At Charlie's, Wayne is sitting in the lounge room, about to eat
some takeaway, when there's a knock at the door. He goes to answer
it and finds a blonde-haired woman standing there, wearing dark
glasses. It's Patricia. She stares at Wayne, looking surprised,
and then blusters, "Oh. I was wanting to see Charlie Bartlett.
Is she home?" She steps inside as Wayne explains that Charlie
is in Melbourne; he's minding the place. Patricia takes
off her glasses and asks Wayne when he expects her back. Wayne,
though, replies that he has no idea; she's sort of half moved
down there. He then asks, "You a friend of hers, are you?"
Patricia, looking delighted at not being recognised, tells Wayne,
"An acquaintance." Wayne offers her the telephone number
to contact Charlie, and Patricia asks if she can ring from the
house. Wayne assures her that that's fine. Patricia goes on, "I
was hoping to stay, actually. When I met her in London, Charlie
offered me an open invitation. She said any time I was in Sydney,
her home was my home." She then asks, "Would
you get my bags, please?" Wayne, looking surprised, picks
them up and places them in the hallway. Patricia wanders into
the lounge room and starts looking around. When Wayne comes back
in, she comments, "Very nice. Charlie has taste." Wayne
asks her if she hasn't been there before, and Patricia replies,
"No." She then tells him, "I've just come in from
London." Holding out her hand, she introduces, "Alison
Carr." She adds, "You're?" Wayne introduces himself
and tells Alison that he's pleased to meet her. Alison asks, "Husband?
Boyfriend?" Wayne, though, laughs, "No!" He then
explains that he used to live next door, but he had a bit of a
barney with the family, so he moved in there. Alison
comments wryly, "Some things never change."
Wayne looks at her sharply and asks what she said. Alison quickly
tells him, "I said Sydney hasn't changed."
Wayne hands her the number of the country house, and Alison remarks
that the number is under the name of David Palmer. She quickly
adds that she wouldn't want to bother any of Charlie's friends,
ringing so late. Wayne, though, assures her that it's OK - he's
not there at the moment. Alison asks sharply, "Where is he?"
and Wayne replies, "On holidays." Alison asks if he's
away for long, adding quickly that she just wondered if she can
expect Charlie back. Wayne suggests that it would be easier if
she asked Charlie. Alison murmurs, "Yes. Right."
A short time later, Charlie is talking on the 'phone in the kitchen
at the country house as Beryl washes up at the sink. Charlie is
saying, "Your voice sounds slightly familiar, darling, but...
oh dear, I must sound so rude... well I just can't place
you." Alison tells her - as Wayne listens on - "Cynthia
Hemingway's party in Belgravia. Last year. Don't you remember?
You told me any time I was in Australia, I could stay. We talked
for quite some time - you told me about your involvement in the
fashion business. It was fashion, wasn't it?" Charlie
confirms that that's right. Alison goes on, "Cynthia promised
she'd call you and tee it all up for me. I feel so embarrassed
turning up out of the blue like this." Charlie, though, insists
that she's the one who's embarrassed; she can't even
put a face to the name. Alison 'reminds' her that they took a
bottle of Dom out to the conservatory and discussed the
shows in Paris. Charlie smiles, "Oh look, darling, I hate
to see you put out." Alison suggests to her that obviously
Cynthia tried to call her but couldn't. Charlie agrees, "Obviously."
She then tells Alison to make herself comfortable and if she doesn't
get down to Melbourne, well, maybe they can have a few chats on
the 'phone? Alison asks her if she doesn't expect to be back in
the near future. Charlie replies, "Oh, no, I'm minding the
house for a friend while he's in Rio." A look of shock crosses
Alison's face. Charlie goes on, "He won't be back for ages."
Alison, looking concerned, asks, "Really?" Charlie asks
if there's any reason he should be, adding that she loses
track of all the fighting that goes on in these places. Alison
quickly replies, "Oh, no, it's nothing like that. I was...
well, a little bit envious, I suppose. Let's face it: Rio de Janeiro...
who wouldn't be envious?" She then asks if he's
just on a holiday, but Charlie replies that it's personal; private.
Alison assures her that she didn't mean to pry. Charlie then tells
her that she's welcome to the house if she wants it. She adds
that she's sure Wayne won't interfere with her - he's a sweetie,
but he does have his funny little ways! A smile crosses Alison's
face, and she tells Charlie that she can't thank her enough. Charlie
says, "If you don't get down to Melbourne, have a nice stay,
and perhaps I'll catch up with you when you're in London."
Alison, though, assures her, "Oh, I'm sure we'll meet before
then." She then thanks Charlie, and they hang up. At the
country house, Beryl immediately asks Charlie if she really
knows who Alison is or if she's just pretending. Charlie explains
that her voice sounded familiar and she obviously knew all about
her, so she supposes she has met her...
Sometime later, Alison joins Wayne in the lounge room at Charlie's,
having changed and freshened up. Wayne offers her something to
eat, but she says she doubts there's much in the 'fridge from
the look of what he was eating when she arrived! Wayne tells her
that he can go and get her something, but Alison says, "Don't
bother - it's so far to the shops." She quickly clarifies,
"At least, I didn't see any on the way in. Obviously, I don't
know the neighbourhood..." She then thanks him for offering.
Changing the subject, she tells him that Charlie mentioned her
friend in Rio: David...? Wayne replies, "Palmer." Alison
asks what he's doing there, and Wayne replies, "Looking for
his wife. That's where he thinks she is. She did a flit rather
than face a murder charge." Looking worried, Alison comments
that he obviously loves her, to chase after her like that. Wayne
mutters, "More fool him. Patricia's trouble; always
has been." Alison remarks that that's not a very
nice way to talk about someone, but Wayne retorts, "She's
my stepmother - or was, until she married David. I was
glad to see the back of her. Everyone will be a lot better off
if David comes home alone." He then suggests that they forget
her, and he asks Alison to tell him about herself. Alison muses,
"Alright. If Patricia's that unsavoury, I
make a much better topic of conversation..."
In the kitchen at the country house, Charlie says to Beryl that
she hopes Alison does get down to Melbourne, as she'd
love to catch up with some London gossip; she feels so isolated
down there in the country, sometimes - she does like a bit of
sophistication every now and then. She then clasps her hand to
her mouth and quickly apologises to Beryl for that comment, but
Beryl assures her that she knows what she means! She then announces
that she may partake of some of the simple pleasures and watch
some tele with the boys! She goes to head off to the lounge room,
but as she does so, she bumps into Sally, who's coming in with
some books. She tells Beryl that she's got to get stuck in to
her assignment. Beryl laughs that it's good to see someone making
themselves study; the trouble she had with her three
when they were young...! She heads off and Sally goes and sits
down at the table. She then comments to Charlie that Beryl doesn't
seem to talk much about her children. Charlie, though, assures
her that she misses them. She explains that Kevin's overseas and
John's up north and Susan's in the country... She then tells Sally,
"I didn't talk about you and Adam over the years. It hurt,
so I understand Beryl." She then looks at Sally's books and
comments that she thought she was studying Art Conservation. Sally
replies that she is, but it's handy to know a bit of chemistry,
which means doing a year of maths as a co-requisite. Charlie laughs,
"When I studied mathematics at school, one and one
made two - and I only learnt that because I thought it
sounded vaguely romantic!" Sally, squeezing Charlie's hand,
invites her to come along to one of her lectures with her and
see what it's really like. Charlie muses, "My God. Educating
Charlie. You never know: I might run into Michael Caine!"
Leigh, Adam and Brett are all sitting on the couch in the lounge
room and Beryl is sitting in an armchair. The four of them are
watching a fight in a film on TV, but Adam is looking increasingly
uncomfortable, and after a few seconds, he stands up and dashes
out. He storms into the kitchen and heads outside, leaving Charlie
and Sally looking surprised. Beryl comes into the kitchen after
him and tells Charlie and Sally, "Brett chose the worst possible
film he could: cops and robbers." In the lounge room, Brett
turns off the TV and mutters, "Stupid. Why didn't I think?"
Leigh comments sourly that it looks like she's not the only
one round there who hurts people. Brett, though, growls, "At
least I don't mean to." He storms out.
Adam is sitting just outside the kitchen door. Charlie comes
out and, sitting down next to him, explains that Beryl told her
what happened. She adds that it's hard for her to understand...
Adam tells her that she couldn't understand. Charlie
insists that she could try. She then tells him that she
and Sally were discussing mathematics when he came through, and
she asks how that is for his mum making an effort. Adam,
though, retorts that it's hardly the same thing. Charlie then
suggests that she could give him some money and he could take
a break from the force and go overseas perhaps. Adam, glaring
at her, snaps, "You think money's the answer to everything,
don't you?" and he stands up and storms off.
In the lounge room at Charlie's, Wayne is pouring drinks for
himself and Alison, and he comments to Alison that, from the sound
of things, she's having a very open-ended holiday. Alison replies
that she's taking it as it comes; if she likes Sydney, she'll
stay for a while. Wayne, handing her a drink, assures her, "You'll
like it." He then adds flirtatiously, "It'll like you,
that's for sure." Alison asks dubiously if that's
the Australian charm she's heard so much about. Wayne smiles that
he guesses so, adding, "It comes naturally to some of us!"
Alison raises her glass and says, "Chin chin." Wayne
suddenly stares at her in surprise and comments, "Chin chin?
Patricia used to say that. It always sounded funny to me."
Alison comments that, from the sound of Patricia, she
hopes that's all they have in common. Wayne smiles, "I'm
sure it is. You're very attractive..." Alison quickly
tells him, "Then I'm obviously not looking like I feel! Travelling's
fine; the only bad thing about being away from home is I miss
my man. We're very close." Realising what she's implying,
Wayne laughs, "Don't tell me I'm that obvious?" Alison
retorts, "You're not subtle!" Wayne points
out that she can't blame a bloke for trying! Alison assures him
that she's flattered, and she suggests they leave it at that.
Wayne agrees, "OK - for tonight." He then suggests,
"You're on holidays. You might feel differently once you
relax." Alison, though, says she doubts it very much. Changing
the subject, she suggests, "Anyway, tell me all about yourself
and your family. You sound like a fascinating group of people."
Wayne, though, snarls, "They're a pack of idiots."
Andy and Colin arrive back at the Morrell apartment after a game
of squash. Andy is enthusing that he likes those new glass-backed
courts, as you don't miss any of the talent! He then says to Colin,
"Still, I don't know why you didn't want to check out that
blonde and her friend!" Colin tells him warily, "No...
she was interested in you, but her friend wasn't too
keen on me." Andy tells Colin that he didn't even
smile! Looking around, Colin comments that it looks like Caroline
and Sam are still at the movies. Andy says he's been thinking:
if Colin being there causes any hassles for Caroline, he can move
into the boarding house; one of the rooms will be free soon, and
Colin can share with him until then - unless, of course,
he's got his eye on someone; he wouldn't want to cramp his style!
Colin mutters quietly, "I wouldn't worry about that."
Andy, not hearing him, asks, "Sorry?" Colin tells him,
"I said, um... I said I wouldn't worry about that. I'm not
chasing Sam. I'm not chasing any girl." Andy laughs,
"You sure weren't tonight! I tell you, it's all
in the smile!" Colin, looking nervous, persists, "Andy.
What if you prefer smiling at men?" Andy, suddenly
looking shocked, stares at him and murmurs, "What?"
Colin asks, "So you still want to share the room with me?"
Gordon stands up from where he was sitting in the lounge room
at Woombai, commenting as he does so that tonight has made him
feel very old! Stephen, who's sitting with Jenny, asks why, and
Gordon explains that, once, he would have dragged Stephen out
for a raging buck's night, but look at them: a glass of warm Horlicks
and a nine o'clock bedtime! He then wishes them goodnight and
heads off to his room. When he's gone, Stephen remarks to Jenny,
with a smile on his face, "Gordon's right: I am
mellowing." Jenny asks him if that bothers him, and Stephen
admits, "Yeah." He then quickly adds, "But I've
got you, haven't I?!" Jenny warns him humorously
that if he turns into one of those men who lets themselves go
after they're married, there'll be big trouble!
Caroline and Samantha arrive back at the Morrell apartment to
find Colin sitting on the couch, a glum expression on his face.
Caroline asks him how the squash went, but he just sits there
and murmurs, "So so..." Caroline looks at Samantha,
who says she'll catch them in the morning. She then heads off
to bed, leaving Caroline to ask Colin, "Is it a general downer
or a specific downer?" Colin sighs, "I told Andy. I
felt I had to - I couldn't handle the 'let's be blokes together'
thing anymore." Caroline, sitting down, asks, "And he
took it badly?" Colin explains that he didn't carry on or
anything; it's just that his jaw hit the carpet and he got out
as soon as he could. He adds sadly, "I don't think there'll
be any more squash games." Caroline tells him that he has
to expect a certain amount of surprise. Colin, though,
cries that it was as if he was suddenly a different person to
Andy; you want to be honest about yourself and people just don't
want to know. Caroline, taking his hand, assures him, "I
do - and if you agree to letting me tell Samantha, I'm sure she
will, too. That makes two of us." Colin smiles weakly
and tells her, "You're a great lady. No wonder I wanted to
love you." Caroline suggests, "That's the trouble, though,
isn't it? You wanted to love me. You can't force
those things." She then tells Colin to give Andy a chance
- she's sure he'll come back to it again. Colin mutters, "I
won't hold my breath." He then leans towards Caroline and
kisses her on the lips, before pulling away and saying, "Stephen's
lucky having mum, but I reckon he was nuts letting you
go." He then adds, "Sure. Yeah, you can tell Samantha."
With that, he stands up and heads off to his room.
Adam is lying asleep on the couch in the lounge room at the country
house, having a nightmare about the shooting. As he relives the
bullet being fired, he wakes up and lets out a yell of fear. He
sits bolt upright and starts panting heavily. The light suddenly
comes on and Charlie walks in. Looking concerned, she asks him
if he's alright, but Adam explains that it was a bad dream. Charlie,
going and sitting down next to him, tells him that she heard him
come home earlier; she was going to come in but thought better
of it. She then goes on that the help she offered him before...
she didn't mean it to sound as if she thought money could buy
everything; she knows it can't - and certainly not happiness.
Adam tells her, "It's the funeral tomorrow. I'm one of the
pallbearers. I'm freaked about it. I keep thinking... I keep thinking
it could have been me. They tell you about the dangers,
but you never think you're going to die." Charlie
gives him a hug, but Adam assures her that it's OK. Charlie sighs,
"Being a mother doesn't come easily to me - not like it does
to, say, Beryl. I can only do what seems right at the time."
Adam nods that he knows. Charlie then tells him that she's his
mother and she loves him and she's not going to apologise for
it. She continues, "Sleep tight, and if you have any more
bad dreams, wake me. That's what mothers are for."
She kisses him on the cheek and then returns to her room. Adam
sighs heavily and mutters, "What are you going to do? Sing
me a lullaby?"
The next morning, Beryl is out the front, sweeping the verandah.
Adam is lying fast asleep on the couch in the lounge room. Leigh
comes in, looks at him and straightens the blanket that's covering
him. She then heads outside and joins Beryl. She comments that
it looks like Adam slept with the light on last night - she thinks
he's pretty mixed up. Beryl murmurs that she feels sorry
for him. Leigh suggests that she should have a word with him,
but Beryl asks her to leave it to Charlie; she thinks she
wants to handle it. Leigh mutters that it's pretty crazy her
trying to advise someone; she can't even handle her own
problems. Beryl asks if Brett is still anti, and Leigh replies,
"Unless a miracle's happened since last night." She
then heads off to collect the eggs for breakfast.
A few moments later, Leigh opens the gate to the chicken coop
and stops in shock. There's a dead chicken lying there. Leigh
A short time later, Leigh is standing in the coop, tying up a
black plastic bag. Brett comes out of the nearby shed and asks
what's going on. Leigh explains that a fox or something got into
the chook house, and three are dead. She asks him if he didn't
hear anything, but Brett retorts that he's the world's heaviest
sleeper; it takes a bomb to wake him. Leigh growls, "It
must. There would've been a hell of a racket." Brett
snaps, "Don't make it sound like it's my fault.
If I had've heard anything, I would've come out." Leigh mutters
that she's sorry: she's upset, that's all; it wasn't fun cleaning
up. She goes to head off to throw the carcasses in the incinerator.
Brett calls after her to ask if she's OK, but Leigh asks angrily,
"What would you care?" Brett tells her that
he knows how she felt about them. He then asks if any of them
were the new chicks. Leigh replies, "One. My favourite: Oscar."
Brett comments that it must be tough. He then suddenly notices
something in the distance and, pointing, says, "No. It wasn't
a fox. Look." Leigh looks across to where he's pointing:
Patch is gnawing at another chicken carcass. Brett tells her,
"Dog's turned hen-killer." Leigh runs over to the dog
and cries in disappointment, "Oh, Patch." Brett suggests
that he take Patch to his owners and tell them. Leigh asks what
will happen to him, and Brett replies that they'll probably have
to put him down. Leigh cries that he doesn't know he's done anything
wrong. Brett, though, snaps that that doesn't mean he can be allowed
to go on doing it. Leigh snarls, "I don't expect you
to understand, but Patch has been a good friend to me. He stood
by me when others around here wouldn't give me the time of day."
Brett says he doesn't have any other answer. He then suggests
that they go and see old Patterson together. Leigh glares at him.
Alison is sitting on one of the couches in Charlie's lounge room,
flicking through a magazine. Wayne wanders in, wearing his dressing
gown and sipping a glass of orange juice, and comments that he
thought Alison would have slept 'til all hours. Alison,
though, explains that she's still on London time. She
then asks Wayne how he is, and he mutters, "Terrible."
Alison comments that that's hardly surprising. Wayne asks sourly
what time the party broke up last night, and Alison tells him
that he toddled-off at about 1am. She adds, "You like a drink
when you're down, don't you?" Wayne mutters, "Yeah,
well. I wasn't getting any other company." Alison
smiles, "Not bad for a man with a hangover!" Wayne sits
down and says he hopes he didn't bash her ear too much.
Alison suggests that they just say she knows him a lot better
this morning than when she arrived. Wayne groans, "What did
I go on about?" Alison tells him, "Oh... being accused
of rape... about how angry you were with your father and Stephen...
all about the wedding today..." Looking thoughtful, she then
adds, "So... he's tying the knot again?" As Wayne gives
her a questioning look, she quickly adds that he seems like an
old friend: Wayne talked about him a lot; he Patricia's ex-husband,
right? Wayne nods, "Yeah. The second poor mug she
gave the run-around to." Alison sips from a mug and then
tells Wayne, "Last night, you were all for going to the wedding
and causing a commotion." Wayne groans, "Oh no. Listen,
I go on a bit when I've had a few to drink." Alison, though,
tells him that she had a feeling he meant it - so she
gave the matter some thought and, if he's interested, she's come
up with an idea that's a little more 'subtle' than just crashing
in on them. She adds, "I'll just go and get a top-up and
we'll talk about it." She heads out of the room, leaving
Wayne sitting on the other couch, looking puzzled.
Samantha is ironing a dress at the Morrell apartment. Caroline
and Colin are standing nearby, and Caroline tells Colin that she
wishes he'd change his mind: his mother wants him to be there
and she thinks he ought to be, no matter how
he feels at the moment. Samantha tells him, "It'd make her
really happy. You can come with Andy and me - he's picking me
up any minute." Colin mutters, "I doubt he'd be too
keen on me tagging along," but Samantha assures him, "He's
your friend, whatever you think. I'm sure you're misjudging him."
Colin stands there in silence for a few seconds and then sighs,
"Alright, I'll go. Be a good chance to tell mum the truth
about me, I suppose." Caroline, suddenly looking worried,
quickly tells him that that wouldn't be fair - not today. Colin
asks if she doesn't have a right to know. Samantha chips
in, "Yes - and I think she'll understand - but you have to
give her a chance to come to terms with it. The middle of her
wedding day isn't exactly the most tactful time. It's the same
with Andy - you have to give people a while to adjust." Colin
sighs that, OK, he'll go to the wedding and he won't say anything;
he'll save the 'good news' for a more appropriate occasion. Caroline
smiles, "Good. I'll give them a ring and let them know."
She heads off to make the call. Samantha smiles at Colin.
Alison returns to the lounge room at Charlie's, another mug of
coffee in her hand. Wayne is sitting with his head in his hands,
but Alison places her hand on his forehead and pushes his head
back so that he's looking at her. He asks her, "OK, what's
your idea?" Alison, though, replies, "In a minute."
Wayne then asks, "Why are you doing this, anyway? You hardly
know me, and you don't know Stephen and the others at
all. Why are you willing to help me hit back at all the
others?" Alison explains, "You look like you could do
with some help." She then adds, "I'm not quite doing
it out of the kindness of my heart, though. As it happens, I'm
a little short of money." Wayne nods and smiles, "I
can relate to that." He then tells her, "If you come
up with something feasible, I'll make sure it's worthwhile."
Alison tells him, "Consider it a deal." Wayne then asks,
"So, what's your famous idea?" Alison replies, "It
seems like a nice day for a trip to Woombai..." As Wayne
stares at her, she adds, "You said you've got an invitation
to the wedding. I think you should go." Wayne murmurs, "For
heaven's sake, why?" Alison, a sly smile on her face, tells
him, "Because I've got an idea that's going to be
far more eventful than anyone's expecting..."