Beryl is standing in the kitchen at her house when she hears
the front door bang, and she calls out, "I'm in here, Fiona.
How was the party?" There's no response, though, and so,
looking concerned, she heads out into the lounge room. Fiona is
standing there, her back to the kitchen. Beryl notices the charred
state of Fiona's clothes and comments, "What on earth...?"
She approaches Fiona slowly. After a few seconds, Fiona murmurs
sadly, "Barney's dead..."
At the hospital, a nurse wheels a trolley round the corner of
the corridor, past where Barbara is standing on her own. Ross
suddenly comes along the corridor from the other direction and,
looking relieved to see him, Barbara thanks him for coming. Ross
explains that he came as soon as he got the call. He asks her
if she's alright, and she replies that she's just got a few scratches.
Ross asks, "The others?" Barbara, beginning to break
into tears, cries, "Barney's dead. And Amanda severed an
artery in her arm and I didn't know what to do..."
She goes on shakily that Wayne was the only one who kept his head;
he saved Amanda's life... and she doesn't know about Andy...
he's got head injuries; he'd only just walked in the door and
the bomb went off; she didn't even say 'hello' to him properly...
Ross soothingly tells her that they've got a great team of doctors
there at the hospital - everyone will be alright. A nurse comes
out of a nearby room and Barbara asks how Andy is. The nurse replies
that he's alright: he's still unconscious but he came through
the operation. Ross says to her that he doesn't suppose they can
see him? The nurse agrees that they can't see him until he comes
round - and then only for a few minutes. Ross asks how long it
will be until he comes round, adding that they don't want to rush
things. The nurse tells him that it shouldn't be too long; she'll
let them know. She walks off. Barbara, looking upset, asks what
the nurse meant, as she said the operation was successful.
Ross helps her to sit down and he then explains that head injuries
are a little touchy; they won't know how Andy is until he wakes
up. He goes on that he understands that Barbara wants to see him
as soon as possible, but it could be a little upsetting - he might
not be able to talk, and if he can, he might gabble on about all
sorts of ridiculous things. Barbara insists that she still wants
to see him. Ross warns her, "Just as long as you're prepared..."
Wayne is talking on a payphone and he tells the person at the
other end to let him know when she's arriving and either he or
Jill will pick her up from the airport. He hangs up. Jill joins
him and asks if that was Karen that he was talking to. Wayne explains
that he finally got her at Gordy's. Jill asks if she's coming
down, and Wayne replies that she's catching the first available
flight. He adds that Gordy is coming with her. He then asks if
there's any more news on Alan. Jill, looking upset, cries that
if he was going to be alright, you'd think they'd tell
her... Wayne gives her a comforting hug.
In the lounge room at Beryl's, Beryl says to Fiona that if it
was Roger Carlyle, the man must be demented; it's bad
enough that he's gone after Patricia, but to think nothing of
those other people... Fiona curtly asks why he should
- no one has any proof that he was involved. Beryl growls that
the police had better find some evidence against him,
then, before he-- She breaks off, but Fiona completes sadly, "Kills
anyone else..." Beryl tells her that she's been very hard
on herself - it's no use bottling everything up. Fiona sadly replies
that she can't cry - not yet. She goes on that Barney
will never get his diaries published now, and he did so want that...;
he wasn't proud of what he did in Vietnam, but at least he had
the courage to want to tell the truth about what really happened...
She pauses for a few seconds and then suddenly declares, "Wal
could do it!" Beryl stares at her, and she goes on, "If
I gave him the diaries, he'd have to, I'm sure."
Looking bemused, Beryl asks her who Wal is. Fiona explains that
she's talking about a journalist: he used to live in the boarding
house in Manly before he came down to Melbourne; he could
get them published. She stands up, suddenly looking excited, and
walks over to the 'phone. Looking worried, Beryl suggests to her
that she should have a lie down, as she's had a terrible shock.
Fiona, though, says she knows that, but she's fine. She adds that
it's a wonder she didn't think of him before - he'd be perfect
for the job. Beryl stands there, looking worried.
Andy is lying in bed in a room at the hospital, a bandage around
his head. A nurse walks into the room, followed by Barbara and
Ross, and she tells them that Andy has only just regained consciousness,
so they can only have a few minutes. Barbara thanks her quietly
and she goes. Barbara then turns to the bed and gently calls,
"Andy..." There's no response, so she repeats, "Andy?"
Andy's eyes flicker and he then comes-to and says a muffled, "Hi,"
as he stares at her. He also looks at Ross. Barbara asks him how
he's feeling. He murmurs, "Terrible." Barbara then asks
him if he remembers what happened. Andy quietly says he's not
sure. Barbara explains that there was an explosion: the police
said it was a bomb meant for Patricia. She asks him if he remembers
the wheelchair at the party, but he shakes his head and says he
doesn't remember anything; he just remembers going to
bed last night and waking up there. Ross smiles, looking
relieved. Barbara tells Andy to relax- he's going to be fine...
A few moments later, Barbara and Ross leave Andy's room and head
back out to the corridor. Barbara, looking worried, says she's
grateful she had that warning earlier - Andy has forgotten a whole
day. Ross tells her that he thinks Andy is rather
lucky if the only lasting effect is the lost of the memory
of one day. Barbara asks him if he thinks Andy will ever
remember, but Ross tells her that he probably won't. He adds that
it's probably quite a good thing that he doesn't... Jill
joins them and asks how Andy is. Barbara explains that he's so-so,
but he's still a bit dazed. Jill comments, "So is Amanda."
She then turns to Ross and asks if he's the doctor. Ross replies
that he's a doctor, and he introduces himself. Jill recalls
that she's heard about him. She then asks him if he could find
out how Alan is; she's tried, but no one is saying anything.
Ross points out that Alan isn't his patient, but Jill pleads,
"Please..." She adds that he's in intensive care, but
no one will tell her how he is. Ross gives in and says he'll try,
but he can't promise. He and Jill walk off together and Barbara
heads in the opposite direction.
Wayne is in Amanda's hospital room. She's lying in bed, looking
groggy, and he strokes her face gently as she murmurs that she
didn't know if she should run or not... Wayne soothingly assures
her that it's alright. Amanda suddenly mutters quietly, "Damn
Mitch..." Wayne gently tells her that Mitch isn't there,
remember - but she thought she saw him last Tuesday, back in Sydney...
Amanda murmurs, "Yeah... wrong car..." Wayne asks her
what she means by 'wrong car'. Amanda begins to drift off again,
but Wayne persists, "Amanda..." He then asks her if
Mitch saw her, but Amanda murmurs that she doesn't know...
The door suddenly opens and Barbara walks in and asks how her
niece is. Wayne replies that she's very groggy. Barbara comments
that she will be, after the anaesthetic. She then tells Amanda
that she'll be alright; she'll pull through.
Jill and Katie are sitting out in the corridor when Ross comes
along. Jill leaps up from her seat and ask how Alan is. Ross replies
that he's still unconscious; he'll be in intensive care for quite
a while. Jill, looking worried, asks what's wrong and how bad
it is. Ross says he's afraid he can't say - the doctors want to
talk to Alan's relatives first. Katie cries that it's serious,
isn't it. Ross admits that, yes, it is - but honestly, they're
not sure. Katie cries that they have to tell her something
- Alan is her friend. Jill suddenly snaps, "Some
friend." She goes on angrily that Alan would be fine
if Katie hadn't taken him to that party. She adds that she bets
Katie only did it to make Wayne jealous. Katie cries
that that's not true. Jill goes on that she doesn't know why Katie
didn't stick with Wayne in the first place - then they'd
all be happy. She storms off. Katie cries that it's not
her fault... she didn't invite him just because Wayne
was coming... she likes Alan... he's a friend...
Ross sympathetically invites her to come to his office and he'll
make her a cup of coffee.
That evening, Ross is in the lounge room at Toorak, with Barbara,
and she tells him that she's glad he was able to help Katie. She
then adds sadly that she just wishes she'd been there when Fiona...
She breaks off before adding that she must see her tomorrow -
and she's got to go and see Amanda and Andy. Ross gently tells
her to calm down. He goes on that he knows she's concerned about
everyone, but he's concerned about her; Andy
and Amanda are in good hands; trust him... Barbara admits that
she supposes she is a bit worked-up. Ross tells her that
he'll get her a sedative, but Barbara insists that she'll be fine.
Ross tells her that it'll help, and he stands up and says he'll
be back in a tick. As Barbara sits there, glumly, he adds that
he knows it was tragic about Barney Adams, but if there's any
bright side at all, it's that it could have been a lot worse.
Barbara sourly comments that it was bad enough. Ross
walks out of the room.
Karen has arrived at the hospital, and she walks down the corridor
at a pace until she finds Wayne. She immediately asks him where
Alan is, and Wayne indicates a nearby door. He adds that no one
is allowed in, though. Karen asks him if the doctors have told
him anything, but Wayne replies that they keep saying they want
to talk to Alan's family first. He adds that someone should be
out soon. He then says, "Karen..." The two of them go
and sit down and he continues that he knows it's not the right
time, but he needs to talk to her about something: Amanda-- Karen
suddenly interrupts him, though, and mutters, "Not now."
She goes on that she doesn't want him to start on something else;
the most important thing at the moment is her son.
At Toorak, Ross tells Barbara that Barney didn't actually die
from his injuries - bad as they were; his heart just
gave out - it was probably weak to start with, and then having
to cope with massive internal injuries and an operation... He
goes on that, actually, it's something he's been researching:
cardiovascular stress during operations - especially bypass operations.
Barbara comments that it sounds very worthwhile. Ross agrees that
it should help a lot of people - Gordon, for instance: two heart
attacks already and his chances of surviving a major operation
would be a lot better if they had some answers. Barbara asks him
how they're making out. Ross replies that they're getting there
slowly - although of course, research cuts haven't helped... Barbara
tells him that if it's a question of money-- She's interrupted
by a knock at the door and she goes to answer it, leaving Ross
sitting there looking frustrated. He mutters, "Damn."
Barbara opens the door to find Gordon standing there. She looks
surprised as he explains that Wayne told him what happened and
he thought-- He breaks off as Ross suddenly appears in the doorway
to the lounge room.
A few moments later, Gordon is explaining to Barbara that he
flew down with Karen and is on his way to see Amanda, but he wondered
how she was. Barbara assures him that she's fine - just
a few scratches; nothing to worry about. She leads him into the
lounge room and adds that it was very nice of him to drop in,
though. Gordon tells her that he's sorry if he disturbed her.
Ross asks him if he can offer him a drink, but Gordon ignores
him, suggesting to Barbara instead that he should have 'phoned
first. Looking annoyed, Barbara snaps at him that Ross asked him
a question. Gordon lightly asks, "Did he?" Barbara snaps
at him the he knows he did. Gordon retorts that he also
knows what kind of man Ross is and Barbara knows what he tried
to do to Patricia. Barbara snaps at him that if he's referring
to those ridiculous stories that Patricia has been spreading,
she doesn't want to think about them. Gordon curtly tells her
to wake up to herself: the man is a conman and a gambler. Ross
indignantly interjects, "Excuse me," but Gordon snaps
at him to shut up, get out of the house and leave his wife
alone. Barbara, looking surprised, snaps, "Your wife?
That's a laugh - we haven't been married for months.
And if you believe Patricia's paranoid ravings, you're obviously
more gullible than I thought. Ross is a very caring man
and I'll spend as much time with him as I want."
Gordon reluctantly says that, alright, if she won't listen to
reason... He turns and goes. Ross thanks Barbara. Barbara starts
crying, and Ross comments that she still cares about
Gordon. Barbara cries that it's not enough. Ross asks
what the answer is, but Barbara cries that she doesn't know; she
didn't want it to end in divorce, but the way they're
going... she doesn't think she has any other choice...
Karen is pacing the corridor at the hospital. Jill joins her
and asks her if she's seen the doctors yet. Karen replies that
Wayne has just gone to find out what the hold-up is. Jill comments
that there shouldn't be a hold-up; if it's bad news,
they should tell her. Karen asks her how the other two
are, and Jill replies that they're fine: Amanda looked worse that
she actually was - she cut one of her arteries, but it wasn't
serious. She then adds that she thanks goodness that Mitch doesn't
know what happened, or he'd be down there like a shot; they wouldn't
be able to keep him away from her. A slight look of worry crosses
Karen's face, but she comments that no one has seen Mitch to be
able to tell him, have they? Jill agrees that they haven't
yet - but he's still in town, because Amanda saw him.
Karen quickly asks if she spoke to him, but Jill replies
that she didn't; she just saw him in a car- at least, that's what
she told Wayne... Karen looks more worried.
Fiona and Beryl are sitting with Wal Mackay, a journalist, in
Beryl's lounge room, and Fiona asks him if he thinks he'll be
able to make a story out of it. Wal replies that he may be able
to - but he'll have to read right through the diaries first. He
asks if he can take them home, and Fiona tells him that of course
he can. She adds that he'll be careful, won't he? Wal asks her
humorously if she's ever known him not to be! Fiona laughs
that he never used to be. She then turns to Beryl and
explains that, when she first knew Wal, he was a war correspondent,
spending most of his time in these out-of-the-way places; every
time he came back to Sydney, he'd live like there was no tomorrow!
Beryl smiles that he was a bit of a hellraiser, was he? Wal replies
that he doesn't know about that, but he's calmed down
these days: he sits behind a desk editing other blokes' copy.
He then suggests that Barney must have been some guy - he bets
no one else had the guts to write it all down. Fiona
sadly agrees that he was some man. Wal comments that it's funny
how someone can be like that: a real tough digger in one sense
but pretty sensitive inside. He then tells Fiona that he'll give
her a call sometime tomorrow. He stands up, shakes Beryl's hand
and says he'll see himself out. Fiona thanks him for coming round
and he goes. Fiona stands there, looking worried. Beryl remarks
that he seemed like a nice man. Fiona doesn't respond, though,
and Beryl asks her if she's OK. Fiona comes back to earth and
explains that she was just thinking: all of them have done things
they're not proud of... but at least Barney had the strength and
the honesty to tell her; God knows there were things
about her that she never told him... Beryl points
out that she wouldn't have had the time. Tears welling in her
eyes, Fiona cries, "Oh I miss him, Beryl..." Beryl comforts
her and gently says, "Come on..." Fiona breaks down
Wayne and Jill are sitting in the corridor at the hospital, and
Jill mutters that she doesn't think she can stand it
much longer. Wayne assures her that Karen will be out soon. Jill,
though, snaps that she could be with the doctors for hours
- especially if they let her talk to Alan. She then suddenly realises
that she must look a mess. Wayne says he reckons they all
do, but Jill says she supposes she'd better go and freshen up
in case they do let her see Alan. She stands up and walks
off. Almost as soon as she's gone, Karen comes round the corner
of the corridor behind her and joins Wayne. He asks her how Alan
is. Karen replies that she's not sure - he's still unconscious,
and that means it's taking them longer to get the results than
they thought. Wayne asks her if it's worth staying. Karen tells
him that she's going to go to her motel and come back in the morning.
She then asks where Jill is, and Wayne explains that she's freshening
up. Changing the subject, he continues that, when Karen has got
a few seconds, there's something he has to tell her: Amanda says
she saw Mitch... Karen replies that Jill told
her; it's a lucky break for them. Looking surprised,
Wayne asks her how she figures that. Karen explains that
if the police ever find the body, they'll want to know when Mitch
was last seen alive; Amanda will say she saw him on the Tuesday,
which puts them in the clear because they've both got
alibis for the rest of the week. Wayne, looking dubious, points
out that, yeah, but if Amanda says she saw Mitch on Tuesday...
Karen quickly points out that it obviously wasn't him
- it must have been a lookalike; it couldn't have been
him, could it? Wayne says he guesses not. Karen tells him that
there's nothing to worry about - no one is ever going to find
out what really happened.
The next morning, Ross wanders into the lounge room at Toorak.
Barbara is already in there, and she asks him how the guest room
was; did he sleep well? Ross replies that he did, and he asks
her how she slept. Barbara tells him that she was a bit
restless. Ross comments that he thought she might have
been; he should have given her another sedative. Barbara explains
that she couldn't stop thinking about everything that happened:
the bomb... Gordon... she even remembers what he told
her about the heart research he's doing. Looking vaguely pleased,
Ross remarks that that's a strange thing to remember. Barbara
suggests that it must have seemed important. She then adds that
she was serious when she suggested donating money; is there any
way he can give her some information about it? Ross replies that
of course there is - give him a couple of days and he'll get her
one of the brochures. He adds that it's a very worthwhile cause.
The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Barbara goes to answer
it. Katie comes on, and she explains that she's calling because
she wanted to thank Dr. Newman for taking the time to talk to
her yesterday and she wondered if Barbara had his number. Barbara
smiles and replies that the man himself is there. She then turns
to Ross and tells him that it's Katie O'Brien. Ross walks over
to the desk and takes the handset. He then asks Katie how she's
feeling, and she replies that she's better; she wanted to thank
him for looking after her yesterday. Ross assures her that that's
all pert of the service; he knows how hard it can be. He then
goes on that he supposes she'll be round the hospital quite a
bit over the next few weeks. Katie says she supposes so. Ross
tells her that she knows where his office is - if she needs anything
explained or she's feeling down, come and see him and he'll do
what he can. Katie thanks him gratefully, and Ross says 'bye'
and hangs up. He then goes and sits down and comments to Barbara
that Katie is a nice girl. Barbara agrees that, yes, she is.
At Beryl's, Wal throw the diaries down onto the living room table
and declares, "Dynamite!" He then goes on that, when
he started reading them properly, he couldn't put them down; there
are things in there that the public has a right to know. Fiona
asks him if he'll get them published and Wal assures her, "Hell
yeah!" He then adds that they'll need reworking, but he'll
make sure they get into print. Looking worried, Fiona says Barney
knew he'd have to change the names... Wal tells her that they'll
have to do more than that - they'd be sued off the face
of the earth if they don't. Fiona asks him what he's going to
have to do: fictionalise it? Wal replies that he will, pretty
much. He continues that it's better that she knows what she's
getting into before they start: even with the names changed, the
army people are still going to know who they're talking about
- some of those blokes are pretty high-up now, and are going to
do their level best to stop them. Fiona, looking surprised, asks
how they can do that when they don't even know what they're doing.
Wal explains that they'll find out - he'll have to go to Canberra
to check a few army records, and they'll soon get wind of what's
going on once he starts snooping. He continues that he wants to
go ahead because he thinks it's important, but if Fiona doesn't
want to face the hassles, she should just say so. Beryl looks
at Fiona and tells her that it's her decision; if she thinks that's
what Barney wanted... Fiona declares, "It is. We'll
Karen is walking along the hospital corridor with a doctor, and
she asks him if the results are back yet. Wayne is following just
behind them. They stop, and the doctor tells Karen that they came
back about half an hour ago. Karen asks, "And?" The
doctor suggests they talk in his office, but Karen pleads, "Please...
will my son be alright?" The doctor tells her that Alan suffered
severe damage to his lower spine; they were testing to see if
it's permanent and he's afraid it is. He explains, "Alan's
a paraplegic. He's paralysed from the waist down." Karen
stands there, looking shocked. The doctor goes on that Alan doesn't
know yet - they thought she might-- Karen interrupts him and assures
him, "Yes." The doctor then suggests that she might
want to come and talk to him afterwards. Karen, looking shaky,
thanks him, and he walks off. Wayne immediately tells her that
she should have let the doctor tell Alan, but Karen cries,
"No way. I have to do it." Wayne gives her
a comforting hug.
At Beryl's, Fiona paces the floor of the lounge room as Beryl
talks on the 'phone to Rosie. She tells her, "Sorry, Rosie,
it really isn't convenient at the moment." In Queensland,
Rosie, looking disappointed, replies that it's just that Leigh
insists on going to Melbourne. She adds that she knows Leigh asked
Beryl about it when Beryl was up there. Beryl explains that she
said she'd think about it and the answer is 'no'. Rosie says she
doesn't know what she should do now - Leigh is a sweet child,
but she's only young and she wouldn't like to see her on her own
in a big city. Beryl mutters that she's sure she'd manage. Rosie
agrees that she might, but that doesn't stop her worrying
- Leigh being Doug's granddaughter, she feels responsible. Beryl
retorts that she's sorry, but as she said, there's no way she
can see her way clear to having the girl at the moment. She then
tells Rosie that she has to go, as she has a lot of housework
to do this afternoon. Rosie, looking disappointed, says, "Thankyou
anyway," and hangs up. Beryl does likewise, and Fiona immediately
asks her what that was about. Beryl starts to explain
that Rosie wanted her to-- She then breaks off and says it doesn't
matter. Fiona comments, "Fair enough." Beryl suddenly
mutters, "That girl is nothing but a-- Rosie wants me to
welcome her into my house with open arms, but it is just
not on." Looking surprised, Fiona asks Beryl if she remembers
telling her yesterday that it was no good to bottle things
up. She then goes on that, so far, Beryl hasn't told anyone what
really happened in Queensland. She tells her, "For your own
good, I think it's about high time you did..."