Sometime later, Charlie and Katie wander into Charlie's lounge
room, Charlie commenting as they do so, "Poor Stephen. How
could Caroline do that to him? And Wayne? What
on earth is he up to? Nobody told me that he
and Caroline were a twosome. And yesterday, he definitely gave
me the impression that there was something between the two of
you." Katie sits down and looks at the floor as
Charlie continues, "Oh, but of course, there was another
reason for that, wasn't there?" She then asks suspiciously,
"Katie, what's going on?" Katie turns to her and replies,
"Nothing." Charlie, though, retorts, "Not according
to Larry. He said that, whatever you're using the computer for,
it's nothing to do with researching games. Something to do with
Wayne and the business, isn't it?" Katie, giving in, sighs,
"Sit down. I think I'd better explain the whole thing..."
Gordon is seeing out the final guests at Dural while Gary stands
in the hallway, looking uncomfortable. Gordon closes the door
and then turns to him and demands, "Now, what the hell's
going on? I don't know what you and Caroline think you're up to..."
Gary retorts that he didn't know she was going to say
anything. Gordon asks, "Then you're not getting married?
It's a joke?" Gary replies, "No. I mean yes. No. I love
Caroline, but I didn't think I stood a chance against Stephen."
Gordon snaps, "You're a fool. After Karen, I thought you
would have had more sense than to get involved with another older
woman." Gary snaps, "It's my life." Gordon
asks if no one else matters, but Gary goes on, "It's not
my fault if I won out on Stephen." Gordon tells him, "No,
maybe not. But if I was Stephen, I wouldn't have walked out on
you and Caroline the way he did; I would have knocked your stupid
heads together." With that, he storms into the lounge room.
Gary follows him. In the lounge room, Barbara is ranting
at Caroline, "I will never forgive you, Caroline. How dare
you use our house and our friends to carry out your stupid vendetta
against Stephen?" Caroline replies calmly, "I'm sorry
if I spoilt your--" Barbara, though, interrupts her and snaps,
"Sorry my foot. You planned the whole thing just to get back
at Stephen." Caroline retorts angrily, "And why not?
You know very well the way he treated me when we were married."
Barbara snaps, "That was a long time ago. You told me you'd
forgotten all that." Caroline shakes her head and
retorts, "It hasn't been forgotten. Not by me. Anyway, I
don't want want to talk about it." Barbara snaps, "That's
fine by me. I want nothing more to do with you." Gordon warns
Caroline, "Your behaviour was unforgivable." Caroline,
though, points out, "I'm still a Director of the company.
You need my money." Barbara glares at her and growls, "Stephen
was right: you have changed." Caroline tells her,
"Everybody always walked all over me in the old days."
Barbara retorts, "I was very fond of you." Caroline
insists, "I never meant to hurt you - or Gordon,"
but Barbara snaps, "Well you have. And you've humiliated
Stephen. I hope you're very proud of yourself. She then turns
to Gary and goes on, "And as for you, I wouldn't
have expected any more." Gordon, though, chips in,
"Wayne had nothing to do with it - it caught him off-guard
as much as anybody else." Looking confused, Barbara snaps,
"Well what the hell is going on? I mean are you or aren't
you engaged?" Gary looks at Caroline and, with a hint of
a smile on his face, replies, "Yeah. We're engaged."
Stephen is pouring himself a drink at the bar in the Morrell
apartment when the front door opens. Amanda comes in and asks
him if he's alright. Stephen doesn't respond. Amanda goes on that
she hoped she'd find him there as she wouldn't have known where
else to look for him. Stephen muses, "Any one of a dozen
bars." He then assures her, "Don't worry - I'm not going
to wipe myself out. This is just something to calm my nerves before
I pack my bags - again." He goes and sits down and Amanda
tells him, "I'm sorry. I should have warned you. I had a
feeling she was up to something. I suppose I just didn't
want to believe she could be so vindictive." Stephen
murmurs, "I hadn't realised how much she hated me. Still...
she wanted to pay me back... I suppose she's done it."
Amanda growls, "She'll be sorry. You can't treat people like
she does and get away with it." Stephen, though, murmurs,
"There's a not a lot we can do. I'm not sure I really want
to." Amanda goes on, "She's obviously been having an
affair with Wayne. I didn't think he'd fall for something
like that, though. I thought he'd changed. Huh. I should
have known better."
Barbara is clearing away the plates of food in the lounge room
at Dural. Caroline offers to help her, but Barbara snaps, "I'd
rather you left." Caroline insists, "Barbara,
you know the way Stephen treated me. Surely you can understand
why I--" She breaks off before continuing, "Can't we
still be friends?" Barbara glares at her and growls, "You
must be joking." She then suggests to Gordon that they go
to bed, as he looks tired and she's exhausted.
As she heads out to the hallway, she passes Gary and snaps at
him, "Would you mind taking your fiancée home? She's
not welcome here." With that, she and Gordon head upstairs.
Gary wanders over to Caroline and says, "I want to talk to
you." Caroline, ignoring that, muses, "It's funny. I
always thought I'd feel good after I squared with Stephen. But
I don't." Gary suggests, "Next time you're going to
spring an engagement on me, tell me first, eh?" Caroline
remarks, "I thought you'd be happy," and Gary
tells her that he is; it's just that he'd like to know
what's going on, that's all. He then adds, "Anyway, it's
done now. We might as well take off." Caroline looks at him
in surprise and asks, "Where?" Gary tells her, "Interstate
first. And when we've got ourselves organised, overseas."
Caroline, though, mutters, "I can't leave." Gary tells
her, "Yes you can. We can go tomorrow. I've got enough money."
Caroline, though, retorts that she just got back to Australia;
she's not about to go traipsing off anywhere - and besides,
she's got a great deal of money tied-up in the company; she wants
to stay there and protect her investment. She suggests that they
could take a holiday in a couple of months, but Gary snaps, "No
- we've got to go now." Caroline stares at him and
asks why it's so important. Gary quickly blusters that it isn't
- it's just that things are going to be very difficult round there;
no one's very happy about them being engaged. Caroline, though,
tells him that they'll get used to it - but she's not leaving.
Gary accuses, "I thought you loved me?" Caroline
insists, "I do care for you - and maybe it will
grow to something more - but I'm not going to risk losing my money.
I'm sorry, but that's the way it is." Gary suddenly realises,
"You never felt a thing for me. It's been
a set-up right from the word 'go'." Caroline smiles, "Don't
be silly..." Gary, though, glares at her and, backing away,
picks up his jacket and heads out. Caroline stands there and sighs
Amanda is sitting on the couch at the Morrell apartment when
Caroline comes in through the front door. She tells her daughter
that she's not going to fight with her. She then asks where Stephen
is and Amanda replies that he's staying at a motel. She adds that
he's leaving for Woombai tomorrow morning. Caroline goes to head
off to the bedroom, but Amanda suddenly jumps up and snaps, "How
could you do it to him and me? You have lied about you
and dad getting back together. Why?" Caroline walks
over to the bookcase and takes out the photo of her and Stephen
on the day Stephen announced he wanted a divorce. She shows it
to Amanda and explains, "That was taken five years ago, on
our wedding anniversary - when Stephen had just told me in front
of all our friends that he was divorcing me. Tonight was something
I've planned for a long time. I have never forgiven him. Now,
we are even." Amanda grabs the photo and rips it
up. She rants, "Couldn't you have just forgotten
about it? How can you hold so much hate for so long?"
Caroline stares at her and then murmurs, "I don't. Not anymore.
I'm going to bed - unless you'd rather I leave." Amanda spits,
"You're my mother. I can hardly throw you out, can
I?" Caroline says gently, "I'm sorry if I hurt you.
You and Samantha are very important to me. I don't want to lose
you. I think she'll understand what I've done."
Amanda retorts, "She might, but I won't.
I take after you: I don't forgive easily." With
that, she heads off to bed. Caroline sits down on the couch and
throws down her handbag in frustration. She then buries her head
in her hands.
The next morning, David is having breakfast in the kitchen at
the country house, while Mike holds baby 'Jamie' and Leigh warms
some milk on the stove. Mike laughs that 'Jamie' is a happy little
fellow this morning! Heather comes in and starts to clear away
the plates on the table. David says he'd better get a move on
- he wants to get those irrigation pipes in this morning. Mike
asks if he could have a few hours off, as he's got some business
to attend to. David assures him that there are no worries - he
can take as long as he likes. He then heads outside. When he's
gone, Heather asks Mike, "What business?" Mike
explains that he thought they might take a drive to the Children's
Home - and take out the papers to adopt 'Jamie'. Heather, an excited
smile appearing on her face, asks, "Not just foster
him...?" Mike points out that there's no point doing things
by halves - and it's been fun having the little fellow around
the place; they might as well make it permanent! Heather smiles
happily. Leigh chips in that she thinks it's wonderful, and she
hands Mike a bottle to feed the little boy. She then heads off
to give Shane his breakfast. As Mike puts the bottle
in Robert's mouth, Heather tells him, "I love you."
Mike smiles, "I love you, too."
Leigh heads outside, where Tim is holding Shane. As she takes
her son from him, Tim comments to her that she's looking pretty
happy. Leigh explains that Mike and Heather are going to adopt
Jamie. Tim exclaims, "That's great! But why are
you so happy about it?" Leigh replies that he's
cute - and she's pleased he's going to a good home. Tim smiles
that she's getting soft in her old age! Leigh muses, "Yeah.
I suppose I am..."
At Beryl's, Beryl escorts a middle-aged man into the lounge room.
As she does so, he tells her that he's looked into the situation
very thoroughly, but, to be brutally frank, he can't see any way
that she can legally get the baby. Beryl suggests that surely
there's something they can do. The man asks if they can
sit down, and Beryl invites him to do so. He then goes on that,
unfortunately, they have no real proof that the child is hers.
Beryl retorts, "I'm his mother. I know
he is." The man, though, tells her that he's afraid maternal
instinct is not admissible evidence. Beryl stands up again and
says, "Mr. Burton. You're a solicitor. Perhaps if I do
go to court, it would stir up some sort of investigation? That
would at least prevent anyone from adopting Robert, wouldn't
it?" Burton replies, "Yes, I suppose so - but it would
be a very costly business, and I'm afraid you could well fail
in the end." Beryl insists, "I don't care what it costs.
I want my son back". Burton tells her, "It would help
if your husband supported your claim." Beryl, though, admits,
"He doesn't believe the baby is Robert, either." Burton
murmurs, "Oh..." Beryl then asks, "Still, if I
can convince David to at least not oppose me in court, would that
help?" Burton tells her, "It might." Beryl
David is in the kitchen at the country house, making a cup of
tea. Mike is saying, "We'll only be able foster him until
he's been made a ward of the State, but after that, they say there
shouldn't be any trouble adopting him." David smiles that
that's great news. Mike agrees, "I reckon!" He adds,
"Still, I wouldn't want to go through it every day.
I know they've got to be careful, but all those questions..."
Heather - who's holding 'Jamie' - points out that it wasn't that
bad, but Mike laughs, "Oh, I don't know. I thought it was
a bit much when they wanted to know what footie team we barrack
for!" Heather, becoming serious again, turns to David and
asks, "You don't mind, David? I mean, Beryl still thinking
it's Robert..." David replies gently, "She'll get over
it. Honest, I'm glad for you. I'm glad for the little bloke, too.
You know, if there was the slightest doubt that he's my kid, I
couldn't wish for better parents than you two." Mike and
Heather smile happily. Heather's face suddenly drops, though,
as someone appears in the doorway. She cries, "Beryl!"
Beryl stares at the baby she's holding and asks, "What's
Robert doing here?"
A few moments later, Beryl snaps, "I'm waiting for an answer."
Mike tells her, "It's not Robert. It's Jamie. And I might
as well tell you now: we've arranged to adopt him." Beryl
snaps, "You can't do that," but Mike retorts, "We
filed the application form this morning." Beryl cries, "He's
my baby." David mutters, "For God's sake, Beryl,"
but Beryl insists, "He is, David, and I'm going
to court to prove it." Leigh wanders in as David asks, "How?"
Beryl snaps, "I don't know. Whatever it takes. I was hoping
that you--" David interrupts her and says, "If I thought...
If I was convinced it was Robert, I would do anything to make
sure we kept hold of him. But it's not." Beryl sighs,
"Alright. You may be prepared to stand by and do
nothing to prove it, but I'm not. If I have to fight you too,
David, I will. I have had my son taken from me once before and
I will not let it happen again."
At Dural, Gary runs downstairs and opens the front door. Dennis
is standing there, and he says a bright, "G'day." Gary,
though, glares at him and snaps, "What do you want?"
Dennis tells him, "I've got our air tickets--" Before
he can go any further, Gary grabs him and pulls him into the house,
snapping as he does so, "Get inside before someone sees you."
Dennis growls, "Watch it. What do you think you're doing?"
Gary snaps, "What if Katie saw you? You're supposed to be
the accountant." Dennis, though, asks, "What's
the difference? It's time to shoot through." Gary tells him,
"I can't go. Not yet." Dennis asks, "Why not? You
made the cash transfer. You got the money from the house. What's
the problem?" Gary explains that he needs more time to convince
Caroline to come with him. Dennis mutters, "You're crazy,"
but Gary retorts, "We're safe for the weekend. They won't
be able to check the account until Monday." Dennis points
out, "If you stay, you've got to go and see the psychiatrist."
Gary, though, whispers, "It's OK. Nobody's going to find
out what I've done."
Charlie and Katie are having lunch in Charlie's lounge room.
As they eat, Charlie points out to Katie that she's got access
to the account; can't she see if Wayne is cooking the books? Katie,
though, explains that she can only see if there have been any
money transfers; she can't tell if they're legitimate or not.
She adds, "I don't think Wayne would, would he?"
Charlie tells her, "Don't count on it. I think we'd better
have a little chat with Gordon." Katie cries, "What
if we're wrong?" Charlie, though, tells her, "We'll
look like two silly ladies playing detective. But if we're right..."
Katie sighs that she doesn't know. Charlie tells her, "If
you won't do anything about it, I will. If Wayne
is doing anything underhand, he can't be allowed to get
away with it."
Gary and Dennis are heading out to the pool at Dural, tinnies
in their hands. Dennis asks his mate, "What sort of a nong
are you? You can't get engaged." Gary, though, smiles, "Too
late, mate. Already am!" Dennis points out, "But
she thinks you're Wayne Hamilton. What happens when she finds
out you're not?" Gary insists, "I don't know,
mate. It won't make any difference." The two of them sit
down on the sunloungers and Dennis tells Gary, "You're stupid,
you know that? You've got a great plan sorted out here. We've
got the dough; everything's set. You're going to risk it all by
going off with some--" Gary interrupts him and mutters, "Shut
up, Dennis, and drink your beer." Dennis snaps, "That's
lovely." He then points out, "We've got to get out of
here on Monday. You haven't forgotten that, have you?" Gary
mutters, "Course not." Dennis asks, "What about
Little Miss. Muffet?" Gary retorts, "Caroline will come
with me. Once she knows how important it is to me, she won't have
any doubts." Dennis mutters, "Sure..." Gary then
accuses, "I reckon you're jealous! I told you how rich she
is. Come Tuesday, we'll be in Europe somewhere, and I'll have
all this: a pool... mansion... and the lady. That's what's eating
you." Dennis looks down. Gary tells him, "Come
on, admit it." Dennis looks at him and asks, "She got
Amanda opens the door at the Morrell apartment to find Stephen
standing on the step. He asks if Caroline is there, and Amanda
indicates her on the couch. She then heads back to her bedroom,
leaving them to it. Stephen walks into the apartment, slowly.
Caroline says quietly, "I'm not in the mood for a fight,"
but Stephen tells her, "No, neither am I." He sits down
and goes on that he's been thinking a lot about what happened
yesterday and he deserved it. Caroline stares at him as he continues,
"I was pretty rotten to you when we were married. Now I know
how much I must have hurt you. So... eye for an eye." Caroline
looks down. She then admits, "Revenge isn't as sweet as I
thought it would be, if that's any help." Stephen murmurs,
"No, it isn't. I just hope we can call it quits. Pity - I
thought we had a real chance this time." He continues, "Still,
a word of advice for what it's worth: Wayne's not the man for
you. Get rid of him; you deserve better." He looks down and
then stands up and, leaning over Caroline, gives her a kiss. He
murmurs, "Bye, Caroline," and he goes. Caroline sits
there, looking upset.
A while later, Stephen and Barbara are walking in the grounds
at Dural. Barbara is telling Stephen that she can't believe how
understanding he's being; she'd want to throttle Caroline
if she was in his shoes. Stephen sighs, "Oh, I did for a
while. Then I thought about the years we were married, when I
was being a rich playboy. It must have been hell for
Caroline. I don't blame her for wanting to give me a taste of
my own medicine." Barbara snaps, "But she's had years
to get over that. Last night was purely vindictive; there's no
other word for it." They stop walking and Stephen asks his
sister, "You remember how you felt when you found
out Roland had been unfaithful?" Barbara looks down and Stephen
goes on, "Well, Caroline found out about me lots
of times. I don't think it would matter how many years had passed,
I still don't think she would have forgiven me." He adds,
"Wayne's the one I feel like throttling, not Caroline."
Barbara suddenly puts her hand to her head and cries, "Oh
no..." as she spots Charlie approaching them. Stephen tells
his sister to go ahead, as he doesn't feel like
Charlie at the moment. He wanders off.
A few minutes later, Barbara and Charlie head into the lounge
room at Dural, where Gordon is sitting, resting. Charlie says
uncertainly, "Gordon..." Gordon stands up, but Charlie
doesn't say anything else. Barbara suggests to her that she just
sit down and tell them what's worrying her. Charlie, though, declines
the offer of a seat, saying that it won't take long; it's just
that she-- She breaks off as Gary suddenly pops his head in and
announces that he's going out for a while. Charlie says a curt,
"Hello, Wayne." Gordon reminds 'Wayne' that he's got
to be at the psychiatrist at 5pm, but Gary assures him that he
won't be late. With that, he heads to the front door. As he opens
it, though, he bumps into Stephen, who's just about to head inside.
Stephen immediately pushes him back into the house and growls,
"I think you and I should have a talk." Gary asks angrily,
"What about?" Stephen retorts, "Caroline. What
are you after? You don't care about her, so what are
you after? Her money?" Gary smiles nastily and tells him,
"You're just a bad loser. Accept it: some women just prefer
younger men." Stephen grabs Gary's T-shirt and, pushing him
back against the door, snaps, "You rotten--" At that
moment, Barbara runs out of the lounge room and snaps at Stephen
to stop it and let Wayne go. Stephen reluctantly releases his
grip. Gary threatens, "You do that again, I'll flatten you,"
and he heads out. Barbara says curtly to her brother, "Stephen,
I know how you feel about Caroline, but no more, please. We've
had enough trouble here." Stephen mutters that someone
should knock some sense into the boy, but Barbara retorts, "Not
in our house, they won't. We've had enough."
She turns to go back into the lounge room, but finds Gordon standing
just behind her, with Charlie, and she asks him anxiously if he's
alright. Gordon replies that he's fine; he wasn't the
one about to get a punch on the chin. With that, he suggests
they have a drink, and he and Barbara head back into the lounge
room. Charlie walks over to Stephen and asks him if he can come
over to her place as soon as possible - she's got to talk to him;
it's urgent. Stephen looks puzzled.
A while later, Stephen is pacing the floor of Charlie's lounge
room as Katie and Charlie sit and look at him. He comments, "So,
if what you say is true, the sooner we get the accounts checked,
the better." Katie sighs that she can't believe Wayne would
rip off the company; he's one of the major shareholders, and he
must know what it would do to his father. Stephen mutters, "Never
stopped him before." Charlie tells Katie that Stephen
is right: they must call in the accountants. Katie says, "Suppose
they're the ones cooking the books?" but Stephen
retorts that they can't be - the company's been doing
the books for years. Katie insists, "If they are
up to something, we'd be tipping them off." Stephen
concludes, "Then Gordon will have to call in the auditors."
Looking worried, Charlie sighs, "The poor man is under a
lot of strain at the moment. That's why I didn't tell him this
afternoon." Stephen tells her that he doesn't see any way
out of it - they simply have to tell him.
Heather is sitting in the kitchen at the country house, feeding
'Jamie', when Tim bounces in and announces that he's starving!
He goes to the 'fridge, asking as he does so, "How's Jamie."
Heather just mutters, "Fine." Tim asks what's up and
Heather explains that Beryl came round: she's still insisting
that Jamie's her baby. Tim asks, "So what? You're adopting
him." Heather explains, "She's threatened to take it
to court." Tim tells her, "Let her - you'll win."
Heather, though, replies that that's not the point - she just
doesn't see how they can adopt while Beryl is so upset - it would
be cruel. Tim asks, "What about Jamie? If Aunty
Beryl's got herself uptight about it, that's her problem.
You can't let her stop you." Heather sighs, "I don't
know what to do..."
Leigh is sitting outside, reading, when Tim comes out and joins
her. She tells him cheerfully that she thought she'd get some
fresh air while Shane is sleeping. She adds that she hopes they
get a few more days of sunshine - she's trying to get a tan.
Tim mutters, "There's no way you'd get a tan unless
it's out of a bottle." Leigh comments, "You're
cheerful!" Tim mutters, "It's unfair." Leigh asks,
"What is?" and Tim explains, "Heather reckons they're
not going to adopt Jamie now because Aunty Beryl's got herself
in a stink about it." Leigh, looking slightly worried, says
she knows Beryl came there and kicked up a bit of a fuss, but
she didn't think the O'Briens would give in to her. She
asks, "What's wrong with the woman?" Tim mutters,
"She says he looks just like Robert. I don't know how she
can tell - they all look the same to me."
He then adds, "It's just a pity there's nothing different
about Jamie that could prove he's not Robert: ginger
hair or squint eyes or something." Leigh, suddenly looking
very thoughtful, murmurs, "Yeah, it is a pity..."
Gordon is staring at Stephen in the lounge room at Dural, and
he asks him incredulously, "Why on earth would I want to
organise a company audit on a Saturday afternoon?" Stephen
just replies, "Because it's important." Gordon asks
why and Stephen tells him, "It appears that--" He pauses
before continuing, "We think someone has been using the accountant's
computer to siphon off money belonging to the company." Gordon
looks at Barbara in surprise. Gordon asks what gives him that
idea. Stephen tells him that it's just a suspicion at this stage;
they're not absolutely certain-- Gordon interrupts and asks, "Do
you know who's behind it?" Stephen tells him, "Again,
we're not sure, but--" Gordon interrupts and says in disbelief,
"You're not suggesting it's Wayne?" Stephen
admits, "Yes, I'm afraid so." Gordon stands up and snaps,
"That is ridiculous. I've never heard anything so stupid
in all my life. I know you're angry about what happened last night,
but getting back at Wayne by suggesting he's a thief--" Stephen
retorts, "I'm not trying to get back at him,"
but Gordon goes on, "Well it sounds very much like it to
me. Every time anything goes wrong, Wayne gets the blame.
Well, I will not have it." Barbara, looking concerned, walks
over to him and pleads with him not to upset himself. Gordon,
though, continues, "We all know what he's been through -
for God's sake, the boy's seeing a psychiatrist this
afternoon." He suddenly clutches his hand to his chest, and
Barbara snaps, "Now that is enough from both of you."
She tells her husband, "You'd better come and lie down and
when Wayne gets back you can talk to him." Stephen insists,
"Barbara, he has to listen to us," but Barbara retorts,
"No, I said that is enough, Stephen." With that, she
leads Gordon off upstairs, leaving Stephen looking worried.