Sometime later, Alison storms into Charlie's lounge room, wearing
her dressing gown, and pours herself a drink. Charlie comes into
the room with a towel, laughing, "You still haven't told
me why he did it!" Alison, though, retorts, "That's
beside the point. Nobody humiliates me and gets away
with it - least of all Wayne." She starts towelling
herself dry. Charlie carries on laughing until eventually Alison
snaps, "If you're enjoying this so much, let me tell you
something really funny. Trent Harris asked me to give
you a message: he asked me to tell you he's not coming back again;
he's gone - because you bored him mindless. You want something
to laugh at? Laugh at that." She then storms off,
leaving Charlie looking shocked.
Wayne is at the Morrell town house, yelling at Caroline, "What
a stupid, inconsiderate thing to do. Did you stop and think for
one second what selling your shares would mean to the rest
of us?" Caroline snaps at him to keep his voice down, as
Samantha is asleep. Wayne, though, goes on angrily, "Alison's
picked you for exactly what you are: a weak, booze-sodden pushover.
Couldn't you see what she was up to?" Caroline gasps, "What
were you up to, if it comes to that? You were
the one who kept on saying a few drinks would ease the pain."
Wayne growls, "Don't blame it on me - I presumed
you had some self-control." Caroline, suddenly looking
thoughtful, says, "Actually, what were you up to?"
Wayne retorts, "Nothing. What do you think I was
up to?" Caroline muses, "I think you were hoping you'd
get me muddled enough I'd sell my shares to you - and
that's why you're so angry: Alison's beaten you at your
own game." Wayne spits, "Nobody's beaten me at anything.
I still control 50% and I'll get the rest back, don't you worry."
Caroline, though, asks, "Why should I worry? It's
nothing to do with me, now - although personally, I'd
enjoy seeing Alison run rings around you." Wayne
snaps at her that she won't see Alison for dust now that she's
got what she wants. With that, he storms out, leaving Caroline
looking worried but thoughtful. She walks over to the drinks tray
and pours herself a glass of scotch. She goes to sip it, but then
hesitates and puts the glass down again.
Alison walks into the lounge room at Charlie's and apologises
to Charlie for lashing out. She adds that she made that crack
about Trent just to annoy her. Charlie asks, "Then he hasn't
really gone?" Alison admits that that bit's true, but it
wasn't because of Charlie. She goes on, "Yesterday,
he attacked Samantha - or at least, attempted to."
Charlie gasps, "Oh my goodness. Is she alright?" Alison
nods, "Yes, thankfully - but that's why he's gone. He won't
be back, I can assure you of that." There's suddenly
a knock on the front door and Alison comments that it'll be Gordon
and Barbara. She and Charlie both head out to the hallway and
Charlie opens the door. Gordon asks Charlie if she's ready. Charlie
says she'll just get her bag, and she heads off to her room. Gordon
then comments to Alison, "Wayne said that you slipped into
the pool." Alison muses, "Yes, silly of me, wasn't it?"
Barbara mutters sourly, "I do hope you weren't hurt..."
Alison retorts, "No - I just ruined a $700 dress, that's
all." Barbara snipes, "Let's hope it hasn't shrunk -
too much!" Gordon asks how it happened. Alison replies,
"I don't know. One minute I was talking to Wayne and the
next I just toppled in. I'll have to watch my step in future."
Changing the subject, Gordon asks her if she's still coming to
lunch. She replies, though, that she's lost her appetite. Barbara
mutters, "Pity..." Charlie rejoins them and she, Gordon
and Barbara head out, leaving Alison standing in the hallway,
Sometime later, Alison pulls up in a car outside the mansion
that Wayne bought. An elderly woman is walking up the path and
Alison runs after her and says, "Excuse me. Do you live here?"
The woman turns to her and replies, "Yes." She then
adds, "I'm sorry, dear, there are no vacancies." Alison,
though, assures her, "That's not the reason I ask. I notice
the building's been sold." The woman mutters, "It should
never have been allowed." Alison comments, "Yes, it's
a pity. Whoever bought it will probably want to pull it down and
redevelop the site." The woman gasps, "They can't do
that; people live here." Alison muses, "I doubt
whether that will stop them." She then adds, "Actually,
I was interested in buying the place myself.
Such a lovely old place... I would have loved to restore
it to the way it was." The woman smiles, "I
don't think they'd let you do that, dear." Looking
puzzled, Alison asks why not. The woman replies, "They just
couldn't, that's all. But it would be nice to see some money spent
on it, though... spruce it up a bit. It was beautiful in the old
days... very classy. I was the first tenant when they
turned it into flats. I told them 'I'm going to live in this house
for the rest of my life'. I made them write it into the agreement;
that's how much I love the place. I've never had a moment's unhappiness
here - except for new year 1948--" Alison quickly interrupts
and tells her, "The thing is, the owners will probably want
you to leave." The woman - May Walters - gasps, "They're
going to have a fight on their hands!" Alison asks her how
she'll stop them. May replies, "I don't know - but somehow."
Alison smiles, "Good for you - and if I can think of a way
of bringing the developers to grief, I'll let you know."
May asks, "Would you, dear? That's very kind." Alison
tells her, "It's my pleasure - I assure you..."
Samantha is sitting with Caroline on the couch at the Morrell
town house, asking, "Mum, why did you sell your shares? The
company means so much to you." Caroline, though,
assures her, "Not as much as you do. You're the
only daughter I've got now, and I'm going to be a full-time mother
to you. Samantha comments that she must have lost a lot of money.
Caroline, though, assures her, "Not at all. I sold for a
good price and I'm going to invest the proceeds with a reputable
broker for our future." There's suddenly a knock on the front
door and Caroline goes to answer it. She finds Alison standing
there. Alison explains, "I just dropped by to see how Samantha
was." Caroline invites her in. She hands Samantha a present
to cheer her up. It's a bottle of perfume and Samantha smiles,
"Oh Alison. Thankyou." Alison assures her,
"You needn't have any more worries about Harris: Charlie
threw him out as soon as she heard; he won't be back." With
that, Samantha announces that she's going to have a lie down,
and she goes. Alison then looks at Caroline: she has a sneer on
her face. Alison asks what the matter is. Caroline replies, "I
wasn't sure I'd be seeing you so soon." Alison asks
in surprise, "Why not?" Caroline explains, "Something
Wayne said: he said all you wanted from me was my shares. Now
you've got them." Alison points out that she wouldn't
be there now if she didn't genuinely care about her and
Samantha. She adds, "Don't listen to Wayne - he'll say anything
to cause trouble." Caroline sighs, "I know - but he's
very good at stirring up doubts, and it wasn't so long since we've
been at each other's throats." Alison tells her, "That
was before we got to know each other. We're friends now
and that means a lot to me." Caroline nods, "Me
too." Alison goes on, "Don't believe a word Wayne says.
He's an immature, vindictive little brat. He deserves everything
that's coming to him..."
ONE WEEK LATER
Gordon and Barbara are with Fiona in her hospital room, and Barbara
smiles at her that she looks wonderful! Fiona grins that she's
got a whole new lease of life! She adds that she owes Irene her
life - although the doctor can be so stubborn when she sets her
mind to it. Indicating the seat next to her, she continues, "Do
you know, I had to practically tie her to that chair to talk about
our future - you know, after all the money we lost on the coffee
future thing?" Barbara asks if they came to any decisions.
Fiona nods, "We've decided: yes, we have to sell the boarding
house - and I'll give up my flat and I'll move in with Irene until
such time as I'm well enough to go and find a job. It's a whole
new adventure!" Gordon tells her, "You'll be surprised
at the number of people who have been concerned about you; even
'amazed'." Fiona asks, "Like who?" Gordon replies,
"Like Wayne." Fiona snaps, "His behaviour has been
thoroughly uncaring." Gordon, though, tells her, "You
think about it: who got you mad enough to fight, hmm? And to have
the operation?" Fiona growls, "He most certainly did
that. But that was out of no concern for me; that was
purely and simply because--" She breaks off as she realises,
"I don't believe it... I fell for it." Gordon
nods, "Hook, line and sinker." Fiona sighs, "That's
one more person I have to thank."
Alison is standing in the driveway outside Charlie's, watching
as Charlie successfully rides her bike towards her! She suddenly
notices Wayne approaching them. He snaps at Alison, "I want
a word with you." He then pushes Charlie's
bike and snaps at her to take a ride. She wheels away, ringing
her bell! Wayne turns back to Alison and growls, "I was just
on the 'phone to the manager of the mansion. Some woman was over
there trying to stir up the old duck with the lease. Didn't take
much figuring out who it was." He goes on, "You wasted
your breath. My information is the old girl's half-dotty; no one's
going to take any notice of her - and I couldn't care if they
did: the building's not a classified heritage property,
so you might as well just save yourself the effort." Alison
grins, "What effort? You're perfectly capable of
going broke without any help from me." Wayne, though,
snaps, "No way. I'm going to make a killing and you're going
to be kicking yourself you didn't pick the place up when you had
the chance." Alison mutters, "Sorry, I don't have time
to listen to your little pipe dreams. I'm just on my way over
to see your father." With that, she walks off. Wayne follows
her a short way behind her.
A few moments later, Alison knocks on the front door at Dural
and Gordon lets her in. She tells him that she wondered how the
plans were coming along for bringing those underprivileged children
to Woombai. Gordon explains that he's arranged a barbecue for
this afternoon. Wayne comes into the house as Alison asks if Wayne
is going to be there. Gordon replies that he imagines
so. He asks if anything's wrong between them. Alison tells him,
"We're not seeing eye-to-eye on a lot of things. Still, you
and I are getting along so well, it more than makes up for it."
Wayne laughs, "He's not silly enough to fall for a line like
that." Alison, though, insists, "It wasn't
a line." She then tells Gordon, "For whatever reason,
Wayne doesn't like me. Normally that wouldn't bother me, but he's
letting it affect his business decisions. In the light of that,
it concerns me he has your Power of Attorney." Gordon asks
Wayne what he has to say about that. Wayne, looking furious,
yells, "Of course I don't like her. She's a scheming,
self-centred liar. Her only interest in the company is to stir
up enough trouble until she gets full control." Gordon tells
his son, "That is hardly fair." Wayne, though, yells,
"It's the truth - and I'm sick of people treating me like
dirt because they can't see what a devious little sneak she is."
Gordon yells back, "That's enough. If that outburst's anything
to go by, I can understand why Alison's worried."
Wayne glares at him. Alison stands there, smirking.
Barbara is gardening outside when she sees Alison and Gordon
emerge from the house. Alison tells Gordon, "I didn't want
to say all that - it seems like I'm trying to come between father
and son. It's really just the company I'm worried about."
Gordon assures her that he understands. Wayne joins Barbara and
tells her, "I worry about dad, sometimes. He's too honest
for his own good. He thinks people are as up-front as he
is." Barbara suggests tersely, "Not in your
case, surely?" Wayne ignores this and goes on, "Alison
wants total control and she won't stop until she gets it. Buttering-up
Gordon's all part of the plan, and he's falling for it."
Barbara growls that that's nonsense. Wayne, though, points out,
"It's worked before. He fell for Liz because she
brought out his protective instincts. Alison's using the same
ploy." Barbara snaps, "I'll thank you not to mention
Liz's name, if you don't mind. And as for the rest, that's rubbish.
Your father's got more sense than you give him credit for."
Fiona is reading the newspaper in her hospital bed when Charlie,
Janice and Andy walk in. Andy hands her some flowers and Janice
asks her if she hasn't started packing. Fiona explains, "I
was just reading about this old house they want to pull down.
If I wasn't feeling so good, I'd be quite depressed about it."
She indicates the newspaper article, which is about the mansion
that Wayne has bought. Charlie comments, "It's just an old
house." Fiona smiles, "But it was a grand old place,
once. I worked--" She breaks off and quickly changes it to,
"I mean I stayed there once, during the war. Those
were the days. It would seem a shame to see that old
place gone. Another part of my life gone forever..." Charlie
muses, "That's progress, I suppose. But think of all the
wonderful things it's given us: colour TVs... automatic dishwashers...!"
Janice glares at her and rants, "Doesn't it matter
to you that all the poor people in that house have to find somewhere
else to live? Low-rent housing's scarce enough without money-hungry
developers smashing down the few places left." Charlie, looking
surprised, murmurs, "I'm sure you're right, darling, but
there's nothing I can do about it." Janice, though,
snaps, "That's typical of people who can't think
of anything but their own comfort." She then grabs Andy's
arm, saying as she does so, "Maybe everyone else
is too scared to act, but I'm not. Come on, we're going
out to that house." Andy protests, "We only just got
here." Janice, however, retorts, "Don't argue."
Fiona warns her not to do anything rash. Janice tells her, "I'll
do whatever's necessary, no more, no less." With that, she
and Andy walk off, leaving Fiona looking worried.
May Walters is walking up the path towards the front door of
the mansion when Alison approaches her and reminds her that she
spoke to her last week. She tells May, "I've been thinking
up some ideas for a campaign to restore it; to win public support."
May just stares at her blankly, though, and asks, "To restore
what?" Alison explains, "The house." She
then asks, "Is there anyone else with a lease like yours?"
May replies that she doesn't think so. Alison asks, "What
about the manager?" May, though, retorts, "Stay away
from him, dear. He's a nasty man." Alison mutters, "Great."
With that, May heads off inside.
Isabella is sitting on the couch at Charlie's as Charlie rants
to her, "How dare she speak to me like that? 'Can't
think of anyone else's comfort but your own'? I think of your
comfort, don't I, darling?" Alison suddenly comes
in, looking at Charlie in surprise as she goes on, "Look
how much money I give to charity a year - and I'm accused of not
caring." Alison tells her that they have to get ready for
Gordon's barbecue in a minute. Charlie, though, ignores this,
declaring, "I've got as much social conscience as anyone,
and I'm going to prove it." Alison asks her what on earth
she's going on about. Charlie hands her the newspaper and indicates
the article about the mansion. Alison asks, "What about it?"
Charlie tells her, "Someone's going knock it down and I'm
going to stop them." Alison asks in surprise, "Why?"
Charlie retorts, "Why shouldn't I? I've got important
friends in the media; people who can bring this to public attention.
That's what it needs." Alison, looking delighted, grins,
"I couldn't agree more..."
Janice and Andy are helping Fiona along the corridor at the boarding
house, and Janice is saying, "We talked to this old woman.
She's been living there for ages." Andy muses, "Nice
enough old chook, but I'd say there's a few notes missing from
the top end of the keyboard!" Fiona laughs, "That's
good! The press love a colourful character. If you can
generate enough publicity, the lawyers will be climbing over themselves
to represent you." Janice comments that she seems to know
a lot about it. Fiona assures her, "I've fought a few battles
in my time, for the underprivileged - and won a few."
They head into Irene's flat, where a big banner saying 'Welcome
Home Fiona' has been posted on the wall. Fiona smiles, "You
shouldn't have done this!" Andy tells her that they have
a surprise for her. He helps her sit down while Janice heads off
to one of the other rooms. Fiona tells Andy, "Thankyou so
much. You've all been so wonderful." Janice suddenly comes
back into the room, sitting on the seat of a motorised scooter!
Fiona laughs, "What in heaven's name is all this?!"
Janice tells her, "It's all yours, Aunt Fiona. I
rented it specially!"
In the lounge room at Dural, Gordon comments to Barbara that
she'll be playing golf the weekend they're taking the kids to
Woombai - it's club trophy day. Barbara says she'll cancel. Gordon,
though, tells her, "There's no need. Alison's keen
- she'll help me." Barbara, looking annoyed, mutters,
"I wouldn't dream of not being there, darling..."
Outside, Wayne is tending to the barbecue as Alison and Charlie
stand next to him. Gordon and Barbara come out and join them,
holding some trays of food. Charlie says eagerly to Barbara, "I
must tell you about my new crusade." Barbara asks, "What's
that?" Alison glances at Wayne as she chips in,
"She's all fired up about some lovely old mansion that Wayne
wanted us to buy. Someone else bought it and now they want to
pull it down. There's going to be a terrible public outcry."
Wayne asks Charlie what got her so interested. Charlie
explains, "Fiona, actually. She used to live there during
the war. She was quite upset when she heard it might be demolished.
That dreadful niece of hers has started a campaign, too, but I
think I can do as much good as she can." Barbara
comments that it sounds like there's a lot of excitement in store.
Alison adds gleefully, "Yes... doesn't it..."
Fiona is sitting at the living room table in Irene's flat, sobbing.
She has a deck of playing cards in her hand. Janice joins her
and asks her in concern if she's crying. Fiona sniffs, "I
just realise how glad and lucky I am to be alive." She deals
one of the playing cards down on the table. It's the ace of spades
again. She picks it up and orders, "No, go away, death. You
had your chance." Andy suddenly comes in and tells Janice,
"I've just been over to the old house. Someone's been doing
some hassling." Janice asks, "Who?" Andy
replies, "I don't know. The manager's freaking out about
the TV station calling. They're sending all this crew out in the
morning." Janice says they'll have to be there to talk to
them. Fiona, though, says quickly, "Wait a minute. This has
to be done exactly right if it's going to work. I'll
go instead of Andy." Janice chastises, "You're not well
enough to go yet." Fiona, though, declares, "I'm well
enough to do what has to be done, my girl. You need someone who
knows what they're doing - and that someone is me."