At Dural the next morning, Barbara walks into the lounge room
and tells Gordon that she's got some golf club business in the
city-- She suddenly breaks off as she realises he's not in there.
At that moment, he and Wayne come out of the study. Wayne is asking
him if he thinks it's a good deal, then. Gordon agrees that there
will certainly be savings. Barbara turns to look at him and comments
that he's not working, she hopes. Gordon assures her
that it's nothing too strenuous. He walks into the lounge room
and continues that Wayne has come up with an offer to help save
the company; from what he's read so far, it's very impressive
- they get her money and expertise and she gets
a share of the profits when they're back on top. Barbara remarks
that she likes the sound of the 'expertise' bit, as it'll mean
he has less to worry about when they're back on top. She asks
what the name of this fairy godmother is. Wayne replies,
"Er, Karen Fox." Looking surprised, Barbara queries,
"Karen Fox?" Wayne says she doesn't know her,
does she? Barbara replies that it just sounds familiar. She turns
to Gordon and asks him if he likes the sound of the proposal.
Gordon tells her that he does on first reading - but he'll find
a nice spot outside to read it fully. He quickly assures her that,
as soon as he's tired, he'll take a nap! Barbara says she'll be
back this afternoon, as she's got business in the city. Gordon
tells her that, if this proposal comes good, she won't have to
worry about working. Barbara tells him that she enjoys
it. He heads outside, leaving Barbara alone with Wayne. She immediately
snaps, "OK: what's the real story?" Wayne 'innocently'
asks her what she means. Barbara retorts that she met Karen Fox
at Amanda's, and she didn't take to her much; neither did Irene.
Wayne angrily asks what either of them know. Barbara
says he thought he said he met Karen through the escort agency.
Wayne replies that he did; it's a conincidence, that's
all: they got talking and they realised they knew a lot of the
same people. Barbara snaps that it's too much of a coincidence
for her liking - the last thing Gordon needs is to be saddled
with a shonky parnter; Wayne is bad enough. Wayne retorts
that, just because she's done a few weeks' work in the office
at the golf club, she shouldn't kid herself that she'd know a
shonky partner from a good one; he sounded Karen out and realised
she could help them, so he worked on her - he almost talked himself
hoarse doing it, so he doesn't need her undoing the good
he's done. Barbara pointedly tells him that he's not clever
enough to catch that lady. She adds that, from what she
hears of Karen, she pulls the strings wherever she goes.
Wayne growls, "Not with me she doesn't."
Later that morning, Irene serves up a tray of tea things in her
apartment at the boarding house. Babara is there with her. As
she puts the tray down, Irene comments that The Fox has a way
of rearing her head in more places than one, doesn't
she. Barbara queries, "The Fox?" Irene explains that
it's her nickname for Karen; a few others came to mind, but 'The
Fox' was the cleanest! Barbara smiles and remarks that she bets
it was! Irene sits down and picks up some knitting needles. She
smiles and asks Barbara if she believes that she's actually knitting
Todd a jumper - just how 'mumsy' can you get?!
Barbara looks at it and says it's very nice. Irene replies that
she bets it's something The Fox doesn't do for him, either. She
asks if Wayne has said much about her, but Barbara replies,
"Not a lot. Why?" Irene explains that Nat's relationship
with Karen is pretty 'open' - she has a feeling that Wayne is
one of her 'friends'; she goes for them young. Barbara grimly
comments that maybe they deserve each other. She then
asks where Karen got her money from: Nat? Irene, though, tells
her no. She continues that, one thing she has to give Karen is
that she's made her own way financially; she used men
to get her foot up the ladder, but never money. Barbara
agrees that that's something. Irene goes on that it's
the full 'girl from outside the tracks' story: secretary, vamp,
boss, boss leaves wife, secretary gets boss... so by the time
the boss croaks it, she's at the top of the pile and keen as mustard
to stay there. She adds, though, that she's sure she got some
help from Nat - he's got more connections that she has. She then
goes on that, one thing she's very good at, from what she hears,
is making money; she doesn't care who she stomps on to get it,
though - and she imagines Gordon is a thorough gentleman in business?
Barbara agrees, "Uh huh." Irene tells her that she thinks
that's one of the things Gordon will have to worry about: swallowing
her business methods. She looks at the expression on Barbara's
face and quickly assures her that she didn't mean to worry her.
Barbara explains that it's just that she thinks Gordon is going
to take Karen up on that offer - and it's going to lead to one
hell of a headache...
Kevin is sitting at the table in the living room at the Palmers'.
He's wearing his dressing gown and has the paper spread out in
front of him, but he's staring out of the window when Beryl comes
in. She asks him if he shouldn't think about getting ready. Kevin
looks at her and she goes on that he's only got 25 minutes to
get to the hospital for his appointment with the psychiatrist.
Kevin mutters, "Yeah, right..." Beryl tells him that
staring out of the window won't make her walk up the path. Kevin
asks, "Who?" Beryl replies that she means Lynn,
of course; Sharon is dead. Kevin ignores this,
but glances down at the paper and says instead that some dimwit
at the United Nations reckons they should be left to fight it
out in El Abib. He angrily asks, "What would he
know? Leaving them alone to blow up their own women and children;
just like--." He breaks off, and Beryl tells him to talk
it over with the psychiatrist. Kevin closes the paper and murmurs,
"Yeah..." He stands up. Beryl goes on that it might
be an idea if he stops in and sees Lynn on the way home. Kevin
says he'll see how he feels. Beryl warns, "Kevin..."
Kevin tells her that she doesn't know what it's like, so she shouldn't
push it. Beryl assures him that she only wants to see him happy
again. Kevin replies, "Yeah, well..." He goes to walk
out, but then turns and tells his mother that he doesn't like
being a nutcase... Beryl looks worried.
A while later, Kevin is sitting in the office of Dr. Brooks,
the psychiatrist, with his eyes closed. He's leaning back in a
large chair, while Dr. Brooks sits next to him. Dr. Brooks tells
him that he's going to count to three and he wants Kevin to open
his eyes on the third count. He continues, "One... two...
three." Kevin opens his eyes slowly, and Dr. Brooks tells
him that there's no need to rush; just relax. Kevin asks, "What
did I say." Dr. Brooks, though, replies that he wants Kevin
to think about it for a while, while his mind is clearing. He
goes on that there's no great mumbo jumbo about hypnosis - all
it does is help you talk about what's up in there. He indicates
his head. He asks Kevin if he'd like to move to the desk, and
Kevin gets up and moves across. Dr. Brooks sits down opposite
him and asks Kevin what it was he told him while he was under.
Kevin replies that he told him that Sharon and he were going to
get married. Dr. Brooks tells him that it's no wonder he's confused,
carrying round that inside all the time. He asks Kevin if there
was no one else he could trust. Kevin explains that the whole
family were all so mixed up in it... it felt bad enough without
them knowing. Dr. Brooks tells him that that's why he's
shutting them out: guilt. Kevin asks if it's any wonder
he'd have been guilty: he told Sharon that he'd divorce
Lynn; he was prepared to leave her and Davey; what kind
of husband does that make him? - a pretty lousy
one. Dr. Brooks tells him that there's nothing wrong with his
hearing. Kevin asks him if he thinks he wants to be deaf.
Dr. Brooks explains that, at times, part of him does;
part of him is making it happen - it's a lot easier than being
forced to feel any more guilty. Kevin insists that he'd stop it
tomorrow if he could. Dr. Brooks tells him that he can:
face up to the fact that Sharon is dead and isn't coming back.
He adds that, from what Kevin told him, Sharon's sister isn't
exactly over the moon about being made a replacement, so that
leaves him with his wife and child. He goes on that it seems to
him, guilt or no guilt, that they should win hands-down - and
he'd stake his reputation on Kevin's hearing staying normal once
The puppy that Katie bought runs across the lounge room floor
at the Palmers', and Beryl picks her up. She comments that she's
soft and cuddly, and adds, "Isn't she cute!" Heather
tells her that there's nothing cute about the little puddles she
leaves wherever she goes! Beryl smiles and comments that she thought
Heather was supposed to be doing a hard sell on her minding
the dog! Heather, though, replies that she has to be honest; she'd
understand if Beryl said 'no'. Beryl tells her not to be silly.
Heather goes on that she's sure Jeff will change his mind about
wanting her, but he has to get over Titus first. Beryl looks at
the puppy in her arms and tells her that she can stay as long
as she likes! She asks Heather what the animal's name is, but
Heather says she doesn't have one. She explains that they'd like
Jeff to name her, but until then, it's 'Hey You'! Beryl
looks at the puppy and asks her what she thinks of that!
She then tells Heather that, actually, she couldn't have timed
it better - having a bundle of fluff around the house like this
will cheer everyone up.
Lynn is sitting in the lounge room at Toorak, flicking through
a magazine impatiently. She then stands up and walks over to the
window. Jill, who's also in the room, tells her that he'll come.
Lynn retorts that, when he 'phoned, he said he wouldn't be any
later than 1:30pm. Jill suggests that maybe the psychiatrist kept
him talking. Lynn just mutters, "Yeah... And maybe he didn't."
She walks over to the 'phone and Jill asks her who she's ringing.
She replies that she's calling Mrs. Palmer - she'll see if she
knows anything. Jill tells her that if Kevin said he'd be there,
he'll be there; there's no point bothering Beryl. Lynn,
though, insists that it's worth a try. Jill asks her what she'll
do if he doesn't come. Lynn replies that it's the last straw -
she's given him enough chances. Beryl answers the 'phone and Lynn
tells her that it's her. She then goes on that she doesn't suppose
Kevin is there? Beryl says he isn't. She then adds that
she's sorry she took so long to answer the 'phone - she was just
seeing Heather out. She asks Lynn if she's still at Jill's, and
Lynn replies that she is. She adds that she wanted to talk things
out with Kevin before she comes back. Beryl tells her that she
had a chat with him this morning, so they should hope that
did some good. Lynn replies that it obviously did for a while
- he called and said he'd come over after the hospital. Beryl
says, "He hasn't?" Lynn tells her, "No." Beryl
assures her that, if he comes back there, she'll send him over
with a flea in his ear. She then suddenly tells Lynn to hang on:
she's minding a puppy for Heather and she just went on the floor!
She puts the 'phone down, heads into the kitchen and picks up
the puppy. She then goes to the kitchen door, opens it and puts
the dog down outside, assuring her as she does so, that it won't
be for long. She then heads back into the kitchen, looks at the
puddle on the floor and walks out to the 'phone in the lounge
room. She asks Lynn if she's still there, and Lynn replies that
she is. She asks Beryl if she rubbed the puppy's nose in it. Beryl
smiles and replies, "Sort of!" She adds that she'd better
go and wipe it up. She then asks if there's anything she can do
first. Lynn says there isn't, but she's grateful for her asking.
She adds that maybe Kevin needs some of the same treatment. Beryl
asks her what she means. Lynn replies that he needs his nose rubbed
in the whole damn mess. Beryl comments, "A bit of house-training,
eh?!" Lynn insists that she's not joking - something
has to snap him out of it or she's going to leave him.
She then says 'bye' and hangs up. At the Palmers', Beryl comments,
Jeff is at the sports ground, watching some of his former fellow
athletes running. As he hobbles along on his crutches, two of
the runners come over to him. They look at him on his crutches
and one of them comments on how some people will do anything to
get a bit of attention! The other guy says to Jeff that they heard
he left his olds. The first guy asks going on, and the other one
adds, "Yeah, what's her name?!" He asks Jeff if he's
shacked-up with someone, but Jeff glumly replies that no he isn't
- he's back with his mum and dad. He adds that he just needed
a break. He asks how training is going. One of the guys tells
him that they're stoked - it's Brisbane next week. Jeff looks
down glumly, and one of the guys quickly adds that it's not any
big deal. Jeff, though, snaps at him not to be stupid - of course
it is; he was throwing back steroids to get
himself ready for it; he should know. The two
guys look at each other, and Jeff quickly says he's sorry - his
leg is making him scratchy. He asks if Tanya is around, but one
of the guys says, "Not today." The other one suggests
that they'd better go before they cool down, and he runs off.
The first guy smiles and tells Jeff to play up the injury with
the chicks when he gets back to school, as he never knows where
it might get him! He runs off. Jeff turns to head off, but Mike
suddenly comes over and comments that Jeff he's come to talk to
a couple of fellows has he? Jeff retorts that, no, he hasn't;
he came to see Tanya: he wants her to know that he doesn't
blame her for anything. Mike snaps that that woman should
never have suggested he take those-- Jeff interrupts and retorts
that it was his choice. He then mutters that he'll see
his dad tonight. He hobbles off, but Mike calls after him that
Katie told them about last night. Jeff turns back to look at him,
and Mike goes on that she could hardly avoid it - the place reeked
of booze from where he spilt it. Jeff snaps, "So?" Mike
tells him that he's trying to work out what's going on with him
- he's trying to be a friend, not a father.
Jeff snaps, "Not now." Mike asks, "When?"
Jeff ignores him and hobbles off.
That evening, at the O'Briens', Mike and Heather are standing
watching the news on television. The newsreader is reporting that
the United Nations Peacekeeping Force is expected to arrive in
El Abib in the next few days, and until then, a shaky ceasefire
is being observed by both sides; the death toll in the conflict--
The report is drowned out by Mike commenting to his wife that
young Kevin next door was lucky to get out. Heather agrees, "Very."
At that moment, Jeff hobbles into the room, some items under his
arm. Mike tells him that he'll give him a hand. He takes the items
and comments that they're Jeff's running trophies. He asks him
what he's doing. Jeff explains that he wants Heather to store
them away somewhere. Heather says she thinks she can smell something
burning. She turns the TV off and adds that she hopes everyone's
hungry tonight. She leaves Mike and Jeff to it. When she's gone,
Jeff tells his father that he and his mother had better get their
act together better than that. He asks Mike what he's
got to say, adding, "Get it over and done with." Mike
replies that there are no heavies; just one thing: the last time
they talked about drinking, they had an argument and he belted
Jeff; he's sorry - violence isn't the answer to anything - you
only have to watch the news to see that - but he can't ignore
the fact that he's got a son who's going the right way to becoming
a drunk - and that's not the answer: it won't bring back Titus...
it won't fix his leg... it'll just make him one more person who
hasn't got the guts to fix his problems. That said, he adds, "End
of lecture." He tells Jeff that there's no need to say anything.
Indicating the trophies, he adds that he'll find somewhere to
store them. Jeff snaps, "Thanks for worrying," and he
gets up and goes. Heather comes out of the kitchen and says to
Mike, "Well?" Mike grimly says, "Who knows?"
He adds that they should just hope the reasonable approach works.
In his bedroom, Jeff hobbles over to his wardrobe. He takes out
an item of clothing and then lifts out a bottle of scotch. He
looks at it and unscrews the cap. He pauses momentarily, looking
thoughtful, and then takes a swig.
In the lounge room at Dural, Barbara hands Gordon a plastic beaker
containing his medicine. Gordon drinks it and then humorously
remarks that he's sure his doctor has got it in for him - it reminds
him of the castor oil his mother gave him! Barbara points out
that as long as it does him good... Gordon stands up and says
he needs an orange juice to get rid of the taste. He goes to the
bar. As he does so, Barbara says, "You're going to accept
that deal, aren't you." Gordon replies that it will take
lots of stress off him. Barbara asks him if he trusts women's
intuition. Gordon smiles at her and tells her that he believes
in hers... Barbara explains that she hasn't got one good
reason to back it up, but she's worried: she's met Karen - through
Amanda - and she knows who she reminds her of: Patricia - and
another Patricia they do not need. Having listened to this, Gordon
asks Babrara if he can be honest. He then goes on that he's done
very little work since he found out that they're in trouble, but
even that has knocked him around more than he's admitted.
Seeing the expression on Barbara's face, he tells her not to panic.
He continues that, all he's saying is that Karen is a godsend;
if there's trouble later, then they'll tackle it; right now, he
needs her; he can't do it alone. He then smiles and tells Barbara
that if there's trouble, he'll set her onto Karen - she
won't know what's hit her! Barbara snaps, "Too right
Wayne arrives at the Fisher house. As he walks into the lounge
room with Karen, he tells her that he's a bit late, so he thought
they could head straight off. Karen, though, replies that another
five minutes won't matter - and she's already mixed him a martini.
She tells him to make himself comfortable, and he sits down on
the couch. Karen hands him his drink and comments that he seems
a bit tense, so maybe he needs the drink. Wayne agrees
that maybe he does. Karen sits down next to him, holds up her
glass and proposes, "To you, to me, to us and to money."
Wayne holds up his glass and repeats, "Yeah - to
money." He then moves away from her, slightly, and she muses
that he's sulking because she backed him into a corner last night.
Wayne asks her if she can blame him. Karen asks him if
he's read the document. He says, "Yes." Karen asks if
her offer's a good one. Wayne admits, "Yes."
Karen tells him that he's silly to sulk, then, when she's saving
his bacon. Wayne points out that she's also assuming that he'll
do whatever she wants personally because of it. Karen smiles and
remarks, "Ah - good old male pride." Wayne retorts that
he told her: he likes to make the running with his women.
Karen comments that she didn't hear him complaining last night;
she didn't get the feeling he was sorry he stayed. Wayne admits
that he wasn't. Karen tells him, "Very well, I'll
do you a deal: I'll make the running in the office, you
make it elsewhere. Fair enough?" Wayne agrees, "Fair
enough!" He leans across and kisses her.
Later that evening, Karen is sitting in the lounge room at Dural
with Gordon, Wayne and Barbara. Gordon tells her that he sent
her proposals off to his solicitors to read and they can't see
any problems - and he's sure Beryl and Patricia will go along
with it too. Karen smiles and says, "Good." She adds
that she can see quite a future ahead for them. Wayne says to
his father that Karen was telling him a few of her ideas coming
over in the car - they're goers for sure. Gordon suggests
they move into the study. Barbara assures him that they don't
have to move on her account, but Gordon says it's alright
- he's got to call Beryl. He, Wayne and Karen stand up and head
out into the hallway. As they do so, Wayne tells his father that
he's glad he doesn't mind Karen's idea of her having the final
say for the first three months - he was a bit worried he would.
Gordon replies that he likes her propsals, so why should be baulk
at giving her the authority to carry them out? Karen smiles and
tells him that she admires a man with the foresight to hand over
the reins when it's appropriate. She then comments that Patricia
Morrell is in London, he said. Gordon replies that he'll contact
her tomorrow; at least this time he'll have some good
news when he calls her. Karen suddenly realises that she's left
her bag in the lounge room. Wayne says he'll get it, but Karen
says it's alright - he and Gordon can go and put through the call
to Beryl Palmer. The two men head into the study while Karen returns
to the lounge room. Barbara is still sitting there, and Karen
explains, "My bag." Barbara curtly replies, "Of
course." Karen picks up her bag and then says to Barbara
that Wayne told her that she's good friends with Irene Fisher.
Barbara agrees, "That's right." Karen goes on that she
wouldn't take much notice of anything Irene says if she were Barbara;
Irene strikes her as the sort of woman who resorts to bitchiness
but coats it with sugar. Barbara curtly retorts that she's sure
Karen understands that very well. Karen ignores this
and just says, "I'm sure we're going to be the best of friends,
Barbara." She goes to walk out. As she does so, Barbara warns
her that if she does anything to put any more strain on Gordon,
she'll have her to deal with. Karen looks at her and
lightly comments, "What a silly thing to suggest." She
walks off, leaving Barbara looking annoyed.
On the 'phone at the Palmers', Beryl exclaims, "What a relief,
if she's as good as you say she is." Gordon tells her that
Karen's success rate is remarkable. Beryl asks what Karen
will get out of it, and Gordon explains that she'll get a share
of the profits once they start coming in again. He adds that he'll
send a copy of the proposal down tomorrow. Beryl says she'll look
forward to reading it. She suddenly hears a door banging and she
tells Gordon that she'll have to go as she has a family matter
to attend to. She asks him to apologise to Mrs. Fox for her, and
she hangs up. Kevin comes in and Beryl asks him where he's been.
Kevin, though, just tells her to look at what he's found.
He holds up the puppy and Beryl says she knows - she's looking
after it for the O'Briens. She asks him again where he's been,
and he explains that he had a lot of thinking to do; he went down
towards Port Melbourne - he walked and walked and he didn't realise
how far he'd gone; he had to walk back. Beryl angrily tells him
that he's had Lynn and herself worried sick; Lynn's called
at least five times this afternoon. Kevin just mutters, "Yeah..."
Beryl tells him that the least he could have done is ring
the poor girl - she expected him. Kevin explains that
he left his wallet in the car - he didn't have any money. Beryl
snaps at him that he's hopeless - he's let that girl down so badly
over the last few weeks. She asks him what on earth happened to
the nice young boy who fell in love with her. She suggests that
he get over there right now.
Lynn, Jill and Davey are in the lounge room at Toorak, and Lynn
chides Davey that he's making a real mess! There's suddenly a
knock at the door, and Lynn runs to get it. As she opens it, she
cries, "Kevin!" It's not Kevin standing there, though;
it's Andy. He tells her that he was wondering how she was. Lynn
invites him in and, looking upset, explains that she was expecting
Kevin. Andy asks her if she's seen him today.
Lynn glumly replies that he promised he'd come over but... he
didn't. She adds that she guesses he just couldn't be bothered.
Andy tells her not to let it get her down. Lynn, though, cries
that she can't take any more. Andy soothingly tells her
that she doesn't have to. He goes on that he told Kevin
to get his act together; he told him that he'd take her away from
him if he didn't - but he didn't even care enough to take them
seriously. He tells Lynn to come away with him
- he'll be a good father to Davey and any other kids they have.
He assures her, "We can make each other happy." Lynn
looks at him and says, "Yes. Yeah, we can." Andy hugs