Alison is pacing the floor in the lounge room at Charlie's, as
Charlie sits on the couch. Alison says, "It has to be done
without involving either of us." Charlie comments that she
can't see why Alison is so intent on having Caroline arrested:
if she did murder Roger, she's done Alison a favour.
Alison muses that she doesn't think there's much 'if' about it.
She goes on that all they have to do is figure out a way to convince
the police without putting their necks on the line. Charlie
reminds Alison that she seems to be forgetting that she's the
one with the best motive. Alison glares at her and snaps, "You
still think I killed him, don't you." Charlie sighs,
"I know you didn't kill him. It's just that you've
been very quick to blame others." She then asks Alison if
she can't forget about Caroline for a while. Alison agrees,
"Alright. I'll try and get more evidence." She then
suggests, "You could talk to her - find out what
she knows." Charlie asks in exasperation how she's supposed
to find out if Caroline knows anything. Alison tells
her, "Invite her to lunch. Have a chat. I'm sure we can uncover
Samantha is standing outside the front door of Fiona's flat at
the boarding house. Fiona comes round the corner of the corridor
and Samantha asks, "No luck?" Fiona shrugs and asks,
"What about you?" Samantha replies, "Sorry."
Fiona opens the door to her flat and the two of them head inside.
They sit down, and Samantha comments that they can't exactly call
the police, can they? Fiona replies that she'd rather not - not
until it's absolutely necessary. Samantha asks if Irene
has seen him. Fiona, though, replies that the first Irene knew
of any of it was when she asked to borrow the car.
Samantha asks if Hung talked to anyone at the boarding house or
said goodbye to any of the guests. Fiona laughs bitterly, "I
can't imagine who." She then suddenly looks at Samantha,
inspiration etched on her face, and she exclaims, "Hey, wait
a minute! Leo! Those two were getting very chummy." She asks
Samantha if Leo was out in the garden when she came in. Samantha
replies that he wasn't, but he could be working out the back.
Standing up, Fiona says, "Come on, let's go. I have a feeling
that if we find Leo, we're going to find Hung."
Charlie is standing in the lounge room at Caroline's town house.
Caroline calls out from another room, "What time did you
book for?" Charlie, though, calls back, "I didn't."
There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Caroline emerges
from her room to answer it. She finds a young man standing there,
and he asks, "Mrs. Morrell?" Caroline confirms that
she is. The man goes on, "Diamond Carpet Cleaning. Sorry
to get you at home, but there was no 'phone number on the invoice."
Caroline looks at him blankly and he adds, "We're doing your
unit in North Sydney." Caroline asks if there's any problem.
The guy explains, "It's that stain on the rug. We're not
sure the steam will get it out, so we'd like to take it into the
factory and get it done there." Charlie chips in and comments,
"That's the trouble with blood: it can be so difficult to
get out." The guy laughs, "Especially when there's a
lot of it. I bet it didn't come from a shaving cut!"
Caroline just glares at him and snaps, "Is that all?"
The guy replies, "Yes." Caroline retorts, "Well,
you can take the rug wherever you want to, as long as it's clean."
The guy accepts this and goes. Caroline shuts the door. She then
says to Charlie suspiciously, "How did you know it was a
blood stain?" Charlie quickly blusters, "I'm sure you
must have told me." She then continues, "I wonder where
it came from. You don't think we should ring Roger to make sure
everything's alright?" Caroline, though, retorts, "If
anything's happened to Roger, his buddy, Keith Lang, can look
after him. Anyway, I couldn't care less: he can bleed to death,
as far as I'm concerned." She then asks if they
should go. Charlie, though, says she'll just powder her nose.
She heads off to the bathroom, leaving Caroline looking exasperated.
Fiona and Samantha are in the back garden at the boarding house,
calling for Leo and Hung, but there's no response. Fiona sighs
that surely somebody must have seen Hung go. Samantha,
though, points out that he could have left hours ago - and he'd
have gone out the front way, too, so Leo wouldn't have even seen
him. Fiona sighs that she guesses Samantha could be right. Samantha
asks what they do now. Fiona replies that there's very little
they can do - except she could go to the Immigration
Department and tell them the whole story, and if that means involving
the police... Samantha suggests, "It mightn't." Fiona,
though, says she can't see how it couldn't. She then
sighs heavily and says, "If only he'd let me help him..."
The two women go to head back inside.
Charlie emerges from the bathroom at Caroline's and Caroline
comments to her that she hopes she's ready now. There's suddenly
another knock at the front door and Caroline answers it to find
Keith Lang standing there. He walks in and explains that he was
wondering if Mr. Carlyle was there. Caroline asks, "Who?"
Lang repeats, "Mr. Carlyle." Caroline repeats, "Who?"
Lang sighs, "Oh please, Mrs. Morrell. You sure you don't
know where he is?" Caroline retorts that she has no idea.
Lang goes on, "We had his belongings moved to his new address
and he said he was coming back to your apartment to return the
key. I haven't heard from him since." Caroline tells him,
"I haven't seen him since yesterday, either." Lang starts
to say, "He had some very important meetings this morning.
I know he wouldn't have missed them--" Caroline interrupts
him, though, and retorts, "Your concern is admirable, Mr.
Lang, but I can't help you - and I have no desire to." Lang
glares at her and tells her, "If you won't, I'm
sure the police will. You wouldn't object if I gave them
a call?" Caroline indicates the 'phone and says, "Be
my guest." She adds sarcastically, "Who wants lunch
anyway...?" Charlie looks at her thoughtfully.
Sometime later, Charlie is back at her own house, telling Alison,
"I thought she'd die when Keith Lang said he was
going to call the police, but she didn't bat an eyelid."
Alison, looking thoughtful, muses that either she's innocent or
she's a very cool lady. She then asks what happened when the police
got there. Charlie, though, retorts that she didn't wait
to find out; she said her goodbyes before Lang finished dialling.
Alison mutters that she should have found out as much as she could
when she had the chance. Charlie, though, retorts that as far
as she's concerned, she knows nothing and she's staying
right out of it. Alison comments sourly, "I hope our trusty
police force aren't as efficient as they were when Luke Carlyle
was murdered. I got blamed for that one and I'm damned
if I'm going to let it happen again."
Wayne is standing by the bar at Dural, the 'phone to his ear,
saying, "Why can't you tell me over the 'phone?" He
listens to the response and then sighs, "OK... fine, alright,
see you this afternoon." He hangs up as Mary comes into the
room and sits down. He tells her that his dad and Barbara are
coming back to Sydney today: there's something wrong, but they
didn't say what. Sitting down next to her, he then comments that
she's been pretty quiet lately, and he asks if she has something
on her mind. He adds, "Is it Roger?" Mary just stares
at him and he continues, "If you're still worried about showing
your photograph to him, don't be. Alison wasn't terribly upset
and she's probably right: Patricia's pretty safe in Rio."
Mary smiles, "Thanks. I think so too, now." Wayne asks
how her she means and Mary explains, "You and Alison. You've
been so kind to me even after I gave Roger the photo. I know who
my real friends are." Wayne smiles, "Good!"
Leo is standing in the back garden at the boarding house, looking
up at the building carefully. When he's sure no one's watching,
he walks over to a patch of ground and stabs a fork into it. He
starts digging, pausing only once with a thoughtful look on his
In Fiona's flat, Samantha hands Fiona a mug of tea and sits down
next to her on the couch. Fiona then says, "I told them everything:
meeting him on the 'plane... the car park... They had to inform
the federal police." Samantha asks what happens when they
find him, and Fiona replies that they put him a detention centre.
Samantha murmurs that it seems a bit rough. Fiona goes on that
she doesn't know what happens after that: Singapore doesn't
want him and he certainly can't stay in Australia once his visa's
expired. Samantha asks Fiona if she couldn't promise
to look after him. Fiona, though, shakes her head and says, "The
only thing I can do for him now is to go to the media and try
and attract enough attention to the boy's case to change whoever's
mind I have to change. The Minister's, I guess."
The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Fiona gets up and answers
it. Caroline comes on and asks if Samantha's there. Fiona hands
the 'phone to Samantha, who says, "Hi, mum." Caroline
immediately says, "Darling, I'm afraid you have to come home."
Samantha asks in concern, "What's wrong?" Caroline,
though, hesitates before saying, "I'll tell you when you
get here." Samantha says she'll come now. She hangs up and
then tells Fiona that she has to dash. Fiona asks what's wrong,
but Samantha replies that she doesn't know. She heads out, leaving
Fiona looking thoughtful.
At Caroline's town house, a detective is sitting in an armchair,
saying, "So, Mr. Carlyle said that he and Mrs. Morrell had
an argument and she ordered him out of the apartment?" Keith
Lang replies, "That's right. You've got it." The detective
continues, "And there was no other reason for Mr. Carlyle
to be changing residences?" Lang replies, "Not as far
as I know." The detective then asks Caroline if she'd say
that was a fair description of things. Caroline tells him, "As
far as it goes, yes. I was angry with him, but I didn't
have any contact with him since the argument." There's suddenly
a knock on the front door and Caroline answers it. Samantha is
standing on the step and Caroline sighs, "Thank God you're
here." Samantha asks what's going on, and Caroline explains,
"Roger's disappeared. The detectives are asking some questions."
The first detective adds that it's just routine at the moment;
they're trying to trace Mr. Carlyle's movements over the last
couple of days. Samantha asks her mother, "Have you told
them about the blood stain?" Caroline glares at her. The
detective, looking surprised, queries, "The blood stain?"
Caroline quickly says, "Yes, there was a stain on the rug
in the apartment. The cleaners are going to take it to the factory
this morning." The detective demands, "Which
cleaners?" Caroline pauses and then says, "Diamond Cleaning,
I think." The detective asks her if she didn't think it suspicious,
a blood stain on the rug. Caroline replies, "Samantha saw
it and she told me, so it had to be cleaned. Of course
it didn't occur to me there was anything suspicious about it.
I mean, it's ridiculous to suggest I had anything to do with Roger's
disappearance." The detective points out, "The last
time we met, you'd just shot a man. And now another man's
disappeared from the same apartment and there's a blood stain
on a rug. You've got a lot of explaining to do yet, Mrs. Morrell..."
A while later, the detectives and Keith Lang have gone, and Caroline
is insisting to Samantha that she has no idea how that stain got
there. Samantha assures her that there's bound to be a perfectly
simple explanation for it. Caroline asks in exasperation, "Why
should I think that anything had happened to Roger? And now they
suspect me of murder. It's ridiculous; he's only been
missing a day." Samantha puts her arms
round her and soothes, "It's alright." There's silence
for several seconds, and Caroline then sighs, "I'm always
leaning on shoulders, aren't I? Whenever something goes wrong,
I always run off to someone for help. It's something that I always
hated about myself. I used to do it to Stephen all the time. Sometimes,
I don't blame him for getting sick of me. Even when Amanda...;
I ran to him then, too." Samantha points out, "You needed
support. So did I. That's nothing to be ashamed of." Caroline,
though, goes on, "I've never been able to face anything by
myself. I never have. Oh, I've made half-hearted attempts
at independence, and then a Mark Bradley comes along or... Ron...
or Roger..." Samantha smiles at her, lovingly, and says,
"Hey... look, don't worry, that's all that matters. The police
will find out what really happened." Caroline smiles
back and says, "Thanks." Samantha then says she has
to go, as she has afternoon surgery, and she heads out. Caroline
sits down, looking thoughtful.
The two detectives are standing in the lounge room at Dural,
with Mary. Wayne is out in the hallway, and he escorts Charlie
and Alison into the lounge room. The first detective thanks him.
Alison demands, "What's this all about?" The detective
indicates to her and Charlie to sit down and they do so. Mary
asks him if she can go, and he tells her that they'll be in touch
if they've got any further questions. Alison demands, "What
questions? What's going on?" The detective tells her, "Roger
Carlyle's disappeared." Alison asks bluntly, "Yes?"
The detective goes on, "And we were wondering if any of his
business associates - either yourself or Mr. Hamilton - could
shed any light on his whereabouts." He sits down as Alison
tells him, "Sorry. I have no idea." The detective muses,
"No. Mr. Hamilton hasn't, either." Alison asks, "When
did he disappear?" The detective replies, "Yesterday."
Alison smiles in 'surprise', "Only yesterday?!"
The detective asks her if he had any enemies; anyone who'd want
him out of the way. Alison, though, shrugs, "Nobody I
could think of." The detective looks at Charlie, who says,
"No." Wayne adds, "Nor me." The detective
comments that it's funny: he was led to believe Roger Carlyle
wasn't well-liked in business circles. Wayne retorts, "He
wasn't. But it's one thing to dislike a man and another
to want him out of the way." Alison glances at the detective
and then at Wayne, looking thoughtful.
Leo is sitting on the bottom of the steps at the back of the
boarding house, cleaning his gardening tools in a bucket of water.
Samantha runs down the steps behind him and says a cheery, "Hi,
Leo!" She joins him and tells him that she was looking for
him earlier. She asks him where he got to, and he replies that
he went down to the shop to get something to eat. Samantha asks
him what he had, but Leo tells her, "Nothing. Forgot I didn't
have any money." Samantha laughs and then offers to make
him a sandwich. Leo murmurs that that would be nice. Samantha
then asks him, "Have you seen Hung on your travels?"
Leo mutters, "No." Samantha goes on, "He's run
away." Leo doesn't respond. Samantha, changing tack, asks,
"How does cheese and tomato sound?" Leo smiles, "Great.
Ta." With that, Samantha runs back up the steps and heads
inside. Leo sits there, looking thoughtful.
A few moments later, Fiona opens the front door to her apartment
to find Samantha standing there. Samantha heads inside and Fiona
asks her how her mum is. Samantha replies that she's a bit upset.
She adds that it's to do with Roger, but she'll let Fiona know
later. Fiona accepts this. She then introduces Samantha to a man
sitting on her couch: it's Wal Mackay. Fiona explains that he's
a journalist, who's going to help her with Hung's story. Samantha
shakes his hand and asks him where he's going to start. He tells
her, "Probably with the newspapers - try to get some attention
to the kid's situation." Samantha wishes him luck. She then
tells Fiona that she saw Leo outside, and she asks if she can
make him a sandwich. Fiona smiles, "Of course." She
asks if Leo said whether he'd seen Hung, but Samantha tells her,
"He hasn't." With that, she heads off to the kitchen.
Wal turns to Fiona and asks her if she's got a photo of the boy.
Fiona replies that she's got his passport photo; he left it in
his room. Wal tells her that that will be fine - the article won't
have half the point without a photo. He then adds, "Fiona,
I hope I can pull this off. I still feel bad about the way I was
heavied over those diaries, but it won't happen again. This time,
we'll get some action; believe me."
A short time later, Samantha runs down the steps at the back
of the boarding house and holds out a plate of sandwiches to Leo.
He puts down his tools and holds out his hands, but then appears
reluctant to grab hold of the plate. Samantha looks at him in
surprise and asks if he isn't going to take it, as she thought
he was hungry. Leo replies shiftily, "I am. My hands
are dirty, but. I'll finish here and then go and wash them. I'll
eat it later." He takes the plate reluctantly and Samantha
smiles, "Suit yourself. " She heads back up the steps.
Leo looks at the sandwiches.
Alison opens the front door at Charlie's and Caroline immediately
walks in past her. Alison comments, "Well. Look what the
cat dragged in. I'm surprised the police are letting you run around
free, with Roger Carlyle still missing." Caroline smiles,
"You're very sure of yourself, aren't you?" Alison demands,
"What are you doing here? Business? Or is it a social call?"
Caroline tells her, "A bit of both, actually. You see, I've
got a reasonable suspicion about who it was who might have murdered
Roger." Alison smiles, "Moonlighting as an amateur sleuth,
are we?" Caroline retorts. "Yes. And the person with
the best motive for killing him was you."
A few moments later, Caroline asks Alison if Charlie is inside.
Alison shows her into the lounge room, where Charlie smiles, "Caroline,
how nice of you to pop in!" She adds that she's sorry she
dashed away at lunchtime, but she did think it was a family matter.
Alison tells her, "Caroline has just accused me of killing
Roger." A look of shock crosses Charlie's face, and she exclaims,
"What?" Alison goes on, "As I didn't,
I'd be very interested to know what proof she has." Charlie
asks Caroline if that's what she told the police. Caroline replies,
"No, not yet - but I shouldn't think it'll take them long
to find out." Alison demands, "Find out what?"
Caroline tells her, "You've never been very eager to discuss
your background, have you? I suppose that's why Roger was so interested
in it. And he did discover something; that's what Keith
Lang told me." Alison says lightly, "Really? I wonder
what it was." Caroline suggests, "Obviously enough to
make you want to silence him." Alison, though, retorts, "That's
ridiculous. I'd say you're clutching at straws to save yourself.
If anyone had a real motive, it's you. I'm sure
the police would love to hear about the argument you had the day
before he disappeared." Caroline retorts, "They already
know." Alison goes on, "Oh, I doubt they've heard the
whole sordid story - about how passionately in love with him you
were and how devastated you were to find him involved with--"
Caroline interrupts and snaps, "That's hardly enough reason
for me wanting to kill him." Alison asks lightly,
"Oh, you don't think so? Jealousy. Betrayal. Two of the best
reasons going." Charlie stands up and interjects, "Come
on. Arguing isn't going to get us anywhere." The
'phone suddenly starts ringing and Alison goes to get it. Wayne
comes on and tells her, "The police called. They want you
and Charlie here as soon as possible." Alison asks impatiently,
"Again?" Wayne replies, "Afraid so. They
want to ask some more questions." Alison sighs, "Yes,
alright. I'll be right over." She looks at the 'phone and
At Dural, Mary wanders into the lounge room and asks Wayne what's
up. He replies that the cops are coming back for a second round
of questions. Mary goes and sits down and he adds, "You're
not frightened of them, are you?" Mary tells him,
"No, not really." She pauses before adding, "Well...
maybe..." Wayne points out that they're not after
her. Mary replies that she knows, but it's just that
she's scared that they might think that, because she gave Roger
the photo, that... She breaks off and Wayne asks, "You might
have something to do with it?" He then asks, "Why would
they think that? Don't worry, OK?" Mary smiles and
In Fiona's flat at the boarding house, Wal Mackay is telling
Fiona that, after the press release, they organise a spot on one
of the current affairs programmes and let public opinion carry
it from there - which it will; no one can resist an underdog.
He asks Fiona what she says. She replies that it sounds fine -
but she wants to make sure that if Hung sees the story, he'll
know it's safe to come back. Wal assures her that it'll be there
- and he'll word it so anyone seeing him will handle him with
kid gloves. Fiona thanks him. Changing the subject, Wal says carefully,
"I, er, hear Chris Bainbridge is living here now." Fiona
murmurs, "Yes. Yes, he is." She asks, "What of
it?" Wal replies, "Nothing. I just though that if, er...
I'm probably way off track, but I thought he might have had something
to do with Hung running away." Fiona asks what makes him
think that. Wal points out, "Those diaries had a
devastating effect on him - and the whole thing was based around
Vietnam. Maybe he was after some sort of revenge - either against
you or Hung." Fiona, looking thoughtful, admits that Chris
was very upset when she first brought Hung home - they had a couple
of most unpleasant incidents - but she really thinks that's all
over and done with. Wal explains that he's just saying that he'd
understand if Chris hated the Vietnamese. Fiona replies, "He
certainly doesn't like them, but--" Wal interrupts
her and suggests, "It might be an idea to keep an eye on
him." Fiona murmurs uncertainly, "Yeah..."
At Crossley House, Leo heads to the door of a shed and unlocks
the padlock that's keeping it shut, looking around carefully as
he does so.
In the lounge room at Dural, the two detectives tells Wayne,
Mary, Alison and Charlie that, now that they're all there, he'd
like to take official statements from everyone. Alison points
out impatiently that they've been through it all before. The detective,
though, explains that they recovered the rug from Mr. Carlyle's
apartment: the Forensics went over it this afternoon and the blood
type of the stain does match Roger Carlyle's; the case is now
being treated as a possible homicide. Wayne protests, "We
didn't have anything to do with it." The detective, though,
retorts, "No? Some of the tenants at the apartment block
have identified a woman who called on Mr. Carlyle last night."
Charlie looks at Alison, but the detective says, "You
needn't look so worried, Miss. Carr. I wasn't referring to you."
He turns his head and adds, "Was I, Miss. Reynolds?"
Mary stares at him in shock and murmurs very softly, "I didn't
do it." The detective asks her to speak up and she cries
more loudly, "I didn't kill him." The detective
says, "But you were there, weren't you: at his apartment,
last night?" Mary nods slowly. The detective tells her, "Then
I'm sorry. You'll have to come down to the station for questioning
regarding the murder of Roger Carlyle." She stands up. Charlie
and Alison look at each other in shock.