Andy is standing with Samantha just outside the front door of
the Morrell town house. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing inside
and Samantha goes and answers it. Bill Ashley comes on and asks
her if she's organised the money. Samantha replies that she has
part of it; her mum will have to come up with
the rest. Ashley gives her 24 hours. Samantha cries that she can't
lay it on her mum now; she's not well. Ashley,
though, retorts that he doesn't want excuses; he wants the cash.
Samantha sighs that he'll get it - but not until she has proof
that Amanda's alive. Ashley tells her, "Fifty thousand buys
a name; nothing more." Samantha mutters, "And by the
time I check it out, you'll be long gone. You must think I'm a
fool." Ashley points out, "It's your choice
- and if you don't take the chance, you'll never see your sister
again..." With that, he hangs up.
Wayne is cleaning the pool at Dural. Gordon brings out some tea,
and Wayne mutters, "It's tea and sympathy time, is it?"
Gordon points out to his son that he can either let this sour
his life, or be happy that he has a charming young sister. Wayne
asks if the solicitor thinks there'll be any trouble with the
annulment. Gordon replies that there won't; it'll take time, that's
all. He then checks, "You didn't marry her just
for the money, did you?" Wayne tells him, "It swayed
the balance. It was the only way I could see of helping you. But
it was an excuse, too - I didn't have to admit how strongly I
felt about her, that way." He sighs, "I could be myself
with her. She didn't try to run my life like Karen. She didn't
nag me or try to change me like Julie. She loved me -
warts and all. She's the one woman I could never have..."
Alison is sitting glumly in the kitchen at the country house.
Charlie comes in from outside and tells her that she'll make her
some herbal tea. Alison sighs, "Why do I have such a genius
for messing up my life?" She adds, "It's not all
my fault. I don't know why David even married Sarah;
he must have known she was a phoney. I'll never understand how
he fell for her." Charlie points out, "She was
you - without the disadvantages. You're independent, and as much
as David might have loved you, it was always going to be a problem.
When he found Sarah, she'd lost her memory and needed
someone to lean on. All the evidence pointed to her being you;
I think it's perfectly obvious why he fell for her. Must
have been a nasty shock when he saw you." Alison
mutters, "Got any more comforting thoughts to share
with me?!" She then asks sadly, "Remember the picnic
we had here when we first bought the place? David was so excited...
so full of plans... couldn't wait to move in... settle down. I'm
scared, Charlie. I've got nothing without David."
She then asks, "Will you come back to Sydney with me?"
Charlie points out that it's Leigh's funeral tomorrow.
Alison replies that she meant straight afterwards. Charlie assures
her, "Of course."
Barbara heads outside at Dural to find Mary sitting on a wall
by the driveway. She asks the girl if she wants to talk about
it. Mary cries, "How can I suddenly--?" She breaks off
and Barbara assures her that no one's going to expect her to switch
off her feelings just like that. Mary murmurs that she wishes
she didn't have to see Wayne every day...
Inside, in the lounge room, Gordon hangs up the 'phone on the
bar and tells Wayne that Duncan has confessed to Ben Simmonds'
murder. Wayne comments that James will just be charged with helping
conceal Simmonds' body, then. The front door suddenly bangs and
Barbara comes in. Sitting down, she tells Wayne awkwardly, "I've
just been talking to Mary and she feels it would be easier if
you were apart for a while." Wayne quickly says he'll rent
a flat. Barbara, though, tells him to hold his horses. She then
goes on, "She wants to go to a special school recommended
by her teacher." Gordon asks where it is. Barbara explains,
"It's in South Australia - but we can always go and see her
and she can come back for holidays." Gordon murmurs that
he'll miss her. Barbara assures him, "She feels
the same - but I do think it's the answer."
Spider opens the door at Beryl's to let David in. Spider asks
him how he is, and David replies that he's bearing up. Spider
escorts David into the lounge room and Beryl thanks Spider for
dropping round. Looking surprised at the unsubtle hint, Spider
says he might pop around and say hello to Charlie. He goes. Beryl
asks David if there's any news on Sarah. David replies, "Not
a word." He then adds, "Pat came back again.
I kicked her out - and this time it's for good."
Beryl laughs disbelievingly that she's heard that before.
David, though, continues, "I came within an inch of giving
her up to the police. The way she's been carrying on, it wouldn't
surprise me if she did kill Luke Carlyle." Beryl
points out, "You've kicked her out before and you always
end up forgiving her." David sighs, "I know. But I don't
feel the same about her. I don't feel anything for her.
It's like getting over some sort of sickness." Beryl suggests,
"Let's hope you make a full recovery." David assures
her, "I will."
Spider is with Charlie in the kitchen at the country house, complaining
that, the way things are going, he's going to be living on baked
beans until his pension arrives. Charlie exclaims that that's
terrible, and she tells him that he must let her help
out. Spider replies that he could do with something to
buy a proper wreath. Charlie takes some money out of her handbag
and, handing it over, tells him to buy some proper food, too.
Spider comments that he doesn't know what he'd do without her.
Charlie explains that he's going to have to, soon: she's
heading straight back to Sydney after the funeral. Tom suddenly
appears in the doorway. Charlie quickly asks Spider if he could
see if he can find Isabella outside, for her. Spider takes the
hint and goes. Charlie tells Tom that she was going to call him
about leaving. Tom asks how long she'll be away. Charlie replies
that she's not quite sure; she doesn't want to go, but
right now, Alison needs her more than he does. Tom remarks,
"That's a moot point." Charlie, a smile on her face,
asks, "Does that mean what I think it does?" Tom replies,
"It means I'm going to miss you - a lot." They go to
kiss, but Spider suddenly dashes back in, holding Isabella and
exclaiming, "Shut the door before she bolts!"
At Beryl's, David and Beryl are fussing over baby Robert, and
Beryl comments that her son has got boundless energy at the moment;
he's even worse than Kevin was at his age! David says,
"If you ever need any help with him..." He then breaks
off and murmurs bitterly, "You'll have help, won't
you..." Beryl points out to him that he's Robert's
father. David reminds her that Rod wants to adopt him.
Beryl, though, says she won't let Rod adopt him: she
wants Robert growing up knowing he's his father; she
wants them to spend lots of time together. David smiles at her
fondly and comments, "A man's a mug, you know... going our
separate ways. Should have tried a bit harder, I reckon."
Beryl points out, "You've got a lovely wife." David
smiles, "Yeah, I know. Just wanted you to know how I feel."
Beryl kisses him on the top of the head.
Samantha is at Dural. Caroline is sitting on the couch, but she
just stares blankly at her daughter and says, "Hello, Sam."
Samantha tells her mother, "You're looking great." Caroline
mutters, "I just want to be left in peace." Samantha,
though, explains, "I need your help. Bill Ashley called.
He says he knows where Amanda is." Caroline stares at her
A few minutes later, Caroline and Samantha emerge from Dural
with Barbara, who's asking Samantha in surprise, "How did
you do it?!" Samantha smiles, "I just pushed the right
buttons!" She and Caroline walk round to Samantha's car.
Caroline suddenly stops and stares at it. Samantha assures her
that it'll be alright: they'll wind down the windows. Caroline
climbs in, nervously.
Back outside the front door of the Morrell town house, Samantha
asks her mother if she's alright. Caroline insists that she's
fine. They head inside and Samantha says she's going to give Irene
a ring and get a temp in for the locum tomorrow. Caroline asks
where Irene's going and Samantha explains, "Melbourne.
Leigh Palmer's funeral." Caroline tells her, "I'd rather
you went back to work." Samantha, though, exclaims,
"And leave you to cope with Bill Ashley? Nothing doing."
Caroline insists, "As long as he doesn't want us to meet
in a broom cupboard, I'll be fine!" Samantha, though, insists,
"I'll still be here - except for maybe an hour or so: I'd
better show the temp where everything is while Irene's away."
Caroline smiles, "I can manage perfectly - and I can promise
you one thing: he's not getting his money until I'm sure his information
is correct." Samantha tells her that there's no way she'll
get Ashley to agree to that. Caroline, though, retorts, "You
don't have my powers of persuasion. Bill Ashley is going
to really earn his money..."
Rod opens the front door at the Campbell house to find Beryl
standing on the step. He invites her in. Jess is standing in the
lounge room and she snaps at Beryl that if she's there to see
Doris, she can't. She then stomps off and Rod apologises to Beryl.
He offers her a drink, but she declines, explaining that David
is outside, with Robert. Rod asks how David is, and Beryl
explains that that's why she's there. Rod tells her to fire away.
Beryl tells him, "David's at a pretty low ebb at the moment.
He needs something to live for; something to hold on to - so I
promised him he could see Robert whenever he wanted to and that
you wouldn't adopt him. You don't mind, do you?" Rod, looking
annoyed, mutters, "I wish you'd discussed it with me first.
If we go to W.A., what then? Does David tag along too?" Beryl
snaps, "No." She goes on, "I'm sorry it's upset
you, but I didn't really think you wanted to adopt Robert."
Rod snaps, "I just want to know where the hell I stand, that's
all." Beryl retorts, "David and I were married for a
long time. Just because we lead separate lives now doesn't mean
we've stopped caring for each other." Rod growls,
"You don't have to explain it. I get the message." Beryl,
though, retorts, "If you want to be jealous, Rod, that's
your problem - but it won't change anything.
If you can't accept it, then I really don't think we have much
going for us anymore." With that, she storms off.
That night, Doris, Rod and Jess are sitting at the dinner table
at the Campbell house, in silence. Rod breaks it by saying he's
going to take the job in Western Australia tomorrow. He adds that
Jess will really like it: she'll be able to finish her HSC by
correspondence. Doris, looking upset, stands up and walks out.
Jess goes to follow her, but Rod stops her and warns her that
Doris has to get used to the idea that they're leaving. Jess,
though, retorts that she's not leaving; somebody
has to look after Doris. Rod suggests curtly that they leave it
to the doctors. Jess, though, snaps, "You're responsible
for her being such a mess. When Beryl sent you packing, you used
Doris to boost your ego. You never once thought how she
might have felt - as long as you got what you wanted."
Rod growls, "If that's the kind of feminist claptrap they're
teaching you, I think it's a damn good thing we're leaving."
Jess, though, raising her voice, cries, "I won't desert her."
Rod snarls, "You've got no say in the matter." Jess
cries, "I won't." Rod glares at her and threatens,
"You are heading for a backhander if you don't watch it."
Jess just glares back at him and retorts, "I haven't got
much respect left for you, daddy. Don't make it worse."
The next morning, Charlie joins Adam in the lounge room at the
country house. They're dressed in black. Adam asks Charlie if
she'll be heading straight back to Sydney after the funeral. Charlie
explains that the 'plane doesn't go until late this afternoon.
She then suggests that he come with her; new surroundings will
do him the world of good. Adam, though, insists that he'll be
fine. He takes Isabella from Charlie and heads outside to take
her for a pitstop. When he's gone, Charlie picks up the 'phone
on the coffee table and dials a number. Alison answers the call
and Charlie tells her, "Oh, darling, it's me. I'm afraid
there's been a slight hitch. I'm afraid I won't be able to come
to Sydney for a while..." She pauses and then continues,
"Oh, darling, don't be cross with me. Adam's terribly upset;
I can't just leave him." Alison demands, "What
about me?" Charlie retorts, "My children had
to cope without me being around while they were growing up. The
least I can do is be here when Adam needs me." Alison
muses, "I don't suppose this sudden surge of maternal feeling
has anything to do with not wanting to leave the boyfriend?"
Charlie exclaims in shock, "Don't be so catty!" Alison,
though, persists, "I should have known you'd put
yourself first when it came to the crunch." David comes into
the room behind Charlie as she snaps, "You always put yourself
first; I think it's my turn for a change." With
that, she slams down the 'phone. David smiles, "Good for
you." Charlie murmurs sadly, "I think I've lost a friend..."
David, though, tells her, "She's no loss. All she ever did
was take advantage of you. Your real friends are here."
Beryl opens the front door of her house to find Rod standing
on the step. He tells her that he has to talk to her. Beryl warns
him that David will be there shortly. Rod, though, insists that
it'll only take five minutes and Beryl lets him in. They head
into the lounge room and Rod apologises for last night. He goes
on, though, "If you're honest, I reckon you'll have to admit
I did have a point: a marriage can't work unless people consider
each other when they make decisions." Beryl nods, "Fair
enough." Rod then tells her that he has to give an answer
on the Western Australia job today. He continues, "I want
to take it. What do you say?" Beryl, turning away, replies,
"I'd rather you didn't." Rod asks, "Because of
David?" Beryl tells him, "Partly. But I think it's the
wrong move and you're taking it for all the wrong reasons."
Rod asks, "Such as?" Beryl retorts, "The money's
the important factor, isn't it?" Rod admits, "It's
a factor, yeah. Why, is that a crime?" Beryl replies, "No.
It just makes me uneasy. You want to make sure that you'll never
be financially dependant on me, and that's what broke up the marriage
with David. I don't want us to go through that too."
Rod points out that they're not even married yet. He
then tells her that he's going to take the job and he's going
with her or without out. Beryl pauses and then says, "You'll
have to go without me." Rod glares at her and growls,
"You never had any intention of going in the first
place. You've just been stringing me along." Beryl warns
him that that's enough. Rod, though, snarls, "What's the
real story, eh? You reckon you've got a chance with your
ex now his wife's shot through? Is that it?" Beryl
snaps, "Stop it." Rod snaps, "You know what I can't
stand? Eh? I can't stand the way you use your kid to get
at him." Beryl yells back, "And I can't stand
your constant fits of paranoid jealousy." Rod suddenly pulls
his arm back as if he's going to slap her. Beryl glares at him
and snaps, "Don't you dare hit me. Get out, Rod.