-- Feb 21/22, 1984
Showcase -- Mar
Max Meldrum (Arnold Hodgekiss)
Simon Chilvers (Cameron McPherson)
Kerry McGuire (Robyn Riley)
Louise Cullen (Valerie Kent)
Wendy Strehlow (Sister Judy Loveday)
Lucky Grills (Johhno)
Rita Rider (Babs)
Anne E. Morgan (Mrs. Parker)
Shirley: "What's he got to look forward to? Drawing, music..."
Frank: "His wine, his books...Oh well. What are we doing tonight?"
Shirley: "Watching TV again I suppose."
classical music Terence plays in his flat throughout the episode
is the William Tell Overture (Rossini) and Morning from the
Pier Gynt Suite (Grieg).
Johnno's last name is Johnson
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arrives at work in the morning with Frank. While she
gets the clinic ready, they talk about the auditor who has arrived in
town to look into the club's finances. Shirley hopes that Muldoon's
crooked schemes will finally be exposed. She shows Frank the present
she bought for Terence while she was on holidays - a book entitled
"Partners." She is worried about him being lonely. Meanwhile, Terence
enjoys breakfast while listening to (very loud) classical music.
Arnie Hodgekiss, Muldoon's assistant, puts up a sign in the window of
Muldoon's shop advertising a stocktake sale. Johnno comes up and asks
to speak to him in private. At the club, Bob is tearing a piece out
of the newspaper. Cookie asks to see what it is - an ad for an
introduction agency in Burrigan. Bob is embarrassed, but Cookie seems
interested and they agree to check it out together. Johnno tells
Arnie that he's been looking into council business, and found some
important documents are missing. However, Arnie insists that he has
access to all of Muldoon's papers, and he doesn't know of anything
being missing. Johnno suggest that Arnie co-operate with him, and
promises that he will benefit more than he ever did working for
Terence comes downstairs and welcomes Shirley back. There are
two parcels waiting for him. One contains a set of art materials that
he sent away for; the other is Shirl's present. He is obviously
looking forward to the sketching more than reading the book. A
Scottish man enters Muldoon and Arnie Hodgekiss' office to find Arnie
on his hands and knees sorting through papers on the floor. The man
introduces himself as Cameron McPherson, the club auditor. He has
been going through the books at the club and found that some
documents are missing. Arnie assures him that the office only
contains papers relevant to Muldoon's store. Mr. McPherson
experiences some stomach pain, but balmes it on the cooking at the
hotel. Terence invites Simon and Brendan to join him at the club
after work, but they both want to go home to their wives. Terence
leaves after telling them that he plans to spend the evening
sketching. Simon and Brendan worry that he might be lonely, but Judy
says it serves him right. She's still sore about being turned down
(see episodes 195-196). Bob and Cookie talk about the auditor and the
introduction service. Neither of them has registered yet and they
decide that they need a guinea pig. Terence comes in and orders
dinner, giving Bob an idea.
Shirley talks to Frank about the people in town they could
set Terence up with. Simon and Vicky eat at the club. They were
planning to give Terence some company, but he's already gone home.
Vicky tells Simon that the vet in Burrigan is sick, so she will go
over there to help him out. Simon complains that she's so busy he
hardly gets to see her any more. Terence sits down to begin sketching
when the phone rings. It's Simon calling to ask if he and Vicky can
come over. Terence is dismayed at the suggestion and insists that he
already has plans. He hangs up and goes back ot his wine, music and
sketching. Mr. McPherson has a drink at the pub and talks to Johnno
about Muldoon. It seems the financial affairs of the club are
strangely linked with council business, and he may have to call on
the Department of Local Government to investigate. Terence is again
interrupted by the phone. This time it's Shirley, checking that he's
alright. Shirly, Frank and Cookie talk about Terence. Arnie Hodgekiss
is still in the office, papers strewn all over the floor. He looks
around for something, and then gets an idea. He finds a briefcase
hidden in the back of a filing cabinet. He picks the lock, and it
seems he's found the paper's he's been looking for.
Mr. McPherson asks Cookie about a number of receipts in the
club's accounts. He really has Cookie hot under the collar when he is
suddenly overcome by stomach pains again. Shirley tries to give one
of Simon's patients to Terence in the hopes of setting them up.
Terence is not amused. Bob comes in for an appointment. Terence asks
him what's wrong and Bob is vague in answering. He asks about
Terence's eye colour and weight. He takes a Polaroid photo of the
doctor then says he feels much better, leaving Terence bewildered.
Arnie comes to see Johnno at the pub. He tells him that he has found
evidence of coucil kick-backs and conflicts of interest, and offers
to do a deal. He says that with both of them on the council, they
could sew up the town, business-wise. Johnno isn't interested but
Arnie tells him that has found evidence of shady dealings involving
Johnno. Cameron McPherson comes in and asks if Arnie has found
anything yet, which Arnie denies. McPherson then collapses in pain.
Johnno asks Brendan about McPherson but Brendan won't give
out confidential patient information. Johnno leaves after making a
crack about male matrons and their ratbag wives. Dr. Elliott examines
McPherson and diagnoses gallstones. Bob tells Cookie that he has sent
Terence's details and photo to the introduction service. He has
picked out a woman and written her a letter, pretending to be
Terence. Cookie isn't really listening though - he's very worried
about the audit. Several days later, an attractive woman comes into
the clinic and asks to see Dr. Elliott. Shirley looks pleased at this
turn of events and asks her about herself. Her name is Robyn Riley,
and she's a divorcee. Shirley sends her straight through. Robyn
compliements Terence on giving such an honest description of himself,
and arranges to meet him at the club for dinner. Of course, Terence
has no idea what's going on and she leaves him in a state of utter
Cameron McPherson complains to Terence about being lonely.
His wife left him (apparently she couldn't stand his sense of humour)
and took their children. He says that nobody wants to be friends with
an auditor. Arnie tries to blackmail Johnno, threatening to go to
Seargent Gilroy with information about Johnno's shady deals with
Muldoon. He gives him 24 hours to reconsider. Cookie and Bob look on
as Terence and Robyn have a drink at the club. They decide to submit
their own details to the introduction service this time. Frank and
Shirley enter, and after introducing themselves to Robyn, sit down at
the next table. When talking to Terence, Robyn refers to his letter,
but he is still completely bewildered. When she mentions the
photograph he asks to see it. The truth of the situation suddenly
dawns on him, and he notices Bob and Cookie looking quite pleased
with themselves. Arnie sits in his office at night, delighted with
what he's found. He decides to find a new hiding place for the
briefcase. Bob walks past the shop and hears a loud cry and a
crashing sound. He enters the office from the back door and finds
Arnie on the floor surrounded by papers. He helps Arnie out, leaving
the briefcase behind. While Bob drives Arnie to the hospital, Johnno
pulls up in his car and notices the door to the office still open.
Judy calls in the doctor to see to Arnie's bleeding nose. She
assumes he's ben in a fight, although he insists that he just had an
accident. Johno looks through the office with a torch. He finds the
briefcase lying on the floor and takes it with him as he leaves.
Terence and Robyn finish their dinner. He explains that someone has
played a practical joke on him, and she suggest that they enjoy
themselves anyway. Simon stop by and invites himself to join them.
Vicky is still in Burrigan. Shirley tries to get Simon out of the
way, but Robyn asks her and Frank to join them as well. Cookie
interrupts to tell Terence that he has a call from the hospital.
Terence has to leave, but first he arranges to see Robyn again. His
friends watch the proceedings with great interest.
Dr. Elliott examines Arnie's broken nose. Arnie explains that
he was climbing on a chair and slipped, hitting his head on the desk.
He is anxious to go back to the offie, but Terence insists that he
stay in the hospital overnight. Esme comes in to the clinic to ask
Shirley about Terence's new lady friend. When Shirl isn't very
talkative, Esem apologises, saying that she must be heartbroken. She
thinks Vicky has left Simon. ("I blame these feminists, of course!
Partners...equality...") While she worries about who will look after
poor Dr. Bowen, Vicky enters and goes into Simon's office. Simon is
upset that Vicky spent the night in Burrigan. She was too tired to
drive all the way back home, but he missed her. Vicky, feeling rather
amorous, starts kissing him. Simon is worried that someone might walk
in. As she leaves, she reveals that she will be in Burrigan again
tonight, much to Simon's dismay. Johnno comes into the hospital t
talk to Arnie. He mentions that he did some cleaning up in the office
last night, and discovered that Arnie doesn't have much to offer him.
He tells Arnie that he plans to take over Muldoon's business, and
will keep Arnie on in the store if he cooperates. Frank asks Terence
about Arnie's injuries. They both suspect that they may not be so
acidental. Frank mentions that he found the office in disarray the
night before, and that Arnie had bought a round at Johhno's pub. He
is not sure what is going on, but decides to investigate further.
Johnno calls Muldoon and makes an offer for the store. He tells him
that certain documents have come into his possession, and that
Muldoon should stay out of town for quite a while. He then says that
he also wants to be the new Shire President.
Molly comes into the pub to speak to Johnno. She tells him
about her idea for a Pioneer Village Settlement, and needs council
support. He is in favour of the idea, but with more business
involvement than Molly had planned. Frank interrupts another session
of McPherson's complaining, much to Terence's relief, to ask some
questions. McPherson tells Frank about the missing papers, which he
suspects would incriminate Muldoon. Simon eats alone at the club.
Terence enters and Simon encourages him to sit down. He won't be long
though - he has a date with Robyn. They are going to the circus.
Arnie is back in the office, cleaning up, when Frank comes in. He
asks about missing papers and the argument he had with Johnno the
other day. Arnie is evasive and denies that anything sinister is
Terence and Robyn share a drink at his flat. Although he
denies it, Robyn knows that he didn't really enjoy the circus. They
admit that they have little in common, as well as no chemistry, and
end the date amicably. Judy brings in flowers for McPherson. She
encourgaes him to have a more positive outlook on life. Molly holds a
meeting of volunteers for the Pioneer Village Settlement. She is
voted in as chairwoman, to Esme's dismay, and Shirl is treasurer.
When Molly asks if there are any questions, Esme asks if anyone knows
about Dr. Elliott's friend from Burrigan! Terence confronts Bob and
Cookie at the club. He tells them to mind their own business, but
they all end up laughing and Cookie shouts Terence a drink to make
up. Vicky catches Simon cheating at golf. She tells him that her work
in Burrigan is finished and she is coming home. He abandons his game
and they head of together. Robyn comes into the hospital looking for
Terence and speaks to McPherson in the corridor. They discover that
they both like golf, and have complimentary senses of humour. Robyn
gives Terence a side of lamb as a thankyou present (she works for
Burrigan meatworks). Robyn and Cameron comtinue to laugh at each
other's jokes, even though Brendan and Terence don't appreciate the
Brendan and Judy listen, amazed, to the laughter emanating
from McPherson's room. Cameron and Robyn discover more things they
have in common, and arrange a game of golf for when he leaves
hospital. Bob shows Cookie the reply he got to his letter (on
scented, pink writing paper). The woman, named Babs, didn't send a
photo as she wanted to surprise Bob. Cookie regrets that he didn't
send a letter of his own. Brendan comes home from work and Molly
tells him about being elected chairwoman of the Pioneer Village
Committee. Brendan is concerned about her taking too much on. Molly,
on the other hand, is frustrated with not being able to do all she
wants becauseshe is pregnant. Frank talks to Johnno about Arnie
Hodgekiss. He thinks the office was burgled the other night, even
though Arnie hasn't reported it. He warns Johnno that he will be
keeping an eye on him.
McPherson checks out of hospital, leaving with Robyn in tow.
They enjoy a game of golf together. In Johnno's pub, Arnie tells
everyone that a meeting of the shire council that day elected Johnno
as the new president. Johnno shouts a round for the whole bar. Frank
talks to Shirley about the election. He thinks Johnno is an even
bigger crook than Muldoon. Shirley asks Terence about his plans for
the weekend. He assures her that he is not lonely, and if he were he
is capable of doing something about it. Bob waits nervously at the
club for Babs. When she arrives, it is clear she is not the sort of
woman he was looking for...