Beryl asks who's going first. Jim replies that he came
barging in, so he should. He then continues that, the
other night, when she invited him over to tea, he thought it was
just two neighbours getting together; now he realises that it
was... He breaks off and pauses before telling Beryl that it's
not easy saying this... Beryl points out that her turn's coming!
Jim tells her that he now realises that it may have meant a bit
more to her. Beryl replies that she admits she
might have gone to a bit more trouble - but she cleared it up
before he arrived. Looking annoyed, Jim tells her that he could
kick himself. Beryl points out that there's no harm done.
Jim tells her that he doesn't want to hurt her feelings - that's
the last thing he'd do; it's just a bit difficult - the
way he feels is... Beryl interrupts and comments that David isn't
making it very easy for him - he had a go at him about seeing
her, didn't he. Jim replies that he did, but adds that that's
water off a duck's back as far as he's concerned. Beryl
points out that it would explain a few things, though; she reminds
Jim that, when they first met, he was very attentive: flowers...
lunch... helping out with the charity function; then he was off-hand
about the meal... She tells him that she likes him and would like
to go on seeing him. She then adds that, despite
what David thinks, they're both adults, so there's no harm in
taking things as they come. She tells Jim that it's really up
A short time later, in the kitchen at the O'Briens', Mike snaps
at his brother that he thought the point of going to see
Beryl was to be honest with her. Jim replies that it
was - but after what she said, he could hardly turn round
and say he didn't want to see her. He then goes on that one thing's
for sure: he admires her honesty; she's a pretty amazing lady.
Mike asks him if he's interested in her or whether he
feels sorry for her. Jim replies that he admires
her, that's all - maybe he's spent too much time going after the
wrong types - dolly birds, women like Patricia - that he doesn't
get on with all that well. Mike smiles and comments that he's
finally starting to see what he and Heather have known for all
these years! He adds that he's not saying that Beryl is the person
Jim should be going out with, but if he continues taking
her out, it should be for the right reasons. Jim retorts that
he's not that low - he likes the lady; he'll
take her out a few more times and see what comes of it.
John is at Margaret's apartment, and he tells David that he'll
do the next couple of trips back-to-back if David likes. David,
though, tells him not to be silly: if he does too many hours on
the road, he'll lose his licence. John explains that he just feels
that he's spent too much time at Woombai, and David has been doing
all the work. David points out that the main thing is that they've
been able to snap Andy back to his old self. They sit down with
Patricia. David tells John that, now that he is back,
he could certainly take off some of the load, and give him
a chance to catch up with Lynn and Davey. Suddenly looking worried,
Patricia quickly points out that there's plenty of time for that
- shouldn't John have a couple of days' break? John insists that
he's alright. Patricia reluctantly tells him that it's up to him.
She offers more coffee, and both men accept. Patricia heads to
the kitchen area. John quietly asks David how things are working
out with him and Patricia living together. David replies that
it got a bit rough for a while, but it's OK now, though - Pat
is making a bit of an effort to smooth things out. From the kitchen
area, Patricia looks round as David continues that it's just as
well - he was thinking about getting out of the whole
thing. John asks him if he means Margaret too. David, though,
assures him that there's no chance of that; it's just
whether Patricia and he can share anymore. The 'phone
suddenly starts ringing, and Patricia says she'll get it - she's
expecting a call. She picks up the handset and Jim comes on. Patricia
delightedly asks him how he is, and he tells her that he's fine;
he just wanted to make sure that she's not feeling bad about what
she dropped yesterday about David and Beryl. Patricia replies
that she still thinks she-- Jim interrupts, though, and tells
her that he's been to see Beryl and they're just going to keep
on seeing each other; see how things go. Patricia smiles and tells
him that that's fantastic - she's really pleased. Jim replies
that he thinks he owes her a vote of thanks for giving him a push
in the right direction. Glancing at David, Patricia tells Jim
that she's just glad that she was able to do the right thing for
A while later, Jim is upside down on the gym equipment in the
O'Briens' lounge room. Mike asks him if he really reckons it does
him some good. Jim replies that of course it does! He
pushes himself upright again, climbs off and tells Mike to have
a go. Mike declines, saying he gets enough exercise pushing mowers
around! Katie suddenly comes into the house, and Mike, looking
surprised, asks her what she's doing there - he thought she was
helping Jeff babysit. Katie just snaps that he's doing very nicely
on his own, before storming off to her room. Mike comments to
Jim that she probably had a squabble with Jeff.
At Toorak, Jeff is saying that he was in the kitchen, getting
a glass of water, when he smelt burning; he rushed back out there
and found the rug on the heater. Jill, looking anxious, asks if
it was on fire. Jeff replies that it wasn't - it was just smouldering.
Jill asks if Fee's alright. Jeff assures her that she's
fine - he took her upstairs and put her in her cot. Jill goes
to get her. Sean comments that it's lucky she wasn't overcome
by smoke. Fiona asks how come blanket got on the radiator
in the first place. Jeff says Fee must have kicked it
out of the bassinet. Terry snaps that she must have pretty strong
legs to kick it out of there. Jeff tells him that that's
what he thought. Fiona says she supposes they must be
thankful that it didn't catch on fire properly. Sean
adds that it's just as well Jeff had his wits about him and got
to it on time. Jeff, looking guilty, says he shouldn't have left
the room in the first place. Fiona, though, tells him
that they can't blame him for wanting a drink of water. She then
suggests to him that he'd better be getting on his way. Jill comes
back into the room, holding Fee, and Terry asks how she is. Jill
tells him that she seems to be OK. The two of them head off to
the kitchen to fix her feed. Sean takes out his wallet and hands
Jeff $30. Jeff says he'll buy Fee a new blanket, but Fiona tells
him not to be silly - if anything, they should be giving him something
extra for making sure nothing happened. Sean
says he agrees. He takes a couple of $50 notes out of his wallet
and holds them out to Jeff. Jeff, though, says he couldn't.
Sean insists, and so Jeff 'reluctantly' takes one of
the notes. Fiona tells him not to go away thinking they blame
him. He goes. Sean comments to Fiona that he seems like a decent
young man. Fiona, looking slightly worried, replies, "Yes...
from what Beryl says, he comes from a good family."
Jeff is back at the O'Briens', sitting at the kitchen table,
writing a letter. Katie comes in and angrily asks him if he got
what he was after. Jeff tells her that he's sending it off now.
Katie snaps at him that she hopes he's proud of himself.
Jeff replies that he feels pretty lousy, actually - he doesn't
like lying - but Luke is his best mate, and he's got
to help him. Katie snaps that she can't see why after
Luke conned him into stealing that car. Jeff retorts that they
didn't 'steal' it - they took it for a joyride; and it wasn't
all Luke's idea - they were in it together, but Luke
covered for him; that's why he's got to help him now.
Katie snaps that she still thinks he's gone about it the wrong
way. Jeff asks her to give him break: Mr. O'Donnel offered him
a lot more than he took. Katie asks when Luke's turning
up. Jeff replies that it'll be as soon as he gets his stuff
organised. Katie snaps that she doesn't think their mum will be
too happy when he lands on the doorstep. Jeff points out that
Heather has always liked Luke. Katie retorts that she
doesn't like his dad, though. Jeff says, "So?"
Katie points out that he's going to have something to
say about it - he's not going to let Luke just run away to Melbourne;
he'll come after him for sure. Jeff explains that he
told Luke not to tell his old man where they're living. With a
grim expression on her face, Katie tells him that people like
Roger Carlyle can always find out what they want...
Sean is holding Fee in the lounge room at Toorak, and as he fusses
over the child, he comments that it sure would have been an awful
thing if something had happened to her. Fiona says she thinks
they should just be very thankful it didn't. Terry snaps
that if they hadn't gone sightseeing, it would never have happened
in the first place. Fiona curtly tells him that she doesn't
think that's the way to look at it. Changing the subject, she
asks Jill if she's going to the hospital to see Robin. Jill replies
that she'd like to, but she doesn't want to leave Fee. Fiona tells
her that she knows she wouldn't let anything happen to
her... Jill agrees that she knows, but-- Fiona interrupts and
says there are no 'buts' about it. She takes Fee from Sean and
says she'll put her in the cot. She asks Terry to come with her
and bring the bassinet, and she tells Jill that they'll wait and
have dinner when she gets back. When he's alone with Jill, Sean
tells her that he'll give her a lift to the hospital. Looking
surprised, Jill assures him that there's no need - it's nowehre
near his hotel. Sean replies that he realises that, but he'd still
like to come to the hospital with her. He then tells her that
he did something this morning that maybe he shouldn't have: he
took it upon himself to talk to Robin's doctor; he hopes Jill
doesn't mind. Jill says she doesn't, and she tells him to go on.
Sean tells her that what the doctor had to say should certainly
give her something to think about.
A while later, Sean, Jill and Dr. Jackson are walking in the
hospital grounds. Jill asks Dr. Jackson if he really thinks there's
some hope for Robin. Dr. Jackson tells her that it's possible.
Jill asks him why he didn't say anything before. Dr. Jackson explains
that they had to wait for Robin's functions to stabilise before
they coud tell his condition. Jill asks if he's not as bad as
they thought. Dr. Jackson warns her not to raise her hopes: Robin
is in a coma, and they still don't know if he'll ever come out
of it; but there's a school of thought that says intensive therapy
can help brain-damaged patients improve. Jill asks him if he thinks
Robin could respond to that. Sean chips in that he might
- but it would be very expensive and very time-consuming; some
families dedicate their lives to it - or get someone
else to do it for them. Jill asks him if he means a physiotherapist.
Dr. Jackson explains that that's right. He then continues that,
in the next five years, neural tissue transplants could become
a reality; if Robin can be kept alive and his body stopped from
deteriorating, there's a chance he may regain some degree of normality.
Jill, looking more glum, says it all comes down to money, though.
Dr. Jackson adds, "And time." Jill sadly tells him that
she hasn't got either - she has a baby to bring up. Dr.
Jackson says he's sorry. Jill tell him that it's not his
fault - it's just unfair. Sean, though, suggests that maybe he
can help: he always said he'd do anything to get Fee and Jill
to come over to Ireland...
John pours two cups of tea in the kitchen at the Palmers', and
he tells Jill that he can see why she's in such a state now. Jill
replies that it's an awful decision - she just doesn't
know what to do. John tells her that it seems obvious
to him: he knows how much she wants to help Robin, but she can't
seriously consider Sean's offer. Jill points out that
it is a way out. John asks, "For you or Sean?"
Jill retorts that she means for her. John tells her that
she can't even be sure the treatment for Robin will do any good.
Jill retorts that there's a chance, and if she doesn't
take it, she could be stopping Robin from having some kind of
life. John tells her that she doesn't know that; all
he can say for certain is that she'll be playing into Sean's hands
if she goes and lives in Ireland. Jill says she'd get
something out of it, too: Robin would be getting treatment, she'd
be making Sean happy, Fee will never want for anything...
and it would be good for her, getting away from some of her hassles
there in Australia. John asks, "Like what?" Jill replies
that there's Terry, for instance. John remarks that he thought
they were getting on, these days. Jill replies that Terry's always
going to be there. She asks John if he can imagine what
Terry would be like if she ever wants to get married again. John
tells her that that's all fine, but the simple fact is that Sean
isn't related to Fee; she can't go on living that sort
of lie; and what about Fiona? - how will she feel, knowing
that Jill and her granddaughter are living on the other side of
the world? Jill replies that Sean said he'd pay for Fiona to visit
whenever he wants. John asks her if it doesn't worry her, the
way Sean is going about this whole business. Jill tells him that
she knows Sean is geting what he wants out of it, but she can't
blame him. John retorts that Fee isn't his great granddaughter;
she seems to be forgetting that; he can only see the
whole thing turning into a mountain of trouble for her. Beryl
suddenly comes in the back door with a basketful of ironing to
do. She looks surprised to see Jill there, and asks her how she
is. She replies that she's not too bad. She then adds that, actually,
she and John were just thinking of going for a walk to the beach.
John, taken aback, says, "Yeah..." They head out, leaving
Beryl looking bemused.
As they walk down the front path, Jill says to John that she
hopes he doesn't mind - she just wants to keep talking and get
things clear in her head. She adds that, here she is, dumping
her problems on him, but she really couldn't talk to Fiona while
things are still up in the air. John points out that, if she does
decide to go overseas, she'll have to tell Fiona - and she'll
probably never forgive Jill if she does.
The 'phone rings at Margaret's apartment, and Patricia answers
it. Lynn comes on, calling from the Hardy house, and says she'd
like to speak to David. There's silence and after a moment, Lynn
says, "Patricia?" Patricia replies that she's still
there, but she thinks David is asleep. Looking disbelieving, Lynn
says she's sure he'd like her to wake him up, knowing that it's
her calling. Patricia grimly replies that she's sure
he would... She reluctantly calls to David that it's
Lynn. She then tells Lynn that he's coming. David emerges from
his room and takes the 'phone. He asks Lynn how she is, and she
replies that she's fine. He then asks after Kevin and Davey, and
she tells him that they're both fine, too. David asks her when
he's going to see her and the little one. Lynn explains that that's
what she's ringing about: her mum would like to know if he'd like
to come to dinner tonight. David asks if he means at her
place. Lynn says she does; he can catch up on all the gossip then.
David tells her that he'd love to. Lynn suggests he come over
a bit after 7pm. David says that's fine, and they hang up. At
the Hardys', Lynn says to Davey that that's his granddad
organised; now she's just got to work on his grandmother...
Lynn is at the Palmers', and Beryl tells her that it's very nice
of her mum, but she's made other plans. Lynn, looking disappointed,
says, "What a pity." Beryl points out that there'll
be other times. Lynn says she supposes so; she just wanted
both of Davey's grandparents to be there. Looking surprised, Beryl
asks if David is going too. Lynn says he is. Beryl tells
her that it's probably just as well that she can't come, then
- she wouldn't want a scene in front of Muriel and Victor. Lynn
asks why there'd be a scene. Beryl replies that there are just
a few things that David has been up to lately. Lynn asks, "Like
what?" Beryl explains that he's been trying to stop her leading
her own life, and she won't stand for it. She adds that she understands
what Lynn is trying to do, but it's pointless: David and she are
starting new lives - he has Margaret and she's
going out tonight with a very nice man: Jim O'Brien from next
door. Lynn syas she can't be expected to sit and wait for him.
Beryl says she wishes David would realise that. She then
distantly comments that, if he was to walk through the front door
now and tell her that he still loves her and wants to make up
for everything, she'd be the happiest woman in the world. Lynn
suggests that surely spending one evening in the same room as
him wouldn't hurt. Beryl says she thinks not. Lynn pleads with
her, and asks her if she can't come for Davey and her. Looking
more thoughtful, Beryl says she supposes Jim wouldn't mind...
She then tells Lynn that, alright, she'll come. Lynn smiles and
says that's great.
At Margaret's apartment, David is cleaning his shoes, and Patricia
asks him if he's trying to make a good impression. David tells
her that he doesn't want to look like a slob. He adds that it'll
be good to see them again - he supposes Davey has grown. Patricia
tells him that, according to Lynn he has. David comments that
Lynn told her that on the 'phone before, did she? Patricia replies
no - it was when Lynn was there at the apartment. Looking surprised,
David asks when that was. Patricia, looking 'guilty',
tells him that she doesn't want to get involved. David asks her
what she's talking about. Patricia 'reluctantly' reveals that
Lynn was over there yesterday afternoon. David tells her to go
on. Patricia, again 'reluctantly', explains that Lynn said she
was going to do her best to get him and Beryl together again.
Looking surprised, David asks why Lynn told her. Patricia
explains that Lynn wanted her help; she told Lynn that
it was none of her business. David comments that it was probably
an idea that she and Kevin had in London. Patricia tells him that
she wouldn't be at all surprised if Beryl's on the guest-list
tonight, too - it could be a bit embarrassing all round. She asks
if it's wise to go. David says he reckons he can manage. Patricia,
looking vaguely annoyed, points out that, with the possibility
of a full-blown argument in front of Lynn and the Hardys... wouldn't
it be wiser to put it off for a while? David tells her no: he'll
pop in and have a talk to Beryl before dinner; come to some sort
of understanding; if they do that, there's no reason why everyone
shouldn't enjoy themselves. Patricia looks annoyed.
Beryl is on the 'phone at the Palmers'. She asks Jim if he understands.
Jim assures her that of course he does - family comes first. Beryl
explains that it's to please Lynn more than anything else. Jim
suggests that he pop in for a drink at about 7pm, before she disappears
for the evening. Beryl, looking uncertain, says, "Umm...."
Jim asks if she's alright. Beryl explains that she was just thinking
about how it fits in timewise; it'll be fine. Jim tells her that
he'll see her at 7pm. They hang up.
It's nighttime, and, sitting in the lounge room at Toorak with
Fiona, Terry growls that he'd like to know where Jill's
got to. He adds that she's been acting stupid, seeing that vegetable
case in the hospital all the time. Fiona points out that that's
her business. Jill suddenly comes into the house, but
opens and closes the door very quietly so she isn't heard. As
she stands in the hallway, she hears Terry snapping that she's
acting half-crazy, spending time with that Sean, and chasing after
Robin... Fiona asks him he's in such a bad mood. Terry snaps that
he's thinking of Fee: what kind of mother is Jill going
to make, acting the way she is? Fiona tells him that Jill is a
wonderful mother. She then suggests that he sit down
and read the paper or something. Jill goes upstairs.
At the Palmers', Jim tells Beryl that he's been trying to get
Mike on the backswing most of the day! Beryl hands him a glass
of champagne, as he continues that, once he got him on
it, he couldn't get him off it! There's suddenly a knock
at the front door, and Beryl looks out of the window to see who
it is. She tells Jim that it's David. She then goes to answer
it and tells him to come in. The two of them head into the lounge
room, but David looks annoyed when he sees Beryl's other visitor.
He asks her if she's going to the Hardys' tonight. Beryl replies
that she is, and she asks, "What about it?" David explains
that he thought they should have a word first - he doesn't want
to make it unpleasant for everyone, so can they behave themselves
for a couple of hours? Beryl says she thinks so. David points
out that the last thing they want to do is drag Victor and Muriel
in. Beryl curtly tells him that she's not stupid - he doesn't
have to explain it to her. David snaps, "Good." He then
adds that he hopes she's not going to drag Jim along too. Beryl
retorts that, no, he's not coming. She adds, "Happy now?"
David snaps, "Yeah." He then goes on that people are
going to be doing enough talking without her making more
of a fool out of herself. Jim suddenly says, "Now hang on..."
David snaps at him to stay out of it. He then asks Beryl if she
can't see that Jim is just using her. Looking furious,
Beryl orders him to go - she'll see him at the Hardys', where
she hopes she can manage to get through the night-- David interrupts
her, though, and rants that Jim is only after her money - that's
all he's hanging round for-- Beryl suddenly slaps him round the
face. She yells at him that he's just killed anything she might
have still felt for him. She angrily adds, "Not just go."
David tries to say that he didn't mean-- Beryl yells, "Go!"
He goes. Beryl leans on the table, and Jim walks over and holds
her. He tells her not to let David get to her.
Fiona is sitting in the lounge room at Toorak, reading a magazine.
Jill comes into the room, and Fiona comments that she didn't hear
her get home. Jill explains that she wanted to check on Fee first.
She then tells Fiona that she's come to a decision about Sean:
"Fee and I are going to live in Ireland." Fiona looks
at her in shock.