Wayne is coming downstairs at Dural with Irene, and he asks her
if she's sure it's not serious. Irene replies that she didn't
say that. She goes on that they can be thankful it wasn't
another heart attack, but any turn as bad as that is obviously
stress-induced and shouldn't be treated lightly. Wayne asks, "But
he will be alright?" Irene replies, "As long
as he gets plenty of rest and nobody goes upsetting him."
Wayne thanks her for coming out and she goes. Wayne closes the
door behind her and heads into the lounge room, where Mary is
sitting looking at a book. She asks what Irene said, and Wayne
tells her that she said Gordon needs peace and quiet for a while.
Mary asks how he'll get that with James around. Wayne
replies that, hopefully, James will ease up once he knows what
the situation is. Mary muses, "Part of it's my fault. It
must be a worry for them, having to put up with me. Maybe I could
help out; get a job and bring in a bit of money?" Wayne,
though, tells her that there's no need to do that - and as it
is, she already does the housekeeping. Mary murmurs, "I just
don't want to be any trouble." Wayne smiles and assures her,
"You're no trouble. Do you know how much I'd miss you if
you weren't here?" Mary, looking surprised, asks, "Would
you?" Wayne smiles, "You better believe it."
Caroline and Samantha are clearing their dinner things away at
the Morrell town house. Caroline looks at the plates and comments
that the flowers in the pattern are starting to wilt. Samantha
suggests that she could get a different pattern if she
gets new ones. Caroline, looking surprised, asks her if she doesn't
like flowers. Samantha just retorts pointedly, "They
seem to be everywhere you look, lately..." There's suddenly
a knock at the front door, and Caroline goes to answer it. James
is standing there, and he introduces himself. Caroline invites
him in and comments that she heard about him buying Roger Carlyle's
shares. James explains that he thought he should introduce himself;
meet the other Directors. Caroline muses that he certainly moves
fast: the new owner of Woombai... part-owner of the company...
all in one hit. James smiles, "Don't let it worry you. I'm
sure we're going to be friends." Caroline just muses, "Hmm..."
Samantha joins them and Caroline introduces her. Samantha offers
James a drink, but he declines, explaining that he's on his way
into town. He then turns back to Caroline and suggests that they
should have a meeting. He offers, "What about lunch tomorrow?"
Caroline, though, tells him that Wayne's the one he should
be talking to. James smiles, "Yeah, well, I'd rather do business
with you." Caroline looks at him wryly and tells
him, "Thankyou, but I'm afraid..." James tells her,
"You're disappointing me." Caroline retorts, "I'm
sure you'll survive."
Mary opens the front door at Dural to find Alison standing there.
She steps inside and asks if Wayne is around. Mary nods that he
is. Alison then comments that Mary looks a bit down. Mary explains
that Gordon has had a bit of a turn. Alison asks if it's serious.
Mary tells her that she thinks he just needs to rest a bit. Alison
suggests to her that perhaps she should consider moving out for
a while; the less people to upset him, the better. Mary, though,
explains that she suggested that but they reckoned she should
stay - and even if she did leave, she doesn't know where she'd
go. Alison smiles, "You could come and stay with Charlie
and me!" Mary mutters that she'd feel awkward. Alison, though,
retorts that that's nonsense: she's a nice girl who's been through
a hard time and they'd love to help if they can. Mary asks if
she can think about it. Wayne suddenly emerges from the study
and asks Alison tersely, "What do you want?" Alison
replies that it's business. Mary heads off upstairs. Wayne asks
Alison what she wants to talk about. Alison replies, "James's
share purchase: I've discovered he hasn't actually bought them
yet. I want to find a way for us to stall him. I thought it might
be in both our interests if you and I joined forces." Wayne
mutters, "No chance." Alison asks, "You think you
can fight him alone?" Wayne, though, smiles, "Who says
I'm fighting him?" Alison warns him, "You know
he's going to keep right on until he's in control, if you let
him." Wayne, though, retorts, "You vote with us,
he'll never be in control. You only want to stall him
so you can buy the shares, and that's not in my
interests." Alison asks, "You don't think you're better
with the devil you know?" Wayne laughs that she has to be
joking. Alison warns him that he obviously hasn't thought of the
alternatives. Wayne, though, retorts that he's thought all he
needs to. Alison mutters, "Alright - but I'll get those shares
somehow. Maybe you should have been a bit more co-operative."
With that, she heads out.
Samantha is wiping-up in the kitchen at the Morrell town house,
commenting to her mother as she does so that James seems like
a nice guy. Caroline muses that he certainly has a rough charm
about him. Samantha asks her why she doesn't go out to lunch with
him, then. Caroline retorts that it's because she's learnt from
experience that it's no good mixing business with pleasure. Samantha
tells her pointedly not to judge everybody by Roger Carlyle. Looking
surprised, Caroline comments, "You've certainly
changed your tune. Only this morning, you were warning me about
getting involved with anyone." Samantha, though,
explains, "That was just Chris. He's a bit serious about
you and I don't think he should be encouraged." Caroline
asks tersely, "Whatever gave you the idea I was encouraging
him?" Samantha shrugs, "I don't know. It just seemed
that way." Caroline assures her that Chris just needed a
shoulder to cry on and that's as far as it went - and as far as
it will go. Samantha smiles, "Good. I can stop worrying..."
It's late at night when James arrives back at Dural. Mary is
sitting in the lounge room, in her nightclothes, watching television.
James staggers into the room and slurs, "Well, well, well,
looks who's here, all alone, waiting up for me to come home."
Mary stands up, looking worried, and says she's feeling a bit
sleepy. She goes to leave the room, but James blocks her way,
slurring, "You don't want to go and leave me. Us night-owls
have to look after each other." Mary tells him that there's
some coffee on the stove. James, though, says, "It wasn't
coffee I was thinking about. How about a little kiss...?"
He suddenly lunges towards her, but she runs back onto the couch,
and James almost falls on to the floor. He manages to stay standing,
though, and slurs, "That's not very nice."
Mary cries, "Please, just leave me alone." James slurs,
"You think I'm not worth it, don't you?" Mary
cries, "I just want to go to bed." James smiles and
slurs, "You won me!" Mary, though, retorts,
"By myself." James goes on, "You think
I'm some hick from the sticks, don't you, without a cent to his
name. Well you take a deco at this..." With that,
he takes out a case containing some opals and shows them to Mary,
commenting, "They're beautiful, aren't they?" He takes
out one particular opal and slurs, "See this little stone
here? It's worth a fortune. It's yours, darling. This will show
you how much I like you. All you have to do is be nice; now that's
not hard, is it?" Mary tries to get away from him, but he's
leaning right over her and she cries, "No... please, no..."
A few moments later, James has his arms around Mary, slurring
that it's worth lots of money. Mary cries, "Leave me alone."
Wayne suddenly walks in and says calmly, "Good to see the
movie holding everyone's interest." Mary immediately moves
away from where James is trying to grab her and runs over to Wayne.
He asks her if she's alright. Mary replies, "He's drunk.
He was trying to--" James interrupts and slurs, "I wasn't
trying to do anything." Wayne tells him, "You
were making enough noise. I don't suppose you know, but Gordon's
ill. He needs all the rest he can get."
James puts his case of opals away and slurs, "I'm going to
bed." With that, he staggers off upstairs. Wayne and Mary
go and sit down and Mary murmurs that James kept trying to touch
her; he said she could have that opal... Wayne says gently that
he knows. He adds that she should try and keep out of James's
way in future. Mary tells him that Alison said she could stay
with her and Charlie; maybe she should? Wayne replies
that it would be a good idea for her to get away from Dural for
a while, but she shouldn't go to Alison - it would be jumping
out of the frying pan and into the fire. Mary asks, "Where
else is there?" Wayne assures her, "We'll think
The next morning, Caroline opens the front door at the Morrell
town house to find Chris standing on the step. She invites him
in and he tells her that he knows it's a funny time to call, but
he wanted to wait until Samantha was at work; there's something
he's got to talk to her about. Caroline says, "I think I
know what it is - and I'm glad: it gives me a chance to clear
the air." She then goes on, "Samantha seems to think
that you, um, are interested in being more than just... well,
friends. Is that the way you feel?" Chris murmurs, "I
thought you might have guessed." Caroline sighs,
"Chris, I have to be honest with you. I've had a lot of problems
recently - emotionally - and I'm cooling things down a bit, if
you know what I mean." Chris, though, says, "Don't you
see? The problem is the sort of people you've been involved
with. What you need is a stable relationship with someone who
can really care for you." Caroline retorts, "No, Chris.
You're too young; it won't work. I know, believe me - it's happened
before. I like you as a friend and I'll be happy to see you again,
but that's all. I'm sorry."
Mary is standing with Alison and Charlie in Charlie's lounge
room. Alison is saying, "I don't think it's a good idea staying
with Fiona at all." Mary asks her why she's so upset
about it. Alison retorts, "It's a boarding house. You don't
know what sort of people are coming and going. I think
it's a much better idea if you stay here." Mary
murmurs, "Thanks, but Wayne's already arranged everything.
He doesn't want me staying anywhere near James."
Alison asks what he's got to do with it, and Mary explains
reluctantly, "James tried to... kiss me and things last night.
Said I could have one of his opals if I... you know..." Charlie
sympathises, "Oh, that awful man..." Alison, though,
demands, "What opals?" Mary indicates the size
with her fingers and adds, "He had a box full." Alison,
suddenly looking very intrigued, muses, "Really...?"
She then tells Mary that if she changes her mind about Fiona's,
there's always a room at Charlie's . Mary goes. Alison stands
there, staring into space, and Charlie asks her what's going on
inside her mind. Alison smiles, "I think I've found a way
to stop James buying those shares..."
A few minutes later, Charlie is saying to Alison, "I'm not
quite sure I follow." Alison explains, "The opals, Charlie.
Last night, James was very tight-lipped about how he intends to
pay for the shares. It's quite obvious he's got an opal mine which
is doing a lot better than anyone thought." She goes on,
"We know that he hasn't actually paid for the shares
yet, and from what Mary says, he carries the stones around with
him. All we have to do is make them disappear for a few
days so he misses the payment deadline. There would be nothing
to stop us from buying the shares instead." Charlie gasps,
"You're going to steal them?" Alison, though,
assures her, "Of course not. We'll just... hide
them for a few days." Charlie retorts, "We
will do nothing of the kind. Whatever you call it, it's
still stealing. If I were you, I'd forget the whole idea."
Alison, though, snaps, "Charlie, I need to make a new life
for myself. I need those shares to give me financial independence.
Look, if I arrange for the opportunity to arise, will you give
me the money to buy them?" Charlie retorts that she doesn't
want anything to do with it. Alison pleads, "Please,
Charlie..." Charlie looks at her sadly but gives in, sighing,
"I think you're being very silly..." Alison smiles,
Mary and Wayne are heading downstairs at Dural. Mary is carrying
a box of her belongings, which she puts down in the hallway with
some suitcases. Wayne is standing there, and he tells her not
to let him forget to pick up those reports. Mary asks, "What
reports?" and he replies, "The ones I'm taking up to
Woombai after I've dropped you at Fiona's." He then heads
outside with one of Mary's cases just as James comes downstairs.
He asks Mary if he can talk to her, but she retorts bluntly that
she's busy packing. James asks, "You're not leaving,
are you, because of what happened last night?" Mary, ignoring
him, stands up and goes to head into the lounge room, saying she's
got to get her reading books. James, though, grabs her and says,
"I don't exactly know what happened last night - but if I
upset you, I'm sorry." Alison suddenly appears in the open
front doorway and asks James if he could spare a moment. Mary
says she's got to get her books, and she heads off into the lounge
room. James follows her, pleading, "You don't have
to leave." With the hallway suddenly empty, Alison heads
inside and walks over to where James's leather jacket is hanging
on the bannister. She checks through the pockets but finds nothing.
She then checks through his briefcase, which he's put down on
the floor. She finds a small box inside, which rattles when she
shakes it. At that moment, though, Wayne then comes back in and
she quickly puts the box back into the briefcase. Wayne asks her
if she found James, and she replies that he's talking to Mary.
Wayne mutters that he'd better behave himself. He then picks up
another of Mary's boxes and heads back outside. Alison looks down
at James's briefcase.
In the lounge room, James is telling Mary that he's not really
like that. Mary mutters that he doesn't know why he drinks,
then. James then goes on, "There's something else. Did I
show you something last night? A little box, with stones in it."
Mary nods, "Yes." James asks, "You tell anyone?"
Mary retorts, "Why should I?" James smiles,
"Good girl. Keep it to yourself, will you?"
Out in the hallway, Alison has the opal case open in her hand.
As she hears James's voice approaching from the lounge room, she
quickly snaps the case shut again and then hides it in one of
the boxes containing Mary's belongings. James and Mary rejoin
her and she tells James that she's still waiting. James, though,
tells her that if she wants to talk to him, she'll have to come
back later; he has to go and see his solicitor and arrange payment
for the shares. Mary picks up the final box containing her belongings
- and the opals - and hands it to Wayne, who takes it out to the
car. Mary and James follow him out, leaving Alison standing in
the hallway, looking annoyed.
At the Morrell town house, Caroline is telling Chris to look
at it from her point of view: after Roger, she doesn't
trust her own judgement - and even if she thought there could
be something, she wouldn't let it happen. Chris suggests, "Surely
you know your own feelings? Either you're attracted to someone
or you're not." Caroline murmurs, "Yes - and
I'm sorry, Chris, but I'm not." Chris snaps, "Why
act like you care for me if you don't?" Caroline
sighs, "Of course I care for you - but that's not
loving. And anyway, even if there could be something
more, what do you think Samantha would have to say about
it?" Chris pleads, "Please, Caroline, you can't throw
a chance like this away just because you're worried what Samantha
might think." Caroline, though, points out, "She's my
daughter - and she's your friend." Chris, however, retorts,
"If she's selfish enough to stop us from being happy, she's
not worth worrying about."
Alison is back at Charlie's, telling Charlie, "Another couple
of seconds; that's all I needed and I'd've had them in my hand."
Charlie tells her that she should have gone straight to Fiona's
and got them back. Alison, though, asks how she could do that
without telling Mary the whole story. Charlie points out that
Mary will find them as soon as she unpacks, and James will realise
they're missing soon enough; if he finds out Mary's got them,
he'll think she stole them. Alison asks what she can do about
it. Charlie retorts that there's only one thing she can
do: see Mary and tell her. Alison murmurs, "I can't."
Charlie, though, snaps, "You have to. For once, you'll have
to put someone else's welfare before your own. Come on, I'll drive
Samantha is sitting in Fiona's flat at the boarding house as
Wayne brings in Mary's final suitcase. Fiona then asks him if
he can give Samantha a lift. Wayne asks Samantha if she's not
working today. Samantha explains that she thinks she's caught
the same bug her mum had; she feels like she's going to fall over
in a minute. Mary tells Wayne to take care of himself at Woombai
and not to let James give him too hard a time. Wayne smiles that
he won't. He then turns to Fiona and says, "Take care of
this girl of ours, won't you? She's come to mean a lot to us Hamiltons."
Fiona smiles that of course she will. She then turns to Samantha
and tells her to go straight home and go to bed and fill herself
full of vitamin C! Samantha and Wayne head out. Fiona picks up
one of Mary's cases and suggests they get it into her room and
then they can have a nice cup of coffee. She adds that, later
on, they might be able to do some reading. Mary smiles, "Thanks!"
A short time later, outside, Wayne climbs into his car. Samantha
- in the passenger seat - remarks that Mary seems nice. Wayne
nods that she is. Samantha adds that he seems quite fond
of her, too. Wayne smiles, "I like her." Samantha asks,
"Is that all...?"
Inside, in Fiona's flat, Mary emerges from her room, carrying
the case of opals, and says to Fiona, "I found these in my
things." Fiona opens the case and gasps, "Hey! They're
opals." Mary explains, "They're the ones James showed
me last night. I don't know how they got there." Fiona comments
that she'd say James would be wondering where they are, and she
suggests that Mary 'phone him straight away. There's suddenly
a knock on the door, which Fiona goes to answer as she asks Mary
if she thinks James will still be at Gordon's. Mary, though, says
she doesn't think so; he was on his way out when she left. Fiona
opens the door - to find James standing there. He barges in and
snaps, "Where is she?" Fiona tells him, "If you
mean Mary..." He looks at Mary, storms over to her, grabs
the case of opals from her hand and growls, "Give me those,
you little thief." Mary cries, "I didn't take them."
Fiona snaps at him, "Now just one moment. She found those
in with her books. She was going to call you right away."
James, though, tuts, "Huh. As if I'd believe you."
Turning to Mary, he adds, "You're the only person that even
knew these existed. Sure as hell explains why you were in such
a hurry to get out of the house." Mary cries, "It's
not true - I don't know how they got there." James
snarls, "I've got a good mind to tell the Hamiltons what
a little crook you really are. Talk about a rat deserting a sinking
ship: you saw they were all washed up and couldn't wait to get
out of the house. That's OK - that's up to you - but taking my
stones? That was a big mistake. You'll be sorry for it."
With that, he storms off again.
Outside, James climbs into his car, puts on his seatbelt and
starts the engine. He pulls away. A few seconds later, Charlie
pulls up in her car. Alison is sitting in the passenger
seat, and she curses, "Damn, it's too late." Charlie
tells her that she must still go in and see Mary; she must be
totally confused. Alison mutters, "That won't change anything;
she'll just hate me." Charlie points out curtly, "She'll
hate you a lot more if she finds out the truth from someone else."
Alison stares at her as she realises what she's implying, and
says, "You wouldn't...?" Charlie sighs, "I
should, but I won't. But it's bound to come out sooner or later.
Goodness knows what James said to the poor girl. The whole thing's
your fault and you owe Mary an explanation." Alison sighs
Chris is sitting on the couch with Caroline at the Morrell town
house. Caroline is saying to him, "This whole argument's
a waste of time. I don't know why you're still here." Chris
suggests, "Because neither of us really wants me to go."
Caroline tells him that they'll only end up hurting each other.
Chris, though, replies, "The only way we'll hurt each other
is by ignoring our feelings. Now, I know that you are as attracted
to me as I am to you..." He suddenly leans in to kiss her.
Caroline quickly stops him and murmurs, "Chris, don't..."
Chris asks her gently what she's frightened of. Caroline, though,
assures him, "I'm not frightened; you're not listening
to me." Chris leans in further and this time Caroline submits,
and they start kissing passionately. After a few seconds, she
pulls away and says, "We shouldn't be doing this; we really
shouldn't..." They resume their kissing, though, oblivious
to Samantha's sudden appearance in the doorway...
Alison is standing in Fiona's flat at the boarding house, telling
Fiona and Mary that she needs to talk to Mary alone for a few
minutes. Fiona mutters, "Really? Wouldn't have anything to
do with opals, would it?" Alison looks down, guiltily,
and Fiona muses, "Yes, I thought either you or Wayne would
have to be responsible." Looking at Mary, Alison insists,
"Look, I didn't mean to get you into trouble. I didn't have
any time. I had to hide them somewhere, then
you took the box--" Mary interrupts and asks, "You were
trying to steal them?" Alison, though, retorts,
"No, I was trying to keep them away from James for a few
days so he wouldn't buy the shares. I am sorry; I'd never have
done it if I thought you were going to be involved." Mary
glares at her and then snaps, "Go away. I don't want to see
you anymore." Alison looks at Fiona, but Fiona tells her,
"I don't think there's anything more to say. You'd better
leave." Looking back at Mary, guiltily, Alison murmurs, "Yes,
well, if there's anything you ever need..." Mary stares at
her and then runs off. Alison storms off out of the flat. Charlie
is waiting in the corridor and she asks what's happened. Alison
snaps, "Nothing much. She doesn't want to see me again, that's
all." Charlie tells her to give the girl a few days. Alison,
though, retorts, "No, she means it, Charlie. I've lost her."
Charlie points out, "Well, you've only got yourself to blame."
Alison growls, "I know that." Charlie, looking annoyed,
retorts, "Don't snap at me." Alison, though,
says angrily, "I know it's my fault; you don't have
to tell me. If I thought there was anyone I could rely
for a bit of sympathy, it was you. I've lost everything;
what am I going to do?" Charlie tells her, "Don't look
to me for advice; I gave you some earlier and you wouldn't
listen." With that, she goes to walk off. Alison pleads,
"No, please, wait, Charlie." Charlie, though, turns
back to her and retorts, "I'm sick of being used
and yelled at. Find your own way home." With that,
she walks off, leaving Alison standing there, looking shocked.