A short time later, Beryl is sitting alone in her own room at
the hospital when there's a knock on the door and David comes
in. He tells her that he saw the doctor... Beryl says quietly,
"They were too late, weren't they?" David murmurs, "Yeah."
Beryl says she'll have to go back home this morning, but David
tells her that she's not well enough to go anywhere.
Beryl points out that somebody will have to make Jim's funeral
arrangements, but David tells her that Mike and Heather will be
doing that when they come down from Queensland. Beryl though,
insists, "I want to do it, David. There's not much
else I can do for Jim now. I didn't even get a chance
to say I was sorry." David assures her that Jim knew how
she felt. Beryl explains, "Last time we talked, he accused
me of not loving him." David tells her that he didn't mean
it, but Beryl goes on sadly, "I wasn't satisfied until I
pushed him into something I could be proud of. I was so stupid..."
David tells her that Jim wouldn't have been hitching a ride with
him if he thought she didn't care. Beryl murmurs, "He wouldn't
have had to if I'd shown more understanding." David
suggests, "We can't keep blaming ourselves. If I'd listened
to that psychic bloke... but what's the point of it now? It's
not going to bring Jim and Neil back." Beryl just sits, looking
In the hallway at Dural, Wayne rants at Julie that that's it:
she's going to walk out on him with no explanation? Julie, though,
points out that she told him why: it wouldn't work; it
would be better for both of them if she and her dad went back
to Melbourne. Wayne snaps that he wants them to get married. Julie,
though, retorts that it's hopeless: they're poles apart and they
always will be. Wayne cries, "I love you,"
but Julie tells him that it isn't enough - not when two people
are as different as they are. She adds that she's sorry
but she's made up her mind. Wayne asks if his feelings
don't count. Julie insists that of course they do, but it had
to end sometime and it's better now than after they're married.
She adds sadly that she has to go; the taxi's waiting. Wayne cries,
"Julie..." Julie just kisses him and heads outside,
leaving Wayne looking lost and upset.
Charlie is out in her front garden, wearing her nightclothes
as she picks up the newspaper. Spider suddenly approaches her
and says, "Morning, Charlie." Looking shocked at being
caught in her nightwear, Charlie asks if it isn't rather early
to be visiting! She adds that Leigh is still asleep. Spider asks
how she was last night, and Charlie replies that she was rather
shocked. She then invites him to come inside and have breakfast
with her. Spider, though, tells her that he'd like to but he and
Julie are going back to Melbourne this morning. Charlie asks if
Julie and Wayne have had another argument, and Spider explains
that the wedding's off. Charlie sighs, "Oh dear - although
I can't say I'm surprised: socially, she and Wayne are worlds
apart." She then quickly apologises, but Spider assures her
that he and Jules aren't ashamed of being working class; the fancy
sort of living there in Sydney just isn't natural to them. Charlie
comments that she thought he enjoyed staying with the
Hamiltons. Spider explains that he could have taken a
bit more, but Julie was getting very upset. Charlie tells him
that she's going to miss him. Spider smiles, "Same here."
Charlie then tells him that she'll visit him next time she's in
Melbourne, and he walks off.
Later that morning, Wayne is sitting at the bar in the lounge
room. Gordon and Roland are sitting on one of the couches as Gordon
tells his son that Roland has some interesting ideas for the company.
Roland asks Gordon if he thinks they're viable, and he replies
that he does. He then adds that, in fact, he'd like to start implementing
one or two of them straight away; it'll save them a heap of money.
He heads off to get some expenditure sheets, leaving Roland alone
with Wayne. Roland tells Wayne that he was sorry to hear about
Julie. Wayne just mutters that news travels fast. Roland explains
that Julie dropped in to see Irene. He goes on that he thinks
they made a very wise decision - they would both have been very
unhappy. Wayne glares at him and growls, "That's what sickens
me most about you: you think you're an expert on everybody
else's problems." Roland suggests that sometimes an outsider
can be more objective, but Wayne asks, "Is that the excuse
you used when you tried to get Barbara back?" Roland
warns, "Now just a minute--" Wayne, though, interrupts
and continues, "I know damn well you're still after her.
That's why you're working so hard to make Gordon think you're
indispensable. But we managed before you came along - and we'll
manage when I get rid of you, too." Roland retorts, "I'm
not still after Barbara. But, you do your worst - and when you
slip-up, Gordon will see how worthless you really are. At least
Julie woke up to you in time." Wayne stares at him
angrily, but before he can respond, Gordon comes back in with
some computer printouts. Sitting down again with Roland, he tells
him that they're not very exciting reading, but he'll get the
general drift. Seeing Wayne and Roland staring at each other,
he asks if anything's wrong. Roland assures him, "Nothing
of any consequence..." Wayne glares at him.
Caroline emerges from her bedroom at the Morrell apartment, wearing
her nightclothes. Desmond Bourke is sitting on the couch and Samantha
is making him a cup of coffee. Caroline says hello to Bourke,
who asks her if she had a late night. Caroline explains that she
hasn't been sleeping very well. Bourke ask if Eloise hasn't been
making any progress, but Caroline insists, "She will - soon."
She then asks him what he wants, and he explains that it's his
day off at the pharmacy; he thought he'd drop in. There's suddenly
a knock at the door and Caroline goes and answers it to find Wayne
standing there. Seeing her still in her nightclothes, he apologises
for dropping in so early, and adds that he'd like to talk to her.
Caroline asks what it's about, and Wayne, looking at Samantha
and Bourke there as well, smiles, "I'd like to apologise
for upsetting you at the meeting." Caroline acknowledges
this and then asks if that's all. Wayne quickly says, "No."
He hesitates momentarily before asking, "What do you think
of Roland Armstrong being a Director in the company?" Caroline
smiles that she's thrilled - he's an excellent businessman. Wayne
tells her sourly that it sticks out a mile that he plans to take
over, but Caroline asks, "Does it? You could have fooled
me!" Samantha listens from the couch as Wayne tells
her mother, "I've been watching the way he works. I know
he's out to cause trouble." Caroline sighs and replies that
if he came there to get her on-side, he's wasting his time: Roland's
a very good friend and she's got the utmost respect-- She breaks
off as the 'phone starts ringing, and she goes to answer it. Samantha
offers Wayne some coffee, which he accepts. He comes into the
apartment and sits down. Caroline answers the 'phone and Eloise
comes on. She tells Caroline apologetically that she can't make
it today. Looking disappointed, Caroline cries, "But you
must come, Eloise." Eloise assures her that she
doesn't like to let her down, but she does have other
clients - and she has to make a living... Caroline cries at her
that she can't walk out on her now; she'll double what her other
clients pay her. Samantha and Desmond Bourke both look at her,
sharply. Eloise hesitates and then says, "Alright. I'll be
there as soon as I can." Caroline hangs up and then asks
Samantha to make some fresh coffee, as Eloise is coming round.
She heads to her bedroom. When she's gone, Wayne asks, "Isn't
she the fortune teller?" Samantha agrees, "Sort of,
yes." Wayne asks, "How much are her house calls?"
Samantha muses, "More than they were yesterday..." Bourke
looks at her in concern.
Spider is sitting at a picnic table, next to a woman who's looking
at a travel brochure. He asks her if she's planning a cruise,
but she doesn't respond, and he says, "Sorry." The woman
quickly says she's sorry, and she explains that she is
thinking about one, but she doesn't know where to go. Spider asks
her if she'd take some advice from an ex-naval officer, and the
woman tells him that that would be very kind of him. A short distance
away, Julie and Irene walk away from a ticket kiosk, Julie saying
to Irene as they do so that she doesn't want to spend her whole
time looking after her dad, but he's hopeless on his
own. Irene asks if he can't go back to the retirement home, but
Julie explains that they gave his room to somebody else. They
suddenly spot Spider chatting to the woman, and Irene laughs,
"I don't think he's too hopeless on his own! He
could charm the leg off a chair, that one. He'll never
Fiona opens the door of her flat. David and Beryl are standing
in the corridor and Fiona immediately grabs Beryl's arm and starts
leading her inside. She asks the two of them how they are, and
David murmurs, "Coping." Beryl thanks Fiona for having
them, adding that it'll only be for the night, as she wants to
get back to Melbourne. Roland joins them and takes Beryl's hands,
telling her that he was sorry to hear about Jim. Beryl doesn't
respond, instead asking if she can lay down for a while. Fiona
assures her that the spare room is all made up, and she helps
Beryl to the doorway. She makes the rest of the way on her own.
When she's out of earshot, Fiona sighs at David and Roland, "I
just don't know how the hospital could have let her out."
David explains that they couldn't stop her - she's set on making
the funeral arrangements. Roland asks if she'll get her sight
back, and David replies that she should do, sooner or later. Fiona
says she's sure it'll be sooner. David murmurs, "I hope
Eloise has arrived at the Morrell apartment, and as Caroline
lets her in and she spots her audience, she comments that she
thought they'd be alone. Looking at Samantha, Desmond and Wayne,
Caroline asks, "Do you mind?" Wayne, a smile on his
face, says, "Actually, do you mind if I stay?" Eloise
stares at him and tells him that she finds it difficult to concentrate
when strangers are around. Wayne, though, assures her that he's
hardly a stranger - he was married to Amanda;
he may be able to help. Eloise reluctantly accepts this.
Bourke says he'd better be going, and Samantha sees him to the
door. Eloise asks Caroline if she has the bracelet, and Caroline
takes it out of her pocket and hands it over. Eloise goes and
sits down on one of the chairs and, closing her eyes, clasps the
jewellery to her and murmurs, "Yes... the feeling is very
strong today..." Caroline asks her eagerly if she can contact
Amanda. Eloise murmurs, "Someone is trying to reach me...
but I can't make out... might be..." Wayne looks at her suspiciously
as she goes on, "She's coming closer... stretching out her
hands... a fair, pretty girl..." Caroline exclaims, "It
must be Amanda!" Eloise continues, "Yes...
I can see her more clearly now... it is... she's telling me...
her name's Amanda..." Caroline smiles happily. Wayne sits
there, a smile of bemused disbelief on his face.
A few moments later, Wayne is still looking bemused as Eloise
says, "She's giving me a message, but I can't work out..."
Caroline asks what it is, and Eloise tells her, "It's for
Samantha. She's saying 'Stay away from Bill'. That's all."
Samantha muses, "Bit late." Caroline asks Eloise, "Where
is she?" Eloise, still gripping the bracelet tightly, whispers,
"I'm trying... it's no good... I can't see her anymore...
she's gone... I've lost her..." She sits back and pants that
she's sorry. Caroline insists, "You were so close,"
but Eloise tells her, "Never mind. Each time's a little easier."
Wayne sits there, staring at her, a smile still on his face. Eloise
suddenly tells Caroline that she'll have to go; one or two clients
insisted that she see them today. Caroline asks her if she'll
come back, and Eloise assures her that of course she will. She
adds that Caroline will see Amanda again; she's sure of it. Caroline
takes out a cheque and hands it over, saying she hopes it's enough.
Samantha looks on suspiciously as Eloise tells Caroline that she's
very generous. Wayne stands up and announces that he'll have to
go too. He thanks Caroline for letting him stay and adds that
he'll get back to her about that business matter. Caroline insists
that she couldn't be happier that Roland has become a
Director. Wayne reluctantly murmurs, "If that's how you feel..."
and he heads out. Eloise tells Caroline that she'll be in touch
and she goes. Caroline closes the door behind her. Wayne is still
standing in the corridor and Eloise says to him, "Nice meeting
you, Mr., er..." Wayne completes, "Hamilton." Eloise
then asks him if he'll be sitting in on any more sessions, but
Wayne smiles that he doesn't think so - he's seen all he needs
to. Eloise goes to walk off, but Wayne continues, "You're
a great actress. You've certainly got Caroline bluffed."
Eloise stops in her tracks and asks quietly, "I'm sorry?"
Wayne tells her that he doesn't know where she's getting her information
from, but she's obviously got a very reliable source and she knows
how to hit her targets: Caroline's a wealthy woman. Eloise insists,
"I never asked her for any money. I'm only interested in
helping her." Wayne nods in amusement and then comments,
"What a pity. I was about to make you an offer myself, but
if you're not interested..." He goes to walk off, but Eloise
quickly says, "Just a moment... I don't suppose it would
hurt to listen. How about we go for a drive?" Wayne, heading
off down the corridor, smiles, "Why not...?"
David slams down the 'phone at Fiona's apartment and snaps at
Roland that the police reckon they can't pin a thing on Crampton:
apparently, he can prove that he hasn't left Victoria since he
was released on bail. Roland assures him that the police will
continue to watch Crampton; even if he's got someone working with
him, they'll soon know. David mutters that he's not going to get
away with it, even if he has to string him up himself. Changing
the subject, Roland comments that he thinks Irene must have gone
to Melbourne with Julie and Spider. Fiona, though, assures him
that she's probably decided to do some shopping on the way. She
invites him to stay to lunch, but he declines. Fiona insists that
she could use the extra hand, and Roland gives in. There's suddenly
a knock at the front door and David goes to get it. Desmond Bourke
is standing in the corridor, and he looks surprised to see David
there. David invites him in and Bourke asks how Beryl is. David
replies, "Coping. Just." He then adds that he supposes
Bourke is going to say 'I told you so'. Bourke, though, points
out that it wouldn't change anything; he's just very sorry it
happened. Fiona and Roland emerge from the kitchen and David heads
off to the spare room to see if Beryl needs anything. When he's
gone, Bourke tells Fiona that he came to see how David was, but
he had no idea he'd be there. Fiona explains that he's
still pretty upset, but Bourke shouldn't take it to heart. Bourke
murmurs, "I can't blame him. I don't think I'm anybody's
favourite person at the moment..."
Wayne pulls his car into the side of a road. Eloise is sitting
in the passenger seat and she tells him that no one can overhear
them now, so what's his offer? Wayne replies that it's nothing
she'll find too difficult: she's got Caroline Morrell wrapped
round her little finger and it could be useful to him. Eloise
tells him to go on. Wayne explains, "She and I have a mutual
business acquaintance. I've tried to warn her that he's bad news;
unfortunately, she won't listen to me." Eloise asks, "And
you think she will to me?" Wayne assures her, "You
can tell her pigs fly and she'd believe it." He adds that
Eloise will be well-paid. Eloise asks him, "What's the man
done to you?" Wayne replies that it's more what
he's going to do. He then asks, "Interested?"
A while later, Eloise is once again standing in the doorway at
the Morrell apartment, and Caroline is telling in her surprise
that she wasn't expecting her back today. Eloise explains that
she couldn't ignore it; she had to warn her. Caroline asks if
it's about Amanda, but Eloise explains that it's a name she heard
when she was leaving. She then asks Caroline if she knows a man
named Roland, and Caroline confirms, "Yes." Eloise goes
on, "He's a partner of some sort... business?" Caroline
nods, "That's right, yes." Eloise continues, "No,
it isn't. You shouldn't be involved with him." Samantha stares
at her and demands, "What's wrong with Uncle Roland?"
Eloise tells her, "I'm not sure... but it's dangerous for
your mother to have anything more to do with him." Caroline
insists that he's a very close friend. Eloise tells her that,
even so, for her own sake, she should keep right away from him.
Caroline stands there, looking puzzled.
A few moments later, Eloise and Samantha are sitting on the
couch, listening as Caroline talks on the 'phone at the bar, telling
Gordon that she knows the amount of work that Roland has put into
the company, but it's all going to backfire; either Roland resigns
from the company, or she has to withdraw her financial support;
she's sorry, but that's final. Gordon tells her that he'll need
time to think about it. Caroline retorts, "Fair enough. But
I'm not going to change my mind. Goodbye." With that, she
hangs up. Eloise immediately tells her that she's done the right
thing, and Caroline murmurs that she hopes so. Eloise then suggests
that they try to contact Amanda again, but she asks if she can
freshen up first. Caroline points out the bathroom and Eloise
heads off. When she's gone, Samantha snaps at her mother incredulously,
"Do you know what you're doing? She could be completely wrong.
She was pretty vague when you talked about details." Caroline,
though, retorts, "I couldn't ignore it. Look what happened
to David Palmer." Samantha retorts, "That was Desmond.
I'd trust him before I trust her." Caroline
mutters that she can't see why - at least Eloise has done something
about contacting Amanda. Samantha, though, retorts, "Oh,
has she? When you think about it--" Caroline interrupts her
and snaps that she's not in the mood for an argument. She then
warns her daughter that if she can't keep her thoughts to herself,
she should go out for the afternoon; she doesn't want Eloise upset.
Samantha growls, "What's the use?" and she storms off.
A while later, Samantha is sitting with Desmond and Fiona at
Fiona's flat, and she comments that she can't understand it: Eloise
has never even met Roland. Fiona muses that that explains
why he and Irene dashed off after Gordon called. Samantha suggests
that it seems like a big coincidence to her: Wayne comes
round wanting her mum to ditch her Uncle Roland, then he and Eloise
leave at the same time and before you know it, she wants
her mum to ditch him, too. She asks Fiona if Wayne could have
talked Eloise into it. Fiona laughs bitterly and replies that
she thinks Wayne has talked with his chequebook; Mrs.
Treece is rather short on scruples. Bourke chips in to suggest
that maybe she's been faking everything. Samantha, though,
asks how she'd know that stuff about Amanda. Bourke asks if Wayne
could have told her about that too. Samantha asks incredulously,
"When? She turned up out of the blue one night and knew everything."
Fiona tells her, "Wayne paid a lady to pretend she was Jill's
mother once. She turned up out of the blue, too..."
She then heads into the kitchen. Alone with Bourke, Samantha says
to him, "No, it's not right. She knew things Wayne wouldn't
have. The name of her teddybear... the fight at Woombai... she
couldn't have read or heard about any of that, not even in the
papers." She then adds, "I suppose it could
have been in Amanda's diary, but that's under the bed in mum's
room." Bourke asks, "Is it?" Samantha replies,
"Last I looked. We haven't been burgled and I didn't
give it to her - and mum certainly didn't. Anyway, she
knew it all when she walked in." Bourke suggests that maybe
she's not faking about Amanda. Samantha, looking thoughtful, recalls,
"She turned up the night after the meeting. Mum was exhausted
- I think she'd been a bit hungover all day; she'd gone out the
night before and painted the town red. She picked up that guy,
Clive. What a dreg..." Bourke asks if he could have
read Amanda's diary. Samantha, though, replies, "No, he wouldn't
have had the time. He couldn't have taken--" She breaks off
as she suddenly realises, "Hang on... he might have... yes,
if they are gone, he's the only one who could have taken them.
And he left a number; it's at the apartment." Bourke, looking
wary, suggests that it might be a coincidence - and if he is involved,
he's not likely to admit it. He then suggests that they try a
bluff and see how far they get. The two of them head out.
Sometime later, Eloise is sitting in the Morrell apartment, her
eyes closed tightly. She tells Caroline, though, that it's no
good. Caroline asks what's wrong, but Eloise says she's not sure
- she can't seem to contact her. The front door suddenly opens
and Samantha and Desmond walk in. Samantha asks how it's going,
but Caroline admits, "Not too well." Samantha then goes
on that she's sorry she was angry before. She adds that she met
Desmond at Fiona's - he thinks he might be able to help. Bourke
tells the women that he started getting a strong feeling about
Amanda after he left this morning. Caroline assures him that she'd
be grateful if he could try to reach her; Eloise seems
exhausted. With Caroline and Eloise's eyes on Bourke, Samantha
slips off to the bedrooms. Eloise tells Bourke that he doesn't
think he'll do any good, but Bourke points out that it can't hurt,
and he suggests they give it a try. Eloise closes her eyes.
Roland is sitting at the living room table at Dural with Gordon
and Irene, saying he can't understand it: they were such good
friends. Irene asks if Caroline didn't offer any explanation,
but Gordon replies that she didn't; he hoped Roland knew
what was going on. Wayne comes in from the hallway and calls over
that he was just after a drink. He goes to the bar and listens
as Roland tells Gordon and Irene that it's a rather tricky situation:
Caroline's money is the company's backbone. Gordon muses that
it's the last thing he wants, but he doesn't know that he can
afford to go against her wishes. A nasty smile crosses Wayne's
face as Roland announces, "I'll have to resign."
At the Morrell apartment, Desmond Bourke is clasping Amanda's
bracelet and saying, "I think I'm picking up something..."
Caroline is watching him intently as Eloise sits next to her,
staring into space. Bourke goes on, "I can't pinpoint it..."
Caroline asks, "Where is she?" but Bourke murmurs, "I
don't..." Samantha suddenly rejoins them and Bourke looks
at her. She nods at him very slightly. He then suddenly goes on,
"No, it's not Amanda. It's about her." Samantha,
playing along, asks, "What is it?" and Bourke continues,
"It's Eloise... with a man, talking about Amanda."
Eloise glares at him and asks, "What are you trying to do?"
Samantha warns her curtly, "Let him finish." Bourke
goes on, "The man's handing something to her... letters,
I think... and some sort of book... no... it's a diary... Amanda's."
Caroline looks at Eloise and asks what Desmond's talking about.
Eloise insists that Bourke is trying to discredit her; it's all
a plot. Bourke, though, insists, "It's true, though, isn't
it." Samantha tells her mother, "Amanda's diaries and
letters are missing, mum. I just looked. Eloise must have them."
Eloise starts to protest that she doesn't know what Samantha is
talking about-- Samantha, however, interrupts her and snaps, "Clive
Redford took them, didn't he?" Eloise insists, "I don't
know anyone called Clive..." She breaks off as she
realises she's been rumbled. Samantha tells her mother triumphantly,
"They were in it together, mum. She's no psychic; she's after
your money. The whole thing's been a huge con-job." Caroline
looks at Eloise in shock.