Katie is on the 'phone in Fiona's apartment at the boarding house,
talking to her mother. She asks her to tell her dad that she'll
believe he caught those fish when she sees the snaps! She then
tells Heather that she loves her, too, and they hang up. Wayne
hands her a drink and suggests that, now that her parents are
back, it's time he fronted up. Katie tells him that she'll come
with him, but Wayne replies that he thinks he'd rather face the
firing squad alone - he doesn't want her to see him ask
for a blindfold before they shoot him! Katie points out to him
that, if he was a coward, he wouldn't have owned up about Jeff
- and he certainly wouldn't have the guts to face her mum and
dad. She smiles enigmatically and adds, "I think
you're a hero!" Wayne smiles back and tells her
that she's good for his morale! Katie retorts that that's exactly
why she should be with him tomorrow. Wayne, though, says, "No."
Katie goes on that she'd hate her parents to think she's ashamed
of being seen with him. Wayne tells her that he doesn't
want her upset. Katie retorts that she'd be more upset
if he leaves her behind: she's got too much imagination for her
own good! Wayne comments that it takes a lot of imagination to
see him as a hero! Katie pleads, "Take me?"
Wayne gives in, but tells her that he doesn't know why he lets
her talk him around! He adds that he'll make the bookings.
At the Woombai homestead, Mitch tells Amanda that he got an invite
to the woolshed dance today, and he asks her if she wants to head
off to that instead of playing cards. Amanda asks where it is.
Mitch replies that some people called Harding are putting it on.
Amanda, her face dropping, immediately says, "Oh dear...",
adding that she doesn't get on very well with the Hardings. She
asks if she can give it a miss. Looking annoyed, Mitch asks her
if she's scared of being seen out with him: she couldn't make
it to the barbecue last night, either. Amanda points out that
she explained that - and as for the dance, she doesn't
want to stop him having a good time. Mitch suggests that they
could do something else, but Amanda tells him to get
out there and meet the locals. Mitch tells her that he wants to
be with her. Amanda, though, points out that they'll
have plenty of time for each other. Fiona, who's sitting on the
couch, listening, turns and stares at them. Mitch goes to walk
out. Amanda follows him and says that, tonight... come and see
her when he gets back. Mitch assures her that there's no keeping
him away! He goes. Amanda then calls to Andy that they're ready
to play. Fiona comments to her that it wouldn't have hurt her
to go to the dance. Amanda points out that Mitch is getting what
he wants, but Fiona tells her that it's a lot more than a physical
attraction for him. She goes on that she doesn't know how Amanda
can do this so soon after Todd's death, but if she wants to play
around, she should find someone who's not serious about
her. Amanda curtly retorts that she's not forcing him
into anything. Fiona asks her if she thinks Mitch is going to
put up with her treatment forever. At that moment, Andy
comes in and cheerfully tells Fiona and Amanda to break out the
matchsticks as he feels like a winner tonight! Suddenly appearing
to make a decision, Amanda glumly tells him that he and Fiona
are going to have to fight it out between themselves - she'd better
go to the dance after all.
Later that evening, Amanda and Mitch arrive back at the homestead
and Mitch comments that it was a really good night. Amanda smiles
and exclaims that she couldn't believe it when he won the door
prize! Mitch growls that it's the first thing he's won in his
life and it has to be set of seat covers! Amanda assures him that
it won't be long until he gets the car to go with them. Mitch
asks her what sort she'd like him to get. Amanda points out that
it's not want she wants, but Mitch tells her that he
won't buy anything that she doesn't like. He goes on that she
should give him six months to come up with the money and six months
to come up with the deposit for a house; he's been checking out
the market, and you get really good value for your dollar round
Woombai - and they can get the furniture in Sydney if she likes.
Looking surprised, Amanda asks what he means by 'they' can get
the furniture. Mitch tells her that she must know how serious
he is about her - ever since they met, he's been making plans
for them. Amanda, looking wary, replies that it's bad luck to
make too many plans; she did it with... somebody else, and it
didn't work out; she'd like to take each day as it comes, right
now. Mitch explains that he just wanted to let her know how serious
he is about her, that's all.
The next morning, Jeff comes out of his room at Luke's, wearing
his school uniform. Luke is sitting at the table, working on some
papers. As he looks at Jeff, he asks in surprise if he's going
back to school. Jeff replies that he's got exams coming up and
he's way behind. He takes a couple of books out of the schoolbag
he's carrying and says he hopes he doesn't get too many questions
about where he's been. Luke says he'd better get off to work.
Jeff asks him if he's decided how to handle Patricia. Luke just
says, "Yes." Looking annoyed, Jeff asks him if he doesn't
trust him enough to tell him. Luke warily replies that it's not
that... Jeff snaps that Luke is scared that he'll get drunk and
shoot his mouth off. Luke asks him if he promises he won't.
Jeff points out to him that he's got his bank book - he can't
afford any grog. Luke says he's sorry. He then explains
that he's going to convert their clients' investments into cash
and pocket the money. Looking shocked, Jeff snaps at him that
he's out of his mind: the minute Patricia finds out, she'll call
the police. Luke, though, tells him that his father won't let
her - he'll hush the whole thing up and will also make sure the
investors get their money back. Jeff asks what Luke will do if
he doesn't. Luke replies that his father will have the
whole business community laughing at him for having his son ripping
him off; he'd never wear that, so there's no risk. Jeff growls
that he'd say it's still stealing. Luke retorts that he prefers
to call it 'compensation': his father and Patricia thought they
could con him into following in his father's footsteps...; his
father wanted a tough businessman for a son... well, he's about
to get his wish - though not in quite the way he imagined. Jeff
snaps at him that he still thinks the minute Patricia finds out
that she's broke, she's going to call the police for sure. Luke
retorts that she won't if his father tells her to keep her mouth
shut or else; she's dealt with him long enough to know that he
doesn't make empty threats: she'll be ruined and there won't be
a thing she can do about it...
In the lounge room at Toorak, David asks Patricia if she's sure
she can spare the time to come out to the property. Patricia smiles
and replies that she doesn't think one day off will send her bankrupt!
The front door bangs and David comments that Luke is early. Patricia
points out that she told him the boy's keen. Luke comes
into the room and, seeing a packed esky on the table, asks Patricia
and David if they're going on a picnic. Patricia explains that
David roped her into clearing away the rubbish round the house.
Luke remarks that it sounds like a big job. David tells him that
it is! Patricia tells Luke that she's sorry to leave
him with all the work. Luke assures her, "No worries..."
An hour or so later, Patricia, David and Charlie are standing
outside the country house. Charlie is staring into a large tin
bowl of dirty water, and Patricia asks her to empty it out. Charlie
says she'd rather do some sweeping, but Patricia points out that
there's no broom! Charlie looks at the water again and, suddenly
looking shocked, exclaims that there's a frog in it,
and she loathes frogs! Patricia smiles and tells her
that she'd better watch out, as there's one right behind her,
as well. Charlie spins round in horror and knocks the bowl over
in the process! Dirty water spills all over her! Patricia tells
her that she should have worn some old clothes. Charlie indignantly
retorts that she doesn't have any, and she storms off,
leaving David and Patricia laughing heartily! David tells Patricia
that she's a devil!
In Melbourne, Katie is sitting in Wayne's car, which is parked
outside the O'Brien house. She stares at the house through the
open window, then closes the window and gets out. Wayne is already
standing by the driver's side door and he says, "Here goes
nothing." He asks Katie if she's OK. Katie replies that she
didn't realise how much she missed home until she saw the old
place again. Mike and Heather are just walking down the path to
their house, and Heather is saying that, after they've done the
shopping, she really does think Mike should think about going
to see Jeff. Mike suddenly spots Katie and Wayne standing by Wayne's
car, and he angrily growls, "I don't believe it." Katie
says, "Hi!" Mike, though, furiously asks her what the
hell she's doing there with him; he indicates Wayne.
Heather points out to him that Katie doesn't know what's happened.
Katie, though, tells her that, yes, she does: she and Wayne don't
have any secrets from each other. Mike snaps, "You--"
He's interrupted by Wayne, who explains that he and Katie wanted
to be totally upfront about everything. Mike snaps at his daughter
that she's out of her mind having anything to do with Wayne. Katie
explains that Wayne is sorry for what he did; he's come
to apologise. Mike yells that the only thing Wayne can do for
him is get in his car and stay out of his life. He shoves
Wayne against the car. Wayne insists that he wants to talk. Heather
snaps that all the talk in the world won't change what's happened.
Wayne goes on that he wants to pay for professional help. Mike
yells at him that they don't want a cent of his money.
Jim and Beryl are walking down the path next door, and Jim comments
that it sounds like a bit of barney is going on. Beryl remarks
that she thinks one of the voices is Katie's. By the
car, Mike yells at Katie that she's not going anywhere
with Wayne, and he pulls her away from the car. Katie loses her
balance and falls over, onto the grass verge. Wayne pulls Mike
away from Katie and snaps at him to leave her alone. Mike, though,
yells back at him not to tell him what to do. He then starts laying
into Wayne, punching him in the stomach, causing him to bend over
in pain. Katie cries at her mum to make her dad stop, but Heather
tells her that Wayne deserves what he gets. Katie yells that he
doesn't - he came to apologise. Jim suddenly
runs in and pulls Wayne and Mike apart, yelling at them to break
it up. Mike ignores his brother and snaps that he'll break the
mongrel's neck. He then turns to Katie and tells her
that he's warning her: leave with Wayne now-- Beryl suddenly interrupts
and points out that the whole street can hear; surely they can
talk about it before someone is really hurt? Mike snaps that he's
not giving Wayne the time of day. Katie angrily retorts that if
he won't talk, she's leaving there right now. She looks at Wayne
and then helps him into Beryl's house.
A few minutes later, everyone is in Beryl's lounge room, and
Wayne is saying that, when he told Katie what he'd done, he was
sure he'd lose her and he deserved to; she was very upset at first,
but when he told her that he wanted to make amends, she said she'd
stand by him. He goes on that he knew the O'Briens would be upset,
but he wanted to be honest with them. He adds that Katie is about
the best thing that's ever happened to him; he respects her and
wants to make her happy - it would mean a hell of a lot if they
could accept that and give him a chance to undo the damage he's
done. Mike snaps, "Have you finished?" Wayne replies,
"Yeah." Mike snaps, "You go to hell." He then
turns to Katie and goes on, "If you walk out that door with
him, you can forget about coming home again." Jim, looking
shocked, suggests that that's a bit rough. Heather snaps at Katie
that she doesn't know how she could even ask them to accept someone
like Wayne in the family. Wayne tells them that he doesn't blame
them for feeling so strongly, but they shouldn't make a snap decision;
why don't he and Katie leave them to talk it over? Mike snaps
that there's nothing to talk about. Katie, looking upset,
cries that that's it, then: they leave her no choice - she loves
Wayne and she wants to be with him. She tells her family, "Goodbye,"
and she and Wayne walk out. Mike looks at Heather, who puts her
arms round him.
Outside, Wayne has his arm round Katie as they walk slowly back
to the car, both looking upset. Wayne opens the car door, saying
to Katie as he does so that it's not too late for her to change
her mind. Katie, though, tells him that she doesn't think it's
that serious: her dad has kicked her Uncle Jim out of the house
dozens of times, but they always make up in the end; it'll be
the same with her. Wayne tenderly says, "Oh, Katie..."
At Beryl's, Jim tells Mike and Heather that he'd give it a week
at the most before Katie is back home again - she's far too sensible
to be taken in by Wayne for long. He then tells Heather to give
them a smile. Looking concerned, Beryl suddenly asks him if she
can see him in the kitchen. Jim joins her there and she suggests
that he leave Mike and Heather alone. Jim points out
that he's trying to cheer them up. Beryl tells him, "It showed."
Looking bemused, Jim asks her if she always has to be so brutally
blunt! Beryl tells him that it's good for his character! Jim then
tells her that she's good for him. He goes on,
though, that he's damn sure that Wayne isn't good for Katie: he
knows his type - he'll cause nothing but grief. In the lounge
room, Heather cries that she still can't believe Katie chose Wayne
over them. Mike growls that he still can't believe
his son would stab him in the back, either; he guesses parents
are the last ones to wake up to what their kids are really like...
Wayne and Katie are at Luke's apartment. Jeff is there, but he
snaps at his sister that he doesn't want her help and he didn't
ask her to bring her boyfriend round, either. Katie tells him
that he's just being stubborn. Wayne tells Jeff that he doesn't
blame him for being so stroppy, but he wishes Jeff would think
about his offer, as he should be getting professional help. Jeff
snaps that Luke had the same idea, but the clinic didn't work
for him - he ended up signing himself out. Looking surprised,
Katie asks if Luke let him do that. Jeff retorts that
Luke doesn't stand over him like everyone else does. Katie snaps
that it sounds like Luke couldn't care less, to her. She adds
that Luke didn't think twice about using him when it suited him.
Jeff cries that Luke wanted to help him. Katie asks if
that's why he had to pay him. She adds that Luke did give him
money for grog, didn't he? Jeff snaps that Luke could see that
he was desperate. Katie asks him what Luke's excuse was
for taking their dad's job. Jeff doesn't respond, and so Katie
goes on that she doesn't understand him: Luke can do no wrong,
while Wayne is the worst in the world. She angrily tells her brother
that he ought to get off the grog before it kills all
his brain cells. Jeff retorts that he's got enough brains left
to see what they're up to: they want him to spy on Luke;
they're just trying to soften him up. Katie snaps at him that
he's round the bend. Jeff snaps back that he's awake to what Wayne
is doing - he only helps when there's something in it for him.
Wayne insists that he's on the level this time, and Katie adds
that it's true: they only want to help. Jeff snaps at
her that she's the one who needs help - she must be off
her brain to be running round with Wayne. Giving up, Katie suggests
to Wayne that they should go, as they're obviously wasting their
time there. They head off, leaving Jeff looking frustrated and
annoyed. He stands there and runs his hands through his hair.
He then goes and wipes some papers on the table onto the floor.
He finds a bank book lying underneath the papers and he picks
it up and stares at it: it belongs to Luke, but the balance is
only just over $102. He throws it down on the floor, looking upset.
A while later, Wayne and Katie are walking along a riverside
path, and Wayne comments that it hasn't been his day. Katie tells
him that he came out of it better than most. Wayne points
out that he's being treated like he's got the plague by everyone.
Katie, though, reminds him that she isn't treating him
that way; she was proud of him when he didn't fight her dad. Wayne
tells her that he should never have come into her life - he's
caused nothing but trouble. Katie, though, insists that that's
not true: he's made her happier than she's ever been.
Wayne, looking grateful, tells her that, for what it's worth,
it cuts both ways.
At Luke's, Jeff is on the 'phone talking to Luke, at Toorak.
He tells him that he sent them packing, but he thought he should
let Luke know. Luke says he can't understand Katie getting involved.
Jeff tells him that his family have got her thinking that Luke
made their dad lose his job; she's rapt in Wayne, too. Looking
shocked, Luke says, "You're kidding..." Jeff retorts
that he wishes he was. He then adds that she was a real
pain but... he's really missed her. Luke says, "Me too."
He thanks Jeff for the warning and tells him that he'd better
let him get back to school. Jeff, though, explains that he's not
there - he felt crook, so he came home. Luke, accepting this,
tells him that he won't make him go. Changing the subject, Jeff
ask how everything is going. Luke replies that it's great: Patricia
is out at the new house, so there are no worries about her walking
in when he's trying to set things up. Jeff comments that it's
all systems go. Luke tells him that, this time next week, Patricia
won't have a cent to her name...
At the country house, Patricia pours a glass of wine and hands
it to Charlie. Charlie growls that she doesn't know how people
can bear to live in the country - it's so basic. Patricia
laughs that she's changed her tune! She then walks over to David
and hands him a bottle of beer. He stares at Charlie, who's sitting
on the verandah with her mirror and make-up out, trying to spruce
herself up, and remarks that she looks a bit down. Patricia explains
that it's because she's been working like a navvy! She then asks
David if they can clear the rest of the stuff by tomorrow. David
replies that they will if they don't have Charlie round
their neck. Patricia smiles and says she doesn't think her friend
will be coming back for seconds. David muses that he didn't think
she would, either. Patricia admits that she supposes
she was just going through the motions initially, but she's really
enjoying it now - if they'd let somebody else do the work, they
would have missed out on so much. She laughs as she adds that,
every time she hears a frog croak, she thinks of Charlie! David
looks at her, lovingly, and tells her that it's good to see her
so... He breaks off, and Patricia says, "Human?" David
says, "Yeah!" Patricia tells him that he doesn't have
to spare her feelings... she was as big a wreck as their new house
was before he took her. David says he's got a feeling that all
the bad times are behind them. Raising her glass, Patricia tells
him that she'll drink to that.
A while later, the party of three arrives back at Toorak, and
Charlie announces that she's going straight upstairs to soak in
the hot tub. Patricia says to her that she'll be alright for tomorrow,
won't she? Looking worried, Charlie queries, "Tomorrow...?"
She then goes on that she'd love to help, but there's no way she
can. Patricia blankly asks, "How come?" Charlie
quickly explains that she has to dash back to Sydney... there's
a party... and it doesn't do to refuse an invitation. Patricia
asks her if she'll be back in time for the wedding. Charlie muses,
"Not if I'm in traction!" and she heads upstairs. David
and Patricia go and sit on the stairs and Patricia laughs that
Charlie can certainly think on her feet! David says he feels terrible
driving her away, but Patricia tells him not to worry about it
- she's sure Charlie will get no end of stories out of the day!
Luke suddenly walks down the hallway and asks the couple if they
had a good day. David replies that there's still a lot more to
do. Patricia asks Luke if he can spare her for a few hours tomorrow.
Luke tells her to take all the time she likes. Patricia says she
feels guilty about pushing all the work onto him. Luke,
though, assures her that he'll yell if he needs any help, and
he walks off. Patricia tells David that Luke is worth his weight
A few minutes later, Luke is in the study, dialling a number
on the 'phone. When it's answered, he says, "Good afternoon...
I'd like to arrange to transfer some money overseas... Yes, it
will be a very large amount..."
At the Woombai homestead, there's loud music playing. Mitch walks
in calls out to find out if anyone is home. Fiona comes out from
one of the other rooms and Mitch explains that he's looking for
Amanda. Fiona tells him that she's in town. She then goes and
shuts the kitchen door, adding that she can't hear herself think
- Andy is clearing out a blocked drain and he likes music on while
he does it. Changing the subject, she asks Mitch it he enjoyed
the dancing. Mitch replies that he did - Reg Harding plays a mean
banjo! He then asks Fiona if she can tell Amanda that he was looking
for her: he got his first pay packet today and he bought her a
present. Looking worried, Fiona says she hopes he's saving some.
Mitch tells her that he sure is - he wants a fair amount behind
him when he pops the question. Looking more worried,
Fiona asks him what he'll say if Amanda says 'no'. Mitch replies
that he'll keep asking until she says 'yes'. He goes on that,
from the moment they first met, he could tell Amanda was interested:
she got him the job there... she put herself out for him... so
Fiona's not to tell him that she doesn't care. He goes.
Outside, Amanda pulls up her car outside the homestead and gets
out, a broad smile on her face. She starts running up to the building,
but as she does so, she bumps into Mitch coming the other way.
He tells her that she's just the girl he wants to see: he's got
a present for her. Amanda takes it, thanks him and goes to run
off. Mitch, though, catches hold of her arm and asks if she's
not going to open it. Amanda just says, "Alright." She
unwraps a bottle of perfume. As she does so, Mitch asks her if
she's OK. Amanda, looking distracted, says, "What?"
Mitch tells her that she doesn't seem herself. Amanda, though,
assures him that she's never felt better in her whole life. Mitch
asks her if she likes her present. Amanda just says it's lovely,
she thanks him and she runs off. As she does so, Mitch calls after
her to ask if he'll see her tonight. Amanda calls back that, no,
he won't - something has come up; she's got to get back to Sydney.
Mitch, looking disappointed, asks her how long she'll be gone.
Amanda, who's still running, calls back that she's not sure. Mitch
yells that he'll probably see her in a day or two - Alan wants
to run up to Sydney to buy some machinery... His voice trails
off as Amanda disappears. He looks upset.
Inside, Andy walks into the lounge room, holding his radio, and
turns it off. He tells Fiona that he found what was blocking the
sink. Fiona laughs, "Not guilty!" Amanda suddenly bursts
in and tells Fiona and Andy that she was hoping they'd both be
there; she's got some wonderful news: she's going to have Todd's
baby! Looking shocked, Fiona asks her when she found out. Amanda
replies that it was today - she went into town and dropped in
at the chemist's and the test was positive. Andy exclaims that
that's terrific, and he gives her a hug. Amanda goes on excitedly
that she knew she was right to go on believing that it would happen;
she'll never get over losing Todd, but now she has his
baby to live for. Seeing the blank look on Fiona's face, she asks
her if she's not happy for her. Fiona just replies that it's nice
to see her smiling again. Amanda says she can't wait to tell everybody
- Irene is going to be thrilled to bits! She heads out again.
Andy calls after her not to forget her perfume - which she's put
down on the table - but Amanda tells him to give it to one of
his girlfriends, adding that it's not really 'her'. Fiona asks
her if she's driving back to Sydney. Amanda replies that there's
nothing to stay around for now, is there? Fiona murmurs, "No..."
She looks worried. Amanda goes. Andy comments to Fiona that he
might be imagining it, but she doesn't seem too happy. Fiona growls
that she's been so blind; no wonder Amanda came on so
strong with Mitch: she's been using him. Andy says he
doesn't understand. Fiona explains that it's Mitch's
child, not Todd's - but there's no way Amanda is ever going to
admit that, not even to herself. She cries that she should have
seen what was happening and stopped it, but it's too late now;
she just hopes to God that Mitch never finds out the