Fiona lets Andy into her flat at the boarding house. He asks
what her problem is, and she replies that Irene called; it seems
like his little scheme is now common knowledge. Andy asks how
Irene found out, but Fiona snaps that that doesn't matter; the
important thing is that they clear it up once and for all. She
goes on that Irene and Roland are flying back to Sydney this afternoon;
the one thing he can do to try and salvage a small element of
decency is to go and tell Gordon and Barbara the truth; save them
the embarrassment of finding it out second-hand too. She adds,
"I'm afraid you've made your bed, young man. You're going
to have to lie in it." Andy looks worried.
A while later, Andy and Fiona are sitting in the lounge room
at Dural, with Gordon, who asks, "And there was no genuine
threat?" Andy admits, "No." Gordon comments sadly
that he thought Wayne was past that sort of thing, but
Andy insists that they honestly felt they were helping him and
Barbara stay together. Gordon murmurs that the hardest part will
be telling Barbara that Roland's coming back; he'd hoped
that business was over.
Stephen sits down in the office at the riding school and dials
a number on the 'phone. Jenny answers and he asks her how she
is. He adds that he wondered if she'd like to have lunch today;
he could do with a friendly ear. Jenny asks what's wrong with
Caroline's, and Stephen explains that she seems to be spending
the day with Mr. Bourke - and she's a bit too close to things,
anyway; he needs someone more objective. Jenny, though, apologises
that she's busy today; she really can't spare the time. Stephen
suggests half an hour, but Jenny retorts that she's got way behind
with everything lately. Stephen asks if she's sure it's not a
prior engagement with Ken. Jenny snaps that she told him that's
over; she's simply going to have to spend more time at home and
less time socialising. She then adds that she'll see him later
and she hangs up, leaving Stephen looking surprised.
A while later, Stephen pulls up in his jeep outside Jenny's and
gets out. Jenny walks over to him and mutters that she thought
she told him she was busy. Stephen tells her that she sounded
so hassled on the 'phone that he thought he'd see if she could
use a couple of his blokes to help out for a few days. Jenny,
though, insists that she can handle it. Stephen points out that
she implied that it was his fault that she got behind, and he
asks to at least let him make it up to her. Jenny, walking away,
snaps that she said she can handle it. Stephen puts his hand on
her shoulder and insists that he's only trying to help. Jenny
mutters, "I thought you'd have been all tied up trying to
pull your family together." Looking surprised, Stephen asks
what that's supposed to mean. Jenny retorts, "You
can hardly expect me to dangle on the end of a string, waiting
to see what happens between you and Caroline. Quite frankly, with
all this uncertainty, I'd rather not see you at all."
Stephen stares at her and then mutters, "Fair enough. If
that's the way you feel." He goes to walk back to his jeep,
but Jenny calls after him, "If things were different...;
if they were up to me... ;but they're not, are they?" Stephen
stares at her.
In the lounge room at Dural, Wayne pleads, "Dad, please,
what did you expect me to do? You're my father and here's
some jerk trying to take your wife away." Gordon assures
him, "I'm not denying that your intentions were good, but
dear God, your methods... Why do you always go about things in
the wrong way?" Wayne mutters that someone had to do something,
but Gordon tells him that Barbara has to make up her own mind
and that's all there is to it. Wayne growls, "If you're
not going to try and keep her, who the hell is?"
Gordon repeats that it has to be her decision, but Wayne cries,
"Dad... Roland has muscled in on your wife and now he's pulling
out all the stops to get her - and if you just sit there and let
him do it, he will." Gordon says he doesn't see
what else he can do, but Wayne tells him, "Play
the game his way. You can't afford to be chivalrous;
not when your marriage depends on it." Gordon looks thoughtful.
Sometime later, Barbara pulls up in her car out the front and
Gordon runs out to help her unpack the shopping from the boot.
As he does so, he asks humorously if there's anything left in
the shop! Barbara smiles, "Just a little. Remind me next
time not to let the cupboard get so bare." Gordon tells her,
"Actually, it's a shame I didn't mention it before you left.
You needn't have got so much." Barbara asks, "Mention
what?" and Gordon explains, "Our trip to the Bahamas.
You keep saying you want to go there; I thought it was time we
stopped dreaming and actually went." Looking shocked,
Barbara asks him if he's serious, and he smiles that the bookings
are made; they leave this afternoon. Barbara asks suspiciously
what brought on this sudden decision, and Gordon tells her, "Instinct.
I thought it was about time we got away from the hustle and bustle.
We both need a holiday." Barbara muses, "I suppose so."
Gordon adds that he won't take 'no' for an answer! Barbara smiles
that, in that case, she'd better get packed, and she heads inside,
leaving Gordon with a smile on his face.
A while later, in the lounge room, Wayne is pouring some mineral
waters at the bar. He then hands them to Gordon and Barbara and
smiles that he couldn't think of anything better: nothing to do
all day except sleep, sunbathe and shake the sand out of your
clothes! Gordon adds, "Not to mention catching up on all
the reading I've been meaning to do!" Barbara says that she
really doesn't like leaving Caroline and Stephen and she asks
if they can't put it off for a few days. Gordon, though, tells
her that it might be difficult to change tickets. Wayne chips
in that they're not to worry; he'll keep in touch - and if the
worst comes to the worst, they can always cut their stay short.
Barbara asks Gordon if they need visas, but Gordon replies that
they don't; they're passing through the States, but they got five-year
visas last time they were there so they're still valid. Barbara
gets up and heads out of the room, saying as she does so that
she'll take the bathers out of mothballs! When she's out of earshot,
Wayne smiles at his father, "A few weeks in paradise and
Barbara won't give Roland a second thought." Gordon muses,
"I hope you're right." Wayne insists that it can't fail
- not when he tells Roland that it was Barbara's idea in the first
place - "After she decided to stay with you."
Gordon comments that Barbara will never forgive him if she finds
out; he doesn't know if he can even forgive himself.
Wayne, though, points out that they both agreed it was the best
strategy. Spider suddenly chips in and asks if he's interrupting.
Wayne and Gordon stare at him in surprise, having not heard him
come in, and Wayne asks him curtly what he wants. He explains
that he was getting a bit bored by himself, out in the flat. Wayne,
though, tells him that he and Gordon are talking business, and
Gordon adds that they could do with some privacy. Spider says
he might pop his head in down at the local, then, and he goes
to head out. However, he suddenly realises that he's out of change.
Gordon takes out his wallet and, handing over some notes, tells
him to have a couple on him. Spider tells him that he's
a scholar and a gentleman - but he's not to tell Julie. He then
adds, "I might pop in and see if the lady next door would
like to come along. Real looker, that one." He goes, and
Wayne exclaims quietly to Gordon, "Spider and Charlie?!"
Both sit there looking amused!
A short time later, next door, Charlie says to Spider, "Tell
me, Spider, how are the Hamiltons?" Spider explains that
Gordon and Barbara are jetting off on a holiday somewhere. Charlie
comments that that's rather sudden, and she asks if they said
why they were going. Spider replies that he heard someone talking
about that Roland bloke again; they seem to talk a lot
about him over there. He then asks, "Anything else you want
to know?" Looking surprised as hit bluntness, Charlie asks
about Wayne and Julie, and Spider tells her that Julie hasn't
been herself lately - she gets a bit impetuous; she's very young
and doesn't know she's upsetting people. Charlie comments that,
for her and Wayne's sake, she hopes the girl soon grows out of
it. Spider assures her, "Same here, Charlie, same here. First
sensible thing she's done, marrying into a good family. Just hope
she doesn't ruin it." Charlie sighs and looks at her watch.
She then tells Spider, "You'll have to excuse me, darling.
If I don't go now, I'll never make that appointment!" Standing
up, Spider suggests that she can spare a few minutes to moisten
the old tonsils, can't she? Charlie, though replies curtly, "Somehow,
Mr. Spider, I don't think so."
Wayne is on the 'phone in the lounge room at Dural, talking to
Julie. He suggests that she take the afternoon off and come and
say goodbye to Gordon and Barbara, but Julie replies that she
can't; the manager's really strict about that sort of thing. Wayne
asks, "Who's more important: me or him?" Julie, though,
just retorts that she has to get back to work - she's really busy.
Wayne insists tautly, "I want you here to say goodbye, Julie,"
but Julie tells him that she can't hear him properly and he mutters,
"Forget it," and hangs up. He suddenly becomes aware
of Spider standing in the doorway and he growls that he thought
he'd gone out. Spider explains that it's his back - it's playing
up something terrible. Wayne asks if he's saying he wants a lift.
Spider replies that he'd catch a cab if he had the money... Wayne
points out, "We're not a bank, you know, Spider." Spider
tells him, "I know what you're thinking about Julie working
and not being here with you. I think I can help you." Wayne
asks him what he's got in mind, and Spider replies, "I just
might go down and pay her a visit. Reckon anything might happen..."
Wayne, realising what he's implying, takes out his wallet and,
handing over some cash, tells him, "Get yourself a cab."
Spider smiles, "You and me are two of a kind, mate. Get the
job done, eh? That's what counts." He heads out, leaving
Wayne with a thoughtful smile on his face.
A while later, Julie is standing outside the pub where she works,
clearing glasses from tables, when she spots her father approaching.
She walks over to him and demands to know what he's doing there,
adding angrily that there are five pubs between there and the
Hamiltons'. Spider asks if a man can't choose his own watering
hole. Julie cries that she doesn't want any trouble, but Spider
assures her that he just wants a drink. Julie gives in and asks
him what he wants: a midi or a schooner. Spider replies that he
doesn't think he can tackle a schooner of whiskey - not before
lunch! Julie cries at him not to make things difficult. Spider
sighs, "Jules, love, now listen to me. We're sitting on a
goldmine; we both are. Why do you want to mess things
up by working here?" Julie snaps, "I'm working
here so I can earn enough money to send you away. You promised,
remember?" Spider, though, tells her that he didn't make
a promise; she just said that's what she was going to do. Julie
points out, "And you agreed." She then tells
him that she has to get back to work, and she orders him to sit
tight and she'll get him a drink.
Gordon and Barbara walk downstairs at Dural, Gordon carrying
two cases. Barbara says she hopes she's packed everything; she's
never been so rushed! Gordon says he might order a taxi now, in
case they have trouble later. Barbara asks if she can use the
'phone first - she'd like to call Roland. Gordon, looking slightly
nervous, quickly tells her that she might have trouble getting
him: Irene called while she was out shopping; he didn't say because
he didn't want her upset before they left, but Roland slipped
out of the country; he supposes he thought it was safer. Looking
shocked, Barbara exclaims, "Without telling me?"
Gordon says he supposes Roland didn't want her to worry, but Barbara
snaps that of course she's worried; how could he do
that? Gordon suggests that maybe it's only for a while, but Barbara
mutters, "No. No, I've been fooling myself. I thought he
needed me. Well, I was obviously very wrong." Gordon looks
A short time later, Wayne walks into the lounge room and asks
his father where Barbara is. Gordon replies that she's in the
kitchen, tidying up. Wayne asks what for, and Gordon explains
that she wants to keep busy, he supposes. Wayne warns his father
that he and Barbara had better go soon; Roland will be arriving
in Sydney any moment; the last thing they want is him running
into Barbara. Gordon adds, "Especially now that I've told
her he's overseas." Wayne stares at him and he explains that
Barbara wanted to ring Roland in Melbourne, and it's all he
could say to prevent it. Wayne comments, "Quick thinking."
He then adds that, in an hour or two, Gordon's troubles will be
over; he can forget about Roland for good. Gordon tells him that
it's not that simple. Wayne, though, asks, "Why not? You've
got everything you wanted, haven't you?"
Beryl is preparing a salad in her kitchen when the front door
bangs and Jim comes in. He mutters, "Talk about being grilled.
You'd think I was applying for Lord Mayor, not a construction
manager. Now I know what Mike went through." He
opens a beer as Beryl assures him humorously that she won't throw
him out! Jim insists that it's his responsibility to support them,
but Beryl mutters, "Don't you start." Looking
surprised, Jim asks, "Sorry?" Beryl explains, "David
used to say the same thing. I think it's absurd - he
wouldn't let me pay for anything, either. I really don't want
to have that argument again." Jim quickly tells her to slow
down; if she wants to buy them things, he's not going to stop
her; all he's saying is that he's a pretty independent sort of
fellow who likes to feel he's pulling his weight; he wants a job,
that's all. Beryl says she's sorry she went on, and Jim heads
off to change.
At the pub in Sydney, Julie hands her father another glass of
whiskey, asking him as she does so if he hasn't had enough. Spider,
though replies that he's just getting the taste for it. Julie
stands there and Spider asks if something's wrong. Julie points
out that he hasn't paid. Spider says he's sorry. He then starts
feeling around for his money, but 'suddenly realises' that he
seems to have miscalculated. Julie snaps, "Honestly, dad!"
Spider insists that he always pays for his drinks; he'll fix her
tomorrow. Julie snaps at him not to bother - he can have it on
her, but he's to leave as soon as he's finished, because there
won't be anymore. She goes to head back inside. The publican is
standing by the door and he asks Julie if she knows the
bloke she was just talking to. She explains that it's her father.
The publican asks suspiciously, "Not giving him free drinks,
are you?" Julie assures him, "He's just running a bit
short, Mr. Kitchener. Don't worry, though, I'll fix you up."
The publican tells her to make sure she does; he's not
running a charity organisation.
At her flat at the boarding house, Fiona finishes speaking to
Irene on the 'phone and hangs up. She then tells Andy that Irene
and Roland have just arrived at the airport; they'll be leaving
their baggage there at the boarding house and then Roland is going
straight out to the Hamiltons'. Andy comments that he sounds pretty
fired-up, and Fiona asks, "Do you blame him?"
The 'phone suddenly starts ringing again and Fiona answers it.
Wayne comes on and says he'd like to talk to Andy. Fiona snaps,
"I would have thought you'd done enough talking
to Andy." Wayne just asks impatiently, "Is he there
or not?" and Fiona reluctantly hands the 'phone over. Andy
says, "Hi." Wayne asks him if he's heard when Roland's
arriving. Andy explains that he's already arrived in Sydney; he's
on his way to the boarding house now. Wayne tells him
to keep the guy there as long as he can; Gordy and Barbara are
going on holiday and he doesn't want to risk Barbara running into
Roland before he leaves. Andy asks what he can do about
it, but Wayne just tells him to stall him as long as he can. Andy,
though, mutters, "Sorry, mate, you're on your own. Let them
sort it out for themselves." Wayne asks in surprise, "What
the hell's got into you?" Andy retorts, "A bit of common
sense." Wayne growls, "Don't pull out on me now, Andy.
You're in too deep as it is." Andy, though, retorts, "Not
me. Best of luck." With that, he hangs up.
Spider finishes his drink at the pub and then stands up and puts
on his jacket, muttering as he does so, "Now, where is she?"
He looks around and then deliberately bumps into a patron sitting
at the next table. The guy spills his drink over himself and,
standing up, warns angrily, "Hey! Watch it, granddad."
Spider asks tauntingly, "Can't you hold your beer, mate?"
The guy snaps, "You owe me a schooner, pal." Spider
mutters that it was an accident, but the guy snaps, "Bull.
You'll pay to have my pants dry-cleaned, too." Spider asks
him if he's calling him a liar. The man retorts, "I'm saying
you knocked my beer over." Spider holds up his hands in a
fighting position and growls, "Get them up. No one calls
me a liar." Another man suddenly walks over to them
and, putting his hands on Spider's shoulders, gently pulls him
away. Julie runs over and snaps at the second man, "What
do you think you're doing? Leave him alone." The man warns,
"Stop barging in here," but Julie snaps, "I wouldn't
have to if customers like you didn't go round causing trouble
all the time. Who do you think you are?" The publican suddenly
walks over and tells her, "Mike Thurgood. My co-owner."
He then adds, "There's the door, Miss. Webb. Take your father
and go - and don't bother to come back." Julie leads Spider
Charlie is in the hallway at Dural with Gordon and Barbara. Gordon
asks Barbara if she's sure she's got everything, but Barbara mutters
that it's too bad if she hasn't. Charlie says to her that she
must feel so much better now that she finally knows what she's
doing. Barbara comments that she hasn't had much time to think
about it. Wayne joins them and says he's checked upstairs and
thinks they've got everything. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing
and Gordon says he'll take it in the living room. He heads in
there. Barbara calls after him that, if it's Stephen, call her.
Charlie tells Barbara that she's green with envy; she loves
sailing in those fabulously wealthy millionaires' yachts! At the
bar in the lounge room, Gordon tells Beryl on the 'phone that
he hasn't heard anything since then, but Stephen and Caroline
aren't giving up hope. Beryl comments that it's awful not knowing.
Gordon tells her that he really must go - he and Barbara were
just about to go for a holiday; they're half way out the door;
he'll ring her when he gets back. Beryl, though, quickly explains
that she was going to ask him something to do with the company:
the possibility of Jim taking over the Melbourne end, if Gordon's
still interested in going ahead with it. Gordon replies that,
so far, he's only spoken to Mike about it. Beryl suggests
that, with Mike happily settled up in Brisbane-- Gordon interrupts
and says briskly that he really must go; he'll talk to her about
it when he gets back. Looking surprised, Beryl just says, "Bon
voyage," and Gordon hangs up. Wayne comes into the lounge
room and Gordon tells him that that was Beryl. He then looks at
his watch and says he wishes the taxi would turn up; he can't
take much more of this! A car horn suddenly sounds outside and
Gordon exclaims, "Thank goodness!" Out in the hallway,
Charlie tells Barbara that she wants postcards with a full description
of everything! Barbara opens the front door and Julie suddenly
bursts in and runs into the lounge room. Spider follows her in
and Wayne asks what's going on. Spider explains, "She got
the boot from the pub she was working at." Barbara says sympathetically
that she'd better see if she's alright, but Wayne quickly tells
her to leave it to him; she'd better grab that taxi before it
drives off. Barbara asks him to tell Julie how sorry they are,
and she heads outside. Gordon tells Wayne that he'll see him when
he gets back. Spider chips in, "I hope my back's better by
the time you get home." Gordon, looking bemused, says, "So
do I," and he goes. Wayne closes the door. Spider says to
him, "Awful about Julie losing the job, wasn't it?"
Wayne just suggests that they talk about it later. He heads into
the lounge room, where Julie is standing with her arms crossed,
an angry expression on her face. Wayne goes and puts his hands
on her shoulders. She tells him that she's sorry she didn't say
goodbye, but she couldn't. Wayne assures her that Gordon and Barbara
understand. He then asks what happened, and Julie cries, "It's
dad. He made me lose my job. Why couldn't he stay out
of things?" Wayne points out that it wasn't much of a job
anyway. Julie snaps, "I don't want him here anymore, Wayne.
Tell him to go back to that Old People's Home." Wayne points
out, "He's your father," but Julie retorts,
"He's a nasty, selfish old man. I can't stand living in the
same house as him." Wayne suggests that she shouldn't go
making snap decisions. Julie stares at him as she realises, "You're
pleased I lost that job, aren't you?" Wayne tells
her that he knows how important it was to her, but Julie retorts,
"No you don't. You couldn't. You're glad
it didn't work out." With that, she storms out into the hallway
- where Spider is listening with his ear to the lounge room door.
As Julie goes to head upstairs, he tells her, "Don't feel
bad, Jules. It's all for the best." Julie just snaps, "Whose?
Yours or mine?"
Gordon and Barbara's taxi is driving along the street and stops
at a 'Give Way' sign. Barbara is sitting behind the driver, staring
out of the window, thoughtfully. Gordon looks at her and then
asks the driver if they can turn left there; there's a stop he
wants to make before they get to the airport.
In the hallway at Dural, Wayne hands Spider $50 and tells him
that it should keep him in drinks for a while. Spider suggests
that they leave it this time; he didn't know Julie would be so
upset; he feels real rotten about it. Wayne, though, assures him
that he did the right thing; the job was getting a real hassle
between them. He hands him the money and tells him to have a big
spend-up. The two of them suddenly become aware of Julie standing
on the stairs, staring at them furiously...
Gordon opens the rear passenger door of the cab to let Barbara
out. They're outside the boarding house, and Barbara asks if they
have time to be saying goodbye to Fiona. Gordon, though,
explains, "It's Roland. I lied to you. He's not overseas,
he's here." Barbara stares at him and says she doesn't
understand. Gordon tells her to go in, talk to him and make the
final decision as to who she wants to stay with. Barbara demands,
"Then why did you tell me he was overseas?"
Gordon explains that he had some foolish idea that she'd forget
about Roland if she believed he'd disappeared, but when he saw
the effect it was having on her, he realised how selfish he was
being. He adds, "I'll wait ten minutes. If you're not out
by then, I'll carry on to the airport alone; that'll give you
and Roland time to work out your future, if that's what you both
want." Barbara stares at him as he concludes, "I'm sorry.
You have to make you mind up. Now: Roland or me?" Barbara
starts heading uncertainly up the driveway of the boarding house.
She turns and looks back at Gordon leaning on the cab, looking