Eddie Benson is staring out of the window at Alison and Charlie
as they approach the front door. He quickly moves away so that
they can't see him. Alison goes and knocks on the door. There's
no answer. She knocks again, and the door is eventually opened.
Benson demands, "What do you want?" Alison tells him
that she'd like to talk to him, but Benson retorts, "I'm
an atheist." He goes to shut the door, but Alison quickly
explains that she's not selling anything. Benson asks what she
wants to talk to him about, then, and she explains, "You
were in hospital almost ten months ago. There was a young man--"
Benson suddenly interrupts and snaps, "Look, I talked to
the cops about that. I don't know nothing. Now nick off."
He shuts the door. Alison tries to tell him that there could be
something in this for him, but it's too late. She sighs heavily
and tells Charlie, "Come on, we can just make the banks."
Charlie asks her suspiciously what she's up to, and Alison explains,
"I'm going to appeal to Mr. Benson's better nature: his greed."
She adds, "You good for a loan, Charlie?"
In the reception area of Irene's surgery, Andy splutters that
no one in their right mind goes round sending spiders to people.
Irene smiles, "Unless they're an arachnologist!" Andy
ignores her and goes on that the only thing Bainbridge would understand
would be a damn good whack across the jaw. Samantha snaps, "That's
typical, isn't it: solve everything by thumping someone."
She adds that he's got no evidence it was Chris. Irene chips in
and suggests they stop it: they're not going to solve anything
by arguing. Turning to Andy, she adds that, if Chris did
send it, the last thing he should be thinking of doing is going
round to Crossley House and thumping him one. Samantha says she'll
be seeing him tonight and she'll ask him. Andy snaps incredulously,
"You're going out with him after he's done something like
that? You're off your head." Samantha repeats indignantly
that he's got no proof, and she asks Irene if she can't convince
Andy that a man's innocent until proven guilty. Irene, though,
says she doesn't think it's a good idea for Samantha to see Chris
tonight. Samantha snaps, "Wonderful. Another one on my side."
Irene tells her that she's not saying Chris did send
the funnel-web, but she does think Samantha should leave it until
she's spoken to him, and she can't do that until tomorrow.
She then announces that she has to go, and she tells Andy and
Samantha curtly that she doesn't want to come back and find them
still at it. She heads out.
Gordon, Barbara and Mary emerge from the Woombai homestead with
some detectives. One of the detectives is saying that a search
party found Mark's bike. Gordon asks where it was, and the detective
replies that it was well-hidden in a bush, which would indicate
that he's going to use it again. Gordon comments in concern that
he's still around, then. The detective suggests that he could
have hitchhiked out of the area. Barbara asks how they can be
certain. The detective, though, replies that they can't be - and
if he's still there, he's still armed: there was no sign of his
pistol or rifle. Gordon points out that he's hardly likely to
be hitchhiking with those. The detective agrees, "True."
He then goes on, "One thing has emerged: he isn't
Mark Sproule. We did a check and it emerged Sproule died seven
years ago." Gordon asks who he is, then, but the detective
replies that that's a bit of a curly one - although they have
one theory. Mary chips in, "The more I think about
it, the more I'm sure I've seen him before." The detective
tells her that they hoped she'd be able to help them.
He continues that they found a will had been made by
her grandmother and the two beneficiaries are her and her nephew.
He goes on that he doesn't know all the details yet, but apparently
she inherits most of the estate; however, in the event of her
death, the nephew gets the lot. Mary asks, "Do you think
he's after me because of the will?" The detective,
though, says he's not sure; the way she can help is if
she remembers anything about the nephew. Mary replies that she
doesn't, but, like she said, she has seen him - Mark,
or whoever he is - and she thinks she knows where... With that,
she dashes off. Gordon comments to the detective that it's all
been a bit much for her. The detective assures him that they'll
have protection there around the clock. Barbara suggests that
they should just hope Mary has remembered something worthwhile.
Changing the subject, the detective comments that he noticed a
few auction signs down by the main road. Gordon tells him that
it wasn't an easy decision, but they have a few business problems;
he hopes to buy the place back himself. The detective tells him
that he hopes he succeeds. Mary comes back out of the house, holding
a photo. She tells the detectives that she doesn't know if it'll
help, but she knew she'd seen him before. She goes on that the
photo was amongst a pile of other stuff; he was a lot younger
then. The detective takes the photo - which is of a younger 'Mark'
- and comments that at least it shows them what he looks like;
it'll make it easier - if he's still around...
Eddie Benson opens the door of his house to find Charlie and
Alison standing there. Alison is holding out several high-value
bills. Benson doesn't notice them immediately, though, instead
snapping at the women that he told them to beat it. Alison, indicating
the money, tells him that she thought he might like to make a
few dollars: $200 for five minutes. Benson stares at it and Alison
puts it in her pocket. Benson comments that it must be pretty
important to her, and Alison replies that it is. She
then shows him some notes in her other hand and adds that there's
more if he's interested. Benson asks her suspiciously what she's
up to. Alison, though, retorts that if he's stupid enough to turn
down $1,000 for talking to her for a few minutes, that's his
problem. She goes to walk off, but Benson calls, "No, hold
on." He then moves aside and reluctantly lets them into his
A while later, Charlie and Alison walk triumphantly into the
kitchen at the country house, Alison exclaiming, "What more
could I want? He admitted it! He admitted that Jeff O'Brien
left the hospital on the night of the murder." Charlie remarks
dubiously that she can't help feeling he was just doing it for
the money; after all Alison did lead him on a bit. Alison,
though, insists that he was telling the truth. She then adds that,
anyway, it doesn't matter if he wasn't. Charlie asks what good
that would do, as he would be charged with perjury. Alison,
though, retorts, "No he wouldn't. Not if he sticks to the
story." She goes on that all she needs is for someone - anyone
- to say they saw that boy leave the hospital and she's off the
hook. Charlie says she just doesn't think Benson can be trusted.
Alison, though, points out that he's her only hope; she has to
believe he'll go through with it. Charlie asks, "Tell the
police?" Alison replies, "Yeah, exactly." She then
goes on that all they have to do now is sit back and wait for
Adam to contact them with the good news. Charlie looks worried.
Samantha is at Crossley House, and she approaches Chris and asks
him if she can talk to him for a moment. Looking surprised, Chris
asks her what she's doing there, as he was supposed to pick her
up after work. Samantha explains hesitantly, "I need the
truth: somebody sent Andy a funnel-web spider. He thinks it was
you." Chris smiles and tells her, "I suppose
I can understand why. The business with Fiona... the way he tried
to stop me seeing you..." He then asks Samantha if she
thinks he sent it. Samantha replies that if he says he didn't,
she believes him. A middle-aged man suddenly wanders over to them,
leaning on a rake for support, and Chris says to him enthusiastically,
"Hello, Leo, good to see you." He then introduces Samantha
to Leo, and explains that Leo helps in the garden. Leo tells Samantha,
in a simple voice, "I have to go away sometimes, when I get
sick. But I'm back again now." Chris suggests to Leo that
he go and talk to the plants for a bit, and Leo wanders off. Alone
with Samantha, Chris tells her that if she'd rather call tonight
off, he'd understand. Samantha, though, insists that she wants
to see him. Chris smiles that he's glad. Samantha adds that she's
sorry for doubting him. She then tells him that she'll see him
tonight and she wanders off. When she's gone, Leo rejoins Chris
and demands, "Who's she?" Chris assures him,
"Oh, you don't have to worry about her - she's just
a good friend. I'll still be spending plenty of time with you,
OK?" Leo turns and stares at a retreating Samantha, doubtfully.
As Samantha arrives back at the boarding house and unlocks the
door to Irene's surgery, Andy comes along the corridor. Samantha
tells him that she went to see Chris. Andy mutters that she doesn't
give up, but Samantha retorts that she thought it only fair he
had his say - and as far as she's concerned, he didn't
do it. Andy asks who did do it, then. Samantha, heading
into the reception area, says she doesn't know - although there
is someone he hasn't even considered. Andy asks, "Who?"
Samantha replies, "Wayne." She adds that Andy did try
to drown him, and she'd think he would be quite angry about that.
Andy, though, tells her that it's not his style; he goes more
for the clever stuff. Samantha insists that she's convinced
it wasn't Chris.
At Charlie's, Caroline and Irene wander into the lounge room
from one of the bedrooms, Caroline asking as they do so if it's
serious. Irene replies, "Well, the symptoms don't look good:
nervous... pale... extreme agitation... poor Wayne could be heading
for a breakdown if he's not careful." Caroline asks her if
she can't give him something, but Irene explains that
peace of mind is what he needs most. She tells Caroline that she
should ring Gordon and let him know. Caroline, though, replies
that if Wayne is heading for a breakdown, the family
would only make it worse: they're the cause of it. Irene
says the main thing he needs is constant supervision, and she
asks Caroline if she can be with him all the time. Caroline, looking
taken aback, murmurs that she supposes so. She adds that she did
try to get him to come back to her apartment, but it seems the
only thing he's interested in is curling up in a corner and staying
there. Irene then tells Caroline that Wayne mentioned a young
girl in his wanderings: it seems he was involved with her and
it doesn't seem to be helping his mental state. She asks Caroline
if he said anything to her. Caroline quickly replies,
"Oh, he said something but I wasn't taking much notice."
Irene suggests that, if he brings it up again, Caroline should
see if she can get more out of him - but she shouldn't push. She
then hands Caroline a prescription and tells her that what she's
prescribed will help Wayne relax, but they certainly won't cure
him. She adds that Wayne is his own worst enemy: he loves having
a go at people and then suffers the consequences later. Caroline
mutters that she supposes that could apply to a lot of
people... With that, Irene announces that she'd better be off.
As the two women head to the door, Irene adds that she really
does think Caroline should give Gordon a ring, and Caroline sighs,
"If you say so." Irene goes on that she'll pop in again
in a day or so. With that, she goes. Caroline closes the door
and leans against it, looking thoughtful.
In the kitchen at the Woombai homestead, Barbara places some
vegetables round a joint of beef and Mary smiles that it smells
wonderful. Gordon comes into the kitchen and Barbara asks him
if he can find them a nice red to go with dinner. Gordon says
mutedly, "I'll look." Looking concerned, Barbara asks
him what's wrong, and he explains that he's just been on the 'phone
to Peter. Barbara asks, "Peter who?" and Gordon explains,
"The accountant - discussing buying the place." Barbara
muses that it's not good, she takes it. Gordon tells her, "More
money than I thought - and raising it won't be easy: with the
improvements we've made, the value's gone up. It's too much, I'm
afraid." Barbara suggests, "There is one simple
solution: we sell Dural." Gordon, looking surprised, tells
her that the thought had occurred to him, but he didn't like to
suggest it; he knows how she likes the area. Barbara
assures him, "Anything to keep you happy. Besides, the cost
of living's going up all the time and maybe it's about time
we bought somewhere smaller and nearer the city?" They suddenly
hear a noise above them, and Mary asks in surprise, "What
was that?" Gordon tells her that it'll be a couple
of rats in the ceiling, and he adds that he'll set some traps.
Barbara tells him it can wait until after dinner, and she begins
to dish up.
Unknown to Gordon, Barbara and Mary, 'Mark' is sitting in the
attic above them. He loads his pistol with bullets and cocks it,
ready to fire...
Irene is at Dural, and as Stephen lets her in, she explains that
she was out that way so she thought she'd pop in and say hello.
Stephen tells her that he's glad she did: Jenny's got
it into her head to hold a party before they go away and he doesn't
think she's really up to it. He asks Irene to have a word to her.
Irene, though, says she'll see how she is, first. She heads into
the lounge room and Stephen follows her. She comments to Jenny
warmly that she looks bright as a button, before adding that she
believes there's a bone of contention between her and Stephen.
Jenny pleads, "Please, Irene, don't tell me I'm
not allowed--" Irene interrupts and points out, "I didn't
say a word!" Jenny cries that she's sick of doing
nothing and sitting around; she wants to spend some time with
friends. Irene asks her if she'd be having it at Dural.
Jenny nods that she'd have to ask Gordon and Barbara... Irene
says that she doesn't see that that's any problem, then. Looking
concerned, Stephen asks her if she's sure. Irene tells Jenny that
as long as she doesn't go over-tiring herself, she thinks it's
a great idea. Jenny smiles triumphantly, "There,
the doctor's spoken! We'll make it a barbecue; the men can do
all the work!" She then turns to Stephen and pleads, "Please,
darling..." Stephen gives in, "Alright. Of course."
Changing the subject, Jenny asks Irene what she's doing out there,
and Irene explains that she had to come out and see Wayne: he's
not a well boy. Jenny asks what the matter is with him, but Irene
replies that she can't say; ethics and all that. She adds that
she has to say she's glad Caroline is there to look after
him. Stephen asks if Gordon knows about it. Irene replies
that Caroline said she'd 'phone him. She goes on that she knows
Gordon doesn't need any more hassles, but he should be told. Stephen
and Jenny look at each other.
It's early evening and getting dark. Samantha is sitting at her
desk in the surgery's reception when Chris comes in and smiles,
"G'day!" Looking surprised, Samantha asks him if he
isn't a bit early, as she hasn't had a chance to get ready yet.
Chris explains that his car broke down so he took the bus; he
left a bit early so he wouldn't be late. Samantha asks him how
he knew she was there, and Chris tells her that she wasn't
at home, so he figured she'd still be working. Accepting this,
Samantha says she'll just lock up and they can leave. She takes
a set of keys out of a drawer and heads into the examination room.
She switches the light off and is about to leave the room when
she suddenly spots movement outside. She goes and looks out through
the french windows and then cries, "Chris!" Chris comes
in and asks what's wrong. Samantha murmurs that she was just checking
the doors and she thought someone was out there. Chris opens the
door and finds Leo standing just outside. He pulls him into the
room and demands sternly, "What are you doing here?"
Leo murmurs, "I was lonely. You left and I was by myself."
Chris tells him that he scared Samantha. Leo murmurs, "Sorry."
Chris closes the french windows and locks them. The three of them
head back out to reception and Chris asks Leo how he found him.
Leo explains, "Followed you. I saw you come in here but I
didn't know where you'd gone, so I looked in all the windows."
He then adds, "You're angry..." Chris, though,
assures him, "I'm not angry, but you shouldn't have done
it." Turning to Samantha, he apologises, "Sorry, looks
like our date's blown." Samantha, though, suggests that he
and Leo could both come back to her apartment and she could cook
them all a meal. Chris asks Leo what he says, and he smiles, "That
would be nice!"
Barbara has the 'phone to her ear in the kitchen at Woombai.
Stephen is talking to her from Dural, saying, "Irene's given
her the OK for the party. We wondered if you'd mind if
we held it here." Barbara smiles that it sounds
a good idea. Stephen goes on, "It'll be the day after tomorrow.
You're all invited, of course. Jenny has a whole list of people
from around Woombai, so you can all come down in convoy!"
Barbara agrees that it sounds like a good idea - although the
police might not let Mary leave until they've caught that crazy
nephew. Stephen says he'll keep his fingers crossed. He then asks
his sister if Caroline has called. Looking annoyed at the mention
of her name, Barbara growls, "Why should she?"
Stephen explains, "She was supposed to call about Wayne:
Irene says he's in a pretty bad way and thought Gordon should
know." Barbara mutters, "Oh, really?" Stephen just
tells her that he'll see her in a couple of days, and they hang
up. At Dural, Stephen muses to Jenny that he's sure the reason
Caroline hasn't called is because she doesn't want Wayne and Gordon
back on speaking terms; she's just using them. Jenny
says she's actually beginning to feel sorry for Wayne, and she
asks Stephen if they might invite him to the party. Stephen tells
her not to get carried away. Jenny, though, comments that it would
be a good opportunity for him and Gordon to patch things up. Stephen
Barbara and Mary are doing the washing-up in the kitchen at Woombai.
Barbara tells Mary that they've been invited to a party; Jenny's
giving it. She adds that they'll have to get Mary a new outfit
so she can make a big impression for her first visit to the city.
Mary smiles that that would be great! She then tells
Barbara that, once the police have caught that man and she gets
her inheritance, she'd like to help Gordon buy Woombai.
Barbara, looking surprised, comments that that's very sweet of
her, but she doesn't think Gordon would feel he could accept.
Mary, though, explains that she's got another reason, too: that
way, if they wanted, of course, she could stay on as housekeeper.
Gordon suddenly comes in from outside, carrying a ladder, and
Barbara quickly suggests to Mary that they talk about it later.
Barbara asks her husband whether, before he lays the traps, he's
going to ring Wayne. Gordon, though, just retorts, "No."
Barbara then tells him to be careful, as she doesn't want him
falling. Having finished the dishes, she changes the subject and
hands Mary a pad and asks her to make a shopping list while she
checks the cupboard. Mary, though, tells her, "I can't do
that, Mrs. Hamilton." Barbara stares at her and she explains
nervously, "I can't read or write. Nan never taught me."
Looking startled, Barbara exclaims, "You can't--" She
breaks off before smiling awkwardly, "That's not your
fault. Why didn't you tell me sooner?" Mary explains
softly that she was too embarrassed. Barbara, though, laughs that
that's silly. Mary murmurs that she supposes it's too
late to learn now. Barbara, though, asks, "You want
Out in the hallway, Gordon has climbed the ladder and he pushes
back the hatch that leads to the attic. He sticks his head through
the gap and then starts looking around, shining a torch in front
of him. 'Mark' is waiting for him, though, and he lashes out with
his pistol and knocks him out. He then pulls Gordon fully up into
A short time later, in the kitchen, Barbara tells Mary that the
best way to learn is to get her a private tutor while she's up
there. Mary smiles that she can't believe she'll be able to read
books and write letters! Changing the subject, Barbara offers
her a cup of tea, adding that she's sure Gordon could do with
one. Mary laughs that by the sound he was making before, it sounded
like he was catching them by hand! Barbara heads out
to the hallway and starts calling for him. The ladder is still
standing beneath the hatch, which 'Mark' has pulled closed. Gordon
is lying on the floor of the attic, unconscious. Barbara keeps
calling for him, but there's no answer. After a few seconds, she
returns to the kitchen and comments to Mary that it's typical:
he's finished and wandered off somewhere. There's suddenly a knock
at the back door, and Barbara opens it to find a police officer
standing there. He asks if everything is OK, and Barbara replies
that everything's fine. The officer explains that he's just going
off-duty and Constable Moore has arrived to take over. Barbara
wishes the officer a a good night and he goes.
In the kitchen at the country house, Charlie asks Adam if he's
heard anything from that man: Eddie Benson. Alison sits there,
looking worried, as Adam asks if he should have. Charlie
explains that she just wondered if he'd changed his mind about
giving information. Looking annoyed, Alison chips in curtly, "I'm
sure Adam doesn't want to talk about Eddie Benson, Charlie."
Adam muses that he doubts if anybody will be hearing
from him for quite a while. Alison turns to him and asks sharply,
"Why not?" Adam explains, "One of his mates was
picked up for breaking and entering; dobbed Eddie in, too. Our
boys went to pick him up and he'd done a bunk." Looking incredulous,
Alison suggests that he might just have gone out for a while.
Adam, though, says he doesn't think so. Alison looks
at Charlie, who murmurs, "How awful..." Adam tells her,
"You expect it from fellas like that. Probably vanished to
another State; won't surface for years." Turning
to Alison, he adds, "Doesn't affect you, though.
He wouldn't give me any information, so he couldn't have
cleared your friend's name, anyway." Alison just sits there,
There's a knock on Charlie's front door and Caroline goes to
answer it. She looks surprised to find Jenny standing there. Jenny
announces that she has to see Wayne. Caroline, though, explains
that he's asleep, and not at all up to visitors. Jenny snaps,
"It's perfectly obvious you're trying to keep Wayne away
from his family. You didn't even telephone Barbara when
you said you would." Caroline explains that she hasn't had
the time. Jenny, though, snaps, "Nonsense." Closing
the door, she adds curtly, "I've come to see Wayne and I'm
not leaving until I do."
In the attic at Woombai, 'Mark' pulls back the hatch silently
to reveal a light on in the hallway. Gordon is still lying on
the attic floor, unconscious, as 'Mark' lowers himself down the
ladder, very quietly, the pistol in his right hand. He pauses
as he reaches the bottom step.
In the kitchen, Barbara opens the back door and Mary heads outside
with a cup of tea for Officer Moore. Barbara then picks up her
own cup of tea and sits down at the table. She stirs the tea and
then takes a sip. The door leading from the hallway suddenly opens
and Barbara, without turning round, says, "Gordon, I've made
a pot of tea. Do you want one?" 'Mark' suddenly lunges for
her and wraps his hands around her mouth. Barbara starts struggling
and trying to yell out in terror...