Inside, Gordon tells Amanda that she should have been honest
with Wayne; he's very upset and he doesn't blame
him. Amanda explains that she just didn't feel it was right
to let herself get pregnant - not with the way things are between
them. Gordon points out that she's made things worse
now. Barbara chips in that she can understand how Amanda feels.
Gordon replies that Amanda should have discussed it with
Wayne. Barbara impatiently asks if he doesn't think she realises
that now. Amanda says she knows how hurt Wayne must be, but--
She suddenly starts breaking down, and Barbara goes and puts her
arm round her. Gordon goes on that Wayne was talking about the
marriage being finished; is that what she wants?
Amanda just says, "No." Gordon tells her that, no matter
what Wayne says he wants, she should try and stay clam; they should
give themselves a chance to talk things through reasonably. Amanda
replies that it's not that she doesn't love him; she
just can't-- She breaks off as the loud roar of an engine revving
up comes from outside. Barbara asks who on earth would be driving
off like maniac. The three of them head outside just in time to
see Wayne's car roaring down the driveway. Barbara snaps that
he's probably going to get drunk - it's his usual way of handling
a crisis. Gordon looks at Andy's van and the equipment lying strewn
over the drive. Amanda, looking shocked, murmurs, "Oh my
God..." Andy suddenly joins them and asks what's wrong. He
quickly notices what's happened and snaps that he doesn't believe
it. Amanda bitterly asks Barbara why Wayne does it. Barbara snaps
that she thinks he's sick. Amanda cries that she can't
handle it anymore; she just can't stand it.
A short time later, Amanda is piling clothes into a suitcase
in the flat. As she does so, she tells Barbara that she'll just
take a few clothes now and come back and get some more later.
Barbara tells her that she doesn't have to go, but Amanda
cries that she can't go on living with Wayne - not after this.
Barbara suggests to her that she move to the main house and let
Wayne stay in the flat, but Amanda insists that she's got to get
away for a while. Gordon suggests that she could at least wait
and talk to Wayne, but Amanda replies that she can't.
Gordon tells her that she's not being very sensible. Barbara immediately
snaps that Amanda is being a damn sight more sensible than Wayne.
Gordon curtly says he knows that what Wayne did was wrong, but
if Amanda loves him, she should try and sort things out, not run
away. Barbara angrily reminds him that Wayne wanted Amanda out
of the place. Gordon curtly tells his wife that she's not helping.
Amanda cries that she can't go on the way she has been; she's
got to get away for a while - and if she saw Wayne now,
they'd both say things they'd never be able to forgive. Gordon
tells her that one of them has to act like a rational
adult. Barbara quickly snaps that that lets Wayne out,
then. Gordon suggests to his wife that the two of them had better
talk in the main house.
As they walk into the lounge room, Barbara angrily asks what
the point is of Amanda talking to Wayne - he's just proved
himself to be the same wilful, destructive, spoilt little brat
that he's always been; he's the one who should
go. Gordon snaps that he knows that what Wayne did was wrong,
and he'll make sure he pays for it. Barbara retorts that
it's not a question of money; he can't go around smashing up things
just because things go wrong for him. Gordon tells her that Wayne
lashes out when he's hurt, and Amanda hurt him terribly. He adds
that she's not trying to see it from Wayne's point of view at
all. Barbara snaps that all she knows is that Amanda
shouldn't be the one to go at all; she's her niece.
Gordon snaps back, "And Wayne is my son and this is his home."
He goes on that he thinks it is best if Amanda goes for
a while. He adds that the subject is closed. Andy comes
back into the house after inspecting the damaged equipment, and
Gordon tells him that everything will be replaced. Barbara asks
Andy what the damage is. Andy replies that it's pretty bad; he'll
get a technical guy in to see what they can save. Barbara snaps
that Wayne must have gone off his head. Andy says he
thinks he should leave - he and Wayne being in the same house...
Barbara snaps that Amanda is going, too; it seems that
she doesn't have much say there, anymore...
Amanda is doing up her suitcase when Andy comes into the flat.
He asks her if she's doing the right thing. Amanda replies, "Don't
- please." Andy tells her that it's OK. Amanda says
she loves Wayne - she wishes she didn't, but she does
- but she can't live with him. She goes on that she doesn't
know if they can ever make a go of their marriage now; she wants
to, but she doesn't know if she can even try at the moment.
She tells Andy that she feels a bit awful about him,
too - she promised that she'd keep an eye on him, and she's not
doing much of that - especially now that she's leaving.
Andy replies that that doesn't mean that they can't see
each other; why don't they share the apartment? - they could both
do with a friend right now. Amanda wryly replies that as long
as he can bear her crying on his shoulder every now and then,
she thinks it's a wonderful idea! Suddenly looking worried, she
points out that Wayne mightn't understand. Andy, though, replies
that it might do him good. He adds that he knows how
Amanda feels about Wayne, but she can't let his crazy ideas ruin
her life; they know they won't be doing anything wrong,
and if Wayne doesn't believe that, that's his problem.
Amanda tells him that he's right. She picks up her suitcase and
Wayne is sitting in his car by the side of road, staring up at
the sky. There are noises of birds and insects all around him
and he has a thoughtful look on his face. He suddenly looks down
at the passenger seat of the car; there's a bottle lying on it,
wrapped up in a brown bag. He picks up the bottle and starts to
unscrew the lid. However, he appears to have second thoughts,
and he puts it down again. He then starts the car engine and roars
Barbara comes downstairs at Dural. As she does so, she hears
a car pulling up outside. Gordon joins her in the hallway and
remarks that that will be Wayne. He suggests to Barbara that maybe
she should stay upstairs, as Wayne may have been drinking, and
if he's angry and unpleasant, it's better if he deals
with it. Barbara snaps that that boy's always been trouble
- he's even coming between them, now. She walks off,
and Gordon goes and stands by the front door. It opens and Wayne
comes in. He looks at Gordon, but ignores him and heads into the
lounge room. Gordon shuts the front door and joins his son. Wayne
sits down and then sullenly says he knows he did the wrong thing.
Gordon tells him that Amanda was very upset. Wayne replies that
he didn't mean her; he means that he did the wrong thing
by Gordon - that's what he's sorry for. He continues
that he was going to go and get drunk, but what's the use? - he'd
have had to have faced Gordon sometime. He stands up
and tells his father that he's done enough to him; he's
not going to make it any worse by crying in front of
him, but he will go and pack his bags - it would be better
if he wasn't around. Gordon, though, stops him in his tracks and
tells him that Amanda has gone. He goes on that this
is Wayne's home; there's no need for him to go; he wants
him to stay. Wayne suddenly starts breaking down, and Gordon hugs
him. Wayne cries, "Dad..." Gordon gently tells him that
Jill is sitting on the settee in the lounge room at Toorak. Patricia
is pouring herself a drink, and she asks what made Amanda ring
Lynn and tell her all about it. Jill explains that it
was just to let Lynn know that she's still looking after Andy
and that they're moving into the Sydney apartment together. Patricia
comments that she shouldn't think Wayne is too happy
about that. Jill replies that Amanda is probably past caring what
Wayne thinks. Patricia agrees that that's probably it. She then
adds that, a few days ago, they seemed so happy; she
feels sorry for Gordon and Barbara, too - it must be hard on them;
she just hopes Fiona isn't sticking her nose in and making
things more difficult. She sits down next to Jill, who
replies that, from what Amanda said, Fiona is keeping
right out of it - she's got enough problems of her own.
Patricia asks Jill if she's changing her mind about Fiona. Jill
replies that she guesses she's calmed down a bit. Patricia points
out to her that Fiona showed her exactly where her loyalties lie.
She also reminds Jill that she's not to forget that she could
be facing a fraud charge. Jill admits that she doesn't know what
to do about that, yet. Patricia tells her that she's got to look
after herself; stick to her guns - Terry deserves everything
he gets. Changing the subject, she asks how Robin seemed today.
Jill replies that he was no different. Patricia asks her if she
needs to go there every day. Jill replies that she wants
to; she's the only person who visits him. Patricia tells her that
she'll come with her from time-to-time. Jill says she'd
like that. Patricia looks at her watch, and Jill asks her if she's
going out. Patricia replies that she isn't; she's expecting
someone. Jill remarks that she heard that Matt Kennedy is in town.
Patricia looks at her, sharply, and then explains that Matt has
gone overseas to live; she probably won't see him again. Jill,
looking surprised, asks if he only came to say 'goodbye'. Patricia
replies that that's more-or-less it. They go to the door, where
Patricia tells Jill that she'll go to the hospital with her one
day soon. Jill says that would be good. She tells Patricia that
she's a good friend. Patricia says she hopes so... Jill
goes. Patricia shuts the door and then heads back into the lounge
room, where she takes a bottle of champagne out of the drinks
A short time later, Jill arrives back at the Palmers', and she
asks Lynn, who's sitting in the lounge room, sewing, how the kids
have been. Lynn replies that they haven't been any trouble; she's
just put them to bed. She adds that Davey wouldn't understand
why Fee couldn't play with the building blocks with him - otherwise,
they got on very well! Jill thanks her for looking after Fee.
Lynn tells her that she can return the favour when she starts
modelling again. Jill says she'd be happy to. She offers Lynn
some afternoon tea, but Lynn declines. Jill comments that didn't
have any lunch. Lynn explains that she's cutting down
to one meal a day until she loses a bit of weight. Jill laughs
and tells her not to lose too much or she'll disappear! Lynn says
she's going to slim down if it kills her. Jill humourously
asks her if she'd go that far just to model a bikini! Lynn smiles
and says Jill knows what she means. She then goes on that there
were a few calls while Jill was out: Terry rang. Looking worried,
Jill asks what he wanted. Lynn replies that he just wanted to
talk; he sounded a bit drunk. Jill says she's glad she wasn't
there, as she wouldn't have known what to say. Lynn goes on that
he got upset when she kept telling him that Jill wasn't there,
so she finally told him that she was over at the Morrell house.
She asks if she should have done that. Jill looks concerned
and explains that it's just that she didn't want him hassling
Patricia. She then adds that she doubts he'll ring there, though
- he wouldn't want to have to deal with her.
The 'phone rings at Toorak, and Patricia answers it in the lounge
room; the champagne is in an ice bucket on the table next to it,
together with two glasses. Terry comes on and drunkenly snaps
that he wants to speak to Jill. Patricia asks who wants
to speak to her. Terry, who's in a 'phone box, retorts that he
just wants to talk to her. Patricia asks him if it's Terry speaking,
and Terry replies that it is. He adds that he just wants her to
put Jill on. Patricia tells him to hang on a minute. She takes
the 'phone away from her ear for a few seconds but doesn't move.
She then puts the 'phone back to her ear and tells Terry that
she's sorry but Jill doesn't want to talk to him. Terry says to
just tell her not to be stupid. Patricia, though, replies that
Jill is still very angry with him; if he pushes things, it'll
make matters worse - and from what she understands
of his legal position, he can't really afford that; it could affect
his sentence. Terry asks her if Jill is going to let him go down
the tube. Patricia tells him that everybody is doing
their best to try and calm her down; the best thing he
can do is stay right away from her; hopefully, by the time the
court case comes up, she'll see things a little more rationally.
There's suddenly a knocking on the front door, and Patricia tells
Terry that she has to go. She then adds that he's to remember
that they're all trying to help... Terry asks her to tell Jill
that he won't bother her; he won't be any more trouble. Patricia
hangs up and goes and opens the door. Jim is standing on the step.
He tells Patricia that he got her message. Patricia tells him
to come in - she's got something for him.
A few moments later, in the lounge room, Jim is holding a small
case that contains an expensive watch. He insists that he can't
take it, but Patricia explains that it's her way of saying 'thankyou'
- it's a bit belated, but it's her way of showing that she's very
grateful for how he helped her through that awful time after Robin's
accident. Jim assures her that he did that because he wanted
to, not because--; he can't take it. Patricia, though, asks him
what else she's going to do with it. She tells him to
have a look at the back, and Jim turns it over and reads, "To
Jim. What would I have done without you? Patricia." Patricia
points out that it's no good to anybody else! She takes it from
him and affixes it to his left wrist. Jim asks what a bloke can
say. Patricia replies that he can just say he likes it.
Jim assures her that it's very nice. He then goes on that Jill
told Heather about what she's doing for Robin - paying for his
treatment. Patricia looks down at the ground before explaining
that the money was there, and she feels that it's what Margaret
would have wanted. She adds that she also wanted to make up for
a few things that she's done - like letting go of people
who she could have been close to. She offers Jim a drink, which
he accepts. She goes to open the champagne...
A car pulls up in the driveway at Dural. Terry gets out, holding
a pack of tinnies. He walks up to where Andy's van is still parked
and the equipment and records are now piled up. Gordon comes out
of the house and explains that he heard the car and thought it
might have been the bloke coming to see what he could salvage
from that lot. Looking surprised, Terry asks, "What happened?"
Gordon explains that they had a bit of trouble...
Inside, Fiona is carrying two bags downstairs when the front
door opens and Terry comes in. He asks her where she's off to.
Fiona replies that they're moving out to the flat. She adds that
quite a lot has happened since he went out. Terry explains that
Gordon filled him in outside. Fiona goes on that Wayne is moving
back into his old room; she told Gordon and Barbara that they
would keep out of their hair altogether, but they wouldn't hear
of it. She tells Terry that he's just in time to carry the bags
for her; she takes the tinnies that he's carrying, and Terry picks
up the bags. Fiona looks worried.
Fiona opens the door to the flat. As he walks in, Terry growls
that it looks like the year for the wrong people to be
getting it in the back: Wayne smashes all that stuff and it's
Andy and Amanda who have to get out. Fiona explains that they
didn't have to leave, but at the time, it seemed the
best idea. Terry goes on that it's the same for him:
he tries to do the right thing by his kid and look what happens.
He opens one of the cans of beer as he continues that he reckons
Wayne should have been booted out on his backside. Fiona tells
him that she thinks he's had enough to drink, but Terry
snaps that he hasn't. Fiona comments that it's pretty obvious
where he spent the afternoon. Terry retorts that he had a few
drinks with the one person who's been half-way decent to him lately:
Irene Fisher. He angrily asks if that's alright. Fiona asks if
she's the woman at the place where he stayed. Terry explains that
he went to give her the money he owed her. Looking shocked, Fiona
asks him if he drove back there - like that;
isn't he in enough trouble without getting picked up for drink-driving?
Terry snaps at her to get off his back. Fiona retorts that she
thought Wayne was the one big on self-pity, but he's
giving him a damn good run for his money. She then announces that
she's going to unpack, and she picks up her bag and walks to her
room. Terry takes a swig from his can.
At Toorak, Patricia explains to Jim that physiotherapy is needed
to stop muscle wastage and stimulate the brain; the whole treatment
is very intense and very time-consuming. Jim comments that that's
why it costs so much. Patricia goes on that there's no guarantee
that it will work, but at least there's some hope.
Jim remarks that she's a pretty terrific lady, paying for something
like that. Patricia replies that it's taken a load off Jill's
mind. She pours him another glass of champagne, and he asks her
if she's not having another one herself. She explains that she's
not drinking much these days - not while she's taking pills; he
convinced her not to mix them. Jim comments that she still has
to take them. Patricia replies that she can't cope without
them. Jim suggests that she's probably spending too much time
by herself; she should get out with her friends more. Patricia,
looking downcast, replies that there aren't really that many people
that she feels close to, these days. Jim points out that she knows
she can call on Heather at any time she likes. Patricia
tells him that he's the one who helped her when she really
needed it; she can't forget that. Jim asks her why she didn't
call him again if she needed help. Patricia replies that she was
tempted to, but she felt a bit awkward. Jim asks why. Patricia
explains that it was because of Beryl - she didn't want to intrude.
Jim says he's sure Beryl would understand. Patricia, though, says
she doesn't think so - she and Beryl go back a long way; Beryl
has never liked her; if Beryl knew he was there now,
she thinks she'd be very upset. Jim replies that he doesn't
think so - everything would be OK once he'd explained. Patricia
agrees that that may be the case - but on the other hand, she
wouldn't want Beryl to think that she has a problem. She tells
Jim that she really would like to see him from time-to-time, but
not if he felt he had to tell Beryl. Jim says he can't
lie to her - he likes to be up-front with people. Patricia
asks him if he needs to mention it at all. She looks
at him imploringly and adds that it really would be nice to know
he's there. Jim says, "Well..." Patricia goes on that,
that way, she could call on him - as long as she knew she wasn't
upsetting Beryl. Jim gives in and says that, alright, he guesses
he needn't say anything. Patricia thanks him and tells him that
he has no idea how much better that makes her feel - it's been
awful trying to cope on her own. Jim says, "Remember: any
A while later, Patricia and Jim are standing by the front door,
and Jim tells Patricia to hang in there. Patricia replies that
she will - just knowing that she has somebody to depend
on makes all the difference. He goes, and Patricia closes the
door, looking very pleased with herself. She then walks to the
'phone in the hallway and dials a number. The 'phone is answered
by a woman's voice, and Patricia asks if that's Jill. Lynn replies
that it's her, but she tells Jill that it's Patricia
calling. At the Palmers', Jill takes the 'phone and explains to
Patricia that she was worried that it was Terry calling.
Patricia replies that that's why she rang: she's just had him
on the 'phone. Looking worried, Jill cries, "Oh no..."
Patricia continues that it was obvious that he'd been drinking
- and he got very abusive; she didn't want him upsetting Jill
so she pretended that she was with her and that she wouldn't let
him speak to her; she hopes she did the right thing. Jill assures
her that she did. Patricia says she wouldn't have liked Jill to
have been hit with the string of abuse she got, either - so if
he does call, she suggests that Jill hang up on him.
Jill replies that she will, and she tells Patricia that
she's sorry he upset her. Patricia assures her that she's alright
now. Changing the subject, she asks if Beryl is there, as she
wants a word with her. Jill explains that it's her day at the
children's home. Patricia asks her if she can ask Beryl to give
her a call when she comes in. Jill says she will. Patricia
then tells her not to worry about Terry; don't take any nonsense
from him. Jill replies that he's finished, as far as
she's concerned. Patricia points out that they both know what
he's like. She says 'bye' and hangs up, smiling to herself again
in delight at her plan coming together. In Albert Park, Jill tells
Lynn that Terry has done enough to her, without upsetting
her friends; she's got a good mind to ring him and tell
him what she thinks of him. Lynn asks if it isn't best to keep
right away from it. Davey suddenly starts crying and she says
she'd better get him before he wakes Fee. As she stands up, she
tells Jill that Terry's not worth worrying about.
Barbara opens the front door at Dural to find Andy on the step.
He asks if the guy came to see about the equipment. Barbara explains
that Gordon spoke to him and the report's in the van; practically
everything has to be replaced. Andy grimly replies that that's
what he thought; it'll be a while before he gets into
business. Barbara, though, tells him that it won't be - they can
buy the equipment now and Wayne can pay them back. Changing
the subject, she asks how Amanda is. Andy replies that she's still
pretty shaken up. Barbara tells him that she's lucky to have him
to look after her. She adds that they're both very dear to her.
She gives him a hug and tells him to make sure they come and see
them often. Andy, though, looking wary, says he'd like
to, but it might be better if she and Gordon come to them.
Barbara snaps that she's not backing down that far to
Wayne - if he kicks up a fuss, he'll get short shrift from her.
Andy tells her that he will come and visit. He heads
outside to get the report from the van. Neither of them have noticed
Wayne standing at the top of the stairs, listening to the conversation.
When the hall is empty, he walks downstairs.
Andy is packing the damaged equipment back into the van. Wayne
suddenly walks over and snaps at him to get that heap out of there
and don't come back. He tells Andy to forget what Barbara said
- there's no way he's welcome there after wrecking his marriage.
Andy closes the rear door to the van and tells Wayne to get lost.
Wayne angrily snaps at him to listen: if Andy had been around
at the time, it wouldn't have been his stuff that got
smashed; it would have been his face. Andy snaps at Wayne
that he's crazy if he thinks he stuffed up his marraige,
but if he wants to have a go, go ahead. The two men start grappling
with each other, but Gordon suddenly approaches them and snaps
that he's not going to have them start brawling there.
Wayne growls that Gordon knows it's Andy's fault. Gordon
snaps at him not to talk nonsense. Andy goes and gets in the van.
Wayne shouts at him, "You'll keep." Andy yells back,
"So will you." He starts the van. Gordon tell Wayne
that Andy isn't the cause of his trouble with Amanda.
Wayne growls that that's not how he sees it.
Terry is on the 'phone in the flat, talking to Jill and becoming
increasingly annoyed. He snaps that, for God's sake, he wasn't
trying to hassle Lynn. Jill asks him how he thinks Lynn
felt, him ringing up drunk all the time. Terry tries to explain
that he thought she was just fobbing him off saying that she wasn't
there. Jill tells him not to ring her at all - he's caused
enough trouble for her; if he wants a hostile
witness in court, he'll get one. Terry pleads with her
not to be like that - he could go to jail for a long time.
Jill snaps at him that he's not to ring; remember that.
She hangs up. Terry sighs and puts his handset down. He pauses
and looks thoughtful. He then looks down at his packed bag, which
is still sitting on the floor. He goes to the table, where Fiona's
handbag is lying, picks it up and takes out some money. He then
picks up his bag and walks out of that flat. As he does so, though,
Fiona suddenly comes out of her bedroom and says, "And where
do you think you're going?"