The two cars hit each other and glass goes flying over the road.
The cars spin off to opposite sides of the road. In Barbara's
car, Gordon sits back, unconscious. Barbara has been flung through
the windscreen and is lying unconscious on the ground nearby.
In Caroline's car, Alison is conscious, and she quickly takes
off her seatbelt and climbs out. Gordon begins to come-to but
then lapses back into unconsciousness. In Caroline's car, Alison
drags Caroline over into the driver's seat, puts the seatbelt
on her and then starts walking away. She's quickly out of sight
of the vehicles. A van suddenly pulls up by the crashed cars and
the driver turns off his engine and climbs out. He surveys the
wreckage. He then walks over to Caroline and asks her if she's
OK. She murmurs, "I think so..." The man then asks,
"Did your friend go to ring an ambulance? If she's getting
help, I won't bother." Caroline just murmurs, "Yes."
The man tells her, "You're lucky you had a passenger."
Caroline's head lolls back, but she then suddenly becomes more
alert, looks around her and cries, "No. Wait. I wasn't driving."
The man, suddenly looking nervous, quickly says, "I've got
to go. The ambulance will be here in a minute." He walks
off. Caroline watches him, hazily, taking in the 'CB Air Conditioning'
logo on the back of the overalls he's wearing. She starts struggling
with her seatbelt, but then lapses back into unconsciousness.
Alison is saying frantically on a public 'phone, "Please
come quickly; they're both unconscious." She listens and
then snaps, "It doesn't matter who I am. Just get an ambulance
A short time later, Alison arrives back at Charlie's. She dashes
into the lounge room and checks her appearance in the mirror on
the wall before quickly sitting down with a magazine as she hears
Charlie heading towards the room. Charlie comes in, wearing her
dressing gown after having a shower, and asks, "Didn't catch
her?" Alison replies, "No, she was so drunk I was lucky
she didn't run me down." Charlie remarks, "Looks
as if she did." Alison stares at her in horror.
Charlie points to a hole in Alison's tights and says, "That
wasn't there before." Alison quickly says, "I must have
torn it on something coming in. I wasn't looking where I was going;
I was so annoyed at missing Caroline." Charlie tells her,
"Don't worry, darling, it's not your fault if anything
happens. Mind you, it would serve her right if she was stopped
by a Booze Bus."
It's evening time and it's dark outside. Wayne is sitting in
the lounge room at Dural looking at some papers. He circles one
figure, underlines another and then mutters, "That does it."
He heads out to the hallway and picks up his jacket and keys.
There's suddenly a knock on the front door and he opens it to
find Irene standing there. She asks if Barbara is home, adding
that she thought she'd make her her last house call for the day.
Wayne mutters, "She and dad are at the club. They shouldn't
be too long; wait, if you want." Irene asks him in surprise,
"What's up with you?" Wayne retorts, "Nothing.
Someone's been ripping me off. I'm going over to sort him out."
With that, he heads off. Irene walks into the lounge room. The
'phone suddenly starts ringing and Irene quickly heads back to
the front door, opens it and calls out, "Hey, Wayne..."
Wayne doesn't return, though, so Irene answers the call in the
hallway. A woman comes on and says, "Hello. My name's Sister
Jansen from Hornsby Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton have been
involved in a car accident and we're trying to contact the next
of kin." A look of horror crosses Irene's face and she says
to the sister, "Just a minute." She then runs back to
the front door and yells, "Wayne!" He's already gone,
though. She returns to the 'phone and tells the sister that Mr.
Hamilton's son was there, but she couldn't catch him. She adds,
"I'm their family doctor; I'll be right over." She hangs
up and starts scribbling a note.
A short time later, Wayne is rapping on a door in the hallway
at the mansion and snapping, "Barnes." There's no answer,
though. He raps again. Janice eventually emerges from Fiona's
room and tells Wayne, "He's out betting on the dogs. I came
to see him earlier about updating the hot water system but all
he was interested in was the dog races. The man couldn't care
less about this place." Wayne mutters, "Why
don't you move out, then?" Janice, though, retorts, "I
don't live here; my aunt does. Who are you,
anyway? What do you want?" Wayne tells her, "I happen
to own this place." Janice says triumphantly, "Uh
huh! So you're the one! Do you know realise what you're
doing, asking people to live in these conditions? It's worse than
theft. You ought to be ashamed of yourself."
Wayne, however, retorts, "Hold on. I'm the one who's
being ripped-off: my manager's been fiddling the books. He's
the one you should be angry with." Janice, suddenly more
calm, muses, "No wonder he panicked when my aunt
said if he didn't start fixing things she'd go to the tenants'
board. He didn't even show you her list of repairs, did
he?" Wayne sighs, "Your aunt wouldn't be Fiona Thompson,
by any chance?" Janice retorts, "Yes, she is."
Wayne raises his eyebrows and then uses a key he's holding to
enter Fred Barnes' room.
In the corridor at Hornsby Hospital, Caroline is telling a police
officer, "Alison was driving; Alison Carr."
The officer asks, "Then why when the ambulance got there
were you in the driver's seat?" Caroline murmurs,
"I don't know. I suppose I must have... slipped." The
officer asks suspiciously, "Where Alison was?" Caroline
suddenly realises, "She must have dragged me over after it
happened..." The officer sighs, "Mrs. Morrell... please.
Could I just have the truth?" Caroline retorts,
"It is the truth; she was driving. Why don't you
believe me?" The officer tells her, "It's a bit hard
when you keep changing the story." Another officer suddenly
joins them and, holding out some sheets of paper, says to his
colleague, "The results of the blood alcohol test: point
one-five." The first officer turns back to Caroline and tells
her, "That's it, then: we'll have to charge you for drink-driving
and neg-driving, as well."
Wayne is standing in Fred Barnes' room at the mansion, looking
at a copy of Playboy magazine that he's found. Janice
is with him and looking around the room, saying, "This is
disgusting." Wayne drops the magazine onto a chair and muses,
"Quite a pad he's set up, isn't it? Well, he won't be around
to enjoy it much longer. I'll kick him out when he gets back and
change the locks tonight." Janice says, "I'm glad
you're taking such quick action." She then goes on, "What
you really need is a better class of tenant. I don't
like the idea of aunty living amongst derelicts and gamblers."
Wayne retorts, "I'm afraid she hasn't got much choice."
Janice tells him, "I've got friends at college who'd jump
at the chance of cheap accommodation." She adds, "I'd
pop in all the time, to keep an eye on things, until you find
a responsible manager." Wayne looks at her closely and then
says, "Alright - you've got yourself a job - as long as it
doesn't interfere with your college work." Janice smiles,
"Of course not."
Alison is listening to the news on a radio in Charlie's lounge
room. She's pacing as the newsreader reports on a cyclone. He
turns to the local news and starts reporting on road-funding grants.
The front door suddenly bangs and Charlie comes in and complains,
"I have had the most trying evening of my life. I simply
had to escape." Alison continues trying to listen
to the news, but Charlie switches the radio off, saying she's
had about as much useless information as she can stand
for one night. Alison suggests to her that she go to bed. Charlie,
though, says she wants to just sit there and think about nothing
for a while. Alison says she thinks she'll go for a walk. With
that, she picks up her handbag and heads out.
Wayne arrives back at Dural to find Alison waiting on the step.
As he opens the front door, he demands, "What are you doing
here?" Alison quickly tells him, "I just came to see
Gordon." Wayne retorts, "It's after ten o'clock."
Alison asks, "Has he called or anything?" Wayne snaps,
"How the hell would I know? I haven't been
here for the last three hours." Alison walks into the lounge
room, but Wayne tells her, "Barbara's car's not here. Maybe
they stayed at the club for dinner or have gone somewhere else.
I'm sure whatever it is can wait 'til morning." Alison reluctantly
heads off again, saying, "Thanks anyway." Wayne turns
off the hall lights and heads upstairs, not noticing Irene's note
on the pad by the 'phone...
At the hospital, Barbara is lying in bed, unconscious, her head
and upper body covered in bandages and heavy bruising around both
her eyes. Irene is standing at the end of her bed, looking at
her chart. Barbara suddenly comes-to and groans, "Where am
I?" Irene tells her gently, "You're in hospital. There
was an accident." Barbara murmurs, "How's Gordon?"
Irene assures her, "Gordon's fine." Barbara asks, "Can
I see him?" Irene replies, "Later. There's nothing to
worry about, alright? Just rest."
A short time later, Irene heads into another room. Gordon is
lying in a bed, an oxygen mask over his mouth. A nurse is with
him and Irene asks, "Any change?" The nurse replies,
"It's still touch-and-go. His pulse rate's all over
the place." She then asks, "Doesn't he have a history
of heart trouble?" Irene sighs, "Could give in at any
moment." The nurse checks, "Still no sign of his son?"
Irene murmurs, " I left a note at the house. I guess he hasn't
come home yet."
Charlie is sitting on the couch in her lounge room, asking in
shock, "When did it happen?" The two police officers
from the hospital are standing in the room and the first one tells
her, "About a quarter past five." He adds, "Do
you know when Miss. Carr will be home?" Charlie
replies, "She shouldn't be long. She said she was just going
for a walk." The police officer asks if they can wait. Charlie
invites them to sit down. She then cries, "This is dreadful.
We warned her, too, you know? We told her not to." The first
officer asks, "Not to what?" Charlie replies,
"Drive." The second officer asks, "Who?
Mrs. Morrell?" Charlie nods, "Yes. She'd been
drinking all afternoon; Alison tried to stop her." The first
officer asks, "She didn't, though?" Charlie sighs, "No,
Caroline just took off." The first officer says, "You
can swear to that?" Charlie asks blankly, "What?"
The officer replies, "Alison wasn't in the car with Caroline?"
Charlie tells him, "Of course not, darling. She was here
with me." The front door suddenly bangs and Alison
comes in. Seeing the two policemen there, she asks, "What's
going on?" Charlie tells the police officers, "This
is Alison Carr." The first officer tells Alison, "We
came to get a statement from you about your possible involvement
in a road accident - but Mrs. Bartlett's given us all the information
we need." Looking surprised, Charlie comments, "You
didn't ask me anything." The officer assures her,
"We didn't have to." Alison asks, "What
accident?" Charlie tells her mutedly, "Caroline smashed
into the Hamiltons on the way home." Alison hesitates and
then asks, "Was anyone hurt?" The first officer tells
her, "Mrs. Morrell's OK. Unfortunately, both the Hamiltons
are seriously injured; Mr. Hamilton's critical.
They're in Hornsby Hospital." With that, he thanks the women
for their co-operation and he and his colleague leave. Charlie
gasps quietly, "Critical... Gordon might be dying."
Alison mouths in horror, "God..."
Wayne is asleep at Dural when the 'phone starts ringing. He puts
on the hallway lights as he comes downstairs and goes to the 'phone.
As he does so, he sees the note on the table. He answers the 'phone
and Irene comes on and snaps, "Wayne, why the hell aren't
you over here? Didn't you read my note?" Wayne, finishing
reading the note, says, "I'll be right there." He hangs
up and dashes back upstairs.
A short time later, Wayne dashes into the hospital and knocks
over a nurse in the process. He quickly asks for Ward 4. The nurse
points it out and he dashes in there. Irene is standing with Gordon
and she demands of Wayne, "Where were you?"
Wayne murmurs, "I didn't see the note." He then looks
down at his unconscious father and asks, "How is he?"
Irene tells him, "It's still serious. He's heavily sedated
at the moment, to keep everything stable."
The next morning, Janice is tidying up in Fred Barnes' former
room. She picks up the copy of Playboy and flicks through
it. A look of horror crosses her face! There's suddenly a knock
on the door and she stuffs the magazine under one of the cushions
on the couch. She then goes and opens the door to find May standing
there, and she says, "Hello. Come to pay the rent?"
May just comments, "You're not the manager."
Janice retorts, "Mr. Barnes went last night." May muses,
"I can't say I'm sorry. His heart, I suppose?" Janice,
though, tells her, "Theft. He was found fiddling the accounts,
and when the owner found out he gave him his notice, no questions
asked." She adds - with a keen smile on her face - "Mr.
Hamilton's a very forceful man..." May asks, "He's not
going to throw me out, as well?" Janice assures
her, "Of course he isn't - he's on your side. I'm sure you'll
find him fair and reasonable."
Charlie is sitting with Alison in the corridor at Hornsby Hospital.
Charlie asks if they should go. Alison, though, retorts that she's
staying until she can see them. Charlie offers her some more coffee.
As she stands up, Irene joins them and says, "I'm sorry -
it's still only family. Wayne won't leave his side." Alison
asks if there's any improvement. Irene replies, "A little.
A long way to go yet, though." A nurse suddenly emerges from
another room and says to Irene, "Excuse me, doctor. Mrs.
Hamilton's conscious and she wants to see her husband." Irene
stands there, looking worried.
A short time later, Irene heads into Barbara's room. Barbara
is rubbing her head. Irene asks her how she's feeling. Barbara,
though, just says, "I want to see Gordon." Irene tells
her, "I'm afraid we can't move either of you at
the moment." Barbara asks, "How is he?" Irene smiles,
"I told you: he's fine. You mustn't worry about it."
Barbara then indicates the bandages round her head and asks weakly,
"What's happened to me?" Irene replies gently, "You
sustained facial injuries in the accident." Barbara, close
to tears, asks, "How bad is it?" Irene hesitates and
then admits, "I'm afraid your face is going to be badly scarred."
Barbara asks, "Permanently?" Irene replies, "I'm
sorry, but you've lost so much tissue..." She adds, "It's
not the end of the world. I know it seems an easy thing to say,
but you've been lucky - both of you." Barbara suddenly
says, "Can I have a mirror, please?" She adds that there's
one in her bag. Irene sighs, "Barbara, you won't see
anything - there are only bandages." Barbara insists, "Please,
Irene." Irene reluctantly goes to Barbara's handbag at the
end of the bed and takes out a hand mirror. She gives it to Barbara
and then says she'll be outside. She leaves the room. When she's
gone, Barbara opens the mirror and looks at her reflection. Her
eyes widen in horror.
Out in the corridor, Irene is standing with Alison and Charlie
again, and Charlie is asking, "What sort of injuries?"
Irene, though, tells her, "That's up to Barbara to tell you
when she wants to. It's not too serious: we had a bit
of a chat; she's sitting up." Alison asks if they can see
her. Irene, though, tells her, "Not right now." Charlie
cries, "It's all Caroline's fault. We pleaded
with her not to go; I hope she's feeling guilty, because what
she's done is just too..." She breaks down into tears. Irene
suggests to her and Alison that they go home for a rest. Alison,
though, insists, "I'd like to stay in case Gordon improves."
Irene tells Charlie that she'll walk her to the car. They head
A while later, Charlie arrives home to find Caroline standing
in the driveway. Caroline exclaims, "Charlie! Thank God you're
back. Where's Alison?" Charlie, however, snaps at her, "You've
got a nerve, turning up here. You've seen Gordon, have
you?" Caroline replies, "Yes, but--" She breaks
off and then insists, "I wasn't driving the car.
Alison was." Charlie snaps at her, "You were
so drunk you can't remember what happened." Caroline
cries, "It was Alison. You have to believe me." Charlie
snaps, "Barbara's injured and Gordon might even die
because of you." Caroline cries, "Please,
it wasn't me. It was Alison; we have to get
her to admit it." Charlie, however, retorts, "If you
keep saying that, I'm going to tell her to sue you for defamation."
She then storms off to the house, yelling behind her, "Go
home, Caroline - and don't bother us again."
Alison is walking along the corridor at the hospital, a tray
of food in her hand. Irene emerges from Gordon's room and comments
to her, "I'm glad you've decided to eat something."
Alison, though, explains that it's for Wayne. Irene says she'll
take it in. Alison, though, asks, "Would you mind if I
did?" Irene tells her, "It's still only family."
Alison, however, replies, "I just wanted Wayne to know I
was around if he needed me." Irene accepts this and, opening
the door, smiles, "Don't stay too long, OK?" Alison
heads into the room. Wayne is sitting by Gordon's bed and she
tells him gently, "I brought you some food." Wayne just
murmurs, "Thanks." Alison looks at the unconscious Gordon
and then runs out of the room, looking upset.
In the manager's room at the mansion, Janice writes May a receipt
for her rent. May is sitting on the couch and has found the copy
of Playboy. She muses to herself, "That's not how
I would have posed for a photograph!" Janice starts
looking through the list of tenants in the rent book and comments,
"Some of the tenants don't have names." May
suggests that they want to be anonymous. Janice retorts, "That
will have to change." She adds wistfully, "It'll be
lovely having my friends from college living here. Perhaps
we could start a discussion group with the other tenants? Try
to reform them?" May, however, isn't listening, and is instead
busy trying her key in the padlock in a side door in the room.
She comments in an annoyed tone of voice that it doesn't fit anymore.
Janice explains, "Mr. Hamilton changed it last night in case
Barnes tried to get in." May appeals, "Then would you
please tell him to change it back? I don't want him poking around
in there. That's my storeroom and it's private."
There's suddenly a knock on the main door. As Janice goes to answer
it, May persists, "I have some very valuable personal possessions
in there and I want the key now." There's a middle-aged
man standing at the main door and he tells Janice, "I can't
pay for me room this week." Janice demands, "Why not?"
The man replies, "I had to bury me brother." Janice
murmurs, "I'm sorry." She then asks, "Can you pay
next week?" The man tells her, "Me brother
didn't leave nothin'." Janice snaps, "You can't
stay here without paying rent." The man sighs, "Look,
don't worry. I've got a couple of bucks: I'll put it through the
pokies and I'll give you a cut at the end of the night."
Janice growls, "We'll see what Mr. Hamilton has to say about
that." She shuts the door again and mutters to May, "That
is exactly the sort of person we don't want living here. What
this place needs is disciplined behaviour and a code of conduct.
I'm going to make up a set of house rules." May looks at
Alison is getting herself a cup of water from a machine at the
hospital when Caroline suddenly marches up to her, spins her round
so that they're face-to-face and snaps, "What are you trying
to do to me?" Alison warns, "Don't shout."
Caroline, though, retorts, "I'll shout as much as I like.
I have been charged with drink-driving... neg-driving... I could
go to jail. I'm going to scream blue murder until you
own up to driving my car yesterday." Alison just says, "I
wasn't there." She goes to walk off. Caroline follows her
and tells her, "There was a witness, Alison. That
much, I remember." Alison stops in her tracks. Caroline goes
on, "An air-conditioning man. He saw you."
Alison, suddenly looking worried, murmurs, "That's rubbish."
Caroline, though, continues, "He didn't wait around because
he thought you'd gone for help." Alison mutters, "The
police are never going to believe that." Caroline tells her,
"They will when I find him - and believe me, I will
find him." With that, she walks off, leaving Alison looking