The first police officer tells Beryl that she'll be required
to come down to the station to make a statement. Beryl, though,
insists that it's all a terrible mistake; obviously the items
have all been put there - it's the only explanation:
someone broke in there and planted them. The officer
asks disbelievingly, "And why would they want to do that?"
Beryl insists, "I swear I'm telling the truth. A man did
break in here." Pointing to the window frame, she adds, "You
can see where he scratched the paint when he forced entry."
The officer looks at the window and then concedes, "Well,
fair enough. Could be a possibility." The second officer,
though, asks, "If you knew about it, why didn't you report
it last night?" Beryl retorts, "Can't you see, it doesn't
make any sense? I'm a very wealthy woman. If I wanted to buy those
things, I could." The first officer tells her, "Most
shoplifters could, Mrs. Palmer. It's the thrill of getting
away with it - or in some cases, the result of an emotional disturbance."
Beryl glares at him and retorts that she can assure him that she's
not emotionally disturbed - and as far as stealing those things,
he's barking up the wrong tree. The officer sighs that they'll
sort it all out down at the station. Leanne suddenly chips in,
"I think I'd better come and explain everything to them."
Beryl tells her in exasperation, "Looks like you might have
Wayne in lying in his hospital bed in Sydney as a nurse plumps
up his pillow. She asks him if he enjoyed his lunch and he smiles
that it wasn't bad - for a change! At that moment, Gordon comes
into the room and asks the nurse how Wayne is. The nurse replies
that he's answering back now, so he can't be too bad! With that,
she leaves them to it. Gordon sits down on the edge of his son's
bed and Wayne immediately asks him how Julie is: has she relaxed
a bit more? Gordon replies that she's fine - but there is
something of a mystery: he had a 'phone call from Melbourne, from
a man who claimed to be her father. Looking surprised, Wayne comments,
"Both her parents are dead." Gordon explains
that that's what she told Barbara; they don't know what's
going on. Wayne asks him if they talked to Julie about it, but
Gordon tells him, "She was very upset, thought it must have
been a mistake and dashed off to bed." Wayne asks, "Is
she coming in to see me today?" and Gordon tells him that
Barbara has taken her out to lunch; she'll be there at the hospital
later this afternoon. He goes on that he and Barbara thought they
wouldn't mention it again - not until he's talked to
Julie. Wayne murmurs, "Right. I'll see what I can find out."
Stephen is finishing fixing a new lock to the front door at the
Morrell apartment. Caroline is standing next to him and she asks
him how solid the lock is. Stephen assures her that it'll take
Superman to break it off! He then adds that it's totally unlikely
that Gary will get past the police, anyway. Changing the subject,
Caroline suggests, "You want to go back to Woombai, don't
you?" She adds that it's alright; she guessed as much. The
two of them go and sit down as Caroline asks Stephen he can't
stay until they catch Gary, but Stephen tells her that
he thinks she's over-reacting: the chances of Evans trying to
see her again are very remote. Caroline muses, "Yes, of course,
you have to go. It's just that I feel safer with you here, that's
all." Stephen sighs and starts to say, "Caroline, I've
written to Jenny, and, er..." Caroline quickly says she's
sorry - she didn't mean to be selfish; she really hopes he and
Jenny can make it work. Stephen tells her that he'll still be
there in Sydney for a couple of days - except for this afternoon:
he has to go to a horse auction. He adds that he knows that sort
of thing bores her silly, but if she'd like to come... Caroline
smiles, "Thanks, I really would. Amanda's going to be out
all day job-hunting, and I really didn't want to stay here all
by myself." Stephen tells her that they'll leave about 3:30pm.
Julie is heading along the corridor at the hospital; a nurse
with a trolley is following her. As she comes up to the door to
Wayne's room, she overhears Gordon saying to his son, "If
you do find out anything about Julie's father, let us
know straight away. Bye." Looking worried, Julie immediately
turns and starts to walk away again, but she almost crashes into
the trolley, and before she can get any further, Gordon emerges
from Wayne's room and smiles that she's next in the queue. As
Julie stands there nervously, he adds that Wayne is a lot brighter.
Julie, looking fearful, tells him that Barbara is waiting for
him in the car. Gordon asks if they should wait for her, but Julie
insists that she'll make her own way back and Gordon goes. Julie
then pauses before going into Wayne's room. As she takes a deep
breath and heads in there, Wayne smiles, "Hi!" Julie
hands him a small bunch of flowers and Wayne tells her that it's
good to see her. Julie kisses him and smiles at him nervously.
Beryl and Leanne have arrived back at Beryl's. As they walk into
the lounge room, Beryl mutters, "I can't believe it happened.
I just cannot believe they'd think I was a thief."
Leanne points out, "They must get so many lies that they
don't believe somebody who tells them the truth."
There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Beryl asks Leanne
to get rid of whoever it is, as she just can't face visitors at
the moment. Leanne goes to the door and opens it to find David
and Tim standing there. She stares at them and Tim smiles, "Hi!
Dave said he was coming over so I thought I'd come too!"
David, though, laughs, "He wanted to see you and
use me as an excuse!" As Leanne fails to
respond, he stares at the glum look on her face and asks, "What's
the problem?" Leanne cries, "Mrs. Palmer's in heaps
of trouble. She could go to jail." David stares
at her in surprise.
A few minutes later, everyone is in the lounge room and Beryl
is explaining, "And they've accused me of being in possession
of stolen goods. I won't know for a couple of days whether they're
going to press charges or not." David exclaims that that's
ridiculous. Beryl goes on that at least Leanne
is in the clear - she told them about the bracelet, so they rang
the owner and she's not going to press charges because the bracelet
had been returned. Leanne insists, "It's crazy - it's me
who should have copped it." David asks her, "Why aren't
they talking to the louts who got you into trouble? That way they'll
put two-and-two together." Leanne, though, explains that
she gave them Tracy's name - and the others'. Beryl muses sadly
that she doesn't think it'll do much good: Tracy will deny everything
and it'll be their word against hers. David asks his
ex-wife, "They'll believe a delinquent instead of you?"
Beryl retorts, "They probably will after finding
the stolen goods in my house."
Wayne is lying in bed in his room at the hospital, listening
as Julie tells him that it was a really nice lunch. She adds that
it was a bit strange, though, being waited-on - at the end, she
nearly stacked up all the dishes and took them out to the kitchen!;
Barbara said she'd pay for the meal instead! She smiles
at Wayne, but Wayne just stares back at her. Looking nervous again,
Julie says, "Um, Gordon told you about the 'phone call, didn't
he?" Wayne nods. Julie insists, "It must have been a
mistake. My father's dead." Wayne replies quietly,
"I know. At least, that's what you always said.
What's the truth?" Julie stands there, looking worried,
and, after several seconds, admits, "He isn't dead. I lied."
Wayne gently asks, "Why?" adding that it won't
make any difference to them, he promises. Julie
smiles at him weakly.
Andy and Helena are sitting on horses by the stables at Woombai.
As they trot along, Andy tells Helena not to put too much pressure
on her knees. Helena, though, insists that she's alright. A young
man suddenly walks up to them and says, "Hey, Andy."
Andy smiles, "Hi, Bart!" Bart tells him that Fiona 'phoned.
Andy asks if she said what she wanted, but Bart replies that she
didn't. He goes on that it sounded pretty urgent, though - he
said Andy would call her as soon as he got back. He walks off.
Andy looks at Helena.
Caroline is sitting on the couch at the Morrell apartment, leafing
through a magazine. Stephen joins her and asks, "Aren't you
changing? We should have left by now." Caroline, though,
explains that she's decided against going. As Stephen sits down,
she continues, "It's silly worrying about being by myself.
As you say, the police have got a man downstairs and security
guards checking everybody who comes and goes - and Amanda shouldn't
be much longer, anyway." Stephen asks her if she's sure,
adding that he can wait a few minutes. Caroline, though, tells
him to go and enjoy himself. Stephen smiles that he's glad she's
calmed down. He then tells her that it's good that she's going
to be there - the courier is supposed to be dropping off some
papers for him. With that, he stands up and announces that he'd
better be going. The two of them walk over to the door and Stephen
warns Caroline not to forget to put the chain on. Caroline assures
him that she won't and he goes. Caroline locks the door and inserts
the chain in its holder.
Outside, Stephen walks over to a police car. He says to the man
in the passenger seat, "Sergeant, I have to go out for a
couple of hours. Caroline's by herself in the apartment."
The sergeant assures him, "Don't worry about it, Mr. Morrell.
We've got two men behind the building, as well. Evans
will never get to her." Stephen thanks him and walks
off. No one notices Gary watching from an apartment in a block
opposite. He stares through binoculars as Stephen gets into his
car and drives off. He then removes the binoculars from his eyes.
The scratch marks down the right side of his face are quite visible...
Andy is talking on the 'phone at the homestead at Woombai. He's
speaking to Fiona and telling her animatedly that there are no
worries up there - they're having a great time;
Helena is learning to ride and it's great without having Nikos
around their neck all the time. Fiona, sounding exasperated, asks
if she can get a word in, and Andy breaks off, laughing that he's
sorry. Fiona then explains, "Nikos is on his way up there."
Sounding shocked, Andy asks, "What?" Fiona goes on,
"I had to tell him where you both were. Apparently, her three
brothers are on their way out from Greece." Andy mutters,
"You're kidding," but Fiona assures him that she's not;
they've got to get out of there. Andy asks where they can go,
but Fiona cries, "I don't know. Anywhere. They're
after your blood, Andy." Andy asks when Nikos will get there,
and Fiona tells him, "Pretty soon, I should imagine - he
left here just a few hours ago." She then goes on, "Now
Andy, listen: when you see him, please, hold that temper of yours.
No more fighting." Andy, though, sighs that that's easier
said than done. He then thanks Fiona for the warning and Fiona
asks him to let her know what happens as soon as he can. Andy
nods, "Yeah, OK," and he hangs up. He then turns to
Helena and explains, "Nikos is on his way." Helena cries,
"Oh no..." Andy goes on, "Apparently, your three
brothers are on their way out from Greece to save you from me."
Helena stares at him in surprise and says, "But I only have
two brothers. One is eleven, the other one is eight."
She continues angrily, "He lied to her. He tricked
her into saying we are here. He makes me so angry. We must
go before he gets here." Andy, though, explains that it's
a bit late for that - according to Fiona, he'll be there any minute.
Helena cries, "He thinks he is a man. He tells lies to try
and find me. I will not speak to him when he arrives."
Andy, though, tells her, "No, you'd better talk
to him - except he's going to have to see things from our
angle for a change."
Gordon is sitting in the lounge room at Dural, reading the newspaper,
when Julie comes in. He asks how the patient was when she left
and Julie replies nervously that he was good. Gordon muses that
he's looking forward to having him home and he imagines she
is, too. Julie just stands there and says, "Mr. Hamilton,
I've got a confession to make - and an apology. That
call last night: it was my father." Gordon comments
that he thought it might be. Julie goes on, "I shouldn't
have lied to you. I'm sorry." Gordon asks her why she felt
she had to. Julie stands there, looking at the floor
and then explains, "It's a pretty terrible thing to say -
you'll probably think I'm a little snob or something - but I'm
ashamed of him; I can't help it. You see, he
was 50 when I was born and he's always been like an old man to
me. I've looked after him for about seven or eight years and finally
I had to put him into a home and I don't think he's ever forgiven
me." Gordon asks, "What was wrong?" Julie, sitting
down, tells him, "He drank." She then continues, "You
see, somebody had to keep an eye on him or he'd end up killing
himself - and I couldn't; I had my job to keep."
She goes on guiltily, "The reason I told Wayne that he was
dead was I was frightened he'd want to meet him. I know my dad
would be really happy that I'm going to get married but he'll
just want to come here and stick his nose in." Gordon points
out, "That's understandable," Julie cries, "Yes,
I know. It's just--." She pauses before going on, "Look,
I don't know how he tracked me down here. He must have called
my sister in Perth." Gordon, standing up, assures her, "Regardless
of how he found out and whether he comes or not, there's no reason
to feel embarrassed or ashamed about it." He sits down next
to her and tells her, "If he comes to Sydney, he's more than
welcome to stay here." Julie explains, "I rang the home
to see if they could talk him out of it, but there's not much
chance - and look, I am sorry to lie to you all. I know
it sounds hard to say your dad's dead when he's not, but if you'd
met him, you'd know what I meant." Gordon soothes,
"I'm sure it's not as bad as you think." Julie, though,
just sits there, looking worried."
At Woombai, Helena snaps, "How dare he make up
a story like that. My father should find out what kind of man
Nikos really is." She turns to Andy and, running
her hand up and down his bare arm, tells him, "That is why
I love you so much - you would never lie to
me like that." Andy, though, growls, "Alright, Helena,
will you give it a rest? Everyone lies sometimes - even
you, remember? Anyway, you can't do much when he gets
here." He stands up and Helena demands, "Where are you
going?" Andy retorts, "To get a shirt, OK? I'm feeling
a bit cold." He leaves the room. Bart suddenly comes in and
tells Helena, "That bloke you've been waiting for has turned
up. You want me to send him in?" Helena, though, stands up
and, marching towards the front door, snaps, "No. I
will see to him." She heads outside as Andy emerges from
his bedroom. He sees Bart standing there and says, "Listen,
will you have a word with Alan Pascoe about giving Nikos a room
at the Reid house?" Bart replies, "Sure." Andy
adds, "Only for tonight, though - I don't want him hanging
around any longer." He suddenly notices that Helena
isn't sitting at the table anymore, and he asks Bart where she
got to. Bart explains, "She's outside talking to him. He
just rocked in." Andy sighs, "She hits first and thinks
later," and he dashes outside.
Out in the grounds, by the stables, Nikos tells Helena, "It
would break your father's heart if he saw you behaving like a...
a whore." Helena glares at him and retorts, "I
see. So now you call me names. I'm going to marry Andy
because I want to, not because you want me to.
You are so old-fashioned, Nikos, you should have stayed back in
Greece. All you care about is keeping the family name. You don't
care how bad you make it for everybody else." Nikos
insists, "I just want you to be happy," but Helena snaps,
"You want my father to be happy, not me.
You are stupid, jealous and I will never marry you." At that
moment, Andy walks over to them and pleads, "OK, listen,
just calm down and please, just cut it out." Helena retorts,
"He called me a whore. I will not stand for it." Andy,
though, glares at her and snaps, "Helena, just shut up!"
Helena and Nikos both stare at him in surprise. Andy then turns
to Nikos and says, "The reason why we came up here was because
we wanted a bit of peace and a bit of quiet to straighten ourselves
out. Now, you've got to learn to accept that." Nikos asks,
"Why? You are not being reasonable." Andy just
retorts, "I've organised it for you to stay here tonight,
but that's all - there won't be any room after that." Nikos
tells him curtly, "Our family is waiting to hear of the marriage
and it's up to me to make sure it takes place as soon as possible."
Andy, though, retorts, "Yeah, well, the family's just going
to have to wait, mate. Whether you like it or not, you're in Australia
now, and that's not the way we do things, OK?" Nikos stares
Beryl is setting out tea things on the table in her living room.
David joins her and tells her that the police listened
to him, but he doesn't think he did much good. Beryl points out,
"I told you they were convinced I did it."
David goes on that he did push them to make up their minds whether
or not they're going to prosecute; they reckon they'll let her
know one way or another tomorrow. Leanne and Tim suddenly emerge
from the kitchen and Leanne tells Beryl that they're run out of
milk so the two of them are just going down to the shops. They
head out. When they've gone, David tells Beryl, "I'd love
to have a go at the parents of that Tracy girl." Beryl, though,
tells him, "I don't think it would do much good. Her father's
a lawyer; apparently, he's always managed to get her off the hook
before." David comments, "Charming." Beryl adds,
"Mind you, he might not know what she's really like,"
and David agrees, "No - probably too busy making money."
Beryl points out, "He'll probably clear her again and no
doubt make things worse for me." David growls, "What
she needs is a good clout across the backside." Beryl tells
him that she doesn't really think that'll have much effect!
David, though, muses, "Still love to try!"
Leanne and Tim are walking along the road, and Leanne is saying,
"I feel really rotten about Mrs. Palmer being in trouble
because of me. I wish there was something I could do.
" Tim, though, points out, "You can't do more than tell
the truth." A car suddenly pulls out of the road
ahead of them and a look of panic crosses Leanne's face. Tracy
is sitting in the passenger seat of the car and a guy with bleached
hair is in the driver's seat. Tracy spots Leanne and says to her
mate, "Hey, stop." The guy pulls the car to a halt and
the two of them get out as Leanne stands there looking increasingly
scared. Tim asks her, "What's up?" Leanne just stares
at Tracy and the guy approaching her and cries, "No..."
She suddenly runs off and Tim goes after her. Tracy and her mate
start chasing. They run through the streets, Leanne looking round
every few seconds to find she's still being chased. She eventually
turns down an alley, but finds herself facing a dead-end and nowhere
else to turn. She stops and looks round. Tim pants, "Are
they the ones you lived with?" Leanne, turning to face Tracy
and her mate, gasps in panic, "Yeah..."
Caroline is sitting reading a novel on the couch at the Morrell
apartment when the 'phone starts ringing. She gets up and answers
it, saying, "Hello?" There's no response, though, and
so she repeats, "Hello? Anybody there?" The person at
the other end hangs up. Caroline hangs up from her end,
Tracy and her mate are walking slowly down the alley, towards
Leanne and Tim. Tracy taunts Leanne, "You always have to
hide behind someone, don't you? Wimp.
The old cow in the house and now a little creep like him.
Come out and fight." Tim indicates to Leanne to
step back and she does. He then squares up to Tracy and her mate.
Tracy warns, "Simmo will paste you all over the lane, you
little jerk." Tim suddenly holds out his hands in a martial
arts stance. The guy with the bleached hair, Simmo, laughs, "What
is he? Bruce Lee?" Tim just stands there, maintaining his
position. He taunts, "Come on..." Simmo glares at him
and retorts, "OK, pal." He then holds up his fists and
goes to punch Tim, but Tim blocks him and lands a punch of his
own. Simmo reels back. He lunges again, but Tim grabs him and
pushes him against the fence. He then starts laying several punches
on him. Simmo starts to fight back, but Tim pushes him away. Tracy
cries at Simmo, "Don't just stand there," and
Tim taunts, "Well come on, what are you waiting for?"
Simmo approaches him again, but Tim immediately lays into him
and pushes him over. Tracy stares at her mate and, pulling him
up off the ground, snaps, "Simmo, you're giving in."
Simmo, though, stays where he is and growls, "The kid knows
what he's doing. I'm not taking him on." Tracy snaps at him
exasperatedly, "I don't know why I bother with you."
She then stares at Leanne and warns, "Don't think I'll forget.
You won't always have a bodyguard." With that, she
reluctantly leads Simmo away. Leanne smiles at Tim and cries,
"Thanks! You were great! Lucky you know karate!" Tim,
though, explains, "Yeah, well, I only know the basics.
I did a bit at reform school - I had to find some way
to protect myself." He then suggests, "Let's go, eh?"
and they walk off.
At Woombai, two riders bring their horses to a halt and dismount.
Helena walks over to them and asks one of them - a man - "How
was it?" The man tells her, "He's a wild one. I wouldn't
let an inexperienced rider on him." Helena then takes the
reins of both horses and tells the riders that she'll take the
creatures back to the stables for them. The two riders walk off.
Nikos suddenly walks over to Helena and tells her that they must
talk. Helena doesn't respond and so Nikos goes on, "I apologise
for lying about your brothers, but I had to find you - and I don't
think it's old-fashioned to respect one's parents and their wishes."
Helena, though, retorts, "You are only saying that because
you do not wish to look like a weak man. You would have married
me just to keep the family happy. Andy's different - he doesn't
let anyone push me around; that is why I like him."
Nikos tells her, "I do not have to defy my parents to prove
I am as good a man as Andy." Helena pauses and then says,
"He's better in other ways, too..." Looking
thoughtful, she then adds, "Anyway, you probably
couldn't even ride a horse." Nikos insists, "Of
course I can." Helena, handing him the reins of the horse
the previous rider and said was a wild one, retorts, "Prove
it to me." Nikos just stands there, and so Helena taunts,
"See? You are frightened." Not wanting to appear weak,
Nikos takes the reins and begins to climb on. Andy is walking
towards them as the horse trots off. Helena calls after it, "A
girl sits on a walking horse." Andy joins
Helena and, as he realises what's going on, says to her, "Hey,
what the hell do you think you're doing?" He then shouts
to Nikos, "Hey, Nikos, don't." It's too late,
though: the horse starts cantering - and after a few seconds,
Nikos is thrown off. He rolls over on the ground.
The 'phone rings again at the Morrell apartment and Caroline
reluctantly answers it. Stephen comes on and Caroline, sounding
relieved, immediately asks him if he rang a few minutes ago. Stephen
replies, "No, why?" Caroline explains that it's just
that the 'phone rang and there was no one there; it must have
been a wrong number. Stephen asks her if she'd like him to come
home, but Caroline quickly tells him that it's nothing - it was
probably a crank caller or something. Stephen agrees, "More
than likely." There's suddenly a quiet knocking on the door
and Caroline gasps in fear. Stephen hears her and asks what's
wrong. Caroline quickly replies that it's nothing - it's just
someone at the front door. Stephen tells her that he'll hold on
while she sees who it is, and so Caroline puts the 'phone down
on the bar. She heads to the door and calls out, "Who is
it?" A male voice comes back, "The courier." Caroline
unlocks the door and removes the chain. She then opens the door
to find a man standing there, a cap on his head and an envelope
held in front of his face. She asks him to come in and lock the
front door behind him. As she returns to the 'phone, she doesn't
notice that the disguised 'courier' is Gary. She picks up the
'phone and tells Stephen that it's alright - it's the courier.
Stephen asks her if she's sure she's alright and Caroline insists
that of course she is. She adds, "I'll see you later. Bye."
She goes to hang up, but Gary suddenly reaches out and grabs her
wrist, warning her menacingly, "Don't try it." Caroline
stares at him fearfully.