Inside, in the lounge room, Leigh spins round and shows off a
white mink coat that she's wearing. She asks Alan, who's sitting
staring at her, what he thinks and he replies that it's stunning.
Leigh tells him that she said she'd have one some day,
and it didn't take her long. She adds that, of course, she'd never
be able to afford it herself; it's wonderful that someone
could be so generous...
Out in the hallway, Gordon closes the front door after letting
Charlie in. She tells him that, of course, she was absolutely
shattered - to go all that way and find out-- Gordon interrupts
her and says he still doesn't understand how she knew where Patricia
was. Charlie hesitates and then explains that Patricia
wrote to her; they were best friends and Patricia
knew she could trust her. Gordon opens the door to the lounge
room and he and Charlie head in there. Leigh immediately indicates
her mink coat and asks, "Like it?" Gordon smiles that
it's beautiful, before adding that, if it's hers, he's
obviously paying her too much! Leigh explains that, actually,
Charlie brought it back from Rio. She adds, "Isn't she marvellous?"
and she runs and gives Charlie a hug! Charlie stands there with
a look of bemused shock on her face. Leigh goes on that she supposes
Charlie thinks she has to keep in good with her, now that she's
moved out, in case she gives away any of her little 'secrets'.
Charlie laughs and exclaims, "What nonsense! I just love
buying presents, that's all - and the coat was so 'you'..."
Gordon comments to Charlie that she's very kind. Leigh agrees,
"Isn't she? I was just telling Alan: it's wonderful to know
someone who's so generous." She smiles at Charlie.
Charlie smiles back, stiffly.
Out in the hallway, Wayne and Karen are coming downstairs, dressed
for tennis. Karen looks miles away, and Wayne asks her if she's
going to be like that for the rest of the day. Karen comes back
to earth and asks, "What?" Wayne tells her that she
hasn't been with it for the last few hours. He adds that she's
not worried about the business, is she? - the company's
in pretty good shape. She doesn't respond, and so Wayne queries,
"Well...?" Before she can answer, though, Alan hobbles
out of the lounge room and asks how the park was. Karen, looking
relieved to be changing the subject, replies that it was very
pleasant, and she asks him how he's doing. Alan assures
her that he's fine. Karen warns him not to overdo it. They suddenly
hear Gordon laughing in the lounge room, and Wayne asks what's
going on. Alan replies that Leigh's on a real high - she's just
got herself a mink coat. Wayne comments that that's a bit extravagant,
isn't it? Karen, looking stony-faced, asks if she said where it
came from. Alan tells her that Charlie gave it to her, apparently.
He adds that they must get on better than he thought. Karen agrees
distantly, "Yes, they must..." Wayne remarks that Leigh
is a nice kid. Karen just agrees, "Charming..." Wayne
asks her if she wants to see this coat, but Karen retorts
that Leigh can show them later, and they head out.
Gordon is standing behind the bar in the lounge room, but he
comments that it looks like they're out of ice, and he heads off
to get some from the kitchen. Leigh offers to get it, but Gordon
tells her that he can't allow a lady in a mink coat to fetch and
carry! He gives her a mock bow and walks off. Alone with Leigh,
Charlie immediately demands, "Alright. Where did it come
from?" Leigh smirks, "Karen, of course. Who do you think?
As soon as I showed her a copy of Mitch's letter, she was more
than willing to give me a small gift." Charlie points out
haughtily that blackmail is a crime, but Leigh retorts
that so is helping a murderer skip bail. Charlie warns Leigh angrily
that she's heading for a fall - sooner or later, it's all going
to come out. She then asks her what she'll do if Mitch turns up,
but Leigh replies that he won't: Amanda is about to write him
a long letter and she'll tell him never to come back. Charlie
asks, "What if Mitch knows her handwriting?" Leigh tells
her that there are a few of Amanda's postcards lying around; she
thinks she can copy her handwriting pretty well. Charlie comments
sourly, "You really are a little angel, aren't you?"
Leigh retorts that everyone thinks so. Charlie points
out that they may think again if she keeps spending large amounts
of money. Leigh, though, assures her, "But I won't."
She goes on, "Most of Karen's money is tied up in the business
- but she can afford a couple of hundred at a time. So it looks
like dear Aunty Charlie will keep on giving me lots of wonderful
presents - at least, until I can land myself a rich husband. I
think Alan would do quite nicely; don't you?"
Charlie glares at her and tells her that getting her claws into
him mightn't be as easy as she thinks. Leigh, though, retorts
that, yes, it will - he gets ideas every time she looks
at him. Charlie asks bitterly, "Has something happened to
make you so nasty or were you simply born that
way?" Leigh retorts that she likes having nice things; what's
so strange about that?
In Fiona's flat at the boarding house, Cheri is on the 'phone,
talking to Andy, and she tells him that it's lovely to hear from
him. Andy apologises for him and Amanda not being there when she
turned up, but Cheri assures him that that's OK - Fiona has been
terrific. She adds that she rang Irene in London and Irene said
she could use her apartment until she got back; she's been using
his bedsit since she got there, but Fiona said he wouldn't mind.
Andy assures her that of course he doesn't. He then goes on that
it'll be nice to get back, as he and Amanda have been in each
other's pockets for the last few months; it'll be nice to have
a bit of privacy for a chance. Cheri tells him that she can understand
that. She then asks when he's coming up to Sydney, and Andy replies
that it'll probably be a week or so - he doesn't want to leave
Barbara yet. Cheri replies that Fiona told her; by the
sounds of things, Barbara needs to see a doctor. Andy
agrees that she does, but the trouble is that he and
Amanda can't convince her. He then tells Cheri that he'll
keep in touch and let her know how things are going. Cheri thanks
him for ringing and they hang up. At Fiona's, Cheri comments to
Fiona that Andy sounds awfully worried about Mrs. Hamilton. Fiona
says she just can't believe that Barbara would get herself hooked
onto pills; she's always been such a strong woman. Cheri
comments that she'll need all her strength to give them up without
a doctor. Fiona says she'd say that, if Barbara is determined
to go it alone, she probably will. Cheri murmurs that she'll need
all her determination - she's seen people go through it, and the
withdrawal symptoms can be as bad of those of hard drugs; that
poor woman must be going through hell...
In the lounge room at Toorak, Amanda is sitting with Amanda,
and she holds out a glass and offers, "A little more?"
Barbara shakes her head, but Amanda tells her that she thinks
she's dehydrated. Barbara mutters that if she has any more she'll
only bring it up. Andy tells her that she should see a doctor,
but Barbara snaps, "No - he'll stick me in a clinic."
Amanda asks if that wouldn't be better for her, but Barbara
insists that she can do it by herself. Andy tells her that she's
been on them too long, but Barbara snaps, "Well then I can
try." Amanda asks, "What if I get Gordon to
visit--" Barbara interrupts and snaps that that's the last
thing she needs; she doesn't want him to see her like this - she
does have some pride. Amanda suggests that perhaps now
is the time-- Barbara cries, "I don't want him to know about
it. Now please, no doctor and no Gordon, alright?" She then
announces that she thinks she'll go and lie down for a while.
She stands up, unsteadily, but as Amanda goes to help her, she
insists that she's alright. Andy offers to help her upstairs,
but Barbara assures him that she can manage, and she staggers
out. When she's gone, Andy says to Amanda, "Well, if she
wants to do it the hard way, all we can do is give her moral support."
Amanda looks worried.
Gordon and Charlie head out of the lounge room, into the hallway,
at Dural, Gordon closing the doors behind him. Gordon tells Charlie
that it's good to see her again - and he really is sorry about
Patricia. Charlie agrees that it was very upsetting. She then
asks him if he's sure he doesn't mind having Leigh there; after
all, he has got a lot of people in the house now. Gordon explains
that that's why they need her - he's sure she'll look
after them very well. Charlie asks her if he thinks Leigh is really
suitable for the job; perhaps an older person... someone
with more experience...? Gordon insists that Leigh is fine.
Charlie says, "It's--" She breaks off as Leigh comes
out of the lounge room, and quickly says it's nothing; she really
must go. Gordon goes to the door to open it for her. Leigh smiles
at Charlie nastily and says, "Bye..."
In the lounge room, Wayne is on the 'phone on the bar, and he
tells the person at the other end that he appreciates them ringing.
He hangs up and Karen immediately asks if it was the police. Wayne
nods, and Karen asks what they wanted. Wayne smiles and replies,
"I'm off the hook. They've stopped looking for Mitch's body
and they're not going to lay any charges. They figured I must
have been imagining things." Karen smiles broadly and points
out that she told him everything would be alright. She
gives him a hug. Leigh comes back into the room and immediately
says, "Oh, I'm so glad for you both. Looks like you have
nothing to worry about now." Karen curtly agrees, "No."
Leigh asks how the game was, and Wayne replies that Karen won
- she was too good! Karen admits that a five-game head start helped!
Leigh asks the two of them if they'd like another drink. Karen
replies that she'd love one, but there's no orange juice in the
bar 'fridge; Leigh will have to go to the kitchen. Leigh asks
Wayne if he'd like a drink and he accepts, too. Leigh
walks off to the kitchen. Karen turns back to her husband, smiles
at him and says, "Well. Now your conscience is clear, what
about those couple of days at the Barrier Reef? We never did
get our honeymoon." Wayne smiles back and asks, "Why
not? Gordy's got Leigh to look after him." Karen muses, "Yes...
she'll be here."
Fiona and Cheri are having afternoon tea at Fiona's flat. Jill
comes out of her bedroom and says to Fiona that she doesn't mind
looking after Fee, does she? Fiona assures her that of course
she doesn't. Jill goes on that she could be a while - she wants
to go to the hospital before she sees Alan. Cheri asks her if
she has a friend in hospital and Jill hesitantly explains, "Robin.
He was hit by a car nearly a year ago now. He's still in a coma."
Cheri comments sympathetically, "How awful." Jill continues
that they keep giving him physio, hoping he'll recover, but he
just gets worse and worse. Cheri remarks, "It's sad. It must
be dreadful to be trapped in a useless body." Jill goes on
that she hasn't seen him nearly as much as she should have, lately
- it really upsets her to see him going downhill. Fiona asks her
why she goes and sees him at all, if it makes her feel
that bad; he doesn't even know she's there. Jill retorts,
"I have to. You know that." Cheri
suddenly asks, "Would you like me to come with you?"
Jill, looking slightly surprised, admits that she wouldn't mind
the company. Cheri stands up and says she won't take long to get
ready, and she heads to her room. When she's gone, Jill comments
to Fiona, "That was nice of her." Fiona nods and comments,
"Mmm. She's a nice lady."
Robin is lying in his hospital bed. Tubes are sticking out everywhere,
and a machine next to his bed is helping him breathe. Jill and
Cheri are standing looking at him, and Jill explains to Cheri
that they had to put him on oxygen. Cheri tells her sadly that
she'd say there's no hope of him improving; he's too far gone.
Jill cries that she can't even remember how he looked before the
accident; she tries, but... all she can see is the way he looks
now... Cheri puts her arms around her and assures her
that once he's gone, she'll remember him the way he used to be;
it'll all come back. Jill looks upset.
A short time later, Jill and Cheri are walking in the hospital
grounds, and Jill suggests that maybe those people who said he'd
be better off dead were right; she didn't want to believe
it at first, though - she kept hoping he might come out of it,
but the doctors say there's no chance of that now. Cheri comments
that they could keep him alive for years with that equipment,
but Jill cries that she hopes not; there's no point it
it anymore - he's not really alive. Changing the subject,
Cheri says she thinks she might go and do her shopping. Jill looks
at her and tells her that she's sorry she dragged her-- Cheri
interrupts her assures her that it's alright - she's a nurse;
she's used to that sort of thing. Jill tells her that
she'll catch her later, and Cheri replies that she'll see her
back at Fiona's. Jill walks off.
A few minutes later, Cheri is back in Robin's room, standing
next to his bed, looking down at him...
Andy is sitting on the stairs in the hallway at Toorak. Amanda
comes down and Andy asks her if Barbara is alright. Amanda replies
that she finally fell asleep. Andy asks what she was yelling out
about, and Amanda explains that it was like she was delirious.
She adds that it was awful... Andy comments that she was yelling
out to Gordon at one stage, and Amanda tells him that
most of it was about Gordon. She goes on that she doesn't
think anyone's ever realised just how much it hurt Barbara
when she found out that Gordon loved Liz. Andy says he knows Gordon
has never stopped loving Barbara; he'd be there in a
flash to help her if they let him know. Amanda, though, points
out that that would only make Barbara more upset. Andy comments,
"If only she'd see a doctor. She must know she's
making it hard on herself." Amanda stares at him and then
exclaims, "That's what she is doing: she's punishing
herself." Andy, looking surprised, asks, "For what?"
Amanda replies, "For being weak. For letting herself get
involved with Ross. For getting hooked on pills." She adds,
"You know what Aunty Barb's like - she can't stand weak people;
and now she's seeing herself that way, she's really putting herself
through it." Andy retorts that that's crazy, but Amanda tells
him that she wouldn't say Barbara is thinking rationally
at the moment; would he? Andy admits, "No. Still,
I reckon she needs more help than you and I can give her."
Amanda points out that that's what they promised: no
doctor, no Gordon; just them. Andy looks worried.
Leigh is dusting the shelf behind the bar at Dural. She turns
around and, a sly look on her face, walks over to Alan, who's
sitting in an armchair, and says to him that she isn't bothering
him, is she? Alan queries, "Hmm?" Leigh goes on, "Working
in here when you're reading..." Alan asks her what she
thinks... Leigh tells him that she's sorry they were interrupted
last night - but at least they'll be able to see a bit of each
other now; that's why she was so glad she got the job there. She
leans in and starts kissing him, but there's suddenly a knock
at the front door, and they pull apart and Alan comments that
they're not having much luck. Leigh goes to answer the door -
and finds Jill standing there. She asks if Alan is there. Leigh
smiles that he is, and Alan hobbles out into the hall and invites
her in. She kisses him and he tells her to come into the lounge
room. They head in there and Jill closes the door behind them.
Alan asks where Fee is, and Jill explains that grandma is looking
after her. Alan asks how she got over the party, and Jill asks
if he means Fiona or Fee! Alan laughs. Standing out in the hallway,
listening, Leigh is stony-faced.
A few minutes later, Jill and Alan are sitting on the couch,
and Jill thanks Alan for what he did yesterday, adding that Fee
loved it and so did she. Alan tells her that it was fun. Jill
comments to him that he doesn't mind so much about Fee, now, does
he? Alan smiles and asks how he can when she's the spitting image
of her mum! Jill, looking relieved, tells him that she thought
she was always going to be a problem between them. Alan
muses that that was just him being stupid; he's sorry. Jill suggests
that, seeing as there's no problem now, she thought maybe they
could move into a flat together. Alan, looking surprised, comments
half-heartedly that she doesn't believe in wasting time, does
she? Jill tells him, "I just thought--" Alan interrupts
her and says, "Don't get me wrong--" Jill interrupts
him and assures him that she didn't mean to push-- Alan interrupts
again and tells her that he cares about her; he's just not ready
to settle down yet, that's all. He goes on that, for one thing,
he'd like to learn to get along without his crutches first. Jill
reminds him that the doctor said it's a miracle that he's as good
as he is now, but Alan replies that he's going to see
a few more miracles yet. He asks for just a little bit
more time, and Jill agrees, "Sure." The 'phone suddenly
starts ringing and Jill goes to answer it at the bar. Fiona comes
on and says it's her. Jill asks her if she wants to speak to Gordon.
Fiona hesitantly replies, "No..." She pauses before
saying, "I'm sorry, darling, but I've got some bad news for
you." Jill anxiously says, "Fee's alright?"
Fiona quickly assures her that Fee is fine - it's nothing at all
to do with her. Jill stands there, looking worried.
Leigh is sweeping the front step when a cab pulls up. Jill and
Alan come out of the house and Jill tells Alan that she's sorry
she's got to rush off. Alan asks her if she's sure she doesn't
want him to come with her, but Jill assures him that she'll be
alright. He kisses her and walks over to the cab. As she does
so, Leigh asks her if she's alright, as she looks a bit upset.
Jill explains that a close friend of hers just died, and Leigh
sympathises that that's awful. Jill goes on that he hasn't been
very well for a while - he's been in a coma. Leigh recalls that
she thinks Charlie told her about him. Jill gets in the cab.
Cheri is back at Fiona's, some shopping bags in her hands. She
asks, "Did they say why he died?" Fiona shrugs
and replies, "Just that his heart stopped beating."
She adds that the hospital did seem very surprised that it happened
so quickly. Cheri says quietly that she thinks it's better to
die quickly and painlessly, and Fiona says she couldn't agree
more. She sits down and continues sadly that Jill was hoping for
so long that there would be an improvement. Cheri quickly tells
her that there couldn't have been; she saw that immediately
- he was too far gone. She then asks if Jill was very upset, and
Fiona replies that she was alright on the 'phone, but she doesn't
think it had had time to sink in at that stage. Cheri sits down
as well and says she hopes she can make Jill see that it's for
the better - there's no point in prolonging life like that; it
just leaves a person without dignity. Fiona comments to her that
she must have seen a lot of suffering, being a nurse.
Cheri agrees that she has. She goes on that she saw her
mother die in slow agony; ever since then, she's felt
it better that people die quickly and peacefully. Fiona nods sadly
and remarks, "There's almost a case for euthanasia, isn't
there? - although quite honestly I'd hate to be the one who had
to make the decision." Cheri tells her that if life isn't
worth living, people should have a right to choose to die; even
God wouldn't deny them that. Fiona looks at her, and
she explains that, when her mother was so ill, she found that
prayer helped; it made her more aware of God. She adds that she
hopes she can make Jill see that Robin's death is for the best.
Gordon is talking to Amanda on the 'phone on the bar in the lounge
room at Dural, and he asks her why she didn't get in touch with
him before. In the lounge room at Toorak, Amanda explains
that it was because Aunty Barb didn't want them to -
but she felt she had to do something. Gordon tells her
that he'll get down there as quickly as he can. Amanda says she
hopes they've done the right thing by telling him, and Gordon
assures her that they have. He adds that he'll try and get a flight
tonight and they hang up. In Melbourne, Amanda turns to Andy,
sighs heavily and says, "Well. Done it." Andy tells
her not to look so worried - if anybody gets through to Mrs. H.
about seeing a doctor, Gordon should; she obviously still
loves him. Amanda nods but points out that she might also just
flip when he gets there; she could hate them for ringing him.
Andy reminds her that they had to do something. Amanda
asks, "What if it makes her worse?" Andy just
In the lounge room at Dural, Gordon tells Leigh and Alan that
he's sorry to go dashing off when Karen and Wayne are away for
a few days, but Alan assures him that they'll be OK, and Leigh
adds that she'll look after him! Gordon looks at his watch and
says he's got an eight o'clock flight; he'd better shake a leg.
Leigh asks him if he needs a hand packing, but Gordon assures
her that he can manage and he walks off. When he's gone, Leigh
comments to Alan that it looks like they're going to have the
house to themselves for a while, and she suggests that she cook
them both a really nice dinner. Alan tells her that he won't be
able to make it - he's meeting Jill tonight. Leigh suggests that
surely he could have dinner with her, first...? Alan looks at
his watch and tells her that she'll have to make it fairly soon.
Leigh smiles at him and assures him, "That's OK. It won't
take me long to whip up something nice..." She walks off,
leaving Alan with a smile on his face.
Jill is sitting on the couch at Fiona's, looking upset, and she
cries that she feels so guilty. Fiona puts a comforting
hand on her shoulder and asks gently, "Why on earth should
you?" Jill points out that she's hardly been to visit him
lately, and then today she said that maybe he would be better
off if he died...; it's like she wished it on him. Fiona
tells her to come on... that was only sheer coincidence - it's
nothing for her to go blaming herself about. Cheri tells Jill
that Robin's death was a blessing; she must be able to
see that? She goes on that, when there's no hope, life
becomes intolerable, and there was no hope for Robin.
Jill muses sadly that she supposes she's right. Cheri adds, "And
he went so peacefully..." Jill and Fiona both look
at her in surprise, and she quickly adds, "Well, he would've,
I'm sure - his heart just stopped beating and now he's at peace.
Don't you think it's what he would've wanted?" Jill smiles
awkwardly and says she supposes so. Fiona, changing the subject,
says she'd better go and check on dinner, and she asks Jill if
she thinks she'd feel like eating something. Jill nods and Fiona
gets up and heads to the kitchen. When she's gone, Jill says to
Cheri that the nurse said the odd thing was, his eyes were shut.
Cheri looks guilty as Jill adds, "Like someone had closed
them for him." She then suggests that it must have been some
sort of reflex action when he died. Cheri just agrees, "Mmm."
Jill tells her that those staring eyes used to haunt
her; she couldn't stop thinking about them. Cheri assures her
that that memory will fade and she'll soon remember him the way
he used to be. Jill says she hopes so. She adds that she just
can't get over how they were talking about it and it happened.
Cheri says to her that she does see that it was for the best,
doesn't she? Jill nods and tells her that death's always a shock,
but she's right: in Robin's case, it was a blessing;
it would have been awful if he'd lingered on for years. She then
says, "Thanks." Cheri asks, "What for?" and
Jill replies, "Helping me put things in perspective."
Cheri tells her that that's what life's about: helping
people. Jill nods. Cheri then tells her that she mustn't sit around
and mope too much, but Jill assures her that she won't - Alan's
At the dinner table in the living room at Dural, Alan tells Leigh
that that was great - he had no idea she was such a good cook.
Leigh replies that she can be - when there's someone
around to make all the trouble worthwhile. Alan looks at his watch
and says he'd better ring up Jill and tell her that he's going
to be a little late. Leigh comments that Jill was in a strange
mood when she left today. Alan points out that she'd just found
out that that friend of hers had died, but Leigh explains that
it was what she said; the way she put it. She
then quickly adds that it probably didn't mean anything. Alan
tells her, "No - go on." Leigh says she shouldn't have
mentioned it. Alan, though, looking interested, asks what she
said. Leigh tells him, "That Robin has gone, but at least
she still has you - like you and Robin were sort of the
same. I mean, it's silly - Robin was in a coma; you're only--"
She breaks off. Alan suggests that Jill probably wasn't thinking
straight, and Leigh muses that she guesses not. She adds that
Jill must be a really nice person - she seems to want to care
about people she feels are helpless... She then says she'll get
the coffee, and she stands up and goes, leaving Alan sitting at
the table, looking thoughtful.
Gordon has arrived at Toorak, and Andy lets him in. Amanda comes
and gives him a kiss and tells him that it's good to see him.
Gordon asks how Barbara is, and Amanda replies that she's a bit
better at the moment - some times are worse than others. She adds
that Barbara said she'd get up and try and eat something soon.
Gordon asks if they didn't tell her that he was coming, and Andy
explains that they weren't too sure how she'd take it. Gordon
says he'd like to talk to her alone when she comes down, and Amanda
tells him that they'll make themselves scarce. Andy says he's
just glad to feel something is being done about it. Amanda
warns him that Barbara will probably get upset when she sees him,
but Gordon assures her that he'll handle it. The three of them
head into the lounge room.
Alan is sitting on the couch at Dural, looking glum. Leigh walks
over to him with two glasses of port and tells him that she hates
seeing him like this. Alan asks her what she cares, but
Leigh replies that of course she cares; she thought he
realised. She then tells him, "I'm in love with
you, Alan." Alan looks at her in surprise, and she goes on,
"I've never felt this way about anyone before. I
can't help it - I just want to be with you all the time.
I want you to sleep with me. Be the first..." Alan
smiles nervously and tells her, "Leigh, you're a nice kid.
I don't want to take advantage of you." Leigh assures him,
"You wouldn't be. I'm asking you." Alan points
to his crutches and asks if they don't bother her. Leigh tells
him, "Of course not. I told you: I love you; nothing
else matters. I can't stop thinking about you."
She moves across so that she's lying on the couch on top of him
and they start kissing passionately. The 'phone suddenly starts
ringing, but Leigh tells Alan not to answer it. Alan says it'll
be Jill 'phoning up to find out where he is, but Leigh retorts,
"Then let her." They return to their passion...
At Fiona's, Jill tells Fiona that there's no answer. Fiona suggests
that perhaps he's on his way over. Jill says she thought he'd
be there ages ago; she hopes he's alright...
Gordon is sitting in the lounge room at Toorak when he hears
a noise out in the hallway. He stands up and heads out there.
He looks shocked when he finds Barbara holding onto the rail bannister,
trying to ease her way downstairs, step-by-step. Barbara stops
in her tracks when she sees him and murmurs, "Gordon?"
Gordon tells her, "Don't ask me to leave, Barbara. The last
four months have been hell without you. I need you. I
love you." Barbara begins to burst into tears and
she makes her way slowly down the remaining stairs and into Gordon's
arms, sobbing, "Oh, Gordon. Help me. Please help..."