Wayne drops a couple of ice cubes into a glass of scotch on the
bar at Dural. He suddenly hears a noise at the front door and
dashes out into the hallway. Mary is just coming in, and she comments
to Wayne that she didn't think he'd still be up. Wayne retorts
that he wanted to see if she was alright. Mary mutters that of
course she's alright. She heads into the lounge room.
Wayne follows her and asks her if she showed Roger the photo.
Mary admits, "Yeah." Wayne growls that he bets Roger
couldn't believe his luck. Mary snaps in reply that he's
the only chance she has of finding Patricia. Wayne tells
her curtly that the man is ruthless and two-faced; what's it going
to take to make her see that? Mary, though, cries that
no one else wanted to help her, so what was she supposed
to do? Wayne, calming down, puts his hand round her and sighs
that it's done now; they'll just have to wait and see what happens.
At Beryl's, Rod is screwing a light switch into the wall in the
lounge room. At the front door, Beryl is letting Charlie in, and
Charlie smiles, "Rod, darling, you're here!"
Beryl explains tersely that they were discussing dimmer switches
last night, and she thought she'd like some. Rod smiles, "Beryl's
wish is my command!" Charlie laughs, "Quite rightly
so!" She then asks Beryl how Leigh is. Beryl replies
that she's still a bit down; she's spending some time with Adam
and he's doing his best to cheer her up - which is a change after
Brett. Charlie, looking serious, tells Beryl that it's Brett she
came to talk to her about. She asks Beryl if she knows if anything
is worrying him. Beryl points out, "He is going
out with Tracy Kingsford..." There's suddenly a knock at
the front door and Leigh goes to get it. Charlie asks Beryl if
she knows if Tracy has got Brett into some kind of trouble, as
he asked her for a loan this morning; quite a lot, too. Beryl
raises her eyebrows in surprise. The visitor at the door is Adam,
and Charlie gives him a hug and exclaims that it's a lovely surprise!
Adam explains that he called round to see if Leigh wanted to go
out; he's got the day rostered off. Charlie asks the two of them
if they'd like to come over to David's for lunch. Leigh looks
at Adam and says she doesn't mind. Adam nods at Charlie
and smiles, "Sure!" Charlie then says she must rush,
as Isabella has an appointment with the v-e-t; she has to have
a n-e-d-d-l-e, so she can't be late! She goes, leaving Adam to
ask Beryl, "What's a neddle?!"
Brett is working in the grounds at the country house when someone
rocks up and stands up front of him. It's Judge. Brett glares
at him and asks him what he wants. Judge replies, "I've been
talking to Trace; she tells me you're a bit worried about being
able to settle up." Brett retorts that he didn't say
that; he just said it's going to take a bit of time -
maybe a couple of weeks. Judge assures him that he's not there
to hassle him; he's there to help: he's offering Brett
a chance to square-up. Brett asks suspiciously, "How?"
Judge replies, "Another game." Brett, though, snaps,
"You must think I'm stupid." Judge glares at
him and says tersely, "Hey, I'm trying to do you a favour.
I hope you're not thinking about throwing it back in my face.
I'd be inclined to take it personal if you did..."
A while later, a car pulls up outside the country house. Charlie
is the driver. Spider suddenly walks over to her and opens the
door for her. Looking surprised, Charlie asks him what he's doing
there, and he explains that he's out for his morning constitutional.
Charlie asks him if he's walked all the way from home. Spider
replies, "Well, from the bus stop!" Charlie climbs out
of her car and tells him that she was over at Beryl's earlier,
and Rod was already there. Spider smiles, "Good lad!"
Charlie goes on that she wouldn't want to spread any gossip, but
they did look rather pally! They start heading towards the house,
and Charlie asks Spider if he's coming in for a cup of tea. Spider
tells her, "Not until I've had a chat with Brett - that's
what I'm out here for. You know, I think it's terrible
the way he's treating Leigh." Charlie warns Spider, "There's
already something bothering him, so don't upset him too
much." Spider replies, "No more than necessary, Charlie.
No more than necessary." Elsewhere in the grounds, Judge
is saying to Brett, "Let me put it another way, Brett: if
you want to be unfriendly, so can I. I can insist you settle up
by the end of the week." Brett retorts that he can't get
the money that quick. Judge suggests to him curtly that it looks
like he'll have to play, then. Brett asks, "Why are you so
keen for this game?" Judge smiles, "I'm a good sport;
it's in my nature." Brett suggests, "Or else you know
you're going to win." Judge takes a step forward
and says menacingly, "I don't think I like what you're suggesting,
Brett." Brett retorts, "I haven't suggested anything
yet." Judge pokes a finger against Brett's chest and mutters,
"That's not what I'm hearing." A few yards
away, Charlie and Spider come into view of Brett and Judge and
Charlie exclaims, "Goodness, what's happening?" They
start approaching the two men. Judge is warning Brett, "No
one calls me a cheat." Brett retorts, "It's funny, though,
isn't it? I only won the first game. Just enough to get me hooked."
Judge demands, "Are you saying I'm a cheat? Is that what
you're saying? Just tell me before I knock your block off."
Spider and Charlie walk up to them and Spider says, "Hey,
hey, hey, what's going on?" Judge turns to him and warns,
"You stay out of it, grandpa. We're discussing business."
Charlie turns to Brett and asks, "Is he a friend of yours?"
Brett growls, "Not likely." Charlie turns to
Judge and says, "Then I'd like you to leave." Judge
retorts, "When I'm ready." Spider warns him, "You
take notice of what Mrs. Bartlett says, young fella." Judge
laughs, "Or what? Going to stick Fido on me?!" He indicates
Isabella. Charlie smiles, "No. I'll call my son." Judge
laughs, "Got his own private army, has he?" Charlie
tells him, "You could say that: he's a policeman."
Judge snaps, "Pull the other one." Charlie, though,
tells him, "If you want to stay and find out, you're more
than welcome, but he takes a very dim view of thugs trespassing
on his mother's property." Judge glares at her and then turns
back to Brett and says quietly, "Doesn't change things, mate.
You turn up this arvo or else." He walks off, leaving Brett
Fiona is sitting at the table in the living room at her apartment.
Irene emerges from Hung's bedroom and tells Fiona that there's
nothing wrong with him that she can find. Fiona explains
that he's been complaining of a tummy upset ever since yesterday
morning. Irene muses, "Yeah, ever since you suggested taking
him to the Immigration Department..." She then asks Fiona
if she's found out anything about Hung's uncle. Fiona replies,
"Well, I decided to look at Nguyen in the 'phone book. It
seems like it's the Vietnamese version of Smith: there are columns
of them! It would take forever to try and find out if
any of them were related to Hung." Irene asks her
what she's going to do, then. Fiona sighs, "I don't know."
Irene suggests to her that she should get Andy to start 'phoning
around; he's got some spare time on his hands - it seems there's
a slump in the world of portable discos! Fiona, though, explains
that Andy left this morning for Woombai: he thought there might
be something going on the property. Irene comments, "Oh dear.
Just looks as if you'll have to warm up the old dialling finger!"
In the grounds of the country house, Brett is saying to Charlie
and Spider, "So you see? Now they're trying to set me up
so I can lose another bundle." Spider tells him
curtly that it's what he gets for messing around with that Tracy
girl. Charlie says she'll 'phone Adam. Brett, though, asks her
not to, pointing out that he couldn't do much; he
still owes them. Charlie hesitates and then offers, "I'll
lend you the money. But you should have told me this
morning why you wanted it." Brett says, "Thanks. That'd
solve so many--" Spider, though, interrupts him and says,
"Wait a minute, wait a minute, blondie, hang on. Let's think
about this. We don't want to throw away $350 if we don't have
to." Brett tells him, "I think we have to,
Spider." Spider, though, retorts that he doesn't.
Charlie asks what the alternative is. Spider replies, "Beat
them at their own game; that's the alternative."
Samantha is walking along the street towards the boarding house
when she suddenly spots Roger sitting in his car, waiting for
her. She starts speeding up, but Roger quickly climbs out of his
car and orders her to wait. She stops in her tracks and snaps,
"What do you want?" Roger tells her, "You
broke our agreement. Remember? No tales to mama about what a dreadful
man I am?" Samantha retorts that she didn't have to say anything;
Caroline saw him with that girl. Roger growls, "That was
a set-up - which everybody knows about and which wouldn't have
made any difference if you'd kept your mouth shut." Indicating
Leo, who's working nearby, he goes on, "You think
about it while your friend over there's in jail." Samantha
snaps that Leo had nothing to do with it. Roger, though,
reminds her, "I made it perfectly clear what would happen
if you broke your word, but you were stupid enough not to believe
me. Now you'll just have to explain it to him."
Samantha looks across at Leo, who's standing looking worried.
Chris suddenly pulls up in his car, behind Roger's. Roger warns
Samantha, "It won't happen immediately - I've got some other
people to take care of first - but I'll deal with him soon enough."
He then says, "Good morning," to the approaching Chris
and heads back to his car. Chris asks Samantha, "Everything
Fiona opens the front door of her apartment to let Irene out
and thanks her for looking in on Hung. Irene tells her to keep
him warm and rested in case he is coming down with a
cold or something. Fiona thanks her and Irene heads outside -
to find Roy Keane standing there. He tells her that he was looking
for her at the surgery, but it's not open. Irene glances at Fiona
and then says, "No, it's not. Well spotted, Mr. Keane."
Keane explains that he's feeling a bit crook. Irene asks impatiently
what it is this time. Keane tells her that it's hard
to describe, actually: he's been having trouble sleeping... his
heart keeps skipping... and he feels really worn out. Fiona comes
and stands behind Irene and says quietly, "Sounds like love
to me!" Irene tells Keane that if it is anything,
it's probably just a virus, and there's not much she can do about
that. Keane tells her that he knows he's been a bit of a nuisance
over the last few weeks, but this is fair dinkum; it's really
got him worried. Irene apologises, saying she can't see him now
as she's late for her rounds, but if he's still feeling off this
afternoon, he can come round during surgery hours and she'll see
if she can fit him in. Keane says, "Thanks, doctor. I really
am crook, you know?" He walks off. Irene turns to Fiona and
says, "I hate snapping at him, but he's been chasing me up
with one non-existent complaint after another. I'm just not in
the mood to humour him any more."
Outside, Leo is cutting the grass with a pair of shears. Chris
and Samantha are standing a few yards away, and Chris comments
that it's good to see Leo looking after a garden again. Samantha
tells him, "He's worried about Roger." She calls across
to Leo and says, "It's alright. There won't be any trouble.
He's gone now." Changing the subject, Chris asks Samantha,
"What's happening with the kid? Fiona's little Asian friend?
I thought they would have farmed him out to his relatives by now.
I'm getting tired of having to avoid the two of them." Samantha
asks him why he should have to. Chris retorts that it seems the
easiest way round the problem. Samantha snaps, "Growing up
getting a bit hard for you, is it?" Roy Keane suddenly staggers
down the driveway, past them, clutching his stomach. He grabs
hold of the gatepost, and stands there, leaning against it. Irene
follows him down the driveway and says a cheery, "Hello!"
to Chris. Chris indicates Keane and asks, "What's the matter
with him?" Irene looks across at Keane, just as
he collapses onto the ground." Looking horrified, she runs
over to him and lifts up his head, then turns to Samantha and
says, "You'd better call an ambulance. This time, he's not
A tough-looking man is sitting in the Morrell apartment. Roger
is standing at the bar, pouring some drinks, as he tells the man,
"I found out last night that Patricia had had extensive plastic
surgery. Her appearance is completely remodelled." The man
asks in an American accent if Roger is saying that no one knows
what she looks like anymore. Going and sitting down, Roger explains
that he saw a photograph which is supposed to be her,
but he's got no real proof. The American says, "My man in
Rio's got to have a copy of that - if you want
him to find her..." Roger assures him, "Don't
worry, he'll get it." He then asks the American if he managed
to come up with anything on Alison Carr. The American replies,
"She's a weird one, Mr. Carlyle. Real mystery woman. It's
as if she appeared out of thin air - and not until Mrs. Palmer
went missing, too, so I really don't see how they could have been
such good buddies." Roger asks, "Whereabouts did she
appear?" The American tells him, "The Santos clinic
- but there's no record of her going in. She just walked out into
the world." Roger sits there, looking thoughtful, and then
muses, "Patricia goes in, apparently dies, and Alison walks
out. " The American agrees, "That's about the size of
Roy Keane is lying on a stretcher in the driveway outside the
boarding house. Two ambulancemen lift him up and place him in
the ambulance parked at the bottom of the drive. Irene tells them
that she'll come and check on him as soon as she's free. As the
ambulancemen close the ambulance door, Irene turns to Fiona -
who's standing there with Samantha, Chris and Leo - and sighs,
"Some doctor I am. A man comes to me on the point
of collapse and I tell him to go away." Fiona points out
that he cried wolf just once too often. Irene nods, but goes on
that, if she'd taken the time to look, she would have realised.
Fiona asks what's wrong with him. Irene replies that it could
be one of three or four things. She adds, "One thing I do
know: when he came to see me this morning, I should have examined
him. It wouldn't have taken me long to realise he was genuine
Rod is packing away his tools at Beryl's. Beryl is just letting
Spider in at the front door, and the two men exchange greetings.
Spider then asks where Adam and Leigh are, and Beryl replies that
they've gone out to have lunch with Charlie. She heads off to
the kitchen to make some tea, leaving Spider to tell Rod quietly,
"I need your help." Rod asks what's up, and Spider tells
him, "Young Brett's in a spot of bother. He got into gambling
debt and now he's being heavied. You and I have got to help him
out." Rod laughs, "Just a minute, Spider!" Spider,
though, points out, "You owe me a favour, remember? I introduced
you to Beryl." Rod smiles, "Yes, I remember!" He
then asks why all the secrecy. Spider tells him that, if Beryl
knows, she'll go to the police, and they don't want that.
In the warehouse where the poker games were played, Tracy approaches
Judge and says, "I wouldn't go to too much trouble.
I wouldn't mind betting the little wimp parks it." Judge,
though, assures her, "He'll be here. I had a word with him
this morning: spelt out his options." Tracy smiles nastily,
"Good. Leigh's lost her boyfriend and Beryl's favourite nephew
will be in debt up to his ears. I spent three months inside because
of those two. It's compensation..."
The 'phone rings at Charlie's and Alison answers it. Roger comes
on and says, "I've got some news I thought you might be interested
in." Alison doesn't respond, and he goes on, "I received
some information about Patricia Palmer. Since you're such a great
friend of hers, it occurred to me you might like to hear it."
Alison quickly says, "Yes. Go on." Roger, though, tells
her, "It's not something I want to talk about on the 'phone.
You never know who might be listening. I suggest you come over
here." Alison asks, "How do I know if it's
worth the trip?" Roger just says, "I'll expect you in
an hour," and he hangs up. Alison looks at the 'phone, nervously.
Brett and Spider are both approaching the table in the warehouse,
where Judge is sitting waiting. He growls at Brett that no one
said anything about bringing friends. Spider smiles that Brett
said there was a bit of a game on, and he used to be a dab hand
at the old poker and a bit of pontoon. Judge asks him in surprise,
"Are you saying you want a game?" Spider nods, "Yes,
if you've got no objections." Judge warns him, "We don't
play for matchsticks. Hope you can afford to cover your losses."
Spider assures him, "I've got a little nest-egg, in case
I lose." Picking up the deck of cards in front of him, Judge
starts shuffling them and he suggests, "Kick off with poker,
shall we?" Tracy places her hand on Brett's arm and tells
him, "Got my fingers crossed for a winning streak."
Brett muses, "You and me both." Spider opens a fresh
box of cards and says to Judge, "Don't mind if we use a new
pack, do you? I mean, the old ones I find sticky and hard to hold."
Judge reluctantly puts his own cards to one side, but takes the
new cards and says, "All the same, mate."
Wayne is at Charlie's, demanding from Alison, "What's the
great mystery you couldn't just tell me over the 'phone?"
Alison explains, "Roger wants me to go and see him. He says
he has some new information about Patricia, but we have to go
over there to find out what it is." Wayne, looking surprised,
says, "We? He wants me as well?" Alison retorts,
"He didn't say so, but you have to come with me." Wayne,
though, retorts that he's keeping well away from Roger, and if
Alison had any sense, she'd do the same. Alison insists, "I
have to find out what he knows." Wayne shrugs, "Go ahead.
Me, I want to stay alive." Alison cries, "Wayne, I need
your help." Wayne, though, retorts, "It's a set-up.
He's out to get us. You know it and I know it."
He adds, "I don't owe you anything anyway; my only concern
was keeping Mary safe. What you do is your problem."
With that, he walks out. Alison immediately dashes over to the
'phone and dials a number. STD pips sound and Charlie answers.
Alison says quickly, "Charlie, it's Alison. Look, I know
it's asking a lot, but could you come back to Sydney? I'm in trouble.
I'm scared to death and I need your help."
In the warehouse, Spider pulls a bundle of money towards him.
Judge glares at him and snaps, "I thought you said you hadn't
played for years." Spider retorts, "I haven't.
It's just coming back to me." Judge snarls, "I reckon
you're cheating." Spider, though, tells him, "I don't
cheat, mate." Turning to Brett, he adds, "But I know
why you haven't been having any luck." He indicates
Tracy and explains that she's standing behind him, signalling
Judge all his cards. Brett turns and glares at Tracy. Judge snaps
at Spider, "I don't have to listen to that from you."
Spider, though, mutters, "Oh, shut up and deal, will you?"
He then starts whistling. Unknown to Judge or Tracy, Rod and another
man are standing outside the warehouse, and Rod turns to the man
and indicates for them to head inside. Both of them are wearing
overalls, and as Judge spots them, Rod says cheerily, "Afternoon,
fellas. Don't worry about us; we're just here to check up on a
wiring job. Didn't know there was a game on, though." He
adds, "Anyway, don't let us hold you up." Spider,
though, says to him, "No, you're just in time: there's been
a bit of ill-feeling going on - people accusing other people of
being cheats." He then 'suggests' to Rod and his mate that
they act as umpires for the next round. Rod muses, "I don't
know about that." He asks his mate what he thinks,
and he replies, "OK by me." Spider smiles.
He then suggests to Brett that he stay out of this one. Turning
to Judge, he goes on that he thinks they should play a little
hand of pontoon. Judge growls, "I suppose you haven't played
that for years, either." Spider smiles that he hasn't,
as a matter of fact - but it's a bit like riding a bike: you never
forget. He goes on, "This is how it's going to be: we'll
play three rounds. You win, you get the $200 that Brett owes you
within the week; I'll guarantee it. If you lose, then the whole
bet's wiped off." Judge starts to protest, "Now wait
a minute--" Rod, though, interrupts and comments that it
sounds fair enough to him. Spider asks Judge, "Fair
enough? Deal?" Judge retorts that he doesn't have to play
just because Spider has got two apes there. Spider stares at him
and accuses, "You're just gutless." Judge glares back
at him and says, "OK - but let's not mess around with any
of this best-of-free. I'll give you a hand of pontoon for double
what he owes or nothing. Take it or leave it." Spider nods,
"OK." He looks at Tracy and suggests that she go and
stand with the two umpires. Tracy does so. Spider then tells Judge,
"Deal." He does so and Spider looks at his cards to
reveal the four of diamonds and the six of hearts. He asks for
another card. Judge deals the king of diamonds and Spider smiles,
"Huh! Do very nicely, thankyou." Judge turns his own
cards face up to reveal the king of hearts and the two of clubs.
He takes another card off the pack: it's the four of diamonds.
Staring at the total of 16, Tracy cries, "Oh, you can't sit
on that." Judge puts his hand to his forehead, thoughtfully.
Spider asks him what he's going to do. Judge looks at him and
then leans forward and deals himself another card. It's the five
of hearts! Tracy smiles, "Huh!" Judge stares at Spider
and asks, "What you got, pop?" Spider reveals
his cards and sighs, "Twenty." Judge smiles, "Bad
luck." Brett chips in and snaps, "I'm not paying you.
You and Tracy have been setting me up ever since we started."
Judge retorts, "Prove it." He then adds, "Anyway,
it doesn't matter. Grandpa, here, made a deal, and you can't get
out of that." Rod chips in, "It's a deal, mate.
Nobody's been cheating since I've been here." Judge
looks at Brett and tells him, "I'll see you with the $400
before the end of the week. Sucker." With that, he and Tracy
head off. Spider murmurs to Brett, "Sorry, lad. I did my
Roger is pouring two glasses of cognac on the bar at the Morrell
apartment. Alison is standing behind him, and he smiles that he
was beginning to think she wasn't coming. Alison demands, "What's
the information you have?" Roger, though, hands her her drink
and replies, "All in good time." Alison takes the glass
from him but then insists, "What about Patricia?" Roger
replies, "What indeed? A woman of brave cunning." He
then explains, "I've had a detective in Rio looking into
things for me. It's been very interesting. For instance, Patricia
- or Margaret Stone, if you like - managed to disappear without
a trace. Quite remarkable. And then, almost immediately, in the
same city, you appeared. I find that a most extraordinary
coincidence." Alison, putting her glass down on the table,
says, "I don't know what you're implying." Roger, though,
retorts, "Yes you do. Patricia had extensive plastic surgery;
she returned to Australia under a different name, confident I'd
never find her. But I have, haven't I - Patricia."
Alison glares at him and snaps, "That's absurd. And who on
earth do you think would ever believe you?" Roger tells her,
"Yes, I admit it was a bit of a problem." He then picks
up her glass gently and adds, "But it'll be interesting to
see what the police make of these fingerprints. Don't you think?"
Alison stares at him, looking fearful.