THREE MONTHS LATER
A number of cars are parked in the driveway at Dural. A female
voice is saying, "So bless these two persons as they pledge
their lives to each other. That their love may ever more grow
to give a true reflection of your love for us all." Inside,
in the lounge room, Wayne and Karen are standing in front of a
marriage celebrant as a number of friends and family look on.
The celebrant continues, "Grant, Lord, that this ring be
a token and constant sign of the pledge of love and faithfulness
which these two persons make to each other. Through Jesus Christ,
our Lord, Amen." Karen hands the bouquet that she's holding
to Jill, who is standing next to her. Wayne then slips a finger
onto Karen's finger and vows, "Karen, with this ring, I wed
you. With all that I am and all that I have, I honour you. In
the name of God, Amen." Karen, looking down at her hand,
vows, "Wayne, I accept this ring in token of our marriage.
May God enable us to grow and love together." A number of
guests are seated behind them. Charlie is seated next to Leigh
and she whispers to the girl that Gordon still isn't happy. Gordon
is sitting next to Fiona, staring at the floor. Leigh comments
to Charlie that Gordon is probably wondering the same as she
is: why the hell is Wayne marrying Karen?
A car pulls up outside and the driver gets out. He walks round
to the other side of the vehicle and opens the door at the rear.
A pair of crutches is placed onto the ground and a man then climbs
out of the car: it's Alan.
Inside, the celebrant is saying, "Before God, and in the
presence of us all, by solemn consent and promise, by the giving
and receiving of a ring, and by the joining of hands, Wayne and
Karen have now accepted each other in marriage. I declare Wayne
and Karen to be husband and wife. You may kiss the bride."
Karen turns to Wayne. Wayne just stares ahead, looking as if he's
miles away, and the celebrant has to tell him, "Mr. Hamilton,
you may kiss your wife now!" There's a ripple of laughter!
Wayne pushes back Karen's veil gently and he kisses her. There's
smattering of applause and Charlie declares that she loves weddings!
Out in the hallway, the front door shuts and Alan hobbles in.
In the lounge room, Charlie kisses Wayne, wishes him all the best
and tells him to remember that she's godmother to the first child!
She then congratulates Karen as well. Fiona is next in line, but
after congratulating Wayne, she just mutters a curt, "Karen,"
at the bride. Charlie wanders over to Leigh and growls that she
wishes she didn't have to congratulate Karen too. Leigh murmurs
that she wonders how Karen forced Wayne into it. Charlie comments
that she is attractive, she supposes. She adds that it's
all her second husband had going for him, and it's enough...
for a while. Leigh, though, muses that there's more to it than
that. Elsewhere in the room, Fiona tells Gordon that he's going
to have to push his way through if he wants to talk to the happy
couple, but Gordon retorts that he'll wait. Fiona remarks to him
that he doesn't like Karen, does he? Gordon
replies, "Neither does Wayne, particularly. That's the trouble."
Alan suddenly hobbles into the room and heads for the happy couple.
Karen suddenly notices him and runs towards him, a look of delight
on her face. She gives him a tight hug and exclaims that she didn't
know he was walking! Alan explains that it's a wedding present,
and he congratulates her. Karen gives him another hug as Jill
looks on. Leigh asks Charlie, "Who's the cripple?" and
Charlie explains that it's Karen's son. She adds that the poor
darling has been in hospital for months; she
heard he wouldn't walk again. Leigh mutters, "Call
that walking?" Charlie chastises her, but Leigh
points out that she doesn't even know him; why should
she go ape over him getting up on crutches? Karen walks past with
Alan, and Leigh adds that she wishes she could wipe that smile
off her face; there's no money until she does. Charlie
points out to her that there's no guarantee that she'll get it
whatever happens; Patricia hasn't answered her last five
letters. Leigh asserts that she'll be in touch, and she adds that
she'd better be - the effort she's put in for
her. She walks off.
In Sunbury, the country house has started to fall into a state
of disrepair, and there's rubbish strewn around everywhere in
the grounds. Mike and Heather pull up in their car, get out and
look round in shock. Mike comments, "David's let this place
go to the pack." Heather suggests that maybe they shouldn't
disturb him, but Mike points out that they're there now. Heather
reminds him that David hasn't bothered to contact them since they
moved out, but Mike retorts that if he doesn't want to see them,
he can tell them to get lost. Heather sighs and says she wonders
if he's let himself go as much. Mike muses that he couldn't
be much worse than when they left; he never thought he'd be the
kind of guy who'd drop his bundle. They head inside.
As they approach the kitchen door, Mike calls, "Dave?"
He knocks and calls out that it's him and Heather. There's no
answer, though, and so he pushes the back door open. Heather warns
him that he can't just-- Mike interrupts, though, and points out
that they used to live there. They go in and discover the kitchen
in a state, with dirty crockery and cutlery strewn around and
empty beer cans and food tins lying on the counters. Mike sniffs
and comments that it smells like a ruddy tip. Heather agrees that
it's disgusting. They head out into the hallway, which is cluttered
up with bits of wood and more rubbish. Mike continues to call
for David. Heather remarks that she feels bad about leaving, now,
but Mike reminds her that David asked them to. They walk
into the lounge room. David is asleep on the couch, looking unkempt.
Mike cries, "Oh no. Look at him."
A few minutes later, Mike, Heather and David walk into the kitchen,
Mike explaining as they do so that he suggested to Heather that
they take a drive out there; it gets pretty cramped in the caravan,
even though it's just the two of them. He adds that Katie is flatting
with a girlfriend now. David, slurring his words slightly, tells
Heather to put the kettle on if she likes. He then adds that he's
sorry there are no clean cups. Looking dubious, Heather says it's
alright - they stopped for coffee at a little roadside place.
Looking through a drawer, David slurs that he had a few truckie
mates around last night and got a bit down when they left; he
knocked himself out. He takes a bottle of pills out of the drawer.
Mike asks him if he hasn't got his licence back yet, and David
slurs that no, he hasn't; it'll be another month. He adds that
he's lucky he didn't lose it for long - he nearly killed a woman
and a baby... Mike just mutters sympathetically, "Yeah..."
David then asks him and Heather how they're doing, and
Mike replies that they're not bad. He goes on that he hasn't had
much luck with work, actually; that's why they stayed on in the
caravan: it's cheaper. David asked if they sold the old house,
and Mike replies that they did, but they didn't get what they
expected for it; it seems the market's pretty bad. There's silence,
which Heather breaks by saying sadly that they'll never forget
the fire, but they can talk about Jeff's death now, without...
She breaks off. David mutters, "Time helps." He and
Mike both go to start talking at the same time, but they break
off and Mike tells David to go first. David slurs, "The house
is a bit of a mess. You know, I've been sort of busy lately...
this and that. Even when you're not working, things catch up on
you. It doesn't take much for the house to get..." Mike agrees
quietly, "Yeah..." David starts to clear away the table
and adds that they caught him on a bad day, that's all.
A while later, Mike and Heather are at Beryl's, and as Heather
pours some tea, Mike tells Beryl that, finally, it got so embarrassing
that they had to leave. Heather adds that the worst part was that
David kept apologising all the time; he knows how much he's let
himself go - it's awful; they were such good friends, but them
being there just made him uncomfortable. Mike goes on that they
felt so guilty about not going over sooner; that's why they've
come there: because it made them realise how they've
let all their friendships slip. Beryl assures them that
that's alright - she's had plenty to keep her occupied; it hasn't
exactly been an easy pregnancy, but it's worth it, though. Mike
says he wishes they'd kept in touch, but being out in the caravan
park and not on the 'phone... it's such a long way out. Beryl
nods. Mike continues that they didn't hear any news of her in
Jim's letters, either - he said she never wrote back to him. Beryl
explains that there didn't seem much point. Heather says she thinks
Jim was hoping she'd calm down a bit about him and Leigh. Beryl
replies that she has; she just doesn't want him in her
life anymore; she'll have her baby soon, and that will make her
happy, and she'll also have her charity work. Heather asks carefully,
"And, er, David?" Beryl retorts, "He's Patricia's
At the wedding reception at Dural, Leigh walks over to Fiona
and Jill and hands them some plates of food. Jill tells her that
she shouldn't have bothered, but Leigh explains that her mother
always taught her to make sure everyone else was eating before
she did; she used to go to a lot of church socials that
had this sort of spread. She asks to be excused and she walks
off. Jill immediately comments to Fiona, "She's a very nice
girl," but Fiona, looking thoughtful, agrees, "Mmm,
like a piece of chocolate cake with marzipan icing. I wonder who
she's trying to fool." Jill points out to her that Beryl
might have been wrong, and she adds that Wayne
and Gordon have taken to her - she spends quite a lot
of time there. Fiona just muses, "Intuition..." Jill
asks Fiona to excuse her, as she wants to have a word with Alan.
She wanders off. Fiona walks over to the bar, and Gordon joins
her and tells her to make out that they're talking business, as
Charlie is driving him crazy! Fiona smiles and replies that he's
almost an eligible divorcee; she thinks today has given Charlie
ideas! Gordon tells her that Charlie has had those ideas for a
while; living near her is like living near an obstacle
course! Fiona laughs! She then asks him if he's heard from Barbara,
but Gordon sadly replies, "Only through the lawyers..."
He quickly brightens up and says that Wayne talked to him before
about him having a long face and he promised he'd try and buck
up - so change of subject, eh? Fiona accepts, "Fine!"
She then asks what news there is of Andy and Amanda. Gordon replies
that they enjoyed Europe - they're back in London with Irene;
they should be home soon. Wayne's best man suddenly walks past
them and Fiona calls out, "Mr. King?" Greg King stops
and Fiona says to him, "Tell me, Greg. Whatever happened
to those tours to Woombai that you were going to organise?"
Greg stands there, looking shifty! Elsewhere in the room, Karen
walks towards Leigh, who hands her a plate of food. Karen comments
to her that she's been busy, and Leigh explains that she and Wayne
have been so good to her; it's nice to pay it back. She adds that
she'll pop upstairs if Karen likes, and lay out her going-away
things for her. Karen thanks her and Leigh walks off.
Out the back, Jill helps Alan sit down by the swimming pool,
and he laughs as he comments that she looked like she expected
him to miss the chair or something! Jill laughs back that she
doesn't know how good he is on those things yet! Alan smiles that
he's learning; he has to: he's going to be using them
for the rest of his life. Jill asks seriously if he's not going
to get any better and Alan shakes his head and explains that the
doctors reckon it's a miracle he's managed this much.
He muses that it's the power of prayer, and he asks Jill if she
can believe that he actually said a few while he was flat on his
back! He adds, "I figured, 'What the hell? If He is there,
He might listen; if not, nothing lost.' I was hedging my bets.
He half-listened!" Jill smiles at him and he goes on that
it helped in a way; he's changed a lot: he feels closer to Karen
now and he's woken up to himself, too. Jill asks how,
and Alan explains that he used to be a creep; now he's a creep
who can't walk properly! Jill laughs and Alan says he's sorry
- he's a bit nervous; he's not used to this sincere bit. He goes
on that he didn't want to see her again until he was as good as
he could be; when he was having the physio, it was pretty painful
sometimes and he had to switch off - and he'd think about her;
it helped more than praying. He asks, "Think you
can put up with having a creep around the place again?!"
Jill laughs, "I'm the one who proposed,
remember?!" Alan laughs and says he thinks one wedding is
enough for a while! Jill smiles happily and declares, "I
missed you!" They kiss.
Inside, Karen joins Wayne, who's looking through the wedding
telegrams. She comments that it's nice that they got so many.
Wayne explains that he tried to persuade Greg not to read them
out, but he said it's a tradition of the best man. Karen remarks
that she finds it hard to believe that he and Greg went to the
same school; Greg is so crass. She goes on that Greg
is handing around telegram forms, getting the guests to fill them
in: things like: 'A spring on the inner spring, spring means offspring,
next spring', that sort of thing. Wayne sourly comments that he's
a laugh a minute, the old Greg... He then adds that he can lock
the telegrams away in mothballs until his next wedding! Karen
smiles and warns him to watch it! Wayne smiles back at her and
she tells him that that's better - he looked so grim during the
ceremony. Wayne asks her if she knows what he thought of. Karen
shakes her head and Wayne explains, "Mitch. I don't know
why. He just popped into my head about halfway through the ceremony."
Neither of them notices Leigh coming downstairs and pausing to
listen as Wayne continues, "I guess it's because of you:
thinking of how good you've been to me; where I'd be now if you
hadn't..." Karen puts a finger to his lip and tells him to
try and forget about it - today, anyway. Wayne says quietly that
the trouble is, he'll never forget about it; he wishes
he could. Karen tells him gently, "You're my husband.
And Mitch is where he can't hurt us. So come on... let's enjoy
our wedding. It's the last one you'll be having!" She leads
him off and Leigh walks down the rest of the stairs, looking thoughtful.
In the lounge room, Charlie is talking to a male guest and his
wife, saying to the man that she understands he does business
with Wayne and Karen. The man confirms, "Yes," and Charlie
goes on flirtatiously that it's such a relief for Gordon now that
the company is back on its feet again; not that she understands
all the facts and figures, but she does so admire businessmen
like himself! Leigh interrupts and asks Charlie if she can have
a word with her. Charlie indignantly snaps, "Not now, darling,
I'm busy," but the man quickly assures Leigh that it's alright,
and he suggests to his wife that they have some more food! Charlie
mutters at Leigh, "Hasn't anyone ever told you it's rude
to butt-in?" Leigh explains that she thinks she might be
on to something, and she asks, "Who's Mitch?" Charlie
queries, "Mitch?" Leigh asks who he is, adding that
she thinks he's mixed-up in whatever Karen has got over Wayne.
She goes on that it might just be the break she needs...
A few moments later, Leigh reveals to Charlie that Karen and
Wayne have got some sort of secret and Mitch is mixed up in it
- and whatever it is, it's big. Charlie warns Leigh that she's
just so keen to get money from Patricia that she's seeing things
where there's nothing. Leigh, though, mutters that she's wasted
three months being nice to this boring lot, and she's not going
to give up on the first good lead she gets. As Fiona passes them,
Leigh quickly changes to saying that Karen's going-away clothes
are so lovely. She turns to Fiona and asks her if she's
seen them, but Fiona retorts that she hasn't, and she mutters,
"Excuse me." She walks off, leaving Leigh to comment
to Charlie, "Cow. No matter how hard I try, she still believes
what Beryl told her." She sighs and adds, "I'm sure
I'm right about this guy, Mitch."
Outside, by the pool, Jill is telling Alan that when Nat Fisher
booted Karen out, she shifted in with Fiona. She adds that it's
a pity that Nat had to be so nasty about the wedding. Alan, though,
points out that she can hardly blame Nat - he and Karen
had been together for a while. Jill remarks that you can't really
call it a relationship - they hardly ever saw each other.
Fiona wanders out to them and announces that she's off. She adds
that she assumes Jill wants to stay? Jill says she does. She then
asks Fiona if she can check on Fee when she gets back, and Fiona
replies that of course she can - although knowing Bunty and Thel,
she'd say Fee is probably as snug as a bug in a Persian rug! She
then tells Alan that it's good to see him looking so well and
she walks off. Alan comments to Jill that Fiona is leaving early,
and Jill explains that she's going to see a man about a book they're
A while later, at her flat, Fiona is holding a copy of a book
entitled 'Your Own Worst Enemy', by Sergeant Barney Adams and
Damien Courtney. Wal Mackay is with her, and he tells her that
they've done a first run of 20,000 copies and it's going to the
stores in a few weeks. Looking surprised, Fiona asks him who Damien
Courtney is, and why his name isn't there. Wal tells
her, "I got my cheque. That's all I wanted." Fiona muses
that there's only one thing bigger than his eyes when he sees
cash, and that's his ego, so come on... Wal gives in
and explains that he's getting on; he doesn't need the hassles
these days: he was leaned-on. Fiona queries, "Oh?"
Wal explains that, a few months ago, he was well into the first
draft; a couple of blokes called - very respectable, short back-and-sides;
Army civvies if ever he saw it - and they suggested very nicely
that he stop work on the book; that's when Damien Courtney came
into being. Fiona asks, "And you told the publishers that
you didn't have anything to do with this?" Wal explains that
he told them the truth; they helped him invent Damien
Courtney to protect himself. He adds, "It's explosive
stuff, Fiona. Fiction or not, questions are going to be asked
when it comes out." Fiona points out that they both knew
that months ago, but Wal retorts that he hadn't been
muscled then. Fiona, looking surprised, queries, "Eh?"
Wal tells her that she's right: he wouldn't have given in once.
Fiona remarks that, the number of times he stuck his neck out...
this seems such minor league. Wal just retorts bluntly
that you stop taking risks. Handing her a folder, he tells her
that she's got her copy of the book and there are the diaries;
he's done his bit and he hopes it puts her mind at rest about
her friend. Fiona assures him, "It's what he would have wanted."
A short time later, Fiona closes the gate at the bottom of the
driveway as she lets Wal out. She says to him that he won't be
coming to the book launch, then? Wal replies that he won't, but
he'll call and they'll get together for a drink. Fiona tells him
that she understands what he did, and Wal assures her that he
knew she would. Fiona tells him to take care and he walks off.
As he does so, he passes a car parked at the side of the road.
There's a man sitting inside and as Wal gets into his
car, the man climbs out and approaches Fiona. Another man gets
out the other side and joins him. The first man says, "Mrs.
Thompson?" Fiona replies, "Yes?" The first man
tells her, "We'd like you to come with us, please."
Fiona stands there, looking surprised.
At Dural, Greg King comes downstairs, holding a bunch of blank
telegrams. Leigh is in the hallway and she tells him that she
was looking for him. Greg explains that he's been making sure
that everyone has got one of the telegrams, and he asks Leigh
if she's filled one in yet. Leigh asks what it is, and Greg explains
that he's going to read them out during the speeches. He hands
her one and tells her to write something funny. He then asks her
what she wanted him for, and Leigh explains that there was something
she was wondering about Wayne; he's his best man and
she thought he might know. Greg, though, replies that, unless
it's about the old days, there's no point asking him. Leigh asks
him what he means, and Greg explains that he was Wayne's mate
at school, but they don't keep in touch really; the last time
was his other wedding; he hasn't seen him since. He then
suggests that Leigh would probably get more out of Gordon
and he asks to be excused, as he still has some more telegrams
to give out. He walks off and Leigh screws up her telegram in
annoyance. She then, though, suddenly appears to have a thought,
and she unscrews the piece of paper and walks over to the hall
table, where she starts writing 'Best...'
A while later, Wayne and Karen are standing in the lounge room
with Greg as he starts reading, commenting that it's best to start
with the worst one: 'May all your problems be little ones.' He
adds that he won't say who it's from - he doesn't want to embarrass
them! He then continues that Charlie told him how to say this
one, and, putting on a doggy voice, he reads out a card from Isabella!
There's a round of laughter! Greg picks up another telegram and,
looking at it, he comments that whoever it's from didn't even
try to be funny. Leigh looks on in interest as Greg reads,
"Best wishes for the future. It's always good to see two
of your friends get together. Mitch." The smile on Karen's
face freezes and Wayne turns to glare at Greg. He grabs the telegram
from him as Leigh looks on triumphantly.
Sometime later, there's a round of applause as the cake is cut.
Karen, addressing all the guests, says she guesses that makes
it well and truly official! She goes on that she and Wayne would
just like to thank them all for coming and they hope everyone
enjoys the cake. Wayne adds tautly that they're going to get changed
and be back. They start to walk out, but Gordon approaches them
and asks Wayne if he's alright. Wayne explains that he's just
upset about that creep, Mitch, sending a telegram. Looking surprised,
Gordon says he doesn't understand: it wasn't sent; it
was from there at the party. Wayne mutters that it must be someone's
idea of a sick joke. Gordon comments that it seemed like it upset
him. Wayne doesn't respond, but just walks off. Karen lingers
and tells Gordon that he knows how Wayne feels about Mitch. Neither
of them notices Leigh in the background, smiling. Wayne and Karen
head out into the hallway and Wayne snaps, "Someone here
knows. Someone knows I killed him." Karen
tells him to calm down. She adds that they don't know what
it means. Wayne, though, growls, "Mitch is dead and someone
here wrote a telegram from him. They must know."
He then adds that they'll have to cancel the honeymoon. Karen
asks him what he's talking about, and Wayne retorts that he's
got to find out who wrote that telegram and why. Karen snaps,
"For God's sake, what do we say?" Wayne retorts, "Think
of something. I knew we'd never get away with it. I knew
it." He storms off, leaving Karen looking worried.
Beryl is sitting at home, music playing in the background, looking
at a photo album. Inside are photos of Lynn with Kevin, Bill marrying
Susan... Beryl closes it, looking upset. She then stands up.
A middle-aged man - Colonel Bainbridge - is talking to a woman
in a garden as two children play Swingball nearby. The woman says
something to him quietly and he walks round to the verandah of
the house, where Fiona is standing. He indicates some patio furniture
and invites, "Please?" Fiona reluctantly sits down.
Bainbridge sits down opposite her and tells her that he's sorry
if she saw his invitation as threatening; it wasn't meant to be.
Fiona asks him if those men were the ones who broke into her apartment
three months ago. Bainbridge says he doesn't understand, but Fiona
laughs bitterly and comments, "I bet you don't. And I suppose
you don't know anything about the ones who 'talked' to Wal Mackay,
either?" Bainbridge stares at her and tells her, "I
have a lot to lose if your book has people asking questions."
Fiona retorts that it isn't her book; it's Barney's.
Bainbridge points out that she's been pushing its publication.
Fiona muses, "You must have felt very safe when we got the
diaries. Just as well we had a copy." Bainbridge
warns her, "Whatever comes out of this is on your head, you
know?" Fiona asks if that's a threat, but Bainbridge replies
calmly that, no, it isn't; he means what comes out of it for his
family and the families of all the other men; he loves his wife
and children and he has another boy at college who worships the
ground he walks on; how's he going to feel when the truth comes
out? Fiona points out that the book is fiction. Bainbridge,
though, reminds her that the diaries exist; it'll come
out that it's based on fact and all their names are in those diaries.
He snaps, "Don't think about the effect on us. Think
about our families." Fiona retorts, "You think
about all the people you've killed." Bainbridge
asks her angrily who gave her the right to act as a one-woman
jury. He adds that those people are dead and have been dead for
years; his family is very much alive. Fiona
sits there, looking worried.
Beryl is standing in the hallway at the country house, and she
calls for David, but there's no answer. She walks round, looking
shocked at the mess. She heads into the kitchen, where a fresh
set of empty beer bottles have appeared. She then heads outside,
still looking shocked at the mess. Holding her hand against her
back, to ease the pressure from her pregnancy, she starts wandering
round, looking for David.
David is outside, busy working, chopping down a tree. Beryl walks
along, looking round for him. She pauses and turns, trying to
identify where the sound of the axe is coming from, but she doesn't
notice a wooden-slatted covering behind her, and she gasps in
shock as she steps on it, her feet go straight through the wood
and she falls down a shaft...