Jill is on the 'phone at the Fisher house, and she tells the
person on the other end that she thinks Mrs. Fox is just coming
in. Karen walks into the room and Jill quietly tells her that
it's McPherson's. Karen, though, waves the call away, and so Jill
says to the person on the 'phone that she's sorry but it was somebody
else; she'll tell Mrs. Fox that they 'phoned. She hangs up. Karen
immediately hands her her address book and tells her to dial the
number on the open page and ask for Fisher. Jill takes the book
and starts dialling. As she does so, she asks Karen if she knows
what the room number is, but Karen snaps, "No." Jill
then asks if it isn't very late over there, but Karen snaps at
her again, telling her to just dial the number. The call is answered
by a woman saying, "West Hollywood Plaza." Jill explains
to her that that it's Sydney, Australia, calling: she'd like to
speak to one of the guests, Dr. Nathan Fisher. The woman at the
other end replies that it's quite late, and he's probably asleep.
Jill turns to Karen, passes that on and asks her if she'd like
to leave a message. Karen, though, snatches the 'phone and tells
the woman that it's extremely urgent - she's a close friend of
Dr. Fisher's and she'd like to be put through. Wayne suddenly
comes in, holding a large bunch of flowers. Karen looks at him
and says, "Hello." On the 'phone, the woman asks Karen
if she's there, and she replies that she is. The woman then goes
on that there's no answer from Dr. Fisher's room, and she asks
if she should keep trying. Karen, though, looking at Wayne, tells
her to forget it. She hangs up. Wayne tells her that he thought
she could use some cheering up. Karen replies that he's not wrong.
She then goes on that she should tell Fisher about Todd, but Todd
insists that he doesn't want his father to know. Wayne comments
that it's a tough one. He then tells Karen that he hates to bring
it up, but Gordy is expecting them for the meeting at Dural. Karen
realises that she'd forgotten about it, and she asks Wayne to
go on ahead, as there's something she has to do first. Wayne asks
if it's important. Karen retorts that, oh yes, believe her: it's
At the Morrell apartment, Todd is staring at Karen as she tells
him that she knows they're going over the same ground, but he
has to think of her position when Fisher gets back and finds out
she's been in on the whole thing. Todd tells her to tell Fisher
that it was his idea to keep the whole thing quiet. Karen,
though, points out that he knows what Fisher is like. Todd retorts
that that's why he doesn't want him finding out and twisting his
arm to do it his way. Karen asks, "Even if it might
save your life?" Todd immediately warns, "Karen..."
Karen asks him if it isn't unfair keeping Fisher in the dark.
She then turns to Amanda and asks her if she can't make
him see that she'll get blamed for going along with the secret.
Amanda tells Todd that Karen has a point. Todd suddenly snaps
at Karen that she can tell Fisher, then, if getting herself
off the hook is all she cares about. Karen asks him if it wouldn't
be better coming from him, and she pleads with him not
to make her tell Fisher. Todd just snaps, "No."
Karen suggests a compromise, then: write him a letter. Todd retorts,
"Not yet." Karen tells him to do it in two weeks, then;
if he hasn't written by then, she'll call him. Todd looks at Amanda,
who nods at him, and he says, "OK."
Jill is on the 'phone at the Fisher house, talking to Irene,
and she says she's sorry, but she had no idea. Irene explains
that it was a shock to her, too; she wouldn't have said
anything - Todd doesn't want anyone to know he's dying - but she
had to find out whether Karen spoke to Nat about it. Jill replies
that Karen asked her to ring Dr. Fisher, but then she changed
her mind. Irene asks if she said why. Jill replies that she didn't;
she was going to ask her, but Wayne barged in. Looking thoughtful,
Irene asks if Karen's change of heart coincided with Wayne's appearance.
Jill agrees that it might have, and she asks what he's
got to do with it. Irene explains that she had to find a way to
stop Karen calling Todd's father, so she took a gamble: she warned
her that if she blew the whistle on Todd, she'd wake Nat up to
what's going on between her and Wayne. Jill remarks that it's
no wonder she changed her mind. Irene grimly says she only hopes
it keeps her in line until Todd has had time to do everything
he wants to. She looks worried.
Barbara escorts Karen into the lounge room at Dural and offers
her a drink. Karen replies that she wouldn't normally have one
when she's working, but she might break that rule today. Barbara
walks to the bar to get it. Karen asks where Gordon and Wayne
are, and Barbara tells her that they're in the study. She then
curtly adds that Gordon is explaining things to Wayne that he
should have boned up on last night - had he made it home. Karen
asks Barbara if she thinks Wayne will turn into a pumpkin if he's
not home until midnight. Barbara snaps at her that Gordon was
waiting up late for Wayne to come in. Karen assures her that she'll
apologise to him. She adds that Wayne was doing some work for
her. Barbara snaps that she thought he'd stopped that sort of
thing when he left the escort agency. Karen muses, "Please,
jealousy doesn't become you." Looking surprised, Barbara
asks what she's got to be jealous about. Karen retorts,
"The fact that I can still get a younger man." She then
tells Barbara to face it: if she hadn't letched onto a semi-invalid,
she doubts she would have a husband at all. Looking shocked,
Barbara yells, "You get out of my house." Karen retorts
that she's there to see Gordon. Barbara snaps that she doesn't
care - no one speaks to her like that. Karen snaps back
that no one talks to her-- Gordon suddenly comes in,
though, and asks what the hell is going on. He adds that he knows
the two women don't like each other, but he thought they could
behave like two civilised people.
A while later, Barbara is sitting on the settee, a magazine on
her lap. She's looking across at Gordon, who's sitting with Wayne
and Karen at the dining room table. Karen tells Gordon that she's
taken care of everything, adding that if he looks over the page,
he'll find the figures there. Gordon looks at the figures and
immediately comments that item c) is wrong, surely: there's a
missing zero, and that could have made a huge difference; if McPherson's
had signed up on those figures, they'd have been in one hell
of a mess. Karen assures him that she'll have it fixed up before
it's sent out. Gordon growls that he hopes so. Karen
suggests to him that they shouldn't get hung up about it; what's
really important is the effect of the McPherson account on the
overall profit margin: projecting through to the end of the financial
year, they can expect a profit margin of between 40% and 45%.
Wayne comments that that's great. Gordon, though, points out that
that's assuming they win all their major tenders in the new year.
Karen adds, "And drive our competitors out of the game."
Wayne remarks that even Patricia can't hold out over
those odds. Karen tells Gordon that they'll make every
cent of their discounts back twofold once they've got the field
to themselves. Gordon, looking worried, says he doesn't know.
Karen assures him that it's all in the figures. Gordon replies
that he's not doubting her - it's her methods that worry
him; he'd be much happier if they won new contracts by giving
a better service, not by trying to send Patricia's company to
the wall. Karen tells him that scruples are all very fine, but
she prefers to go in no-holds-barred; it's the only way
to win. Gordon looks at Barbara.
Heather is at the Palmers', and Beryl thanks her for popping
in. She then tells her that she wondered if she could do her a
favour. Heather ask what it is. Beryl explains that, when she
got home, Leanne had a message for her from a friend of hers,
Fiona: she wants to visit for a couple of days before she goes
back to Sydney. Heather asks if she's arriving tonight,
and Beryl replies that she'll be there in about an hour, actually
- and she was supposed to be going to a charity dinner
in the city. Heather assures her that it's no problem - she
can let Fiona in. Beryl explains that, actually, she was wondering
if Heather would like to go in her place. She adds that it seems
a shame to waste the ticket. Heather, looking delighted, tells
Beryl that all she had to look forward to was an evening home
by herself - Katie's off out and Mike is taking Jeff to his AA
meeting. Beryl smiles and comments that it's worked out well all
round. She then asks how Jeff is. Heather replies that
he's still in a sorry state. She sadly goes on that it breaks
her heart to see what he's going through, trying to give it up.
In the lounge room, Leanne looks thoughtful.
Mike gets home from work, and as he walks into the O'Brien house,
he calls out to Heather to ask if she's there. There's no answer.
Jeff comes out from his bedroom and explains that his mum is next
door. He then asks Mike if he notices anything. Mike
looks at him and Jeff points out that he's off his crutches. Mike
asks him if he's happy, and Jeff exclaims, "You bet!"
He adds that the doctor said he won't need them anymore if he
takes it easy. Mike sits down at the living room table and opens
his briefcase. Heather comes in and tells her husband that she
saw him walk in as she was coming out of Beryl's. Mike asks how
Beryl is, and Heather replies that she's expecting a
visitor, actually - so she's scored an invite to a charity
dinner. Looking surprised, Mike asks her if she's going out. Heather
replies that she is, and she asks what's wrong. Mike explains
that he was counting on her being at home: he's got a mountain
of work and he was hoping she'd take Jeff to his meeting. Heather
tells him that Beryl will be very disappointed if she has to waste
her ticket. Mike, though, asks what's more important: his work
or some fancy do? Jeff chips in that he can go to AA himself.
Heather, though, quickly tells him that he can't. She then adds
that she'll take him. She hands him her ticket and asks him to
run it back to Beryl and explain the situation. Jeff takes it
and goes. Heather tells Mike that she wasn't trying to be difficult.
She then asks him if has to work so hard, adding that it's Perth
all over again: he's working all day and half the night and he
never has any time for them. By the front door, Jeff
looks worried. He heads out.
Wayne arrives at the Fisher house and calls, "Surprise!"
Karen asks him why he didn't tell her he was coming round before
she left the meeting. Wayne replies that, with Barbara giving
him the evil eye, it wasn't worth the ammunition. Karen tells
him that she could kick herself for letting Barbara get under
her skin today. Wayne asks what was behind it. Karen
explains that it was just the usual shots, but she was so on edge
about Todd that it was the last straw. Wayne remarks that it's
really getting to her, not knowing how to help him. Karen explains
that she can't accept someone so young giving up on life without
a fight. She goes on that she's sorry Barbara was able
to take advantage of her mood to get at her, but she'll keep...;
meanwhile, she has to think about Patricia: they need details
of what she's offering her clients. Wayne asks her if she has
any idea on how to get them. Karen replies that a little
inside information wouldn't go astray, but Patricia and Carlyle
are too guarded; if there's weak link, they'll probably find it
at the O'Briens'. Looking surprised, Wayne says that, from what
he understands about Mike, he thinks he's straight down the line.
Karen, though, explains that she wasn't thinking of Mike; it's
his son she's got in mind..
There's a knock on the front door at the Palmers', and Leanne
goes to get it. She finds Jeff standing there, and he asks if
Mrs. Palmer is in. Leanne, without saying anything, beckons him
into the house. As they walk into the lounge room, Jeff asks what's
up. Leanne explains that she heard what a rotten time he was having
with the alkie mob, and she said she'd help and she meant
it: she gets paid today, so she'll buy him a small bottle of brandy
so that she can give him a small dose when he needs it until he's
over the worst. Jeff tells her that he's got to stay off it completely.
Beryl suddenly comes in and Jeff tells her that he's sorry but
his mum can't make the dinner; something has come up. Beryl suggests
to Leanne that she'd better get ready for work, and the girl heads
to her bedroom. Beryl then tells Jeff to let Heather know that
she's not to worry - she realises it was short notice. Jeff says
At the Fisher house, Wayne comments that it's pretty rotten dragging
a kid into it; what makes her think Jeff will go for
it anyway? Karen explains that she gathers from Beryl Palmer that
he's got something of a chip on his shoulder about his father.
Wayne points out that that hardly guarantees that he'll co-operate.
Karen goes on that he also needs money. Wayne asks, "What
for?" Karen just replies, "This and that." She
then adds that he's a kid, and she points out to Wayne that he
probably had all the money he wanted when he was growing
up, but some people aren't so lucky; as she sees it,
it's simply a matter of getting Jeff onside and then planting
the idea that it could be worth his while to keep his eyes peeled
- and maybe dig a little. Wayne asks if she means in his father's
briefcase. Karen replies that she means whatever seems useful.
She tells him to take her word for it: he'll jump at
the opportunity. Wayne, looking doubtful, says that if it was
anyone other than a kid... Karen snaps at him that she's
got enough on her mind at the moment with Todd; if he's going
to make life impossible at work, she doesn't think she can take
it. Wayne, giving in, says there's still time to catch the last
'plane - he'll go down to Melbourne tonight. They kiss.
At the Palmers', Beryl looks at a long blond hairpiece lying
in a box in the lounge room and calls to Leanne that she's left
her wig out there. Leanne calls back that she knows; she's nearly
ready - she'll be out in a tick. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing
and Beryl answers it. STD pips sound and Karen then comes on.
Sounding surprised to hear from her, Beryl asks her how she is,
and she replies that she's not too bad. Beryl then asks her what
she can do for her. Karen explains that she wanted to let her
know that Wayne will be in town tomorrow and she's asked him to
drop in. Beryl asks what for. Karen tells her that it's just to
let her know what's going on with the business and to pick her
brains. Beryl laughs, "He can try!" Karen,
though, tells her not to be so modest - she really values her
interest. Beryl says she'll look forward to seeing him, then.
There's suddenly a knock at the door. Beryl looks at Leanne, who's
standing in the lounge room, wearing a jungle-style costume, and
tells her that it's probably Fiona. Leanne goes to answer the
door. Fiona is indeed standing on the step, and she looks surprised
when the door opens. Leanne says, "Are you Fiona?" Fiona
smiles and replies that she's certainly not Tarzan! She
then asks Leanne if she's eaten up Beryl! Leanne assures her that
she hasn't, adding that Beryl is inside. The two of them head
into the lounge room, where Beryl is just saying on the 'phone
that she'll catch up with Karen again. She hangs up and she and
Fiona then hug tightly. Fiona tells Beryl that it's so good to
see her. She adds that, for one awful moment, she thought she'd
come to the wrong house! Beryl smiles and comments that, sometimes,
she's not so sure herself! She introduces Fiona and Leanne
to each other and they both say, "Hi!" Beryl then tells
Leanne to pop her wig on or she'll be late. She offers Fiona some
dinner, adding that it's almost ready. Leanne looks at the wig
lying in the box, an expression of distaste on her face.
A short time later, Beryl hands Leanne a hand mirror and, as
the girl regards her reflection, asks her what she thinks. Leanne
mutters, "Yuck," and she asks how anyone can wear such
horrible hair. A car horn suddenly toots outside, and Beryl tells
her to have a nice night. She goes. Beryl then asks Fiona if she
can believe the difference the wig made. Fiona agrees that she's
quite a pretty girl - she could make herself very attractive if
she'd take a few tips. Beryl explains that she has to keep biting
her tongue; it's something Leanne has to work out for herself.
The two women head into the kitchen and, changing the subject,
Beryl asks how Terry is. Fiona replies that he's good, and adds
that he even took her heading up to Sydney in his stride. Beryl
asks if he's not building up his hopes about Jill. Looking surprised,
Fiona asks her what she's talking about. As a look of awkwardness
crosses Beryl's face, she adds that she can't stop now. Beryl
curses, "Me and my big mouth." She then explains that
Terry has asked Jill to marry him: she didn't say 'yes' and she
didn't say 'no', either. Fiona asks if she's thinking
about it. Beryl replies that that's what she told Terry.
Fiona cries that that's wonderful - she always hoped
they'd get together, but she was convinced it was just a pipe
dream. Beryl warns her to hold her horses: Jill didn't say 'no'
because Terry's in jail and she didn't want to make it any worse
for him. Fiona, though, says it seems to her that she's just giving
herself time to think it over. Beryl insists that she isn't,
and she tells Fiona that she thinks she should keep right out
of it - it's between Terry and Jill. Fiona, looking disappointed,
says she'll try, but it won't be easy. Changing the subject, she
goes on that there is one good thing: she's got something
very interesting to keep her occupied when she gets back up to
Sydney. Beryl asks if she's allowed to know what it is. Fiona
just smiles and nods at her!
Irene is having dinner with Amanda and Todd at the Morrell apartment
in Sydney. Amanda remembers that she was going to ask Irene if
they can borrow her camera to take away with them. Irene assures
her that of course they can. Amanda, looking grateful, turns to
Todd and tells him that he can pick it up on his way to work in
the morning. Todd just grunts. Irene looks at him in concern,
but Amanda snaps that if it's too much trouble... Todd quickly
assures her that it's no trouble. Irene covers for him, explaining
that his only gripe is that he has to get up earlier and he hates
mornings! Todd just sits there, staring at his food. Amanda excitedly
says she wonders whether they have to take their own tents or
if they're already provided. She gets up to go and look at the
brochures. Todd looks at Irene.
At the Fisher house, Jill comments to Wayne that it didn't take
him long to get home and pack a bag. Wayne just mutters, "No."
Jill comments that he doesn't sound thrilled about the trip. Wayne
assures her that he's long past feeling excited about flying to
Melbourne. Karen comes in and tells him not to forget to call
her to let her know how things are going. They kiss and Wayne
goes. Jill asks Karen if she'd like a drink. Karen looks at her
watch and curtly retorts that Jill has finished work - she doesn't
have to wait on her now. Jill tells her that she wasn't going
to do it because she had to - she understands what Karen
is going through with Todd and everything at the moment. Karen
snaps at her that she's finally put two and two together, has
she? She goes on that that's marvellous: now she supposes she'll
have her simpering all over her. Jill, looking surprised, growls
that she can't do anything right, can she: she's
worked hard all day and gets nothing but abuse; that's fine -
she expects it - but is she going to get her head bitten off every
time she makes a friendly remark into the bargain? Karen snaps,
"I'm sorry." She then pauses before adding more softly
that, really, she is sorry: she's been a bit off the
air lately - it won't happen again. Jill suggests that they start
again fresh tomorrow, then. She heads out to the shops, leaving
Karen looking annoyed with herself. She walks over to the couch
and sits down, looking thoughtful. After a few seconds, she stands
up and walks over to a radio on the nearby dresser. She turns
it on and pop music starts blaring out. She turns the volume up
so that it's at full blast, and stands there looking angry.
Jeff is sitting in an armchair at the O'Briens' the next morning,
eating his breakfast, while Mike puts on his shoes. He tells his
son that it's good to see him with his appetite back. Jeff explains
that he feels a lot better after last night's meeting. He continues
that he reckons the best part is the way they make you look at
it - concentrating on the next 24 hours and saying you won't drink.
Mike says he guesses they know all the tricks. There's suddenly
a knock at the door and Heather goes to get it. Mike tells Jeff
that he's really proud of him. Leanne comes in and Mike asks her
what they can do for her. Leanne tells him that she wants to borrow
Jeff's 'Thompson Twins' record. Mike tells her that there's one
condition: please don't bring it back! He leaves them to it. Leanne
immediately holds out to Jeff a small medicine bottle and tells
him that she's brought his brandy. She goes on that it's his day's
rations - tomorrow he gets a bit less and then a bit less the
day after and so on until he's off it. Jeff tells her that he
doesn't need it. Heather comes into the room and he quickly grabs
the bottle and hides it under his jacket. Heather asks Leanne
how she's getting on with Fiona. Leanne, though, explains that
she was working last night and Fiona was still in bed this morning,
so she hasn't really talked to her. Jeff heads off to the kitchen,
leaving Heather to tell Leanne that she must have Fiona and Beryl
over for morning tea. She asks her if she can invite them for
her, and Leanne says, "Sure." In the kitchen, Jeff looks
at the bottle he's holding, unscrews the lid and stares at the
brandy. He then drinks it down in one go. Leanne suddenly comes
in, and Jeff, nervous at almost being caught, quickly hides the
bottle. He then tells her that she should have brought more.
Leanne retorts that there's no more until tomorrow. Jeff snaps
that there was hardly anything in that bottle. Leanne,
though, tells him that he does it her way or he doesn't get any
at all, OK? Jeff reluctantly gives in and says, "OK."
At the Morrell apartment, Todd is about to head out, but Amanda
- who doesn't notice that he has his band on his stomach - tells
him that he hasn't finished his breakfast. He replies that he's
not hungry. Amanda asks him if he's sure he's feeling OK, as he
didn't sleep very well. Todd explains that it must be the excitement
at heading off to their island paradise. Amanda tells him that
she was beginning to wonder if he really wanted to go.
Todd assures her that of course he does. He then adds that he
has to run. Amanda reminds him to pick up the camera, and he tells
her, "No sweat." He goes, leaving Amanda looking worried.
A while later, Todd is out driving, but looking very unwell.
He pulls his car into the side of the road outside Irene's boarding
house, sweat beginning to break out on his forehead. He turns
the engine off and then leans his head against the steering wheel.
After a few seconds, he leans back. He then opens the door without
checking that the road is clear. A car screeches its breaks as
it stops to avoid hitting him. The driver looks at him through
the open window and shouts that he's starting a bit early isn't
he - or is he still half-cut from last night? Todd just stands
there looking sick and exhausted.
Inside the boarding house, Todd staggers up to Irene's apartment
and knocks on the door. He then leans against the wall while he
waits for her to answer. Irene opens the door and immediately
cries, "Look at you..." when she sees his condition.
She helps him inside and asks him if she can get him a glass of
water. Todd just shakes his head and mumbles, "No."
Irene helps him sit down. She then tells him that she knows he
was off-colour last night, but she didn't know he was so bad.
She asks how often this happens. Todd replies, "Not very."
Irene, though, tells him not to lie to her. Todd gives in and
admits, "Two... three times a day." He adds that she
doesn't have to tell him: he's on the final stretch, isn't he?
Irene just replies that things are going to get a bit rough from
now on. Todd suddenly yells, "Why now?" He goes on bitterly
that he's just met Amanda and he's just got to know Irene all
over again... he could have faced it if the two of them hadn't
turned up. Irene gives him a comforting hug.