Craig tells Laura, "Look, I know I gave you a bit of a scare,
Mrs. Banning, but you can't go suing Dave." Laura retorts,
"Just watch me." Debbie cries, "It's not
fair." Craig tells her, "Dave's not doing too
well - financially. You know." Debbie insists, "It was
our fault. If you want to sue anybody, sue us.
It was just a mistake." Craig explains about the hand signal
system and Debbie adds that she'd forgotten about it when she
put the aerial up. Laura listens and then comments, "You
said David's got some financial problems..." Debbie explains,
"He was a truckie, but some guy he owes wants to repossess
his lorry, so he's started up this." She adds, "I can
understand you being angry, Mrs. Banning, but Craig didn't mean
anything, honest." Craig appeals, "You can't
go blaming Dave - I mean, he wasn't even here."
Laura suggests, "Perhaps if I understood a little bit more
about David's financial problems I'd be a bit more, er... 'sympathetic'.
How about we have a chat over a cup of coffee?" Craig asks
eagerly if that means she's going to forget about suing. Laura
Sometime later, at the country house, David is muttering to Craig
and Debbie, "Serves her right. If she dresses and acts
like a bloke, it'll do her good to get treated like one.
As if she could sue you for shaking her up a bit... she's talking
through her hat." Debbie comments, "It doesn't matter
anyway - she was really friendly by the time we left." Craig
adds, "Even asked us to pass on an invitation for lunch tomorrow."
David asks, "Who to?" Craig replies, "You!"
David protests, "I had lunch with her today."
Debbie tells him, "She said same time same place and your
shout. She said she's ready to talk business." Looking suddenly
delighted, David exclaims, "You little beauty!"
Alison is with Fiona and Beryl in Fiona's room at the mansion.
Beryl asks her if she's sure Glen got on the 'plane OK. Alison
nods that she watched him with her own eyes. Fiona muses, "I
thought that was very clever, slipping Wayne the red herring about
the motel." There's suddenly a knock on the door and Fiona
opens it to find Owen standing there. He tells her, "Janice
isn't in. I thought she might be here with you."
Fiona explains tersely, "She started casual teaching today.
I don't think she's home yet." Owen accepts this. He then
hands Fiona an envelope, tells her he found it in her letterbox,
and turns and goes. Alison announces that she'll be off, and she
heads out. Fiona opens the envelope and then gasps, "Oh no..."
Beryl asks, "What is it?" Fiona asks, "Do you remember
Neville?" Beryl recalls, "The English boy." Fiona
hands Beryl a piece of card and says, "That's his wedding
photo. His father must have sent it." Beryl looks
at the photo of Neville and Celia and comments that they make
a lovely couple. Fiona, though, sighs, "I don't think that'll
be any consolation to Janice - she was broken-hearted
when he left." Beryl suggests, "Don't give
it to her, then." Fiona declares, "No, I don't think
I will. I'll keep it and show May and then I'll get rid
of it. The poor kid's confused enough as it is."
Beryl says warily, "You don't think she's going to be silly
enough to make some sort of commitment to Owen, do you?"
Fiona cries, "I most certainly hope not." She puts the
photo in a drawer in a nearby cabinet.
Owen is sitting on the stairs out in the hallway when Janice
walks in through the front door. He comments that she looks like
she's had a rough day. Janice sighs that they've been on a field
trip to the museum. She sits down on the stairs. Owen asks her
if she's going upstairs. Janice tells him, "In a minute.
I'm pooped." Owen corrects quickly, "You're tired."
Janice protests, "That's what I just said."
Owen, though, explains, "It's the way that you said
it. You mustn't start picking up your aunt's vocabulary."
Janice lets out a big yawn and leans her head against the wall.
As she does so, Owen, looking down the hallway ahead of him, tells
her, "I'm not very good at this sort of thing, so I won't
beat around the bush. This isn't just any visit - it's
for something very special." He continues, "I don't
think I'm being egotistical by saying that your father likes me
- perhaps even admires me. I like and admire him."
He goes on, "I'm very attracted to you, Janice, and although
we come from different social backgrounds, I'm prepared to ignore
that, and so is mother. I'm sure you'll try very hard to fit into
our world. I think you know what I'm trying to say: I want you
to be my wife. Will you marry me?" He looks at Janice to
find that she's fallen asleep! He nudges her. She looks at him
and murmurs, "Sorry. Did I nod off? Were you saying something?"
Owen sighs sadly, "No. Nothing that can't wait..."
Gordon walks into his room at Seabreeze Towers. Maggie is cleaning
and Gordon comments that he didn't expect her to still be there.
Maggie explains that the vac pegged out. Cassie runs out of a
bedroom and asks her mother if she can get her kite and show Mr.
Hamilton how much she's done. Maggie tells her, "Hurry up."
Cassie runs out through the main door and Maggie explains to Gordon
that the kite is down in reception. Gordon murmurs, "I'm
glad she's enjoying it." Maggie looks at the expression on
his face and asks him if he's alright. He tells her, "I've
had one hell of a day." Maggie asks, "Work?" Gordon
replies, "No. Family. The future in-laws aren't too pleased
about the wedding." Maggie asks in surprise, "Why?"
She then apologises, saying it's none of her business. Gordon,
however, assures her that it's alright. He then explains, "They
don't exactly approve of my son, Wayne." Maggie retorts,
"If he's anything like you, they should be glad
their daughter's got him." Gordon muses, "Unfortunately,
he can be a bit of a handful at times - although I think they're
being a bit unfair to him this time." Maggie tells
him not to let it get to him. Changing the subject, Gordon asks
her if she's done anything about that medical examination for
life insurance. Maggie says quickly, "Sort of - I've been
trying to get hold of the doctor." Gordon accepts this. He
then suggests, "Let's do a deal: I'll forget about
Wayne if you forget about Cassie. We'll sit down and
have a nice quiet drink to perk ourselves up. What do you say?"
Maggie muses that she should be getting home - but she accepts!
Beryl is talking to David on the 'phone in Fiona's room at the
mansion. She sighs, "I really can't believe Gordon would
let Wayne pull the wool over his eyes again." In
the kitchen at the country house, David murmurs, "I suppose
we all want to think the best of our kids." Beryl
points out, "At least there's still hope - thanks
to Alison." David just mutters, "Yeah, right."
He then thanks Beryl for calling and hangs up. From over by the
sink, Debbie asks David if Mr. Hamilton tossed Beryl out. David
mutters that he took Wayne's word over hers. Debbie asks
him what he'll do if Wayne and Susan do marry. David
retorts, "I'm going to make damn sure that's not going to
happen. Now, can we drop it?" Changing the subject, he asks
if there are any jobs lined up for tomorrow. Craig tells him,
"A lady rang and asked us to take someone called 'Horace'
for a ride." Debbie adds, "Said it was for his birthday.
Must be a pensioner or something." David muses, "Just
make sure that I don't get home from lunch to find you've decked
The next day, David is sitting at a table in 'Maxine's'. He stands
up as Laura Banning walks over to him. She comments that he looks
surprised, and she asks if he didn't expect her to turn up. She
has her hair down and is wearing a dress, and David smiles, "I'm
sorry - you look so different!" Laura tells him, "There's
one thing I learnt early: dress to suit whoever you're dealing
with. Yesterday, I thought the tough, aggressive approach was
right. I was wrong." David muses, "It's good to see
you look like a woman." They sit down and Laura goes on,
"I'm sorry about the misunderstanding yesterday. It's just...
you're an attractive man. I thought my proposition might flatter
you." David explains, "I just don't reckon it's a woman's
place to come on strong like that." Laura suggests, "Let's
start again, shall we?" David accepts this and then remarks,
"You must be interested in 'Home In Style' to bother to check
it out." Laura admits, "I was curious - both in the
business and in you." She adds quickly, "That's not
another come-on. It's just that... well, not many men have treated
me like you did yesterday. I find it... fascinating."
The back door opens at the country house and Debbie and Craig
walk in with a large dog. Debbie laughs at Craig, "And you
thought it was going to be a dirty old man!" Craig bends
down with the dog and smiles, "What do you reckon, Horace?!"
Debbie comments, "It's sort of sad, really: the poor lady
can't have much luck if she's so potty about her dog." Craig
tells her, "You know what I like about you? You care about
people." They kiss.
At 'Maxine's', Laura asks David if he'll have a liqueur with
his coffee. He declines, though. Laura then asks, "Where
were we?" David recalls, "You were saying you like the
service and you're going to think about pushing it." Laura
nods, "That's right." She then declares, "Well,
that effectively ends the business part of the afternoon."
David tells her, "I'd like something in writing - best for
both of us." Laura replies, "I'll do that Monday - but
let's just relax now. Talk about you." David laughs,
"We talked about me yesterday! I don't want to bore
you." Laura, however, assures him, "I wouldn't call
you 'boring'. 'Different', perhaps, but certainly not 'boring'!"
She then suggests, "How about we cancel the coffee?
I can make coffee at my place. You may... I don't know...
relax a bit more." David, though, looking suddenly
annoyed, mutters, "There you go again." Laura asks,
"There I go what?" David retorts, "Doing
a line. You're a good-looking lady - and if I decide to do something
about it, you will be the first to know. But until I do, cool
it." Laura stares at him and says curtly, "I'm not used
to being spoken to like that." David suggests, "Then
you must go out with a lot of wimps." Laura persists, "Look
- I find you an attractive man. I want to go home with you. Now,
is it 'yes' or 'no'?" David retorts, "It's 'no' until
I say so. What do you reckon I am? You come in here, acting like
it's all going to be different from yesterday, then you turn around
and give me the exact same line. I don't like being conned."
Laura sighs, "You're the most arrogant, self-opinionated--"
David interrupts her and says, "I know what I want and what
I don't want." Laura asks, "What would you do if I said
either you come home with me or the deal's off?" David replies,
"I'd tell you to shove it!" Laura says coolly, "You're
a fool." Standing up, she then adds, "You can expect
to hear from my lawyer. I think I may sue after all."
Back in the lounge room at the country house, Debbie is asking
David incredulously, "What, she actually said that you either...
well, you know... or there was no deal?" David sighs, "Yeah.
She said the same thing yesterday, too." He adds sourly,
"We all got stuck with dogs for the afternoon, did we?!"
Craig, looking taken-aback, laughs, "Be fair, Dave! I wouldn't
exactly say she was a dog!" David muses, "She
may look alright. She's a dog of a person, though."
The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Craig answers it. He listens
and then turns to David and says, "Mrs. Banning's lawyer."
Looking shocked, David mutters, "Hell. I didn't think she
would--" He breaks off and then says, "Tell him she
hasn't got a leg to stand on, and go ahead and sue, because she's
wasting her money..." He then takes the 'phone and says extra-loudly,
"And ask him what he had to do to get her business!"
Craig takes the 'phone back and starts to say to the lawyer, "Mr.
Palmer can't talk--" He breaks off and listens. He then hangs
up and muses, "I think he heard!" David smiles, "Good.
I've called her bluff. Now let's see what she does."
Fiona is adding up some figures in her room at the mansion. There's
suddenly a knock on the door and Janice walks in. She asks, "Have
you got any bobbin pins? I need them for tonight." Fiona
points out the drawer in the cabinet nearby and replies that she
thinks there are some in there. Janice walks over to the drawer
and goes to open it. Realising what she's done, Fiona suddenly
screeches, "No!" and she runs and pushes the drawer
shut! Janice gasps, "Careful - you nearly got my fingers!"
She then adds suspiciously, "Keeping secrets, aunty?!"
Fiona, however, insists, "Of course not. Whatever makes you
say a thing like that?" She quickly reaches into
another drawer and takes out some pins. Handing them over, she
smiles, "I knew I saw them there." Janice
heads off, leaving Fiona looking relieved. A few seconds later,
May walks in, carrying her wig. Fiona asks her if Janice is still
outside. May replies that she went upstairs. She adds, "Why?"
Fiona shows her the photo of Neville and Celia, explaining, "She
almost found this. Take a look at it so I can get rid of it."
May exclaims, "It's Neville! When did it come?" Fiona
replies, "Yesterday. I forgot to show it to you last night
- but I don't want Janice seeing it." May sighs, "You
can't get rid of it - it's a lovely photo. Hide it somewhere.
Anyway, Neville would be very hurt if he thought you hadn't kept
it." Fiona sighs, "I know, but if Janice sees--"
May interrupts and says, "I'll hide it, then."
Fiona, though, reminds her, "Come on, May, you're as vague
as all get-out!" She then muses, "I'll find
somewhere for it." Changing the subject, she asks, "Everything
ready for tonight?" May nods happily, "Yes! Charlie's
friend, Lisa, has done a wonderful job with the dresses. I only
have to comb out my wig and everything's ready." Fiona asks,
"Where is Charlie? She didn't come in with you."
May replies, "She dropped me off at the gate and then she
went off again." Looking surprised, Fiona comments, "That's
very unlike Charlie, passing up afternoon tea." May tells
her, "I think she's up to something. In fact, I
know she's up to something: the last thing she said to
me before she came in was, 'I have some organising to do, and
if I have my way, there'll be another guest
at the ball'." Fiona smiles, "That'll make Owen Brooke
spit chips, won't it?!"
Janice runs downstairs in the hallway - carrying a bag of rubbish
- to find Owen walking towards her from the front door. She comments
that she didn't think she'd see him until tonight. Owen
hands her some flowers and Janice smiles that they're lovely.
He then picks up the rubbish bag and says, "Let me put this
out for you and then I'd like to come back for a little chat."
He heads out. May emerges from Fiona's room and tells Janice that
she'd better try on her dress to make sure everything's alright.
She then comments, "Lovely flowers." Janice explains
that Owen gave them to her. Looking surprised, May remarks,
"Oh! I didn't think he had a romantic bone in his body!"
Janice insists, "He's a decent man." May walks off as
Owen comes back in. He then says to Janice, "I tried to tell
you last night, but you were tired, and... this is a decision
that can't be made while you're half asleep. I'd like to know
tonight because I'd like to surprise mother. I want you to marry
A few moments later, a surprised-looking Janice says, "I'm
very honoured, Owen. It's a bit of a surprise, I guess. I don't
know what I think." Owen, looking puzzled, comments,
"I can't see why you're so uncertain. I mean... we have known
each other for quite a few months - well, almost! - and I know
mother would be thrilled if she could announce it tonight."
Janice, however, points out, "It's not something you can
rush. It's for life, isn't it? That's why I need to think;
I need a few moments alone." With that, she walks off to
Fiona's room. Owen calls to her, "I'd make you a good husband,
Janice. You couldn't ask for more than that."
Janice heads into Fiona's room and shuts the door. Fiona turns
to look at her and gasps, "Did I hear right? He'll make a
good husband?" Janice looks at her and cries, "He just
proposed, aunty. What do I do?" Fiona assures her, "You'll
do whatever your heart tells you to do. If you don't
love him, you shouldn't marry him." Janice sighs, "I
just don't know." Fiona, however, tells her, "I think
you probably do." Janice admits, "Perhaps." Fiona
asks, "Would you like to sit down and talk about it?"
Janice nods at her.
Out in the hallway, Owen is pacing the floor slowly, straightening
up the pictures on the walls. He looks around at Fiona's door
and then sits down on the stairs, looking hopeful.
In Fiona's room, Janice is saying sadly, "All the girls
used to laugh at me, you know? They all had boyfriends and they
went out every weekend. They had nice clothes, too. I told myself
it didn't matter; they were jezebels; loose girls. Mostly I used
to sit at home wishing... Not that I wanted to do anything
wrong; I just wanted to have some fun like them; fall
in love like them. They used to have a name for me: 'The
Old Maid'. I hated that name. I always thought I'd end
up one, too - 'til Neville. I loved him... when he went
away it was like a big hole had been scraped out in here."
She indicates her heart. She then goes on, "That night, after
he'd gone, I could hear all the girls at school again: 'Old Maid'..."
She bursts into tears as she continues, "I know there's a
lot of bad points to Owen, but..." Fiona concludes,
"He's a husband." Janice nods sadly. Fiona, however,
cries, "Oh, darling, you can't marry just so you won't be
left on the shelf. Do you love him - even just a little bit?"
Janice replies, "Dad likes him." Fiona points
out, "That's not what I asked, darling." Janice shakes
her head and sighs, "No, I don't love him." Fiona says,
"Then don't marry him." Janice, however, cries, "Look
where love got me. At least if you don't love someone
they can't hurt you - not like Neville did."
Fiona insists, "You can't marry someone just to spite the
girls back at school. So what if they called you an old
maid? They were wrong. There's plenty of young men who
would find you so attractive." Janice sobs, "They
haven't been beating down the door." She then stands up and
announces, "I'm going to say 'yes'." Looking horrified,
Fiona says quickly, "You mustn't." She then
sighs, "I want to show you something." She goes to the
drawer in the cabinet and takes out the photo of Neville and Celia
before continuing, "I wasn't going to show you this, but
I think it's important now." She shows it to Janice, but
Janice turns away. Fiona insists, "You have to look at it.
Look at the expression in their eyes: they adore one
another; it's wonderful to see. That's the expression I want to
see in your eyes when you marry. Oh, Janice,
I love you so much and I don't want to see you taking second best.
You must look." Janice turns her eyes to the photo,
but glances at it only momentarily before running out of the room.
Fiona stands there looking worried.
Out in the hallway, Owen stands up and asks eagerly, "Well?"
Janice tells him, "Yes, Owen, I'll marry you." Owen
throws his arms around her in delight. As Janice hugs him back,
though, she looks concerned.