|"Coming to Terms"
mother is coming to the Valley and Brendan has to
put the chandelier she gave them up in the
kitchen, so as not to offend her. Don Daniels is
an ex-lawyer turned alternative living man. He
has a son called Nat who plays the violin and is
home-taught by Don. Shirley is busy trying to
edit the Valley Voice newspaper, helping Molly
out. Bob, along with many other people in the
town, believes that Don is a communist.
Alf Muldoon is trying to develop a piece of land.
Caroline, Molly's mother, is forever complaining
about the Valley. Cookie, Bob, and Esme debate in
the Club about whether or not Nat Daniels should
be in school. Caroline is trying to take over the
household. Frank plays dumb when Alf tries to run
Don out of town just because he's different.
Shirley visits Don's house and he takes her on a
tour of the property. Shirley notices a goat
lying down and asks Don if it is dead. He claims
it is sleeping and is relaxed because of the
alternative lifestyle he leads. Don has made a
"bio-mass" pit which produces methane
gas, alcohol, and other gases. He puts his
compost in it. Sid Miller is a building inspector
who claims that Don's house is breaking rules.
Sid just happens to be Alf's cousin. Alf hands
demolition orders to Don. He also discusses the
condition of the road to Don's place. It is full
of potholes and is in bad condition. Bob wants to
help Don build a still to produce alcohol.
Brendan, Molly, and Chloe are sitting at the
dinner table and there's a knock at the door.
Brendan calls out "Come in...unless you're
Muldoon." and as Muldoon walks into the
house says "I'm psychic." Muldoon
proceeds to make an offer to Molly for the house
and land. Molly wonders if it's a joke. Vicky is
called out to see Don's goats. She is unsure of
what is wrong with them and does some tests. She
suspects the goats could have Anthrax and fears
she will have to notify the Department of Primary
Industries. If it is Anthrax, then all the
surviving animals would need to be vaccinated,
the dead animals would need to be burned and the
ground covered in lime, and Don's farm would have
to be quarentined.
Molly wants to sell the farm to Muldoon. She
believes it is a good offer and she is mindful of
making sure that Brendan and Chloe are looked
after financially after her death. Caroline
researches Muldoon's motives for buying Molly's
farm and discovers that Muldoon is also after two
other properties east of Molly's, behind which is
crown land that Muldoon wants to rezone.
Caroline's lawyers draw up a contract. She meets
with Muldoon and asks him to raise the price he's
offering. Don is riding his bicycle down the
road. Muldoon is driving his car down the same
road and collides with Don. Don is thrown over
the handlebars of his bike. Muldoon rambles on
about Don and blames the bad state of the road on
him. Terence askes Alf if he hurts anywhere -- he
claims everywhere and says his head hurts
("I think I've damaged my brain.").
Don's wrist needs to be wrenched back into place.
The blood tests on the goats are negative -- they
don't have Anthrax. Simon wants Vicky to get a
locum. Vicky can't believe that Molly wants to
sell the farm. She thinks it's all talk. Caroline
wants Molly and Brendan to sell, travel, and have
fun. Vicky talks to Caroline and asks her why
Molly wants to sell the farm. Caroline tells her
that Molly is dying and she can't make it better.
Vicky runs out of the room. She sees Chloe
outside and when Chloe calls for Auntie Vicky,
she breaks down.
Vicky asks Simon how long he's known about Molly.
He says a month; he found out by accident. Vicky
asks why she wasn't told when she's Molly's best
friend. She tells Simon she asked Molly to be
godmother to the baby. Muldoon and Don fight
constantly from their hospital beds. Don claims
the goats were poisoned. He claims Alf was
spraying hazardous chemicals on his property.
Vicky is getting mad at everyone. Brendan and
Molly discuss Caroline's strange behaviour.
Caroline begins to cry over Molly's photo.
Brendan hears her and comforts her.
Caroline tries to organize a protest. Vicky tells
Simon she wants to see Molly but she can't. She
says she hates herself and is starting to resent
Molly for making her feel like this. She's
thinking of the baby and how Molly won't see it
grow up. She breaks down in tears. The turns up
at Don's to stage the protest. Muldoon shows up
claiming that Don never obtained a building
permit to build the house. The protesters
barricade a bulldozer. Down the hill, from the
opposite direction, comes another bulldozer with
Molly and Chloe aboard. Molly and Alf argue over
who should move their dozer first. Frank tells
them that both parties are to blame for the
accident, that the poison drums are illegal, and
that Don's obnoxious weeds the blackberries were
not reported to the authorities. He tells Alf to
allow Don time to apply for the permit. Brendan
is proud of Molly, Caroline, and Chloe. Caroline
decides she's going back to Adelaide. Vicky
arrives at Molly's place and they hug and cry.