In Irene's flat, Roland is telling Andy angrily that he's amazed
he had the nerve to come and face him. Andy retorts that he would
have had to sooner or later. Roland goes on at Andy that he actually
liked him; nothing to do with him being his son, but
he thought he was a decent kid; he couldn't have been more wrong
if he tried... He adds angrily that he hopes Andy and
his friend, Hamilton, enjoyed themselves. Fiona chips in and suggests
that perhaps Andy didn't 'enjoy' himself. Roland, though, says
he suspects he did. He adds that at least Hamilton had
the excuse that he was doing it for his father; it wasn't some
ridiculous desire for revenge. There's suddenly a knock
on the door and Irene gets up to open it and finds Barbara standing
there. She asks to speak to Roland. Roland walks over to them
and Barbara tells him there's something she'd like to discuss
with him. The two of them head out. Irene closes the door and,
returning to Andy and Fiona, tells Andy that if he and Wayne dished
out to her the sort of treatment they dished out to Roland,
she wouldn't want to know them anymore; he'd better wake
up to the fact that Roland is his father. Andy mutters
it's not his fault. Irene snaps that if he wants to bear a grudge
about the way it happened, it's up to him, but it's no reason
for the treatment he's dished out - and if he thinks there is,
then Roland isn't the only one who's misjudged him. Andy
A short time later, outside, Gordon looks at his watch. Irene
comes down the path and comments that she saw him from the window.
Gordon explains that he's waiting to see what Barbara decides.
He adds that he's given her ten minutes with Roland; if she's
not out by then, he'll have to leave the catch the 'plane. Irene
asks him if he wants her to wait with him, adding that
it might help pass the time. Gordon muses that he's not very good
company at the moment. Irene just smiles hesitantly.
In Roland's bedsit, Barbara is pacing the floor as she tells
a seated Roland that she knows they were together for
twenty years - she can't forget that; but she can't forget
the two years she's had with Gordon, either. She asks him, "Don't
you understand I love you both and I'm going to have
to turn my back on one of you?" Roland insists that he can't
help it; he wants her to stay with him, but she has to make the
decision. Barbara asks what if she can't make that decision; he
and Gordon have sat back and heaped the whole responsibility on
her shoulders as if the whole thing were her fault; how would
they like it if she asked the two of them to go away
and work it all out and then come back and tell her what they'd
decided? Roland replies that he's sure he and Gordon would both
like to make the decision for her, but they can't. Barbara
sniffs that she's sorry. She then sits down and says she's being
selfish - she wants her cake and eat it too. She then tells Roland,
"I'll stay with you." Roland cries in relief
that he was terrified she was going to choose Gordon.
Barbara asks weakly, "How can I? We were married for so long;
I can't dismiss that. And I have a duty to you and to the children."
Looking surprised, Roland queries, "Duty?"
and Barbara murmurs, "Yes." Roland tells her curtly,
"Barbara, I don't want you to come back to me out of a sense
of duty. I want you to come back because you love me
more than you love Gordon. That's what you've got to
decide." Barbara sobs, "I know." Roland goes on
sadly that, he thinks in her heart, she's already decided.
Outside, Gordon lifts Barbara's suitcase out of the boot of the
taxi. Irene asks him if he shouldn't wait a bit longer, but Gordon
explains that he'll miss the 'plane - and he doesn't want to see
Barbara and Roland together; a couple of weeks by himself, he'll
be fine. Irene says she thinks he's being unfair, expecting Barbara
to make a decision more quickly, but Gordon retorts that there's
no other way; the more she thinks about it, the more confused
she's going to become. He adds, "It's done. She's chosen
Roland." Irene tells him that he can't be sure of
that, but Gordon just replies that he'll see her in a couple of
weeks, and he gets back in the cab and asks the driver to head
to the airport. Irene watches him go, sadly.
A short time later, Irene is picking up Barbara's suitcase when
Barbara and Roland come down the driveway. Looking aghast, Barbara
cries, "Where's Gordon?" Irene explains that he's left
for the airport; he thought she wasn't coming. She then asks Roland
what's going on. Roland explains sadly, "Barbara's decided
to stay with Gordon." Barbara cries that she's got to catch
him. Irene tells her that they'll take her car.
The cab is driving along the road and the driver is chatting
to Gordon about football when Irene's car comes up behind them
tooting its horn. It draws level and Irene calls across, "Pull
over - I've another passenger for you!" The driver calls
back that he's not a bus! Gordon, though, asks him to stop. The
taxi pulls up at the side of the road and Irene, Barbara and Roland
climb out of Irene's car. Barbara tells her ex-husband gently,
"I'm sorry. I hope you can understand." Roland hands
Gordon Barbara's suitcase and tells him ruefully that he should
have waited a few more minutes. Gordon smiles at Barbara that
they'd better hurry - they don't want to miss that 'plane. He
then helps Barbara into the taxi as Roland looks on sadly.
Spider is pacing the hallway at Dural, listening to Wayne and
Julie talking in raised voices as they stand on the upstairs landing.
Wayne asks if they can talk, but Julie retorts that they have
talked. Wayne points out that it was hardly a conversation: her
locked inside the room and him outside. Spider ducks
into the lounge room as the two of them come downstairs and Julie
walks over to the 'phone, putting down a suitcase as she does
so. She asks Wayne what the number for the cab is, but Wayne cries,
"Don't do it. You know you love me. You have to give me another
chance." Julie tells him that it's impossible to trust him.
Wayne insists that he'd never do anything to hurt her, but Julie
cries, "What have you just done? That's the trouble
with you, Wayne: you think you know what's best for people.
Any time you and I disagree, it's me who's wrong. I'm sure there
are plenty of girls out there who'd like to have their lives organised,
but I'm not one of them." She then suggests that they face
it: they're not right for each other. Wayne, though, insists that
they are; she remembers how happy they were in Melbourne.
Julie cries that he was a different person then: she thought she'd
met a decent, ordinary bloke who wasn't worth a fortune and who
liked her for what she was; she was wrong. She tells him, "You're
a spoilt little boy, Wayne. You think you can do whatever you
want to get your own way." Wayne admits that, alright, sometimes
he is, but he doesn't have to be; he loves her; he doesn't
want to lose her; she has to give him another chance - and he
promises he'll try to change. Julie stares at him for several
seconds before murmuring reluctantly, "Alright, one more
try. But no more games - I mean that." Wayne assures her,
"I swear." Julie then adds, "There's one other
thing: dad has to go - 'cos as long as he's around, we're wasting
our time even trying." Spider listens in the lounge room
as Wayne insists that it wasn't all Spider's fault that she lost
her job; he knew the old bloke was up to something, but he didn't
try to stop him. Julie retorts that he shouldn't have been up
to something in the first place - and if Wayne wants
her to stay, he has to go. Wayne murmurs, "If that's
what you want."
At the boarding house, Irene and Roland head back into Irene's
flat, and Roland asks Irene if she thinks Barbara really did the
right thing. Irene replies that she did what she thought would
cause the least unhappiness; only time will tell if it does. Roland
comments that he could see Fiona thought it was the best
news she'd heard in years! Irene points out that Fiona has known
Gordon a long time. She then suggests that there's no point brooding
about it, but Roland asks what else he can do. He adds, "Have
you any idea what it's like to find someone you thought you'd
lost forever and then lose them again?" Irene nods sadly,
"Yes - it happened to me last year. And I know it's not easy,
but you've got your health back; you've got your friends. You'll
find someone special again." The 'phone suddenly starts ringing
and she gets up to answer it. STD pips sound and David comes on,
saying he's 'phoning to see what happened with Roland. Irene replies
awkwardly that she can't really talk right now. David asks her
to call him back when she can. Irene then asks how Shane is and
David replies that the hospital says they can bring him home.
Irene smiles that that's good. She adds that she'll be in touch
again soon and hangs up. In the kitchen at the country house,
David looks surprised. From the table, Leigh asks, "How are
they?" David, though, sitting down, explains that Irene couldn't
talk. He adds that he guesses Roland is upset - although Irene's
looking after him. Leigh muses, "I'm sure she would be."
David just murmurs, "Yeah..." Sensing something in his
voice, Leigh asks him if he's jealous, but David assures her that
nothing would please him more than to see Irene pair up with someone.
Leigh asks him when he's going to pair-up with someone,
adding that it must get a bit lonely. David, though, smiles, "Not
anymore - I have a daughter to keep me company now!" Leigh
smiles at him, happily.
Irene hands Roland a glass of sherry and tells him to drink up.
He takes a sip and then tells Irene that he'd like to say thanks
- for all her help. Irene asks what else friends are for.
There's suddenly a knock at the door and she answers it to find
Andy standing there. He explains that Fiona told him what happened,
and he asks if he can talk to Roland. Irene calls to Roland that
it's Andy, and Roland comes to the door. Andy tells him, "I
want to say I'm sorry. I won't pretend I'm glad Mr. and Mrs. H.
are staying together, 'cos that's the best thing, but what I did
to you was pretty rotten and you didn't deserve it." Roland
asks, "You're sorry?" Andy explains that he was hoping
maybe they could give it another go. Roland just snaps, "Get
A while later, Andy leaves his bedsit with a packed holdall.
Fiona comes round the corner and asks him gruffly if he's spoken
to Roland, but Andy explains that Roland doesn't want to know
him. He adds that the stupid part is, he really liked
the guy until he found out he was his father; they could have
been really good friends, but as it turned out, he needn't have
bothered. Noticing the holdall, Fiona asks him if he's going away,
and he explains that he's off to Woombai - he should be helping
to look for Amanda. Fiona asks him if he can wait for a few minutes,
and Andy replies that he's waited a whole week - a few more minutes
won't make any difference. He asks why, and Fiona explains that
it'll give her time to pack and tell Irene that she's going with
him; she feels she wants to give a hand, too - and apart from
that, Jill 'phoned: she's got a job in Chandler, working near
Terry. Andy exclaims that that's great, and he asks if Jill's
going to stay there. Fiona smiles, "Just for a little
while. I'm going to miss them both, but I'm just so happy she's
made friends with Terry."
Julie is cleaning in the lounge room at Dural when Spider walks
in. He tells his daughter that he's packed his suitcase, rung
the Home and told them he'll be back tomorrow. Julie just ignores
him. Spider goes on that he didn't realise she'd be so upset losing
that job; he was only thinking of her. Julie, though,
sighs and tells him not to try to worm his way around her. Spider
assures her, "A man's just trying to part good friends, that's
all." Wayne suddenly comes in and asks Julie to come outside,
as he's got something to show her. He grabs her hand and leads
her to the front door.
There's a gleaming new black car standing in the driveway, and
Wayne asks Julie what she thinks. She asks what it is, and Wayne
explains, "A car!" Julie laughs that she knows that!
She then asks what it's for, and Wayne tells her that that's up
to her - it was going to be a wedding present, but he
thought she needed some cheering up. Spider joins them as Julie
insists that she doesn't need a car; she wouldn't be
game to drive it. Spider, though, asks her where her
manners are, adding that she should say 'thankyou'. Wayne suggests
that at least she could say she forgives him - and better
yet, she can say she loves him! Julie smiles, "Would
I still be here if I didn't?" Wayne hands her the
keys and tells her to try it out. As she walks to the driver's
door, Spider says quietly to Wayne, "Good on ya, mate - dead
on the mark. Reminds me of something I can do for her,
too." He walks off down the driveway, leaving Wayne looking
David and Leigh are fussing over Shane in the kitchen at the
country house, and Leigh smiles at her son that he bets he's glad
to be home! David takes him and says happily, "My grandson!"
He then tells Leigh that he's never felt like Shane's granddad
before; with young Davey, it was different because he was there
when he was born; he was his grandson from the start; Shane seemed
to have come out of nowhere. He adds that so did she,
for that matter - but he reckons they feel more like a family
now. Leigh tells him, "It's hard not to think of Ray as dad
- he was really good to me; it was awful when he died. And then
George came along... I never did get on with him - although I
suppose it was my fault as much as his." She adds,
"Anyway, I've got you now - and that's good. I'm
pleased." David hands Shane back to her and then says he'd
better get to work. He heads out the back door and bumps into
a young man coming towards him. He asks him if he can help him
and the man explains that he's looking for a job; he's been doing
the rounds of all the farms but there's not much going. He asks
David if he's got anything for a few weeks, but David says he's
sorry. The guy adds that he doesn't mind working hard. David asks
him where he's from, and he replies that he's from Perth originally;
he's been about for years - done everything from grape-picking
to shearing. David asks him cautiously what he knows about market
gardening, and the guy replies, "A bit, yeah." David
invites him in to have a beer and talk about it. He then introduces
himself and shakes the guy's hand. The guy introduces himself
as Neil Duffy. The two of them head into the kitchen and David
introduces Leigh and Shane. He then tells Neil to sit down and
he takes a couple of beers out of the 'fridge.
Spider is back at the pub where Julie was working. He walks over
to the customer that he'd caused to tip drink over himself, saying
to him that he hoped he'd find him there. The customer
retorts that he thought they threw him out, but Spider explains
that he reckons they ought to straighten things out. The customer
tells him that they're 'straight', as far as he's concerned.
Spider, putting his hand on the guy's shoulder, explains that
he just wanted to apologise. This act, though, causes the customer
to spill his glass of beer down himself and he exclaims in horror,
"He's done it again!" Looking sheepish, Spider
insists that it was a mistake, but Thurgood, who's sitting opposite
the customer, suggests testily, "I'm going to have to teach
you the hard way, aren't I...?
Julie is standing by the bar at Dural, the 'phone in her hand.
Wayne comes in and says he hopes she's not calling the car yard
to take her car back! Julie, though, assures him that she really
likes it; she just has to get used to it. A 'phone starts ringing
at the other end. STD pips sound and a woman then answers, "Sunnyville
Retirement Home." Julie asks her if a Mr. Arthur Webb has
made any bookings with them. The woman, sounding surprised, replies,
"Spider? He's not coming back, is he?" Julie explains
that that's what she wants to find out. The woman asks her to
wait while she checks. Julie then whispers to Wayne that she's
checking up on Spider - he says he's made arrangements to go back
but she bets he doesn't give in that easily. After a few seconds,
the woman comes back on and tells Julie that Spider has made a
booking - he's told them he'll be returning tomorrow. Julie thanks
her and hangs up. She then muses to Wayne, "Well, what do
you know?" Wayne replies, "See, he's not as bad as you
thought. It's hard not to feel sorry for him." Julie,
though, retorts that she's felt sorry for him lots of
times and it's always cost her. There's suddenly a noise at the
front door, and Wayne comments that that must be him. Spider calls
weakly, "Jules..." Julie calls back that she's in the
lounge room. Spider staggers in, clutching his arm and not wearing
his glasses. Julie stares at him and asks in concern what happened.
Spider tells her that he went back to the pub to try and get that
job back for her, but they're the most unfriendly mob of people
he's ever met; it wasn't his fault - he tried to apologise
but he just wouldn't listen; then that gorilla threw him out onto
a pile of rubbish bins. Julie asks Wayne to get the first aid
kit, and he runs off. Julie cries at her father, "Dad, how
could you?" Spider, though, mutters, "That's
right, make out it's all my fault. I was just trying
to do the right thing, that's all."
In the kitchen at the country house, David hands Neil another
beer and tells him that he can doss in the shed they fixed up
for Leigh's brother. Neil exclaims that that would be great -
after the last few days, any kind of bed would be a nice
change! David asks him if he's been on the road a while,
and Neil explains that the last job was up at Hay; he hitched
his way down. David asks who owns the hotel up there now. Neil
asks, "Which one?" and David replies that he means the
big one on the left as you head north, near the petrol station.
Neil, suddenly looking shifty, turns away to avoid David's gaze
as he goes on that it's a great place to stop for a couple of
quiet ones on the way up to Idlehoe, then across to Broken Hill.
Neil just mutters that he thinks it's still the same guy. Leigh
comes in from the hallway and David asks if Shane's asleep. Leigh
smiles that he went off no trouble. David then explains to Neil
that the little fella's been a bit crook; he's alright now, though.
Neil comments, "They breed them tough in the bush, eh?"
Looking surprised, Leigh asks him how he knows they're from the
bush, and Neil quickly points out that they're there
aren't they? Leigh comments that it's hardly the bush, though
- although it is to some people! David laughs and tells
Neil that he'll show him the shed. The two of them head outside.
Roland is wiping up a mug in his bedsit when Irene appears in
the doorway and tells him that she's just off to the Hamiltons'
- it seems Spider's has had some sort of accident and she wants
to check on Wayne as well. Roland asks her if she'll come in before
she goes. She does so and Roland announces, "I'm thinking
of leaving." Looking surprised, Irene asks why, and Roland
explains that he thinks it would be a good idea if he was gone
before Andy gets back. Irene asks if that isn't just running away
again; it would be a shame if he and Andy couldn't find some way
of coming to terms. Roland sighs that he's not sure he wants
to. Irene quickly tells him that she still thinks he should stay
for a while - at least until he knows what he wants to do. Roland
shrugs, "Maybe you're right. Perhaps there is a
good reason to stay...?" Irene looks at him and then quickly
blusters that she'd better go and check on Spider; she'll see
him when he gets back. She goes. Roland watches her as she goes.
The 'phone rings on the desk in a smart-looking house. It's answered
by a young man dressed in a smart suit. Neil comes on - calling
from a public 'phone box - and says it's him. He then adds, "It
couldn't have worked out better - I met Leigh and I got a job
on the farm." The smartly-dressed guy asks about the kid,
and Neil nods that, yeah, he's there - they had to put him to
bed early, though - he just got home from hospital. The smart
guy asks sharply, "What's wrong with him?" Neil explains
that he's been a bit sick, that's all; he's alright now. The smart
guy mutters, "He'd better be. If she hasn't been looking
after him..." Neil says that, from what he saw,
she's crazy about him. The smart guy suggests that that
could make things a bit tricky, and he asks Neil if he's going
to be able to handle it. Neil, though, tells him, "Don't
worry - I know what to do. It'll be easy and they won't suspect
a thing." The smart guy retorts, "Good."
Leigh carries Shane into the kitchen at the country house and
coos that she'll get him an orange juice. She then kisses him
and soothes gently that it was horrible having to stay in that
hospital by himself - but he's not to worry: she'll make sure
no one ever separates them again...