In the lounge room at the Fisher house, Karen is sitting listening
to Wagner's The Ride of the Valkyries through headphones.
The music is turned up to full volume, and when Jill walks into
the room, she can hear it. As Karen takes the headphones off,
Jill comments that she can't be doing her eardrums much good.
Karen explains that it helps her to think - and she needs all
the help she can get. Jill asks what the problem is now.
Karen replies that it's the same basic problem: the company
is in a mess and it seems to be getting worse. Looking worried,
Jill says hesitatingly, "Karen..." She then goes on
that she doesn't want to be negative, but she does have Fee to
think about, and if she's going to be out of a job on Monday,
she'd like to know. Karen muses, "So much for my promise
that you don't have to worry about your job..." She then
adds, though, that she hasn't given up yet - she's still got a
last resort up her sleeve - but it really is a last resort
- but she doesn't suppose she can put it off much longer. Jill
tells her that she'll leave her to it. Karen, though, suddenly
appears to think of something, and she suggests that maybe there
is another way. She tells Jill that she's going out,
and she may come back with some good news.
Barbara runs downstairs at Dural as someone knocks on the front
door. She looks annoyed as she opens it to find Karen standing
there. Karen asks if Gordon is at home, as she'd like to talk
to him. Barbara snaps that it's eight o'clock on a Saturday night.
Karen, though, insists that it's urgent. Barbara snaps at her
that Gordon hasn't got much time for her these days. Karen tells
her that it won't take long, and so Barbara knocks on the study
door and calls out that Karen is there to see him. She then runs
off upstairs. Gordon comes out of the study and curtly asks Karen
what she wants. Karen remarks that she gets the feeling she's
come at a bad time. Gordon tells her that she has. Karen
asks if they can sit and talk. Gordon indicates the lounge room
and they head in there. As they do so, Karen explains that she's
come about the position the company is in - it's reached the critical
stage and she thinks they should look at selling off some assets.
Gordon asks, "What assets?" Karen replies,
"Woombai." Gordon immediately retorts, "Not a chance."
Karen tells him that the alternative is to see the company go
under; is that what he wants? She goes on that they just need
a short-term cash injection and the company will be healthier
than ever; he can buy half a dozen Woombais. Gordon snaps that
he's happy with the one he's got. He then points out
that she got them into this mess, so she
can get them out, but he's not selling Woombai. Making
it clear that the conversation if over, he adds that he's got
work to do and, from what he hears, so has she. Karen,
looking annoyed, snaps at him not to say she didn't give him the
chance, and she storms out. Barbara comes back downstairs, wearing
a coat, and Gordon asks her if she's going out. Barbara replies
that she is - she'll be at Amanda's: Irene is going to be there
and she feels like the company. She tells him not to wait up,
as she doesn't know what time she'll be home. She storms out,
slamming the door shut behind her.
A while later, at the Morrell apartment, Barbara is sitting with
Irene on the couch, and she tells her that she always thought
the thing that hurt her most about Roland was the way he lied
to her, but she almost wishes Gordon hadn't been so honest.
Andy suddenly comes out of his bedroom and announces that he'd
better make a move or he'll be late. He asks the two women if
they're sure they don't mind, and Irene quips, "Mind? When
the hostess falls asleep over dinner and has to be sent off to
bed and the host accepts a last-minute job, leaving me
to do the dishes and...!" She breaks off and Andy comments
that he thought she and Barbara would jump at the chance
to have a good rap together. Irene assures him that they're fine,
so he can get out of there! Andy thanks her for talking to Amanda
about the research foundations. Irene points out that they haven't
decided who gets the money yet, but Andy tells her that there's
plenty of time for that. He goes, and Irene offers Barbara more
coffee. She declines. Irene then says it seems to her that, if
Gordon told Barbara that he's not going to let this interfere
with their marriage, she should take him at his word; give him
a chance to show he means it. Barbara, though, says she
wishes it was that easy; maybe she could cope if it was
just some casual sort of affair, but he loves the girl,
and if she stands in his way, sooner or later he's going to end
up hurting her. Irene tells her that she's not standing in anybody's
way; all she's done is forced the issue to the point where he
has to choose between her and Liz - and he'll choose her.
Barbara, though, sadly says, "Only because it's the right
thing to do, not because it's what he really wants." Irene
points out that she doesn't know that. Barbara, though,
tells her that, if she could have seen the way Gordon looked when
he thought Liz was dead... She adds that, God, she's so ashamed
of feeling jealous, but she just can't help it. Irene
tells her not to be ashamed, and she asks her how she expects
to feel. She then adds that whatever Barbara thinks Liz has going
for her, she's married to Gordon. Barbara comments that
that hasn't bothered Liz up to now. Irene goes on that
she means that Barbara can be closer to Gordon in so many ways
that Liz can't, so she should use that: go home and make
him realise that he loves her more than he does Liz;
isn't he worth putting up a fight for? Barbara sobs that of course
he's worth it - she loves him; she'd rather be dead
than lose him... She sniffs and then tells Irene that
she's right: of course he's worth fighting for.
At Dural, Gordon comes downstairs as Barbara comes in the front
door. She comments that it's late; he should be in bed. Gordon,
though, explains that he had something to do. Barbara suggests
that they go upstairs, as it's been a long day. Gordon, though,
bluntly tells her that he's moved his things into one of the guest
rooms; he wanted to make it all easier for her. Looking shocked,
Barbara says, "I see." Gordon goes on that there's no
point putting more of a strain on themselves than they have to;
he thinks it's best. Barbara says, "If that's what you want."
Gordon tells her that it's not what he wants - all this
came out of nowhere and he's caught up in it... He then admits
that he's starting to understand what it was like for Andy and
Lynn. Barbara comments that at least they had the decency not
to rub Kevin's nose in it. Gordon asks her if she'd rather he
lied to her. Barbara says she wouldn't, and she explains
that she meant that Kevin was overseas; he wasn't living in the
same house with Andy. Gordon asks her if she wants him
to move out. Barbara tells him that she doesn't - it's his house...
it's up to him... She heads into the lounge room, leaving Gordon
standing in the hallway, looking worried.
Lights are switched on at David's country house, and he and Patricia
walk in. As she regards the rundown state of the kitchen, Patricia
cries, "My God..." David asks, "What?" Patricia
quickly says it's nothing. She then goes on that at least no one
would think of looking for her there; even she
wouldn't. David tells her that he hasn't fixed the bathroom yet,
but the kitchen tap is working. Patricia sarcastically retorts
that, oh good, as least they'll have some cold water. She then
asks him if he's done anything about a wardrobe yet, but David
replies that what's there is what there is. Patricia curtly says,
"I see." David lays down a sleeping bag on the floor
and tells her that they'll hit the sack as soon as they can, as
they'll be up at first light. He points to the kitchen window
and explains that it faces due east, so the sun will be hammering
in there at the crack of dawn. Patricia picks up her coat and
hangs it over the window. David, though, tells her that getting
up early wouldn't do her any harm for once. Patricia says she
knows, but she needs some sleep; she hasn't been getting a great
deal lately. The coat suddenly falls down, and Patricia, looking
annoyed, asks in frustration how they can live in the
place. David retorts that she doesn't have to if she doesn't want
to; he only came back to help her because of what he promised
Margaret; as far as anything else is concerned between them, she
finished that when she walked out on him, so if she wants to go,
say so and they'll go now; he doesn't care one way or another.
Patricia cries that she can't go back - Roger Carlyle's
men are probably waiting for her - and anyway, she can't afford
the rent. David snaps at her to shut her whinging, then, and he
thankful that she's got a roof over her head. He storms off. Patricia
yells after him that she's not whinging.
Early the next morning, David wakes up on the kitchen floor to
find Patricia already up and about. She's trying to light the
stove, but it refuses to comply, and she snaps at it to come on.
David gets up and comments that he thought she'd be sleeping in.
He then takes over trying to light the stove as Patricia explains
that she laid awake most of the night wondering what Luke Carlyle
had done with her money. David growls that he should have guessed.
Patricia goes on that if only there was some way of finding out
what overseas bank account he transferred it to... David points
out that, if he did transfer it, it would still be in
his name, so she couldn't touch it. Patricia, though, tells him
that she could if she could prove it was stolen. David suggests
that there's no point worrying - there's nothing she can do about
it at the moment. Patricia suddenly asks what's for breakfast,
as she couldn't find anything there in the kitchen. David smiles
and tells her not to give up - she's just not looking in the right
A few minutes later, Patricia is outside, standing by the chicken
coop, and she looks in at the chickens running around and sighs.
She opens the gate to the coop and goes in, closing it behind
her. She bends down by one chicken, which is roosting on top of
a box, and says, "Come on, chook!" She gives it a shove,
but it doesn't move! She then stands up again, carefully lifts
up one side of the animal, reaches in and manages to pull out
an egg. Looking triumphant, she pats the chicken and turns to
go. As she opens the gate, she suddenly notices a strange man
standing there, watching her. Looking terrified, she runs off,
Inside, a few minutes later, David laughs as he cooks scrambled
eggs. Patricia, though, indignantly tells him to stop snickering,
as it's not funny. David tells her that that guy didn't think
so, either - especially when she tried to brain him with the hose!
Patricia asks how she was supposed to know he was a neighbour
- sneaking up on her like that... David explains that the guy
thought she was stealing eggs; he didn't know who she was. Patricia
points out that he could have asked her. David suggests that she
could have asked him. Patricia, though, asks how, as
he doesn't talk, he grunts; what was she supposed to say? - 'Have
you been sent by Roger Carlyle to kill me?!' David tells her that
she's worrying over nothing - and even if Roger did send some
people after her, they'll go to the house, find she's not there
and that will be it; there's nothing else they could do. Patricia
cries that they'll keep looking, but David tells her to let
them - they're not going to find her there.
Mike is standing by the front gate at the O'Briens' when two
men come along. The first one says, "Mr. O'Brien?" Mike
says he is. The man shows him a card and explains that they're
from Carbridge and Dion; their services have been retained by
Mrs. Bartlett to represent Mrs. Patricia Morrell in court. Looking
surprised, Mike says, "Yeah?" The second man tells him
that Mrs. Bartlett wants Mrs. Morrell to have the best legal representation
available; unfortunately, Mrs. Morrell doesn't seem to be at home,
and they thought he might be able to help them contact her. Mike,
though, says he's sorry but he thinks he'll be the last
person she keeps in touch with. The second man asks him if he'll
let them know if she gets in touch. Mike replies that he's sure
she won't, but if she does, he'll contact them. He heads back
inside. The two man glance at each other, suspiciously.
David is showing Patricia around the country house. There's mess
everywhere and the place is very dingy. He explains that he's
managed to do a fair bit by himself, but he's at the stage now
where he'll need a carpenter. He adds that that will cost a bit,
but at least he'll know the job's done properly; he should
be able to get a loan without too much trouble. Patricia suddenly
suggests that, if he's looking for a carpenter, why not Mike O'Brien?
David, looking thoughtful, says he supposes it's an idea - he's
always happier working with someone he knows - but would
Mike be interested? Patricia points out that he needs a job -
he must be a bit short of money at the moment - and he's a builder.
David says he'll have to go and see him. Patricia suggests that
he does it today, and maybe Mike can come up and look the place
over. David says he doesn't think it's that urgent. Patricia,
though, explains that she feels as if she has a lot to make up
to Mike; if she can help him get a job - even a short-term one
- she'd feel a lot better about it. She adds that it means a lot
to her - and if he did come up today, maybe he could bring Jeff
with him; it might help take his mind off that awful business
with Luke. She tells David that she thinks Mike would jump
at it. David comments that if it's that important to her... Patricia
looks pleased with herself...
Heather and Mike are sitting at the living room table at the
O'Briens'. Heather is looking at the paper, and she tells Mike
that Luke's funeral notice is in there. She goes on that the funeral
is going to be private; she had a feeling that that's
how Roger would have it. Mike growls that that's how he always
wanted it - no one was going to get between him and his son. Heather
says it's a good job that it is private; if it wasn't,
Jeff would have insisted on going, and it would only upset him
even more. Mike says she'd better go and tell him. He stands up.
Jeff is watching television in the lounge room when Mike comes
in. He tells his son that Luke's funeral notice is in the paper
- he's afraid Roger Carlyle wants to keep it private. Jeff asks
if that means he can't go. Mike replies that he knows he wanted
to, but if Roger doesn't want anyone there, there's not much they
can do about it. Jeff reluctantly says he supposes so. He then
adds quietly that he doesn't mind. Mike asks him if he's sure.
Jeff murmurs, "Yeah." He turns the TV off and walks
off. There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Heather answers
it to find David standing there. Looking surprised, she tells
him that it's good to see him, and she invites him in. He and
Mike shake hands and Mike tells him to take a seat. Heather offers
him a cup of coffee, but he declines, explaining that he's just
had breakfast. He then goes on that this isn't important or anything,
but he was just wondering if Mike still did the odd bit of carpentry.
Mike replies that he hasn't for a couple of years, and he asks,
"Why?" David explains that he's bought this old house
to do up: he can do a lot of the work himself, but he has to hire
a pro from somewhere to get a start on it. He asks Mike if there's
any chance that he'd be interested. Looking dubious,
Mike says he doesn't know - to be honest, ever since he went bust
in Perth, he's tended to shy away from the building game. David
assures him that he didn't mean he has to start up another company;
it's a backyard job - a week or two at the most. He adds that
he thought it might work out well for both of them; Mike
can come up today and check the place out if he likes. Heather
suggests to her husband that it would be a way to fill
in a bit of spare time. Mike says he can't see any reason why
not. David tells him that it would make Pat feel a lot
better, too - she feels pretty bad about the way things are between
him and her. Suddenly looking suspicious, Mike asks sharply what
she's got to do with it. David explains that she's the
one that suggested him; she's trying to do something to help him
out - though really he'd be doing him a favour. He asks
Mike if he wants the job or not. Mike, still looking
wary, says he doesn't know - if Patricia is staying at the house,
he'll be running into her more than he'd like. David assures him
that he reckons he'll be able to keep her out of the way. He then
adds that Mike could bring young Jeff along as an offsider - a
bit of fresh air and sunshine won't do either of them
any harm. Heather laughs that it certainly won't! Mike accepts
the offer, and he and David shake hands. Suddenly remembering
something, Mike tells David that, by the way, there were a couple
of legal eagles there before, wanting to know where Patricia is
- it seems Charlie Bartlett hired them to defend her. David, looking
surprised, comments, "Has she?" He then suggests that
he should probably call her and tell her that Pat is alright.
He asks if he can use the 'phone. Mike tells him to help himself.
A while later, David's car pulls up back outside the country
house and he, Mike and Jeff get out. As they walk up to the front
door, Mike remarks to David that it's lucky he made that 'phone
call; it never even occurred to him that those blokes might have
been lying about knowing Charlie. David agrees, "Yeah..."
He then asks Mike not to say anything to Pat, as there's no point
worrying her - she already thinks Roger Carlyle is out to get
her. Mike says he reckons she might be right. David tells
him that so does he, now; even the cops thought it a bit odd.
Mike comments that it's a pity they couldn't do more than take
descriptions; waiting for something to happen might be a bit late...
Inside, Patricia pours a kettle full of hot water into a pail.
As Mike and Jeff walk in with David, she tells them that she's
glad they could come. She adds that she's just cleaning up a bit.
David comments that there's not much point, as the place will
only get messed up again when they start work. Mike, looking round,
remarks that the place looks solid enough. David explains
that it's outside, round the back, that he's concerned about.
They head outside, and Jeff goes to follow them, but Patricia
calls to him and asks him if he can hold the bucket for her. He
does as he's asked, and stands there as Patricia goes to start
wiping down the walls. As she works, she comments to him that
it must have been quite a shock for him when Luke died - they
were living in the same apartment, weren't they? Looking annoyed,
Jeff says he'll just put the bucket down on the table; he does
so and goes to walk off. Patricia, though, calls after him that
there still isn't any trace of the money that Luke took. She goes
on that Luke must have told Jeff what he planned to do with it.
Jeff mutters, "Not really." Patricia goes on that, personally,
she's willing to bet on an overseas bank account - and it wouldn't
surprise her if Luke told Jeff the number. She curtly asks, "Did
he?" Jeff just stares at her. Patricia growls that he can't
keep it from her; that's her money - she trusted
Luke and he paid her back by cheating her - so Jeff has got to
tell her. Jeff snaps that he hasn't got to tell her anything;
besides, he doesn't know. Patricia suddenly grabs his arms and
snaps that she thinks he does know what the
number is, and he's going to tell her what the number
is. Mike and David suddenly come back in and look at her in shock
as she shakes Jeff and yells at him, "Tell me."
A few moments later, Jeff is clutching his arm and glaring at
Patricia as she says she's sorry - the strain of all this must
be getting to her more than she realises. Mike growls at her that
he brought his son out there to take his mind off things.
Patricia says she's sorry. Mike snaps that she always is.
He then turns to David and tells him that he doesn't think this
is going to work out. David quickly assures him that it will -
it won't happen again. Patricia repeats that she's sorry, and
she tells Jeff that she realises he's telling the truth; she just
didn't want to believe him. Jeff mutters that it's alright. David
suggests to him that he and his father have a look at the rest
of the building, and they go. When he's alone with Patricia, he
snaps at her that it was just another little scheme, wasn't it?
Patricia 'innocently' asks him what he means. David retorts that
he means giving Mike the job to ease her conscience; she just
wanted Jeff out there. Patricia growls that it's her
money and Jeff knows where it is - she's sure he does.
She adds that David should have seen his face when she asked him--
David suddenly interrupts and snaps at her to stop it. He goes
on angrily that whether he does or doesn't know, she still has
no right hassling him; as it happens, though, her idea about giving
Mike the job was a good one - he obviously needs the work and
he needs someone he can trust to do it properly. He adds,
though, that from now on, she behaves herself and keeps right
out of his way or she finds somewhere else to live. He
Karen walks into the lounge room at the Fisher house. Jill is
in there, holding a pile of files. She hangs up the 'phone and
tells Karen that that was Heather O'Brien: she rang to say that
Luke's funeral is going to be private. She then goes on that she's
sending a wreath, and she asks if she should send one for Karen,
too. Karen just says, "Yes." She then asks Jill if she
can leave her for a bit, as she's got an important 'phone call
to make. Jill ask if it's-- Karen interrupts and nods as she says,
"Last resort time." Jill wishes her luck and she leaves
the room. Karen sighs and sits down on the couch. She then picks
up the 'phone and dials a number. It rings at the other end and
a woman answers, "Hello?" Karen asks if she can speak
to Alan, please. The woman asks who's calling. Karen tells her,
"Karen Fox." The woman, sounding angry, snaps that that's
just like her- after all this time. Karen snaps back at the woman
to tell Alan that she wants to talk to him. The woman, though,
retorts that, for Karen's information, he doesn't live there anymore,
and she's glad of it - he and Karen are two of kind.
She slams the 'phone down. Karen looks worried.
Patricia is standing on the verandah at the country house with
a tray of sandwiches. Jeff is also there and she tells him that
she thought he and his father might be ready for them. Jeff thanks
her. Patricia then goes on that, about before... she didn't mean
to upset him. Jeff snaps that he said it was alright. Patricia,
though, continues that, no, she was being insensitive, saying
what she said about Luke; he and Luke were very good friends and
his death must have been a terrible shock; she never wished that
on him, even after he cheated her - she only wanted her money
back. Jeff snaps at her that it was her and Luke's father that
made him a cheat - he never wanted to end up the way
he did. Patricia comments that it's easier for him to believe
that. Jeff yells that it's true - Luke was his friend.
Patricia points out that it seems as if his friend was going to
run out on him. Jeff snaps at her that he knows what she's trying
to do - she's trying to turn him against Luke so that he'll tell
her where the money is. He goes to walk off, but Patricia grabs
his arm. Jeff snaps at her to let go, but Patricia pleads, "Jeff..."
Jeff snaps at her that Luke wouldn't write her a cheque,
so why should he tell her where the money is? He wriggles
away and storms off. Patricia, suddenly looking shocked and thoughtful,
heads back into the kitchen. David is working in there and he
tells her that Mike is a great ideas man once you get him going
- he thinks it'll be good having him around. Patricia doesn't
listen, though, instead murmuring, "How did he know about
the cheque?" David, looking puzzled, says, "Eh?"
Patricia goes on that she didn't tell the police that - all she
said was that she and Luke argued and that she scratched him -
so Jeff must have seen Luke after she left. David asks her what
she's talking about. Patricia continues, "Which means...
My God, why didn't I see it before?" David stares at her
as she concludes, "Jeff killed Luke."