Sometime later, Patricia is sitting up in bed. A nurse picks
up her chart and looks at it, and she comments that Patricia's
pulse is up a bit. Patricia asks what that means. The
nurse quickly assures her that it's nothing to worry about - it
just means she's more nervous about the operation than she should
be. She tells Patricia to just relax and leave the worrying to
her. Patricia comments that she thought there was nothing
to worry about. The nurse replies that there isn't.
A buzzer suddenly sounds and the nurse says it sounds like another
emergency; she'll be back as soon as she can. She walks out of
the room. Patricia turns and looks at the photo of Margaret, which
is resting on her bedside cabinet. She picks it up. As she does
so, memories go round in her mind: David saying, "Just gave
out... Her heart just gave out. Margaret's dead..."
At Dural, Wayne is talking to Katie on the 'phone in the hallway.
He tells her that he's sorry if he sounds hassled, but he's just
got back from hospital with Gordon. Katie says she won't keep
him, then - she just called to see how things were; she's flying
back to Sydney this afternoon. Wayne smiles and tells her that
that's the best news he's had all day. He then asks her how her
mum and dad are, and Katie tells him that they're not good, but
there's nothing more she can do - it's just going to take time.
She then asks after Gordon and Wayne replies that he'll be OK
as long as he can get him to follow doctor's orders! He goes on
that he'd better go; he'll see her later. Katie tells him that
she loves him. Wayne quickly asks her not to say anything to Fiona
about Gordon as they're trying to keep it as quiet as possible
for the time being. Katie assures him that she won't. They say
'bye' to each other and hang up. There's immediately a knock on
the front door at Dural and Wayne answers it to find Amanda standing
there. A look of annoyance crosses his face. Amanda curtly tells
him not to worry - she hasn't come to start a fight about anything;
she just dropped in to see Gordon. Wayne angrily asks her how
the hell she found out. Looking surprised, Amanda asks,
"Find out what?" Wayne, realising he may have
put his foot in it, quickly replies that it doesn't matter - but
she can't see Gordon. Amanda asks why not. Wayne tells her that
he's too busy - he's not seeing anyone. Amanda retorts that she's
in no hurry; she'll wait. She goes to walk into the lounge room,
but Wayne hurriedly tells her to hold on and wait out there in
the hallway. It's too late, though, and Amanda has opened the
lounge room doors to find Gordon sitting in there, quietly reading.
She stares at his wan complexion, but Gordon smiles at her and
tells her that it's alright - he's not as bad as he looks! He
indicates to her to sit down and she does so. He then explains
that he's spent a couple of days in hospital, but he's fine now.
Amanda asks why no one said anything; she just came over
to see how he was making out with Aunty Barb. She asks if she
knows, but Gordon replies that there's no reason to worry her.
Amanda asks him if he doesn't think it's up to Barbara
to decide whether to worry or not. Gordon retorts that he doesn't
want her told; he doesn't want any further discussion about it.
He gets up and walks out. As soon as he's gone, Wayne crosses
his arms angrily and growls at Amanda that the most dangerous
thing Gordy can do right now is get worked up, so she
comes along and starts a shouting match. Amanda snaps
back that all she said was-- Wayne interrupts her and tells her
that if she cares anything for the man, she'll do what he says
and not tell Barbara or anyone else for that matter. He goes on
that Gordon takes back control of the company at the end of the
week and if Karen gets wind of his heart attack, she'll use it
as an excuse to try and hang on, and that's the last
thing they want.
At the hospital in Sunbury, the nurse walks back into Patricia's
room, commenting as she does so that it's one emergency after
another round there! She suddenly realises that Patricia isn't
in her bed. She looks around the room, but there's no one there.
She then looks in the wardrobe and finds Patricia's clothes have
gone. She sighs and walks back out of the room.
Karen is sitting outside the back of the Fisher house. Alan suddenly
comes into the lounge room and Karen heads back inside and impatiently
asks him where he's been, as she's been waiting to see him since
yesterday. Alan retorts that he had a late night - he's
been catching up on his sleep. Karen growls, "Fine. Now you're
up, you can just keep walking." Alan, though, hands her a
piece of paper. Karen looks at it; it's a cheque. She snaps at
him that it's only a fraction of what she needs and he knows
it; her only chance of convincing Gordon to let her stay on is
if she can guarantees full financial backing. Alan points out
that, to do that, she needs him. Karen reluctantly admits
that, alright, she needs him - but he can stop carrying
on his stupid games of one-upmanship, as they must be hurting
him as much as they are her. Alan, though, tells
her, "Not really." He then goes on that, all his life,
he's been on the receiving end; now he's calling the
tune for once. He continues that, before this is over, they're
going to find out once and for all which of them is stronger;
if it's her, all she has to do to prove it is hand back
the cheque. Karen glares at him.
At the hospital, Ross angrily asks the nurse how she could possibly
just let Patricia walk out - she's supposed to look after
the patients; it's her job. The nurse retorts that it's
also her job to attend emergencies - and even if she'd seen Patricia
leaving-- Ross interrupts her and, more calmly, tells her that
it's alright. He thanks her and the nurse leaves the room. Ross
walks over to the 'phone by Patricia's bed and starts dialling
a number, sighing as he does so. STD pips sound and Roger Carlyle
then comes on. Ross says it's him. He goes on that Patricia has
just signed herself out; it wasn't his fault, though - the nurse
let her go. Roger curtly suggests to him that he'd better find
her. Ross points out that she could be anywhere, but Roger retorts
that that's his problem. He then reminds Ross that he
has no intention of paying his gambling debts until Patricia is
taken care of. Ross comments to Roger that what he's asking him
to do isn't very easy. Roger tells him that he should have thought
of that before he agreed to it; he wants Patricia found and on
that operating table, and he doesn't want to hear from Ross again
while the the woman is still alive. He hangs up abruptly. Ross
Patricia carries a packed suitcase into the kitchen at the country
house and looks surprised to find Mike and Heather sitting at
the table. Mike, looking equally surprised, comments that she's
supposed to be in hospital. Patricia retorts that that's changed.
She asks if David is back, but Mike replies that he'll he back
tomorrow, in time for her operation. Turning to Heather, he suggests
that he'd better drive her home. Patricia chips in, though, that
there's no need to rush on her account - she'll have
a glass of tonic and go and sit in the sun. She walks off to her
bedroom. When she's gone, Mike tells Heather that he's sorry -
he would never have invited her out for the day if he thought
Patricia would turn up; he'll take her home. Heather, though,
tells him no: she wants to be with him and she doesn't see why
she should let Patricia chase her away.
A short time later, Patricia is carrying a blanket outside when
Ross walks over to her and says to her that they told him at the
house that she was out there. He then asks her what possessed
her to run off like that. Patricia just replies that she decided
not to have the operation after all; she's sorry if she wasted
his time. Ross retorts that his time isn't important;
her health is. He tells her to stop this nonsense and
come back to the house with him. Patricia, though, snaps at him
not to talk to her like a child - she's not having surgery and
that's it. Ross tells her that she's in no position to make that
kind of decision, but Patricia retorts that she just made
it. Ross reluctantly says that, if she feels that strongly about
it... He then continues that she can't just ignore it
- that would be asking for trouble. He tells her that
they'll try a course of injections and see what sort of results
they get from those; she can come back to the house with him and
he'll give her the first shot. Patricia, though, tells him that
she'd just like to be on her own for a while, as she has a lot
of thinking to do. Ross points out that there's time for thinking
later, and he repeats, "Come on." Patricia, though,
snaps at him angrily, "For heaven's sake." Ross, realising
he may have pushed it too far, quickly replies, "OK",
and tells her that, when she's changed her mind, he'll be waiting
for her at the house. He adds that it's very important that they
start this course of injections as soon as possible...
Inside, in the kitchen, Mike is stirring some tins of paint while
Heather says she thought she'd do a bit of work out in the yard
- those bushes need cutting back. Ross suddenly comes in and announces
that he's talked to Patricia, but he doesn't think it did much
good - she's behaving rather strangely. Mike growls, "What
else is new?" Ross, sounding surprised, asks him
if he's noticed the same thing lately. Mike retorts, "No
more than usual." Heather chips in that what Mike means is
that Patricia acting irrationally isn't anything new - she's been
in a psychiatric clinic at least once that she knows
of. Suddenly looking intrigued, Ross says he doesn't suppose she
knows the specific condition that Patricia was suffering from?
Heather, looking thoughtful, asks what it is when you think everyone
is your enemy. She then answers her own question: "Paranoia
- is that the word?" Ross tells her that that explains a
lot - now he knows what he's dealing with, the more chance there
is that he'll be able to help her...
Wayne pours some cups of tea in the lounge room at Dural. Amanda
and Charlie are there with him and Gordon, and Charlie is saying
to Gordon that if he knew the amount of work involved in organising
a luncheon... she really doesn't know how she'll cope! Gordon
says he's sorry if he threw a spanner in the works. Charlie quickly
assures him that she didn't mean that - it really would be a sad
day if one couldn't find time to help one's friends. She goes
on that she knows how awful he must be feeling - it's bad enough
being around sick people without actually being
one. Gordon gives her a look! He then tells her that, all the
same, he's grateful for everything she's done for him. Charlie
assures him that it's her pleasure. She then says she does hope
they're all coming to her luncheon; everyone is going to be there.
Wayne, looking wary, says they'll have to see how the patient
is first. Amanda suggests to Charlie that they'd better be going,
as Gordon will have to have his afternoon nap. Charlie stands
up and tells Gordon to call straight away if he needs anything.
She adds that she'll call round again later, and she and Amanda
go. Gordon looks at Wayne and Wayne smiles back at him. He then
tells his father that he's sorry about that - he'll keep her at
a distance in future. Gordon, though, tells him to hang on - whatever
they may think of Charlie, she saved his life, and he's not going
to upset her by making her feel unwelcome.
As Charlie and Amanda leave the house, Karen is getting out of
her car in the driveway. She walks over and Amanda immediately
tells her that if she came over to see Gordon, this isn't a good
time. Karen bluntly asks why not. Charlie tells her that he can
hardly be expected to talk business the moment he's out of hospital.
Amanda glares at her. Karen queries, "Hospital?"
Amanda quickly tells her that he had to go over there today for
his regular tests, that's all - and he was up late last night,
working, and he's having a rest now. Karen says she doesn't mind
waiting. Looking puzzled, Charlie stares at Amanda and asks her
what she's talking about, 'regular tests'. Turning to Karen, she
then goes on that Gordon has been very ill and mustn't be disturbed.
Amanda looks annoyed. Karen tells the two women that they mustn't
worry - she's the last person who wants him taking on
more than he can handle. She walks off towards the house, and
Charlie growls that some people just won't be told, will they?
Amanda gives her a look.
Karen walks into the lounge room and says, "Hello, Gordon."
She then turns to look at him properly and adds, "My God,
you look terrible." Wayne explains to his father
that he told Karen that she couldn't see him, but of course, she
walked right past him. Karen explains to Gordon that she's got
some papers for him to read, but obviously he's not up to it.
Gordon tells her that Wayne can check them over. He goes
on that, as a matter of fact, Wayne will be running the company
shortly; he's sure she hasn't forgotten that her period of control
is up next week. Karen points out that that was only on the understanding
that he would be well enough to take over. Gordon retorts that
that was her understanding, not his - Wayne
will take over until he's ready to come back. Karen growls
at him that he knows perfectly well that Wayne doesn't have the
ability. Gordon, though, growls back that he's confident Wayne
can handle it. Karen snaps at him that he's nothing of the kind.
She goes on that the only way out of their financial problems
is for her to stay in charge; she has access to unlimited credit,
but only if she runs the business. Wayne chips in that Gordon
isn't supposed to be worrying about things like that now. Karen,
though, retorts that someone has to; if it was left up
to him, they'll be in the poorhouse by the end
of week. Gordon asks her how they know she really has this money.
Wayne snaps that of course she hasn't - it's a con job. Karen,
though, asks Gordon whether, if she can prove it to him, she gets
to keep control. Gordon tells her that maybe he'll think about
Mitch is at the Fisher house with Alan, holding a parcel, and
he impatiently asks him where he wants it delivered. Alan points
out that the address is on there. He then asks Mitch
if he's got another car to smash up tonight. Mitch retorts that,
no, he hasn't - he's waiting for Alan to get his repaired.
Alan asks him if he's admitting that it was him, them. Mitch,
though, asks what the point would be - he'll never prove
it. Alan snaps that he's got other things to think about now,
anyway - she's quite a little lady, Amanda; he can understand
why Mitch would be unhappy about losing her. Mitch growls,
"If you've got any idea--" Alan interrupts him and goes
on that he and Amanda hit a few of the discos last night; he can't
remember when he last stayed out so late - Amanda certainly likes
to keep moving-- Mitch interrupts him and snaps at him to shut
up. Alan, though, goes on that he thought that, as Mitch cared
about her so much, he'd like to know that she's enjoying herself.
Mitch growls at him, "Just quit it, OK?" Alan, though,
retorts that he's got no intention of quitting it - before
long, Mitch is going to realise just how big a mistake he made
laying his filthy hands on his car; he's going to wish he'd never
heard of him. He walks off. Mitch stands there, a furious look
on his face. He then throws the package he's holding down onto
the couch, violently.
Wayne is sitting with Katie in Fiona's flat at the boarding house,
but he says he supposes he'd better be getting back in case Gordy
needs anything. Katie asks if Charlie isn't with him.
Wayne replies that she is, but she's not much use in
an emergency. Katie points out that she didn't do too badly last
time, but Wayne tells her that that was pure luck and he'd rather
not push it; Gordon was resting when he left, but he knows he
was pretty worked up about Karen putting on the screws about staying
in charge. Katie growls that he should have thrown her out. Wayne
tells her that he would have, but she got Gordy's interest by
talking about this sudden limitless amount of cash she's supposed
to have. Katie asks him if he believes her. Wayne replies that
he didn't to start with, but he's not so sure now: there's a son
- Alan Brandon; Fiona told Gordy that he's not short of money,
and maybe Karen talked him into bankrolling her. He then growls
that Gordy's finally given him the chance to run things and it's
bound to fall through now if Karen torpedoes him with her offer.
Katie says, "Not if you torpedo her first." Wayne tells
her that he'd do it like a shot if he knew how. Katie smiles and
says, "Then let me tell you how. It's time you knew,
Ross is on the 'phone in the kitchen at the country house. He's
talking to Roger, and he tells him that he knows he told him not
to 'phone again, but he's turned up some rather interesting information,
and if he uses it properly, he can get Patricia back into hospital
regardless of how she feels about it. Roger curtly asks,
"What information?" Ross explains that Patricia
is a paranoid schizophrenic - she has a long history of hospitalisation--
Roger interrupts him impatiently and snaps at him not to tell
him about it; do it. Ross tells him that he will
- but putting pressure on her until she breaks takes a little
time. Roger sourly comments that it's starting to sound like another
excuse to him. Ross, though, retorts that he can't rush
it with the police keeping Patricia under surveillance all the
time - and Roger can't blame him for that, as it was
Roger's men that sent her rushing off to them in the first place.
Roger, though, points out to Ross that it was him who backed up
her story and made sure the police believed her. Ross
asks what he was expected to do - it was before he had
a visit from Roger's heavies; he didn't even know Roger existed
until then. Roger growls that he's beginning to wish he'd left
it that way. Ross snaps at him that he's not used to being spoken
to like this-- Heather suddenly comes into the kitchen and Ross
quickly changes to saying, "Sister, if you'll just do as
I told you and I'll be back as soon as I can. Thankyou."
He hangs up. He then turns to Heather and says he hopes it was
alright to use the 'phone - he just wanted to let the hospital
know he'd been delayed. Heather tells him that it's David's 'phone
- she doesn't suppose he'll mind. Ross then asks her if she thinks
Patricia will stay out all day. Heather retorts that she doubts
they'll be so lucky.
At Fiona's, Wayne is looking at a file, and he exclaims that
he doesn't believe it - it's too good to be true; Roger gave her
all this? Katie explains that Alan's father was married
and Karen was his mistress; when the wife was away one time, Karen
talked him into letting her borrow some of the wife's jewels;
if he'd known how desperately short of funds she was then, he
might have thought twice about it. Wayne comments that Karen copied
the jewellery and sold the originals. Katie continues that she
returned the imitations and no one's ever found out; she used
the money to put her company into the big time. Wayne asks where
the imitations are now. Katie tells him that they're
with the wife - Alan's stepmother. She adds that, of course, she
still thinks they're the real jewels, but if anyone ever suggested
she have them examined... Wayne smiles nastily and says, "It
would really hit the fan..." He then suggests that it would
be hard to prove it was Karen after all these years. Katie, though,
points out that, if he was Karen, would he want to risk it? Wayne
agrees, "Not in a million years." He then adds that,
as long as those jewels are around, they've got Karen right where
they want her. He tells Katie in delight that he loves her - she's
brilliant! He gives her a hug and then suggests that they pay
Karen Fox a visit.
At the Fisher house, Karen snaps, "No. Not again."
She goes on angrily that she went along with Katie's attempt at
blackmail last time because she decided that if Katie wanted Wayne
that badly, she could have him, but in business, no one
pressures her; now they can get out of there - both of
them. Wayne smiles nastily and tells her that she's bluffing -
if they go, they'll go straight to Mrs. Brandon; either way, they'd
get rid of her. He adds that she can suit herself, and
he tells Katie, "Come on." The two of them go to walk
out, but Karen growls, "You are the slimiest, most unprincipled--"
Wayne interrupts her, smiles and tells her that he's been told
that before - but coming from her, it means
something! Karen angrily snaps, "Alright - you get your chance
at the company; but I give you about two weeks to sink the whole
operation without trace." Katie warns her not to hold her
breath - all Wayne ever needed was a chance and with her
out of the way, he's got it. Karen snaps, "As long
as you realise this is only Round One." Wayne retorts that
he really hopes she's not going to make any trouble for them -
because if she is, maybe they should hand her over to Mrs. Brandon
here and now?
Ross and Patricia at sitting at the kitchen table at the country
house, and Ross tells Patricia that he's glad he waited to talk
to her - he wanted to apologise for coming on so heavy before.
Patricia, though, replies that the least she should have done
was leave a message for him at the hospital - but everything in
that place reminded her of Margaret and how she died. Ross assures
her that, under the circumstances, it was quite understandable.
Changing the subject, he then asks, "Now, how about these
injections?" Patricia says that, if she really has
to... Ross tells her that he can't guarantee they'll really work,
but as surgery is out, they have to do something. He
then adds that he takes it she was very close to her sister. Patricia
replies that not a day goes by when she doesn't wish Margaret
was there so that they could talk about the things sisters talk
Charlie is at Dural again, and she opens the front door to find
a handsome man standing there. It's Mitch, and he tells her that
he's got some papers for Mr. Hamilton. Charlie stares at him and
he explains that he's the firm's courier. Charlie smiles at him
flirtatiously and tells him to come in. She then introduces herself
and tells him that she's looking after Gordon after he got sick.
She then flirts, "Imagine my not having seen you
before - you must be coming and going all the time." Mitch,
looking bemused, just says, "Yeah..." Charlie suggests
that they'll be seeing a lot more of each other, then... Mitch
quickly says he's got to go! Charlie smiles, "Bye...!"
She then heads into the lounge room with the package from Mitch
and Gordon asks who it was at the door. Charlie tells him that
it was the most divine-looking young man; the courier, he said.
Gordon comments, "Mitch." Charlie asks what time he
usually calls by. Gordon replies that it depends what time things
have to be delivered. He adds, "Why?" Charlie quickly
assures him that there's no reason. She then tells him that it's
been very selfish of her to let her silly little luncheon take
precedence over a friend's welfare - she's sure she'll be able
to pop in and out a few times tomorrow to make sure he has everything
he needs. Looking wary, Gordon assures her that he thinks he has
everything he needs. He adds that Charlie has to face it: it's
not much fun visiting a grouchy old invalid like him. Charlie,
though, tells him, "It could be, darling. It could be..."
In the kitchen at the country house, Ross rubs Patricia's knee
at the point where he's injected it and tells her, "All over."
He then adds that she should look on the bright side: if Roger
had had his way, that could have been a lot worse. Patricia retorts
that it still might be - she doesn't really believe he's
given up. Ross says that, now that she's got police protection,
he doesn't think Roger will try anything else. Patricia murmurs
that she hopes he's right. Ross says he's sure he is. He then
tells her to sit quietly and just look after that knee. Patricia
says she will, and she thanks him for being so patient. Ross assures
her that it's all part of his job. He goes on that he'll come
back tomorrow and give her another injection, and he then heads
out the front way, leaving Patricia sitting in the kitchen. As
he passes the lounge room, he stares in and notices Patricia's
handbag lying on the coffee table. Looking around carefully, he
pauses and then walks into the room, opens the bag and takes out
the wallet containing the photo of Margaret. He looks at it and
then puts it in his jacket pocket. He goes to head out again,
but as he does so, Patricia suddenly comes into the room. Looking
surprised to see him, she comments that she thought he'd gone.
Ross hurriedly explains that he's only ever seen the kitchen;
he's afraid curiosity killed the cat. As Patricia limps in, he
tells her to sit down and rest her knee. Patricia explains that
she was just going to get a cigarette. Ross tells her to sit down
and he'll get it for her. Patricia sits on the couch while Ross
reaches into her handbag, takes out a packet of cigarettes and
hands it to her. She takes one out and he offers her a light.
Patricia thanks him. Ross tells her that it's a pleasure. He then
adds that she should rest - the worst thing she can do is move
around on that knee. He goes.
It's early evening, and Karen walks into the lounge room at the
Fisher house with Mitch. He asks her what this mysterious job
is that she couldn't tell him about over the 'phone. Karen explains
that it's not a job - not the kind he means,
anyway; it concerns her son. Mitch growls at her that whatever
the trouble is between Alan and him, Alan started it. Karen quickly
assures him that she doesn't doubt it. She then adds
that it might surprise him to know that she's as anxious
to get rid of Alan as he is - and she knows a way to
do it. She asks Mitch if he's interested. Mitch admits, "Could
be." Karen goes on that, if you want to compete with people
like Alan, you have to do it on their terms - which means you
need money. Mitch snaps at her that she's not making any sense.
Karen explains that Alan's stepmother owns some jewellery - quite
a bit, actually - and it's worth more money than Mitch has ever
dreamed of; she knows a way to steal it, and if Mitch
will help her, they'll split the proceeds 50/50; with that
sort of money, Amanda might just start taking him a bit more seriously,
wouldn't he say? As Mitch stares at her, she asks him. "So,
are you interested?" She smiles at him.