Beryl is lying at the bottom of an old mine-shaft, not moving.
Her eyes are closed. David carries on chopping the tree, but he
looks at his watch and decides to take a rest. He starts heading
back towards the house, picking up his shirt from where it's resting
on a branch as he does so. In the shaft, Beryl beings to come
round, and she manages to raise herself into a sitting position.
She then stands up, groaning in pain all the while and holding
her back to ease the weight of her baby. She starts calling for
David passes the mine-shaft as he heads back to the house, but
he doesn't look at it, and so doesn't notice the broken slats
of wood. He approaches the house, but pauses as he suddenly appears
to think he can hear someone calling, "David! Help me!"
The calling stops, though, so he heads inside, where he begins
to tidy up the mess in the kitchen, clearing away old newspapers
and beer bottles. He pauses as he stands by the sink and wipes
his brow. He then goes to the 'fridge and takes out three cans
In the mine-shaft, Beryl cries, "David! Help me! David!"
She sighs heavily as there's no response.
At Dural, a car pulls away and heads down the driveway. Inside,
in the lounge room, Gordon is with Wayne and he comments to him
that he's surprised he cancelled his honeymoon. He asks why the
change of plan and Wayne sourly replies, "Too many things
to worry about." They walk over and join Karen, Jill and
Alan, and Gordon asks his son, "What have you got
to worry about?" Wayne retorts that they just decided not
to go, and he walks off. Karen quickly tells Gordon that it was
her decision, she's afraid: now that Alan is there, she
decided that she'd rather stay and help him settle into the flat.
Alan assures her that she doesn't have to worry about him, but
Karen explains that she does have to keep her eye on the other
companies as well; there are a few headaches there - but he's
the main for them not going. Alan muses that he doesn't
know whether to feel guilty or grateful! He then thanks Gordon
for putting him up, and Gordon assures him that they're pleased
to have him. Karen tells Alan that he should get some rest, as
he's been up and about all afternoon. Jill chips in that Karen
is right, and she adds that she'll help him unpack. Alan smiles
that he's being mothered on all sides! With the help
of Jill, he hobbles off. Left alone with Gordon, Karen comments
that he's going to have a full house, but Gordon assures her that
he doesn't mind - the house needs plenty of people. Karen
suggests that maybe they should get Alan a housekeeper - housework
isn't her style and she's still going to be pretty busy with the
company. Gordon agrees that that might be a good idea, and he
says he'll ring around a few of the agencies on Monday. Charlie
and Leigh join them and Charlie comments that she's always the
last to leave! Gordon tells her that she doesn't have to go yet,
but Charlie replies that she thinks she and Leigh should be making
tracks. Leigh thanks Gordon for a lovely afternoon and Gordon
tells her that he was glad she could come. He adds that he'll
see them out and he and Leigh head to the door. Charlie lingers
and says to Karen, "Congratulations, Mrs. Hamilton."
Karen thanks her.
Fiona is sitting in her flat, looking through the book that Wal
Mackay wrote, when the 'phone starts ringing. She goes and answers
it and looks surprised when Karen comes on. She comments to her
sourly that she would have thought she'd be off somewhere exotic
with her new husband by now. From the bar at Dural - as Wayne
stands behind her, drinking - Karen replies that she only wishes
they were, but they've too much on at the moment and they'll have
to delay it for a while. She then explains that the reason she's
ringing is to thank Fiona for arranging the telegram this afternoon.
Fiona asks, "What telegram?" and Karen replies,
"From Mitch. Wayne and I thought he must have asked you to
send it." Fiona, though, tells her that it had nothing to
do with her; she hasn't heard of Mitch for months.
Karen comments that it must have been someone else, and she apologises
for bothering her. Fiona replies that it's alright. She then asks
Karen if she'd mind telling Gordon that she'll be coming back
there shortly: something has come up and she'd like to have his
advice. Karen says she'll tell him and they hang up. At Dural,
Karen muses, "Well, it wasn't Fiona..." Wayne slurs
that it must have been; who else could-- Karen interrupts
him and says she hasn't the faintest idea, but the woman's telling
the truth, she's sure of it. Wayne slurs that whoever it was,
she can bet it won't end there: someone knows what's happening
and they're out to blackmail them. Karen points out that they
don't know that - not for sure. She adds that,
anyway, all they can do is sit tight and not worry. Looking shocked,
Wayne mutters, "I killed the guy." Karen tells
him that it was an accident; he should stop punishing
himself. Wayne, though, cries that he can't help it:
for three months he's been trying to blot it out of his mind and
it won't go away. He suddenly walks over to the bar and lifts
up the 'phone index. Karen asks him what he's doing and he retorts
that he's doing what he should have done the day Mitch died: giving
the police the full story. He starts dialling. Karen stands there,
A few moments later, Karen has her hand over the telephone receiver
and she tells Wayne, "You're not making that call."
Wayne growls that he's made up his mind, but Karen retorts that
he's not going to solve anything by telling the police. Wayne
snaps that at least he might be able to sleep tonight. Karen tells
him not to be stupid: if anyone's trying to blackmail them, they
haven't got a hope; they've got an alibi, remember?: Amanda said
she saw Mitch the day after he was killed. Wayne points out that
Amanda wasn't 100% sure it was him, but Karen points
out that she wants to believe it, so it won't be difficult to
convince her. Wayne asks, "What if you don't?"
Karen, though, tells him that, with the guilt Amanda is feeling
about Mitch, it'll be easy. Wayne snaps that he'd just
be a damn sight happier if everything was out in the open. Karen
growls, "Oh is that so? Well tell me: would you rather feel
guilty here or in prison, facing a manslaughter charge?"
Wayne stares at her, and she asks, "Well?" Wayne looks
down and replaces the telephone receiver. He tells Karen, "I
still don't like it." Karen replies, "Believe me. It's
for the best. Everything will be fine..."
The front door opens at Charlie's and Charlie and Leigh walk
into the hallway. As they do so, Charlie tells Leigh that she
doesn't think the telegram was a good idea. Leigh, though, retorts
that she thought it was brilliant, and she asks
Charlie if she didn't see the way Wayne squirmed when it was read
out. Charlie snaps that that's what she means: Leigh
can do what she likes to Karen, but she doesn't think
Patricia would have liked Wayne getting hurt. Leigh mutters
that she can't help it if Wayne gets caught in the crossfire;
she's only following Patricia's orders. Charlie growls, "A
little too strictly for my liking." She heads into
the lounge room and Leigh follows her and snaps, "You're
too soft, that's your problem. Anyway, it's Mitch I have
to chase up now, and if I can find out what his story
is, it should be all I need." Charlie tells her that she'll
be lucky to track him down; he hasn't been around for months.
Leigh points out that someone must know where he is,
but Charlie replies that she doubts it: Amanda broke his heart
when she wouldn't have anything to do with him, so he's probably
joined the Foreign Legion or something! Leigh comments, "Then
I'll just have to keep digging with Wayne and Karen." Charlie
warns her that they'll get suspicious if she hangs around too
much. Leigh, though, tells her, "Not if I have a good reason.
And I think I've got one..."
Beryl is standing in the mine-shaft, yelling out, "Help!
Please help! Help!" She suddenly becomes aware of a dog growling
and running around on the ground above, and she cries out, "Help
me, somebody, help me!" She puts her hand to her bump.
A drunk David staggers out of the country house and yells at
the dog, "Keep it down." He looks round and then throws
an empty beer can that he's holding, yelling at the dog, "Quiet.
Useless mongrel..." He rips open another can.
Karen opens the front door at Dural to find Leigh standing on
the step, and she tells her to come in. She then asks her if she
forgot something. Leigh, though, replies, "No, I came to
apply for the housekeeper's job." She adds that she heard
Karen talking to Mr. Hamilton about it. Karen comments to her
that she's quick off the mark; all they decided was to call a
few agencies. She invites Leigh to come through and they'll talk
about it, and they head into the lounge room. Gordon is in there
and Karen tells him that they have their first applicant for the
housekeeping position. Looking surprised, Gordon queries, "Leigh?
Don't tell me you're up for the job?" Leigh asks,
"Why not?" and Gordon explains that he didn't think
housework would appeal to her. Leigh replies that it doesn't,
but she needs something to tide her over until she decides what
she really wants to do - and they've all been so kind to her that
she's sure she'll enjoy helping out. Karen warns her that she'll
have her work cut out, as it's a big house, but Leigh muses, "Rather
be busy than bored!" Karen looks at Gordon and then tells
Leigh that it looks like she's got herself a job! She asks her
if she can start straight away, and Leigh enthusiastically replies,
"Sure!" Karen tells her that she can help the caterers
clean up the wedding mess, then, and they'll sort out the other
details later. Leigh thanks her and heads over to the bar. Gordon
and Karen leave the room. Out in the hallway, Gordon remarks to
Karen, "She seems keen enough. I hope she does work
out." Karen agrees, "Me too. She's nice kid - I'd like
to see her do well." In the lounge room, Leigh smiles to
A while later, Leigh opens the front door to Fiona. Fiona comments
to her that they've got her working, have they? but Leigh explains
that it's all part of her duties; she's the new housekeeper. Fiona
just mutters, "Good for you," and she asks if Gordon
is about. Leigh heads into the lounge room to get him. Fiona stands
in the hallway, holding a copy of Wal Mackay's book. The door
to the study suddenly opens and Wayne emerges. He growls at Fiona,
"I suppose you've come to gloat." Fiona, looking surprised,
asks, "About what?" Wayne retorts, "The telegram."
Leigh stands in the lounge room, listening in delight as Fiona
snaps that as she told Karen-- Wayne interrupts her and growls
that he doesn't care what she told Karen; out of all
the guests this afternoon, she's the only one Mitch knew
well enough to trust. Fiona snaps at him that before he goes off
half-cocked, he'd better tell her what this is all about. Karen
comes downstairs as Wayne retorts that he's not an idiot; that
telegram came from someone at the wedding, and if she
didn't send it, who did? Fiona tells him curtly that
she hasn't seen or heard from Mitch in many months, and if she
had sent that telegram, she would have been more than
delighted to admit it. Wayne snaps, "That's a pile of bull
and you know--" Karen reaches the bottom of the stares and
warns, "Wayne..." She then tells Fiona that she's sorry;
as she can tell, they're both a bit edgy about Mitch at the moment:
there were some pretty ugly scenes before he left, and he did
attack Wayne, so they're not very comfortable at the
thought that he might come back. Fiona says sternly that, personally,
she doesn't think he ever will, but be that as it may,
she had nothing whatsoever to do with that telegram. Karen assures
her that of course she didn't; she's sorry it came up again. She
then asks Fiona if Gordon knows she's there. Fiona explains that
Leigh has gone to find him. Karen comments that Leigh mustn't
realise that he's upstairs, and she invites Fiona to go and wait
in the sitting room while she goes and tells him. Leigh makes
a hasty exit from the lounge room, escaping into the kitchen.
Fiona walks into the room, closing the doors behind her. In the
hallway, Karen snaps at Wayne, "Don't you have any brains?
You'll sink us both if you don't get your act together;
you're behaving like a five-year-old." Wayne growls
at her to save it - he's not interested. Karen warns him that
he'd better get interested, then, or he'll end up ruining
himself. Wayne glares at her and threatens, "You listen to
me. Our marriage made you my wife, not my keeper. Don't forget
it." He storms off and Karen sighs heavily.
Jill and Alan are walking in the grounds outside, and Jill muses
that she'd better go and say goodbye to Gordon. She adds that
she wishes she didn't have to leave. Alan comments that there's
no rush, is there? but Jill replies that she doesn't want Fiona
to think she's forgetting her responsibilities. Alan asks if Fiona
is being difficult, but Jill assures him that she's been terrific:
it was really good of her to put her and Fee up after Nat threw
Karen and everyone else out of the house. She then asks Alan if
he likes the flat, and he replies that it seems OK. Jill tells
him cheerfully that they'll be able to see a lot more of each
other now that she'll be working there. Alan suddenly stops hobbling
along and says, "Jill, it'll mean a lot to me to have you
close by, but let's not push things too hard." He goes to
hobble off again before pausing and continuing, "I've said
goodbye to a lot of my ways, but I still need room to
breathe. It's going to take time to adjust." Jill assures
him that she understands, adding that the last thing she wants
to be is a millstone. Alan smiles and assures her that there's
no chance of that - they'll still get plenty of time
to themselves. Jill laughs that she hopes so!
Gordon is running downstairs inside when Jill comes in through
the front door and tells him that he's just the man she wanted
to see. Gordon holds up his hands and asks what he's done now!
Jill assures him that it's nothing - she just wanted to thank
him for such a lovely afternoon. At that moment, Leigh comes out
of the lounge room and tells Gordon that Mrs. Thompson is there
to see him. Gordon thanks her. He then asks Jill if she and Leigh
have met, and Jill tells him that they had a great old chat this
afternoon. Gordon tells her that she can expect a lot more of
them, as Leigh is their new housekeeper. Jill congratulates Leigh,
and Leigh thanks her. Gordon then heads into the lounge room.
Alone with Leigh, Jill tells her that, as she's going to be around,
she thinks she ought to warn her about Alan. Leigh comments that
that sounds ominous, but Jill quickly assures her that it's nothing
like that; he can be pretty touchy at times, though. Gordon goes
and sits down next to Fiona in the lounge room. She tells him
that she's sorry to worry him on such a busy day but it's got
to the stage where she can't even think straight; she's so confused
that she doesn't know which way to turn. Gordon suggests that
she start at the beginning and they'll see where they go from
there. In the hallway, Leigh says to Jill, "Well, thanks
for letting me know. I'll try to keep out of his way." Jill
quickly asks her not to do that; just don't make a big deal of
his injuries or treat him differently to anyone else. Leigh says
she'll remember. Jill tells her that she'll be keeping Karen happy,
too, if she does the right thing by him; they've become very close
over the last few months. Looking thoughtful, Leigh muses, "Right..."
She then assures Jill that she'll make sure Alan is well looked
after without being obvious about it. Jill thanks her and walks
Alan is sitting outside, his crutches by his side, a large stick
in his hand which he's scraping around in the dirt. Leigh walks
over and joins him, saying, "Hi! All alone and no one to
talk to?" Alan retorts, "Yeah, and I'd like to keep
it that way, thanks." Leigh comments that that's not very
nice, but Alan tells her that he's really not in the mood for
conversation. Leigh explains that she wanted to thank him. Alan
mutters, "For what?" Leigh replies, "Saving the
day. Let's face it: most of the guests were pretty dreary. You
weren't, though." Alan asks her suspiciously how she figures
that out, and Leigh tells him that she found him interesting;
she wanted to know more about him - find out what was behind those
big, dark eyes. Alan, a glint appearing in his eyes, comments
that she's pretty upfront, isn't she? Leigh retorts that she says
what's on her mind. Alan asks her if she's going to be around
there much. Leigh replies, "Every day. I'm the new housekeeper."
Alan looks at her appreciatively and remarks that he wouldn't
have thought that was her style. Leigh replies knowingly, "It
isn't. But it helps if some parts of the house are more
fun to clean than others..." She then adds that she'd better
go; she'll see him around. Alan sits there and watches her walk
off, a look of intrigue on his face.
Inside, in the lounge room, Fiona is telling Gordon that she
thought it would be all so cut-and-dried - she knows how much
Barney wanted the book published; but now, she can see how many
people would be hurt. Gordon suggests to her that perhaps her
Colonel Bainbridge is overreacting, but Fiona replies that he's
not: she's read the diaries and he comes out of it very badly.
She goes on that it's not just the Colonel - his wife and children
will suffer too. Gordon says he understands the problem but all
he can offer is sympathy; she knew the options when she went ahead
with it. Fiona muses that she knows: "By publishing, I'm
doing what Barney wanted more than anything else in the world.
And in a way, I'm doing something for all those innocent people
who died in Vietnam. But does that justify hurting others who
are still alive?"
In Sunbury, Patch the dog is lying at the top of the mine-shaft
Beryl is sitting at the bottom, panting. She suddenly cries out
in pain and clutches her bump as she appears to begin to go into
labour. She cries, "Someone help me. Please."
David comes out of the country house, a can in his hand, and
overhears faint cries. He unsteadily makes his way over to the
mine-shaft and bends down over it. Patch moves out of the way.
David calls down drunkenly, "Beryl? What are you
doing down there?" Beryl calls back that she's alright but
she's worried about the baby; he'll have to get some help quickly.
David asks her if she's sure she's alright. Beryl calls
back, "Yes. Now get some help - please." David
slurringly tells her to keep calm; he'll get a rope to get her
out. He pushes himself upright.
A few minutes later, David is holding a long rope, but Patch
has grabbed the end of it in his mouth, and David has to yank
it away from him. He staggers back over to the mine-shaft, sits
down on the edge and calls down, "I'll have you out in a
jiffy, love." Beryl calls back to ask if he shouldn't get
someone to give him a hand, but David slurs, "No worries.
All you've got to do is put this rope on and I'll pull you straight
out." Beryl asks him if he shouldn't call the Rescue Squad
or something, just in case, but David slurs that he can't: the
'phone's been cut off. A look of anguish crosses Beryl's face.
At the top of the shaft, David ties part of the rope into a knot
as he adds that, anyway, the rescue blokes will take too long.
Having tied the knot, he leans over edge of the shaft and lowers
the rope down. Beryl grabs it and David tells her to slip the
loop he's made under her arm. Beryl stands there, looking worried.
Wayne is at Charlie's, and he sits down next to her on the couch.
She says to him that she doesn't want him to think he's not welcome
there, but shouldn't he be going home? - after all, it is
his wedding day. Wayne explains that that's why he's there: he
needs someone to talk to. Charlie asks him if he can't talk to
his wife, but Wayne replies that it's not something they can discuss.
Charlie tells him that, all the same, perhaps he should try. She
goes on that he's taken on a whole new set of responsibilities
and obviously it's going to take a while to settle down, but he
should sort it out with Karen, not her. She
suggests that he go home, as Karen is probably worried about him.
Wayne stares into space and muses, "Yeah, she probably is."
He stands up and adds that he's sorry he's been such lousy company.
Charlie, though, replies that she's only sorry that on this occasion
she's not a good listener. Wayne goes. Charlie looks worried.
Leigh is walking back towards Charlie's when Wayne comes out
of the house. She tells him excitedly that it was a terrific wedding,
and Wayne thanks her. She then asks if he's been seeing Charlie,
and Wayne explains that they had a cup of coffee. He then tells
Leigh that she'd better excuse him as he has to be getting back.
He starts walking off, and Leigh calls after him that she'll see
him tomorrow. Wayne stops in his tracks and she explains, "When
I come over to clean the house." Wayne just murmurs, "Right,"
and walks off.
Inside, Charlie is fussing over Isabella when Leigh comes in
and announces, "I got it. I'm the Hamiltons' new housekeeper!"
Charlie asks her if she's sure she won't mind the work, but Leigh
replies that she couldn't care less about the work; the
important thing is that she'll be right in the middle of what's
going on: before long, she'll know all she needs to about Karen.
Charlie warns her that Karen isn't going to hand it to her on
a plate just because she works there, but Leigh says she doesn't
expect her to; it will simply be a case of keeping her
eyes and ears open. She goes on that Jill told her that Karen
is very close to Alan, so she'll be getting to know him,
too. Charlie, looking dubious, warns her to just be careful that
she doesn't end up coming off second-best, but Leigh retorts confidently
that she'll be alright; she knows what she's doing. Charlie stands
up and starts clearing away the tea things. As she does so, Leigh
comments that Wayne must have been there a while and she asks
what he wanted. Charlie replies that it was nothing, really. Leigh
points out that he must have talked about something,
but Charlie explains that he didn't have much to say for himself
at all; he was too miserable. Leigh asks, "What
about?" and Charlie replies that it was the telegram, she
supposes. Leigh exclaims that that's great, and she asks Charlie
if she asked him why it upset him. Charlie indignantly
replies, "No!" Looking annoyed, Leigh asks why not,
and Charlie retorts, "Because it wasn't really any of my
business." Leigh mutters, "I don't believe it. Wayne
gives us the perfect opportunity to find out what we need to know
and you let him off the hook. No wonder Patricia gave me
the job and not you." Charlie retorts that Patricia
didn't give her the job because she knows she respects
people's feelings. Leigh snaps that that's great. Charlie assures
her, "Just principled." Leigh goes on that, anyway,
it doesn't matter - she doesn't think it'll be long before she
finds out what she wants: she's had an idea that could bring Mitch
back to Sydney. Charlie warns her that it'll have to be a good
one, but Leigh assures her that it is. She adds that,
if it works, it won't take too long to finish off the new Mrs.
David is leaning down into the mine-shaft as Patch runs round
behind him. He calls down to Beryl that they'll give it a go,
and he tells her to see if there's anything she can grab hold
of on the side of the shaft. Beryl calls back that there's nothing.
David asks her if she's definitely looked, and she yells, "Yes.
Now get some help." David staggers into a standing position
and starts taking up the tension on the rope until it's taut.
He then starts pulling Beryl up, and she finds herself swinging
in mid-air, spinning round and round. She calls up to him that
it's useless; he'll have to get some help. David suddenly loses
his grip and his balance and the rope falls down into the shaft,
causing Beryl to drop back to the bottom. David falls in after
her. A few moments later, Beryl asks David - who's fallen next
to her - if he's alright. He stirs and groans that he thinks so.
The two of them lie there and David asks Beryl how bad she is.
She replies that she's alright. She then asks him what possessed
him to try and get her out on his own, adding that he should have
gone for help when she asked him to. David slurs that he would
have managed, but that mongrel dog... Beryl suddenly snaps at
him, "You're drunk, David. No wonder you couldn't
get me out on your own. You should have listened to me."
She suddenly cries out in pain and tells David that the contractions
have started. David, looking worried, asks, "The baby? How
long before--?" Beryl replies that she doesn't know - Susie
and Kevin took a while; perhaps this one will too. David asks
her if she'll be alright, but Beryl cries that the baby hasn't
got much chance of surviving down there. David puts his arm round
her, as she breaks down and sobs, "I don't want to lose my