Patricia is sitting in a room at the police station with her
solicitor, Mr. Burns. He tells her that the evidence the police
had when they picked her up was very circumstantial; now
he'd say they're facing an uphill battle: they arrested her on
motive alone - because Carlyle ruined her financially; that, by
itself... there was no way they could prove it; but then, when
the forensics guys found traces of skin under her fingernails,
it meant she'd lied about staying home that night and it proved
she did get into a fight with him; it makes it tough. Patricia,
looking annoyed, angrily asks whose side he's on - he's supposed
to be defending her, not prosecuting her. Mr. Burns explains
that he's trying to get to the truth. Patricia snaps
that the truth is that she didn't do it; she's not the sort of
woman who runs around hitting people over the head with a bottle
of scotch. Mr. Burns asks her if she realises her friend, Mrs.
Bartlett, will have no choice now but to testify against her.
Patricia snaps, "Cheer me up, why don't you?" Mr. Burns
tells her that, if she's not happy, she can't always find herself
another solicitor. Patricia, calming down, says she's
sorry - it just seems so unfair: she's innocent; she didn't kill
Luke Carlyle. Mr. Burns says he accepts that, but she must put
him completely in the picture; the way it stands at the moment,
it'll look very cut and dried to the jury; they've got to come
up with something - anything - to throw reasonable doubt on the
prosecution's evidence. Patricia says she understands. She then
asks Burns if he can do something for her. Mr. Burns points out
that she's hired his services; he'll do anything possible. Patricia
explains that this is personal: she'd like him to contact
a friend of hers - his name is David Palmer. The solicitor asks
her if she has a 'phone number. Patricia, though, explains that
he's not on the 'phone - he'll have to drive up to see
him. Mr. Burns hands her a sheet of paper and tells her to write
down the address. He asks if Mr. Palmer will be able to help
them. Patricia replies that he won't, but he is a very
close friend. She goes on that she's surprised he hasn't been
in touch - but obviously he hasn't heard about this.
She hands back the piece of paper and tells Burns that David wasn't
there this morning, but he should be there by now. Mr. Burns stands
up and goes to head to the door. He pauses, turns back to Patricia
and asks, "Any message?" Patricia replies that there
isn't; just tell David what happened - she's sure he'll realise
that there's been a terrible mistake; she can always rely on him
when she really needs him and, God, she needs him now...
Mr. Burns knocks on the door to be let out.
Jill walks into the lounge room at the Fisher house, carrying
some files. Looking disappointed, she says to Karen that she was
hoping she'd still be on the 'phone to Mr. Carlyle, as she wanted
to let him know how sorry she is about Luke; you hear about these
things all the time, but when it happens to someone you know...
she just can't believe it; why would someone murder him?
Karen comments that whoever it is had better watch out - Roger
Carlyle is beside himself; he's upset and angry - and most of
that is directed at her. Looking surprised, Jill asks
why. Karen explains that Roger has got it into his head that she's
the one who told Luke about his deal with Patricia; hopefully
she convinced him that it wasn't her, because he's not a man to
cross. Changing the subject, Jill asks Karen if she can sign the
papers she's holding so that she can send them off. Karen takes
them. Wayne comes into the room and Jill asks him if he's heard
about Luke. Wayne tells her, "Yeah." Jill goes on that
she just can't believe it. She then leaves the room. Karen immediately
asks Wayne if he remembers when Luke 'phoned and told her that
he wanted to sell out on Patricia, and he convinced her
that it was all a con. Wayne says, "Yeah." Karen goes
on, tautly, that it wasn't: Patricia is finished:
Luke embezzled every cent a couple of days ago, and because she
was stupid enough to listen to him, she didn't
get any of it. Wayne, looking as if he couldn't care
less, says he's sure she'll think of some other moneymaking
scheme. Karen retorts that she'd better; she needs to get her
hands on some capital fast.
That evening, Karen is at the Morrell apartment, flicking through
a slushy romance novel, and she asks Amanda if that's why dinner
is late. Amanda smiles and explains that she couldn't put it down!
Karen asks if they ended up happy ever after. Amanda laughs, "Of
course!" Mitch, who's also there, chips in that he wouldn't
have bought it for her if it didn't have a happy ending. Karen
comments that it's good to see her taking it easy. She then tells
her to just think: when all her money comes through, she'll be
able to hire a housekeeper - she won't have to do anything
round the house! Amanda, though, replies, "Not me!"
She adds that she couldn't bear to have someone living under her
feet like that. Quickly realising that she may have put her foot
in it, she adds that it's different for Karen: running a business,
you need someone like Mrs. Atkins around. Mitch tells
Karen that he has a lot of time for women like her who get in
there and make it on their own; why shouldn't they have
someone to do the domestic stuff? - they might earn a lot of money,
but they need a break somewhere along the line. Amanda says it's
lucky for her that Karen and Nat are so well off, otherwise
she'd feel dreadful about Todd changing his will. Karen turns
to Mitch and, smiling, tells him that Amanda really means
that: when she heard that Todd had left her all his money, she
said there was no way she would have accepted it if she hadn't
been having Todd's baby. Amanda adds that, otherwise, the money
would have gone to her and Nat. Karen agrees that it would have
- but, as Amanda says, Todd's baby is the one entitled to the
money, and that's exactly where it should go...
In Fiona's apartment at the boarding house, Fiona says to Irene
and Katie that she'll go and serve up dinner, as they must be
starving. Irene tells her that she's right! Fiona gets up and
goes. Irene turns to Katie and muses that, knowing Fiona, she's
probably cooked enough to serve an army! Changing the subject,
she then tells Katie that they were all very upset about Luke's
shocking death. Katie says she knows. She then goes on that it's
going to make things really hard for Wayne and her now. Irene,
looking surprised, comments that she thought that was all over.
Katie replies that it was, but they've talked since then;
it was never Wayne's decision to break up - Karen made sure he
didn't have a choice. Looking intrigued, Irene asks,
"Why?" Katie explains that she has some sort of hold
over him; she was thinking of contacting Luke's dad to
see if he could help. Irene, looking surprised, asks what Roger
Carlyle has got to do with it. Katie replies, "A lot - believe
me." She adds that he might say 'no', but the more she thinks
about it, the more she wonders if it isn't worth a try...
Mr. Burns is back at the police station, and Patricia says, "You
didn't see David?" Mr. Burns tells her that, no, he didn't
- but he did manage to contact a friend of his, Jack Lawson: according
to him, Mr. Palmer is in Sydney. Patricia asks when he'll
be back. Mr. Burns tells her that that's not all that clear -
apparently, David is visiting a friend by the name of Irene. A
look of fury suddenly crosses Patricia's face, and Mr. Burns asks
her if she knows this Irene. Patricia just retorts, "I
know her." Mr. Burns tells her that, if she gives him Irene's
address, he'll make contact with Mr. Palmer through her. Patricia,
though, snaps that that won't be necessary. Looking surprised,
Mr. Burns says he thought she was anxious to contact
Mr. Palmer. Patricia retorts that she's changed her mind; it's
obvious that Mr. Palmer is having a holiday with Irene,
and she wouldn't want to spoil that. Mr. Burns points
out that, if he's a friend... Patricia snaps, "I
don't want him here, Mr. Burns." Mr. Burns tells
her that she's facing a very serious situation and she'll need
every friend she's got to get through it. Patricia, looking annoyed
and frustrated, snaps that she's faced lots of serious
situations - usually on her own - and this won't be any exception.
The next morning, there's a knock on the door of Fiona's apartment.
Fiona, looking weary, comes out of her bedroom, wearing her dressing
gown, and goes and opens the door. She finds Irene standing there,
and she asks her if she knows it's 7am. Irene assures her that
she did manage to work that out! She then goes on that she's sorry,
but something has come up and she has to go out; she might be
out for most of the day. She asks Fiona if she could show number
8 to anyone who answers the ad in the paper, and Fiona says she
will. She then asks if there's anything wrong. Irene replies,
"Only that I'm late." She thanks Fiona again, and Fiona,
looking tired, tells her not to mention it.
Jill carries Fee into the lounge room at the Fisher house, and
she tells Karen that they won't be long at the shops. She asks
Karen if there's anything she wants, but Karen gleefully replies
that she's got what she wants. Indicating the
newspaper in front of her, she asks Jill if she's seen the story
about Patricia. Jill says she has, but she doesn't believe it.
Karen insists that of course Patricia did it: Luke ripped
her off and she-- Jill interrupts and retorts that Patricia plays
rough, but she's no murderer. Karen ignores this and
says she hopes they throw the book at her; Patricia can rot in
jail for all she cares. Giving up, Jill tells her that
she'll see her when she gets back. She goes to head out, but there's
suddenly a knock at the front door. Karen says it'll probably
be Andy, and she asks Jill to let him in. As Jill does so, Karen
folds up the newspaper. Andy then walks in and Karen says, "Hello."
Andy tells her that he thinks he's brought everything she wanted.
He puts down a suitcase and a large sunhat on the table. Karen
tells him that she thought it might help Amanda if she went through
Todd's things. She adds that most of it can go to charity. She
opens the case and takes out some clothes - including a very bright
Hawaiian shirt. She remarks that it's a bit bright for Todd, isn't
it? Andy explains that he and Amanda got a whole load of stuff
for a trip they were about to make to the Barrier Reef. Karen,
looking thoughtful, says, "I see..." Andy picks up the
big sunhat and explains that that was for the trip too. He then
adds that he'll take off if that's all. Karen thanks him, and
says she's sure she'll find someone to make good use of the clothes.
Andy goes. Karen stands there with a sly look on her face...
David is sitting at a picnic table by a lake, throwing pebbles
into the water. Irene walks up to him and tells him that it's
good to see him. David thanks her for coming and adds that he's
sorry it was such short notice. Irene asks him why he didn't come
to the boarding house last night. David explains that he was running
late; he thought it would be easier to book into a motel and give
her a ring this morning. Irene comments that he didn't feel like
doing a lot of explaining to people, right? David replies that
he knows Fiona would be feeling sorry for him and she'd probably
ask a lot of questions that he doesn't want to answer; right now,
he needs to be with a good mate. Irene asks him what he wants
to do, then. David tells her that he's easy. Irene suggests that
he can buy her a cup of coffee, as she missed out so that she
wouldn't be late getting there. David comments that she's glad
the marriage didn't come off, isn't she? Irene, though, tells
him that she's not glad about anything that makes him
unhappy. She then goes on that they'll get a coffee and sort out
a really good day together.
Jill, Fee, Fiona and Katie are sitting in Fiona's apartment,
having something to eat, and Fiona is saying that she never thought
the day would come when she agrees with Karen Fox, but they all
know Patricia is capable of just about anything; not that she'd
plan to kill Luke, but when she realised what he was
doing to the company... Katie comments that it's still so hard
to believe. Jill distantly agrees, "Yeah..." She then
goes on that she knows Luke's father is rather a tough nut when
it comes to business, but this is going to take some getting over;
Karen said he sounded like he was in a terrible state
when she spoke to him. Looking surprised, Fiona asks how come
Karen spoke to him. Jill explains that, as far as she
can work out, he seems to think Karen was the one who let the
cat out of the bag and told Luke that he was backing Patricia's
company. Fiona sourly comments, "That lot... it never ceases
to amaze me, all their wheeling and dealing..." Jill agrees,
"Me too." She then adds that, still, she'd hate to be
in Karen's shoes if she did spill the beans to Luke.
Changing the subject, Katie stands up and says she'll clear the
dishes. Fiona, though, insists that she'll do that. Katie
points out that she wanted to get to the supermarket, and Fiona
recalls that of course she did. She asks Katie if she sure she
doesn't mind, and Katie assures her that she doesn't. Fiona looks
at Jill and asks, "What about Fee?" Katie offers to
take care of her, but Jill tells her that it's alright - she gets
a buzz out of the shopping trolley! Fiona takes Fee, saying to
Jill as she does so to remind her to get some more sugar. She
then turns to Katie and tells her that if anybody comes about
number 8... Katie assures her that she'll manage! Fiona, Jill
and Fee go. As soon as the door shuts. Katie walks over to the
'phone, picks up the 'phone index next to it and looks up a number.
She then picks up the 'phone and dials. The 'phone at the other
end rings and a woman answers, "Carlyle residence."
Katie says she'd like to speak to Mr. Carlyle. The woman, though,
tells her that he isn't taking any calls at the moment. Katie
asks her to tell him that it's Katie O'Brien. The woman says she's
sorry, but he left strict instructions. Katie asks her to please
tell him that it's Katie O'Brien and that she has some information
for him about his son, Luke, and Karen Fox. The woman tells her
to hold the line.
At the Fisher house, Karen tells Mitch that she thinks Amanda
should get out and about over the weekend, so he can use the car
as often as he likes. She hands Mitch the keys and he thanks her,
adding that he reckons she's right. Karen then warns him to just
not overdo the exercise part of it, as Amanda is meant to take
it easy. Mitch assures her that he'll watch it. Karen
comments that it's a lovely day, so he could take Amanda to the
beach. Mitch says, "OK," but he adds that he'll have
to duck into a shop and pick up a couple of things to wear. Karen,
though, tells him that it's OK - she might be able to
help him there. She then takes out Todd's Hawaiian shirt and the
large sunhat and tells Mitch that they're a bit wild, but they
should fit. Mitch thanks her. Karen then suggests that he ring
Amanda, tell her that he's got the car and that he's taking her
to the beach, and he can get changed there. Mitch agrees
that that's a good idea. Karen tells him that she thought
so. She looks very pleased with herself...
Irene and David are sitting in David's car. The radio is on,
with the newsreader reporting the latest stories in the background.
Irene laughs as she comments that David's idea of a healthy breakfast
is hamburgers and a takeaway coffee! David assures her that they
taste mighty good when you've been driving all night. Irene asks
him how long he reckons he'll stay, and he replies that it'll
be a few days; he needs to give himself space to breathe and stop
thinking about things. Irene laughs and assures him that she won't
give him time! David tells her that he feels better all
ready. He suddenly notices that she's got sauce on her nose, and
Irene laughs happily as she wipes it away. David asks her if she
wants him to get rid of her rubbish. He takes it and gets out
of the car. As she sits there on her own, Irene looks surprised
as the newsreader suddenly says, "There's been a new development
in the murder of young Melbourne businessman, Luke Carlyle. His
former employer, Mrs. Patricia Morrell, has been charged with
the murder. She'll appear before the magistrate on Monday when
she'll be formally charged. Her solicitor said no statement would
be issued at this time--" Irene suddenly notices David returning
to the car, and she quickly turns the radio off, looking slightly
guilty. He gets back in and asks if the news is over. Irene awkwardly
tells him that it is. She then asks him if he feels like a stroll.
David asks, "Why not?" adding that it's a good day for
Katie is at the Fisher house, and as Karen escorts her into the
lounge room, she curtly tells her to get on with whatever it is
she wants, as she's a busy person. Katie assures her that it won't
take long: she just wanted Karen to know that she and Wayne are
back together; she knows all about the stunt that Karen pulled
to break them up, but from now on, they're going to see as much
of each other as they like - and if Karen knows what's good for
her, she'll stay out of the way. Looking bemused, Karen asks Katie
if she's threatening her, adding sarcastically, "I'm
terrified!" Katie hands her some sheets of paper and suggests
that she might like to check them to see if she's got her facts
straight. Karen starts reading the notes on the paper and her
face drops. She angrily asks Katie where she got that information.
Katie retorts that it came from Roger Carlyle - she told him that
she understands that it was Karen who told Luke about
his partnership with Patricia. Karen snaps that that's not true.
Katie retorts that all that information about her is,
isn't it?: the rotten business deals... the affairs...
She tells Karen that Roger was pleased to give her the
dirt when she promised him that she could pay Karen back for giving
that information to Luke - so unless Karen agrees to do exactly
as she tells her, she'll make sure it goes public. Karen looks
The 'phone rings at Dural and Wayne answers the set on the bar
in the lounge room. Karen comes on and says it's her: she just
wanted to say sorry about yesterday - she can't blame him for
thinking that Luke was out to con her; she thought that herself
initially. Looking surprised, Wayne comments that it's unlike
her to apologise for anything. As Katie stands there
watching and listening, Karen tells him that she just doesn't
want him to end up hating her; she's surprised he doesn't already,
after the way she interfered between him and Katie. Looking very
suspicious, Wayne asks her what she's up to. Karen tells him she's
not up to anything - she's just come to the realisation
that there's no future in trying to tell him who to see or how
to live his life; believe her, if there's one thing she does know,
it's when to back off, and that's exactly what she's doing. Wayne
says he'd like to believe her... Karen tells him that
she can prove it: if he and Katie want to be together, they'll
get no interference from her. Wayne, still looking dubious,
tells her that if she really feels that way, it would make working
together a lot easier. Karen says, "Of course. So friends?"
Wayne agrees, "Friends." Karen tells him that she'll
talk to him later and she hangs up. She then turns to Katie and
angrily asks her if she's satisfied. Katie retorts, "Just
as long as you keep your word." She adds that Wayne is to
know nothing about the deal they've made. Karen comments that
he wouldn't be too impressed to find out that his innocent little
girlfriend is blackmailing her so that she can hang on to him.
Katie points out that she didn't give her any choice.
Karen snaps that Wayne is in for a big shock when he finds out
what she's really like. Katie, though, points out that she
won't be telling him, will she? Karen says she won't;
she'll be doing important things like convincing Roger
Carlyle that Katie was lying - because if he believed that she
was the one that told Luke, he'll stop at nothing to get even.
Katie tells her that that's her problem. She adds that
Karen must remember that she can publish that information about
her any time she likes. She walks off, leaving Karen looking furious.
She sits down and starts dialling a number on the 'phone.
There's a knock on the front door of the Morrell apartment. Amanda,
who's wearing her dressing gown, calls out to ask if that's Mitch.
Mitch calls back that it is. Amanda tells him to come in; she's
just getting changed. She heads into her bedroom as the door opens
and Mitch walks in wearing Todd's clothes. He calls to her that
it's good of Karen to let them have her car. Amanda calls back,
"Yeah." Mitch tells her to wait 'til she sees his beach
gear - it'll really knock her out!
Wayne is at Fiona's apartment with Katie, and he tells her that
that's what Karen said: they can see each other as much as they
want to; she's backing right off. Katie, smiling happily, exclaims
that that's terrific! Wayne comments that it's not like Karen
- she doesn't usually give in this easily; maybe she's up to something?
Katie, though, tells him to forget Karen and concentrate
on them. Wayne ignores this, going on that it could be
that Karen has got bigger things to worry about: Roger
Carlyle probably thinks it was her that filled Luke in about him
and Patricia being in partnership - and that would really
have her worried. Katie, changing the subject, comments that things
have been pretty bad for them in the last couple of weeks; they
should make a new start and forget everything that has happened.
Wayne says it sounds like a good idea to him: since he
met her, he feels like his whole life has changed; it feels good.
Katie tells him that that's she feels life is going to be good
for both of them. They start kissing.
David and Irene are sitting by the lake and, seeing the expression
on Irene's face, David asks if anything is wrong. Irene tells
him that she must have eaten too much breakfast. David laughs
disbelievingly, and Irene remarks that she never could
put one over him! She goes on, "I'm having an attack of conscience."
David asks, "What about?" Irene tells him that she knows
he came up there so that he could forget his problems, so she
decided not to tell him. David asks what she's talking about.
Irene reluctantly explains that there was a report on the radio
while he was getting rid of the rubbish: Patricia has been charged
with Luke Carlyle's murder - it appears that she goes up before
the magistrate on Monday. Looking shocked, David immediately says
he'd better get back to Melbourne. Irene glumly says she expected
that. David asks, "Why Pat? She wouldn't--" He breaks
off and then says, "She needs me, Irene." Irene just
At the police station, Mr. Burns tells Patricia that it's the
usual procedure: she'll be held in custody until she goes before
the magistrate on Monday; she'll be formally charged and then
he'll set bail. Patricia asks him if he's any idea how much it
will be. Mr. Burns replies that it'll probably be in the vicinity
of $2,000, and he asks her if she knows anyone who'll be guarantor.
Patricia tells him that Charlie would if she asked her, but she
doesn't intend to, after the way she let her down. Mr. Burns suggests
that perhaps she'd like to change her mind about Mr. Palmer; he
could try to contact him. Patricia, though, retorts, "Under
no circumstances. Is that clear?" Mr. Burns tells her that
she needs a guarantor, and he asks if there isn't anybody.
Patricia retorts that it's not important because she doesn't want
to be released - not until she's proven innocent. Mr. Burns tells
her that she'll be held on remand; it won't be very pleasant.
Patricia says she's sure she'll hate every minute of it, but at
least she'll be safe. Mr. Burns asks if someone has threatened
her. Patricia explains that Luke Carlyle was an only son and she
knows his father, Roger, only too well: if he thinks she killed
Luke, he'll want revenge - and Roger Carlyle is from the old
school - an eye for an eye - so she'll be much safer
At the Morrell apartment, Mitch is sitting in an armchair and
he calls to Amanda to ask if she's going to take all day in there.
Amanda calls back that she's nearly ready. Mitch puts on his sunglasses.
Amanda comes into the room and Mitch laughs that he should have
warned her to put on her sunglasses! As Amanda stands
there, staring at him wearing Todd's clothes, he asks what's up.
He then asks if it's the hat, adding that he doesn't have
to wear it - he just thought it would give her a giggle. Amanda,
her eyes flaming, angrily asks if that's smart prison humour -
because if it is, it's pretty disgusting; but then he is,
isn't he: sick and disgusting. Mitch, looking surprised,
says, "Amanda, I'm not--" Amanda interrupts and yells
at him to shut up. She goes on that all the time he's been pretending
how happy he is that she's having Todd's baby, but he didn't mean
it; he's mad as hell and this is his way of showing-- Mitch interrupts
her and snaps that he reckons she's said enough.
Amanda yells at him to get out and stay out; she never wants to
see him again. Mitch, though, snaps that he's not going anywhere
- he's staying right there because it isn't Todd's baby, it's
his; she's not going to turn her back on him again; it's
about time she faced up to some facts. Amanda slaps her hands
over her ears to block out the tirade, but Mitch grabs them to
try and pull them away and growls, "That's my kid
you're having, you hear me? Mine." Amanda begins
to break down in tears...