The 'phone rings at Toorak, and Jill answers it in the lounge
room. STD pips sound and then Irene comes on and says it's her.
Jill asks her how she is, and she replies that she's fine. She
asks if David's there, but Jill explains that he's staying at
Beryl's. She adds that they're all a bit worried about Kevin:
when he got back from the Middle East, he had a hearing problem,
but it could be psychological - a way of not having to talk about
what he's been through. She then asks Irene if she wants the number
at Albert Park, but Irene declines, adding that she just wanted
to let David know that Todd came round for lunch today. Jill asks
how it went. Irene just replies, "Not the way I wanted."
Jill says she's sorry, but Irene tells her that there's no use
is crying over spilt milk. Jill tells her that she'll let David
know she called. Irene says she'll get in touch with him when
he hasn't got so much on his plate. She hangs up, looking upset.
David is at the O'Briens'. Noticing the plates on the living
room table, he tells them that he's sorry to interrupt, but he
thought they'd have finished lunch by now. Mike assures him that
it's alright. David explains that he and Beryl were wondering
if they've heard anything more about Jeff. Mike replies that they
haven't yet, no. David asks if the police haven't heard
anything. Mike replies that they haven't heard a thing;
Jeff is probably just one in a hundred kids who's run away - all
they can do is keep their fingers crossed that he's OK and keep
on looking. Luke chips in that the fact that Jeff has got Titus
with him won't make things easy - especially if he wants to hitch
a ride. David comments that a truckie would probably
give him a lift, especially seeing as he's on crutches.
Luke asks him if he could ask his mates, and see if one of them
picked Jeff up, or heard something. David points out that there
are a hell of a lot of truckies - but it's worth a try, he supposes.
Heather thanks him, gratefully. She then asks how Kevin is. David
replies that he's alright. He turns to Katie and suggests that,
if she's not doing anything later, why doesn't she pop over? He
adds that he's sure Kevin and Lynn would appreciate someone their
own age around for a while - it'll do Kevin some good. Katie says,
"Sure!" David then tells them that he'll let them get
back to their roast - it smells good! Mike smiles and remarks
that his wife isn't a bad cook! Katie goes to see David
out. Heather distantly says to Mike that she wonders what Jeff
is having for lunch. Mike tells her that they'll find
him. Heather says she just doesn't understand why he hasn't at
least 'phoned her.
Jeff is still in the shed with the person who's hiding him: Tony
Parker. Tony comments to him that it couldn't have been easy,
with the crutches and the dog. Jeff retorts that he managed OK
- he hitched a ride down with a couple of blokes in a van; it
all worked out alright. Tony tells him that he's lucky. Jeff goes
on that no one will ever think of looking for him down there.
Tony points out that he can't be too sure: Jeff's old man is pretty
cluey and it won't be long before he twigs where Jeff could be.
Jeff, though, tells him that there's no way that will happen -
he doubts his father will even remember Tony's name;
it's not as if they kept in touch. Tony tells him that he hopes
not for his sake. He then asks what happened anyway -
why did he take off? Jeff tells him that it's a long story. Tony
replies that he's listening.
At the Morrell apartment in Sydney, Amanda snaps at Todd that
Irene is a very nice lady and he made her feel rotten;
Todd snaps back that she saw him as he really is, and if she doesn't
like it, that's too bad. Amanda angrily tells him that he knew
he was making a fool of himself, and he kept on doing it. Todd
retorts that he had one too many; so what? - he had to do something
to get through lunch. He then continues, "Anyway, why does
it matter?" Amanda tells him that Irene's his mother,
that's why: the whole reason for the meal was to try
and get to know each other. Todd asks what the point was - she
didn't want him; she wanted the three-year-old kid she
had years ago. Amanda snaps at him not to be ridiculous.
Todd snaps back that Irene said as much. Amanda retorts
that it was only because he was making an idiot of himself; the
way he carried on today, she doesn't think anyone would
want to-- Todd suddenly wraps his arm round his chest and clutches
his side, apparently in pain. Looking anxious, Amanda breaks off
from what she was saying and asks him if he's alright. He replies
that he isn't really. Amanda curtly retorts that she's not surprised,
the amount of wine he had. Todd ignores this and tells
her that he'll be back in a minute. He dashes off to the bathroom.
In her apartment, Irene is packing some old clothes into a bag
marked 'Salvation Army'. She suddenly picks up the holster from
the cowboy outfit that Todd wore when he was young. She stares
at it and then puts it in the bag, followed by the rest of the
outfit. She looks upset.
At the Morrell apartment, Amanda is sitting on the couch, and
she calls to Todd to ask him if he's alright. He comes back out
from the bathroom, still clutching his side, and tells her that
he needs a doctor. Amanda gets up and walks over to him. As she
does so, he suddenly suffers a near-collapse, and she catches
him. She helps him into an armchair and tells him that she'll
call an ambulance. Todd, though, tells her to just get on to his
doctor - his name and number are on a card in his wallet; he'll
come. Amanda points out that he mightn't be able to, as it's Sunday.
Todd assures her that he'll come. He hands her his wallet and
tells her to hurry. Amanda finds the card and runs to the 'phone.
Tony tells Jeff that he should call his parents just to let them
know that he's alright. Jeff insists that there's no way: if he
got his mum or Katie, they'd only try and talk him into going
home, and if he got his dad, they'd just end up having another
row. Tony points out to him that he's made it pretty rough on
himself - being on crutches and having Titus there; it's going
to be a bit hard to try and hide both of them. Jeff snaps
that he couldn't leave Titus behind. Tony asks him what
he's going to do, but Jeff replies that he doesn't know. Tony
tells him that he can't stay locked up there forever.
Jeff says he might look for a job in Lorne, but Tony tells him
that he's got Buckley's - there aren't too many jobs round there,
especially for guys on crutches. Jeff snaps that all he wants
is a place to hide out for a couple of days, while he decides
what to do, OK? Tony mutters, "Yeah." He then says he'll
see what he can do about getting Jeff some food without his mum
knowing. He adds that they'll have to be careful, because if she
finds out, there's no way she won't ring his folks. Jeff turns
to his dog and says, "We'll be OK, won't we, Titus."
Tony says he'd better go, as his mum will be wondering where he's
got to - he's supposed to be driving her to his Aunty's place.
Jeff asks him if he can get him some painkillers, as his leg is
hurting pretty bad. Tony replies that he doesn't think they've
got any. Jeff tells him that he's alright at the moment
- he's still got a couple left - but they won't last him through
the night. Tony says he'll see what he can find. He goes.
Katie and Luke are at the Palmers', and Beryl asks Katie if she's
sure she wouldn't like a cup of tea. Katie replies that she's
sure - she's afraid she'll have to be going soon, anyway. Beryl
tells her and Luke that it's nice of them to drop in. Luke turns
to Kevin and asks what it's really like in the Middle
East. In reply, Kevin curtly asks him why he doesn't turn on the
news and find out. Luke explains that he didn't necessarily mean--
Kevin interrupts and snaps that he knows what Luke meant and he
doesn't want to talk about it. Luke says he's sorry. Changing
the subject, Katie brightly tells Lynn that she got a call from
Andy the other day; she didn't even know he was in Melbourne.
She adds that it was great to hear from him - he's such a nice
guy. Looking wary, Lynn glances over at Kevin before agreeing
that, yes, he is. She quickly goes on that she thinks she might
put the kettle on, and she gets up and heads into the kitchen.
Kevin, looking suspicious, says he'll give her a hand. He follows
her into the kitchen and closes the door behind him. In the lounge
room, Beryl suggests to Katie and she and Luke might as well have
one too, now that Lynn is making it. In the kitchen, Kevin comments
to Lynn that that's the first time Andy has been mentioned since
he's been back; he'd like to meet him - why doesn't she invite
him over for dinner tonight? Lynn, a look of worry on her face,
asks what's so special about Andy. Kevin points out that
she flew halfway round the world to help him and she did speak
about him in most of her letters; just because he's home doesn't
mean she has to stop seeing her friends. Lynn smiles in relief
and says she supposes not. Kevin then adds, "Unless there's
some reason why you don't want me to meet him?"
He adds that she was completely honest with him about
what their friendship was like, wasn't she...? Lynn nervously
replies that of course she was. She adds that she'll
ring him later and see if he wants to come over. She looks worried.
A doctor is standing over Todd at the Morrell apartment, and
Amanda tells him that she's pleased he got there so quickly. She
adds that she didn't think she'd get him at all, being
Sunday. The doctor asks her if she can leave them alone for a
few minutes, and Amanda heads off to the kitchen. When they're
alone, the doctor says to Todd that he presumes the young lady
doesn't know the facts. Todd's expression causes him to continue,
"I thought not." He then tells Todd that he knows what
brought the attack on, doesn't he: he can't mix alcohol with the
tablets he's on. Todd indignantly retorts that he's had the odd
drink before and been alright. The doctor points out that it was
more than just the 'odd drink' this time, wasn't it. He goes on
that Todd is lucky he didn't drive, or he could have had an accident
and killed himself. Todd snaps that it might have been
the best way - it would have solved everything. The doctor
tells him that that's a terrible attitude, and he adds
that he thought Todd was more of a fighter. Todd snaps at him
to cut the pep talk. He goes on that nobody knows what it's like,
and he asks the doctor how it feels, messing about with all those
treatments when he knows it's not going to make a difference.
He bitterly adds, "I'm dying, and there's nothing anybody
can do about it."
A while later, the doctor has gone. Todd tells Amanda that he's
OK, but Amanda comments that he doesn't look it. Todd
assures her that, once the injection works, he'll be alright and
ready for a night out on the town. He asks how she feels about
a picnic on the steps of the Opera House - with champagne, of
course. Amanda, though, snaps that it's not something to joke
about - she thought he was going to die. Todd flippantly
points out that he didn't, did he? He assures
her that, honestly, there's nothing to worry about - that's the
way he always looks after a few drinks. Amanda tells
him that he might think it's something to laugh about,
but the doctor doesn't, or he wouldn't have got there only twenty
minutes after she 'phoned. She adds that, what's more, specialists
don't normally make house calls. Todd remarks that it's
just as well it wasn't Irene who rang for someone, then,
or he would have ended up with a herbalist! Amanda snaps
that she doesn't think that's very funny, either. Todd
says he's sorry. Amanda tells him that that's what he should have
said to his mother. Todd gives in and admits that, OK,
he carried on like a jerk, but there's nothing he can do about
it now except forget it - so how about that picnic? Amanda angrily
rants that that's his answer to everything: forget it
and go out and have a good time. Todd asks, "Why not?"
Amanda snaps that it's because, sooner or later, he's got to face
up to his responsibilities. Todd retorts that he doesn't want
to face up to any responsibilities; now, is she going
to come out and have a good time or not? Amanda snaps,
"No thanks." Todd retorts that that's fine - he'll find
someone else, then. He walks to the door. As he does
so, Amanda calls that there's one thing: that was his mother that
he hurt today, and him going out for a good time isn't going to
make her feel better. Todd ignores this and just mutters, "See
you later." He goes.
Katie and Luke are standing with Beryl and Lynn by the Palmers'
front door. Katie smiles and says she and Luke will never
see the movie if they don't go now! The two of them walk off and
Beryl and Lynn head back inside. In the lounge room, Kevin is
sitting on the couch, starting into space. Beryl touches his shoulder
and he looks round at her. She tells him that he looks like he
could do with a good lie down. Kevin agrees that he thinks he
will - he feels a bit tired. He then turns to Lynn and
tells her not to forget to ring Andy. He goes. Lynn looks at a
shocked Beryl and explains that Kevin wants her to invite Andy
for tea tonight. Beryl incredulously says, "You're
not going to?" Lynn, though, asks what else
she can do - Kevin made a point of saying he wants to meet him.
Beryl asks her if she didn't try to talk him out of it.
Lynn asks how - Kevin won't let her get through to him at all.
Beryl comments that she thought he was starting to relax a bit.
Lynn replies that he is with her and Mr. Palmer - but
he's still funny with her, and she doesn't think meeting
Andy is going to help, either. Beryl grimly says she hopes Kevin
isn't going to make trouble for Andy. Lynn agrees, "So
do I." She goes to the 'phone.
Todd knocks on the front door of Irene's apartment, looking nervous.
Irene opens the door and looks surprised to see him there. He
remarks that he expects he's the last guy she expected
to see. He then goes on that he's come to apologise; is a guy
who's made a fool of himself allowed to say 'sorry'? Irene replies
that it depends on how he says it.
A short time later, inside, Irene and Todd are sitting down and
Todd is saying that he doesn't drink much, as he can't handle
it too well. Irene comments, "So I noticed." Todd says
he's sorry about the tablecloth - and he's sorry about the way
he behaved; he guesses it was just a case of trying too
much. He adds that he hopes they can still get to know each other.
Irene says she's not sure if that's really a good idea. Todd suggests
that perhaps if he told her a little about himself, it might help.
Irene agrees, "Maybe." Todd tells her that, as she knows,
he was pretty sick as a kid, which meant he missed a lot of school;
it didn't worry him then because he didn't like school
very much - but when he had to decide what he wanted to do for
the rest of his life, he didn't have a hope in hell - you can't
design yachts unless you're pretty good at mathematics, and that,
unfortunately, was his worst subject - so when he left school,
he had no chance of getting into the career he wanted to, and
he had nothing to look forward to. He goes on that he got a few
unskilled jobs - most of which he hated - mainly to keep his dad
off his back. Irene grimly comments that that sounds like his
father. Todd tells her that it kept him happy. He then continues
that, anyway, that's when his dad's lady stepped in: she could
see what was happening where his dad couldn't, and she persuaded
his dad to let him take six months off to try and sort himself
out and decide what he really wanted to do - she thought it would
be a good idea if he just sloped around a bit and had a good time;
the only problem is that sometimes it's too much of a
good time. Irene points out that everyone does that every now
and then. Todd says he supposes so, but what he's trying to say
is that he's not really a no-hoper, but right now, he doesn't
want to make any decisions about the future - he's taking each
day as it comes; what happens tomorrow, happens - the only thing
he seriously wants to do is get to know her.
Irene, looking thoughtful, tells him that that's not going to
be easy for either of them; she's not sure if the best
thing wouldn't be to leave things as they are. Seeing the expression
on Todd's face, she adds that she knows what he's thinking, but
in the long run, it would save a lot of unhappiness for them both.
Todd asks her if she thinks so. Irene says she does.
She continues that he should know by now that she's someone who
calls a spade a spade; she doesn't like the sort of person he's
become. Todd asks, "Even after everything I just
said?" Irene explains that, to be quite honest, she's not
sure if he's given her a valid reason or a weak excuse. She adds
that there's one thing she will say: he surprised her
by coming round to apologise. Todd admits that it wasn't easy.
Irene says she knows - and in her mind, it's a step in the right
direction. Todd asks her if it's not worth trying to take it a
step further, then. Irene admits that she supposes one more wouldn't
hurt. Todd looks grateful, and he thanks her.
Jill arrives at the Palmers', carrying Fee in her bassinet, and
she thanks Lynn for the invite, adding that she wasn't looking
forward to spending another night at home by herself. Beryl tells
her that it's nothing fancy - just cold meat and salad. Jill assures
her that it sounds great to her! She asks how Kevin is,
and Lynn replies that he'll be fine - she'll go and tell him that
she's there. Jill tells her not to bother him on her
account, but Lynn explains that he has to get up now anyway, as
Andy will be there soon. She goes. Jill, looking shocked, says
to Beryl, "Andy Green?" Beryl admits that,
yes, he's coming to dinner too. She asks Jill if she knows about
him and Lynn, and Jill explains that she heard. Beryl tells her
that she'll understand why she's so nervous about him meeting
Kevin - but Kevin insisted, so there was nothing Lynn could do
about it. Jill comments that she can see why she was
invited now: to help keep the peace! Kevin comes in and Jill gives
him a hug. Lynn explains that he's not really himself at the moment
- his hearing comes and goes; his ears are ringing now, so he
can't hear them. Jill says she's sorry. Beryl suggests that she
put Fee down for a while, and so the two of them take the baby
off to one of the bedrooms. When they're gone, Lynn says to Kevin
that she wonders if they've got enough mixers for drinks. Kevin
sits down without answering, and Lynn, realising that she needs
to write it down, tells him to hang on. There's suddenly a knock
at the door, though, and she goes to get it. Kevin looks round
as she leaves the room. It's Andy at the door, and he says a polite,
"Evening!" to Lynn. Lynn smiles and replies, "Hi!"
Andy goes on that he still doesn't think this is a good idea.
Lynn admits that she doesn't, either, but they have to go through
with it for Kevin's sake. In the lounge room, Kevin is listening
to what is being said, and he hears Andy say that that's fair
enough. Lynn says to him that she hopes it's not going to be too
difficult for him. They go into the lounge room, and Andy looks
shocked to see Kevin sitting there. Lynn, though, tells him not
to worry, as Kevin is going through one of his not-able-to-hear
periods - it's probably got something to do with knowing he's
coming; things like that affect him. Kevin just sits
there, staring straight ahead. He suddenly 'notices' Andy, stands
up and says, "You must be Andy." The two men shake hands,
and Kevin tells Andy that Lynn has told him a lot about him.
Mike goes to sit down in the lounge room at the O'Briens'. As
he does so, he remarks that he's pretty impressed with young Luke,
the way he tried to help them. He adds that it was probably Luke's
way of saying 'thankyou' for what they did for him when
he came up from Perth - and Heather would much rather have Katie
going to the movies with him than moping around the house
thinking of Terry, wouldn't she? Heather, who's knitting,
is miles away, and doesn't respond. Mike calls her name and she
comes back to Earth. Mike, smiling, asks her how many times she's
said she could knit and listen at the same time! There's suddenly
a knock at the front door, and he goes to get it. David is standing
there, and he announces that he's got some news for them. Mike
tells him to come in. Heather stands up. David tells her and Mike
that a bloke down at the depot reckons he remembers seeing a kid
thumbing a ride along the Great Ocean Road - he was on crutches
and had a dog with him; it was probably Jeff. He goes on that
the bloke said he saw this kid being picked up in a van by a couple
of punks; the only thing is, without a registration number, they
haven't got much more to go on. Mike, looking puzzled, asks what
Jeff would be doing heading down that way - unless Jim
is there. Heather tells him that he isn't - he's up in Queensland;
he 'phoned her at work the other day. Looking shocked, Mike asks
why. Heather explains that it was just to let her know how he
was going. She adds that, anyway, if he knew where Jeff was, he'd
tell her. Mike looks back at David and thanks him for
his trouble. He offers him a beer, but David says he'd better
not as they've got visitors for dinner. Mike thanks him, and David
says he's sorry he couldn't be more help. Mike goes to see him
out. Heather sits down again, looking worried.
The shed in the garden at the Parker house is in darkness. Tony
comes in and tells Jeff that he's sorry he took so long, but he
couldn't get his mum away from his Aunty's! Jeff anxiously asks
him if he's got the painkillers, but Tony replies that they didn't
have any in the house and there aren't any shops open round there
on Sundays. Jeff asks what he's going to do, as he took the last
one an hour ago, and his leg is really starting to hurt. He bitterly
adds that it look like he's in for a rough night. Tony, though,
hands him a half-full bottle of scotch and tells him that it might
help. He adds that he found it in a cupboard. He goes on that
he also managed to sneak out some afternoon tea. He hands some
food over, and Jeff exclaims that it's great. Tony tells him that
he'll see if he can get out later to see how things are going.
Jeff thanks him and Tony goes. Jeff unwraps the food and looks
at the bottle of scotch. He feeds some titbits of food to Titus
and then opens the scotch and takes a swig. He sighs and then
gulps down some more.
In Melbourne, David leads everyone into the kitchen at the Palmers',
telling them cheerfully that they can't keep the cook waiting!
Beryl asks him to get the wine out for her. He asks if anyone
wants a beer instead, and Andy accepts. He lifts Davey into his
highchair and asks him where his bib is. Kevin looks on, suspiciously.
Lynn points out the bib and Andy picks it up. Beryl says she hopes
everyone likes Tomato Soup! Andy sits down next to Davey and looks
at him, fondly. Beryl ask Lynn if she can get the serviettes from
the lounge room. Lynn heads in there to pick them up. As soon
as she's gone, Kevin asks to be excused from the table, and he
gets up and follows his wife out, closing the kitchen doors behind
him. He says to Lynn, "Looks like I was right."
Lynn, looking surprised, says, "What?" Kevin tells her
that there's nothing wrong with his hearing at the moment - he
just pretended there was, so he could hear what she and Andy said
to each other. Looking shocked, Lynn asks, "Why?"
Kevin angrily tells her that something had been going on behind
his back. Lynn retorts that he's imagining things, but Kevin snaps
that no he isn't: he could tell every time they talked on the
'phone - and when he was sent to El Abib and suggested that she
stayed there in Australia until he got back to London, he expected
her to kick up a fuss - but there wasn't a peep out of
her. Lynn points out that that wasn't her idea - they
both thought the situation there was dangerous and that
it wouldn't be a good place to take Davey. Kevin snaps that it
was very convenient, though, wasn't it. Lynn cries that she wanted
to come with him. Kevin snaps at her not to lie to him
- he's seen enough today to know that he's right. Lynn says she
doesn't understand: what has he seen today? - she and
Andy have hardly said a thing to each other. Kevin snaps
that it's not what she said - it's the way she said
it - and the looks they gave each other when they thought he wasn't
watching. He angrily adds that even his own kid feels
more at home with Andy than with him. Lynn cries that
that's not her fault. Kevin goes on that, what's more,
Andy doesn't even feel embarrassed about it. Lynn asks
him what he's trying to say. Kevin snaps, "You've been on
together, haven't you." Lynn, looking shocked, snaps, "No."
Kevin snaps back that that's bull. Lynn cries that she swears
it's not true. Kevin yells at her to tell him the truth. Lynn
cries that she is. Kevin snaps that she must think he's
an idiot. He then adds that she's not to worry because Andy's
welcome to her. He angrily tells her, "From now
on, I don't want anything more to do with you."