Brett sighs heavily, pauses and then snaps that there's no way;
there's no way he's going to get mixed up in any robbery; he'll
get the money some other way. Judge asks curtly, "How?"
Brett, though, just snaps that he won't do anything criminal.
Judge suggests to him that he needs more time to think, and he
stands up and heads outside. Tracy tells Brett that she'll see
what she can do, and she follows Judge outside, closing the kitchen
door behind her. As she does so, Judge growls at her, "I
thought you'd softened him up." Tracy assures him, "He'll
come around." Judge retorts, "He'd better. I've been
knocking off those videos for months. Sooner or later,
they're going to do a check and find a couple of dozen missing.
We've got make it look like the kid's been knocking the things
off, not me." Tracy smirks, "We'll get him.
Just give me a bit more time. We'll soon have both him and
his little girlfriend right where we want them..."
In the kitchen at Beryl's, Beryl offers Rod more tea. He declines,
though, and says he'd better be going. He adds that the cake she
served was beautiful; she's a very good cook. Beryl muses that
she just hopes tonight's dinner turns out better than the last
one! Rod asks in mock indignation if she didn't like the fish!
Beryl smiles that the fish was lovely; it was her roast
she was thinking about! Rod laughs, "That was Spider's fault,
wasn't it! Always getting something wrong, the old rogue!"
Beryl smiles, "I think you're as fond of him as the rest
of us!" Suddenly looking serious, Rod says, "Jessica
adored him. Young Julie finds him a bit harder to take, though."
Beryl queries, "Jessica was Spider's oldest daughter?"
Rod nods, "Yeah, we named Jess after her. She's got a mind
of her own, that kid! A little bit too much like her brother,
Barry, for mine." Beryl comments, "You hardly mention
him." Rod sighs, "No, well, er, Barry and I
have had a bit of a set-to; he's left home. I haven't seen him
since." Changing the subject, he announces that he'd better
get going. He asks if he should come over at about 6pm this evening,
and Beryl says that would be fine. Rod, though, then suddenly
recalls that Jess is due home from her camp this afternoon and
he explains to Beryl that he promised he'd take her out to dinner
tonight. Beryl tells him to bring her along. Rod asks if she's
sure, and Beryl smiles that she'd like to meet her! With that,
they head out into the lounge room, where Leigh is polishing the
dining table and humming. Rod comments that someone sounds
happy! Leigh looks at him and says, "Do I?" She then
adds, "You know, sometimes I almost forget what's ahead..."
Beryl tells her, "Well I think it's best if you do
try and forget. Cross that bridge when you come to it."
At the boarding house, in Sydney, Irene sits down with Fiona
in Fiona's flat and asks her how she's feeling now. Fiona sighs
that she's still a bit shaky; finding that body was something
she really didn't need. She then goes on, "They tell me the
police arrested Leo." Irene comments that it's sad; as far
as Leo was concerned, he was just getting rid of a man who was
upsetting a lot of people. She adds that he got very agitated
at the police station when they started questioning him and in
the end they had to sedate him. Fiona says she feels so sorry
for him. Irene then goes on that, after the sedative had taken
effect, Leo mentioned Hung; she tried to work out what he was
going on about, but she couldn't make much sense of it.
Hung is lying on a bed in the shed in the secluded area in the
grounds of Crossley House, reading the newspaper. After a few
seconds, he sits up and starts looking around, moving bits of
equipment out of the way. As he moves one piece, he suddenly pulls
his hand away sharply. He looks down to see a large, dangerous-looking,
spider lying on the bench. He grabs his newspaper, rolls it up
and hits it.
Chris is gardening in the grounds at Crossley House when Fiona
approaches him. They exchange muted greetings and Chris then tells
Fiona that he's moved his gear out of the boarding house and he'll
give her a full week's rent when he gets paid. Fiona, though,
tells him that that isn't necessary. She then says she's sorry
about Leo. Chris murmurs, "Yeah." Fiona goes on that,
apparently, down at the police station, Leo mentioned something
about Hung, and she asks Chris if Leo said anything to him.
Chris mutters, "No." Fiona continues that she supposes
Leo must have known how he felt about Hung; she doesn't know if
he could've-- Chris interrupts and snaps, "You think Leo
might have killed Hung?" Fiona quickly says, "Oh
no. Well, perhaps he... oh look, I don't know." Chris snaps
at her, "You're paranoid about that kid, aren't you? First
you accuse me of doing something to him; now Leo."
Fiona insists that it's just that she doesn't know where Hung
is or what's happened to him. Chris tells her that if he could
help her, he would, but there's one thing he knows for sure: Leo
wouldn't have hurt the kid; he likes Hung; Leo was his
In the shed, Hung runs to the door and tries to push it open,
but it doesn't budge. He calls for Leo and then looks at his hand,
In Melbourne, Spider is standing on a footpath, talking to a
middle-aged guy and saying, "It's true. I've got no family...
no friends... I'm really on my uppers, mate. All I need is $5,
just for a feed and a bed for the night." The man, though,
retorts, "Look, I don't give money to beggars, mate. Now
push off." He walks away and Spider mutters, "Go to
blazes, you old skinflint." He starts walking along the path
again. Adam suddenly climbs out of a car parked nearby and asks
him what he's up to. Spider quickly says, "Me? I
was just giving him directions. I told him where to go."
Adam laughs, "I know. I heard." He goes on, "I've
been watching you for the last ten minutes. That's the fourth
bloke you pulled up. You've been begging, haven't
you?" Spider mutters, "Never." Adam, though, retorts
that that's what it looked like to him. He adds that
it's against the law. He then goes on that he'll let Spider off
with a warning this time. He asks him how much he made, but Spider
admits, "Hardly a zak." Adam offers him a few dollars.
Spider asks, "$399?" Adam stares at him and asks him
what on earth he needs that much for. Spider blusters,
"I... I... I owe it to somebody." Adam says, "I'm
sorry, mate. It's a bit rich for me." He then warns Spider
not to try the begging again, and he tells him to get off home.
At David's country house, Brett puts a bowl of food down on the
kitchen floor for Isabella. The back door suddenly opens and Spider
walks in. Brett tells him that Charlie is still in Sydney. Spider,
though, explains that he came to see him. They sit down,
and Spider tells Brett that he knows he's worried about the dough,
and he's sorry Beryl didn't come across. Brett mutters that he
doesn't want her money anyway. Spider retorts that she'd have
lent it to him if he hadn't been tied-up with that Tracy girl.
Brett snaps that she's not that bad; she's different
to other girls he's ever met; she's more... Spider interrupts
and snaps, "More trouble." Brett tells Spider
that he appreciates him coming round, but there's no way he can
help him. He heads to the 'fridge to get some beers, and as he
does so, Spider asks him what he's going to do, as Judge isn't
going to wait forever. Brett replies, "He offered me a job,
but I knocked him back. I reckon I might have to reconsider."
Spider asks what it was. Brett, though, tells him, "It's
best that you not know, I reckon."
A while later, Spider is standing on the front doorstep at Beryl's.
She opens the door and, finding him standing there, comments,
"Back again?" He heads into the house, saying as he
does so that he's just been over to see young Brett; he doesn't
know what the kid's got in mind, but he hopes it isn't something
silly. Leigh - who's still polishing the living room table - asks
him what he's talking about. Spider explains, "That crowd
he's got mixed-up with: Tracy and her mob." Beryl comments
that she thought he'd have come to his senses after this morning.
Spider, though, tells her, "No, more's the pity - and she's
still pulling the wool over his eyes." Leigh remarks
that she doesn't understand why she's even bothering; Brett must
have told her that the two of them aren't seeing each
other any more. Spider says he doesn't know anything about that;
he just knows that he's in a heck of a lot of trouble. Beryl sighs
that maybe she was a bit harsh on him; she probably will
lend him the money, on condition that he doesn't have anything
more to do with Tracy. Spider assures her that that would solve
Brett is standing in the middle of a public walkway. Tracy approaches
him and says, "Glad you rang me." Brett, though, retorts,
"Are you? Or are you happy that I'll gonna help your mate
out?" Tracy retorts, "I just wanna get you off the hook,
that's all." Judge suddenly approaches them and Tracy tells
him, "Brett wants to talk to you." Judge looks at Brett
and says, "I'm listening." Brett says to him, "If
I do what you want, then I don't have to stick around, right?
I go in and open the warehouse from the inside, then shoot through."
Judge agrees, "Right." Brett adds, "Then I won't
have to owe you any money, right?" Judge tells him, "Not
a thing." Brett sighs, "Alright, I'll do it." Judge
says, "Tonight. Meet me here at 10:30pm and keep out of sight."
Brett nods at him and goes to walk off., Judge, though, calls
after him, "Oh, mate..." Brett looks back at him and
he adds menacingly, "I don't like welchers. You said you'd
do it, so do it. If you try and back out, then your girlfriend's
face might end up looking not so pretty." Brett glances at
Tracy. Judge, though, tells him, "No, no, not Trace. The
other one - whatsername. Leigh something." Tracy chips in,
"Leigh Palmer." Looking annoyed, Brett snaps at Tracy,
"What did you tell him about Leigh for?" Tracy
retorts, "I just must have mentioned her name. No big deal."
Brett, though, growls, "Like hell. You've been in this all
along - you and your mate, here." He indicates Judge. Tracy
goes to put her arms round him, but Brett pushes her away and
snaps, "I'm not an idiot, Tracy." Tracy snaps back,
"Look, I don't give a damn what you think. Just
remember what Judge said: either you go through with it, or Leigh
cops it." Judge adds, "You'd better believe it, mate."
Brett mutters, "I'll be there. But you both keep away from
her, alright?" With that, he walks off.
Spider is sitting at the kitchen table at Beryl's. Beryl and
Leigh are pottering around in the kitchen. There's suddenly a
knock on the back door and it opens and Brett comes in. Beryl,
looking surprised, tells him that she was trying to ring him.
She invites him to stay for dinner, but he explains that he can't
stay. He then admits, "You were right about Tracy - she's
played me for a real mug." Beryl says, "I'm glad you've
finally woken up to yourself." She then explains, "The
reason I was trying to ring you was to tell you that I will
lend you the money. Now, I expect you to pay it back, but I don't
want to see you in trouble." Brett thanks her, but adds that
it's too late now: he's arranged to pay it off. Spider asks in
surprise, "Judge agreed to that?" Brett nods,
"Yeah." Leigh comments sarcastically that he's OK, then;
they've all been worried about nothing. With that, she
marches off to set the table in the living room. When she's gone,
Spider comments to Brett, "You didn't expect her to fall
into your arms, did you? You've given her a rough time, one way
or another." Brett murmurs that he knows. He follows Leigh
out into the living room, where he says, "I'm sorry I ever
got involved with Tracy." Leigh mutters, "I bet
you are." Brett sighs, "I know you're still crook on
me, and I don't blame you, but just be a bit careful, eh? One
of Tracy's friends is a real thug - he might be out to give you
a hard time." Leigh asks, "Why?" Brett replies,
"Because of Tracy." He adds that she doesn't have to
worry about it too much; after tonight, everything should be OK.
Leigh asks what's happening tonight. Brett tells her quickly,
"Nothing. I'm just going to lay my first payment to The Judge,
that's all. I reckon he'll lay off then..."
Hung is banging on the door of the shed at Crossley House, crying
distantly, "Leo... help me..." He looks feverish. He
staggers over to the bed and goes to lie down, but misses it and
collapses onto the floor.
Chris is still gardening elsewhere in the grounds. Irene suddenly
approaches him and asks how it's all going. He replies that it's
OK. Irene then tells him that she's sorry he left the boarding
house; he should have given it another go. Chris, though, tells
her, "Not with the way Fiona is at the moment. She came round
here earlier on, hassling me about Hung." He adds, "There's
no way Leo would have hurt him." Irene agrees, "No,
I don't think so, either. And in fact, I've been wondering
if he wasn't trying to help him in some way." Looking
surprised, Chris asks, "How?" Irene replies, "By
hiding him." She goes on that Samantha remembers at one stage
Leo saying he was hungry, so she took him a sandwich, but he didn't
eat it; maybe he was saving it for Hung? Chris admits
that he could have been. Irene adds that she had a word with the
housekeeper at Crossley House, too, and she said she found Leo
creeping around the kitchens a couple of times. Chris asks where
Leo would hide Hung. Irene asks if there's nowhere round
there he can think of. Chris says, "No - not without him
having been found already." Irene suggests to him that he
give it a bit more thought; he might come up with something. With
that, she walks off.
At Beryl's, Leigh is folding napkins at the living room table.
Spider is with her and he comments that Brett seemed pretty worried
when he left; he doesn't know why he didn't accept Beryl's offer,
as it's better to pay her back than Judge. Leigh
explains, "He was worried about Judge trying to hurt me."
Spider asks, "You reckon you ought to talk to Adam?"
Leigh, though, sighs that they can't keep dragging him
into their problems - and Brett did say everything would be OK
after tonight. Spider mutters that he just hopes the boy hasn't
got himself into something he can't get out of.
Chris is approaching the shed at Crossley House. A woman is following
him, and she demands to know what he's doing with her keys. Chris
replies that he's just borrowing them for a moment. The woman
mutters that there's nothing in the shed but junk. Chris asks
her if her keys have gone missing at all, lately. The woman, though,
says she doesn't think so - she always leaves them hanging on
a hook in the kitchen. She asks why, and Chris explains that he
was wondering if Leo wanted a copy of the shed key. The woman
asks, "Why would he want to do that?" Chris
suggests, "We'll soon see..." He puts a key in the padlock
on the door, pulls it open and immediately finds Hung lying unconscious
on the floor. The woman follows him in and exclaims, "Good
heavens, who's that?" Chris bends down and examines
Hung and then turns to the woman and says, "Get a doctor,
quickly - he's been bitten by a funnelweb spider." The woman
rushes off, as Chris stays with Hung and ties a handkerchief tightly
around his arm and places a blanket under his head.
That night, in Fiona's flat at the boarding house, Fiona pours
some champagne and hands glasses to Chris and Irene. She then
proposes, "Here's to Hung. Thank God he's safe." Irene
says he should he able to leave hospital in a day-or-so; the anti-venom
works very quickly. Fiona then looks at Chris and adds, "And
here's to you, Chris. Without you, Hung could have died."
Chris tells her, "All I did was think of a place Leo might
have taken him. I remember once that Leo helped me stack some
old furniture in the shed; it's quite a long way from the house
- easy enough for someone to hide there without being spotted."
Irene tells him, "It's a damn good thing you thought to use
your handkerchief as a pressure bandage. If the poison had gone
any further, Hung mightn't have stood a chance."
Chris muses, "It's funny: when I saw him lying there, I forgot
that he was Vietnamese or anything else. He was just a poor, helpless
kid." Irene suggests, "It says a lot about prejudice,
eh?" Fiona invites, "Look, why don't you come back and
stay at the boarding house?" Chris, though, tells her, "Dad
really drummed it into me about these people. I'd like to think
I've shaken it off completely, but I'm not certain I have."
Fiona suggests, "Come back and stay... get to know Hung."
Chris murmurs that he can't make any promises. Fiona asks him
if he's willing to try. Chris sighs and nods, "OK."
Irene then asks Fiona if she realises that the Immigration Department
might not allow her to keep Hung there, now. Fiona, though, retorts,
"They're going to have one hell of a battle to try and stop
Spider, Rod, Beryl, Adam and Leigh are all sitting around the
living room table at Beryl's. Beryl says she might make some more
coffee. Adam, though, declines, saying he's going on duty shortly.
He then thanks her for a great meal. Leigh goes with him to the
front door, to see him out. When they've gone, Spider whispers
to Rod and Beryl, "He's not a bad bloke - for a cop!"
Beryl tells him that she thinks Adam is a very nice young man
- and she appreciates the way he's looking after Leigh. Spider
comments that it's not very difficult - it sticks out a mile that
he's keen on her. The three of them get up and head out to the
kitchen, Rod telling Beryl as they do so that he's sorry Jess
didn't come. Beryl says she can understand her being tired after
her trip. Rod then tells Spider that he's going to push off, if
he wants a lift. Spider says he'll get his jacket, and he heads
back out to the lounge room. Leigh is back out there, and Spider
says to her, "Listen, girly, you will go after young Brett,
won't you? The more I think about him, the more I worry."
Leigh asks, "About what?" Spider replies, "He
didn't take that offer from Beryl. I've got a feeling he's thinking
of some silly way to get that money." A look of
concern crosses Leigh's face.
Tracy is standing in the dark outside the warehouse that Judge
and Brett are breaking into. On the roof of the warehouse, Judge
ties one end of a rope around a metal pole and the other, which
is formed into a loop, he places around Brett, beneath his arms.
He then tells Brett that he'll lower him down slowly. Brett asks
in concern, "Are you sure you can hold my weight?" Judge
retorts, "It's fixed. You won't hit the bottom." Brett
growls, "Oh, terrific, I'll just have my arms pulled out
of my sockets." Judge snaps at him to stop whinging. Brett
snaps back, "I'm nicking off as soon as I open those doors."
Judge retorts, "That's what we agreed." He then starts
to lower Brett down through the skylight, into the warehouse.
After a few seconds, he reaches the bottom. On the roof, Judge
steps back and walks away. He goes and looks down at Tracy, still
standing on the ground, and nods to her. She acknowledges his
signal and then runs off.
Leigh and Beryl are sitting in their nightclothes and dressing
gowns in the kitchen at Beryl's. Beryl comments that Rod was a
bit quiet tonight; she thinks it had something to do with his
daughter not coming with him. Leigh remarks that she didn't notice.
The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Leigh goes to get it, saying
it'll probably be Adam. Beryl heads off to bed. Leigh picks up
the 'phone and Tracy comes on, saying, "Leigh?" Leigh
says, "Yes." Tracy tells her, "It's Tracy,"
and Leigh immediately snaps, "I'm not interested in talking
to you." Tracy, though, cries, "It's about
Brett. It's urgent. Don't hang up." Leigh demands, "What
about Brett?" Tracy tells her, "He's in trouble.
He's going to knock off a warehouse; I've tried to talk him out
of it, but he won't listen to me." Leigh growls, "I
don't believe you. You're just trying to get at me."
Tracy says, "I admit that's why I first started
seeing him. But then I really got to like him, and now he's mixed
up with some really bad types." Leigh mutters, "Yeah
- and you're one of them." Tracy insists, "Leigh,
I just don't want to see him end up in jail - and you're the only
one who can talk him out of doing something stupid." Leigh
snaps, "You talk him out of it." Tracy, though,
retorts, "He won't listen to me." She then
sighs, "Fair enough. I just thought you cared about him,
that's all. I made a mistake. Too bad if he ends up in Pentridge.
Just don't say I didn't try to warn you. See you around some time."
She goes to hang up. Leigh, though, suddenly looking worried,
says quickly, "Hang on, Tracy. Where is the warehouse?"
In the public 'phone box that Tracy is standing in, a nasty smile
crosses Tracy's face...
Brett is walking around inside the warehouse, a torch in his
hand. He calls up to Judge, on the roof, and tells him that it's
not going to work; the door's a double-locker; he can't open it.
Judge calls back to him, "Hang on a tick." He then goes
and peers back over the roof, and a smile crosses his face as
he sees Tracy running back towards him and sticking her thumb
up. He makes his way back to the skylight, unties the rope from
the pole it's secured to and then drops it down inside the warehouse.
Brett looks at it in surprise and cries, "What the hell's
going on?" Judge taunts, "Looks like you're trapped,
mate. But don't worry: the police will be here soon - as soon
as they get a tip-off about someone breaking-in..."