Charlie exclaims in shock that she can't believe they'd do
such a thing. Leigh adds, "And Tim's not a thief. Leanne
must have taken the things without him knowing." David, though,
grunts that he'd say they're in this together. He then tells Charlie
that he's sorry. Charlie assures him that it's not his fault,
but David retorts, "I trusted Tim. I know I've given
him a hard time lately, but I thought he had more sense than to
pull a stunt like this." Charlie asks what they're going
to do. David muses, "They couldn't have got too far. I'll
go and find them - and when I do, I'll give Tim a lesson that
he won't forget in a hurry." Leigh quickly cries, "You
won't go to the police?" David tells her, "I
don't want to, but I mightn't have a choice. Let's hope
I catch them before they get too far." Leigh looks worried.
Beryl sits down on the couch in her lounge room, saying to Jim
as she does so that her feet are killing her; they must have walked
for miles! Jim sits down with her and she starts going through
the mail that she's picked up on the way in. After sorting through
some bills, she tells Jim that there's one for him. She
then smells it and asks, "Do any of your friends use perfume?"
Jim smiles, "Not that they're admitting to!" He takes
the envelope and, looking at the return address, comments, "Brisbane.
Somebody called Linda." Beryl asks, "Girlfriend?"
but Jim tells her, "Not that I know of." He opens the
envelope, takes out the sheet of paper inside and starts reading.
Beryl asks him what it says, but Jim exclaims, "It must be
a joke. It's the blokes I used to work with in Queensland."
Beryl asks if she can have a look, but Jim warns her, "It's
a bit blue." Beryl assures him that she didn't expect him
to become a monk when she left him, but Jim insists, "I mean
it. I don't know anyone called Linda." Beryl accepts,
"Alright." Jim stands up and says he'll make a cup of
tea. Beryl sits there, looking thoughtful.
Samantha, Stephen and Caroline are sitting at the dinner table
at Woombai, and Samantha comments that it's nice, all of them
having dinner together; it's just like old times. Stephen just
murmurs, "Yes, it is." Samantha realises, "You're
not really listening, are you?" Stephen replies that he's
sorry: he was thinking about the council meeting tomorrow night.
He goes on that he found out today that the company behind the
abattoir has only recently been set up; this is their first major
project. Caroline remarks that it seems like a big development
for a new company to tackle, and Stephen explains that that's
what he thought. He then goes on, "Another thing:
they're inviting private investors to put money into it. I can't
understand why they're not financing it all themselves."
Caroline suggests that maybe they've got a cashflow problem, but
Stephen tells her that he checked on that: there's no shortage
of funds; far from it. Glancing at Samantha, Caroline
then asks, "Did you find anything out about Bill Ashley?"
Stephen, though, replies, "Not much - a bit of a mystery
man. Apparently quite wealthy, though." Samantha smiles,
"I bet I could find out more for you," but
Stephen retorts, "I told you what I thought of that
idea. I want you to stay right away from him." Samantha warns,
"Don't tell me what to do. I'm not a child." Stephen,
though, snaps, "Samantha, the man could destroy Woombai."
Samantha points out, "He's a businessman, just like you,"
but Stephen asks, "You think so? I have a feeling there's
more to him than we imagine."
David arrives back at the country house. Leigh is sitting in
the kitchen, playing with Shane, and she asks David how he went.
David tells her that it was no good: he searched all the main
roads and there was no sign of them; they must have got a lift
somewhere. Charlie comes in from the hallway and says to David
that she thought she heard him come back; no luck? David
sighs, "No. There's only one thing to do," and he walks
over to the 'phone. Leigh, suddenly looking panicky, quickly points
out, "But you don't know for sure it was them who did
it." David, though, retorts, "Oh come on, Leigh, it's
as plain as the nose on your face." He starts dialling, but
Leigh suddenly stands up and cries, "You mustn't go to the
police." David turns and looks at her and asks, "Why
not?" Leigh tells him more calmly, "Well, Tim's already
been in reform school. They'll put him in a detention
centre if he gets into trouble again." Charlie suggests,
"Perhaps Leigh's right. I don't want to get the
boy into any trouble - and I can afford to replace the coat; it
wasn't exactly new, anyway." David, though, retorts that
that's not the point: they've got to learn right from wrong, and
Tim's not going to get away with this because he's his nephew.
Charlie points out curtly, "It's my things they
stole. Surely it's up to me whether we go to the police
or not?" David stares at her, and Leigh pleads, "Please,
David?" David hesitates and then sighs, "Alright."
He hangs up and goes on, "They're probably headed for Mike
and Heather's. I'll call them in the morning and tell them what's
happened. If we get Charlie's coat and jewellery back, I'll let
it drop, OK?" Leigh nods in relief.
Jim and Beryl are sitting on the couch at Beryl's, and Jim asks
Beryl if she wants to finish off the wine. She declines, though,
saying she's had quite enough. Jim pours the rest of the bottle
into his glass, commenting, "Waste not want not!"
Beryl stands up and says that, actually, it's getting late; she
might do the dishes and go to bed. Jim tells her that he'll give
her a hand, and she smiles, "Thankyou very much." She
then pauses before adding, "And thankyou for today. I had
a lovely time." Jim replies tenderly, "Same here."
He stares at her and tells her, "I've missed you, Beryl."
Beryl replies, "I've missed you, too." They start kissing,
but Beryl pulls away. Jim asks what's wrong. Beryl murmurs, "Nothing,"
and they start kissing again.
It's the middle of the night, and Leigh is sitting on the couch
in the lounge room at the country house, her fur coat round her
shoulders. Charlie comes in, saying she saw the lights still on,
and she asks the girl if she can't sleep. Leigh doesn't respond.
Charlie suggests, "Why don't you go to bed? Worrying won't
do any good." Leigh stands up and says, "Thanks for
helping Tim." Charlie points out, "I didn't
do anything," but Leigh tells her, "David would have
gone to the police if it wasn't for you." She then
takes the fur coat off her shoulders and, holding it out to Charlie,
says, "Here, have it. It'll make up for the one that was
stolen." Charlie, though, replies gently, "I don't want
your coat. Keep it." She pauses before going on, "Tim
means a lot to you, doesn't he?" Leigh sighs, "He's
the only real friend I've ever had." Charlie tells her, "There
are other people who'd care for you - if you'd let
them." Leigh stands there and then says, "I'd better
go to bed." She walks off, leaving Charlie looking worried.
The next morning, Caroline and Samantha are leading two horses
along in the grounds at Woombai. Samantha asks her mother, "How
are you and daddy getting on?" and Caroline replies, "We're
still good friends." Samantha comments, "You still love
him, don't you?" and Caroline admits, "I suppose I do."
Samantha asks, "Then why don't you get back together?"
but Caroline tells her, "There's not much hope of that, I'm
afraid. Not now. Stephen needs some time to sort out things with
Jenny." Samantha exclaims, "I can't believe you're just
going to let her walk in and take him!" Caroline,
though, asks, "Could you drop the subject, please, Samantha?"
Samantha smiles, "Oh come on, mum, you can wrap any man round
your finger if you really want to." She starts looking
around and suddenly spots some men standing in the distance, by
a couple of trucks. She stares at one of the men and comments
to her mother, "That's Bill Ashley!" Caroline reminds
her, "Remember what your father said." Samantha, though,
puts on her riding hat and points out, "He wants to save
Woombai, doesn't he?" She climbs on her horse, saying as
she does so, "You catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar!"
Caroline cries, "You're too young for those games,"
but Samantha insists, "I know what I'm doing when it comes
to men. After all, I had a good teacher!" She rides
off, leaving Caroline with a smile on her face.
Stephen unlocks the door to the office at the riding school and
he and Jenny head inside. As they do so, Stephen asks Jenny what
brings her over there, and Jenny explains that she's meeting Caroline
in a few minutes: they're signing the papers for Caroline to take
over her bank loan this morning. Stephen tells her that Caroline
is out riding, but she shouldn't be long. He then adds that he
guesses it'll be a load off Jenny's mind. Jenny comments, "In
some ways. I still don't like the idea of Caroline having
such a hold over me." She then hands Stephen a file
and adds, "In fact, I was wondering if you'd check through
all this legal jargon; let me know what I'm letting myself in
for." Stephen takes the file and sits down at the desk. He
then says, "Believe me, Jenny, Caroline has no ulterior motive
as far as the loan's concerned." Jenny, sitting down opposite
him, says, "I hope not. Anyway, I don't have any other choice
if I want to save the property." Stephen asks if there's
any more news on that front. Jenny replies that she talked to
some of the other councillors, but most of them are still on Ashley's
side. Stephen comments, "Fingers crossed we can change their
minds by tomorrow night." Jenny smiles bitterly and tells
him, "Two of them are stock owners, so I don't think there's
any chance we'll get them on-side. But we might get the
others to have a rethink." Stephen asks, "Any
ideas?" In reply, Jenny asks, "Do you know Peter Kirkman?"
Stephen recalls that he edits the local paper, and Jenny explains,
"I'm going over to see him after I've finished here. He's
a conservationist; he might be able to help." Stephen muses,
"The power of the press, eh? Why not?" He then asks
Jenny if she feels like riding across, and Jenny smiles, "Alright!"
Stephen tells her, "Good - I like to combine business
with pleasure!" He opens the file and starts reading. After
a few seconds, he comments to Jenny, "We haven't seen
much of each other, lately." Jenny agrees carefully, "No..."
Stephen asks if there's any chance they can change that.
Jenny, though, tells him, "I think we should just
get all this business with Bill Ashley out of the way first before
we think about anything else. Could you check the contract?"
Stephen looks at her and then turns back to the file, a smile
on his face.
Bill Ashley is talking to the two men he's with, going through
plans. He suddenly notices Caroline approaching him and, walking
over to her, asks what he can do for her. Caroline tells him that
she'd like to talk to him. She then indicates where they're standing
and asks if it's there that he's planning to build his abattoir.
Ashley replies that that's right. Caroline goes on, "I was
talking to some people in town. It seems this project of yours
has got more support than I realised." Ashley retorts,
"People know a good thing when they see it - most
of them, anyway." Caroline continues, "I was wondering
if perhaps some of my other Directors weren't letting sentiment
get in the way of good business sense." Ashley nods, "I
was trying to explain to your husband yesterday, Mrs. Morrell--"
Caroline interrupts and tells him, "Caroline." Ashley
acknowledges, "Caroline." He then asks, "Think
you can talk some sense into the others?" Caroline insists,
"They won't change their minds," but Ashley assures
her, "They might - when council gives us a green
light." Caroline says, "Perhaps - but that's not what
I wanted to talk to you about." Ashley asks with interest,
"Oh yes?" Caroline tells him, "I hear that your
company's looking for investors." Ashley replies that that's
right - most of the local graziers think it's a good idea. He
adds, "I take it you're interested?" Caroline smiles,
"I could be. A man like yourself wouldn't get involved
in anything that wasn't successful." Ashley asks,
"What about your husband's riding school?" Caroline
tells him, "Since the split-up, we haven't been seeing eye-to-eye
on a number of things. I think it's silly and pointless
to throw everything away on a lost cause when I could be making
a good return elsewhere." Ashley smiles, "Well, I'm
sure we can arrange something." Caroline flirts, "I'll
need to know a little bit more about you, first..."
Ashley, indicating the two workmen, replies, "Those blokes
will be finished by lunchtime." Caroline smiles, "I'll
see you later, then..." and she walks off.
A few minutes later, Caroline walks into the office at the riding
school and apologises to Jenny and Stephen for being late, adding
that she loses all track of time when she's riding. She asks Jenny
if she's been waiting long. Jenny replies, "Just
a few minutes, but it's alright: Stephen's been going through
the fine print with me." Caroline asks her ex-husband, "Everything
OK?" and Stephen smiles, "This is all perfectly above-board
as far as I can see." Caroline, picking up a pen, says, "Good.
Where do I sign?" Jenny asks her in surprise if she's not
going to check it, but Caroline assures her, "I
trust you." Stephen indicates the places to sign and Caroline
does so. While she's writing, Stephen asks, "Where d'you
go riding?" Caroline just replies, "Oh, all over the
place. Wherever the horses took us." She then passes the
contracts to Jenny and says, "Your turn." Jenny signs
as Caroline and Stephen watch. Stephen then says, "Right,
I'll witness it," and he takes the pen. As he does so, Caroline
says to Jenny, "I'm sure this is going to be a very profitable
partnership." Jenny stares at her and asks, "Partnership?"
Caroline quickly replies, "Oh, don't worry, I won't interfere;
it's still your property." She then announces that she'd
better be off - she's got to drop some dry-cleaning off in town.
Stephen tells her, "Jenny and I are going in this
afternoon - see the bloke who runs the local paper; talk to him
about the abattoir." Caroline muses, "Good. Well, have
a nice time." With that, she heads out.
The 'phone rings at Beryl's and Beryl answers it. A woman comes
on and asks, "Is Jim there?" Beryl replies that he's
just gone down to the shops, and she adds, "May I ask who's
calling?" The woman tells her, "It's Linda." She
then asks, "Did Jim get my letter? I told him I
was coming to Melbourne." Beryl retorts curtly, "Yes,
he got your letter - and he said he didn't know who you were."
The woman laughs, "Oh, that'll be Jim! Can you tell him I
called?" Beryl says she will and Linda hangs up. As Beryl
does likewise, Jim arrives home and tells her that they didn't
have any wholegrain so he got a malt loaf. Beryl just stands there,
staring at him, and so he prompts, "Beryl?" Beryl retorts,
"You just had a 'phone call - from Linda: the girl who sent
you the letter." Jim stares at her and insists, "I don't
know any Linda." Beryl snaps, "For goodness'
sake, Jim, what do you take me for?" Jim, though, retorts,
"I mean it. It must be somebody's idea of a sick
joke." He pauses before suddenly muttering, "It's Leigh,
I'll bet." Beryl, though, snaps, "It wasn't Leigh. I'd
know her voice anywhere." Jim tells her, "Maybe
it wasn't her on the 'phone, but you can bet she's behind it somewhere
alone the line."
Sometime later, Jim is standing with Leigh and Charlie outside
the kitchen door at the country house. Leigh yells, "I had
nothing to do with it." Jim retorts, "Come
off it," but Leigh insists, "I didn't."
Charlie interjects to plead, "Can't we talk about it later?
There's been enough upsets around here today as it is."
Jim, though, snaps, "I don't care. I want to get to the bottom
of this now." Leigh insists, "I don't know
what he's talking about, Charlie," but Jim retorts, "Yes
you do, you little liar." David suddenly emerges from the
kitchen and, glaring at Jim, demands, "What are you
doing here?" Jim snaps, "Leigh has been causing trouble
between me and Beryl again." Leigh cries, "It's not
true," but Jim goes on, "She's been trying to make Beryl
think I've been after some young girl." David suggests curtly,
"If the cap fits..." Jim snaps, "It's a damn lie
- the same as she lied about what happened in Brisbane."
David snaps, "Just go," but Jim retorts, "I'm not
going until she owns up to what she's been doing. I've had enough."
David growls, "And so have I. You're not coming around here,
screaming abuse at my daughter. Now get." Jim snaps,
"She's really got you wrapped around her little finger, hasn't
she, the little--" He pauses before adding, "She couldn't
lie straight in bed!" David glares at him and snaps,
"I told you to quit." As he says 'quit', he
lashes out and punches Jim on the jaw. As Jim staggers back, Charlie
quickly cries, "No fighting," but David retorts, "It's
up to him, Charlie. If he says one more word about Leigh..."
Jim, recovering her balance, glares at him and then mutters, "Hell.
She's not worth it." David snaps, "Then get out of here."
Jim murmurs, "Alright." He then raises a finger at Leigh
and adds, "But I'm warning you: leave me and Beryl alone."
He goes. David puts his arm around Leigh and pulls her to him,
giving her a hug and whispering that it's alright; Jim won't bother
Samantha is tying up her horse in the grounds at Woombai. Bart
is standing with her, helping and telling her that there's a movie
on in town tomorrow night: Temple of the Lost Ark or
something; what he thought was maybe-- Samantha, though, interrupts
and says, "Sorry - I'm going out with Amanda." Bart
insists, "That's alright. I've got this friend who really
likes her." Samantha, though, just takes the saddle off the
horse and hands it to him. She then leads the horse away. As she
heads for the stables, a truck suddenly pulls up in front of her,
driven by Bill Ashley. He smiles, "Told you we might run
into each other again," and Samantha smiles back, "I've
been hoping we might." Ashley, climbing out of his
car, invites, "Dinner tomorrow night?" Samantha smiles,
"I'd love to." Ashley tells her, "I'll pick you
up about 7pm." Samantha replies, "I'll be ready."
She then asks, "What are you doing now?" Ashley
asks, "Why?" and Samantha explains, "I thought
we might go for a bit of a drive." Ashley tells her, "I'd
love to, but I've got a lot to do before the council meeting tonight.
Samantha, looking disappointed, recalls, "That's right -
I forgot." Ashley asks, "Going to wish me luck?"
Samantha, though, points out, "My father's the opposition,
remember?!" Ashley muses, "Probably won't need it anyway."
Samantha comments, "You seem pretty confident," and
Ashley tells her, "Never do anything unless I think
I'm going to win. See you tomorrow night." He goes to get
back in his car. As he does so, Samantha wishes him, "Good
luck," and she watches him as he drives off.
Jim is sitting on the couch at Beryl's, but winces as she tends
to the cut on his jaw. Beryl points out that it could be worse,
and she adds that she warned him not to go and see David;
he knows how David feels about him. Jim comments that
he thought David would at least hear him out, but Beryl points
out, "Leigh is his daughter." Jim growls, "Yeah,
you should have seen her: looked like butter wouldn't melt in
her mouth. She's got them all sucked in." Beryl tells him,
"That's one thing that young lady is very, very good at."
Jim remarks, "As long as you believe me?" Beryl
steps away and doesn't respond. Jim queries, "You do,
don't you? Oh, come on, Beryl, if I did have a girlfriend up in
Queensland, I'm not going to give her your address and telephone
number, am I?" Beryl concedes, "No, I suppose not."
Jim goes on, "I wish I could prove it to you." Beryl
assures him, "You don't have to prove anything,
Jim. Let's just forget it." Jim sighs, "Yeah, let's."
He then takes from Beryl the cloth that she's using to clean up
his jaw and says he'll clear up. Beryl thanks him, adding that
she'd better get going: she's supposed to meet Diane at the Children's
Home; she's still trying to persuade them to take her back. Jim
wishes her good luck, and she muses that she's going to need
it. As she goes to head out, Jim says, "And Beryl - thanks."
He then sighs heavily.
Simmo is sitting on the steps by the pavement at the place where
he lives with Tracy, strumming a guitar. There are plastic bags
all round him. Leigh suddenly walks up to him and says, "Hi."
He looks at her and she asks, "Don't you remember me? Leigh
Palmer." Simmo recalls, "Oh yeah, right. You brought
the fur coat around the other night." Leigh agrees, "That's
right." She then asks if Tracy is around, but Simmo replies
that she's gone out. Leigh asks if she's coming back, but Simmo
shrugs, "I don't know." Looking at all the bags, Leigh
then asks him if he's moving out, and he mutters, "Yeah,
looks like it, yeah. Tracy gave me the big-A. Her old man owns
the place; he reckons he wants me out." Leigh asks, "Why?"
but Simmo just shrugs. He then asks Leigh what she wants to see
Tracy for, and Leigh explains that it's about Beryl. Simmo assures
her, "Don't worry about that: Tracy will fix her right up."
Leigh explains, "That's why I've got to see her: it's getting
out of hand. I want to stop it." Simmo, though, retorts,
"There's no way Tracy's going to pass-up a chance of getting
back at Beryl now." Leigh insists, "She must.
It's gone too far." Simmo, though, tells her, "It's
too late. Tracy couldn't stop it now even if she wanted
to." Leigh looks worried.
Jim is eating a sandwich in the lounge room at Beryl's when there's
a knock on the door. He goes to answer it and finds an attractive
young woman standing on the step. She says, "Oh, hello, I
was looking for Tom and Alec Robinson." Jim shrugs and tells
her, "Sorry, I don't know anyone of that name."
The woman consults a piece of paper that she's holding and says,
"This is number 26, isn't it?" Jim nods, "Yeah."
The woman cries, "They must have given me the wrong address."
Jim tells her, "I don't think I can be of much help - I'm
pretty new round here myself." The woman sighs,
"I'm supposed to be there for lunch and I'm late already."
She then asks, "Can I use your 'phone, please?" Jim
invites her in. As they head into the lounge room, Jim points
out the 'phone, but the woman suddenly bends over double and cries
out in pain. Jim rushes over to her and asks her if she's OK.
She tells him that she doesn't know; she feels a bit faint. Jim
helps her onto the couch and she adds that she must have one of
those bugs going around. Jim tells her that she does look a bit
pale. The woman asks if she can have a glass of water and Jim
heads into the kitchen to get it. The woman calls, "Sorry
to be such a nuisance," but Jim assures her, "Don't
worry about it." From the kitchen, he can't see the nasty
smile on her face...
David is sitting in the kitchen at the country house, eating
some lunch, when Leigh comes in. He asks her if she wants anything
to eat, adding that there's some stew in the pot, but Leigh mutters
that she's not hungry. David asks her where she's been, but she
just replies, "Out for a walk." David tells her not
to worry about Tim; he'll show up. Leigh retorts, "It's not
only Tim." David asks, "Jim O'Brien? He
won't bother you any more - not while I'm here."
Leigh asks, "Why'd you do it?" David asks, "What?"
and Leigh replies, "Stand up for me. No one's ever
done that for me before." David explains, "I reckon
that's what fathers are for. I know you don't see me
that way, yet, but I care about you. Pretty weak if I couldn't
show it." Leigh smiles, "Thanks, dad."
She then kisses him on the head and walks off.
Jim's visitor drinks the glass of water that Jim has given her
and hands the glass back to him. Jim asks her how she's feeling
now, and she replies that she's a bit better. Jim asks her if
she'd like him to give these friends of hers a ring, the woman
quickly replies, "Oh no, it's alright. They're used to me,
anyway - I'm always late." She stands up, but suddenly
bends over double again, and cries out in pain. Jim goes and holds
her steady. She stands up straight, but suddenly cries, "The
room's spinning. I really need to lie down." Jim says, "Sure,
there's a bed in here," and he leads her off to one of the
Bill Ashley is walking in the grounds at Woombai, with Caroline.
He's pointing out where the cattle yards and the main building
will go. Caroline listens and then comments, "You enjoy your
work, don't you?" Ashley agrees, "Yeah, yeah, I do."
Caroline asks him how he got started in construction,
and he tells her that he began work as an office boy for the company
and worked his way down; he's been in management ever since! He
adds, "I suppose I've done reasonably well - people I work
for seem to think so." Caroline asks, "How long have
you been with this company?" and Ashley replies,
"Two years now." Caroline comments, "I see. And
you were born in Sydney?" Ashley looks at her and asks, "Was
I?" Caroline laughs, "I don't know. That's
why I'm asking!" Ashley demands, "Why do you
want to know?" Caroline laughs 'innocently', "Don't
be mysterious. Come on, tell me!" Ashley, though,
retorts, "No, you tell me, first. Why all the questions?"
Caroline smiles, "I'm interested in you. Very interested..."
Ashley smiles back, "I'm starting to pick up on a few
clues..." With that, he leans in and he and Caroline start
Stephen and Jenny are out riding. Jenny calls across to Stephen
that the wind's getting chilly; she wishes she'd brought a jumper.
Stephen, though, points out that it's not far now. As the two
of them ride along, he suddenly notices Caroline and Bill Ashley
and brings his horse to a halt. He and Jenny stare at the two
Beryl arrives back in Albert Park and as, she walks into her
lounge room, she calls, "I'm home." The young
woman suddenly emerges from one of the bedrooms, wearing just
her underwear, and she comments, "Oh, you must be Beryl."
Beryl stares at her and demands, "Who are you?"
The woman replies, "Linda." Beryl snaps, "Where's
Jim?" Linda retorts, "He didn't think you'd be home
yet." Beryl growls, "That is very, very obvious."
Jim is out in the kitchen, and, on hearing Beryl's voice, he heads
into the lounge room and asks cheerily, "How did it go at
the Children's Home?" He stops in his tracks as he sees Linda
standing there in just her underwear. She runs over to him and
cries, "Jim, I thought you said we'd have the place to ourselves?"
She runs her hands up his shirt-covered chest as Beryl glares
at the two of them angrily.