Leigh sits there looking thoughtful before asking, "What
sort of an offer?" Patricia explains that there
are three people who have made her life absolute hell these last
few months; normally, she'd take care of that herself, but because
it's more than likely that she's going to be in jail, she needs
somebody to do it for her. She adds that she doesn't
care how long it takes or how much it costs, as long as it's done.
Leigh looks down and says she's not sure; she needs to know a
lot more. Patricia retorts that she'll tell her all she needs
to know when she agrees to the deal. Leigh comments that it sounds
to her like she could get herself a whole heap of trouble.
Patricia assures her, "Not if you're smart. And if you agree,
Charlie will back you all the way." Leigh stares at Patricia
and then asks her if she's saying she's got the money. Patricia
smiles and assures her that she wouldn't be wasting their time
if she didn't. Leigh says she doesn't know, but Patricia tells
her to sleep on it and they'll talk again in the morning. Leigh
says, "OK, Goodnight," and she stands up and walks out,
leaving Patricia sitting at the table looking thoughtful. David
suddenly calls from the bedroom, "Pat? How much longer you
going to be?" Patricia calls back that she's coming. She
stands up and hobbles over to the 'phone, where she dials a number.
It rings and is answered. Patricia says, "Charlie? Patricia."
The next morning, Patricia and Charlie are walking up to the
back door and Charlie indignantly asks Patricia if she realises
she woke her from her first early night in weeks. Patricia retorts
that she's leaving today; she doesn't have any time to
waste. Charlie, who's holding some garments over one of her arms,
comments that if Leigh didn't agree to help her last night, she
can't see that a couple of Lisa's dresses are going to change
her mind. Patricia says she thinks they will;
Leigh was tempted, but it just needs a little more bait, and the
dresses will be perfect. Charlie asks her if she's sure Leigh's
worth it... She adds that, going away... starting a new
life... can't she forget all her grudges? Patricia retorts,
"Not when they involve Roger Carlyle and Karen Fox. And don't
tell me that I must try and forget that Ross Newman tried to kill
me." Charlie points out that it's over; by this
afternoon it'll all be behind her; why complicate things? - let
it go. Patricia suddenly snaps, "Don't tell me what to do,
Charlie." She quickly adds that she's sorry: she hates leaving
David and she hates lying to him. She then asks Charlie if she
arranged everything. Charlie opens her bag and hands over some
tickets and money. Patricia queries, "No problems?"
Charlie replies that there weren't. She then adds that she just
hopes nothing goes wrong at the boutique. Patricia snaps that
Charlie said she's organised everything. Charlie replies
that she has, and so Patricia points out that there won't
be any problems, will there?
Inside, Leigh and Katie are painting the walls in the lounge
room, daubing them a bright red colour. As they work, Leigh asks
Katie how last night went, and Katie smiles and replies that it
was great - Ross is a terrific person; he's older than her but
he's so much fun to be with: he's intelligent, he makes her feel
like a person... she can talk to him. Leigh comments, "Don't
tell me he's rich too, or I'll scream!" Katie comments that
he's a surgeon so she guesses he does OK, but who cares about
money? Leigh tells her to speak for herself; she'd
like to be swimming in it. Katie tells her that it doesn't
make you any happier. Leigh muses that her mother once told her
that, but she's not so sure. She adds that one thing she does
know is that if she ever gets hold of some real money,
she'll never let anyone rip it off her the way they did Patricia.
Katie explains that there was nothing Patricia could do
about it - she didn't know what Luke was up to. Leigh says she
supposes so... She then asks what happened to the money,
but Katie asks, "Who knows?" She adds that it could
be in a bank account somewhere, but it doesn't matter anyway -
there's no way anyone could ever get to it. Leigh suggests that
Patricia seems to be a pretty smart person - what if she got Luke
to tell her before she accidentally killed him? - if that's what
did happen. Looking shocked, Katie warns, "Leigh..."
Leigh retorts that she's only going on what the police
think. Katie tells her that it's not what anyone round there
thinks, so she'd better be careful about what she says. David
suddenly comes in with a fresh tin of paint and tells Leigh that
Charlie is there and she's got something for her. Leigh stands
there, looking thoughtful...
A short time later, in the kitchen, Leigh examines one of the
dresses that Charlie brought over and exclaims, "This is
terrific!" Charlie points out that she told her
Lisa was no slouch when it came to design. She then goes on that,
actually, Lisa is giving a party tomorrow night, and she asks
Leigh if she'd like to come. She adds that it will make up for
the one Leigh missed. Leigh excitedly says, "Could
I?" David chips in that he doesn't think she would like that
sort of thing, but Patricia tells him that that's nonsense; she
thinks they'd be very surprised at the kinds of things Leigh enjoys
- and Charlie can keep an eye on her. Charlie replies, "Of
course I will." She then tells Patricia that she
needs a couple of dresses too; she thinks they should go into
the city this afternoon-- David interrupts and mutters, "Now
hold on a minute." Charlie points out that Patricia needs
to look her best in court. David retorts that he knows that, but
Patricia is a darn sight easier to protect there at the farm than
wandering round the city. Patricia tells him that the police can
come with them. She pleads, "Please, darling,
I feel so cooped up here." David reluctantly gives in but
warns her to make sure she stays close to the coppers. Patricia
assures him that they will. Charlie smiles and tells David that
she's got a surprise for him, too: she knows his television
was ruined when that hideous bomb went off, so she bought him
a portable! She asks him to come and get it out of the car. David
smiles at Patricia in delight and laughs at Charlie, "You
shouldn't have!" Charlie asks why not - he knows she gets
a kick out of giving surprises! The two of them head outside,
and Leigh, left alone with Patricia, comments that Charlie really
does get a buzz out of it, doesn't she? She sits down, and Patricia
tells her, "Yes... and so would you if you took up my offer..."
She then takes out a wad of $100 notes and shows it to Leigh.
She asks, "Want to count it? It's all yours - as long as
you do everything I ask." She stares at Leigh intently and
goes on, "Is it a deal?" Leigh smiles at her and replies,
"It's a deal."
A few moments later, Patricia tells Leigh that the important
thing is not to make a move until she's got everybody on-side
- and that includes Beryl Palmer. Leigh retorts that Beryl hates
her; that will take ages. Patricia, though, assures her
that it doesn't matter - they're not in any hurry; results
are the important thing. Leigh says she still doesn't understand;
why her? Patricia asks, "Who else?" Leigh suggests
that there's Charlie but Patricia shakes her head and explains,
"Too much of a problem with conscience. I don't think you
have." Leigh, looking bemused, asks if that's supposed to
be a compliment. Patricia tells her that you don't get rich by
being squeamish. She goes on that she thinks they're two of a
kind; she may be wrong but she gets the feeling that if Leigh
wants something badly enough, there'll be no stopping her. Leigh
looks down at the table.
Jill is talking to Fiona on the 'phone from Melbourne, and Fiona
tells her that it's nice to hear her voice. She then asks her
how she is, and Jill replies that she's alright. She goes on that
she heard it's Barney's funeral today and she wondered if Fiona
was alright. Fiona replies that she's not looking forward to it
but she guesses she'll cope; she's getting ready to go now,
actually. As she says this, Amanda walks into the room from the
kitchen. Jill goes on that she would have called sooner but she's
been spending a lot of time with Alan. Fiona assures her that
she understands. Jill explains that she just didn't want Fiona
to think it was because of their row; she's thought about her
a lot and she wanted to be with her. Fiona tells her not to worry
- Amanda is going to be staying with her for a while. She asks
how Alan is, and Jill replies that he's depressed - he won't accept
help from anyone. Fiona suggests that maybe he just needs a little
more time. Jill says she'd like to spend a couple more days with
him but she's worried about Fee: Mrs. Atkins is awfully good with
her, but-- Fiona interrupts her and tells her to stay put; she'll
check and make sure everything is alright. Jill thanks her gratefully.
Fiona replies that it's her pleasure. She adds that she's just
so happy that they're talking again. Jill tells her that so is
she. She goes on that she knows she did the wrong thing and Fiona
had the perfect right to be annoyed. Fiona assures her that that's
ancient history - but she does think Jill needs to look at her
relationship with Alan. Jill asks her what she means. Fiona replies
that of course she must help him through this rough patch, but
in the long-term-- Jill, though, not wanting to have that conversation,
suddenly interrupts her and tells her that there are people queuing
for the 'phone so she'll have to go; she'll talk to her soon.
Fiona nods and says, "Alright. Bye." She hangs up and
sighs. Turning to Amanda, she says she'd better be going. Amanda,
who has a cast around her right wrist, tells her that she's sorry
she's not coming with her, but Fiona assures her that she'll be
fine. She adds that, actually, she's dreading the get-together
afterwards more than the funeral. Amanda asks her if she can't
get out of it, but Fiona explains that she doesn't really want
to; it'll give her a chance to check-up on the official Army attitude
to Barney's diaries. She adds that it's funny she didn't hear
from them again. Amanda tells her that they can't force
her to hand them over. Fiona, though, muses, "Can't they?
I've got a funny feeling about this whole thing..." She heads
Wayne is sitting with Karen beside a fountain, having a meal
in the open air, but he suggests that he'd better get his skates
on, as he has a 'plane to catch. Karen tells him to leave it for
a couple of days and they could go back to Sydney together, but
Wayne explains that there's a lot of work that has to be done
and Gordy's not well enough to cope with it by himself. Karen
warns him that he'll go crazy with no one to confide him; on his
own, he could easily make a slip. Wayne, suddenly looking shaky
again, murmurs that he knows. He continues that he thought it
would get easier; he didn't think he'd suddenly forget
about killing a guy, but he thought he'd get used
to the idea and get his act together, but it hasn't worked that
way; he can't sleep... he can't think... he doesn't know how much
longer he'll be able to handle it. Karen pleads, "Then please
wait." Wayne sighs that he can't. Karen explains
that she can't leave there because Alan needs her. Wayne assures
her that he's not asking her to come with him - she can't protect
him forever; if he blows it, it's his lookout. He stands
up. Karen sits there, looking guilty. She suddenly says, "Wayne..."
He looks at her and she goes on, "I'll come back tomorrow."
Wayne asks about Alan and Karen replies that she'll explain it
to him somehow.
A while later, Karen sits down next to Alan in his hospital bed
and comments that he's got a little more colour today. She adds
that the sister says he's feeling a little better. Alan mutters
angrily that he's not feeling anything from the waist down; does
she reckon that's something to cheer about? Karen tells
him that Wayne has to go back to Sydney; she doesn't want to leave
him, but she's still handing over the business to Wayne and there's
not a lot she can do for Alan there. Alan snaps that she's consistent,
if nothing else: she walked out on him when he was a baby and
then again when his father died; she may as well make it a hat-trick.
Karen points out that she just explained-- Alan interrupts her
and retorts angrily that she explained alright: the point is,
when it boils down to Wayne or him, there's no contest. Karen
pleads, "Alan, please..." Alan points out that
she said herself that there's not a lot she can do for him; well,
she's right. He adds that, come to think of it, there never was;
why doesn't she just take off? Karen stands up and retorts that,
alright, she will. She suggests that perhaps that's what
he needs: if the people who have been trying to help him give
up, maybe he'll start trying to make it on his own for a while.
She adds that if there's anything he needs, he only has to call.
She turns to go. Alan suddenly mutters, "Karen..." and
she turns to look at him. He adds, "See ya."
In the kitchen at the country house, Patricia hands Leigh an
envelope and tells her, "There it is: everything you need
to know." Leigh comments that the names still don't mean
much to her, but Patricia replies that they will by the time she's
read that little lot. She adds that Leigh will also understand
why she wants them taken care of - once and for all. Leigh queries,
"But I decide how it's done - and when?" Patricia
points out that she's not going to be around, so it's
up to Leigh. Leigh suggests that even if Patricia is in jail,
she could visit and talk to her. Patricia, though, quickly says,
"No." She adds that one hint that there's been any contact
between them and the whole thing could blow up in Leigh's face.
She then tells Leigh that she wants her to find somewhere very
safe to hide that information and make sure that absolutely nobody
sees it. Leigh accepts, "Alright." Patricia adds, "One
word of advice: make sure you've had a little bit of experience
before you tackle Roger Carlyle - he's powerful and very dangerous."
Leigh suggests sourly that maybe they should have had this conversation
before she agreed to the deal, but Patricia assures her
that she's just preparing her. She then tells her to start with
the doctor: Ross Newman. Leigh exclaims that that's the guy Katie
is seeing. Patricia, though, retorts that she doesn't care: Leigh
mustn't discuss it with Katie or anyone else; apart from Charlie,
she's on her own. Leigh asks why she gets the feeling that this
is the last time they're going to talk...
David is working outside, digging up some turf when Patricia
walks over to him, a smile on her face. She comments, "Working
up a sweat?" David smiles back as he replies that he's trying
to. Patricia asks him what he's planting and he explains, "Spuds...
cabbages... I like fresh veggies; don't you?" Patricia nods
at him. David then tells her to be careful in town. Patricia replies
that she promises and she tells him to do the same. David muses
that he doesn't think much harm can come to him from digging with
a shovel! Patricia suddenly says that, if she has to go away...
David points out that trial isn't over yet. Patricia quietly says
she knows, but if she has to, what is he going to do? David asks
her how she means. Patricia points out that Beryl is having his
baby. David, though, tells her, "You're my wife. I'll wait
for you." Patricia throws her arms round him and
cries, "I love you." David, looking bemused, asks what
all this is for. Patricia replies that she hasn't told him since
last night; she thought he needed reminding! David thanks her
and she walks off. He doesn't notice how upset she looks.
A while later, Patricia, Charlie and the two policemen that are
protecting Patricia are in a boutique in Melbourne. Patricia is
holding some clothes and she asks if there's somewhere she can
change. The female proprietor indicates the dressing room and
she and Charlie head towards it. The two policemen follow, but
Patricia quickly points out, "I don't think there's room
in there for all four of us!" The policemen step
back, smiles on their faces. Patricia and Charlie head behind
a curtain and Charlie immediately indicates a nearby door through
Patricia can make her escape. She adds that she'll keep the policemen
talking for as long as she can. Patricia gives her a hug and says
gratefully, "Thanks for everything." Charlie smiles
sadly and asks, "What are friends for?" Patricia asks
her if she'll keep her promise to back-up Leigh. Charlie nods
and murmurs she hates it, but she will. Patricia hands her the
clothes she's holding, leaving herself with just a piece of jewellery
in her hands. She explains that it's the first nice thing she
ever owned - it just has sentimental value. She hands it to Charlie,
who has tears welling in her eyes, and tells her that she'd like
her to have it. Charlie says waveringly, "Patricia..."
Patricia whispers that she'll be in touch as soon as she can.
Charlie sobs that she'll go and tell them the story of her life;
that'll give her plenty of time. Patricia smiles and gives her
a grateful hug. She then says, "Bye, Charlie," and walks
out towards the rear of the store. Charlie regains her composure
and heads back out through the curtain.
Katie and Leigh are cooking in the kitchen at the country house,
and Katie comments, "What a chauvinist set-up: David and
dad happily working out in the sun and you and I stuck in the
kitchen!" Leigh comments that she supposes Katie would rather
be at some fancy restaurant with Ross. Katie smiles that
she'd settle for half a stale sandwich in the park, if it was
Ross! Leigh asks when she gets to meet him, but Katie replies,
"Later, maybe, when I get to know him better." Leigh
probes that there's one thing she doesn't understand: if the guy's
so great, why don't her parents like him? Katie explains that
it's because of Patricia: she's got some crazy idea that Ross
was trying to kill her! Leigh asks, "And your mum
and dad believe that?" Katie replies that Patricia is a friend:
she's had a really rough time - a mental breakdown; the works;
she said some really strange things. They're suddenly interrupted
by David coming in and asking if there's no sign of Pat or Charlie
yet. Katie assures him that choosing a dress is not something
you rush! David mutters, "No." Leigh looks thoughtful...
At the boutique, Charlie is telling one of the police officers
that the most divine French Count asked her up to his villa for
the most wonderful fancy dress ball-- The other police officer
suddenly interrupts and comments that Mrs. Palmer is taking a
mighty long time to choose that dress. Charlie assures him that
it's not something you can do in five minutes. The proprietor
suggests that she may need a hand; she'll see if she can help.
Charlie, though, explains that Patricia hates that - she insists
on complete privacy when she's trying something on. The first
police officer says he still thinks they should check. The second
officer says he agrees, and he asks the proprietor if she can
take a look. Charlie warns him that Patricia will be cross and
she won't buy any of those dresses. The officer retorts that it's
best to be sure she's safe. Charlie assures him that of course
she's safe - honestly, he's worrying over nothing. The proprietor
comes back out from behind the curtain and exclaims that the dresses
are all there, but there's no sign of Mrs. Palmer. One of the
officers snaps, "What?" and he and his colleague
both go to look. Charlie tells the proprietor that Patricia can't
just have disappeared; someone must have kidnapped her...
Alan is lying in his hospital bed, watching athletics on the
television, a remote control in his hand. He sighs and switches
the set off. The door to the room suddenly opens and Jill walks
in. Alan immediately snaps, "You've taken long enough."
Jill explains that the canteen was closed; she had to go to the
shop across the road. Alan snaps that he might have needed
something. Jill retorts that he could have called a nurse - she
was only gone for ten minutes. Alan mutters, "Oh, forget
it." Jill, a look of frustration on her face, growls that
she can't win: when she's there, she gets on his nerves and when
she takes ten minutes off to buy a cup of coffee, she gets her
head bitten off. Alan mutters, "Alright, calm down."
Jill goes on angrily that she's trying to help him but nothing
ever seems to work; maybe it's time she walked out and let him
fend for himself. She turns towards the door, but Alan
suddenly cries, "No, please don't do that." Jill turns
back and looks at him, and he goes on, "I'd go nuts in here
by myself." Jill stares at him.
Two detectives are with David, Charlie and Leigh in the kitchen
at the country house, and one of them asks David if he's sure
there's nothing more he can tell them. David replies that she
went shopping; that's all he knows. The detective accepts this
and says he'll be in touch the moment there's anything to report.
He and his colleague leave and David immediately tells Leigh that
he'd like to have a word with Charlie. Leigh leaves the room.
David stares at Charlie and says quietly, "Just tell me that
she's alright." Charlie reluctantly explains, "She has
a false passport. She didn't want to leave you, David,
but she had no choice. Even if she stood trial and got off, Roger
wouldn't give up." David mutters, "She's left the country?"
Charlie insists, "There was no other way." David nods
and says sincerely, "I hope she makes it."
Wayne is in Fiona's flat at the boarding house, with Amanda.
He tells her that he's not after forgiveness; he just wants them
talking again - they both could have been killed by that bomb
and after something like that, grudges seem pretty pointless.
He goes on that he's willing to make the effort if she
is. He adds, "Go on... friends?" Amanda smiles at him
and asks, "Why not?" Wayne, looking relieved, then continues
that there's something he's been meaning to ask her since the
day of the party: she said she saw-- He's interrupted as the front
door suddenly opens and Fiona comes in, looking upset. She acknowledges
Wayne, and Amanda asks how it went, but Fiona just replies, "Oh,
depressing." Wayne says it's time he wasn't there. Amanda
reminds him that he was going to ask her something, but Wayne
tells her that it can wait; he'll give her a ring. He then tells
Fiona that he's sorry about Barney and he goes. Fiona walks over
to the couch slowly and sits down. Amanda offers her a drink but
she declines. She then asks how Barney's friends were. Fiona tells
her, "Charming... polite... they want those diaries come
hell or high water." Amanda asks what they can do. Fiona
replies that there's nothing they can do - legally -
but Colonel Bainbridge is a desperate man. Amanda points out that
they can't do anything too drastic - the Army isn't above
the law. Fiona explains that the Army doesn't know anything about
the diaries; Colonel Bainbridge is acting for himself
- and what he has in mind to get them back, nobody knows...
Patricia is sitting in her seat on board an aeroplane, reading
a magazine. A swarthy, moustachioed man wearing a light suit walks
along the aisle, looks at Patricia and tells her - with an accent
- that she has his seat, he thinks. He quickly adds that she's
not to worry - he'll take the empty one next to her. Patricia
thanks him and he sits down, while she continues reading her magazine.
The man comments that it should be a pleasant journey: the forecast
is excellent, and now, with such charming company, it will be
nothing but delightful. Patricia smiles but doesn't respond. The
man goes on, "You are a little nervous, perhaps? No need."
A flight attendant suddenly comes over the intercom and announces,
"Ladies and gentlemen, we have just been informed that there
will be a slight delay in departure." A look of worry crosses
Patricia's face as the attendant continues, "We apologise
on behalf of your captain and crew and hope that we will not be
detained from take-off for very long. Thankyou." The man
sitting next to Patricia glances at her.
Charlie is looking out the back door at the country house. Leigh
is wiping up dishes and she comments that at least if this Carlyle
guy has picked up Patricia, it lets her out.
Charlie snaps, "Carlyle's men don't have her."
Leigh instantly smiles that she was right: Patricia was
planning to escape - that's why she was pushing her so hard; it's
all happened too fast. Charlie points out to her that
she made an agreement. Leigh retorts that she wasn't ready to
decide; she's scared - these people are dangerous; she
could get killed; she should forget the whole thing. Charlie tells
her curtly that it's her decision; it's nothing to do with her.
The aircraft has taken off, but the sign comes on to indicate
that seatbelts should be fastened. The man sitting next to Patricia
tells her to believe him: there is no more exciting city in the
world than Rio; she'll love it. Patricia replies that she hopes
so. She then asks him if he's been there, and he explains that
he's been there many times - he's an Airline Director in Buenos
Aries; his name is Roberto Quinteros. Patricia introduces herself:
"Margaret." Roberto smiles and asks, "Just 'Margaret'?"
Patricia replies, "Yes," and Roberto comments that he
likes a touch of mystery. He asks her if she's joining someone
in Rio. Patricia replies carefully, "No, I'm leaving somebody
in Australia." Roberto remarks, "The end of a love affair.
Well... a new start in a new city. And a new friend to show it
to you." Patricia smiles at him and takes a sip of the drink
David is still working in the grounds at the country house, banging
down his shovel on the ground. He suddenly pauses as a 'plane
flies overhead, and he looks up and stares at it, wiping sweat
from his upper lip as he does so.
Patricia sits in the aircraft, looking worried and upset.