Heather is at the Palmers', and Beryl exclaims that she can't
believe it. She adds that, what makes it worse is that she's partly
to blame: it's through her that Wayne met Jeff in the first
place. Heather, though, points out that she wasn't to know what
he was up to. Beryl tells her not to worry: she'll make sure something
is done about it. Heather glumly says she's not sure there's anything
they can do - Mike is at the end of his tether; that's
why they're going up to Bendigo for a few days. Beryl asks her
when they're leaving, and Heather replies, "Now." Beryl,
looking surprised, points out that they won't get there until
after midnight. Heather explains that Mike says there's less traffic
on the roads. She then asks Beryl if she can keep an eye on the
house for them, and Beryl assures her that of course she can.
Heather goes on that, if Jeff decides to come home while they're
away, can Beryl give her a ring? Beryl tells her that she'll do
it straight away. She adds that Gordon is going to hear about
this; when he does, he'll hit the roof and Wayne will get what
Andy is at Fiona's flat. He tells Katie that she's looking nice,
and he asks her if she's expecting someone. Katie replies that
he's been and gone; she had a friend over to dinner but he decided
not to stay. She then tells Andy that she's been meaning to pop
over, but she's been pretty busy. Andy tells her that he's been
pretty hard to catch anyway; he dropped in to see Irene on his
first night back, but she's out. Katie explains that she's gone
to Switzerland for Todd's funeral. Andy muses, "Right..."
He then goes on that Amanda left a note saying she's gone away
for a few days, but he doesn't know where or who she's with. Katie
tells him that Amanda, Fiona and Mitch left for Woombai this afternoon
- Amanda thought she could get Mitch a job on the property. Looking
surprised, Andy says he thought Mitch was a courier.
Katie replies that he isn't anymore - she's hazy on the details,
but Mitch had a fight with Wayne, Fiona was furious and she swore
not to have anything to do with him; Amanda must have talked her
around, though, because the next thing she knows, they're whisking
him off to Woombai. Seeing the expression on Andy's face, she
asks if something is wrong. Andy tells her that he's not sure,
but he thinks he might go up there just to see what's going on...
Fiona arrives back at Woombai after the meal with the Hansens
and sits down on the couch. As she does so, she suddenly becomes
aware of someone creeping down the hallway, and she calls out,
"Who's there?" Mitch sheepishly comes into the room,
and Fiona, looking surprised, tells him that he gave her such
a fright. She then adds that she thought he was sleeping in the
men's quarters. Mitch replies that he is. Fiona asks
him what he's doing there, then. Mitch replies that Amanda
invited him over for dinner - she was a bit lonely. Fiona comments
that she thought Amanda had a headache. Mitch tells her
that she did - she still does - that's why she
went to bed early. Fiona accusingly comments, "And you just
tucked her in, eh?" Mitch retorts that he had to make sure
she was OK - she hardly ate a thing at dinner. Fiona
stands up and, glaring at him, points out that she's
back now, so she can take care of her. Mitch mutters,
"Sure." He then adds that he's got an early start, so
he'd better turn in; he'll see her. He goes, leaving Fiona looking
Gordon is pouring drinks at the bar in the lounge room at Dural.
As he does so, Barbara tells him that he'd better play some golf
now that the doctor says he can take exercise again, as he's getting
a pot belly! The front door suddenly bangs and Wayne comes in.
Gordon offers him a drink, and Wayne snaps that he could use
one. Gordon remarks, "Rough day?" Wayne retorts that
he could say that. He then goes on that he's working
at home most of tomorrow, so he'll sleep in. Barbara, though,
curtly tells him that he'll do no such thing: he'll get his father
out on the golf course - it'll do them both good. The
'phone suddenly starts ringing and Gordon answers it. A woman's
voice comes on and says, "Gordon? Is that you?" Gordon,
sounding surprised, says, "Liz?" Liz, sounding agitated,
tells him that she's sorry she had to call so late, but she had
to ring someone - she's in big trouble and she needs
his help. Gordon, sounding concerned, asks what's wrong. Liz tells
him that she can't talk about it over the 'phone. Gordon tells
her to stay put - he'll be there as soon as he can. He hangs up
and starts hunting around for his keys. Barbara, looking annoyed,
mutters, "Liz?" Gordon explains that she's in trouble.
Barbara asks, "What sort of trouble?" Gordon
replies that she sounded half scared to death. Barbara snaps that
he can't go charging into town at this time of night, and she
tells Wayne to talk some sense into his father. Gordon, though,
snaps back that if he's well enough to play golf, a drive into
town won't hurt him. Barbara tells him that she'll come with
him, but Gordon tells her, "No," adding that unless
it's just Liz and him, she might feel wary about telling him what's
happened to her. He adds that he'll see her when he gets back,
and he goes, leaving Barbara looking annoyed.
Liz is pacing the floor of her apartment when there's suddenly
a knock on the door, and, looking anxious, she calls out, "Gordon?
Is that you?" Gordon calls back at her to open the door.
Liz lets him in and cries that she's glad he's come. Gordon asks
what the matter is. Liz hurriedly explains that she's been getting
these awful 'phone calls; she's tried to ignore it-- At that moment,
the 'phone starts ringing, and Liz cries, "That will be him..."
Gordon tells her to pick it up and give it to him. Liz,
looking reluctant, answers the call and says, "Hello?"
She then hands the receiver to Gordon, who listens as a menacing
male voice says, "You're a slut and I'm going to get you.
Very soon now, I'll fix you." Gordon stiffly asks, "Who
is this?" There's no answer, though, and so Gordon hangs
up and tells Liz that his voice might have scared the man off.
Liz, though, cries that he won't give up - he'll just go on and
on right until she goes crazy. She pleads, "Please help me."
Gordon holds her, comfortingly.
It's the middle of the night, and there's suddenly a loud knocking
on the front door of the Palmer house. After a few seconds, Beryl
comes out of her bedroom and answers it. She looks surprised to
find Jim standing there. He tells her that he knows it's a hell
of a time to call. Beryl comments that he's making a habit of
dropping in at the dead of night! She invites him in, and they
head into the lounge room. Beryl switches on the lights. Jim hands
her a box of chocolates, explaining as he does so that they were
for Heather, but the house next door seems deserted. Beryl explains
that she and Mike have gone to Bendigo for a few days. She then
adds that he probably knows that Katie is in Sydney - and as for
Jeff... she thought Jim might be him. Jim asks
if his nephew isn't with Mike and Heather. Beryl explains that,
no, he isn't - he's staying with Luke Carlyle - there have been
a few problems. Jim tells her that that's why he's there. Beryl
says that Heather did leave a number where he could ring her,
but Jim tells her no: she and Mike could do with a break. He then
asks if he can use the 'phone to check a few motels for vacancies.
Beryl, though, tells him that there's a bed made up in Kevin's
room - he's quite welcome to stay there. Jim smiles and
comments that she's still the same old Beryl. He adds that it's
a shame that he's got to be there because of the family, but it's
good to see her again.
At Liz's apartment, Gordon hands Liz a glass of brandy, telling
her that it will help settle her nerves. He sits down next to
her on the couch and goes on that the first thing she has to do
is ring the police. Liz, though, replies that she already has,
and there's not much they can do except keep monitoring her calls;
until the man actually tries to hurt her physically...
She breaks off. Gordon asks how long the guy has been ringing.
Liz explains that it's been three or four days; she wasn't worried
at first, as sour grapes are part of the escort job, but then
he rang the agency and started hassling them about her;
she doesn't know what he said, but it must have been pretty good,
as she got her marching orders yesterday. Looking surprised, Gordon
asks how they can sack her for something over which she's got
no control. Liz bitterly replies that she doesn't know, but they
did, and since then, he's been calling every few hours, day and
night - the man must be an absolute nutcase; then tonight, she
realised that he probably knows where she is, so she rang him.
Gordon tells her that he thinks she should pack her bag and come
back to Dural. Liz starts to say, "No--" Gordon interrupts
her, though, and says, "No arguments."
A while later, Barbara sits on the couch a Dural, a look of disbelief
on her face as Gordon says, "So we came back here. Liz could
hardly stay at the flat." Barbara curtly agrees
that of course she couldn't; she adds, though, that she's sure
she'd much rather be with friends than stuck out there in Dural.
Liz, though, says she's glad Gordon brought her back
there: this man must have been keeping tabs on her, and he probably
knows where most of her friends live. Gordon agrees that Dural
is a bit out of the way. He then tells Liz not to worry - she
can stay as long as she likes. A look of annoyance crosses Barbara's
face. She curtly suggests to Liz that she must be exhausted, and
she asks Wayne to take Liz's bags and show her to her room. Liz
assures the Hamiltons that she is very grateful. Wayne asks his
father if he still wants a game of golf in the morning. Gordon
tells him that it's OK by him. Liz and Wayne leave the
room and head upstairs. When they've gone, Barbara curtly remarks
to Gordon that it didn't take him long to bring Liz straight back
there; the last time that girl was in the house, she said she
was in love with him. Gordon assures her that Liz knows
there can be nothing between them. Barbara asks, "Really?"
She goes on that she saw the way Liz was looking at him tonight
- she thinks he's her knight in shining armour. Gordon retorts
that Liz asked for his help and that's all there is to it. Barbara
asks him what he'll do if that man tracks Liz down there and starts
making a nuisance of himself. Gordon, though, retorts that he
doubts it will happen - and if it does, he'll deal with it. He
then adds that it's late and he's tired, so he suggests they go
to bed. Barbara looks annoyed.
The next morning, Fiona and Amanda are sitting at the table at
Woombai, having breakfast. Fiona asks Amanda if she isn't going
to have anything else, adding that Mitch said she hardly touched
her dinner. Amanda looks at her, and she explains that
she ran into him last night - he was just leaving... Amanda, looking
caught-out, quickly explains that she thought he might feel strange,
it being his first night on the property, so she asked him across
for dinner. Fiona listens and then says she doesn't want to interfere,
but she doesn't think it's a good idea Amanda asking Mitch into
her bedroom - he might get the wrong idea. Amanda insists that
she can handle him. Fiona says she just hopes Alan can
- she was talking to him and she had to warn him that Mitch did
have an explosive temper. Looking shocked, Amanda snaps, "What
for?" She then tells Fiona that she's causing trouble for
him before he even starts. Fiona retorts that she wants
to help Mitch all she can, but she doesn't want anyone
else hurt in the process - and that means Amanda: she's
to be careful. Amanda snaps that she knows what she's doing -
Fiona doesn't have to worry about her.
In the lounge room at the Palmer house, Jim is putting his jacket
on, and he says to Beryl that he'd better fly, as he doesn't want
to miss Jeff at school. Beryl says she just hopes he can do
something. Jim tells her that he doesn't know what he
can do, but at least he can have a go. He heads out.
When he's gone, Beryl walks over to the 'phone and starts dialling.
The 'phone rings at Dural and Barbara gets up from where she's
sitting on the couch in the lounge room and answers the set on
the bar. STD pips sound and then Beryl comes on and says it's
her. She asks if Gordon is about, but Barbara says she's sorry
- he's out playing golf with Wayne, and then he has a business
meeting. She asks if she can help. Beryl explains that
she's just a bit worried about Wayne's business methods; she realises
they have to get the company back on its feet but she really doesn't
think Gordon would be very happy with what's been going on. A
grim expression of interest on her face, Barbara tells her, "Do
go on, Beryl. I'm all ears..."
A while later, Gordon snaps that Beryl must have got it wrong.
Barbara, though, points out that she wouldn't have rung unless
she'd had her facts straight. She then glares at Wayne and says,
"It's true, isn't it." Wayne cries that he didn't know
the kid was an alcoholic. Barbara snaps, "So you say."
Wayne insists that he didn't - he gave him money, but
he swears it was before he found out he had a drink problem. Gordon,
looking disappointed, murmurs that there was he thinking Wayne
had changed. Wayne cries that he has - he just
explained. Barbara asks him if he expects them to believe
him. Gordon curtly tells his son that even if he is telling
the truth, he still paid an innocent boy to steal from his father.
Wayne retorts that it was important that they got the account.
Gordon snaps that nothing is that important.
Barbara tells Gordon not to listen to Wayne; throw him out - he's
a worthless piece of garbage. Wayne cries that he knows he's done
some lousy things in his time, but he's hated himself ever since
he found out why Jeff O'Brien was so keen to go along with him
- and he thought he would be helping the company; it wouldn't
be fair if Gordon asked him to leave. He then murmurs more quietly,
"But it's up to you." He storms out. Barbara says to
Gordon that he doesn't go along with that guilty conscience, does
he? She angrily adds, "Wayne hasn't got a conscience."
Gordon calmly tells her that throwing him out of the house didn't
do any good - they tried that once before; OK, he needs
to be taught a lesson, but not that. Liz suddenly comes
in and says she saw Wayne outside, looking very down in the mouth;
is anything wrong? Barbara snaps at her that they're having a
family discussion. Gordon tells Liz that it's it alright
- just a few business problems. Liz explains that she only came
to see if Barbara needed a hand - she mentioned that they're having
a guest for lunch? Barbara recalls that that's right: Irene -
she's back from Switzerland; she rang from the airport. She then
curtly tells Liz that she can manage on her own. She goes to head
for the kitchen, but then pauses and looks at Gordon and tells
him that Irene is obviously going to be very upset; she thinks
it would be better if they sort out their family problems before
she arrives; will he speak to Wayne? Gordon retorts that he'll
handle it as he sees fit.
Wayne is sitting outside, by the pool, looking upset. He tells
his father that he couldn't handle it if he threw him out. Gordon
asks how he's expected to deal with behaviour like his.
Wayne cries that it's not his fault - he fought Karen
every inch when she came up with the idea. Looking surprised,
Gordon asks if it was Karen's suggestion in the first
place. Wayne explains that she said it was the only way to pull
the company through. Gordon tells his son that he should have
come to him. Wayne asks him what he'll do, and he replies
that he'll tear strips off Karen when he sees her - and
Wayne is going to go to Melbourne to see the O'Briens. Wayne stares
at him, and he goes on that even if it was Karen's idea in the
first place, it doesn't make Wayne any less guilty; Beryl told
him that the O'Briens are away at the moment, but as soon as they're
back, Wayne is going to find out if Jeff is still drinking and
offer to pay for proper treatment. He goes on that Wayne has been
good to him, taking the pressure off him while he's been sick,
but what he's done to the O'Briens disgusts him; he can't
respect him until he makes up for it.
A while later, Barbara comes downstairs and bumps into Wayne
just coming back into the house. She asks him if he's all packed.
Wayne growls that she'd love that, wouldn't
she. Barbara agrees that she wouldn't stand in his way. She goes
on that Gordon doesn't deserve to be hurt, but Wayne
seems to be expert at doing just that. Wayne snaps, "Really?"
He then adds that he reckons his father would be a damn sight
happier if she wasn't around; why doesn't she
leave? Barbara snaps at him that it's going to take a lot more
than a slimy piece of work like him to split them up.
Wayne retorts that he wouldn't bet on that if he were
her - unless she enjoys losing. He walks off, leaving
Barbara looking furious.
Andy has arrived at Woombai, and as he carries his suitcase into
the lounge room, he says to Fiona that he hopes she doesn't mind
an extra guest. Fiona assures him that of course she doesn't.
Andy explains that he was going to 'phone, but he thought it would
be best if he just fronted up. Fiona tells him that Amanda has
been very preoccupied with Mitch lately; she probably would have
tried to talk him out of coming. She adds that she's very worried
about the girl. Andy tells her that Amanda has been pretty mixed
up since Todd died. Fiona says she's sure it explains the attraction
with Mitch. Andy says he thinks he'll go and talk to her, and
he asks where she is. Fiona replies that she's on the property
somewhere - she went for a walk. She then warns Andy that Amanda
gets very upset at people keeping tabs on her. Andy just suggests
that they see what happens. He goes.
Amanda and Mitch are leaning against an old fence in the grounds.
As Amanda takes in the surroundings, she tells Mitch that this
has always been her favourite spot in Woombai. Mitch tells her
that last night was really great. Amanda smiles and replies that
it was good for her, too. Mitch puts his arms round her,
but after a few seconds, Amanda says she thinks they'd better
be getting back, as lunch will be ready soon. Mitch tells her
that it can wait. From a distance, Andy suddenly spots them, and
he watches them, staring at Mitch with his arms round Amanda.
He shakes his head in annoyance. He then starts walking towards
them, and Amanda suddenly spots him. She pulls away from Mitch
and he asks what's wrong. Amanda indicates Andy, and Mitch immediately
growls, "Not him again." Andy joins them and
comments to Amanda that it didn't take her much time to get over
Todd. Amanda retorts that she's not-- Mitch interrupts her, though,
and growls at Andy, "Listen, pip-squeak, you're not her watchdog,
so buzz off." Andy snaps back at Mitch that he should
buzz off: Amanda is upset and he's just taking advantage of her.
He grabs Amanda's hand and says, "Let's go to the homestead."
Mitch, though, pulls Andy's arm away and snaps at him that he
told him to get lost. He then gives Andy a shove and he falls
over. Amanda goes to help him, but Mitch tells her to leave him
- it serves him right. The two of them walk off, leaving Andy
sprawled on the ground, looking annoyed.
A short time later, Fiona is laying the table, and as she does
so, she says she'll speak to Alan - Mitch should be fired.
Amanda snaps at her that, for the third time, it wasn't Mitch's
fault - if Andy had minded his own business, nothing
would have happened. Andy comes in at that moment and snaps at
Amanda that he thought he knew her. He asks her what
she's trying to prove, adding that she can't say she's got over
Todd already. Amanda tells him that she hasn't.
Andy asks her why she's carrying on the way she is, then. Amanda
snaps at him that he doesn't understand, so he should just stay
out of it - and she doesn't want him mucking things up for Mitch,
either. She storms off. Fiona reluctantly tells Andy that as far
as Amanda is concerned, Mitch can do no wrong; setting him off
on the straight and narrow is like a charity case for her. Andy
sourly comments that what he saw out there didn't look
like charity. Fiona looks at him and says, "Eh? Andy tells
her that when Amanda split up with Wayne, she went crazy for a
while, throwing herself at any bloke who liked sideways at her;
now it looks like she's doing exactly the same thing after Todd.
Fiona suggests that maybe it's a way of coping, even if she's
not happy with it. She grimly adds that she thinks Amanda is making
a mistake, latching onto Mitch.
Jim is back at the Palmer house, and in the kitchen, he tells
Beryl that the lad has got him worried. Beryl points
out that it's a big school - maybe he just missed him.
Jim, though, explains that he talked to one of Jeff's teachers
and he hasn't been at school all day. He goes on that
he hopes Jeff isn't out on a bender. Seeing the look of worry
on Beryl's face, he quickly adds that he's not saying he is,
but he might trawl through the pubs just to be on the safe side.
Beryl asks him if it wouldn't be an idea if he talked to Luke.
Jim tells her that he doesn't know where he lives. Beryl points
out that he knows where he works, though. Jim agrees
that that's true. He then adds that he's not too fond of the guy
at the moment, but it could save him a lot of time. Beryl agrees
that she'd say so. She puts a plate of food down on the table
for him and tells him to eat up. Jim looks at the plate she's
put down for herself and comments that what she's got
there wouldn't feed a canary. Beryl says she knows, but
she's not very hungry. She then quickly adds that she can't be
selfish, she supposes. She picks up plate containing some slices
of bread from the counter and puts them on the table. Jim tells
her that she doesn't have to eat on his account. Beryl
replies that she isn't; actually, she's eating for two,
these days: she's pregnant - to David. As Jim stares at her in
shock, she adds that it's better for him to know before he sees
David, because David thinks it's his. Jim, looking bemused,
tells her that, first of all, he'll offer his congratulations
- but they never... he hasn't been in Melbourne for months;
how does David think it's his? Beryl says she doesn't
know - he just wants to believe it. Jim asks if David doesn't
want the responsibility, and Beryl says she supposes not.
Jim tells her that he'll soon sort him out, but Beryl
cries, "No." Jim tells her that David has got to know
it's his kid. Beryl, though, says she'd rather he didn't, adding
that, if he does'nt want to come back to her, she won't pressure
him; it'll only make matters worse.
Barbara is laying the table at Dural. Gordon is standing next
to her as she does it, and she tells him that he's letting Wayne
off far too easily. Gordon, though, points out that facing the
O'Briens won't be easy. He then goes on that he can't forget Wayne's
loyalty both to him and the company - and he's been a much better
son since he's been back there; he's not going to undo
any good that's been done by throwing him out. Barbara snaps that
it seems as if she doesn't have any say in who stays under her
roof these days. Gordon, picking up on the implication, retorts
that, if she's referring to Liz, they've been through
that. There's suddenly a knock at the front door, and Barbara
says it will be Irene. She goes to get it. As Irene comes into
the house, Barbara gently asks her how the flight was. Irene just
murmurs, "So so." She adds that jetlag is just starting
to set in. The two women go into the lounge room. Gordon is standing
behind the bar, and he goes to pour Irene a drink. He suddenly
realises that they're out of soda, and Barbara curtly suggests
that he'd better fill it up. He picks up the siphon and goes.
Barbara invites Irene to sit down and then says she'll start with
the awkward question first: how was Switzerland? Irene replies
that it was awful: when she arrived, Nat was in a dreadful rage,
accusing the nurse of negligence. Barbara, looking surprised,
says, "With Todd?" Irene explains that it seems
he died after she gave him an overdose of painkillers; Nat wanted
her hung, drawn and quartered. Barbara comments that she's not
surprised. Irene agrees that she wasn't, either, until
she found out what an awful state Todd had been in - then she
wondered whether he asked the nurse to do it; maybe she
did him a favour. Barbara, looking shocked, says she
can't subscribe to that theory. Irene tells her that neither can
Nat; he was still foaming at the mouth after the funeral, so she
left him to it - she couldn't take any more. Barbara tells her
that it's over now - she should just forget about it and concentrate
on the future. Irene replies that she will - she has
to. Barbara says she wishes Amanda would take a leaf
out of her book - she's up at Woombai with Fiona and Bob Mitchell,
acting very strangely, she might add. Irene comments that always
knew Amanda would take it badly. She adds that she'll have a word
with the girl when she gets back. Changing the subject, she remarks
that Gordon looks very well. Barbara tells her that they're both
fine. Irene says she thought the air was a bit thick when she
arrived, and she asks what's up. Barbara explains that Liz is
back, and she can't say she's too thrilled about it. Irene says,
"I see. " She suggests that Barbara had better start
from the top.
Wayne is sitting out by the pool when Liz wanders over to him
and says, "Penny for them." Wayne, though, tells her
that they're not even worth that much. Liz looks at him
quizzically and he explains that he let Gordy down over something
and Barbara's out to get him. Liz comments that Barbara isn't
very happy with her, either - she shouldn't have called
Gordon last night; she should have gone interstate or something.
Wayne asks her if the police can't do anything. Liz tells
him that, to be honest, there's not much they can do.
She then adds that she's glad to have the chance to see Gordon
again. Wayne comments that she's still in love with him, isn't
she. Liz sadly replies, "For all the good it's going to do
me - he's obviously very happy with Barbara." Wayne, though,
growls that Barbara makes his father's life a misery;
it's only that he's too much of a gentleman to admit
it. Looking surprised, Liz asks him if he's sure. Wayne
replies that he's positive: Gordon is going to be a very unhappy
man. Suddenly appearing to think of something, he adds, "But
you can change that." Looking surprised, Liz asks,
"How?" Wayne tells her, "By taking him away from
her." Liz, an expression of surprise and shock on her face,
asks him if he's serious. Wayne assures her that he's never been
more serious in his life. He tells her, "Gordy will
be a lot better off if Barbara is turfed out on her ear. You can
do it, Liz. I'll do anything I can to help you."