Eloise stands up and snaps that she doesn't have to listen to
Samantha. Caroline asks if it's true but Eloise retorts that of
course it isn't. Samantha tells Caroline not to listen to her.
Caroline slowly realises, "It was all a fraud from the start,
wasn't it?" Eloise suddenly announces that she has to go,
as some clients insisted she see them today. Caroline cries sarcastically,
"Oh, and who have they lost? A son? A husband?"
Eloise snaps that she doesn't know what Caroline's talking about.
Caroline announces that she's going to call the police, but Eloise
asks what they're going to arrest her for. Desmond chips in that
Eloise is right - they can't prove anything. Caroline
glares at Eloise and snarls, "People like you should be locked
up." She then starts to run at her, but Samantha grabs her
and pulls her back. Eloise warns, "You lay a finger on me
and I'll sue for assault." Caroline warns Eloise that she's
not going to get another penny out of her; she's going to cancel
the cheque now. Sounding disinterested, Eloise just sighs,
"Win some, lose some." With that, she heads to the door
and goes. Caroline stands there, looking upset.
Fiona is cleaning her flat when Beryl emerges from her bedroom
and starts feeling her way into the lounge room. She's holding
a large box. Fiona, looking surprised to see her tells her that
she should be resting, but Beryl replies that she can't. She asks
if David is there, but Fiona explains that he's gone out for a
while: the coroner's office rang and they want him to make a formal
identification. Changing the subject, she goes on that she rang
the airport and the 'plane leaves at 3:30pm. She then asks what's
in the box. Beryl lifts off the lid to reveal a pink dress. She
tells Fiona sadly that Jim bought it the other day - it was the
dress she was to be married in, but she's going to throw it out.
David comes in the front door and overhears this. Beryl sobs,
"Why did it have to happen? We could have been so happy..."
David looks on sympathetically.
At the Morrell apartment, Caroline says she still thinks they
ought to call the police, but Desmond points out that it won't
do any good. Samantha suggests Wayne, and Caroline asks how he
could stop her. Desmond explains that they think he put Eloise
up to the bit about Roland. Samantha tells her mother that Wayne
came round wanting her to push Roland out of the company; she
wouldn't, but half an hour after she and Wayne left together,
Eloise came back wanting Caroline to get rid of Roland too. Desmond
adds that they know Eloise is a fraud; why else would she say
that unless someone paid her to? Caroline stands up and Desmond
asks her where she's going. She retorts that she's going to see
Wayne: one way or another, she's going to get the truth out of
him. With that, she heads out. Samantha comments to Desmond that
she supposes if they can get Wayne to admit to bribing Eloise,
they can prove she's a fraud. Desmond, though, points out that
it's hardly the the sort of thing Wayne will admit - although
it'll give Caroline a chance to let off some steam and that's
probably just as important...
Eloise is at Dural with Wayne. As the two of them head into the
lounge room, Wayne asks Eloise angrily what she came there for,
as someone might see her. Eloise retorts that they have to talk.
Wayne asks her sarcastically if she hasn't heard about 'phones.
Ignoring this, Eloise asks if they're alone. Wayne retorts, "Luckily,
yes. Now what do you want?" Eloise explains calmly, "I've
decided not to do any more readings for Caroline. I just couldn't
go through with it; I suppose my conscience was bothering me."
Wayne growls, "I didn't know you had one."
Eloise goes on that the thing is, she might be leaving Sydney
for a while; Wayne immediately realises that she wants her money.
He heads to the bar, but Eloise adds that, before he writes the
cheque, they should have a little chat. Wayne points out that
they agreed on a price; she's not getting any more. Eloise, though,
suddenly places Amanda's diary and letters on the bar and tells
Wayne that she thinks he might be interested in them. Wayne asks
her suspiciously where she got them, but Eloise retorts that that's
her business. She asks, "Well?" Wayne asks,
"How much?" and Eloise tells him, "Double. Write
it out to cash." He starts writing the cheque. Eloise asks
him if he doesn't want to know what's in the diary, but Wayne
retorts that he's doing it for Amanda; he doesn't want to read
them. Eloise tells him, "They're very interesting - I think
you should. In fact, I think you've got a bargain..."
Wayne signs the cheque, rips it from the book, hands it over and
snaps at Eloise to get out. He then tosses the diary onto the
floor near the couch and heads out to the hallway. Eloise adds
that he'd better not do anything silly - if anything should happen
to the cheque... Wayne assures her curtly that it won't bounce,
and Eloise smiles, "Good. Well, nice doing business with
you." The two of them head to the door, leaving the diary
and letters on the floor...
Fiona hangs up the 'phone in her flat as David emerges from his
bedroom with some cases, saying he's just about ready. Fiona tells
him to take care of himself and look after Beryl. David assures
her that he will. There's suddenly a knock on the door and Fiona
opens it to find Leigh standing there. She comes in and David
asks her in surprise how she got there. Leigh explains animatedly
that Charlie drove her; she's waiting in the car with Shane and
has offered to drive them all to the airport. David asks, "You
coming to see us off, eh?" Leigh, though, admits, "No,
I've got my case with me. I want to come with you."
David tells her that there's no way. Leigh cries that they're
a family; they ought to be together. David, though, points out
that Crampton could have another go at her to get Shane if she
came back to Melbourne. Leigh asks him angrily what makes him
think Sydney is any safer - Richard managed to get at
his truck, didn't he? Fiona, who is escorting Beryl into the room,
tells David that Leigh might be right. David sighs that he knows,
but Beryl's going to be staying with him for a while.
Leigh tells him that he can't look after her all the time - and
maybe it's the chance she needs to make it up to Beryl.
David looks at his ex-wife and asks, "Beryl?" Beryl
retorts, "It's your house." David replies that
he knows, but they're all going to be staying there and he doesn't
want to make it any harder than it has to be. Beryl just retorts,
"I don't care, David. Let her come if she wants to."
With that, Fiona leads her to the front door and David suggests
to Leigh that they go.
Wayne is standing at the bar in the lounge room at Dural, Amanda's
diary in his hand. He pulls out a letter that's stuck inside,
opens it up and starts reading. There's suddenly a knock at the
front door and he quickly puts the diary down and places a newspaper
over it. He doesn't notice one of the letters falling off the
edge of the bar and floating to the floor... He goes and opens
the door to find Caroline standing there. She marches in and snaps,
"I want to talk to you." She heads into the lounge room
and puts her handbag down on the bar. Wayne rejoins her and she
snaps, "It was a set-up, wasn't it? How much did you pay
her?" Wayne asks 'innocently', "Pay who?"
Caroline snaps, "You wanted Roland out of the company so
you got Eloise to do your dirty work." Wayne, though, assures
her, "Sorry. I'm not following you." Caroline looks
down in annoyance and suddenly notices the letter lying there.
She looks at Wayne, who quickly goes to pick it up. He's not fast
enough, though, because Caroline puts her foot on it and picks
it up herself. She looks at it and then snarls at Wayne, "You
were in on this right from the start, weren't you?"
Wayne asks curtly, "In on what?" Caroline demands,
"Where are the other letters and the diary? Have you
got them or has Eloise?" Wayne insists that he doesn't know
what she's talking about, but Caroline, holding out the letter,
retorts, "Then where did this come from?" Wayne
snaps at her that she'd better leave. Caroline, though, tells
him that she hasn't finished - and as soon as she tells Gordon
what he's been up to, it's going to be him who's going
to be out of the company. Wayne pauses and then sighs that, alright,
he did get Eloise to say a little bit about Roland but
he had nothing to do with the rest of it. He then warns
Caroline that she should think twice before saying anything to
Gordon. Uncovering the diary on the bar, he goes on that Eloise
was there about twenty minutes ago. He hands the diary back to
Caroline, but, holding onto the letter he was reading before Caroline
arrived, adds, "Not this one, though. It was tucked into
the diary cover. I can only guess that Eloise didn't find it -
because if she had, it would have been worth a fortune to her.
It's a letter you sent to Amanda from overseas - about Samantha.
It makes great reading; I wouldn't have thought she had it in
her..." Caroline goes to snatch the letter away, but Wayne
smiles nastily, "Not so fast. It's my insurance. You say
one word to Gordy and I'll make sure everybody gets a copy - including
Samantha." Caroline looks worried.
A few moments later, Caroline says to Wayne, "You wouldn't
actually use that letter, would you?" Wayne murmurs,
"If I have to." Caroline asks him angrily if he realises
what that would do to Samantha, but Wayne asks her if she realises
what telling Gordy would do to him. He then adds that,
of course, Roland has to stay out of the company. Caroline cries,
"What have you got against him?" Wayne explains
that he doesn't want Roland anywhere near Barbara or Gordon; he
nearly split them up when he first came back and he's not going
to get a second chance. Caroline mutters sarcastically, "That's
loyal of you." Wayne retorts, "Gordon's my father. I'm
not going to see him hurt." Caroline smiles nastily, "I'd
say you were frightened of Roland. You know very well
that if he stayed on in the company, he'd end up by showing you
up for what you are: second rate." Wayne ignores this and
growls, "Either Roland stays out or Samantha gets a copy.
It's up to you."
A while later, Caroline is back at the Morrell apartment, looking
worried. Samantha joins her and asks her if she talked to Wayne.
Caroline hesitates and then says, "Maybe he had nothing to
do with it." Samantha insists that he must have, but Caroline
tells her that there's nothing they can do - and at least there's
been no harm done: she'll cancel the cheques and drop the whole
matter. Samantha says to her that she'll ring Roland, won't she,
and let him know it's all a big mistake? Caroline retorts that
she'll think about it. Samantha asks incredulously what there
is to think about, but Caroline snaps that she doesn't want to
discuss it any more, and she storms off. Samantha sits there,
It's dark when David opens the back door at the country house
and heads inside, carrying his case. A police officer follows
him in and puts down some more cases. He then turns to Beryl and
guides her to a seat at the table. Leigh comes in behind them
and sits down with Shane. David tells the officer that it's good
to see one of them there already, and the officer explains that
they've been keeping an eye on the place since they heard what
happened in Sydney. He adds that you can't be too careful, and
David laughs that that's the understatement of the year! He then
introduces himself and the police officer shakes his hand, introducing
himself as Adam Tate. David then introduces Beryl and
Leigh. Looking at Leigh, Adam smiles, "I guess we'll be seeing
a lot of each other for a while." Leigh smiles back at him
and then heads to the stove to get Shane something to eat. David
walks off to the bedrooms with the cases. Adam asks Leigh if she
needs a hand, adding that he'll take Shane. Leigh hands over her
son, and Adam smiles that he's a cute little fellow! Beryl has
made her way to the 'fridge, but as David comes back in and sees
what she's doing, he asks her if she's sure she can manage. Beryl
snaps, "Yes, thankyou, David." He leaves the room again.
Adam goes to put Shane in his playpen. Beryl closes the 'fridge
door, a number of groceries balanced in her arms. She heads in
the direction of the table, but the groceries suddenly fall out
of her arms and she cries out. Leigh quickly runs over to help,
but Beryl snaps that she can manage. She bends down to start picking
things up. Leigh bends down with her and says, "Look, I know
how you feel about me and I'm sorry. I'd like to make it up."
Beryl asks her how she's going to do that, and Leigh
insists, "I'd like to try." Beryl growls quietly,
"If you really want to do something for me, Leigh, you'll
stay right out of my way. Alright?" Leigh looks upset.
The guy who placed the bomb in David's truck is in a public 'phone
box. Richard is on the other end of the 'phone and the guy says
to him, "It's Nick." Richard demands, "Where are
you?" and Nick tells him, "I'm out near the farmhouse.
I came down from Sydney this afternoon and followed them down."
Richard asks if Shane is with them and Nick says he is. Richard
snaps, "Right. Then you know what to do." Nick explains
that it might be a bit difficult - they've brought a woman down
with them and there's a copper hanging around at the front. Richard
snaps, "That's your problem. Just do it.
I'm booked on a flight to the States on Wednesday and I want my
son with me." Nick assures him, "Don't worry. He'll
be there," and he hangs up.
The next morning, Jenny and Stephen are having breakfast at the
Woombai homestead as Andy lies on the couch. Jenny asks where
Colin is and Andy replies that he should be out in a minute. He
then tells her that he needs to ask her something a bit personal:
her husband: how long ago did he die? Jenny replies that it was
almost ten years ago. Andy asks what happened, and she explains,
"It was an accident: he was doing some work in one of the
paddocks on the tractor. It seems he got off to move a log out
the way and he mustn't've put the handbrake on properly. It rolled
backwards... he was crushed..." Andy asks if Colin
was there, but Jenny replies that he wasn't, thank God; he took
it hard enough as it was. She then asks why all the questions,
and Andy explains that Colin woke up screaming last night and
he just thought-- He breaks off as Colin comes in and says a cheery,
"Morning." Stephen offers him some breakfast, but he
declines, saying he's ready to get started. Looking at Andy, he
asks what they're doing today. Andy asks him if he wants to help
out and he smiles, "Of course - you're looking at a keen
student of agricultural science!" Andy tells him that he
can give him a hand cleaning out the stables, then, and they head
out. When they've gone, Stephen asks Jenny what Andy was saying
about last night. Jenny replies that Colin had a nightmare or
something - although he seems bright enough this morning. Stephen
suggests they hope it keeps up.
Adam Tate knocks on the back door at the country house and heads
inside. Everyone is having breakfast. He asks if they all slept
OK, and Leigh smiles that it made a big difference knowing he
was there. He then offers to feed Shane so that Leigh can have
her own breakfast, and Leigh thanks him. David asks him what time
he knocks off, and he replies, "Nine o'clock. Another hour."
David asks him if someone will be taking over from him, as he
has to go out and he doesn't want to leave Beryl, Leigh and Shane
on their own. Adam assures him that there'll be someone on duty
24 hours a day. Beryl asks David where he's going, and David explains
that that truck he took to Sydney belonged to a mate, so he wants
to see the insurance company and make sure he gets a replacement
as soon as possible. Leigh suddenly notices that Adam has got
some baby food on his jacket, and she drags him to the sink to
wipe it off! David says he'd better get going. He asks Adam to
look after the others and he says he will. David goes. As Leigh
wipes Adam's jacket, he realises it's going to stain, and he tells
Leigh that he'll take it to the cleaners on the way home. Leigh
tells him that he must let her pay for it. Adam suddenly notices
that David has left his jacket behind, and he picks it
up and heads outside.
Richard's henchman, Nick, is watching David through a pair of
binoculars as Adam Tate runs up to him and tells him that Leigh
thought he might need his coat. David thanks him and gets in his
car. He starts the engine and drives off. Adam heads back towards
the house, Nick watching him the whole time...
A short time later, Nick pulls up outside the house in a bright
yellow car. He gets out and walks over to Adam, introducing himself
as Doctor Stafford and handing over an ID card. He explains that
Miss. Palmer wants him to have a look at her baby. Looking surprised,
Adam asks what's wrong with him. Nick replies that he doesn't
think it's anything serious, but Miss. Palmer sounds a little
anxious. Adam says he's just been inside and Leigh didn't mention
anything. Nick tells him that she must have forgotten. He adds
that he'll wait outside if Adam would like to go and check first.
Adam hesitates and then says, "OK, come this way, sir."
He heads towards the back door. As the two of them walk along,
Nick says to Adam that Mr. Palmer tells him they've had some trouble
out there recently, adding that it's a nasty business. They head
up to the back door and pause just outside. Adam asks Nick to
wait there while he goes in and has a quick word. He turns his
back on Nick and goes to open the back door, but as he does so,
Nick takes a cosh out of his jacket and hits Adam with it. He
crumples to the ground.
Inside, the kettle is boiling in the kitchen. Beryl is standing
in the doorway to the hall, making her way into the kitchen, when
Leigh comes in past her and says she'll get it. Beryl offers to
hold Shane, but Leigh says it's alright - he's in his playpen.
She then asks if Adam stayed outside and Beryl tells her that
he must have. She turns towards to the back door, adding that
she'll see if he wants to come in again. She feels her way to
the door and opens it. Nick is outside with Adam, who's lying
on the ground, unconscious. Beryl calls, "Adam? Adam?"
but there's no response. Nick looks at her as she heads back into
the kitchen. Leigh asks if Adam is coming in, but Beryl replies
that he must be round the front; she'll call him again in a moment.
Jenny opens the window in Colin and Andy's room at Woombai and
stares out of it. Stephen comes into the room and comments that
she's miles away. Jenny explains that she was thinking about Ralph:
talking to Andy brought it all back. She hugs Stephen as he tells
her gently to try not to think about it. Jenny sighs, "What
would I do without you?" The front door suddenly bangs shut
and Colin walks in. Jenny and Stephen turn to look at him and
Jenny says she thought he was down at the stables. Seeing the
two of them in their embrace, Colin snaps, "Obviously."
He then adds that he needs some thicker socks for his boots. Stephen
says he'd better get on with some work, and he leaves them. When
he's gone, Colin snarls at his mother, "You two didn't waste
any time - I've only been out of the house a few minutes."
Jenny retorts that he's jumping the gun a little, but Colin snaps
that it isn't hard to guess why she was so keen to stay there.
Jenny tells him that Stephen is a very good friend, but Colin
retorts that it looks more than that to him. He then
asks bluntly, "Are you sleeping with him?" Jenny growls,
"How dare you?" but Colin goes on, "What about
dad? Doesn't he count anymore?" Jenny points out
that Ralph is dead, but Colin cries that she can't just
forget him. Jenny insists that she'll never forget him,
but it was a long time ago. Colin suddenly says, "I'm sorry.
I just love him, that's all. I thought you did, too."
With that, he storms off.
Leigh fills the kettle in the kitchen at the country house and
then goes and puts it on the stove. Beryl makes her way into the
room from the hallway, saying to Leigh as she does so that she
doesn't know where Adam is; she's been calling out the front but
he doesn't seem to be there either. Leigh says cheerily that she'll
go and find him and she heads to the back door. She opens it to
find Nick standing there - dressed in a police uniform. He says,
"Hello, Miss. Palmer. Everything alright?" Leigh stares
at him and asks him who he is. He tells her that he's Bill Forbes
- he'll be there during the day. Leigh asks where Adam is and
Nick tells her that he's gone off-duty. Leigh muses that he said
he didn't get off until 9am. Nick tells her that he needed to
get some sleep. Leigh comments that it's funny he didn't come
and say goodbye, but Nick tells her that he said he'd see her
tonight. Leigh looks down and suddenly notices that 'PC. Forbes''
jacket has a stain on it - in exactly the same position as the
stain on Adam's. She murmurs, "That jacket... it's Adam's..."
She then shouts, "Beryl, they've done something to Adam."
Nick grabs her and starts trying to put his hand over her mouth.
As she struggles, Leigh cries, "Beryl, get Shane. Get him
away. Don't let them..." Her words become muffled as Nick
fights her to the ground. Beryl starts feeling her way to the
lounge room, where Shane is in his playpen. She picks him up as
Nick quietly makes his way along the hallway. Beryl heads to the
front door and puts Shane down against the wall outside. She then
heads back inside. Nick is still walking along quietly along the
hallway. Beryl feels her way around in the lounge room and picks
up a poker. She then raises it above her head, not realising that
Nick is right behind her...