Mike opens the front door of the O'Brien house and walks into
the hallway, looking pensive. Heather joins him and remarks that
she didn't hear him pull up. Mike explains that he caught a cab;
he left the car where it belongs: with the company; he's out.
Heather, looking shocked, asks if Patricia chose Luke instead
of him. Mike growls that it feels great to be pushed
aside by a twenty-year-old. Heather points out that he's got a
lot more experience than Luke. Mike retorts that he hasn't in
Patricia's eyes; the job of the year didn't last long,
did it? Heather assures him that they'll work something
out. They wander into the lounge room, where Heather suddenly
spots an envelope resting on the coffee table. She picks it up.
It's addressed 'To Mum and Dad'.
Jeff is sitting down in the corridor outside Luke's apartment
when Luke comes along and asks him what he's doing there. Jeff
explains that he's split from home. Luke asks why. Jeff tells
him that his mum and dad have got enough hassles at the moment;
they can do without him. Luke asks him if that's what
his mum said. Jeff replies that he doesn't know - he snuck out.
Luke asks how he thinks his parents will feel when they find out.
Jeff retorts that it's alright - he left a note telling them he
was coming there. Luke comments that he would say they'll be there
pretty soon to pick him up. Jeff says he doubts it, after
what he's done... He then asks Luke if he was just using
him, like his dad said he was. Luke quickly assures him that of
course he wasn't, and he asks Jeff if he reckons he'd do that
to a mate. Jeff replies that of course he doesn't. Luke invites
At the O'Briens', Heather cries that she didn't hear him go.
Mike, though, points out that their son is a past master at sneaking
off. Heather comments that at least they know where he's going
this time. Mike suddenly screws up the note and snaps, "Big
deal." He then asks angrily what sort of kid stabs his old
man in the back like that - "'No, dad, I don't know a thing
about that file...', 'No, dad, I'm off the grog for good...'."
Heather suggests that they should go and see him. Mike, though,
growls that he feels like washing his hands of him completely.
He adds that, apart from the fact that he'd see Luke,
he'd probably end up flattening his own son as well. He suggests
to Heather that they leave it for tonight and got over there tomorrow,
when he's calmed down a bit.
Wayne arrives at Fiona's apartment and Katie lets him in, remarking
as she does so that he's early. Wayne replies that he never keeps
a lady waiting! Katie smiles and says she bets he uses that line
use on all the girls. Wayne says charmingly, "Only
the special ones..." Katie asks him if he can hang on, as
she just has to give her mum and dad a ring. She goes to the 'phone
and starts dialling.
Heather and Mike are sitting at the dinner table, and Heather
says she'd better clear the dishes. She stands up and the 'phone
suddenly starts ringing. She goes and answers it, STD pips sound
and she then says, "Hello?" Katie comes on, and Heather,
sounding slightly distant, asks her how she is. Katie excitedly
replies that everything's going terrifically. Heather just murmurs
that that's good. Katie goes on that she's got a favour to ask:
could Heather send her computer up? Looking surprised, Heather
asks, "What for?" Katie explains that she's going to
have to stay longer than expected; she needs it to work on. Heather
comments that things must really be going well. Katie
tells her that they are. Heather says she'll get onto
it in the morning. She then adds that it'll be expensive, but
Katie says she'll pay - she's already got an advance
on her games. Heather doesn't really respond, and Katie asks her
if she's OK. Heather asks, "Why shouldn't I be?"
Katie asks how her dad is. Heather just replies that he's fine.
Katie realises that something has happened, and Heather reluctantly
explains that her father has decided to leave his job, and Jeff's
got them a bit worried; it's nothing they can't handle, though;
Katie's not to start worrying. Looking surprised, Katie asks why
her dad gave up his job. Heather explains that he didn't see eye-to-eye
with Patricia on a few things. Katie then asks if Jeff has been
drinking again. Heather repeats that she told her everything will
be fine - she's not to worry. Katie says she thinks she should
come home straight away. At Fiona's, Wayne looks worried when
he hears this. Heather, though, tells her daughter not to be silly
- she should stay up there and keep working on her games. Katie
insists that she really thinks she should be down there, but Heather
tells her to be sensible. Katie gives in and says, "OK."
Heather tells her that she'll have a courier pick up her computer
in the morning. Katie thanks her. Heather then says she'll have
to go now. Katie tells her that she'll talk to her later, and
they both hang up. Wayne immediately asks Katie if something is
wrong. Katie replies that it is, but she doesn't know what.
Wayne asks her if she told her parents that she's seeing him.
Katie tells him that she didn't. Wayne suggests to her that it
might be best not to tell them at the moment. Katie asks why,
and Wayne explains that she's their one and only daughter and
she's running around with someone they don't know... he wouldn't
want her to add to their worries. Katie says she's sure they'd
like him. Wayne quickly smiles and tells her that that he's
sure, too. He then asks why they don't go out and have some fun.
Katie says she doesn't feel like it now, but Wayne tells her that
it'll do her good; it'll save her worrying. Katie remarks that,
at times like this, she wishes she had a place of her own.
She goes on that she asked Fiona about a bedsit, but nothing has
happened yet; sometimes she just likes to be by herself. She then
adds that, still, after tomorrow, she'll have Fiona's place to
herself, as Fiona is going to Woombai for a couple of days. Wayne
smiles and tells her that it'll give them a bit more privacy...
In the lounge room at Toorak, Charlie tells Patricia that she's
been on to Lisa and she'd be delighted do design something
for the wedding; all she needs is an idea of the sort of thing
Patricia would like - and of course, she'll also design something
for the Matron of Honour... Patricia is staring into space, though,
and doesn't respond, so Charlie quickly prompts, "You are
having one?" Patricia comes back to reality and
asks, "Having one what?" Charlie explains that
she's talking about a Matron of Honour. She then tells Patricia
to for goodness' sale stop thinking about Roger Carlyle; if he
was going to call tonight, he would have done so by now. Patricia
curtly points out that it's not that late in Perth - they're two
hours behind Melbourne - and Charlie can go to bed if she doesn't
want to stay up. Charlie mutters that she thinks she will
- it's not much fun talking to yourself. She walks out. Patricia
starts to pick up the cups on the coffee table, but the 'phone
suddenly starts ringing and she hurries to answer it. STD pips
sound and then Roger comes on. Patricia thanks him for calling
back. Roger comments that she said it was urgent. Patricia explains
that Mike O'Brien has resigned: he and Luke had a disagreement
over the methods Luke used to beat the opposition and Mike said
he wouldn't work with Luke anymore; there's no way she could fire
Luke so she's afraid she had to let Mike go. She adds
that she knows what the agreement with Roger was, but she didn't
have any choice. Roger, though, tells her not to worry about it
- it sounds fine to him: he's been waiting to get O'Brien back
for turning Luke against him; he always intended to build him
up and then chop him down when it was going to hurt the most;
it just happened sooner than he expected, that's all. Patricia,
looking surprised, says she thought he'd be quite angry
about it. Roger assures her that he isn't at all. He
then goes on that the other good thing to come out of it is that
Luke must be starting to realise how ambitious he is. Patricia
asks him if she still has his support. Roger replies, "One
hundred per cent." Patricia says that's nice to know. She
then adds that she'll keep in touch and she hangs up, a smile
on her face.
A short time later, Charlie is back in the lounge room, wearing
a facepack and with a towel wrapped round her hair. Patricia tells
her that Roger just rang and everything's alright: he's on-side.
Charlie smiles and says she is pleased for her - now
maybe she can start thinking of important things, like
who's going to be the Matron of Honour at the wedding. Patricia
ignores this, though, and tells Charlie that something else
came out of tonight: she's got the perfect reason to bring Jim
down to Melbourne. Charlie raises her eyebrows and Patricia explains
that she'll call him to say she's sorry she had to let Mike go,
but he seemed to be having problems at home with his family and
that seemed to be interfering with his work; she'll suggest that
maybe there's some way he could help. Charlie smiles
and comments that that sounds perfect to her.
Patricia replies that she thinks so, too. Charlie heads
off back upstairs to finish her facepack. As she walks out, Patricia
says "Do you want to be my Matron of Honour?" Charlie
turns back to look at her and, with a smile on her face, tells
her that she thought she'd never ask! She adds that it's going
to be a wonderful wedding!
The next morning, Mike is knocking furiously on the door of Luke's
apartment. When there's no answer, he knocks again. Heather is
standing next to him, and both look relieved when the door opens
and Luke comes out. He curtly comments that he thought
he'd see them sooner or later. Mike snaps that he's there to see
Jeff. Luke, though, retorts that he doesn't think it's a good
idea at the moment. Mike growls that he doesn't care
about that, and he goes to walk into the apartment. Luke, though,
stops him and pulls the door shut. He tells Mike that Jeff doesn't
want to see him; they had a long talk last night and the guy is
pretty down - the last thing he wants is to be hassled by his
parents; he needs breathing space; they should keep away
for a while; he can get Jeff off the grog; he thinks
he can help him. Mike angrily yells that he was the one
who put Jeff back on it. Luke retorts that that was only
until he got the better of Karen Fox - then he was going to do
everything he could to get Jeff to kick the habit. Mike
snaps that it didn't matter what happened to Jeff in the meantime.
Heather chips in to say they'd like to see him. Luke, though,
says he's sorry but Jeff doesn't want to see them and
he's not going home. Mike turns to Heather and suggests that they
go; if Jeff doesn't want to see them, Mr. Smart Aleck there can
put up with him for a while; they'll let him have all
the lies and the worry and see how he likes it when he
fails. Luke smirks, "But I won't." Mike snaps
at him not to believe it. He tells Luke that for once in his life
he'll see what it's like to come off second best. He and Heather
then storm off.
Wayne walks into the lounge room at the Fisher house. Karen is
sitting in there, working, and he comments that he thought he
was going to have to make an appointment to see her.
Karen curtly replies that there's been a lot to catch up on. Wayne
asks how Melbourne was. Karen retorts that she didn't dob him
into the O'Briens about giving Jeff drinking money - not that
she's out to save his skin with Katie; she only went to Melbourne
to save the company's future - they can't afford more muck-ups
like the one's he's made lately; in fact, if he doesn't
smarten up his act, she might have to pull her money out of the
company altogether. Wayne, looking shocked, cries that she can't
do that - Gordy would end up broke - and she'd
lose too much money of her own. Karen, though, says she's
not too worried about that - there's plenty more coming her way
soon: Todd's grandfather set up a large trust fund for him, to
mature when he was 25; the bulk of that will now come to her.
Wayne, looking shocked, growls that the bloke is hardly dead and
she's spending his money already - and she reckons she loved
him. Karen retorts that she did love him; as far as the
money is concerned, she's just being practical. Changing the subject,
she thrusts a sheet of paper into Wayne's hand and tells him to
'phone the three people listed and try and drum-up some business
for them. Wayne tells her that it'll have to wait until this afternoon,
as he's meeting someone for lunch. Karen snaps that he'll have
to stay late, then, won't he. She adds that she hopes he hasn't
arranged dinner with his little girlfriend as well, as there's
a lot to get through, and she'd hate her to think he'd kept her
waiting. Wayne storms off. Jill comes into the room. She hands
Karen some letters and says she's sorry they took so long, but
the typewriter ribbon broke and it took ages to put a new one
in. Karen, ignoring this, comments that Jill has met
Katie O'Brien, hasn't she? Jill says, "Yes." Karen asks
what she looks like. Suddenly looking wary, Jill says she's not
getting involved in this. Karen suddenly snaps that, if she doesn't
want to tell her, fine - she's going out for a while. Jill asks
about Amanda, as she'll be there in a minute. Karen snaps that
she won't be gone long - if Amanda arrives before she gets back,
Jill's to give her Todd's letter. She hands an envelope to Jill
and explains that Todd wrote it to Amanda just before he died.
She then heads off, leaving Jill looking worried.
Katie is standing at the side of a road, in front of some shops.
She suddenly starts walking down the road to where Wayne has pulled
up. As she does so, she doesn't notice another car pulling up
further down the road. Karen is the driver, and she watches Wayne
and Katie as they kiss and then hug, an expression of annoyance
on her face.
Fiona opens the door to her apartment and looks surprised to
find Mitch standing there. She asks him what he's doing there
so early. Mitch retorts that they're going to pick up Amanda,
aren't they? Fiona tells him that they're not leaving for Woombai
for a few hours yet. Mitch explains that he was actually hoping
that they could have a talk before they left. Fiona asks, "What
about?" Mitch tells her that he reckons she's been a bit
unfair on him - he knows he did the wrong thing when he laid into
Wayne, but he deserved it - and whatever Fiona thinks,
he's right about Jill: she did a rotten thing to Terry. He pointedly
adds, "He's your son." Fiona hands him a letter
and tells him that he'd better read it. Mitch starts to do so,
and Fiona explains that, in it, Terry says he now realises that
he asked Jill to marry him for all the wrong reasons - mainly
to gain access to Fee - and he says he also knows the marriage
would never have worked and that he doesn't have any hard feelings
against Jill. She then tells Mitch that she doesn't see why he
should, either. After pausing a moment, she continues that, as
they're having this little chat, she thinks she should mention
Amanda. Mitch, a scowl on his face, asks, "What about her?"
Fiona tells him that she knows how he feels about her, and if
he's not careful, he's going to end up really hurt. She adds that
Amanda only stood by him as a way to get back at Wayne - not for
any romantic reason; she's still very much in love with
Todd; Gordon and Barbara are worried about her because she seems
so obsessed by him. She tells Mitch that if he cares
for the girl, he should keep out of way - she doesn't need any
more problems at this moment in time. Mitch mutters, "Sure...
the last thing I want to do is upset her..."
Amanda is sitting reading Todd's letter at the Fisher house.
Karen gets back, comes into the room and says, "Hello."
She then apologises for not being there when Amanda arrived, explaining
that something came up. She asks Amanda if she's alright. Amanda
replies that she's so pleased Todd didn't suffer for long. Karen
looks at her quizzically, and she explains that he says in his
letter that his nurse is very understanding and is going to help
him. Karen, something seeming to strike her, asks if Amanda would
mind if she read the letter. Amanda hands it over and
Karen starts going through it. After a couple of moments, she
comments that it's no wonder Fisher was making such a fuss. Amanda
asks, "What about?" but Karen quickly tells her that
it's nothing important. She then asks what Todd means about a
baby: is she pregnant to him? Amanda replies that she
hopes so; having his child is the only thing she's got
to look forward to now that he's gone. Karen says she can understand
that - but if it doesn't happen, it's not the end of the world
- Amanda is still young; she could fall in love-- Amanda interrupts
and snaps that she's not going to fall in love again.
Karen asks her how she knows; someone could-- Amanda suddenly
snatches the letter and says she's got to get going. She goes
on that she's going to keep the letter and hopefully read it to
their child one day. Karen asks her if she can't stay for the
coffee and sandwiches that Jill has just brought in, but Amanda
retorts that Fiona and Mitch are waiting for her. She goes. Jill
immediately comments to Karen that she's not herself, is she.
Karen replies that she's upset about Todd, too, but she's
not letting it affect her the way Amanda is; the girl will have
to pull herself together somehow.
It's early-evening, and Fiona, Amanda, Mitch and Alan Pascoe
walk into Woombai, Fiona exclaiming as she does so, "Smell
the paint!" Alan tells her that he was hoping she wouldn't
be able to. Fiona, though, assures him that the place looks lovely
- not nearly as dreary as it was before. She asks Amanda what
she thinks, and she replies that she likes it. Alan says
to Mitch that he hears he's a mechanic, Mitch tells him that that's
right. Alan asks him if he's any good. Mitch retorts that he
thinks so. Alan then tells him that he'll show him round in the
morning, but he'll take him up now to the bloke's quarters, and
see if he can get him a bunk. Amanda says to Mitch that she hopes
she gets to see bit more of him before she goes back to Sydney.
Mitch tells her that she sure will - if she feels up to it. Alan
tells Fiona that the Hansens called - they'd like her to have
tea with them tonight, if she feels up to it. He and Mitch then
go. Fiona asks Amanda why she doesn't come with her to
the Hansens', but Amanda says she'd rather not - she's got a bit
of a headache; she'd rather have an early night. Fiona says she'll
get freshened up and get herself organised, and she heads to her
bedroom. As soon as she's gone, Amanda walks over to the 'phone,
looks around cautiously and then dials a number. The call is answered
by a man saying, "Men's quarters." Amanda tells him
her name and explains that she wants to leave a message for Bob
Mitchell - he's on his way over there now: can the man ask him
when he's unpacked his gear to come back and have dinner with
her? The man says he'll pass it on. Amanda smiles.
There's a knock on the door of Fiona's apartment, and Katie looks
at her watch and smiles. As she goes to answer it, she calls out
to Wayne that he's making a habit of getting there early,
isn't he. She opens the door and looks surprised to find that
it isn't Wayne standing there. The woman who is there
tells Katie that they've never met. She adds, "My name is
A few moments later, Karen explains that she was looking for
Irene Fisher and one of the tenants suggested she try there.
Karen says she's sorry, but Irene is still overseas. Karen 'realises'
that she means for Todd's funeral, and she then adds that she
thought she'd be back by now; she wanted to know how it went.
Katie tells her that she'll let Irene know she called. Karen says
to her, "You're...?" Katie introduces herself, and Karen
muses, "I see..." Katie says she supposes Wayne has
told Karen all about her. Karen agrees that he's mentioned her
once or twice. Katie goes on that Karen and Wayne were close once,
weren't they? Karen, though, retorts that Wayne would like her
to believe they were- he has a very good way of twisting the truth
to suit his own ends - but they just saw a bit of each other for
a while, and as soon as she realised that he was only after one
thing, she called a halt to it. She then tells Katie to tell Irene
that they'll talk when she gets back. She goes, leaving Katie
looking surprised and thoughtful.
Heather and Mike are sitting at the dinner table at the O'Briens',
and, as they stare at their still half-full plates, Heather comments
that she shouldn't have done so many vegetables. Mike says he's
sorry, but he's not very hungry. Heather remarks that she can
see that Jeff isn't there: there wouldn't be anything left over
then. She adds that, still, a few days with Luke should give him
time to think things over and then maybe he'll want to come home.
She then goes on that, if Mike was honest about the job, maybe
he's better off not working for Patricia - the hours
were ridiculous and he was having doubts about whether he could
cope with it. Mike, though, points out that it doesn't change
the fact that he doesn't have a job; he's got to do the rounds
again, but he doesn't think he can take it right now. Heather
points out that there's not much he can do about it.
Mike suddenly comments that they've got a bit of money in the
bank, so why don't they take a holiday? Looking surprised, Heather
tells him that that's the last thing they should be spending
it on. Mike, though, says he feels the need to get away for a
while. He asks her, "How about it?" Heather agrees,
"Why not?" She then adds that they'd better tell Katie.
Mike muses, "Katie... at least she's OK."
Wayne is sitting next to Katie on the couch at Fiona's. He comments
to her that Fiona couldn't have timed it more perfectly - he hopes
she's away for weeks. He puts his arm around her and
goes to kiss her, but Katie moves away and, looking surprised,
he asks what's wrong. Katie just murmurs, "Nothing."
Wayne tells her to come on, but Katie retorts that just she doesn't
feel like it; it's like he's only there for one thing. Wayne tells
her that he's sorry, but after the last few days, he thought she
was pretty keen too. He asks her what made her change her mind.
Katie retorts that she just doesn't like being rushed, that's
all. Changing the subject, she says she'll make some more coffee.
Wayne, though, tells her not to bother - it's been a lousy day
and he's pretty tired; can they call it a night? He gets up and
walks over to the door, and Katie says that's fine by her. Wayne
thanks her for the meal and tells her that he'll call her in the
morning. He goes. Katie shuts the door behind him, a look of frustration
on her face.
At Woombai, Amanda is sitting next to Mitch on the couch, and
she tells him that she's glad he could come over to dinner with
her tonight. Mitch replies that he is, too. Amanda goes on that
they're really both in the same situation at the moment: they're
both on their own. She adds that, regardless of what he told her
Fiona thinks, they've got a lot in common. Mitch says he knows.
Amanda tells him that Fiona doesn't understand her the way he
does; it's pretty lonely being by herself. Mitch sourly comments
that he had a few years of practice at that himself.
Amanda quickly says she's sorry, but Mitch tells her not to be
- he knows how she's feeling. Amanda says that, sometimes, she
thinks she's going crazy. Mitch tells her that that's why it's
important to have someone who really understands. Amanda suddenly
leans towards him and says, "Just hold me for a minute."
Mitch puts his arm round her and she leans her head on his body.
Mitch says, "That's better." Amanda looks up and stares
into his eyes, and the two of them then move their lips towards
each other and start kissing passionately. When they pull apart,
Amanda rests her head on Mitch's chest again, a look of both worry
and guilt on her face.