Back at the country house, David is telling Mike in the kitchen
that, apparently, it was some office worker knocking off work
early - and of course, whoever was supposed to pick up the money
would have skipped when they saw the police. As he says this,
a man wearing a smart suit in a suit walks in and starts fiddling
with the telephone. Mike comments to David that it's rotten luck.
David muses that maybe he shouldn't have gone; Beryl asked him
not to and-- Mike interrupts him and points out that he only did
what he thought was right - and he's sure Beryl will realise that
when she calms down. The man at the 'phone suddenly turns and
asks David if he's got a power adapter. David says, "Umm..."
The man tells him that it's OK - he's got one in the car, he thinks.
David says to him that that he doesn't think the kidnappers will
really call him, does he? The man replies that it's hard
to say, but they're not taking any chances. He heads outside.
Mike says to David that Heather tells him David thinks Ross has
a hand in this. David explains that he's the only one he can think
of; he knows them and he'll do anything for money - but
he was there at the house when Robert was taken. Mike comments
that that struck him as pretty weird: he was only there for about
two minutes. He turns to Katie, who's working at the sink, and
asks her what she thinks: was Ross just there to be seen?
Katie, though, murmurs that she doesn't think so - they had a
couple of things to talk about. David chips in that, anyway, the
police said they'll keep an eye on Ross, so if he is
behind it, he's bound to put a foot wrong sooner or later. Katie
suddenly says to her father that if it's OK with him, she'd like
to borrow the car for a couple of hours; she promised a girlfriend
she'd drop over and see her. Mike says, "Sure," and
he hands over the keys. Katie goes. Alone with Mike, David growls,
"I still can't believe that out there somewhere there's a
mongrel willing to put a baby's life on the line for a few lousy
In Ross's office at the hospital, Ross picks up the name plate
on his desk and throws it in his briefcase. There's suddenly a
knock on the door and he calls impatiently, "Yes, alright,
I'll be gone in a minute. Tell Gibson to get off my neck."
The door opens and a female voice says, "It's me."
The visitor is Katie. Ross asks her curtly what she's doing there,
and Katie tells him that she wanted to see him. Ross mutters that
he supposes she's been talking to David Palmer. Katie replies
that he said a few things, but she doesn't believe him. Ross snaps,
"My moment of glory..." He then pushes down the lid
of his briefcase and adds, "The end of a brilliant career."
Katie walks over to him slowly and says quietly, "It doesn't
have to be the end of us, does it?" Ross points
out that it sounded pretty final the other night, but Katie murmurs
that she guesses she overreacted; now, she's had time
to think about how she feels... Ross asks, "And?" Katie
tells him that Mr. Palmer and her dad were talking about the kidnapping...
Ross growls, "I see." Katie cries that it was so unfair;
they knew he couldn't have had anything to do with it and yet
somehow they still think he did; she got really upset... and she
realised that she wouldn't care as much if she didn't still love
him... Ross warns, "Katie..." Katie insists, "I
do." Ross asks, "Even after that thing with
Barbara?" Katie nods slowly. Ross gently places his hands
on her and they start kissing, passionately. When they pull apart,
Ross smiles and says, "I love you, too." They hug.
Amanda and Andy are walking along the verandah at Toorak, approaching
the front door. Amanda, looking worried, says she hopes Aunty
Barb's alright, and Andy agrees that so does he. Amanda goes on
that, if she is, she thinks she'll go back to Sydney
tonight. She adds, "Poor Cheri... all those arrangements
we made and we're not even there to meet her." They
reach the front door and pause. Andy says, "Well?" Amanda
sighs, "No point in putting it off."
There's a knock on the door, and Barbara goes to answer it, putting
her hand to her head momentarily before she does so. When she
sees who's standing there, she says a cheery, "Oh, hello!"
Amanda smiles and explains that they just thought they'd drop
by before going back to Sydney. Andy adds that they were passing
by anyway. Barbara muses, "I see. Just keeping an eye on
Aunty Barb, are we? Making sure she hasn't fallen to pieces lately?"
Amanda assures her that it's not like that, but Barbara tells
her that she needn't worry - the patient is coping very well.
She then asks the two of them what time their flight is, but Amanda
replies that they can take any - they'll go standby.
Barbara suggests that maybe they can stay for dinner, then - it'll
only be about an hour. Amanda asks Andy if that's OK with him,
and he replies that it's fine. Barbara ushers them into the lounge
room and tells them to help themselves to a drink and she'll go
and put some more vegetables on. Amanda asks her if she needs
some help, but she assures her that everything is under control
and she walks off. Looking pleased, Amanda comments to Andy, "Well,
she seems to be back to her old self again, doesn't she?"
Andy, looking more dubious, murmurs, "Yeah, maybe..."
Mike is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house. The
man who was working on the telephone is sitting there as well,
drinking a cup of tea. David is pacing the floor. Mike suggests
to him that he sit down, as wearing a hole in the floor isn't
going to help him... The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and David
rushes to answer it, but the man who was working on the 'phone
tells him to hang on, and he dashes up from his seat and goes
and switches on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. He then allows David
to answer the call. A woman comes on and asks, "Is Betty
van der Bildt there, please?" David asks, "Betty who?"
The woman repeats, "Van der Bildt." She then adds, "Is
that the guide dog training centre?" David mutters, "No,"
and the woman says she's terribly sorry - she must have the wrong
number. She hangs up and David does likewise. He then tells Mike
that it was a wrong number, and he adds that he's going to go
to the hospital to see Beryl - she must be worried sick. Mike
asks if that's a good idea; what if they ring and he isn't there?
David points out, "And what if they 'phone the hospital and
Beryl's alone? I mean, you're here... the 'phone's tapped...
I'll be better off with her." Mike wishes him luck
and he goes.
A short time later, at the hospital, a nurse comes out of Beryl's
room. David is standing in the corridor, and he demands, "What's
going on?" The nurse tells him that she's afraid Beryl is
refusing to see him. David snaps that, for God's sake, he only
wants to talk to her, but the nurse says she's sorry
- it would only upset her more and she's already on sedatives.
David growls that there's a bloke out there who's got their kid
and he could 'phone Beryl at any time; someone should be
with her. The nurse assures him that there's no need - the police
are monitoring all her calls. She then suggests that perhaps he
could come back a bit later when she's feeling stronger. David
sighs, "Yeah... Just tell her I'm thinking about her, will
you?" The nurse replies, "Of course," and she walks
off. David turns and starts walking out, but a door suddenly shuts
nearby and he stops in his tracks and he sees Ross and Katie come
out and walk along the corridor that runs at right angles to the
one he's standing in. He steps back, so as not to be seen, and
watches then walking off. He then moves off again, looking thoughtful.
It's dark outside. In the lounge room at Toorak, coffee is being
drunk and Amanda is telling Barbara that, for a put-together meal,
it was quite something! Barbara smiles that she thought they'd
appreciate some good old Aussie tucker after being away for three
months! She then adds that she made some cookies this afternoon,
and she asks them if they'd like some. Amanda thanks her and Barbara
goes to get them. As soon as she's gone, Amanda says to Andy that
he can't still be having doubts about her - she's the calmest
she's seen her in months. Andy, though, retorts that
she's too calm; where are all the withdrawal symptoms?.
He adds that she heard what Heather said she went through
and Barbara's hands aren't even shaking. Amanda suggests
that maybe it doesn't affect some people, but Andy replies that
there's one way to find out, and he stands up and picks up Barbara's
handbag, which is resting on the coffee table. Looking shocked,
Amanda cries, "Andy, you can't." Andy assures
her that he'll be the first to apologise if he's wrong. Amanda
insists that he's got no right to go sticking his nose in-- Andy
lifts out a bottle of pills and says, "I hate to say 'I told
you so'..." Barbara walks in at that moment and, looking
furious, demands, "What the hell do you think you're doing?"
Amanda tells her that it's not what it looks like, but Barbara
yells, "Isn't it? I think it's time you both left."
Andy, though, tells her, "Oh no, you're not getting out of
it that easily. You're still taking these, aren't you?" Barbara
orders them again to get out, but Andy retorts that there's no
way - they're not budging until she admits that she needs help.
A short time later, Barbara smiles that of course she's still
taking a few - you can't go off them straight away. Andy
snaps that that's rubbish. Amanda suggests that maybe she's right,
but Andy interrupts her and snaps that she's not cutting back;
if she was, they could tell - she'd have the
shakes and she wouldn't be able to concentrate properly. He accuses,
"You're just as hooked as you were last week."
Barbara denies it, retorting, "I am not." Andy
asks her why she won't let them help her, but Barbara retorts
that she doesn't need any help. Andy tells her that if
she just admitted she has a problem, they could do something about
it. Barbara, though, asks indignantly, "What do I have to
say? I am coping very well." Andy points out that that's
what he used to say when he got mixed up with the cult;
does she remember what she had to do to get him out of that
mess? Barbara retorts that there's no point in arguing - she doesn't
need those pills and he can sit there all night and watch her,
if he likes. To her obvious shock, Andy comments that he thinks
they might just do that. He sits down, and Amanda does likewise.
Barbara stands there, an air of dismissive resignation on her
David is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house, while
Mike stands by the stove. Katie walks in through the back door
and Mike immediately growls, "You've got some explaining
to do, young lady." Katie looks at him and David explains,
"I saw you at the hospital." Katie, realising she's
been caught-out, murmurs, "Oh..." Mike snaps at her
that he thought she'd woken up to Ross Newman, but Katie
tells him that it wasn't what it looked like. Mike snaps, "Wasn't
it?" Katie explains that she was only trying to help:
she thought about what he and David said and she thought that
maybe Ross is mixed up in it somehow. Mike growls that
that's all the more reason to stay away from him, but Katie cries
that she might be able to find something out - overhear a 'phone
call... see something...; he trusts her. Mike tells her
that Ross is dangerous; if he thought for one minute
that she was spying on him... David chips in that Mike is right
- and he'd hate it if something happened to her. Katie assures
him, "He's not that dangerous. If he is involved,
I'd know in a day or two, and if he's not, then nothing's lost."
Mike stares at David and suggests that maybe she's got a point;
it is David's baby's life they're talking about - and
if they kept an eye on Katie while she was with Ross...
David retorts that it's too risky; if Newman's capable of kidnapping,
they can't let Katie anywhere near him. Katie pleads,
"Please, David, just let me try," but David
tells her that he's sorry: the best thing they can do is sit tight
and let the police handle it.
At Dural, Leigh opens the front door to find Fiona standing there,
and she invites her in. Fiona thanks her. Gordon and Alan emerge
from the lounge room, Gordon saying to Alan as they do so that
apparently, there's a whole series of them, one for each novel.
He suddenly spots Fiona standing there, and Fiona says she hopes
she's not interrupting. Gordon assures her that she isn't - he
was just going to show Alan the Dickens print. Alan says he can
see it later, and Gordon tells him that it's only in the study;
he can pop in any time. Leigh tells Gordon that she's finished
cleaning the kitchen, if he'd like her to put some coffee on.
Fiona says, "Not for me, thanks," and Gordon declines
as well. He then tells Fiona to come on through, and they head
into the lounge room, Gordon closing the doors behind him."
Alone with Alan, Leigh comments sarcastically, "Dickens print.
Sounds exciting." Alan just looks at the ground, glumly.
Leigh asks what the matter is, and Alan explains that it's just
the house - it gets so depressing. Leigh comments, "Nothing
to do with me, I hope?" Alan smiles and replies
that it's just that coming back from a good time with Jill to
a load of people dragging their chins around gets to him. Leigh
tells him that it's not much fun going home to an empty house
while Charlie's away, either. Alan asks when she gets
back, but Leigh responds, "Who knows?" She then asks
knowingly, "Hey, why don't you come home with me
tonight? We could keep each other company..." Alan muses,
"Oh yeah?" Leigh tells him that he doesn't have to if
he doesn't want to, but Alan replies, "Alright. Let's go."
Leigh heads out. Alan follows her, an intrigued smile on his face.
In the lounge room, Gordon pours Fiona a scotch and tells her
that that should take the edge off. Fiona thanks him. She then
asks how Leigh is working out, and Gordon replies that she's a
godsend, truth be known - a hard worker... she never complains...
Fiona smiles and says she takes it Wayne hasn't been cleared.
Gordon tells her that he hasn't been formally charged - they're
still looking for the body; it's a matter of time, he supposes.
Fiona says to him, "You don't honestly believe he did it?"
Gordon muses that he doesn't know: Karen swears he's making it
up, but if he is, where's Mitch?; nobody's seen him. He goes on
that he wishes they'd find something one way or the other - it's
not easy, worrying all the time. Fiona assures him that she can
understand how he feels - she just doesn't know what's
going to happen when Barney's book goes on sale. Gordon
tells her that she's shown great courage in going ahead with it,
but Fiona admits that she's nervous now. Gordon remarks
that it's ironic: both of them in the same position. Fiona replies,
"We'll help each other. We always have."
Alan is sitting on the couch in the lounge room at Charlie's.
Leigh walks in, kisses him on the cheek and asks, "Feeling
better?" Alan assures her, "Much," and Leigh replies
that that's good. She goes and sits down next to him, and adds
that she knows how that place can get to you at times; it gets
to her, too. She then goes on that, actually, if it wasn't
for him being there, she probably wouldn't have stayed
on. Looking intrigued, Alan replies, "Yeah? I'm glad you
are there - I like having you around." He starts
stroking her shoulder. Leigh tells him, "I was hoping you'd
say that..." Alan asks, "Were you...?" They lean
towards each other and start kissing passionately. Leigh suddenly
becomes aware of someone standing in the doorway and she pulls
away from Alan and exclaims, "Charlie!" Alan groans,
"Oh, not again..." Charlie demands curtly,
"What is going on?" Leigh replies that it's nothing,
but Charlie snaps, "Nothing, my foot." She then tells
Alan that she thinks he'd better leave. Leigh tells her that they
were only kissing, but Charlie tells her that she wants
to talk to her - alone. Leigh asks angrily if it can't wait, but
Alan tells her that it's alright - he'll talk to her tomorrow.
He gets up and hobbles out. Leigh growls at Charlie, "Got
a great sense of timing, haven't you?" Charlie retorts that
it's just as well - that man has got enough troubles without having
to deal with her. Leigh snaps, "Oh, I haven't finished
with him, yet, I can assure you." Changing the subject,
she then asks, "Well? Have you got it?" Charlie gives
her a look and she goes on, "Patricia's money." Charlie
replies, "There isn't any. Patricia's dead."
Leigh, looking surprised, retorts, "She can't be,"
but Charlie insists that it's true; it was a car accident - so
Leigh won't be getting anything. She adds, "In fact,
I want you out of my house - immediately." Leigh says curtly
that she doesn't believe Patricia is dead at all - the
two of them cooked it up in Rio; well, it won't work; she won't
let it work. Charlie takes a piece of paper out of her
handbag, and snaps, "Stupid girl. If you want proof, there's
the death certificate. Margaret Stone was the name she was using,
and as you can see, she died two weeks before I arrived."
She grabs the certificate back and goes on, "So pack your
bags - and don't bother saying goodbye to the Hamiltons. By the
time I've finished telling Gordon what you've been up to, he won't
let you past the front door." Leigh glares at her and threatens,
"You think you've got me cornered, don't you? Well let me
tell you something, Charlie: you breathe one word about me to
anyone and I'm going straight to the police. You've helped a wanted
person leave the country on a false passport; I'd say that's worth
a few months in jail, wouldn't you?" Charlie stares at her
open-mouthed as she adds, "And it'd give your posh lady-friends
something to natter about - not to mention David... Gordon..."
Charlie, looking shocked, snaps, "You wouldn't dare,"
but Leigh asks, "Wouldn't I?" Charlie snaps, "One
day you'll meet your match, Leigh Palmer," but Leigh retorts
that she shouldn't hold her breath - and in the meantime, she
thinks she will live somewhere else, as Charlie bores
her. Charlie snaps that the feeling's mutual. Leigh goes on, "As
for Alan, well he might be a cripple, but he has a very healthy
bank account; I'd say that more than compensates for losing Patricia;
wouldn't you?" Charlie glares at her.
The next morning, Gordon and Alan are sitting in the lounge room
at Dural with Leigh, as she tells them, "Which is another
way of saying I'll have to resign; I'm thinking of heading back
to Melbourne." Alan points out that last night she said--
Leigh interrupts and replies that she's sorry, but she's got no
choice. She goes on that she's always found Charlie a bit eccentric,
but since she's come back from Rio, she can't seem to put a foot
right. Gordon tells her that Charlie rang and told him what happened
in Brazil; perhaps if Leigh gave her a bit more time to get over
it...? Leigh points out that to get over it, Charlie needs to
be alone, and as long as she's around, it'll only upset
her. Alan comments that it doesn't seem fair to take it out on
her, and Leigh agrees, "No, but that's the way it
is." She then stands up and says she'd better go, as she
has to start packing. Gordon stands up as well and tells her to
hold on: she doesn't have to go back to Melbourne; if she'd like
to stay there for a while, no one's using the guest room.
Putting on an expression of surprised innocence, Leigh insists
that she couldn't, but Gordon asks why not, as it would be a shame
to lose her. Leigh tells him that she doesn't want to impose,
but Gordon replies that that's nonsense - it would be a pleasure.
He asks Alan what he thinks and Alan, standing up, assures
her, "Sounds perfect to me." He hobbles out
of the room. Leigh, a smile of delight on her face, says to Gordon,
Alan hobbles out into the hallway to find Karen coming downstairs,
and he comments that he thought she was sleeping in. Karen, looking
exhausted, replies that she can't sleep at all much,
lately. Alan asks her if she's still worrying about Wayne, and
she tells him that she can't seem to think of anything else.
Alan assures her that she'll be right: the police can't charge
Wayne without a body and there isn't one; it's as simple
as that. Karen mutters that she wishes it was
- they still don't know what Mitch is playing at, and in the meantime,
her husband is drifting away from her. Alan suggests to her that
if she's not going to tell Wayne the truth, she should at least
show him that she still cares: do something
for him; take him somewhere; it would probably do them
both the world of good to get out of the house for a while. Karen,
though, shakes her head and says sadly that it wouldn't solve
anything. Alan points out that it sure couldn't hurt,
and he adds, "Please? For me? Go on a picnic or
something. See the world again." Karen smiles at him lovingly
and murmurs, "Alright."
Later that day, Karen and Wayne are sitting by a pond as ducks
swim round, and Karen comments that they should do this more often
- it's beautiful there. Wayne, though, is miles away, and so Karen
repeats, "Wayne?" He comes back to earth and says, "Sorry?"
Karen tells him that she was saying how beautiful it is. Wayne
just agrees, "Mmm..." Karen then tells him that she
wishes he wouldn't shut himself off like this; it's important
that they share things - good and bad. Wayne muses that he hasn't
been much of a husband to her - but it means a lot to know that
she still loves him. Karen tells him, "I'll always
love you - and we'll always be together - believe me." Wayne
points out that he's about to be marched off to prison, but Karen
tells him that if they haven't found the body now, there's
every chance they never will. She goes on that he's done
everything he can: he's 'phoned up... he's told the truth...;
but he can't spend the rest of his life torturing himself - he's
got to start putting it behind him. Wayne moves in closer to her
and suggests, "Then maybe it's time I started appreciating
the woman who helped me survive?" They start kissing, passionately.
Amanda walks into the lounge room at Toorak and hands Andy a
cup of tea. As she does so, she says to him that she's glad Aunty
Barb's sleeping in this morning - she seemed to spend most of
the night walking round the house. Andy asks if she woke her up
too, and Amanda admits, "A few times." Andy suggests
that it could be a good sign - he reckons insomnia is one of the
first withdrawal symptoms. Amanda says she was worried she might
have been getting pills from another hiding spot somewhere, but
Andy replies that he doubts it: he found three bottles last night
and practically turned the place upside down. Amanda comments
that you never can be too sure. Barbara suddenly walks in and
says a curt, "Morning." Amanda smiles and says, "Hi,
Aunty Barb!" Barbara, looking slightly unsteady on her feet,
asks how everyone is. Andy replies, "Great. And you?"
Barbara snaps, "Fine." Amanda offers her some breakfast,
but Barbara declines. She then suggests that, as they've satisfied
themselves now that she doesn't need babysitting anymore, isn't
it about time they both left for Sydney. Andy, though, replies,
"Well, if it's all the same to you, we wouldn't mind hanging
round a bit longer." Barbara snaps, "Look, hasn't this
game gone on long enough?" Andy retorts that he doesn't think
so; if they left now, she'd simply go out and get another
prescription; they want to be really sure she's kicked the habit.
A few moments later, Barbara snaps, "No, I am telling you
I have had enough. You've no right to treat me like a child."
Andy retorts that, if they stay, she's scared she won't be able
to handle it. Amanda insists that they only want the best
for her. Barbara half-yells and half-cries, "The best?
Oh that's a good one. You'll drive me to pills the way
you're both carrying on." Andy persists that they're talking
about a problem, not a crime; no one's blaming her -
it's just something she's got to face. Barbara suddenly bursts
into tears and cries, "I know... I know... I don't want to
take those stupid pills, but I have to... I need
them." Andy tells her gently, "No you don't. It'll be
easier now you're being honest with yourself. That's always the
hardest part." Barbara cries, "Oh, God, I hope so."
Amanda holds her and assures her she won't be by herself; they'll
be there every step of the way. Barbara stands there, sobbing
At Charlie's, Leigh is holding Charlie's dog, and she says, "Bye
bye, Isabella. You're a lovely little thing, aren't you? Wish
you were coming with me." The front door suddenly
slams shut and Charlie walks in, carrying a number of bags. She
says to Leigh curtly that she was hoping she might be gone by
now. Leigh assures her, "Just going - but don't worry, I
won't be far away: I'm moving in with the Hamiltons." Charlie
glares at her and says she thought she'd be going to Melbourne.
Leigh replies that she was - until Gordon offered her
the guest room. Charlie snaps, "Why, you little--" Leigh
interrupts her and says, "Uh uh - be nice, now." She
adds that it's a pity Charlie couldn't have seen the look on Alan's
face when Gordon made the offer - he could hardly believe his
luck. Charlie starts going through the pile of mail that she's
picked up on her way in, and she stops in surprise and says, "Amanda?
Why would anyone send her mail here?" Leigh asks
who it's addressed to, and Charlie replies that it's addressed
to Amanda Morrell - not that it's any of Leigh's business. Leigh
snatches the envelope from her and retorts, "Isn't it, just?"
To Charlie's horror, she starts ripping open the envelope, and
Charlie tells her angrily to give it back; it's not for her.
Leigh takes out the letter inside and replies, "Oh yes it
is. Remember those ads in the papers? One of them must have paid
off." Charlie asks if it's from Mitch, and Leigh nods. Charlie
muses that there's no point going on with that old scheme - everyone
would be a lot happier if she tore that letter up. Leigh smiles
nastily and says, "Oh no - I've just hit the jackpot..."
Wayne and Karen are walking back towards Dural. Wayne has his
arm around his wife and he suggests, "Let's go to the Barrier
Reef for a few days. What do you say?" Karen smiles that
she can feel the sand under her feet already! They reach the front
door to find Leigh standing outside, waiting for them. She asks
Karen if she can talk to her for a minute, and Karen says, "Sure."
Leigh goes on that she means alone, if Wayne doesn't mind. Wayne
leaves them to it and heads inside. Karen asks Leigh what she
can do for her, and Leigh hands her the letter and says, "I
think you'd better read this." Karen looks at the paper and
says, "It's for Amanda." Leigh tells her to keep reading.
As Karen does so, Leigh goes on that it's a confession of sorts,
from the 'late' Bob Mitchell; there are a lot of interesting details
about how much Karen paid him to play a corpse to Wayne's murderer
- all there in black and white. She adds that, naturally, that
letter is a photocopy. Karen asks what this is all about, but
Leigh retorts that she's a smart woman - she's sure she can guess.
Karen glares at her and retorts, "I see. Our sweet young
housekeeper's playing amateur blackmailer, is she? Well let me
tell you something: you've got one hell of a lot of growing-up
to do if you think you can get away with tricks like this."
Screwing up the piece of paper, she adds, "And you'd better
start looking for another job." She throws the piece of paper
down on the ground and goes to head inside, but Leigh bends down,
picks up the paper, unscrews it and says, "I wonder if Wayne
would like to read this?" Karen stops in her tracks and retorts,
"You haven't got the nerve." Leigh tells her, "Haven't
I? I don't care if you lose your darling husband; he
means nothing to me. But what does he mean to you?"
Karen glares at her.