Leigh is lying on the road. Everyone dashes over to her. David
cries, "God..." The driver cries that she just ran out
in front of him. David murmurs, "You hang on, Leigh..."
Samantha and Andy emerge from Fiona's flat at the boarding house,
Andy telling Samantha as they do so to stop worrying about her
mum; she could have gone flying with James. Samantha,
though, retorts that she's still scared of confined spaces. Andy
says he reckons Caroline will be there when Samantha gets home.
Gordon and Barbara have arrived back at Dural and Gordon smiles
that they'll have the place to themselves for a couple of weeks.
Barbara notices that the plants in front of the cupboard under
the stairs have been moved. Gordon suggests that James must have
been looking for something in the cupboard. Barbara snaps that
she wishes he'd put things back where he found them.
At the country house, Charlie offers tea, but no one is interested.
David is sitting at the table looking glum. Sarah tells him that
he has to stop blaming himself. David, though, murmurs that he
wasn't there when Leigh needed him; he let her down.
Sarah points out, "She'd obviously made up her mind she didn't
want to live." David suddenly yells, "Will you shut
up? You know nothing about it. You didn't even know her."
With that, he storms out. Beryl goes after him. Looking shocked,
Sarah says to Charlie, "I'm his wife, aren't I?
Why won't he let me comfort him?" Charlie tells
her, "Sometimes, the people we love the most aren't who we
Samantha and Irene are at Dural, telling Barbara that they're
on a rescue mission for Samantha. Samantha asks Barbara if she's
seen Caroline, but Barbara replies that she hasn't. Samantha goes
on that she thought she might be with James. Barbara tells her
that they haven't seen James, either; they've no idea where
he is. Irene suggests that they're probably somewhere together.
Gordon, who was on the 'phone, wanders over to the women slowly
and mouths, "He's crashed... James. That was Search and Rescue:
they've been trying to contact us all day." Looking worried,
Samantha asks if Caroline was with him. Gordon replies that James
had a passenger, but that's all they know. Barbara asks where
this happened. Gordon tells her that, according to James's mayday,
it was somewhere near Brolga.
Alison and James are lying together underneath James's blanket.
Alison is murmuring a recipe out loud to keep the two of them
awake. James tells her that she's doing a great job. Alison breaks
off, but James tells her to keep talking. Alison murmurs, "I
wish we could have got there in time. I really wanted to stop
the wedding." James asks weakly, "For whose sake? Mary's
or Patricia's?" Alison replies, "Both. I've ruined everything
for her, now." James looks at Alison in surprise and whispers,
"You are Patricia, aren't you?" Alison
nods weakly. James murmurs, "It's OK - you're safe with this
little black duck. I knew it all along. It's alright - I won't
Beryl is pacing in the lounge room at the country house as David
rants that Sarah is an outsider; she'd have no idea how
he felt about Leigh. Beryl, though, points out that she was only
trying to help. David mutters, "It's all Pat's fault.
Leigh said that: she was the one who made her
believe that money was the be all and end all. She wouldn't have
stolen Robert otherwise." He doesn't notice Sarah appear
in the doorway as he snaps, "Why in the hell did Pat have
to send me on a wild goosechase around South America? I should
have been here, where I was needed. Leigh's
always needed me. Pat never has. If she
wasn't here, Leigh would probably still be alive; that's
the part that really hurts." Sarah walks off, still unnoticed.
Beryl tells David, "You can't be sure of that."
David, though, says sadly, "My little girl is dead,
Beryl - and I should have been here to look after her. Now, I
In the woods, Alison murmurs to James that she can't think of
anything else to talk about. She goes on that she's been thinking
about how she would have lived if she could start over, and she
came to the awful conclusion that she wouldn't change much. She
continues, "Even when I was a kid, I was always going out
and getting what I wanted. I don't regret that. But I want to
stay with David. Even he was..." Her voice trails off. James
tells her to go on. Alison murmurs, "It was the only mistake
I ever made." She suddenly notices that James has faded into
unconsciousness. She gets up and starts shaking him, begging him
to wake up. She becomes aware of the noise of an aircraft overhead,
and she stands up and starts waving her arms frantically at it,
yelling, "Help... help... help!" It flies away again,
though, and she sinks to the ground and bursts into tears.
Adam is sitting in the kitchen at the country house, looking
devastated. Frannie announces that she's taking Shane for a walk.
Charlie asks Sarah how she's feeling, and she suggests to her
that she go and lie down for a while. Sarah takes up the suggestion
and goes. Left alone with Charlie, Adam cries, "Why did she
have to do it? She knew how much I loved her. We could
have worked it out; I felt so happy when I found out
she was alive..." He stands up and adds, "I wish I could
cry." Charlie assures him, "You will." Adam, though,
says, "I'm not sure I want to." Beryl comes
in and announces she was about to go home. She adds that she'll
take Frannie and Shane with her. Charlie asks how David
is and Beryl replies that he's gone for a walk. She then squeezes
Adam's arm and tells him, "I'm so sorry." Charlie walks
over to her son. He breaks down in her arms.
Alison is sitting staring at the unconscious James, saying, "I
don't know why I'm bothering. Do you realise we're both going
to die? You're unconscious and I'm
going mad. Sorry... " She suddenly bursts into sad laughter
and sniffs, "Roses are red, Violets are blue, I'm going to
die, And so are you..." Several men suddenly come into view
in the distance and they spot the wreckage of the 'plane. They
run over to the craft and spot Alison and James there. One of
them tells Alison that they saw them from the helicopter but had
trouble finding a spot to land. They start treating James for
the injury to his leg and they give Alison some chocolate.
In the lounge room at Dural, Irene tells Samantha that they're
sure to hear some news soon. Gordon comes in and tells
Barbara that the back door's been forced. They look around but
agree that nothing appears to have been touched. Irene comments
that he must have been disturbed - or he knew what he was after
and went straight for it. Gordon, looking thoughtful, declares,
"Duncan." Barbara dashes off to search his
room. She heads out to the hallway but suddenly calls back, "Gordon."
Gordon goes and joins her and asks what it is. She indicates the
plant by the cupboard under the stairs and suggests, "Maybe
he took something from the cupboard." She goes and moves
the plant and opens the cupboard door. As she does so, Caroline's
unconscious body falls out. Barbara screams fearfully.
A short time later, Caroline is lying, still unconscious, on
the couch in the lounge room. Irene is treating her and she begins
to show signs of coming round. The 'phone rings and Gordon goes
to get it. On the couch, Caroline stares into space, vacantly,
apparently not recognising anyone. Barbara puts a blanket over
her. Gordon comes back and announces, "They've found James.
Alison Carr was with him." Barbara asks how they are. Gordon
replies that he needs major surgery - something to do with his
leg; apparently, Alison kept him alive. He and Barbara head off
to meet James at the hospital.
Beryl opens the front door at her house to find Tim and Donna
standing on the step. Tim asks if his mum's there and Beryl invites
the two of them in. They head into the lounge room and Tim gives
Frannie a hug. Beryl tells them to sit down. Donna asks how it
went today. Tim adds, "I wish I could have told Leigh I was
sorry for not inviting her to the wedding. I thought it might
make her feel a bit better." Donna asks eagerly, "Can
we see her?" Tim goes on, "Donna made me realise
it was pretty stupid staying angry with her. After all, she is
my sister; I just wanted to tell her that."
Frannie looks at Beryl and then turns back to Tim and Donna, warily.
Tim murmurs, "It went pretty bad, huh?" Frannie looks
again at Beryl. Beginning to look concerned, Tim asks, "What
happened?" Frannie tells him sadly, "Leigh's dead."
Tim and Donna stare at her in shock.
Caroline is still lying on the couch at Dural, staring into space
unblinkingly. Samantha asks Irene if they can jolt her out of
it. Irene, though, insists that, if they're patient, she'll come
around. The 'phone starts ringing and Samantha goes and answers
it. A male voice comes on and asks if James is there. Samantha
replies that he isn't. The man asks where he is, adding that he
has to talk to him. Samantha replies that he's on his way to the
hospital. The man asks what the matter is with him. Samantha,
growing suspicious, asks, "Who is this?" The
man just hangs up, though. Samantha does likewise. Irene asks
who it was. Samantha replies that she thinks it was Duncan. Upon
hearing Duncan's name, Caroline suddenly twitches and starts shaking.
Irene quickly soothes that it's alright; Duncan's not there.
She then comments to Samantha, "There's no doubt who locked
her in that cupboard now, is there?"
It's nighttime, and at the hospital in Sydney, Barbara hands
Gordon a cup of coffee and asks him if they can go home and get
some sleep and come back in the morning. Gordon tells Barbara
that she can go. Barbara, though, insists that she's
alright. A trolley is suddenly wheeled past them. James is
lying on it and Gordon asks the accompanying surgeon how he is.
The surgeon replies, "He'll pull through." Barbara asks
about his leg. The surgeon tells her, "We won't know for
another day or two. He might lose it. He's got a fighting chance,
though, and he's a battler; that's in his favour." With that,
he follows the trolley into a room.
The next morning, Barbara and Gordon are sitting at the breakfast
table at Dural and Barbara is telling her husband that she'll
ring the hospital after breakfast and see if James is allowed
visitors. Samantha joins them and announces that Caroline is still
asleep. She then asks Barbara and Gordon if either of them will
be home today or if they're both going to the hospital, as she
has to go home for a while and doesn't like leaving her mum alone.
Gordon tells her that Mary and Wayne will be there; they're not
leaving for Perth until this afternoon. Barbara stands up and
says she'll ring the hospital. As she does so, Samantha says,
"Oh - there was a call for James last night. I think it was
Duncan." Gordon asks curtly what he wanted. Samantha shrugs,
"He just asked to speak to James. When I told him he was
on his way to hospital, he hung up." Gordon asks, "Did
you tell him which hospital?" Samantha replies,
"No." Barbara points out grimly, "It's easy enough
for him to find out." Gordon, standing up, says he'd better
get over there; the last thing in the world James wants is Duncan
Alison walks into James's room at the hospital. He's asleep,
but he stirs as Alison stands over him. As he wakes, he smiles,
"Hello." Alison smiles back and asks, "How's the
service at this hotel?" James tells her, "It's pretty
good. I'm thinking of coming here more often!" He takes Alison's
hand as she murmurs, "You were in trouble there, for a minute."
James smiles, "You're looking good." Alison assures
him, "Not a lot can keep me down. I've got a few
bruises and a bump on the head; otherwise, I'm as good as new."
James whispers, "Thanks for saving my life." Alison
whispers back, "Any time!" She then turns to a cleaner
who's mopping the floor by the door and asks if she can leave
them alone for a minute. The cleaner goes and Alison closes the
door. Returning to James, she tells him, "I've made up my
mind: I'm going to see Mary this morning." James asks, "Are
you going to tell her?" Alison nods, "Mm." James
asks if it's a good idea. Alison replies that she has
to. James smiles that she's a brave lady; he admires her. He then
adds, "What I said out there in the bush, about not telling
anybody you're Patricia: I meant that, too." Alison smiles,
"I know." The sister suddenly comes in and tells Alison
that her time's up. Alison goes to walk out. She turns back to
James, though, to say, "Look after yourself, champ, OK?"
As she does this, she doesn't notice Duncan slipping through a
door in a room behind her... A nurse suddenly comes in and cries
to the sister that she's needed urgently to stop a haemorrhaging.
The sister puts down a syringe that she's holding in her hand
and walks off with the nurse, leaving James alone in his room...
Charlie is frying some eggs in the kitchen at the country house.
David comes in and Charlie offers him some breakfast, but he declines.
He sits down at the table and Charlie comments that she thought
they would have heard from Alison by now. David, though, mutters
that the best thing Alison can do is stay right out of his way.
Charlie insists, "David, I know how strongly you two love
one another; if you gave yourself time..." David,
though, snaps, "I've had it, Charlie. She's not
going to con me again. She's not going to spoil what I've got
with Sarah. That's all that's important now: me and Sarah."
Charlie asks where Sarah is this morning. David comments
that he thought she'd be there with Charlie. Charlie, though shrugs
that she hasn't seen her. She then points out a note
that's lying on the table for David. He picks up the piece of
paper and reads it. He then laughs bitterly. Charlie asks, "Bad
news?" David tells her, "It's Sarah: she's left
James is lying asleep again in his hospital bed when he's roused
by Duncan shaking him. Duncan snaps that he wants his opals. James,
though, retorts, "What opals?" Duncan growls,
"The ones you stole from my room." James mutters, "Listen,
mate: any opals that I might have taken out of your belongings
were mine in the first place. You were never going to
give me half, were you?" Duncan just snaps, "Where
are they?" James, though, retorts, "Forget it. You're
never going to see 'em again." Duncan cries, "Those
opals are my ticket out of the country. If I don't get away, the
cops will catch me." James mutters, "That's
your problem. You're not screwing another cent out of
me." With that, he slips into unconsciousness again.
Duncan starts shaking him, snapping, "Wake up. Wake up, damn
you." James doesn't rouse, though, and so Duncan snarls,
"Alright, buster, you asked for it." He closes the door
to the room and then picks up the syringe that the sister left
lying on the table. He walks over to James's drip and starts injecting
the contents of the syringe into it...