Jill walks slowly and quietly upstairs, looking worried. Fee
suddenly starts crying, and she rushes back downstairs in panic.
She runs into the lounge room and lifts her baby out of her bassinet,
comforting her all the while. She then heads out into the hallway,
takes her jacket down from the coat rack and flees the house.
Patricia is at the Palmers', and she angrily snaps that she never
thought Beryl would resort to hurting a child to get
at her. Beryl retorts that Lucy is far better off without
Patricia. Patricia exclaims that the child loved visiting
her. Beryl angrily retorts that she's not to blame her
for what happened this afternoon - Shirley Ryan gave Patricia
every chance to explain herself and she just blew it. Patricia
snaps that she wouldn't have had any trouble with the woman if
Beryl hadn't poisoned her mind against her. Beryl tells her not
to start abusing her - she's toughened up quite a lot,
lately. Patricia snaps, "Thrown your morals out the window?"
Beryl, though, replies that that's not true - she's just not turning
the other cheek any more; so if Patricia lashes out at her, she'll
lash back. Patricia snaps, "Even if your precious children's
home misses out?" Beryl retorts that she knew the money would
dry up when they took Lucy away from Patricia, so she told Shirley
that she'd endow the wing. She goes on that she's very
grateful to Patricia for giving her the chance to thank Dee -
if it hadn't been for her, she wouldn't be the wealthy
women she is today; the plaque will read: 'The Dee Morrell Memorial
Wing'. Terry wanders in as she says this and comments that it
has a nice ring to it. Patricia glares at them both and then snaps
angrily that they really think they've got the better of her,
but one step and she'll be onto the police so fast... Beryl impatiently
comments, "Not that again..." Patricia ignores
this and goes on that Terry may have covered his tracks well,
but she knows he's making the 'phone calls and she supposes Beryl
is writing the notes. She adds that, let's face it, Terry wouldn't
have got past third grade. Terry laughs sarcastically,
and remarks that she knows how to charm a bloke! Beryl angrily
asks Patricia to go, as she's had enough. Patricia snaps that
she hasn't finished. Beryl retorts, "Oh yes you have. Get
out of my house - now." Patricia glares at her and
then storms off. Terry comments to Beryl, "KO'ed, round one!"
Beryl tells him that she's had it coming for a long time. Terry
says he reckons Patricia will think twice about taking her
on, in future. Beryl retorts that she'll have to come up with
something better than her imaginary intruder.
The house at Toorak is empty. David is standing at the bar at
Dural, calling Patricia, but the 'phone at the other end is just
ringing. Fiona asks him if there isn't anyone at home. David replies
that there can't be - he'll try again later. Fiona sourly
remarks that it's a waste of time if you ask her - she
told him that Patricia was back to being her old self
when she was down there. David tells her that he'd still like
to check. Changing the subject, he turns to Irene and
tells her that Gordon has been looking forward to her visit. Fiona
chips in that Irene is better than any tonic! David tells Irene
that she's not bad with invalids, when he comes to think
of it - he saw Lynn having that sponge cake that Irene made today.
Irene smiles and asks who could resist her tucker! David smiles
and then walks off. Fiona laughs, and Irene tells her that that's
better, as she was looking a bit twitchy when CB tried to 'phone
Melbourne. Fiona says she's glad David didn't notice.
Irene asks if there are problems. Fiona explains that Patricia
had had some really upsetting news when she was down there; quite
frankly, she's surprised that she's had the decency not to worry
David. Irene asks if Patricia clings a bit.
Fiona replies that 'parasite' is the word that springs to mind!
Irene tells her that she struck out when she
got hitched, too - both times. Fiona, though, explains
that David's not married to Patricia; he was involved
with her sister, Margaret - and when she died, Patricia
really went to pieces and David's been seeing her through it.
Irene asks who's helping him. Fiona sadly replies that
he's the sort of person not to show his feelings. Irene, looking
surprised, comments that David didn't give her a hint.
She asks if it's long since it happened. Fiona replies that it's
a few weeks; it's been really hard. Irene comments, "Poor
guy..." She goes on that, still, you've got to admire him
- he's going out of his way to help everyone else, and hasn't
given a peep about how he feels. Fiona explains that
that's why she's so happy to see him relaxing up there
- he's really going to be upset when he gets back down to Melbourne
and hears the news: some vandals have had a great old time and
smashed up the headstone of Margaret's grave. Irene looks shocked,
and cries, "Oh no... some people are animals."
She adds, "And now he'll have her sister to cope with on
top of it." Fiona replies, "And she is quite
a handful." Irene tells her that, if you ask her,
Patricia is lucky to have a bloke like him around. Fiona
smiles at her.
Jill and Fee arrive at the Palmers', but Jill looks shocked as
she sees Terry sitting in the lounge room. Beryl, looking concerned,
says she should have said something. Terry offers to make himself
scarce, but Jill tells him that it's alright - she's not staying.
She goes on that she thinks there really is someone in
Patricia's house. Beryl looks at Terry. Jill continues that, when
she tried to call them, the line was dead and then she heard a
door slam upstairs; she thought it was best to get Fee out as
soon as possible and warn Patricia just in case. Terry assures
her that she did the right thing. He tells her to stay there and
he'll check it out. He goes. Beryl tells Jill to sit
down. Jill anxiously says she hopes nothing happens before Terry
gets there. Beryl suggests that it's probably Patricia
making her jump a little with all her talk about an intruder.
Jill admits that she's probably right.
Patricia arrives back at Toorak and heads into the lounge room.
The bassinet is in there, but it's empty. She heads back out to
the hallway, looks upstairs and calls for Jill. There's no answer.
She calls again but there's still no response. She then takes
off her coat and hangs it on the coat rack in the hallway. She
heads back into the lounge room, puts down her bag, pills and
house key on the drinks table and pours herself a glass of brandy.
She then wanders back out into the hallway and across into the
living room. As she does so, she doesn't hear the intruder, still
wearing blue jeans and brown shoes, creeping downstairs. The person
heads into the lounge room and walks to the drinks table. They
pick up the bottle of pills, look at it and then put it down.
They then pick up the house key, head out into the hallway, put
the key in the door and lock it...
A short while later, Patricia is sitting in the living room with
some food in front of her. There's suddenly a knock at the door,
and she immediately looks jumpy. The knocking sounds again, and
she gets up slowly and walks to the door. She doesn't try and
open it, though, instead calling through the door and saying,
"Yes?" Terry calls back that it's him - Jill sent him
over to see-- Patricia interrupts and says, "Jill?"
Terry explains that she thinks there is an intruder in
the house. Patricia snaps that there's nobody there except her.
Terry points out that it won't hurt to check, so is she going
to let him in or does he have to keep looking at the door? Patricia
snaps that she doesn't want him in the house. Terry tells her
that he promised Jill that he'd search the place for her. Patricia
angrily tells him that if he doesn't leave, she's calling the
police. Terry retorts that she might have a hard time doing
it - Jill said the 'phone's out. Patricia tells him that he'll
have to think of a better excuse than that. Terry suggests
that, if she doesn't believe him, try ringing out. Patricia snaps
that it simply means that he's cut the wires. Losing his patience,
Terry snaps that there's no getting through to her. Patricia
angrily agrees that there isn't, as far as he's concerned.
She then goes on and asks if he really expects her to believe
that Jill would go anywhere near him. Terry retorts that
she didn't know he'd be there - she thought he was in Sydney.
Patricia snaps at him that he's wasting his time. She then goes
on that her burglar alarm will attract a lot of attention if it
goes off; it's bound to bring the police, and if he's still there
when when they arrive, it won't look too good with his
record. Terry gives up and says he's going. He bitterly adds that
it's the last time he tries doing her a favour. Patricia
tells him that she'll be watching to make sure he really leaves.
Terry mutters that he wouldn't stay for quids. He goes
on that if there is a prowler, he feels sorry for the
bloke - he'll be clobbered if he tries messing with her.
He goes. Patricia walks into the lounge room, looks out of the
window and watches as Terry gets into his car and drives off.
She then goes to the drinks table and pours herself another brandy.
She picks up her bottle of pills, tips one into her hand, swallows
it and washes it down with the brandy. All of a sudden, she notices
that the house key isn't on the table. She looks round the lounge
room, nervously, and then walks out into the hallway. She goes
to the door, tries to open it and discovers that it's locked.
Suddenly looking terrified, she turns to look around the hallway.
She heads to the 'phone, picks up the handset and discovers that
there's no dialling tone. She tries pushing the receiver up and
down a couple of times, but there's still nothing. Suddenly, though,
a whispered male voice comes on the line and threatens, "You
can't call out, Patricia - I did some rewiring. And you can't
get out, either - I have the keys..." A look of fear in her
eyes, Patricia asks the man who he is. The voice ignores this
and goes on, "Don't try getting through a window - the alarm
still works and the minute it goes off, I'll come for you."
Patricia suddenly cries out in terror, "Why are you doing
this to me?" The voice whispers, "You've hurt a lot
of people and got away with it - 'til now..." Patricia cries,
"You're sick." She then slams down the 'phone, runs
back into the lounge room, closes the door and drags the couch
in front of it, panting nervously as she does so. She makes sure
the door can't be opened and then stands back, tears beginning
to well in her eyes...
Terry is back at the Palmers' and he tells Beryl and Jill that
Patricia then tried to accuse him of using the 'phone as an excuse
to try and get inside, so he took off. Beryl comments that Patricia
is as paranoid about him as she is about Fiona and her.
Jill agrees that it sounds like it. She then goes on, though,
that Patricia has been under a lot of pressure - she
lost Lucy and had an awful row with Jim earlier... Beryl suggests
to the girl that she stay the night there. Jill replies
that she really should get back, but Terry tells her that it seems
to him that Patricia will have popped a pill and will be dead
to the world by the time she gets home. Jill points out to Beryl
that when she left, the two of them weren't on the best of terms.
Beryl assures her that that's water under the bridge as far as
she's concerned. Jill thanks her. She goes to check on
Fee, saying to Terry before she leaves the room that they should
talk when she comes back. She leaves. Beryl comments to Terry
that that sounds promising. Terry replies that it's funny, isn't
it: Patricia really is her own worst enemy: all she did tonight
was make him look good to Jill; she's not having a good day, is
The shadow of a man standing in the hallway appears against
the lounge room door at Toorak. Patricia takes another sip of
brandy and then cries that the man can't get in because she's
barricaded the door. The man tries turning the door handle and
discovers that he can't push the door open. He then says, in a
menacing tone, "That won't keep me out for long."
Patricia snaps that, if he tries anything, she'll scream her head
off. The voice asks, "Who's going to hear you? These big
old houses have big thick walls and grounds so large there's no
way your neighbours would ever hear you." He then adds, "But
you're safe... for the moment..." Patricia cries, "How
do you know so much about me?" She suddenly throws her glass
at the door. It smashes, and brandy runs down the frosted glass
panels in the door.
At the O'Briens', Mike, Heather, Jim and Katie are watching a
magic show on television, and Jim comments that it's all done
with mirrors. Katie sighs and says she wishes they could make
Terry appear - he was supposed to pick her up twenty
minutes ago. Jim, looking surprised, asks her if she's talking
about the guy next door, Terry Hansen. Katie replies that she
is. The conversation is interrupted, though, by Jeff bursting
in. He announces excitedly that he's made it: he's on the team!
Mike asks him if he means the cross-country championship. Jeff
replies that he does - he came third today, so he's definitely
going to Brisbane for the championships! Everyone congratulates
him, happily. Jeff then goes on, though, that he's also got bad
news: he's got to pay his own fare and accommodation. Mike tells
him not to worry about it - he'll be on that team; they've got
a champ in the family! Katie just sits there glumly and looks
at her watch.
Beryl, Jill - holding Fee - and Terry are in the kitchen at the
Palmers'. Beryl tells Jill that her daughter will settle down
once she's had her bottle. Jill says she hopes so. Beryl
tells them that she'll leave them to it, and she goes. Alone with
Terry, Jill asks him where they start. Terry replies that he's
blowed if he knows. He sits down, and Jill tells him
that, when he took Fee from her, she was furious with him; even
though she understood his reason for doing it, it was difficult
to handle - so she took Patricia's advice and called the police.
She goes on that she knows he's not a bad person, no matter what
Patricia says; he just does things sometimes without thinking
about it first; she's just sorry, now, that it has to go to court.
Terry grimly replies, "Not half as sorry as me."
He goes on that Fee's his kid - he loves her
- but Jill is trying to make out that he's some sort of menace
to society. Jill assures him that she'll be doing everything she
can to help him. Terry asks her if she'll do that even if Patricia
puts the screws into her not to. He adds that she could
find that the money for Robin's treatment dries up all of a sudden.
Jill tells him that Patricia won't do that. Terry asks her if
she reckons... He then goes on that the idea of two years
is bad enough, but five... Jill tells him that there's
no way he'll get the maximum sentence when she tells them that
she drove him to it; some of the men on the jury are bound to
be fathers themselves, and they'll understand how he felt. Terry
says he hopes she's right. Changing the subject, Jill asks him
if he'd like to feed Fee. Terry, looking upset, says he'd better
not - in a couple of weeks, he'll be in jail, so it would be best
if he cut off now before he gets to attached to her again. Jill
tells him that two years will be over really quickly. Terry, though,
points out that she's just as likely to get hitched again and
settle down... she won't want him around, so it's best if he forgets
her now... starting now. He looks at his daughter,
intently. Jill, looking worried, says, "Whatever you want..."
Terry looks upset.
At the O'Briens', Heather comments to Jim that there's no sign
of Terry yet. Jim just says, "No." Heather comments,
"Poor Katie - she's really keen." Jim replies that he'd
be happier if she didn't get too interested in him. Looking surprised,
Heather asks why. Jim tells her that, for a start, he's the father
of Jill's child. Heather looks shocked, and says, "You're
kidding..." Jim goes on that, from what he heard, she didn't
have too much choice in the matter... "Know what I mean?"
Heather, looking even more astonished, says, "You mean...?"
Jim quickly points out that there could be another side
to it - Beryl is still friendly with him. Heather says
she'd better get Katie in there and have a word. Jim, though,
asks what the point is in upsetting her; he's forty minutes late;
he's not going to show. Heather grimly replies that, if he does
show up, there's no way she's going out with him.
Beryl is sitting with Terry in the lounge room next door, and
she tells him that she thinks he's made a rather hasty decision
about Fee. Terry retorts that he's not going back on it. Beryl
tells him that it's up to him. Terry agrees that it is. He then
looks at his watch and, heading for the TV, says it's about time
for the movie. Something suddenly occurs to him, though, and he
tells Beryl that he forgot about Katie - he was meant to take
her to the movies tonight. He goes to the 'phone.
Katie heads into the kitchen at the O'Briens' and asks her mother
if she wants some help. Heather asks her to get the cake books
out. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, and Katie growls that
she bets that's him. She answers the call and Terry comes
on and says she must be wondering where he is. Katie asks him
where he is. He explains that he's at Beryl's - Jill called round
and they got talking; it put tonight right out of his mind. Katie
says she understands, and she suggests that they make it tomorrow
night instead. Terry, though, replies that he's not the best company
in the world at the moment - and he doesn't need any alibis any
more as Patricia blew it with Jill. Katie exclaims that that's
great. Terry tells her that he'll see her around, then. Katie
says, "Sure..." She hangs up and then turns to her mother
and says she just got the brush-off. She goes on that she was
only trying to do him a favour. She adds that she reckons Patricia
is right: he is a louse.
Fiona comes into Dural after seeing Irene off. David is standing
in the hallway with the 'phone to his ear, listening to a continual
ringing at the other end. Fiona asks him if he's still trying
to get through to Patricia. David replies that it's not like her
to be out so late. Fiona points out that she is over
21. David suggests that she's probably knocked herself
out with pills. Fiona asks him if he can stop worrying about it.
He replies, though, that he can't. He then explains that
Margaret knew her operation was going to be a bit of a risk; she
wrote to him, asking if, if anything did happen, he could
look after Pat. He goes on that he's been a bit lax, up there
enjoying himself, so... Fiona suggests to him that he call her
tomorrow - it's not going to make any difference if he doesn't
get through to her until tomorrow morning. David tells her that
Patricia is sitting in the lounge room at Toorak, shivering and
scowling. The shadow returns to the doorway and tells her, "You
look cold." Patricia snaps that she might be better if he
turned the heating back on. The voice retorts, "Oh, I've
got a better suggestion: why don't you come out here
and get your coat? It's where you left it." Patricia yells
at him to shut up. The voice goes on, "You know, I'm surprised
you didn't end up back in that sanitarium when you found out about
your sister's grave. Quite an effective way of getting your attention,
though, wasn't it?" Patricia, a look of realisation dawning,
yells, "You miserable coward." She suddenly stands up,
runs to the doorway and pulls the couch away. The voice growls
"You can't insult me." Patricia, though, snaps
that she's not playing his games anymore - he should come on in
and finish it; there's nothing to stop him now, but don't expect
her to make it easy for him. The voice says, "I'll
choose the time, not you." Patricia yells that he's
not much of a man if he can only fight a helpless woman. The voice
says, "Why take unnecessary risks? I'll come for you when
there's no fight left." Patricia yells, "Then
you'll be waiting a hell of a long time..."
A while later, the shadowy figure is pacing the hallway. Patricia
snaps at him that he can forget about her going to sleep - it's
going to be light soon, and then the milkman will come and she'll
scream her head off. The voice tells her, "You won't be capable
of screaming by then..." Patricia snaps that she wouldn't
bet on it. The voice retorts, "You had no food last
night. You're using up energy fast, trying to keep warm. You...
you know you can't last much longer - that's why you're trying
to force the issue now. Well, it's just your bad luck
I'm just not going for it." Patricia snaps that she'll just
have to think of something else. She looks around the
lounge room and then goes and turns off the table lamp, plunging
the room into darkness. Sounding surprised, the voice asks, "What
do you think you're achieving by that"? Patricia
angrily retorts that he's the smart one - he
can figure it out. She suddenly picks up a heavy object and throws
it at the window, which instantly smashes and sets off the burglar
alarm. She grabs something else from the cabinet. The intruder
bursts into the room, and Patricia hits him with the object. He
slumps to the ground. Patricia slowly walks over and turns the
light on again. The body has fallen face-down, so she gingerly
bends down and pushes it over so that she can find out who it
is. A look of shock crosses her face as she sees who's lying there.