Caroline hangs up the 'phone slowly and growls, "How could
one woman do that to another woman?" Wayne suggests, "Maybe
we can organise some of the same medicine?" Caroline retorts,
"No, not that." She adds, though, "She's going
to pay alright." Wayne asks, "What does Alison value
more than anything else in the world? Money, power and pride.
But anything not well-planned she'll see coming a mile off."
Caroline asks him what he has in mind. He tells her, "Nothing
yet." He adds, though, "We'll get Miss. Carr before
The lights are dimmed in the lounge room at Woombai as Gordon
hands Alison a glass of fortified wine. He sits down next to her
and comments that it's the perfect end to a satisfying day. Alison
muses, "Being around kids makes one feel - dare I say - young
again!" Gordon smiles that the kids had a great day. Alison
then tells Gordon, "No offence, but I'm glad Wayne's gone
back to the city - he doesn't seem to have the required amount
of patience for kids like Jason." Gordon insists, "There
is a caring side to Wayne that I've seen." Alison
persists, "It's not good for the company, Gordon, allowing
personal feelings to affect business decisions." Gordon suggests,
"Hopefully he'll learn his lesson before much longer."
Alison muses, "I'll keep my fingers crossed." Changing
the subject, she then goes on, "The tenants at the mansion
must be saying a quiet prayer now the building won't be torn down."
Gordon looks at her blankly and asks, "What mansion?"
Alison replies, "The one the company was going to
buy. Heaven knows where they would have gone if they'd been handed
'quit' notices." Gordon murmurs, "No." Alison continues,
"Wayne must be kicking himself for going ahead and buying
the place himself." Gordon looks at her in surprise
and murmurs, "Wayne owns it?" Alison nods,
"Preservation order and all. He was going to put up high-rise
apartments. Money before people again." Gordon mutters angrily,
"I don't believe it..." Alison tells him 'innocently',
"I'm sorry - I thought you knew. I hope I haven't
spoken out of turn?" Gordon assures her, "No, no. It's
just disappointing to find out that all your son cares about is
the almighty dollar." He doesn't notice the sly smile that
crosses Alison's face...
Wayne is pacing the lounge room floor at Dural, saying to Caroline,
"What we need is some way of getting under her guard - or
someone who will for us." Caroline comments, "I
can't imagine anyone wanting to get that close to her."
Wayne suggests, "What if we pay this person to fall in love
with Alison?" Caroline points out, "She's in love with
James." Wayne, though, retorts, "He's
not here, is he?" He goes on, "All
we have to do is choose the right man. You'd have to be around
to help things along; fire a few arrows." Caroline, though,
mutters, "If I spent any time with Alison, the only thing
I'd be firing would be a double-barrelled shotgun!" Wayne
challenges, "You do want to see her get what she deserves,
don't you?" Caroline murmurs, "I suppose I could grin
and bear it if I had to." She then asks, "How's Alison
supposed to meet her Adonis?" In reply, Wayne asks,
"Do you know the works of D.H. Lawrence? I thought I might
hire a gardener." Caroline comments, "Isn't gardening
Barbara's domain?" Wayne smiles, "I'll speak
to her about it tomorrow. Make her see how handy it'll be. So
Alison meets her man." Caroline asks, "Do you think
it'll work?" Wayne grins, "It did for Lady Chatterley!"
The next morning, Wayne wanders into the lounge room with the
mail. One of the envelopes he's holding is marked, 'Executive
Male Escorts Pty. Ltd.' Wayne smiles to himself, "Who's going
to be the lucky gardener...?" Barbara suddenly comes in and
he quickly stuffs the envelopes behind the bar. Barbara tells
him that she's off to the golf club for lunch. She goes to head
out again but then pauses and says, "Oh yes, I was looking
at the garden. You are right: it is unruly -
but I've already found someone, so you don't need to advertise."
As Wayne's face drops, she looks out to the hallway and calls,
"Alf." Turning back to Wayne, she explains, "I
was talking to Marjorie at the golf club; she put me
on to him." An elderly white-haired man walks into the room
and Barbara introduces, "Alf Jordan... Wayne Hamilton."
Wayne stares at him.
A short time later, Alf is telling Wayne and Barbara, "I
can give you three days a week and I don't do any heavy work 'cos
my back isn't what it used to be." Wayne comments that that
doesn't sound very satisfactory. Alf adds, "I'm allergic
to dogs, too. Don't work for anyone who has dogs." Barbara
assures him, "There'll be no problem here." With that,
she goes to head out. Wayne quickly chases after her and stops
her by the front door, muttering, "He's too old." Barbara,
though, retorts, "Rubbish. As long as he can do the work,
it doesn't matter how old he is. You were the
one who wanted a gardener and now you've got
one. Alf is staying and that is final." With that, she heads
out, slamming the door behind her.
Caroline is sitting with Charlie in Charlie's lounge room, saying,
"I wanted to ask your help in organising a small party for
when Samantha gets back." Charlie smiles that that's a marvellous
idea! Caroline then goes on hesitantly, "I would
like to try and involve Alison. She was very understanding
after the terrible experience Samantha went through." There's
suddenly a knock at the front door and Charlie goes to get it.
Wayne is standing on the step and he says, "Charlie, um,
may I borrow Isabella for a while?"
Sometime later, Wayne and Alf walk into Dural through the front
door, Alf saying as they do so that he doesn't usually
stop for afternoon tea. Wayne assures him that once won't hurt.
He goes on, "Just wanted to let you know there were no hard
feelings. I did carry-on a bit this afternoon." They go and
sit down and Wayne pours some tea. He tells Alf to help himself
to a biscuit. He then asks him how long he's been a gardener.
Alf replies, "All my life - except during the War."
Wayne smiles, "The closest I got to military service
was in the school cadets!" Alf takes a sip of his tea, but
then suddenly starts breathing heavily and wheezing. He pulls
out a handkerchief and sneezes into it. Wayne asks him if he's
alright. Alf retorts, "Only one thing sets me off
like that: dogs. I thought you said you didn't have any
animals." Wayne smiles, "Barbara told a little white
lie there - her and Isabella are almost inseparable." With
that, he goes and picks Isabella up from where she's sitting hidden
under a table. Alf starts wheezing and cries, "Get her away."
Wayne quickly says, "I'm sorry. It's just that you came so
highly-recommended that Barbara didn't want to lose you because
of a simple allergy." Alf murmurs, "Well, I suppose
as long as it's kept in the house and not allowed out in the garden..."
Wayne quickly blusters, "Bit of a problem there: Isabella
likes the run of the place; always seems to be under your feet."
Alf stands up and snaps, "That's it, then. You can keep
your job - and if the lady of the house wants to know why
I'm leaving, tell her I don't like being told lies." He storms
off, leaving Wayne with a satisfied grin on his face.
Fiona is sitting with Irene in Irene's flat at the boarding house.
Kelly is standing there, looking impatient. Irene asks where Andy
has got to and Kelly replies that he said he had to go down to
the shop for something. Fiona asks her if she's all packed. She
nods that she is. At that moment, Andy comes in and Irene comments,
"About time too!" Andy smiles, "I couldn't go without
streamers!" Fiona grabs the bag he's holding and laughs,
"I'm a dab with streamers!" Andy bends down so that
he's at her level. As he does so, Fiona runs her hand over his
long hair and tells him, "You know, you would make Janice
a very happy girl if you were to come back with your hair cut!"
Andy grins, "If that's what it takes, I'll never
The front door opens at Dural and Gordon and Alison walk in.
Gordon puts down his suitcase in the hallway and the two of them
head into the lounge room. Gordon offers Alison a drink and she
asks for a mineral water. She then comments that she thought it
all went very well with the kids at Woombai. Gordon smiles that
she ought to be congratulated for thinking of the idea in the
first place. He adds that, as far as he's concerned, the visits
can start on a permanent basis. Wayne suddenly comes in and mutters,
"I won't intrude on your little party." He goes to walk
out again, but Gordon calls after him, "Why didn't you tell
me you went ahead and bought that old mansion privately?"
Wayne glares at Alison and then retorts, "Because that's
what it was: private. Nothing to do with you
or the company." Gordon goes on, "You were going to
tear that old place down and build high-rise apartments?"
Wayne nods that that was the idea. Gordon asks, "What was
supposed to happen to the tenants?" Wayne replies, "I
don't know. Would've had to find somewhere else, I guess."
Looking astonished, Gordon growls, "You really don't care,
do you?" Wayne chuckles, "Wasn't my
problem!" He goes to walk out again, but Gordon snaps after
him, "It is now. Your behaviour has become totally
unacceptable - to me... to Alison... Putting your own selfish
interests first before anybody else. It's becoming increasingly
clear that you simply cannot handle responsibility. I am revoking
your Power of Attorney over my shares. In future, my interests
will be looked after by Alison." Wayne stares at him in horror.
A few moments later, Wayne snaps, "I don't believe
it." Gordon retorts, "If you feel cheated, you've only
yourself to blame." Wayne, indicating Alison, snarls, "She
told you about that heap deliberately, to put us offside
with each other - and she knew exactly what she was doing. Two
weeks ago, you wouldn't trust her as far as you could spit.
Now she's running your share of the company." Gordon turns
to Alison and suggests that it might be a good idea if she goes
back to Charlie's. Alison smiles, "Yes, of course."
She then adds, "I'm sorry, Wayne - I had hoped you
wouldn't take this personally. Your father and I only want what's
best for the company." Wayne mutters, "What's best for
you." She goes. Wayne then growls at his father,
"She's playing you for a sucker, dad." Gordon retorts,
"I don't think so. You could learn a lot
from a woman like that." Wayne snaps, "About what?
Company take-overs?" Gordon tells him, "About compassion.
She saved James's life and she treated those children at Woombai
as though they were her own. She is a very astute businesswoman
who cares about people - which is quite unlike you, buying
that house. You don't care who you trample on, as long
as you make a profit." Wayne murmurs, "I'm not
making any money out of that deal, dad, and no one's being thrown
out on the streets, either." Gordon points out, "It's
what you intended." Wayne snaps bitterly, "That's
right: evil Wayne." Gordon, though, tells him, "No,
not evil. Selfish." Looking furious, Wayne goes
to walk out. Gordon, though, stops him and asks, "Where's
Barbara?" Wayne retorts, "At the club. She went there
for lunch." Gordon asks, "Does she still think the worst
of me?" Wayne retorts, "As far as I know. Serves you
right, too. It's what happens when you get taken-in by a two-faced
piece of garbage." With that, he storms off.
Alison arrives back at Charlie's. Caroline sits in the lounge
room, listening as Alison and Charlie make smalltalk in the hallway.
The two of them then head into the lounge room and Charlie tells
Alison that Caroline is organising a small get-together for Samantha
and wants them to help. Alison asks, "How is Samantha?"
Caroline murmurs, "Fine." Alison goes on, "She
getting over that awful business with Trent?" Caroline glares
at her momentarily and then asks Charlie for a drink. Charlie
goes to the drinks cabinet. Caroline then tells Alison, "Trent's
not the sort of person that Samantha's likely to forget about
in a couple of days. Something like that, I think you live with
for the rest of your life. Don't you?" Alison murmurs,
"I must admit, I haven't given the matter much thought."
Caroline tells her tersely, "I have. When it happens
to your daughter... well, I know I won't forget..."
Fiona is sitting at the table in her room at the mansion. Janice
is serving her with some food and Fiona tells her that she's done
wonders with the place. Irene sits down at the table as there's
a knock on the door. Janice opens it and a removal man wheels
in Fiona's motorised scooter. There's a bag on top and Janice
asks what it is. Irene chips in and tells Fiona, "It's your
housewarming present - I wanted to surprise you." Fiona takes
the bag from Janice and starts to unwrap it. She takes out a cuddly
green alligator and laughs, "I love it!" Janice snaps
at Irene, "Why'd you waste your money on that? It
would have been a lot more sensible to buy some sheets or towels."
Fiona grins, "No! I'd much rather have a toy alligator than
sheets or towels!" Janice says indignantly, "Toys are
a waste of money. Father never got me any. He didn't
approve of spending money on frivolous gifts that served no useful
purpose." Irene muses, "Christmases and birthdays at
your place must have been a barrel of laughs..." Janice retorts,
"We certainly didn't need toys to make them joyous
occasions, if that's what you mean." She then tells
Fiona, "I'm going to find Miss. Walters. She wanted to welcome
you when you arrived." She walks out, leaving Irene to comment
to Fiona, "I don't know why you bother putting up with her,
Fiona - she's a downright pain in the bum." Fiona, though,
sighs, "No, I don't blame her. I blame 'Dear George'. He
is such a self-righteous prig. I hate to think what her childhood
was like. Any sort of fun was either wrong or selfish, as far
as my 'dear' brother was concerned." She goes on, "I
like Janice; underneath, I think she's a lovely girl,
and I'm going to do all I can to show her there is more to life
than 'Dear Brother George'.
Caroline is pouring herself a drink at the bar at Dural. Wayne
is standing in the doorway, saying curtly, "You've got the
perfect set-up over at Charlie's to stay in Alison's good books.
What are you doing here?" Caroline retorts, "It's
not easy staying in the same room as the woman who tried to have
my daughter raped. I also needed a decent drink to steady my nerves."
Wayne mutters, "Caroline hits the bottle; that's just
what we need." Caroline retorts, "It's alright for you."
Wayne, though, snaps, "No, it is not alright for
me. Alison has talked dear old dad into handing her his Power
of Attorney. I want to see the woman destroyed as much as you,
but it's not going to happen if you hit the grog." Caroline
just gulps down more of her drink. Wayne tells her, "Finish
that and get back over there." Caroline starts to pour herself
another one, saying, "One for the road." Wayne growls
at her, "I've got as much interest in pulling Alison down
as you have now - and I'm not going to let you blow it."
Caroline glares at him and mutters, "I don't know whom I
hate more: you or her."
Gordon is walking with Barbara in the grounds at the golf club.
Barbara is snapping, "I don't know why you bothered to come
here." Gordon retorts, "I wanted to talk to
you." Barbara growls, "Please, Gordon, don't go on about
what a wonderful, charitable human being Alison Carr is; I don't
think I could stand it." They arrive at Barbara's
car and Gordon says, "I thought we might be able to work
out why you're being so utterly unreasonable whenever the woman's
name is mentioned." They get in the car and Barbara retorts,
"I don't think we are." Gordon insists, "Nothing
is going on between us." Barbara mutters, "So you say."
Gordon retorts, "I'm not in the habit of lying." Barbara
just snaps at him, "Get rid of her. She's out to make trouble.
I'd stake my life on it." With that, she starts the car and
pulls away. Neither of them has their seatbelts on.
Alison is sipping a drink in the lounge room at Charlie's as
Charlie chats to her about the party, saying, "I thought
of 'black and white' as a theme. What do you think?" Alison
nods, "Sounds fine." Caroline sits down on the couch
after pouring herself another drink. Charlie asks her if she's
alright, as she has been putting it away... Caroline
slurs, "We're talking about parties; I thought we'd get in
the party mood. Nothing wrong with that, is
there?" Charlie shrugs, "I suppose not." Caroline
asks Alison pointedly what she thinks. Alison suggests
quickly that they work out the catering details for the
party. Charlie suggests French cuisine. Alison nods, "After
what she's been through, the girl deserves the best." Caroline
suddenly yells, "Do you have to go on about it?
We all know what happened." With that, she slams down her
glass on the coffee table and announces that she's going home.
Charlie warns her, "I don't think you should drive."
Alison, though, says, "I'll go after her." She follows
Caroline is storming over to her car but Alison chases after
her and says, "Let me take you home. You're in no
state to get behind the wheel of a car. If you're breath-tested,
you'll be gone." Caroline snaps, "That's my
problem, not yours." She takes out her keys, but fumbles
them and they fall on the ground. Alison picks them up and insists,
"Get in. I'll drive you." Caroline, though, yells, "Leave
me alone, Alison. Please go away - I don't want to have anything
to do with you." Alison looks at her in surprise
and asks, "What have I done?" Caroline starts
tottering down the driveway on-foot. Alison gets into her car,
starts the engine, drives up to her and persists, "If there's
a problem, let's talk about it. I thought we were friends.
Come on - hop in and we'll talk about it on the way home, alright?"
Caroline reluctantly climbs in the car and puts on her seatbelt.
Alison drives off.
In Barbara's car, Barbara is driving as she snaps at Gordon,
"What I don't understand is this incredible turnabout
all-of-a-sudden. One minute Alison is the worst person in the
world because she wants to sell off part of Woombai, and now she
is Miss. Goody-Two-Shoes who can't do a thing wrong."
Gordon retorts, "Alison was mistaken about Woombai and she
admits it. She's changed her mind about the entire thing."
Barbara snaps, "People like Alison don't change their minds,
Gordon, they just change their tactics, and that's exactly
what she's doing." Gordon insists, "You're
mistaken, Barbara. You couldn't be more wrong."
In Caroline's car, Alison is driving along and she asks Caroline,
"Would you like to talk about it?" Caroline hesitates
and then spits, "Alright. Let's talk about it."
She goes on angrily, "I know about Trent - and I know about
how you set him up to attack Samantha - and I damn well know why
you did it." Alison says 'innocently', "I haven't
got the faintest idea what you--" Caroline interrupts, though,
and yells, "Don't lie. I'm sick to death of all
your rotten lies... your phoney sympathy; you don't give a damn
about Samantha, or what it could have meant in the end to her.
You're nothing but a scheming, selfish piece of filth."
She suddenly leans across, grab's Alison's left arm and starts
shaking her as she drives along the road. She cries, "You
don't deserve to be alive." Alison snaps, "You're
wrong." Caroline retorts, "Like hell
I am." Alison insists, "I hardly know Trent."
Caroline yells back, "You paid him. I heard him
say so." Alison snaps, "He's lying." As
Caroline keeps shaking her, Alison then pleads, "For God's
sake, Caroline, stop it. You're forcing me off the road."
The car goes round a bend. Barbara's car is heading in the opposite
direction. Barbara is snapping at Gordon, "I'm telling you,
Gordon: if you don't stop seeing Alison, I'm going to leave
you." Gordon mutters, "You're being ridiculous."
Barbara cries, "I mean it." Gordon suddenly
notices a car swerving towards them and he yells at Barbara, "Watch
out!" Barbara slams her foot down on the brake and a look
of horror crosses her face. In Caroline's car, a look of equal
horror crosses Alison's face. As Barbara's car slows down, Gordon
hits the dashboard. In Caroline's car, Caroline lets out a scream...