As they stand there, Terry angrily asks Mitch what the hell set
that off. Mitch growls back that he thought he cut
all the alarms. Terry looks around and suddenly notices that Mitch
has one foot on a rug in the middle of the floor, and he exclaims
that it must be a pressure pad. He then quickly suggests, "Let's
get out of here." He pulls Mitch off the rug and they run
towards the front door, leaving the safe door wide open and the
jewellery still in there.
The two of them rush outside. Mitch runs straight down to his
car, but Terry lingers and closes the door and the guard and then
walks more slowly down to the road. Mitch gets into his car, starts
the engine and pulls away quickly. Terry stands on the pavement
watching him go. He then walks over to his own car, gets in, puts
his belt on, starts the engine and drives off.
A short time later, Mitch's car pulls back up in the driveway
at Dural. Mitch gets out and then stands and watches as Terry
pulls up behind him. As Terry gets out of his car, Mitch walks
over to him and growls at him that he had him worried: he thought
the cops had got him when he couldn't see him behind him. Terry
snaps back at him that it's a wonder they didn't, with
Mitch playing rubber halfway up the road. Mitch snaps that he
couldn't hang around, could he? Terry angrily warns him that if
he pulls another stunt like that, he'll end up-- Mitch interrupts
him and snaps, "OK - don't bust your boiler." Terry
growls, "Bust your head, more like."
Inside the house, in the lounge room, Charlie asks Mitch where
he's been, as she's been looking practically everywhere for him.
Mitch semi-nervously replies that he's been outside getting a
drink. Charlie chastises him that he was slow - what's he been
doing: brewing it himself?!; where's he been? Mitch retorts that
he's been outside with Terry. Terry walks over to them and tells
Charlie that Mitch is right: he was teaching him how
to carry a plate of food! Charlie indignantly says she hopes he
taught him well - her wardrobe isn't limitless. Quickly
calming down, she goes on that Mitch shouldn't think she's angry
with him, though: she knows it was an accident. Mitch agrees that,
yeah, it was. Charlie continues that they won't talk
about it anymore. She then announces that there's someone she'd
like him to meet. Mitch, though, tells her that he has a business
call to make. Charlie looks at him in disappointment, but he assures
her that it won't take long. He adds that it is important.
Charlie smiles and tells him that if he's not back in five minutes,
she's sending out a search party! Mitch walks off. Terry watches
him go, suspiciously.
Karen is in the lounge room at the Fisher house when the 'phone
starts ringing. She dashes to get it and Mitch comes on and says
it's him. Karen nervously asks him if everything went alright.
Mitch replies, "Not exactly." Suddenly looking worried,
Karen asks him what he means: did he do the job or not?
Mitch tells her that he made a last-minute decision not to go
ahead with their plan. Looking incredulous, Karen asks when he
made the decision. Mitch, who's in the hallway at Dural, suddenly
becomes aware that Charlie is watching him, and he quickly tells
Karen that he can't talk now - he'll fill her in when he sees
her. He hangs up and Charlie immediately walks over and snaps
that that was some business call. She adds, "It
wouldn't be a lady friend, by any chance?" Mitch
retorts that, no, it wasn't. Charlie ignores this, going on that
they tell her that competition is healthy. She asks if
it was anyone she knows, but Mitch suddenly snaps at her that
he couldn't care less if she did know them - as far as
he's concerned, she's got no competition because she's
not even in the race; now why doesn't she shut up and
give that mouth of hers a rest? Charlie, looking shocked, snaps
back that she never expected manners to be his strong point, but
she didn't expect him to be quite so rude. She walks off. Terry
joins Mitch and growls at him that he should have left him to
stew this afternoon - he doesn't care about anyone else but himself:
he used Charlie as an alibi and then dumped dirt on her; and he'll
probably drag Barney through the mud, using his car for the break-in,
but he doesn't care less as long as good old number one comes
first. Mitch growls that Barney will be OK - there was no one
round to see the car. Terry snaps back at him that that's no excuse:
he's a user, and there's no way he's going to
wear it any longer; from now on, Mitch is on his own. He storms
A short time later, Gordon is standing in the hallway with a
plate of food when Fiona approaches him and comments that he hasn't
got much there for a growing man. Gordon tells her that it will
have to do - his doctor gave him a strong warning against rich
food. Fiona asks him how he's feeling, and he replies that he's
not too bad. Fiona comments that she's surprised that he's not
upstairs, resting. Gordon, though, explains that he prefers company
- and he could certainly do with it after this morning: Barbara
was there - she found out about the attack. Looking surprised,
Fiona asks why she didn't stay. Gordon just looks distant,
and Fiona goes on that he didn't want her to. She then
points out that, the last time she was there, he'd have
done anything to get Barbara back. Gordon says he knows
- and he thought she loved him and that the only problem was Liz;
but it's more than that: she cares, but she
doesn't love him - she virtually admitted that.
Fiona suggests that he give her time, but Gordon says no: he keeps
remembering how she reacted when she found out that Roland had
been unfaithful - she could never come to terms with that, and
it'll be the same with him: nothing ever happened
between him and Liz, but Barbara knows that he loved another woman
and she could never forgive him for that.
David opens the kitchen door at the country house and steps outside
to join Ross. Ross tells him that the hospital gave him his message
and he asks what the matter is. David explains that it's Patricia:
she had a bad night last night - she went crazy for a while. Ross
says, "I see..." David goes on that he asked Irene to
have look at her, but that seemed to make her worse.
Looking surprised, Ross asks what made him think Irene
could help. David explains that she used to be a doctor; she still
is, he guesses - but she doesn't practice any more. Ross,
looking slightly worried, says he's sure Irene is very competent,
but he doesn't think she should be treating Patricia: they don't
exactly get on, do they? He continues that, with Patricia's state
of mind at the moment, he thinks Irene would be doing more harm
than good; he firmly believes that Patricia should remain solely
in his care for the time being. David assures him that
Irene won't argue. Ross asks if Patricia is inside and David tells
him, "Yeah." Ross then continues that he knows David
didn't agree last time he brought it up, but he really does think
she should see a psychiatrist - just for an opinion - but he knows
how difficult it is to bring up. David agrees, "It is."
Ross suggests that maybe he could bring it up for
him. Looking dubious, David tells him that he doesn't see him
doing much good - Patricia is touchy enough as it is without a
virtual stranger bringing it it up. Ross, though, explains that
he believes Patricia trusts him as a doctor - and he
believes it should be done for her sake. David, looking
gloomy, agrees that they'll give it a try - but if she says 'no',
that's it. Ross heads inside.
Patricia is sitting on the couch in the lounge room, still looking
gaunt, upset and worried. Ross comes in and says a cheerful, "Morning."
Patricia goes to stand up, but Ross tells her not to, as he wants
to have a look at her. Looking concerned, Patricia says she doesn't
have to have another injection, does she? Ross replies that that
depends - has she been taking the tablets? Patricia tells him,
"Yes," and so Ross says they can dispense with the injection
for today, then. Patricia, looking relieved, tells him that this
is going to sound a bit paranoid, but she really thinks it's that
tonic that Irene gave her that's making her behave so irrationally.
Ross tells her not to take it, then, and Patricia says she won't.
She adds that she told David, but he just thought
she was being crazy. Ross assures her that, after what
she's been through with Luke's death, she's bound to be very upset
- but there is a difference between being upset and being
crazy. Patricia sighs that she wishes she could convince David.
Ross gently says he knows - and that's why he wants her to go
and see a psychiatrist. Patricia stares at him and tautly says,
"No." Ross tells her that it's not because he thinks
she's crazy, but because he knows she's not - and the
psychiatrist can just confirm that she's under enormous stress;
in one fell swoop, she can eliminate all David's doubts. Patricia,
still looking dubious, says it's just... it's the next step, isn't
it? - what if they think she is crazy? Ross assures her
that she'll be fine. He adds, "Trust me - please...?"
Out in the kitchen, Mike is with David and he tells him that
Heather should be back any minute - she's just gone to get some
paint cards. David, who's sitting staring into space, doesn't
answer, and so Mike comments that it looks like he's got the conversation
to himself. David comes back to reality and says he's
sorry - he was thinking of other things. Mike comments, "Patricia?"
David explains that she's no better - Ross is in there now: he
still wants her to see a psychiatrist. Mike says he's sorry. He
then suggests that maybe it's just a temporary thing. At that
moment, Patricia and Ross come into the kitchen and Mike says
he might just finish out on the porch. He heads out the back door.
Ross tells David that Patricia has agreed to see her psychiatrist.
Looking surprised, David asks her if she's sure. Patricia replies
that she thinks so. Ross says he'll arrange an appointment
for first thing tomorrow morning.
A short time later, outside, Heather joins Mike by the kitchen
door, and he asks her if she had any problems getting the paint
cards. Heather shakes her head. Looking at the expression on her
face, Mike asks her if she's OK. Heather snaps that she's fine.
She quickly calms down and says she's sorry. She then asks how
David and Patricia are coping with married life. Mike replies
that it's not good, he'd say: Patricia is acting very strangely
and David is worried sick, the poor bloke. Looking surprised,
Heather says to him not to tell her that Patricia is still performing
her cuckoo act. Mike insists that she isn't well - the doctor
wants her to see a psychiatrist. Heather snaps that Patricia has
managed to pull the wool over David's eyes, as well.
Mike asks her what she's talking about. Heather snaps that Patricia
is no more crazy than she is. Mike warns her to calm
down, but Heather snaps that she won't - she's had enough
of that woman; she knows exactly what she's up to and she's not
going to let her get away with it. She slams down the paint cards
and heads inside. Patricia is sitting at the kitchen table, while
David and Ross stand by the sink. Heather roars at Patricia, "Jail
terrifies you more than being declared insane, does it, Patricia?"
Patricia stares at her in shock. Heather goes on at her not to
look so innocent - she knew she couldn't get away with Luke's
murder, but she knew that if she could convince the right people
that she's crazy, she might get off on diminished responsibility;
isn't that the idea? Patricia cries at her that she doesn't know
what she's talking about. Heather goes on angrily that of course:
who wouldn't believe she's not mentally unstable after her last
breakdown? - it's all so convenient. Mike, looking shocked, snaps
at his wife that that's enough. Heather yells at him that she's
not leaving until she's heard Patricia say it. Turning back to
Patricia, she tells her to say it: it's all a stunt, isn't it?
Patricia cries that, no, it isn't - honestly. Mike gently says
to Heather, "Come on, love," but Heather pushes him
away and yells that she won't until she's finished what she came
to say. She rants at Patricia, "You murdered Luke and now
you can't shift the blame onto poor Jeff, you're pretending to
be mentally ill. But it won't work - not while I'm around.
I'll make sure you get exactly what you deserve."
A short time later, Heather and Mike are back outside, and Heather
rants to her husband that Patricia is an expert at making
fools of people; that's just what he, David and Ross are if they
can't see through her. Mike tells her to calm down. He then goes
on that he knows why she hates Patricia and he can't blame her,
but she mustn't let it get out of control; he knows Patricia is
always pulling stunts of one kind or another, but he's been watching
her lately and he doesn't think this is one of them; he's pretty
sure that she really is close to a complete nervous breakdown.
In the kitchen, Patricia cries to David that he believes
Heather, doesn't he? David assures her, "No." Patricia,
though, goes on that she saw the look on his face when Heather
came in there frothing at the mouth. David, looking wary, admits
that he had doubts for a moment - she hasn't got the best track
record in the world. Patricia insists that she's not making this
up - he has to believe her: she doesn't want to be let off because
people think she's mentally unstable; she wants to be let off
because she's innocent. David tells her that he said
he had doubts for a moment, but they didn't last long
- he reckons he's close enough to her to know when she's lying.
Ross chips in that she should try to relax - once she sees the
psychiatrist, everything will be fine. Patricia cries to David
that it will be, won't it? David comforts her that of
course it will.
At the Fisher house, Amanda is sitting on the couch, but she
stands up and says to Karen that she supposes she should be going
now. She then adds that Alan has certainly got a knack of making
a girl forget her worries - he's quite like Todd in some ways.
Karen, looking surprised, snaps that he's nothing like
Todd; she's only seeing what she wants to see. She quickly
calms down and says she's sorry - her mind's not very clear at
the moment; she has too many hassles. The 'phone suddenly starts
ringing and she answers it. Fay Brandon comes on and asks if Alan
is there. Karen growls at her that no, he isn't. Fay asks her
if she can ask him to 'phone when he comes in - she needs his
signature for the insurance people: they've had a break-in. Looking
surprised and shocked, Karen mutters, "Oh... that's bad news."
Fay agrees that, yes, it is - they got away with her
jewellery. Karen says she's sorry to hear that; she'll get Alan
to give her a call. She hangs up, looking thoughtful. Amanda asks
her if there's a problem. Karen replies that there is.
Amanda tells her that she'll leave her to sort it out, then. Karen
growls, "Don't worry- I'll sort it out alright..."
Fiona, Barney and Terry arrive back at Fiona's flat, and as they
come in the door, Barney comments that he thought it was a terrific
party. He asks Terry what he thinks, but he just mutters
that it wasn't bad. Fiona, looking surprised, tells him not to
sound so happy about it! She then says she thinks she'll make
a cup of coffee. Terry says he won't have one, and Barney tells
her that he'll take a raincheck as he's got a few things
that he's got to do. Fiona thanks him for the lift and he goes.
Terry sits down on the couch, looking worried. Fiona says to him,
"OK: what's your problem?" Terry replies that it's nothing.
Fiona sits down next to him and points out that he hardly said
a word at all all the way back from Dural. Terry reluctantly explains
that he was tossing over something in his mind and wondering how
to bring it up. Fiona looks at him and he gives in and tells her
that he doesn't reckon he can let her set him up with a garage.
Looking surprised, Fiona says she thought they agreed-- Terry
interrupts and goes on that it would be great, but he's
just got to get out there and do it on his own. Fiona points out
that there's no harm accepting a little help along the way. Terry
assures her that he agrees - but now he's got a chance to make
a fresh start, he just wants to prove he can stand on his own
two feet. Fiona reluctantly whispers, "Alright..." She
then asks him if he's got any ideas. Terry tells her that Freddy
says there's a garage up near Woombai that needs a manager, so
he was thinking of giving it a go. Fiona, looking shocked, cries
that that's so far away; she has to look after the boarding house;
she'll never get to see him. Terry, though, tells her that it's
not that far - she can nip up for the odd weekend. Fiona
replies that, if that's what he wants... She then adds that Mitch
will miss him, too. Terry, though, growls that that's his
problem. Looking surprised, Fiona asks him if the two of them
have fallen out. Terry suggests that they just say he's starting
to see Mitch in his true colours: he's already had to drag him
out of trouble once since he's been out. Fiona asks what sort
of trouble. Terry, though, replies that it's nothing to worry
about - but the sooner he puts some distance between him and Mitch,
the better. Fiona looks worried.
Karen walks into the lounge room at the Fisher house, followed
by Mitch. She then stands with her hands on her hips and tells
him curtly that she believes he owes her an explanation. Mitch
retorts that it's simple: he changed his mind - he took one look
at the jewellery and realised that he didn't want to end up a
crim. Karen asks if he's saying the jewellery is still there.
Mitch agrees, "Yeah." He adds that she doesn't have
to worry: no damage was done - he set off an alarm, but he's pretty
sure no one saw him. Karen suddenly yells at him not to feed her
that rubbish - she knows for a fact that the jewellery was stolen,
so he might as well hand it over. Mitch snaps back at her that
he hasn't got it - he never touched it; when he left the house,
it was still in the safe. Karen growls at him that she spoke to
Fay Brandon fifteen minutes ago and the jewellery has gone.
Mitch retorts that he left the safe door wide open, so maybe someone
else cracked it. Karen angrily asks who - he said himself that
the alarm was going; who was going to walk in off the street with
that thing ringing its head off?; he's an absolute fool.
Mitch yells, "For the last time: I haven't got your jewellery."
Karen shouts at him not to lie. She then adds furiously that he'll
never sell it anyway, as it's all paste. Mitch suddenly glares
at her in shock, and mutters threateningly, "What did you
say?" He then goes on angrily that she let him risk everything
for lousy imitations; what's she playing at? Karen snaps that
it's none of his business. Mitch suddenly grabs her and yells,
"Like hell it isn't." He continues that she made out
that he'd get money for that job and all the time he was risking
jail for nothing more than one of her lousy schemes. He rants,
"You're a rotten cow. You hear me? A bloody rotten cow."
He suddenly pushes her down onto the couch and hits her round
the face. He then walks over to the wall by the door, takes down
a picture hanging there and smashes it. He starts trashing the
room in fury, knocking over tables and chairs, smashing pictures,
throwing down lamps... Karen cowers on the couch, in fear.
A short time later, Karen is still cowering on the couch, her
hand against her face where Mitch hit it. Mitch stands there,
having finished wrecking the room. He growls at her in fury that
he doesn't know what she's up to, wanting him to steal fake jewellery,
but whatever it was, she must have had a pretty good reason; well,
she should just count herself lucky that he's not in a position
to crow, or he'd make sure every man and his dog heard about it.
Karen warns him that he'd be the one to go to jail if
he did say anything. Mitch growls that that may be -
but he reckons it would almost be worth it to see her get what's
coming to her - not that she won't eventually. He storms out,
shutting the door behind him. A dishevelled-looking Karen just
sits there on the couch, her hand to her face.
Charlie is standing by the front door at Dural, thanking the
final departing guest for coming to the party. She then closes
the door and says to Gordon, "Thanks goodness that's
nearly over!" She adds that it was so tiring; then, indicating
the lounge room, says, "And the mess in there..." Gordon
tells her that the caterers will do it and he thinks Katie said
she'd stay back and help. Charlie comments, "What a pet.
I don't think I could face it today." Gordon comments that
at least the afternoon was a success. Looking surprised, Charlie
snaps, "A success? I had food spilt over me and insults thrown
in my face. I think it will take me weeks to get over
how Mitch treated me." Gordon tells her that she shouldn't
worry about it too much - a man with a temper like that... she's
better off without him. Charlie tells him that that's
easy for him to say. One of the caterers - a young man
- suddenly comes out of the lounge room and says to her, "Start
cleaning up, Mrs. Bartlett?" Charlie tells him that that's
fine. As he goes to walk off, a twinkle suddenly appears in her
eye and, watching him closely, she adds, "Come here. I'll
show you what has to be done..." Gordon smiles in bemusement!
Andy and Irene are in the lounge room at Toorak, and Andy comments
that Mrs. Hamilton doesn't seem her usual self since she's been
in Melbourne, does she? Irene agrees that she doesn't - especially
not when she agreed to go out with a total stranger just because
he gave her flowers. Andy says he reckons she's trying to get
back at Mr Hamilton. Irene agrees that, yes, that's probably something
to do with it. She then adds that, still, whatever it is, she's
sure Barbara doesn't want them interfering - but that's not going
to stop her worrying about her, though. There's suddenly a knock
at the front door, and she goes to answer it. Ross is standing
on the step and she tells him to come in. She then asks how Patricia
is, and he replies that she's much the same, he's afraid. Irene
comments that after her little run-in with Patricia the
other day, she's all his as far as she's concerned.
Ross tells her that he was saying the same thing to David - and
they should face it: from what he was told, she hasn't been in
regular practice for quite some time. Looking surprised, Irene
points out that medical knowledge and skills aren't the sort of
things that disappear overnight. Ross quickly explains that he
just meant that maybe she wasn't up with the latest techniques.
He then goes on that the important thing is that Patricia has
agreed to see her psychiatrist tomorrow morning. Irene asks if
she'll be alright, and Ross tells her that they all hope so. At
that moment, Barbara comes downstairs and Ross tells her that
she looks absolutely stunning. Barbara, a smile on her face, thanks
him and the two of them head out. When they've gone, Andy comes
out of the lounge room and says to Irene that he can't help feeling
that Mrs. Hamilton is making a big mistake. Irene tells him that
neither can she - something about Ross Newman doesn't quite ring
Up at Sunbury, David is carrying a large block of wood from the
barn to the grounds. He takes it over to where an axe is lying,
lifts up the tool and starts trying to split the wood.
Inside, the 'phone rings and Patricia nervously goes and answers
it in the kitchen, still looking tired and upset. She says, "Hello?"
A woman's voice comes on and says, "Hello, Patricia. It's
Margaret." Patricia asks, "Margaret who?" The woman
replies, "Don't you recognise my voice? It's your sister."
Outside, David suddenly hears Patricia crying, "David -
Inside, the 'phone is hanging down on its cord. The sound of
a disconnected call is coming from the earpiece. David runs in
and finds Patricia standing by the sink. She cries that it's Margaret
- she was on the 'phone; she spoke to her. David runs
over to the 'phone, lifts up the receiver and says, "Hello?"
There's no one there; only the sound of the disconnected call.
He tells Patricia that there's no one there, and adds
that there couldn't have been - Margaret's dead.
Patricia cries that it was her voice - she heard
it. David tells her that it only seemed real because of the nightmares
she's having. Patricia, though, cries that this is different
- she's not dreaming; she heard her voice. Suddenly flailing her
arms around in despair, she half-cries, half-shouts, "I don't
know whether I'm dreaming or not. I don't know what's
real anymore..." She breaks down in David's arms.