Charlie asks Tom to excuse her and Leigh. The two of them walk
off, leaving Tom looking surprised. A short distance away, Leigh
pleads, "Charlie, please, can I take the cab?" Charlie,
though, just snaps, "What are you doing? Adam's sick with
worry." Leigh cries, "I have to get away. The police
are after me." Charlie retorts, "The police think you're
dead. The whole world thinks you're dead."
Leigh cries, "Not any more - Wayne's dobbed me in. I have
to get away; can I use your cab?" Charlie, though, glares
at her and snaps, "You're not going anywhere."
She then trots back over to Tom and suggests that he pop over
to his sister's and call her later. She adds by way of explanation
that Leigh's got a problem and she's the only one she
can talk to. Tom, staring at her, asks, "Why was she so surprised
to see you?" Charlie glances at Leigh and then tells him,
"That was more delight than surprise..." Tom comments
that she doesn't look delighted to him. Charlie just
murmurs, "Off you go. I'll see you later." She then
writes down her telephone number on a pad she takes from her handbag,
hands it to him and says, "Bye bye." She walks back
over to Leigh, who cries, "Charlie, the police are on their
way. You've got to let me go." Charlie, though, retorts,
"If they're on their way, they won't have stopped for a search
warrant. I won't let them in. I'm not letting you disappear on
me again, young lady."
Kelly is sitting in Fiona's apartment, reading a Braille book.
Fiona joins her and smiles, "All unpacked. I'll give you
a conducted tour of all the drawers later on, so you know where
to find everything!" Kelly insists that she could have done
it herself. Fiona smiles, "Oh no, that's what I'm
here for: to look after you." Kelly's face drops and she
snaps, "I don't need looking after." She then
calms down and says more calmly, "I don't mean to be rude,
but I'm feeling farmed-out right now, and I'd like to be as independent
as possible." Fiona assures her, "You're not
farmed out. I'm only too happy to be able to help you." Kelly
challenges, "Because I'm blind, right? I doubt you'd take
in any other girl my age if her mother was going in hospital."
Fiona, though, assures her, "I probably would if I was asked.
I've got the room." Kelly sighs, "Yeah - but the big
thing is the fact I'm blind." She goes on bitterly, "I'm
sick of people treating me like I'm... I don't know..."
She then declares, "I think I may go and sit in the sun -
there's not enough light in here to read by!" With that,
she extends her cane and stands up. Fiona tells her, "I'll
show you the way." Kelly, though, snaps, "Look, I've
got my cane. I've tapped my way through life; I can make it to
the front step." As she reaches the door, there's a knock
on it and Irene opens it and comes in. She smiles at Kelly and
asks her how she's settling in. Kelly snaps, "Fine. I'm going
out into the sun." With that, she walks off. Looking surprised,
Irene closes the door. Fiona immediately cries, "I don't
know that I'm the right person to help. She's tense; I'm rubbing
her up the wrong way." Irene tells her, "The main problem
is she didn't want to come here in the first place; she wanted
to stay home and look after herself. The only reason she agreed
is to take a load off her mother's mind." Fiona cries that
she offers to help before she even thinks. Irene insists
that that will wear off. Fiona, though, replies that she'd say
the girl is a pretty uptight kid all round - and the cracks she
keeps making about her blindness... that's almost black
humour. Irene explains, "She's adjusted to her blindness;
that's why she can make the jokes. And the independence
thing... let's face it: what kid her age doesn't want
to be independent? Oh, it is a bit of a hang-up, but we'll help
her through it. Fiona sighs, "I hope so..."
Andy is doing some gardening outside. Kelly is sitting on a seat
nearby, and he calls over to her to ask if she's just moved in.
Kelly asks in surprise, "Are you talking to me?"
Andy points out that there's nobody else around, is there?
Kelly tells him, "I'll take your word for it!" Andy
then asks her what she's reading, and she replies, "Great
Expectations." Andy walks over and joins her. Looking
at the book on her lap, he asks in surprise, "Is this Braille?"
Kelly nods, "Yes." Andy murmurs, "Sorry - I didn't
realise." Kelly smiles, "You should try reading
in Braille sometimes - you get the whole feel of the book, so
to speak!" Andy laughs nervously, and Kelly assures him that
it's a joke. She adds, "I figure if I can't laugh
about being blind, no one else will."
At Charlie's, Leigh is explaining sadly, "It seemed the
best thing to do at the time. Once I'd done it, I didn't see how
I could undo it. I don't want to hurt Adam, Charlie -
I love him. But I'm going to hurt him either way. It's
probably better for him to keep thinking I'm dead; he'll get over
that. If I go to jail, though, he said he'd stand by me, and what
a waste that would be..." Charlie cries, "You
haven't seen him: he's heartbroken." Leigh
snaps, "It's going to be that either way. It's better to
leave things as they are." The front door suddenly bangs
shut and Alison calls, "Only me." She walks in and,
seeing Leigh with Charlie - who's still wearing her blonde wig
and glasses - asks what's going on. Charlie takes off her wig
and explains, "It's only me, darling!" Alison stares
at her and asks, "What on earth are you doing?!" Charlie
sighs, "It's a long story - it's very romantic and dreadfully
complicated. I'll tell you about it later, once we get Leigh's
mess sorted out." Leigh cries at Alison fearfully, "Wayne's
called the police." Alison demands, "Why?" Leigh
explains, "He got into a bad mood about something or other.
So I've got to get out of here. I've wasted enough time talking
to Charlie as it is." Charlie suggests, "Let's
get you stowed away and we can think what to do." Leigh picks
up her bag and the three of them head out to the hallway, Charlie
snapping as they do so, "I think you might have told me the
truth, Alison, instead of lying to me."
She goes and opens the front door. She then quickly pushes it
shut again and, turning to Leigh and Alison, gasps, "Too
late. They're here."
A police car is heading up the driveway outside and it pulls
to a halt. Two officers climb out. Charlie's front door opens
and Charlie emerges, a smile on her face. She asks the officers
politely what she can do for them. One says, "I'm Constable
Travis and this is Constable Phillips." He indicates this
colleague. He then goes on, "Are you Miss. Alison Carr?"
Charlie smiles, "No, I'm Charlie Bartlett. Alison's my houseguest."
Travis continues, "We've been led to believe you have another
houseguest, Mrs. Bartlett: a Leigh Palmer. She's on bail waiting
trial for kidnapping." Charlie stares at him and then cries
in 'shock', "Is this some sort of gruesome joke? Leigh's
dead. She was killed in Melbourne." Travis tells
her, "We've had a report she wasn't." Charlie
demands, "Who from?" Phillips replies, "We were
informed that she was staying here. Would you mind if
we searched your house?" Charlie, ignoring this, just repeats,
"Who told you?" She adds, "I'm not about
to go hunting them. I just want to know." Phillips
tells her, "Mr. Wayne Hamilton." Travis assures her,
"It won't take long. If you've got nothing to hide, we--"
He breaks off as the front door opens and Alison emerges. She
asks Charlie what the problem is. Charlie introduces her to the
police officers and then explains that the police are saying Wayne
told them that Leigh is there. Alison snaps at the officers, "That's
ridiculous. She drowned - three days ago. Mrs. Bartlett's very
upset about it." She then adds, "Wayne lives next door.
I suggest your verify your story before you start pestering us.
It must be some sort of sick hoax." Travis asks her, "You
don't mind us looking in the house, then, if Mr. Hamilton did
make the call?" Alison assures him, "Of course not."
She adds, "If he did, I'd be very surprised."
Travis sighs and tells Phillips, "Wait here. I'll go and
have a chat with him." Charlie and Alison glance at each
Inside, in the lounge room, Leigh is talking on the 'phone, saying
tersely, "If they come across, say you didn't make the call.
You've lied enough before now. It should be too hard."
The front door opens and Alison and Charlie come in, Charlie asking
Alison as they do so how they're going to smuggle Leigh out of
there with the police watching the place. Alison, though, replies
that, hopefully, they won't have to. They head into the
lounge room, where Leigh snaps on the 'phone, "Just do it,
Wayne." She then hangs up and nods at Alison. Alison explains
to Charlie, "Just after you went out, Leigh told me Wayne
seemed rather repentant earlier. He only did it to get at me,
and then he calmed down, for some reason - so I told her to get
on the 'phone. When the police arrive, he'll say he never made
the call." Leigh goes and sits down and sighs heavily, "I
should have disappeared somewhere and let everyone think I was
dead." Charlie glares at her and snaps, "So we could
have all been upset, just like Adam is? A lot of people
care about you, Leigh, and you're putting them through
unnecessary heartbreak. I'm going to tell Adam the truth; I don't
care what you say." She goes to the 'phone. Leigh
cries, "It's better how it is." Charlie retorts, "You
haven't seen him." Leigh insists, "Don't you
think it's hard on me, too, Charlie? I love him - that's
why I'm doing it." Alison chips in, "I can
see your point, Charlie." Charlie, dialling, snaps, "Don't
you start too. You were wrong to hide her from
us." Alison puts her thumb down on the receiver to cut off
the call. Charlie snaps, "You can't stop me, Alison."
Alison, though, says, "Think for a moment. Your friend: Patricia
- she did the same thing when she went to Rio and left Leigh's
father. She loved him more than she loved anyone.
You helped her, didn't you?" Charlie admits, "Yes,
but--" Alison interrupts and retorts, "No 'buts', Charlie.
Be consistent. Leigh's situation is very similar: that's why I'm
helping her - and so should you. Just as David's better off without
Patricia, Adam's going to be better off without Leigh - in the
long run." Charlie stares at her, suspiciously.
Adam is preparing some sandwiches in the kitchen at the country
house when Spider wanders in with some beers. Adam offers him
a sandwich and Spider accepts. Adam laughs, "Freeloader!"
Spider comments to him that it's good to see him perking up a
bit. Adam, ignoring this, comments to him, "Charlie was alright
when she left for Sydney, wasn't she?" Spider quickly assures
him, "Yeah. Why?" Adam muses, "I just wondered."
He looks at the guilty expression on Spider's face and realises,
"There was something, wasn't there?"
Spider, looking annoyed with himself, retorts that he doesn't
want to stick his foot in. Adam insists, "Come on, Spider..."
Spider, pausing only momentarily, sighs, "Look, she got some
bee in her bonnet about Leigh answering the 'phone at her place
up in Sydney. I told her she was nuts; I told her the kid was
gone and that's all we could do about it, but you know how she
is." Adam asks, "You were there when it happened?"
Spider explains, "She was after Alison, but some kid
answered the 'phone. I told her it was a wrong number and so did
Alison, later. It didn't stop her from going, but." He then
quickly adds, "Don't go getting ideas. I only told you because
you wondered why Charlie's been off a bit, lately." Adam
just murmurs, "There was no body, Spider."He then grabs
his jacket and walks out. Spider calls, "Where you going?"
Adam calls back, "To Sydney."
In the garden at the back of the boarding house, Andy says to
Kelly in surprise, "You play guitar too?" Kelly
replies, "Not as good as you, probably, as you were in a
band, but yeah, a bit!" Andy comments, "I really miss
it sometimes." Kelly suggests that he start another band.
Andy laughs, "What, with you?" Kelly replies,
"Why not? We could call ourselves Sight and Sound!"
Andy, looking surprised, remarks that she makes a lot
of cracks about her blindness. Kelly starts to say, "Like
I said, my--" Andy interrupts and adds, "It's just that
it takes a bit of getting used to."
Inside, Samantha and Caroline are sitting with Fiona in her flat.
Caroline is saying to Fiona, "I know you've heard a lot about
my association with Roger Carlyle and, recently, James. I can't
blame you for forming a bad opinion of me." Fiona points
out, "You have caused a lot of people trouble since
you came back..." Caroline admits, "You're right. I
can be selfish; I can be anything you care to throw at me, I suppose
- but I do know who I care about, and Gordon's top of the list."
Fiona sighs, "Assuming you're genuine, what do you think
you can do for him?" Caroline replies, "James is a man.
I can influence his thinking." Fiona muses, "The old
Mata Hari trick!" Caroline murmurs, "A bit better than
that, I hope: look what happened to her." Samantha,
looking interested, asks, "What did?" Caroline
tells her, "A firing squad." Fiona sits there, a wry
smile on her face. There's suddenly a knock at the front door
and Fiona calls that it's open. Chris comes in and comments to
Samantha that Andy said she wanted to see him. Samantha stands
up. Chris then thanks Caroline for the flowers at the funeral.
He and Samantha head out into the corridor, where Samantha says,
"I just wanted to see that you were alright. How's your mum?"
Chris replies, "She's a mess." He adds, "Thanks
for coming this morning." She assures him, "I wanted
to." Chris then tells her bluntly, "I'm here to pack.
I'm going to Perth this evening, with mum. For good." Samantha
stares at him in shock.
Inside the apartment, Fiona says to Caroline, "You know
the big problem? You remind me so much of Patricia." She
adds, "I presume you know who Patricia was?"
Caroline muses, "I think the whole world knows who
Patricia was!" Fiona goes on, "Yes... well, anybody
who has that effect on me automatically has an uphill battle earning
my respect. I have the same problem with Alison Carr..."
Caroline insists, "I am genuine in wanting to help
Gordon." Fiona smiles, "I'm sure you are. The thing
is that good intentions do not make up for past mistakes."
Caroline, suddenly looking distant, tells her, "This is not
an excuse. You're the first person I've actually said it to, as
well: a day doesn't go past when I don't think about Amanda...
wondering where she is... if she's alive... I haven't got over
it; I don't think I ever will. And I haven't been the most stable
lady since she disappeared; it doesn't help me to think clearly.
I don't suppose that forgives anything I've done, but..."
Fiona murmurs, "We do tend to forget about..." She then
breaks off and sighs, "OK. Let's see how we go as a team,
huh?" Caroline smiles at her, in relief.
Adam is sitting in a cab, driving along the street in Melbourne.
He says to the driver, "Could you step on it, sport? I have
to catch a 'plane."
Charlie is staring out through her lounge room window when Alison
comes in with a tray of coffee things. She indicates Charlie's
wig, which is lying on the couch, and smiles, "It looks like
Isabella with the stuffing taken out of her!" Charlie turns
to stare at her and Alison adds, "It looks dreadful on you."
Charlie snaps, "Tom doesn't think so." Alison
points out, "Tom hasn't seen the real you."
Ignoring this, Charlie cries, "It was different
helping you. You were innocent. Leigh's
guilty, Patricia." Alison gives her a sharp look
and she corrects, "I'm sorry: Alison. She's guilty.
She put Beryl through hell by taking her baby. I like the girl,
but she's a criminal." Alison retorts, "All the more
reason not to tell Adam. With Leigh skipping bail... he's a policeman:
he'll have to turn her in. It's a lousy choice to force
on him." She then hands Charlie a cup of coffee and goes
on, "Now, remember those people who gave you my false passport?
I want you to get one for Leigh." Charlie, though, snaps,
"No. It's illegal. I'm not going to do it. I'll keep quiet
about her being here, but that's where I draw the line."
Alison sighs, "Alright, I'll see them myself." Looking
shocked, Charlie advises, "I wouldn't do that, if I were
you. If anything backfires, the last thing you need is
trouble with the police." Alison points out, "If you
won't do it, I'll have to - so it's your fault if anything
goes wrong." Charlie glares at her and snaps, "What
sort of logic is that?" Leigh walks in at that moment
and Alison tells her, "Charlie is going holier-than-thou
on us: she won't help you get out of the country." Charlie
tells Leigh, "I'm not going to break the law. As an absolute
maximum, I'll give you money to get away, but if Adam finds out
I've done that, he'll never talk to me again." With that,
she stands up and announces that she's going to lie down. She
leaves the room. When she's gone, Alison comments sourly, "She
was more fun with fewer morals..." Leigh, though, says she
can understand: it took her ages to get into Adam's good
books. Suddenly changing the subject, Alison says, "Oh, your
watch, by the way: the jeweller said he couldn't fix it: too much
water damage." She adds that it's over on the dresser. Charlie
suddenly comes back in and, picking up her wig, says curtly, "If
Tom rings while I'm asleep, put the call through to my room."
Alison smiles, "What's the wig for? He can't see you on the
'phone!" Charlie just stomps out again, sighing heavily and
leaving Alison to muse, "Charlie loving a man for his brain...
the mind boggles!"
Kelly, Andy, Irene, Fiona, Caroline and Samantha are all standing
in the road outside the boarding house as Chris packs his suitcases
into the boot of his car. He then turns to Andy and tells him
to look after himself. The two of them shake hands. Chris turns
to Kelly and tells her that was nice to meet her. He then thanks
Irene for her help. He shakes her hand, but Irene throws her arms
round him and gives him a hug. Chris then moves along to Fiona.
They look at each other, fondly, and Chris tells her, "I
don't blame you for anything. I owe you for so much."
Fiona, though, assures him, "You don't owe me anything."
Chris points out, "You taught me to hate the word 'bigot'.
Best lesson I've ever had." Fiona gives him a hug and cries,
"You be happy, you hear?" They pull apart and Chris
moves on to Caroline. She tells him softly, "You don't need
us all to wave you off." She and the others head off inside,
leaving just Samantha standing there. Tears welling in her eyes,
she sobs, "I will miss you." Chris kisses her on the
top of her head and murmurs, "I'll never forget you. I'll
write. Goodbye." They kiss passionately and Chris then pulls
away and goes to climb into his car. Samantha calls after him,
"Chris..." He looks at her and she says lovingly, "I
think you know." Chris looks back at her fondly and replies,
"I think you know, too." With that, he gets
into his car and drives off, leaving an upset Samantha standing
on the footpath.
A short time later, Kelly and Andy step outside the back door
of the boarding house, Kelly's arm through Andy's. She tells him
that she was really hoping that some time away from her mum would
give her the chance to go it alone; Fiona's just as bad, though.
Andy insists that whatever she does is for the best reason. Kelly
cries, "I told her not to fuss." Andy, though, explains,
"She's got a lot on her plate right now. Maybe it hasn't
sunk in yet." Kelly snaps, "I wish it would."
They stop walking and Andy turns to face her as he retorts, "Don't
hassle her, Kelly. I'd say it's your problem, not hers.
You struck me as pretty together, earlier on. I'm not so sure,
now." He then brushes his hand on her shoulder and she asks
him what he's doing. Andy tells her, "There's a chip there,
somewhere. I'm just wondering which shoulder..."
Leigh and Alison are sitting on the couches in Charlie's lounge
room as Charlie talks on the 'phone, saying, "I'm sorry I
can't let you stay here. Are you sure you'll be comfortable at
your sister's?" At the other end, Tom replies, "Yeah,
that's fine. I'll miss you, that's all." He adds that he
could come over, if she likes; visit for the evening. Charlie,
though, quickly says, "No... no... Leigh's very distressed.
I'll just settle her down with a good book and some Mozart. That
should quieten her." A bemused smile crosses Alison's face!
With that, Charlie wishes Tom, "Night night," and the
two of them hang up. Alison immediately teases Charlie, "A
good book and Mozart?!" Charlie explains indignantly, "It's
Tom's favourite remedy for depression. Don't laugh at him."
Alison insists, "I'm not, Charlie. It's just that
you've always been more into cute-with-muscles, not the good-book-and-Mozart
type." Charlie shrugs, "I'm flexible." Alison smiles,
A cab pulls up outside. Adam pays the driver and climbs out.
He heads up to the house and knocks on the door. After a few seconds,
it opens and Charlie emerges, looking shocked. She gasps, "Adam,
what are you doing here?" Adam just asks calmly,
"Charlie, what is going on?" In the lounge room, a look
of panic crosses Leigh's face as she hears his voice, and she
dashes off to hide as Adam goes on, "Spider told me what
you came up here for. I want to know what happened." In the
lounge room, Alison starts clearing away the three coffee cups,
hiding them behind the couch. At the door, Adam asks if he can
come in. Charlie sighs, "Of course, darling." She adds,
"I'm sorry to be so rude, but you took me by surprise, that's
all." In the lounge room, Alison suddenly notices Leigh's
broken watch on the dresser. She stares at it, nervously, not
having time to move it. Charlie and Adam come in and Alison quickly
smiles at Adam, "Aren't you the impetuous one! I
just finished convincing Charlie she was hearing ghosts and you
turn up!" Adam, ignoring this, stares at his mother and tells
her, "I want to know all about it and I want the truth, Charlie.
There's no use giving me the run-around; I can tell something's
up. Is Leigh alive?" Charlie laughs nervously, "Now
I know how I sounded, it really is silly when you think about
it, isn't it?" Adam demands, "What are you so nervous
about?" Charlie quickly protests, "Me? Nervous? I'm
not nervous? Am I nervous?" She looks at Alison, who's been
slowly sidling her way over to the dresser. She replies, "Course
not - just being your usual scatty self!" She goes to pick
up the watch. Adam, though, grabs it from her and she quickly
tells him, "I broke it - it's one of my favourites."
Adam examines the watch and snaps, "Favourites! It's got
Leigh's name engraved on the back of it." A look of determination
on his face, he then snaps, "I want to see her - now."
Alison sighs heavily.