- Gloria taking a phone call from Henry and then telling a terrifed Madge that he wants to speak to her.
Hilary is standing with Sharon, Nick and Matt, telling Helen curtly that she purchased a Frank Darcy but was delivered a Nick Page. Helen asks Hilary if she can remember which painting she ordered. She hands Hilary a catalogue and Hilary points out number 27 – ‘Sunset over the Falls'. Helen asks which one she *got*. Hilary indicates another painting and says:
HILARY: This one – which should be *thrown* over the falls!
Helen says she thinks she knows what's happened: Hilary‘s ‘27' on the order form must have looked like ‘21', because that's what she got. Hilary snaps that she'll demand a refund. Helen, however, retorts that she won't get it: the gallery isn't a department store. Nick chips in to ask Hilary angrily how his painting even *got* in the exhibition if it's so bad.
HILARY (witheringly): Haven't you ever heard of ‘family favourites'?
Helen retorts that that's unfair. Sharon tells Hilary curtly that Nick has got more talent in his little finger than Hilary will *ever* have. Matt interjects to tell everyone to stop. He turns to Hilary and adds that it's not *Nick's* fault that she ended up with the wrong painting. Helen tells Hilary:
HELEN: Matt's right. If you can't write legibly—
HILARY (aghast): How dare you! Thank you very much for your help, Helen. I shall be speaking to your co-conspirators first thing in the morning.
With that, Hilary storms out.
Madge is crying heavily into a tissue. Gloria has her arms around her. Kerry comes in and asks warily if there's some news. Madge nods her head, still crying, and Kerry bursts into tears herself, sobbing:
KERRY: Oh no, Madge...
Gloria, however, tells her quickly that it's all right: Harold and Toby been found and Madge is crying out of sheer relief. Madge puts her arms round Kerry as Gloria explains that Harold and Toby are in the local hospital but will be home in the morning. Madge sobs:
MADGE: I'd almost convinced myself I'd never see Harold again. I don't know how I would've gone on.
Gloria looks down at the ground sadly, and Madge apologises to her quickly. She adds that Gloria should go and be with her family. Kerry tells Gloria that she doesn't know what to say. Gloria and Madge hug and Kerry sees Gloria out. Madge stands there looking relieved that Harold and Toby are alive.
The next morning, Gail is lying back on the couch, wearing her dressing gown. Beverly tells her in concern that she thinks all of this has taken more out of Gail than she's prepared to admit. Paul calls across from the kitchen to ask if anyone wants coffee. Beverly says she'd love one, but Gail turns the offer down. Paul asks her if she's hungry, but she retorts that she isn't. She gets up and heads off upstairs. Beverly hobbles across to Paul and tells him:
BEVERLY: She's grieving, Paul.
PAUL (sighs): Bev, there's more to it than that. I mean, ever since the accident, she's been acting as if I'm not here anymore. She blames me for the whole thing – I just *know* it.
Beverly insists that Gail is just in shock – and there's a good chance that the funeral tomorrow might allow her to break down and have a good cry. Paul asks:
PAUL: And if she doesn't?
BEVERLY: Be patient and be there. She's suffered a tremendous loss. Sooner or later she's going to need you to lean on.
In the lounge room, Matt is packing his bag for swimming training as Hilary tells him that his strength seems to lie in distance racing, so perhaps it's time to move on to some endurance training. She goes to get her things. Sharon joins Matt and exclaims that she can't believe he's doing more training. Hilary comes back in and snaps that even turning the monstrosity of that painting to the wall makes no difference. Sharon suggests:
SHARON: Why don't you let me hang it in *my* room? Then you won't have to look at it at all.
HILARY (tersely): Yes, well, if Helen had used her influence, *none* of us would have to look at it.
Matt points out that Helen said she'd try and sort things out, but Hilary retorts that she won't hold her breath. Sharon tells her that Ronald Webster bought *six* of Nick's paintings.
HILARY (blankly): Ronald who?
SHARON: Webster. He's an art speculator. He's always making a killing on some hot, new talent and he obviously thinks Nick's hot.
HILARY: Sharon, don't you think you're a little bit too old to be making up stories?
SHARON: It's true! If you don't believe me, you can ask Helen.
HILARY (dismissively): Oh yes, yes, very reliable under the circumstances.
With that, Hilary tells Matt to come along, and the two of them head out.
Gail has dressed and is sitting at the kitchen table, but Paul's attempts to get her to eat some breakfast come to nothing. Paul sighs at her that she's going to need her strength. Gail doesn't respond. Paul presses:
There's still no answer, though. Paul sighs heavily.
Toby is wrapped in a towel as Kerry hugs him tightly in the lounge room. Joe comes in and beams:
JOE: Oh, matey, what a way to get out of school!
Harold follows Joe in and Kerry gives him a hug as well. He winces, though, and Kerry remarks that he really is in the wars. Harold nods that they had quite an adventure. Kerry comments that they must have been freezing, but Toby says they were OK once Baloo got the fire going. Joe asks:
JOE: Did you rub two sticks together, Harry?!
TOBY: Course not – he took waterproof matches with him. Be prepared!
Kerry asks what else happened. Toby relates:
TOBY: I got washed away in the river – thought I was a goner – but Baloo jumped in and grabbed me and then kept us both afloat until we could get out.
HAROLD: Unfortunately, that was eight or nine kilometres downstream, on the wrong bank, and in very heavy bush-land.
TOBY: We were OK once Baloo found us something to eat and then got a fire going to dry us out.
JOE (looking puzzled): Who's this ‘Baloo' character?
TOBY: The bear, of course! Just and wise.
JOE: Ah yeah, that's Harold all right!
Kerry smiles at her father that it sounds like he was a real hero. Toby says he's hungry, and Kerry says she'll get him something to eat. Madge dashes in suddenly and runs to Harold and gives him a hug. She asks him if he's all right. Harold tells her:
HAROLD: I'm a little sore and quite tired, naturally.
Madge cries at him that she's been *so* worried. Harold asks carefully:
HAROLD: Were you, Madge? Were you really?
MADGE: Please don't frighten me like that again. I couldn't stand to lose you.
Sometime later, Toby is sitting on the couch, looking at a comic, when Joe comes in with a cup of soup for him. He sits down on the couch and tells Toby that he's really proud of the way he's handled himself. He asks him if he was scared, but Toby replies that Baloo was cool, telling him that they'd be fine. Kerry comes in and asks how the rescuers found them. Toby explains:
TOBY: At first, we had to use the fire to get dry and keep warm, but on the second day we poured all these green leaves on to it to make it smoke.
Kerry comments that Harold really was amazing. Toby asks:
TOBY: When the cubs go away on their next camp, can I go?
JOE (frowns): We'll see, mate. We'll see!
Sharon and Matt are sitting in the lounge room. Matt has a plate of food in front of him and Sharon is exclaiming in astonishment:
SHARON: So now she's even telling you what to *eat*?
MATT: Yeah, well, she's my coach. My diet's as much her business as how many laps I swim.
Sharon asks Matt if he doesn't want to get *away* from his mother occasionally. Matt, however, tells her that he and Hilary have been apart for 17 years, and if they can share this he's more than happy. The front door bangs suddenly and Nick comes in. He's holding another music box. Sharon asks him if he's thought about Hilary's painting. Matt points out that she might grow to like it. Sharon suggests suddenly that Nick could buy it back and show it again and re-sell it at his next exhibition. Nick, however, retorts that it's the principle.
Gloria, Madge, Beverly, Jim, Paul, Helen and Gail are all gathered in the lounge room, along with a few of Rob's other friends. Gloria is sitting with Madge, and she comments that it was a good funeral, as funerals go. Madge nods that Rob certainly had his share of friends. She stands up and Gloria tells her to give Harold a hug from her. Madge nods that she will. She then says she thinks it might be an idea if Gloria took some time off – she's happy to stand in for her. Gloria says she will. She then gives Madge a hug and Madge heads off. Across the room, Jim says to Beverly:
JIM: I felt *sure* Gail would break down during the service.
BEVERLY: Me too. I don't think it's good for her, bottling it all up like this.
Paul, who's standing with them, says:
PAUL: This is how she's been since the accident. I just can't seem to get close.
BEVERLY: Make sure you stay available, Paul. Sooner or later it'll all come pouring out.
Gloria goes and sits down with Helen and Gail. Helen comments to her that Rob certainly had some good friends – and the eulogy was very touching. Paul joins them and tells Gloria that he was wondering if she'd like to come and stay with him and Gail for a while. Gloria, however, declines, saying she's got the boys – she won't be on her own. Helen remarks that it's a pity Dean couldn't stay longer. Gloria explains that he's got a lot of work to do – he'll come back later and pick her up. Paul says:
PAUL: Speaking of work, I'd better get going too – I've got one of the girls from Reception holding the fort.
A look crosses Gail's face. Paul tells her that he won't be long. He gives her a kiss and heads off. Gail sits there, looking annoyed.
Harold emerges from the bedroom area and Madge leaps up from the kitchen table and asks him if he's feeling better. He nods that he is – although he was thinking that he'll have to pass his sympathies on to Gloria. Madge tells him that she's already done that for him. She then says:
MADGE: For a while there I thought we were *both* going to be widows.
HAROLD: Oh ho, I wasn't going to let that happen. We've got far too many good years ahead of us, eh?
MADGE: Yes, we have.
Madge puts the kettle on as she tells Harold that she's very sorry about that business before: she really over-reacted. Harold, however, tells her that she felt betrayed and she acted accordingly. He then adds gently:
HAROLD: I want you to know I'd *never* betray you, love.
MADGE: Yeah, I know. And I will never doubt you again – I promise.
Madge then recalls that while Harold was away, a letter arrived – from Robyn. She tells him that she knows she shouldn't have opened it but she couldn't resist. She hands it over. Harold takes the letter out of the opened envelope and starts to read. Madge watches him. When Harold's finished, he murmurs:
HAROLD: Oh dear... it would seem that I have been the cause of an awful lot of hurt. I'll be very sorry to lose Robyn's friendship, Madge, but I would've been even *more* sorry to have lost *you*. All I could think of while I was out there in the bush was whether we'd be able to sort this out – and what I'd do if we couldn't. Oh, I love you so much, my dear.
Madge throws her arms around Harold as she says:
MADGE: Oh Harold, let's never hurt each other again.
Jim offers Gail a cup of tea, but she declines. She turns to Gloria and tells her that she wouldn't mind getting home. Helen asks her if she won't wait for Paul, but Gail retorts that he could be hours; she'd prefer some time by herself. She then thanks everyone for being there and she goes round and kisses people goodbye. She then heads out. When she's gone, Gloria raises her glass and proposes:
GLORIA: Here's to Rob.
The few people remaining at the wake join in the toast. Gloria then comments that Gail seems to be taking it pretty badly. Jim adds that, what's worse, Paul thinks she's blaming *him* for what happened. Helen asks Gloria if she knows anything about this disagreement that Paul had with Rob. Gloria nods that she does. Jim asks:
JIM: Where *did* those parts come from?
BEVERLY (warns): Jim!
JIM: Well, I have to tell the police *something*.
Gloria tells him that she thinks it's pretty certain they were stolen – and she thinks Rob knew about it; but he also knew that the workshop was strapped for cash and was trying to do them a favour. Beverly exclaims:
BEVERLY: Then Paul was *right*?
Gloria nods her head. Helen comments that this has all put a tremendous strain on Paul and Gail's relationship. Gloria says she'll have to be told eventually – but she was taking her dad's death so badly, and she couldn't spoil his image – not at a time like this. Beverly, Jim and Helen all stand there looking concerned.
Matt is sitting with Nick, holding the second music box and commenting that he guesses it's no go on the refund. He then asks Nick why he *doesn't* buy the painting back. Nick admits that it's because he can't afford it. Matt exclaims that he made almost a grand out of the exhibition; has he blown the lot? Nick nods:
NICK: It was the second music box: it just about broke the bank.
Sharon comes in just as someone knocks on the front door, and she goes to answer it. The visitor is Helen, who asks if Hilary is home. Sharon yells to Hilary, who joins everyone in the lounge room. Helen tells her:
HELEN: I have some good news for you. I've spoken to the gallery owner and, as a favour to me, she's agreed to take Nick's painting back.
HILARY (bluntly): Thank you, Helen, but that won't be necessary.
NICK (looking surprised): You mean you want to *keep* it?
HILARY: I checked up on this Ronald Webster. He's apparently made several fortunes investing in unknowns. Now, although he hasn't always backed a winner, I'm quite prepared to gamble on his judgement.
Sharon tells Nick that Hilary thinks he's going to make her rich! Hilary, however, retorts:
HILARY: I'm merely hoping it will appreciate sufficiently for me to be able to swap it for a Frank Darcy – *real* art.
Toby is sitting with Kerry on the couch. Joe lets Harold in and Toby runs to him and gives him a hug. He exclaims:
TOBY: I don't want to wait until dad's married – I want to call you ‘granddad' *now*; except for Cubs, of course, when you're Baloo!
Harold looks at Joe and Kerry and asks if they mind. Joe tells him to go for it! Toby then asks:
TOBY: And can I call Mrs. Bishop ‘grandma'?
HAROLD (warily): Ah. Um. She'll be over directly – why don't you ask her then?
Joe laughs that he's sure she'll be tickled pink. Kerry tells Harold that Toby wants to join the Cubs. Harold exclaims that that's splendid. He asks Joe if *he* wants to get involved, telling him that it might even improve his survival skills! Joe declines! He then says:
JOE: To tell you the truth, Harry, I... actually wasn't... you know... that keen on having you as a father-in-law – but, well, after what's happened, you might not be an Earl, mate, but you're a champion.
With that, Joe gives Harold a hug and a pat on the back. Madge knocks on the front door suddenly and calls:
Toby calls back:
TOBY: Come in, grandma!
Neither of Joe, Kerry or Harold knows where to look!
Office of the Robinson Corporation
Jim is telling Paul that their first priority has to be to find a new mechanic to replace Rob. Paul nods that it's a problem all right – but now's as good a time as any to start a programme of reconstruction. Jim then admits:
JIM: Rob knew those spare parts were stolen.
PAUL (frowns): How do you know?
JIM: Gloria told us. She didn't want Gail to find out; she didn't want to destroy Gail's image of her father.
PAUL (snaps): That's all very well, dad, but Gail's image of *me* at the moment is at rock bottom. I think she needs to be told the truth.
JIM: I can understand that. Do you think you could hold off for a while?
PAUL: No, I don't think I *can*.
The ‘phone starts ringing suddenly and Paul answers it, looking annoyed at the interruption.
Gail is sitting at the table, staring at a handwritten letter. It says (in voiceover):
GAIL: “Dear Paul, You say you love me, and I guess in your own way you do. But I know that business has and always will be the most important thing in your life. Unfortunately, it's no longer the most important thing to *me*. It's not just what you did to my father, but I can't bear to think of our children growing up in an environment where business takes priority over their welfare. So I think it's best for all concerned if I leave now before our marriage reverts to a business proposition once more. I wish you and the Robinson Corporation all the best for the future. Gail.”
With that, Gail goes and picks up a packed bag and, tears in her eyes, stands by the front door, looking around at what she's about to leave behind.