Barbara is on the 'phone in the lounge room, talking to Irene.
She tells her that she doesn't know how she could have been so
stupid - she must have needed her head read, offering Liz money.
Irene points out that it's done now - there's nothing she can
do about it. Barbara says she's still determined to get Liz out
of the house - she'll just have to be a bit more subtle. Irene
tells her that laying on the charm is her suggestion, in that
case. Barbara suddenly hears the front door opening and she tells
Irene that she has to go. She thanks her for lending an ear and
hangs up. Gordon comes in and Barbara explains that she was just
talking to Irene - seeing that she got home alright. She offers
him a drink before dinner and he accepts. As she pours it, Barbara
says she realises he must be very disappointed in the way she's
behaved towards Liz; checking up with the agency about the poor
girl was obviously very painful for her. Gordon agrees, "Obviously."
He sits down and Barbara continues that all she can say is that
she's really very sorry and that she'll do her best to make things
more pleasant for her in the future. Gordon tells her that that
shouldn't be that hard - Liz is a very nice person. Barbara says
she knows - it's just her being a bit of a duffer, she supposes.
Gordon smiles and assures her that she's not a bad old
duffer - she'll do him for a few more years yet.
Wayne comes out of the study. As he walks into the hallway, Liz
is coming downstairs, and she asks him if he's not joining them
for dinner. Looking surprised, Wayne comments that he expected
to see her with her bags packed. Liz explains that she's not going
now: 'wonderful wife' Barbara offered her money to take off -
to save her blackmailing Gordon; that's what she accused her of
being there for. Wayne growls that Barbara is off her tree.
Liz tells him that she's just starting to realise that; she's
also starting to realise that she's no good for Gordon. Wayne
points out that he's been trying to tell her that all along. Liz
replies that she's seen it for herself now - so from here on,
may the best woman win. Wayne tells her, "Good on you."
He then adds that, unfortunately, he won't be there to see the
fireworks, as he has to drop some papers into Karen Fox. Liz assures
him that she'll give him a full battle report when he gets back.
Wayne goes and Liz heads into the lounge room, where she says
a polite, "Good evening," to Gordon and Barbara. Looking
at her outfit, Gordon remarks that she's certainly dressed up
for the occasion. Liz explains that she felt like brightening
herself up a bit. Gordon offers her a drink and she asks for small
scotch and water. Gordon asks Barbara to get it. As she pours
it, she tells Gordon and Liz that she's afraid she'll have to
leave them to their own devices, as she has dinner to get ready.
Liz tells her that that's alright: Gordon has promised to teach
her eight-ball; they can have the first lesson. Gordon replies
that that sounds fine to him. Liz suggests that they
go and chalk the cue! The two of them leave the room. The polite
smile on Barbara's face becomes a grimace.
Karen is sitting at the table in the lounge room at the Fisher
house, a pile of papers in front of her. Wayne comes in and comments
that she's working late. Karen tells him that she'll be working
until midnight to get through that lot. Wayne remarks
that there's no rest for the wicked! Karen doesn't look impressed.
Wayne hands her the papers he's brought over, and as he does so,
Karen asks if there's any chance that he could stay and lend a
hand for a few hours. Wayne, though, says he's sorry, but not
tonight. Karen asks him if he has a dinner date with Katie. Wayne
just mutters, "No." Karen says to him that he is
still seeing her, isn't he? Wayne replies, "Sort
of." He then adds that they'll have to wait and see. Karen
says that, if he's not seeing her, can't he stay and
give her some help? - she could really use it; she could call
the caterers and have them send in a meal - it'll be like the
first time they met. Wayne gives in and agrees that he'll stay,
but he adds that they won't be eating there to make it seem like
the good old days; it'll be because they're working late. Karen
assures him that that's what she meant - she was simply trying
to be practical, that's all.
Irene is in Fiona's apartment, and Katie is showing her her computer.
She explains that once you've written the program and it works,
you put it on the tape and put the tape in the machine; you call
up the program and you're away. She shows Irene a display on the
screen, and Irene comments that she makes it seem so easy! Katie
tells her that if you like doing something enough, it's never
much of an effort. Irene agrees that that's true, and she tells
Katie that she'll have to give her a lesson one day. Katie, suddenly
looking glum, replies that it'll have to be soon, as she doesn't
think she'll be hanging round much longer. Looking surprised,
Irene asks her why she had her computer sent up to Sydney then.
Katie explains that she's the sort of person who rushes into things
without listening to what other people have to say; she thinks
she's learning her lesson now, though; all-in-all, going back
to Melbourne seems the best idea. Irene asks if this has something
to do with Wayne. Katie replies that something happened to make
her realise that the people who warned her about him might have
a point. Irene, looking sympathetic, says she has a good pair
of ears; Katie can tell her all about it if she wants to.
Liz and Gordon head from the games room back to the lounge room
at Dural, Liz laughing as they do so that she doesn't think she'll
ever master the game! Gordon tells her that it just takes
time and practice. Liz, though, points out that she missed the
white ball, let alone hitting any of the others! Barbara comes
into the lounge room from the kitchen and tells them that she's
just ready to serve dinner - but before she does, there's something
she'd like to say to Liz. Liz stares at her, and she goes on that
she realises she's behaved really badly since Liz arrived, and
she's sorry - all that business with the agency was totally uncalled
for, and from now on she'll do her best to make her welcome in
their home; she only hopes Liz can forgive her behaviour. Liz
smiles and assures her that of course she can - as far as she's
concerned, it never happened. Barbara thanks her, and Gordon says
he's glad that's sorted out - now they can get on with enjoying
each other's company. Barbara asks Gordon if he can open the wine.
Gordon replies that of course he can. Turning to Liz, he adds
that his wife saves all the best jobs for him! He and Barbara
leave the room. Liz looks annoyed.
The next morning, Liz and Wayne are coming downstairs, and Liz
is telling Wayne that she wishes he'd been there to see Barbara
at work - that two-faced bitch: one moment she was slapping her
face and the next she was sweetness and light. Wayne says to Liz
that she's not going to let Barbara get away with it, is she?
Liz replies that of course she isn't - she just wants to know
what Barbara is up to, that's all. Having heard the voices, Gordon
comes out from the lounge room and asks Liz if she's off to work.
Liz replies that it's her first day - she's quite looking forward
to it. Gordon asks her if she's sure she doesn't mind using her
own car for the courier work. Liz assures him that she doesn't.
Gordon tells her that they'll pay her a petrol allowance, and
she thanks him. He heads back into the lounge room to finish his
breakfast. When he's gone, Wayne says to Liz that he wishes he
was a fly on the wall: Barbara is bound to make her next move
now; he'd love to know what it's going to be. Liz tells him that
Barbara can make as many moves as she likes, but she's still going
to lose in the long run. The two of them go out. At the
breakfast table, Barbara offers Gordon more toast, but he tells
her that he's fine. He then goes on that he knows the situation
between her and Liz isn't easy, but he does appreciate the trouble
she went to last night to apologise to her - he's very proud of
her. Barbara tells him that she's not very proud of herself.
Gordon, though, says he's sure that if they work at it, they can
iron out any tensions that might crop up. Barbara says she agrees.
She adds that, of course, they must realise that it's very hard
for Liz, too - she must feel just as uncomfortable as she
does; and on top of everything else, there's that dreadful man,
Perrin, to worry about. She goes on that she was just thinking
that maybe they could find Liz a nice flat - somewhere close so
that she could visit whenever she wanted to, but so that she didn't
feel as if she was living in their pockets. Looking wary, Gordon
says he doesn't know. Barbara tells him that they'd make sure
it had very good security systems. Gordon suggests that Liz mightn't
be too happy with the idea. Barbara assures him that it was only
a suggestion. Gordon says he knows. Barbara adds that it would
also solve a lot of problems, as well as giving Liz everything
she needs. Looking thoughtful, Gordon suggests that they ask her;
he agrees that it's a good idea, but he doesn't want the poor
girl to feel that they're throwing her out. Barbara assures him
that if Liz wants to stay, that's fine by her. Gordon says they'll
see what she has to say. Barbara nods, a warm smile on her face...
Wayne and Liz are at the Fisher house, and Wayne tells Liz that
Karen will probably give her a hard time at first. Liz comments
that she doesn't even know her. Wayne explains that Gordy
hired her - the last bloke he put on turned out to be a real moron.
Liz remarks that Karen Fox sees herself as Boss Cocky, eh? Wayne
agrees, "Does she ever." He goes on that she'll probably
try and muscle him around this morning, as well. Liz
asks if he means because of last night. Wayne replies that he
told Karen that they're relationship is over, but she won't give
up. Looking concerned, Liz says she's a bit nervous about meeting
her, now - she sounds like an ogre! Wayne agrees that she she
has her days... They suddenly hear Karen's voice out in the hallway,
snapping at Jill that she told her she can't remember where she
put the damn thing; that's why she wants Jill to look
for it. The two women come into the room, Jill saying as they
do so that she only asked Karen where she was using it
last night. Karen snaps that she doesn't remember - how many times
does she have to tell her? Wayne interrupts and says, "Morning."
He then introduces Liz, but Karen barely gives her a glance before
walking out of the room. Jill welcomes Liz and introduces herself.
Wayne explains to Liz that Jill has only been working for them
for a few months, so she shouldn't feel too much like
the new boy. Karen comes back in and asks Jill to show Liz where
the letters she's holding have to go - she wants them delivered
first thing. Liz follows Jill out of the room. Alone with Wayne,
Karen tells him that she's going to be out this morning, so she's
left him-- Wayne interrupts her, though, and growls that she didn't
have to be so rude to Liz - she's getting a hard enough time from
Barbara without her making it worse. Suddenly
calming down and looking interested, Karen asks him what put Barbara
on the warpath. Wayne replies, "Jealousy," going on
that Gordon is quite taken with Liz, so Barbara has gone on full
alert. Karen smiles interestedly and says, "Really?"
She then asks what Liz thinks of Barbara. Wayne replies
that she can't stand her - if she had her way, she'd
bundle Gordy out of Barbara's life for good. Karen comments
that maybe she'll enjoy having the girl working there after all
- it seems they're on the same side. Changing the subject, she
continues that, anyway, she must be off - she has a meeting in
half an hour. She adds that he's not to make any important decisions
while she's away. Wayne looks annoyed. The 'phone suddenly starts
ringing, and Karen tells him that he can answer that,
though. She goes and Wayne picks up the 'phone. Irene comes on
and asks if Karen is there. Wayne explains that she's just left.
Irene asks him to tell Karen when she gets back that she's home
- Karen came looking for her while she was away; Katie passed
on a message. Suddenly looking interested, Wayne asks if Karen
was talking to Katie. Irene says, "Yes." She
adds that Karen must have got her dates mixed up about when she
was coming back. Wayne, though, growls that he doesn't think so
- Karen isn't the type to get confused about dates; he'd
say that she had another reason for dropping into the
Katie opens the door of Fiona's flat to find Wayne standing there.
He walks straight in and Katie bluntly asks him what he wants.
He tells her that he just found out why she backed off at a million
miles an hour the other night: Karen was around, talking to her,
wasn't she? Katie shuts the door and asks who told him. Wayne
replies that it was Irene. He then asks what Karen had to say.
Katie tells him that she said she was one in a long line of girlfriends
he's had and that, once he'd got what he wanted, she wouldn't
see him for dust. Wayne asks if that's all. Katie
asks back if that isn't enough; Karen told her that she'd
given his him marching orders once she found out the same thing.
She adds, "So much for your story about ditching
her." Wayne tells her to sit down. Katie insists that she
doesn't want to talk about-- Wayne interrupts and says, "Please?"
They both sit down. Wayne then turns and looks Katie in the eye
and tells her that he won't pretend he doesn't have a bad side
- he's not a saint - but he does care about her; Karen knows about
that, so she set out to make trouble for him - the thrust of his
relationship with her is that she wanted it and he found her attractive
enough to go along with it for a while, but when he realised that
she was becoming important to him, he told Karen he wanted
out; the trouble is that she isn't giving up without a fight:
everything she told Katie is just part of it, but it's all lies.
He tells Katie that he wants her back - for the right reasons.
Katie, having listened intently, smiles at him and says she's
been so miserable without him. They start kissing passionately.
Karen arrives back at the Fisher house to find Wayne and Katie
sitting on the couch. She sarcastically comments, "This looks
very cosy." Wayne retorts, "It is." Karen
asks him if he isn't going to work today. Wayne tells her that
there's nothing that can't wait until this afternoon - he and
Katie are going for a long lunch. Karen snaps that everything
there comes to a standstill while he's out making goo-goo eyes
at his little girlfriend, does it? Wayne, though, says he thinks
she'll be glad to have him out of the way. He then goes
on that he didn't know she'd borrowed money to buy into their
company. As a look of annoyance crosses Karen's face, and he explains
that one of her creditors called: he's threatening legal action
if she doesn't start paying up. Karen just stands there, grim-faced.
Wayne says to Katie that they don't want to be late for the restaurant,
and Katie stands up. She then tells Karen that Irene's back, and
she heads out to the front door. Wayne lingers in the lounge room
and explains to Karen that Irene called not long after she left
- she told him that Karen had stopped into the boarding house
and gave a message to Katie; in fact, Katie told him that she
had quite a chat with Karen. He smiles nastily and adds, "Not
your day, is it." Karen glares at him and he goes.
Mitch and Amanda are lying on some straw in a barn at Woombai.
Mitch asks Amanda if she's happy, and she tells him, "Mmm."
Mitch says, "Me too." He then tells her that Freddy
has invited them to a barbecue tonight - it should be a lot of
fun. Amanda replies that it sounds lovely, but he's picked the
wrong night. Mitch asks why. Amanda explains that Fiona has invited
some guests over for dinner, and she'll get a bit huffy if she's
not there. Mitch tells her to let Fiona get huffy, but
Amanda says she can't: Fiona doesn't like the idea of
the two of them seeing each other, and if she starts to make it
more obvious, she'll really get her back up. Mitch points out
that there's not really anything Fiona can do about it.
Amanda, though, laughs, "Don't believe it!" She then
explains that Fiona may not own Woombai anymore, but
she's certainly got a lot of sway with the people who do
- she could make it difficult for him to hang on to his job. Mitch
growls, "Rotten old cow - why doesn't she mind her own business?"
Amanda agrees, "I know." Mitch then goes on that, still,
it's nice to know Amanda has got his best interests at heart.
Amanda sits up and suggests that it's time they were getting back.
Mitch tells her that it'll be a boring old barbie without her.
Amanda, looking thoughtful, replies that, when it's finished,
he should wait until the lights are out at the homestead and then
come on up - she'll leave the door unlocked. Mitch smiles and
says, "OK - you're on." He adds that it won't turn out
to be such a bad night after all. He kisses her. Amanda
just looks thoughtful.
At the homestead, Fiona is taking some cutlery out of the sideboard
drawer. Amanda comes in and comments that they're eating out on
the verandah today, are they? Fiona asks, "Why not?"
adding that it seems a shame to waste such a lovely day. Amanda
explains that she just saw Andy out there, soaking up the sunshine.
Changing the subject, she asks how Fiona would feel about having
the Hansens over for dinner tonight. She adds that they were good
enough to invite her over on the first night they arrived,
and she was sorry she didn't get to see them. Fiona says she thinks
it's a very good idea, but there's a barbecue on tonight - wouldn't
Amanda rather go to that? Amanda replies, "Not really."
She adds that it's been ages since she's seen the Hansens. Fiona
tells her that it's fine by her, and she asks Amanda
to lay the table while she gives them a call. Amanda smiles broadly.
Andy is sitting outside on the verandah, reading a magazine,
when Amanda comes out with a tray of lunch things. She asks him
what he's looking at, and he explains that it's a bike mag. Amanda
muses that he'll have to send her Aunty Barb a subscription! She
then tells Andy that she's glad he came up to Woombai, as it's
good having him around. Andy replies that he'll only be staying
a couple more days. Looking surprised, Amanda asks why, and Andy
explains that he's got a few jobs lined up with the disco. Amanda
asks him if he'll stay as long as he can. Looking surprised, Andy
comments that that's a bit of a change of tune, isn't it? - yesterday,
she practically told him to get lost. Amanda explains that she
was angry, that's all. Andy asks about Mitch. Amanda replies that
he doesn't mean anything to her. Andy asks her why she's been
spending so much time giving him the big come-on, then. Amanda
says she doesn't know - it's a way of coping, she supposes; it
helps to keep her mind off Todd. Andy points out that there are
better ways of coping. Amanda says she knows - that's
why she wants him to stay so that she'll have someone to talk
to. She adds that she knows it probably doesn't make much sense.
Andy tells her that she's dead right! Amanda explains that all
she's asking is that he stays a bit longer; she thought they were
good enough friends for at least that. She pleads, "Please?"
Andy agrees that he'll stay as long as he can.
The front door opens at Fiona's flat and Katie and Wayne walk
in, Katie exclaiming excitedly that that's the first time she's
ever been to a restaurant where they have finger bowls - and it's
also the first time she's ever eaten calamari. Wayne smiles and
says, "There you go: two new experiences in the one day!"
Katie puts her arms round him and says she's a lucky girl, isn't
she! Wayne agrees, "I reckon!" Katie suddenly declares,
"I love you." Looking taken aback, Wayne tells her that
he feels a lot for her, too - but so that he doesn't mess things
up, he thinks he should get something out in the open. Katie smiles
and asks if he turns into a werewolf when there's a full moon!
Wayne tells her, "Not quite!" They sit down and Wayne
then asks Katie if she remembers this morning, when he said he
had a bad side; he thinks he should explain: sometimes, he hurts
people to get what he wants - it's part of him that he doesn't
think will ever change. Katie says she doesn't think he'll do
anything to hurt her. Wayne, though, tells her that he
already has - he's hurt her and her family.
He goes on that, when he tells her, there's a fair chance she'll
never want to see him again. He continues, "It's to do with
A short time later, Wayne tells Katie that that's it: he gave
Jeff booze money to steal information from her father; his only
excuse - if he can find one at all - is that when he let Karen
push him into it, he honestly didn't know that Jeff was an alcoholic.
Katie points out that Karen forced him into it. Wayne agrees that
she did the first time - but the second time, she was overseas
and he did it off his own bat; by then, he did know Jeff
had a drinking problem. Katie tells him that he wasn't to know
for sure that Jeff would spend the money on alcohol.
Wayne says there's no point looking for an excuse that isn't there
- they just have to face up to the fact that part of him is a
louse, simple as that; so does she love him enough to put up with
that side of him? He adds that Amanda didn't and neither did Jill;
maybe it's expecting too much to think anyone could.
Katie tells him that it'll take her a while to get over what he
said... but she does love him enough.
Liz walks into Dural and says she thinks that car of hers has
finally given up the ghost - it's been playing up for weeks but
it just died in the driveway. Barbara, who's sorting out the plant
arrangement in the hall, suggests that they'd better give it a
decent burial. She quickly adds, "No offence." Liz goes
on that she doesn't know how she's going to make the rest of her
deliveries. Barbara suggests that she use the Rolls. Liz insists
that she couldn't, and Barbara asks why not. Liz explains that
she wouldn't feel comfortable. She heads into the lounge room
and hands Gordon the papers from Karen. As he takes them, he asks
her if she can ride a scooter. Liz replies that, as a matter of
fact, she can - she had one before she had her car. Gordon
tells her that the problem's solved, then. He looks at Barbara
and asks her if she minds. Barbara politely replies that of course
she doesn't, and she goes to get the keys. Alone with Liz, Gordon
tells her that he's glad she's there as there's something he wanted
to talk over with her: how would she feel about moving into a
flat close by? Looking taken aback, Liz says she doesn't know.
Gordon goes on that they thought she might like a bit more independence;
he's checked out the local real estate agents and there are apparently
quite a few with excellent security systems. Liz says that, if
he thinks it's a good idea... Gordon tells her that he does -
but it's her decision. Liz asks when she can start looking, and
Gordon says he'll organise it for the weekend. Liz thanks him.
Gordon, though, tells her not to thank him; thank Barbara
- it was her idea. Barbara comes back at that moment
and tells Liz that she was just doing what she thought best. She
hands over the keys and Liz goes. Barbara smiles at Gordon.
At Woombai, Fiona is sitting on the couch, reading a magazine,
when she suddenly hears a voice calling, "Mrs. Thompson?"
It's Mitch and Fiona calls back that she's in there. He comes
in and she asks him what she can do for him. Mitch explains that
he wanted to let her know that he's organised one of the property
cars for her. Fiona looks at him quizzically, and he goes on that
he was talking to Amanda before lunch and she said they were having
guests over for dinner; he thought she might want to run into
town and do a spot of shopping. Fiona, looking surprised, tells
him that that's very thoughtful of him. She then comments that
he said Amanda was telling him this before lunch? Mitch
says, "Yeah... we were having a bit of a chat." Fiona
muses, "I see." Mitch goes on that he was actually going
to take Amanda to the barbecue, but she felt she couldn't let
her down over the guests tonight. Fiona, looking thoughtful,
murmurs, "No..." She then remarks that Mitch really
likes Amanda, doesn't he? Mitch says, "I reckon." He
adds that she's great - and he likes working there, too: Terry's
mates have made him feel really welcome. He goes on that he's
not going to mess it up: when Amanda's dad gets back from America,
he's not going to hear anything but good reports about him. Fiona
says she's very pleased to hear that. She then says he's not making
all this effort just to impress Amanda, is he? Mitch
asks, "What if I am?" Fiona tells him that she wouldn't
like to see him get hurt; from what she understands, Amanda really
isn't interested in him - it's just that when she gets emotionally
upset, she tends to get involved with the first man who comes
along; invariably, it doesn't last very long. Mitch snaps at her
that he reckons she's barking up the wrong tree - he could tell
if Amanda wasn't really interested in him. Fiona warns, "Mitch..."
Mitch, though, snaps that he could: Amanda is the best
thing that's ever happened to him and as soon as he gets enough
money behind him, he's going to ask her to marry him.
Wayne is sitting reading some papers at the table in the lounge
room at the Fisher house. Jill comes in and, seeing the smug expression
on his face, comments that it must have been a good lunch. Wayne
replies that it was excellent. Jill then tells him that Karen
wasn't too impressed with him bringing Katie over there. Wayne
growls that that's too bad - he wasn't impressed with
the way she went to Katie to badmouth him. Jill tells
him that it took ages to calm Karen down after he'd gone, so he
should steer clear of her when she gets back. Wayne asks where
she is, and Jill explains that she's at the bank, trying to raise
a loan. Wayne, looking interested, comments that the creditors
must really be starting to howl. Jill says, "Yeah..."
She then asks how the company's going; should she start
looking for another job? Wayne tells her that it's not too bad
yet - but if things don't start picking up soon...
Liz suddenly comes into the room and announces that she's back.
She adds that she's sorry it took so long, but her car conked
out at the Hamiltons'; Barbara was good enough to lend her her
scooter, though. She hands Jill some envelopes and Jill leaves
the room to go and sort them out. Alone with Liz, Wayne asks,
"Exciting day?" Liz retorts that he doesn't know how
exciting: Barbara has managed to convince Gordon that she'd be
much more comfortable and happy in a flat of her own.
Wayne stands up, looking annoyed. He says to Liz that she didn't
agree to go, did she? Liz tells him that she had to -
Gordon obviously thought it was for her own good. She adds that
Wayne should have seen the smirk on Barbara's face. Wayne growls,
"I bet." He then adds that it's a pity that the guy
that's been monstering Liz isn't after Barbara. Something
suddenly appears to occur to him, and he says, "Maybe that's
it." Liz asks him what he means. A nasty smile on
his face, Wayne replies, "I think it's high time George Perrin,
arch-psychopath, made a big comeback..."