Mitch, standing by the doors that lead to the back garden, growls,
"I've come for my money." He pauses before adding, "What
else would I want?" Karen retorts that she told
him that he'd have it late tonight; she doesn't want him there
now - anyone could come in. Mitch snaps at her, "Just give
me the money and I'll go." Karen explains that she has to
see Alan first - he's been out all day with Jill. Mitch growls
at her that she thought up this scheme - if she wants
to make out that he's dead for her own crazy reasons, that's fine
by him, as long as he gets what they agreed on. Karen assures
him that she'll get it. Mitch snaps that he wants it now.
Karen retorts that she hasn't got it now. She goes on
that Alan will be back at any time; if Mitch wants to wait, he
can wait in the garden and when the money's ready, she'll call
him. Mitch growls that she's to remember that he won't be far
away - and he won't wait all night, either. He goes to walk out
again, but pauses and turns back to face Karen. He tells her that,
when he came there this morning and she was babbling on about
wanting Wayne to believe he'd killed him, he didn't know what
she was on about - but now that he's had time to think what she's
paying him for, all he can say is, "You're sick." Karen
retorts that she wouldn't expect him to understand about love,
but Mitch growls that if that's her idea of love, she and Wayne
deserve each other. He walks out.
Wayne is sitting in the lounge room at Dural, drinking, a glum
look on his face. He suddenly overhears Gordon at the front door:
he's talking to Charlie and inviting her to come in. As Charlie
enters the house, she admonishes, "Do be quiet, Izzy - mother's
nerves are in no state for all that!" She then turns to Gordon
and goes on that she can't tell him how good it is to see a friendly
face - he'll never imagine what she's been through. She and Gordon
come into the lounge room and Charlie smiles and says, "Hello,
Wayne." Wayne just stares at her without responding. Gordon
goes to the bar to get Charlie a drink. As she sits down, he tells
her that they tried to contact her, but no one knew where she
was staying in Perth. He then asks what happened, and Charlie
explains that it was all a wild goose chase by that most dreadful
Roger Carlyle - Patricia wasn't in Perth at all. Gordon
replies that that's why they tried to contact her. Charlie goes
on that Roger Carlyle actually threatened her and said that if
she gave Patricia any more help, she'd be sorry. Gordon, looking
surprised, asks if Carlyle spoke to her personally. Charlie admits,
"Not really... but this awful man came to my room."
Gordon asks if he mentioned Roger Carlyle's name. Charlie
replies that he didn't... but they both knew who he was working
for. Gordon hands her her drink, sits down and asks how they can
prove the man was sent by Roger. He then quickly adds
that the main thing is that she's alright - they were quite worried
about her. Charlie, looking pleased, smiles, "Were you?"
She adds, "But then I'd be quite annoyed if you weren't...
one likes to think one's cared for..." Changing the subject,
Gordon quickly tells her that she hasn't heard the good news:
Patricia is with David in Melbourne and she's had her knee operation.
A look of delight crosses Charlie's face and she exclaims that
that's wonderful - it'll make Roger Carlyle spit chips! She then
asks Gordon and Wayne if they can imagine the sort of diseased
mind that that man must have - to actually want to kill someone
in cold blood... she doesn't know how he can live with
himself. Glaring at her, Wayne suddenly snaps, "For God's
sake," and he gets up and storms out. Charlie looks at Gordon
in surprise and asks if it was something she said.
Alan is with Karen in the lounge room at the Fisher house, packing
files into his briefcase and telling her that he was having such
a great time with Jill that he forgot how late it was - he'll
be lucky to catch his 'plane. Karen says to him that, before he
goes, she needs some money: she has to write a cheque tonight
and she doesn't have enough to cover it. Alan retorts that he
hasn't got time - he'll see her when he gets back. He turns to
go, but Karen snaps that she needs it now - until the
company money comes through, she's practically broke.
Alan points out curtly that there's food in the 'fridge, isn't
there? Karen snaps at him, "For God's sake." Alan gives
in and mutters, "Anything for some peace..." He goes
to the desk and starts writing the cheque. As he does so, Jill
comes in with a packed holdall tells him that he's a bit short
on socks - they're in the wash. Alan, though, mutters that he'll
buy some more if he runs out. He signs the cheque and hands it
to Karen. Jill sighs that she wishes he wasn't going, as she'll
miss him. Alan bluntly suggests that she leave that for when he
gets back. He then kisses her and heads out. Jill sighs heavily.
Karen tells her that there's no point losing any sleep over him
- he's not worth it. Jill replies that she can't help the way
she feels. Wanting to get rid of her, Karen tells her that she
looks dead on her feet and she suggests to her that she should
have an early night. Jill says she doesn't think she'll sleep
much anyway, knowing that Alan is down there chasing Katie. Karen
suggests to her that she take a couple of pills, then. Jill points
out that she wouldn't hear Fee, but Karen assures her that she'll
look after her. Jill asks her if she's sure. Karen replies that
she is. She adds that she'll get the pills and she walks out.
Irene is with Fiona in Fiona's flat. The two of them are each
holding a glass of champagne, and Irene exclaims that she thinks
it's wonderful news! She adds that, apart from anything
else, Barney will be great unpaid help with the boarding house
while she's overseas! Her face suddenly dropping, she goes on
that she only wished things were going as well for Barbara,
running around with Ross Newman... Fiona agrees that it certainly
seems that she's not thinking clearly - and to turn on Irene like
that... The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Fiona gets up to
answer it. STD pips sound and Beryl comes on. Looking surprised,
Fiona says, "Hello!" Beryl explains that she thought
she'd ring to see how Fiona is; she's stuck in Sydney until tomorrow
due to some strike over something or other. Fiona says to her
that she thought she was still up-north with Jim O'Brien. Beryl
murmurs, "Yes..." She then quickly continues that that's
not what she 'phoned about, and she asks Fiona how she is. Fiona
smiles and replies that she's fine. She goes on that she hopes
Beryl is going to come and stay the night as she's got some very
big news for her. Beryl, though, says she thinks she'd rather
get home - she only rang to say 'Hi'. Fiona looks disappointed.
Beryl says she'd better go. She adds that they'll catch up soon,
and she hangs up.
Karen walks into the lounge room at the Fisher house, heads for
the garden doors, opens them and calls, "You there?"
Mitch appears and snaps, "About bloody time. Where is it?"
Karen tells him to come in and she'll write him a cheque. She
adds that, after this, she doesn't ever want to see or hear of
him again. Mitch curtly asks why he'd want to see her
again. As they glare at each other, there's a sudden knock at
the front door and Wayne calls, "Karen?" Karen and Mitch
look round in shock.
A few moments later, a drunk Wayne walks in and slurs at Karen
- who's apparently on her own - that Charlie kept on and on about
Roger Carlyle and what a terrible person he is, with human life
meaning nothing to him...; he had to get away. Karen tells him
to take it easy. Wayne goes on that he kept remembering what she
said about not going to pieces in front of Gordy: he tried, but
Gordy would have to be blind not to notice. Karen points out that
Gordon has got a lot of things on his mind and he knows Wayne
has been under a lot of pressure lately, with the company and
all...; he probably thinks it's that. Wayne slurs that
he hopes so... He then goes on that Karen said that if he needed
help, he was to come to her, and he asks, "Can I stay for
a few hours?" Karen smiles and assures him that of course
he can. She suggests he go and make himself a coffee, but Wayne
slurs that he doesn't need that. Karen, though, retorts that he
does: getting drunk isn't helping anything. She adds
that she's got a couple of things to finish off and then they
can sit and talk. Wayne heads off to the kitchen. Karen returns
to the desk to finish writing the cheque. Mitch creeps back in
through the garden doors and angrily asks Karen, "What are
you trying to do to that poor mongrel?" Karen retorts that
she does know what Wayne is going through - she's not that
totally unfeeling; if she'd realised he was going to take it so
badly, she would never have started it - but it's too late now
and it's nothing to with Mitch anyway. She tells him to take his
money and go. Mitch grabs the cheque that she's holding out, folds
it up and heads back out through the doors. Karen stands there,
Gordon is sitting in the lounge room at Dural with Charlie and
Isabella. He says to Charlie that if he'd known Wayne was taking
the car, he would have stopped him - he's in no state to drive.
He adds that something has been worrying him all day, but he wouldn't
talk about it. Charlie points out that Wayne is old enough too
look after himself - but it's Gordon's health
that's important - to all of them... Gordon admits that
he feels a bit worn out, and Charlie smiles that a good night's
sleep will do wonders. She stands up and helps him out of his
seat. She then tells him that she'll stay there in case Wayne
calls. Gordon insists that he can't ask her to do that, but Charlie
assures him that she doesn't mind in the least - she'll just think
lovely thoughts about him up there, all snug and cosy! Gordon
asks her if she's sure she doesn't mind. Charlie tells him not
to worry about a thing - she's there to look after him
now. Gordon says, "Goodnight." Charlie wishes him, "Sweet
In her flat at the boarding house, Fiona laughs. Irene animatedly
says she's always thought that if she was ever to get married
again, she'd want to do it somewhere really different. Fiona laughs
knowingly, and Irene, putting on a mock expression of shock, points
out that she meant the wedding - like on a roof or under
a waterfall! Fiona half-laughs and half-slurs that she can see
Irene in a scuba diving outfit with an umbrella up! There's suddenly
a knock on the front door, and Fiona laughs that people never
want to leave you alone when you're having fun! She gets up and
goes and opens it. Barney is standing there, a serious look on
his face, and he asks Fiona if he can come in. Fiona slurs that
of course he can - she's only got Irene there. She adds that he's
just in time to help them finish the bubbly. Barney, though, declines
the offer. He adds that what he came about won't take long. Irene
chips in that she does have to get going, and Fiona, looking disappointed,
agrees, "Alright." Irene tells Barney that, in case
she doesn't see him again before she heads overseas, she wishes
him all the very best. She then hugs Fiona, who smiles and says,
"Goodnight, Irene." Irene goes and Fiona invites Barney
to sit down. She then asks him if he's eaten, but Barney explains
that he can't stay - he just wants her to read something. Holding
out his exercise books, he goes on that what she thinks about
it means a great deal to him: he wrote this all down in the books
years ago and shoved them under a bed and forgot all about them
- until Mitch found them. Fiona asks what they are and Barney
explains that they're just something she should know. He goes
on that he won't make any excuses, but he'll let her make her
own mind up; he'll just go for a walk and come back a bit later.
Looking surprised, Fiona asks why it's so urgent that she should
read them. Barney replies that he's thinking of getting them published
- and if he does, it's only fair that she should find out before--
He breaks off before adding that she's got a right to know before
she marries him - it may change the way she feels. Fiona smiles
lovingly and assures him that, whatever it is, it wouldn't do
that. Barney says he hopes not, but it might... He turns to go,
but he pauses by the door and says, "I love you." He
then leaves. Fiona stands there, looking thoughtful. After a few
seconds, she sits down and opens the top book.
In Melbourne, Beryl's house is in darkness, but Katie is standing
in the lounge room, talking on the 'phone to Alan. She tells him
that she can't come and meet him now. Alan asks why not
and Katie points out that it's after 11pm - her mum and dad are
in bed. Alan assures her that that's OK - they're not invited!
Katie laughs but then explains that her parents will worry if
they wake up and find she's not there. Alan suggests that she
leave them a note. He adds that she's over 16; they can hardly
object. Katie, though, says she doesn't think so. She then suggests
that they have lunch tomorrow - she'll cook: her mum and dad are
away for the day so they'll have the place to themselves. Alan
tells her that she's won him - he'll see her then. He hangs up.
Katie stands there, smiling...
At the Fisher house, Wayne slurs that it's not just that he killed
someone - his conscience is bad enough - but it's being scared...
knowing that for the rest of his life, whenever someone knocks
on the door it could be the cops. Karen gently tells him that
he's only making it worse for himself - he's been talking in circles
for hours. Wayne slurs that he's sorry - he didn't mean
to bore her; it's time he was going, he supposes. Karen assures
him that he isn't boring her and she adds that he's not leaving
in that state. Wayne asks why not: the worst he could do is kill
himself; it would solve a lot of problems. Karen snaps at him
to stop talking like that; he's spending the night there:
he can sleep on the sofa - although she'd be much happier if he
did spend the night with her... they're both going to
need a lot of comfort tonight... She goes on that she does know
what he's going through - she'll help if he lets her. Wayne mutters
that the sofa will do. Karen accepts this and she leaves him.
Wayne, still looking upset, walks over to the drinks table, picks
up a glass and pours himself a scotch. He sips it and then wanders
over to the desk. The bottle of sleeping pills that Karen lent
to Jill is sitting there, and Wayne picks it up and stares at
the label. He then wanders back over to the couch and sits down.
A while later, Karen walks into the lounge room holding a pillow
and a blanket. Wayne is lying on the couch, apparently asleep.
Karen calls, "Wayne?" Wayne doesn't respond. Karen goes
on, "Wayne? Get up." He doesn't move, though. Karen
runs round to stand in front of him and she suddenly notices the
bottle of pills in his left hand, which is draped on the floor.
She cries, "Oh God," and she runs to the 'phone and
Fiona is sitting in her flat, a look of devastation on her face
as tears stream down it. There's a knock on the door, but Fiona
takes several seconds before she gets up to answer it. She eventually
walks over to it very slowly. As she opens the door, Barney, who's
standing in the corridor, says, "You read them?" Fiona
doesn't respond. Barney walks into the flat and closes the door
behind him. Fiona turns away, not wanting to look at him. Barney,
looking concerned, says, "Fiona?" Fiona, still refusing
to look at him, cries, "I just don't believe it. I don't
believe that you could be a part of it like that. Someone I thought
I knew..." Barney quietly tells her that he hoped
she'd understand. Fiona, though, cries, "I can't." Barney
goes on that he thought she'd probably feel that way, but it wouldn't
have been right to let things go on without telling her. He turns
away, walks to the door and goes. Fiona just stands there, sobbing
A doctor finishes examining a still-unconscious Wayne in the
lounge room at the Fisher house and he tells Karen that Wayne
is lucky: she found him in time. Karen asks if he should
be in hospital, but the doctor replies that, no - he'll sleep
well tonight and he'll be groggy in the morning with a sore stomach
and ribs from all that vomiting, but that will be all. Karen tells
him that she's sorry for getting him out of bed, but the doctor
assures her that he's used to it. He then asks how Nat is and
Karen replies that he's fine - he's still overseas. The doctor
asks her to remind Nat when he gets back that he owes him an afternoon
stroll. Karen smiles and says she'll do that. The doctor then
asks if there's any chance that Wayne will try this again, but
Karen assures him that it was just an accident: he was very drunk
- that's why he's sleeping on the sofa; she doesn't know what
he thought he was taking, but he certainly wasn't trying to kill
himself. The doctor tells her to call him again if anything happens,
but he's sure Wayne will be alright. He goes. Karen sighs and
sits down on the couch next to Wayne. She starts stroking his
hand and his face, and she murmurs lovingly, "Oh Wayne..."
The next morning, Karen and Wayne are sitting at the table, and
Karen tells a groggy-looking Wayne that he really should try and
eat something. Wayne, though, just mutters that it would all be
over by now if she'd left him alone. Karen insists that she cares
about him too much to lose him. Wayne ignores this, going on that
it doesn't get any better: he keeps seeing Mitch lying there and
knowing that she-- He breaks off. Karen, looking worried, gently
tells him, "Wayne... it didn't happen the way you think."
Wayne ignores her again, instead continuing that he doesn't know
why she's bothering to help him - he's been pretty mean to her
lately. Karen assures him that she's helping him because she loves
him; she thought he knew that. Wayne murmurs that he
did - but he supposes it's the first time she's done
anything to really show it; she saved his life and he
won't forget that. Karen smiles at him lovingly and says, "Oh
Wayne..." Wayne then points out that she was going to say
something about it not happening the way he thought. Karen quickly
assures him that it doesn't matter, and she smiles at him adoringly...
Amanda is walking along the footpath outside the apartment block
where she lives. Mitch is sitting in his car, watching her as
she passes, but she doesn't notice him. A thoughtful look on his
face, he suddenly starts his car's engine and pulls away. Amanda
stops as she becomes aware of a yellow car driving past, and she
mutters in surprise, "Mitch?"
Charlie, Isabella and Gordon head from the lounge room to the
front door at Dural, Gordon asking Charlie as they do so if Patricia
knows that she's going down. Charlie explains that she rang David
- he was so relieved to hear that she's alright. She adds that
it's really very sweet the way the men worry about one! Gordon
wishes her a good flight and Charlie thanks him. She goes on that
she just dropped by to let him know where she was in case he missed
her! Wayne suddenly walks in through the front door and Charlie
smiles as she comments, "Who's a naughty stop-out?!"
Wayne just ignores her and heads upstairs. Charlie snaps at Gordon
that Wayne really can be so rude sometimes - he really ought to
speak to him. Gordon, though, explains that when Wayne is in one
of these moods, he's best left alone. Charlie murmurs that he
knows Wayne best. She then adds that she'll see him when she gets
back and she goes.
Alan is at Beryl's, and as Katie shows off the svelte black-and-pink-patterned
dress that she's wearing, he exclaims, "Stunning. That's
the only word that comes to mind." Katie thanks him delightedly.
She then adds that lunch won't be long. They sit down on the couch
in the lounge room and Alan points out that they've got all day.
He then asks her how she's been, and she replies, "Fine.
And you?" Alan responds that he's good. He then tells her
that she really is a hell of an attractive lady; if only she'd
learn to relax... Katie insists that she is relaxed -
well, a lot more than she was; what happened in Sydney...
it was just the wrong time. She then tells him that she's really
glad he rang last night. Alan smiles and says he's glad
she's glad. He gently puts his hand on her knee and goes to kiss
her, but Katie recoils away and says she thinks she'd better go
and check on lunch. She stands up, but Alan points out that lunch
isn't the reason she invited him there and they both know it.
He goes to kiss her again, and this time, Katie responds passionately...
At the boarding house in Sydney, Irene hugs Fiona and tells her
to take care. Fiona replies, "You too - and write!"
Irene assures her that she will. She then asks Fiona if she's
sure everything is alright. Putting on a brave face, Fiona replies
that of course she's sure. Irene asks her if she's heard anything
more from Beryl. Fiona replies that she'd be a lot happier if
she had - it's been worrying her. Irene says she's sure
it's nothing serious. Fiona suggests that it's time Irene was
moving! Irene wishes Fiona all the very best for her and for Barney.
Fiona thanks her and Irene walks off. Fiona heads back into her
flat, closes the door and leans against it, looking rueful.
Beryl arrives home and walks into her lounge room. Looking heavily-pregnant,
she puts down her case and calls, "Mike? Heather?" There's
no answer, though; apparently, no one is home. Beryl suddenly
notices a brown suit jacket lying on the lounge room floor and
she picks it up and rests it over the back of the couch. She then
calls out again to ask if anyone's home, but there's no answer.
She heads off towards her bedroom, opens the door and suddenly
cries out in shock, "Get out of my room!" She hurries
back into the lounge room, quickly followed by Katie, who's straightening
the strap of her dress. She hurriedly explains that she wasn't
expecting Beryl back. Beryl snaps, "Where are your parents?"
Katie ignores this, going on that if they'd known she was coming...
Beryl snaps that she asked where Katie's parents are. Katie retorts
that they're out for the day. Beryl angrily asks her if this sort
of thing happens every time they go out. Katie indignantly
retorts that they weren't doing anything wrong. Beryl snaps at
her that she was carrying on like 'that' in someone else's home,
in her bedroom. Alan walks in, doing up his shirt sleeve
buttons, and he mutters to Katie, "Thought we were going
to have the house to ourselves today." Beryl snaps at him
to get out. Katie suggests to him quietly that he'd better go.
Alan reluctantly says, "OK." He goes to kiss Katie,
but Beryl picks up his jacket from the back of the couch and thrusts
it at him, repeating that she ordered him to get out. Alan tells
Katie that he'll call her soon, and he adds that they'd better
make it his place next time. He goes. Beryl snaps at
Katie that she can start packing, too. Looking incredulous,
Katie angrily asks Beryl what the matter is with her. She goes
on that it's not such a terrible thing: her mum and dad
have been sleeping there in the same bed. Beryl suddenly yells,
"You little slut," and she wallops Katie round the face.
She then runs into the kitchen and leans on the table, looking
shocked and upset.