The front door suddenly opens and Caroline quickly hides the
pistol in her handbag as Amanda walks in. She cheerfully tells
her daughter that she just missed her father, but Amanda explains
that she saw him outside. She sits down as she adds that it sounds
like lunch went very well. Caroline quickly pulls her handbag
out of the way and then asks if Stephen mentioned anything about
rushing off to Woombai. Amanda nods and comments that it's a pity.
Caroline agrees that it would have been nice if he could have
spend a few days with them - they would have felt like a family
again. Suddenly looking thoughtful, Amanda muses, "I wonder
if it's worth trying to talk him into it?" Caroline looks
at her, and she explains, "Staying on." Caroline replies,
"I don't know - I suppose you could give it a try."
Amanda comments that she's sure Woombai can manage without
him for a little while longer. Caroline tells her, "Talk
to him, then." Amanda smiles, "I will."
Caroline nods, "Good..."
Leigh is back at Sunbury, and she calls out Tim's name as she
walks into the caravan. She sits down on the bed and sighs. Footsteps
suddenly sound on the steps outside, and she calls out, "In
here, Tim." It's David who comes in, though, and Leigh looks
annoyed. He tells her that he saw her come in through the gate
and figured she'd probably come to see Tim. Leigh asks where he
is, and David explains that Mike and Heather are enrolling him
in the High School. He adds that if Tim is going to stay,
the sooner he gets back to his studies, the better. Leigh stands
up and mutters, "Well, I won't wait, then." She goes
to walk out, but David tells her to hang on a second. She stops,
and David goes on that he knows how she's feeling - it's not easy
for him, either - but he reckons they should talk about
it. Leigh, though, spits, "What's to talk about? You're my
father. Big deal. Nothing we can say is going to change
that." David suggests that they can still talk,
and he invites her to come inside and have a drink while she waits
for Tim. He adds that they might be able to sort out a few things.
Leigh reluctantly mutters, "Alright," and they head
A few minutes later, Leigh is sitting at the kitchen table in
the main house, a can of Diet Coke in her hand. She sips from
it before growling, "Ray Palmer was my father. He was the
one who brought me up. He was the only person I'd ever loved who
loved me, too. I thought Richard did, but that
was all a con." David asks, "What about Tim?
You seem to get on pretty well with him." Leigh
snaps, "That's different. Tim's only a kid - I have to look
after him." She then goes on more quietly, "Dad used
to look after me. No one else has ever done
that." She sighs before adding, "At least Richard taught
me one thing: if you love someone, you can get hurt."
David puts his hand on her arm and says gently that he's sorry.
Leigh, though, pulls away and snaps, "I'll survive. Just
don't expect me to start treating you like my second father."
She then stands up and announces that she can't wait any longer
- she told Beryl she wouldn't be late. David tells her that he'll
give her a lift, but she declines. David, though, retorts, "Don't
be silly. I'm going over there anyway." The two of them get
up and head out.
Gordon opens the front door at Dural to find Stephen standing
on the step. He comments that Stephen is early - he wasn't expecting
him until after dinner. Stephen explains that there was something
he wanted to talk to Gordon about. The 'phone suddenly starts
ringing and Gordon tells Stephen to go in the lounge room. Stephen
wanders in there while Gordon takes the call. Barbara is sitting
in the lounge room, and, after they've exchanged greetings, Stephen
comments to his sister that Gordon seems rather tense. Barbara
explains that he's worried about Wayne: ever since the article
came out in the National Informer, he's been waiting
to hear from him. Stephen comments, "Yes, of course."
He then asks if he can have a drink, and Barbara tells him to
help himself. As he goes to the bar, he tells his sister that
he wanted to talk to Gordon the others got there, to see if he
minds him staying in Sydney until the end of the week. Barbara
stands up, walks over to the bar and tells Stephen hesitantly
that the last thing Gordon needs at the moment is someone talking
business. Stephen assures her that it's not that big a deal, but
Barbara points out that he'll be needed back at Woombai
- he can't expect Alan to run the guest house and the riding school
on his own. She pleads, "Please don't bring it up
- he's got an awful lot on his mind." Stephen acquiesces
to the request, and Barbara thanks him. At that moment, Gordon
comes in and explains that the caller was Charlie, asking if she
should bring anything. Barbara just grunts. Gordon murmurs sadly,
"I thought it might be Wayne..."
Wayne is standing at the counter of a shop, and he asks the shopkeeper,
"Do you sell the newspapers, mate?" The shopkeeper replies
that he does, but Wayne is a bit late - all they've got left is
the Herald and the National Informer. Wayne
smiles, "I'll take the newspaper. Don't want a forty-page
gossip column!" He pays and then walks over to where the
newspapers are laid out in a rack. He picks up a Herald
and doesn't even glance at the National Informer with
his and Liz's photos on the front...
Beryl is sitting at the living room table at her house, having
afternoon tea with a dark-haired woman. The woman thanks Beryl
for offering to help out, and she adds that it will be wonderful
to have her back at the Home. Beryl smiles that she's looking
forward to it. The woman goes on, "We're terribly short-staffed.
Well, I've been working non-stop - didn't end up leaving
until 10pm last night." Beryl tells her that she'll be happy
to give her a hand whenever she needs her. The woman explains,
"The only reason I didn't call you about coming back to the
home was I didn't know how you'd feel being amongst young children
and babies." Beryl muses, "I'll be right." She
then goes on, "Actually, I've got a baby staying with me
at the moment. He's asleep now, thank goodness, but I
think having him around is helping me to get over losing Robert..."
The woman comments sourly, "Doesn't seem fair. You have your
baby taken and there are others who couldn't give a damn."
Beryl tells her, "Yes, Heather told me." The woman continues,
"She probably had her reasons - the poor girl looked pretty
upset. She left without even signing the papers." Beryl looks
Outside, David and Leigh are approaching the house, David pointing
out to Leigh as they do so that him giving her a lift was quicker
than her catching a bus home. Leigh mutters that she supposes
so. As they approach the front door, David glances in through
the window and comments that it looks like Beryl has got Diane
Bull from the Children's Home over. Leigh looks round sharply.
David knocks on the door, and, inside, Beryl remarks to Diane
that David has brought Leigh home. Outside, Leigh quickly tells
David that she's just remembered she has to pick up some formula
for Shane; she won't be long. She walks off back down the path
as Beryl opens the door. She invites David to come in, and he
joins her and Diane in the living room. She then comments that
she thought she saw Leigh with him, and David tells her that she
did, but she was in a bit of a hurry. Diane smiles that she hopes
she didn't scare her off, but David laughs that he doesn't
think so - it was more a case of getting to the shops before they
A while later, Beryl is clearing the table, and Diane thanks
her for the afternoon tea but adds that she really must be going.
David asks her if he can give her a lift anywhere, but Diane declines,
explaining that she has her car. Beryl asks what's going to happen
to the baby that was left at the home. Diane tells her that they'll
keep looking for his mother, of course, but if they don't find
her, he'll become a State ward and, hopefully, they can arrange
an adoption. David comments that it'll probably be the best thing
for the poor kid anyway. Diane agrees, "Yes, but until then,
we have to arrange a foster home." Looking at Beryl, she
then asks, "I don't suppose you'd be interested
in looking after him?" Beryl stares at her and replies, "No,
I don't think so." Diane tells her, "It would only be
until--" Beryl interrupts and says, "I realise that,
but Leigh's baby is enough of a handful for me at the moment -
and I am still hoping that I'll get Robert back one day..."
Wayne is driving along a quiet road in his open-topped car. He
stops at a junction as a police motorcyclist passes him, and he
pretends to look in his road atlas for directions. The policeman
drives by without stopping, and Wayne puts down the atlas and
A young man in his twenties is standing in the shop Wayne was
in earlier, looking at the story about him and Liz. He looks across
to where some of his mates are playing cards outside, and mutters,
"I don't believe it." Two of the card-players get up
and walk off, saying they've had enough. The young man walks outside
and calls to the remaining card-player, "Gary. Check this
out." He hands over the paper to his mate, and tells him,
"There's a bloke in the paper who looks exactly like you."
Gary reaches out his hand to pick up the paper and read it. Gary
is an exact doppelgänger of Wayne, except he's unshaven and
wearing a gold earring in his left ear...
Charlie, Gordon, Stephen and Amanda are sitting in the lounge
room at Dural, while Barbara is talking on the 'phone by the window.
Charlie tells her audience that she hasn't been able to sleep
a wink, knowing that Wayne is still missing; he could
be sleeping on park benches for all they know, and it's
all her fault. Gordon retorts that that's nonsense, but Charlie
insists that it's true: if she hadn't told the police about Isabella,
Wayne would never have run away - and now they might never see
him again. Looking annoyed, Gordon snaps, "Charlie, Wayne
will be fine. He'll turn up when he sees the story in
the paper." Charlie says she hopes so. On the 'phone, Barbara
snaps, "Look, I've just told you, he's not here." She
slams the 'phone down and curses, "Journalists! That was
another one, wanting an interview with Liz and full of questions
about Wayne." Gordon points out that they shouldn't complain
- at least now all the papers will be running stories
about him; he's bound to see one of them. Stephen suggests,
"As long as he stays in New South Wales. I can't see the
story having much impact in the other States." Charlie
cries, "Then Wayne might never realise he's been
found innocent. He could spend the rest of his life a hunted man..."
Barbara, looking annoyed, warns, "Charlie..." She then
asks her if she could come and give her a hand with the tea, and
Charlie smiles, "Of course, darling." She gets up and
goes with Barbara to the kitchen. Amanda tells Gordon that she
won't be staying for tea - she only came to see how how he and
Aunty Barb were - although she does have a small favour to ask.
Gordon tells her to ask away. Amanda says, "Could dad stay
in Sydney a little while longer before going back to Woombai?"
Stephen looks at her sharply as she goes on, "I thought it
would be a good idea if he and mum could spend some more time
together--" Stephen warns, "Amanda..." Amanda insists,
"It would be, dad." Stephen tells Gordon that
it's not that important - he can make it back some other time.
Gordon, though, smiles, "No, I think it's an excellent idea.
I'll need someone to help with the company until Wayne turns up
and I'm sure Alan Pascoe can cope with Woombai for a few days
by himself. That is if you want to stay...?" Stephen
tells him, "If you're sure it's OK with you..."
Barbara comes back in with a tray of tea things as Amanda exclaims,
"Oh great! Mum will be so pleased!" Barbara puts the
tray down and Gordon tells her that there will be one less, as
Amanda's not staying. Barbara asks her if she's sure, and Amanda
explains that she promised her mum she'd get to the shops before
they closed. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Barbara goes
to get it. She answers it, "Barbara Hamilton." A man's
voice comes on and says, "Good afternoon. Is Wayne Hamilton
there, please?" Barbara snaps, "No he is not."
The man replies, "Oh. Do you know where I could find him?"
Barbara snaps, "We haven't heard from him and we have nothing
further to say and I don't want you to call again. Goodbye."
With that, she slams down the 'phone and mutters, "Bloody
reporters. Why don't they ever give up?"
Gary's mate hangs up the 'phone in a public kiosk and joins Gary,
who's still reading the newspaper article. He tells Gary - who's
also sporting a tattoo on his left arm - "There's been no
sign of the bloke." Gary smiles, "I'd better get cleaned-up
and into some new gear. We're in the money, mate!" His mate
warns him, "Want to be careful, Gary. If you get found out..."
Gary, though, smiles, "I won't. It's worth a go, I reckon..."
That night, a light comes on in the otherwise-dark Morrell apartment
and Caroline emerges from her bedroom and walks over to the couch.
She takes some pills out of her handbag and then walks over to
the bar, where she pours herself a glass of water. She suddenly
hears noises outside the front door, and she puts down the water,
runs back over to the couch and takes the pistol out of her bag.
She points it at the door as she handle turns slowly and the door
is pushed open to reveal Stephen standing there in silhouette.
He switches on the main lights and looks surprised to find his
ex-wife standing there, pointing a weapon at him. He asks, "Why
have you got a gun?" Caroline explains sherpishly that she
heard him coming in and thought it was a burglar. She puts the
weapon away before quickly asking him what he's doing there, pointing
out that it's after midnight. Stephen explains that Amanda asked
him to stay there for a few days; he's always had a key to the
place, so when he left Barbara and Gordon's, he picked up his
bag from the motel and came straight over; he didn't realise he'd
be facing a firing squad! He asks her where she got the gun, and
Caroline nervously tells him that someone she stayed with in Europe
gave it to her. Stephen comments that it's a funny sort of present.
He then tells her that she should get rid of it - there's no need
to carry it around. Caroline sighs, "I hope not." Stephen
asks, "Why? What are you frightened of?" Caroline quickly
flirts, "Nothing - it's just that I don't feel safe without
a man in the place. But now you're here..." She
puts her arms round him, but Stephen, looking concerned, says,
"Look, I-- I didn't just-- Look, I think we should see how
we feel." Caroline, though, ignores him and starts kissing
him passionately. When she eventually pulls away, she holds out
her hand and invites, "Come on. You can unpack in the morning."
With that, they head off to Caroline's bedroom...
The next morning, Beryl and Leigh are sitting in the kitchen
at Beryl's, having breakfast. Beryl tells Leigh that she's glad
she and David were able to spend some time together yesterday.
She adds that Leigh does know that David wants to do what he can
for her? Leigh just murmurs, "Yeah..." She then asks,
"Did you say last night you were thinking of going back to
work at the Children's Home?" Beryl agrees, "Mmm. I've
been missing it." Leigh asks her when she'll be going back,
but Beryl replies that she doesn't know - whenever they want her,
she supposes. Leigh asks her whether she doesn't think it would
be better if she just worked on charity committees and things
like that. Beryl looks at her in surprise, and Leigh adds that
it just seems a bit of a waste just going in for a couple of hours
and doing fiddly little jobs. Beryl, though, retorts sternly,
"I'm already on quite a few committees, Leigh, but
I prefer working with people. It makes me feel as if
I'm actually doing something." Shane suddenly starts
crying, and Beryl asks Leigh if it isn't time she got him out
of the cot. Leigh grunts, "Alright." As she stands up,
Beryl adds, "And don't forget to iron those things that Heather
brought over." Leigh heads off to the bedroom. In the lounge
room, the 'phone starts ringing, and Beryl goes and answers it.
Diane Bull comes on and says, "Remember I mentioned there
were holes in our work roster at the Home?" Beryl nods, "Yes."
Diane goes on, "Well, the lady who handles our paperwork
is off sick today. Would you be free?" Beryl tells her, "Yes,
I am. I'll clear up and come straight over." Diane thanks
her, adding that that's one load off her mind. They say
goodbye and hang up.
Amanda is laying the breakfast table at the Morrell apartment
when Stephen and Caroline suddenly emerge from the Caroline's
bedroom - Stephen with his arm around his ex-wife - and Stephen
tells his daughter, "You'd better make that for three."
Amanda, looking happily shocked, smiles, "Good morning!"
Stephen tells her, "Top of the morning to you!"
Amanda asks him how long he's been there, and Stephen
replies that he got there about midnight - although he almost
got his head blown-off in the process! Caroline quickly tells
Amanda that he was acting very suspiciously, so she had to pretend
she had a gun! Stephen points out, "You did!"
Amanda doesn't pick up on this, though, instead telling the two
of them to sit down and she'll bring in the breakfast. They do
as they're told and Amanda heads out to the kitchen. Caroline
suddenly looks miles away, and Stephen comments that there is
something worrying her, isn't there? Caroline retorts, "No,"
but Stephen prompts, "That letter that came yesterday."
Caroline tells him, "Forget the letter - it was nothing.
We've got much more important things to think about..."
Stephen warns, "Don't change the subject," but their
minds are taken off things by the sudden popping of a champagne
cork and the clinking of glasses! Amanda brings in the bottle
and three glasses, and Caroline exclaims, "I thought you
were getting breakfast!" Amanda laughs, "I am!"
Stephen comments, "Aren't we lucky?!" and Amanda
agrees, "Lucky there was champagne in the 'fridge, yes!"
She starts pouring, but Stephen demands humorously, "Where
are the strawberries?!" Amanda smiles that she's sorry. Stephen
says in mock indignation, "What sort of First Class hotel
are you running here?!" Amanda explains, "It's
a family hotel!" She finishes pouring the champagne,
all three of them raise their glasses and Stephen proposes, "Family
hotels!" The two women repeat the toast. The three of them
then sip their drinks and Caroline exclaims that the champagne
is wonderful! Amanda tells her and Stephen that she'll cook something
a little bit more exciting than boiled eggs, too, but Stephen
replies apologetically that she'll have to be quick. Caroline
cries, "You don't have to rush off, do you?" but Stephen
explains that he has to go over some figures with Gordon this
morning. Amanda comments that she's surprised Gordon wants to
work at all, and Stephen asks her if she means because
of the business with Wayne. Amanda muses, "He's so worried
about him. I hope we hear something soon."
Gary emerges from a hairdresser's, having had a trim and a shave.
He's wearing a light blue T-shirt and dark jeans and he asks his
mate - who's standing outside, still looking at the paper - "What
do you reckon?" His mate exclaims that it's incredible! Gary
asks, "Think I'll pass muster?" and his mate tells him,
"You're a dead ringer for the bloke." Gary says, "Fingers
crossed." They start walking down the street. As they do
so, Gary's mate warns Gary that he'll have to get rid of that
earring. Gary mutters that he'd forgotten about that, and he takes
it out. His mate then asks what they do if this other guy shows
up. Gary shrugs and tells him, "Pretend it's a joke."
The mate asks, "What if he gets back after we get
there? Can't say it's a joke then." Gary, though,
retorts, "Relax, Den. It's only going to take a few hours
to check the place out and get a key." Indicating the newspaper,
he adds, "By the sound of that, these people are loaded.
I reckon we can make a mint as long as everyone thinks I'm Wayne
Hamilton." He walks off.
Leigh is ironing in the kitchen at Beryl's. Beryl comes in from
the hallway and says to her that, if the man calls about the lawns,
can she ask him to come back Saturday? Leigh doesn't respond.
Beryl then walks over to Shane - who's lying in his bassinet -
and tells him to be a good boy for mummy. Leigh snaps that she
doesn't know how she's supposed to look after him by herself.
Beryl, though, suggests that surely she can manage for one
day? Leigh retorts, "I know - but I need someone to help
me. Couldn't they get someone else to work at the home?"
Beryl tells her curtly, "No, they couldn't. I'll be back
in at 5pm." With that, she walks off. Leigh stands there,
the iron in her right hand, and sighs. She suddenly appears to
think of something, and she picks up the iron, looks at it and
screws up her eyes. Beryl is approaching the front door when Leigh
suddenly screams out: she has placed her left hand on the base
of the iron so that it burns the skin. She pulls the hand away
and stares at it, a look of shock on her face.
A few moments later, Leigh is running her hand under cold water
at the sink. Beryl is filling a bowl with ice from the freezer.
She asks how on earth it happened, and Leigh explains that she
was talking to Shane when she went to pick up the iron; she guesses
she wasn't watching what she was doing. She pulls her hand away
from the tap; the palm is burning red. Beryl walks over, holds
the bowl under the tap and says she'll put some water in there.
Leigh asks her if she's got some cream, but Beryl tells her that
she won't need it - she should soak her hand in the cold water
for about half an hour and then put a clean dressing on it. Leigh
goes and sits down at the table and pleads, "How am I going
to look after Shane now?" Beryl, though, tells her,
"You won't have to - I'll stay home and help you." She
puts the bowl of water down on the table and adds, "I'll
get the paperwork from the Home and bring it back here."
She places Leigh's hand in the water, and Leigh winces again as
it stings. She then tells Beryl - an expression of near-panic
on her face - "Look, if you don't mind looking after Shane,
I'll go and get it for you." Beryl, though, retorts,
"You stay where you are - you've had quite a shock. Shane
will be alright for a while. I won't be away long." She heads
out, leaving Leigh looking annoyed.
Amanda is sitting on the couch at the Morrell apartment, writing
in a notepad, the newspaper on her lap. Caroline wanders over
and joins her and asks, "How's the unemployed?!" Amanda
replies that she's got two appointments for interviews, and Caroline
congratulates her. Amanda, though, tells her to save them until
she's actually landed a job! She then stands up and says
she'd better get a move on, as her first appointment is at ten
o'clock. Caroline tells her, "You don't have to
go out looking for work, you know? If I'm going to help
run that company, I'll be needing a secretary." Amanda, though,
exclaims, "Oh, you're kidding! I'll be hopeless - I can't
do shorthand and my typing is terrible! Anyway, I wouldn't like
to work off your money." Caroline assures her that the offer
is always open. Amanda replies, "I know, but honestly, you'll
be better off without me!" Changing the subject, she then
asks, "Daddy didn't give you that much alimony,
did he?" Caroline tells her, "No." She goes on,
"You're wondering where all my money came from." Amanda
looks at her and she continues, "I put up with quite a lot
from the men I lived with - but some of them knew how to throw
their money around. Still, I don't think that's something a mother
should be discussing with her daughter!" She heads over to
the bar and picks up her keys before adding, "I've got to
go shopping. Could you give me a lift?" Amanda assures her
that of course she can. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing, and
Amanda goes to answer. Caroline looks on in concern. Amanda says,
"Hello?" A male voice asks, "Is Caroline Morrell
there?" and Amanda tells him, "Yes, just a moment."
She then hands the 'phone to her mother, telling her, "It's
for you - a man. I don't recognise his voice. I'll just get my
car keys." She heads off, leaving Caroline to it. Caroline
says to the caller, "Hello?" The male voice tells her,
"I'm coming over. Make sure no one's with you when I get
there." Caroline cries, "No, you--" It's too late,
though: the caller has hung up. Amanda comes back in and asks,
"Who was it?" Caroline quickly replies, "A friend.
Hadn't seen him for years. He wanted to say hello." Amanda
asks her how he knew she was staying there, but Caroline
quickly blusters, "I don't know. Should've asked." Changing
the subject, Amanda asks if they're ready to go, but Caroline
suddenly sits down on the couch and says she doesn't think she
will go shopping right now - she's got a terrible headache;
she might have a lie-down. Amanda asks her if she's sure she's
alright, and Caroline insists that she's fine. She tells Amanda
to go - she doesn't want to be late for her job interview. Amanda
does as she's told and heads out, leaving Caroline looking worried.
She reaches into her handbag and takes out the silver pistol.
She pulls out the cartridge and checks that it contains bullets.
Having satisfied herself that it does, she reloads it and sits
there, gun in hand, and sighs heavily.
Beryl is approaching the Children's Home when Diane Bull comes
down the steps outside and exclaims, "Thank goodness you
could come." Beryl, though, tells her that she's sorry, but
she can't stay: Leigh managed to burn her hand, so I'll have to
help her with Shane. She adds that she can take some
work home and bring it back this afternoon. Diane assures her
that that would be wonderful, and she invites her to come into
the office. They go to head inside, but as they do so, a woman
passes them, pushing a pram, and Diane tells Beryl, "Oh,
that's the baby I was telling you about the other day." Beryl
recalls, "The unmarried mother?" and Diane explains,
"He's going down the Baby Health Centre for a check-up, poor
little mite." Beryl isn't close enough to see that the baby
Gary and Den climb out of a bright yellow car, which they've
parked outside Dural. Den looks at the house and comments, "Not
bad!" Gary agrees, "Yeah, I reckon I'm going to be very
happy here." Den warns him, "You know we could both
end up in the clink if anything goes wrong?" Gary asks him
suspiciously if he wants to pull out, but Den retorts, "Of
course not - I'm just saying." Gary mutters, "I know.
It's a gamble - but I reckon it's worth it, eh?" Den starts
stammering as he tells him, "There is one thing:
the photo in the paper could have been taken years ago.
The bloke might have changed." Gary points out that
there's only one way to find out. He starts heading towards the
front door, but Charlie suddenly spots him and runs towards him,
trilling, "Wayne! Oh, Wayne, darling! Thank goodness you're
back. Everyone's been so worried - and it's all my fault. Oh,
I feel so awful telling the police about Isabella. Poor Gordon's
been fretting ever since you left." Den suddenly interrupts
and says, "G'day!" Charlie smiles at him in surprise
and replies, "Oh, hello." Den goes on, "He hasn't
had--" but Charlie ignores him, pulls Gary's arm and tells
him that he can't stay out there all day - his father
will want to know he's back safe and sound. As she leads him to
the front door, she asks Gary, "So, where have you been?"
Before Gary can say anything, though, Charlie knocks on the door
and goes on, "I never thought I'd have anything kind to say
about the National Informer, but thank goodness they
printed that article about Liz. I mean, if you hadn't seen
it..." The door is opened by Gordon, and Charlie excitedly
tells him, "Guess who I found lurking in the driveway!"
Gordon stares at Gary and then cries, "Thank God!" He
hugs his 'son' to his shoulder and tells him, "Thank God