Later that night, the front door bangs at Dural and Gordon walks
into the lounge room. Barbara cries, "Thank goodness. I was
beginning to think the police had locked you up, too."
As Gordon sits down, he sighs heavily, and Barbara comments that
she gathers things aren't looking too good for James. Gordon explains
that the police didn't believe a word of his story. Barbara asks,
"What about Duncan?" Gordon mutters, "He's
their star witness. He's convinced them James is a murderer."
He adds bitterly, "Some mate." Barbara says,
"Darling, I know James is your brother, but your mustn't
let family loyalty cloud your judgement." Gordon, though,
insists, "I'm not. I know that he's innocent. He told me
about Simmonds and agreed that the police should know." Barbara
points out, "They had to practically drag him down
to the police station." Gordon, however, suggests, "He
wouldn't have gone at all if he was telling a pack of
lies, would he?" Barbara asks about the gun. Gordon
replies that Duncan must have planted it. Barbara then asks what
happens now. Gordon, though, shrugs, "I don't know. Bail.
Extradition to Queensland. I imagine things will be a lot clearer
in the morning." He adds, "Duncan's a liar, I know he
is. The question is: how do we prove it?"
The next morning, Fiona opens the door of her flat to find Irene
standing outside. She walks in and comments that Fiona and Kelly
aren't even dressed yet! Fiona laughs, "There are some people
who like to sleep in on a Saturday and I was under the impression
that you were one of them!" Irene explains that she's there
to invite them for a picnic. Fiona smiles that it sounds wonderful.
Kelly, though, says sourly, "I don't think so." Irene
asks, "I can't interest you in a trip to the National Park?"
Kelly retorts blackly, "So I can admire the view?!"
Irene insists that it'll do her good. Kelly sits there and then
mutters, "I suppose." She stands up wearily and asks
Fiona, "Can you help me to my bedroom." Fiona points
out, "You know where it is." Kelly pleads, "Please..."
Fiona, though, reminds her, "You've done it plenty of times
without my help." Kelly cries, "I forget how many steps
it is." Looking concerned, Irene takes her arm and says,
"I'll take you." She leads her off to her room
and tells her to rug-up in case it gets chilly this afternoon.
She closes the bedroom door. Fiona immediately says to her her,
"You shouldn't have helped her; she knows where
her bedroom is." Irene, though, points out that she's feeling
lost at the moment; it can't hurt to give her a bit of extra attention
for a while. Fiona reminds her, "You were the one
who insisted that we shouldn't treat her like an invalid."
Irene explains, "Asking for help is Kelly's way of saying
she needs some comfort and understanding. I'm not going to ignore
the signals." Fiona insists, "Neither am I, but I'm
not going to let her get into bad habits, either." Irene,
looking shocked, exclaims, "Fiona, the poor kid is still
adjusting to her mother's death. I would have thought you'd be
the first person to understand how the poor kid is feeling."
Fiona sighs, "I understand better than she does,
but she's never going to cope if people encourage her to rely
on others to do for her what she can do for herself - and I'll
thank you not to start." Irene looks at her in surprise.
Beryl is sitting in her lounge room, feeding Robert from a bottle.
Spider is sitting with her and he comments that the kid laps it
up! He then asks Beryl how things are with Rod. Beryl replies,
"Shaky - and I doubt if it'll improve. Not while he objects
so strongly to Robert." Spider tells her, "If that's
what Doris said, I'd forget it. That woman's got a forked tongue."
Beryl retorts, "I asked Rod and he said that's what he said."
Spider tells her, "Probably in the heat of the moment."
He adds, "Remember when Jess overheard you talking about
her mum? That was all Doris's doing." Beryl points
out that Doris was genuinely sorry about that. Spider, though,
laughs bitterly, "Once the damage was done..."
Beryl muses, "I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have a word with
her, just in case there has been some sort of misunderstanding."
Spider smiles and then says, "Well, I'd better toddle off.
Got a free ticket to the footy." He adds, "Good luck
with the dragon-lady," and he goes!
Gordon is talking on the 'phone on the bar at Dural, saying,
"I'd appreciate it if you'd ask Detective Coleman to keep
me informed. Thankyou. Bye." He hangs up as Barbara comes
into the room, and he tells her, "They released Duncan this
morning." Barbara asks about James and Gordon replies, "He's
being held until they can organise an extradition hearing. Apparently,
he's got to be taken to Queensland to be charged." He adds
with a sigh, "James must be cursing me for talking him into
going to the police in the first place." Barbara,
though, tells him, "You don't owe any loyalty to James, Gordon.
Not after the way he's treated you." Gordon just sighs, "I
got him into this mess. I've got to find some way to
get him out of it."
A while later, there's a knock on the front door at Dural and
Barbara goes and answers it to find Duncan standing there. She
immediately snaps, "You've got a nerve." Duncan
starts to say, "I'm not staying; I just--" Barbara interrupts
him, though, and snarls, "There's no way you're going to
set foot inside this house." Duncan asks, "What about
my stuff?" Barbara retorts, "I'll pack it.
You wait outside." She goes to slam the door in his face,
but Gordon suddenly emerges from the lounge room and says, "It's
alright, Barbara." He then tells Duncan calmly to come in.
As Barbara stares at him in surprise, he adds, "We can't
hold it against the man because my damn fool of a brother got
himself into trouble." He turns to Duncan and comments, "It
can't have been easy, having to turn in your best friend."
Duncan assures him, "It wasn't - but I had no other
choice. I protected him as long as I could." He adds in surprise,
"I thought you'd be dark on me." Gordon replies
smoothly, "For being honest? I was only saying to Barbara
this morning that I hope you don't feel awkward about staying
here now." Duncan murmurs hesitantly, "Um, well, thanks,
but I--" Gordon interrupts him and points out, "Surely
the police want you to stay in Sydney? They may want to ask you
more questions." Duncan nods, "They do, for the extradition
hearing, but I was going to find a hotel." Turning to Barbara,
Gordon says, "We wouldn't hear of it, would
we?" Barbara forces out, "No...!" Duncan points
out, "James wouldn't be very happy if he found out about
it." Gordon, though, insists - to Barbara's obvious horror
- "Nonsense - you should be with friends. You told the truth;
there's no need to hide from us." Duncan stammers, "Thanks..."
Gordon then suggests to him that he go upstairs and have a nap.
As Duncan heads off to his room, Barbara calls after him tersely,
"I'll wake you when it's time for lunch." She then storms
off into the lounge room. Gordon follows her and she snaps at
him, "It won't work." Gordon, though, points out that,
this way, they can keep an eye on him. Barbara growls, "He's
not going to let anything slip while he's staying here."
Gordon, though, insists, "It's the only chance we've got
to help James." Barbara stares at him and then walks off
Beryl is standing in the kitchen at the Campbell house with Doris,
who's doing some ironing. She asks the housekeeper, "Are
you sure you're telling me the truth?" Doris just
retorts, "If you came here to accuse me of lying..."
Beryl points out, "It would be easy to make something like
that sound worse than it was meant." Looking shocked,
Doris snaps, "How dare you." Beryl remarks, "You
have tried to cause trouble before, Doris, and
I know you don't like me." Doris agrees, "No, I don't
like you. Everything was fine until you came along. I wish Rod
had never laid eyes on you." Beryl accuses, "Then you
did do it to cause trouble?" Doris admits, "Yes
- and I'd do it again if I got the chance." Beryl asks in
surprise, "Why? I told you I'm not trying
to push you out of your job." Doris, though, snaps, "Do
you think I went to all this trouble for a lousy housekeeping
job?" Beryl stares at her and realises, "You're in love
with him, aren't you?" Doris looks away and mutters,
"What if I am? It's got nothing to do with you." Beryl
murmurs, "He wants me to marry him." Doris,
though, retorts, "He wants me - and he proved it
the other night. It's true. You ask him." Beryl, looking
shocked, murmurs, "I'm sorry." She goes to walk off.
Doris, though, goes after her and stops her, saying with a sigh,
"It should be me getting upset, not you. It didn't
mean anything; well, not to Rod, anyway. For a little while there,
I pretended it did, but there's nothing between us. It's always
been one-sided. He wants you; not me."
Adam is driving his car up the driveway towards David's house
in the country. He suddenly spots Charlie - bewigged and bespectacled
- walking towards him, and he stops next to her. She smiles that
she was just on her way out. Adam laughs, "No prizes for
guessing who with!" Charlie chides, "Don't tease, Adam.
I've made up my mind: I'm going to tell Tom the truth today. I
hope he understands..." Adam climbs out of the car and Charlie
asks him if there's any news from Leigh. Adam replies, "Yeah,
she's decided to see me. It looks like all my pestering's paid
off." Charlie smiles, "Give her my love. Tell her that
Frannie's on her way down from Queensland. She'll probably have
Shane with her; it might cheer her up." Adam laughs, "I
Doris is sitting on the couch at the Campbell house, wiping her
eyes. Beryl hands her a cup of coffee and sits down next to her.
Doris comments that Rod will be home soon. Beryl, though, tells
her, "It won't hurt him to iron his own shirts for
once." Doris, however, murmurs, "Oh, I couldn't let
him do that." Beryl murmurs, "No, I don't think
you could..." She then tells the housekeeper, "I
won't forgive him for what he's done to you." Doris insists,
"He just didn't think, that's all." Beryl, though, mutters,
"It's about time he did." The front door suddenly
bangs and Rod and Jess come in. They stop in their tracks as they
see Beryl standing there, and she tells Rod that she just popped
in to see Doris. She starts to put her coat on. Rod invites her
to hang around for lunch. Beryl, though, replies that she's left
Robert with a neighbour; she has to get back. Rod suggests, "What
about dinner? Do you want to go out tonight?" Beryl just
retorts, "I'm busy tonight." With that, she goes, leaving
Rod looking surprised. Jess comments that she seemed a bit upset.
Rod asks Doris, "Did she say if anything was sort of bothering
her?" Doris replies, "She seemed alright to me."
Rod muses, "Maybe the baby's getting a new fang, eh?!"
Outside, Beryl storms down to the gate, steps onto the footpath
and pulls the gate shut firmly behind her.
Tom is feeding some bread to the birds in the park when Charlie
walks up to him. He looks at her and smiles, "Radiant as
ever!" Charlie asks him what they're doing today. Tom tells
her, "There's a new display at the museum: Archaeological
Relics from Peru. How does that sound?" Charlie murmurs,
"Lovely..." Tom, picking up on her tone, assures her,
"We don't have to go. If there's something else
you'd rather do..." Charlie says nervously, "Tom, I
have to talk to you." Tom asks, "What about?" Charlie
sighs, "I don't know where to start. I wouldn't be telling
you if it wasn't for Alison." Tom asks what's she's
got to do with it, and Charlie explains, "She's got herself
into terrible strife through the years because she wasn't honest
with people." Tom says, "I don't follow you." Charlie
groans, "Oh, I'm not good at explanations." She then
adds, "Well, here goes." With that, she takes off her
glasses and the wig. Tom stares at her in shock.
A few moments later, Tom snaps, "We've been going out for
weeks. Why leave it 'til now to tell me?"
Charlie explains, "I was scared. I didn't think
that you--" She breaks off. Tom says, "I can understand
why you wore the wig and glasses for work, but not to
say anything to me..." Charlie tells him, "It
didn't seem important at first. I never thought you'd want to
see me again; not more than once or twice, anyway. Most men don't.
They're very kind about it, but I know that they feel I'm too
silly; too light-headed. With you, I got the feeling
that things could turn out differently; at least, I hoped
they would..." Tom says curtly, "I don't like people
pretending they're something they're not." Charlie says,
"I know, and that was the problem: I'd invented this person
- blonde hair and glasses - and I was stuck with her."
She then insists, "Tom, I'm telling the truth now. This is
me." Tom sighs, "I don't know, Charlotte. Look,
I think it might be best if we gave each other some breathing
space here. I know I need it. I'll be in touch."
With that, he walks off. Charlie watches him go, sadly.
Adam is sitting at the table in the visitors' room at Fairlea.
The door opens and the guard leads Leigh in. She walks over and
faces him. He puts his hand on her shoulder, but she pulls away
and snaps, "You should know the rules. No physical contact."
She goes and stands by the wall, not looking at him. He tells
her, "I was worried about you." Leigh just
mutters, "I'm alright." Adam goes on, "I know you've
got some crazy idea about trying to make me forget you, but I'm
not going to." Leigh snaps, "It would be easier if you
did. I don't want you on my conscience." Adam asks,
"What about your mother? And Shane? They're coming down from
Queensland: you going to give them the cold shoulder too?"
Leigh growls, "You're all better off without me."
Adam insists, "We all want to help." Leigh
turns and leans on the table and says quietly but curtly, "Then
leave me alone. I don't want to see you or Shane or anybody else."
She then tells the guard that she'd like to go back to her cell.
The guard tells Adam that she'll send another officer to see him
out. She opens the door and she and Leigh disappear through it,
leaving Adam looking annoyed.
Sometime later, Leigh is standing in a washroom, rinsing her
hands in the sink. Connie walks in and tells her, "Lunch
is on - not that the food in this dump's anything to get excited
about." Leigh just mutters, "I'm not hungry." Connie
looks at her in surprise and asks, "Have a blue with your
boyfriend?" Leigh replies, "I told him not to visit
me again." Connie, looking taken aback, asks, "What
for?! They don't grow on trees." Leigh mutters,
"The judge could give me ten years." Connie points out,
"You don't get ten years for driving a getaway car."
Leigh quickly realises her mistake and mutters, "Whatever.
I still don't want him to wait." She then adds more sadly,
"The trouble is, Adam's too stubborn for his own good."
Connie looks at her, a bemused expression on her face, and then
walks out. Leigh leans back against the wall, looking thoughtful.
At Dural, Barbara is arranging some dried flowers in a vase in
the lounge room. Gordon comes in and asks if Duncan has shown
his face yet. Barbara retorts, "He's on the lawn, practising
his golf. He's using your clubs again." Gordon sighs, "Whatever
it takes." He goes to walk out, but then turns back to Barbara
and says, "Keep a watch for me. I'm going to go through his
room." Looking shocked, Barbara dashes out to the hallway
after him and tells him, "You will do nothing of the kind.
What if he comes back?" Gordon insists, "He won't know
I've been in there." Barbara points out, "He will if
he walks in on you." Gordon suggests, "Then keep an
eye out for me." With that, he heads off upstairs. Duncan
suddenly comes in through the back entrance and tells Barbara,
"I managed to lose the golf ball." Barbara quickly blocks
his way up the stairs and says, "You won't find any up there."
Duncan tells her that he's got a couple in his room. Barbara,
though, insists, "No, no, no! There's a new box in the cupboard
under the stairs. Use those. Please. Feel free." Duncan thanks
her and heads to the cupboard, leaving Barbara standing there,
Charlie is digging a hole in part of the garden at David's. Adam
joins her from the house and asks where Tom is. Charlie replies
sadly, "At the museum, I presume." Adam muses, "He
wasn't too happy about it?" Charlie replies, "'Shell-shocked'
is the best way to describe it. I don't think he'll ever forgive
me for deceiving him. I'm sure he'll never want to see me again."
Adam stares at her and asks, "What the hell are you doing?!"
Charlie picks up a bag lying next to her. It contains the wig
and glasses. She tells Adam, "I am burying Charlotte. From
now on, it is just plain 'Charlie' - 'til death do us part."
With that, she drops the bag into the hole. Adam takes the spade
from her and starts filling it in . As he does so, he assures
her, "You'll find someone else." Charlie shrugs, "Maybe.
No use crying about it." She then asks how Leigh was. Adam
tells her, "Still holding out. She doesn't want to see anyone
- including Frannie and Shane." Charlie suggests, "Maybe
I should go and visit her; she might listen to me."
Adam, though, says, "I doubt it. She's determined to cut
herself off from everyone." Charlie sighs, "Let's
go inside and open a bottle of brandy: we could do with something
to cheer us up." As they go to head off, she adds, "Still,
I should look on the bright side." Adam asks in surprise,
"How?" Charlie tells him, "He might have asked
to marry me. It would have been impossible. I'd have
become Mrs. Charlie Chaplin!"
Gordon runs downstairs at Dural and rejoins a waiting Barbara.
She snaps, "Thank goodness. You took long enough." Gordon
tells her, "It was worth the risk. Duncan's lying and we
can prove it." He heads into the lounge room and Barbara
follows him. He puts down a box of bullets on the bar and goes
on, ".32s. They fit the gun the police found." Barbara
asks what Duncan is doing with them. Gordon replies,
"At a guess, I'd say it's Duncan's gun: he threw it over
the bridge to make it look bad for James. He forgot about the
bullets in his room." Barbara realises, "Then he
must have murdered Ben Simmonds." Gordon nods, "It looks
that way." He adds, "I think the police should
ask Duncan a few more questions." He picks up the 'phone
on the bar and dials. It's answered, "Dural police station.
Constable Briggs speaking." Gordon asks to speak to Detective
Coleman, adding that it's urgent. Briggs, though, replies that
he's out on a case, and he asks if he can help. Unknown
to Gordon, Duncan has come back into the house and is crossing
the hallway. He overhears as Gordon tells Briggs, "Yes. My
name is Gordon Hamilton. My brother, James, is being held on suspicion
of murder. I've found something that was apparently used in that
murder and I think Detective Coleman should know about it. The
gun didn't belong to James. I've found a box of bullets in Duncan
Phipps' luggage; it's the same calibre as the gun. I think that
rather puts a different light on things." Briggs says, "I'll
come out straight away." Gordon hangs up, but suddenly notices
Duncan's head peering round the lounge room doors. Realising he's
been spotted, Duncan runs off, out through the front door. Gordon
starts chasing after him. He trips over in the hallway, but gets
up and heads outside. Barbara cries after him in concern, "Gordon...
Gordon... you leave him. You let him go." Gordon, though,
ignores her. Outside, Duncan runs over to his car, climbs in,
starts the engine and roars off. Gordon tries to grab hold of
the vehicle, but it's too late and he finds himself sprawled on
the floor. Barbara runs over to him and cries, "You could
have been killed." Gordon, standing up, sighs, "If
only I hadn't tripped." Barbara tells him, "Don't worry
about it. Duncan's as good as confessed; the police will have
to let James go now."
Kelly, Fiona and Irene are sitting in a wooded area in the National
Park. As she takes a sip from a drink, Irene smiles, "I think
I shall retire from the medical profession, pitch a tent and live
off the land!" Fiona, though, warns her, "You'll have
to give up the champagne!" Kelly suddenly asks, "Irene,
can you take me to the toilet, please?" Fiona says to her,
"Come on, you know the way." Irene suggests, "Perhaps
I should?" Fiona, though, tells her, "Nonsense."
Turning back to Kelly, she adds, "It's 54 steps, remember?"
Kelly stands up reluctantly and, using her stick, starts counting
as she makes her way across the woods. Her face suddenly brushes
against an overhanging tree branch and she cries, "It's too
far. I can't make it." Fiona, though, calls over, "Yes
you can. Go on." At the picnic spot, Irene says carefully
to Fiona, "You know there's a medical term for the condition
that Kelly's in? It's called 'Frozen Grief' and people like that
shouldn't be pushed around." Fiona, though, retorts, "I
don't care what the books call it. I call it
'giving in'. I know only too well what it's like to slip into
your own little world and let other people make your decisions
for you. I'm not going to let that happen to Kelly." Irene
asks, "Even if she turns against you?" Fiona, though,
insists, "She'll thank me in a couple of months." She
adds, "When she comes back, we'll go for a little stroll
and I'll explain it all to her then." Irene smiles, "Good.
I hate to think of you two fighting." Fiona suddenly puts
her hand to her back, and Irene asks, "What is it?"
Fiona assures her, "Nothing. Just a back pain. It'll pass."
Irene comments, "That pain's getting a bit too persistent
to be ignored." Fiona, though, just laughs, "Unless
you can prescribe a new back for me, I doubt very much that there's
anything you can do about it!" Irene suggests, "Why
don't you come and see me at the surgery when we get back, eh?
It won't do any harm to check it out." Fiona muses, "I
Constable Briggs is sitting on the couch at Dural, writing down
some notes. He then tells Gordon and Barbara, "I think that's
all we need to know for the time being - unless you have some
idea where Phipps might have been going?" Gordon replies,
"Sorry. As far as possible, I should imagine." Another
constable comes in from the hallway and Briggs asks him, "Any
clues in his room?" The second constable replies, "Nothing."
Gordon asks, "What about my brother? He will be
released, I take it?" Briggs nods, "I don't see any
problems." He also adds, "I reckon he should shake you
by the hand." With that, Barbara goes to see the
two officers out, leaving Gordon in the lounge room, looking thoughtful.
In the National Park, Fiona has her arm through Kelly's as she
guides her along on their stroll, and she says, "There you
are, you see? You're doing alright." Kelly snaps, "Not
that you'd care." Fiona, though, insists, "I
do care - very much. I know how you're feeling, but you
mustn't let things get the best of you." Kelly cries, "How
could you know? You've never been blind." Fiona,
though, assures her, "I know how tempting it is to buckle
at the knees when things start getting tough." Kelly says,
"Mum was always there when I needed her." Fiona replies
sympathetically, "Yes, but your mother isn't here any more,
Kelly. You've just got to face that fact. I'm doing everything
I can, trying to help you, but you've got to do some of the work
yourself. Now come on, let's try and--" She breaks off as
her face suddenly becomes contorted with pain. She begins to bend
over double. Kelly cries, "Ow! You're hurting my arm."
Fiona lets go of it and grabs onto a nearby tree. She mouths,
"Call Irene..." as she begins to slip to the ground.
Kelly yells, "Irene... Irene..." Over at the picnic
site, Irene hears the calls and runs over. By the time she reaches
Kelly, Fiona is lying unconscious on the ground. Kelly cries,
"Fiona's fainted or something." Irene bends over her
and checks her pulse. Kelly cries, "Will she be alright?"
Irene looks at Fiona in concern and replies, "I don't know.
We're going to have to get her to a hospital straight away..."