Lucy is hiding in the in the bushes waiting for Jim to arrive home. When Jim asks her why she is not waiting inside, Lucy confesses that Rosemary is angry with her for cutting the stamps off Helen's letters. Jim goes into the Robinson house to find distraught Rosemary reading Helen's letters. Rosemary looks up and announces that Helen is the other woman in Gerard's life.
Jim explains that it wasn't something either Gerard or Helen wanted to happen. Helen was disparate not to hurt Rosemary. Rosemary sarcastically feels that was good of her. Jim defends Helen saying that when Helen realised that Gerard had fallen in love with her she told him nothing could come of it. Rosemary doesn't believe him; she feels that the letters make it painfully clear that it could have just been one sided.
Rosemary feels that Jim must know that much as Helen. She must have told him everything. Jim replies that Helen only told him as she was troubled and upset. Rosemary holding back her anger sarcastically says that she is glad that Helen had the grace to feel upset. She feels that it is a pity that Helen didn't have the courage to talk to her about instead of him. She continues then why should Helen talk to her after all Gerard was only her fiancé and Helen is only her mother. Mother or not, she is finished with her.
Jim tries to reason with her saying that she doesn't really mean that. Jim urges Rosemary to talk to Helen; he feels that in many ways Helen will be relieved that it is out in the open. Rosemary replies that she is finished with both Gerard and Helen and that she never wants to see either of them again.
Madge is pacing up and down Paul's office waiting for him the return from the coffee shop. Madge explains to Helen that she doesn't like to ask for time off but Henry is being released from jail tomorrow and she would really like to be there when he comes home. Madge wonders if Paul will mind...Helen says that she should ask him as Paul returns.
Paul starts off being grumpy with Madge as she should be in the Waterhole. Madge butts in and rambles on about wanting time off because Henry is being released from jail. Assuming of course, that Henry is released this time, as he got into a brawl last time. Madge finally asks if she could have some time off. When Paul can finally get a word in he smiles and thinks it is great news. He tells Madge to an extra day, when she asks if he is sure. He tells her to put it down to good employee employer relations. Madge thanks Paul and rushes off to the supermarket as Henry always had a good appetite.
Helen tells Paul that it was rather a nice thing to do for Madge. Paul smirks and says that he isn't such a bad guy after all. Helen apologises for her reaction to the way Rosemary is acting as she is just worried about her at the moment. Paul assures Helen that Rosemary is a survivor and he is sure that she will get over Gerard.
Rosemary is on the phone calling a taxi, as she finishes Jim urges her to stay and talk to Helen. He feels that Rosemary owes it to herself to try and sort it out with Helen. Rosemary doesn't think that there is anything that Helen could say which would make her feel better. Jim argues that she is judging Helen without giving her the opportunity to explain herself. Rosemary has no idea what Helen has been going through. Rosemary sarcastically says that her heart bleeds for Helen. All Rosemary wants to know is whether Helen was really in love with Gerard or was she just flattered by the attention.
Exasperated Jim tells Rosemary that they both know Helen better than that. Rosemary replies that Helen must be in love with him then. Jim assures her that Helen didn't want it to happen. Rosemary just can't understand why Helen didn't talk to her about it. Why did she let her believe that they would get married and live happily ever after. Jim replies that Helen hoped that they still could.
Rosemary tells Jim that all her life she has idolised Helen, she had faith in everything she did. When she found out that Helen wasn't her real mother it was a blow, but nothing like this. She thought Helen would love her but Rosemary doesn't love Helen anymore and she knows now that Helen doesn't give a damn about her. Rosemary excuses herself goes off to pack.
Jane comes into the office with paper bags of cakes. Paul opens his to find instead of cheesecake a little mechanical mouse. Paul jokes that the mouse must have eaten the cheesecake as the mouse whizzes around his desk. Jane apologises and says she must have got the bags mixed up she had bought the mouse for Bouncer as he is such a cute pup. Paul teases Jane asking who she is trying to impress Bouncer or Mike. Jane goes all coy.
The phone in the outer office rings and Helen goes to answer it. Jim is on the phone and explains to a shocked Helen that Rosemary has found out about her and Gerard. Helen wants to know how but Jim replies that he will explain later. Helen asks Jim to tell Rosemary to wait for her. Jim urges her to come home straight away it is her only hope; Rosemary won't wait for her.
Helen rushes to pick up her bag and explains that she has to go out straight away. Paul and Jane look concerned but Helen assures them it is no big crises and everything is alright. Jane wonders after Helen has gone what is wrong as Helen looked upset. Paul says he wishes he knew.
Madge and Charlene struggle into the house with a large box and two large bags of shopping. Charlene hopes that prison hasn't affected Henry's appetite as they have enough food to last yonks. Madge laughs and feels that maybe she has overdone it a bit but wanted Henry to have all his favourites. Charlene comments that Madge is really looking forward to having him back. Madge agrees with her and says that it is going to be just like old times. Charlene comments that they will be like a family again, well almost. She thinks that Madge should get Harold over to meet Henry she is sure that they will hit it of straight away.
Madge doesn't want Charlene to get any big ideas. She is very grateful that Harold has been very understanding about Henry but she doesn't want to overwhelm him. Charlene thinks that it will be great having Henry around again. It has been nice having Shane as a big brother but he isn't Henry. Madge hopes that Henry won't be up to his old tricks again. Charlene assures her that Henry won't risk ending up in prison again, he is breaking his neck to get out of there. Charlene tells her that she is going to visit him and why doesn't Madge come with her.
Madge thinks it is better if she stays at come and does some housework and puts clean sheets on his bed. Charlene wants to know if there is anything she could ask Henry. Madge just smiles and says to ask if there is anything special he would like for lunch tomorrow when he gets out and to give him her love.
Helen drives up and getting out of the car meets Charlene. Charlene wants to know if she has heard about Henry. Helen tells her that Madge has told her earlier and that Scott is looking forward to seeing him. Helen continues that Scott is counting on Henry giving him lots of new ideas for his writing. Charlene gets annoyed and tells her that Scott has done enough damage to her family. Any more newspaper stories and she will flatten him! Helen assures Charlene that it was for Scott's new novel. She thinks he has ideas along the lines of "Pavilion" Charlene thinks that Scott must be a bit thick if he hasn't got the message by now. Half of Ramsay Street was out to lynch him after those stories.
Helen wants to know if she is included. Charlene wants to know if Scott had told her that she had lost her job because of the stories. Helen says that Scott had and that she knows he is very sorry about it. Charlene replies that she can't worry about that now; she is off to visit Henry to make sure nothing goes wrong. She thinks Madge will be pretty upset if Henry doesn't come out this time. Helen says that Madge is pretty excited. Charlene says that Helen doesn't have to tell her that Madge is acting like the Queen was coming. Helen tells her that to us Mothers family is important. Charlene feels that Helen must be excited with Rosemary being home. Helen replies that she is and then Charlene tells her that she must rush off to see Henry before visiting times is up.
Helen looks up wistfully up the Robinson drive and walks slowly away and goes next door to Madge's house.
Madge is quietly cursing the floor sweeper as there is a knock at the door. As Helen walks in Madge asks her if Paul has changed his mind about giving her the time off work. Helen tells her that is nothing like that but she just needs to talk to someone. Madge asks her what is wrong and Helen explains that Rosemary has found out about Gerard and her.
Madge wants to know who had told her. Helen replies that she doesn't know, Jim had telephoned and told her to go home but she doesn't know how she is going to face Rosemary. Madge tells her that all she can do now is tell the truth. Helen is going to have to make Rosemary understand that she couldn't help her feelings. That she had done the only decent thing she could by coming back home from America. It was hardly Helen's fault that Gerard came chasing after her. Helen, obviously upset, asks Madge if she can ask Rosemary to honestly believe that it was so uncalculated. She has been asking herself if she would believe the situation if it was reversed and she knows that she wouldn't. No matter how hard she tried.
Madge tells her that she is a very strong woman, that she is full of love and understanding for other people. She is sure that some of that compassion has rubbed off on Rosemary. Madge feels that Helen hasn't got much choice now she just has to try and get through to her.
Jim is pacing up and down the living room looking out the curtains for Helen. As Rosemary comes into the room he asks where she is going. Rosemary tells him she is going to Lassiters and has the taxi arrived. Jim replies that it hasn't, he was just keeping a lookout for Helen as he had given her a ring earlier to come and talk to her. Rosemary thinks that it was a stupid thing to do.
Jim starts to raise his voice and tells her that he doesn't think so. He feels that she isn't being fair or rational. Childishly Rosemary asks him if he would be rational under the same circumstances and as for being fair, well Helen doesn't deserve that after what she had done to her. Jim argues that the whole situation isn't fair to the three of them.....Rosemary, Gerard or Helen. Helen has put herself through hell over this, at least Rosemary can do is listen to her side of the story. Rosemary tells him that she doesn't want to hear it. All she wants to do is go back to the States and put her life back together again.
Paul comes in all excited and announces that Jack has telephoned from Lyon and that he has finally agreed to sell the complex to them. All they have to do is sort out a few details and it is theirs. Jim says he is pleased for Paul; Paul tells Rosemary that Jack wants to know how fast she can get to France to finalise the deal. Sounding rather depressed Rosemary says she can't go to France she wants to go back to the States. Paul is shocked and tells her that this is what they have been waiting for. Rosemary says "Don't you hear me I am not interested"
Paul wants to know what the hell is going on as Rosemary picks up her bag and heads for the door. Paul tells her the he understands she is upset about..., but before he can finish Rosemary interrupts and tells him firmly that she does not want to talk about it. Paul replies that maybe it is time that she pulled herself together. He has had problems too but he hasn't stopped them from doing his job. He had worked damned hard to set up this deal with Jack and she knows how important it is to the Daniels Corporation. Rosemary tells him that she doesn't care and as far as she is concerned everyone can go to hell! She then walks past Paul and out the front door.
After Rosemary has gone, Jim looks frustrated at the whole situation and mutters damn. He immediately asks if Helen was at the office when he left. Paul explains that she got a phone call and left, Jim tells that the call was from him, he had asked her to come home and talk this thing through with Rosemary. Confused, Paul wants to know if Rosemary and Helen have been fighting and that is the reason why Rosemary is so upset. Jim thinks that he better leave the explanations to Helen if she ever gets there. Paul tells him that she had left a good twenty minutes before he did; Jim feels that Helen obviously couldn't face Rosemary. He doubts if she will get another chance. Paul goes off muttering "That great....Just great"
Helen comes out of Madge's House and watches as the taxi driver loads Rosemary's bags into the boot. She calls Rosemary's name. Rosemary turns around and sees her but gets into the taxi and asks the driver to hurry as she is running late. Helen hurries down the drive calling out Rosemary's name. Inside the taxi Rosemary puts on her dark glasses looks straight ahead and ignores Helen.
Helen is explaining to Jim and Paul what had just happened in the street. She says that in a way she is relieved Rosemary had taken the decision out of her hands. Jim feels that Rosemary will come around when she has had time to think about it. He feels that he shouldn't have tried to force the issue when they were both so upset. Helen wants to know if Rosemary hates her very much. Before Jim can answer she continues... of course she does. Jim assures her that Rosemary is angry, confused but if she gives her some breathing space she will come around.
Paul tells Helen that Rosemary has far too much commonsense to let something like this come between the two of them. Helen wonders if she should go and talk to Rosemary at Lassiters, she thinks that Rosemary might be willing to talk to her by now. Jim thinks it might be better to leave it a bit longer. Helen is emotionally run out and he is guessing Rosemary is as well. He feels that Helen should have some rest; she will be able to cope better then. Helen agrees and feels that things might look better if they both just calm down. Half of her wants to put it off as long as possible the other half just wants to get it over and done with. Helen gets up and asks Paul if he can manage in the office, when he says he can she goes off to her bedroom.
Once Helen has gone Paul says that Helen was the other woman all along then, he knew something was bothering her but didn't realise it was so serious. What a mess. Jim says that Helen will never get over it, if Rosemary goes back to the States without seeing her He doesn't like Helen's chances of talking it through with Rosemary, he has never seen Rosemary so angry or hurt.
Paul doesn't think Helen is going to be the only one to suffer if Rosemary doesn't calm down. Jack is a patient man but he is not going to wait forever for them to finalise the details on the sale of the complex. There are going to be other buyers waiting in the wings. Jim gets angry and shaking his finger at Paul tells him "Once, just once I wish you would put our personal problems before business" Paul tells him firmly that he feels just as sorry for Helen as he does but being sympathetic isn't going to help her or Rosemary or any of us. He doesn't want to see the Australian end of the Daniels Corporation on the skids because Rosemary and Helen can't distinguish between their personal life and business.
Jane is typing up some letters as Charlene comes in and absentmindedly starts playing with the mechanical mouse. Charlene is obviously upset about something but won't let on what the problem is. Jane tries to find out what is bothering her by asking if Charlene is excited about Henry coming home. Charlene just shrugs her shoulders and says that things can go wrong. Jane then tries to see if its losing her job that is upsetting her, Charlene says that she is still upset wouldn't Jane be. They then go back to the subject of Henry coming out of prison and what kind of job he could do. Charlene doesn't hold much hope for his prospects Prison jobs don't really help you outside. Jane suggests he could go back to school, Charlene doesn't think that Henry would be willing to do that. He couldn't wait to leave school at Copps Harbour.
There are a lot of things which could go wrong before Henry gets out of Prison. Reluctantly she says that she better go home and tell Madge, there is no good putting it off. She just doesn't want to be the one to ruin her day.
As Jim comes into the living room, Paul asks how Helen is. Jim is surprised that he is interested, seeing that the current situation at home isn't business related. He feels that Paul should be a bit more compassionate about what Helen is going through. Paul says that he does care about Helen but Jim had heard what Rosemary had said. If Rosemary does decide to sell the Australian end of the Daniels Corporation, what is he supposed to do? Jim scoffs and wants to know what Helen is going to do if she loses Rosemary.
Paul assures Jim that Helen won't lose Rosemary. He feels that they will both get over it and they will also get over Gerard, it just might take a few weeks or even months. In the meantime the world won't come to an end, but if Rosemary doesn't do something about buying the complex they are going to lose out on everything. He has worked too hard to let that happen. Jim is angry and feels that Paul's words are all very well but they are just a smoke screen and he doesn't give a dam about Helen, Rosemary or anyone else in the family. All he cares about is that dam business of his and God help the rest of us if they get in his way. Paul replies "If you really believe that then I am wasting my time hanging around here"
Madge is busily decorating a cake as Charlene comes in, Madge wants to know what Charlene thinks of the cake and if Henry has decided what he wanted for his homecoming lunch. Charlene is rather quiet and says that they hadn't talked about it. Madge is puzzled and asks what they did talk about. Charlene is rather non-committal, so Madge questions her about whether there is anything Henry wants or needs. Reluctantly Charlene tells her that there is something he needs...he needs money. Madge says she should have expected that how much. Charlene tells her that it is to pay off some gambling debts. Madge wants to know how much he wants $50.00 or $100.00. Charlene suddenly blurts out that it is worse than that he has to have $1000.00 by tomorrow morning or he will never get out of prison alive...