Charlie has arrived back at the country house. In the kitchen,
Leigh immediately asks her when she's going back to Sydney, but
Charlie retorts that she's not: she's decided to stay there until
Adam decides to give her a fair hearing. Leigh asks her how she'll
manage it. Charlie just muses that she'll think of something.
She adds that, if she could talk to Sally alone, she's
sure she would give her a fair hearing. David suddenly
wanders in from the hallway, still holding the letter and cheque,
and Charlie asks him if he minds if she stays there a while. David
assures her, "As long as you like, Charlie." Leigh then
tells David excitedly to tell Charlie the good news. Before David
can say anything, Leigh goes on, "Someone overseas has sent
him a cheque for a fortune." Charlie asks who, and David
tells her that he's just going to find out; it came from his solicitor.
He adds that he won't be able to keep it, though. Charlie asks
why not, and David insists that it has to be a mistake - he doesn't
know anyone overseas; someone's got their wires crossed.
With that, he heads out. Charlie comments to Leigh, "How
mysterious." She then asks, "You don't really think
he'd give it back, do you?" Leigh shrugs that she
Beryl is talking on the 'phone in her lounge room, saying to
the person at the other end, "I'm looking forward to it,
Brett. It's been ages since I've seen my favourite nephew!"
At the other end of the 'phone, Brett laughs, "Thanks, but
you're only saying that because you like me!" Beryl then
asks him when he's leaving, and he replies that he's got to help
his dad load some pigs on the truck for the market tomorrow, so
probably in an hour or so. Beryl tells him that she'll see him
at about dinner time, then, and they hang up. Fiona joins her
from the kitchen and asks if he's coming. Beryl nods, adding that
he was a nice kid - even though he did kick a football through
their side window once! She adds that he used to like her pasties,
too - she had to make one every time the family came down! Fiona
suggests to her that she make one tonight, and Beryl smiles, "I
suppose I could!" Changing the subject, she then tells Fiona
that she knows she wants to go to Stephen and Jenny's engagement
party; she'll be alright now, so why doesn't Fiona get a 'plane
in the morning? Fiona smiles at her, gratefully.
Caroline is letting Barbara into the Morrell apartment, and Barbara
tells her that Gordon is just trying to find a parking space -
he wants to discuss some business with her and she thought
she'd pop in first and see how she is. As they sit down, Caroline
replies quietly that she's OK. Barbara asks if Samantha's home,
but Caroline replies, "No." Barbara goes on that Irene
told her about the letter - she's lucky Samantha didn't read
it. Caroline muses that it's burnt now, so they can all forget
about it. Barbara tells her that she's sorry Wayne caused her
so much trouble - and he's going to get a hell of a tongue-lashing
from her. Caroline, though, asks what the point is: he
nearly died, and if that hasn't shaken him up, she's
sure a lecture won't. Barbara, however, insists that
she's still going to say something. There's suddenly
a knock on the door and Caroline calls out that it's open. Gordon
comes in and sits down. Caroline says to him that Barbara told
her that he wanted to discuss some business. Gordon explains that
he was hoping they could discuss her opposition to Roland - he
was hoping they could both stay on as Directors. Caroline assures
him, "Of course. I'm sorry for kicking up a fuss. It's fine
for Roland to stay on as a Director." Gordon, looking surprised,
asks if it's no longer a problem, and Caroline tells him that
it was just a misunderstanding. Gordon smiles that he's glad that's
settled. He then looks at Barbara and, changing the subject, suggests
that they head up to Woombai. Turning back to Caroline, he asks
if Samantha is alright for a lift, adding, "She's going,
isn't she?" Caroline stares at him in surprise and asks,
"To Woombai? What for?" Gordon explains, "Jenny
and Stephen's engagement party." Barbara asks Caroline if
she didn't know. Caroline shakes her head. Gordon tells her that
Stephen said he'd put a note with Samantha's invitation. Caroline
murmurs sadly that she didn't see it, and she sits there, looking
Samantha and Andy sit down with Irene and Roland in Irene's flat
at the boarding house. Irene asks Samantha when she's leaving,
and Samantha replies that it'll be tonight - Andy's driving her.
She adds that it'll only be for a week or so. Andy chips in that
one of the guys he knows down there rang about an hour ago - he
runs the disco and wants a break; asked if he could fill in for
him. Samantha adds that she asked if she could tag along. Roland
asks, "What about your father's party?" Samantha replies
that she'll give him a call; he'll understand. She goes on that
she feels pretty bad about running out on Caroline, but if she
doesn't get away, she'll go crazy. She asks Irene if she could
keep an eye on her mother for her. Looking wary, Irene explains
and she and Roland were going to go up to Woombai, and she asks
Andy if he couldn't put it off for a week or so. Samantha quickly
comments that it seems a pity to pass up a free lift. She then
declares of her mother, "Oh, she'll be alright 'til I get
back." Roland, looking worried, suggests to Irene that he
supposes they don't have to go to Woombai, and Irene,
looking disappointed, agrees that she supposes not - they can
always catch up with Stephen and Jenny another time. Samantha,
a smile on her face, thanks her.
David arrives back at the country house and joins Charlie and
Leigh in the kitchen. Charlie asks what happened, and David replies
that the the solicitor couldn't tell him much. Leigh asks, "Did
you give it back?" David stands there and Leigh realises,
"You kept it, didn't you!" Charlie, looking
intrigued, asks who sent it. David explains, "I went to the
bank where it was drawn and they told me it came from Rio. They
didn't say who, but it isn't hard to guess, is it?" Charlie,
her mouth wide open in shock, exclaims, "It couldn't
be..." David goes on, "They were told it had to be delivered
yesterday. On the way home, I was trying to think 'what was so
important about yesterday?' It was the anniversary of when Pat
and I first met. She has to be alive!" Looking gobsmacked,
Charlie insists that she can't be, but David asks what
else it would mean. Charlie points out that she brought
back the death certificate, but David reminds her, "It wasn't
in her name." Charlie agrees, "Of course not - she made
me get her a false passport." David insists, "Exactly.
She wanted to disappear completely, and what better way to do
it than to fake your own death?" Leigh asks how you could
fake your own death, and David points out, "Roland Armstrong
did." Charlie, looking puzzled, asks, "Why wouldn't
she let me know what was going on? I was in on everything else.
No... she must have organised it before she was killed. The bank
has probably been holding it for months." David suggests,
"When you went to Rio... now what if she heard you were there...
maybe she thought Roger Carlyle had followed you? Or maybe she
was just sick and tired of being on the run?" Charlie muses
that it is the sort of thing Patricia would do.
David tells her decisively, "If you ask me, it's
exactly the sort of thing she'd do."
At the Morrell apartment, Caroline exclaims to Samantha, "Melbourne?"
Samantha smiles that she's going tomorrow morning; she won't be
long. Caroline cries at her that she needs her there,
but Samantha insists that her mother will be alright on her own;
Irene and Roland will be there if she needs anything. Caroline
pleads, "Samantha... Roland and Irene will not be
here. They're going to be up at Woombai along with you and everybody
else. I happen to know that Jenny and Stephen are getting engaged,
so it's no good you lying to me about going off to Melbourne."
Samantha insists, "I'm not." Caroline glares
at her and snaps, "Just go. I couldn't care less what
you do." Samantha insists that she's not going to
Woombai, and so Caroline asks her why she can't stay with her.
Samantha explains that she just needs a break; it hasn't been
easy on her, either. She goes on that she's sorry she
didn't tell Caroline about Stephen and Jenny, but she thought
she had enough on her plate. Caroline murmurs, "I still love
Stephen. I know it's useless, but it's just one of those things
you can't help." Samantha gives her a hug. Caroline then
asks her if Irene and Roland are really going to stay there, and
Samantha nods. Caroline suggests to her that she tell them not
to bother; she's sure they'd much rather go to the party. She
adds that she'll spend her time looking for a new apartment! Looking
relieved, Samantha smiles, "OK. I'd better get packed!"
With that, she heads off to her room, leaving Caroline looking
It's dark as Gordon and Barbara arrive at the Woombai homestead.
As Stephen and Jenny escort them into the lounge room, Gordon
asks where Wayne is and Jenny explains that he's over at the Reid
House. Gordon comments that he thought he would be there to meet
them, but Jenny tells him that Colin challenged him to a game
of snooker; they must have made it the best of three. Gordon accepts
this and takes his and Barbara's cases off to their room. When
he's gone, Barbara asks Jenny and Stephen to remember that Wayne
has been there ever since Caroline's trial. She adds that she
knows it's all very secretive but she doesn't want Gordon to know
what's been going on. Stephen responds that Wayne told them what
happened when he arrived; it must have been a dreadful experience.
He adds that Wayne has been moping around like he's in a cell
on Death Row. Changing the subject, Jenny asks if Caroline's coming.
Barbara, though, replies that it's a bit embarrassing, actually:
Samantha hadn't told her that they were going to have a party.
Stephen muses that he didn't know whether to invite her or not.
Barbara assures him that she didn't seem too put out by it.
Caroline is sitting on the couch at the Morrell apartment as
Andy paces the floor and comments that he can understand why she
wants to sell, but it's such a nice apartment. Caroline smiles,
"The hot water's dreadful!" Samantha comes out from
her room and exclaims, "Ready!" Andy, looking surprised,
asks her if she wants to leave straight away, and Samantha tells
him that there's no point in hanging around. She gives her mother
a kiss and then takes something out of her handbag and, handing
it to her mother, explains that she's found the invitation. She
and Andy head out. Caroline calls out, "Have a good time."
Samantha tells her, "See you in a week or so." They
go. Caroline opens the invitation and starts reading the enclosed
letter. She then sits there, looking thoughtful.
Fiona is sitting at the living room table at Beryl's, looking
at a magazine. Beryl joins her and comments that Brett should
have been there hours ago; so much for the pasties...
Looking worried, she asks why he hasn't called, but Fiona assures
her that he'll be OK. There's suddenly a knock on the door, and
Fiona smiles, "There you are, you see! I bet he got in early
and decided to go to a movie." Beryl goes and answers the
door to find a rough-looking young woman standing there, with
a blond-haired guy - who's clearly drunk - slumped over her, with
his arm round her shoulder. She asks, "You Aunty Beryl?"
Beryl, looking surprised, agrees, "Er, yes..." The woman
tells him, "Got your nephew." Brett looks at Beryl and
he slurs, "Hi, Aunty Beryl. Top night!" The woman asks
Beryl, "Well, do you want him or not?" Beryl
A few minutes later, Brett is sitting on the couch, unconscious.
Beryl is shaking him, trying to get him to wake up, as the woman
tells Fiona that it took her a few goes to get the right house
- he wasn't too clear on the address. Fiona asks where he's been,
and the woman tells him, "To the pub - rolled-in wanting
a drink and a good time." Beryl suggests that she'd better
get him to bed, and she leads him off to his room, leaving the
woman with Fiona. She tells Fiona, "He, um, set me back a
bit - I had to get a taxi to get him here." Fiona asks warily,
"How far did you have to come? And don't say Geelong."
The woman replies, "Carlton." Fiona nods tautly, "In
my day, we would have given the address to the taxi driver
and then told him to charge whoever was at the other end."
The woman just mutters, "Yeah?" Fiona murmurs that she
supposes things change, and the woman agrees, "I suppose
they do." Fiona reluctantly hands over some money
and the woman, saying, "Ciao," heads off. Fiona
The next morning, Wayne is sitting playing cards on his own at
the Woombai homestead when Barbara comes in and asks who's winning.
Wayne doesn't answer. Barbara goes on that he could at least offer
to help - everybody else outside is. Wayne mutters that
it's not his party. Barbara tells him that Gordon's beginning
to wonder why he's looking so depressed. Wayne stares at her and
asks, "You going to tell him?" Barbara retorts, "I
don't want to - the whole point is not to upset him -
but if you don't start making an effort--" Wayne
interrupts her and snaps, "Do you think it's been easy?
I was kidnapped by a basket-case and almost burnt to
death. It takes a while to settle down, you know?" Barbara
replies sarcastically, "Oh, I can imagine - although I'm
not overwhelmed with sympathy." Wayne grunts, "What
a surprise." Barbara snarls, "Blackmailing Caroline
was one of the most despicable things that you ever--" Wayne
interrupts and snaps, "You can talk. My room had
more people going through it than Central Station." Barbara
growls, "You can at least try and look a little happy--"
She quickly breaks off as Gordon comes in. She asks him cheerily
if all the tables are up, and he replies, "Nearly."
Looking at Wayne, he adds, "No thanks to lazybones, here."
Wayne murmurs that he's sorry. Gordon then asks him how the development
scheme's going, but Wayne replies that he hasn't done anything
about it, actually. Gordon, looking surprised, comments that he's
been up there for days. Wayne looks down at the floor.
Gordon asks what's wrong, but Wayne insists, "Nothing - really.
Stephen's been organising the party; we haven't had a chance to
go over the plans yet." Quickly changing the subject, he
offers to drive into town and get some drink.
Stephen and Jenny are standing by some tables outside, along
with Colin. Stephen indicates one table and suggests that they
can use it as a bar and put the food on one of the other
tables. Colin asks how long they think it'll go for, and Stephen
replies, "All afternoon, at least, and I hope well into the
night. You don't get engaged every day!" Colin asks
him who his best man is going to be: Mr. Hamilton? Stephen replies,
"I was going to ask you - if that's alright."
Colin smiles, "Thanks - I'd really--" He's interrupted
by a young woman suddenly running over and calling, "Hi everyone!"
Jenny looks at her and exclaims, "Denise! Your train isn't
due for nearly three hours!" Denise laughs that she's not
going to miss half the party; she decided that, if they're boring
enough to hold it on a weekday, she could take a few periods off
school!" She goes and gives her mum a kiss, and Jenny asks
her how she got up there. Denise explains, "Hitched."
Jenny stares at her and exclaims in shock, "Hitched?"
Wayne suddenly comes out of the house and Denise, staring at him,
whispers to her stepmother, "Who's the spunk?" Wayne
comes over and joins them and, handing Stephen a piece of paper,
tells him that he and his dad have worked out a drinks list; is
there anything else they need? Stephen looks at the paper. Denise
introduces herself to Wayne and Wayne introduces himself.
Jenny tells Wayne, "She hitched all the way up here.
Can you believe that?" Denise retorts indignantly, "What's
wrong with hitching?" Jenny points out, "Well, for a
start, it's dangerous." Denise exclaims, "Oh piffle!"
but Jenny insists, "It is, Denny. It's only a few
months ago there was a girl killed up on Thompson's Ridge."
Denise mutters that she couldn't have known how to handle herself.
Stephen hands the paper back to Wayne and tells him that it looks
fine. Colin asks Wayne if he needs a hand, and Denise adds, "Me
too?" Wayne says, "Come on," and the three of them
head off. When they've gone, Jenny sighs to Stephen, "What
am I going to do with her?" Stephen points out, "It's
nice she wanted to come," and Jenny agrees, "Yes, it
is." She adds that it's a pity Samantha couldn't
come - she'll have all her family there and he won't
have anybody. Stephen warns her not to let Barbara hear
her say that!
Brett is sitting at the living room table at Beryl's, trying
to eat some breakfast, but he pushes the bowl away in disgust.
Beryl comes in and asks him how he's feeling. He replies that
he feels like the bottom of a birdcage! Beryl tells him that she's
sorry he wasn't there when he woke up, but she went to see a friend
off at the airport. Brett assures her that he saw her note. He
then goes on that he doesn't know what to say about last night:
he feels pretty rotten. Beryl agrees that it wasn't quite what
she expected! Brett explains that he hit the city at about half-past-four
and thought he'd go and have a couple; he knew it would be an
hour or so before tea was ready. He adds, "Last time I go
to that pub again, I'll tell you!" He then asks
if he drove home, but Beryl assures him, "No," and Brett
muses that that's something, he supposes. Beryl, clearing her
throat awkwardly, explains that, actually, a young 'lady' brought
him home in a cab. Taking out his wallet, Brett murmurs, "Oh
God..." He finds it empty and explains nervously, "I
thought..." He breaks off before telling Beryl, "Look,
it won't happen again, honest... I'll go to the pub, pick up my
car and start the hunt for a job. I'm not here for a bludge. I'm
going to pay my board and split the 'phone bills; all that."
Beryl asks him if he'd like to visit David first, adding that
she doesn't suppose it would hurt to have today off!
Leigh and Charlie are sitting at the kitchen table at the country
house. Charlie muses that she supposes she could simply try talking
to Adam again, but she rather fancies that she wouldn't get far.
David suddenly comes in from the hallway, and Charlie asks him
where he's been. He replies that he's been thinking. He then continues,
"Charlie, that passport you fixed up for Pat..." Charlie
asks, "Yes?" David tells her, "I need one too.
I let mine run out and I can't wait for that nonsense you go through
to get one these days." Charlie asks why not and David explains,
"I want to get to Rio as soon as I can." Charlie starts
to say, "But it--" David, though, interrupts, "No
'buts', Charlie. Now, if Pat's alive, I have to find her. It's
as simple as that."
A few moments later, Charlie mutters, "I am not arranging
any false passports. What do you people think I am?"
David points out that she did for Pat, but Charlie reminds him
that that was a matter of life and death. She then adds that he
has the enquiry into the truck and the inquest into Richard's
death... he can't drop everything and just dash off to Rio. Leigh
adds that Charlie has got a point, and so David sighs reluctantly
that he supposes he can use the time to organise things properly.
He adds that he's still going; there's no two ways about that.
The back door suddenly opens and Beryl comes in with Brett. David
smiles at him and the two of them shake hands, David adding, "G'day,
cobber! Long time no see." Charlie introduces herself and
David introduces Leigh. Beryl asks what's been happening. David,
though, indicating Charlie and Leigh, just replies that he'll
let them tell her; he's got a few things to
fix up in town. With that, he heads off, leaving Beryl standing
there, looking surprised.
Fiona is standing with Stephen and Jenny outside the Woombai
homestead; Stephen is wearing a tuxedo and Jenny is wearing a
blue dress. Fiona tells them that she's so glad she could come
along. She then asks Jenny if Stephen gave her a ring, and Jenny
shows her. Fiona exclaims that it's gorgeous, and Stephen smiles,
"She's worth every carat." A few yards away, Wayne,
Gordon and Barbara are standing together, and Gordon comments
that Stephen looks very happy. Barbara says she really hopes it
works out for him this time, and Gordon replies that he doesn't
see why it shouldn't. Wayne offers them more drinks, but they
both decline, and so Wayne returns to the drinks table on his
own. Colin is manning it, and he comments that Wayne is back already;
he's a hard man to keep pace with. Denise looks on as Wayne asks
Colin for another scotch. Colin suggests to him that he have some
water with this one, but Wayne demands bluntly, "Scotch."
Denise suddenly comes up behind him and puts her hands over his
eyes. Wayne says, "I bet it's not Julie." Denise, looking
disappointed, removes her hands and asks, "Who?"
Wayne muses, "Thought not." Denise asks who Julie is,
and Wayne explains, "A girl I knew once." He takes his
drink and goes to walk off. Denise calls after him, "Wayne..."
Wayne stops and tells her that it's nothing personal, but he just
doesn't feel like talking. He walks off again. Denise goes to
follow him, but Colin calls, "Denny, don't." Denise
asks indignantly why not, and Colin tells her that Wayne doesn't
want her around. Denise insists that he will when he gets to know
her, but Colin warns her not to make a fool of herself; Wayne
is ten years older than she is - and from what he's heard,
he's a bit of a louse. Denise snaps, "Well I think
he's cute," and she heads off after him.
Wayne has gone inside, and he sits down in an armchair. Denise
follows him in and he mutters, "Didn't you hear right?"
Denise, sitting down on the couch, assures him that she heard,
but he looked so sad. She then asks, "Is Julie someone you've
just broken up with?" Wayne ignores the question, instead
taking a sip of his drink. After a few seconds, Denise adds flirtatiously,
"I'll help you forget her, if you like..." Wayne stares
at her and comments, "Don't mince words, do you?" He
then asks her how old she is, and she replies, "Sixteen."
Wayne, looking thoughtful, mutters, "Karen... Julie... the
next one will be in a cradle!" He then tells Denise
that her mother would kill her if she knew what she was
doing, but Denise flirts, "I haven't done anything
yet..." Wayne stands up and goes and sits down next to her
on the couch. Looking deep into her eyes, he tells her, "It
wouldn't mean anything..." Denise assures him, "I
know." She then adds, "I'm a bit cold; aren't you?"
Wayne pulls her towards him and starts cuddling her...
Outside, Stephen is standing with Jenny, addressing the guests:
"Oscar Wilde used to say that he wasn't in favour of long
engagements because it gave people too much time to get to know
each other!" There's a smattering of laughter from the guests.
Fiona suddenly looks round and notices a taxi pulling up. Stephen
goes on, "Well, Jenny and I aren't going to have a long engagement
- it's over a year since we met and I think we know each other
pretty well." The taxi door opens and Caroline climbs out.
Fiona sighs heavily and murmurs to Barbara, who's standing next
to her, "Here's trouble..." Stephen, his arm around
Jenny, continues, "As far as I'm concerned, she's
the loveliest girl in the world and always will be, so I'd like
you to raise your glasses and I'd like to--" He breaks off
as he suddenly spots Caroline approaching them. The guests all
look round at her. Stephen walks over to her and she smiles, "Hello,
Stephen." Stephen demands, "What are you doing here?"
Caroline points out that she was invited, but Stephen retorts
that she might have let them know she was coming. He goes on that
he doesn't know what she's planning to do this time, but she might
as well forget about it. Caroline, though, insists, "I'm
not planning anything. I brought you a present. I just
came to wish you and Jenny all the very best." As the guests
look on, she continues, "I didn't want to make any trouble.
I just wanted to say I hope you're very happy, that's all."
Stephen stands there, looking worried.