Sometime later, Fiona is sitting up in a hospital bed, complaining,
"I don't know why they're keeping me in here. I'm fine; even
the pain in my back has gone!" Irene is with her and tells
her that that's because of what they've given her. Fiona mutters,
"What's all this with the tests? I mean, the litres of blood
they've taken out of me... you know, I feel that I am personally
replenishing the blood bank!" Irene points out, "You
did collapse, you know. That's not your everyday normal backache."
Fiona asks, suddenly muted, "Did they ask when I can get
out of here?" Irene replies, "Yeah: probably tomorrow
morning. They just want to keep you in overnight for observation."
She then then adds, "Just you behave yourself. I'll come
back later, OK?" With that, she goes to walk out. As she
does so, Fiona says, "Would you tell Kelly I'm sorry? I must
have given her an awful fright." Irene laughs, "Alright!
Now why don't you relax and enjoy being pampered?" Fiona
snorts, "Huh! Tortured's more the point!" Irene
heads out of the room. Kelly is sitting in the corridor, and Irene
walks over to her and tells her, "I just want a word with
the doctors and then we can go home, OK?" Kelly asks how
Fiona is. Irene, suddenly frowning, replies, "She's getting
on her high-horse about everything, but it could be a lot more
serious than she thinks..."
That night, Mary is standing behind the bar at Dural, staring
into space. Wayne joins her and asks what's wrong. Mary explains,
"I've just been thinking: James won't be so hard on Gordon
anymore, will he?" Wayne agrees, "Not now Duncan's
off his back." Mary goes on sadly, "No need for us to
marry now. You don't need my money." Wayne, though, smiles
at her and assures her, "It was never just for the money.
I've gone to a lot of trouble to push everything through so that
we could be married in Brolga tomorrow. That hasn't changed as
far as I'm concerned." Mary asks in surprise, "You
really do want to marry me?!" Wayne tells her, "I'm
very fond of you. And I think you're pretty keen on me!
I reckon we could make a go of things." He continues, "I've
been married before, Mary, but for all the wrong reasons. This
time, it'll be for the right ones." Mary smiles at him and
gives him a hug. Out in the hallway, Barbara is watering the plants
by the cupboard under the stairs. The front door suddenly opens
and James and Gordon come in. Barbara immediately asks, "Everything
alright?" James smiles, "Free as a bird!" Gordon,
though, warns him not to get too carried away: he's only out on
bail. James tells Barbara, "Your husband's one hell of a
bloke!" Wayne and Mary join them and Wayne says, "While
everybody's in the mood for celebrating, Mary and I have got something
to tell you. We were going to keep it secret, but I don't
think we have to, now." Barbara, James and Gordon stare at
him as he grins at Mary, happily.
The next morning, Rod is at Beryl's, and as Beryl shows him into
the lounge room, he asks her if she enjoyed her evening last night.
Beryl looks at him blankly, and he reminds her that she said she
was going out. Beryl just mutters, "Oh. Yeah." Rod starts
to say, "It seemed a pretty strange sort of--" Beryl,
though, interrupts him and growls, "I was talking to Doris.
You slept with her while you were going with me, didn't
you?" Rod looks away, guiltily, and sighs, "Look, it
was a stupid thing to do and I was drunk and it didn't mean anything..."
Beryl snaps, "It did to Doris." Rod mutters, "Doris
is just trying to cause trouble." Beryl, though,
snaps, "She's in love with you." Rod stares
at her in surprise and mouths, "What?" Beryl growls,
"You have a lot of sorting out to do, Rod, before you have
any hope of a future with me." She turns away. Rod
looks at her and then walks out.
Back at the Campbell house, Doris comments to Rod glumly, "You've
been talking to Beryl, haven't you?" Rod
tells her, "Look, Doris, I'll give you one month's wages
and I'd like you out of the house this afternoon." Doris
looks at him in shock. He goes on, "I'm sorry about what
happened; I was drunk." Doris snaps, "It's easy
for you, isn't it. Apologising, then throw me out. Get
rid of the embarrassment. But what if I tell Jess? I don't think
she'd be too proud of her dad..." Rod sighs, "Come on,
Doris. It would always be awkward between us; you must know that.
And I'll help you out with money and all that until you find another
job. And I don't think you should say anything to Jess - because
I know you wouldn't want to hurt her." Doris admits reluctantly,
"No, I wouldn't..."
Caroline is at Dural, and she sits down in the lounge room with
James, telling him, "I'm so glad you're out." As Barbara
and Gordon stand by the bar, James replies, "It's not over
yet, by a long shot. They have to catch Duncan first." Caroline
asks if the police think Duncan killed Ben Simmonds. Duncan replies
that it's a pretty fair bet. He goes on, "I reckon he was
ripping Ben off; pocketing the opals. In fact, I think he was
ripping me off, too. Ben found out, tackled him about
it, Duncan panicked and shot him." Caroline points out, "But
you thought that you killed him when you were blasting."
James explains that that's because Duncan dragged the body down
into the mine. Gordon asks James if he wouldn't have noticed the
bullet wound. James, though, tells him that it was too dark. He
adds, "You can hide anything in those places."
He then growls, "My God, when I get my hands on that mongrel..."
Gordon, though, tells him to let the police take care of him.
James looks at Caroline and says sincerely, "Thanks for all
your effort to help me." Caroline smiles flirtatiously, "It
would have been such a waste if you went to jail..." Barbara
quickly clears her throat and asks Gordon if he can go and see
if Wayne and Mary are ready to go. Caroline comments that it was
quite a surprise announcement; Mary's not the type of girl she
expected Wayne to marry. Barbara agrees, "No..." Caroline
goes on, "Her inheritance wouldn't have anything
to do with it...?" Gordon retorts, "They're very fond
of each other. I'm sure Mary will be very good for him."
Caroline quickly says, "Don't get me wrong - I hope they'll
be very happy - but I can't help wondering how good Wayne will
be for Mary." At that moment, Wayne and Mary come in with
packed cases. Barbara tells them that they should be going. Caroline
stands up and says she should be making tracks, too.
James, though, asks quickly, "Do you have to? I'm at a loose
end. Thought we might spend the day together." Caroline smiles,
"Why not...?" The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and
Barbara answers it at the bar. STD pips sound and Charlie then
comes on and says, "You'll never guess who!" Barbara
groans, "Hello, Charlie!" Charlie asks her, "Are
you keeping an eye on my place for me? I'd hate to come back and
find the place full of squatters!" Barbara, though, tells
her, "I'm sorry: I can't talk - Wayne and Mary are getting
married this afternoon. I'll ring you in a day or two." A
look of horror crosses Charlie's face and she mouths, "Wayne
and Mary..." Barbara retorts, "Yes, I'm sorry. Must
fly. Bye." With that, she hangs up. Charlie cries too late,
"But they can't. They're some sort of brother and
A short time later, Charlie is in the lounge room with Alison
and David. Alison, looking shocked, cries, "I have to stop
them." David asks in surprise, "Why?"
Alison pauses and then tells him, "Mary's my daughter and
Gordon's her father." David glares at her and snaps, "You
told me..." He breaks off and sighs angrily, "When am
I going to learn to stop believing you? You've lied all your life.
Now look what you've done to your own daughter. God only knows
what's happened between her and Wayne. I told you once to pack
your bags; I should have made you go there and then. Well, you
can get out now." Turning to Charlie, he adds, "If
you're going to defend her, Charlie, you can go with
her. I'll cancel our partnership if I have to." Alison quickly
says, "It's alright. I'll go." David snaps, "Make
it fast," and he storms out. When he's gone, Charlie cries
to Alison, "The partnership with David's important."
Alison ignores this, though, instead asking, "What time's
the wedding?" Charlie tells her, "This afternoon. I'm
not sure." Alison looks at her watch and says, "If I
leave straight away, I'll just make it in time."
Barbara and Gordon are packing cases into the back of Gordon's
car outside Dural. As they do so, Barbara says quietly to Gordon,
"Caroline could be right, you know. You know what Wayne's
like: he could end up making Mary very unhappy." Gordon,
though, responds, "They're very fond of each other; that's
all that matters." Barbara cries, "She's like a child.
She's certainly not the sort of wife Wayne's used to."
With that, she goes and climbs in the car. Gordon wanders over
to where Wayne is standing by the front door of the house and
says, "Promise me that money has nothing to do with it."
Wayne assures him, "It hasn't." Gordon acknowledges,
"That's all I wanted to hear." With that, he and Wayne
climb into the car and they drive off. A few seconds later, they
turn out of the driveway and onto the main road, not noticing
a car parked nearby. Sitting in the driver's seat of that car
David is working in the grounds at the country house when Charlie
calls over from the house that lunch is ready. David, though,
calls back that he's not hungry. Charlie walks over to him and
tells him that Sarah has gone to a lot of trouble; he can't disappoint
her. David, ignoring this, just sighs, "Why have I wasted
so much of my life on Pat? She's not going to change." Charlie
insists, "She does try. It's just that circumstances--"
David, though, interrupts and mutters, "There's no excuses
for the things she's done. None." Charlie agrees,
"I love her dearly. But sometimes..." David suddenly
notices a man walking towards them and he asks Charlie who it
is. Charlie looks round and exclaims, "It's Tom! I never
thought I'd see him again!" She walks over to him quickly
and he asks if they can talk. Charlie nods, "Of course."
At the bar at Dural, James pours two glasses of champagne and,
then walking over to the couch and handing one to Caroline, smiles,
"That was a great lunch!" He sits down next to her and
she giggles, "Do you think we should have opened another
bottle of champagne?!" James assures her, "You bet ya.
I'm still celebrating getting out of the nick!" There's suddenly
a frantic knocking at the door and Caroline gets up and goes and
answers it. Alison bursts in and demands, "I want to talk
to Mary." She turns and heads into the lounge room and asks
James, "Where's Mary?" James replies tipsily, "If
you want to wish them luck, you're too late." Alison, looking
shocked, cries, "The wedding isn't over?" James
replies, "No, no, but you missed them. They went to Brolga
hours ago. They're staying overnight, so you'll have to catch
up with them later." As Alison stands there looking
horrified, he adds, "It's not all that important,
A few moments later, Caroline is asking Alison suspiciously,
"How could you possibly know that she's Gordon's daughter?"
Alison retorts, "Patricia told me." Caroline
asks her why she's denied it all along. Alison, though, mutters
that she hasn't got time to explain now. She then asks, "How
can I get to Brolga? How far away is it?" Caroline retorts,
"Too far to get there in time." She then suggests that
Alison could 'phone up the local police and they could
sort it. James, though, chips in, "I'm not sure that's a
good idea. Brolga's Mary's home town. Word's bound to spread.
You'll embarrass the girl. I've got a better
idea: I'll fly you. You should get there before they
start tossing confetti." He stands up. Caroline warns him,
"I don't think you're under .05." James, though, still
slurring his words slightly, insists, "I'll be alright once
we get out to the airfield. They don't have any Booze Buses up
there." He tells Caroline to come on. Caroline, though, retorts,
"The last thing I want to do is get cooped-up in a light
'plane. I'll tidy things up here and let myself out." James
slurs, "I'm sorry about our date." With that, he and
Alison head out. Caroline goes and closes the door behind them.
A short time later, James turns out of the driveway and onto
the main road. Duncan sits in his car, watching...
Charlie and Tom are sitting in embarrassed silence in the lounge
room at the country house. Charlie suddenly says, "Can you
stay for lunch?" Tom, though, murmurs, "Charlotte...
or maybe I ought to call you 'Charlie', now; suddenly you seem
more like a Charlie." Charlie suggests, "You
mean more like a fool." Tom, though, insists, "No,
I don't mean that. I admit, I was a bit shocked in finding
out that you'd been deceiving me. I know you're an intelligent
woman." Charlie smiles, "Most people wouldn't agree
with you." Tom, though, tells her, "I'm not
most people." He goes on, "I've been thinking
about you and my ex-wife." Charlie asks, "How much we're
alike?" Tom replies, "In some ways, you are
- she was always keen on living the life you obviously
do. She became very discontented: the way we lived...; things
we did...; me. You seem to like the same sort of things
I do." Charlie tells him, "I have to be honest: I like
cocktail parties. I enjoy fashion parades and I love keeping up
with the latest gossip." Tom replies, "I realise that.
Maybe we could meet each other halfway." He smiles at her
and she assures him, "I'd be willing." Tom
suggests, "Then let's give it a go. It mightn't work out,
but I reckon it's worth a try." Charlie beams, "Let's
give it a whirl!" With that, they start kissing passionately...
At the Campbell house, there are three packed bags standing in
the hallway. As Rod and Spider look on, Doris tells Jess, "She's
my only sister, love. I have to look after her."
Jess cries, "I just wish it wasn't all the way to Western
Australia." She adds, "You will be coming back, though,
won't you?" Doris tells her, "I don't know how long
she'll be sick - that's why I'm taking everything. I
don't know whether I'll be able to come back." Jess
sobs, "Oh, Doris... you'll write, won't you?"
Doris assures her, "Of course I will." Jess then murmurs,
"I won't come outside. Bye." She walks off as Doris
says sadly, "Bye, Jess."
At Dural, Caroline is humming to herself as she wipes the champagne
glasses dry behind the bar. She suddenly hears a noise outside
the room and goes out to the hallway to investigate. She doesn't
find anything, though. She returns to the lounge room and picks
up her handbag. Heading back out to the hallway, to leave, she
comes face-to-face with Duncan.
A few moments later, Caroline demands, "What do you think
you're doing?" Duncan is holding a crowbar and he snaps,
"I've got a fortune in opals hidden upstairs and I'm not
going without them." Caroline says, "Don't you know
the police are after you?" Duncan just grins wildly and retorts,
"I thought the place was empty. Bad luck for you,
isn't it?" Caroline stares at him, suddenly looking
very nervous, and tells him, "I'm not going to stop you getting
the opals." Duncan, though, retorts, "You'd call the
cops as soon as I got upstairs." Caroline tells him to pull
all the 'phones out. Duncan mutters, "You'd still get a message
through the minute I left the house. They'd be onto me as quick
as look at you." Caroline asks nervously, "What are
you going to do?" Duncan looks round and his eyes alight
on the door to the cupboard under the stairs. He points to it
and smiles, "In there." He grabs her arm and pulls her
towards the doorway. Caroline, looking fearful, protests, "No...
oh, no, no, you can't." She manages to pull away and goes
to run off, but Duncan quickly grabs her and snaps, "Get
in there." Indicating the crowbar, he adds menacingly, "I'll
use it..." He bundles Caroline into the small cupboard
space as she cries, "No... please. No, Duncan. Duncan.
Please let me out..." Duncan just closes the door,
turns the lock and looks away, triumphantly.
At the airfield, James and Alison climb into James's light aircraft.
As they start doing up their belts, Alison mutters at James, "Hurry
up." James is studying the gauges and he tells her, "We're
a bit low. We should fill up at the fuel bowser." Alison
mutters in horror, "We're not going to have to wait to refuel?"
James sighs, "Fine. It's not that far. Should be right."
With that, he starts the engine. The propellor starts turning
and the aircraft starts taxiing. A short time later, it takes
At the boarding house, Andy is sitting with Kelly in Fiona's
flat. There's suddenly a knock at the door and he goes to answer
it. Irene comes in and says she just thought she'd let them know
that she's going back to the hospital to see Fiona. Andy asks
in concern what's wrong. Irene tells him, "One of the doctors
rang me from there." Andy asks what he said. Irene replies,
"He just wanted to let me know how everything was going."
Andy smiles, "Tell her she'll be right as rain." Irene
smiles, "Yeah." With that, she heads back out. As she
closes the door behind her, she looks worried.
Baby Robert is sitting in his playpen at Beryl's. Rod is fussing
over him, saying to Beryl as he does so, "She was standing
there with tears just running down her cheeks when I drove off."
Beryl says she knows it seems cruel, but the situation couldn't
go on like it was. Rod tells her, "It was my fault,
Beryl." Beryl retorts, "I can't argue with that."
Rod looks at Robert again and comments to Beryl, "I know
I reacted pretty badly with this little bloke when I first came
on the scene; now I've got to know him, though, he's a pretty
good bloke!" Beryl smiles at him as he lifts Robert up and
starts playing with him. He goes on, "If you do
marry me, Beryl, I'd like to make him my son officially; adopt
him." A look of surprise crosses Beryl's face and she comments,
"There's a turnabout!" Rod tells her, "I
know - but I mean, it, though." He then says, "I reckon
I've apologised a hundred times. Can't you forgive me?" Beryl
looks at him intently and smiles, "I guess a hundred times
The bell is on the top of the church in Brolga ringing. The vicar
is standing outside with a woman and Gordon. He indicates the
woman and tells Gordon, "My wife, Mavis, will be playing
the organ. " Barbara, Wayne and Mary - both wearing their
wedding outfits - join them and the vicar asks, "Any particular
selection you'd like?" Wayne suggests, "How about a
Bruce Springsteen number?!" The vicar and his wife look at
each other. Gordon suggests, "Whatever Mrs. Knowles chooses."
The vicar smiles, "Fine, fine." He then adds, "You're
a little early, but there's no one else to come, is there?"
Barbara replies that there isn't, and so the vicar suggests, "We
might as well begin." They all start to head off inside...
At Dural, Duncan walks downstairs, carrying a packed bag and
the crowbar. Caroline is banging on the door of the cupboard under
the stairs yelling, "Let me out. Please let me out.
Duncan... Duncan..." Duncan goes and stands by the
door and calls nastily, "Take it easy. Someone will be home
sooner or later..." With that, he heads out of the house.
In the cupboard, Caroline is sitting in the dark, banging on the
door and crying, "Please... Please someone, let me out. Let
me out, someone..." She bursts into tears.
In James's light 'plane, Alison asks James, "Didn't they
give you any idea what time the wedding was?" James retorts,
"Nope." Alison looks at her watch and comments that
it could be over. James points out, "I doubt if
the honeymoon would have had time to take place. That's
the main worry, isn't it?" There's suddenly
a clicking noise, and James looks at one of the gauges in front
of him. He starts tapping it with his fingers. Alison looks at
him and demands, "What's the matter?" James, looking
slightly concerned, just tells her, "Oh, the damn thing's
always sticking." Alison sits there and sighs heavily. She
closes her eyes. James looks at the fuel gauge: it's on 'Empty'.
He reaches down and pulls a lever across. He then looks at Alison,
apparently relieved that she hasn't seen this...
Irene is standing in Fiona's room at the hospital in Sydney.
She's telling Fiona, "Dr. Robertson's very good at his job.
He really knows what he's doing." Fiona sighs, "Irene,
look, you've been beating around the bush for the last quarter
of an hour. Is there something you have to tell me?" Irene
replies hesitantly, "There's, er, no easy way of saying this,
Fiona." Fiona suggests, "Then just say it."
Irene sighs and tells her, "You have cancer." Fiona
stares at her in shock.
Beryl opens the front door at her house to find Doris standing
there. Doris tells her, "I waited 'til Rod drove off. I have
to talk to you." Beryl says she doesn't think they have anything
to say. She suddenly hears Robert making a noise, and she asks
Doris to wait a minute. She heads into the lounge room and tells
Robert, "It's alright, darling, mummy's here." Doris
follows her and asks curtly, "Are you going to marry
Rod?" Beryl looks at her and retorts, "I don't know.
I'm thinking about it." She adds, "I really am sorry,
Doris, but I don't think it has anything more to do with you.
Now, I hate to be rude, but I've got a lot to do today."
She goes and walks back to the front door and Doris follows her,
growling, "It's not fair. You've got your baby and you'll
have Rod. I've got no one." Beryl insists,
"I know how upset you must be about losing your job and I--"
She's suddenly interrupted as Doris pushes her out through the
front door and closes it behind her. A shocked Beryl starts banging
on the door, yelling, "Open the door. What are you doing?"
Inside, Doris heads back into the lounge room. She looks at baby
Robert in his playpen and then goes and picks up a cushion from
the couch. Outside, David suddenly appears behind Beryl and asks
what's going on. Beryl cries, "It's Doris, Rod's housekeeper.
She's locked me out and she's in there with the baby." Inside,
Doris approaches Robert, holding the cushion in front of her.
Beryl and David stare in through the window and Beryl cries in
horror, "Oh my God..."
James's light aircraft is flying over a wooded area. The engine
suddenly starts to make noises that suggest it's cutting out.
Alison asks James, "Why's it doing that?" James tells
her, "We're out of fuel." Alison asks, "Isn't there
a reserve pack, or something?" James retorts, "I switched
to that ten minutes ago. We're down to zero, lady." Alison
demands, "Land somewhere." James, though, snaps,
"Have you looked down there? Nothing but trees.
The 'plane will be ripped to pieces." Alison insists,
"There must be somewhere." James retorts tersely,
"Don't worry - I'm looking." Alison, beginning
to look panicky, cries, "What are we going to do?" As
the noises the engine's making grow louder, James tells her, "Pray."
The radio suddenly crackles. James picks it up and says into it,
"Mayday. Mayday. Mayday. Foxtrot Whiskey Quebec. Foxtrot
Whiskey Quebec." Alison looks at him in horror.
Wayne and Mary are standing in front of the vicar in the church
at Brolga. Barbara and Gordon are standing behind them. The vicar
asks, "Who gives this woman to this man?" Gordon says,
"I do." He steps back. The vicar tells Wayne and Mary,
"Then I now pronounce you man and wife." Turning to
a smiling Wayne, he adds, "You may now kiss the bride."
Wayne turns to Mary and they kiss gently.
In the 'plane, James is saying into the radio, "Foxtrot
Whiskey Quebec. Foxtrot Whiskey Quebec. We'll attempt a forced
landing twenty kilometres north-east of Brolga. Mayday. Mayday.
Mayday." He puts the radio back in its holder. Turning to
Alison, he then tells her, "Brace yourself, sweetheart. We're
going to hit." Alison looks at him in horror. The 'plane
dives towards the ground beneath a cloudless sky. A few seconds
later, there's an almighty crash...