Mike heads into the O'Brien house at lunchtime the next day and
Heather asks him if he had a busy morning. He tells her that he
didn't really. He then adds that he hasn't punched anyone since
yesterday, if case she was wondering! Heather assures him that
of course she wasn't. She then goes on that lunch will
be on the table in a jif, and she explains that she's running
a bit late as things seemed to get away from her; it's been one
of those days. Seeing the expression on her face, Mike asks her
if something is bothering her. Heather replies that it isn't.
Mike looks disbelieving, and she reluctantly continues that she
didn't want to spoil his lunch, but three people 'phoned this
morning to cancel having their lawns mown. Mike asks if they cancelled
for good. Heather confirms that they did. She
then adds that there's some good news: a man 'phoned
quite early - he's got a number of properties in the district
and he wanted to know what Mike's rates were; the number's on
the pad. Mike comments that it mightn't be a bad idea those three
customers dropping out; they were small customers anyway. He goes
to the 'phone and dials the number that Heather wrote down. The
call is answered, "Hello. Vestry." Looking surprised,
Mike tells the vicar that it's him, returning the vicar's call.
The vicar says, "Who?" Mike reminds him that he rang
regarding his rates. The vicar, though, tells him that there must
be some mistake - he hasn't made any enquiries; they have a gardener
at St. Mark's. Mike says he's terribly sorry - his wife must have
copied down the wrong number. He hangs up. Heather immediately
tells him that she knows she didn't write down the wrong
number. Mike explains that that was just an excuse. The front
door suddenly opens and Luke calls out. Mike says to Heather that
whoever rang must have given the wrong number. Luke comes into
the room and Heather asks him how he went at the CES. Luke replies
that he might get something. He asks if his dad has been round.
Mike tells him that they haven't seen hide nor hair of him. Luke
grimly says he hopes it stays that way.
Jim is at the Palmers', but as Beryl lets him in, she tells him
that she didn't expect him to drop everything and rush over! Jim
assures her that it was no trouble - he got the message that she'd
rung his office. Beryl explains that she's been asked to stand
in at a function tonight, and she was wondering if he was free.
Looking surprised, Jim asks her if she wants him to partner
her. Beryl smiles and says she likes a handsome man on her arm!
Jim tells her that he'll be in it! There's a sudden knock on the
front door and Beryl goes to get it. A man is standing there,
and he tells her that he's from a gardening service which is expanding
into the area, and they're offering a wide range of services.
Beryl explains that she has someone who does-- The man interrupts
her, though, and tells her that she might change her mind when
she sees their rates. Beryl assures him that she's happy with
the chap she's got. The man holds out a leaflet and says he'll
leave a couple of them with her. Jim holds out his hand and asks
if he can see one.
A short time later, Jim heads into the O'Briens'. Luke, Heather
and Mike are sitting at the living room table, having lunch, and
Jim says, "G'day!" He sits down with them and hands
Mike the leaflet, telling him as he does so that some is guy going
round the district offering cut-rate deals on lawnmowing. Mike
studies the leaflet and then exclaims that nobody can
make a living charging rates like that. Luke takes the
leaflet from him and asks him if he's ever heard of a 'loss leader'.
Mike replies that he hasn't. Luke explains that it's a big favourite
with businessmen like his father: they offer a service below cost,
wait until the competition is wiped out and then charge what they
like. Heather comments that it's funny that the rep. hasn't called
there. Luke agrees that it's funny unless they know who
they're trying to wipe out. Mike adds, "And found out my
rates..." Heather says she doesn't understand. Luke explains
that it's a bit of a coincidence: they have a fight with his father
one day; the next... Jim asks if he reckons his father has put
up the money to put Mike out of business. Luke tells him that
it's the way he operates. Mike points out that Roger only made
his threat yesterday. Luke tells him that his father doesn't muck
around. Suddenly turning to Heather, he asks if he can skip
lunch. Heather asks him where he's going. Luke replies that he's
going to have a talk with his father. Mike warns, "Luke--"
Jim tells him to let the boy go.
A short time later, Luke is at his father's Melbourne apartment,
and Roger tells him that he was just killing time waiting
for him to turn up. Luke snaps that it's a nice way of killing
time - pushing the O'Briens to the wall. Roger 'innocently' says,
"Sorry?" Luke snaps at him not to act dumb - he's trying
to put the O'Briens out of business. Roger tells him that the
O'Briens are old enough to know the rules: if you play with fire,
you get burned. Luke yells at his father that he's got no right
to take it out on them. Roger calmly tells his son that
he'd be perfectly happy to leave them alone - it's up to him:
come back to Perth and continue his law studies and everything
will be fine. Luke snaps that he's never coming back.
Roger more angrily tells him that he'll give him a month; he'll
find out what a struggle it can be. Luke retorts that he doesn't
care how hard it is - he'll manage. Roger tells him that
he can make it so easy for him. Luke snaps that he's
not interested in 'easy'. Roger asks him to think about him:
he's been waiting for the day when Luke could come into the firm
and work alongside him. Luke snaps that it's his life.
Roger threatens that if his son wants to do it the hard day, he'll
make it rougher than Luke ever thought possible. Luke snaps at
him to go as hard as he likes, but keep the O'Briens out
of it. He adds that he won't be seeing the O'Briens after today:
from now on, it's between his father and him. He opens
the door and goes.
Back at the O'Briens', Mike tells Luke that he's not pushing
anyone out of his house. Luke replies that, if he stays,
things will only get worse. Heather chips in that they're
on his side, but she warns Mike that they can't possibly win a
battle against Roger Carlyle. Mike asks what they're supposed
to do: give in without a fight? Heather asks, "How can
we fight him?" Mike replies that he doesn't know - but sticking
together is the first step. Luke reluctantly says, "Alright."
He then adds, though, that if things get bad, he's moving out;
it's his problem and he's not having them dragged into
it. Mike suggests that it's probably best if they keep this to
themselves for the time being; there's no point worrying Jeff
or Katie. Luke tells him that he wishes his father could be more
like him - even a little bit. Heather puts her arm round
At the Palmers', Beryl is talking on the 'phone to Fiona - who's
at Dural - and she comments that it must be more like looking
for a needle in a haystack every day. Fiona grimly replies that
it's a very big haystack. She goes on that the worst
thing is that, if they don't find Terry soon, there's
no way she'll be able to keep Jill from calling in the police.
Beryl comments that she can't blame her. Fiona tells
her that the poor kid is worried sick about little Fee; they all
are. Beryl says to her that she has to think about Terry as well,
and she asks if they've made any progress. Fiona replies
that they've made a tiny bit - the investigator is checking
through all the empoyment columns; obviously, Terry is going to
find a job, so the investigator is going to trace him through
the kinds of places he might have applied to for work. Beryl says
that's a good idea. Fiona agrees that it is in theory;
nothing's turned up yet, though. Beryl suggests that they'll have
to keep their fingers crossed. Fiona agrees that they will - and
keep Jill from getting on the war path. Beryl asks her if Jill
thinks Terry would harm Fee. Fiona replies that she's
such a tiny baby; anything could go wrong...
Terry is working at a garage in Sydney. He has a car up on a
ramp and is fixing something when his boss, Mr. Olsen, comes along
and asks him if he put new shock absorbers in the car he worked
on yesterday. Terry replies that he didn't. He finishes what he's
doing and starts lowering the car on the ramp. As he does so,
Fee suddenly starts crying, and Terry asks Mr. Olsen to excuse
him. Olsen tells him not to take too long about it. Terry says
he'll only be a sec. He walks round to where Fee is resting in
her bassinet in one corner of the garage. As he starts fussing
over her, Mr. Olsen tells him that, frankly, he's not real keen
on having a kid there. Terry assures him that it'll only be for
a couple of days. Olsen asks him how much longer his wife will
be laid up. Terry replies that it won't be long. Olsen asks him
to remind him what he said was the matter with her. Terry quickly
replies that it's women's problems. Mr. Olsen suggests that it
shouldn't put Terry out too much to make arrangements
to have the kid minded. He adds that it's not working - it's not
safe for a kid to be there, and goodness knows what the customers
think. Terry insists that it'll only be for a few more days, but
Olsen tells him that he's had a fair crack of the whip: Terry
can find a babysitter for tomorrow or not bother coming in.
That evening, Terry arrives back at the bedsit, and as he rocks
up outside his front door, Irene catches up with him in the corridor
and tells him that he's just the man she wants to see: she's got
some news about his car - a bloke rang this morning and seems
really keen. Terry smiles and says it's the best bit of news he's
had all day! He starts feeling round in his pockets for his room
key, but can't find it, and he asks Irene if she's got a spare.
Irene takes the nail file that she's holding and uses it to pick
the lock and open the door for him! The two of them walk into
the bedsit. As they do so, Irene asks him if work is getting a
bit much for him. Terry replies that it isn't. He then adds that
the boss isn't a bad bloke, but he's put his foot down
about Fee. Irene comments that it's hardly the place
for her. Terry explains that he doesn't have the money to fork
out for a babysitter. Irene tells him that she'll do
it for him - for free. Looking surprised, Terry tells
her that he already feels bad for owing her money. Irene smiles
and says she'll have to find some other way to get her
pound of flesh! She then goes on that all he has to do is take
her to the movies tonight. Terry tells her that he couldn't possibly
leave Fee. Irene replies that she'll fix it up with Mrs. Hill
- she owes her a favour. Terry, looking wary, says he
doesn't know. Irene tells him that he's got to do something
to get his mind off things. Terry asks what the movie is called.
Irene replies that she forgets - but it's got Meryl Streep in
it! She asks Terry if he likes Meryl Streep. Terry says
he does. Irene tells him that she can't stand
her! She then goes on that, still, they don't have to
watch the screen...
Katie is walking home to the O'Briens' when a car pulls up beside
her and Roger Carlyle gets out. Looking surprised, she asks him
what he's doing over this way. Roger explains that he's visiting
her parents to apologise for flying off the handle yesterday.
Katie says she knows Luke was feeling uncomfortable about staying
on at the house, realising that there was all that trouble between
his father and hers. Roger tells her that he guessed
Luke would take it badly. He asks her if she has any idea where
Luke's moving to. Katie replies that he isn't
- her mum and dad talked him into staying on. Looking annoyed,
Roger says, "I see..." He then tells Katie that she's
saved him a lot of trouble - he was going to see if he could help
Luke get a place. Changing the subject, he asks if there's anywhere
where they could get a cup of coffee. Katie replies that there's
a milk bar. Roger tells her that it's his shout. Katie asks what
for. Roger explains that there was another reason for
him coming over: he thinks he's found a way to help her...
Jim and Mike get back to the O'Briens', and as they walk into
the house, Jim asks Mike if he's sorry he dragged him round the
pub now! Mike says he supposes it wasn't such a bad idea after
all - he couldn't see the point in slaving on all afternoon after
eight more cancellations. They head into the kitchen, where Jim
tells Mike to beat the opposition at their own game. They sit
down. Mike tells his brother that he's been thinking about the
business for some time, now - before this cropped up: it was fun
at first, but after a couple of weeks of pushing mowers around,
he was starting to wish that he had something more to
get his teeth into. Jim asks him why he didn't chuck it in. Mike
explains that he'd invested too much money. Jim comments that
it'll be hard to pull out now. Mike says it's funny:
one half of him is angry because his business is a wreck; the
other half is grateful that he's got an excuse because it's starting
to drive him right around the bend! Heather suddenly comes in
and Mike kisses her. As she smells his breath, Heather asks him
if he and Jim got hit by a brewery truck!
Katie and Roger are sitting at a table outside the milk bar,
with drinks in front of them. Katie says, "You're having
me on!" Roger assures her that it's true - he really was
impressed with the sort of imagination she puts into her computer
games. Katie replies that so are a lot of people, but no one's
ever offered to help her sell the idea to a big company. Roger
suggests that perhaps he's the first person with the right sort
of connections. He asks her if she's going to take up
his suggestion. Katie replies that she'd like to, but... Roger
asks what it is. Katie explains that, the way things are between
him and her family at the moment... Roger smiles and tells her
that there's a very important lesson that he learned early in
his career: never let personal feelings get in the way of a business
decision. He takes out a piece of paper and writes down a name
and number. He tells Katie that the man who can help her is Bob
Young. He goes on that, when she calls him, mention his
name and Young will find time to see her. Katie asks if there
isn't another rule of business: when somebody offers
you a favour, they usually want something in return; she asks
what he's after. Roger assures her that there are no strings attached
- he just hates to see a young person's talent going to waste.
He hands her the number and she takes it. She then stands up to
go. Roger says that, before she rushes off, if she does
call Bob, let him know - he'll be interested to hear how she gets
on. Katie says she will. She then thanks him and walks off, leaving
Roger looking pleased with himself.
That night, Beryl and Jim arrive back at the Palmer house after
their night out. As they walk into the lounge room, Jim asks Beyrl
if she forgives him now for being late to pick her up. Beryl says
, "No!" Jim helps her take her coat off as she chastises
him for his behaviour, and an inappropriate comment he made to
the party's hostess! Jim points out that it was a good laugh.
Beryl asks him to please be careful who he says things in front
of, next time! Jim comments that there'll be a next time,
will there? Beryl smiles and tells him that she'd like to think
so. Jim suddenly takes a case out of his pocket and says that,
next time she goes to one of her dos, she might like to see if
she's got anything that matches this. He opens the case
to reveal a necklace. Looking astonished, Beryl says she can't
take it. Jim tells her that it would look silly on him!
Beryl remarks that it must have cost a fortune. Jim explains that,
the last few days, with David and with John getting off... He
puts the necklace round Beryl's neck. As he does so, Beryl warily
asks if this has anything to do with John saying that he was after
her money. She adds that he doesn't have to buy her presents to
prove that he's not. Jim explains that, if he sees something
nice and there's someone he can give it to, he gets a kick out
of it - he always has. He adds that, on someone like
her, he likes it twice as much. He leans towards
her and kisses her. He pulls back, but they both then move towards
each other and start kissing more passionately...
Irene and Terry arrive home from the movies, and as they walk
along the corridor at Irene's boarding house, Irene comments that
it was a funny way to end a film; she's glad she got the tickets
for free! She invites Terry in for a coffee, adding that
she's got a bottle of port left over from Christmas - a present
from her dad; it's never been opened. Picking up on the flirtatious
nature of the invitation, Terry declines. Irene goes on that she
doesn't know much about port; she wants someone to tell her if
it's a good one. Terry explains that he promised Mrs.
Hill that he'd take Fee off her hands by 10:30pm. Irene reluctantly
says he'd better get the baby settled down for the night. Terry
says he's got to be up early himself, to get his car washed. Irene
recalls that the bloke is coming round first thing to look at
it. She tells Terry that port keeps! Terry walks off to his room.
Irene shrugs, good humouredly.
The next morning, Irene walks down the path to pick up the cartons
of milk that have been delivered. Terry comes out, carrying a
bucket of water, and says a cheery, "Good morning!"
Irene wearily tells him that she doesn't talk to anyone until
she's had a cup of tea and a cigarette! Terry heads down the path
to his car but stops in his tracks as he finds that there's an
empty space in the road. Looking shocked, Terry calls out, "Irene.
Someone's nicked me car."
Back in Terry's bedsit, Irene tells him that he'll have to call
the police. Terry replies that he can't. Irene asks why
not. Terry takes his holdall down from the top of his wardrobe
and starts chucking things into it. In reply to Irene's question,
he just tells her, "'Cos..." Becoming suspicious, Irene
asks him what he's done. Terry insists that he hasn't done anything.
Irene asks him why he's afraid to call the police, then. Terry
retorts that he just can't - but he ain't done nothing wrong.
He adds that he'd better hurry to make work by train. Irene asks
what she should tell the bloke about the car. Terry tells her
to say anything. He adds that the bloke is probably the
mongrel who did it. As he rushes around, he asks Irene
if she can still look after Fee. Irene replies that she can -
but there are a few answers she wants. Terry tells her, "Later,"
In the kitchen at the O'Briens', Jim wishes Heather and Mike
a good day and heads off to work. Mike asks Heather what his brother
is so happy about. Heather replies that it could be going out
with Beryl Palmer last night. Mike wistfully remarks that it must
be nice not to have any problems. Looking worried, Heather asks
him if they're really in a terrible mess. Mike tells her that
they are: he went through the books last night; the way
he sees-- Katie suddenly comes and he stops talking.
Sensing that something is going on, she asks if she's come in
at a bad moment. Mike explains that he was just telling her mother
that the business can't last much longer. Looking surprised, Katie
asks how come. Mike replies that they've met some pretty stiff
opposition; they've come in and undercut them. Katie asks if they
can't fight back. Mike tells her that he keeps his rates
pretty low as it is. Katie says she's sorry - for him.
Mike points out that it affects her, too - she'll be out of a
job. Katie assures him that she'll find something. Mike tells
her that they're not at rock-bottom yet - it gives her
time to look for something. Katie kisses him on the cheek, says,
"Thanks," and walks off. She heads into the lounge room,
where her bag is lying on one of the armchairs. She pauses, looking
nervous, and then takes out the 'phone number that Roger gave
her. She starts dialling the number on the 'phone, continuing
to look round to make sure no one's listening. The 'phone at the
other end rings and is answered by a man who says, "Matherall
and Young." Katie says she'd like to speak to Mr. Bob Young,
please. The man replies that he's Bob Young. Katie introduces
herself and tells him that Roger Carlyle suggested she give him
a call. Bob recalls that she's the electronic games whizz! He
adds that he's heard good thing sabout her work, and asks when
he's going to see it. Katie tells him that he can see it whenever
he likes! Bob suggests that she come into the office tomorrow,
after lunch - at 2:15pm. Katie smiles happily and says she'll
be there on the dot! She hangs up. As she does so, Heather comes
into the room and remarks that her daughter seems pretty pleased
with herself. Katie explains that she's made an appointment: she
might be abe to sell some of her games. Heather comments that
it would be funny if she ended up the breadwinner of the house!
Katie looks worried.
Fiona is talking on the 'phone in the hallway at Dural. She says
to Mr. Glover, the private investigator, that she hopes he's getting
closer to finding Terry; she's starting to feel like she's pouring
money down a bottomless pit. Glover assures her that they're finally
getting somewhere. Fiona asks him if he's got hold of
Terry. Glover explains that they've found an address that might
be useful. He asks Fiona if she can meet one of their people there.
Fiona replies that she will if it'll help.
Terry arrives at the garage in a rush. He starts to put his overalls
on, and as Mr. Olsen walks over to him, he apologises for being
late, adding that he can explain. Olsen tells him not to worry
about that; he's more interested in finding out if Terry's
in trouble with the cops. He adds that he had a bloke
snooping round there earlier; he started asking a few questions,
such as if he had a Terry Hansen working there. Looking worried,
Terry asks him what he told the guy. Olsen replies that he didn't
say anything - until the man showed him a photo of Terry. He tells
Terry that he needs trouble with the cops like a hole in the head.
Terry asks if the guy is coming back there. Olsen tells
him that he gave the guy his home address. Terry snaps,
"Hell." He then goes on that he's got to get home before
that guy does. He asks Olsen for some money for a cab. Olsen snaps
at him that he's got to be joking. He adds that he might write
out a shonky bill now and then, but he doesn't need to get mixed
up in police trouble. Terry retorts that he just wants the money
he's owed for working there. He goes on that he's got to get to
the bedsit before that guy does or they'll take his kid away from
him. He tells Olsen, "You got to help me. You got to help
me save my kid."