Mary snaps that she's not imagining it; it was there.
She then indicates Alison and growls, "She must
have stolen it." Looking taken aback, Alison asks why she'd
bother to steal a silly photograph. Mary retorts, "Because
it was a photo of Patricia and you didn't want anyone else to
see it." Alison laughs that that's ridiculous. Gordon
suggests to Mary that maybe she made a mistake. Mary, though,
insists, "I didn't. She's lying."
Gordon tells Mary that they'll discuss it later. He then suggests
to Alison that she should go, and Alison retorts that she'd be
glad to, adding that she's not sure she's up to coping
with Mary's imagination. She says a curt 'goodbye' to Mary and
leaves. When she's gone, Gordon warns Mary that she can't go round
accusing people of stealing, particularly when she hasn't got
any proof. Mary growls, "I mightn't have any proof, but I
know I'm right."
Outside, Alison walks down the driveway a short distance and
then stops, reaches into her handbag and pulls out the photo of
her from when she was younger. She looks at it and then stuffs
it back into her bag.
At the Morrell apartment, Roger is telling Caroline, "Now,
if the Directors decide to vote for a private transaction..."
Caroline sighs that Wayne won't agree - especially if he realises
he wants to buy. Roger tells her that they don't need
Wayne, providing the two of them vote together; they'll
have the majority. Caroline, standing up and looking slightly
nervous, says she doesn't want to seem difficult, but Woombai
does mean an awful lot to Gordon, and she does think he ought
to have the chance to buy it. Roger comments that she doesn't
strike him as the sort of person who'd allow sentiment to mar
personal judgement. Caroline assures him that, normally, she doesn't,
but Barbara is an old friend, and she really doesn't want to add
to the problems she's already caused them. Roger smiles, "Fair
enough. I admire a woman who has the strength to stand by her
principles. I'm sure there are other ways we can resolve
Wayne is sitting on the couch at Charlie's, reading a leaflet
entitled 'Simple Effective Treatment of Agoraphobia' by Doctor
Claire Weekes. The front door suddenly bangs and Alison comes
in. She asks if the doctor has gone, and Wayne replies, "A
few minutes ago." He adds that he thought she'd
be in town. Alison, though, tells him that she decided
not to bother; she just popped in to see Barbara and Gordon. Wayne
asks how they are, and she replies, "Fine." Wayne stands
up and says he might as well do the washing-up. He goes. Alone
in the room, Alison opens her handbag and takes out the letter
she took from Mary's pile. She unfolds it and reads:
"Dear Vi, How's my little girl? I know I've said it
before but I'm very grateful to you for bringing her up; looking
after her. What I asked you to do must have seemed dreadfully
callous: how could a mother give up a child? I wonder myself
at times. But if my husband had found out... Well, anyway, the
main thing is she's healthy and happy. I do think of her - often.
I know I gave her up once and she has no recollection of me, but
if I was ever to see her again..."
Gordon joins Mary in the lounge room at Dural and suggests that
they go down to the garage this afternoon and have her car checked
over. Mary murmurs, "OK." Gordon tells her that she'll
be able to get her learner's permit soon, and then her licence,
and she'll be far more independent. Mary mutters that she supposes
so. Gordon points out, "Of course, you'll have to show then
you can read." Mary suddenly glares at him and snaps, "You
don't have to rub it in. Everybody thinks I'm an idiot. Just 'cos
I never got taught to read and write doesn't mean I'm stupid."
Gordon, looking surprised, asks her what brought this
on: Alison? Mary doesn't respond. Gordon goes on that he's not
saying she dreamed the whole thing up - she lost a photograph;
he loses things all the time - but Alison wouldn't have
taken it; she had no reason to. Mary, though, accuses,
"She took the letter as well. They were together. I showed
them to her." She then cries, "Why's she trying to stop
me proving Patricia's my mother?" Gordon insists, "Patricia
was not your mother. You have to accept that. It's impossible."
Mary, though, just snaps that she's going for a walk, and she
heads out, leaving Gordon looking worried.
A short time later, Mary is sitting on a little wall at the end
of the driveway when Barbara pulls up in her car and stops next
to her. She tells Mary that she's bought some new curtain material
for her bedroom; they can go and put it up. Mary, though, mutters
that she doesn't really feel like it. Barbara, turning off her
car's engine, asks what the matter is. Mary, a glum expression
on her face, asks, "When am I going to learn to read?"
Barbara assures her that it'll be soon. She adds that she's hired
a tutor, but he's not free for a couple of weeks. Mary cries,
"I want to start now. There's a letter I have
to read." Barbara tells her, "I'll read it
to you." Mary, though, growls "I have to get it back
first." With that, she stands up and walks off, leaving Barbara
There's a knock on the front door at Charlie's and Wayne opens
it to find Mary standing there. As he escorts her into the lounge
room, he asks her what she's been up to, and she smiles that she's
bought a car. The lounge room is empty, and Mary asks if Alison
is there. Wayne explains that she's in the kitchen, and he goes
to get her. Mary suddenly spots Alison's handbag lying on the
couch. She runs over, picks it up and starts rummaging around
inside. Wayne and Alison suddenly come in, and Wayne exclaims,
"Mary!" Alison demands, "What on earth do you think
you're doing?" Mary snaps, "Looking for the photo you
took." Alison grabs her bag as Mary adds, "And
the letter. I want them back." Alison turns to Wayne
and explains, "She thought I stole a photo of Patricia."
Mary insists, "You did. Where is it?" Alison,
ignoring this, says to Wayne, "It's just as well I didn't
have any money. It's obviously what she was after." Mary
pleads, "Where is it?" Wayne tells her to calm
down. Mary cries at Alison, "Why are you doing this
to me?" Alison stares at her, looking worried.
A short time later, Mary is standing in the hallway at Charlie's.
Alison calls to her, "Mary, please." Mary turns
to her, a sour expression on her face. Alison tells her, "Look,
Patricia had two children she loved very much. But she didn't
have any others. Besides, you probably wouldn't want to know her.
She could be quite nasty at times." Mary points out that
that's not what she said the other day. Alison insists, "Look,
Mary, you've got a good home with Barbara and Gordon. Don't spoil
it. You're only going to hurt yourself if you keep pushing this
thing about Patricia. Honestly, there's no point." She then
announces that she's going out, and she suggests to Mary that
she stay with Wayne for a while. Mary mutters, "OK,"
and she heads back to the lounge room. Alison sighs heavily.
At the boarding house, Samantha opens the front door of Irene's
flat to find Andy standing there, holding a large bunch of flowers.
He hands her a card and tells her that the delivery man was outside.
Samantha, a smile on her face, asks who'd be sending her flowers.
She opens the envelope and reads the card inside. She then tears
it up and throws it away, explaining, "Roger Carlyle. He
was here the other night. Creep." Andy asks incredulously,
"What?" Samantha explains, "Something
to do with the company. He's bought Gordon's shares, I think."
Looking shocked, Andy tells her, "Samantha, he's
the guy who tried to kill Patricia." Samantha stares
at him and exclaims, "You're joking. Mum thinks he's a real
charmer." Andy warns her, "He goes for girls,
you know? Like teenagers. You'd better watch him." Samantha
snaps that he'd be wasting his time with her; she just
hopes her mum doesn't get hurt, though. Andy says he's
pretty sure she can look after herself. Changing the subject,
he asks Samantha how come she's not at work, and she explains
that Irene has gone to Crossley House. Andy asks, "What,
to see Chris?" Samantha, though, tells him, "Leo. Apparently,
he got depressed when he thought he'd made a fool of himself the
other day. I blew that one, didn't I?" Andy, though,
points out that it wasn't her fault; Leo can't expect
every girl he likes to go out with him. He adds, "Next time
you'll cope better. You did him a favour." Samantha smiles
Irene is walking with Chris in the grounds of Crossley House.
Chris thanks her for coming out, and Irene assures him that she's
glad to be of help. She adds that she was hoping to meet Sister
Jean in sickbay, but nobody seemed to know where she was. Chris
says he's sorry - she's out, as usual. Irene smiles that it sounds
exhausting. Chris agrees that it is. He then goes on,
"I help her with the patients as much as I can, but I won't
be living here much longer: they've run out of bed space."
Irene asks him if he's got somewhere to go. Chris admits that
he hasn't, but adds that they've promised not to throw him out
until he's found a place. Irene tells him that there's a room
free at the boarding house. Chris thanks her, adding that he appreciates
the offer. They suddenly spot Leo sitting nearby, and Irene says
to Chris that if he wants to keep his offsider around, he could
help prune the jungle at the boarding house; she's been looking
to get a part-time gardener. Chris tells her that that would be
great; Leo needs something to get him out of the doldrums.
They walk over to Leo and says to him cheerily that she's just
been telling Chris how lovely the garden's looking. She then adds
that, in fact, she's been looking for somebody to do her
garden, and she wondered if he might be interested. Leo growls,
"Samantha won't want me." Irene insists,
"She wants to be your friend." Leo, though, mutters,
"I'm an idiot. She doesn't want me." Irene
assures him that Samantha does not think he's an idiot
- and she loved those flowers he gave her; if he was working at
the boarding house, they'd be mates in no time. Leo just
mutters, "I've messed it up." Irene, though, assures
him that he hasn't, and she tells him to think about it.
Mary is standing next to her car in the driveway at Dural, looking
glum. The bonnet is open, and as Gordon climbs out of the driver's
seat, he tells her that it needs a bit of work done on it, but
he thinks it'll make it down to the garage. Seeing the expression
on her face, he adds, "Hey, cheer up!" Mary mumbles
that she's OK. Gordon goes on that he knows it's difficult, sometimes,
accepting the truth, but she's still got him and Barbara - if
she can put up with them! Mary smiles, "Course I can,"
and she gives him a hug. Gordon then tells her that he'll just
get a spanner to tighten the spark plugs, and he walks off. A
few seconds later, a car pulls up behind Mary's and Roger Carlyle
climbs out. He tells Mary that he's looking for Gordon Hamilton.
Mary replies that he won't be long - he's in the garage; he's
having a look at the car. Roger indicates the vehicle and asks,
"Yours?" Mary smiles, "Yeah. Taking it for a drive
later." Roger tells her that it has a lot of character. Gordon
rejoins them and acknowledges Roger. He then asks him curtly,
"What can I do for you?" Roger asks, "Do you still
intend bidding for Woombai?" Gordon retorts, "Yes."
Roger tells him, "I hope to buy it myself. I've always wanted
a property. I was disappointed that selling it was part of that
share deal. I'd like to keep it in the family, as it were."
Gordon snaps at him, "Get to the point." Roger tells
him, "If you stay out of the bidding and don't help to push
up the price, I'll make sure you get the job as property manager."
Gordon stares at him as he goes on, "I've got a lot of big
plans for Woombai. Saw your plans for developing it and
I think they're good. I'm just going to add a colonial theme;
make it more of a ranch resort, I suppose." Gordon nods and
muses, "With merry-go-rounds and a ferris wheel?" Roger
retorts, "If I thought it was economical, yes, I'd consider
it." Gordon tells him curtly, "I have no intention of
standing by and letting you ruin Woombai." Roger says, "I
assume that means, then, you're rejecting that offer." Gordon
nods, "Correct." Roger muses, "Pity. Still, huffing
and puffing won't get you anywhere - because I'm going
to buy Woombai and do exactly what I like with it." He then
smiles nastily and walks off.
A short time later, Roger is sitting with Wayne in the lounge
room at Charlie's, but Wayne snaps at him, "No." Roger
suggests that surely they can discuss it. Wayne, though, asks
curtly why he'd want to sell; everyone's telling him how well
the company's going to do now that Roger's a partner. Roger admits
that he can't argue against himself. He then stands up
and comments that it's a pity they're going to lose one of their
major assets: he regrets making that agreement to sell Woombai
- especially at auction; he much prefers the sale to be private.
He adds that, to do that, he'd need Wayne to back
him. Wayne shrugs, "As long as dad gets first option."
Roger tells him, "Actually, I want to buy it."
Wayne shakes his head and says, "Sorry." Roger comments
that he wouldn't have thought Wayne cared; didn't his
father have him sacked from the Board? Wayne just nods lightly.
Roger goes on, "Oh well. Caroline and I will vote together.
It doesn't have to be unanimous." Wayne, standing up as well,
warns Roger, "Don't count your chickens, big boy. She's not
putty in your hands yet. She knows how much the place
means to Gordon." Roger snaps, "I'll make darn sure
she knows how much it means to me. One way or another,
I am going to buy Woombai - and who knows, Gordon may not even
get to the auction if he drives that cute little girl's
bomb anywhere..." With that, he picks up his briefcase and
storms out, leaving Wayne looking worried.
Leo and Chris are sitting in the grounds at Crossley House. Leo
tells Chris that he likes being there at Crossley House,
with him. Chris points out that no one's stopping him
working there, but he doesn't get paid for it; if he worked at
Irene's, he'd have a little bit of money in his pocket - and they'd
see a lot of each other if he was living there. A smile suddenly
crosses Leo's face, and he suggests that maybe he could make enough
money to take Samantha somewhere nice. Chris warns him gently
not to go pushing it. They suddenly spot Irene approaching, and
she asks Leo if he's come to a decision. He replies, "Yes."
Irene asks, "Yes you will or yes you've come to a decision?!"
Chris explains, "Both!" Leo asks eagerly when he can
start, and Irene smiles, "Right now, if you like." She
then suggests that they both come along and Chris can look at
the bedsit. Chris accepts this offer. Irene suggests, "Let's
go." Leo, though, suddenly says, "Wait a sec. I want
to get Samantha some flowers." He runs off. Left alone with
Irene, Chris thanks her. Irene says she hopes it all works out.
Chris murmurs, "So do I..."
Wayne opens the front door at Charlie's to find Caroline standing
on the step. He grabs her arm and pulls her inside, saying, "Am
I glad to see you." Caroline asks him how he is.
Wayne replies that he's fine. He then adds that she's got to get
a message to his dad. Looking surprised, Caroline asks, "Why?"
Wayne tells her, "Roger Carlyle has done something to Mary's
car." Caroline laughs, "Don't be so stupid!" Wayne,
though, points out, "He tried to kill Patricia."
Caroline retorts that that was never proved, but Wayne pleads,
"Please. Just go and tell him not to drive Mary's car. They've
got it booked into the garage at two." Caroline asks Wayne
what Roger actually said, and Wayne tells her, "We
were arguing about Woombai and he said if he got into Mary's car,
he mightn't even make it to the auction." Caroline
sighs and tells Wayne that she knows he's having a bad time with
his agoraphobia, but doesn't he think he's letting things get
the better of him? Wayne, raising his voice, cries, "Will
you just go and tell him not to drive the car?" Caroline
insists, "Wayne, relax." Wayne, though, suddenly
snaps, "For heaven's sake, if you're not going to help me,
get out." Caroline glares at him and then snaps, "With
pleasure." She goes, leaving Wayne looking worried.
In the lounge room at Dural, Barbara is asking Gordon, "If
Roger goes against us, how high do you think he'll go?" Gordon
replies that he hates to think - although Roger has just bought
all their shares, which will have strained his funds. Mary comes
in, and Gordon tells Barbara that they're taking her car down
to the garage. He asks her if she wants to come for a ride. Barbara,
though, smiles nervously and asks, "Does that mean I'm going
to have to walk home?!" Gordon tells her, "I shouldn't
think so. It needs some repairs, but it still goes - I think!"
Barbara smiles and laughs that if it breaks down, he
can pay for the taxi!" The three of them head out.
The front door opens at Charlie's and Wayne takes a few steps
outside. He looks around in front of him; everything swims out
of and then into focus. He opens his eyes wide and then runs back
to the doorway. Taking a deep breath, he steps forward again -
and he keeps going, looking nervous all the time. After he's walked
a few yards, he reaches a tree, and he leans on it and bends down,
folding his arms around him...
Gordon is under the bonnet of Mary's car in the driveway at Dural,
and he tells Barbara - who's in the driver's seat - to try again.
She turns the key in the ignition, but the engine refuses to catch.
Gordon mutters that he thinks they've flooded the damn thing.
Wayne suddenly staggers up to them and cries, "Dad..."
Barbara climbs out of the car and Gordon stares at him in astonishment
as he grabs hold of his son and asks him what the hell he's doing
outside. Barbara asks him what on earth possessed him to come
rushing over there. Wayne cries, "Carlyle's sabotaged Mary's
car." Barbara, looking amazed, says she knows he's bad,
but he hasn't had any opportunity. Wayne insists, "It's true.
We were talking about Woombai; he wanted me to vote for a private
sale and I said 'no'. He made some comment about dad not even
getting to the auction." Turning to his father,
he adds, "He as good as told me he'd arranged an accident
for you - in Mary's car." Gordon looks at Barbara.
The door to the reception area of Irene's surgery opens and Samantha
and Andy come in. Samantha is holding the flowers that Roger sent
her, and she comments tersely that she hopes the patients get
more pleasure out of them than she does. Andy asks her
if she thinks Carlyle will keep hassling her, but Samantha asks,
"Who knows how his mind works?" Andy suggests,
"Maybe I should warn him off?" Samantha, though, points
out that he warned Chris off and that only made the situation
worse. Andy stands there, looking worried. Samantha assures
him, "If he gives me a hard time, I shall tell him in no
uncertain terms where to go, OK?" Andy nods, reluctantly.
Irene suddenly walks in, followed by Leo and Chris. Irene tells
Samantha and Andy, "Leo has some news for us." Leo stands
there nervously and announces, "I'm going to be your gardener."
Samantha smiles at him and exclaims that that's wonderful! Leo
hands her a small bunch of flowers, and Samantha smiles that they're
beautiful. Irene suddenly notices the flowers sent to Samantha
by Roger, and she asks where they came from. Chris comments, "Someone
who's not short of money. Secret admirer, have you?" Samantha
mutters sourly, "He's not making much of a secret about it."
Leo suddenly grabs the flowers he gave her and storms out. Samantha
cries, "Leo!" Chris says he'll go. Looking
puzzled, Samantha asks what's wrong. Chris tells her that he guesses
Leo is upset that someone gave her a bigger bunch of flowers than
he dad. Samantha says she'll talk to him. As
she heads out, she indicates the flowers from Roger and says,
"Get rid of those, will you?"
Leo is marching along the road outside when Samantha catches
up with him. He throws down the flowers he gave her, but she picks
them up and assures him that she thinks they're lovely. Leo mutters,
"Not as nice as the ones from your secret admirer."
Samantha, though, tells him, "I don't even like him.
These are much nicer because we're friends." She
puts her arm through Leo's and he tells her, "I
like you." Samantha laughs, "I like you,
too." A car horn suddenly sounds nearby and Samantha looks
round. She then tells Leo to wait there, and she walks down to
the kerb. Roger is approaching her, and he tells her that he was
just on his way to see her: he has a proposition for her. Samantha
growls, "Sorry. I'm not interested." Roger, though,
says, "Please, at least hear me out before you make a decision."
Wayne, Gordon, Barbara and Mary are sitting in the lounge room
at Dural. Gordon is telling Wayne, "I've been working on
the car all morning. Carlyle was here but he didn't have
time to do anything." He adds, "I'm sure he was bluffing
because you wouldn't vote with him." Wayne cries that Roger
wouldn't have done it himself; he'd have sent one of
his henchmen. Gordon, though, assures him that there's
no one there, except Alison. Barbara offers everyone coffee, and
Wayne and Gordon both accept. She and Mary head off to the kitchen
to make it. Left alone with his father, Wayne says conspiratorially,
"Alison could have done it: she and Carlyle are
pretty pally at the moment." Gordon, though, insists, "No.
Either Mary or I was with her the whole time." Wayne, looking
disappointed, murmurs, "I'm still glad I got here. Better
to be safe than sorry." Gordon suggests that he could get
a mechanic to look at the car, but Wayne tells him that he's probably
right. Gordon smiles, "At least it got you out of the house."
Wayne murmurs, "I didn't think I could do it. Everything
kept spinning and going blurry. All I could think of was, I had
to get to you in time." Gordon smiles at him and replies,
"I know - and I'm very grateful." Wayne smiles back
at him, weakly.
Samantha, Roger and Leo are walking along the corridor at the
boarding house. They reach the door to Irene's flat, and Samantha
asks Leo to wait in the surgery for her. Leo mutters, "I
don't want to leave you alone." Samantha, though, assures
him that she'll be alright, and he walks off, reluctantly. Samantha
then puts the key in the lock and she and Roger head into the
flat. Leo creeps back along the corridor and stands just outside.
In the flat, Samantha says to Roger curtly, "Tell
me about your proposition." Roger asks if they can't sit
down and be a little less formal. Samantha, though, retorts, "No,"
and Roger accepts, "Alright." He then goes on, "You
mentioned you were a doctor's receptionist. I'm offering
you a secretarial position with my company. You'll earn
a much better salary than you are now, plus, er, quite a few other
bonuses." Samantha mutters, "I can imagine."
Looking surprised, Roger muses, "I thought you'd jump
at the opportunity." Samantha smiles and retorts sourly,
"Sleeping with my boss is not my idea of job satisfaction."
Roger sighs, "Samantha..." Samantha, though, snaps,
"Get out. I wouldn't work for you if it was the last job
on earth, so please leave." Leo is still standing outside,
listening. Samantha walks over to the door and opens it. Roger
puts his hands on her arms and smiles, "There's no need to
get nasty about it. I'm just making you an offer." Samantha
snaps, "Don't touch me." Leo suddenly runs in and grabs
Roger, pushing him away from Samantha and growling, "Leave
her alone." Roger snarls, "Get off me, you oaf."
Leo, though, pushes Roger to the floor and wraps his hands around
his neck. He starts strangling him as Roger cries out in pain.
Irene suddenly runs in and demands, "What the hell's going
on in here?" She tries to pull Leo off, but fails. She calls
to Samantha for help, and the two of them manage to pull Leo away.
Roger stands up and snaps furiously, "The man's a maniac."
Irene asks him if he's alright. Roger threatens, "I will
be, as soon as this idiot gets what he deserves." Samantha
cries, "He thought you were trying to hurt me."
Irene adds, "Leo can't be held responsible for his--"
Roger interrupts her, though, and snarls, "He's a half-wit
who ought to be locked-up for life. That's exactly what's going
to happen to him." Samantha stares at him in shock.