Later that evening, Beryl picks up the 'phone in her lounge room
and dials a number. STD pips sound and Irene comes on. Beryl tells
her that Fiona has told her and David about her cancer and she's
decided to have the operation. Irene smiles that that's the best
news she's had all week. She asks what brought it on. Beryl explains
that Fiona collapsed after Robert's christening this afternoon
and she and David finally badgered it out of her. Irene asks,
"And convinced her to have the op?" Beryl nods, "After
several attempts, yes." She goes on, "She's coming back
to Sydney; she's going to see a Dr. Robertson - a specialist,
I believe." Irene agrees, "A damn good one." Beryl
adds that she's coming up with Fiona. Irene thanks her,
adding, "You've done Fiona a great service." With that,
they say their goodbyes and hang up. At the boarding house, Irene
joins Andy and Kelly at the table in her flat and tells them that
that was Beryl. Andy asks what she wanted. Irene replies, "She
had some wonderful news about Fiona."
At Beryl's, Beryl joins David and Fiona in the kitchen. They
have a set of cards out, and as Fiona shuffles them, she asks
Beryl what Irene said. Beryl replies, "She said you've made
the best decision and she's very happy." Fiona mutters, "I
bet she is..." Beryl asks her if she's not glad
she made the decision. Fiona sighs, "I suppose I am; I'm
just nervous, that's all - I keep thinking of all the things that
can go wrong." David, however, suggests that she thinks of
everything that's going to go right. Fiona smiles, "Like
positive thinking?" David nods, "Why not?" A card
suddenly flips out of the pack in Fiona's hand and lands on the
table. It's the ace of spades. She looks at it in horror and quickly
places her hand over it. Beryl asks her if she's alright. Fiona
replies nervously, "I just had a bit of a twinge..."
She then suggests to David that he cut the cards and deal.
Wayne is at the Morrell town house, and as Samantha lets him
in, he asks Caroline - who's sitting on the couch, a drink in
her hand - how things are. Caroline murmurs, "Coping."
Wayne goes on that he's sorry he didn't come straight back after
Amanda's service; he figured she'd want some time to herself.
He then continues, "There are a couple of things I'd like
to talk to you about regarding the company. I'm sure Alison's
out to cause trouble." Caroline, though, snaps, "I couldn't
care less about Alison - or about the company,
for that matter. You can all fight it out amongst yourselves for
the next hundred years, if you like." Samantha quickly asks
Wayne to come and give her a hand making some coffee, and they
head into the kitchen. Out there, Samantha growls at Wayne that
he's got a great sense of timing: he knows what her mother's been
through and he turns up there wanting to talk about the company;
she's on the edge and drinking as if prohibition starts tomorrow.
Wayne, suddenly looking very thoughtful, murmurs, "That's
no good..." Samantha suggests that he go back and talk to
Caroline and see if he can cheer her up, somehow. Wayne heads
back to the lounge area and says to Caroline, "Very difficult
to get her out of your mind, isn't it? I feel the same."
He then indicates her glass and adds, "Need a top-up?"
Caroline hands him the glass and he walks over to the drinks tray
a nasty smile on his face. As he pours another drink, he comments,
"Helps you forget, doesn't it...?"
The next morning, Fiona has arrived back in Sydney, and she joins
Irene, Andy and Kelly in Irene's flat at the boarding house. She
tells Irene that Beryl is just settling Robert down. Irene gives
her a hug and tells her that it's good to see her. Andy asks her,
"Why didn't you tell us you were sick?" Fiona
explains, "I didn't want anybody fussing around." She
sits down. Andy announces that he's got to go and see a bloke
about a disco job. Kelly heads out with him. When they've gone,
Fiona muses, "They're nice kids... their whole life in front
of them." Irene insists, "Come on... so have you...
you've got nothing to worry about, Fiona. It's going to be alright
Out in the corridor, Andy is telling Kelly that he wanted to
give Fiona some time alone with Beryl and Irene. Kelly asks, "How
did she look? From her voice, I got the feeling she was trying
to put on a front." Andy explains, "I think, deep down,
she's pretty tense. Who wouldn't be? I hope she's going
to get through it." Kelly murmurs, "Me too. She's a
wonderful person. I couldn't stand it if anything happened to
Inside Irene's flat, Irene is telling Fiona, "I've made
all the arrangements. Dr. Robertson had a last-minute cancellation
on his operating list, so you're going in first thing tomorrow
morning." Fiona looks at her in shock and mouths, "Tomorrow?"
Irene points out, "The sooner you get it done, the sooner
you're on the road to recovery." Fiona asks Irene if she'll
be there. Irene replies that she'll be assisting. Fiona warns
her, "You just make sure Dr. Robertson doesn't make any mistakes."
Irene sighs, "You're determined to think the worst; I've
never met anyone like you!" Fiona cries, "I'm
scared." Beryl suddenly emerges from the kitchen
and announces that she'll make the tea before she gets back to
Robert. Fiona ignores this, though, going on, "Last night,
a card came up." Beryl asks in surprise, "What
card?" Fiona explains, "When we were going to play canasta,
I was shuffling the cards and one dropped out; it leapt
out. It was the ace of spades." Irene sighs, "Which,
if you're a voodoo mystic, symbolises death." Fiona cries,
"I didn't make it up, Irene; it really happened."
Irene asks sarcastically, "What did the tea leaves say?"
Fiona, though, cries at her not to make fun of her. She goes on,
"A lot of the things that I read in the tea leaves have come
true. The cards are the same: they can predict the future."
Irene retorts, "And doctors can't?" She then points
out, "Fiona, we've been through your tests. Except for your
kidney, you're a very healthy woman. You're going to have that
operation and it's going to be a success." Beryl adds, "She's
right, Fiona. Everything's going to be fine." Fiona sits
there looking worried.
Wayne arrives at the Morrell town house again and sits down outside
with Samantha. He asks her how her mum is, and Samantha replies
that she's nursing a sore head. Wayne asks if she's up to discussing
company business. He adds that it really does have to be sorted
out - and he figures it's a way of taking her mind off Amanda.
Samantha nods, "Just go carefully, that's all." She
then stands up and says she's going to make some lunch. Caroline
comes out and joins Wayne at the table. He tells her that Samantha
is worried about her - and so is he. Caroline looks at him suspiciously,
and he goes on, "I came over to discuss some business matters
with you, but if you don't feel up to it...; in fact, if you'd
like some time off - and it's perfectly understandable if you
do - what I was going to suggest was if you give me control of
your shares, I could look after things for you. A break would
probably do you the world of good." Caroline smiles muses,
"You're all heart, Wayne." She then goes on tersely,
"I wouldn't let you near my shares if my life depended
on it. I don't trust Alison; I trust you even less."
Wayne sighs, "OK. I didn't come over here to cause trouble.
In fact, I've got a little present for you." With that, he
hands her a bottle and tells her, "To replace the one we
polished off last night." Caroline, looking surprised, comments
that she doesn't remember drinking with him last night. Wayne
replies, "You did, I'm afraid. Made quite a mess of ourselves.
The least I can do is restock your bar." Caroline tells him,
"It's not necessary, but thankyou - although the way I'm
feeling this morning, I don't think I'm ever going to touch another
scotch again." With that, she picks up the bottle and takes
it inside, leaving Wayne looking thoughtful.
David and Tim are working in a shed in the grounds at the country
house when Donna walks over to them and asks David if he's got
Fiona's number in Sydney as a guy called 'Gillings' or someone
called. David explains that that's the person Fiona has invested
through. David heads off inside and Donna calls after him that
the number's by the 'phone. Tim then suggests to Donna that they
have Spider and Jess over for dinner tonight. Donna points out
that they were there last night. Tim insists that it'll
be good for her to be round people her own age - like Jess. Donna
acknowledges, "She is fun to be with..." Tim
tells her to give Jess a call, and Donna smiles, "Alright!"
With that, she heads off inside, leaving Tim looking very happy...
Inside the house, in the kitchen, David is saying on the 'phone,
"I'd better get on to Fiona and Beryl straight away; Irene
too - and tell them what's happened." At the other end of
the 'phone, Maynard Gilling says he'd be very grateful if David
would. They hang up and David looks up a number in the 'phone
index and starts dialling.
Andy opens the door to Irene's flat at the boarding house, saying
excitedly to Kelly as he does so, "How about that, eh? A
disc jockey on a cruise ship! You reckon I'll pull it off?"
Kelly smiles, "You've got as good a chance as any."
She adds, "Do you think I'll land the singing job?"
Andy nods, "You deserve it; you're good." The 'phone
suddenly starts ringing. Andy picks it up, STD pips sound and
David comes on. He asks if Irene's there, but Andy explains that
she's doing house calls. David asks if Beryl is there. Andy says
he thinks they've headed to Manly. David sighs, "Dammit.
Get one of them to call me as soon as they come in, will you?"
Andy says, "Sure." He then asks if there's anything
he can do in the meantime." David, though, replies sadly,
"No, cobber. No." He hangs up, looking worried.
Fiona and Beryl are walking along the beach at Manly, Fiona commenting
as they do so, "Sad to see the old boarding house gone."
Beryl points out, "It burned down." Fiona replies, "I
know. It's still sad, though. The people I knew there... that's
what makes a place special: the people." She continues distantly,
"Bunty and Thel... my God, it's ages since I've
seen them. And the twins: Johnny and Angela... oh they were so
beautiful when they were born; so small... not that Johnny stayed
that way for too long! He really shot up. Before he went to live
with you and David, I used to read to him. He had a favourite
story: The Gingerbread Man. If I read him that once,
I read it a thousand times! Oh, I do love that boy..." Beryl
suggests, "We could get in touch with him - ask him to come
down in time for the operation." Fiona, though, says quickly,
"No, no, he's settled now; it would be unfair to disrupt
his life." Beryl insists that she doesn't think he'd mind.
Fiona murmurs, "Maybe not, but I would rather leave it that
way." Tears suddenly start welling in her eyes, but Beryl
quickly says, "Hey, now, don't go sad on me all-of-a-sudden.
Think of all the money we're going to make out of our coffee futures.
We'll travel the world and really kick our heels up." Fiona
just stands there and stares out to sea. She then says to Beryl,
"Let's walk back and buy an ice cream. I feel like an ice
Irene is dialling a number on the telephone in her flat. As she
does so, she asks Andy if David said what it was about. Andy replies
that he didn't. He adds that he sounded pretty uptight, though.
David answers the 'phone and Irene says it's her. David thanks
her for calling. He then asks her if she, Fiona and Beryl have
tied up that business about the coffee futures. Irene nods, "Yeah
- signed, sealed and waiting for delivery. Why?" David sighs,
"Brace yourself: Maynard Gilling's been on the 'phone. He
reckons there's been some sort of army takeover where the stuff
was growing. He reckons the crops been nationalised. He says you
don't own it anymore." A look of shock crosses Irene's face.
She asks, "You mean we've done our dough?" David replies,
"Sounds like it: every last cent."
A while later, Beryl joins Irene in her flat, saying that Andy
said Irene wanted to see her. Irene tells her to take a seat.
Beryl does so, and Irene explains, "Bad news: I'm afraid
we've lost all the money we invested. Some bloodthirsty colonel
from the Tanganian army organised a little coup and nationalised
the coffee crop." Beryl murmurs, "There's no chance...?"
Irene sighs, "No - I spoke to the broker. All gone."
Beryl comments, "That was all the money I had left
- or most of it." Irene points out, "At least
you own your house. I've got to service half the mortgage on this
place." She looks around to indicate the boarding house.
Beryl asks about Fiona. Irene replies, "Worse off than either
of us, I'd say." Beryl retorts, "Then she mustn't be
told until after the operation."
Jess, Spider, David, Tim and Jess are sitting around the kitchen
table at the country house, and Donna is laughing about Tim always
being in trouble at school. Spider, though, suddenly snaps at
everyone about making so much noise. He goes on, "A man loses
his life savings and all you can do is talk about your
old school days." He adds bitterly, "I don't know how
Fiona got tied-up with a fool like that. What sort of a name is
it anyway? 'Maynard Gilling'." Quickly changing the subject,
Donna tells Spider that he left his shirts there last night. Jess
says she'll put them in the car now. Donna tells her that they're
in the lounge. Tim quickly says he'll get the keys and open the
car. He follows Jess into the lounge room. She starts picking
up Spider's shirts. Tim picks up the keys and then tells her,
"I've been waiting for the chance to talk to you
alone. I don't want to hurt Donna, but after last night..."
Jess pleads, "No, Tim, stop." Tim insists, "You
felt the same way; I could see it. I've never felt this
way about a girl before." Jess retorts, "You're married.
We'll just have to pretend nothing happened - that way, no one
will get hurt: you me or Donna." Tim stands there, looking
Fiona is pouring glasses of champagne for herself, Irene and
Beryl in her flat. Irene asks what the occasion is, but Fiona
laughs that there was just a bottle in the 'fridge and she thought
'why not'?! She then changes the subject and asks Irene and Beryl
what they were talking about downstairs. Irene tells her, "You!
It's much more fun when you do it behind somebody's back!"
Fiona laughs and then asks, "What shall we drink to? Eat,
drink and be merry, for tomorrow--" Irene interrupts and
completes, "For tomorrow, I live." The 'phone
suddenly starts ringing and Fiona goes to answer it. Maynard Gilling
comes on and Fiona asks him how he is. He replies wearily, "Shattered.
I'm sorry I had to let Mr. Palmer drop the bad news on you, but
I didn't have your number until now." Fiona glances at Irene
and Beryl, looking puzzled, but playing along she replies, "That's
alright. Maybe you could go over the details yourself?" Maynard
tells her, "There's nothing to report, I'm afraid. The coffee
crop's been nationalised. We've lost our investment. I feel it's
all my fault: I was the one who talked you into it. I just hope
it hasn't left you in too much of a financial mess." Fiona
sighs, "I've managed before. I'm sure I will be able to again."
She then thanks him for calling and the two of them hang up. Turning
back to Irene and Beryl, Fiona tells them, "Maynard Gilling."
Irene murmurs guiltily, "Oh." Fiona mutters, "Obviously
you knew." Beryl explains that they didn't want to worry
her because she's got enough on her mind. Fiona, however, retorts,
"Well, there's no longer any reason for your concern because
there'll no longer be an operation. For one thing, there's no
way I afford it..."