Leigh asks Charlie if she wants to see him. Looking concerned,
Charlie murmurs that she supposes she'll have to. Leigh
comments, "He really frightens you, doesn't he?" Charlie
replies quietly that she went through a bad time when they were
married; she doesn't like to remember it, but she doesn't suppose
she can avoid it now. Leigh, taking Shane with her, goes to let
Eric in. After a few seconds, a middle-aged man comes into the
kitchen and says to Charlie, "Hello, Aggie. I thought I was
going to be left waiting at the front door." Charlie suggests
that they go into the lounge room, but Eric assures her, "Kitchen's
fine. Wasn't often I saw you there." Charlie
growls, "You know I don't like to be called Aggie."
Eric points out, "It's your name: Agatha Charlotte."
Charlie, though, retorts, "My friends call me Charlie."
Eric tells her, "I'll call you Aggie." Charlie snaps
at him that he hasn't changed much. Eric retorts, "Neither
have you. Showing your age a bit, but that's all." Charlie,
a frown on her face, asks him if that's why he came there: to
insult her? Eric growls, "I came here to tell you to keep
away from my kids." Charlie retorts, "They're as much
mine as they are yours," but Eric snaps, "Like hell
they are. I brought them up. You deserted them."
Charlie snaps that that's not true. Eric goes on, "I am sure
you've managed to find justification through the years, but the
fact remains that you walked out on them. Don't think that you
can walk back into their lives again." Leigh suddenly
comes into the room, but Eric growls, "Do you mind? We're
talking." Leigh asks Charlie if she'd like her to
stay, but Charlie tells her that it's probably best if she doesn't,
and so Leigh heads out through the back door. Eric picks up a
bread roll from the kitchen table and starts eating it. Charlie
glares at him and snaps, "Just in the hell do you think you
Sally is watching TV at the Tate house when the front door opens
and Adam comes in. She tells him that it's about time - the spaghetti
is getting all soggy. Adam replies that he's sorry - he went to
see their dad and Pamela. Sally glares at him and asks, "Did
you tell dad about Charlie?" Adam nods that of course he
did. Sally asks in frustration whether he didn't think it would
have been better to keep quiet about for a while, but Adam insists
that their dad had a right to know. Sally asks how he took it,
and Adam replies that he hit the roof. Sally cries that that's
why it would have been better not to mention it; what's
the point of stirring up arguments? Adam insists that their dad
won't interfere: he just thinks Charlie has got a damn gall trying
to get back into their good books after all these years. Sally
growls, "Got to you, hasn't he? I thought
you'd at least give her a chance." Adam asks, "To
do what?" and Sally replies, "To get to know us. And
to let us get to know her." Adam insists that he
already knows her: the most important thing in her life
is the next party and what she's going to wear to it; she spends
a fortune on clothes and make-up-- Sally interrupts him and points
out curtly, "Now you're condemning her for doing what you're
always complaining I don't. You're always saying I don't
care enough about how I look, but you're pretty quick to put Charlie
down because she does. It's a bit hard to win with you,
Adam." Adam concedes that he guesses talking to their dad
did make him a bit tough on her, but he adds that he reckons their
dad went through a pretty rough time when they were married.
In the kitchen at the country house, Charlie snaps at Eric that
he's being as utterly unreasonable as he always was;
it's pointless trying to talk to him. Eric retorts, "Nothing
you ever said had very much point to it, Aggie." He then
asks her what she's doing in a place like the farm, adding that
it's hardly her style: "Don't say you've fallen on hard times?"
Charlie cries, "I've got more money than I ever
had, thanks to wise business investments. I want to get to know
my children, that's all." Eric retorts, "Well they don't
want to know you." Charlie snaps, "Only because
you spent years turning them against me." Eric,
though, snaps back, "I didn't need to. Once they
discovered you dumped them, they decided you weren't worth knowing."
Charlie cries, "I didn't dump them. You forced
me to leave." Eric goes on, "You ignored them for years,
and if you hadn't bumped into Adam, you'd still be ignoring
them. It's a novelty now, isn't it? See how the kids have turned
out and then trot off again as soon as it suits you." Leigh
is standing just outside the kitchen door and listens as Charlie
cries, "That's not fair. I left because I had to."
David suddenly rocks up outside and asks Leigh what's going on.
Leigh explains that Charlie's ex-husband turned up and he's giving
her a rough time. David immediately heads inside and, glaring
at Eric Tate, demands of him, "What do you think you're
doing, mate?" Eric glares at him and asks Charlie who he
is. David explains, "I own the place." Eric
snaps at Charlie, "Oh, so he's the reason you're
living here, is he? Do anything to hang on to a man,
won't you, Aggie?" Charlie starts to protest that
David's not-- David interrupts, though, and asks Eric threateningly
if he wants a fat lip. Leigh suggests to him curtly that he'd
better go. Eric concedes, "Yes, alright." Turning back
to Charlie, he adds, "But you stay away from Adam and Sally
or I'll tell them the truth about you - all of it. And
I'm sure you don't want that." Charlie stands there,
looking horrified, as David escorts Eric to the front door. Leigh
asks Charlie what Eric meant, but Charlie replies hesitantly,
"I don't know. I've no idea what he's talking about..."
A few moments later, Charlie is sitting down at the kitchen table
when David comes back in and tells her that Eric has gone. He
then asks what the guy was on about, but Charlie quickly explains
that it was a bluff; he was just trying to frighten her. She adds
that maybe she shouldn't have Adam and Sally round tonight. Leigh,
though, points out she was really looking forward to it - and
if Eric was only bluffing, why let him stop her? Charlie cries
that she doesn't want to cause any more trouble. She then announces
that she's got an awful headache, and she heads off to lie down
for a while. Leigh looks at David and comments, "I didn't
think she'd give in so easily." David agrees that the mongrel
must have really put the wind up her. Changing the subject, Leigh
tells him, "I was getting a bit worried about you.
You're awfully late." David, sitting down, explains that
he stopped off and had a few beers with the guys from the truck
depot. He adds that he's had a hell of a day: he's got a sore
throat, he spent hours at the passport office and when he finally
got to the front of the queue they said he needed this and he
needed that; it's going to take weeks. He adds that they
reckon he needs a birth certificate, of all things, and he doesn't
know where the hell that is. Leigh smiles that she's
pleased he's not rushing off at the drop of a hat; he'll just
have to wait. David, though, retorts, "I'm not going
to wait. There must be something I can do to speed things
up. I've got to find Pat - as soon as I can." Leigh looks
At Woombai, Colin, Denise, Jenny, Stephen, Caroline and Wayne
are all sitting round the living room table. Caroline is telling
Jenny about a book she's read, and she offers to lend it to her.
Stephen muses that he wishes he had time to read, but
there's so much damn work these days. Colin chips in, "Wayne
is supposed to be giving you a hand, isn't he?" Wayne glares
at him and growls, "I'll help out whenever I can. Stephen
knows that." Caroline stands up and announces that
she'd better be making tracks. Colin tells her eagerly that he'll
come with her and he can bring that book back for his mum. Stephen
tells Caroline that the landscape architect who's designing the
development project is coming tomorrow, and he asks her if she'd
like to meet him. Caroline smiles that she'd love to. Stephen
tells her that he'll give her a call when he arrives, and Caroline
and Colin head off. Stephen yawns, and Jenny points out that it's
been a big day; he should get some shut-eye. With that, she heads
out to the kitchen. Stephen notices that Denise and Wayne are
left alone, and he asks Denise, "What about you?"
Denise, staring at Wayne, replies that she thinks she'll stay
up for a while. Wayne, though, stands up and announces that he's
off, and he goes. Denise, looking disappointed, stands up and
mutters that she supposes she may as well go too, if
everyone else is. She goes to follow Wayne out, but Stephen murmurs,
"Denise..." She stops in her tracks and Stephen warns
her to steer clear of Wayne, adding that they don't want a repeat
of this afternoon's performance. Denise snaps, "Look, I'm
not a kid. I can take care of myself." She storms out. Stephen
sighs heavily and goes and joins Jenny in the kitchen. She comments
to him that she thought he was going to bed, but Stephen tells
her that he'll help her first. Jenny remarks that Colin
and Wayne seem to have taken a dislike to each other. Stephen
replies carefully, "There was a bit of trouble today: when
Wayne was drunk, he made a pretty heavy pass at Denise."
Jenny asks what happened, and Stephen explains, "Colin went
charging to the rescue and I had to break up a fight." Jenny
asks him why he didn't tell her, and Stephen replies that he didn't
want to spoil the party - and he's not entirely convinced it's
Wayne's fault... Jenny sighs that she'll have to have
a talk to Denise - after all the trouble with Colin,
she doesn't want Denise being silly. Stephen warns her
to be careful, as he just had a word with Denise himself and she
didn't take it too well. Jenny asks him if he's sure he knows
what he's doing, marrying into a ready-made family. Stephen smiles,
puts his arms around her and assures her, "I'm prepared to
take the risk."
Caroline and Colin approach the door to Caroline 's room at the
guest house. As they do so, Caroline says she thinks she'll stay
on for a few days; it would be nice to relax for a while. Colin
asks her if she knows the area very well, but Caroline replies
that, when she was there before, she didn't have much time for
sightseeing. Colin suggests that maybe he could show her around,
and Caroline smiles that that would be lovely. Colin tells her
that he'll be free at about 4pm-ish tomorrow. Caroline opens the
door to her room, and they head inside. As they do so, Caroline
smiles, "I hope your girlfriend knows what a chivalrous young
man she's got!" Colin, though, suddenly looking nervous,
tells her, "I, er, haven't got a girlfriend."
Caroline comments that she thought there'd be lots of
nice girls in the area, but Colin explains that he's been at uni,
in Sydney. Caroline asks, "No nice girls round there?"
Colin, though, suddenly snaps, "I told you: I don't
have a girlfriend. Alright?" Caroline stares at
him and assures him gently that she didn't mean to pry. Colin
explains sadly and more calmly that he's just had a few problems
lately, that's all. Caroline hands him the book for Jenny and
he turns to go. He then turns back and apologises for snapping.
Caroline puts her hand on his arm, but he pulls it away quickly,
explaining that he guesses he's a little nervous. Caroline asks,
"Of me?" Colin tells her, "You're the
most beautiful woman I've ever seen." With that,
he runs off, leaving Caroline looking surprised.
It's late at night, and Wayne walks into the kitchen at the homestead.
Denise suddenly appears behind him, dressed in a lightweight nightdress,
and comments, "I thought I heard you go past my
door. I was hoping you were going to come in." Wayne
explains that he was feeling a bit seedy; he thought he'd take
a couple of aspirin. Denise asks him if he's running a temperature,
and she places her palm on his forehead. Wayne, though, suggests
to her that she get back to bed, adding that the last thing he
needs is for Jenny or Stephen to catch him with her dressed like
she is. Denise teases, "Does it worry you? I don't have
to be dressed like this..." Wayne mutters, "Go and cuddle
your teddybear." Denise, though, tells him, "I'd rather
cuddle you..." and she starts kissing him, passionately...
A few moments later, Denise pulls away and smiles, "Now
I'll go back to bed and cuddle my teddybear!" Wayne stares
at her in surprise and mutters, "Women!" She goes as
Colin comes in and demands, "What's going on?" Wayne
growls, "Nothing. Why?" Colin snaps that he just saw
Denise going into her room. Wayne laughs sarcastically, "Oh,
wow! What could it mean? Maybe she's going to bed?!" He then
announces that he's going out for a while, he heads off. Colin
The next morning, Denise, Jenny and Colin are having breakfast,
and Jenny is saying that she's sure she heard somebody moving
about at about 3am this morning. Colin explains that it was probably
Wayne coming home - he was going out when he got back
from Caroline's. Jenny muses that she wonders what he
was wandering around the house at that time of morning for, and
Denise comments slyly, "Must have had something on his mind..."
Jenny, standing up, changes the subject and says she has go over
to the farm today and see if Joe's managing alright. Colin chips
in that he was going to give him a hand today, and Jenny
asks him if he feels alright about that now. Colin nods, "Yeah.
I've got go back sometime. It's home, after all."
Stephen comes into the room and laughs incredulously that they're
still having breakfast! He then asks where Wayne is,
and Jenny replies that he's still in bed. Stephen mutters that
he'll have to get up soon, as the architect will be there. Jenny
asks him if he's told Caroline, and Stephen nods, "Yeah."
Changing the subject, he then asks Jenny if she heard about last
night. Jenny looks at him and he tells her, "Valerie Dawson
was attacked and raped." Jenny cries, "Oh no... she's
only a kid." Stephen confirms, "Sixteen. She went to
some dance in town, and apparently, the boy who took her dropped
her off in front of the farm and drove off. She was attacked before
she even got through the gates. He must have been lying in wait.
Jenny exclaims that that's dreadful. She asks if the girl knows
who it was, but Stephen explains that it was dark and she was
in shock; she didn't even get a good look at him. Denise comments
sadly that Valerie is a really nice girl, and Colin adds that
he hopes they get the mongrel. Stephen, changing the
subject again, says he'd better get some sandwiches, but Jenny
quickly tells him that Denise can get them for him. Denise
reluctantly gets up and heads into the kitchen. Jenny follows
her and, in the kitchen, Denise asks her if she should
go across and see Valerie. Jenny, though, suggests that
she leave it for a couple of days; she doesn't think Valerie would
feel like seeing anyone at the moment. She then asks,
"Now do you see why I was so worried about you hitching?"
Denise insists that she can look after herself, but Jenny tells
her not to be stupid, adding that it's about time she started
to be a bit careful. Denise sighs, "Alright." Jenny
then goes on, "Stephen told me about you and Wayne."
Denise cries, "Look, mum, there was nothing in it. I was
flirting with him and I didn't know he was so drunk." Jenny
tells her that she shouldn't have been flirting with
him; for one thing, he's far too old for her. Denise points out,
"Only about as much older as dad was than you,"
but Jenny retorts that that's different. Denise sighs that it
always is. Jenny goes on that, secondly, Wayne is on
the rebound from a broken engagement. Denise asks why she shouldn't
try to cheer him up, then, and Jenny tells her that she'll be
the one who ends up getting hurt. She warns, "Treat him pleasantly
and don't lead him on." Denise smiles, "But he's cute
- and he likes me. I can tell." Jenny snaps,
"Now listen here, my girl. I know I told you you could stay
here for a few days until Stephen and I got all this sorted out,
but if there's any more talk like that, you will go back to school
tomorrow and you will stay there for the whole of the school holidays."
Denise glares at her and then returns to making Stephen's sandwiches.
Colin is heading outside, but as he closes the front door, he
looks worried as he spots Caroline approaches him. She says a
cheery, "Good morning." He quickly tells her that Stephen
is inside, and Caroline smiles, "Good," adding, "I'm
looking forward to our sightseeing tour this afternoon."
Colin tells her nervously that he didn't think she'd still want
to go after the stupid remark he made last night, but Caroline
assures him that she was very flattered. Colin then says nervously
that he'd better get across to the farm, and he heads off. Caroline
David is talking on the 'phone in the kitchen at the country
house, saying, "I am sure she's alive, Fiona."
At the other end, in her flat at the boarding house, Fiona tells
him that it seems to her that he's jumping to a lot of conclusions;
even if the money did come from Patricia, she could have
arranged it before she died. David retorts, "You can talk
'til you're blue in the face, but I'm going to South America sooner
or later. The only problem is all the red tape with the passport.
You've got contacts. You must know someone that could
speed things up?" Fiona concedes, "Maybe." David
goes on that he doesn't want to do anything illegal; he just wants
to... skip the queue a bit. Fiona smiles, "Alright, I'll
see what I can do." David asks her how long she thinks it'll
take, and Fiona asks him if he's found his birth certificate yet.
David replies that he got a copy this afternoon, and so Fiona
tells him that it'll probably take just a couple of days. With
that, David says he'll see her tomorrow and he hangs up. He then
turns to Leigh - who's wiping up some dishes - and tells her,
"I knew she'd be able to help." Leigh asks
mutedly, "You're going to Sydney tomorrow?" David replies,
"Yep. Then to Rio, I hope." Charlie suddenly calls from
outside, "Open the door, darling," and Leigh goes and
lets her in. Charlie staggers in, loaded down with bags of groceries,
which she places on the table. Leigh, looking surprised, asks
what they're all for, and Charlie explains, "I am going to
cook the most marvellous dinner. I'm going to show Adam and Sally
that their mother is une chef de la haute cuisine."
Leigh comments that she thought Charlie was going to tell Adam
and Sally that it was all off, but Charlie explains that she changed
her mind: she decided she's not going to let Eric browbeat her
any longer; they're going to have dinner and then she's going
to tell Adam and Sally the truth herself. She adds that she doesn't
know how they'll react, but she's going to tell them anyway -
then they can decide for themselves if they want to know her.
That evening, a table has been laid out decoratively in the living
room, and Leigh tells Charlie that it looks lovely. David comes
in from the hallway and, looking surprised, asks if he's supposed
to get dressed up. Charlie smiles that smart casual would be nice!
She then asks how Brett's working out, and David replies that
he's fine - he seems a good worker. Charlie tells him, "I'm
glad you didn't mind me taking him on without talking to you first,"
but David points out, "While I'm away, you've got to make
a lot of decisions off your own bat." There's suddenly
a knock at the back door and Leigh goes to get it. A few seconds
later, she, Adam and Sally come into the room and Sally tells
Charlie that she's looking good. Charlie smiles, "Thankyou."
Adam is holding a bottle of wine, and he tells Charlie that he's
not sure if it's going to go with the meal or not. Charlie smiles,
"It'll be fine. Open it now and let it breathe." Leigh
leads him off back to the kitchen to get the corkscrew. Alone
with Charlie, Sally asks if she can do anything, but Charlie explains
that it's all done. She then tells Sally that she was frightened
she might change her mind about coming. Sally assures her, "No
chance - not with me, anyway. Adam did think twice when
dad got cross about it." Charlie, looking horrified, asks
why Adam had to mention it to him, adding that she wishes he hadn't.
Sally replies that so does she - their dad got really
uptight about it, but she thinks that's silly; why shouldn't
they get to know her? Charlie replies hesitantly, "Exactly."
She then adds, "There's something I've got to discuss with
you both, later. But first we're going to have a wonderful meal!"
Caroline opens the door to her room at the guest house and she
and Colin head inside, their tour of the area over. Caroline says
to Colin that she just has to get freshened up before going down
to dinner. She then asks him if he'd like to eat with her, and
he replies that he'd love to, but his mum's expecting him back.
He closes the door and Caroline thanks him for a lovely afternoon,
adding that she had no idea there were so many beautiful spots
in Woombai. Colin tells her that there are still a few places
he hasn't taken her yet. Caroline recalls that she heard some
of the other guests say that there's a fantastic view from Harper's
lookout. Colin's face suddenly drops and Caroline asks if there's
something the matter. Colin explains nervously that he's not really
keen on going there; he had a bit of an accident - it was his
own fault; he-- He breaks off before explaining, "To tell
you the truth, I was going to jump off." Caroline, looking
surprised by sympathetic, asks why. She then adds that he doesn't
have to tell her. Colin just replies that it's not too bad now.
Caroline muses, "It isn't always easy, is it? I remember
what it was like at your age: I was hopelessly shy; a real mouse."
Colin comments that he can't believe it, but Caroline insists
that she was: she thought nobody liked her, so she was
so scared to open her mouth. She adds, "I was so grateful
when Stephen fell in love with me... and so terribly hurt when
he got involved with other women." She continues, "It
took a long time, but then finally I learnt to stand on my own
two feet. That's when life became really enjoyable." Colin
stares into her eyes as she tells him, "If you ever want
to talk about anything, I'd be glad to listen."
Jenny and Denise are laying the table at the homestead as Stephen
holds a set of plans in his hands and talks to Wayne about them.
Wayne, though, is clearly miles away, and as Stephen realises,
he asks him impatiently if he can't concentrate. Wayne mutters
that he's a bit tired, and Stephen retorts that he's not surprised,
with him staying up half the night. Jenny calls to Stephen to
come and calve the roast. Stephen hands the plans to Wayne and
asks him to at least try and form an opinion. He then heads to
the kitchen with Jenny. Denise finds herself alone with Wayne
and she wanders over to him and comments that she's hardly seen
him all day. Wayne mutters that he didn't think it would worry
her, but Denise tells him that she got the impression he was rather
interested last night; he must have been upset to have
gone rushing out like that. She asks him where he went, but Wayne
snaps, "It's none of your damn business. Call me when dinner's
ready," and he storms out, leaving Denise looking annoyed.
Charlie and Leigh head into the kitchen at the country house,
carrying some empty plates, and Charlie smiles at Leigh that it's
going marvellously, doesn't she think? Leigh agrees that she certainly
does - everyone's relaxed. Adam and Sally come in with some more
dishes and Sally tells her mother that she's a great cook. Adam
adds that they should teach Sally how to cook like that!
The back door suddenly bursts opens and Eric walks in. Charlie's
face drops and she demands, "What are you doing
here?" Eric retorts nastily, "I thought you must have
neglected to invite me. After all, I am one of the family,
aren't I?" He then turns to Sally and Adam and comments sourly
that dinner's going well, he sees? Sally retorts, "It was..."
and Eric sighs sarcastically that that's a charming welcome.
David comes in from the hallway, but stops in his tracks as he
finds Eric standing there. Eric tells the gathering, "I won't
stay. I just popped in because I thought it would be a good time
to let Sally and Adam know a few facts about their mother."
Charlie, looking worried, pleads, "Eric, don't."
Eric, though, goes on, "I'm sure there are one or two things
she's neglected to tell you. For example, she's a common thief
with a police record." Charlie stares at him, looking upset.