Craig is sitting at the kitchen table at the country house. Caroline
joins him and comments that she thought he'd be looking for his
mother as it's his day off. Craig explains that he's got to start
pulling his weight at the house seeing as Tim's mate didn't front.
He's looking at driving theory and sighs that things will be easier
when he's got his licence. Caroline takes out a bottle of champagne
from the 'fridge and tells Craig that it's a little welcome-home
present for Doug.
There's a knock on Doug's hotel room door and, still adjusting
himself as he emerges from the bedroom, he opens it to find Caroline
standing there. Looking shocked, he tells her that she's caught
him on the hop - he's due at a business meeting. Caroline comments
that she gets the distinct impression that he's trying to get
rid of her. Doug suggests they have dinner. Caroline, though,
retorts coldly that she can't. Doug insists that they'll spend
a lot more time together in future. Caroline just kisses him and
goes. As soon as he shuts the door, Alison emerges from the bedroom
and smiles, "Love is a many- splendoured thing..." She
then asks him how he met Caroline. Doug mutters, "That's
my business." Alison insists, "I'm interested.
We're old friends." Doug growls, "She doesn't like you
much." Alison smiles, "She's not going to be too impressed
with you, either - not when she finds out you've been
romancing me." Doug retorts, "She's not going
to - 'cos if she does, I hand you over to the cops." Alison
points out, "You're going to do that anyway, aren't
you?" She then goes on, "It all depends how much you
like Caroline, really. I don't have anything to lose,
so if you'd rather she didn't know, I'd change my mind about taking
me to the police." She grins broadly as Doug looks away in
annoyance. As she then goes to leave, she pauses and adds, "By
the way: I wouldn't take Caroline to the hotel bar, if I were
you. I've booked a room here, just down the hall. Could be rather
embarrassing if I ran into you two..."
Susan runs downstairs at Dural as Glen carries her dog inside.
She cries, "Rags! Where have you been, you bad dog?"
Glen explains that he found him caught in the drain. Susan thanks
him for finding him. Glen insists that it's no trouble. Susan
goes to walk off, but Glen quickly says, "Would you go out
with me tonight?" As Susan turns to look at him warily, he
adds, "You've got the wrong idea about me. Give me the chance
to prove it." Wayne suddenly emerges from the study and asks
if something's wrong. Glen asks Susan again, "What about
tonight?" Susan murmurs that she doesn't think it would be
a good idea. Glen walks off. Wayne asks Susan if Glen has been
bugging her again. Susan insists that it's alright.
Wayne follows Glen outside and snaps at him, "Nice try.
Too bad it didn't work." Glen asks in surprise, "What?"
Wayne retorts, "Convenient, wasn't it, the dog going missing
when it did?" Glen asks incredulously, "You think I
put Rags down a drainpipe on purpose?" Wayne points
out, "You knew Susan would be thankful when you found him."
Glen snaps, "That's the sort of stunt you might
pull, but it's not my style." Wayne snarls, "I
wouldn't put anything past you." Glen retorts furiously,
"Look who's talking. Who's letting Susan flirt with him just
to keep me at arm's length?" Wayne snaps, "What's
wrong with that? We happen to like each other."
Glen snorts, "Huh! You mean you like her.
You don't stand a chance with her if she got to know me
better." Wayne snarls, "Take a tip and butt-out."
Glen retorts, "She's too good for a creep like you."
Wayne suddenly goes to hit him, but Glen grabs his arm and lays
a punch on him, sending Wayne sprawling to the ground. Glen snaps
at him, "You take the hint: don't stand over me - you come
off second-best every time, sport." Susan suddenly runs out
of the house and cries, "What's going on?" She looks
at Wayne sprawled on the ground and an expression of disgust crosses
her face as she then glares at Glen.
A while later, Wayne is sitting in the lounge room as Susan tells
him that he'll live. Glen walks in and snaps at Susan that he
wants to talk to her. He goes on that whatever Wayne told her,
he threw the first punch. Susan asks angrily if that
makes it alright. She then asks him to please go away. Wayne taunts,
"Go on - go and find some weeding to do." Glen, though,
snaps, "Do it yourself. I'm quitting." With that, he
storms out. Susan sits down with Wayne and apologises for dragging
him into her problems. Wayne, though, assures her, "It was
worth a black eye to keep him away from you."
It's early evening and the 'phone is ringing at the country house.
Caroline is ignoring it as she lays the table. Craig comes in.
Caroline tells him that she's not answering the 'phone because
it's only Doug and it's about time he realised she's not a lady
he can take for granted. Craig goes and answers the call. Doug
comes on and asks if Caroline's there. Craig turns to Caroline,
who takes it reluctantly. She comments tersely to Doug that she
supposes he's ringing about lunch tomorrow. She then suggests
they make it a picnic. She adds that she'll see him tomorrow and
she hangs up. Craig asks her if she can drive him down to the
markets tomorrow morning so he can take in the veggies. Caroline
nods and asks what time they have to leave. Craig replies, "About
five." Caroline gasps, "A.M.? That's barbaric!"
The next morning, Caroline is sitting asleep at the wheel of
the ute. Craig joins her and wakes her up. She tells him that
she's praying someone answers his ad today. An attractive young
woman suddenly walks past, carrying a bunch of flowers, and Craig's
attention turns immediately to her. As he stares at her, he sighs
distantly, "She's magic. I wonder if she brings flowers through
every day..." He then turns to Caroline and suggests,
"Maybe I could bring some more veg down tomorrow? I've got
to see her again..." Caroline, though, retorts, "I don't
care how pretty she is: nothing short of an earthquake
is going to get me out of bed at this hour." Craig continues
staring at the young woman.
Alison is talking on the 'phone in a public 'phone box, telling
Charlie that Doug can't go to the police otherwise she'll tell
Caroline he had a fling with her. Charlie points out that she
can't be sure Doug won't go to the police. Alison, though,
explains that it's bought her some time. Charlie asks what she's
been up to. Alison tells her, "I've hit the jackpot, Charlie.
I've found out that Micky Pratt's in Sydney right now and he's
driving for Rapid Cabs." She then listens and says urgently,
"No, Charlie, don't do anything until I come back."
Charlie tells her, "Alright, darling. See you soon."
She hangs up, but then immediately takes the Yellow Pages out
of her drawer...
Later that day, Charlie heads into the busy offices of Rapid
Cabs. She approaches the manager, who's looking flustered and
ordering other staff around. Charlie says to him, "Excuse
me." The manager turns to look at her and snaps, "About
time, too. The agency promised me a girl two days ago. Get lost
on your way here, did you?" The 'phone rings again and he
turns to answer it. A woman standing nearby beckons to Charlie
and Charlie walks over to her. The woman tells her that her colleague
isn't always a grouch. She adds, "Sit down; I'll
show you the ropes." Charlie starts to protest, "No,
no, you see I--" She then breaks off, looking thoughtful,
Doug opens the door of his hotel room to find Alison standing
outside. He snaps at her that he'd hoped she'd be back in Sydney
by now. Alison smiles sarcastically that she knew he'd be terribly
hurt if she didn't come and say goodbye. Doug growls, "You've
said it. Now get out." Alison just comments, "Expecting
Caroline, I gather?" Doug retorts, "That's right - and
you know what happens if she finds you here." Alison, however,
muses, "She's a fickle woman. At the moment, I'm sure she
finds you very attractive. That state of affairs won't last forever."
Doug warns her, "You'd better pray it does."
Alison, though, tells him, "I don't have to. I've
managed to track down the one person who can clear my name."
Doug suggests curtly, "It must have been an expensive exercise."
Alison, though, assures him, "Not at all - he's a bona
fide witness. His evidence will prove I didn't kill Luke
Carlyle. So you see, it doesn't matter if you go to the police
or not. I'm in the clear." Doug growls, "You're counting
your chickens, aren't you? Your bona fide witness obviously
couldn't care two hoots if you go to jail or not: he could have
gone to the cops long before this." Alison mutters,
"I'll convince him." She turns to leave, but then adds,
"I'd worry about Caroline, if I were you. She couldn't care
two hoots about latching on to somebody else - as long as he has
a big enough bank balance and enough charm to get by." With
that, she leaves. Doug stands there, looking frustrated.
As Alison heads down the corridor, she bumps into Caroline, who
demands, "What are you doing here?" Alison
replies that she was staying there; she's about to catch a 'plane
to Sydney. She adds, "I'll see you when I see you,"
and walks off.
A few moments later, Caroline heads into Doug's room and snaps,
"You'll never guess who I bumped into in the hall:
Alison Carr. Of all the hotels in Melbourne, she had to take a
room in this one." Doug asks 'innocently', "What's
she doing in town?" Caroline retorts, "Something
underhanded, I bet." Doug suddenly notices a small bottle
on the table in the middle of the room and he tries to palm it
without Caroline seeing. She notices, though, and asks him what
it is. Doug tells her quickly, "Just some of your perfume."
Caroline, though, retorts, "That's not mine. It must belong
to some other lady you've been entertaining." Doug
suggests, "It's probably my secretary's." Caroline stares
at him furiously and then turns and storms out.
Back in Sydney, Alison is being driven along in a taxi by a female
driver, who's making smalltalk about the weather. She has the
radio to the office on and Alison suddenly hears Charlie's voice
on it. The driver mutters, "Silly tart." Turning to
Alison, she adds, "A new bird started in the office today;
doesn't know the first thing about it. Can't even get the street
names right." She adds, "Thank God her shift ends soon."
Alison, looking shocked at hearing Charlie's voice, agrees curtly,
"Yes. Thank God..."
Back home, Charlie asks Alison how she found out. Alison told
her, "I heard you in action." She asks Charlie how she
wangled the job. Charlie explains about walking into the office
and the man there thinking she was from the agency. Alison sighs,
"So much for your promise to stay out of it." Charlie
explains that she's already made friends with one of the girls
in the office and she's promised to sneak a look at the personnel
files. Alison demands nervously, "What did you tell her?"
Charlie, however, insists, "She doesn't suspect a thing."
Caroline walks into Doug's hotel room. She tells him, "I've
had all afternoon to work out the obvious. Since when has Alison
been your secretary?" Doug asks in surprise, "Pardon?"
Caroline indicates the bottle of perfume in her hand and snaps,
"'Joy'. Very expensive, but then again, nothing's too good
for Miss. Alison Carr - she was wearing it when I met her outside."
Doug sighs, "Alright, I admit she was here - strictly on
business, though." Caroline glares at him and snaps, "You
met her in Sydney, then she followed you to Melbourne. I can well
imagine what 'business' it was." Doug insists, "I was
only trying to help." Caroline gasps, "By having
an affair with her?" Doug retorts, "Alright.
I admit it was a bad mistake - but she was willing to do anything
to keep me quiet." Caroline snaps, "About what?"
Doug tells her, "She's Patricia Palmer." Caroline stares
at him in shock and mouths, "What?" Doug explains, "I
did some digging before I went to Sydney. Alison's Patricia -
give or take a few layers of plastic surgery." Caroline stands
there, looking surprised.
The 'phone rings at Charlie's and Alison answers it. Caroline
comes on and says, "Hello, Alison. Or should I say 'Patricia'?"
Alison's face drops. She snaps, though, "Is this some sort
of joke, Caroline?" Caroline retorts, "No joke. Doug's
told me everything." Alison asks, "Everything?"
Caroline retorts, "Yes - including your short-lived relationship."
She listens and then says, "I know - but you haven't found
him yet. And until you do, I could go to the police any
time..." She listens again before saying, "First I want
the negatives that you used to blackmail me - and I feel it only
fair to warn you, Patricia, that I'm not going to forget about
the car accident, either. You never know when the police are going
to turn up with a warrant for your arrest." With that, she
hangs up. Doug joins her and asks, "Feel better?" Caroline
tells him, "Much. I dreamt about something like this and
never thought it would happen." Doug asks, "Am I forgiven?"
Caroline retorts, "No." Doug insists, "Alison Carr
never meant a thing to me; it's you I care about."
Caroline, however, tells him curtly, "It's a bit late for
that. In future, our relationship is going to be only on a business
footing." With that, she turns and walks out.
Craig is washing his ute outside the country house. Caroline
arrives back and explains about her and Doug splitting up. She
heads off indoors. A van suddenly pulls up and the young woman
Craig saw at the market climbs out. He stares at her, open-mouthed,
and starts to walk towards her. As he does so, though, he puts
his foot in the bucket of soapy water in front of him! The young
woman runs towards him, grinning and holding a bunch of flowers.
She asks, "Does Caroline Morrell live here?" Craig nods,
"Yeah. I'll take them for you." The young woman hands
over the flowers and starts to run back towards the van. Craig
suddenly calls over, "Didn't I see you down the markets this
morning?" The woman calls back, "You could have - I'm
down there most days." With that, she climbs back into the
van. Craig quickly calls, "Hey! Wait! What's your name?"
It's too late, though: the van drives off. Craig quickly runs
to the ute - which has an 'L' plate attached to the front - starts
the engine and begins to follow her.
Charlie is sitting in her lounge room when Alison walks in with
a packed suitcase. Charlie sighs that she wishes there was some
other way. Alison retorts, "There isn't." She
then asks, "Any word from your friend at the Rapid Cabs office?"
Charlie replies, "Not yet, but I'll try and sneak a look
at the personnel files tomorrow." Alison thanks her. Charlie
then asks, "Any idea where you're going?" Alison replies,
"Yes - but it's best you don't; that way, you won't
have to lie to the police when they come around." She and
Charlie go to the front door. Glen is just coming in and, noticing
the case, he asks Alison if she has another business trip. Alison,
though, tells him that she just needed to get away for a while.
The 'phone suddenly starts ringing and Glen goes to get it. By
the door, Charlie asks Alison how she'll contact her when she's
found Micky Pratt. Alison replies that she'll 'phone every day.
She adds, "Don't let me down, Charlie - you're the only person
who can help me now." With that, she heads off. Charlie closes
the door behind her and returns to the lounge room. Glen is just
hanging up the 'phone and he tells her, "That was for you
- someone called Betty." Charlie asks in annoyance, "Why
didn't you call out to me?" Glen explains, "She was
in a hurry." He then hands her a piece of paper and goes
on, "She left a message, though: she said it was the only
address they have on file - and she said it's only a friend
of the guy you want to know about." Charlie smiles, "It's
all I need." She goes to head out. Glen gasps in horror,
"You're not going over there?" Charlie insists,
"I have to. It's important." Glen tells her,
"It's a rough area. I'll come with you." Charlie,
though, tells him, "No. You stay here. I'll be alright."
A while later, Charlie is walking down the pathway of a house,
looking disappointed. As she steps through the gate, the female
taxi driver who was driving Alison's cab earlier climbs out of
a car parked at the side of the road. She says to Charlie, "Hey,
excuse me." Charlie asks her, "Do you live
here?" The woman retorts, "Yeah, why?" Charlie
explains, "I have to speak to Mr. Pratt." The woman
comments in sudden realisation, "Hey, you're the silly bird
from the office." Charlie nods, "Yes." She then
pleads, "Oh, please. Micky Pratt: do you know him?"
The woman retorts, "Yeah, I might do. What are you looking
for him for?" Charlie explains, "A few years ago, in
Melbourne, he drove a boy called Jeff O'Brien from a hospital
to a block of flats, waited and then drove him back to the hospital
again." The woman shrugs, "So?" Charlie goes on,
"It's very important that Mr. Pratt go to the police and
sign a statement saying he saw Jeff that night." The woman,
hearing this, says quickly, "No way I'm going anywhere near
the police." Charlie stares at her in surprise and gasps,
"You? You're Micky Pratt?" The woman
nods, "Yeah. But you got your wires crossed, lady. I've never
driven no cab in Melbourne." She turns to walk away, but
Charlie grabs her arm and pleads, "Wait, you have to help
me. An innocent woman could go to jail--" She breaks off
as Micky snaps, "Rack off!" She then gives Charlie a
shove and she falls to the ground. Micky runs off towards her
car. Glen suddenly pulls up in his car, runs over to
Charlie and asks her if she's OK. He helps her up as she cries,
"Where did she go?" Glen points out Micky's car, which
is just heading up the road. Charlie groans, "Oh no..."
Glen asks suspiciously, "What's going on?" Charlie just
cries, "Oh, I've ruined everything..."