Bill Ashley is with some workmen out in the grounds at Woombai,
and he snaps at them that he told them he wants it done tonight;
no argument. The workmen walk off, and Ashley suddenly notice
Samantha approaching him. As she comes within earshot, she comments
to him that she thought he'd still be out searching, but Ashley
tells her that they've got to get on with the job. He adds that
there are plenty of volunteers out there. Samantha says sadly
that they still haven't found her. Ashley comments that it must
be pretty tough on her and her folks. Samantha then asks him if
she can see him tonight, and he agrees, "Yeah, sure."
Samantha explains that it's just that, if they don't find Amanda
soon, her mum's going to go out of her mind; she knows she should
be there to help; it's just that she can't handle it... Ashley
soothes that it's alright... he'll look after her; he'll get back
to the hotel just as soon as he can. With that, he kisses her
gently and she walks off. Ashley returns to his jeep and opens
the back door, throwing some plans inside. He doesn't notice Amanda's
bracelet glinting on the floor...
Barbara opens the front door at Dural to find Andy standing there.
Looking surprised, she comments that she wasn't expecting him,
but Andy, looking grim, doesn't respond. Barbara, then asks him
indignantly if he saw the flower beds on the way in: someone's
just helped themselves to the whole lot. Andy just says bluntly,
"I know about Roland." Barbara stares at him and asks
who told him. Andy replies, "He did." Barbara
tells him that he'd better come in and sit down, but Andy snaps
that he doesn't want to sit down; he wants to know why
Roland is there and why she's is having anything to do
with him. Barbara retorts, "Because I was married to him
for twenty years. What on earth do you expect me to do:
ignore him?" Andy points out that Gordon's her husband
now. Barbara retorts that she knows that, but Roland risked everything
just to keep her safe; she can't turn her back on him now. Andy
growls, "You still don't love him?" but Barbara
snaps, "Of course I do. I loved him very much before. Why
should I stop loving him now? He's still the same man. I'm
still the same woman." Andy insists, "But you
can't love him any more than you love Gordon?" Barbara,
though, cries, "I don't know. I've asked myself that over
a hundred times in the last few days. I don't know the answer..."
Irene is giving Roland a check-up in the bedsit. As she removes
her stethoscope from where it's positioned on his back, she tells
him that his lungs are certainly much better - she doesn't see
any reason why he shouldn't go getting back into his normal routine.
Roland asks bitterly what he's supposed to do: sit there all day,
twiddling his thumbs? He adds that he's even lost his chess partner
now. Irene tells him not to go giving up on Andy just yet; she
doesn't see the boy giving him the cold shoulder for very long.
Roland, though, tells her that Andy hates her for the way he treated
his mother and he's absolutely right: when he ended his affair
with Helen, he cut off dead; he should have checked up on how
she was managing; he didn't want to hurt her; he doesn't like
hurting anyone. Irene warns him that he's hurting Barbara:
all this talk about fighting to get her back...: he's hurting
the poor woman by forcing her to make a choice between him and
Gordon. Roland comments that that choice was inevitable from the
moment Barbara found out he was still alive. There's suddenly
a knock on the door and Roland opens it to find Fiona standing
there. He invites her in, and she smiles that she finally got
rid of Spider! She then asks Irene if she knows where Andy is.
Irene explains that he left a while ago - he was pretty upset...
A few minutes later, Barbara is talking on the 'phone on the
bar at Dural, assuring Fiona that Andy is there telling her that
she's making the biggest fool of herself for having anything to
do with Roland at all. Fiona comments that it's understandable
that he's upset. She goes on that Barbara won't be able to keep
it a secret for much longer that Roland is alive. Barbara replies
that she's not going to try: she's decided to tell everyone
who has a right to know - Gordon included. Fiona asks if he's
back from Woombai. Barbara replies that he isn't yet, but when
he does decide to come home, she'll just have to break it to him
gently. Fiona wishes her the best of luck, and the two of them
hang up. Barbara then tells Andy that that was Fiona: she's worried
about him. Andy growls, "She'd be better off kicking that
mongrel out of the boarding house." Barbara, though, asks,
"What's that going to prove?" There's suddenly
a noise at the front door, and Wayne and Julie come in. Barbara
calls to them and asks them to come into the lounge room. She
introduces Julie to Andy and the two of them shake hands. Barbara
then announces that she has something to tell them. Andy chips
in nastily, "You'd better sit down. It's a real doozy of
a story." Barbara warns angrily, "Andy, please..."
She then turns back to Wayne and Julie and says, "It's about
my first husband, Roland Armstrong..."
In his bedsit, Roland is putting a jacket on as Fiona warns him
that there's no point going to the Hamiltons'. Roland, though,
retorts that if people like Andy are going to give Barbara a hard
time then she'll need support. Fiona cries that Gordon
will support her, but Roland points out that he's up at Woombai.
Irene tells him that he's only going to make matters worse. Roland,
though, retorts that he ruined one woman's life by not being there
when she needed him; he's not going to make the same mistake twice.
With that, he heads out, leaving Fiona to curse, "Stupid
In the lounge room at Dural, Wayne rants at Barbara, "You
must be out of your mind. What was the idea of doing
the con-job on Gordy about going to Italy to see Wendy? He had
a right to know what you were up to." Barbara cries, "I
told you: I'm going to tell him," but Wayne snaps,
"Only after carrying-on behind his back for weeks."
Barbara snaps, "I have not been carrying-on."
Wayne retorts, "Then you shouldn't have had anything to do
with the guy in the first place." Andy chips in,
"That's what I've been saying." Barbara snarls,
"Oh, you're both so sure of yourselves, aren't you? What
was I supposed to do? Ignore him? Pretend he didn't exist?
I was married to the man for almost half my life."
Wayne points out, "And now you're married to Gordy."
Barbara retorts, "Yes, legally, but morally--" Wayne
interrupts and snaps, "Legally and morally."
Barbara, though, snaps back, "That is for me to
decide, Wayne." Wayne glares at her and says quietly, "You
do feel something for him." Barbara denies, "No."
However, she then admits, "Well of course I feel something.
This just really is a very nasty situation." Wayne growls
that he's going to ring Gordy, but Barbara pleads, "Please,
Wayne, it's up to me to tell him." Wayne, though,
mutters, "Don't worry. I wouldn't hit him with that
over the 'phone. I'm just going to tell him to come home."
With that, he heads to the bar, picks up the 'phone and starts
dialling. Julie puts a comforting hand on Barbara's arm and comments
gently that it must be awful for her. As Wayne gets through and
talks to Caroline, Barbara tells Julie that it hasn't been a barrel
of laughs. Julie says she'd offer to make her a cup of tea, but
it seems inadequate. Barbara, though, says she'd really love a
cup, and Julie heads off to the kitchen. After a few seconds,
Wayne hangs up the 'phone and tells Barbara, "Looks like
you're going to have your little heart-to-heart sooner than you
expected. Gordy's on his way back."
Charlie is carrying Isabella up the driveway at Dural, warning
her not to disgrace herself like last time! She suddenly spots
a cab parked outside the mansion's front door and she watches
as Roland gets out. She then turns to Isabella and exclaims, "I
don't believe it, darling. I think mummy's just seen a ghost."
There's a knock on the front door at Dural and Barbara goes to
answer it. She looks shocked as she opens it and finds Roland
standing there. She cries, "What on earth are you
doing here?" Roland explains that he thought she might need
someone on her side. Barbara tells him that she does,
but Gordon is on his way back and she really doesn't think he
should stay... Roland, though, points out that the taxi has gone,
and so Barbara reluctantly invites him in.
Outside, Charlie is saying to Isabella, "It couldn't
be Roland Armstrong. He's dead. Unless he's got a twin
brother - or a lookalike, the same as Wayne had." A car suddenly
toots its horn, and Charlie comes back to reality to find Gordon
sitting in his car in front of her. He calls out that she's blocking
the driveway. Charlie totters round to the driver's door and tells
him, "I'm so glad you're here. Isabella and I just had the
most awful fright. A man just went into your place, and
we could have sworn it was Roland Armstrong." Gordon smiles,
"I've warned you before about having too many gins before
lunch! There's no way it could have been Roland Armstrong."
Charlie replies that she knows that, but the man looked awfully
like him - her second husband knew Roland very well; that's how
she got to know him. Gordon suggests brightly, "Let's
go and see who it really is, eh?" He gets out of his car.
As Gordon and Charlie head into the house, they're confronted
by Wayne shouting at Barbara, yelling, "He's got no right
to even be in the house. Let him call another taxi."
Barbara snaps back, "He was just about to until
you started shouting the house down." Wayne retorts,
"Good, and when he's done that, he can wait outside."
Barbara growls, "For heaven's sake, grow up, Wayne."
Wayne snaps, "I mean it." The argument is interrupted
by Charlie shrieking, "It is him. I knew
I was right." Barbara turns round and spots Gordon standing
there with their neighbour. Looking shocked, she immediately runs
over to him and, clutching onto his arm, quickly says, "Gordon,
darling, I'm sorry. I was going to tell you as soon as you walked
in the door." Gordon just stares at Roland and says, "It
is you, isn't it?" Roland nods, "Afraid so,
Gordon. It's me."
Tim is talking on the 'phone in the kitchen at the country house,
and he tells the person at the other end to expect him as soon
as he gets there. He then hangs up and asks David what he thinks.
David comments that it sounds like they'll be pleased to have
him, and Tim smiles that they're rapt - although not half as much
as he is. Leigh comes in, wheeling Shane in his pushchair,
and asks her brother, "Who'll be pleased to have
you?" Tim looks away and ignores her. David explains that
Tim's going to stay with Mike and Heather - he'll be closer to
his mum and dad. Looking at David, Tim adds excitedly that there
are no worries for Leanne to come too; he can't wait until she
gets back from Aunty Beryl's place; he reckons she'll jump
at the chance. He then heads off to pack. As he goes, David tells
him that he might be able to get him a lift to Brisbane with one
of his truckie mates, and Tim leaves the room with a smile on
his face. When he's gone, Leigh hands David some dollar bills.
David asks what they're for, and Leigh explains that it's board
money; she went into town and sold her fur coat. David insists
that there's no need to pay board, but Leigh insists that she's
trying to show him that she's changed. David mutters, "Need
a damn sight more than money to show me that," and
he heads off outside, leaving Leigh looking upset.
Stuart Kingsford is at Beryl's. She's busying tidying the place
up after the trashing, and Kingsford explains that he thought
he'd help her; it would ease his guilt. Beryl assures him that
he's got nothing to feel guilty about, but Kingsford points out
that Tracy is his daughter and she was behind the whole thing.
He then offers to pay for the damage, but Beryl insists that she
won't hear of it. She adds that the worst thing is the feeling
that someone was in her house. Kingsford tells her that, if it's
any consolation, Simmo was charged this morning; he thinks it's
fairly safe to assume the boy will soon be a guest of Her Majesty.
Looking relieved, Beryl says, "Stuart, you have really been
such a help to me. I don't know how to repay you." Kingsford
assures her that that's alright, but Beryl asks him to at least
let her make him dinner. Kingsford tells her that that would be
very nice of her. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and
Leanne calls out that it's her. Beryl calls to her to come in.
Leanne does so, but when she sees Kingsford standing there, she
says she'll come back later. Kingsford, though, tells her that
he's glad she's there - he wanted to have a word with her. Leanne
looks round at the mess and asks what happened. Kingsford explains,
"Tracy and her friends... Seems you were right after all.
Sorry I didn't believe you before." Leanne asks what's going
to happen to her, and Kingsford explains that Simmo has probably
told the police enough for them to lay charges by now; he only
hopes she realises she's in serious trouble and lets him defend
her. Leanne asks, "Do you think she will?"
but Kingsford replies, "I don't know. I hope so." Changing
the subject, Beryl asks Leanne what she's been up to, and Leanne
groans that she's been looking for a job; it's hopeless, though.
Kingsford asks her what sort of job she's looking for and she
replies, "Anything." Kingsford tells her, "I think
I might be able to help you..."
In the lounge room at Dural, Roland is explaining, "As soon
as I'd finished giving my evidence, they gave me a new identity
and pronounced the old Roland Armstrong dead. Of course, I couldn't
tell Barbara or the kids; I could have put them in danger."
Gordon murmurs, "Yes... I just can't believe you're sitting
there in front of us large as life. For the last two years, we
didn't think you were dead; we knew you were
dead." Barbara asks tremulously, "Can you imagine how
I felt? All this time, thinking that he was--" Gordon
interrupts and assures her, "Yes, of course." Barbara
cries, "Now I don't know how I'm supposed to feel."
Roland looks at Gordon and says to him, "Gordon, I think
it only fair to tell you that I'm not going to quietly stand aside.
I've never stopped loving Barbara and now that I'm back, I couldn't
give her up a second time." Gordon assures him, "I know
that Barbara would never have married me if she thought for one
moment that you were still alive; she loved you too much. But
we are married. I love her just as strongly as you. I
can't give her up, either." Roland suggests, "In that
case, the decision isn't up to either one of us, is it?"
Looking at Barbara, Gordon murmurs, "I suppose not."
Realising what's being implied, Barbara glares at them both and
snaps, "Well thankyou very much. The pair of you make it
sound like a party game. What am I supposed to do? Put on a blindfold
and use a pin?" Gordon murmurs that he was hoping it wouldn't
be that hard a decision, but Barbara, standing up, cries, "Well
it is. And why in God's name have I got to choose anyway?"
With that, she storms out of the room. Gordon looks at Roland.
Andy is out in the hallway, and as Barbara runs out of the lounge
room, he asks what the matter is. Barbara cries, "Nothing.
I'm alright. It's just that they expect me to choose between
them." At that moment, Wayne comes downstairs and mutters,
"Gordy doing the decent thing as usual, is he? Playing fair.
He should have booted Armstrong out the moment he set eyes on
him." Barbara growls, "Well thank God you're not your
father." Wayne snarls, "The bloke doesn't deserve a
look-in." Barbara, though, retorts, "Roland is a very
decent man. He's exactly the same as Gordon. It's just that they're
making it very difficult for me." With that, she runs upstairs.
When she's gone, Andy comments to Wayne that he always thought
he'd be happy to see the back of Mrs. H. Wayne retorts,
"She means a lot to Gordy. Look what happened when she did
walk out on him: couldn't go through that again."
Andy muses that he wouldn't want to see it either; they're
too good for each other. Wayne suggests, "You and I will
have to do something about it, won't we? Make sure Roland stays
out of Barbara's life for keeps." Andy warns Wayne
that he doesn't want to get involved in something that's going
to hurt people. Wayne retorts that he thought Andy wanted Gordon
and Barbara to stay together. Andy insists that he does, and so
Wayne says, "Then help me get rid of Roland."
A while later, Wayne wanders into the flat at the back of Dural,
to find Charlie there with Julie. She asks if the big discussion
is over, and Wayne replies, "For the time being." Charlie
says she must go and find out what happened, but Wayne grabs her
arm and pulls her gently back into the flat, telling her that
they should all stay out of it for the moment. Charlie reluctantly
accepts this. She then turns back to Julie and tells her that
the two of them must get together and talk about Lisa Cook, her
partner in fashion - she designs the most superb wedding dresses.
Julie, though, explains, that, actually, she was thinking of choosing
something off the rack. Charlie, looking surprised, tells her,
"Nonsense. Wayne's got plenty of money - he can afford it."
With that, she waltzes off. When she's gone, Julie asks Wayne
how Barbara is, and he replies that Gordy and Roland want her
to decide which one of them she wants. Julie exclaims that that's
a pretty awful decision to have to make. Wayne tells her, "If
it comes to that. I think I can convince Roland he should
drop out of the race." Julie warns him that he shouldn't
interfere, but Wayne insists that he's only trying to help Barbara
make the right decision...
Andy is standing at the bottom of the stairs in the hallway in
the main house when Barbara comes down. Gordon emerges from the
lounge room and tells her that Roland is just about to leave.
Barbara says she'll call him a taxi. Andy, though, tells her that
he'll be going in a sec; he can give him a lift. Gordon
murmurs, "Good." Changing the subject, he then tells
Andy and Barbara, "Before you go, bad news I'm afraid: Amanda
disappeared at Woombai the day before yesterday." Barbara
and Andy stare at him as he goes on, "That's why I came down
this morning: I didn't want to ring in case I upset you unnecessarily.
Her car has been found and there's blood on the seat. We just
don't know what happened to her." Looking shocked, Andy cries
that she's got to be somewhere; people don't just vanish.
Barbara comments, "There was nothing in the newspaper,"
and Gordon explains, "A lot of people of people go missing.
It's hardly news these days. If they found a body..."
Barbara asks, "And they haven't yet?" Gordon replies,
"No, not yet - and they've made a very thorough search."
Barbara cries, "Oh God, I don't believe it..." Gordon
assures her that it's a dreadful shock for everyone.
Leanne is heading up to the back door at the country house when
Tim bounds out and smiles that he didn't think she was ever
getting back! Leanne asks what's wrong, and Tim tells her excitedly
that she has to pack - he rang the O'Briens and they said he could
stay with them, and she's invited, too. Leanne, looking
wary, says, "I can't go." Looking disappointed, Tim
tells her that it's all organised, but Leanne explains, "I've
got a job. Mr. Kingsford arranged it for me." Tim warns her
that Kingsford is only trying to buy her off, but Leanne muses
that she doesn't think so - and anyway, it's too good
to turn down: she'd be a sort of housekeeper; it's good money.
Tim stands there, looking disappointed. After a few seconds, he
mutters, "I thought you'd want to be with me."
Leanne suggests that she could come up for a holiday when she
gets enough money together." Tim asks her if she promises,
and Leanne nods and gives him a kiss. Tim then comments that at
least he won't have Leigh in his hair up in Brissie.
Leanne asks him if he's said goodbye to his sister, but Tim retorts
that he doesn't want anything to do with her. Leanne warns him
that he shouldn't hold grudges, but Tim retorts, "After what
she did to us?" Leanne points out that they all
make mistakes; they shouldn't have to pay for them all their lives.
Leigh is playing with Shane inside, in the lounge room, when
Tim wanders in and tells her that Leanne said he should say goodbye
- and that he should forgive her, too - but he can't. Leigh mutters,
"Well, if you won't forgive me, I've got no one."
Tim retorts, "You should have thought of that before."
He bends down and says goodbye to Shane before standing up again
and saying to his sister, "I'm sick of forgiving you, Leigh.
It never does any good. I don't know - maybe one day you'll change,
but I doubt it." With that, he walks off, leaving Leigh looking
That night, Stuart Kingsford is sitting at the living room table
at Beryl's, with Beryl, He tells her that the meal was delicious.
He then asks her carefully if she's heard anything from Jim recently.
Beryl, though, explains that she tried his hotel but he'd moved
out; he's probably gone up-north; he never does stay in one place
for long. Kingsford muses, "I don't think he's the sort of
man to make you happy, Beryl." Beryl raises an eyebrow and
asks, "Oh, you don't think so?" Kingsford tells her,
"No. I would have thought you'd prefer the steady
type. Someone who lived locally... who wasn't in the habit of
straying too far from home..." Looking wary, Beryl stands
up and says, "Er... I'll just get dessert."
Wayne is standing with Gordon at the bar at Dural, sipping a
scotch. He suggests that maybe he should go to Woombai, but Gordon
tells him that there's very little he can do; there are enough
people searching. He then quickly adds that he's sorry - he knows
how Wayne felt about Amanda; if he wants to go to Woombai, he
should go. Wayne asks, "What about Barbara?" Gordon
replies, "We'll manage. I'll just have to wait for her decision
and live with it." Wayne tells him that he can't give up
without a fight, and Gordon muses that, hopefully, he won't have
to. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Wayne answers it. Andy
comes on and says it's him. Wayne asks his father to excuse him,
and he wanders off to the living room area. He then asks Andy
how he went. Andy tells him, "Alright. He really opened up.
I think you've got everything you need." Wayne smiles nastily
and says, "Good..."
At Beryl's, Beryl places a bowl of rhubarb pie and ice-cream
down in front of Stuart Kingsford. As she sits down opposite him
again, he comments that he's subtle as a sledgehammer, isn't he!
He goes on that, in front of a jury, he's usually able to find
the right words to say, but in front of a woman... He adds, "I
do care for you, Beryl. I hope we can see a lot more of each other."
Looking nervous, Beryl says, "Stuart, I..." There's
suddenly a knock at the door, and she asks to be excused. She
goes to answer it and looks surprised to find Jim standing there.
He tells her, "I won't come in - I saw Kingsford's car out
the front." Beryl exclaims that she's been ringing his hotel;
she thought he must have gone to Queensland. Jim explains that
he moved to a cheaper pub. He then goes on, "I've been thinking
about us a lot lately, Beryl, and I figure it's probably now or
never. I want you to marry me." Beryl stares at him.
Roland opens the door of his bedsit to find Irene standing there
with a cigar in her mouth, a pack of tinnies in one hand and a
pack of cards in the other! Putting the cigar in his shirt pocket,
she laughs that she'd offer him a game of chess, but he'd only
beat her! Roland, though, explains that, as a matter of fact,
he thinks he's got his old partner back: Andy drove him back from
the Hamiltons' and wanted to know all about his adventures in
the United States. Irene comments that she hopes he really is
softening and isn't just trying to keep his mind off Amanda; they
were pretty close. Roland concedes that she could be right; they'll
just have to wait and see; it's something else for him to worry
about while Barbara makes a decision between him and Gordon. The
'phone suddenly starts ringing and Roland answers it. After a
few seconds, a male voice comes on and says menacingly, in a foreign
accent, "We know where you are, Roland, and we've got very
long memories. Some friends of Lou Pezani thought you should know
that." Looking horrified, Roland slams the 'phone down and
Irene immediately asks what's wrong. Roland stammers, "They...
they know I'm here."
At Dural, Wayne hangs up the 'phone, a nasty smile on his face...