Alison corrects, "Alison." David muses, "I suppose
you can call yourself whatever you like." Alison comments,
"You knew the second we met." David nods. Alison moves
towards him, but David quickly says, "No." Alison asks
why not. She adds, "You still love me, don't you?"
David retorts, "That's not the point. There's Sarah."
Alison points out, "There's only Sarah because you thought
she was me. You can't let her come between us."
David snaps, "She's my responsibility." Alison asks
curtly, "For how long? Your whole life? Look, I understand
you don't want to hurt her, but once she's settled... stronger...
you have to tell her the truth." She pauses before adding,
"David, I love you. That hasn't changed; it never
will." David stares at her but then murmurs, "I
can't. I don't want to hurt Sarah." He then returns to his
work, leaving Alison looking upset.
In the kitchen at Irene's, Mary asks Wayne, "What will Gordon
and Barbara say?" Wayne replies, "A lot, probably, so
we won't tell them for the time being." He then asks her
if she'd mind if it wasn't a big wedding. Mary comments
that she doesn't know anyone she can ask, anyway. Wayne suggests,
"Then let's get it done quickly and quietly. I've got a mate
in the registry office; it shouldn't take more than a few days
to organise the paperwork. Once we're married, you can collect
the inheritance and we can do something to help Barbara and dad."
At that moment, Gordon comes in and tells Wayne that Fiona has
had some bad news; he thinks they should go. Wayne asks what's
happened. Gordon explains, "Kelly's mother didn't make it,
I'm afraid." Wayne sympathises, "Poor kid." He
adds that he and Mary will be out in a minute. Gordon leaves them
and Wayne says to Mary, "Our secret, OK?" Mary nods,
Sometime later, back at Dural, Gordon and Wayne wander into the
lounge room and Gordon asks his son if anything's the matter,
as he hardly said a word on the way back. Wayne sits down and
assures him, "Nothing in particular." James comes into
the room - putting his coat on as he does so - and growls, "You
won't be having any more trouble with Duncan." Gordon asks
if he's gone. James retorts, "No, but I laid it on the line.
He's not going to give any more problems." Gordon says he's
glad to hear it. James then announces that he's going out for
a breath of fresh air, and he heads off. When he's gone, Wayne
muses to his father, "Maybe that's it." Gordon
stares at him and he goes on, "Duncan. I knew someone
had something on James; I didn't know who. Must
be him." Gordon, though, points out, "If he did,
it doesn't appear to be the case any longer. James
appears to have the upper hand." Wayne murmurs, "Yeah.
Irene is sitting with Fiona in Fiona's flat, looking at her watch.
She sighs that she wonders if Kelly might have 'phoned the hospital
herself. Fiona says she hopes not; she wants to break it to her
gently. The two of them suddenly hear Andy's voice out in the
corridor. He helps Kelly into Fiona's flat and then heads off
to his own bedsit, opposite. Kelly calls, "Fiona?" Fiona
smiles, "Yes, yes. And Irene." Kelly tells them enthusiastically,
"We've been to the Botanical Gardens, feeding the ducks!"
Fiona smiles nervously, "Yeah..." She then says more
seriously, "Er... Kelly..." Kelly asks nervously what's
wrong. Fiona says gently, "There's been some bad news, dear."
Kelly, looking shocked, cries, "Mum...?" Irene tells
her, "She, er... she didn't come out of the anaesthetic."
Kelly mouths, "No... that can't be right. She said the operation
wasn't dangerous. She said it was routine; it would make her well
again. She can't be dead. She can't..."
She suddenly bursts into tears. Andy comes in at that moment and
starts asking if he can borrow a jog. Fiona, though, interrupts
him and tells him that Kelly has had some bad news about her mum.
Kelly sobs, "I'm alright. I knew there was a chance this
would happen. Any surgery is dangerous. It won't do any
good getting upset about it." Irene assures her that it's
only natural to get upset. Kelly, though, insists through
her tears, "I'm fine - really. I've got to make arrangements."
A cab pulls up in the driveway at Dural and Caroline and Samantha
climb out. Caroline sighs, "Back to square one. So much for
my hopes of finding the goods on Alison." Samantha
points out that at least she knows the truth. Samantha
pays the driver while Caroline heads up to the house. James is
just emerging, and he tells her, "I've been trying to ring
you. I wanted to say sorry if the meeting got a bit heated yesterday."
Taking the file of papers out of her handbag, Caroline says, "I've
been to Melbourne - to see Alison." James asks her curtly
where she got the file. Caroline replies, "Wayne." She
quickly adds, "Don't get angry: you should be grateful."
James asks why. Caroline tells him, "It's full of all the
wrong information: Alison Carr isn't Patricia. Patricia
is currently living under the name of Sarah Hunt, and she's alive
and well and living in Melbourne." A look of shock crosses
A short time later, James, Caroline and Samantha head into the
lounge room, James commenting as they do so, "It doesn't
make sense. If Alison isn't Patricia, how come she caved-in when
I threatened her with it?" Caroline suggests that maybe she's
got something else to hide and didn't want him to keep on digging.
Samantha says she'll go and say 'hello' to Barbara and she leaves
them. When she's gone, James says to Caroline, "Tell me about
Sarah." Caroline, though, replies, "There's nothing
more to tell: she's Patricia. End of story." She
sits down and suggests, "Let's talk about the Hamiltons.
I want to help them and I know you do, too - but somebody's stopping
you." James sighs heavily and sits down next to her. He then
explains, "It's Duncan. I killed a guy and he knows about
it." A look of shock crosses Caroline's face as he insists,
"It was an accident - but nobody's going to believe it."
He goes on, "His name was Ben Simmonds. I won a worked-out
opal mine off him in a game of poker - 'cept it wasn't as worked-out
as he thought. First thing I did, I cracked a big vein. Ben got
mad as hell." Caroline comments, "If he lost it fair
and square..." James replies, "He did - 'cept he started
saying I cheated. We got drunk and there was a big fight; the
whole town was watching." Caroline asks, "That's how
he died?" James replies, "No. It was the next day. I
was blasting down at this mine and I let off this charge. Duncan
suddenly came running up: he said Ben had gone down in the mine
looking for me." Caroline remarks that she still doesn't
see how it was his fault. James tells her, "I was a bit fragile
from the night before; I wasn't as careful as I should've been.
Like Duncan said: knowing how we were about each other, who was
going to believe it was an accident? I had to hide the body; keep
quiet about it. Duncan stuck around; he helped me. I made him
my partner to show him my gratitude." Caroline comments,
"Duncan did pretty well out of it, didn't he?" James
nods. Caroline asks him if he and Duncan were friends before this
happened. James, though, replies, "No - I hardly knew him.
He was Ben's offsider." Caroline muses, "So,
when Ben lost the mine, Duncan lost his job. Duncan would never
have become your partner if Ben Simmonds hadn't conveniently got
himself killed..." James, though, assures her that he already
thought of that. He adds that he even wondered if Duncan knew
that Ben had gone down in the mine and didn't tell him until he
let off that charge - but he's got no way of knowing; not for
sure - and he's sure as hell not going to risk a jail term letting
the cops work it out. Caroline insists, "There must be some
way of finding out what really happened." James, standing
up, tells her, "Then maybe you can help." Caroline
asks in surprise, "How?" James explains, "He's
got two weaknesses: booze and good-looking women." He adds,
"This worked for Alison; maybe it will work for you."
Caroline asks if he's going to fall for the same trick twice.
James, though, asks, "Why not? Just think what it's going
to do for Barbara and Gordon..." Caroline stares at him and
then sighs, "Alright. I'll try." James smiles, "Good
girl. All you've got to do is get this guy talking--" He
quickly breaks off as Duncan suddenly comes in and starts pouring
himself a drink. Caroline looks at James 'innocently' and says,
"Aren't you going to introduce us?" James does the introductions
and Caroline smiles at Duncan, "Haven't seen you
before..." She then turns to James and says, "Why don't
you both come over tonight: have a drink and a chat?" James,
looking surprised, asks, "What? Me and Duncan?" Duncan
tells her, "Sounds a beaut idea to me." Caroline
Sarah is sitting at the kitchen table at David's, cutting up
some scones. Alison is standing watching her and Sarah asks her
to pass the butter. She does so. She then comments to Sarah, "It's
quite amazing: the surgery. I'd honestly never have recognised
you." Sarah smiles, "It's incredible. I still can't
believe he found me." Alison goes on, "What
I find even more fascinating is... it's not just your
face; your whole personality's changed." Looking
surprise, Sarah asks, "How?" Alison tells her, "For
a start, you wouldn't have gone to so much trouble making David
afternoon tea." Sarah insists, "I just want to make
him happy." Alison persists, "You probably don't remember,
but in Rio you told me you and David had the most terrible fights.
He seemed to love you all the more because of it; as though he
admired your strength." Sarah, beginning to look upset, retorts,
"He says he loves me the way I am now. That's all
that matters. He's been so good to me." At that moment, the
back door opens and David comes in. Sarah immediately stands up
and goes and hugs him. David asks suspiciously what's wrong. Alison
tells him, "Sarah and I were just saying how her personality's
changed: she seems a lot sweeter; none of that old sharpness."
She adds knowingly, "A change for the better, though,
don't you think, David?" David retorts, "Yes, I do.
I love her exactly the way she is." Alison glares at him.
At Dural, Wayne is standing behind the bar, pouring himself a
mineral water. Mary comes in and tells him they have to talk.
She hesitates and then says, "I love you - and I want us
to get married." She goes on, however, "But I keep thinking:
when I first came to Woombai, Gordon said he was sure he wasn't
my father. What if he's wrong? I can't marry you if there's a
chance I'm your half-sister. There's no way I can ever know for
sure." Wayne, though, smiles, "Yes there is." He
guides Mary over to the couch and, sitting down, tells her, "Patricia's
back. She's in Melbourne with David Palmer." A broad
smile crosses Mary's face and she says eagerly, "I have to
see her." Wayne tells her, "I don't think you
have to worry - Gordon's not your father - but let's fly down
and talk to her. That way, we need only delay the wedding a couple
of days." The smile on Mary's face suddenly disappears, and
Wayne asks what the matter is. Mary explains, "It's all changed,
hasn't it? For so long, I've wanted to find Patricia and for her
to be my mother - but if she is, I can't marry you. I don't know
what I want - except to know the truth..."
Outside, Duncan is swinging a golf club in the air, practising
a stroke. James joins him and asks where the clubs came from.
Duncan replies that they're Gordon's. James then tells him, "We're
going to have to cancel tonight: I've got a bit of a gut ache."
Duncan, though, retorts, "You cancel; nothing wrong
with my gut." James points out, "You're going
to look a bit silly going along without me: you and Caroline
hardly know each other." Duncan, though, says, "I
reckon we'll manage alright." James tells him, "She's
only invited you over out of politeness. You're going to make
a fool out of yourself." Duncan retorts, "I'll risk
it." With that, James walks off, a nasty smile on his face...
At the Morrell town house, Caroline fills a jug with tapwater
and then tips it into an empty gin bottle. Samantha joins her
and remarks that she didn't know they were in the home-brewing
business! Caroline explains that she has a guest coming over tonight
and she'll need to keep a clear head. She then adds that she was
wondering if Samantha was going out somewhere... Samantha
raises her eyebrows and asks, "It's not James, is
it?" Caroline retorts, "No." Samantha warns her,
"One of these days, these games are going to get you into
trouble, mother." Caroline, though, assures her, "I
know what I'm doing, darling."
Andy and Kelly are walking along the corridor at the boarding
house. Andy asks Kelly if she's sure there's nothing more he can
do. Kelly just replies, "Thanks for driving me. I don't need
anything else." Andy insists that she doesn't have to go
through all this on her own. Kelly, though, retorts that she prefers
it this way. Andy, taking her arm, starts to guide her towards
his bedsit, saying, "Look, come and have a coffee. It might
cheer you up." Kelly, though, snaps, "Don't pity me,
Andy. I don't need it from you or anyone." Andy
mutters, "Sorry - I just thought you might want a coffee.
If you change your mind, it's a standing invitation. I'll see
you around." With that, he heads into his bedsit, leaving
Kelly standing in the corridor. She goes to put her key in Fiona's
front door but misses the lock and drops the key onto her floor.
Her handbag then drops off her arm and the items inside fall out.
Kelly drops to her knees and starts trying to feel around on the
carpet for the key, crying in frustration, "Come on... where
is it?" After a few seconds, she buries her head
in her hands and breaks down into tears.
A few moments later, Fiona and Irene are helping Kelly into Fiona's
flat. Kelly is crying, "I couldn't find my keys..."
Fiona puts her arms round her and tells her, "You just have
a good cry: it's the best thing you can do." Kelly sobs,
"So much for being independent." Fiona, though, tells
her, "I don't want to hear any more about that; no one
can be independent at a time like this." Kelly cries, "I
never have been - not really. It was just a way of fooling
myself; making myself pretend I wasn't totally useless..."
Irene tells her, "You sure had us fooled."
Kelly cries, "I kind of carried it off because I knew my
mother was there if I ever really needed her. Now she's gone..."
Fiona points out, "You've got us: Andy and Irene
and myself. We'll give you all the help you need." Irene
adds, "Frankly, though, love, I don't think you're going
to need it. You really have made yourself very independent, and
once the shock wears off, that'll all come back soon enough."
Kelly, though, sobs, "You don't know what it's like."
Fiona tells her, "It's only as much of a handicap as you
let it be." Kelly, though, suddenly snaps, "You
don't know what you're talking about. How would you like
it? Being helpless; knowing it's a struggle to survive if people
didn't pity you enough to feed you and clothe you and help you
across the street...?" Fiona insists, "It's not like
that, darling. You know it isn't." Kelly, though,
cries, "Do I? How would you like it? How would you
like to be blind?" Fiona soothes, "I wouldn't
like it very much at all. And I'm sure I couldn't cope
with it nearly as well as you have. But don't downgrade yourself
from what you have. Bitterness won't bring your mum back - and
it won't help you..."
It's nighttime, and Duncan has arrived at the Morrell town house.
As Caroline lets him in, he tells her, "James says to say
sorry; he's a bit crook." Caroline comments that it's nothing
serious, she hopes. Duncan retorts that he doubts it. He then
asks her if she's disappointed that she's got him instead of James.
Caroline smiles and asks, "Why would I be disappointed?"
Duncan replies, "He's pretty clever with the ladies; I'm
more your rough-and-ready type." Caroline smiles, "I
see." She then invites him to sit down, and she offers him
a drink. Duncan, though, says, "I think I'll stay off
the booze tonight." Caroline, suddenly looking worried, asks,
"Why?" Duncan explains, "I get a bit frisky
with a couple under the belt." Caroline smiles, "Oh,
I think we could handle that!" She adds that she's generally
a gin-and-tonic girl herself, but she bought some tequila specially.
Duncan muses, "Well... if you put it that way..."
Caroline tells him to make himself comfortable, and she heads
off to the kitchen. Duncan sits down.
Later that evening, Duncan slams an empty tequila glass down
on the coffee table and then skulls a glass of beer. He puts that
down as well and slurs, "I told you you shouldn't
have got me started!" Caroline, though, replies, "Who
says you can't drink? You've only had three and you're only just
beginning to sparkle!" She pours him another pair
of drinks as he tells her, "I think it's time you
tried another one." Caroline, though, insists, "One's
enough for me... the G&T's already beginning to go to my head!"
Changing the subject, she then comments, "It must be a fascinating
life, mining opals in the outback." Duncan mutters that it's
alright. Caroline comments, "I think it's exciting
- out there in the wild, getting into all sorts of adventures."
Duncan slurs, "I like the adventures down here
better." He goes to grab the bottle of gin to pour Caroline
another drink, but his hand doesn't grab it properly and it tips
over onto the coffee table. Caroline yells out in annoyance and
then tells him to stay there while she gets something to mop it
up with. She heads off. Duncan picks up the bottle of 'gin' and,
holding it in front of him, smiles and toasts, "Mud in your
eye, James." He then takes a gulp of the drink. As he removes
it from his mouth, he looks at it in surprise. He takes another
gulp, to confirm his suspicions. A few seconds later, Caroline
rejoins him and comments that she hopes he didn't get any all
over his clothes. Duncan ignores this and slurs, "I'm surprised
you can still stand up - with all this stuff in you."
He takes another swig of the 'gin' and then bangs the bottle down
on the table, angrily. Caroline smiles nervously, "Oh dear
- my secret's out! You said you couldn't drink, but you
should see me: one glass and I'm under the table - and
there are a lot of other places I'd much rather be..."
With that, she puts her arms round Duncan. He leans in to kiss
her, but then suddenly puts his hand around her neck and snarls,
"How stupid do you think I am? I've already fallen for this
line once." He pushes her onto the couch, snapping, "And
I'm not going to fall for it again." With that,
he storms out.
At the country house, Sarah removes a saucepan of milk from the
stove in the kitchen. Alison comes in and comments, "You
really are out for the 'Homemaker of the Year' award, aren't you?"
Sarah asks her angrily, "Do you have to be so sarcastic
all the time." Alison tells her, "It's simply that I
can't get over how out-of-character you are. It's as though you're
a different person." Sarah mutters, "From what I've
heard about the way I used to be, that might be a good
thing." Alison tells her, "Not in David's eyes, I'm
afraid: he was in love with the old Patricia. He's trying
hard to get used to the new one, but we all know it's not working."
She adds, "I hope you won't take it too badly when he ends
up hating you." Sarah glares at her and snaps, "Do you
have to keep on-and-on about it all the time? Things would be
alright for us if you'd just leave us alone." Alison retorts,
"I doubt it." She suddenly becomes aware of David appearing
in the doorway to the hall, and she looks at him and storms off.
Alone with David, Sarah starts to say curtly, "I'm sorry:
if I'm not what you want--" David, though, takes her hands
and insists, "You're exactly what I want. I promise."
He then asks her to wait there a minute. He heads out to the hallway
and into the lounge room, where Alison is standing, staring into
space. She starts to snaps, "Just you tell me what I said
wasn't--" David interrupts her, though, and growls, "Pack
your bags and get out." Alison stares at him in shock and
murmurs, "David..." David repeats, "You heard me:
get out." Alison retorts, "You don't want me to do that:
I couldn't stand it and neither could you."
David snaps, "It's finished." Alison, though, retorts,
"It'll never be finished." She then adds, "But
I'll go and I'll never bother you again if you'll just look at
me and tell me that's what you really want." David stands
there and sighs heavily.