Fiona opens the door of her flat at the boarding house to find
Barney standing there in full army uniform. Looking surprised,
she tells him to come in. Barney explains that he was looking
for Mitch - he's moved in, hasn't he? Fiona replies that he's
in the bedsit opposite. She asks if there isn't any answer there,
and Barney comments that he must be working late. Fiona just agrees
distantly, "Probably." Looking concerned, Barney asks
if something is wrong. Fiona explains that she's just on tenterhooks:
her son, Terry, was due before the parole board this afternoon;
she thought she would have heard something by now. She then asks
Barney if he'd like to wait a while. Barney, though, says that,
seeing as she doesn't feel like talking... He adds that there's
one thing, though: there's a regimental dinner on the week after
next and he thought she might like to come with him. Fiona smiles
and tells him that she'd love to. Barney suggests they make arrangements
when there's less on her mind. Someone suddenly starts hammering
on Fiona's front door, and Fiona growls that she hopes it isn't
Mrs. Longhurst - she's been pestering her all day. She opens the
door and looks gobsmacked as a man in a straw hat and denim jacket
smiles and asks, "Does a Mrs. Fiona Thompson live there,
by any chance?" It's Terry, holding a bunch of flowers and
several presents! As Fiona stares at him in delight, he explains
that they brought the parole board meeting forward, so he thought
he'd surprise her! Fiona looks overwhelmed!
At the Fisher house, Karen explains to Mitch that she lived with
George Brandon while Fay was overseas; she had a son to George
- Alan - but when Fay got home, she was out in the cold. She goes
on that, when George died, Fay got enough to live on
happily, Alan got left a fortune and she didn't even
get a mention. Mitch comments that now she wants him
to steal the old girl's jewellery for her. Karen retorts that
she thinks she deserves some of it; after all, she gave
George a son, and that's something Fay was unable to
do. Mitch points out that, if something went wrong, they'd both
end up in jail - and he's damned if he's going back in there again.
Karen, though, assures him that nothing will go wrong - it'll
be easy. Mitch tells her that he's sorry - it may sound
easy but there's always a risk and he's not prepared to take it.
Karen snaps at him that he's always looking to impress Amanda,
and she's offering him the perfect opportunity to do so, and he
hasn't got the guts to take it. She continues angrily that, alright,
he can stay broke all his life - he doesn't deserve anything
better. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and she storms over
to it and answers it, leaving Mitch looking thoughtful. After
a moment, she tells him that the call is for him - someone
called Terry Hansen. Mitch takes it and cheerfully says, "Terry,
me old mate. How are ya?"
A while later, Terry, Katie, Fiona, Barney and Mitch are sitting
around the table in Fiona's flat, and Fiona is telling a story
that involves her putting on an Irish accent. Everybody laughs
at the punchline, and Katie says she doesn't know why everyone
makes fun of the Irish - her great grandparents were
Irish! Terry humorously comments that that explains a lot! Everyone
laughs again! Changing the subject, Fiona asks Katie if she can
check on the coffee, and Katie heads out to the kitchen. Terry
says he'll give her a hand and he stands up. Fiona tells him that
there's some cheese in the 'fridge, too. Terry goes and joins
Katie in the kitchen, and asks her how things have been. Katie
just replies, "Alright." She then tells him that it's
good to see him again. Terry replies, "You too." He
quickly adds that she's not still hung up on him, is she? Katie
assures him, "No. It took me a long time to get over you,
though." Terry tells her that he didn't want to hurt her.
Katie tells him that she's found someone else that she's
crazy about, and Terry replies that Fiona told him that in her
letters. He continues that he reckons she could do better than
Wayne Morrell... Katie indignantly replies that she loves
him. Terry, not wanting to argue, suggests that if that's what
she wants... Katie tells him that it is. They suddenly
hear more laughter emanating from the guests at the table, and
Terry comments that it sounds like he missed out on a good joke.
Katie says she'll be in with the coffee in a minute, and Terry
heads back to the lounge with the cheese. As he sits down, he
remarks to Barney that he must hear some very good jokes in the
army. Barney smiles and replies that he can't repeat most of them
in this company! Fiona assures him that she's pretty broad-minded.
Terry laughs and tells Barney not to encourage her, as she'll
tell a few to make his hair curl! Fiona laughs, "That'll
do!" Suddenly looking at Mitch, Terry comments to him that
he seems a bit down, and he asks him if he's OK. Mitch just grunts,
"Yeah. Sure." Barney asks Terry what his plans are now
- does he have anything lined up? Fiona interjects that she
has something lined up for him: a garage - he's a darn good mechanic
and she's going to set him up in a business of his own. Barney
comments to Terry that it sounds like he's taken care of. Sounding
slightly uncertain, Terry just says, "Yeah..." Fiona
goes on that she wants Terry to know that he has something to
build his future on; it's a rough old world without it. Mitch
glares at Terry. Looking slightly embarrassed, Terry suggests
that they liven the party up a bit. He adds that he reckons he
could do with a beer instead of a coffee. Fiona says she doesn't
think she's got any left. Mitch, though, chips in sullenly that
he's got a six-pack in his bedsit; he'll go and get that.
He gets up and heads out. Terry comments that if there's one thing
he's missed, it's a nice cold beer. Fiona, looking puzzled says
she would have thought Mitch would be over the moon. Terry agrees
that he seems a bit down. Barney, though, tells them that Mitch
has always been a bit moody; he'll be alright.
Mitch walks into the bedsit and closes the door. He then goes
and sits down on the bed and picks up the 'phone handset from
the bedside table. He dials a number. The 'phone rings at the
Fisher house and Karen answers it. Mitch announces that it's him.
Karen curtly comments that he's been thinking, has he? Mitch mutters,
"Yeah." Karen retorts that she thought he might.
Mitch growls that everyone else seems to get things handed
to them on a plate, so why shouldn't he? He tells Karen
that what she's talking about is probably his only chance to get
his hands on big money. Karen says, "You'll do it?"
Mitch growls, "Yeah. I'll do it."
The next morning, Terry is with Mitch in the bedsit and he incredulously
asks him if he's some kind of idiot; has he forgotten what it's
like inside? Mitch snaps that he's not going back in
there. Terry snaps back at him that like hell he's not; if he
pulls a job like that, he'll be back before he can think
twice. Mitch, though, tells him that it'll be as easy as falling
off a log. Terry angrily asks him if he's some kind of nut. He
then adds that he wishes Mitch had never even told him.
Mitch retorts that he thought he'd be interested - it'll
be easier with two blokes doing the job. Terry tells him to forget
it - and if he goes through with it, he'll-- Mitch interrupts
him and asks him, "What? Tell the cops? You wouldn't lag
on me." Terry, though, growls at him that he deserves whatever
he gets. He storms out, and bumps into Fiona in the corridor.
She tells him that she's been looking for him: she had Jill on
the 'phone - she's bringing Fee over to see him later. Terry just
mutters, "Good." Looking surprised, Fiona comments that
she thought he'd be crying to see little Fee. Terry mutters
that he is, and he walks into Fiona's flat, leaving Fiona
At the country house, Patricia is standing by the sink in the
kitchen, and she pours some medicine out of a bottle into a glass
and then swallows it, wincing at the taste. She then rinses the
glass. She suddenly hears Mike's voice outside, asking the person
he's with if they brought any extra paintbrushes. Heather replies
that she brought some. Patricia decides to head into
the lounge room, leaving the kitchen empty. Outside, as they approach
the back door, Heather says to Mike that she just hopes Patricia
keeps out of their way today. Mike suggests that maybe she shouldn't
have come, but Heather assures him that she wanted to. She adds
by way of explanation that, if she goes to somebody else's place,
they always want to tell her how sorry they are about Jeff. The
two of them head inside the house.
In the lounge room, Patricia puts her hand to her head, apparently
in slight pain. She goes to her handbag, but then suddenly notices
that the wallet containing the photo of Margaret is missing. She
tips the contents of the bag onto the coffee table and starts
rifling through it, but the wallet isn't there. She turns to the
dresser and lifts up a basket lying on it, but there's no sign
of the photo. She then opens the doors of a nearby cupboard, but
still nothing. Growing frantic, she checks a shelf and picks up
the newspaper on the coffee table, eventually returning to her
bag. She looks worried as she realises the photo isn't there.
In the kitchen, Heather checks the stove to see if there's any
heat and then comments that Patricia might still be in bed. Mike
points out that the stove is lit, isn't it? Heather suggests
that Patricia might have done that and then gone back to bed.
She adds bitterly that she hopes she stays there all day.
She then suddenly notices the bottle of medicine by the sink and
she picks it up, commenting as she does so that it must be something
Patricia is taking; she wonders what it's for. Patricia suddenly
bursts in and snaps, "I want it back. One of you took it
out of my handbag, didn't you?" Looking puzzled, Mike asks
her what she's talking about. Patricia snaps that she means the
photograph of Margaret: it's gone. Her eyes suddenly
turn to Heather and she growls at her that it was her,
wasn't it: she was trying to get back at her. Heather
assures her that she wouldn't touch anything of hers, but Patricia
goes on that, since Heather's son's death, Heather has being trying
to hurt her through Margaret - but it's not fair; she didn't want
anything to happen to Jeff, so please, just give her the photograph
back. Mike chips in angrily that neither of them took
the photo - that's the truth. He then tells Patricia
that he thinks she'd better lie down. He and Heather head outside.
Patricia glares at them as they go.
A while later, Ross is in the lounge room with Patricia, a syringe
in his hand. He flicks the top of it and tells her that at least
this will be a little less painful than her injection yesterday.
Patricia asks what it is, and Ross explains that it's just something
to steady her nerves. Patricia reluctantly says, "Alright."
As he administers the shot to her arm, Ross goes on that he knows
she's been under a lot of strain recently... He then tells her
that she really should have another injection in her knee, but
as she's been a bit unsettled, he thinks they'll skip that today.
He adds that he wants her to spend the rest of the day as quietly
as possible. Patricia cries that she's just waiting for David
to come home; it's awful when he's not there. Ross hands
her a bottle of tablets and tells her that they're to keep her
calm: she's to take one every four hours. He asks her to promise
that she won't forget. Patricia replies, "As long as they
help." Ross, looking wary, tells her, "Oh yes. Yes,
I think they'll do the trick..."
In the kitchen, Heather hands Mike a cup of tea and sits down
at the table with him. Mike sips the tea and tells his wife that
it's just how he likes it. Ross suddenly comes in from the lounge
room and Mike asks him how Patricia is now. Ross replies that
she's quietened down - and the injection he gave her should keep
it that way. Mike says to him that he didn't let on that he called,
did he? He adds that Patricia seems to think he and Heather have
got it in for her. Ross assures him that he didn't; Patricia thinks
he came to treat her knee. He then continues that, as a surgeon,
he sees a lot of people under stress: some people cope very well
indeed, but he's afraid Patricia isn't one of those people; in
fact, she could be on the verge of a complete nervous breakdown.
Mike looks at Heather.
Karen is sitting at the table in the lounge room at the Fisher
house, some hand-drawn floorplans in front of her and a marker
pen in her right hand. Mitch is standing next to her and he asks
her if she's sure they haven't put any new alarm systems in. Karen
tells him, "Not from what Alan says." Looking surprised,
Mitch asks if he knows what's going on. Karen, though,
snaps that of course he doesn't - she drew it out in conversation;
he doesn't suspect anything. Mitch growls that he'd better not.
He then says he'll have a look at the place tonight - get some
idea of it from the outside. Karen warns him to be careful. In
reply, Mitch sarcastically asks her what she thinks he's
going to do: turn up with a brass band? Karen tells him that she
doesn't want him to take unnecessary risks. Mitch retorts that
he won't - he's not going to do anything that will get
him back inside. Karen points out that at least she'll be able
to provide him with an alibi if he needs one. Mitch, though, tells
her that, if it gets to that stage, they'll both
be in trouble. Looking surprised, Karen asks him what he means.
Mitch retorts that, if the cops get onto him, they both go together,
so she's not to get any smart ideas about selling him out. Karen
asks why she'd do that. In reply, Mitch asks who knows.
He then suggests that, once she gets the jewels, she might not
want to share the profits. Karen points out that said 50/50. Mitch,
though, tells her that he knows the way she operates; she's to
just remember: if he goes under, so does she.
Terry is sitting in Fiona's flat, but he sighs heavily and screws
up the empty can of beer that he's holding. Fiona, looking surprised,
says, "Hey hey..." She adds that he's not worrying about
Jill, is he? Terry assures her that it isn't that. Fiona
asks what it is, then, adding that it seems like Mitch's mood
of last night has rubbed off on him. Terry snaps at her that he's
alright. He quickly calms down and says he's sorry - he guesses
it just takes a while to adjust to being back outside; it must
have been hard for Mitch after all those years. Fiona
says she's not sure he's adjusted even now - he certainly
hasn't learnt to control that temper of his. Terry growls
that he's an idiot. There's suddenly a knock on the front door,
and Fiona comments that it must be Jill. She goes and opens the
door to find that it is, indeed, Jill, with Fee in her pushchair.
She wheels Fee in and Terry smiles in delight as he turns to the
little girl and says, "Look who it is. Hello sweetheart."
He comments that she's grown, hasn't she! Jill agrees that she's
certainly shooting up! Terry asks if he can pick her up. Jill
undoes her belt and Terry lifts up his daughter, lovingly. He
fusses, "Hello, beautiful." He then kisses her, before
telling Fiona and Jill that he kept imagining what it would be
like, holding his little girl again. He looks ecstatically happy.
A short time later, Fiona brings a tray of cups in from the kitchen
and announces that morning tea won't be long. As she does so,
Jill breaks off from telling Terry that Mrs. Atkins has been terrific.
She then suggests that she'd better change Fee, or there'll be
a puddle in a minute! She picks up her daughter and takes her
out of the room. As she goes, Katie comes in through the front
door and Fiona asks her how the meeting was. Smiling happily,
Katie replies that it was great - there's a chance she might be
able to sell some of her programs to an American company. Fiona
and Terry both congratulate her. Fiona heads back to the kitchen
to check the kettle. Katie turns to Terry and remarks that she
bets he's pleased to see Fee. Terry assures her that 'pleased'
isn't the word for it! Katie then asks him more seriously if he's
talked to Jill yet. Terry stares at her and she explains that
she means about when he asked Jill to marry him. Terry, though,
asks what the point would be: he and Jill both agree that they
don't love each other - although he'd marry her tomorrow
if she agreed to it. Katie asks him if he means because of Fee.
Terry says, "Yeah." He then explains that he just wants
to be with his little girl as she grows up. He laughs as he adds
that he didn't think he'd be like this over a kid - he's always
liked them, but-- Katie interrupts and says she guesses it's different
when they're your own. Terry says he'd do anything for
her - but he guesses he's just going to have to settle for seeing
her once in a while; Jill doesn't want him breathing down her
neck, so he'll just stand back and let her bring up Fee how she
wants to. Katie remarks that being in jail seems to have made
him a lot more reasonable. Terry points out that he's had plenty
of time to think - and he wasn't in there long; he was only on
a prison farm. He goes on that it's worse for some blokes,
though: those in maximum security - you end up seeing things differently
- like Mitch. Katie asks, "What about him?"
Terry explains that he's seen the worst of it - he was
in there for eleven years, and you can't expect him to come out
and live a normal life. Katie remarks that she thought he was
doing pretty well. Terry quickly replies that he's not saying
he isn't, but being inside affects your way of thinking
- you could end up doing something you wouldn't have thought of
before you went in...
David pulls up in his truck at the country house. Mike immediately
dashes over to him and exclaims that he's glad he's back. Looking
surprised, David asks if something is wrong. Mike explains that
it's Patricia - she's not too good. David asks if it's something
to do with the operation. Mike, though, tells him that she didn't
have the operation - she checked herself out of hospital.
Looking worried, David heads inside.
Patricia is sitting in the lounge room when David comes in, and,
looking relieved to see him, she cries, "Thank God you're
back." She stands up and gives him a hug. David asks what's
been going on. Patricia pleads with him not to be angry with her
- she just couldn't go through with the operation. David assures
her that it's OK - it's up to her what she does about
that. Patricia cries that she's been so frightened. David
asks her what this business is with the O'Briens and this photograph.
Patricia cries that she knows she said the wrong thing,
but she couldn't help herself - it's like she gets out
of control: she knows in the back of her head that what she's
saying is crazy, but she just can't stop it. Looking
frightened, she tells David that she doesn't want to go back to
that sanatorium; he's to please not let them send her
there. David assures her that it'll be alright - everything is
just getting on top of her, that's all. He then suggests that
some of that tonic that Irene brought might help. Patricia, though,
cries, "No..." She then says she's doing it
again. David asks, "What?" Patricia explains, "Thinking
stupid things." David asks, "Like what?" Patricia
asks him: what if Irene put something in that tonic that makes
her feel out of control? - Irene doesn't like her; she wants to
get her out of the way, she knows that. Looking puzzled,
David tells her that she's got to stop thinking that
way - everyone is trying to help her. Patricia distantly
says she knows...
The 'phone rings at Ross's apartment and Ross answers it. David
comes on, says it's him and then explains that he's ringing about
Pat: she's worse than ever. Ross asks if she's suffering pain
from the knee. David, though, replies that it's not her knee -
she's acting strange. Ross comments that he noticed that when
he saw her earlier. He then goes on that he's not a psychiatrist,
but Patricia struck him as being pretty unstable - and with her
history of mental instability-- David interrupts him and asks
him how he knows about that. Ross explains that Mrs.
O'Brien told him. He then says he really does think David should
contact Patricia's psychiatrist and let him decide what
has to be done. David, looking worried, says, "Sure..."
He then comments that Ross gave Patricia some tablets... Ross
explains that they were just some tranquillisers - the sooner
she has them, the better. David says he'll see how she goes in
a few days. Ross asks him to just make sure she takes those tablets.
David just says, "I'll see." Ross hangs up, looking
A few moments later, David heads out to where Mike is working
just outside the kitchen door. Mike asks how Patricia is now,
and David replies that she's a bit quieter. He goes on that he
just rang her doctor and he wants him to get her to her psychiatrist
- but he doesn't reckon he needs to do that yet. He ask
Mike what he thinks. Mike, looking dubious, replies that
she was really off the planet this morning. David insists that
he can't drag her off to the psychiatrist - he'd probably
put her back in the sanatorium again, and that would be the last
straw. Mike says he's sorry, but it's the best place for her,
he reckons. David asks what would happen if she goes to pieces
completely - she won't ever come out again. Appearing
to make a decision, he tells Mike, "No way - she's a lot
better when I'm around." Mike warns him that he
can't carry it all, but David retorts that he has to
do what he can for her - Margaret asked him to stick by her, no
matter what, and he thinks he knows what could be up. He heads
back inside, leaving Mike looking worried.
A short time later, in the lounge room, Patricia stands up and
says she doesn't understand. David tells her to change into something
nice - he's made all the arrangements: the celebrant will be there
at 3:30pm and the O'Briens will be witnesses. Patricia exclaims,
"Witnesses?" David explains, "To our wedding.
We're going to get married, Pat."
Mike and Heather are sitting in the kitchen and Mike tells his
wife, "So I said that we'd do it. " Heather, looking
incredulous, snaps at him that he can, but she's
not. She adds that David must be as mad as Patricia;
how can he even think of marrying her? Mike points out
that they were engaged to be married before - and Dave feels responsible
for her; he thinks that if they were married, she'll feel more
secure. Heather snaps that she won't be a party to it - Patricia
will only drag David down with her; she deserves to be put away
and left there. David suddenly comes in and Heather tells
him curtly that she's sorry: he might think he's doing
the right thing, but as far as she's concerned, he's
a fool and she won't be a witness to the wedding. She storms outside.
David gently tells Mike to take her home. Mike says he's sorry
- Heather is upset about everything. David assures him that it's
OK - he'll find some other witnesses. Mike goes. David walks to
the 'phone and starts dialling.
The 'phone rings at Toorak and Andy answers it in the lounge
room. David comes on and asks him if Irene is there, but Andy
tells him that she and Barbara are out. He adds that they should
be back soon, though. David explains that this is important -
he needs two witnesses for his wedding. Andy incredulously says,
"Your wedding?!" David tells him that he and
Pat are getting married and he needs Irene and Barbara to be witnesses.
He asks Andy if he'll tell them as soon as they come in and get
them to ring him back. Andy says he will, and he excitedly offers
David his congratulations. David thanks him quite stiffly, says,
"Bye," and hangs up. Patricia comes into the kitchen,
still wearing what she was wearing before, and David comments
that he thought she'd be getting ready. Patricia sadly tells him
that she can't let him throw his life away - she wants
to marry him, but she can't. Looking puzzled, David asks
her what she's talking about. Patricia points out that she could
end up in a sanatorium or jail; what good is it to him to have
a a wife who's locked away somewhere? David, though, tells her
that she's not going back to the sanatorium and she's not going
to jail for something she didn't do. Patricia quietly says to
him that he does believe she didn't kill Luke...? David asks her
if he'd marry her if he thought she did it. Patricia tells him
that it's so unfair that he doesn't know what will happen. David,
though, tells her that he does know: once they're married,
she'll come good - everything will turn out fine; they'll have
a good life together. Patricia murmurs, "A good life..."
David says, "You will marry me, won't you?" Patricia
smiles weakly and tells him, "Yeah. I need you very much."
She hugs him lovingly.