Beryl insists that she doesn't want a fight. Heather, though,
snaps, "Well, you've got one." Beryl retorts,
"Please, don't make me go to the authorities." Heather
points out sharply, "We adopted him - legally.
That makes him ours. I'm not going to let you walk away
with him." Tim suddenly walks into the room and Heather demands,
"What are you doing here?" Tim murmurs that
he thought it would be a good idea if he hung around for a while.
Heather, though, snaps at him that he shouldn't be taking time
off work. She picks up her bag and Beryl asks her suspiciously
where she's going. Heather snaps, "To see Mike, of course."
Beryl suggests to her that she leave Robert with her,
but Heather growls, "He's our baby and I'm taking
him with me. And when I get back, I don't want to see you here."
With that, she storms out. Beryl goes to follow her, but Tim steps
in her way and pleads, "Please - let her go; at least for
the moment." He adds, "Remember what you were
like?" Beryl nods, "Yes - but I knew Robert was my son."
Tim points out, "As far as Heather's concerned, he's hers."
Beryl looks worried.
At Woombai, Barbara and Mary are clearing the living room table
while Gordon sits on the couch, reading the newspaper. Barbara
suggests to Mary that they could go into town and buy those new
clothes today. Mary looks pleased, but Gordon chips in that he
doesn't know if that's such a good idea with the murderer running
loose and knowing Mary's in the area. Barbara points out that
they'd have to be very unlucky, but Gordon just asks her if she
can't go by herself; no one will know who the clothes are for.
Barbara sighs that she supposes she could, and she asks Mary what
she needs. Mary, though, says she's not really sure. Barbara suggests
to her that she go and find a piece of paper and make a list,
but Mary tells her that she doesn't know what she could think
of. Gordon assures her that Barbara's taste usually passes muster;
he's sure she'll find something she likes. Mary thanks him and
then dashes off, saying she's got to get something from her bedroom.
When she's gone, Gordon comments to Barbara that she's not being
very fair on the girl. Barbara retorts that she all she asked
her to do was make a list. Gordon, though, tells her, "There
are ways and there are ways, Barbara. I'll see how she is."
He heads out of the room, leaving Barbara to sigh heavily.
Mary is sitting on the bed in her room, a glum expression on
her face, when Gordon comes in and comments that it's a nice day
outside; she should go for a walk later. He then adds that he's
sure Barbara will get her some nice clothes. He goes on that he
knows Barbara doesn't seem too friendly, but she's a bit on-edge
at the moment: they've had some upsetting news about their sister-in-law.
Mary murmurs, "She's not happy about me being here.
I'm making her nervous; I can see that. Maybe
I should go?" Gordon, though, tells her that she most certainly
will not. He adds that the police told him that they've put a
story in the Brolga Times stating quite clearly that
she didn't see the murderer, so she's quite safe - and besides,
they've got to put her to work around the place! Mary suddenly
asks, "Why are you so nice to me?" Gordon replies, "Because
I think that you deserve a break - and you're a charming young
lady." Mary smiles at him.
Leigh and Tim are sitting in the lounge room at the O'Brien house
when Beryl joins them and asks Tim where Heather keeps the tea.
Tim goes to get it. Alone with Leigh, Beryl says she doesn't know
what she's going to do if Heather doesn't see sense; she might
have to go to the police. Leigh asks if there isn't another
way... She adds that she knows she said she'd tell the whole story,
but... it's Shane: she couldn't possibly leave him. Beryl mutters
sourly, "Sudden change of heart, is it?" Leigh stands
up as Tim comes back in, and says, "He's my son.
Surely you can understand that?" Beryl, though,
retorts, "It's a bit late in the piece, Leigh." Leigh
turns to Tim, but he growls, "Don't look at me.
You brought it on yourself." Leigh cries, "I
can't go to jail. You can't let them do that to Shane."
Tim points out, "I can remember when you couldn't have cared
less about Shane." Leigh cries that that's been
different for a long time, but Tim tells her, "I've
got a long memory, Leigh." Beryl adds, "So have I."
Leigh warns her brother, "Don't forget one thing, Tim: if
I go, you go, too. You helped me put the birthmark
on to fool her, and with your record you can bet your
life they're not going to give you a pat on the head." Tim
stares at her and then storms off. Beryl immediately growls, "I
see. Even turning on your brother now. You really let
your true colours come through, don't you?"
A few minutes later, Tim is walking outside, and Leigh is chasing
after him, crying that she wants to talk to him. Tim turns to
her and snaps that he said he has a long memory, and he meant
it: she's forgotten that he took the blame to save her and now
she drags up his record; his record for something that
she did. He adds, "Wait 'til I tell them about that."
Leigh murmurs that she's sorry, but everyone's out to get her,
including him. Tim insists, "I'm not out
to get you - but why shouldn't you pay for what you've
done to Beryl and the others?" Leigh cries, "I've got
no one on my side. David's not here. I could lose Shane. I don't
know what I'd do if you turned against me. I
need you, Tim." Tim stares at her.
A few moments later, Leigh and Tim head inside. Beryl is sitting
on the couch and Leigh says she'd better go and check on Shane.
She goes. Left alone with Beryl, Tim asks, "What are you
going to do about her?" Beryl asks him, "Have her threats
been getting to you?" Tim, though, explains that he's just
worried about her; she really is scared about what's going to
happen to Shane. Beryl mutters that she's angling for sympathy;
Shane was quite alright with his grandparents before.
Tim points out, "You're the one who's been going
on about how a kid should be with his real parents. If it's alright
for you and Robert, why not for Leigh and Shane? Whatever you
think, David's her father, and you've got to at least think about
that before you dob her in." Beryl pauses and then sighs,
"If that's what has to happen to get Robert back, I'm sorry:
she's going to have to face it."
Alison is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house as
Charlie trims a bonsai tree in front of her. Alison muses that
she knew Leigh was pretty tough, but she didn't think she had
it in her to kidnap Beryl's baby. Looking surprised, Charlie asks,
"How do you know how tough Leigh is?" Alison
quickly explains, "Patricia mentioned it." Charlie comments
that Patricia seems to have told her an awful lot - although
she's not surprised: she was behind everything Leigh did. Alison
suggests, "Not kidnapping Beryl's baby, though, surely?"
Charlie admits, "No, but she did encourage Leigh to chase
after money. The reason she did it was so she could sell Beryl
her own baby." A look of surprise crosses Alison's face and
she exclaims, "Really?!" Charlie goes on, "Nothing
would surprise me when it came to Leigh - although Patricia was
a good teacher..." A thoughtful look suddenly crosses Alison's
face. Charlie goes on, "Anyway, darling, fill me in: what
are you doing to clear Patricia's name?" Standing up, Alison
replies that she spent a bit of yesterday looking over the hospital,
trying to figure a way to get to the files. Charlie asks why,
and Alison explains that if she could find out who was in the
ward with Jeff O'Brien, she might have a lead. She adds that she
even thought about pretending to be a nurse or something! Charlie
comments that that's a bit risky - and she doesn't see what good
it would do: how could she ever prove Jeff did it? Alison insists
that she has to start somewhere - and maybe talked in
his sleep or something! Charlie muses that she's taking it all
rather seriously, but Alison retorts that she wants to see justice
done, that's all. Charlie murmurs, "Of course." Suddenly
changing the subject, she then smiles, "Oh, I meant to ask
you: how's Isabella?" Alison stares at her and asks, "Who?"
Charlie tells her, "Isabella. My dog. Oh, I hope she hasn't
torn the house to shreds." Alison says she doesn't remember
seeing a dog anywhere, and Charlie immediately exclaims in indignation
that she might have known: she bets Wayne hasn't even got her
out of the kennels. Alison just says she's not sure. She then
goes on that she might go back to the hospital, and she asks if
she can borrow Charlie's car again. Charlie points out the keys
on the table, Alison picks them up and goes. Meanwhile, Charlie
heads to the 'phone and dials a number. The 'phone at the other
end rings, STD pips sound and Wayne then answers. Charlie says
brightly, "Wayne, darling, it's Charlie. I was wondering
how Isabella is." At Charlie's, Wayne hesitates momentarily
before lying, "She's fine." Charlie smiles, "Little
pet. Bring her to the 'phone." Wayne asks nervously, "Pardon?"
Charlie repeats, "Put her on the telephone. I want to speak
to her." Wayne murmurs, "Er... well..." Charlie
asks suspiciously, "Is something wrong, Wayne?" Wayne
sighs that he guesses he'll have to come clean. Charlie growls,
"She's still in the kennel, isn't she?" and
Wayne admits, "Yeah." Charlie admonishes, "Wayne,
I am disgusted. The reason I let you stay in the house
is so you could look after my little darling." Wayne
insists that he just hasn't had time, but Charlie snaps that excuses
won't do. She adds that it's just lucky she heard she wasn't home.
Looking surprised, Wayne asks, "How did you find
out?" Charlie, though, ignores this and snaps, "Now
you just listen: I want you to send her down to me immediately.
She must be fretting like crazy by now." Wayne assures her
that he'll do it straight away. Charlie snaps, "Make sure
you do - and just consider yourself lucky I'm not throwing you
out." With that, she hangs up."
Leigh and Tim are sitting with Beryl in the lounge room at the
O'Briens'. Tim tells Beryl that it's not as if it only affects
a few people. Beryl, though, insists that she's made up her mind.
Leigh snaps, "And to hell with anyone else?" Beryl,
though, retorts, "Not with anyone, Leigh. Just you."
Looking angry and upset, Leigh gets up and storms out. When she's
gone, Tim asks Beryl, "What about Mike? Have you considered
him? Heather's really worried, you know? If you saw what
he was like with Rob... I'm not saying what's right or wrong,
but they need him: they lost their only son, and... it
would just be a rotten thing to do to them, that's all."
Beryl glares at him and asks, "Don't you think I know what
it's like to be hurt?" Tim tells her, "What I'm saying
is that things are bad enough." Beryl, suddenly standing
up, says she has to go out. Tim asks where, but Beryl tells him,
"Don't worry. What you've been saying has started me thinking."
Tim still looks worried, though.
Heather is outside, pushing 'Jamie' in his pushchair up the path
towards the house, when Beryl suddenly emerges through the front
door. The two women stare at each other and Heather says quietly,
"Hello. I see you haven't gone." Beryl explains that
she didn't want to leave when things were so bad between them.
She adds that they should try and sort something out, and Heather
murmurs that she agrees. She goes on that she's had a good think
and she realises that, if it came to it, there'd be no question
that Beryl would get Jamie back - and she'd like to discuss it
with her. Beryl assures her gently, "So would I." She
smiles weakly and looks down at her son. She then adds, "I
shouldn't be too long." She goes to walk off, but Heather
calls after her to ask her where she's going; not to see a solicitor?
Beryl just says they'll talk about it when she gets back.
Wayne opens the front door at Charlie's, holding Isabella under
his right arm. Caroline is standing there and she laughs, "Oh
my, it suits you!" She then walks in and the two of them
head into the lounge room. Wayne explains that he has to send
Isabella down to Charlie or she'll be up there after blood; someone
told her he hadn't brought the dog home. Caroline asks who, and
Wayne replies that it was the lady from the kennel, probably.
Looking thoughtful, Caroline points out that she wouldn't
ring Charlie in Melbourne, but Wayne asks who else knows.
Caroline suggests sharply, "Alison?" Wayne murmurs that
it could have been her, but Caroline insists, "It
had to be her." Looking puzzled, Wayne asks how
come Charlie is talking to her, and Caroline agrees that
that's exactly what she'd like to know. She then takes
Isabella from Wayne and tells the animal, "We're going to
go on a nice little trip." Wayne stares at her and asks,
"Eh?" Caroline explains, "I'm going to take her
down with me. I want to know precisely what's going on
with Miss. Alison Carr..."
Alison approaches the reception desk at the hospital where Jeff
was treated. She suddenly turns away, though, and looks round
at a couple of cleaners who have just finished mopping the floor
nearby. As they go to walk off, a broad smile crosses her face...
Gordon is sitting at the living room table at the Woombai homestead,
some files in front of him. Barbara suddenly comes in, carrying
some bags of shopping and Gordon calls to Mary. Mary joins them
and Barbara tells her to see what she thinks. Gordon smiles that
they'll have to have a fashion parade! Mary, taking clothes out
of the bags and looking surprised at the number of outfits, asks
Barbara how many she got. Barbara replies that there are four.
Mary insists that one or two would have been enough. With that,
she takes them to go and try them on. When she's gone, Gordon
thanks Barbara, adding that it wasn't too much of a trial, was
it? Barbara mutters, "No, I suppose not." The 'phone
suddenly starts ringing, and as he goes to get it, Gordon adds,
"She is grateful."
Charlie waltzes into the kitchen at the country house to find
Alison standing there with several bags sitting on the table in
front of her. She exclaims that Alison's been on a shopping spree;
she should have told her and she'd have come too! Alison, though,
assures her that she wouldn't have been in the least bit interested,
and she takes a drab-looking outfit out of one of the bags. Charlie
stares at it distastefully and murmurs, "Oh, are you going
all trendy like those funny people who hang around health food
shops?!" Alison, though, laughs that she's using them to
get into the hospital - as a cleaner; she picked up the clothes
at the Op Shop. Charlie smiles, "What fun: it's like one
of those old detective films - going in undercover!" Alison,
though, assures her that there's a lot more at stake here. Charlie
tells Alison that she wouldn't catch her dressing up
in that stuff, even if it was for a good cause!
At Woombai, Gordon hangs up the 'phone and tells Barbara that
the Brolga police have found the rifle. Barbara asks where, and
Gordon replies that it was in the bush, a couple of miles away
from the house; it looks as though it was thrown there.
He adds, "It belonged to the grandfather." Barbara asks
what that's got to do with Mary. Gordon explains, "The detective
said they have to put her back on the suspect list. A couple of
them are coming out here later today to talk to her." Barbara
asks if they're going to let her stay there, and Gordon
replies that he told them he thought she should-- He breaks off
as Mary suddenly comes in, wearing one of her new outfits - a
purple dress - and cries to Barbara that it's beautiful; it's
one of the nicest frocks she's ever had. Barbara smiles, "I'm
glad you like them!" Mary goes on that she'll have to work
for months to pay Barbara back. Gordon, though, assures
her that there's no need - he and Barbara would like her to take
them as a gift. Mary tells Barbara that one's a bit long, and
she asks her to help her with it. Barbara goes to walk off with
her, saying, "Yes, of course. I'd be pleased to..."
She glances at Gordon, though, warily.
A short time later, Mary is standing in her room, wearing a charcoal-coloured
dress as Barbara pins up the hem. Mary is saying animatedly that
she still can't believe it: she's never had so many new clothes
in her life. She continues that her nan used to make
hers; she hardly ever had anything from the shop. Barbara comments
that she must have been tempted a few times, but Mary
explains that she didn't go into town much. Barbara then suggests
to her that she must miss her friends, but Mary explains that
she doesn't really have any; her nan used to like her
to stay home with her, so she did. Barbara asks, "What about
school?" Mary replies quickly, "Nan used to teach me
things. She was real good to me, you know? Gave me everything."
Barbara asks, "What about your grandfather? You never mention
him much." Mary, though retorts sourly, "I
don't want to. He was bad." Barbara stares
at her and asks her what she means. Mary growls, "He did
bad things to nan and me. I hated him. I'm glad
he's dead." Barbara stares at her in shock.
A while later, back in the lounge room with Gordon, Barbara growls,
"You didn't see the look on her face. She
hated her grandfather and I think she should
be a suspect." Gordon suggests that, if Mary loved her grandmother,
why on earth would she want to kill her, too? Barbara
retorts, "Perhaps she shot the grandfather and the old lady
walked in and she panicked. I don't know." Gordon
snaps, "Exactly. You don't know. You're just looking
for reasons to dislike the girl." Barbara retorts
that she is suspicious - and having seen her just now,
she thinks she has the right to be. There's suddenly
a knock on the front door. Gordon comments that it'll be the police,
and he pleads with Barbara to please leave it to them.
Barbara, though, retorts that she thinks she should tell them
what Mary said and the way she looked; if she's innocent, it won't
do her any harm. With that, she goes to open the door.
Heather is sitting on the couch at the O'Briens', cuddling Jamie
and smiling at him, happily. The front door suddenly clicks shut
and Beryl comes in. Heather comments to her warily that she seems
to have been gone for ages. Beryl tells her quietly, "I went
to see Mike." Heather asks, "Did you tell him about
Jamie?" Beryl, though, says, "No." She goes on,
"We talked a lot. It's obvious he's... it's obvious he loves
the baby; thought of him helps him fight." Heather asks,
"Are you going to tell him?" Beryl, though,
shakes her head and replies, "I honestly don't know, Heather.
I just knew you had some rights: you've looked after him all these
months and learned to love him like your own..." Heather
asks, "Did you think we wouldn't?" Beryl insists,
"Heather, I never wanted it to get nasty. I just wanted my
baby back. You must understand that. We were such good friends;
we can't let it ruin that." Heather murmurs, "No, we
can't." She then sighs, "It would probably be best if
you and Robert left now. I don't think Mike could bear
it if he came home and had to face losing him." Beryl, though,
says softly, "I think we should talk a bit more before we
come to any final decision." Heather stares at her in surprise.
In the kitchen at the country house, Charlie is helping Alison
put the final touches to her cleaner's outfit and she laughs,
"Oh, what fun! You're like that character in the movie -
you know: Modesty Blaise!" Alison laughs that she
thinks Charlie's getting quite a kick out of this! There's suddenly
a knock at the back door and a look of concern crosses Alison's
face. Charlie muses that she's not expecting anyone, and she goes
to answer it. She finds Caroline standing there, holding Isabella,
and she takes the dog happily, saying, "Come to mummy!"
Alison stares at Caroline nervously. Caroline stares back at her.
Charlie thanks Caroline for bringing Isabella down, adding that
she shouldn't have gone to all that trouble. Caroline, though,
insists that it was fine - she felt like a small trip. She then
turns to Alison and says curtly, "Hello, Alison. Stockbroker
to charlady. Woman of a thousand faces, aren't we?" Turning
to Charlie, she explains tautly, "One of the reasons I came
down was to ask you why you kept in cahoots with a fake."
Alison and Charlie both stare at her.
At Woombai, Mary is saying, "Yeah, I know my grandfather
had a gun." A detective who's sitting opposite her at the
living room table asks her why she didn't mention if before, then.
Mary replies that she forgot. The detective suggests that it's
a pretty important thing to forget, but Mary insists that she
just didn't think about it. There's silence, which Mary breaks
by saying, "You think I did it, don't you? I would
never do a thing like that. I loved my nan."
The detective goes on that she said there was some printing on
the boots the man was wearing - like a brand name - but she said
she couldn't read the word. Mary nods that that's right. The detective
continues that that strikes him as a bit odd: they checked the
room and it's very small; even if the printing wasn't very large,
it wouldn't be difficult to read something at that distance. Mary
cries, "I could see the word, but I was so scared, I didn't
really read it..." The detective looks at his colleague
- who's standing next to Gordon, nearby - before telling Mary
that they have to check every detail. Barbara comes in as Gordon
says to Mary, "It wasn't hard, was it?" The detective,
standing up, tells Mary that they'll probably have some more questions
later on. Barbara suddenly says to him, "Before you go, there's
something you don't know." Gordon tells Mary sharply to leave
them, but the detective retorts that, if it concerns her, he thinks
she should say. Barbara tells him, "Earlier on today, Mary
told me that she hated her grandfather - and in fact, she was
rather pleased that he was dead." The detective turns back
to Mary and asks, "Is that true, Miss. Reynolds? Did you
hate him enough to kill him?"
At the O'Briens', Beryl says softly to Heather, "I really
don't know why I went to see Mike. I just... well, I thought speaking
to him might help me make up my mind. We started talking about
Jim... it brought back to me how it felt when he... I'd have done
anything to make it easier for him." Heather - holding
Robert - cries, "It's all I want to do for Mike.
Sometimes, I wonder if we couldn't all put on a front for him
- at least make him think that everything's OK. It would
make him so happy. He deserves that, doesn't he?"
Beryl nods sympathetically, "Yes, he does." She then
stands up and says, "Heather, I've decided I'd like to leave
Robert with you until..." She breaks off and pauses before
continuing, "I know how much it would mean to Mike. I'll
take Shane and Leigh back with me and you two can at least pretend
to lead a normal life." Heather stares at her in surprise
and murmurs, "Thankyou." Beryl looks down sadly at the
son she's about to give away...