A short time later, David is standing on a small ledge, trying
to hoist himself up, but he slurs that it's a waste of time -
he can't get a grip. He curses, "Dammit. Useless." He
jumps back to the bottom of the shaft and sits down opposite Beryl.
He then admits that he should have done what she said: gone for
help. He curses, "Talk about stupid." Beryl
quietly murmurs that there's no use going on about it. David asks
her how she is and she replies that she's OK; she's just trying
to stay as calm as she can. David suggests impatiently that there's
got to be a way out... He then asks her what she's doing
out there anyway, and Beryl explains that Heather and Mike told
her that he's going through a bad patch; she thought she'd come
out and see what she could do. David smiles and says, "Yeah?"
before adding, "At least you got me out of the house!"
Beryl laughs but then winces in pain and tells him, "Don't,
David. I could easily go into hysterics and that's the last
thing we need at the moment." She sighs heavily. David looks
up towards the top of the mine-shaft.
Leigh is on the 'phone at Charlie's, and she tells the person
at the other end, "Now, that's to start running tomorrow
and then every day until you hear otherwise from me. Right?"
She pauses and then continues, "OK - let's just check the
wording: 'Mitch - I have to see you. Signed Amanda.' Got it? Right.
Thankyou." Charlie comes into the room and overhears as Leigh
dictates this last message. Leigh hangs up and exclaims to her,
"Phew, last one! The ad will be in every major paper in the
country from tomorrow on." Charlie comments that she's not
entirely certain that Mitch is the sort who reads papers,
but Leigh retorts that he'll see it sooner or later - or one of
his mates will. She goes and sits down and continues that she's
bushed; she feels like she's been on the 'phone for hours.
Charlie curtly tells her that she has: her 'phone,
STD; she may have to sell the house to pay for it! Leigh retorts
that that's the deal: she does the planning and Charlie
looks after the expenses - which reminds her: she needs $50. Charlie
suspiciously asks, "What for?" and Leigh replies that
it's spending money: she's put in a long day and she needs to
go out and unwind. Charlie retorts that she goes out and unwinds
every night, and it's costing her a fortune
- and that's not part of the 'deal', as Leigh calls it. Leigh
assures her that she'll get it all back when she collects from
Patricia, but Charlie tells her dubiously that she's glad she
thinks so, as it's been over two months now without a word; Patricia
is probably having the time of her life and she wouldn't be surprised
if she's forgotten all about her and Leigh's little 'arrangement'.
Leigh, though, says she doesn't think so; she'll be in touch -
and when she does, she'd hate to have to tell her that Charlie
has been refusing to help her. Charlie points out that she hasn't;
she's just been trying to keep things to some sort of budget,
and paying for Leigh to go out partying night after night seems
a little extravagant. Leigh asks her curtly if she has any idea
what it does to her, going around all day pretending she's little
Goody Two-Shoes?. She adds that if she couldn't have some fun
at night, she'd go off her brain. Charlie asks
her what will happen if someone she knows sees her having her
'fun'? - what happens to her little 'Goody Two Shoes' image then?
Leigh, though, tells her not to worry - no one they know would
go anywhere near the sort of places she does.
She adds, "It's only $50..." Charlie glares at her.
In the lounge room at Dural, Gordon is sitting on the couch,
looking at a file. Karen is pacing the floor, a drink in her hand,
while Alan sits on another chair. Gordon comments that Wayne has
been gone a long time, and Karen explains that there were a couple
of things he had to see to; he said he might be a while. Gordon
then stands up and says he's got more work to do; he'll be in
the study if anyone needs him. He leaves the room and Alan immediately
asks Karen what on earth is going on. Karen assures him, "Nothing,"
but Alan tells her to come on: where has Wayne disappeared to,
and why did he freak out over Mitch's telegram? Karen tells him
that he's imagining things. Alan glares at her and snaps, "Oh,
is that right? I thought we'd got to the point where we trusted
each other." Karen, looking guilty, pauses and then goes
and sits down next to her son. Staring into her glass, she explains,
"Wayne thinks Mitch is dead." Alan looks at her and
she goes on, "There was a fight at the house. Mitch was knocked
unconscious and Wayne thought he'd killed him. I let
him go on thinking... When Mitch came-to, I paid him to disappear
and told Wayne I'd dumped the body." Alan, looking surprised,
asks, "For God's sake, why?" Karen sadly explains
that it's because she loves Wayne - and if she couldn't
get him to love her, she thought at least she could get
him to owe her; it was a wild idea and she thought it
out as it went along; she didn't know if it would work, or how
- but it did, and that's why Wayne married her. Alan asks what
will happen when Wayne finds out, but Karen retorts,
"He won't." Alan points out that he will if
Mitch wants him to, but Karen replies that Mitch has got nothing
to gain by telling him. Alan asks why the telegram, then, and
Karen muses that she supposes Mitch figured that once she was
married to Wayne she'd be an easy target for blackmail - although
how he knew about the wedding, she doesn't know. She goes on,
though, that that doesn't matter; what does matter is
that she's got to find a way of getting rid of him properly
this time. Alan comments that, from the sound of it, that'll be
easier said than done. Karen, retorts that she'll do it, adding
that, after all she went through with Wayne, she's not letting
anybody take him away from her.
In the mine-shaft, David is still looking up to the hole above
him. He then turns to Beryl and tells her that there are more
people living round there than she thinks; someone will find them.
Beryl doesn't respond. David continues that there's a creek not
far away; sometimes the kids come along at night there. He sits
down and adds that he'll wait a few minutes and then he'll start
yelling again. Beryl cries that no one's going to find them, but
David assures her that of course they will - it's not like they're
stuck in the middle of the Simpson Desert. Beryl suddenly snaps,
"Don't patronise me. It's hopeless." David
soothingly tells her to come on, but Beryl goes on angrily that
all he had to do was make one 'phone call, but he was too drunk
and stupid to do that - and he had to prove that he didn't need
anyone's help. She demands, "Why couldn't you have listened
to me just once?" David puts his hand on her arm
and assures her that it's not that bad, but Beryl pushes him off
and yells, "Don't touch me. I don't want you near
me." She suddenly clutches her hands to her belly and cries
out in pain. David puts his arms round her, but Beryl cries at
him to leave her alone; there's nothing he can do. David looks
In the lounge room at Dural, Karen says to Alan that she just
hopes Wayne hasn't been drinking all this time; if he
had an accident now, she doesn't know what she'd
do. Alan comments that he can't get over seeing her so worried;
he wouldn't have believed she could care so much. He asks, "What's
it feel like, being in love?" Karen asks him if he doesn't
know, and he replies, "Not really." Karen tells him
that it's not all fun. She then asks him why he doesn't ask Jill
what it's like; she's sure she could tell him. She adds,
"You know she's in love with you, don't you?" Alan admits,
"Yeah." Karen asks him how he feels about her, but Alan
doesn't say anything. Karen goes on that Jill has to be one of
the nicest people she knows; she'd hate to think that he would
get her hopes up if he didn't care. Alan replies that he cares
for her alright - in fact, it's got to the point where he really
needs her, but not all the time, if that makes sense; he's just
not ready to settle down with one woman, he guesses. Karen suggests
that maybe it's time he was, but Alan retorts that it's
not that easy - and there's Leigh, for instance: when a girl that
attractive shows an interest in him - regardless of his condition
- he'd be stupid not to take what's offered. Karen points out
that that would depend on whether it's what he really wants. Alan
just looks at her. She adds that she thinks it's time he did some
pretty serious thinking. The front door suddenly bangs, and Alan
comments that that sounds like Wayne. Karen sighs and then tells
Alan that, at any rate, she's glad they're talking like this.
She adds, "It helps, doesn't it?" Out in the hallway,
Gordon has joined Wayne and is telling him curtly that he's been
worrying about him. Karen goes out and joins them as
Wayne explains that he went for a drive. Gordon, looking surprised,
queries, "By yourself?" Wayne asks if there's anything
wrong with that, and Gordon points out that people usually
don't drive around on their own on their wedding night. Karen
puts her arms through Wayne's and explains that it's alright:
she and Wayne had a small tiff this afternoon; it was all pretty
trivial but it's over and forgotten now. Looking at Wayne, she
adds, "Right, darling?" Wayne grudgingly agrees, "Right."
Karen then tells him that he looks tired, and she suggests that
he come and sit down. She leads him into the lounge room. Alan
has gone, and Karen shuts the doors and asks Wayne where he's
been, as she's been so worried. Wayne replies that he went to
the National Park. Karen asks in surprise what on earth he was
doing there, but Wayne says he doesn't know; it's where he ended
up. Looking worried, he goes on that he got out and walked around...
he guesses he thought he could lay the ghost; but then he started
thinking: Amanda said she saw Mitch once... and that telegram...
what if Mitch wasn't dead when she dumped him? - she could have
been wrong. Karen assures him, "Wayne, he was dead. Believe
me." Wayne growls that he has to be sure - so they'll
go out tomorrow and she can show him where the body is. Looking
shocked, Karen asks him if he's out of his mind, but Wayne snaps
that he has to be sure. Karen cries, "I swear to you, he
was dead." Wayne insists angrily that he has to
see the body himself. Karen retorts, "You can't." Wayne
goes on that he's not doing this because-- Karen interrupts and
explains, "You can't, because I... weighted him down and
dumped him in the lake." Wayne stares at her in shock and
then comments out that that's not what she told him before.
Karen explains that she wanted to spare him the details - he was
upset enough as it was - and dwelling on it is only making things
worse. Wayne, rubbing his chin and looking worried, cries, "So
that's it. Nothing we can do. Sit around and wait until someone
drops a noose around my neck." Karen shakes her head and
assures him that they won't; she promises him: no one's going
to find the body. She suggests that he put it out of his head
and come up to bed. Wayne, though, replies that she can
go and he'll be up later. Karen points out that
it is their wedding night, but Wayne replies that he
doesn't really think he's in the mood. Karen turns to go and she
tells him that she'll see him in the morning. Wayne suddenly calls
after her and asks her to wait a minute. Karen turns to face him
and he explains that he didn't mean it like that: he'll come up
with her. Karen assures him that it's alright - she's rather tired
herself; she'll have a little sleep and then he can come
up when he's ready. She gives him a gentle kiss on the cheek and
leaves the room. Wayne stands there, looking worried.
In the mine-shaft, Beryl is leaning back against one of the walls.
David is sitting opposite her and he asks her if she's alright.
Beryl just mumbles, "Mmm..." David asks, "No more
contractions?" Beryl shakes her head. David goes on that
it mightn't be worth much, but he's sorry. Beryl quietly tells
him that the only thing he should be sorry about is letting himself
go to the pack over the last few months. David just murmurs, "Yeah...
things just got on top of me." He adds that he supposes she
heard about the truck? Beryl nods. David murmurs that he could
have killed that woman and kid; he lost his licence and
Pat's gone... anyway, it got so nothing was worth the effort anymore;
he guesses he reckoned no one would care what he did - least of
all her. Beryl says quietly that she was looking at some
wedding photos... God knows why - she was miserable enough as
it was! She goes on that they brought back some good memories
of how they used to help each other... she couldn't let him destroy
himself. David smiles, "Yeah..." He moves over to sit
next to Beryl and he puts his arm round her, comfortingly.
The next morning, there's bright light shining down the mine-shaft.
David is still sitting with his arm round Beryl, and he comments
that at least it's starting to warm up. Beryl agrees that that's
something, she supposes. David tells her not to worry about it,
but Beryl retorts that it's too late: the contractions
are coming far too quickly. David tells her not to panic and to
just tell him what to do, but Beryl snaps that there's nothing
he can do - the whole thing's insane. David
points out that people have been born in worse places
- just let him-- He breaks off as he suddenly hears a voice up
above, whistling and calling, "Here, boy!" David stands
up and yells, "Help! Help! It's David - down the mine-shaft."
A short time later, Beryl is being helped into a car by David,
his neighbour, Warren, and Warren's sons. Warren tells David that
he hopes he and Beryl get to the hospital in time. David thanks
him for his car and he runs round to the front, gets in and drives
off. Warren then suggests to his sons that they'd better go and
cover up the hole.
Beryl is pushed into the corridor of a hospital in Melbourne
on a trolley. David is with her as an orderly and a nurse accompany
her to the delivery room. David points out to Beryl that he told
her they'd make it! Beryl retorts that she just hopes the baby
is going to be alright. David tells her that she worries too much.
He adds that he'll stay out there and see her after. He stops
walking and watches her being wheeled away.
Leigh lets herself into Dural, holding the mail. She goes through
it and comes across a postcard. She turns it over to read it:
it's addressed to Gordon, from Amanda and Andy.
A short time later, Leigh is back at Charlie's. Charlie is holding
the postcard and Leigh tells her that they could arrive any minute;
they say they expect to be in Melbourne around the same time Gordon
gets the postcard. Charlie comments that she doesn't see why Leigh
is getting so excited; what have Amanda and Andy got to do with
anything? Leigh points out, "What if Amanda sees my ad?"
Charlie remarks that she doesn't think Amanda will arrive in the
country and immediately start scanning the personal columns -
and even if she does, she'll only think it's a funny coincidence.
Leigh snatches the postcard from her and snaps, "Like hell.
The whole thing could blow up in our faces." Looking surprised,
Charlie asks, "What do you mean 'Our faces'?"
Leigh goes on that everything is too risky now - she can't afford
to sit around and wait; she's going to have to force
things somehow. Charlie asks why she gets the feeling this is
going to cost her money. Leigh glares at her and snaps, "Is
that all you ever think about: your precious money?" Charlie
suggests, "I won't mention it again if you
won't." Leigh, looking thoughtful, muses, "Karen's the
strong one; Wayne's as weak as water. If I could just get Wayne
on my own, I could find out what's going on..." She looks
down at the postcard.
Karen is working at the table in the living room at Dural. Alan
is hobbling around next to her, and she suggests that he sit down
for a while, as moving around all the time can't be doing his
legs much good. Alan retorts that he's got to keep exercising;
he doesn't want to go back to a wheelchair. Karen points out that
there is such a thing as overdoing it. Alan assures her curtly
that if he collapses in a heap, he'll admit he needs a rest! Leigh
suddenly comes in from the hallway and says a cheery, "Hello!"
Karen comments to her that she took her time, and Leigh explains
that the postman gave them one of Charlie's letters, so she took
it across to her. She then holds out an envelope and tells Karen
that this one's for her; the rest are on the hall table. She adds
that the envelope hasn't got a stamp; someone must have left it
in the box. Karen thanks her and Leigh heads out to the kitchen.
Karen opens the envelope and takes out the sheet of paper inside.
Alan asks who its from. Karen starts reading it and growls, "Mitch."
Alan asks, "Bad news?" Karen explains that it's a follow-up
to yesterday's telegram. Alan asks what he says, and Karen, continuing
to peruse the letter, replies that he wants her to meet him at
the Burara Post Office at midday. She adds curtly, "God knows
I paid him enough in the first place." Alan suggests
that she must have known that he'd want more, some day.
Karen agrees that it did occur to her, but he seemed to have reasons
of his own for wanting to disappear - and besides, he struck her
as the sort of person that would stick to a deal once he'd made
it; obviously, she was wrong. Alan asks her if she's going to
meet him, and Karen points out that she doesn't have any choice.
Alan tells her that he's coming with her, but Karen snaps, "No."
Alan tells her that she might need help - she knows what Mitch
is like. Karen curtly snaps, "What good would you
do?" Alan glares at her and she quickly says she's sorry
- she didn't mean it like that; of course she'd like
him to come. Alan snaps at her not to do him any favours. He then
goes on that she's right: he wouldn't be any good to
her - but he doesn't want her going there alone. Karen tells him
that nothing will happen - she'll have to do as Mitch says - but
it is a long drive and she'd appreciate his company. Alan smiles
and nods, "Yeah, alright." Karen calls to Leigh and
then comments to Alan that she just hopes Mitch doesn't realise
how big a barrel he's got her over - she'd like to drive his price
down a bit. Leigh comes out from the kitchen, and Karen asks her
if she can tell Wayne that she's taken Alan to the physio and
she's not sure what time she'll be back. Leigh agrees, "OK."
She stands there with a smile on her face as Karen and Alan head
At the hospital in Melbourne, a nurse hands Beryl her baby and
tells her, "There you are. All present and accounted for."
Beryl, a broad grin on her face, asks, "He's alright? Really?"
The nurse assures her that he looks fine to her. David is in the
room as well as the nurse tells Beryl that there was never any
worry about her and the baby; they weren't so sure about her husband,
though - they thought they'd have to put him under anaesthetic
- several times! David stands there, looking sheepish! The nurse
goes, and, staring at his son, David tells Beryl, "He's beautiful.
Top marks, Curly!" Beryl smiles and says she doesn't suppose
she can take all the credit! She then goes on, "I'm
going to call him Robert - after dad." David smiles at the
child and says, "G'day, Robert! What do you think of the
world so far, cobber?"
Wayne walks into the lounge room at Dural, all dressed up in
a smart suit. He calls for Karen but there's no answer. Leigh
comes into the room behind him and he asks her if she knows where
Karen is. Leigh explains that she had to go out. Wayne asks what
for, but Leigh replies that she didn't really say; she guesses
it had something to do with the note. Wayne stares at her and
she goes on that she found a note this morning in the letterbox;
Karen looked pretty upset when she read it. Wayne asks her if
she knows who it was from. Leigh, putting on an expression of
guilt, murmurs that she doesn't think she was meant to look. Wayne
snaps, "Yeah, but did you?" Leigh admits, "Well,
yes. Someone called Mitch. I think she's gone to meet him."
A look of horror crosses Wayne's face, and he cries that that's
impossible. He then grabs Leigh's arms and demands to know what
the note said. Leigh cries that she doesn't know - she
only saw the name. She adds that he's hurting her. Wayne
asks where Karen has gone, adding that Leigh must know
that. Leigh insists that she doesn't. Wayne
lets go of her, sits down slowly and murmurs distantly, "What's
going on...?" Leigh asks him carefully, "Are
you alright?" Wayne mutters that none of it makes any sense.
Leigh asks him if she can get him a drink, and he accepts. There's
a smile on her face as she walks to the bar and pours him a scotch.
In her room at the hospital in Melbourne, David tells Beryl that
he knows she didn't plan things the way they went, but at least
she knocked a bit of sense into him! He goes on that being drunk
and useless and nearly killing both of them made him hate himself;
he's been like this for weeks - pretending there was no use doing
anything - but he promises her that, from now on, he'll never
let things get the better of him again. Beryl smiles and says
she's glad - for his sake. David comments that a man
can't go through life feeling sorry for himself - he might as
well be dead. Beryl shakes her head. David goes on that
he kept on thinking how many things there are he still wants to
do: get the truck fixed... reapply for his licence... clean the
house up, of course... and set things straight with Mike and Heather
- see if they want to move back in. Beryl queries, "After
asking them to leave in the first place?" David explains
that he figured that it was the only way of telling them that
he realises he did the wrong thing. Beryl nods. David adds that
he hopes Mike is still keen on that market garden idea; he reckons
they can make a go of it if they both put in together. Beryl remarks
that it sounds like he's going to be pretty busy, but David smiles
that he doesn't think he's going to be the only one:
he reckons the young fella is going to be a bit of a handful for
her. Beryl smiles back and tells him that she thinks she'll manage;
she's had lots of practice! David points out, "Not by yourself,
you haven't." Beryl muses, "First time for everything..."
There's silence for a moment before David asks, "Where do
we go to from here?" Beryl quietly replies, "We can't
go back, David. That wouldn't work. I know we're close, and I'm
very happy about it - I think we always will be now. I know I
won't be lying awake at night, feeling bitter." She shrugs
and continues, "But it's no use: you'll always be thinking
of Patricia." David points out that he's getting over her,
but Beryl shakes her head and tells him that he needs something
different; with them, Patricia will always be there -
the best they can hope for is to remain friends. David smiles
and assures her, "Lot to be said for friendship." Beryl
agrees, "Yes, there is."
Leigh finishes pouring Wayne another drink at the bar at Dural
and says she still doesn't understand what the problem is; maybe
it would help to talk about it? She sits down and hands him his
drink. He mutters, clearly half-drunk, "It wouldn't
help. Nothing can. Someone's found out. That's all that
makes sense." Leigh probes, "Found what? I
can keep a secret." Wayne assures her that she wouldn't want
to know - believe him. Leigh pushes that he and Karen have been
really good to her; if something's wrong, she'd like to help,
but Wayne slurs that he told her: no one can.
He goes on that he knew he'd never get away with it, the day it
happened; someone always finds out - if it's not the police, it's
someone else - and they turn you in or go for all they can get;
it always happens. Leigh doesn't say anything and he goes on,
"Thing is, I didn't even mean to do it. No one believes
me, but I didn't." Leigh tells him cautiously, "I
believe you, Wayne. I know you didn't mean it."
Wayne looks at her in surprise and slurs, "Serious? You believe
me?" Leigh soothes that of course she does; she just wishes
she understood a bit better, that's all. She suggests, "Why
don't you tell me what happened?" Wayne looks into his glass
and slurs, "Poor Karen. I'm going through hell,
but at least I brought it on myself. All she
did was try and help me - now she's being blackmailed."
He suddenly puts his glass down and slurs, "It's time I put
a stop to it once and for all." He stands up and walks over
to the 'phone on the bar. Leigh anxiously asks him what he's doing,
but Wayne retorts that there's only one thing to do.
Leigh asks him who he's calling. Looking worried, she adds, "Wayne.
Please. Why not tell me first?" Wayne dials a number
and it's answered the other end by a Sergeant Morrison. As Leigh
looks on, Wayne slurs, "My name's Wayne Hamilton. I think
you should send someone over. I want to confess a murder."