Mary is talking on the 'phone in Fiona's flat, saying, "I
didn't know anything about it - honest." Barbara, on the
other end in the lounge room at Dural, assures her, "No one's
saying you did." Mary points out, "James
is." Barbara, though, tells her, "Yeah, well you leave
James for the moment." She then asks Mary if she has any
idea who put the opals in with her books. Mary tells
her, "Yeah: Alison." Barbara, looking surprised, asks,
"Are you sure?" Mary explains, "She told
me herself: said James was going to buy some shares with them
and she wants to stop him." Barbara mutters, "Oh my
God, of all the stupid..." Mary cries, "James is furious.
I know he's going to take it out on me somehow."
Barbara, though, assures her, "No he won't - not when he
knows the full story. You leave that to me." Mary thanks
her and the two of them hang up. Fiona then puts her arms around
Mary and soothes, "Now come on, it had nothing to do with
you. We can thank Miss. Carr for this little mess." Mary
mutters bitterly, "Why doesn't she just stay out of other
Caroline is vacuuming the lounge room floor at the Morrell town
house when Samantha emerges from her room and shouts, "Lover
boy gone already? That was quick!" Caroline turns off the
machine and retorts angrily that nothing happened; Chris merely
came round to see if she was alright. Samantha points out gruffly
that that's not what she saw when she walked in. Caroline insists
that it wouldn't have gone any further; they're only friends.
Samantha, though, sighs, "You don't expect me to believe
that?" Caroline retorts, "Look, darling, I realise that
it didn't look that way, but we all make mistakes, especially
when we're low. He kissed me, that's all." Samantha glares
at her and yells, "It's getting pretty hard to feel sorry
for you. He's not your first mistake." Caroline
snaps, "I beg your pardon?" Samantha retorts, "Ron
Castle... Roger... Daddy..." Caroline snaps, "Chris
is nothing like that." Samantha asks angrily, "Why?
Because he's younger?" Caroline retorts, "Because
we don't have that sort of relationship." Samantha growls
sarcastically, "Oh of course. Sorry, I forgot." With
that, she storms off back to bed. Caroline stands there, looking
In Melbourne, Leigh is polishing the living room table at Beryl's
when Beryl walks in all dressed up and asks if it's too much.
Leigh smiles that her dress is lovely. Beryl explains that it's
important to Rod that the lunch goes well - especially with Jess.
Leigh comments that she didn't realise Jess was going
to be there. Beryl explains that she's taken the afternoon off
school. She then asks Leigh if she's seen her watch. Leigh picks
it up from where it's sitting on a shelf and, as she hands it
to Beryl, smiles, "I'm sure it will be a raging success."
Beryl muses, "The housekeeper doesn't exactly sound
like a barrel of laughs - Spider calls her 'The dragon lady'!"
There's suddenly a knock on the door and Beryl goes to answer
it. Adam is standing on the step and he tells her that there's
a cab waiting out there. Beryl says it's hers, and she heads off.
Adam walks into the lounge room and comments to Leigh, "Looks
like it's all go in the Palmer house today!" Leigh smiles
and then asks him why he's not at work. Adam explains that he
finished up today. Leigh, looking surprised, asks him if he doesn't
have to give them two weeks' notice. Adam explains that he had
a couple of weeks' owing in holiday, so they gave him that instead.
Leigh looks at him, sadly, but he quickly tells her that he knows
what she's thinking but she can forget about it: she and Brett
had nothing to do with his resignation. Leigh tells him, "We
felt pretty bad about it. Brett's even gone home to Ararat for
a few days." Adam points out that she knows he's been trying
to quit the force for weeks; he's simply not cut out to be a cop
- personal feelings get in the way all the time and there's no
time for that in the force. Leigh asks, "No regrets?"
Adam smiles, "No. Now I can get on with something I'm much
better at." Leigh asks, "And what's that?" Adam
replies, "Taking you out on the town full-time!" Leigh
grins at him.
Jess is sitting on the couch in the lounge room at the Campbell
house. Rod is looking out of the window, but he turns to his daughter
and remarks that it must feel good to be out of uniform at lunchtime.
Jess mutters that it's no big deal; it's only lunch. Rod, though,
tells her that it's a special lunch: today, he's going
to give Beryl a friendship ring. Doris comes into the room behind
him as he shows the ring to Jess and explains that he wants her
to see it first so she won't be too surprised. He asks Jess what
she reckons, but she retorts, "You can give her what you
like. It's none of my business." Rod sighs, "I want
you to be happy for us, love. You can see she means a lot to me,
can't you?" Jess mutters, "If you say so." Doris
suddenly chips in and, looking at the ring, asks, "Is that
for our guest?" Rod replies, "Yeah. Do you think she'll
like it?" Doris points out, "It's a gold ring. I don't
know any woman who wouldn't." She then walks off
again. There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Rod appeals
to his daughter, "Remember, Jess, a big effort for me, eh?"
He goes to answer the door. Jess walks over to Doris, who's standing
nearby, looking upset, and asks what the matter is. Doris murmurs,
"Oh nothing. Forget it. It's just me being selfish, that's
all." Jess presses, "Tell me." Doris explains 'reluctantly',
"That ring: it made me realise your father mightn't need
a housekeeper much longer." Jess assures her, "Of course
he will." Doris adds, "Don't think I'm not happy for
him; it's just that I couldn't bear the thought of leaving."
Jess tells her, "You won't. Don't you think about it."
Doris, though, insists, "We have to face it, Jess. If there's
someone to replace me..." Jess assures her, "No one
can replace you; it's impossible." Doris sighs, "That's
very sweet of you, Jess, but we just have to--" Jess interrupts
and tells her, "No 'buts'; I wouldn't let it happen."
Doris smiles at her.
Sometime later, Beryl, Rod and Jess are sitting eating, as Doris
fusses around them. Beryl thanks her for the meal. Rod offers
her more punch, and she accepts. He goes to pour it, but the jug
is empty, and he heads out to make some more. Beryl finds herself
alone with Jess, who says, "Look, I'm sorry about how I carried
on when we first met. I guess I just wasn't used to dad having...
you know, women friends. Don't think I disapprove or anything...
well, maybe I did at first, but I realised I was wrong when I
saw how happy dad was. He really does like you." Beryl smiles
awkwardly, "I'm quite fond of him, too." Jess
goes on, "He's even gone and bought you something expensive."
Beryl murmurs, "I'm flattered." Jess tells her, "You
should be." She then quickly adds, "What I
mean is, he's got a few money troubles at the moment. He wouldn't
talk about it - especially with you." Beryl asks, "Why
not with me?" Jess reminds her, "You're rich."
Beryl smiles that she'd hardly call herself rich. Jess,
though, tells her, "Still, he wouldn't talk about it; it
would embarrass him. You won't mention it, will you?" Beryl
assures her, "Not if you don't want me to." She then
adds, "Jess, what I feel about your father has nothing to
do with how much money he's got." At that moment, Rod comes
back in with a fresh jug of punch and smiles, "You two finding
heaps to talk about, are you?" Beryl replies, "Yes,
Barbara is standing in the lounge room at Charlie's as Charlie
sits on the couch, saying sadly, "I wasn't very impressed
with her behaviour this morning at the boarding house, so I left
her there. She found her own way home and packed her bags and
left, saying she was going to be away for a few days." Barbara
mutters, "'Running away' is more like it." Charlie,
though, says she thinks it's more of a working holiday. Barbara
pauses and then comments, "Charming house guest you've had
all this time, Charlie: makes a mess for everyone and doesn't
even have the decency to stand up and face it." Charlie,
though, retorts, "She was facing it; she was just
a bit late, that's all. She was very worried about getting Mary
into trouble; she cares deeply about the girl."
Barbara, looking taken aback, splutters, "Alison doesn't
care about anybody, as far as I can see. Why should she
feel differently about a young girl she hardly even knows?"
Charlie retorts, "Because she--" She quickly breaks
off before continuing, "She's very fond of the girl."
Barbara warns her, "Do you know, you ought to be very careful,
Charlie? Alison has you fooled. Patricia was exactly the same."
Charlie gasps, "Please don't insult my friends." Barbara,
though, retorts, "Why on earth do you call them friends?"
Charlie, standing up, snaps angrily, "Because they are.
And at least they don't laugh behind my back like some
people I could mention." Barbara glares at her.
Andy is at the Morrell town house with Samantha. He apologises
for getting her out of bed, but she assures him that she's not
that sick. They sit down on the couch and Samantha announces,
"Mum and Chris are having an affair - or are about to."
Andy, looking shocked, murmurs, "You're joking..." Samantha
explains that she walked in on them this morning - and it wasn't
a friendly peck, either. She sighs, "Why on earth does she
get herself into these situations?" Andy asks where she is
now, and Samantha replies, "Gone shopping - I think."
Andy then says, "You know, it might sound off the wall, but
maybe Chris could be right for her?" Samantha, though,
laughs, "Are you kidding? He's too old for her." Andy
asks, "And you're not. Is that it?"
Samantha turns away and mutters, "That's beside the point."
Andy asks her, "Does Chris know how you feel?" Samantha
mutters that she doesn't know. Andy asks, "How does
he feel?" Samantha retorts, "He used to like
me. I liked him, too; it's just that I couldn't handle the way
he treated Hung. I was the one who brought things to
a stop; in fact, that's how he got talking to mum - asking her
advice." Andy suggests, "Maybe he's just trying to make
you jealous?" Samantha retorts, "If he is, it's pretty
damn childish." Andy assures her, "I agree - but it
seems to be working..."
Barbara is at Fiona's, and she joins Fiona and Mary at the living
room table. Fiona asks if James got off to Dural. Barbara, though,
replies, "No, he went on up to Woombai. Gordon and I are
going up tomorrow." Fiona asks if that's wise, seeing as
Gordon's got to rest. Barbara, though, explains that Gordon insisted
- but they're taking Irene too, just in case. She then looks at
Mary and asks her why she's looking so sad. Mary explains, "I
was thinking about Alison. I told her I didn't want to see her
anymore." Barbara growls, "Smart move. You're better
off without her." Mary cries, "She was the only one
who really knew Patricia." Barbara, though, retorts,
"Oh darling, we all knew Patricia - only too well."
Mary persists, "But Alison knows she's my mother
- even if she won't admit it." Fiona glances at
Barbara. Mary sighs, "I know what you're going to say - she
can't be my mother, and all of that - but I know it's
true." Barbara says gently, "I thought we were
your family now: Gordon, Wayne and me." Mary assures her,
"You are, but I can't forget Patricia - or Alison,
Caroline is heading towards the front door of the Morrell town
house when Chris walks up behind her and says, "Hi!"
As Caroline turns to face him, he asks if Samantha is in. Caroline
replies, "I think so. Did you come to see her?" Chris
replies, "Her and you." Caroline comments,
"You're worried about this morning..." and Chris agrees,
"Yeah, she seemed pretty cut-up." Caroline opens the
door and the two of them head inside. Samantha is sitting on the
couch, and when she sees them, she remarks sourly, "Oh, together
again..." Caroline retorts, "We met at the door."
Andy comes out from the kitchen and snarls at Chris, "Trouble
seems to follow you around, doesn't it?" Chris snaps that
he came there to sort a few things out, that's all. Andy retorts,
"It's a bit late now, isn't it?" Chris suddenly shouts,
"Nothing happened." Samantha tells Andy to let it drop.
Andy, though, goes on at Chris, "How do you reckon Samantha
feels? You want to wake up to yourself, mate." Caroline cries
at him, "And you ought to mind your own business."
Samantha insists that Andy's only trying to help. Caroline,
though, snaps, "I don't care what he's trying to
do. Nothing happened between Chris and me and nothing's going
to happen." Turning to Andy, she adds, "But whatever
the case, it's none of your concern." Samantha snaps, "Don't
talk to him like that." Caroline, though, retorts angrily,
"I'll talk how I please - and if you don't like
it, you don't have to live with it. You can move out."
Samantha glares at her and then storms off to her bedroom. When
she's gone, Andy says curtly to Caroline, "Maybe it is
none of my business, but you? You're not even being fair
to her. I mean, she is your daughter."
With that, he walks out. Chris murmurs to Caroline, "I'm
sorry. I honestly came to try and fix things." Caroline tells
him, "I know. I just get sick of Samantha always thinking
she knows what's best for me." Chris says he's sure Samantha
has got good intentions. Caroline growls, "Well she can go
and rescue some other troubled relative. From now on,
I'm running my own life."
Beryl is standing by the front door at the Campbell house with
Rod, Jess and Doris. A smile on her face, she thanks them all
and Rod assures her that it was their pleasure. Jess and Doris
head back inside, while Rod tells Beryl that he'll wait with her
until her cab arrives. As they walk into the lounge room, Jess
comments to Doris that that wasn't too bad. Doris, though, tells
her, "Depends on how you look at it." Jess asks her
if she's still worried about losing her job. Doris replies, "Your
father's fallen for her." Jess points out, "That
doesn't mean she's out to get rid of you." Doris,
though, mutters, "I don't know. She's a pretty tough cookie."
Jess says she doesn't think she's that tough. Doris,
though, tells her, "You mark my words. I've seen it before.
If your father marries her, she'll make his life hell."
Jess, suddenly looking uncomfortable, murmurs, "He's not
thinking of marrying her." Doris, though, points
out, "He's already buying her rings..." Jess murmurs,
"He couldn't. Could he?"
Out by the front door, Beryl tells Rod that he doesn't have
to wait with her. Rod, though, pulls the door shut and explains
that that's not the only reason why he's waiting with her; he
has something for her. He takes the ring case out of his shirt
pocket and opens it. Beryl, staring at the ring inside, smiles
that it's lovely. She puts it on her finger, saying as she does
so, "Jess told me you were going to give me something,
but I didn't expect this." Rod smiles awkwardly,
"I didn't expect to feel like this, either. It's
been a long time." Beryl sympathises that it must have been
hard for him after Jessica died. Rod nods, "Yes, yes - but
not for the reasons you'd expect, though." Beryl looks at
him in surprise and he explains, "I discovered something
about Jessica after she died that sort of soured the memory, to
say the least." Beryl, looking uncomfortable, says she won't
ask. Rod, though, assures her that it's alright. He goes on, "See,
Jessica... well, I discovered that, after she'd died, she'd spent
all the cash that I was saving for our future on some boyfriend
that I knew nothing about." Beryl, looking surprised, comments,
"I don't know what to say." Rod continues, "When
I found out, I just felt sick - 'cos I had no reason to suspect
it; she always looked after the money side of things,
see? I trusted her." Beryl asks if the children know, but
Rod tells her, "No, only Barry. He wanted me to tell Jess
but I wouldn't, so we had a bit of a row about it." Beryl
asks if that's why Barry left home. Rod nods, "Yeah, yeah."
He adds that there was no reason to tell Jess: she thinks her
mother's a saint and he and Doris think it's best left
that way. He hesitates before then apologises for being so depressing.
Beryl, though, assures him that she's glad he feels he can talk.
Changing the subject, Rod says he's really got to get back to
work. Beryl says she'd better call another cab; she thinks that
one's got lost! Rod kisses her gently and tells her that he'll
see her soon. He then heads off.
Leigh opens the front door at Beryl's to find Charlie standing
on the step, smiling, "Surprise!" She invites her in
and they head into the lounge room. Adam stands up from where
he's sitting on the couch and gives his mother a kiss. Leigh -
indicating the puppy in Charlie's arms - asks who who her friend
is. Charlie smiles, "Darlings, I want you to meet Isabella
2!" Leigh laughs that she's adorable. Adam then asks Charlie
what she's doing in Melbourne. Charlie explains that nothing much
was happening in Sydney: Alison went away and it was a bit boring.
Adam tells her that he and Leigh were just checking out jobs.
Charlie tells him not to worry about that while she's
there; what he needs is some good old-fashioned pampering! Adam
groans that all he needs is a bit of peace and quiet. Charlie
assures him, "I know. Isabella 2 and I are going to make
sure you get it!"
Beryl is back sitting in the lounge room at the Campbell house
as Doris clears up around her. She asks Beryl if she got on to
her taxi. Beryl replies, "Yes, thankyou." She then asks
Doris if she can have a word with her. Doris asks what it's about.
Beryl peers behind Doris and asks, "Is Jess anywhere around?"
Doris turns to indicate the kitchen and starts to say, "She's
um--" She then breaks off and tells Beryl, "I sent her
outside to take some clothes off the line." Beryl smiles,
"Good." She then explains to Doris, "Actually,
I was wondering if you could tell her that I'm not trying to take
her dad away from her." Doris shrugs, "I can try, but
I don't see why you can't tell her yourself." Beryl replies,
"Well, she is still uncomfortable with me - not that I can
blame her; I know how she feels about her mum." She adds,
"Rod did tell me what happened." Doris asks, "Did
he also tell you that she doesn't know anything about it?"
Jess, in the kitchen, turns to face the lounge room as she hears
Doris say this. She moves nearer to listen more closely as Beryl
nods, "Yes, and I can understand why. It would hurt her terribly."
Doris says, "Well Barry seems to think she'd be able to cope
with it." Beryl asks her, "What do you think?"
Doris replies, "Well, maybe she could accept her mother's
affair, but not the fact that she stole money from Rod to pay
for it." In the kitchen, Jess's face drops. Doris quickly
adds, "Anyway, we shouldn't be discussing it." Beryl
replies, "You're right. I just mentioned it so that you'd
have have a word to her for me." A car horn suddenly sounds
outside and Beryl comments that her cab's there. She smiles, "Thanks
again," and Doris assures her, "My pleasure." Beryl
goes. Jess stands in the kitchen, looking upset.
In Sunbury, Charlie is dressed in funereal black as she places
a posy of flowers down on a patch of earth marking Isabella's
grave. Adam is standing next to her, and Charlie comments to him
that he must think she's a hopeless old woman, carrying-on over
a little dog. Adam, though, assures her that he knows Isabella
meant a lot to her. He adds that she doesn't have to be sad, though:
she's got Isabella 2 and she's got him. Charlie takes
Isabella 2 from him and murmurs, "That's true - and I'm going
to spend lots of time with the both of you." The
sound of a car engine suddenly appears in the background and Charlie,
suddenly brightening up, exclaims, "Oh, it's here!"
Adam asks, "What?" Charlie replies, "My present.
Look!" A smart-looking sports car pulls up nearby and Adam
asks Charlie in surprise, "Who gave it to you?"
Charlie, though, tells him, "No, silly! My present to you!"
Adam stares at her in shock.
A few minutes later, Charlie and Adam are standing by the car
and Charlie thanks the driver for bringing it over. He walks off.
Charlie then asks Adam what he thinks of it. Adam murmurs, "It's
nice, but..." Charlie tells him excitedly, "I knew
you'd like it. It's so absolutely you!" Adam, though,
tells her, "No it's not, Charlie. I'm an unemployed ex-cop,
not Jack Brabham. Anyway, you know I don't like you buying
me presents." Charlie retorts, "Tish tosh!" Spider
suddenly joins them, gasping that it's a long walk up from that
bus stop. He tells Charlie that he was just talking to Leigh on
the 'phone and she said she was up here. Indicating the
car, he then asks who owns the little beauty, and Charlie smiles,
"Adam. Do you like it?" Spider replies, "Yeah.
Just like the space shuttle. Corker!" He opens the driver's
door and climbs in. He then suggests, "What say we take it
for a little trot, eh?!" Adam, though, retorts, "No,
it's going back to where it belongs." Spider insists, "Once
round the block, mate. You'll be sold!"
Jess is sitting on the couch at the Campbell house, crying. Doris
is sitting with her, telling her not to be so upset. Jess sobs,
"I'm not." Doris, though, insists, "Of
course you are, and you've got every right to be."
The front door suddenly bangs and Rod walks in. Doris mutters
at him, "I thought you were never getting home."
Rod asks what's happened. Doris tells her that Jess is in a real
state. Rod asks why, and Doris tells him, "Beryl came back
and started mouthing-off." Looking suddenly annoyed, Rod
asks his daughter what's up. Jess glares at him and snaps, "Why
didn't you tell me about mum? Do you know how it feels learning
something like that from a complete stranger?" With that,
she storms off. Doris sits there on the couch and Rod asks her
tersely, "What did Beryl say?"
Adam pulls his car - with Charlie in the front passenger seat
and Spider standing up in the back of the open-topped vehicle
- to a halt and Spider smiles, "What a little champion, eh?"
Turning to Adam, he adds, "You can't tell me you don't want
it now, mate." Adam, though, mutters, "I don't."
They all climb out. Adam then says that he's got to admit that
it's a wonderful car, but he can't take it; he didn't earn
it. Charlie points out that people don't earn presents.
Adam, though, insists, "I can't, Charlie. That's final."
Charlie cries that he's out of work; he needs a bit of spoiling
at the moment. Adam, though, tells her, "That's right: I'm
out of work. I'm not going to turn up at the dole office in a
Triumph Stag!" Charlie tells him not to be so proud. Adam,
though, retorts, "Pride is what got me through all the years
when you weren't around. You can't expect me to drop it every
time you swoop in and give me things." Charlie insists,
"I don't. I thought we understood each
other now." Adam, though, suggests, "It doesn't look
like we do." With that, he walks off. Charlie looks
In the lounge room at Beryl's, Beryl is excitedly showing Leigh
the ring that Rod gave her, and Leigh smiles that he's getting
a bit serious, isn't he?! There's suddenly a frantic knocking
at the front door and Leigh goes to get it. She finds Rod standing
on the step, and he immediately barges in and growls, "Where
is she?" He storms into the lounge room and Beryl stands
up as he spits, "Who the hell do you think you are, eh? I
mean, I told you about Jess's mother because I trusted
you. I didn't expect you to go broadcasting it all over me flamin'
house." Beryl starts to protest, "I didn't.
I was only--" Rod interrupts, though, and goes on, "You
know, Jess was almost hysterical when I got home. Eight
years I've managed to keep that from her and you go and blow it
in five flamin' minutes." Beryl insists, "Rod, I
didn't tell her." Rod retorts, "No, no, not to her face,
no, you were a bit more subtle than that, weren't
you?" Beryl cries, "I was talking to Doris.
I didn't even know Jess was in the--" Rod interrupts and
snaps, "That's not the point. It was meant to be confidential
and you shouldn't have told anyone." Beryl snaps
back, "Will you listen to me, for a moment?"
Rod, though, retorts, "What, and settle for another one of
your saintly performances? Not likely, lady." Beryl growls,
"Oh, so you don't have any respect for what I might
have to say?" Rod snaps, "No, not any more I don't."
Beryl, pulling the ring off her finger, retorts, "Right,
then you can take this and give it to another friend, because
frankly, I like mine to stand by me more than a couple of hours."
Rod snarls, "Is that right? Well, I'd say that's a couple
of hours too flamin' long in your case." With that,
he snatches the ring and storms off, leaving Beryl standing in
her lounge room, looking furious.