A few moments later, Patricia is sitting in the lounge room.
Jill tells her to calm down - Jim will find him if there's somebody
there. Patricia insists that she's not making it up - there was
a note. Jim comes into the room and announces that there's no
sign of anybody - not even a sign of someone trying to get in.
Patricia snaps that she doesn't know how, but somebody has a key
- it has to be Terry. Jim points out that she doesn't have any
proof. Patricia retorts that he stayed there not that
long ago - he'll have a key. She asks him if he doesn't see: she's
been right all along: it's time for the police to be brought in.
Jim, looking worried, tells her to hang on a minute: why don't
they go to the Palmers' and put it to Terry? Patricia snaps, "At
last - something positive." Jim goes on
that she's not to go barging in making accusations - he'll
do the talking, OK? Patricia reluctantly says, "Alright,"
and she heads to the door. Jim tells Jill that it's the only way.
Patricia impatiently calls to him from the front door to ask him
whether they're going or not.
A while later, at the front door of Palmers', Terry snaps that
he doesn't know what the hell they're talking about - he's had
enough of being hassled for one day. Jim explains that
he just wants to get to the bottom of it. Patricia suddenly barges
past Terry and walks into the lounge room. Terry angrily asks
her what she's doing. Patricia retorts that they're going to talk
whether he likes it or not. She then goes on that he
has a key to the house and he left a note on the dining room table
not more than an hour ago - try denying it. Katie suddenly comes
out of the kitchen and says, "I'll do it for him."
She goes on that Terry couldn't have been anywhere an hour ago,
as she's been there with him for two hours - probably
more; they were standing talking outside, and when she found out
that Beryl was out, she offered to cook him dinner - she's been
there ever since. She turns to Jim and insists that she's telling
the truth. Jim tells Terry that he's sorry - they're
barking up the wrong tree. Patricia snaps that Terry still has
a key. Terry retorts that she's wrong there, as well:
he borrowed Fiona's key when he stayed at the house.
Patricia snaps that Fiona is behind all of this. Terry
tells her that she can't be because she went up to Sydney this
arvo - she took Davey up to Lynn. Jim suggests to Patricia that
they let it ride. Patricia, though, goes on that it has to be
Beryl - she's the most likely one, come to think
of it. Terry tells her that she's not scoring too well: Beryl
rang a couple of hours ago - she's with Mrs. Ryan and her husband
at the kid's home. Patricia angrily snaps, "Fine... fine..."
She goes on that they've all got good excuses - but they'll never
convince her that the three of them aren't behind this; she'll
find the proof - Terry has got somebody working for him, and he's
not going to get away with this. She storms out. Terry tells Jim
that he's got a problem there - she's flipped. He adds
that, if Jim believes her, he's not as sensible as he
thought he was. Jim grimly comments, "Fair enough."
He goes. Alone with Katie, Terry remarks, "Boy, has he
got trouble." Katie says she wishes Jim had never got mixed
up with her. Terry tells her that he's glad she decided to play
cook tonight; he hates to think where he would have ended up if
she hadn't been around.
Patricia and Jim arrive back at Toorak. As they stand in the
hallway, Jill joins them and asks how it went. Jim replies that
there's no way it could have been Terry. Jill tells the two of
them that she had another look around - there's no sign of anyone.
Patricia angrily snaps that it's all in her head, is it? Jim tells
her that they're not saying that at all, but there's
no one there now. He suggests to her that she take a
tablet and go to bed. Patricia snaps that she hasn't
gone off her head - there was a note. Jim assures her
that he knows that, but her nerves have taken a bashing and she
could so with some sleep. Jill tells her that she'll take her
upstairs. Patricia snaps that somebody got in before and they'll
get in again. Jim assures her that he'll walk past her
bedroom every five minutes - "Now, just get some sleep."
In the kitchen at the Palmers', Katie asks Terry where the beater
is. Terry has a look in one of the drawers and takes out the metal
implement. Katie looks at it and explains that she meant the electric
beater. Terry comments, "Search me!" Katie
says it'll have to do. Terry asks what his next job is.
Katie tells him to find the veggies and do them. Terry
starts looking in the cupboards. As he does so, he tells Katie
that she's quite a girl. Katie smiles and says, "Oh?"
Terry goes on that she's cooking him a meal after he was getting
accused of doing something a bit suss; other girls her age would
run a mile. Katie suggests that maybe she's a bit different
to other girls her age. Terry agrees that maybe she is...
Katie tells him that she knows about him and the baby - it's a
pretty rotten thing to happen to him, and what's likely
to happen to him. Terry just says, "Yeah, well..." Katie
goes on that the least she can do is cook him a meal. Terry grimly
replies that, if Patricia is going to keep having a go at him,
it's probably good if he has a few alibis up his sleeve!
Katie smiles and says she'd better make sure she's around, then.
Terry replies that that's fine by him! He finds some
onions and asks if they'll do. Katie laughs.
At Toorak, Jill wanders into the lounge room, and Jim comments
that he wondered where she'd got to. Jill explains that Patricia
took forever to go to sleep, even after the pills. Jim
remarks that she's not holding up too well, is she - the way she
went off at the Palmers' and coming back there... he reckons Jill
might be right about her heading for another breakdown.
As they talk, they don't hear the front door opening very, very
quietly. Someone walks into the house, wearing blue jeans and
brown boots. In the lounge room, Jill tell Jim that it certainly
seems like Patricia is heading for a breakdown again.
Jim asks if she could be talked into seeing a doctor. The intruder
quietly closes the door and creeps upstairs as Jill replies that
it won't be easy, but he might have a chance. Jim tells
her that he's glad she agrees with him that Patricia really is
imagining things. Jill comments that everything points to it.
She adds that she reckons the only spooks around there are the
ones in Patricia's head...
A while later, Jim and Jill are sitting in the living room, having
something to eat, and Jim remarks that he's beginning to wonder
what he let himself in for. Jill comments that he really liked
Patricia. Jim replies that he still does - but when she
first started leaning on him, she was really starting to come
out of her shell - and then, all of a sudden, she goes off the
deep end. He goes on that, after the way she's been talking about
someone being after her and then after how she went on at Terry
today, and then Fiona Thompson and Beryl... it makes you think.
Jill remarks that it sounds like he's going to walk out on her.
Jim tells her that, to be honest, he'd like to, but she
obviously needs help at the moment. There's a sudden scream from
upstairs, and Jill jumps in her seat. She and Jim both rush out
into the hallway. Patricia is running downstairs and crying that
there was a man in the doorway - she was half asleep and then
some noise work her up, and when she looked up, there he was -
and then he just disappeared and closed the door behind him. Jim,
looking astonished, tells her to pull herself together - he and
Jill went over the whole house; it's the sleeping pills playing
tricks on her. Patricia snaps that she's telling them that there's
somebody in the house - they've got a key and they're letting
themselves in and out. She angrily cries, "For God's sake,
why won't you believe me?" She heads into the living room.
Jim tells Jill that she'll try and talk her into seeing a doctor.
The next morning, a doctor is with Patricia in the lounge room,
and he tells her that there's nothing wrong with her in the physical
sense. Patricia snaps that she's perfectly aware of that; what's
he suggesting? The doctor replies that her recent history shows
that she has a tendency to let things get her down; her doctor
suggested that she set up regular appointments with a psychiatrist
after she left the sanitarium. Upon hearing this, Patricia snaps
that the only reason she agreed to see him was to satisfy her
friends - she's not making this up no matter how much
he'd like to think she is. She adds that she'll see him out. The
doctor tells her that he's only suggesting it for her own well-being
- he can't force her to do it, but she should take his
advice if she doesn't want to find herself back in the
sanitarium. Patricia opens the door and he goes. She then walks
into the living room. Jim and Jill are sitting at the table, and
she tells them that she was given a clean bill of health. She
then goes on that she's now going to do what she should have done
yesterday: get all the locks changed. Jim chips in that
he was about to suggest the same thing. Patricia asks him if he'll
stay tonight if the locks aren't finished. Jim replies that he'll
see how things go - he's already taking a sickie so he can spend
the day with her. Patricia says she'd better shower and change,
and she heads off upstairs. Jill grimly comments that you can't
keep up with her, can you. Jim replies that they should hope it's
a sign that she's going back to normal.
Terry is fixing the tap in the kitchen at the Palmers', and he
comments to Beryl that it wasn't dripping last night.
Beryl says she supposes it had to happen sometime. She then goes
on that she can't get over what Patricia tried to do yesterday
- and even more annoyingly, that she can't get Shirley Ryan to
stop Patricia seeing Lucy. Terry comments that there's no way
the children's home will let Patricia's money get out of the window,
eh? Beryl tells him that she doesn't think they'd let a child's
welfare come second to money; the point is, Shirley said the visits
to Patricia are doing Lucy the world of good - she's
behaving better, she's happier... Terry grimly comments that if
Mrs. Ryan didn't want to know, she's off her rocker. Beryl starts
doing some ironing and asks Terry if he's got any idea what's
behind the nonsense at Patricia's. Terry replies that it's nothing
as far as he's concerned - she's just trying to stir
things up for people; look what would have happened to them and
Fiona if they couldn't prove what they were doing yesterday. Beryl
tells him that he's right. She then adds that it makes her so
mad that that woman is in a position to have influence over a
kid like Lucy. Terry repeats that, like he said, there's nothing
they can do. Beryl, though, tells him that it doesn't mean she
can't keep eye on her comings and goings - they all know she's
not fit to look after a child, and she's going to make damn sure
Lucy doesn't come to any harm...
Patricia, having showered and dressed up smartly, joins Jim and
Jill in the lounge room at Toorak, and Jill comments that it's
quite a change. Patricia replies that she should hope
so. Jill tells her that Jim suggested they take Fee out on a picnic;
what does she think? Patricia replies that she's not sure it's
a good idea - the locksmith won't be there 'til 10:30am and he'll
be there for most of the day; and Lucy's coming over. Jim realises
that he'd forgotten that. He asks if they shouldn't cancel the
visit with everything that's been going on. Patricia, though,
tells him that that's nonsense: Lucy will help her take her mind
Sometime later, outside, Patricia, Jim and Lucy are playing with
the football again, as Jill watches from the verandah while she
does some knitting. There's a locksmith behind her, working on
the front door. Jim runs over to Jill and comments that Patricia's
mood has improved since Lucy arrived. Jill remarks that it's a
pity about the picnic - it's a real drag having to keep Fee inside
all the time. She adds that she wonders why Lucy is so anti babies.
Jim tells her that he can understand it now: when he
took her back to the home the other day, the matron told him what
the problem is. He explains that Lucy's dad was killed in an accident
when her mum was pregnant; she managed alright with money and
so on until the baby was born, but then, with Lucy and her brother
and the kid, she found it hard to make ends meet; when she put
Lucy in the home, she blamed it all on the baby. Jill, looking
sympathetic, says, "Poor kid - it's a bit hard to explain
at that age." The locksmith walks over to them and tells
them that he's just got the back door to do now. Jill says to
Jim that the only way to get in through the door now is to break
it down - she hopes it puts Patricia's mind at ease. Patricia
kicks the football into the shrubbery and Lucy runs after it.
As she retrieves it, she doesn't notice someone wearing blue jeans
and brown boots standing partially-hidden by the bushes nearby.
When she runs off again, the intruder walks quietly round to the
back of the house, puts a key in the back door lock, opens the
door, heads inside and closes the door again...
A while later, in the living room, lunch is over and Patricia
asks Lucy how it was. Lucy exclaims that she likes pizzas
better! She then asks if she can go outside and have another kick
of the ball. Patricia warns her not to overdo it! Lucy gets up
and goes. Jim remarks that the girl certainly seems more relaxed
- and so does Patricia. Patricia replies that having the locks
changed made all the difference. Jill suggests that, if they're
going out, she'd better feed Fee, and she gets up and leaves the
room. Patricia says to Jim that she doesn't want to labour
the point, but can he stay again tonight? - she'd just feel better
if he was there. Jill's voice suddenly shrieks from the lounge
room, "Oh no..." Patricia and Jim run in there to find
Jill standing over an empty bassinet. Jill cries that something
has happened to Fee. Patricia says it must be 'him' - he must
have come in while they were eating. Jim, though, tells them to
just calm down, and he heads outside.
Lucy is sitting on the verandah, holding Fee and fussing over
her, saying, "Aren't you a pretty little girl!" Jim
comes out and approaches the girl cautiously. He asks if he can
have Fee. Patricia and Jill follow him out and Jill smiles in
relief as Jim hands her daughter to her. Lucy asks what's wrong
- she was just telling her that she likes her. Patricia
suddenly snaps, "You silly little girl - how dare
you take Jill's baby without telling us. You scared us half to
death." She suddenly lashes out and slaps Lucy round the
face. Lucy, looking shocked, stands up and runs off. Jim snaps
at Patricia that she's really capped it all now. He heads
off after Lucy. Jill says to Patricia that she's sure the girl
didn't mean any harm.
Katie is at the Palmers', and as Beryl escorts her into the lounge
room, she calls to Terry that he's got a visitor. Terry comes
out and says, "G'day." Katie excitedly tells him that
she got her first cheque for one of her computer games, and she
thought it might be nice if the two of them went out tonight to
celebrate - they could go to the movies, or something. Terry smiles
and says that's a good idea. Katie asks him if he can call for
her at about 7:30pm. Terry tells her, "Done!" and she
goes. Terry then remarks to Beryl that the old charm gets them
every time! Beryl, looking wary, replies that Katie is just a
kid - she was the same with John and Andy when they were
down there; she just likes to have friends. Realising what Beryl
is implying, Terry assures her that he'll keep his hands to himself.
Beryl quickly says she knows that, but she does have
to live next door to the O'Briens. Terry tells her that
she's made her point - he's never going to live down what he did.
Beryl explains that she didn't mean that: Katie is a
teenager and he's around 30. Terry says he knows she's
worried about him being with a kid like that. He goes on, though,
that he can tell her: he's done enough rotten things to people
to last him a lifetime; that's probably what facing up to the
trial is all about - he's paying for it. Beryl tells him not to
go thinking about that - she was just making an observation. Terry
replies that of course she is - it's just hard not to think about
it, that's all.
Jill opens the door at Toorak and lets Jim and Shirley Ryan in.
Jim asks how Patricia is. Jill replies that she's upset. Jim asks
Shirley to wait in the hallway while he has a word with Patricia.
Jill tells him that she's in the lounge room. Jim heads in there;
Patricia is sitting on the settee. He tells her that he took Lucy
back - she was still pretty shaken; Mrs. Ryan was there and he
had to explain what happened; she's come back to have a word with
her. Patricia curtly retorts that she really doesn't feel like
it at the moment. Jim points out that she's going to have to talk
to her sooner or later. Patricia impatiently snaps, "Alright..."
Jim calls to Shirley and she comes into the room. She tells Patricia
that she's very concerned about what happened. Patricia retorts
that Lucy had no right to take that baby without telling them
- she deserved to be reprimanded. Shirley replies that
she agrees, but wasn't slapping her face a bit strong? She goes
on that she child is very upset - she's afraid she'll have to
call off any further visits. Patricia snaps that, in that case,
it's fairly pointless her donating any of her money to their home.
Shirley Ryan snaps, "Fine." She adds that she doesn't
see that they need to say any more - they'll be very sorry to
lose the chance to build a new wing, but if that's the way it
has to be... She continues that it's probably her fault, anyway
- she was warned that there might be problems allowing
Lucy to visit. Patricia stands up and says angrily, "Oh,
you were warned, were you?" She goes on that she
gathers Shirley had dinner with Beryl Palmer; Beryl's got her
claws stuck into her, has she? Shirley tells her that what happened
there today made up her mind, nothing else. Patricia ignores this,
though, and rants that she bets she can imagine what that self-righteous
bitch had to say. Shirley says she thinks she'd better go. Patricia
angrily snaps that she's going to run off and tell Beryl Palmer
that she was right, is she? Jim steps in and warns her that that's
enough. He goes to see Shirley out.
A short time later, Patricia and Jim are alone in the lounge
room. Patricia angrily tells Jim that she doesn't give a damn
- if he doesn't like the way she's behaving, he can get out. Jim
furiously retorts that she's not to say one more word. He goes
on that he's never taken so much from anyone in his life;
he stuck around because he thought she needed somebody, but he
could walk out that door right now, and he will unless
she starts behaving a little bit like a human being. Patricia
snaps that that's not very nice. Jim adds, "And
just stay away from Beryl." Patricia snaps, "You don't
think I'm going to--" Jim interrupts her and tells her to
shut up. He goes on that Beryl was quite right to talk to Mrs.
Ryan - you just have to look at what Patricia did to that kid
see that. A sneer starts to cross Patricia's face. She then venomously
tells Jim that he's so weak it's pathetic - she should have left
him with boring Beryl; they're two of a kind - she should never
have taken him away from her. Jim glares at her as realisation
begins to dawn. Patricia tells him that he should see his face;
it was so easy because he's so gullible - and it was
very satisfying watching Beryl squirm when she realised she had
no hope of getting him back. Jim listens, but then just says,
"You.... are a very sad woman. No wonder you haven't got
any friends - and you've just lost another one."
He heads for the front door, leaving Patricia looking completely
nonchalant. Jill is standing in the hallway, and as Jim leaves
the lounge room, he remarks that she probably heard most of that.
Jill admits that she did. She then asks him if he's really going.
Jim replies that he's had all he can take of Patricia. He tells
Jill not to go in the lounge room, and adds that if he were her,
he'd get out of there as soon as he can - enough is enough. He
goes. Patricia comes to the door of the lounge room. Jill glances
at her, and Patricia angrily asks her what she's looking at. She
then slams the door shut.
Jim arrives back at the O'Briens'. Katie tells him to guess what:
she got her first cheque today! Suddenly noticing the look on
his face, she asks what happened. Jim replies that he's walked
out on Patricia; she made an absolute idiot of him, and because
of her, he really hurt somebody decent: Beryl - he hurt her and
he didn't know it. He starts laughing sadly and says he just feels
like getting out of there. Katie snaps that that's what
always happens: he feels rotten so he takes off. She
suggests that he try making -up for a change - at least talk
to Beryl. Jim glumly says he doesn't think she'll be interested
now. Katie asks what happened with Patricia. Jim just replies
that he won't be going back. Katie asks about the person who's
supposed to be after her. Jim retorts, "If there is
a person." He adds that there are new deadlocks on the the
door, so he doesn't think anyone can get in - and Patricia might
have done the whole thing just to cause a bit of a fuss; who knows?
- either way, he doesn't think she's in any real danger.
In the lounge room at Toorak, Patricia takes a new packet of
cigarettes out of her bag, rips it open and takes out a cigarette.
She then takes a sip from her glass of brandy. Suddenly appearing
to decide something, she puts the cigarettes away, picks up her
bag and heads to the front door. Jill is just coming downstairs
and she asks Patricia where she's off to. Patricia snaps that
she doesn't think it's any of Jill's business. Jill says she's
going to Beryl's, isn't she. Patricia snaps, "What
if I am?" Jill pleads with her to please not to
- not in this mood. Patricia, though, angrily tells Jill that
if she doesn't like it, she can just get out - she doesn't need
her any more than she needed Jim. She opens
the door and heads out. Jill sighs and walks to the 'phone in
the hallway. She picks it up to ring Beryl and warn her, but to
her surprise, the line is dead. She presses down the receiver
a couple of times but there's still no dialling tone. She suddenly
hears a door slamming. Beginning to look nervous, she calls out,
"Is anyone there?" She starts walking upstairs slowly,
calling out again, "Is anybody there...?"