The man walks towards Patricia, still pointing the gun at her.
He doesn't notice as she slowly wraps her hand around a large
branch from a tree that is lying on the ground next to her, but
as he stands right next to her, she lifts up the branch and whacks
his upper legs with it. He staggers back. Patricia leaps up and
pushes him so that he falls over, the gun going off as he does
so. Patricia starts running towards the road. She stands by the
edge for a few moments, looking at the passing vehicles, and then
goes and stands in the middle of the road, staring directly at
the driver who's approaching her. The guy inside quickly pulls
his car to a halt and angrily yells at Patricia to ask what she's
trying to do. He adds that she'll get herself killed.
Patricia cries, "Please - I have to get away."
She gets in the car. Looking surprised, the man protests, "Wait
a minute," but Patricia orders him to just drive and she'll
explain later. The driver does as he's told and pulls away. The
man with the gun finally makes it to the edge of the road, but
he can only watch helplessly as Patricia is driven away. He watches
the car drive off, noting the registration - BIO 979 - as he does
so. He puts his gun away.
A while later, the car driver helps Patricia - who's limping
- into the lounge room at Toorak. As he does so, Patricia thanks
him and comments that he said his name's Ross, didn't he? The
man replies that that's right. He then adds that the police should
be there soon. Patricia says she hopes they hurry, as she doesn't
feel safe anymore. Ross tells her that he thinks she'd better
get the weight off her knee. He helps her onto the couch, and
she admits that it is beginning to hurt a bit. Ross tells
her that the adrenaline would have stopped her feeling the pain
before, but in a few days, she'll wonder how she ever managed
to walk. He starts feeling her knee, but Patricia indignantly
cries, "Excuse me!" Ross quickly assures her that it's
alright - he's a doctor. Patricia stares at him, and he insists,
"Really!" Patricia comments that she hasn't really thanked
him yet. Ross, though, tells her, "Yes - many times. But
don't worry - I rather like being a knight in shining armour..."
At the Morrell apartment in Sydney, Amanda is talking to Gordon
on the 'phone, but she tells him that Barbara doesn't want to
talk to him. Gordon asks her if she can ask her again.
Amanda turns to Barbara, who's standing a few feet away, but Barbara
snaps that she's got nothing to say. She then leaves the room.
Amanda returns to the 'phone and tells Gordon that she's sorry
but Barbara doesn't want to talk to him. Gordon assures her that
it's not her fault. Amanda goes on that Barbara booked
a flight to America today; she leaves on Friday. She adds that
Barbara has been trying to ring Wendy, but she hasn't got an answer
yet. Gordon tells her that Wendy is in South Africa - a postcard
arrived today: she's on some sort of photographic assignment.
Looking thoughtful, Amanda suggests that maybe if he tells
Barbara that, it'll change her mind. Gordon says to her that,
if it doesn't, does she think she could? Amanda
assures him that she'll do everything she can to get Barbara to
talk to him before she goes. Gordon thanks her and tells her that
he'll talk to her soon. The two of them hang up. At Dural, Gordon
sighs and then suddenly winces, apparently in pain. He puts his
hand in his cardigan pocket and takes out his bottle of heart
pills. He swallows a pill and then puts the bottle down on to
the telephone table in the hallway.
At the Morrell apartment, Amanda calls to Barbara, who's in her
bedroom, that Gordon says Wendy is in South Africa. Barbara comes
out of her room and into the lounge room and asks sharply how
he knows that. Amanda explains that a postcard arrived.
She then adds that there's no point going to America now, is there?
Barbara insists that she's got to go somewhere. Amanda
tells her that Gordon really wants her back, but Barbara snaps,
"Gordon is in love with another woman. He can't
have it both ways." The front door suddenly opens and Andy
walks in cheerily and asks, "How's tricks?!" Barbara
mutters, "Oh God. Dreadful." Amanda comments to her
flatmate that he looks on top of the world. Andy explains that
he's just got a whole string of jobs in Melbourne; he couldn't
turn them down, so he'll probably leave this afternoon - he'll
take the coast road and make it a nice two-day trip in the van.
Amanda tells him that, if he needs a place to stay, he can use
her house - it's on the market, but it won't be sold
for ages; she told Irene to use it, too. Andy thanks
her and then asks her if she promises to take care of herself
while he's gone. Amanda assures him that she'll be OK. She adds
that Irene has recommended a doctor to her to see while she's
away. Andy, looking relieved, says he'll go and throw some things
together, and he heads off to his bedroom. Barbara looks worried
Senior Detective Pearce and Detective White are at Toorak, and,
in the lounge room, Pearce asks Ross - referring to him as 'Dr.
Newman' - how much of Mrs. Morrell's story he can verify. Ross
replies that he did see somebody coming out of the bush - and
he did have a gun in his hand. Looking annoyed, Patricia snaps
at the detectives that she doesn't know what she has to say to
convince them: Roger Carlyle is trying to kill her. Pearce,
though, retorts that someone might be trying to kill
her, but they can't arrest Mr. Carlyle on no evidence. Ross points
out to her that a hunch won't get a conviction. Patricia snaps
that she knows he's behind it. Pearce tells her that
they'll certainly follow it up, and they'll keep a closer guard
on her, too - he doesn't want this happening again. He then adds
that, if there's nothing else... Patricia tells him that there
is, actually: she found out yesterday who really did
kill Luke - she was wrong when she thought it was Jeff. Pearce
impatiently asks who it is this time. Patricia tells
him that it's Jim O'Brien. Pearce points out that she realises
that, unless she can come up with some proof... Patricia snaps
at him that that's their job - she's just telling
them what she knows. White asks her, "What do
you know?" Patricia retorts that she knows that Mike O'Brien
saw Jim do it, so if they want to talk to an eyewitness, they
ought to talk to him.
A short time later, in the kitchen at Beryl's, Mike snaps that
he didn't see his brother kill anybody. Pearce points
out that Mrs. Morrell claims that-- Mike interrupts and snaps
that he doesn't care what she claims - now that Jeff
has gone, she's looking for someone else to point the finger at,
but he didn't see Jim with Luke that night. Pearce asks him when
he did see him. Suddenly looking worried, Mike says quietly
that Jim is just outside, and he asks if they can't talk somewhere
else. White, though, just asks him again what he saw. Mike reluctantly
replies that he saw Jim leave the apartment block and that's all.
Pearce immediately points out to him angrily that he didn't tell
them that before, did he? He then asks Mike
if he thinks his brother killed Luke. Mike says he doesn't know.
Jim suddenly appears in the back doorway and stares at him.
Ross is sipping tea in the lounge room at Toorak, and he comments
to Patricia that if he'd been through what she has in
the last few weeks, he'd be a complete wreck; she must be quite
a tough lady. Patricia replies that she isn't really - she's just
good at surviving. She then adds that she's sorry to drag him
into all this. Ross, though, tells her not to mention it - if
he's going to be her doctor, he has to know something about her
background. Patricia looks at him in surprise, and he goes on
that he has to be her doctor now - that is his
compression bandage that she's wearing over her knee! Looking
bemused, Patricia asks if surgeons aren't supposed to hang around
their hospitals. Ross agrees that they are, but if he
can't treat a special case of bursitis on the side... Patricia
asks, "What?" Ross repeats, "Bursitis," and
he explains that it's inflammation of the knee tissue; the only
thing that's going to make it better is complete rest, so she'll
have to stay there while he goes out and buys some lunch. Patricia
tells him that that's very kind of him, but she has to be in Sunbury
sometime today. Ross assures her that that's no problem, and he
suggests he get a pizza. Patricia tells him that that's fine.
She then asks him if he can pass her the 'phone before he goes.
Ross walks over to the desk, picks up the 'phone and hands it
to her. As he does so, Patricia explains that she just has to
let a few people know where she is. Ross tells her that he'll
return with the biggest pizza she's ever seen, and he goes. Patricia
starts dialling and after a few seconds, a 'phone at the other
end rings. STD pips sound and Patricia says she'd like to speak
to Roger Carlyle. A woman at the other end tells her that he's
in conference at the moment, and she asks if she can take a message.
Patricia replies that, yes, she can: she can tell Roger that Patricia
Morrell called to say his apes bungled it this morning, and now
she's got police protection, so unless he wants to end up on a
charge he'd better back off. She hangs up.
In the kitchen at the O'Briens', Senior Detective Pearce says
to Mike and Jim that he wants to get this straight: they both
went to the apartment independently of each other to have a go
at Luke for running out on Jeff? Jim and Mike, who are both sitting
at the table, say simultaneously, "That's right." Pearce
goes on that it was at 2am? Jim tells him Jeff had just tried
to gas himself; they were pretty uptight. Pearce continues that
neither of them saw Luke? Mike replies that no one answered
when he knocked. Jim adds that there was no answer when
he was there either, and he almost belted the
door down. Sounding satisfied, Pearce says they'll leave it at
that for the moment - he and White haven't heard anything to make
them change their minds, but they will need Jim to come
in and sign a statement later - and he and Mike will both be called
to the trial. He then thanks the two men for their time and adds
that they'll hear from him and White soon. The two detectives
go. Mike immediately cries at Jim, "Thank God that's
over." He then adds that he doesn't think the detectives
believed Jim there, for a minute. Jim stares at him and
and growls, "You sure didn't." Mike insists
that he didn't think Jim did it. Jim, though, retorts that he
could have fooled him. He then tells Mike to come out
and say it: he simply doesn't trust him - he never has and he
never will. Mike stares at him. Jim gets up and storms back outside.
Irene is at Fiona's flat in the boarding house, and Fiona asks
her if she's all packed and ready. Irene replies that she was
ready hours ago - she only popped in to say bye. Fiona
comments that she supposes she's looking forward to seeing David.
Irene replies that she is - although it could be awkward, as she
doesn't know the situation between him and Patricia these days.
Fiona remarks that, if he's got one grain of common sense, he
wouldn't even be talking to her. Irene agrees, "Let's
hope so." She then adds that, by the way, Barbara 'phoned
an hour or so ago, and she's coming down to Melbourne with
her. Looking surprised, Fiona comments that Amanda said she was
going to America. Irene explains that that's all off
- she's going to Melbourne to get away from Gordon now.
Fiona, sounding dubious, remarks that it seems like Barbara doesn't
know what she wants; she hopes she wakes up to herself
before it's too late - and Gordon, too: he's behaving stupidly;
two of the most sensible people she knows and they're messing
round like a couple of kids. Irene says she agrees, but unless
Barbara wants to talk about it, she thinks they'd better
keep out. Fiona says she supposes she's right - but she might
just call in and see Gordon tomorrow; see how he's making out...
Gordon is standing outside the front door of the Morrell apartment,
and he knocks. Amanda opens the door and, looking surprised to
see him, invites him in. He walks in and asks if Barbara is there.
Amanda, though, tells him that she's sorry but she left for Melbourne
about a quarter of an hour ago. Gordon stares at her, and she
explains that there was no point her going to America and Irene
happened to be going down anyway. Gordon asks where they're staying.
Amanda replies, "My place." Gordon says he'll ring her
there. He adds that if Barbara thinks he'll sit back and let her
walk out on him, she's very much mistaken.
Toorak is in darkness as Irene and Barbara arrive. They open
the front door and the 'phone suddenly starts ringing. Irene comments
that it's probably someone for Patricia. Barbara walks down the
hallway to the telephone table and answers the call. STD pips
sound and then Gordon comes on and says it's him. He quickly adds,
"Don't hang up." Barbara asks tautly, "Why shouldn't
I?" Gordon replies that they have things to discuss. Barbara,
though, retorts that there's no point - as long as he's carrying
on with Little Miss. Muffet, they have nothing to discuss.
Gordon pleads with her to hear him out. He then continues that
nothing ever happened with Liz and nothing ever will - she's gone
for good. Barbara points out that he still loves
her. Gordon tells her, "I. Love. You." Barbara,
though, tells him that that's not what she asked. Gordon cries
that he needs her - as much as always. Barbara, though,
tells him that that's not enough - if he's still in love with
Liz, they can never have a proper marriage. She hangs up abruptly.
Heather, Jim, Beryl and Mike are sitting having dinner at the
table in the living room at Beryl's. Beryl announces that there's
another piece of apple pie if anyone wants it. Jim declines and
Mike says he's right, as well. Heather says she might as well
start clearing the dishes, then. Looking surprised, Beryl tells
her to just sit and relax, but Heather replies that the sooner
she starts, the sooner it's done. She gets up and heads out to
the kitchen. When she's gone, Beryl comments to Mike and Jim that
Heather has been like that all day - anything to keep
busy. Jim comments, "Anything to keep her mind off Jeff,
I suppose." Mike says he'll give her a hand, and he gets
up and goes to join her. Alone with Beryl, Jim tells her that
this is getting too much for him - he just thinks Mike and Heather
need to be alone for a while. He then asks her if she's
thought any more about coming to Queensland with him. Beryl tells
him that she hasn't made up her mind. Looking disappointed, Jim
asks her if the two days down the coast didn't mean anything.
Beryl, though, quickly assures him that of course they did. She
then asks him when he was thinking of going, and he tells her,
"Tomorrow - right after the funeral." Looking surprised,
Beryl just murmurs, "Oh..." She then goes on that she
supposes the break will do her good. Jim, though, tells her that
he was talking about more than just a break...
Beryl murmurs, "Yeah... but we can really only be friends
for now." She then tells him that it would be nice to have
a holiday, though - if he still wants her to come, she'd love
Out in the kitchen, Heather is standing by the sink, looking
upset. Mike is with her and he tells her that it'll be alright
- she just has to take it easy. Heather cries that it's Jeff's
funeral tomorrow; how's she going to face it? - she can't
even-- Mike interrupts her and gently assures her that they'll
get through it. Heather sniffs. She then asks Mike if he'll bring
in the other plates and she'll start washing up. Mike goes. Heather
remains by the sink, sobbing. Her gaze turns to Beryl's bottle
of pills on the side. She picks it up and stares at it.
Patricia and Ross walk into the kitchen at the country house,
and Patricia, looking relieved to be back there, comments, "What
a day!" Ross helps her into a chair at the table and asks
her how her knee's holding up. Patricia tells him that it's not
bad - it's just a bit sore. She then adds that he didn't have
to stay with her all afternoon. Ross points out that he couldn't
very well leave her to get back there on her own, but
Patricia points out that the police would have given her a lift;
they followed her all the way back, as it was! Ross comments that
she's not complaining, is she? - she must feel better
having them round. Patricia assures him that she does. She then
adds that David will be back tomorrow, so that will help.
His face suddenly dropping, Ross comments that she didn't tell
him about 'David'. Patricia hesitantly says, "No..."
She then explains that he owns the place - he's a truckie,
so he comes and goes; they're old friends... Ross comments that
David is letting her stay there, is he? Patricia explains that
it's just for a few weeks until she finds something else. Changing
the subject slightly, Ross asks her if she minds if he pops in
to see how his patient is doing tomorrow. Looking bemused, Patricia
remarks that, for a surgeon, he seems to have an awful lot of
spare time! Ross assures her that he doesn't really- he just thinks
she deserves special treatment...
Wayne and Katie arrive at Beryl's and, as they stand at the front
door, Beryl invites them in. They head into the lounge room and
Jim comes out of the kitchen and asks his niece how she is. Katie
replies that she's good, thanks. Wayne tells Jim that he doesn't
want to sound high-and-mighty or anything, but he thinks they
should try and act civilised for the next few days - for Mike
and Heather's sake. Jim mutters, "Right oh." At that
moment, Mike comes out from the kitchen, smiles at Katie and says
he thought he heard a familiar voice! Katie gives him
a hug and then asks where her mum is. Mike tells her that it's
finally starting to get to her. Out in the kitchen, Heather tips
out a pill and then swallows it. Katie suddenly comes in and looks
shocked to see what her mother is doing. She cries, "Why?"
Suddenly looking guilty, Heather replies quietly that she didn't
want to, but everything's... She breaks off and then
walks out. Katie looks at the bottle of pills, an expression of
concern on her face. Mike comes into the kitchen and comments
to his daughter that Wayne has been telling him that they're staying
in the motel together. Katie quickly assures him that it's OK
- they're in separate rooms. Mike, though, says that, even so...
Changing the subject abruptly, Katie indicates the bottle of pills
and asks him if he knew her mum was taking them. Mike tells her
that he knows she took a couple - they help to calm her
down. He then asks where Heather is. Katie replies that
she's in her bedroom, probably. She goes on that her mother has
taken those tablets before; she thinks she'd better tell
him about it...
A few moments later, Katie explains to her father that her mum
was under the same sort of stress in Perth as she is now - she
had broken up with him and she had her and Jeff to look
after...; she tried to help her, but she started taking
those pills and-- Mike interrupts and says he had no idea... Katie
explains that she didn't want him to - she and Jim had
a terrible time getting her off them; she wouldn't want
her to go through that again. Mike murmurs, "No..."
Heather suddenly comes back in and says she'll finish the dishes.
Mike tells her that Katie has just been telling him about Perth
and-- He breaks off and indicates the pills. Heather says she
thought she might have; it's not the same, though - she
needs them now. Mike tells her quietly that he's not
angry with her - he just... just... he just lost his son and he
doesn't want to lose his wife. He puts his arms round
her and she cries that she's sorry, but she needs something.
Mike tells her that she needs him. He gives her a tight
hug and points out that he's there, isn't he? Heather
just murmurs, "Yes..."
The next morning, Fiona walks into the lounge room at Dural with
Gordon and says she hopes she hasn't caught him on a busy day.
Gordon assures her, "No," and Fiona says that's good,
as she thought perhaps they could have a little chat. She adds
that she doesn't want to intrude, but she knows what happened
with Barbara. She then asks if Wayne is still in Melbourne, and
Gordon replies that he is - he stayed on for the O'Brien boy's
funeral this morning. He offers Fiona some tea, but Fiona says
she can make it. Gordon suddenly snaps that he's perfectly
capable of boiling a kettle. Looking surprised, Fiona insists
that she was only trying to help. Gordon says he's sorry.
Fiona asks him if he's feeling OK, and he assures her that he's
fine. Fiona remarks that he doesn't look it.
Gordon explains that he didn't sleep very well last night - he
spent most of it thinking what a mess he and Barbara have made
of their lives; it's his fault she walked out on him. Fiona says
she'll make the tea and they can have a little chat. She smiles
Jeff's funeral is over, and Katie, Mike, Heather, Wayne, Jim
and Beryl arrive back at Beryl's and walk into the lounge room.
Mike gently asks Heather if she wants to sit down, but she tells
him that she'll be alright. Beryl says she can make some morning
tea if anyone feels like some. Jim, though, suggests that they
two of them should go and pack, as they don't want to leave it
too late getting away. The two of them leave the room. Mike and
Heather both thank Katie, and Mike tells his daughter that she's
been great. Katie, looking awkward, says she thinks she'll go
and say hello to Susie. She and Wayne both head out the back.
Left alone, Heather cries to Mike, "He's gone. It's
still so hard to believe." Mike agrees, "Yeah..."
Heather goes on that it's not going to be the same, is it? Mike
shakes his head. They both suddenly break down and start crying.
As they do so, Mike sobs that, still... they got through it -
they just have to take it slowly... Jim suddenly comes back in
and says he's sorry to interrupt, but there's something he's got
to get off his chest before he goes. Mike and Heather stare at
him, and he goes on that, when the cops came round yesterday,
he really didn't bother seeing things from Mike's point of view;
he reckons he overreacted a bit. Mike, though, tells him that
he overreacted. Jim goes on that what he wanted to say
was that he never was one for holding a grudge, so forgive and
forget, eh? He holds out his hand. Mike, though, moves towards
him and gives him a grateful hug.
A short time later, Jim carries some packed bags into the lounge
room and asks Mike if he'll give him a hand. Mike asks him if
he and Beryl are ready to go, and Jim tells him that he's just
got to load up the car. Beryl comes into the room and Jim suggests
to her that they should get going. He and Mike head outside with
the cases. Alone with Heather, Beryl hands her the keys to the
house. Heather tearfully says she hopes it all goes well with
Jim. Beryl replies that she knows it's a snap decision, but they
have to find out sooner or later if they can make a go of it;
two or three weeks and they should know. Heather wishes her, "All
the best, anyway." Beryl thanks her and gives her a hug.
She then asks Heather if she's going to come out and wave them
off. Heather nods sadly and assures her, "Of course."
Fiona is standing by the front door at Dural, and she says to
Gordon that she's not sure they've solved anything. Gordon, though,
tells her that it doesn't matter - it was good to talk about it.
Fiona tells him to take care and try and get some sleep tonight.
Gordon says he will. He then adds that he'll see her soon and
she goes. Gordon closes the door and then leans against it momentarily,
looking thoughtful. He then starts to walk towards the study,
but as he does so, he suddenly winces in pain. He then clasps
his hand against his chest, an expression of agony crossing his
face. He looks at his bottle of pills on the table by the telephone
and goes to get one, but he's suddenly bent double by another
bolt of pain and he collapses onto the floor. He lies there, almost
immobile. He tries to reach out with his hand to get his pills,
but he can't quite grasp them. With pain etched on his face and
with no one else in the house and no hope of getting to his pills,
Gordon lies there, helpless...