Barbara is sitting reading a magazine on the couch at Woombai
when Gordon wanders into the room. Barbara asks, "How is
she?" Gordon retorts curtly, "Not as hysterical as she
was ten minutes ago, but you'll be pleased to know that she's
still quite upset." He adds angrily that there was no need
to mention the grandfather. Barbara, though, asks what the point
is of the police asking questions if they don't give them the
full story. Gordon snaps that he had the devil's own job to convince
the police to let Mary stay there. Barbara mutters that it would
have been a damn sight better if he hadn't. Gordon growls,
"You don't give up, do you?" Barbara snaps that that's
because there is no reason on earth for Mary to be there in the
first place, and she can't understand why he's so insistent that
she stays. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Gordon
goes and answers it. STD pips sound and then Wayne comes on, calling
from Charlie's. He immediately asks, "Made a decision on
Stephen yet?" Gordon, though, snaps, "No I haven't,
because I haven't had time to worry about you and your stupid
pettiness." He then tells Wayne that he'll get back to him
as soon as he's had time to work something out. Wayne, though,
retorts lightly, "Sorry, you had your chance. Now you've
blown it." With that, he hangs up. Gordon does likewise,
Caroline is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house,
staring at Charlie and Alison and saying tersely, "The last
I heard, Cynthia Hemingway didn't know Alison from a
bar of soap." Charlie quickly blusters that Cynthia has a
memory like a sieve; she rang back later to say she'd made a silly
mistake and of course she knows Alison. As Caroline sits
there, a look of disbelief on her face, Charlie goes on that it's
perfectly understandable: Alison isn't so much a 'friend' of Cynthia's
but more an 'acquaintance'; they met through a friend. Caroline
demands, "Who?" and Alison tells her, "Cindy Myler.
Cindia. Awfully confusing." Charlie smiles nervously and
laughs, "Dear old Cindy. Who could possibly forget her?!"
Caroline asks suspiciously, "You know Cindy too, do you?"
Charlie smiles, "Absolutely, darling - which is why I simply
had to take Alison under my wing when she was in town.
Any friend of Cindy's..." Caroline murmurs, "Yes, of
course." Hurriedly changing the subject, Charlie then tells
her that it was lovely of her to bring Isabella down to her. Caroline
points out tautly, "You've already thanked me."
Charlie, looking uncomfortable, tells her that she'd ask her to
stay, but they don't have the room at the moment. She adds that
she supposes Caroline is heading straight back to Sydney...? Caroline,
though, replies that she has one or two matters to attend to;
she's taken a room in a motel for a few days. Alison asks, "Business
matters?" Caroline just replies with a sly, "Yes..."
She then tells Charlie that they must have lunch while she's in
Melbourne. Turning to Alison, she says, "Goodbye, Alison.
No doubt we'll run into each other again." Alison nods, "Yes,
I'm sure." Charlie and Caroline then head outside, leaving
Alison looking slightly worried. Just outside the back door, Caroline
asks Charlie, "Does Alison have a hold over you?" Looking
surprised, Charlie retorts, "Of course not. I told you: we
have a mutual friend." Caroline mutters, "I don't believe
it." Charlie, though, retorts that that's just too bad. Caroline
warns her, "Be careful of Alison, Charlie. She'll stop at
nothing to get what she wants." Charlie tells her curtly
that the warning is quite unnecessary - and she resents any insinuation
that she's lying. Adam suddenly walks up and joins them, saying
he just thought he'd drop in before he went on duty. Staring with
interest at Caroline, he introduces himself and Caroline tells
him that she's pleased to meet him. Charlie explains that Adam's
her son. Caroline and Adam look at each other, intently. Charlie
quickly says, "Caroline was just leaving." Adam tells
her that he could offer her a lift, but Caroline explains that
her rented car is parked out the front. Adam suggests, "Maybe
some other time?" and Caroline smiles flirtatiously that
she'll look forward to it! With that, she walks off. As Charlie
and Adam head inside, Adam comments, "Nice lady." Charlie
retorts curtly, "Isn't she...?"
In Brisbane, Heather and Tim are standing outside the O'Brien
house and Heather is thanking Tim for everything. She adds that
she doesn't know what she'd have done without him at times. Tim
assures her that she and Mike have been pretty good to him,
too. With that, he goes and carries his suitcase to the cab parked
nearby. Heather turns to Leigh, who says, "Goodbye, Heather.
I'm sorry for all the trouble I've caused." Heather points
out that that's all sorted out now; there's no use going over
it again. She then looks at Beryl, who's holding Robert, cuddling
him tightly. Heather says to her softly, "I'm very, very
grateful for what you're doing, Beryl." Beryl just says,
"Give Mike our love." She then turns back to her son
and says sadly, "Goodbye, Robert... er, Jamie. I don't want
to confuse you any more than you already are. Be a good boy. I
love you..." She then hands him sadly to Heather and tells
her to take good care of him, before climbing into the front passenger
seat of the taxi, which drives off.
Sometime later, Charlie is talking to Heather on the 'phone at
the country house, saying she'll expect them at about 9pm. With
that, she hangs up. Alison comes in from the hallway, having changed
out of her charlady clothes, and Charlie laughs, "That's
a bit of an improvement!" Alison sits down and Charlie then
tells her that that was Heather who just 'phoned: Beryl's on her
way back. Looking annoyed, Alison mutters, "She's got a house
of her own. Why can't she stay there?"
Charlie points out that David invited her to stay; she can't just
turf her out. Alison comments, "A bit of an imposition, all
the same." Charlie asks her in surprise why she's worried
about Beryl. Alison retorts that she'd just prefer she
wasn't around; she's bound to start asking questions. Adam comes
in from outside as Alison adds, "You know she and Patricia
hated each other. It's bad enough having Caroline sniffing
around. She's a dangerous woman: I wouldn't trust her as far as
I could throw her." Adam chips in that he thought
she was quite a nice lady. He asks Alison if she's had dealings
with her before, and Alison replies, "Of one kind or another,
yes." Charlie tells Adam that Caroline does have a nasty
side to her; he shouldn't get mixed up with her. Adam just says
he'll reserve his judgement, and he heads back out.
That night, Samantha is sitting working at the reception desk
in Irene's surgery when Irene emerges from her examination room
and comments that it's been a long day. Samantha agrees that it
sure has! Irene hands her a patient's card and thanks her for
staying back. Stephen and Jenny suddenly appear in the entrance
way, and Stephen tells Irene that Jenny wanted to see her. He
adds that he knows it's late, but he hopes she doesn't mind. Irene
leads Jenny into the examination room. When Irene has shut the
door, Samantha asks her father, "What did the specialist
say?" Stephen replies slowly, "Irene was right: Hodgkin's
Disease." Samantha just murmurs, "Oh. I'm so sorry."
Stephen asks her not to say anything to anyone just yet, and Samantha
assures him that she won't. She adds that she thinks he should
tell Caroline, though: she's sure she wouldn't insist on having
him sacked if she knew. Stephen, though, mutters, "She'd
only gloat if I went and pleaded for my job back. I won't give
her the satisfaction." He pauses before going on, "Jenny
doesn't think she has much time left." Looking shocked, Samantha
cries that she doesn't know that; she could have months;
even years. Stephen, though, explains that she's had
the symptoms too long; she just didn't say anything.
He adds that, however much time she has, he's going to make sure
she has the best damn time.
In Irene's examination room, Jenny cries to Irene, "They
must have made a mistake. They do, you read about it
so often." Irene tells her that Dr. Edwards is one
of the best in the field, but Jenny cries that that doesn't make
him God. She goes on that all she needs is to go back
to Woombai; all she needs is fresh air and hard work. Irene, though,
tells her that hard work is out of the question: she won't have
the energy and she'll only end up making herself feel worse than
she does already. Jenny suddenly yells, "It doesn't matter
what I do; you've got me in the grave already."
She calms down slightly before going on that she and Stephen can
fight this; she knows they can; they've just made a life
for themselves and nothing's going to destroy that. With that,
she storms out, leaving Irene looking worried.
Beryl, Leigh - holding Shane - and Tim are sitting at the kitchen
table at the country house. Charlie is standing by the sink, telling
Tim that of course he can have a job in the market garden;
she's sure Brett will be glad of the help. Tim exclaims that that's
great! He then stands up and tells Leigh that he'll give her and
Shane a hand to get settled. The two of them head out. Charlie
sits down at the table with Beryl and tells her that Heather rang
earlier to say Beryl had left - and she has to admit that she
was stunned when she heard what happened. Beryl assures her that
it was the last thing she wanted, but with the situation with
Mike... Charlie sighs that she just hopes Leigh's learned a lesson.
Beryl says she hopes so, too - and Leigh won't get a
chance to try anything like it again, as she's taking
her home with her and she'll be watching her like a hawk. Looking
surprised, Charlie asks her if she's moving out, and Beryl replies
that she'll pack the rest of her things later. Charlie tells her
that she'll be sad to see her go. She then adds that, in one way,
it's probably for the best: if Adam found out, his sense of duty
would probably make him report Leigh. Beryl agrees, "Yes,
and Leigh would probably go to jail and they'd take Shane away
from her, which would only make a bad situation even worse."
Charlie comments that it's probably just as well that Brett's
out tonight, too; the less people that know about this, the better.
From the doorway to the hall, Alison suddenly asks, "And
what's that, Charlie?" Charlie turns to look at her and Charlie
quickly replies, "Oh, a friend of ours. In Brisbane. He's
very ill and doesn't want anyone to know about it yet." Alison
accepts this. She then looks at Beryl and says, "You're Beryl,
aren't you?" Beryl, looking surprised, says, "Yes, but
I'm afraid I...?" Alison introduces, "Alison Carr. Friend
of Charlie's." She adds, "You used to be married to
the man who owns the property." Beryl, comments, "It
seems you know all about me." Alison smiles at her and replies
quietly, "Yes, I know all about you, Beryl..."
Jenny and Stephen are sitting in the lounge room at Dural with
Colin. Jenny is saying to her stepson, "Have you heard of
Hodgkin's Disease?" Colin nods his head and Jenny goes on
that that's what they say she's got. She adds that it's hard to
believe. Colin murmurs, "I don't." Jenny continues
that they might be right about the disease, but she's determined;
she's not finished yet. Colin glances at Stephen. Noticing this,
Jenny demands, "What are you looking at Stephen for? Don't
you believe me?" Colin quickly assures her that
of course he does; he just doesn't know what to say. Jenny tells
him, "You don't have to say anything. Just be around.
If there's one thing this whole business has taught me, it's how
much I love my family - and I'm going to spend as much time as
I possibly can with you all from now on." Stephen
suggests that they get her upstairs to bed, as she's been rushing
around all afternoon. Jenny, though, insists that she's not an
invalid yet; he and Irene are as bad as each other. She stands
up, but suddenly wobbles and Stephen grabs her as she nearly falls
over. She insists that she's OK, but Stephen helps her back to
the couch. He tells her to take it easy there for a minute. He
then heads out to the hallway, with Colin, who says slowly, "She's
not going to get over it, is she?" Stephen replies,
"She's going to need a lot of love and care, Colin."
Colin assures him, "Whatever I can do," and Stephen
puts a grateful hand on his shoulder. He then returns to the lounge
room. Colin stands in the hallway and sighs heavily.
At Woombai, Gordon is sitting in an armchair, apparently deep
in thought. Barbara comes in from the hallway and puts a tray
down on the table, saying, "She didn't touch it." Gordon
stands up and says he'll go and see what's wrong. Barbara, though,
snaps, "Leave it. She'll eat when she's hungry." Gordon
stares at her and Barbara reminds him that the police told her
about Mary's tantrums; he's not going to do the girl any good
by mothering her; he should just leave her until she
comes to her senses. Gordon mutters that he doesn't agree, and
he goes to head out to the hallway. Barbara, though, orders, "Gordon,
you stay out of that room." Gordon turns back to her and
yells, "When she first came here, you were most sympathetic.
Now you're trying to make her life as difficult as possible. Now
what the hell has got into you?" Barbara yells back, "I
just don't see why you have to jump at her every beck and call.
I've been through this once before and I'm damned if I'm going
to go through it again." Gordon stares at her in
surprise and asks, "What the hell are you talking about?"
Barbara yells back, "Liz." G, looking shocked,
assures her, "I don't feel that way about Mary. I thought
you knew me better than that." Barbara, breaking
down in tears, cries, "Sorry. I'm just scared, that's all.
I can't help it." Gordon tells her that if she feels that
strongly about it, he will find somewhere else for Mary
to stay. Barbara, though, quickly assures him that there's no
need. She adds through her tears, "It's just that there have
been so many problems lately... and Mary's just another one I
can't seem to handle." Putting his arms around her, Gordon
comforts, "You don't have to. We'll work something out. Somehow."
Colin is standing in the lounge room at Charlie's. Wayne is smiling
at him nastily and gloating, "Bit weak, don't you reckon?
Stephen sending a boy on a man's job." Colin retorts that
Stephen doesn't know he's there. Wayne, though, tells him that
it doesn't really matter who comes begging; Stephen's
still out on his ear as far as he's concerned. Colin
stands there and, after a few seconds, says, "My mother is
sick." Wayne laughs, "Oh yeah?" Colin goes on,
"She's dying." The expression on Wayne's face suddenly
becomes serious, and he demands, "What are you talking about?"
Colin explains, "She's got Hodgkin's Disease. Mum doesn't
know about Stephen losing his job. I'm trying to save
her the worry in case she finds out." Looking shocked, Wayne
starts pacing the room, looking thoughtful, and he then goes and
pours himself a drink. After a few seconds, Colin asks, "Well?"
Wayne takes a sip from his drink but doesn't say anything. Colin
eventually snaps, "Thanks, Wayne. I just hope you're
in the same situation one day. People like you don't even deserve
to breathe." With that, he storms out. Wayne sits
down, looking thoughtful.
Leigh is sitting in the lounge room at the country house. Brett
is with her saying he doesn't understand it: she's obviously up
to her neck in trouble but everyone seems to be protecting her;
hasn't she got the guts to tell him what she's done? Leigh retorts
that she just doesn't want to keep going over it again and again
- and anyway, it's got nothing to do with him. Unknown
to either of them, Alison appears in the doorway as Brett says
snidely, "Poor Leigh. Reckon you've had enough of it already,
do you?" Leigh retorts, "If you knew how I was feeling,
yes." Brett says, "I don't - so why don't you tell me?"
Leigh mutters, "Just leave me alone." Alison suddenly
calls to Brett that the light in her room keeps flickering, and
she asks him to check it out. Brett goes. Alone with Leigh, Alison
comments to her that it seems everyone's out to give her a hard
time. Leigh just stares at her. Alison goes on, "If you need
a friend, perhaps we should take the trouble to get to know one
another?" Leigh demands, "Why should you care?"
Alison, sitting down, replies, "You remind me of myself
at your age." Looking surprised, Leigh muses, "Someone
else said that to me once. I took her advice on how to
get somewhere in the world and it's got me nothing but trouble."
Alison pauses and then says, "Charlie told me about the baby.
I understand why you did it. We all try and do things we hope
will help everyone. Sometimes that just doesn't happen."
Leigh growls, "Certainly didn't this time."
Alison tells her that punishing herself isn't going to do any
good. Leigh, though, retorts, "That's what they all want."
Alison tells her, "It's what you want that's important.
Don't let other people try and run your life for you." At
that moment, Beryl comes in and suggests to Leigh that she should
finish her packing; she doesn't want to be late leaving in the
morning. Leigh stands up, says goodnight to Alison and walks out.
When she's gone, Alison comments to Beryl, "Certainly know
how to crack the whip, don't you?" Beryl retorts that someone
has to keep her in line. Alison says she'd have thought the poor
girl had suffered enough. Beryl retorts, "I think
you should mind your own business." With that, she
walks out, leaving Alison staring into space, thoughtfully.
Adam is emerging from the police station when he hears a female
voice calling his name. He looks across the road to see Caroline
approaching him. She smiles at him that he wouldn't believe the
trouble she went to tracking down the station he worked at. Adam
laughs that he'd be interested to know how she did it! Caroline
smiles, "Girl's got to have some secrets...!"
Adam then asks her what he can do for her. Caroline explains,
"I'm a little worried about your mother - well, about her
friend, to be more precise. I had some business dealings with
Alison Carr and she tried to... 'con me' would be the best way
to put it. I was frightened she might be trying to pull the same
sort of trick on Charlie." Adam asks her if she's spoken
to Charlie, and Caroline replies that that's why she really went
over there this morning - to try and warn her - but she didn't
get a very good hearing. Adam comments, "And you want me
to say something?" Caroline tells him, "You could,
except that... well, there is the chance that I could
be wrong and we'd all be embarrassed then. I thought that maybe
you could keep an eye on her - you know, find out where she goes...
what she's up to. At least we'd have something to go
on, then." Adam points out, "I'm a cop, Caroline. Putting
a tail on someone is not something I should become involved in."
Caroline tells him that Charlie is too nice a lady to let a hard
type like Alison take her down; she really does think this is
a family matter more than a police matter; doesn't he?
Adam stands there looking thoughtful.
The next morning, Brett and Tim are sitting at the kitchen table
at the country house as Beryl works at the sink and Leigh prepares
milk for Shane. Charlie comes in from the hallway as Brett asks
Beryl if she minds if he stays there. Beryl assures him that of
course she doesn't. Brett adds that it might be sensible if Tim
stays too. Looking surprised, Tim says he promised Heather he'd
give Beryl a hand. Leigh heads off to feed Shane and Brett and
Tim stand up and head outside. Alison comes in from the hallway
and asks Charlie if she can borrow the car again. Charlie smiles
that of course she can, and Alison asks her to wish her luck.
Charlie replies, "Good luck!" and Alison goes. Left
alone with Charlie, Beryl asks her how she got to know
Alison. Charlie quickly replies that it was through a friend of
a friend. Beryl goes on that she's glad she's leaving
this morning because they don't seem to get on. She then heads
off to her room, leaving Charlie to comment, "So I noticed..."
Diane Bull has pulled up in her car outside. Alison is walking
past her and Diane calls out that she's looking for Beryl Palmer.
Alison just mutters that she's inside and she walks off. A short
distance away, Brett and Tim are picking up some kindling when
Tim suddenly spots Diane. He cries, "That's Diane Ball -
from the Children's Home. And Leigh's in the house. There could
be trouble." He goes to head inside, but Brett tells him
to hang on, adding that he wants to know once and for all what
the hell's going on. Alison heads off down the driveway in Charlie's
car just as another car is coming in the opposite direction. Adam
is the driver. He brings his car to a halt, sits there thoughtfully
for a few seconds and then turns round and heads off after Alison.
At Dural, Jenny runs downstairs, carrying a suitcase. Colin suddenly
comes out of the lounge room and calls, "Mum? Where are you
going?" Jenny looks at him and replies, "Tell Stephen
I don't think I've got much time left. There must be
something I can do." Colin cries that she can't go anywhere;
she's too sick. Jenny, though, just says, "Colin, I've left
a note upstairs for Denny." She then gives him a hug and
heads out. Looking shocked, Colin cries, "Mum..."
In the kitchen at the country house, Beryl is saying nervously
to Diane Bull that she could have called first; they
could have arranged a better time, as she's going home today.
Diane, though, explains that she was in the area. Beryl, changing
the subject rapidly, asks her what she wanted to talk about. Diane
replies, "I want to take you up on your offer to come back
and work at the Children's Home." Beryl smiles, "Of
course!" She then adds that she doesn't mean to be rude,
but she really does have so much packing to do..." She opens
the back door to let Diane out. At that moment, though, Charlie
and Leigh come in from the hallway, and Diane smiles, "Hello,
Charlie." She then looks at Leigh and says, "And you
must be Beryl's..." She breaks off as a look of realisation
crosses her face, and she eventually goes on, "You're the
girl who... the girl with the baby." Leigh looks at her 'innocently'
and asks, "What baby? What are you talking about?"
Diane retorts angrily, "I almost lost my job because
of you. You're the girl who left the baby at the Home
and then ran away." Leigh stands there, looking defiant.