Colin is trapped part-way down the cliff. He cries for help and
Andy tells him to grab the bush next to him and pull himself up.
He then runs off to get help, leaving Colin clutching his fingers
to the rocks and panting heavily.
Samantha and Barbara emerge from the kitchen into the living
room at Dural, carrying some tea things, Samantha asking Barbara
as they do so if Caroline gave her no hint at all as to her reasons.
Barbara replies that Caroline gave her a few justifications, none
of which rang true. They sit down as Barbara adds that Caroline
even tried to make her believe it was for her own good: with Roland
out the way she needn't worry about Gordon's relationship with
her. She goes on that she's known Caroline a long time and it's
very obvious that she's worried about something she wants them
to know nothing about. Samantha sighs that she wishes she'd tell
her; she's sure she could help her. Barbara growls that
she's sure Wayne has got something to do with
it. Samantha concurs that so does she, and she explains to Barbara
that he's already been around trying to get Caroline to get rid
of Roland and she wouldn't listen to him; then an hour after he
and Eloise left together, Eloise came back and stuck the knife
into the poor man and Caroline listened to her. Barbara asks Samantha
if she thinks Wayne is trying to bribe Eloise. Samantha
replies that that's the way it looks - but Caroline knows now
that Eloise is a fake but she's still dead against Roland - so
Wayne must have some other hold over her; and the only
thing she can come up with is that it's something to
do with Amanda's personal papers: Eloise had them and if she and
Wayne are in cahoots then he could easily have found
out what's in them. Barbara suggests that they'll have to try
and find them, then. Samantha asks how, and Barbara replies that
she'll search Wayne's room - and if he has got anything
of Amanda's up there, she'll find it; that and anything else...
Caroline is walking down a pathway outside a house. She steps
onto the pavement as a truck pulls up; the driver is Ron Castle.
He turns off the engine and gets out, looking surprised to see
Caroline standing there. He asks her how she is, adding that she's
looking great. Caroline thanks him. She then explains that she
went to look for him at his work, but they said he'd gone. Ron
explains that he chucked the job a while back; he reckoned it
was time for a change. He then tells Caroline that he misses her;
she should come round more often. Caroline assures him that she's
been meaning to, but she hasn't had much time lately. Ron tells
her to come inside, but quickly Caroline replies that she can't;
she has to be somewhere. She then explains that, to be honest,
she needs his help. Looking surprised, Ron asks why him,
and Caroline tells him that it needs to kept quiet and she couldn't
think of anyone else. Ron, beginning to look annoyed, mutters
that she wants his help but she can't come inside to talk
to him. Caroline retorts that she doesn't have the time;
she's already been waiting half an hour. Ron growls that he should
have realised she wouldn't be back unless she wanted
something. He then tells her angrily to forget it: she put him
through hell, but he's over that now; he's not going to come running,
though, every time she wants someone to carry her bags. Caroline
insists that there's no one else she can trust. She adds teasingly
that she'd be very grateful... Ron asks, "How grateful?"
Caroline flirts, "You know how much..." Ron,
however, snaps that she hasn't changed - she still puts a price
on everything and he's not buying it. He goes to walk off, but
Caroline pleads, "Please...," adding that she'll never
ask anything of him again. She continues, "Just do this one
thing for me. Please? You're my last chance." Ron asks angrily,
"What about when you were my last chance and you
dropped me for your rich friends?" Caroline insists that
she loved him; she would have stayed with him if he'd trusted
her. Ron, though, growls that he needed her and she dumped him;
if she needs him now, that's her bad luck. With
that, he storms inside.
Andy has used a rope to lower himself down the cliff-face, and
he and Colin are tied together, trying to pull themselves back
up. He pleads with Colin to keep going. By combining their efforts,
they manage to get up onto the ledge at the top. Colin turns onto
his back and lies there, panting heavily.
Samantha is standing by the bar in the lounge room at Dural when
Barbara comes in carrying a strongbox. She asks Samantha if she
knows anything about them, but Samantha admits, "Not much."
She then adds that she wonders what's in it. Barbara tells her
that she made a quick search of Wayne's room and if he's got something
to hide, it'll be in the strongbox because there's nowhere else.
She then asks if they can open it without a key, but Samantha
says she doesn't think so. Barbara muses that Wayne keeps all
his keys on one ring, so it shouldn't be too hard to get hold
of one. Samantha looks dubious. Barbara assures her that she doesn't
like the idea of going through his personal papers, either,
but they have no choice; they have to prove they're right. Samantha
comments carefully, "We don't tell mum about this, do we?"
Barbara quickly replies, "No, not a word - she'd only try
and stop us. And then if we do find something, we'll just destroy
it and she'll never know we had anything to do with it."
Colin is sitting in the passenger seat in the jeep that Andy
used when tracking him down; Andy himself is standing next to
him just outside. Colin says to Andy that he supposes he's going
to tell everyone, but Andy denies this. He adds that if Colin
wants his advice, he should get himself together and then sit
down and talk to someone about it. He adds that Jenny
might be a good start. Colin, though, cries, "I can't."
Andy asks why not, and Colin cries, "I just... I can't."
Andy mutters, "You do whatever you like. But next time, when
you pull a crazy stunt like that, you're on your own." Colin
insists that he won't try it again; five minutes ago he thought
he was dead and he found out he didn't want to be. He goes on
that he doesn't know what the answer is, but it's not falling
off a cliff or cutting his wrists. He adds that it might be best
if he just packs up and clears out. Andy asks what that would
solve, and Colin points out that his mum could get on with her
life without worrying about him. Andy points out curtly that if
he clears off without a word, Jenny will worry more,
and he suggests to Colin that he just stop and talk about it.
Colin then tells him there was something he didn't say before:
'thanks'. Andy mutters, "Think nothing of it."
Nick Stafford is sitting at the kitchen table at the country
house. David is looking out through the window, pointing a gun
at Stafford the whole time. They hear a vehicle pull up outside
and David warns Stafford, "Not a sound..." He goes and
hides behind the kitchen door, which begins to open slowly. Richard
Crampton comes in and, glaring at Stafford sitting at the table,
snaps, "You'd better have a hell of a good story up your
sleeve." He doesn't notice David standing behind the door
as he demands, "Where's Shane?" David suddenly lunges
out, grabs Richard and spins him round, pointing the gun to his
chest. Looking furious, Richard yells at Stafford, "You can't
get a damn thing right, can you?" David points the gun to
Richard's throat, cocks it and warns, "You're dead, fella..."
A moment later, Richard growls at David that he wouldn't just
kill him in cold blood. David asks angrily, "What makes you
think I care?" Richard, looking frightened, insists
that he never meant to hurt anyone, but David shouts,
"You had my daughter raped, you terrorised my family, you
killed two people and you tried to kill me." Richard
cries that he wanted Shane back, that's all. Indicating Stafford,
he adds, "It was him. I never told him to go putting
bombs around the place." Hearing this, Stafford leaps up
from his seat, grabs Richard and pushes him against the stove,
snarling, "You lying mongrel." He starts laying into
Richard, but David yells, "That's enough." Richard and Stafford
keep fighting, though, and David yells again, "I said that's
enough." He then fires a shot into the air and the two men
instantly stop struggling and turn to look at him. He glares at
them both for several seconds before growling, "Now one's
hurt as bad as the other. You both deserve to be shot."
Richard yells that he had a right to the child; any court would
see that. David snarls at him to shut up. He then cocks the trigger
of the gun again and points it at the two of them. He growls,
"The police can have you," and he pushes them over to
the sink while he makes his way over to the 'phone and
starts fumbling around with his spare hand to pick up the receiver.
He takes his eyes off the two men for one second, so that he can
lift the handset, but it's all Stafford needs, and he lifts up
the kitchen table and throws it in David's direction. As it hits
David, he falls to the ground. Richard immediately runs out through
the back door and Stafford heads off out the front. David gets
himself back on his feet and goes after Richard.
As Richard runs off outside, David quickly begins to catch up
with him. He's not quite fast enough, though, and Richard begins
to get away. David fires another shot in the air, but he keeps
Leigh is sitting with Shane in the kitchen at Beryl's as Beryl
does some wiping up. Leigh tells Beryl to leave the dishes,
but Beryl insists that she needs to do something. Leigh
then tells her that, at a time like this, Beryl should have a
friend there - a real friend. She adds that Beryl has
treated her better than she deserves, but it's not the
same; she should have someone there that she can trust and talk
to. Beryl thanks her, but insists that she doesn't want to talk
to anyone. Leigh pleads with Beryl to let her do the
dishes, then, but Beryl assures her that, all that time wondering
if she'd ever see again makes her appreciate the simple things,
like washing dishes and being able to see that they're clean.
They suddenly hear a noise at the front door and a male voice
calls, "Open up. Police here!" Leigh smiles that it's
Adam, and Beryl asks teasingly, "Professional or social,
do we think?!" She goes to open the door, and, as she does
so, Adam asks her how it's going. Beryl smiles that she's getting
better all the time. She invites him in and, as they head into
the lounge room, he laughs that he thought she must be
improving: this time, he didn't get a kettle thrown at him! They
head into the kitchen and Beryl comments that he doesn't look
as if he got much sleep. Adam explains that he nodded off for
an hour or so. He sits down with Leigh and goes on that they're
a bit short-staffed at the moment, so he volunteered to do a bit
of extra duty; he can't have Leigh going unprotected. Leigh comments
wryly that they don't seem too short-staffed to her;
they've had one police car after another checking on them... Adam
tells her that, if it's a bother, he can get them to keep a distance.
Beryl, though, quickly assures him that they appreciate it. Adam
then asks where David is, and Beryl replies that he's gone back
to pick up a few things that they didn't get on the first trip.
She adds that she doesn't know what's happened to him; he should
be back by now. Adam suggests that he's probably driving around
cooling off a bit. He goes on that it's lucky David is the level-headed
sort, not likely to do anything stupid. Leigh, suddenly looking
worried, asks Adam to take Shane. She hands her son over to him,
explaining as she does so that there's something she wants David
to bring back and she'll see if she can catch him on the 'phone.
The 'phone starts ringing in the kitchen at the country house.
Richard staggers in through the back door, clutching his chest
and panting heavily. He then collapses onto the floor. At Beryl's,
Leigh is standing with the 'phone in her hand, waiting for an
answer. At the country house, Richard manages to reach out with
his hand to grab the handset. As he lies there, unable to say
anything, Leigh asks, "David? Is that you?" There's
no answer and Leigh asks, "Hello? Who's there?" Richard
sniffs and cries weakly, "Help..." Leigh asks, "Who's
that?" Richard just murmurs, "I've been shot..."
Realisation dawning, Leigh asks, "Richard? Is that you? Can
you hear me?" In Sunbury, the 'phone suddenly falls out of
Richard's hand and his body becomes still. He's dead. In Albert
Park, Leigh says several times, "Hello.... hello...?"
but there's no answer. Beryl joins her from the kitchen and asks
her if she got David, but Leigh replies that he wasn't there.
Beryl asks her who she was talking to, then, and Leigh quickly
explains that she thought someone answered, but it was just a
crossed line. Seeing the look on the girl's face, Beryl tells
her that she's sure David will be alright, but Leigh replies that
it's not that: she guesses things are catching up with her and
she feels kind of shaky; maybe she should lie down for a bit?
Beryl agrees that that's a good idea. She then smiles that Adam
will be disappointed - she's sure she's the only reason he dropped
by for. Leigh just shrugs, "Yeah, well..." Beryl returns
to the kitchen to talk to Adam. Leigh turns and heads out through
the front door.
Jenny is sitting with Stephen at the living room table at the
Woombai homestead, telling him that Colin has always blamed her
for his father's death; somehow, he holds her responsible. Stephen
asks what makes her think that, and Jenny explains that, ever
since it happened, he's been distant... cold... polite enough
on the surface, but hating her underneath. Stephen asks her if
Colin has ever told her that. Jenny replies that he hasn't,
but she can sense it. Stephen suggests that maybe she's misinterpreting
it. The front door suddenly bangs shut and Stephen and Jenny look
round in anticipation. Colin and Andy come in and Jenny, seeing
the state of her son, asks in concern what happened. Colin tells
her that he went off walking and slipped down a bank; he caught
his ankle in a tree root and Andy had to climb down and get him
loose. Andy chips in that it's tricky country. With that, Colin
goes off to get cleaned up. When he's gone, Jenny demands of Andy,
"Alright, what really happened?" Andy replies
that, like he said, it's tricky country. Jenny, though, snaps
at him not to treat her like an idiot. She goes on that they can
all see how Colin's been behaving lately; she can guess what went
on. Andy just assures her that Colin is alright; they talked about
the way he feels and he won't do anything stupid now. He then
heads off to get cleaned up. Jenny stands there, looking worried,
and says to Stephen that she supposes she should just thank God
that Colin is alive. Stephen points out that she heard
what Andy said. Jenny, though, murmurs, "He was just saying
what Colin wanted him to say." Stephen agrees that
he probably was, but at least they're getting friendly; isn't
that what they wanted? Jenny cries, "I just want him to snap
out of it and be normal." Stephen assures her, "He
will. Give him a chance."
Leigh approaches the kitchen door from outside the country house;
the door is still open. She pauses before going in, but then steps
inside. The kitchen is in a mess. With the upturned table in the
way, she doesn't spot Richard lying there immediately - but as
she walks round, she suddenly notices him and walks over to him.
She bends down and asks quietly, "Richard?" She then
feels his pulse and realises he's dead. Looking shocked, she murmurs,
A few moments later, Leigh is dragging Richard's body outside.
Samantha is fixing up a vase of flowers at the Morrell apartment
when Caroline comes in. Samantha asks her if she got the help
she wanted, but Caroline replies airily that she just went to
see the lawyer about the trial, that's all. She sits down, and
Samantha comments that she thought it might have been more
than that. Caroline snaps, "No." Samantha suggests that
they go out and have a cup of coffee, but Caroline says she doesn't
feel like it. Samantha suggests that they go for a walk, then;
anything to forget the trial for a bit. Caroline, though, replies
that she's feeling too tired, and she adds that Samantha's not
to worry about her. Samantha offers her some coffee, but Caroline
says she'd prefer a scotch. Samantha, taking a glass down from
the bar, remarks, "I suppose I can understand. I mean, from
what I know of Wayne, some of the things he'd do would be enough
to upset anyone." Caroline looks at her sharply
and asks her what she's talking about. Samantha replies, "Well
it is something he's done that's upset you, isn't it?"
Caroline asks her why she should think that, and Samantha points
out that she went to see him yesterday and has been like this
ever since; she just assumed... Caroline snaps, "Well you
were wrong." Samantha says she's sorry. She then asks her
mother why she went to see him, then. Caroline, ignoring this,
just mutters, "Are you getting that drink for me or not?"
Samantha explains that they're out of it - someone's left an empty
bottle on the bar. Caroline says there'll be another bottle behind
the bar, but Samantha looks and says there isn't. She adds that
she'll go out and get some. As she heads to the door, she asks
her mother if she'll be alright for a few minutes, and Caroline
snaps that of course she will. Samantha heads out into the corridor
to find a man standing there. It's Ron, but she doesn't realise
this. He just indicates the door opposite and tells her, "Nobody
home..." Samantha accepts this and walks off. When she's
out of sight, Ron knocks on the door of the Morrell apartment
and Caroline goes to answer it. As she stares at him standing
there, he tells her, "Don't look so surprised. You
paid me a visit so why can't repay the courtesy?"
Caroline asks him what he wants, and he tells her that he doesn't
know why, but he's changed his mind. He asks, "What do you
want me to help you with?" Caroline smiles at him, gratefully.
At Woombai, Colin has a bandaged foot up on the coffee table.
Andy comes in and asks him how his foot is, and he replies
that it's not as bad as it looks. Andy then asks him if Stephen
is around, but Colin says he doesn't know where he is
- he and Jenny drove off somewhere a while ago. There's silence
for a few moments until Andy says, "It's more than the Jenny
and Stephen thing, isn't it, that's got you off your fence?"
Colin just looks at him. Andy goes on, "I don't know what's
bothering you, but you wonder what can be so bad that you'd want
to do yourself in without even talking about it." Colin stares
into space and then, after several seconds, replies, "I killed
my father." Andy stares at him in shock. Colin goes on bitterly,
"You wanted to know what it was? Well that's it: I killed
my father." Andy sits down slowly and asks how it happened.
Colin explains, "When I was a kid, he, um... he used to take
me on the tractor sometimes... when he was working... This one
day, he had to stop and shift a log that was caught-up underneath...
I bumped the handbrake and it rolled back..." Andy murmurs,
"That's awful... but it was an accident." Colin cries
that he didn't mean to do it. Andy tells him that it
wasn't his fault - he was just a kid - but Colin cries that he
was eleven. He adds that it wouldn't have happened
if he'd sat still like his father told him to, but he had to be
messing around and turning back in his seat to see what his father
was doing. Andy points out that kids do that,
but Colin mutters that he still killed him. Andy asks
if Jenny knows, but Colin shakes his head and replies, "Nobody
knows - except you - and I only told you because you risked your
life to drag me back up that cliff." Andy tells him that
he can't go through his whole life putting the screws into himself
over something that was not his fault; Jenny would say the same.
He suggests that Colin tell her and get it off his mind, but Colin
cries that she'd hate him and he could never face her again. He
adds that he only told Andy because he trusts him not to tell
anyone else; no one. Andy agrees reluctantly, "Whatever
you want - but I think you're mad."
Leigh is still dragging Richard's body along in the grounds at
the country house in Sunbury. His shirt is covered in blood. She
eventually stops next to the abandoned mineshaft and starts lifting
up one of the large wooden panels that's covering it. She moves
it enough to reveal a decent-sized gap, and she then grabs Richard's
legs and drags him over to the hole, panting heavily as she pushes
his body down through the opening...