Fiona is using a nail file to try to saw through the padlock
on the door to May's store room at the mansion. She sighs that
she wants to get to the hospital. May, though, retorts that it's
all rush, rush, rush. Fiona gives up and says she'll try again
tomorrow. May, though, tells her that they have to get everything
out tonight. She adds by way of warning, "It'll
be on your head if Mr. Hamilton finds out about us." Fiona
tells her, "Mr. Hamilton already knows my background.
If you want everybody to believe you're a retired elocution
coach, that's just fine by me." May smiles, "You
were always one of the best." Fiona tells her, "I had
a good teacher: Lady May, Queen of the Bordellos! You ran a classy
establishment, May, and I'll never forget how you got me out of
trouble." May assures her, "That's all water under the
bridge, now. I like to remember the good times; I suppose
that's why I hung on to those keepsakes." She goes on, "Just
wait 'til you see them - they'll bring back some memories!"
Fiona points out to her that there's nothing to stop her
having a go at breaking the padlock. May, though, insists, "I
couldn't possibly. I always said you could tell a lady by her
hands." Fiona looks at her own hands and then shrugs, "I'll
put the alarm on and get up early and we'll do it tomorrow, May."
A short while later, Fiona walks into Gordon's room at the hospital.
Barbara is sitting by his bed and Fiona tells her, "I've
just caught up with the news." Barbara is sobbing and Fiona
asks her if she shouldn't be in bed. Barbara retorts, "What's
the point? I can't sleep unless they give me something.
I just lie there... When we were in the car, I said such terrible
things to Gordon, and if he were to die before I could say I'm
sorry..." Fiona insists, "He's not going to
die." Barbara, though, cries, "Maybe he'd wish he could:
at the moment, it seems as if he's going to spend the rest of
his life in a wheelchair." Fiona gasps, "Oh
no..." Barbara goes on, "There's poor Caroline copping
all the flak and I'm copping all the sympathy and the
accident was just as much my fault as it was hers."
Fiona points out, "She was on the wrong side of the road."
Barbara retorts, "And I wasn't paying attention.
If I'd just seen them earlier... and all I could see
was Gordon and Alison in that motel room... Now I'm being punished.
My face was very badly cut, you see - and there's nothing more
they can do. I'm going to be scarred for life. That's why I can't
sleep - all I can think about is what's going to happen when they
take these bandages off... What's Gordon going to say when he
sees me?" She breaks down into tears as Fiona insists, "He'll
still love you." Barbara cries, "Will he?"
Caroline arrives back at the Morrell town house. Samantha asks
eagerly, "What did he say? Will he give evidence for you?"
Caroline, though, tells her, "Wild goose chase, I'm afraid.
It wasn't the poor man's fault - he was in the Dural area, but
he wasn't the witness." Samantha sighs, "I'll have to
eat my words tomorrow: I saw Irene at the hospital and I told
her it wouldn't be long before she had to apologise to you."
Caroline shrugs, "I'm disappointed, too." Samantha
insists, "It's early days, yet. We'll find him." Caroline
replies, "Maybe - but if we don't, I'll survive." Samantha
asks her in surprise how she can be so strong. She adds,
"I don't think I could handle it if all my friends turned
on me." Caroline says nervously, "Don't underrate
yourself." Samantha, though, insists, "It's the truth
- I've never been strong. I suppose that's why I got
caught up in that religious cult: those kids made me feel liked
and respected; it's important to me." Caroline asks
hesitantly, "Is that why you went to such great lengths to
get that awful film back?" Samantha tells her, "If it
had ever been released publicly, I don't think I'd be around now."
Caroline goes and gives her a hug, saying, "Don't think about
it. It's over. I'm going to make sure that no one ever hurts you
The next morning, Caroline and Alison emerge from the bank, Alison
telling Caroline as they do so, "You've made a very wise
decision." Caroline, though, retorts, "Don't look so
smug. I'm not beaten yet. Now that I have these negatives, I'm
going to keep on looking for the witness - and when I find him,
you're going to be history." Alison, however, tells her,
"I've taken out a little insurance to make sure that doesn't
happen: I have another negative locked away in a safety deposit
box." Caroline snaps, "The deal was that I got the lot."
Alison retorts, "That wasn't my interpretation."
She starts walking to her car. Caroline follows her and goes on
angrily, "One day, I will get that negative, and
when I do, I'm going to grind you into the dust." Alison
laughs sarcastically, "You're scaring me to death!"
Caroline growls, "I don't make idle threats." Alison,
though, asks, "What else could they be? You've just
signed over all your money to me. You'll be too busy scratching
to make a living." With that, she climbs in her car and drives
off, leaving Caroline looking furious.
Fiona is walking downstairs at the mansion. As she steps into
the hallway, she hears May saying in the manager's office, "Of
course you can do it: you're a big strong man."
In reply, she hears David telling her, "I'm not touching
anything until Fiona gets here and tells me it's OK!"
Fiona walks into the room and smiles at David, "Hey, you're
a sight for sore eyes!" David grins, "You're looking
fighting fit yourself!" They hug and Fiona then asks whether
Beryl's settling into Woombai alright. David nods, "Yeah.
Had a job to keep her there, though, once she heard about the
accident." May suddenly coughs, pointedly, and Fiona says,
"I'm sorry - I'm forgetting my manners." She introduces
David to May, explaining that May is a very dear friend of hers.
She then hands David a large nail file and comments, "That's
all I could find." David smiles that he'll pop back later
with some proper tools, after he's been to the hospital. He adds
that he just dropped in to see if there was anything Fiona needed.
Fiona assures him that she's fine. With that, David tells the
two women that he'll see them later, and he goes. Fiona comments
to May, "Trust you to put him to work!" May
just shrugs, "Men like to feel... useful!"
Alison is standing in the corridor at Hornsby Hospital, telling
a nurse, "No, I'm not family, but I do have Mr. Hamilton's
Power of Attorney, so when he comes-to, he'll probably want to
know how the company's going. Could you make sure I'm called as
soon as he's allowed to have visitors?" The nurse says she'll
make a note of it, and she walks off. David, who's been hovering
by a set of doors nearby, walks over and joins Alison, commenting
sourly, "It didn't take you long to find a new meal-ticket."
Alison retorts, "I don't know what you're talking about."
She tries to step past him, but David moves to block her and says,
"Irene told me what's been going on." Alison asks, "Judging
me on hearsay, are you?" David snaps, "Past performance.
You tried to cause trouble between me and Beryl when I
was on top of your list; now you're using the same tactics on
Barbara and Gordon." Alison whispers, "That's ridiculous."
David sighs, "I wish to God I'd given you up to the police,
Pat." Alison spits, "Don't call me that."
David ignores her and goes on, "If I had, none of
this would have happened." Alison snaps quietly, "The
accident wasn't my fault." David tells her, "Whether
you were driving the car or not, you're still responsible. If
you hadn't been trying to bust-up Barbara and Gordon, they wouldn't
have been arguing and Barbara could have swerved." Alison
mutters, "Trust you to find a way to put the blame
on me." David retorts, "I've heard I'm not
the only one blaming you." Alison tells him, "Caroline's
just trying to save her own skin." David insists, "She
wouldn't lie about this. She thought the world of the
Hamiltons." Alison retorts, "I can prove I wasn't there."
David mutters, "Yeah, I heard about the alibi." Alison
snaps, "It's not an alibi; it's the truth."
David, though, sighs, "Come on, I know you too well. You're
always able to think on your feet in an emergency. It
would be just your style to drag Caroline into the driver's seat
and then take off." Alison spits, "I was at home with
Charlie." David mutters, "It makes me sick,
the way you use poor old Charlie." Alison retorts quickly,
"She doesn't know it was a s--" She breaks off as she
realises what she was about to say. David quickly asks, "What?
A set-up?" Alison denies, "No." David accuses,
"You were driving?" Alison repeats, "No."
David growls, "Save your breath, Pat. I can tell when you're
lying." Alison hesitates and then says, "You'll never
be able to prove it." David retorts, "If you had any
decency, you'd own-up to it. Always putting yourself first, aren't
you? No wonder you're so anxious to get your hands on
money and power - but they're a poor substitute for the things
that really count." Alison snaps, "I'm not missing out
on a thing. I have a man who's crazy about me."
David queries, "James? Yeah, I heard he shot through
soon as he got what he was after." Alison snaps, "You've
got a gutter mentality." David insists, "It's true,
though, isn't it?" Alison retorts, "James had
business to take care of. He'll be back as soon as he--"
She breaks off before completing, "Any day now." David
tells her, "I wouldn't hold my breath. No man in his right
mind would put up with you." Alison reminds him,
"You did. When I went to South America, you came
to look for me." David insists, "I had to, or I would
have been admitting to Beryl that I made the biggest mistake of
my life by marrying you - and I was too stubborn to back down."
Alison smiles slightly, "Now who's lying? You wanted
me - admit it." David nods, "Sure I did - from
the moment I first saw you. That's what it's always been
- it's been like a sort of sickness. But I'm over it now - and
I can't understand what I really saw in you." With that,
he walks off, leaving Alison looking upset.
A while later, Alison is back at Charlie's, talking to James
on the 'phone, saying curtly, "I'm missing you... yes, I
do have plenty to keep me busy, but if goes on being
all work and no play, I might not be here when you finally do
show up." With that, she slams down the handset. Charlie
suddenly comes in and asks Alison what she thinks of her hair.
She adds, "Claude did it. He's French, and très sexy!"
Alison just snaps, "Do you have to bore me with
the details?" Charlie stares at her in surprise and asks
what's upset her. Alison explains, "I just called James.
Somehow, I don't think absence made the heart grow fonder."
Charlie insists, "He adores you." Alison tells
her, "David thinks all he was after was a bit of fun."
Charlie asks, "David came here?" Alison replies,
"No, I saw him at the hospital. It was very unpleasant."
Charlie murmurs, "I am sorry - but you mustn't let
it get on top of you." Alison shrugs, "You're absolutely
right - all I have to do is a bit of positive thinking. I'll just
bounce back. Anyway, who needs people?" With that,
she walks off.
Samantha is in the kitchen at the Morrell town house when Caroline
arrives home. Samantha comments to her that she was out early.
Caroline just goes and pours herself a coffee. Samantha warns
her that it'll be a bit cold, but Caroline doesn't take it in.
She goes and sits down on the couch. Samantha joins her and asks
her if she's been following up another dud lead. Caroline, though,
tells her, "No. Last night was it." Samantha
says, "Don't let it get you down. You'll find him."
She then suggests that they hire a firm of private investigators."
Caroline, though, quickly snaps, "No." Samantha insists,
"It's worth it to clear your name." Caroline snaps,
"I'll handle it my own way, OK?" With that, she storms
off to her bedroom, leaving Samantha looking puzzled. She calls
after her mother, "You're not making sense." She then
mouths to herself in sudden realisation, "Unless there isn't
David is working on the padlock in the manager's room at the
mansion. As he does so, he says to Fiona, "I'm damned if
I'll let Alison get away with it." Fiona points out that
he should be sure of his facts before he buys into it. David mutters,
"It's exactly the way she always operates."
Fiona comments in surprise, "I didn't think you knew
the woman that well." David quickly explains, "Er, she
did a bit of stirring when she was in Melbourne." Fiona accepts
this and then tells him, "I still think you're on the wrong
track. Charlie wouldn't lie to give her an alibi." David
suggests, "Maybe she's pulled the wool over Charlie's
eyes? Caroline wouldn't lie - not about this." Fiona
asks him how he can be so sure. David tells her, "She's too
decent. When she stayed with me in Melbourne when she was looking
for Amanda, I got to know her pretty well, and since then I've
thought a lot of her." At that moment, May dashes in and
asks David how he's progressing. David removes the padlock from
its clasp and tells her, "I've done it." May quickly
tries to open the door, saying she can manage now. David assures
her that he can do it, and he starts turning the handle.
The door suddenly bursts open and he goes flying inside! May cries
to Fiona, "Do something. Get him out of there before
he sees something he shouldn't." David suddenly bursts out
laughing, though, and Fiona comments, "It sounds like we're
too late already!" David emerges from the room, still in
fits of laughter, and Fiona asks him what on earth is in there.
David grins, "You go and have a look - I wouldn't believe
it if I didn't see it with my own eyes!" May gasps, "I've
never been so embarrassed in all my life." Fiona, though,
tells her, "Come on, whatever's in here, it's not going to
bite." May, however, retorts, "Just wait 'til you see
it. You won't be smiling then." With that, Fiona
heads into the store room.
In Melbourne, Spider is walking down to the road from the country
house, a black sack over his shoulder. A ute suddenly pulls up
and Tim climbs out. Spider mutters that he'll be glad when David
gets back; he's getting too long in the tooth to be carting garbage
around. Tim just asks if Donna's inside. Spider replies that she's
sewing. Tim grins, "Great! I've got a little surprise for
her: the money she needs for her computer course." Spider
asks him in surprise how he came by that. Tim tells him,
"I sold my watch." Spider asks in astonishment, "Not
the one Leigh gave you?" Tim admits, "Yeah."
Spider remarks, "I never thought I'd see the day you'd part
with that." Tim murmurs, "It's no big deal, Spider."
With that, he walks off up to the house.
Charlie is sitting with Barbara in her room at Hornsby Hospital.
Barbara looks at Charlie's hair and asks her if she's going out
somewhere special. Charlie admits, "Actually, it's just drinks
with Natalie. Col is divorcing her; she's absolutely shattered,
poor dear." At that moment, the door to the room opens and
Alison breezes in, holding a bunch of flowers. She says brightly
to Barbara, "Morning. How are you feeling?" Barbara
mutters, "Fine." Charlie asks Alison if she saw Gordon's
specialist. Alison replies, "Yes, but he wouldn't be pinned
down. Said Gordon could regain consciousness any time." Barbara
suddenly says to Charlie, "Would you do me a favour? I've
run out of tissues. Would you mind?" Charlie smiles, "I'll
get you some from the shop." With that, she goes. Alone with
Barbara, Alison says, "I was hoping we'd have a
few moments alone. I wanted you to know how sorry I was you got
the wrong idea about my weekend at Woombai with Gordon. I wouldn't
have had this happen for the world." Barbara, though,
mutters, "Please, Alison, do spare me the hearts
and flowers." Alison insists, "I'm not spinning you
a line." Barbara, though, retorts, "No wonder you managed
to pull the wool over Gordon's eyes. You're good. You're very
good. You'll probably even manage a few crocodile tears when you
see him." Alison shrugs, "Say whatever you like if it
makes you feel better." She then goes on, "I must say:
you do have my sympathy. I saw your file on the specialist's desk
- but I won't tell a sole, so you needn't worry." Barbara
snaps, "I'm not worried." Alison says lightly,
"I would be. Most men can't stand even the tiniest
disfigurement." Barbara growls, "It won't make any difference
to Gordon." Alison smiles, "No, you're probably right
not to worry. No matter how he feels, he wouldn't do
or say anything to hurt you." Barbara looks away in annoyance.
Alison adds, "But I wouldn't waste my time with sexy negligées.
When a man stays with a woman out of pity, it's usually a separate-bedroom
deal. Frankly, I'd have too much pride to let that happen to me."
With that, she walks out of the room, leaving Barbara looking
Caroline is sitting on the couch at the Morrell town house. She
sips from a glass of wine as Samantha comes in through the front
door. She comments sourly to her mother, "Drowning your sorrows
again?" Caroline just retorts, "What's wrong with a
little glass of wine while you're balancing the budget?"
Samantha points out, "You never stop at one glass."
Caroline mutters, "If it'll make you happy, I'll go and pour
it down the sink." She stands up. Samantha, though, retorts,
"I won't be happy until you produce your witness." Caroline
asks, "You've seen Irene?" Samantha tells her, "At
the hospital. She as good as said your witness story was a stunt
to keep me happy." Caroline asks sourly, "What
did you expect?" Samantha goes on, "And when
I tried to see Aunty Barb, they wouldn't let me in." Caroline
suggests, "It's probably too soon for visitors." Samantha
retorts, "Charlie and Alison saw her this morning
- so it seems I'm persona non grata as long as I side
with you, which is hardly fair, as the accident was your
fault." Caroline cries, "It wasn't." Samantha
tells her, "Charlie swears Alison never left the house."
Charlie shrugs, "So? They're friends." Samantha
points out, "Charlie couldn't tell a convincing lie to save
her life. There never was a witness, was
there? You just made him up to keep me onside." She goes
to walk off angrily, but Caroline snaps, "I didn't."
Samantha stops and continues, "You know what really
disgusts me? The way you tried to save your own skin by blaming
Alison. It makes me feel as if I don't want to know you,
either." Caroline cries, "Don't say that." Samantha,
though, retorts, "It's the truth. I'm leaving."
Caroline cries, "You can't - not after all I've
done for you." Samantha sighs, "I wondered
when the emotional blackmail would start." Caroline insists,
"I'm not trying to pressure you into staying; I'm talking
about something specific. If I could tell you about it,
you'd know I was innocent. You'd know how much
I love you." Samantha demands, "Why can't you
tell me about it?" Caroline tells her, "It would ruin
your life if I did." Samantha asks, "Have you any idea
how thin that sounds? Good try - but not good enough."
With that, she walks off to her room, leaving Caroline looking
At the mansion, May and Fiona struggle to move a painting - covered
with a sheet - into Fiona's room. As they do so, May asks Fiona,
"Are you sure that young man can be trusted to be
discreet?" Fiona assures her, "'Discretion' is David's
middle name! She then asks, "Why ever did you hang onto this
painting if it embarrasses you so much?" May sighs, "I've
always been too sentimental for my own good." At that moment,
Charlie walks in and, looking around the room, comments to Fiona,
"Trust you to find a place so... um... full of character!"
Fiona introduces May to Charlie and May says, "Short for
'Charlene', I presume?" Charlie tells her, "'Charlotte',
actually, but I hate it: it always reminds me of Apple
Charlotte." May smiles, "It reminds me of royalty."
Fiona suggests she make them some tea. Charlie, though, explains
that she can't stay. She goes on, "Irene wondered if you'd
come to the hospital. Poor Barbara's not feeling herself."
Fiona asks if she's had a relapse. Charlie replies uncertainly,
"No. More of an emotional breakdown. She's refusing
to see anyone but you and Irene." Fiona stands there, looking
A short time later, Fiona is standing over Barbara's hospital
bed, asking Barbara sympathetically, "What's wrong?"
Barbara sobs, "Alison just made me face a few brutal home
truths." Fiona asks angrily, "What on earth has she
been saying?" Barbara, though, cries, "Nothing I haven't
already worked out for myself. My marriage is over, Fiona."
David appears in the open front door way at the Morrell town
house and calls, "Anyone home?" Caroline is sitting
in an armchair, looking upset, and she snaps, "Go away."
David walks in, though, and tells her, "I have to talk to
you." Caroline retorts, "If you've come here to abuse
me, you can save your breath. Samantha's just walked out and I'm
beyond caring." David, though, explains, "I've come
over to tell you that I'm on your side - and I'll do
anything I can to help." Caroline, looking grateful, says
weakly, "Just hold me." David puts his arms round her
and tells her, "I mightn't be able to nail Alison,
but I'm damn sure I'm not going to let her get away scot-free."
Caroline sighs, "There's no way you can get at her."
David, however, insists, "That's where you're wrong.
I'm going to hit her where it hurts most."
Fiona is walking along the corridor at the hospital with Barbara,
telling her, "You're going to feel so much better after a
walk in the sun." A nurse suddenly approaches them and tells
Barbara, "Mrs. Hamilton, I've got good news: your husband's
regained consciousness." Barbara cries, "Oh thank God."
Fiona asks, "When can Mrs. Hamilton see him?" The nurse
tells her, "Right now." Turning to Barbara, she adds,
"His first thought was for you. Can't wait to see
his wife." Fiona smiles at Barbara, "There you are,
you see? Come on." Barbara, though, murmurs, "You go."
Fiona insists, "The longer you wait, the harder it's going
to be." She leads Barbara slowly down the corridor and goes
on, "Gordon loves you - and he needs you."
They reach the doorway to Gordon's room. In the room,
Gordon is lying in bed with his eyes closed. The nurse turns to
him and tells him, "Here's your wife now, Mr. Hamilton."
Gordon opens his eyes, looks at Fiona, leading Barbara in, and
mumbles weakly, "Where?" He makes out the blurry faces
of Barbara and Fiona and then murmurs, "Fiona? Where is she?
Where's Patricia?" Barbara stares at him.