Roger sits down. Katie comments that she didn't get to know him
very well when her mum worked for him. Roger explains that that
was because she was busy with her last year at school. He asks
her if she's at uni now, but Katie explains that she's taking
a year off. She adds that she didn't want to be a financial drag
while her dad was getting back on his feet. Roger asks how Mike
is doing, and Katie replies that he has a lawnmowing
round, now - and she helps him. Roger laughs, but Katie indignantly
insists that she's stronger than she looks. Roger remarks, "In
a lot of ways, I suspect..." He then continues that she's
definitely got initiative; he admires that. Katie tells
him that the thing is, she doesn't want her mum and dad to have
any outside pressure right now; they've just got back together
and she'd hate to see anything that happened while they were separated
spoil things for them. Roger says, "Of course." Katie
goes on that he was so nice to her the times she met him in Perth;
she thought she could take a chance and talk to him about
it. Roger tells her that he's glad she did - he'd hate
to see anything disrupt a happy marriage; he remembers how disappointed
he was when his broke up; he'd never interfere with anyone
else's. He then tells Katie that she has really grown up - he
can see a career in the Diplomatic Corps., the way she handled
things today. Katie explains that she wasn't sure what to say.
Roger replies that she knows what not to say; that's
often more important. He then suggests that she could offer him
that drink again and tell him what she's been up to...
There's a knock on the front door at Toorak, and Amanda runs
downstairs to answer it. At the same time, Wayne comes out of
the lounge room. He tells Amanda that it'll be Patricia. He then
more bitterly adds that he doesn't know why he said she could
come. Amanda tells him that he did, and he wasn't nasty
to her when she called; she's proud of him. Wayne opens
the door and Patricia says a cheery, "Hello!" The three
of them head into the lounge room, and Patricia asks if Jill is
back yet. Amanda replies that she isn't, yet. Patricia says she'll
catch up with her later. They sit down, and Patricia explains
that John told her that they're thinking of renting out the house;
she wondered if they'd rent it to her. Wayne looks at
Amanda in surprise, and then asks Patricia why she'd want to live
there. Patricia explains that she's always loved the
place - it holds lots of happy memories for her, of Margaret and
Stephen; she'll be comfortable there. Amanda points out that it's
so big. Patricia tells her that she'll have David with
her; they don't want to live in each other's pockets - she wants
to get him out of Margaret's flat. Wayne says he doesn't think
it's a good idea. Patricia tells him that she understands how
he feels - she knows things haven't been the best between them,
lately, but Margaret's death made her see things a little differently:
how stupid they are wasting their time trying to get at one another;
she doesn't want that anymore - she wants to be friends
with her family - and if he was to rent the house to
her, he and Amanda can use it as a home away from home; she's
happy for them to do so. Amanda says she can't see why not. Wayne,
though, pointedly tells her that they should discuss it first
- privately. Patricia offers to leave, but Amanda tells her that
she and Wayne can dicuss it now. They go out into the
hall, leaving Patricia looking pleased with herself. Wayne closes
the lounge room doors behind him, but when Amanda starts to speak,
he points to the living room. They go in there and Wayne closes
those doors as well. Amanda snaps, "For heaven's sake,"
and she asks Wayne how good he thinks Patricia's hearing is. Wayne
says he doesn't trust her. Amanda tells him that they can see
how she's changed - Margaret dying has really knocked her about.
Wayne retorts that that's what she wants them to think.
Amanda asks if anyone would use their own sister's death. Wayne
tells her that Patricia would. He goes on that he doesn't
want her back in their lives; he wants to cut right off from her.
Amanda points out that they're all involved in the business now.
Wayne admits that they're stuck with her for that, but they don't
have to make things worse for themselves. Amanda tells him that
just because Patricia is living there it doesn't mean they have
to have anything to do with her - the agent can handle
everything. She adds that she was so pleased when he was pleasant
to Patricia; she doesn't want him to spoil it now. Wayne
insists that there's no way she's changed. Amanda tells him that
he doesn't know that for sure. She then adds that if he
can do it, so can she. Wayne reluctantly says, "Alright."
He then adds, though, that she's not to say he didn't warn her.
Amanda assures him that she won't. The two of them hug. As they
do so, Wayne says he wonders what Patricia wants to see Jill
In the living room at the O'Briens', Katie is showing Roger the
computer program that she's working on, and Roger tells her that
it looks good. He asks her if she worked it out all by herself.
Katie explains that it's her second one - and she's got
ideas for lots more, too; she's hoping to sell them to a video
games company. Roger asks her if she's had any approaches yet.
Katie explains that she's going to finish this game and then start
writing off. Roger tells her that he might be able to help with
a few contacts, and Katie excitedly says, "Really?"
All-of-a-sudden, the front door opens and Heather calls that she's
home, adding that she wasn't needed for the tuck shop after all.
She suddenly sees Roger sitting next to Katie on the couch and
stops in her tracks. Roger looks at her and politely says, "Heather."
Katie quickly explains to her mother that she asked Mr. Carlyle
over to discuss-- Heather interrupts her, though, and yells at
her to go to her room. Katie, looking furious, snaps, "Mum..."
Heather just tells her, "You heard me." Katie turns
and thanks Roger for coming. Roger replies that he didn't mind
in the least. Katie goes. Heather then asks Roger, "How dare
you?" Roger comments that that's a slight over-reaction.
Heather angrily asks him what he expects; the only reason she
gave up her job with him was because she realised what he's like.
Roger suggests that perhaps she was jumping to conclusions. Heather
retorts that she wasn't - it was obvious that he wanted to seduce
Katie. Roger laughs and says he hasn't heard it put that way in
years - but then she always was rather old-fashioned.
Heather yells at him to get out and don't come back, but Roger
retorts that he's there because Katie asked him. He goes
on that Katie seems to think the two of them had an affair; he
didn't deny it because he thinks Heather chose to let Katie believe
it. Heather snaps, "Rather than tell the truth, yes."
Roger tells her that she's too protective. He then continues that
he wants to get one thing straight: he's there to get his son
back, that's all; he still thinks Katie's quite attractive, but
he always gets his priorities straight: she has nothing to fear
from him. He then tells Heather to think: he wouldn't be around
if Luke could be persuaded to return to Perth, would
he. Heather warns him not to use Katie to try and blackmail her.
Roger retorts that he loves his son and wants him back; he'll
do whatever is necessary to get it. He tells Heather
to think about that...
Patricia is walking down the drive at Toorak, towards the main
road. As she does so, Jill turns and starts coming up the drive
towards her. They meet, and Patricia tells Jill that she was waiting
to see her. Jill explains that she missed the tram. She then tells
Patricia that she was sorry to hear about Margaret. Patricia thanks
her. She then continues that she could see Wayne wanted to see
the back of her, so she left a message for Jill to ring her. Jill
asks her what she wanted to see her about. Patricia explains that
she wants to make her an offer: about Robin.
At the O'Briens', Roger says, "Well?" Heather tells
him that as soon as Luke turns up, she'll do what she can. Roger
tells her that Luke will listen to her. Heather
says she doubts it - not if Luke wants to get away from him as
badly as Jeff tells her. Roger curtly tells her that if anyone
can get Luke to listen, she can; when she was staying
with them, Luke looked on her as a kind of mother figure. Heather
agrees to do her best. She then curtly asks Roger to go, and she
walks to the door and opens it. As he stands just outside, she
tells him that she believes him when he says he loves Luke - but
why does he have to own him? Roger retorts that Luke
has a duty as his son; he intends to see that he carries it out.
He walks off and Heather shuts the door. Katie immediately comes
out of her bedroom. She snaps at her mother that she wanted to
say 'goodbye', but she thought she might embarrass her again.
Heather yells, "Embarrass you? How do you how you think I
felt, walking in and seeing him there?" Katie yells back
that there's no need to treat her like a child. Heather angrily
tells her that she had no right inviting him in there. Katie tells
her that she only did it for her and dad; she wanted them to be
happy. Heather snaps that Katie doesn't understand. Katie
snaps that now the two of them are arguing; next, it'll be her
and Mike - she couldn't stand it if they broke up again. She goes
on that she was only being nice to Roger so that she could talk
him out of making trouble. Heather tells her that there won't
be any trouble; she only has to make Luke see that he
should go back to Perth with his father - so there's no need for
Katie to worry about anything. Katie walks off, but Heather looks
In the lounge room at Toorak, Jill is excitedly telling Wayne
and Amanda that she couldn't believe her ears! Wayne growls that
he bets she couldn't. He asks why Patricia would make
an offer like that. Jill explains that she wants to put
Margaret's money to good use and she feels guilty about Robin;
putting up the money for his therapy is the only way she can help
him. Amanda says she thinks it's terrific - Patricia really has
changed. Jill says she knows she's said some terrible things about
Patricia, but it's taken a load off her mind. She then adds that
she'd better get over to the hospital and tell Dr. Jackson the
good news; she'll call in and see Patricia on the way back to
thank her properly. She gets up and goes out. Amanda comments
to Wayne that it's about time something good happened to her.
Wayne, though, asks when Patricia has ever been good for anyone.
Amanda asks him not to be like that. Wayne, though, says he thinks
he'd better talk to Patricia; she's not going to get
her hooks into Jill. Amanda tells him to keep out of
it, but Wayne says he can't: Patricia is up to something and he's
going to find out what. Amanda sighs in annoyance.
Jeff leaves school to head home, wheeling his bike along. He
passes a wall, and as he does so, he suddenly hears a voice yelling
from behind him, "Jeff! Jeff!" He turns round and sees
Luke Carlyle walking towards him. He looks delighted to see him,
and they shake hands. Jeff comments that he thought Luke would
never get there. Luke says he thought the bus would take
forever! Jeff tells him that he's sorry he couldn't get the money
for a 'plane ticket. Luke assures him that the main thing is that
he's there. He adds that he can't tell Jeff how good it is to
be away from his father. Looking worried, Jeff replies, "I've
got something to tell you. You're not going to like it..."
Wayne arrives at Margaret's apartment, but as he stands in the
doorway, Patricia tells him that she doesn't know what he's talking
about. He walks in and Patricia shuts the door. They both go and
sit down. Wayne retorts, "Don't give me that." He adds
that she might have fooled Jill and Amanda, but not him.
Patricia wearily tells him that she's been through too much lately
to cope with his nonsense, so if he doesn't mind... Wayne, though,
tells her not to bother playing for sympathy; he knows her too
well. Patricia impatiently asks him what it is he thinks she's
getting out of helping Robin, then. Wayne retorts that there are
two ways she can go with Margaret's death: be sensible and get
on with her own life; or decide to get everyone who she believes
is responsible for Margaret being on that 'plane when it crashed:
Gordy, Fiona, him, Beryl Palmer... Patricia snaps at
him that he's not making any sense: because she supposedly blames
all of them for Margaret's death, she wants to help Robin?; that's
logical to him, is it? Wayne tells her that she's trying
to buy Jill - get her on-side so that she can use her
against them. Patricia, looking bemused, tells him that she'd
better give him the name of her psychiatrist, because he needs
him! Wayne, though, retorts that it's got her rattled that someone
knows what she's up to. Patricia says she supposes she
can't blame him for being suspicious, but all she wants is a chance
to prove herself. Wayne tells her that she's not getting any chances
with him - not after the way she treated him and Amanda.
Patricia asks if this means she can forget about renting the house.
Wayne replies that no, it doesn't - he'd prefer to know exactly
where she is; that way, he can keep an eye on her - and every
move she makes, he'll block. Patricia smiles and tells him that
she just hopes he finds out in time how wrong he is about her...
Jeff and Luke are still standing outside the school. Luke complains
to Jeff that his father always manages to be one step ahead of
him - but he's not going back; he'd like to stay out of sight
for a while and then his father might think he made a mistake.
Jeff says he doesn't think he'll give up that easily. Luke comments
that it's not very fair on Heather and Mike. He then says he supposes
he'd better go and talk to them - get them to understand his
side of it. Jeff assures him that his dad will understand. Luke
asks him if he's sure...
A short while later, Jeff and Luke are sitting in the O'Briens'
lounge with Mike, but Mike says, "No - it's the wrong way
to do things, just taking off like that." Luke replies that
he guesses it's natural that Mike feels that way, as a father,
but he doesn't know what it's like for him: his father
won't let him have his own life; he couldn't live. Mike
says he's sure Roger was doing what he thought was right
for him. He adds that Luke should have stayed and talked it out.
Luke tells him that it wouldn't have worked; his father has only
got one point of view: his. He continues that he guesses
he comes across as pretty weak - a twenty-year-old too scared
to move sideways because of his father. He goes on that Mike doesn't
know how it was; his father is so incredibly strong;
as far back as he can remember, he had his whole life mapped out;
after a while, you get into thinking that that's the way it's
really meant to be. He continues that this isn't the first
time he's tried to get away from him - he did it when he was seventeen
- but he ended up back there, so this is his second try;
it's not easy... Mike says he supposes it isn't. Jeff
chips in that Luke's father made Luke study Law, but he wants
to be a doctor. Luke explains that his father said he
had to be a lawyer so that he could work with him - bending the
law to suit his business deals. As he says this, Katie comes out
of her bedroom and stands out of sight, listening to the conversation.
Mike asks Luke if his father is mixed up in something illegal.
Luke replies that he isn't - he's too clever to do anything actually
criminal - but he sails very close to the wind; he needs
someone to show him where the loopholes are - but that's not how
he wants to spend his life. Mike tells him that he doesn't blame
him. Jeff says to his father that he told Luke that he could stay
with them. Mike says, "Did you?" Jeff goes
on that Heather really likes him. Mike comments that
she should have discussed it with him. Luke interrupts
and says it's alright - he won't stay; he just wanted to meet
Mike and explain. Mike asks him where he's going to go, and Luke
admits that he's not sure. Mike then asks him how he'll manage
for money. Luke assures him that he'll manage, but Jeff tells
his father that Luke has only got the money left over from his
bus fare. Luke explains that he plans to get a job straight away
and a place of his own. Mike points out that he'll need a roof
over his head until he does; he'd better stay with them
for a while. Upon hearing this, Katie, who's standing out of sight,
looks worried. Luke tells Mike that he doesn't want to cause them
any hassles with his father. Mike tells him that he thinks he's
old enough to decide where to live; he can meet his father there
and put his case. Luke glumly says he doesn't think there's much
point, but Mike tells him that he doesn't know that; when his
father sees him settled, he might come round a bit. Luke shakes
Mike's hand and tells him that he's very grateful. Katie walks
into the room and asks her father for a word. Jeff tells Luke
that they can put up another bed in his room. Mike and Katie walk
into the kitchen, and Katie tells her father that he shouldn't
have let Luke stay; from things her mum has said, she thinks she's
going to try and get him to go back to Perth with Mr. Carlyle.
Mike tells her that Heather will change her mind when she hears
about how things have been for the boy. He adds that she's not
to worry about it. He returns to the living room and offers Luke
a beer, leaving Katie looking annoyed.
A while later, Heather is coming up the path, carrying two bags
of shopping, when Katie comes out to meet her. Heather asks if
something's wrong. Katie explains that Luke's there. Heather just
says, "Oh." Katie continues that Mike told him he could
stay. Heather replies that she'll just have to speak
to Mike, won't she. She heads inside.
In the living room, Mike opens a can of beer. Luke says he'd
better go and have a shower and change his clothes; he feels like
he's been wearing those ones for a week! Heather and
Katie come in. Upon seeing Heather, Luke stands up, and Heather
asks him how he is. He tells her that he's all the better for
seeing her! The two of them hug. When they pull apart,
Luke tells her that he's sorry that his father has been round
giving her a hard time. Heather suggests they talk about it later.
Mike chips in that Luke will be staying with them for
a while. Heather comments, "So Katie was saying..."
She then turns to her daughter and suggests that she get Luke
something to eat. Katie, Jeff and Luke all head into the kitchen,
leaving Heather to tell Mike that Luke can't stay. Mike asks what
the problem is. Heather replies that they've got to make him go
back to Perth with Roger. Mike tells her to wait until she hears
what Luke has to say for himself. Heather replies that it's none
of their business. Mike insists that he's not tossing
the boy out without a very good reason. Heather retorts that there
is a very good reason. She adds that she never told him
the whole truth before, but she will now - as long as he promises
not to lose his temper...
Jill is at Margaret's apartment, and she tells Patricia that
she's made an appointment for her to go and see Dr. Jackson and
make the arrangements. Patricia says that's good - the sooner
they get started on his therapy, the better for Robin. Jill remarks
that she didn't think Patricia would want to help after she caused
that blow-up between her and Stephen at Woombai. Patricia explains
that she's partly responsible for Robin being where he is;
now she's in a position to help - and she hopes it might improve
things between them: they used to be good friends, and
she hopes they can be again. Jill tells her that of course they
can. Patricia goes on that she needs all the friends she can get
at the moment. She adds that she knows Jill is going through a
bit of a rough patch as well, and she asks how things are with
Fiona. Jill replies that she calls her about a dozen times a day,
but the detective agency doesn't have any leads yet. Patricia
says she doesn't understand why they didn't call in the police.
Jill explains that it's because Terry is Fiona's son.
Patricia asks if she's saying Fiona talked her out of
it. Jill replies that it was her fault that the whole thing happened;
she knows Terry will be looking after Fee. Patricia replies, "If
he can..." She then quickly says she's sorry - she
didn't mean to worry Jill any further. Jill replies that at least
she's feeling better now that she knows Robin is being taken care
of. Patricia tells her that she's glad she accepted her offer.
Jill asks why wouldn't she? Patricia explains that she
could have thought she had an ulterior motive like Wayne did -
he was there earlier, making all sort of stupid accusations. She
adds that Jill knows Wayne: he can't give anyone the benefit of
the doubt. Jill tells her that Amanda has been trying to get him
to change. She goes on that she doesn't think Amanda
will be too happy to hear about him having a go at her.
Patricia replies that she hopes it doesn't cause problems
At the O'Briens', Mike snaps that he'll flatten the
mongrel if he so much as looks at her. Heather explains
that that's the very reason she didn't tell him before.
Mike angrily asks how a bloke Roger Carlyle's age would want to
take up with a kid like Katie. Heather tells him that
if they can get Luke back to Perth, it won't be a problem.
Mike retorts that they shouldn't let Roger Carlyle blackmail them.
Heather points out that it's for Katie. Mike asks her
what sort of girl she thinks Katie is; she wouldn't be
interested in him in the first place. Heather tells him
that she's seen the way Roger works - he's already had a string
of young girls; he sweeps them right off their feet; Katie is
young and she'd be flattered: Roger is an attractive, sophisticated
man. Mike snaps, "He's older than me. Katie wouldn't
give him a second look." Heather points out that they don't
know that; it's better not to risk it. She goes on that
that's why she gave up her job: so that she could get Katie right
away from him and she'd never have to know. Mike snaps that he's
not giving up on this - and he's not giving Luke his marching
orders. Heather, looking worried, warns him that he doesn't know
Roger Carlyle. Mike realises that she really is scared
of him. Heather tells him that she knows what he's like.
Mike, though, insists that there's no way he's backing
Wayne pours himself a glass of mineral water in the lounge room
at Toorak. He asks Amanda if she wants one or if she wants something
stronger. She doesn't answer. Wayne comments that she's hardly
spoken to him since he got back. Amanda snaps at him
that he had to do it, didn't he - even though she asked
him not to. Wayne tells her that it's best if Patricia knows that
somebody's onto her. Amanda snaps at him that he said they were
going to concentrate on them; this is supposed to be
their second honeymoon. She goes on that she's never cared much
for Patricia, but the woman's just lost her sister. Wayne
tells her that Patricia has pulled the wool over her eyes - she's
up to something. Amanda asks him what proof he's got.
Wayne replies, "Her track record." Amanda says she just
can't believe that, while she's still in shock, she's going around
plotting against everyone. She adds that Wayne always sees the
worst in her; she's beginning to think that he'll never
change. Wayne suggests they forget it; they've only got a couple
of days before they go back; they should try and think about them.
Jill tells Patricia that Amanda has talked to her a bit: a lot
of the problem was Andy. Patricia asks if Wayne's jealous
of him. Jill replies that he's only jealous of the amount of time
Amanda is spending with him. She continues that, anyway, they
determined to make a go of it; they think having a baby might
help. Patricia replies that she can't see how - it seems
to her that a baby would just tie Amanda to Wayne; it
would make it more difficult for her if she did want
to leave. She reminds Jill of the terrible time she's
going through because of Fee. Jill admits that she hadn't thought
about it like that. Patricia suggests that maybe she should point
that out to Amanda - it'll be for her own good. Jill says she
doesn't think it's anybody else's business. Patricia quickly agrees
that of course it isn't - she's quite right...
A car pulls up outside the O'Briens'. Mike is doing some gardening
and he stands up as Roger gets out of the vehicle and walks towards
him. Roger politely says, "Afternoon," and asks if Luke
has turned up yet. Mike growls that yes, he has. He adds that
there's no use Roger hanging around, though - Luke isn't going
back with him. Roger insists that he just wants to talk
to the boy. Mike retorts that he didn't like what Luke had to
say about him - and even less what Heather told
him. Roger more menacingly comments that he hoped Heather would
be sensible enough not to go running to him with her nonsense.
Mike asks him if he's saying he's not interested in Katie. Roger
retorts that he's only interested in one thing: getting his son
back - he didn't invest twenty years in him to have some 'nobody'
putting him on the wrong track. Mike snaps, "You get out
of here - and you stay away from my daughter." Roger laughs
and tells Mike that girls like Katie are two-a-penny. Mike suddenly
pushes Roger, and Roger takes a step back. He then holds up his
hands and explains that he doesn't settle things with his fists.
Mike snaps at him to just go. Roger makes to return to his car,
but as he does so, he warns, "You've made a very silly mistake..."
He walks off as Mike glares at him.