At the homestead, Wayne tells Gordon, "It's not all me,
you know. I'm not the only one who has something to answer
for." Gordon retorts, "At least you're admitting
you have." Wayne goes on angrily, "What about Caroline?
She nearly had me killed because of what she
did. I notice you're not blaming her." Stephen chips
in, "Because if you hadn't sunk to blackmail in the first
place, none of this would have happened." Barbara
adds, "Exactly. You brought the whole thing on yourself.
Typical, though, isn't it? One of your nasty little schemes backfires
and you start whinging when you get the flak." Gordon tells
his son, "And it's not only blackmailing Caroline; your business
ethics come into question, and that's just as bad."
Wayne sits there looking worried as Barbara tells him, "I
think it's unforgivable, the way you treated Caroline, knowing
what she was going through with Amanda. And to have that hanging
over her head was bad enough, but then you start to play your
nasty little games..."
Caroline is sitting in her room at the guesthouse, looking in
the mirror and brushing her hair. She's staring at Colin's reflection;
he's sitting on the bed, looking upset. After a few moments, Caroline
stands up and goes and joins him on the bed, where she tells him
that she knows it's easy for her to say, but it was natural he
was nervous. Colin, though, assures her, "I wasn't nervous
with you." Caroline points out, "You said you
were, with the girl from uni." Colin, though, sighs, "That's
what I kept telling myself but it wasn't her fault -
just like it isn't your fault. No, it's me. It has
to be." Caroline insists that there's nothing wrong with
him, but Colin cries, "Then why didn't it work?" Caroline
tells him that it happens sometimes, but Colin sighs, "Not
to any of the blokes I've spoken to." Caroline asks
him gently if he thinks his friends are going to let anyone know
they might have had their male ego shattered a bit. She goes on
that of course it happens to them; they just don't talk
about it, that's all. Colin cries, "Stop trying to make me
feel better," but Caroline tells him that letting him wallow
in self-pity isn't going to do him any good. She then adds, "Give
it time, that's all. Believe me: you're a perfectly normal young
man." Colin looks at her and asks, "Am I?" He looks
At the homestead, Stephen is standing and ranting to Gordon,
"I know he's your son and I know you want him to be part
of the company, but he's done so many things that put the company
in jeopardy because they weren't quite legal that we have to face
facts: the company can't afford to let him try anything
like that again." Wayne growls, "You've suddenly got
a lot to say, haven't you? Not as though you're a major shareholder,
or anything. Do you reckon this is your chance to make it into
the big time? Get rid of 'naughty Wayne' so there'll be a Directorship
up for grabs." Stephen snaps that that's got nothing to do
with it. Gordon suddenly snaps at Stephen that he'd like to speak
to Wayne alone, and the two of them go to head out to the kitchen.
As they do so, Wayne glares at Barbara, who mutters, "You're
going to kill him one day."
In the kitchen, Wayne tells his father, "Trying to get Roland
Armstrong out of the company wasn't just a personal vendetta or
anything. I did it for the company's sake; that's all
I've ever done. You can't throw me out after I've spent
all my time doing what's best for the company." Gordon comments
to him that he seems suddenly very obsessed with the company,
but Wayne retorts that Gordon knows it's always come
first. Gordon growls, "Has it, indeed?" He
goes on, "Every time you've made a move, it's been for personal
reasons." Wayne insists that that's not true, but Gordon
retorts that what Stephen said was quite true. Wayne
mutters, "Yeah, well, he is out to get me."
Gordon sighs, "There you go again, you see? It always comes
back to the personal. We can't afford to have you as a Director,
Wayne." Wayne cries, "You can't throw me out,"
but Gordon retorts, "We can't afford to have someone who
doesn't know how to behave in a professional manner sitting on
the Board. It's bad for business, it's bad for the image and,
above all, it'd put us in the most invidious position if any of
your schemes ever came to the attention of the law."
Wayne pleads, "Please, dad..." Gordon, though, goes
on, "I know that you've done some some very good things for
the company, but you've managed to offset most of them by this
one stupid action. You will be bought out of all your shares and
just be an employee of the company with no say whatsoever in running
it." Wayne stares at him and cries, "You expect me to
work without any say?" Gordon retorts, "I can't see
any other option." He then goes on tautly, "The one
thing I can't work out in all this mess is how you could
possibly bring yourself to use Amanda's letters to commit blackmail;
you were supposed to have cared for the girl. Wayne cries,
"I can explain," but Gordon, going to storm
out, snaps, "Don't bother. I'm sick of all these
lies." Wayne cries, "Please, dad, just one more chance."
Gordon stops in his tracks and murmurs, "If I had invested
just one dollar for every chance I'd given you over the years,
I'd be a multi-millionaire. No more chances, Wayne." He then
walks out, leaving Wayne looking rueful.
Leigh is cleaning the floor in the lounge room at the country
house. Samantha comes in and Leigh asks to talk to her. Samantha
asks what it's about, and Leigh replies hesitantly, "I think
you probably know." She stands up and explains, "It's
Brett: well, I like him a lot, and he likes me - I know that.
We were getting on really well for a while..." She hesitates
before continuing, "What I'm trying to say is that, well,
you've got everything: money... looks... a chance to do whatever
you want." Samantha smiles, "I'm just lucky." Leigh
goes on, "Yeah, I know, and I'm not funny about that. It's
just that... Brett likes me and he likes Shane. It's
just hard for me when you go after him the way you do." Samantha
points out, "He's fair game," and Leigh agrees, "Sure
- but he means something to me. It's not a game."
Samantha comments that she'd have thought it was up to Brett
whether he wants to 'play' or not. Leigh growls, "You're
not taking me seriously, are you?" Samantha, however, assures
her, "Of course I am. You want him and I'm competition, simple
as that." Leigh cries, "But you can have almost anyone
you want." Samantha crosses her arms and admits,
"Probably." Leigh goes on, "Look, all I wanted
to ask was for you to back off; give me a chance." Samantha
retorts that Brett is a big boy; he can decide who he likes best.
Leigh insists, "But you don't really want him, do you?"
Samantha, though, retorts, "There's not much else around
at the moment. Anyway, I wouldn't worry too much - he's probably
already made up his mind. You'll just have to learn to live with
it: we don't always get what we want." With that, she wanders
out of the room, airily. Leigh, looking at the video box on top
of the TV, murmurs, "No, we don't. Then you asked
Caroline and Colin are out walking by the old shack at Woombai.
Caroline says to Colin, "You'd rather I didn't come with
you, wouldn't you?" Colin points out that she hasn't
got anything to feel embarrassed about; it's not as if anything
happened. Caroline admits that she'd be a bit embarrassed
to see Stephen and Jenny, but adds that she's thinking of him:
she thinks he'd be a little less self-conscious if she weren't
there. Colin looks at her and then walks off.
A few minutes later, Colin is approaching the homestead when
he passes Wayne, who's leaning against a tree. He comments to
Colin sourly, "You look as if you've had a kick in then guts."
Colin turns and stares at him and snaps, "You don't look
too crash hot yourself - not that I could give a stuff.
I mean, you don't give a damn for anyone else so why
should they give a damn about you?" With that, he
walks off. Wayne mutters, "You wait. You'll get yours."
Inside the homestead, Barbara and Jenny are sitting at the living
room table while Gordon is sitting reading the newspaper in the
lounge room. Barbara comments to Jenny that it was a delicious
meal. Colin comes in and Jenny asks him if Caroline found him.
Colin murmurs, "Yeah, we had a bit of a chat, then she went
for a walk." Jenny asks him if he's alright, and he snaps,
"Yes. Why shouldn't I be?" There's an embarrassed
silence. Colin then asks if there's any food left for a sandwich,
and he and Jenny head out to the kitchen to make a sandwich. When
he's gone, Barbara comments to Gordon, "He seems
a bit snappy." Gordon just murmurs, "Mmm." Barbara
then goes on, "Gordon, I know how you must be feeling and
I apologise for my part in the deception, but I didn't want to
say anything about Wayne because I knew it would worry you."
Gordon retorts, "If you'd told me, I might have been able
to do something to sort out the mess." Barbara admits that
she supposes so. She then adds, "Well, anyway, things should
calm down once he's out of the house when we get home." Gordon
retorts, "I haven't asked him to leave." Looking surprised,
Barbara snaps, "You haven't?" Gordon explains,
"No. What I have done is ask him to hand in his
Directorship. That's enough without kicking him out." Barbara
snaps that he's forgiving Wayne all over again, but Gordon
retorts that, regardless of what Wayne might have done, he's still
his son, and whether Barbara likes it or not, he owes him a great
deal: if Wayne hadn't handled things the way he did during his
illness, there wouldn't have been a company to come back
to. He adds, "I am in his debt, Barbara - and besides
that, kicking him out isn't going to solve anything." Barbara
stands there, stony-faced.
David is in Fiona's flat at the boarding house in Sydney, with
Fiona and Irene. He's talking on the 'phone, telling Leigh that
he'll send her a postcard from Rio. Leigh comments sadly that
it sounds so exotic. In the kitchen at the country house, Charlie
approaches Leigh as she tells David, "I hate to
say goodbye." David assures her that he shouldn't be too
long. Charlie calls down the 'phone, "Give my love to Patricia
when you find her," and David says he will. Leigh tells him
to take care, and David says he will. The two of them then hang
up. At the country house, Beryl tells Leigh from the kitchen table,
"He'll be back." Leigh, looking upset, cries, "I
know. It's just going to be hard without him. The thing is, how
long is he going to be away?" Going to sit down
at the table with Beryl and Charlie, she goes on, "Everything
seems to be coming down on me at the moment: Brett doesn't seem
to be interested, and you're going back to Sydney..."
Charlie insists that she doesn't have to go back; there's
no reason for her not to stay in Melbourne. Leigh tells her that
she'd feel a lot better if she did. Beryl points out
that things aren't that bad, then, and Leigh sighs that she guesses
not. She then heads off to check on Shane.
Outside, Andy is approaching the back door with Sally, telling
her that his mum was really keen for him to go to uni, but he
was too interested in music! Sally laughs, "You should have
heard my dad when he heard I wanted to go on. We had
an awful fight over it." Andy asks her what she's studying
and she explains, "Art conservation: fixing up paintings
and old books; stuff like that." Looking interested, Andy
tells her, "I went to the Louvre when I was overseas."
Sally asks him if he saw the Mona Lisa. Andy smiles, "That's
an old Nat King Cole song, isn't it?" They head inside, where
Charlie comments that the two of them sound as though they're
enjoying themselves. Andy explains that he just came in to get
a drink for Brett and him. Beryl goes to the 'fridge to get it.
Charlie smiles at Andy that it's very good of him to give Brett
a hand - she sees she's going to have to replace him when he leaves!
Andy tells her to take Samantha on - she's out there
getting right stuck into it! Beryl hands him his drink and he
heads back out. When he's gone, Charlie comments to Sally that
she's glad to see her and Andy getting on so well. Sally smiles
that he's a really nice guy - not that she knows him that well.
Charlie asks her, "Would you go out with him if he asked
you?" Sally, though, suddenly looking annoyed, retorts, "I
don't know. He hasn't asked me so I really couldn't say."
With that, she storms off to the lounge room. Charlie remarks
to Beryl that she's going to have to do something to help those
two along. Beryl suggests that she let nature take its course,
but Charlie tells her that sometimes nature needs a little help.
She continues that Sally needs to get out a little more; she spends
far too much time poring over her books. Beryl suggests that surely
Sally knows what she wants, but Charlie replies, "Not necessarily,
darling. It took me years to find out what I
wanted and I was furious I wasted so much time. I'd have
been more than grateful if someone had given me a helping
Colin is walking across the grounds at Woombai, carrying a pickaxe
and a shovel, when Wayne approaches him. Colin stops in his tracks
and asks tautly, "You want something?" Wayne
retorts, "You were going to take me on when I was drunk.
Thought we should see how you go when I'm sober."
Colin just snaps at him to grow up. Wayne asks angrily if that's
the easy way out, but Colin retorts that he doesn't see the sense
in fighting. Wayne snarls, "It was good enough for you when
I wasn't up to scratch. Let's see how you go now."
Colin cries, "For God's sake, will you--?" Wayne, though,
pokes a finger in his chest and snaps, "Come on. I reckon
you're a wimp. I reckon you only take on blokes who are drunk."
Colin, looking thoughtful, smiles, "Not necessarily..."
Wayne growls, "Then prove it." Colin lets the pickaxe
and shovel drop to the ground. The two men then square up to each
other and Wayne punches Colin in the stomach. Colin bends over
double but quickly regains his composure and dodges another punch
from Wayne. He then lands a punch on Wayne's nose and Wayne drops
to the ground and stays there, blood beginning to spurt over his
face. Colin snaps at him, "I didn't want to fight. You remember
that." With that, he picks up his tools and walks off, leaving
Wayne to snarl, "You wait. I'm not going to forget this."
Andy heads into the kitchen at the country house and Charlie
immediately asks him if he can do her a favour: ask Sally out.
Andy, looking taken aback, says, "Um... I'm not sure she's
quite my type, Charlie." Charlie tells him that if he took
her out, he'd find she's a different girl underneath. Andy, giving
in, suggests that he could take her along to the job he's got
on tonight, and he asks if she likes disco. Charlie smiles, "If
you took her, I'm sure she would!" Still
looking dubious, Andy asks if she's in the lounge, and he heads
out there. When he's gone, Beryl tells Charlie that if she'd have
stuck her nose in with her kids, she'd have had it bitten
off. Charlie insists that Sally's not like that, but Beryl warns
her, "If you're not careful, you'll turn her against you
and the whole idea of going out with boys." Charlie smiles
that that's nonsense: once Sally's been out and enjoyed herself,
she'll be a different girl. Beryl comments that she still thinks
Charlie's asking for trouble. She then asks, "Pride
wouldn't have anything to do with it, would it?" Charlie
asks her what she means, and Beryl asks, "You wouldn't be
worried about her being left on the shelf?" Charlie cries
at her not to be silly. She adds, "Really, Beryl, I've never
heard of anything so ridiculous in my life."
In the lounge room, Sally, looking taken aback, tells Andy, "Oh,
well, I have got rather a lot to do before I've finished
- and I've got a part-time job. I don't really have much time."
Andy explains that he's taking the disco out and thought she might
like to give him a hand. Sally sighs that she doesn't know. She
then suggests that he ask Leigh, but Andy tells her, "I'd
rather ask you." Sally, looking surprised, asks,
"Are you serious?" and Andy assures her, "Cross
my heart and hope to die." With that, Sally accepts. Andy
heads out to get back to work. When he's gone, Charlie comes in
and starts dusting 'subtly'! After a few seconds, Sally says,
"Andy asked me out tonight." Charlie smiles, "Oh,
really? Isn't that nice of him! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful
time." There's silence before Charlie checks, "You did
accept?" Sally nods, "Yes." Charlie stands there,
looking pleased with herself!
Wayne is sitting in a barn at Woombai, patting at his bloodied
nose with a tissue and looking sorry for himself. He suddenly
looks up and notices, in the distance, Caroline approaching Colin
and putting her arm round him. She tells him that he's got to
let go of that depression. Colin insists that he's not
depressed, but Caroline tells him that she could see it before
she reached him. She adds, "Look, I told you: it
can happen to anyone; you're not the first man
to get nervous." Colin asks her if she's sure that's all
it really is, and Caroline smiles that of course it is. She adds
that she bets he thought he had some incurable disease - but it's
going to be alright! She then gives him a gentle kiss on the cheek
and he tells her, "Next time, I hope it will be."
Suddenly looking slightly wary, Caroline comments that it looks
like he's got an awful lot of work to do, and she leaves him to
get on with it. In the barn, Wayne watches her walking off, looking
Charlie is talking on the 'phone in the kitchen at Woombai, thanking
the person at the other end for squeezing her in without an appointment.
She hangs up and Leigh - who's sitting at the table - immediately
asks her why she's in such a rush to get to a beauty parlour.
Charlie, though, explains that she's not; she's sending Sally.
At that moment, Sally comes in from the lounge room and Charlie
quickly says to her, "I've just finished organising it: I
was supposed to go to the beauty parlour this afternoon, but you
can go in my place." Looking surprised, Sally asks, "What
on earth for?" Charlie tells her that she's sure Andy would
be flattered if she went to a bit of trouble. Sally points out,
"He's just going to work and I'm going with him, that's all,"
but Charlie tells her, "You could still look wonderful for
him. I thought we'd go to the beauty parlour first and then on
to Lisa Cook's and pick out a special dress..." Sally sighs,
"I'm not a model, you know?" Charlie tells her, "Nothing
to say you couldn't be," but Sally cries, "Don't
be silly." Charlie insists that it's a wonderful opportunity
to dress up. Sally says she'd rather be her. Charlie
insists, "You will be - the real you."
Sally suddenly warns, "Charlie, don't try and run my life
for me." Charlie cries that she isn't, but Sally
retorts, "You are. If you want something to dress
up, buy yourself a Barbie doll." With that, she walks off,
leaving Charlie looking disappointed. Brett and Samantha suddenly
come in from outside and Brett suggests to Samantha that they
go out tonight and relax a bit. Samantha smiles, "Why not?!"
Leigh growls that she thought they were all going to watch videos,
but Brett points out that she can watch them without him and Samantha
there. Leigh points out that, if he doesn't see them, he'll have
wasted his money. Samantha tells Brett, "I don't
mind. Whatever." Brett suggests to her that they go out tomorrow
night, then, and Samantha smiles, "Sure." Leigh sits
there, looking pleased with herself...
Wayne is walking along the verandah at Woombai. He suddenly spots
Colin approaching and he walks up to him, a nasty smile on his
face, and says, "I saw you out there having a bit of a kiss
and a cuddle. I reckon you're making an idiot of yourself; she's
probably having a good old laugh. Mark you, she couldn't be safer
with you: you wouldn't know what to do with
a real woman if she fell all over you." Colin glares at him
and then snaps, "For your interest--" He then breaks
off before continuing, "She has fallen for me -
and I knew exactly what to do." With that, he storms
off, leaving Wayne looking pleased with himself.
Jenny is laying the table inside, while Stephen, Gordon and Barbara
sit in the lounge room. Colin comes in and heads into the kitchen
to get cleaned up. Jenny asks Stephen if Caroline is still coming,
and Stephen replies, "As far as I know." Gordon
comments to Barbara, "It seems a bit silly to go back before
the wedding," but Barbara reminds him that Simon is coming
back the day after tomorrow and she'd hate not to meet him. She
then suggests to Gordon, "Why don't you stay here? I'll go
back and pick him up and bring him back here." Gordon mutters,
"Fine by me." Wayne suddenly wanders in and
Stephen, standing up, growls, "I thought you would have had
the decency to have left by now." Wayne retorts, "I
can't. The police wouldn't like it - although when they've given
me the go-ahead, you won't see me for dust." Stephen
mutters, "In that case, I'll arrange a room for you at the
Reid House." Wayne growls, "Sure, I wouldn't want to
stay here anyway," and he storms off to his room
to pack, leaving Gordon, Barbara and Stephen looking embarrassed.
At the country house, Charlie is telling Beryl in the lounge
room that she doesn't know what to do: Sally hasn't shown her
face since the argument. Leigh - who's sitting in one of the armchairs,
as is Samantha - points out that she had an essay to do, adding
that it's probably helping her cool down. Beryl tells Charlie
that it'll be alright: she doesn't agree with what Charlie did,
but Sally is going out with Andy and that's what she wanted, isn't
it? Charlie admits that she supposes so. Beryl then announces
that, as they're going to be watching videotapes later, she thought
they might have an early dinner. She heads out. Samantha goes
to follow her, saying she'll give her a hand. This, though, prompts
Leigh to snap, "Oh, turned into a real little worker, haven't
we? Even getting our hands dirty in the kitchen now."
Samantha retorts, "It beats talking about it,"
and she storms out. When she's gone, Charlie asks Leigh why she
has to bait Samantha. Leigh mutters that she's just getting
sick and tired of her 'Little Miss. Goody-Two-Shoes' act. She
adds slyly, "We'll see how long that lasts..."
She then stands up and walks over to check the tape lying on top
of the TV. Brett comes in and Charlie asks him what he's got lined
up for them tonight. Brett replies that it's the second horror
film: Fangs. He suddenly notices that one of his blank
tapes has disappeared from the top of TV. Leigh quickly tells
him that it can't have gone too far; it'll turn up somewhere.
She then places a tape in her hand into the video and smiles,
"There we are: already to go when we've finished eating."
Charlie grimaces, "Can't wait..." Leigh smiles nastily,
"No. Nor can I..."
Caroline heads into the lounge room at the Woombai homestead
and smiles, "Hello, everybody." Gordon stands up and
tells her that, to clear the air completely, now that he knows
why she wanted Roland out of the company and the reason behind
it, he understands why she acted as she did. Caroline thanks him,
adding that it wasn't very easy. Gordon adds, "I think you
should know that Wayne is going to sell his shares and become
simply an employee." Wayne, staring at his father, a smirk
on his face, says, "If I could butt-in, I'd like to say something."
He stands up and goes on, "I've had a good think about it
and I've decided against selling." Glaring at his father,
he adds, "Let's face it, you can't make me - and
after all the work I've put into the business, I'll be damned
if give it away for nothing." Gordon warns him angrily,
"There is no way you can function as a Director. No one will
work with you; you realise that?" Caroline adds, "Roland
certainly wouldn't have anything to do with you and I
certainly won't. You'll be frozen out, from my point
of view." Wayne smiles at her nastily and muses, "It
seems a bit odd, Caroline, you being so moral." At that moment,
Jenny comes out of the kitchen and says, "Hello, Caroline."
Wayne turns to her and asks her, "Did you know she was having
it off with your son?" Looking taken aback, Jenny asks, "I
beg your pardon?" Wayne insists, "It's true. Cross my
heart. Look at them." Stephen snaps that that's ridiculous,
but Wayne insists that he's not being ridiculous. He
repeats, "Look at them." Jenny glares at the
guilty expressions on Colin's and Caroline's faces and then snaps
at Caroline, "And you weren't coming here to make trouble?
My God, how gullible could we be? You're out to do everything
you can to break up this family. Well I've got news,
you bitch!" As she calls Caroline a bitch, she lashes
out and wallops her round the face.