Leigh is bending down, stroking Patch in the grounds of David's
country house as Brett comments to Mr. Patterson that, if the
dog was just stealing eggs, they could knock him out of it, but
when it comes to killing chooks... Patterson tells Leigh, "Sorry,
girlie, but we're going to have to put him down." Looking
horrified, Leigh cries that they can't, but Brett insists
that she hasn't got a choice. Leigh suggests that they tie Patch
up, but Patterson retorts that he'd go mad. Leigh cries, "Then
take him for walks," but Patterson asks when he's supposed
to have time to do that. Leigh says she'll do
it, then, but Patterson asks how long that will last:
'til the novelty wears off? Leigh cries that it won't; she promises.
Brett suggests that he could give her a hand. Leigh stares at
him in surprise and he explains, "You obviously like the
mutt. I don't want to see you upset." Leigh asks Patterson
if it's a deal, and he sighs that there's no harm in giving it
a try, he supposes. He walks off, leaving Leigh to thank Brett.
She then tells the dog, "Now listen, Patch, you're going
to have to behave yourself from now on. No more chasing chooks."
Brett looks at her and comments, "You really love
animals, don't you?" Leigh nods, "Yes, I do." Brett
tells her, "Don't mind them myself, actually." Leigh
smiles at him.
Inside the house, in the kitchen, Adam is sitting at the table,
reading the newspaper while Beryl bustles around at the sink.
She smiles that she wonders how Charlie's getting on, adding that
she really can't imagine her taking the academic world by storm!
She adds, "Still, she'll stand out with that ostrich hat!"
Adam just murmurs, "Yeah..." Beryl, changing the subject,
asks him seriously how he's been sleeping. He sighs that he's
supposed to have been trained to deal with what happened, but
he just can't get it out of his head. Beryl tells him to give
it time. Adam, though, explains that he's been thinking of getting
out; if he can't hack the pressure, there's no place for him.
He adds that his dad always said he was crazy joining
the force; it's not going to be easy telling him... Beryl
suggests that he talk it over with Charlie, but Adam replies that
he has talked to her, and he knows she wants to help;
it's just that she can't understand. Beryl suggests softly, "Why
don't you give her another chance?" Adam, though, sighs,
"We're just not close enough." A look of disappointment
crosses Beryl's face.
At the boarding house, Roland is sitting at the table in Irene's
flat. Irene comes out of her bedroom, holding a dress against
herself. Roland reads to her from the pad in his hand, "May
the joyful peel of wedding bells ring throughout your married
life." Irene exclaims, "You're not actually sending
that?!" Roland asks indignantly, "Why not?" Irene
retorts, "It's so kitsch!" Roland laughs and quickly
assures her that it's just a joke, and she exclaims,"Thank
God for that!" She then asks him what he thinks
of her dress, and he smiles, "You'd look good in a hessian
bag!" Irene, looking disappointed, tells him that she spent
three hours searching for that dress. Roland quickly points out
that she knows what he means! Irene goes to walk back to her room,
saying as she does so that Barbara and Simon will be there in
a minute, so they have to get a move on. Roland suddenly says,
"I've been thinking: supposing we announced our engagement
at the reception?" Irene, turning back to him and looking
wary, asks if they shouldn't leave it a little bit longer and
give Simon a time to get used to the idea of them being together.
Roland, though, retorts that he keeps telling her that Simon's
not going to be a problem. He then asks her if she's sure there
isn't something else. Irene quickly assures him, "Of
course not." Roland goes on that he can't help wondering
if she's going cold on the whole idea of marrying him. Irene,
though, tells him, "I've never been more sure of anything
in my life. It's just... well, there's something I'd like to discuss
with you first, that's all." Roland suggests, "Let's
talk about it now," but Irene tells him, "After the
wedding," and she gives him a kiss, adding, "I love
you." Roland still looks slightly worried.
Wayne opens the front door at Charlie's to find Barbara standing
there. She says a blunt, "Hello, Wayne." Wayne asks
her curtly what she wants, and she explains that she and Simon
were just about to leave for Woombai and she thought maybe he'd
changed his mind. She adds, "Before you say no, please think
what it's going to mean to Jenny and Stephen - and, of course,
to Gordon." Wayne tells her, "I have." Barbara
ignores this and goes on, "Well, I just think that you--"
She suddenly breaks off and asks in surprise, "I beg your
pardon?" Wayne explains that he has changed his
mind - but he'll go under his own power. Looking surprised, Barbara
nods, "Good." Inside the house, Alison suddenly calls
out, "Wayne. Where are the back door--" She comes to
the front doorway and stops in surprise as she finds Barbara standing
there. She stares at her as Wayne says, "Alison, meet my
stepmother, Barbara Hamilton". Alison smiles at Barbara and
says, "Hello." Barbara just murmurs, "Good morning."
Wayne explains to Barbara that Alison is a friend of Charlie's.
Alison adds, "A friend of a friend, actually." As Barbara
stares at Alison in surprise, Wayne asks her if something's wrong.
Barbara quickly says, "No, no, nothing at all. We'll see
you at Woombai, then." Wayne nods, "Yeah. Drive safely,"
and he shuts the door in her face."
A short time later, in Charlie's lounge room, Alison asks Wayne
if he's got the address. Wayne murmurs, "Yep." Alison
asks him if he'll write it down in case she has to find it on
her own. Wayne asks what could happen, and Alison retorts that
he could get a flat tyre or something and he might have to drive
straight to the homestead; she'd like a piece of paper telling
her whereabouts in Woombai she has to go. Wayne sighs and starts
writing on a piece of paper on the dresser. As he does so, Alison
asks him how long he'll stay at the wedding, and he tells her,
"Hours." Alison warns, "Wayne..." but Wayne
insists that he has to make it look natural. Alison tells him
that it'll be perfectly natural if he's the first to leave. Wayne,
though, retorts that, at a country wedding, it's never
natural to be the first to leave. He hands her the piece of paper
on he's written the address and they head out.
Andy is in Irene's flat and he picks up a pile of gift-wrapped
wedding presents and tells Irene that he'll see her at Woombai.
He then heads out, leaving Barbara, Irene and Simon in the flat.
When he's gone, Irene says to Barbara, "So, who's this Alison
person you were telling me about before Andy arrived?" Barbara
mutters, "Some friend of Charlie's, apparently. She's staying
at the house with Wayne." Irene asks, "You've never
met her?" Barbara asserts, "No!" She then adds
that there is something vaguely familiar about her, but it must
be her overactive imagination! Roland suddenly emerges from a
bedroom with some cases, complaining that he feels like a hotel
porter! Simon goes and opens the front door for him and he heads
out. Irene asks Barbara if Wayne's going up to Woombai, and Barbara
replies that, yes he is - and she's glad he is, too, as it'll
give him and Gordon a chance to sort out their differences. She
suddenly notices that Roland has forgotten his keys, and she picks
them up and goes to take them out to him. When she's gone, Simon
says to Irene, "She still cares about him, doesn't she?"
He then adds, "By the way, you must know Margot Sutherland
quite well. It was all a set-up, wasn't it? The introduction.
Her leading me on. Next thing I know, I'm dropped like a hot potato."
Irene insists that she doesn't have the faintest idea what he's
talking about. Simon, though, snaps, "Like hell you don't.
Next time I ask for your help, play it my way, OK?"
Irene retorts, "There won't be a next time. After
the wedding, I'm telling Roland the whole story." As Simon
stares at her, she continues, "Oh, I know I'm taking a risk
- but it's better than putting up with your blackmail." With
that, she heads out."
Andy is at the Morrell apartment, laughing at Samantha as she
puts her hair in rollers. She suggests indignantly that, if he's
finished with the jokes, they can all leave. Andy looks at Colin,
who's sitting on the couch, and Samantha adds that he's coming,
too. She then heads off to say goodbye to Caroline in her bedroom.
When she's gone, Colin leaps up from the couch and says blokily
to Andy, "So, you reckon the bulldogs will get up again this
year, mate?" Andy just stares at him and says quietly, "Listen,
I'm sorry the idea of sharing a bedsitter fell through."
Colin, though, retorts tautly, "Look, Andy, we both know
why you changed your mind. Let's not pretend that we don't."
He then turns away, leaving Andy looking worried.
Beryl is on the 'phone in the kitchen at the country house, talking
to Fiona. She's asking, "You're not coming home?" and
Fiona replies, "No. Not until David's well enough to come
with me." Leigh walks into the kitchen and overhears
as Beryl says she'll tell Leigh what's happened. She thanks her
for ringing and they hang up. Leigh immediately asks, "What
do you have to tell me?" Beryl, looking hesitant, explains,
"There's been an accident. David's in hospital, but he's
alright." Looking worried, Leigh asks what sort
of an accident, and Beryl tells her, "He was beaten up by
a couple of thugs who worked for the man that Patricia lived with.
Now, Fiona is with him; it's bruising and a few ribs. He's just
not well enough to travel, that's all." Leigh mutters, "I
knew it." Beryl goes on that obviously they were
on to something; maybe Patricia is alive? Brett
comes in from outside as Leigh cries, "I told him to be careful."
He asks what's happened and Beryl explains that it's David: he's
in hospital, but it's nothing serious. Brett asks what he did
and Beryl tells him that he was beaten-up - someone tried to warn
him off - but he is alright. Leigh sobs, "I shouldn't
have let him go." Brett, putting his hands gently on her
shoulders, suggests, "As long as he's alright - that's the
main thing, isn't it?"
Jenny lays her wedding dress out on the couch at the Woombai
homestead and Denise offers to press it for her. Stephen suddenly
calls, "Jenny," and, a look of panic on her face, Jenny
yells at him not to come in. Denise quickly gathers up the dress
and rushes with it into the kitchen. Stephen comes in and asks
what's wrong. Jenny tells him that she had her wedding dress out
and it's bad luck for him to see it before the ceremony. Stephen,
giving her a hug, smiles that it's just a lot of mumbo jumbo.
Gordon suddenly comes in and, seeing Stephen and Jenny enjoying
a moment together, quickly offers to go out and come in again!
Stephen smiles that he's just enjoying his last fun moment of
freedom! He then tells Gordon that Barbara rang: Wayne's coming.
Looking delighted, Gordon murmurs, "Good." Stephen suggests
that it looks like they're out of Wayne's bad books at last, and
Gordon murmurs that he hopes so. Jenny adds that Colin's coming
up, too, so it's good news all round! Stephen puts his arms around
Adam is sipping a cup of coffee in the kitchen at the country
house. He's wearing his police uniform and Beryl asks him if it'll
be a big funeral. Adam replies that he'd say so - Ian was one
of the most popular blokes at the station. Beryl straightens his
tie for him as he goes on that the worst part's going to be facing
Kay: he knows what she'll be thinking: 'Why not Adam instead of
Ian?' Beryl tells him to try not to let it get him down. Adam
heads out to take a walk before he goes. Beryl stands in the kitchen,
Leigh is hanging up some washing outside when Brett walks over
to her, carrying Patch under his arm, and says, "Guess who
slipped his chain?" Leigh, looking disappointed, asks the
dog what they're going to do with him. Brett adds, "He, er,
killed two of Warren's chooks this time." Leigh cries, "Oh
A while later, Leigh and Brett are standing with Warren Patterson
as he exclaims, "There won't be any more chooks left
soon." Leigh cries, "You can't shoot him."
Brett, though, warns her that if Patch has got the taste of blood,
she can't-- Patterson interrupts and adds, "Nothing's going
to stop him except the bullet." Leigh suggests that she could
train him to stay away from the hens, but Patterson retorts that
it wouldn't work. He then grabs Patch's lead from Brett and leads
the dog away. Looking horrified, Leigh cries to Brett, "You've
got to stop him." Brett, though, retorts that he can't. He
then suggests that they go back to the house, but Leigh snaps,
"It's not fair."
A few moments later, Patterson is tying Patch to a post when
Adam approaches Leigh and Brett and overhears as Leigh snaps that
she's not going to let Patterson do it. Brett retorts that it's
none of their business, but Leigh snaps that she doesn't care;
she's going to stop him. With that, she runs off towards Patterson's
property. Adam watches her go. On Patterson's property,
Patterson loads his rifle and points it at Patch, but Leigh suddenly
runs up to him and pushes the weapon out of his hands. As Adam
watches, he suffers a flashback to when his partner was shot on
duty. Patterson snaps at Leigh, "What the hell do you think
you're doing? You could have got yourself killed." Leigh
growls, "Yeah, just like Patch." She bends down to start
untying Patch, but Patterson snaps at her to leave the dog where
it is. Brett runs over and tells Leigh to do as Patterson says,
but Leigh ignores him and keeps working on the rope being used
to tie Patch to the post. Adam suddenly runs over and, in a fit
of rage, knocks Patterson to the ground. He grabs the rifle and,
holding the barrel end, raises it above Patterson's head and snaps,
"I ought to knock your brains out." Brett quickly grabs
him and stops him, explaining hastily, "He wasn't doing anything
- he was just going to shoot the dog because it's been killing
the chooks." Adam stares at Patterson and, indicating the
rifle, asks curtly, "This yours?" Patterson retorts,
"Yes it is - and I've got a licence for it." He continues
angrily, "I ought to report you. I think I will,
too." He then snaps at Leigh to get - and take the mongrel
dog with her. Adam storms off. Brett leads Leigh and
Stephen is walking along the verandah at Woombai as a car pulls
up and Roland, Barbara, Irene and Simon climb out. The five of
them exchange greetings and Gordon comments to Simon, "Long
time no see!" Irene looks around and smiles that she's heard
a lot about Woombai. Stephen asks if it lives up to expectations
and she laughs, "It'll do!" Barbara asks Stephen how
Jenny's coping and Stephen tells her that Colin turned up with
Andy and Samantha. Gordon and Simon start taking the luggage out
of the boot.
Inside, Samantha is doing Denise's hair. Colin is sitting with
them on the couch. Jenny is pouring some drinks and she asks Colin
if he's sure she can't get him something to eat. Colin insists
that he's fine. He then suggests that she sit down, as she's running
around like a bee in a bottle! Jenny explains that she's just
so happy to have him there, that's all. Denise adds that she has
to admit that she was surprised to see him - he was so
in love when he left, she thought he would be on the moon
by now! Colin sighs, "Alright - you just wait 'til next time
you want a favour, OK?!" Denise smiles, "Can
you tell me something about Andy?" Jenny asks her humorously
if she can't think about anything else, but Denise replies
that he's such a spunk! She then says to Colin, "And
you're mates, aren't you?" Colin mutters, "Yeah,
more or less..." Jenny chips in to tell him that she's had
to put him in the same room he shared with Andy last time. Colin
mutters under his breath, "He'll love that..."
He then asks what time the service is, and Jenny, looking at her
watch, tells him, "Fifty-eight minutes from... now!"
A young blonde woman emerges from a house and climbs into a run-down
car. She starts the engine and drives off, past Wayne and Alison
who are parked in Wayne's car by the side of the road. Wayne muses,
"There she goes..." Alison smiles, "Good. That
should make things a little easier." She climbs out, leaving
Wayne sitting in the car with a broad grin on his face. She walks
up towards the house that the young woman has just left and rings
the bell. The door is answered by a rough-looking man, and Alison
says to him, "I'm looking for Monica Foster." The man
tells her, "You've just missed her." Alison then suggests
that it might be better if she talked to him - he is
Monica's husband...?" The man grunts, "Yeah." Alison
smiles, "A man called Stephen Morrell is getting married
today - in Woombai. The thing is, he's supposed to be marrying
me." The man shakes his head and mutters, "Not
my problem, sweetheart." Alison, though, explains, "It
is, actually. You see, I was one of his girlfriends -
in Sydney - but I've been dumped. I wondered if your wife realises
she's suffered the same fate." The man, looking shocked,
asks, "Monica?" Alison smiles, "Yes, I'm
afraid so. You see, she was one of his girlfriends, too.
I only found out the other day. I'm sorry, believe me. I just
thought you should know, that's all." The man growls, "I
heard there was someone Monica might have been carrying
on with over at Woombai." Alison tells him, "Well I
think it's time Mr. Stephen Morrell paid for his good
time." The man growls, "Yeah. Reckon it might be at
At Woombai, a bouquet of flowers is lying on a table, with a
card attached to it. Written on the card are the words 'To
Jenny and Stephen on the Celebration of their Marriage'.
A waiter is carrying around a tray full of glasses of champagne.
Andy is standing with Stephen, Gordon and Colin, laughing about
a time a keg of beer went all over the bride at a wedding his
band was playing at! Gordon tells him that they're going to be
just a little bit more refined today! Roland joins them and, looking
bemused at all the laughter, asks who's telling dirty jokes! Elsewhere,
Irene is standing with Simon and Barbara and she smiles that she
loves outdoor weddings. Barbara suggests, "As long
as it doesn't rain..." Irene, looking up at the sky, says
she doesn't think there's much worry about that! They
suddenly hear loud male laughter emanating from nearby, and Barbara
comments that you'd think the men were frightened to talk to women!
She heads off to put a thorn amongst those roses! Simon, left
alone with Irene, growls, "I hope you've decided against
doing anything stupid today." Irene, though, tells
him, "Sorry", and she walks off, leaving Simon looking
annoyed. Roland is telling another story about a wedding to the
men and Barbara. A red car suddenly pulls up nearby. Wayne is
in the driving seat and Gordon heads over to say 'hi' to him.
He approaches his son and tells him, "Glad you could make
it. It's good to see you." Wayne, though, just mutters, "It's
a way of filling in an afternoon, I suppose. Don't think it changes
anything between us." He then walks off, leaving
Gordon looking disappointed.
Inside, Simon is pouring himself another drink. Samantha comes
in, doing up her dress, and Simon comments that she's in a hurry.
Samantha explains that that's what you get for being a bridesmaid!
Simon asks her if she's got time for a drink, but Samantha explains
that she has to get Jenny's bouquet from the kitchen. Simon suggests,
"What about after the wedding, then? Just you and
me?" Samantha stares at him and asks, "A drink?"
Simon replies, "Whatever makes you happy." Samantha
growls, "What would make me happy is for you to
disappear." Looking surprised, Simon asks what he said, but
Samantha snaps, "Just go and join the others." Andy
suddenly comes in and asks if everything is OK. Simon mutters,
"Sure," and he heads out. When he's gone, Samantha exclaims
to Andy, "He made a pass at me." Andy tells her that
she looks great; lots of guys would.
Samantha, though, mutters that it's still pretty off. Andy asks
her if she isn't taking this porno thing a bit far; she can't
snap every time a guy shows some interest in her; she's too tense.
Samantha exclaims, "He's my cousin! Anyway, I just
don't want to get involved with anyone, that's all." Andy
asks who says she has to, adding that she should just
relax a little and accept things as they are. Samantha growls
that he's a great one to talk: the way he's treating
Colin... she'd hardly call that 'acceptance'. Andy retorts
that that's different, and Samantha asks how. Andy mutters, "He
was a mate." Samantha taunts, "And little Andy feels
betrayed?" Andy suggests that they drop it, but Samantha
snaps that if Colin is a mate, why doesn't he try treating
him like one? She adds that Colin is going through a pretty tough
time and he'd probably like a little bit of support. Denise suddenly
runs in and asks, "Hey, where's the bouquet? We're ready
Outside, a few minutes later, Andy is wiring up a loud speaker.
Samantha and Denise emerge from the homestead, followed by Jenny,
on Gordon's arm. The marriage celebrant and Stephen look on, smiles
on their faces. Irene comments to Roland, "Doesn't she look
beautiful?" Roland replies, "You'll look better!"
Simon glares over at them. Gordon walks Jenny up to the celebrant
and she turns and smiles at Stephen.
Monica Foster's husband is driving in his car up the road to
Woombai, an angry expression on his face.
In the grounds at the homestead, Colin hands the celebrant a
ring and she addresses the gathering: "May this ring be a
token of the constant sign of the pledge of love and faith which
Jenny and Stephen make to each other." She hands the ring
to Stephen and then asks Jenny to pass her flowers to her bridesmaid.
Jenny hands them to Samantha. Stephen then turns to her and pledges,
"With this ring, I wed you. With all that I am and all that
I have, I honour you." Jenny smiles and replies, "I
accept this ring as a token of our marriage, and may God enable
us to grow and love together." The celebrant then says, "According
to law, marriage is entered into for life. Those who are joined
together, let no man put asunder. In the presence of us all, by
the giving and receiving of the ring, and by the joining of hands,
Stephen and Jenny have now accepted each other in marriage."
A few yards away, Wayne looks round behind him, a sudden nasty
smile on his face. Foster has arrived and is climbing out of his
car. The celebrant continues, "With the authority vested
in me, I declare them to be husband and wife." She then tells
Stephen, "You may kiss your bride." Stephen pushes Jenny's
veil back gently and goes to kiss her. At that moment, though,
Foster runs towards him and, snapping, "Mongrel!" punches
Stephen on the jaw. Stephen falls to the ground as Foster stands
over him, angrily.