At the Palmer house the next morning, David is examining the
broken couch, but Beryl tells him to leave it. David retorts that
he said he'd do it and he will - it's nothing
a hammer and a few nails won't fix. Beryl points out that the
whole bottom has fallen through. David snaps that it
wouldn't have if knucklehead had been a bit more careful. Beryl
retorts that it wasn't Jim's fault. David asks whose
it was, then. Beryl ignores this and tells him to just leave it.
She adds that she was thinking of getting another one, anyway,
when things get back to normal. David snaps, "If
they ever are." Beryl retorts, "What?" David explains
that it's been so long since things have been 'normal' round there
that he's forgotten what it's like. Beryl tells him that
he's not helping by going round like a bear with a sore head.
David snaps that, that's right, blame him; their son could be
dead, and all she's interested in is having a good old
laugh with her 'friend'. Beryl, looking furious, snaps, "How
dare you." She then goes on that she's worried sick about
Kevin, but when Jim broke that couch, it released some of the
tension she felt. She angrily adds that she thought David would
know her better than that. David mutters that he's starting
to wonder if he ever knew her. Beryl snaps that that's
wonderful. She then suggests that it might be a good idea if he
goes. David asks what she'll do if there are any more calls. Beryl
tells him that she'll let him know if anything happens. David
retorts that that's fair enough. He adds that it might be an idea
if he does leave.
Barbara opens the front door at Dural to find Liz standing on
the step. She tells the escort that she didn't know she was arriving
so early - she hasn't even had time to make up her room yet. Liz
assures her that that's alright - just tell her where it is and
she'll do it. Barbara explains that Wayne didn't even
tell her that she was coming until after breakfast. Liz says she's
sure he just forgot. She wanders into the lounge room to look
for him. When she discovers that he's not in there, she asks where
he is, and Barbara replies that he's outside. Liz goes on that
she gathers she's on the out, now that she's dragged Wayne down
to her level. Barbara, looking surprised, comments that she wouldn't
have put it quite like that. She adds, though, that she's sure
Liz understands how she feels: she finds her line of work distasteful
in the extreme; she only hopes Wayne comes to his senses before
Gordon finds out. Liz retorts that she doesn't think
Gordon would be quite as narrow-minded as she is; she thinks he'd
be a touch more modern in his outlook. Barbara snaps, "Is
that so?" Wayne suddenly comes in from outside and
asks Liz if she's been there long. She explains that she just
arrived. Wayne turns to Barbara and snidely remarks that it's
a good job Liz is there, isn't it, as Barbara will have a busy
weekend at the golf club, and she's going to need all the help
she can get round the house, right? Barbara annoyedly snaps, "Right..."
Wayne then tells Liz that he'll show her upstairs. Liz turns to
Barbara and tells her that she doesn't want to dislike
her - she'd prefer they were friends - but Barbara isn't making
it very easy. She and Wayne head back out to the hallway. Wayne
suddenly tells Liz to hang on a minute, and he then hands her
a rose from the garden. Liz, looking surprised, thanks him, and
adds that it's nice to know she's got a friend in the house. Wayne
asks her if Barbara gave her a hard time. Liz replies that she
doesn't exactly approve of her. Wayne tells her to ignore
her - he's got the rough end of her tongue, too, since
he started work. Liz comments that Barbara has got a conservative
outlook on life, that's all. She then asks how last night went.
Wayne replies that it was terrific - they booked him for lunch
today, too; he told Gordy that it's a business lunch, so can he
just leave Liz to hold the fort? Liz smiles and says she's sure
can handle it.
Jill comes downstairs at Toorak and opens the front door to find
Luke standing there. She looks annoyed to see him and she asks
him what he wants, adding that she got his note and she thinks
he said everything in that. Luke explains that he felt
he owes her more than that. Jill tells him, "Just
go..." Luke pleads, "Please?" Jill reluctantly
invites him in and they head into the lounge room. She tells him,
though, that he can't stay long as she's on her way to the hospital.
Luke promises that he won't keep her. He then adds that he drove
round the house three times before he plucked up the courage to
come in. Jill retorts that she doesn't know why - she's
done some things that he doesn't like, but she certainly doesn't
go round biting people's heads off. Luke agrees, "No..."
He then goes on that what he said the other day... he didn't mean
to make judgements; he was just saying how he felt. Jill curtly
tells him to go on. Luke continues that it wasn't the prostitution
- he can see how she might have been forced into that; it was
the baby - he knows she went through and had it, but
the fact that she considered getting rid of it... he
couldn't handle it. Jill points out that he said all that the
other day. Luke explains that he just came round to see how she
was feeling. Jill, though, angrily snaps that he doesn't care
about that - he just came round to make himself feel better. Luke
retorts that that's not true. Jill, though, tells him that he's
a selfish person and he uses people: he used his father for money,
even though he's supposed to hate him; and he used the O'Briens
when it was convenient; he's not to come over there to
use her just to make himself feel that he's done the
right thing. She storms out to the front door. Luke follows her
and tells her that she's taking everything he said the wrong way.
Jill opens the door and snaps that, no, she hasn't. To her surprise,
David is standing on the doorstep, and she tells him that Luke
is just leaving. Luke walks out and Jill shuts the door behind
him. David comes in and asks Jill what he wanted. Jill replies
that it was nothing. She asks how Kevin is.
Lynn arrives at the Palmers', and she asks Beryl if Davey gave
her much trouble last night. Beryl replies that he woke up a couple
of times, but she got him back to sleep. She then comments that
Lynn doesn't look as if she got much sleep herself. Lynn
explains that she got a few hours, but it was hard not
to think about Kevin. Beryl sympathetically says she knows. She
offers Lynn a cup of tea, which she gratefully accepts, and they
go to head into the kitchen. As they do so, Lynn notices the couch
and asks what happened to it. Beryl tells her that it's a long
story! The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Lynn rushes to get
it. Peter Burke from Foreign Affairs comes on and tells her that
he's sorry for taking so long to get back to her, but they haven't
been able to establish contact with El Abib until this morning.
Lynn replies that that's alright. She asks what's happening, and
Burke replies that it's good news: her husband wasn't hurt in
the blast and he's on his way home - the British managed to get
him to Bahrain and he caught a direct flight home. A look of happy
relief crosses Lynn's face, and Beryl anxiously asks her what
Mr. Burke said. Lynn excitedly tells her that Kevin is alright,
and is on his way home. On the 'phone, Burke asks Lynn if she's
still there. Lynn replies that she's sorry. She asks him what
time Kevin's 'plane is due.
Kevin is sitting in the end seat in the middle section of a 'plane.
A flight attendant picks up an empty tray from in front of him
and he thanks her. The attendant says she hopes he enjoyed it.
Kevin replies that he sure did - it was better than the rations
where he's been lately! The flight attendant says she
can imagine - from the report she heard in Bahrain, he was lucky
to get out of El Abib. Kevin tells her that they were.
The flight attendant tells him that, if he needs anything, just
ask. She walks off. A man sitting to Kevin's right suddenly comments
that Kevin was caught up in the trouble in El Abib, was he? Kevin
looks round and says, "Yes." The man remarks that it's
a bad business. He then introduces himself as Adrian Spence, and
Kevin introduces himself. Spence tells him that he saw
on the news about the British Embassy being under attack, and
he asks Kevin whether he was in that. Kevin explains that he was
inside the Embassy. Looking annoyed at the questioning,
he then adds that he might go and stretch his legs.
David is in the lounge room at Toorak, with Beryl, and he excitedly
says, "On his way home?! That's fantastic! Great!" Beryl
tells him that Lynn is very happy, and she is, too. David asks
if Kevin is alright - he's not hurt? Beryl replies that he's fine.
She adds that she decided to come over and tell him, rather than
call, because they haven't been... "you know..." but
she thinks that, for Kevin's sake, they should put on a bit of
a front. David replies that he couldn't agree more. Beryl thanks
him. She then adds that she'd better be going, as she wants to
see if she can get a new lounge. David offers to drive her, but
Beryl replies that it's alright - she can get a taxi. She adds
that they're heading to the airport at lunchtime; if he wants
to come over then, they can go together. David smiles and says
he will. He thanks her for coming over, and repeats that
it's fantastic news. Beryl goes. David smiles happily. He then
goes to the 'phone and dials a number.
The 'phone rings in Irene's apartment at the boarding house in
Sydney. She rushes over to answer it, causing David to comment
on how quick she was - he'd barely finished dialling! Irene, sounding
disappointed, comments that it's him. David asks her
who she expected. Irene explains that she thought it might be
Todd - she's been sweating on a call from him since he came round
there the other day. David asks how it went. Irene replies that
it's difficult to tell - but she gave him her copy of the custody
transcript; after he's read it, he might feel a bit better about
her. David tells her that he's a bit of an idiot if he doesn't.
Changing the subject, he explains that there's a reason he rang:
he's got good news and he's busting to tell her.
On board the aeroplane, the flight attendant hands Adrian Spence
a tray with a drink on it. Kevin sits back down and Spence notices
that he's bought a newspaper. He asks if there's anything in it
about the trouble, but Kevin replies that he hasn't read it yet.
Spence asks him if he was actually in the Embassy when it was
hit by the shell. Kevin tells him that, yes, he was. Spence then
asks him where he was when it landed. He adds that, if he was
in the basement, he should have been alright. Kevin impatiently
explains that he was on the third floor, making a call to his
family. Spence asks what happened after that. Kevin replies
that he didn't really have much time to think about it
- there was dust and rubble everywhere, and people were screaming;
he just started digging, trying to get to people who were hurt;
the next thing he knew, he was on a truck taking him to Bahrain.
He asks Spence if he's ever been to the Middle East.
Spence replies that he was there during the Second World War -
the Battle of Tobruk. He goes on that that was a tough
one - more than a shell just falling on an Embassy. He asks Kevin
if he knows how many days they'd been gone: everyone was expecting
that any moment would be their last; if it hadn't been for Monty...
He doesn't notice that Kevin is just staring into space, looking
Lynn carries a vase of flowers into the living room at the Palmers'
and puts it down on the table. As she does so, there's a knock
at the front door, and she opens it to find Andy standing on the
step. Looking surprised, she asks him what he's doing
there. Andy tells her that he could ask the same question, as
he thought she was in Sydney. Lynn explains that she
was until yesterday. She then asks, "What about
you?" Andy replies that he had a booking locally. Lynn invites
him in, and he goes on that he had a booking at a disco and decided
to give Mrs. Palmer a ring, but Mr. Palmer answered and
gave him a bit of an earful. He adds that he got the impression
that David thinks something happened between them, so he thought
he'd pop round and set the record straight once and for all. Lynn
assures him that Mr. Palmer knows nothing happened between them.
She adds that he was probably overreacting because he's so worried
about Kevin. Andy asks what happened with Kevin. Lynn
explains that it's alright now - he's on his way home - but it
was pretty hairy for a while. She goes on that Andy knows how
Kevin was working in the Middle East: he got caught up in some
of the fighting and was trapped in the Embassy in Tel Aviv; it
was shelled, but thankfully he managed to get out. Andy comments
that she must be relieved. Lynn smiles and tells him that he can
say that again! Andy asks when he's due in. Lynn replies
that it's at about 1pm. Andy remarks that he bets she's got a
million things to do, so he'd better let her get on. He goes to
walk back to the door, adding that he'll give her a call when
things settle down. Lynn says she'd like that. Andy asks her if
she can talk to Mr. Palmer and tell him that he's barking up the
wrong tree. Suddenly making a decision, Lynn asks him why he doesn't
stay and have a cup of coffee. Andy replies that, if it's alright
by her... Lynn points out that she just asked, didn't
Irene is sitting at the table in her apartment, adding up some
figures. However, she loses track of where she is, and has to
start again. There's suddenly a knock at the door, and she rushes
to get it. She looks disappointed when she just sees one of the
workmen standing there. He tells her that he thought he'd let
her know that he's about to start drilling and will be making
a racket for most of the day. Irene replies that it can't be helped.
She then goes on that she's got some friends up at Dural who keep
going on at her to spend some time with them; she might go and
visit them, to save the old eardrum! The workman goes.
As she shuts the door, Irene mutters, "Save me sitting on
the telephone all day, too."
At Dural, Wayne stands up from where he was sitting on the couch.
Barbara notices that he's left the newspaper lying around, and
she asks him if he's going to leave it there. Wayne asks,
"Why not?" Barbara points out that there could be something
about the company in there. Wayne explains that he's already been
through it; he's not totally stupid. He goes and pours
himself an orange juice at the bar. Out in the hallway, Gordon
and Liz are coming downstairs, and Gordon is explaining that he
simply feels uncomfortable in jeans and T-shirt, so he wears something
a bit dressier. Liz tells him that, in that case, she'll fix his
collar for him. She starts fiddling with it, explaining that the
fashion these days is to wear it inside. In the lounge room, Barbara
overhears Liz's comments and mutters to Wayne that she's showing
Gordon how to dress, now - what does she think she's
doing? Wayne tells her that Liz is doing her job and she's doing
it very well, if Barbara could be gracious enough to admit it.
Barbara snaps that she's supposed to be keeping him company,
not telling him how to run his life. Wayne retorts that she's
showing she's got a bit of class, but Barbara won't give her a
chance. Barbara snaps that that isn't true. Wayne, though, tells
her that she should listen to herself sometimes. Gordon and Liz
come into the room and Gordon tells his son that he's keeping
his tennis partner waiting. He adds that Liz shouldn't let Wayne
bluff her: keep the ball on his backhand, as it's his weakest
shot! Wayne sarcastically thanks him and then tells Liz to come
on. He adds that they need to make it a snappy game as he's got
a business lunch to get to. Barbara looks annoyed.
A short time later, Barbara hands Gordon a cup of tea and offers
him a biscuit, but he assures her that he'll be fine. She sits
down next to him, on the settee, and Gordon wonders aloud who's
winning the tennis. He then adds that it's probably Wayne, as
he has much more self-confidence than Liz. Barbara curtly tells
him that she thinks Liz has a great deal of
self-assurance. Gordon replies that, on the surface, she may have,
but underneath... from what she's said, she's had a few hard knocks
in her life. Barbara pointedly remarks that she's sure she can
cope. Gordon agrees that he's sure she can. He adds that she's
a very intelligent girl, and he admits that he enjoys giving her
all the encouragement he can. Barbara tells him that he should
concentrate on getting well, not buoying-up other people's self-confidence.
Gordon replies that he thinks it's doing Liz a world of good.
Barbara tells him to do her a world of good and build
up her self-confidence. She indicates to him to come
and sit next to her, but Gordon suddenly says, "It's in the
storeroom." Looking taken aback, Barbara asks him what he
means. Gordon explains that he means Bleak House: he
promised to lend it to Liz. He gets up and tells Barbara that
he'll see her in a minute. Barbara looks annoyed.
A while later, Barbara tells Gordon that she's sorry she won't
be in for lunch - it's only a practice game, but the other golfers
arranged it and there's nothing she can do. Gordon assures her
that it's alright - Liz will be there to keep him company. Barbara
tells him to make sure he gets some rest after lunch, as he looks
very tired. She goes to the door and opens it just as Irene is
about to knock! The two women both burst out laughing, and Irene
asks Barbara if she's psychic or something! Barbara tells Irene
that she gave her a shock! She then asks her what she's doing
there, and Irene explains that she's escaping the noisy workmen
and a few other things. She holds up a box and continues that
she brought a cake so that she wouldn't be freeloading! Barbara
assures her that she would never think that. She then goes on
that, unfortunately, she has to go to work, but Irene is very
free to spend some time with Gordon and Liz. Looking surprised,
Irene asks if 'she's' there. Barbara, looking more sour-faced,
replies that, yes, she is: the whole stupid charade is still going
ahead, full-steam. Irene promises that she'll try not to put her
foot in it, and Barbara agrees, "Please don't." She
then adds that, actually, she's rather glad Irene is there, as
she doesn't like leaving Gordon alone with 'Her Highness'. Liz
suddenly comes downstairs, and Barbara asks her if she's recovered
from the tennis. Liz replies that she has. Barbara turns back
to Irene and knowingly explains that this is the the woman she
was telling her about: Wayne's girlfriend - she's there for the
weekend. Irene says, "G'day," and the two women shake
hands. Irene asks Liz if she's treating herself to some country
air for a few days. Liz replies that she's loving every minute
of it. She then tells Irene that she'll catch up with her later
- Wayne plastered her on the tennis court, and she wants to get
some armchair pointers from Gordon. She heads into the lounge
room, leaving Irene to comment to Barbara that she seems decent
enough. She adds that, from the way Barbara described
her-- Barbara interrupts and tells her that she's known her a
lot longer than Irene has. She then says she'd better
go. Irene goes to take the cake into the lounge room. As she does
so, Liz comes out of the room and tells her that Gorden has dozed
off. Irene suddenly notices Barbara's golf clubs resting against
the wall by the telephone. She hands Liz the cake, picks up the
clubs and dashes outside.
Barbara is just about the head back into the house as Irene comes
out. She grimly comments that it would have been wonderful to
come home and have Gordon ask her how she got on without any clubs!
Irene tells her that she admires all the trouble she and Wayne
are going to to protect Gordon from finding out about the company.
Barbara retorts that she'd admire Wayne a lot more if
he got a proper job. Irene agrees that escort work is
different! Barbara tells her to guess where he is now. She
then goes on that he's wining and dining and being charming to
some unfortunate woman. She adds, "If I was stuck
with Wayne, I'd ask for my money back!"
Inside, Liz heads back into the lounge room and stands, watching
Gordon sitting on the settee, dozing. She notices a book resting
on the arm of the couch, and she bends down to pick it up. All-of-a-sudden,
she leans further forward and kisses Gordon gently on the forehead.
She doesn't notice that Irene has just come back into the house
and has witnessed everything. She suddenly hears the front door
shut, though, and turns round quickly to see who's there. Irene
quietly says to her that they'd better have a little talk. Liz
quickly assures her that it was nothing, but Irene just says,
"Come on." She leads Liz out into the hallway and closes
the lounge room doors behind her. Liz stands there, looking worried.
Irene tells her that she's not going to say that there's anything
wrong in having an affair with a married man - she's had the odd
fling herself - but the one thing she's always made sure
of is that the bloke's marriage was a disaster and that there
was no way of them ever getting together again; Barbara and Gordon
don't fit into that category. Liz tells Irene that she's got the
wrong idea - she didn't-- Irene interrupts and retorts that, whether
she has or not, what Liz did in there is just not on. She adds
that, if Gordon woke up and found his son's supposed girlfriend
kissing him, the poor man would probably have another heart attack.
Looking surprised, Liz asks her what she mean by 'supposed'. Irene
retorts that she means just that: Barbara told her what's been
going on. Liz, looking crestfallen, replies that, alright, she
won't pretend that she doesn't feel something for Gordon
- she happens to like him. Irene tells her that it's
got to work both ways; she's afraid the best thing Liz can do
now is try and gently ease her way out of the whole situation;
start making excuses as to why she can't come over so often. She
tells Liz to believe her: making the break is as much for her
sake as anyone else's. Liz sadly says she knows.
Lynn and Andy are sitting with Davey in the kitchen at the Palmers'.
Lynn tells her son that she thinks he's had enough cake! Andy
comments that the kid is wide awake now, and Lynn agrees that
he certainly is - and excited about daddy coming home. Andy tells
her that he's really happy for her. Victor suddenly calls out
and Lynn calls back that they're in there. Victor comes in the
back door and tells his daughter that they have to leave for the
airport soon, so she'd better get Davey home and ready. Andy says
he'd better be pushing off, too. Looking at Andy, Victor introduces
himself, and Lynn explains to her father that Andy is a friend
from Sydney. Victor just smiles and says, "Very good!"
Lynn tells him that she'll just see Andy out. Victor picks up
Davey. Lynn and Andy head to the front door. As they do so, Andy
comments that it's funny: he doesn't even feel the slightest bit
guilty. Lynn asks why should he? Andy replies that there's
no reason now, but a few months back... Lynn tells him that it's
funny how things turned out for her, too: after everything they've
been through, she realises now that she loves Kevin more than
ever. Andy suggests that it's probably got something to do with
having a clear conscience. Lynn tells him that she'll always be
his friend. Andy replies, "Me too." He then asks Lynn
to let him know how Kevin is, and Lynn replies that she will.
Andy says, "Bye," and goes.
Aboard the aeroplane, Captain Evans comes on over the tannoy
and announces that they'll be starting on their descent very shortly.
He adds that there's a chance of a small amount of turbulence,
so he advises passengers to remain seated. Kevin, who is
seated, listens as the Captain goes on that he hasn't switched
on the 'Seatbelt' sign, but he would suggest passengers put them
on anyway. Kevin does as he's told, and so does Adrian Spence,
next to him. Spence comments that it's not much longer to go now.
Kevin just says, "No..." He then suddenly asks Spence
if he can hear a sort of high-pitched whistling sound. Spence
replies, "No". Kevin tells him that he can.
Spence suggests that it's probably something to do with the engines,
but Kevin says it isn't - it's inside. Spence insists that he
can't hear anything. Kevin suddenly puts his hands to his temples,
pushing at them as if in pain. Spence tells him to try and make
his ears pop. Kevin, though, suddenly cries out, "God, it's
hurting. It won't stop." The other passengers sitting nearby
look at him. Adrian Spence calls to a flight attendant for a sweet,
telling Kevin that that will fix it. Kevin looks round
at Spence, who is still talking to him. He can see Spence's lips
moving, but he can't hear any words coming out of his mouth...