Showcase -- Feb
Emily Nicol (Chloe Jones)
Brian Moll (Councillor Muldoon)
Rebecca Rigg (Gabe Baker)
Kay Eklund (Ida Dugdale)
Joan Sydney (Matron Sloan)
Jon Darling (Mr. Pearson)
Sally Conabere(Sally Wyndham)
down Cookie's telegram to save money:
" 'To Dear Coralie' Well, you don't need that, she knows her own name.
'Happy birthday' She knows it's her birthday Vernon. 'Thinking of
you' There's no need to put that, she knows it, you've sent her the
telegram... 'Your loving brother' She knows who you are Vernon!"
Also the scene
where Molly holds Muldoon's letter and keeps moving
her hand as Esme is about to stamp it.
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and Brendan are due back from their vacation in
Adelaide, where they were visiting Brendan's parents. Dr. Elliott and
Matron Sloan talk about the difficulties of raising children, citing
Gabe as an example of an out of control teenager. Maggie says she is
glad that she never had children. Gabe is late for dinner and Frank
is worried and angry. She arrives home with flowers for Shirl -
Frank's prize roses.
The town's postmistress, Miss Ida Dugdale, is fixing her bike
by the side of the road - the chain had slipped off. Simon, driving
past with Sally, stops to offer assistance, but she refuses his help
and rides off to deliver the mail. Simon tells Sally about Miss
Dugdale. Cookie's the only one who can call her Ida. Shirley helps
Vicky clean the Jones' house. Bob has tracked mud through the carpet
and left unwashed tins of food everywhere. Vicky hasn't decided where
she will stay when Molly and Brendan return, but Shirley thinks she
should move back to the flat. At the Post Office, Councillor Muldoon
complains about the office being closed while Miss Dugdale delivered
the mail. Frank comes in to send some certified mail and apologises
for Gabe's dog knocking Miss Dugdale off her bike earlier. Frank
wants to buy some stamps but she sends him away because it is 1
o'clock (lunch time). Her throat seems to be troubling her. Vicky
cleans out Doris' pen. As Simon comes up she treads on a rake and
splashes herself with the hose, much to his amusement. He tells her
that her room is free (Sally isn't sleeping there) in case she wants
to come home. When he says that he and Sally are going on a picnic
Vicky is clearly upset, although she puts on a cheerful face.
Brendan and Molly return home with a huge crib made by
Brendan's father. He tells her not to work so hard for the rest of
her pregnancy and changes their motto to "me farm and me hospital."
They find a wooden toy that Bob made for Chloe, and are impressed
that he was so clean. Vicky goes to the flat to pick up some clothes
and sees a folding bed in the living room. Sally comes out of the
bathroom and talks to Vicky about Simon, how he's always been
old-fashioned and romantic. Muldoon confronts Miss Dugdale about not
delivering final rates notices to some of the townsfolk. She rides
away from him but soon afterwards falls off her bike, knocked
Muldoon brings Miss Dugdale to the hospital. He hangs around
the examination room getting in the way until Matron Sloan pushes him
out. Dr. Elliott is concerned when Miss Dugdale mentions having
trouble swallowing and asks her to stay in hospital for a few hours.
She is treating the condition with herbal medicine. Muldoon listens
with interest to the whole conversation from outside. Sally and Simon
enjoy their picnic at Bowen's Folly. He tells a very animated story
about his encounters with Matron Sloan. Sally says he could always
make her laugh, which prompts him to ask why she married Warwick (her
ex-husband, and his former best friend). She doesn't answer but
instead reveals that Warwick was unfaithful, before and after their
wedding. Matron Sloan brings Miss Dugdale a cup of tea. Dr. Elliott
wants her to sty overnight at the hospital. her throat problem seems
to be caused by a swollen thyroid, and he needs to run tests to
diagnose the underlying condition. Muldoon is going through the Post
Office accounts. He want to incorporate the postal service with his
store, after all, a great deal of money goes through the office each
day. When Brendan drops in to see Miss Dugdale, Muldoon keeps him
talking until 5 o'clock, when it's too late to pick up his mail!
Vicky visits Molly and tells her about Sally staying at the flat.
Molly offers for Vicky to stay with them at the farm. Frank talks to
Shirley about Gabe's problems at school. The teachers are going out
of their way to help her fit in, and the other kids resent the
special treatment. Gabe comes in and overhears Frank talking about
her. She is furious that he told the headmaster about her past. She
says that he disgusts her and starts yelling "pig, pig!" When Shirley
slaps her she is stunned and runs out of the room. Shirl sits down,
shocked and upset.
Early in the morning Miss Dugdale signs herself out of the
hospital. She has to get to the Post Office before 9am. Gabe comes
out for breakfast looking depressed but more subdued than the night
before. Shirley apologies for losing her temper. Gabe doesn't want to
go to school, but Frank tells her that it is a condition of their
custody arrangement. Seeing that she has no choice in the matter,
Gabe reluctantly agrees. Mr. Pearson tells Miss Dugdale about Muldoon
being in the Post Office the previous afternoon. Brendan picks up the
mail that he tried to get the day before. Frank comes in with Miss
Dugdale's bike. Bob has replaced the faulty back wheel that caused
her crash. Frank suggests that she give up her delivery service for
the sake of her health, but she won't consider it. Simon and Sally
share breakfast. She keeps gazing at him, and when he asks why, she
wonders when he'll return to the city. He replies that he moved to
the city so that he wouldn't have to join his father's practice, and
lists other professional reasons for staying. She says that he must
have taken his personal life into account and jokes about him running
away from something. To her surprise, he agrees - "you did run off
and marry my best friend" -then laughs and says he's half forgotten
Matron Sloan welcomes Brendan back to work. He shows her
photos of his parents with Chloe. The results of Miss Dugdale's test
have come back. She has an overactive thyroid. Dr. Elliott is not
happy to learn that she'd checked herself out of hospital, as he has
to persuade her to come back for treatment. He goes to see her at the
Post Office. She will need to go to Burrigan for a thyroid scan and
start on medication. Muldoon enters and hears Dr. Elliott tell Miss
Dugdale that she will probably be on medication for the rest of her
life. Muldoon says that she must leave immediately, and that he will
personally oversee the running of the Post Office in her absence. She
replies that she needs time to think about it. Gabe comes back to an
empty house and decides to take Rocky for a walk, after changing out
of her school uniform. She sees Miss Dugdale's bike and rides off on
it with Rocky in the basket.
Esme comes into the clinic to tell Shirl that she saw Gabe in
town, not dressed in her school uniform. Shirley is sure she left
early in the morning to catch the school bus. Esme thinks Gabe should
be put in a home where she will be taught discipline. Terence comes
out of his office but quickly tries to go back in when he sees Esme.
He becomes annoyed when she refers to his 'delinquent daughter' (see
episodes 57-67) and sends her away. He is worried about Miss Dugdale.
Shirley tells him she is too dedicated to her job to leave
voluntarily. Terence is surprised to hear that Simon is at the
hospital already - with Sally in town, he expected him to sleep in.
Brendan asks Simon about Sally, but he insists that nothing is going
on between them. Brendan invites them over to the farm for dinner. He
starts to show off his holiday photos when Matron Sloan enters and
berates them for neglecting their work. Frank drops by to see Miss
Dugdale. He heard from Bev that her bike had been stolen. However,
she asks him not to get involved as she would prefer to handle it
Cookie wants to send a telegram to his sister Coralie for her
birthday. Miss Dugdale is feeling very ill and decides to close the
Post Office. Cookie helps her lock up and takes her to the hospital.
Molly and Chloe come to the hospital to pick up Brendan. When she
sees Matron Sloan Molly goes to wait outside but Maggie invites them
into her office. She plays with Chloe and lets Brendan go home early,
much to Molly's surprise. Brendan tells Molly that he's invited Simon
and Sally over for dinner tomorrow night. Molly doesn't believe that
nothing is going on between them and worries about how Vicky will
feel. Frank is on the phone to the Burrigan police. He hasn't seen
Gabe all day and is worried that she may have gone back to Sydney.
Gabe walks in the door with Rocky. She'd been down to the river.
Frank asks her if she took Miss Dugdale's bike. She readily admits to
it, but since she put it back can't see what the problem is. Frank
leaves to check whether she really did return it.
While waiting for Frank to come back, Gabe asks Shirley if
she believes her. Shirley says that they trusted her to go to school,
and she broke that faith. Vicky comes for a visit and asks if they've
heard about Miss Dugdale's bike being stolen. Frank arrives home. The
bike has been returned but Miss Dugdale wasn't there. Vicky tells
them that she's been taken to hospital. Miss Dugdale admits that her
herbal remedies are no longer enough to treat her condition. She asks
Dr. Elliott if he thinks she has cancer. He considers it unlikely,
but wants to send her to Burrigan for a scan. She is worried about
losing the Post Office if she has to take time off for an operation.
Over dinner, Molly, Brendan and Vicky discuss Matron Sloan's unusual
behaviour earlier. When Brendan mentions Simon's name they all become
awkward. Vicky asks if there is anything wrong. Molly tells her that
Brendan invited Simon and Sally over. She says Vicky can join them,
or they can cancel the whole thing if she feels uncomfortable. Vicky
says that she would like to stay, and that she's met Sally and likes
her. Simon and Sally arrive home after a night out. He asks how long
she's planning on staying; he needs to consider Vicky as they share
the flat. Sally says she's met Vicky, who told her she could stay as
long as she likes. When Simon says he likes her being there, she says
"prove it", but then passes the comment off as a joke. They head to
bed - Sally to Simon's room, and he to a folding bed in the living
room. Maggie is sitting behind the desk at the Post Office. She sees
Muldoon outside the (closed) door and invited him in. He was trying
to pick the lock with a piece of wire.
Maggie has organised a group of volunteers to look after the
Post Office. Muldoon would prefer to see to it all himself, but she
insists that won't be necessary. To Maggie's dismay Esme is the first
volunteer, taking Mrs. Bailey's place (she had to take her sone to
the dentist). Esme gets stuck into work immediately, rubber stamping
everything in sight. As Miss Dugdale prepares to go to Burrigan, Gabe
drops by to see her. She apologises for taking the bike and is
relived when Miss Dugdale promises not to lay charges. Since Gabe is
going to Burrigan for school, she arranges to get a lift with Miss
Dugdale in the ambulance. Cookie catches Esme reading a postcard (and
still stamping away). He asks her to send the telegram to his sister.
She cuts it down to two words to save money: "Greetings. Vernon."
She suggests he buy a small present for her with the money he saved.
Molly and Brendan set the table for their big dinner. Molly is
anxious about how Vicky will cope with Sally's presence and
frantically tries to figure out where to seat everyone. Vicky comes
downstairs in an evening dress looking, according to Brendan,
fantastic. She goes back upstairs to get her watch just as Simon's
car pulls up outside. Simon introduces Sally to Molly and Brendan.
When Vicky comes downstairs Simon is surprised but pleased to see
her. He almost seems to forget Sally is there as he can't keep his
eyes off Vicky. Dr. Elliott tells Miss Dugdale that her thyroid is
not cancerous. He wants to keep her in hospital for observation while
she starts on medication, and asks her to be patient with herself.
Matron Sloan tells Miss Dugdale about the roster she has organised.
She says that the superiors in the postal service need not know about
it. However, Muldoon comes in and tells Miss Dugdale that he has
written to her supervisors to inform them of her condition so that
they can take the appropriate action.
Everyone enjoys dinner at the Jones'. Sally asks Vicky if she
finds it difficult dealing with large animals, like cows or bulls.
This leads Vicky and Simon to reminisce about one of their memorable
adventures together (see episode 10). They are in stitches laughing
but Sally clearly feels left out. Arriving back at the flat, Sally
tries to seduce Simon, saying he'd surely rather spend the night with
her than Fatso. He says it's been great seeing her again and he has
been able to resolve his feelings about her, and come to terms with
the fact that she left him for his best friend. She tells him that
she regrets that now, but he says he needs a lot more time to get to
know her again. Sally is sure that Vicky is the reason for Simon's
hesitance, despite him insisting otherwise, and tells him that she
won't be in a relationship where there is a third party involved
again. Brendan and Molly eat breakfast, happy that the dinner was a
success. Molly thinks it's a pity that Vicky and Simon can't get it
together. Brendan replies that they've had a long time to work things
out. He conceded that if Vicky showed the slightest interest in
Simon, even now, Sally wouldn't stand a chance. They both admit that
she showed a lot of interest the night before. Simon is having coffee
when Sally comes out. She has her bags packed and plans to leave on
the early plane. She agrees with him that they shouldn't rush things,
since it doesn't feel right yet. She says if it feels right after a
while, they can find a way to see each other. He offers to drive her
to the airport.
Esme shows Molly around the Post Office. Muldoon comes in
with a letter to send by certified mail. Esme and Molly argue over
who gets to deal with it. Muldoon leaves for a meeting, after
insisting that his letter make the afternoon mail. Molly has the
letter, which Esme keeps trying to stamp. Cookie comes in and asks
for Esme's help choosing a present for his sister. He finally gets
her out of Molly's hair. Molly puts Muldoon's letter in Miss
Dugdale's 'special delayed mail drawer.' Simon is in his office,
staring pensively out of the window. Terence enters and tells him
that Miss Dugdale is responding well to treatment, but Simon isn't
really listening. Terence invites Simon and Sally over for dinner,
but Simon tells him that she's gone back to Sydney. Terence leaves
and Simon goes back to staring out the window. Vicky is sitting at
the desk in her surgery doodling in an exercise book. Simon comes in
and they talk about the dinner. When Vicky suggests they all go out
somewhere, he tells her that Sally has gone. He says she received a
call from Sydney and had to leave suddenly. Vicky asks when she will
be coming back, and he replies not for a while, perhaps not at all.
This pleases Vicky, but she tries not to show it. Simon asks if
she'll move back to the flat, and she decides to come back tonight.
Cookie visits Miss Dugdale in hospital. He tells her the Post Office
is running well. She worries that Muldoon will use her illness as an
excuse to shut it down, but he assures her that Muldoon's letter was
never posted. She didn't realise that people knew about her delayed
mail drawer. Cookie tells her that everyone in town cares about her
and they won't let Muldoon take over the Post Office no matter how
hard he tries. Vicky arrives home to the flat. Only Fatso is there.
She notices a bunch of flowers on the bench and a note: "Welcome home
Vicky. Love Fatso." She gets teary and tells him that it's good to be