Out in reception, Samantha stares at a couple of patients that
are sitting waiting. She looks worried. Irene suddenly comes in
and smiles, "Morning, everyone." Samantha quickly stops
her heading into her surgery and explains that Jenny's inside;
she talked her into staying until Irene got back. Irene asks her
if she's called Stephen, and Samantha replies that he's on his
way. She adds, "She seems a lot worse..." Irene opens
the door to her surgery and heads in there. A moment later, she
returns to the reception area and says, "Samantha..."
Samantha heads into the examination room and Irene tells her,
"She's gone." Samantha cries, "Oh no..."
Irene then notices the bottles of pills lying on the desk and
asks when they arrived. Samantha replies, "This morning.
There should be four of them." Irene examines the bottles
and then picks up the 'phone urgently. Samantha asks her who she's
calling. Irene replies quickly, "The police. If Jenny's got
the other bottle, we mightn't have much time."
Colin and Andy walk into Dural through the front door, Colin
growling that Stephen should have run Wayne over when he had the
chance. Andy tells him that he should just try and forget about
it, but Colin yells that he can't. Andy tells him that
knocking Wayne isn't going to do anything for Jenny;
he should think about his mum; when Stephen brings her home she's
going to need him. Colin storms into the lounge room.
Irene escorts a patient from her surgery into the reception area
and sees her out. She then turns to Samantha, who's sitting at
the reception desk. She hands Irene the next patient's card. Stephen
suddenly bursts in and cries to Irene, "Thank heavens you're
here. Where's Jenny?" Irene turns to her next patient and
asks him if he'd mind waiting a moment. She, Stephen and Samantha
then head into the examination room and Irene closes the door.
She turns to Stephen and explains worriedly, "Jenny's not
here." Stephen asks where she's gone, but Irene explains
that they're not sure. Stephen turns to Samantha, who tells him
that Jenny slipped out through the patio door. Irene adds, "Stephen...
she took a bottle of sleeping tablets." Looking shocked,
Stephen cries that they've got to find her. Irene, though, points
out that they wouldn't know where to start. She goes on that she's
'phoned the police and they'll do what they can; the best thing
he can do is be somewhere where he can be contacted.
Looking shocked, Stephen murmurs, "Alright. I'll stay here."
Irene, though, tells him gently, "It might be hours before
we hear anything. Go home."
Jenny is sitting in her car in the middle of a country area,
crying and staring at the bottle of sleeping pills...
The front door opens at Dural and Stephen walks in slowly. Colin
and Andy stare at him from the lounge room and Colin demands,
"Is mum alright?" Stephen, though, comes in and tells
him, "She'd gone by the time I got there." He then asks
if the police haven't called, and Andy murmurs that he's sorry.
Stephen says he'll give them a ring, and he heads back out to
the hallway. Colin snaps at Andy, "I feel so useless."
Out in the hallway, Stephen finishes dialling the police and is
waiting for the call to be answered when the front door suddenly
opens and he turns to find Jenny standing there, tears streaming
down her face. She walks in slowly and Andy and Colin look on
as she tells Stephen tearfully, "I didn't want my family
to think I wasn't brave enough to face this. But I can't do it
alone, Stephen..." She breaks down and flings herself into
Stephen's arms as he assures her, "You don't have to. We're
A while later, Jenny is sitting on the couch in the lounge room
as Stephen dials a number on the telephone at the bar. Andy suddenly
sticks his head into the room and tells Jenny that he hopes the
trip goes well. Jenny thanks him and he goes. Stephen's 'phone
call is answered by Gordon, at Woombai. Gordon asks how Jenny
is, and Stephen replies that she's fine. He continues that the
two of them have decided to go away on a trip, and Gordon smiles
that that's wonderful. Stephen adds, "So I won't be going
back to Woombai." Gordon assures him that he understands.
Stephen adds that it should make things a bit easier with Wayne.
Gordon tuts grimly that he doubts that... Stephen says he's sorry
things have turned out like this, but Gordon laughs, "I'll
make sure there's a large severance pay as compensation!"
Stephen thanks him. Gordon adds that he'll let the other Board
members know Stephen's decision. Stephen thanks him again and
then hangs up. At Dural, he turns to Jenny and tells her, "That's
settled. Where do you want to go?" Jenny stares at him lovingly
and replies, "I don't care - as long as it's with you."
She then adds quietly, "I'm not going to be too much trouble,
am I?" Stephen warns her softly, "None of that..."
and he gives her a loving kiss.
At Woombai, Barbara says gruffly to Gordon that she knows Stephen
doesn't want his job back, but she hates the thought of Wayne
being able to dismiss him. Gordon agrees, "So do I..."
He then suddenly quotes loudly, "But with Cleopatra on-side,
Caesar reigns supreme!" Barbara smiles but points out quietly
that that doesn't make it any easier. Gordon muses, "I know
- and that is why I've decided to sell." Barbara stares at
him in surprise as he continues, "I am not going to play
lackey to Wayne and Caroline and I doubt that Roland and Beryl
will either, so we'll simply sell all our shares and they can
put up with the new buyers for them." Looking shocked, Barbara
cries that that means leaving Woombai. Gordon, though, murmurs
that he doesn't have any choice. He then sighs, "I'm going
to miss this place. It's been a great part of my life." Mary
suddenly wanders in, and Gordon tells her that they really should
go into town and see Detective Dunross; he didn't finish talking
to her yesterday. Mary murmurs, "Yes, of course." She
turns to leave the room again, but suddenly pauses and says to
Barbara, "Why don't you like me?" Barbara looks at her
in surprise and blusters, "Don't be silly. Of course I like
you." Mary just stares at her and then walks out again. When
she's gone, Gordon tells Barbara, "I'll talk to her on the
way to town. We shouldn't be long." He heads out, leaving
Barbara looking worried.
A short time later, outside, Gordon is telling Mary that Barbara's
a very direct woman - but she means well. Mary, ignoring this,
asks, "How could your son make you give up this place when
he knows what it means to you?" Gordon explains that he doesn't
believe Wayne thought he would. Mary says, "If you
don't have to, why...?" Gordon, though, replies,
"But I do, in a way. It wouldn't feel right, somehow, staying
on." Alan Pascoe suddenly walks up to the two of them and
he tells Gordon that there are a few blokes coming in this afternoon
for some workmen's jobs; since Stephen's away, he thought Gordon
might like to see them. Gordon, though, tells him, "I'm sure
you can handle it." He then adds, "Also, I'd
like you to take over as acting manager." Looking surprised,
Alan agrees, "Sure," and he asks how long Stephen's
going to be on his honeymoon. Gordon, though, explains that, actually,
Stephen's not coming back, and he can't appoint anybody
to replace him. He goes to climb into his car before going on,
"It's only fair to tell you the future of Woombai is rather
doubtful. I'll tell you more when I get back." With that,
he gets in the car, starts the engine and drives off, leaving
Alan looking thoughtful.
Spider is approaching a barn in the grounds of David's country
house. Leigh is sitting in there, and as he enters, she snaps
that the police left hours ago; she's going stir crazy
sitting in there. Spider explains quietly that Alison had to wait
until Beryl was out of the way to pack her things. He adds it's
safe for her to leave now. Leigh starts to protest, "But
I don't know where I'm going to--" She breaks off as they
suddenly hear a noise outside and Leigh cries in alarm, "What
was that?" Spider tells her to stay there, and he goes and
looks outside. Brett is standing out there, and Spider smiles
that it can't be much fun sleeping in the barn. Brett asks him
if he's been catching forty weeks, but Spider replies that he
thought he heard a possum, as a matter of fact. Brett says he'll
have a look, but Spider quickly stops him, saying he had a gander
and found nothing. He then asks Brett if he could give him a lift
home later, and Brett agrees, "Sure." Changing the subject,
he asks where Leigh has got to, adding, "What sort of mother
would leave her own baby just to save her own neck?" Spider
retorts, "One who wouldn't like to take care of him in jail,
I'd imagine." Brett mutters, "Well she's not there yet,
is she?" and he walks off. Spider returns to Leigh, who murmurs,
"Brett's right: I shouldn't be leaving Shane. Maybe
it would be better if I did give myself up?" Spider,
though, insists that Alison and Charlie can manage until it's
safe for her to have him. Leigh cries that she doesn't even know
where she's supposed to go. Spider, taking a piece of
paper out of his pocket, explains that he and Alison worked it
out. Leigh looks at the paper. Spider tells her, "Cheer up.
It's not the end of the world." Leigh stares at him.
Andy is leaning on the reception desk at Irene's surgery, telling
Samantha that he thought he'd better leave Jenny and Stephen to
talk on their own. Samantha sighs that she feels so stupid
about leaving those tablets out when Jenny was in the surgery;
she was in such a panic to ring her dad, she didn't think.
Andy points out that it's all turned out OK now. He then adds,
"You know, Wayne turned up as Stephen was driving out? He
nearly knocked him over! I don't think he would have hit him,
but he sure as hell gave him a fright!" Samantha smiles,
"Good!" Andy, though, tells her, "Not really. Wayne
reckoned he'd come to offer Stephen his job back. There's no way
he's going to do that now." Samantha points out
to him that at least talking to him must have done some
good. She turns to pick up some papers next to her, but accidentally
knocks them on the floor, and cries, "Oh blast!" Andy
tells her that he'll get them, and he bends down behind the desk.
He doesn't notice as Chris Bainbridge suddenly walks in through
the main door. Chris says to Samantha, "Excuse me. I was
wondering if I can see Dr. Fisher. I'm looking for Fiona Thompson.
I was told she could help me." Andy stands up and, staring
at Chris in shock, demands angrily, "What the hell are you
doing here?" He then explains to Samantha, "He's
the guy who tried to kill Fiona."
A moment later, Andy snaps at Chris, "What, you disappointed
you missed the first time, hey? Well don't think you're going
to get another chance. I'm amazed you're even game enough
to show your face around here." Irene emerges from
the examination room, sees a patient out and then says to Andy
quietly, "I don't know what's going on, but you're in my
surgery, not a pub." Andy indicates Chris and retorts, "This
guy wants to know where Fiona is. He's the one who tried to shoot
her up at Woombai." Turning to Chris, he adds, "Last
I heard, you were in a nuthouse." Chris
insists that he's not there to cause any trouble; he's just come
to find Mrs. Thompson. Andy asks incredulously, "What, you
want to have another crack at her?" Chris, though, retorts,
"No, I want to apologise." Irene tells him to come into
the surgery. Andy snaps at her in shock, "Irene, you just
can't go and tell--" Irene interrupts him and retorts, "I'll
handle it." She then follows Chris into the examination room
and shuts the door. Andy growls to Samantha, "I thought they'd
locked him up for good." Samantha comments that
he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who'd try to kill
In Irene's examination room, Irene says to Chris, "You're
Chris, aren't you?" Chris confirms, "Chris Bainbridge.
My father was mentioned in Barney Adams' Vietnam memoirs."
Irene explains that Fiona told her when she got back from London.
She adds, "You said you wanted to apologise to her...?"
Chris replies, "Yes. I understand why she had the diaries
published now. Just seeing what it did to the Colonel... I don't
know... something snapped. I realise it wasn't her fault... I
just wish it hadn't affected dad so much." Irene
asks how he is, and Chris tells her that doctors say it's unlikely
he'll ever recover. Irene asks him how his mother's coping,
and Chris replies that she and the kids went to stay with her
brother. Irene asks, "Why didn't you?" and Chris explains,
"He knew what I'd done. Made him nervous. I don't want to
cause any more problems for mum." Irene asks him what he's
going to do, then. Chris tells her, "I've been sleeping at
Crossley House for a while. Do you know it?" Irene replies
that she's heard of it. Chris goes on that it's staffed mostly
by volunteer social workers: they give up their free time to help
people with emotional problems, and he was one of them.
He continues that he stayed on as part-time gardener, but he'll
have to leave there soon as they're running short of accommodation;
he was thinking of going up to Brisbane. He goes on that he's
been meaning to see Fiona for weeks; he went upstairs
and knocked on the door and one of the neighbours said she'd gone
overseas-- Irene interrupts him and comments that some people
would think it strange him even wanting to see Fiona
after what happened. Chris, though, explains, "One thing
they taught us at the hospital was that we have to face our past.
I only want to write and apologise and thank her for not pressing
charges." Irene smiles, "That's very good of you, but
even so, I don't think she'd want me to tell you." Chris
sighs, "Well, if you write to her, would you mention
me?" Irene nods. Chris adds, "She's got a lot of close
friends, hasn't she, who want to protect her?" Irene agrees
that she certainly has. She then asks if there's anything else
she can do for him. Chris replies, "No thanks - unless you've
got any free time. Crossley House is always looking for volunteer
medical help." Irene says she'll see what she can do, and
Chris thanks her. He then heads off, leaving Irene looking thoughtful.
Gordon and Mary head into the lounge room at Woombai, having
arrived back from the police station. Gordon puts a suitcase down
in the doorway. As Mary sits down, Gordon tells Barbara that it's
all over for now. Mary cries, "But they think I'm the murderer
because I said I hated granddad." Barbara, though, tells
her not to be silly: they'd have arrested her if they
thought that. Gordon assures Mary that the detectives know she
didn't do it. Turning to Barbara, he adds that the Brolga
Times is re-running Mary's story, explaining that she can't
identify the murderer, so she should be quite safe now. Mary murmurs
sadly, "Probably won't be here much longer, anyway..."
Gordon explains to Barbara, "It seems that Mary's nan has
a nephew. When the police track him down, she can stay with him."
Mary murmurs, "I'd have a mum here if Patricia
was alive..." Gordon, changing the subject, suggests to her
that she go and unpack, and she stands up, picks up the suitcase
and heads out. When she's gone, Barbara asks what's in
the case, and Gordon replies that it contains a few things from
Brolga; mostly Mary's, but some of her grandmother's. He adds
gently, "She hasn't got much in this world, has she?"
Barbara, looking down, mutters, "No..."
Bart is working in the grounds outside when a motorcycle roars
up and stops next to him. A guy in leathers calls out, "Hey,
mate! I'm looking for the manager." Bart asks him if he's
after the job, and the motorcyclist mutters, "Yeah."
Bart tells him, "Alan Pascoe's the bloke you want. He's up
by the house." The motorcyclist thanks him and drives off.
Bart watches him go.
Inside, Barbara hands Gordon a cup of tea and then tells him
assertively, "If you really want to know what I think, she
could be totally innocent. On the other hand, she could be a very
cunning little rascal who's lying like hell to protect herself.
I don't know what she is. You always just seem
to see the best in people as a matter of course."
Gordon murmurs curtly, "Thanks for the tea, Barbara. It's
lovely." Barbara goes on, "And what happens if the nephew
doesn't turn up? She can't stay here forever." Gordon
retorts that he's not going to stand by and see her dumped in
the gutter. Barbara suddenly snaps, "Why do you always have
to protect every waif and stray that happens along?" Gordon
retorts, "As I said yesterday, if it upsets you, then I'll
arrange for her to stay--" Barbara, though, interrupts and
retorts, "No, no, she can stay here. It's up to you."
Gordon asks, "What have you got against the girl?" He
then pauses before adding, "You're jealous of her,
aren't you?" Barbara, ignoring this, asks, "When
are you going to tell Roland and Beryl that you've decided to
sell out?" Gordon, though, retorts, "Answer the question."
Barbara sighs, "Gordon, I don't know. I am just not sure
about her yet." She then asks him if he's seen Alan, and
he replies that they had a brief word before he left: he'll stay
on until further notice. He adds that Wayne will be mad to get
rid of him. Barbara demands, "Does he know what Wayne's done?"
Gordon replies that he knows that Stephen isn't coming back; he'll
tell him the rest later. Barbara asks about Beryl and Roland,
and Gordon retorts that he shall ring them tomorrow. He then gets
up to go and see how Mary's coping.
Mary is sitting on her bedroom floor, the items from the suitcase
strewn around her. Gordon appears in the doorway and Mary murmurs,
"Reminds me of nan. Especially the shawl - she always
wore it." She then cries, "What am I going to do without
her? I don't want to live with nan's nephew. I don't even know
him. I wish Patricia was alive - she'd want
me; nan always said she'd come back for me." Gordon points
out that she has the job with him and Barbara, now; she can stay
as long as she likes. Mary, though, cries, "I can't. Mrs.
Hamilton hates me. I don't know what I've done."
She then asks, "Did she hate mum, too? Maybe that's
why she doesn't like me..." Gordon points out that he's already
explained that there's no way Patricia could be her mother. Mary,
though, insists sharply, "Nan wouldn't have lied." She
then calms down and says she might lie down for a bit. Gordon
tells her that he'll see her later, and he goes. Mary picks up
an old envelope that's lying on the floor and pulls out a sheet
of paper that's inside. She glances at it and then drops it on
the floor. She then takes a photo out of the envelope and climbs
onto her bed. She stares at the photo for several seconds before
letting it slip to the floor. It's a photo of a young Patricia...
Stephen and Jenny are looking at holiday brochures in the lounge
room at Dural, and Stephen smiles that Tahiti looks nice! Jenny
points out that she thought they'd decided on New Zealand; she'd
love to go there, and she's sure Denny and Colin would enjoy it.
Stephen smiles, "New Zealand it is!" From the bar, Colin
calls out that honeymoons don't usually include the kids. Stephen
tells him that they'd like theirs to. Colin points out
to Jenny that Denise doesn't even know she's sick. Looking
at Stephen, he continues, "I think you should go
off on your own. After all, Denise and I have been looking after
mum for years. It's only fair that we should give you
some of the responsibility!" Stephen smiles and tells Colin
that he and Denise are still more than welcome to come if they'd
like. Colin, though, says, "No thankyou."
In the reception area at Irene's surgery, Irene is standing
with Samantha and Andy and she asks, "Who's got to gain the
most?" Andy replies, "No one." Samantha points
out to him that he had to buy another van, but Andy laughs that
he doesn't think the guy at the car yard would have organised
it! Irene points out that he had to sell his shares, too, and
she asks, "What about that stockbroker woman?" Andy
shakes his head, but Irene points out that it gave her the deciding
vote in company decisions, didn't it? Andy explains that that's
only because Wayne and Caroline got together. Irene asks, "So,
what about them? In the long-run, burning your van gave
them control of the company. That sounds like a pretty good motive."
Samantha cries, "Mum wouldn't be involved in anything like
that." Andy, realisation dawning, snaps, "No - but Wayne
would. That's just his style..." With that, he storms out.
In the grounds at Woombai, Alan and the motorcyclist are walking
along and Alan is telling the guy, "Well, none of the other
blokes made the grade, so it looks like you're in." The motorcyclist
thanks him. Alan then points out the men's quarters. The motorcyclist
climbs on his bike and Alan walks off. The motorcyclist's boots
have a distinctive logo on them.
Mary is lying asleep on her bed at the homestead. She starts
dreaming back to lying under her bed in Brolga and the intruder
coming into her room. She dreams of staring at the intruder's
boots: they have the same logo on them as the boots the motorcyclist
that Alan has just employed is wearing... Mary suddenly wakes
up with a start and screams loudly. Gordon and Barbara come running
in and Barbara asks what the matter is. Mary cries, "He was
in the room. He's coming to get me." Gordon, putting
his arms round her, assures her that it's alright. Barbara adds
that it was a bad dream, that's all. Gordon insists, "You're
OK with us. He won't hurt you. Come on, you're safe with us..."