Alison insists that she hasn't the faintest idea what Caroline's
talking about. Caroline repeats that she telephoned Cynthia Hemingway
in London and she's never heard of an Alison Carr. She
adds, "It's rather strange, don't you think, after the story
you've been spinning?" Alison snaps, "Frankly, I think
you've got an incredible cheek checking up on me." Caroline,
though, retorts, "That doesn't answer my question. Who are
you and what are you playing at?" Wayne adds, "I'll
second that." Alison sighs, "Looks as though
I'm going to have to tell you the truth, doesn't it?" Wayne
agrees sourly, "Might be a good idea." Alison explains,
"Alright. Cynthia isn't a friend of mine. Oh, I
have met her, but that's about all. She probably doesn't
remember me; I only met her once." Caroline asks where that
was, and Alison replies, "At a social get-together."
Caroline asks, "You're known in the circle, are you?"
Alison, though, tells her, "No, not really - although not
for want of trying. I picked up the invitation by sheer chance.
During the course of the afternoon, Cynthia mentioned her friend,
Charlie Bartlett, in Australia. I'd been planning on coming here
for years." Wayne accuses, "And you thought it was a
chance to worm you way in over here?" Alison clarifies, "Well
I thought, with any luck, Charlie might be able to get me the
right sort of introductions. With a bit more luck, I
might have met a wealthy man." Caroline comments that it
seems an incredible risk to take: Charlie only had to contact
Cynthia and Alison's story would have been blown. Alison, though,
explains that she had nothing to lose; it was worth the risk.
She goes on that, besides, you never achieve anything unless you
take a few risks from time-to-time. She then says to Caroline
that she doesn't know why it should worry her, anyway. Caroline
retorts, "I like to know who I'm dealing with - and as I
haven't got the faintest idea about your real background, I'm
cautious. Fair enough?" Alison suggests, "I should have
thought I'd proved how useful I can be. Don't think I
had any great ideas about meeting you both - I didn't
- but when we met by accident, I saw an opportunity. I'm sure
you couldn't care less about my background provided you get what
you want." Wayne points out to Caroline that they still need
help to get the shares from Andy and Simon. Looking at Alison,
Caroline sighs, "Yes, I dare say you could be some help."
Alison smiles, "I'm sure I can..."
Stephen is sitting at the living room table at Dural, reading
the newspaper. Jenny is sitting with Colin on the couch in the
lounge room and she offers him more tea, but he declines. She
then asks how the trip was down from Woombai, but he just replies
nervously that it was fine. Jenny asks where he's staying now
he's back at uni and Colin explains that Caroline's letting him
stay on with her. Jenny muses, "I bet it was her
suggestion." Colin, though, snaps, "No it wasn't."
He then explains that nothing ever happened between him
and Caroline - she's just been very good to him, that's all; and
she didn't have anything to do with what happened at the wedding,
either. Stephen muses that he can't say he's entirely
convinced of that, yet, and Jenny agrees that neither is she.
Colin mutters that, anyway, he didn't come there to start arguing.
He goes on that he knows his mother must have had a pretty good
reason for asking him to come and see her during her honeymoon,
but there's something pretty important that he has to
say, too. He adds nervously, "I'd better stop trying to put
it off any longer..."
Beryl is doing some washing-up in the kitchen at the country
house when Leigh comes back in. Beryl immediately tells her, "It's
OK - Diane's gone." Leigh muses that she's sorry she didn't
meet her. Beryl, though, explains that Diane feels she's met her
before: she saw her taking Patch for a walk earlier. She then
asks Leigh if she's sure she hasn't met Diane, but Leigh
insists that she hasn't. Brett suddenly comes in and announces
that he's going to pick up the truck. Beryl comments that she
never realised there was so much rubbish outside. Leigh
comments that Spider is must still be there, and she heads off
to have a chat to him. When she's gone, Brett comments to Beryl,
"Something's very funny about her today." Beryl agrees,
"Yes, she's got something on her mind, but I'm blowed
if I know what."
At Dural, Jenny says to Colin, "Believe it or not, I have
had time to think about it - or think about what my reaction would
be if it were true." Colin, looking surprised, asks her how
she knew, and she explains that Caroline made a few vague comments.
She then goes on, "If I was honest... I'd have to admit I
sensed it a long time ago - but I didn't want to face it, I suppose.
They say mothers can sense these things, don't they? Caroline
just started me thinking about it again - that's why I wanted
to see you. And I have to admit, my first reaction was pretty
typical, I suppose: I was hurt... upset..." Colin starts
to say that he didn't-- Jenny, though, interrupts and asks him
to let her finish. She goes on, "It was Stephen
who made me look at it differently. He was the one who made me
realise you're old enough to know your own mind and your own feelings.
But I do wish you'd told me first - before Caroline." Colin
cries that he couldn't; he was scared stiff about how
she'd react. He adds, "Caroline's different - it's
nowhere near as important that she understands as it is for you.
I was scared that you wouldn't want me anymore."
Jenny insists, "But you're my son. I love you. It
wouldn't matter what you told me. I'd still love
you." She takes his hand and then goes on, "It's very
hard not to try and find a reason to blame myself. Is it something
I did or didn't do? Is it because you lost your father?"
Colin, though, cries, "Don't be silly. It's got nothing to
do with any of that. It just... is. I'm not
guilty about it - and there's no reason for you to be.
The main thing is that you can still accept me the way you always
have." Jenny assures him, "Of course I do," and
she gives him a hug. She adds, "I may not always be able
to understand - because it's new to me and I'm not used to it
- but I'll be trying." Colin insists, "There's nothing
wrong with loving another human being, is there?" Jenny shakes
her head and cries, "No, darling, there's not." She
gives him a tight, loving hug.
Caroline stands up from the couch at Charlie's and says to Alison
and Wayne that she'll see if she can find out when Simon's getting
back from Woombai and then they'll see what Alison can do about
talking him and Andy into selling their shares. The 'phone suddenly
starts ringing and Wayne answers it. Alison and Caroline head
out to the front door. As Alison opens the door, Caroline warns
her, "Don't think this is going to be a breeze for you. Just
because you've got Wayne twisted round your little finger,
I'm not going to be so easily swayed." Alison retorts,
"I've told you the truth. If you don't believe me, that's
your worry." Caroline, though, assures her, "Oh,
I'm not worried. You're the one who's going
to be watched - and believe me: I'll be watching..." She
goes, leaving Alison looking worried.
Adam is sitting just outside the back door at the country house.
Spider comes out and hands him a can of beer, and he sits down
next to him. Adam explains that he's just waiting for Brett to
come back with the truck. Spider tells him, "I'm an old mate
of Charlie's, you know. She mentioned your problem." He then
goes on that he remembers the first time he went to sea; it was
during the war, of course, and the second night out, they were
hit by a torpedo; he was pretty young and suddenly the war was
real; his best mate was standing just a few feet away and he copped
it while he got off without a scratch. He adds that he
hasn't told this to anyone - not even Julie - but he was put onto
temporary shore duty; he was due to go back into the real thing,
but when the time came, he just couldn't face it, so he spent
all his time behind that safe little desk in Stores. Adam muses
that he doesn't see how all this relates to him. Spider
explains, "Mate, the reason I was afraid to go back and face
it was nothing but straight out fear. The thing that Bernie and
I loved most in the whole world was the sea, and yet I couldn't
face it; I was scared stiff. Somehow I think I betrayed Bernie
by not going back - and it's the same with you: you've got to
face up to what you really feel." Adam sighs, "You made
your point." Spider tells him not to take too much
time making up his mind. With that, he stands up and heads back
Beryl is taking down some washing from the line as Leigh stands
next to her, holding Shane. Beryl comments that Spider is a real
wag - he's managed to wangle himself a dinner invitation! She
and Leigh suddenly notice a truck pulling up nearby, and Leigh
comments that Brett is back for more rubbish. Beryl asks Leigh
to tell him about the old trough - and she adds, "And don't
chat for too long - I could use some help with dinner!" Leigh
Inside the house, in the lounge room, Charlie asks Spider if
he's sure he didn't say anything to Adam that might upset him.
Spider assures her that they just had a bit of a chat and he spun
Adam one of his yarns. He adds that Adam has to work it out for
himself. Charlie sighs that she knows, but it's not easy watching
him. At that moment, Adam comes in and agrees, "I know
it isn't. Maybe I was a bit hasty deciding to resign
so quickly. My reason wasn't too sensible, was it?" Looking
surprised, Charlie suggests that it may have been at the time,
but Adam explains that he's decided to think about it for a while;
get his head together and see what he can come up with. Charlie
exclaims that that's marvellous! With that, Adam heads back outside
to help Brett. Charlie smiles at Spider, "You're quite something,
Spider. You know that?" and she gives him a kiss on the cheek.
Spider looks shyly embarrassed!
Leigh - holding Shane - is standing with Brett as he loads some
rubbish into the back of the truck. There's a radio blaring out
from the front of truck. Brett walks off to pick up some more
rubbish. Leigh suddenly hears a squawking noise nearby and, looking
over, she curses, "Damn dog." She then calls to Brett
and asks him to look after Shane for a minute, as Patch is going
for the chooks again. She puts Shane down on the ground and dashes
over to the hen house. She doesn't realise that Brett hasn't heard
her, and she doesn't notice Shane starting to crawl along... Brett
emerges from the shed and discovers that Leigh has gone. As he
loads more rubbish into the back of the truck, he doesn't spot
Shane, who's sitting on the ground beneath the vehicle. He goes
and climbs into the driver's seat and starts the engine. As she
hears the engine roaring, Beryl looks over at her nephew from
where she's taking down the washing, and a look of horror crosses
her face as she spots the danger Shane is in. The radio is still
blasting away in the truck, and Beryl yells, "Brett! Stop!"
but Brett doesn't hear her. Beryl drops the bowl of washing and
runs over to the truck. She dives underneath and grabs Shane,
pushing him out of the way just as Brett rolls the truck forward.
From where she's standing with Patch, Leigh suddenly notices what's
happened and, looking horrified, she cries, "Oh my God!"
Brett glances in his wing mirror and sees in the reflection Beryl
standing comforting Shane.
A few moments later, in the kitchen, Brett cries, "I honestly
couldn't see him. And the radio was on so loud, I couldn't hear
a thing." Beryl tells him calmly to stop blaming
himself. Leigh, sitting at the table with Shane, sobs, "I
shouldn't have left him there. Beryl, I don't know what to say.
If you hadn't been there... I don't know what I'd do
if anything happened to Shane." Beryl assures her, "It's
all over now, Leigh."
Colin is at the Morrell apartment, telling Caroline that his
mother was really great about it, and so was Stephen; his mum
was already onto it - that's why she wanted to see him. Caroline
says she's glad. Colin then goes on more seriously, "I couldn't
talk them round about you, though - they still think
that you were behind the carry-on at the wedding." Caroline
tells him that it doesn't matter now; it's over - they've made
up their minds. Changing the subject, she then asks Colin casually
if he knows when Simon's getting back from Woombai. Colin replies
that he heard he and Roland were coming back later this evening.
Caroline asks him what he thinks of Simon, and Colin
replies that he seems alright; a bit keen on himself. He asks
why, but Caroline explains that she's just curious. Colin sighs,
"I wish that I could prove that it wasn't you who made Craig
Foster go off his head at the wedding. He only said it was a well-dressed
blonde woman from the city. I mean, that could have been anyone."
A thoughtful look crosses Caroline's face and she mutters, "Yes,
well, it had to be somebody who wanted to make trouble."
Colin asks, "Who?" Caroline, though, replies, "Who
Spider is sitting in the kitchen at the country house with Charlie,
telling her another story. Beryl wanders in and Charlie asks in
concern how they are. Beryl replies that they're fine: Shane's
asleep and Leigh's finally settled down. Charlie comments that
she can't blame the poor girl for getting hysterical: it took
her so long to finally accept little Shane, and the possibility
of something awful like that happening... Spider tells
Beryl that she's a real hero, but Beryl assures him that anyone
would have done the same. She then decides to start getting dinner.
Charlie quickly says she'll do it, but the 'phone starts
ringing and she goes to answer that instead. An operator comes
on and tells her that she has a person-to-person call from London:
a Mrs. Hemingway. Charlie exclaims that that's wonderful!
Alison is sitting on the couch at Charlie's, painting her nails.
Wayne is putting on a suit jacket and saying that it's just a
simple party; why doesn't she come along? Alison retorts that
she doesn't feel like a party, but Wayne comments that
he thought she'd jump at the chance to meet a prospective
rich husband! The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Wayne goes
and answers it. STD pips sound and Charlie comes on. Wayne asks
her what he can do for her, and Charlie replies curtly, "Is
that woman still there?" Wayne asks what's wrong, and Charlie
retorts, "I'll tell you what's wrong: she's an impostor."
Wayne asks, "What are you talking about?" Charlie snaps,
"I don't know who she is, but she's certainly not a friend
of Cynthia Hemingway. She 'phoned me from London." Wayne
insists that there must be some mistake. Charlie, though, retorts,
"Not as far as I'm concerned. I've 'phoned the police
and they're on their way over. They'll soon sort her
out." Wayne stands there looking worried.
A short time later, two police officers are standing in the hallway
at Charlie's. Wayne is with them, telling them, "I'm terribly
sorry. Mrs. Bartlett's wasted your time. Alison Carr was gone
when I got up this morning." One of the police officers asks
him if he checked to see if anything was missing, and Wayne assures
him that everything seems to be there. The police officer asks
if it doesn't seem odd to him that a woman pretends to be a friend
of a friend to get into the house and then takes off again; he
can't quite see the point unless she was after something.
Wayne explains conspiratorially, "To be truthful, I don't
think she was all there." In the lounge room, a smile crosses
Alison's face! The police officer asks Wayne what makes him think
that, and Wayne replies that she used to talk to herself a bit;
he caught her a couple of times walking around the house, chatting
away. He adds, "She might have been a bit schizo - going
around pretending she was someone else." The police officer
accepts this. He then suggests that they'd better get a description
in case she tries something else. Wayne says, "Sure, let's
see: she was about mid-forties... quite plain... she wore specs...
and she was always in a tweed skirt." The police officer
thanks him and he and his colleague go. Wayne closes the door,
a broad smile on his face, and returns to the lounge room. Alison
muses, "I loved your description of me!" Wayne tells
her, "Have to keep the law happy. And I wasn't going to tell
them you're a very attractive woman, now, was I?" Alison
looks annoyed at hearing this. Wayne adds, "Besides, I want
to keep you for myself!" Alison points out that
their arrangement is strictly business. Wayne, though, retorts,
"With the money I'm paying you, I expect a little
bit more than just a business arrangement." Alison mutters,
"Don't kid yourself. You're doing very nicely because of
me. In fact, without me, you wouldn't have a hope.
You'd foul it up the way you always have." Wayne
stares at her, suddenly looking suspicious, and asks, "How
would you know what I've done before?" Alison retorts,
"I make a point of knowing exactly who I'm dealing with -
and believe me, I know all there is to know about you. So just
behave yourself, huh? Because if you don't, you're going to come
off second best. I promise you."
Leigh and Brett are sitting at the kitchen table at the country
house. Brett is cursing that he should have been looking where
he was going; he didn't even think. Leigh, though, tells
him to stop apologising, adding that, if anything, it was her
fault for leaving Shane there without making sure Brett had heard
her. Brett insists, "It's the worst thing that can happen
to a mother, though - to lose her baby." He then explains,
"Mum lost a kid when I was really young; it died not long
after it was born. Took her years to get over it. And to think
that I could have nearly done the same thing to you--"
Leigh interrupts him and tells him not to go on. Brett, though,
tells her, "It made me think how Beryl must have felt when
she lost Robert. She doesn't say anything, but I've noticed how
she looks at you sometimes when you're doing something for Shane.
It really must eat her up." Leigh suddenly snaps, "Brett.,
I said don't go on. It's over. Now, nothing happened, alright?"
Brett nods, reluctantly.
Wayne is at the Morrell apartment, and as Caroline lets him in,
she asks what the problem is. Wayne retorts, "Who do you
think?" Caroline asks him if he means Alison, and
Wayne explains, "She says she knows all about me; the trouble
is, I believe her." Caroline asks him if he's sure
it's not just his guilty conscience! Wayne says he reckons Alison's
had her spies out. Caroline tells him that her guess
is that Alison is preying on his nerves; bluffing someone is always
easier if they've got their guard up. She then suggests that,
if Alison has got to him that much, they should give her her marching
orders. Wayne, though, quickly says sharply, "No. We can't.
I couldn't afford it." Looking intrigued, Caroline tells
him to go on. Wayne, though, mutters that it doesn't matter. Caroline
asks, "Worried that she might tell me who it was who went
to see Craig Foster before the wedding yesterday?" Wayne
looks at her guiltily. Caroline snaps, "My brains are a little
more astute that some people give me credit for. It didn't
take me long to work out that it had to be Alison." She then
tells Wayne not to bother to look so nervous; her first reaction
was to scratch his eyes out and have nothing further to do with
his little scheme-- Wayne interrupts and protests, "I didn't
think they'd point the finger at you. Neither did Alison."
Caroline muses, "No, they were very quick to condemn me,
weren't they?" She then explains, "That's why I'm prepared
to go ahead with our plans. They all deserve everything they get."
Wayne murmurs that he's glad she sees it that way. Caroline continues,
"Now that you know Alison's got no hold on you, let's get
rid of her." Wayne, though, says quickly, "No, I don't
think we should. She says she's certain she can get Andy and Simon
to sell their shares. We can't afford to get involved;
I think we should at least use her to do that if she's willing."
Caroline insists that there's still something about Alison that
she doesn't trust. Wayne assures her that he agrees - it won't
hurt to be on their toes - but at least they'll be prepared if
she does try something. Caroline agrees, "OK, give
her the rope - just as long as she doesn't hang us with
Charlie is peeling potatoes in the kitchen at the country house.
Leigh wanders in from the hallway and asks where Beryl is. Charlie
replies that she's gone with Spider to get some herbs for the
casserole. She asks what's important about seeing Beryl, but Leigh
quickly says, "Nothing. It's alright." Charlie assures
her that what happened with Shane wasn't her fault. Leigh replies,
"I know, but it just made me realise how terrible it would
be if anything happened to him." Charlie smiles, "Of
course it would, but it's fine, so there's nothing to worry about."
Leigh goes on, "It also made me realise just what Beryl's
going through losing Robert." Charlie says she doesn't quite
see the connection. Leigh sighs heavily and then admits, "Oh,
Charlie... I have done something so awful... I'll go mad
if I try and hold it in any longer." Charlie asks, "What
is it?" Leigh explains nervously, "I know I could end
up in jail, but I've just got to tell Beryl. There's no other
way. I've just got to tell her..."