As Terry has walked into the living room, and Joe has pointed
the rifle at him, Alice cries, "Please, Joe - no....."
She gets up, runs at him and tries to push the rifle out of his
hands. David tries to stop her, but as he moves, a shot rings
out and he drops to the floor. Beryl cries, "Nooooooo....
David..........." Tony and Terry start grappling
with Joe. The rifle has fallen to the floor, and Alice picks it
up. She points it at her husband and cries, "You're not going
to hurt them, Joe." She fires the weapon and pumps four bullets
into Joe's body. Tony cries, "Mum, no......"
Beryl is cradling David on the floor, and cries out to call an
A short time later, David is being wheeled on a trolley into
the ambulance. Beryl asks the doctor who's standing by the vehicle
if her husband will be alright. The doctor tells her that both
he and Joe are very bad, but David has a better chance. Beryl
asks if she can come, but the doctor tells her that he'd prefer
she stayed behind, as she'll just be in the way. The ambulance
drives off Terry tells Beryl that he'll get the keys for the car.
Tony says he'll stay with his mum. Beryl cries, "He's not
going to die..." Tony tells her that of course he isn't.
Beryl tells Tony not to blame himself for what happened.
Inside, Sergeant Gilmore tells Alice that they have to take her
to the station and charge her; she'll appear in the Magistrates'
Court in the morning, but the way things happened, she shouldn't
have any worries about bail. Alice asks what if Joe dies. The
Sergeant tells her that he'd be bowled over if the court didn't
go easy on her. He suggests they go, and she can make a statement
at the staion. Tony comes in and tells his mother not to say anything
until she's got a solicitor. Alice cries that she did
it; what she says isn't going to make any difference. Seeing the
state she's in, Gilmore says he and his colleague will wait in
the passage and give her and Tony a few minutes to themselves.
They leave, and Tony asks his mother why she did it. He adds that
he and Terry could have tackled him. Alice cries that she she
just couldn't take any more. She starts crying, and Tony
puts his arm around her. He looks worried.
As Fiona pulled up outside the clinic, she didn't notice a gentleman
walking down the road towards her, carrying a newspaper. It's
Scott Thompson, and he watches her go in. Inside, when the receptionist
suggests to Fiona that she might like to talk to the gentleman
who came in with Jill, it's Scott who's standing there when she
turns round. She looks shocked to see him, and then angrily asks
how he could arrange all this; him of all people; doesn't
he know what having a grandchild means to her? Scott
calmly replies that he thinks he probably does. He asks Fiona
how she is, and she retorts that she's hopping mad. She asks him
how on earth he got dragged into it, and Scott explains that Jill
called him, told him what she'd been through and asked him for
help. Fiona asks why him? Scott replies that his son
is the father - he assumes Jill was was telling the truth? Fiona
says a reluctant, "Yes." Scott remarks that he's surprised
Fiona hasn't let him know before that Terry is alive. Fiona snaps
that it was up to Terry to contact him. She continues that Jill
shouldn't have dragged him into it. Scott replies that he's
not thrilled, but Jill is desperate, and it's easy enough to buy
a solution. Fiona snaps that there's no way she's letting Jill
go through with it; she wants her out of there right now.
Scott tells her that Jill is just discussing it; when
the operation takes place-- Fiona interrupts and snaps that there
won't be an operation. Scott continues that if
it takes place, it will be in a few days' time, in professional
conditions, with no risks involved. Fiona snaps at Scott that
he hasn't changed one bit - he's still the same cold
fish he was two years ago. Scott says he'd prefer to talk about
it later. Fiona snaps that they'll talk; they'll talk
At Dural, Stephen tells Barbara that Helen was a lot older than
he was. Barbara snaps that Helen was her best friend
- she was like a sister to her; when she left with no
explanation, no nothing...; she's shocked that Stephen
lied to her for twenty years. Stephen tells her that Helen made
him promise not to say anything - she was terrified that Barbara
would find out about the baby. Barbara snaps at Stephen that he
was already married; how did it happen? Stephen replies that Helen
was unhappy at the time - he doesn't know why; she was the perfect
secretary and left all her problems at home, but there was a conference;
their father couldn't go and he went in his place; Helen
came too and they were alone for a week. Barbara snaps, "Stephen,
rampant stud that he was, couldn't keep his hands to himself."
Stephen insists that it wasn't like that. Barbara snaps
that the whole idea just makes her...; she tells him that he's
hurt so many people through the years because he couldn't keep
his hands off women; well, he can add her to the list.
Stephen tells his sister that Patricia wanted to cause trouble
and she's acting exactly as Patricia intended. Barbara snaps that
that's too damn bad.
Jill, Fiona and Scott leave the clinic. Outside, Jill tells Fiona
that she shouldn't have come after her - it's her life.
Fiona retorts that there are three lives involved, and
she tells Jill that she can't kill that child. Scott chips in
that he never saw Fiona as a 'right to life-er'. Fiona snaps that
they don't need him interfering; it's between Jill and
her. Scott looks at Jill and she nods. Scott tells her that he'll
meet her in an hour - he has her address. He walks off. Fiona
tells Jill that it was wrong of her to bring him into it. Jill
cries that she had no one else to go to. Fiona tells
her that it's up to Terry to decide whether his father
should know about him. Jill snaps at Fiona not to expect her to
worry about Terry - she needed help. Fiona says
she could have helped; this isn't the sort of
help she needs. Jill cries that she tried to kid herself that
she could love the baby, but she won't be able to. Fiona cries
that it's her grandchild, but Jill retorts that it's
her child; she thinks she has the right to do what she
wants. Fiona asks her to talk to Matt, but Jill snaps that she's
got all the help she needs, so Fiona can stay out of it. She goes
to walk off. Fiona yells after her that if she does it, she'll
hate her. Jill stops and cries that that's not fair and
Fiona knows it. She walks off. Fiona returns to her car
and finds a parking ticket under the windscreen wiper. She picks
it up and snaps, "Oh damn."
Sometime later, Scott is sitting in the flat at Dural. Fiona
is ranting that it's beyond her comprehension, it really is.
She snaps at him that it's his grandchild, too. Scott
cooly tells Fiona not to expect him to get sentimental about the
child of a son he's never even met; when Jill told him
about Terry, he was surpised, but after he heard what Terry was
like, he felt nothing. Fiona asks him what he means. Scott replies
that Terry raped the girl. Fiona tells him that there's
more to it than that, but Scott replies that he doesn't care about
him - he got along very nicely without Terry for all these years
and he'll continue to do so. Fiona asks him if he's not
in the least curious. Scott says he isn't, and he tells Fiona
not to try to impose her obsession for having a son onto him.
Fiona asks him what he means by 'obsession'. In reply, Scott asks
her if she knows what he remembers most about their time together
two years ago. Fiona says she can't imagine. Scott tells her that
it was that time at Woombai when she told him that there had been
a baby - their baby; it was very moving. Fiona remarks
that at least he's not cynical. Scott continues that
he was very moved then because they shared a memory of their original
affair - that first argument in The Domain... evenings they spent
together... even the unpleaseantness of their breaking-up; all
those things were coming back to him as much as anything else
- that's why it all meant so much to him after nearly 30 years;
and that that is why he can't feel anything about Terry
- he doesn't know him; they share nothing - and if that
sounds callous, he's sorry. Fiona looks at him pitifully and sadly
asks whatever happened to the man she loved. She adds that if
that's his attitiude then Terry is better off never knowing
him - they both are; if he wants to opt out of seeing
Terry, then opt out of his child's life, too - leave Jill to those
who care about her - they'll make sure she's well looked after.
Scott listens, but then tells Fiona that when he starts something,
he finishes it. He suggests that there's nothing more to be said,
and he gets up, goes to the door, turns and says, "Goodbye,"
and leaves. Fiona, looking upset, sits down slowly.
In the lounge room in the main house, Barbara is sitting and
looking at some old black-and-white photos of her and Helen from
twenty years ago. John comes in and Barbara tells him not to go
out to the flat as Fiona has had a bit of an upset. John asks
what's wrong, but Barbara just replies that there are a few problems.
John asks her if she minds a bit of company then, and she tells
him to feel free. Noticing the photo album, John asks to have
a look. Barbara tells him that he'll just get a laugh out of a
fresh-faced Stephen, but John glumly says he could do
with a laugh. Barbara hands him the album and points out her baby
brother at the age of 22. John laughs and remarks that it's the
same age as him. Barbara smiles and says, "Almost."
John tells her, "No - same age." Barbara coments that
his birthday isn't for a few days, is it? John doesn't say anything.
Barbara says that surely it's not today? John nods, and
Barbara tells him that she's very sorry - Gordon sent a card to
Angela, but it was only yesterday, and she assumed he was sending
it in advance. John tells her not to worry about it - the people
who've forgotten have got a lot more reason to remember than she
has; it just goes to show how the family is drifting apart...
He hands the photo album back. Barbara tells him that he
feels lousy and so does she, which makes it one hell
of a reason to celebrate! She continues that they're going to
share a bottle of champagne. John tells her that it's alright,
but Barbara insists, adding that they've got to remember Angela
too - it's her day also.
David is lying in a hospital bed, tubes everywhere and a dressing
over a wound to his stomach. A ventilator is helping him with
In another room, Joe is also lying, bandages wrapped round his
body, a ventilator helping him breathe.
At Dural, Barbara and John are laughing when the 'phone suddenly
rings. Barbara answers it and Beryl comes on and asks to speak
to John. Barbara calls him over and he takes the handset. Beryl
tells him that she's got bad news: it's David - there's been some
trouble; he's been shot; they've operated and he's in intensive
care. Looking shocked, John asks her what she means - was there
an accident or something? Beryl says she'd rather not go into
it on the 'phone - he's pretty bad, though. John asks which hospital
it is, and Beryl replies that it's the local. John asks which
one is the local, and Beryl realises that he doesn't know what
she means. She explains that they're at Woombai - there have been
some things that they didn't tell him because they didn't want
him to worry. She tells him to get there as quick as he can, and
she'll explain then. John asks Beryl if she's OK. Beryl
replies that she's alright, but she'll be a lot better when he's
there. John says he'll be there in about four hours. He hangs
up and tells Barbara that David has been shot. He adds that that's
all he knows, other than that he's at Woombai. He asks if he can
borrow a car, and Barbara tells him to take the Volvo - the keys
are in the study. She asks if Fiona should go as well, but John
replies that, if she has troubles, there's nothing she can do.
Barbara points out that if it happened on her property... John
replies that he doesn't know if it did - Beryl told him
that they were staying at Woombai but she didn't say where it
happened. He adds that he'll call Fiona when he gets the full
story. He asks Barbara not to say anything. Barbara looks worried.
At the Morrell apartment, Jill drops an envelope onto the coffee
table; it's addressed to Patricia. Scott tells her that she's
doing the right thing - if she stays there, Fiona will just make
a pest of herself. Jill uncertainly says, "Yeah..."
Scott asks her if she's ready to go. Jill says she thinks so.
Seeing the expression on her face, he tells her that if she doesn't
want to stay at his house... Jill tells him that his
place will be fine. Scott asks her what her plans are after the
operation, but she replies that she doesn't have any idea. Scott
tells her that he might be able to help her with work. Jill, though,
tells her that he's helped her enough already. She adds that she
doesn't like him very much and he doesn't like
her - what happened between them two years ago made her
pretty sure of that; she just needs him to help her over the next
few days; that's all she wants. Scott points out that she'll be
on her own afterwards, then; from what Fiona said, if she goes
through with this, she won't want a bar of her. Jill retorts that
she was on her own when she first came to Sydney, and
she survived then... Realising what she might be implying,
Scott starts to say that she wouldn't go back... Jill tells him
that of course she wouldn't - but she'll manage. She suggests
Barbara is sitting in the lounge room at Dural, watching a TV
news report about the shooting at Woombai. The newscaster reports
that Joe Parker's wife has been detained, and that the conditions
of both men are described as 'critical'. He adds that, in Victoria,
two of the men who escaped with Parker were captured; only one
man remains at large from the original four escapees. He then
turns to sport, and Barbara turns the TV off. She says to Stephen,
who's sitting at the bar behind her, that it's shocking. Stephen
suggests that, now that it's on the news, perhaps they should
tell Fiona. Barbara, though, says she thinks they should leave
it until tomorrow. She decides to go to bed. Stephen offers a
nightcap, but Barbara declines. Stephen brings up the subject
of Helen, and tells his sister that it's a bit like having a carcass
in the middle of the living room: she can only walk around it
for so long pretending it's not there, but sooner or later it'll
stink the place out. Barbara makes it clear that she isn't amused
at the analogy. She tells Stephen that she'll get over it by trying
to forget it - but at the moment, she's a bit too hurt
to do anything. She says goodnight.
At the hospital at Woombai, Terry - still wearing dark glasses
- gives Beryl a drink and sits down next to her in the corridor.
Beryl asks where Tony is, but Terry says he doesn't know. John
suddenly comes round the corner and Beryl immediately stands up;
they hug. John looks annoyed to see Terry there, though. John
asks Beryl how she is, and she replies that she's alright. John
then asks how David is, and Beryl tells him that he's stable,
the doctors say; it worries her, though. Terry nods to John, who
just mutters, "G'day." Terry then turns to Beryl and
tells her that, now that someone's with her, he'll be off. Beryl
thanks him. He goes. Beryl tells John that Terry is a nice man.
John ignores this and asks her to tell him her side of
what happened, as all he's heard was what was said on the car
In David's room, there's noise from the heart monitor, which
is emitting a regular beep, and the sound of the ventilator. A
nurse is in the room making checks on his condition. As she's
about to leave, Tony opens the door and moves as if to come in.
The nurse tells him that no visitors are allowed. Tony says he
knows - he was just wondering how David's doing. The nurse tells
him that he's pretty much the same as the last time he
asked. Tony looks over at David and then leaves the room with
Out in the corridor, Beryl tells John that there's not much more
to it - it was all over in about ten seconds, like some terrible
nightmare; if Terry hadn't arrived like he did, they'd all
have been dead, she's sure of it. John says a reluctant,
"Yeah..." He tells Beryl that David will pull through.
Suddenly recalling something, Beryl says she's sorry - it's not
the right time but she's just remembered: she wishes John a Happy
Birthday, and gives him a hug.
In David's room, the frequency of the beeps from the heart monitor
begins to increase. The display on the equipment then begins to
display a flat line, and the beeps disappear to be replaced by
a continuous tone, signalling that David is dead...