At the country house, Tim and Donna are standing with David and
Fiona in the kitchen. Tim asks if Spider and Jess are meeting
them there at the house. David, though, explains that they're
going straight to the church. There's suddenly a knock on the
door and David opens it to let Beryl in. She's holding Robert,
and Fiona smiles that he's going to be the centre of attention.
She then asks Beryl, "Where's your brother and sister-in-law?"
Beryl explains, "They couldn't make it. Helen rang this morning:
one of the kiddies has gone down with the 'flu." Tim comments
that they were going to be godparents, weren't they?" Beryl
nods, "Yes. I said I'd ask you and Donna to stand in as proxies.
Would you mind?" Tim replies that that's fine by him. Donna
smiles, "Sure." Beryl turns to Fiona and continues,
"That is unless you'll reconsider. I would like
one of his real godparents to be there." Fiona says
hesitantly, "I though you'd asked your sister-in-law."
Beryl insists, "We'd rather have you." Tim
tells her, "I reckon you'll make a great godmother."
Donna adds, "You could even be godmother to our
baby." David cajoles, "Come on, Fiona, you know we want
you to do it." Fiona just stands there, looking worried,
before eventually stuttering, "Er... I... I can't."
With that, she runs out. David murmurs to Beryl that there is
something wrong. Beryl follows Fiona into the lounge room. Fiona
sniffs that she's so sorry. Beryl pleads, "Tell me... please...
Irene is treating you for something." Fiona snaps,
"Irene had no right to say--" Beryl interrupts and assures
her, "Irene didn't say anything - but I'm not a
a fool; I know there must be some reason why you won't be Robert's
godmother." Fiona sobs, "I'd love to be."
Beryl asks, "Then why won't you do it?" Fiona, though,
murmurs, "Please, Beryl, don't push me. I can't talk about
it - not yet." Beryl assures her, "I'll be here when
you can. And we'd still like you to be Robert's godmother - whatever
the problem is." Fiona murmurs, "Alright."
At Charlie's, Charlie is asking Alison impatiently, "Why
can't you be satisfied with half of Woombai and part of the company?
I know Gordon would play fair if you did." Alison
retorts, "I want to make some money; it's as simple as that."
Charlie asks, "What happens when James comes back and finds
you buttering up Gordon?" Alison just tells her, "This
is business, Charlie." Charlie sighs, "You're so cynical."
Alison, though, snaps, "I can't afford to be sentimental;
I was over David and look where that got me.
Being fond of James isn't going to stop me doing what I want to
do. I'm not going to be hurt again, Charlie - and if you've got
any sense, you'll make sure you're not, either."
Charlie growls, "There's no reason I should be."
Alison, though, asks, "Isn't there? Tom is having an affair
with your daughter and you don't think you're going to be hurt?"
Charlie glares at her and cries, "There is no affair.
He's far too old for her." She then snaps, "I wish I'd
accepted the invitation to Robert's christening - then we could
have all gone down to Melbourne and got away from your nasty little
plans. I don't want to have anything more to do with
them." She storms out.
Adam is lying on a sunlounger out by the pool when Charlie approaches
him and asks where Tom is. Adam replies that he went for a walk.
Charlie then asks how Sally was at the airport. Adam replies carefully
that she was fine. Charlie asks him, "Do you know if there
was some other reason why she went back to Melbourne - apart from
her studies?" Adam suggests gently, "Look, why don't
you just leave well enough alone?" Charlie, though, sighs,
"You know, don't you?" Adam just looks
at her and she says, "I'm going to find Tom." She walks
Tom is walking up the driveway towards the house when Charlie
approaches him. He says a muted, "Hi." Charlie tells
him, "I think we should talk about Sally."
A few moments later, Charlie and Tom are walking along the driveway
together. Charlie is crying, "Sally's very young and inexperienced.
I would have thought you'd know better. You've taken advantage
of a girl young enough to be your daughter and made a complete
fool of me." Tom, though, insists, "I didn't
take advantage." He then murmurs, "Still, I'll leave
this afternoon. The last thing I wanted was to hurt you, Charlie.
Nothing happened between me and Sal; I want you to know that.
It was just an attraction - we seemed to have so much in common."
Charlie asks, "Do you want to see her again?" She then
sighs, "Course you do." Tom suggests, "Perhaps
it would be better if I didn't see either of you?"
He then asks Charlie what she wants him to do. Charlie,
though, retorts, "What do you want to do? It's not
my decision." Tom tells her reluctantly, "I'll
go - not to Sally; back to Melbourne." Charlie snaps, "If
you want to go, just go." She turns away, looking
upset. Tom heads off back towards the house. Charlie watches him,
Fiona, Jess, Spider, David, Tim, Donna and Beryl - holding Robert
- are standing in the grounds outside the local church in Sunbury
when a vicar walks up to them. Beryl introduces him to David,
and the vicar comments to him that he hasn't seen him at any of
the morning services. David blusters, "I've been trying
to get along..." Beryl then introduces Tim, explaining that
he'll be standing in as godfather as her brother couldn't make
it. She turns to Fiona and introduces her as well, telling the
vicar that she'll be godmother. Spider suddenly suggests that
someone older and more responsible should stand in as godfather
instead of Tim. Jess warns him to let Tim do it. Beryl, though,
assures him that he and David would love him to do it.
David asks Tim what he thinks, and he replies that it
doesn't worry him. Everyone goes to head inside the church.
As they do so, Spider tells Fiona that it's the senior cits' dance
next week. Fiona, though, replies that she's been having a bit
of trouble with her back, and she doesn't think dancing would
be the best thing for it.
Charlie is sitting in her lounge room, crying. Alison walks in
and asks in concern, "Charlie?" She goes and puts her
arm round her. Charlie sobs, "I talked to Tom... he's going
back to Melbourne." Alison insists, "It wasn't your
fault." Charlie, though, cries, "But I lost him to my
own daughter. Everyone's going to have a good laugh at
Charlie, as usual..." She breaks down in Alison's arms.
A while later, Charlie and Alison are standing on the front doorstep
as Tom packs his bags into the boot of a taxi. He then walks over
to the two women and tells Charlie gently, "I don't know
what to say. I'm sorry. You're a marvellous woman, Charlie."
He goes to take her hand, but Charlie mutters, "Just go,
Tom - please." Tom walks back over to the cab, climbs
in and it drives off. On the doorstep, Alison puts her arm round
Charlie and tells her to come inside. Charlie, though, murmurs,
"I want to go for a walk. I want to be alone for a while."
She wanders off. Alison heads back inside the house, looking concerned.
The christening ceremony is underway in Sunbury, and the vicar
asks the parents and godparents if they're willing to give Robert
help and encouragement by every means in their power. Beryl and
David say together, "I am willing." The vicar looks
at Fiona and Spider, who are standing together. Spider tells him,
"I am willing - speaking for Beryl's brother, of course."
All eyes turn to an upset-looking Fiona. After a few seconds,
she murmurs, "I am willing." Beryl smiles at her, gratefully.
Back at Beryl's, later, Tim takes some food from a spread on
the living room table. Beryl and Jess emerge from the kitchen,
Beryl asking Jess as they do so if she's heard from her father.
Jess replies that he 'phoned last night; he's settling in. She
adds, "I told him I was coming today and he said to give
you his love. I think he's still a bit hopeful that things might
be a bit different when he gets back." Beryl, though, says
warily, "Er, I have told him they won't
be, love." With that, she joins the rest of the gathering
by the table and tells everyone that there's plenty of food left.
Spider suggests that he could take some of it home, if she likes.
Beryl thanks him. Fiona is sitting on the couch, holding Robert,
but she suddenly grimaces in pain and reaches round with one of
her hands to her back. She quickly suggests to Donna that she
take Robert, adding that it'll be good practice for her. Donna
takes the child and Fiona stands up gingerly and leaves the room.
Tim comments to David that he reckons Robert looks just like their
side of the family. Beryl smiles, "That's funny: my mum thinks
he looks exactly like my dad!" David remarks, "It's
a pity they couldn't have made it." Beryl nods,
"Yeah - dad's not up to the trip anymore." Out in the
kitchen, Fiona tips a couple of pills into her hand and swallows
them with a glass of water. Spider suddenly comes in and takes
a beer out of the 'fridge. As he does so, he tells Fiona not to
think she's not coming to that dance with him; he can be a very
persistent bloke when he wants to be. Fiona, however, laughs ,
"I can be a very persistent lady, too!" The two of them
head back into the lounge room. Beryl offers Fiona some more sausage
rolls, but she declines, saying she's had sufficient. Spider tells
her, "Come on, you need a bit more flesh for a man to hang
on to." Fiona laughs, "If you think I am putting on
weight just--" She breaks off as a wave of pain suddenly
overwhelms her and she doubles over. Beryl stares at her in concern
and mouths, "Fiona?"
A short time later, Beryl is sitting with Fiona on the couch.
She asks her if she has her tablets with her. Fiona explains that
she's taken a couple but they just haven't had time to work. David
hangs up and tells her that the doctor will be here as soon as
he can. Fiona insists that it's just a stitch or something. She
adds, "Please, David, call him back; tell him I don't need
him." She tries to stand up, but Beryl and Tim grab her arms
and Beryl tells her that she's going to lie down. They help her
out. Spider asks David what he thinks is up with her. David sighs,
"I don't know, Spider, but I reckon it's a darn sight more
than a bad back."
Alison is sitting in the lounge room at Charlie's when Charlie
escorts Wayne into the room. He immediately says, "Dad's
told me about your little surrender speech this afternoon. He
might be giving you the benefit of the doubt, but no one else
is." Alison retorts, "I can't help that. I was completely
genuine. Of course, you wouldn't understand the meaning
of the word." Wayne tells her, "I think you should know
I have dad's Power of Attorney: that means I control the company."
Alison warns him, "Not if Caroline and I join forces."
Wayne laughs, "She hates you." Alison, though,
retorts, "I don't think she's in love with you,
either. She'll side with whoever suits her at the time, so I wouldn't
look so smug, if I were you." Wayne warns her, "You
pinched James from under her nose; I don't think she'll forget
that too easily." Alison, though, reminds him, "She
forgot that you let everyone think she disrupted Stephen's wedding."
David escorts the doctor into the lounge room at Beryl's and
Beryl asks, "How is she?" The doctor replies that he's
given Fiona an injection for the pain - but she should be in hospital.
Beryl tells him that she was, a few weeks ago, but she said everything
was clear. She asks, "What is wrong with her?"
The doctor, though, just replies, "She knows what the problem
is, Mrs. Palmer - and she is already under the care of another
doctor; it isn't my place to say." Beryl accepts this. The
doctor asks her to see if she can talk Fiona into going into hospital,
adding that that's where she ought to be. Beryl says she will.
With that, she sees him out. David starts clearing things away
in the living room, but as he does so, Fiona walks through the
kitchen doors and he asks her if she shouldn't be resting. Fiona
insists that she's alright; there's no need to keep fussing. Beryl
warns her the doctor wants her in hospital. Fiona, though, retorts
that that's just too bad, because she's not going. David growls,
"Whether you're going to or not, I think it's about time
you stopped beating around the bush and told us what's wrong with
you." Beryl pleads, "Please. We're your friends;
we want to know." Fiona stands there uncomfortably
before announcing, "I have cancer." Beryl and David
look at each other in shock.
Spider is sitting in the kitchen as Donna and Jess clear things
up. David joins them and Spider asks how Fiona is. David replies
that she just needs a rest. He then asks Tim to drive everyone
back to his place. He hands over the keys. He adds, "Fiona
will be staying here tonight - and I'll hang around for a while."
Spider asks what the doctor said. David tells him, "She just
needs a good rest and a bit of peace and quiet." Jess suggests
to Tim that he could just drop her and Spider at home. Donna,
though, insists that she wants them to come back to David's, and
Jess accepts. Spider suggests that they could still stop at the
Campbell house so he can get the shirts for Donna to fix! With
that, Tim, Donna, Jess and Spider head out the back door and David
rejoins Fiona and Beryl in the lounge room. As he sits down, he
says to Fiona, "Now, are you going to tell us the full story?"
Beryl adds reassuringly, "You don't have to go through it
Adam wanders into the lounge room at Charlie's. Charlie is polishing
the silver and Adam looks at her in surprise and asks what she's
doing it for. Charlie mutters that she may as well do something.
Adam asks her if she's spoken to Tom. Charlie retorts, "Yes.
He's gone back to Melbourne." Adam tells her, "I'm sorry.
A bloke his age should have more sense than to let things get
out of hand." Changing the subject, Charlie says to her son,
"Adam, I've been thinking: how would you like to go on a
trip overseas?" Adam, looking surprised, asks, "Where
to?" Charlie shrugs, "Europe, I suppose - unless you'd
rather go somewhere else. I'd like to get away for a
while and I'd love you to see Europe for the first time with me."
Adam nods, "It's a good idea. You'd have to let me pay my
own way, though." Looking thoughtful, he goes on, "I've
got a bit of money packed away... I was going to take Leigh overseas.
I could do with getting away for a while; everything
seems to remind me of Leigh - even being up here."
Charlie assures him, "After a couple of months away, you
can come home and start afresh." Adam nods, "It's a
good idea." Charlie smiles, "I'll start making the arrangements!"
In the kitchen at the country house, Tim puts a casserole in
the microwave, and Jess comments that microwaves are great! She
goes to put a pile of plates on the table, but a spoon that's
balancing on top suddenly falls onto the floor. She bends down
to pick it up. Tim does likewise, and for a few seconds, they
find themselves staring into each other's eyes... The moment is
interrupted by Spider suddenly coming in and saying he thinks
he'll ring and see how Fiona is.
The 'phone rings at Beryl's. Beryl answers it and and Spider
comes on and asks how Fiona is. Beryl replies that she's much
better. Spider asks if they've found out what's wrong. Beryl tells
him that it's just a back complaint. Spider asks to have a word
to her. Beryl, though, replies that she's resting; she'll talk
to him tomorrow. Spider accepts this and asks her to give Fiona
his regards. Beryl says she will. She then tells him that she'll
see him later and she hangs up. She wanders over to the living
room table, where David and Fiona are eating, and tells Fiona
that Spider sends his regards. Fiona says nervously, "They
don't know what it is, do they?" Beryl assures her,
"Of course not." David then tells Fiona, "You know
we care about you." Fiona nods, "Of course." David
pleads, "Then please... have the operation." Beryl adds,
"We know that friend of yours had a similar operation and
didn't pull through, but that doesn't mean you won't.
It's a chance for life, Fiona; I've never known you to
throw in the towel before." David tells her, "It's crazy
not to have it." Fiona cries, "I can't."
Beryl persists, "We know you're scared, but you've got to
give yourself a chance to live." Fiona cries, "Please
don't..." David insists, "We're not going to stand by
and watch you die." Beryl adds, "It will only get worse,
Fiona. We don't want to see you suffer. You can't do
that to yourself; you can't do it to us. Just because
you're scared of an operation..." Fiona sobs, "If I
have that operation, I'll die." David snaps, "You
won't." He then goes on more calmly, "If Irene
has told you it's in its early stages and there's a good chance
of getting it all out then she must know what she's talking about."
Beryl adds, "Lots of people live perfectly normal lives with
one kidney. Please, Fiona, we're begging you:
have that operation." Fiona takes a deep breath and then,
with tears in her eyes, says quietly, "It's better to go
quickly than the other way." Beryl, though, insists tersely,
"You're not going to go at all. You're going to
have that operation and you're going to be fine."
Fiona sits there, tears streaming down her face.