Todd comments that he doesn't know himself very well, does he?
Irene tells him that he's being very brave - it's a tough thing
for anyone to cope with something like this - especially a boy
his age. Todd immediately snaps, "A boy my
age. A short life but a merry one, eh?" He then, more sadly,
goes on that he always thought he could do it on his ear, but
it's not that easy - so it's time he went away. Irene, looking
shocked, cries, "No..." She adds that he's not well
enough to go away - and she and Amanda can look after him. Todd
points out that that's not the plan. Irene, though, tells him
to forget that - they'll stick by him; he knows that.
Todd comments, "Right to the grisly end, eh? No, I'll go
to a clinic in Switzerland." Looking surprised, Irene asks,
"What type of clinic?" Todd replies that it's
not one where they try to fix you up, that's for sure.
He goes on that he made the booking months ago - he'll be a bit
earlier than he expected, but they'll be ready for him; they know
the situation. Irene tells him that she'll come with
him. Todd, though, retorts that it'll only make it harder on both
of them. He pleads, "Let me go... please..." Irene,
beginning to cry, nods and says, "Alright." Todd tells
her that there's a 'plane early tomorrow morning; he'll slip out
tonight, while Amanda is asleep. He goes on that he'll leave the
key to his flat under Irene's door - he wants her to be with Amanda
when she wakes up; she'll need her. He adds that he'll
also give Irene the address of where he's going; she's to promise
that she won't come after him, but he would like her to write.
Irene assures him that she will. Todd stands up, but
is still unsteady on his feet, and Irene quickly puts out a hand
to steady him. Todd assures her that he'll be OK - he's got to
get to the boatyard. Irene, looking shocked, says that he's not
going to-- Todd interrupts and tells her that it'll be his last
day - there are things he has to do - but he'll be fine. Irene
helps him over to the door. He suddenly asks her where her camera
is, adding that Amanda won't be needing it now, but he doesn't
want her wondering why he didn't pick it up. Irene fetches it
from the counter and hands it over. Todd then asks her if she
can come over to the flat this afternoon. Irene replies that of
course she can. Todd tells her that he'll see her then, and he
goes, leaving Irene looking upset. After a few moments, she walks
over to the couch, sits down and takes out the jumper she's been
knitting for him. It's nearly finished.
A while later, Irene is busy sewing up the sleeves of the jumper,
but she keeps glancing at the 'phone every few seconds. It suddenly
starts ringing and she rushes to answer it. To her surprise, Fiona
comes on and asks her how she is. Irene just replies that she's
fine. Fiona explains that she'll be coming back up in a day or
two and she's bringing someone with her: a man called
Bob Mitchell - he's a friend of Terry's, and she was hoping they'd
be able to give him a bedroom. She asks if there are any free,
and Irene replies that there are two free, as a matter of fact
- and Fiona's apartment is finally ready, too. Fiona exclaims,
"Good!" She then goes on, more carefully, that there's
one thing: Mitch - which is what Bob is usually called - was at
the prison farm with Terry; how does Irene feel about having an
ex-con there? Irene assures her that, if he's a friend of Terry's,
that's good enough for her. Fiona explains that that's
how she feels, too. Sounding awkward, Irene says she's
right in the middle of something - she's got to go. Fiona replies,
"Of course." Irene tells her to let her know what time
to expect her. Fiona says she will, and they hang up. Irene immediately
returns to her knitting.
Patricia is sitting in the study at Toorak when Mike comes in.
She asks him if he's read the Wilson file, and he replies that
he has. Patricia asks him if they can handle it. Mike
tells her that it'll mean overextending themselves initially,
but it's too good to pass up. Patricia explains that that's what
she thought: if they pull this one off, they'll
go to the top of the tree in their business. Mike tells her that
he'll go over the figures again tonight, but they should make
sure they put in the lowest possible bid for this account. Patricia
suggests to him that they treat this as strictly confidential
- she doesn't even think Luke should know about it. Sounding
surprised, Mike assures her that he wouldn't say anything. Patricia
tells him that the fewer people who know, the better - they'll
just leave this strictly between her and her company manager for
the moment. Mike says, "OK." Patricia smiles and tells
him, "Here we go to the top of the tree, eh?!"
A car pulls up by the side of the road outside a school in Albert
Park. Heather and Jeff are sitting inside, and Jeff angrily asks
how long they have to keep this up. Heather asks why. Jeff snaps
that his being brought to school, being picked up and being dragged
home for lunch... everybody at school thinks it's a big joke.
Heather points out that he knows why they're doing it.
Jeff tells her that she needn't bother - it's not like he's got
any money for grog. Another car pulls up just down the road from
them. Wayne is the driver, and he sits and watches Heather's car.
Jeff asks his mother why she can't start trusting him now. Heather
replies that she doesn't like it any more than he does,
but they're only trying to help him. Jeff gets out of
the car and storms off. Wayne gets out of his car and stands watching
him. Jeff goes and talks to a couple of his mates.
A while later, Heather arrives at Toorak. As she stands in the
hallway with Patricia, she tells her that she didn't want to interrupt
Mike. Patricia, though, explains that they've stopped for coffee
anyway. The two of them head into the lounge room, and Mike, looking
surprised, asks Heather what she's doing there. She explains that
she's brought him a quiche for lunch - she'll be out shopping
for most of the morning and didn't want to have to be home to
get lunch for him. Mike comments that she won't forget about Jeff,
will she? Heather replies that she'll pick him up at midday and
take him somewhere to eat. Changing the subject, she thanks Patricia
for giving Mike the company car, as she can use their own car
to get out and about a bit more now. Patricia assures her that
Mike deserves it. Mike smiles and says he'd better keep up the
good image and get back to work! He kisses Heather and walks out
of the room. Heather then tells Patricia that she'll leave them
to it. Patricia thanks her for the quiche. As the two of them
walk to the door, Heather asks Patricia if she got the letter
from Joanne Baker - the President of the 'Lucky Star' fan club.
Patricia replies that, if she's talking about the reunion tomorrow
night, yes she did. Heather remarks that it should be fun. Patricia,
looking dubious, asks her if she thinks so, adding that she'd
rather forget about those days. Heather asks why, adding
that they had some good times. She goes on that she's looking
forward to seeing some of the others again; she hasn't
seen some of them for over twenty years. Patricia explains that
that's what worries her: it's one thing being kids at
school and teenyboppers in a fan club, but twenty years later...
Heather, though, says she doesn't know: she spoke to Joanne on
the 'phone yesterday and she didn't seem much different. Patricia
smiles and asks if she's still boy crazy. Heather replies that
she's still keen on 'Lucky Star' - and she'd be very disappointed
if not many of them turned up. Patricia gives in and says she
supposes she could come. She adds that Margaret would
have loved it. Heather smiles and replies that she and Margaret
were up to their ears in that fan club - and they were
great gigglers too; Joanne was even worse! She tells
Patricia that she's sure she'd enjoy it. Patricia, making a decision,
asks, "Why not?!" adding, "I could do with a bit
of a giggle!"
Katie opens the front door at the O'Briens' to find Fiona standing
on the step. She tells her that her mum is out for the day, but
Fiona explains that it's her she wants to talk to. Katie
invites her in. Looking at the expression on the girl's face,
Fiona tells her that there's no need to feel uncomfortable with
her just because she's Terry's mum. Katie says she guesses she
was just trying not to think about him too much; she guesses she
made a bit of a fool of herself when she told him how she felt
about him. Fiona, though, assures her that he was very touched.
She tells her that she was such a help to him at the trial and
in getting Jill to visit him... he's very grateful to her; and
she's grateful, too - if there's ever anything she can
do for her... Katie thanks her. Fiona goes on that she knows that
when Katie heard that Terry had proposed to Jill, it must have
hit her very hard - she only heard about it herself yesterday
- but Beryl tells her that Terry has been in touch with her. Katie
replies that he wrote her a very nice letter and tried to let
her down gently. Fiona suggests that it still hurts, though. Katie
replies that she'll get over it - in fact, she thinks she's nearly
over it now: he was probably right when he said he was
too old for her; she just hopes everything works out for him and
Jill. Fiona comments, "If that's how it's meant to be..."
She then thanks Katie again for helping and tells her to remember
that if there's ever anything she can do for her...
Amanda is sitting with Irene in her apartment at the boarding
house. Irene is still sewing up the sleeves of the jumper, and
she tells Amanda that she'd like to go shopping with
her, but she wants to get the jumper finished for Todd. Amanda
asks why she needs to finish it today, as he certainly won't need
it up at the Barrier Reef. Irene says she knows, but it's nearly
finished and she'd like to get it done. Amanda announces that
she'll help, then: she can sew one sleeve and Irene can do the
other. Irene smiles and tells her, "You're on!" As Amanda
takes her sleeve, Irene asks her what she's going shopping for.
Amanda explains that she wants some stuff to take away - nothing
important; she's just excited about the weekend so much:
she knows they're going to have a wonderful time - something she'll
have to remember. Irene looks worried.
Todd walks into the lounge room at the Fisher house, and Karen,
looking surprised, asks him if he's on his lunch break. Todd,
though, explains that he's come to pick up the last of his things.
Karen tells him that Mrs. Atkins is just packing them up for him.
She adds that Mrs. Atkins said they're mainly winter
clothes; why is he taking them? Todd retorts that he's
moving in with Amanda, so he might as well take all his
stuff. Karen comments that he's certainly serious about that girl.
Todd agrees, "More than I've ever been about anyone."
Karen tells him that she hopes it all works out. Todd then comments
that he's going to miss the Fisher house. Karen points
out that it's been home for a very long time. Todd tells her that
he'll miss her, too. Karen retorts that he'd better keep
popping round or she'll turn up on his doorstep! Todd smiles and
asks her if she knows he hated her when she first turned up. Karen
retorts that she thought he was a little horror - not
that she's changed that opinion all that much! Todd says
he'd better go, and he gives her a hug. As she looks at him in
surprise, she asks him if he's alright. Todd replies that he's
fine. Karen asks what brought the hug on, then. Todd tells her
that there's no reason. He then hands her an envelope and explains
that it's the letter for his dad. Karen comments that he's written
it already - she gave him two weeks. Todd tells
her that he wanted to show her that he wasn't going back
on the deal; she doesn't have to send it yet. Karen suddenly
comments that he's very pale. Todd insists that he's fine. Karen
tells him that, if he's feeling ill, he must go to the hospital
for treatment. Todd, though, tells her that there's no need -
nothing has changed; he'll see her later. He goes. Karen immediately
picks up her address book, looks up a number and starts dialling
on the 'phone. The call is answered, "West Hollywood Plaza."
Karen asks to speak to Dr. Nathan Fisher, adding that he's a guest
there - and it's urgent.
In Albert Park, a boy runs out of the school at lunchtime. Wayne
watches him and then gets out of his car. He suddenly spots Jeff
walking away from some of his mates. He strolls over to talk to
him, but Jeff heads down to the road and gets into Heather's car,
which Wayne hadn't noticed. Wayne stands there, looking annoyed.
A short time later, Wayne is at the Palmers', and as she escorts
him into the lounge room, Beryl tells him that it was very nice
of him to fly down just to keep her up-to-date with what's happening.
Wayne explains that Karen wanted to let her know what's going
on. Leanne is sitting on the floor with newspaper spread round
her, and Beryl introduces her and Wayne to each other. She then
heads into the kitchen to make some tea. Alone with Leanne, Wayne
comments to her that the newspaper looks a bit the worse for wear.
Leanne explains that Susie got to it. Wayne asks who
Susie is, and Leanne replies that she's a puppy - she named him
after Susie Quatro. Wayne asks her how long she's been with Beryl.
Leanne tells him that it's almost three weeks. Wayne asks her
if she's made any friends since she moved in. Leanne replies that
the O'Briens next door are nice. An innocent look on his face,
Wayne asks if they've got kids. Leanne tells him that they have:
Jeff and Katie. She adds that she and Jeff are really good mates,
but she just wished he could get out a bit more. Wayne asks if
he's sick or something. Leanne awkwardly replies, "No..."
She adds that he's had a few problems, and his mum and dad don't
let him get out unless one of them goes with him - or Mrs. Palmer:
she's taking them to the movies tonight, and she's just
trying to pick out what she wants to see. Wayne says he doesn't
understand: if Jeff isn't sick, why does someone have to keep
an eye on him all the time? Leanne retorts that they just do,
that's all. Wayne looks thoughtful.
Todd is sitting on the couch at the Morrell apartment, reading
a boating magazine, when Amanda and Irene come in, carrying a
number of bags. Amanda, looking surprised to see him, comments
that he's home early. Todd tells her that they had a hold-up getting
in more parts, so Harry said to call it a day. Noticing the bags,
he asks Amanda what she's been buying. Amanda replies that she
thought they'd pretend to be American tourists. She then takes
out two very loud Hawaiian-style shirts, and Todd immediately
laughs that he wouldn't be seen dead in one of them!
Irene looks at him, sharply. Amanda doesn't pick up on it, though,
instead telling Todd that he has to get into the spirit of things.
She takes out a pair of garish shades, puts them on and comments,
"Aren't they hideous?!" Todd tells her that, if he's
going to pretend anything, it'll be that he doesn't know
her! Amanda then tells him that Irene has got a present
for him, too. Irene takes out the jumper from another bag, hands
it to him and says she hopes it fits. Todd looks at it and says
he's sure it will. Amanda tells him that his mother was so determined
to get it finished by today that she nearly didn't come out with
her. Irene explains that she just wanted him to have it now, that's
all. Todd looks at her intently, and he then hugs her. Looking
surprised, Amanda comments that she would have knitted him a jumper
too if she'd known it would get that reaction! Irene tells her
that he just knows what a sentimental old dill his mum is! Todd
asks what else they got while they were shopping. He reaches into
one of the bags and takes out a huge sombrero! He exclaims that
it's great, and he suggests that they take a few photos now. Amanda
asks why, and Todd tells her that it will be so that they can
see how white they were before they went away. Irene says she'll
take them. Todd hands her the Polaroid camera and tells her to
make them some good ones. He puts the sombrero on. Amanda
puts on on of the loud shirts and hugs him, happily.
In Melbourne, Leanne escorts Wayne into the lounge room at the
Palmers' and calls to Beryl that it's Mr. Morrell again. Beryl
joins them from the kitchen and remarks that she didn't expect
him back so soon. She then asks Leanne to go and keep an eye on
the veggies for her. Leanne leaves them. Wayne asks Beryl if that
means she already has dinner on. Beryl tells him that if he'd
like to stay, there's plenty. Wayne declines. He then explains
that he is at a bit of a loose end, though - he was supposed
to be spending the evening with a business friend of Karen's,
but he cancelled; he thought Beryl might like to go out for dinner
with him. Beryl replies that that would be lovely, but she can't
- she promised to take Leanne and Jeff to the pictures. Wayne
asks if they can't go by themselves, but Beryl replies that they
can't really - it's a bit awkward: Jeff isn't allowed out without
an adult and she doesn't want to disappoint the kids. Wayne remarks
that that's fair enough - it was just a thought. Beryl tells him
that she's sorry. She then adds that he is welcome to
stay and have a meal with them. Wayne, though, looking thoughtful,
asks how she and the kids would feel about him coming to the movies
with them. Beryl replies that, if he really wants
to... Wayne assures her that it'll suit him down to the ground...
Amanda and Todd arrive back at the Morrell apartment after an
evening out. Amanda is drunk, and she stumbles as she walks in
through the door. Todd catches her and warns her to be careful.
Amanda slurs that she shouldn't have had so much to drink. She
adds that it's all his fault for keeping on refilling
her glass! Todd points out that at least she'll have a good night's
sleep. Amanda slurs that, if she has a hangover on the 'plane
in the morning, she'll blame him! She suddenly notices
the Hawaiian shirts lying over the back of one of the armchairs
and she slurs, "Yuck!" She then tells Todd not to let
her see them when she wakes up or they'll make her sick! She goes
on that this is going to be the best holiday they've ever had.
Todd just says, "Yeah." Amanda goes and lies down on
the couch. As she does so, she tells Todd that it'll be lovely
lying around in the sun, just the two of them. Todd agrees that
it'll be great... He looks down at her: she's fallen asleep. He
puts his hand on her arm but she doesn't stir.
A short time later, Todd walks out of his and Amanda's bedroom,
carrying a packed bag. He puts his hand into the bag and takes
out the captain's hat that Irene gave him. He puts it down on
the coffee table and puts his new jumper in the bag in its place.
He then picks up some photos of him and Irene and him and Amanda,
selects a couple and puts them in his jacket pocket. He bends
down by Amanda, who's still lying on the couch, and kisses her
on the cheek. She stirs briefly, but Todd tells her quietly to
go back to sleep. He then tells her, "I love you." Amanda
just murmurs something inaudible. Todd stands up, picks up his
bag and creeps to the door. He takes one last loving look at Amanda,
opens the door and goes.
Beryl, Leanne Jeff and Wayne arrive back at the Palmers' after
the movies. Leanne comments that the dancing in the film was terrific,
and Jeff agrees that it was great! Beryl chips in that she
enjoyed all of the film. She then says that, as it's
Saturday tomorrow, they can all sleep in, so how about some supper?
Leanne says she'll go and start it, and she leaves them. Wayne
comments to Beryl that the girl really seems to have settled in.
Beryl replies that she's good to have around. She offers him some
tea or coffee, and he says he'll have whatever's available. Beryl
makes Jeff the same offer and he replies that coffee would be
nice. Beryl heads into the kitchen to make it. Left alone with
Jeff, Wayne asks him if he enjoyed his night out. Jeff just says,
"For sure!" Wayne goes on that he gathers Jeff doesn't
get much freedom at the moment - from what he and Leanne were
saying tonight. Jeff just retorts that his mum and dad are a bit
uptight about something that happened, that's all. Wayne persists
that it must be tough - and they keep him a bit short of money,
too, do they? Jeff, looking suspicious, asks him how come he knows
so much. Wayne replies that he's just observant: Jeff didn't have
any money to buy anything. Jeff mutters, "Yeah," and
he thanks Wayne for getting that stuff for him. Wayne tells him
that there are no worries. He then goes on that Jeff could make
some money if he wanted to. Jeff asks how. Wayne replies that,
as Jeff probably knows, he's a Director of an opposition company
to Patricia Morrell's. Jeff says, "So?" Wayne tells
him that it would be a great help if he knew in advance what she
was doing. Jeff asks him what he's getting at. Wayne replies that
his dad probably brings home a a lot of files and contracts. Jeff,
picking up on the implication, asks Wayne if he's saying he wants
him to spy on his father. Wayne tells him that there
would be money in it - very, very good money. He takes
out his wallet, lifts out a card and holds it out to Jeff, telling
him that it's got on it the number of the motel where he's staying
in Melbourne and his home and business numbers in Sydney. Jeff
retorts that he won't be needing them. Wayne, though, slips the
card into Jeff's jacket pocket and tells him to take it anyway,
as he might just think of something he can use the numbers for.
He smiles at the boy...
Todd creeps along the corridor at the boarding house. In her
apartment, Irene is dozing on the couch. She suddenly wakes up
as she hears a noise outside. In the corridor, Todd is bending
down and slipping an envelope under the door. He's surprised when
the door suddenly opens. Irene sees him bending there and exclaims,
"Todd!" Todd, looking upset, begs her not to make it
any harder for him. He looks at her and then turns and goes. Irene,
realising what he's doing, bursts into tears.
The next morning, Amanda is still lying on the couch at the Morrell
apartment, but she's woken up as a blanket is placed over her.
She comes-to and finds Irene standing over here. Irene says she's
sorry for waking her. Amanda asks her what she's doing there.
Irene doesn't respond, but just stands there looking guilty. Suddenly
becoming worried, Amanda asks what's happened; where's Todd? Irene
just replies, "It was time for him to go." Amanda, looking
shocked, asks where he's gone; what does Irene mean? Irene tells
her that she knows he always intended to leave when he felt his
time was running out. Amanda cries that he can't have;
she's going to go after him. Irene, though, tells her that he
left hours ago - it's too late. Amanda suddenly realises that
Irene knew. Irene explains that the reason he didn't
say anything to her was that he wanted him and Amanda to enjoy
every last moment they had together. She adds, "He loves
you very much." Amanda starts sobbing, and Irene sits down
on the couch next to her, to comfort her. She suddenly notices
the captain's hat lying on the coffee table. She picks it up and,
with a quiver in her voice, cries, "He left his cap..."
Both women break down...