Wayne stares at Patricia and curtly asks her what she's doing
there. Noticing the books and magazines that surround her, he
adds sarcastically that she's settled right in, hasn't she? Patricia
pleads with him to let her explain, but Wayne retorts that he
reckons he can guess - David told Gordy this morning:
he told them that she's gone round the twist again - and he knows
the cops have been over at Charlie's. Patricia snaps that she
hasn't gone round the twist and neither is she trying
to run away - she's simply trying to save her life until after
the trial. She begs Wayne not to tell anyone that she's there,
but Wayne snarls, "Why should I?" Patricia retorts that
she's been accused of a murder she didn't do; she's been shot
at, drugged and almost committed; all she needs is somewhere safe
until she can prove her innocence - that's not asking too much,
is it? Wayne laughs nastily, "After everything you've
done?" Patricia growls that she can pay him. Wayne
tells her not to make him laugh - she's broke; everyone knows
that. Patricia explains that she can get her hands on the money
Luke embezzled from the company. Wayne glares at her and snaps
that she's bluffing - no one knows where it is. Patricia retorts
that it's in a Swiss bank account; she forced Jeff to give her
the details before he died. She goes on that Wayne can have as
much as he wants; all he has to do is keep his mouth shut. She
adds that she's sure he could use the money. Wayne agrees
that he could. He then pauses, looking thoughtful, before
saying, "OK, mother - you've just brought yourself some protection."
He smiles nastily. Patricia looks annoyed.
At the Fisher house, Alan is talking on the 'phone in the lounge
room and he tells the person on the other end that he'll see them
soon. He then thanks them again for calling and hangs up. As he
does so, he tells Karen that Amanda got the flowers and he thinks
she likes them - he might be in with a chance there. Karen asks
him just how many women he wants at once. Alan retorts, "The
more you chase, the more you catch..." Karen warns him to
be careful where Jill is concerned, as she's sure she wants more
than a one-night stand. Alan tells her that he had two or three
nights in mind, actually! Karen, though, snaps that she means
it - she doesn't want to see Jill hurt. Alan sighs that that's
enough of the motherly lecture - he doesn't think they're ready
for that yet. Karen stares at him and he continues that, alright,
does she mind if he goes for Katie, then? Karen smiles and assures
him that that's one she doesn't mind. Alan goes on that
he thinks he got a show of interest from her earlier. Karen wishes
him good luck, but adds that he should watch Wayne, because he
doesn't want any more black eyes. Alan assures her that
he can manage. He walks off, leaving Karen smiling...
In Fiona's flat at the boarding house, Katie is examining a pair
of bright pink shoes, and she comments, "These are nice!"
Fiona laughs and explains that she found them in a little shoe
shop near Woombai - she thought she might give them to Bunty as
a joke; she needed a laugh. Katie remarks, "Rough,
was it?" Fiona explains that Mitch turned up - he tracked
Terry down somehow; he was all for being mates again, but Terry
told him where to go and it turned into a blazing row... She goes
on that, anyway, Mitch finally stormed out; she just hopes he
keeps out of Terry's way from now on. Katie is looking at a pair
or gold shoes now, and Fiona explains that she found them in Sydney
on the way back - she thought she might wear them to Barney's
regimental dinner tonight. Katie smiles, "Mmm..." Fiona
adds that perhaps she had better pop out first and find something
to go with them! She asks Katie if she'd like to come
with her, but Katie declines, saying she's got things to do. Looking
at the expression on her face, Fiona asks if something is wrong.
Katie hesitantly says, "No..." Fiona tells her
to come on - she knows when something is up. Katie assures her
that it's nothing - just another argument with Wayne. Fiona sighs
and says Katie knows what she thinks. Katie replies,
"That I'm better off without him." She then agrees that
maybe she would be, too - it's no use staying with someone who
doesn't respect you. Fiona adds, "Especially when you have
so much to offer." Katie sadly says Wayne still means so
much to her... but after last night, maybe she would
be better off finding someone else.
In the lounge room at Dural, Gordon stares at Wayne and says,
"But an hour ago--" Wayne interrupts him and explains
that everything has changed: he's found someone who can lend them
the money they need - the only condition they want is simple interest
on the borrowed capital. He continues that they don't have to
sign anything with Karen now - or her son. Gordon
asks who this person is, but Wayne replies that he's sorry - there
are two conditions: no names. Gordon asks Wayne if he's
serious. Wayne assures him that of course he is; he was swimming
round, thinking how impossible the situation was, when the whole
answer fell into his lap - so to speak. Gordon incredulously asks
him if he got a loan just like 'that'. Wayne replies that he hasn't
got the loan yet, but he has made a call, had a little
chat and it's all sorted. Gordon comments that 'little chats'
don't normally amount to cash-in-hand. Wayne asks him if he really
wants Karen to keep control of the company. Gordon points out
that it's matter of necessity. Wayne tells him that he's just
changed all that. He then pleads with his father to give him a
chance, adding that he deserves that much; 48 hours is
all he wants; hold off signing with Karen for two days and they
won't have to sign with her at all. Gordon agrees that
he can have two days - but no more; he can't muck Karen around
any more than that. Wayne walks out of the room, a broad smile
on his face.
Charlie is in the flat with Patricia, but Patricia tells her
that she didn't have to come back; she only rang to let her know
what had happened. Charlie insists that Patricia can't stay there
now, but Patricia retorts that she's not leaving - she just needs
somewhere safe, even if she has to pay for it. Charlie
points out that, if Wayne knows where she is... Patricia repeats
that she told her: she's taken care of that. Charlie asks her
if she's sure. At that moment, Wayne comes in and says, "She's
positive." Charlie says a curt, "Hello, Wayne."
Wayne turns to Patricia and tells her that she's got two days
to get the money - and no extension. Patricia retorts that she
didn't think there would be. Wayne says, "Good."
He then tells her to remember: one step out of line and she'll
be heading for the straightjacket again. He turns and goes, and
Charlie growls that he seems so rude - she doesn't know how Patricia
can bear it. Patricia replies that, at the moment, she
has no choice - but he'll keep...
At Toorak, Andy is sitting in the lounge room, strumming his
guitar, while Irene pours herself a drink. As she does so, she
comments that she's glad she took time to do a bit of asking about
Ross, as she knew there was more to him than Mr. Hale-fellow-well-met.
Andy asks her how come her friend knows so much about him, and
Irene explains that they're old friends - they raised hell when
they went through med. school! She adds that she had to pump her
a fair bit, but she got the dirt. Andy says, "He's a bit
of a gambler, isn't he?" Looking surprised, Irene asks him
how he knew. Andy explains that it was just a feeling he got when
Ross and Mrs. Hamilton were leaving for the races. Irene tells
him that Ross is more than a 'bit' of a gambler; he's compulsive,
you might say - he'd bet his grandmother on two flies climbing
a wall! Andy, looking worried, asks if they should say anything,
but Irene points out that Barbara is a big girl; she's upset after
Gordon, but she thinks they should keep their noses out of it
to start with. Andy cries that he just hates seeing her getting
mixed up with that creep, that's all. Irene tells him that she
hates seeing Barbara get mixed with anybody who isn't Gordon;
it's a damned shame, the whole mess.
At the race meeting, there are lots of crowds and hubbub as horses
race around the track. Ross is standing watching the race, but
as the first horse comes in, he tears up his betting slip and
throws it on the ground. He then starts studying his form guide
again. As he does so, a man walks over to him and asks him what
happened to his horse. Ross snaps that it was the ruddy jockey
- he never gave the horse a chance. The man muses, "Oh..."
Ross goes on that he's a bit cleaned out, and he asks the man
if he can let him have the next one on the ticket; he'll pay him
back on Monday. The man - Les - points out that Ross hasn't paid
up for last week yet - or for the week before
that or the week before that... Ross snaps at him, "Alright,
alright..." He goes on that he had it all fixed up, but something
went wrong. He asks Les to give him $200 on number two, and when
it comes in... Les snaps at Ross that he owes nearly every bookie
in the ring, and some of the blokes aren't too happy about it,
so if he wants his advice, he should concentrate on paying
up. Barbara suddenly wanders over to them, smiles at Les and declares
that she thinks she's backed a winner! She hands him her betting
slip, Les examines it and then agrees that she sure has! He takes
out a bundle of notes and hands a couple of them over. Barbara
thanks him and then says she'd like 'Fiona's Folly' in the next
- $2 on the nose. She asks Ross how he's going. Ross
looks at her and muses that it's only money... He laughs nervously
and glances at Les.
The 'phone is ringing at the country house and David answers
it in the kitchen. STD pips sound and then Patricia comes on.
David looks surprised as she tells him that she's sorry she hasn't
called before, but it's been a bit difficult. David asks her where
she is, but Patricia replies that she can't talk long - she just
wanted to let him know that everything's OK and that she loves
him. David snaps at her that she can't just leave it at that,
but Patricia tells him that there's nothing more to say.
She asks him to just trust her. David assures her that of course
he trusts her, but she's making it very hard for them to help
her. He then asks her if she's alright for money. In Sydney, Charlie
suddenly waltzes into the flat and exclaims, "Here are the
forms, darling." Patricia glares at her and says, "Shush..."
David, sounding puzzled, says, "Pat?" Patricia quickly
tells him that she has to go. She adds that she loves him and
hangs up. In Sunbury, David hangs up as well, mouthing, "Charlie...?"
as he does so. In the flat at Dural, Charlie, looking worried,
tells Patricia that she didn't expect her to be on the 'phone
- she said she wasn't going to ring him. Patricia replies that
she knows, but she thought he might be worried. She tells Charlie
to forget it and then asks where the forms are. Charlie takes
some sheets of paper out of her bag and explains that they're
everything she needs to get the money out of Switzerland. She
then asks nervously, "What if David recognised my voice?"
Patricia tells her that he'll probably 'phone her and try to find
out where she is. Charlie asks what she should say. Patricia
tells her to lie. She reminds Charlie that it can't have
been her in the background because the two of them haven't seen
each other for weeks. Charlie asks if David will believe
her. Patricia just stands there, looking dubious.
Heather and Mike walk into the kitchen at the country house,
Heather laughing that, for a painter, she reckons she makes a
good cook! David, who was on the 'phone, hangs up, and Mike asks
him if he's got a sec. David turns to him and asks what it is.
Mike replies that it might be nothing, but a car has been driving
up and down the main road and the people inside have been having
a pretty close look at the place. David asks how many times they've
come past. Mike explains that it's only twice, but he thought
it worth mentioning in case anyone is still after Patricia. David
tells him, "She called just now." Looking surprised,
Mike asks where she is, and Heather asks if she's alright. David
says he doesn't know - she hung up fairly quickly; but it was
an STD call and he's sure he heard Charlie in the background.
Heather says she thought the police searched Charlie's
house. David explains that Patricia wasn't calling from
there - there's no one home; he guesses they could be
at a hotel somewhere. Mike asks him if he's going to call the
police. David, though, says he doesn't want any fuss - and it
wouldn't be good for Pat, either - it might go against her at
the trial if she doesn't come back of her own free will. He then
goes on that he might try Charlie again later. He heads outside
to get some fresh air, leaving Mike looking at Heather in concern.
Outside, David is walking along the verandah. He's examining
the state of the roof when he suddenly notices a red car heading
up the driveway, towards the house. There are two men inside.
The car stops, but as David stares at it, the driver suddenly
turns it around and heads off back down the driveway. David stands
there, looking thoughtful.
Charlie is on the 'phone in her lounge room, talking to David,
and she curtly remarks that maybe she should put a sign on the
front door or an ad in the paper. David snaps, "Yes
or no?" Charlie ignores this, instead asking if
that's all he wants to find out. She goes on that first it was
the police, then Ross and now him; how often does she
have to tell people? - she hasn't seen Patricia, she
doesn't know where she is and she hasn't a clue how to get in
touch with her. David sighs, "Alright... alright... You're
not going to tell me where she is." Charlie insists that
she can't tell him; she simply doesn't know.
David tells her that he heard her when Pat called him, but Charlie
retorts that it must have been someone else; she's been sitting
there on her lonesome all day - except when she took babykins
for a walk; she was out then and that's why he couldn't get on
to her earlier. David gives up and snaps, "Fine..."
He then says to Charlie that, if and when she bumps into Pat,
she's to tell her to come back for her trial, because that's the
only way she's going to get out of this mess - and can she tell
her he still loves her? Charlie insists that she doesn't know
why he's asking her to-- David interrupts and snaps at her to
just remember what she has to say; he'll see her soon. He hangs
A short time later, Charlie is pacing the floor of the flat while
Patricia sits at the table, a magazine in front of her. Charlie
says she doesn't think David believed her, but Patricia tells
her not to worry - she's sure she did her best; as long as he
doesn't know where she is, that's the main thing. Charlie assures
her that she can relax; as if she'd blurt that out. She
goes on that it's not as though she wasn't tempted, though, as
he's obviously missing her very much. Patricia replies that she's
missing him, too, but if he knows where she is, he'll
come straight there and he's bound to be followed; she can't take
that risk. Charlie agrees, "Of course." She adds that
it's a shame - particularly when they're both so much in love.
Wayne suddenly walks into the flat. He smiles and says, "Good
afternoon, ladies. How's everything going?" Patricia mutters,
"Can't complain..." Wayne asks, "What about the
money?" Patricia retorts that it's being transferred to the
local bank within 24 hours. Wayne says, "Good - that's all
I wanted to hear." He turns to go, but Patricia calls after
him, "Wayne..." He looks at her, and she asks, "What
about what I'm paying you for?" Wayne smiles and assures
her that she's safe - he's got more important fish to
fry at the moment...
It's nighttime, and Karen is standing on her own in the lounge
room at the Fisher house, a drink in her band. The front door
suddenly bangs shut and Wayne walks into the room. He says a cheerful,
"Hi!" Karen indignantly asks him what he's doing there.
Looking at a plate on the table, Wayne tells her that he's sorry
if he interrupted her dinner. Karen snaps at him that if he's
got something to say, say it. Wayne explains that he's been thinking
things over and he thinks he's been a bit unfair; the way they've
been going at each other over the last few months... it's pretty
sick, really. Karen comments, "Scared you into a truce, have
I?" Wayne retorts that, no, she hasn't; he wants them to
try again. As Karen stares at him in surprise, he goes on gently
that he wouldn't blame her if she told him to get lost - he supposes
he deserves it - but neither of them has actually been sensible
lately. He continues, "It isn't easy. I'm sorry. Please?
Give us another go? I know you've never stopped loving me - that's
why you did all you did." He pleads again, "Please?"
Karen takes his hand and hugs him gratefully. Wayne smiles nastily
behind her back...
Alan is sitting with Katie in Fiona's flat, and he's saying that
Mitch hit him and that's when he started to worry! Katie comments
dubiously that if he will start picking fights with Mitch... Fiona
suddenly comes into the room and Alan tells her that she looks
very nice. Fiona thanks him. She then asks Katie to come with
her and she'll tell her what's for dinner before Barney gets there.
The two of them head into the kitchen. When they're out of Alan's
earshot, Fiona tells Katie that she's sorry to get her up, but
she thought she might need help with Alan. Looking surprised,
Katie asks her what she means. Fiona points out that he's been
there more than an hour. Katie retorts that she's glad he dropped
by - at least it takes her mind off Wayne. Fiona, looking
worried, explains that she's seen his sort before: they
just drop in, get you all relaxed and then they make their move;
the moment she leaves-- Katie interrupts her and snaps
that, if Alan comes on strong, she'll tell him to leave - simple
as that; right now, though, she enjoys his company. She walks
back into the lounge room. Fiona shakes her head, sadly.
The lights are dimmed in the lounge room at the Fisher house.
Wayne is sitting on the couch, while Karen lies in his arms. As
the two of them stare into each other's eyes, Karen tells Wayne
lovingly that it was like some crazy nightmare - she used to lie
awake at night and think about him being there with her - and
feel angry because he wasn't... and the love she felt
for him would change and she'd spend the rest of the night thinking
up ways to hurt him; it was sick - she was sick
- she had to be, to do some of the things she did...;
it doesn't matter now, though. Wayne tenderly agrees, "No,
it doesn't." Karen starts stroking his face and goes on,
"I've never loved anyone like I love you. Fisher...
Fisher was different... he's like a father, really - he worried...
he cared... yet he had his life and I
had mine..." She tells Wayne that he... at first,
she thought she'd wrap him round her little finger; then she started
to worry if he didn't call... and little things started to mean
a hell of a lot - like the first time he sent flowers; does he
remember? Wayne nods and smiles. Karen giggles that she even pressed
one of them! She then continues more sadly that, when she came
back from Todd's funeral, there was Katie... " She cries,
"Oh Wayne... I love you so much... let's go to bed..."
The smile on Wayne's face suddenly disappears and he snarls, "I
wouldn't go to bed with you if you paid me."
Karen stares at him in shock and he goes on that he wanted this
to hurt as much as it could. He continues that she couldn't give
him what he wants if she tried; he wants kids
- and by a mother who isn't ancient when they're growing up -
a mother his age. Karen cries, "Why are you doing
this?" Wayne growls at her that she's done some novel things
in her time, but threatening to give Gordy a heart attack was
the topper; he swore he'd get her back and he has. He
then goes on that they don't need her money - he's found his own
backer, so she and little Alan can back off - and she can keep
away from his father or he'll really hurt her. Karen
suddenly slaps his face. Wayne doesn't respond, instead going
on that Katie is worth ten of her; she's
his next stop - it's a night for setting things right.
He stands up from the couch and goes on that he was going to 'phone
the bad news - but it's so much more fun doing business face-to-face.
He walks out, leaving Karen sitting on the couch, looking shocked
and upset. She starts sobbing heavily...
At the country house, Mike - in the kitchen - calls to David
that he and Heather are off. David comes in and asks them if they
need a hand, but Mike says they're right. He then goes on that
he might roll up early tomorrow: he wants to get as much done
as he can before it starts hotting up. David tells him that he
won't be there, and Mike asks him if he's going to Sydney. David
replies that he has to. Mike warns him to just take it
easy - and make sure he's not being followed; he still thinks
it was pretty strange, that car driving back and forth today.
David points out that plenty of people want to buy a property
in the country; they were probably just having a look. Mike agrees,
"Probably..." David assures him that he'll keep an eye
out and Mike and Heather go.
Ross and Barbara arrive back at Toorak, and Barbara asks Ross
if he's going to come in for a drink. Ross, though, says he doesn't
think so - he's on-call tonight. Barbara comments that that's
fair enough. She then thanks him for a lovely day. Ross thanks
her for dinner. He then asks her if he can he
see her tomorrow. Barbara smiles and tells him to give her a ring
and they'll organise something. Ross says, "'Til tomorrow
morning, then," and he goes. Barbara walks into the lounge
room, a broad smile on her face, and says to Andy and Irene, "Good
evening, all." Irene remarks, "Good day, was it?"
Barbara replies that it was fantastic - she even managed to win
a few dollars; she promptly spent it on dinner for them both,
though - but at least she won it in the first place! Andy asks
if Ross couldn't pay for his. Barbara explains that he
wanted to put it on his bank card, but she wouldn't let him -
he only managed to win on one out of seven races and it left him
with scarcely a cent! She walks out of the room, still smiling.
Andy looks at Irene, warily.
Alan is still at Fiona's flat, sitting next to Katie on the couch.
He smiles at her and comments that it seems like he chose a good
night to drop over. Katie asks him how he means, and Alan points
out that, with Fiona and Barney at the meal, kicking up their
heels, the two of them can get to know each other. He
places his hand on Katie's shoulder, but Katie, looking slightly
dubious, suggests that they should just stick to talking, and
she tries to push the hand away. Alan takes her hand,
though, and asks her if she's sure that's all she wants
to do. Katie says she's sorry. Alan goes on that there's nothing
wrong with being friendly, is there? Katie agrees that
there isn't - but he's not just being 'friendly', is he? Alan
admits that, alright, he isn't, but he likes her. He
puts his hand back on her shoulder and then moves in to kiss her,
but Katie points out that she said 'no'. Alan smiles and assures
her that he can see what she wants... He suddenly throws himself
on her and starts trying it on. Katie starts pushing him away,
and as she does so, a couple of the buttons on her blouse come
apart. She starts yelling, "Let me go... let me go. For God's
sake, let me go." She manages to Alan him off, and he growls
that he's sorry but he thought-- Katie snaps at him to shut up
and get out. Someone suddenly starts knocking on the door. Alan
says to Katie that he can see she's upset. Katie snaps at him
that damn right she's upset. The person at the door knocks again
and Katie calls out curtly that it's open. The visitor is Wayne,
and as he walks in, he says, "Katie, I wanted to see if we
could-- " He suddenly notices her undone blouse and Alan
standing there. Katie looks down, realises her blouse is open
and cries that it isn't what it looks like. Wayne, though, snaps,
"You go to hell," and he storms off. Alan walks over
to Katie, places his hands on her shoulders and tells her that
if Wayne was the problem before... Katie stares at him
in shock and yells, "Get out, you animal." Alan sniffs,
picks up his jacket and leaves. Katie stands there, looking upset.
At the country house, David squeezes the washing-up cloth into
the kitchen sink. He then wipes his hands with it. As he does
so, he wanders out into the passageway that leads to the lounge
room. Satisfying himself that everything is OK, he returns to
the kitchen - where he finds a burly man, wearing dark glasses,
standing just inside the back door. He says in a menacing voice,
"You'll have to learn to lock your doors, Mr. Palmer."
David asks him what he wants. All-of-a-sudden, he's grabbed from
behind by another man, who wraps his arm around David's throat.
David starts struggling as the first man answers, "Your wife."
David gasps that he doesn't know where she is. The man retorts
that that's not what they've been told. David repeats
again that he doesn't know where she is... The man growls that
he hopes David is right, because it'll be very sad if he isn't...
He punches David on the jaw.