Simon and Roland arrive back at the boarding house. Andy joins
them in the corridor and smiles at Simon that they're gaining
a new guest, are they? Simon mutters that it's only while Stephen
and Jenny are staying at Barbara. Andy announces that he's going
to play squash, and he invites Simon to come along, but he declines.
Andy heads off. Simon and Roland walk into Fiona's apartment,
and they sit down. Simon asks his father if he's not going to
go and say hello to Irene, but Roland mutters that he'll do it
in the morning. Simon asks him if he isn't taking things a bit
far. Roland, though, retorts, "Am I?" Simon
points out, "You haven't turned your back on me;
why's it different with her?" Roland mutters that
it is, that's all. Simon tells him that he and Irene
have something; he shouldn't blow it over one mistake
that happened before Irene even met him. Roland, though, growls
that, if it had been anyone else, it wouldn't have mattered, but
it being Simon changes things. He then admits grudgingly that
he supposes he could call Irene and let her know they're home.
In the kitchen at the country house, Charlie sighs heavily and
then chides Leigh furiously, "How could you possibly have
been so cruel? I mean, poor Beryl." Leigh says softly,
"I hated her, Charlie. I hated everyone then. It
was just crazy." Charlie murmurs, "I suppose you'll
have to tell her." Leigh admits that she can't live with
it any longer - and Diane's going to remember her sooner or later,
so she might as well own up to it. Charlie asks her if she can
imagine how hurt Mike and Heather are going to be. She then goes
on that she knows Leigh should tell Beryl, but... Leigh
interrupts and snaps, "Not telling her would be ten times
worse than upsetting the O'Briens." She adds, "Charlie,
if it was your son, wouldn't you want him back...?"
At that moment, Spider comes in from outside. Leigh asks him if
Beryl's still picking herbs, and Spider smiles that she sure is!
Leigh and Charlie turn away, looking worried.
Andy emerges from his bedsit at the boarding house and steps
into the corridor, a sports bag in his hand. A blonde-haired woman
suddenly comes along the corridor and Andy asks her if he can
help her. The woman is Alison, and she 'explains' that she's looking
for Andrew Green. Andy replies that she's looking at him, and
Alison says she wonders if they might have a chat. Andy asks what
it's about. Alison introduces herself and then tells him that
she works for a stock brokerage firm - Dennison Management. She
asks Andy if he's heard of them, but he admits that he hasn't.
Alison then tells him that she's there because she heard he recently
acquired shares in the Hamilton Company-- Andy interrupts her
and asks, "How did you know?" Alison quickly explains
that they were transferred through the Registry Office, and Andy
accepts that that's fair enough. Alison goes on that her client
was wondering if he might be willing to sell. Andy, though, tells
her that she's wasting her time; he has a squash court booked.
He goes to head off, but as he leaves, Alison asks him how she
can get hold of Simon Armstrong. Andy points to Fiona's door and
replies, "He's in there." He then walks off, leaving
Alison to mutter, "Thanks a million."
At Woombai, Denise is talking on the 'phone as Barbara announces
to Gordon that dinner will be ready in five minutes. Denise hangs
up and she and Gordon both head over to the table. Barbara asks
her how her mum is, and Denise replies that she sounded pretty
happy. She goes on that Colin saw her today and they sorted out
some problem; she didn't say what it was, but he's always got
some problem! She then adds that she can't think why
her mother and Stephen picked Sydney for a honeymoon;
she can't think of anywhere worse! Barbara laughs that
it's probably because she's got to go back there to go
to school! Denise admits that it shouldn't be too bad - at least
Andy's in Sydney! She heads off to wash her hands. Gordon puts
his arms round Barbara and smiles, "Soon, we will have the
place to ourselves." Barbara laughs, "Won't that be
dreadful: nothing to do but eat... read... sleep...!" They
Simon is sitting at the table in Fiona's flat as Alison paces
the floor and tells him, "It's a very good offer." Simon
retorts that they can't be worth that much. Alison, though,
replies that it's a long-term investment for a modest return;
the Hamilton Company's considered one of the safest buys. She
sits down and Simon asks why he should sell. Alison tells him
that the Hamiltons are a dowdy bunch; there are much quicker ways
of making money... Looking interested, Simon tells her to go on.
Alison continues, "It depends what you want, naturally, but
for someone who's young - and if you sell, someone who's got some
capital - I think you'd do better being a little more adventurous."
She adds, "Our client is offering double the current value."
Simon says he'll think about it, adding that, after all, he was
only given the shares yesterday and it might seem rude if he turns
around and sells them. Alison asks for his number so that she
can ring him tomorrow. He picks up some paper and starts to write
it down. As he does so, Alison tells him, "Talk to Mr. Green,
too. We'll give you a bonus if you can change his mind. I'm talking
about a genuine bonus, not a tip..." Simon hands
her his telephone number just as Roland comes in. Alison stands
up, tells Simon that she'll call him tomorrow and goes. Roland
shuts the door behind her. Simon quickly tells him, "Saleswoman.
I can never say 'no' to their face." He then asks how Irene
is, and Roland replies that she's tired and cranky and didn't
want to listen; he shouldn't have bothered...
Beryl is preparing the herbs from the garden on the kitchen table
at the country house. Leigh and Charlie are sitting there glumly.
Spider is with them, but he heads off to watch television. When
he's gone, Leigh says warily, "Beryl..." Beryl looks
at her, and she goes on, "There's something I have to tell
you." She pauses before continuing, "You know the baby
the O'Briens adopted?" Beryl nods, "Yes... Jamie..."
Leigh confesses, "It wasn't Jamie. It was Robert." Beryl
stares at her in shock.
A few moments later, Beryl yells at Leigh, "Do you have
any idea what you put me through? Hell, Leigh, pure Hell. I could
kill you." Charlie pleads, "At least she's
sorry." Beryl, though, growls, "Oh, she's sorry, so
that makes everything alright, does it?" Leigh starts to
insist that she didn't mean-- Beryl, though, yells at her to shut
up. She then goes on, "And don't think I don't know why you're
telling me now: because if Diane had've recognised you, it would
have meant jail. Well, let me tell you something, young lady.
If it was up to me, it would still mean jail." Leigh
murmurs, "I'll help you get him back." Beryl, though,
shouts, "You would be the last person on earth I'd
ask for help." She then storms outside and bursts into tears...
Roland is sitting in an armchair in Fiona's flat. Simon asks
him if he'd like something to eat; he can get some takeaway. Roland,
though, says he's not hungry. Simon sits down and tells him that
he's being silly; he's the one that did the chasing.
Roland mutters that he doesn't want to talk about it. Changing
the subject, he asks what that saleswoman was pushing. Simon replies,
"Shares. She works for a stockbroker; she wanted to buy me
out of the company." Looking surprised, Roland asks him how
she knew he was in it, and Simon asks, "Didn't you
have to register the transfer, or something?" Roland retorts,
"No. It's a private company." Simon mutters, "I
don't know, then. Word of mouth, I suppose." He goes on that
Alison offered him a good price, and he asks his father if he'd
be annoyed if he took it. Roland sighs, "It's only 1% and
they're your shares. I guess it's up to you." Simon looks
Alison is back at Charlie's, and as Wayne pours them both drinks,
she asks what he wants first: the good news or the bad? Wayne
mutters, "They didn't sell?" Alison admits that that's
the bad news - but the good news is that they still might. She
goes on that Andy's a bit of a problem, and Wayne growls
that he always is. He hands over the drinks and sits
down as Alison continues that she's offered Simon a bonus if he
can change Andy's mind. She adds that it might work.
Wayne mutters that he wouldn't count on it, but Alison
assures him that she doesn't intend to: what they need to do is
organise things so that Andy needs the money they're
offering. She asks Wayne if he has any ideas, but he looks blank.
Alison goes on, "Is there anything Andy values? Anything
he'd want to replace if he lost it?" Wayne replies, "Not
that I know of. He's really only got the disco van; that's
how he earns a crust." Alison asks, "What if something
happened to it? An act of mindless vandalism...?"
Wayne, looking surprised, warns, "Steady on..." Alison,
though, suggests, "I'm sure you know someone who could arrange
Brett, Charlie, Sally and Spider are eating dinner at the kitchen
table at the country house. Spider gets up and heads to the stove
to get himself seconds. Sally says to Charlie cautiously, "Mum...
what's happened with Leigh and Beryl?" Charlie, though, replies,
"I'll tell you later." Spider calls over from the stove,
"There was a bit of a blue, from what I heard." Brett
says to Charlie, "It's got something to do with Leigh,
hasn't it? She's done something." Charlie
replies softly, "Did, not done. It happened
ages ago." Brett stands up and says he's going to find out.
Charlie, though, suddenly snaps, "Brett. Sit down. I will
tell you later. Right now, I'm, not in the mood."
Elsewhere in the house, Leigh walks with Shane into the lounge
room, where Beryl is sitting, staring into space. She starts saying
that Shane won't sleep. Beryl, though, mutters, "Do you have
to talk?" Leigh then insists, "Heather won't believe
you, Beryl, not if I'm not there to explain." Beryl retorts,
"I could ring the police..." Leigh says she knows, but
she hasn't and she doesn't think she wants to. She sits
down and points out to Beryl that the O'Briens won't hand Robert
over just because she asks them to. She then goes on that it won't
make up for anything, but she'd like to help where she can. Beryl
stands up and walks over to the telephone on the dresser. Suddenly
looking worried, Leigh asks her who she's calling. Beryl retorts,
"Don't worry. It's only Heather." Leigh cries at her
that she can't tell them over the 'phone; they have to go up
there." Beryl snaps, "We will. Tomorrow."
She finishes dialling, the 'phone at the other end rings and STD
pips sound. Heather then comes on and Beryl says, "Hello,
Heather." Heather, sounding bright, comments that it's a
lovely surprise to hear from her. Beryl tells her, "I'll
be up your way tomorrow - Leigh's coming too; we were wondering
if we could stay with you and Mike." Heather replies, "Of
course. Mike's not the best at the moment, but we'd love to have
you; catch up on all the gossip." Beryl thanks her and tells
her that she'll her tomorrow. They then hang up. Beryl turns to
Leigh and mutters, "It's going to break her heart. I don't
know how you sleep at night, Leigh, I really don't."
The next morning, Leigh is cleaning out the stove in the kitchen
when Sally joins her. She immediately says, "Charlie told
me about--" She breaks off before admitting, "It's a
pretty amazing story." Leigh turns to look at her and mutters,
"It changes your opinion of me, I suppose?" Sally explains
that Charlie told her about Richard, too, in Ceedum; Leigh hasn't
had it easy. Leigh retorts that there's no use looking for excuses,
but Sally assures her that she's not going to start judging her
- and besides, she reckons Leigh's changed a bit now.
She then asks Leigh if she's going to Brisbane, and Leigh retorts
that they're leaving in about ten minutes. Sally smiles that Leigh
will be seeing her brother, then; they're really close, aren't
they? Leigh sighs, "We were. I tricked him,
too, though. He didn't know Jamie was Robert." Sally tells
her that Tim will forgive her; as soon as everyone realises she's
at least trying to put things right, they'll give her a fair go.
Leigh mutters that she hardly deserves it.
Denise is standing outside the Woombai homestead when Gordon
joins her and smiles, "So, our scholar's about to make her
departure, eh?!" Barbara suddenly calls over to them and
says, "Gordon... 'phone: Detective Dunross." Gordon
asks what he wants, but Barbara replies that he didn't say. Gordon
says goodbye to Denise and heads inside. Denise then says goodbye
to Barbara and heads towards a waiting car.
On the 'phone inside, Gordon says to Detective Dunross, "It's
nothing to do with Amanda?" Dunross, though, replies that
he's sorry: it's just a photo he'd like Gordon to look at. He
asks if he can drop round sometime this morning and Gordon assures
him that that's fine. Dunross hangs up. Barbara comes in and asks
what Dunross wanted. Gordon replies that it's something
to do with a photo; he's bringing it round later. He adds thoughtfully,
"I don't know what it could be."
Leigh is dressing Shane in the lounge room at the country house.
Charlie is sitting on the couch, watching her. Sally comes in
and tells Leigh that she'll see her when she gets back. She then
heads out. Beryl comes in. Charlie offers to babysit Shane while
Leigh's away, but Leigh replies, "No, thanks, Charlie, I--"
Beryl interrupts and mutters, "You wouldn't want to be without
him, would you?" Looking sheepish, Leigh says she
might go and say goodbye to Patch, and she hands Shane to Charlie.
Beryl warns her that they have to leave soon. Leigh retorts that
Brett has found a kennel for Patch; he won't be there when she
gets back; she'll meet Beryl at the car. She heads out, leaving
Beryl to comment to Charlie, "Pity she doesn't care as much
about people." Charlie assures her that Leigh is
very sorry, but Beryl snaps, "You must be joking, Charlie.
She kidnapped my baby and I haven't even called the police. No
one can say I've been too hard on her."
Outside, Leigh is telling Patch to keep out of mischief. Brett
joins her and tells her that she doesn't have to say her goodbyes
just yet. Leigh, though, says she knows, but she's going to Brisbane.
Brett asks why. Leigh, looking surprised, replies, "It's
only for few days. Didn't Charlie say anything? Sally
knows." Brett assures her, "They didn't tell me."
Leigh warns him that he'll hate her when he finds out. Brett asks
her what she's done, but Leigh, looking fearful, murmurs, "I
can't..." She then asks him to take care of Patch and she
There's a knock on the door of Fiona's flat. Roland opens it
to find Andy standing there with some mail. He hands a letter
to Roland and adds that the rest are for Fiona. Roland opens his
letter, which is in an air-mail envelope. He reads the contents
and a look of horror crosses his face. Andy notices and asks if
it's bad news. Roland growls, "It was meant for Simon. Why
couldn't the stupid woman address it properly?" Andy asks
who it's from. Roland retorts, "You might say it was from
a 'satisfied customer'..."
A few minutes later, Simon is sitting at Fiona's living room
table, holding the letter as Roland snaps that he's sorry he opened
it but Simon could hardly blame him - and it began 'My darling'
so there was no clue to stop in that, either. Simon murmurs,
"No... I guess it's understandable." Roland glares at
him and asks him angrily if that's all he can say. Simon stands
up and goes to head to his room, but Roland orders him to come
back. Simon turns round and Roland reminds him, "I read
that letter." Simon retorts that there's no need to over-react.
Roland, though, asks angrily, "What do you expect me to do
when I find out my son's a gigolo?" Simon warns, "Hey,
now, wait a minute." Roland, though, goes on furiously, "What
do you call it? Male prostitute? No wonder you
came home flush... it makes me sick to think of it."
He goes on, "Why? Why? If you were short of money, all you
had to do was pick up a 'phone." Simon asks sarcastically,
"And what, call my dead father?" Roland points out that
Barbara was there. Simon, though, explains that it wasn't
just the money - a lot of it was fun; and besides, he
was good at it. Roland asks him, "Did you pick up
Irene because you thought she had money?" Simon stands there
looking sheepish and Roland goes on, "It throws a different
light on things. If only she'd told me the full story..."
Simon snaps that Irene didn't tell him the full story because
she knew he'd react like a damn puritan. Roland, though, snaps
back that he's reacting like a father who's concerned about his
son, and he asks if there's some other way he should
behave. Simon retorts, "You'll just have to face the fact
that that's the way I earn my living." Roland suddenly grabs
Simon's jumper and snaps, "Not here it isn't."
Simon, pushing his father's arm away, retorts, "You can't
stop me." Roland glares at him and growls, "If you mean
that, then we've seen the last of each other. You'd better think
about it carefully." With that, he heads off to see Irene,
leaving Simon looking worried.
At Charlie's, Wayne is ranting at Alison that she's already offered
Simon twice the value of what he's got. Alison asks calmly, "Do
you or don't you want control of the company?" Wayne retorts
that of course he does, and so Alison tells him that they can't
afford to be a scrooge; all Simon's waiting for is a big enough
offer. She goes to the 'phone and starts dialling. Simon answers
the call at the other end and Alison says it's her. She then explains
that she's calling to tell him that her client's now willing to
offer him 2½ times the value of his shares. At Fiona's
flat, Simon, looking surprised, murmurs that that's very generous.
He then asks if it would come to enough to buy an apartment in
London. Alison replies, "Just about. Why? Are you thinking
of going back?" Simon admits, "Yes." He then pauses
and says, "OK, I'll sell." Alison exclaims, "Wonderful!"
She then adds that, if he wants to furnish the apartment, there's
a bonus if he can talk Andy into selling too. Simon says he'll
see what he can do. Alison tells him that she'll call again later
and she hangs up. She then turns to Wayne and muses, "Now
to help Andy make the right decision..." Wayne asks her why
they don't wait and see if Simon can do it without them. Alison,
though, retorts, "Never leave anything to chance if you can
help it, Wayne." Looking worried, Wayne murmurs, "Alright,
I'll arrange something..."
In the lounge room at Woombai, Gordon is sitting staring at a
photo. Detective Dunross and a colleague are standing with him
and Dunross is saying that the woman pictured was found late yesterday,
just outside Chandler; they took that snap at the hospital last
night. Barbara comes in with coffee as Dunross goes on that the
woman seemed to be in a state of exhaustion and shock; she wouldn't
talk and had no identification; no one knows who she is; she just
turned up out of nowhere, as far as they can tell. Gordon asks,
"And you thought I might be able to recognise her?"
Dunross explains, "She had a piece of paper. The words 'Hamilton,
Woombai' were written on it. I thought you might know
something." Gordon shakes his head and hands the photo to
Barbara. Dunross's colleague suggests that maybe if Gordon and
Barbara saw her...?; the photo isn't too brilliant. Barbara
stares at it and comments that it's no one she knows.
Dunross says they'll bring the woman out in case anything clicks;
it's just a bit of a mystery they'd like to clear up if they can.
Beryl and Leigh have arrived in Brisbane. Leigh is standing outside
the O'Brien house as Beryl pays a taxi driver. He drives off and
Beryl goes and joins Leigh, Shane and several suitcases which
are resting on the pavement. Picking up two of the cases, Beryl
suggests, "Well, let's get it over with." Leigh stares
at Mike and Heather's house, looking worried, but doesn't move.
Beryl turns to her and asks, "You coming?" Leigh asks,
"What if they don't want to give him back?" Beryl retorts
that they won't have any say in it. Leigh points out,
"But he's been their son--" Beryl interrupts and tells
her curtly, "He's my son, Leigh. And there's no
way in the world I'm leaving without him."