The 'phone is ringing at the O'Briens' as Heather gets into the
house. She answers it and Mike comes on from the lounge room at
Toorak. He snaps at her that he's been trying to get her for ages.
Heather explains that she was next door with Beryl - she's got
a few problems. Mike retorts that she sure has. Looking
surprised, Heather asks if he knows that she's pregnant. Mike
tells her that he knows more than that: he's just had
a bombshell dropped on him.
David is walking slowly along the road to the Palmer house. He
spots Beryl bending down, doing some gardening, and he opens the
gate and walks up to her. She turns to look at him and he murmurs,
"Beryl." Beryl just replies, "Hello, David."
David tells her that Pat has told him her news. Beryl just says,
"Oh. Yes?" David goes on that he's been wondering who
the father is - he knows they spent the night together when Kev
wasn't too good, so it could be him - but she spent a
lot of time with Jim O'Brien before he took off. He continues
that, if it is his, that's fair enough, but if it's Jim's,
he thinks Jim should do the right thing by her; he and Pat have
got a pretty good thing going and he wouldn't like to leave her
without being sure. Beryl just glares at him. David goes on that
they've had a pretty rough time of it; he reckons that, if it's
theirs, it'll make all the difference - help her get back to her
old self. Beryl carries on staring at him, and so he eventually
asks, "Well, am I the father or not?" Beryl
growls that she doesn't have to tell him anything - and
she certainly didn't ask him to come back into her life again.
David snaps that that's terrific: he's come there prepared to
throw away everything he's got just to help her out and all he
gets is the cold shoulder. He adds that he guesses that answers
his question. Beryl just snaps, "Go away, please, David."
David turns and goes. After a few seconds, Beryl walks down to
the path and shuts the gate, staring at David's departing back
as she does so.
Next door, Heather is still on the 'phone to Mike, and she snaps
at him that he's always ready to put Jim down whether he's right
or not. Mike asks her if she can blame him -
Patricia said-- Heather interrupts and snaps that she doesn't
give two hoots what Patricia said - Beryl said she and Jim didn't
have an affair and she believes her. Mike asks who says Beryl
is telling the truth. Heather retorts that she does:
Jim has been gone months and Beryl is only five weeks pregnant;
how can he possibly be the father? Mike, suddenly looking guilty,
admits that he didn't know she was only five weeks. Heather retorts
that, no - he was too busy having a go at Jim.
Charlie and Patricia are standing in the hallway at Toorak, and
Charlie points out to Patricia that she was wrong about it not
making any difference. Patricia says she just wishes he'd come
back, that's all. They head into the lounge room, where Mike is
just saying to Heather that he's sorry - he guesses he went off
the deep end a bit; he'll see her later. He hangs up and then
turns to Patricia and tells her that she's wrong about Jim: that
was Heather - she reckons that it's definitely David's
child: Jim has been out of town too long to be the father. He
walks off, and Charlie immediately comments to Patricia that she's
going to have to keep David away from him. Patricia mutters that
she just wishes she knew what David was saying to Beryl. She adds
that, with any luck, he's been his usual clumsy self and she's
lost her temper.
Beryl is still gardening, punching a fork into the ground, when
Heather comes along from next door and comments to her that she
looks determined to get it finished before lunchtime. Beryl explains
that she's taking her temper out on it. She adds that Heather
wouldn't believe what Patricia's latest little game is. Heather,
though, replies that she thinks she does: she just had
Mike on the 'phone; is it about Jim? Beryl explains that
David was there. Heather says she hopes Beryl told him the truth,
but Beryl retorts that she told him to clear out. Looking surprised,
Heather asks why, as she doesn't want to let a story like that
get out of hand. Beryl tells her that it already is.
She then goes on that David isn't really concerned about her
- she could see he was hoping that it was Jim's child; it would
be the worst thing if they got back together again; there's nothing
more to say to him - she'd better get back to her gardening. Looking
worried, Heather says she's sorry, and she turns and goes, shutting
the gate behind her. She takes one more look at Beryl before heading
back next door. Still kneeling in the front garden, Beryl bursts
In the lounge room at Toorak, Patricia mutters that David has
been gone too long - Beryl has convinced him; she's lost
him. Charlie, though, exclaims that, for heaven's sake, he and
Beryl are obviously going to talk about it for a while. Patricia
replies that that's what she's afraid of. At that moment,
though, the front door opens and David comes in. Patricia looks
at him intently and says, "Alright?" Charlie leaves
them to it, and Patricia asks him if he and Beryl talked. David
replies, "Not for very long." He then explains that
she got so damn uppity that she wouldn't say one way or the other
who the father is; it's pretty obvious that it's not him,
though. He continues that, he doesn't know... she's had a pretty
rough time of it, but he never expected-- Patricia interrupts
him and tells him that she never thought Beryl would
go that far, either. She then goes on that he's tired - he should
get some sleep; the news must have upset him. David tells her
that he's sorry he headed off - he just wanted to hear it from
Beryl; he shouldn't have bothered. Patricia tells him
to go and have a hot shower and get into bed. He goes. Patricia
sits down and Charlie comes back in. She tells Patricia that she's
couldn't help overhearing: isn't it brilliant? - everything is
going Patricia's way. Patricia, though, replies, "Not necessarily."
She goes on that it's going to be difficult to keep the truth
from David - and Charlie is right about Mike: if he and David
get together, David is bound to find out. She continues that she
wishes Jim was there - he'd go straight to Beryl and
then David would be convinced. Charlie asks her why she
doesn't just contact Jim. Patricia, though, asks if he'll
come just because she asks him to; no: there's got to be another
reason - and a good one.
Fiona opens the door of her flat at the boarding house and looks
surprised to find Jill standing there. She asks her if she shouldn't
be at work, but Jill replies that she is, really - she's
doing the courier round. She adds that it's a good reason to get
out of the house, and goes on that Fiona wouldn't believe
the atmosphere between Wayne and Karen; hopefully, by the time
she gets back, Karen will have gone to Melbourne. She then asks
if Mitch has turned up. Fiona shrugs and says she has to admit
that she was wrong about him. She goes on that she thinks the
only reason he didn't come home is because he thinks Wayne might
have put the police on to him. Jill says she thinks Wayne has
got too much on his mind at the moment to worry about that.
She then adds that she can't say she's sorry that Mitch has gone,
though - she was a bit concerned about coming over in case he
was still there. Fiona sadly says she doubts he'll come there
again. She adds that it's a pity; it's a shame he couldn't have
made good. Jill murmurs, "Yeah - regardless of how I feel
about him." Fiona says she guesses she should apologise to
Jill for not believing that Mitch was trying to lose her her job;
that sort of thing is just not on; she wants to feel sorry for
him, but if he turns up there again, she can't see herself going
out of her way to help.
Amanda is driving along a road in Sydney when she suddenly sees
Mitch standing at the side of the road ahead of her. He waves
to her frantically and she waves back at him. She then checks
her rear view mirror and pulls into the side of the road a few
yards further up. Mitch runs up to her and Amanda asks him what's
up - isn't he doing his courier run? Mitch replies, "Not
any more." Staring at his rather dishevelled state, Amanda
asks him what happened, as he looks a bit of a mess. Mitch tells
her that Wayne has got it in for him - he sacked him yesterday;
he did his block and thumped Wayne one; there's no way
he wouldn't have called the cops, so he didn't go home last night.
He adds that he should have shot through, but he wanted to say
goodbye to her. Amanda tells him that he's lucky she
decided to come home. Mitch explains that he asked Andy where
she was the other day, but he wouldn't say; that's why he's hanging
around - and in the end she did turn up. Amanda explains
that she's been staying at Dural: her father was there overnight
before he went overseas; she's just taken him to the airport.
She then asks about the story with Wayne. Mitch tells her that
he gave him a real going over; Wayne will have put the lid on
everything for him now. Amanda tells him to hop in the car. As
he does so, she goes on that she can imagine how he lost his temper
with Wayne - he has that effect on a lot of people - but she doesn't
see why he should ruin Mitch's chance of getting somewhere. She
puts her foot down and the car roars off with a screech of rubber.
There's a knock on the door of Fiona's flat, and Fiona opens
it to find Amanda and Mitch standing there. Looking surprised,
she comments to Mitch that she didn't expect him back so soon.
Mitch explains that Amanda talked him into coming. Fiona invites
them in and she tells Mitch that he's very lucky Wayne didn't
get the police onto him. Looking surprised, Mitch says, "He
didn't?" Amanda tells him that if anyone
called the police, it should have been him - Wayne was
the one who started the fight: he's been sticking the boot in
since he started the job. Fiona says she thinks there's
a lot more to it than the fight. Mitch tells her that, if he means
Jill, he didn't do anything he should feel bad about - but she's
never going to believe him, is she?; he might as well get his
stuff and go. Amanda glares at Fiona and says she gets
the feeling that she's more on Wayne's side than Mitch's.
Fiona retorts that she's not on anybody's side, but there
are ways of behaving. Amanda points out to Fiona that
she promised Terry that she'd help Mitch get himself together
again; she can't just let him go when she knows it wasn't his
fault; what would Terry think?; at least hear Mitch's
side. Fiona gives in and says that's fair enough - but it had
better be good.
At the Fisher house, Karen looks at her watch and says to Wayne
that she should make the flight in nice, comfortable time for
a change. Wayne asks her what she's got planned when she gets
there, but Karen just replies that, suffice to say, she'll put
the cat among the pigeons. Wayne tells her that, so long as she
doesn't let Mike O'Brien know that he was giving his kid money
for information - if she does, he'll be out of there so fast...
Karen retorts that not everything revolves around him;
she just wants to make sure that Mike and Jeff are at each other
long enough for her to get the upper hand. Wayne tells her that,
about Katie: the same applies. Karen curtly comments that she
can't see him being interested in a kid like her for
very long. Wayne snaps that that's beside the point - just promise
him-- Jill suddenly comes in, and, sensing that something was
going on, says she didn't mean to interrupt. Karen tells her that
she isn't - her cab will be there soon. Jill says it's
just pulled up. Karen picks up her things and says she'll see
them when she gets back, then.
At the boarding house, Fiona tells Mitch that he's said nothing
that could convince her that she should stick by him. Amanda pleads,
"Fiona..." Fiona goes on that he had no right to treat
Jill the way he did, and he proved he couldn't control his temper
by attacking Wayne - regardless of what Wayne did to him;
how could she possibly believe he won't go off and do something
stupid again? Amanda cries that if she'd just-- Fiona
interrupts her and asks to be allowed to finish. Turning back
to Mitch, she says she'll tell him straight: the only reason she's
not washing her hands of him is because of Terry - he was tickled
pink to learn that Mitch was doing so well, and she doesn't want
to have to disillusion him by telling him that she's given up
on him - so, against her better judgement, she's giving him one
more chance - but the first time she hears of him going off and
doing something wrong, that's it; does he understand? Mitch mutters,
A while later, Fiona, Amanda and Mitch are sitting at the table,
eating. Fiona suggests to Mitch that the CES is a very good place
to start looking for work. Mitch, though, says he doesn't think
he can go through that again. Amanda chips in that he mightn't
have to: her dad was saying last night that they were having trouble
with their mechanic up at Woombai; Alan Pascoe is in charge now
that daddy's away, but she's sure that if she put in
a good word - and Fiona did the same - they'd give him a go. Fiona,
looking dubious, says she doesn't think that's a very good idea.
Amanda indignantly asks why not, adding that Mitch will probably
be happier in the country, anyway. Fiona, looking thoughtful,
says she supposes he'll have less chance of getting in trouble.
Suddenly making a decision, she tells him that, if that's what
he wants, she'll take him up to Woombai and they'll have a chat
to Alan. Mitch replies that, OK, he'll check it out. Amanda tells
him that she might come along for the ride - give him moral support.
It's dark, and at Toorak, Charlie is sitting on one of the couches
in the lounge room while Patricia and David sit on the other.
David tells the two women that they didn't have to eat with him,
but Patricia replies, "Don't be silly!" Charlie smiles
and says, "If you've got an overnight run, you've got an
overnight run!" Looking bemused, David tells her that it
could be a bit longer if the blokes at the other end aren't on
the ball. Suddenly changing the subject, Patricia says she's been
thinking about flowers for the wedding: she thought pink and white.
Charlie smiles and tells her that that's very chic, but they're
last year's colours. Patricia muses, "Yes..." She turns
to David and asks him what he thinks, but David, looking
bemused again, tells her that he'll leave all that to her.
Charlie tells him that he really must stop worrying about Beryl.
David stares at her, and she adds that it's obviously been on
his mind all through dinner; she's sure Jim O'Brien will do the
right thing by her. Patricia gives her a look and then quickly
asks David if he'd like her to pack some sandwiches and a thermos
for him. David replies that that would be good, and he gives her
a hug. Patricia then goes on that she was thinking earlier: maybe
they should look into investing in a country property - just something
small that they could use to escape everything for a while. David
tells her that he'll give it some thought while he's driving.
He leaves the room, and Charlie immediately tells Patricia, "Smart
move, darling - give him something to think about." Patricia,
looking bemused, curses, "You and your big mouth, Charlie
- why did you have to blab about Beryl and Jim?" Charlie
replies that she thought she was helping; besides, it
was something to say! Patricia sighs.
At the dinner table at the O'Briens', Heather calls to Jeff and
Luke to hurry up, as she doesn't want the meal to spoil. The two
boys come in from the lounge room and Luke comments that it smells
good. There's suddenly a knock on the door, and Mike goes to get
it. Heather starts serving up the food. At the door, Mike finds
a woman standing on the step. She introduces herself as Karen
Fox. Mike looks surprised. Noticing the noise in the background,
Karen tells him that she can hear he's not alone, so she won't
keep him: she just thinks he should know the facts about his son
and Luke Carlyle...
Patricia and David come downstairs at Toorak, Patricia telling
David as they do so that, if he gets tired, he should rest and
take care. David smiles and points out that it's not his first
trip! They kiss. The 'phone starts ringing, and Charlie gets it
in the lounge room. Patricia tells David that she's going to miss
him. David replies that he feels the same about her. From the
lounge room, Charlie indicates to Patricia that the call is for
her. Patricia tells David that if he sees any places that look
interesting, he should make a note of them. David assures her
that he was going to. They kiss again and he goes. Patricia
heads into the lounge room and Charlie tells her that Roger Carlyle
is on the 'phone. Patricia asks her what sort of mood he's in.
Charlie just replies that she didn't ask. Patricia takes the 'phone
and tells Roger that she's sorry to keep him. Roger tells her
that it's alright. He then goes on that he's sorry he hasn't returned
her calls earlier - he's been overseas; his secretary told him
about Luke's promotion, though - it's excellent news. Patricia
replies that he won it on his own merits - he's showing signs
of becoming a very successful businessman. Roger tells her that
he's delighted. Patricia goes on that she's sure it's all going
to work out exactly as planned. Roger replies that that's good.
He then adds that she should stay in touch - she'll find him a
lot easier to get hold of now. Patricia says she will, and she
thanks him for calling. They hang up. Patricia turns to Charlie
and tells her that it looks as if everything is going to work
out exactly as planned - personally and professionally.
At the O'Briens', Mike yells at Luke that he doesn't give a damn
what he says: he knew exactly what he was doing.
Luke yells back that of course he knew what he was doing
- but he did it for a reason. Mike angrily asks him if
he calls lying and cheating a good reason. Luke snaps at him that
if he'd only listen properly for a minute-- Jeff suddenly interjects
and yells that he had to do it - he could see the way
Mike and Heather were heading. Mike snaps at him that he doesn't
want to hear what he has to say. Jeff bitterly grunts
that that would be right. Mike angrily asks Luke if he
knows what he did to Jeff. Heather interjects and snaps at Luke
that she doesn't know how he could have kept it to himself if
he knew Jeff was still drinking. Luke snaps that he thought he
could handle it. Mike yells at him that he gave Jeff money.
Heather snaps at him that he's supposed to be Jeff's friend
- and a friend of the family's. Mike yells again that Luke gave
Jeff money. Heather yells at the boy that he knew Jeff
would spend it on drink. Jeff yells that it's not Luke's fault.
Luke asks them if they didn't think he'd feel rotten about it.
Mike sarcastically snaps that sure he did. Luke retorts that he's
started to work out a way to get Jeff off the grog for good.
Mike, though, snaps that he doesn't believe a word Luke says.
Luke yells at him that that's because he hasn't been listening.
Mike yells back at him that the only thing he worried
about was pushing himself a bit further up the ladder; trying
to get info to make himself look good; he didn't give
a damn who he trod on - exactly the same as his father. Luke,
looking incredulous, snaps at Mike to come on: get it off his
chest. Mike asks him what he means. Luke retorts, "What's
really bugging you." Mike snaps again, "What?"
Luke goes on that this is all because of his promotion: Mike has
had it in for him ever since he got it; the only reason he's carrying
on is because he hates watching him getting head. Heather yells
at them both to stop it and Jeff yells at them to cut it out.
They're ignored, though, and Mike snaps at Luke, "You jumped
up little--" Luke interrupts and yells back, "That's
it. I'm a twenty-year-old success and you're
a forty-year-old failure." Looking stunned, Mike asks him
who he thinks he's talking to. He then lashes out and punches
Luke on the jaw. Luke reels back and topples over the dinner table.
Patricia is pouring herself a drink in the lounge room at Toorak,
while Charlie stands looking at a brochure. She tells Patricia
that what she's looking at is definitely the place where they
should have the reception - it looks divine: all the old-world
charm you could wish for. There's suddenly the screech of car
brakes in the driveway outside. Patricia goes to the door to see
what's going on, but before she can open it, Mike storms in. Patricia
curtly tells him that she's sorry, but his key is meant only for
office hours. Mike ignores this and snaps that he's just found
out that the reason Luke has been so damned clever is because
he's been using the same kind of dirty tricks his old man does
- and he's not having a bar of that. Patricia tells him
to calm down and come in and talk about it. They head into the
lounge room, but as they do so, more brakes screech outside and
Luke then bursts into the house. Charlie stops him in the hallway
and asks him what's going on, but Luke ignores her and storms
into the lounge room. Mike angrily asks him if he's come to try
and talk his way out of it. Luke snaps at him that he could take
him to cleaners: assault and battery... intent to injure... Patricia
snaps at them both to calm down, as they won't get anywhere yelling
at each other.
At the O'Briens', Heather is sitting at the living room table,
her head in her hands. Jeff walks towards her slowly and says,
"Mum..." She looks up at him in disgust. He sits down
and tells her that he's he sorry... everything's his fault - he
was the one who gave Wayne the stuff out of his dad's briefcase
and he lied to her about being on the wagon when she found the
bottle behind the 'fridge; he was kidding himself that by helping
Wayne, his dad might have to give up his job and spend more time
at home... but he really wanted money to buy more booze... He
goes on that he wants to give up - he really does - but
he can't: every time he has a drink, he says to himself that that's
the last one... then he says it again... Heather sighs. She tells
Jeff that she's sorry, but she doesn't want to hear about it at
the moment; she never thought she could feel so disgusted with
him. She puts her head back in her hands, and Jeff, looking upset,
stands up and walks away.
At Toorak, Patricia angrily asks Mike and Luke if neither of
them can see what Karen is playing at: she only came
down to Melbourne to cause trouble for her, so that the
company would go bust. Mike snaps that facts are facts: he's not
going to-- Patricia interrupts him and says she really doesn't
think this is the time to discuss it any further; she wants them
both to go home and come back tomorrow at 9am and they'll discuss
it calmly and rationally. Mike, though, snaps that there's no
way he's waiting until the morning: Luke leaves the company now
- simple as that. Luke angrily asks if he's supposed to back down.
Mike tells him that he has no intention of working with him -
either Luke goes or he goes. Patricia looks at him and
retorts that she's really sorry he pushed it this far, because
if she has to make a decision, Luke stays. Mike, looking
incredulous, snaps that he doesn't believe it. Patricia tells
him that she hopes he'll reconsider, but Mike retorts that he
won't; if that's what she wants, there's nothing more to say.
He throws down his house keys and snaps that there's no point
coming in tomorrow. He storms off. Luke assures Patricia that
she won't be sorry. Patricia growls that she hopes not: she didn't
want to have to make the decision, but she had no choice.
She then adds more calmly that, anyway, maybe it's better
this way: Mike never seemed very comfortable with the rougher
side of the business. Luke smiles and says he'd better go, as
he's got an early start in the morning. Patricia says, "Goodnight,"
and he leaves. She then walks over to the lounge room 'phone and
dials a number. Charlie wanders in and stands behind her. The
'phone at the other end rings and STD pips then sound. Roger's
voice comes on in an answerphone recording, telling the caller
that he's not there at present and, if they care to leave a message,
to do so after the beep. The beep sounds and Patricia then says
it's her; she needs him to call her back urgently. She hangs up
and Charlie asks what that was all about. Patricia retorts that
it's quite simple, really: everything's suddenly falling apart.
She goes on that, if Roger Carlyle doesn't like it, she's
afraid she's down the drain: "Karen Fox could be the winner