Ross asks Patricia how she takes her coffee. She replies, "Just
black, thankyou." Ross heads over to the sink to make it.
Looking around, Patricia notices the newspaper on the couch, which
is open at the sports pages, and she comments that he likes a
flutter on the horses, does he? Ross, looking slightly put-out,
tells her, "Occasionally - when I find time, which isn't
very often." Looking bemused, Patricia comments that he doesn't
seem to have any trouble finding time for her. Ross smiles
and assures her that she's quite a different matter... Changing
the subject, he tells her that he's going to be taking the x-rays
downstairs, in his clinic - he thought it would be slightly less
daunting for her than going into hospital. Patricia thanks him,
adding that hospitals aren't exactly her favourite places. Ross
asks her if she's been having much pain with her knee. Patricia
replies that she's been having quite a bit, actually; frankly,
she's terrified of what the x-rays are going to show. Ross assures
her that she'll be absolutely fine. He goes on that he thinks
a couple of cortisone injections will fix it; at least, he hopes
so - the last thing he wants is to have to operate. Patricia
asks if that's the next step if the injections don't work. Ross
replies that he's afraid so. He quickly adds that it's not that
bad - people have operations all the time these days. Patricia
comments that, somehow, she doesn't find that much of a consolation.
Ross, handing her a cup, tells her to stop worrying and have her
coffee; they should wait for the results of the x-rays.
Irene, David and Barbara walk into kitchen at the country house
and Irene hands David a small bottle, telling him, "I brought
this." David asks what it is and Irene explains that it's
a herbal tonic - it's good for the nerves; she thought it might
help Patricia. David thanks her. Irene then goes on that he'd
better not tell Patricia where he got it from, though, or she
might tip it down the sink! She and Barbara both laugh heartily!
Barbara then asks David how Patricia gets on with the wood stove
while she's there. David smiles and replies that she doesn't!
They all laugh again! At that moment, Andy comes in and says he
reckons the place is terrific. David agrees that it's coming on,
although there's still more to do. Andy heads off again to have
a further look round. David turns to Barbara and tells her that
he's sorry about her and Gordon having problems. Barbara murmurs
that it's something they'll sort out eventually. Lightening the
mood again, Irene says to David that she supposes he'll have whipped
them up a nice batch of scones for morning tea?! David laughs
and tells her that he only thing he'd be able to manage
is scrambled eggs; he could do with a bit of her home cooking!
Irene smiles and says she doesn't think Patricia would take too
kindly to that idea. David agrees that she'd probably
hit the roof. He then adds that Patricia reckons she's
trying to get her hooks into him! Irene, putting on a
front, asks if she actually said that. David laughs that
she said it a bit more dramatically than that! He then goes on
that he told Patricia that she was stupid if she was jealous of
Irene, and she came back with this big announcement that Irene
was in love with him. Irene looks down down at the floor. David
doesn't notice, though, instead going on that Patricia doesn't
understand what mates are about. Irene suggests that
she'd better make this her last trip out there, then. David, though,
tells her that his friends are welcome any time they like - he'll
see a lot more of her while she's up there. Andy comes back in
from the hallway and says he'll take a look outside. David tells
him that he'll give him a guided tour of the place. He asks Barbara
if she'd like to come as well, but, looking at Irene in concern,
she replies that she'd rather start with a cup of tea. She tells
him to go off and she'll call him when it's ready. The two men
head outside, and Barbara touches Irene on the shoulder comfortingly.
She then comments ruefully, "Good old Patricia - still able
to stir things up." She adds that she doesn't know why Irene
wanted to give her the tonic; why does she care about wanting
to calm Patricia down? Irene explains that she was thinking of
David, actually - it might make Patricia easier to live with until
the trial. Barbara comments, "Which isn't far away, thank
God. The sooner they lock her up, the better." Irene bitterly
remarks that David still keeps taking her back... giving her another
chance... Barbara, though, says she thinks that all he feels for
Patricia is sympathy; once she's in jail, maybe he'll realise
that he feels lot more for her than just friendship.
Irene, though, sadly says she doubts it...
Karen is packing some files into a bag at the Fisher house. Alan
comes into the room and asks his mother if she's thought any more
about his proposition yet. Karen retorts, "Not when it involves
Amanda." Alan asks her if she's sure she doesn't want to
discuss it. Karen snaps that she doesn't when she's running late
for an appointment. Alan tells her that she'll change her mind,
but Karen retorts that it's highly unlikely, and so Alan snaps
that, the next time she wants money, she's not to say he didn't
give her the chance. Jill suddenly comes into the room and warns
Karen that it's twenty past. Karen says she's just on her way,
and she heads out. When she's gone, Jill remarks to Alan that
Karen's a bit touchy today, isn't she? Alan agrees that, yeah,
she is; he's not sure why, though, but they were talking about
Nat's son earlier and that might have had something to do with
it. Jill admits, "Probably." Alan goes on that Todd
must have been special to both Amanda and Karen, to care
so much. Jill replies that he was. Alan says, "Tell
me about him..."
Barney is standing by the side of a road when Mitch pulls up
next to him in his car. Barney gets in the passenger side and
Mitch thanks him for coming. Barney comments to him that he's
not in more strife, is he? Mitch replies that he isn't; he just
wanted to thank him for backing him up last night. Barney points
out that he didn't have much time to think about it,
did he? - the cops were on his doorstep before he could hang up
the 'phone. Mitch asks him suspiciously if he means he wouldn't
have backed him up if he had had time to think about
it. Barney, though, assures him that he doesn't mean
that. He then explains that the two of them are mates and Alan
Brandon sounds like a real mongrel; but he's always played it
straight, and he's not going to blot his copybook for Mitch or
anyone else; smashing up that car was plain stupid. Mitch growls
that the way Alan went on about Amanda... he just saw red; he'd
had it. Barney warns him that he had better start controlling
that temper of his: if he wants to win that girl, he's got to
show her who's the better bloke, and he won't be able to do that
from behind bars - so he's not to start doing anything stupid.
Jill and Alan are sitting in the lounge room at the Fisher house,
and Jill is saying that she thinks it was the fun side
of Todd's nature that first attracted Amanda to him; then when
she found out what a kind, gentle person he could be... he was
so different to anyone she'd met before. Alan comments that he
was really rapt in boats...? Jill replies that he was designing
one when he got sick; he never did finish it. She goes on that
there wasn't much he wasn't prepared to take on - even parachuting;
she guesses he just wanted to do it all - he knew he
didn't have much time. Alan tells her that he's jumped a few times
himself - he got a real buzz out of it. Jill continues
that Amanda went quite strange for a while after Todd died; she
doesn't think she'll ever really get over him. Suddenly
realising the time, she says she'd better get back to work. They
stand up and Alan thanks her, adding that he thinks he understands
things a lot better now. Jill leaves the room. When he's alone,
Alan walks over to the 'phone and dials a number. The 'phone rings
at the other end and Amanda answers. Alan tells her that it's
him. He then goes on that he hopes she doesn't mind him calling,
but he's been worried about her. Amanda assures him that there's
no need to be- she's OK. Alan, though, continues that he can't
tell her how badly he feels about the accident and the baby. Amanda
tells him that he's not to blame. Alan continues that he wishes
he could make it up to her, somehow. Amanda repeats that she's
OK - really. Alan, though, tells her that she sounds miserable,
and that makes him feel even worse; there must be something
he can do. Amanda thanks him but adds that there's honestly no
need to worry about her. Alan asks her if she won't at least let
him see her - he can take her out for a few hours; maybe cheer
her up a little. Sounding dubious, Amanda warns, "Alan..."
Alan, though, persists that he can sleep a lot better at night
if he can see for himself that she's alright; how about he picks
her up in half an hour? Amanda reluctantly gives in and says that,
if it'll make him feel better... Alan tells her that he'll see
her soon, and he hangs up, looking pleased with himself.
Patricia and Ross come out of Ross's x-ray room, and Patricia
asks if they couldn't try the injections first. Ross tells her
that they could, but he doesn't think they'll work -
cortisone is basically an anti-inflammatory, and it's not much
good for a damaged cartilage. Patricia says, "But--"
Ross, though, interrupts her and tells her that he's sorry, but
an operation is the only answer in his view. He then adds that,
if she's not happy with that decision, she can always get a second
opinion - he's quite happy to give her a referral. Patricia assures
him that she believes him; it's just that her sister died on the
operating table, and she supposes she's terrified that she same
thing will happen to her. Ross, a smile on his face,
tells her that it's a perfectly straightforward operation; he
hasn't heard of anybody dying from having a cartilage removed;
has she?! Patricia muses that he must think she's a terrible
coward! Ross, though, assures her that, under the circumstances,
he understands completely - but she's a young and healthy woman,
and she's going to be in expert hands. Patricia checks, "You'll
be doing the operation?" Ross replies that of course he will
- so why don't they book her in tomorrow, he'll operate the next
day and she'll be out before she's had time to worry about it.
Patricia asks what they'll do if there isn't a bed available tomorrow.
Ross, though, says he's sure they'll find one for him.
Patricia smiles and tells him that he's the doctor -
they'd better do it his way. Ross smiles back and says,
At the country house, Andy and Barbara are busy running around,
trying to get chooks back in the chicken shed, when Patricia and
Ross pull up in Ross's car. Ross comments that it seems Patricia
has visitors. Looking annoyed, Patricia agrees, "Yes..."
Andy and Barbara keep chasing, but Andy exhaustedly remarks that
they'll be there all day. Barbara snaps at him that they
wouldn't be if he hadn't left the gate open, so he can jolly well
stick to it until the chooks are all back in there. In
the car, Patricia tells Ross that Barbara can't stop giving orders
even in the farmyard. Ross muses that it sounds as though Patricia
has a neighbour she isn't very fond of. Patricia retorts that
Barbara isn't a neighbour, thank God - she's one of those people
who, despite all her money, still manages to look like a frump!
Staring at Barbara intently, Ross asks where she fits into the
scheme of things, then. Patricia tells him that she doesn't
- and apparently, her husband has just decided that she doesn't
fit into his scheme of things, either. She sourly adds
that she hopes Barbara isn't planning on staying there.
Changing the subject, she asks Ross if he'd like to come in for
coffee. Ross declines, though, saying he'd better get back to
the hospital and make arrangements for her operation. Patricia
tells him that she'll see him tomorrow and she gets out of the
car and starts hobbling back to the house. Ross watches her go.
He then turns back to watch Barbara and Andy. After a few seconds,
he opens the car door and gets out.
Inside, in the kitchen, Irene is preparing some salad when Patricia
comes in. She snaps at Irene that she seems to be making herself
at home. Irene retorts that she's just trying to make herself
useful. Patricia growls, "I bet." Irene then goes on,
"David told me you said I loved him." She adds that
he doesn't believe her, and she didn't say anything,
but if Patricia is wise, she'll keep her mouth shut from now on...
At that moment, David calls to Irene from outside that, if she's
got a moment, he'll show her where he's going to grow the veggies.
He comes into the kitchen and looks surprised to find Patricia
there. He asks her how it went and she explains that she has to
have an operation; she's going into hospital tomorrow.
David says he supposes it's the best thing - she can get it over
and done with. Patricia tells him that that's what Ross
said. She then announces that she thinks she'll go and have a
lie down. David tells her that he'll bring her in a cup of tea,
and she thanks him. As she goes to leave the room, David calls
after her that he almost forgot: Irene brought her this.
He hands her the bottle, and Irene explains that it's a herbal
relaxant to calm you down when you're under pressure; she
finds it very good. Patricia just comments that, the way she feels
at the moment, anything is worth a try. She thanks Irene
and walks off to her bedroom. When she's gone, Irene remarks to
David that she does seem nervy, and she asks if it's
just due to the operation. David explains that he supposes she's
thinking about what happened to Margaret.
Outside, Ross hands Andy a chook and says, "There we go.
Lucky last!" Andy thanks him and takes the animal into the
coop. Barbara tells Ross that it was very kind of him to help.
Ross assures her that it was his pleasure. Barbara smiles and
says she's sure her doctor wouldn't help round up chickens!
Ross laughs that he doesn't know what he's missed! Barbara tells
him that she won't take up any more of his time - she's sure he's
a very busy man. Ross, though, assures her that he always finds
time to help a lady in distress! He then adds that maybe they'll
meet again. Barbara replies that, maybe they will, but she doubts
it. Ross, though, a twinkle in his eye, tells her that it's a
small world - you never know... He starts walking back to his
Alan pulls up his car in the middle of a field and he and Amanda
climb out. There are light aircraft on the grass behind them,
and Amanda asks what they're doing there. Alan explains that it's
an airfield. Amanda laughs that she knows that, but what
has he got in mind?: lunch in Brisbane or a joyride? Alan replies
that it's neither - he's going to strap on a parachute and do
a jump for her. Looking surprised, Amanda asks, "Why?"
Alan tells her that he wants to. Looking at the expression
on her face, he then asks, "What's wrong?" Amanda, clearly
thinking about Todd, replies, "Nothing..." Alan says
he'll go and find the pilot and see when they can take off. He
walks off. Amanda looks up at the sky.
At the Fisher house, Jill is sitting at the table in the lounge
room, several files in front of her. Karen suddenly comes in and
growls that it's certainly not her day. Jill says, "No luck?"
Karen ignores this, though, instead asking where Alan is. Jill
tells her that he's probably jumping out of a 'plane at the moment.
Looking surprised, Karen snaps, "Sorry?" Jill goes on
that she honestly thought he was interested in hearing about Todd:
he asked a million questions - more fool her. Karen,
looking annoyed, snaps at her to just tell her where Alan is,
as she needs him to sign over some money before 2pm. Jill explains
that he's out at Chapman's Airfield - he's gone parachuting with
Amanda. Karen comments that he wants her to think he's Todd, does
he? Jill replies that she doesn't think he's interested in Amanda
at all - he just wants to get back at Mitch and is using
her to do it. Karen stares at her and tells her that, if she's
worked out what sort of person he is, she should for God's sake
stop wasting her time on him. She then adds that she'll see her
when she gets back, and she heads out. Jill sighs.
A light 'plane comes to a halt on the runway at the airfield
and Alan walks over to it, wearing a jump-suit, a helmet and a
parachute. He turns and waves to Amanda and then climbs into the
craft. All-of-a-sudden, though, he climbs out again as he spots
Karen running towards him and yelling at him to wait. She runs
up to him and tells him that things have changed: she
needs a cheque. Alan, though, snidely retorts that he's sorry,
but it's time to go. Karen snaps that she can't wait - she's due
at the bank; she'll do what he wants, but she needs a cheque for
$10,000 now. Alan tells her that they'll talk when he
gets down. Karen snaps, "Now!" Alan ignores
this, though, instead telling her that he's glad she's there,
as he wouldn't like her to miss the show. He climbs back into
A short time later, the aircraft is up in the air and Karen and
Amanda are watching as it flies along. Alan suddenly appears,
falling through the sky, and Amanda exclaims that he's jumped!
After a moment, she cries that he's too low - he'll never make
it. Karen yells at him to pull the cord. To the relief of both
her and Amanda, he does so. The 'chute opens and Alan starts falling
to earth more slowly.
Alan lands a short distance away and Karen and Amanda run over
to him. Karen tells him that he scared the life out of
her. Alan, though, asks her what she was worried about: the money
or him? Karen glares at him and then suddenly runs off.
Amanda tells Alan that he really took a risk. Alan replies that
he's sorry, but that's him - you've got to be a bit mad
or life gets too boring. Amanda muses distantly that she knew
someone else like that. Changing the subject, Alan announces
that all that fresh air has given him an appetite, so how about
some lunch? Amanda smiles and says it sounds good to her.
Mitch is with Fiona in the kitchen of her flat, listening as
she tells him that she just couldn't believe it when Terry wrote
to say he could be coming out and then the parole board rang to
make sure he had somewhere to go if he was released.
Mitch asks when the board is meeting, and Fiona tells
him that it's tomorrow afternoon. She then goes on that she's
just praying that they do give Terry his parole; of course,
she's not counting her chickens yet. Mitch tells her that Terry
wrote to him about it, too, actually. He continues that
he knows he's not Fiona favourite bloke right now, but he was
wondering if there's a chance of getting a room there at the boarding
house; Terry and he were pretty good mates, and Terry will be
looking for a friend or two when he gets out. Looking surprised,
Fiona asks him if he doesn't like it where he is now.
Mitch replies that it's pretty crummy - he has to share a bathroom
and everything. Fiona, looking wary, says she'll think about it.
She adds that it's not that she doesn't like him, but
she just hates the way he keeps losing his temper and doing stupid
things all the time. Mitch warns her that that's what Terry
will be like if he's not there for the first few weeks;
it's hard to adjust to being back outside; he's only trying to
help him. Fiona gives in and says, "OK..."
She goes on that the bedsit opposite is free; he can move in if
he likes, but only if he promises that he'll keep out of trouble.
Mitch assures her that he promises, and he thanks her. He then
says he'd better go and tell Amanda what's happening. He stands
up to go. As he does so, Fiona quickly says she knows he's very
fond of Amanda, but doesn't he think he should leave
her alone for a while? Mitch, though, assures her that he's not
going to get heavy with the girl; the fact is that she doesn't
want to see him for a while - but he reckons she'd at least want
to know where he's staying. He goes, leaving Fiona looking
David, Irene, Barbara and Andy are standing outside the back
door at the country house, and David thanks his guests for everything.
Irene asks him to say 'goodbye' to Patricia for them. Andy tells
him to sing out if he finds he needs a hand sometime. Barbara
chips in that he's just not to let Andy get near any chickens!
Everyone laughs! David then turns to Irene and tells her that
he'll be in touch. Irene tells him that she'll call in again before
they go, and David says she'd better! The guests leave.
Inside, in the lounge room, Patricia is standing looking at a
photo of Margaret, which is stored inside a leather wallet. As
she hears David coming back into the house, she quickly puts the
wallet in her handbag, sits down on the couch and starts reading
the newspaper. David comes in and immediately tells her that she
doesn't have to put an act on for him. Patricia 'innocently' asks,
"About what?" David tells her that he knows how she
thinks: she's scared that what happened to Margaret might happen
to her. Patricia gives in and reluctantly admits that
she knows it's silly, but she just can't help it. David points
out that Margaret's operation was different - and besides,
she has a good doctor. He goes on that a knee operation is nothing;
two days from now, she'll be throwing things at him if he reminds
her how scared she was! Patricia tells him that it's not just
the hospital - it's the murder charge... those men coming after
her... She adds that, God, if Ross hadn't picked her up in his
car-- David interrupts and points out that he did, didn't
he?; he got her out of trouble that time and he'll make
sure everything goes right for her this time. He tells
her, "Let's face it: you're a survivor."
Alan pulls his car up outside the apartment block where Amanda
lives and he and Amanda get out. Mitch pulls up his car
in the road next to the block and goes to get out. As he opens
the door, though, he suddenly notices Amanda with Alan and a look
of fury crosses his face. Amanda and Alan head inside the apartment
block and Mitch pulls his car door shut again. He then picks up
a bunch of flowers that is resting on the passenger seat of his
car and starts bashing them on the seat so that they end up in
tatters. Satisfied at having taken out his anger on them, he starts
the car engine and roars off.
That evening, at the Fisher house, Jill is pouring drinks for
her and Karen, while Karen is saying that she felt sure Alan was
going to kill himself; at that moment, she forgot everything except
that he was her son. Jill asks her if she told him that.
Karen retorts that he wouldn't have believed it; she's not even
sure he's worth telling it to. Jill suggests that maybe
it's just what he needs to hear, but Karen tells her, "No."
She goes on that what Alan wants is to see her grovel; that's
all he wants; he never had any intention of loaning her the money
and she's sick of begging for it; when he comes home, he's going
to get his marching orders; the brat deserves a kick in the backside.
There's a knock on the front door of Ross's apartment, and Ross
hums cheerfully as he goes to answer it. He opens it to find a
man standing there. It's the man who tried to shoot Patricia a
couple of days earlier. He tells Ross threateningly that Mr. Carlyle
wants a progress report. Ross retorts that everything is going
fine. The man warns Ross that if he wants Mr. Carlyle to pick
up the tab on his gambling debts, he'd better keep him informed.
Ross assures him that it's all going as arranged. The man, though,
threatens Ross that he doesn't seem to understand: Mr. Carlyle
wants to know exactly what he has arranged and how soon he's going
to do it. Ross sighs and then tells the man that Mrs. Morrell
will be going into hospital tomorrow and the next day she'll have
an operation. The man says, "And?" Ross replies, "She'll
die on the operating table." The man smiles nastily and tells
Ross that that's good. He then adds that he's glad Ross isn't
his doctor. Ross ignores this and growls that if there's
nothing else, he's busy. The man tells him, "Sure.
But no slip-ups, right?" Ross assures him that there won't
be. He lets the man out, but when he closes the door again, he
The next morning, Patricia is in a room at the hospital, and
a nurse is putting some of her clothes into the wardrobe in there.
As she does so, she tells Patricia that there's no need to be
nervous - it's not a big operation. Patricia explains that she's
just not very fond of hospitals. The nurse tells her that she's
had strict orders from Dr. Newman to take extra special care of
her, so first she'll get her a nice cup of tea. Patricia thanks
her. As she goes to leave the room, the nurse tells her that she
needn't worry - Dr. Newman is one of the best there is; she couldn't
be in safer hands. She goes. Patricia takes out the photograph
of Margaret and stares at it, looking worried.