That night, Wayne is back in Sydney, at Charlie's. He hands her
a present wrapped in a gift box, explaining that it's something
he picked up on the way back home. Charlie opens the box to find
to her astonishment, "Eggs!" She strokes Isabella and
smiles through gritted teeth, "Wasn't that sweet of Uncle
Wayney!" Wayne then tells her that he wanted to ask her about
Trent Harris. Charlie retorts, "He was a hideous creature."
Wayne quickly goes on, "I was just wondering where he got
to. I was thinking of getting into cycling. He was going to give
me the name of a good bike." Charlie, though, warns, "Stay
clear of him, darling. He's trouble." Wayne insists, "Just
one 'phone call..." Charlie, giving in, sighs, "He's
staying with my friend, Margo. I'll give you the number. He's
fleecing her, too, of course - but not that I can tell her."
With that, she gets up and goes to the 'phone. Wayne smiles, "The
men some women get involved with, eh, Charlie...?"
A while later, Wayne is back at Dural, lying on the couch in
the lounge room, the 'phone to his ear. He says, "Trent?
Wayne Hamilton. I've got some business I want to discuss with
you in connection with our friend, Alison..."
The next morning, Donna is putting on her jacket in the kitchen
at the country house when David comes in and asks her where she's
going. She explains that she's going to babysit Robert; Beryl
has to go out. David warns her that she shouldn't be racing round
in her condition. He adds that he'll go. Donna insists
that she's OK. David, though, reminds her that he's Robert's dad
- and he wants to see Beryl, anyway. Donna checks, "You're
not going to tell her about what Spider said? She doesn't want
you knowing she's broke." David replies, "No - but I'm
going to give her a chance to explain if she wants to. It's about
time she stopped being so proud and asked for a bit of back-up."
A while later, David knocks on the front door at Beryl's. Beryl
opens the door and asks him in surprise what he's doing there.
As he heads inside, he tells her that Donna's still a bit under
the weather so he's there to do his bit. He then asks Beryl where
she's going to. She replies, "To see a friend." David
asks if he knows her. Beryl, though, quickly blusters, "No,
you don't, actually - it's Alice, from the Children's Home."
David then indicates the piles of ironing on the living room table
and comments, "You ironing again for Spider, eh?" Picking
up a pair of women's knickers, he adds, "Talk about the sublime
to the ridiculous: looks like Spider's leading a double-life,
eh?!" Beryl sighs, "A young girl has moved in down the
road - a career girl. I'm helping her out." David then indicates
a pile of cake boxes and queries, "The pavs?" Beryl
tells him, "I'm doing some cooking for a restaurant, that's
all." She then adds tersely, "I really don't have time
to answer questions; I have to get going." David asks, "What
are you taking on so much for?" Beryl retorts, "I enjoy
being busy. Any money I make, I put aside for Robert. I'm building
a bank balance for him." She adds that she should be back
at about 5pm. David goes and opens the front door for her, commenting
as he does so that she's looking a little bit fragile. He adds
that she shouldn't do too much. Beryl, though, retorts, "If
I didn't want to do it, I wouldn't. And as you
said, I don't have to. See you."
Donna is sitting with Spider in the lounge room at the country
house. Spider asks her if the computer course costs much.
Donna replies that the fees aren't too steep, but when you add
on the text books - and she might buy a home computer... She adds
that she's really looking forward to it. Tim suddenly comes in
and Spider comments that he must be proud of his wife, having
a bit of nous. He adds, "For one thing, she can keep your
books in order." Tim, though, mutters, "She can do without
wasting money on a computer course..." Spider tells him,
"That's sounding like one of these chauvinists. It doesn't
hurt for a wife to have a bit of an interest." Donna, looking
annoyed at him, snaps, "It's a career, not an interest."
She then stands up and, indicating the form in her hand, announces,
"That's the application finished. I'll just get the money
to put with it." She goes to head out of the room. Tim, though,
says warily, "About the money... I had to borrow $50 this
morning to pay for some timber to fix the shed for us. He wanted
cash." Donna, looking furious, snaps, "If I don't enrol
by tomorrow, it'll be too late. How am I going to get the $50
back by then?" Tim suggests, "I'll ask Dave." Donna
retorts, "I don't want you asking Dave. He's been
good enough letting me stay here; he shouldn't have to fork out
money for us." She goes on angrily that it was her
money; he had no right touching it without asking her. She
snaps, "I saved that for my course, Tim. You shouldn't
have touched it. You just don't want me doing it, do
you?" Tim retorts, "I had to pay for the timber - that's
for us, too, remember? We're married, Don; I'm just trying
to build us a decent place to sleep in. What do you want to do
a stupid computer course for, anyway?" Donna snaps, "Maybe
I need something just in case you meet another Jess and dump
me." Tim glares at her and then storms off.
That evening, Trent Harris is sitting with Wayne on the couch
at Dural, asking, "So what do you want me to do?"
Wayne replies, "Just tell me why Alison was paying you off
the other day." Trent muses, "Oh, you saw that,
did you?" He then adds, "It'll cost you $2000."
Wayne, looking aghast, retorts, "I was thinking more $500.
I've got a fair idea what it was anyway." Trent points out,
"You don't know, though, do you? Look,
I've got my meal-ticket - this Margo's rolling
in it; your thing's just pin money. But if you're
out to get Alison, I'd say it was two grand very well spent..."
The next morning, Andy is sitting with Kelly in Irene's flat
at the boarding house, saying, "You haven't been lying
to me about this job, have you?" Kelly retorts, "Of
course I haven't." Andy, though, says gently, "You
have, haven't you? Why?" Kelly
cries, "I didn't want you to feel bad about going; about
me not getting to sing on the ship." Andy asks, "Did
you even apply for another job?" Kelly shakes her
head. Andy tells her, "I'm going to miss you." Kelly
murmurs, "Irene said I should have told the truth."
Andy muses, "Irene was right - as usual!" He then kisses
Kelly and laughs, "You're stupid! What are you?!" There's
suddenly a knock on the front door. Andy, looking annoyed, goes
to answer it. He finds Janice standing there, holding an envelope
in her hand. She tells Andy, "I came looking for Fiona and
ended up as a mail-girl - for Kelly." Andy takes the envelope
and comments that it looks like it's done the rounds. He asks
Kelly if he wants her to read it. Kelly replies, "Yes, thanks."
Janice then asks if they have any idea where her Aunt Fiona is.
Before anyone answers, though, Andy, looking at the letter, says
excitedly, "Hey, listen to this! 'Dear Miss. Burns. We have
great pleasure in advising you that you have been chosen to join
our cruise in capacity of entertainer. Please ring us on--'."
He breaks off and exclaims, "What do you know? The letter
just went astray! You got the job after all!" Kelly leaps
up and Andy gives her a hug. She laughs, "We're going together!"
Janice growls, "Separate cabins, I trust." Andy and
Kelly both burst out laughing.
Fiona and May are sitting in Fiona's room at the mansion, talking
about curtains. A man suddenly walks in and says tersely to Fiona,
"I understand you wanted to see me, Mrs. Thompson. I'm Fred
Barnes, the manager." May growls at him, "It's always
polite to knock." Barnes just retorts sarcastically,
"I beg your pardon, Miss. Walters? Did you say something?"
May asks 'innocently', "Did I?!" Barnes then
turns to Fiona and says wearily, "I see you've met our Miss.
Walters. Every building has one." Fiona, however, tells him
curtly, "I don't think I like your tone, Mr. Barnes. Miss.
Walters is a friend of mine." Barnes just shrugs. He then
turns to the windows and asks what happened to the curtains. Fiona
snaps, "What you loosely call 'the curtains', I prefer to
call 'that little pile of rags on the floor'. They fell apart
when I washed them." Barnes mutters, "I trust you'll
leave their replacements when you leave here? I've got a list
of the fixtures, and anything missing will be deducted from your
bond." Fiona smiles, "I'd say that little lot is...
what: ten cents? But I wouldn't worry too much: I don't intend
leaving, so the question of bond repayment really doesn't come
up. I'm looking for a home, Mr. Barnes, not a temporary flophouse.
And as you destroyed the list of requests I made yesterday, I've
made out another one." Barnes growls, "You're wasting
your time--" Fiona, though, interrupts and retorts, "I
don't think so. If I don't get any satisfaction, I'll send them
to the Tenants' Protection Board - and whoever owns the building,
I'm sure they're not going to like that very much."
She holds out the sheet of paper. Barnes grabs it from her and
Sometime later, Barnes is standing with Wayne in the lounge room
at Dural, telling him, "She's a bull-nosed old cow, Mr. Hamilton.
It'll cost, what she's got down there." Wayne retorts, "Ignore
her, then." Barnes, though, warns him, "I'm sure she'll
go further if we don't do something." Wayne asks,
"What's her name?" Barnes replies, "Fiona Thompson."
Wayne repeats in surprise, "Fiona Thompson?" Barnes
asks, "Know her, do you?" Wayne mutters, "Yes."
He then says curtly, "We don't do a thing. She can
yell to high heaven, for all I care. She's one lady I wouldn't
spend a cent on." Barnes warns, "She'll cause
trouble." Wayne, ripping up Fiona's list of demands, retorts,
Janice is sitting with Fiona at a table in Fiona's room at the
mansion. Fiona is saying to her, "Your father doesn't know
that you're associating with your Bohemian aunt, does
he?" Janice murmurs, "I'm not lying to him;
I'm just not saying anything." She then adds, "I'm
planning a surprise, in fact. It's his birthday soon: I thought
it would be a nice surprise if you turned up in the front row
of the congregation. It would mean a lot to him to know you'd
seen the error of your past life." Fiona bursts out laughing
and says, "No, I think I'll take a miss on that one."
May comes in, carrying a broom, and exclaims, "Got it!"
She starts sweeping the floor as Fiona offers her a cup of tea.
May says she'll have one later. There's suddenly a knock on the
door and Barnes walks in. He tells Fiona, "I'm sorry, Mrs.
Thompson. I don't enjoy my position - it's not easy being responsible
to the owner and trying to do the right thing as well." Fiona
retorts, "All I want to know is if I'm getting what I requested."
Barnes tells her, "In a word: no." Fiona mutters, "You
can expect a lot of trouble then, Mr. Barnes." Barnes retorts,
"The owner's quite prepared for that." Fiona smiles,
"Good - I won't disappoint him." Barnes warns her, "He's
got a lot of money. His lawyers can handle any sort of approach
by whoever you complain to." Fiona grins, "I'll make
quite sure that you get it in the neck too,
so I hope you can handle that. This place is appallingly run,
and I think the first thing that needs doing is someone looking
at the books." Barnes glares at her and retorts, "I
don't think that's anybody's business but the owner's."
Fiona tells him, "Maybe not - but I'll see it's done."
Barnes, suddenly looking nervous, replies, "I don't think
that'll be necessary, Mrs. Thompson. Actually, I, er, I was thinking
that the owner is being a little stubborn about this.
Perhaps I could see my way clear to pushing through a few
of the suggestions that you made - off my own bat, you understand?
He wouldn't have to know about it. I could put the expenses through
under some other heading - then everyone would
be happy. Don't you agree?" Fiona smiles and suggests, "How
about we start with a plumber? In the morning?" Barnes murmurs,
"I'll call one up now..." With that, he heads off, leaving
Donna is sitting with Spider in the lounge room at the country
house, looking glum. Spider tells her to talk to Tim.
Donna stands up and heads off to the kitchen. Tim is just coming
in the back door. Donna tells him curtly, "I've got nothing
to apologise for - you know that." Tim pauses and
then says, "OK - I'm sorry." Donna, looking
relived, smiles, "Who cares who's to blame? I don't want
us to argue anymore." Tim murmurs, "Me either - and
you can do that computer course, if you want. I still
don't know why you want to do it, but you can."
Donna muses, "We're pretty different really, aren't
we?" With that, they hug. Tim then says, "I shouldn't
have taken your money. You'll have it back tomorrow morning."
Looking surprised, Donna asks, "How?" Tim just
tells her, "You'll have it. OK?"
David is feeding Robert in the kitchen at Beryl's when Beryl
arrives home and joins him. He comments to her that she looks
done-in. Beryl, though, just mutters, "You can go now, if
you like. I've taken up enough of your day." David retorts,
"No way - I've got a roast on! You can't take advantage of
me and then boot me out before I've had something to eat!"
Beryl insists, "I am very tired. I appreciate your
help and I don't want to seem rude, but I would like you to go
now." David smiles, "Come on, Curly, just take
your coat off--" Beryl suddenly screams, "I said I want
you to leave." She then breaks down in tears and
sobs, "I'm sorry..." David puts his hands on her shoulders
and murmurs, "So you should be, for not trusting me. Come
on, Curly, come clean. Give a bloke a chance to help you."
A short time later, Beryl is sitting at the kitchen table, holding
Robert and saying sadly, "I thought I could do it on my own."
David insists, "I'm here to help you." He takes a joint
of meat out of the oven and then tells his ex-wife, "I'll
see you through it, Beryl - but no stupid pride, eh? Now, what
you do is you ring that restaurant and you quit." Beryl cries,
"I've got to do something; I can't just sponge off
you." David, though, tells her, "I'm not saying
drop everything. You're working in the house: well that's fine
- and that way, you can be with Robert, too." Beryl whispers,
"I'll pay you back - every cent." David muses, "If
it makes you happy." He then tells her, "Ring that restaurant
and then we'll see about a little holiday for you." Beryl
smiles, "Oh David!" David tells her, "Go on - you
need one. I'll ring Gordon and--" He breaks off as Beryl
finally removes her coat. Staring at her dress, he exclaims, "Strike
me light, what's that?!" Beryl murmurs, "It's
enough to turn a customer off his meal, that's what it is - but
they insist we wear them!" She then takes David's hand and
says gratefully, "Thankyou, David."
At the mansion, May puts on a gramophone record in her room.
Some 1920s music starts to play. Fiona walks in and, staring at
the gramophone, smiles, "Where did the museum piece come
from?" May replies, "Never throw anything out; that's
my motto." She adds that she thought the discs might
throw back a few memories. She hands one of them to Fiona, who
stares at the title and exclaims, "My God, you kept
it." May replies wistfully, "Yes, it was his song. I've
never forgotten him." Fiona assures her distantly, "Me
neither, May. Me neither..."
There's a knock on the front door at Dural and Wayne goes and
answers it. He finds Caroline standing there and she comments
immediately, "I hope you're not wasting my time." Wayne
assures her, "No way." He then peers outside and asks
her in surprise what happened to her car. Caroline explains, "Mine's
in for a service. They found something wrong with it; I won't
get it back until Wednesday. They've given me that one instead."
The two of them head into the lounge room, where Caroline asks,
"Well? What's the big news, then?" Wayne explains, "There's
something I think you should hear. It'll prove Alison's been stringing
you on with the 'sweet, reformed lady' routine." Caroline
sitting down, sighs, "I'm really not in the mood for your
petty intrigues tonight, Wayne." Wayne, though, laughs, "This
isn't petty. This is big-time stuff. This is your real 'Alison's
a destructive bitch' type of proof." He adds, "Pick
up the 'phone and you'll hear what I mean." He hands her
the handset from the bar - which is lying on the coffee table
- and goes on, "It's something I had confirmed today. It
cost me plenty, but it was worth the money. I think you should
hear it from the man himself." He then goes over to the 'phone
by the living room window and dials a number. Caroline puts the
other handset to her ear. The 'phone rings at the other end and
Trent comes on. Wayne says it's him. Trent asks him what he wants.
Wayne tells him, "I've been thinking: it's only fair Caroline
knows the truth, don't you reckon?" Trent retorts, "Tell
her if you want to." Wayne assures him, "I'm going to.
I just wanted to double-check on what happened." Trent asks
impatiently, "Weren't you listening this morning?
It's perfectly simple: Alison paid me to attack Samantha."
Caroline's mouth falls open in shock. Wayne tells Trent, "I
know that, but did she specifically want you to rape her or--?"
Trent interrupts and replies, "She didn't care what
I did so long as I left her scared and roughed-up a bit."
Wayne says, "OK. Thanks a lot." With that, he hangs
up. Caroline sits on the couch, looking horrified.