Jeff returns to the door, he asks Beryl if she's decided.
Beryl tells him that she can't promise him anything; the final
decision is up to Fiona and Jill. Jeff asks what the address is.
On the 'phone, Patricia tells Jim that she feels awful about
last night, and wants to explain. Jim asks why the change of heart.
Patricia explains that she had a conversation this moring that
made her realise that she needs a friend like him. She
asks if he can come over. Jim tells her that he can,
but it'll have to be soon. Patricia tells him that she'll see
him. Jim hangs up. Jeff immediately asks for a favour: he needs
a lift to South Yarra. Jim tells him that he's in luck - he's
headed that way himself.
A while later, Jeff is standing in the hallway at Toorak with
Fiona, Jill and Fee. Sean comes downstairs and snaps that Jeff
is too young. Jill, though, tells him that she's seen Jeff with
Fee before - he's a natural. Fiona says it's all settled,
then. Jeff asks if he's got the job. Fiona asks how $25 sounds.
Jeff replies that $30 sounds better! Fiona tells him
that she's not paying that. Sean, though, tells her that
he'll pay; $30 is hardly anything. Jeff tells
them that they can go out without a worry in the world. Jill says
she'll tell Terry that they're ready.
At Margaret's apartment, Patricia tells Jim that, to be perfectly
honest, she's not in the market for deep commitment at the moment:
she's just come out of hospital and it's only a matter of months
since her marriage finished, and, well - she's finally made a
promise to herself not to keep going through the same old routine.
Jim comments, "Once bitten..." Patricia exclaims that
it's not just once; she's lost count! She then continues that
she's not expecting to be let completely off the hook - she was
using him; she needed someone she could talk to - who was fun
to be with; have fun with... Jim comments, "No strings attached?"
He then adds that it's not a crime to want a bit of company. Patricia
explains that she realised he wanted something more; she
wanted to have her cake and eat it - she's sorry she led him on.
Jim asks her if she isn't being rough on herself. He points out
that, if he'd had his eyes open, he would have realised that he's
not in the running at all - so all square, eh? Patricia smiles
and says, "Yes." She then more glumly adds that she's
probably wrecked his chances with Beryl Palmer in the process.
Looking surprised, Jim explains that he and Beryl really are
just good friends. Patricia smiles and Jim asks what the matter
is. Patricia replies that it's none of her business, but as she
understands it, Beryl regards him as a lot more than a friend.
Jim asks if Heather told her that. Patricia, though,
replies that it was something David said. Looking puzzled,
Jim says he thinks he's got a right to know if it concerns him.
Patricia tells him that, apparently, David and Beryl had a row
- and it ended with her giving him the brush off and telling him
that she'd found somebody else. Looking shocked, Jim says, "Me?"
He then adds that he can't believe it; sure, Heather told him
that she thought Beryl was getting involved, but he never thought...
Patricia tells him that maybe it's best he knows. Jim replies
that he's very fond of the old Beryl...
Fee is lying on a rug in the lounge room at Toorak. Jeff goes
to pick her up, saying to her as he does so that she needs a new
nappy! He then adds that it's lucky he asked for the extra money!
As he lifts her up, the rug comes up in his hands as well. He
carries her out of the room, but as he does so, the rug drops
back out of his hands and onto an electric heater - which is switched
on - in the middle of the floor. The rug immediately begins to
The 'phone rings at the Palmer house just as Beryl gets in, and
she dashes to answer it. Patricia comes on and says it's her.
Beryl looks at the 'phone in surprise. Patricia tells her that
she's sorry to trouble her, but she thinks there's something they
need to discuss. Beryl says she doubts it. Patricia explains
that it's about Jim O'Brien. Beryl asks, "What about him?"
Patricia says she gathers he's taken rather a fancy to Beryl -
and to her. Looking shocked, Beryl says, "What?"
Patricia tells her that she thought the news might upset
her - but she wanted to reassure her that she's not in
the race; Jim has been very good to her, taking her out a couple
of times, but that's all there is to it. Beryl tells her that
she doesn't know what she's talking about. Patricia continues
that she realises it's very painful for her. Beryl insists that
it isn't - she and Jim are just acquaintances.
Patricia goes on that she wouldn't have said anything herself,
but Jim brought it up. Beryl asks what he's been saying.
Patricia assures her that it's nothing embarrassing - but he did
give her the impression that he feels strongly about Beryl - and
he must have said something similar to David because they've had
a couple of very close shaves - ending with David telling Jim
not to go anywhere near Beryl. She adds that Beryl can
asks Jim if she doesn't believe her. Beryl assures her
that she will. Patricia tells her that she's not trying
to meddle; believe her - she made a promise to herself when she
came out of hospital; she just wants to set the record straight...
Jeff opens the front door at Toorak to find Katie standing there.
Looking surprised, he asks her what she's doing there. She explains
that she bumped into Mrs. Palmer on the way home; when she heard
what he was up to, she thought she'd better come round. Jeff indignantly
assures her that he's managing alright. Katie walks into the house,
closes the door and asks what the funny smell is. Jeff replies
that he's changed Fee's nappy. Katie, though, tells him
that it smells like smoke. Jeff assures her that she's
imagining things, but Katie walks into the lounge room and sees
the charred rug lying on the floor. Looking shocked, she asks
what happened. Jeff reluctantly explains that he was changing
Fee in the nursery when he realised something was wrong; he rushed
down and the rug was on fire - he must have dropped it on the
heater. Katie asks him what he's going to do when the others find
out. Jeff explains that he's worked out what he's going to tell
them: he's going to tell them that Fee kicked the blanket onto
the heater and that if he hadn't been there to save the
day, the whole house could have burnt down - Fee and
all. Katie, looking shocked, tells her brother that he's disgusting.
Jeff retorts that Fee is alright, and if her doddery old granddad
gives him a reward for saving her life, think how quickly he'll
be able to save up for Luke to come to Melbourne. Katie snaps
at him that he's going to steal from some old man. Jeff, though,
retorts that Sean is loaded. He adds that it's for a
good cause, and he doesn't care what she thinks.
David gets in to Margaret's apartment, and Patricia asks him
if he found anywhere. He replies that there were a few possibles.
Patricia suddenly tells him that she doesn't think either
of them should move out. David retorts that he does.
Patricia tells him that she can't blame him for thinking that
- especially after the way she's been behaving - but she's been
worried sick all morning. David snaps that it's a bit late now.
Patricia, though, insists that it isn't: last night,
he mentioned something about an obligation to Margaret - and he's
right; they both have; they've got to put her happiness
first - so she's made a decison to make an effort to be less selfish
and get along with him - or they're going to let Margaret down
Beryl is vacuuming the lounge room at the Palmers' when there's
a knock at the door. She goes to answer it and finds Jim standing
there. He says to her that, if she's got time, he thinks they
ought to talk. Looking surprised, Beryl says, "Of course."
She invites him in, and they head into the lounge room. She tells
him that she'll make him a cup of tea, but Jim quickly replies
that he's not there for a chat. He tells her that he thinks it's
time they laid their cards on the table - about their real feelings.