Still standing by her front door, Beryl asks Jim if he's serious.
He replies that he's never been more serious in his life; a lot
of things have become clear in the last few days and he figures
that what he's always shied away from is real commitment. Beryl
comments that it's so sudden. Jim points out that they've spent
a lot of time together and they get on pretty well; she's the
best thing that's ever happened to him. Beryl murmurs that he
means a lot to her, too. Jim goes on that he's not a rich man
but he can look after them and he'll make her happy. He asks,
"What about it?" At that moment, Stuart Kingsford comes
out into the hall and asks if something's wrong. Beryl explains
that it's Jim: he's asked her to marry him. Looking shocked, Kingsford
asks her if she's accepted. Smiling at Jim, Beryl replies, "Yes.
Yes I have."
David is looking at a map which is spread out on the table in
the kitchen at the country house. Leigh comes in and asks him
if he's going away. He explains that he has to do a run down the
coast; he's been putting it off, but now that Tim and Leanne have
gone, he'll have to get it done. Leigh comments that the house
will be lonely without him and she asks if she can come too. David
points out that she has Shane to look after and she can't bring
him with her, but Leigh suggests that she could 'phone Beryl and
see if she'd look after him. David, though, reminds her
that Beryl would probably hang up in her ear. He then snaps that
Leigh can't just leave Shane with someone when it suits her; a
few days by herself won't do her any harm - it'll give her time
to think about things. Leigh storms off.
Roland and Irene head from Roland's bedsit into the corridor
at the boarding house, and Irene tells Roland to try and get some
rest and stop worrying. Roland, though, retorts that he can't
possibly stay there - it'll mean trouble for everyone. Fiona suddenly
comes round the corner and tells Irene that David's on the 'phone
for her - he said he couldn't get Irene on hers. Irene
heads off to take the call. Looking at Roland, Fiona asks him
if he's alright. Roland explains that he had a 'phone call - one
of Lou Pezani's friends. Fiona asks, "Who?" and Roland
explains that it's the guy in America that he helped convict;
his mob must have found out he didn't die after all and now they
know he's there.
Irene heads into Fiona's flat, picks up the 'phone and says to
David, "CB, what a pleasant surprise!" David comments
that he's hardly heard from her since she's been back, and Irene
explains that she's been setting up her new practice. She then
asks him how he's been, and he tells her, "Up and down."
He asks her how she is, and she tells him that she's
got a bit of a problem actually - although he might be able to
help; it's a big favour to ask, and he might say no... David laughs
that they're mates; if he can help out, he'd be glad to. Irene
explains that there's a friend of hers who's in a bit of a fix
and needs to get out of Sydney; he's not in trouble with the cops
or anything; he's a nice guy. David smiles, "Let me guess:
you want to know if he can stay down here." Irene laughs,
"Yeah." She then adds, "Maybe I'd better tell you
the story first..."
A short time later, in Fiona's flat, Roland mutters that he can't
just go down there and dump himself on this friend of Irene's.
He then asks if David knows why he has to leave Sydney,
and Irene explains that she told him everything. Roland says he'd
prefer to go away somewhere on his own, where he can't put anyone
else in danger. There's suddenly a knock on the door, and a look
of fear crosses Roland's face. Fiona, though, tells him to relax,
as it's probably Andy. She opens the door and finds that it is
Andy. As he comes in, Fiona asks if there's any news on Amanda.
Andy explains that they're still looking. He then notices Roland's
packed bags and asks him if he's leaving. Roland tells him that
he has to - he had a call from Lou Pezani's friends; they know
he's there. Andy comments that he doesn't blame him for wanting
to split. Irene says she still thinks it could be a bluff; if
they wanted to kill him, why bother ringing to warn him? Andy
snaps, "What would you know about it? I mean, you
can't take any chances, can you?" Roland insists that he
can't put anyone else in danger. Andy asks him what he's going
to do. Irene explains that she's taking him to Melbourne; David
said he could stay at the farm; they'll get the first 'plane in
the morning. Roland asks, "Supposing they're watching the
house?" but Andy suggests that he can give them a lift to
the airport; he'll bring the van up around the back and if they
leave early, while it's still dark, no one will see him. Roland
sighs, "Alright, alright, but no one's to tell Barbara where
I am or what's happened - she's got enough to worry about at the
moment. Just say I had to go." Irene suggests to him that
he goes to bed and gets some rest, and she heads off to tuck him
in. As he thanks Irene and Fiona for their help, Andy stands there,
The next morning, Barbara, Gordon and Wayne are sitting at the
breakfast table at Dural. Gordon tells Barbara that hers is getting
cold, but Barbara mutters that she's not hungry. Gordon says he's
sure Amanda will be alright; they'll just have to wait until they
find her. Barbara snaps, "Stop treating me like a child,
Gordon, it's been days." Gordon points out that
they can't give up hope, but Barbara snaps that they can't bury
their heads in the sand, either. With that, she storms out. Wayne
tells his father that she's just upset, but Gordon retorts that
it's more than that - she's changed since Roland came back. He
adds sadly that it's understandable, he supposes. With that, he
gets up and goes to the study. As he heads out into the hallway,
the 'phone rings and he answers it. After a few seconds, he calls
to Wayne that it's Andy. Wayne says he'll take it in the living
room and he picks up the 'phone. He immediately growls at him,
"Where the hell have you been? You were going to call last
night." Andy retorts that he's ringing now,
isn't he? Wayne asks what's going on and Andy tells him that they've
just put Roland on a 'plane to Melbourne. He adds that whatever
Wayne said to Roland sure as hell worked. Wayne smiles, "Good."
Andy retorts, "I'm glad you think so. I wish I had
nothing to do with it now; the poor guy's scared out of his wits."
Wayne mutters, "My heart bleeds. He's only making trouble
for dad." Andy retorts that it still doesn't seem fair -
Roland's the bloke in strife now. Wayne asks him angrily
if he wants to see Barbara walk out. Andy, though, snaps
that of course he doesn't; he just wishes he hadn't got involved.
Wayne points out that it's too late now. Andy sighs that he's
coming over later, with Fiona, to break the news to Mrs. H.. With
that he hangs up.
Irene joins David and Leigh in the kitchen at the country house.
David comments to her that Roland doesn't look too well, and Irene
explains that he's getting over a bout of pneumonia. She then
thanks David for letting her bring him over and David smiles,
"What are mates for?!" Leigh hands him his
lunch box and he tells Irene that he wishes he didn't have to
go now; it's been ages since they had a good old yarn. He asks
her if she's sure she doesn't want to come. Irene replies that
she'd like to but she'd better stay with the patient. Leigh eagerly
says, "I'll come," but David points out that
they've been through that. Leigh suggests that now Irene's there,
she could look after Shane. Irene chips in that she doesn't
mind, but David tells her that it wouldn't be right. Leigh pleads,
"Please, David. It's not like I'm deserting him; I love him.
And we won't be away for long." David repeats, "No."
Irene, though, tells him not to be such a meanie - she can look
after the kid for a couple of days. David, giving in, sighs, "Alright,"
and Leigh runs off happily to pack. Irene asks David why the long
face. David muses, "I don't know why she's so keen on going
for a truck ride along the coast. Been pestering me about it all
morning." Irene suggests, "Maybe she just wants to be
alone with her dad. Have a long chat. Let him know how much she
cares..." David muses, "Yeah, maybe..."
Jim is talking on the 'phone at Beryl's, telling Heather that
they'll let her know as soon as they've fixed a date. He then
hangs up and tells Beryl that Heather is rapt and Mike reckons
it's one wedding he wouldn't miss for anything! Beryl laughs.
Jim then takes a tray from her and asks her how her breakfast
was. Giving him a gentle kiss, she smiles that it was lovely -
she can't remember the last time someone gave her breakfast in
bed; it's usually the other way round; she feels quite spoiled!
Jim tells her that she'd better get used to it. There's suddenly
a knock at the door and Jim goes to get it. Stuart Kingsford is
standing there, a bottle of champagne in his hand, and he asks
if he can come in. Looking nervous, Beryl tells him that he caught
them out - they've only just got up. Kingsford explains that he
won't stop - he just came to drop a small engagement present in
on the way to work. He hands over the bottle and Beryl tells him
that it's very nice of him. Kingsford then says he'd better be
off. He shakes Jim's hand. Turning back to Beryl, he says a longing,
"Bye, Beryl". Beryl smiles, "Goodbye, Stuart -
and thankyou very much." Kingsford takes one last look at
her and then goes. As soon as he's gone, Beryl mutters that she's
getting dressed before someone else arrives. Jim, though, tells
her that she's not; they're going to sit there and drink their
At Dural, Barbara exclaims, "Gone? Why?"
Fiona, sitting in the lounge room with Andy, Gordon and Wayne,
replies that he didn't say; all he told them was that he was in
danger again. Barbara asks where he is now, but Fiona tells her
that he didn't want her to know; he felt she had enough
to worry about. Barbara snaps, "Yes, but he told you,
though, didn't he?" Andy insists, "He didn't
tell anyone," but Barbara snaps, "Rubbish.
Where is he?" Fiona just looks away, glumly. Wayne chips
in that if Roland wanted to disappear, he's not likely to tell
everyone where he's going. Barbara, though, snaps at him to keep
out of it; he told Fiona. Fiona cries, "He was thinking
of you, Barbara. Roland doesn't want to see you in any
danger." Barbara growls, "He is my husband."
Looking surprised, Gordon comments, "I thought I
was." Barbara mutters, "I still have a right to know
where he is." Gordon sighs, "Oh, for God's sake, Fiona.
If you know, tell her. We won't get a moment's peace until she
A few moments later, Fiona explains to Barbara that Irene took
Roland to David's; she felt he'd be safe there. Barbara asks in
surprise why Irene went with him, and Fiona tells her that Roland
is still getting over his pneumonia; she wanted to keep an eye
on him. Standing up, Barbara mutters, "Well she won't have
to worry about him anymore." Wayne asks her sharply where
she's going, and she retorts that she's going to pack. She heads
out to the hallway and Wayne follows her, asking her angrily what
the hell she thinks she's doing. Barbara retorts, "I'm catching
the first 'plane to Melbourne." Wayne growls, "You're
tearing Gordon apart, do you know that?" Barbara insists,
"I don't want to hurt him, but if Roland is in danger, I
have to look after him." Wayne asks, "If you really
want to help, don't you think you'd be better off staying away
from him? Whoever's after him is bound to be watching you; you'll
lead them straight to him." Barbara looks down, thoughtfully,
and then heads upstairs.
In the kitchen at the country house, Irene wishes David and Leigh
a good trip. Leigh thanks her for everything and then tells Shane
that there'll be a surprise for him if he's a good boy! She hands
the kid over to Irene just as the 'phone starts ringing. She goes
to get it. STD pips sound and Wayne comes on and asks her if she's
alone. He then goes on, "I hear Roland Armstrong is staying
there." Leigh asks her how he knows, but Wayne retorts,
"Never mind. He's been causing trouble and I need your help
to make sure he doesn't cause any more." Leigh comments
that Roland seems a nice enough sort of guy to her, but
Wayne tells her, "There's money in it." Leigh hesitates
and then retorts, "I don't care." Wayne, though, taunts,
"Don't tell me you couldn't use some. It couldn't be much
fun stuck out in the never-never..." Leigh tells him, "No.
I'm not interested." Wayne mutters, "Well, I'll send
$500 anyway - to keep quiet about our conversation. If you change
your mind, give me a ring." Leigh hangs up. Irene tells her
that she'd better hurry up or David will go without her. Looking
worried, Leigh murmurs, "Yeah, coming..." At Dural,
Wayne heads into the lounge room and, leaning on the bar, takes
out his chequebook and starts writing out Leigh's cheque. Andy,
in the hallway, calls for him and Wayne calls back that he's in
the lounge room. Andy walks in and joins him and Wayne asks how
Barbara is. Andy replies that she's pretty upset. He then asks
Wayne if he managed to change her mind about going after Roland.
Wayne replies, "For now - but the only way to settle things
properly is to keep him right out of the way." Andy, noticing
that Wayne is writing the cheque, asks him what he's doing. Wayne
explains that he's been talking to Leigh Palmer - she's a bit
reluctant to help, but a dollar or two might change her mind.
Andy asks incredulously, "You're still not going through
with it?" Wayne, though, asks, "Why not? I think it's
time we followed up our 'phone call with something a bit more
convincing." Andy snaps that they should leave the poor bloke
alone. Wayne retorts that he wants the poor bloke out of the country,
but Andy growls, "Count me out. It's gone far enough."
He goes to storm out, but Wayne grabs him and snaps, "Don't
you try and walk out." Andy snarls, "Get your hands
off me." At that moment, Gordon comes in and asks what's
going on. Andy mutters, "Nothing," and he walks off.
When he's out of earshot, Wayne lies to his father that Andy was
talking about going to Woombai to help look for Amanda; he
was trying to talk him out of it. He adds that, after all that's
happened, he guesses they're both on edge. Gordon muses, "We're
all like that." He then thanks Wayne for what he said to
Barbara. Wayne insists to his father that he can't let Barbara
go back to Roland, but Gordon sighs, "I might as well face
it. She will in the end." Wayne looks worried.
Irene is in the kitchen at the country house when Roland comes
in from the hallway, yawning. Irene asks him how he's feeling,
and he replies that he's groggy, adding that it must have been
the tablet that she gave him. Irene tells him that she's making
some lunch, and she suggests that he go outside and take the baby
with him. Looking surprised to find a baby there, Roland asks
whose it is, and Irene explains that it's Leigh's; Leigh wanted
to go to Sydney with David and she volunteered to babysit.
Roland cries, "You didn't tell me David had a baby here.
Things are bad enough as it is without putting him at
risk." Irene quickly tells him to relax; nobody knows he's
there, and Roland sighs that perhaps he is getting paranoid.
Picking up Shane, he goes to head outside. As he does so, he adds,
"Oh, Irene - thanks for everything." Irene smiles at
David is driving his truck along a quiet road. Leigh is in the
passenger seat and she tells him that she's just thought of something;
can they find a 'phone? David asks what the matter is, and Leigh
explains that she forgot to tell Irene about the rash on Shane's
back; she meant to get some cream from the chemist. David points
out curtly that Irene is a doctor; she'll know what cream to get.
Looking upset, Leigh says, "Look, I'm sorry if you didn't
want me to come with you. It's just that I thought it would be
nice if we had some time alone so we could talk." David points
out, "When you first met me in Melbourne, you didn't want
to know me." Leigh tells him that things were different
then; she didn't know he was her father. David reminds her, "You
could have killed me when you found out that I was",
but Leigh explains that she was angry; it was like everybody had
been lying to her. She goes on, "There's a reason why I acted
the way I did. I'd like to talk to you about it over lunch."
David sighs, "Alright. Can't be long, though. We're running
Roland runs into the kitchen at the country house, carrying Shane.
The child is crying and Roland tells Irene anxiously that she'd
better have a look at him; he's been stung - on the throat. Irene
examines the child's mouth and remarks that it's very swollen.
Roland cries, "He will be alright, won't he?"
Irene replies grimly, "Let's hope so."
A few minutes later, Roland cries, "He seems to be getting
worse. Shouldn't we get him to a hospital?" Irene,
though, tells him that they'd only give him the same treatment
she can. She gives him an injection and tells Roland
that it'll reduce the swelling and means he won't have trouble
breathing. Roland says he's certainly glad she's there;
if anything happened to Shane... Irene assures him that
the child will be alright.
A short time later, Irene is holding Shane in her arms, but Roland
comments worriedly that he doesn't seem to be breathing any easier.
Irene says she doesn't understand it; there should have been more
improvement than that. She then asks Roland to call an ambulance;
if they don't get him to hospital now, he might suffocate.
Andy is with Fiona in her flat at the boarding house, and she
invites him to sit down. As he does so, he comments, "Some
morning, eh?" Fiona cries that she should never have told
Barbara where Roland was, but Andy points out that she didn't
give them much choice. Fiona goes on that she feels so
sorry for Roland; he's never going to be able to lead a normal
life. She then asks rhetorically, "How on earth did those
men find out where he was?" Andy admits, "They didn't.
It was a hoax. Wayne made the call." Fiona queries,
"Wayne?" Andy explains, "He thought he
was helping Gordon; he wants to get rid of Roland." Fiona,
looking puzzled, comments that Roland said the caller was a friend
of Lou Pezani; how did Wayne know that name?" Andy
sighs, "I told him. I found out from Roland and
it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. I didn't want
to see Mrs. H. and Gordon split up; they've been really good
to me." Staring at him incredulously, Fiona snaps at him
that nobody wants that - but it isn't Roland's
fault; Andy had no right to interfere. Andy murmurs that he realises
that now. Fiona cries, "I don't know how you could do
that. I wouldn't put anything past Wayne, but I didn't
think you'd get yourself mixed up--" Andy interrupts
and tells her that Wayne isn't finished with Roland yet. Fiona
snaps, "He hasn't, has he? Well, we'll soon see about that.
Now, are you going to call Roland or will I?"
David and Leigh are sitting in a secluded spot in some woods.
Leigh is telling her father, "It was... I don't know, it's
hard to explain. Even after Richard had broken everything off,
I thought... I thought he'd still feel something for me. I loved
him - I was young, but it was love. He couldn't have loved me,
though; he got his mates together and they..." As she breaks
off, David sighs, "Yeah, I know. Frannie told me." Leigh
goes on quietly, "It was awful. I felt like I was being hunted.
And then they..." David tells her not to think about it,
but Leigh murmurs, "I just wanted to die." Changing
the subject, David asks her if she wants the last sanger, but
Leigh smiles that he can have it. She looks at him fondly
and then says, "I don't want it to sound like an excuse or
anything; I just wanted to explain, that's all." David tells
her that he can understand how rotten the whole thing must have
been, but he still can't see it's a good reason to hate the rest
of the world. Leigh explains, "It wasn't a case of reason.
I just changed; I didn't sit down and think about it; it just
happened, that's all. It's only been the last couple of weeks
that I've thought about what I was doing. I am trying.
All I want's a fair go." David murmurs, "Look, if I
can see you're giving it your best, I'll ease up. But no second
chances, OK?" Leigh smiles at him, happily.
Irene is peering at baby Shane, who's lying in a bed at the hospital.
A fellow doctor puts his arm round her and, guiding her out of
the room, murmurs, "Come on." Roland is out in the corridor
and he asks the doctor if the child is going to be alright. The
doctor replies that it's touch and go but they're doing all they
can. He adds that he thinks they should get in touch with the
child's mother as soon as possible. Irene cries that it's all
her fault, but the doctor assures her that any good doctor would
have done the same under the circumstances; reaction to adrenaline
isn't common - she had to act fast and she did; no one can blame
her. Irene, tears welling in her eyes, murmurs, "I should
have brought him straight in here in the first place. If Shane
dies, then I'll never forgive myself..."