Alison smiles at Caroline, "Well, that puts paid to your
little theory, doesn't it?" Caroline just mutters, "We'll
see." Alison adds, "You must be tired. Don't let us
keep you." Caroline, though, retorts, "We'll be back
in the morning. I've heard so much about Patricia; I've got to
meet her. Charlie opens the back door and lets Caroline
and Samantha out. When they're out of earshot, Alison tells her,
"It was very clever, saying David had Patricia with him -
but Caroline won't be put off that easily." Charlie, though,
replies, "I wasn't making it up, darling. That's
exactly what David said: that the woman he married in
Rio is Patricia - and she's with him. Looking shocked,
Alison mutters, "It doesn't make sense. Who on earth would
want to pass herself off as me?"
Beryl is fussing over Robert in the kitchen at her house as Heather
stands and looks on, sadly. Beryl tells Robert that she'll give
him a bath, and Heather quickly says, "He likes his water
warmer than most babies." Beryl looks at her and she assures
her, "I wasn't trying to interfere." Beryl sighs, "I
know. I'm sorry - I guess I'm fairly touchy where Robert's concerned."
Heather says,"I guess it's like we're both treading on eggshells."
The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Beryl goes to get it in
the lounge room. Fiona comes on and Beryl asks her how she is.
Fiona smiles, "Fine, fine - except for a few twinges in the
back: old-age creeping on." Beryl laughs, "Get away
with you!" She then asks how Kelly is, and Fiona replies
that she thinks they've worked everything out. She adds, "What
about you?" Beryl sighs, "Well... it's a bit hard with
Heather still here. I know she's only trying to help, but I find
myself getting so jealous." Fiona points out, "She
won't be there for very much longer, and then you'll have little
Robert all to yourself." Beryl smiles, "Yes, finally."
Barbara, Gordon, Wayne and Mary are sitting in the lounge room
at Dural. Wayne asks his father passionately, "There's no
point in even trying to fight it?" Gordon tells
him, "The solicitor's been looking at all the details since
I spoke to him yesterday and he says that all I'd end up with
is the costs going against me. His advice is that I come to some
sort of agreement with James out of court." Mary sighs that
it doesn't seem fair. Barbara agrees, "It certainly doesn't,
but that's the law." Wayne tells Mary, "You'll
be right: you've got your inheritance coming." Mary, though,
reminds him, "Not 'til I'm married; don't reckon that
will be for a long time." They suddenly hear a noise at the
front door, and Barbara stands up, growling, "That's James.
I'm off." She heads off to the kitchen. Mary stands up as
well and heads out to the hallway. James is just going upstairs
and Mary snaps at him, "You should be real proud of yourself.
I don't know how you can act like that towards your own brother."
James just looks at her and she storms off.
The next morning, Caroline and Samantha are back at the country
house, sitting in the lounge room with Alison, as Charlie pours
coffee. Caroline looks at Alison and comments, "Your nerves
don't appear to be all that good." Alison mutters, "Don't
they?" Caroline muses, "Almost as nervous as I was
in the lift." She adds, "Actually, I was quite
worried about coming down here by 'plane - but it turned out better
than I expected. Perhaps I should be thanking you? Maybe you've
helped me overcome my claustrophobia?" Alison sits there
and ignores her. Samantha breaks the silence by commenting, "I
hope we haven't come too early." Caroline smiles, "Yes,
I did want to be here when David and his new wife arrive. Can't
wait to meet Patricia." Looking at Alison,
she adds, "Can you?" Alison looks down at her
A cab pulls up in a street in Melbourne and David climbs out
of the back seat. He walks round to the other side of the car
and opens the back door. A woman climbs out: she has short, grey
hair and bears a faint resemblance to Patricia. She asks him,
"Why did you want the taxi to stop here?" David explains,
"We used to come here a lot - right back when we were teenagers.
And I thought it might jog some memories." They go and stand
at the side of the road and look across a river. The woman looks
around and David asks her, "Doesn't seeing your home town
have some effect?" The woman admits, "No."
She then looks at David and asks, "What if there's been some
awful mistake? What if I'm not Patricia?" David,
though, insists, "Of course you are." The woman reminds
him, "You said yourself I'd changed. Not just my
face; my personality." David asks her, "What do you
reckon, after what you've been through? Anyway, I reckon it's
been good for both of us: it's given you a chance to
start again and be more like the girl I first knew." 'Patricia'
asks, "Do you know how much I love you?" David smiles,
"Yeah. Course I do." 'Patricia' asks, "If it turned
out I wasn't Patricia, would you still love me then?"
David, though, cries, "Will you stop it? You are
Pat. It'll all come back to you in time. 'Patricia' murmurs, "I
hope so." David puts his arm around her and they walk down
to the river bank.
Alison joins Charlie in the kitchen at the country house, muttering
that she feels nervous enough without Caroline being
there. Charlie asks in concern, "What if David recognises
you?" Alison admits, "He will, eventually." She
adds sadly, "Charlie, I want to see him so badly. The crazy
thing is: I'm scared stiff." Charlie looks out through the
kitchen window and suddenly exclaims, "They're here!"
Alison tells her nervously, "You talk to him; break the ice."
With that, she heads back to the lounge room. David and 'Patricia'
head towards the back door, David saying to his wife as they do
so, "There'll probably only be Caroline and Leigh here. Charlie's
your best friend." 'Patricia' comments that she feels so
strange, meeting people who know more about her than she does
herself. Charlie suddenly bursts out of the house and throws her
arms around David, smiling, "It's wonderful to have you back!"
She then looks at 'Patricia' and says a wary, "Hello."
Turning back to David, she adds, "I thought you said you
had Pat with you." David tells her, "I have. This is
Pat. Didn't Fiona show you the photo? Charlie quickly says, "Of
course... the woman in the photograph." David explains, "We
call her 'Sarah', now." He puts his arm around Sarah, who
tells Charlie, "I'm sorry I don't remember you. I don't remember
much of anything these days." David explains, "She's
been a bit crook." He then goes to head into the house, saying
as he does so, "Where's Leigh? I thought she'd be here to
welcome home her old man." Charlie says nervously, "She
can't be here, unfortunately. I'll explain it later." Alison
is standing out in the hallway, looking concerned, as Charlie
goes on, "There is someone else here: a friend of
mine." Alison walks into the kitchen and Charlie introduces,
"Alison Carr." David stares at her intently, apparently
taken aback, and she says, "Hello." Sarah, looking concerned,
asks him what's wrong. David smiles nervously, "Nothing...
Alison just reminded me of someone, that's all." He stares
at her and murmurs, "It's nice to meet you..."
A short time later, David, Sarah, Charlie and Alison are standing
in the lounge room with Caroline and Samantha, and Caroline and
David are shaking hands as Caroline says, "We've only met
briefly." She then turns to Sarah and comments to David,
"This is your new wife?" David introduces Sarah and
she and Caroline shake hands. Caroline, looking puzzled, muses,
"Sarah... Charlie must have been confused: she seemed to
think you were with Patricia." Looking annoyed,
David mutters that that wasn't meant for general knowledge. Charlie
cries that she's sorry: she was just so excited that it slipped
out. Caroline, looking at Sarah, says, "This is
Patricia?" David retorts, "I think it's best if you
call her 'Sarah'. Pat's wanted by the police; I was only game
enough to bring her back because she looks so different. The fewer
people who know who she really is, the better." Charlie says
to Sarah, "You've had a long trip. Would you like to freshen
up?" Sarah nods, "Yes." Charlie tells her, "I'll
show you the way." They go to leave the room, but Caroline
quickly says, "Patricia lived here. She'd know where
to go, wouldn't she?" David explains, "Sarah's having
a few problems with her memory." Caroline murmurs, "Oh."
She quickly adds, "She would know who Alison
was, then? She's only just met her in Rio, a while back."
Alison tells Sarah quickly, "We got to be very close friends."
Sarah murmurs, "I've been trying so hard to remember. Sometimes
I get little flashes, but nothing much before a couple of months
ago." Alison smiles, "That's alright: we can start again,
Patricia." David quickly corrects, "Sarah." Alison
looks at him and murmurs, "Yes, of course. I'm sorry."
Caroline stares at her.
Spider is at Beryl's, and as Heather lets him in, he asks how
things are going. Heather replies that it's all sorting itself
out - slowly. They head into the kitchen and Heather asks Beryl
if they can find something for a peckish Spider. Beryl smiles
that she'll cook some toast! Heather goes on that she's got some
letters to write, and she leaves them to it. Spider sits down
at the kitchen table and comments that he had a yarn to Rod last
night. Beryl raises her eyebrows as Spider goes on, "He's
real worried about the way things are going." Beryl mutters
that she doesn't want to talk about him: he expected her to choose
between him and Robert. Spider insists, "I don't think you'll
find he meant that. Perhaps you misunderstood." Beryl, though,
snaps, "Rod has done his dash, as far as I'm concerned. No
one is coming between me and Robert now, so that's the end of
David is sitting with Caroline, Samantha and Alison in the lounge
room at the country house, saying, "I had a hell of a time
trying to find her. I had no idea what she looked like until one
of Quinteros's servants gave me a photo. That's all I had to go
on: a photo." Charlie comes back in and says, "I've
put her in the spare room." David, though, growls, "She's
my wife and she'll share my room." Alison mutters, "Let
her shower and change in peace; she can switch rooms later."
Caroline asks David, "Did she know who you were when you
found her?" David, though, replies, "She didn't know
anything. I'd never seen her like that before: so helpless
- like a kid." Caroline asks, "Then how can you be sure
it was her?" David retorts, "I'd know Pat anywhere
- no matter what she looked like." Charlie says,
"I don't understand why you married her again."
David explains, "Make it easy to get papers for her."
Caroline suggests, "It's still dangerous for you, isn't it,
harbouring a wanted criminal?" David, though, retorts, "Pat
never killed Luke Carlyle. Everyone that knows her knows that.
She needs my help more than ever and that's exactly what she's
going to get. I love Sarah." Alison sits there staring
at him. Charlie quickly suggests to her that they get David some
breakfast. Alison stands up. Caroline tells him that she and Samantha
will leave and let him get some rest. David smiles that it was
good of her to come and welcome him home. Caroline retorts, "That's
alright. Glad to have met Patricia, anyway. Seems I had a few
wrong ideas about her..." She glances at Alison. David tells
her that he'll see her and Samantha to their car, and the three
of them head out the front. Charlie and Alison head off to the
kitchen, Charlie murmuring as they do so, "He knows who you
are, doesn't he." Alison snaps, "How could
he ever think that insipid little creature is me? Who is she?
Why is she doing it?" Charlie suggests, "Perhaps she
really doesn't know who she is?" Alison, though,
retorts, "Rubbish. She's playing some game. What can the
woman hope to gain?" Charlie points out, "It did get
her out of some dreadful institution in Brazil." Alison sighs,
"Yes, I suppose she kept it up because she realised David
was a ticket to Australia." Changing the subject, she then
asks Charlie, "Are you still meeting Tom this morning?"
Charlie murmurs, "Oh yes, and it's going to be the most awful
disaster. I let him think I was an expert on Australian paintings.
I'll take the book and keep cramming until the last moment; hopefully,
I won't make a complete idiot of myself. Alison assures
her, "You'll be fine." She adds, "At least it'll
give David and me time to talk - as long as Sarah keeps
out of the way." Charlie says, "I get the feeling he
really cares about her." Alison, though, retorts, "That
won't last long - not now he's with me again..."
Beryl is talking on the 'phone to David, saying, "Charlie
told me you arrived this morning. Er... has she explained
everything about Leigh?" David replies, "Yeah - and
Robert. Look, I'd like to come over: there's a few things I want
to talk about." Beryl asks him if he shouldn't rest first,
but David insists that he'll come over now. He hangs up. Alison
joins him in the lounge room and starts to say, "David, I
want--" She breaks off, though, as Sarah suddenly appears
in the doorway behind her. She raises her eyebrows in annoyance.
David tells his wife, "Sarah, look, I have to go out for
a while, but I shouldn't be too long." Sarah asks him if
she can come with him. David, though, tells her to stop there
and get some shut-eye. He adds, "Alison and Charlie will
look after you." Looking at Alison, he goes on, "Won't
you, Alison?" Alison nods, "Of course." He then
kisses Sarah and heads off. When he's out of earshot, Alison says
sharply to Sarah, "How long do you think you can keep this
up?" Sarah looks at her in surprise and asks blankly, "What?"
Alison retorts, "Pretending to be Patricia." Sarah insists,
"I'm not pretending. I just can't remember
anything." She goes and sits down, continuing, "It was
awful until David came... like living in a sort of fog; not sure
of anything. I hope I am Patricia: it's important to
David." Alison asks, "Do you love him?" Sarah replies,
"More than anything." Charlie comes in and asks Sarah
how she's feeling. She replies that she's much better. She suddenly
looks at the necklace that Charlie is wearing and asks, "Isn't
that the pendant I gave you before I left?" Charlie looks
at her in shock and murmurs, "Yes... but how...?" She
glances at Alison. Sarah smiles, "David said coming
back would help me to remember. Things are starting to come back
to me." Suddenly putting her hand to her head, she murmurs
that she's a bit jetlagged; she thinks she will go and
lie down. Charlie says nervously, "Good idea... I'm going
out for a few hours, but Alison will be here." With that,
Sarah leaves them. Charlie, looking at Alison and indicating the
pendant, asks, "How did she know about this? Not even David
knew. Only you and me." Alison, a smile crossing her face,
just says, "I know who she is..."
A few moments later, Charlie is putting on her blonde wig as
Alison holds a pocket mirror for her and explains, "The woman
shared a room with me at the clinic. They found her in a back
alley somewhere, with her face smashed. She had no identification
and she couldn't remember who she was." Charlie asks, "Why
didn't you recognise each other?" Alison replies,
"Our faces were bandaged the whole time. I did her a disservice
a while ago: she does have a memory problem." Charlie
asks how she knows about the pendant. Alison explains, "We
were both frightened and lonely and we talked. She tried desperately
to remember who she was, but nothing came. So I talked about all
sorts of things: about David and about our life here... and then
you came to the clinic, wanting to see me. So after you
left, I talked about you - I even mentioned the pendant;
described it. Obviously, when she saw you wearing it, the memory
of it filtered through." Charlie realises, "So she really
doesn't know that she's not Patricia?" Alison replies,
"No." Charlie sighs, "It's going to be an awful
shock when David tells her the truth." Alison comments,
"He doesn't know what to do. It's obviously why
he went running off to see Beryl..."
Spider is standing in the kitchen at Beryl's and he tells Beryl
that the kettle's nearly boiling. Robert suddenly starts crying
and Beryl heads off to see to him in the lounge room. Before she
can get there, though, Heather emerges from her bedroom, picks
him up and coos, "What's the matter, love? What's wrong?"
She suddenly becomes aware of Beryl staring at her. There's a
knock at the front door and Beryl mutters, "That'll be David."
She adds, "I'll just take Robert to see his dad." Heather
hands him over, reluctantly. Beryl then goes to the front door
and opens it. David smiles, "G'day, Beryl!" Beryl smiles
warmly, "Hello, David. Say hello to your son!" David
takes him from her and smiles, "G'day, cobber!"
Tom and Charlie are standing outside an art gallery, talking
about the exhibition they've just seen. Charlie tells Tom, "You
know, the distant view of Melbourne in the last panel was added
at a later date." Tom smiles, "You're a fount of knowledge,
Charlotte!" A woman suddenly walks past them and her handbag
catches the bag that Charlie's holding. It drops to the ground,
and her book Australian Painting slips out. Tom says
he'll get it. Charlie, though, quickly bends down and insists
nervously, "It's alright." She stuffs the book back
into her bag and says, "We've just got time for a walk before
I start work." She leads him away before he can say anything
Beryl - holding Robert - and David are sitting in the lounge
room at Beryl's. Beryl is saying to David, "And you thought
this other woman was Patricia until you saw Alison?" David
murmurs, "I think I wanted to believe it. She's
a good person, Beryl." Beryl mutters sarcastically, "Then
I don't know how you possibly thought it was Patricia."
David sighs, "The awful thing is I've convinced her
that she is - or pretty well. How can I pull the rug from under
her feet now? All these months, looking for Pat... thinking
I've found her and looking forward to coming home and having a
bit of peace and quiet together..." He adds, "I've got
a problem, Beryl, and I haven't the faintest idea what to do about
it." Beryl tells him, "I've got a problem,
too, but I've worked out what to do with mine."
She looks at Robert. David strokes his head, lovingly.
In the lounge room at Dural, Gordon is telling his brother, "I'd
like to come to some agreement as to what you actually want, James,
so I know where I stand." James insists, "I don't want
to be unfair about this." Barbara calls over curtly to Gordon
from the living room table, where she arranging some flowers,
"Like that in writing?" Gordon tells James, "I
was advised this morning that your solicitor is seeking a court
injunction to have my bank accounts and assets frozen until the
situation can be sorted out to your satisfaction."
James sighs, "The whole thing has got out of hand."
Gordon asks him what he means. Wayne chips in, "He means
someone else is pulling the strings." James snaps at him
to shut up. Gordon asks his son what he's talking about. There's
suddenly a knock at the front door, and Barbara goes to get it.
Wayne says to his father, "I don't know why he won't admit
it." James growls, "Look, I told you: keep your mouth
shut." Out in the hallway, Barbara opens the door. Duncan
is standing on the step and Barbara asks, "Can I help you?"
He walks in and says, "I'm Duncan Phipps, James's partner
from Quilpie. I'd like to see him." Barbara retorts, "I'm
afraid it's rather awkward at the moment. Could you come back
later, please?" Duncan, though, snaps, "No, I can't.
Just tell him I'm here." Barbara glares at him.
David is playing with Robert in his playpen at Beryl's. Beryl
joins him and asks him if he can give Spider a lift home. David
nods, "Sure." He goes to head out to his car, adding,
"I'll come back." Spider says to Beryl conspiratorially,
"I hope things work out." Beryl assures him, "They
will." He goes. Beryl looks at Robert and then calls, "Heather."
Heather emerges from her bedroom and Beryl tells her, "I'd
like to talk to you." Heather smiles at Robert as Beryl goes
on, "You must realise the situation is impossible. Robert's
not going to learn that I'm his mother while you're still here,
so I think it would be better if you left today." Heather
looks at her in shock and mutters, "That's a bit sudden."
Beryl tells her, "I know it's painful, Heather - it is for
me, too - but we both can't be the boy's mother."
Heather murmurs, "No." Beryl continues, "So I really
think it would be for the best if you left." Heather nods
sadly, "Alright." She then says quietly, "I felt
a bit queasy on the 'plane on the way down. I'll need some air
sickness tablets. Could you pop down to the chemist's for me while
I pack and have a few minutes alone with Robert?" Beryl whispers,
"Yes, of course." She adds, "I really am sorry,
Heather, but it does seem to be the only way." With that,
she picks up her handbag and heads out. Heather lifts Robert out
of his playpen and carries him off to her bedroom.
Charlie and Tom are walking along, arm-in-arm, Charlie displaying
her 'new-found' knowledge about art. Tom looks at her and comments,
"You sound like a textbook." Charlie, suddenly looking
alarmed, says quickly, "Yes... well, with my studies and
everything..." Indicating her bag, Tom remarks, "I notice
you've been doing a bit of brushing-up." Charlie murmurs,
"The book. Yes, well..." She then stops walking and
sighs, "Oh, Tom... it's silly to pretend. I crammed half
the night to learn what I said today." Tom smiles, "I
thought you had it down a bit pat! You sounded like a
museum guide!" Charlie admits, "And that's not all.
You know I told you about going to uni... it's not true."
Tom asks in surprise, "Why did you think you had to lie to
me?" Charlie explains, "I didn't want you to think I'm
a fool." Tom insists, "I don't think you're
a fool, Charlotte. I'm very flattered you went to all that trouble
to impress me." Charlie, looking surprised, mouths, "Really?"
Tom goes on, "I think basically you're an honest, down-to-earth
person. That's what I like about you: not what you know about
art or anything else..." With that, he leans in and kisses
her. When Charlie pulls away after several seconds, she smiles,
"I guess I am a fairly down-to-earth person..."
The lounge room doors are shut at Dural. Wayne is standing in
the lounge room, leaning against them, listening, as Barbara tells
Gordon, "He said his name is Duncan something-or-other and
he's James's partner." Gordon looks at Wayne and tells him
not to eavesdrop. Wayne mutters, "Just curious." Out
in the hallway, James is growling at Duncan, "You said you
were going to stay in Woombai." Duncan retorts,
"I got the hankering for city life again. I thought I'd move
down here for a while." James growls, "You
can't." Duncan, though, insists nastily, "I think I
can. Gordon and Barbara are going to do what you
tell them and you're going to do what I
tell you." James snarls, "The power is going
to your head." Duncan, though, points out, "I'm also
the only thing between you and a murder rap." James glares
at him and then heads into the lounge room. He announces, "Duncan's
going to be staying for a while." Wayne points out, "Perhaps
it's not convenient." James, though, snaps, "It'll have
Heather is standing in the hallway at Beryl's, wearing her coat
and holding a grizzling Robert, telling him, "That's alright,
darling. Mummy will soon have you out of here." She goes
to pick up a packed case. Outside, David and Beryl are heading
towards the front door, David commenting as they do so, "That
Spider's a bit of a character, isn't he?!" He then adds,
"I'll say a quick hello to Robert and then I'll get back
to the farm." Beryl goes to put her key in the lock, but
before she can do so, the door is opened from inside and Beryl
and David are confronted with the sight of Heather standing there,
about to leave with Robert. Beryl stares at her and demands, "What
are you doing? You were going to take him, weren't
you?" David says, "Come on, Heather, don't be silly."
Heather, though, snaps, "He's more my baby than hers."
Beryl growls, "Give him to me." Heather, though, cries,
"No. I'm taking him with me - and you can't stop me. I'll
fight it in court. I've had him for months; you only
ever had him for a few minutes." Beryl, however,
yells, "I gave birth to him. He's my child
and you're not taking him anywhere."