Leigh storms into Dural, shuts the front door and leans against
it, holding her face as it throbs in pain. Someone suddenly knocks
on the door and Leigh calls out angrily, "There's no one
home." She feels the door pushing against her, though, and
Charlie barges in, a stern look on her face. She snaps, "I
want to know what's going on, young lady. I saw the ambulance
leaving. When I was halfway up the drive, I saw Karen slapping
your face. Well?" Leigh, looking shocked, and with tears
welling in her eyes, explains, "Alan had an accident. He
fell." Charlie asks her what connection she had
with it, but Leigh insists, "Nothing." Charlie glares
at her and retorts, "Karen just felt like slapping you, did
she? Not that I blame her. Come on - what did you do?" Leigh
replies quietly, "I was using Alan to get at Karen. I didn't
want to hurt anyone - not physically."
Charlie growls that it's a pity it takes somebody else suffering
to make her find a conscience. Leigh snaps at Charlie that it's
none of her damn business anyway, but Charlie retorts angrily
that she was the person who was stupid enough to introduce
Leigh there in the first place, so whether Leigh likes
it or not, it is her business. She turns and storms out,
leaving Leigh looking upset.
A display of promotional posters for Your Own Worst Enemy
is on display in a bookshop window. A young man in his twenties
is standing looking at it. A cab pulls up outside the shop and
Andy and Fiona get out. Andy pays the driver. The two of them
approach the shop, but as they do so, a middle-aged man holding
a notebook stops them and introduces himself as a reporter from
the Daily News. He goes on that he wondered if he could
ask Fiona a few questions. Fiona replies, "Yes?" The
reporter goes on that he heard it was her who was mainly behind
Your Own Worst Enemy being published, and he asks her
how exactly she was involved. Fiona explains that she had access
to some material on which the book was loosely based, and she
just felt the general public should be allowed to read it. The
reporter asks what she means by 'loosely': is the book an actual
account? - he heard it's now in the hands of the army. Fiona hesitates
before replying that she really doesn't know anything about that
side of it. Three men suddenly approach them and one calls out,
"Hey - Mrs. Thompson." Fiona, looking slightly nervous,
suggests to Andy that they'd better get inside, and they go in.
The three men join the reporter, who tells them that she doesn't
seem too keen on answering any questions. One of the men retorts
that he's not surprised - he reckons she's having trouble with
her conscience. The reporter comments that he sounds
as if he's got a bit of an axe to grind, but before the man can
say anything, one of his colleagues tells him to come on - this
is between them and her. They head off down the road.
The reporter walks into the shop.
Inside the shop, the book's publisher tells Fiona that he'd like
her to meet Geoff Cook, and he introduces the two of them. The
man goes on that if Cook says nasty things about the book, they're
sunk! Cook, though, tells Fiona, "Oh, hardly! No, I believe
it has the potential to become a best-seller - and not just because
of the sensational elements." Fiona muses that she wouldn't
have thought it was sensational, but Cook tells her that there
are elements which could be construed as such; the secret of the
book is its basic honesty - it's not all that well-written, but
it's so immediate; honest. Fiona curtly retorts that she's very
glad he thinks like that. Cook goes on that he also thinks she's
done a great service to the memory of Sergeant Adams by pushing
for the publication of the book; it's a pity he couldn't be with
them. Fiona agrees sadly, "Yes. Yes, it is." No one
notices the young man who was looking in the window standing watching
them, his jacket draped over his shoulder...
Charlie is standing in the driveway between her house and Dural
when she spots Karen approaching in her car, and she flags her
down. Karen stops and asks irritatedly what it is, adding that
she hasn't time. Charlie explains that it's very important, and
so Karen sighs and stops the car. Charlie goes on that she knows
about Alan, and she asks how he is. Karen replies that he'll never
walk again: he fractured a vertebrae and it cut his spinal cord.
Charlie, looking shocked, cries, "Oh no..." She adds
that Leigh was behind it, wasn't she? Karen agrees that
she certainly was. Charlie continues that she thinks it's about
time they put a stop to that girl - that's why she waited
for Karen. Looking surprised, Karen muses that she can't quite
see why Charlie is interested in putting a stop to her - she thought
Charlie was on her side. Charlie admits that, to be honest,
Leigh is holding something over her the same as she is with Karen.
Karen stares at her and snaps, "I beg your pardon?"
Charlie quickly retorts that she doesn't know what it is and she
doesn't want to know... She goes on agitatedly that if
Patricia was there, she'd know how to handle the little monster;
she's just not made that way. Karen tells her, "I
am - and it so happens that I've decided to do something about
her, too." She gets out of the car suggests, "Perhaps
if we worked together we might speed things up?" Charlie
smiles and replies that, as a matter of fact, that's rather what
she had in mind...
Leigh is looking out of the window in the lounge room at Dural,
an expression of worry on her face.
Outside, Charlie tells Karen that she does have Patricia's personal
effects to give David; she could use that as an excuse
to go down there. Karen points out that David knows more about
Leigh than anyone; they need to hope it includes some
juicy bits. She adds that she can't believe a girl like that hasn't
got something to hide, and Charlie agrees, "Nor
can I." She goes on that she'll go down to Melbourne on the
five o'clock flight - it'll give her the greatest pleasure in
the world to put a spoke in that young lady's wheel...
Leigh is pacing the lounge room at Dural, looking worried, when
the front door bangs shut and Karen walks in. Leigh immediately
asks, "How's Alan?" Karen glares at her and retorts,
"Crippled for life." Leigh looks shocked. Karen adds,
"I hope you're satisfied." She then asks if Wayne's
home, but Leigh tells her, "Not yet." She then comments
that Charlie seemed pretty chatty with Karen outside. Karen muses,
"Yes. It's surprising how having a common enemy can bring
people closer together. We've got you to thank for us
seeing eye-to-eye for a change." She threatens, "You
shouldn't have made enemies of us both, Leigh, because you're
going to regret it..." She walks off.
At the bookshop, Fiona is sitting behind a pile of copies of
Your Own Worst Enemy. Andy and Geoff Cook are standing
next to her. A group of people are gathered in front of the table
and the publisher stands up and asks for their attention. As they
look at him, he goes on that they're not going to bore them this
afternoon with long speeches, but he's sure Mrs. Thompson would
like to say a few words, so he'll hand them over to the lady whose
efforts have made possible the publication of Your Own Worst
Enemy. He then introduces Fiona and there's a ripple of warm
applause as she stands up. She thanks everyone, unwrapping a piece
of paper as she does so. She then goes on, "When I first
read Barney Adams' diaries, I didn't want to have anything at
all to do with them - and, to be quite honest, neither did Barney.
But he decided he wanted to have them published - perhaps as another
lesson to all of us of the horrors of war. It was never Barney's
wish, or mine, that any individual be hurt or embarrassed by the
book: that's why the story was fictionalised and the names changed."
The newspaper reporter suddenly sticks his hand up and points
out that there are a few people who've worked out what the story
is, aren't there? Fiona laughs awkwardly that she doesn't know.
The reporter tells her that that's what the talk is around town.
Fiona asks quietly, "Is it?" The reporter asks her if
she isn't worried that the real names of the people involved could
come out. Fiona blusters that she hopes that doesn't happen--
The reporter interrupts her and asks her what she's going to do
if it does. Before she can answer, the publisher stands
up again and points out that Mrs. Thompson can't be expected to
comment on something that hasn't happened. He goes on that he
just thinks she should be congratulated for carrying out Barney
Adams' wish for having his book published. There's another round
of applause. Fiona, looking flustered, folds up her notes, picks
up her handbag and heads for the shop door. Andy follows her.
The three men who approached the shop earlier are standing out
there, and one of them tells Fiona as she comes out, "You're
not going to get out of it as easy as all that. All that bull
you went on about in your speech about not hurting anybody: what
about the families of the blokes in that book?" One of the
other men warns the first one - calling him Harry - that they
agreed to no publicity. Harry ignores him and goes on at Fiona,
"You've ruined our lives, you know that? Well you're going
to get what's coming to you, lady." Andy suggests to Fiona
that they'd better go. The man snaps that he bets they
had. His mate warns him, "Come on, Harry..." Harry glares
at Andy and asks him what he's getting out of it. He
adds that he bets Andy is doing alright, making money out of other
people's miseries. The young man with the jacket over his shoulder
suddenly walks out of the shop and tells Harry's colleague that
he thinks he'd better take his mate home. Harry glares at Fiona
and asks, "And who's this? A friend of yours, eh?" The
young man tells him to just clear out - nobody wants any trouble.
Harry points a finger at Fiona and warns her that she hasn't heard
the last of them. He's then is led off by his two mates. Fiona
thanks the young man, adding that that was very embarrassing.
Andy thanks him as well. The man tells them not to worry about
it. He then introduces himself as Chris Adams - Barney's nephew.
Looking surprised, Fiona exclaims that she didn't know Barney
had a nephew! Andy offers him a lift, which Chris accepts,
and the three of them head to the car. Just along the road, the
reporter approaches Harry and his mates and asks what the word
is, adding that he'll help them if he can. As Harry lights a cigarette,
one of his mates tells the reporter that it's private; he can
forget it. Harry, though, growls, "There are a lot of people
who won't be able to forget it..."
A cab pulls up outside the boarding house and Fiona, Andy and
Chris get out. There's a white truck parked in the driveway and
Fiona cries, "What on earth is going on?" She marches
over to a man standing by the truck, unloading some bags of sand,
and she tells him to hold on. The man asks innocently what the
trouble is, and Fiona asks what he thinks he's doing. The man
replies that he thought that was obvious. Fiona tells him that
she didn't order any of this. The man takes out a docket,
looks at it and then asks Fiona if she's Mrs. Thompson. Fiona
replies that she is, but none of this is hers. The man
replies that he's only doing what he was told. Fiona snatches
the docket and looks at it to find out what the company's name
is. She then marches inside and says she'll go and give them a
ring. Andy and Chris follow her. The man with the van sits down
on a little side-wall.
A few minutes later, inside, Fiona is on the 'phone, and she
curtly thanks the person at the other end and hangs up. Andy asks
her if she wants him to tell the driver, but Fiona explains that
the company is going to radio him. She adds that it must
have been a mistake, even though they said it wasn't. Andy suggests
that it was a practical joke, then, but Fiona snaps that it's
not very funny in her book. She suddenly brightens up
and, turning to face Chris, tells him that she just wanted to
say how happy she is that he helped out - those guys at the bookshop
were beginning to get nasty. Chris explains that he didn't know
whether to cut in earlier - but when that guy wasn't going to
give up... well, Uncle Barney would have wanted him to do something.
Fiona agrees that, yes, he would have. She then goes on that she
had no idea that Barney had a brother - he never mentioned him;
she'd have been in touch when he died if she'd known... Chris
explains that the army let dad know - they were all very upset;
he's only sorry he couldn't get across to the funeral,
and so is his dad - he's not in the best of health these days
and Adelaide is a bit of a hike. Fiona agrees, "Of course."
Chris adds that the flowers arrived, though, he hopes...? Fiona,
looking sheepish, agrees that they must have - there were just
so many... Chris goes on that it's sheer coincidence he was at
the book launch - he only arrived yesterday, on the lookout for
a job; he saw it mentioned in the morning paper. Fiona tells him
that she's so glad he did, and Andy chips in that he
didn't know if he would have been able to handle all three guys
if they'd decided to have a go. Changing the subject, Fiona offers
Chris a drink, but Chris declines, saying he'd better find a bed
somewhere - there's not much left of the day. Fiona smiles at
him and tells him that she could help him out there,
as long as he didn't think she was-- Chris interrupts her and
says, "Serious?!" Fiona smiles and assures
him, "A nephew of Barney's? What else could I do?"
Outside, Jill walks up the driveway to the boarding house, and
she waves her hand in front of her nose as the truck driver loads
the sacks of sand back into the vehicle. Cheri is standing in
the driveway watching him, and Jill joins her and asks what's
going on. Cheri replies, "Search me!" Jill just looks
at the truck and goes to head inside. Cheri suddenly calls after
her and asks her if she's OK. Jill turns back to face her and
explains that it's Alan: it's awful - he was trying to walk and
he fell; the doctors reckon he's done permanent damage. Looking
sympathetic, Cheri exclaims that that's awful. She then adds that,
from what Jill said, he was trying too hard; it was bound to happen
sooner or later. Jill muses that that doesn't make it any easier
- and Alan hates being cooped up in hospital, especially after
Melbourne and the bomb blast. Cheri comments that he'll just have
to get used to it for a while. Jill goes on that Karen is thinking
of hiring a private nurse so that she can get him home as soon
as possible, and she asks Cheri if she'd be interested.
Cheri replies that she could have been, but she's on
her way now to an interview for another private job.
Jill sighs and tells her that it would make such a difference
if it was a friend looking after him, rather than a stranger.
Cheri points out that that would depend on Mrs. Hamilton, but
Jill assures her that Karen would be more than happy.
Looking thoughtful, Cheri remarks that it sounds as if Alan needs
more help than this invalid she's going to see. Jill pleads with
her to please say yes. Cheri replies that she'd really like to,
but she's got to be fair and go and see this man first. She walks
Andy is preparing drinks in Fiona's flat as Fiona sits and tells
Chris that, having promised to help out with the accommodation,
now she feels embarrassed. Chris tells her not to worry about
it - he'll find a cheap hotel. Andy, though, tells him not to
do that: he can bunk in his bedsitter for a few days,
if he doesn't mind sharing. Chris comments that it doesn't seem
right, but Andy smiles that it'll be good to have a bloke around
the place for a few days - he's starting to feel taken over by
all these women! The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, and as she
gets up to answer it, Fiona exclaims, "Thankyou very much!
Charming!" Chris tells Andy that if he's sure he doesn't
mind, that would be great. On the 'phone, Fiona says, "Hello.
Fiona Thompson." A man comes on and asks nervously if that's
Fiona. Fiona replies that it is. The man goes on, "I, er,
just wondered if I could make a booking for a full body massage."
Looking bemused, Fiona says, "I beg your pardon?" The
man repeats, "A massage." Fiona laughs and tells him
that she thinks he must have the wrong Fiona and the wrong 'phone
number. The man, though, replies that he hasn't according to the
ad in this morning's paper. Fiona's face drops and she says, "Oh,
I see. That must be somebody's idea of a joke. Goodbye."
She hangs up.
A few minutes later, Fiona is looking at a small ad in the newspaper
'For complete relaxation and satisfaction give Fiona a ring.
Full massage my speciality! Ph. 925 8662'
She demands, "What the hell is going on? Oh dear God..."
Andy asks to have a look and Fiona hands it over. Andy reads the
ad out for Chris's benefit. Fiona comments that someone has definitely
decided to get her and there's no way it doesn't have anything
to do with the book. She goes on that Colonel Bainbridge did threaten
her, but from what his wife said, he's hardly able to do much
at the moment - and anyway, it just doesn't seem like
his style. Andy points out that there were those guys
at the launch, and Fiona muses that that makes a lot more sense
- and they were probably responsible for that truckload of sand,
too. Chris takes the newspaper and asks Fiona how on earth you
stop something like that. Fiona, though, tells him that
she's had a lot worse things happen to her than a couple of nuisance
'phone calls; no - they'll go away in a day or two. The front
door suddenly opens and Jill walks in. Seeing the expression on
her face, Fiona cries, "Jill... Darling... What on earth
is wrong?" Jill bursts into tears and Fiona gives her a hug.
Charlie has arrived in Melbourne and is in the kitchen at the
country house with David and the O'Briens. She tells them that
she didn't mean to interrupt their dinner, but Heather assures
her that it's alright - they've finished. Charlie then tells David
that she was terribly sorry to hear that the police hadn't managed
to find his little boy. David replies that they haven't given
up yet. Charlie says quietly, "Of course not..." She
then takes an envelope out of her handbag and tells him that she's
brought him Patricia's things - there's not a great deal, she's
afraid. As David takes it and starts opening it, Heather suggests
to Mike and Katie that they go and watch a bit of TV, and they
all leave the room. Charlie sits down. David takes out Patricia's
wallet, opens it and stares at a big photo of Margaret and a smaller
photo of him that are stuck inside. Charlie tells him that she
picked them up at the hospital - they didn't know where to send
them. She adds gently that she's sorry she took a while to get
them to him, but she wanted to bring them herself. David then
takes the death certificate out of the envelope and says quietly,
"I'll always miss her." Charlie sympathises, "We
both will." Changing the subject, David suggests they go
and join the others, but Charlie quickly says she wouldn't mind
catching up with a bit of news first. She then asks how Gordon
and Barbara are, adding that she didn't like to get in touch without
checking, considering the trouble Barbara's had. David replies
that Gordon 'phoned not long ago - they're both going back to
Sydney now that Barbara's well. Charlie smiles that that is
good news. She then adds that, at least when Barbara gets back
home, she'll be able to put her feet up - having Leigh working
there will take a lot of the strain off her. David just mutters,
"Yeah." Charlie goes on that Leigh is a sweet girl -
although she must admit that there were times when she was living
with her that she didn't quite understand her. David looks at
her and asks, "Why? What did she do?" Charlie assures
him, "Nothing, really. It's just that she never talked about
her background. You know me: I was curious, that's all."
David tells her that he doesn't think it's anything out of the
ordinary. Charlie probes, "Like what, for instance?"
In the lounge room, Mike and Heather are watching TV when Katie
walks in and asks if she can interrupt for a sec. She sits down
and goes on that Charlie's coming there has made her think of
something she's been wanting to talk to them about: she'd like
to go back to Sydney. Mike looks at Heather as Katie explains
that she'd just like to get away from Melbourne and try and forget
everything; forget Ross. Heather tells her gently that
they don't want to see her go, but she thinks they understand.
Katie explains that she has to make her own life. Mike assures
her that they're not going to buy into it - it's her decision.
Katie smiles at him, gratefully.
At the kitchen table, David is telling Charlie that he doesn't
know much about the stepfather, George; when his brother died,
he didn't keep much in touch with the family. Charlie comments
that, from the little Leigh said, she gathers she didn't have
much time for the man. She adds, "You don't think he would
have, um...?" Realising what Charlie is implying, David quickly
assures her that he doesn't think so. He then goes on that there
was something a while back: Frannie wouldn't talk about
it, but he's sure it had something to do with Leigh's young brother,
Tim. Charlie muses, "The family secret, eh?" David replies
that he doesn't know, but it was obvious they didn't want to talk
about it. Charlie pushes that she supposes the family name would
have changed, wouldn't it? David tells her that Frannie changed
her name to Henderson but the kids wanted to stay Palmers.
Charlie smiles that she sees. She then goes on that the one thing
Leigh did talk about was the town she came from in Queensland...
David supplies, "Ceedum?" Charlie smiles, "That's
right: Ceedum." She sits there looking pleased with herself.
Jill and Cheri are sitting in the lounge room at Dural with Karen,
and as Karen hands Cheri a cup of tea, she asks her why she didn't
take up the other job. Cheri explains that she's a nurse, not
a companion - that's all they wanted her for, really: someone
to sit and chat all day. Karen points out that there's nothing
wrong with people needing companionship, and Cheri quickly says
she knows, but it's not for her, she's afraid; she's more interested
in looking after Alan. Karen tells her that that's fine by her
- she was wondering where to start looking for a nurse.
Cheri replies that she's got all her references there-- Karen
interrupts her and tells her not to worry about references - if
she's a friend of Jill's, that's fine by her. She then goes on
that she's trying to arrange for her son to be home in the next
couple of days, and she asks Cheri if that's too soon. Cheri assures
her that she's ready to start when Karen likes. Karen, suddenly
sounding more dubious, says she thinks she should warn Cheri that
Alan can be very difficult - it's going to take a lot of patience
and a lot of understanding; that's why she wanted to get in a
nurse to help out. Jill smiles that she doesn't think there's
anything they can tell Cheri, but Karen retorts that she thinks
she should know what Alan is like; when she was at the hospital
earlier, he was even talking about being better off dead.
Cheri stares at her as she quickly adds that, of course, that's
nonsense, but she can see how difficult it's likely to be. Cheri
tells her not to worry - she's nursed all types of patients. Karen
explains that it's so important for Alan to realise that he's
not the only person in the world who's incapacitated. Cheri assures
her, "Oh, I agree - he's got his whole life ahead of him.
I hope I can help him see that..."
A car pulls up outside a pub called the 'Ceedum Royal' and Charlie
climbs out. A bunch of blokes are sitting outside, drinking, and
they start wolf-whistling when they see Charlie standing there,
smartly-dressed. Charlie approaches them and says, "Good
afternoon, gentlemen. I wonder if you could tell me where the
Henderson house is." One of the blokes leers that it's out
of town a bit, and he asks Charlie if she's a friend of George's.
Charlie replies that, no: actually she's a friend of his stepdaughter,
Leigh. One of the other blokes laughs knowingly, "Oh yeah?
We all know Leigh, don't we fellas?!" Charlie
snaps, "If you could just give me directions, please."
A while later, Charlie is walking up the path to a house, and
she knocks on the front door. There's no answer, though, and so
she calls out, "Hello! Is there anyone there?" She walks
round to the back of the house, where a fierce-looking dog is
lying on the verandah. She smiles and says, "Hello there,
nice doggy," but it suddenly bares its teeth and growls at
her. Charlie stares at it in shock.
Andy is laying the table at Fiona's, and he asks her if she wants
any soup spoons, but Fiona tells him that they're not having
any soup. She then asks if Chris said when he'd be back. Andy
explains that he's gone sight-seeing, but he said he'd be there
for lunch. Fiona asks Andy if he was alright last night, adding
that she's sorry she doesn't have a room free for Chris at the
moment. Andy suggests that he could always move in with Amanda,
back at the apartment, but Fiona tells him that that there's no
need to move - it shouldn't be for too long and she's sure Chris
doesn't mind bunking on the floor, as long as he's OK.
Andy assures her that it's fine. Fiona goes on that she's got
a feeling that Chris is used to roughing it - just like his Uncle
Barney. The front door suddenly opens and Chris walks in. Fiona
laughs, "Speak of the devil!" Chris walks in, carrying
under his arm a parcel wrapped in brown paper. Fiona asks him
if he had a good day, and he replies that it wasn't bad: he went
on a ferry cruise round the harbour; it was interesting. He then
hands her the parcel and tells her that he found it on the front
step - it's addressed to her. Fiona looks at it in surprise and
she then starts opening it, saying as she does so that she wonders
what it is. She undoes the wrapping to find a box inside. She
lifts up the flaps of the box - and finds a snake writhing around
inside. She recoils in shock and fear, knocking the box to the
floor. The snake falls out and starts wriggling around on the
floor. Chris quickly tells her not to panic - it's only a carpet
snake. He picks it up, and Fiona cries at him to get it out of
there. Chris tells her that he'll let it loose in the bush. Fiona
yells that she doesn't care what he does with it - she
just wants it out of there. Chris tells her to calm down
- it's all under control. Andy puts a hand on Fiona's shoulder
and asks her if she's OK. Fiona gasps that she's never been so
scared in all her life.
A few minutes later, outside, Chris is standing at the end of
the driveway, and he hands the snake - in its box - to a man standing
waiting for him. He tells him, "Thanks for the loan,"
and he adds, "Worked like a charm. Didn't quite
give her a heart attack, but it was a good start..."
In the flat, Andy hands Fiona a drink and sits down next to her
on the couch. As she sips the drink, he suggests that they should
get hold of the police. Fiona, though, shakes her head and says
that whoever is behind all of this is being very childish and
stupid and she refuses to give him the satisfaction of making
a fuss about it. Andy growls that he nearly died when
he saw that snake. Fiona, looking shaky, replies, "You
nearly died? I was holding the box." Andy
goes on that he has to admit: he was glad Chris was there to handle
it; he knows he couldn't have. Fiona muses, "You
know, that's the second time he's come to the rescue. I think
I'm going to be very glad to have him around..."