A short time later, Gordon is talking on the 'phone on the bar
in the lounge room as Wayne stands behind him, listening. He says,
"Thankyou, Geoffrey. We'll meet you at the police station
in half an hour." He hangs up, turns to Wayne and tells him
that Hawkins is a good solicitor - he'll best-know how to handle
it. Wayne just meekly says, "Sorry..." Gordon puts his
arm on Wayne's shoulder and assures him, "I know." Wayne
goes on that everything he said before was the truth - he wishes
it wasn't, but it is. He sighs heavily and suggests that they
may as well get it over with, as the cops won't wait forever.
The lounge room doors suddenly open and a doctor walks in and
tells Wayne that his wife should sleep until tomorrow. Wayne asks
if she's alright, but the doctor tells him that they'll have to
see when she wakes up. He adds that her son is with her and he
said he'd be there when she comes out of it. Wayne murmurs, "Good.
" He asks the doctor to excuse him and he goes to head out.
Gordon suddenly tells him that he's coming with him, but Wayne
retorts bluntly, "No." He then asks the doctor if he'd
mind giving Gordon a check-up as well, as he's had a bad shock
and he can't be the best. The doctor asks Gordon to come and sit
down. Wayne heads out into the hallway, where Leigh is cleaning
the floor. As he heads to the door, she asks, "Wayne? Are
you alright?" Wayne replies that he's OK, but he's
worried about his dad, though. He then asks her if she can go
and get Charlie and ask her to come over, as he doesn't want his
father to be by himself. Leigh apologises that Charlie has gone
out and didn't say where. Wayne curses, "Damn." Leigh
asks how Mrs. Hamilton is, and Wayne replies that she's
alright - Alan is with her; it's Gordy he's worried about - anything
could happen to him. Leigh offers, "Well, if you like, I'll
stay with him tonight." Looking grateful, Wayne thanks her
and tells her that it's a great weight off his mind. He goes.
As the door closes behind her, Leigh murmurs, "Happy to help
Fiona and Jill are standing at the table in Fiona's flat. Fiona
is holding a parcel that she's gift-wrapped, but she complains
that she can never make them look neat! Jill asks what Beryl is
calling the baby, and Fiona replies that it's Robert
- it's Beryl's father's name. Jill comments that that's nice,
and Fiona agrees that it is. She then asks if Beryl will like
what she's got her; she was wondering if she shouldn't have got
something a little more practical, like a bowl or a mug... Jill
quickly assures her that Beryl will love all the stuff.
There's suddenly a knock at the door and Jill goes to answer it.
Colonel Bainbridge is standing there and he asks curtly if Mrs.
Thompson is in. Jill tells him, "Yes," and so Bainbridge
mutters, "Good," and walks in. He approaches Fiona and
tells her sharply, "You are a vindictive woman, Mrs. Thompson."
Fiona, looking astonished, starts to say, "I beg--"
Bainbridge ignores the interruption, though, and goes on, "I've
been in touch with your publisher and he's told me you've gone
ahead with the book. Now what sort of a person are you?"
Fiona insists that she had no choice - it's too late to stop it
now; she signed a contract; it's quite out of her hands. Bainbridge,
though, snaps at her that that's the easy way out - she
could have stopped it if she'd really wanted to. Fiona
insists that she couldn't, but Bainbridge accuses, "You're
a liar. You get some sort of sick thrill from the thought of making
people suffer, don't you? Well, believe me, you haven't heard
the last of it." On that note, he storms out, and Jill closes
the door behind him, commenting as she does so, "What an
awful man." Fiona, looking upset, replies quietly that she
can see his point: he obviously loves his family and he doesn't
want them dragged into it - but there's no way they won't be once
the book goes on sale...
Barbara is sitting on the couch in the lounge room at Toorak
as Ross stands next to her, a drink in his hand. He has a bandage
on his head, covering the cut caused when Andy hit him. He tells
Barbara that he's delighted that she's not seeing as much of her
old friends as she used to - he doesn't know if he could stand
up to it. Barbara doesn't respond. Ross goes and sits down
next to her and suggests that something is obviously troubling
her. He asks what the problem is and Barbara tells him that it's
just something Andy said. She then asks, "Am I hooked on
tranquillisers?" Ross retorts, "Oh, don't be ridiculous.
Do you think any decent doctor would prescribe them if they were
dangerous? Look, you won't be on them forever. It's just you need
them right now." Barbara mutters that she just doesn't like
the idea, that's all - she's never resorted to anything like that
in her life. Ross points out that she's under a lot of
strain. Barbara retorts that she's handled things before,
but Ross tells her, "Nothing as traumatic as a divorce."
He adds gently, "You'll be fine once we're married."
Barbara suggests that maybe in the meantime, he could give her
something that's not quite as strong and she could just get off
them gradually. Ross, looking dubious, says he doesn't really
think that's necessary. Barbara, though, snaps, "Yes, but
I do." Ross, giving in, quickly soothes, "Alright...
alright... I'll write you out another prescription." He stands
up and Barbara thanks him.
Amanda is standing in a public telephone box with Andy. She's
on the 'phone to Gordon and she tells him that she knows Wayne
is capable of almost anything, but killing someone? Gordon
tells her that the thing they have to ascertain is whether or
not she saw Mitch the Tuesday before the bomb went off. Amanda
replies that she didn't speak to him, but she's pretty
sure it was him. She then adds more certainly, "Yes, it was."
Gordon asks her if she can come up to Sydney and tell the police
that - it'll make a huge difference to Wayne's case. Amanda points
out that she wouldn't get there until late tomorrow; she could
go to the police there in Melbourne and tell them. Looking
distressed, she adds that she's sorry - it's such a shock... Andy
takes the 'phone from her and tells Gordon that it's him. He goes
on that Amanda is pretty upset. He then explains that the reason
they rang is because Barbara is still mixed-up with Newman and
they're really worried about her. Gordon assures him, "You
and a lot of others. While you were away, I tried to get through
to Barbara but I didn't do any good." Leigh, who's cleaning
in the lounge room at Dural, walks over to the bar, where Gordon
is talking, as he goes on, "The only way to convince her
that Newman's a nasty piece of work is to get her proof, and I'm
damned if I know how to do that." Leigh suddenly
interrupts him and asks if she can speak to Andy, as she might
be able to help. Gordon, looking surprised, comments that he doesn't
see how. Leigh explains that it means putting a friend
in it, but she can't see she's got a choice. Gordon hands her
the 'phone and Andy says to her that he heard what she said. Leigh
tells him that she thinks she has the proof he needs: it'll convince
Mrs. Hamilton that Ross Newman's been conning her right from the
start. At Dural, Gordon stands there, a frown on his face.
A short time late, Charlie is folding clothes in her lounge room
when Leigh comes in and tells her that she'll never guess what
the latest is over at the Hamiltons'. Charlie retorts dismissively,
"I'm sure I wouldn't." Leigh suddenly notices
the clothes piled on the couch and she asks Charlie if she's throwing
them out, but Charlie retorts indignantly that no she is not:
they're being donated to people who need them more than Leigh
does. Ignoring this, Leigh asks Charlie if she wants to know or
not. Charlie doesn't respond, and so Leigh goes on that Karen
has been put out of it by the doctor - because the police turned
up and said they'd found Mitch's body. Suddenly looking shocked,
Charlie cries, "Dear... Well that means Wayne was telling
the truth." Leigh agrees, "Yes, but there's
more: I've been able to ruin Ross Newman." Looking
surprised, Charlie asks how, and Leigh explains that she's been
keeping in touch with Katie - just a few letters, but it's good
that she did: Katie has been seeing quite a lot of Mr.
Newman and Gordon's going to use that to make Barbara wake up
Katie is sitting on the couch at Ross's apartment, doing some
sewing, when Ross comes in. She immediately stands up and cries,
"Oh thank goodness - I've been worried about you." Ross
points to the bandage on his head and tells her, "You wouldn't
believe. Look at this." Looking worried, Katie asks
what happened and Ross that Andy Green turned up and decided he
wanted a fight; he was just about to tell Barbara about them
when Andy barged-in. Katie asks, "But you did tell
Barbara...?" Ross, pouring himself a drink, admits, "No,
not exactly." He goes on that he's going to have to let her
down very carefully - especially with the way Andy is
behaving at the moment. Katie, looking disappointed, mutters,
"I see," and she turns her back on him. Ross walks over
to her and suggests, "Hey. Don't let's think about it today.
I've had a bit of a windfall: how would you like to go to Paris?"
A broad smile crosses Katie's face and she repeats, "Paris?!"
Ross asks, "Why not?" and Katie exclaims, "That
would be wonderful!" Ross tells her that it would
be good to get away from all this for a while. Katie's face suddenly
falls and she points out that she'd have to explain where she's
going and who she's with... Ross comments, "Up to you..."
Katie tells him that her mum and dad have a right to know, but
Ross replies gently, "Yes, but not yet..."
Katie stares at him lovingly and agrees, "No... when the
time comes it'll be soon enough." Ross tells her, "You
know, Katie, I really do love you." They start kissing passionately...
In the kitchen at the country house, Mike yells, "Do you
mean it's been going on for months? Behind our backs?"
Andy replies that he's afraid so. Mike snaps, "I'm going
to flatten him," and he goes to storm out. Heather,
though, calls after him and asks him what it would achieve: it
would only put Katie right offside. Mike snaps that he doesn't
give a damn - she deserves a kick in the backside for lying to
them. Amanda suggests that it would be better if they all kept
out of it for the moment - her Aunty Barb's got to wake-up to
Ross and the only way would be for her to see for herself what's
going on; if they can talk her into going over to the flat when
Katie's there, then Katie's going to find out too. Mike growls
that that sounds too complicated to him - a good punch
in the face would fix everything. Heather, though, tells him that
Katie has got to be made to face the truth and what Amanda says
is quite right. Andy suggests to Amanda that they'd better get
down to South Yarra before it's too late, and Amanda agrees, "Yes..."
She tells Heather and Mike that they'll see them both, and she
adds that she's sorry to bring them bad news. She and Andy go.
Heather holds Mike, who's still looking furious, and assures him,
"Darling. It's the best way. If you go charging in there
now, Katie might never forgive us. She's all we've got left..."
Mike admits that he knows - but if she's been lying to them all
this time, he's got a horrible feeling that they've lost her already.
In the lounge room at Toorak, Barbara yells, "I am sick
and tired of hearing the lies and rubbish about Ross. Now would
you both please leave?" Amanda and Andy are standing facing
her, and Andy insists that it's the truth - honestly - but Barbara
snaps at him that he wouldn't know the truth if he fell over it;
he's already proved that. Amanda says to her more rationally
that regardless of what she's done, Barbara is still her aunt
and she loves her very much; can she please listen to
them? - they only want to help her. Andy tells her to
come with them and see for herself - and if they're wrong, he
promises her that they won't bother her again. Barbara glares
at them and then says, "Alright. I'll go. But it's against
my will. And it's only to prove how wrong you both are."
A while later, Barbara, Amanda and Andy are walking along a corridor,
approaching Ross's flat. Amanda tells Barbara that she and Andy
will come with her, as she'll need some moral support when she
sees what's going on, but Barbara retorts that she'll go by herself,
as it's going to look ridiculous trying to explain why they're
both with her. Andy tells her that it won't be like she thinks,
but Barbara snaps that she said she'd go by herself. Andy and
Amanda step back and Barbara goes and knocks on Ross's door. Ross
opens it, wearing his dressing down. He looks surprised to find
Barbara standing there, and he asks her what on earth she's doing
there at this time of night. Barbara tells him that she'd like
a word with him. Ross replies that he's got an op first thing
in the morning; why doesn't she just go home to bed and he'll
get round as soon as he can? Katie suddenly calls from the bedroom,
"Ross..." Barbara's face drops and she growls, "What
I've got to say won't take very long." She walks into the
flat, pushing past Ross, and comes face-to-face with Katie. She
turns and glares at Ross, who stands there looking guilty.
A few moments later, Ross says, "Barbara... It's not how
it seems. Now Katie is a patient and I've been treating her."
Katie gives him a nasty look. Barbara snaps at Ross that she's
not that stupid. Katie demands from him, "Why are you making
excuses?" She then tells Barbara that it's about time she
knew the truth: Ross has told her all about her and she knows
it's been hard for her, having to see a psychiatrist and being
doped-up on pills all the time... Barbara glares at Ross. Katie
goes on that Ross wanted to let her down gently - but perhaps
it's better that she knows now; she and Ross are going away together,
to Europe. Looking horrified, Ross warns, "Katie..."
Barbara, looking shocked, mutters, "Oh God, Katie, he is
making fools of both of us. For months he's
been telling me he's in love with me and we're going to be married.
Europe? Well I bet I know where the money's coming from
to pay for that." Katie, looking horrified, cries
at Ross to tell Barbara that she's wrong and to tell her how much
they love each other. Ross just stares at her, guiltily. Katie
suddenly realises the truth, and she runs out of the flat. She
bumps into Amanda and Andy in the corridor and cries, "She's
here because of you two, isn't she? You put
her up to it." Andy tells her to listen, but Katie ignores
him and snaps that she hopes they're both satisfied. Amanda insists
that it was the only thing they could do - she had to find out--
Katie runs off, not listening to the rest. Andy mutters, "Oh
boy." He then asks where Barbara is, adding that he hopes
Ross isn't managing to lie his way out of this one. Amanda
tells him that he couldn't possibly, but Andy comments sourly
that he wouldn't put it past him. In the flat, Barbara
snaps that she must have been out of her damn mind - all that
money and she never gave it a second thought. She goes on angrily
that he's not to try and cash the last cheque she gave him. Ross
tells her meekly that it's not what she thinks, but Barbara snaps
that that's bull: she bets every cent she gave him went into his
own pocket - and he even took money from the Foundation, didn't
he? Ross insists, "No," but Barbara snaps that they
can soon prove it - and he's not to think she won't: by the time
she's finished with him, his name's going to stink
- and if she can't convince the people above him, she'll
go to the police herself and have him charged. She threatens,
"Whichever way it happens, you are finished." Ross warns
her to take it easy - she can't take the word of that stupid little
girl; she's had a crush on him for ages - she was angry at seeing
Barbara there; she knows how he feels about her. Barbara
ignores him, though, and goes to walk out. Ross calls after her,
"Barbara. You can't walk out on me. You need me.
You need me to sign the prescriptions for your pills - because
no other doctor would do it. Let's face it: you are hooked."
Barbara snaps that she'll do without them. She glares at him,
cries, "And I loved you," and storms out.
A while later, back at Toorak, Barbara murmurs that she's made
quite a fool of herself, hasn't she? Looking sheepish, she tells
Andy and Amanda that she owes them both an apology: Andy for not
believing him when the drugs were found in his van - that's all
quite clear now - and Amanda for the number of times she's tried
to talk sense into that stupid old head of hers. She goes on that
she really is very grateful for what they've done; it's not how
she really wanted to hear it to be the truth, but she totally
accepts why they had to do it and she just hopes they can forgive
her stubbornness and her pride. She continues that maybe, underneath
it all, she believed there was something wrong but she just didn't
want her pride to be hurt. Tears well-up in her eyes as she tells
Andy and Amanda that now, if they don't mind, she'd really like
to be by herself for a while. Amanda starts to say, "Aunty
Barb, I--" but Barbara pleads with them to just go. They
walk out slowly, leaving Barbara breaking down in tears. She turns
and looks round the lounge room and her eyes alight on the bottle
of tranquillisers. She picks it up, tips out a table and swallows
it, looking devastated.
The next morning, Charlie is on the 'phone in her lounge room
and she exclaims happily, "Gordon, darling, I'm so glad."
Gordon assures her that so is he. Charlie asks where Wayne is
now and Gordon replies that he's back home again; it's
obvious he's had some form of breakdown. Charlie comments that
at least that's better that what he thought he'd done,
and Gordon assures her that he couldn't agree more. He adds that
he has to go - he just thought she should know. Charlie thanks
him for the good news and hangs up. Leigh walks into the room
and asks, "What good news?" Charlie explains
that that was Gordon: the body the police found wasn't Mitch.
Leigh mutters, "Really?" Charlie tells her
not to look so disappointed; she's got something to look
forward to. Leigh asks what that is, and Charlie replies
curtly, "Somewhere new to live. Today, if possible."
Leigh, looking disappointed, asks Charlie if she meant what she
said last night, and Charlie assures her that she certainly did.
Leigh asks, "Why so soon?" and Charlie explains that
she's going away. Leigh asks her where, but Charlie retorts that,
frankly, that's none of her business. She adds, though, that what
she will say is that she's going to track Patricia down
and tell her what's been happening. Leigh growls at her not to
forget to tell Patricia that she owes her some money, but Charlie
mutters that she doesn't see why: Wayne is a free agent
again, so she can't see how that can hurt Karen, and
she can't see Ross Newman falling into her little trap, so she
can start packing. She goes to walk out, but Leigh stops her by
suggesting that there's something very strange about the body
not being Mitch: why else would Wayne say it could be found in
the lake? Charlie just shrugs. Leigh announces that she's going
over to the Hamiltons' to see what else she can find
out. Charlie warns her, "You stay away from those poor people.
They've got enough to worry about without you sticking
your nose in." Leigh just smirks at her and walks off.
Gordon sits down next to Wayne on the couch in the lounge room
at Dural. Wayne asks his father if he's sure the doc said his
heart was OK. Gordon replies that he thinks the term the doctor
used was 'Fit as a Malley Bull'! Leigh enters the house quietly
through the front door and, as she hears the voices in the lounge
room, tiptoes over to the doorway to listen. Wayne asks Gordon
if Karen is OK, and Gordon replies that she's still asleep. He
then suggests to Wayne that he thinks it's time he told him what's
going on, and Wayne agrees, "Yeah, so do I." He goes
on that it wasn't Mitch's body they found, sure, but his body's
in there somewhere - Gordon can take his word for it.
He continues that he did kill him - he didn't mean to;
it was an accident; it all got out of hand. He goes on that Karen
came up with an idea of what to do and he went along with it;
she's been trying to protect him ever since. Gordon muses, "I
see..." He adds that that explains why she and Wayne are
so close. Wayne tells him that the main thing he's been
aware of is not to get her involved; she should have reported
it - it makes her an accessory. He adds, "She does love me,
dad. Regardless of what you think." Gordon assures him that
he believes him, but Wayne explains that he meant regardless of
what Gordon thinks of her. He goes on that that's why
he married her - it seemed the only thing he could do
to make her happy; thank her for what she'd done for him.
He asks sadly, "When you think about it, who else would have
me anyway? I just hope you don't turn your back on me."
Gordon assures him that he wouldn't do that. Leigh stands in the
hallway, looking pleased with herself, as Gordon adds, "I
just feel very sorry for you."
Leigh walks into the lounge room at Charlie's and calls Charlie's
name, but there's no answer. She suddenly spots something on the
dresser and she walks over to have a look: it's a 'plane ticket
from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro. Leigh stands there, holding it
and looking thoughtful.
Mike and Heather are sitting at the kitchen table at the country
house, and Heather sighs that she feels so helpless.
Mike snaps, "You feel helpless?" He quickly
calms down and apologises, saying he didn't mean that. They suddenly
hear approaching footsteps and Katie walks in. Heather cries at
her, "Oh, Katie, thank God. We've been worried all night."
Mike snaps at her, "Where have you been? We rang the flat."
Katie stares at them sadly and replies, "I've just been walking.
Thinking. I feel stupid - and ashamed. I suppose you know what's
been going on the past few months?" Mike replies that Andy
and Amanda told them. Katie asks if they're not angry. Heather
tells her that they're not happy about the fact that she lied
to them, but it's really a case of her falling in love with the
wrong man, that's all. Katie looks at her and then runs into her
arms and bursts into tears.
In her flat, Fiona is on the 'phone to Amanda, who tells her
that Andy is going back to Sydney sometime today, but she thinks
she'll stay with Aunty Barb for a while. Fiona says she
couldn't agree more. She asks how Barbara is taking it.
In the public 'phone box, Amanda replies that she seemed to be
OK, but she's got a horrible feeling that it's really going to
hit her hard when it finally sinks in properly - there's her pride,
and Fiona knows what she's like. Fiona muses that she sure does
- and she sorts of understands it, too; she's a bit of a proud
old girl herself. There's suddenly a thumping on Fiona's
flat door and Fiona tells Amanda that she's going to have to go.
Amanda says she'll be in touch and they hang up. Fiona walks over
to the door and opens it to find Colonel Bainbridge standing there.
Fiona growls at him that she thought she made it quite clear that
there is no point in hounding her - the matter is quite out of
her hands now. Bainbridge walks in, holding a folder, and remarks,
"So you keep telling me." Fiona says to him that she
doesn't know what he expects from her-- Bainbridge interrupts
her, though, and retorts that he doesn't expect anything
from her - he's sure she'll go ahead and release the book no matter
what he says - but she'll be sorry: he's done some investigating
about her and she's been quite a woman, hasn't she? Fiona glares
at him and retorts, "Some people would say that."
Bainbridge muses that he'd say they would. He goes on
that it seems funny her carrying-on about moral issues, considering
she was a prostitute. He holds out the folder and comments, "Quite
an old tart in your day, weren't you?" Fiona takes
the folder. Bainbridge goes on that he doesn't think he'd have
any trouble selling her story to a scandal rag. Jill
suddenly comes out of her bedroom, holding Fee, as Fiona retorts
that she doesn't give in to threats. Jill demands angrily, "What's
all the noise?" Bainbridge looks at her and comments that
she's a member of the family, is she? Fiona snaps at him that
that's none of his business. Bainbridge then looks at Fee and
asks Fiona if that's her grandchild, going on that this would
be quite something for her to have when she's older: grandma's
memoirs - even though she didn't write them herself. Jill asks
Fiona what he's going on about. Bainbridge persists that looking
at Fiona now, he wouldn't have thought she'd have had it in
her - but still, he'd bet there's quite a few old soldiers
round who remember her. Fiona stares at him and growls, "How
I ever felt remotely sorry for you is something really quite beyond
me. Oh, I feel sorry for your family, but not for you.
You managed to make me forget the disgusting things you did to
those people in Vietnam - and by comparison, I am more than proud
of what I've done in my lifetime." Bainbridge glares at her
as she orders, "Now you get out of here." Bainbridge
threatens, "You're asking for trouble. I warn you."
He walks out, closing the door behind him. Jill tells Fiona to
calm down, but Fiona puts down the folder and replies, "No,
I'm going out." Jill tells her to think about it first, but
Fiona retorts, "No - I might change my mind. If he wants
a fight, I'll give him one." She lifts a blue folder
out of the dresser and tells Jill, "I am going to give these
photostat copies of Barney's diary to the Army and let them
sort out that pig. If he thinks he can intimidate me,
he's picked the wrong girl."
Leigh is sitting in the lounge room at Charlie's when Charlie
walks in, holding her jacket. Charlie asks her, "What are
you up to?" but Leigh just mutters, "Guess."
Charlie retorts that she hasn't got time for any more of her nonsense.
Leigh smiles and queries, "Really?" She then stands
up, holding Charlie's airline ticket, and says, "I know where
Patricia is - and I think the police would be very interested,
don't you? I mean after all, she did run away from them and she
was facing a murder charge. If you don't let me stay here while
you're away, and give me enough money to enjoy myself, I might
just have to tell the police all I know." Charlie, looking
shocked, cries, "That's blackmail." Leigh replies
coolly, "That's right. Patricia and I made a deal; part of
that deal was that you'd look after me until she paid me. Now,
if you don't keep your part of the bargain, what choice have I
got? It's up to you." Charlie growls that she knows what
she'd like to do to Leigh. Leigh ignores this and goes
on that Charlie's not to forget to remind Patricia that she owes
her for what happened with Karen. Charlie walks towards Leigh
and reaches for the ticket, demanding, "Give me
that." Leigh pulls the ticket away and tells her, "Uh
uh - not yet." A nasty smile on her face, she adds, "Well?
Do I get what I want?" Charlie glares at her.