Alison asks Mary calmly why she thinks Patricia was her mother.
Mary explains, "My nan told me. She and granddad brought
me up, but I wasn't really theirs. Nan said Patricia paid them
to raise me when I was a baby; she's dead now - nan." Charlie
tells Mary that that's very sad, but she's afraid Mary's grandmother
must have been mistaken; she and Alison knew Patricia quite well
and they'd know if anything like that ever happened.
She adds, "There's no way Patricia could be your
mother." Looking disappointed, Mary goes on, "A lot
of people say she wasn't a very nice person. Is that
true? I mean, if you knew her..." Alison tells her,
"She wasn't really a bad person; I just don't think
people understood her. I think you would have liked her. I'm sure
she would have liked you...
Outside, by the barbecue, Colin asks Andy how come he got himself
elected cook. Andy laughs, "Pure talent, mate!" He then
turns to look at Denise, who's sitting nearby with a drink in
her hand. He comments to Colin in concern that she's going to
wipe herself out before the party's even started. Colin murmurs
that he knows... He then calls over to Denise and suggests that
she slows it down a bit. Denise just stares at him, raises her
glass to him and then gulps down the rest of her drink. Colin
warns her that she won't be able to stand up by the time her friends
arrive. Denise just spits, "That's my problem."
She then goes on sourly, "I need something. We're
supposed to be having a great day today, remember? A big family
celebration before the trip to New Zealand. Most of the people
don't even know why they're coming." Colin, looking
guilty, tells her to just try and take it easy. Denise stands
up and walks off. She bumps into Samantha and Chris, and Samantha
tells her that she thinks some of her friends are here; there's
a lost-looking mob out the front. Denise just looks at her and
walks off. Samantha and Chris then approach the barbecue and Samantha
asks if Denise is alright. Colin explains that he thinks she's
taken the news about their mum pretty bad. Chris looks at Andy
and asks him how he is. Andy replies, "OK." He then
goes on, "I owe you an apology - about the funnel-web. It
wasn't you." Chris points out, "I told you that from
the start." Andy asks, "What can I say? I'm sorry."
The two men shake hands and Samantha smiles, "Thank goodness
that's all over! Now maybe we can start enjoying the
Donna is sitting in the lounge room at Beryl's. Beryl joins her
and comments about Shane, "Little monkey - do you think I
could get him to go to sleep?!" Donna shows her a letter
that she's holding and tells her that her mum and dad have sent
her a cheque for a wedding dress. Beryl comments that that's good
of them. She then goes through her own mail and comments that
she doesn't think she wants tickets in a raffle or her carpets
dry-cleaned! Donna goes on that her mum's even booked the CWA
hall and church. Beryl smiles that it's all go! Donna asks, "Would
you come with me to help choose a wedding dress?" Beryl,
though, says, "I'd love to, Donna, but I can't leave Shane.
If he'd already had his sleep, I could probably take him, but
as it is, I've only just got him down." Donna, looking disappointed,
murmurs that she understands. Beryl quickly suggests to her that
she go out and choose a couple and then tomorrow, they'll both
go into town and she can tell her which one she likes
the best. Donna smiles, "Great. Thanks!" She adds, "It's
going to be a great wedding, Mrs. Palmer. Everything's just going
to be perfect."
Brett is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house as
Tim tries to feed Isabella cold spaghetti. Brett laughs that Charlie
will kill him for trying to feed the dog that stuff!
Tim rejoins Brett at the table and, looking at the full plate
in front of him, asks him if he's not going to eat his lunch.
Brett shakes his head and Tim warns him that he'll fade away to
a shadow if he's not careful. Brett suddenly says, "I don't
know if I even love her." Looking surprised, Tim
points out, "But you're going to marry her!"
Brett grunts, "Yeah, more fool me." He goes
on bitterly that it's the first time he's been away from home
on his own and he doesn't want to go back - at least, not yet;
he wants to live a bit - and getting married... it's
got to be a mistake. Tim snaps, "Well I
reckon you're damn lucky: you've got a nice girl... you're going
to have a family... Blokes I know would give their right arm to
be set up like that. I know I would." He then asks,
"Doesn't it make you feel... I don't know... like you belong
to someone?" Brett, though, mutters, "No." Adam
suddenly calls, "Tim," from outside, and Tim calls that
he's there. Adam appears in the doorway and asks if Isabella is
around, as he promised Charlie he'd take her to the parlour while
she's away. Tim indicates the dog under the table and explains
that she's having lunch. Adam reaches under the table and retrieves
her. He then asks if there's any word on Leigh. Tim asks suspiciously,
"Who's asking: you or the cop?" Adam retorts, "Both."
Tim mutters, "I know Leigh goes off the rails now and again,
but I don't want to see her behind bars - so don't expect me
to dob her in, alright?" Tim looks at Brett in surprise.
Spider is walking along a pavement, carrying some boxes of food.
Leigh emerges from the front door of a house nearby, and as he
approaches her, Spider snaps, "What are you doing outside?
Someone will see you." Leigh asks, "Like who?"
Spider retorts, "I don't know. Somebody." Leigh,
ignoring this, asks where the nearest bus stop is. Spider, though,
demands, "What do you want with a bus stop?" Leigh explains
that she's going out to see Shane; make sure Charlie's looking
after him. Spider, though, snaps, "You can't." Leigh
cries that she's missing him like crazy; she just wants to make
sure he's alright. Spider mutters, "He is. Somebody
might see you." Leigh insists that she just wants
to talk to him. Spider then tells her, "He's not
there - that is, Charlie's not there." Leigh asks
where she is, then, and Spider replies that she's in Sydney. Leigh
asks where Shane is and Spider tells her, "Beryl's
got him." Looking furious, Leigh snaps, "Like hell
she has." She goes to march off, but Spider warns her, "Don't
be stupid." Leigh turns back to face him and growls, "I'm
not having Shane dumped on one person after another. I'm going
to get him." She marches off again.
The party is in full swing in the grounds at Dural. Gordon joins
Colin, Andy, Samantha and Chris by the barbecue and asks what
the food's like. Samantha smiles that it's great! Colin asks Gordon
if they're ready to set up inside, and Gordon says he thinks
everybody's arrived. Andy indicates a plate of food on the table
next to him and tells Gordon that that one's ready to go. Gordon
acknowledges this and turns to Samantha and comments that Irene
hasn't turned up yet. Samantha replies that she said she'd try,
but she does have a few appointments. Gordon explains that he
wanted to talk to her about Wayne; see if she can recommend somebody
to help him. Samantha points out that it's still early. Gordon
agrees that that's true and he picks up the plate of food and
heads inside. As he does so, he passes a tarty-looking teenage
girl, who is approaching Denise and some of her friends at one
of the tables. Denise spots her and exclaims, "Janet, hi!
You're late!" Janet laughs, "That's public transport
for you!" Denise asks her if Ian didn't ring her, but Janet
replies, "We split up!" Denise says she's sorry. Janet,
though, sits down and laughs, "I'm not. Plenty more
where he came from!" She then goes on, "In
fact, I've heard you've got a rather cute brother!" Denise
looks over at Colin, who's standing nearby, and then tells Janet,
"You'd be wasting your time there... no, my brother doesn't
go for girls." Colin wanders over to her and snaps,
"You've got a big mouth, Denise. Pity you haven't got a brain
to match it." Denise and her friends immediately all let
out camp cries of, "Oooo!" Colin glares at them and
wanders off, looking unhappy. He rejoins Andy, Samantha and Chris
at the barbecue. Andy tells him, "You know what, mate: she's
drunk." Colin just nods, looking concerned.
Inside, Charlie and Alison are sitting at the bar in the lounge
room, and Charlie asks Alison if there's any truth in what Mary
is saying. Alison retorts, "No. What makes you think there
is?" Charlie points out that it's such a strange
story. Alison, though, retorts that Mary simply has to accept
that dear old grandma told her a lie. Elsewhere in the room, Barbara
and Gordon wander over to the living room table and Gordon starts
picking out some food for Wayne. Barbara tells him that he'd better
take some mineral water, too. Mary says she'll get that. She then
tells Gordon that she wouldn't mind coming over with him; she
hasn't met his son, yet. Barbara asks dubiously if Wayne is up
to visitors, but Gordon says he thinks so; Mary might be able
to cheer him up a bit.
In Melbourne, Spider is following Leigh as she marches along
a street, towards a bus stop. He calls to her, "You're crazy,
girl. Stupid. I thought you had some brains." Leigh snaps
back, "You tell me what I'm doing wrong." Spider retorts,
"You're being selfish, that's what. Just plain selfish. What
are you going to do when you get him? Go on the run?" Leigh
turns to face him as he warns her, "Don't think the cops
won't catch you, 'cos they will. You'll be dead easy
to spot with Shane." He pauses before continuing, "Let
me tell you something: my old man went to jail when I was a kid.
By the time he got out, I'd forgotten what he looked like - not
that I cared: the kids at school gave me such a bad time, I didn't
want to know. I know that sounds a bit unfair, but...
well, I just couldn't help it. You wouldn't like that to happen
between you and Shane, would you?" Leigh shakes her head.
Spider tells her, "A jail never did anyone any good, Leigh,
so you've got to stay out of it. When Shane's older, tell him
the truth then. That's better than having him grow up
knowing his mum's doing time for kidnapping." Leigh, tears
suddenly beginning to well in her eyes, murmurs, "Go and
see Beryl. Tell her to take Shane up to Frannie. Please - make
sure he's alright."
Mary and Gordon are at Charlie's, and as they walk into the lounge
room with Wayne, Mary tells him that she'd understand if he didn't
want her there. Wayne, though, assures her that he's glad of the
company. The three of them sit down, and Mary places a tray that
she's carrying on the coffee table in front of Wayne. She then
tells him that she'll get him a knife and fork, and she asks which
way it is to the kitchen. Wayne indicates, "Down the hall,
first on the right." She goes. Alone with Wayne, Gordon asks,
"Feeling better?" Wayne murmurs, "Not bad. Better
now that you and I are talking again." He then goes on, "I've
been trying to think of ways of not having to sell Woombai."
Gordon, though, tells him, "It might be best if we do.
If it goes onto the open market, I might be able to buy it myself
and own it outright." Wayne exclaims that that would cost
a fortune. Gordon, though, points out, "I've got my money
from the share of the company, and Barbara has agreed to sell
the house, so if I get it at the right price, I might just be
able to scrape up enough." Wayne offers, "If there's
anything I can to do help..." Gordon smiles, "Thanks.
I may need it."
In the grounds at Dural, one of Denise's friends is gulping down
a can of lager as Denise and her mates clap and yell, "Down!
Down! Down!" He finishes the can and tosses it on the ground
nearby. Denise kisses him on the lips and laughs, "Isn't
he a hero?!" She walks away, but the guy asks, "Is that
all?" Denise asks him drunkenly, "What did you want...?"
The guy smiles, "How about another beer?" Another guy
- who has his arm around Janet - tells the first guy that they've
run out. Denise assures everyone that there's plenty more inside,
and she heads off to get some. The guy she kissed watches her
go. As she heads off, Colin walks into the middle of the gang
of kids and starts picking up empty cans. Denise bumps into Samantha
as she goes to head into the house, and Samantha, indicating Denise's
friends, asks what's going on over there. Denise stares across
at her friends and cries, "They're fighting." Samantha
says she'll go and get Andy, and she runs off. Denise goes to
rejoin her friends, who are roughing-up Colin. Denise runs up
to them and cries, "Stop it." One of the guys
tells her to stay out of it, but Denise pulls at him and snaps,
"Let him go." The guy she kissed warns her, "No
one calls me a pig." Janet tells her, "It was
your brother's fault, Denise." Denise, though, snaps that
she doesn't care whose fault it was. Andy and Chris suddenly
run up and pull the guys apart. Andy punches the guy Denise kissed
on the jaw. Chris starts struggling with another guy. Samantha
runs into the middle of the fray and tells everyone to calm down.
Janet spits that they were just having a bit of fun. Andy, though,
snaps, "Just disappear, the lot of you, OK?" Janet turns
to Denise and growls, "He can't tell us to do that. You
were the one who started it, going on about your brother."
One of the guys suggests that they get out of there, and Denise's
friends all head off. Samantha asks Colin if he's alright. He
murmurs that he'll survive. Samantha follows him. Andy finds himself
alone with Denise, and he spits, "I hope you're real proud
of yourself." He walks off, leaving Denise looking guilty.
A while later, Colin is coming downstairs inside, a bruise developing
on his face. Denise joins him in the hallway and says, "I'm
sorry." Colin mutters, "It's easy to say."
Denise insists, "You're still my brother, Colin. I didn't
mean--" She breaks off before saying, "I got a bit drunk.
I am sorry." Colin snaps, "What do you want
me to do? Pat you on the head and say that this is OK?" He
indicates his face. Denise insists that she didn't want
him to get hurt; she got a bit angry, that's all. Colin glares
at her and then shakes his head and says, "No, Denny, you'll
have to do better than that." He goes to walk off, but Denise
cries, "Wait. Please." Colin stops walking
and Denise goes on, "It's not just because you're--"
She hesitates before continuing, "I felt angry ever since
I found out about mum. And then Wayne ditched me. It's just been
one thing after another and you were... you were the easiest person
to blame, I guess. I know mum's been worried about the way we've...
I've been snapping at you. I'll tell her it was my fault,
too." Colin, though, says, "I don't think we should
say anything. We're not biting each other's heads off;
that should be enough. And who knows? If we stop fighting long
enough, we might get to know each other a bit better." He
then walks off, leaving Denise looking worried.
Spider is at Beryl's, and as Beryl shows him into the lounge
room, he asks, "And how's me little mate?" Beryl replies
that he's asleep - at least, he is now; he was up half
the night. Spider asks if he's teething. Beryl, though, explains
that he's missing his mother. She then goes on that she's surprised,
actually, that Leigh has stayed away so long. Spider muses that,
wherever she is, he's sure she's fretting as much for Shane as
he is for her. Beryl murmurs, "Maybe." Spider then tells
her, "You'll have your own baby back soon. You can't
be expected to look after Shane forever. Nor
Charlie. Might be worth giving some thought to taking him up to
his grandmother's." Beryl queries, "Frannie?" Spider
replies, "Is that her name, is it? Yes, er, Leigh said something
about North Queensland." Beryl agrees that that's where she
lives, and Spider muses, "Like I said, might be worth giving
some thought." The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Beryl
answers it. Donna comes on, and Beryl asks what's wrong. Donna,
sounding worried, tells her, "I've had an accident. It's
been raining. When I came out of the dress shop, I slipped on
the footpath. I think I've hurt the baby." Looking concerned,
Beryl asks her where she is now. Donna tells her, "At the
shop. The lady's called an ambulance. Can you come to the hospital?"
Beryl says she'll be there as soon as she can, and she hangs up.
Spider asks what's wrong, and Beryl explains. She then starts
dialling a number and adds that she's just letting Brett know;
she thinks he should be at the hospital, too. The 'phone
rings in the kitchen at the country house, but there's no one
there to answer it. Brett runs in through the doorway just as
Beryl says to Spider, "He must be outside," and hangs
up. She then asks Spider if he could look after Shane for her.
Spider assures her, "Of course." With that, Beryl dashes
Tim joins Brett in the kitchen at the country house and asks
who was on the 'phone. Brett, though, says he doesn't know; he
wasn't fast enough. Adam suddenly knocks on the door and then
walks in, carrying Isabella. He puts her down on one of the kitchen
chairs and declares, "One clean dog!" He then suggests
that he'd better get himself into gear. Brett tells him,
"Have fun!" Adam muses, "I've got to go to Beryl's:
Sarge wants me to talk to her - thinks Leigh might have been in
touch because Beryl's got the kid." Tim glares at him and
growls, "Yeah? Well you go your hardest, buster." With
that, he storms out to the hallway. Adam shrugs at Brett, "See
you later," and he goes.
At Beryl's, Spider picks up the telephone and goes to dial a
number. He then appears to have second thoughts, however, and
he hangs up. He changes his mind again, though, picks up the receiver
and starts dialling. Leigh answers the call and Spider says it's
A while later, Leigh is standing in the lounge room at Beryl's,
swinging Shane around, happily. Spider asks her if anyone saw
her, but Leigh assures him, "No!" Spider tells her that
he's glad she came as quick as she did, because Shane has been
screaming his lungs out ever since he called. Looking worried,
Leigh suggests that maybe Beryl shouldn't take him up
to Frannie. Spider, though, insists that it's the only way; they
decided that this morning. Leigh sighs that she knows, but giving
him up isn't going to be easy. Spider assures her that Shane will
be right once he's settled in with Leigh's mum. He then adds that
Leigh can't stay there too long; Beryl might be back quicker than
they think. Leigh pleads, "Just a few more minutes, Spider.
Just a few more minutes..."
At Charlie's, Mary picks up the tray in front of Wayne and Gordon
asks his son, "How was it?" Wayne smiles, "Lovely.
Good Aussie barbecue tucker!" Mary asks him if he'd like
another drink. Wayne tells her that another mineral water would
be fine, and Mary heads off to get it. Gordon says to Wayne that
he'd better be getting back to the party. He asks Wayne to come
over for a while, but Wayne quickly says, "No, I couldn't."
Gordon tells him that he's sure Jenny and Stephen would like to
see him, but Wayne laughs bitterly, "I doubt if they'd miss
me." Gordon insists that they'd be pleased if he
came. Wayne, though, replies, "Thanks all the same, dad,
I'd rather stay here. Really. I don't feel up to seeing
too many people at the moment." Gordon accepts this, tells
his son to take it easy and says he'll call in to see him again
later. He then heads off. Mary comes in and hands Wayne his bottle
of mineral water. He thanks her and then asks her if she's sure
she doesn't want to go back with his dad. Mary just shrugs and
sits down. Wayne smiles, "Shy little thing, aren't you?"
He then goes on, "I suppose you've heard lots of stories
about me." Mary quickly says, "No." She then tempers
it with, "Well..." and Wayne mutters, "I thought
so." Mary tells him, "I'm sure you're nice underneath.
You look nice. You're really like your father."
Wayne stares at her in surprise and asks how she works that
out. Mary explains, "You're strong and gentle. You remind
me of him, that's all." Wayne smiles at her and tells her,
"That's the best compliment I've had all day."
Gordon arrives back at Dural and joins Barbara in the lounge
room. She hands him a drink and laughs that she was wondering
where he got to. Gordon explains that he and Wayne got talking
- and Mary's still there: she and Wayne seemed to be getting along
very well. Barbara smiles, "Good for them!" Gordon then
asks how Jenny's holding up, and Barbara replies that she's being
very brave. Elsewhere in the room, Stephen and Jenny stand up
from their seats and Stephen starts to address the gathering,
saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, if I could crave your indulgence
for a moment..." Everyone turns to look at him. He then goes
on, "The first thing I have to say is that making speeches
absolutely terrifies me!" Jenny chips in, "His mother
had a terrible time with him on his first day of school!"
Stephen smiles and then goes on, "Now, as you know, Jenny
and Colin and Denise and I are going away on a holiday. We don't
know how long we're going to be away, but it could be for sometime."
Denise, looking upset, stares at Stephen and Jenny and then walks
out. Gordon looks at Barbara in concern. Stephen continues, "We
just thought that as no one else thought of giving us a bon
voyage party, we'd put one on ourselves!" One of the
guests calls out, "You don't know when to stop, you people!"
Stephen glares at him and asks, "Why's that, Henry?"
Henry ticks off, "Well, weddings... engagement parties...
bon voyage parties... what have you got planned next?"
There's an embarrassed silence, which Stephen breaks by saying,
"Yeah, well, I don't think there'll be any more parties for
a while." Henry mutters, "That's a relief.
Costing everybody a fortune in presents!" Jenny quickly says
to the gathering, "Anyway, thankyou all for coming, and we
hope you're having a nice time, because we are."
Stephen tells everyone, "Drink up, be merry, enjoy the rest
of the afternoon."
Leigh is sitting on the couch at Beryl's, holding Shane. Spider
pleads with her that she's got to get going, as Beryl might be
back at any minute. Leigh sighs, "Alright," and she
gives Shane a final hug and says, "Bye bye, sweetheart."
As she then puts him in his playpen, she says to Spider, "You'll
make sure he gets up to mum's, won't you?" Spider assures
her, "Cross my heart and hope to die. Now, get going."
Leigh thanks him for everything. Spider tells her, "It's
my pleasure - but get going before it's too late." There's
suddenly a knock at the front door. Looking startled, Spider exclaims
that that can't be Beryl; she'd have walked straight in. He goes
to the window and looks out to see Adam standing there, knocking
on the door. He cries, "Oh my God." Turning back to
Leigh, he explains, "It's Adam." Adam goes to head back
down the path. Spider tells Leigh that Adam must have heard Shane,
so they have to get her out the back way in case Adam is still
hanging around out the front. He heads out into the kitchen. Adam
suddenly looks in through the kitchen window and then walks in
through the open back door. He smiles, "G'day, Spider."
Spider quickly asks him what he's doing there, and Adam explains,
"Just looking for Beryl." Spider tells him that she's
not there; it's just him. Adam comments, "I knocked
at the front." Spider replies that he didn't hear anything.
Adam muses that he thought he heard a baby crying. Spider quickly
closes the doors leading to the lounge room. Leigh is hiding behind
them. Spider tells Adam that the baby was probably Shane. Adam
asks, "And there's nobody else here?" Spider assures
him, "No, no, just me and the kid." In the lounge room,
Leigh crouches down by the wall behind the kitchen doors, looking