At Irene's apartment, Katie thanks Irene for the meal. Irene
assures her that she's always welcome there. There's suddenly
a knock at the door, and Irene asks Katie if she's expecting anyone.
Katie replies that she isn't. Irene answers the door to find Wayne
standing there, and she bluntly asks him what he wants. Wayne
replies that he'd like to speak to Katie, if she's in. Irene invites
him in. Katie joins them and tells Wayne that she was going to
ring him tomorrow. Wayne explains that he thought he'd see if
she was free for dinner - he can welcome her to Sydney. Irene
curtly tells him that they've just eaten. Katie tells him that
he could stay for a chat, though; they could toast a couple of
sandwiches. Wayne replies that he'd better not - he doesn't want
to put Irene out. He then adds, though, that if Katie really
feels like a chat, they could go out. Katie looks at Irene and
asks her if she minds if she goes. Irene assures her that it doesn't
worry her. Katie tells her that she'll see her, then,
and she thanks her again for dinner. She and Wayne then head out,
leaving Irene looking thoughtful.
A while later, Wayne and Katie are sitting in a coffee shop,
and as a waitress serves them with cups of coffee, Katie excitedly
says she didn't realise the Bridge was so big. Wayne
smiles and tells her that everything's big in Sydney.
He then goes on that she was saying things are a bit hectic in
Melbourne... Katie replies that that's putting it mildly:
she feels really rotten coming up there in some ways, but her
mum and dad's arguing was really getting to her, and it's not
as if she could have helped Jeff... A flicker of guilt
crosses Wayne's face before he tells her that she's certainly
looking a lot brighter than when he last saw her. He asks her
if she's done something to her hair, but she replies that she's
only washed it - although she was thinking of lightening it a
shade, as she wants to make it more sophisticated; more 'Sydney'.
Wayne smiles and says, "Look out, Sydney!"
Beryl and Heather are sitting at the living room table at the
O'Briens'. Heather hands Jeff a cup of coffee and asks him to
take it to his father, in the bedroom. She adds that he'll probably
want a biscuit to go with it; they're in the kitchen. Jeff goes.
Heather pours Beryl a cup of coffee and tells her that she would
offer her a port to go with it, but they're all doing without
at the moment. Beryl assures her that she understands. She then
thanks Heather for having her over for dinner, explaining that
it's quiet at home with Fiona having gone back to Sydney. Heather
asks her whether Leanne doesn't keep her on her toes.
Beryl replies that she hardly sees her - the girl spends most
of her time with friends from work. Heather says, "Good for
her." In the kitchen, Jeff takes out some biscuits and puts
the tin back on top of the 'fridge. He then looks round, nervously,
before reaching down by the side of the fridge and taking out
his bottle of scotch from where it's hidden. He unscrews the bottle
and takes a gulp, hearing Heather and Beryl laughing loudly in
the living room as he does so. He then puts the bottle back, picks
up the cup of coffee and the biscuits and goes to walk out. He
suddenly pauses, though, and goes and takes a chocolate mint out
of a box on the worktop. He then heads out.
At the dinner table at Dural, Mitch tells Gordon, Barbara, Fiona
and Amanda that the first thing he has to do is line up a job.
Amanda asks him what sort of work he wants, and he replies that
he'll do anything, really - he can't be choosy in his position.
Fiona, looking surprised, reminds him that he's a trained mechanic.
Mitch, though, growls that a lot of good it'll do him: a grease
monkey with a diploma from Her Majesty's Prison. Fiona assures
him that Terry tells her that he's a very good mechanic;
he won't get any knockbacks when he tells people that he's willing
to work for them. Mitch, though, asks what happens when people
see his record - she can't tell him that that won't make
a difference. Gordon chips in that if he passes muster with Terry,
that's OK by them. Amanda tells Mitch to drop in and
say hello if he's job hunting near her place. Looking
delighted at the invitation, Mitch says he will. Barbara
stands up and starts clearing the table. Amanda asks her if she
needs a hand. Mitch quickly interjects and says, "Let me,"
but Barbara immediately asks him what he's doing. He replies that
he's pulling his weight. Barbara tells him that guests of hers
don't work. Mitch ignores this, though, and, holding a pile of
dishes, asks where the sink is. Barbara replies that it's a dishwasher
- and it's in the kitchen! The two of them walk off. When they've
gone, Fiona comments that he's certainly trying. Amanda adds that
he's eager to get work, too. Gordon says he hopes someone does
give him a chance.
In the kitchen at the O'Briens', Heather opens the 'fridge door,
but hears a rattling sound as she does so. She asks what that
was, but Jeff, suddenly looking nervous, asks what what
was. Heather replies, "That noise." Jeff says he didn't
hear anything. Heather, reaching around the 'fridge, tells him
that it sounded like something-- She breaks off as she retrieves
the bottle from its hiding place. She glares at Jeff, but he tells
her that it isn't what she thinks. Heather ignores this and asks
him who gave him the money. Jeff insists that he'd forgotten it
was there; it's old - honestly, he hasn't touched a drop in weeks.
Looking worried, Heather asks if that's the truth. Jeff
retorts that of course it is. He then takes the bottle
and adds that he'll prove it to her. He unscrews the cap and then
pours the scotch down the sink. Heather asks him if there are
any other bottles hidden round the house. Jeff just says,
"No." Heather accepts this and tells him that she's
sorry she jumped to conclusions. She then takes the bottle and
adds that she'd better throw it away. She heads outside, leaving
Jeff looking annoyed.
It's early the next morning, and David has pulled his truck up
by the side of a country road. Patricia is sitting by a small
fire, a jacket wrapped around her shoulders to keep her warm.
David asks her if she's tired, but she tells him that she had
a couple of hours' sleep just before Albury. David tells her that
they should be in Sydney at about 10am. Patricia asks if they're
in any hurry. David, looking bemused, replies that he thought
she wanted to get there as soon as possible. Patricia explains
that she's enjoying it now that it's light. She then
goes on that she hasn't driven from Melbourne to Sydney since
they hitched a ride when she was pregnant with the twins. David
exclaims, "You're kidding!" Patricia continues that
it was twenty-odd years ago; she'd forgotten how lovely the country
was - you never see much from a 'plane. David smiles and comments
that they must have been mad to hitch 600 miles. Patricia
replies that, no, they were young and in love. She smiles back
at him, happily.
Irene is packing some beers into the 'fridge in her kitchen,
and Fiona asks her if she's planning a big day. Irene smiles and
explains that she's just laying down a few cold ones for David.
Fiona remarks that she's looking forward to having him there,
isn't she. Irene replies that she always enjoys visitors, but
nobody can brighten her day up like old CB. Changing the subject,
she asks if Mitch wants a lift to the station. Fiona, though,
replies that he's gone already. Irene says she hopes he's lucky
with a job. Katie comes in and says she'll be off. Fiona asks
her where she's going in such a hurry, and she replies that she's
meeting Wayne. Suddenly looking shocked, Fiona says, "Not
Morrell?" Katie explains that he's the guy who's
giving her the contacts in the computer industry; he's nice, too.
She adds that she'll see them later and she goes, leaving a worried-looking
Fiona calling after her, "Wait a minute--"
There's a knock on the door at the Morrell apartment. Amanda
comes out of her bedroom, wearing her dressing gown, and opens
it to find Mitch standing there. She exclaims, "Mitch! What
a surprise!" She invites him in, and he says he hopes he
didn't wake her. Amanda explains that she was just being a lazy
bones. Mitch then takes some slightly squashed flowers out from
behind his back and tells her that he brought them for her - although
they're a bit kicked around as he dropped them on the way! Amanda
assures him that they're lovely. Mitch explains that they're for
last night: she was good to him and he wants to say thanks. Amanda
tells him to stay for coffee. Mitch goes and sits down and Amanda
closes the door.
Katie walks into the lounge room at the Fisher house, and as
she does so, Wayne tells her that he's lined up two interviews
so far. Katie says she hopes it didn't take too much time. Wayne
assures her that it was no trouble. Jill comes into the room and
tells Wayne that she has some documents for him to sign; the taxi
will be there soon. Wayne takes the papers and starts signing
them. As he does so, Jill goes on that she thinks they should
invest in a courier, as it's costing them a fortune using
taxis all the time. Wayne tells her that, OK, he'll see if Gordy
knows anyone who might like to take it on. A car horn suddenly
hoots outside, and Wayne says that will be the taxi now. He heads
outside with the documents, leaving Katie and Jill alone, both
looking rather awkward. After a few seconds, Katie tells Jill
that she's glad Jill went to see Terry; she never did say 'thankyou'.
Jill replies that she supposes Katie knows that Terry asked her
to marry him? Katie replies that she can't say it didn't hurt;
if Jill is going to-- Jill quickly interrupts and assures
her that she's not going to marry him. Katie asks why. Jill explains
that she couldn't: it's all very well for them to say they both
love Fee, but it's hardly enough to keep a marriage together;
she respects Terry, but she could never marry
him. Seeing the expression on Katie's face, Jill says she thought
she'd be pleased - she knows how Katie feels about him.
Katie, though, asks what the point is when he doesn't feel the
same way - but she's getting over it; coming to Sydney was a good
move. Wayne comes back in and asks her if she's ready to go. She
smiles and says, "Yeah." Wayne tells her to get her
bag and he'll give her a lift to her first appointment. Katie
exclaims, "Wow! My own chauffeur!" They go.
At the Morrell apartment, Amanda tells Mitch that he shouldn't
have spent his money on her. Mitch, though replies that he couldn't
think of anyone else to spend it on. Amanda points out
that there's Fiona - she's putting a roof over his head. Mitch,
though, says he reckons she's only helping him because Terry asked
her to; Amanda doesn't owe him a thing, but she's still been nice
to him. Changing the subject, he says he'd better get moving to
the job shop. Amanda tells him to give her a call to let her know
how he gets on. Mitch replies that she's on; he'll be seeing her.
They shake hands and Mitch goes. After she's closed the door,
Amanda walks over to the 'phone and dials a number. At Dural,
Gordon is sitting in the lounge room, reading, when the 'phone
starts ringing. He gets up and answers it at the bar, and Amanda
comes on and tells him that it's her. Sounding delighted, Gordon
asks her what he can do for her. Amanda explains that she's been
thinking about Mitch: he's a nice guy and she thinks he deserves
a break; she was wondering whether Gordon could find him a job
in the company. Gordon tells her that he's been thinking over
the same question, but he's afraid there aren't any openings at
the moment; he'll let her know, though, if anything comes up.
Amanda says she'll keep her fingers crossed. They say 'bye' and
hang up. There's suddenly a knock on the front door at Dural,
and Gordon walks out into the hallway to answer it. He looks shocked
when he finds Patricia and David standing there. Patricia asks
him if he's not going to invite them in. She adds that they've
driven all the way up in David's truck; she's dying for a drink.
Gordon says, "Of course," and he points them to the
lounge room. As the three of them head in there, Patricia asks
where Barbara is. Gordon replies that she's at the golf club -
she works there part-time. He walks to the bar and goes on that
he doesn't imagine she's there to discuss Barbara. Patricia admits,
"No..." She then explains that she wants to discuss
their ridiculous business feud. Quickly changing tack, she asks
David if he wants a beer, and David says he will if there's a
spare one. Patricia asks Gordon if he's got two beers, and Gordon,
looking down behind the bar, says he has. He then goes on that
Patricia knows Karen is away for a few days, doesn't she? Patricia
replies that she didn't, but it suits her. Gordon says that, if
they're going to discuss business... Patricia tells him
that they'll manage - and she came to see him, rather
than Karen. Gordon says that, alright, she wants to discuss their
company war? Patricia tells him that she knows she's partly responsible
for starting it, but she thinks it's silly to continue it - if
they give each other some elbow room, they can both make
good profits. Gordon assures her that she doesn't need to tell
him that. Patricia explains that she needs someone to
tell Karen; if he can convince her that she's sincere,
she'll probably be reasonable. Gordon retorts that if
she's sincere, he's sure Karen will be reasonable. Patricia
takes her drink and says "Here's to better and friendlier
A while later, Irene is cleaning the steps at the front of the
boarding house when she suddenly hears a voice saying, "Now
I know what you get up to when I'm not around!" Irene looks
round and a smile of delight crosses her face as she finds David
standing there. She gets up and hugs him, telling him as she does
so that she expected him ages ago. David explains that
they stopped off at Gordon's for a while. He then introduces Patricia
and, her face falling, Irene tells her that it's nice to meet
her. David asks her if she has room for one more, and Irene replies
that of course she does. David then asks her how she's been -
has she heard from Todd? Irene replies, "Not yet." Changing
the subject, she tells him that Fiona is in her flat, going through
some accounts - she'll fix him and Patricia up with a cup of tea
and she'll see them in a few minutes. She walks off with
her bucket. Patricia, looking worried, says to David that if Fiona
is in there, she-- David interrupts her and tells her that she's
not backing out: it's up to her to show Fiona how much she's changed.
They head inside.
A short time later, Fiona carries a jug of coffee into the lounge
room in Irene's apartment and offers Patricia another slice of
cake. Patricia declines, though, saying she'd better leave some
for Irene. David comments that Irene is taking a long time, and
Fiona smiles awkwardly as she says she's probably decided to do
the back stairs as well; sometimes work is more preferable to
pleasure - depending on the company... She glares at Patricia.
The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Fiona answers it. As she
does so, David looks at Patricia and makes a zipping motion across
his mouth, with his hand! On the 'phone, Fiona says, "She
is." She then turns to Patricia and tells her that it's for
her. Patricia asks who it is, but Fiona replies that she didn't
recognise the voice. Patricia takes the call and after a couple
of seconds, says, "Mike? Hang on... what happened?"
Fiona and David head into the kitchen, and David impatiently asks
Fiona why he doesn't give Pat a chance. Fiona retorts that she
gets her goat. David insists that she's trying to be nice.
Fiona grunts that she doesn't know which is worse: Patricia's
old self or this mealy-mouthed pleasant act that she's
putting on. David tells her that it's not an act. They
both suddenly hear Patricia yelling at Mike that he's got to be
joking... to think she actually offered that bitch the olive branch...
how much did she undercut them by? In the kitchen, Fiona muses
to David, "You were saying...?" Patricia tells Mike,
"No - leave it to me," and she hangs up. David tells
Fiona to stay in the kitchen, and he heads out to join Patricia.
She immediately asks him if he can believe that: Karen Fox has
swiped the Wilson account from under her nose - but she's not
going to get away with it; not if she has anything to
do with it. David comments, "So much for the new Pat, eh...?"
Patricia replies that she's sorry - she'll calm down in a minute.
She then adds that it's only business - it won't spoil the visit.
David, though, tells her that it already has... Patricia
says, "Oh..." She adds that she'll go to a motel, as
it would be a bit of a squeeze with her there at the boarding
house, anyway. David agrees that that might be an idea; he'll
drive her. Patricia, though, tells him that it's alright - she'll
get a cab; there's somebody she wants to see...
A short time later, Patricia is at the Fisher house, and as she
and Jill head into the lounge room, she asks Jill how she's settling
in. Jill replies that she's settling in well - and so is Fee.
She adds that she was sick of moving around from house-to-house,
city-to-city. Patricia says she supposes Jill will stay in Sydney
now until Robin is better. Jill tells her that she really does
appreciate her paying for his treatment. Patricia reminds her
that she's not to mention it. She then adds, though, that if Jill
would like to swap favours... Jill looks at her, and she goes
on that she she was wondering how Karen and Wayne put their figures
together for the Wilson account. Looking uncomfortable, Jill replies
that company dealings are confidential - she can't tell her anything
about that. Patricia points out that Karen's company has already
won the account, but Jill insists that it doesn't make any difference.
Wayne suddenly comes into the room, grins and says, "Hello,
Patricia - I thought I heard the voice of a bad loser."
He then tells Jill that he'll handle it and she gets up and leaves
the room. Turning back to Patricia, Wayne tells her that Gordy
rang and told him that she was in town. Patricia snaps that she's
got nothing to say to him. Wayne ignores this, though, and goes
on that Gordon said she wanted to call a truce - so where's the
peace treaty? Patricia, trying to walk out, finds him blocking
her way, and she asks him if he minds. Wayne doesn't move, instead
continuing that he guesses she tore it up when she found out that
they'd won the Wilson account. Patricia snaps that it's the last
account they'll win from her. Wayne grins and says he
wouldn't be too sure - the way he's got things set up, he knows
every move she intends making. Patricia retorts that if he's got
something set up, she'll bet it isn't his idea; he's
just the flunky who does the footwork. Looking annoyed, Wayne
snaps, "Get out." Patricia assures him that she's going,
adding, "Who wants to talk to the monkey while the organ-grinder
is away?" Wayne growls at her that she thinks she's smart,
but they'll see: she'll be finished by the time he's
through with her. Patricia walks out, leaving him looking annoyed.
Irene is peeling potatoes in her kitchen. David is with her,
and he says he supposes she'd rather be with Todd. Irene just
replies that it's best that she's not. There's a sudden knocking
at the door, and Irene goes to get it. She finds Mitch standing
on the step, and he asks if Fiona is there. Irene asks if she
isn't in her flat, and Mitch replies that she isn't. Irene suggests
that maybe she's out shopping. She then comments that he looks
happy, and he explains that he's got a job. Irene asks, "Doing
what?" Mitch replies that he'll be working for Mr. Hamilton:
he needed a courier - although he thinks Amanda had something
to do with it. Irene smiles and tells him that he'll have to learn
Sydney's streets. Mitch says he'd better run down to the newsagent's
and nick a directory, then. Seeing the look on Irene's face, he
quickly adds that he's joking! He goes, and Irene shuts the door
and returns to the kitchen. She remarks to David that that's good
news for Mitch. David asks who he is when he's at home,
and Irene explains that he's a friend of Terry's who's just got
out of jail; Fiona is keeping an eye on him until he gets settled.
David remarks that she was more relaxed with Mitch than she is
with him. Irene tells him not to be silly, but David
persists and asks her if she's going to tell him what's wrong.
He adds that he drove all night so that they could talk. Irene
explains that she was looking forward to seeing him, but she guesses
she's just to used to keeping her troubles to herself. David suddenly
tells her to forget about cooking - he'll take her out somewhere
where she can sit down and relax and tell him everything from
the start. Irene, tears suddenly welling in her eyes, sobs, "Oh,
David, I'm so scared for Todd..." David puts his arms round
At the O'Briens', Jeff is looking in all the cupboards in the
lounge room, but he can't find any alcohol. He calls to his mother
and asks her if she needs a hand putting the washing out, but
Heather declines, saying she's just doing the last load now. Having
satisfied himself that she's occupied, Jeff quietly closes the
kitchen door and takes Wayne's card out of his pocket. He walks
over to the 'phone and dials the number on the card, looking around
nervously as he does so. The 'phone rings at the Fisher house
and Wayne answers it. STD pips sound and Jeff then comes on. Wayne
asks him what's up, and Jeff explains that he wants Wayne to know
that he can get more information for him - if he's still interested.
Wayne, looking slightly worried, tells Jeff that he knows about
his problem with the booze, and he's not going to help him. Jeff,
though, snaps that Wayne isn't doing him any favours;
he can easily get the money for booze elsewhere. Wayne assures
him that he's only thinking of him. Jeff impatiently
asks him if he wants his help or not. Wayne gives in
and tells him that there's a crowd called Barlow and Associates:
both companies are after their account and he wouldn't mind knowing
what price Patricia is offering to clinch it. He adds that he
needs the figures by tomorrow afternoon. Jeff retorts that it
depends whether his dad brings home the figures or not - and he
can't ring Wayne if anyone is around. Wayne snaps at him that
he said he'd get more information; did he mean it or not?
Jeff quickly assures him that he will. He then asks how soon he
can get the money. Wayne replies that he can get it as soon as
he gets the goods - if he rings him tomorrow and gives him his
bank account number, he'll put the money in the account up there
in Sydney. Jeff tells him to make it more than last time, as the
last lot didn't go very far. Wayne assures him that if he can
arrange a bit more information in future, he can make
it a whole lot more. Jeff tells him that he'll ring him
tomorrow, and he hangs up, looking around nervously as he does
so. In Sydney, Wayne hangs up, looking thoughtful. He sighs heavily.
Patricia walks up to the front door of Irene's apartment and
knocks. After a few seconds, Irene opens the door and, looking
annoyed to see who's standing there, asks Patricia what she wants.
Patricia explains that she's picking up David - they're having
dinner. Irene asks her if she didn't get the message. Patricia
asks, "What message?" Irene explains that David
can't make it. Patricia, looking annoyed, retorts that she's booked
the table and everything. Irene says she's sorry, but David is
taking her out for a meal. Patricia says she'll change
her booking and then they can all go together. Irene, though,
retorts that, no, they won't; she and David haven't seen each
other for a long time - there are a lot of private things that
they'd like to catch up on. She adds that Patricia must understand.
Patricia retorts that of course she does. She then goes on that
she knows what a rough trot Irene has been having lately, and
actually, she'd like to save her any further heartache; she'd
hate her to build up any false hopes about David. Irene asks her
what she means. Patricia explains that she's seen him go through
it all before: falling for a Plain Jane from the suburbs and then
getting tired of her. She tells Irene that she might hang on to
him for a while, but sooner or later, he'll drift away.
Irene snaps, "Back to you, I suppose?" Patricia assures
her that she's just trying to save her a lot of pain. Irene snaps
that that's bull: all Patricia is trying to do is clear the decks
for herself - and she can tell her there and now that
the last person she wants to see David get mixed up with is someone
like her. Patricia retorts that she doesn't think Irene
has got much say in the matter. Irene, though, a determined
expression on her face, growls, "We'll see. I can be very
persuasive if I have to. And I will be..."