Susan walks up to Craig outside the supermarket, where he's pushing
trolleys. She tells him that she's come to say goodbye; she's
leaving tomorrow because she's got a job in Sydney. Craig cries
that he won't have a chance with Beryl without her there.
Susan, though, insists that her mother will soften.
Beryl arrives back at her house, a box of biscuits in her hands.
She finds Susan packing and asks what's going on. Susan explains
that she's got a nursing job in Sydney which she'd be mad to pass
up. Beryl asks which hospital it's at. Susan, though, tells her,
"It's not a hospital. It's home nursing - an old man. Well,
not old, exactly. Middle-aged. An invalid."
Doug is knocking on the back door of the country house. Caroline
suddenly walks up behind him and Doug comments in surprise that
he thought she'd gone to Sydney. Caroline, however, explains that
she's decided to stay; somebody's taken her place. They head inside
and Caroline asks Doug why he isn't at work. Doug tells her sincerely
that he wasn't too keen on the idea of not seeing her again.
At Beryl's, Susan tells her mother, "Gordon Hamilton."
Beryl looks at her in surprise. Susan insists that she's only
going to look after a patient; it's not as if she's going to get
involved in family squabbles. Beryl tries to warn her that she
won't have a choice; if Alison Carr-- Susan interrupts her, though,
and snaps that everyone's obsessed with Alison. Beryl
retorts that she can be a very nasty woman. Susan insists that
she can handle herself; all she's going to do is take care of
Gordon and if Alison wants to stick her nose in, she won't get
It's early evening and Charlie is sitting in her lounge room
with Alison, raving about aristocrats. Alison is reading a magazine,
looking disinterested. She eventually snaps that Charlie has been
going on for hours; she's sick of it. She then calms down and
asks Charlie if she can take a letter to Gordon for her. Charlie,
though, retorts that she's staying right out of it. Alison mutters,
"If anyone has a right to see Gordon, it's me; he
still thinks he's married to me. He also thinks I'm Patricia's
best friend; he listens to me. At least, he did:
Wayne's probably badmouthing me round the clock." Charlie
warns her that she's over-reacting. She then adds that, besides,
Wayne is in Melbourne. Alison looks surprised and thoughtful.
Glen suddenly walks into the room and Alison asks him if he can
do her a favour: she wants to get a letter to Gordon personally;
could he give it to him? Glen smiles, "Happy to."
The next morning, Glen is approaching Dural when he sees Susan
climbing out of a taxi by the front door. He stares at her and
then walks over to her and offers a hand. Susan stares back at
him, looking impressed. She then tells him that she can manage.
Glen asks her if she's staying at the house and she explains that
she's nursing Mr. Hamilton. Glen introduces himself and Susan
does likewise. There's an awkward pause which Susan breaks by
saying she'd better go. Glen repeats his offer to pick up her
case. He adds, "It'll give me a chance to get in your good
books - we'll probably be seeing a lot of each other."
Susan, though, murmurs, "I don't think so." With that,
she knocks on the door. Wayne opens it and, seeing Glen standing
there with her, comments that she's already met one of the neighbours!
He lets her in and warns her that he hasn't told his dad who's
nursing him in case he doesn't recognise her. Glen says he'll
get back to the weeds and he heads off. Wayne and Susan head into
the lounge room and Wayne smiles at his father, "Meeting
the new Wonder Woman!" Gordon looks at Susan and exclaims,
"Susan! Lovely to see you!" He tells her to sit down,
and adds that it's going to be good having her around. Glen suddenly
comes back in and hands Gordon an envelope, explaining that it's
from Alison. A wary look crosses Wayne's face. Glen heads off
again as Gordon opens the envelope.
Charlie is talking on the 'phone next door, arranging the party
for Neville. She hangs up, but the 'phone immediately starts ringing
again. Charlie asks Alison to get it. Alison does so and says,
"Hello?" She then listens before adding, "Oh. Hello,
Gordon." At Dural, Gordon tells her that he got her note,
and he asks her to come over, saying he'd like to sort it out.
Alison smiles slyly that she'll be right over...
A few minutes later, Alison is approaching Dural when Susan emerges
from the house. Alison immediately smiles at her, "Hello,
Susan." Susan looks at her blankly as she continues, "I
thought you were still in Melbourne." Alison shrugs, "I
was. Just arrived." She then says, "Sorry - have we
met somewhere?" Alison quickly tells her, "No. I'm sorry
- I'm a close friend of Gordon's: Alison Carr. He's always showing
me photos of you." Susan accepts this. She then tells Alison
that she wouldn't go in to the house just now as Gordon is chatting
with Wayne and it's private. Alison heads up to the front door,
though. As she does so, she looks round and sees Glen approaching
Susan and asking her how she's settling in. She nods that she's
pretty good. Alison heads inside. Susan quickly follows, telling
Glen that she'll talk to him later.
Alison wanders into the lounge room. Wayne is laughing and Gordon
smiles at Alison, "Good morning. Wayne was just explaining
what happened. I was expecting something more serious."
Wayne tells his father, "It was pretty childish, I have to
admit, but I didn't want to spoilt the surprise, that's all."
Alison asks blankly, "What surprise?" Gordon
replies, "Susan. Wayne knew that you wanted to get me a nurse
as well and, rather than have any big arguments, decided to keep
you out of the way until Susan agreed to the job." Wayne
smiles at Alison, "It was a trifle extreme, I know."
Alison stands there, looking annoyed, as Wayne suggests to his
father that, now that that's settled, he should get some
sunshine. He wheels him out. Susan goes to follow them, but Alison
asks her if she can see her for a moment. Susan turns to face
her and Alison snaps, "Don't think you're fooling me."
Susan asks in surprise, "Sorry?" Alison retorts, "The
little 'team' you've formed with Wayne. I know why he hired you:
so you'd be a nice, faithful ally." Susan, however, snaps,
"Wayne hired me because I'm a qualified nurse - and a friend
of Gordon's. You couldn't claim to be either."
Alison growls, "I'd watch it, if I were you. In
fact, I wouldn't even bother unpacking." Susan just sighs
disinterestedly, "I'm scared witless, Alison." Alison
retorts seriously, "You should be - and if you stay,
you will be." Susan, however, mutters, "Of
you? I don't think so."
In Melbourne, Tim turns up at Beryl's with some shopping for
her. She's sitting at the living room table, some papers in front
of her, and Tim asks her what she's doing. She explains that she's
going through Craig's papers: Jean Hopkins gave them to her. Tim
asks her if she's got any leads. Beryl laughs bitterly, "A
whole address-book full. Must be in there somewhere."
She adds that, after meeting Mrs. Hopkins, she can guess what
Craig went through. She then stands up and picks up Robert from
his playpen, telling Tim as she does so, "I might as well
make a start. Muriel's offered to babysit Robert for me, so I
can use all the time." Tim replies, "I hope you find
Doug and Caroline are drinking tea in the lounge room at the
country house. Caroline asks how Craig is working out. Doug replies
that he's a sharp kid alright. He praises him for catching a thief
charging people to use his car park but then causes Caroline to
gasp in shock when he suggests he could introduce the idea to
make money for himself. Caroline warns him that Craig
won't like the idea. Doug, however, suggests that if Craig agrees,
Caroline has to come out to dinner with him tonight - and if he
doesn't, Caroline gets a pair of pearl earrings to go with the
ring. Caroline smiles that she'd like a pair of pearl
Tim parks his ute in the supermarket car park and walks over
to where Craig's pushing trolleys. He asks how it's going. Craig
replies that Doug Fletcher had a word with him earlier and seemed
pretty pleased with him. Tim goes to walk off to get some hardware,
but then suddenly realises that he's left his dry-cleaning at
Beryl's. He tells Craig that he needs it tonight and can't get
over there this afternoon. Craig offers to pick it up for him.
Tim insists that it isn't that important. Craig, however, assures
him that it's no trouble. Tim accepts the offer.
Beryl is talking to a woman standing by the front gate of her
house. The woman says, "Ruby Hawkins? No, sorry, love. She
came here a couple of times, but that was years ago." Beryl
thanks her. The woman then comments, "You look done."
Beryl tells her that she's been to fifteen places already; three
more to go and then she's back to square one. She then asks the
woman if she knows Macauley Street. The woman gives her directions
and Beryl thanks her.
A short time later, Beryl walks into a coffee shop and asks the
proprietor, who's standing behind the counter, if he knows a Ruby
Hawkins, by any chance. The man retorts, "Never heard of
her." Beryl tells him that she'll leave her details and she
asks him to contact her if he hears something. She writes them
down and hands them over. She then leaves the shop. The proprietor
stands behind the counter staring at the piece of paper. A customer
sitting at a table suddenly walks over to him and asks to look
at Beryl's address. The proprietor shows him. The man then thanks
him, looking pleased with himself...
Alison is talking on the 'phone at Charlie's, saying she'd like
to book a table for seven o'clock. She then hangs up and Charlie
asks if she knows him. Alison tells her, "Glen Young."
Charlie exclaims, "That's not fair! I found him!"
Alison insists that it's not a competition. She adds, though,
that from now on, he comes first - starting with tonight.
Glen is working in the grounds at Dural when Alison walks over
to him with a glass of lime juice. She hands it to him and tells
him that she thought they could go out tonight. Glen, however,
retorts, "Actually, I was going to come over. I want to talk
to you." Alison smiles, "Leave it for the first glass
of champagne - I've booked a restaurant overlooking the harbour."
Glen, though, tells her that he doesn't think it's a good idea
them seeing each other. Alison asks sharply, "Is it because
of Susan?" Glen assures her, "No - we've hardly even
met." Alison mutters, "You've changed your
tune fairly suddenly." Glen explains, "I've been thinking,
that's all. We're just not suited. You're much older, and I--"
He quickly breaks off and insists, "That's not what I meant."
Alison, though, snaps, "Stop it. You've made yourself perfectly
clear." Glen assures her, "I didn't mean to insult you."
Alison retorts, "Well you have - so you can go to hell for
all I care." With that, she storms off, leaving
Glen sighing heavily.
Doug and Caroline walk over to Craig in the car park at the supermarket.
Doug tells Craig that he's been thinking about the guy Craig caught:
he must have been making a lot of money. He adds that charging
people to park in the car park - it's not a bad idea. Craig nods,
"No - you'd make heaps." Doug smiles, "I thought
you'd like it. You're a smart lad." He looks at Caroline
Beryl is back at home, in her kitchen, unpacking the shopping
that Tim brought round for her. She has her back to the kitchen
door and doesn't notice it opening silently. The customer from
the cafe sneaks in and says, "G'day, Ruby." Beryl spins
round to stare at him in horror as he continues, "Come on...
that's no way to greet an old friend." Beryl demands, "What
do you want?" The man, walking towards her, leers, "Just
a yarn. See how you are." He leans in to try and kiss her,
but Beryl pushes him away and snaps, "Who are you?"
The man growls, "Still like playing hard-to-get, eh? You
haven't dropped a trick." He starts pawing her and Beryl
struggles with him as she cries, "You're making a mistake."
The man, though, retorts, "No I'm not, Ruby. I've been wanting
to get things going again for a long time. So have you;
I know it." Beryl cries, "Please..."
The man suddenly grabs her wrists to keep her still and snaps,
"Look. Enough's enough. We're going to finish what we started.
Just relax. Enjoy..." Beryl stares at him fearfully.