James growls, "I don't know what you're talking about, lady."
Alison, though, tells him, "It's very simple: you killed
Ben Simmonds and hid his body." James snaps, "Where
did you dream that little lot up?" Alison points
out, "The man has disappeared." James, though,
growls "He could be anywhere; doesn't have to be
dead." Alison retorts, "He is, though,
isn't he? One of your so-called 'friends' told me: Duncan
- remember him? You can't trust anyone these
days. Now, if I was to go to the police and they started an investigation..."
James glares at her and mutters, "It was an accident."
Alison smiles, "Ah, but can you prove it?"
James snaps, "What do you want? Money?" Alison tells
him, "The first thing I want is to buy those shares. I presume
you'll agree to that?" James asks grudgingly, "What
else?" Alison replies, "I want you to give Gordon a
fair deal on Woombai." James laughs, "I didn't know
you cared!" He then explains, "I've already agreed
to give Gordon a fifty-fifty partnership." Alison says, "Good.
Just let Mary know I was the one who changed your thinking - and
while you're at it, you can explain the little 'misunderstanding'
we had about the opals." James, looking intrigued, comments,
"You seem to be going to an awful lot of trouble just to
please Mary." Alison smiles, "Yes, I am, aren't I?"
She then asks, "Do we have a deal?" James growls, "We've
got a deal."
A while later, James walks into the lounge room and Alison tells
him that she's going to go. James mutters, "I'm
not." Alison tells him that they're expected in Sydney to
sign over the shares. James, though, growls, "Listen, lady,
don't push too hard. You could come off second-best." Alison
retorts smugly, "I don't think so." With that,
she heads off to get Irene, explaining that she's coming with
them. When she's left the room, James heads over to the telephone
and dials a number. A woman answers, "Woombai Post Office."
James says, "Good morning. I want to send a telegram to Quilpie.
Adam and Leigh are sitting at the kitchen table at Beryl's as
Beryl works at the sink. Leigh suggests to Adam that they'd better
get moving if they're going to talk to Charlie about the car.
Beryl asks if it hasn't gone back to the dealer yet. Adam explains
that Charlie is still waiting for him to change his mind; she
won't understand that he can't accept it. He adds that the only
thing he can remember about Charlie as a kid is a woman who tried
to buy affection with expensive presents; maybe he's got a hang-up
about it; maybe he's too proud; but whatever the reason, he can't
accept it. Beryl sighs, "You and your mother make a good
pair." Adam asks why that is and Beryl explains, "Neither
of you can see the other's point of view. Charlie's had plenty
of money all her life; you've had to to work hard for what you've
got. Naturally, you can see things from a different angle. Take
the time to look at it from her side; understand why
she bought the car, and it might solve the problem."
A while later, Beryl sits in the lounge room at the country house
with Charlie, Adam and Leigh. She says to Charlie, "Don't
you think it's time you sorted out this car business?" Adam
tells his mother, "What can I say? It's a great car, but
I just can't accept something that expensive." Charlie says
softly, "Adam, all the years you were growing up: every birthday...
every Christmas... I wasn't there to give you things. I even missed
your 21st. I'm just trying to make up for all those years. I love
you. When you love people, you like to give them things."
Adam assures her, "I realise that - but you've got to think
of the other person, too. It's the way I was taught: that you
work to get what you want. I know you probably don't understand
that." Charlie says indignantly, "I work!"
Adam, though, tells her that she part-owns a couple of businesses,
and that's not what he calls work! Leigh suggests to
Adam, "At least take it for another test drive." Adam
asks what the point is. Leigh tells him, "I haven't
had a ride in it yet!" Charlie agrees, "Yes, take Leigh
for a ride. See what she thinks." Adam gives in
and he and Leigh head out. When they've gone, Charlie muses to
Beryl that she'd hardly think she and Adam were mother and son;
he doesn't even like her; she embarrasses him, or something.
She adds, "I don't know what he expects me to do. Get a job,
by the sound of it." Beryl looks at her in surprise as she
declares, "Well if that's what he wants, I will.
I'll show him I can scrub floors, if I have to."
Sometime later, Beryl, Adam and Leigh arrive back at Beryl's
to find Jess standing on the step. They head inside and Beryl
asks the girl if she's been waiting long. Jess, though, explains
that she just got there. Beryl tells her that they've just been
up to Adam's mum's - about the sports car. Jess comments that
Spider said he wasn't keeping it. Adam insists, "I still
mightn't." Beryl, though, points out, "The more you
drive it, the harder it'll be to give it up!" Adam heads
back outside to put the roof up and Leigh heads into the kitchen
to put the kettle on. Alone with Beryl, Jess tells her that she
just came to say thanks for getting her dad to take Doris back.
Beryl says she just didn't think he realised how much they both
meant to her. Jess murmurs, "Neither did I." Beryl asks,
"Is there anything else, now that you're here? You're still
worried about Rod and I, aren't you?" Jess, though, assures
her, "No. Doris is back and dad's OK." A car horn suddenly
toots outside and Beryl heads out to see what Adam wants. Leigh
emerges from the kitchen and tells Jess that she hopes Beryl makes
a go of it with her dad as it would be good for her. Jess says,
"She's divorced, isn't she?" Leigh replies, "From
what I've been told, it wasn't all that smooth, either."
Jess asks what happened. Leigh tells her, "Fights over money,
I think: David couldn't handle it when Beryl came into some. Suddenly,
his pay packet didn't count for much. I guess a lot of
men are a bit funny like that." Jess stands there, looking
Back in the kitchen at the Campbell house, Doris comments to
Jess that, under normal circumstances, you'd think inheriting
a bit of money would make people happier. Jess asks,
"It's not going to worry dad, though, is it?"
Doris replies that it depends on how much Beryl flaunts
it. Jess says she's sure they'll work it out. Rod joins them and
tells Jess that he'd better get her back to school. Doris suddenly
says, "Rod, before you go: I was going to get some curtains
for the front room this afternoon. How does an apricot sort of
colour sound?" Rod, though, says, "I wouldn't mind if
you could hang on for a while, Doris. I'm going to need all me
spare cash for tonight." Doris insists that she
can pay for it. Rod, though, points out that he always
pays for that sort of thing; the house is his responsibility.
With that, he heads out, leaving Doris to muse to Jess, "Let's
hope Beryl never wants to buy any curtains..."
Charlie is at Beryl's, and as they head from the hallway into
the lounge room, she's saying happily, "It's done, darling.
No standing around in dole queues for Charlie Bartlett!"
Beryl, looking surprised, asks her if she's found a job already.
Charlie smiles, "I start tonight, as a waitress. Tonight,
Chéz Capri, tomorrow, Maximes!" Beryl laughs, "Chéz
Capri?!" Charlie explains, "I know the owner."
Beryl admonishes, "Oh, Charlie!" Charlie adds, "But
as far as the manager's concerned, I simply walked off the streets.
There'll be no preferential treatment: I'm going to support myself
fair and square." Beryl asks dubiously, "On a waitress's
wage?" Charlie explains, "Plus tips." Beryl asks
her how much she thinks that will be. Charlie replies,
"It'll do. Well, it'll have to." She then goes
on, "What I was wondering, actually... could you talk Adam
and Leigh into coming along tonight? And yourself, of course."
Beryl tells her, "We were going out with the Campbells..."
Charlie smiles, "Table for five, then. I'll book it for you!"
Beryl asks where it is and Charlie replies, "South Yarra."
Beryl gives her a look. Charlie insists, "Don't worry, darling.
It's not one of those really expensive places." Beryl sighs,
"Even so, you're taking a risk. What would happen if your
Toorak friends saw you serving them?" A look of horror crosses
Charlie's face, and she murmurs, "Oh dear, I hadn't thought
of that. Oh, I'll have to do something about that, won't
Fiona sits down with Andy and Mary in her flat at the boarding
house, and she asks Andy if he knows whether Chris has taken his
father to the hospital. Andy replies that he doesn't, but his
father hasn't been at the boarding house; he's been keeping a
look-out for him. He then turns to Mary and, changing the subject,
asks how her reading's going. She mutters, "OK." Andy
asks her if she needs a hand. She slams her book shut, mutters,
"No thanks," and stands up. Andy starts to say, "Sorry,
I didn't mean to say--" Mary, though, quickly assures him,
"It's alright, I'm just getting a drink." She heads
off to the kitchen, and Fiona explains to Andy that it just gets
the girl down at times, being so helpless. There's suddenly a
knock at the door. Fiona goes to answer it as Andy comments that
there must be something else that Mary could read. Fiona
opens the door to find Irene and James standing there. Irene steps
inside, but Fiona stands there and eyes James suspiciously. He
tells her that he knows what she's thinking, but he's come to
apologise. Fiona indicates reluctantly to him to come in. Mary
emerges from the kitchen and asks him what he wants. He explains,
"I want to say sorry for going on about the opals. I've been
having a chat with Alison. I want you to know that she's convinced
me to take Gordon back as my half-partner at Woombai, too."
Fiona gasps, "Alison convinced you?" James
replies, "That's right - she can be very persuasive when
she wants to be." He then announces that he can't stand round
yacking all day. Andy points out that he's only just got
there. James retorts, "That's right - and I'm on my way."
He then adds, "You need haircut, boyo. You'd never get away
with that up at Quilpie. I reckon the blokes in the pub
would have something to say about that earring, too!" Andy
glares at him and his bushy beard and retorts, "At least
I know how to shave, hey?" James laughs, "I
didn't know you had to!" As Andy stands there looking
annoyed, James tells him to keep his shirt on; he's pulling his
leg! He goes, leaving Fiona to smile, "I guess every penny
has its shiny side." Irene muses, "I still don't altogether
trust him." Fiona agrees, "Nor do I. Still, he's willing
to give Gordon back a half-share in Woombai... I guess I haven't
got too much to complain about."
A cab pulls up outside the boarding house. James is standing
on the footpath, watching as a man climbs out of the passenger
seat. He walks over to James and smiles, "Hiya, mate."
James replies, "G'day, Dunc. How you going?" Duncan
says, "I got your wire. What's the problem?" James growls,
"You can't keep your mouth shut, can ya?" Duncan, looking
puzzled, says, "Sorry?" James tells him, "You've
been talking about Ben. Put me in a very awkward situation."
Duncan insists, "I didn't mention Ben." James,
though, reminds him, "A couple of days ago, up-north. A very
attractive-looking lady: class... money... grog..." Duncan
realises who he's referring to and murmurs, "Oh..."
He then asks James, "What do you want me to do? Tell her
I got it all wrong?" James, though, says he doesn't think
she'd believe him. He goes on, "What I want you to do is
a bit of research. Anybody who can find a skeleton that quick
has got to have a couple of their own hidden away somewhere -
and you and me are going to find them."
Mary and Andy are looking at some comic books in Fiona's flat,
and Mary smiles that they're great! Fiona joins them and tells
the girl that there'll be no stopping her, now! She goes and opens
the front door. Alison is standing outside, and she walks in and
asks if she can talk to Mary for a while. Fiona lets her through
and she asks if James Hamilton has called in yet. Fiona tells
her that he told them they'd cleared-up the little misunderstanding
about the opals. Mary chips in, "I thought that was real
nice of you." Alison smiles, "Thanks." She then
adds, "Look, there are a few things I'd like to talk to you
about. Would you like to come for a walk?"
A few minutes later, Alison and Mary are out walking, and Mary
is asking, "You don't mind coming this way?"
Alison assures her, "Of course not." Mary explains,
"I'm going to get some comics from the newsagents' - more
reading." Alison tells her, "I'll buy them for you."
Mary assures her, "It's OK - I've got a few dollars."
Alison, though, insists, "No, please, I'd like to."
Mary stops walking and demands, "Why are you always trying
to do things for me?" Alison tells her, "I
like you." Mary points out, "You hardly know
me." Alison, though, tells her, "That doesn't mean I
can't like you, does it?" She then goes on, "I've
always admired you for being honest - and kind. Not many people
are both. It must have hurt to be accused of stealing the opals.
That was my fault. Look, all I want is a chance to be
your friend; make amends." Mary smiles, "OK," and
they carry on walking again.
That night, Adam and Leigh are standing in the entrance way at
Chéz Capri. Charlie walks up to them, wearing a blonde,
curly wig and big glasses, and says in a slight French accent,
"Bonsoir, monsieur, madame." Not realising who it is,
Adam says to her, "Ah, good evening. We're booked under 'Campbell':
table for five. The others will be here shortly." Charlie
heads off to find their table, leaving Leigh to comment to Adam,
"Bit ritzy, isn't it? I wonder why Beryl was so keen to bring
us here." Adam suggests, "She and Rod are probably
going to announce something special." Leigh asks excitedly,
"Do you think so?" Charlie returns and asks, "Would
you like a cocktail while you're waiting?" Adam asks for
a martini. Charlie tells him, "The house special is a lime
daiquiri, darling. It's simply heaven in a glass!"
Adam stares at her and suddenly exclaims, "Charlie?!"
Charlie puts her finger to her lips and says, "Shush. I'm
in disguise. I don't want any of my friends to recognise me; they'll
think I'm hard-up!" Leigh asks her in astonishment what she's
doing there. Charlie, indicating Adam, explains, "I'm
trying to prove to him that I can earn some money as
well as spend it." Leigh looks at Adam!.
Beryl is at the Campbell house, saying to Rod, "Doris not
coming?" Rod tells her, "No, no." Beryl offers
to have a word with her, and Rod muses that it couldn't do any
harm. Beryl goes to head off to the kitchen. Rod calls after her,
"Hey - you're looking very good, you know!" Beryl thanks
him! In the kitchen, Jess is telling Doris that she won't be in
the way. Doris, though, insists that she's decided to go out.
Beryl joins them says to Doris, "I was hoping you were coming
to dinner with us tonight." Doris, though, says she doesn't
think so; she's going out. Beryl asks, "Can't you change
your plans?" Jess pleads, "Come on, Doris." Doris
gives in and sighs, "Alright, then. I'll just finish cleaning
up." Beryl leaves them again. Jess offers Doris a hand. Doris,
though, says, "No, I've nearly finished. But you could get
my handbag, though - I think I left it on the dressing table."
Jess runs off. Doris goes and picks up Rod's jacket - which is
hanging on the back of the kitchen table. She suddenly appears
to think of something, and she reaches into his inside pocket
and takes out his wallet. She then goes and hides it behind a
flowerpot before heading into the lounge room and helping him
on with the jacket. Rod thanks her, adding, "I'm glad you're
joining us." Doris smiles at him.
Later that evening, Leigh, Adam, Jess, Doris, Rod and Beryl are
all sitting around the table at Chéz Capri. Charlie joins
them to pour some wine. Leigh asks Beryl knowingly who told
her about the place. Beryl just replies, "Oh, someone said
it was worth a visit." Leigh smiles, "Oh, really...?!"
As Charlie pours the wine, she's suddenly knocked by a person
walking past behind her, and she stumbles and pours wine all down
Doris's dress! Doris glares at her and snaps, "Oh, you great
clumsy thing." Charlie offers to help her. Doris, though,
retorts that she'll only make it worse. She stands up and heads
off to the bathroom to see if she can wash it out. The manager
calls over to Charlie, "Miss. Bartlett...?" Charlie
A short time later, Doris is sitting back at the table. Adam
asks, "How is it?" Doris replies that it'll need dry-cleaning.
Adam tells him that Charlie will pay for it. Doris comments that
she didn't know Charlie was a friend of his. Adam explains,
"She's my mother, actually - out to prove a point. But I
don't think she'll get to see what a hard day's work is like,
after all." He glances over to where Charlie, the manager
and Beryl are in animated discussion. Leigh says, "Surely
he wouldn't fire her for spilling wine? It wasn't even her fault."
At that moment, Beryl rejoins them and announces, "Disaster
averted. I explained how it was an accident and he accepted it."
Rod smiles, "Well done, Beryl. Good on you!" He puts
his hand on Beryl's. Doris stares at them. Jess looks at her.
Sometime later, Rod is standing in the entrance to the restaurant,
holding the bill. Beryl joins him and asks how much it comes to.
Rod, though, insists that it's his shout. Beryl tells him not
to be silly, as there are six of them. Rod, though, repeats that
it's his shout. He reaches into his inside jacket pocket and suddenly
realises his wallet's not there. As he checks his other pockets,
Beryl asks him what's wrong. He explains that he must have left
his wallet at home. The others join them as Beryl tells
him not to worry about it; she'll pay. Rod says reluctantly,
"Alright. I'll fix you up as soon as we get home, though,
OK?" Beryl accepts this. Charlie joins them and Beryl hands
her the money. Rod says to Charlie quietly, "I'm
paying; I just left me wallet at home." Charlie smiles at
him and replies, "Oh really, darling! That's the oldest trick
in the book!"
Back at the Campbell house, Rod is hunting for his wallet, but
he joins Beryl, Jess and Doris and mutters that it doesn't seem
to be anywhere in the kitchen. Jess suggests that perhaps he lost
it this afternoon. Rod, though, explains that he had it in the
kitchen tonight; he remembers because he put the money out for
the milko. Beryl points out that at least he knows it's in the
house, and she suggests he leave it until tomorrow. Rod mutters,
"I'd like to pay you for dinner, Beryl." Beryl suggests,
"You can pay next time; there's no need to make
a fuss about it." She then adds more quietly, "Anyway,
I have heard that things are a bit tight in the business
at the moment." Rod retorts, "I don't know where you
got that idea from. When I take somebody out for dinner,
I foot the bill, Beryl." Beryl sighs, "Alright, go to
the bank tomorrow." She then asks him if he can drive her
home, as she's tired. Rod kisses Jess goodnight and he and Beryl
head out. When they've gone, Jess asks Doris if she's glad she
came. Doris retorts, "It wasn't too bad - apart
from one ruined dress." Jess adds, "And one
lost wallet. Poor dad; talk about red-faced." Doris points
out that Beryl didn't exactly help, pushing to pay all
the time. Jess, though, insists, "She was just being kind.
She's not a snob or anything." With that, she announces that
she's tired, and she heads off to bed, leaving Doris sitting with
a pleased look on her face.
Rod and Beryl are sitting on the couch at Beryl's, and as Rod
finishes a nightcap, he comments that it's good to be alone. He
then reaches into his pocket, takes out a little jewellery box
and says, "Hey, I remember a while ago, I gave you this.
I was wondering if you'd like it back again." He takes out
the ring from inside the box and Beryl smiles, "Yes, thankyou!"
Rod slips it on her finger, adding as he does so, "How'd
you like an engagement ring to go with it?" Beryl
looks at him in surprise. He tells her, "I love you, Beryl.
I really do, and I want to marry you. If we're sure of our feelings,
I don't see the point in wasting time." Beryl, a look of
concern on her face, says, "Don't you think things are moving
along a little bit too quickly?" Rod comments, "I thought
you loved me, too, Beryl." Beryl tells him, "I don't
know, Rod. I think I do, but I don't know. Besides, there
are other reasons: well, it hasn't been long since Jim
died." Rod sighs, "Come on, Beryl..." Beryl, though,
retorts, "I can't forget him, Rod; you shouldn't
expect me to." Rod assures her, "I don't expect
you to forget him." Beryl says, "Good. I loved
Jim. I'm not being silly about it - I know he's gone; it's just
that I feel it's too soon. Besides, there are a few other
things that we have to sort out." Rod asks, "Such
as?" Beryl replies, "The money thing, for one."
Rod insists, "Beryl, I really, honestly don't care if you're
rich or not." Beryl points out, "Look what happened
tonight." Rod retorts, "That was different."
Beryl asks, "How?" and Rod laughs, "Because I felt
like a whacker for losing my wallet!" He adds, "It wasn't
as if you could afford it and I couldn't, was it?" Beryl
sighs, "Yes, but what if it was something like that?"
Rod tells her, "Beryl, look, I don't care if you go ahead
and buy a yacht or blow your money; I really don't care. What
I'm saying is money shouldn't come between us." Beryl says,
"I know it shouldn't, Rod, but it could. It did
with David." Rod replies, "Well it won't with me. I
promise." Beryl, still looking worried, tells him, "When
I'm sure of that, then maybe we can talk about marriage."
Suddenly looking annoyed, Rod stands up and snaps, "For God's
sake, Beryl. If it's me who's the problem, just say so,
will you? Don't stuff around talking about money; just sort out
what you're really after then let me know, OK? I'll see
you when you've sorted yourself out." With that, he storms
off, leaving Beryl sitting looking worried.