Looking fearful, Amanda runs outside, dashes to her car, gets
in and fumbles with the keys as she tries to get them in the ignition.
She eventually succeeds and she starts the engine and pulls the
car away at high speed.
A short time later, she pulls the car to a halt outside the 'phone
box on the main road. She leaps out of the car, runs into the
box and starts dialling in a hurry. The call is answered by a
woman saying the words, "Fire, police or ambulance?"
Amanda cries that she needs an ambulance, and she pleads with
the woman to please hurry. A moment later, a man from the ambulance
service comes on and Amanda pants that there's been an accident:
a man's been shot. The man asks what the address is, but Amanda
cries that she doesn't know - it's a holiday house about ten miles
out of Burara. The man asks her if she knows the name of the road
it's on. Amanda cries that she doesn't. She then tells
him to hang on and she'll have a look for a signpost. She steps
away from the box and starts looking round. As she does so, Barney,
who's driving his car along the road, spots her and pulls in behind
her car. As she spots him, Amanda cries, "Thank God..."
Barney gets out and asks her if she's alright, adding that Fiona
has been frantic. Amanda quickly assures him that she's
fine. She then asks what the address of the shack is. Barney asks
why, but Amanda pleads with him to please just tell her. Barney
replies, "Lot 51, Miller's Creek Road." He asks what's
going on, but Amanda ignores him, instead returning to the 'phone
box and reciting the address to the ambulance operator. She asks
if the ambulance can please hurry. The man says he'll get a unit
out there as fast as he can. Amanda hangs up and Barney demands
to know what's happened. Amanda cries that there's been an accident.
Jill walks into the lounge room at the Fisher house and muses
that she wonders where Karen is. Alan follows her in and asks
who cares, as it means he has her to himself for a while longer.
Jill, a smile on her face, tells him that she's glad they went
away together - it's the best time she'd had in ages.
Alan suggests that they should make habit of it, and
Jill says she'd like that. Alan goes on that they can start right
now, if she likes... Jill smiles and says she'd love
to, but she really should go and collect Fee. Alan's face drops
and he comments sourly that it's back to the sack cloth and ashes,
eh? Jill retorts that it's not that bad - but she does think Fiona
might be a bit shirty about the way she foisted Fee on her like
that; she should buy her a 'thankyou' present. Alan points out
that she probably enjoyed playing the clucky grandmother
for a few days, but Jill replies that, all the same, she doesn't
think she should string it out any longer. Alan, though,
asks what her rush is; he thought she liked being with
him. Jill assures him that she does. Alan goes on that
they never know when they'll have the chance to be alone together
again... Jill smiles and then gives in and says, "OK..."
She adds that she guesses another hour or so won't make any difference.
They start kissing passionately...
Amanda's car roars back up to the entrance to the shack and Barney
follows her a few seconds later. He gets out and tells Amanda
that she'd better let him go first. Amanda sighs heavily.
Barney opens the door to the shack cautiously and walks inside.
He looks around, but there's no one there. Amanda follows him
in and cries that Mitch was lying on the floor, unconscious; his
hip was bleeding. Barney tells her that the bullet might just
have grazed him - even a minor wound can look
pretty serious. He bends down and touches some blood that has
spattered onto the carpet. It's still wet. He then asks what happened
exactly. Amanda explains that Mitch found a gun and decided he
wanted to go hunting - he was really angry about something; she
was scared and she grabbed the gun and it went off; the next thing
she knew, he was lying on the floor. Barney comments that she
made a break for it then. Amanda cries that, no, she didn't -
she went to get help; that was when she saw him. A look
of fear suddenly crosses her face and Barney asks what's wrong.
Amanda cries that it's gone: Mitch must have taken the
rifle with him; but he can't have gone far - she has
to go after-- Barney grabs her arm and tells her, "No way."
He adds that she can stay there and get the police. Amanda snaps
that she won't let him get them. Barney points out that
Mitch is armed and liable to take a pot shot at anyone
who goes after him; the police are equipped-- Amanda interrupts
him and retorts that he doesn't know the way Mitch was
thinking; she does, and if Mitch thought the
police were after him, he'd probably use the gun on himself.
Barney, calming down, agrees that, OK, there'll be no police -
but they're staying there and she'd better think up a good story
to tell the ambulance blokes, too. Amanda cries that all Mitch
wanted was for them to have some time together. Barney remarks,
"So he abducted you?" Amanda retorts that he didn't
see it like that... he was so sure that she'd learn how
to love him... it was all he had to hope for... She tells Barney
that even he and Terry didn't want to know him. Barney snaps,
"With damn good reason." Amanda cries that he should
have seen the look on Mitch's face when she told him that she
couldn't love him... and all that time she was using
him... She goes on sadly, "God... if anything happens to
him, I'll never forgive myself." She bursts into tears, and
Barney gives her a comforting hug.
Fiona is playing with Fee in her flat. There's suddenly a knock
at the front door, and she picks Fee up and puts her down on the
floor, leaving her to crawl around. She has a smile on her face
as she answers the door, but this quickly disappears when she
finds Jill standing outside. She says a curt, "Jill,"
and she asks her how her trip was. Jill happily replies that it
was lovely. Fiona sourly comments that she might as well come
in. Jill does so and immediately goes and picks up Fee, saying,
"Hello, darling. Have you been a good girl?" She then
turns back to Fiona and thanks her for looking after her. She
adds that she did have Mrs. Atkins lined up, but it fell through
at the last minute. Fiona curtly points out that Jill could at
least have rung to see if it was alright. Jill, looking surprised,
explains that she was in such a rush she didn't think - and she
was sure Fiona wouldn't mind. Fiona impatiently asks her how she
could possibly know that if she didn't ask her. Jill
retorts that she thought Fiona would jump at the chance
- she's always asking her to bring Fee over. Fiona points out
to her that she left the child with a stranger. Jill,
though, tells her that Mrs. Longhurst isn't a stranger
- she knew Fee would be OK with her for a while. Fiona snaps that
Jill could at least have left a note so she knew where to contact
her. Jill insists that there wasn't time, but Fiona asks what
she would have done if there was an emergency. She adds that,
as it was, Fee was ill - it was nothing serious, but she
wasn't to know that. Jill explains that she left a message with
Mrs. Longhurst to say that Fee had a touch of colic but that it
was nothing to worry about. Fiona curtly tells her that Mrs. Longhurst
has never been known for her wonderful memory. She goes on angrily
that she just cannot believe Jill would be so irresponsible; what
if she'd made other arrangements? Jill retorts that maybe
she'd understand then how she feels - she's tired
of not being able to go anywhere because of Fee. Fiona asks her
to at least give her a ring next time. Jill picks up Fee's bags
and goes to leave. As she does so, she hands Fiona a small box
and explains that it's to say 'thankyou'; next time, she'll hire
a babysitter. Fiona asks her if Alan is so fascinating that she
would put him in front of the welfare of her own child. Jill snaps
that she hardly calls leaving Fee with someone while she has a
few days' holiday 'child neglect'. She walks out. Fiona stands
there looking worried, and she sighs heavily.
Katie and Andy are in the lounge room at Toorak. Katie is sitting
on one of the couches while Andy lies back on the other one. There's
a tape recorder on the coffee table, and pop music is blasting
out of it. Katie asks Andy if they can listen to something a bit
softer, and Andy tells her to go ahead. Katie turns off the tape,
takes it out, sorts out another tape, puts it in the machine and
turns it on. Calmer, more romantic, music starts playing. Andy,
looking surprised, comments that he didn't think she went for
the mushy stuff. Katie tells him that it makes a nice change.
She then goes and sits down next to him and takes his hand. Andy,
looking unsure as to how to react, tries to pull it away. As he
does so, he tells her that, when he's doing a gig, he normally
leaves this song until last; everyone's usually a bit tanked by
the end of the night and they like to dance close. Katie starts
stroking his arm, but Andy pushes her away again. Katie tells
him flirtatiously that you don't have to be drunk to want to get
close to someone you like... Andy warns, "Katie..."
Katie asks what's wrong. Andy points out that there's her dress...
the way she's been acting since he picked her up... He asks, "Why
the big come-on all-of-a-sudden?" adding that he thought
they were just friends. Katie gently tells him that feelings
can change... Andy comments, "Not overnight." He then
asks her if she isn't in love with Wayne. Katie suddenly
snaps, "That's over." Andy comments that she's on the
rebound, then, but Katie retorts angrily that, no, she isn't -
she wants them to be more than just friends. Andy tells her gently
that he never thought of her... Katie interrupts him and snaps
that it's alright - she gets the message. Andy assures her that
he's not trying to be nasty - he's always found her very attractive.
Katie seductively tells him to prove it then. Andy moves away
from her, but she tells him to come on: if he thinks she's attractive,
he should do something about it. She goes to kiss him, but Andy
suddenly snaps that her dad was right: she is
in a mess. Looking shocked, Katie asks him when he saw her dad.
Andy, looking annoyed with himself, explains that it was over
at the Palmers' - he dropped in to see if he could give them a
hand. Katie growls that it was her father's idea-- Andy interrupts
and assures her that he would have come to see her anyway, but
Katie retorts, "I bet." She adds angrily that he wouldn't
even have thought of it if her dad hadn't given him a
shove. Andy snaps at her not to be stupid. Katie turns and heads
towards the front door. Andy pleads with her to at least let him
give her a lift home, but Katie retorts that she wouldn't want
to put him out. She storms off and Andy sighs heavily.
Irene is at Beryl's, and as Heather lets her in and they walk
into the lounge room, she explains that she thought she'd just
pop round and say goodbye. Heather asks her if she's going back
to Sydney, and Irene replies that it's time she got back - she
has to make sure Fiona hasn't let the boarding house cave in!
She then adds that she's found a good use for Amanda's money:
she's given it to the Diseases Research Institute - they could
do with more funds. Heather tells her that she'll be
sorry to see her go. She then calls to Mike, and he comes in from
the kitchen. Irene comments that she thought he'd be out at the
Ponderosa! Mike explains that he was, but Dave rang yesterday
and told him to go slow as he's running a bit short of cash for
all the renovations. Irene asks if he said anything about finding
Patricia. Mike tells her that it seems she's been hiding out at
Gordon Hamilton's place - well, she was: Dave only found
out after she'd flown the coop for some reason. Irene sympathetically
remarks that he's not having much luck. She then asks if he has
any idea where Patricia went to this time, but Heather replies
that, apparently, he hasn't. She goes on that she knows Patricia
isn't herself, but you'd think she'd trust David. Irene
comments that there's nothing they can do about it. She
then suggests that she'd better shove off. Heather says to her
that if she sees David, give him her and Mike's love. Irene says
Alan Pascoe is walking along the verandah of the guest house
at Woombai with the receptionist, Helen, as she tells him that
a couple of guests have dropped out of the four o'clock ride.
A cab pulls up nearby and Alan stares at it in surprise as Patricia
gets out. He comments to Helen that that's the boss's ex-wife
and he muses, "What's she doing there?" Leaving
Helen, he walks over to Patricia, who smiles and says, "Hello,
Alan." Alan replies, "Mrs. Morrell. I wasn't expecting
to see you." Patricia tells him that, actually, it's Mrs.
Palmer - she's remarried. She then asks if Stephen is around,
but Alan replies that he isn't - he's at a sale down south, looking
at horses - they're running short. Looking disappointed, Patricia
says she supposes she should have rung first. Alan tells her that
he'll be back tomorrow and he asks her if she'd like to stay.
Patricia replies that she would, if that's alright; she'll pay,
of course. Alan says he's sure he can fix her up with a room.
He takes her bag and they start walking towards the guest house.
Patricia is limping, and Alan remarks that her knee looks pretty
painful. As they head inside, a female guest stares at them. Helen
walks over to her and says, "Enjoy your ride, Miss. Grey?"
Miss. Grey replies that, yes she did, thanks. She then goes on
that she'll be back from the stables in a few minutes and she
wants Helen to get a Perth 'phone number for her. Helen tells
her that that's OK - she'll see her back at the guesthouse. Miss.
Grey keeps her eyes on Patricia as she walks off...
A while later, Patricia is sitting on the verandah outside the
guest house, reading a magazine. Alan comes out and tells her
that he rang the doctor but he's tied up in surgery and it might
be hours before he can get there. Handing her some pills, he suggests
she take them. Patricia, though, snaps that they won't
help. Looking surprised, Alan says he's sure they're better than
nothing. Patricia quickly says she's sorry - it's just
that the pain is getting to her. She takes the pills and swallows
some of the water that's in the glass Alan holds out to her. When
she's done that, she asks if anybody from Woombai has been asking
questions about her lately. Alan replies that they haven't as
far as he knows, and he asks why she's asking. Patricia
assures him that there's no special reason - it's just that she
needed a few days of peace and quiet; she doesn't want anyone
chasing after her. Alan accepts this. He then asks her if she'll
be OK on her own for a while, as he has to get to the stables.
Patricia tells him, "Yes, of course." Miss. Grey suddenly
comes round the corner and tells Alan that she's come to have
a natter with their new guest, to make her feel at home. Alan
introduces Miss. Grey to Patricia and Miss. Grey tells her that
she's pleased to meet her. She holds out her hand, but Patricia
ignores it, concentrating instead on the magazine she's reading.
Miss. Grey sits down on a chair next to her and tells her that
she saw her arrive. She then asks her what she did to her leg.
Patricia just mutters that she fell over. Miss. Grey comments
that that's a shame. She then asks her how long she's staying.
Patricia retorts that it's just for a few days. Miss. Grey remarks
that she won't have time to see too much of the countryside. Patricia
mutters that she's seen it before - she's just there for a few
days' peace and quiet. Miss. Grey smiles and suggests that she'd
better be around to keep her company, then - they can't have her
getting lonely, can they? Patricia looks annoyed.
At Fiona's, Amanda tells Fiona that she tried to explain to the
ambulancemen that there'd been a mistake; it was a bit tricky,
but Barney managed to convince them. Fiona says she thanks goodness
that Mitch didn't hurt Amanda; she was so worried after
she rang; if Barney hadn't known where to go... Barney comes into
the flat at that moment and announces that there's nothing in
Mitch's bedsit to give any clues where he's gone. Amanda says
she hopes he's gone to see a doctor. Barney suggests that maybe
he's gone back to the base, looking for him; they did
have words. Amanda, though, tells him that that's the
last place Mitch would be: the reason he got angry in
the first place was because he read something that Barney
had written. Looking surprised, Barney asks her what she's talking
about. Amanda explains that she means the exercise books that
were in the suitcase with the rifle. Barney's face suddenly turns
to thunder and he snaps, "Damn Mitch - he had no right to--"
He breaks off and then asks Amanda more calmly if she thinks Mitch
took them with him. Amanda says she doesn't know. Barney asks
her if Mitch told her what was in them. Amanda replies that he
didn't - he was too angry. Looking concerned, Fiona asks Barney
what's so special about the books. Barney hesitates before assuring
her that it's nothing... they're just private, that's all. He
adds by way of brief explanation that, while he was in Vietnam,
he kept a diary. Changing the subject, he says he'll go down to
the pub and see if he can find Mitch there. A look of
worry on her face, Fiona looks at Amanda.
On the verandah at the guest house at Woombai, Miss. Grey says
to Patricia that of course, she's only been there two days, but
she's fallen in love with the place already; it's a glorious spot,
isn't it? Patricia, looking annoyed, mutters, "Yes, it is."
Miss. Grey comments that Patricia knows that, though, as she's
been there before. Patricia agrees, "Yes." Miss. Grey
then tells her that she'll leave her to it, as she has to write
some letters. Patricia, looking relieved, shifts her position,
but as she does so, it causes her knee to twinge, and she grimaces
in pain. Miss. Grey tells her that she ought to give that knee
plenty of rest; she should know - she's had bursitis
herself. She goes to walk off, but Patricia, suddenly
looking puzzled, asks her how she knew it was bursitis that she's
suffering from. Miss. Grey turns back to look at her and asks
her if she didn't say that's what it was. Patricia retorts,
"No." Miss. Grey suggests that someone must
have told her. Patricia snaps that she hasn't mentioned
it to anyone. Miss. Grey insists that she must have;
she's sure Alan told her that she had bursitis; that's
right - she remembers thinking at the time how painful it can
be. She then adds quickly that she'd better write those letters,
and she walks off, leaving Patricia looking worried and thoughtful.
Katie is back at Beryl's and she tells her mother that she could
have sunk through the floor when Andy let it slip that he was
acting on her dad's orders. Heather gently assures her that it's
not like that - all they wanted to do is help.
Katie snaps that pairing her up with Andy was a disaster
- she'll never be able to look him in the face again. She goes
on that Heather and Mike don't seem to be able to accept that
she can run her life without them shoving their oars
in. Heather tells her that, if they're overprotective, it's because
they love her - she's all they have left now that Jeff... She
starts breaking down, and Katie quickly says she's sorry. She
goes and gives her mother a hug. Heather continues that she knows
Katie's upset about Wayne, but she'll find someone else. Katie
replies that no one else seems to want her. Heather,
though, tells her not to be silly - a pretty girl like her has
all the time in the world. Katie sadly wishes she could be that
sure. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Katie goes to answer
it. STD pips sound and Alan Brandon then comes on. Katie mouths
to her mother that it's for her, and Heather leaves the room.
Katie then returns to Alan and curtly asks him how he got her
number. Alan explains that he got it from Jill. He then goes on
that he wants to apologise for the other night. Katie growls,
"So you should." Alan tells her not to rub it in - he's
a louse - but she's different to most girls. A look of
fury on her face, Katie angrily asks him what means. Alan quickly
tells her to take it easy - he just meant that she's got class
- and he'd like to see her again. Katie says she doesn't know
when she's going to be back in Sydney, but Alan tells her that
he'll be coming to Melbourne soon and he'd like to take her out
then - if that's OK by her. Katie says she doesn't know. Alan
assures her that he's prepared to grovel at her feet! Katie smiles,
gives in and says, "Alright!" She then adds that she's
sorry about what happened, too - she behaved childishly. Alan
points out that Wayne upset her. At the Fisher house, Jill walks
into the lounge room and Alan quickly tells Katie that he'll give
her a call when he gets down there. He adds, "Bye,"
and hangs up. Jill, looking puzzled, comments that she must have
left Fee's teddy at Fiona's. She then asks him what that call
was all about. Alan replies that it was business - Karen wants
him to go to Melbourne for a few days and he was just making sure
he had enough lined up to keep him busy. He adds that he'd better
keep in Karen's good books - and he wants to organise it so that
the two of them can get a few days off again soon. Jill
smiles at him lovingly and tells him that that would be wonderful.
They kiss and then hug. Jill smiles happily...
Barney lets himself into the shack. He looks around and spots
the suitcase on the table. He lifts up the lid and peers inside.
A look of annoyance crosses his face as he finds some of the exercise
books missing. He starts looking round again and then suddenly
notices the books lying on the floor by the door, where Mitch
flung them. He goes and picks them up, sighing in relief as he
clutches them to his chest.
Alan Pascoe joins Patricia on the verandah at the guest house
and comments to her that Helen said she wanted to see him. Patricia
replies that that's right. She then asks him if he remembers her
telling him how she hurt her knee. Alan tells her that she fell
over. Patricia asks him if she told him what the injury
was. Alan replies, "No," and Patricia, looking thoughtful,
says she thought not. She then goes on that she's afraid she won't
be staying at Woombai after all. Looking surprised, Alan tells
her that Mr. Morrell will be back tomorrow; if the guest house
accommodation isn't suitable-- Patricia interrupts him and assures
him that it's not that; it's just that she's changed her mind.
She asks him if he can give her a lift to the station. Alan warns
her that she shouldn't be going anywhere on her knee, and he tells
her to let him ring the doctor for her. Patricia insists that
she has to leave now, but Alan tells her that she won't
get far if she doesn't get treatment. Patricia reluctantly gives
in and says that, alright, she'll see a doctor before she catches
the train. She asks him if he'll give her a lift, but Alan explains
that he's pretty busy - the four o'clock ride is due back in a
minute. Patricia, looking annoyed, says she knows this sounds
crazy, but believe her: she's got her reasons. Alan tells her,
"OK - I'll get your bag." Patricia lifts her case out
from under her chair and tells him that she's way ahead of him.
She hands it to him and he tells her that his car is out the front.
They start walking off. From a distance, Miss. Grey watches them
go. She then approaches a man who was sitting on the verandah
near to Patricia and asks him where Alan is taking Mrs. Palmer.
The man replies that he's taking her into town to see a doctor
and then she's catching a train. He adds that she seemed very
upset about something. Miss. Grey watches as Patricia gets in
the car and as Alan puts her bag on the back seat.
Barney is reading the newspaper at Fiona's flat. Fiona comes
out of the spare bedroom and he asks her if Amanda is still asleep.
Fiona replies that she's dead to the world. Barney comments that
it's a good thing she's staying the night. Looking concerned,
Fiona tells Barney not to worry about Mitch too much - he's done
everything he can. Barney suddenly remarks that Fiona is always
concerned about other people. Fiona looks thoughtful momentarily,
and she pauses before agreeing that she's always concerned about
people she cares about. She continues that she's come to care
about him quite a lot... Barney tells her that he's very
fond of her, too - it seems they've known each other
for years, not weeks, they get on so well! Fiona
agrees, "Yes..." Barney goes on that he's realised what
he's been missing being single all these years. Fiona laughs that
she thought bachelors had all the fun! Barney tells her that he
used to think so. He stands up, walks over to her and
holds her. He then asks if she reckons they... He breaks off and
Fiona gently asks, "What?" Barney muses that he's not
making a very good job of this! He pauses before continuing, "Fiona,
I'm asking you to marry me." Fiona smiles in delight and
cries, "Oh Barney!" Barney tells her that she doesn't
have to answer straight away; just tell him that she'll think
about it. Fiona assures him happily, "Alright. I'll think
Patricia is hobbling out of the doctor's surgery near Woombai.
She looks around and suddenly spots Miss. Grey standing by a car
with two well-built men, who are wearing smart suits. Miss. Grey
points at her and the two men immediately start walking towards
her. Patricia looks round to call for help, but there's no one
there. She turns to her right and starts hobbling towards some
shops just down the road. The two men quickly begin to catch up
with her and the hobble turns into a half-run. She suddenly stops
as she comes across two crates of empty milk bottles stacked up
outside a shop. She pauses and then picks up one of the crates
and throws it down hard onto the pavement, so that the bottles
smash everywhere. The two men come to a halt, uncertain as to
what to do next. A female customer comes out of the shop, a look
of shock on her face. She's followed by an angry-looking man who
asks Patricia what she thinks she's doing. Patricia snaps at him
that he left a crate of milk bottles on the middle of the footpath;
she could have broken her neck. The man snaps back that if she's
got a complaint, she can come into the shop; there's no need to
wreck the place. Patricia retorts that it's people like
him that need to be taught a lesson. Looking
astonished, the man yells that he doesn't know who she is, but
she's the one that needs a lesson - he's going
to call the cops. Patricia snaps at him, "Do that."
The man retorts that he will, and he heads back inside.
Patricia turns to look at the two men who were following her.
They turn round and saunter off casually. Patricia stands outside
the shop, looking worried.