Outside, Wayne comments to Charlie that there will be a lot of
cars, but Wayne tells her that, if they all park on one side of
the driveway, they'll be alright. Barbara suddenly comes storming
out of the house, and Wayne snidely remarks to her that it didn't
do any good, eh? - he told her Gordon would come to his
senses. Barbara ignores him and storms over to her car. Charlie
looks at Wayne in astonishment and comments that that
was a bit cruel. Wayne retorts that she deserved it.
Charlie tells him that Gordon must be feeling awful -
she should go in to him. Wayne, though, says he thinks it's the
best thing that could have happened - all his dad needs is some
time by himself. He walks off. Charlie heads inside anyway.
Gordon is sitting with his head in his hands in the lounge room
when the doors open and Charlie comes in. She looks concerned
as she sees the state he's in, and she sits down next to him on
the couch and gently assures him that there's really no need to
be upset. She goes on that she should know what she's talking
about: she's had three marriages and three break-ups and it's
amazing how you get over it - he'll be fine in a few days. Gordon
suddenly stands up and snaps at her to shut up - he can put up
with her nonsense most of the time, but not now.
Charlie stares at him in shock, and he quickly tells her that
he's sorry - he didn't mean that; he's just not in the right frame
of mind. Charlie, though, sadly tells him not to worry - she knows
how he feels about her; it's just that he's always been so polite
about it before. Gordon, looking worried, quietly says, "Charlie..."
Charlie insists that he's right: she doesn't know when
to stop herself; that's her, she's afraid - she's learnt how to
ignore the way people react to her - but it does hurt sometimes.
Gordon assures her that he honestly didn't mean it - he's had
a bit of a shock; the fact that she's there at all proves what
a friend she is. Charlie insists that she's only there because
she cares about him; she's just not very good at saying
what she really means, that's all. Gordon says he knows. Charlie
goes on that she wants to be his friend - she supposes it's a
matter of whether he can put up with her or not. Gordon tells
her that he thinks he can manage - but he would like
some time to himself. Charlie says she understands. She goes on
that she may joke about her divorces now, but they weren't
very funny at the time. She then adds that she hopes the party
won't worry him. Gordon assures her that it won't at all - he
hopes she has a good time. He leaves the room. Charlie stands
there, still looking upset.
At the boarding house, Terry is on his own in Fiona's flat, playing
with Fee. The front door suddenly opens and Fiona walks in, followed
by Jill. Fiona, a broad smile on her face, looks at Fee and comments
that she's having fun with her, daddy huh?! Terry looks at the
bags she's holding and remarks that it looks like she bought up
big. Fiona laughs that she couldn't resist: Charlie's party was
a good excuse to buy a whole new outfit! She then adds that she'd
better change if she doesn't want to be too late. She turns to
Jill and asks her what she's doing with the rest of the
day. Jill tells her that she and Fee are going to the beach. Fiona
looks at Fee and tells her that she's a lucky girl. She adds that
she'd better get her mummy to pack some block-out. She heads off
to her room to change. When she's gone, Terry says to Jill that
he's glad Fiona left them alone for a few minutes, as he's been
wanting to bring up this subject, but the timing hasn't been right:
it's about when he asked her to marry him. Looking wary, Jill
says she hopes he doesn't still think she might say yes. She quickly
goes on that, the truth is, she's met someone and she really likes
him - she's hoping there's a chance something might come of it,
given a bit of time. Terry listens with a bemused look on his
face and then explains that he was just going to tell her not
to worry - like he said in his letter, he wanted to marry her
for all the wrong reasons; things are so different inside that
you build up all sorts of ideas; he had too much time to think
- you imagine what something could be like, but most of the time
you're kidding yourself; he accepted the fact that she didn't
want to go ahead with it a long time ago, and he just hopes they
can still be friends. Jill smiles at him and tells him that of
course they can. Looking at Fee, she adds that she reckons they've
got someone pretty special to make sure they stay friends.
Terry smiles back at her and agrees that he reckons they have.
Changing the subject, he says he'd better go and see if Mitch
is ready to go to the party. He gets up. Jill smiles at Fee.
In the bedsit, Mitch tells Terry that he'll have to meet him
there, as he's got a few things to do for Karen first.
Terry growls at him that he's not still thinking about knocking
off that Brandon place, is he? Mitch nervously retorts, "No...
no - you were right: it's too risky." Terry tells him that
he's glad to hear it. He goes on that he knows Mitch reckoned
it was going to be a cinch, knowing about the alarm and that,
but-- Mitch suddenly snaps at him not to give him a lecture, eh?
- it's off. Terry tells him, "Alright... alright..."
He then adds that, anyway, he reckons this party will be a bit
of riot; you have to watch out for Charlie, though: she's got
a big appetite! Mitch assures Terry that he can handle himself.
Terry says he'd better get going. As he turns to leave, he adds
that, just thinking about Karen, he reckons Mitch would be wise
to look for another way to make a crust; there must be
something fishy about a woman who wants you to do a robbery for
her; it's safer keeping away. He then tells Mitch that he'll see
him later and he goes. Mitch looks thoughtful.
A while later, Mitch is at the Fisher house, and he tells Karen
that he'll be able to go ahead this afternoon if she can make
sure there's no one at home. Karen assures him that that shouldn't
be difficult. Mitch goes on that Charlie Bartlett is having a
party over at the Hamilton house, and that should be good cover
for him - there'll be plenty of people around; he shouldn't be
missed for an hour-or-so. Karen says she'll talk to Alan - discreetly,
of course - and make sure the coast will be clear. Handing him
the sketched-out floorplans, she tells him to take them just in
case. She then hands him a piece of paper with the combination
to the safe written on it, and a copy of Alan's house key. Mitch
asks her how she got them, and Karen explains that she went through
Alan's papers. Mitch comments that she's got it all well-planned.
Karen retorts that of course she has; all he's
got to do is fix the alarm. Mitch assures her that that shouldn't
be a worry. Karen tells him to go back to his place for the time
being and she'll call him within the hour. Mitch goes. Karen sighs
A short time later, Mitch is back in his bedsit, staring at the
floorplans. There's suddenly a knock on the door, and he quickly
hides the plans in a drawer. He answers the door to find Barney
standing there. Barney tells him that Fiona and Terry are ready
to go, and he asks Mitch if he's ready. Mitch laughs
and replies that Barney doesn't want him cramping his style with
Fiona, does he? He then adds that he'll let Terry concentrate
on the driving, and he can concentrate on Fiona! Barney
laughs and warns him to cut it out. Mitch goes on that, besides,
he's waiting on a 'phone call - he'll catch up with them later.
Barney tells him that Fiona was saying the duck who's giving this
party is a bit gone on him! The 'phone suddenly starts ringing
and Mitch looks round at it, but, to his obvious annoyance, Barney
ignores it and goes on that he can't wait to see Mitch being chased
round by some society dame - he could hit the jackpot if he plays
his cards right! Mitch, still staring at the 'phone, suggests
to him that he'd better go if he doesn't want to get on the wrong
side of Fiona. To his relief, Barney finally leaves, and Mitch
shuts the door and dashes over to take the call. Karen comes on
and impatiently asks him where he was. Mitch explains that he
couldn't get rid of someone. He then asks how she's going. Karen
tells him that Fay Brandon lives by herself in the house, and
every Saturday afternoon, she goes out to play bridge between
1pm and 4pm - so provided he's out of there by 3:30pm at the latest,
there's no chance of him being interrupted. Mitch agrees that
that should give him plenty of time - half an hour at the party
and he can nick off and come back without anyone realising he's
gone missing. Karen wishes him good luck. Mitch tells her that
he'll call her when he gets back.
Guests are walking up to Dural. The front door is open and they
head straight inside. Mitch pulls up in his panel van and parks
it amongst all the other cars that are dotted around. He climbs
out, looks around and goes inside.
A cork pops in the lounge room, and a waiter pours some of the
newly-opened champagne into Charlie's glass. Charlie continues
her mingling, mouthing, "Hello," to various guests as
she passes them. She approaches Fiona, Terry and Barney and comments
that it all seems to be going swimmingly. She then asks if Mitch
is definitely coming, as he's awfully late. Terry replies that
he should be on the move - he had a bit of work to do. Charlie
suddenly notices Mitch as he walks into the lounge room, and she
exclaims, "There he is!" She trots over to him and says,
"Oh, Darling - I thought you weren't going to make it."
Looking around, Mitch replies in bemusement that he couldn't miss
this! Charlie tells him that she'll take that as a personal
compliment! She takes his arm and adds that she'll show him off!
She goes on that there's tons of food left - and she knows just
what sort of man's appetite he'd have: insatiable, she'd hope!
As she leads him away, Terry watches them and comments to Fiona
that he doesn't think she's going to have Charlie bashing
her ear today! Fiona laughs and replies that she'd say Mitch is
in for quite a time!
In Melbourne, Barbara arrives back at Toorak, and Andy joins
her in the hallway, where he says he takes it that her trip to
Sydney wasn't too successful. Barbara snaps at him that that's
an understatement if ever she's heard one - apparently, Gordon
thinks he can manage on his own, and as far as she's
concerned, he can. She heads into the lounge room and
suddenly notices a bunch of flowers lying on the coffee table.
Andy explains that they came half an hour ago - they're for her.
As she opens the note that's with them, Barbara mouths, "Gordon..."
However, she then reads:
"Barbara, Just in case you've forgotten me. Ross."
Barbara immediately snaps that she didn't really expect Gordon
to send her flowers anyway. Andy looks at her and she explains
that Ross Newman sent them. Andy asks her if she means the guy
who helped them round up the chooks, and Barbara replies, "Mmm.
Nice thought, wasn't it?" Andy, looking puzzled, asks why
Ross would send her flowers. Barbara, suddenly glaring
at him, asks tautly why he shouldn't - she's not over
the hill yet. She then adds that she thinks she'll ring
him and say thankyou.
A short time later, Barbara is talking to Ross and she tells
him that that's very kind of him - she looks forward to seeing
him at about 4:30pm. She then says, "Bye," and hangs
up. A broad smile on her face, she comments to Andy, "Isn't
that nice of him? He's going to take me to a twilight concert
at the music bowl - it should be a very pleasant evening."
Andy, looking worried, says he knows it's none of his business,
but even though she's upset about Mr. Hamilton, she hardly knows
this Newman bloke - she only met him once, didn't she? Barbara
tells him that he's right: it is none of his business
- and she's not about to take advice from a twenty-year-old. She
goes on that she's free to do as she wishes, so why shouldn't
she go out with a very pleasant man? - it's better than moping
around there - and after what happened in Sydney today,
she hasn't got a marriage to worry about. Andy looks
At the party at Dural, Charlie asks Mitch if he's ever been to
Greece. Mitch tells her that he hasn't. Charlie goes on that it's
absolutely beautiful - you develop the most wonderful all-over
tan; so quickly, too! Mitch comments that he might make it one
day. Charlie smiles at him and tells him that it could be sooner
than he thinks - who knows?! Gordon comes into the room, and Charlie,
looking worried, immediately says she does hope the noise isn't
too much for him. Gordon assures her that it isn't at all - everyone
seems to be having a good time and he thought he'd join in for
a while. Wayne walks over to him in concern and tells him that
he should be resting. Gordon, though, warns him not to fuss -
he feels like having a chat; he was fed up of his own company.
While Charlie is otherwise occupied, Mitch takes the opportunity
to slip away from her, and he heads over to Barney. Charlie tells
Wayne that Gordon being there can't do any harm - everything is
going to be just fine. She then looks round for Mitch and quickly
spots him again. She glides over to him and asks what they were
talking about. She then recalls, "Oh yes: Greek islands."
Wayne helps his father onto the couch and tells him not to move
from there. Gordon says, "Not even to get something to eat?!"
Barney joins Terry and Fiona and comments that Mitch hasn't got
a hope - every time he turns, Charlie turns;
he reckons there's only one place he could be safe from
her - and even then, he's not so sure! Fiona remarks indignantly,
"Really!" Barney goes on that it beats him why Mitch
is trying to run away from her - if he was in his shoes--
Fiona interrupts him and assures him that she'd rather not know!
Charlie tells Mitch that there's a friend of hers across the room
who can tell him all about Mikonos - she met the most gorgeous
young man there; she's lucky that she doesn't have to
travel that far! Mitch, squirming a bit, says he thinks
he might get some food. Charlie smiles and tells him that that's
a wonderful idea - she'll come with him; she's hardly eaten a
thing all day. She leads him outside.
At the Fisher house, Karen is staring at the 'phone impatiently,
but it doesn't ring. Jill is fussing around Fee and asks her rhetorically
if they've got everything. She adds that, the amount of stuff
they've got there, you'd think they were going on safari! Karen
tells her that you never know what you might need. Jill asks her
if she wants to come with them. She adds that it'll do
Karen good to get out and about. Karen, though, declines. Jill
points out that Karen knows what they say about the salt air:
she'll sleep well tonight. Karen, though, snaps that she said
'no'. She quickly calms down and says she's sorry - she just doesn't
feel like it; some other time, maybe. Jill suggests to Fee that
they'd better get going. She then tells Karen that she should
sit out in the garden, as it's a lovely day. Karen agrees that
she might later on. Jill and Fee go.
In the lounge room at Dural, Charlie asks Barney if he's seen
Mitch, as he walked out the back to get some food and now he's
vanished. Barney tells her that he was out the back a few minutes
ago. Charlie exasperatedly says she's just come from
outside. Barney assures her that that was the last place he saw
him. Charlie hands Barney her plate and walks off! Barney calls
over to Fiona and, indicating the plate of food, asks her if she
feels like some seconds! Fiona, looking bemused, asks what the
joke is. Terry walks over to them as Barney tells Fiona that he
thinks Charlie is getting a bit too hot for Mitch - he's done
a disappearing act; he's probably hiding out in that place he
suggested before! Terry's face drops as he hears this, and he
looks worried. Fiona smiles and comments that Charlie has got
a nose like a ferret when it comes to men; she's doesn't blame
Mitch, though - a little of Charlie goes a long way!
Mitch is outside by the pool, talking to Wayne. Charlie heads
outside, holding her plate of food, and spots the two of them.
She calls "Yahoo!" to Mitch and adds that she's caught
him. Mitch looks annoyed. Wayne wanders off. Charlie asks Mitch
where he got to - he vanished. Mitch explains that he
had to pay a visit. Charlie indignantly asks him why he didn't
tell her. Mitch replies that she was talking to someone. Charlie
insists that that's no excuse - he should know by now that he
can interrupt her any time he likes. Calming down, she then goes
on that she's found him, that's the main thing. She suggests that
they go back to the marquee. She goes to walk off, holding her
plate in front of her, but Mitch suddenly moves his hand and knocks
it towards her. Salad cream and mayonnaise goes all over her!
Mitch puts on an expression of shock and tells her that he's terribly
sorry - it's his fault. Charlie, though, insists that it's hers.
She then complains that she can't go back inside like this. Mitch
tells her that she'll have to go home and get changed. Charlie
comments, "What a nuisance." A sudden twinkle in her
eye, she quickly adds, "Or maybe not..." She suggests
that it will give them an excuse to slip away quietly for a while.
Looking annoyed, Mitch says, "Look..." Charlie suddenly
says that, no - she's forgotten about the dead rat: the smell
in the house is terrible - it's hardly the place for intimate
chat or anything else for that matter. She tells him not to run
away, though - she'll be back in five minutes. She toddles off.
Mitch looks around and then walks off himself.
Inside, Terry is coming downstairs, and he joins Barney by the
lounge room doors. He asks him if he's seen Mitch, but Barney
says he hasn't - although he hasn't been looking. He suggests
that he's probably having a rest from Charlie. Wayne walks over
to them and laughs that he'd say Mitch is quietly celebrating
somewhere. Looking worried, Terry asks him what he means. Wayne
asks him if he hasn't heard what happened outside - he was just
telling his dad: it must have been quite a sight. Terry asks what
he did. Wayne laughs that, apparently, Charlie had Mitch bailed
up like a bull; somehow, there was an accident and she ended up
with half her lunch down her dress! Barney asks if Mitch threw
it over her. Wayne replies that he wouldn't say that,
but it does seem like a very convenient accident! Everyone laughs.
Still looking worried, Terry asks if Mitch is still out there.
Wayne replies, "Search me!" He then adds, though, that
he doesn't think he's helping Charlie change her dress! Terry
goes to head outside, looking concerned.
Out by the pool, Terry looks around to see if Mitch is anywhere,
but he can't see him. He approaches two of the guests, describes
Mitch to them and asks if they've seen him, but they both shake
Mitch is driving his car along a road. He looks at his watch
and then, as he looks up again, suddenly has to pull his car to
a sudden halt as a boy runs out into the road in front of him,
chasing a ball. The boy stops and looks at him. Mitch toots his
horn. The boy picks up his ball, shrugs and runs off. Mitch starts
At Dural, Wayne pours himself a beer at the bar and, suddenly
noticing that Gordon is on his feet, asks him what he's doing.
Gordon retorts that he's standing up; what does it look
like? Wayne asks him if he wants something to eat, but Gordon
indignantly tells him that he's perfectly capable of walking outside
to the marquee. Wayne quickly says he knows - he's just trying
to make things easier. Gordon assures him that he'll be alright
- he promises. He and Wayne head outside. Fiona comments to Barney
that Wayne has become a real old woman with Gordon. Barney, though,
says he wouldn't know what Wayne was like before. Fiona
suggests that she put it this way: he wasn't really a
saint. She then adds that, in a funny way, she admires the way
he's looking after Gordon today. Barney suddenly asks her if she
feels like a walk in the garden. Fiona thanks him and tells him
that that would be very nice - provided he's not planning to throw
any food over her! Barney laughs that he bets Mitch did that on
purpose! Fiona laughs back that she bets Charlie never changed
her clothes so quickly!
Mitch pulls up his car at the side of a busy road. He then gets
out and walks up to the pavement, looking round. He stares at
a big brick house in front of him, looks round carefully and walks
up to it.
Terry is driving his car along a road. He approaches a set of
traffic lights and they turn to red. He pulls his car to a stop,
looking frustrated. After a few seconds, they turn back to green,
and Terry smiles and goes to pull away again. However, a woman
suddenly starts crossing the road, and he has to wait for her.
He sits there muttering to himself in annoyance.
Mitch walks along the verandah at the Brandon house. He approaches
the front door, pulls open the guard, puts the key in the door
lock and opens it. He then looks around, and heads inside, closing
the guard behind him, but leaving the door slightly ajar.
Terry is still driving along.
Mitch creeps over to where he's been told the safe is hidden.
He moves a decorative covering and finds the safe there as expected.
He bends down in front of it, takes out the piece of paper with
the combination on it and starts turning the knob.
Outside, Terry spots Mitch's car and pulls up in front of it.
As he sits in the seat, he looks round to double-check that it
is Mitch's car and then shakes his head in annoyance. He gets
out and starts walking towards the house. As he approaches the
door, he takes a handkerchief out of his pocket and uses it to
cover his hand as he pulls open the guard. He finds the door open
and goes in, pulling the mesh guard shut behind him again.
Mitch is still bending over the safe, but he has the door open
as Terry walks in and snaps, "You bloody idiot." Mitch,
clearly startled, turns and growls at him, "Scare
me next time." Terry snaps at him that whatever he's getting
for this isn't going to make up for the time he's been inside.
Mitch, though, angrily asks who says he's going to be caught -
he's got no record as a robber. Terry retorts that maybe
he hasn't, but he wouldn't like to bet on Mitch getting away with
it. Mitch growls, "Just watch me." Terry tells him that
Amanda was right when she gave him the bum's rush: she
could see that he wasn't worth anything; he just doesn't know
why it's taken him so long to wake up to it. Mitch growls
at him that it's easy for him: mummy's setting
her little boy up in his very own garage; well, nobody's giving
him bloody handouts, are they? Terry retorts
that, for Mitch's information, he's going to knock Fiona back
on the garage idea; whatever he does, he does for himself - but
he wouldn't take to safecracking, no matter how hard-up
he was; he'd only end up back inside, and that's for
idiots. Mitch glares at him. Terry turns to go, but Mitch
suddenly says, "Hang on - you're right." He stands up
and, leaving the safe door open, goes to walk out. All-of-a-sudden,
though, an alarm bell starts ringing. Terry and Mitch look at