As Charlie and Alison arrive back at Charlie's, Charlie comments
that poor Mary looked terrified. Alison snaps, "How would
you be if they'd taken you in for questioning?"
Charlie admits that she'd be a mess. Alison mutters that she just
wishes there was something she could do; if Mary hadn't gone to
see Roger again, none of this would have happened. She adds, "It's
all Wayne's fault: he should have kept a closer watch
on her." Looking surprised, Charlie tells her to be fair:
it's impossible to keep tabs on someone 24 hours a day. She then
comments, "Anyway, for someone who's professed no interest
in the girl, you seem to be very concerned..." Alison
snaps, "Of course I am. She is my daughter,
even if she doesn't know it. I just wish I could think
of a way to help." She sighs heavily.
Gordon, Barbara and Andy have arrived back at Dural. In the lounge
room, Gordon is asking Wayne how the police could possibly think
Mary had anything to do with it. Wayne explains that she admitted
she went to see Roger. Barbara asks how long ago the
police were there. Wayne replies that it was about half an hour
ago. Barbara cries that they've got to do something.
Wayne tells her that he's already been on to their solicitor:
he's going to meet him at the police station. Gordon tells Wayne
that he's coming with him, and he hands him his car keys. Barbara
says she's coming too. Gordon, though, tells her that it might
be better if she stays there and rings Fiona and tells her what's
happening with Woombai and the will; she and Irene and Beryl do
have money invested in the property and he'd like them to know
what the facts are. Andy asks if they shouldn't wait and see if
James turns up or not. Gordon, though, retorts bitterly, "Oh,
he'll be here, sooner or later." He then tells Barbara not
to worry about Mary - it's obviously some misunderstanding; they'll
clear it up. He heads out.
That evening, Fiona opens the door to her flat at the boarding
house to find Chris standing outside. She says a curt, "Hello."
He asks if he can come in. Fiona lets him and he acknowledges
Irene sitting on the couch. Fiona then asks Chris sharply, "And
what can I do for you?" Chris explains, "I've
been talking to Samantha. She told me about Hung running away.
She thought you might be feeling a bit down." Fiona admits,
"I'm worried, yes." Chris asks, "Did you turn him
into the Immigration?" Fiona, though, retorts, "Come
on, that's the last thing in the world I'd do. The boy
ran away because he was obviously terrified of something."
Chris suggests, "Probably feeling guilty. Good thing, if
you ask me." Fiona, looking annoyed, asks him how he works
that out. She adds, "I wouldn't be at all surprised
if you had a hand in it. Did you?" Chris
stands there looking sheepish before admitting, "I don't
know. I might have." Fiona asks tersely, "How much is
'might have'?" Chris retorts, "I just told him he was
going to be in trouble when the authorities did find
out." Fiona laughs bitterly, "I can just imagine how
you phrased that. You couldn't help yourself, could you? You and
your stupid prejudice." Chris snaps, "It might be stupid
to you, but my old man's in a mental hospital because of the Vietnamese."
Irene suddenly chips in and tells them that they're not going
to solve anything by arguing. Chris just snaps, "Little Hung
can go to hell, for all I care." With that, he storms out.
Fiona stands there and growls, "That boy is obsessed,
and he's not about to have a change of heart. Sometimes, I wonder
how rehabilitated he is." The 'phone suddenly starts
ringing and she answers it. Barbara comes on and Fiona asks her
how she is and where she's calling from. Barbara replies, "From
Dural - we had to come home. I'm afraid there's a slight problem
about Woombai." Fiona asks, "Why? What's wrong?"
Alison is sitting on the couch at Charlie's. Wayne comes in with
Charlie and Mary, explaining that Mary wanted to drop in there
first and let them know what happened. Everyone sits down and
Alison asks Mary how she is. She replies that she's OK, but she's
pretty sure the police will want to talk to her again when they
find Roger's body. Alison turns to Wayne and snaps, "Why
did you let her go back to the apartment?" Looking astonished,
Wayne asks, "Me?!" Mary, though, explains,
"I went to get the photo of Patricia. I'd been thinking
it over and it was dumb to give it to him. If anything had happened
to her... but he was dead when I got there. I didn't do it. The
door was open and I heard a noise so I just walked in and there
he was. And I thought 'well who made the noise, then?' That's
when I knew the killer was still there somewhere, so I just ran.
I just...; I was real scared and all I could think of was what
happened with my grandparents and the way Mark came after me and
tried to kill me. I wasn't going to take any chances. I didn't
dare say a word to anyone." Alison asks her what time she
went over there. Mary replies that it must have been half-past-ten,
or so; she waited until Wayne went to bed and then sneaked out.
She then cries, "I wish I hadn't given him that photo in
the first place; nothing would have happened."
Wayne tells her gently that there's no point in getting upset
now. Alison comments, "The police believe you, don't they?"
Mary replies, "I think so, but I had to tell them everything
about Patricia and Roger." Alison concludes, "And now
they think Patricia might have killed him?" Mary murmurs,
"Or I did it for her." Wayne suggests to Mary
that it's time they went home. Alison asks Mary if she'll be alright.
She replies that it feels better being able to talk about it.
With that, she and Wayne head out. When they've gone, Alison says
to Charlie, "Do you realise, the only reason Mary's in trouble
is because she cared about me? I could verify her story,
Charlie. I was there before her - just after ten. If I told the
police that, she'd be off the hook." Charlie, though, points
out, "It would also make you number one suspect." Alison
sits there, looking worried.
There's a knock on the front door of Caroline's town house and
Caroline goes to answer it. She finds a young man standing there
and asks if she can help him. The man is Chris, and he asks if
Samantha is in. Caroline replies that she isn't, and she asks
Chris if he's a friend of hers. Chris introduces himself and Caroline
shakes his hand smiling, "She's talked about you a lot. Come
in!" He does so and she invites him to sit down. She offers
him a glass of wine and he replies that he'd love one. He sits
down and asks Caroline if Samantha said whether she'd be long
or not. Caroline, though, tells him that she didn't. She adds
that she thinks Samantha has gone to visit a girlfriend. She asks
if it was important, what he wanted to speak to Samantha about.
Chris, though, explains that he just wanted someone to talk to.
Caroline asks, "Trouble?" Chris murmurs, "Sort
of." Caroline hands him his glass of wine and, sitting down
as well, asks, "Who shall we talk about? You or me?"
Chris tells her, "I don't think you really want to hear about
me." Caroline insists that she'd love to, but Chris
mutters, "No." Caroline goes on, "If it makes you
feel any better, I've had quite a lot of my own problems, too.
I'd be glad not to spend the evening on my own. We can have a
good old grizzle together!"
At Charlie's, Charlie is pointing out to Alison, "They'll
just have to take your fingerprints and they'd know you're Patricia."
Alison snaps, "Oh what does it matter? Now Roger's dead,
I've got nothing to worry about." Charlie, though, points
out, "You're still wanted for Luke's murder and you skipped
bail on a false passport. If they charged you with Roger's murder
you'd get one of those 300-year sentences." Alison snaps
that she's just trying to think of a way to help Mary. Charlie
tells her that going to the police isn't it. Alison snaps,
"I can't turn my back on her; she is my daughter."
Charlie assures her, "I know how you feel, but I think it's
best if you keep a low profile at the moment. Anyway, the police
haven't found the body, yet." Alison murmurs, "I suppose
you're right." She then adds, "I wonder who did
kill him..." Charlie murmurs, "Search me."
Alison suddenly says in concern, "I've just thought. Whoever
it was must have been hiding in the apartment when I
was there. He would have seen me. How am I going to explain
that?" Charlie points out, "You won't have
to, unless they find him." Alison retorts, "They probably
will, you know." Charlie suggests, "We'll worry about
that when the time comes. For the moment, I'd be grateful he didn't
try and kill you, too."
At Fiona's flat at the boarding house, Fiona is seeing Irene
out, and Irene is commenting that she didn't know Gordon had
a brother. Fiona explains that he's mentioned him a couple of
times, but she knew they hadn't kept in touch. Irene remarks that
it's going to make life interesting! She heads out and Fiona closes
the door. Chris suddenly comes along the corridor and asks Irene
if Fiona is still up. Irene replies that she is, but she doesn't
think she's in the mood for another shouting match. Chris explains
that he just wants to tell her that he's moving out tomorrow.
He adds that he's not quite sure where he'll go, but he really
doesn't want to cause any more problems. Irene asks pointedly,
"That's the right thing to do, is it?" Chris replies,
"I think so. If the kid comes back, I'll just start rocking
the boat again. I wouldn't be able to help it." Irene tells
him, "Yes you would, Chris. All it takes is a bit of willpower
and a bit of intelligence. Leave it a while, eh? Wal Mackay's
article comes out tomorrow; if Hung sees it, he might come back."
She goes on, "I know it could be difficult to start with,
but I'm sure if you took the time to get to know Hung, you'd surprise
yourself." Chris mutters dubiously, "I doubt it."
Irene suggests, "Do it for me? Please? Give it a
go." She adds, "I don't know what you're so scared of
- he's only two hands higher than a duck!" Chris mutters
indignantly, "I'm not scared." Irene tells
him, "Then stop running away." Chris sighs, "Alright,
I'll sleep on it; see how I feel in the morning." Changing
the subject, Irene asks him where he's been. He explains that
he went round to see Samantha, but she wasn't home; he ended up
in a lonely-hearts club with her mother. He adds, "She's
a nice lady."
Wayne and Mary are sitting in the lounge room at Dural with Barbara
and Andy, and Wayne is saying, "It was pretty gruelling for
her." Barbara sympathises that she can imagine. Wayne adds
that they took a statement, but he doesn't think it's all over.
Mary insists, "I didn't do it, Mrs. Hamilton." Barbara
assures her, "Of course you didn't." Mary reminds her,
"There was a time when you thought I'd killed my grandparents..."
Barbara, though, tells her, "Mary, I didn't know you then,
but I do now, and I know you're not capable of hurting anyone."
Mary thanks her. Gordon is standing by the bar, the 'phone to
his ear. He hangs up and then announces to everyone that that
was the solicitor. Mary asks if everything is alright, and Gordon
tells her, "Oh yes, he'll represent you. He feels quite confident
that when they find the body, forensics will prove you innocent."
He then adds more negatively, "They found James. He's not
in town yet, but he soon will be." Barbara shrugs, "Well,
let's look on the bright side: he might turn out to be quite reasonable."
Gordon, though, murmurs, "Wouldn't bank on it. A leopard
doesn't change his spots."
The next morning, Wayne, Gordon and Barbara are eating breakfast
at the living room table. Wayne asks how the solicitors tracked
down James, but Gordon replies that they didn't say. Wayne mutters
that it's a pity they had to be so efficient. Gordon muses, "The
same thought crossed my mind. Still, he's my brother,
and I can't cheat him." Barbara suggests that, if he has
any decency, he'll let things stand as they are. Gordon, though,
tells her that decency was never one of James's strong suits,
unfortunately. Changing the subject, he asks where Mary is. Barbara
explains that she looked dreadful this morning; she said she hadn't
slept all night, so she told her to go back to bed. Wayne comments
that she's had more than her fair share of kicks in her life;
he feels sorry for her. Gordon smiles that it's good to see him
being sympathetic for a change! Wayne replies, "I'm fond
of Mary, that's all. She's a nice kid." With that, Gordon
announces that he's off to the boarding house, as it's time he
told Fiona and Irene what's happened at Woombai. He stands up
and heads out. Mary is just coming downstairs in the hallway,
and Gordon comments to her that Barbara said she told her to stay
in bed. Mary tells him, "I was only lying there, worrying
about everyone. Not just about me, but you and Barbara, as well.
I hate to see you lose Woombai." Gordon smiles, "Fingers
crossed we won't, mmm?" He then suggests she go and have
some breakfast, and she heads into the lounge room and across
to the living room table. Barbara offers her some eggs, but she
replies that toast will be fine. Barbara then tells her that she
thought she'd help her with her reading after breakfast. Mary
smiles, "Everyone's so kind." Wayne tells her, "We
care about you, Mary."
Fiona is exercising on the floor of her flat at the boarding
house when she's interrupted by a knock on the door. She turns
off the music she has playing loudly and goes and opens the door
to find Irene and Gordon standing there. She invites them in and
Irene tells Fiona that Gordon has got some news for them. Fiona
asks, "Your brother?" Gordon explains that they've found
him; he's been living at Quilpie. Fiona asks, "Where?"
and Gordon explains that it's a opal-mining town in Queensland;
apparently he's been working on the fields for years; he has a
claim there. Irene suggests that maybe he's struck it rich! Gordon,
though, mutters that he doesn't think so. He then goes on that,
anyway, the solicitors will tell him about the will and then it's
just a matter of time until they hear from him. Fiona asks, "Are
we likely to?" Gordon tells her, "Knowing my
brother, I'd say it's certain. Wherever there's a quid involved..."
He adds that he's terribly sorry about all this. Irene assures
him that it's not his fault. Gordon goes on, "I've been lying
awake all night, trying to sort some way around it. It's bad enough
that Barbara and I will lose everything, but I feel awful about
the money you've invested in the property: that
could go, too." Fiona points out that they can't be sure
about that, and she suggests they just wait and see what his brother's
reaction is. Gordon warns her and Irene that it's best to prepare
for the worst: he is entitled to what's rightly his and
the profits the property's made; the only way out of it he can
think of is to sell Dural, pay James off and then hope there's
enough left to repay them and Beryl. Fiona exclaims, "Oh,
no, you'll bankrupt yourself if you do that. We can't let that
happen." She goes on, "I 'phoned Beryl, we talked about
it and we've all decided that we are not going to be bought out
of our shares in Woombai." Gordon tells her, "You're
being silly." Fiona, though, retorts, "No, just pragmatic."
Irene adds, "The way we see it is if James doesn't claim
what's his, then everything's fine, and if he does, well, too
late to run for the life rafts now!" Fiona tells Gordon,
"Yes, that's right. We're all in this together and that's
all there is to it." Gordon looks at them both gratefully
and murmurs, "All I can say is: thankyou."
Samantha emerges from her bedroom at Caroline's town house, panicking
that she's going to be late again. Caroline asks her how her night
out was, and she replies that it was terrific; she caught up on
all the gossip! Caroline then tells her, "Chris called round
to see you." Samantha mutters disinterestedly, "Oh yes?"
Caroline goes on, "He's a very nice boy. You haven't talked
about him much lately." Samantha agrees, "No."
Caroline asks, "Why?" Samantha retorts tersely, "Frankly,
I couldn't cope with his attitude towards Hung." Caroline
suggests that she's being a bit unfair; if her father
had fought in the Vietnam war, she thinks her attitudes would
be a bit biased, too - especially if he ended up in a psychiatric
hospital. Samantha, though, retorts, "I still believe I could
think for myself and judge people on their own merit." Caroline
pleads, "Give the boy a chance, Sam. He needs help... understanding..."
She then adds that she's glad he popped round: listening to his
problems took her mind off Roger. Samantha says she's got to go.
Caroline asks, "What about Chris?" Samantha sighs bemusedly
and gives in, saying, "Alright, I'll try and see him later
today!" She heads off.
Mary is writing a word slowly in an exercise book at the bar
at Dural. She writes the word 'Sensibull', but Barbara, who's
sitting next to her, quickly corrects, "Not Bull. B-L-E.
Sensible. B-L-E." Mary tries again and then asks
Barbara if she'd rather they stopped. Barbara sighs that she's
sorry; it's just that she can't concentrate. She suggests Mary
carries on while she goes and does the breakfast dishes.
She heads off to the kitchen. Wayne comes in from the hallway
and, noticing the glum expression on Mary's face, asks what's
up. Mary explains that it's Gordon and Barbara: she sort of feels
she should be helping them somehow. Wayne, looking amused, assures
her that they're big enough and ugly enough to look after themselves!
Mary mutters glumly, "Sometimes, I think they'd be better
off without me." Wayne, though, tells her, "Hey! They're
very fond of you; they like having you around. So do I - the place
wouldn't be the same without you." Mary smiles, "Thanks.
You're one of the nicest men I've met." Wayne laughs, "I
haven't heard that very often! I hope you don't change
your mind!" Mary tells him, "I don't think so. I like
Charlie is standing in her lounge room, all dressed up and looking
in the mirror as she puts on some earrings. Alison joins her and
Charlie comments to her that, for someone who's had ten hours'
sleep, she's looking remarkably under the weather. Alison explains
that she was awake most of the night, trying to think of a way
to help Mary without getting herself into trouble. She
adds that she thinks she's come up with the answer. Charlie says
dubiously, "If I ask what it is, am I going to regret it?"
Alison starts to say, "Charlie, you and I have been friends
a long time..." Charlie muses, "I'm going to regret
it!" Alison goes on, "Charlie, could you go to the police
and tell them you were at the apartment last night? I'll
fill you in with all the details; you'll be able to tell the police
everything they want to know." Charlie looks at her in astonishment
and cries in shock, "I can't do that!" Alison
insists, "It's the only way we can prove Roger was dead before
Mary got there." Charlie, though, snaps, "No. Apart
from anything else, they could think I'd murdered him."
Alison tells her, "If Sally was in Mary's situation, I'd
do the same for you." Charlie, though, retorts haughtily,
"In the first place, I wouldn't ask you. You're very good
at pulling the 'old friends' routine when you're in a spot, aren't
you? But you never think of the danger to me. I'd have
to lie to the police... to the courts... No, I'm not going to
do it." Alison pleads, "Please, Charlie, if not for
my sake, for Mary's." Charlie, though, repeats, "No.
And for your information, I'm going back to Melbourne." Looking
surprised, Alison asks curtly, "What for?" Charlie retorts,
"To see my children and my friends." Alison sighs and
admits, "Alright, alright, it was a bit too much to ask.
I was at my wits' end, that's all. Please, don't leave."
Charlie stands there, looking worried.
Fiona opens the door to her flat. Irene comes in, a newspaper
in her hand, and tells Fiona that she thought she'd want to see
it. She points out an article headlined 'Viet Boy's Terror' and
Fiona reads it, saying as she does so that she hopes Hung sees
it; she's so worried about him. She goes on that she had an awful
dream last night: he was all alone and scared, and he kept calling
out to her and she didn't know where he was. Irene puts her arms
round her, comfortingly.
A while later, Andy is pushing a wheelbarrow along in the garden
at the back of the boarding house. Irene joins him and asks in
surprise what he's doing. Andy asks, "What does it look
like?!" Irene asks where Leo is, and Andy explains that he
hasn't turned up yet, so he thought he'd get out there and start
doing things by himself. Irene points out that he doesn't have
to do it, and she asks him humorously if it's in lieu of rent
or something! Andy, though, tells her, "Don't joke. The disco
business is getting pretty thin, so I've got to earn my keep somehow."
Irene laughs, "I don't think Fiona and I will chuck you out
just yet!" Changing the subject, Andy asks, "What's
the hole over there for?" Irene, looking puzzled, asks, "What
hole?" Andy tells her to come and have a look, and he pushes
the barrow across the garden a few yards, to the area by the bushes
where Leo had been digging previously. Irene follows him and he
explains that it's covered with branches, but there's nothing
in it. Irene asks how deep it is, and Andy replies that it's about
three feet. He adds that it doesn't seem to be finished yet. Irene
suggests that Leo could have dug it to bury some compost. Andy
agrees, "Probably," and he adds that he thinks he'll
start moving things into it. Irene says she'd better be getting
back, and she heads off.
Chris is knocking on the door of Andy's bedsit when Samantha
comes along the corridor and asks him if he's seen Irene anywhere,
as she has a few patients waiting for her downstairs and she doesn't
know where she is; she thought she might be in with Fiona. Chris,
though, replies that she isn't. He adds that he's just come out
of Fiona's: he's told her he's moving out; that's why he was looking
for Andy, as he hoped he'd give him a hand shifting his gear.
Samantha murmurs, "Sorry, Chris." Chris, though, tells
her that there's no need to be; he's thought it over and it's
for the best. Samantha asks him where he'll go, and he replies,
"Back to Crossley House. I can't stay there permanently,
but Sister Jean said I could have a room for a while." Samantha
says, "You know I've been avoiding you lately...?" Chris
tells her that he can understand why. Samantha goes on, "I
know you can't change your attitude overnight, Chris - mum made
me see that - but if I can help, I will." Chris says curtly,
"If I said there was no way I could change, would you still
go out with me?" Samantha murmurs, "That depends."
Chris presses, "Yes or no?" Samantha replies that she
can't honestly say. Chris snaps, "'No', in other words."
Samantha cries that it's not as black and white as that. Chris,
though, snaps, "From where I stand it is. The only
way our relationship has got any chance of working is if I change
my mind about the Vietnamese. Isn't it?" He goes to walk
off, but then turns back and adds, "It's a pity you don't
take after your mother just a little bit more. She mightn't agree
with how I feel about Hung, but at least she can accept my point
of view." With that, he storms off.
Gordon walks into Dural through the front door and heads into
the lounge room. Barbara is standing behind the bar and she asks
how Fiona was. Gordon replies, "She's fine and she's not
going to sell: she's decided to sink or swim with us - and so
have Irene and Beryl." He then asks where Mary is and Barbara
tells him, "Wayne took her out for the morning." She
then adds hesitantly, "The solicitor called, too. He'd like
you to ring him back. He's spoken to James who is, apparently,
delighted. He's been without money for years, so he's catching
the first 'plane down and he'll be here this afternoon."
Gordon murmurs grimly, "Well. Doesn't sound as though he's
Andy is shovelling compost from the heap that Leo had created
into the wheelbarrow in the garden behind the boarding house.
Fiona walks out and joins him. She's holding the newspaper and
asks Andy if he'd like to read it before she throws it out. Andy,
though, replies that he already has. He adds that it's a nice
story about Hung. Fiona agrees, "Yeah. I must ring Wally
up and congratulate him. I hope it does some good." As Andy
continues digging, he suddenly hits something with his shovel
and finds himself unable to move the object. Fiona asks what's
wrong, but Andy says he doesn't know. He pulls the shovel out
of the ground and then bends down and starts using his hands to
clear the earth out of the way. He begins to reveal a large white
laundry bag in the ground, with some rope tied around the top.
Fiona stares at it and then exclaims in horror, "There's
something in there. It's a body..." Andy starts to untie
the rope as Fiona cries fearfully, "It's Hung. I just know
that it's Hung." Andy, though, snaps, "It's not
Hung. It's too big." He adds, "Don't look if you don't
want to." He finishes untying the rope to reveal who's inside.
He and Fiona then both recoil in horror and Fiona cries, "Oh
my God." The head revealed is Roger's...