The flames start growing bigger, but Wayne and Caroline are powerless
to move. Ron and Roland keep on struggling and Roland eventually
manages to lay a knock-out blow on Ron. He then runs over to Caroline,
who pleads with him to hurry. He starts undoing the ropes, but
tells her that she's tightened them by struggling so much. Wayne
tries to make noises through his gag, but Roland ignores him.
He manages to untie Caroline's legs and he leads her outside.
Wayne finds himself left sitting there, tied up and alone with
an unconscious Ron.
Outside, Roland lies Caroline down on the ground. She starts
struggling to untie her hands.
Back inside, Wayne makes noises that sound like, "Roland..."
Roland comes back in, pulls his gag off and, without even undoing
the ropes around him, starts dragging him outside. Wayne looks
across at Ron, who's just beginning to come-to, but Roland just
calls to him to get the hell out of there. They head outside,
leaving Ron alone, trapped by the flames and looking terrified.
Outside, Roland lies Wayne down next to Caroline. He asks her
if she saw Ron come out, but Caroline says she didn't. Roland
tells her to help Wayne; he's going back. Caroline
cries that he can't, but Roland insists that he can't
leave Ron in there. Caroline warns him, "But you
mustn't." Roland, however, insists, "I've got to try,"
and he heads back towards the flames.
Andy is sitting with Irene in her apartment at the boarding house;
Irene is crying that Roland should never have gone after Caroline.
Andy asks why he didn't just tell the police, and Irene explains
that the whole story would have come out about the tapes and the
letter and they didn't want Samantha to get hurt. Andy suddenly
says, "I've got to help them. Where is he?" Irene, though,
mutters that she doesn't know - the Blue Mountains somewhere.
Andy growls that a fat lot of good that is. Irene asks
him tetchily why it's suddenly so important, as he didn't want
to know the man when he tried to patch things up. Andy
explains more calmly that he's realised a few things about himself
the last couple of days; the reason he's back is... he wants to
make up for the way he's behaved. Irene warns him that he may
have left it too late, and Andy asks her if she thinks it's really
that bad. Irene sighs, "Come on, Andy, the man's a maniac;
Roland's not used to dealing with people like that." She
stands up, looking pained, before snapping, "God, it's all
so stupid when you think it's all about a damned letter that should
have been destroyed in the first place." With that, she storms
off to her room, leaving Andy looking worried.
Roland is coughing as he emerges from the burning fishing shack.
He's on his own. He cries, "God, my arm," as he clutches
it. Wayne, who's on his feet, asks if it's bad, but Roland says
it isn't - he just knocked it getting out of the house. He then
adds, "I tried, I tried, but I didn't have a chance - there
was so much smoke and then the roof caved in..." They look
at the building, which is completely covered in flames, and Wayne
murmurs, "I haven't seen him come out." Caroline cries,
"He couldn't have survived that, and it's my fault..."
At Woombai, Stephen asks on the 'phone, "Is everything alright?"
Wayne replies that it's fine - he'll be up there tomorrow. Stephen
tells him that he wondered what had happened when he hadn't turned
up. Wayne just asks, "If dad rings, could you cover? Tell
him I'm there but I've gone out for a while, or something?"
Stephen asks if there's any particular reason, but Wayne just
replies that he'll tell him later. Stephen accepts this and they
hang up. Wayne is at Irene's, with Andy, Roland, Irene and Caroline,
and Andy sighs that he can't tell them what a relief it is to
see them all. Looking at Roland, he then asks what the police
had to say, but Roland explains nervously that he doesn't know;
he just rang the fire brigade and said he'd seen a house on fire
and maybe there was somebody trapped inside. Caroline adds that
they can't have the police asking questions - if the news got
out, Samantha would realise that there were video tapes of her
doing those things with the cult and it would destroy her. Looking
at Wayne, Roland growls, "It would cause a lot of trouble
for other people, too..." Wayne looks away, sheepishly.
Andy goes on that, all the same, a man has died; they have to
tell the police what has happened. Roland, though, retorts that
it's not as black-and-white as that; enough people have suffered
already, so they should just leave it. Andy looks at him incredulously
and mutters that it seems to be the easy way out to him.
He stands up, looking annoyed. Wayne asks if he can stay the night,
as he's not going up to Woombai until tomorrow, and Irene agrees
that that would be a very good idea. With that, she picks up a
tray of tea things and heads out to the kitchen. Wayne looks at
Caroline and says carefully, "Now that it's all over, I wondered
if we could just forget what happened - between us, that is?"
Caroline mutters in disbelief, "Forget?" and
Wayne admits that he doesn't suppose that's possible. He suggests
that they could at least call it quits, then. He adds that he
doesn't expect her to forgive him, but can't they at least try
to get on? - it would make things a lot easier for the family
- and the company. Caroline stares at him and tells him, "I'm
withdrawing my objection to Roland being in the company."
Wayne murmurs that he guessed that. He then turns to Roland and
tells him that he owes him a lot. Roland mutters, "It's a
pity it had to take all this to bring you to your senses."
Caroline tells Wayne curtly that she thinks she ought to make
it perfectly clear that she doesn't want to have anything more
to do with him from now on - except to discuss business. Wayne
looks down at the floor, guiltily.
At Beryl's, Leigh is sitting with Charlie in the lounge room
as David hangs up the 'phone and exclaims, "About time: good
news!" Fiona comes in and suggests that they keep their voices
down: Beryl has only just managed to get to sleep - she was very
upset after the funeral this morning and she doesn't want her
to go waking up again. She then asks what the good news is, and
David explains that that was the police: they've picked up Stafford
and he confessed to killing Crampton - all of which means that
they can go back home. Leigh smiles that that's fab. She then
tells Charlie that she can come and stay with them, and Charlie
agrees quietly that that would be nice. David adds that it'll
give Charlie a chance to see where her money's gone to. He then
realises that he's starving, and he and Leigh head into the kitchen
to see what there is to eat. When they've gone, Fiona asks Charlie,
"Why on earth didn't you tell them that Adam is your son?"
Charlie explains that she's not sure he really is - he's
got the same name, but that could be a coincidence. Fiona points
out that he's the right age, too. Charlie sighs that Adam walked
away from her, and if he were really her son, she doesn't
believe he'd do that. Fiona points out that it's been
fifteen years; it would have come as a bit of a shock to him.
Charlie cries that it's a difficult time for her, too
- she left Eric because of the children; because she
cared for them: it wasn't fair if she and Eric were constantly
at each other's throats. Fiona sympathises that it must have been
a very difficult situation. She then asks Charlie why she didn't
take the children with her, and Charlie explains, "Eric
had quite a hold over them. I suppose that's what's happened in
the years in-between: he's managed to make sure they never want
to have anything to do with me. Even when I visited them in the
early days, it was obvious he was getting at them." Fiona
comments that that pretty much goes to show the way Adam's been
behaving. Charlie says she doesn't know what she should do. Fiona,
though, says she thinks she knows what Charlie should
do, if she can say so. Charlie assures her that she'd be grateful
for any advice. Fiona tells her, "Be realistic about
it. It's been years since they've seen you. They've got their
own lives to lead; you've got yours. Why don't you leave
it that way? If you force the issue, there's going to be one hell
of a battle and you'll probably end up losing." Charlie sighs
that that's probably the sensible way to look at it, but seeing
Adam again as a young man, she just wants to let him and Sally
know that she hasn't forgotten them - and that she still loves
them very much. She asks if that's such a bad thing to want, and
Fiona shakes her head, sympathetically.
Adam is lying on a couch in the lounge room of an apartment,
staring at a young woman who's sitting a nearby table, some books
and papers in front of her. He stands up and she mutters, "Adam,
for heaven's sake, what's wrong?" Adam retorts that he can't
concentrate on his book. The young woman sighs heavily and returns
to her work. Adam then asks her, "Do you ever think about
our mother?" The young woman - Sally Tate - asks, "Pamela?"
Adam, though, replies, "No, our real mother."
He sits down at the table and Sally says she hardly remembers
her: all that sticks in her head is some strange woman calling
every so often with a lot of expensive presents. She adds that,
from what their dad says, she wasn't much of a mother even when
she was with them. Adam agrees that that's what he
remembers, too. Sally then asks him what put that in his head,
but Adam just retorts that, like he said, he couldn't concentrate
on his book. Sally comments that he must be desperate for something
to think about. Adam goes and sits back down on the couch, looking
Charlie is talking on the 'phone at Beryl's, saying, "It
doesn't really matter who I am. Are you sure he's stationed
there?" A man on the other end replies, "I'm sorry,
madam, but we can't give out the addresses of any of our officers."
Charlie exclaims that that's ridiculous: it's something personal
and it's very important. The man at the other end tells her to
give him her name and address and telephone number and he might
be able to pass it on to the constable. Charlie asks, "Why
can't you simply give it to me? I assure you I'm not a crazed
criminal or anything." The man tells her that it's a matter
of security. Charlie snaps sarcastically, "I see. Well, thankyou
so much for your help," and she hangs up. She then mutters,
"Really..." From where she's sitting on the couch, Leigh
asks what the problem is. Charlie explains that all she wanted
was Adam's address, but you'd think she was trying to breach national
security or something. Leigh stares at her and then says, "I
can give it to you - he wrote it down with his 'phone number in
case I needed any help." Charlie exclaims, "Thankyou.
I need it." Leigh asks why, and Charlie realises,
"I suppose I should tell you..."
It's late at night, and Sally is sitting alone in the lounge
room at the apartment she lives in with Adam. There's suddenly
a knock at the front door, and she looks at her watch in surprise.
She then goes and opens the door. Charlie waltzes in and immediately
says, "I'm sorry to call so late, but I'd like to see Adam."
Looking surprised, Sally tells her that he's asleep at the moment.
She adds that if Charlie would like to call back tomorrow, he's
rostered off for the day. Charlie suggests that, in that case,
it won't matter if they wake him. Sally, though, retorts that
she's terribly sorry, but he's very tired; she has no intention
of waking him now. Charlie insists that it's very important. Sally
retorts that she's sure it is, but another few hours can't make
that much difference. Charlie snaps, "It can to me,"
and she stands there." Sally growls, "Look, I said I'm
sorry, but you'll just have to wait." Charlie, though, walks
further into the apartment and tells her, "No little chit
of a girlfriend is going to tell me what I'll do." Sally
stares at her incredulously and demands, "Just who are you?"
Charlie retorts, "I am his mother and I'd like to see him."
Sally stares at her in shock and mouths, "His mother?"
She then goes on, "Well if you're his mother, you
must be mine, too." At that moment, Adam comes in,
putting on his dressing gown and asking what the racket is. Suddenly
noticing Charlie, he demands to know what the hell she's doing
there. Charlie cries that he didn't give her a chance this afternoon;
she wants to explain to him - to both of them. Adam snaps
that there's nothing to say to each other. Charlie pleads with
him to give her a chance, but Adam retorts that he thinks she
lost that a long time ago. He then orders her to clear out and
please not come back.
A few moments later, Charlie snaps that she's simply not moving
from there until they at least listen to her. Adam mutters that
they're not interested. Charlie cries that she can see that it
wouldn't be easy for them to regard her as a friend, but they
could at least understand why she couldn't stay with them both.
Adam growls, "I know all I need to know." Charlie mutters,
"From your father, I suppose?" Adam asks why he shouldn't
have told the truth. Sally chips in and asks Charlie why she's
come back after so long. Charlie cries, "It was an accident.
I didn't know where you were." Adam mutters, "At least
you're telling the truth about that." Charlie turns
to him and goes on that she's a great believer in fate; it was
a great coincidence meeting him the way she did; doesn't he think
that means something? Sally turns to Adam and demands
to know why he didn't tell her that he'd met Charlie, and Adam
explains that he didn't know how she'd take it; she's got her
exams and essays to worry about. Sally suggests that now that
it has happened, the least they can do is give Charlie
a chance to explain. Adam, though, snaps that she doesn't deserve
it - from what their dad said, she's had plenty of chances.
Sally points out that things change, but Adam retorts, "Not
for me... I don't like what I remember." He then
asks Charlie to please go. Charlie tells him softly that she had
hoped she might be able to make it up to him after all these years,
but if that's the way he feels... She then tells Sally that it
was nice at least to see her. She heads to the door and,
after taking a final look at her children, she goes.
The next morning, Roland is sitting with Irene in her flat at
the boarding house, and she asks him if his arm still hurts. Roland
smiles, "Nope, not a bit." Wayne comes out from his
bedroom and announces that he's ready to leave. He then thanks
Roland, adding that he'll never forget what he did. Roland assures
him, "I won't, either!" Irene says to Wayne,
"You realise you'll probably see each other up at Woombai?
Roland's been invited to Jenny and Stephen's engagement party."
Wayne just murmurs, "Oh, right," and he heads out. When
he's gone, Irene comments to Roland that Wayne looks a lot more
subdued that she's seen for a long time. Roland points out that
it was a hell of an experience for all of them... Changing
the subject, Irene offers him some breakfast. He stares at her
and says seriously, "Irene, it's going to be good. You know
that, don't you?" Irene smiles, "Of course - my breakfasts
always are!" With that, she kisses him and heads
off to the kitchen!
Caroline is sitting reading a newspaper at the Morrell apartment
when Samantha emerges from her room and, looking surprised, asks
her mother what she's doing up so early. Caroline explains that
she wanted to get up to get the papers as soon as they came out.
Staring at her, Samantha asks, "All three of them?!"
Caroline quickly tells her that she's been thinking about the
apartment: it's been depressing her with all the things that have
gone on; she's been thinking about moving out, and the real estate
section's good today. Samantha smiles, "Yes, I'd
go along with a move - provided wherever we go has a decent washing
machine!" Caroline laughs, "Right: condition of renting,
one decent washing machine!" Samantha then asks her seriously
if she's alright, and Caroline quickly replies that she's fine.
Samantha comments that she came in late enough last night. She
then adds that, in fact, she's been pretty funny ever since that
Ron guy started ringing. She goes on that it's starting to get
her down, the way Caroline is keeping secrets and behaving so
strangely; she looks as though she's near to collapse and she
wants to know what's happening. Caroline, though, glares at her
and snaps, "Samantha, get off my back; I've been doing it
for your s--" She breaks off as she realises what
she's about to say, but it's too late, and Samantha asks, "Doing
what?" Caroline tells her to forget it, and she
stands up and announces that she's going out. Samantha pleads,
"Mum..." but Caroline just tells her, "I won't
be too long," and she goes, leaving Samantha looking puzzled.
Roland and Irene are having breakfast at Irene's, and Roland
is telling Irene that he thinks a surgery near the shops would
be most practical. There's suddenly a knock at the door and Andy
comes in. Irene offers him some breakfast and he sits down. Irene
heads off to get some more coffee. Roland says, "Morning,"
to Andy, and Andy asks him how he's feeling. Roland smiles, "A
lot better than yesterday, I can tell you!" Andy then tells
him, "I'm sorry if I came on a bit strong last night. I think
a lot of it was because I was really worried about you - sort
of a nervous reaction, or something." Roland, though, says
he thinks he should be the one saying sorry; he just
hopes Andy realises how bad yesterday was. Andy assures him that
of course he does. He then goes on that Woombai was good
for him - it gave him time to think; he met a guy up there - about
the same age as him - and he was so upset about his father's death
that he tried to kill himself; it made him realise how
stupid he'd been, having a father that he didn't want to know.
Roland smiles, "I can't think of anything I'd like more than
to have a son. I mean, too many years without him..." Irene
comes back in with the coffee and, sitting down, smiles at Andy,
"You can pour!"
A while later, Andy is holding an umbrella upside down as Roland
tells him how to play a hook shot. Andy swings the umbrella back
and forth before asking, "You realise trying to teach me
to play cricket is... I don't know... trying to teach you
to be a DJ!" Roland laughs, "Who said I wouldn't
be a great DJ?!" There's suddenly a knock at the door and
Irene goes to get it. Caroline is standing there, and she bursts
in and tells Irene that she's been all through the papers and
there isn't a mention of the fire. She adds that she even thought
of 'phoning up the police and asking them if there's been anything
reported; anyone been injured. Roland suggests that she wait for
the afternoon papers - it was too early to report in the morning
editions. Caroline, though, insists, looking panicky, "I
know what's happened. Ron's alive. I bet he's alive and
he's waiting his chance to come and get me." Irene tells
her she needs some rest, and she leads her off to the bedroom
to get her something to calm her down. Roland looks at Andy.
At the Morrell apartment, Samantha is holding a pile of washing,
which she's carrying from the bedroom across to the kitchen. As
she passes through the lounge room area, she drops one of the
items on the floor by the bar - and the letter from Caroline to
Amanda falls out. Samantha picks up the item of clothing, but
doesn't notice the letter lying on the floor...
The back door opens at the country house and David walks in with
Charlie and Leigh - who's carrying Shane - and smiles that it's
good to be home! Leigh suddenly notices the microwave and asks
when it arrived. She then spots the curtains as well, and David
asks what's been going on there. Leigh looks at Charlie and smiles,
"I'd say a woman's been having a go at the place!" David
tells Charlie that he thought they decided to leave it
for the time being. Charlie just replies blankly, "I'm sorry,
David. I can return it all, if you like." David, though,
comments that it's done and it looks great. With that, he announces
that he'd better get out and get stuck into the garden. He heads
off, leaving Leigh and Charlie alone. Leigh looks at the sad expression
on Charlie's face and sighs, "It's Adam, isn't it?"
Charlie murmurs, "And my daughter - they just didn't
want to know me; well, certainly not Adam. So I left the flat
and decided that was it." She goes on sadly, "Oh, but
I can't, Leigh. I can't just forget I saw them again.
I have to make them understand." She then asks Leigh if she
could ring Adam. Leigh asks what good that would do,
and Charlie reminds her that she and Adam get on so well; he'd
come over if she asked him. Leigh asks dubiously, "And
not tell him you're here?" Charlie insists, "It
would give me a chance to talk with him again." Leigh points
out that he won't like it. Charlie looks at her imploringly, and
Leigh sighs, "Alright - but I wouldn't bank on him staying
long." Charlie thanks her, gratefully.
A few minutes later, at the Tate apartment, Sally puts the 'phone
receiver down on the table and calls to Adam that it's for him.
He comes in and picks it up and Leigh comes on. She asks how things
are and he replies that they're not bad. She then asks him if
he's on duty today, but he tells her that it's his day off. Leigh
suggests that they do something, then. Adam exclaims, "Great!
What do you want to do?" Leigh tells him that she hadn't
thought - but she's still got a few things to finish up there
at the farm; what say he meets her there and they can decide then?
Adam looks at Sally as she walks out of the room and then says
to Leigh, "OK. Listen, is my mother there?" Leigh, though,
tells him, "No, she's gone back to Sydney." Adam smiles,
"Good. I'll be over soon, then." Leigh replies that
she'll look forward to it. She hangs up, turns to Charlie and
says, "Well, there you go. But I wouldn't count on a big
welcome when he sees you're still here." Charlie comments
that at least she'll be able to talk with him properly. Leigh
suggests, "If he'll listen..." Charlie thanks
Leigh for organising it. Leigh muses, "I just hope
he doesn't take it out on me..."
The 'phone is ringing at the Morrell apartment, and Samantha
answers the the call at the bar. A male voice - which sounds like
Ron's - comes on and says, "Caroline?" Samantha replies
that she's afraid she's out. She asks who's calling, but the man
insists, "I've got to talk to Caroline." Samantha asks,
"Can she ring you back?" but the man suddenly hangs
up. A look of surprise on her face, Samantha does likewise. Looking
puzzled, she glances down at the floor and suddenly spots the
letter lying there. She picks it up and, a smile on her face as
she sees it's addressed to Amanda, takes out the piece of paper
inside. She unfolds it and starts reading. A look of horror crosses
her face as she does so...