The next morning, Caroline joins Tim at the breakfast table at
the country house. She tells him that she didn't sleep very well:
she couldn't take her mind off what Beryl said about Craig - he
doesn't know what sort of trouble he could get himself into. Tim
tells her that Craig has already gone out: Zeppo told him that
his mum worked for some bloke called Abbot and he decided to follow
Craig is climbing some stairs in an office block. He knocks on
a door with a sign saying 'Abbot & Assocs' on it. A man calls
to him to come in and Craig enters. Mr. Abbot, who's sitting behind
a desk, asks Craig what he can do for him. Craig explains that
he was wondering if Mr. Abbot had any vacancies for sales. Abbot
takes in Craig's appearance and then tells Craig that he's just
what he's looking for. Craig asks what he'll be selling. Abbot,
though, explains that, for his first month at least, he wants
Craig to call on people and find out when they'll be home; it
saves time for the salesmen. He adds that Craig can start straight
away. Craig explains about his part-time job at the supermarket
and Abbot agrees that he can work for him when he's not pushing
trolleys. He then hands Craig a form and asks for his name, age
and address. He adds that it goes straight into the files. Craig
looks with interest at the filing cabinet he indicates.
Sometime later, Craig approaches a woman who's unpacking some
shopping from a car parked outside a house and explains that he's
doing a survey on the neighbourhood for his company. The woman
asks flirtatiously, "Do you think I'd make a good
subject?" Craig nods innocently, "That would be great!
Thanks!" The woman smiles, "Follow me..." and she
leads him towards the house...!
Later that day, Craig is showing Mr. Abbot a list of names, explaining
that he's got about thirty, all told. He adds that he had one
woman more interested in him than the survey! Abbot tells him
that he's done well and he thinks they might give him his first
bonus cheque. He then realises he's left his chequebook in his
glove box and he heads off to get it. Craig takes the opportunity
to go and start looking in the filing cabinet. Out on the stairs,
Abbot meets a colleague and tells him, "You wouldn't believe
the find I've made. The ladies spill everything to him:
I bet they'll even tell him where they keep their jewellery. He's
going to be a goldmine..." With that, he heads off
downstairs. In the office, Craig continues going through the files.
Back at the country house later that day, Craig is telling Tim
that he didn't get a chance to find anything on his mother because
Abbot came back in; fortunately, he was whistling as he came along
the corridor so he wasn't caught. He adds that the job's a walkover
- the guy gave him a $50 bonus and that was only for a morning.
Tim mutters, "Easy bread." Craig, surprised at his attitude,
asks if something's wrong. Tim admits, "Sort of." He
then goes on, "Donna and I have been writing to each other
ever since she left. She said in her last letter than if I go
and live in Bendigo, there might be a good chance for us to get
back together." Craig points out that he can't go until David
gets back from Adelaide: there's no one to look after the garden.
Tim explains, "That's what I wanted to talk to you
about." Craig sighs that he hasn't got a hope of looking
after it by himself - not with two other jobs. Tim tells
him that he won't go until he's found someone to replace him.
Craig points out, "You promised David that you'd
do it while he was away." Tim, though, retorts, "Having
another chance with Donna is a lot more important than who's going
to look after a market garden - and David will understand that
even if you don't."
Caroline is with Doug in his hotel room. She demands angrily,
"Do you normally make a habit of investigating people?
The only way you could possibly have known about Amanda is by
digging around." Doug admits that he asked Charlie for a
few facts. He adds that he doesn't get far with Caroline
when he asks what makes her tick, so he thought he'd ask one of
her friends. He adds that he was interested in finding out a bit
more about her - and now that he has, he reckons they can start
being a bit more honest about each other. Caroline stares at him
and then says guiltily, "In which case, I may as well tell
you that I started seeing you because I was after your money.
I thought it would be fun to give you a run for it. That's why
I invited Charlie to dinner: I knew that it would make me keep
you at arm's length." She sighs, "Why don't you go after
someone who's worth it?" Doug, however, replies
gently, "I reckon I have. There was no need for
you to come clean right now - not if you really are a
genuine gold-digger. You care just a bit, don't you?"
Caroline nods sincerely, "Yes. I do."
Charlie is standing with Alison in her lounge room. Alison is
flicking through a magazine. A hunky blonde man, wearing only
his swimming trunks, suddenly walks in and Alison introduces him
to Charlie as Troy. She then tells him that she wants him to come
out with her to visit some friends. He goes off to put some clothes
on. Charlie asks Alison what's been happening with Glen. Alison
retorts, "Nothing of consequence." Charlie asks her
suspiciously what she's planning. Alison just smiles, "You'll
find out in due course..." Troy comes back in, fully clothed,
and Alison tells Charlie that she's going over to the Hamiltons'.
She and Troy head off.
Glen, Gordon and Susan are sitting at the living room table at
Dural, having finished lunch. Glen thanks Gordon for inviting
him in. Gordon announces that he'll go for a lie-down, and he
wheels himself off. Susan starts clearing away. Glen, though,
tells her that she deserves a reward for the meal - like someone
else's cooking... Susan looks at him warily as he adds,
"Say, in a restaurant?" Susan just indicates her tray
of used plates and murmurs, "Better get this to the kitchen."
Outside, a short time later, Troy and Alison are walking towards
the house. Troy is admiring the house, raving about it. Alison
just looks disinterested. She suddenly spots Glen approaching
them and she slips her arm through Troy's. Glen smiles, "Afternoon,
Alison." Alison just ignores him. She and Troy reach the
house and she tells Troy to wait outside.
Alison heads inside and into the lounge room, where Susan tells
her curtly, "Sorry, you're a bit late: Gordon's having a
nap." Alison explains, "I wanted to see you,
anyway." Susan asks suspiciously, "Oh?" Alison
goes on that she's been thinking about their last meeting and
felt rather guilty about it - she was under a lot of strain and
took it out on Susan. She adds that she'd like to think they'd
become friends. Susan, though, retorts, "I wouldn't trust
you an inch. I'd been told how two-faced and conniving you were,
but I didn't believe you were so good at it." Alison
asks blankly, "I beg your pardon?" Susan growls, "You
only want to get me on-side so I'm no competition for Glen, right?"
Alison glares at her and snaps, "Boring Beryl's been doing
a hatchet job on me, has she?" Susan just shrugs. Alison
asks, "Did she feed you any other juicy pieces of
gossip?" Susan retorts, "No - but that was enough. If
you think you can get on the right side of me with a performance
like that, you can think again. I'm very choosy about
the people I'm friendly with."
A short time later, Susan walks down the driveway outside and
joins Glen, who's working on the garden. He asks her if she'd
like to lend a hand. She smiles weakly, "Sure." He then
notices the expression on her face and asks if she'd like to tell
him what's wrong. Susan just mutters that she'd rather not talk
about it. Further down the drive, Alison marches down past Troy
and snaps, "Let's go." Troy starts telling her about
a party he's going to this evening. Alison, though, snaps at him
to shut up and go and find someone else to play with.
She storms off.
Back at Charlie's, Alison pours herself a drink as Charlie asks
where the beautiful Troy is. Alison snaps, "Gone for a long
walk." Charlie suggests that Alison tell her what's been
happening. Alison sighs, "I don't know, Charlie. Why can't
I ever win anything?" Charlie realises, "Man
trouble..." Alison goes on, "I had Glen in the palm
of my hand and then he dumped me for that plain little nurse over
there. Everything was going so well until she turned
up: he was like a sloppy dog the minute he clapped eyes on her."
She continues, "The sad thing is I was prepared to be friends
with Susan. I tried to talk to her - for Gordon's sake: I didn't
want him to have to take sides." Charlie listens but then
points out, "I know you better than that, darling - you just
wanted to get in her good books. You've always known you can catch
more flies with honey than vinegar!" She adds, "You
just have to be more positive and put the whole thing out of your
mind - it'll all turn out in the end." Alison, looking thoughtful,
retorts, "Don't worry - I'll make damn sure it does..."
Caroline is talking to Susan on the 'phone in Doug's apartment.
She tells Susan that Alison is capable of anything and she warns
her not to tackle her again. Susan, though, explains that Alison
will be there every day with Gordon - or at least she'll use him
as the excuse. Caroline asks Susan if she'd like her to come up
and provide moral support. Susan, though, declines. The call comes
to and end and Caroline hangs up. As she does so, Doug comments,
"Alison Carr strikes again..." Caroline tells him that
it's under control. Doug remarks that she sounded relieved that
her offer to go to Sydney wasn't taken up. Caroline admits, "Yes,
to be honest." Doug comments, "She sounds a toughie
- but don't worry: from now on I'm going to be standing right
here beside you. Anyone who has a go at you is going
to get it right back in their face." Caroline kisses him
and smiles, "Thankyou."
In the lounge room at the country house, Tim is giving Craig
instructions for looking after the market garden. He adds that
the bloke who's helping Craig should be OK. Craig asks Tim what
time he'll get to Bendigo. Tim tells him, "About ten o'clock."
He then hands Craig a set of keys and goes to walk off. Craig
stops him quickly and says, "I'm sorry: I shouldn't have
gone on the way I did before. I didn't understand how you felt:
Donna's pretty important, isn't she?" Tim nods, "Yeah.
I just wish I'd woken up earlier." Craig tells him,
"You're a lucky guy. I've never felt that way about
a girl." Tim smiles, "Take it from me, mate: when you
do, you feel like a real goose! When you go, you go - and there's
nothing you can do about it."
Out in the kitchen, Caroline and Doug walk in through the back
door. Doug's carrying a box of groceries, which he puts down on
the table. Caroline tells him that they're going to dine well
tonight. Tim and Craig come in and start looking through the shopping.
Caroline teases, "Hands off!" She then tells the two
of them to get to work, and the two of them head out. Just outside
the back door, Craig tells Tim, "There's no way that I'm
going to get a good look at those files during the day."
Tim asks him what he's going to do. Craig replies, "Take
It's nighttime, and Susan is showing Gordon some photos in the
lounge room at Dural. There's suddenly a knock on the front door
and she goes to see who it is. She finds Glen standing there,
holding a bunch of roses. She asks him what he's doing there and
he explains that Gordon invited him. He hands Susan the roses
and they head into the lounge room. Susan then asks Gordon tersely,
"What exactly is going on? First you invite him to lunch,
and now dinner..." Gordon smiles, "Well... you weren't
doing very well by yourselves, were you? And quite frankly,
I can't imagine a better-suited couple." He then asks to
be excused and wheels himself off to dress for dinner. When he's
gone, Susan says awkwardly, "Glen... I think you should understand:
I can't be bullied into having an affair with you." Glen
asks, "Who said anything about having an affair?" Susan
retorts, "You know what I mean." Glen points out, "If
you mean us seeing more of each other, there's little I can do
about it. I mean, Gordon wants us to and we can't upset him: he's
in no condition to cope with hassles." Susan mutters, "Very
clever." Glen adds, "I do think it would do him some
good if we went to dinner." Susan just suggests, "Let's
say I'll think about it. Now, I'd better do something about dinner
tonight - for the three of us." With that, she walks
off to the kitchen, leaving Glen with a smile on his face.
Next door, Alison is talking on the 'phone, saying, "I'm
interested in Glen Young: I believe he held a fairly responsible
position with your company... I'm seriously considering taking
him on in a fairly key position. I wonder if we could meet and
have a chat about it?" She listens and then says, "Yes,
tomorrow would be fine. Your office, ten o'clock. Thankyou very
much. Goodbye." She hangs up as Charlie joins her. She tells
Charlie, "It's going to be a very good day tomorrow, Charlie."
Charlie smiles, "It's good to see you more positive, darling."
Alison assures her, "I have good reason to..."
Caroline and Doug are sitting at the kitchen table at the country
house. The lighting is dim. Doug asks Caroline, "Why did
you come to Melbourne? Just the accident?" Caroline
replies, "And I felt like a change." Doug asks, "Away
from Alison?" Caroline nods, "Partly." Tim and
Craig suddenly come in from the hallway and Caroline asks in surprise,
"Is it that late already?" Tim explains that
the bus goes in half an hour. Caroline gives him a hug and wishes
him the best with Donna. He and Craig then head out, Craig telling
Caroline as they do so that he's going to the bus with
Tim. Outside, Tim comments to Craig, "You never said you
were coming into town with me." Craig tells him, "I'm
not - it was just a good excuse to get out of the house."
Tim wishes him luck. Craig muses, "There's no other way.
I just have to find my mum..."
Sometime later, the door to the darkened office of Abbot &
Associates opens and Craig walks in, holding a torch. He knocks
some papers off the desk but picks them up before going to the
filing cabinet. He takes out some cards and starts looking at
names written on them. All-of-a-sudden, the office door opens
behind him, the light is switched on and Abbot walks in and demands,
"What do you think you're doing?"