At Dural, James is saying, "It's back-breaking work, I can
tell you. Damn risky, too." He's sitting with Andy, Mary,
Barbara and Irene in the lounge room, telling them about the mining
operation in Quilpie. Mary hands him a cup of coffee as Irene
comments that it sounds like quite a life. James tells her, though,
that he's had a few drawbacks. Irene suggests, "No women,
eh?" James nods, "The other one's no grog!" Andy
asks humorously, "What else is there?!" James
retorts, "Money - grows on trees up there, so to speak."
Irene smiles, "Man after my own heart!" James asks her
what she does, and Barbara tells him that Irene is a doctor. James
laughs, "A man might have to get sick!" Changing the
subject abruptly, Barbara says to him, "How long do you think
you'll be staying, James?" James tells her curtly, "That
depends - on how reasonable everyone is." Irene suggests
that it seems a bit silly, everyone getting worked up over Woombai.
James asks her if she's been there. Irene nods, "Only the
once." James asks, "It still a dump?" Barbara tells
him, "Well, Gordon has let it go a bit..."
Irene adds, "If I were you, any offer over say $180,000 -
$200,000, I would take it and run." James sits there, looking
thoughtful. He then murmurs, "Two hundred, eh? Man could
buy a decent 'plane with that." Irene, looking surprised,
asks him if he's a pilot. He replies, "Ace Hamilton. Terror
of a thousand inland airstrips!" Irene smiles, "There
you go, then. As soon as Gordon gets back, you'll probably be
able to tie--" James, though, interrupts and tells her to
hang on a minute: he hasn't even talked to his solicitor yet -
and a bit of haggling could be fun. He adds, "If
nothing else, it'll keep me around you lovely ladies for a few
more days." Barbara looks away in disgust.
Samantha arrives back at the Morrell town house to find Caroline
dozing on the couch. She stirs and asks her daughter how Fiona
is. Samantha replies that she's fine; Fiona asked her to stay
to dinner. She suddenly notices a vase of flowers on the coffee
table and asks where they came from. Caroline smiles, "Chris.
They're beautiful, aren't they?" Samantha mutters, "Yes."
Caroline goes on that he's quite a likeable young man; they had
quite a chat. Samantha sits there, looking upset, and Caroline
asks her what the matter is. Samantha just warns her, "Be
careful, mum," and she heads off to bed, leaving Caroline
Charlie is sitting on the couch in her lounge room, looking upset,
as Alison storms in and snaps, "Men are the most thankless
creatures invented, Charlie. I was a fool for ever trusting him.
Only takes one good-looking woman to make a pass and suddenly
all the love in the world isn't worth tuppence." She goes
and pours herself a drink as she announces, "David's married
someone else." Charlie stares at her in shock and
mouths, "What?" Alison explains, "In South America.
He found himself one of those dusky senoritas, or whatever they
call themselves." Charlie murmurs that she's sorry. Alison
snarls, "How could he? All I've been doing for the last two
months is trying to clear my name so we can have a normal life
together and he--" She breaks off as she suddenly notices
Charlie's face, and says, "You've been crying." Charlie
sobs, "Isabella's dead. Leigh called a few minutes ago."
Alison just mutters, "Oh." She then spits, "I'll
never forgive him, Charlie. Not in a million years." Charlie
goes on sadly, "Apparently, there was some trouble at the
farm." Alison, ignoring her, snaps, "I don't care how
it happened or what the excuse is." Charlie sobs, "They
just bashed her." Alison snaps, "I shall never
forgive him." Charlie stands up from the couch and, glaring
at Alison, cries angrily, "You couldn't spare anyone else
a thought for once, could you? I loved Isabella. I know
she was only a dog, but she never complained... she never asked
me to keep a secret... she was happy just being loved.
Now, she's gone. And don't act like you're the only one
who knows what it's like to lose someone, because you're not."
Alison stares at her.
Chris walks into Fiona's flat at the boarding house, with Hung.
Fiona asks them if they enjoyed the movie, and Chris laughs that
Hung wants to do it again tomorrow night! He then asks Fiona how
her night was. Fiona laughs, "Different. A friend
of David Palmer's called round." Hung heads off to bed, pausing
to say, "Thanks, Chris," as he does so. He goes. Chris
then tells Fiona, "It was still a bit awkward at times. I
don't hate him, though." He adds, "I was losing my head
over a fourteen-year-old kid who's as quiet as a mouse and four
foot six on tiptoes. As soon as you start putting it like that..."
He then suggests that he'd better make a move. Fiona, though,
quickly tells him that she's got a confession to make: she thought
those flowers he wanted were for Samantha - and when she asked
Samantha how she liked them, all she got was a blank face; she
hopes she hasn't put her foot in anything. Chris, though, mutters
that he doesn't think Samantha will be too worried about it. Fiona
tells him that Samantha is very fond of him - even though they
might have had a few differences about Hung. Chris just mutters,
"Maybe," and he heads out, leaving Fiona looking thoughtful.
At Charlie's, Alison is saying, "I'm the one who
should be sorry. It is sad about Isabella. If I sounded
insensitive, I apologise." She then asks Charlie if she's
still going back to Melbourne. Charlie sighs, "Probably.
Leigh said that Adam was quitting the police force. I don't know
why, exactly, but if he's not happy, I should be there."
Changing the subject, she goes on, "You must be feeling terrible.
I'm sure there's an explanation. David went over there because
he loved you; you mustn't forget that." She then suggests,
"Maybe he found the woman in the photograph and thought...
well, maybe she's dead, so he thinks you are?"
Alison, though, says she doesn't know, anymore: he loved her;
he wouldn't have married again in a couple of weeks. Charlie says
quietly, "Come to Melbourne with me." Alison, though,
staring into the distance, says, "Remember the day we bought
the farm? David drove us out. He wore his Sunday best. I couldn't
go back there; not now..."
Irene is standing with Andy, Barbara and James in the lounge
room at Dural, announcing that she has to go. Andy tells James
that he'll see him around. He and Irene then head out to the hallway
with Barbara, who closes the lounge room doors behind them. In
the lounge room, Mary offers James another cup of coffee. James,
though, asks if he can have a nightcap instead. Out in the hallway,
Barbara is saying quietly to Irene and Andy, "I dislike him
already. I don't know how I'm going to be able to keep my temper."
Irene suggests, "Get Gordon to offer him the two hundred
grand. If you actually put the cheque in front of him, I bet he
takes it." Barbara asks, "And what if he discovers how
much Woombai is really worth?" Irene, though, assures
her, "He won't - not unless anybody tells him. He
still thinks it's the old shack his father had."
Barbara says, "Gordon won't go along with it." Irene
tells her, "Then convince him." Barbara stands there,
looking dubious. In the lounge room, Mary hands James his drink
and he asks, "What's Gordon like these days? Balding? Glasses?"
Mary, though, says, "No." James muses, "Funny,
I always thought he'd have glasses!" Mary sits down next
to him and he goes on, "You know, in twenty years, he never
wrote me once." Mary asks, "Did you write to him?"
James admits, "No." Mary points out, "Then you
can't talk." James, leaning forward, sighs, "You should
have been there: Gordon got Nancy... the old man's inheritance...
and little old James got left out in the cold." Mary tells
him that he should at least give Gordon a chance; he's been very
good to her. James assures her, "Don't worry - I'm
a fair man. I'll size him up, see if he's changed, before I make
a decision." The lounge room doors suddenly reopen and Barbara
comes in, saying, "You will be staying the night, James?"
James replies that he'd expected to. Mary stands up and heads
off to make up the bed in the spare room. When she's gone, James
indicates to Barbara the glass that he's holding and says, "Join
me?" Barbara replies, "If you wish." James tells
her, "I do. I'm looking forward to a private little
It's late in the evening. Alison - wearing her night clothes
- wanders into the lounge room at Charlie's and switches on a
lamp. She walks over to her handbag, which is lying on the coffee
table, takes out a leather wallet from inside and stares at the
photo in it of David. She then lifts out the photo and rips it
into little pieces...
In the lounge room at Dural, James - sitting next to Barbara
on the couch - asks her if Gordon will be home soon, as it's getting
pretty late. Barbara, though, tells him that rotary dinners have
been known to go on well into the night. James smiles, "So...
just you and me, huh?" Barbara mutters, "At the moment."
James then asks, "You ever played the 'two sorts' game, Babs?"
Barbara snaps, "Barbara." James smiles, "Yeah,
well, that's where we swap the definitions of the two sorts of
people in the world: for example, those who hate their nickname
and those who like it." Barbara suggests, "Or those
who bear grudges and those who don't?" James nods, "That's
it, yeah." Barbara then snaps, "Why don't you just say
what you think?" James, though, replies calmly that that
would be too easy - and besides, he can see it's a struggle for
her to talk to him, so he thought this might be a bit of an ice-breaker.
Barbara sighs and appeals, "James, please... I know
Woombai isn't the greatest property on earth, but it does mean
an awful lot to Gordon." James muses, "So everybody
keeps telling me." He then says, "It's all up to you,
isn't it." Barbara stares at him and retorts, "I beg
your pardon?" James, putting his arm round her, tells her,
"Barbara, there are two sorts of women in the world: there
are those who do... and those who don't." With that, he pulls
her head gently towards him and starts kissing her. Barbara suddenly
swings her left hand round and whacks him across the face. His
glass flies out of his hand and he stares at her.
A few minutes later, James is standing behind the bar, pouring
himself another drink. Barbara is apologising, saying she doesn't
know what came over her, but he had no right. She then starts
to say, "What just happened... I mean..." James asks
her if she's scared that she's just blown Gordon's chances of
ever getting his hands back on Woombai. He adds, "Don't worry,
Barbara. You win some, you lose some." The front door suddenly
bangs and Wayne and Gordon walk in, Gordon starting to say as
they do so, "Darling, someone's parked their car--"
Barbara quickly stops him and, indicating the bar, tells him,
"James has arrived." Gordon turns to look at his brother,
who says, "Well well... twenty years, eh, Gordon? Seems like
only a couple of decades!" Gordon shakes his hand. James
comments, "Can hardly believe it, eh? First time since 1965."
He laughs and then pulls at Gordon's neckwear, saying, "Still
wearing a bloody tie. Geez, you'd think he was the PM!" He
then looks at Wayne and comments, "You must be Nancy's boy."
Wayne introduces himself and he and James shake hands. Mary comes
back in and tells James that his room is ready. James says he
thinks he'll turn in. He then looks at his brother and adds, "You
don't want to discuss business tonight, do you, Gordon?"
Gordon says, "Whatever you like." James assures him,
"The morning's fine." Mary leads him off to show him
his room, leaving Barbara to tell Gordon and Wayne that James
arrived just before dinner. Wayne asks if he said anything about
Woombai. Barbara tells him that he thinks it's an old shack on
a couple of acres. Gordon comments that he obviously hasn't seen
his solicitor yet. Barbara tells him, "If you don't let on...
it's the only way, Gordon. If you offer him a fraction of what
Woombai is worth... let him think he's taken you down... well,
Woombai is still yours." Gordon mutters, "I
can't do that." Wayne chips in, "Sounds fair to me."
Barbara tells Gordon, "If you want Woombai, you're going
to have to." Gordon stands there, looking worried.
The next morning, Samantha is standing in the corridor outside
the entrance to Irene's surgery at the boarding house when Chris
comes round the corner. She comments to him that she heard he
and Hung went to the movies last night, and Chris replies that
they had a good time together. He then goes on that Fiona told
him she said something to her about the flowers he sent to Caroline.
Samantha comments that they were very nice. Chris tells her that
Caroline is a very nice lady. Samantha warns, "She's also
lonely, Chris." Chris asks curtly what that's supposed
to mean. Samantha retorts that she just doesn't want to see either
of them getting hurt. Chris tells her, "We won't be - if
people leave us alone." Irene suddenly emerges from her flat,
opposite, and asks Samantha if she's ready for work. Samantha
unlocks the door to the surgery and Irene heads inside. Samantha
pleads to Chris, "Think about it. Please?"
Mary, Wayne, Gordon, Barbara and James are all sitting having
breakfast at the living room table at Dural. Wayne is saying,
"If it was up to me, I'd say you could have it. It's more
trouble than it's worth: you've got to pay all the maintenance
on it... employ someone to keep it going... make sure it runs
at a loss or otherwise we get taxed to hell... It's just a huge
hassle." James nods at him. Wayne adds, "Sentimentally,
of course, it's a different story: dad loves the place, which
I can understand: he grew up there." James glances at Gordon
and says, "Yeah." Wayne adds, "If you think it
will get you down, why not sell it back to him? We could probably
settle the whole thing this morning." James, though, tells
him to hang on; he hasn't spoken to his solicitor yet. Wayne quickly
asks why they should bring them into it; they're only
after a percentage. He continues, "If we can agree on a fair
figure, you'll get the money, we'll keep the
property... what could be easier?" James, smiling at him,
asks, "What do you reckon Woombai's worth?" Wayne pauses
and then suggests, "$175,000... $180,000..." James asks,
"How about two?" Wayne muses, "Two hundred thousand?"
Turning to Gordon, he asks, "What do you reckon, dad?"
Gordon looks at James and Wayne then says quickly, "Right.
Done. You'll get the cheque by lunchtime." James smiles,
"Great!" He then adds, "Well, I think I'll go and
apologise to your neighbour." Barbara exclaims, "Charlie?!"
James nods, "Yeah, the cute one I got off on the wrong foot
with yesterday." Barbara tells him which house it is and
James then says to his brother, "Nice doing business with
you, Gordon." Gordon doesn't respond and James walks out.
When he's gone, Wayne smiles, "Was that beautiful or was
that beautiful?!" Gordon mutters, "It was wrong."
Barbara, though, snaps, "Nonsense. You built up Woombai from
nothing. He's got no right to walk in and take it away from you."
Wayne stands up and says he's going over to talk to Caroline about
the shares Roger had. He adds, "If you want to buy back into
the company, dad..." Gordon, though, retorts curtly, "No
thankyou... one $200,000 cheque for one day is quite enough!"
Alison is putting on her make-up in the lounge room at Charlie's
as Charlie stands next to her and says she called Adam earlier.
Alison asks how he is and Charlie replies that he sounded quite
chirpy: he told her to save her money and stay up in Sydney. Changing
the subject, she then suggests to Alison that for someone with
a broken heart, she's hiding it very well. Alison explains, "Life
goes on, Charlie. I decided last night I could either let things
get to me or tough them out." Charlie murmurs, "I
just let them get to me. I remember how small Isabella
was when I first bought her." Alison recalls, "You came
right over and showed me!" Charlie smiles, "Yes, so
I did... Oh, I am going to miss her." Alison just
stands there, a smile on her face. There's suddenly a knock at
the front door, and Charlie goes to answer it. James is standing
there, and he say a bright, "G'day!" Charlie stares
at him and he goes on, "I know it's early, but if we're going
to catch a 'plane, we'd better move fast." Charlie asks him
blankly what he's talking about. He explains, "I want to
apologise for last night. I was a bit rude." Charlie mutters,
"A bit?" James sighs, "Yeah, I know. But
seeing as I got a pilot's licence, I thought you might like to
come for a joyride." Charlie queries, "You and me? In
a 'plane?" James laughs, "I can't fly anything else!"
A broad grin suddenly crosses Charlie's face and she flirts, "Wait
A woman is standing in the corridor at the boarding house and
she knocks on the door of Fiona's flat. Fiona answers it and the
woman introduces herself as Marsha Holdsworth from the Department
of Immigration. She asks if Hung is home, and Fiona replies hesitantly
that he is. Marsha asks if she can see him for a moment, as she
has some rather important news for him.
A few minutes later, Fiona is saying in surprise, "He does
have relatives in Australia?" Marsha replies, "Yes -
but it's his mother's brother, not his father's. Anyway, they
saw the bit in the paper and realised Hung was their nephew and
got in touch with us." Fiona asks Hung why he didn't tell
her, but Hung replies that he didn't know. Marsha adds,
"We've checked it out and it is Hung's uncle and
he's willing to take him." Turning to Hung, she continues,
"Which means, of course, that we can now offer you legal
status as a refugee." A broad smile crosses Fiona's face.
Wayne is sitting with Caroline and Alison at the Morrell town
house, saying, "I've been in touch with Roger's solicitor
and the situation is: all of the shares are inherited by the daughter."
Caroline asks if she's going to keep them. Wayne, though, tells
her, "She'll probably sell - which means that if you and
I bought them together, we'd own 98%." Alison indicates Caroline
and chips in, "And if she bought them herself, she'd
control the company." Caroline glares at her and
she adds, "It was merely an observation." Caroline growls,
"Well, observe in silence." Wayne goes on that the thing
is, the shares are going to cost; if they want to buy them, they've
got to start negotiating for loans now; if they want
to save the money, they can wait and hope they get on with the
new partner, whoever it is. Caroline asks who it's likely to be.
Wayne shrugs, "Could be anyone. As long as they roll up to
Carlyle's daughter with the right money, they'll have 49% of the
company." Alison stares at him, looking thoughtful.
At the boarding house, Hung emerges from his bedroom at Fiona's
flat, carrying a packed bag. Marsha asks him if he's ready. Hung
says to Fiona, "I can come back and visit you, can't I?"
Fiona assures him that she'll be very upset if he doesn't! They
head over to the door. Fiona opens it and then tells Hung that
if there's ever anything he needs, for any reason at all, she'll
be there. She then gives him and hug and he and Marsha leave.
Fiona closes the door and leans against it, a happy smile on her
The front door bangs at Charlie's and Charlie waltzes into the
lounge room. Alison is in there, a basket in front of her on the
coffee table, and Charlie trills, "Oh, darling, you really
must let Ace take you flying. It's wonderful. It's not like being
in a jet at all... it's the best time I've had in years!"
She then notices the basket and asks what it is. Alison tells
her, "A present - for you." Charlie asks what
it is and Alison laughs, "Open it!" Charlie lifts the
lid as Alison adds, "It's for putting up with me, because
I hate to see you depressed." There's a small puppy inside;
she's identical to Isabella, and Charlie, lifting her out, coos
lovingly that she's beautiful. She then says sincerely to Alison,
"Oh, you really are very kind." Turning to
the puppy, she asks "What am I going to call you?" Alison
suggests, "Isabella." Charlie, though, says she couldn't.
She then suggests to the puppy, "How about 'Isabella 2'?!"
Alison muses that it sounds like a boat! Charlie asks her where
she got her, and Alison replies, "From the same kennels you
got Isabella 1." A serious look suddenly crosses her face
and she changes the subject and says, "Charlie, I need to
ask you a favour." Charlie smiles, "Anything, darling."
Alison warns her, "It's rather a big favour."
Charlie stares at her and asks sourly, "Does it explain the
present?" Alison, though, assures her that she 'phoned the
kennels before this came up. Charlie tells her warily
to go on. Alison says, "I want you to buy Roger Carlyle's
shares. I wouldn't ask, but I don't have any money at the moment,
and I need to move quickly. Please, Charlie. I need a change of
direction... something to help me forget - and I do want to be
involved in running the company. Will you?" Charlie stares
James heads into the lounge room at Dural as Barbara tells him
that she didn't save him any lunch, but can whip him up a sandwich,
if he likes. James, though, replies curtly, "No thanks, Barbara."
Gordon and Wayne are sitting in the room and Wayne asks James
what he's been doing for six hours. James retorts, "I took
Charlie for a joyride." Gordon asks him where they went.
James retorts, "We flew up to Woombai." Gordon stares
at him and then glances at Barbara, nervously. James goes on,
"Charlie was very helpful: she pointed out the homestead...
the guesthouse... the stables..." Gordon starts to say, "James..."
James, though, snaps, "Don't bother. You cheated me twenty
years ago, Gordon; nothing's changed." He goes on angrily,
"Two hundred thousand wouldn't even buy the horses
in that place. If you've written out a cheque, you can tear it
up; the deal's off. Woombai's mine, brother: every last
cent of it."