A short time later, Liz is sitting on the couch in the lounge
room while Gordon stands at the bar and pours her a drink. He
then hands her the glass and tells her that a brandy will make
her feel better. Liz smiles and says she's glad he's with her.
They suddenly hear a noise outside and Gordon comments that it'll
be Barbara. He adds that he'll tell her that she's there. He heads
out into the hallway, closing the lounge room doors behind him.
Barbara is standing there with her bag of golf clubs, and she
tells him that she was wondering if he was home. She
then asks him if he's eaten. Gordon doesn't answer, though, instead
announcing bluntly that Liz is there. He continues that she's
been through a terrible time and he thinks it might be best if
Barbara leaves them alone for while. Looking annoyed, Barbara
snaps, "Really?" Gordon insists that Liz is very upset
and needs someone to talk to. Barbara snaps that she's come to
the right person, hasn't she. Gordon curtly tells her that he's
sure that, if she knew all the details, she'd understand; the
last thing Liz needs at the moment, though, is Barbara going in
there and making a scene. He heads off back into the lounge room.
Barbara stands there, looking annoyed. In the lounge
room, Gordon tells Liz that it's alright: Barbara is giving them
time to themselves. He then goes on that he thinks it might be
best if she stays there tonight, as she needs people around her
who care. Liz tries to protest, but Gordon insists, and so Liz
backs down and says she supposes he's right. Gordon humorously
asks when he's ever been wrong! Liz laughs, "You're the boss!"
Gordon then goes on more seriously that he does have a problem:
he's glad he's finally been honest with himself about how feels
about her, but he's afraid nothing can ever come of it; he loves
her, but he also loves Barbara and he wouldn't dream of hurting
her. Looking slightly disappointed, Liz assures him that she wouldn't
expect him to. She continues that she knew it was wrong to let
herself fall for him, but deep down, she always knew nothing could
come of it. She then asks if she can ask him one thing. Gordon
replies, "What's that?" Liz asks him if the two of them
can spend the day together tomorrow. She adds that she has to
get out of Sydney and she's decided to go tomorrow night. Gordon
tells her that he'd love to spend the day with her -
Barbara will understand...
Out in the hallway, Barbara walks downstairs, slowly. She stares
at the closed lounge room doors and then sits down on the stairs,
looking upset. She sighs heavily.
Fiona is on the 'phone at her flat in the boarding house. She's
talking to Amanda and she thanks her and says it sounds very nice;
she'll see her then. She hangs up. Irene is also in the flat,
and Fiona remarks to her that that could be very interesting.
Irene asks, "What?" Fiona explains that she's having
dinner with Mitch and Amanda on Tuesday evening, and it turns
out that Mitch has invited his old army Sergeant along, too -
a man of her own age. She goes on wistfully that she was always
a sucker for a uniform - it takes her back to when she was a young
girl during the war: there were times when-- She breaks off as
she realises that Irene is staring into space and isn't really
listening. Irene comes back down to earth and says she's sorry
- she was just thinking about where Amanda should donate Todd's
money; so many research places need it. She goes on that there
are a couple of places that she'd like to check out in Melbourne
and she was thinking of going down for a couple days; she was
wondering if Fiona can hold the fort while she's gone. Fiona smiles
and assures her that of course she can. She adds that
Irene should take a few extra days - she could do with
the break: she knows how worried she's been since David went back
to Patricia. Irene admits that she hasn't handled it as well as
she thought she would; the hardest thing to understand
is, after all the rotten things Patricia has done to him, David
still loves her. Fiona tells her that, if it's any consolation,
she can't understand it either.
Barbara is still sitting on the stairs at Dural when she hears
Gordon approaching the lounge room doors and telling Liz that
it's all over now, so she should just try to relax and forget
it; get a good night's sleep. Barbara stands up and runs upstairs
as he and Liz emerge into the hallway. Liz thanks him and the
two of them share a brief kiss on the lips. Gordon then tells
Liz that he'll see her in the morning and she walks off. Barbara
immediately comes back down and asks Gordon if Liz has gone.
Gordon replies that she has for the moment; he said she can stay
in the flat tonight. He continues that she's going tomorrow evening
- and she asked him if he can spend the day with her tomorrow.
Barbara snaps, "Did she, indeed?" Gordon retorts
that he owes her that much. Barbara angrily asks him
if he can't see what Liz is doing: she has no intention
of leaving. Gordon insists that of course she has. Barbara,
though, snaps at him that if he believes that, he needs his head
read. She goes on that if she said she didn't want him
to spend the day with Liz tomorrow, would that make any difference?
Gordon doesn't answer, and so Barbara angrily tells him not to
even waste his time thinking about it; he can do what he likes
for all she cares. She storms back upstairs.
The next morning, at the Fisher house, Karen is giving Mitch
instructions for his courier round, and she warns him that she
doesn't want any slip-ups. Mitch asks about the mail, but Karen
tells him that Wayne will be picking that up. Mitch goes
to head out. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Karen answers
it, calling to Mitch to hang on as she does so. STD pips sound
and Wayne comes on. He tells Karen that he's in Melbourne and
he asks her if she's heard about Jeff O'Brien. Karen replies that
it's awful. Wayne growls, "As if you give a damn."
Karen insists that she does. Alan appears in the doorway
at the Fisher house as Wayne angrily asks Karen who she's trying
to kid. He then goes on that he doesn't know when he'll be back
- it'll be sometime after the funeral; he just thought he'd let
her know. He hangs up and Karen does likewise. Alan walks into
the room and says to her, "Hello, beautiful!" Karen,
looking annoyed, snaps, "For God's sake." She then tells
Mitch that he'll have to collect the mail after all, as Wayne
won't be in. She walks out of the room. Alone with Mitch, Alan
comments that Karen seemed a bit upset by that call, and he asks
who it was. Mitch tells him that it was Wayne Morrell - the bloke
who works with her. Alan remarks that, from the look on Karen's
face, he'd say they must have a bit more than a working relationship.
Mitch just growls that he wouldn't know; it's none of his business.
He walks out.
Barbara is sitting at the table in the living room at Dural,
having breakfast. Gordon walks in from the hallway and announces
that he's going now. He adds that he promises nothing will happen;
they're having a picnic, that's all, and she's not going to make
him feel guilty about something that he doesn't believe he should
feel guilty about. He goes.
A while later, Gordon and Liz are sitting on a blanket in a park,
and Liz comments that they're lucky with the weather - there's
nothing quite like getting out in the country: it makes all your
worries seem a long way away. Gordon murmurs, "Sometimes..."
Liz looks at him and tells him that he's thinking too much; they
need a good hike to work up an appetite. Gordon smiles and tells
her to lead the way! They stand up and Liz points to a track,
which she says should take them down by the river. She walks off.
Gordon lingers for a moment, looking thoughtful as he watches
Katie and Wayne are at Beryl's, and as Beryl escorts them into
the lounge room, Katie asks if her mum and dad are there. Beryl
replies that they aren't - they're out arranging the funeral.
Wayne asks when it is, and Beryl tells him that it's the day after
tomorrow, she thinks. Jim suddenly comes out of the kitchen and
tells Katie that it's nice to see her. He then asks more testily
if she had to bring Wayne. Katie points out that her
mum and dad don't mind him being there. Jim growls that they should
do; this is a family affair. Katie tells him that Wayne
is part of it now. Jim growls, "Not in my
book." Wayne gently tells Katie that it's alright - Jim is
entitled to his opinion. Katie, though, snaps that it's not
alright. Glaring at Jim, she tells him that Wayne feels bad about
his part in what happened to Jeff and he wants to make up for
it; he came to see her mum and dad so that he can offer to pay
some of the expenses. Jim, looking incredulous, snaps that she's
got to be joking; after what he's done? He growls at
Wayne to just keep his money; they don't need it. Katie cries
that he's being very unfair. Wayne, though, calmly tells her that
there's no point getting upset; he can only make the offer and
if it's not accepted, there's nothing he can do about it. Katie
retorts that it doesn't mean Jim has to talk to him like-- Wayne
interrupts her and says he thinks they should go. Looking at Beryl,
he adds that he's sorry it hasn't been a more pleasant visit.
They go to the door and Beryl goes with them. She tells them quietly
that Jim will calm down - he's just more upset about Jeff than
he's letting on. Wayne and Katie go and Beryl shuts the door and
returns to the lounge room. Jim immediately comments that he was
a bit hard on Wayne, wasn't he. Beryl agrees, "Yes."
Jim explains that he feels so damn guilty himself - he
was the one that got Jeff on the grog in the first place.
Beryl points out that no one is blaming him, but Jim says he reckons
Mike does - and Mike also thinks that he could be the
one who killed Luke. Looking surprised, Beryl asks why on earth
Mike would think that. Jim explains that Mike saw him
leaving Luke's apartment building the night he was killed; he'd
gone there to have it out with Luke over the way he treated Jeff,
but no one answered when he knocked; the poor bloke was probably
ready dead. He goes on that Mike didn't tell the police that he
saw him, which he's very grateful for, but he doesn't know how
he can think his own brother is a murderer. Beryl tells him not
to worry about it - the police are sure it was Patricia and it'll
be proven at the trial.
At the country house, Patricia is standing next to Charlie and
they're both facing Senior Detective Pearce and Detective White.
Patricia is ranting that the important thing is that by mentioning
that cheque, Jeff proved he was talking to Luke after she left.
Detective White comments that that's hardly proof that he killed
him. Patricia retorts that they didn't see Jeff's reaction;
she did, and there was guilt written all over his face.
Senior Detective Pearce asks her if anyone was with her when she
was talking to Jeff. Patricia replies that there was: Charlie.
White asks Charlie what she can tell them. Charlie replies
that she must say the boy seemed as though he was lying. Patricia
tells the detectives that she thinks they should talk to the hospital
staff - maybe someone there can verify that the boy wasn't in
his bed at the time of Luke's murder; and maybe his parents know
more than they're saying. Pearce tells her that they'll investigate
it further - and if either of them remember anything else, give
them a call. The two men go, and Charlie immediately asks Patricia
if she thinks they believed her. Patricia replies that she does:
the truth has to come out in the end. Charlie, looking
worried, asks what it'll do to Mike and Heather when they find
out. Patricia, though, retorts that, quite frankly, that's the
least of her concerns.
Heather and Mike have returned to Beryl's, and in the lounge
room, Heather tells Beryl and Jim that Mike didn't handle organising
Jeff's funeral too well - he's taken a tablet and gone to lie
down for a while. Jim tells her that they should have let him
do it. Heather, though, insists that Mike wanted to to it himself.
There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Beryl goes to get
it. While she does so, Jim asks Heather how she is. She
replies that she's alright. Jim tells her that she's coping very
well, if you ask him. Heather murmurs that someone has
to, don't they? Beryl comes back into the room, followed by Pearce
and White. The two detectives tell Heather that they'd like to
talk to her and Mike again. Heather asks them if they'd mind just
talking to her, as she and her husband are just back
from organising their son's funeral and Mike isn't feeling too
well; he's lying down and she'd rather not disturb him. Pearce
says that's alright; if necessary, they can come back and talk
to him later. Beryl says she'll make some more tea. Pearce tells
Heather that they need to ask her a few more questions regarding
Luke Carlyle's murder. Heather asks what they want to know. Pearce
asks her what Jeff's attitude to Luke was over the past few weeks;
was he friendly? Heather replies that she thinks so -
they were always the best of mates. Pearce then asks her how Jeff
took the news of Luke's death. Heather tells him that he was very
upset. White asks about the morning she and Mike picked Jeff up
from the hospital: how did he seem then? Heather replies
that he was very quiet. She then asks, "Why?" Jim suddenly
chips in and asks the detectives if it's really necessary to ask
these questions now. Pearce tells him that he's afraid so. Jim
points out that they've already made an arrest. Pearce, though,
retorts that there are still a few things they need to find out.
He tells Heather that there are just a couple more. Heather sighs.
Alan is sitting at the table in the lounge room at the Fisher
house, looking at some papers, and he suspiciously comments to
Karen that he can't help wondering why Nat's refused to back her.
Karen retorts that he just did, that's all. Alan snidely tells
her not to say Nat gave her the brush-off the same as her other
young stud. He adds that it seems to him that she made
the wrong choice a few years ago: she should have stuck with him
instead of running off with Nat; she'd have all the money she
needed now. Karen growls at him that she did what she did because
she thought he was better off without her. Alan asks
her if she honestly expects him to believe that. Karen insists
that it's true. Alan snaps that it seems to him
that she's just saying it so that she'll have a better chance
of keeping him where she wants him. He adds that it's called 'buttering-up'
in some circles; he's told she's an expert at it. Jill
suddenly comes into the room and apologises for interrupting.
She picks up some files and goes to walk out again. Alan, though,
asks her what she's doing for lunch today. Jill tells him that
she thinks Mrs. Atkins has already organised something. Alan comments
that that's a shame, as he was going to take her to see his car
again; they've done some alterations since she last saw it and
he'll get another twenty Ks out of it now. Jill suggests, "Maybe
another time," and she walks off.
Barbara is practising her golf swing in the grounds at Dural.
She looks hurt and upset. She suddenly throws her club down and
starts striding purposefully towards the house.
Liz and Gordon are walking along in the park. Liz is holding
a small posy of flowers, and she comments, "Aren't they beautiful?"
Gordon smiles and tells her that there's a law against picking
them! Liz suddenly almost stumbles and Gordon grabs her to steady
her. Liz looks at him gratefully, and the two of them push their
lips together in a sudden flurry of passion. They quickly pull
apart, though, and Gordon reminds Liz that that wasn't part of
the deal. Liz doesn't respond, instead commenting that if he had
a lapel, she could put a flower in it - but as he doesn't, she'll
have to make do with the top buttonhole. She puts the flower in
his cardigan and they then start walking again. As they do so,
Gordon tells Liz that today was a mistake - he shouldn't have
come. Looking surprised, Liz asks why. Gordon explains that it's
meant putting himself first: he wanted to be with her, but they
have to make a clean break, otherwise, by the end of today, he'll
be asking her to stay and then he'd be lying to Barbara so that
he can see her more often, and he wouldn't do that to her; he's
not the sort of man who could have an affair behind his wife's
back. Liz assures him that she wouldn't want him to.
Gordon says she thinks they'd better eat, pack up and go. He walks
off, leaving Liz looking disappointed.
A while later, Gordon has pulled his car up outside the front
door at Dural and behind Liz's car. He and Liz get out and Gordon
shuts his door. Liz asks about the picnic basket, but Gordon says
he'll get it later. He then takes out her diary and tells her
that he wants her to have it back. Liz, though, tells him to keep
it, adding that it'll be something to remember her by. The two
of them walk to Liz's car and Liz throws her arms round Gordon
and kisses him passionately. She then gets into her car, puts
on her seatbelt and drives off, without giving him another glance.
Gordon watches her go.
Inside, Barbara is coming downstairs with a packed suitcase.
She looks surprised when the front door opens and Gordon comes
in. Looking equally surprised, he asks her where she's going.
Barbara tells him, "I'm leaving you." Gordon cries,
"For God's sake. Liz is gone. I'll never see her
again." Barbara, though, retorts, "Until the next time."
She then tells Gordon that she's sorry, but she can't live with
a husband who's in love with another woman; she's tried and she
just can't. She heads out of the front door.
Sometime later, Barbara is sitting on the couch at the Morrell
apartment. Andy is sitting next to her and Amanda is sitting in
one of the arm chairs. Barbara asks Amanda if she thinks she can
put up with her for a few days - she has to wait until her new
passport arrives before she can go to America. Amanda assures
her that she's always welcome, and Andy adds that she can stay
around as long as she likes. Barbara thanks him but adds that
she sooner she goes, the better. Amanda offers her a coffee, but
she declines, saying she thinks she'll go and see Irene. She adds,
though, that she'll be back in time to help with dinner. She goes.
Andy sighs and comments to Amanda that it's not like Mrs. H. to
run away like that; normally, she'd be the first one to get in
there and fight. Amanda tells him that she doesn't think there's
much fight left in her - she's too hurt to even try.
At the Fisher house, Alan is standing in the doorway between
the hall and the lounge room, blocking Jill's way. He asks her,
"What about tonight? Disco, nightclub, movies... Whatever
you want." Jill just laughs and asks him if can get out of
the way. Alan tells her that he won't until she agrees to come
out with him. Jill suddenly ducks under his arm, walks into the
lounge room and tells him that she's busy. Alan runs and stands
in front of the table, so she can't get to the files. Jill laughs
and says, "Stop it!" She tries to get past him again,
but he moves to stop her. Jill warns him that she'll crease the
letters she's holding, and she'll have to do them again. Alan
tells her that she'd better put them down and then they can have
a serious discussion about where they're going tonight. Jill tells
him that they're not going anywhere. She manages to put
the letters down. Alan says, "Aren't we?" He then takes
Jill's arm, turns her round to face him and starts kissing her.
Jill initially looks worried, but she then succumbs and starts
kissing him back. She has her eyes open, though, and suddenly
notices Karen walking into the room. She pulls away and Alan asks
what's wrong. He turns round to see Karen standing there, and
he says a bemused, "Hello." He then tells her that he
thinks Jill is a bit worried that she might be jealous. He goes
on, "But you never were a possessive mother, were
you?" Jill looks at him in shock.
Jim is carrying a cardboard box into the kitchen at Beryl's,
and he tells Beryl that he can't get any more in the shed. He
asks if there's somewhere he can put the box he's holding, and
Beryl asks what he's got. Jim explains that it's a few of Jeff's
things... running trophies... Beryl says she'll have to think.
Heather suddenly comes in and asks, "Think about what?"
Looking surprised. Beryl comments that she thought she was asleep.
She then tells her that she's just made some tea and she asks
her if she'd like one. Heather accepts. She then looks at Jim
and asks him if the box contains things from the house. Jim explains
that he was just trying to think of somewhere to put them; the
shed is full - although he might find room for one more box. Heather
walks over to him and lifts a partially-burnt running magazine
out of it. Beryl watches her in concern and tells her that no
one will mind if she has a good cry. Heather, though, shakes her
head and says it won't do any good; Mike is bad enough;
one of them has to keep going.
At the country house, Patricia is standing with her back to Senior
Detective Pearce. He tells her that he and Detective White talked
to all the staff but no one can confirm that Jeff O'Brien left
the hospital on the night of the murder. Patricia insists that
there must be somebody. Pearce retorts that, if there
is, they haven't found them. He goes on that he's not saying her
theory isn't possible - that Jeff left the hospital, murdered
the Carlyle boy and sneaked back without being noticed - but without
proof... Patricia turns and tells him that he should have talked
to Jeff's parents: maybe he let something slip to one of them.
White tells her that they did talk to Mrs. O'Brien, but she couldn't
give then any information that suggested Jeff was involved. Patricia,
looking furious, snaps that of course she wouldn't -
she's not going to admit it; they'll have to drag
it out of her. Pearce tells her that unless she can come up with
concrete evidence, she should be very careful with wild accusations,
as she might find the O'Brien family suing for libel. He adds
that they'll keep in touch, and he and White go. Patricia immediately
growls at Charlie that she's sure Heather knows more than she's
saying - and she's damn well going to find out. Charlie, looking
shocked, tells her that she can't say anything to Heather now
- not so soon after Jeff died. Patricia, though, assures her that
she'll handle it carefully. Still sounding disbelieving, Charlie
asks how you can tell a mother 'carefully' that her son's a murderer.
Patricia retorts that she doesn't know - but it has to be done.
A while later, Patricia walks into the lounge room at Beryl's
with Heather, and she tells her that she just came over to say
how sorry she was to hear about Jeff. Heather thanks her. They
sit down and Heather then thanks Patricia for putting work Mike's
way, adding that they could certainly use the money. Patricia
says she's glad to be able to help. Heather tells her that, if
it means anything, Mike and she both believe that she didn't have
anything to do with Luke's murder. Seizing her opportunity, Patricia
suggests to Heather that she must understand how she feels, then,
being accused of something she didn't do. Heather nods and says,
"Yes." Patricia goes on that if there's anything Heather
can tell the police that might help, she'd be very grateful. Heather
assures her that there's nothing she can tell them. Patricia suggests
more curtly that she can understand that Heather would want to
protect somebody. Looking surprised, Heather assures her that
she's not trying to protect anyone. Patricia suddenly
growls, "Aren't you?" Heather insists that, no, she
isn't; she doesn't know what Patricia is getting at. Patricia,
growing increasingly angry, snaps that, yes, she does: they both
know why Heather isn't saying anything: she's terrified that people
will find out that it was Jeff. Looking shocked, Heather
cries, "What? Jeff had nothing to do--" Patricia interrupts
and snaps that of course he did - he almost admitted
it to her. She goes on angrily that Heather has got to speak up
- she can't let her go to prison for something her son
did. Heather yells that Jeff didn't do anything, and
she's not going to let Patricia blame it on him; she won't let
her. Beryl comes into the kitchen from the back garden, carrying
a bowl of washing, and overhears as Patricia snaps at Heather
that it's not a question of letting her do anything.
Heather yells at her that Jeff didn't do it. Patricia yells back
that Heather is the one who has to tell the truth. She stands
up and Heather does likewise. She then suddenly grabs the lapels
of Patricia's top and starts shaking Patricia, crying out as she
does so that she is telling the truth. Beryl rushes in
and pulls the two women apart. She then tells Patricia angrily
to get out. Patricia snaps at her that she has to make Heather--
Beryl interrupts and yells that she doesn't have to make her do
anything. She then asks Patricia furiously if she can't
see what she's doing to Heather. Patricia storms out.
Beryl tries to comfort Heather, who's distraught.