In Fiona's flat at the boarding house, Hung is sitting looking
worried as Fiona tells him that all she wants is what's best for
him - so she needs him to help her clear it up. Hung starts to
say, "My father makes all the..." He breaks off, though,
and Fiona completes, "Arrangements?" Hung nods, "Yes."
He goes on, "He gives me my passport and the address of my
relatives. I do not understand how he puts the wrong address on
my visa papers." Fiona muses, "Neither do I - unless
your relatives lived in a car park." Hung tells her, "After
the refugee camp, they'll stay anywhere to live in Australia."
Fiona says she's sorry; that was a really bad joke. She then goes
on that it's because his people have been through so much that
she wants to help - but he's got to help her.
She then asks him if the address she showed him is the address
his father gave him, because it's the one the Immigration Department
gave her. Hung says, "I do not think so. I would
know it again if I saw." Fiona checks, "You are
telling me everything, aren't you?" Hung quickly
insists, "I want to find my relatives. I came here to live
with them." Fiona assures him that it's alright. She adds
that she hates being suspicious, but there's so much about this
that isn't adding up. Hung tells her, "My father is an old
man. It is easy for his mind to make mistakes." Fiona mutters
that he's certainly made quite a few. She tells Hung,
"He's put one address on your visa application and given
you another one. He's given you a holiday visa, not a
permanent one. All-in-all, he's put you in a very tricky situation."
Hung says, "I would rather be dead than go back."
Fiona assures him, "If this old girl can help, you're going
to be around for quite a long time - but we've got to think of
some way to make it happen." She then adds, "You have
been telling me the truth, haven't you?" Hung nods at her
and she says assertively, "Good. Now let's stop wasting time
with doubts and think of some way to get in touch with your father
in Singapore." Hung quickly tells her that it would be very
difficult: there are no 'phones in the camp and even a letter
would not reach it for months. Fiona insists that they've got
to try: they've got to get from Hung's father the address
of his relatives - and when they do, they can help to take the
responsibility for Hung and then can help to get him a permanent
visa. Hung asks, "What if we do not find them?" Fiona
admits, "Well... you very well might have to go straight
back to Singapore once your month is up, my darling." Hung
A cassette tape is playing, and a soothing female voice is saying,
"Stress and stress-related diseases are amongst the nation's
greatest health problems. The harder you work, the greater the
temptation will be to skip this daily regimen. It is essential
you fight these feelings for your good health and general well-being.
Now, are you relaxed? Repeat softly after me: 'I feel relaxed'."
It's Roger who's listening to the tape, lying back on the couch
at the Morrell apartment, wearing his pyjamas and a dressing gown,
and he says quietly, "I feel relaxed." The voice on
the tape goes on, "Good. Now, repeat the phrase over and
over and slowly feel yourself sinking into the couch. 'I feel
relaxed... I feel relaxed...'" Roger repeats the phrase,
but is interrupted by a knock on the door. He sighs, turns off
the tape and stands up. He opens the door to find a young woman
standing there. She says enthusiastically, "You must be Mr.
Carlyle. Hi!" Roger stares at her in surprise and she explains,
"Tina Burns. I clean for Mrs. Morrell. I was just at her
new place and she asked me to come and get some things she left
behind." Roger mutters that he hasn't seen anything.
Tina, though, tells him that Caroline thinks they're under the
bed. Roger tells her to go ahead, and he points out the bedroom.
Tina heads there. Roger watches her go and then murmurs to himself,
"Now I feel relaxed..."
Leo is standing outside the boarding house; a snail is crawling
across his hand. Samantha suddenly joins him and asks him cheerily
if he's come to see Chris. Leo shakes his head. Samantha goes
on that she was worried he wasn't going to come back, and she
adds that he's got nothing to be scared about with Mr. Carlyle.
Leo mutters, "Don't like him." Samantha tells him, "You
and me both." Changing the subject, she asks him what he's
got on his hand, and he shows her the snail. She recoils slightly
in disgust, but then tells Leo that that's why Irene needs him
to do the gardening: to stop the snails eating all the plants.
Leo mutters, "I don't know." Samantha goes on that Mr.
Carlyle won't be around - and she'd like him to. Leo
asks, "Cross your heart?" Samantha crosses her heart
with her hand, and then tells him that if he comes back and gets
rid of all the snails, it would make her and Irene really happy.
Leo says, "OK." He then adds, "I like snails, but."
Samantha tells him that he can't leave them there. Leo,
though, retorts, "Yes you can. They let me at Crossley House.
They wanted to kill them there, too, but I got real mad and said
they couldn't. Then they got this food for them; the snails eat
the food, not the plants; that way, they can stay. Samantha smiles
and asks, "What sort of food?" Leo frowns and
tells her, "Little things. They're called snail pellets -
that's 'cos they're little food for snails. I used to feed them
- except they liked them too much and ate too many and they died.
So, if I give them here - snail pellets - I'll have to be careful
not to give them too many." Samantha giggles, "Yes,
you will!" She then tells him that she's got to go down the
shops to get some coffee, and she invites him to come with her,
adding that she'll buy him an ice-cream. Leo suggests, "Maybe
we can get some snail pellets while we're down there, eh?"
Samantha laughs sympathetically, "Yes, we can!"
Roger is sitting back on the couch at the Morrell apartment.
He calls to Tina, "Everything alright in there?" Tina
calls back that she won't be long - there were some things in
the bathroom cupboard, as well. Roger calls to ask, "Do you
drink?" Tina calls back, "Sure do." Roger, getting
up and heading to the bar, tells her that he'll pour her something,
then, adding that there's no need to rush, is there? Tina calls
back, "None at all!" Roger goes to open a bottle, but
there's suddenly a knock on the front door, and he slams the bottle
back down on the bar in annoyance. He walks over to the door and
opens it to find a man standing there. He barges in and snaps,
"Where is she, Carlyle? I know she's here." Roger stares
at him in surprise and demands, "What the hell do you think
you're doing?" The man snaps, "A girl her age?
You'll end up in jail if I have my way."
Roger insists, "I don't have a clue what you're talking about."
The man tells him, "Turn around and you will." Roger
turns to look behind him, to find Tina standing there, wearing
a slinky dressing gown. She says to him in a twee, mocking voice,
"I didn't think I was doing anything wrong, officer.
Mr. Carlyle said it would be alright. He said he was going to
help pay to train me as a hairdresser. Mum and dad haven't got
much money, you see?" The man turns to Roger and threatens,
"From what we hear of your taste in women, I reckon they'll
buy it." Roger sighs and says, "I assume the
police are on the way?" The man replies, "They will
be - as soon as the 'irate father' calls them." Roger asks,
"Who put you up to it?" The man, though, retorts, "It
was all my own idea." Roger tells him to get out, as nobody
would believe that story. The man, though, tells him, "I
think they will, Mr. Carlyle. I'll swear blind you seduced
my little girl - and she is my little girl."
Tina chips in, "I'm a lot younger than I look..."
The man continues, "Young enough to have you arrested for
what you did to her. I'd go for older women, if I was you. You
lay yourself open for all sorts of things." Roger
sighs, "Like blackmail? How much?" The man, though,
tells him, "We don't want your money; we want to see you
in jail." Roger threatens, "You don't seem
to understand who you are dealing with: I could get rid of both
of you like 'that'." He clicks his fingers. Caroline
suddenly appears in the open doorway as Roger tells Tina, "Now
you get your clothes on before I do something about getting rid
of both of you." Caroline stares at the scene and
demands, "What's going on?" Roger turns to her and tells
her quickly that it's just a small problem; she should wait downstairs
until he sorts it out. The man, though, tells her, "I don't
know who you are, lady, but I'd get out of here. I was just about
to call the police. I caught him having it off with my daughter,
and she's underage." Roger tells Caroline frantically, "He's
a conman, Caroline. Don't believe him." Tina cries, "He
said he was going to marry me when I was old enough. The things
he made do... I only did them because he said
he loved me." Caroline glares at them all and then turns
and storms off. The man smiles at Roger nastily and tells him,
"Wasn't part of the plan - but good thing she turned up:
we've got an independent witness. Now, what was that about getting
rid of us, Mr. Carlyle...?"
Samantha and Leo are walking along the street outside the boarding
house when Samantha suddenly spots Caroline pulling up nearby,
in her car. She waves at her mother and, as he stares at Caroline,
Leo comments that she's pretty. Caroline approaches them and Samantha
introduces her to Leo. Leo shakes Caroline's hand and tells her,
"Samantha bought me an ice-cream." Caroline then asks
Samantha if she can speak to her alone for a minute. Samantha
suggests to Leo that he wait on the verandah, and Leo smiles that
he's got to feed the snails! He walks off. Samantha then asks
her mother what's wrong. Caroline explains, "I popped over
to see Roger unexpectedly - I was missing him - and when I got
there, there was a man and his daughter in the apartment. Apparently,
Roger had been having an affair with the girl; she was underage
and the man was going to call the police." Samantha sighs
and says, "I'm sorry, mum. I know you're upset, but it's
good that something has happened to make you wake up to him. Caroline
realises, "You knew that he was interested in young
girls?" Samantha admits, "He made a play for me.
He threatened to hurt Leo if I told you, so please don't tell
him that I have. He's not just a creep, mum, he's dangerous.
The best thing you could do is break up with him." Caroline
muses sadly, "He was just stringing me along for the sake
of the business..."
Wayne is pacing the floor of the lounge room at Dural. Alison
is sitting on the couch, and she mutters impatiently that they
should have heard by now. Wayne points out that they
don't know how long the police will question Roger for. Alison
says she just hopes they can pull it off. Wayne retorts that the
guys who smashed up Andy's van put him on to them; as long as
he and Alison pay, the two of them will swear to anything they
want them to. Mary suddenly walks in and, glaring at Alison, snaps,
"Are you still here?" She then walks over to
Wayne and indicates a word in a book she has in her hand. She
asks what it is, and Wayne tells her, "Discover. Dis-co-ver.
Don't forget, break it up and sound it out if you're not sure."
Mary thanks him and goes. Wayne then comments to Alison, "She
doesn't like you, does she?" Alison retorts that it's only
because she won't go along with that nonsense about Mary being
Patricia's daughter. She then sighs, "Why aren't they ringing?
What if it backfires?" Wayne, though, insists that it won't:
Roger will end up in jail where he can't harm anyone. Alison snaps
that they shouldn't have rushed into it. Wayne, though, tells
her that they should just wait and see what happens. He looks
at the 'phone on the bar.
Beryl is preparing vegetables in her kitchen. Spider is with
her and Beryl suggests that he set the table. Spider, though,
says he doesn't know where everything is. Beryl sighs that she'll
set the table. She asks him to put the potatoes in with
the meat and turn the oven up a notch. Spider comments that he
always thought a woman's place was in the kitchen. Beryl
retorts, "I used to think that too - once."
She heads out into the lounge room with a table cloth. The front
door suddenly bangs and Adam and Leigh walk in. Adam tells Beryl
that Leigh said she wouldn't mind an extra guest, and Beryl smiles
that of course she doesn't. Leigh tells Beryl that she's been
crying on Adam's shoulder half the afternoon. Beryl asks, "After
Brett?" Leigh shrugs. Beryl tells her, "I don't
know why; he doesn't deserve it, carrying on
like that with Tracy. If you ask me, that boy's in for one heck
of a fall..."
The late-night poker game is in progress. Four guys - including
Brett - and Tracy are sitting round the table. Judge says to Brett,
"Good thing I'm feeling lucky tonight, up against someone
like you. Hold onto your money, fellas: he was like a magnet this
arvo, the way he was pulling them in." Brett smiles at Tracy
and says they're going to do it again tonight. Tracy
replies, "Course you are. I'm here, aren't I?"
The game gets under way.
Alison is sitting at the bar at Dural, staring at the 'phone.
Wayne is sitting on the couch, looking at the newspaper, and he
calls over to ask Alison what sign of the horoscope she is. Alison,
though, mutters that she doesn't believe in them. Wayne tells
her, "Mine says 'You have made a major error in judgement.
Tomorrow will be unsettled and you'll have problems with health.'"
Alison smiles and tells him, "Virgo." Wayne looks at
it and reads, "Tomorrow is the best day in your astrological
year. Make hay while the sun shines." There's suddenly a
knock on the front door and he puts down the paper goes to answer
it. He finds Roger standing there. Looking shocked, he quickly
tries to push the door shut, but Roger jams his foot in the way.
He then threatens, "Next time you pay someone to do something
for you, make sure they're not open to higher bids. You and Alison
are going to be two very sorry people." He storms into the
A few moments later, Roger tells Alison curtly that he doesn't
know what she's up to. He adds that he can understand Wayne
wanting to get rid of him, but her...? He then asks if
it's anything to do with Patricia. Alison, though, retorts that
she doesn't know what he's talking about; whoever the man was
who set him up has got nothing to do with them. Roger
laughs that that's not what he's saying. He goes on that
it cost him - he had to offer twice as much as Alison and Wayne
were paying - but it stopped him calling the police. He continues,
"He also told me that the two of you were behind it. I believe
him." Alison retorts that she doesn't care. Roger, though,
tells her, "You will - once I get Caroline calmed
down. She managed to walk in on your little effort."
Wayne suddenly says, "If anything happens to us, they'll
know who did it. We'll make sure everyone knows you're after us.
You won't get away with it." Roger glares at him and half-laughs,
half-snaps, "You're even more pathetic when you're scared
that you normally are." Indicating Alison, he adds,
"At least she's got guts." He then
says to her, "You're not scared of me, are
you?" Alison retorts that, if she was, she wouldn't
give him the satisfaction of showing it. Roger laughs,
"I bet you wouldn't." He then warns, "You're
both going to have plenty of time to be scared, though.
Oh, I wouldn't be silly enough to do anything straight away -
but one day, when you're least expecting it..." He breaks
off before warning them, "Nobody does to me what you two
did and gets away with it." Wayne suggests, "Maybe we
just got carried away..." Roger, though, snarls, "You're
a dead man, Wayne." He then looks at Alison and walks out.
Wayne goes to head after him, but Alison tells him not to waste
his time. Wayne insists that they've got to do something.
Alison snaps that of course they do, but talking's
not going to help. She goes on that they've got time - he's not
going to do anything for a while; they have to use the
time to get him before he gets them.
Roger arrives back at the Morrell apartment to find Caroline
standing waiting for him. Looking relieved, he tells her that
he's glad she came back; she misunderstood before. Caroline, though,
growls, "I doubt it. I just wanted to let you know that any
business between us can be dealt with by our solicitors from now
on. I'd also prefer you to find alternative accommodation."
Roger tells her to calm down; it was just a set-up. Caroline,
though, snaps that it's not just that: she's heard other
things about him since she left. She adds, "It's finished,
Roger. Goodbye." She goes to walk out, but Roger grabs her
and tells her, "Don't be stupid, Caroline. We're good
together." Caroline, though, retorts, "You mean we work
well together. You're not interested in me: I'm the wrong
age group. All you're after is my vote so you
can control the company." She then orders him to get his
hands off her. He does so, before demanding, "Who's been
talking to you? Samantha?" Caroline replies too quickly,
"I worked it out for myself." She adds that it has nothing
to do with Samantha - but if he hurts Samantha,
he'll have her to deal with. Roger asks, "So it
was Samantha? She told you about my threat, huh?"
He goes on desperately that she shouldn't listen to Samantha;
she's just trying to break them up. Caroline, though, retorts,
"There is nothing to break up." She adds, "Don't
count on any more support for the business," and she storms
out. Roger sits down on the couch and switches on his cassette
tape. The woman's voice starts saying, "I feel relaxed...
I feel relaxed..." Roger snaps it off again, looking annoyed.
Spider is sitting with Adam and Leigh in the lounge room at Beryl's,
and he comments that Beryl is taking a long time getting ready!
There's suddenly a knock at the front door, and Beryl, emerging
from her bedroom, calls that she'll get it. She checks her appearance
in the hall mirror and then opens the door. Rod is standing there,
and she invites him in. Rod, though, bends down and picks up a
bucket, telling her, "Fish." Beryl looks in surprise
at the pail-full of fresh fish and Rod explains that he caught
them; there's a good dozen there. He adds, "You look really,
really nice, Beryl." Beryl thanks him and smiles, "You
too." Rod goes on, "They're not gutted - the fish: I'm
afraid I didn't have time to gut them." With that, he heads
into the lounge room, leaving Beryl looking bemused.
At the poker game, Judge reveals his cards, and the other guys
at the table all fold and throw theirs down. He then starts gathering
up the pile of money in front of him, commenting as he does so,
"Not your night, Brett." Tracy tells Judge not to get
too smart; Brett will win it back. Brett points out glumly that
he hasn't got much money left. Tracy, though, tells him that he
can't give up now. She asks Judge for some credit. Brett starts
to protest, but Tracy asks him how else he's going to
get his money back. Judge asks the other guys what they think.
One of them mutters, "Alright." Another one tells him,
"That's up to you, isn't it. You're the one with the most
to lose." Judge stares at Brett and then says, "OK,
mate. I wouldn't do it for anyone else, but I like playing with
you. You're good. Let's go." Brett smiles at Tracy.
Mary runs downstairs at Dural and joins Wayne in the hallway.
She has a package under her arm. Wayne asks her where she's going,
and she replies, "Out." Wayne asks, "Where
out?" Mary replies, "Just to see someone." Wayne
asks her what's in the package, but Mary tells him, "You
know, or you wouldn't be asking." Wayne tells her, "Patricia's
not your mother, Mary. Showing her photo around's not going to
do any good." Mary retorts that it's a free country. She
then hears a car outside and comments that it'll be her cab. Wayne
asks her who she's taking the photo to. Mary replies, "Mr.
Carlyle." A look of horror appears on Wayne's face, and he
warns her, "The man's a nut. He wanted to kill
her." Mary retorts, "I know. He told me. But not anymore."
She adds, "You can't blame him, when he thought she killed
his son - but he knows now she didn't." With that, she dashes
out, leaving Wayne looking worried.
At Beryl's, Beryl is in the kitchen, calling to her guests that
she'll serve up; it should be just about ready by-- She goes to
open the oven, but suddenly notices that it isn't switched on.
Looking exasperated, she calls to Spider, "Have you been
fiddling with the stove?" Spider joins her and replies, "No
- not since you told me to turn it off." Beryl sighs, "I
didn't tell you to turn it off. I said turn
it up a notch." She then calls to everyone that
she's sorry; dinner will be another hour. The guests walk into
the kitchen and Leigh exclaims that she's starving. Rod laughs
at Spider that he needs his ears syringed. Spider points out to
Beryl that he told her a man's place isn't in the kitchen!
Rod asks if it wouldn't be quicker if he whipped those fish up
in a frying pan. Beryl says she doesn't mind, adding that she's
starving, too. Rod asks everyone to head back to the lounge room
except Beryl and him. Spider says he'd better stay, as he's the
one that caused the trouble. Rod, though, tells him that too many
cooks... He gives Spider a nudge back into the lounge room, where
he comments to Leigh and Adam that Beryl does mumble at times.
In the kitchen, Rod asks Beryl if she minds him taking
over like this. Beryl assures him that it's fine and she asks
him what he needs. He asks for a frying pan, oil and a newspaper,
explaining that he'll have to gut them first. He smiles at Beryl
and she asks, "What?" Rod laughs, "You know, they
say that when a woman lets you use her kitchen, that's one of
the biggest compliments she can pay you. That's what my wife used
to say, anyway." Beryl suggests that maybe she was right.
Rod points out, "You wouldn't have thought it after last
night, though." Beryl muses, "We all make mistakes."
Rod smiles, "Only once, though."
At the Morrell apartment, Roger is holding the package from Mary
and he rips it open to reveal the photo of 'Patricia'. Mary asks
him if it'll help him find her. Roger smiles, "Of course
it will." Mary goes on, "Wayne says you'll hurt her
if you do. You wouldn't, would you?" Roger looks
at her earnestly and replies, "What a silly suggestion. Do
you really think I'm the type that would hurt anyone?"
Mary shakes her head. Roger turns away from her, so that she can't
see him glaring at the photo of 'Patricia' intently...