Back at the boarding house, Amanda emerges from Fiona's kitchen,
carrying two mugs of tea. She puts them down on the table as Fiona
comes out of Fee's room, and she asks how the little girl is.
Fiona replies that she's asleep - at last. She sits down as she
adds, "I think." She continues that the poor little
kid is so confused, with her mother driving off and leaving her...
Amanda says she can't understand it: she never thought Jill would
ignore Fee like that. She then suggests that perhaps
the guy Jill was with forced her into going, but Fiona
says sadly that she doesn't think so - although it was obvious
he was trying to get away from her as quickly as possible
- and he's going to make it darned hard for her to see
Jill again. Amanda asks what they do, then: call the police? Fiona,
though, shakes her head and replies, "Jill's a big girl.
If she says she's happy, there's not a thing they can do about
it." She pauses before musing, "There is one thing I
could do." Amanda asks what that is. Fiona explains that
she's still got a lot of friends up at the Cross from the old
days - she could ask their help; she's done it once before.
She explains, "I got Jill out of prostitution some three
years ago. And... the pimp she was working for came around causing
trouble and I managed to find an old friend who warned him off."
Amanda looks at her and asks her eagerly if she could do it again.
Fiona, though, says she's not so sure she wants to. Amanda
insists, "But if it's going to help Jill..."
Fiona replies that she knows, but three years is a long time;
those people were all her friends - the very best - but she has
to admit that she's changed - and she's not so sure she wants
to get mixed-up with them again. Amanda sighs, "I must say,
it's hard to believe you were ever mixed-up with them."
Fiona laughs bitterly and explains that in those days, she had
no choice. She then quickly curses, "Oh, who am I kidding?
Of course I had a choice. And so does Jill - and she's got Fee
to think about and I've got to do my level best to make her realise
A while later, a red taxi pulls up in a main street in the Kings
Cross area of Sydney and Fiona climbs out and looks around. She
sighs, a look of worry on her face. She glances over at a man
talking who's to a skimpily-dressed, bleached-blonde prostitute.
The pro gets rid of the man quickly, and Fiona approaches her
and says, "Hi" The girl looks at her suspiciously and
demands, "What do you want?" Fiona explains
that she was looking for an old friend of hers: Eddie Wallace.
The girl grunts, "Never heard of him," and she walks
off. Fiona stands there, looking concerned. A few moments later,
she spots an older, larger, woman, standing touting for business,
her back to her. She stares at her and approaches her slowly.
She puts her hand on the woman's shoulder and says, "Hello,
Milly." The woman turns to stare at her and snaps, "Who
are you?" Fiona asks her gently, "Don't you remember?
Fiona. Fiona Reid." The woman looks at her more closely and
cries, "My God, so it is! What do you know?!" She then
asks Fiona cheerily how she is and Fiona replies that she's fine.
Milly goes on, "What are you doing here? Not thinking of
coming back, are you?!" Fiona laughs, "Oh come on, no
way!" Milly tells her, "You could... I
still do alright...!" Fiona muses sadly, "Yes,
I'm sure you do, Milly." Milly invites, "How about coming
home for a short snort? The customers can wait." Fiona explains
that she's afraid she hasn't the time: she's there for a reason.
Milly comments that it sounds serious, and Fiona replies that
it is. She goes on, "I'm trying to locate Eddie
Wallace." Milly shakes her head and remarks, "You have
been away, haven't you? Eddie's been retired two or three years.
Things are different now - a young bloke's in charge: Alex Dobson."
Fiona murmurs that she doesn't know him, and Milly retorts,
"No, you wouldn't, would you?" Fiona says she supposes
she'll have to talk to him. Milly, though, tells her not to bank
on any favours - the days are gone when they used to have a bit
of fun. She goes on that Eddie was such a soft touch, but he would
never have lasted if he hadn't retired; Alex is a little toughie
- he mightn't even agree to talk to Fiona - but they
should give it a burl anyway! She tells Fiona to wait down in
the nearby coffee shop and she'll see what she can do.
Fiona takes Milly's hands and tells her warmly that she's a pal.
Milly smiles, "Always was." As she walks off,
she adds, "Shouldn't be too long."
Stephen and Caroline are still sitting at the living room table
at the Morrell apartment, looking at figures. Stephen closes a
notepad and tells his ex-wife that that's about it. He asks if
it all makes sense, and Caroline replies that it's starting to.
She then goes on that, with his knowledge of the company, he should
be a Director himself. Stephen explains that he does
have some shares in Woombai, as part of the deal when he took
over as Manager, but none in the actual company. Caroline comments
that it's a shame. Stephen asks, "What is?" Caroline
explains, "I was looking back on all the money you had...
the way you let it all slip away. You could have been a very wealthy
man by now." Stephen, though, tells her, "I'm happy.
In fact, I've never been happier. Woombai is sane and relaxed
and, well, I love it, simple as that." Caroline smiles that
it's a complete change of image; whoever would have thought a
playboy like him could settle down to a quiet life in the country?!
Stephen muses that stranger things have happened - and they all
get older. He quickly adds, "'Mature' is perhaps the word
I'm looking for!" Caroline comments, "What a pity we
hadn't just met." Stephen asks, "You think so?"
Caroline tells him, "Our relationship would be different.
Still, people do try again..." Suddenly looking
slightly nervous, Stephen stands up, starts packing up his papers
and says he'd better be getting over to the Hamiltons'. Caroline
sits there, a smile on her face.
A short time later, Stephen is at Dural, sitting in the lounge
room with Gordon and Barbara. She smiles that she's amazed: is
he still interested in Caroline? Stephen tells her that,
after Patricia, he'll be taking any relationship pretty
slowly, but he has to admit that, when she hinted that she wanted
to give it another go, he couldn't say 'no' outright. Changing
the subject, he then asks if the police have got any further with
their investigations. Gordon explains quietly that they took Wayne
down to the station this morning: they haven't arrested him, but
he's been gone quite a while; he'd say it's not going
too well. Stephen comments, "It must be a terrible strain
on you." Barbara agrees that it is. She then tells
her brother that, in fact, he could do them a big favour. Stephen
says, "Sure. Anything." Barbara explains that she and
Gordon were supposed to go out to a business dinner this evening,
but she doesn't want Gordon to have another late night; would
he mind going in their place, please? Stephen assures her that
he'd be happy to. There's a sudden knock on the front door, which
Gordon goes to answer while Stephen muses to Barbara that maybe
he should take Caroline. Barbara smiles, "Maybe you should!"
Stephen asks her if she'd mind giving Caroline a ring - he has
quite a lot to do today. Barbara assures him, "Not at all.
I enjoy playing Cupid!" Stephen sits there, smiling. Out
in the hallway, Gordon opens the door to find Dan Weller standing
there. Dan walks straight in and explains that he just thought
he'd drop in with the details of his proposition. He adds that
it'll give Gordon a chance to study it before he makes
an appointment to talk it over. Gordon takes the file, but tells
Dan curtly that he'd rather discuss something else with
him. Dan looks at him and Gordon growls, "I'm aware that
you tried to flirt with Caroline and I don't Liz getting hurt.
What are you playing at?" Dan quickly replies, "Nothing.
Caroline must have got the wrong idea - I was only being polite
to her." He then tells Gordon that he'll leave him with the
file and be on his way - he has a busy night ahead. He makes a
rapid escape out through the front door, which Gordon closes behind
him. He then heads back into the lounge room, and Barbara asks
who the visitor was. Gordon explains, "Dan Weller. He didn't
stay. When I told him I knew he made a play for Caroline, he was
out that door like a rocket." Upon hearing those words, a
look of anger crosses Stephen's face, and he demands, "What
do you mean, he made a play for Caroline?" Gordon replies
that it's just that: he made a pass at her. Stephen snaps indignantly,
"Oh did he?" He looks annoyed!
A short time later, Barbara is on the 'phone to Caroline, who
says warily, "Oh, he's picking me up at 8pm, is he?"
Barbara points out that the dinner's at 8:30pm. Caroline asks
indignantly, "Didn't it occur to him that I might already
be doing something? And he could have rung himself
- although that's typical of Stephen: when we were married,
he always expected me at his beck and call." Barbara tells
her that it hasn't stopped Stephen feeling jealous of
her! Caroline, looking surprised, queries, "Jealous?"
Barbara explains that, when Stephen heard about Dan, he was not
pleased - he even admitted that he was interested in the two of
them getting back together again. Caroline smiles, "Well,
well..." Barbara tells her not to be too hard on
him, and Caroline replies that she won't - she promises. She then
thanks Barbara for ringing. Barbara asks, "Eight o'clock,
then?" but Caroline says she'll have to see if she can make
it. Barbara asks what she should tell Stephen, and Caroline replies,
"Tell him to pick me up." Barbara smiles, "Fine.
Bye!" They both hang up. At the Morrell apartment, Caroline,
looking thoughtful, walks with the telephone over to the couch
and takes a card out of her handbag. She dials a number on the
card, the 'phone rings at the other end and then an answerphone
message comes on, saying, "Hi. This is Dan Weller. Sorry
I'm not free at the moment, but leave your name and message and
I'll get back to you as soon as I can." Caroline says to
the machine, "Hello, Dan. Caroline Morrell. I wanted to apologise
for having been so short with you when you came to see me - I
was upset about something else and I shouldn't have taken it out
on you. If you'll let me make it up to you, I'd love to hear from
you as soon as you get home. Bye." She hangs up, a sly look
on her face...
Fiona is sitting at a table outside a coffee shop in Kings Cross,
tapping her fingers in time to some music playing in the background.
A large, bearded man, suddenly approaches her and asks, "Are
you waiting to see me?" Fiona tells him curtly,
"If your name is Alex Dobson, yes. And I've been waiting
for quite some time." Dobson mutters, "I'm very busy."
He sits down next to Fiona and demands, "What do you want?"
Fiona explains, "There is a man called Frank Dwyer."
Dobson nods and says, "I've heard of him." Fiona goes
on, "He's looking after a personal friend of mine. Jill O'Donnel?"
Dobson asks, "You want him warned off, do you?" Fiona
agrees, "That's the general idea. She shouldn't even be
on the game." Dobson mutters, "That's your
opinion." Fiona, though, retorts, "Look, I know what
I'm talking about." She then adds, "I know Eddie Wallace
very well and he owes me lots of favours." Dobson, though,
retorts, "I don't. Stop being so impressed with
yourself just because you know Eddie. Lots of people
'know Eddie'." Fiona muses, "Yes, I suppose they do."
Dobson goes on, "And I can't say I'm too keen on the idea
of being given orders by old broads." Fiona says quietly,
looking disappointed, "No, I can see that. I guess it was
a waste of time my coming down to see you." Dobson quickly
tells her, "I didn't exactly say I wouldn't help you. Just
how well do you know Eddie?" Fiona looks down at
the table before replying, "Well, I used to work for him
- a long time ago. We were very good friends. You ask him yourself."
Dobson tells her, "I'll see what he says. If you check out,
I might be able to do something for you - Eddie's been pretty
good to me, too. But I'm not promising anything - we'll just see
how we go, OK?" Fiona thanks him, gratefully.
That night, at Dural, Barbara is carrying a tray of clean glasses
from the kitchen to the bar when the front door bangs and Wayne
walks in. She cries, "Oh, you're home at last. How
did it go?" Wayne just asks, "Where's Gordy?" Barbara
tells him that he's upstairs, taking a nap. She adds, "Well?"
Wayne replies, "It looks pretty bad. Because the police know
I attacked Karen the day before, I'm number one suspect. The lawyer
said that even though the evidence is circumstantial, there's
still a strong case against me." Barbara sighs heavily and
then asks him if he can refrain from telling Gordon how serious
it is. Wayne agrees, "Sure. I'll say there's no real proof,
so there's nothing much to worry about." Barbara thanks him,
Caroline is pacing the floor at the Morrell apartment when the
'phone suddenly starts ringing. She goes to answer it, but then
hesitates momentarily, so as not to appear too keen. Dan comes
on and Caroline tells him that she was hoping it might
be him. Dan muses, "I must say I was surprised to hear from
you. I went out to the Hamilton house and got a very
cool reception after what you told them." Caroline
quickly replies, "I do apologise - I'll have to let them
know it was a misunderstanding." Dan thanks her. He then
adds, "About making it up to me..." Caroline quickly
tells him, "I am interested in your proposal, Dan.
I'm sure I can talk Gordon into having a good look at it."
Dan comments that that would be great. Caroline then suggests
that they talk about it over dinner tonight, and Dan tells her
that that suits him fine. Caroline goes on, "What say you
pick me up about 8pm - or perhaps a little earlier...?" Dan
assures her that he'll be there. He asks if he should book a table,
and Caroline tells him that that would be lovely - she'll see
him then. Dan replies that he looks forward to it.
Liz is standing on the front door step at Dural, and as Barbara
lets her into the house, she asks her how she went with the police.
Liz, though, explains that she hasn't been to see them yet. Barbara
points out that they only wanted to ask her a few questions. Liz
asks if she can have a talk to Gordon, but Barbara retorts that
he's upstairs, taking a nap before dinner - although she guesses
Liz is very welcome to wait. She indicates the lounge room, and
the two of them head in there. As they do so, Barbara asks Liz
if she came to see Gordon because of the way Dan has been behaving
lately. Liz looks at her in surprise and asks her what she means.
Barbara quickly explains that she just seems a bit down; she
assumed it had something to do with Dan, that's all.
Liz asks her suspiciously what makes her think that, but Barbara
tells her, "Oh, nothing..." Liz demands disbelievingly,
"Come on, Barbara, out with it." Barbara sighs, "Well,
I suppose you're going to find out sooner or later: Dan made a
play for Caroline." Liz stares at her and cries, "I
don't believe you. You're making it up." Barbara asks why
she should do that, and Liz retorts that it would be a good way
of getting back at her. Barbara tells her not to be silly, but
Liz cries, "I'm not going to fall for your lies. I can see
it would be useless talking to Gordon, too. I'm sorry I ever came
back here." With that, she storms off, leaving Barbara
Sometime later, Barbara and Wayne emerge from the kitchen and
walk into the lounge room, both carrying drinks. Barbara curses
that she's so angry with herself: she wishes she'd kept her big
mouth shut. Wayne points out that she wasn't to know, but Barbara
insists that she should have been on to it - the poor girl was
so nervous when she arrived, and she was frightened to go and
talk to the police. Wayne comments that it's not everybody's
cup of tea - he knows how he feels about it: he's tempted
to clear out. Barbara warns him that that would be madness
- he'd only look guilty. Wayne, though, asks bitterly what the
difference would be - the police already think he's the murderer.
Barbara tells him to think about Gordon - he'd be shattered -
but Wayne retorts that it would be better than him having to wait
through a long trial and see him go to jail.
Barbara tells him that she doesn't believe it will come to that
- he's innocent, and she's sure there must be a way to prove it.
Wayne retorts that their lawyer can't think of it. He
goes on, "I know how Patricia felt now. I understand why
Dan Weller is at the Morrell apartment, and Caroline picks up
two drinks from the bar as he tells her that she looks an absolute
knockout tonight. Caroline thanks him. Dan then goes on that he
took the liberty of bringing over a copy of his proposal - he
thought she might like to study it over dinner. Caroline, though,
flirts, "I don't think I'll be able to concentrate, sitting
opposite you..." Dan smiles, "Of course...
I should have thought. Well, we can always leave it to a bit later..."
He takes his glass, clinks it against Caroline's and says, "Cheers!"
There's suddenly a knock at the door and Caroline hands Dan her
glass. As she goes to answer the knock, she says to Dan, "You
didn't invite anyone else, did you?" Dan assures her, "Not
me." She opens the door partially, to find Stephen standing
at the door. She says a taut, "Oh, hello." Stephen smiles,
"Don't you look wonderful. Ready to go?" Caroline
retorts, "I'm sorry, Stephen, but I've already got
a date for tonight." Looking surprised, Stephen comments,
"But Barbara said she was going to--" Caroline interrupts
and tells him, "Oh, you should have called yourself - at
least to check." Stephen, looking puzzled, remarks
that he thought she'd definitely be coming - it's a business
dinner. Caroline explains that she decided against it. She then
opens the door slightly further so that Stephen can see Dan and
adds, "It's my prerogative, isn't it?" As he stares
at Dan in surprise, Stephen growls at his ex-wife, "Not if
he's your date, you don't deserve a prerogative."
Caroline snaps, "Don't be stuffy, Stephen. And in future,
don't take me for granted. Alright?" Stephen tells her that
he's sorry to have interrupted her evening, and he walks off,
leaving Caroline with a hint of a smile on her face.
Charlie and Katie are sitting with Gordon, Barbara and Wayne
- who's standing - in the lounge room at Dural. Barbara is saying,
"Well, that's what the lawyer said to Wayne, so I'm sure
he's got a very good chance." Charlie, looking worried, murmurs,
"Yes..." Gordon adds, "And he is a very good
lawyer." Charlie looks at Wayne nervously and tells him,
"The police questioned Katie and I for quite some time this
afternoon." Wayne demands, "What have you told them
now?" Charlie assures him, "Nothing, darling.
Well, only what happened." Wayne asks suspiciously, "What
do you mean, 'what happened'?" Charlie cries, "It was
so difficult. Well, they asked so many questions and,
well, I told them about you getting worried when Isabella dashed
down to the stream." Wayne mutters, "Which means they
think I knew the body was there. Great!" Barbara asks him
why he was worried, and Wayne snaps, "Because I thought I'd
have to dig the stupid dog out of the mud. I can just see them
believing that, too." He then asks Charlie angrily,
"Why did you have to say anything?" Charlie,
looking guilty, explains that it was the way they questioned her
- they didn't let up. Katie chips in that it was like that.
Wayne snaps, "That's all I need," and he storms
out, leaving Charlie looking worried. Katie goes after him. Charlie
cries to Gordon and Barbara, "Well, I knew I'd done the wrong
thing, but..." Gordon assures her that it's alright - they
understand: she had to tell the police the truth. Katie closes
the lounge room doors behind her and walks over to Wayne in the
hallway - he's leaning against the stair rail, looking worried.
Katie tells him that Charlie didn't mean to say the wrong
thing - they were tough on her. Wayne turns to face her and explains,
"I'm not saying she did. I'm scared. They're
going to arrest me, that's for sure." Katie points out that
she's the one to blame: if the police hadn't overheard
her talking to him, they'd be none the wiser. Wayne tells her
gently that she's a good friend, and he gives her a gentle kiss
on the cheek. Katie says she hopes they can still be
friends, but Wayne replies that he thinks he's going to be something
of a loner, from now on. He smiles at her and then heads upstairs,
leaving Katie looking worried.
Andy is sitting with Fiona at her apartment, and he comments
that going to the Cross today didn't do her much good, did it?
Fiona replies sadly that it most certainly didn't. She goes on
that, when she saw Milly, she thought to herself, 'There, but
for the grace of God'...: it was terrible - her pretending that
she could still attract clients... and for her to have
to be polite to that young pup: it almost made her sick to her
stomach and where has it got her? Andy suggests that Dobson might
have had trouble tracking the other bloke down, but Fiona tells
him with a grim smile on her face that he's got to believe the
grapevine: you've only got to cough before Eddie knows
about it. Andy suddenly asks her, "Did you ever really enjoy
being on the game?" Fiona smiles distantly, "Yeah, course
I did. Well, all the friendships were genuine and we had real
laughs." Andy looks at her in surprise, and she quickly adds,
"It wasn't all work, you know?" Andy looks
down at the table. Fiona tells him, "Don't look so shocked.
It was a different time, Andy. During the war, a lot of girls
weren't really professional - it was just a way for them to meet
prospective husbands. But it's all different now: after talking
with Milly after she'd organised the meeting... the way she
sees it all, it's really sad... Oh, I don't mean that I
forget the bad times: if I want to be truly honest with myself,
a lot of them were bad, but like I said, I always had
a lot of friends to help me out - and, from what I saw today,
there were many of them there wouldn't even know what a friend
was." She shrugs sadly before concluding, "I
still don't know where Jill is..."
Caroline opens the front door at the Morrell apartment as she
and Dan arrive back from their night out, and she thanks him for
a very pleasant evening. Looking surprised, Dan tells her that
he enjoyed himself too - even though they didn't get around to
discussing his proposal. Caroline replies, "Yes, I'm sorry."
Dan suggests that they chat about it over a nightcap - there's
nothing like mixing business with pleasure... Caroline, though,
retorts that she's really not interested - she's feeling very
tired. Dan laughs and asks, "Come on... What was tonight
all about, then, in that case? You like teasing, do you?"
Caroline tells him curtly, "I'm sorry if you got the wrong
idea, but you were the one making all the passes."
She adds, "Goodnight," and closes the door, sighing
as she heads inside. A look of shock crosses her face as she finds
Liz standing there, glaring at her.
A while later, Caroline is sitting with Amanda on the couch.
They're drinking hot drinks as Caroline tells her daughter that
she's sorry she got woken, but she couldn't work out how Liz got
in. Amanda explains, "She knocked soon after I got home.
We chatted for a while, then I went to bed and let her wait for
you." Caroline comments, "She was terribly
upset," but Amanda asks, "Do you blame her?"
Caroline insists that she only went out with Dan to discuss his
business proposition; even though she hardly knows Liz,
she didn't want to hurt her - although she does think
it's better that she found out what he's like, anyway. Amanda
asks her mother suspiciously if she's sure she hasn't got something
else in mind, but Caroline asks innocently, "Like
what?" Amanda muses, "Well, I don't know, but it seems
a bit like game-playing to me. Dan's not the sort of guy you'd
normally go out to dinner with." Caroline tells her, "I
don't play games. You ought to know me better than that."
Amanda muses, "I thought I did..."
In the lounge room at Dural, Liz is telling Gordon and Barbara
that, after she left Dural, she went to Dan's house: she waited
for ages, but he didn't come home; then she decided to go to Amanda's
and face Caroline head-on - to see if there was any truth in what
Barbara said. She goes on that, when she heard Dan and Caroline
together, she didn't know what to do. She tells Barbara
that she's sorry: she should have believed her, but she didn't
want to. She asks Barbara if she understands, and Barbara assures
her that of course she does - and she is sorry: she could
have bitten her tongue out. Gordon remarks to Liz, "You've
had one hell of a night, haven't you?" Liz, though, replies
hesitantly, "Well, it's been for more than just one
night. You see, the reason I came to see you earlier was to tell
you why I'm so scared about going to the police." Barbara
and Gordon stare at her, and Gordon asks gently, "Do you
want to tell me now?" Liz nods slowly as she admits,
"I killed Karen." Barbara and Gordon both look shocked,
and she goes on quickly, "Believe me, I didn't mean
to do it, but I'm the one they're looking for."