At Beryl's, Rod is standing in the lounge room with his arm around
an attractive, blonde teenage girl. He tells Beryl, "This
is my daughter, Jessica - or Jess, as we all call her." Beryl
smiles at her and comments, "Your father's told me a lot
about you." Jess replies, "He's told me a lot about
you, too - I think you've won a heart!" Rod then asks Beryl
if she's ready, adding that there's a little Italian place not
far from there that he thought they could go to. Beryl, though,
explains that something has come up, and she asks if they can
eat at her place. Looking concerned, Rod asks if something's
wrong. Beryl tells him that Brett seems to have got himself into
more hot water; Leigh and Adam have gone to help him, but she'd
like to be near the 'phone in case they call. Rod offers to go
and get pizza. Beryl, though, tells him that she always has emergency
rations! She adds that she's out of beer, though! Rod asks Jess
if she wants to come for a ride to the pub. Beryl, though, suggests
that Jess could stay with her, and Jess accepts this. Rod heads
off. Beryl smiles at Jess, "You could start by setting the
table." Out in the hallway, as Rod opens the front door,
he finds Spider standing on the step. Looking surprised to find
Rod there, Spider comments to him that he's taking the day off
work, is he? Rod, though, explains that he's just taking a couple
of hours to have a bit of lunch with Beryl. Spider looks at his
watch 'innocently' and says, "Lunchtime, is it? Didn't realise
that!" Rod laughs, "Oh yeah!" He then adds that
he's off to the pub to get some beer. Spider asks him to get some
for him, adding that he'll pay him back when he gets
his pension cheque. With that, Rod heads off and Spider heads
inside. Beryl and Jess are walking from the kitchen into the lounge
room, and Beryl is saying to Jess that she didn't really
want a hand with lunch; she just thought they could get to know
each other better. She goes on, "So, tell me all about yourself."
Before Jess can answer, though, Spider comes in, and Jess immediately
hugs him and smiles, "Granddad, what are you doing
here?!" Spider explains that he and Beryl are old mates,
and he asks her if her dad hasn't told her how he lined them up
together. Jess murmurs, "Once or twice." He then adds,
"Not interrupting lunch, am I?"Beryl tells him tautly,
"No, Spider - and I take it you will stay?" Spider laughs,
"You could twist my arm!" Beryl heads off to the kitchen
to get some more cutlery, leaving Spider to ask Jess what she
thinks of Beryl. Jess retorts sourly, "She's not dad's type.
I don't know what he sees in her." Spider tells her, "She's
really a lovely lady. You wait 'til you get to know her better.
In fact, if I was a few years younger, I'd marry her myself!"
A look of horror crosses Jess's face and she says, "You don't
think dad wants to marry her, do you?" Spider replies,
"It's a bit early to tell." Jess stands there, looking
Wal Mackay is sitting at the living room in Fiona's flat at the
boarding house. He finishes some dessert and tells Fiona that
it was wonderful. He then asks how Hung is, and Fiona replies
that he's looking forward to coming out of hospital. Wal tells
her that the boy ought to be grateful to that spider - it'll make
a good story. Fiona asks him earnestly if he really thinks one
more article's going to do the trick. Wal assures her that there's
nothing like public sympathy for cutting through red tape. Fiona
says she hopes so - Hung is scared that they're going to send
him straight back to Singapore. There's suddenly a knock at the
door and Fiona goes to answer it. Chris is standing there, and,
having invited him in, she indicates Wal and says to Chris, "You
two know each other, don't you?" Chris mutters, "Yeah."
Wal tells Chris, "I have to apologise for suspecting you
had anything to do with Hung's disappearance - I know you saved
the boy's life." Fiona explains to Wal that she and Chris
talked about that little mistake, and Wal says he's glad to hear
it. Chris then tells Fiona that he actually came round to ask
her a favour: he needs a bunch of flowers. Fiona tells him to
take as many as he likes. She adds, "I hope she likes them...!"
Chris smiles, "She will!" With that, he heads out again.
When he's gone, Wal asks Fiona who the lucky girl is. Fiona replies
that it's Samantha, she suspects; she suspects he's trying to
catch her before she goes off on her lunch break!
A short time later, Chris is handing over the flowers - to Caroline,
at the Morrell town house. Caroline smiles that they're lovely.
Chris explains that he just wanted to thank her for listening
to his problems the other night; it helped. Caroline smiles that
she's glad. She then tells him that she was just about to make
some lunch, and she invites him to join her. Chris says, "If
it's not putting you out..." Caroline replies that she'd
be glad of the company. Chris smiles, "In that case, I'd
Leigh is back sitting in the passenger seat of Adam's car. She
and Adam are both staring at the garage across the road, and Adam
comments that Judge and Tracy must be stocktaking; they've been
in there over half an hour. Leigh suggests that maybe they know
they're being watched. Adam, though, says he doesn't think so.
He then mutters, "What's keeping the cops?" Leigh points
out that they said they'd get there as soon as they could. Tracy
and Judge suddenly emerge from the garage and approach Judge's
car. Judge is carrying a box containing the video for 'Paula'.
Adam looks at them and murmurs to Leigh, "Wish me luck."
By Judge's car, Judge asks Tracy to take his car keys out of his
pocket to open the boot. She takes the keys out, but then notices
Adam approaching. She immediately mutters to Judge, "We're
in trouble: that's the cop I told you about - Brett and Leigh's
friend." Judge mutters back, "He doesn't look too tough
to me." Adam joins them and says sternly, "Police
here. Would you mind telling me where you got that video recorder?"
Judge retorts, "I bought it. No law against that, is there?"
Adam tells him, "No, not if you've got proof of purchase."
Judge goes to walk off, but Adam grabs him and snaps, "You're
not going anywhere, mate." Judge growls, "Who's
going to stop me?" Adam warns him, "Don't make things
any worse for yourself - I've got backup on the way." Judge
looks across at Adam's car: Leigh is climbing out and she starts
walking towards them. Judge laughs, "If that's it, I'm shaking
in my boots!" Adam snaps at Leigh to get back in the car.
As he looks at her, Judge suddenly lunges at him and pushes him
back. A police car suddenly roars up, though, and pulls to a halt
next to them. Adam uses the distraction to grab Judge and push
him against his car. Tracy goes to run away, but Leigh chases
after her and grabs her, wrestling her to the ground. Tracy snarls
at her, "You lousy little cow!" Leigh retorts, "Takes
one to know one, Tracy. Anyway, I was only evening up the score.
Now we're quits!"
At Beryl's, Beryl serves up some dessert at the living room table,
and Rod smiles, "Plum duff. This is my favourite!" Beryl
reminds him that it's out of a tin! She turns to Jess, but she
says, "Not for me, thanks." Rod asks why not, and she
replies, "I don't like tinned puddings." Beryl smiles
that she's sure Spider can find room for a bit more!
Rod starts getting tucked in, and he tells Jess that he doesn't
know what she's missing. Jess, though, says, "Mum always
made her own puddings. So does Doris - our housekeeper:
she says they're better for you." Rod warns, "Jess..."
Beryl assures her, "I usually make my own, too, love. It's
just that I don't think it hurts out of a tin occasionally."
Jess goes on, "Mum was a wonderful cook. You miss
her, don't you, dad?" Rod mutters, "Let's drop
it, please, Jess." Jess, though, persists, "He does
- even though he doesn't like to talk about it." Rod snaps
at her, "I said let's drop it, Jess." The back door
suddenly bangs and Beryl comments that it must be Leigh and Brett.
She heads out to the kitchen, leaving Rod to glare at his daughter.
In the kitchen, Beryl asks Leigh and Brett where Adam is. Leigh
replies triumphantly, "Down at the police station, making
sure Judge and Tracy get the book thrown at them." Brett
adds, "They're in real trouble, I can tell you." Beryl
says warily, "I hope Adam's not." Leigh asks
why he should be. Beryl points out that his superiors might not
like the way he handled things. Changing the subject, she asks
Leigh to brew some coffee for her, Rod, Jess and Spider, who are
in the living room. Leigh smiles and asks what Jess is like. Beryl
tells her, "The type that can't see anyone replacing her
mother." With that, she asks Leigh to let her know when the
coffee's ready, and she heads back into the lounge room. When
she's gone, Brett comments to Leigh that Rod must be pretty serious
if he's introducing Beryl to his daughter. Leigh says, "He
is." She then says lightly that she's starving,
and she offers Brett a sandwich. Looking at her in surprise, Brett
comments that he thought she'd still be pretty mad at him for
being so stupid over Tracy. Leigh points out, "We all make
mistakes." Brett suggests, "Next time we go out, hit
me if I look at another girl!" Leigh doesn't respond, prompting
Brett to say, "You will go out with me again, won't you?"
Leigh, though, sighs, "Look, no hard feelings, but why don't
we just work on being friends, eh?" Brett nods, "If
that's what you want." Leigh tells him, "Yes, that's
what I want." Brett stands there, looking rueful.
At the Morrell town house, Caroline laughs as Chris tells her
a story about Leo trying to hatch some eggs by putting them under
an electric blanket! When he's finished, Caroline comments that
Leo sounds like a kind and generous person. Chris murmurs sadly
that he can still hardly believe Leo would kill someone;
he'll probably end up locked away in some hideous institution.
There's silence for a few seconds before Caroline says slowly,
"I don't want to sound hard, or anything, but for a long
time after the police stopped the search for Amanda, it was as
though my life was in limbo. I had to know whether she was dead
or alive - and suddenly, I realised that I couldn't go on drifting
anymore. I still hope that, one day, I'm going to see her again...
but I know now that I can't let it stop me from taking control
of my life. You have to learn to see things that way. It'll take
some time, but it's the only way." Chris just murmurs, "Yeah..."
At Beryl's living room table, Rod finishes his coffee and smiles
at Beryl that it was the best meal he's had in ages! Spider laughs
that he'll second that! Rod adds that he could go another cup
of the coffee - it's lovely. Beryl asks Jess if she wants
any more. Jess, though, mutters, "No thankyou - I can't drink
the one I have." Rod glares at her and growls, "First
dessert and now coffee. What is wrong with you, Jess?"
Jess murmurs, "Nothing - I'm just trying to stay off caffeine,
that's all." Rod mutters, "Rubbish - you were drinking
coffee yesterday." Jess retorts, "Doris makes
it a special way." Rod, though, snaps that she does nothing
of the kind. He then tells his daughter tersely, "Mrs. Palmer
has gone to a lot of trouble to make you a nice lunch. All you've
done is turn your nose up at everything. I reckon she deserves
an apology." Jess retorts, "I've got nothing to apologise
for." Rod warns her to do as she's told. Jess, though,
snaps, "You shouldn't have forced me to come here in the
first place." Looking at Beryl, she adds, "I
didn't want to; he made me. Why don't you just stay out of things?
Everything was fine before you poked your nose in."
With that, she storms out. Rod goes to follow her, but Spider
tells him that she'll be alright; she's just a bit upset. He goes
At Fiona's flat, Wal Mackay is checking his camera. Fiona joins
him and asks if he's ready, adding that Hung will sign himself
out if they don't get to the hospital soon! Wal explains that
he's just checking there's some film in the camera - it wouldn't
be the first time he'd tried to take some pictures without one
in! Fiona muses that she just hopes Hung won't be too upset about
doing another story: he's firmly convinced that any more publicity
will bring the Immigration Department down on his head. Wal tells
her that she'll have to make Hung understand that it's the only
hope he has of staying in the country. Fiona murmurs, "I'll
try." Wal then comments, "You think a lot of
that kid, don't you?" Fiona sighs, "At first, he was
just another good cause. Then I realised that the boot was on
the other foot - I was the one needing help. I've been
very lonely since Jill and little Fee left, and Hung sort of filled
the gap." Wal suggests, "All the more reason to make
sure he stays here in Australia." Fiona smiles sadly, "I
know it's selfish, but I don't want to lose him."
Beryl is clearing her living room table as Rod stands by the
couch, looking worried. Beryl comments to him, "Jess seems
to think I'm out to break up your family. What on earth have you
told her?" Rod assures her that all he said was that he'd
like her to meet somebody special. Beryl points out, "She
seems to be under the impression we're having a grand love affair.
I think you should straighten her out." Rod tells her that
he really is sorry about Jess. He adds, "You will be seeing
me again, won't you, Beryl?" Beryl reiterates, "I think
you should sort things out with Jess first - I don't want to be
the cause of a rift in your family." Rod sighs, "OK,"
and he heads out.
Spider is standing with Jess in the lounge room at the Campbell
house. Jess is looking upset and is saying, "He's never spoken
to me like that before. I didn't do anything wrong."
Doris, the housekeeper, is also there, and she tells her soothingly,
"Of course you didn't, pet." Jess goes on, "He
shouldn't have made me go and meet her. He knew I didn't
want to." Doris tells her, "Don't blame your dad. Maybe
he was on-edge because he knew Mrs. Palmer wasn't very pleased
with you tagging along." Spider suddenly chips in
angrily, "Now you keep your trouble-making tongue to yourself,
Doris Hudson. Mrs. Palmer happens to be a very nice lady."
Doris, still looking at Jess, replies, "She must be - to
turn a man against his only daughter." At that moment, the
front door bangs and Rod comes in. He immediately snaps at Jess,
"I expected you and Spider to be waiting in the car."
Spider explains that Jess wanted to come home, so they took a
taxi. Rod then growls at Jess, "You've got a lot of explaining
to do, young lady." Spider warns him not to be too hard on
her, but Rod retorts, "I'd like to talk to her alone, if
you don't mind." Spider mutters, "Right, then. I'll
shove off." Looking at Jess, though, he adds, "Just
remember: Mrs. Palmer's a very nice lady, and don't you let anyone
ever tell you otherwise." With that, he goes. Rod then tells
Doris - who's sitting on the couch with Jess - that this is between
Jess and him. Doris, though, says she knows what happened, and
she's sure Jess didn't mean any harm. She then smiles at Jess,
"I'll be in the kitchen if you want me." She goes. Rod
sits down on the edge of the couch, next to Jess, and snaps, "Right.
Now you start explaining." Jess murmurs that there's nothing
to explain. Rod growls, "What have you got against
Mrs. Palmer, eh? She's done nothing to you." Jess
murmurs, "I don't like her, that's all." Rod snarls,
"Is that the best you can do?" Jess stands up and snaps,
"It's a free country. I don't have to like someone just because
you do." Rod retorts, "No, that's right, you
don't. But it doesn't mean you can be rude to anyone whenever
you feel like it. Mrs. Palmer was very upset when you
left, and I expect you to write her an apology. Jess snaps defiantly,
"I'm not apologising to her." Rod retorts,
"Then you can just get straight to your room until you change
your mind." Jess snaps, "I'm not a little kid, you know."
Rod growls, "Stop behaving like one. Now you get to your
room and you write that apology - and I'll expect to see it when
I get home. Now get." Jess glares at him and then
Leigh and Brett are standing with Beryl in the living room at
Beryl's. Leigh says to Beryl, "You're going to see Rod again,
aren't you?" Beryl, though, replies, "Not until he gets
to the bottom of Jess's problems, anyway." There's suddenly
a knock at the front door and Leigh goes to get it. Brett lingers
with Beryl and comments that Jess sounds like a spoilt brat. Leigh
comes back in with Adam, and Brett asks him how it went with Tracy
and Judge. Adam replies that they were charged, but the bad news
is that they're out on bail. Beryl asks if that means they can
expect more trouble from them. Adam, though, says he doesn't think
they'd be that stupid. Beryl, looking at Leigh, says, "All
the same, I'm glad Shane's up in Queensland, with your mum. It's
a wonder Tracy didn't try to get at you through him."
Leigh asks Adam, "Did you tell your Sergeant about helping
us?" Adam nods, "I had to." Beryl asks
what happened. Adam just replies, "Oh, a rap over the knuckles;
could have been worse." Brett tells him he deserves a medal!
He then suggests to Beryl that it's about time he got back to
David's, as Isabella will think he's abandoned her! Beryl offers
to come with him and cook him dinner, and Brett thanks her - although
he adds that he doesn't think there's much in the way of food
supplies there. Beryl suggests that they'll just have to pick
up some groceries on the way! She heads out to the kitchen and
Brett follows her. Left alone with Adam, Leigh smiles at him and
says gently, "You're a good man, Charlie Brown." Adam
smiles back and asks, "Is that supposed to be a compliment?"
Leigh nods, "Yes." Adam smiles, "Thanks, Lucy!"
At the boarding house, Chris sits down next to Hung, in Fiona's
flat, and offers to give him a hand with the gift he's unwrapping.
He pulls the paper away and Hung reads the words on the box: "Snakes
and ladders. Thankyou!" Chris offers to give him a game,
later. He then tells him, "I'm sorry if you ran away because
of anything I said." Hung, though, points out, "You
wouldn't have saved me if you didn't like me." Chris sits
there, suddenly looking sheepish. Hung then looks at Fiona and
asks, "Where's Leo? Maybe he'd like to play, too?" Fiona,
though, looking uncomfortable, replies, "Er... he had to
go away for a while." Hung says, "I hope he comes back
soon - I want to thank him for trying to help me." There's
suddenly a knock on the front door and Fiona goes to answer it.
Two men wearing dark suits are standing there. One of them holds
out an identity card and says, "We're from the Immigration
Department, Enforcement Section. We understand that a Vietnamese
boy by the name of Nguyen Hung was released from hospital into
your care, a short while ago." From the couch, Chris and
Hung both look round at the door. Fiona asks the men, "What
if he was?" The first man tells her, "I'm afraid we're
under instructions that he's to be placed in a detention centre.
He'll have to come with us." Fiona, though, retorts, "I'm
sorry, but I'm not letting you take that boy anywhere."
The second man tells her, "I understand how you feel, Mrs.
Thompson, but I think you should let us come in and discuss the
matter. We're as concerned as you about the boy's welfare."
Fiona sighs, "Very well, come along in - but I'm certainly
not going to change my mind." The two officers walk in and
the first one looks at Hung and says, "Hello, young man.
You must be Hung. I hear you've been having some adventures since
you came to Australia." Hung just stares at him. The man
then tells Fiona that the Department isn't totally unsympathetic;
they're just concerned that the boy may run away again before
his future is decided. Fiona snaps, "It is already
decided, as far as you're concerned, isn't it?" The man,
though, retorts, "No, it's not - but the boy is
an illegal immigrant." Fiona tells him, "And I
am willing to offer him a home for as long he might need it."
The man assures her, "Mrs. Thompson, the Department is trying
to arrange Hung's status as a legal resident." Fiona asks
incredulously, "How long is that going to take?"
She goes on, "You put him in a detention centre, he's liable
to be there for months." The man hesitates and then
sighs, "Alright, Mrs. Thompson, you can look after him -
for the time being." Fiona thanks him. The man then looks
at Hung and adds, "No more running away, alright? You don't
want to get Mrs. Thompson into trouble." Hung says he won't.
Fiona then sees the two men to the door. As she lets them out,
the first one says to her quietly, "Unofficially, it mightn't
be a bad idea if you can pick up some press coverage. Always seems
to help." With that, he and his colleague go. Fiona closes
the door and then leans against it, a smile on her face. She laughs
to herself, "I'll see what I can do!"
Leigh is sitting with Adam on the couch at Beryl's. Adam is staring
into space, and Leigh asks him if it isn't about time he told
her what's on his mind. Adam murmurs that it's nothing. Leigh,
though, insists that something's bothering him; she can
tell. Adam sighs, "I didn't want you feeling guilty,
that's all." Leigh asks, "What for?" Adam explains,
"Well, my Sarge wasn't too happy when I told him I'd seen
you and Brett at the warehouse." Leigh asks what happened,
and Adam replies, "He wanted to know why I didn't run the
two of you in. When I told him... well, the fact is, they want
my resignation." Leigh stares at him in shock, and he quickly
adds, "Now don't start blaming yourself - I'd already made
up my mind to quit the force." Leigh points out that he loves
that job, and she asks if he didn't explain how it all happened.
Adam replies that he did, but it's not the first time his personal
feelings have got in the way of his duty; it could happen again,
only this time, it might not work out so well. Leigh murmurs that
she's sorry. Adam, though, tells her, "Look on the bright
side. Now we can spend more time together. Makes it all worthwhile,
doesn't it?" With that, he leans in and they start kissing
Doris Hudson is doing some ironing in the kitchen at the Campbell
house when Rod comes in from work and asks how Jess is. Doris
replies that she still hasn't backed down; there's no way she's
going to apologise to Mrs. Palmer. Rod snaps, "We'll see
about that." He calls to his daughter. Doris insists,
"I'm sure it's all a misunderstanding - she's very upset
about it." Rod, though, snaps, "She's going to be even
more upset by the time I've finished with her."
He calls again for his daughter and heads towards her bedroom.
Doris follows him, warning, "She's not the sort of girl you
can browbeat. She's very highly strung." Rod, though, retorts,
"Oh rubbish. She's as stubborn as her mother was - and that's
a good enough reason for not letting her get away with it, isn't
it?" Jess emerges from her bedroom and joins them, reluctantly.
Rod stares at her and says, "Doris tells me you still haven't
written that apology." Jess murmurs, "I haven't done
anything wrong." Rod snaps, "Then you'd better get back
to your room and have a good damn hard think - because you're
not coming out until you've done what you're told." Doris
points out that she has to go to school. Rod retorts, "Fine.
In that case, she can come home every night after school and go
to her room until she's done what she's told." Jess suddenly
accuses, "You didn't love mum at all, did you?"
Rod glares at her and snaps, "What are you talking about?"
Jess goes on, "If you did, you wouldn't even look twice
at someone else." Rod sighs, "Jess, your mother's been
dead a long time." Jess, though, persists, "See, she's
changed you already. You used to like being at home with
me and Doris; now, you're always out with her."
Rod snaps that that's rubbish. Jess, though, retorts, "You
are. I wish I didn't live here anymore. I should've run
away with Barry." With that, she storms off back
to her room. When she's gone, Rod growls at Doris, "What
the hell's got into her? I've gone out with other women before;
she's never kicked up a fuss like this." Doris suggests,
"Perhaps she can sense you're more interested in Mrs. Palmer
than you were in any of the others - and that scares her."
Rod mutters that he doesn't see why it should. Doris
heads back into the kitchen and resumes her ironing. Rod follows
her and asks, "What did you mean by that, Doris?" Doris
replies that Jess has never really got over her mother's death.
Rod points out, "She seemed to settle down alright, once
you came to live with us." Doris agrees, "She
has - to a point. I know she's very fond of
me - but nobody can take the place of Jessica." Rod tells
her curtly, "Nobody's trying to, Doris." Doris,
though, tells him, "Jess doesn't see it like that.
She sees Mrs. Palmer as a terrible threat." Rod says she'll
get over it - once she meets Beryl properly. Doris, though, says
she doubts it. She then tells Rod, "Look, I may be speaking
out of turn, I think you're going to lose her love and trust for
good if you try and force her to welcome Mrs. Palmer with open
In Sunbury, Brett and Beryl approach the back door at the country
house. Brett is carrying a bag of groceries, but he hands them
to Beryl as he reaches to take his door keys out of his pocket.
He goes to put them in the lock, but then realises that the door
is already slightly ajar. Pushing it wide open, he looks worried
as he mutters that he was sure he locked it. Beryl says she hopes
no one's broken in. Brett suggests that they'll soon find out.
He suddenly spots Isabella lying on the kitchen floor, not moving,
and he bends down over her and cries in shock, "She's dead."
Beryl, looking horrified, asks, "Who'd want to kill a little
dog?" As she looks down at Isabella, she doesn't notice someone
creeping up behind her. It's Judge, and he's holding a large metal
pole. He suddenly lashes out and hits Brett with it. He crumples
to the ground. Judge then says to Beryl, "I don't think we've
had the pleasure, Mrs. Palmer - but I'm sure Leigh and Brett have
told you all about me." Beryl stares at him in fear and asks
him what he wants. Judge tells her menacingly, "Tracy and
me have got a few old scores to settle. I reckon you're going
to help us do it - if you know what's good for you..."