A while later, Doug and Rosie are clearing up in the kitchen.
John comes in and Rosie asks how Beryl is. John replies that she's
a lot calmer, although she's got a headache and wants an aspirin.
As he goes to get the tablets, he asks what happened with the
O'Briens. Rosie tells him that they realised that Beryl wasn't
up to entertaining this evening. Doug adds that he popped
into Muriel and Victor's and told them that Beryl wasn't feeling
too well. Rosie comments that she doesn't suppose Beryl is up
to eating. John agrees that she isn't. Rosie tells him to take
her the aspirin and she'll serve up dinner for the rest
of them. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, and John gets it.
Gordon comes on and asks for Rosie. John calls to Rosie that it's
Gordon, for her. Rosie looks wary, but takes the 'phone. John
leaves the room. Rosie cautiously says, "Yes, Gordon?"
Gordon asks her if Wayne has been in touch with her. Rosie replies
that he hasn't yet. Gordon explains that he thought he might have
called by now. Rosie curtly says she's sorry - she'll let him
know if he rings. She then asks Gordon where he is now,
and he replies that he's at Toorak. He asks why the question,
and Rosie replies that she wants to talk to him. Gordon asks what
the matter is. Rosie tells him that she'd rather not discuss it
on the 'phone; she'll drop over shortly. She hangs up. She then
turns to Doug and tells him that she'll dish up for him and John
and then call a taxi. Doug asks her if she's not going to eat
first. Rosie sadly replies that she doesn't feel very hungry.
The envelope addressed to Barbara is lying on the coffee table
at Woombai. Barbara is clutching the photo to her chest in disbelief.
Stephen tells her to give him the picture and he'll put it away.
Barbara, though, just snaps that she doesn't believe it - she
never thought Gordon would get involved with anyone like
that. Stephen tells her that they can all be tempted - but some
people are stronger than others. Barbara angrily asks if that's
supposed to make her feel good; her husband cheated on
her. Stephen retorts that Gordon has obviously been set up - he's
not the sort to go chasing-- He stops and then tells Barbara that
the question is: what is she going to do about it? Barbara
says she doesn't know - but he'd better have a damned good story.
Gordon sits down in the lounge room at Toorak and remarks to
Rosie that it must be important for her to traipse all the way
over there. Rosie agrees that she thought so. Gordon
asks what it's all about. Rosie hands him the envelope and Gordon
takes out the contents. He looks at the picture. As he does so,
Rosie says to him that he can understand how she felt when she
saw it. Looking shocked, Gordon tells her that he doesn't know
where it came from, but he can assure her that it's a fake. Rosie
tells him that it looks real to her. Gordon says that
she can't seriously believe--; nothing like this ever happened.
Rosie, looking awkward, tells him that she wants to believe
him; she really does...
John is sitting in the lounge room at the Palmers' when Beryl
comes out from her bedroom. He tells her that she should be resting,
but Beryl replies that there's no way she can; she's
going to see David. Looking surprised, John asks her if she's
sure she's up to it. She tells him that she isn't really, but
she can't just lie there thinking about it - she loves David and
wants him back, but there's no chance of it happening if he doesn't
know how she feels. John asks what if he doesn't want
to get back together. Beryl sadly replies that she'll at least
know how he feels.
Gordon is pacing the lounge room at Toorak, and he tells Rosie
that she knows how much he loves Barbara - he wouldn't
do anything like that to her. Rosie tells him that the camera
doesn't lie, but Gordon retorts that the photo is a fake.
He sadly realises that she won't believe him. Rosie says she only
hopes Barbara doesn't see it - she'll be more upset than
she is. She then continues that that's what she came
to say; there's no point hanging around. Gordon insists that he's
telling the truth. Rosie just says she'll see herself out. She
goes. Gordon walks over to the 'phone and dials.
The 'phone rings at Woombai and Stephen answers it. Gordon asks
to speak to Barbara. Stephen says, "Just a minute."
He turns to Barbara and tells her that Gordon wants to talk to
her. Barbara, looking shocked and upset, shakes her head. Stephen
tells Gordon that she doesn't want to. He then adds that an envelope
arrived this afternoon. Gordon asks him to just tell her that
the photograph is a fake; he'll be there as soon as he can tomorrow.
They hang up. Stephen goes and sits down next to his sister and
tells her that Gordon says the photos are fakes. Fiona, who's
standing behind them, says she knew they had to be -
she can't imagine Gordon doing anything like that. She tells Barbara
that she should have talked to him, but Barbara stands up and
cries that she couldn't. She walks out.
There's a knock on the door at Margaret's apartment. David gets
up from the armchair in which he's sitting, reading the newspaper,
and answers it. He looks surprised to find Beryl standing there.
They say polite a 'hello' to each other, and David invites his
wife in. He then tells her to sit down. He also offers her a coffee,
but she declines. She asks how Margaret is, and David sadly replies
that he still can't get to see her. Beryl asks if she's improving.
David replies, "So they say." Beryl says she supposes
he's wondering why she's there. She then continues that she's
been doing a lot of thinking: twenty years of marriage is a long
time; she just can't throw it away without at least making an
effort to save it. David points out that she
was one who asked him to leave. Beryl tells him that
she was hurt and angry, and he didn't seem to want to understand
how she felt. David retorts that he could say the same
thing. Beryl nods in agreement. She then goes on that she loves
him and wants him back; but he has to understand that she's changed
- now the kids have gone, she needs outside interests apart from
just being a housewife. David tells her that he drove to the house
yesterday - their anniversary - but didn't go in because he knew
they'd cover the same gound; he knows that she's changed and he
doesn't like it; when he's with her, he doesn't feel comfortable
like he used to; he needs what he had before, and he's got that
with Margaret; things are good between them and she's going to
get better. Beryl, looking upset, says that if that's how he feels,
she'll talk to her solicitor and tell him that this is the beginning
of their year's separation; after that she wants a divorce. David,
looking shocked, says he'd never thought about that. Beryl says
she thinks they should. David just says, "Fair enough."
They stand up and Beryl walks to the door. As she opens it, she
pauses, turns and says, "Bye, David." David just murmurs,
"Yeah..." Beryl goes. David looks upset.
The next morning, at Toorak, Patricia comes downstairs, wearing
her dressing gown, her arm still in plaster and a sling. Gordon
comes out of the lounge room and yells that he wants a word with
her. Patricia calmly asks if she can have a coffee first. Gordon
immediately snaps that she might think it's amusing,
but he doesn't. Patricia cooly says she presumes he's
talking about the photographs. Gordon snaps that she's not getting
away with it. Patricia tells him that she already has.
Gordon yells that if she thinks she can make trouble for him with
Barbara and Rosie, she's got another think coming. Patricia retorts
that he shouldn't worry about them; its all his other
friends and business associates that he should worry about: they've
been sent copies, too; she thinks he'll find it very difficult
to talk his way out of it with all of them. Looking furious,
Gordon snaps, "My god, you're insane." Patricia
cooly retorts, "Yes... you'd know." Gordon
tells her that it's true - he was sure she'd get back at him,
but the way she's using other people as well; she's sick.
Patricia tells him that she doesn't know what he's talking about.
Gordon retorts that he can tell her one thing: he won't
rest until he gets Wayne and Amanda out from under her thumb.
At Woombai, Fiona tells Barbara that it's not very different
to how it was for her when Terry was accused of attacking Patricia
- she knows how she felt when the people she cared about
wouldn't take her word that he was innocent; Gordon will feel
exactly the same way - especially when it's his wife
who doesn't believe him. Barbara listens, but then snaps that
she's already been made a fool of by one husband; what's
to say it's not happening again? Fiona tells her that Gordon loves
her - she knows that. Barbara snaps at her to please
just shut up about it. Fiona says she didn't mean to upset her.
Barbara tells her that she does go on. She walks out.
Fiona asks Stephen, who's sitting reading the newspaper, if he's
still got the photo. Stephen asks why. Fiona replies that she's
going into town after breakfast; she's got an idea that might
In Adelaide, Wayne and Amanda are peddalling a pedallo on a lake.
They look happy. A while later, they're walking by the lake; there
are gulls at the water's edge; Wayne has his arm around his wife.
Later still, they're sitting on a bench, throwing bread to the
birds. Wayne suddenly claps his hands and they all fly off, much
to Amanda's mock annoyance! They move on and stand on some stones
in the middle of a pond, and hug each other. They walk along,
laughing and looking happy. They then come across two flautists
giving a concert nearby and they stop and watch, Wayne with his
arm around Amanda; he whispers something to her, and she smiles.
Later, they're going up in an outside lift over the town centre.
Later again, Amanda runs and stands on the wall round a fountain.
As she walks along it, Wayne walks on the pavement. He then lifts
her down and they walk along. Wayne asks Amanda if she's happy.
Amanda smiles and says, "Yeah - it's a wonderful city. I
love it!" Wayne asks what about him?! Amanda
tells him that she loves him, too! Wayne says that's
alright, then! Looking sad for a moment, Amanda says she just
wishes they could let her father know that they're alright.
Gordon follows Stephen into the lounge room at Woombai, insisting
as he does so that it's a fake. Stephen tells him that he doesn't
have to make excuses with him. Gordon snaps that he isn't.
Stephen continues that he's hardly one to throw stones,
but he's just surprised, that's all - he wouldn't have expected
it. Gordon angrily asks him what the hell he has to say to convince
him. Stephen replies that, if that's what happened, fine - he's
not going to argue. He adds, though, that Barbara is very upset.
Gordon snaps that it's no wonder - if he was sent a photograph
of his wife in bed with another man, he'd be upset, too,
but at least he would give her a chance to explain - which is
more than he's giving him; everyone is carrying on as
though he's guilty when he hasn't done a damn thing.
He suddenly notices Stephen's eyes darting to something behind
him, and he realises that Barbara is standing there. He turns
and tells her that he doesn't know how much she just heard, but
the photos are a fake and that's the truth - he swears to God.
Staring straight at her, he asks her if she thinks he'd look her
straight in the eye if that's not the case; she must
know it's true... Barbara quietly tells him that she believes
him. Looking relieved, Gordon asks, "Honest?" Barbara
walks over to him and he holds her.
In the kitchen at the Palmers', Beryl says she should go to the
O'Briens' and apologise for last night. Rosie tells her that they
understood. John agrees that it's alright. Beryl asks Doug if
he's finished his cuppa, and she picks up the cup. She then remarks
that he was very quiet over lunch. Doug tells her that he can't
believe she asked David for a divorce. John mutters,
"Me either." Berly tells them that they're just going
to have to get used to it. Doug retorts that it seems so sudden
- as if she hasn't thought about it. Beryl tells him that she
has - and she feels a lot better knowing for certain
what's going on. She then continues that she'll have to write
to Susan and Kevin and tell them what's happened. John points
out that they'll get a shock. Doug says it's a crying shame. Beryl
tells him that she and David agreed that it's the only sensible
thing to do. Doug snaps that she won't convince him of
that in a million years. Beryl, though, tells him that she wants
him to go and talk to David. Looking surprised, Doug
asks why, adding that his son is behaving like a lunatic.
Beryl explains that she doesn't want things back the way they
were with them hardly talking to each other; he can at least hear
David's side of the argument. Doug sullenly says he doesn't see
what good that would do. Beryl tells him that it might help him
understand. She continues that she's sad about what's happened,
but the marriage is over and they all have to learn to accept
it - including him.
At Woombai, Fiona tells Barbara and Gordon, "That is wonderful!"
Barbara asks how she couldn't believe him now. Fiona
agrees that her photography friend has put the icing on the cake
- it didn't take him two seconds to confirm what she already suspected:
she took the photo in for him to check it and he said that, although
it had been done by an expert, there's no doubt in the world that
it's a fake. Gordon thanks her. Stephen tells him that it seems
he owes him an apology. Gordon assures him that, if he'd been
in his shoes, he would probably have thought the same
thing; at least he'll be able to convince Rosie now -
he certainly couldn't last night. Barbara tells him that
he should be able to convince a few more people than Rosie
- he should be able to prove it to anyone else sent a
copy. Gordon points out that he can hardly walk around with a
signed letter! Barbara tells him that as long as the people who
are his friends believe him, it doesn't matter - Patricia can't
hurt them. Gordon says he wishes he agreed, but he thinks their
troubles are just starting - he really does believe Patricia is
mentally unbalanced. Stephen, looking surprised, tells Gordon
that he thinks he's exaggerating just a litle bit - Patricia has
done some terrible things, but it's because she's been very hurt;
not because she's unbalanced. Gordon tells him that he's not just
talking about the photos - what about what she's doing to Wayne
and Amanda, and how she made threats to him and to Jill? He adds,
"She needs help before it's too late."
A while later, the 'phone rings at Woombai and Gordon answers
it. To his surprise, Amanda comes on. He asks her where she is
and if Wayne's there. Amanda tells him that he is. Gordon asks
to talk to him, but Amanda tells him that they just called to
let him know that they're OK. She asks if he can tell Stephen
that. Gordon asks her when they're coming home. Amanda, though,
tells him that they money in the callbox is just running out -
they have to go. She puts the 'phone down, and Gordon turns to
Barbara and tells her that she hung up. By the payphone, Wayne
tells Amanda that she still had a couple of minutes left. Amanda
explains that Gordon was just about to try and talk them into
going home - she could feel it - and she didn't want to start
any more arguments. Wayne kisses her. At Woombai, Barbara asks
Gordon if he didn't get a clue. Gordon asks how could
he? - she hung up before he could say much at all; all he knows
is that it was STD. Barbara says they'll just have to wait until
they try again. Gordon, though, says he wants to talk to them
now; tell them they don't have to disappear; he thinks
he's found a way to help them. Barbara asks how. Gordon replies
that it'll be by doing what they should have done in the first
place: take the straight, honest approach.
In the lounge room at the Palmers', Doug tells Rosie that he'll
be glad when they get back to Queensland, after all the carry-on
around there in the last couple of days. Rosie agrees that it
hasn't been the happiest trip to Melbourne. She then
says she'd like to call in on Gordon on the way home. Doug asks
why, adding that she's already apologised to him for not believing
him. Rosie replies that that doesn't stop her from feeling ashamed
of herself. Doug tells her that it's been proved that the photos
are fakes - there's nothing more to be said; she should put the
whole business out of her mind. Changing the subject, Rosie asks
him if he's going to see David before they leave. Doug retorts
that there isn't time now. Rosie points out that Beryl asked
him. Doug tells her that that doesn't mean he has to go.
Rosie tells him that he should, and she reminds him of
what happened to Beryl when she bottled things up.
At the hospital in Melbourne, David walks along the corridor
and joins Patricia. He tells her that they still won't let him
see Margaret. Patricia asks if he told them who he is.
David replies that it doesn't seem to make any difference if they
live together - only family are allowed. Patricia points out that
they're the rules - she's sorry. David says he can understand
not being allowed to see her on the first day, but you'd think
that by now... Patricia tells him not to get upset -
he'll be able to see her in a day or two, she's sure. David tells
her that he feels so helpless. Patricia says she knows,
but she's sure everything that needs to be done is being taken
At Woombai, Stephen says to Gordon that they'd better get over
to the Reid House - the sooner they let Robin Elliott say his
piece, the sooner he can leave. Fiona chips in that the sooner
the better, she says. She adds, looking worried, that Jill still
seems to think the sun shines out of him. Barbara grimly remarks,
"So we noticed." Gordon asks where Jill is.
Fiona replies that she's off getting ready for Mr. Elliott to
take a photo of her and her baby... Stephen tells Gordon that
he'll see him over there, and he goes. Barbara asks Gordon if
he should have said something to Stephen about what they've decided
to do. Gordon tells her, "Not yet," adding that it might
upset him more at the moment. He suggests they wait and see if
anything comes of it first.
There's a man in the reception area at the guest house: it's
Alec Davies, the reporter to whom Wayne gave the story about Helen
Green. He tells the receptionist that he's sorry he arrived so
late last night. The receptionist tells him that his office 'phoned
to hold the booking, so they knew he was coming. She asks if the
room was alright. In reply, Davies comments that the birds get
up early round there! The receptionist tells him that you get
used to it in the bush! Davies continues that he heard the school
has a very good reputation. The receptionist replies that it's
one of the top schools in the state, now. Davies says that's good,
and he adds that the owners must be pleased. The receptionist
says she thinks so. Davies tells her that he knows one
of them, as a matter of fact: Gordon Hamilton - he understands
he's staying there? The receptionist replies that that's right
- although he's not there, but at the homestead. Davies asks what
sort of bloke he is. Looking surprised, the receptionist says
she thought he knew him. Davies explains that they've
met a couple of times; his wife's name is Barbara, isn't it? The
receptionist tells him that Mrs. Hamilton is a wonderful person.
Davies says it's a happy marriage, is it? The receptionist tells
him that it is. Gordon and Barbara suddenly come in, and Barbara
looks at Davies in shock. Gordon angrily asks him what the hell
he's doing there. Davies calmly remarks that he had quite a job
tracking him down. Gordon asks him what he wants. Davies replies
that he wants to talk to him about some photos that were sent
to him; he thought it might be a good story. Barbara yells at
him that they're fakes - which he'll find out if he has them checked.
Davies tells her that he still thinks there might be something
in it. He adds, "It's nothing to do with the Helen Green
story, is it?" Gordon snaps at him that he's wasting his
time. Davies, though, says he doesn't think so. He looks at Barbara
and comments that she does seen to have a problem with husbands,
doesn't she. Gordon suddenly lashes out and punches him
on the jaw. Davies reels back but then quickly regains his composure.
He tells Gordon, "Thankyou very much - you've just given
me the story I need." He walks out triumphantly. Barbara
walks over to her husband, a look of horror on her face. Gordon
puts his arm round her.