Leigh comes out of the kitchen door at the country house just
as Tim is heading towards her. He hands her something in a paper
bag and she says, "Oh, you got it. Good." Tim, looking
puzzled, says he doesn't see how instant tanning lotion is going
to convince Beryl that Jamie's not her kid. Leigh asks him if
he wants to have Mike and Heather adopt Jamie or not,
and Tim replies, "Yeah..." Leigh tells him, "Then
go and offer to take him for a walk. We need to get him out of
the house for a while." Tim asks suspiciously, "You're
not going to hurt him, are you?", but Leigh assures
him, "Of course not. Stop worrying - it's harmless. You gave
me the idea when you talked about getting a tan out of a bottle."
Tim comments that he still doesn't see how it's going to help,
but Leigh assures him, "You will. Now go and get Jamie."
Tim heads inside, leaving Leigh looking pleased with herself.
Gary is standing outside the Morrell apartment. He knocks on
the door several times, but there's no answer, so he sighs heavily
and walks off in annoyance.
In the lounge room at Dural, Barbara tells Stephen that she's
sorry: she has no great faith in Wayne, either, but she
has to agree with Gordon: why on earth should he be trying to
rob the company? - he's a Director; he has money in it; it doesn't
make sense. Stephen insists that he knows that, but someone's--
Barbara interrupts him to add, "And he loves Gordon. Now,
whatever else we may think, we can't deny that."
Stephen sighs that he supposes it's possible that the story he
gave to Katie is true, but he still thinks it needs checking.
Barbara murmurs, "Well..." Stephen goes on, "You
don't really think I'm accusing him out of spite, do
you?" Barbara tells him, "No. I think it's a matter
of jumping to conclusions, that's all." Stephen insists that
he'd still like to challenge Wayne about it, but Barbara
replies, "I'd rather you didn't - not today, anyway. He has
to see the psychiatrist and, regardless of whether you're right
or not, it would upset him - and, more importantly, it would upset
Gordon. Now, can't it wait until Monday? I mean, it's not as if
you can do anything over the weekend anyway." Stephen comments
that it depends on what he's up to. At that moment, there's a
noise at the front door and Stephen looks round and watches as
Gary walks into the hallway. Gordon joins his 'son' by the door
and tells him that he was beginning to wonder where he was - he'll
have to hurry to keep that appointment. Gary says he's sorry.
Barbara and Stephen head out to the door, Stephen glaring at Gary
as he walks past him. He then leaves and Barbara closes the front
door. Gary mutters, "I suppose it'll be a while before we're
mates again." Barbara, though, tells him, "It's not
his fault, Wayne. Stephen's not a vindictive person." Gary
mutters, "No?" Gordon suggests to 'Wayne' that they'd
better hurry. As Gary stands there looking uncomfortable, Barbara
smiles, "They're not going to hold you down and torture you,
you know!" Gordon assures his 'son' that he'll be fine. Barbara
heads off to get her bag.
A while later, Gordon, Barbara and Gary arrive back home and
as they head into the lounge room, Gary says he might have a snooze
before dinner - he feels like he's been put through a wringer.
He heads off upstairs. Barbara and Gordon walk over to the bar
and Barbara comments, "Well that was an interesting
exercise, wasn't it?" Gordon, beginning to pour some drinks,
agrees, "Yes." Barbara goes on that the psychiatrist
seemed a bit thrown. Gordon, though, points out that he's sure
he's had more difficult cases. Barbara insists, "Yeah,
but it was surprising, wasn't it? - the way he thought that Wayne
hadn't retained any habits or likes and dislikes." Gordon
remarks that, obviously, it's very serious. Barbara asks, "You
don't suppose he could be pretending that he's lost his
memory, do you?" Gordon stares at her and retorts, "I
knew you were leading up to that. You believe Stephen,
don't you? You think he's robbing--" Barbara holds up her
hands and pleads, "Please don't get upset. All I'm saying
is it might be worth checking." Gordon demands, "How?
By asking him?" Barbara suggests that he speak to
Katie, but Gordon retorts that he's not going to let Wayne's friends
think he distrusts him. Barbara suggests that he talk to the accountant,
then - he could go through the computer records without anybody
being the wiser, and it would put Gordon's mind at rest. Gordon,
though, snaps, "My mind's already at rest."
Barbara persists, "Then what harm can it do? I mean, Peter's
a good enough friend for him to go through it quietly for you,
isn't he?" Gordon retorts, "Yes, of course." Barbara
goes on, "Then it wouldn't be any sort of official inquiry.
And after all, he is the accountant." Gordon continues
to stare at her, and she tells him, "Look, I'm sorry. I have
to be honest with you: whether Stephen is right or not, I keep
telling you, I just feel very strangely about Wayne. Now, I can't
explain it, but things don't seem right." Gordon demands,
"Like what?" Barbara, though, tells him, "Well,
I don't know. It's just this feeling I've got. I know
it's silly." Gordon retorts, "Yes, it is." He takes
a sip from his drink and then pauses before conceding, "Oh,
alright, I'll call Peter first thing Monday morning." Barbara
asks if he can't check it over the weekend. Gordon retorts, "Yes
he can, but I have no intention of ruining the man's spare time
over something that's a waste of time anyway."
That evening, David, Leigh, Tim, Heather and Mike are having
dinner in the kitchen at the country house. A baby suddenly starts
crying, and Heather comments that it sounds like Jamie. She adds
that he must need changing. Leigh quickly says she'll
do it, and she dashes out of the room. Looking worried, Tim says
he'll check on Shane, and he follows his sister out into the hallway.
He stops her and asks, "How are we going to stop Heather
from seeing what's happened to Jamie?" Leigh replies, "It
probably won't show up until the morning; we'll just have to make
sure we keep an eye on him 'til then." Tim points out that
Heather will want to see him some time, but Leigh retorts that
they'll worry about that when it happens. She then adds that she'd
better shut 'Jamie' up before Heather comes out, and she heads
off to the bedroom. Tim returns to the kitchen, where Heather
is saying to Mike, "I'm glad Leigh offered to do that. The
more I see him, the more I want to keep him." Mike, looking
concerned, warns her that she shouldn't get too attached. David
suddenly announces to Mike and Heather that he'll have to leave
them on their own tonight - he's going out this evening. Heather,
looking surprised, says, "Oh, alright."
Beryl is sitting on her couch, looking bored. The TV is on, but
she gets up and switches it off. Someone suddenly knocks at the
door and she goes and opens it to find David standing there. He
says a polite, "G'day," but Beryl demands, "What
do you want?" David tells her that he wants to have
a talk to her, but Beryl retorts that, unless it's about helping
her get Robert back, he's wasting his time. David just asks if
he can come in, and Beryl steps aside. They head into the lounge
room and Beryl asks, "Well?" David explains, "I
thought you should know that Mike and Heather have decided not
to go ahead and foster Jamie - because of you."
Beryl cries, "Thank goodness for that." David,
though, goes on, "Frankly, I think it's a damn shame. There's
no way you're going to end up having him, and all it's doing is
stopping a child from having parents who'll look after him and
love him as their own." Beryl retorts, "That's
a fine way to feel about your own son," but David insists,
"I don't believe he is my son, I really don't. I
can't see what makes you so certain. Oh, sure, he looks
a bit like Robert to you, but you haven't seen
him for over a month. And they did find his dummy and stuff in
Gloria's car. I mean, mightn't it just be a coincidence?"
Beryl, though, snaps, "No. It is him. I'm sure
of it." David points out that she can't be absolutely 100%
sure. He adds, "Look, if you're wrong, what's it going to
do to Heather and Mike - and to Jamie? Like I said, it'll be a
damn shame." Beryl stares at him, looking upset.
The 'phone rings at Dural and Gary answers it at the bar, saying,
"Hamilton residence." At the other end of the line,
Wayne, looking surprised, asks, "Is Gordon Hamilton there,
please?" Gary asks who's calling, and Wayne replies, "It's
Wayne. Who's this?" Gary, looking startled, quickly explains,
"I'm looking after the house for them. Gordon and Barbara
have gone overseas." Wayne, looking surprised, queries, "Overseas?
When did they go?" Gary replies, "A couple of weeks
ago - for Gordon's health." He then quickly adds, "Look,
sorry, there's someone at the front door. I'll have to go."
He hangs up. Wayne looks at the public 'phone he's using in surprise.
At Dural, Barbara comes into the lounge room and asks Gary who
that was. Gary tells her that it was no one; a wrong number. Looking
at the expression on his face, Barbara asks him if he's alright,
but Gary tells her that the session with the shrink has got to
him, that's all. Barbara comments, "Wayne, I know it's hard,
but surely you want to remember things, don't you?"
Gary assures her, "Yeah, of course." The 'phone suddenly
starts ringing again, and Barbara picks it up. Gary looks on nervously.
It's Fiona, calling, though, and Gary looks relieved as Barbara
tells her that it's nice to hear from her. Fiona explains that
she was just wondering how she is after yesterday. Barbara admits,
"Stunned!" There's a knock on the door of Fiona's flat,
and Jill goes to get it as Fiona comments that Caroline certainly
pulled one out of the hat. Jill lets Andy in, and Fiona asks Barbara
how Stephen is. Barbara replies, "Very embarrassed."
Fiona sympathises, "I bet he was." She then asks if
she can cut the call short, as a visitor has just arrived. Barbara
tells her that she'll talk to her later, and Fiona replies that
she'll call her tomorrow. She then hangs up. Jill tells Fee that
it's time for bed, and the two of them leave the room. Fiona comments
to Andy that he looks exhausted, and he explains that he's been
doing a lot of thinking. Fiona asks, "And?" Andy shakes
his head and sighs, "I don't know." He then asks Fiona
what she reckons. Fiona tells him, "It's a big decision,
Andy. When you sign those papers, you're making a vow. You're
committing yourself to one person." She then asks, "How
do you think I felt with Barney? I was ready to devote my life
to him, and then, after I'd read those diaries, I thought for
a while there that my love simply wasn't strong enough to override
the way I felt - and that's the important part: you must have
so much love for the other person that absolutely nothing else
matters. It's the only way a marriage will work." She tells
Andy, "You have to ask yourself - and Helena - whether you
both have that love." Andy stares at her, looking worried.
The next morning, in the kitchen at the country house, David
and Mike are sitting at the table while Heather and Leigh clear
up after breakfast. Tim comes in with a bowl of eggs and, looking
at how small they are, comments that they're not much of an effort,
but they're laying. By the sink, Leigh tells Heather
that she was thinking: perhaps she and Tim could look after Shane
and Jamie this morning - they could put them in their strollers
and take them for a walk. Heather, though, smiles, "Oh, love,
you've done enough as it is. Jamie's hardly been out
of your sight since yesterday - and I think we'd like a bit of
time with him before we give him up." Leigh, looking annoyed,
points out that it's such a nice day. Mike says to his wife, "Honey,
don't forget - the less we see of him...?" Heather, giving
in, sighs, "Alright. It's just hard, that's all." She
then tells a relieved Leigh, "You two go off."
A while later, Tim is at Beryl's, and as the two of them head
from the front door to the lounge room, Beryl is holding Robert
and cuddling him closely. Tim explains, "I thought that if
there's the slightest chance that it is yours, I reckon
you should have him." Beryl asks suspiciously, "Leigh
didn't put you up to it, did she?" Tim, though, insists that
of course she didn't; he brought 'Jamie' there himself.
The two of them sit down, Beryl saying as they do so, "I
do appreciate it, but I do want to have him here with me legally.
I can't do it any other way." Tim tells her that the others
reckon she doesn't stand a chance, but Beryl laughs incredulously,
"Oh do they?" Tim asks if he's done something
wrong, adding that he thought she was positive the baby was hers.
Beryl assures him, "Of course I am. I just don't know how
I'm going to prove it in court." Tim suggests, "The
birth mark would help, wouldn't it?" Beryl stares at him
in surprise and says, "Birth mark? What birth mark?
He doesn't have a birth mark." Tim, though, tells
her, "Yes he does." He pulls away some of the blanket
that Robert is wrapped in and points out a mark at the top of
the baby's left arm made by the tanning lotion. Beryl, looking
shocked, cries, "That's impossible. It's impossible..."
A few moments later, Beryl is standing up, holding Robert to
her closely. Tim comments, "But you said you were positive..."
Beryl insists, "I am." Tim asks her if she
wouldn't have noticed it before, and Beryl retorts that of course
she would. Tim suggests that maybe they come later sometimes,
but Beryl points out, "No, Tim, it's a birth mark."
She adds desperately, "I'm sure it's Robert. It
has to be..." Tim suggests, "Maybe Uncle David's
right: he said it looked a lot like him, but
he reckoned it wasn't..." He pauses before continuing, "What
I mean is, the birth mark sort of proves it, doesn't it?"
Beryl says sadly, "I don't know, Tim, I just don't know."
Tim suggests quietly, "Maybe I'd better take him back..."
Beryl stands there for several seconds, still clutching Robert
to her, before handing him over sadly. As he takes the child,
Tim says, "I suppose you won't be going through with the
court case now?" Beryl just looks away. Tim murmurs, "Sorry,"
and adds that he'd better go. He heads off, leaving Beryl looking
A while later, Tim is holding Robert and Leigh is holding Shane
as they head towards the back door at the country house. Leigh
exclaims triumphantly, "It worked. I knew it would."
Tim, though, says he wouldn't be too sure: Beryl was really confused
but she didn't say she'd drop the court case. Leigh points out
that they'll just have to hope that she will. Tim, looking
worried, muses that she was really upset. Leigh, though, points
out, "Look, Tim, if the O'Briens can adopt Jamie, then everything's
worked out well. And you're forgetting one thing: it's not Beryl's
baby; she only thinks it is. He'll be better off with
Mike and Heather, you know that." Tim sighs, "At
least this way he'll have and a mum and a dad, eh?" Leigh
tells him that that's right, and they head inside.
Gary is back at the Morrell apartment. The door is open this
time, and Caroline smiles at him as he walks in. He asks her if
she's alone, and Caroline replies, "Yes. Amanda left at 8am.
I think she's trying to avoid me." She then offers him coffee
or something to eat, but Gary mutters that he'll be right. The
two of them go and sit down. As they do so, Caroline tells Gary
that she's glad he's forgotten this business about going away.
Gary, though, retorts, "I haven't. It's even more
urgent now. Pack your bags and come with me." Caroline
points out, "I told you: I can't leave." Gary, though,
snaps, "I haven't get time to be arguing." Caroline
suddenly stares at him and asks why it is she gets the impression
that he's running away from something. Gary just says, "Last
chance. You coming?" Caroline insists, "I can't."
Gary stands up and mutters, "I see. Made quite a fool of
myself, haven't I?" He adds, "Goodbye, Caroline,"
and heads off, leaving Caroline looking puzzled.
A short time later, the 'phone rings at Dural, and Barbara answers
it at the bar. Caroline comes on and says it's her. Barbara snaps
dismissively, "Who?" Caroline goes on, "I
know the problems I've caused you and I'm very sorry. That's why
I think you ought to know about Wayne." Barbara demands impatiently,
"What about Wayne?" Caroline explains, "He's
talking about going away, and I think he means for good.
I know what effect that'll have on Gordon." Barbara, suddenly
interested, asks if he said why he was going, and Caroline
replies, "I get the feeling he's running away from something."
Barbara mutters, "I see. Well, thankyou very much for calling,
Caroline." With that, she hangs up abruptly. Gordon suddenly
wanders into the lounge room and, having overheard the end of
the conversation, asks, "What did she want?"
Barbara tells him, "Apparently, Wayne's decided to go away
- for good. Now I know you don't think he's done anything
wrong, but you have to face it. I think he's scared the
whole thing is going to blow up in his face." Gordon points
out, "Maybe he doesn't want to marry her?" but Barbara
retorts, "Darling, he could have said 'no'. He doesn't have
to run away." Gordon insists, "She has put him in one
hell of a position," but Barbara requests forcefully, "Would
you please ring the accountant? Now, if I am wrong, it won't matter,
but if I'm right... Darling, please." Gordon gives
in and sighs, "Very well, if it satisfies you. But we're
going to look pretty silly when it turns out to be nothing."
He picks up the 'phone and starts dialling."
Andy hangs up the 'phone at Fiona's apartment and tells her that
Nikos wants him to set a date for the wedding so Helena's parents
can book their ticket. He asks angrily, "Who does he think
he is?" Fiona replies, "Look, I know you're
under a lot of pressure, but you've got to try and understand
his point of view. He is a very proud man, and regardless of what
you think, I'm sure that he cares about Helena; at least, he's
trying to protect her." Andy sighs, "OK, I
can understand that, but that doesn't make it any easier on me."
With that, he announces that he's going for a jog and he heads
out, leaving Fiona looking worried.
At Dural, Gordon is talking on the 'phone to the accountant,
saying to him, "I'm terribly sorry to ask you on a weekend,
Peter." Peter, though, assures him, "Don't be silly,
Gordon. What are friends for? Besides, if there is
anything wrong, I need to know as quickly as possible." Gordon
tells him, "I must admit that I was reluctant at first, but
Barbara talked me into it." There are suddenly noises out
by the front door, and Barbara quickly heads out there. Gary is
just coming in, and she smiles that it's a lovely morning. Gary
just mutters, "Yeah, lovely." Barbara asks if anything's
wrong and Gary explains, "Just a pain in the gut. Suppose
I should have taken something for it." Barbara comments,
"Something you ate, no doubt?" Gary mutters, "Yeah,
probably," and he walks off. Barbara stares after him, suspiciously.
Jill knocks on the door of Andy's bedsit and a sweaty Andy opens
the door. He tells her that he was just about to have a shower
and Jill asks him if he's been jogging. Andy ignores this and
asks her bluntly what she wants. He then quickly apologises, adding
that he's got a lot on his mind. Jill holds out a giftwrapped
package and explains that she ran into Nikos outside; he asked
her to give it to him. Andy mutters, "I wish that guy would
leave me alone." He then asks if Helena was with Nikos, but
Jill replies that she wasn't. Andy comments sourly that he supposes
that's one thing. Jill tells him to take care and she
heads off. Andy starts opening the package. Jill heads back into
Fiona's flat and smiles as sees her looking at a sheet of paper.
She asks, "Reading that letter from Terry again?!" Fiona
laughs, "I was just really caught-out! Although he doesn't
really come right out and say it, it's obvious that he's missing
little Fee." Jill agrees, "Yeah." She goes on that
it's good to see him doing so well - it's about time he had a
decent break. Fiona smiles, "Yeah - it's nice to think that
he's settled into something." Jill suddenly says, "I
thought I might go and visit him; take Fee along. Do you want
to come?" Fiona replies that she'd love to, but she can't
really leave the boarding house until Irene comes back. She adds,
"That shouldn't be too long. Why don't you go?"
Jill just murmurs that she'll think about it. Changing the subject,
she tells Fiona that she met Nikos outside - he gave her a parcel
for Andy. Fiona muses, "Oh. I wonder what it was.?"
Jill says she doesn't know.
Andy is sitting in his bedsit, opening the parcel. It contains
a box, which he opens to reveal a stack of printed invitations,
'Helena and Andrew are being married on Saturday 20th April
1985 at 5:00pm and have much pleasure in inviting...'
There is then a space for the guests' names to be entered. Beneath
this are details of the church where the ceremony will be held.
Andy stares at the invitation in shock. He then picks up the whole
box, screws up the invitations and throws the box against the
wall in anger.
Beryl is in her kitchen, looking restless as she fiddles with
the tag on a loaf of bread. After a few seconds, she appears to
make a decision, and she heads over to the 'phone in the lounge
room and starts dialling.
The O'Briens and the Palmers are playing cards in the kitchen
at the country house when the 'phone starts ringing. Tim answers
it and then tells David that it's for him; it's Beryl. David takes
the 'phone and says, "Hello, Beryl." Beryl, looking
upset, tells him, "David, I've thought about it. I realise
I was wrong about the baby, so if Heather and Mike still want
to adopt, I won't fight them." David exclaims, "That's
great news!" Tears streaming down her face, Beryl sobs, "It's
a bit hard for me to talk at the moment. Could we leave it there?"
David assures her that he understands, and the two of them hang
up. Beryl just stands there, in her lounge room, looking upset.
In the kitchen at the country house, David turns to everyone and
announces to Heather and Mike, "Beryl's changed her mind.
You can go ahead and adopt, if you like." A broad smile crosses
Heather's face and she smiles that that's wonderful! Mike adds
that it's great news - although he still feels sorry for Beryl.
David tells him, "Yes, so do I - but at least it shows that
she's starting to cope with the fact that Robert died." He
adds sympathetically, "Poor old Curly. She's been through
the mill..." Leigh sits at the table, a sly smile on her
Stephen is standing behind the bar at Dural with Gordon, who
has a worried look on his face. Barbara is standing to the left
of the bar. Stephen says to Gordon that he's glad something's
being done about it, but Gordon retorts that he's only asked the
accountant to check; nothing's been proven and he doubts
very much it will be. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing
and Stephen looks at his brother-in-law. Gordon picks it up and
Peter comes on and says it's him. Gordon asks, "False alarm?"
Peter, though, tells him, "I'm afraid not. Someone has
broken into the system and a very large transfer of money was
made last night." Gordon looking shocked, asks, "How
much?" Stephen looks at Barbara. Peter replies, "I don't
know. We're still trying to trace it all. A hell of a lot, though."
He adds that they're trying to find out who owns the accounts
that the money was transferred into. Gordon murmurs, "Right.
Thanks for your trouble." Peter assures him, "Thank
you for being so prompt. It might have been weeks before
we picked it up." He adds that he'll be in touch
and he hangs up. Gordon does likewise, putting the 'phone back
in its cradle slowly. Out in the hallway, Gary is coming downstairs
carrying a packed suitcase when the front door suddenly opens
and Wayne walks in! Gary quickly dashes back upstairs. Wayne heads
slowly into the lounge room, where Gordon, Stephen and Barbara
are talking heatedly. He smiles and says brightly, "Hi! Some
guy on the 'phone said you'd gone overseas!" Everyone stares
at him. Gordon then demands, "Have you been stealing money
from the company? If you have, admit it now." Wayne
stares at him and Barbara snaps, "Well, aren't you going
to answer you father?" Wayne insists, "I don't know
what he's talking about." Barbara, though, retorts, "For
heavens sake, Wayne." Stephen adds, "Who do you think
you're fooling?" Out in the hallway, Gary creeps past the
lounge room silently and heads to the front door. In the lounge
room, Wayne says, "Look, I only just got back--" He
breaks off as Stephen suddenly grabs the lapels of his shirt,
pushes him towards the bar and growls, "I ought to break
your neck for the things you've done to your family."