The electronic doors close behind Neville Spencer's car as it
heads up the driveway.
Charlie is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house,
a glum expression on her face. Leigh comes in and offers her a
cup of tea, but Charlie declines, sighing that she'll wait until
Beryl arrives. Leigh asks her if she's OK, and she explains that
it's Adam and Eric: she's starting to wish the whole business
had never blown up. Leigh, a sly expression on her face, muses,
"Oh, I don't know. There still might be a chance that things
will work out." Charlie looks away disbelievingly. Leigh
tells her that she's having a cup of tea whether she likes it
or not! The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Charlie gets up
and answers it. Andy comes on and explains that he was wondering
if Samantha was there. Charlie comments that she thought she was
with him, and Andy quickly explains that she was, but
she's gone out again and didn't say where. Charlie says she's
sorry, but Samantha isn't at the farm. Andy hangs up, looking
worried. At the country house, Charlie hangs up and tells Leigh
that that was Andy: he's lost Samantha and he's in quite a hurry
to find her, too. Leigh mutters, "I can't see why."
Charlie comments that she did seem a little preoccupied
this morning; she wonders what's on her mind. Leigh growls, "I
thought it was obvious: Brett Keegan."
Samantha and Neville Spencer are walking along a pathway outside
the building Spencer has taken Samantha to. After a few moments,
Spencer tells Samantha to wait there, and he heads off. He approaches
the man sitting nearby and, after mouthing a few words to him,
indicates to Samantha to follow him. As she does so, a look of
shock crosses her face: Lloyd Donovan's skin is horribly red and
covered in what is apparently sweat. He holds out his hand and
says, "Hello, Samantha. I never expected to see you again."
Samantha shakes his hand as he tells her, "You'll have to
excuse my condition. Life hasn't been as good to me as I would
have liked it to be, lately. Not that the same can be said about
you..." Samantha glares at him.
Beryl is sitting with Charlie at the kitchen table at the country
house, while Leigh is standing putting some biscuits in a tin
on the counter. Beryl says to Charlie that she hopes it won't
be too much trouble with two extra mouths to feed, but Charlie
assures her that of course it won't. Beryl goes on that she expects
to pull her weight and do her fair share of the housework. Charlie
tells her not to be silly, but Beryl insists, "It's only
fair. Besides, from what David tells me, you have your own
problems." There's suddenly a knock at the front door and
Leigh goes to get it. Charlie tells Beryl to mix in with everyone
and enjoy herself, and Beryl smiles, "I'll do my best."
Leigh comes back into the room - followed by Adam. Charlie stands
up, a look of shock on her face. Adam tells her that he has to
talk to her alone. Beryl quickly stands up and says she'll put
her things in the spare room. Leigh heads outside to water the
plants. Charlie invites Adam to sit down, but he declines. He
then tells her, "Look, I don't know how to say this, except
that I'm sorry: I made a mistake blaming you for pulling the family
apart." Charlie stares at him and he explains, "Leigh
dug up a transcript of your court case. It's pretty obvious it
all happened because dad gave you a rough time." Charlie
smiles in delight as she tells him, "I had to do something
or I'd have had a nervous breakdown." Adam assures her that
he understands that now. He then adds that he thinks they should
start setting things right. Charlie smiles happily.
Leigh is watering the plants just outside the kitchen door when
a male voice comes up behind her and says in a Transylvanian accent,
"I vant to drink your blood!" It's Brett, and he tells
Leigh that he's just getting in the mood for the videos he's picked
up: Fangs then Return of the Son of Wolfman.
Looking disgusted, Leigh cries, "Horror movies?"
Brett tells her enthusiastically that they're great. He adds that
he got a couple of blanks to tape the footie, as well. Leigh warns
him that he'll end up with square eyes, but Brett counters, "We'll
end up with square eyes - that's if you can handle Dracula fighting
with Wolfman!" Leigh smiles that she thinks she might be
able to cope! Brett goes to head inside, but Leigh tells him to
hold off for a while as Adam's in there having a heart-to-heart
with Charlie. Brett pauses before saying he was thinking he might
invite Andy and Samantha over to watch the movie; they can make
it a foursome. Leigh, looking annoyed, mutters that she thought
it was only going to be the two of them. Brett insists
that he was just trying to be neighbourly, but Leigh snaps, "Neighbours
like her I can do without. She's too stuck-up
for her own good." Brett quickly tells her that it was only
a suggestion; they'll keep it that way. Leigh smiles
at him again.
Lloyd Donovan is lying back in a chair with a blanket over his
legs and a cane in his left hand. Neville Spencer and Samantha
are sitting with him as he tells Samantha, "Finding out about
my being sick gave them the excuse they needed to push me out.
My fault, I suppose, for teaching them how to mix religion
with business in the first place." Samantha asks him, "How
sick are you?" Donovan replies, "I might see
Christmas." Samantha murmurs that she's sorry. Donovan comments
that he'd have thought she'd be pleased that he was getting
his just desserts, but Samantha retorts that she didn't come to
gloat over a dying man; she came for something else. Donovan,
looking intrigued, asks what that might be, and Samantha
tells him, "A video. The one you made of me in America. I
want to buy it back. I'm willing to pay you $20,000." Donovan,
looking surprised, exclaims, "A lot of money for a home movie."
He then asks sarcastically, "Samantha, what am I going to
do with $20,000? Put in the bank and wait for the interest?"
Samantha comments that she'd have thought the cult would grab
it, but Donovan assures her that he's not about to line their
pockets. Samantha cries, "Why can't you just give it to me,
then? It's no use to you." Donovan admits that that's
true - except that her family, when they pulled her out, caused
him a lot of problems; he made enemies out of that - people who
couldn't wait to push him out when they found out he was sick.
He goes on, "As far as I'm concerned, you have no grounds
at all to stand on asking for favours. I'm sorry. No deal."
A moment later, Samantha cries at Donovan that he knows she wasn't
in her right mind when she made that tape; why make her pay for
it now? Looking at Neville Spencer, Donovan mutters that he really
can't be bothered arguing, and he tells him to get Samantha a
cab back to the hotel and bring him some tablets. Samantha snaps
at Donovan, "Not even dying has taught you anything,
has it?" Donovan retorts, "It's taught me I don't have
to be pestered if I don't want to." Samantha snaps, "You're
going to die full of hate, you know that? The only chance you've
ever had to do anything decent for anyone and you're not even
interested." Donovan looks away. Samantha murmurs,
"I pity you, Lloyd. I really do." She goes to storm
off, but Donovan suddenly calls, "Wait." She turns to
look at him again and he sighs, "I'll destroy the tape if
you want. We only kept them for insurance purposes, anyway - against
legal actions." Looking relieved, Samantha insists that she'll
have to check it's the right one - and she'll need all the copies.
Donovan assures her, "There's only the master." Samantha
asks him how she knows he's telling the truth, and Donovan replies
in frustration, "Because I'm telling you. There's
no point in lying about it." He adds, "If you want to,
you can destroy it yourself." Samantha asks him
when he wants the money, but Donovan shakes his head and mutters,
"Forget it." Looking incredulous, Neville Spencer points
out, "Twenty grand..." Donovan, though, ignores
this and suggests to Samantha, "Let's say I just wanted to
see what it felt like to do something nice for someone for a change."
He then tells Samantha to be there sometime tomorrow and she can
have her tape. With that, Samantha walks off. Donovan watches
Andy is pacing the floor of Samantha's motel room, looking frustrated.
The door suddenly opens and Samantha walks in. Andy immediately
demands to know where she got to, adding that he called Stephen
a minute ago and he hadn't even spoken to her since she
left Sydney. He asks who was really on the 'phone this
afternoon, but Samantha tells him not to worry about it. Andy
asks, "Was it Spencer?" Samantha concedes, "Yes
- and he took me to see Lloyd, and he's going to give me the tape
back tomorrow." Andy shouts at her that he's probably going
to try to drag her back into the cult, but Samantha tells him,
"The man is dying. He's got nothing to do
with the cult now." Andy asks her what she's going to do
with the tape, and she replies that she'll destroy it - just as
soon as she's sure it's the one she's after. Changing the subject,
Andy tells her that Charlie called before - she's still hassling
them to stay at the farm. He suggests that maybe she could use
Charlie's video to check out the tape, and Samantha smiles, "You're
not just a pretty face, are you?!"
Stephen, Jenny and Denise climb out of Stephen's car at Woombai
and Stephen tells one of the workers to put the car in the garage.
As they head inside, carrying some bags of shopping, Jenny tells
Stephen that she heard some more about that rapist while they
were in town: there were another two attacks last night. Stephen
sighs that the police should have picked him up by now. Jenny
says she's worried about Denise, but Stephen tells her not to
get too panicky. They catch up with Denise, who's gone
ahead, and Denise tells her mother that she met a friend in town
today and she's asked her to go to a party tonight. Jenny, looking
wary, says she doesn't think that's a very good idea. Looking
annoyed, Denise cries, "Why not?" and Jenny points out
that there's been that trouble. Denise insists that she'll be
alright. She adds that she doesn't want to sit at home doing crosswords
until they catch the attacker; life goes on. Stephen suggests
that he could drive her over and pick her up afterwards, and Denise
smiles that that's great! Jenny sighs, "Alright,
but no later than 10:30pm." Looking horrified, Denise cries
that it won't start 'til 10pm; they'll all think she's
a wimp. Jenny, though, growls that it's then or not at
all, and Denise storms off, snapping as she does so that it may
as well be not at all. Jenny looks at Stephen.
Adam is sitting with Leigh and Brett in the kitchen at the country
house, and he tells Leigh that he's glad she gave him the transcripts
of the court case; he wishes he'd known earlier what
Charlie went through. He then asks her if she'd like to go out
to dinner tonight, to sort of say 'thankyou'. Brett chips in that
he's sorry, but they've got videos on tonight. Leigh suggests
to Adam that they could make it another night, but Adam explains
that he's working night shift all next week. Glancing at Brett,
Leigh sighs that tonight it'll have to be, then. Brett snaps,
"Great. I might as well start watching now if I'm
going to be the only audience," and he storms off to the
lounge room. As he does so, Beryl comes in and asks Leigh what's
wrong with him. Leigh explains, "He's upset because I won't
be around to cheer Dracula on against the Wolfman!" Adam
suggests to Leigh that if she said she was going to watch movies--
Leigh, though, interrupts and points out that she said she'd have
dinner with him. Adam stands up and heads off to the
lounge room, saying he'll watch the first part of the movie while
Leigh gets changed. Left alone with Leigh, Beryl says to her that
she gathers she just stood Brett up for Adam. Leigh agrees curtly,
"Something like that." Beryl asks her if she hadn't
better tell Brett that he's wasting his time. Leigh, though, asks,
"Who said he's wasting his time?" Beryl glares at her
and Leigh goes on, "Samantha Morrell came over earlier, with
Andy. Brett couldn't keep his eyes off her. I think it's time
I showed him two can play at that game..."
Samantha is packing her clothes into a suitcase in her room at
the motel in Melbourne when there's a knock on the door. She calls,
"Come in, Andy, it's not locked." It's Neville Spencer
who walks in, though, and Samantha immediately demands, "What
are you doing here?" Spencer tells her that there's
been a slight change of plan: it's going to cost her for the tapes
after all. Samantha protests, "But Lloyd said--" Spencer
interrupts and retorts, "It's not him who's charging,
it's me. Thirty thousand dollars." Samantha snaps,
"You're kidding. I haven't got it." Spencer points out,
"You said you got twenty. I'm sure you could raise another
ten if you tried hard enough." As Samantha stares at him
in shock, he tells her, "You don't, no tape. Simple as that."
A while later, Andy is sitting with Samantha in her motel room,
and he points out that he told her that they were just
taking her for a ride. Samantha, though, insists that it's got
nothing to do with Lloyd; Neville's in it for himself.
She then sighs that she's going to have to think up an excuse
and ask her mum for the rest of the money. Andy asks when Spencer
said she had to have it by and Samantha replies, "Tomorrow,
midday." Looking thoughtful, Andy muses, "Don't ask
just yet. There might still be a way round it..."
Sometime later, Samantha and Andy are back at Lloyd Donovan's
property, staring at him from a distance as he sits in the grounds.
Another man is standing next to him. Samantha says to Andy warily,
"I hope it works," and Andy comments, "We'll be
in trouble if it doesn't." Samantha reminds him
that it was his idea. They look at each other and then
start to approach Donovan. The man with him walks off as Donovan
says to Samantha that he thought they had everything organised.
Samantha muses, "So did I." Donovan then stares at Andy
and adds, "I've seen you before, haven't I?"
Andy explains, "I was one of your bunnies when you were running
the Geelong branch." Donovan recalls, "Oh yes, I remember.
Another troublemaker." He then asks what the problem is,
and Andy replies, "Do you know you're being ripped off?"
Donovan asks, "Am I?" Andy explains, "Your
right-hand man, Neville Spencer: he's using you to make himself
a dollar - while he can..." Donovan looks interested.
Irene, Gordon and Barbara are sitting with Fiona in her flat
at the boarding house in Sydney. She's telling them that she supposes
the main reason she's going is to help soften the blow if the
search proves fruitless. Barbara exclaims that surely David doesn't
believe Patricia is still alive, and Gordon adds that
Charlie showed them the death certificate. Fiona sighs that David
is convinced that anyone could have signed it - and maybe
he's right. Irene asks about, even if he does bring her
back, won't she have to face the Luke Carlyle murder charge? Fiona
explains that David said that, if that's the case, he's prepared
to stay with her in Brazil - which is part of the reason she's
invited them all there: it could be the last time they see him...
The front door suddenly bursts open and David and Roland come
in. David is laughing, and he tells Fiona to break out the champagne
glasses. He starts opening a bottle of bubbly. As he does so,
Irene tells him that he should keep a bottle to launch her new
surgery: smash it against a door knob, or something! David asks
her if she's found somewhere, and Irene explains that she's using
Mrs. Longhurst's old rooms - and she got a whole lot of stuff
from a retiring GP, too, so she should be able to start in a week
or so. David smiles that he always knew she would, sometime.
Gordon tells her that he wishes it all works out for her. Irene
laughs that they'll all have to contract minor little contagious
diseases for a while, just to keep her busy! Fiona hands the glasses
of champagne around and Roland then addresses the gathering and
says, "I think the first toast should be the 'good luck'
one: let's all hope that David's trip to Brazil, and his search
to find his wife, is successful, and the two are happily reunited."
He then proposes, "To Patricia's safe return." There's
an embarrassed silence, which Irene eventually breaks by saying,
"Safe trip, CB..."
Neville Spencer drives his car up the driveway at Lloyd Donovan's
property, turns off the engine and climbs out. Donovan is approaching
him, using a cane to support himself as he walks along. He asks
Spencer if he's got the tape and Spencer replies that it's in
the car. Donovan says, "Good - she's here to collect it."
Samantha and Andy appear in the distance as Spencer comments to
Donovan that Samantha isn't supposed to be there until tomorrow.
Donovan snaps, "No 'buts'. Get it." Spencer stands there
and Donovan tells him, "I know what you're thinking and the
answer's 'yes': they told me what you're up to." Spencer
continues to stand there and snaps, "You want it,
you get it." Donovan warns, "Don't play tough
with me, boy. I may not be able to fight you,
but I can sure as hell give you a rough time with the cops - and
don't think I won't if I have to." Spencer warns him, "You'd
get a lot rougher time than I would," but Donovan
growls, "Me? I'll be dead before the trial
starts." Spencer, realising he's facing a losing battle,
gives in, opens the car door, takes out a package and, holding
it out to Donovan, snaps, "Take your damn tape."
Donovan, though, indicating Samantha, retorts, "It belongs
to her," and Samantha grabs it. Spencer then asks
Donovan, "Satisfied?" Donovan snaps, "Very."
He then holds out his hand for the car keys. Spencer goes to place
them into his palm, but then lets them fall to the ground. Donovan
tells him curtly, "It's been nice knowing you." As Spencer
walks off, Samantha clutches the tape tightly, looking relieved.
That night, at Woombai, Wayne is sitting reading a magazine when
Denise comes in - all dressed up - and says a warm, "Hi..."
Wayne stares at her and asks what the occasion is, and she tells
him that she's going to a party. She then adds, "I knocked
on your door last night." Wayne mutters, "I don't remember
inviting you." Denise tells him, "I stayed up late."
She then asks him what time he got in, but Wayne retorts that
that's his business, and he warns her not to come calling
in the middle of the night, as people talk. Denise asks
him if he'd like to come to the party, but Wayne mutters, "Sorry,
I've got something else planned." Denise sits down
next to him and says flirtatiously, "I didn't get dressed
up for nothing..." Wayne, though, retorts, "I
reckon you did, kiddo." He stands up and adds, "Have
a good night." He goes to walk out, but Denise calls after
him, "I bought some aftershave for you in town. It's nice
- try some." Wayne just grabs it and walks out, leaving Denise
Samantha and Andy are standing in the kitchen at the country
house. Charlie is telling Samantha that she's sure Leigh won't
mind sharing with her; she'll have Sally in with her,
and if Andy doesn't mind bunking in the sleep hut with Brett,
they'll all be one big happy family! Samantha, looking dubious,
laughs sarcastically and says, "Thanks again for the offer..."
She then comments that Andy was saying they have a video, and
Charlie replies that that's right. She asks, "Why?"
and Samantha quickly tells her that she just wanted to check in
case she gets the urge to borrow something. Beryl comes in and
asks the two of them if they've eaten. Samantha and Andy accept
the offer. At that moment, Leigh comes in, all dressed up, followed
by Adam. She's saying to him, "I bet you say that to all
the girls!" Brett follows them in. Leigh acknowledges Andy
and Samantha and Andy tells her that they've decided to take up
Charlie's offer and stay a couple of days. Brett exclaims that
that's great, adding that there's nothing like some friendly faces.
Charlie comments to Leigh and Adam that she thought they were
going out to dinner. Leigh replies that they are, but Adam had
trouble tearing himself away from the Wolfman! Adam, looking at
Samantha, introduces himself and explains that he's Charlie's
son. The two of them shake hands and Andy shakes with Adam as
well. Brett announces that he was thinking of going out tonight
- maybe to a disco or something. He asks Samantha if she's interested.
Leigh says to him that she thought he wanted to watch the other
movie, but Brett retorts that he'll watch it tomorrow night; the
late fee won't be much. He asks Samantha what she says, and she
smiles, "Sure. Why not? I'll be good to relax for a while."
Leigh glares at her.
Jenny is sitting reading a book at the Woombai homestead when
the 'phone starts ringing. She answers it and Stephen comes on
and asks if Denise is home. Jenny points out that he's supposed
to be picking her up, but Stephen explains that, apparently, she
had an argument with a girlfriend and left early. Jenny, suddenly
looking worried, cries, "By herself?" Stephen
says he's not sure: a few others left about the same time and
she probably got a lift with one of them. Jenny asks him if he
can't find out, and he replies that he'll try. He then tells Jenny
not to worry; he's sure she's alright. Jenny asks him to let her
know as soon as he finds her and Stephen says he will. Jenny hangs
up, looking fearful.
Charlie is pouring coffee for Leigh and Adam in the kitchen at
the country house as Leigh tells her enthusiastically that she
should have seen the look on the waiter's face when Adam tried
to speak French to him! Adam insists that he looked French
and it was a French restaurant! Brett and Samantha come
in and Brett asks how dinner was. Leigh replies that it was great.
She then asks after the disco and Brett tells her that it was
unreal. Samantha adds, "He danced me off my feet!" Leigh's
face drops. Charlie offers them coffee, but Samantha declines,
saying she might go to bed. Adam adds that he'd better
get going, too, and he thanks Leigh for a great night. With that,
he heads out. Samantha asks Charlie, Brett and Leigh if they're
staying up for a while, but Charlie laughs that she only
had to stay up to make sure they all got in safely, and she heads
off to bed. Brett says to Samantha that he might as well
hit the hay, too. When he's gone, Leigh says to Samantha, "Think
I'll do the same. Coming?" Samantha, though, replies that
she thinks she'll have a shower first; she's a bit sticky after
dancing all night. Leigh mutters, "Fair enough. I'll see
you in the morning." She heads off. Samantha sighs heavily.
Stephen is back at Woombai. Jenny is crying that if Denise had
gone to a friend's place, why wouldn't she let them know? She
adds that it's eleven o'clock; she would have rung by
now. Stephen tells her that the police are on their way, but Jenny
retorts that, in the meanwhile, Denise could be-- She breaks off
and then announces that she's going out to look for her. Stephen,
though, says, "No. Let me. You shouldn't be out there by
yourself, either." Jenny pleads, "Find her, Stephen.
Please?" Stephen nods and heads out, leaving Jenny
Gordon, Irene, David, Fiona, Roland and Barbara are all sitting
round Fiona's living room table, and David smiles that he's going
to miss the Aussie tucker! Roland heads out to the kitchen to
make some coffee, and Barbara goes with him to lend a hand. When
she's out of earshot, Irene asks Gordon what's wrong with her,
as she's hardly said 'boo' all night. Gordon explains quietly
that he thinks it has something to do with her son, Simon. In
the kitchen, Barbara is telling Roland, "I had a letter from
him this morning: he's coming home. I think he would have been
back a lot earlier except for the problems you and I were having."
Roland comments that it'll be good to see him again, and Barbara
agrees, "Yes, it will - but what if he can't accept that
we're not together?" Roland asks what Simon can do
about it, and Barbara concedes warily that there's nothing,
she supposes; she just thinks he's going to cause a problem.
Samantha is sitting in the lounge room at the country house,
watching the videotape from the cult. Leigh suddenly appears in
the doorway and switches on the light. Samantha hurriedly gets
up and turns off the TV. Leigh asks her suspiciously what she's
doing, and Samantha quickly replies, "Watching a video. Anything
wrong?" Leigh asks her if she always watches them
with the sound off, and Samantha retorts, "If I feel like
it. I didn't want to wake anyone." She pulls the
tape out of the machine as Leigh asks what's on it. Samantha snaps,
"Nothing. Don't worry about it, OK?" She then runs out,
taking the tape with her. When she's gone Leigh walks over to
the TV. The two blank tapes that Brett bought are lying on top,
and Leigh picks one up and, a sly expression on her face, puts
it in the pocket of her dressing gown...
At Woombai, Jenny cries, "My God, Denise, what happened?"
Stephen and a middle-aged woman are helping Denise into the room.
She's looking dishevelled, and Stephen explains, "Susan found
her in the scrub off Kellett's Road." Susan explains, "I
saw a man in the headlights standing over her. He ran off when
he saw me coming." Stephen adds, "He didn't have time
to do anything." He and Jenny help Denise onto the couch,
where Jenny gives her daughter a hug and cries, "Oh, my poor
baby." Stephen snaps that the police should have been
here by now. Jenny assures Denise that it's all over now; she's
safe. Denise, though, shakes her head and, looking scared, cries,
"No I'm not. I know who it was, mum. It was Wayne."
Jenny and Stephen stare at her in shock.