At Beryl's, Beryl, Leigh and David are sitting at the living
room table as Adam, who's standing with another officer, asks
David if he's saying he shot Richard Crampton. David, though,
retorts that he's saying someone else must have; he
fired over his head. Adam points out that David had the gun. David,
though, retorts that he had a gun; someone else must
have been around. Adam asks, "Whose?" but David says
he doesn't know. The other officer asks him why he took a day
to tell them, and David explains that he panicked; he threw Crampton's
body down a mineshaft-- Leigh suddenly interrupts and cries, "That's
not true." David warns, "Leigh..." but Leigh insists
that there's no need to protect her. She stands up and tells Adam
and the other officer that the mineshaft was her idea;
she was the one who found the body and she thought that
if she got rid of it, that would be the end of it. The second
officer tells her and David that they'll have to come down to
the station. Leigh glares at Beryl and snaps, "Satisfied?"
She then storms out.
Irene knocks on the door of the Morrell apartment. Caroline is
just coming along the corridor, though, and Irene congratulates
her on the court case. She opens the door and the two of them
head inside. Irene takes out the letter and, handing it to Caroline,
asks, "Is this yours?" Caroline stares at her and asks,
"How on earth did you get hold of this?" Irene explains,
"I played burglar while you were all at court..."
At Beryl's, Beryl is playing with Shane in his playpen, telling
him that mummy and granddad will be home soon. The 'phone suddenly
rings and Beryl dashes to answer it, looking hopeful of good news.
However, there are STD pips and Charlie comes on. She tells Beryl
that she's so sorry about Jim, and Beryl thanks her. Charlie then
asks if Leigh is around, but Beryl explains that she isn't at
the moment; she and David are with the police - they might be
charging David with Richard Crampton's death and Leigh as an accessory.
Charlie exclaims, "You're joking? What on earth happened?"
Beryl explains that Richard was shot - accidentally,
of course - and David said he couldn't have done it, but he was
the only one with a gun. Charlie immediately announces that she's
coming down. Beryl insists that there's no need for that, but
Charlie tells her that she'll be on the next 'plane. Beryl accepts
this and then asks her if she could call into the boarding house
on the way; she's been trying to contact Fiona but can't get her.
Charlie assures her, "Of course, darling," and adds
that she'll see Beryl in a few hours.
Leigh is sitting in an interview room at a police station, looking
nervous. She tells a detective sitting opposite her that she didn't
know what to do at first; then she remembered the mineshaft. The
detective tells her to go on. Leigh continues, "So I dragged
him out of the house--" Another detective chips in, "Must
have been quite a job?" Leigh just insists that she had to
do it. She goes on that she pushed Richard in and pushed the cover
on so that no one would find him. The first detective thanks her.
Leigh then asks, "What will happen to my father?" The
detective replies, "Officially, I wouldn't like to say. If
he's telling the truth, nothing. If ballistics prove otherwise,
he'll probably be charged with manslaughter." Leigh looks
At the Morrell apartment, Irene picks up a cup of coffee and
says to Caroline, "I can see why you were worried."
Caroline asks, "What if Wayne had run into him?" but
Irene explains that Barbara 'phoned and Wayne had already left
for Woombai. Caroline realises that he couldn't have run into
Ron, then. Irene says she can't understand why Caroline didn't
tell Barbara that Wayne was blackmailing her in the first place.
Caroline sighs, "Because of what was in the letter - obviously."
She stands up and explains, "It's to do with Samantha - when
she was involved with the cult. They did some things... terribly
sick...; they even videotaped it. When Stephen and I
went over to bring her back home, we were going to sue them. They
said that if we did, they'd make copies of the tapes and put them
out on the market. Samantha doesn't know anything about it - she
was so brainwashed, she can hardly remember anything.
If she found out, she'd just die..." Irene points
out that there's no reason why she should. She adds,
"I didn't read it." Caroline cries that she
shouldn't have written the letter, but she needed someone to talk
to and she never though Amanda would keep it." The
front door suddenly opens and Caroline quickly sits on the letter
as Samantha comes in with a bottle of champagne. She tells Caroline
that there was a call for her earlier; the guy seemed pretty put-out
when she said Caroline wasn't in. Caroline asks who it was. Samantha
replies that he didn't say, but he left a message and said he'd
call back later: something about it had all gone wrong and he
didn't know what to do. Caroline asks where he was 'phoning from,
but Samantha replies that he didn't say that, either. She asks
if it makes any sense, but Caroline shakes her head and, looking
worried, tells her, "Not to me..."
A short time later, Irene is alone with Caroline and asks her
if she thinks it was Ron. Caroline agrees that it must have been,
but she doesn't know what he means about it all having gone wrong.
Irene suggests that he probably means not being able to find the
letter. Caroline, though, adds, "Or else he ran into Wayne..."
Irene tells her that there's no point panicking; she should give
Wayne time to reach Woombai and then check if he's arrived; get
stuck into the bubbly and forget all about it for a while!
Later that day, Beryl is serving a tray of tea things to Charlie
and Fiona, who are sitting at her living room table. As she does
so, she tells Fiona that she didn't expect her to fly down; she
only wanted to talk to her. Fiona explains that she knew
how upset Beryl would be and she's not one to upset her friends.
Charlie asks if David and Leigh are still at the police station
and Beryl sighs that they've been there all afternoon. The front
door suddenly bangs and Leigh comes in. Beryl asks what happened,
but before she answers, Leigh asks Charlie and Fiona brightly
what they're doing there. Charlie explains that they heard that
she and David were in a spot of bother. Beryl asks where David
is, and Leigh explains that they're still holding him. Beryl asks
if they've charged him, but Leigh replies that they're still checking
the evidence - ballistics and all that. Beryl says she hopes he's
alright, but Leigh retorts, "Bit late to worry now..."
She turns to Charlie and Fiona and asks them nastily if Beryl
told them that it was all her fault. Fiona retorts dismissively,
"No, she didn't." Leigh goes on, "Well, if she
hadn't have opened her big mouth, nothing would have happened."
Beryl points out that David told the police, not her.
Leigh retorts that David wouldn't have known about Richard if
Beryl hadn't told him, but Beryl points out, "I
wouldn't have known if you hadn't told me. The buck stops
with you, madam." Charlie suddenly stands up and,
changing the subject, says breezily that she'd love to see Shane.
Leigh goes to get him for his bath and Charlie goes with her.
Beryl sits down as Fiona growls that there are times when she
could strangle that girl. Beryl tells her that Mike and
Heather arrive today for Jim's funeral tomorrow; she'd hoped David
could come along, but... Fiona suggests gently, "Just wait
Jenny sets down a vase of flowers on the living room table at
Woombai. Stephen comes in and, after commenting on the strength
of the wind, he slips a ring onto Jenny's finger, telling her,
"Just a little something to go with the marriage certificate."
Jenny hugs him and cries that it's lovely - but she wonders how
Colin will take it. Stephen insists that he'll be fine, but Jenny
says she doesn't know; she thinks they should keep it to themselves
for a little while. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Jenny
answers it. STD pips sound and Caroline comes on and asks if Stephen
is there. Stephen takes the handset from his fiancée and
asks Caroline how the court case went. Caroline explains that
she got off with a stiff fine. She then asks if Wayne has arrived
yet. Stephen muses, "No... Gordon said he was on his way,
but he hasn't shown up yet." Caroline comments that he should
have been there by now. Stephen asks her if she wants
to talk to him when he does get there, and Caroline replies, "Yes,
thanks." Stephen asks if he can help, but Caroline
says she'll wait and talk to Wayne. She hangs up, looking concerned.
A while later, Caroline is letting Irene and Roland into the
apartment, and she apologises to Irene for dragging her back again.
Irene asks what's happened, as she sounded pretty upset on the
'phone. Caroline turns to Roland and tells him that she wanted
to apologise. Roland, however, assures her that there's no need:
Irene explained - and he knows what Wayne's like: he told
him that he intended to get him out of the company. Irene asks
if Ron has been in touch, but Caroline cries that he hasn't and
Wayne hasn't got to Woombai. She cries, "Supposing Ron has
killed him?" Roland asks if he might have. Caroline
rants that she doesn't know - he's mentally unstable - and she
can't call the police because they'll find out about the letter...
and about the videotape... Roland suggests that Ron might not
have killed Wayne, but might have him bailed-up somewhere.
Irene adds that Wayne might simply have got a flat tyre on the
way to Woombai. Caroline asks why Ron has disappeared, then, but
Irene says she doesn't know; they'll just have to wait until he
David is sitting in an interview room at the police station.
A detective sits down opposite him and asks him if he still claims
he fired over Crampton's head. David retorts that he
was trying to warn him off. The detective asks, "But he kept
on running?" David sighs, "Yes. I was firing in the
air." The detective then asks him if he never heard any other
shots and David confirms, "No." He goes on that he doesn't
know what happened, but he knows he couldn't have hit him. Another
detective tells him that that's not much use as an alibi: they
haven't received a ballistics report yet, but he's been speaking
to pathology: Crampton was shot in the chest from a few feet away.
David looks shocked as the detective adds, "No chance of
this being manslaughter now. Uh-uh. Either we're after
a mysterious person with a gun - that no one heard or saw - or
you murdered Richard Crampton."
Beryl, Charlie, Leigh and Fiona are all in the kitchen at Beryl's.
Charlie tells Leigh not to worry - she'll see that David gets
the best lawyers in Melbourne. Leigh snaps that she shouldn't
have had to get anyone. There's suddenly a knock on the
back door and Beryl opens it to find Adam standing there. She
invites him in and asks if there's any news of David. Adam, though,
explains that he's just come off duty; he hasn't been back to
the station. He adds that he's sorry - he had to take
him in. Beryl assures him that he had no choice. Leigh snaps at
Beryl, "You did," but Fiona tells her not to
start that again. Leigh storms out, ranting that she sometimes
wonders if Charlie, Beryl and Fiona really care or if doing the
right thing is more important than trying to help a friend.
Beryl invites Adam to stay for dinner and he accepts. A gleam
in her eye, Charlie smiles at him, "Come and sit down,"
and she flirtatiously indicates the seat next to her own...!
Colin, Stephen and Jenny are having dinner at Woombai. Stephen
is saying that Wayne's going to be going over the new development
scheme tomorrow; Ken's going to support it this time, so they
should get it through council. Colin looks miles away, and Stephen
comments to him that he supposes he'd rather be in town at the
disco. Colin, though, muses that you can't dance with a sprained
ankle. Stephen tells him, "Then you'll just have to celebrate
with us." Colin stares at him and he explains, "Jenny
and I are engaged." Colin looks down at his plate and mutters,
"Congratulations ." Jenny puts her hand on his and tells
him that they wanted him to be the first to know. He pulls his
hand away, though. Jenny pleads, "Colin, please...
I loved Ralph. I won't ever forget him - we had a good
life together - but he's gone. Try to understand." Colin
stares at her and then nods, "Yeah, I know. It's hard, that's
all. Just don't ask me to make a speech at the wedding, OK?"
Jenny smiles weakly at Stephen, looking partially relieved.
Beryl is serving up dinner in her living room. Charlie asks if
she should call Leigh, but Beryl tells her that she'll come when
she's ready. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and David
comes in. Looking surprised to see him, Beryl asks what happened,
and he announces, "They let me off!" Leigh comes in
and gives him a relieved hug. Beryl asks if it's just for tonight,
but David explains that the ballistics proved that the bullet
that killed Crampton was from another gun. Adam asks if they know
whose, and David tells him, "They reckon Stafford. He must
have had another gun in the car and a silencer. Crampton must
have threatened him or something and Stafford shot him. They had
a bit of a barney when I had them bailed up." Beryl
points out that the main thing is that it's over, but David reminds
her that they haven't found Stafford yet; they're out
of the woods, though. Changing the subject, he asks Charlie and
Fiona when they got in, and Charlie explains that it was this
afternoon: she and Fiona rushed down to save him from the gallows!
David laughs. Still hugging Leigh, he tells her to cheer up. The
two of them head into the kitchen. At the dinner table, Fiona
smiles that they can all relax now. Charlie looks at Adam and
flirts, "I feel as if you're waiting for me to slip the family
silver in my handbag!" Adam, looking puzzled, asks, "Sorry?!"
Charlie explains, "The uniform, darling. I can't wait to
see you out of it - in ordinary clothes, I mean...!"
In the kitchen, David tells a glum-looking Leigh that it's all
over. Leigh cries that it's all her fault: she should have stayed
in Sydney. David hugs her again and reminds her, "You're
my daughter." Leigh murmurs that she hasn't acted
like one, but David assures her that she hasn't done too badly
lately: it took a lot of guts to hide Crampton's body and not
many kids would stick their neck out that far for their old man.
Beryl comes in and asks David if she'd like him to serve-up for
him. David, though, explains that he had something down at the
station. Beryl says she's glad it's all over and David agrees
that so is he. Back at the living room table, Charlie flirts with
Adam, "Are you sure you wouldn't like a second helping, officer?
A good-looking young man like you needs to keep his strength up!"
Adam muses, "No thanks - and my name's Adam." Charlie
realises that they've haven't been properly introduced, and she
introduces Fiona and herself. Adam comments that 'Charlie' is
a funny name for a woman, and Charlie explains that it's 'Charlotte',
actually. Fiona laughs, "And the rest!" Charlie, glaring
at her, sighs, "Alright..." She then tells Adam, "To
be perfectly frank, it's 'Agatha Charlotte'. I'll never forgive
my parents for calling me that - I mean, do I look like
an Agatha?" Adam suddenly appears to be deep in thought,
and he asks her what her surname is. Charlie tells him, "Bartlett
- two Ts; well, three if you count the one in the middle! But
my friends call me Charlie." Adam suddenly stands up and
says he'd better get going. He heads off, leaving a surprised-looking
Charlie to ask Fiona, "Was it something I said?" Fiona
replies, "Search me." She then adds, "I quite like
A short time later, Fiona suggests that they break out the bubbly.
David and Leigh come in and David says he's got some tinnies in
the 'fridge. Charlie, though, tells him that he'll find some bottles
in there! Leigh asks what happened to Adam, and Fiona tells her
that he apologised but he had to go. Charlie muses that he's an
odd young man, but Leigh replies that she likes him:
he's really nice and he gets on great with Shane. Fiona calls
to Beryl, who's standing by the 'phone, and asks her if she's
going to join them. Beryl explains that she was just thinking
of the funeral tomorrow. She heads into the kitchen, where she
tells David, who's at the 'fridge, that Heather rang today: she
and Mike would like him to go to the funeral. David assures her
that he'll be there. He suddenly notices Leigh standing in the
doorway and, with several tinnies in his hand, smiles, "Hey,
champ! You old enough to drink?!" Leigh smiles weakly, "You
just watch me, sport!" David heads back into the lounge room.
Leigh asks Beryl if she's got a moment. Beryl stares at her and
Leigh tells her, "I'm sorry for saying it was your fault.
I knew it wasn't, but I just say stupid things sometimes."
Beryl suggests curtly that they just forget it. Leigh pleads,
"Beryl, please. Look, I know I'm usually the one
who ends up snapping, but when I'm under pressure, well, it's
like a defence. It's just me, I suppose, but... I don't want us
to fight." Beryl nods, "I know." Leigh asks, "Would
you mind if I came to Jim's funeral too?" Beryl smiles weakly,
"It probably would be nice if you did."
The next morning, Colin joins his mother and Stephen as they
have breakfast at Woombai. He asks where Andy is and Stephen explains
that he went out early: the wind took the roof off one of the
sheds last night. Colin says he'll go and give him a hand. Jenny
tells him to have some breakfast, but Colin says he'll have some
later. Jenny insists that he's got to eat something,
and Colin retorts, "I will - later."
Jenny pleads, "Colin..." and he gives in and sits down.
Jenny asks Stephen if there was any other damage and Stephen replies
that there were some power lines down and a couple of trees uprooted
in the top paddock; it could have been worse. He then asks Colin
if he'd like to come with him to see how the men are getting on
with clearing it. Colin looks at Jenny, who nods gently. Colin
smiles at Stephen, "Yeah, sure. OK."
A while later, Colin is sitting in the passenger seat in Stephen's
jeep as Stephen drives along a track in the grounds. Stephen tells
him, "Jenny wants me to talk to you, but you're not too keen,
are you?" Colin asks him what he wants to talk about, and
Stephen replies, "You're upset about us getting married."
Colin mutters that it's not his business, but Stephen
tells him that of course it is; Jenny wants them all to be happy.
He stops the jeep, turns off the engine and sits there. He then
asks, "Colin, is it just me or would you feel like this about
any bloke your mother wanted to marry?" Colin hesitates
and then says, "No... it's not you. You're not my dad."
Stephen insists that he's not trying to be. He goes on,
"You really miss him, don't you? And now you feel you're
going to lose Jenny too?" Colin murmurs, "I hardly remember
my real mother. Jenny's always been mum."
Stephen assures him, "I couldn't take her away from you if
I wanted to - and that's the reason that I'm... well,
asking for your consent, I suppose." Colin tells him to come
off it, but Stephen insists that he's serious. He continues, "Your
dad remarried after your mother died; you accepted Jenny."
Colin muses that he was just a kid then. Stephen assures him,
"I don't want you to forget your father. I just want you
to accept me so we can all get along. If you want to talk to me
about anything... an older person... problems with girlfriends
or something... Well, what do you think?" Colin looks at
The 'phone is ringing at the Morrell apartment and Samantha dashes
to answer it. STD pips sound as Caroline comes in from the bedroom.
Ron comes on and asks if Caroline's there. Samantha asks who's
calling, but Ron just retorts, "Is she there? I gotta talk
to her." Samantha tells him to hang on. She then turns to
her mother and tells her that it's a weirdo. She hands over the
'phone and heads out. Caroline says on the 'phone, "Ron?"
Stephen has pulled his jeep up near to where a worker is using
a chainsaw to chop down a tree. The two of them get out and Colin
comments to Stephen that he thinks the bloke with the chainsaw
is doing more damage than the storm! Stephen laughs and explains
that they guy must be clearing for the new access road. Colin
remarks that it's a pity the tree has to come down, but Stephen
tells him that, to be perfectly honest, he didn't know it was:
he thought the road was going in further down towards the creek.
The guy with the chainsaw suddenly starts running away as the
tree begins to topple. He yells at Stephen and Colin, "Watch
out." They suddenly realise that the falling tree is heading
straight for them. The guy with the chainsaw runs towards them
and pushes Stephen out of the way. Colin steps backwards and trips
and lands on the ground as the tree crashes down in front of him.
Stephen and the worker disappear from his sight. After a few seconds,
Colin manages to get up and he starts hunting round for the others.
He funds Stephen underneath several large branches and, looking
terrified, he asks him if he's OK. Stephen replies that he thinks
so, but he can't get out. Colin asks what they do; there's too
much for him to move. Stephen tells him that Fred could be badly
hurt; he's going to have to get the tractor to pull it off. Colin
stands up and says, "No, no, I'll go and get help."
He starts walking off. Stephen, though, calls out to him to insist,
"The tractor." As Colin stops in his tracks, he cries,