Leigh walks slowly into the kitchen at the country house, reading
the papers that Patricia gave her as she does so. She sits down
at the table, but Heather suddenly walks in from the hallway and
she quickly hides the papers among the pages of a magazine. Heather
asks her if she's seen David, but she shakes her head. Heather
comments that she'll have heard about Patricia leaving, and Leigh
agrees that she did. Heather comments that she feels sorry for
David. Changing the subject, she then asks Leigh if she's thought
about what she's going to do for a job, but Leigh says she hasn't.
Heather goes on that she was at the supermarket today and they
were advertising for a new checkout girl. She suggests that Leigh
should go and talk to the manager, but Leigh, a look of disdain
on her face, queries, "A checkout girl?" Heather
continues that she supposes the money's not marvellous, but it's
a start. She asks Leigh what she thinks, and she replies
that it could be alright; she'll give them a call in the morning.
Charlie comes in and Heather asks her if she's seen David. Charlie
replies that he's still working in the garden, and so Heather
goes out to see what time he wants tea. Leigh stands up, looking
annoyed. Charlie asks her if she's alright. Leigh retorts, "Yeah,
except for her." Charlie asks her if she means Heather,
and Leigh explains that Heather is trying to line her up with
a job; she just wishes she'd mind her own business. Charlie says
she's sure Heather means well, but Leigh tells her that she'd
be better off looking after her daughter. Charlie asks
if Katie is in some sort of trouble, but Leigh quickly tells her
to forget it. She then adds that Heather can keep her
advice; she's got her own plans. Charlie asks
her if she's going ahead with Patricia's idea then. Leigh asks
what choice she's got - she doesn't want to be stuck in some dead-end
job for the rest of her life. Charlie warns her not to rush into
it and to take a couple of days to think about it. Leigh, though,
asks what there is to think about - she's made up her mind. Charlie
warns her, "Just as long as you realise what you're getting
into." Leigh insists that she can take care of herself. She
then goes on that Patricia said she should start with Ross Newman,
and she asks what he's like. Charlie replies that, on the surface,
he's a very charming man, but Leigh shouldn't underestimate him
- she knows what he tried to do to Patricia. Leigh asks how she
gets to know him. Charlie, looking thoughtful, suggests that she
get to know Andy Green - he's staying at Barbara Hamilton's; Ross
is a friend of hers and he's there a lot. Leigh recalls that Katie
told her about Andy; he's still in hospital from the bomb blast,
isn't he? Charlie confirms, "Yes." Leigh muses, "Well,
I might just have to pay Mr. Green a visit..."
A while later, Leigh walks into Prince Henry's hospital and asks
one of the nurses where she can find Andrew Green. The nurse gives
her directions. Barbara is in Andy's room, and she tells him that,
with a few days' rest, he'll be as good as new. Andy comments
that he doesn't know about rest - he's got a gig
lined up tomorrow night! Barbara tells him to cancel it, but Andy
retorts that he can't. He adds that he's OK; he can't
let them down. Barbara points out that the doctor said he was
to take it easy-- They're interrupted by a sudden knock on the
open door. They both look at the young woman standing there with
a wrapped gift, and she says cheerfully , "Hello!" Andy
replies, "G'day!" Leigh asks him if he's Andy, and he
tells her that he is, so Leigh, sounding relieved, comments that
she's got the right room, then! She then introduces herself and
explains that she's David's niece. She hands over the gift to
him and he thanks her. She then turns to Barbara and comments
that she must be Mrs. Hamilton. Barbara confirms that that's right,
and adds, "How do you do?" Leigh says she hopes she's
not interrupting, and Andy assures her that she isn't. He tells
her to sit down, and Leigh perches on the edge of the bed. She
then explains that Katie has talked about him quite a bit and
she said he wouldn't mind if she dropped by. Andy assures her,
"Not in the least!"
David is running a paint roller up and down one of the walls
in the lounge room at the country house. Charlie is with him and
she suggests that he call it a day, as he must be exhausted. David
replies tautly that he's OK. Charlie points out that he's been
working since seven o'clock this morning, but David snaps that
he said he's OK. Mike comes in and announces that dinner's ready.
David asks him to get Heather to put his in the oven and he'll
have it later. Charlie, looking concerned, says, "Oh, but
David, you need--" Mike taps her on the shoulder and indicates
to her to come out in the hallway. Out there, he tells her to
just let David be - he'll be OK in a day or two.
At the hospital, Leigh is saying that she grew up in a little
town up in Queensland; she didn't want to move, but it
wasn't the same after her dad died and her stepfather didn't have
too much time for her. She gets up and starts pacing the floor,
and Barbara asks her if the rest of her family are still up-north.
Leigh replies, "Yes. Mum and my brother, Tim. I really miss
them - especially Tim." She adds that Doug and Rosie
were really good to her. Barbara asks her why she thought of moving
to Melbourne, and Leigh replies that there weren't too many jobs
going in Brisbane; she thought she'd try her luck down there.
Andy asks her what she thinks of the place so far. Leigh tells
him that, what she's seen, she likes; she hasn't met too many
people, though, but she supposes that's always the case
when you go somewhere new. Andy tells her that he's working at
a party tomorrow night, and he invites her to come along and get
to meet a few people. Leigh, looking delighted, asks if that would
be alright. Andy assures her that of course it would - and she
can keep an eye on him, as Mrs. H. still thinks he's an invalid!
Barbara muses that she just doesn't see why he's rushing back
to work. Andy tells her that she worries too much! He then asks
Leigh, "What about it?" Leigh tells him that, if he's
sure, she'd love to! She then goes on that she'd better be going
- she promised Heather that she'd cook tea tonight. She says 'bye'
to Barbara, who tells her that it was very nice to meet her, and
she then tells Andy that she'll see him tomorrow night. Andy assures
her that he'll look forward to it. Leigh goes, and Barbara comments
to Andy, "What a lovely girl." Out in the corridor,
Leigh pushes open a door and almost bumps into a man coming the
other way. She immediately snaps at him, "Watch out."
The man says he's sorry. Leigh angrily asks him why he didn't
look where he's going, and she tells him to open his eyes. She
storms off, a smile on her face...
Katie is sitting with Ross in his car, and she thanks him for
a wonderful afternoon. Ross tells her that she's a very special
girl. Katie, a smile on her face, says she can't believe this
is happening; she didn't think she could feel like this about
anyone; she's just sorry they have to keep it a secret.
Ross replies that they must for now, anyway; the most
important thing is not to have any secrets from each other.
He then announces that he has to be getting back. Katie sadly
says, "So soon?" Ross explains that he's expected at
Barbara Hamilton's for dinner. Katie asks, "Your research
programme again?" Ross tells her that it's not easy getting
people to donate to the project; he'd hate to see it collapse
from lack of funds. Katie remarks, "Still, you do seem to
spend a lot of time round there." Ross explains that, the
truth is, it's not just business: Barbara has had a pretty rough
trot of it lately, what what Gordon and the bombing; what she
needs most now is a friend. Katie tells him, "She's
lucky she has you." Ross smiles. He then replies that the
trouble is, though, that he thinks Barbara's getting a little
fonder than he'd have liked her to, and he doesn't want to hurt
her. Katie asks him if he's told Barbara about the two of them,
but Ross replies that he doesn't think it's a good idea; he doesn't
really know how she'd react. Katie quietly says, "Of course..."
Ross tells her that he knew she'd understand. He then says he's
got a couple of patients to see and he asks Katie if she'd like
him to drop her in town. Katie, though, tells him that she'll
come back to the hospital with him, as she wants to see Andy.
Ross suggests that perhaps he shouldn't have worried her about
Barbara - but as he said, he doesn't want there to be any secrets
At the hospital, Barbara looks at her watch and muses that she
said she'd meet Ross at 7pm; he'll be waiting on the doorstep!
She adds that she'll pick Andy up tomorrow morning. Andy tells
her to try not to lose any sleep over him working tomorrow night.
Barbara replies that she can't say she's crazy about the idea,
but she'll just try and bite her tongue! She goes to walk out,
but Andy suddenly appears to think of something and he calls out,
"Wait a minute. You said that before." Barbara
turns and asks him, "What?" Andy explains that it was
the day of the party; she said, 'I'll try and bite my tongue.'
He goes on that she was just about to leave and he told her not
to pick a fight with Patricia. Barbara, looking thoughtful, comments
that that's right; she did. She then asks him
excitedly if he can remember anything else, but Andy
shakes his head in annoyance and says, "No, not a thing."
He adds that if only he could remember what it was about Ross...
Barbara tells him not to worry - it'll come. She adds sternly,
"And Ross has got nothing to hide."
Ross and Katie arrive at the hospital, and as they walk along
a corridor, Katie asks Ross when she'll see him again. Ross replies,
"Soon. I'll give you a call." Katie smiles and tells
him not to leave it too long. Ross assures her that he won't!
They suddenly bump into Barbara, who's coming the other way, and
Ross explains that Katie has popped in to see Andy. Barbara tells
her that she's just in time: the doctors say he can leave tomorrow.
Katie remarks that that's great! Barbara then tells Ross that
she's sorry, she's running late. Ross assures her that that's
fine - he's got heaps to do round there yet. Barbara says she'd
better dash, as she left their roast in the oven. She adds that
she'll see him in about half an hour and she goes. Katie starts
walking up the corridor, a glum expression on her face, and Ross
follows her and asks her what's wrong. Katie explains that she
feels ashamed; she doesn't like lying to people. Ross tells her
that Barbara couldn't cope with another upset right now. Katie
replies that she understands that, but what about her parents?
- she can't keep lying to them forever. Ross points out
that there's not a lot he can do about that - she knows
what they think about him. Katie cries that she just hates deceiving
everyone. Ross asks her if she thinks he likes it, adding
that there just isn't any alternative at the moment. As a tear
starts trickling down Katie's face, Ross wipes it away and gently
tells her to trust him. Katie says she's sorry. Ross warmly tells
her to go and see Andy and he'll catch her later.
It's nighttime, and Ross is sitting with Barbara in the lounge
room at Toorak. He comments, "Poor Katie. She was pouring
her heart out to me before you came along." He goes on that
he never realised what a rough time she had, what with Wayne and
that awful thing with Alan. Barbara points out that it's nice
to have someone to talk to; that's half the battle. She then offers
him a drink, which he accepts. As she pours it, Ross asks how
Andy is. Barbara replies, "He's fine. Actually, I think he's
getting his memory back." A look of horror crosses Ross's
face, and he queries, "Oh?" Barbara explains that, before
she left the hospital, he managed to remember something that had
happened a few hours before the party. Ross asks if it was anything
important, but Barbara tells him that, no it wasn't - just something
she said. She goes on that that's a good sign, isn't it? - perhaps
when he's back in familiar surroundings, the whole thing will
come back to him? Ross takes his drink and Barbara continues that
it's a good thing too: it'll put an end to Andy's idea that there
was any trouble between him and Ross. She sits down again and
Ross tells her that he'd like to get all that cleared up as soon
Leigh is having tea with Charlie in the kitchen at the country
house, and she tells her that it was a piece of cake: Andy was
practically begging her to go with him. She adds that
she just hopes Ross is there when she goes over. Charlie
asks, "And if he's not?" Leigh replies that it doesn't
matter - there'll be other invitations. Charlie says she's glad
it all went so well for her. Leigh smiles, "You don't know
how well - and Andy's quite cute into the bargain!"
David suddenly comes in and Charlie tells him not to forget that
his dinner's in the oven. David picks up a tin of paint and mutters
that he's not hungry. Charlie insists that he has to
eat, but David snaps at her to stop fussing and he goes again.
Leigh comments to Charlie sourly, "He's in a nice
mood." Charlie asks her what she expects: his wife
has just run out on him. She goes on that she just wishes there
was something she could do. Leigh mutters that they should forget
him; it's his problem. Charlie, looking shocked, points
out to Leigh that David is her uncle. Leigh retorts that
she hasn't seen him for years and she hardly knows him; she wouldn't
be there if she didn't need a place to stay. She stands
up and takes her plate to the sink, and Charlie mutters at her
that she doesn't think about anyone expect herself. Leigh muses,
"Look after number one; that's what I always say."
Charlie comments that Leigh is like Patricia: the same
nasty streak. Leigh remarks that that's charming - and
she thought Charlie was supposed to be Patricia's friend.
Charlie stands up, walks over to Leigh and tells her, "I've
known Patricia for a very long time. Well, I've seen the best
in her, but I've also seen her go deliberately out of her way
to hurt people. I'll tell you something: in the end, the person
she hurt most was herself. Don't make the same mistake."
Leigh asks her if she doesn't want her to go through with Patricia's
plan, then. Charlie explains that she thinks it's madness and
she was hoping Leigh would decide against it. Leigh asks, "So
you're not going to help me?" Charlie just stands there.
Leigh points out that she promised Patricia she would; is she
going back on her word? Charlie sighs and tells Leigh that she'll
help her - but for Patricia's sake, not hers. Leigh comments that
that's settled, then - she's sure between the two of them they
can arrange something for Mr. Newman...
The next morning, David is busy raking over a patch of ground
outside when Mike walks over to him and comments that it looks
like they're heading for another hot one. David just agrees, "Yeah."
Mike goes on that he looks bushed, and he suggests that David
take a break and he'll finish that. David, though, replies
that he'll be right, and so Mike reluctantly walks off.
Inside, in the kitchen, Heather is clearing away the breakfast
things when Mike comes in, and she asks him how David is. Mike
replies that he's working himself into the ground. Heather comments
that she can hardly blame him: not many men
would have stuck by Patricia the way he has, then for her to just
run out on him... Mike muses that he didn't know what to say to
the bloke. Heather, though, points out that there's nothing much
he can say. She then asks him gently if he remembers
when Jeff died and he said they had to get through all the hurt
before they could pick up their lives again... that's what David's
got to do: somehow, get through the hurt.
Katie is sitting in the lounge room, tapping her fingers on the
arm of the couch. Leigh comes in, holding up a couple of outfits,
and asks, "Like my new dresses?" Katie looks at them
and exclaims that they're lovely! She asks Leigh where she got
them, and Leigh explains that Charlie gave them to her. She then
asks which one she should wear tonight. Katie examines then and
says she thinks they're both gorgeous. She asks Leigh
what time Andy is picking her up, but Leigh replies that he's
not; she's meeting him at Barbara's. She adds that she
might get to meet Katie's boyfriend there! Looking annoyed, Katie
immediately warns her to keep her voice down. Leigh says she's
sorry. She then comments that Katie was out again with him yesterday,
wasn't she? Katie nods. She says to Leigh that if he
is there tonight, can she promise that she won't say
anything about her and him, as they agreed to keep it a secret?
Leigh assures her that she won't say a word - but she hopes he
is there, as she's looking forward to meeting him...
Barbara pushes open a door in the corridor at the hospital and
rubs her eyes. Ross suddenly comes up behind her, and Barbara
smiles and apologises that she didn't see him. Ross asks her if
she's alright and she replies that she's fine. Ross comments that
she doesn't look it, and so Barbara explains that she
didn't sleep too well last night: she had another nightmare. Ross
asks if it was about the bombing again, and Barbara confirms,
"Uh huh." Ross says to her sternly that she didn't take
one of her sedatives before she went to bed last night, did
she? Barbara admits, "No." Ross tells her that he knows
she doesn't like taking them, but they're for her own good; it's
only until her nerves get better and they're not going to turn
her into a junkie. Barbara sighs, "Alright, alright...,"
before adding, "I'd better go and get Andy." She walks
off, leaving Ross with a smile on his face...
A short time later, Ross is dialling a number on a payphone.
It rings and is answered by a man. Ross says it's him, and the
man says, "G'day, Ross." He then asks Ross if he wants
him to place a bet for him, but Ross says, "No, not today,
thankyou, Les. I was wondering if you could help me out with something
else - I hear you have connections." Les tells him that that
depends; what is he after? Ross explains, "I need to get
hold of some hash. I wonder if you know anybody that could help
Leigh is wandering in the grounds of the country house and Charlie
joins her and asks her if she's been for a walk. Leigh retorts
that she had to do something. She then adds that she
thanks God she's got a party tonight. Looking dubious, Charlie
says she thinks she may have made a mistake there - she realises
she suggested Leigh get to know Ross through Andy, but she'd hate
to see the boy or Barbara get caught up in Leigh's plans. Leigh,
though, snaps, "If anyone gets in my way, too bad."
Charlie, looking sympathetic, comments, "So hard..."
Leigh retorts that if Charlie had to put up with the things that
happened to her, she might be a bit on the tough side
herself. Charlie remarks that her life hasn't
exactly been a bed of roses: she's got a daughter not much younger
than Leigh, and a son. They stop walking, and Leigh muses that
she can't imagine Charlie as a mother. Charlie explains, "Neither
could my first husband. He took the children with him. It's the
saddest thing in my life I never saw them grow up. I don't really
feel as if I had a family." Leigh retorts that families
aren't so great: her mum's alright but her stepfather's a pig
- not like her real father, but she lost him.
She growls that you always lose the things you care about, so
you have to fight for what you want out of life - and if that
means stepping on a few losers, that's their problem.
She marches off, leaving Charlie shaking her head.
David is still working hard. A dog runs up to him, but he snaps,
"Get out of here," and it runs off. Leigh - with Charlie
walking behind her - snaps at him to leave the animal alone; he's
not doing any harm. David snaps back that the mutt belongs next
door. Leigh retorts that just because David is in a bad
mood, he doesn't have to take it out on the dog. David
snaps that he'll do what he damn well likes, and he'll have no
smart comments from her. Leigh bends down to the dog,
which has run over to her, and says, "Come on, Patch, come
on, baby, there's a good fella." She leads him off to play
ball, and Charlie comments to her that it's a pity she doesn't
show the same concern for people as she does for animals.
That evening, Ross is at Toorak with Barbara, and he asks her
how Andy's first day at home was. Barbara replies that there was
no problem - he's still determined to go to work tonight. Ross
asks if he's remembered any more, but Barbara tells him, "No,
not yet." There's suddenly a knock at the door and Barbara
goes to get it. The visitor is Leigh, and she asks if Andy is
ready. Barbara tells her, "Almost." She then invites
Leigh to come inside, as there's someone she'd like her to meet.
They head into the lounge room and Barbara explains to Ross that
Leigh is David Palmer's niece. She introduces the two of them
and Leigh tells Ross that she's pleased to meet him. Barbara heads
off to call Andy for her. Alone with Ross, Leigh says to him that
she thinks she's heard someone mention his name before;
he's a surgeon, isn't he? Ross confirms that that's right.
Leigh flirts that he must be very clever... Ross just replies
that he does what he can. Leigh goes on that she's never met
a doctor before - except for their family doctor in Queensland,
and he was old, not young like Ross... At that moment, Andy comes
into the room, followed by Leigh, and he asks her if she managed
to find the place OK. Leigh replies that she did. Andy then asks
her if she's ready. Looking slightly put-out, Leigh asks if they're
going straight away, and Andy points out that you can't have a
party without music! Leigh tells Ross that it was nice talking
to him, and she adds that she hopes they'll meet again. Ross just
says blankly he's sure they will. She and Andy go, and Barbara
comments to Ross that she thinks he won a heart! Looking surprised,
Ross asks, "What?" Barbara tells him not to say he didn't
notice the way Leigh looked at him - she almost melted
when she saw him! Ross muses that Leigh is far too young for him;
he's not into schoolgirls. Barbara laughs that she'd hardly call
Leigh a schoolgirl - although she's glad that that's the way he
thinks! She offers him another drink, which he accepts. As she
pours it, she asks him if there's anything on his mind, as he's
been very quiet since he arrived. Ross murmurs that he's sorry
- he didn't realise. Barbara hands him his drink and asks, "Well?"
Ross tells her that she mixes a great scotch and soda; has anybody
ever told her? Barbara gives him a look. Ross sighs and says he
doesn't know how to say this, and he may be well off the track,
but it's about Andy. Barbara tells him to go on. Ross explains
that it's been bothering him since this morning - what she was
saying about people being hooked on drugs: that mobile disco that
Andy takes round - he doesn't think it's all that Andy makes out
it is; he thinks that what Andy is really doing is selling
drugs. Barbara looks shocked.
A few moments later, Barbara is sitting down as Ross explains
that it was after she left to go to Patricia's party; he heard
Andy talking on the 'phone and a couple of things he said made
him feel suspicious - something about 'moving the stuff' and talking
about his 'supplier'. He goes on that, when Andy got off the 'phone,
he fronted him, and the look on his face... it was guilt written
all over it. Barbara asks what Andy said, and Ross replies
that he didn't say anything to start with, but then he told him
that he'd made a mistake and to mind his own business. He adds
that he still doesn't know what to think: maybe he did
make a mistake?; maybe he did misconstrue the whole thing?
Barbara asks Ross angrily why he's waited so long to tell her,
but Ross points out curtly that the kid was in hospital and the
important thing was for him to get better; it just wasn't the
right time; then seeing that young girl there tonight... she was
such a nice kid, and if there are drugs at the party...
Barbara mutters, "Yes... Well, when Andy comes back, we'll
have it out with him and see what he has to say for himself."
Ross, though, says he doesn't think that's a very good idea -
he still doesn't have any proof, and if he is wrong,
it'll just make things worse between him and Andy. Barbara snaps
that she'll search his room, then - Andy will never forgive her
if he finds out, but they have to be sure. She stands up and heads
out to the stairs, adding, "I hope you're wrong, Ross."
Ross stands there, a nasty smile on his face...
David is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house as
Heather and Mike wipe up the dinner things. He has a plate of
food in front of him, and Heather tells him that she's sorry -
it got a bit dried up in the oven. David assures her that it's
fine. He stands up and Heather comments that he hasn't eaten enough
to keep a sparrow alive. David retorts that he isn't
hungry. Mike says to him that he isn't doing any more work tonight,
is he? David explains that he wants to finish the room before
he goes to Sydney. Looking surprised, Mike queries, "Sydney?"
David explains that he was able to organise a load for tomorrow.
Mike says to him that if he's going on a long trip, he should
be getting some shuteye. David suddenly snaps, "For God's
sake, won't everyone just get off my back? Now, I've made the
trip to Sydney enough times to know what I'm doing, Mike, and
I don't need any advice." He storms out, and Heather and
Mike look at each other in surprise.
Ross is pouring himself another drink at Toorak when Barbara
comes back into the room and says she's been through everything
and there's nothing. Ross comments, "Thank God." Barbara
suggests to him that perhaps he did misunderstand Andy.
Ross agrees, "Yes. Unless... well if he is selling
drugs at these parties, the logical place to keep them is in the
van." Barbara tuts and remarks that she hadn't though of
that - and that would explain why Andy was so keen to get to work
tonight. She crosses her arms, sighs and goes on that she'll wait
until tomorrow and then search his van while he's still asleep.
Ross tells her that he'll come round in the morning, just in case
she needs some moral support. Barbara mutters, "Let's hope
The next morning, Barbara and Ross approach Andy's van, which
is parked in the driveway. Barbara opens up the back door and
starts rummaging round inside a blue holdall lying just inside.
She doesn't find anything, though. She then starts checking all
the various bits of DJ equipment, but there's still nothing. Her
hands move up to a side panel in the van and she pulls open a
metal flap. She reaches inside and suddenly appears to find something.
She lifts it out to reveal a piece of foil wrapped up into a square
about two inches along each length. She unwraps it at one of the
edges and finds a black substance within. She shows this to Ross,
who suggests, "Maybe it's for his own use?" Barbara,
though, curtly retorts, "Don't make excuses for him. Look
how much there is. You were right: he's a pusher."
Ross stands there, looking pleased with himself...