Chris watches as Fiona rolls over and over along the ground and
manages to move out of the way of the horse. After a moment, he
runs over to her and asks her if she's OK. Fiona stands up and
says hesitantly that she doesn't know - but she thinks so. She
adds that she thinks she's twisted her wrist a bit. Chris tells
her that she's lucky - it could have been a lot worse. Bonnie
suddenly whinnies, and Fiona looks over at her and cries that
she's fallen. She runs over to the horse, which is lying on its
side a few feet away. Chris follows as Fiona cries, "What
on earth got into her? She's never thrown me before." She
goes and bends down by Bonnie and starts stroking her head, telling
to take it easy. As she does so, she doesn't notice Chris removing
the thistle head from beneath the saddle. Fiona says she thinks
Bonnie has hurt her fetlock. Chris asks if it's bad. Fiona replies
in concern, "I think she's broken her leg."
In Melbourne, Heather knocks on the front door at Beryl's. There's
no answer, though, and Heather stands there, looking puzzled.
She knocks again and Beryl eventually comes to the door - standing
in the doorway so that Heather can't see inside. Heather hands
over the bag of shopping that she's carrying and Beryl thanks
her. She then asks her if she can do her another favour:
go down to the bank and get some money for her. Looking surprised,
Heather replies, "If you want me to..." Beryl
quickly explains that it's just that she wants to get the casserole
on and the bank closes soon. Heather asks her suspiciously if
anything's wrong, but Beryl assures her, "No, no,
why should there be?" She then hands Heather a cheque and
explains that she's made it out to cash; she'll ring the bank
and tell them that Heather is coming. Heather looks at the cheque
in shock and asks her what she wants that much for. Beryl
hesitates before replying that she wants to have it in the house
to pay for any expenses that Mr. McAuliffe might have. Heather
comments that he couldn't possibly want that much, but
Beryl pleads, "Please, Heather, it's important - I need to
have it in the house." Heather reluctantly says, "Alright,"
and she turns and walks off. Beryl closes the door and heads back
into the lounge room, where Ross is standing, leaning on the mantelpiece.
He tells her, "You weren't very convincing." Beryl,
though, growls, "She'll get your money for you."
A short time later, Heather is standing in a public telephone
box in town, the handset to her ear. A 'phone is ringing at the
other end and David answers it in the kitchen at the country house.
Heather tells him that it's her and he asks her how it's going.
Heather replies that she doesn't know - Beryl is acting strangely.
David asks what she's doing, and Heather explains that Beryl asked
her to cash a cheque for her; she said she needs money in a hurry,
but it's an awful lot. David asks how much, and Heather tells
him, "$5,000!" David exclaims, "You're kidding
me!" Heather goes on that she thinks the woman who's got
the baby must have been in touch. Looking concerned, David says
he'll be right over. Sounding worried, Heather asks what she should
do. David tells her to get the money - they can't take any more
chances. He hangs up.
Ross is sitting in the kitchen at Beryl's, and he writes something
on a piece of paper and says, "There you are: the name and
the address of the woman who has Robert." He adds, "You
will get this when I get my money." Beryl asks how she knows
he's not going to trick-- Ross interrupts her, though, and retorts,
"You don't - but you don't have much choice, do
you?" He goes on that, for what it's worth, he'll give her
his word. Beryl turns away and starts pacing the floor. Ross comments
that Heather is taking a long time, but Beryl points out that
she probably had to wait - banks are always busy on a Friday afternoon.
Ross says menacingly that he hopes she doesn't take too
David is driving his car along a quiet road, looking tense.
Amanda opens the door at the Morrell apartment and Andy walks
in, carrying a couple of suitcases. As he puts them down, Amanda
asks where Jill is, and Andy explains that she's taken Fee out
shopping; she wants to get her a few new outfits; she'll be back
in a couple of hours, though. He goes and sits down and adds that
he thinks Jill has packed enough clothes there to last her a fortnight!
Amanda points out that they don't know how long Fiona will be
staying at Woombai, and Andy agrees that that's true. Amanda then
asks how Jill is, anyway, and Andy replies that she's still pretty
down; he thinks it's a good idea that she's moving out of the
boarding house, though - especially now that Cheri has gone over
to the Hamiltons'; she would have been left on her own a fair
bit. Amanda muses that she's still not sure she shouldn't have
told Karen about Cheri, but Andy asks why make waves
- it's obvious she's a good nurse and that's what Alan needs at
the moment. Amanda suggests that it might be better if it was
out in the open now, to save having a big row later, but Andy
tells her not to worry about it: if Cheri did help Todd
die, then maybe they should say something, but he doesn't think
she did and nor does Amanda, so there's no point rocking the boat.
Amanda murmurs that she supposes not. She still looks worried,
though. Andy suddenly gets up, grabs her hand and says, "Come
on - let's go down the coffee shop and have a cappuccino and one
of those little icky cakes!" Amanda laughs that he just wants
to make her as fat as a pig! They head out, Andy making oink-ing
noises as they do so!
At the Woombai homestead, Fiona has an ice pack on her left wrist.
She and Chris are sitting in the lounge room, and Chris asks how
the wrist is. Fiona replies that it's numb now, and so Chris tells
her that she can probably take the pack off. Fiona starts
unwrapping it. Stephen wanders in and Fiona asks him how Bonnie
is. Stephen replies that she's in a lot of pain, he's afraid -
the vet wants to put her down. Looking shocked, Fiona cries that
he's got to do something to try and save her, but Stephen points
out that her leg is broken - she'll never be able to walk properly
even if she does survive. Fiona cries that she doesn't
care - he's just got to try. Stephen tells her to come and see
for herself, and the two of them head out. Chris follows.
Outside, a few minutes later, Fiona and Stephen emerge from a
stable. Chris is standing outside, waiting for them. Stephen tells
an upset Fiona, "You can see how bad she is." Fiona
sniffs sadly and says, "Tell the vet to do whatever he has
to do." As Stephen heads back into the stable, Chris tells
Fiona that it is kinder. He then asks if they found out
what caused her to rear, and Fiona cries, "Must have been
something I did." A shot suddenly rings out from
inside the stable, and Fiona breaks down into tears. Chris stands
there, looking completely unsympathetic.
A short time later, back at the homestead, Chris hands Fiona
a brandy and, as he sits down with her, comments that it's a shame
- she was a beautiful horse. As Stephen walks in, Fiona says sadly
that she was very fond of her. Chris comments that it's almost
like losing one of the family, and Fiona sniffs, "Yeah."
She then says she might go and lie down for a while, and she leaves
the room. Stephen immediately snaps at Chris, "You don't
have to keep going on about it." Chris stares at him and
he goes on, "Well, Fiona is upset enough about the horse
as it is. You're only making it worse for her."
Chris mutters that he didn't realise. Stephen points out to him
that he's supposed to be looking after Fiona. Chris repeats
that he said he's sorry - he'll watch what he says.
Heather arrives back at Beryl's and she goes to knock on the
front door, but she then appears to have a thought and she pauses
and walks away again. Inside, Ross and Beryl are both standing
in the kitchen, Ross holding the piece of paper with Gloria's
details on it. The back door suddenly opens and Heather marches
in. She stares at Ross and exclaims to Beryl, "I thought
you must have had someone here when you wouldn't let me in before."
Beryl ignores this and just asks her if she's got the money. Heather
replies, "Yes, but you're not going to give it to him."
Ross warns, "No money, no address." Beryl cries, "Please,
Heather, it's the only way I'll get Robert back." Heather
reluctantly takes an envelope out of her handbag and hands it
to Beryl. Beryl rips it open, checks the wad of notes inside and
then hands the envelope to Ross, who coolly puts it in his jacket
pocket. He then hands over the piece of paper with the address
written on it and he goes and opens the back door. David immediately
charges in at him and pushes him back inside, grabbing him so
that he can't get away. David tells Heather to call the police,
and Heather runs to the 'phone. Beryl tells David that she knows
where Robert is - and the money's in Ross's top pocket. She reaches
into the pocket and Ross snaps angrily, "You set me up, didn't
you? You knew he was coming back." He then goes on menacingly,
"You will never see your baby now. You were right: it was
a double-bluff. I don't even know where the kid is." Upon
hearing this, Beryl suddenly runs to the draining board by the
sink and picks up a serrated knife that's lying there. She points
it at Ross, threateningly. David cries in shock, "What are
you doing, Beryl?" At that moment, Heather runs back in from
the lounge room and goes and holds Beryl. She asks her gently
to please put the knife away.
Charlie is sitting in her lounge room, stroking Isabella. Katie
walks in and Charlie asks her if she's got everything unpacked.
Katie replies that she has. She adds that the room is beautiful
- she's going to be spoiled rotten, having a bathroom all to herself!
Charlie smiles that, when she has guests, she likes to pamper
them! Katie warns her that she'll have to be careful: if she gets
too used to all the luxury, she mightn't want to leave!
Charlie assures her that she can stay as long as she likes - she
enjoys the company. Katie murmurs, "I guess you're missing
Leigh?" Charlie laughs nervously and says she thinks Isabella
misses her more than she does! As she starts fussing
over the dog, Katie comments that it looks like Isabella can take
plenty of that attention, and Charlie smiles that, yes, she can!
She then tells Katie, "You know? I think you're going to
be good for me. I've been very depressed since I heard about Patricia."
Katie muses that she knows how Charlie feels: it's going to take
her a long time to get over Ross. Charlie mutters
that he's a nasty piece of work, that one - the only good
thing he did was get Gordon and Barbara back together. She adds
that she did think for a while that she and Gordon could make
a twosome, but it wasn't to be; she just hopes he and Barbara
don't have problems. Katie asks why they would, and Charlie
replies that, speaking from experience, once a couple have broken
up they often have trouble getting back together again on the
same footing. She quickly adds, though, that knowing Gordon, she's
sure he'll move mountains to see that they do. Changing the subject,
she suddenly exclaims, "I know: let's go out and celebrate!"
Looking surprised, Katie asks, "Celebrate what?" Charlie
stands up and exclaims, "Life, darling! What else is
there?!" Looking bemused, Katie asks, "Now?"
Charlie points out that they'll have to get ready, so say a couple
of hours?! Katie accepts this. She then goes on that there's a
guy from the computer company coming round tonight; she'll ring
and see if he can make it earlier. Charlie says she'll keep right
out of the way: she once had a guy who was into computers and
he never stopped talking about his hardware and his software;
she thought he meant something entirely different...!
She waltzes off, leaving Katie with a grin on her face!
Beryl and Heather are sitting on the couch at Beryl's. David
is sitting in the armchair. Beryl is looking glum, but David says
positively, "Thank God it's nearly over. The police have
got a name and description now, so it shouldn't be too long before
they find young Robert." Beryl comments quietly that it'll
be a help to the private detectives, too, and David agrees that,
between the both of them, they should come up with something.
Beryl says nervously that she's sorry about the knife before -
she just got her hopes up so high and when Ross said-- David assures
her that it's OK. Beryl adds, "I just snapped, I guess."
Heather points out to her that she has been under a lot of strain.
David tells her, "Newman's where he belongs. Pity is, he
wasn't there three months ago, so there's no point getting upset
about it." Beryl glares at him and snaps that she can't help
thinking about their son. David tells her that no one's
expecting her not to, but she mustn't let it get on top
of her. Beryl retorts that she can't help it, but David
tells her that she's got to try. He asks her if she's
thought about seeing a doctor, but Beryl snaps indignantly, "I
don't need a doctor." Heather suggests calmly that
maybe it's not such a silly idea, but Beryl snaps that she's perfectly
alright; she's been upset lately - with good reason - but she
doesn't need pills to get her through; she's just seen what it
did to Barbara. David tells her that it's for her own
good, but Beryl retorts that she means it. David says he won't
push it. Beryl gets up and storms into the kitchen, saying she'll
finish the dinner. Alone with Heather, David comments, "She
can't be left here by herself." Heather points out that she'll
be there, but David tells her that she can't watch Beryl all
the time; she would be better at his place, where they
can all keep an eye on her. Heather nods. David suggests
they go and see what they can do, and they stand up and head into
the kitchen. Beryl is peeling potatoes at the kitchen table, and
David tells her that he's just been saying to Heather that it
might be a good idea if she stayed at his place for a
while, rather than being there by herself. Beryl retorts that
she's quite used to living by herself. Heather says quickly that
they know, but they just thought it might be easier for her if
she was with friends - at least until they find Robert. David
adds, "Be the sensible thing to do." Beryl looks at
him and then says, "Alright - but only for a few days."
David looks at Heather and, with a hint of a smile on his face,
assures Beryl, "Yeah, well that's what I meant."
Katie escorts a man in his thirties into the lounge room at Charlie's.
As she does so, she says to him that, when he said 'earlier',
she thought he meant about 6:30pm; she's sorry she's not changed.
The man assures her that she looks fine to him. He adds
that the boss was tied up, so he took the chance to get away.
Charlie suddenly walks in, wearing a robe and towelling her hair
dry, and she suddenly notices the man standing there. Katie goes
to introduce the two of them, but Charlie looks at the man and
- clearly attracted to him - quickly turns round and leaves the
room, saying, "Sorry, darling, introduce us when I'm properly
dressed!" Katie and the man both burst out laughing, and
Katie explains that that was the lady who owns the house - he
caught her on the hop! The man says he'll have to apologise to
her later. The two of them sit down, and the man then tells Katie
that he has to say: he was very impressed with her computer games
- she's got quite a mind. Katie thanks him. The man asks when
she's going to come up with some more, and Katie explains, "Hopefully
in the next few months. I had to go to Melbourne for a while and
there wasn't much chance to do anything while I was down there,
but now I'm back in Sydney, I should be able to get stuck into
it again." The man smiles that that's good - and she might
just be able to come up with something even more popular than
Pacman! Katie laughs that she doubts there's much chance
of that. The man looks at her closely and then says he
didn't expect someone as clever to be as young as she
is - or as attractive. Katie smiles and says, "Thankyou."
She adds that she was surprised, too - he's pretty young
to be an executive. The man smiles back and replies that
it's a young industry. Katie comments that you have to have brains
to get on, so he must be pretty clever. The man explains that
he got there by hard work - and by having the gift of the gab!
Katie smiles that he knows when to say the right things. The man
looks at her intently and replies, "Sometimes..."
Leigh has arrived at the country house, and as she puts her cases
down in the kitchen, Mike asks her if David knew she was coming.
Leigh explains that she wanted it to be a surprise, and Mike murmurs
that it certainly will be that. Leigh goes on that Mr.
Hamilton told her about the tough time that David has been going
through with the kidnapping of the baby; she just thought she
should be with him. Mike agrees that it hasn't been easy. He then
suggests that he'd better get her settled in the spare room, but
Leigh assures him that there's no hurry, and she goes and puts
the kettle on. Heather suddenly walks in from the hallway, and
she stares at Leigh in shock. She asks her, "What are you
doing here?" Mike explains that she's come to give David
some support. Heather murmurs that that's very thoughtful, but
Beryl's going to be staying there with them for a while, and she
doesn't think she'll be too pleased to see her. Leigh
sighs and agrees, "No." The three of them sit down at
the table, and Heather tells Leigh that she should have 'phoned
before she came. Leigh insists that she was only trying to do
the right thing, and Heather says she knows - but Beryl has had
a lot of problems lately, and seeing her will only make
it worse. Leigh asks what she's supposed to do, and Heather
tells her that if she really wants to help David, she'll leave
as soon as possible. Leigh mutters that she's got nowhere else
At Charlie's, the man from the computer company tells Katie that
the good thing is they think they've got someone in the States
interested in releasing one of her games; it'll be great
if it comes off! Katie smiles that she could be a wealthy woman,
and the man tells her that she could easily end up with a place
like Charlie's! At that moment, Charlie waltzes in, all dressed
up, and, holding out her hand, she smiles and says, "Sorry
about before. Charlie Bartlett." The man takes her hand and
introduces himself as Larry Blake. Charlie tells him that she's
pleased to meet him, and Larry replies, "Same here."
Charlie goes on flirtatiously that he must think she's awfully
rude, walking in before, looking the way she did. Larry, though,
assures her that he doesn't think she's rude at all;
she's very elegant, if he may say so. Charlie smiles in delight
and remarks, "Aren't you a sweetie!" She then looks
at Katie and comments that she thought she could at least have
offered their guest a cup of coffee. Katie says she's sorry -
they got talking business. Charlie says that she's having
one, and she asks Larry if he'd like one as well, or would he
rather have a drink? Larry assures her that coffee is fine, and
Charlie heads to the kitchen to get it. Larry sits down again
and comments to Katie, "She seems a fun lady!" Katie
agrees that she is - but very astute, as well: she's
in business with Lisa Cook, the fashion designer. Larry says he's
never heard of her,and Katie explains that she's very good, and
she's doing OK in the US, too. Larry tells her that it's a great
market, if you can crack it. He then goes on that he supposes
Charlie being one of the social set helped, and Katie agrees that
it can't have hurt. Larry comments that he usually finds those
people - society ladies - a bit hard to cope with: coming from
the other side of the tracks, he finds he doesn't have very much
in common with them. Katie smiles that he covers it well!
Larry explains that, like he said before, it's the gift of the
gab! Katie comments that at least he's honest. Larry replies,
"With some people - the down-to-earth ones." He then
goes on that he bets she has the same sort of working
class background as him, and Katie asks, "How did you guess?!"
Larry replies that it's instinct, and Katie smiles that he's right.
Larry then adds, "My intuition tells me you're going to say
'yes' when I ask you out to dinner." Katie tells him that
she's sorry, but she's promised to go out with Charlie; she wouldn't
like to let her down as she needs a bit of cheering-up at the
moment. Looking disappointed, Larry suggests that Charlie might
like to come too. At that moment, Charlie walks back in with a
tray of coffees, and so Katie suggests to Larry, "Ask
her!" Charlie says, "Ask me what?" and Larry stands
up and invites her to join Katie and him for dinner tonight. Charlie
smiles that she'd love it, and so Larry turns back to Katie and
says, "There. Now what do you say?" Katie replies,
"Looks like your intuition was right!"
In Sunbury, Mike steps outside the back door of the country house
as David and Beryl approach. The three of them exchange greetings
and Mike then says that, before they go inside, there's a visitor
there. David asks who it is, and Mike replies, "Leigh. She
turned up about ten minutes ago." Beryl immediately turns
away and says to David that she thinks he'd better take her home.
David, though, tells her to hang on. Mike says he doesn't think
Leigh's going to cause any trouble, but Beryl retorts
that she doesn't care - she doesn't want to stay in the same house
as her. David asks Mike what she's come down for. Mike replies
that she came down to see him, she said. He then goes
on that he and Heather had an idea: they've still got that caravan,
so why don't they park it round the back of the house and Leigh
can live in there; Beryl would hardly have to see her.
David asks Beryl what she reckons, but she doesn't respond. David
persists that he knows it isn't going to be easy, but he can hardly
turf the kid out - and he'll make sure she doesn't get in her
way. Beryl pauses and then growls, "Alright - but the moment
there's any trouble, I'm leaving." David says, "OK -
but there won't be." Mike pushes the back door open and they
Amanda and Andy are sitting outside a coffee shop in Sydney.
As Amanda finishes a piece of cake, she comments that it was so
rich; she shouldn't have eaten it all! Andy points out that it
was beautiful, though, but Amanda tells him that the problem is,
she won't be able to eat her dinner! Andy assures her that by
the time she gets to Dural, she'll be hungry again. Amanda replies
that she'll have to pretend she is: if Aunty Barb's making
something delicious, she can't leave half of it! Andy assures
her that what she doesn't eat, he will! He then
adds that he's glad Barbara is better, and Amanda agrees, "Yeah,
so am I. Let's hope--" She suddenly breaks off, and Andy
stares at her and asks what's wrong. Amanda is looking at someone
in the distance, and Andy turns round as she indicates a glamorous-looking
woman and says, "That lady outside the shop. That's my mother!"
As the woman walks into the shop, Amanda concludes, "It can't
be - she's still in Europe..." She then asks Andy what he
was saying, and Andy replies that it was about Barbara: it's good
to see her settling in; he had his doubts, as he thought it might
take her a bit longer... He breaks off as he realises Amanda still
isn't listening, and he says, "Amanda...?" Amanda tells
him that she can't get over how much that woman looks
David and Beryl are standing in the kitchen at the country house
with Mike, Heather and Leigh, who has a contrite expression on
her face. She says she knows how Beryl must feel about her and
she's sorry - she was just hoping-- Beryl interrupts her and suggests
curtly, "Why don't we just stay out of each other's way,
alright? I think that's the best we can hope for." Leigh
mutters, "If that's how you want it," and Beryl retorts
that it is. David tells Beryl that he'll take her to
her room and the two of them head out. Leigh runs after them and
says her things are still in there, but Heather tells her not
to mind - she'll fix it up. She adds that Leigh might as well
have a look at the caravan. Mike says he'd better open it up and
put some air in it. He asks Leigh if she's coming, but Leigh tells
him that she won't be a minute. Mike heads outside as Leigh asks
David if he'd mind if she rang her mum, as she'd like to let her
know where she is. David assures her that that's fine, and Leigh
heads to the 'phone. David leaves her alone. Leigh dials a number,
the 'phone at the other end rings and, after STD pips have sounded,
Frannie comes on and says, "Hello?" Leigh says it's
her. She then adds, "I want you to bring Shane down to me."
Frannie, sounding surprised, says, "What? Where are you?"
Leigh explains that she's at David's and she wants Shane there.
Frannie asks, "Why? You couldn't stand him before."
Leigh retorts, "Things have changed. He's my baby and I want
him." Frannie muses that she doesn't know what George
is going to say, but Leigh snaps at her not to make her laugh:
he'll be thrilled - he never wanted him in the first
place. Frannie points out that George has helped looked after
him, but Leigh mutters, "Well, look. Talk it over with him
if you have to, but it's not going to make any difference. He's
my baby and I want him with me." On that note, she hangs
up, a sly expression on her face.
At the coffee shop in Sydney, Amanda takes a sip of her coffee
and then asks Andy, "What sort of job can I get? I haven't
been trained for anything." Andy points out that
it's not too late to start, but Amanda just comments that that's
the problem with having parents who always have money; she never
had to worry about anything - she always knew she'd have
something, and up until now, she always did,
too. Andy assures her that she'll find something. The glamorous-looking
woman suddenly emerges from the shop she was in and she sticks
her hand out to hail a taxi. Amanda watches her and exclaims,
"That is my mother." She stands up and starts
running towards the cab that the woman is getting into, calling
"Mum!" as she does so. The woman looks at her and then
settles back in her seat as the cab drives away. Amanda calls
after her, "Mum, it's me!" She stops running
and stands there, looking disappointed as the car heads off into
the distance. Andy catches up with her and asks her if she's sure
it was her. Amanda retorts that she knows her own mother.
A while later, the glamorous-looking woman is standing in a bedroom,
looking in a mirror. She takes off the expensive necklace and
earrings that she's wearing and brushes her highly-styled hair
into an unglamorous pony tail. She then reaches under her bed,
takes out a suitcase and starts undoing the fashionable pink jacket
that she's wearing.
A few minutes later, the woman is dressed in more dowdy clothing
and the pink outfit is in the suitcase. She places a box containing
the jewellery on top, closes the case and places it back under
the bed. She then goes and sits down at the dressing table in
front of the mirror and starts to tip some face cream into her
A while later, a ute pulls up outside the house and a middle-aged,
balding man gets out, checks the letterbox, finds it empty and
heads inside. The woman is sitting in the lounge room, a magazine
on her knee, a look of concern on her face. The man walks in and
says, "G'day, love. Good day?" The woman stands up and
the man kisses her before she replies that it was fine. She adds,
"How about you?" and the man replies, "Oh, the
usual." He then asks her if she wants a beer, but she declines.
The man goes to get one. As he heads to the kitchen, the woman
calls, "Ron? I saw Amanda today." She stands there,
looking nervous, until Ron comes back in, carrying a beer, and
demands, "Where?" The woman explains that it was at
the shops: she just bought some things and bumped into her as
she went for a taxi. Ron growls, "Just like that?" The
woman smiles nervously, "Yes. Talk about a coincidence!"
Ron mutters that it's amazing if you ask him: millions
of people in Sydney and she just happens to bump into her daughter.
The woman insists that it was an accident, but Ron retorts menacingly,
"Well, I reckon you better tell me what's going on..."