Karen suggests brightly that they all go in the lounge room and
sit down, but Leigh snaps, "You sit down. I'm
leaving." Karen, though, retorts, "Not until we've
heard about Charlie's trip you're not. Sit down." Leigh puts
her bags down and reluctantly goes and sits on the couch. Karen
then says to Charlie, "Tell me about it," and Charlie
replies, "Maybe you'll feel sorry for her when I do - it's
not a nice story." The two of them sit down as well, and
Karen muses that she can always send out for extra tissues! Charlie
stares at Leigh and says, "Well, Leigh found out she was
pregnant. The boy was the son of a rich farmer." Karen muses
that that would be right, and she asks Leigh what it cost him
to keep her quiet. Leigh retorts angrily, "You don't know
anything about it," but Karen smiles that she's enjoying
finding out, though. She looks back at Charlie, who continues,
"Leigh told the boy that she was having his baby. Well, he
didn't want any more to do with her. Well, Leigh was upset; she
said she'd tell everyone that the baby was his. He told her to
do what she liked; he'd make sure that no one believed her."
Leigh sits there, staring into space unhappily, as Charlie goes
on, "Then she got a message saying he'd changed his mind;
that he wanted to meet so they could talk. She agreed, but the
boy never turned up. Some others did, though." Karen muses,
"So, you tried to blackmail him and he called your bluff?"
Leigh, tears beginning to well in her eyes, cries, "No...
All I wanted was for him to keep his promise. He was going to
marry me; that's what he said before he got me pregnant. I thought,
if I threatened to tell people, he'd realise I was serious and
marry me like he promised. Instead, he had those mates of his
waiting for me." Charlie explains that that's the part she
doesn't understand: why didn't she go to the police?
Leigh replies sadly that they wouldn't have believed her. Karen
mutters sarcastically that she wonders why not. Leigh turns to
face her and tells her that she never did anything with anyone
until she met Richard; she just used to like making people think
she did. Charlie asks sympathetically, "Why?"
Leigh explains that it was a way of getting at her stepfather
- it embarrassed him; if she couldn't hurt him any other way,
she could at least do that. Karen says she sees: so Richard
knew that, even if she did tell anybody what happened, nobody
would believe the baby was his. She adds, "The boy's clever.
I'll give him that." Leigh snarls, "Yeah? Pity
you weren't in the car with him. You could have kept
each other company." Karen looks at Charlie, who explains
that Richard was in a car crash; he was badly hurt - someone had
disconnected the brakes. Karen turns to Leigh and murmurs, "Really?"
Leigh growls, "He deserved it." Charlie goes on that
Leigh's brother was seen near the car before it crashed; he took
the blame and spent nine months in a Youth Detention Centre. Karen
snaps at Leigh, "You really are pathetic. You can't even
do your own dirty work; you have to get your little brother to
do it for you." Leigh sits up and cries, "I
was the one who cut the brake lines. Tim was just keeping lookout.
I didn't even want him to do that, but once he knew what
Richard did to me, there was no way he'd stay out of it."
Karen growls, "And you let him take all the blame?"
She pauses before continuing that she wonders what would happen
if the police heard about this; the case would be reopened.
She goes on that she she wonders what the charge would be: attempted
murder? Charlie comments that it does explain why Leigh has got
such an awful chip on her shoulder. Leigh leans forward in a panic
and cries, "Please..." Karen ignores her, going
on, "Attempted murder. Should put you away for about... ten
years?" Leigh suddenly stands up and runs out of the room.
Karen smiles at Charlie and says triumphantly, "Well. One
for our side." Charlie asks if they're not being
a bit hard on her - the poor girl has had a dreadful experience.
Karen, though, stands up and snaps that Charlie's not to tell
her what she's been through; after what she did to Alan, she deserves
whatever she gets. With that, Karen storms out, leaving Charlie
Karen picks up Leigh's cases and carries them over to where Leigh
is sitting on the stairs. She tells her angrily not to sit there
blocking the way; she wants her out of the house - now. Leigh
asks where she's supposed to go, but Karen retorts that she couldn't
care less. Charlie joins them and points out to Leigh that she
was ready to leave when she arrived, so she must have
had somewhere in mind. Leigh retorts that she did,
but - and she looks at Karen - she expected to have some money.
Karen tells her tautly that it just goes to show: you shouldn't
count your chickens. Leigh picks up her cases and retorts, "Well
maybe you're counting yours a bit. I could still tell
Wayne the truth about you and then disappear so the police will
never find me." Karen muses, "Could you? Do you really
think you could spend the rest of your life knowing that any minute
you can make a wrong move or just an unlucky one? I don't think
you could: you're too hungry for the good life, and you can't
have that and keep your head down at the same time. Now take your
things and get out of here." Charlie suddenly chips in and
suggests that it might seem strange to Gordon if Leigh just disappears.
She goes on that it might be better all round if Karen just let
Leigh stay long enough to make some excuse. Karen, staring at
Leigh, reluctantly replies, "Alright. But you'd better be
gone before Alan gets home tomorrow." Leigh tells her not
to worry - she will be; it won't be the first time she's
slept on park benches. Charlie suggests to her that she could
go back and stay with David for a while, but Leigh snaps, "Come
off it. I'd go off my brain stuck at that dump. I'll
find somewhere - you don't have to worry about me."
With that, she storms back upstairs, carrying her cases.
Mike is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house while
Heather works at the stove. David stands next to Mike and asks
if Katie got away alright. Mike, looking at his watch, replies
that she'd be halfway to Sydney by now. He then asks how Beryl
is and David replies that she's not real good: all the way from
the hospital, she just stared out the window and hardly said a
word. Heather asks if she didn't want to come back there,
and David shakes his head. Mike comments that at least being back
in her own home might help her get over things, but Heather, looking
worried, says she doesn't know - not if she's there by herself
with no one else to help take her mind off things. David, sitting
down at the table, says he doesn't like it either, but that's
what she wanted; he even said he'd stay with her for a while,
but she didn't want to know - she got really worked up
about it. Heather suddenly suggests that she could stay
with her until she's settled in, if he thinks it would help. David
tells her that he'd feel a hell of a lot easier if she could
- although he knows it's asking a bit with Katie just gone. Heather
assures him that it's alright - she's glad to have something else
to think about. With that concluded, she heads off to pack a few
things. Alone with David, Mike says, "Still no word on your
son?" David sighs and replies that Beryl's convinced she'll
never see him again; the worst thing is, she could be
At Beryl's, Beryl picks up the Yellow Pages and starts looking
through for a number - for a Detective Agency. She's staring at
one of the adverts in there when there's suddenly a knock at the
door, and she throws the directory down and runs to answer it.
She looks disappointed to find Heather standing there. Seeing
the look on Beryl's face, Heather says she's sorry - she didn't
mean to startle her. Beryl tells her that it's alright - she thought
it was the police. Heather realises she should have 'phoned, but
Beryl explains, "No, no, I jump every time I hear that, too."
Heather tells her that she just came to see if there was anything
she can do. Beryl, though, replies that she has everything she
needs. There's a pause, which Beryl breaks by suggesting to Heather
that, as she's there, why doesn't she come in? The two of them
head into the lounge room and Heather says she doesn't want to
intrude or anything, but she just thought Beryl might like some
company. Beryl insists that she's alright - really. Heather goes
on that she was glad to get out of the house for a while herself.
They go and sit down and Heather notices the Yellow Pages lying
open on the floor. She asks carefully, "You still haven't
heard anything?" Beryl murmurs, "No..." She then
goes on that she got tired of sitting around waiting and not doing
anything; she's got money and if that can help her get Robert
back... Heather, looking worried, replies, "But private detectives...
do you think that's a good idea?" Beryl retorts that it can't
make things worse, can it? Heather continues that she
didn't mean that Beryl shouldn't try everything, but
you read about people spending all their money on private investigators
and keeping them searching long after there's any real
hope... She suggests that maybe Beryl would be better off just
leaving it with the police. Beryl, though, tells her that she
doesn't have to worry about her building up false hopes; she's
quite resigned to the possibility of never seeing Robert again
- but she has to try. Tears begin to well in her eyes,
and Heather quickly sympathises, "Of course you do. Everything
I say is coming out wrong. But the main thing is that you don't
bottle up your feelings, and I think that's what you're doing
a bit. Maybe you'd feel better if you let them out." Beryl,
staring into space, snarls slowly, "The only thing I feel
is hate - and believe me, I will happily let it out if
I can just get my hands on the animals who took my baby."
She stands up and dashes out to the kitchen, leaving Heather looking
Leigh is leaning against a tree in the grounds at Dural, looking
thoughtful. She suddenly appears to make a decision, and she heads
back towards the house.
Inside, Barbara is talking on the 'phone in the hallway, and
she asks the person on the other end - sounding incredulous as
she does so - if they're sure that's really necessary. Leigh walks
past her and heads into the lounge room, where Gordon is sitting,
looking at some papers. Leigh asks him if he's got a minute, and
he tells her that of course he has. He invites her to sit down
and asks what the matter is. Leigh replies that something's come
up and she's going to have to leave. Gordon, looking surprised,
tells her that he's sorry to hear that. He then asks, "When
you say something's come up...?" Leigh explains that it's
sort of a personal thing. Gordon says to her that if she's in
any kind of trouble... Leigh, though, quickly replies that it's
nothing like that... not really; it's Alan. Gordon asks
her how she means. Leigh tells him not to mention it to Karen
or anything - she doesn't want anyone being embarrassed - but
he's been chasing her a bit. Gordon stares at her as she goes
on that he's really nice, but she's just not interested, and it
makes everything a bit awkward, so she wanted to leave before
he gets back. Gordon comments that he thought Alan and Jill--
Leigh interrupts and explains that that's why it's awkward. Gordon
muses, "Oh." He then adds that it hardly seems fair
that she should be the one to go, but Leigh tells him
that it's the best way - she doesn't want to cause any trouble.
Gordon asks her where she'll go, but before Leigh can answer,
Barbara walks in and says, "Poor Beryl - don't think she
wants to talk about it. She said--" She breaks off as she
suddenly notices Leigh sitting there, and she apologises and asks
if she's interrupting something. Leigh quickly assures her that
she isn't, and she asks if there's any news. Barbara replies that
there's nothing; she thinks Beryl wants to get a Private Investigator
in. Gordon comments that that would cost a fortune and it's not
likely to do any good, but Barbara tells him that she doesn't
think money is any consideration - Beryl is willing to spend her
last cent to get that baby back, and if she were in her
position, she'd do the same. A look of interest crosses Leigh's
face as Barbara says this... Gordon, changing the subject, tells
Barbara that Leigh has just told him that she wants to leave them.
Upon hearing her name, Leigh comes back to reality. Barbara looks
at her and exclaims sympathetically that she thought she was happy
there. Leigh assures her that she is; it's nothing to
do with the job - it's a personal thing. Barbara sits
down and tells her that it's a terrible shame. She adds that she's
to let them know if they can do anything to help, and Leigh replies
that she will. Gordon asks Barbara if she wants
to ring an agency about somebody else, or will he? Barbara,
though, tells him that it's been very nice to have Leigh there,
but now that she's going, she thinks she can manage on
her own. Gordon reminds her that she's supposed to take
it easy, but Barbara smiles that that's nonsense - the best thing
she can do is keep occupied. With that, she stands up and heads
to the kitchen. Gordon comments to Leigh that she hasn't told
them where she's going. Leigh replies, "Melbourne."
Gordon asks her if she has a job lined up, but Leigh tells him,
"No, I'm going to stay at Uncle David's. He must be feeling
really awful about the baby; I want to do whatever I can to help
him - and Beryl..."
Karen is coming down the stairs out in the hallway when Barbara
comes in through the back way and says to her that she doesn't
know if she's interested, but Leigh has just told them that she's
leaving. Karen says she'll organise a replacement, then, but Barbara
tells her curtly not to bother. She goes on that she didn't say
anything before because she likes Leigh and didn't want her to
lose her job, but having a housekeeper there is quite unnecessary.
Karen mutters that she wouldn't have thought so, but
Barbara retorts that if she's so worried about it, she'll try
and help by running the house herself - and if it turns
out that she does need some help, she'll arrange it.
Leigh joins them and announces that she's just going over to see
Charlie, if that's OK. Barbara puts a hand on her shoulder and
smiles, "Yes, of course." Leigh goes. Karen says to
Barbara, "Well, if it means so much to you to reassert yourself,
by all means do so. Making beds and sweeping floors is one
way of earning your keep, I suppose." She walks off, leaving
Barbara looking bemused.
Charlie escorts Leigh into the lounge room at her house. As she
does so, Leigh says to her that she'll only be there a minute,
adding, "I just wants to say what I thinks of you."
Charlie tells her to wait on; whatever Leigh might think, she
didn't enjoy all that carry-on this morning - she doesn't
particularly want to see Leigh thrown out on the streets; if she
doesn't want to go back to Melbourne, she can stay there
for a few days until she finds somewhere. Leigh glares at her
and spits, "I wouldn't stay here to save my life."
She then goes on angrily that the only way Charlie could have
found out about her was from Tim, and he wouldn't
have said anything unless she tricked him. She continues that
she supposes Charlie is proud of that, fooling a kid
into trusting her. Charlie snaps, "Don't try and make me
feel guilty, Leigh. You brought it on yourself, trying to blackmail
people. I don't condone for a moment what those dreadful men did
to you, but I thought it might at least have learnt you a lesson."
Leigh exclaims, "A lesson?" Charlie snaps at
her that if she tries to extort money from people, she's asking
for trouble. Leigh, looking surprised, asks, "Is that
what you think? That I was after Richard's money?"
She goes on, "His father hated me. If we'd got married,
we would have been cut off without a cent. But I still wanted
to marry him and have his baby - at least, until I found out the
sort of person he really was." Staring at Charlie
and smiling nastily, she adds, "But you're right, though,
I did learn a lesson: I learnt that if you've got money,
you can walk all over people - and if you haven't, you
get walked on." Charlie mutters that if Leigh believes
that, she feels sorry for her. Leigh, though, retorts that it's
the truth: Charlie just proved it. Charlie glares
at her and snaps, "If you want to get anywhere, Leigh, you're
going to have to lose that chip. It's not my fault that
Richard dumped you and you lost your baby. Or Karen's, either."
She sighs heavily. Leigh asks, "What do you mean, 'lost the
baby'?" Charlie stares at her in surprise and says, "But...
when you were attacked. I assumed..." Leigh retorts bitterly
that she couldn't be that lucky - she didn't come anywhere
near losing it: they made her have it - but they couldn't
make her keep it. Charlie recalls, "There was
a baby - at your parents' place." Leigh snaps that that's
where it can stay, as far as she's concerned; it's Richard's
kid, not hers; she doesn't care if she never sees it
Beryl is on the 'phone at home in Melbourne, and she thanks the
person at the other end and says she'll come down straight away.
She hangs up. Heather comes into the room and Beryl asks her if
she's going into town, by any chance. Heather replies that she
does have to do some shopping... Beryl explains that she's just
been on to one of those agencies; he sounded very professional
and he said she could come down straight away, so... Heather sighs,
"Oh, Beryl, I still think you're getting your hopes up. If
anyone can find Robert, it's the police."
Beryl mutters at her that she doesn't have to - she can
get a taxi. Heather, though, assures her that of course she'll
drive her - they can do their shopping on the way back. Beryl
smiles at her and thanks her, adding that Heather doesn't know
how good it feels to be finally doing something.
As Beryl and Heather head outside, they don't notice Ross sitting
in a car just up the street, watching them. They climb into Heather's
car and pull away.
Standing in the grounds at Woombai, next to a car, Fiona tells
Stephen that she'd like him to meet Chris, Barney Adams' nephew.
Stephen shakes Chris's hand and tells him that it's good to meet
him. He then asks him if his luggage is in the boot, and he and
Chris walk round to the back of the car. As they do so, Chris
comments that Fiona told him that they've got some good horses
up there. Stephen replies, "Yeah. You ride?" Chris tells
him, "Every chance I get," and Stephen assures him that
he should get plenty of chances there! As Chris opens
the car boot, Fiona asks how Bonnie is, and Stephen smiles that
she's as bad-tempered as ever! Fiona indignantly laughs that she's
not bad-tempered, but Stephen tells her, "Maybe
not with you. She is with everyone else!"
Chris asks who Bonnie is, and Stephen explains that it's Fiona's
favourite mare. Fiona tells him that it's just that Bonnie knows
when people are nervous with her, and that makes her
nervous. Chris tells her that she wants to be careful - one thing
he's learnt about horses is that they're unpredictable. Fiona
laughs that that's nonsense: it just takes a little bit of trust
on both sides. With the men carrying the bags, the three of them
start heading for the homestead.
A few moments later, as they walk into the lounge room, Stephen
says to Fiona that he gathers from what she said on the 'phone
that she'd prefer not to advertise the fact that she's there.
Fiona tells him that she doesn't think it's all that serious -
she's sure whoever it is will give up once they know she's left
town. The three of them sit down, and Stephen muses, "Maybe.
Best not to drop your guard too soon - I heard what happened when
Patricia came up here to get away from Roger Carlyle." Fiona
says she doesn't know who it is who's trying to frighten her,
but she's sure it's not a Roger Carlyle! She then pats Chris's
leg and smiles that she's got him looking after her -
he's been a real tower of strength through all this. Chris smiles
back and comments that it's almost a family obligation: somebody
to take care of her!
At Charlie's, Leigh snaps, "The last thing I need's a kid
hanging round my neck." Charlie retorts that if she really
felt like that, she'd put him up for adoption. She sits down and
Leigh tells her that she was going to, but her mum said
she'd take him, so she let her - mainly because
she knew George didn't want her to. She adds, "It's funny,
don't you reckon? Two guys I hate most in the world: one of them's
stuck with the other one's kid." Charlie snaps that she thinks
it's natural for a mother to love her baby no matter how
it's conceived, and she's sure deep-down Leigh is no different.
Leigh raises her eyebrows in disbelief. Charlie then goes on that,
anyway, Katie O'Brien is coming up from Melbourne this afternoon
and she's staying there, so Leigh will have someone else to talk
to apart from her. She adds that Katie is planning on
building up a computer business - and she might even offer Leigh
a job. Leigh snaps, "I don't want a job."
Charlie warns her, "You're going to have to start thinking
about a career sometime, darling, and if I can help,
I will." Leigh retorts nastily, "Well, 'darling', you
know what you can do with your help and your pity. I've
decided I am going back to David's, but not just to sit
round and rot. I've got things all worked out - and if you think
I got uptight when you talked about the baby, you're right - but
only because I hate it so much." Charlie stares at her and
she goes on, "You don't know as much about people as you
think, do you?" She walks out, leaving
Charlie looking shocked.
Fiona, Stephen and Chris are standing with a couple of horses
by the stables at Woombai. Fiona is wearing her riding gear, and
Chris comments that Bonnie has got that look in her eye - he doesn't
know that he'd like to get offside with her! Stephen replies that
she seems quiet enough today - and Fiona is right: she and Bonnie
do seem to have an understanding. Fiona is stroking Bonnie,
and she soothes that she's a sweetheart; she wouldn't even hurt
a fly. She leads the horse off, and Chris walks over to the other
horse, picks up the reins and climbs onto the saddle. The horse
trots away. Fiona follows on Bonnie, and Stephen calls after the
two of them to enjoy themselves, adding that he'll see them when
they get back. Chris waves at him. Stephen waves back.
Beryl and Heather leave the office of the Private Investigators.
As they head outside, they pass a plaque on the wall saying 'McAuliffe
& Partners, Inquiry Agents. 1st Floor'. Beryl says to Heather
that she doesn't know why she didn't think of it earlier, instead
of as a last resort. Heather points out that that's what it is,
but Beryl reminds her that Mr. McAuliffe seemed very hopeful.
Heather comments that she couldn't give him much to go on, but
Beryl retorts that he wouldn't have taken the case if he didn't
think he could do something. Heather quietly sighs, "No."
She then suggests that they'd better get some shopping done, or
it'll be beans on toast tonight, and they start walking back to
Heather's car. As they do so, Heather takes out a list and says
she has to go to the supermarket first and then she has to pick
up a few things for Mike from the hardware store. Beryl is staring
straight ahead of her, though, her attention miles away, and she
doesn't listen as Heather asks her if she has to go anywhere
else, apart from the supermarket. A baby is crying, and Beryl
suddenly starts running towards it. Heather looks at her in shock
and asks, "What's wrong?" Beryl runs up to a pushchair;
there's a baby lying in it, and she bends down to have a look
at it. Heather warns, "Beryl!" A woman suddenly runs
out of a nearby shop and demands, "What are you doing?"
Beryl, looking slightly ashamed, stumbles, "Er, er, nothing
- I was just wondering why--" The woman snaps at her not
to bother, adding that she's scaring her son. She quickly
wheels the baby away, and Beryl murmurs that she's sorry. Heather
tells her that she can't go to pieces every time she hears a baby
cry. She then offers to take her home, but Beryl insists that
she's alright, and she suggests they do the shopping.
Fiona and Chris are leading their horses along a field in the
grounds at Woombai, and as they walk along, Fiona is saying that
it's funny: Bonnie has got people she likes and people she doesn't
like, and she supposes she knows that she'd never hurt
her - and she never would. She then goes on that it's
so fresh and clean up there - they must be out of their minds
to live in the city! Chris just mutters, "Yeah..." He
suddenly spots some thistle heads lying on the ground, and, as
Fiona walks on ahead, she doesn't notice him pick one up and test
its sharpness. He looks at her, nastily...
Beryl and Heather are preparing lunch in the kitchen at Beryl's,
and Beryl is saying to Heather that when she was in the hospital
after Robert was taken, she used to think she could hear him cry
at night. Heather tells her that it would have been one of the
other babies in Maternity, but Beryl retorts, "No, no - the
nursery was at the other end of the building. I must have imagined
it." She walks over to the table, and places a board of chopped
meat on there. She suddenly realises that she must have forgotten
to get some celery. Heather says she'll dip down to the corner
to get some, but Beryl tells her not to worry. Heather insists
that it's no trouble, and so Beryl asks her if she can get some
rice as well, adding that she's not very organised at the moment.
Heather says she'll get some milk, too - she noticed that was
a bit low. She goes to walk out, but Beryl stops her and tells
her that she's sorry she was rude when she arrived - she does
appreciate the company. Heather replies that she knows. She then
adds that she brought a few things with her in the car, just in
case Beryl wanted her to stay over. Beryl smiles that she'd like
A few moments later, Heather walks down the path and heads off
down the street, past the old O'Brien house. As soon as she's
out of the way, Ross gets out of his car and approaches Beryl's
place, putting his jacket on as he does so. He pauses, takes a
deep breath and then heads towards the house.
In the kitchen, Beryl is wiping up the chopping knife that she
was using to cut the meat. She turns back to the table in the
middle of the room, folding up the tea-towel as she does so, and
she doesn't notice Ross appearing behind her, at the kitchen window.
He pauses to look in and he then walks to the back door and opens
it. Upon hearing the noise, Beryl and stares at him, in shock.
He smiles nastily and says, "I can tell you where your child
is." Beryl backs away as he adds, "I know exactly where
she would have taken her. All I want is enough money to get out
of the country now." Beryl picks up the telephone
receiver, but Ross threatens, "You call the police, you'll
never see your son again - that is a promise." Beryl hesitates
and he adds, "Last chance, Mrs. Palmer. What's it going to
be?" Beryl stares at him in horror.
At Woombai, Fiona is feeding Bonnie some grass, and she pats
the horse's mane, lovingly. Chris walks over and comments that
she loves it. He pats Bonnie as well, and Fiona warns the horse,
"Don't get too upset - it's only Chris. There's a good girl."
Chris is still holding the thistle head in his hand and, when
he's sure Fiona isn't looking, he lifts up Bonnie's saddle slightly
and places it underneath, so that the thistle is in direct contact
with her mane. As he does this, Bonnie becomes slightly restless,
and Chris quickly backs away, laughing that he knows when he isn't
wanted. Fiona says she thinks the horse is ready to go back -
and so is she! She adds that she hasn't ridden for months
and she has a feeling that, tomorrow, she's going to be paying
for it! She puts her foot in the stirrup and goes to climb on.
Chris watches intently as she pushes down on the saddle to give
her some leverage, causing the thistle to push itself into Bonnie
and inject a shot of pain into her. This causes her to buckle
and the action results in Fiona being thrown back onto the ground.
Bonnie then rears up, and as Fiona rolls over to get up, she realises
fearfully that the horse's hooves are heading straight for her.
She puts her hands up in front of her to try and protect herself.