Tim pulls up outside the country house in David's car, turns
off the engine and climbs out. He starts heading sullenly over
towards the back door. David suddenly emerges from the house and
starts running towards him. He tells him, "We had to take
Donna to hospital." Tim asks quickly, "Why?" David
explains, "She started to have the baby and it looked like
there could have been a few problems." Tim cries, "I
want to see her."
Beryl is with Donna in a room at the local hospital. A nurse
hands Donna some tablets to help her sleep and tells her to lay
back and relax. She goes to head out, but finds David and Tim
just about to come into the room. She warns them that she doesn't
think Mrs. Palmer should have any more visitors. David, though,
insists that they're family; they won't stay long. The nurse sighs,
"Alright," and lets them past. David and Tim walk over
to the bed and David asks Beryl, "Any news?" Beryl says
quietly, "It was a little boy. He, um..." She breaks
off, but Donna snaps, "He's dead." David, looking
shocked, murmurs that he's sorry. Tim asks Donna softly if she's
OK. He takes her hand, but she pulls it away quickly and snaps,
"I'm tired." Beryl suggests to David that they should
go. She kisses Donna and tells her to get some sleep and she and
David head off. Left alone with his wife, Tim asks, "Did
the doctor say when you can come home?" Donna retorts, "In
the morning, if I'm OK." Tim tells her that he'll come and
pick her up." Donna, though, growls, "Beryl said David
would." She then adds, "I'm really tired. Please?"
Tim murmurs, "I'll see you in the morning," and he goes.
The next morning, David pulls up outside the country house in
his car. Donna is sitting in the passenger seat and she watches
as Tim approaches slowly. David goes to help her out. Tim joins
them and asks Donna how she's feeling. She doesn't reply. Tim
asks if they can have a talk. He goes to put his arm round her,
to help her inside, but she pushes it away and mutters, "I
A few minutes later, as Donna sits down in the lounge room, Tim
asks her if he can get her anything: a cup of tea? Donna mutters
that she's OK. Tim sits down as well and then says, "Beryl
told me how it happened. I feel really bad." Donna snaps,
"Why should you?" Tim replies, "If I hadn't
gone off, leaving you to chop the wood..." Donna mutters,
"Forget it." Tim, though, persists, "I've been
really rough on you lately, Don. I just want you to know I'm sorry."
Donna, however, snaps, "Don't lie to me. You can't wait
to get together with Jess. Now that you've lost the baby, you
can." Tim cries, "That's not true." Donna,
though, goes on angrily, "I saw you with her - outside
the school, in front of everybody. Stop pretending to be sorry,
because it makes me feel like an idiot." Tim insists, "Whatever
was going on between me and Jess, it's over; it's finished."
Donna asks, "You expect me to believe that?"
Tim tells her, "That's what we were talking about when you
must have seen us." Donna mutters, "Looked like more
than talk." Tim retorts, "It wasn't.
Anyway, don't blame Jess. I did all the encouraging."
Donna growls, "And you've decided to give me another
shot - until you get bored again." Tim insists, "I'll
make it up - honest. I'm going to make things work for us, Donna.
I mean it."
Spider and Jess are at Beryl's, and Spider asks Beryl for the
address of the doctor she uses. Beryl comments that she didn't
know he was ill. Spider, though, explains that it's Jess: that's
why she's not at school. Beryl goes to get the address. When she's
gone, Jess cries to Spider, "Granddad, I don't need
a doctor." Spider, though, retorts, "We can't take any
risks, girl. How do we know you mightn't be having a brain haemorrhage
and don't realise it?" Jess insists, "I've just got
a small headache." Beryl comes back in and Spider says to
her that she'll understand if they don't stay; he won't be able
to relax until he knows Jess is alright. Beryl assures him, "Yes,
I understand - I went through the same thing yesterday."
Looking concerned, Spider asks if somebody's sick. Beryl replies,
"Worse: young Donna lost the baby." A look of shock
crosses Jess's face and she exclaims that that's terrible. Beryl
nods, "Yeah - chopping wood, of all things." Spider
asks why she was doing a stupid thing like that. Jess
murmurs, "Probably letting off steam. She must have found
out..." Spider and Beryl look at her and she tells them guiltily,
"I'm not sick. I'm not at school because I thought
Tim might be there to see me. We've sort of been seeing
each other and I wanted to stop it." Beryl asks if Donna
knows. Jess replies, "She must, don't you think?
God, it's all my fault..." She then cries, "I have to
go and see her, and try and apologise."
Donna is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house as
Tim serves her with some lunch and enthuses that he'll turn the
shed into a little mansion in no time! There's suddenly a knock
at the back door and Tim answers it to find Jess standing there.
She tells him that she knows about the baby and she wants to see
Donna. Tim replies, "She's not really--" Donna, though,
interrupts and instructs, "Let him in, Tim." He does
so, reluctantly. Jess then asks him to leave her and Donna alone
for a while, and he goes. Donna tells Jess, "I know what
you're going to say. There's no need to; I'm not angry. When I
first saw you with Tim, I wanted to rip your hair out - but then,
when I settled down, I realised it wasn't your fault." Jess
cries, "It was." Donna, though, insists, "Tim
and I weren't in love when we got married. Something was sure
to happen; it probably will again. I'm not saying I wasn't
hurt, 'cos I was - but it's funny: I understood how you
felt. I don't hate you, Jess. I want us to stay friends."
Wayne is looking up a telephone number in the index on the bar
at Dural. He then dials the number and Samantha answers the 'phone
in Irene's flat. Wayne says it's him and he tells her that he's
trying to find Caroline. He asks Samantha if she has any idea
where she is. Samantha sighs, "She didn't come home last
night. Alison rang to say she'd taken her to Charlie's, apparently
too drunk to drive home." Wayne thanks her, saying he'll
try her there. Samantha goes on, "Wayne, it's getting ridiculous:
she's not even trying to pick herself up." Wayne
suggests, "Give her time." He then adds that he's got
to go; he'll talk to her later. He hangs up and heads out.
Charlie is having a cycling lesson from an attractive young instructor
when Wayne approaches them. He asks Charlie if Caroline is inside.
Charlie, though, ignores him, saying, "Darling, you two haven't
met, have you? This is Trent Harris. Wayne Hamilton.
Trent's a professional cyclist. He'll be staying with me for a
few days, teaching me how to ride. The poor darling's hurt his
knee; he can't compete for the rest of the season." Wayne,
looking disinterested, just repeats, "Is Caroline inside?"
Charlie replies, "Yes, but I don't think she's going to feel
like visitors..." Wayne walks off and Trent asks Charlie
if she's ready for a few laps. Charlie flirts, "Whenever
In the lounge room at Charlie's, Alison hands Caroline a couple
of painkillers. Caroline asks her suspiciously why she's playing
the Good Samaritan all of a sudden. Alison replies, "You
probably don't remember: we had a little chat about it yesterday.
I've lost a daughter, too." She then asks Caroline
how she's coping. Caroline retorts, "I thought that was rather
obvious. Every time I think of Amanda..." She breaks
off before continuing, "Samantha's the one who's
copping it the most: when I'm not stumbling around the house,
drunk, I'm smothering her with protection. I can't imagine what
I'd ever do if something happened to her, too..." There's
suddenly a knock at the front door and Alison goes to get it.
She finds Wayne standing on the step, and he barges in, snapping,
"Where is she?" Alison retorts, "If you mean Caroline,
she's in no mood for visitors." Wayne ignores her, though,
and he heads into the lounge room. Caroline tells him, "Alison's
right: I'm really not up to visitors." Wayne growls, "It's
business." Caroline insists, "It'll have to wait."
Alison joins them and adds, "So why don't you leave?"
Wayne glares at her and walks out again. Alison stands there,
a grin on her face, and muses, "I think the poor boy feels
threatened. Probably thinks we're plotting against him..."
That evening, Wayne turns up at the Morrell town house. Samantha
is there alone, and Wayne asks her if he's come at a bad time.
Samantha explains that she's having dinner with Alison and Charlie;
she's got to dash in a minute. Wayne asks if Caroline
will be there. Samantha replies, "Yes. Is that bad?"
Wayne says to her, "Have you noticed how chummy
Alison's been to her, lately? She's up to something and she's
keeping Caroline too plastered to realise it." Samantha gasps,
"Encouraging her to drink?" Wayne replies,
"Practically feeding her from the bottle, I'd say."
Samantha asks in disbelief why she'd do that. Wayne retorts,
"Same reason Alison does anything: she's out to
look after number one and she doesn't care whose life she wrecks
in the process." Samantha muses, "If that is
what she's up to, maybe she's going to have to start
to care." A hint of a nasty smile crosses Wayne's face...
Alison and Caroline are talking to Trent in Charlie's lounge
room when Charlie walks in and trills, "Samantha's here."
She then introduces her to Trent. Trent shakes her hand and smiles,
"Pleased to meet you!" Alison offers drinks. Samantha
asks for a mineral water. Caroline says she'll have the same.
Trent then tells Samantha, "Your mother's been giving you
a build-up - you sound like quite an athlete yourself!" Samantha
laughs, "I play a few sports, but I'm certainly
no cyclist!" Trent comments, "That hardly matters. In
fact, I prefer quite a few sports other than cycling.
"Alison hands out the drinks and comments, "I think
the Morrells are going to drink us out of mineral water tonight!"
Samantha asks Trent what other sports he does. He replies, "Skydiving.
Frisbee-throwing. Hang-gliding." Samantha exclaims that she's
always wanted to go hang-gliding; it sounds fascinating. Trent
suggests that she come out sometime. Caroline, though, quickly
says, "I don't think Samantha knows what's involved
in hang-gliding." Samantha mutters, "I know enough."
Caroline insists, "It's really very dangerous. Honestly,
I don't think you'd enjoy it." Samantha growls quietly, "Whatever
you say." Alison looks on, a sly expression on her face...
The next morning, Donna is talking on the 'phone in the kitchen
at the country house, saying, "Don't say 'yes' just to be
nice." Beryl, at the other end, insists, "I'm not.
I told you the other day I was going to need a babysitter when
I start work." Donna thanks her, adding that she wants to
save some money to finish her education. Beryl comments, "That
sounds a good enough reason for me." She adds that
she'll call on Donna whenever she needs help with Robert. They
hang up and Donna turns to David and Tim - who are sitting at
the table - and announces that she's got herself a job. Tim asks
whereabouts. Donna replies, "Babysitting for Beryl."
Tim exclaims, "That's great! The money will come in handy
with the renovations." Donna, though, snaps, "Who said
anything about spending money on the shed? Weren't you listening?
I haven't earnt a cent, yet, and already you're deciding
how to spend it. It's going towards my education." With that,
she storms off. As Tim watches her go, David says to him, "Give
her time. She's been through a lot, lately."
Beryl is sorting out some old dresses in her lounge room when
there's a knock at the front door. She goes to answer it and Spider
walks in, carrying a black bag. He tells Beryl, "I don't
want you to get embarrassed, but when I was short of
a few pennies, you were always there to help me. Now that you're
a bit strapped, I want to do the same. I've got some clothes here
for young Robert." He tips the contents of the bag onto the
living room table: they're adult-sized clothes! Beryl exclaims,
"They're all too big." Spider points out that Robert
needs growing space. Beryl mouths, "I... I appreciate the
thought, Spider, but these clothes weren't meant for me; they
were donated to people that really do need them." Spider
comments, "You don't want them?" Beryl says hesitantly,
"Let's just say there are people that need them more..."
In Sydney, Samantha is talking on the 'phone at the Morrell town
house, saying, "Everything was fine." Wayne,
at the other end, asks how Alison was. Samantha replies,
"Perfectly normal, as far as I could tell. I get the feeling
you're wrong about her: mum was in the best form she's been in
ages. She didn't touch a drop all night, and I
think Alison can take most of the credit for it." Wayne mutters,
"I'd reserve judgement, if I were you." Samantha smiles,
"We'll wait and see." Someone knocks on the door at
Dural and Wayne tells Samantha that he's got to go. They hang
up. Wayne walks over to the door to find a pained-looking Charlie
standing there. He asks what happened. Charlie cries, "That
beastly bicycle. I went for an early-morning practice ride so
I could impress Trent at my lesson this afternoon." As he
helps her into the lounge room, Wayne comments, "And you
came here because you didn't want Johnny Jockstrap to know you'd
taken a tumble?!" Charlie smiles, "You're a lifesaver."
As she sits down, Wayne asks her where she met Trent.
Charlie explains, "Marcia Coolidge introduced us. She said
she found him very satisfactory - teaching her to ride a bike!
- so I thought 'why not?'" Wayne, changing the subject, comments
that he heard Charlie had quite a party last night. Charlie smiles,
"It was fun. Of course, it's bound to be, with someone
like Trent as a guest." Wayne remarks that Alison
and Caroline have become quite friendly... Charlie smiles, "Yes."
Wayne asks her what she thinks they're up to. Charlie, though,
tells him, "Nothing, darling. They're just behaving
like adults for a change. And of course, Trent kept everyone
on the edge of their seats with his stories about this club he
belongs to, called 'The Daredevils'. He said they do these terribly
dangerous things--" She breaks off as she realises Wayne
isn't listening. She asks him if he's alright. Wayne quickly says,
"I'm fine. Hadn't you better be getting back? Trent might
start wondering where you are." Charlie smiles, "I'm
so glad I crashed in front of your place instead of someone else's!"
They stand up and Wayne goes to see Charlie out. As he does so,
Charlie tells him, "I think you'd better look after yourself.
I think you might have high blood pressure - it runs in the family;
look at your poor father." With that, she leaves. Wayne stands
by the front door, looking thoughtful.
Charlie groans to herself as she heads in through her own front
door. She finds Trent sitting in the lounge room and he comments
that she's up and about early. Charlie asks him, "No ill
effects from the party last night?" Trent replies, "None."
Charlie then asks him what he thought of Samantha. Trent asks
'innocently', "Samantha who?" Charlie retorts, "The
pretty one, with blonde hair." Trent tells her, "She's
pretty young for my liking. There's never anything to talk about
afterwards with the young ones." Charlie looks at
him in surprise and snaps, "I'm not that old."
Trent points out, "But you're never at a loss for anything
to say, either." Charlie looks at him and says uncertainly,
"That is a compliment, isn't it?" Trent assures
her, "Certainly meant to be." Charlie grins,
"I'll just have a shower, then I'll fix you breakfast!"
She walks out. Trent sits on the couch and raises his eyebrows,
Samantha is having breakfast at the Morrell town house when Caroline
joins her. Samantha asks her how she slept, and Caroline smiles,
"Wonderfully!" She asks Samantha if she enjoyed last
night. Samantha replies, "Loved it. I thought Trent was very
impressive." Caroline grins, "I noticed!" She adds,
"I think you'll have a fight on your hands with Charlie!"
Samantha smiles, "Well, may the best woman win: he's invited
me hang-gliding." Caroline, suddenly looking worried, mutters,
"You didn't accept?" Samantha nods, "Yes."
Caroline points out, "Darling, I told you how I
feel about dangerous sports." Samantha retorts, "Yes,
you did - but don't you think you're being a little overprotective?"
Caroline snaps, "No, I don't. Hang-gliding has got one of
the highest casualty rates in the country." Samantha insists,
"It wouldn't have worried you before Amanda died."
Caroline cries, "That's not true." Samantha, though,
retorts, "Yes it is, and you know it. Look, I understand,
but you can't let your feelings about Amanda change things.
You've always let me make my own decisions." Caroline
insists, "I'm sorry if you're feeling cramped, but you know
how I feel. I really don't want to discuss it anymore."
Alison is sitting in the lounge room at Charlie's, reading the
newspaper, when Trent wanders in and comments to her that he presumes
she's a lady of leisure. Alison asks why he says that. Trent explains,
"You're not rushing off to some job; I just presumed you
didn't need one." He adds, "I've always found women
who don't need to work far more intriguing..."
Alison stares at him and mutters, "You mean 'more profitable'."
Trent insists, "I didn't mean that." Alison,
though, retorts, "Really? I know how your sort makes your
living. You should change your name to Rudolph Vaselino."
Trent comments, "You've lost me." Alison, though, growls,
"I don't think so. You squirm your way into any
heart that can afford you and you get yourself bankrolled."
She then asks, "What do they pay you for your cycling lessons?"
Trent retorts, "Enough." Alison goes on, "It's
peanuts, isn't it? Why don't you earn some decent
money?" Trent asks her if she's thinking of taking up cycling.
Alison smiles, "Don't flatter yourself." She then continues,
"I might be able to use you for something else,
though. It wouldn't be what you're used to - but then again, you
wouldn't be paid peanuts, either. Interested?" Trent hesitates
only momentarily before replying, "Could be." Alison
muses, "Yes, I thought you might..."