Alison arrives back at Charlie's and heads into the lounge room.
She finds Barbara sitting in there, and Charlie whispers to her
that Alison is back from James's funeral. Barbara asks Alison
how it went. Alison mutters, "As most funerals go.
They're no different in Quilpie to anywhere else." She then
asks if there's been any improvement with Gordon. Barbara growls,
"He's eating well." Alison comments, "He still
doesn't remember who you are?" Barbara glares at her and
then makes her excuses and leaves. Alison sits down. Charlie then
says to her, "James's funeral didn't go well? Do you want
to talk about it?" Alison snaps, "It's the last
thing I want to talk about; I wish to God I'd never met
the man." With that, she storms off again.
Wayne walks into the manager's office at the mansion with a potential
tenant and asks him what he thinks. The man retorts, "I think
you should be reported for false advertising." Wayne asks
in surprise, "What about the view?" The tenant retorts,
"What view?" With that, he goes to walk out.
Wayne quickly points out that he's not going to get anything cheaper.
The man, though, ignores him and walks off anyway. Wayne calls
after him bitterly, "Too damn fussy, mate. That's your
problem." He sits down, looking weary. Janice suddenly comes
in with the young man who helped Fiona with Horrie Mulligan. She
tells Wayne that the young man is interested in renting a room.
Wayne quickly jumps up and introduces himself. The young man shakes
his hand and replies, "Craig Maxwell." Wayne suggests
that they have a look at the rooms that are still available. Craig,
though, announces, "I'd like room 13. Janice showed it to
me; it'll be fine." Wayne grins, "That was easy enough.
It'll be two weeks in advance and $35 a week." Craig tells
him, "I reckon it's only about $30." Wayne
offers, "$33 and I'll lose money on the deal." Craig
insists, "You'll have to lose another three, I'm afraid."
Wayne retorts, "No can do." Craig accepts this and goes
to walk off. Wayne, though, quickly - and reluctantly - agrees,
A few moments later, Janice and Craig emerge from the manager's
office. Wayne follows them and suggests that they could sort out
the paperwork before Craig leaves; he could pay some rent... Craig,
though, explains that he hasn't got much money with him. Wayne
accepts this and Craig and Janice head out. Beryl suddenly emerges
from Fiona's room and says, "Hello, Wayne." Wayne tells
her, "I was just coming to see you - and Fiona." Beryl
asks sarcastically, "Planning to rip up the floorboards and
look for some more hidden booty, were you?" She adds, "I
bet you wished you owned the building, then you could
toss Fiona and May out in the street." Wayne growls, "I'll
be throwing you and Fiona out if you don't pay your rent
- it was due today." Beryl immediately goes to her purse
and takes out some notes. As she hands them over, she explains
that it covers Fiona too. Wayne remarks in surprise that he thought
Beryl was supposed to have lost all her money. Beryl retorts,
"I'm managing." Wayne asks, "How? Freeloading off
of David now he's back in your good books?" Beryl ignores
this, instead saying, "This building is full of cockroaches,
Wayne - and most of the plumbing leaks. Unless something is done
about it soon, I'll report it to the Health Department. Goodnight."
With that, she walks off, leaving Wayne looking annoyed.
Charlie walks into the lounge room at her house, where Alison
is lying glumly on the couch. Charlie sits down and asks, "You
going to tell me what's wrong?" Alison stands up and sighs,
"Want to hear a funny story, Charlie? Not the 'funny ha-ha'
sort of story; more the 'black' variety. You know how James died?"
Charlie murmurs, "No." Alison tells her, "He fell
out of a ferris wheel." She then continues, "When he
received David's letter and discovered I was actually Lucretia
Borgia in disguise, he felt the need to go out and get drunk;
pick up the first girl he could find. He ended up at some funfair
or other and decided to go up on the ferris wheel. Maybe he thought
he'd improve his chances with his lady friend by showing off.
He stood out on one of those steel girder things and... lost his
footing and fell. What do you think of that?" She
sits down and goes on bitterly, "Half the town turned out
for the funeral - all of them whispering and sniggering behind
my back. I spoke to one of the locals after the service: apparently,
it didn't take James long to forget me. He was hardly a week back
and there were other women. Down at the pub, he was always talking
about his meal ticket back in the city - the woman who was making
all his money for him..." Charlie goes and puts her arm around
Alison, murmuring, "It's too easy to say 'forget him', isn't
it?" Alison cries, "I loved him, Charlie."
She then sobs, "It wasn't a very funny story at all,
was it...?" With that, she breaks down in Charlie's
Tim, Caroline and David are sitting in front of the TV in the
lounge room at the country. Caroline is telling Tim that she'll
be working in public relations. Tim asks her what exactly she'll
be doing, but Caroline laughs that she doesn't know yet. She adds
that, whatever it is, she's looking forward to doing it. She goes
on, "They're supplying me with an outfit; it'll be nice to
wear some new clothes again." With that, Tim announces that
he's going to bed, and he heads off. David then tells Caroline
that she's a lot happier today than she was yesterday. Caroline
smiles, "I feel a lot happier."
Susan and Ted Dawson arrive back at Beryl's. The house is in
darkness, and Ted comments, "Coming home to an empty house
after a night on the town... it doesn't seem right."
Susan tells him, "I've been coming home to an empty house
for quite some time. I'm used to it." Ted suggests, "I'll
have to help you break the habit..." Susan, however, quickly
thanks him for a wonderful evening. Ted then goes to kiss her,
but she pulls away and says, "I'd better get in. I've got
an early start in the morning." Ted assures her that he understands.
He then suggests they have dinner tomorrow night. Susan, though,
replies that she doesn't think so. She goes on, "It's too
early to get involved with anyone yet. Bill and I have just decided
on a divorce and... it's too early for me, anyway."
Ted assures her, "If you decide to spread your wings, give
me a call." He hands over a card and adds, "If I'm not
there, my receptionist will take a message." With that, he
walks off, leaving Susan looking worried.
The next morning, David pulls up in his car outside a building
in Melbourne. Caroline is sitting in the passenger seat, and she
comments that she feels like a school-leaver about to start a
new job! David muses that he'd be far happier if he knew exactly
what her job was. Caroline just laughs that he's a fusspot!
She then tells him to go off and do his shopping and she'll catch
up with him later. With that, she climbs out of the car.
Sometime later, Caroline is walking around a shopping mall, dressed
as a bunny and saying loudly to passers-by, "Get your Easter
Eggs from Michael's Chocolate Box. Big eggs, small eggs, eggs
covered in marshmallow! We've got all sorts of eggs at Michael's
Chocolate Box!" She hands out some leaflets to a guy who
walks by. Two teenagers suddenly run up to her and pull on the
tail of her costume, laughing, "How's it going, Bugs?!"
Caroline snaps, "Get out of it." One of the teenagers
grins, "What's up, Doc?!" With that, they run off again,
leaving Caroline looking annoyed. David suddenly walks by, looking
thoughtful. As Caroline still stares at the departing boys, she
hands David a leaflet absentmindedly. He doesn't notice that it's
her and Caroline doesn't notice that it's him. She suddenly starts
her spiel again and David stops in his tracks and turns to face
her. He asks in surprise, "Caroline?" Caroline
looks at him, wearily.
Alison walks into Gordon's room at Hornsby Hospital. Gordon is
sleeping, and muttering various noises as he does so. He calls
out what sounds like, "Barbara." He then wakes up and
Alison comments that he must have been dreaming. Gordon tells
her, "The same dream I always have: the accident."
Alison asks him what he sees. Gordon, though, admits that he can't
remember - it's so jumbled. He goes on, "There was another
person..." Alison quickly insists, "No, no - there was
only the driver of the car." Gordon tells her, "No,
no. Someone else." Alison asks, "Who?" Gordon murmurs,
"I don't know... there were two... both of them women."
Alison stares at him, looking worried.
Wayne is kneeling on the lounge room floor at Dural, packing
up a toolkit. Barbara comes in and comments that he looks very
workmanlike. Wayne tells her, "Now that I can't afford a
plumber, I have to try and do all the work around the old house
myself." He then asks Barbara if she moved everything
into the flat. Barbara nods, "Yes - although I think I should
move out altogether. I think I'm going to find it rather difficult
living in the same house as your father - especially if I have
to avoid him." Wayne smiles, "No... stay in the flat.
It'll all work out!" Barbara asks suspiciously, "What's
in it for you, Wayne?" Wayne insists, "Nothing
- honestly. I don't want to see dad under any more stress, but
I don't want to see you moving out, either. Besides, I need an
ally to keep Alison under control." Barbara snaps, "It
is not fair - she has no right to that money. It should
have gone to Gordon." Wayne just muses, "You never know
your luck in a big city. I reckon it'll find its way to its rightful
owner one day..." With that, he heads out.
The front door to the mansion opens and Janice and Craig walk
in. Janice is commenting that she can't understand how Craig's
parents allowed him to move out on his own. Craig points out,
"I'm seventeen." Janice retorts, "Exactly."
Craig hesitates and then tells Janice, "I was brought-up
by a foster mother. She died a couple of months back." Janice
says sympathetically, "I'm so sorry. Aren't there any relatives?"
Craig replies, "None that I could live with."
He then heads off to clean his room. Janice heads into the manager's
office and finds Wayne sitting at the desk, tools in front of
him and a large plumbing manual in his hands. She comments, "Taken
up self-improvement, have you?" Wayne retorts, "I'm
trying to repair the plumbing in this place without going bankrupt."
In Gordon's room at the hospital, Alison is saying, "You
shouldn't try and force yourself to remember, Gordon." Gordon
points out, "The dream just happened." Alison
suggests that there are more interesting things that they could
talk about. Gordon, though, sighs, "Why do I keep seeing
two people in the other car when the doctors tell me there was
only one?" Alison quickly suggests that there's probably
some complicated medical theory to explain it away. Gordon laughs
and Alison tells him, "It's about time you smiled."
Gordon comments, "Having you around must be good for me."
Alison replies, "I'd like to think so." The door to
the room suddenly opens and Charlie charges in, grinning, "Hello,
darling." Gordon is staring at her and he mouths, "Charlie..."
Charlie exclaims in delight, "You do remember me.
Now, where do I live?" Gordon pauses and then says, "Next
door. You're my neighbour." Charlie beams that that's right.
Alison, looking worried that Charlie might give too much away,
quickly suggests that they leave it at that. Charlie nods, "Of
course. That's enough for one day." She then hands Alison
an envelope and tells her, "You forgot these." Turning
back to Gordon, she explains, "James's papers. The solicitor
gave them to Alison after the poor man's funeral." Alison
warns sharply, "Charlie." It's too late, though. Gordon
stares at Charlie and gasps, "James is dead? When
did that happen?" He starts breathing heavily and
Alison snaps at Charlie to get a doctor. She runs out. Gordon
cries, "I don't believe it. Not James..."
A few minutes later, Charlie is sitting with Alison out in the
corridor, crying that if Gordon dies, she'll never forgive
herself. Alison comments, "Gordon's starting to pick up bits
and pieces of the accident. He knows there was another person
in the other car. So far, he doesn't know who it was, but if he
does... I'm history." Charlie gasps in
shock, "I don't believe what you're saying. You want
Gordon to die?" Alison insists, "Of course not. I'm
just projecting; thinking of the worst possible outcome. I don't
want Gordon to die any more than you do."
At Beryl's, Susan is talking on the 'phone to Beryl saying, "I
was wondering when you were coming home. It's been ages
since we've seen each other." Standing in the corridor at
the mansion, Beryl explains that it'll probably be some time next
week - she said she'd stay and give Fiona a hand. She asks Susan
if she's alright. Susan says quickly, "I'm fine. Been spending
a bit of time with dad. When you've been married to someone for
nearly four years, and then having to face up to a divorce, it
isn't easy." As she says this, she looks at Ted Dawson's
card, which she's holding in her other hand. She then muses, "Still...
other people manage it, so I guess I'll be able to survive."
Beryl suggests to Susan that she move out with David. She then
listens to the answer before saying, "It's up to you."
She then announces that she's got to go to work. Susan tells her,
"I'll see you when you get back home." With that, they
hang up. At the mansion, Beryl goes and knocks on the door to
Fiona's room and heads inside. A few seconds later, Craig walks
along the hallway and stops outside Fiona's room, a puzzled look
on his face.
In the manager's office, Janice and Wayne are talking about the
plumbing work that needs doing. Craig suddenly walks in - holding
a black sack - and asks if there's anywhere special where he should
dump his rubbish. Wayne tells him that there's a collection bin
out the back. Craig then asks uncertainly, "Um... who was
the lady on the 'phone?" Wayne asks what she looked like.
Craig tells him, "Short. Curly hair." Wayne replies,
"Beryl." Janice adds, "A friend of Aunt Fiona's."
Craig asks how long they've known each other. Janice tells him,
"Ages, apparently." She then tells Wayne that he's got
to go down to the hardware store to get copper piping. The two
of them head out to the hallway, leaving Craig looking thoughtful.
Irene emerges from Gordon's room at the hospital and Charlie
asks in concern, "How is he?" Irene replies that he
seems to have stabilised. Charlie cries, "I could cut my
tongue out, saying what I did." Alison suggests to Irene
that she should let the front desk know what Gordon's visitors
can and can't talk about. Irene replies that that's a good idea.
She adds that she'll give Barbara and Wayne a ring, too, and tell
them what's happened. She walks off, leaving Charlie to ask Alison
if she can give her a lift anywhere. Alison, though, says she'd
like to wait around and see that Gordon's alright before she leaves.
Charlie walks off, leaving Alison standing outside the door to
Gordon's room, looking thoughtful. She then heads inside, and
Gordon comments warmly, "Still here?" Alison explains,
"I didn't want to leave before saying goodbye." She
asks him how he's feeling and he tells her, "Weak."
Alison goes on, "I thought if we talk for a while, it might
help you relax." Gordon sighs, "Anything to get my mind
off James." Alison suggests, "Let's talk about
Beryl emerges from Fiona's room at the mansion to find Craig
standing in the hallway. He stares at her and she smiles, "Hello."
Craig says quickly, "You're new here?" Beryl nods, "That's
right." Craig then asks, "Where have you been living
all these years?" Beryl tells him, "In Melbourne."
Craig asks, "You going back there?" Beryl nods, "Yes
- in about a week or so." With that, she walks off, leaving
Craig standing in the hallway, looking confused and worried.