Caroline joins Samantha - who's sitting reading a magazine -
in the lounge room at the Morrell town house and asks her if she
doesn't have to go to work. Samantha explains that there's no
surgery until this afternoon. Caroline sits down and comments
that whatever Samantha is reading must be fascinating. Samantha
retorts, "It is. It's an article on water-skiing." She
adds sarcastically, "Don't worry: I'm not going to take it
up." Caroline sighs, "You think I'm being neurotic,
don't you?" Samantha, though, retorts, "No - just a
bit overprotective." With that, she gets up and walks off
to her room. The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Caroline answers
it. Alison comes on and tells her that Wayne asked her to let
Caroline know about the meeting this morning; they need a decision
on that investment plan he's pushing. Caroline murmurs, "I
really should get some things sorted out with Samantha first."
Alison muses, "Business does seem to get in the way, doesn't
it?" Caroline asks what time the meeting is. Alison tells
her, "Eleven. At the Hamiltons'." Caroline says reluctantly
that she'll come over now. They hang up. At Charlie's, Alison
turns to Trent and tells him, "It's all fixed." Trent
says, "I'll get going, then." Alison warns him, "Be
careful - I don't want any slip-ups." Trent, though, assures
her, "Don't worry - it's as good as done..."
Gordon is poring over a set of papers in the lounge room at Dural.
Wayne wanders in and Gordon tells him that it looks good. Wayne
replies, "It is. I'll have to fight tooth-and-nail
to get it through, though - Alison's already told me she's voting
against it." Gordon murmurs, "I wouldn't worry about
it. Caroline's bound to back you." Wayne, however,
mutters, "I'm not counting on her support, either
- not when I know Alison's working overtime to weasel into her
good books." Gordon comments, "I don't know why Alison
would vote no. It's a rock solid investment." Wayne explains,
"She thinks it'll take too long to show any profit."
He pauses before continuing, "She seems to have a lot of
faith in you, though. If she knows you're in
favour, she might agree to it." Gordon reminds his son, "I
don't know that I should interfere. Strictly speaking, I don't
have a vote anymore." Wayne points out that he'd only have
to mention that he thought it was a good idea. Gordon muses, "I
don't suppose it would do any harm to offer an opinion. As I said,
it's a very sound investment." Wayne smiles, "Thanks,
Trent is at the Morrell town house. Samantha is saying to him,
"Of course I want to, but I can't. I'm sorry." She adds,
"Besides, mum's a bit jumpy at the moment - she'd go grey
overnight if she knew I'd gone hang-gliding!" Trent insists,
"There's no risk involved. Not when you're with me."
Samantha, though, insists, "No, I'd better not." Trent
mutters, "I guess that's it, then." Samantha suggests,
"Another time, maybe?" Trent, however, snaps sourly,
"No, forget it. We can't make plans mummy wouldn't approve
of." He goes to walk out, but Samantha, looking guilty, quickly
says, "Trent... wait. I'll get my keys." She turns away
and doesn't notice the nasty smile that appears on Trent's face...
A while later, Trent is driving himself and Samantha along in
his car. Samantha looks around in surprise and asks, "Is
this it? It doesn't seem like a very good place to go
hang-gliding." Trent replies, "It's not - but
it's an ideal spot for what I've got in mind." He
pulls the car to a halt and teases, "Stop playing 'little
Miss Innocence' now, Samantha. You were giving me the big come-on
last night at Charlie's. I'm not about to turn down the offer."
Samantha snaps indignantly, "I wasn't." Trent,
though, insists, "If someone makes a promise, I expect them
to keep it..." With that, he lunges at her and starts
kissing her. He then grabs at her blouse and rips open the top
couple of buttons. Looking terrified, Samantha struggles with
him and eventually manages to push him away and slap his face.
Trent then leans across, opens the passenger door and pushes her
out of the car, snapping, "Pleasant walk home, baby."
With that, he drives off, leaving Samantha sprawled in the dust
track, looking shocked and upset.
Wayne, Gordon, Alison and Caroline are sitting around the living
room table at Dural. Caroline comments, "Certainly sounds
tempting. Almost too good to be true." Wayne tells her that
they have to act quickly so they don't miss out. Caroline asks
Gordon what he thinks. Gordon tells her, "Property
investment is usually a good move, and Wayne seems to have researched
it thoroughly. I'd be in favour." Wayne asks Alison, "What
about you? Still against the idea?" Alison retorts,
"I've never been against it, as such, but like Caroline,
I did think it was all a little too good to be true - so I took
the liberty of making a few small enquiries of my own. It does
seem that there are one or two small matters that Wayne seems
to have overlooked." Wayne asks in surprise, "Such as?"
Alison replies, "The house in the property's an old mansion.
It's been there for donkey's years; apparently, it was converted
into flats in the late-forties. The accommodation isn't marvellous,
but the rent's cheap and most of the tenants are pensioners who
can't afford anything better." Wayne growls, "We'll
find them somewhere else to live. That's no big deal." Alison,
however, asks, "At that price?" She then goes
on, "What about May Walters, the old lady in flat two? Have
you checked the details of her lease?" Wayne mutters,
"What about it?" Alison tells him, "She's
a protected tenant - and I have it on good authority that she
has no desire to move, even if we can find something better for
her." Wayne snaps, "We'll take her to court, if necessary.
We'd win the case." Alison agrees calmly, "Maybe - but
I can just see the headlines: 'Big company turns little old lady
out of home'." Gordon, looking taken aback, comments to Wayne,
"I thought you said you looked into it thoroughly? I don't
like the idea of throwing people out of their homes." Wayne
cries, "We're a business, not a benevolent society."
Gordon retorts, "I've never considered the two to
be mutually exclusive. I'm sorry: I have to change my opinion."
Wayne looks at Caroline, who says, "So will I." Wayne
snarls, "That's typical. You're a real jellyfish at heart,
aren't you?" Alison sits there, smirking. Wayne
glares at her.
A while later, Caroline and Alison arrive back at Charlie's and
Caroline thanks Alison for winding things up quickly. They head
into the lounge room and Alison offers Caroline a scotch. She
accepts, saying, "I need something to bolster my
strength. Goodness knows what sort of mood Samantha's
going to be in when I get home." Alison sighs, "Sad,
isn't it, women like us? We're always so busy with our own affairs,
we rarely have time to develop personal relationships." Caroline
insists, "I made that mistake with Amanda. I won't with Samantha."
Alison comments, "It's a pity you're so involved with the
company. It doesn't give you much time to spend with her."
Caroline, though, declares, "In future, I'm going to make
time." The front door suddenly bangs, and Alison tells Caroline
that it'll be Trent. She heads out to the hallway to find that
it is Trent standing there. He tells her, "Worked
like a charm." Alison, though, mouths to him that Caroline
is there, and she tells him quietly to come on in. They head into
the lounge room and Caroline immediately says to him cautiously
that he's not going to try and talk Samantha into any parachuting
or hang-gliding, is he? Trent assures her, "Of course not."
Alison tells Trent that Caroline has had a rather unsettling morning.
She then suggests, "Why don't you take her to lunch? I'd
take her myself, but I do have another appointment." Caroline
says quickly that she should be getting back to Samantha. Alison,
though, suggests that it wouldn't do any harm giving her a bit
longer to think about things. Caroline asks Trent if he's sure
he's got nothing better to do. Trent assures her, "Not a
thing." With that, the two of them head out, leaving Alison
looking pleased with herself...
Andy is sitting with Kelly in Irene's flat at the boarding house
smiling happily as he reads Kelly a letter and tells her that
he's in: six weeks cruising around the Pacific and getting paid
for it! Kelly says flatly, "That's wonderful, Andy..."
Andy tells her that her letter is probably in the mail somewhere.
Kelly, though, sighs, "They don't want me." Andy says
he'll 'phone them and find out. Kelly, though, mutters that there's
no point hassling them. Andy declares, "Alright: if they
don't want you, I'm not going, either."
Kelly tells him not to be silly - and anyway, she applied for
another job the other day, just in case, and she can take it now.
Andy asks in surprise, "Whereabouts?" Kelly says hesitantly,
"Just a small restaurant - playing guitar and singing; it's
the sort of thing I've always wanted to do." Andy comments
downheartedly, "I suppose there's no point knocking back
the cruise job, then, is there?" Kelly murmurs,
"No." With that, Andy stands up to head out, saying
he's going to write a thankyou letter. As he goes to the door,
he asks, "Are you sure, Kel?" Kelly insists, "Yes,
of course." He goes, leaving Kelly looking upset.
Fiona is sitting up in her hospital bed, looking at a scrapbook,
when Janice walks in with a tray of food and smiles, "Hello,
Aunt Fiona. How are you feeling today?" Fiona assures her,
"Much better." She adds, "Thanks very much for
the present - Irene brought it up from reception. Did you work
it all out yourself?" Janice nods, "Yep - it's a collection
of my favourite passages from the Bible and Shakespeare."
Fiona murmurs in a bemused tone, "It's a lovely thought..."
Janice then indicates the tray of lunch things and says the nurse
asked her to bring it in. Fiona says she thinks she'll give it
a miss. Janice, though, tells her, "Nonsense. It's only soup.
Dad warned me you could be stubborn, but I'm not going
to see you fade away for wont of proper nourishment." Fiona
muses, "He painted me pretty black, didn't he?" Janice
replies, "He's always been very concerned about the sort
of life you've led." Fiona suggests, "Why don't you
take the trouble to find out for yourself what sort of
life I lead?" Janice asks in surprise, "How?"
Fiona explains, "When I get out of here, why don't you come
and stay with me for a while? Meet my friends. See how I 'conduct
myself' - and then make up your own mind whether I need to 'reform'
or not?" She goes on, "You know, I think we could grow
to like each other, Janice, but if you're not prepared to give
me a chance, then I'm not prepared to give you
one, either. Now, what's it to be?"
A few moments later, Fiona is saying, "I suppose that would
be asking the impossible. George would never allow it." Janice
snaps, "I don't know why you think my father rules my life,
but it's totally false." Fiona retorts, "He tried to
keep me in a straightjacket all those years; I can imagine
he'd be twice as protective of his own daughter."
Janice sighs, "I can't possibly come and stay with you. You're
not my only charity case, as it happens, and I am training
to be a teacher." Fiona snaps, "It's a wonder
to me that you waste your precious time on me at all.
Surely you must realise by now that I'm a hopeless case?"
Janice, though, 'assures' her, " I've never yet come across
someone I couldn't help to some degree. Don't worry:
when you get out of hospital, I'll be your most frequent visitor."
Fiona comments, "I hope you'll keep an open mind." Janice
insists, "My mind's always open." At that moment,
Irene wanders into the room and asks Fiona if there's anything
she needs at home. Fiona just asks her to give Andy and Kelly
her love. Irene then tells Janice, "You'd better keep an
eye on her, you know? She can be a real handful!" Janice
replies seriously, "So I've discovered. We must have a discussion
sometime about Aunt Fiona's recovery programme." Fiona, looking
aghast, protests, "I'm sure the doctor knows best about that."
Janice, though, tells her, "I'm sure I can be of
some help. The sooner you're in good health again, the better.
You're the one who wanted a fair go. You're not going
to get the chance to say I persuaded you to change your ways when
you were too sick to resist." Irene grins at Fiona, "So
put that in your pipe and smoke it!" Fiona sits
there, looking indignant!
Sometime later, Irene arrives back at the boarding house and
bumps into Andy, who's carrying a pile of washing. He explains
that he's having a spring clean before he leaves. Irene asks him
where he's going. Andy smiles, "You know that cruise job
Kelly and I applied for..." Irene grins, "That's wonderful.
Congratulations!" Kelly suddenly emerges from Irene's flat
and asks how Fiona is. Irene replies that she's much better. She
adds, "You'd better go in and tell her the good news - she'll
be thrilled for both of you." There's silence until Kelly
eventually says, "I didn't get the job. Only Andy."
Irene murmurs, "I'm sorry, love." Andy adds that Kelly
has got something else lined up. With that, he heads
off to the laundromat. Kelly offers Irene a cup of tea and she
accepts. They head into the flat and Irene asks Kelly what the
new job is. Kelly, though, admits, "There's no other
job. I just had to say something. He was going to turn
it down; I didn't want him to do that because of me.
You won't tell him, will you?" Irene assures her, "He
won't hear it from me, but you can't keep up the lie for ever."
Kelly says sadly, "Only until he's on the ship - then I can
cry all I like..."
Wayne is being shown around the grounds of the mansion he proposed
that the company buy. A real estate agent with him is saying,
"It's a potential goldmine, Mr. Hamilton. Once they rip down
the old building and put up the new offices, it'll be worth a
fortune." Wayne muses, "Mmm. The old woman
in number two could prove to be a bit difficult: I understand
she's a protected tenant." The agent laughs, "May Walters
is no problem. She may kick up a bit of a stink when she finds
out she's being evicted, but legally, she can't do much."
Wayne mutters, "That's what I thought - but all the same..."
The agent tells him, "The owner's dropped $10,000 off the
price. Your company would be missing out on a real bargain."
Wayne looks at the building again and then says, "Alright.
Deal. But it's me buying it now, and not the company." The
agent suggests that they go back to the office and sign the papers.
They start walking. As they do so, Wayne adds, "One small
thing: I want this kept under wraps for the time being - about
me being the buyer, that is. I'll tell the other company directors
when the time is right. Should come as quite a surprise..."
Samantha arrives back at the Morrell town house, crying in distress,
"Mum...? Mum...? Mum, are you home?" There's no answer,
though, and Samantha collapses onto the couch, tears streaming
down her face.
Trent is packing his suitcase into the boot of a car parked outside
Charlie's. Alison is with him and he's telling her, "Wouldn't
be surprised if Caroline doesn't make it home at all
tonight: when I left her, she was full as a boot." Alison
insists that she'll find a way home eventually; she wouldn't leave
Samantha on her own all night. Trent grins, "She wouldn't
want to: the girl's a nervous wreck." Alison checks
in concern, "You didn't go any further than I said?"
Trent assures her, "No, don't worry, I didn't actually rape
her; I'm not going to risk a jail sentence. I just had to make
it look good, that's all." Alison comments, "She
should be home by now. I'd better go and make sure she's alright."
She goes to walk off, but Trent calls after her to ask if she
hasn't forgotten something. Alison reaches into her handbag, and
as she takes out a cheque, she asks, "How am I going to explain
your sudden departure to Charlie?" Trent retorts, "I
don't care. That's your problem." They suddenly
notice Wayne watching them from his car, which is heading up the
driveway towards Dural. Trent quickly asks Alison in concern,
"You think he saw anything?" Alison replies, "Possibly."
Trent mutters, "I hope he doesn't twig." Alison grins,
"Relax. Wayne wasn't blessed with the gift of intuition.
By the time he puts two and two together - if he ever does
- it'll be too late: Caroline will have given me everything I
A while later, Alison is at the Morrell town house, and Samantha
invites her in. She sniffs as she sits back down on the couch.
Alison asks her if she's alright. Samantha sobs, "I'll be
alright when mum gets back." Alison asks, "What's happened?"
Samantha hesitates and then cries, "Trent Harris: he tried
to rape me. It's awful... I've never been so
frightened..." Alison goes and puts her arm round
her, looking genuinely concerned.
Barbara is refilling the decanter of scotch at the bar at Dural.
Wayne is sitting on the couch and she asks him curtly, "Where
did you get to this afternoon?" Wayne retorts, "Just
out for a drive. I needed to cool off." Gordon comes into
the room and Barbara reminds him to ring Caroline about lunch
tomorrow for the school Directors. Gordon murmurs, "I just
have. She's not home." Barbara looks at the expression on
his face and asks what's wrong. Gordon explains, "I've just
been talking to Samantha: she had a bad experience with Trent
whatsisname - the bloke who was teaching Charlie to ride her bike."
Wayne asks, "What sort of bad experience?"
Gordon replies, "He took her for a drive on some pretext
or other, and drove into the bush and tried to attack
her." Barbara gasps, "Is she alright?" Gordon nods,
"She seems to be. She managed to get away, fortunately."
Barbara suggests that she'd better get over to her. Gordon, though,
tells her, "There's no need: Alison's there."
Wayne asks suspiciously, "How did she find out?"
Gordon replies, "She didn't; she called in to see
Caroline. Anyway, she's there and Caroline should be home soon..."
- he turns to Barbara and concludes - "...so there's no need
for you to go." Wayne sits there, looking thoughtful.
It's dark and Caroline is back at the Morrell town house, asking
in shock, "When did it happen?" Samantha is sitting
on the couch, wearing her dressing gown, as Alison replies, "When
we were at the Hamiltons' this morning. He must have heard me
talking to you on the 'phone and knew you'd be out. Then he turned
up here and talked Samantha into going hang-gliding." Caroline
hugs her daughter and cries, "Oh, darling." She asks
her why she didn't call the police. Samantha murmurs, "I
just want to forget about it." Caroline growls, "I should
have stayed at home. I should never have gone to that stupid meeting."
Samantha sobs, "The worst bit was when I came home and you
weren't here. I needed you, mum." Caroline
assures her, "That'll never happen again. I promise. In future,
I'm always going to be around." Alison stands there,
looking pleased with herself...
The next morning, Gordon opens the front door at Dural and lets
Alison in. He tells her that she looks lovely. Alison tells him
that she 'phoned Caroline and she's not coming. Gordon remarks
that that's understandable. He then adds that Barbara is running
late, and he asks Alison if she minds waiting. Alison assures
him, "Of course not." She asks if Wayne is around and
Gordon replies that he was out by the pool a few minutes ago.
Alison says, "I'll see if he's ready to call a truce. It
seems ridiculous for us to argue all the time." Gordon warns
her, "I don't know if you'll find him very receptive."
Alison muses, "Worth a try," and she walks off.
Wayne is sitting out by the pool, working, when Alison joins
him and, looking over his shoulder, comments, "Don't tell
me you're still making plans for that old house." Wayne snaps,
"Mind your own business." Alison picks up some of the
papers in front of him, looks at them and comments in surprise,
"You've bought the house for yourself. Your stupidity
never ceases to amaze me!" Wayne insists, "I'm going
to make a killing on this." Alison asks, "Have
you told Gordon, or are you going to surprise him by
going bankrupt?" Wayne snaps, "If he finds out, I'll
know who told him. I might have to do some snitching myself."
Alison muses, "I suppose that means you think you've got
something on me." Wayne retorts, "You set Samantha
up with Trent." Alison laughs, "What an extraordinary
idea!" Wayne, though, growls, "I saw you paying him
off." Alison challenges, "Prove it." Wayne,
however, retorts, "I don't have to - not yet. But
I'm sure I can paint a pretty convincing picture: he had a go
at Samantha... comes back to Charlie's... you hand over money...
he disappears. I don't know what the hell you did it for, but
I know you did it." Alison retorts, "I convinced
Caroline she can't be a good mother and a company Director at
the same time - so, she decided to sell out. Guess who was around
to make her a very generous offer? It was all finalised this morning:
I now control 50% of the company." Wayne glares at her furiously
and snarls, "You won't get away with it." Alison, though,
retorts, "I already have. I was just on my way over
here to thank you for putting in the groundwork: you went to all
that trouble to get Caroline hooked on the booze; made my job
a lot easier." Wayne snarls, "You must be the nastiest
piece of work I've come across." Alison snaps, "The
feeling's mutual. Still, I managed to make you look pretty
stupid - but that's nothing new, is it?" Wayne snaps
angrily, "Shut up." He suddenly stands up, lunges at
Alison, picks her up and carries her so that he's holding her
over the edge of the pool. Alison snaps, "Don't be so childish.
This dress cost me $700." Wayne grins, "I'm going to
enjoy this..." Alison retorts, "You wouldn't
dare..." Wayne, though, snaps, "Wouldn't I?
You're going to slip, Alison - unless you want me to start mentioning
Trent..." With that, he drops her in the pool and
looks on in glee as she's soaked to the skin.