Colin comes downstairs slowly at Dural. Stephen joins him in
the hallway and asks him if Jenny's awake. Colin replies hesitantly
that she is, but he thinks the treatment this morning really took
it out of her. He then asks Stephen if he's teed anything up in
New Zealand yet, and Stephen replies that he's made arrangements
with some clinics over there. Colin asks in concern if his mother
is really strong enough to go. Stephen, though, points out, "If
she wants to, we would be selfish to try and stop her." He
then adds that they have to be strong - for her sake.
He goes on that Denise has taken it pretty hard, and
he suggests to Colin that he go and buck her up a bit. With that,
he heads upstairs. Colin wanders into the lounge room, where Denise
is sitting on the couch, and offers, "Like to go for a drive?"
Denise, though, retorts tersely, "Not with you."
Colin sighs that he knows he got pretty heavy before, but there's
no use them fighting - not with their mum so sick. Denise
asks him if he's going to take back what he said about Wayne.
Colin, though, retorts, "He is bad news, Denny. Can't you
see that?" Denise, though, snaps that it's nothing
worse than what Colin and his 'mate' did to him yesterday. She
then stands up and announces haughtily that she's going out. Colin
cries, "Not back to Wayne again?" Denise, though, snaps,
"I don't have to explain myself to you." Colin
asks, "What if mum asks where you are?" Denise replies,
"I'm going to school to get my things and say goodbye to
some of my friends." Colin tells her, "I'll drive you."
Denise, though, retorts, "I'd rather go by myself,"
and she storms out.
Caroline is knocking on the front door at Charlie's. After several
seconds, Wayne answers the door, swaying drunkenly as he does
so. Caroline looks at him in surprise and comments that she was
beginning to think there was no one at home. Wayne glares at her
and snaps, "What do you want?" Caroline explains
that she was wondering if he might like to know what she learnt
about Alison Carr. Wayne, though, retorts that he couldn't care
less. Caroline asks, "May I at least some in?" and she
marches past him, into the lounge room. Wayne follows her and
she says to him, "You've been drinking. What's wrong?"
Wayne just slurs, "I needed it." Caroline asks, "What
happened?" adding, "If it's about the company, you'd
better tell--" Wayne interrupts her and growls, "That's
all you care about, isn't it? The company. No one gives
a damn about me - except Denise. And what do I to do
her? Took advantage of the poor kid." He goes and
pours himself another glass of scotch. Caroline warns him that
she thinks he's had enough, but Wayne mutters, "I don't."
He takes a sip of his drink and goes on bitterly, "Gordy
doesn't want to know about me." Caroline comments that she
thought Wayne felt the same way about him. Wayne, though,
mutters, "He's still my father." Caroline points
out, "And still a partner in the company. He'll come round."
Wayne, however, announces, "He's going to get the company
dissolved. Take us to court - on the grounds that we're 'oppressing
him'. Beryl and Roland are in it, too." As Caroline stares
at him, he holds up his glass and offers drunkenly, "Want
to join me?" He then adds, "Sorry I didn't break it
to you too tactfully. I haven't got the energy to be
gentle." A smile appears on Caroline's face, though, and
she muses, "Maybe it's for the best." Wayne asks her
how she can say that. Caroline tells him they can form a new company
and find new partners; at least Alison Carr will be out of their
hair that way. Wayne mutters that he couldn't be bothered. Caroline
suddenly grabs his glass from him and snaps, "No, not drunk
you couldn't." Wayne cries, "Hey," indignantly,
but Caroline snaps, "The first thing you've got to do is
pull yourself together. I have no intention of seeing all my money
go down the drain. We are going to form a new company." Wayne
slurs, "You only want me because you wouldn't know where
to start." Caroline, though, retorts, "We need each
other, Wayne. We've got to show them that nobody can
walk all over us."
Charlie is sitting on the couch in the lounge room at the country
house as Alison relates, "Roberto was insane with jealousy;
he thought I'd been flirting with one of his bodyguards. So, he
had one of his men bash me up. The man was a maniac; he almost
killed me. My face was a mess." Charlie cries, "That's
awful. Dr. Santos did a wonderful job. I can hardly believe it.
But why did you pretend to be dead?" Alison points out, "I
was wanted for murder. But I knew I could never come back to David.
I was at my lowest ebb, Charlie. I thought I'd lost everything.
When I saw what a good job the surgeons had done, I slowly realised
I could come back to Australia as a different person. Try to clear
my name. So, I ran away from Roberto. He tried to follow me, of
course, so I laid low for months. Charlie asks, "And then
you sent the money to David?" Alison replies, "Yes.
I knew he'd know it was from me and I was pretty sure he'd go
looking for me. I needed him out of the country before I came
back; he was the one person I knew I couldn't fool - even with
a different face." Charlie tells her, "I just
didn't know about the plastic surgery. As soon as Fiona told me
that, I twigged." Alison laughs, "You came pretty close
anyway, I think. I would have had to have told you soon."
Charlie asks, "Why didn't you tell me straight away?"
Alison replies, "I wanted to - but I found out your son was
a policeman; I didn't want you to have to lie to him. You're going
to have to be very careful now, you know?" Charlie assures
her, "Of course I will." She then cries, "Oh, it's
so good to have you back, Patricia!" Alison, though, retorts,
"I'm Alison Carr. You have to think of me as a different
person. Don't ever call me Patricia - at least, not until I've
proved I didn't kill Luke." Charlie points out, "It's
going to be hard." Alison asks, "You see now why I didn't
tell you?" Charlie replies, "But I can do it, though.
You're Alison. I'll forget you were ever Patricia. Oh, but it's
still good to have you back!" With that, the two women hug
Samantha is putting away some files in the cabinet in the reception
area of Irene's surgery when Andy comes in and asks if she has
time to come outside and check out his new van. Samantha, though,
explains that Irene has some patients; she thinks she'd better
leave it. Andy enthuses that the equipment's great! Samantha asks
when he gets to test it, and Andy replies, "Tonight - out
at Dural. A twenty-first." He then asks Samantha if she'd
like to be his assistant. Samantha, though, replies hesitantly
that she would, but she's got something else on. Andy
asks who the lucky guy is, and Samantha tells him, "Chris..."
Looking shocked, Andy asks, "Chris Bainbridge?" Samantha
retorts, "Yes - and before you say anything, I think
he's completely recovered. He's a very nice, gentle guy."
Andy snaps that that's how he seemed when he first came to stay
with Fiona, but he ended up trying to kill her. Samantha
points out, "It's my business, Andy. We're only going to
the movies, so I don't want to talk about it, alright?" Andy
glares at her and then storms out.
Chris is planting some bushes in the grounds of Crossley House
when he suddenly spots Andy approaching him at a pace. He stands
up and says, "Hello, Andy." Andy ignores this and just
says, "You've asked Samantha Morrell out?" Chris retorts
that that's right. Andy goes on that Samantha is like a sister
to him and he doesn't want to see her getting involved with a
madman. Chris assures him that he's OK; he likes Samantha and
he wants to take her out. Andy, though, snaps, "If you really
like her, then you'll call her and tell her the date's off."
Chris asks why, and Andy retorts, "Because you saying you're
OK means nothing to me. Anything could happen, and I
don't want to see Samantha getting hurt." Returning to his
planting, Chris asks, "What do you think I am? Some kind
of werewolf or something?" Andy, though, snaps, "I just
don't trust you - so stay away from Samantha. Ring her up and
tell her some excuse." Chris warns, "You're taking a
lot on yourself, mate." Andy, though, snarls, "You break
the date or I'll take a lot more on myself." With
that, he storms off.
A while later, as Andy arrives back at the boarding house, Samantha
is standing in the corridor, locking up Irene's surgery. She tells
him that she can come and have a look at his van, now, if he likes.
Andy, though, tells her to come out with him tonight and see it
in action. Samantha points out that she can't; she told him. Andy,
though, says, "I think you might find yourself free after
all." Samantha asks him what he means, and Andy tells her,
"Don't be surprised if Bainbridge breaks your date."
Samantha asks him suspiciously, "Now why would he do that?
You haven't said something to him...?" Andy admits,
"I told him to stay away." He goes on that Chris might
seem alright now, but anything could push him over the
edge; it's better to be safe than sorry. Samantha glares at him
and cries, "The one thing that will push him over the edge
is somebody having a go at him. People recovering from nervous
breakdowns need all the help they can get, not threats. And I
don't need your protection." With that, she storms off.
Donna joins Beryl in Beryl's living room. Beryl suggests that
they'd better hurry up or they'll miss the bus. Donna says she
doesn't think she really wants to go now, but Beryl tells her
that it's for the best: she should go home and talk about it with
her parents; they'll be shocked at first but they'll come round.
Donna mutters, "Dad's going to want to kill Brett."
Beryl comments that that's understandable: Brett really should
be going back with her; in fact, he'll hear a lot from
her the next time she sees him. Donna cries that she
doesn't want to cause any trouble. Beryl asks why not, and Donna
replies, "It's my fault as much as his."
Beryl points out that she's the one left with the consequences.
With that, she picks up Donna's bag and goes to head out. She
opens the front door but a look of surprise crosses her face as
she finds Brett standing there. She growls, "Speak of the
devil. You're just in time to say goodbye to Donna." Looking
surprised, Brett asks, "Goodbye?" Beryl retorts,
"As you don't want to seem to take any responsibility for
your actions, I think it's best that she should go home."
Brett, though, explains, "That's what I've come to see her
about. I'll marry her if she wants me to." A broad smile
crosses Donna's face and she runs into his arms and exclaims that
that's wonderful! Beryl, though, says dubiously that she thinks
they should both come inside and talk things through first.
Spider and Alison are in the kitchen at the country house when
the back door opens and Charlie and Adam come in. Alison immediately
asks Adam if he's had any news about Eddie Benson. Adam tells
her that wheels are in motion; they should locate him soon. Charlie
comments that they haven't been able to trace Leigh, either. She
adds that she can't say she's sorry; she doesn't want to see her
locked up. Adam says he's worried about how she's managing alone:
he wouldn't want to see her end up on Fitzroy Street. Charlie
cries that she wouldn't do that. Adam, though, retorts
that if she's desperate enough, she might have to. Spider
chips in knowledgeably, "Ah, no, no. She'll be right. It
wouldn't come to that." Looking surprised, Adam comments
that he seems pretty sure of himself. Spider, though, explains
that he thinks Leigh's too smart for that sort of caper. The 'phone
starts ringing and Charlie goes to get it. Adam tells Spider that
they'll catch Leigh eventually. Charlie calls over to
Adam that the call is for him: the station. Adam takes it. Spider
stands up and announces that he'd better be going. Charlie offers
him a lift, but Spider quickly says he'll catch a bus. Charlie
points out that he hates the bus. Spider, though, explains
quickly that he's been chatting up one of the women drivers! Charlie
offers him some more scones and asks him if he won't stay for
afternoon tea. Spider hesitates and then gives in and sits down
again! Alison walks over to where Adam is on the 'phone, saying
he'll look into this one for himself. He then hangs up
and tells Alison, "Eddie Benson. I've got an address."
A broad smile crosses Alison's face.
Beryl sits down with Brett and Donna in the lounge room at her
house and asks curtly, "Do either of you know what you're
letting yourselves in for?" Donna murmurs that she knows
it won't be easy, but as long as Brett wants to marry her... Beryl
asks how he's supposed to support a family. Brett replies that
he's got the job at the farm - and he supposes he could get a
night job as well. Donna suggests that she could get a job part-time.
Beryl, though, tells her that she couldn't at first -
and if she did, she'd have to put the baby into a crèche;
how would she feel about that? Donna cries, "You
sound as if you're trying to talk us out of it."
Beryl, though, explains that she's only trying to make them see
that it won't be easy; they're both so young, and she doesn't
want them to rush into a marriage and then regret it. She goes
on, "My son, Kevin, got married at eighteen, and it certainly
hasn't been easy for him and his wife." Donna asks
if they're still together. Beryl replies, "Yes, but I wouldn't
like you to have the problems they've had." Donna
comments that she thought Beryl wanted Brett to marry
her. Beryl replies that she didn't want Brett to turn his back
on her, but she's not sure marriage is the answer. She asks Brett
how sure he feels about it. Before Brett can answer,
though, Donna says, "He must be sure - otherwise
he wouldn't have asked me to marry him." Brett just
murmurs, "Yeah..." Beryl suggests to Donna that she
ring her parents and discuss it with them. Brett sits there looking
A car pulls up by the side of a road and Adam climbs out of the
driver's seat. He's wearing his police uniform. A dark-haired,
shifty-looking man, wearing a black top, dark blue jeans and a
black leather jacket, is walking along the path, and he pauses
briefly as he spots Adam standing there. He then starts heading
towards him again. When he's close enough, Adam says, "I
want a word, Cockroach." The guy retorts, "Only my friends
call me that. It's Mr. Benson to you." Adam ignores this,
going on, "Were you in hospital a couple of months back?"
Benson retorts that it's not a crime, is it? Adam continues, "There
was a young fella in the same room as you. Kid called Jeff O'Brien."
Benson asks, "So what?" Adam asks, "Do you remember
him?" Benson replies, "Sort of. Didn't have much to
say for himself." Adam persists, "We think he might
have left in the middle of the night. Do you remember anything
about that?" Benson retorts, "I sleep at night."
Adam goes on, "He had to get up, get dressed... he must have
made some noise." Benson, though, tells him, "Take a
brass band to wake me. Sorry, copper, got nothing to tell you,
OK?" He goes to walk off, but Adam calls after him, "What
you been doing since you got out?" Benson turns back to him
and retorts, "Nothing. I'm clean - dead set; you can check
around." Adam assures him that he will.
A while later, Adam is back at the country house, standing in
the kitchen with Alison, Charlie and Spider. Alison asks incredulously,
"He doesn't know anything?" Adam, though, replies,
"Not necessarily. He's the type who lies to the police on
principle. If he does know, he doesn't intend to tell
us." Alison insists that he'll have to make Benson
tell him, but Adam asks how. Alison suggests that she
could talk to him, but Adam retorts that he's too dangerous for
her to tangle with. Alison insists that there must be something
she can do, but Adam says he doesn't know what. Charlie offers
more tea, but Spider declines, saying this time he really must
be going. He tells Alison that he's sorry things didn't work out,
and he adds that he might pop in again tomorrow. He goes to the
back door, but as he opens it, Alison suddenly calls, "Spider..."
and she heads outside with him. Charlie looks at Adam in surprise.
Just outside, Alison tells Spider, "I need your help - but
it might be something a bit tricky." Spider assures her,
"You helped young Leigh. I reckon one good turn
deserves another." Alison smiles in delight.
Brett hangs up the 'phone in Beryl's lounge room, and Beryl comments,
"Your mum wasn't too pleased?" Brett mutters that she
can say that again. Beryl goes on, "Yeah, and your
dad will probably hit the roof, too. But if I know my brother,
he'll calm down and stand by you." She then tells Brett that
marriage isn't the only way; he could offer to support
the baby. Brett, though, explains that Donna's parents are real
old-fashioned; if they knew she was having his kid, they'd think
he ought to marry her. Donna suddenly comes out of the kitchen
and tells Beryl that she's cut the sponge. She adds that it looks
beautiful; she should ask Beryl to make their wedding cake! Brett
looks at Beryl and sighs heavily.
Wayne staggers into the lounge room at Charlie's after having
had a sleep. Caroline is sitting on the couch, and Wayne comments
that he didn't know if she'd still be there. Caroline points out
that she said they should stick together. She then asks
him if he's feeling any better, but he groans, "Worse."
Sitting down, he adds that what he needs is a drink.
Caroline, though, retorts, "No you don't." She then
goes on that she's just been through the Articles of the company:
Gordon and the others probably would win a court case.
Wayne mutters that he told her that. There's suddenly
a frantic knocking on the front door. Wayne asks Caroline if she
can go and see who it is, but before Caroline can move, a voice
calls, "Wayne, it's me: Denise." Wayne groans that he
can't face her. Caroline, standing up, says, "I'll
take care of it - on one condition: that you stop feeling sorry
for yourself and you help me with the details of forming a new
company." Denise knocks on the door again and calls to Wayne
that she knows he's in there. Wayne sighs to Caroline, "Alright,
alright, anything for a bit of peace." Caroline warns him,
"And not another drink. I'll tip the whole lot out if you
do." She then heads to the door and opens it. Looking surprised
to see her, Denise asks, "What are you doing here?"
Caroline explains that she had some business to discuss with Wayne.
She adds that he's not well; he's not up to visitors. Denise insists
that she needs to talk to him. Caroline, though, tells her, "Denise,
he's very upset about what happened with you. He feels
it would be better if you just kept away." Denise snaps,
"What do you know about it?" Caroline assures
her, "He likes you a lot, but he doesn't want to see you
again. I know that's hard to accept, but you'd be better off with
someone your own age." Denise growls, "Look
who's talking. What about you and Colin?" Caroline sighs,
"Hasn't anybody told you yet that nothing happened between
Colin and me?" Denise retorts sniffily, "Oh, I know
that's what he says, but you don't expect me
to believe that, do you?" Caroline pauses and then growls,
"Don't be so naive, Denise. If your brother doesn't like
women, why should I be the only exception?" Denise
stares at her and cries, "What?" Caroline asks,
"Don't you know?" Denise asks, "Know what?"
Caroline retorts, "If you can't guess, you'd better ask Colin
about it. And please don't come back here, bothering Wayne; he's
really not well enough. I'm sorry, but that's the way things are."
With that, she shuts the door in a shocked-looking Denise's face.
In the kitchen at the country house, Charlie is muttering that
people like that Cockroach person should be made to tell
the truth; they should bring back the rack or something! Adam
tells her that it's possible that Eddie may have slept
through - even if Jeff did leave the hospital. Alison
assures him that he left alright - and murdered Luke.
Adam says he thinks that's pretty impossible to prove now. Alison
suggests that they're going to have to forget about it, then.
Charlie stares at her in surprise, but Adam tells her that he's
glad she's being sensible. The back door suddenly opens and Spider
comes in. Charlie exclaims that she thought he'd left, but Spider
explains that he missed the bus; he's been helping Tim out there
move some bags of spuds; his old back's playing up again now.
Charlie warns him that he shouldn't be lifting things. Spider
sighs that young Tim does need a bit of a hand... Adam
takes the hint and says he'll help. Spider suggests to
him that he take off his jacket, as it's a messy job. Adam does
so and hangs it over the back of one of the chairs. He and Spider
then head out. At the table, Alison says to Charlie, "Was
that Shane?" Looking surprised, Charlie comments that she
didn't hear anything, but Alison insists that she's sure it was.
Charlie suggests that she'd better go and check, and she heads
off to his room. Left alone in the kitchen, Alison walks round
to Adam's jacket, reaches into a pocket, takes out his notebook
and smiles as she riffles through it and finds Eddie Benson's
address. Charlie suddenly comes back in and, catching Alison in
the act, demands, "What are you doing?"
Colin is sitting at the living room table at Dural when Denise
bursts into the room. Colin comments that she was a long time
at school, but Denise retorts that she went to see Wayne on her
way back. Colin sighs, "Denny..." Denise, sitting down,
asks, "What's the matter. Jealous or something?"
Colin stares at her and she goes on, "It's true,
isn't it? You go for guys. I used to wonder why you never
had a girlfriend, but I kept telling myself that my brother couldn't
really be--" She breaks off and cries, "It's disgusting."
Colin asks her what it matters to her, but Denise snaps,
"How can I ever bring a boyfriend home now when you're likely
to start chatting him up?" Colin snaps, "Cut it out,
Denise. If you're so crazy about Wayne, why do you need other
boyfriends?" Denise retorts, "Yeah, well, you're so
worried about what mum will think if she finds out about Wayne
and me. How do you think she'd feel if she knew about you?"
Colin growls, "She does. So does Stephen. And they've
both been terrific." Denise, looking stunned, growls, "They
don't care? That makes me sick. The whole idea
makes my skin crawl." She gets up and runs out.
In the lounge room at Charlie's, Caroline is telling Wayne that
she thinks he'd better come over to her apartment; that way, Denise
and the others wouldn't be able to bother him. Wayne, though,
mutters, "No, I don't want to go anywhere. I just
want to stay here. I just don't think I could handle going out
or facing anyone." Caroline goes to the 'phone and Wayne
asks her who she's calling. Caroline replies, "Irene Fisher.
I think you ought to see a doctor." Wayne growls that he's
not sick, but Caroline retorts that he's a bundle of nerves. Wayne
snaps, "I don't need a doctor to tell me I'm nervous. How
would you feel if the whole world was against you?"
Caroline tells him, "I'd feel like getting some help."
She dials and the call is answered by Samantha. When Caroline
says it's her, Samantha exclaims that she didn't even know she
was back from Melbourne! Caroline explains that she arrived this
morning. She then goes on that she'd love to chat, but she's with
Wayne at the moment and he's not feeling very well; she was wondering
if Irene could come over and have a look at him; he's staying
at Charlie Bartlett's. Samantha looks at Irene's list of appointments
and then says she's sure she'll get there as soon as she can.
With that, they hang up. Wayne asks Caroline if Irene's coming.
Caroline replies, "As soon as she can."
A short time later, Samantha is sorting through a pile of patients'
records as Irene stands next to her and comments that it would
have been more sensible for Caroline to call a local
doctor. Andy comes in and hands Irene some mail. Samantha then
hands Andy a small box and tells him that a courier delivered
it for him. Andy thanks her and then tells her that he's sorry
about the other business. Samantha mutters, "He didn't ring
anyway." Andy opens his parcel, but just finds a box filled
with cotton wool. He takes it out, and then suddenly throws the
box down onto the desk in horror and cries, "Stand back."
Irene looks in the box and exclaims that it's a funnel-web."
Samantha asks what sort of a sick joke that is. Andy
growls, "Some joke. That thing could have bitten
me." Irene, though, says she doesn't think so - the spider
looks as if it's been dead for quite a while; somebody's just
trying to frighten him. Andy mutters, "Yeah - like
the carpet snake." Samantha asks, "What?" Andy
tells her, "The snake Fiona got after she published Barney
Adams' diaries. And we both know who that was from: Chris
Charlie and Alison climb out of Charlie's car, which is parked
outside Eddie Benson's house, and Charlie asks Alison if she's
sure it's the right place. Alison nods that she is. Charlie sighs
that she feels like she's deceiving her own son. Alison explains
that that's why she didn't want her to know about it; she shouldn't
have come. Charlie tells her that she thought she might need some
help, and Alison agrees that she probably will. As they start
heading up the path, Alison says she has to convince him to talk;
it's her only chance. She adds, "If I'm to lead a normal
life with David again, this man has to help me."