Heather and Mike help Jeff out of the family car, outside the
O'Brien house. Heather wraps a blanket round her son to keep him
warm. Jeff walks slowly up to the gate, staring at the house and
then down at the sign on the gate: 'Beware of the Dog. Enter at
your own risk.' Mike looks at Heather and then tells Jeff that
Susie is inside. Heather adds that they were in such a rush this
morning that they forgot to let her out when they left. Next door,
Jim runs out of Beryl's house and heads down the path. He glances
across at his brother and his family and then goes straight to
his car and gets in. Outside the O'Briens', Mike gently says to
Jeff, "Come on, son."
Inside, Susie is sitting in one of the armchairs, and she watches
the arrivals as they walk into the house. Heather says, "Hello,
Susie! I hope you haven't made any puddles!" Turning to Jeff,
she tells him that she'll make him a hot drink and then he'd better
get into bed. She heads off to the kitchen. Mike suggests to Jeff
that Susie would probably like him to say 'hello'. Jeff walks
over to the puppy slowly, picks her up and starts cuddling her.
Mike assures his son that it's alright - he's home. Jeff just
murmurs, "Yeah... it's going to be alright now." He
Jim arrives at Luke's apartment, but a policeman standing outside
says he's sorry, but Jim can't go in. Jim explains that he's a
friend of Mrs. Palmer's - she's expecting him. The policemen
tells him that Senior Detective Pearce is still questioning her,
and he asks Jim to just wait inside. Inside, Detective
Pearce says to Beryl that Mr. Carlyle's father has to be contacted,
and she mentioned that he lives in Perth? Beryl replies that she
doesn't know exactly where, but she'll give him Patricia
Morrell's address; she'll know. Detective Pearce asks
her if she can think of anyone else who could help them with their
enquiries. Looking shaken, Beryl murmurs that she's sorry... it's
all been a terrible shock. Detective Pearce thanks her for her
help, adding that he may be in touch again. He gets up and walks
to the door. Jim approaches Beryl and asks her if she's OK. She
pleads, "Just take me home, please." Jim puts her arm
round her and leads her away.
A while later, Senior Detective Pearce and his colleague, Detective
White, are at Toorak. In the lounge room, Charlie stands there
as Patricia exclaims that it's a terrible shock; Luke worked
for her - they were good friends. Detective Pearce tells her that
he's sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but he wondered if
she could answer a few questions. Patricia replies that she doesn't
see how she can shed any light, but Pearce tells her
that you never know. He then asks her when she last saw
Luke Carlyle. Patricia replies that it was there at Toorak, yesterday
morning. Charlie, looking surprised, raises her eyebrows, but
no one notices, and Pearce suggests to Patricia that, if she saw
Luke only during yesterday morning, her company must have very
short working hours. Patricia explains that she'd given him the
day off. Pearce says he sees. White chips in and asks her if she
would describe her and Carlyle's business relationship as satisfactory.
Patricia retorts that, like she said, they were friends.
White then tells her that Mrs. Bartlett mentioned an argument.
Patricia glares at her friend, and Charlie shrugs apologetically.
Patricia explains to the Detectives that she and Luke had rather
a heated business discussion, but there was nothing personal there.
She then asks in irritation why they're questioning her.
Pearce ignores this, though, instead going on and asking her if
she visited Carlyle at his home last night, by any chance. Patricia
snaps that the last time she saw Luke Carlyle was at the front
door yesterday morning; as for last night, she and Charlie were
home all evening. Turning to Charlie, she adds, "Weren't
we?" Charlie, looking worried, replies, "Yes, that's
Sometime later, Patricia snaps that she thought they'd never
leave. Charlie snaps back at her that she shouldn't have made
her lie; she did go to Luke's last night. Patricia retorts
that she couldn't actually say that, and she points
out that Charlie knows she didn't actually see Luke.
Charlie, though, reminds her that she wasn't with her
the second time. She adds that Patricia did go back later, didn't
she?; she should have told the Detectives the truth.
Patricia insists that she couldn't; she's treading on
thin ice: she had the perfect motive for killing Luke.
Charlie murmurs, "Thank God the police don't know
that." Patricia replies that, with a bit of luck, the police
won't find out. She goes on that Roger is hardly
likely to tell them that his son is an embezzler; right now, they
should be more interested in talking to Mike O'Brien, now that
they know that he and Luke weren't exactly buddies. Charlie repeats
that she still thinks Patricia should have told the police the
truth. She then cries, "You didn't kill him, did
you?" and she reminds her that the police mentioned that
there were scratches on Luke's face. Patricia, looking annoyed,
snaps that, no, she didn't kill him and she doesn't know
anything about any scratches, but she's so grateful for the vote
of confidence; that's all she needs: her best friend
thinks she's a murderer.
Gordon pulls up in his car at Dural and gets out. Wayne walks
over to him hurriedly and Gordon hands him his bag. Wayne tells
him something and then both men start walking back to the house
Inside, in the hallway, Gordon angrily asks Barbara why in blazes
she got in touch with Perrin. Barbara cries that she's sorry
- she didn't think-- Gordon interrupts and snaps, "Obviously."
Barbara goes on that Liz could be anywhere; they can't
be certain that Perrin abducted her. Gordon, though, retorts that
it seems pretty certain to him from what Wayne said;
he just hopes she's alright. Barbara insists that she didn't want
this to happen - if any harm comes to the girl, she'll never forgive
herself. Gordon snaps that they'll just have to pray that Liz
is fine. He then turns to Wayne and tells him that he wants to
talk to him. He heads into the lounge room, leaving Wayne smirking
at Barbara. After a couple of seconds, he follows his father into
the lounge room, where Gordon is behind the bar, pouring himself
a drink. He explains to his son that he knows it's early, but
he needs it. Wayne says he wishes there was some other
way they could find out about Liz; having to wait round for the
police gives him the creeps. Gordon, though, snaps that
it's hard on everyone, so he should stop whinging; he's
got enough on his plate. Wayne asks if the O'Briens gave
him a rough time. Gordon replies that they didn't; they were very
reasonable, considering - although Mike refused to come and work
for them as he can't stand a bar of Karen or Wayne. Wayne
points out that he told him Mike could be touchy. Gordon,
though, retorts that Mike has every right to be touchy
after what Wayne did to his son - but they may be able to work
something out; he's got other things to worry about this morning.
Wayne queries, "Such as?" Gordon explains that Beryl
rang him at his hotel this morning: apparently, Jeff tried to
kill himself; fortunately, he didn't succeed. A look
of guilt crosses Wayne's face, and Gordon points out that it's
not pleasant, is it - and Wayne is partly to blame for the boy's
misery. Wayne insists that he didn't think he'd try that.
Gordon suggests that maybe this will teach him a lesson: stop
using people. Wayne suddenly asks if Katie is home. Gordon tells
him that Beryl said she'd been told. He bends down behind the
bar to find a drink and goes on that, apparently, Katie warned
her parents about Jeff in the first place; she nearly went out
of her mind, trying to contact them while they were all out to
dinner. He stands up again and finds Wayne has gone.
At Fiona's, Katie reluctantly lets Wayne in. He tells her that
he should have been there with her last night; it must have been
awful waiting for news about Jeff. Katie growls that she managed
- and he's going to be alright now, so it doesn't matter, does
it? Wayne tells her that he would have come if she'd 'phoned.
Katie snaps back at him that she would have dragged him away from
Karen. Wayne puts his hands on her shoulders, but Katie
pushes him away and snaps that it's over between them; doesn't
he remember? Wayne tells her that it was Karen's idea,
not his - he didn't want it that way, but he had to go
along with it. Looking surprised, Katie asks why. Wayne explains
that Karen threatened to tell Gordy something about him that would
have upset him to say the least. Katie asks what it was, but Wayne
tells her that it doesn't matter; the main thing is that he wanted
to see her - but he couldn't take the risk of Karen finding
out. Katie asks what's so different about today, then
- someone could have seen him coming there. Wayne explains that,
when Gordon told him about Jeff, he didn't stop to think - he
was too worried about her. Katie curtly suggests that,
now that he's expressed his concern, he can leave. Wayne, though,
snaps that he won't leave until she hears him out. He goes on
that he didn't want to leave her - that's the truth;
everything he said about them being together, he meant every word
- but Karen got him over a barrel and he's trying to do something
about it. Katie, calming down, tells him to go on. Wayne
continues that, if he can find out what Roger Carlyle has against
Karen, nothing can stand in their way: if Karen moves against
them, he can move against her. He
tells Katie that he wants her to come back to him - if she does,
no one will ever break them up again. Katie stares at him and
then cries, "I needed you last night." Wayne tells her
that he won't let her down again - he promises. They kiss.
The two Detectives are at the O'Brien house, sitting in the lounge
room with Mike and Heather. Detective Pearce says he wants to
go through it again: they came home from the hospital and went
straight to bed; Heather slept but Mike couldn't, and without
waking Heather, he got up and drove to Carlyle's apartment. Mike
confirms that that's right. Pearce asks him if he saw Luke. Mike
replies that he didn't - he knocked a couple of times but Luke
didn't answer so he left. Pearce asks him if he went straight
home. Mike tells him that he did. He then adds that he admits
that he was itching to have go at Luke and probably would have
knocked his block off if he'd answered the door, but somebody
must have got there before him. Pearce asks him if he saw anyone
else hanging around the apartment. Mike says he didn't.
Detective White tells him that he'll still have to come down to
the station to make a statement, and they'll need to check his
fingerprints too. Heather, looking worried, cries that surely
that's not necessary. Mike, though, assures her that it's alright
- they can't charge him for something he didn't do. He kisses
her and he and the two Detectives head off, leaving Heather looking
Patricia is standing in the hallway at Toorak, wearing her dressing
gown. She calls for Charlie, but there's no answer. However, the
front door suddenly opens and Charlie waltzes in. Patricia says
to her that she thought she'd deserted her. Charlie assures
her that of course she hasn't; Patricia had gone back to bed,
so she thought she'd go out for a while. Patricia says,
"You won't, will you?" Looking puzzled, Charlie asks
"Won't what?" Patricia replies, "Desert
me." Charlie explains that she only went to see David; she
thought he should know that Patricia is in a sticky situation
and that she needs his help. Looking surprised but grateful, Patricia
asks what he said. Charlie, though, tells her that he wasn't there
- a neighbour was throwing scraps to the chooks, though, and he
said David had gone away but he didn't know where. Patricia comments
that he can't be on a job, because his truck is still outside.
She then goes on more shakily that he could be away for ages
and they wouldn't be able to contact him; what if Roger thinks
she killed his son? - he'll stop at nothing to get to her. Charlie
quickly tells her not to be silly - Roger will wait and see if
the police arrest anyone first. Patricia, though, says "Not
Roger..." The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Patricia
goes and answers it in the lounge room. STD pips sound and Wayne
then comes on. He curtly tells Patricia that he can't wait any
longer for the information on Karen, and he asks her if she's
called Roger. Patricia retorts that, no, she hasn't. Looking annoyed,
Wayne warns her that she'd better get on to it. Patricia,
though, tells him that she can't - something has happened. Wayne
snaps that he doesn't care what's happened; she should
just think about how furious Roger is going to be when he
tells Luke the truth about him backing her - she could
lose everything. Looking furious, Patricia warns him
not to threaten her. She then goes on that Luke already knows
about his father - and as for her losing everything, he's about
two days too late: Luke's cleaned her out. Wayne, looking surprised,
mutters, "Come on..." Patricia insists that it's true.
She adds, though, that he's paid for it; in fact, he's got everything
he deserved: he's dead. She hangs up abruptly.
Charlie just stares at her, open-mouthed. At Fiona's apartment
in Sydney, Katie, looking shocked, asks Wayne if Patricia said
how Luke died. Wayne replies that she didn't, but it
sounded like she meant he was murdered. He then goes on that it's
going to be tough trying to find another way round Karen, but
they'll think of something. Katie suddenly cries. "Luke was
here last night." Wayne, looking surprised, says
he's sorry - he didn't mean to sound callous; he forgot she and
Luke were friends. Katie cries that she was awful to
him - she made him go back to Melbourne to sort things out with
Jeff and now he's dead. Wayne comforts her, saying she
can't blame herself - nobody knew something like this was going
to happen. The apartment front door suddenly opens and Fiona comes
in. She glares at Wayne and he mutters that he's just going. Fiona
growls at him, "Don't leave on my account."
Wayne turns back to Katie and asks her if she'll be OK. He adds,
"Chin up - I'll be in touch as soon as I can." He picks
up his jacket and goes. When the door shuts, Fiona says to Katie,
"So... it's all on again, is it?" Katie sniffs, "Yes."
Fiona curtly says, "I see." Changing the subject, she
goes on that she'll be making lunch in a minute. Katie, though,
says she doesn't want anything; she's just had some bad news and
she needs to be by herself for a while. Fiona looks surprised.
Patricia is standing in the lounge room at Toorak when Charlie
comes downstairs and walks into the room carrying a suitcase.
Looking surprised, Patricia exclaims that Charlie promised not
to leave her. Charlie points out that Patricia knows she has to
get back to Sydney. She adds that she thought Patricia would be
on honeymoon by now, and she has appointments and-- Patricia interrupts
and snaps that she'd hate to think she was keeping Charlie
from them. Charlie goes on that, having to lie to the police as
well... She reminds Patricia that she knows she's useless
at that sort of thing. Patricia snaps that Charlie said she'd
help her. Charlie retorts, "Not like that."
Patricia growls that Charlie thinks she killed Luke, doesn't she?
Charlie insists that of course she doesn't. She then takes a piece
of paper out of her handbag and hands it to Patricia. It's a cheque,
and she tells her to take it and promise to ring if she needs
any more. Patricia takes it but immediately screws it up and throws
it on the floor. She angrily tells Charlie that she can keep
her money - she doesn't need it. Charlie just says curtly, "Bye,
Patricia," and she picks up her case and goes, leaving Patricia
looking annoyed. After a few seconds, she looks down at the cheque
on the floor and then bends down, picks it up and unscrews it.
As she stares at it, she sighs heavily.
Heather is ironing in the lounge room at the O'Briens' when Jeff
comes out from his bedroom, wearing his dressing gown. Speaking
haltingly, he tells his mother that his clock has stopped, and
he was wondering if it's lunchtime yet. Heather replies that it's
well past it. She asks him if he's feeling better, and he agrees,
"A bit." He adds that he's starving. Heather puts her
hand to his forehead, explaining that he felt hot this morning,
but he feels OK now; she'll get him something to eat.
She goes to walk off, but then pauses, looking uncertain. After
a few seconds, she says, "Er... Jeff." Jeff looks at
her, and she goes on hesitatingly that they've had some bad news
while he's been asleep - it's going to be a shock, but she thinks
he should know: "Um... it's... I'm afraid Luke's dead..."
Jeff looks horrified. Heather goes on, "He was found... murdered...
last night." Jeff cries, "I don't believe you."
Heather says she knows it's hard, and they weren't going to tell
him for a while, but the police will want to talk to him. She
adds that it's important - he might be able to help them. She
asks him if he can handle it, and he nods slowly, still looking
shocked. Heather says she'll let them know.
Outside, Mike is walking along the street, back to the house.
As he passes Beryl's, Jim calls to him from the doorway and then
runs down the path to join him. He tells his brother that he's
been waiting for him; Heather told Beryl that he'd gone up to
the police station; how did it go? Mike replies that they put
him through the ringer. Jim comments that they didn't charge him,
obviously. Mike confirms, "No." Jim goes on that they
must think he doesn't have anything to do with the murder, then.
Mike, though, says he still thinks he's on their suspect list.
Jim points out that he didn't do it, so what is there to worry
about? Mike explains that he didn't tell them everything. Looking
surprised, Jim asks him what he's talking about. Mike conspiratorially
replies, "You know what I'm talking about..."
Before Jim can say anything, Beryl comes out of the house and
hands Mike a thermometer, explaining that she was just taking
it into Heather, as she thinks Jeff might be running a temperature.
Mike takes it and says he'll give it to her. Beryl says to him
that she hopes the police weren't too rough on him. Mike just
retorts that they were OK. Turning back to Jim, he tells him that
he'll catch up with him later, and he walks off. Beryl immediately
remarks to Jim that his brother seemed a bit tense. Jim agrees,
"Yeah..." He then adds that he's a bit wound up himself
- he might go for a stroll. Beryl tells him that she'll come with
him. Looking slightly annoyed, Jim says he'd rather be -- Beryl
interrupts him, though, and tells him that she could do with some
exercise. The two of them walk off.
A short time later, as they walk through the park, Beryl comments
that it's amazing how time flies - she remembers when the tree
they're passing was only a few feet tall; Kevin cried his eyes
out one day because she wouldn't let him climb it, and no other
tree would do! They pass a set of swings, and Beryl suggests they
sit down. They do so, and Beryl says she knows Jim wants to be
alone, but she didn't think it was wise. Jim explains that he
can't get the murder off his mind. Beryl says she knows - and
on top of finding Jeff last night... Jim comments that it hasn't
been a good week so far. Beryl thanks him for coming to Luke's
this morning, adding that it means a lot to her. Jim tells her
that he's glad. He then takes her hand. Beryl lets him and tells
him that she knows she's been keeping him at arm's length since
he told David about the baby and she's sorry. Jim tells her she
needn't be. Beryl goes on that she does understand why he did
it. Jim looks at her intently and assures her that he didn't want
to hurt her. Beryl explains that she realised this morning how
nice it was having him round when she needs him - and she's sure
Mike and Heather feel the same. Jim suddenly suggests that they
get away for the weekend; things have been rough and they could
both do with a break. Beryl, looking surprised, says it sounds
tempting, but shouldn't he be there in case Heather and Mike--?
Jim interrupts and tells her that they need time alone with Jeff;
right now, he just wants to get in his car and head for the coast.
He implores her to come with him; be a sport. Beryl explains that
she just feels she should stay around for a while. Jim tells her
that sticking around to pick up the family pieces is really getting
him down. Beryl relents and admits that, alright, they need some
time to themselves - they have their future to think
about. Jim asks her if they have a future to think about.
Beryl smiles and says, "Yes." Jim asks what they're
waiting for, then, and he stands up and says, "Come on!"
Detectives Pearce and White are at the O'Briens', and Pearce
says to Jeff that he knows how he feels, but this is very important.
He then asks him what else he can tell him about his friend's
feelings for Mrs. Morrell. Jeff mutters, "Nothing."
Pearce asks him if he was ever present when Luke and Mrs. Morrell
were discussing business matters. Jeff snaps, "No."
Pearce asks him if he's sure. Jeff pauses and then admits that
Patricia rang Luke once at home; Luke told him that she was suspicious.
Pearce asks, "About what?" Jeff says he doesn't know.
Pearce snaps at him to come on - if Carlyle said Mrs. Morrell
was suspicious about something, he would have said what of. Jeff
pauses again and then admits, "Money." Pearce asks,
"Whose?" Jeff replies, "Mrs. Morrell's." Looking
impatient, Pearce asks, "What about her money?"
Mike suddenly chips in and asks Pearce to give it a break. Pearce
ignores him, though, and, staring at Jeff, repeats, "What
about Mrs. Morrell's money?" Jeff snaps, "He
took it from her company. He embezzled it." Heather looks
at Mike in shock. Peters, looking triumphant, says, "I see."
He then asks if Mrs. Morrell found out about this yesterday. Jeff
explains that Luke told her - then he got his bags and
he left; he said he was going overseas. Pearce asks if Luke seemed
frightened. Jeff says he doesn't know - Luke was in a
hurry and he said Patricia was furious. Pearce asks if he said
anything else. Jeff mutters that he doesn't know. Pearce
suggests they leave that for a moment. He then brings up the subject
of the murder weapon and tells Jeff that it was a bottle of scotch.
He asks him if the bottle was in Carlyle's apartment when he was
taken to hospital. Jeff says he doesn't know. Mike chips in that
there was a bottle on the table when they was getting Jeff off
in the ambulance. Pearce insists that, if it was there, Jeff must
have noticed if before he lost consciousness. Jeff shakes his
head. Mike pleads with Pearce to leave it, as Jeff has had enough.
Pearce gives in and says, "Alright." He adds, though,
that he may need to talk to him again. He tells Jeff that he's
been a great help - they have plenty to go on now.
At Toorak, Patricia is in her bedroom, stuffing belongings into
a beauty bag on her dressing table. She then zips it up and picks
up her handbag and puts it over her shoulder. She walks over to
her bed and zips up a suitcase. She then hurriedly picks up the
case and her beauty bag and heads downstairs. Down in the hallway,
she puts the bags down and then heads to the 'phone. She picks
up the receiver and starts dialling, but before the 'phone at
the other end rings, there's a knock at the door. She turns to
look at it and hangs up. She approaches the door, but before she
can answer it, there's more furious knocking. Patricia, looking
wary, calls, "Who is it?" Detective Pearce calls back
that it's the police. Patricia, looking relieved, opens the door.
Pearce and White are standing there, and Peters, looking at the
cases, says, "Hello, Mrs. Morrell. Going somewhere, were
you?" Patricia explains that she feels like she needs a break
from business; Luke's death has been a real shock for her; she's
just about to call a cab, actually. Pearce retorts that he's sorry
to change her plans, but a holiday is out of the question at the
moment. Patricia says she doesn't understand. Pearce explains,
"You're under arrest for the murder of Luke Carlyle."
Patricia stares at him in shock.