Fiona is talking to Gordon on the 'phone in her flat at the boarding
house. She thanks him and adds that he will let her know what
happens, won't he? She then says, "Bye bye," and hangs
up. She turns to Cheri, who's sitting on the couch with Fee, and
tells her that the police suspect that Wayne killed Karen; they've
taken him in to make a statement. She goes on that she never did
think much of that man, but she doesn't think he could
have killed anyone. Cheri points out gently that she
thought that about her, too. Fiona says she knows, but
you can't compare what Cheri did with a murder. Cheri
muses that she wonders if Amanda will feel the same.
Fiona nods sadly, before commenting that the only person who wouldn't
feel the same would have been Karen: she would have had
Cheri hung and drawn and quartered. Cheri suggests, "Maybe
I deserve it?" but Fiona points out that she thought they
agreed to let Jill and Amanda be the judges.
At the Morrell apartment, Andy opens up the note from Cheri as
Amanda tells him that she's already 'phoned Irene. Andy reads
the note and then snaps that he doesn't believe it. Amanda tells
him that she felt the same. Andy goes on angrily that he never
thought for a minute that she... He breaks off, and Amanda reminds
him that they both knew what was said about Cheri, but
they just didn't want to believe it. She adds that she thinks
Irene suspected all along, though. Andy asks her what she's going
to do, but Amanda replies, "Nothing." Looking surprised,
Andy queries, "Eh?" Amanda explains that Irene feels
the same: in a way, she's almost grateful to Cheri -
she saved Todd a lot of pain; she only hopes Jill feels the same
about Robin. Andy growls that he only hopes it doesn't
make things worse when Jill finds out. Amanda stares
at him and he explains that he went looking for Jill yesterday
- to make sure she was OK. He asks, "You know she's working
as a pro?" Amanda looks at him in shock and exclaims, "Oh,
you're kidding." She asks him if he's told Fiona, but he
replies that he couldn't - not after the business about Karen;
it wasn't exactly the right time - but he can't put it off forever.
Amanda asks in surprise why Jill would go back to doing something
like that, but Andy retorts, "Search me.
I can't even figure it out." Amanda suddenly says
she thinks she knows - and maybe she can talk her out
of it. As she picks up her bag, Andy tells her that the impression
he got yesterday was that Jill isn't exactly in the listening
mood. Amanda, though, points out that they can only try, and,
standing up, she tells him to come on.
Jill is standing on the pavement outside the block of flats that
she's living in, wearing a bright, skimpy red top, a short black
skirt, bright red tights and black shoes. As Amanda drives along
the street, Andy spots her and says, "That's her - she was
standing in the same spot yesterday." Amanda pulls her car
into the side of the road, and - unable to see in through the
windscreen - Jill walks over to it, a smile on her face. It disappears
as Amanda and Andy get out. Amanda says gently, "Hello, Jill,"
but Jill just demands angrily, "What are you doing
here?" Andy tells her that they'd like to talk to her, but
Jill snaps that she doesn't need a lesson in morals. She turns
away, but Amanda pleads, "Jill, please. Look, it
won't take long. It is important." Jill, looking
annoyed, shrugs and, giving in, mutters, "Business is lousy
anyway." She turns and heads inside. Amanda and Andy follow
A few minutes later, the three of them are sitting in Jill's
lounge room, and Jill asks where Fiona is, adding that she thought
she'd be there like a shot when she heard what she was doing.
Andy explains, "I didn't tell her." Looking half-disappointed,
Jill asks, "Why not?" Andy retorts, "I didn't want
to tell her the person she cares most about is a--" Amanda
quickly interrupts him before he goes too far and tells Jill that
there's no need for her to be living like this. Jill suggests
that maybe she enjoys it, but Amanda goes on that she's
blaming herself for Alan's death, isn't she? Jill just stares
at her and then looks away. Amanda continues that she knows what
Jill is going through; she went a little bit crazy after
Todd died, but Jill can't bring Alan back - and there's
no point punishing herself. Jill snaps at her that she thinks
she and Andy had better go. Amanda pleads, "Jill..."
but Jill repeats, "Just go." Amanda, standing up reluctantly,
tells her that there's something else. She opens her handbag,
takes out an envelope and hands it to Jill, explaining that it
arrived this morning. Jill opens the envelope and takes out the
note inside. As she reads it, Amanda tells her, "She wants
to talk to both of us." Jill suddenly stands up,
screws up the note and snaps, "Robin's dead, the same as
Alan. What difference does it make how he died?"
Amanda retorts, "It means a lot to Cheri. Jill,
she's still your friend." Jill snaps that she doesn't
want Cheri coming there, and so Amanda suggests that she ring
her and get her to come to her place. She pleads, "Please?"
Jill hesitates before reluctantly giving in and muttering, "Alright."
Beryl is fussing over baby Shane in the kitchen at the country
house, when she suddenly hears Mike's voice outside. He, David
and Heather come in and dump several bags on the table. Heather
laughs that she found some great bargains and all the men can
do is complain about them! Beryl asks if the shops were busy,
but Heather replies that there was hardly anyone there. David
tells Beryl that he'll give her a lift home as soon as she's ready,
but Beryl quickly replies that, actually, she rang the decorators
and they still have a lot to do, so if he doesn't mind, she will
stay on for a bit longer. David asks her if she's sure, and Beryl,
a smile on her face, tells him that she'd only be in their way
if she went back now. David offers, "Stay as long as you
like." Beryl smiles and looks at Shane.
Leigh and Tim are walking in the grounds outside. Leigh is saying
to her brother, "I shouldn't have snapped at Beryl - it's
important to get on-side with her. Not that that's likely to matter
now: once David talks to mum about you, she'll tell him
I'm bound to be up to something. He'll have me and Shane off the
place like a shot." Tim tells her glumly that he's sorry
- he mucked things up. Leigh, though, assures him that it's not
his fault - he wasn't to know not to come. Tim says he supposes
he'd better take off, but Leigh asks, "Why?" Tim points
out that she has enough hassles without him being there,
but Leigh retorts that she either gets out of this or she doesn't;
either way, there's no point him leaving. Looking relieved,
Tim asks her if she means that. Leigh tells him, "Of course
I do - you were the only thing I missed when I left home. Now
that you're here, we'll stick together whatever happens."
They suddenly notice David standing by the caravan, and they look
at each other. Leigh sighs heavily. They approach the van and
David says quietly, "G'day, Tim." Tim replies, "G'day."
David goes on, "Beryl tells me you're running away from home."
Tim admits, "Yeah..." Leigh asks David, "Have you
rung mum?" but David, swatting flies away from his face,
admits, "No - I thought it might be better to hear it from
Tim first. Might be best if we spoke inside." He heads off
back towards the house.
As the three of them approach the back door, Tim explains that
he couldn't stand it any longer: he and his stepfather just don't
get on; he had to get out; he wanted to see Leigh. David
tells him, "I ran away from home when I was about
your age - for the same reasons, too. My old man and I never saw
eye-to-eye. Well, it took a while, but I changed my mind about
him." Tim growls that he'll never change his mind
about George, but David tells him, "I said that, too!"
He then goes on, "Kids your age should be at school. Time
enough to leave home when you're older." Tim mutters that
he might go back to school when he's settled, but there's no way
he's going back to Ceedum; if he can't stay there in Sunbury,
he'll find somewhere else. David asks, "Where?" but
Tim just mutters, "I don't know. Somewhere." Leigh chips
in, "Can't he stay? Please, David?" David looks back
at Tim and asks him what he's going to use for money. Tim retorts
that he's not scared to work - he'll get a job. David asks, "Doing
what? Jobs are pretty hard to come by, you know?" Tim sighs,
"Uncle Dave, I'm over 17. You can't make me go back."
David pauses and then admits that maybe a bit of time away from
his folks will do him a bit of good; maybe he'll appreciate them
a bit more? He adds that he'll make room for Tim in one of the
sheds - he'd rather have him living there than in a squat somewhere.
Leigh throws her arms round him and smiles, "Thanks, David!"
David quickly adds that he's not saying Tim can stay for long
- he still has to talk things out with his parents. Leigh suggests
that maybe she should talk to their mum - she could probably
break it to her more easily; she knows how she feels about Tim.
David agrees, "Fair enough," and Leigh smiles at her
brother and pats him on the shoulder in relief.
Inside, Beryl is still fussing over Shane, but she muses to him
that she thinks they've got a problem! She lifts him up and pats
his bottom! The back door suddenly opens and Leigh walks in, a
smile appearing on her face as soon as she sees Beryl looking
happy. As Beryl spots her, she turns and snaps, "You had
no right to run off and leave me to mind your baby." Leigh
replies that she's sorry: it's just that she hadn't seen Tim for
so long, she lost her temper when she thought he might have to
go back straight away. Beryl tells her that Shane needs changing.
Leigh asks in annoyance, "Now?" Beryl retorts
curtly, "Yes. Now. I think it's about time you started looking
after him properly." Leigh replies innocently, "I don't
know much about it. Mum looked after him at home."
Beryl shakes her head and snaps, "Really? I don't
think it has anything to do with it. You just don't give
a damn about your baby, do you?" Leigh insists, "I do
- I just need someone to show me how to look after it." Beryl
snarls, "Him, Leigh. Shane is a him. And
if you cared anything about your baby, you'd have asked your mum
to show you what to do ages ago. And he still needs changing."
Leigh sighs and replies that David has asked her to ring her mum
about Tim - it's important, so would she mind doing it
this once? Beryl glares at her and mutters, "Alright - but
not as a favour to you." She turns back to Shane
and lifts him out of his bassinet, not noticing the smile that
has reappeared on Leigh's face... She asks if his nappies are
in the caravan and Leigh nods. Beryl heads outside. Leigh walks
over to the 'phone as Tim comes in. She asks her brother, "Did
you see the way she was holding him? Won't be long before she's
crazy about him. And since I'm the one that's ringing
Frannie, I can take care of her, too..."
Cheri is at the Morrell apartment with Amanda, Andy and a smartly-dressed
Jill. Amanda tells her that Jill and Andy read the letter she
sent her; she thought it might be easier if Cheri talked to them
together - she hopes she doesn't mind. Cheri murmurs, "No."
She sits down, and Amanda offers her a cup of tea, but she declines.
Looking at Amanda, she comments, "It must have been quite
a shock for you when you found out?" Amanda admits that it
was at first - but the more she thought about it, the more she
understood - if she'd seen Todd in such pain, she thinks
she would have done the same thing. Cheri looks relieved. She
then looks at Jill, who says, "We both know Robin would never
have recovered, so maybe death was a release for him." Cheri
turns to Andy, who just says, "I think they've pretty much
both said it all for me." Cheri sighs and asks them if they
think she should turn herself in. She adds that she won't blame
them if they think she should - she had no right to decide to
do what she did; she'll understand if-- Amanda interrupts her
and says, "Cheri...-" She then looks at Jill, who looks
at Andy, who nods. Amanda tells Cheri, "Look, we don't think
it's up to the police to decide if what you did was right or wrong.
Besides, you shouldn't have to go to jail for caring
about people." A smile crosses Cheri's face, and she sighs
heavily in relief.
A while later, back at Fiona's flat, Andy stands there as Fiona
gives Cheri a big hug and tells her that it's at times like this
that she feels like saying 'I told you so!'. Cheri smiles that
she's so glad it's over, and Fiona assures her that so is she.
Cheri goes to sit down, saying as she does so that she told Jill
how worried Fiona was about her, and she said she'd give her a
call. Fiona exclaims, "About time!" She then asks if
Jill said how she was settling in, but Cheri replies that she
was so worried about what they might say that she didn't even
think to ask - and afterwards, she was so relieved. Fiona
assures her that that's perfectly alright - she understands. She
then asks Cheri what she's going to do now, and Cheri says she
thinks she'll go away somewhere; it would be easier for Amanda
and Jill if she did. Fiona points out that they've agreed that
they don't hold anything against her. Cheri replies that she knows,
but she'd only remind them of what they've lost. She adds that
it would be better for her, too - she's got to try and
forget what she's done: she'll change her name and make
a new start. Fiona agrees that maybe it would be for the better,
but she adds that she'll be sorry to see her go. Andy chips in,
"Yeah, me too." Cheri tells them that she'll miss them
both. Fiona says she'll ring Gordon and have him burn
Karen's mail and then that will be the end of it. Andy, though,
says he'll do that, adding that he's been meaning to
ring Mrs. H. anyway, to see how everyone's getting on. Fiona thanks
him and he heads out. Cheri tells Fiona that she really feels
like leaving is sort of running away; she hopes she's done the
right thing by not going to the police. Fiona points out that
they've all agreed that she has. She adds that if what Cheri did
was wrong, she did it out of compassion - and she thinks
that Cheri's doubts are punishment enough. Fee suddenly starts
crying from one of the bedrooms, and Fiona laughs that someone
is calling for her! She stands up, saying as she does so that
she hopes Jill does contact them soon: the little one
is missing her mum pretty badly.
Jill opens the front door of her apartment and head inside, thanking
Amanda for the lift as she does so. To her obvious annoyance,
Amanda follows her inside and says to her, "I wish you'd
let me take you across to Fiona's." Jill retorts, "Look,
if Fiona's going to make a scene, here's as good a place as any."
Amanda asks, "What about Fee? Don't you want to see her?"
but Jill tells her, "Fee's better off without me." Amanda
exclaims in shock, "You're kidding!" but Jill murmurs,
"I think Fiona should keep her - she'll take good care of
her." Amanda cries, "You can't give up your daughter.
Not after all you've gone through for her. Look, Fee
needs you; she needs her mother." Jill
cries, "I'm not fit to be a mother, Amanda. I can't
bring her into this." Amanda snaps, "Then give
it up," but Jill shakes her head and looks down at the ground.
Amanda goes on, "You'd better 'phone Fiona - you said you
would." Jill doesn't respond, and so Amanda adds, "If
you won't, I will. It would be better coming from you."
At Fiona's flat, Cheri hands Fiona a piece of paper and tells
her that written on it is where she'll be staying tonight if she's
forgotten anything or if Fiona needs to get in touch. Fiona says
to her sadly that she will look after herself, won't she? Cheri
assures her, "I promise." She then gives Andy a big
hug and tells him that she's so glad she met him and Amanda. Andy
tells her to take care of herself. A car horn sounds outside,
and Cheri sighs that she guesses that's her cab. She gives Fiona
a hug and kisses her goodbye. Fiona smiles, "Goodbye,"
and Cheri goes. Andy tells Fiona that he needs to talk to her,
and he heads off to help Cheri out. The 'phone in Fiona's flat
suddenly starts ringing, and she goes to answer it. Jill comes
on and says it's her. Fiona smiles, "I was hoping you'd call.
How are you going?" There's silence at the other end, though,
and so Fiona prompts, "Jill?" In her flat, Jill looks
at Amanda, who nods to her to go on. Jill sighs, "Fiona,
can you come up to where I'm staying?" Fiona replies, "Yes,
of course. I'll bring Fee with me." Jill, though, quickly
tells her that she'd rather she didn't. She adds she'll explain
to her when she gets there, and goes on that she's sure Andy won't
mind looking after Fee. Fiona asks suspiciously, "What's
going on?" but Jill doesn't answer, instead countering with,
"Do you want to know where it is?" Fiona eagerly replies,
"Oh, yes. Yes please." Jill tells her, "It's Flat
7, Number 23, Marion Street, Kings Cross." A look of shock
crosses Fiona's face as Jill adds, "I'll see you when you
get here. Bye." Fiona hangs up as Andy comes back in. She
tells him, "Jill has gone back to the Cross. That's the very
last place she should be when she's so upset. Would you
look after Fee for a while? I'm going across to see her."
Andy, looking worried, tells her that he knows she's got enough
problems at the moment, and he really hates to lay this on her,
but he rang the Hamiltons and asked them about Karen's mail: because
of the murder, the police have confiscated all her mail.
Fiona, looking horrified, cries, "But Cheri gave them a full
confession in it." Andy nods. Fiona asks him if he told
Cheri, but Andy replies that he thought it would be better not
to; knowing Cheri, she'd turn herself in to save them
the hassle with the cops. He reminds Fiona that Cheri said she'd
change her name; there's a chance they might not find her. Fiona
muses, "No... maybe not. I just get the feeling we haven't
heard the last of this yet..."
Amanda and Jill are sitting in Jill's apartment. Jill is staring
into space, but Amanda tells her not to worry: she's doing the
right thing. Jill retorts sourly that she didn't give her much
choice. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Jill gets
up to answer it. A man's voice comes on and asks, "Is that
Jill?" Sounding disinterested, Jill replies, "Yes. Who's
speaking?" The man tells her, "It's the Big Bad Wolf
and I've got an awful problem I need help with. I hear you give
pretty good massages." Jill snaps, "I'm not available.
Try someone else." The man retorts, "Hey, wait..."
but Jill hangs up before he can get any further. Amanda says to
her imploringly, "I wish you could see what you're doing
to yourself. How can you possibly believe you deserve
this?" Jill mutters, "'Cos I do." Amanda
tells her, "All you ever gave Alan was love. Why should you
be punished for that?" Jill cries, "Amanda, please..."
but Amanda stands up and pleads, "For heaven's sake. We both
decided Cheri doesn't deserve it--" Jill interrupts her and
cries, "I don't want to hear it, Amanda. I'm going for a
walk." Amanda tells her that she'll come with her, but Jill
retorts that she wants to be by herself. Amanda asks, "What
about Fiona?" but Jill snaps that she'll be back by the time
she gets there. She heads out, leaving Amanda looking worried.
Jill heads outside, not noticing Frank following her down the
front steps a few seconds later. She walks off down the road at
a fair pace and Frank goes back inside.
Amanda is sitting in Jill's apartment, waiting, when there's
a knock on the door. She goes and opens it, cautiously. Frank
is standing there, and he says, "Hello." Amanda just
replies blankly, "Hello." Frank asks, "Are you
a friend of Jill's?" Amanda tells him, "Yes. Who are
you?" Frank introduces himself and explains, "I look
after Jill - make sure nobody gives her any trouble." Amanda
stares at him and he goes on, "You're not a bad looking chick,
you know that? I could get you a lot of business." Amanda
glares at him and snaps, "No thanks." She pushes the
door shut, but Frank has his foot in the way, and it springs back
open, allowing him to barge in. Amanda takes a step backwards,
looking worried. Frank shuts the door and Amanda cries, "Just
get out." Frank, though, orders, "Quit the act. You
know the score if you're a friend of Jill's." Amanda repeats,
"Get out," but Frank goes on, "I can do you a lot
of good. But of course, that depends on how 'good' you
are. There's only one way to find that out..." Amanda
takes another step backwards, looking scared.
A moment later, as Frank is still advancing on her, Amanda cries,
"Stay away." Frank asks, "Why...?" Amanda
suddenly runs over to the kitchen counter and picks up a vase,
which she throws at him. Frank dodges out of the way. Amanda picks
up a large bowl, but Frank keeps on approaching her, saying menacingly,
"That's good. That's very good. I like
a girl with a bit of fight in her." Still holding the bowl
threateningly, Amanda snaps, "You so much as make one step
forward, I swear I'll scream the place down." Frank hesitates
as he realises, "You really mean it, don't you." Amanda
retorts, "I'll go straight to the police if you so much as
lay a finger on me." Frank, waggling a finger at her, warns,
"Alright. But if you value that pretty face of yours, you'll
clear out and not come back. Jill's jittery enough without you
hanging around, upsetting her." Amanda retorts, "She
won't stay with you for much longer. A friend's coming to see
her. She's got her out of your sort of business before and she'll
do it again." Franks snarls, "Jill's worth a lot of
money to me. I'm not going to let her walk away." Amanda
points out, "You can't stop her," but Frank threatens,
"Watch me..." He turns and walks off, leaving Amanda
still looking scared.
Fiona emerges from one of the bedrooms in her flat and joins
Andy, who's sitting on the couch in the lounge room. He asks if
Fee is asleep, and Fiona replies that she is - finally. She adds
that it took her a while to get her settled down, but she doesn't
think he'll have any problems. Andy stands up and, changing the
subject, tells Fiona that, when she goes and sees Jill, he thinks
she's going to be a bit upset. Fiona sighs, "Yes, I'd guessed
as much from the way she's been acting." She's interrupted
by a sudden knock on the door, and she goes and answers it. Two
men wearing dark suits are standing there, and one of them asks
her, "Mrs. Thompson?" Fiona replies, "Yes."
The man indicates his colleague and introduces him as Detective
Peters. He then introduces himself as Detective Wilde and explains
that they'd like to talk to one of her tenants, a Miss Cheri Nolan,
but she's not in at the moment. He asks Fiona if she has any idea
where they could find her, but Fiona replies that, no, she hasn't
- she moved out of there this morning. The two detectives glance
at each other. Peters tells Fiona, "It is important.
Did Miss Nolan give any indication of where she might have gone?"
Fiona replies, "No, she didn't." Peters then asks, "Do
you think there's someone in the building who may be able to help
us?" Fiona, though, tells him, "I doubt it. I know Cheri
as well as anyone. She keeps pretty much to herself." Peters
says he sees. He adds, "If Miss Nolan does get in
touch, could you contact us?" Fiona replies that of course
she can, and she adds that she's sorry she couldn't be any more
help. Wilde thanks her for her time and he and Peters go. Fiona
shuts the door and Andy asks her if she thinks they'll be back.
Fiona shakes her head, but tells him that she doesn't think they've
heard the end of it yet. She picks up the piece of paper that
Cheri gave her and rips it up, explaining that it's better that
she doesn't know where she's staying. She then reminds Andy that
they were talking about Jill. Andy just says, "Yeah..."
Fiona looks at him pleadingly and asks, "What's she doing?
Has she gone back to prostitution?" Andy nods his head, and
Fiona, looking disappointed, murmurs, "I suspected as much.
The area where she's living... the fact she didn't want me to
take Fee around... Oh how could she do that?" Andy
says he thinks she's trying to blame herself for the death of
Alan, and Fiona whispers that it's possible. She goes on, "She
said she felt pretty worthless after Brian died; I was there to
help her through that one. I just wasn't around this
time. I'll have to go and wake Fee up and get her dressed."
Andy asks why. Fiona explains, "Because she could
be the answer."
Jill is standing in a park, looking worried and upset. She starts
walking along, slowly, eventually pausing as she realises she
has to go home.
Frank is standing outside the block of flats, smoking, when Jill
walks up the street towards him. He approaches her and growls
that he wants to talk to her. Jill asks what for. Frank retorts,
"Apparently, somebody's coming to try and talk you off the
game. But you don't want to leave, do you?" Jill
shakes her head slowly and mutters that she's not sure. Frank
quickly tells that of course she doesn't. He then goes on, "Look,
I've been thinking. You're wasted where you are now: how about
I set you up in a decent apartment and we raise your price tag?
You'll make a lot more and meet a better type of John." Jill
looks down at the ground and Frank continues, "Look, I'll
even lower my cut to 40%. What do you say?" Jill mutters
that she doesn't know. Frank points out that he's offering her
a life of luxury, but Jill retorts, "I don't want
a life of luxury." She suddenly notices a taxi approaching
and pulling in. She spots Fiona sitting in the back seat and hears
Fee crying, and begins to look even more worried. Frank looks
at Jill and turns to stare at the cab, saying as he does so, "You
won't have to put up with anyone hassling you. I can set you up
where your friends won't find you." Jill ignores him, instead
crying, "I told her not to bring Fee..." Frank
asks Jill, "Why d'you have to trust her in the first place?"
Jill cries, "I just don't want Fee to get hurt." Fiona
walks up to the pavement and joins Amanda, who has just stepped
outside, not noticing Jill and Frank a few yards along the road.
Frank suggests to Jill, "Then let's go." As Fiona and
Amanda go to head inside, they suddenly spot Jill and Frank standing
there. Frank tells Jill, "You don't want to talk to these
people," and he starts guiding her towards his car. Jill,
looking around all the time at Fee, gets in. Fiona cries at her
to wait, but it's too late. Jill kneels on the back seat of Frank's
car, staring out of the rear window as he drives off. Fiona and
Amanda watch her go. Fiona shakes her head sadly as she says,
"I thought seeing Fee would make Jill come to her senses,
but I think I've just made a dreadful mistake..."