Chris aims the rifle at Fiona and goes to pull the trigger. Cheri
tells Fiona that she honestly believes that what she did was right:
dying without dignity and self-respect is a terrible thing. Fiona
comments sadly that it just doesn't seem as though they're going
to be able to convince each other. She suddenly hears a clicking
sound coming from the bush, and she asks, "What was that?"
Cheri asks, "What was what?" They suddenly
notice Chris walking towards them, holding the rifle so that it's
pointing at Fiona. Fiona laughs, "It's only Chris,"
and she asks him lightly if he'd mind pointing the rifle at something
else. Cheri asks him cautiously if something is wrong, but Chris,
indicating the rifle, snaps, "Nothing this can't
fix." Fiona stares at him uncertainly, puts down her glass
of champagne and tells him that he's not been very funny; if Stephen
hears-- Chris interrupts her and snaps, "You destroyed my
father's life, Fiona. You, with those diaries."
Fiona looks at him with a puzzled expression on her face and says
she doesn't understand - she thought he said he was Barney's--
Chris interrupts and snaps, "You thought what I wanted
you to think. My real name's Bainbridge. Chris Bainbridge."
Fiona stares at him. Cheri stands up and tells him gently to put
the gun down. Chris ignores her, though, going on angrily at Fiona,
"You're real smart, making dad out to be a murderer. Well,
don't worry: you might think you've won, but the fight's not over
yet." Fiona insists that it's not meant to be a fight, and
she asks if they can't try talking. Chris snaps, "The
Colonel tried talking. Didn't do him any good,
did it? I'm not going to waste my breath." Cheri
suddenly moves and stands in front of Fiona. She tells Chris not
to be stupid: he's gone far enough. Chris orders her to move aside;
Fiona is the enemy, not her. Cheri, though, refuses to
move. Chris threatens, "I'll take you as well." Fiona
tells Cheri to do as Chris says, and Chris repeats, "Move."
Cheri asks him what he's going to do if she doesn't:
kill someone innocent? She adds that she doesn't think he's that
Stephen and Amanda are walking through the woods, Stephen with
his arm round his daughter. Amanda tells him that she's worried
about her mum - she thinks she's trying to hide something.
Stephen asks her what she wants him to do about it, and
Amanda replies, "Talk to her." Stephen points out that
it's been seven years; there's been a lot of water under the bridge
- and besides, he doesn't think she'd have a bar of him. Amanda
points out that he doesn't know until he tries. A shot
suddenly rings out and Stephen and Amanda stop in their tracks.
Amanda comments that it must be Chris. She adds, "Geez, it
sounded close." Stephen snaps, "Fool. I told
him to stay away from this part of the property." They start
Chris reloads the rifle and points it at Cheri and Fiona; Cheri
is still standing in front of Fiona. A champagne bottle and glass
have been blown to pieces, and Chris yells at the two women, "Next
time it won't be target practice. MOVE!" Fiona tells Cheri
that he means it. Cheri says nervously to Chris that she understands
how he feels about his father - it must be very painful for him
and she doesn't blame him for wanting to hit back. Chris snaps
that he'll hit back alright - and if he has to shoot
her, too, he will; it doesn't matter who gets
hurt as long as you hit the enemy; his dad taught him
that. Fiona tells Cheri that it's no use - she shouldn't risk
her own life. Cheri, though, persists, telling Chris that Fiona
isn't the enemy - she's simply someone who believes in the truth.
Chris interrupts and yells, "You're wrong. She is
the enemy. I have to kill her." Cheri cries, "Do you
honestly believe that? Fiona never meant to hurt you
or your father. She was doing what she thought was right,
that's all." She pleads, "Chris, give me the rifle..."
Stephen and Amanda suddenly run up behind Chris and Stephen demands,
"What the hell do you think you're doing?" Chris turns
and points the rifle at him and snaps, "You stay away from
me." Amanda runs to join Fiona and Cheri. Cheri pleads again,
"Chris. The rifle..." Chris snaps, "No way,"
and he suddenly turns and runs off. Stephen shouts after him not
to be a fool, but he's gone. Amanda tells Fiona and Cheri that
she and Stephen heard a shot. Fiona explains that Chris was going
to kill her - because of the diaries. She adds that he's
not Barney Adams' nephew; he's Colonel Bainbridge's son.
A short time later, Fiona and Cheri are sitting in the lounge
room at the homestead. Fiona is still looking shaky. Stephen is
talking on the 'phone and he says, "Thankyou, Sergeant,"
and then hangs up. He tells the two women that the police will
be there as soon as they can and they're bringing rifles just
in case. Fiona cries that she should never have published those
damn things. Amanda comes into the room and hands Fiona a drink,
telling her that it will calm her down. She then asks her father
if that was the police he was talking to and Stephen nods. Cheri
chips in that she's sure that, if she could just talk
to him again-- Stephen, though, tells her that it's too risky;
the boy's obviously snapped and they can't tell how he's
going to react at the moment. Fiona tells Cheri that she's put
herself in danger on her account already. Cheri mutters
that he came so close to giving her that gun. Stephen says he'd
better see if anyone is out riding. Amanda asks if it can't wait
until the police get there, but Stephen points out that the guests
are his responsibility; they can't have any of them shot. Fiona
warns him to be careful.
Chris is smearing his arms with mud from a waterhole in the middle
of the woods, to create a camouflage. He then cups some muddy
water in his hands and wipes his face with it, so that that's
smeared black too. He picks up the rifle again and reloads it.
Larry Blake is back at Charlie's, and Katie is showing him into
the lounge room. Katie is holding an gift box, and Larry tells
her to open it. Katie, though, insists that the flowers were enough.
Larry tells her to open the gift later, then. He goes on that
what he really wanted to know about was tonight:
does she feel like hitting the town with him? Katie, looking worried,
says she doesn't know; Charlie might feel a bit left out. Larry
smiles that Charlie is a big girl - she can take care of herself.
Katie says she doesn't think it's a very good idea; she likes
him, but she really doesn't want to be involved with anyone right
at the moment. Larry muses that you can't blame a bloke for trying.
At that moment, Charlie waltzes in and smiles, "Well, if
it isn't my good-looking computer genius." Larry corrects,
"Salesman," and, indicating Katie, adds, "She's
the genius!" Katie looks away, embarrassed. Charlie
tells him that anyone who can add up is a genius to her!
She offers him coffee, but Larry says he was about to go, actually.
Charlie tells him that that's nonsense. She goes to walk out,
but then turns and tells him that she hasn't had a chance to thank
him for the lovely flowers he sent her. She heads out of the room.
Larry looks at Katie, who sits down and explains, "Charlie
thinks the flowers you sent were for her." Larry
sits down as well and exclaims, "You're kidding! Me and Charlie?!"
Katie tells him that she's convinced he's fallen for her. Larry
sighs and Katie points out that she's not that bad. Larry,
though, comments that she's hardly his type; he'll have
to set her straight. He stands up, and Katie warns him not to
upset her. Larry says he'll think of something.
Wayne is pacing the floor in the lounge room at Dural as he tells
Barbara and Gordon that, as far as Dorothy's concerned, it's her
money and she's taking it - but they're not giving up without
a fight: Karen is checking with her solicitor about her rights
as the natural mother; there's a chance they can challenge in
court. Gordon muses that he thinks Karen burnt that bridge when
she put Dorothy's name on the birth certificate, but Barbara cries,
"It's worth a try." Gordon, though, says he
doubts it; he thinks they have to accept that she's going to keep
the money. Wayne mutters, "And we go bust."
Gordon tells him, "Not necessarily. I think I'll give her
a call." He stands up and Barbara asks him what he's going
to say. Gordon replies that two things haven't been explained
to her: firstly, how it affects all of them and not just Karen,
and secondly how the money can stay hers and yet remain invested
in the company; that way, she earns her interest and
they stay in business. He walks to the bar, picks up
the 'phone and starts dialling.
Larry is sitting next to Katie on the couch a Charlie's as Charlie
carries in a tray of coffee things and apologises for it taking
so long, adding that she thinks that percolator's got a life of
its own! Katie stands up, takes the tray and tells Charlie to
sit down and she'll pour. Charlie goes and sits down
next to Larry and says, "Isn't this exciting!" Larry
muses, "Yes, isn't it..." As Katie pours the coffee,
Charlie goes on that he must lead such an interesting life, flitting
from city to city, meeting all those important executives. Larry
smiles that she could say that. He then goes on that,
actually, he's got this afternoon off, and he was wondering if
she'd like to come for a drive - just the two of them. Charlie
exclaims, "Darling, how wonderful!" Larry comments that
it'll be a good chance for them to get to know each other, and
Charlie smiles, "Exactly what I was thinking. I'll
just get my bag." She stands up and Katie asks her, "What
about your coffee?" Charlie tells her that there's no sense
wasting a perfectly good afternoon. She heads over to the lounge
room mirror to check her make-up. As she does so, Larry says to
her that he's glad they met; she reminds him a lot of his late
wife. Charlie suddenly freezes and says stiffly, "Oh, what
a coincidence. I'm sorry to hear she's--" Larry tells her
that it was very sad. He goes on that she was wonderful with the
kids - if anyone knew how to keep those four little terrors in
line, she did. Charlie, looking suddenly very downbeat,
queries, "Four?" Larry tells her excitedly
that he'd like her to meet them sometime; soon, perhaps. Charlie
muses carefully that she'll have to check her diary - but she's
sure she can squeeze it in... Larry smiles that that's great!
He then adds that perhaps he should warn her about the ferrets.
Charlie stares at him in shock and exclaims slowly, "Your
children have ferrets?" Larry explains that they're
his; he knows some people don't like them, but once you
get used to the smell, they're really quite cute - as long as
you don't put your fingers near the cage. Charlie, looking very
uneasy, says she must get her scarf, and she heads off to her
room. Larry immediately appeals to Katie, "What now? If ferrets
don't put her off, nothing will." Katie just smiles
On the 'phone on the bar at Dural, Gordon tells Dorothy that
that's fine - he'll look forward to it. He hangs up and tells
Wayne and Barbara that Dorothy will be over this afternoon. Wayne
points out that that doesn't mean she'll change her mind, but
Gordon suggests that it's a start. Wayne just mutters, "Maybe."
There's a knock at the front door, which Wayne goes to answer.
Barbara says she'd better throw a duster round the place. Wayne
opens the door to find Katie standing there, and she smiles as
she asks him how he is. He replies that he's fine, and he invites
her in. Katie, though, looking wary, says Karen must be pretty
upset about Alan; if she sees her... Wayne explains that
Karen is out, but Katie still says, "Thanks anyway."
She then adds that she supposes she should congratulate him on
getting married, and Wayne thanks her. He asks her how she's
been, and Katie replies that she can't complain. She then adds
that she came over to give him this. She hands him an
envelope and explains that it's for Amanda but someone posted
it to Charlie; she tried to ring Amanda but there's no answer.
Wayne tells her that she's up at Woombai; he'll call her and let
her know it's there. Katie nods awkwardly and then says she'd
better be going. She adds that she'd like Wayne to tell Karen
that she's sorry about Alan. She turns to walk away, but Wayne
calls after her, "Katie. Why don't we get together for dinner
one night? You've been a good friend. I'd like to show you I appreciate
it." Katie smiles and says she'd like that. She goes.
Stephen is drives a jeep along the grounds at Woombai and pulls
it to a stop. He gets out, holding a rifle of his own, and starts
looking round. Two middle-aged men suddenly appear from out of
the woods and one of them exclaims, "Steve!" Stephen
asks them what they're doing out there, and the one of the men
explains that they've been out fishing; why? Stephen tells him
that he's asked everyone to stay indoors; they'd better come back
with him. The second man asks what the problem is, and
Stephen replies that some young bloke has been scaring people
with a rifle; he's just playing it safe. None of the men realise
that Chris is watching them as they climb into the jeep, the two
fishermen commenting that he must have been scaring the fish,
as they haven't had a bite all day! Chris has a strip of his shirt
tied round his forehead, Rambo-style, and he watches from behind
a tree as the men climb into the jeep. He then runs and hides
behind it as it drives off.
At the homestead, Cheri has her arm round Fiona as Fiona tells
two policemen that Chris kept pointing the gun at her, saying
she was the enemy because of what she'd done to his father. One
of the policemen comments that it sounds as if he might have a
screw loose somewhere, but Cheri indignantly tells him that Chris
was very upset about his father's health. The policeman mutters
that he's sure he was. He then asks Amanda if Mr. Morrell has
got everyone indoors, and Amanda nods and replies, "As far
as I know." The policeman turns to Fiona and tells her that
he'd say her best move is to leave Woombai as soon as possible.
Fiona cries that she feels so guilty; if only she could
explain to Chris-- The policeman interrupts her and says, "You
want us to catch him, don't you?" Fiona replies, "Yes,
of course," and so the policeman goes on that the first thing
is to make sure his target is well and truly out of the way. Amanda
tells Fiona that she'll drive her back to Sydney, and Fiona thanks
her. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Amanda gets up to
answer it. STD pips sound and Wayne comes on. Amanda asks him
who he wants to speak to and he replies, "You, actually.
There's a letter here for you." Amanda asks who it's from,
but Wayne tells her that it doesn't say; he thought she might
want it posted on. Amanda thanks him but adds that she's about
to come back; she'll drop by and pick it up. She then goes on
that she's right in the middle of something; she'll have to get
going. Wayne mutters in annoyance, "Sorry for trying to do
you a favour."Amanda quickly apologises, saying
she didn't mean to sound rude. She then tells him to open the
letter now, if he likes, and if it looks urgent, call her back.
Wayne mutters, "Sure," and he hangs up. Standing in
the hallway at Dural, he rips open the envelope and takes out
the sheet of paper inside. He starts reading it and a look of
shock crosses his face...
In the lounge room, Barbara is dusting behind the bar while Gordon
leans on the bar and comments that somebody as down-to-earth
as Dorothy is could be just what the company needs. Barbara, looking
on the floor behind the bar, exclaims that it's filthy
under there, and she asks if Leigh didn't ever clean behind there.
Wayne suddenly walks in and says flatly that he has to go out
for a while. Barbara asks tersely, "What about Dorothy? She'll
be here shortly." Gordon tells him that it's important she
meet all of them, but Wayne retorts that something has
come up. Gordon asks if it can't wait, but Wayne snaps, "No."
Barbara growls, "So much for company loyalty." Wayne
mutters that he'll be back as soon as he can, and he heads out.
At Woombai, the policemen are interviewing Cheri, and one of
them says to her that she said Chris is a crack shot; he hit the
glass as a warning? Cheri nods and replies, "But he's no
killer. Look, he's just really mixed up; he feels like he had
to get to Fiona because of what happened to his father."
The second policeman tells her that they'll let the shrinks
work that one out; his main concern is seeing no one
gets hurt. Stephen walks in and the second policeman says to him,
"Mr. Morrell?" Stephen replies that that's right, and
he asks where the rest of the police are. The officer tells him
that they're on their way. He introduces himself as Sergeant Perkins
and adds that his colleague is Constable Vernon. He then asks
Stephen if there's any sign of Bainbridge, but Stephen tells him
that he must be in the bush somewhere; he's checked all the buildings.
Perkins says to him that, if it's all the same, they'll double-check,
and he asks Stephen if he has a map of the area. Stephen holds
out one that he has in his hand. Perkins then turns to Cheri and
asks her if she can see what's keeping Mrs. Thompson - he wants
her to leave as soon as possible. Cheri stands up, but at that
moment, Fiona and Amanda walk in and Fiona says it's alright -
they're ready. Stephen looks at her and asks her if she's going,
and Fiona explains that the Sergeant said she's only making trouble
if she stays around there, and lord knows she's caused enough
of that already, so she's going back to Sydney. Amanda sympathises
that she can't blame herself, and Cheri agrees that she's
right: Fiona couldn't have known. Fiona murmurs that she supposes
not. Stephen tells his daughters that he'll give her a hand loading
up, and he picks up a couple of cases lying on the floor and heads
out. Fiona looks round the lounge room, sadly.
Outside, as they walk to Amanda's car, Amanda says to Stephen
that she wishes they had more time to talk about her mum. Stephen
sighs and retorts that he thought he explained. He then goes on
more calmly that he'll be in Sydney himself in a day or two; if
she can find out where Caroline lives, he might drop by and see
her; that's all he can promise. Amanda thanks him and gives him
a kiss. Neither of them notice Chris hiding in some bushes just
outside the homestead...
Inside, Perkins and Vernon finish poring over Stephen's map and
Perkins suggest that they'd better go and take a look around.
The two of them head out, Perkins wishing Fiona a safe journey
as they leave. Fiona is left alone with Cheri, and she says to
her anxiously that she does hope Chris gives himself up; if the
police have got to use their guns-- Cheri interrupts her and says
she's sure he won't do anything silly once he knows they've left.
Amanda comes back in and announces, "All packed." She
adds that she thinks they'd better get going, and she heads off
to her room to get her bag. Fiona goes and sits down next to Cheri.
She then tells her gratefully, "I haven't said thankyou yet.
You probably saved my life today." Cheri tells her that Chris
wouldn't have pulled that trigger, but Fiona assures her, "You
were still very brave." She then goes on, "You've taught
me something, Cheri. Things are not always as black-and-white
as we would like to see them. And the diaries have taught me that
the truth is not always better to be known." Cheri replies
quietly, "Sometimes that's a very difficult decision."
Fiona murmurs, "Yes. It is." Cheri then asks her, "Are
you going to tell the police about Todd and Robin?" but Fiona
sighs and says, "I don't know. I'll just have to think about
it." Amanda comes back in and asks her, "All set?"
Fiona replies that she is. She then pats Cheri's knee and tells
her that they'll talk about it more when they get to Sydney. She
and Amanda head out, leaving Cheri looking worried.
A short time later, Amanda and Fiona are driving along a track
heading away from Woombai, and Amanda comments to Fiona that she
must be relieved. Fiona agrees, "For myself, yes." She
then goes on that she doesn't think they should tell Jill
what happened - it's Alan's funeral tomorrow and she'll be upset
enough as it is. Amanda agrees, "Oh no, no, I won't say anything."
All-of-a-sudden, the blanket on the back seat of the car is thrown
back and Chris springs up, points the rife at Amanda and orders,
"Turn left." Fiona cries, "Oh my God." Amanda
snaps, "Chris, this is crazy." Chris, though, ignores
her and orders, "Do it." He adds menacingly,
"You'd better start worrying, Fiona, because none of your
friends are going to talk me out of it this time." Fiona
sits there, her eyes closed in terror.
A few minutes later, Amanda has pulled her car to a stop in a
secluded area next to the woods, and she, Fiona and Chris have
climbed out and are standing on the grass. Chris warns Amanda
angrily not to try anything. Fiona pleads, "Chris..."
but Chris yells, "Shut up!" He walks towards her threateningly
and reveals, "I've got something planned for you..."
He then approaches Amanda, adding, "And I'll kill anyone
who tries to get in my way, understand?" He grabs Amanda
and pushes her towards Fiona so that they're standing together.
He muses, "Good." He then cocks the rifle and points
it at Amanda's car. He fires and blows a hole into one of the
front tyres. He reloads and shoots at the other front tyre, so
that both deflate. Turning back to Amanda, he yells, "Now,
you. Get out of here." Fiona and Amanda are holding
each other, but Fiona cries at Amanda, "Oh dear God, do as
he says." Amanda doesn't need telling twice, and she runs
off. Chris walks towards Fiona and tells her, "I'm not going
to kill you in cold blood. You're going to get a lesson first."
Fiona asks him carefully what he means. Chris explains, "You're
going to know what my father went through in Vietnam: never knowing
which of those 'innocent' villagers was going to put a slug in
the back of his head. He was a scared man, Fiona, not a murderer."
Fiona stammers, "I... I... understand..." Chris snaps,
"Understand? You're going to do more than
understand; you're going to experience it first-hand.
You're going to run into the woods and I'm going to follow you.
If I catch you, you're dead." As Fiona stares at him, he
warns, "Don't get your hopes up too high: the nearest
help's at Woombai and it'll take Amanda at least twenty minutes
to get there - so that gives us plenty of time."
He looks at his watch and adds, "Three minutes sounds fair
enough." Fiona begs, "Please, Chris, you can't--"
Chris warns her, "I'd go if I was you. You've wasted five
seconds already." Fiona stares at him in horror, and then
slowly turns away and starts running. Chris stands there, smiling
Amanda is running through the woods at high speed. She stops
and looks round, trying to decide which way to go. She runs her
hand through her hair and then decides to head to the right.
Standing in the grassy clearing, Chris looks at his watch and
then yells, "Here I come!" He starts moving forward.
In the woods, Fiona stops running and leans against a tree, panting
heavily. She hears Chris yell, "Let's see how good you are
at staying alive." She cries out, "Oh..." and starts
Amanda is still running through the woods, trying to get back
to Woombai, when she suddenly hears the noise of an engine, and
a motorbike comes into view, driven by a young man. Amanda waves
her arms at him and cries, "Hey! Over here!" The guy
drives the bike towards her and she tells him, "Look, you've
got to help me: there's a man with a gun. I've got to get to the
police." The guy on the bike warns her that he hasn't got
any licence plates, but Amanda cries that she'll explain to them.
She begs, "Please?" and the guy tells her to jump on.
She does so and the bike moves off.
Fiona is still running through the woods, collapsing against
trees every few seconds, trying to catch her breath. Just as she
moves away from one tree, a shot rings out and a cloud of smoke
blows past her. Chris yells, "How does it feel, Fiona? Not
knowing where the next bullet's coming from? That's how my father
felt - only that was the Vietcong, and they don't give you a second
chance." He fires another shot in her direction, and Fiona
starts crying. She runs off again.
Stephen hangs up the 'phone in the lounge room at the homestead
and mutters to Cheri, "How can it take so long to get a search
party together?" Cheri assures him that they're doing their
best, and she adds that Fiona's safe; that's the main thing. Stephen
points out that he still has his guests to worry
about, and he announces that he's going to have a look round himself.
He picks up his rifle as Cheri asks, "Is that wise?"
Stephen retorts that anything's better than sitting around there
doing nothing. Amanda suddenly runs in and cries, "Dad! Chris
has got Fiona - he was hiding in the back of the car." Stephen
asks where they are, and Amanda pulls his arm and tells him, "Come
on, we'll go back there." Stephen, though, replies, "No,
you stay here. Just tell me where they are."
Fiona is clambering over some rocks, and she crouches down in
a hollow behind the trunk of a huge tree as Chris passes by quietly
on the ground above her. He yells out, "You'll have to move
further than that, Fiona. Your time's almost up." A shot
rings out by her head and Fiona screams and starts running again.
At Woombai, Amanda says to Cheri that she should have gone back
with her dad; the directions she gave him were so muddled.
Cheri points out that he seemed to know where to go. She adds
that there's nothing more they can do - Stephen can handle it.
Amanda murmurs, "I hope so."
Stephen pulls his jeep up in a grassy area and gets out, holding
his rifle. He starts walking forward, quietly, and approaches
Amanda's car. He checks inside and then puts his hand on the horn,
keeping it blasting out for several seconds.
In the woods, Fiona runs through some leaves and over a series
of branches, stumbling as she does so. She hears the sound of
the car horn and turns in the direction it's coming from. Chris
hears it as well, and he starts running towards it, looking furious.
Stephen takes his hand off the horn momentarily and then sends
out another blast. He yells, "Fiona!" He looks round,
but there's silence. He yells, "Fiona!" again, and she
suddenly comes running out of the woods, half-stumbling and half-crying
and collapses onto the ground in front of him. Chris storms out
of the woods behind her, and, pointing his rifle at Stephen, orders,
"Drop it! Drop it!" Stephen looks at him and
puts his rifle down slowly. He warns, "Don't be a fool, Chris.
You're in enough trouble already." Chris snarls, "Thanks
for the warning. But I haven't finished yet." He and Stephen
both look down at Stephen's rifle, lying on the ground, and he
yells, "Go for it! Go on, go for it! Go for it!"
Stephen stares at him but doesn't move. Chris goes on, "Now
get in your truck and disappear. MOVE!" Stephen starts walking
backwards, Chris keeping his rifle trained on him the whole time.
Fiona cries out, "Stephen... Stephen..." but
she bursts into tears as she realises there's nothing he can do.
Stephen runs back the last few yards to the jeep, and Fiona yells
out again, "STEPHEN..." Stephen climbs into
the vehicle, starts the engine and revs it up. Chris turns back
to face Fiona, not realising until too late that Stephen is driving
the jeep straight towards him. As he suddenly realises what's
happening, he turns and fires a haphazard shot at Stephen, but
it's too late: he's knocked to one side. Fiona lies on the ground,
staring at what's happened and sobbing with a mixture of horror